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New Years Eve Makeup 2012!

Happy New Year’s Eve party preparations to all of you! We’ll be ringing in the New Year at A Twilight Masquerade at my dad’s place: Robert Hall Winery.

I want to look my best, and I want you to look your best, too – even if you’re not planning to go out for NYE! So, here are ten steps to flawless looking makeup:

1. Healthy Skin is the most important start to great makeup, and while you can’t change your skin in 24 hours, you can do the following:

  • Drink a ton of water the day of and the proceeding days. If you’ll be drinking, this is mandatory.
  • Eat healthy and regular meals the day of the bash.
  • Get plenty of rest the night before.

2. Cleanse A proper morning cleanse and evening cleanse are vital. The correct cleanser for your skin type is probably the most important decision you’ll make toward having the best skin possible.

3. Exfoliate – A few days before the big night, start using masks, peels, and scrubs. The Cleansing Oil is also an excellent way to polish, exfoliate, and brighten your skin: Do a 20-minute massage with it instead of the normal quick cleanse. (Did you know the Cleansing Oil takes off makeup really well? Buh-bye, makeup dissolver.)

Of course, hopefully you have consulted a skincare professional about which products are best for your skin. If you trust your exfoliant not to cause a breakout or irritate your skin, using one even the night before will help your skin look radiant.

My picks: Gyco-A GelCrystal C Serum and Peeling Cream.

4. Moisturize – Those of you who read my blog regularly know that when you discipline the skin, you also need to use plenty of TLC. Moisturize the entire face, neck, and décolleté, as well as the eye area. Even oily and acne-prone skin types need moisturizer. Your makeup will look so much better if your skin is well-hydrated.

My picks: Hy-DrateVitamin CreamChamomileEye Plus Cream, Lipo-Gen.

5. Prime – Every great artist knows that preparing the canvas is key. Getting the skin ready for the application of cosmetics makes the finished “look” so much better. Absorb Oil Control is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin: It is an oil controller and hydrator in one. Mineral Primer will fill in the fine lines and imperfections and make your foundation last. Use Concealer around the eye area or any other area where skin color is irregular.

6. Apply Foundation – Youngblood Mineral Makeup is my favorite makeup base. Use a small brush for extra coverage in the areas that need it. Use a darker color to contour, like the hollows of your cheeks or the sides of your nose. Contour the eyes with shades of brown, especially if you have droopy lids. (Remember: dark recedes, light brings forward.) Highlighter under the brow bone accentuates the arch. I carry BDB Duo Concealer: it’s a pencil with concealer on one end and highlighter on the other – another “twofer”!

7. Add Color – Glitter (small particles, used sparingly) is a hot look for NYE. Aging skin doesn’t do well with glitter, though. I personally like the Youngblood Mineral Makeup in the color Sunglow for sparkle and pop. Blush should be applied to the apple of the cheek only if you have a very thin and long face, so you can create width. If your face is round, apply blush on the cheek starting at the edge of the iris and swooping up to the temples and into the hairline.

Shadow color can be added next. Remember: if you are playing up the eyes, go easy on the lips, and vice versa. Youngblood Mineral Eyeshadow is amazing – long-lasting and smudge-proof.

Eyeliner (MUA Michelle Phan gives some options), is probably the biggest statement in makeup. Youngblood Pencils with Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax and Coco- Glycerides is so easy to use. If your lids are crepey/droopy you may not be able to rock the winged effect on the upper lid but try this:

Stretch the edge of the eye so the skin is taught (be careful not to pull too tight, it can damage the delicate eye area), then line the lower lid very close to the lashes and wing it up and out!

8. Lashes – Lash Extensions in a tube! Blackout Mineral Mascara by Youngblood is great.  It has little fibers, and is thickening and lengthening.  Lash Primer, underwear for the lashes. 🙂 is also excellent for extra volume and conditioning. For those of us who need to curl our lashes, I like the MAC curler best.

9. Lips – I recommend a lip pencil and plumping colored gloss – both by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. You’ll get rich, highly pigmented color with the pencil and hydration with the gloss.

10. Eyebrows – Getting the right shape requires professional help – at least to get you started and at best for maintenance. You’re not stuck with the eyebrows you have: You can create the perfect brows at home.  How? If you have thinning brows, start using Brow Boost right away. All the Billion Dollar Brows products rock! Cosmetics for creating the perfect eyebrows – like pencils, powders, and brow-setting gel – will transform blah brows into bomb brows!

Have a great time, and Happy New Year to you all!

See you at the spa!

Star Brows of the Week – Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts, daughter of Eric and niece of Julia, is my pic for Star Brow this week.

Blond brows are so pretty, and I love the natural, rather flat shape her brow has. Sometimes the standard arch, so commonly requested, just doesn’t work.  I like to bring out each individual’s natural brow shape, and work with it rather than forcing a certain shape onto it.

Emma’s lashes are, of course, the statement here. Get the best lashes ever with Mineral Lash Prime and Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara.

Her lashes are most likely enhanced by eyelash extensions. I’ve considered offering those again, but they are so tedious and expensive to keep up. You have to do “fills,” like with acrylic nails, when your natural lash sheds noticeably. Each extension is glued to each natural lash. A full set takes at least 90 minutes to apply. Anyone doing them in less time may be applying lash clusters, which just don’t last. When a clump falls off, there is a big gap, versus losing one random lash at a time.

See you at the spa!

Outrageous Lashes Kit – September Product Features 2011

Gorgeous and Healthy Lashes

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics makes two fabulous products for eyelashes and they are this month’s Product Features! Beautiful lashes need to be cared for, and these mineral and vitamin-rich formulas do just that.

Mineral Lash Prime – This milky white lash “cream” works under mascara to create visibly fuller and thicker lashes after the first coat of mascara. The nourishing formula moisturizes and softens lashes with protein, vitamins, and natural oils to help prevent lash breakage.

Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara – It’s been Reviewed by Jenn from The Style Geek – is a volumizing formula that combines conditioning benefits for perfectly extended, defined lashes. The exclusively designed brush allows for smooth, even application while it lifts and separates each lash from root to tip. This mascara keeps lashes strong and flexible with amino acids, vitamins, and botanicals. It’s long-wearing, non-flaking, and smudge-proof too.

At the end of the day, take makeup off gently with Tu’el Cleansing Oil – here’s how. I buy natural baby wipes to clean my eye makeup off after applying Cleansing Oil. The wipes also come in handy if the mascara is older and gets clumpy. I just gently pat the wand on the wipe to remove excess mascara. Check out Fabulous Lashes! post for more Lash Tips.

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about The Monthly Product Feature or Rewards yet. To put it simply, 10% of all your product purchases, all the time, go toward free Service Enhancements like Raindrop Therapy, Lash Tint, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When a product is the Monthly Feature, however, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards. This month’s featured products are: Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara $26 ($5 in Rewards) and Mineral Lash Prime $22 ($4 in Rewards).

See you at the new spa!

 

Youngblood Mineral Mascara-The difference is eye-catching!

Happy Monday, Star Brows Readers! I’m Jenn (a.k.a The Style Geek), a friend of Linda’s who occasionally helps her with some business and marketing ventures, or, as Linda puts it, I “help her and her business be cooler.” (Though how I ever got to be considered “cool” is beyond me!) 

In case you didn’t know, Linda is off enjoying a European vacation (raise your hand if you’re jealous), and she asked me to make a blog post or two for her while she’s gone.  I readily agreed, as 1.) I can’t really say enough great things about Linda and the work she does at Star Brows and 2.) she recently introduced me to my new favorite makeup product–Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara and I just have to tell you all about it. But first, a little background…

When I was 13, my mom threw me and a few of my friends a Mary Kay party and I very vividly remember the Mary Kay consultant telling me that I had beautiful, long eyelashes and should do whatever I could to play those up.  Since then, I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect mascara.  My journey has taken me through several different mascaras, including:

  • Maybelline’s Voluminous Mascara – Ok option if you don’t have a lot of money to spend; but it flakes off very easily, leaving black dust all over your face by the end of the day.  You get what you pay for, I guess.
  • Almay’s One Coat Nourishing Mascara- So average, it pains me.
  • Benefit Cosmetic’s Bad Girl Lash in Blue- Fun alternative when you’re feeling funky, but not practical for every day.
  • Diorshow Mascara by Christian Dior- Average, pricey and the tube dried up really quickly.  The company should probably just stick to clothing.

Needless to say, when Linda told me about Youngblood’s mascara, I was skeptical at best.  However, after one week of use, I can honestly say that it is BY FAR the best mascara I have ever used.  It not only lengthens my lashes to new heights, but it darkens them in such a way that I (almost) don’t need to wear eyeliner.

Personally, I judge a mascara by its wand and the bristles on Youngblood’s mascara wand are close together, meaning they will separate the eyelashes one-by-one, not into clumps. Additionally, when I apply the mascara to my eyelashes, I can feel the wand gripping my lashes to lengthen them.

BUT, don’t take my word for how awesome Youngblood mascara is. The proof, my friend, is in the pictures.  Check out this before and after of my eyes WITHOUT Youngblood mascara and then WITH Youngblood mascara–and then run, do not walk, to Star Brows and buy some for yourself!

Before Youngblood mascara                                                                              After Youngblood mascara

What’s in it?

Water (Aqua) , Acrylates Copolymer, Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Sucrose Polystearate, PVP, Arginine, Behenyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Squalane, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Nylon-6, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Polyquaternium-10, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hexylene Glycol, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). .34 oz. $24

Mascara Road Test

My #1 Pick – Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara by Youngblood

Youngblood’s volumizing formula in the color Blackout, is my absolute favorite. And of course, I carry it at Star Brows!

It combines conditioning benefits for perfectly extended, defined lashes. The exclusively designed brush allows for smooth, even application while it lifts and separates each lash from root to tip.

It keeps lashes strong and flexible with amino acids, vitamins and botanicals. It’s long-wearing, non-flaking and smudge-proof.

Here are some good ones if  your shopping in the drug or department stores.

Under $10

  • Best Tinted – Curl up and Dye Lash Curling Mascara by Hard Candy
  • Best Natural Look – Exact Eyelights Mascara by Covergirl
  • Most Volumizing (& Waterproff)  – New York Lash Stiletto by Maybelline
  • Best Lengthener – Extreme Length Mascara by Boots No.7
  • Most Like False Lashes – Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara by L’Oreal Paris

Over $10

  • Best Tinted – Bad Gal Brown by Benefit
  • Best Natural Look – Makeup Perfect Mascara by Shiseido
  • Most Volumizing – Hypnose Drama Mascara by Lancome
  • Best Lengthener – Long Lash Mascara by Laura Mercier
  • Most Like False Lashes – Extase Mascara by DiorShow

 

See you at the spa!

Fabulous Lashes!

Hypotrichosis is the name for having inadequate or not enough lash, it also can cause brow hair to be sparse. Not caring for the lashes properly can also thin them, as can certain prescription medicines and dare I say so does the aging process! So, if you fall into one of these categories–or if you just think your brows and lashes are too thin–listen up.

Brow Boost by Billion Dollar Brows is the newest,  most affordable  and safest product on the market to grow lashes and brows, no prescription required! You can expect to grow lashes or brows in as little as 30 days and there are no harmful side affects, and it’s only $20!

Since we all want long, lush lashes, here’s a few killer ways to thicken them:

  • Use a lash growth product like Brow Boost (you can use it for brows too).
  • Dye your lashes (At Star Brows, you save when you do tinting (I use a vegetable dye) of brows or lashes with a facial or brow waxing service).
  • Learn how to curl or thicken your lashes without the extra chemical agents.  (Try Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler) To curl your lashes, take your eyelash curler and place it at the root of your lashes. Hold firmly for ten seconds and release. If your lashes are stick straight, you can move up slightly away from the roots, repeating the curl.
  • Use a mineral Lash Primer. It conditions as it thickens.
  • Use a clean disposable  mascara wand to un-clump and separate as needed after the mascara application.
  • Brush the roots of your lashes back and forth a couple of times before sweeping through to the tips.
  • Choose the right mascara. I love Youngblood’s Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara!
  • Toss your mascara every three months, this is the longest shelf life any tube of mascara has. If it starts getting gloppy use a baby wipe to clean off the mascara wand’s excess.

Note: You can temporarily treat hypotrichosis with an RX of Latisse, which is a drug used in the treatment of eye disorders. Their literature says that the eyelashes will go back to their former short/sparse selves within 1 month of discontinuing the product. There is also a risk of darkening around the surrounding skin which “may” go away after discontinued use, and the iris may have color changes as well, which will not reverse. Yeah, not a fan.

See you at the spa!

Top Four Male Make Up Turn Offs

There’s nothing like getting glammed up for a night on the town.  Look at how stunning the gals and guys at the Golden Globes looked.  Who wouldn’t want to don a designer gown and have someone do their hair and makeup (and then have it practically ruined by the rain—or should I say, blessing) ?  But in the real world, it’s not always that easy to get ready for an evening out. The good news is, recent surveys show that guys find women who wear less makeup more attractive. In fact, the natural look has made a comeback lately (ala Jennifer, Charlize, Gwyneth & Sienna) much to the pleasure of guys everywhere.

Here are the top four makeup turn-offs, for men (courtesy of stylecaster.com) and the products that are guaranteed to turn him on:

1. Lipstick on teeth

Who hasn’t been out on a date only to step in front of a mirror and find that your teeth look every bit as ruby red as your lips?

My pick for a fail proof pucker: LipSense by Senegence. Won’t kiss off or rub off—all night long!

2. Thick foundation with a tide mark around the jaw-line

You know that girl? The one who looks like she’s wearing an orange mask on her face? Whether that girl is you, your best friend or your worst enemy, mineral makeup is a must. It’s sheer, provides great coverage and looks natural. Goodbye, Tide Line!

My pick: Youngblood Mineral Makeup

P.S. High quality pigments, (that won’t turn “orangey”) and a professional color match is all – important.

3. Clumpy mascara

Women with clumpy mascara either look like they’re wearing bad “falsies” or a spider got stuck to one or both of their eyelids. To fix this nasty problem, I recommend using a primer to separate and thicken the lashes. When you add mascara, use a very thin coat of color and lashes will look naturally fabulous.

My pick for luxurious lashes: LashSense by Senegence. This is a two-for-one product with primer on one end and mascara on the other.

And here’s a tip: You don’t need a prescription to get major eye fringe. You just need some Lash Extend by Senegence, Bonus: You can use it to thicken brows too!

4. Penciled-in eyebrows

Don’t think for a minute that those Hollywood beauties don’t work with pencils and powders to achieve great brows. The key here is to look natural, using layered color. Natural eyebrow hair is not just one color. And remember: the shape of the brow is the most important!

My brow color pick: HiBrow by Trucco.  This also doubles as a three color shadow.

So ladies, now that you know that truth about men and makeup, start catching a little extra beauty sleep, take scrupulous care of your skin, use sunscreen, and enhance your natural beauty!

See you at the Spa!

Linda Ruberto LMT,LE

www.starbrows.com

805.722.8222

“For beautiful eyebrows, skincare, waxing, and massage.”