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Aug 182014
 

Botox is all the rage but I think great skincare starts with a good beauty routine! Here are the products I use and love…

1.  Always remove your makeup before going to sleep. I like to use a facial wipe to take off the majority of the makeup then I alternate between an acne wash and a foaming facial wash.

2. A few times a week, I use a  mask or scrub to remove the dead skin and keep it bright.

3. Always use a night cream and eye cream to moisturize while you are sleeping. And for daytime I always a full spectrum spf for sun protection.

For bath and body my new favorite shower gel is Korres’ in assorted scents. Don’t forget to moisturize afterwards with a great lotion or body butter!!

 

Skincare favorites

 

 

Jun 022014
 

It’s already June and much to my dismay…… time is rapidly moving faster and faster for some reason and I now know what all the philosophers mean when they say a lifetime is a blink of time. I mean, I have actually had an iphone for 21/2 years now…… amazing! Well, anyway, it is a good time to think of everything I have to be grateful for and also a little roundup of some my favorite things from this year. Just a variety of things that I can remember…… hope you enjoy!

One of my favorite Pinteresters is Micah Sarai! She pins some of the most amazing images…. lots of variety and very artistic! My favorite boards are the All Black Everything, Fashion Files, Men of Style and Art Deco Dream!!

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Micah Sarai’s Pinterest… All Black Everything

 

 

Art Deco Pinterest Micah.

Micah Sarai’s Pinterest…. Art Deco Dream

 

 

Makeup and Skin Care

 

I discovered a new makeup and skincare line, Pür Minerals, from a makeup artist friend who works with them!! They have a great line of mineral based products that are formulated with good-for-your-skin ingredients that not only help cover skin imperfections but also help revitalize and improve the overall look and feel of your skin. Plus, these products are free of parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldahyde, hydroquinone and lanolin. I really love the whole line but here are my super fave products…

 

Soothing cleanser

Simplicity effectively removes dirt, impurities and even makeup without irritation.

 

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Soak It Up is a dewy cream that provides both immediate relief from dryness and long-term moisture loss prevention.

 

RescueSquad

Rescue Squad Daily Defense (DD) Crème with SPF 25 actively fights the visible signs of skin stress and premature aging with a blend of rich, natural hydrators.

The Japonesque brand is known for pro makeup brushes and cosmetic casses now has a new color line. I love this line for the rich pigments, great colors, and rich formulations. The powder blush provides exceptionally silky and lightweight application and buildable color. The cream concealer provides superb matte coverage with a blendable finish. The eyeshadow Richly pigmented eye shadows in micronized powder formula for exceptional colorand long lasting wear.  The lip color a hydrates and softens lips for incredible comfort and condition with no hint of stickiness with rich pigmented color. Check out the line sold at Ulta.

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Japonesque Color – Velvet Touch Blush $22

 

Japonesque Color - Velvet Touch Concealer $20

Japonesque Color – Velvet Touch Concealer $20

 

Japonesque Color - Velvet Touch Eye Shadow Palette $34

Japonesque Color – Velvet Touch Eye Shadow Palette $34

 

Japonesque Color -  Pro Performance Lip Lacquer $20

Japonesque Color – Pro Performance Lip Lacquer $20

 

Hair Care

I love leave-in conditioners and a new favorite is Palmer’s Olive Oil stregthening leave-in conditoner enriched with an intensive blend of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Keratin & Silk proteins this lightweight spray helps control frizz, adds shine, reduces split ends, detangles & acts as a heat protectant from styling damage. For oil free conditioning shine I love their Olive Oil Formula Dry Oil Mist Hair Elixir’s weightless oil that adds moisture to the hair, creating a protective layer with a glossy sheen.

Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Strengthening Leave In Conditioner $8.99

Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Strengthening Leave In Conditioner $8.99

 

Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Dry Oil Mist Hair Elixir $7.99

Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Dry Oil Mist Hair Elixir $7.99

 

 

 

Feb 172014
 

So, the most important step to an amazing makeup is fabulous looking skin and often using foundation is the way to achieve it.  Most of us generally don’t like wearing heavy foundations and the wrong foundation is a dead give away to a bad makeup application.  As time goes on, products are becoming more and more advanced and it’s now easy to get flawless looking skin with bb creams and foundations.  Foundations used to seen as a detriment to healthy skin but now with all kinds fabulous ingredients to help prime, hydrate, protect with spf and help with anti-aging, they can actually be part of a healthy skin care regimen.

I’m happy to see more makeup companies include colors to match tanned and darker skin tones and also love that great makeup comes in all price ranges from budget friendly drugstore brands to high-end department store and pro brands.

A few tips for flawless foundation application:

  1. I like to mix a little bb cream with the foundation before applying. (I use a cd as a palette)
  2. Apply with a brush, you will need less product.
  3. If you need a fuller coverage (for blemishes or uneven areas), apply with a damp beauty blender sponge in a dabbing manner (called stippling) That way the makeup will stay where you put it.
  4. Set with a translucent powder using a big fluffy brush.

…..Here are some of my favorite brands…

foundationsBB Cream and Foundation Favorites by missval14 featuring Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

 

Dec 182013
 

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a Christmas Holiday fan. (Too many reasons to cover now).  But what I do like about this time of year, from a makeup artist point of view, is all the gift sets of makeup that are available.  This is the best time to get great makeup (great palettes and gift sets) from your favorite brands at reduced prices from Sephora.  Here are a few to check out and perhaps pickup before they are gone for the season.  And, don’t forget to update your brushes…… Have fun… -Valerie

 

Sephora Collection 15

SEPHORA Collection Enchanting Eye Palette $15 on sale
This collection of richly pigmented shadows can be worn wet or dry to create a variety of looks, from natural to bold.

 

 

 Too Faced Loves Sephora 15 Years Of Beauty Palette

Too Faced Loves Sephora 15 Years Of Beauty Palette on sale $39
A handpicked special edition collection of 15 products to celebrate Too Faced and Sephora’s 15th anniversary.

 

 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Wand Lip Gloss Trio  $16

SEPHORA Collection Color Wand Lip Gloss Trio  $16
A limited-edition lip gloss collection that includes three color wands, each with four glosses in shades of nude, pink, and red.

 

SEPHORA Collection Makeup Made Simple BCA Palette

SEPHORA Collection Makeup Made Simple BCA Palette $34
A four-part customizable palette with travel-ready shadows and cheek formulas, and an empty palette case for customized looks on the go.

 

Smashbox The Master Class Palette II

Smashbox The Master Class Palette II $59
The best selling Smashbox Master Class Palette has a dazzling new array of color choices. Inspired by all the must-haves in the pros’ kit with 28 Photo Op Eye Shadows, four cream eyeliners, fives blushes, one bronzer and two soft highlights.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro's Picks Lip Tar Set v3.0  $49

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro’s Picks Lip Tar Set v3.0 $49
A selection of shades from the artists at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics designed to be mixed or worn alone.

 

Yves Saint Laurent Love And Lacquer Reds Set  $58

Yves Saint Laurent Love And Lacquer Reds Set $58
A ravishing rouge-themed trio of Yves Saint Laurent’s most coveted products in one beautiful set.

 

SEPHORA Collection Luxe Anti-Bacterial Brush Set  $60

SEPHORA Collection Luxe Anti-Bacterial Brush Set $60
The set is made from synthetic fibers that work well with liquid or powder makeup. Each brush has been sterilized and given an antibacterial treatment to ensure the fibers are resistant to primary bacteria.

 

 

Aug 262013
 

It’s amazing how fast time seems to fly….. It’s already the end of August and I feel that another year is almost at an end!  Jeeze Louise….well at least the summer here in Los Angeles was rather pleasant.  I had a chance to visit New York a couple of times and I really am Thankful that we do not get the humidity that I experience there.  So, with that said,  here are my favorite summer things…..

 

 

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Jet cover of Octavia Spencer and Michael B Jordan for Fruitvale Station movie

 

 

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Jet Magazine editorial with Octavia Spencer and Michael B Jordan from Fruitvale Station movie.

 

I got the chance to do Octavia’s hair and makeup for her Jet Magazine cover and editorial for The Fruitvale Station movie. This is one of my favorite movies of the summer and if you haven’t seen it, check it out. The director, Ryan Coogler, who also wrote the movie, did an amazing job of telling an important human story with a sensitive but caring hand. I also loved the ensemble cast and  Melanie Garcia and Michael B Jordan had a lot of chemistry. Plus, it was interesting to see Oakland, a city I lived in for 17 years, as a backdrop.

 

 

 

I am loving Miss Janelle Monae’s Queen video featuring Erykah Badu!! She always has a fabulous beat but I also love the positivity in her lyrics. “while you selling dope, we gonn keep selling HOPE…” Check her out!!

 

 

 

I finally got a chance to see India.aire at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in June and she was really good. Again, I love her positive messages and my favorite song is ‘Just Do You’  She doesn’t have a video for the song so here is a live performance she did on the Steve Harvey Morning Show…..

 

India.Aire at The Playboy Jazz festival at the Hollywood Bowl

India.Aire at The Playboy Jazz festival at the Hollywood Bowl

 

 

 

 

Another fabulous artist that I saw at the Playboy Jazz Festival is an amazing singer/ saxophonist/ composer/ lyricist/ arranger/ producer/ educator Grace Kelly!  I Love jazz and am so sad that it has almost disappeared from our musical landscape. This was my first time seeing Miss Grace, and I really loved her performance.  She is truly a master musician! Here is a video so you can see for yourself her amazing talent…..

 

 

 

Hope you had a fantastic summer………Cheers,

Valerie