My Favorite Beauty Products

Favorite Beauty Products

Here’s a roundup of some of my current favorite beauty products.

1.     TANGLE TEASER DETANGLER: I use this brush in the shower. You can use it to detangle, and it can be used to help evenly distribute shampoos, conditioners, and treatments through your strands.

2.    AQUIS LISSE LUXE HAIR TOWEL: It absorbs more water from your hair post-shower and therefore cuts down on drying time.

3.    SILKE HAIR TIES: These ties are so pretty and protect my hair from damage.

4.    OUI RAZOR: I use this razor to avoid ingrown hairs and irritation. It’s weighted and comes with thin, interchangeable blades for the closest, smoothest shave.

5.    NO CREASE HAIR CLIPS: Since, I use Revolve hair treatment for hair growth, I have new hair growth. After blow drying the front section of my hair, I use these clips to smooth out the short hairs. I leave the clips in my hair until I finish blow drying the rest of my hair. I use this serum after I style my hair. I also take Nutrofol. I experienced hair loss due to thyroid disease. Once I started supplementing, my hair loss eventually stopped.

6.    SAIAN ACNE SPOT REMOVER: This acne spot treatment treats break-outs overnight. Kills germs and bacteria, disinfects and dries blemishes to treat even the most severe and cystic acne without leaving red spots and discoloration. No added color, fragrance, glycerin, fillers or preservatives.

7.    OSMOSIS EYE MAKEUP REMOVER: I use several products from Osmosis. The Melt Away Gelee is my favorite eye makeup remover. It does not irritate my eyes and removes mascara easily. I leave it on a few minutes then remove it with a cotton pad.

8.    MUJI TRAVEL CONTAINERS: I use these travel containers for my beauty products and toiletry items. Before I discovered the Muji brand, I used the Container Store travel containers. I did not like the mess with some of the containers leaking during flight due to pressurization. The Muji containers do not leak if sealed properly.

9.    ETURE COTTON PUFFS: Each one is like a little pillow and the fluff never ever comes out of the sides or ends up on your lashes.

10.  HEROINE MAKE MASCARA: I really love this mascara. It never clumps. You can’t really compare its effects to eyelash extensions or fake eyelashes. However, it’s one of the best drugstore mascaras that you can buy. I use Osmosis Eye Makeup Remover to take it off at the end of the day.

11.  DYSON AIRWRAP: I have made an effort to protect my hair from heat damage by investing in the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and Dyson Airwrap. The Dyson Airwrap is easy to use. It’s clipless and sucks your hair onto the wand, and as you move the wand closer to your scalp, it automatically curls hair around the wand. No twirling, clipping, or wrapping. I also recommend the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. Both products keep my hair smooth and healthy looking.

12.  PRETTY PERFECT INSTANT BRONZE: Tracy Anderson uses this self-tanner. It’s quick drying, easy to use, all natural and gives you the perfect bronze and glow. It also does not smell bad. I use a sponge to smooth out the product after application.

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My Favorite Beauty Products

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite beauty products.

1.    GRANDE COSMETICS GRANDEBROW FILL: GrandeBrow FILL is a tinted brush-on gel made with fibers and peptides. The gel adheres to even the finest hairs, leaving them fuller and more defined with a single application. This helps to shape and build your brows leaving them looking natural, while filling in thinning areas. Available in Light & Dark Shades. This is my secret to filling in my brows naturally.

2.    BRAVON MAGNETIC EYE PRIMER: I have tried lots of eye primers and this one is my favorite. Sometimes I just apply the eye primer and do not wear any eyeshadow. It makes the eyes look that good. It is the secret to flawless eye makeup application that will last for hours.

Bravon Beauty was founded by Bravon Pascua. He’s also a former model and was the International Makeup Artist and Trainer for Bare Escentuals. This brand has a similar price range but has much higher-quality products. 

Bravon’s cosmetics are paraben-free and have been composed using high performance, professional grade formulations.

3.    BRAVON BEAUTY PIGMENT EYESHADOWS: The colors are beautiful and stay on all day. I work in an industry that requires makeup for very long days. I need a product that does not crease, flake or irritate my eyes.

Be sure to follow Bravon Beauty on social media for makeup tips.

4.    ESSIE GEL COUTURE POLISH: I switched to Essie Gel Couture Polish for my at home manicures. It lasts longer than regular polish and is easy to apply. My favorite color is Perfectly Poised. I apply two coats of polish followed by Essie Gel Couture Top Coat.

5.    DERMA ROLLER 0.25 MM SKIN PEN: Dermaroller is a hand-held Microneedling roller with a surface of tiny needles. It helps to reduce acne scars and large pores. The Derma Roller is a far less intrusive version of the micro-needling procedure that costs hundreds of dollars for a single treatment. My makeup looks better since I started using the Derma Roller. The Derma Roller 0.25 is for beginners.

You need to replace a Derma Roller used on the face after around ten uses to keep treatment as efficient as possible.

6.    STIMULATE HONEYCOMB BATH MITT: I use this bath mitt in the shower. It’s made of thermoplastic urethane, so it’s long lasting, antifungal, antibacterial and quick drying.

7.    VANITY GIRL HOLLYWOOD TRAVEL SIZE MAKEUP MIRROR: I use the Vanity Girl Hollywood makeup mirror to apply my makeup in hotel rooms. Since I work early mornings sometimes, natural light is not available so this mirror really helps. It’s about the size of a tablet with soft dimmable lighting.

I use the full size Vanity Girl Mirror at home.

8.    INVISIBOBBLE HAIR TIE: I use these hair ties instead of the ribbon ties that tend to break my hair. The Invisibobble hair ties do not crimp my hair like a regular hair tie would.

9.    DYSON HAIR DRYER: I switched to the Dyson hair dryer. I think it’s better than Harry Josh. Dyson’s new model is quieter and less damaging to the hair, thanks to its intelligent heat control system, plus it looks pretty, too. I always travel with my hairdryer. It’s not worth damaging my hair with a cheap hotel version.

10.  SHOWER CAP: Yes, this is the chicest shower cap ever.  The beautiful designs are an upgrade from the tacky, ruffled, hair protectors of days past.

11.  EXTENSIONOLOGY HAIR EXTENSIONS: This line of hair extensions look so natural. They were designed by Anh Co Tran and Johnny Ramirez of the famous Hollywood Ramirez Tran Salon. After dealing with coloring extensions to match their clients’ hair color, Anh and Johnny decided to create their own pre-colored extensions. The extensions come in two different lengths, 18 inches and 20 inches. These extensions aren’t as fine as standard extensions. Instead, they’re a mix of European and Asian hair. The extensions need to be retaped every 2-3 months. The hair itself lasts six months to a year.

12.  SHEILA STOTTS WOOD HANDLE APPLICATION BRUSH: This brush was created for people with extensions since extensions tangle so easily, but the secret is that this brush is amazing on all types of hair. Since our hair is the most delicate when it’s wet, using a brush that’s gentle on the follicles and scalp is key. This brush doesn’t pull and break the hair, and it lasts longer than the plastic versions by other brands.

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My Favorite Beauty Products

Favorite Beauty Products

I enjoy reading about beauty and wellness products, and I do a lot of research before I purchase a product. I also switch up beauty products seasonally. As I get older, I am challenged to find new products to help with different issues. Here’s a roundup of my favorite new beauty products. I hope you find the information helpful and maybe some new products to add to your beauty regimen. Continue reading “My Favorite Beauty Products”

Best Travel Size Beauty Products

Susan Ciminelli Travel Size Essentials

Today is the first installment of a new series featuring my favorite travel size products.

For my skincare essentials, I love using products from Susan Ciminelli to help my skin with hydration and stress associated with long days on an airplane and jetlag. Susan Ciminelli’s treatments and products have become a favorite among celebrities including Jennifer Lopez and Martha Stewart. Susan’s book, “The Ciminelli Solution: A 7-Day Plan for Radiant Skin” offers a detailed map of exactly how to get the skin of your dreams.

Algae is at the heart of the Ciminelli brand.  Susan was introduced to it in Europe where she learned about a seaweed treatment called thalassotherapy. This commitment to natural ingredients and diet is what I love about Susan Ciminelli’s philosophy. She believes that you can’t achieve her signature “Ciminelli Glow” unless you’re eating clean and putting pure ingredients on your skin. She prescribes to the belief that true beauty comes from within.

You can book a treatment at one of her beauty clinics in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Here are five of Susan Ciminelli’s travel size beauty products to help keep your complexion glowing and radiant while traveling. A travel set is available to provide a full range of benefits while on-the-go.

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My Pink Nail Polish Picks

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My job requires me to keep my nails looking good. Since I wear a navy dress at work, I prefer a milky white and pink nail polish to match my uniform. I find the light pink colors look good on all skin tones and complement any color outfit. I also save a lot of money by polishing my nails myself. I found some excellent products for a DIY manicure. I use Honeybee Natural Nail Polish Remover and Qtica Intense Hand Rejuvenating Peel. I use melted coconut oil to make a homemade hand scrub. I massage my cuticles with Replenish Organic Nail and Cuticle Oil daily. I believe the constant use of hand sanitizer weakens nails so I use Londontown Kur Nail Hardener. I also like Londontown Kur Protective Top Coat and Londontown Kur Accelerating Drying Oil. The entire line of Londontown Kur products are non-toxic.

I use only non-toxic nail polish products. Our nails and skin are very porous, especially when wet. “3 Free” does not contain Dibutyl PhthalateToluene, and Formaldehyde. “5 Free” does not contain Dibutyl PhthalateTolueneFormaldehydeFormaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. Read more about these toxic ingredients here.

Occasionally, I will treat myself to a spa manicure. I am very picky about nail salons. Most are not sanitary and smell bad due to the toxic chemicals. My favorite organic nail salons are Mia Combe and JuJu Salon in Philadelphia. I also recommend Orla at Salon Ciseaux in Winter Park, Florida. She uses Zoya natural nail polish and nail care treatments.

The one question I get asked the most on the airplane is “What kind of nail polish is that?” My favorite nail polish is Essie Fiji. It is a creamy pink that also looks good on toes. I also wear Essie Ballet Slippers. It is a lovely, natural looking pink color. I recommend three coats. If you like Shellac, try CND Romantique with a coat of CND Cream Puff on top. It creates the look of a mix between Ballet Slippers and Fiji.

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Monthly Beauty Secrets

Beauty Products

My monthly beauty secrets for November include my top hair styling products, my favorite lipstick, a photo finish concealer, a non-irritating make-up remover, my secret weapon to combat oily skin, a time-saving trick to keep makeup application mess free, my favorite lip balm, a great product to wake-up tired eyes, and a nail product that saves time.

Read on to discover some amazing beauty products I think you will love too!

1.  Clear Zit Masque is a magical product that put an end to my oily skin and acne. With continued daily use, my skin has improved dramatically, and my pores are much smaller. I apply the masque before bedtime. It helps reduce inflammation, infection, and promotes healing of the skin while normalizing the production of oil secreted by the sebaceous glands. The product contains manuka and tea tree oils, the two most effective natural antibacterial ingredients available on the market that offer high antiseptic power. These essential oils are non-irritating and non-toxic, and effective in the treatment of acne.

2.  Kur Accelerating Drying Oil speeds up nail polish drying time. I have natural nails and do my own manicures. The process of drying nails is time-consuming. Brush this unique oil over freshly painted nails and watch them dry in less than 10 seconds. The product is a 5-free formula, formaldehyde-free, toluene-free, DBP-free, formaldehyde resin-free and camphor free.

 3.  Shadow Shields keep my makeup mess free. I leave them on while applying eye makeup. When I take them off, no mess, no fallen shadow, no mascara out of place.

4.  Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray is my favorite hair styling product. The ultra-light mist tames flyways and beats frizz for a smooth, glossy finish and cuts my  drying time in half. It also nourishes hair, repairing split ends and leaving locks softer and stronger. Whether your hair is coarse and thick or fine and wispy, it will add volume and shine as you blow dry. I love how the paraben-free formula is safe for color-treated and processed locks too. Spray on damp hair, starting from the middle and working downwards. Blow dry hair section by section, spritzing on more mist as needed.

5.  Sorme Brow Lift is a thick pencil that high-lights and looks like it lifts just like Botox! For an instant ”wake-up” use it on the inside crease of your eye.

6.  Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is my secret weapon for a creating a gorgeous, flawless complexion. It can be used as a spot foundation, concealer, all-over foundation, highlighter (choose a shade lighter than your actual skin tone) or mixed with your moisturizer for a tinted moisturizer effect. It can be applied with the fingers, a brush or a sponge (wet or dry) for any desired finish. If you are using the product to hide a blemish, apply a dot the size of a pin head and using a firm brush push and dab it into the area you want to conceal. It erases the redness out of the blemish instantly making it blend with your skin. For concealing dark circles under the eyes, less is more. A little dab will cover, so don’t over do it. It’s a very rich, creamy texture so it will have a slight dewy radiance to it. If you prefer a matte finish, apply powder to matte it down. It will last about a year. SpaceNK is a great online store with a chat advisor. You can speak with them and get product and colour advice. They are very good at helping you narrow your choice by telling them about your skin and it’s colourings.

7.  Two Faced Cosmetics “Country Star” Lip Stick is the perfect peachy nude color created by Carrie Underwood’s makeup artist, Melissa Schleicher.  It’s super creamy and lasts for hours. “Country Star” is available online at Parlour 3 or Ulta.

8.  Maison Pearson Hair Brush redistributes the oil from my scalp through the shaft of my hair, making my roots less greasy and my ends more moisturized. I can go longer in between washing my hair. It also cuts down drying time and is easy to grip.  I use the travel size version. It is expensive but will last a long time if you take care of it.

9.  Lucas Papaw Ointment is an Australian product that I always keep in my makeup bag. Papaw ointment helps to repair dry or chapped lips and is often used as a long-lasting, natural lip balm. Apply a little on particularly windy days to prevent your lips from getting chapped. I use it on my lips at bedtime. This multi-tasking salve also works as a local topical application for boils, burns, chafing, cuts, cracked skin, gravel rash, splinters, open wounds, insect bites and rashes.

10.  Bioderma is a French product used by makeup artists and models. I use it to clean my skin in the mornings and remove my makeup before bedtime. It doesn’t require rinsing off, it doesn’t make skin raw or sensitive, it doesn’t dry out the skin or leave it tight, and it’s in a clear, flip-top bottle that just needs a quick squeeze to dispense the right amount onto a cotton ball. Liquid eyeliner and waterproof mascara take a little longer to remove, and usually another cotton pad is needed to fully remove everything.

What beauty products are you loving right now?