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#spoiled @neology (investing in the future)

Hello my gorgeous friend, it’s been way too long.

I’ve been studying hard and almost done with my MBA program at Depaul University in Chicago. Needless to say, I’ve been tied up with case studies, homework-laden weekends and exams… but I’m graduating soon and will walk in the ceremony in June. Whew!

As difficult as it’s been, staying focused on the future by investing in education has always served me. Whether it’s professional development, science and technology, or business school, I’ve always been a big believer that to be the best we can be, we *always* need to keep learning!

To jump back in and reconnect with my blog, I thought I would share a few photos from and advanced training with Neocutis Skincare in Chicago this week:

Thank you @neocutis_chicago @jillwolf2000 for hosting the most glamorous education event ever! I’m a few days late posting, but still reveling in the glow of the next-level training, the new friends I made, and the #neocutis skincare swag 💁‍♀️💁‍♀️💁‍♀️Connect with Jill for the best of the best in support and skincare technology for your patients (and self!) 🥂💁‍♀️💖 #neology #neocutisskincare #skincare #skincareroutine #nextlevel #growthfactors

Check out Neocutis here.

Our top-sellers are the MPC MICROFIRM neck and décolleté, BioCream, the Award-winning Lumiere Eye Cream, and MPC MicroEyes Riche.

And until next time, stat fabulous my friends!

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Drug Store Shout Out: A BB Cushion by a luxury brand …without the luxury price

Well, I’ve been pretty busy (who isn’t?!) and it’s been a tad since I’ve posted – but I have some fabulosity to share that may make up for my blogging inconsistency lately:

This luxury gem hails from Target!

Laniege BB cushion (Target) is my fave new drug store find. I had an opportunity to try this Budget-friendly-find a couple months back, and have been searching for it in-store since! Not all Target locations carry this line, but it is available online if you can’t find it at a store near you.

Laniege is a brand made and distributed by Amore Pacific,  one of the more expensive skin care lines out of Nieman Marcus
, one of the factors that piqued my interest right off the bat. 

Pop this beauty open to reveal a comfy cushion of gloriousness


This super-light, sheer BB cream provides a barely-there coverage that evens the complexion just enough. Much lighter than my all time much-more-emollient fave, Intellishade, it’s a great alternative to add to your BB-cream/SPF wardrobe for when you want something with a bit less creaminess. 

It also cools the skin, perfect after a workout or when you’re in a warm climate, thanks to its ionized mineral water ingredients. The best part is it’s SPF 50 feature (but keep in mind that you must apply it evenly and with enough coverage to realize this benefit, as with all SPF makeup products).
Easy to apply, it comes with an antimicrobial puff (and also goes on beautifully with a texture brush, as I have found). It goes on evenly and dries enough to quickly follow with powder if more coverage is desired. 

Every girl needs a complete SPF wardrobe!


This cooling, light and quick-to-apply product lasts all day, doesn’t get muddy in oily areas, and gives the skin a soft airbrush-like glow. It’s fantastic quality for a drug store find, and at $34 (which includes a refill and extra puff!) it’s worth a try if you’re looking for a new BB cream.

Enjoy, and until next time, stay fabulous my friends! 

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Wedding Makeup: My Top 3 Go-To Products

I recently had the opportunity to BOTH work and participate in a wedding! This has never happened to me before… Let’s just say it was a LOT of stress for me but very rewarding!

Because the schedule was tight with getting myself done too, I was only able to grab one of the girls for photos right after I made her up, but thought I would share anyway:

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A shout out of a few of my favorite wedding day stand-by’s to use when I’m working are:

The Bride’s lip color:  MAC Russian Red

The Bride’s Lashes: MAC #7

Foundations on all the girls: Temptu Airbrush

Until Next time, stay fabulous, My friends!

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Volunteering: Because #ConfidenceMatters

Got my badge: it’s been over 5 years of leading patient workshops as a Look Good Feel Better® volunteer! 

  I am proud to be one of 6,000 volunteers across the country whoserve 50,000 women each year.

If you know someone facing cancer, send them our way. And if you’re a beauty professional who wants to give back, apply today! Www.Lookgoodfeelbetter.org 

  
#LGFB #confidencematters #lookgoodfeelbettervolunteer #lgfbvolunteer

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Look Good, Feel Better: Making Beauties FEEL Beautiful

Time again for our annual photo: Making beauties FEEL beautiful for the ACS 'Look Good, Feel Better' program with my partner Karen. =)

Time again for our annual photo: Making beauties FEEL beautiful for the ACS ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ program with my partner Karen. =)

Check out Look Good Feel Better at www.LookGoodFeelBetter.org. It’s FREE to cancer patients through the American Cancer Society!

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Before and After: my Halo Laser Treatment Results!

While it’s a little embarrassing to reveal what my complexion looked like before, the results are TOO GOOD to not to share. Here are the before-and-after Visia Imager photos from my Halo Resurfacing. (no foundation/concealer, moisturizer, or anything on the skin in either pic). I’ve been meaning to share these for a while, I am SO happy with my results!

What is Halo? Halo laser is the first of it’s kind: a hybrid (ablative and non-ablative) fractionated laser. Translation: 2 different wavelengths of laser fire off at the exact same time. Down-time is a fraction of any other fractionated laser out there-  (you can wear makeup out the door) – and the results are exponentially better from my perspective. It’s almost like having double the treatment with amazingly little social downtime, if any.

If you are on the fence about this procedure, I would urge you to go for it.

My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago

My Results: a reduction of pore size, almost no breakouts anymore, reduction in discoloration and hyperpigmentation, a tightening of the skin, improvement in texture and a noticeable glow or luminosity… probably why they called it Halo.My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago My before and after: 6 months after 2 Halo Laser Resurfacing Treatments at Erickson Dermatology in Chicago. Side note: That’s a little biopsy site on my upper cheek, I had it taken after my Halo Treatments.

My Plan: Moving forward, I plan to get a Halo once a year to maintain- now that my skin is so improved, I’m spoiled!

Click: here to see more Halo Before and After’s on Sciton’s site

Until Next time, stay fabulous, my friends!

 

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Beauty Pros: Pay it forward

I’ve been meaning to post about a great American Cancer Society Program I volunteer for called “Look Good, Feel Better” for a long time. Anyone who is undergoing treatment, about to undergo treatment, or has recently completed cancer treatment can sign up through the American Cancer Society for free.

During the class (which we call workshops), licensed Beauty professionals teach and demonstrate treatment-specific skin care, makeup, head-wrap/scarf-tying, and wig styling and care techniques. Basically, everything you might want to know about if you want to feel better about how you look when you could possibly be losing your hair, your skin might be changing, and you could really use some pro’s in your corner.

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Through the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, huge cosmetic companies donate makeup and skincare for participants to use and take home. Clarins, Bobbi Brown, Dior, Avon, Lancome, OPI, and MAC are just a handful of these companies. Yesterday, my demonstration model even received a Dior SHOW mascara and an awesome Chanel lipstick in her kit. Props to these companies!!

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If you are a beauty professional, please consider taking your talents beyond work! You know how good you can make your clientele feel on an everyday-basis, now just imagine how you can help someone who might really need your help, but hasn’t met you yet. wpid-testUpload.png
Every time, the participants leave the workshop with smiles on their faces, and you know that you might have helped give them the tools to feel beautiful and happy during a rough time. Please consider applying and training for this great program!

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Good Buys for the Beauty on a Budget: Coal Liner is Better than Coal

As a Beauty on a Budget myself, I know the value of a good Beauty Buy. When shopping at the Target in North Scottsdale, my mom and I noticed a number of cutie-pie ELF gift sets.

WAIT: Are you kinda wondering why ELF made my blog post, AGAIN? Because there are plenty of Just-Okay-Grocery-Store-Cosmetics out there, but they all cost a heck of a lot more. In fact, if I am buying a lip gloss from a display at Walgreens (without being able to see it outside of the package via a tester, or hear a firsthand description of the product from an attentive sales person) I feel like it needs to cost like, I dunno, $5 or less? Am I the only one who feels this way? I have seen OTC products and grocery store cosmetics exceed $39 (and higher!). Come on, guys. We are buying this item from a shelf-talker in a neon-lit convenience store. Make the price convenient, too! ELF cosmetics offer some pretty-okay cosmetic products at the price-point I feel they SHOULD be offered for. So that’s why ELF, in case you were wondering. Sorry, I digress….

Okay, here are the two winners (In my opinion) that are especially good values in the ELF Holiday Department:

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Full Disclosure: At the time I am writing this, I haven’t tried the Brightening Eyeliner Pencil OR the Shimmer Eyeliner. But I HAVE tried the waterproof eyeliner pen and it’s actually pretty good! $3 good? Sure! So I figured the other two items are simply a bonus and hey, they could be good!IMG_3002Here’s another good one, $3 for 3 pairs of lashes. I haven’t tried the glue, so I can’t speak for it yet, but I figured this: Ardell (our usual drug-store-Go-To lashes) are getting up there in price these days! For $1 a set, I figured we can’t lose here… so once again, the extra item here is kind of a bonus. And at the VERY least, these cutie little kits make great stocking stuffers. So, if you’re plum out of ideas (especially if you happen to be a Beauty on a Budget) I think ELF gift sets could be a good risk! (Coal eyeliner= better than coal!) =)

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Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! (Makeup)

I had the pleasure of doing makeup for a Halloween-themed wedding recently. The Bride and Groom (Laura and Jay) wanted to be Lydia and Beetlejuice, which was a fun challenge for me to plan out.

With Halloween only a couple days away, I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures of the Bride and Groom. The cutie-pie couple was thrilled, and tells me they had lasting makeup and an AMAZING time!

It was fun creating the hair with Liquid Latex and Crepe Hair, which I steamed straight… no wigs were used in the making of Beetlejuice!

Lydia decided that GOTH was a no-go for her bridal look (and I don’t blame her!) so we tied in her GLAM look with a Temptu S/B foundation that was about half a shade lighter than reality, and some MAC ‘Orange’ and ‘Signed, Sealed’ colors. She’s got Mac Cosmetics Russian Red on her lips for a classic vamp look.

Enjoy!

Liquid Latex and Artex mixed with Cornmeal set the scene for Beetlejuice’s weird Mossy hairline


Uhhh... sir? You have something in your hair....

Uhhh… sir? You have something in your hair….


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You look GREAT! High Five!!
…Uhhh… Errr, AIR FIVE!


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Watched Latex never Dries…


Lydia Goes Glam, which is much better than Goth when you're the Bride

Lydia Goes Glam, which is much better than Goth when you’re the Bride


Yes, the shadow coordinates with the bouquet.... You are right to be impressed.

Yes, the shadow coordinates with the bouquet…. You are right to be impressed.


Lydia and Beetlejuice

As Beetlejuice says: It’s SHOWTIME!!!


Lydia and Beetlejuice (Laura and Jay): The Happy Couple!

Lydia and Beetlejuice (Laura and Jay): The Happy Couple! **Sniff** I love happy endings…

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MAC recycles and you get FREE lipstick: Win/Win

Ok, I know for those of you in-the-know, this is super basic info… But I just HAD to put it out there for those who may not know. It’s not fair to keep things like this to yourself (shame on us!!), and I don’t know that I’ve EVER seen it advertised, have you??

Did you know that MAC will take your empty makeup products and recycle them? (They call it the Back to MAC program) A sales associate in the store told me that they make playground equipment with it. Fascinating! And even I, theproductpro, didn’t know about this for a number of years. waaaaaah?

As an incentive: for every 6 pieces makeup packaging that you recycle, MAC will let you pick a lipstick (or eyeshadow, depending on whether you do this at a store location vs online) of your choice FOR FREE*!

*The exception is the VIVA GLAM line, (All proceeds from VIVA GLAM sales go toward helping women, men and children living with/affected by HIV and AIDS).

The most helpful thing about this in my opinion: 

If you have OLD products (yes, its time to let them go) or colors that you just aren’t nuts about: recycle those bad boys and breathe some new life into your collection with FREE PRODUCT! Yeah!!

On the website, MAC’s own ‘Primary Packaging’ is accepted, including:

Empty Compacts

Tubes (lipglass, lipstick, liquid liner, paint tubes, etc.)

Empty mascaras

Empty foundation tubes, bottles, and jars

Here's my recycle haul

Here’s my recycle haul… FREE lipstick: here I come!!

HOWEVER, the girls at the location near me say this (and you didn’t hear it from me!): You can bring in anything that involves plastic.

They tell me that this INCLUDES the empty makeup remover wipes package AND empty Lash containers.

My response to this was: “Do you have any idea how many of these I have thrown out over the years??” waaaaaahhh!

…So if you weren’t before, now you too are empowered with this knowledge. Enjoy that. And your free lipstick!

Until next time, Stay Fabulous My friends!

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