Positively Beautiful

Positively Beautiful

by DailyMakeover

Get The Red Out

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Truly Translucent Powder in Neutralizer

For the many men and women who suffer from ruddiness or rosacea, every new flare-up can be a mini-nightmare for their skin. Fortunately there are a few quick and easy ways to tone the fire down and keep your skin looking even and neutralized.

To conceal red patches naturally, use yellow tinted powders and concealers — the lemony shade actually counteracts and softens the red. In the past, cosmetic companies have marketed green or lavender primers as a way of hiding the redness, but unless you are a master blender it may look a little funny on the skin. The easiest way to camouflage the red is with yellow.

Start off by applying your regular foundation and then dab on a bit of yellow tinted concealer on top of areas that are still prominently red. Finish off the skin with Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Truly Translucent Loose Powder in Neutralizer. This light yellow powder will keep your skin tone even and ruddy-free all day.

Stay away from blush because you already have it built in to the skin. If a little rosiness shines through on your cheeks, that’s actually ok because that’s now one step you can skip while getting ready in the morning. Bronzers are a no-no as well because they can add too much warmth to already red skin.

Focus instead on defining eyes and play with cool shades like taupe, grey, browns, blues, greens and plums. Opt for cooler shades on the lips as well — berries, pinks, pinky nudes and mauves are all good options. The cool shades on eyes and lips will help balance the face and won’t draw attention to your reddish undertones.

On the skin care front, always wash your face with cold water, stay out of saunas, apply sunscreen daily and stay away from red wine. All of these things can cause your skin to flare up, so keep away from the heat and opt for the cool instead! Remember, makeup can’t heal the redness, it can only help diminish it. If you have a severe case of rosacea, check with your dermatologist to see what medical treatments can be used to get it under control.

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

The Right Way To Apply Self-Tanner

Neutrogena Energizing Citrus Sugar Scrub

Hopefully this summer you are out and about enjoying the nice weather with a healthy, natural looking summer glow — one that is fake, of course. If you are still a bit confused about how to apply self-tanner without looking like a streaky pumpkin here are a few of my favorite tricks and tips.

The first and most important rule when applying self-tanner is to exfoliate before you do anything. Smooth skin will absorb the self-tanner in a nice even way and minimize the streak factor. Get into your shower and shave all the necessary bits. Now exfoliate the skin with a good scrub that contains granules that will help with the sloughing off of dead skin. I like anything with sugar in it like Neutrogena Sugar Scrub Energizing Citrus Body Exfoliator, but you could even use regular old white sugar straight from the box.

After the shower towel dry and skip the moisturizer. If you slather on moisturizer first it will make you a bit streaky, so skip it and go straight for the self-tanner. To avoid having dark tan areas where skin is thick and absorbs more of the tanner — knees, elbows and ankles — keep a wet washcloth handy. After you apply the self-tanner all over, use the washcloth to buff over these rougher areas. Scrub your hands with soap and sugar to get all of the self-tanner off and you won’t get those brown palms.

L'Occitane Castanha Self-Tanner

When applying it to the face, I like to use a non-latex sponge for an even application. Lightly buff the tanner all over the face and also into the hairline and over the ears so it look nice and even. Don’t get dressed for about one hour and try not to brush up against anything that will ruin the application. I would recommend sitting straight in a chair for at least 30 minutes maybe working on your computer so it has time to absorb evenly.

My new favorite self-tanner is the L’Occitane Castanha Self-Tanner Progressive Natural Tan. Made from the Brazilian castanha nut, it is a natural way to get an all over tan without the harsh chemicals and it never gives you that funky smell like other self-tanners.

If it’s a very light and subtle tan you want, try a two in one product. Apply a moisturizing self-tanner like Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. You will get hydration and a very light, streak-free color that you can build day by day.

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

The Best Lip Balms

Nude Skincare Nude Lips

During those really hot and sticky summer days the last thing you want on your lips is a heavy coating of makeup. Lipstick can seem thick and heavy, glosses are sticky and tints make your mouth so dry.

That’s why in the summertime I always carry around a good lip balm in my bag — it makes sure my lips stay hydrated and feel soft, supple and totally comfortable, no matter how hot it is outside.

My new favorite lip balm is Nude Lips by Nude Skincare. This silky organic balm contains cupuacu and Tahitian vanilla monoi that melts into your lips when you rub them together. Shea butter, vitamin E and coconut oil keep your lip healthy and satiny smooth while giving them a pretty shine. I apply it at bedtime as well to replenish lost moisture overnight due to air conditioning.

If you’re looking for a balm that contains sunscreen try Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 — it’s packed with 15 restorative oils that keeps your lips smooth and protected. I always have one of these rattling around in my beach bag.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer

If you demand total protection and want a full block balm try Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen Lip Balm with SPF 50. It’s as serious as it gets. No UV rays will get near your pucker!

If a hint of tint is what you desire try a tinted balm for a little touch of soft color. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer has 13 pretty shades to choose from and is 100% natural so you can feel good wearing it while you look good!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Sunburn Relief

Sunburn

No matter how diligent we are at applying sunscreen, from time to time you may forget a spot or don’t reapply when you should. You won’t know what hit you until later in the day when you discover that you’ve fired yourself silly. OUCH!

If you’re red and crispy, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain and help the healing along. First, take an aspirin to eliminate some of the pain. Take a cold shower and try my home remedy for cooling skin down: mix cold water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz your bod. It may stink a bit but it will help your poor skin feel better. A milk or oatmeal bath can also help sooth the skin and tame the pain, but make sure to rinse off with cool clean water when your done.

Do not rub on moisturizer or any type of petroleum-based salves — slather yourself in aloe vera gel instead. It may be a bit sticky but this is the best way to start the healing process.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Makeup

If your face is red and you need to go out and face people there are a few tricks to conceal the lobster effect. Begin with a light layer of aloe lotion like Mario Badescu Aloe Lotion, then lightly stipple on a very soothing liquid foundation like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Foundation. Powder the skin with a yellow tinted loose powder that will help counteract the redness.

Stay away from any blush or bronzers and keep makeup minimal. A little dark brown, black or navy eyeliner and black mascara will make your eyes pop. Apply a cool toned lipstick to balance out the raging redness. Now look at yourself in the mirror and SWEAR you will never let this happen again!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Fast Fixes For Under Eye Issues

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from women is “how to I get rid of my under eye bags, darkness, puffiness and dryness?” I have been on a quest to get rid of these myself as I suffer from the dryness and the darkness from time to time.

The most common mistake most women make is they goop on concealer, creating a cakey, creasy mess that winds up making the area look worse! Here are some of my tried and true problem-solvers

If puffiness is your issue I highly recommend Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask. These individual packets of liquid and pads are perfect for brightening, de-puffing and hydrating the delicate skin under the eyes. I like to stick them in the refrigerator first before applying — the cold factor speeds up the de-puffing process.

If darkness is an issue try a cream that contains vitamin K, which helps diminish the darkness. I like Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue.

For fine lines try Remède Wrinkle Therapy Eye Baume. It firms, illuminates and nourishes the delicate eye area all at the same time.

SkinMedica TNS Night Eye Repair

My personal favorite eye cream is SkinMedica TNS Night Eye Repair. My skin gets really dry, especially under my eyes, and this helps bring back the moisture and rejuvenate the skin.

If you want to conceal the area with makeup, try my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy All Over Brightener. This light pink concealer bounces light off the skin, creating a fresh, light, well-rested look that doesn’t settle into fine lines. It is the ultimate concealer for fair to medium skin tones.

Fast Fix Concealer All Over Brightener

If you’re a bit darker try my Fast Fix Concealer in Medium or Medium/Deep shades. If you have a really dark skin tone, use the Dark shade. Just lightly tap the product under the eyes and you will never look caked up — just smooth, bright and refreshed.

Kiss your eye issues good bye!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Primping In The Wilderness

Carmindy goes camping

There’s nothing like a little time in the great outdoors to
refresh your mind and body!

This time of year the weather is perfect for a hiking and camping trip. Even if you are being a rough and tumble outdoorsy chick, you can still look good in the woods! You just need a few specific things to throw in your backpack to keep you looking cute and help you stay protected from the elements.

The first thing you should pack is a great sunscreen. You need to apply it to the skin, no matter if the sun is shining or not. Even in overcast conditions you can get burned — the sun’s rays can penetrate through even the thickest, gloomiest clouds. Pack the Kinesys Travel Size SPF 30+ Sunscreen, it’s the perfect tiny size, so you don’t have to worry about lugging big, heavy tubes in your pack.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Fast Fix Concealer

You’ll also want to bring along a small sheer concealer — it can keep unsightly redness away and is a way better option than a whole face full of foundation. Try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Fast Fix Concealer. Just dab on around the nose and areas where you may get a little red.

Keep your eyes defined with a smudge-free mascara on the top lashes only. Cheeks will be flushed from your hike and the brisk outdoor weather, so no need for blush. You lips however will need a little help. Throw a tinted lip balm in a zipper pocket in your pack for a bit of shimmering color and moisturization when you need it. I like Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer, which is the perfect pretty balm.

Aubrey Organics Gone SPF 15 Bug Spray

Lastly, don’t forget bug spray to keep those pesky biting insects away. Please choose a DEET-free spray to keep yourself safe. I like Aubrey Organics Gone Safe & Natural Outdoor Spray SPF 10, because it’s safe and it also contains a little extra sunscreen for your protection.

With just these few simple products, you’ll look great without having to wear a ton of products. Have fun out there and look out for bears!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

The Magic of Argan Oil

Wild Woods Grove Argan Oil

Strolling through Borough Market in London the other day, I stumbled upon Wild Wood Groves Argan Oil. I had heard stories about this mystical oil being the rarest in the world and was curious about its special properties. I know small amounts are used in some beauty products, but I have never seen 100% pure oil available for sale before. I bought it immediately and was schooled in its history and beauty benefits.

Argan oil comes from a small area of Morocco where Berber women produce the oil by grounding up the seeds from the thorny argan tree. It takes 2 days of work, crushing and pressing the seeds to produce just one liter of this beauty potion. Due to over grazing by local goats, the trees are now protected and the Berber women of the area are only allowed to produce a small amount at a time, which makes this coveted oil even more rare.

For centuries argan oil has been a well-kept beauty and health secret of the Berber women, who use the oil to nourish their skin, nails and hair. It contains twice the amount of vitamin E as olive oil and is rich in anti-oxidants. Eight essential fatty acids help prevent moisture loss in the skin and its amazing anti-aging properties are well documented.

You only need a few drops of this non-greasy liquid gold to moisturize and protect your complexion. Rub a little on the hands and on cuticles to soften them up or rub a small drop into really dry hair to re-hydrate it instantly. I love the stuff and learned you can even cook with it and make yummy dishes, which is fab — if I cooked that is!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

The Best Natural Beautifier

honey

Sweet to eat and sweet to treat!

Is there anything sweeter than honey? Not only does it taste yummy, it also has fantastic beauty benefits, so we can enjoy eating it and using it on our skin and hair. In some cultures and ancient religions there is a superstition surrounding honey and many use it in rituals to attract money, love, admiration and attention.

My personal love of honey products started when I was on a girl’s trip to Tulum, Mexico and stumbled upon a local perfumery at the beach resort Coqui Coqui. The perfumery made this organic fragrance oil called Mielum that smelled like honey and was supposed to help attract men and money, according to local mythology. I bought 5 of them! I dab it on before big meetings or a special night out and love the light sweet fragrance it emanates.

Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm

The smell is so subtle and lovely that I began looking into other honey based products. It turns out honey is rich in nutrients, amino acids, enzymes and antioxidants. It makes a wonderful moisturizer and can be used as skin beautifying facial mask. Simply apply it to a moist face and then cover your skin with a warm washcloth and let it steam the honey into your pores. Then rinse off with cool water and check out how fab your skin looks!

Korres Thyme Honey Cream

Honey is so hydrating it can be found in hair products and makeup as well. I found an amazing shampoo by Terax called Miele, which is perfect for dry hair because it adds in tons of moisture. Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm is great for smooth, sweet-tasting lips and I love Korres Thyme Honey 24-Hour Moisturizing Cream because it’s fab for your face.

Get sweet on this sticky stuff and it will keep you looking good!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

The Power Of Vitamin C

vitamin c for beauty

I was at my dermatologist Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton’s office the other day getting my monthly facial from my girl Michelle, when she busted out this new vitamin C product. After applying it to my face, she told me that if I started using it before my moisturizer each day that my skin would look incredible.

That evening when I got home my skin was extra radiant. My skin usually looks better right after a good facial but this stuff was like magic! That night at dinner my friends commented on the appearance of my skin and I told them that it must be the new vitamin C serum I was using. It unfortunately smells a little like echinacea and dirt, but happily the scent does go away as soon as you slather on your moisturizer.

We’ve heard all about how vitamin C is a very strong anti-oxidant that boosts our immune system to defend us from colds and how it has skin enhancing properties, but new scientific research shows that applying it topically really helps build collagen, reduces sun damage and wrinkles and tones and tightens the skin. The more studies they do on the subject, the more they see just how incredibly well it works.

Ascorderm

For me this is certainly true — I have melasma on the sides of my face and on my chest due to the sun damage I did to myself as a teen growing up in sunny California. After just one week on this serum, the melasma seems much lighter and the texture and firmness of my face is great. The product Michelle gave me is called Ascorderm Contouring Serum Plus, which is said to have 8.5x the concentration of L-Ascorbic acid in the skin and works for 8 hours. Because I have the melasma this serum is the perfect one for me to reduce the brown areas and protect me from further photo-damage.

A few other fantastic vitamin C products out there are: Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, Nature’s Gate C For Yourself and MD Skincare Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Serum. I also recommend eating a lot of vitamin C-rich fruit and drinking yummy fresh OJ. Might as well attack aging from all sides!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Skin Care That Delivers

Cetaphil

You know the old expression “if it’s too good to be true then it probably is?” I was doing a private consultation with a woman the other day who asked me what she should look for when it came to skin care. She said she was so confused at drugstores and department stores because all of the products made tons of claims and she did not know what was right for her.

There were eye creams that were firming, anti-aging, brightening and soothing; face creams that contained sunscreen, alpha-hydroxy acids, luminizing particles and dark spot faders; one self-tanner declared it would tone you, tan you and improve skin’s texture all in one hour. Oh, if only that were all true!

The real truth is that you need to narrow it down. You need to sit down with a dermatologist and find out what your main skin concerns are. For example, if you worry about wrinkles then get a strong sunscreen for prevention, an anti-aging serum for skin rejuvenation and a good face and eye cream for moisture.

GlyDerm

While it may seem like a good idea to buy one product that claims to do it all, rather than three or four that only do one specific job, the real truth is that there are no do-everything miracle creams out there. Buying specific products that actually deliver on their claims will help you get the results you are looking for.

To really get the desired effect you need to buy the best product made for your specific needs. This will do more for you then months of slathering on some BS cream that tells you it will do everything, including washing your car and making you dinner.

SkinCeuticals

If you combine all the ingredients it takes to accomplish all the claims made by these all-purpose creams, it winds up getting so diluted that there will never be a high enough percentage of ingredients to actually do the job. So go for a pure product and let the real magic happen. Here are a few of my favorites:

Cetaphil Daily Cleanser – the best straight up cleanser around
Eucerin Original Moisturizing Lotion – the perfect creamy body lotion for dry skin
SkinMedica TNS Night Eye Repair – a powerful anti-aging cream for your eyes.
SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 45 – my favorite strong sunscreen, I put it on every day before my moisturizer and makeup
GlyDerm Lotion Lite – This glycolic acid will lightly slough off dead skin and promote cell turnover
Obagi Nu-Derm System – this is the best for fading sun damage and melasma
Latisse – makes eyelashes grow the real way, not the false mascara-claiming way

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Duty-Free Beauty

Duty Free

I spend so much time in airports and I have to say, I’m always amazed by the beauty shopping in Duty-Free’s. Some airports carry incredible deals and exclusive collections available only to frequent fliers. Here are some of my favorite exclusive Duty-Free products.

I love the mini lipgloss collection by Bobbi Brown, which has 3 gorgeous shades in hot pink, petal and rosy. You can wear a different one each day, depending on your mood.

The Chanel Travel Makeup Palette and the Lancôme Absolute Seduction Palette are filled with every makeup shade you will ever need to look totally gorgeous.

The Happy Hands Kit by L’Occitane is perfect for travel because we often forget our poor hands and they can get so dry and cracked, especially while we fly. With these purse-size moisturizers, you can keep your hands hydrated no matter where you might be traveling.

Skincare deals abound in terminals so look for your favorite coveted moisturizer or line erasing serum that you may have stopped buying due to the recession. You may find it’s more affordably priced at the Duty-Free.

The Heathrow terminal in London has some of the best beauty shopping around as well as Amsterdam and Paris’ Charles De Gaulle.

Duty-Free is a great place to stop into when you are feeling a bit travel frazzled because you can test out these fab finds, which will help you feel a bit more refreshed and relaxed. However, be careful not to spread bacteria by double dipping into already open sample containers and applying those products to your face. Ask to test lipglosses, eyeshadows or anything your skin can touch by asking for a fresh sample. If you’re not careful, hello swine flu!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Top 5 Earth-Saving Beauty Picks

With Earth Day approaching (April 22!), we should all stop and think about how we are giving back to our wonderful planet. If shopping is what you do best, then make sure your purchases really matter. In the beauty world there are some great new products I’ve discovered that really make a difference.

The Glowology Believe Honey Bar is a yummy smelling body soap and 100% of it’s profits are donated to Noodle & Boo’s Raise Your Hand Campaign. As you cleanse your body you are actually helping to purify water for children in Africa.

polar bear cub

When it comes time to makeup remover, you can help save the polar bears. Josie Maran’s Bear Naked Wipes are gentle cleansing wipes and 100% of the profits is donated to help protect endangered animals. They are also biodegradable, so you’ll be clean and conscious, how great is that? Go to Polarbearsos.org

Mass brands like Curel have gotten in on the action as well. When you purchase a limited edition of their Continuous Comfort Original Formula Lotion you can learn about their partnership with the American Red Cross helping people after natural disasters all over the globe. They are donating $250,000 and you can help too by visiting their site.

Smashbox mother earth palette

Smashbox Cosmetics is introducing their Mother Earth Palette, which is a made from all completely organic material housed in a recyclable compact made from sustainable materials and printed with eco-friendly ink. They are not messing around! The palette contains four eye shadows and a blush and with each purchase a tree will be planted by Trees For The Future.

So you see when beauty companies are making it this easy to look good and do the right thing how can you not!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Brighten Up Your Skin For Spring

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer

As the winter winds down, you may find yourself looking in the mirror with a sort of dull grey film over your skin. The truth is all those months of bitter cold, lack of sun, and dry indoor heat has taken its toll on your face. You need to scrub away the past and perk up your pasty self, getting your skin in glowing condition.

The cheapest way to polish your complexion is by incorporating a face scrub into your beauty ritual. Do this every day for about a week, then take it down about every few days.

You can try my favorite inexpensive method of using a handful of regular white sugar (see my previous post My #1 Secret To Soft Skin–And It’s Cheap!) mixed with your daily cleanser or buy an exfoliator containing fruit enzymes to gently slough off dry old skin.

Another good exfoliating tactic is to use an electronic facial brush like the Clarisonic Skincare Brush .

Want to treat yourself to a pro treatment? A microdermabrasion treatment from your dermatologist instantly smoothes your skin and eliminates dullness. The new silk peel microdermabrasion uses a solution of hydroquinone for spot fading and penetrates deeply for truly fresh new skin. I like to treat myself to one of these at the start of each new season to jump start my glow, boost new cell growth and improve circulation.

A face primer will also help boost radiance. Try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer before you apply foundation. The light-reflecting particles create a radiance that will boost your glow, making you look refreshed.

You should also go for a rosy cream blush swirled on the apples of the cheeks. This trick can help any face look fresh and fabulous in seconds.

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Most Amazing Eyelash Makeover

You know we all crave those doe-eyed fringy lashes that babies and boys seem to always get instead of us! We paint and sweep our own eyelashes with every kind of goopy mascara out there with high hopes of transforming them into thick frames of loveliness. Oh, how nice it would be to have them naturally and never have to worry again about stubby or sparse eye fringe coated with paint!

Can longer lusher lashes really happen with a magic serum? Is it possible science has stumbled upon a miracle?

My good friend and Miami-based dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba turned me on to the new beauty phenomenon Latisse, a FDA-approved prescription treatment that claims to make lashes grow longer, fuller, and darker. She explained that the solution takes nightly applications with results in 4 weeks and full results in 16 weeks. The solution is painted on the lash line with little disposable brush applicators and your lashes will experience real measurable growth.

Well, I was sold and set out to be my own guinea pig and see if the stuff really worked. Sure enough, after about 4 weeks, I saw a major difference in the length of my lashes, though no difference in color or thickness. I celebrated my new lashes by putting on a double dose of mascara to really show off their amazing length. The only side effect I experienced was redness along my lash lines, but it was well worth it. Some women have experienced itchiness, but I had no problem. After the full 16 week course, my lashes have remained nice and long, the redness has completely gone away and I now believe in miracles!

Longer lashes before/after

Before/after sample from the Latisse website

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Creating The Ultimate Gloss

As much as women love their lip gloss, we are always looking for the magic one that lasts longer than a smile! Usually glosses disappear in a flash, leaving you addicted to the constant re-swiping to layer on some more. I’ve been trying to create a long-wearing lip gloss with the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy team for awhile. The tricky part was trying to come up with a formula that wouldn’t make your lips as dry as the Sahara desert in the height of summer. Most long-wearing lip products contain ingredients that seal onto your lips to stay put, but the downside is that they suck all the moisture right out. You’re left with colorful but dry cracked lips.

Carmindy lip gloss

I’m thrilled to announce that we finally found the perfect moisture-rich, smooth and creamy gloss formula that lasts for hours without dehydrating your lips! It’s awesome and will be available soon, so keep your eyes out or check out Sally Hansen Natural Beauty for updates. The next step of development for me is the really fun part: choosing the perfect colors and making up enticing names! We mixed and swirled all kinds of fun colors together and came up with 12 fabulous shades that woman will fall in love with! Next came trying to think up names that were descriptive enough for ladies to know what they were getting, but at the same time fun and alluring. What fun it is being a girl and playing with makeup for a living. It truly is a dream job!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Why I Love Crème de la Mer

The One. The Only.

Okay, so
all of us have read stories about how spending a fortune on an
expensive face cream is probably a total waste of money and with the
economy as crappy as it is, it may even be criminal! I have written a
few of these stories myself and the truth is, yes, it can be a waste of
money. However, sometimes wasting a little money on something that
makes you feel wonderfully indulgent, puts a smile on your face and
keeps you super hydrated at the same time can be priceless. It’s the
spulrge/save notion

Creme de la Mer

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I feel very strongly that most makeup and skincare can be bought at drugstores and that is why I co-created the makeup line Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy (awesome by the way). But I also believe that you can splurge on a product if you feel it really does the job. I have super dry skin and so far no cream but the infamous Crème De La Mer seems to do the trick and I am a total devotee. My skin looks smoother, my fine lines less noticeable and my texture appears firmer. Maybe I drank the Kool Aid, but I love it! Honestly just the ritual of putting it on morning and night creates a giddy feeling inside. I know I am giving myself a totally self-indulgent little treat and really aren’t we worth it? At $130 an ounce there is serious sticker shock, but I feel with all the money I save in makeup and my other drugstore skincare I can give myself a treat.

But of course I try to make it last as long as possible. My way of extending the life of this small jar of joy is to just use it on the driest of areas and the places where signs of aging is creeping up. I apply an inexpensive cream all over my face first, then dab on La Mer under my eyes, around my nasal labial folds, across my forehead and around my mouth. It is definitely not for everyone, just the driest of us in the group…and the ones who stash their pennies!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

MY 5 Deserted Island Products

If I was going to be stranded on a deserted island, what 5 products
would I grab before my shipwreck? I’ve been asked this question many times and I always go for pretty much the same items.

desert island

Credit: Ibrahim Mohd

For my survival, I would need first and foremost my 2 favorite sunscreens. As a hat wearing, umbrella holding, zinc nosed beach bum, I have it down to a science. First goes on the eye sunscreen as to not burn or sting my eyes. Try Keihl’s Ultra Moisturizing Eye Stick SPF 30. Then around that I apply Skinceuticals Sport SPF 45 all over my face and body. It contains titanium dioxide so it really blocks out the rays more than any other sunscreen I tried and makeup glides on top of it with ease. This way when I’m rescued off the island, I won’t look like I am 140 years old. I can always fasten an umbrella and a hat out of palm fronds.

The third item would be black Blinc Kiss Me Mascara for perfect lashes. With a little black weatherproof mascara, your eyes will have all the definition they need and will last through heat, humidity and hurricanes.

The fourth product would be Fresh Satin Lustre Face Palette for shimmering highlights under the brow, on the inner corners and on top of the cheekbones. My skin will look fresh and glowing and I can highlight the natural contours of my face as I try spear fishing for my dinner.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Natural Shine Lip Gloss

The last product is Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Natural Shine Lip Gloss my signature shade Pretty Pink. This gloss is light and not sticky or tacky and with a splash of perfect pink on the lips I will have just the right amount of color. With all my favorite fantastic products, plenty of fish and hopefully a hot native man, who actually needs to be rescued?

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

My #1 secret to soft skin–and it’s cheap!

Do you really want to know what my #1 beauty secret is to great-looking skin? It’s sugar! That’s right, the deliciously sweet white granulated goodness we are always trying not to eat. Well, rub on your face and body instead for a super sweet and soft skin.

Sugar exfoliant

Sweet rewards: sugar is the best-kept secret in beauty

White sugar is the absolute best exfoliant and, of course, the cheapest. Sugar dissolves in water and will not tear delicate skin cells like some rougher exfoliants such as ground almonds. The sugar will smooth away dead skin cells, dirt, oils and dryness that may be dulling your skin. Simply lather up your face with a cleanser like Cetaphil and pour a handful of sugar in the palm of your hand. Rub your face in circular motions to buff and polish your skin. You can do this on the body too. Men can do it after a shave to keep ingrown hairs from forming. If you have dry lips, a little sugar on a wet washcloth will smooth out flakes.

When I travel, I always sneak a packet of sugar from the flight attendant and use it when I get to my hotel room.

Honestly most expensive exfoliators at department stores or spas are sugar scrubs anyway, so be smart and save money honey and sweeten up your face!

How to Camouflage a Cold Sore

SALLY HANSEN BY CARMINDY: TRULY TRANSLUCENT LOOSE POWDER

We are in the dead of winter right now and it’s bitter out there! Many of us can suffer from unsightly cold sores, but you don’t need to hide your face with a giant scarf or pull on a ski mask. You can easily camouflage this nasty little visitor. First, stop applying your daily moisturizer on top of the problem area. Instead, moisturize it with a small amount of Abreva ointment. Use a disposable cotton swab to avoid spreading any germs. Even if the cold sore is a bit dried out and a scab has already formed, you still want to keep it moisturized so it will not look dry, flaky and scaly when you apply concealer on top of it.

Next, use a non-latex cosmetic sponge to apply your foundation over your entire face like you regularly do, but save the problem area for last. Use a stippling motion by lightly pushing the sponge into the skin. Toss the sponge into the trash when you are done.

Now use a new cotton swab to dab a creamy concealer directly on the spot. Make sure the concealer is not too light so you don’t wind up showcasing the cold sore, but rather disguising it. If you think the concealer looks too light, use a cotton swab to dab on a tiny bit of foundation on top of the concealer until the sore totally disappears.

Avoid using any heavy powder to set the spot, but instead use a super sheer loose powder like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Truly Translucent Loose Powder or Mac Blot Powder.

Keep lip colors moist matte and natural so you don’t draw too much attention to your lip area and play up your eyes to distract attention. With this technique nobody will notice and you can face the freezing cold!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

How To Heal Chapped Lips

It’s no wonder with all the holiday traveling and the cold dry winter air that most of us are suffering from really chapped lips. Moisture loss is to blame and you’ll find that lip colors can gunk up in the unsightly flakes and look all wrong. Yuck!

You can make your lips look and feel better if you follow a few easy steps.

Rosebud Lip Balm

Rosebud Lip Balm

- In a hot shower, use a washcloth and a pinch of sugar to lightly buff your lips to smooth out the surface. After you jump out of the shower, immediately apply a rich lip balm with healing ingredients. Steer clear of old school waxy balms which guard against wind, but won’t heal damaged lips. Instead choose a moisture-rich balm containing natural oils that soothe, condition and heal. I like Burt’s Bees Medicated Lip Balm with Clove Oil, Huiles and Baumes Lip Balm, Rosebud Lip Salve or Pangea Organics Lip Balm with Lavender and Cardamom. Leave it on for about 1 hour before applying anything else on your lips. This will give it time to sink in.

Lorac Gloss Stick

Lorac Gloss Stick

- Now that your lips are conditioned, applying lip color can be tricky, but not impossible! Lip tints and stains should be avoided because they are too drying. Glosses are a good option since they go on evenly and disguise flakiness by reflecting light. Lipsticks can be worn, but only of you use moisturizing formula with low shimmer. (Shimmer particles can catch in the cracks of dry skin.) Go for a matte but moist formula like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Moisture Plump Lip Color. Apply the color with a lip brush to help it glide on evenly. For maximum moisture plus color, go for tinted lip balms. Formulas like Lorac Gloss Stick, Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip Balm or Mac Tinted Lip Conditioner with SPF 15 can add an extra layer of protection and hydration and still give you kissable color. You can apply these right on top of your other balm to double up on healthy looking lips.

In the mean time, no picking, rubbing or licking the chapped pucker. Got it?

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.