I would not, could not, live without the following items:
As an aesthetician, I come across amazing products, and I’m always on the lookout for the next best thing. I love to try things out first and then give you my feedback. How can I talk about a product if I haven’t used it? So, I suggest you give this a try. As always, shop around and get the best price for it (never pay more than you should)!
Dr. Perricone is a board certified clinical and research dermatologist. He has authored three best sellers and I love his holistic approach to aging. I have used this product for a month now, and I am happy with the results.
No Concealer Concealer is a broad spectrum UVA & UVB, non-chemical, mineral-based product with an SPF of 35! That’s good stuff! It treats your skin while concealing discolorations, dark circles and imperfections. Here’s a tip: I just don’t use this under my eyes. I use it on my eyelids (it’s a great eye shadow primer) and other places on my face that need some help. Remember to use your ring finger and to pat GENTLY around the bottom of your eye. Your skin is extremely thin around your eye and if you pull and tug on it, you will create wrinkles.
I have to say that the SPF makes me happy, and I know (and all of you should know by now) what the sun and tanning beds do to our skin. I personally know of a woman who worshiped the sun to a point that at 54 she looks like she’s 104 – scary! Do not consider yourself a human sundial. She suffers the consequence of her decision, and I think at one point Steve Irwin (who I love and miss) mistakenly captured her thinking she was a crocodile! Don’t be foolish – go out and enjoy the sun, but always protect your skin!
So, let me go back to my original thought. If I were stranded on an island, I would take with me: my family, coffee, and Dr. Perricone’s No Concealer Concealer!
If you do purchase this product, please let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions, just ask!
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The other day I was having a fun girl lunch at http://www.pizzaevino.net in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. I was with a woman who I have come to admire over the past year. We are “cancer” sisters, as our birthdays are a couple weeks apart and whenever I am with her, I find myself always walking away with a feeling like we could have been biological sisters (quite honestly, that would have been my pick)!
I think what makes a beautiful relationship (any kind of relationship) is TRUST. I have heard that word a lot lately, and after attending a beautiful mass at my son’s school, they too put faith in “trust.”
We did what most girls do; we talked about: family, work, kids, relationships, and one of my favorite topics…fashion! It was of course FNO (Fashion Night Out) and it is always fun and harmless to indulge in things that bring us happiness.
One topic on the docket was mixing and matching items in your wardrobe. I don’t know many people who can dress from head to toe in designer fashion, so what’s the next best thing – mix and match! I think it takes courage, creativity, and fashion sen$e to put together an ensemble that ranges in price from $20.00 to $200.00. I personally enjoy shopping that way. It’s a challenge, and what East Coast girl can’t handle a challenge?
About a month ago I was in Target and stopped in the accessory department. I spoke to the salesgirl about the recent effort put forth by the buyer for the department and how I have personally seen some very cute and trendy accessories there. So, of course I had to take some pictures.
Before you run out and drop dollars on trendy expensive accessories, shop online in the sale section of your favorite department store, head to your local boutique, and think about stopping by Target. What store can you walk away from with wine, a movie, munchies, and a trendy necklace?
I know this article was supposed to be in a “New York Minute,” but I believe in giving LushCake friends something more than a hangover thought to walk away with!
Happy shopping girls!
It was a beautiful Southern California morning (again); however, in my mind it was cold, dark, and dismal. I was headed to the airport with my seventeen year old son as my co-pilot. He was headed back to the East Coast to finish his senior year at Don Bosco Prep—a decision that forever changed my life and I am hoping changed his for the better. In between the tears I kept thinking there has to be a “positive” to this day. I was saying so long to my friend, my first of everything (when it comes to children), my half who understood and completed my thoughts, the young boy who I almost lost at birth, who now has grown into a young man literally overnight and hopefully a decent human being who would help to better the world. All those thoughts did not bring me comfort, just gut-wrenching pain and wondering where my next breath was coming from. As I walked him to security, I hugged him as hard as I could, feeling his wavy hair and inhaling his scent, praying all along that this was just a dream and I would soon be waking up to coffee and a truffle. “I apologize, Michael, for any hurt I may have caused you; I love you more than you will ever know. Be strong and know that I am just a phone call away.”
Okay, so where was the silver lining, the happiness knowing I had sacrificed for my first born? I was waiting amongst the loud chatter in the courtyard, the smoke-filled “free air”, the beautiful blue sky, and my newly made mocha latte. Trying to gather myself and my thoughts, crying in spurts and feeling embarrassed, while at the same time not caring about my emotional display, I digressed to the making my delicious latte. A cute girl was patiently waiting as I New-Yorked in great detail how I wanted my latte made: “Grande, nonfat, two-pump mocha latte, with a tease of whip; and Oh, I will be watching, so please do not put in whole milk? I need to rationalize my truffle this morning!” She pleasantly obliged and I waited patiently. Did I see her hand tremble? Maybe, poor thing; she had no idea what I had just been through, and my t-shirt was not displaying my sad story.
As I was waiting, an attractive, elderly gentleman walked over to her and explained that his granddaughter was flying home and she could not take a certain product on the plane with her, and asked if the barista wanted it. It caught my attention. One, because I heard something nice and two, it was a very expensive cleanser from a brand I know very well! The kind young girl extended her graceful, but still shaking hand, and accepted the gift and said thank you. The gentleman turned to me, almost needing a co-pilot himself to back up his generous gift and asked, “This is a very good product, no?” I said, “Oh, absolutely! It was very kind of you to do that, and I would be more than happy to explain to the young girl what was just given to her. She handed me my latte and said, “I am embarrassed; I do not know what this is or how to use it.” I thought, “oh, relief! I can stop thinking about my son and distract myself with helping out a stranger.”
I explained what the product was, how to use it, when to use it, how much to use of it, and what should accompany the product when she does use it. This huge smile came across the face of a beautiful stranger and her thank you was the silver lining I was praying for. I told her that this was not only an expensive product, but it was also a gift kindly given from a stranger, and that maybe she would like to pay it forward with another kind act to another stranger. She stood for a moment, had a split thought, and said, “Thanks so much, I will.” As I turned to walk away, my son’s plane flew overhead and a tear rolled down my face; however, it was accompanied by a fulfilling act of kindness.
Live and love to the fullest extent.
(stay tuned for part two)