Friday, January 24, 2014

New Makeup Trick For Radiant Skin!

Anyone who knows me knows that my style of doing makeup is all about glowing skin. I’m a dewy skin addict! Personally I think it’s the prettiest finish that skin can have. I usually accomplish it by highlighters or shimmers but I recently found a new way that leaves the skin gorgeous and photographs beautifully. I found a new way to use one of my favorite products – NARS multiples. The multiple is a product manufactured by NARS that comes in cream stick form. It can be used on the eyes, cheeks, or lips; it’s called the multiple due to its multi-purpose use.

I experimented with a multiple in the color G Spot and found that when used underneath foundation it gives a lit from within glow. Usually I use a multiple after foundation and powder, but when I used it before foundation it gave an effortless glow that I found stunning. After moisturizer and primer apply the NARS multiple to the high points of the cheeks and the temples of the forehead and then apply foundation and the rest of the your makeup as usual.
I tested it out on a model for a recent shoot that I did, and found that it photographs wonderfully and made the skin look radiant.  This is a technique that I will be using on my brides and on models for a long time. I have included some of the final shots from the shoot in this post so that you can see the results for yourself which are gorgeous.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Foods to Eat for Glowing Skin

Naturally beautiful and glowing skin is something we all desire and it's not an impossible feat.  Add these foods to your diet to help increase your natural glow and produce flawless, beautiful skin.


Tomatoes are red because of a phytochemical in them called "Lycopene".  Lycopene is believed to possibly lower an acne-promoting hormone. Alan Logan, a naturopathic doctor and author of The Clear Skin Diet (Cumberland House), suggests including tomato-based foods (such as sauce and tomato juice) in your diet between three and five times per week.


Deeply colored berries such as blueberries and cherries are loaded with antioxidants.  Antioxidants help your body fight off blemishes.  The more severe your acne, the lower your levels of blood antioxidants, says Logan.

Oily Fish

An international study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that people who had a diet high in fish had less skin wrinkling.  That might be because the Omega-3 Fatty acids found in fish are known to slow down the wrinkling process.  Logan recommends that acne sufferers consume four to five servings of oily fish per week to treat the condition.  If that's too much fish, try taking fish oil supplements.

Brown Rice
Check the packaging of your skin products and you're likely to see ceramides in the list of ingredients. These lipid molecules, which help your skin maintain its moisture, can also be found in foods such as brown rice. When you eat naturally occurring ceramides, they get incorporated into the outer layer of your skin and help it maintain its hydration, says Logan.

For more tips on how to get glowing skin, click here.

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Natural Hair Wonder Product

It's no secret that I'm addicted to wearing hair extensions and have been for over 10 years - loves it! What some people don't know is that under all of those weave tracks lurks a head full of natural hair. I've been natural for some time now and every few months I rock my natural locks. One of my favorite products for my hair is Mixed Chicks Hair Silk. I love the Hair Silk  serum because it's great if I want to wear my hair in an afro or if I choose to do a silk out. For those of you who don't know what a silk out is, it's when you straighten your natural hair through thermal styling; my tool of choice is a flat iron. I recently wore my hair both ways but I will show you how fabulous Mixed Chicks Hair Silk is for an effective silk out. Although my hair is baby fine, I have a lot of it and it's VERY resistant to heat. The product really aids in smoothing my hair and leaves it super soft.

Below are photos of my hair results when using Mixed Chick Hair Silk when my hair is air dried and results after being silked out with a flat iron. For the silk out I took 1" sections and turned my flat iron up to 400 degrees. Section by section I smoothed the hair out from root to tip. The serum coats the hair and gives it great shine.

Air dried afro with Hair Silk

Smoothing hair out with a flat iron

Half way done

All done and ready to hit the streets

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