The foolproof guide to liquid eyeliner

There is definitely a trick to applying liquid eyeliner and practice makes perfect, so check out this video tutorial about it, “dedicated to…those without lashes and also those with them!”



Product review: Skinceuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex and A.G.E. Interrupter

This video explains how the products reverse signs of aging caused by glycation in the skin.  I bought my products from Viva Day Spa as a recommendation for a night cream by an aesthetician.  I’ve used Skinceuaticals products for over 10 years and have noticed the benefits of using their antioxidant serums to give my skin a healthy glow and protect my face and neck when I’m exercising outside.  So I trust the company and it’s products.  I know they work for me if I  use them regularly.  From the list of ingredients, it looks like Proxylane is the super-star key contributor in that it stimulates the synthesis of the GAGs (glycosaminoglycans) which are “the essential molecules responsible for holding water and nutrients in the skin, increases skin elasticity and thickness, stimulates collagen synthesis, and boosts skin moisture levels.”

The creams are pricey, but a little goes a long way and just a pea-size of the product will cover your face and upper neck.  I also cover my decollate, so use a bit more.  It”s not greasy and get’s absorbed right away.  If my skin seems more dehydrated than normal, I put another cream or oil on top for extra emollience.  I haven’t really noticed the decrease of under-eye circles from the eye cream, but they are stubborn and hereditary.

I wanted to review this product because as I enter my mid-40’s, I’m curious about preventing further skin damage and didn’t really understand the glycation process.  According to Kris Campbell in the November 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine, “if there is too much sugar in the body, protein molecules can cross-link with sugar molecules.  Once this cross-linking process has occurred, the new sugar proteins are called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). The human body does not recognize AGEs as normal, and will produce antibodies that cause inflammation in the skin.”  She writes, that when AGE’s are formed, they attack the collagen and elastin in the dermal layer of the skin, compromising the skin’s structure.  Wrinkling and sagging; weakened elastin and collagen; and a reduced ability for skin to quickly rehabilitate are the result.  This cellular turnover slow-down presents as a hollowed-out appearance due to fat redistribution.

Scary thing is, she says that “the more sugar you eat, whether processed or natural, the more AGEs are produced”.  Yikes! It’s hard enough to not eat that cookie, but the point is to not overload on carbs.  Truthfully, I won’t know if this product really works until I can say that I don’t need injectable fillers to replace future volume loss.  In the meantime, I’ll rely on products to age luminously.

Parabens explained

This video was published on Oct 28, 2013 by First Coast Oncology.  Scot Ackerman, M.D. discusses what you need to know to keep yourself as chemical free as possible. Follow Dr. Ackerman on Twitter:

According to the Breast Cancer Action website, “Parabens are chemical preservatives that have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. Estrogenic chemicals mimic the function of the naturally occurring hormone estrogen, and exposure to external estrogens has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.”  The FDA deems both BPA and parabens safe in small amounts, but according to Dr. Ackerman, ongoing studies are finding more links with breast cancer.  You can find paraben free products online, at natural grocery stores, or even at Target.  The Breast Cancer Action website has a list of brands that carry paraben-free products.


Look good…feel better

Look Good Feel Better

I’m excited to become a certified provider for the Look Good…Feel Better program.  Look Good…Feel Better is the free, global program that helps women address the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.  Serving over 700,000 women and supported by 14,000 volunteers, it’s a safe place to find support, nurture hope, take control, inspire courage, gain confidence, and lift spirits.

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Facial rejuvenation with microneedling


According to dermatologist, Sabine Zenker, microneedling is an effective facial treatment for increasing collagen production and serum penetration by producing micro-incisions in the skin’s dermis.  As an alternative to laser treatments and chemical peels, the procedure is increasing in popularity for skin rejuvenation and treatment of facial scars.  All skin types and colors can benefit from the treatments as there is no risk for scarring, low risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and no heat occurs during the session.  Because the incisions close 10-15 minutes after treatment, there is also a low risk of infection.  This is awesome news for us with acne scars, wrinkles, and photodamaged skin.

Eyebrows: A love/hate relationship

Eyebrow pencil tutorial

© Yuri Arcurs

Aging causes changes in our facial features that can be distressing for some older women to the point where they may give up on applying makeup all together.  The goal is to define the good features and keep it simple.  As we age, our eyebrows thin and in some cases there may be no hair growth on the entire brow or sometimes from the mid-arch outward.  The eyebrow is important because it provides the frame for the eyes, “the windows to your soul”.

Step 1:  Find the right shade of eyebrow pencil without going too dark, hold a credit card or brow pencil along the nose and where the brow would naturally begin above the nostril and tear duct and place a dot there. Accommodate for flared or skinny nostrils so that the brow doesn’t start too far or too close.  To make close set eyes appear farther apart, make  sure the dot isn’t past the tear duct.

Step 2:  Then place a dot where the arch would be above the outer edge of the iris (the colored part of your  eye), use the card or pencil to align the edge of your nose with the outer edge of your iris, use your brow bone as a guide.   Finish by holding the credit card at the edge of your nose and the outside corner of your eye, place a dot where the brow should end 1/4 – 1/2 inch past the outer eye.  Stand back and make sure you have 3 dots as a reference point

Step 3:  Create your eyebrow using the dots as a guide, working the pencil outward with short feathering strokes.

Step 4:  If you have eyebrow hair to blend, use a clean mascara wand to soften the pencil lines.  Follow this with some eyebrow powder, using a small angled brush, and set with an eyebrow wax to hold and give some sheen to the eyebrows.

Step 5:  Apply a luminzer to the arch to give an extra lift.