What’s in My Makeup Bag?

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Recently when I asked for feedback on topics for posts several readers mentioned makeup.

First and foremost I am not  an expert on makeup. I get more compliments on my hair than my makeup. That tells me I have a long way to go. However, I have learned a great deal in recent years, and I’m eager to share some basics with you.

There are so many products available that it can be very overwhelming. This 2- part post will help you weed your way through.

Before we get to the products, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. A change will do you good! If you’ve been using the same brand for years and it works there is nothing wrong with that. Add a couple things from a new line. Eye makeup is an easy and fun place to start.

2. Use the store’s resources. Trained makeup artists are on hand to help you. Use their expertise to help weed your way through all the choices. Ask for samples. Do not feel you have to purchase everything shown, but at the same time don’t take advantage of this service either and be mindful of their time.

If you’re a magazine reader you’re familiar with the celebrity feature–”What’s in your makeup bag?” This post is my version with a few more details.

First of all you need a great skin care routine. I’ve covered this in previous posts and given you guidelines on what to look for with ingredients.

A number of years ago I wanted a change in makeup. I had always admired Bobbi Brown when she did guest spots on the Today show. I liked her natural approach to applying makeup. Nearly ten years ago I made a switch. Her line can be found at most major department stores or online.

Foundation: Previously it had been difficult to find just the right shade to match my skin tone. I use Warm Sand 2.5 in the moisture based foundation coupled with the foundation stick. I have looked long and hard for a drug store brand that gives me this shade and I can’t duplicate it. It’s a key part of your look. Do it right, even if you have to pay the price. (remember most brands have several formulas. Find the right one for your skin type.)

Concealer: Bobbi Brown

Blush: Bobbi Brown Tawny

Pressed Powder: Mac’s Finishing Powder  (I’ve also used a Neutrogena product that works well)

There is a fair amount of moisture in my foundation so the powder “sets” the makeup and helps it last throughout the day. You may prefer a loose powder over a pressed one.

 Cream Eye Shadow by Bobbi Brown: I use this product in a neutral tone under my eye shadow which helps it last ALL day. Seriously! You could sleep in your eye makeup and the next morning it would still be on.

This is an overview of the neutral products I use which is the base of any look you create.

Next up: Adding color.

What is your favorite foundation product?

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Top 10 Ingredients for Skin Care Products

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Skin care products are everywhere. New brands seem to appear every year. Department store counters are overwhelming. Direct sales companies promote even more choices. What’s a girl to do? These products are expensive and how do you really know what is the best?

I can only recommend that you do your research. Be in the know before you shop. Thanks to Deborah Kirkendall you have the Top 10 ingredients to look for in your products. This will help when you shop whether it be the department store, drugstore or through a consultant. Be prepared with your list and start reading labels. You might also want to re-read my interview with Deborah.

Remember, the best thing you can do for yourself and your skin is to get professional advice. Make an appointment for a facial TODAY. A professional can help determine the best product and treatments for your skin. If you are local, be sure and take advantage of Deb’s discount for Style by Karen readers. 10% off all services.

1. Vitamin C is one of the workhorse ingredients in skin care. It is backed up by a considerable amount of clinical research that demonstrates its benefits: An increase in collagen synthesis, antioxidant activity, boosts the effectiveness of Vitamin E– important in protecting our cell’s membranes and thickens the skin.

2. Vitamin E is a highly effective antioxidant. It works to protect the membranes of cells, lipoproteins, and many other bodily structures.

3. Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A. Current forms include: retinol, retinyl palmitate, tretinoin, tazarotene. The first two can be purchased over the counter; the final two are prescribed by a physician.  Benefits include: increased cell turnover, repair of cellular structures, shrinkage of oil glands and increases production of new collagen.

4.  Oligopeptide-34, a new ingredient that works to reduce pigmentation by decreasing melanin synthesis within on a cellular level for brighter, more even skin is a new entry in the battle against age spots. 

5. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) which are derived from milk and fruit sugars work by exfoliating damaged surface skin cells.  This allows newer skin to grow in its place.  It improves the appearance of wrinkles, blotchy pigmentation and rough skin.

 6. Salicylic Acid  Like AHAs, salicylic acid is an exfoliating agent for the outermost layer of the skin.  It’s lipid characteristic allows salicylic acid to penetrate the oil in pores, helping to unclog and cleanse them of debris. It also possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These actions make it an ideal choice for individuals with oily skin battling with blackheads and acne.

7. Sunscreen Filters  We can rave about the latest anti-aging skin care ingredients, but most skin care specialists would agree that without protection from UV rays they’d all be a big waste of time. There is no other facet of skin care that comes close to the importance of UV protection since sun exposure is responsible for approximately 90% of adverse skin conditions commonly associated with aging.

8. Green Tea The benefits of green tea may be attributed to their constituent poly phenols, a subclass of flavonoids, found in many plants. Green tea possesses powerful antioxidant activity, reduces inflammation, and can reduce the harmful effects of sun exposure.

9. Peptides are protein fragments that have been shown to have beneficial effect to the skin. Two peptides in particular deserve further attention – copper peptides and palmitoyl pentapeptide 3 (also called Matrixyl).  Peptides have been show to help regulate the exchange and growth rates of skin layer cells, limit potentially harmful oxidation, and create an anti-inflammatory environment.

10. Soy’s benefits may be attributed to their component isoflavones, which have antioxidant properties that help prevent free-radical damage to DNA.  They also help to decrease effects associated with skin aging, which includes a decrease in thickness, dryness and reduction in skin elasticity.

There you go. A big thanks to Deb for sharing her knowledge with us. She and I worked hard to keep the wording as simple as possible.

Let me know if you have any questions and I will direct them to Deborah for the correct answers or better yet schedule your appointment.

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Facial Giveaway Winner

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Congratulations to Comment # 2–Tami  who is the winner of a facial by Deborah! Please check out Deb’s very informative site. If you book an appointment in the next week you will receive 20% Off your service. This offer expires 10-22-11.

If that timing is not convenient for you, be sure and mention Style by Karen when you call to book an appointment and you’ll receive 10% off. This is a standing offer.

As I mentioned in my last post, in addition to a fairly strict daily regimen,  a facial 1-2 times a year, I really have not done anything extraordinary to my skin. My water intake is “streaky”. I love sugar and caffeine. I HAVE watched my sun exposure and this has probably made the biggest difference.

After hitting a new decade in August, I wanted to get Deb’s recommendation for me in the next years. I think it is fair to say that when you hit your Forties and Fifties, you will see changes in your skin. If you haven’t already–it’s coming!

My last blog post was VERY general in some recommendations for each age group. As you can imagine, there is quite a variance in women even within one decade. It is really key to talk to a professional to provide individual advice.

For myself, Deb noticed a difference in the aging process between my face and neck/decollete. The reasoning is simple: I have not been as careful in the sun with that area. I would also like to add that women do not moisturize this area like the face–I’m guilty of that as well.

She recommended a peel. I had never tried this process.

First, Deborah tried some different productson an area of my skin to test any sensitivity. Next, I was given some trial size products to use on my face a week before the peel. This simply took the place of my usual routine.

Since we just decided to do my neck/decollete, the process was very fast. I was told I could expect some peeling but instead I just was a little sensitive the next few days. It was a bit itchy, but no visible redness, rash or any other discomfort.

My next step is microdermabrasion and I’ll report back on that as well. I feel very fortunate to have met Deb. Already I have learned a great deal.

I really love it when this blog becomes more interactive. For that to happen I need to hear from you!  Make a comment and ask some questions. With Deb’s help, we’ll be glad to answer them.

Remember, to make a comment, CLICK on the title of the article in your e-mail which will take you to my home page. It will say “leave a comment” in the upper right hand corner if you’re the first one or just “comments” if there are others. When you click there, a box pops up for you to write it. It’s that easy! And it does work from your I-phone too!

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The Scoop on Skincare/Facial Giveaway

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I’m veering away from fashion just temporarily for a few weeks to discuss skincare and hair styles! Not to worry; fashion topics will be back. I may even sprinkle in a few in between these posts.

Great skin and an updated hairstyle make a such a difference in your overall appearance. It applies directly to my tagline: Helping women to LOOK, FEEL and DRESS their best.

It was difficult to know where to start on this important topic. There is so much information out there. I’ve been blessed with great skin. I really didn’t know this or pay any attention until the last 5 years. I have had many people compliment me on my skin. It’s been so frequent lately that I decided that this is one of my assets.

I like to get a facial 1-2 times a year. It is a splurge and more about the relaxation of it all for me. Each time the aesthetician comments about my skin.

What do I do? First of all, I stopped getting significant sun on my face at the age of 26. Before that, I was a sun worshipper and grew up in the baby oil era. I love to vacation in warm places, and certainly my face has been tan since I was 26, but I wear sunscreen and limit the sun on my face. I recall one time I came back from a cruise and some friends even asked why I didn’t look more tan. The first thing they saw was my face and it wasn’t very tan. I’m so glad I could brush that off and think, “who cares”. In the long run was being tan for a few weeks really all that important?

In addition to keeping out of the sun, I’ve used good products on my face for years. Not all have been high end at an expensive price.

Rather than read dozens of articles, I decided to go right to the best source of all. For this article, I’ve interviewed aesthetician, Deborah Kirkendall of Nico Bella Salon.

She was a wealth of information. I’ve got the basics here–you need to delve into this more for personal goals.

K: In addition to your routine skin care, what are the most important habits when it comes to skincare.

D: Sun screen, water, sleep and diet. Sugar and Caffeine can also have a detrimental effect on your skin over time.

K: What are some key points for each age group?

D: It’s important for all age groups to recognize the changes skin goes through as we age. It is so typical for women to use the same product they had success with in their 20s and continue with it decades later. Skin changes; products must change.

Tips for the Twenties age group: Cleanse, tone, and moisturize! Suncsreen is absolutely key. Avoid the sun if possible. The damage doesn’t show until years later.

What to do when you hit your Thirties:

-When fine lines appear, it’s time for eye cream

-The normal cell turnover is 28 days. In your 30s, this process slows slightly and is more like 30-32 days. The top layer of skin is removed so collagen is replaced. A product with lactic acid promotes cell turnover. Collagen is important as it helps us feel and look younger.

Now, what to do when you hit 40?

At this point the 28 day process of cell turnover can take up to 45 days. Exfoliating should be part of your routine 1-2 times a week. You will also want to incorporate a heavier night moisturizer and an eye care product for dark circles and puffiness.

What about 50?

In addition to all of the above, extra anti-aging products are now necessary. Deep peels, microdermabrasion, and plastic surgery are options.

If you are in your Sixties:

Continuation of all of the above with more hydration. Hyleronic acid draws 1000 times its weight in moisture. Also recommended: Professional level of exfoliation 1x a month.

Seventies and Eighties:

All of the above suggestions apply. Diet becomes more important as well as as exercise. When you are not exercising, you are not oxygenating your skin.

These are some basic generalizations. Each one of you has individual skin care needs. It can be overwhelming with all the products out there. My best advice is to make an appointment with an aesthetician and ask some questions about YOU! Great advice from a professional will help immensely. She will be able to individualize a plan for you.

Start with an appointment for a facial and receive some individual consultation. Deborah is giving away a FREE FACIAL based on your skin type. So make a comment and you’ll be entered. Contest ends: Saturday October 16 @ 9 AM PST.  “Like” Deborah’s Facebook page and make another comment for another entry. Comment must be made on the blog home page to count, but feel free to leave Deborah a comment on her page as well.

Special for ALL Style by Karen readers: Book your appointment within a week (of end of contest) and you’ll receive 20% off any service.

Call Deborah anytime and mention you are a Style by Karen reader and you’ll receive 10% off.

Take a look at this inviting photo and you’ll want to be a winner. Coming soon I’ll share what Deborah recommends for me.

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