A French woman knows that a lipstick wardrobe is not complete without RED – as a little girl I idolized Diana Vreeland, the Duchess ofWindsor and Coco Chanel. They were not only stylish and fashionable, they wore red lipstick. I wore the same shade of red lipstick during my twenties – True Red by Estee Lauder, until it was discontinued.
I had yet to find a red I’m loyal to – until now, This February Chanel unveiled a hydrating creme lip colour, and it’s available in 30 shades. Trying on the different shades of red lipstick I felt like a kid in a candy store, so many beautiful colours.
Speaking with Melissa the Chanel Rep I learned there were 5 popular colours of red lipstick, and a shade for every skin tone.
Paris – Blue red
Cambon – Bright red
Vendome – Orange red
Rivoli– Berry red
Gabrielle – True red
I fell in love with Gabrielle, and paired it with lip pencil #24 – My lips stayed hydrated and the colour lasted through out lunch time.
Some Key Facts about Rouge Coco:
Plant based – delivers long-lasting color and shine
Provides full coverage – available in matte or pearl to soft shimmer
Creamy light weight texture – softens and conditions lips – creating plumper, smoother and a healthier appearance.
I kept looking in the mirror, pleased with the effect of radiance a good red can deliver.
Rouge Coco gets a TEN!
Chanel Cosmetics sold at Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstroms, Bloomingdales and the Chanel Boutique in San Francisco.
With this new economy I’ve had to budget myself – having dry and frizzy hair forces me to use a hair mask on a daily basis and using Kerastase everyday can get expensive. I discovered a hair conditioner that received great reviews in Allure magazine a few months ago.
Aussie’s 3 minute miracle, it comes in two formulas: Moist and Sydney Smooth.
I alternate using them and love them, they are cost effective and do the job they claim to do – my hair is left soft and silky smooth. My sisters and I now buy aussie 3 minute miracle in bulk.
This hair mask gets a TEN!
Aussie hair products can be found at Walgreens and Target.
My sister Rosemary and I share our indulgence for Fresh products – especially their hand milled soaps. They foam to a frothy lather, leaving your skin smooth, silky and soft. One of our favorites is their Nectarine soap – made with shea butter and milk protein.
It’s hard to have a favorite – there are 15 collections that include both hair care and skin care. Fresh products are indulgent and effective –
Love Love Love the Sugar Acai and Sugar Blossom – the Sugar Acai has been clinically proven to tone and firm the skin in 4 weeks! I love anything that holds the promise of firming and toning – my only regret is not having started that process years ago. It’s never too late –
another product I fell in love with is the Sugar body oil – leaves your skin soft and it smells yummy.
For months I’ve been reading press about this new mascara. I’m going to admit I’m a makeup snob, especially when it concerns lipstick and mascara. I tried Great Lash and was not thrilled with the results.
I was skeptical – but after reading the article “5 beauty breakthroughs” in MORE magazine I allowed myself to be convinced and gave it a try.
Double Extend mascara glided on my lashes, giving me a natural full lash effect.
I was pleased with the results, although it’s fine for everyday – I plan on using it with my Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils, especially on date night.
I’ve been reading about Loreal’s new studio secrets line for the past month or so and grew disappointed each time I walked into Walgreens and didn’t find it sitting on the shelf. Visiting my parent’s this past weekend I looked through the new Vogue magazine and noticed a $2 dollar coupon and sample for this magical base I’ve been dying to try. This morning I sampled the product and ran to Walgreens –
I immediately saw the difference in my skin’s appearance, it smoothed my facial lines and minimized my pours. Lately my skin care concerns have turned more to skin resurfacing – this product really helped create a smoother foundation. They are right – it is a studio secret and I’m glad I’m looped in.
Studio secrets magic perfecting base – Get’s a TEN!
I don’t subscribe to every fashion magazine, because sometimes it’s just a treat to pick one up the next time I’m standing in line at the grocery store.
Wandering around I noticed a new magazine, it was for women of style and substance, what caught my attention was an article on Jennifer Aniston’s Fablook for weekends – having been a fan of hers since the 1990’s I purchased the magazine.
Walking home I remembered that I met Jennifer right as her career was taking off – I have been on Team Aniston since and have always admired her choices in clothing and makeup. She’s on my top ten list of the most fashionable women in the world. I enjoyed reading the article and looking at the pictures for inspiration.
MORE magazine also has a section dedicated to women’s health – a must read.
Visiting my parents in Tracy, CA is a visit to suburbia and worth the trip, my older sister Wendy is a magazine junkie and subscribes to everything. I race up the stairs in search of the magazines I don’t subscribe to and go through them at a leisurely pace. Bonding with my sister began with a copy of Mademoiselle magazine and ice tea. I still remember the afternoon she came home with it – we poured over the magazine, hopeful.
Since then its been out of circulation – but there our other magazines that help fill it’s void.
Going through the issue of Lucky I read about Loreal’s New Healthy Look – I couldn’t wait to try it and immediately took a trip to Walgreens. The economy today forces us to cut back on certain expenses and having my hair touched up every six weeks can get expensive.
I tried different brands of do it yourself hair dye applications and the one I was using before was Loreal’sroot touch up, which I loved! However after having tried New Healthy Look I can honestly say my hair looks more natural, and glossy!! This product gets a TEN!
As a child I hated going to the dentist, as most children. As an adult it becomes necessary, especially if a little more work is required. I also happen to enjoy going to see my dentist, afterall he’s the one that gave me back my smile. If you’re looking for a new dentist or dentist I highly recommend Dr. Al-majdalani – his finger tips feel like butterfly’s wings. Everyone in the office is friendly and cheerful making a tedious appointment feel like a simple routine checkup.
During my younger years I used Lancome mascara, for one it worked and two it was affordable. I happen to be a sucker for good marketing and became a Chanel girl.
Until I started working for Yves Saint Laurent and discovered the holy grail of Mascara, their Faux Cils. Being into makeup the way I am, I combined the YSL Faux Cils with the YSL Infini Curl – while one lengthens the other thickens and creates a false eyelash effect. I received many compliments and was asked to divulge my trade secrets, which I happily did. I read in a fashion magazine that lashes were the new breast implants – and I have to agree. I’ve been obsessed since and have tried other brands. I was never a big believer in eye lash curlers but I’ve reformed and now am the owner of one – I never travel without my Shu Uemura eye lash curler.
Other mascara brands that make the grade:
1) Smash Box, Lash DNA $9
2) Mac, Zoom Lash $20
3) Chanel, Exceptional and Inmitable mascara $35
I recommend using a magnifying mirror in mascara application, it helps with attention to detail.