Revealing Soft & Kissable Lips with Jane Iredale

I went to Maui for my summer vacation this year, and as usual I got my summer tan on my first day.  I was bright red, and afterwards I realized I dried my lips out in the process.

Lucky for me I know how to repair and recharge my skin.  I brought along with me a few items to test and one of those items was the Jane Iredale Sugar&Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper.

Not only did it smell like heaven, but it tasted delicious.  The organic brown sugar gently exfoliatated my dry and flakey skin, revealing soft and kissable lips.

Being free of chemicals and preservatives I was able to eat the sugar crystals right off my lips – Yummy!

I loved the natural, glowing pink tint that enriched my lips with shea butter and peptides – reducing feathering and diminishing fine lines.

I love having soft and kissable lips! Lip Exfoliator/Plumper Duo by Jane Iredale gets a TEN!


Pure Beauty

2124 Fillmore Street

San Francisco, Ca 94115


Creating Show Stopping Gorgeous Eyes with Sonia Kashuk

I’m a Red Lipstick sorta gal, but there are those times when Red Lipstick can be too heavy for a normal workday at the office.  I heard about Gel Eyeliners and decided to investigate.

I recently tested Dramatically Defining Long-Wearing Gel Eyeliner by Sonia Kashuk and I was impressed.  Not only is the price-point reasonable but the Gel liner gave my eyes definition and that touch of glamour that lasted all afternoon.

I received more compliments than usual about having pretty eyes, defining gorgeous eyes has never been this easy.  There are several shades to choose from, so go ahead and enhance your eye color with Sonia Kashuk.

Dramatically Defining Long-Wearing Gel Eyeliners by Sonia Kashuk get a TEN!

Available at Target


Delivering the results of a Professional Peel – Taking the Doctor Home with you

The economy being what it is, I can’t always get a professional peel.  I love Dr.Brandt skincare products because it’s just like taking the doctor home with me.

As soon as I applied the product I could feel it working its magic.  I saw the results, my skin was smoother, clearer and radiant.  I love being able  to see the difference,  even after my famous Maui tan.

New Dr. Brandt Laser a-Peel immediately exfoliated and resurfaced my skin.  As I’ve been getting older my skincare concerns have turned to skin resurfacing, I love using products that aid in cell turnover and collagen production.

After weeks of using Laser a-Peel by Dr. Brandt my skin was firmer and my pores were tighter revealing glowing healthy  skin.  The anti-inflammatory and soothing agents were a plus, my skin was noticeably less red and irritated.  My tiny laugh lines and wrinkles were minimized.

So go ahead and get 20 times the anti-oxidant power of Vitamin C with New Laser a-Peel by Dr. Brandt.

isn’t it time you took the Doctor home with you?

Laser a-Peel gets a TEN!

Available at Sephora

For that pure wash of natural color: Lipstains by Maybelline

I’m obsessed with Lipstains, I’ve been testing affordable name brands for the past few weeks.

Lipstains by Maybelline are that perfect sheer wash of natural color, my lips felt fresh and their barely there feel were perfect for everyday.

Especially those hot days in Maui during my summer vacation.

I love the water based pigments, Lipstains by Maybelline for that gorgeous wash of natural color.

Lipstains by Maybelline get a TEN!


Available at Walgreens and Target.

High-Sheen Finishing Spray by Oribe

I waited until I was happy with my haircut before testing out this amazing Soft Lacquer hair Spray by Oribe.

I learned that if my hair is dry, and unhealthy it’s best not to test new styling products until I was happy with the health of my hair.

I was so happy with my hair today, it stayed in place and didn’t look matted down, in other words I didn’t have helmet head syndrome.

Soft Lacquer Hair Spray by Oribe is made with Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil – my hair was nourished and protected with natural luster.  I loved that it also gave me UV protection and that the oil moisturized my cuticles while promoting thick and lustrous soft manageable hair.

Other ingredients such as the Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and a unique Copolymer Blend help renew dry and damaged hair.

My hairstyle held, contributing to a great hair day!

Soft Lacquer Hair Spray by Oribe gets a TEN!


available at Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York

Beauty Award Winning Blush by Cargo Cosmetics

Cargo Cosmetics creates professional makeup that is used on the sets of TV and Film.  I’m not surprised, their blushes are blendable, moist and sheer powders that easily glide onto the skin creating that irresistible glow that comes from within.

I tested a gorgeous shade of Pink, Catalina and the big pan allowed for the pigment to pick up evenly, giving a gorgeous flush that complemented my Maui tan.

I love instant pretty – Beauty Award Winning Blush by Cargo Cosmetics gets a TEN!


Available at Macy’s

beingTrue to your skin

I love this Protective Mineral Foundation Powder by beingTrue Cosmetics.  It not only gave me a gorgeous and luminous appearance but it also gave me amazing coverage.

I especially get excited when I find a beauty product that can perform double duty.

beingTrue Cosmetics provides women from all age groups with modern, long-wearing pigments that are combined with anti-inflammatorie benefits.

I still suffer from adult acne and need beauty products that give me not only  flawless coverage but that are also good for my skin.

I had to pry my little hands loose of this amazing Mineral Foundation, the luminous canvas it left behind maintained itself through out a stressful day at the office and drinks after work.

Glowing from within has never been so easy, so go ahead and protect your skin with Protective Mineral Foundation Powder by beingTrue Cosmetics – it gets a TEN!


Beauty Q&A with Helen Andreos – Former National Lancome Brow and Skincare Specialiste

Helen Andreos in a past life was the National Brow Specialiste for the house of Lancome.  During her early career as the national brow and skincare specialiste for Lancome Cosmetics, Helen participated at various award shows such as the Oscars, Emmy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.  Renowned  Nationwide Helen has a Celebrity Clientel list adding Angela Basset, Nelly Furtado, Kathy Bates and Debra Messing among them.

Helen was gracious and took time out of her busy schedule to give me an interview and talk about how to achieve fabulous Brows.

Anita: How did you get started in the brow/skincare business?

Helen: Passion – I was 17 years old when I started grooming my own brows and using skincare.  Grooming my brows was difficult, but with practice I mastered it and now its become second nature.  I love sharing my knowledge with women, I love helping women achieve gorgeous healthy brows and skin.

Anita: How do you feel about permanent eyebrow tattoos?

Helen: If it’s done correctly it can be beautiful – you need to make sure that the balance, length, and color are right.  I recommend doing research and finding a professional tattoo artist.

Anita: What are your favorite brow products and why?

Helen: Revitabrow is my absolute favorite – I know they don’t make claims that they promote eyebrow growth, but I’ve seen results on my clients and on myself.  Revitabrow creates thicker, fuller brows.  Another great product is the Lancome Pencil to Powder, there isn’t anything else out there like it, truly an amazing product  – it has the precision of a pencil but the softness of a powder, it’s not harsh but soft and natural.  Eyebrows shoudnt be dramatic unless you are doing Runway or Photography.

Anita: Do you recommend threading or waxing?

Helen: You can’t get the precision with threading or waxing, you are in danger of removing too much, you can only achieve precision with tweezing.

Anita: Why do you think most women over tweeze?

Helen: Because they don’t know what they are doing, you need a professional and artistry products to fill in, define and to give proper color and balance.

Anita: I recently read in a magazine article that there are some people who shave their eyebrows – what’s your take on that?

Helen: Shaving eyebrows is very bad! Eyebrows have a tendency not to grow back if they are continually shaved or tweezed.

Anita: With so many tweezers available – which is your favorite?

Helen: The Cricket – it lasts longer, grabs hair better and needs less maintenance.  You can purchase it at any Beauty Supply Store.

Anita: Okay – the Question I’ve been dying to ask you, what’s in your famous eyebrow kit?

Helen: My Cricket Tweezer, Jane Iredale brushes, Jane Iredale Concealers, Jane Iredale brow gels, and Revitabrow.

Anita: I recently started testing the bitty brow kit by Jane Iredale and I love it, have you seen it yet?

Helen: No, not yet.  I’m constantly testing new products on myself before I incorporate the ones that work into my brow kit.  What’s the bitty brow kit like?

Anita: It’s travel size and comes with clear wax, brunette powder, three mini brushes and a tiny mirror.  At first I was intimidated by the wax, but after our many conversations I managed to figure out how to use the product and now I can’t put it down, my eyebrows look more natural!

Helen: I’m going to have to take a look at it, I love Jane Iredale.

Anita: I love Jane Iredale products too, it’s the skincare makeup! I know you’re very busy with work and that once you get home its Danny’s time, but I have a few more questions.  Any last-minute words of wisdom?

Helen: Beautiful and healthy skin combined with healthy brows will give anyone a more pulled together look – everything comes together when you have healthy brows, and if you need help growing your brows I recommend Revitabrow, it’s a great way to start, and go to a professional! Waxing, and tweezing are difficult to do on your own.

Anita: Revitabrow was the first eyebrow treatment I tested and I highly recommend it too, are there any new beauty products you want to share with us?

Helen: I recently discovered a great mineral makeup line by La Bella Donna and an amazing suncare line by Color Science, I’m very excited about them.

Anita: Thank you Helen – I can’t wait to visit you at your Brow & Skincare Studio!

Helen Andreos

Brow & Skincare Specialiste

South West Health Professional Center

2664 New Port Blvd.

Costa Mesa, Ca 92627


BIOGLYCOLIC FACIAL LOTION: Keeping your skin blemish free with Jan Marini

I love Jan Marini skincare products, it’s no secret I suffer from adult acne and since I’ve been getting older I’m concerned with skin resurfacing.  BIOGLYCOLIC FACIAL LOTION helps me keep my skin blemish free and soft and smooth.  This amazing lotion aids the skin in retaining hydration, evens out skin tone ( I suffer from hyperpigmentation) and it’s compatible with any moisturizer or topical preparation, that’s great news for me since I’m always testing new skincare products. The Bioglycolic lotion absorbed easily into my skin, leaving my skin with a more even skin tone and even though it’s oil-free it still left my skin hydrated and soothed after intense masking.



Dawn Patrice Skincare Studio

The Flood Building

870 Market Street Suite 1188

San Francisco, CA 94115