Recreating the natural glow of the sun w/ Dior

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Recreating the natural glow of the sun is easy with Dior’s original tan bronzing powder.  Just because it’s winter  doesn’t mean we have to walk around pale and corpse like. 

 I applied the blendable powder and instantly looked relaxed and had that inner glow from within.  Remember makeup should look like it’s coming out and not sitting on top of our skin. 

I carry this mini compact bronzer with me everywhere I go, it never leaves my makeup bag.  It comes along with my on trips and sometimes it’s part of my 5 minute routine.

I loved that the color and condition of my skin was enhanced, I was instantly radiant and luminous. 

Dior Bronze Original Tan gets a TEN!


Available at Neiman Marcus, Saks


Kiss & Stay Lipstick/Gloss by Rimmel London

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I’m always searching for a lipstick/Gloss combination that lasts all day.  I also love affordable beauty bargains that won’t break the bank.

Since Kate Moss became the spoke person for Rimmel London, I admit wanting to experience the Kate Moss effect.

On my last trip to Walgreens I made a purchase, I bought Rimmel London’s Kiss&Stay Lip gloss.  Of course I picked Cherry Blossom – and I was impressed!

The color was long-lasting, non-sticky and my lips stayed moisturized throughout the day.  The light-weight formula left soft kissable and natural looking lips.

A dab of this amazing Lip gloss is all that is needed to achieve the perfect sultry pout this holiday season –  just in time for those moments under the mistletoe.

Kiss&Stay by Rimmel London gets a TEN!


Available at Walgreens and Target

Iridescent shimmer w/ Bobbi Brown

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My favorite Bobbi Brown piece, the Shimmer Brick Compact in Pink Quartz.  It’s the one piece I keep buying over and over again.

I love the iridescent color that immediately lights up my face – and gives me that inner glow.  One of my favorite highlighters, it gives the skin natural warmth and color.
Available in 6 gorgeous iridescent shimmers:
Nectar – Soft coral glow
Bronze – Deep bronze glow
Beige – a gorgeous candle light glow
Rose – a soft rosy glow
Beach – a beautiful seaside glow
Pink quartz – my favorite – works beautifully for day or night!
This makes the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for any beauty junkie – it’s the quickest way to brighten up your face this holiday season.
If you’re anything like me, you will want to use it all the time!
Shimmer Brick Compact by Bobbi Brown gets a TEN!
Available at Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom

Beauty Profile with Adriana Lynch of Arbonne Cosmetics

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Adriana Pozzani Lynch first held management positions with The Walk Disney Co., Pillsbury International, and Procter & Gamble, before joining the team at Arbonne International as the SVP & Chief Marketing Officer. Adriana was classically trained in Brand Management at P&G Brazil where she managed Pampers and Always.
Adriana came to the U.S and earned her MBA at Harvard, graduating with Second Year Honors.  Managing a busy lifestyle with work and family Adriana graciously agreed to answer a few beauty questions.
Anita: What are your top 5 favorite beauty products and why?

Adriana: 1. Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced Celluar Renewal Masque: I’m totally addicted to this masque.  As we age, it becomes necessary to move from a friction peel to an exfoliating enzyme peel and that’s exactly what this masque is.  2. Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced Restorative Day Creme: I don’t leave the house without putting on the day crème.  It includes anti-aging botanicals, plus SPF, to protect my skin from the sun’s rays, something I definitely need living in Southern California.  3. Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Creme: Are you sensing a theme here? I have two small rambunctious small children, not to mention two dogs, and the eye crème is a must  to help with warding off dark circles after a long day at work and a sleepless night.  Don’t get me wrong; I love my life….it’s just 24/7 these days, right?  Your skincare has to keep up with that pace, too.  4. Revelage Intensive Pro-Brightening Night Serum & Revelage  Age Spot Brightening Day Ceam with SPF 20:  I sometimes substitute the anti-aging  skincare regime above with the our high performance, state-of-the -art brightening products.  During the dry, winter months, especially, I love to use this dynamic duo of Revelage serum and day cream to brighten up my complexion.  5. Arbonne Cosmetics Sheer Glow Highlighter:  Speaking of Highlighting, this is one of my very favorite products!  This versitile formula adds an instant glow when and where you need it….such as adding a few dots and dabbing on the upper cheek bone and brows, it’s a quick and easy way to add just an accent to your makeup that lights up your face.
Anita:  All of these Arbonne products sound amazing!  Okay… what are your favorite non-brand beauty products?
Adriana: (Laughs) Does a Coffeehouse Mocha count as a beauty product?!  How about cheese curls?  Well, these make me feel good so hopefully they help me look good, too.  I may live on empty calories, but when it comes to taking care of looking my best, I figured the best possible makeover would be on board as Arbonne’s CMO!
Anita: My favorite question: What is your favorite shade of Red Lipstick?
Adriana: Arbonne Cosmetic’s Strawberry Lipstick: The red matches my skin tone perfectly – and it’s great for those rare nights out on the town with my husband.
Anita:  I love Strawberry!  I alternate Arbonne’s Runway Red with Strawberry and it’s very hard for me to put them down and test other Reds! –  okay….next question, if you only had 5 minutes in the morning, what beauty products would you use?
Adriana: I’ve got a whole five minutes to get ready?! I’d have to be dreaming because that’s at least two minutes more then usual at my house!  I’m usually running out the door after a quick application of our anti-aging hydrating day cream, makeup primer, a shot of volume spray for my hair and some lip polish.  If I ever get those extra two minutes, I might add some neutral eye shadow, a tad bit of foundation and blush.
Anita:  Last question:  Last minute perals of wisdom?
Adriana: It’s all about Prevention.  That’s why we’re seeing women (an men) in their 20s  use anti-aging skincare in order to help ward off the signs of aging before they appear.  We take that one step further and have a synergistic, inner and outer approach to anti-aging with skincare and a supplement.  The best part of my job is helping people see that younger healthier looking skin lets your inner beauty shine through!  Whoever you are and whatever you do, you’re beautiful, so don’t be afraid to let it show.
Anita:  Thank you so much for confirming everything I’ve learned about Age-Appropriate Skincare. 


Ripe & Edible Plum w/ Arbonne Cosmetics

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This gorgeous shade of Plum is actually Raisin – either way my lips were ripe and edible.  The color left me breathless, my lips were drenched with vitamins, safflower and sunflower oil that revealed soft kissable lips.
Arbonne Cosmetics created a unique Optlight Technology that diffuses light while providing a soft focus effect.  The pigments look stunning in artificial and natural light.  My skin was glowing and the colors compliment all skin tones.
The ingredients in their makeup allow for troubled skin to breathe and heal, while giving that light-as-air feeling.
I’m not one to fall for lip gloss, it’s usually too sticky, shiny and hard to apply.  Lip Polish by Arbonne Cosmetics glides on smoothly, delivering the promise of superior shine without being too much!
The chic packaging is luxurious and sophisticated.  I love drenching my lips in hydration and breath-taking color.
Raisin by Arbonne Cosmetics gets a TEN!

Long-Lasting Lip Shine with Youngblood Cosmetics

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I love nothing more than finding different ways of wearing red, especially when it’s a new lip color.  Youngblood Cosmetics is one of the few makeup companies that creates mineral based makeup that allows  the skin to breathe and heal.

I recently fell in love with Jubilee – a gorgeous shade of red.  I love the small sleek black compact, it makes it easy to tuck it into the pocket of my favorite jeans or carry inside my evening bag.

Available in 7 gorgeous shades, enriched with Vitamin E and other emollients for super hydration.  Lip Shine by Youngblood Cosmetics can be layered over your favorite lipstick or lip pencil for that little bit of added shine.

Jubille by Youngblood Cosmetics gets a TEN!

Available at OxenRose Salon

Discovering Cleopatra’s Secret w/ jane iredale

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I’m not one to fall in love with eyeliners and eye shadow.  Very rarely do I find eye makeup that causes a change in my makeup routine.
Leave it to jane iredale to create another amazing product: Mystikols – a powder eyeliner that creates a smoldering smokey eye.
I opened the magical wand, it was filled with gorgeous jewel tone color.  The colors left me breathless.  I immediately removed all traces of the days makeup and began to play!
I played with each color – I was like a kid in a candy store. 
1. Malachite – Gorgeous sparking moss with buttery beige
2. Amethyst – Royal purple  with luxurious pearl
3. Dark Topaz – Rich brown with velvet rose
4. Lapis Lazuli – Vibrant blue  with creamy pearl
This is the perfect gift for a true makeup junkie –  and you don’t need a special occasion to get them for yourself.  Discovering Cleopatra’s secret has never been so easy! For gorgeous eyes – jane iredale.
Pure Beauty
2124 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Mystikol single $20
Mystikol boxed set of 5 $90

The Perfect Holiday gift: Lumieres du Monde by Cargo Cosmetics

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I’m not one to fall head over heels for eye makeup, but when I opened this story book of dreams I sighed with delight. I keep forgetting that nestled in the middle of these gorgeous eye shadows is a blush and bronzer combination that gives back an instant pretty glow.

The jewel tone colors left me breathless and hopeful that I too could achieve gorgeous eyes this holiday season. 
 I loved the matte and satin shimmer pigments, they were blendable colors that could be layered for a day-time ladylike look  or create that bit of drama for night. 
Lumieres du Monde by Cargo Cosmetics is the perfect holiday gift this season, and you don’t have to be a makeup junkie to appreciate it.
Cargo Cosmetics gets a TEN!
Available at Macy’s

Holiday Luxury w/ Oribe Gold Pomade

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I opened the box and was immediately in love with this luxurious gold pomade by Oribe.  I loved the gold packaging, but especially the ultra-rich highlights, shine and radiant shimmer the gold pomade gave my hair. 
My hair was soft, and I felt like I was channeling my inner Goddess.  The light-weight formula gave my hair hold, depth and definition. 
Some Key ingredients:
Pro Vitamin B5 – Strengthens, thickens and mositurize fine thin hair.
Kervis – Improves the condition of hair, even in humidity.
Ultrasil Copolyol-1 – Conditions, improves shine and allows for manageability.
Crushed Gold Minerals – High brilliance Minerals that give an exclusive  24k gold shade.
UV Protection – Protection for Color Treated, permed or natural hair from the glare of the sun.
I loved that I could apply this amazing pomade on dry or wet hair, my hair was transformed into lustrous glamour
Giving the gift of luxury this Holiday Season with Gold Pomade by Oribe.
Available at Neiman Marcus