~ Touche Eclat ~

Touche Eclat


I’m addicted to highlighters, and I’ve bought several but the one I keep buying over and over again is  Touch Eclat by Yves Saint Laurent.  It’s luxury with a touch of radiance. 

It’s a beautiful gold pen that lights up the delicate area around your eyes, t-zone and lips.  Taking away dark shadows and illuminating the natural contours of your face.  Touche Eclat get’s a TEN! 

It was first developed for Yves Saint Laurent for one of his many fashion shows, and since has become a beauty staple. It’s always in my makeup bag, shouldn’t it be in yours? 

Touch Eclat comes in four shades, one for every skin tone.  


available at all leading department stores 


~ Mascara by RevitaLash ~

Mascara by RevitaLash


I have not been wearing makeup lately, I’ve been lazy. My sister Wendy was visiting this weekend and I decided to make an effort.  

I was skeptical about testing Mascara by RevitaLash, I suffer from eye allergies and was worried about trying a new product with new ingredients.  Not only were my lashes thicker, longer and fuller but RevitaLash did not create an allergic reaction or add to my existing one.  

I kept batting my lashes asking people what they thought of them, loving the effect.  

Mascara by RevitaLash framed my eyes, giving them what appeared to be an instant lift.  I noticed that the brush separated and defined my lashes, and Mascara by RevitaLash was clump free!   

 I’m obsessed with having beautiful lashes.   

Eye Lashes are the NEW breast implants!  

Mascara by RevitaLash get’s a TEN!!  



OBAGI – Professional-C Serum

Professional - C Serum

I couldn’t wait to try this precious serum – it was like liquid gold.  I was never a believer in antioxidants, even when I sold skin care, it was the product I didn’t think I needed.

Well, I’m a believer now.  Having tried Obagi Professional-C Serum I understand why it’s important to use an antioxidant on a daily basis.  Antioxidants offer protection against sun exposure, air pollution, and other factors.

Professional-C serum offers maximum protection against premature aging and assaults caused by the enviroment.  It neutralizes free radicals that are the main causes of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus it stimulates collagen for more resilient and firmer skin.

Professional-C serum also lightens and brightens the skin, my favorite aspect since I suffer from hyperpigmentation.

My skin was smoother, clearer and more luminous. I like the idea of glowing from the inside.

Professional-C serum comes in 4 concentrations:

20% – The highest concentration

15% – For all skin types

10% – For dry, sensitive skin

5% – For the delicate eye area

Professional-C serum has a deeper penetration level then it’s counterparts, the deeper the penetration the greater the protection.

Using Obagi professional-C serum is protecting your skin from further damage,  shouldn’t you be protecting yours?

OBAGI Professional-C Serum gets a TEN!



NEW Age Intervention prime

Face Primer

I first heard of Jan Marini skincare at a cocktail party – the woman who was sharing her beauty secrets had the most amazing skin.  Suddenly the opportunity presented itself for me to test Marini’s New Age-Intervention Prime, I agreed without hesitation.

I was an easy target for skin care products that promised to reverse the signs of aging – especially the signs caused by neglect. My skin needed interference.

Age-Intervention Prime is the first anti-aging primer that delivers an instant airbrushed effect.  I was excited to try it and afterwards couldn’t stop looking in the mirror.

My skin looked flawless, and my features were softer, I was camera ready and I wasn’t wearing makeup.  I was impressed with the immediate results, so much that later in the afternoon my friend Chris accused me of wearing makeup and I wasn’t.  I laughed, without foundation my skin looked polished and radiant-my pores and imperfections were minimized.

Jan Marini has been researching skin care for over three decades, developing new skin care technologies that deliver fast results.  Marini’s treatments are used worldwide to treat severe skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and sun damage.  After trying New Age-Intervention Prime, I believed it.

Age-Intervention Prime’s key ingredients are a potent combination of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory technologies that with continuous use lessen the appearance of aging flaws.

The formula targets an increase in elasticity, adding skin volume and providing protection against wrinkles and inflammation.  Your skin will automatically look and feel younger, mine did.

I loved it so much I’m making my younger sister try it – I love the idea of being airbrushed, New Age-Intervention Prime gets a TEN!



For Direct Purchase: www.myjanmarini.com

Or Visit: www.dawnpatriceskincare.com

Dawn Patrice Skincare Studio

The Flood Building

870 Market Street #1188

San Francisco, CA 94102




Exfoliating Facial Cream

I couldn’t wait to get Dr.Brandt’s microdermabrasion cream into my little hands, lately my skin care concerns have turned to skin resurfacing.  I have to admit I haven’t been on top of my beauty regime – repairing the damage I caused was becoming an obsession.

Microdermabrasion cream smoothed my fine lines and wrinkles instantly, revealing a more radiant and youthful appearance.  I was impressed, the overall texture of my complexion improved, it was like having an office microdermabrasion at home.

The beauty of the product is that it’s for all skin types, and  delivers it’s promise of polishing away dead skin cells, restoring a more natural glowing complexion.  I also loved the texture and smell, it reminded me of fresh-cut lemons.

Dr.Brandt designed and innovative collection of skin care products that offer high-performance, targeted treatments, no more doctor visits or prescriptions.  Take the doctor home with you!

Key Ingredients:

1) Pharmaceutical Grade Crystal – Exfoliate without scratching or irritating, improving skin’s texture.

2) Lactic Acid – Softens texture, improves firmness and radiance, regenerates skin cells.

3) Jojoba & Aloe – Sooths and softens

4) Chamomile – Heals and Calms

5) Green Tea – Anti inflammatory properties, protects skin against environmental aggressors.

I don’t know about you – but I’m taking the doctor home with me ~

Microdermabrasion Cream gets a TEN!


Sold nationwide at www.drbrandtskincare.com and www.sephora.com

~ By Terry ~



My first experience with by Terry cosmetics was looking through the European magazines and seeing the product at Le Bon Marche in Paris.  I read about the Baume de Rose and was dying to try it.     

Since then my sister Dora and I frequent the cosmetic department at Barney’s New York.  We fell in love with the OR DE ROSE – an iridescent gold flecked lip gloss, that smells like roses.      

This beautiful lip gloss transforms any color of lipstick or lip pencil you are wearing – it’s great to layer for those evenings when you need a little something extra.  OR DE ROSE get’s a TEN!!!     


Barney’s New York     

77 O’Farrell Street     

San Francisco, CA 94108     


ask for Miguel     


*Terry de Gunzburg is the genius behind YSL Beauty – the creator of the Touche Eclat.

~ Garnier Fructis ~

Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum


My sister Margaret came to visit this past Easter weekend, and I couldn’t help but notice her sleek and shiny hair – it was frizz free.     

I eyed her hair products and was amazed,  she was using Garnier Fructis.  I’m a snob in general when it comes to beauty products.    

Seeing her beautiful flowing hair on a daily basis caused envy, I broke down and asked if I could try her Garnier – she obliged and I couldn’t have been happier with the results.    

My hair was sleek, straight and shiny.  After styling my hair I applied the smoothing hairspray, which prevented humidity from taking hold and causing panic.    

Sleek & Shine serum is a silicone based formula that fights frizz and protects against humidity adding internal shine.    

The smoothing hairspray provides 24 hour bounce back support and creates an instant barrier against frizz.     

Garnier Fructis,  for hair that shines with all its strength –These products get a TEN!!    

Garnier Fructis sold nationwide – Walgreens and Target    


$3.95 and under – what a Bargain!



After using Skindulgence I saw an immediate difference, but I waited to blog about it until I used it a few times – I needed to make sure it wasn’t a one hit wonder.

I kept seeing improvements and I’m so excited – it’s a 30-minute non/surgical facelift without the procedure.  My only question was where was this amazing product before my photo shoot last week, better late than never.

Skindulgence is part of the Wellness Tradition, an exclusive product for NHT Global.  The Skindulgence 30-minute non/surgical facelift package is a three-step program:

1) Creamy Cleanser – prepares the skin to absorb the benefits of the mask

2) Masque – tightens and firms the skin – acting like a vacuum to remove impurities from the pores

3) Moisturizer – soothes the skin while preserving the effects of the mask

Skindulgence creates a more youthful, radiant appearance – helps diminish fine lines, wrinkles and improves the tone and elasticity of the skin.  My skin was clearer, cleaner and firmer, I was in love!

If you need a quick fix – start skindulgence a week before a big event, it’s a quick fix with long-term results!

The finest botanical extracts found in the world are used in Skindulgence – so go ahead and drench your skin, I know I am.

This non-surgical facelift gets a TEN!


For questions about Skindulgence: maria@marialeemakeup.com To purchase Skindulgence directly: http://www.nhtglobal.com/mariamakeup


20-n-1 wonder balm



Remember I talked about using a product incorrectly, I’ve been using Bliss Spa’s wonder balm all wrong.  Instead of combing it into my hair,  I was using my fingertips or my mini toothbrush to help me tame flyaways and of course it didn’t work.

I tossed the poor product into a drawer blaming it for failing me.

I was wrong, the other day not being able to find a suitable hair product for dry hair I grabbed the wonder balm out of desperation and frantically combed it into my hair – and it WORKED!!!

My hair was sleek, shiny and picture ready! This Wonder Balm gets a TEN!

20 -n – 1 wonder balm is just that, it’s good for eyebrow grooming, insect bites, soothing sunburns, moisurizing dry skin and so much more.

Right now  www.blissworld.com is running a special – so log in and get this great product that’s perfect for taming flyaways, it’s also small enough to fit in your makeup bag.


~ Kerastase ~



Ten years ago I damaged my hair beyond repair.  I was dying it every other day – stripping it from black to brown,  not a good idea since I didn’t know what I was doing.     

I tried every shampoo and conditioner and nothing worked because my hair needed intensive treatment and there seemed to be nothing available that would give me back the hair I was born with.      

I was beginning to panic, then all of the sudden there was hope,  but this miracle product was not available in the US – I vowed that on my next visit abroad I would bring Kerastase home with me.     

All of the sudden Kerastase became available in the states and I felt like a kid in a candy store,  I stood there speechless –  gazing at the amazing product lining the shelves.     

I started with the Nutrive collection, Bain Satin 3 and Masquintense.  I then added pieces from the  Resistance collection since the damage to my hair caused the condition of fine, weak hair – I needed volume.  

The beauty of Kerastase is that you can customize the various collections to target specific hair care needs.      

Kerastase offers customized in-salon rituals  starting at $35– everyone should take advantage of this service.      

Kerastase is pricey, but worth every penny.  I continue to use Kerastase, only now that my hair has returned to health am I able to alternate hair masks, Kerastase hair products remain the core of my hair care routine and get a TEN!     

Renaissance Salon     

2600 Sacramento Street     

San Francisco,CA 94115     


ask for Lucas