Beauty

Rescue Skincare to the rescue!

As we all know, we start aging from day one!  It can be considered a nasty joke to many!  But especially once we hit ur twenties – the aging process goes into full swing.  Yeah – Twenty-something-year-old… it’s happening to you as you read this which is why I always preach preventative treatments, using an SPF on your skin every day regardless if the sun is shining or not and great skincare morning and might.

For the next couple of weeks, I will be testing Rescue Skincare.   They claim that their adult stem cell derived active MDFc19 helps to counteract this aging process by supporting your skin’s ability to produce dermal fibroblasts and procollagen, the two most fundamental components to youthful, healthy skin. When cellular populations are properly supported, turnover is accelerated, and new cells come forward to reveal healthy skin, helping to eliminate many of the imperfections associated with aging from the skin’s deeper layers.

The products come in individual packets making it really easy for travel and knowing EXACTLY how much to use so no waste.

Rescue Serum Concentrate

The Serum Concentrate is the turquoise box and should be applied first – day and night. Its benefits include the following:

  • Reduces/Removes Fine Lines + Wrinkles
  • Diminishes Dark Spots + Uneven Skin Discolorations
  • Improves Skin’s Elasticity
  • Helps to Restore Lost Volume + Firmness
  • Decreases Puffiness + Dark Circles
  • Alleviates Dry, Flakey Skin
  • Soothes Irritated Skin + Redness
Rescue Ultra Moisturizer

The white box contains the Ultra Moisturizer which has an SPF of  30. It is really light in texture and could be ideal even for oilier skin.  Its benefits claim to be the same as the serum but with the added benefit of sun protection:

  • Reduces/Removes Fine Lines + Wrinkles
  • Diminishes Dark Spots + Uneven Skin Discolorations
  • Improves Skin’s Elasticity
  • Helps to Restore Lost Volume + Firmness
  • Decreases Puffiness + Dark Circles
  • Alleviates Dry, Flakey Skin
  • Soothes Irritated Skin + Redness

Will keep you posted on how I like these products over the next few weeks!

Fashion, Lifestyle

The Finer Details… Such As A Pleated Sleeve Top

I am sooooo happy that 2017 seems to have way better fashion designs coming out than last year because in 2016 I was completely boarded with the majority of what I saw on the runways, in stores and on the streets!  This year there seems to be more dainty details, fun sleeves, and way more texture which I am all for!

Here are a few of my favorite finds so far…

A cute, black pleated sleeve top from Forever21 so it was cheap and cheerful, earrings found at Nordstrom a couple of weeks ago and my own clutch!

Blue top with long, flowy sleeves for added drama with my new statement necklace both found on HauteLook!

This fun trends can be paired with anything and can easily make an outfit more edgy and daring without breaking the bank!

Here’s a snap of me in the blue outfit! Amazing how just a necklace can have a big impact on the whole look.

 

 

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Taking the step in getting my spider veins treated.

For those of you who do not know too much about my history, I used to own a self-tanning company called Beautisol.  I sold it in 2015, but I am still very passionate about the brand and using self-tanners to give my skin some sort of color!  (I am so pale and fair that I often times, have a blue cast to my skin – that’s how white I am!)  In nearly all the photos you see of me on my Instagram or Facebook pages, I am wearing Beautisol’s face self-tanner or body self-tanner.

For about 4 years I was on HSN (the Home Shopping Network) as the on-air guest for my company and part of my demonstration was being able to show the dramatic difference self-tanner makes in how you look and feel in before and after images.  So I would tan one of my legs and leave the other pale and pasty.  See what I mean… I am REALLY pale!

But part of what I also showed was how incredible self-tanners are at being able to cover up spider veins and imperfections on the skin.  Is the image below even the show host would point out my veins and you could see the blue’ish bruised areas on the back of my pale leg but not in the tan leg.  This was really powerful and why I love using Beautisol self-tanners to minimize the appearance of spider veins and help conceal them.  I always felt so much better with them covered up and I know a lot of other people feel the same way.

So why I am telling you all this?! Well, I have finally decided to do something about those pesky, ugly spider veins once and for all…  I am going to have them removed / treated and I thought I would share my experience with you as I go on this adventure.  Yes, I will still use self-tanner regardless, but I really want them gone so it doesn’t look like I have bruises on my legs all the time.

I have done a TON of research and spoken to many vascular doctors and I have decided to go to Dr. Harpeed Ahluwalia (also known as Dr. A by his staff and patients) who is the founder of the California Vein and Vascular Centers in Northern California.

A couple of things that impressed me about Dr. A:

  • #1 in California! He has performed more vein procedures that any other vein doctor in the state!
  • Top 5 in the nation for number of vein procedures performed.
  •  Top 10 in the nation for treatment of peripheral arterial disease or PAD

Besides, it doesn’t hurt that he is super cool and funny and for me, bedside manner counts for A LOT! So while I am not having any kind of major procedure, the fact that he is “best in class” makes me feel so good about being in his care even if it is for something quite simple like the treatment my pesky spider veins.

So follow me on this journey!  I will be interviewing Dr. A at the ProAm Golf Tournament via Facebook Live this weekend on Sunday Feb 12th around 12pm PST in gorgeous Pebble Beach.   We’ll be discussing my treatment, more of what he does and his specialties and his new foundation called LegUp which aims to help prevent leg amputation.  (See… I told you he was cool!!)

After that, I am going to share my entire experience in getting rid of my veins with you, my amazing followers, so I can help answer any questions you may have if you want to get rid of your veins. I am an open book and hold nothing back!  Since this blog is about finding the beauty in people, places, and products – this journey is no different!  I want to feel good about my legs again and not feel like I have to constantly cover them up etc.  So join me…

Beauty

Makeup Contouring With Inexpensive Brands 


I’ll be the first one to say that I love luxury products, clothes, wine and anything else I come in contact with but I’ll also be the first to get giddy when I find inexpensive supplements or products that do just a good of a job at a fraction of the cost! One being makeup contouring products!

As you know I have worked in the beauty industry for over 20 years so I am very lucky to get a LOT of products for free to test and experience but I am just like the next girl who loves long walks down the Sephora or drugstore isles for fun and end up spending money no matter what ’cause all of a sudden I “need” something!

I know I am a bit late to the game of contouring, much to the distaste of my dear friend Golriz who is a makeup artist and founder of Glam Lab Makeup Studios all across the USA, but I am starting to pick up my game after I got one of her kits!  Now I am feeling good enough that I am experimenting with other brands, brushes and more.

One of my most recent finds that I am loving is NYX Cosmetic’s highlight and contouring pallet found at Target

I can see why people are loving this product! There is a wide variety of colors and they are really easy to blend on your skin.  Nothing looks too ashy or gray.

I also picked up a couple new brushes – the Duo Fiber Fan Brush from Sonia Kashuk and the Precision Sculpting Brush and the Contouring Brush from E.L.F. Cosmetics.

Here is a quick photo of my contouring “skills” from today.  Yes, a hallway selfie!

Here is a side by side of a photo I took just a few days before NOT using any contouring techniques and the one from this evening!  Definitely, helps to sculpt the face and create more definition – just wish it was a bit clearer but it is taken from Instagram.  To view the photos in a better resolution click HERE and follow me on Instagram! 🙂

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Liquid Lip Stains From Manna Kadar

I am always up for testing new long-lasting lipglosses but I have 3 rules:

  1. The can’t dry my lips out
  2. They can’t peel and break up
  3. They can’t be sticky

Welcome, Manna Kadar Liquid Lip Stains…

These lip stains come in a gorgeous array of colors, feel light and airy on the lips and last for hours.  Now I wouldn’t say you can eat a piece of pizza and expect it to last but for running around the office and not having to touch up your lipstick every hour, these lip stains are great!  Perfect for throwing on and letting your lips be!

The great thing about this lip stains is that they are a lip gloss, primer, and stain in one so talk about a multi-tasking product! They are paraben free and allergy tested.

You can buy the liquid lips stains individually or a 5 piece set called the “Sealed With A Kiss” collection.

Fashion, Lifestyle

Stack Em Up with Sethi Couture

I’m clearly a girl who loves sparkly stuff, especially diamonds, just like the next girl! Recently my amazing husband surprised me with a Sethi Couture rose gold and pave diamond ring to layer with my wedding bands (I did get married to him 3x in one year, after all!) and I am in LOVE with the entire look!

Come to find out, Sethi Couture has been making fine jewelry, especially stackable rings, for over 40 years and are a local San Francisco company!  I immediately went onto their website and started creating my own “wish list” of other rings I am drooling over!  I’ll take one of each below! 😉

Now I just need to buy more rose gold jewelry to go with this new color tone my hubby introduced into my collection! Not unhappy about that at all!

Beauty

New Cosmetic Brand Alert – OneOverOne

Talk about easy and carefree… The new cosmetic company, OneOverOne was designed with a simplistic mindset. The products are carefully crafted with natural and often organic ingredients that are clean, simple, easy to use and “complement the effortless beauty of your everyday life”!

Jennifer White, the founder and Creative Director of OneForOne believes that each person is already beautiful and there is nothing to correct and nothing to conceal. Instead, their products are there to enhance. I was able to get a sneak peek of the brand lask week while I was in LA and it is gorgeous!

Here is a close up of the lip oils… Just beautiful and so luxurious feeling on:

For more information check out their WEBSITE or follow them on INSTAGRAM and of course I have added OneOverOne to my “Beauty Finds” list, so check out what else I have discovered over there.

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Two skincare products that pack a punch by Serious Skincare

I am blessed in many ways, one being that I get to play with skincare and cosmetic products on a regular basis! My latest obsession is with Serious Skincare, a brand owned by Jennifer Flavin Stallone (Yes, Sylvester Stallone’s wife) who largely distributes the products on HSN.

My favorite combo recently is the Glycolic Extreme Facial Peel, followed by their Glycolic Gommage. This duo leaves your skin feeling clean and clear and free of any dead skin buildup.

Here is what both products look like:

This is the Glycolic Extreme Facial Peel – note the Aloe Vera beads in the glycolic for added hydration to the skin:

The Glycolic Gommage is a beautiful, rich, seaweed green color and feels cooling to the skin when you put it on:

So tell me what other Serious Skincare products you’re a fan of? I’d love to know!

Lifestyle

Inspire Others

A powerful reminder for today!  It’s so important to remember that there ARE NO MISTAKES in this journey we call life!  Relax, reflect and redirect and listen to that little voice inside.

Lifestyle

Creating a New Tribe

Today is about newness!  It’s about change! And it’s about being OK with selecting who gets to be in YOUR TRIBE!

The older and wiser I get each day, the more I realize it is totally appropriate to select people who are closest to you.  You don’t have to “tolerate” someone just because you used to be high school friends or your kids are in the same class together.  Energy is precious so protect it carefully.

Energy is precious so protect it carefully.

So often I see women put up with people in their lives that simply are not a good fit for them or are not healthy for them any longer.  The people you surround yourself with every day should energize you, inspire you, challenge you, support you, love you, encourage you and vice versa.  Now I am not saying that anyone who is having a crappy day should be dumped immediately  – their core needs to be good and you need to feel good around them 90% of the time.  We all have off days and times when we are not at our “personal best” but do yourself a favor and get rid of the weight and extra irritation and angst.

Create your own tribe and select well.  Remember – you are who you surround yourself with.

Maya Angelou