Skincare: Sephora Collection Face Masks And They Really Work

On my bucket list this summer it’s all about me taking care of my skin. Pampering it with the most luxurious items and treating it with and to exotic ingredients. With so many items out there how do you choose. Not every skincare product has to cost $125.00, here is an item that’s only $5.00 at Sephora that will help you to protect the face before you beat the face.Sephora Collection offer a line of natural fiber face masks that are infused with active ingredients that will provide deep nourishment to the skin. They have one for every skin type. I’ve listed each one of the face mask to help get you on your way. 
Sit back, relax while sipping on a glass of wine and enjoy your face mask. 15 minutes later your skin will look brighter, feel smooth and refresh, 

 
Rose Mask: Provides deep moisture and brightening properties through natural rose extract. 

Lingzhi Mask: Creates the appearance of smoother, plumper, and younger-looking skin. 

Lotus Mask: Refreshes tired skin and reduces signs of strain and fatigue. 


Honey Mask: Nourishes and balances to soothe and refresh dry or sensitive skin. 


Pearl Mask: Perfects and brightens with natural-origin pearl to create high luminosity. 


Ginseng Mask: Tones and energizes while providing a tightening effect for a plumped and supple complexion. 


Green Tea Mask: Mattifies and purifies to soothe skin, absorb sebum, and reduce the appearance of outbreaks. 


Pomegranate Mask: Awakens, energizes, and protects the skin with antioxidant-rich natural pomegranate extract. 

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Skincare: Dr Dennis Gross Peels To Reduce Enlarged Pores & Imperfections

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Usually I’m the one to give makeup and skin care tips to my clients. Recently, I was in Ridgefield, Connecticut doing makeup on a private client. I’ve worked with Sara about 6 times and noticed a big improvement to her skin. So I asked her what was her skincare secret. She shared with me that she’s using Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels. Let me give you a little history about her skin. She has enlarged pores and imperfections. I went from doing a full face of makeup on her to using one drop of Cover FX custom drops mixed with First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Serum.  
Once done I was on a mission to search for these daily alpha beta peels. I located them at Sephora but wasn’t expecting the hefty price point. I ended up getting the 5 treatment original formula pack for $15.00. The other two boxes range from $88.00-$148.00 so I’ll treat myself if I see a difference with my skin. It’s a two step treatment of towelettes that can be used either day or night. I choose to try it out at night just in case I had any reactions. The towelettes is right up my speed because no water, no rinsing is involved. You first apply step 1 to the face and neck area wait about two minutes before applying step 2. I then prepped my skin and neck with Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip oil
With Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels I’m basically looking to minimized my pores, reduce the little signs of aging, brightening and evening out my complexion, So I’ll keep you posted with my process and if I’ll continue using the peels. I pray for flawless skin this summer so I don’t have to always be beat to death. 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Is My Favorite Makeup Setting Spray

Being a makeup artist the last thing that I would want to happen is for my hard work of artistry melt off my clients face. One of my favorite items I must have in my makeup kit is Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It’s part toner, part serum of essentials oils and plant active ingredients. 
I luv to prep my clients face by spraying the Beauty Elixir mist. This step will give my client an instant burst of radiance. It will help to smooth the skin, tighten the pores and set the makeup when done. 
During the summer this item will definitely hydrate the face and the aroma of the citrus, rose water, rosemary, peppermint, and balm mint will help to rejuvenate you.  Treat your clients or yourself to this luxurious item. I promise you don’t want to leave home without it. 
Makeup Tip: Before I use my makeup brushes I like to spray the Beauty Elixor on them. Why not treat your brushes! 

How I Created A Classic Day Look For The Working Woman

As the gorgeous Beyonce would say “I WOKE UP LIKE THIS”. Well as you can see I didn’t but I thought it was fun to show a side of me that I never share. This is usually my regular routine in the morning, wearing my waffle white bathrobe, hair in sponge rollers while I’m doing my makeup. This morning I was going for a classic makeup look, a neutral eye with a strong lip. My look was achieved with using the following makeup & beauty item.
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black
Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara
Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in Warm

SEPHORA COLLECTION Creme Lip Stain in Strawberry Kissed
NICKA K NY Mineral Sheer & Glow Bronzer
NARS Kabuki Yaciyo Blush Brush
Anatasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
ABOUT BRANDY GOMEZ-DUPLESSIS
Connecticut Makeup Artist & Beauty Expert Brandy Gomez-Duplessis works in New Orleans & New York City. Brandy is a hidden gem makeup artist in living in Connecticut with her husband and 2 kids. She was recently diagnosed with SLE Lupus but she keeps her lupus maintain while still doing what she loves and that’s makeup. Brandy resume is like the who’s who, she has done makeup on and for; Hillary Clinton, Ralph Lauren Fragrances for Esquire Mexico Magazine, Polo Player Nacho Figueras, Golden Globe & Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Hutton, Queen Latifah, Kim & Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, 2x Olympic champion Gymnst Aly Raisman, Jordin Sparks, Ellie Goulding, Angela Bassett, Barbara Walters, Edie Falco, Alysia Reiner, Chiqui Delgado, Robert Redford, Brad Goreski, Usher, Ne-Yo, Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz, Phillip Phillips, 2 Chainz. Brandy also created looks for Theodora & Callum summer & fall makeup look for their upcoming video shoot, and created makeup looks for Donna Karan 2015 Holiday campaign, and Donna Karan Resort 2014 Collection during market week. Brandy recently worked on The View, MTV 10 On Top, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Mob Wives Ramona Rizzo, Project Runway, Project Runway All-Stars Season 2, Lifetime “Project Runway” Promo Photo shoot, E News, MTV TV Show Hip Hop Pov, Ralph Lauren, Ebony Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Stila Beauty Event, Fox and Friends Saturday, NBA All-Star Weekend, Donna Karan Fashion Show, DKNY Fashion Show, Mercedes Benz Fashion Show in New York & Miami, New York Fashion Week, Sundance Film Festival, VH-1 Divas, Real Simple Magazine Holiday Pop Up Store in Bryant Park, GLAMOUR Magazine #WOTY, OPRAH O YOU, L’OREAL Paris, Project Runway Finale, VOGUE TV, Sperry Top-Sider, Burberry Beauty, International Latino Film Festival, Essence Music Festival, New York Post and more. Brandy is a L’OREAL Paris Makeup Artist and the Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh magazine. Brandy is also a high demand bridal makeup artist in Connecticut, bridal makeup artist in New York, and a bridal makeup artist in New Orleans. She had been hire to do bridal makeup at many destinations weddings in Jamaica at Half Moon resort.

A Beauty Product to Help With Beauty Sleep

Have you heard the saying “I am getting my beauty sleep, but what about getting beauty products to improve sleep?”

Murad, the El Segundo, Calif.-based skin care brand that’s helped bring ingredients such as pomegranate to consumers’ attention, is carving out a niche for beauty solutions to the nightmare of no sleep. A duo of products launching next month, Sleep Reform Serum at $97 for a 1 oz. and Sleep Reform Dietary Supplements at $49.50 for 60 tablets, is Murad’s introduction to the snooze business, which could eventually expand to an array of recommended sleep remedies within Murad’s skin care portfolio.

I see it in my clients’ faces daily, sleep seems like a major problem. I think this is going to be a popular product because sleep is something that everyone doesn’t get or get enough of.

The Sleep Reform products rely upon what Murad has dubbed a Repair Enhancing Matrix with Gama-aminobyteric Acid (GABA), Methyl sulfonmethane (MSM) and vitamin C intended to amplify the depth and duration of sleep. Melatonin in the products aim to aid the skin’s sleep cycle to promote its ability to mend itself, while Oligopeptide-1 is meant to firm the skin, and Tocopheryl Acetate encourages healing. The serum is supposed to be applied before the user goes to bed.

The Sleep Reform products will be sold in roughly 1,500 doors by the second quarter of 2009, including Sephora and Ulta

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