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Makeup & skincare tips for a flawless glowing complexion:

     If you are tired of having dull and uneven skin then stay tuned because I have some great skincare & makeup advice for you.

     I’ve had the opportunity to work with tons of beauty products during my career.  When it comes to makeup I’m extremely picky.  I expect my products to look natural, blend smoothly and last all day.  I also have extremely sensitive skin so I am very careful with what I put on my face.  My clients always compliment me on my skin so I thought I would share a few of the products that have won my seal of approval:

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Prescription Retin-A: My dermatologist suggested I try Retin-A after asking for anti-aging skincare advice. She told me that there isn’t another product on the market that combats the signs of aging better than Retin-A. With continued use fine lines, whiteheads & blackheads will disappear, larger pores will shrink and elasticity will improve, leaving you with beautiful younger looking skin.

I have to warn you that the first couple of months using Retin-A are miserable but it’s important to continue using it despite how awful it makes your skin look. Your skin will go through what is called the purging stage which involves getting rid of layers of dull, dead skin. Dealing with the dryness, flaking & peeling and the breakouts won’t be fun but it will be worth it in the end.

It’s important to use it correctly which minimizes the undesirable side effects in the beginning. Ask your dermatologist if Retin-A is right for you.

Dior Capture Totale  One Essential Skin Boosting Serum– 

     This product claims to give skin a smoother, firmer and younger look with continued use.  The serum is designed to promote  cellular regeneration beneath the skins surface. 
     I LOVE this product!! I noticed an immediate difference in my skin the very first time I used it.   It made my skin look smooth and it felt soft to the touch.  It also allowed my foundation to blend with ease. After about a week my skin looked more even and less dull.   I apply the serum after my moisturizer (I put it on after moisturizer because my skin is sensitive) and allow it to sit in for a couple minutes before I put on my makeup.  It might be a little pricey for some people,  the 1ounce retails for $95 and the large size retails for $150 but it is worth every penny.

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Benefit CosmeticsThat Gal brightening face primer-

    I apply this primer with my finger tips all over my face.  It helps prep the skin for foundation by providing a smooth surface so that the foundation doesn’t settle into any fine lines.  It also helps the makeup last all day. It retails for $29.

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Bobby Brown Corrector in light bisque

  I have really dark circles  under my eyes and I’m starting to develop tiny crows feet.  I’m so happy I found this product!!!   It’s AMAZING!!  It matches my skin perfectly and blends right in without settling into my crows feet. It brightens my eyes and lasts all day.  I never leave the house without it on.    I’ve tried MANY  concealers and this one out  performs them all.  Other brands either didn’t stay put or they settled into my crows feet making them look worse!!
   I apply it to my eye area right after my primer using a Sephora Platinum concealer brush.   It retails for $22.

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Dior Capture Totale Foundation #032

  I am in love with this Dior foundation!  It is an anti aging serum infused foundation that glides on like silk.  With continued use the skin looks smoother and more radiant.   I apply it with a Sephora Platinum foundation brush and buff it right into my skin.  It blends beautifully and gives my skin a flawless glowing finish.  I definitely recommend applying your foundation with a brush instead of your fingers because it will give you a natural flawless look and you will use less product.  Taking a few extra minutes to use a foundation brush is worth it!  The foundation retails for $80.

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Dior Capture Totale Loose Powder 001 Rose Lumiere

   I’ve been using a loose powder to set my makeup for the past few years and this one by far is the best. It’s silky smooth and gives the skin a brightening boost.  It also makes my skin feel hydrated and keeps my makeup in place all day.   I apply it on top of my foundation using the Dior brush inside.  It retails for $65.

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Benefit Posie Tint

   This pink cheek and lip stain will give your face a school girl flush and will last for hours.   There are two other shades available, the original  Benetint that gives a red flush and one that is peachy coral.  These colors look great on all skin tones.  You can increase the amount of color you want by reapplying it.  It gives your face a pop of natural looking color. 

I apply it AFTER my loose powder.   I swipe 3 strokes on the apples of my cheeks and quickly blend with my fingertip.  I also put a little on my lips and blend it with my pinky finger.  It retails for $29.

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NARS The Multiple Stick in Copacabana

   The Multiples can be used on the cheeks, lips and eyes and come in several different shades. 

I prefer it in Copacabana and use it only as a highlighter.  I apply it to the bridge of my nose, my cheek bones, chin and forehead using my fingertips.  It glides on easy, looks natural and lasts for hours.  I love how it gives my face a subtle dewy glow especially on days when I didn’t get much sleep!  I keep it in my purse and reapply it when ever I want to look refreshed.  It retails for $39.  This stick is huge, I use it everyday and it lasts me more than a year!!

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The aforementioned products are some of the best on the market. They are of high quality and last a very long time.  I usually get a year out of most products with proper use.  I’m sure the cost of this makeup may come as shock to those of you that are currently buying drug store  makeup.  I know it is pricey but I can honestly say that it is definitely worth the investment.  The right makeup can make you look years younger.  My skin has never looked or felt better. I get more compliments on my skin now than I did in my 20’s.  Having the right products makes a difference BUT using them properly is also important. When you visit the makeup counter be sure to ask the associate for advice.

    My favorite place to purchase Makeup is at Nordstroms.   They have the best customer service and return policy.   Their associates are trained extremely well and go out of their way to assist you. If you live in the Boston area go to Nordstroms at the South Shore Plaza and ask for Alecia L. at the Dior counter.  She is awesome and knows her stuff!!  I’m really picky about how I wear my makeup but she did a FANTASTIC job.  She did a killer smokey eye on me!!  I really recommend that you go see her for a consultation.  She will do your makeup AND show you how to apply it.  Go experience the Nordstrom difference for yourself, it’s a real treat.

   Thanks for reading and be sure to subscribe to my blog.  I’m going to be posting some makeup tutorials in the future showing you how to achieve a flawless finish,  how to do a smokey eye and how to apply makeup in 5 minutes. 

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