Why you might want to smell like pie…

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Fall is officially here so its time to check out all the seasonal bath and body products. These “pie” scented perfume oils from Demeter are the perfect way to enjoy fall treats without wasting calories. New to the collection this year is Lemon Meringue, which is not traditionally a fall scent, but it is regularly devoured on holidays.

Lemon Meringue is my favorite of the three, it smells exactly like the sweet treat and suspiciously like one of the Strawberry Shortcake dolls (children of the 80’s take note). Apple Pie is sweet and comforting with a refreshing crisp apple top note. Pumpkin Pie is spicy and sweet and according to studies by  the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago increases the arousal level in men by 40 percent.

I like to buy fragrances but if I bought full size bottles of everything I own, I would have bursting cabinets full of expired perfume.  So, when I discover a new fragrance, I buy the rollerball. Demeter has a rollerball in almost every one of their 300 scents.

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Demeter Lemon Meringue Roll On Perfume Oil – new for 2014.

The perfume oil roll-ons are just $10 each. It is also available in a cologne spray, home fragrance, body lotion and shower gel (yum). Pick them up wherever Demeter products are sold or at Demeterfragrance.com.

 

 

Lightstim vs. illuMask

One of latest technologies in wrinkle reducing is LED and infrared light. Red light reduces inflammation and promotes circulation, amber light builds collagen and elastin and blue light destroys acne bacteria. Infrared light (we are unable to see it with the naked eye) promotes circulation and encourages product absorption. For years you have been able to visit doctors offices for LED treatments but demand has pushed new devices to the home market.

I tested out two products, the illuMask Anti-Aging mask and the LightStim for Wrinkles handheld device. I got the illuMask at ULTA and with a 20 percent off coupon I paid about $24. I got the LightStim for Wrinkles gratis at the Cosmoprof convention in Las Vegas. It costs around $249 dollars and is available at lightstim.com and QVC.com (they also have a cheaper mini version). The main reason I wanted to try LED therapy was to improve my wrinkles. I also wanted to see if it had any impact on my Rosacea. I have read that red light therapy is an option, but currently there are no FDA recommendations for that use.

What I like about the illuMask: I like that all you have to do is put the mask on and press a button and in 15 minutes you’re done. I noticed enough of a difference to want to use it again. UPDATE: illuMask was bought by Neutrogena and is now the (affiliate link)  Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask. It costs around $35 and you get the mask and 30 sessions. When your 30 sessions are up, you can buy the remote for $14.99 that adds another 30 sessions. There has been some talk that at some point you also need to replace the mask because the LED lights lose their effectiveness, but I’m not sure. If you buy it at neutrogena.com, you can get 15 percent off your first purchase.

What I don’t like: It doesn’t get that hot. The (affiliate link) LightStim gets really warm and it is pressed directly to your face. The other negative is price. Each mask only lasts 30 uses. It takes about 8 weeks to see major results and the recommendation for LED therapy is to continue using it for even more results. If you wanted to use it a for year, you would end up spending $360.

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What I liked about LightStim: I saw big results immediately. My pores shrunk and my skin looked tighter. My fine lines have lessened and it seems to be making an impact on my bigger lines too. Not sure if it helped my Rosacea, but it has lightened skin discolorations. You use it for three minutes at a time, on each area. They have a cool app that has a revolving timer which makes it easy to do while laying in bed or watching TV. The cost is reasonable for what you get. The LightStim plugs into the wall (no batteries), you don’t have to replace the light cartridge and it has a five year warranty.

What I didn’t like: A mask version would be nice.
To sum it up, the LightStim is much more powerful and a much better deal for long term treatment. The illuMask is good if you just want to experiment with LED treatment for aging or acne. I plan on using my LightStim everyday until it stops working. I may even try the LightStim for Acne mini when it comes out. LightStim also has a LED device for pain. You can find them all at LightStim.com or check out QVC where you can get one easy pay.

 

It’s so Bronzy!

If you haven’t jumped on the bronzer bandwagon yet, here is an easy, inexpensive way. Most of us think bronzer is for adding all over color to combat paleface. That is not completely true makeup artists have been using it to narrow noses and create cheek bones for eons (okay maybe not eons!).  Actress Jenny Mc Carthy always has notable bronzed cheekbones.  If you are not sure if bronzing is for you – don’t buy a spendy one. This NYC Sun 2 Sun has worked great for me. I found it at ULTA for about $4.

For definition, you should use a matte bronzer. For all over color use one with a shimmer. For great bronzing tips from Rain Cosmetic’s National Artist go to my Examiner.com Bronzer 101 story.

Topshop Las Vegas: First look

I got a chance to check out the new Topshop store before it opened to the public today.  A lot of glitter, gems and bright colors, just like Vegas! In fact there are literally dozens of items exclusive to Las Vegas including nail polish, beaded tops, playing card headbands and more.  They have a small makeup section with a special Las Vegas purple glitter nail polish. Stop in this weekend to get a mini makeover and then take your picture in the Gold photo booth. Kelly Cardenas Salon will be giving free services all weekend along with other opening activities. All the fun begins March 8 at 4:00 pm.!

Why I am trading MAC for Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever Iridescent Eyeshadow in Yellow Gold (10)

I have been using MAC products since they day they appeared. Even when my favorite color was discontinued I kept loyal. When Sephora partnered with Make Up For Ever and created the studio boutiques, I decided to give them a try.

First I traded in my Studio Fix powder Foundation for Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Foundation. Make Up For Ever’s formula had a better color match to my skin, but it is more expensive, $32 for .35 oz. vs. $26 for .52 oz..

Make Up For Ever eyeshadow is great. It comes in high pigment, bright colors that layers and blends easily. Yellow Gold (right) can be a subtle yellow or a deep gold. The price seems high at $19, but you double that of a MAC shadow that costs $14.50.

Make Up For Ever was created by artist Danny Sans in Paris, France, where it is still made. It was  designed so the actors and models in Paris could apply it themselves. Visit the Make Up For Ever Boutique in the Venetian and choose from their menu of services, eyes, face, lashes. A lesson and color match is free with purchase. You can even stop by before a night out and get one of over 70 lashes applied.

MAC has been focusing on selling new collections (like their parent company Estee’ Lauder) instead of creating great looks for their clients. Give Make Up For Ever a try, you won’t be disappointed.