Thursday, December 27, 2018

Kick Start Your New Year’s Beauty Routine with these Game-Changing Resolutions:

Happy New Year! If you are like me, you are vowing to start the new year off with a bucket list of resolutions, determined that this year you will actually stick to them no matter what.  The new year is the perfect time to get rid of makeup and skincare products that didn’t work, cosmetics that weren’t the right color, products made your skin worse, or those that are old and dusty, or dried out.  Getting into a proper routine of skincare that works for your skin type actually improves its texture and appearance , prevents fine lines and wrinkles and repairs an uneven skin tone. If your skin looks and behaves in a healthy way you will need far fewer cosmetic products to fake a glow. There are so many products and information that it is overwhelming and it can be hard to figure which products to use, and why.  I’ve broken it down into a easy to follow list with the what’s and why’s, to get you - and me - started on the right track.  Amazing skin is just a few weeks away! 

Cleanser: it goes without saying that really removing all makeup, pollution, and products from our faces creates a better skin surface to properly absorb treatment products.  Look for a cleanser that hydrates the skin while removing makeup and pollutants, so that your skin is not stripped of it’s natural protective oils.  I like FARMACY Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm which is gentle but thorough, leaving my skin clean, hydrated, and smooth. 

Serum:  Serums are concentrated formulas that boost the efficacy of moisturizers.  Some protect with antioxidants, and some contain alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acids to refine skin’s texture.  There are formulas for day and for night, and are an essential step in prepping skin when worn under a moisturizer.  For day, I like Ole Henriksen Truth Serum with Vitamin C + Collagen which brightens and hydrates.  For night I use Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, which contains 12% AHA/BHA (alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy acids) which smooth skin, leaving it more radiant. 

Vitamin C: Antioxidants like vitamin C protect skin from by helping to limit free radicals from sun, dust and pollution which damage it by breaking down the skin’s collagen leading to wrinkles and an uneven texture and tone.  I like Sunday Riley C.E.O.  C.+antiOXIDANT + Repair Moisturizer which contains an advanced form of vitamin C to repair and protect skin from environmental damage. 

Hyaluronic Acid:  Plump skin is more youthful and resilient to wrinkles and fine lines, so maintaining the moisture level of the skin is crucial.  I have been using hyaluronic-infused products for two years and I have seen a big improvement in the fullness and “bounce” of my skin.  Hyaluronic acid also contains antioxidants which protect the skin so using it is a no-brainer game-changer. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream contains 30% hyaluronic acid which improves skin’s texture, firmness, and elasticity, all of which gives skin a youthful look and feel.

Treatment Masks:  Twice-weekly treatment masks can target all sorts of skin issues from dryness, to acne, rosacea, to uneven tone and texture.  Look for masks that boost hydration, clarify skin, or treat breakouts. Bonus - ten minutes with a face mask in the evening is indulgent and makes me feel pampered, and my skin absorbs serums and moisturizers beautifully overnight, resulting in amazing skin the next day.  I love Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask with beta-hydroxy acid which evens skin-tone, reduces the size of pores, and leaves a my skin with a smooth texture.  

Sunscreen: UVA and UVB rays penetrate and damage skin leaving behind discoloration and broken-down collagen, accelerating the aging process of wrinkles, and fine lines.  Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, even on cloudy winter days, is crucial. I love NEOGEN Dermalogy Day-Light Protection Sunscreen SPF 50 which hydrates with natural extracts, and goes on more like a moisturizer than a sunscreen.  It doesn't interfere with my makeup products that I use over top of it, and it never leaves a tell-tale residue or sheen behind.

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Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, beautiful new year! Stick to your resolutions and make it your best year yet! 
                                                                 XOXO Shelley

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Winter Escape - Warm-Weather Vacation Mode

The holidays are finally here and I’m loving every single second of it, from the decorations, to family time, to holiday parties, catching up with friends, and of course, vacation days.  But all of this celebrating can leaves us feeling more than a little stressed out and a lot less festive.  Sometimes a girl just has to get away! So of a warm-weather vacation is in the cards, get packing! Or start dreaming about that mid-winter get-away to help you though the cold months ahead. Be inspired by the new collections to plan your vacation wardrobe.

The new Resort and Spring 2019 collections will soon hit the stores, and next year’s trends are ultra feminine, featuring lots of white, statement jewelry, loose and flowing dresses, and seventies glam style swimwear.  Look for ruffled white blouses, eyelet, and white wide-leg jeans.  Boho maxis have been a staple for years now, and the new dresses are more luxurious, silky, and flowing, in deeper tones.  Look for deep oranges, gem tones, and sophisticated florals.  Swimsuits are glamorous in 2019, with seventies details like halter necks, ties, and high cut legs.  

It has been quite a year! Thank you for all your views of Face This: A Model’s Secrets! I wish you all very happy holidays and an amazing new year! 
                                                         XOXO Shelley

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Rescue The Perfect Pout: Banish Dry, Chapped Lips

Are your lips crying out for mercy from winter weather, faced heating, and wind?  No need to suffer another day of painful, cracked, dried out lips.  There are amazing products that can treat, heal, plump, and protect your lips from everything winter throws at them, so don’t wait another minute.  Start tonight and your lips will be luscious in twenty four hours, so that amazing deep berry lip color you got especially for all the holiday parties will go on like a dream.  For my lips the Holy Grail lip treatment product is Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask which I use every night at bedtime without fail.  This leave-on mask softens and plumps like nothing else thanks to hyaluronic acid,  moisturizes with minerals that leave my lips soft and supple, and smells deliciously of mixed berries.  I love it so much that I saved a small sample version from Sephora and keep it filled up to take with my in my handbag.   Bonus: it comes with a cute little spatula to scoop out just the right amount.

Exfoliating with treatments like Kopari Coconut Lip Scrub, and Too Faced Peach Lip Scrub, can help remove dead skin, revealing softer lips that are ready for hydrating products, balms, oils, and color.  Use two to three times per week and you will quickly see an improvement.  Healthy lips don’t crack or dry out as quickly, and the better condition your lips are in, the better your lip color will look, especially if you love matte lip products.  I love using the Refresh and Prep Lip Scrubber brush from Sephora with lip balms or oils, to exfoliate and slough off dead skin, and to improve circulation for a rosy pink glow  - goodby chapped lips! Just be sure to follow up with an ultra-hydrating balm after using it to lock in moisture. While on the go, I love the tinted Agave Lip Masks from Bite Beauty for a wash of color that livens up my winter complexion without having to use a strong lip color which I will probably lick off in minutes. I also like Winky Lux Matcha Lip Balm containing oils that hydrate and protect, and give me a hint of delicious matcha flavor at the same time.  

Start tonight and you won’t need to run away from the mistletoe at the holiday party! 
                                                  Hugs and kisses, Shelley XOXO

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Monday, December 10, 2018

LIVING CORAL: Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019

Just when we can all use a bit of optimism and warmth, Pantone has released its Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral: “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes, and enlivens with a softer edge”.  We can all use a little life affirmation and energy in our lives, and if we can get it via a color, then bring it on! 

I’ve always loved coral as it seems less aggressive than red, and not as delicate as pink.  Not to be confused with orange, it feels traditional and fresh at the same time. With winter cold bearing down on us, less daylight, and forced heating, Living Coral seems timely and just the warm up we need, making us dream of sunsets, coral reefs and beaches, vacation, and sunshine. Optimistic and energizing, yes, and enlivening, for sure.  

Makeup, fashion, lifestyle products, and interior design will all start to offer this shade but there is no need to wait.  You can find coral-hued treats already that will brighten anyone’s day as a holiday gift, not to mention yours, so treat yourself!  

                                                       XOXO Shelley

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Holiday Spirit = HolidayStress? It's Time For Luxurious Self-Care Treats

Has the season got you feeling a little less festive and a lot more stressed?  The lead-up to Christmas with the shopping lists, decorating, entertaining, traveling, all in frigid temperatures can really leave you feeling worn out and dreaming of a quiet day at home in your pajamas on the sofa, eating Christmas treats and binge-watching Netflix.  And maybe that’s exactly what you should do!  The notion of “self-care” seems counter-productive when your to-do list seems to just get longer and longer, but de-stressing and forcing yourself into a time out can recharge your batteries keeping you healthy, not to mention sane, during the holiday season. 

I know I am not the only one who needs me-time and my friends are just as stressed out as I am, so I will be treating not only myself but my girls to pampering treats to warm them up, slow them down, bring some peace and tranquility, and to help them get a much-needed good night’s sleep.  Skipping a holiday spice flat white latte isn’t so hard when I am tempted with the loose teas in the David’s Tea Wellness Box especially the blend called Serenity Now, served up in my artisanal Arendelle mug from Anthropologie (the best place, by the way, to find the most beautiful selection of tea cups and coffee mugs for holiday gifts).  Scent has a strong effect on well-being and can really calm, refresh, or invigorate depending on which fragrance elements you choose.  I love Halcyon Crystal Eau De Parfum in Amethyst which is infused with peony, jasmine, rose, which slows me down and helps create a peaceful feeling.

Nothing soothes like good soak in a fragrant bath, chasing away the chill and warming you up.  Yuzo Soap Bath Bomb Cubes in Lavender Sage is so good you won’t want to get out of the tub.  Essential oils are a wonderful way to channel tranquility, to energize, and to help you sleep.  Vitruvi’s Stone Diffuser in Blush looks like a beautiful decor object and I love their Quiet Blend Essential Oil before bed to help slow down a racing mind. Pleasing all my senses, including visual. 

Jo Malone’s candles are legendary and come with gorgeous packaging making them the perfect gift, but are just as lovely as a treat for yourself.  The luxurious Mimosa and Cardamom candle is a delicious winter scent with delicate golden mimosa blended with spicy cardamom, damask rose, heliotrope, earthy tonka, and sandalwood.  An indulgent way to create a calming  atmosphere.  

Sleep: nothing melts away stress quite like a good night’s sleep, yet it is one of the hardest things to achieve.  I can’t count how many things I can find to start worrying about just as my head hits the pillow.  But beauty sleep is possible! Slip’s silk eye mask and pillow case in pink are sumptuous and soft, and make me feel so pampered while dozing off.  Just in case my mind takes off on a tangent, I love This Work’s Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, which I actually spray on a handkerchief so as not to mark the silk pillowcase. And it’s true - This Works!  Don’t forget your feet - Make + Model’s plush faux fur scuff slippers are so cozy and give your feet a treat. 

All the pampering in the world won’t help if you don’t set aside some me-time to take care of yourself over the holidays.  It is easy to get caught up and think that you will rest up afterwards, but it is a time of giving, and that means giving to yourself too.  So don’t race to exercise or do yoga, ease off the self-imposed holiday diet, and let yourself rest and relax, and recharge. You are worth it! 

                                                                XOXO Shelley

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sparse Eyebrows? No Problem! How to Create The Illusion of Luscious Brows

Bold brows make a gorgeous beauty statement this holiday season, framing the face and drawing attention to the eyes.  But that doesn’t mean you can get away with just letting them run wild, without any grooming or maintenance. The most beautiful brow is defined, full, brushed, and not at all woolly, scruffy, or neglected. Achieving ravishing eyebrows is not that difficult, even if your brows are thin or sparse.  You just need the right tools, and I have that all sorted out for you:

Serum: start now with a daily-use serum to build up the hair follicles and to stimulate growth. I like Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum, and as an added bonus I use it on my eyelashes as well to help them recover from any damage they sustain when I wear eyelash extensions.

Fine Hair Pencil: While it takes a little practice, using an ultra-fine pencil to draw in individual eyebrow hairs is amazingly effective at giving the illusion of fuller brows.  I am a big fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, with it’s fine tipped pencil on one end and brush on the other.  I have used this for a while and I now have the technique down to under one minute for both brows to achieve a look that is ultra-realistic.  It comes in ten shades so there is one to suit just about everyone’s skin tone.

Fiber Gel: adding microfibers to the eyebrow hairs that I actually have makes them fuller.  I like Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel for its tinted gel formula that comes in six different shades.  It helps lock the shape and style in as well, for a look that lasts all day.

Brow Gel:  if you already have enough natural eyebrow hairs you can skip the fiber gel formulas.  I like Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Eyebrow Gel which comes in four shades, and creates a very natural look, using a micro-fine precision brush that reaches even the tiniest of hairs.  

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It’s all about the brows this season and it’s definitely a go bold or some home situation, but it really is possible to get luscious, full brows with a little effort.  Find the shades that work for your skin and hair color and take a few minutes to practice getting a natural arch with individually drawn hairs and set them with gel.  Fix any mishaps with makeup remover on a swab.  Full brows look sexy, healthy, and youthful.  Yes, please.  

                                                                XOXO Shelley

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Best Holiday Travel Wardrobe Essentials are Officially ON SALE!

The holidays are almost here and little get-aways are right around the corner.  I can’t wait! This year I want to pack only what I need so I don’t spend all my time packing to leave and then re-packing to head home again.  I’m going to pack like a pro and make a capsule wardrobe to mix and match, taking at least one of the holiday / travel stresses out of the equation.  And I don’t want to spend a fortune doing it.  The sales are officially on and I am over-night shipping these finds and saving big bucks in the process.

Shop Michael Michael Kors Jacket:
Shop Current / Elliott Jeans:

Shop JCREW Sweater:

The key to keeping things simple is to pack basic pieces that work well together, and are classic without being boring. Rule of thumb: choose neutral colors and no more than four so they will all compliment each other.  Choose a packable down coat and wear a wrap-style belted wool coat on the plane.  

Shop LOFT Sweater:
Shop MANGO Jeans:

If you are anything like me, style is right on par with comfort and these pieces will travel well, keep me warm and cozy, and take me from brunch through evening without skipping a beat.  I’ll wear the jeans alternating the coats and the fair isle sweater for shopping, socializing, and sightseeing, and switch to the faux leather jeans and black turtleneck for dinner and shows. The black satchel bag is large enough to carry essentials on the plane and small enough not to look like luggage or be too heavy to carry around  all day.  I’ll add black boots and a pair of statement sneakers that I already have, and I’m good to go.

Shop Steve Madden Boston Satchel:
Shop Lauren Ralph Lauren Coat:

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving Beauties! I’m thankful for all my amazing readers! Blessed!

                                                                   XOXO Shelley

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

All I want for Christmas is - A Bevy of Beauty Treats! Let the Pampering Begin!

“All I want for Christmas is….” well, not ALL I want, but definitely right up there at the top of my list are the gorgeous beauty holiday products, all delightfully packaged and ready for spoiling someone, or me, as it were.  I so look forward to hitting up all my favorite beauty stores, both in person and online to see all the special releases of my favorite products, exclusive limited editions, and bijoux-sized treats that give me the opportunity to indulge.  And there are so many to chose from this year that I have narrowed down my favorites just in case Santa needs a hint, or if you, readers, need some beauty suggestions of your own.

The holidays are the perfect time to try out a new lipstick in a daring color or finish and I love the new Pat McGrath Labs Mini Matte Trance Lip Trio, and Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle 10/10, both with a versatile range of shades for maximum glam for the new year.  Charlotte Tilbury’s The Golden Goddess Set has everything you could dream of from eyes to lips to face in the metallic shades that will work literally every single day all winter long, giving me a “just back from vacation somewhere warm and sunny” glow.  Speaking of vacation, I am lusting after Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc Shimmer and Travel Set which is the ultimate in get-away glam and definitely coming with me if I am lucky enough to see a beach this winter.  Nars Hot Tryst Cheek Palette gives a hot-blooded flush and has every shade you could desire to warm up your winter complexion. 

Skin and body care treats take the cold sting out of winter, and bath and body products scented with coconut and rose are the perfect antidote to dry winter skin.  I love the luxurious Herbivore Botanical’s Self Love Bath and Body Ritual Kit for it’s rejuvenation properties, not to mention its delicious scents and formulas.  BeautyBio’s Bright Eyes Set is an amazing eye patch treatment that puts the life back into the delicate under-eye skin and the soft “Offline” eye mask reminds us to step away from our electronic devices and relax.  Dry winter skin is no match for La Mer’s Celestial Transformations The Radiant Collection, which has every product you need to restore your glow with the proper skincare products, not just faking it with makeup.  And don’t forget fragrance: the holiday season is the best time of the year to try new scents,  I love the smaller versions of perfume and eau de toilette without committing to a full-size bottle, and it gives me a “fragrance wardrobe” to brighten winter days.  I love scents that remind me of summer and sunshine, like Maison Margiela’s Replica Travel Spray Sets, and Hermes’ Garden Collection Coffret Set

Let the pampering begin! All of these beauty indulgences have put me in the holiday mood and gifting is going to be extra glam this year. Santa, are you listening? I’ve been SO GOOD this year!

                                                                XOXO Shelley

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