Monday, March 20, 2017

Meet March Madness Plant Based Products

Hi ya Gorgeous!

Thank you for joining me! I know I have mentioned previously that I am missing the daily writing though enjoying the process of working on my feature film and now, when it comes to products to review I am super choosy about who and what I work on.  This week's products are totally amazois and I know you will love them - especially if you enjoy plant based products!

I know many of you are enjoying your spring breaks this week and next- please remember to wear sunscreen! 

Now, meet Karite Shea Butter!

Karité’s dermatologist-created products feature natural ingredients such as high concentrations of raw, unrefined shea butter and palm oil sourced directly from Ghana, as well as unrefined organic coconut oil. Using a unique technology to blend these ingredients, Karité is able to produce non-toxic products for maximum skin hydration and nourishment.

This one-of-a-kind combination of natural botanicals provides antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits that results in unparalled moisture that soothes and heals even the most sensitive skin.
Our team is led by a top-ranked dermatologist. Together, our vision is to bring the many benefits of shea butter to you.  Get yours at

Now let's talk hair. I used to have super stick straight smooth hair until I had my son, now I've got wavy fuzzy kinda curly hair! If I want straight hair, I have to use a smoothing serum and hot iron, until now!

I just met this brand, Eprouvage and it's active plant based formula makes for natural hair smoothers in the smoothing shampoo and conditioner.  Get yours at Ulta Beauty locations nationwide in the USA.

A replenishing and detangling conditioner that provides hydration to unruly hair. This formula nourishes and hydrates for sleek, manageable hair. Formulated with our Progressive Plant Cell Technology for healthier looking hair and scalp.
  • Restores hydration and nourishes dry, unruly hair.
  • Gently detangles without weighing hair down.
  • Replenishes moisture and improves manageability.
A smoothing shampoo that gently cleanses while providing optimal softness and shine. Hair is left feeling healthy and smooth without weigh down. Formulated with our Progressive Plant Cell Technology for healthier looking hair and scalp.
  • Cleanses hair and scalp while restoring hydration.
  • Tames dry, tired strands for frizz-free, sleek styles.
  • Increases hair's resistance to breakage.
Ok, before you get into the video, let me just say, that this is the third and final time that I will be recommending the Tim Ferris book Tools of Titans.

It's available on Amazon now, for $16 and this book is a tool for training yourself to do better in every area of your life from stories of people who have already excelled in those areas! You need this book!

Now, let's get into this week's video!

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Products featured:

Karite She Butter
eProuvage progressive plant cells hair care
What to Read This Week:
Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris

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Monday, March 13, 2017

3 Things To Make This Week Great with Makeup University

Hi ya Gorgeous!
How you doin' these days? I was just thinking to myself, I'm really liking the weekly digest, though I also like being more choosy of the brands I work with since now I have so little space to write - I only say yes to the weird and wonderful. Let that be  a clue to you about what is coming your way!

Now, this week,  I am introducing you to LAFCO New York: Luxury Articles & Fragrance Co!  The body creme and hand creme are amazing!

These Italian crafted body products are rich, thick, luxurious with a fresh scent and not greasy! There are several fragrances to choose from - I have the Mint Tisane and it's spring break perfect! Oh. But wait. Not yet. Weird, though my son's spring break is at the end of April, three weeks before school gets out. Seriously?

Get your own LAFCO online here

In the video I have what I consider, the most important makeup tip ever! So watch it!

 Now, 2017 for me is a year to get back to reading a book a week. It's doable for me and pushes me to learn something new, strengthen old skills and keep moving forward.

This week I am re-reading Change Agent by Os Hillman. I picked this up at the Hollywood Prayer Network a few years back when I attended a prayer meeting at The Garland in Studio City California. Whoa. The book is great - though for me personally the big take away was that hotel.

It's so old skool Hollywood glam at the base of Universal Studios. I loved it! They have "dive-in" movies and it's my dream to take the cast and crew there and screen our film Jael A Western Tale there and then binge watch  the Tremors series while floating in the pool sipping something bubbly! A gal can dream can't she?

 Now enjoy the video! Remember to subscribe if you haven't already!

These body and hand creams retail for $35 and can be found at

Enjoy the teaching tip and please share in the comments how you wash your brushes!

This week's book read is: Change Agent by Os Hillman
Get it! It's good!

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Finally - for the spring bride who would rather spend her money on cake instead of a makeup artist: get my book on Amazon  - DiY Bridal Makeup! 
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Monday, March 6, 2017

How to make thin hair look thick with Keranique: Spring Break edition

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Happy March to you! This month is a month of massive movement, change, advancement and then some!

I am posting for spring break so you have time to get prepared, though my son's school doesn't have break until the end of April and then curiously school gets out 3 weeks later? Which he is counting down the days til he is out!

Today's digest has an introduction to a new and in my opinion revolutionary hair styling product from Keranique. It's like the modern day Ron Popeil GLH. If you don't know what that is, Google it!

 I am so in love with this Keranique Tint & Texture Color Density Treatment in dark brown! It sprays on color that will cover grey hair, is light and fluffy in texture, doesn't wear off and gives hair a thicker appearance. Note, when I ran my fingers through my hair the product did not budge but when I scratched my scalp it did. So don't do that!

You can find this at Ulta Beauty and it's $34.00.

 The Keranique Lift & Repair Treatment Spray I have used over and over again to help baby my thyroid hair and protect my color while also egging on some additional growth. It has taken nearly a year to grow back enough length on my hair to cut off all of the damage and still have enough length to put a pony tail up.

You can find it at Ulta Beauty for $18.00

Now let's talk this week's book! I got this from my Mom because she was going to read it but passed it to me first. Now I have to buy her a new copy because I have already marked up, highlighted, underlined and dog earred this copy!

The Most Excellent Way To Lead by Perry Noble is a most excellent read for any one from moms, to high schoolers, college students and business owners! There is line after line chock full of wisdom!  I highly recommend it!

Finally, with the spring weather and warmer temps, it's a good time to switch up your fragrance and move into something lighter, more floral, with a hint of green and clean to it!

These are two of my favorites and one is from the drug store and one is from the department store! Watch the video to find out more!

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Segment 1:  Spring Break Fragrances
Flower Sparkling Garden
Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue

Segment 2: Meet Keranique Hair
Tint & Texture Color Density Treatment in dark brown
Lift & Repair Treatment Spray

Segment 3:  Makeup University Book Club
 The Most Excellent Way to Lead by Perry Noble


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Products I am wearing:
Hard Candy Glamoflauge foundation
Essence Cosmetics lipstick, liner, bronzer, contour, highlighter
Ardell lashes
Pur Minerals eye shadow

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Monday, February 27, 2017

How to use Comodynes to Get Gorgeous on the Go!

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Happy Monday to you! So much is going on right now, right?
Let's start with the Oscars, did you watch? This is the first time in decades, that I did not watch. Usually, I have a wee home watch party complete with ballots to vote on for who will get Best Picture.

Though, this year, there has been so much negativity and funk hoopla from Hollywood and the talents that I was just turned off by all their political campaigning, that I decided to break with decade old tradition and not watch. Sabo the artist who created this art installment has summed up some of my thoughts.

Instead, I worked on my own film! Now, thank you for your grace in the slowing down of Makeup University - I'm stretched so thin with the film that I could not maintain the daily posts for Makeup University but just a weekly digest until the film goes to release. Phew! Thank you!

Now, let's get to the products for this week. Meet Comodynes.

 Comodynes is a long standing and classic brand with much respect in the makeup artist industry. I doubt there is a pro makeup artist kit in the world that does not or has not at one point, contained the makeup remover wipes from Comodynes. Why? Because they are good!

 Comodynes 6-in-1 BB cream is pure perfection in a tube and I think it is more versatile for different types of skin types than other brands.

Have a beauty ritual before you leave home? Use moisturizing cream? A concealer? A foundation? BB Color Skin Perfector 6 in 1: moisturizes, corrects imperfections, soothens, evens skin tone and acts as a highlighter with SPF. A great look in just one easy step.

  • You'll never leave home without it. BB cream solution with multiple benefits.
  • Antioxidant protective action.
  • The equivalent of using 6 different products.

Don´t always remember to remove your make-up? Struggle to follow a skin cleansing routine? Comodynes make-up remover towelettes clean, tone, and moisturize skin in less than one minute.
  • In just one easy step they provide a complete facial cleanse.
  • One towelette is the equivalent of using a cleanser, toner, and eye make-up remover.
  • Formula suitable for both face and eyes

 OMG, I love these! So powerful and pack a punch in your purse! So, for those of you who are pulling very long days, keep one of these in your beauty bag - and when you go from one meeting to another and have 15 minutes in the middle of the meetings to freshen up, do this;
1) wipe face makeup off
2) wipe the easy peeling plus on  - while this sets on skin a few minutes, re-do eye and lip makeup, touch up hair
3) wipe on some Comodynes 6-in-1 BB cream ...spritz some perfume and go slay!
Achieve smooth and even skin with the exfoliating facial towelette that cleanses pores and eliminates dead skin cells. Single-dosage sizing is perfectly suited to fit into cosmetic cases, purses or bags. No more excuses!

  • Can be carried in a cosmetic case, purse, or bag.
So this Beauty Flash item is something that I am working to like. I've tried three different wee tubes and none of them sprayed. When I finally did get it on my face, I did like the effect , though I really struggled with the application. So don't take my word for it, get one and try for yourself.

Now, enjoy this week's video!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

How to Get Spring Break Vegan Beauty

Hi ya Gorgeous!

This week on Makeup University I have some  healthy and natural skincare resources for you to help get your ready for Spring Break!

Woo hoo! I know my son is already planning the many ways he wants to spend his spring break days and I too have been thinking about how I am so looking forward to not having to do the mega commute that we do to school for him. Grace Grace!

So now, let me introduce you to Kneipp. This is a German skincare line that has been around for 125 years and has been a leader in holistic skincare.

I love the simplicity to the products and most importantly, the effectiveness! This truly is a skincare line for the whole family from babies to grand parents!

I took my samples with me on a snow play trip with my family and in this photo you see me holding the bottle of Arnica muscle rub and I'm here to tell you - it worked amazing and has a fresh herby scent - not a strong menthol scent.  It was effective on me and even my son enjoyed some of the Arnica oil on his sore legs!  Thank you Kneipp for making such great products. Note- it's pronounced KEN-NIPE!  So for spring break or an at home spa staycation, try some Kneipp for healthy body care and pampering!

Spring break is coming in a few weeks and that could mean some serious sun time or snow time depending on where you go. Something to note, you need to be wearing sunscreen.

There has been a lot of news about the sunscreens with a benzone base, a chemical ingredient that acts as a barrier actually does the opposite of sun cancer prevention and could be a contributor to skin cancer.  

 You can choose your preference in application from True Naturals, either a creamy lotion with spf 30 and a  light tropical caribbean coconut scent.  It's glueten and nano free, biodegradable and cruelty free.

Well, then it's time to go back to good ol' fashioned barrier sunscreens using zinc oxide. Meet True Naturals. These products are vegan, cruelty free and have a zinc oxide base to provide skin protection through a barrier - not a chemical. It  worked for a century on life guard noses, so it can be used today too!

The True Naturals brand is water resistant and note to self, be generous in your application and re-apply frequently. True Naturals is a green star winner for commitment to the environment and also ocean friendly due to the biodegradable ingredients.

Whether you are on the snowy slopes for spring break or a sunny beach, be sure and take some True Naturals sunscreen along the way with you!

Visit to get yours!

Now here is this week's video - enjoy!

Lavener body wash
Soft in Seconds hand cream
Joint&Muscle bath oil
Pure Bliss bubble bath
Eucalyptus mineral bath salt
Soft Skin Body Wash in almond blossom
Restoring Body Oil

Segment 2: True Naturals
Caribbean Coconut Scent Broad Spectrum spf 30 sunscreen
Sport spf 30 stick

Time to Read
The Shack Revisited book by
C.Baxter Kruger PhD

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