Monday, October 31, 2016

DiY Halloween Zombie look with Dollar Store makeup kit

Hi ya Gorgeous,

Happy Monday and if you are doing halloween at the last minute and don't want to spend much money then a quick trip to the dollar store for a simple makeup kit will do you right!

Here is a short video tutorial on how you can get a zombie look easily with a kit from the Dollar Store.

I have a large kit t hat was $3, though there were several that were $1!  If you do costume makeup often, be sure and visit the  big box retailers the day after halloween to get some really great deals!

p.s. This is a throwback from last year's video - this year, I am so busy getting ready for AFM there was no time to make a new one. Sorry!
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Mental Workouts To Strengthen Your Brain

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Hope your Sunday is going awesome! Today, as I am perfecting my pitch, packing and preparing for AFM, I have a guest post on mental workouts to strengthen your brain with. Who doesn't need that?
Dr. Sanam Hafeez has a great teaching for you.

Mental Workouts To Strengthen Your Brain

Have you ever walked into a room and forgot what you went in there for? Perhaps you lost your train of thought mid conversation after being distracted by a noise. Maybe you forgot a name or a number or to buy milk. We’re human! We forget things. However, the more we multitask, the less we focus and the verdict is out on how this affects our brains long term.

So how do we strengthen our brains? Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD a New York City based licensed neuropsychologist and teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College, shares how we can exercise our minds and master our memory.

How do brain activities play a role in strengthening the brain?

Dr. Hafeez explains that just like physical exercise, brain exercises strengthen and keep the mind agile and active. “You have a cognitive reserve, a finite amount of memory, problem solving and visual motor even verbal reasoning skills that declines over time. The more you engage your brain, the longer you can hold on to your cognitive reserve,” explains Dr. Hafeez. 
What are some brain-boosting activities someone could do before work?

There are a lot of activities one can do to boost your brain. Research shows that any stimulating activity will "boost" circulation and activate areas of the brain. According to Dr. Hafeez things like writing with your left hand, trying to remember phone numbers, doing mental math calculations, the daily crossword, or looking up a new word in the dictionary on a daily basis, helps your mind stretch in ways you can't see but certainly feel. “The frustration that you feel when doing something that’s mentally taxing is when you know your brain is getting a workout. It's good for you,” she says.  
How do brain-boosting exercises help when it comes to work life?

There are a lot of websites and computer generated programs that offer memory training and visual spatial exercises. Dr. Hafeez suggests looking for puzzles, numerical sequences, and recall activities that can help boost processing speed, attention and memory. Just like your body, the more you do, the more your brain can stretch and accommodate.

How does doing these exercises before work enhance our performance?

“Doing something stimulating and challenging, before work, gets your brain geared up for the day. If you run two miles in the morning, walking seems like a stroll. Similarly, if you perform math calculations as you're driving or insist on spelling words backwards for the fun of it will make the stuff you do at work every day seem like a breeze. It'll make you more aware and vigilant not to mention focused and almost raring to keep moving from one task to the next,” Dr. Hafeez explains. 
Can it enhance our performance in other areas of our lives? If so, which areas and why/how?

Mental health practitioners agree that over time, brain boosters such as learning a new language, a sport, a musical instrument, or painting, sewing, arts and crafts, boost the brain in bigger, more long-term ways. “It may even reduce or delay the onset on Alzheimer's and other mental decline, again by strengthening the cognitive reserve. Brain exercises are good for one's overall daily health and may actually protect one from more serious ailments. Daily smaller brain boosters can help with mental agility, daily memory, an active work and even social life, by helping increase attention, focus and creative, problem solving skills,” adds Dr. Hafeez.

About Dr. Sanam Hafeez:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is an NYC based licensed neuropsychologist. She is a teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and clinical director of the Comprehend the Mind Institutes in Manhattan and Queens. She was a long time child school psychologist. She specializes in providing neuropsychological, educational and developmental evaluations to both adults and children in her practice.  She works with individuals who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, autism, attention and memory problems, trauma and brain injury, abuse, childhood development and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…) In addition, Dr. Hafeez serves as a medical expert for various news outlets and programs, and as an expert witness providing full evaluations and witness testimony to law firms and courts. Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or at

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops : You Need This In Your Life Right Now

Happy Saturday to ya Gorgeous!

Oh my goodness - when it rains it pours! No complaints, though the schedule currently is jam packed and it's travel, travel and more travel! Mainly back and forth  commuting between the Los Angeles area and home in Arizona then some Vegas work too.

Oy!  That's where these Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In pigment makeup drops come in!

Glamoflauge Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops

Highly concentrated liquid pigments that  allow you to customize any face product for coverage or shade.
Squeeze the dropper and add drops to any daily moisturizer or primer to create a custom foundation.
The more drops you add, the higher the coverage.
You can also add light or dark drops to any liquid makeup to custom match your skin tone.

These are just $7.00 per tube and it's worth every penny because you can mix in to your face oil, moisturizer, or your current fave foundation that needs to be a shade lighter or maybe a shade darker!

You have got to try this! I love it!

Find it at Walmart exclusively!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Hard Candy Glamoflauge foundation: what the weekend needs

TGIF Gorgeous!

Who is ready for the weekend? I am - but it's not a restful and relaxing one! It's a very exciting full of packing, planning and preparing weekend!

I'm taking my film, Jael: A Western Tale to the American Film Market next week and can hardly wait! Though there is a lot of work to accomplish before I go!

Luckily, I have this lovely bottle of Hard Candy Glamoflauge with me that I can pack! It's perfect to last all day when paired with the Hard Candy primer.

Woo hoo! Humid ocean weather of Santa Monica, I am ready for you!

Details on Hard Candy Glamoflauge - this full coverage foundation is available at Walmart stores exclusively or online at  and it's under $10!

 This skin-perfecting fluid contains superfine pigments for seamless full coverage without looking caked-on.
Infused with kaolin clay for exceptional wear and oil absorption.
Skin retains natural moisture for 12 hours of flawless perfection and transfer resistance.

The Primer ....
This gentle, yet effective formula contains pore tightening actives and astringents that absorb excess oil for all day flawless wear.
Micro-fine powders blur fine lines and color corrects skin tone.
Your skin will look and feel smoother, more uniform, and perfectly shine-free.

This time next week, I'll be there ... stay tuned for pictures and a recap!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

BCA with Saje Natural Wellness Floral crystal fresh deodorant

Hi ya Gorgeous,

The PinkTober month is coming to the close and as it does, I want to remind you that breast cancer awareness is more than just a month's a life style. 

Saje Natural Wellness Floral Crysal Fresh Deodorant  is just what you need to help breach your summer anti perspirants to a winter deodorant.

I live in a very hot, very dry climate and there is no way , I mean, no way, that I can use a deodorant in the summer unless I am boing to be around  no one, or always be near a personal bird bath to wash my stinky armpints in .

For those wo want to practice safe and clean hygiene, with respect to being paraben free body products, especially on the lymph node system, please consider Saje.

I've used it for 3 days, it's been an avereage cool day of 90 degrees- wich is actually high for October in my Arizona,  it's been hot.

Thins to know, it's been a great and effective natural beodorant and I feel good about using it for the next couple of moths.   For those living with and healing with breast cancer and chemo, consider using this brand, Saje, it's effective and afordable. you can do it!

Remember, BCA, breast cancer awareness is not just a month, it's a lifestyle.  Something that if you practice daily and monthly, could help save a life! Like yours!!!

 These are about $13.95 and available on the website here
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Have You Met Beauty Junkees Yet?

Hi ya Gorgeous!

Today, I share a sneak peek at a product line that I am so cray cray excited about!

 Have you met Beauty Junkees yet? Oh the website is awesome and there are so many fun and functional beauty tools on it!

So I love beauty tools and this product is actually part of the Makeup University holiday gift guide but it's so fun I wanted to share with you now so you can get started on your holiday stocking stuffer shopping right now!

Visit the Beauty Junkees website and see what new tool you need now and what you want to try!

In the meantime's a lil video showing you the products and enjoy the shopping!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GLOW for a Cause Inspire Body Butter - for BCA and beyond

Hi ya Gorgeous,

October is quickly coming to a close and though the breast cancer awareness month is ending, BCA is for all the time - every month of the year.

GLOW for a cause is a unique beauty company that continually, all year round, gives back a portion of their profits, 5%, to several charities with the number one being cancer survivor care groups.

 I'm loving the soft scent and rich body butter that absorbs quickly and leaves alight lingering of floral scent!


from 16.00
She saw in the sunrise endless possibilities...inspire
A decidedly young and uplifting scent with a vibrant blend of florals and a dash of sunny citrus.
Our luxuriously rich body butter with nature's best moisturizing oils of coconut, jojoba, sunflower and vitamin E, hydrates and protects the skin while leaving behind a sexy and lasting scent.
Paraben Free.  Phthalate Free.  Cruelty Free.  Gluten Free.  Made in the USA.

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Beeswax, Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate , Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil, Sunflower (Helianthus Annus) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Carbomer, Sodium Citrate, Caramel, Fragrance Oil 

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Monday, October 24, 2016

What You Need to Really Clean Your Makeup Off: Micellar Water from La Roche Posay

Hi ya Gorgeous

Whoa - how about that Walking Dead episode? I still. Nope. Still can't believe it!

What I do believe is that this is quite possibly the best answer to long wearing foundations combined with baking a powder on top of it and then multiple layers of contour, highlight and bronzer plus eyeshadows and eyeliner with mascara: Micellar Water from La Roche Posay.

This brand is so good! It's so popular in Europe and the rest of the world though in the United States it is slowly becoming a beauty fan favorite.

Why? Because it's effective while being gentle and not containing parabens. Expect it to be in the $20 or under range.

Check it out:

You can find it at CVS and Ulta Beauty or online. You are supposed to use it with cotton balls, but in my life, I don't have time for that. I use it on a wash cloth.

Now it says that you don't need rinsing. That is so French skincare to not need rinsing. You know why? Because there in the flats of Paris and surrounding French cities, they did not have access to water as easily and the plumbing isn't always consistent, so the ladies of olde had to use creams to remove their makeups and the tradition just stuck.

Here is from the brand:
leanses down to pollution particles. Removes what you see and even what you can't see.

  • Dirt-encapsulating micelles cleanse skin from dirt, oil, makeup, and even pollution particles
  • Gentle and refreshing water-like formula that's mildly scented
  • Use as a daily no-rinse cleanser, makeup remover, and/or toner
Micellar Water is a no rinse cleansing water for all skin types

Dirt-encapsulating micelles
Naturally lift dirt, oil, makeup, and pollution upon contact with the skin and no harsh rubbing necessary.

A mild cleanser so gentle it is used in contact lens solution

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
Antioxidant-rich water to soothe skin

Micellar waters are no rinse cleansers that take their name from micelles, the microscopic cleansing agents that are used in their formulas. These micelles have a lipophilic core that attract oil and impurities

When micelles interact with the skin, they naturally lift dirt, oil, makeup, and even pollution on contact with no harsh rubbing necessary.

Makeup and impurities are trapped in the micelles oil absorbing core and are dissolved from the skin leaving it perfectly cleansed, hydrated and refreshed. No rinse necessary. 

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Molton Brown Rose Absolue - the scent of all time

Hi ya Gorgeous,
So, tonight season 7 of TheWalking Dead comes on and I can barely stand it! I think I know who it is that gets the working end of Lucille from  Negin. I suspect it's Glen if they keep to the comic book.

I don't want any of them to die! Argh!

Rant over. Now let's talk about one of the most timeless scents ever in any perfume or body care product: Rose.

I love fresh cut roses and rose scent in the home. This Molton Brown Rose Absolue body lotion is wonderful in so many ways; it's a light rose scent for those who prefer a subtle fragrance. You can layer this lotion with a body wash or parfum spray to deepen the layer of rose scent.

Basically, for your self or your gift giving, you can not go wrong with the classic brand Molton Brown in the evergreen scent of rose!

 Find this and it's companion products at Nordstrom, Niemans, or Saks and as always online!

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

BELLY BLOATING BUSTERS: Avoiding Foods That Make You Look & Feel Fat for Every Life Occasion

Hi ya Gorgeous,

I've been doing Weight Watchers for 2 months now and so far so good. Except the past two weeks I have plateaued and it's a bummer. I feel a bit burnt out on constantly tracking or watching what I eat!  The points system is simple to follow and I do like it - though I think this past week with all of it's busy and stress I have gone over my points every day!

So today I am sharing a  guest blog post for helping you keep a trim shape during these busy days leading up to holiday!



When planning for a fun get-together with friends everything goes through your mind, from your wardrobe to jewelry and make-up. What many of us don’t plan for, however, is our meals.  Eating the wrong foods before an event can sabotage your beauty plan. Certain foods can give your gut an instant bloat that looks and feels awful. However, there is a solution to this dilemma. Instead of skipping dinner to squeeze into your LBD or grabbing bagels for a quick morning bite, there are belly bloat busters. Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine. Here are some of his suggestions:

For a girl’s night out: Don’t be afraid to have a large meal beforehand (large meaning more than just a PB&J). If you are planning for an active night, whether dancing, bowling or party hopping, you will need the fuel. Dr. Calapai has created the perfect meal for this situation:
-      1 grilled chicken breast (approx 4 oz)
-      1/2 cup cooked brown rice and lentils
-      1 cup steamed string beans
This combo will fill you up without weighing you down, and will give you the energy you need to dance the night away!

For a dinner- date: You’re wearing a stunning new BCBG dress that already had to be zipped up by your roommate. When you’re at the restaurant with your guy refrain from ordering a salad to make it look like you’re being healthy. All the veggies in the salad will actually cause your stomach to bloat more. Dr. Calapai  advises that a fish dish with one side of grilled veggies is the way to go! “Wild Salmon is jam-packed with heart healthy vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. If Salmon is not an option, mackerel, sea bass and lemon sole are all good options as well. As for the veggies, try to steer clear of cruciferous veggies (such as cauliflower, broccoli) that can cause bloating. Instead opt for grilled zucchini, asparagus, or carrots - which will keep your tummy tamed!”

For a day at the beach: It’s finally getting warm out and you can take that bathing suit out of hiding. If you’re going to the beach you need a healthy, energizing meal to get you through the morning but you don’t want it to show in your stomach.  You’re probably thinking that the easiest thing to eat before you head out is some Special K with skim milk. It’s low in calories after all, right? It doesn’t matter how low-cal it is, the dairy and multi-grains will expand in your intestines, causing your gut to stick out. Instead of cereal, Dr. Calapai has an awesome recipe for oatmeal pancakes. Take 1/2 cup raw oats, 3 egg whites, 1/2 apple, and a dash of cinnamon and throw in a blender to create the pancake mix. This high fiber non-fat breakfast choice offers whole grain fiber plus additional fiber from the apple, and protein from the egg whites. It's a great filling way to start the day, and will not create any abdominal gas or bloating, so you can go bikini-bare with ease!

For an afternoon luncheon: Eating a well-balanced lunch is essential for boosting energy and productivity; giving you power over that mid-day slump and keeping your metabolism active.  A lot of times people want to skip lunch in hopes of losing weight and grab an energy drink to keep them going. This is so bad! The carbonation from an energy drink will make you more bloated then a light lunch. Dr. Calapai says, “For a mid-day luncheon, your best bet is a salad chock-full of fresh veggies and greens, and topped with a piece of grilled fish, low-fat tuna salad, or fresh turkey breast slices. Throw a few walnuts or almonds on top and dress with a low fat/low sugar dressing, to finish off your delicious salad creation!”

Before Sex: Luckily, you can eat your dinner or dessert (or both, on good dates) and enjoy sex too. Just lay off the foods that can trigger digestive issues, a real problem if you have a sensitive stomach or suffer from date-related anxieties, which can amplify digestive issues, according to Dr. Calapai. An 8-ounce piece of meat could trigger gas that's particularly foul-smelling. "Gas associated with red meat is more odorous because of chemicals it produces in the colon," Dr. Calapai explains. That's because when you overeat protein, it goes straight to the colon for fermentation where it creates some seriously offensive byproducts.  A safer bet is salad greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms. Instead of a Margarita drink: Tequila straight up, or wine (a safer bet). This way, you're only up against naturally occurring sugars.

For traveling days: These days airports are getting bigger and so are the food courts. It’s tempting to give in to the convenience of fast travel food, but the combination of a high-sodium smorgasbord and air travel equals a very bloated body from head to toe. You absolutely must resist because there are better options. Eat before you leave for the airport.  Dr. Calapai suggests packing your carry-on with fruits, veggies, and granola bars. Believe it or not these are available at kiosks. Also, avoid the beverage service on board. Stick to water, you will have a happier flight and feel revived upon arriving at your destination!

Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.
Anti-Aging Physician and "The Stem Cell Guru

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy. Proclaimed as the "The Stem Cell Guru" by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer's, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson's.

Dr. Calapai started his practice in New York City in 1986 and for over 25 years he has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM, where he offers health and medical advice. He has a show on Saturday morning 8-9am and Sunday evening from 6-7pm. He has consulted with numerous high-profile individuals including Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham's, Donal Logue and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

Dr. Calapai received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he consults in Manhattan with practices on Long Island, in East Meadow and Plainview. He has appeared on News12 and in the pages of 25A Magazine and Social Life Magazine.

He is the author of E-books Heavy Metals and Chronic Disease, Reverse Diabetes Forever! Seven Steps to Healthy Blood Sugar, Top Ten Supplements You Can't Live Without, and Glorious Glutathione. Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website,

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Friday, October 21, 2016

How to use Hard Candy Metallic Mousse lip glosses for getting glam and giving gifts

Hi ya Gorgeous!

TGIF! Time to get some glam lips for the holiday party season and even some fun spooky lip looks for halloween.

 In just one sweep, wrap lips in a divine velvety texture.
This full coverage matte liquid lip color hydrates lips, offers comfortable wear and delivers bold long-lasting wear.

 From the top to the bottom, the colors are: Queen of Hearts, Smoke & Mirrors, and Penny Talk.

 They come in these great reusable tins with a mirror on the top.  If only these were stackable like Lego!

 I like the look, the feel, and in the testing process, it held up for several hours after eating a sandwich and drinking pop!

You can find these right now at Wal-Mart stores nationwide and for about $6!

These are perfect for you and for gift giving too!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Shout out to I Am The Makeup Junkie blog : thank you!

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Today's post is a quick note of thanks and shout out to fellow beauty blogger Marie of I Am The Makeup Junkie!

She was running a giveaway on her blog for a milestone moment, I commented and won!

Thank you very much Marie! The box I received is chock full of goodies and some faves from brands that I love!

The beauty community is a big one, and a generous one and I'm glad to be a part of it.

Here's a lil thank you video to Marie. Be sure and follower her blog here:

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

How to heal brittle or callous like cuticles with Lauren B Beauty

Hi ya Gorgeous!

The weather has changed and my hair, skin and cuticles!

Mine are usually a bit calloused from thyroid. I'm using this botanical nail care from Lauren B Beauty and loving the results!

Massage in this luxuriously light oil at the start of your manicure, or anytime your cuticles need a little extra moisture. Custom-blended from 12 pure plant, nut and flower oils, it’s packed with amino acids to promote healing, and comes with a little brush so you can take as little or as much as you need – no mess. So good you will want to rub it all over your body!

Get yours from Lauren B. Beauty online or at Whole Foods! 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PULLEEZ Sporteez for tailgating and sports celebrations

Hi ya Gorgeous,
Welcome to the sports edition of Makeup University! If you are a sports fan, then you know it's in full swing now with football, basketball beginning and volleyball or soccer continuing.

I recently received a sample of these super cute sport themed hair ties which are perfect for tailgating or showing team spirit.

One of my alma mater is University of Arizona, the Wildcats and the colors red and blue. Bear Down!

Here's a short video demonstrating how easy it is to use PULLEEZ and for the pet lovers and bling bling wearers, visit the website because there are so many choices!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

When Would Be a Good Time to Schedule You On Your Calendar? Meet Spa@Home

Hi ya Gorgeous,
Hello Monday! I love Mondays. I get more accomplished on a Monday than I do all week! True story!

Today, I want to share a great at home spa treatment for yourself - which you need to schedule and get on your own books for self care because this busy holiday season can be a stresser!

Meet SPA@HOME by masquebar and this is the Pore Refining Creme Mask. I've used one of my samples and loved the super clean and clear effect of the mask. I definitely noticed some exfoliation!

These are affordable and easy to get at Walgreen's nationwide. So get some and take care of yourself, then get a few extras for stocking stuffers!

Minimizes the appearance of pores for a more refined and even complexion. This gentle blend of Coenzyme Q-10 and anti-oxidants leaves your skin feeling balanced and looking more radiant.
DIRECTIONS: : 1) Thoroughly cleanse face with warm water. Leave the face wet. 2) Open sachet and apply mask evenly over face and neck, avoiding eyes and lips. 3) After 15-20 minutes, rinse with water.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

You Have to Try This Wet Skin Moisturizer from Curel

Hi ya Gorgeous!
How are you enjoying the October weather? I think October is one of my most favorite months of the year - right next to May, my birthday month!

Here in Arizona, the weather changes and makes for some dry crunchy skin - and this new product from Curel is an answer for that itchy uncomfortable skin!

Meet Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer - it's for daily use and contains both allantoin and panthenol to help soothe the skin.

You must know that it also contains in the top 5 ingredients, mineral oil. If you haven't read my review of a different brand's wet skin moisturizer,  do so here, but the short of that story is that it too contains mineral oil and it's just not the healthiest of long term options for skin care.

Short term use? Absolutely.

When you skin hurts, or when the kids are itching to the point of drawing blood, a little use of mineral oil to make a barrier on the skin is a good thing.

Dermatologist Recommended

Curél® HYDRA THERAPY WET SKIN MOISTURIZER is activated by water on freshly-showered skin and penetrates deeply into the skin’s surface to heal dryness, for soft, healthy skin you can only imagine.
It may feel strange, but give it a week and your skin will thank you. Isn't the end of dry skin worth it? Why Wet Skin?
After showering, your pores are open, providing an easy pathway for moisture to absorb into just-showered skin. Curél® HYDRA THERAPY WET SKIN MOISTURIZER, with Advanced Ceramide Complex, penetrates deeply into the skin's surface bringing moisture to the source of dryness. It absorbs immediately and with continued use will end your dry skin!

Why Ceramides?
Ceramides, naturally present in healthy skin, are vital building blocks to maintaining skin’s moisture barrier. When ceramides are lost, skin becomes dry and damaged. Curél® HYDRA THERAPY WET SKIN MOISTURIZER, with Advanced Ceramide Complex, penetrates to the source of dryness, helping to replenish skin's ceramide levels and repair the moisture barrier.
  • Water activated moisture works deep into skin’s surface
  • Helps repair moisture barrier
  • Contains our proprietary Advanced Ceramide Complex
  • Immediately Absorbs
  • Completely Greaseless
  • Skin feels 3x more hydrated instantly
  • Fragrance Free
  • Dermatologist Recommended
  • Received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Helena Christensen & Elizabeth Gaynes Launch Their Niche Fragrance Line - strangelove nyc - at VIP Luncheon in Bergdorf Goodman

Hi ya Gorgeous!
So, if you have been with Makeup University any amount of time, you would know that I LOVE fragrance.
If you are new here, welcome and by the way, I love fragrance. It is my favorite and most used accessory and even if you have on an inexpensive thrifted outfit, a great perfume can class and jazz the whole thing up to a Vogue cover!

That's why I'm sharing the news about Helena Christensen and her new fragrance available at Bergdorf Goodman. I haven't got a sample yet...but I'm going to check the mail right now!

Enjoy and get yourself to Bergdorf's quick and get a whiff then tell me what it's like!

Helena Christensen, Creative Director of the niche fragrance brand strangelove nyc, along with Founder Elizabeth Gaynes, celebrated the brand’s official debut in Bergdorf Goodman this week.

Brooke Shields, Camilla Staerk and Danielle Snyder (of Dannijo) joined a celebratory luncheon at the BG Restaurant inside Bergdorf Goodman.

“It’s hard to find a perfume that you would want to put on every single day, spray it in your hair, spray it all over your body, and that’s how I felt when I got to smell the first samples,” Creative Director Helena Christensen said. “When you first try deadofnight, your senses are stimulated in the most magical way; you are simply transfixed by its power. With meltmyheart, you first fall in love with the scent itself; it is so tender and poetic, so full of yearning romance. It makes your heart flutter. It’s about surrendering to love and experiencing it fully.”

Sourced from exotic locales like Borneo, Madagascar, Mauritius and India, strangelove nyc uses some of the rarest natural oils and selected ingredients in the world, creating completely original scents that are long-lasting, extremely sensual and unquestionably unique.

The company launched its two oudh-based scents, deadofnight and meltmyheart, this fall. Prized for centuries for its deeply complex scent and aphrodisiac affects, oudh is a rare, aromatic resin from the ancient East.

Attached please find a few photos for your editorial use of Helena Christensen and Brooke Shields courtesy of strangelove nyc. We have additional images if you would like too.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

What your Friday needs: Thicker Fuller Hair

Hi ya Gorgeous!
TGIF and Friyay to you!

Also, happy halfway through October to you too. Get your mind around that. The month is half over. Whoa.

So I'm traveling and while I'm out on the road I want to share what's working in the thyroid hair department: Thicker Fuller Hair with Cell-U-Plex pure plant extracts. You can find these products that are made in the USA at Wal-Mart and drugstores nationwide, like CVS and Walgreens.

Personally, I like these, use them, and have a full bouncy head of hair styled by them. The product washes clean and easy out of my hair, has a nice scent and is healing to the brittle state of my hair.

If you tried them, I think you would like the Thicker Fuller Hair line of products. Especially if you have thin and brittle hair!

Instantly Thick Serum 5 oz.

Maximize volume with Instantly Thick Serum. This essential formula enriches the hair shaft to build body and strength for incredible volume. Provides lasting style and ample texture, body and manageability in just one application. Recommended for daily use.

Weightless Volumizing Hairspray 8 oz.

Flexible, touchable, all-day hold. Leaves hair soft and shiny, while adding maximum volume and lift. Designed for both men and women to thicken, strengthen and improve hair’s overall appearance.

 Some of the major factors that can contribute to thinning hair or hair loss are:
  • Genetics
  • Stress (diet, smoking, grief, recovery from
    major surgery, etc.)
  • Hair strain (caused by certain styling – cornrows,
    tight curlers)
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Environment
  • Pregnancy
  • Medication
Thicker Fuller Hair® products are formulated with Cell-U-Plex technology, a synergistic blend of pure plant extracts, vitamins and proteins that infuses the hair shaft to instantly bodify and amplify fine, thin hair.
The Cell-U-Plex formula is further enhanced with Caffeine Energizers to help invigorate and energize the scalp. This unique formula is optimized to leave the scalp and hair healthier and stronger without added weight or residue.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hair news: BIOKAP or hair model

Hi ya Gorgeous,

So today and leading into the weekend, the hair is going to one of two ways: either I am going to use the sample of the BIOKAP Nutricolor Delicato in 5.0 brown that has been sent to Makeup University or I am going to be a hair model in Phoenix and come out a shade of metallic blue.

 I wear my hair dark in the winter and with highlights for a warmer tone in the summer. It's time to go dark again and if I don't end up as a hair model - more on that later...I am going to use this kit for home which is a natural and healthy hair color that is not a henna.

I am still in the process of babying and taking super delicate care of my hair to help it heal from a bad bout of thyroid issues several months back. I need to give it one more good short cut to finish cutting off all of the damage and then I may just stop coloring it all together! At this point, I'm just glad I still have hair on my head!

So why the hair model? I feel like I need to push my self a bit more and get out of my wee  comfort zone that I've been in, like a cocoon these past few months and doing something possibly stupid with my hair seems like a good stretch.

My Instagram will follow that journey along if it happens. Instagram, @CherelynnBaker.

 Now let's talk details about BIOKAP:

Biokap Nutricolor Delicato+ Hair Dye is the most delicate formulation in the BioKap Nutricolor line, available in 4 shades, without any Phenylenediamine. Its exclusive formula with vegetable ingredients and high skin tolerability nourishes and repairs the hair while dyeing it and covers grey hair perfectly. With TRICOREPAIR complex containing Rice proteins, Willow derivatives and fruit lipophilic acids. Enriched with Argan oil from organic farming, it nourishes the hair and makes it softer and shinier.

When to use it

To cover grey hair perfectly, already from the first application and for a long-lasting colour.

How to use it

From today, using Biokap Nutricolor colours is even more practical: just insert the Nutrifix bottle in the hole outlined on the back of the packet and wear the disposable protective cape supplied. Then mix the content of the colour tube following the instructions given in the leaflet. Choose the shade according to the quantity of grey hair, following the instructions on the packet.

What it contains

Contains TRICOREPAIR, a complex with rice proteins with a restructuring action, Willow derivative with colour protective action and fruit lipophilic acids that take care of the scalp during the application of the dye. Thanks to the high content of unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, Argan oil protects, restructures and makes fragile and brittle hair shiny.


4 shades without Ammonia, without Resorcin, without Paraben, without Fragrance, without Paraphenylenediamine nor Phenylenediamines. Nickel and Dermatologically tested.
Before using the product, carefully read the instructions on the package. Always perform a sensitivity test 48 hours before each application.
The 4 new colours of Biokap Nutricolor Delicato+ must not be mixed neither among them nor with the other Nutricolor and Nutricolor Delicato colours.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How to support BCA with EOS berry blossom body lotion

Hi ya Gorgeous,

Every October becomes Pinktober since the partnership began in 1985 by major breast cancer charities  to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

So here we are again - and the pink products are rolling out for your to purchase that will help support the research.

I am curious why decades later and millions upon millions of dollars later there is not a cure? Is it because there is more money in treating cancer versus curing it?

I digress.

I'm a huge fan of the EOS brand, which stands for Evolution of Smooth- even though they had a pesky challenge last year with a consumer having a reaction to one of their products.

I never have had a reaction and my whole family uses the lip spheres. Now, we are using the berry blossom lotion that when purchased, sends  a portion of the sale to breast cancer research.

Find it at mass retailers nationwide, like a Wal-Mart or Ulta Beauty.


Delight your body. Delight your senses. A moisturizing body lotion with a blooming scent that applies richly, feels light and provides visibly softer skin. Berry Blossom Body Lotion from EOS gives you visibly softer, more beautiful skin. This lotion is enriched with natural shea butter, vitamin E and avocado oil. Dermatologist tested, Paraben free, Petrolatum free, and Mineral oil free.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How to Yom Kippur and 7th Heaven Argan Oil Mud

Hi ya Gorgeous,
I'm Christian and follow the feasts and high holy days that are listed in my Bible - such as a day of atonement which is better known as Yom Kippur. It's an important day to fast and reflect.

Yom Kippur is "the tenth day of [the] seventh month" (Tishrei) and is regarded as the "Sabbath of Sabbaths". Rosh Hashanah (referred to in the Torah as Yom Teruah) is the first day of that month according to the Hebrew calendar. On this day forgiveness of sins is also asked of God.

To help me in my fasting, I'm doing some deep cleansing of my skin with this 7th Heaven Argan Oil Mud.

These little satchets are powerful and affordable while being easy to get at mass retailers like Wal-Mart for about a dollar! 

Talk about perfect for travel, having on hand at home, and gift giving! Funny, I have had so many great products come to Makeup University lately that would be so perfect for Christmas giving!

I love these and use them. You should too!


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Monday, October 10, 2016

Columbus Day: not for Natives but for using Tree Hut body products

Hi ya Gorgeous,
As a First Nations person, a Native American, I don't celebrate Columbus Day though I do enjoy the sales.

I've got some shopping to do today! While I'm out picking up some holiday items to add to the Makeup University Gift Giving Guide!

In the meantime, enjoy this product that is super perfect for Fall skincare as well as a great gift to give!

First, let's talk about the Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Hawaiian Kukui - a certified organic product made in the USA! This scrub is a great way to pamper and care for dry itchy skin! It can help the skin feel smoother and be ready to receive moisturizers.

You can find it nationwide at mass retailers like a Wal-Mart for under $10!

On the right, the Tree Hut Shea Body Butter in Almond & Honey is a thick and rich creme that is nourishing to dry skin and chapped cracking cuticles! Ask me how I know!

The scent is light and lasting. This creme is perfect for gift giving! 

Get your Tree Hut products for your family and gift giving at Wal-Marts and other mass retailers!

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

ULTA Beauty: A Gorgeous Way to Give - A Cut for a Cause

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Today there is a great event for you and for other's happening at Ulta Beauty stores! The hair cuts and facial specials are valid on this day only, first come first serve walk ups, no appointments and 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research.

Go get bangs! Get a trim! Get a facial! Just go and help yourself and another gal at the same time!

Your choice 
  Shampoo & Haircut or
Pink Hair Extension or
MicroZone® Express Facial
For only $10

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Does Qurb work?

Hi ya Gorgeous!

I recently received a sample of Qurb and had it on hand to help me stick to my Weight Watcher's plan while I worked a festival that was full of kettle korn, funnel cake, fried fish, wine slushies, and pizza.

Talk about a snack food attack! I did not buy any of the snack foods but I really wanted too!
 I packed my clean meal and apple snack, and then added one of my samples of Qurb at the beginning of the day to help curb my appetite.

I see on their website, that a month long program is advised, though it's pretty pricey and out of my budget since I am currently paying for Weight Watchers program.  One to two bottles are recommended per day to help curb craving and hunger.

I used the two bottles I received, one each day at the beginning of the day and I can say that it has a great taste, the texture is a bit thick and I feel like it did curb my hunger.

I had very very long days and felt satisfied with the foods that I had - so the Qurb worked for me. Even though I could smell kettle korn, funnel cake and pizza all day!

To get your own Qurb and give it a try to help you in your weight loss and fitness journey, please visit them here;

Here is the ingredient list:
20 Calories
400 mg Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract
10 g Fibersol®2 Dietary Fiber (soluble)
20 mg Niacin
2 mg Vitamin B6
6 mcg Vitamin B12
50 mg Caffeine
10 mcg Pantothenic Acid
10 mcg Chromium
15 mg Sodium
10 mg Potassium
Other ingredients: filtered water, maltodextrin (fiber), erythritol, natural flavors, malic acid, gum acacia, guar gum, xanthan gum, stevia extract, sodium benzoate & potassium sorbate preservatives.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Have you tried Laura Geller Baked Balance-n-Brighten Foundation?

 Hi ya Gorgeous!

Recently in the ULTA Beauty 21 Days of Beauty for Fall campaign, this Laura Geller powdered foundation was on sale, 50% off!

I've been looking at this for some time, and at that price, it would be silly not to buy it! Enjoy the video! 

Products featured:

Laura Geller Baked Balance-N-Brighten foundation in Light

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum
Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield
Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips

MAC Luna Luster highlight powder
PUR Minerals Glow Together powder
Too Faced Cosmetics Natural Matte collection
Too Faced Cosmetics Shadow Insurance
Rimmel LONDON Brow This Way brow styling gel
NYX Cosmetics natural lip liner
Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard

Real Techniques brushes: multi task, setting, base shadow
Crowne Brush blender

Music courtesy of Epidemic Sound
ES_Pickin Em Cotton 1 - Martin Carlberg

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

PCA Nutrient Toner - a lil pumpkin spice for your skincare

Hi ya Gorgeous,
First sign of pumpkin spice for me was back in August, like - August 1st to be exact. This favorite flavor of mine was in my local grocery store and I've already enjoyed a month of it and then some.

Now, here's a way to enjoy that pumpkin goodness in a skincare item from PCA Skin. I love the PCA Skin refining mask. So far, I'm liking the toner, though thinking I am going to pour it into a spray atomizer for easier application? That, or I need to go to the store and buy some cotton balls.

 A pumpkin wine-based toner designed to refine the appearance of pores, gently exfoliate and provide added nutritional benefit to the skin.
  • Vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and other advanced ingredients gently exfoliate to create a healthy glow

After cleansing, moisten a cotton pad with a small amount and apply in upward and outward strokes over the face and neck. It may be used once daily or as needed. Follow with any additional appropriate PCA SKIN® corrective products and broad spectrum SPF product in the daytime, and moisturizer in the evening. 
Find PCA Skin online or in retailers for about $35.00 . 

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Skyy Hadley of As U Wish Nail Salon and Lauren B Beauty Fall Nail Tips!

Hi ya Gorgeous!

My Rosh Hashanah manicure was this gorgeous shade of blue from Lauren B. Beauty a 5 free nail polish!

Fall has arrived, and that means cooler weather, and drier hands. Luckily, you can keep your hands and nails in-tact and looking healthy with these tips from Skyy Hadley and products from Lauren B. Beauty!
Many people don’t realize, but taking care of your cuticles is the best way to keep your nails looking their best. Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, is a firm believer in tending to your cuticles for strong and lustrous nails. Follow her tips below for the best results:
·         Always use a cuticle oil/cream. Having dry, scraggly cuticles is not a good look and may even make you want to pick them, which can lead to a bacterial infection. Using a cuticle oil can make your manicure last longer. Keeping the nail beds and areas around your nails moisturized will make the nail polish stay in place longer. A cuticle oil is a great way to make a two day old manicure look like you just walked out of the salon
·         If you don’t have cuticle oil or cream available, you can use anything from your kitchen! Olive oil, baby oil, or even Vaseline are quick go-to solutions
·         NEVER cut your cuticles, they should only be pushed back. Cuticles are designed to protect your fingers from infections, and bacteria. You should only cut the dry skin around the nail and not the actual cuticles themselves

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Philip B Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo - what your life needs right now!

Hi ya Gorgeous!

How's your October going so far? I am loving the cooler weather here in Arizona. Since the weather is changing I am also making changes in the beauty routines!

Meet, Philip B Nordic Wood hair and body wash!

 This body wash is rich and washes clean and smells amazing! It can double as a hair wash, and my son likes it, though I am just using it all over my scrubby poof and enjoying the woodsy aromatherapy.

Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo

Lather up luxury. This blend of fresh, uplifting botanicals is a wakeup call for your hair and skin – and your senses.
  • Refreshing one-step cleanser tones and hydrates, creating a cooling effect on contact
  • Soothes and invigorates with a pure 6% herbaceous blend of Norwegian Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Pine, Cedarwood and Camphor with Oat extracts, Wheat Amino Acids and Aloe
  • Naturally antibacterial botanicals offer a gentle deep clean, for skin and hair that’s irresistibly soft and touchable
  • Paraben free; color & keratin-treatment safe
Find Philip B Nordic Woods online for $39.00 for the big size and $12 for the small size!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish for Fall manicures that rock!

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Happy Monday! Hello October! Welcome darker and richer colors for the Fall season. Oh and maybe a bit of rock n roll looks too? These metallic/chrome like polishes from  Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish are just what you need for this season.

 I received these samples and three are colors and one is the special top coat that cures it on to the nail without using an LED light. Which I like. I have two LED lights, one for individual fingers and then one for the whole hand and frankly, it's too hard to get off!

 This Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish is called Game of Chromes #149 and is a Step 1 polish.
It has a "chrome" like look if you are following along with nail trends and is going to be perfect for upcoming holiday party manicures.
 This Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish is called Stilettos&Studs #839 and is a gorgeous dark grey color - I've been wearing this since I got it!

 This Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish is called Rock On #839 and is a silvery color that also has a chrome look to it and a bit of fleck in the color giving it added dimension. Gorgeous!

All three of these colors are Step 1 and then you use the black bottle, which is the Top Coat #101 to seal the colors on with the trick being to swipe a bit of polish sideways or horizontally across the edge of your nail tip.

Find these at mass retailers nationwide and you can learn more on the website
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