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Smooth, Soft Skin for 2013


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! To all my fabulous readers I wish you lots of LOVE and Prosperity in the upcoming new year!! 

First, I want to say thank you for all the wonderful messages and comments in regards to my blog and work I truly appreciate it. I wish I could be more consistent with my blogging, but some months I just don't have enough time in the day. Specially since it takes me extra long to type everything out because I am not very gifted in the art of typing and grammer. So please always excuse my typos :)
 
Regardless I truly appreciate the loyalty and all the positive feedback I have gotten.

Ok now for the good stuff!! Right now here on the east coast our skin is getting bombarded with tough cold winds and, dried up by the heaters in our homes. So the winter is never my favorite time of the year for skin. 

Skin requires extra care in my opinion during the winter. I come across many skin types in my line of work, but one thing I can say is that the majority of people have some form of dryness during the winter season. Whether it be dry patches or dry skin in general.

In my case I have oily skin during the summer, and dry skin in the winter with an oily t-zone.

So here are my FAVORITE products of the season that have worked wonders to keep my skin balanced and that I recommend trying out.

1) Estee Lauders Moisture Rich Foaming Cleanser- I discovered this cleanser this year but I will defienetly be using this cleanser every winter from now on. Or anytime I feel my is dry. I started using it in the beginning of the season when my skin was very dry and was borderline peeling so I wanted a wash that would was aggressive enough to remove my makeup, but gentle enough not to further dry out my skin. In turn after I washed my face with Soft Clean. When I dried my face off it felt so soft and moisturized which was a big plus. This product foams up to a really nice lather and removed all traces of makeup it also has a very nice fragrance that I love. (but do keep in mind that it is scented for those who don't like scented products). The price for this wash is also reasonable it's $20 a tube and you only need a dime size. 

Below is the product description: From Estee Lauder 
Luxurious creme foams into a moisture-rich lather to gently clean, calm and soften skin.
Surrounds you with a sense of total satisfaction.

CUSHIONING FOR DRY SKIN
  • Gentle yet effective cleansing.
  • Helps preserve skin's moisture barrier.
  • Skin feels pampered, soft, comfortably clean.
HOW TO USE
  • Use every AM and PM.
  • Lather up a small amount with wet hands. Massage all over face with circular movements.
  • Rinse with warm water.
FORMULA FACTS
  • Dermatologist-tested

2) Ocean Salt-Lush  - This is an all time favorite product of mine. One of the key products to keeping your skins surface nice and smooth. More importantly flakiness free when it comes to the winter. Is to exfoliate regularly which is the process of removing dead skin. Dead skin can cause your makeup to not blend properly. Ocean Salt from Lush is by far on of my favorite exfoliators. No exfolitaor has left my skin as smooth as Ocean Salt. Feel free to ask for a sample if you prefer to try out the product first since it is on the pricier side, but very much worth it. I do want to warn that this exfolitor is more aggressive and not meant to be used everyday. The overuse of exfoliators can cause desensitivitiy I use this exfoliator once a week. If your looking for something for daily use I would recommend something less aggressive like Aveeno's Skin Brightening Micro Bead Exfoliator which I feature in one of my previous posts.  

Below is the Product description from Lush:
Back in 2005, our inventors had come up with a number of fantastic cleansers but there was one category they had yet to conquer: The scrub! A sea salt scrub! With that, they whipped up (our now enormously popular) Ocean Salt. Washing with Ocean Salt is like taking your face on a trip to the seaside for an invigorating splash in the water. We mix in fresh avocado and coconut to hydrate thirsty skin, while the antibacterial effects of lime and vodka is ideal for blocked pores, blackheads or blemishes. The minerals in sea salt soften as it scrubs away dirt and blockages

FEATURES
  • Suitable for all skin types: Ocean Salt is most beneficial for combination to oily skin.
  • Our most exfoliating cleanser: Ocean Salt contains a combination of coarse and fine sea salt.
  • For an invigorating scrub: Salt and citrus oils can cause irritation for sensitive skin types. If you’re quite sensitive, we suggest using a gentler product.

3) Last but definelty not least moisturizer!!! Clarins Multi-Day Cream- Is my moisturizer of choice this winter. It has kept my skin so soft, supple and hydrated all winter. It has a nice thicker texture that I find perfect for the winter. It also has amazing anti aging ingredients. I hope to continue using this product well into the spring.  

Below is the product description from Clarins:
A skincare treatment for younger women that goes beyond prevention to visibly correct early signs of aging.

What it is formulated to do:
Fight those first lines and wrinkles with Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream—All Skin Types, a powerful innovation that targets emerging evidence of age to restore a youthful, healthy-looking complexion. Keep imperfections at bay with this formula's dermal-epidermal junction repair and radiance-boosting action. Reinforcing the skin with directly delivered, continuous antioxidant defense, this high-performance essential delivers corrective and enhancing effects that show.

What else you need to know:
This cutting-edge must-have is dermatologist-tested and noncomedogenic.

Well that's it for today! Hope you enjoyed my selections/mini reviews. Always Consult with your dermatologist before beginning a new skin routine:)  

Feel free to leave me some requests in the comments! Have an amazing weekend

NYC & NJ Summer Wedding MakeupTips

Hello Everyone!
With NYC Bridal Week wrapping up and the warm east coast weather creeping up on us. I felt this would be a great time to do a quick post on the latest makeup looks for the upcoming 2012 Summer weddings, as well as a few tips to keep you looking fresh and beautiful in this warm sometimes muggy east coast weather.

Bridal Makeup Summer 2012
This season we have seen the a lot of glamorous brides. Fluffy lashes, smouldering eyes, glowing skin and nude lips. This look brings a modern approach to the classic bride. You can see this look on Megan Fox on your right.

Next we saw the return of the classic 50s pinup bride which has always been a favorite of mine. It's a timeless look that involves a bold red lip, a defined eyeliner and flawless skin. It's a beautiful look that compliments brides with updos perfectly.
Summer Makeup Tips:
Summer Weddings are beautiful and ulta memorable. Beautiful scenery, outdoor weddings and NO COATS;) , but when its to warm then we have some different issue such as oily skin, runny eyeliners and sweat.

Here a few things that I make sure to advise my Summer Brides to never leave the home with out.

Makeup refreshing mists such as MAC Fix+, Claudlie Beauty Elixir or Amore Pacific Hydra Mist. These products instantly refresh your makeup and hydrate the skin.

Blot Paper. Many companies make them now and can be easily found cosmetic lines such as MAC and Palladio make them.

Blot powder is also another alternative if you do not want to use blot paper. Cosmetic lines such as Benefit and MAC make such powders.

Last but definitely not least make sure that if your doing your own make to prime your skin according to your skin type. If you are oily make sure to make use of Oil control lotions and mattifying primers beneath your makeup as well. If you sweat a lot you may want to consider getting Airbrush makeup for your big day. If you have any of the issues above long lasting water resistant Makeup is also an option (check with your favorite makeup line since most brands carry this type of foundation) or water resistant Makeup setting sprays lines such as Urban Decay, Benefit and other make similar products. 

I hope all this information helps you on your big day. If you are interested in booking Makeup Services for your Wedding Day feel free to reach out to us at orietta@oriettaleva.com

Hello Summer Makeup 2012

Hello World I know it's been I while! Been busy on many projects recently, but here I am giving you a quick overview of some my recent discoveries on my journeys in the world of makeup. 

Tinted Moisterizers and Powders:
Now that the weather is Summery and Warm a lot us find ourselves trying to wear something a little lighter on our skin other then Foundation. So we tend to look for Tinted Moisturizers, Mineral Powders and etc. So here are some of my favorites!

Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer: A sheer foundation and a powerful SPF all in one! Natural, organic ingredients pamper skin, while an SPF of 30 shields it from future damage by blocking both UVB and UVA rays. Best of all, it delivers the perfect level of coverage - creating a flawless complexion that looks and feels completely natural.








Dermologica Sheer Tint Moisterizer: Sheer Tint Moisture SPF15 is a convenient, three-in-one product: a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer, a sheer color wash and sun protection. For those who prefer no tint, Sheer Moisture SPF15 also provides hydrating, non-greasy moisture and SPF15 protection without the sheer color. Contains no artificial fragrance or color

Next is Powders!!

This is my latest Favorite everyday foundation powder.

MAC Mineralize Loose Foundation Powder- A silky, mineral-rich Mineralize foundation with everyday SPF 15 protection. Provides a medium finish that's buildable—for natural to natural-satin looks. Brushes on for a smooth, radiant effect. Helps skin stay healthy and nourished.


My next fav for an ultra light coverage and fresh face is

Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup SPF 15 Mineral-Rich Formula Face Powders
- Smart technology keeps dry areas comfortable, oily areas less shiny. No-waste grinder dispenses skin-defending vitamins with each twist. Fresh-shaved mineral powder clings evenly to skin. Lasts for up to 8 long hours. Great for Traveling due to the great container. Also great for warm climates.







Stay tuned for my next post of the latest makeup color trends and looks for the summer;)

Important Tanning Information

I found this very informative video called "Dear 16 year old me" that was introduced to me via a good friend on Facebook. This video has a very powerful message regarding tanning among todays youth. So I thought it'd share this with you all. Please share this wonderful video with your friends. 

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Dear 16-year-old Me
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Winter mini- Makeup Haul

Hello boys and girls so it has been awhile. So I decided to do a bit of a haul. Of all my favorite goodies that I have come across these past months.

First we will start with complexion/Skincare, my favorite. 
Sam McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer +SPF 20: Here is a bit of info on this product that has quickly become my favorite Primer/Tinted Moisturizer. 

Miracle Skin™ Transformer SPF 20
What it is:
A tinted skin enhancer that provides a nourishing base, lightweight coverage, and powerful SPF 20 UVA/UVB protection.

What it is formulated to do:
In one easy step, this product hydrates, protects, and transforms the complexion for a luminous, airbrushed effect. Formulated with naturally derived silicone, it minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores instantly. Antiaging properties reduce uneven pigmentation over time while sunscreen ingredients provide protection from a broad spectrum of UVA/UVB rays.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
The M3 Complex, a unique combination of natural antioxidants and vitamins, hydrates, enhances, and protects the skin. The product's unique delivery system encapsulates enzyme Q10 and vitamins A, K, and E into tiny beads that burst on contact with your skin, improving cellular renewal, skin firmness, and circulation.

My experience:
I have been using this product since the beginning of the Winter and I have seen nothing but great results. My skin texture is much smoother and keeps my skin hydrated during this cold season. It gives me nice light coverage and evens out my skin. I use it alone or as a primer under my foundation. You can find this product online or at Sephora. It runs for about $48, but you do get a good amount of product and a little bit goes along way:)

Next up is my #1 new favorite Lip products. I have fallen in love with all of
Stila's Lipand Cheek Stains. Here is a bit of info on the product.

What it does:
This revolutionary makeup stain reacts to the pH levels in cheeks and lips to create a personalized blush and pout. The nourishing formula contains potent antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E to moisturize, and fruit extracts to slow the degeneration of collagen—thus supporting the skin's natural structure and slowing premature aging. Packaged in Stila's iconic clickable pen, the revolutionary sheer formula is easy to build and blend, plus it leaves your lips and cheeks with a fresh flush of youth.

I love these because they truly last all day and they come in some really fun colors. They go for about $24 and you can find them at Sephora or Ulta.

Other Stila favorites of mines are their Lip Glazes that keep your lips shiny and gorgeous for hours, and their Long Wear Liquid Lip Color. 







Last but not least is my favorite body lotion this winter Kiss My Face Peaches andCream Body Lotion w/ AHA. Here is some info on this product.

With Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA)
  • improves even severely dry skin
  • helps unblock & cleanse pores
  • speeds up the exfoliation process
  • allows new healthy skin cells to emerge
  • reduces discoloration and age spots
  • quickly absorbing, long-lasting emollience

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are all natural, safe and gentle substances found in fruits and sugar cane.  This 4% AHA moisturizer is recommended for daily use on the face or body.
This product was created without animal ingredients, artificial colors, unnecessary chemicals or animal testing.
pH Balanced.  100% Biodegradable.Made in USA Vegan

This is by far one of my favorite body lotions. I smells super yummy and truly moisturizes, and I don't feel need to reapply all day. You can find this product and most health food stores.