Entries Tagged as 'skincare'

April is Rosacea Awareness Month: Atopalm Showcases Their Rosacea Treatment


April is Rosacea Awareness Month and we have a fantastic Rosacea skincare collection for you. Did you know that over 16 million Americans suffer from Rosacea and over 75% of Americans have no idea what it is? 76 %of rosacea patients said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem and 41% reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements (source: www.rosacea.org). There is no cure for Rosacea, but there are some powerful products on the market that can do wonders to control the symptoms. Products like Atopalm have been shown to reduce redness, soothe skin and have helped many cope with the disorder.

Atopalm is a groundbreaking skincare collection formulated for dry, sensitive skin. The rich, emollient, yet non-greasy Atopalm formulas are designed for skin suffering from allergies, rosacea dryness and sensitivity in need of gentle yet powerful treatment. Each paraben-free Atopalm product is powered by Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested MLE-Multi Lamellar Emulsion formulas—plant derived ingredients that mimic skin’s natural structure and restore skin’s protective moisture barrier system. This unique complex hydrates, soothes and calms skin in distress, leaving dry, sensitive skin visibly renewed.

Atopalm products include:

  • Intensive Moisturizing Cream ($30): This rich, hydrating formula for dry, sensitive skin nourishes skin with a unique vitamin, antioxidant blend, for a healthy, vibrant complexion. The gentle yet effective cream calms the symptoms of eczema and rosacea, as well as skin recovering from facial treatments such as microdermabrasion.


  • Moisturizing Body Lotion ($30): A lightweight, quickly absorbed, formula for dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin, this ultra-nourishing blend features olive and grape seed oils blended with Vitamin E. The fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula leaves skin glowing, energized and visibly hydrated.


  • Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream ($18): This restorative, moisturizing cream provides a smooth foundation for even, long-lasting makeup application. Infused with nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidants, the gentle yet hydrating cream supports beautiful, healthy skin.


  • Facial Cleansing Foam ($18): A rich, moisturizing cleanser that’s gentle enough for everyday use, this foaming formula melts away makeup and pollutants without stripping skin. Dirt and makeup disappear and moisture levels are replenished, leaving skin feeling soft, clean and supple.


  • Moisturizing Eye Repair Serum ($35): An anti-aging, restorative eye serum that protects the sensitive eye area as well as diminishes the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Made with a dynamic peptide complex combined with vitamin C, the gentle yet effective serum fights free radicals and prevents the signs of premature aging.


  • Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex ($35): This powerful yet gentle rejuvenating formula helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, roughness, wrinkles and laugh lines and helps brighten skin with a unique peptide complex infused with Vitamin C and licorice root.


  • Moisturizing Hand Treatment ($18): A moisturizing emulsion that promotes younger, brighter-looking skin with a hydrating antioxidant blend, this nourishing hand treatment delivers lasting protection.
Stay tuned because we are doing before/after of this routine! We are so excited to see Atopalm work its magic!  All products can be purchased at www.atopalm.com.

Interview With Celebrity Makeup Artist Penny Sadler


We had the opportunity to interview Dallas-based Celebrity Makeup Artist Penny Sadler. She has worked as a makeup artist for over 20 years and has done print, commercials, fashion, brides, as well as worked with some big name celebrities.  Penny’s work can be seen in Forbes, Travel & Leisure and international editions of People, as well as in hundreds of national commercials and news broadcasts. She tells us some of her secrets, some of her favorite products and a bit about her favorite celebrities to work with!


A Beauty Loft: Have you always known you want to be a Makeup Artist?

Penny Sadler: Mostly, yes. I was just a teenager when I realized this would be my career path.


ABL: What is your evening skincare routine?

PS: I wash my face every night, no matter what. I then use a toning lotion, followed by a moisturizer with copper peptides and anti-aging hyloranic acid.


ABL: What has been the most challenging part of working as a pro Makeup Artist?

PS: The most challenging part is moving from place to place. You never know what your enviroment will be. There are hotel ballrooms, bathrooms, studios, etc. There is often terrible lighting and inconvenient weather that will change the job or ruin the makeup.


ABL: What is your favorite beauty tool?

PS: Ben Nye #18 Blending Brush (Suggested Retail: $14. Can be purchased at StageMakeupOnline). It can be used to apply foundation (in a pinch), but I mostly use it to blend the whole face. Blending is so important! It has synthetic bristles, which I love because they give a smoother application.


ABL: Who is your favorite celebrity client?

PS: Laura Leighton [Melrose Place and Pretty Little Liars] and Brooke Sheilds. Brooke is very sweet and gentle. She is a very kind woman and super easy to work with. Laura is very hands off. She gave me a lot of freedom to work and be creative. She’s very down to earth and not a diva at all.


ABL: If you had to run out of the house and only grab one makeup product, what would it be?

PS: Mascara! I love CoverGirl Lash Blast (Suggested Retail: $9.99. Available at CVS) and Dior Show Black Out (suggested Retail: $25. Available at Sephora).


ABL: What is your favorite skincare tip for problematic skin?

PS: Stop using soap and water on your skin. So many women look for something that is foaming and sudsy, but they strip the natural oils. Even women with oily skin can use an oil-based cleanser, just look for one made for oily skin. The oil cleanser breaks down the makeup much better then soap and gives a more thorough cleanse. Follow with a toning lotion or try witch hazel if you have oily skin.


ABL: Do you feel pressured to wear makeup constantly because you are a Makeup Artist?

PS: No. When I was new to the business, I felt this way. I do like to cover any serious imperfections like a blemish. I do fill in my brows though. My eyebrows are not even, so I must even them out.


ABL: Can you offer any advice to others who are looking to be a Makeup Artist or work in the beauty industry?

PS: Be quiet. Observe. Watch whats going on. Try to work with other people if you can and learn as much as possible from others. Then you’ll better know how to respond to different situations.


ABL: What are some products that, in your opinion, can be purchased at the drugstore and some you find necessary to spend more on?

PS: You can buy drugstore brand lipstick, translucent powders and shadows. Higher end products are more pigmented, but often drugstore products like shadows and lipsticks are great for the average consumer. Spend more on lip pencils, eye pencils and primers. Better quality pencils have better staying power and go on smoother.


ABL: While were on the subject, what is your favorite primer?

PS: Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum (Suggested Retail: $39.50. Available at Sephora). For more specified problem solving like pigmentation issues, I like the Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primers (Suggested Retail: $38. Available at Sephora). The green primer does a fantastic job of balancing out red skin.


A huge thank you to Penny Sadler for allowing us to ask her so many questions and for offering great advice! For more information on the fabulous Penny Sadler go to: www.pennysadler.com





Top 5 Beauty Products You Never Knew You Had


Let’s face it. Not all of us have the kind of paychecks to be dropping big bucks on the latest YSL Lip Lacquers, Murad’s skincare products, or other beauty favorites that require you to sacrifice your hard earned moolah for high quality. Here are some tried and true remedies and everyday household products that can immediately spruce up your image, while still maintaining their multifunctional value. Best of all, they’re budget-friendly and most are sold in bulk or pack a great bang for your buck. Never look at olive oil the same way again!




1.Vaseline — This one’s a given. This old-time favorite is not only just good for scars and cuts. It can be used to groom your eyebrows, double up as clear mascara for lush lashes, and replace lip balm to soothe dry, chapped lips. Mix a dab of it in a pot along with your favorite lipstick and you’ve got yourself a naturally glossy pout.


2. Aspirin — Got a throbbing headache? Or how bout some pesky zits? Yup. The generic form of this common pain-reliever has proven to work wonders for glowing skin. The technical name for aspirin is Acetylsalicylic Acid, which, as you could guess, is a compound containing the acne-fighting ingredient, Salicylic Acid. An aspirin mask—consisting of 3-4 (give or take) uncoated crushed tablets, a squirt of honey, and a teaspoon of water—can combine to form a fantastic face mask when left on for 10-15 minutes. Your skin will look noticeably brighter and feel softer, thanks to the exfoliating and soothing properties of aspirin and honey. The mask also helps to reduce redness and large pores. Feel free to alter or add on to the “recipe”—with additions like yogurt—to really give your face a treat.


3. Apple Cider Vinegar — If your skin’s looking a little patchy or uneven, good old apple cider vinegar can do the trick (Bragg’s is a cult favorite). When used as a toner, it can help clear up blemishes and other problem areas, giving your face a smoother texture and complexion. The acidic content will help to remove old, dead and tired skin cells from the surface to reveal the new, radiant ones waiting to shine. But be careful! Make sure to dilute the vinegar—with a water: vinegar ratio of your liking—to prevent the acidity from being too harsh on your skin. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar at hand, lemon juice can also provide a similar effect!


4. Green Tea — Running low on your favorite concealer? Steep two bags tea in warm water and cozy up to a mug. Instead of disposing the teabags, stick them into the fridge to chill for about a half hour. Make sure the tea bags are cool and dry before placing them over the eyelids for a makeshift eye compress. After 10 minutes, your lovely peepers will look refreshed and wide awake. The tannin and caffeine in tea bags have been proven to reduce swelling (baggy under eyes) and discoloration (dark circles), while the antioxidant EGCG aids in removing under eye fluid buildup—the main culprit for under eye circles and bags. Your boss will never know you danced the night away yesterday á la J. Lo, unless you tell her of course.


5. Olive Oil — Who knew this household cabinet staple could double up as an eye makeup remover? Not only does olive oil trudge through eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner and the likes, it also promotes eye lash growth. Eyelashes, like any other strand of hair on your body, grow dry and brittle if not properly hydrated. Keep your lashes lush and healthy by using an eyelash brush to coat them with olive oil every night. Castor oil is a great alternative. Go on girl, bat away!









Updated: Olay Professional Pro-X vs. Clarisonic


This year for Christmas, the only item I have on my list is a Clarisonic. In case your not familiar with it, Clarisonic is a professional style cleansing brush that deeply cleans your skin. It consists of a rechargeable electric handle unit, and removable brush head(s), which use a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to cleanse the skin.

Why is this so impressive? Use of the Clarisonic not only cleanses the skin, but also helps reduce dry patches, blemishes, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Facial products are also absorbed better, getting the most out of your pricey creams and serums.

The system is a tad pricey, starting at $149 for the travel size model and almost $200 for the original model.

However, Olay has released a similar product called the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. At $30, it’s a cheaper alternative to the Clarisonic and promises to be just as effective.

If Santa doesn’t deliver the Clarisonic this year for Christmas, I’ll be checking out Olay’s version and promise to share the results!


**UPDATE*** I tried both systems, and the Clarasonic won hands down. The biggest difference is that the Clarasonic is easier to maneuver during use. The Pro X had a spinning brush attachment, while the Clarasonic’s actual brush bristles are what moves, making it super easy to use. The Pro X was all over the place. Also the quality in brush attachments  made a big difference. The Clarasonic’s was softer and felt better against the skin, while the Pro X felt harsh.

If you’re tight on money, I’m sure the Pro X is better than nothing. However I suggest you save up for a better overall experience with the Clarasonice!

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