Every now and then I receive a product sample that simply surprises me.
Last week, I was asked to review a new drugstore-distributed product, and I have to say mass-market skin care really is getting better and better. Time was that mass distributed skin care was really not worth the jars in which they are packaged; but this is no longer true.
Here is a great Beauty: BUSTED! Beauty Find: Nivea Q10Plus Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream ($20 for 50mL).
I received a newsletter from Gwyneth Paltrow's mailing list recently:
It’s a well-known fact that lead is toxic, especially to children. But did you know it could be lurking in your lipstick, eye shadow or shampoo?!
Most people mistakenly believe that the personal care industry is highly regulated. It’s not. At all. Companies are not even required to say on the label whether a product contains lead – no matter how much is in it!
Ahhh, the new year. Resolutions abound. I have an easy one for you. It's time to clean out your make up bag. Well, actually to clean up all your cosmetics.
So many people keep cosmetics for much longer than is safe. Cosmetics expire like any perishable item. January is a perfect time to sort your products and ditch items which are old, expired, out of fashion, or going un-used.
Summer is winding down, and so too are summer make up trends. This past season we saw some great new make up looks but there were also some just absolutely terrible trends which should be abandoned right away.
Here are my Top 3 Worst Make Up trends of Summer 2016
Many of you know I am the contributing Beauty Writer for City Style and Living Magazine. Recently I was asked, by the editors of the publication what can be done to combat the very terrible trend in make up called contouring. Here is my reply:
I am not a fan of contouring - unless you are being filmed, photographed or working on the stage contouring is never an appropriate technique for daily makeup. Seriously stop!
In 1993 I landed my very first job as a cosmetics sales person. It didn't last long - I was head hunted by a bigger company (L'Oreal) very quickly and went on to work for the Lancome division for many years.
During the development stage of Daniel Thompson Beauty Inc. there was a round table discussion, amongst the creative and business teams, about what type of model we would use in our print campaigns. I remember sitting at the table while a dozen very intelligent and very passionate people discussed the pros and cons of various face shapes, skin tones, ethnicities and ages for our "look."
It's the most important trend for the holiday season, and it's glitter eye shadow.
This look is perfect for formal parties and is very pretty in its effect. It does take some time to apply and requires a little patience, but once it is all done it really amps up the overall look for the party season.
The number one question I am asked is how people can avoid chemicals in their cosmetics.
I always preface my response with the statement: "I think consumers should have access to well formulated, safe to use, and effective cosmetics." This is a statement I stand behind 100%. I am absolutely not a subscriber to the the "chemicals are bad" bandwagon that permeates the industry today.
My mother was a lot of things. I mean really - actual careers.
She was a single mother, with six small children (in 1978 she had six kids aged 12, 10, 4, 3, 2, and a new baby), during the height of the global economic crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. For those of you who don't recall: the Bank of Canada rate was 21% in 1981 and the GDP dropped 5% in that same year. The national unemployment rate was 12% in 1983.
I hate make up rules. Always have and always will.
For every make up artist practicing the craft there is an opinion as to how one should apply make up.
Let me break it down very simply: there are no rules. That's it.
Granted, some products work better for different people, but that is a matter of personal preference - not a rule. I have always said if you want to wear pool-cue blue eyeshadow and coral lipstick then have at it - who am I, as a make up artist, to dictate how my client wants to reveal herself?