Thursday, February 5, 2009

Meet your new BFF

What I love more than products (self proclaimed product whore here) are products that serve multi purposes. One of my latest obsessions is Monistat Chafing Powder Gel.......... as a makeup primer.

Wait, ewww you say? Yes I am refering to a company known for making products for feminine problems , but this one is different. Its marketed use is for chafing on sensitive areas; thighs, bikini lines, etc and is a part of their new Soothing skin care line. What has me sold is its quality and cost effectiveness. This product has a price tag of less than $7 for 50% more product than in your name brand makeup primers. But best of all is its quality. I was pretty skeptical at first, I always have to see it to believe it. After reading rave reviews from other blogs and professionals, I had to get me some. Low and behold, I'm a believer!

How it works
This product contains
a large amount of dimethicone, which is the active ingredient in the expensive primers. Dimethicone serves as a barrier that smooths out your skin's surface, which allows for better makeup application and lasting power. This barrier prevents your skins natural oils from breaking through to your foundation. Say goodbye to greasy, oily skin! At the same time, it prevents your makeup from getting in, which means your makeup will stay fresh all day.

Why you will love it
· Dries to a powder finish.
· Creates a matte surface for better makeup application.
· Smooths skin texture, fills fine lines (making you look younger)
· Great for priming eyelids for longer lasting, more intense eye shadows.
· Helps prevent breakouts.
· Doesn't feel greasy.
· Makeup stays on for 8+ hours, looking as good as when first applied. Even in Hawaii's weather!
· Excellent mattifier for men! Applied alone or over moisturizer.
· Fragrance free and non-comedogenic.

How to use it
Apply after prepping skin with moisturizer and before your makeup concentrating on areas with fine lines or rough texture, allowing to dry for a few minutes in between. You can even mix it with your favorite foundation for a two in one effect. (If your foundation is alcohol based, you may have some trouble with the mixing method, as this product is silicone based. Silicone + Alcohol = Plastic)

Are you in love yet?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Pretty, pretty things.

Having 2 weeks off allows you to catch up on things neglected, typically; cleaning, correspondence, sleep. For me? Photo shoots. But to each his own, right? I had the pleasure of working with a few new models and photographers and some of my favorites as well. Here's a little peak into what I do for a living. I have such a boring job, I know.

Photo: Firebird Photography
Model: Hetzl and Ilya Yarovenko
Hair/Makeup:Sarah la GLAM

Photo: Amy Jean Wagner
Model: Brooke Clayton (Premier Models)
Hair/Makeup:Sarah la GLAM

Photo: Ryan Kerns
Model: Jandi Lin
Hair/Makeup/Styling:Sarah la GLAM

Photo: Mike Gallo
Model: Kristy Romero (Premier Models)
Hair/Makeup:Sarah la GLAM

On that note, stay tuned for some great news in the coming days!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Keep your hair color LONGER.

My trademark is definitely my red hair. The most commonly asked question I get is how I maintain my vibrant color. If you've ever colored your hair red or any other bright, not so natural color, you know how much of a pain the upkeep can be. Here a few tricks I've learned through my punk rock past and current ruby obsession.

1. HAULT! Don't wash you hair for at least 24 hours after color application. During the color process, your hair cuticle is lifted and doesn't fully close when the color is rinsed. That will happen with time. By waiting at least 24-48 (longer is better) to wash your hair, you are allowing a greater amount of color molecules to be sealed into your hair shaft (insert dirty joke here).

2. Steal your grandmas shower caps. Whenever you wash your hair, along with it goes the color. It generally isn't necessary to wash your hair everyday anyhow, as your hair's natural oils are your friend. Personally, I like to go as long as I can between shampoos. How do I do it you say? I usually will wear my hair down for the first 2 days and then pulled back into some sort of up style for the remaining days until washing. Brushing your hair will help to distribute your natural oils throughout your hair. Dry shampoos are also useful. I like to use hairspray; the alcohol in it will help to dry up some of the oil. And in this down turned economy, making your products last longer isn't such a bad thing either. Once you do decide to wash your tresses, use cool water. It's just like doing laundry, wash your colors on cold.

3. Give your locks a little SPF love. That's right. Just like your skin, your hair should be protected from sun damage. A product I love is Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray. The sunflower extract is a natural sun protectant. It also has silicone and panthenol which encourages color longevity. Here's another plus: its also a leave in conditioner. I'm all about multi-tasking.

4. Be picky about your S & C. It really is important to use a quality Shampoo and Conditioner specifically formulated for color treated hair. Us chemically depended folk need a little extra TLC for our hair. These formulas help prolong color and rebuilt hair integrity, a definite necessity. Why spend money to color your hair if you're not going to maintain it?
Good products =Good hair.

5. Give yourself a manicure in the shower. No, I'm not talking about your nails. I'm still talking about hair color silly. If you're a coniseur of funky hair color such as pink, blue, red; this tip is for you. If you use a creme color (think manic panic), mix a little in with your conditioner in the shower. Shampoo as usual, rinse, then apply the color/condtioner mixture and leave on for a few minutes and rinse. Repeat when necessary and as often as you like. Results won't be as intense as using the product as instructed; it's more like a little pick me up for your color. Don't forget to wear gloves! My personal favorite line for funky color is Special Effects. I use Cherry bomb and Atomic Pink. You can't beat the quality or price.

Hopefully these tips will leave your colored tresses look oh so fabulous even longer. Feel free to ask any questions I didn't cover. Until next time my sweets.

I blog because I care.

What the hell is this you ask? Its my latest endeavor in poor time management. Being trapped in doors by the rain this weekend has inspired me to start this new blog about random knowledge I have stored up in my not-so-little red head. It's main focus will be beauty and style related, but who knows, I may even have an itch to write about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. While its been quite some time since my days of silly photo blogs, I'm pretty certain I still remember how to use spell check. Hopefully my inspiration won't be short lived, I guess we'll just have to see how the wind blows....