Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Squeaky Clean?

How many of you have been told that oil is bad for your skin?  We have all heard that at least once in our beauty-lives, right?  It used to be, "get rid of that oily complexion!" with a tough degreaser, and now it seems to be"why can't you gently remove that slick with more oil?"  More than confusing, don't you think? 

I have been playing with oils for the last few years, and I am just becoming more and more hooked!  I am obsessed with using oils everywhere:  in my hair, in my shower, before my foundation, to remove my foundation!  I will be sharing my experiences with each of these oil-riffic concoctions over several editions of Beauty By Lindsay.  Stay tuned for serious, hard-hitting investigative reporting.  Or perhaps just one woman's adventures on the Slippery Slope!


Friday, January 27, 2012

New Look! New Look!

Hello, pretty!  That's the name of the game for 2012, that's right!  I have been playing around not only with new looks for my face, but with my blog as well!  I hope you like it!  I am in LOVE with the colors--think Spring, people!!  And yay for awesome blog templates!

Fun and Colorful New Looks,

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nightly Routine, Redux

So, you know how I said I was going to use the same products at night because I need to see results and use up products?  Yay!  I actually have done the same routine for nine days!  These were the main products:
Now, I just tried to find the active ingredients for the Avon Nightly Nutrient Peel, and it doesn't even exist on their website anymore.  I don't think I've had it THAT long, but now I am trying to figure out my ownership timeline...product should be used by the expiration date for maximum efficacy, you know.  Especially this type of treatment product. However long I have had this, it has been working, to a point.

As I said previously, I washed with a gentle cleanser, then applied this eye cream (Clinique All About Eyes Rich) and peel serum.  After a few minutes, I layered on a thick coating of a regular hydrating lotion.  Each morning, I rinsed off the residue (I didn't cleanse) and my skin really did look brighter and smoother.  Until morning seven, that is.  That morning, I could see this light layer of dry skin all over my forehead.  I used my Clarisonic Mia (the most AWESOME skin buffer EVER!) with one pump of Olay foaming face wash for sensitive skin.  It was just what the cosmetologist ordered!  Smooth, flake-free and clear skin!

Why did this happen, you may ask?  This is my presumption:  The mild daily peel gently exfoliated dull surface cells, bringing new skin shining through.  After a week of the same, the new skin became the old skin and the peel serum (as a chemical exfoliator) needed just a bit of good ole' manual sloughing.  I think the peel serum can do good things, but it can't do everything by itself.  Through this first week of experimentation, I was using no other form of exfoliation, not even a wash cloth with my cleanser.  My new layer of old skin needed to be scraped out of the way!

So, for the next week I will be adding a round with the Mia to my routine, perhaps every other morning?  Then we'll see those ageless results I've been searching for!  Three cheers to following through!!

Smooth Skin Wishes,

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Having a Sally Field Moment--The Versatile Blogger Award!

I am officially a part of the Blogger Community!  And I know I am so totally taking this over the top, but I can't help but think, "You like me, you really like me!!"

I would like to thank (the Academy!) Melissa from budgetbeautybanshee for this AWARD!!! So excited she thought of me for this honor!  My hubby was slightly joking that it was "a major award!" (like from The Christmas Story when Dad wins the sexy-leg lamp!)  But, seriously, we are so excited!

So seven random facts about me:

*  my family is my world
*  I always give my pets middle names
*  before I became a hairstylist/makeup artist/blogger, my fave job was as a pharmacy technician
*  I worked as a DJ for a country music station for about a month
*  I love watching movies, including documentaries on just about anything!
*  I always do my own haircuts/color (Once every few years I will let a coworker do something, but I straight-up panic the whole time!)
*  I used to get picked on for my big eyes...now I use them to my advantage!

Here are 15 blogs that I'm into now, that I would like to honor with the Versatile Blogger Award:

1.  A Vintage Affair With Beauty
2.  Ask Erena
3.  Bow Tied Beauty
4.  Future Fashionista Editor in Chief
5.  Glamour Daze
6.  Simply Gorgeous
7.  Sweet Wahine's Beautiful Life
8.  Stokely Rainbow
9.  What Kimmi Did Next
10. kandeej.com
11. Make Me Shimmer & Glitter
12. Mama's Journey
13. Beauty Flawed
14. TLuvzmakeup
15. Maria Ortega Makeup

I love finding great beauty/fashion/mama blogs and these are some cool ones.  Be sure to show them some love!  And thank you, again, for this Major Award!!:)
xoxo L

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Versatile Blogger?!! That's ME!

This is just a quickie: have to do a little work for a bigger, better post, but I just had to say....
I was given The VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD by Melissa of budgetbeautybanshee!  I am beyond excited!  Oh my goodness, I am so excited!!!!

Here's to more!
xoxo L

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Out with the Old (Skin and Products!)

I love products!  I love researching them, buying them, trying them...and almost never finishing them, because I find new ones to try and buy.  Then I end up with a backlogged basket/drawer of great (or not-so-great) products edging ever closer to their expiration.  What a waste! 

Marching behind the skeletons of wasted products is a face that needs love and moisture.  Fine lines are just waiting to be diminished, spots needing correcting collect pigment and cry out for banishment!  This skin demands follow through!  So here's the plan:

1.  Stop purchasing (BAH!) unnecessary product until currents are under control.  (I have had this policy in effect for most of the past year, and it has helped immensely!)
2.  Create skin-treatment regimen from current open commodities.
3.  Follow said regimen (the hardest part) until sufficient knowledge/results have been mined for decision.

Since right now my skin seems slightly drier and more dull (thank you terrible weather and no sleep!)  I have decided to use nightly peel serum as my central product.  This is Avon Solutions Ageless Results Nightly Nutrient Peel. 

For my nightly (new) facial routine:
*Wash with Bath and Body Works' PURE SIMPLICITY SKIN-BALANCING FACE WASH in rice
*Apply CLINIQUE all about eyes rich under my eyes (gently, ladies!)
*Apply a few drops of the Nutrient Peel all over face and neck, except around eyes (this is why I use eye cream first, to create an easy border-of-avoidance!)
*Wait for about 5-10 minutes to soak in, they apply a hefty layer of regular moisturizer or night cream.

NOTE: You do NOT want to layer a cream that has anti-aging refinishers, smoothers, treatment-oriented ingredients over a peel product like this...a little may be great, but too much of a good thing in this case could equal red, peeling, angry skin!  This may not be true for everyone, but just use common sense!

So I have already completed 2 nights of my new regimen.  Here's to following through, at least until some of this gets used up!  But my forehead already seems smoother (wishful thinking? or results-oriented skincare??)  Let's see how this goes!

Friday, January 13, 2012

About a Brush...

What exactly makes makeup so fascinating?  The transformation?  The confidence boost?  The limitless options facing any well-made face?  No.  It's the brushes.  Watching the artist sweep delicately across a cheekbone, chiseling a jawline, defining a strong crease under a deeply-arched brow?  It is beautiful.  If you have doubts, watch someone in action at a salon or on YouTube.  There is nothing like it (for a beauty geek!)

This is the sad state of my current brush-life:

Sad, sad brushes.

These are the haggard (but fairly clean) members of my makeup brush troupe.  (I use different brushes at the salon.)  They have travelled countless miles, weathered many-an-emotional-storm, and made a few new friends along the way!  But I am going to be ruthless in their demise once I receive my new Real Techniques (Pixiwoo co-founder Sam Chapman's creation www.realtechniques.com) brushes that I just ordered from www.ulta.com !

Yay!  I just can't wait!  I have been looking at all  makes, models, brands, etc., trying to decide what I wanted to buy with my birthday money (from August!)  I just adore Pixiwoo (www.youtube.com) videos, and the price point was excellent for starting all fresh and new with makeup brushes.  I will probably be blabbing about them quite a bit as soon as I start playing with them!  Yay!

OK, throw away those little foam applicators that come with your eyeshadow quads and grab a fluffy brush!
The beauty of makeup is just a brush away!!!
xoxo L

Monday, January 9, 2012

Revolutions: New Year, New Confidence

I love experimenting with my looks; makeup, hairstyles/colors, fashion, attitude!  It's just what I do. 

Lindsay's got a new color!
 Recently I was doing a friend's hair, and I started asking her about her beauty routine.  She confirmed what I had already suspected--she never tried to change much of anything!  She loves fashion (and gossip) magazines, shopping and adores seeing hair and makeup possibilities...but she NEVER PLAYS WITH MAKEUP!  She does what she does, and that's it!  Same ol', same ol' every day!  She's also never really had her makeup done professionally, either. (Once for a wedding she was in, but that didn't sound very successful!) 

So I asked her if we could do a before...

Trina, before!

and after...

Trina, after!
 Look at the difference in her confidence, alone!  She was nervous getting her picture taken at first, but she felt beautiful, glamorous and totally pampered, and really let herself get into the photo shoot (another first!)

So, this year, I am going to try to show my girls how easy and fun it can be to play with makeup and to really let their hair down!!! Now, follow this blog and go grab your makeup bag!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy Nude Years! (Natural Makeup)

This is the most naked you will ever see me on the Internet (or anywhere!)  No, don't get the wrong idea, I'm talking about MAKEUP!!  I wanted to start the New Year as fresh and simple as possible.  So, here is a three-product face...
Not necessarily a going-to-work face, but I didn't feel abhorrent, either! 
The products used, in 1.3 minutes flat are:
1.  stila illuminating tinted moisturizer, SPF 15, in shade 01
2.  Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller
3.  stila major lash mascara (just a modest single coat!!!)

And that's all she wrote for a fun DAY 1 of 2012.  Naked makeup, family hike, cellar cleanup and homemade mini meatloaves.  Not an unfortunate beginning!  So if this beauty junkie can go naked, you can try it, too!!!