Mar 2013 31

Hello everyone,

The winter season is coming to an end, and now it is time to start your beauty regimens to prepare for the spring and summer.

To help you  keep yourself beautiful for 2013  here are a few of my favorite get-beautiful tips for life.

I scoured the net for every bit of advice I could find, and threw some ideas of my own in for good measure. From basic beauty dos (wear sunscreen every day) to don’t's (avoid popping pimples) as well as obscure secrets (beer and vinegar rinses?), you’ll find advice to keep you beautiful forever.

So go ahead, get gorgeous!


1.) Invest In A Good Cleanser














Do you wash your face regularly but still suffer from breakouts and skin problems? I highly recommend investing in a great cleanser for your skin type. First determine if your skin is oily, dry, normal or combination.  Once you have determined your skin type then feel free to contact me and I can suggest a great cleanser to perfect your skin.

Skin types:

Oily skin

If your face becomes shinny or oilier during the day, then your skin type is oily.

Dry skin

If your face becomes flaky, ashy, tight, or drier during the day. Or if you experience wrinkles under the eyes or around the mouth and forehead during winter months after moisturize is applied. Then your skin type is dry.

Combination skin

If your face becomes oily in certain places and dry in other places, then your skin type is combination.

Normal skin

If your skin does not become obviously oily or dry in any parts of your face, but you still suffer from some skin imperfections, then your skin type is normal.

Sensitive skin

If you mainly suffer from pimples, breakouts, redness, puffiness, irritation, dryness etc. Then your skin type is sensitive.













2.) Freeze Your Eyeliner












Does your eyeliner constantly crumble while putting it on? Try leaving it in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying your makeup. It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that.


3.) Shave With Conditioner










If you’re out of shaving cream, lather your legs with conditioner instead of soap. Conditioner will soften the hair on your legs making it easier to shave (and it will leave your skin feeling extra silky).


4.) Rinse Hair With Beer Or Vinegar














Rinsing your hair with beer helps restore moisture to your locks while using vinegar will up the ante in shine. Soak your hair in either liquid (not at the same time) for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water.


5.) Turn Up The Heat















For curlier, flirtier lashes, try heating your lash curler with a hair dryer for five to eight seconds before curling them.


6.) Use Ice Cubes To Keep Fat, Acne And Wrinkles At Bay











Massage an ice cube over your face until it melts. Do it every night before bed and keep fat cells, acne and wrinkles under control.


7.) Make Your Manicure Last.. And Last












Before applying nail polish, wipe nails with an acetone-based cleanser. Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics, told the pros at Redbook that cleaning excess dirt, oil or moisturizer from your nails will ensure that the polish adheres properly.


8.) Soothe Your Stomach.. And Your Face












Apparently Pepto-Bismol isn’t just a stomach soother, it can also be used as a facial mask. It contains bismuth subsalicylate, which is commonly found in facial creams. In an interview with Reader’s DigestDr.Frances Jang, a dermatologist at Skinworks, recommended spreading two teaspoons of Pepto-Bismol on your face, then letting it dry for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.


9.) Apply Sunscreen Daily

Wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Even when it’s cloudy. According to theAmerican Academy of Dermatology, 80 per cent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds.
















10.) Don’t Neglect Your Elbows










It’s easy to forget about your elbows, but they need just as much protection and care as other parts of your body. Cure dry elbows by massaging Bio-Oil onto them daily. You’ll see and feel softer elbows in at least two days.


11.) Lighten Hair With Chamomile Tea And Lemon Juice












In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Popie Poulos, hairstylist and owner of The Salon, recommends rinsing your hair with a mixture of chamomile and fresh lemon juice instead of conditioner to permanently lighten your tresses. Allow your hair to dry while sitting in the sun or use a blow dryer — the heat will lighten your locks.


12.) De-Puff Your Eyes & Get Rid Of Dark Circles With Raw Potatoes












In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Dr.Frances Jang, a dermatologist at Skinworks recommends using raw potato slices to soothe your eyes. She says they are astringent which means they help decrease water retention and they also contain the enzyme catalase which helps lighten dark under eye circles. First, wash and peel a potato. Cut two slices and place one on each eye for 10 minutes. Lay down, relax and let the potatoes work their magic. Rinse the eye area gently with lukewarm water when you’re done.


13.) Maximize The Lifespan Of Your Blow Out





















We love walking out of the salon with a fresh blow out, but how do you prevent your locks from going limp in the days after? The experts at Allure say plan early. Your hair naturally secretes oil so be two steps ahead and spray your roots with dry shampoo before you start producing oil. This way the dry shampoo will absorb any moisture before it weighs down your tresses. Also make sure you protect your hair from moisture (rain is sure to ruin your mane) and touch up your blow out in the morning using a hair dryer and round brush. It will give you an instant boost of volume.


14.) Countouring Creates Dimension










The trick to achieving a chiseled celebrity-like face is to contour (Angelina Jolie or Halle Berry cheekbones, anyone?). Your face is three dimensional so applying foundation in a single tone will only make your face appear flat. Add a highlighter to areas of your face that would usually catch light but create enough shadow to emphasize your jaw line and cheekbones. For tips on how to contour your face according to its specific shape, feel free to contact me and I can help you through it.


15.) Say Goodbye To Makeup Sponges



























Makeup sponges help you apply make up, but not without a cost. They usually soak up more liquid foundation than what ends up on your face. The result? You’re wasting foundation and constantly buying new sponges. The fix? Get a foundation brush. You waste less foundation and it allows for a more even and precise application than a sponge would.


16.) Avoid Overly Rosy Cheeks









Giving yourself a natural glow avec blush is an in look for spring. But you’ll want to avoid brushing on too much (lest you look like a clown). So always start your blush line two finger widths away from your nose and only apply it on the apples of your cheeks. This will ensure you create a natural glow without going overboard.


17.) Keep Misbehaving Brows In Check













If your eyebrows are groomed and shaped spritz an old toothbrush or a clean mascara wand with hairspray, then brush brows and style them as desired. Even the most hard to tame brows will fall in line with this trick.


18.) Applying False Lashes












Adding extra eye fringe amps up the glam instantly. First, take your falsies and loosen them by gently flexing the eyelash band, then curl your natural lashes to make sure your falsies line up with your actual lash line. Apply glue on your falsies using a Q-tip. Using tweezers (or finger tips if you feel that gives you more control), place your falsies as close to your lash line as possible. Let your lashes dry for a minute before you add a coat of mascara (this is optional).


19.) Don’t Pop It












No, no, no! Don’t pop your zits. Not only does it increase the chance of scarring, it’s also likely that you will worsen the blemish and spread bacteria to other places on your face which could give rise to another breakout.


20.)Tweezing Tips

Before you tweeze, make sure you soften your skin by dabbing a cotton ball soaked in warm water or cream. When you start tweezing, do so in the direction of your hair’s growth.


I hope these tips are helpful. However, there will be many more to come!


Is there is a beauty tip that you wanted me to mention but it was not covered in this post? Or do you have questions about a specific problem and need advice? If so, leave your comment or question below and I will answer you asap!

I will be happy to recommend specific products, routines and regimens. Or I can refer you to websites and links for step by step help with tutorials. All you have to do is ask by leaving a comment below.


Celebrity Hair and Makeup Artist Sophia Lenore

Celebrity Hair and Makeup Artist Sophia Lenore



















Sophia Lenore

Sep 2014 29
Cure for the Female hangover

Cure for the Female hangover

Life is too short to deny yourself the occasional party!

However, when a harmless night out with friends turns into a shot slamming, wine chugging night of debauchery, and you still have to work the next morning, what do you do?! How do you conceal the visual signs from last nights girls night out?

Well, you’ve come to the right place for advise.

Here’s how to get your shit together!

The cure for the female hangover

The cure for the female hangover











Step 1: Get going

Since there’s no time for dilly-dallying, take a power shower with a super invigorating body wash like Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel from The Body Shop. The wafting citrus scent will wake you right up!

Step 2: Salvage your skin

Instead of tussling with your face cream, primer, and foundation, rely on an all-in-one BB Cream, like Garnier’s Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector. It’s a tinted moisturizer that covers redness and unevenness just as well as a full-blown foundation.

Next, add a healthy wash of color to the apples of your cheeks with Dream Bouncy Blush by Maybelline. Available in 10 bright and beautiful shades, apply the lightweight gel formulation using a tapping motion with your fingertips for a seamless, natural-looking finish.

Step 3: Energize your eyes

Did you know that excessive alcohol consumption dehydrates your eyes? That’s precisely why they feel dry and look bloodshot after a wild night out on the town. For instant relief, lubricate them with two drops of your favorite redness-banishing eye drops.

Chances are your eyes are swollen and saddled with dark circles as well. De-puff and brighten your peepers with Lancome Beinfait Multi-Vital Eye SPF 28. Enriched with vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, using just the tiniest amount of this treatment will help mask the unsightly effects of last night’s debauchery.

Your primping pièce de résistance? YSL Touch Éclat Radiant Touch. Loved by many industry professionals, this miracle concealer is the ultimate beauty essential—a click and a few swipes underneath each eye illuminates the shadowy area, leaving you looking like you caught much more than a few hours of shut-eye last night.

For a little bit of oomph, doll up your gaze with the length- and volume-inducing Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara. It gives your eyelashes a sexy false lash effect with just two coats.

Step 4: Master your mane

Don’t bother fussing with your hair; that’s what impeccable ponytails are for. Dampen your locks and palm a handful of Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Sculpting Gel from your hair line to the nape of your neck. Brush hair into a low ponytail using a boar bristle brush, and tautly secure the base with a tress-tone elastic. Not only does it hold hair in place for hours on end, it also imparts a high, healthy-looking shine.


What are your tricks to erasing the visual signs of a great party, or a wild night out?

Share some of your beauty tips for concealing the signs of a hangover? Share. Help a girl out!

The cure for the female hangover

The cure for the female hangover














For more product suggestions based on hair type, or skin type, ask me by leaving a comment.