Monday, July 7, 2014

CC primer works hard in the heat.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer does everything the label promises. It conceals. It corrects. It absorbs all the oil under my makeup, and kept my "t zone" matte all day in steamy mid-Atlantic heat. Color correction has been a trade secret of many makeup artists, and the cause of confusion for thousands of makeup consumers. Clients often ask me why I use these brightly colored creams under their foundation. The green is for neutralizing redness and the purple is for brightening dark areas, but if you are new to trying these techniques, it can be difficult to know where to put it and how much to use. Tarte's primer has the color correction stripes built right into the stick. This helps to eliminate the guesswork when you are attempting to even out your skin tone. Play with it a little bit until you customize your perfect blend. Some parts of my face need less green correction, so I only apply as needed. 
It is brilliantly packaged in a solid roll up tube, like a thicker lipstick. You can swirl the primer stick directly on your face, but I chose to apply it with a small foundation brush. With five shades ranging from fair to deep, there should be a match for almost everyone. I tried the CC primer in tan, and it matches my skin well enough that I can wear it under a sheer powder or tinted moisturizer to minimize large pores and shine on my "no makeup" (yeah, right) days. 
In this case "CC" also stands for colored clay, which is a key ingredient in the most recent collections from the Tarte brand. Clay has been used in skin care treatments for its antioxidant and oil absorbing properties since the dawn of civilization, so this mineral rich foundation primer is actually pampering my face under my makeup.

I usually will go for a sheer tinted moisturizer instead of foundation on steamy summer days, but I have experimented with Tarte's CC Primer under both liquid and powder medium-coverage foundations over the last few weeks. Hyper pigmented areas of my face were brightened by the primer before I even applied foundation. My face was smooth and matte all day at work, after happy hour, and on the weekend, well in to the wee hours of the morning. It felt wonderful to remove my makeup at the end of a long sweaty work day and not see any blocked pores. This primer is vegan, and the entire range of Tarte's products are cruelty-free. I especially recommend this for the oily or breakout prone who might not like the feel of dimethicone- or silicone-based gels or lotion primers. Mine came from Ulta, but you can also find it online at You get a lot of bang for your buck, because it retails for 34.00 and a little bit of this product goes a long way when applied with a brush or sponge. I have not used it in my work kit or on clients and I'm not advising this for use in a professional setting, but this primer has definitely earned a space in my personal kit.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Follow me on Instagram...

Instagram is where I post the majority of my photos from behind the scenes and what products I am using on set.

Entrenched among the snapshots of makeup and skin care products that I love, you will find the occasional photo of me and The Dude gardening, record shopping, or just being generally awesome.

(Of course, my dog already knows that he is more handsome than any dog you have ever seen, but he loves getting "likes" on his photos, too.)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Smoothing serum for post-surgical scars

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and October is famously designated for Breast Cancer Awareness, but most people don't know that October 2 is National Previvors Day. 
Seven percent of breast cancer diagnoses are in people that have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, but 90% of people who have the mutation don't know it. I am in that group of people who chose preventative surgery in order to avoid cancer. At first I scoffed at being called a Previvor, but I know there are many women in my family and around the world who would have loved to have the chance to have that title. 
In the last couple of months, I have been using Scar Healing Therapy by Kinerase on my incisions in the morning and at night before bedtime. It has a lightweight gel texture that absorbs into the skin immediately, so it can also be used on the face under makeup! The 48 dollar price tag may seem a bit steep compared to drugstore scar remedies, but Kinerase is made by Valeant Pharmaceauticals, and therefore has more advanced ingredients that actually WORK.
This product is NOT a replacement for antibacterial ointments (like Neosporin), so wait until your wounds are no longer open to begin using it. After they have healed and the stitches are on the scabby side, you can begin using Scar Healing Therapy. Eventually the scars begin to return to your natural skin color, and the raised texture becomes noticeably smoother. As my doctor told me, you'll be back on the beach looking stunning in a bikini again very soon!