Stilazzi Pro Set Bag Clear can you say Steel Deel?!

This bag is a "Steel Deel"!

Stilazzi Pro Set Bag Clear is a dream of a case! No more fumbling around in muted lighting  trying  to find what you are looking for since this case has all of the amenities of a traditional bag but it is made of a nice see through plastic with durable black fabric stitching.  It features Six (6) hooded pockets with snap close tops and an additional tissue holder. Any Makeup Artist/Stylist/Actor or just traveler will get a lot of use out of this since it keeps you organized and Items separated but still very accessible. It offers a bit of weather resistance since it sports a zipper top which is great if you are on location. It seems to be quite durable and easy to clean, just wipe it down with any sanitizing wipes you have and you are good to go. I like to use one pocket and mark it Clean for combs and one Soiled for used items so it passes most regulations for use by the State Board of Cosmetology. It has handles plus a shoulder strap so it is versatile for toting. I think it is a Steal Deal at only $49.95 www.stilazzi.com

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The No Makeup Make Up look trend for 2012

This look is so fun because it gives you that healthy no-fuss appearance and it can be mastered in just a few steps. It’s sort of like how we all wished we looked when we wake up in the morning, glowing and fresh .” Snooki” Nicole Poizzi, brought a lot of attention to this understated style recently but it has been a staple seen on the runways and the low key look “Celebs” have used for years.

 It is tossed and luminescent, dewy not matte and yes it can be pulled off at any age however, if you have dry or mature skin make sure that your skin routine is in place and you are well hydrated. If you are using retinol types of products you may want to use a serum a long with your makeup products just for an added base to start with.  If you have troubled skin apply your topical as usual but I would make sure you opt for an invisible formula if available.

Step 1 Prep-

Gentle exfoliation we don’t want your skin to be irritable and go red. A soft cloth and gentle cleanser might be all you need. There are tons of cleansers on the market and we can save that for another discussion but I say, go with fragrance free or sensitive skin formulas they usually are a safe bet.

Moisturize, I can’t spell this out to you enough; if you need oil free go for it! I know that we worry about too many oils in our moisturizers but they aren’t all created alike . Don’t use cold creams or Petroleum Jellies (Vaseline)   they are far too greasy. Moisturizers that contain Hyaluronic Acids and Vitamin C are wonderful! If they have SPF we are really working it! I know that if you are concerned with Frown lines NIP+FAB  has Frown Fix which is great for troubled areas it has Amino Acids and is a hydrator so it helps reduce the appearance of lines www.nipandfab.com . (Frown Fix $15.89)

The main point is you want a little slip but not an oil slick on your skin to start. Also, don’t forget to exfoliate your lips, if you want them to do tricks  (like smile and talk to your favorite guy, or not look chapped) use your toothbrush and brush not only your teeth but run it over your lips to remove dead skin cells. I add lip balm I love  e.l.f. Studio Conditioning Lip Balm SPF 15 in Peaceful Pink ($3.00 in stores 

www.eyeslipsface.com ) It has a very natural looking muted touch of color, plus sun protection and conditioning agents to sooth your lips.

Under Eyes, I use and can’t live without my eye cream! I’m in hot total love with Revaleskin  Replenishing  Eye Therapy.  This stuff is my only splurge because it is pricy and hard to get and it is only available through your dermatologists office (or me) you can check the website to find one in your area. www.revaleskin.com . It has some of the most potent antioxidants on earth derived from coffeeberry with all of the benefits of a retinoid but gentle enough for your fragile skin in the eye area. It’s my secret weapon to keep tired eyes under control. Now the only puffy pillows I have are on my bed NOT under my eyes J (Physician-dispensed $100-120) Liquid Gold!

If you like to use a clear primer you can for your face, it will give you a very smooth base or canvas to work with (if you have troubled skin remember to try to find products that come in an invisible formula if you are treating acne etc. first). Most primers sit on the very top surface of the skin and most people don’t have allergy or pore clogging problems with them, they work well with most skin types but you MUST remove them at night! I like Smashbox  Photo Finish I have used it for years on many of my clients and never have had a problem. ($36.00 in Department Stores www.smashbox.com) . They have several formulas too I like the hydrating one for more mature or dry skin, and a “light” version for troubled skin.

Step 2- Lay Your Foundation

Set the stage on your face with a foundation, I recommend for this type of No Makeup Makeup Look to go with a Tinted Moisturizer instead of a true Foundation Makeup. I say this because you don’t want the surface to look to perfect, a sheer coverage with a lot of hydration will ease imperfections but give you that au-natural look we desire. I’m stuck on Clinique  Moisture Surge tinted moisturizer SPF 15 ($26.00 Department Stores www.clinique.com ). Note, you can use a BB cream if you like I have found more selection of colors available in tinted moisturizers, so far. Use your fingers for this one because we don’t need a perfect application like a sponge gives. Clean fingers in a downward motion stippling as you go. Everyone has a small amount of facial hair and it grows in a downward angle so always apply any foundation in downward strokes. Don’t think about what your Mama used to say about lifting upward and getting wrinkles from downward strokes. You want those fine hairs to lay flat as possible and it will give you a smoother looking surface. Look for colors with more yellow than pink because they tend to look more natural on the skin. Don’t try to fake a tan and get a color that is darker than your skin, it will turn orange and unless you want to work for Tropicana, pass on it!

If you feel you need concealer I like to use a cream not a dry stick and I find it works better on top of your foundation (tinted moisturizer) step. It has more pigment so you will get more out of the coverage. I always warm concealer on my hand not straight from the tube (I use my hand as sort of a painters pallet makeup will look more natural if warmed before application). I like L’Oreal True Match Concealer ($8.95 www.lorealparisusa.com stores) there are many to choose from but I like to stay with a creamy formula we don’t want dry cupcakes under our eyes!

Crème Blush will always look better with this look since we are trying to stay dewy and not caked up. Dab a bit on your apples of your cheeks and blend slightly more up toward your temples. I like to use

mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint (www.avon.com $8.00) or M.A.C. Cremeblend  Blush ($18.00 Specialty  and Department Stores  www.maccosmetics.com). Use your fingers again for blending it gives a sheer hint, of color, again don’t go too dark or too light for that matter! Stay away from colors that are too bronzy with a lot of phony sparkle that is better for a nighttime look.

Instead of powder to set we will use a spritz spray M.A.C. Fix + ($18.00 www.maccosmetics.com) this is more hydrating but it does set as well as a powder. Just spray lightly and a little distance from your face we just want a light mist to settle not flood your face!

Step 3- Fill her Up!

Fill in your brows! Brows frame the face like a piece of fine artwork. This is tricky, you must match your natural hair color (growing on your face not everywhere else Clairol has been). No crazy eyeliner pencils or tattoos etc. Use an angled brush and with a matching eyeshadow (again no sparkle) color or brow color. Use quick upward strokes to fill in naturally (there are some kits that have stencils to help, but tread lightly or this is all worthless). If you feel you really need a pencil keep the strokes short soft and upward don’t just draw a line like you are signing a document. I have used e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Lifter and Filler  ( $7.00 Stores www.eyeslipsface.com) which is nice because the lid has its own sharpener  or for powder Clinique Brow Shaper ($15.00 www.clinique.com).Any clear mascara can help seal so that you don’t look to powdery, just brush it on your brows lightly.

 Step 4- The Eyes have it!

I start with e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer  ($3.00 www.eyeslipsface.com ) Urban Decay has one too but for this I stick to the cheaper product that performs really well. Coat your lid lightly with this primer, you will feel the slip (Blondie would say a slip to the hip, but that’s another story) it is great and not greasy. If you like another brand that is fine, I just want you to stipple it on with your ring finger (never use other fingers like the index finger around your eyes we are working in a sensitive area). I don’t like using a concealer as a base here because it is too pigmented and can look heavy.

Next up eyeshadow with very little sparkle is best. I hint of sparkle on the brow bone right under the brow to the outer corner that is enough. Neutrals are your best friend for a clean clear look. Mineral shadows are nice because they tend to have a sheer appearance try bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadows 20 the Enlightenment ($20.00 www. .bareescentuals.com) This one comes in a duo so I use the lighter one in an upside down backward L straight down the center of the lid and extending across the brow bone, I fill in the crease with the slightly darker color only on the outer part of the lid. This is important, don’t use a funky applicator sponge, use a an eyeshadow brush and tap the color into place wipe away excess with a Q-Tip if you need (they are my best friends anyway).

Eyeliner is not the spotlight here but I still never can go without it for myself (If you go without double up your mascara with an extra coat after your first has dried) the key is to keep it very close to the natural lash line (forget liquid liner here, too hard of a line). I have used a pot cream/gel liner like Maybelline Eyestudio  ($9.99 stores www.maybelline.com  or Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner ($22.00 Department, Specialty Stores www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com)  but the real bang that you

need to use a smudge brush (or if you are really, I mean really good with a Q-Tip) and apply a matching dark powder (eyeshadow powder is fine as long as it is matte and not flakey) and smudge along the lash line, don’t try to go into the corners of your eyes you will look like a raccoon. Just focus on the outer part of the eye lash line, it can be a thicker line at the end. A very thin line at the start of your eye and thickening as you get to the end.

You can use a light pencil on the inner rim of your eyes to create a brightness and widening of your eye but please don’t use white as a color because it is far to un natural look for a flesh tone that is just slightly lighter than your own. Julie Hewett makes the best one I have used because it is so emollient but not smudgy Julie Hewett Eyeliner Auroura  ($12.75 http://www.frendsbeautysupplyonline.com/juliehewitteyelineraurora.aspx ) to me nothing better!

Some people like to use clear mascara on the lashes, it’s great if you have natural long, plump, full and dark lashes then go for it! Clear will just give you shine and control and a bit of fullness. For me I was not blessed in this area. I like to use a brownish/black for day depending on your own coloring. Black is always the mainstay but don’t use one of those huge plumping formulas for this because we want to keep it silky and natural looking. I still love FullN’Soft by Maybelline  ($6.49 in stores www.maybelline.com)  You can give an extra coat if you like, I always do! If you want you can add a half lash (false lash that only goes across the outer edge of the lash line) 20 Lash M.A.C. that adds density to only the outer lash ($15.00 www.maccosmetics.com) .

Step 5- Pucker Up!

It’s all about being nude with this look. I told you about the lip primer so from here choose a nice not too disco looking, gloss. I go for not to pink but not too bronzy in color, stay clear of deep reds or Burgundy colors or you will kill this look.  If you are used to dark lipsticks then find a sheer gloss in that same tone and go light on your application .Gloss is great for any age because it looks youthful and it can hide lines as long as you don’t buy high glittery types. I have used Maybelline Shine Sensational ($6.99 www.maybelline.com  or when I do it up, Dior Addict Lip Polish because it is a primer and polish all in one ($30.00 www.dior.com)    You can do a nude lip liner with gloss over but be careful you don’t want the lip to look to perfect, this works if your lips are thin and you make sure you stick with a nude color (not brown) if you go for color here it won’t work. Try M.A.C. Naked Liner in Light Neutral ($14.00 www.maccosmetics.com in Department, Specialty Stores).

I like to finish off with just a light dusting of Clinique True Bronze pressed powder in 02 sunkissed ($25.00 Department/Specialty stores www. Clinique.com). There are other colors but I like this because it is a bronzer without huge glittery sparkles. Any nice light matte bronzer will work many mineral makeup lines offer them. Go around your outer most part of your face first like a halo with a nice big powder brush don’t try to contour with this just let it give you a slight glow and you won’t need much on your nose or your t-zone.

Ok, so now smile you look like you just got out of bed (the way we all wish we looked like when we do) and don’t forget to floss! Kattails Up!

RIP Charla Krupp, You will be missed but always remembered!

RIP Charla Krupp! She was a popular author and commentator on fashion and beauty whose best-sellers included “How Not to Look Old” and “How to Never Look Fat Again”. She died in New York City, Krupp’s husband, Richard Zoglin, says she died Monday losing her battle with breast cancer at their home in Manhattan.

Krupp made numerous television appearances over the years. She was on NBC’s “Today” show, Oprah Winfrey’s syndicated talk show and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

She also was an Editor for Glamor Magazine and wrote for several publications, including Time, USA Today and Town & Country. I have read her books and followed her work. She was one of the people that inspired me to write about my passion in Beauty/Health/Wellness. Charla Krupp was 58. You will be sincerely missed Charla!

“Snooki’s” No Makeup Makeup trend for 2012

The No Makeup-Makeup Look. Is reported to be the new growing trend here in early 2012.According to the NY Times “Stiff coiffures, overdone eyes, defined lips and matte skin are out. Tousled hair, smudged eyeliner, dewy lips and luminous skin are in.” This is impart to a makeup-free pic posted on Twitter by Nicole AKA “Snooki” Poizzi (Jersey Shore), recently. She has been getting thousands of positive comments on her new understated look. She in response she tweeted “Can I just say how amazing my fans/supporters are! You guys really know how to put a smile on my face! love you beyond words.”
I think she should have done it a long time ago because she always looked as if she needed a chisel to remove her makeup but that is just my opinion.
What do you think of the new No-Makeup Makeup trend? Would you try it?

Kattails blog “Real” Magazine

Kattails is my ( Kat Jensen) Editors blog for “Real” Realistic Beauty/Health/Wellness Magazine. Here we discuss topics that touch all of us everyday that influence our inner, outer and overall well being. I love to talk about all things beauty (and you my readers are my “Beauties”) that I call “Tipz and Trickz”. I also do product reviews based on my own opinions and 25 years experience in this field. My grading scale is based on the old Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down concept but I have givin it a little tweek, it is “Katttails Up” or “Kattails Down”. For fun we have “Katt on the Fence” (down the middle) and “Scaredy Katt” (wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole). I’m a girl that can never pass up a good deal (just look at my shoe closet) especially it’s important that a product performs the way the advertizers want us to believe and “Stop Getting Ripped Off!” I will share with you what I call “Steal Dealz”.  This is a fun and insightful place and I encourage your comments and any further insight you might want to share with us here in this forum! Kattails Up! Beauties!

Save Face!

We have so much hitting us in the world of skin care, make-up, High-Def this or that, Tv’s etc.. I mean, who ever thought there would be a camera on an iPad so we can see every little flaw we have  on our skin all while you are on the tire mac waiting to hit the friendly skies? I thought the mirror on the bathroom wall or the invention of magnifying mirrors was bad now all your “Friends” on Facebook, Skype  or other cyber people can see it too! Yikes!

I want the same thing everyone else wants, great skin! But it has to stop and start there. Quit blaming everything, Mom’s family, bad diet, chocolate, on and on. Take control. Bacteria, that likes to live on the surface of the skin is what causes breakouts period! If you add to that, touching your face, stress, hormones or bad skin routines (or lack of one) this is what causes more  issues.

Ok so we want to camouflage or make our skin appear better with the use of foundation make-up. Foundation used to be thick and very opaque almost matte like a mannequin face. Now new formulas and high performance ingredients can give us  a very light and natural look, a few imperfections are perfection (say Amen! I have waited for this!). A good foundation is like that great pair of high heels that you know you shouldn’t be wearing (rockin), but if made well you can dance all night! A good one should go on well right away.

Ok, truth is that a lot of foundations you buy are  “Old Skool” or we see the name “Matte” and we think of dull or dingy , parched and pasty. You can tell someone has it on because it looks quite obvious.  There is a new generation of mattes today that are called “Luminous” mattes that contain light-diffusers and mineral powders that bond to the enzymes in the skin that cause age related roughness. I like Chanel Perfection Lumiere  (Department, Specialty Stores, www.chanel.com  ) , or I try to go with a tinted moisturizer like Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer (Department Stores, www.clinique.com ) depending on your coverage needs.

There are really great products that reduce redness in the skin without packing on the makeup to the point you feel you need a chisel to remove it.  These work with diffusers, skin calming agents and a very light green tint because green cancels out the redness in the skin without the need for too much thick coverage. Clinique Redness Solutions Protective Base SPF 15 ($18.50 in Department Stores or online, $47.00 for the whole regime in a box set that includes Soothing Cleanser, Daily Relief Cream, Daily Protective  Base SPF 15). Jane Iredale Disappear with Green Tea Extract  ($26.00 Salons, Beauty Supply http://janeiredale.com ).

The Fashion Industry has known about new technology when it comes to fabrics and microfibers, laser- cut leathers etc. for years now. It’s really no wonder that some designers are changing the face of foundation and treating it like a fabric. Some of these formulas utilize a web of fine mesh fibers that prove to be crease proof and resist settling into fine lines while you are drinking, eating, smiling, or talking. Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Formula ( $65.00 Specialty Stores, www.giorgioarmanibeauty.com ) Dolce&Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation ($59.00-$66.00 Specialty Stores http://www.dolcegabbanamakeup.com www.dolcegabbana.com )

Remember, whatever you decide to use on your face there is no replacement for a good daily skin care routine which includes removing make-up every night and washing away the day!

 

New Year’s Rez-al

New  Years’ Rez-al You”!

Ok under this “Kat”-agorie  I’m talking  ‘ bout a few topics that we all think about at the beginning  of the year ( weight loss, quit smoking/drinking/get a tan, etc.!  We all have things we would like to work on, so  let’s go!

This week-Skin

  Listen, weight is the number one topic in the month of January so, I figured, let’s talk about our face and body, how our skin feels after a long , Holiday Season. We can do weight next.

I have heard that many people like to use a brush to cleanse skin and remove makeup/clarify. I think it can be a good thing. I looked at a couple of products- Olay Pro X and Clairsonic (Sonic wave technology).

You have all seen the commercials with everyone looking great with perfect skin having huge Gizmos with a big round brush (like, if you buy a battery operated gizmo it washes your face for you!). It the electric toothbrush for your face, I suppose!

Ok, In my Opin-neon (it’s always mine), I love the idea of taking off the day’s  “Dirty Deeds” and make-up ect., I think we all need to clean our faces at night and be ready to rejuvenate while we sleep. I have a hard time with electronic devices doing this as a nightly (or other makeup removing) procedure. I agree that it does deep clean, but I feel it should be used in moderation (check the manufacturers recommendations, obviously) . Make-up Artists and Pros never have a problem using their hands with good gentle cleansers that wipe away residue, mild exfoliators  and cleanse the skin without having to pack a huge electric  “Buff-Puff” sander  in the carry on!  ( If you use them already cool, love to hear from you) If you have a strong skin you might not have an issue with manual stimulation to your skin. 

Some skin types may not benefit. Most of the studies shown on the manufactures are studies that benefit the product they sell (real life results, if you look in the fine print are still your own discretion )

So far, Clairsonic  (it is very expensive in my OPi) but it does feel great. It does feel invigorating and It did take off a huge amount of make-up (Our tester went out on the town with stage make-up) it took it all off! I think the bristle like round tip that moves in a round motion helped (along with the so called sonic waves), I think it does do what it says, it deep cleans. But do we need that every day? http://www.clarisonic.com/

You know there is PRO-X   selling the same type of theory   a cleansing brush machine, with them you need a “system” of products , www.olay.com (duh!) to gain certain results since no real results advertised are proven.  Ok but our tester really loved them! She said that she would use  Olay but felt     it was  “not for everyday use”.

I love  the chance we have  to share ideas with each other! Meow Kat!

 

 

 

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