From My Lips to Your Ears…or Eyes

UPDATE 10/30/06
I finally figured out how to use Vo-lip-tuous and now I LOVE it. Okay, at first, I was putting a few drops on my lips and then rubbing it in to my lips completely with my fingertip. My lips were drying out a little bit, so after visiting their website, I discovered that you are supposed to put a few drops on your lips, spread across lips (with a brush or fingertip) to form a thin layer. Once Vo-lip-tuous “dries” you apply your favorite lip gloss or lipstick over the top. As soon as I did this, I had what Oprah calls a “lightbulb” moment (okay, maybe it wasn’t THAT profound, but it was pretty cool). My lips now look amazing. Soft, smooth, moisturized…and YOUNGER. Plus, Vo-lip-tuous extends the wear of whatever lip gloss or lipstick I wear by at least double, which was a benefit I was not expecting. As directed, I am applying Vo-lip-tuous twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon/evening, for long-lasting plumping effects. Another 26 days and my lips should look 10 years younger…I’ll keep ya posted.
Vo-lip-tuous Lips - For Plump Sexy Lips

I just got my Vo-lip-tuous, and I have used it twice (already!). I mean, for $25, I had to give it a try, right?!

As soon as it arrived, I opened the bottle (that frankly looks more like a nail polish than a lip product) and found a small, bulbous glass applicator in the clear, thin liquid–different! At first, I put it on like lipgloss…and ended up with WAY too much on. So, I used my finger to work it into my lips and surrounding skin, as instructed, and my lips felt immediately softer and smoother. This smoothness wears off quickly, though, and my lips went back to feeling a little dry (I live in the high desert of New Mexico–it’s always dry here, and so is your skin, your lips, your eyes…I could go on). Mind you, Vo-lip-tuous is not a lipgloss or lip moisturizer. It is a lip plumper…but I guess I hoped it would be a little more like LipFusion (oh well). One REALLY GREAT thing about Vo-lip-tuous: it does not sting, tingle or feel uncomfortable AT ALL.

I reapplied it a little later…and again, an immediate aaaahhhhh. But so fleeting.

Here’s what they say: “Vo-lip-tuous Lips is a revolutionary special formulation designed to restore collagen and hydrate lips. It does so by stimulating your own collagen synthesis, ensuring that the look is absolutely natural! The effects are noticeable immediately with semi-permanent results after 30 days treatment. The active ingredients are silicone oils: Cyclomethicone and Dimethicone.”

What all this means is that I will report back and update you on my results. In the meantime, I must say that I’m glad to have an immediately smoother lip profile without the stinging and burning of some of those other plumpers. Although it is still a little early for final judgments, by Thanksgiving I hope to be shouting from the mountaintops (we do have those here in Santa Fe, by the way) how much I love Vo-lip-tuous. If you can’t wait that long, go check it out for yourself: Vo-lip-tuous Lips – For Plump Sexy Lips

The Eyes Have It

Paula Dorf, the creator of the famous cheeks of Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, is one of the preeminent makeup artists in the world. Well, Ms. Dorf does more than cheeks. She also does some of the prettiest eyes (meaning eye colors and tools–read “makeup brushes”), too.

Three of my favorites, or rather staples, of Paula’s Eye Colors and Glimmers are Bark, Aura and Mystic.

Paula Dorf Eye Color in Bark is described as a rich chocolate. If they mean, rich DARK chocolate, they’re right. The color, pictured here, doesn’t really give a true sense of how deep this brown is. Bark is a matte shadow, perfect for lining and for warm, smokey looks. It’s one of those colors that looks like a Park Avenue dweller’s eye shadow…I mean really rich.

Paula Dorf Eye Glimmer in Aura is a very pale barely-glimmery pink. When applied, it goes on almost-white, but warmer than white. Very natural. It’s wonderful worn by itself with black liquid liner chiseled into the lash-line…very glamorous.

Paula Dorf Eye Color in Mystic is a deep mauve. But again, remember this is Paula, so think “soft and natural.” Mystic is not one of those purple-y purples. When applied, it warms beautifully on the skin. Perfect again for smokey looks, for deepening the crease and adding depth without being harsh or bright (or cheap).

Any of Paula’s eye colors and glimmers can be used as a liner. GirlPaint recommends two wonderful, indespensible tools to create the PERFECT line…again, by Paula.

Paula Dorf Transformer will magically turn ANY eye shadow into a liquid that once applied and dried will not budge (I’ve used this little gem for wedding makeup so many times I’ve lost count–and I would be lost without it). To use, just place a drop or two (NO MORE) into eye shadow lid or plastic/glass dish, dab liner brush (see the Eye Definer brush below…I mean it!) into the Transformer, glide along outer edge of shadow, and then apply to eyelid. Voila! Perfect eyeliner everytime. And get this: it washes away easily with eye makeup remover or water and facial cleanser.

Paula Dorf Eye Definer Brush used with Transformer or with dry powdered shadow, creates a perfect, chiseled line right where you want it. It makes your lashes look thicker, too…Doe eyes, anyone? And you can create a very sexy cat-eye look with the definer brush. Plus, with its taklon bristles, it will last forever (with proper care, of course).

Anti-Aging Myths and Solutions

The aging process begins when we enter the world and the effects of aging are evident in our bodies through out our lives. Beginning in our 20’s, the signs of aging start to become noticeable. Genetically programmed chronologic aging causes changes in collagen and elastin, the connective tissues that supply firmness and elasticity to the skin. The genetic program of individuals is different, so the loss of skin firmness and elasticity occurs at different rates and different times in one individual as compared to another. As skin becomes less elastic, it also becomes drier and underlying fat padding begins to disappear. With the loss of underlying support by fat padding and connective tissues, the skin begins to sag; it appears less supple and wrinkles form.

Although wrinkles, lines and age spots are formed by the natural effects of getting older, one way to prevent them from appearing early on in life is to avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreens with SPFs 15 or higher. And, although most of us have some form of sun-damaged skin, there are ways to regain healthy, smooth skin. After many years of research, scientists, dermatologists and plastic surgeons have discovered that a variety of natural ingredients and vitamin extracts significantly help slow down and even reverse the signs of aging skin. These ingredients are now found in many physician developed and physician recommended anti-aging skin care products, which are specified below.

Vitamin A (Retinol) – Topical Vitamin A has been suggested to help build collagen fibers within the skin in addition to its more superficial exfoliating property. This is the basis for its use in minimizing the appearance of fine wrinkle lines. Vitamin A or Retinol is the main ingredient found in TYK Young Again, M.D. Forte, DDF and SkinScience products.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C or ascorbic acid acts as an antioxidant and is considered vital in wound healing because it aids in stabilizing collagen. When applied topically, vitamin C can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and may lessen the severity of sunburns. This healing ingredient is found in SkinCeuticals, Cellex C and Obagi Cffectives skin care products.

Vitamin E – Vitamin E is another antioxidant that shows to have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. When applied topically, vitamin E has been shown to improve moisturization, softness and smoothness and also provides modest photo protection. Vitamin E is found in Cellex C, Exuviance and MD Forte products.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) – AHAs are designed to smooth fine lines and surface wrinkles, to improve skin texture and tone, to unblock and cleanse pores, to improve oily skin or acne, and to improve skin condition in general. AHAs are the main ingredients found in MD Forte, TYK Young Again, Super Skin and SkinScience products.

Glycolic Acid – Glycolic acid is the most active and beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHAs) in skin care. Once inside the cells, the acid triggers new formations of collagen to plump cells and the ground substances in the skin to reduce wrinkles on the skin’s surface. Glycolic acid is proven to be very effective in the treatment of acne as well as in cosmetic uses. Glycolic acid is found in products by Gly Derm, MD Forte, Z. Bigatti and Super Skin.

N-6 furfuryladenine (kinetin) – The nature-identical plant growth factor, furfuryladenine, retards the aging of plant cells as well as in vitro human skin fibroblasts. This natural, anti-aging ingredient has been proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and is exclusively found in Kinerase creams and lotions. This is a proven alternative for people with sensitive skin or people who are sensitive to products containing Retinol and Vitamin C.
Copper Peptides are the latest scientific breakthrough in skin rejuvenation. Copper has been found to naturally firm the skin, enhance elasticity, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Copper is the main ingredient in products by Neova and Osmotics.

Pal-KTTKS – Pal-KTTKS is an effective ingredient for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It’s found to promote a smoother, younger complexion quickly, without with out expensive and painful chemical peels, surgery or injections. This patented peptide solution is found in StriVectin-SD.

Green Tea Extract – Green tea’s anti-inflammatory and anti-growth qualities are found in many skin care products designed to reduce the appearance of puffiness, wrinkles, fine lines and large pores. Green Tea is found in the Dr. Brandt skin care line, Z. Bigatti and Gly Derm products.

TNS – The biotechnology of the skin’s natural healing process has arrived with the first tissue repairing complex containing growth factors found in normal, healthy skin. Unlike anything else currently on the market, TNS is the next level of skin rejuvenation that delivers dramatic results, for smoother, softer, younger looking skin. TNS is found in SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex.

Many women and men ask me which anti-aging product is best and I always respond by saying that there is no best product. Since every individuals skin is different, the results of using anti-aging products will be different as well. I recommend that you consult with a skin care professional prior to use of any new skin care product to determine your skin type, skin condition and possible sensitivities to active ingredients. Your skin care professional may recommend specific products, or you can try a few on your own based on your consultation. If you are not happy with the first product you try, try another one. It’s important that you choose a product and skin care regimen that makes you feel 100% comfortable with the look and feel of your skin.

Some people also inquire about when they should expect to see results from using anti-aging products. AgainI respond by saying that results will be different for each individual, generally due to the condition of ones skin prior to use. However, across the board, do not to expect a miracle, as there is no anti-aging product on the market that provides overnight results. Whether you are trying to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness or age spots, the process is gradual and takes anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks depending on the severity of your problem areas. After allowing the products time to take effect as well as following product dir

ections, you can be sure to notice significant improvement in the appearance of your skin.

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The Lip Gloss Deal of the Season from Sephora

Get the perfect pout for the Holidays! For $50 you receive both Lipfusion XL and Lipfusion Kiss (at this price, you get Kiss’ed for FREE).

With both Lipfusion XL, which gives you those wonderful, sexy, smooth lips without the pain, and Kiss colored Lipfusion classic, a beautiful sheer pink-gold gloss. Plus the plumping effect is longlasting and builds over time. Lipfusion doesn’t give you those overly fat lips (think Jessica Simpson) but very natural, soft fullness. Ahhhhhhh, just right. An added bonus of Lipfusion is that the moisture and gloss really treat your lips, unlike some of those painful, stinging plumpers that actually end up drying your poor lips out (Egads…we don’t need that with winter coming on!). This Lipfusion deal is truly a steal…the deal of the season, anyway.
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