Category: Favorite Makeup


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This month’s product feature is a lip color duo from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Long lasting lipsticks that are on the market today are simply too toxic. My favorite cosmetic company has a great alternative, which is long-lasting, comes in pretty shades and is easy to use.

Youngblood Mineral Lip Pencils moisturize in natural shades that define, shape and enhance the lips. Youngblood Mineral Lipgloss is a long-lasting, non-sticky gloss which delivers shimmery color. It is formulated with conditioning botanicals and vitamin E to moisturize, hydrate and protect your lips. Plumping shades provide noticeable results without the tingle and irritation experienced by most lip plumpers.

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about The Product Feature or Rewards yet. To put it simply, 10% of all your product purchases, all the time, go toward free Service Enhancements, like Raindrop Therapy, Lash Tint, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When a product is the Monthly Feature, however, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards! This month’s feature, Eye Plus Lotion, is $43. That means $9 toward a service Enhancement. Glorious Gold Eye and Lip Gel, which is $80, give you $16 in Rewards!

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NEW! Mineral Illuminating Body Tint by Youngblood Cosmetics

Give bare skin a warm, sexy glow — instantly — with  our luminous, bronze-kissed lotion. This creamy, non-streaking tint leaves a healthy sheen on arms, legs and décolleté. Indulge your skin and senses with a pampering blend of natural oils for a hydrating, luxurious experience.

Application Tips

After you’ve applied sunscreen and it has dried, with your fingertips, smooth Illuminating Tint onto your body. Layer for desired coverage and glow. Allow product to dry completely before dressing.

What’s in It?

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Jojoba Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Argan Oil, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates, Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

$37.50

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Youngblood Mineral Lip Pencils moisturize in natural shades that are long-lasting, define, shape and enhance the lips.

Application
Use small strokes from the outer corner of your mouth, avoiding a hard line and fill in your lips completely with the lip liner and blend. After lining and filling your lips in, add Youngblood Mineral Lipgloss for a natural, healthy look.

What’s In It?
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Myristyl Esters, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Decyl Esters, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake –

$14.00

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Youngblood Mineral Lipgloss 

This long-lasting, non-sticky gloss delivers shimmery color. Formulated with conditioning botanicals and vitamin E to moisturize, hydrate and protect lips. Plumping shades provide noticeable results without the tingle and irritation experienced by most lip plumpers.

Application Tips

Apply to bare lips, over Lipstick or Lip Liner Pencil. For best results with plumping shades, apply to bare lips twice daily for a month to see and feel softer, more voluptuous lips.

What’s In It?

Polybutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Ozokerite, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Sucrose Cocoate, Jojoba Seed Oil, Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica, Trihydroxystearin, Smithsonite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hematite Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Red 27 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 6Lake

$23.00

Usually RED Lipstick is messy, gets on your teeth, and smears…

NOT

LipSense! Which red is perfect for you?

 

Come in today to try it on?

Unfortunately my “pre-bash massage” was just cancelled – dang 😦 – so I’m writing an NYE makeup post instead!

Happy New Year’s party preparations to all of you! I’m getting ready for The Golden Era event at my father’s winery. I want to look my best, and I want you to look your best too – even if you’re not planning to go out for NYE! Here are eight steps to a flawless look:

1. Exfoliate – Perfect makeup requires well-tended skin. A week to a couple of days before the big night start doing masks, peels, and scrubs. The Cleansing Oil is also an excellent way to polish, exfoliate, and brighten your skin: Do a 20-minute massage with it instead of the normal quick cleanse. (Did you know the Cleansing Oil takes off makeup really well? Buh-bye makeup dissolver.)

Of course, hopefully you have consulted a skincare professional about what products are best for your skin. If you trust your exfoliant not to cause a breakout or irritate your skin, using one even the night before will help your skin look radiant.

My picks: Gyco-A Gel, Crystal C Serum and Peeling Cream. Just so happens two of these are January’s Product Feature with Double Rewards!

2. Moisturize – Those of you who read my blog regularly know that when you discipline the skin, you also need to use plenty of TLC. Moisturize the entire face, neck, and décolleté, as well as the eye area. Even oily and acne-prone skin types need moisturizer. Your makeup will look so much better if your skin is well hydrated.

My picks: Hy-Drate, Vitamin Cream, Chamomile, Eye Plus Cream, Lipo-Gen.

3. Prime – Every great artist knows that preparing the canvas is key. Getting the skin ready for the application of cosmetics makes the finished product look so much better. Absorb Oil Control is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin: It is an oil controller and hydrator in one. Mineral Primer will fill in the fine lines and imperfections and make your foundation last. Use Concealer around the eye area.

4. Apply FoundationMineral Makeup is my favorite for your base. Use a small brush for extra coverage in the areas that need it. Use a darker color to contour, like the hollows of your cheeks or the sides of your nose. Contour the eyes with shades of brown, especially if you have droopy lids. (Remember: dark recedes, light brings forward.) Highlighter under the brow bone accentuates the arch. I carry BDB Duo Concealer: it’s a pencil with concealer on one end and highlighter on the other – another “twofer”!

5. Add Color – Glitter (small particles, used sparingly) is a hot look for NYE. Aging skin doesn’t do well with glitter though. I personally like the Youngblood Mineral Makeup in the color Sunglow for sparkle and pop. Blush should be applied to the apple of the cheek only if you have a very thin and long face, so you can create width. If your face is round, apply blush on the cheek starting at the edge of the iris and swooping up to the temples and into the hairline.

Shadow color can be added next. Remember: if you are playing up the eyes, go easy on the lips, and vice versa.

6. Lashes – Right now I am playing with and loving LashSense One Step by SeneGence. It is a lash growth and conditioning product and mascara. And of course I must have my beloved

Blackout Mineral Mascara by Youngblood. I always use two mascaras. I find I get the best lashes that way. Lash Primer is also excellent for extra volume and conditioning. For those of us who need to curl our lashes, I like the MAC curler best.

7. Lips Bright and bold is on trend for both NYE and spring 2011. You know I am partial to LipSense long-lasting lipcolor!  I’ll be wearing Plum as a base, then Brick, and the top coat will be Neutral. Because this lipcolor is applied in 3 coats, I played on my hand to find a color that matched my shoes. (Check them out: They are comfy with leather uppers – Ross!) You can create any color you want when you have the basic Lipsense colors.

As an alternative, I like recommending a lip pencil and plumping colored gloss – both by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.

8. Eyebrows – Getting the right shape requires professional help – at least to get you started, at best for maintenance. You’re not stuck with the eyebrows you have: You can create the perfect brows at home.  How? If you have thinning brows, start using Brow Boost right away. All the Billion Dollar Brows products rock! Cosmetics for creating the perfect eyebrows – like pencils, powders, and brow-setting gel – will transform blah brows to bomb brows!

See you at the spa!

My first California brow wax was done at Billion Dollar Brows (BDB) in Beverly Hills. This is the company that helped inspire me to take my passion for perfect brows and make it a business!

They contacted me the other day and sent their whole product line for me to sample! Generous, huh? I love to shop for you, finding the perfect products at the best prices.

It was great timing because I have been looking for the right brow and lash conditioner with a growth stimulant. I’ve been using their Brow Boost for a couple of weeks and am pleased with the results – and it’s only $20! Even if your brows and lashes are long enough, it is a great conditioner that keeps them in shape and healthy.

I bought BDB’s Brow Duo Highlighter when I visited them a couple of years ago.  It’s a pencil with concealer on one end and highlighter on the other. It works great and is fast, easy, and affordable! $18

The Brow Gel is a “must have”, it gives you hold and control and gives your brows the perfect, polished, finished look. $12

My favorite brow powder, Hi-Brow, unfortunately comes from the now-defunct company, Trucco. Even though I stocked up, I will run out at some point. So, pick it up now before supplies are gone! I’m working with BDB’s Hint Of Tint, Brow Powder, and Universal Brow Pencil right now to see if they are  suitable replacements. Come in and tell me what you think. 😉

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See you at the spa!

Last week I announced a new promotion that lets you earn free spa services while you enjoy fabulous makeup and skin care products, it’s called Star Brows Rewards.

Today starts the fun, and I am so excited! After all, free spa services is pretty much the best thing ever – right?

Cheryl, one of my clients, suggested Youngblood Mineral Foundation as the first product feature. Here’s what she said when I asked her to tell us why she recommends it:

“I love it because it’s such good coverage but doesn’t look heavy at all.   Also, Linda is amazing with makeup and helped me with the right color. It makes my skin look great.  It looks so natural. She also introduced me to an application brush that I love to use. “

Thanks Cheryl!

Now here’s a surprise.  (Yes, it gets even better.)  The Product of the Month earns Double Rewards! This beautiful compact costs $41, and  would normally give you a $4 bonus toward spa service Enhancements, but because it is this month’s product feature, you’ll receive $8 in Rewards.

Now that’s Star treatment. 😉

See you at the spa!

Youngblood is one of my favorite companies – and has been since 1998. Mineral Foundation is their premier product, but I carry other items (see below) in their line as well. Here’s why I absolutely love them:

  • It is a cruelty-free and environmentally responsible company. No animal testing, chemicals, alcohol, or dyes. They contain no synthetic or irritating ingredients, such as artificial fragrance, mineral oil, or petroleum.
  • It is made with pigments from the earth. They’re much healthier than cosmetics containing petroleum dyes. Mineral makeup is made of micronized, highly reflective crystals that reflect light to smooth fine lines and blemishes.
  • Mineral cosmetics also have sun protective properties.  That means they keep your skin healthy and youthful. Minerals do not support the growth of bacteria or microbes, and pose a lower risk of allergic reaction.
  • Youngblood offers a comprehensive set of the most realistic, natural-looking shades, for women of all ethnicities.
  • Minerals are great for use on skin recovering from harsh medical procedures, and on problem skin conditions like rosacea, acne, and discoloration.They began in a medical context, to be used by patients with skin traumatized by laser treatments, chemical treatments, and cosmetic surgery.
  • Youngblood uses rice starch as a healthy alternative to talc which is a filler found in other mineral makeup. Talc blocks pores, drys your skin, and causes irritation . Rice powder absorbs oil, sets makeup, is long-lasting, doesn’t move, and provides a beautiful matte finish.
  • Clean and lightweight, it allows your skin to breathe and is non-comedogenic (it won’t block pores or cause irritation). It provides flawless coverage, you’ll feel like you’re wearing no makeup at all.
  • Youngblood covers and participates in  shows like LA Fashion Week, and The Beauty Show, they provide coverage of Fashion Runways and they show up in National Beauty Magazines. This gives me confidence in the fact that they know current trends and they have a finger on the pulse of the beauty biz.

What’s in it? Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Lauroyl Lysine, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride. .28 oz $41

Check out: Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara, Mineral Primer, Rice Powder and Concealer, Mineral Lash Primer

Youngblood at NYC Fashion Week 2010

See you at the spa!


I did a photo shoot the other day down at the Creek in the little village of Arroyo Grande with  photographer and friend, Marilyn Rivas Tate. What a beautiful setting, and what a photographer! Marilyn (and her equipment) were amazing.

At 55 I wasn’t very confidant about doing “beauty shots”. I knew I could do my makeup – duh, and I knew she could make the magic on her end, but I’m not a 20 something model anymore – so I was apprehensive.

I had to do my makeup early in the morning because I had a full day of clients. My everyday makeup would have left my features washed-out for photos.

Here is a list of what I did for my session with Marilyn and what I recommend when I do makeup for a special event or photo session.

1.) One week before the event you should do your last skincare treatment. I recommend a facial Peel that is appropriate for your skin-type. An exfoliating and hydrating treatment will provide a smoother, more even canvas for makeup application.

2.) 3 days after a peel you can have your eyebrows waxed. Fabulous brows are a must!

3.) To prep the skin before you apply makeup: cleanse your face, spritz with toner (Climate Control by Senegence), use a product with sodium hylauronate (Hy-Drate by Tu’el) to retain the skin’s water, and apply sunscreen.

4.) If you need sweat-proof makeup for the heat, humidity, or the scrutiny of  flashbulbs, wear an oil absorbing product. Greasy skin does not look pretty in pictures or in real life.

My pick: Absorb by Tu’el

5.) Prime-time! Almost ready for makeup. But first, primer is something to have on hand when you have a crazy-long day, or when you want a flawless look. It creates a protective base and a smoother surface for fine lines, acne scaring or any other irregularity in the skin. It allows foundation to be applied evenly and effortlessly.

6.) Hmmm, what foundation to wear? Youngblood Mineral Makeup of course. I love the option of very light to full coverage with this mineral makeup. It also has an SPF rating of up to 30 (about 8 SPF for most applications). Did you know it is better to have wear  mineral makeup than bare skin when going out?

7.) Next add highlighters, bronzing powders, blush and contouring.

  • Highlight the eyes. Under the brow bone and by the tear duct, place some white or brightening highlighter. I don’t love shimmer or glitter on older, crepey or dry skin 😥 matte is better. But for all you kids out there (or for those who don’t give a s*^#) shimmer away!

My pick: Sandstone Pink Cream by Senegence. This is one of celebrity MUA Kandee Johnson’s favorite products!

  • Contour the eyes. Puffy upper lids require shadow in earth tones (grays or browns) to minimize.

My pick: Trucco Hi-brow Trio

  • Use a darker foundation or bronzing powder, in hollows of checks and possibly under the chin and the sides of the nose – every face is different.

My pick:  Sunglow Mineral Makeup

8.) Lashes! Curl, prime, curl again, and coat 1,2,3 or more times.

My pick: Youngblood’s Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara

9.) Lips! With out a doubt Lipsense by Senegence is my #1 pick

10.) Brows! A professional shaping and consultation is essential. Don’t do any waxing at least 3 days before the event in case you break out a little.

  • Use a pencil a little lighter than you want the brows to end up, to fill in and lengthen the brow shape.
  • Brush them out.
  • A brow powder will soften and add dimension to the eyebrow (the same Trucco Hi-brow Trio you used to contour the eyes is perfect).

11.) And finally, whether your on the big or the little screen, you need to understand the importance of taking it all off at the end of the day.

I can’t wait to get my skin clean because I know the secret to having great looking skin in the morning is removing all that makeup at night, and this is one of the most important beauty tips you can follow.

If you leave makeup on overnight, it can clog your pores causing all kinds of breakouts, blackheads, and uneven skin tone. Plus, your skin renews itself at night and cant effectively do that if its covered in old makeup.

My pick: Hydrophylic Cleansing Oil and Herbalizer by Tu’el

12.) And last but not least, get plenty of beauty sleep the night before!

See you at the spa!

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