Skin Tip: Halloween Edition!


Since it’s Halloween, most of us are dressing up and probably using some type of face makeup. Follow these simple guidelines to ensure your makeup lasts and your skin stays protected!

1) Use a primer before painting your face to provide a barrier between your skin and the makeup- this way, the makeup sits on top of your primer instead of directly on the skin.

2) Remove all makeup after your event is done! Sleeping in stage makeup that is loaded with heavy waxes, colors and oils is a recipe for breakouts and irritation. If possible, use an oil-based cleanser to help dissolve makeup so that there is minimal rubbing, tugging, and pulling. Milk/cream cleansers can work just as well or use makeup wipes as another option. Follow with your cleanser to remove any leftover residue and moisturize.

Thanks for reading, have a fun Halloween weekend, and stay tuned next week!


How To: Take Care of Your Skin When You’re Sick

Out Sick

I recently had a reader ask me how to take care of your skin when you are sick.

Good question as flu and cold season is here!

When you are sick, the last thing you probably think of is your skin.  You’re feeling weak or tired and any strength you have is most likely spent towards mustering up enough energy to take your medications.  But, think about it for a second.  You’re coughing, sneezing, sweating, etc and it would good to at least try to remove some that off.  If you can take a shower, it’s easy to just cleanse your face and rinse off.  If you don’t have enough energy for that, you can lightly moisten your skin with lukewarm water, apply your cleanser and remove it by using a few cotton rounds-this way you don’t have to leaning over the sink.

The key here is to keep it basic: a gentle cleanser, toner and moisturizer.  That’s it.  Don’t exfoliate, use retinols or AHAs/BHAs.  Why?  Certain medications can cause your skin to become sensitive temporarily, prompting a reaction or irritation when there would otherwise be none.  Once you’re all better, you can slowly reintroduce these ingredients back into your skincare routine.

I hope you found this helpful and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask. How do make yourself feel better when you are sick?


Halloween Ideas!

Halloween is almost here and if you’re still not sure what to wear or are looking for any ideas, check out some of the things I have done in previous years!

Queen of Hearts/Alice in Wonderland

This one was a great fun look for me to try.     


I actually bought the costume for this one but also put in my unique twist.  I bought a clip-on top hat and purchased red extensions to put throughout my hair.


Red lips, a cat-eye look with gray/black eyeshadow, red blush  and extravagant eyelashes were what I used to complete this look.



Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time is one of my favorite shows so I decided to dress up as the Evil Queen.  She is usually shown wearing long dark dresses or corset type tops with fitted pants-I went with the latter wardrobe.  I drew some inspiration from this picture.

Evil Queen OUAT

Evil Queen 1


I wore black tights, a black/grey corset top, knee high black boots and a black cape.  Of course, no evil queen is complete without the red apple.  I used a fake prop apple for this pic but for a party, you don’t really want to haul an apple in your hand so I made a necklace using an old necklace and attaching a small apple I found in a teacher’s supply store.

Hair and Makeup

Since my hair was already black I just tied it into a high ponytail.  For makeup, I wanted high cheekbones so I contoured my cheeks with Nars blush in Douceur.  I opted for red liptsick, a smokey eye and false eyelashes to complete the look.

Homecoming  Zombie Queen

As much as I would love to take the credit for the makeup here, only the concept and wardrobe was mine.  The makeup was done by my very talented friend and fellow esthetician colleague Martha McCullagh.  Blood and veins were key in this look.

H Zombie


zombie 2

Everything put together!  I used an old dress I had from Windsor, applied more fake blood and a bit of grey eyeshadow on my legs arms and dress.  I teased my hair a little bit more (yes, that is actually my hair!), and for the finishing touch applied the tiara which had fake blood splattered on it as well.

I enjoyed all of these costumes, but the zombie look was by far one of my favorites-so fun! Just an FYI:  Blood on the neck/chest area isn’t the best thing if you are driving- be prepared to have sticky blood on the seat belt strap.  Also, when you are driving, people will stop and do a double take after they see you.  Have fun with it but drive carefully!

As you can see, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on a costume.   Just a few staples items here and there and a bit of creativity are needed.

Hope you found this post fun and helpful.  Let me know if you try any of them out! 







Skin Tip: DIY Pumpkin Mask!


Turn leftover pumpkins into a skin treat!

Simply combine about a cup of pureed, cooked fresh or canned pumpkin, 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt and a little bit of honey in a bowl and apply onto clean face.  Relax on a couch or bed while it sits on skin for about 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer.  You can add a little bit of olive oil into the mix if your skin is more on the dry side.

*Always conduct a patch test to avoid adverse effects.

Wishing you all a great weekend,


Easy Day To Night Makeup Look!

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Last week I went to a concert and wanted something I could wear to work  yet amp it up (quickly) for nighttime.  Here is what I came up with.

Get The Look (Day)


Foundation: Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation in 2

Eyes:  I used the Urban Decay Naked Palette but any gray and brown eyeshadow should work

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

Lids -Gunmetal

Crease- Buck

Eyeliner (top only)- Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Mascara: Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant 

Cheeks: Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer


Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Blush


Day Look 2


Day Look 1

Transform from day to night with a few products.

D2N Makeup

Get The Look (Night)


Lid- I applied L.A. Splash Cosmetics SplashProof Sealer Base on top of the existing Gunmetal Shadow before patting on L.A. Splash Cosmetics Body/Face Glitter in Rock Star.  The sealer gives the glitter something to grip on to but is optional.    

Eyeliner- Line bottom lashes with Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet and trace over it with Gunmetal. 

Mascara- Add another coat of mascara Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant 


Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Palomino 

Night Look 1

Night Look 2You can customize this look to your preference.  Skip the glitter if you feel it’s too much or stick to a lighter lip color. 

Hope you enjoyed this look and thanks for reading,


P.S. I’m also now on Instagram so you can follow me and share with me all your beauty addictions/questions

Pumpkin: Skin Treat or Trick?


With the commence of fall in full gear and Halloween coming closer, pretty much everywhere we turn we are inundated with the sight of pumpkins and alluring scents of pumpkins laced with cinnamon and clove.  Similarly, around this time, spas often start to offer pumpkin peels.   Although yummy in pies and lattes, what makes pumpkins in skincare so special?


Pumpkins contain enzymes that “eat” old, dry skin cells-think of them like a Pac-Man- revealing healthy, glowing skin. Pumpkins are rich in antioxidants vitamin C and notably vitamin A- the anti-aging superstar that minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. Pumpkins are also high in beta carotene, infusing skin with vital nutrients, and zinc which purportedly reduces the appearance of inflammation associated with breakouts.

A few brands that include pumpkin in their products are Eminence, Ayurmedic, June Jacobs and Murad.

Pumpkin Peels 

Most skincare facilities offer pumpkin peels which are often formulated with glycolic, lactic and/or salicylic acid that provide the following benefits:

  • Improves skin texture
  • Targets hyper-pigmentation and acne
  • Stimulates collagen and elastin production.
  • Helps with the cell renewal process.
  • Reduces signs of aging by softening fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrates the skin

Pumpkin peels are a great way to refresh your complexion right before the holidays not to mention they smell amazing!

Love pumpkin peels or have a favorite pumpkin product?  Do share your experience!