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An Oasis in San Diego: HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique

I had the pleasure of finding an oasis in the midst of San Diego County, a relaxing getaway that will make you feel beautiful inside and out.  Where is this oasis, you might wonder, right off of Rancho Bernardo at HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique.

The spa is peaceful and quiet from the moment you walk in and the owner Melanie White is not only warm and inviting but a Master Esthetician.  However, let’s start at the beginning, before you go to the spa, she offers a Skincare Quiz that is only a few minutes long and asks questions so she knows a little about your needs and concerns prior to your facial and it also gives you a diagnosis about the type of skin you have.

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I answered the skin care quiz about my skin issues however, I went in to see Melanie with no makeup on, which never happens, and knowing that as much as I love makeup and good skin is the best key to makeup application, I am not the best about caring for my own skin.  When it comes to my clients I will help and give tons of tricks and referrals but my own is not as cared for.  So, I was worried that I may be a little more work and trouble for her.

IMG_8333 (1)When I walked in the spa I loved how fresh and serene the atmosphere was.  A sitting area and product displays for you to look at.  I immediately was open about not having a facial in a while and that I was going to need all the help she could give me, and she smiled and told my not to worry that she could help my skin and I would immediately see results after leaving my face in her skillful hands.

She told me to go in the treatment room and put on the half robe and get comfy in the bed and all would be IMG_8336taken care of while I relaxed and enjoyed some me time.  The treatment room is a mix of light pink and white, tremendously clean and inviting.

Melanie and I chatted like girlfriends, but I was curious about her background and immediately could hear her passion when we were talking about the HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique.  We instantly bonded over makeup artistry as she began in makeup and worked for several major brands for many years.  She told me that as much as she loves makeup that helping people with their complexions and correcting their skin was her calling.  She has state of the art equipment for her clients and gives her clients customized facials that are never the same for them or for others.  Melanie also worked with doctors for years and has developed her own skincare line HD Beauty, that is a cosmeceutical skincare line.  Her really focuses on the needs of her clients and corrrecting issues they may have.

My Custom Facial:

  • Cleanse – Melanie cleansed my skin to prep it and to examine what her professional eyes saw that I would need and asses what my skin was in need of.
  • The next step was a Mandelic Peel. Which is a type of alpha hydroxy (AHA) peel, it was to help with my pH Balance and because it is a gentle peel it is  perfect for people with acne-prone skin and rosacea.  My skin tingled in a good way for a few minutes during this part of the treatment.
  • Melanie could not have known but I love pumpkin scents and the next step was a Pumpkin Peel Masque to help refresh my skin.  Pumpkins contain a naturally occurring fruit enzyme with high levels of proteases, which exfoliate dead skin and clean pores of debris.  Perfect for my very dry skin.
  •  Steam was next on the menu and I relaxed
  • Melanie decided that the Apple Stem Cell Scrub was next in the facial cocktail she was creating for me. By stimulating aging skin stem cells, this apple plant extract has been shown to lessen the appearance of unsightly wrinkles and a tremendous ability to rejuvenate aging skin.
  • After the scrub it was more steaming and extractions for my face.
  • HD Beauty Toner was then applied.
  • A Phytosome Mask Treatment was then applied and while that was on it was 15 minutes of the LED PhotoFacial .  I was so curious about this part of the treatment.  LED is a gentle light therapy treatment that helps increase collagen, treat acne, even out the complexion and diminish fine lines and wrinkles.  It can be used in place of an IPL treatment and far more cost friendly and gentler.  For me it was like laying out on a tropical beach and repairing my skin at the same time.  Melanie also told me that she uses this LED light treatment regularly and that 10-15 minutes can make all the difference for skin.
  • With a custom oil Melanie created she gave me a Lymphatic Massage.  The Lymphatic System is part of your immune system and carries a fluid which is essential om fighting sickness in your body.  Besides what one may think of soreness, swollen glands it can effect your skin in the way of being itchy or dry.  I had no idea but thank goodness Melanie did.
  • Sadly to say the last piece of the custom facial was the Blueberry Recovery Mask, it was to hydrate, condition and soothe my skin.  The final step in helping my skin get to a radiant glow.

IMG_8345Melanie sent me home with an amazing gift bag of the HD Beauty: Age Reverse System a regimen that helps diminish the signs of aging and increase luminosity.  Step 1: is HD Pure, a gentle cleanser.  Step 2: HD Revitalize C-Serum 7 in 1 Rejuvinator, an anti-aging serum which improves brightness, texture and pores.  Step 3: HD Perform Multi-Complex Creme, an antioxidant moisturizer to reverse and prevent visible aging changes.  She also added a sample of HD Defend SPF 15, an HD Beauty chapstick and the “True Beauty comes from within” baseball cap which I already have worn out and love.

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(Photo Courtesy of HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique)

HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique is more than just a spa that you get a facial at, it is an experience from start to finish with a Celebrity Esthetician who is passionate about her clients skin and making it look amazing on the way out and helping you keep it gorgeous long after.  I am so excited to go back and see Melanie for another custom facial and my skin is a million times better.  From the girl that has mild roscea, flaking skin in some areas, lines and a few wrinkles and a little acne.  Like I said I needed an expert to help me, I have been other places and never seen results like this that last more than a day.  Book a session at HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique and check out her amazing skincare line as well.

HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique

16486 Bernardo Center Dr, Ste 120
San Diego, California 92128

(619) 838-5353

Stay tuned for a Follow up post about the products and how my skin is doing after a week of using the HD Beauty: Age Reverse System.

 

 

 

 

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How to Apply False Eyelashes

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Photo Courtesy of Ardell

Lashes are an amazing way to frame and make your eyes pop in person or in photos.  However, many of us are not blessed with long and lush lashes.   While a great mascara can help in your goal, sometimes nothing works better than false eyelashes.  Makeup artists use them for photo shoots, weddings, and event makeup, and they seem easy to apply when makeup artists use them. I promise that with a few great tricks and a practice run, you can do it just like us.

Picking Your Lashes: Decide what your overall look is, whether you want drama or just want to add to your lashes but not make them too big.  Ardell Lashes are a good choice and give you options such as individual or strips.  If you get a strip, an alternative use is to cut it in half and add lashes on the end for a winged look made easy. For a more natural look try Babies or #109.  For a more dramatic look, I love MAC Cosmetics #8, or their half lash #20.

Measuring – Testing:  Once you have picked your lash, take the lash out of the package and hold it up to your eye.  Based on your eye size you may need to trim it to fit your lid.  It is much easier to do this before you glue them on.

Prep:  To protect your own lashes apply a thin layer of mascara.  Squeeze a small amount of lash glue in a fine line.  Gently run the seam of the lashes in the glue. You do not need it to be covered in glue.  I recommend Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Black.  The glue will dry clear but while its drying it will blend in with your lashes and eyeliner.

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Apply:  Wait twenty seconds so that the glue gets a little tacky before you apply.  Position the false eyelashes as close to your lash line as possible.  It is easiest with a strip to start at the corner of your eye and move toward the center.  If you need to re-position, no problem.  You do not need to press on them, as the glue will do the job.  Wait a minute for glue to dry.

Once they are on:  Once you have got them both on, use an eyeliner to go over the seams.  This will give you a lined look, as well as conceal the seams of the strip.   Lastly, apply mascara to the lashes to blend them all together.

Removal:  An eye makeup remover will take them right off.  Just lightly apply some remover with your finger.  Focus on the outer corner to start and they will easily come off.

Stila Cosmetics is Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

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Photo Credit: Stila Cosmetics

Stila Cosmetics is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness in the month of October!  Stila is asking for clients to help support by purchasing handpicked items by Sarah Lucero.   Sarah is Stila’s Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry and in 2010, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  The bonus is these items are 40% off with code BCA.

All proceeds from these items will be donated to The Foundation for Living Beauty, which helped Sarah when she was battling.  “That’s why this year, we’ve teamed up with The Foundation for Living Beauty to remind all women that it’s not about what you’ve lost, it’s about enhancing and loving what you have.  Makeup isn’t just about outward appearance, it’s about helping you feel beautiful!”

Nicki Minaj and MAC Cosmetics Collaborate on Two New Lip Colors

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Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics

Anyone who loved the first lipstick that MAC Cosmetics and Nicki Minaj created, they are back and working together to release two new lipsticks in September.  While the first one was a pink shade, these two new lipsticks are going to be nude shades.

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Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics is Coming to Ulta this Summer!

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MAC Lovers, great news is coming your way.  This summer you can get your favorite MAC products at Ulta.

MAC Cosmetics realized that it is not always easy for brand lovers to go get the products and they also heard customer requests to place it in Ulta Beauty Stores.

“This is a great opportunity to bring M.A.C. on stream to a whole new audience,” Karen Buglisi Weiler, M.A.C. global brand president, told WWD. “In my mind, there’s maybe a customer who shops at Ulta, but has never walked into a M.A.C. store. Maybe she’s never walked into a Nordstrom to purchase M.A.C. or maybe she’s never walked into a Macy’s.”

Ulta.com will have MAC Products available in May and customers will start seeing MAC in Ulta Stores mid-June.

 

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics: Breast Cancer Awareness Peony Set

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(Photo Credit: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics)

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has released a limited edition set the Breast Cancer Awareness Peony Set.  The set includes Bobbi’s silky powder blush in Peony and a Mini Face Blender Brush with a pink handle.  When you purchase this limited edition set, Bobbi Brown will donate $12 of every sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  As the company says, “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer.  We’re Stronger Together!”  The Pink Peony Set is available the month of October and retails for $50 USD.

Get the Look: Maisie Williams’ 2015 Emmy Awards

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(Photo Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

Maisie Williams walked the 2015 Emmy’s Awards Red Carpet with a stunning  beauty look.  Thanks to Kiehl’s Since 1851 and makeup artist Kindra Mann, you can create the stunning skin and makeup look at home.

“I was totally inspired tonight by Maisie’s retro feeling pink dress. I loved that the color and texture gave it a vintage feel.  We wanted the makeup to feel that same way, but with a more modern twist.”

“To keep Maisie’s skin looking fresh all night I started off by pressing a few drops of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate onto her skin before applying a little of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream for added moisture. I prepped the under eye area with a little of Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.

“For the makeup, I first applied a thin layer of Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream in Light all over, and then went in where I wanted a little more coverage with Kevyn Aucoin Skin Enhancer in #5. I set the foundation using Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in #1.”

 “For the cheeks I wanted to give Maisie a nice sun-kissed glow, so I warmed up her skin using Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow.  I used the darker shade to contour and warm the skin, and just applied the shimmer to the cheek bones for added glow. And, using a stipple brush, I applied La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Rose Glow to the apples of the cheeks.”

“Maisie has incredible eyes, and I really wanted to play them up. We decided to take a traditional cat eye and give it a modern twist by using plummy purple shadows. Using the Dior 5 Couleurs Palette in Victoire,  I blended the purples together focusing the lighter shade on the brow bone and inner eye.  Next I appliedPur Minerals Eye Polish in Velvet to the outer corners, creating a cat eye effect.  I then finished the eye by curling the lashes and applying a few coats of Pur Minerals Big Look Mascara before adding a few Ardell individual lashes.

“For the lips we wanted a nice nude color that was a little softer than the pink in the dress.  I started off by applying Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 to hydrate the lips. I then added Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in #1 Pale Pink Nude to give it that perfect nude color.”