favor-“ette”: a mascara tip

favor-"ette": a mascara tip

February 18th, 2014

Remember my Eyes/Cheeks/Lips post? And how much time I spent talking about mascara? I do love my mascara. And I’ve been on a life-long hunt for “the one”. The mascara that does it all: 1. Layers like the dickens without clumping. 2. Comes off easily, with my regular facial cleanser and minimal rubbing. 3. Lengthens […]


favor-“ette”: julia’s lip tint

favor-"ette": julia's lip tint

February 27th, 2013

Yes, it’s ANOTHER must-have lip product for you to try… I was thinking about this – why so many lip posts?? Well, because other than mascara (which I will do a separate piece on soon!) it’s the only make-up I wear regularly. It’s also the most frustrating to shop for. Between finding the right color, […]


couple of things

seeding pomegranates

December 14th, 2012

Happy Friday! I am swamped! The holidays are so hectic – I feel like I”m running around with barely a chance to stop, catch my breath and just enjoy all of the wonderful moments. I’ve been collecting some great tips and links to share, and finally sat down last night to put them all together […]


lipstick lessons (part two) – my favorite shades

clinique different lipstick angel red

June 19th, 2012

I hope you enjoyed my lipstick tutorial last week – it was so much fun to write! Today I’m sharing my tried-and-true shades, and have enlisted the help of some of my fave bloggers to round out the list. In that lipstick post I talked about going with a sheer formulation as a way to ease into […]


lipstick lessons (part one) – finding “that one”

lipstick lessons (part one) - finding "that one"

June 11th, 2012

During my years as a make-up artist, I found that the most frustrating item for women to select is lipstick.  I would come home from work on many an occasion with hands, wrists and forearms covered in “stripes”, from trying to help a customer find “that one”. I’ve talked about how to apply lipstick in an earlier post – […]


about face, part three: eyes, cheeks and lips

about face, part three: eyes, cheeks and lips

May 22nd, 2012

So we’ve talked skin care. And a whole lot about foundation. Let’s move on to eyes, cheeks and lips! photo source: found in mom’s basement  I am, to put it mildly, a make-up minimalist. When I look back at pictures from 20 years ago I am floored by how much makeup I wore (and how […]


about face, part two: foundation

April 25th, 2012

Foundation seems to be one of the biggest make-up challenges for women – so I’m devoting an entire post to the stuff. First things first: You need foundation. Yes, I’m talking to you. Foundation evens out your skin tone, provides a base for the rest of your make-up and offers protection from the elements (sun, pollutants, etc.). Today’s foundations […]


about face, part one: skin care

about face, part one: skin care

April 10th, 2012

After almost 20 years as a make-up artist (13 with a major cosmetic line, the last 5 with the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good Feel Better” program), I’ve learned a thing or two. So I’m really excited to share with you some of my favorite tips – tips that you can easily fold into your busy day, to […]


favor- “ette”: beauty balm

favor- "ette": beauty balm

March 19th, 2012

So remember when I told you that I used to be a make-up artist? I’m working on a post about my favorite make-up tips and tricks, but this latest find was too good to keep till then. I had been looking for an upgrade from my daily sunscreen/tinted moisturizer, but didn’t want a full-on foundation, which would be too […]