Mountain Ocean Skin Trip Lotion

Boulder based Mountain Ocean has been churning our their cult classic Skin Trip lotion for over 30 years by hand in small batches. It’s vegetable based with coconut oil and a short list of ingredients that contain only the best things for your skin- after all Whole Foods wouldn’t shelf them otherwise.

If you like anything coconut scented, you have to get this. Light, milky, crisp, yet soft is how I’d describe the scent of this perfectly blended formula that sinks into your skin to wrap it in lightweight total moisture. You can’t over-do it since it never turns greasy and the scent is subtle.

Once you love the lotion, you’ll do what I did and buy the bar soap too. The lather is insane and smells just as good.

$9, Amazon.com, Whole Foods,

Mountain Ocean Skin Trip Lotion

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Hotel Monaco Shoot & Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

Another great day yesterday with David Gaston for the Denver Monaco.

On Carrie, I used a warm palette with a hint of copper to really make her blue eyes pop. I was really impressed with my Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Coffee from Estee Lauder, a new liner that uses the same stay-put technology as their wildly popular foundation of the same name. It held up perfectly under hot lights and a long morning without a smudge.

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Brows with Carla Gray

Carla Gray has established herself as the leader when it comes to brow shaping in Colorado, she has a gift of knowing exactly what shape of brow flatters your face, and educates you on how to maintain them at home. Not only are her prices really reasonable ($35 for first time, $25 for maintenance), but she is also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I asked if I could come in and bring hot-shot photographer Cassel McWaters to document brow magic in action and get some great tips to help us all find brow bliss.

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Use a dark shadow to outline exactly where you’ll be tweezing or waxing. Mark where your brow should begin (directly above the inside of each nostril), at its arch, and at the end of your eye. Also trace along the bottom to create a barrier preventing too-thin brows.

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Use a brow brush to sweep the hair upwards and trim all the way across, giving a perfectly finished look.

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After removing the hair, highlight under the brow line with Damone Roberts Brow Highlighter in Pink-A-Boo shown here, or use concealer or a flesh toned pencil.

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Final product.

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Additional tips from Carla;

- Look for someone with brows you really like and ask them where they go for shaping, referrals are always the most reliable.

- Brows shouldn’t be shaped if you don’t have time for the essential planning before hand like using the dark shadow to create a border around what stays and what goes, it’s easy to get uneven thin brows when you’re in a hurry.

- Unless you’re having them professionally shaped, Carla discourages from tweezing or waxing the top of the brows because removing too much from there can make them too flat and shapeless.

- At the very least, have your brows professionally shaped every few months so you have a good template to keep up yourself.

If you’re fortunate enough to be in the Denver area, you can make an appointment with Carla: 303-847-8708

What Skin Care Should I Use?? Dry Skin

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From where I stand, being dry is more damaging than being oily. Oily skin is usually well preserved meaning the sebum keeps the skin moisturized and can help keep wrinkles at bay, it’s also easier to blot away the excess than to try to add moisture for a makeup application.

That said, there are many things that can be done to bring back smoother skin especially in these winter months.

-Start with a cream cleanser, a foamy one can strip skin removing the oils you want to stick around. I like Dr.Hauschka’s Cleansing Cream It also has a slight exfoliation which will remove the dry flakes from the surface.

- Steer clear of toners or astringents, removing the excess moisture isn’t necessary and can worsen the dryness.

- I love Decleor Aromessence Angelique Night Balm which feels smooth and amazing. Its 100% essential oils penetrate the skin keeping it able to retain hydration so your moisturizer will work better.

- A hard-working moisturizer doesn’t have to mean spending big bucks. Pangea Organics Italian Red Mandarin with Rose Facial Cream is paraben-free, hydrating without feeling greasy and is perfect under makeup.

Pangea Calendula & Blood Orange Cleanser

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When I wanted a cleanser that didn’t contain parabens, (which I’ll be talking a lot about) wasn’t tested on animals, and would still stand up to remove the most stubborn eye make up I wasn’t sure what exactly I would find.

Luckily the staff at Whole Foods gave a glowing recommendation to the Pangea Calendula & Blood Orange Cleanser. I was hesitant since I tend to be oily and it wasn’t the foaming cleanser I was used to. It turns out there’s a reason they only carry this one cleanser- because it’s perfect. While it isn’t a foaming cleaner, it isn’t a milky one either, it’s creamy and doesn’t break down with water and scrubbing and removes all traces of mascara. The Calendula is an anti-inflammatory so it calms redness while the Blood Orange removes grease and impurities. The ingredients are 100% organic and the packaging is recyclable- plus the company is Boulder based.

Pangea Organics Egyptian Calendula & Blood Orange Facial Cleanser