Sunday, July 25, 2010

What I won't travel without - Lauren Sanchez from Extra

I was working with Lauren Sanchez at Extra the other day and we got to talking about products we won't leave home without, you know the favorite products you have that you can't be without when you travel. I have so many I have to check a bag for just them! Lauren narrowed that list down though to her absolute essentials and here they are:

  • Clarisonic Mia Brush - to keep her skin in tip top condition and really deep cleanse after a long day traveling or working she must have her Mia travel brush with her.
  • Murad skincare - this is her preferred range of skincare products, the face washes work particularly well with the Clarisonic brush and she loves the Nightly Hydro Lock night cream to replenish the moisture that traveling has taken out.
  • Easy Eye Solutions Illuminating Care - to help look refreshed after a long flight, this is her go to eye product.
  • Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 - to protect her skin from the harsh effects of the sun, this is Lauren's favorite sunscreen.
  • Dior Lip Glow - this is great for on Holiday to give Lauren's lips some natural color and protection woth SPF 30.
  • Moroccan Oil Treatment Oil - is what she uses to keep her hair so gorgeously shiny and in great condition.
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - gives a light natural finish which is all Lauren's skin needs to look perfect under the harsh studio lights or when she's doing outside shoots.
  • Cle De Peau Beauty Concealer - helps even out an imperfections that may occur suddenly and the small tube is ideal for putting in your purse and is airplane friendly.
  • Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner - is all that's needed to do a dramatic cat eye in an instant for when you have to rush off the plane to interview an A lister!
  • Benefit Bad Gal Mascara - one coat of this thickening mascara is enough to enhance Lauren's lashes .
  • Mac Individual Eyelashes - further enhance the cat eye in an instant, a few on the outer corners are a quick and easy way to take makeup from day to night.
  • Chanel Lipgloss in 104 - Lauren's favorite shade for everything from her TV appearances to dinner out with friends, it goes with any look.
  • The two other essentials she won't go ANYWHERE without are her iPad  and Fiji Water  !!

For more information about Extra go to
The set (above) and the makeup room (below) at Extra

Monday, July 19, 2010

Latest and greatest!

There are always lots of new products out there and I get to try most of them which is the major perk of my job and something I never get tired of! Not all products live up to their claims however but the ones that do make it to my latest and greatest list - read on to find out what they are.......

Nude Skincare Smoothing Body Refiner 6.8 fl oz (200 ml)Nude Smoothing Body Refiner  - This is a serum that smoothes out the skin and helps eliminate cellulite. I've been using it for a few weeks now and have definitely seen a difference. I also like the way it makes your skin feel firm immediately and gives it a healthy looking sheen.

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Facial Expression Line Serum  - This silky serum instantly tightens the skin and over time really diminishes deep wrinkles. It's also a perfect base for makeup.
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle 1 fl oz.

StriVectin Instant Moisture RepairStriVectin Instant Moisture Repair   - A great daily moisturizer for skin that is dehydrated from the sun. It adds deep moisture and relieves fine dryness lines. Also good as a facial aftersun moisturizer.

The new Softlips PURE 100% Natural Lip Polish and the new Softlips PURE 100% Natural Lip Tint/Conditioner  both only available at Target stores) - These inexpensive lip products available at most drugstores are great! The lip polish is made of 100% natural ingredients including coconut and sugar and effectively removes dead dry flakes on the lips and leaves them soft and smooth. The Pure Lip Tint is also made of 100% natural products and gives a hint of color and shine and protects with an SPF 15.

St. Tropez Wash Off Instant Shimmer Stick 2.5ozSt. Tropez Wash Off Instant Shimmer Stick  - Is my new essential Summer product! It leaves a gorgeous bronze gloss on the skin, perfect for legs, arms and shoulders to enhance a tan or give you a light glow if you're pale.

Lancaster Deep Bronze Aqua Gel   - This is what I'm using on my face for some color, it is a light gel self tan, great if you have oily skin like me and gives a believable sunkissed color within a couple of hours.
Lancaster Self Tan Face, Deep Bronze Aqua Gel 1.7 fl oz (50 ml)
Liz Earle Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel  - If it wasn't for this on my recent trip to Vegas I don't know what I'd have done. It saved my skin after a day of overdoing it slightly, I'm usualy good about sunscreen but in the middle of the Rehab pool party at the Hard Rock Hotel I forgot to reapply. The gel not only soothes, cools and rehydrates the skin, it smells amazing too.

June Jacobs - Intensive Age Defying Hydrating MasqueJune Jacobs Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Masque  - A facial skin saver! Use this creamy hydrating masque to replenish lost moisture in the skin after a day in the sun.

Givenchy Printed Lips  - My lipstain stayed on though (see above) thanks to this beautiful lipstain pen from Gievnchy. Looks like your own lips but better!

Origins Youthtopia Skin Firming Foundation  - The best foundation for Summer skin, it's lightweight formula leaves a radiant finish and it's ingredients firm and nourish the skin whilst providing SPF 15 protection.

Tarte Ten Natural Cheek Stain  - The product that started it all. A limited edition of the best blush for a natural long lasting flush.
Tarte TEN Natural Cheek Stain
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Liner WaterproofBenefit Bad Gal Waterproof Eyeliner pencil  - A must in the Summer to avaid raccoon eyes! It stays put without smudging no matter how hot it gets or what you're doing!

Covergirl Fusion Lash Blast Mascara  - A great mascara for a huge lash look that enables you to wear less eye makeup during the heat but still giving your eyes some drama.
CoverGirl LashBlastFusion Mascara Very Black 860, 1 Tube
Jouer Hydrating Powder Bronzer  - If you prefer a matte finish then try this pretty bronzer that looks so natural and has a high SPF. Dust lightly all over the face, neck and decollete for some color and sun protection.

(Some products I bought and some were provided to me)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Baring your body for Summer TV appearance

For most of us baring more skin in the Summer is a horrifying thought and especially for me as I was going the the July 4th Rehab pool party at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas I researched products that would make me look as good as possible, in as short a time as possible, and here they are:

Eight Body Dry Brushing System + Moisturizer

Silhouette Anit Cellulite Cream + Tonus B12 Draining Body Cream by Karin Herzog to go direct to the product go to

Sampar Lift Me Up Bust Cream

DDF Pedi-Cream also available at Sephora

Lorac Tantalizer Firming Body Bronzing Mousse also available at Sephora