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Author Archives: Michelle

Name: Michelle

Occupation: Esthetician

Age: 32

About me: I am a recovering beauty product junkie. I just can’t seem to stay on the wagon.

What’s in my makeup bag? The better question …what isn’t in my makeup bag? You name it and most likely I have it or have tried it in the past.

#1 must have product: Liquid eyeliner. I can’t cut paper straight to save my life but applying liquid liner while driving is a piece of cake. Go figure! I currently love Stila’s liquid eyeliner – the blacker the better.

Favorite brands: Too many to count! Dermalogica, Decleor, jane iredale, Stila, Butter London, Colorescience, Farmhouse Fresh, Jurlique, Essie and many others.

Beauty tip/secret: Exfoliate – but just like eating when on a diet, moderation is key. Depending on your skin type, exfoliating too much can strip your skin of its natural oils and cause your body to over compensate producing more oil. Start off 2-3 times a week.

Biggest beauty concern: Keeping my sensitive skin happy. It’s a constant battle. I buy a new product and fall in love, only to have an allergic reaction a week later. Yikes! O’well, it’s a good excuse to try another product and helps me justify my addiction

Mondays with Michelle: Fix Droopy Eyelids, No Surgery Needed

Q: My eyelids are looking so droopy. I want to fix my sagging skin, but I’m worried there’s nothing I can do about it short of plastic surgery or some other drastic measure. Do you know of any products that can help? A:Yes! Perricone MD makes an amazing product especially for this particular issue. It’s [...]

Mondays with Michelle: Plump Up Thin Under Eye Skin

Q: The skin below my eyes looks and feels paper thin. Is there anything I can do to plump up my thin skin? A: I recommend La Roche-Posay Active C Eyes. It contains vitamin C, which goes a long way in helping to boost collagen production. The result? A better chance at firm, plump, youthful [...]

Mondays with Michelle: How to Deal with an Oily Forehead

Q: I wash twice daily with a cleanser from Glytone and a Clarisonic. Within an hour after washing, my oily forehead is SO shiny. I’ve been using a mattifying powder, but that’s not doing the trick. I feel like I’ve tried everything. Help! A: I recommend applying Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 after you [...]

Mondays with Michelle: Quick Dry Skin Tips

Q: My face gets very dry through the winter months, so of course my makeup looks flaky and patchy. What do you suggest? Got any dry skin tips or recommendations? A: I recommend Phytomer HydraContinue Instant Moisture Cream. It uses Vitamin E to improve moisture levels for plumper, more comfortable skin and also contains small [...]

Mondays with Michelle: What’s the Best Moisturizer with SPF?

Q: Are moisturizers with SPF sufficient, or is it better to use 2 separate products? What’s the best moisturizer with SPF, in your opinion? A: Nowadays there are so many great moisturizers with SPF—and unlike products from decades past, they provide outstanding protection from the sun. Just keep in mind, it’s important to make sure [...]

Mondays with Michelle: SOS for Aging Arms

Q: I am over 40 and I noticed the texture of the skin on my arms is not looking as good as in the past. Is there a body lotion that acts as an effective treatment for aging skin? A:There is! Glytone Body Lotion has a high percentage of glycolic acid, which will really help [...]

Mondays with Michelle: Sensitive Skin with Dark Spots

Q: I have sensitive skin with eczema. Post-flare-up, I always break out, which leads to my big issue as of late: the dark spots that have developed on my cheeks. I’m also losing tone and elasticity. I am 41 and used to look younger than my years. Now, my face is catching up to the [...]

Mondays with Michelle: Best Hydrating Lotion To Use With Renova

Q: I am looking for a hydrating lotion that will counteract the drying effects of Renova during the day. My skin isn’t peeling, but it looks dry and crepey and nothing I’ve tried gets rid of the tight feeling! Any recommendations? A: Definitely. PCA Silkcoat Balm is one of the best anti-aging moisturizers I can [...]

Mondays with Michelle: Do I Need Three Different Moisturizers in My Skin Care Routine?

Q. Can I apply three different moisturizers at the same time for my morning and evening skin care routine? Right now I’m using a deep wrinkle moisturizer, a firming moisturizer and a tone correcting moisturizer. I am 56 and need all of them. A. You can apply them all at the same time or one [...]

Mondays with Michelle: Can I Use Tretinoin Cream Under My Eyes?

Q: Is it safe to use a retinoid (tretinoin cream) under my eyes and in the area where crow’s feet pop up? I have heard some say it is unsafe… A: It is NOT safe to use a prescription retinoid under your eyes. You’ll risk causing irritation, puffiness, redness and dryness. You can always use [...]

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