fall beauty round-up

You have to agree, Cate Blanchett has the most beautiful skin. It is not the reason I turned to SK-II products, but it didn’t hurt. And now, I’m totally addicted to a growing list of items.

It all started with the Facial Treatment Essence, a splash used daily on my face, neck and hands. Then I added the Skin Signature moisturizer. When I ran out of product nearly a year later. I couldn’t get to the store fast enough to restock.

                                                            While at Saks Fifth Avenue purchasing round 2, I was given a healthy sample of the Skin Refinement Treatment that used at night, gently exfoliates the skin and brings out all the impurities. Waking each morning with the most beautiful glowing skin convinced me to add this to my regular line-up. Now, I am trying the eye cream (dark circles are the aging trait I seem to have taken on more than anything) but the jury is still out on this one.

For someone whose cleansing routine was whatever bar of soap was in the shower until my 30’s when I switched to Cetaphil (still use and love this gentle cleanser) and never one to wash my face at night even, the fact I keep up with this new routine is a testament to its powers.

On the makeup side of beauty routines, I always seem to go back to the same old face I’ve known for years — a simple, fresh, non-made up look, sometimes spicing it up with a new lipstick or eye color seasonally. Here are the core items I never do without:

Ken Go Doh Moister Foundation; Cle de Peau Concealer; Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler; Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara, Black; Nars Powder Blush, Orgasm — every few years, I try a new shade of blush from whatever brand I get suckered into at the make-up counter and always come back to this. It looks great on everyone!

                                                          Travel Tip:

Before a long trip, I always dye my eye lashes so I don’t have to wear Mascara on the plane or worry about looking frightful if running around makeup-less at the spa or someone’s home. It doesn’t last long but it is a perfect short-term alternative to mascara and only costs about $30.

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