Weightless volume for fine hair

fiberFlaxClick on top title to open and scroll  If you have fine hair and have tired volumizing products that have left your hair sticky or crunchy feeling, you might want to try Klorane Shampoo with Flax Fiber, and Klorane Leave-in spray with Flax Fiber for texturizing and volumizing fine hair.  According to Klorane, tests show that both products increase hair volume by 38.2 percent. I recently tried both products. They left my hair full of body without a sticky residue. If you want a volumizing product that feels weightless in your hair, this one is effective while being almost undetectable.

Klorane products are also earth-friendly. Both the shampoo and leave-in spay are biodegradable. The company proudly says that  the “exclusive flax fiber is cultivated on Pierre Fabre Agronomie land in France in collaboration with an organic farming collective according to principles of Organic Agriculture.”

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Makeup that does more

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Makeup should be as good for your skin as these berries.

Click on top title to open and scroll  These days most women want more from their makeup. Sunscreens in foundation and blush are nothing new, but now beauty-savvy women are looking for products packed with age-fighting anti-oxidants, peptides, botanicals, and vitamins.  No one wants to slather their face and body with toxic ingredients; after all, your skin is your largest organ and capable of absorbing chemicals. If you are going to apply a product daily why not make sure it is full of ingredients that are good for you and help keep skin luminous and youthful-looking.

BB creams, tinted moisturizers, or primers are applied directly to your face so look for quality ingredients. Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream is one of my favourites. It brightens, softly conceals, and protects your face with a broad spectrum SPF 36. This is one of nicest BB creams we have seen. This natural looking product covers imperfections and gives skin a natural glow that looks beautiful in all lighting conditions. It contains titanium dioxide, Argan oil, elemental sulfur, and caviar extracts to hydrate and protect skin. It comes in two tints, Light and Natural for $49. This looks just like naked skin but prettier.

Derma e Evenly Radiant BB Crème is a lightweight mineral beauty balm that combines natural-looking coverage with skin-nourishing ingredients. The formula features an intensive skin-brightening complex with active plants stem cells to even skin tone and boost luminosity. It also contains Matrixyl, a peptide to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

Green Tea, along with Vitamins C and E, helps to slow aging from free radical damage while SPF 25 prevents sun damage. It comes in light and medium shades. Apply it over moisturizer if your skin is dry. It cost about $30. Find it online and at drug and health food stores.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a classic that makeup artists love. It helps skin to look flawless and feels fabulous going on. It is packed with antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, and has an SPF 20. It comes in a wide spectrum of shades and even an oil-free formula. Find it at fine department stores and online for $42.

www.lauramercier.com

If you are looking for a natural-looking blush Tarte Flush Check Stain  comes in eight natural shades  It contains five super fruits that are full of antioxidants, including maracuja, goji, açaí, acerola, and pomegranate.  This natural-looking stain will keep skin moist while delivering powerful anti-aging benefits. It comes in four shades.  Find it online for $30.

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La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush combines anti-aging ingredients with soft natural colour in a beautiful silver compact.  Find it online or at fine department stores for $70.
If you want to boost skimpy lashes while getting the perfect “cat’s eye,” try Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La Sexy Eyes Trio for only $12.99 – a beauty bargain!

The three-piece kit contains Volume Mascara, felt-tipped eyeliner, and Kohl pencil liner.  Each product in the kit is infused with a warm vanilla fragrance, “afterglow” illumination, and a Sexy-Boosting Formula including clinically tested. Rimmel Lash Accelerator with

“Grow-Lash Complex with Procapil” to extend and fortifies lashes will instantly make lashes look long and sultry while treating them with growth enhancing peptides and botanicals. Rimmel mascara is one of my favourite beauty bargains for its pure “oomph.” It is a real beauty bargain at less than $10.

I loved City Lips lip plumper when it first launched in 2002 and I still do. The effect is nothing like fillers, but if you want naturally “enhanced lips” this is a good one try.   It is a unique formula that not only plumps lips instantly, but, according to the company, also helps to create new collagen. The new advanced formula contains twice the amount of Oligopeptides to stimulate natural collagen and elastin production. There is also an ingredient called “Celadrin,” to help prevent collagen breakdown. To plump your lips instantly for four to six hours, City Lips Advanced Formula Lip Plumper contains Hyaluronic Acid spheres. These spheres attract and store several times their own weight in water so lips look smooth and plump. You can buy it in clear to use alone, or with your existing lip colours at $35. It also comes in a selection of pretty cool, warm, and neutral tones which cost $40.

http://www.citylips.com

 

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Trend alert: Retro jumpsuits

BEBE jumpdownload (3)1_Gucci.jpgClick top title to read  If you have always wanted a sleek, sexy jumpsuit, this is the time to buy one.  Now you can choose from a selection of jumpsuits guaranteed to make you look taller and thinner. Many designs have a retro 70s look with seductive halter necklines to show off pretty shoulders and toned backs. Add metallic sandals and a slim sparkling belt to make a slinky jumpsuit party-ready.

bebe Sleeveless Jumpsuit, $119.00 (Corail)

Hunter Bell, selected for Shopbop’s ONE by collection Katie Jumpsuit, $238(Black)

Gucci Iridescent Draped Jumpsuit, $3,300, at Saks Fifth Avenue here in white (similar to one worn by Blake Lively)

 

 

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Natural lash enhancer

12 revitalSH.jpgClick on top title to open  and scroll RevitaLash Advanced is a posh line of natural botanical products to enhance the look of your lashe, brows and even your hair. RevitaLash was designed by a doctor to help his wife after chemotherapy. The line is sold at better department stores, spas, and online. RevitaLash offers an effective alternative to prescription lash enhancers for those who can’t, or prefer not to, use them.  RevitaLash Advanced contains what the company describes as “a proprietary blend of proven functional cosmetic ingredients pioneered by Athena Cosmetic Inc.,” combined with peptides and botanicals to beautify and nourish eyelashes.

RevitaLash also offers Mascara by RevitaLash, a blue-black fiber mascara.  RevitaLash Volumizing Primer Basecoat Lash Primer is my favourite product in the line. The unique primer is designed to help mascara adhere better to your eyelashes and build volume. The blue colour is subtle – almost undetectable under mascara – but it makes your whites look brighter and helps to define eye contour.

RevitaBrow is a blend of botanicals and peptides designed to help make eyelashes thicker and fuller. If you have skimpy brows like me, you need to try this. Brows grow in thicker and darker in few weeks, if you use it as directed.

RevitaLash is a wonderful alternative to prescription products. It actually helps to make lashes and brows longer and fuller with consistent use.

www.revitalash.com

 

 

 

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Pretty pink summer spritzer

images (6)Click top title to open Aperol is an Italian “bitter” aperitif that is sweeter but similar to Campari. It is made from an old secret recipe, and contains a blend of bitter orange and herbs. It is popular served in spritzers with sparkling water or dry Prosecco.

A few summers ago a good friend served us an Aperol cocktail before a summer supper in Montreal, and ever since then it has been one of my favourite warm weather aperitifs. It is light and perfect before a dinner on a sultry night.

Serve this drink in champagne flutes or over ice. Chill the Aperol and Prosecco (You can use any type of well chilled sparklingly wine).

Fill the glasses 1/3 with Aperol and top with Prosecco.

Add a tart berry or slice of citrus (optional).

 

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Fun to changes things up

12graceysmallIt’s fun to change things up and refresh your look.  No one wants to be a lady with decades-old hair and makeup. Part of the challenge of fashion is to know which trends to try and which ones to let go by.

Have a sweet week. Take time to call an old friend and spend time with a new one.  Make time for the things you enjoy and the people you love because, my darlings, that is truly where the sweet life lies.

DolceDolce is free. Please forward us to all your friends, and please follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/dolcedolcec#om/215363998481866. We post new items and tips weekly, except during our annual posted hiatuses.  Please give us your comments by emailing us at the same address or sharing in Facebook – we will respond! We want to know what you think. Let’s start the conversation!

Luxury of Pearls is now on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/LuxuryofPearls  we can mail beautiful pearls wrapped with a card to anyone on your list.

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Aging gracefully

Profile1aClick on the top title and scroll Recently an old classmate wrote to say I was “aging gracefully.” From the context of her note I know she meant it as a compliment, but I still hate that expression. I don’t understand it.  I tried looking it up and it seems others are also as ambivalent and confused as I am about the idea of “aging gracefully.” 

How does one age gracefully? Is it like losing gracefully or even winning gracefully? We all know what those expressions mean. Am I being self-effacing in the face of aging by doing so “gracefully?” 

Perhaps I sound nitpicky to question the compliment, but in this ageist world I don’t need to be told I am aging well, gracefully, or that I look good for my age. I am not in denial about my age; I simply prefer not to be defined by it. 

Darlings, remember age, like most things, is relative. A 20-year-old seems ancient to four-year-old, and many 70-year-olds feel like teenagers. 

Have a sweet week. Take time to call an old friend and spend time with a new one.  Make time for the things you enjoy and the people you love because, my darlings, that is truly where the sweet life lies. 

DolceDolce is free. Please forward us to all your friends, and please follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/dolcedolcec#om/215363998481866. We post new items and tips weekly, except during our annual posted hiatuses.  Please give us your comments by emailing us at the same address or sharing in Facebook – we will respond! We want to know what you think. Let’s start the conversation! 

 

I am now operating Luxury of Pearls from out Facebook page. Feel free to message me for any of your gift needs! 

https://www.facebook.com/LuxuryofPearls  we can mail beautiful pearls wrapped with a card to anyone on your list.

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Until next time, have a sweet week and please follow us on Facebook

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We would love to hear from all off you. Tell us what you think.

                       

Gracey Hitchcock

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How to glow: summers hotttest beauty trend

_Make-Up-For-Ever-Uplight-Face-Luminizer-Gel-1.jpg.jClick top title and scroll to read  If you flip through the latest glossy magazines you will notice how the models in the ads just glow. Let me tell you their secret: it is a touch of highlighter or luminizer applied in all the right places. This light-capturing illusion is as essential as a bronzer or a sunless tanner this summer. The trick to using highlighters or luminizers like a makeup artist is a very light touch. It should be undetectable. You should be able see the light it reflects but never the product itself. Apply very small amounts of highlight to the very tops of your check bones, cupid’s bow, inner corners of your eye, and a little at the temples. You can wear it over makeup, BB cream, or a bare face. Use a brush or your finger to place the product. A sponge or brush will help you blend it.

Tips: Never use a light reflecting or shimmering product on an area where you have fine lines or wrinkles as it will only draw attention to them.  Instead, opt for a product like L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother that uses light and moisturizer to help camouflage them.

In the daytime always check your makeup in direct sunlight to make sure it is blended.

Here are a few of our favourite highlighters:hourglass

Benefit High Beam is a dewy pearlized liquid in a bottle with a brush. This is best for fair skin. $26.

Make Up For Ever Uplight Luminizing Gel contains real pearls. It comes in several shades and finishes so it is easy to find one for your skin tone. Avoid the shades that contain sparkle. $29.

Nars Illuminator comes in three soft shimmering shades. It is so pretty you will be tempted to put it all over your face, but don’t.  Too much shimmer looks cheap and “flattens” your features. $30.

Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter is available in two shades. This bronze-toned shimmering liquid is gorgeous for darker skin tones or on tanned skin. Guerlain says you can use it to “sculpt,” but again, don’t. Keep this to highlight your features with a fresh hint of shimming colour.High_Beam_Hijabdownload (1)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is an elegant collection of three light-reflecting powders from one of our favourite lines.  This is best for fair to medium skin tones. $45.

 

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