Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Do Unto Others

Happy Holidays all y'all. 
Pressed for time, I didn't get to the false lashes. I applied a sparkly, gold shimmer eye instead, bronze, peach cheeks, and a killer brown lip. Sometimes we get dolled up for a night on the town, a big occasion. Others, we put our best face forward for someone else. That is the biggest, best gift of all. Caring, making an effort even when you don't feel like it.
Love makes the world look a whole lot prettier.
Blessings, be safe, eat, drink and be merry this Eve of Christmas. 
Gift someone a pick me up hug, zero dollars well spent.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Eye to Eye

Let's face it, the festivities are closing in. The mad dash for presents, the smell of molasses from the kitchen, the colored lights, evergreen tree and sparkly decorations. I'm not a fan of the holiday season, I'd rather be snuggled in my pj's watching a movie. Hey, it's once a year. Got to put on a brave face, make the effort. Since this is a 'pick me up post,' and every girl can use a little e.l.f.'in magic in their life, why not brighten the eyes with some false lashes. Pretty lashes are my go to easy, glam fix. I love to pop on a pair, apply a bit of bright lip gloss, concealer, and I feel better. Ready to face the iPhone cameras with a smile.
e.l.f. Essential Natural Lash Kit cost a buck, and are worth 100 pennies. 

e.l.f. "No mess, no hassle - just naturally beautiful lashes! Get full lashes for any occasion with our top-rated Natural Lash Kit. Easy application and comfort grip gel allows for multiple uses so you can achieve natural looking lush lashes again and again."
At that price, you can gift them to your girlfriends, voila glamour. 

I didn't buy many presents this year, but I did purchase doubles of children's Christmas pajamas. I donated one pair to charity. A child somewhere will wake up with a present under the tree. In the art of 'pick me up' and spirit of giving, that feels pretty to me.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Share A Pint

'Beauty and a buck, pick me up' holiday challenge continues.
The holidays aren't about the grandiose of a gift, or the amount. It's about the spirit of giving, even if all you have is pocket change. Skip the Starbucks for a few days and you'll have plenty of dough to go around. .97 cents buys Nivea Creme in the little blue travel tin. '100 years in the making,' the pint size moisturizing gem that packs a punch. I love the clean, unforgettable scent, made from essential oils. The creamy texture, absorbs instantly into the skin. The intense moisturizer can be applied to the face and whole body. Ideal for sensitive, dry skin, a dab goes a long way. If you're like the rest of the country, you're buried under snow, braving freezing temperatures and plain old grouchy. Turn that frown upside down, pick up some blue tins of hydrating magic. Have a neighbor that doesn't get any visitors, a friend who's going through a bad breakup or even a co-worker whose had a string of bad luck? Buy Nivea Creme Travel Tins, tape a penny to the top for luck (heads up), and wrap it up. Give it away, totally unexpected. The pint size gift of kindness, a small token from the heart. Guaranteed pretty, bring an instant grin to someone's face. .97 cents well spent.

Nivea Creme Travel Tin

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Times We Live In

I apologize for my longer than anticipated absence. Self publishing a book requires more time and effort than I thought. 
Patience, what's that?!

Since it's the holidays, and I missed y'all, I thought I'd do something different this year. I could contact my PR ladies, write about a bunch of fancy, amazing beauty products. Then, it dawned on me. The majority of us, me included won't indulge or can't afford them. These are crazy days we live in.
Gov't. shutdowns, Obamacare, 450 million dollar websites that don't work, Beyonce, KK and Miley Cyrus trending on social media, turmoil is everywhere. The world is a hot mess, and not so beautiful after all.
When I watched the coverage of Nelson Mandela's inspiring, honorable, legendary life and passing, my eyes filled with tears. Every single time, I could not help it. Overcome with emotion, the collective love and celebration. Beauty comes in many forms and unexpected places.
For the holiday season, I decided my personal challenge was to write, pick me up posts.
Not all cosmetic, and under a dollar. They may not be beauty related, but let's start there.
With a festive mini gloss, and some sparkling cheer. I use Sally Beauty's Mini Lip Gloss Wands, a lot. At $.99 cents, I give them away to clients.
A dollar and a dream may not seem like much, but thoughtfulness in a shimmery, raspberry gloss goes a long way.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Milano and Pretty Things

Excuse my lack of frequency in all things beautiful. I am taking a sort break to work out Manuscript kinks and get down to business. I will be back full force soon, lipstick loaded.
In the meantime, here's is a Chapter from the book. The flip side of Modeling.
Enjoy :)
Milano and Pretty Things
excerpt The Vast Landscape
by Jacqueline Cioffa

Harrison arrives at the station. It’s the 80’s, she wears 501’s, black tank top and a ripped jean jacket. Her hair is short red, the bleached blond streak is back. She’s listening to George Michael on her Walkman. She shuffles her black Doc Martens with the red stitching to and fro, growing impatient. Bustling men in sleek suits with slick hair smile, women decked out in designer wares, clunky gold jewelry, garish crocodile handbags have dry, poofy hair. They sneer, keeping a healthy distance. Harry stands out like a sore thumb. Freakishly tall, stunning, lanky with the smell of American model written all over her. A young boy races up. “Are you Harry? Sorry I’m late traffic was,” flustered has a heavy accent. She grins and tries not to roll her eyes back in her head. “I’m going to take you, first to the agency for keys, then apartment.” She nods, shrugging. Nice grammar, kid. He smokes in the car. What the hell she lights up, soon to realize everyone smokes. Harrison lives on vino and cigarettes and the occasional tomato, mozzarella salad. No pasta for her, she’s been warned to keep her weight at 120 lbs. They threaten to send her home if she gets fat. Small price to pay for fame. The apartment is gorgeous and gross, a duplex with skylights, high marble ceilings, tile floors and four other girls. “Fuck me.” She’d never seen anything like it. Clothes’ thrown haphazardly on chairs, beds, the floor, anyplace they landed. Bloody tampons on the bathroom floor, hot irons left plugged in, wet clothes hung from racks, mismatched shoes thrown about, food and dishes piled high in the sinkIt looked like a war zone. “Pigs.” Harry puts her duffle on the empty bed upstairs where it’s clean, there’s open sky and air. Figuring it’ll be quiet, she lights a Red. I don’t plan on making friends with these bitches. Stick to the plan Harry, magazine covers, fame, Hollywood.”
“Call your boss, send a maid. I’m not living in this filth.”
“The maid is Fridays,” the boy shrugs.
“I’ll have a chit chat with the girls. They’ll come around.”
 When I’m through the whores won’t know what hit ‘em.
“Hi. I’m Katia. I think you’re my new roommate, “bounding up the stairs. A drop dead, gorgeous fiery redhead with hair down her back ascends the wooden steps, looking frazzled. “I saw you shooting today at the Studio. I was on a cattle call.”
“Ok.” Harrison humors her not sure why. She’s intrigued and relieved to have someone to talk with. She looks older than fifteen, very good sign. “We’ll get along just fine. I need silence, dark to sleep. That’s it. Oh, and a clean space, “ Harrison immediately spewing demands.
“Um, ok. Whatever. Sure.” Katia looks at Harry like she’s nuts, rolls off her back. She stands her ground not batting an eyelid. Her signature know it all smile, mocking Harrison.
“Want coffee? I bought this sweet Mocha. Makes the best cafĂ© you’ll ever taste.
Watch the metal shutters on the windows, they're lethal.
Came down hard on my head, passed out cold.”
There it was.
This chick was not intimated. Harry smiles. Well what do you know.
"Sure. Hey sorry for being a bitch. You were here first it’s your room.”
“Don’t sweat it.“ Just like that Harrison let Katia in.
Surprise surprise, Harrison Gertrude had met her match.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Stay Calm and Carry On

There isn't a woman I've met; supermodel, skinny, curvy, young or old that relishes donning a bikini.
A groan and gripe over some body part can be heard near and far. 
Sweltering temperatures don't help with silky smooth, bronze goddess skin.
Bikini Zone 'the bikini area experts' heard your complaints loud and clear, no pun intended. 
Products created specifically to help putting the Bikini on a whole lot easier. 
Unsightly razor bumps, nicks, cuts, redness and irritation begone.

Anti-Bumps Shave Gel Bikini Area preps delicate skin for the perfect shave.
The clear formula guides the razor over delicate skin. Enriched with botanicals,Vitamins A and E and moisture microbeads, Anti-Bumps Shave Gel lubricates skin for a smooth shave. Every time. One less bathing-beauty hassle to worry about.

Medicated After Shave Spray is the Bikini buster. The Topical Analgesic stops redness, irritation and itching fast. Eliminates bumps quick and easy. Super portable, convenient for that next exotic travel getaway. Backpack, passport and triangle strings on hand. Medicated After Shave Spray with soothing Aloe Vera delivers Bump Free confidence, and off you go. Nothing but adventure, fun, sandy beaches, blue skies, sun and ocean. Zero complaints. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Everything's Coming Up Roses

L'Oreal Colour Riche has launched the very sweet,
tantalizing Color me Pink Collection.
Get it while it's hot girls, and do I mean mean sweltering.
Summer is here in full swing.
Pink looks refreshing on any skin tone, an instant breezy pick me up.

Colour Riche Lipstick  Color Me Pink Collection is bright, bold and beautiful. The hydrating, creamy, rich hues are spot on for summer.
I Pink You're Cute, a bubble gum pink compliments blond maidens and fair skin tones. Fresh as a Rose with shimmery hints of red and coral screams blushing bride. I love to use a bold shade on the lip, keeping the face and eyes bare.

"In addition to nourishing ingredients like Omega 3 and Vitamin E, the formula is enriched with Argan Oil to condition and soften lips."

Voluminous Million Lashes in Blackest Black adds maximum volume lashes without messy clumps. Super size million dollar brush. Intensify and accentuate those gorgeous eyes.

I had to step out in 90 degree heat to show off the sublime Color Me Pink Collection Colour Riche le Gloss. The super-hydrating, sheen texture, a girl can't help but get excited. Berry Chic, Rosy Demeanor and Pucker Up Pink's delicate specks of shimmer sunshine brighten the lip and your mood instantly. Pick up one, two or three Color Me Pink shades. Whether a stay at home mommy, bride in training, TV anchor, reality star or celebrity, nothing stands between a girl and her Colour Riche Le Gloss by L'Oreal.

"Colour Riche® Le Gloss is infused with ultra-hydrating Omega 3, protective Vitamin E, and Argan Oil for our richest shine experience yet."

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

FuNbOw CoLoR

Vacation over, office blahs got you down? 
Hard Candy brightens the mood with a fuNbOw of trend- setting nail color.

Candy Sprinkles reminds me of '66 Convertibles and Drive Ins under the stars. Cotton candy, corn dogs, twist ice-cream with sprinkles on top. Cowboy boots, brass buckles, colored lights and the latest act on the big stage. Yeehaw, the Carnival's back in town. Shades like pixie pink, gummy green, sugar rush in bubbly, delicate pastel shades both chic & fun. Candy Sprinkles celebrates the tween, all grown up.

Crushed Chromes puts the metal to the petal in dazzling, bright chrome shades. Crush on Caribbean teal with micro specks of green glitter brings the ocean to your fingertips and toes smack dab in the middle of the concrete jungle.
Crystal Confetti puts the P in pizazz. Wear the funky shades alone or as a topcoat over Crushed Chrome for the ultimate finishing touch curtain call. With names like fireworks, hip hip hooray, jubilee you can't help but burst into song. The color range is spectacular from green apple to vibrant purple, red & blue, silver and black ice.

Glitteratzi Stand out from the crowd. Dare to be an original. Fire flash, glitter jam, party lights, pixie dust glitter looks fresh and hipster chic. Shades of rose, speckled white, burnt orange and mermaid magic make a statement. Nails always look camera ready.


Itzy Glitz 

Neon nails scream take me back to the '80s. The nostalgia, the electricity, the trailblazing days of Madonna, plastic bangles and neon green fishnet stockings. Only the very bold will go there. I loVe the Itzy Glitz collection. Neon yellow, pink, green and blue. I can't paint my toes fast enough. There's a pretty subtle shade of salmon if you want to take it down a notch. Perhaps paint only your ring finger or toe with a pop of neon color. Go ahead and celebrate life. Embrace the artist that lives in you.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Back to Nature

Gerovital Plant Essential Moisturizing Cream light formula smooths and
rejuvenates the face. The superior hydrating Plant FORTE Moisturizing Cream is enriched with Phytoceramides to help protect and renew. Super hydrating, fragrance free, non-greasy texture is the perfect prep before every makeup application. European creams, potions and lotions take luxury skincare up a notch.

"The Gerovital-GH3 products Made in Romania are the true legacy of Professor Doctor Ana Aslan. 

The Gerovital Plant FORTE products are fragrance freealcohol free and synthetic colorants free, with a content of over 90% natural ingredients.

The Gerovital Plant FORTE products formulation is the perfect balance between theNatural Plant Extracts (CucumberSt. John's WortLindenLimeHawthorn,ThymeNettleIvy and Horsetail), Tropical Oils (JojobaAvocado), Vitamins (AC,EFB5) and the Active Ingredients (PhytoceramidesPhytosterols, Allantoin, AHA Fruit AcidsCollagenElastinHydroviton and Sodium Hyaluronate)." 

ASLAVITAL Anti-Wrinkle Mineralizing Cream with SPF 15

Eco-certified Goji berri extract and 100 percent Clay kicks some serious butt. Wrinkles beware.
If you can't get away for a Spa Treatment or make a trip to the ancient Mayans where Clay is known for healing properties, no problem. ASLAVITAL comes to you. Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free designed for Sensitive Skin. In the artificial age of plastic, I say we get back to the basics. Everything your skin needs can be found in nature. ASLAVITAL nurtures the planet, body and soul, one Eco friendly client at a time.

" Eco-Certified Goji Berry Extract
100% Natural Clay

The cream has anti-aging and strong anti-oxidant effects, soothing and protecting your skin against pollution and UV radiations.

Product Details: 

It's active ingredients stimulate elastin and collagen production.
It also has a geriatric effect on mature skin, reducing the fine lines and early wrinkles, restoring the elasticity of sensitive wrinkled skin.
It's active ingredients stimulate elastin and collagen production.
It also has a geriatric effect on mature skin, reducing the fine lines and early wrinkles, restoring the elasticity of sensitive wrinkled skin.
PROVEN RESULTS after 28 days. "
  • Wrinkles reduced up to 36.26%

Where wrinkles and aging are concerned, all's fair in love and fine delicacies. An anti-wrinkle balm cream developed exclusively for dry, flaky, lackluster skin. Mature skin the next femme fatale. Anti-Wrinkle Snail Extract and Balm Cream's rich texture feels creamy, moisturizing the even irritated skin. Fight the good fight against aging. Stop the clock, let your luminous skin remain forever young.   

"Why is SNAIL EXTRACT (Poly-Helixan) such a good ingredient for beauty products?
Poly-Helixan is a powerful active natural and ecologic ingredient with miraculous regenerative properties for the skin, obtained from the garden snail (Helix Aspersa) originating in Chile.
Poly-Helixan's composition is high in restorative, complex ingredients: alantoin, proteins, vitamins A, C, E alphahidraxyadicds, mucopolysaccharides,proteolytic enzymes, collagen and elastin.

- different
 studies showed Poly-Helixan has miraculous power in reducing skin’s imperfections occurring in: old acne scars; keloid after surgery, radiotherapy, dermabrasion, laser treatments or chemical burns; skin burns; skin spots, due to aging or sun exposure; deepest wrinkles."


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Match Made in Heaven

L'Oreal's True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer.
Every great makeup application starts with luminous, flawless skin.
True Match Crayon Concealer delivers
Your brand new BFF concealer crayon, available in 6 natural shades. 
The pointed tip, spot on for precise application and hard to reach spots i.e. inner eyelids.
The creamy texture glides on skin.
The retractable pencil means no fuss, no jumbo sharpener necessary.
A must have for on set, on location touch-ups.
Had a late night? True Match Crayon Concealer covers dark circles in a jiffy.
Easy to use, hygienic, blend-able, sheer to medium coverage.
Conceals both large and small areas. 
Can you say jumbo slice of heaven?


Monday, June 24, 2013

This Kiss

Photo co/ Boots UK

Automated Dose
CB12 mild. The Safe Breath Oral Care Agent makes dental hygiene refreshingly fun. Kiss bad breath bye-bye, neutralizing sulfur gases in the mouth. Thanks to CB12, the minty fresh flavor stays fresh all day. Hold the bottle at an angle, keep the red button pressed for your automatic dosage. CB12 does the work so you don't have to, delivering the perfect morning dose. How cool is that?! Whether you're applying makeup inches away from a client's face, work in customer service there's nothing worse than bad breath. CB12 is confidence in a bottle your breath. Twelve hours clean means one less thing thing to worry about. Make CB12 part of your daily morning routine. Keep the kisses coming at every age.

This Kiss

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Don't say no!no! Design Your Own Contest, Win Big, Go Nationwide.

June 21st, ahhh. Summer is finally here. 
You know what that means girls, bathing suits, short shorts, tanks, skirts,
pretty flowing dresses. Yup, time for some serious grooming.
Smooth, silky skin requires effort, and a whole lot of pampering. 
Forget Superman, no!no! hair removal is here, the slickest hair removal device in town. The pain-free, zero mess design you can use at home.
Get your creative juices flowing, no!no! is holding an awesome contest. 
Design the baddest, coolest no!no! hair device. The winning design will be sold nationwide, you get one of your own and a $500 gift card from Neova SmartSkincare. SCORE! The top four designs will be posted on  no!no!'s Facebook page. Super cute, fun and functional.

Sounds like a sweet deal. Anything that cuts down prep, leaves more time for fun in the sun is alright by me. 
Say yes!yes! to no!no!

Download the Template here and get the creative juices flowing: 

'You Have Until July 31, 2013...
Ready. Set. no!no!

The hottest selling hair remover in the world is looking for a stylish new design! Download one or both of the templates below and send us your design. You could win the chance of a lifetime and get your design produced on a no!no!, get one of your own designed no!no!s AND a $500 gift card for Neova® SmartSkincare.
  • This contest is limited to US contestants.
  • The uploaded file must be in .jpg or .gif format and cannot exceed 5MBs.
  • Entrants may only upload ONE of each template.
  • The uploaded design can use a maximum of 4 colors.
  • The winning contestants will be notified via email.'


Friday, June 14, 2013

Sexy Beast

It's official.
Marc Jacobs’s beauty line is coming to Sephora. Thanks WWD for the teaser. You can be sure the collection will be anything but boring. Beauty-nistas, Publicists, and Beauty Editors will be watching. Mr. Jacob has quite the devoted Celebrity following. The oh so chic makeup artiste to the stars, Troy Jensen gives Marc Jacob Beauty a shout out on Facebook.
The color cosmetics line launches August 9 at Sephora and Marc Jacobs stores. The weekend of July 19 Sephora will debut a sample of the line. Five products premiere the glam to come.

A whopping 122 different products in four categories: Smart Complexion -foundation, concealer, powder. 
Blacquer eye liner, lash lifter, gel crayon Hi-Per Color eye products, lip products, nail polish. 
Boy Tested Girl Approved, unisex products including lip balm, brow tamer, and concealer.

Seriously, can August get here fast enough

Monday, June 10, 2013

Beautiful You

When it comes to make-up I'm jaded, I admit it. I've spent a good portion of my life in the chair, and on the opposite side painting faces. I'm lucky, been exposed to high-end, medium and affordable brands. FLOWER, affordable quality beauty with a conscience got me. I was curious. Clean, functional makeup made available. Works for me. Throw in the forever bubbly, sunny Drew Barrymore as an owner, instant deal-breaker. "All products are proudly Made in the USA and are never tested on animals." Double deal-breaker. Diane Sawyer and David Muir could use FLOWER on ABC, "Made in America Series." Beauty and a do good Celebrity, makes a great story.

Let's talk about the rich floral palette of products.

Powder Trip Powder Foundation. The packaging is so darn pretty, and functional. Powder brushes on smooth, seamless. Feels light and airy on the skin, ideal for lightto medium coverage. Powder Trip contains Vitamins C and E, nourishing skin and slowing down the aging process. Powder Trip is Fragrance-free, Paraben-free & Talc-free. 

Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad in Foxy Browns
Browns can be worn smoldering sexy, or subtle. Foxy Browns mashes it up. Eyeshadow Quad doesn't skimp on pigment, keeps eye look options wide open. Shimmery taupe, shimmery bronze, dark brown matte and shimmery pale pink dress the eyes, down or up. 

Be sure to check out Petites Fleurs 
Pocket Triplets.
Pocket size glamour.
Three bullets of creamy eye color for hip girls on the go.

Sheer Up 
The high-gloss Lip Tint glides on smooth and stays.
The sheer balm comes in five juicy shades, Bare Blush, Sheer Blossom, Dewy Rose, Lacy Laurel and Airy Orchid.
From pale taupe to pastel pink to red, there's a shade for everyone. I'm digging Airy Orchid, a ruby color that matches the lip adds shine and mystery. Sheer Up has no taste, gotta love that! Applies with one precision swipe in a jumbo crayon. Can't find a big sharpener? This beauty comes with it's own built in retractable twist up. Neat product and efficient packaging.

Available at WalmartFLOWER is affordable chic beauty. 

"How do we do it? We do not pay for advertising. Where other beauty brands spend a vast percentage of the cost of their products on ads, we do not. Drew, as an owner of the brand, takes pride in promoting Flower, which in turn allows us to put all of our resources into the formulas and packaging, and not into advertising.
Custom-formulated with the same ingredients used in luxury make-up, our exclusive botanical-infused Soft-Focus Complex illuminates for a lit-from-within effect."