February 2010


If you suffer from dry skin, especially in the winter months, as I do, I have a wonderful new “salve” for you.

I recently stopped in one of my favorite “candy” stores, Stella Nova, on King Street. You know, the skin care/cosmetics/hair care apothecary. What I found was something my skin has reacted very favorably to. . . plus some other goodies.

I have dry to very-dry skin, especially this time of year. Sometimes the skin on my forehead and eye areas gets flaky. This kind of dehydration needs to be treated from the inside, out. So I’ve been drinking more water, which I can always use, and I’ve been exfoliating two to three times a week.

But what I’ve opted for right now are three products from the Jurlique skin care line: the Herbal Recovery Gel, Moisture Replenishing Day Cream, and Lavender Hydrating Mist. And that’s the order I use them in, after removing my makeup and cleansing my face.

The Herbal Recovery Gel contains botanicals, herbs, and plant oils to restore, firm, and hydrate the skin. It’s light and absorbs quickly. I feel like this product helps “grab” the moisturizer deeper into my skin.

The Moisture Replenishing Day Cream is a rich moisturizer with calendula, chamomile, plant oils, and avocado. It smells AMAZING and leaves my skin feeling supple and glowing. No doubt, it’s a lot of moisturizer.

Then, I finish off my clean face with the Lavender Hydrating Mist. It hydrates, tones, and soothes leaving my skin feeling dewy. Again, the scent is awesome.

I usually try to make my own way around a store like Stella Nova, but I’m glad I asked the staff for some guidance. I’m especially glad they showed me this line because I feel it has been the perfect pick-me-up for this cold weather dryness I’m dealing with. All the staff was knowledgeable and helpful. They were especially gracious in sampling me some of Jurlique’s other products. Stella Nova has several satellite stores and spas around Charleston, but I believe it’s only the flagship store on King Street that carries Jurlique.

I’ll definitely be back. Thank you, Stella Nova. Thank you, Jurlique!


From my personal bag of tricks

February 20, 2010


Last week I was doing a makeup lesson with a client when the idea of a great on-going blog hit me. At one point during my teaching, I reached into my own handbag as opposed to my kit. You know the one. . .with all the smudges and smears, dust and powder particles covering it. I felt it was a teachable moment. . . a look into what’s inside a MUA’s own personal stash.

By now you know I have a love affair with my MAC. However, there are a few products that I use that are not MAC. The first blog-worthy product is the one pictured above. It’s one of those splurge-treats; a product that’s always appearing in the beauty magazine awards lists. And for good reason: they are tried and true.
Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat Radiant Touch is a combination concealer and luminizer housed in a clickable pen. When you click the end, the product is dispensed through a brush tip at the other end. I carry this in my to-go bag because I love it as a touch-up. I use it mid-day when my face needs to be brightened up a bit. I apply it under my eyes and in the crease above my chin. Blend with index fingers, and voila. . .instant pick-me-up.
I still defer to my MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer for my first application of the day, but this YSL is the perfect accompaniment for later-in-the-day touch ups. It is available in four shades. You can find it on Sephora.com or in most higher-end department stores.
It is what it says: a radiant touch.


And speaking of Pink Ladies. . .

February 18, 2010

Be sure to check out MAC’s newest incarnation of Pink Ladies . . . its newest additions to the VIVA GLAM lipstick lines. Named for celebrity spokesperson Cyndi Lauper, “VIVA GLAM Cyndi” is a limited edition coral-red lipstick with a high-lustre finish. “VIVA GLAM Gaga” is the blue-pink, high-lustre lipstick named for Lady Gaga. This […]

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Makeover for Mammograms & the Pink Ladies

February 16, 2010

Saturday, February 6 was a great day. I was fortunate enough to be included in a wonderful fundraiser called Makeovers for Mammograms. It was the brainchild of one Leslie Crawford Moore, a phenomenal makeup artist here in Charleston. Leslie is a wife and mother of two young children, whose world was turned upside down last […]

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Tresses Salon / King Street Studios

February 8, 2010

One misty October morning, I drove up to the Noisette area of North Charleston. As I am prone to be, first arrival guaranteed my rock-star parking 🙂 Was I in the right place? It was just too industrial to be certain. Thank goodness for a Blackberry and Facebook-to-go! When some familiar faces showed up, I […]

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And for your viewing pleasure…

February 5, 2010

Early call one Sunday morning. This short video clip shows me doing 19th century makeup for a Hair Friend, Sara Stewart, who had submitted these entries for the North American Hair Awards (NAHA). Think pale faces, stained cheeks and lips. Thank you to David Keller who put this together. www.CharlestonVideoService.com Pamela Lesch: Makeup Artist from […]

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Let There Be (Wireless) Light.

February 3, 2010

And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. Richard Avedon. And so it began: the PPSC, Professional Photographers of South Carolina, workshop on Wireless Lighting, hosted by CVI Photography in downtown Summerville, […]

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