Monday, August 23, 2010

Tutorial : My Everyday Look!

Glamorous Golds & Pinks!

1. Starting with a clean face, first apply e.l.f. studio pressed powder in the shade that best suits your skin tone. (I use caramel) Then, apply the e.l.f studio translucent matifying powder to your whole face to make sure that your face stays shine-free all day!

2. Take your e.l.f. studio complexion brush and pat it into the healthy glow bronzing powder in "Matte Bronze". Tap off any excess bronzer from the brush and very lightly dust it all over your face. Now you are ready for blush! Again, using the studio complexion brush, lightly sweep some of the natural radiance blusher in "Flushed" on the apples of your cheeks up your cheek bone.

3. Now its on to the eyes! If you like, fill in your eyebrows how you normally would. Next, with your studio eyeshadow "c" brush, apply the mineral eye shadow in "Celebrity" to your whole eyelid. Make sure to press the eyeshadow onto your lid - not swipe it on - swiping causes shadow fall-out, pressing lets you neatly apply the shadow to the lid!! After you have applied "Celebrity" to both lids, apply "Caffenated" to the outer corners of your eye. Blend both colors together for a seamless wash of gorgeous golden color!

4. Next, dip your small angled brush into the studio cream eyeliner in black. Glide the cream eyeliner along your upper lash line in a thin line. Try to get it as close to your lash line as you can & as straight as possible. Now extend the line out past the corner of your eye to create a tiny wing. This opens up your eyes and looks very exotic! Now take your favorite mascara and apply 2 - 3 coats to your lashes to achieve thick, long lashes. If you don't have naturally long lashes, you can also add false lashes if you wish!

5. Finally it is time to perfect your pout! Take the e.l.f. studio lip stain in "First Date" and carefully apply this beautiful pink lip stain to your lips. If you want a glossy look, next apply the clear gloss. If you prefer a matte lip like me, then skip the clear gloss!

XOXO Chloé

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Skip the Suds & go with Klorane!

Now that the lazy days of summer are winding down, the tousled beach hair look is on the way out. Whether you’re starting your first fall semester at college (like me!!) or returning from vacation to the 9 to 5 world, you want your lovely locks to look more polished and feel fresh and clean. The good news is that even though you’re back to a more hectic schedule, you don’t have to give up on the low-maintenance hair care of summer!  You can just reach for Klorane Laboratories Extra-Gentle dry Shampoo, which effectively cleans and refreshes hair fast without a drop of water!

In my fabulous gift bag form the Dr. Jeannette Graf Beauty Influencer event on August 4th, I received a Klorane Laboratories Extra-Gentle dry Shampoo with Oat Milk in 1.06oz size. I was so excited to see that now I can finally try the product that I've heard people raving about multiple times! The one time I went to look for it at Sephora they were totally sold out!

 I tested this out on my hair and I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. It made my hair go from day old blowout with oily roots to looking like I was fresh out of the salon! No more oily roots!
Another thing I especially liked was that there is no harsh smell & most importantly, there are no chemicals - so girls who dye your hair - you don't have to worry about any chemical damage to your color treated locks!

And just to show how many people like this product, 569 beauty lovers on rated this product and it has an average of 4 out of 5 stars! And take a look at these research results: 82% of subjects liked the feeling of cleanliness after using extra gentle dry shampoo with oat extract and 91% were satisfied with the volume of their hair.

• The oat milk soothes the scalp. Produced from a patented method without any chemicals, the oat milk achieves optimal safety, making it appropriate for sensitive scalps.
• Corn and rice starch deliver a powerful cleansing action. The natural, ultra-fine absorbent microspheres eliminate dirt, oil & odors. Because they use the smallest molecules of this absorbing powder, the formula leaves no powdery residue on the hair and will never weigh down your hair!
• Instantly restores body and bounce, adds volume and extends the life of a blow-out. Yay! Get another day out of your blowout :)
Now you don’t have to choose between hitting the snooze button and having freshly shampooed hair! You can catch a little extra beauty sleep, then spray on KLORANE gentle dry shampoo with oat milk, wait two minutes while you slick on your mascara and lipstick, brush it out and go!!

Thanks for reading!
XOXO Chloé

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How pH Levels Effect Your Beauty!

I can safely assume that we have all heard the following saying at least once before in our lives. "You are what you eat." And yes, it is true. Well, you may not actually BE that cheese burger or that Caesar salad, but your skin and how you feel is definitely affected by what you eat and drink!

I’ve heard this information a many times in countless magazines but I was never told why this happens.  Finally, I found out why from one of the worlds leading Dermatologists - Dr. Jeannette Graf. M.D. The reason why what you eat & drink effects how you look is because what you eat & drink effect your bodies pH level, and your pH level affects how your skin looks and how well your body works!
Dr. Jeannette Graf M.D. speaking at the Beauty Influencer Event.
On August 4th I attended an exclusive event in Manhattan in honor of Dr. Jeannette Graf (read about the fabulous event by clicking HERE!!) where she supplied us with a wealth of knowledge concerning skincare and beauty. The biggest point that Dr. Graf made was that in order to have beautiful looking skin on the outside, your insides must be healthy as well. (Like my mother always told me “True beauty starts from within!“ I guess its true in more ways then one! lol) The pH level of our bodies correlates with the way our skin looks and how we feel, as well as how healthy we are in general.
Dr. Graf showing us how to use pH testing strips to determine our bodies pH level.
An easy way to test your pH level is to buy pH testing strips. (EMD colorpHast pH Test Strips, Full pH Range 0 to 14) The more alkaline (the opposite of acidic) we are, the better our skin looks, the better our body functions and the better we feel! The perfect pH level would be in the about 7.5 - so make that your goal!
A whole bunch of pH strips!

So, I tested out my own pH level (you just put the little tester strip on your tongue for a few seconds and it tests the pH level from your saliva) My pH level was a perfect 7.5 - I was very happy! 
My pH level of 7.5
To reach a good pH level, its all in what you eat and drink! Here are some tips to make sure you are eating and drinking properly while pursuing a perfect pH level!
• Drink enough water! If you feel like you are having trouble drinking enough water throughout the day, trying drinking it at room temperature. Also adding a lemon or lime into the water increases your bodies alkalinity.
• Eat foods that are high in antioxidants such as blueberries, red kidney beans, cranberries, artichokes, blackberries, prunes, raspberries, strawberries, apples, black beans and pecans.
• Always try to make sure that your diet is colorful!! Like Dr. Graf said “If your food is always beige - that’s a problem!” Colorful food are the ones with vitamins and antioxidants!
• Always try to get in your servings of fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are especially good for you.
• Try to avoid alcohol as much as you can. Not only is this bad for your pH levels, but horrible for your entire body! So try to either cut out or cut down on the drinking!
• If you want, take a mineral supplement daily. Minerals neutralize acids, meaning if your body is acidic (low pH level) then the minerals will neutralize them and your pH level will become more alkaline and raise.
• In addition to mineral supplements, you could also take probiotics or vitamin D3 (2,000-4,000 units are recommended) so help raise your pH level.

So if you want clearer, more glowing skin, then stop looking for that miracle skin serum and start working on your pH levels!

XOXO Chloé

Dr. Jeannette Graf's Beauty Influencer Event!

Last Wednesday evening, August 4th, I attended the Dr. Graf Beauty Influencer event. The event was in honor of Dr. Jeannette Graf M.D. who is a Board Certified, Clinical and Research Dermatologist. Her advice and honest talk about beauty & skin care science has made her one of the most sought-after experts in her field. I was extremely honored to be in her presence.

Dr. Jeannette Graf & Karen Oliver (owner of Karen Oliver & Associates)
Karen Oliver & Associates and Genevieve Santos, of Gorgeous on the Go (Genevieve is in the gray) with Dr. Jeannette Graf M.D.
This fabulous night was hosted by these lovely ladies!

The event took place in midtown Manhattan at the Metropolitan Club on the terrace. Despite the awful humid weather, it was absolutely lovely up there! The views of the city were beautiful.

When the I first arrived I was immediately greeted by Carol Straley and Karen Oliver of Karen Oliver & Associates, as well as Genevieve Santos of Gorgeous On The Go. They were all very sweet and made me feel welcomed! (Sometimes it can be a little strange being only 18 years old and being invited to events that are mostly filled with grown women in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.) Next I met the lovely Dr. Jeannette Graf and as silly as it sounds, I felt star struck! I have heard of her many times before the event and I have seen her on TV, read her articles in magazines (right before I went to the event I just finished reading an article of hers in Allure magazine!), I know of her website (Ask Dr. Graf) and my mother has her bestseller book! (Stop Aging, Start Living: The Revolutionary 2-Week pH Diet That Erases Wrinkles, Beautifies Skin, and Makes You Feel Fantastic) It was such an honor meeting her and she looked radiant and beautiful!

After meeting the hosts of the party &checking in, I started mingling with some other guests and started munching on the delicious h'orderves and drinking my pellegrino with lemon! (The older guests were drinking wine &champagne, and from what I’ve heard it was a great selection.) I was lucky to be able to bring a guest with me, so I brought my best friend Lynn. 
My best friend Lynn, and I.

We mingled with the other guests together and met some fabulous people!
I met Cindy (DRbrookyln730)
I also got interviewed, which was really cool. I was a little nervous at first - but we all know that I am comfortable in front of the camera!
Yours truly getting interviewed!
Then, Dr. Graf started speaking and give us all insight on how what we eat and drink really effects the way our skin looks through our bodies pH levels. It was extremely interesting! (click HERE to learn how your pH level directly affects how beautiful your skin will be!!) Dr. Graf’s lecture on how our skin & beauty is affected by our pH levels was very informative and eye opening!
If you look to the left side of the photo, you will see me standing with my best friend Lynn along with Emmy Award winning Celebrity Makeup Artist - Kevin James Bennett. It was such an honor to meet him!!

After Dr. Graf spoke, she started signing copies of her bestselling book Stop Aging, Start Living: The Revolutionary 2-Week pH Diet That Erases Wrinkles, Beautifies Skin, and Makes You Feel Fantastic and each guest received one along with a box of pH testing strips (EMD colorpHast pH Test Strips, Full pH Range 0 to 14) so that we could get to work and start testing our own pH levels!
Dr. Jeannette Graf M.D.
Dr. Graf signing her bestseller book "Stop Aging, Start Living"
When I finally got my book signed by Dr. Jeannette Graf I had to take a photo with her! Someone like her is such an inspiring and wonderful role model for me. Not only is she extremely intelligent and very well educated, but she is also very beautiful and charismatic. The best combination - beauty AND brains!
Dr. Jeannette Graf M.D. and myself, Chloé of ChloeBeautyNYC
 And of course, Lynn got her own copy of Dr. Graf's book! Here is her photo with Dr. Graf as well!
Dr. Jeannette Graf M.D. with Lynn.
In addition, each guest received a fabulous gift bag filled with products from Glytone, Avene and Rene Furterer. Look how stylish those big bags look! I love the black, white & hot pink combo!
The contents of the fabulous gift bag!
All in all, this event was a fantastic experience and I am so thankful that I was one of the beauty influencers chosen to be invited! I met a ton of very sweet and talented individuals who I am so glad to have met! I will always remember this night & the fabulous wealth of knowledge that I gained from Dr. Jeannette Graf M.D.

Thanks for reading!
XOXO Chloé