When I first started getting involved with make -up "powder" meant loose or pressed finishing powder or the pressed compact powder or cake powder foundations. Everybody liked like porcelain and faces if not hydrated literally cracked off. Believe me, "flakey" had a completely different meaning. It could be literal.
I'm laughing and remembering a "lunch room lady" in Turtle Hook Junior High School in Uniondale, New York. She was a tall, stout, brassy blonde with a sour puss which was pasted over with thick, pancak make-up, very heavy ice blue eyeshadow, she wore that odd reddish brown Maybeline eyebrow pencil (medium brunette), loud pink lipstick and a strange pink powder Blush. I remember the first time I saw her. I came home and told my Mom (who Never wore make-up like that!). She explained that "some ladies like to put make-up on like that to look "dressed up". Ohhh, I thought. Yuck!! She looked like a mummy all dry and cracked. I never forgot her or how bad that looked.
So, let's jump ahead 25 years. I was working at Georgette Klinger at 501 Madison Ave. We were given a new Powder Mineral foundation by "Glow Minerals". At first I hated the concept, but the effect was so natural and had great coverage. I was astounded. I became known company-wide for my ability to mix the powders and get a very natural look.
Fast Forward! In 2005 I began my "affair" with Bare Minerals. At first I was reluctant to try it -- but, it's like broccoli. You'll love it if you try it (I love broccoli!). I fell in love with the Bare Minerals and Mineral-based make ups.
Why? First of all smooth even perfect coverage. Second, a topical natural SPF (Zinc & Titanium). Most are either SPF 15 or 20. SPF 15 is total block ( remember you do need to apply sunblock at least every 2 hours). There are various powder Sunblocks from MD skincare, Bare Minerals, and Clinique, to name just a few. Most are SPF 15 or 20 or higher. Remember the powders have the advantage, they are physical Sunblocks and the Chemical Sunblocks take time to go into the skin and activate (sort of like the old story "wait 1hour before going in to the water after you have eaten").
Chemical Sunblocks need about 20 minutes to fully activate and "take" on the skin. Also, I. Have noticed, if you are going to be allergic to a sunblock, more often I have seen reactions to the chemical sunblocks rather than the mineral which are afterall derived from pure, natural minerals The powder Sunblocks come tinted or clear. Either way your skin is smoother looking and protected.
Need Help choosing one? ASK Michael. I am always here to help all my friends.
"Why look Good when you can look Great!" (tm)
Till next time - I Am Michael K. Waterman
Spring Had Sprung! And it's Allergy season.
Hey, it ain't just pollen you have to worry about!
Long ago I discovered that pigments can be major allergies. You can get all red from cabmium red and pheolin, or cobalt blue can really give you the blues (and you are sticking it in your eyes in pencils or on your lids). And it's not just the Eyes that have it.
Did your lips ever peel from A lipstick or a gloss? Oh, yeah! Color can be a real problem! Violet can cause a violent reaction (blue and red). It's really no joke!
I remember working in Bloomingdales for the Japanese company "Intellegent Skincare". They had the most beautiful make-up I ever used. But I noticed people having reactions to the Pink and Blue shades of eye shadows and eye pencils. And, worse were the purples!!
What was it? I was curious, so I asked a cosmetic chemist friend. We broke down the products to their elements, and, sure enough, it was either the blue or red pigments. I found least reactions to greys, greens, taupes, browns, silvers, coppers, ecrew, white and black.
So, my advice is to (on clean skin) do a color test. How do you do that?
On your arm or wrist, clean the area and dry it completely. Apply a stripe of color to the area. Cover it with tape or a band-aide overnight. The next day, look at the test. If the skin patch shows irritation we know that color is chemically not for you. My mentor, Miss Georgette Klinger, once said, "Sometimes the colors we love don't love us back". She meant that not only tone or shade-wise, but the chemistry of the "Make-up" might not jive with your skin's chemistry.
And, this is the rule for all complexion products as well (primers, foundations, concealers, highlighters, blush, bronzers, etc., etc.). Miss Klinger was ahead of her time with so very much.
If you are still uncertain, "Ask Michael". I'm glad to help. I have been putting on happy faces for over 34+ years and
I love my Work. And just to think it all started because someone once put the wrong colors on me in a play. I went into her box and changed my look and my life. I no longer wanted to be an Actor -- No! I was about to discover my passion -- Make-up!
I love what I do, and it's why I always say. "Why look Good when you can look Great!" (tm)
Till next time -- Love to you all, please Ask Michael -- I am always here to help!
TO DYE FOR
Well, we are almost through the winter (I never count it completely out till mid-april). Now it's time to think about Spring and some new looks to add to your wardrobe. Not just clothes and cosmetics but maybe a new color for your hair. Most people keep to the same style or something similar for a very long time, years in some cases.
It's time to try something new and why not a new color (hey Guys YOU too!)? Ok, so you are a drab brown or getting way too grey. Or maybe you have been the same solid color for years, or you have "virgin hair"(a rarity these days). A good place to start would be subtle highlights (areas where the hair has been lightened to pick up the hairs tone). It can be very subtle or very dramatic, but realize your color will take on lighter contrasting tones. You can also add lowlights which are deeper darker tones that define and punch up the lighter, brighter tones. Lowlights give dimension to a single process, both lowlights and highlights can be used together or separately to enhance even your natural color.
Frasada has a superior team of stylists, but once again the Owner and Master Stylist takes center stage... What Can't Claudia do?? Maybe change the engine on the space shuttle (I said maybe). But I have seen her take raw talent and turn them into great stylists.
If you’re still not sure, my suggestion is to please think outside "The Box"! I am fortunate enough to work in one of the premiere salons in New York. Our elite staff of color specialists is headed by Claudia Franzino. She is our Master Colorist whose work has been well known for over 35 years. Claudia demands perfection from our staff, often saying "why be a VW bug when you can be a Porsche or Lamborghini!!”
We are also lucky to have Alicia (a True Color Artiste'), Regina (edgy, fun, the Blonde Ambition of Frasada), Gabriella (who is young, cutting edge and always forward thinking) and we just added a new jewel to our color crown. She is Deborah, a seasoned professional, teacher, trainer and color authority. So if you are considering something to zoom up your new look we can also help you pick out new make-up to help with your new color.
Melvi, who is seasoned with talent and spice from El Salvador, uses her greatest tool, listening. She listens, suggests and then she creates, but always with the "input" of her client.
Josephine adds old World Charm with super talent. Like Melvi, she always creates her style based on what her client desires.
Dana is young, cutting edge and talented. She always brings in a fresh approach to any situation. We are also blessed with Norma, her talent doubles in color and styling and she always has the "we can do that" attitude. She makes it happen.
And then we have our rising stars, Royce (as in Rolls Royce, because she is!) Stephanie (a beautiful jewel who knows who to bring out the best in her client based on their needs) and Arlenie. From the moment I saw this young lady wield a blow dryer I knew she would be a star!
Do I sound like I am surrounded by talent? Well I am! After all they create the frame for my beautiful faces and that's what it's all about. It's like I always say... Why look good when you can look great?!
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Don't Give Me That Lip!
Oh, what winter cold and wind does to the lips. Unkissable!
What to do?
Exfoliate, hydrate and protect!
There are so many great lip exfoliators out there. What are they and what do they do? Well, when the lips get dry, chapped, cracked and wind burned, the best thing to make them look and feel better is to slough off the dead skin to help aid in healing and to encourage the new healthier skin to emerge (kind of like spring flowers).
Some of the brands I love are Burts Bees (inexpensive and effective) and Tart (my personal favorite). Tart’s lip exfoliator has sugar crystals on one side too buff off the dead skin cells and a bees wax lip moisturizer on the other side it not only exfoliates, but hydrates, protects and moisturizes.
I love that (the tart lip exfoliator/moisturizer is colorless and guys, if you take it out of its wrapper, it just looks like a fancy chap stick). But if the guys still need it to look more masculine, there is a great lip moisturizer/exfoliator by Jack Black (no not the Comic/Actor). Then we have the pricey ones. Of those, my absolute favorite is from "Sugar ". It is all natural and made from sugar (no calories!). They created a lip exfoliating/moisturizing system it has 3 steps. An exfoliator, a lip hydrator and SPF 15 lip protecting treatment.
All of the above are available at SEPHORA.
So, maybe you are a "do-it-yourselfer" and you want a home remedy. Mix a half a teaspoon of vegetable oil with a teaspoon of raw sugar, this will make a crystal paste. Use this to rub the excess dead skin off, gently roll the mix around on the lips. ***** Do not be rough, baby your lips!!****. Next, use plain old Vaseline and let it sit about 5 minutes. Blot it off and stick on a lips stick or gloss (try to find one with SPF 15). I do have them and I can help you find them no matter where you are. Remember that I ship everywhere so that your lips are once again smooth, soft and refreshed.
Come here now you can give me those lips! ((((kiss))))
Ah, that's better.
And remember-- why look good when you can look great(tm)!
Till next time...
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Mask, Peels, Action!
There are a thousand different reasons use skin treatments and thousands of different products…literally thousands! So what products are right for you (Acne, Aging, Cleansing etc.)? Well first, what is the condition of your Skin? To better understand this you should talk to a skin professional.
I have been in this business 35 years and the Ask Michael Discussion Forum will help you…so ask me! When we speak I can help diagnose what the condition of your skin is. I would begin with a few starter questions which will help us to determine whether your skin is oily, normal, dry, sensitive, or a combination of those. We also would have to consider your age and how you care for your skin. No matter what condition it's in, you need to have some kind of Cleansing Product (Make-Up Remover Skin Cleanser), a Skin Toner, and some sort of moisturizer. Oily skin types need an oil-free moisturizer so that the oily areas do not over produce oil, which then can clog pores. The truth is, oily skin is thirsty for hydration, just as dry skin is. However, the dryer skin is less likely to break out because it does produce less oil. Also, do not listen to the old generalizations saying that oily skins are younger and dryer skins are older, that is not true.
So what about "normal" skin, what is that? Normal skin I would say is PH Balanced skin (the right amount of oily to dry). Chemically balanced skin, it's what we all desire. Do you break out easily, feel dry or just hurts in general and yet your skin reads as "normal"? This could be a sensitive skin issue, one of the hardest conditions to work with. The basic approach to dealing with this is to cleanse, balance, moisturize, treat, protect and maintain. I always recommend facials. At least four a year, but if you don't have time you should start working with masks. They are beneficial and also fun. Masks are our "me time". There are masks to hydrate, to exfoliate, to do whatever the condition of your skin requires. The secret to all masks is to find which ones are best for the condition of your skin. Remember everyone is going respond differently and no two skins act the same, even on twins.
"Skin is as unique as a snowflake, each must be treated individually",so said my mentor Miss Georgette Klinger. For 69 years her salons set the standard for outstanding skincare. I salute you Madame! Miss Klinger passed in 2004 and I could not have had a better teacher. Come test my experience, you will be pleased with my expertise!
After all why look Good when you can look Great!
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Eye Cream, Eye Sore, Eye Contour!
Et Tu, Brute'!!
I was so Inspired By Elizabeth Taylor in "Cleopatra". But did you know that Cleopatra herself was actually a true Beauty expert? When she met Julius Caesar she was about 17 and he was 52 and all those years out in the sun made his eye area look cracked and dry. Apparently, Cleo whipped up a potion of milk curd, passion fruit, lemon and honey to apply to the area (milk solids, lemon and passion fruits are the basics for alpha hydroxyl, hmmmmm...). At any rate, Caesar was very vain and started to use what I will call one of the very first recorded eye creams.
Throughout the centuries, moisturizer and eye creams became two of the most popular treatments people gravitated to and used in their daily lives. I am 53 and my eye area is pretty line-free, I attribute that to using eye cream since I was about 23 years old (thirty years, yikes!!!). I started with one I found in a health food store, it was Queen Helene' a royal Jelly Eye Jelle’. I saw that my eye area looked better than my friend’s did and I shared the wealth, they started to use it too.
Several years later, I became a make-up artist at The World Famous Georgette Klinger Salon and Spa. Mrs Klinger introduced me to her favorite Eye Cream, a gooey, sticky, Vaseline jelly-like substance. Made of wheatgerm oil, lanolin rose oil and petroleum jelly. It was school bus yellow and very heavy, but it did the trick. I loved it and I used it for almost 18 years and my Eyes still look great. But when I left Georgette Klinger and went back out into the Cosmic Cosmetic world I found so many other wonderful eye products. One of the first ones I loved was Dior eye cream. It firmed and kept the eye area moist. That's an Important point.
How do you know what you need? I say it's about your age and the condition of your eye area and your individual needs.
How do you place Eye cream? With a small spatula or the tip of a clean coffee stirrer you dip it into the eye cream and take out a green pea sized portion. You then spread half of the portion onto the pad of your ring finger right above the ring which separates the first knuckle. Rub your left and right ring fingers together to warm the eye cream up. Apply by patting - not rubbing - it gently from just at the temple bone to under the mid socket area just about midway under the eye. Pat gently, there are no pores on the skin under the eye and as you know it is very thin, about 2 to 3 mils thick (like tissue paper) so be very gentle.
What the eye cream primarily does is lubricate the eye area and help hold in the moisture (remember to spritz a little Rose water before applying any moisturizer or eye cream so you give the skin a drink). That was something my mentor the late Georgette Klinger taught me, and I pass it on to everyone I teach about skincare. I always feel G.K.'s spirit around me and I know she's looking down on me from that Eternal Spa and smiling.
Now that you know how to apply the eye cream, when do you use it? All the experts who taught me
said to use eye cream when your eyes are most active, during the daytime. Studies show if you apply eye cream at nigh,t a great deal of it ends up on your pillow and creeps into your tear ducts as you sleep. This could cause puffy eyes in the morning which will send your running into your bathroom to apply more. Judge your eye cream by your age and condition of your eye area, this is where you will want to talk to a professional (and that’s what I’m here for). Contact me and send me a good picture. Talk to me I will be delighted to help you, after all I am committed to helping one million people in 2012.
Why Look Good when You can look Great
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Too Much Blush
I grew up on Long Island, so I know about Blush and Bronzers.
These days New Jersey is in the Spotlight for scary bronzer and blush, but Long Island has long held the title...too Much Blush!!
And, placed in Crazy spots - from "the Racing stripe look" to "Cupie Doll". Or, the worst of all the, "ok, I look to look like I just got a sunburn".
So to all my lovely ladies out there, and a few Guys, too, I say STOP! Read! Think! and LEARN!
Is there a right way to do it?
So let's talk about that and then some favorites of mine.
First, get yourself in front of a mirror and Smile. See the apple of your cheek. Place your middle finger and second finger on the side of your nose. Smile. The apple should be just behind the second finger.
Now, with a rounded dome roped blush brush, take your brush across the blush. Do this in a rounded stroke and tap off excess (Do not Blow on your brush, a great way spread germs).
Lightly apply the blush halfway from your lower lid to the roundest part of your cheek. Smile. Make sure you don't brush your blush right to your earlobe. We don't want the Racing stripe, OK?
Again take your two fingers in front of your ears. Generally I add a bit of a highlight under the eye area just above that blush line and on the jaw line to raise those cheeks up! (I often call that my "Mrs.Paul's Create-A-Cheekbone - like the create a sauce with the Fish Sticks ...ok, that dates me!).
What about color?
Remember -- our skin tones are warm and cool.
So, no Pink blush on a golden skin tone go Copper or corals if you are rose toned.
Stay pink or Mauve (pronounced MAWVVAh)
If you are more olive think plums and berries
But, no matter what, remember a light hand! This is blush, not a Slap in the Face!
Not sure what color still? Peach is the universal best! The best selling Peach on the Planet is Nars brand, color name: Orgasm! It has been imitated by every other company, from Maybeline to YSL.
I have found a great one called Sparkling Rose' which I have at Frasada and I am Happy to show it to you.
Remember, Why look Good when You can Look Great!!
TO BRONZE OR NOT TO BRONZE. . .
To Bronze or Not to Bronze? That is the question. Never mind Jersey shore, I live on Long Island (Dats pranownced Lawgh Eyelind) where clouds of Bronzer fill every cosmetic counter. And now that the weather is colder and people are indoors the artificial tan becomes a safer alternative (i.e. tanning beds, which do much more harm than good).
There are so many ways to bronze from powders to lotions and sprays. It all depends on your choice of application and how much you want to spend (Christian Dior and Guerlane are a small fortune). Speaking of Guerlane, they invented bronzing powder and theirs are still some of the finest!! I have to say my personal favorites are Nars (laguna) and Sephora’s own giant compact. But I also have amazing bronzers right at Frasada, my two favorites being Santa-Fe and Rio De Janiero. Colors at a great price ($18.00), Chanel, Dior etc start at $30.00 and go up from there.
Do you want tan in a can? I find them messy but I have Angela at Frasada, my Spray Goddess! Why do it yourself when it comes out better by a pro?
Don’t think for one minute women are the only ones who bronze, oh no, there are plenty of men who want the “Summer Glow”.
And then there’s me, the last hold out. Maybe because in the real world without sunblock I am a lobster, or maybe it’s because in high school I tried “ QT” and turned bright orange like an Umpah Lumpah. My friends never let me live it down!
But if you are going to spray yourself, San Tropez makes a great bronzer spray and lotion, try them out.
I hope you all have a great holiday season and remember, why look good when you can look great!
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The Gift of Fragrances - How to Choose the Right One!
It's holiday gift giving time and one of the most Popular gifts is the Gift of Fragrances ...
And like that leg lamp with the awful fringe lampshade .. people make Big Non-Scents Boo Boos!!
I find Fragrance a very personal thing.
Not every guy's gonna love smelling like "OldSpice" or Aqua Velva!
And if you are shopping for the lady in your life, sending the wrong scent can send the wrong signal!
There are so many categories.
Woodsey. Flowery. Fruity. Smokey.
Etc Etc Etc..
So what's the first thing?
Cheat: First, check out the fragrances they already use. If it's Chanel #5,for example, she is probably Not gonna want anything Non Chanel. So, remember, there are body lotions, body creams, body powders and deodorants all with the scent of that Fragrance.
If you know she likes different scents
You have a better chance of finding one she'll love. Sephora, Bloomingdales and most departments stores have"samplers" this time of year.
Sephora's are really cool.
They have a gift card in them so, after she selects the fragrance she likes, she can go get the medium size of that brand....instant Cool. No guesswork, and it's a great gift!
And that works for men too!
Having worked both in Bloomingdales and Sephora, I can tell you this gift is always a hit!
Believe it or not, I will tell you men are harder to find fragrances for than a Woman.
A woman understands the different notes, but Most men will just say "I like that one", and each designer, of course, has his or her own these days.
From classics like Chanel to Versace, and stars like Jennifer Lopez to Brittney Speares..there is something for every taste and every budget!
Not to Blow Sephora's horn, but they have this great scent finder - it's right on the fragrance wall and breaks up the products into various categories, i.e., Mens, Womens, or by type or designer. They even have a fun questionnaire to help determine your best Scents.
So, Happy Holiday Hunting out there!
And, remember, why look (Or Smell)
Good when you can look (or Smell)
Need more Help? Just AskMichael!
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IT'S VERY SIMPLE -- LASH OUT!
No matter your age, no matter what your style there is a false lash that will be just right to Give your Look an Extra special something...there are so many possibilities, and everybody loves the look of long, luscious lashes.
And it starts with a lash curler
- First make sure the curler is clean and the rubber "pad" is secure.
- Press down on it gently with your finger.
- Now, make sure your eyelashes are clean and well separated.
- Use a lash comb or disposable mascara wand.
- Open the Lash Curler, look down into a mirror.
- Gently slip it over your lashes. Be careful not to pinch the skin!
- Make sure the Lash Curler is about midpoint on your Eyelashes.
- Press down and pump the curler. It will bend the eyelashes up.
- Hold about three seconds. Repeat on the other eye.
- Now you can add either the strip or individual lashes you have selected.
- Make Sure you have taken any excess glue off the back of the lashes.
- Next, squeeze out a small line of the eyelash glue (I like Duo glue for lash strips).
- Pick up the lash strip from the front with the tweezer.
- Measure it by laying it on your eyelid to see how it fits.
- Remove it and see how much excess needs to be cut (I always take part off the front and back to ensure balance).
- Once you get the size right, pick the strip up again from the front.
- Dip the back into the glue to coat the back line of the lash strip.
- Once it's coated count 30, let the glue get a little tacky.
- Lay the strip onto your lash line, take the back of the tweezer, press it against the back of the strip to help secure it to the lash root.
- Bat those lashes - see if it is secure!
- When they are, add a line just at the lash root with a pencil or liquid (I like cake eyeliner for this job -- Best of All!)
False eyelash strips are the easiest way to make your everyday look Holiday Sensational. They will last the night. Once your event is over, just peel them off. Use an oil based make-up remover to clean off your eyelids.
The strip can be reused if you gently clean off the back and replace them back in their case.
There are also individual eyelash bundles. They can be added a few to add accent or completely across for a complete set. If you are looking for a true Natural look, the individual bundles are the best way to achieve it.
If you want this look to be the easiest,
I suggest finding an Eyelash Expert (like myself for instance). I have been applying false eye lashes to clients for over 30 years. You can find me at Frasada in Oceanside. Let me help you "Lash OUT " your look for the holidays you will be a smash at it and the envy of every unlashed eye around you!
Happy Holidays, everyone and remember... "Why look Good when you can look Great!"
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SHAMPOOS ARE NOT ALL THE SAME
Recently, my Mother asked me about
her dry hair and scalp.
I asked her what she was shampooing Her hair with. She said "they're all the same". Not!!!
Many Bargain Brand shampoos are detergent (I will not mention a name, but it's Green and rhymes with Bell).
I told Mom that just like skin, hair has categories (I remember when I had Hair...). We dye it, straighten/perm curl blow dry and more. All this can damage the hair.
What's Your Category?
So,first things first. In what category does your hair (you'll excuse the term) fall ... so to speak... into?
Is it Normal/combination. Is it Virgin??
No color, no chemical treatments (today this is rare).
Is it oily? Coarse ? Thin?
There are hundreds of products on the shelves. How do you know what's right for you?
My best advice is do not self diagnose.
Let your hair dresser help you. She/he can help you best. After all, that's what they are trained to do.
My salon uses Goldwell Products, Bes and Unite, Claudia Franzino.
Our Salon Master
has decided these work best for our clients. And, based on the results we have seen and response from our clients, I can say, this is true.
I know that our stylists and colorists are well trained. So, from personal experience, I can say if I have a question I go to a professional.
And you have me. I am well trained to answer whatever questions you give me. and I am happy to consult with you.
Ok, so even with this advice I know some of you are going to run to the drug store -- so here is some help.
- Try to find hair products that are sulfide free.
- If your hair is dry make sure the shampoo has as little alcohol as possible in it.
- If you dye your hair (and most people do - men and women btw) look for shampoo marked for color treated hair (the green stuff will strip color).
- Is your hair Dry?? Do you use a conditioner. The wrong one will weigh the hair down and make it look limp and greasy.
- Do you have thin fine hair which is also dry?
This is where I think you need real help.
- How about itchy scalp? It's not all dandruff. There are so many conditions. Sometimes you might want to ask a dermatologist.
After you do there are products designed for those special needs available in salons and over the counter.
My Mom has dry hair from color and from sun and I suspect from too drying shampoos. Now she will be using the correct color treated shampoo, a conditioner, and I have gotten her to use a treatment mask at least once a week. She says her hair is now healthier and softer.
I was happy to be able to help My Mom... After all She us My Mom!
She taught me so much about love and life, the least I can do if help her look and feel great!
Now I have to talk to her about lipstick choices...
Why look good when you can look Great. Until next week!
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Good Skin care is for Everyone!
Now more than ever with the ever increasing numbers of skin cancer cases, everyone is putting on the Sun block... and Men are doing it too!
The Men's Skin care Market is ever expanding. Beginning in the Sixties with " Bonnie Bell " a London based cosmetic company. They ran an ad in all the major newspapers and even Esquire Magazine (and even PlayBoy I think)...
I was ten years old I snuck my Grandpa's PlayBoy book into the bath room... to read the articles.
The ad featured a man putting on Bronzer (unheard of).
The Caption read " the end of The Ugly American". It showed eye cream, moisturizer, cleanser, etc., and an early sun block. It was too ahead of it's time. The product didn't do well.
Well, it's 2011. How times have changed. More and more men ask for cleanser, toner, moisturizer, eye cream and they opt for "with SPF".
The cosmetic companies have jumped on this band wagon. From Nivea to Clinique to Chanel -- they ALLl carry a men's line.
I have to say, Clinique has the most complete line, from shaving needs to shampoo, total face and body care. If you are a drug store shopper, try the Neutrogena line. For the price it has a great track record.
But men are also having facials, waxing, massages, manicures, pedicures, and scalp treatments.
I came from one elite spa (Georgette
Klinger) and I am the Beauty/Skin care Expert now for another --FRASADA, in Oceanside, which had a whole routine designed for men to detox, enjoy, relax and look amazing. From facial to hair cuts(color) we have a whole program suited to men.
So how do I fit into all of this ?
Think of Frasada as Fantasy Island.
I am "Mr. Rourke", your host, your guide.
Let me take you through all we do, pick my Brain. You will see I can design a program "just for You".
Can't get to the spa? I have a Questionnaire and can will design a skin care routine based on what you have answered. Men and women have relied in my expertise for over 35 years. Let me be your guide today. Reach Michael by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Michael is here to guide you on your search for the best possible "you".
Have a question? Ask Michael Waterman!
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HOW OLD IS THAT LIPSTICK????
WE are ALL Guilty !!
I have been involved with Make-up since I was very Small.
Recently I found in an old tucked away box a fat lip pencil I know I bought in 1979..... OH My Goddess!!
That's beyond scary. The good news is I bet I hadn't seen it since 1979...
That's an Extreme case (which went into the trash A.S.A.P!!!) But, let's get serious. How old is too old? Let's start with the beginning the Skin care and the primers .. if they are over a year they need to Go to Cosmetic Heaven!! As soon as they are opened it's the same as driving a new car off the lot. The Clock is ticking. The "organic and natural ones" even have a shorter life span of four to Six months. Especially with no preservatives. As soon as the air hits them the aging process starts (a good hint is to put eye creams and Moisturizers in the Fridge - they stay fresher a bit longer). Liquid foundations too.
I find. clients keep them for years and add water or moisturizer to them ... but they become old, separate and really are a health hazard.
So DON'T Please..
The Mineral Powder foundations like I.D.Bare Minerals don't expire, and now they have a cap which helps them be less messy(sigh of relief).
They are, after all, just ground minerals pigments and Zinc and Titanium which, when you get down to it, means they are a bunch of healthy Ground Up Rocks ..so they don't expire.
But, still, as a rule of thumb, give them the one year life span.
Chances are they won't last that long . We have found the average use-up rate is about five months.
The worst offenders are lipstick lip and eye pencils. And, the worst of all, Mascara! All of these products whether natural or laboratory created have some kind of a wax base.
Wax attracts dirt and if these products come in direct contact with skin must be cleaned. Mascara should be tossed out after opening after three Months! Not negotiable!
It's like lab experiment. You have exposed wax and pigment which open can collect germs and bacteria.
Eye and lip pencils that are the type that are suspends must be sharpened before and after use and must be Capped! Lipsticks start to smell like an old Crayon when they start to go bad. So do old eye and lip pencils.
Cream foundations and concealer, too. Try to keep them to the one year rule.
I know some of my long time Georgette Klinger clients had a refrigerator full of Make-up and Skin care. One Celeb (now passed) had them all in big zip lock bags in her freezer.
I find pressed powder face powders and Eye shadows tend to keep a long time. But here, too, watch for tell tail signs of separating or cracking. When they start to come loose in big chunks Its Bye Bye time.
Remember if you get sick from all this Make-Up and skim Care it's really defeating it's purpose. You are Not gonna look good. And you could feel worse.
Remember these simple helpful hints and your make-up will work with you, not against you.
And, remember "Why look Good when you can Look Great"!
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YOU ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION
You only have one chance to make a first Impression. A sentence worth repeating.
With so many people out of work, the competition for a good job might come down to who looked the most polished.
We know you must have a great Resume, that you have to Dress For Success, and that your hair has to be "just right". So why ruin all that work with mediocre Make-Up?
What!!! Make -Up could Make or break you. Believe it .. It's as important as your references.
Before you set out on an interview go to the Jobsite Look at what is considered correct for this Particular Job. Remember, too much can make as bad an impression as too little!
To start make sure you have a perfect foundation, congealer and powder color match. Next do not forget primers for the Eye and Face .. ( a vital step).
But even before one drop of any if that touches your face...
Make sure your skin looks it's best. That it's cleansed, toned, hydrated and protected perfectly so your Make -Up will achieve the Flawless Look to attract the right attention from a potential employer.
Next: Do you have the right Colors for you?
Are you trendy enough for the look you need without looking over-done? I have always stressed to my clients to know if they are Warm or Cool (blue or yellow base tones).
And we all know Matchy Matchy is scary and out!
Just because a deep purple wine tone works for you in a club ... does not mean it's work situation friendly?
Find a tone that's right for you and is work friendly. You can always bump it up. After work add a dark liner and a great gloss, for example.
You love the heavy black rimmed overly smokey "jersey" look for going out.
Unless you are working in a very casual setting it might not work. And if you do it imperfectly it will send entirely the wrong message to the very people you are trying to impress. Talk to a make-up artist (eh-hem..) and look into magazines. See what is hot but also what's right for you and get opinions. Do not be afraid to ask what is the correct dress code for the job.
It shows your saavey to know what makes it in the job you are applying for. Make sure, too, whatever you do will be lasting and look fresh. Know how to make repairs. You should always bring lipstick or gloss and make sure mascara is intact and looks perfect. There is nothing worse than heavy spider clumps which leave crumbles everywhere.
Just as awful is flakey, cakey foundation and seeing the line of the jaw doesn't match your neck (major No No).
Once you have your look practice it so the day of the interview you look Flawless. The right look tell the employer as much about you as your resume, if not more. The right look shows confidence, poise and good grooming.
Tell your boss you are the right one for the Job with the Flutter of a perfect eyelash.
Check your teeth for lipstick! It's as bad as food between your teeth or.. Worse..
Now that your look works you will display to all who see you that, yes, indeed this is the person they want on their team.
After all, why look good when you can look great. And, when you look great it shows and that confidence will win out. . .every time.
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HOW CAN I LOOK YOUNGER WITHOUT SURGERY
Today's biggest questions: "How can I look younger without surgery?" "Which products are right for me?" "If I have sensitive skin are there products to address my needs?" And. . .the biggest one of all, "Are there Nature Based products I can use that will give me Great results?"
As a skin Care expert I treat each client's needs individually. No two people have exactly the same skin care concerns. Not Even identical Twins. So I will always ask,
"How do you perceive your skin? Are you dry, oily sensitive? Do you have a combination skin type? Most people do.
Anti-aging is the hottest topic. The Baby Boomers are Reaching "that Certain age", and I find Men and Women both concerned. We are an image conscious world. We are judged in the workplace, in social situations and, the toughest, of all, by ourselves.
When I work with a client and She or He answers those key questions for me, I will do a hydration test and look at the skin for signs of elasticity and sensitivity. There are many factors to consider. Diet is a big one, liquid intake, stress, and our environment at home, at work or outside. These factors all play their roles.
Let's not forget one of the biggest factors of all -- THE SUN! The Sun is necessary for life (a great source of vitamin D), but we are much more aware now about too much exposure to the sun. Recent studies have shown just how damaging the sun can be. We know that, when we chose a moisturizer, we might always want to consider one with an SPF(Sun Protection Factor). Most savvy Clients these days know that. And, did you know that you can get both chemical and physical sun block? While both have the benefit of Protection, the chemical sun block needs time to work (typically 20 minutes) while the physical block is immediate and most of the time better tolerated by the skin (zinc and titanium are the most well known physical blocks). These also are "natural", made right from an elemental mineral source. I know of several organic brands that use a physical block vs. a chemical block. Sun block is your first defense against aging.
We also know there are an enormous amount of firming and repairing products on the market. From over the counter drug-store brands to the high priced department store/specialty store brands. I have used them All. I had, for a time, also worked in SEPHORA. This gave me an opportunity to compare many of the more advanced dermatologist brands. There are a few I found Superior. On the top of my test list has to be Caudalie From France (with love), which produces clinically proven client driven results. Most of Caudalie's products have a grape seed stem or sap base. These products have amazing restorative properties. From right here in New York we also have "Super" -- the latest brain child of Dr.Nicholas Perricone. Dr. Perricone is a master in breakthrough anti aging technology, not only treating the skin but the whole person using treatments, products and diet. Dr Perricone promotes "whole you" health. I love the fact, too, that both Caudalie and Super are affordable. If you are a drugstore shopper, as I am, I also found that Garnier by Revlon has an amazing line with great results to back it up. And, there are so very many more.
How do I determine what's right for my clients? As I say, each one is special -- as individual as the sands at the beach. Like I always say, "Why look Good when you can look Great!"
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Note: Michael has provided an independent evaluation of the products. Neither Michael nor TimetoPlay.com has been paid for these endorsements.
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I am Michael Waterman. I have been known as an authority on make-up and skin care for decades. Why? I am a fortunate person. I was a freelancer in Cosmetics for a long time. In 1986 I caught the eye of company called Intelligent Skin care (I.S.) they are an incredible Japanese cosmetic company. They combined nature and high-tech Beauty science, and I was thrilled to be a part of their team. I discovered so much about what Americans wanted in a Skin care/Make-Up line (and I had to do it with a Japanese Cosmetic company!). We used state of the art (in 1985) machines and computers to test and advise our clients of the condition of their skin. I learned so very much. In1989 I was honored to join the exclusive team of skin care and make-up professionals at the world famous Georgette Klinger Spas. Ms. Klinger took a liking to me and became my mentor and a loving force in my life. Georgette Klinger was the reining authority on skin care. She brought old world know-how herbal wisdom and science into a whole new Genre -- The spa. In 1939 she came to America From Europe and single handedly revolutionized the Science of Beauty. I was with her for 17 years and became one of the most requested Make-Up artists and Skin care Professionals in her company . I know she would be proud of Me today. I still feel her spirit with me as I do my work, and I keep the principles she taught me. My clients are the better for it. Reach Michael by email: email@example.com