Older Girl Beauty

The Renèe Rouleau Glow

Have you guys heard of Renèe Rouleaucelebrity esthetician, award winning product creator, award winning Dallas Spa owner & Harley riding chick? If not, you should go out of your way to make sure you do. She’s got magic hands, and smarts, to boot.I had a chance to get a facial from Renèe herself, after interacting with her on twitter. (*You might remember I rec’d her “Anti-Cyst Treatment” on More.com last October.) Anyway, I made the drive down to Dallas to visit her at her exclusive salon, where the celebrities go, for my facial. Wanna see what it looks like? Because I have a behind the door look for you:

Once I was settled in one of the comfy treatment chairs, Renèe went to work giving me their most requested facial, the “Cranberry-Brasion Facial”. This included three types of exfoliation, including a cranberry enzyme peel, ultrasonic exfoliation, and micro crystals, vitamin application and a seaweed mask to help the skin absorb the moisture and vitamins. Because *nothing* is typical with me, my skin proved to be a bit of a challenge in that with my freckles, you would think that I would have a warmer complexion, but my underlying tones are def more sallow. So, that gave her some fun to work on, but I think she liked the challenge, as the end result shows:
(*Yep, I said the wrong facial name in the vid – I blame it on the relaxation haze I was in. My apologies.)I’m telling ya, my skin felt so good, I didn’t even want to put any makeup on it for quite a while – I was glowing on my own. Much thanks to Renèe for taking the time to treat me, explain her background, philosophies and about her 9 different Skin Types. (*I’m a 6, btw). I can’t recommend my experience enough. If you get a chance to get down to Dallas, you should def make yourself an appointment to go to either this location, or her larger salon in Plano. You will get great results from either location.

MAC "Warm and Cozy" video review

MAC has come out with a collection called “Warm and Cozy”, which is just what its name implies – warm toned products. This is a larger collection with items from color cosmetics, that are primarily neutral nudes that fall on the warm end of the spectrum, to body products.

I had a chance to try out several products from this line, but my favorite of it had to be the Care Blends Essential Oils, Grapefruit & Chamomile, if only for the aromatherapy qualities alone. (*The fact that it soaked in and applied like a dry oil immeditately didn’t hurt anything, either.)

As with most MAC collections, this one is Limited Edition. It’s on counters now thru February, with the International release in February. Let me know if you pick any of this up & what you liked the most.

MAC in Lillyland video review

MAC collaborated with NYC socialite/designer Lilly Pulitzer for their collection called “MAC in Lillyland”. In it they included some of the floral colors & patterns similar to what Lilly used in her famous Shift Dress from the 50’s. This Limited Edition collection is available now thru February, 2010 in the US, with an International release in February, 2010.

The History of Beauty: Ungaro is NOT Lindsay Lohan

Nowadays, when you hear “Ungaro” you think of the dismally received fashion show fronted by “artistic designer”, Lindsay Lohan. Thankfully, it has not always been that way.

Emanual Ungaro, born in 1933, took to sewing, as his father had done. So much that by the time he was 22 he moved to Paris, & 3 years later he was designing for the House of Cristobal Balenciaga. He stayed there for 3 years before moving on to design for André Courrèges. Only 4 years later, in 1965, he opened his own fashion house – having his first Prêt-à-Porter collection and opening his first stores in 1968.

For the next 30 years, he expanded stores and licensing agreements. Along the way, he created perfumes – Diva (1983), Senso (1987), Ungaro (1991) and Emanuel Ungaro For Men (1991). In 1997, Emanuel Ungaro partnered with Salvatore Ferragamo and Bulgari to create a new company: Emanuel Ungaro Parfums. This company produced the fragrances Fleur de Diva (1997), Desnuda (2001) and Apparition (2004).

Keeping with the history of creating scents, in 2008, Ungaro teamed with Avon to create two new frangrances: Avon U by Ungaro for Her and Avon U by Ungaro for Him. The sucess of these fragrances led Avon and Ungaro to collaborate again – this time with color cosmetics – “U by Ungaro Color Collection”.

This Limited Edition collection contains 8 pieces, ranging from $10 to $20. It includes 3 lipsticks (*including one in the iconic Fuscia color “Ungaro Pink”), 3 eyeshadows and 2 face shimmer powders.

I’ve had a chance to try some of these, and I gotta say that I like the pink packaging – looks very luxe. The only thing I didn’t care for, was the lipstick case. It looks nice and sleek, but the top to pull out the lipstick is small and the tube itself is slick, making it difficult to open. It has a sheer ribbon on top, and while it may just be there for decoration, it became my go to way to open it. But, once it was open, I liked the texture.

So, when I tell you this is Limited Edition, I mean it – it’s only going to be around until December 31st. Then *poof*, it’s gone. So, hit up Avon.com or your local Avon representative and take a look at this collection with a pedigree for yourself.

Instruction update – Natural Instincts

While I may be all about noticing things as I see them, I will take the time to make note when something is updated. Esp when I can claim total credit for something (*that I am sure I had nothing to do with even.) Back in March, I did a post about the “Natural Instincts – Golden Shimmer” haircoloring line. In it I noted that the instructions were not immediately clear that you should not wash your hair right before coloring your hair – it should be on damp hair, but not freshly shampooed.

Well, as I was having a chance to try another box of it today, I looked at the instructions and noticed the following:

Right there in Step 1A. it specifically reminds you to *not* shampoo your hair before you color. I like it. Now, I admit, I haven’t looked at the instructions that closely since March, as I learned my lesson then (*yes, I know – bad home hair colorer), so I don’t know when this change happened. But, I do know that it’s there now, and like I said, I am going to take full and undeserved credit for the change, because I am just that persuasive.

Clairol Natural Instincts can be found in all the regular drugstore chains and mass market stores for around $8.99. However, just a note – I love the Golden Shimmer line, but I seem to have a hard time finding it around here – hopefully, you have better luck around you.

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