The Holiday Season has arrived! For most, this is the season to get together with friends, family or the family you have formed. With Thanksgiving dinner passing and the upcoming Christmas parties, like the infamous Ugly Sweater Party, it gives you the perfect opportunity to add a little flare to your grooming or beauty style. It’s an impeccable time for a renovation of your original look!
I think it’s always good to change or spice things up a bit from time to time. Sometimes it’s one small thing that can give you the chance to show on the outside how you feel inside.
There has been a misconception for the longest time about the beauty industry. There are some that think that it’s solely based on vanity, but that is where the misconception lies. I have always thought of it being based on the reflection of your inner beauty. I guess it all boils down to interpretation. But I choose to believe that whenever we are styling our hair, spritzing cologne or perfume, or adding a little color to our face, it’s the reflection of how we feel internally for that day!
When I first started my journey with Lancôme Cosmetics, my Regional Education Executive was training us over the “Pillars” of our fragrances. Each fragrance had an emotion attached to it. There was one for empowerment, seduction, and the most important—love. At the beginning I didn’t make the connection of how a product could convey emotion. But after working in this industry for over 10 years I have truly discovered the connecting factor of products and emotion. There have been countless times I have had someone sit in my chair for a makeover and they are overwhelmed with the day’s challenges. After pampering them with my famous European facial, they immediately relaxed, letting one problem after another go, and drifting into a state of reflection. I know personally whenever I am in reflective mode, it’s the highest peak of my learning experience about overcoming obstacles, and the end of my frustration or worry. It’s the little things that can assist you in problem solving and being able to let go.
With that being said, I believe that’s the connecting factor between emotion and products. Have you ever put on a tube of lipstick and absolutely loved how it made your lips look? Did you notice how it gave you a boost of confidence? Or have you ever spritzed your favorite fragrance on and immediately felt more attractive? It’s the connection between how you are feeling and the exuberating part of that emotion through your product. That to me is personal style—across the board.
With that being said I would like to introduce you to a few products that will give you an enhanced flare to your look – and that needed jolt to your emotions and self-esteem – for the holiday season!
For your Hair …
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturing Powder (0.53oz at $15.95 available at ulta.com)
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder is the perfect product to add volume to any hair type no matter the style or texture.
It also is a product that instantly liquefies when applied, allowing your hair to absorb the product and provide full, voluminous hair that everyone wants. Ideal for instant volume on dry hair, it is the fastest, easiest way to get big sexy hair in a few seconds! It is weightless, odorless and colorless on any hair color, and is great for adding texture.
Sprinkle on dry hair at the root for lift and volume and/or apply throughout the hair for amazing fullness and texture!
For your Face …
Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel (4.2 fl. oz. at $38 available at clarins.com or Macys.com)
Refreshing exfoliating lotion casts off dull, discolored surface cells — speeding cellular turnover for a brighter, more even skin tone. Gently fades-away freckles and dark spots for a brighter, younger-looking complexion. For maximum results, use twice a week followed by Bright Plus HP Intensive Brightening Mask.
Bright Plus HP Intensive Brightening Mask (8×0.28 fl. oz. at $32.50 available at clarins.com or Macys.com)
This skin tone correcting mask restores the brightness, clarity and radiance of youthful-looking skin in just 5 minutes! Clarins’ proprietary blend of Alchemilla, Raspberry, and Vitamin C helps fade freckles, dark spots and discolorations – delivering the ultimate hyper pigmentation protection. Used twice a week for 4 weeks, 97% of the people tested reported a dramatic improvement in clarity and brightness.
Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel is perfect layered underneath the Bright Plus HP Intensive Brightening Mask. They are a great combination.
Lancome Blush Subtil (at $30 available at lancome-usa.com or Nordstroms.com)
This luxuriously silky powder blush glides on with its own brush to color and contour for a flawless application every time. Color stays true for hours; versatile finish never looks dry or dull, thanks to moisture-balancing ingredients that keep skin feeling completely comfortable. Oil-free and oil-absorbing. Ideal for all skin types.
The Blush Subtil Cedar Rose by Lancome is the perfect subtle shade! It’s multifunctional and lightweight! Perfect for an every day and evening look!
For some holiday kissing …
Laura Mercier Lip Glacé (at $24 available at lauramercier.com or Sephora.com)
A high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss with rich, long-lasting color and brilliant shine that creates the appearance of fuller lips. Any skin tone is virtually enhanced by creating a subtle contrast in texture.
Laura Mercier Lip Glace is by far the best lip gloss I have ever used! I love this product. It is hydrating without the tackiness that glosses normally have.
And if you dare …
Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking (at $30 available at yslbeautyus.com or saksfifthavenue.com)
Exaggerate your lashes with shocking volume from every angle! New and exclusive to YSL, the amplified helix brush with a twisted cut, provides instant excess volume on the lashes, with effortless application. Shaped and styled for excess, the slim brush allows for perfect control and precision, combined with a beautifully creamy formula to cover each lash evenly, for a thick and lustrous fringe.
I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season as much as I do! If you try any of these products I would love to see how they work for you! Follow me on twitter at @TheMakeUpMan or on facebook at www.facebook.com/atthemakeupman! I look forward to seeing some festive pictures with these wonderful products! If you are traveling, be safe and enjoy yourselves!
TITO MUNOZ has been changing faces, one brush stroke at a time, for the past decade. He is currently Regional Makeup Artist for Estee Lauder, and before that was the Regional Color Director for Lancôme Cosmetics. To quote Kevyn Aucoin, the greatest influence on his artistic life, “Today I see beauty everywhere I go, in every face I see, in every single soul, and sometimes even in myself.” You can contact Tito on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @TheMakeUpMan.