Mascara:  Toss it every 4 months

Replace your mascara four times a year to prevent an eye infection.

Eye shadow:  Toss it every two years for powder, once a year for cream.

Can last up to two years, but if you apply it every day beware that bacteria build up.

Eye liner:  Toss it 3-6 months

Gel and liquid liners that are applied with a brush should be tossed every six months to avoid an eye infection.  If you don’t use them up in a year they should go in the trash can.

Foundation:  Once a year

Concealer:  Toss it 12 to 18 months

A Concealer in a pan, it can last up to 18 months if applied with a sponge or regularly washed brush.  If you have a concealer in a tube keep it for a year.

Blush & Bronzer:  Toss it every 2 years

Powders have a longer shelf life than most cosmetics.  Toss when the color darkens or starts to cake up.

Lipstick:  Toss once a year

The preservatives in lipstick can break down after a year.  If your not sure when you bought your favorite tubes its time to toss it.  If the surface gets hard or small beads start to form on the bullet throw it away.  If you are sick, apply your lipstick with a fresh cotton swab to stop it from being contaminated.

Lip Gloss:  6 months to one year

In a tube with a wand applicator should be tossed after 6 months due to bacteria build up.  Lip gloss in a squeeze tube can hold on to those for closer to a year since bacteria has a much smaller chance of getting in the product.


Do you have chapped lips?  Here are some tips to help your lips feel and look better:


Exfoliate your lips with a lip exfoliating cream (buffs off the dead skin cells) OR simply use a soft tooth brush and yes, gently brush your lips (about 2-3 times a week) after you brush your teeth and toothpaste is rinsed off.

Follow with a vitamin infused lip balm or cocoa butter.

Sip hot water or decaffeinated tea slowly, throughout the day; it dilates the circulatory system and will increase moisture to the tissues.


Caffeine and alcohol which are major tissue dehydrators.

Avoid flavored lip balms which can cause more frequent lip licking, increasing the degree of chapping.

Avoid phenol and camphor which are often found in lip balms. Camphor adds a cooling, which may bring temporary relief but could irritate already sensitive lip tissues. Some components of “medicated” lip balms can actually act as irritants .

When lips are chapped, they’re more sensitive, and certain foods can irritate them. Hold off on pepper, mustard, barbecue sauce, orange juice, and alcoholic beverages to give your lips a break as they heal.


Don’t lick your lips.  Putting on your coat to go outside?  Put on a coat of lip balm, too! Before going out in cold, dry weather, apply lip cream or balm that contains sunscreen.

DO wear a lip gloss or lipstick it will help protect your lips

Warm  tones:  choose shades of coral, peach, brown-nude

Cool tones:  choose shades of pink, red, mauve or pink-nude

Apply Vitamin E and C Lip treatment daily…even when your lips AREN’T dry or chapped.  (Keep a tube by your nightstand and apply nightly)

When I first started doing Color Analysis in the 80’s, I had a difficult time finding the right color foundation base for my clients.  Even though I had a variety of yellow base and cool base liquid foundation colors to choose from, often it was either too dark, too light, too yellow, or gray looking on my client’s skin.

So I found myself emptying out portions of liquid foundation from one glass bottle into a mixing vial and adding another color to create just the right undertone and color for my client’s skin. Soon, I realized I needed green and violet tints to adjust the colors even more.

Eventually my lab manufactured those tints and foundation colors in bulk sizes.  I was then able to pump just the right amount of product and colors to fit a 1 oz. bottle.

In the 90’s when mineral powder foundation became the “go to” product for healthy, all natural foundation, I found myself doing the same thing again: scooping out product from one jar and mixing it with another.

I approached my pharmaceutical lab and they too agreed to provide me with the minerals in bulk so I could formulate a formula for each client, based on the undertone and color of their skin. Additional pigments soon became available and the rest is history!

Each of my clients have a custom blend formula designed specifically just for them.  Do you?

Click here to order your own custom blend formula!

The Best Hydrating Face Mask You Can Make for Your Skin This Winter

Give your skin some moisture with this easy and beneficial oatmeal face mask made with three simple ingredients. Skip the expensive skincare when products with great benefits are sitting in the refrigerator.

In need of some serious skin therapy at little cost? This DIY face mask is perfect for any skin type searching for moisture and a dewy complexion this winter. This mask is made with three simple ingredients: yogurt, oatmeal, and honey. The oatmeal will help soften your skin while the yogurt with help hydrate your skin. Skip the expensive skincare and reward your skin at an affordable price with the best DIY face mask for winter.

Here is what you will need: *1 cup of plain yogurt   *1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal  *1 teaspoon of honey

Steps for making the DIY face mask:

Start by washing your face and neck (be sure to remove any makeup).

  1. Mix the plain yogurt and uncooked oatmeal in a large bowl.
  2. Add the honey to the mixture, and stir well.
  3. Apply ingredients to your face using fingers or a clean foundation brush.
  4. Let sit on the skin for 10 to 20 minutes.
  5. Wash off the face mask with warm water, and apply normal moisturizer.

Daily skincare routine is the BEST way to maintain hydrated, dewey skin.  

Additional tips: 
  • Don’t double the recipe if trying the mask with a friend; you will already have enough for two faces
  • Chop up the oatmeal into small pieces so the mask isn’t as chunky and goes on your skin more easily.
  • Try cooling the mixture in the refrigerator after step 3 for 5 to 10 minutes so it hardens enough to stay well on your face.

In this video, I show you how to apply your blush to define your face!

Quick tips:

  1. Choose your blush product of choice, cream, pressed, or custom blend.
  2. Choose YOUR color that is right for your skin tone.
  3. Start at the hair line and brush forward.
  4. Stop where your eye color starts.
  5. Bring that color back no lower than your ear lob to make a “V”.
  6. Blend out the harsh lines with your kabuki brush.

Curl Your Lashes


In this video, I teach you how to curl your eyelashes the proper way! Throw out those old crimping eyelash curlers and upgrade to a heated one. I have one I sell on my website here.

Here are the quick tips:

  1. Apply to lashes that already have dried mascara on them.
  2. Start in the middle, straight across for 5 seconds, then twist at the top.
  3. Next, heat the outer half, straight across for 5 seconds, then twist at the top.
  4. Finally, heat the inner half, straight across for 5 seconds, and twist.

Happy curling!

Apply Mascara

Hi Everyone!

This video shows you how to properly apply your mascara. The quick tips are below:

  1. Don’t pump your mascara tube, twist out the brush.
  2. Tap off the excess off the tip of the brush.
  3. Poke the product at the base of your eyelashes.
  4. Then use the side of the want to even distribute the product to coat all your lashes.

*Bonus tip: Use a lash separator while the mascara is still wet. Jiggle the comb at the base of the lashes to the top to comb them out and separate.