Poudre Signae de Chanel

Over the holidays, I freelanced for Chanel and was able to play with new Spring 2013 Collection: Printemps Precieux De Chanel.

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Photo courtesy of Chanel

Printemps Precieux de Chanel is very feminine and flirty, named for the precious beauty of Spring. Said to be inspired by an old photograph with an “unusual yet sublime brooch set with amethysts and placed on rough fabric”, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, Peter Philips created a whimsical collection of nude, pink and deep plum tones.

Photo courtesy of Chanel

The whole line is so gorgeous; but I was immediately drawn to the highlighting powder. I literally had to pick myself up off the floor when I laid eyes on the stunning, limited-edition, Poudre Signae de Chanel.

The powder is definitely the “highlight” of the entire collection; as it is elegantly embossed with Chanel’s famous trademark.

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Highlights of Poudre Signae:

+very sheer, with a subtle soft pink undertone, and is oh-so buttery soft

+the light-reflecting properties give that elusive glow to the skin

+adds the perfect amount of shimmer & luminosity  because it is so finely milled

+literally melts into your skin creating a flawless finish to any makeup look

+beautiful for all skin tones


Chanel’s Poudre Signae de Chanel illuminating powder is described as a soft pink; but I think it definitely has a warm, yet, subtle golden undertone to it.

It will truly brighten your skin and your day!

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MAC’s Duo Fibre Brush or Chanel’s #7 brush are both excellent choices.

I use a duo fibre brush to apply. This allows for lightweight application and easy blending.

Below is a pic of one of my clients looking absolutely stunning. I used Chanel’s Poudre Signae as her highlight to create a flawless finish.

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We wanted to create a sparkly-glam look with a pop of color. Chanel’s poudre signae added just the right amount of glam.




Your Brows Are Everything

I once heard that eyebrows are a sign of power. I’ll take it.

So, let’s talk eyebrows–bushy, thin, barely there, and all kinds of in between.


This blog is a long one! Grab a seat, a healthy snack, even a glass of wine[[<<yes, please!]] and let’s get the deets on brows.

Hands down, eyebrows are the most important facial feature for me, as a makeup artist.  You can’t have a fabulous eye look without equally fabulous brows. [[ It’s like peanut butter without jelly, a ship without a captain, or cookies without milk. You get my drift.]]

And believe it or not, your brows play a vital role to the brilliance of your complexion. You know, that inner glow we so desperately need/want/desire/live for? Don’t be too quick to forget about our furry caterpillars or lack their of.

Mis-shapen brows can even make you look–brace yourself–OLDER. [<<GASP!]

Still not convinced? Ch-ch-check this out:


OK–this pic is a bit overdramatic, but it solidifies my point: your brows are everything.

I am VERY particular about my brows and trust only one person to handle their business.

I have been so excited to share with all of you my very own eyebrow guru:

Nikki Davidson-Saito

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+ Introduce yourself and tell us a little about your experience/expertise:

NS: Hi my name is Nikki Saito. I have lived in San Diego for 15 years now, originally from Toronto Canada. I am a board certified esthetician and I have been shaping brows for almost 13 years & love every minute of it! With the help of Anastasia Of Beverly Hills training, eyebrow shaping has become my passion & something I truly believe I was meant to do! Every time I shape a persons brows I feel incredibly honored to have helped in the transformation of their already beautiful look! It is the most rewarding job I could have ever hoped for!

 +Your brow philosophy

NS: Very simple – Eyebrows frame your face, I help shape the frame so you put your best face forward!

+How do you know what shape is best for your face?

NS: Every person is different and every face is unique. That’s what makes this so much fun. I look at your individual bone structure and take facial measurements to ensure your eyebrows fit you. No one wants eyebrows that look like they were put on with a marker, they should be natural and compliment your face. The best compliment I can have is when people say to my clients: “your eyebrows look great”!

+How often should we make an appointment to have our brows groomed?

NS: 4 to 6 weeks is the perfect amount of time depending on how fast your hair grows. Maintenance visits every 4 weeks will allow for just a brow clean up of unwanted strays without the shape being lost.

+How do you feel about tweezing vs threading vs waxing?

NS: My preference is waxing with tweezing to trim as necessary. It is almost impossible to remove all unwanted hair using Threading. With waxing all stray hair & peach fuzz is removed in one swipe, allowing for a smooth surface which is good for makeup application & a clean, precise look.

+What are the most common brow mistakes that women make?

NS: Over tweezing! I think it is safe the say that all off us at one point have butchered our brows! Whether it was in High School, an unfortunate Salon experience, or just an oops in general!

The other mistake that is most common is not knowing the correct brow measurements for your face shape. Meaning tweezing your brows to short, taking to much from the middle, or the biggest oops, putting your arch in the wrong spot!

+Are there any brow products or tools women should invest in?

NS: Yes! A brow pencil to fill in any sparse spots in your brow. Unfortunately we aren’t all blessed with a full, thick, perfect brow. But we can all achieve that look with the right brow pencil. My favorite pencil is the Anastasia Brow Wiz. This magical pencil is so easy to use & come out so natural looking! This fine tipped pencil is retractable, allowing for precise lines (like hair strokes) every time! Including a brow brush on the end for easy blending. A must have!

+Any brow trends you are loving right now?

NS: Right now, all the craze is big, bushy full brows! Think Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon! I love this look, it’s so natural & anyone can pull it off! Whether you have a naturally full brow or you fake it with a great brow pencil. A full brow is great for any makeup looks, natural, glam or bare faced. A full brow has a mind of its own, not needing much more then a daily swipe of clear brow gel to hold the look in place.

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Brook Shields in The Blue Lagoon


 +If you had to choose just one product for your brows, what would it be?

NS: That is a hard call as there is so many amazing brow products out there, but Anastasia Clear Brow Gel is by far one of the best products out there! As we all know, brows have a mind of their own & never want to stay in place! Brow Gel will hold each hair in perfect place, almost like a hairspray! The best thing about it being clear is no one will know its there! Almost as though you have perfectly tame, shapely brows, precise brows no matter what!


Isn’t Nikki amazing? And let me tell you, she knows her stuff. Even if you think you have no brows to work with, I promise you she can help.


Nikki’s adorable room located inside the JC Penney Salon in Fashion Valley.

Nikki actually only tweezes my brows because my skin is so sensitive to wax. Whatever your needs are, Nikki is there to listen and give you exactly what you want.

If you’re in the SD area and want to make an appointment you can contact Nikki at 619-297-2342. Be sure to like her ‘Brows By Nikki‘ Facebook page too!

And while your at it, have you liked Loveleigh Beauty’s Facebook? Don’t be scared.

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Happens every time

Here’s to beautiful brows and a beautiful you!



Face Cleansing 101+ Clarisonic Mia

“It’s time to think beyond the washcloth and elevate cleansing to a sonic level.”

The Clarisonic Mia (can be found at Nordstrom) is the perfect compact skin cleansing system. It’s the convenient travel-friendly sized version of the original Clarisonic.  It will change your life.

Mia set contains:

– Clarisonic Mia One Speed Brush

– International pLink™ charger for worldwide use

– Sensitive Brush Head

– 1.0 oz Gentle Hydro Cleanser

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Embarrassing as it is, at 30 years old, I suffer from occasional breakouts. Truth be told, I have tried everything under the sun to prevent this travesty. I blame it partly on hormones (<<–pretty sure they need to simmer) and majority on my freakishly sensitive skin. Blah! Needless to say, I’m a little cray about keeping my peachy clean complexion.

This magic little machine not only has cleared my skin, but has actually made it softer and improved the texture when I added it to my current skincare regimen.

After 3 months of consistent Clarisonic use.
After 3 months of consistent Clarisonic use. I have a tinted moisturizer on with a light, mineralized powder dusted on top. Oh, and blush of course. 😉 No foundation and no filter.

The Clarisonic Mia Benefits:

+Suitable for all skin types

+Removes makeup 6x better than traditional methods

+Cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better

+Helps reduce blemishes, oily areas, and dry skin

+Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

+Lessens appearance of visible pores

+Promotes collagen

+Creates noticeably healthier looking skin

What else you need to know about the Clarisonic Mia:

It should be added to your daily skincare regimen to promote smoother feeling and looking skin. It will not strip your skin and is recommended by leading dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, and Loveleigh Beauty’s very own skincare expert, Janee.

Be sure to pay close attention to your skins needs though. I use Tazorac (a retinoid) and sometimes I will refain from using my Clarinsonic Mia everyday if my skin feels extra sensitive. Sometimes I may skip a day, it depends.

DO NOT over exfoliate. Ever. Find your skins balance.

There are different bristle heads to choose from. I use the the sensitive skin bristles and I make sure to change them out every 3 months. It’s imperative you change them to avoid germs. Let’s face it, germs are everywhere and the last place we need them is on our face. Ew.

Another essential product to add to your skincare regimen is a quality manual scrub. [[I’m not talking about your drugstore St. Ives Apricot one either. That scrub will actually scratch the surface of your skin and cause more harm than good.]]


I’m obsessed with Torrey Pines Dermatology Fortified Exfoliation Scrub. It delivers a soothing wave of cleansing heat[<<literally, like a heat wave] as it gently removes dead, dry skin cells, excess oil, and residue to reveal healthier, younger looking skin. This deep pore exfoliation scrub also contains minerals that trap impurities to be washed away while releasing moisturizing conditioners to soften and smooth the skin. It’s ah-mazing! No joke.

I like to use the manual scrub before a special event so my makeup glides on like butter.   Try it!

Love, LL


Braids, BUNS, Top Knots, Fishtails- Oh MY!

I’m so loving this hair trend right now! They are here to stay too.

We first saw the fishtail craze over the summer, and it isn’t going anywhere this Fall/Winter season either. {{Yay!!}} Seriously, a fishtail braid can work for any occasion: work, school, errands or even a hot date. It may look intricate, but I’m here to tell you it is so easy-peasy.

Don’t forget your cute dent-less hair tie!




Harper’s Bazaar recently featured an article on the rise of the “fun bun”. The top knot is a fall hairstyle that you can rock with any fashion style. We’ve seen adorable top knots on celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, and Gwen Stefani. Each one staying true to their glam, boho, and rocker, fashion styles.

Photo credit: Harper’s Bazaar
Basket weave bun
Photo source: Getty
Photo source: Kim Kardashian

I’m obsessed! Why? Because they are so chic, stylish, a little edgy, and not to mention, so gorgeous! A hair-spiration!

For those of you with shorter hair styles, not to worry because you can easily add a clip-in extension, or two, to improvise. You can achieve a whole new look + still be a part of the fun.

Now remember, the idea is to create a look that is NOT precise. Once you’ve completed either look, use your fingers to pull each section of the braid out, or slightly tug on each side of the top knot to loosen. This will add life, texture, and overall visual appeal, to the look. Unless you’re a professional ballerina, that bun should not be perfect!

For all you mamas, we can’t forget about our little divas! I adjust the style accordingly. For my daughter, I regularly do side braids, heart braids, and cute little buns {<<—she is soo not a fan of buns, so bribery may be necessary ;)}

Outside french braid- starting at the top right side of head, wrapping around to form a pony tail on the opposite side.
Tight, side braid, only using a small section of hair. Add a bow or flower to complete the look.
My fav ❤

Here are some of my beautiful friends and their versions of the trend for hair-spiration and viewing pleasure:

Fun, right? Whatever your style is one of these will surely work for you. It gives us so many options to our everyday hair routine.

Please share with me some of your favs!

Love, LL


Industry Insider: Meet MUA Chandra + a Fall Bridal Look

Allow me to introduce my dear friend, Chandra Campos. She is one of San Diego’s elite makeup artist’s and specializes in bridal looks. Not only is she amazing (duh!) but her charm and wit add to her whole package. One convo with her and you’re liable to be  laughing your boo-tay off with her one liners. 😉

Ch-ch-check her out…

One of our infamous self-portraits

+Tell us a little bit about yourself?

CC: I was basically born into the beauty industry; everyone in my family is either a business owner of a salon, spa, or has been in the industry for 30+ years. Needless to say, I know makeup and skin like the back of my hand. I started with M.A.C. cosmetics and soon realized I loved doing weddings, personal events, photo shoots, etc. I left MAC and  started Chandra Campos Makeup Artistry. My business is growing and I’m very excited for whats to come in the future. I think my clients are in for a real treat.

+What’s currently in your makeup bag?

CC: DuWop Lip Venom in clear, Orange Tempura lipglass by M.A.C. (limited, sorry because its really an amazing color),  Makeup Forever Duo Matte powder.

+Your #1 beauty tip:

CC: I find that most people don’t do their eyes before their foundation. By doing your eyes first, you’re not working twice by having to fix your foundation from eye shadow fall-out. [<<This is an excellant tip! Remember this loveleigh’s!]

+Foundation you’re obsessed with right now?

CCChanel Perfection Lumière. I’m currently obsessed with the glow-y, healthy-skin look. Chanel does just that, plus, gives a soft finish, with a natural looking feel. It’s as if you have nothing on!

+Favorite Skincare product:

CC: NeriumAD! My skin has never looked and felt better. [Visit her Nerium website and stay tuned for Chandra’s blog too]

+Quick trick(s) to spice up someone’s everyday look:

CC: To add something fast to your everyday look (without spending a lot of time) add a soft brown eye shadow to the bottom lashes–this will make your eyes look more polished. Extra mascara and you have a quick, easy, and finished looking eyes.(A few suggestions: soft brown, saddle, texture, all M.A.C. colors)

Also, add a mineralized highlight right above the cheeks to give that subtle glow and your look will be complete. ( M.A.C. mineralized skinfinish powders are beautiful as highlights)

Here is a perfect Fall Wedding makeup look Chandra created for our friend Ahsue:

Nanoo Gold (M.A.C.limited) & Hush (M.A.C.) & Nylon (M.A.C.) on lid

Saddle (M.A.C.) & Soft Brown (M.A.C.) in crease

Black liner–on top only (Makeup Forever in aqua black)
Saddle lined on bottom lashes
Mascara is Smoky Lash by Makeup Forever
Mixing YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation with Chanel perfection lumier’ to create the perfect combo for her skin color.
Using a Beauty Blender for contour color by Nars in Tahoe.

#34 M.A.C. lashes
Cheeks: Dainty with Peaches by M.A.C. to create that perfect, soft peach with a touch of pink.
Lips: Have to have it lip liner by M.A.C.- YSL Rouge Volupté in 30 (Faubourg Peach) with Hue (M.A.C.) and Patty Cakes by Metal Edge.

+Talk about your vision for Ahsue’s bridal look. What inspired you?

Ahsue is naturally beautiful. Makeup is about adding, creating structure, or definition that isn’t there. Ahsue already has everything we love so I just played up her natural structure; with colors that are already in her palette. (i.e. warmer colors)

Ahsue is very unique and trend setting. I kept that in mind when I created her soft and clean makeup look that would match her style. I only wanted to enhance her already beautiful face.

So stunning, right? I know, that’s why I had to share with all of you.

If you’re getting married and want to consult Chandra, please visit her makeup website.

Love, LL


MUA Secrets: Long, lush lashes + My fav mascaras

When picking a mascara, you should consider the look you want to achieve THEN choose the formula: lengthening, thickening, separating/non-clumping or waterproof/smudge-proof. I have yet to find a mascara formula that encompasses all of these. So trust, when I say if one claims to do it all, it doesn’t.

Sooo with that said:

Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Mascaras-A trick makeup artists use to make lashes pop is to apply one coat of lengthening mascara first (think Lancôme Définicils found here), followed by one coat of thickening mascara (L’Oreal Voluminous).

Never. Ever. Pump the wand{!!}-This pushes air inside your mascara tube which will cause your product to dry out faster.

Mascara will get old- if your mascara smells funky, throw it in the trash immediately, if not sooner. Try to replace every 3- 6 months.

Waterproof, only when you really need it-I personally don’t care for waterproof; as I prefer smudge-proof/stay-proof formulas. Plus, it can be very harsh on those delicate lashes if used daily. [However, there have been times where I have used my favorite mascara of the moment and then applied a layer of waterproof on top to seal it.]

Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Lash is a great waterproof formula mascara found here.

Add an extra layer to your outer corner lashes-After you’ve coated your lashes with mascara, add just one more layer to the outer corners. The extra coat will make your lashes look especially long and make your eyes appear farther apart.

Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes = equally-Many MUA’s may disagree with me and argue not putting mascara  on the bottom lashes is more for a natural look, but I feel, why stop at the top? That’s so unfinished looking and you can still look natural. Plus, I prefer that doll-like look [Who doesn’t?]

Bend the Wand- That’s right, open up your go-to mascara and pull the wand out slightly, apply a little pressure while pulling down simultaneously to form an angle. Voila! You’ll instantly have a wand that can now get in to those hard to reach areas of your eyes, without making a total mess! Check it out below…

Zig-zag Method-When applying your mascara, use a Zig-zagging method (like wiggle back and forth, sharply but gently) with the wand. This will help lessen clumping.

Use an Eyelash Curler-Curling lashes gives eyes the appearance of being wider and brighter. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is hands down, the best one ever made. InStyle Best in Beauty award winner as well. [I’ll be honest and say I don’t ever use a curler, but I ALWAYs recommend this one to clients and friends with unruly lashes]

My latest mascara obsession’s:

M.A.C’s new Extended Play

Photo courtesy of maccosmetics.com

This formula leaves my lashes feeling lightweight, soft, and it does.not.smudge. Like, all day my lashes look the same as they did in the morning.

I love the smaller, skinny wand because it allows me to get to all my hard-to-reach lashes–>you know, those pesky corner ones? It’s more of a precise look of lashes rather than the look of thick and voluminous lashes. The brush reminds me of an old fav– Lancôme Définicils.

With just one coat I can get MAJOR separation between lashes too. As in every-single-lash was coated in rich black color + I felt as if my lashes were extending to the heavens! Well, not really, but we can all dream, right?

To remove, gently rub with warm water, for about 20 seconds, then wipe away.


L’Oreal Double Extend

L’oreal Double Extend Mascara is a two-sided mascara that has a white base coat and mascara on the opposite end. The white side actually nourishes your lashes. [I swear mine have grown longer!] It has been my go-to mascara for the last couple years. It’s under $8 so you really can’t go wrong.

Simply apply a healthy dose of the base coat to lashes and follow up with the mascara for super fat, long, and thick lashes! Don’t let the white part dry too much or it makes putting the black on top a bit difficult.

The best part, absolutely no smudging or flaking. It truly wears well all day.

It can only be removed with water. But don’t freak out when you see these creepy, little black things lingering in your sink after removing.

L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara

I really do love this mascara and I have friends that are obsessed with it too. It’s definitely a great lengthening and thickening combo. The carbon black is the blackest black you can find. If you’re looking for thick, soft, glossy lashes, then this formula is for you.

But, it does smudge on me by mid-day. [I do have more oily skin, so keep that in mind.] To prevent that, I will apply a light coat of a waterproof formula to seal it for the day.

Best Eye Makeup Remover

Grapeseed Oil

I have extremely sensitive skin; therefore, my eyes are too. I treat my little ojos with serious TLC. You should too. The skin around your eyes is so fragile and who really wants crepey lids and crows feet?

I also recommend taking all your eye makeup off with grape-seed oil. It can be found at your local Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, or natural health food grocer.

I have been using grape-seed oil to remove even the toughest waterproof/stay-proof makeup for years. It is an excellent conditioner for your lashes and less abrasive way of removing eye makeup.

Don’t be embarrassed you keep cooking oil in your bathroom.

Please, please,  share with me your favorite mascara. I want to hear!

Oh, and one more thing speaking of lashes…

photo courtesy of car lashes

Um, I die over these car lashes! I saw them the other day and I almost crashed my own car while giggling in astonishment. Cutest, most cheesiest, but totally amazing things ever!  I so wish my husband would let me put these on my car.

{Maybe he won’t notice ;)}

Love, LL


Torrey Pines Dermatology is giving Loveleigh Beauty followers 20% off!

[photo courtesy of torreypinesderm.com]
With such a great response from Monday’s skincare interview with Janee, Torrey Pines Dermatology is offering Loveleigh Beauty readers 20% off all:

+cosmetic injectibles (botox, dysport, restylane, juvederm)


+esthetic treatments [<<—with the one and only, Janeé]

+ALL skin care products

+OR–free shipping on all products if you can’t make it in to their office. Simply place your order over the phone. [[if only they could ship injectables, right? ;)]]

Um, please and thank you! How loveleigh is that?

So, what are you waiting for? Call now and take the first step toward achieving your “best skin”! Just mention the Loveleigh Beauty blog and that’s it. Easy peasy!

Also, a lot of people asked me about what specific products to use and when to use them. We all know that Vit C is vital for your skin in the AM; and retinol, is essential in the PM. Of course, don’t forget about a quality face wash, and the Elta Md Sunscreen paired with a great moisturizer in between.

Sooo, I decided to compile a list of highly recommended products from Dermatologists, skin care experts, and consumers (like me).

{All can all be found at Torrey Pines Dermatology with 20% off!}

Here you go dolls:

*Torrey Pines Dermatology Eye Cream: Contains retinol & arnica which are fabulous for dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines {+has an amazing texture!!}

Everything you need for healthy, glowing skin!

*Skinceuticals Vit C E Ferulic®[one word, emphasize each syllable with me: ah-may-zing!!]

A revolutionary antioxidant combination that delivers advanced protection against photo-aging by:

+ neutralizing free radicals, boosting collagen synthesis, & providing unmatched antioxidant protection.

+More protection means more youthful looking skin and better defense against environmental aging.

+Provides advanced environmental protection against UVA, UVB and infrared radiation A

+Stimulates collagen synthesis to improve signs of aging

+Increases firmness and replenishes lipids to reduce wrinkles

Once absorbed, this serum can’t be washed or rubbed off. It remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours, making it an excellent addition to sunscreen.

Skinceuticals C E Ferluric is an Allure Best in Beauty winner!

Favorite Retinol product(s):

*Torrey Pines Dermatology Retinol PLUS Antioxidant Serum 5X: assists in the achievement of smoother, firmer and more evenly toned skin.

[—>>Remember: Retinol (Vitamin A) itself helps to reduce the appearance of lines and surface wrinkles; revitalizes, smoothes and enhances skin tone and texture, and helps to minimize the visible signs of aging]

*Tazorac: is a similar chemical form as vitamin A, but it is slightly stronger and is more effective for acne treatment. [I personally use this type because I suffer from breakouts periodically.] This product is both available in cream or gel and comes in two strengths, depending on the severity of your acne problem and your skin type. [You need a prescription for this bad boy. However, one of the amazing derm docs at Torrey Pines Dermatology can help you with that.]

*Green Tea Polyphenols & Caffeine: offers antioxidant protection, calms the skin, and reduces redness.

*Hyaluronic Acid: hydrates the skin.

*Neocutis BioCream: the most complete protein blend of Human Growth Factors, Cytokines, and Interleukins available to help improve appearance of aged skin and soothe the skin.

+Helps reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

+Improves skin texture and tone for renewed radiance.

+Enhances skin firmness

You can reach Janeé at janee@torreypinesderm.com, with any questions, concerns, or to make an appointment. She will change your life, she did mine.

{—>>Please remember to consult with Janee or any derm doc to assess your skin’s needs. Everyone is different, and every skin reacts differently to products.<<—–}

Please be sure to share with me your fav skincare products.

Love, LL


Industry Insider: Meet skincare expert, Janee

Happy Monday Loveleigh’s! To prepare you for the week, I wanted to introduce to you my own personal skincare expert/guru/specialist, Janee! Yes, she is fabulous and her skin is so amaze! Prepare to be real envious and read on dolls:

Janee, Loveleigh beauty, skincare expert, industry insider
{Yes, her skin looks like this in real life! No filter necessary.}

+Tell us a little about yourself/experience in all things skin related:

JM:  My name is Janeé Joyner Miranda and I’ve been an Esthetician for 12 years.  I have experience in all avenues of the industry; from spa, owning my own esthetic business, and now working in a Dermatologist office as a Medical Esthetician.

My extensive training and hands on experience has helped me to really understand skin and help my patients achieve their “best skin”.  I am truly fortunate to do something every day that I not only LOVE, but am so passionate about.

Through my relationship with my patients over the years, I have come to realize that skin is not just a physical thing, it is also emotional.  The best part of my job is watching someone transform their skin and seeing  the confidence and happiness being brought back to them when they are given the results they hope for.

People always ask: “What’s the first thing you notice about someone?” Over and over, you hear the same thing: teeth, eyes, smile, etc. But in actuality, the first “handshake” when you meet someone is their skin.

I am so excited to be a part of making someone feel good about that first impression!

+Skincare product we should never live without:

JM:  The product I will never go a day without is sunscreen.  Dermatologists recognize that the most potent product that can prevent, and reverse the signs of aging, is sunscreen.

Many people think of sunscreen as thick and greasy, with the potential of breaking their skin out.

My favorite sunscreen is Elta MD which can only be found in a doctor’s office.  Elta MD is pharmaceutical grade, noncomedogenic, contains microfine transparent zinc oxide, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free.

{My fav sunscreen too! I use the tinted one under a light mineralized powder for everyday wear. Be sure to use a stronger one, like the SPF 50, if you will be in the sun for longer periods of time.}

UV rays are part of the invisible energy that comes from the sun.  UVA (or what I call aging rays) account for 95% of our sun exposure.  They cause skin to age and contribute to skin cancer.  They penetrate deeply into the skin layers, damaging collagen and cells; which lead to wrinkling, hyper-pigmentation, and loss of elasticity.  UVB, or burning rays, mostly affect the outer layer of the skin and cause sunburns and tanning that increase the risk of skin cancer and other disorders.

A big misconception women have about sunscreen is that the amount of sunscreen in their makeup is enough protection.  Makeup wears off throughout the day and Dermatologists recommend that sunscreen be applied as a separate layer from other products to achieve maximum protection.

Sunscreen is the best anti-aging product you can buy and is worth every penny.

+Product(s)you swear by? 

JM:  There are 2 ingredients in skincare that I swear by: Vitamin C in the a.m. and Retinol in the p.m.

Vitamin C: an antioxidant that slows down the damage free radicals have on our skin.  Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.  Vitamin C can neutralize free radicals which not only will reverse damage but also prevent future skin damage.  It is the antioxidant that helps maintain healthy skin texture and elasticity.

Retinol: enhances the cellular turnover rate of the skin which gives skin a healthy and radiant glow.  Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, has many benefits such as removing superficial skin pigmentation, fights acne and blemishes, and anti-aging properties.  It aids in the formation of collagen to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Many over-the-counter products include Retinol and Vitamin C because there is such a high demand for these ingredients with all the education out on the positive benefits these two can have on your skin.  The consumer must beware that not all dosages of these ingredients can be high enough for above mentioned results.  It is recommended to purchase products from your dermatologist’s office to ensure high quality and concentration of Vitamin C and Retinol.

+A few skincare essentials every girl needs:

JM:  Loveleigh’s, remember this:

The key to beautiful skin is achieving balanced skin.

Every girl’s skincare collection MUST include the following:

   +  Cleanser: Use it twice when wearing makeup.  The first cleanse will break down the makeup, and the second will clean naked skin.

    + Active toner:   I recommend a toner in liquid or saturated pad form with Salicylic and Glycolic acid.  If you have sensitive skin a 2% glycolic/2% salicylic combination is enough, but if your skin is more tolerant then a 5% glycolic/2% salicylic is perfect.  This will keep the pores clean and help reduce congestion and blackheads.

+  Antioxidants: to protect, nourish and repair, such as: Vitamin C and Retinol.

+  Moisturizer: is key to beautiful skin.

When describing the balance of skin there are 3 types: normal, oil dry, and water dry.  “Oil dry” skin is more dry and taut. A moisturizer that nourishes, maintains moisture balance, brightens, and restores a youthful glow, is vital to achieve optimal results.

Another misconception for oily skin or “water dry” skin, is that a moisturizer is not    needed and will increase breakout.  When a person is oily they use ingredients to slow down oil production in the skin but they forget to add hydration or water which will prevent dullness.  You must find a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer, to restore hydration and radiance back to the skin

For the lucky few that can describe their skin as normal, should use a moisturizer according to weather and comfort.  If it is hot and humid then a sheer, oil-free moisturizer is perfect.  If it is cold and dry, then one that is more emollient will do the trick.

+5 ways to improve your skin today(!):

  1. Minimal Sun Exposure. This will lessen sun damage such as hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydration.
  2. Drink lots of water and keep alcohol and caffeine consumption to a minimum.  Alcohol and caffeine will dehydrate the skin; which will make the skin look dry and increase fine lines.
  3. Invest in good quality skin care products that include Vitamin C, Retinol, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids.  This will keep your skin looking fresh and flawless, as well as, prevent signs of aging.
  4. Properly wash your face to ensure the removal of all makeup and impurities.  When you wear makeup, either start off with a makeup wipe and then cleanser, or double cleanse to break down the makeup.  Not thoroughly cleaning the skin will lead to dehydration and clogged pores.
  5. Get regular treatments from your Esthetician.  This will deep clean and exfoliate the skin.  Great skin is a combination of good skincare and professional treatments.
{Me, Janee & Chandra [<<<—stay tuned to meet one of the best MUA in the biz!]}

I recently had a Silk Peel treatment from Janee and my skin has never felt better! It’s a simple 20 minute procedure that delivers immediate results.

A silk peel is a non-invasive, dermatological procedure which exfoliates and stimulates skin cell growth. It is similar to a microdermabrasion but better for your skin and more precise.

A silk peel is used for hydrating skin, treating acne, and lightening skin.

Like Janee mentioned, skin must be maintained with hydration, moisturizers and sunscreens, to achieve the benefits of a silk peel.
If you’re in the San Diego area and want a consult with Janee, she can be found at Torrey Pines Dermatology, in La Jolla, 858-362-8800. She offers services in all things skin.

Call her now and thank me later.

Love, LL


Gluten-free beauty products-inspired by my daughter living with Celiac’s

Celiac kid-glutenfree-beauty products-loveleigh

No one ever forgets the day you find out your child has a genetic, life-long, life changing autoimmune disorder.

Why did my daughter have to live a life that would now be “different” and more difficult?

Don’t get me wrong, I am completely relieved to know what is causing my daughter to feel sick, tired, and “fuzzy” as she describes some days; even better, that the illness is completely treatable by something as natural as a change in diet. No medication necessary.

Yet, I could’t help feeling such sadness the day we found out. It is a kind of sadness that I feel through my whole body; it starts in the middle of my heart and carries down to the pit of my stomach. It is very overwhelming emotionally.

Thankfully, “gluten free” has become a well know term, but navigating the ins and outs of finding safe food she can eat often feel like a part-time job. But if anyone can do it, this mama will. My pity party is over and I will nourish her back to health.

Research for Celiac is minimal, but some say makeup that contains gluten can trigger Celiac disease symptoms. My whole life practically has been dedicated to beauty and beauty products, so don’t judge me when one of my first thoughts were “what if she can’t wear makeup?”  That thought quickly turned into: what beauty products can she have? Hence, inspiration for this very blog post.

Gluten is a very sneaky culprit. Celiac sufferers are discovering that more than dietary changes are necessary because it can be found in lipgloss, hair-sprays, eyeshadows-everyday products that some don’t even think twice about using.

Gluten is used as a binder to help ingredients stick together, and to add moisture to products through gluten-derived oils.

Experts are split over whether people living with Celiac should really avoid cosmetics containing gluten. Some adamantly believe gluten-free beauty products are healthy for them and prevent further reaction or damage to their insides; while some researchers say that gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin because the protein molecules are too large. Obviously, more research is imperative and needed.

Regardless, I will now be very aware as to what products do and don’t contain gluten for the benefit of my daughter.

These are ingredients in cosmetics that could contain gluten and are best avoided for those with Celiac:

avena sativa (Oat) kernel flour

barley extract



fermented grain extract

hyrolyzed malt extract

hydrolyzed wheat protein

hydrolyzed vegetable protein


oat (avena sativa)


samino peptide complex

phytosphingosine extract

triticum vulgare (Wheat germ extract)

Secale Cereale

Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Wheat Protein Sulfonate

wheat germ

vitamin e

yeast extract

Here is my list (so far) of beauty products sans gluten:

Nars: All products are 100% gluten free

Smashbox: over 98% of products are gluten free and safe.

Mac: almost all products EXCEPT:

+tinted lip conditioner – wheat germ oil and soy

+amplified creme lipstick – hordeum vulgare (barley) extract, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ extract & soybean extract

+say SPF 15 light moisture – polysorbate 80 (wheat), biosaccharide

+fast response eye cream – wheat germ oil, barley extract and cornoil

+prep + prime skin-saccharide isomerate (wheat)

+satin, velux pearl, & velux eye shadows

+cremesheen lipgloss

+amplified lipstick

+plush glass

Estee Lauder Company Statement: 

“This is to hereby confirm that none of our lipsticks contain gluten, and they are not manufactured alongside products that would contain it.

While a formulation may contain no wheat, oat, barley or rye derivatives, for the benefit of our gluten-sensitive consumers who may have cross-sensitivities, Estee Lauder takes the extra precaution of including corn, rice and soy in our research. All Estee Lauder lipsticks contain either/or corn and soy with the exception of Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick which contains wheat, corn and soy.

My journey to finding gluten-free products has just begun, so my hope is that more companies will follow suit and choose ingredients that are beneficial to all.

+If you find any gluten-free products that you love send them my way!



Beautyblender–achieve flawless skin

Any of you that know me well, know that I have NEVER used a sponge to apply makeup in the last 10 years. My disgust for a sponge went as far as me actually buying a brand new compact and disposing the nasty thing in the nearest trash can.

I’m a faithful believer in a good quality, natural bristle, foundation brush. But no matter your expertise in makeup application, a foundation brush can cause streaks. To make them disappear, you have to put some serious muscle into buffing them out with powder and a brush.

Well, say good-bye to makeup streaks and lines with the renowned Beautyblender! It is the ultimate makeup sponge applicator that was created to leave you with a flawless complexion and feeling like your makeup was professionally done.

Loveleigh’s, prepare to change your life!

First of all, the Beautyblender is latex free and hypoallergenic-so even the most sensitive skin types (like myself) will benefit from it. The hot pink color is my fav! It’s suede-like texture and it’s curvy shape allows foundation, and even powder, to glide on easily. It fits nicely within the contours of face and those hard-to-reach areas.

We all die for dewy skin (well, at least I do) and the Beautyblender creates an airbrushed look that will help you blend your foundation effortlessly.

How to Use:

+ Dampen the Beautyblender with a little bit of water-it expand to about twice its original size, so don’t be scared. It also allows you to use less product.

+ Apply with a “bouncing-like” technique (or what we makeup artists call stippling) to create a flawless finish. DO NOT use a rubbing or dragging method to apply your foundation or product of choice.

+Beautyblender is guaranteed only with proper cleansing using the blender cleanser…

However, my favorite cleanser is CinemaSecerets–a vanilla scented (my fav smell) , fast drying cleanser that will disinfect and even condition your make-up brushes and new Beautyblender. It kills viruses and eliminates even the most difficult makeup products. It is environmentally safe and non-carcinogenic (love that!)

Winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty: Tools award.  Seen in magazines such as: People, Elle, InStyle, Seventeen and many more, this little pink sponge has become a beauty sensation!

Rea Ann Silva is the creator of the fabulous Beautyblender. Being a full time mother of two, celebrity makeup artist, and entrepreneur, Rea Ann can understand the many demands that women face today when it comes to quick and easy beauty solutions.

So, that leaves no excuse to not look and feel fabulous with these tools created just for us!

Find your very own Beautyblender at Sephora and puh-lease let me know what you think.

Love, LL