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FRONT ROW BEAUTY @SAKS TYSONS CORNER

loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends,If you have not stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue lately you’re missing out.  I was lucky enough to be invited to the first beauty event Saks Tysons Corner ever had.  Yes, it started at 8:30 am but for true junkies, smart women/men that’s perfectly fine.  I found something calming about being in the mall and the gorgeous store before it opened.  Like “I was with my people”!

This event was to showcase Fall Beauty Trends right on the heels of NYFW and they did not disappoint!   They had beauty experts there, yummy treats, red carpet, live models, Giveaways Galore and you got to see and try things first hand before all the masses did.  I came away with brand/logo tee shirts, water bottles, samples from all the prestigious lines, new mascara, full-size products and …..wait for it………..a 2 hours Master Class appointment with DIOR national makeup artist Ricky Wilson!  I get to be the model up front! Whaaaaat – can he work his magic on me and make me look like Sharon Stone?  Be sure to check my Instagram/ Instastories for live updates on Friday!  lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons, va, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends,

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Kiehl’s came to the table with some great new face masques ( ya know I had to get one).   I also grabbed the iconic lip balm – I keep one everywhere folks.  In my car, purse, desk etc.  It works great on the cuticle as well or even on rough elbows in a pinch and when my kids were babies as a nice safe balm on chapped winter cheeks. loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends,

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Dior has the new Super Booster One Serum that we all were lucky enough to get lovely samples of and I won a Dior Addict Lip Maximizer (cult fave)!  YES!    I also got to see first-hand the new 12-hour wear lip matte – It last ladies – I sampled some and it stayed on perfectly for my day with lots of eating, drinking, talking and it was still put before my shower!  The shades are to die for too – not drying but a soft matte lip.loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends, dior, sisley, sisley paris usa, ysl, le mer, lori tauraso

You only have a few more days of their Beauty Event and if you use your Saks Card (I got one for these type of events especially) the more you spend the more you save in points and real gift cards to use anywhere in the store.   A Little thing I have learned with these upscale department stores is that their store credit cards are really worth having.  They come with lots of real perks.  Shopping days, VIP events, free samples, free shipping and the points add up.  So I like to use them for luxury purchases because when does that stuff go on sale?  I just make sure to pay off at the end of the month.

I know they will be having a Holiday Trend Event as well so be on the lookout for that!  Holiday gift sets are the best every year I will post on Social Media so watch for and follow #saksfrontrow #saksbeauty #urablankslate #loriannmd and If you want an invite to attend or updates let me know #getonthelist

Well gotta run – I get to meet Ricky Wilson of Dior today than date night with my big guy.  Go to Ricky’s Instagram @rickywilsonbeauty to see his work and be on the lookout for photos, vlogs, blog posts and what I learned from the “Master Class”.

NEW IN MY CLOSET & WHATS COMING TO ITALY

Fall is Just about here so It has been out with the old and in with the new for my closet,

I have been tough on closet updates – getting rid of things and donating a lot.  I mean piles of clothes.  Piles! What do I do with my things…….I am really fond of Woman to Woman Mentoring is located here in my hometown and I really believe in the whole program.  I’d love for you to check out their site and if you have things to donate consider their program.  I really am a big advocate for women and women getting the chance to make life improvements, helping mothers, young and single especially and I have donated so many things to this cause.  Restaurant gift cards, tee shirts, wine books as well as a much loved FENDI black patent handbag to their main fundraiser “clutch for a cause” a coach bag, workwear attire and shoes.  Some with tags on, never worn or worn only one time.  Sweaters, skirts, dresses you name it – it went.  The other spot that has my things would be Plato’s Closet.  You get a quick turnaround of cash in hand – not the best return on investment but quickly done outta closet on to the next task.  Geared more towards younger generation so only a few of my things were accepted.  My never worn Loft Jacket and White House Black Market stuff outta age range. (ouch)

With this type of clean, comes some fun.  Below you will see what I purchased for my wardrobe.  I aspire to have a more organized approach with complete office/dinner/and date looks.   I work from home most days – yoga wear is the norm.  (that’s a whole different blog post, right?) so I am focusing on neutrals and will be using these things on our trip to ITALY in less than a month.  So stuff needs to travel well, be comfy, warm and cooooooool!  This is the beginning of what is coming with me!

The dress you see above is in black and the check top in Navy (my color the past for years for clothes and home decor) My inspo was this look here as you see below.  I can wear the pieces together as she did so well below yet will also be great as separates for a date night of white truffles in Alba and the check button up with jeans for sight seeing.  loriannmd, urablankslate, blankslate, frederik, dmv, nyfw, what to pack, italy trip, travel, blogger, blogger, tumi, nordstrom, shop style collective, I love the red but felt I’d get more wear from the dark one and have my black booties as well.  I think a good dupe!  I recently saved and treated myself to luxury Dior booties and with a more budget friendly version for this trip I bought the ones above more of that “sock boot” everyone is wearing this fall.  Next is this inspo pic white shirt and jeans…..easy right?  I will trade out the tie laces in the shirt above(BTW – for a fantastic price) that I got with some black silk ribbon or maybe even my DIOR ribbon that came in my boot box if it fits!  The green moss boots are so nice and a great change of pace.  This is an easy outfit to take from day to night anywhere.  I am also getting the black backpack for this trip.  I can put my smaller Gucci inside maybe or just have something a bit easier than lugging a tote for my camera, snack, note pads, bandaids etc. Topping with the black trench coat.  I will have layers for weather changes along the way.  It’s classic and a no brainer and Need a new one B – A – D – bad.
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I think I am making good progress will have my black FREDDY Leggin’s (best in the world for your butt!  I swear) and of course and a faux wet look black leggings that I can dress up or down mostly I’m sure I will be walking around in the new black NIKE Air Max tennis shoes.  The leggings will go with most of the tops I’m bringing along so that makes it easy.
I’m off today to get a few more mini travel sizes pieces of my favorite makeup & skin care samples also to get Abe’s dog sitter finalized.  Call me crazy but I WILL BE FACE TIMING my pup!  Take some more photos at the restaurant for new hometown publication and enjoying this great fall weather.  Maybe get on that bike of mine again – need my 10k steps too.  Didn’t make it yesterday only 8500. Ugggggggg
Comment below and let me know what you think I need to pack for this first lifetime trip to Northern Italy!  I’d love to get some more advice.  I want to have it all finalized middle of next week.  I think I’ll take photos of have I can mix and match outfits and bring along so I don’t get overwhelmed – doing the same for Mike as well.

DO YOU HAVE PUFFY EYES? A SKIN QUIZ FOR YOU – FOCUS IS ON THE EYE AREA

Question:  Do you have puffy eyes?  Dark circles, itchy watery eyes, redness, wrinkles, sagging?  Well keep reading my dear.

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Everything affects your eye area!  All of your internal organs are reflected in them……  Do you have any of these issues/sysmptoms?

Liver problems = yellow eyes

Lymph drainage system = puffy, dark circles

General mild illness = dull/lack luster

On medicine esp anitbiotics or being overly medicated = discoloured, puiffy, dull, hehydrated

Smoker = dehydrated and grey

Lack of sleep or too much = puffy, dark circles grey “tired eyes”

Poor diet, too much salt caffeine and alcohol – puffy, dak circles and dehydrated

Sun damage/ageing = wrinkles and dehydrated.  

So bascially if you are unhealthy interanlly, any topical cream would have to be magic to fix the above issues.  If you have any of these issues and they have come on suddenly and don’t go away I would also think of getting a full lab work up from your doctor if it has been awhile just to make sure nothing serious is going on.  That being said……when looking for cosmetic solution NO cream is a permanent ‘fix’.

As far as products go I like use gel moisturizer all over even the orbital area and a separate eye cream for a number of reasons but mainly because I am extremely prone to puffy eyelids and really dark circles.  Both of these issues are genetic, both nothing I can do anything about (excluding surgery for the lids) which maybe in a few years will be on the table.  Now I do know some things make it much worse and heavier formulations found in most moisturizers are a big one. I like thin serums and dedicated products for eyes for that reason.

  • Do NOT use mineral oil around your eye area – don’t use it anywhere – but especially the eye area – you’ll be puffy like never before – it basically suffocates the skin
  • Don’t be tempted to use more than the advised amount – its unnecessary, could cause irritation and waste your money
  • If you have eczema or psoriasis in the eye area – which is very common – you can use thicker creams on the lids as you’ll need them – depending on the severity of your condition they should probably be prescribed by your doctor – although you may find a nice organic balm somewhere – no beauty house should claim to treat those problems
  • Do use only the lightest of serums on the eyelids for the same reason as the mineral oil – puffiness
  • Keep it simple – too much fragrance in a product can really irritate the eye area – your eye cream does not need to smell – of anything
  • Most allergies to eye products and eyeshadows/mineral makeup are caused by an ingredient called Bismuth Oxychloride. It is used to give the shimmer/light reflective ‘glow’ and is one of the biggest allergens I have witnessed in the industry. If you’ve previously never been able to use a particular eye cream or eyeshadow and had it blamed on ‘your eyes’ by a brand – check their ingrediant list. You’ll probably see it on there. If you can’t use mineral makeup because it itches – you need to use a brand that openly says ‘no bismuth oxychloride’ when they are talking to you.

Also diet changes can be your great remedy or medicine.  Stop smoking if you do, cut back on coffee/tea/sodas (sugar is such a skin killer-aging magnet).  Sleep with your head elevated.  Be gentle with your eye skin area its thin and delicate no tugging.  Wear sunglasses big dark glasses a’la Jackie O’.  If possible, tint your car windows as dark as legally possible.  This will help prevent glare, age spots and squinting as much.  Sometimes you can get a note from your doctor.  Next drink lots of water.  If you can invest in clarasonic OPAL.lori tauraso, loriannmd, mike tauraso, frederick, dmv, blogger, wordpress, makeup artist, anti aging, healthy living, spa, travel writer, real reviews, reviews, downtown frederick, ultra, nyc, nyfw, dcfw, nordstrom marriott, I have been using it for years around my eyes and mouth.  Helps with removing fluid and will get your skin ready for product.  As you may know I recently started using the NUFACE with eye / lip prong tool as well.  So far so good.  The opal is where I would start and the price point a lot better as well.  However on recent searches it is sold out?????? Some saying discontinued I wonder if they are coming out with newer version?  I have had mine for over 10 years. So if you see one in the stores GRAB IT!  If you cant these two little things can help and the price is next to nothing.  loriannmd, lymph system, drainage massage, facial, eyes, makeup, blank slate, urablankslate, anti aging, again market , amazon, diy, home, dmv, frederick, visit frederick , nordstrom, beauty, asain beauty, beauty hack

What are they?  The top is a glass globe I purchased on Amazon and keep in the freezer (in plastic bin- so they wont break learned the hard waythey come in a pair but….) and massage across my face, eyes, neck much like my frozen spoons that I have used for years just ask my kids.   The bottom item is a typical Asain soup spoon.  You can grab at any international market.  It works in the same principal.  You can chill it or not apply your serum and use the back side to massage in.  These items are also great for lymph massage to give yourself or friend and really defines the jaw line.  Many youtube videos on how to do this type of facail massge which will decrease some puffiness and show off that stunning face of yours.  Doing these things few will help I promise.

Here’s looking at you kid!

Comment below if you want me to show you how I use these things to de-puff your peepers!  Give yourself a lymp massage as well.

PARSLEY – EAT PRETTY – FEEL GREAT – GIVEAWAY

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Happy Saturday Everyone,

I hope you had a good week.  Myself it has been lots of up’s and downs.  We have been so crazy busy both in some good and some bad ways that stress has just been really difficult to keep at bay.  So I really try and watch my diet during these times.  I want to keep on track and use my food as medicine not just to fill me up or fill a void.  I used to reach for big sugary carbs, cocktails, heavy cream based foods, fried foods, pasta, sodas.  Those all said comfort to me and a quick fix.  I’d feel good for a few minutes than usually feel guilty, bloated and terrible in the morning.  This week’s stress came from all sides both personal and business.  Life happens right.  I was careful to not run for the sugar instead I have eaten mostly plant based, increased my water and kept caffeine at a minimum no alcohol either.

I have been adding one or two beauty foods a day and really noticing how my energy, mood and digestion has stayed level if not gotten better.

Today I wanted to shared how I have added PARSLEY to the roundup, why and some of the benefits it gives.  If you’re lucky enough you have some in your summer garden.  We don’t but Wegmans is nearby!  I love their produce don’t you?  One thing I have been paying attention to are anti-inflammatory foods.  (INFLAMMATORY FOODS AGE YOU FOLKS) ANTI-INFLAMMATORY=ANTI-AGING!  

Parsley in an anti-inflammatory detoxifying herb that freshens breath (thanks to the chlorophyll and antibacterial properties), reduces water retention, supports liver and kidney health, and aids in blood sugar and hormone balance.  Hello lover boy – now your talking – that’s a super food to me!

Parsley, like many other fresh herbs, promotes healthy digestion by warding off bad bacteria in the gut.  (see leaky gut, clean program etc...) It stimulates the production of anti-aging glutathione in the body, protecting the mitochondria and oxygenating the blood.  Nutritionally, parsley is great source of iron, high in vitamin K1 which strengthens healthy blood vessels.  I like to add a hand full, stems and all, to my green smoothies, soups and juices for fresh, bright flavor with mega beauty perks!  So, say “I DO” to parsley and thank me later!

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Smooches until later,

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