#MUA Gucci Westman demonstrates her “morning face”

Gucci Westman, formerly creative director for both Lancôme and Revlon, has launched her own #cleanbeauty line Westman Atelier.

Below she demonstrates how to do a dimensional (read contouring and highlighting) face using three shades of her Vital Skin Foundation Stick ($68.00 a piece!).  She blends ATELIER I (Fair, with neutral undertone) and ATELIER II (Medium fair, warm beige undertone) to create an under eye concealer.

The video runs five minutes. Gucci said that she could do the makeup in two minutes if she weren’t talking and demonstrating her makeup application.  Yeah, sure.  Easy when you’re a pro like her.

Gucci Westman on Instagram: westmanatelier and gucciwestman

It’s not calories in/calories out

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight LossThe Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book gives the lie to the idea that weight gain depends on calories in/calories out. Rather, insulin or insulin resistance is responsible for weight gain.

I’m pre-diabetic, and The Obesity Code has inspired me to cut back on sugars. Also, it’s not only a matter of what you eat, but also how frequently you eat. Fung endorses intermittent fasting.

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Happy (belated) #Canada Day


Alright, Canadians. For some reason this proud American feels obliged to post about Canada Day when I post about our Fourth of July. Actually I love Canada.

Since I posted a playlist for the 4th of July, I was inspired to post a playlist for Canada Day. Here’s k.d. lang’s Hymns of the 49th Parallel, in which she performs songs by Canadian stalwarts like Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, and Leonard Cohen.

A (belated) Happy Canada Day to our Canadian readers.

American Anthem

Today I listened to a delightful program on NPR called American Anthem. Among the songs that the show profiled were:

  • The Star Spangled Banner (naturally)
  • America The Beautiful
  • Fanfare for the Common Man, by Aaron Copeland
  • Born in the USA
  • God Bless The USA
  • America, by Simon & Garfunkel
  • This Land is Your Land
  • The Times They Are a-Changing
  • Get Together, as performed by the Youngbloods
  • Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”, Op. 95, B. 178, by Antonín Dvořák
  • Dixie

NPR writes:

Sometimes, a song isn’t just a song: It’s shorthand for an idea. Some songs can rouse and rally huge masses of people at once, whether they’re chanting in a stadium, marching in the streets or sweating it out on the dance floor.

American Anthem: The Playlist. (2019, July 01). Retrieved July 4, 2019, from https://www.npr.org/2019/07/01/736718887/american-anthem-the-playlist

NPR has put together a playlist that not only includes the songs listed above but also songs that have reached “anthemic status.”

I think that this playlist should include Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” What other songs do you think should be included?

How I clean makeup brushes – featuring Sigma Beauty’s 2X Sigma Spa Cleaning Glove

I recently cleaned my makeup brushes:

Clean makeup brushes

Clean makeup brushes

Brands include Real Techniques, Beauty Strokes, Sigma Beauty, and Wayne Goss.

I picked up the following method from the Internet.  If I knew who offered the advice, I’d credit them.

  1. Tear off a clean sheet of aluminum foil from the roll
  2. Pour a little bit of olive oil and mild shampoo or liquid dish soap onto the foil
  3. Swirl

I then swirl my makeup brushes in the mixture and wash, rinse, and squeeze out excess water out of the brushes using the two-sided 2X Sigma Spa© Brush Cleaning Glove (one side for face brushes and the other for eye makeup brushes).

2X Sigma Spa© Brush Cleaning Glove - Pink (1 piece)

2X Sigma Spa© Brush Cleaning Glove – Pink (1 piece)

The glove costs $39.00 through Sigma’s web site.

Want to know how to use it?  Sigma has made this very helpful video:

Drunk Elephant The Littles discovery set

I was curious about Drunk Elephant, so I bought The Littles discovery set.

The Littles

I’ve exchanged brief messages with founder Tiffany Masterson via Linkedin and found her very responsive and friendly. I haven’t tried all the products in the discovery set. Here are the ones I’ve tried:

  • Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
  • Lalo Retro Whipped Cream
  • T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum

Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is the gentlest cleanser that I have used. I like to do a double cleanse with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Lalo Retro Whipped Cream is a very good moisturizer with a whipped consistency. While I had  no problem with the T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum the first time I used it, I experienced irritation the second time I used it. I skipped all treatment serums and used gentle creams to soothe the irritation the following day.

Of the three products, I’d be most inclined to buy Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Fortunately, there is a sample in Sephora’s 2019 Birthday Gift!