Tag Archives: Laura Mercier

GUEST POST: The Beauty of Love

Julia McCurley portraitEditor’s Note: This guest post is from Austin-based professional matchmaker and relationship expert Julia McCurley of Something More. Julia and I recently met at an event, and I was instantly drawn to her firecracker personality. I’ve invited her to write this guest post on Beautypendence. All opinions shared below are her own.

I know about love… and beauty. Often they are intertwined. Here, I’ll let you look into my makeup drawer to see my favorite products that I use – as well as recommend to my clients. Continue reading

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What Do You Know About Ovarian Cancer?

I don’t usually discuss the personal aspects of my life with the whole world wide web, but this is just too important, so listen up. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s time to Break the Silence.  If you are a woman or have women in your life that you care about, please read and share this post.

In early 2007, my mom was diagnosed with primary peritoneal carcinoma, a cancer mostly commonly classified in the same category as ovarian cancer due to the similar prognosis and treatment. Fairly soon after her diagnosis, she had a tumor removed from her peritoneum (a membrane that forms the lining of the abdominal cavity) the size of a grapefruit and immediately began first line chemotherapy. During the chemo, she stopped working, lost a lot of weight and her hair. She was probably more sick than she let on, but she stayed positive. Six months later, she began to feel better, gained her strength back, and went back to work. Everything was great. And then in mid-2008, the cancer showed signs of its return. She went through several different second line chemotherapy drugs, but nothing seemed to help. On May 9, 2009, my mom passed away at the age of 59. Three years later, I still think about her and miss her everyday.

Jenn and mom, Christmas 2007

Me and my mom, Christmas 2007. And yes, she was one of those women who looked beautiful even without hair.

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InStyle’s Best Beauty(pendence) Buys

cover of InStyle magazine's May 2012 issueThe May issue of InStyle magazine is without question the one magazine I look forward to every year. And that’s because it’s the annual Best Beauty Buys issue. As you might tell, I do a hefty amount of research before purchasing any beauty products, and this issue has been an important resource for me for years. And to celebrate this year’s list, the first of hopefully many in the Beautypendence era, I thought it would be fun to point out all the make-up, skin, body and hair products in this year’s issue that I’ve discussed on the blog. Here goes… Continue reading

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Beauty Makeover Shopping Spree!

Lynnette is one of our nearest and dearest friends.  I can’t really speak enough about how much I love this woman.  She is truly awesome.  So when she asked me a few months ago if I would help her buy some skincare and make-up products, I said absolutely, yes.

Lynnette and Jenn

The two of us at my birthday this summer

Lynnette is 47 years-old, has raised two beautiful daughters both in their 20s, is married to a wonderful man, and works full-time.  As you can see from the photo above, she has bright blue eyes and great luminous skin.  Let’s all hope we age as well as she has.

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Make-up Styling for a Wedding, Part III: Ingredients List

Last time we talked, Jenn had responded to some make-up inspirations that I sent her. She was on board for a neutral palette of an overall peach overtone, with punched up eyes. Based on that information, I devised an “ingredients list” to cook-up Jenn’s perfect wedding make-up look. Some of the products she would buy, and some I would bring with me. To come up with this list, I mentally walked through her make-up application.

STEP 1: Creating an even canvas

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and HD Concealer, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
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