Posts Tagged ‘Beauty’

Self-Tanning Must Haves!

Have you been dying to get a sunkissed glow to start off your summer but there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Look no further, #teamfab has discovered exactly what you need!

The new St. Tropez collection has just arrived and the girls and I at Make Me Fabulous decided to share with you which two self-tanning products we just cannot live without!


First up is St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion:

With just 3 minutes as part of your daily shower routine, Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion is a convenient way to build a sunkissed, gradual glow, that provides up to 24 hour moisturization. This product is streak-free and easy to apply, it’s ideal for first time tanners, pre and post vacation top-ups, or those looking for a low maintenance year-round glow! With Sweet Almond Oil it’s also clinically proven to hydrate the skin for up to 24 hours, so there’s no need to moisturize afterwards, making it perfect for busy lifestyles.

This Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion is also available in Golden Glow Medium for a deeper sunkissed glow in just 3 minutes!


So, why is this product fabulous?

By just simply applying daily in the shower, you can build your desired depth of tan and keep your skin healthy and moisturized!


Second up is St. Tropez One Night Only Temporary Tanner:

IMG_0940Get the signature St.Tropez tan in a flash with One Night Only Wash Off Face & Body Lotion. This innovative and easy-to-use tanning essential delivers a natural-looking, streak-free golden tan that lasts for
up to 24 hours—or until you decide to wash it off. Containing RAINMAC technology with silicon coated pigments, it ensures color will not streak or run even when wet. The advanced formula does not transfer onto clothes or sheets, but can be easily removed with just soap and water. Skin is left smooth, hydrated, and perfectly luminous.

A choice of two shades ensures a perfect finish to suit all skintones: light/medium for St. Tropez classic golden glow or medium/dark for the ultimate deep bronze.


So, why is this product fabulous?

The sunkissed glow this product creates only lasts up to 24 hours so if committing to a bronze for a few weeks isn’t for you, this product is perfect!


We love these products and we hope you do too!

What self-tanners have you used? Comment and tell us, we’d love to know! Be sure to check out Team Fab on Facebook, too!


Our Top 6 Favorite Beauty Tools! Love, #teamfab

The girls and I at Make Me Fabulous decided to sit down one morning and share the beauty tools that we just can’t live without. We came up with a list of products, that glam up our styling, to create flawless results and now YOU can make your everyday routine just as FAB.

We hope you enjoy our favorite beauty tools as much as we do!

Here are our Top 6:

The Wet Brush ($9.99)Our Top 6 Favorite Beauty Tools! Love, #teamfab Make Me Fabulous, Ballston Spa, NY

  • The Wet Brush’s IntelliFlex® bristles are super thin, strong and flexible. These bristles will glide through any hair type combing out tangles effortlessly. The bristles’ flexibility enables protective and pain-free detangling while the SofTips™ on the very top of the bristles massage the scalp to stimulate circulation at the follicle.

So, why does #teamfab love it?

  • There is less pulling/nagging/breaking when brushed through wet hair.
  • Works great for both thick and thin hair.

Olivia Garden #84/3.5” Round Brush ($17.96)

  • LatestOur Top 6 Favorite Beauty Tools! Love, #teamfab Make Me Fabulous, Ballston Spa, NY Ceramic Technology- Ceramic coated barrel, heats up faster & retains heat longer, faster & better styling.
  • Tourmaline Ion Technology- Hydrates the cuticle, adds more shine to the hair, eliminates frizz & flyaways. Soft-tip bristles, gentle on hair & scalp.
  • Unique Patented Design- 100% Seamless body, absolutely snag-free, retractable sectioning pick, lightweight for effortless styling.

Angela, Senior Hair Team Leader, loves this product because:

  • The ceramic barrel evenly distributes hair to give a lot of volume and soft waves.
  • This brush has a smooth barrel so it doesn’t pull on hair but still provides the grip needed for a smooth blow out with a little bit of wave.
  • Creates smooth and shiny hair.

 Style Edit Hair Powder ($20.00) and Spray ($11.00)Our Top 6 Favorite Beauty Tools! Love, #teamfab Make Me Fabulous, Ballston Spa, NY

  • This instant, temporary gray root touch-up spray covers fading roots, extending the life of color between salon visits. The unique pin point applicator targets the areas that need a temporary color boost. It also fills in thinner areas on the scalp.

Our Top 6 Favorite Beauty Tools! Love, #teamfab Make Me Fabulous, Ballston Spa, NYSo, why does #teamfab love it?

  • These products are great to cover any unwanted grays in between visits.
  • Perfect if you’re short on time and can’t get to the salon but still want to look fabulous without covering grays with boxed dye.
  • Temporary dye that is easy to wash out.
  • Waterproof
  • Great for men and women for filling in thinning hair lines and part lines.

Bare Skin Foundation Brush with Well ($28.00)

  • The transfo71184-0rmation begins when you buff our Perfecting Face Brush onto skin. Engineered with a unique fluid reservoir, this brush allows for no-mess foundation application, directly from bottle to brush. Uniquely designed for bareSkin Foundation, this must-have tool lets you adjust your  coverage-to the drop-for a perfectly seamless application.

Susan, our Senior Makeup Artist, loves this brush because:

  • It controls the amount of product used so none is being wasted.
  • This brush blends any foundation perfectly.
  • It has the right amount of fibers to get flawless coverage with any foundation.

 St. Tropez Tanning Mitt ($6.00)st_tropez_selvbruner_handske_paaforing_billigparfume_dk__30780

  • Applicator mitt ensures an even tan with no messy tan residue left on hands. These applicators give even and smooth results. The water-resistant barrier ensures fingers remain unstained as you glide on your St. Tropez product.

Why do I love it?

  • The inexpensive price.
  • The product can be placed directly on the mitt so your hands don’t absorb the product- the product is not wasted, and your hands won’t turn orange!
  • The self-tanner is blended beautifully.
  • The mitts are reusable:
  • There are smaller sizes for face and smaller areas.

False Eyelashes in Andrea 43 ($3.00) or Ardell Babies ($4.00)

  • yhst-88462588038071_2420_519710930Andrea 43– Made from 100% sterile human hair. The Andrea ModLash collection is used worldwide by celebrity make-up artists, celebrities, fashionistas & models to create beautiful and glamourous looks. Each pair of lashes can be used up to three weeks.51PisX64BUL._SY355_
  • Ardell Babies- These lashes feature an invisible, lightweight band that connects the hair strands to form a strip that ensures secure corners. They are knotted and feathered by hand for perfect uniformity, absolute comfort and an outstanding natural look.

Lauren, Senior Makeup Artist and Special Events Coordinator says:

  • Both products are the perfect shape for most eye shapes and  lashes.
  • Natural looking- not too long and not too heavy.
  • Can be bought for under $5
  • They look like your own lashes only better!

I love this list and hope you do, too! Be Fabulous ladies…until next week 🙂

–Alayne Curtiss, Owner of Make Me Fabulous

What beauty items are your “must-have’s”? Comment and tell us, we’d love to know! Be sure to check out Team Fab on Facebook, too!

Stila Holiday Sets are Here!

OK, ladies, here’s one to bookmark for your guy as a not-so-subtle hint for holiday gifts. Here at Make Me Fabulous, we just love this time of year… nearly every shipment sprinkled with dazzling holiday gift sets. Seriously, it’s like Christmas every time we unpack a box! (more…)

A Former Rockette Receives a Day of Beauty with Alayne

Recently I have had an opportunity to become acquainted with an amazing woman.  The problem is… looking at Miss Janet Murphy, you don’t really know how amazing she is!. Well, that all changed on Martin Luther King Day 2014.   You see, Janet is an extremely selfless hard working woman, and saw a recent photo of herself and realized she didn’t recognize the woman she saw.  She felt a bit pale and well… tired… and why wouldn’t she be.  Here’s why!

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Janet Before

 Janet became a Rockette performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City at the age of 20.  She  was chosen as a Rockette the very first time she tried out , which she later found out rarely happens. Janet is still involved in the Rockette Alumni Association and often travels to NYC to meet with her former dance members.  When she was a teen she rarely attended school functions or dances because she was always practicing.  She said she would often do 1000 kicks per day!

After Janet finished performing  with the Rockettes she went south and performed at Walt Disney World.   Janet was an only child, born in Utica New York, and was very close to her mother.  Janet’s mom would take her to see the Rockettes perform in NYC. They also attended the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City each year.  About 15 years ago, Janet’s mother took on the task of being the local executive director to the Miss America Preliminary Scholarship Competition.  Janet’s mother  was struck with cancer the year that her first local competition was to take place.  Janet took on ALL the duties that would have been her mother’s.  Although, Janet’s mother attended the pageant she died just a few weeks later.  Today, Janet, who never had any children of her own, carries on her mother’s dream and oversees 3 Miss and 3 Outstanding Teen competitors who go on to compete in the Miss New York America Competition and Miss New York Outstanding Teen Competition hoping to win scholarship money to attend college or fulfill their own dreams.  Some of her girls have even won full college scholarships all together.

We talked a lot that Martin Luther King day about all the girls she has met and helped and still maintains relationships with to this day. She could recall their talents, the years they competed, the dresses they wore and all their now children’s names!!!  She told me about driving, sometimes alone, to Florida year after year to show support to her “teen girls” competing there.  And how happy she was that the Miss America Pageant was back in Atlantic City where she and her mother attended 17 years in a row!

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Janet Before

Janet also teaches 28 dance classes per week, from toddlers to senior citizens all around the capital district.  Her seniors have been asked to perform all over the east coast!  And as if that wasn’t enough, she is also an assistant manager at Christopher and Banks retail women’s specialty store in Colonie Center. Why does Janet do all this.  To keep her mother’s dream and the dream of young girls alive! 

So now you know why Janet was looking a bit pale and tired in the photo.  What I didn’t tell you was that the photo was taken because Janet found out that she had been awarded an honor from her job at Christopher and Banks for her commitment to the company, her customer service and her outstanding productivity in the entire northeast region, and her picture would be appearing on the company website! So when a mutual friend of ours heard that Janet somehow had a day off on that chilly Monday, she asked me to squeeze her in for a day of beauty.  I couldn’t say no!


Miss Janet (in green) and I having fun with a few local titleholders.

Janet’s next annual competition will be held on March 1st, at the Edison Club, in Clifton Park.  She plans on having 15-20 girls from all over the state competing for 3 titles to attend the Miss New York America competition in May.  Check out Janet’s facebook page

or email her at

feel free to message her with any entry inquiries, donations or questions.  If she doesn’t get back to you right away I’m sure you’ll understand why and plan on seeing a new Janet there that day!

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We colored Janet’s grey with Schwarzkopf Absolutes, Not too far from her own color so upkeep would be minimal and shine would return to her neglected locks. We left her hair long enough so she can still pull it back for dance classes. She dislikes when her bangs cover her eyes, so we trimmed them slightly.

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Our inspiration for her makeup was from a Rockette photo she showed me from almost 3o years ago. Janet even knows how to put on her own false lashes with ease, when she has time!! I showed her how to put her hair into a quick, yet elegant French twist for the upcoming pageant!

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Thank you for spending your only day off with me Janet! The pleasure was all mine!!


Ask Alayne! Cleaning Makeup Brushes and More!

We’re starting a new feature here on the Make Me Fabulous blog! Every so often we’re going to post a few common beauty questions that we get from our clients and Alayne will share the answers with all of you! How fun and fabulous! Ready? Here we go…

Question 1) How often should I be cleaning my makeup brushes and what should I clean them with and how?

Alayne’s Answer: Great question! Given the frequent use of brushes here at the shop and when we’re out “in the field,” I feel like all we do is clean makeup brushes! But for regular, at home use, I recommend that you clean your brushes once a month.

Here at Make Me Fabulous we clean our brushes with a gentle soap like the Bare Minerals Brush Shampoo, Well-Cared For. You can also use a mild shampoo like Bumble and bumble’s Gentle Shampoo (both available at Make Me Fabulous). I like to put a small dab of soap in the palm of my hand swish each brush; then I have a little dish with some more soap and tepid water that I swish the brushes in to make sure all of the makeup is out of the bristles. Don’t immerse your brush to the base of the bristles (also known as the “ferrule”) as that may cause the bristles to loosen and always keep your brush pointed down while you’re cleaning it. Then rinse the brush in clean water, squeeze out the excess water, and leave them out to dry on the edge of a sink, or someplace where the air can get to all the bristles and the brush can dry completely.

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Question 2) I’ve noticed that some face creams I’ve purchased come with a thin plastic lid under the cap or cover–should I keep that inside lid or can I throw it away?

Alayne’s Answer: Oooh, another goodie! Believe it or not, that inside lid is there for a good reason. Some creams and moisturizers (like philosophy’s miracle worker–available at MMF) contain active ingredients like retinol or Vitamin C and that inside lid / liner is there to block out any light or air. The absence of the inside lid may cause those active ingredients to break down and render the product less effective. Bottom line: don’t throw those inside lids away!


Hope you enjoyed this post! Did you find this information helpful? Do you have other questions that you’d like answered? Let me know in the comments!

Stay fabulous–