Midlife Makeover Magic with Makeup & Beauty Expert Alice Atakhanian

Beyond Beauty OwnerIf you want some fabulous ideas on how to do your own, affordable midlife makeover, then you must watch this show! Beauty expert, Alice Atakhanian, offers some unique and affordable tips are really easy to follow.  I visited her at her new salon, Beyond Beauty, in Glendale, California where she turned my plain mid-life crisis worn face into a work of art!

What was even more exciting was Alice’s three makeup must-haves are inexpensive and can be found at most local drugstore chains, like CVS.

Ponds MoisturizerThe first product she used was Pond’s Moisturizer, which I found to be very rich and creamy without being oily or leaving a residue. The second great product to use, was L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara, which I had bought recently to try  and really liked it so it was great to see a true professional uses it.  And lastly, was absolutely my favorite new makeup find – NYX Pencils. I couldn’t believe how easy to apply these eyeliner pencils were, they were firm enough to draw a straight line but soft enough that they didn’t pull on my skin when applied.  Also, the pigments are rich and they come in what seems to be a zillion colors and at about $7.00 each,  they are better than some of the higher priced pencils I’ve used in the past.

Then when you save money on products you use daily, you can put what you’re saving towards some very good makeup brushes, which Alice says are a must, not a splurge.

For more tips and to see my transformation from drab to fab, watch this Life After Kids episode and see why I call Alice, a true makeover magician!

Midlife Beauty with Makeup & Beauty Guru Alice Atakhanian

Alice AtakhanianJoin me today on Life After Kids at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific for beauty and makeup tips from guru, teacher and businesswoman, Alice Atakian. With over 27 years in the biz, she definitely knows beauty and I am lucky to have her as my guest.

So if you want to know how to look trendy without trying to look like your teenager? Or, how to accent your best features and look younger and fresher? Or perhaps, you’re thinking about updating your hairstyle? These and other questions will be answered and if you get your FREE Stickam account you can log in and ask Alice Questions LIVE, so please join us!

Meet the iFabbo.com Team – Life After Kids TV 2/3/11

International-Fashion-and-Beauty-Bloggers-OrganizationKicked off my second season of Life After Kids at the amazing showroom of Bollare, a fashion PR/Marketing firm in West Hollywood, California. Arrived upstairs to an amazing fashion showroom filled with luscious luxury fashions, shoes, jewelry and leather purses. I am here for the LA kick-off party for iFabbo.com (International Fashion and Beauty Bloggers Organization), dedicated to connecting brands and bloggers in a new way. Meet the two co-founders, Sinead Norenius and Tonia Korakis who told me the big news about their organization. I am off to the party and I will have more to tell you later so until then check out my Season 2 opener below.

“happyLA” Shopping

Recently, I was invited to check out happy LA, a relatively new clothing boutique tucked away in a small strip of shops at the base of Pacific Palisades Highlands outside of Los Angeles.  When I first entered the beach-themed store,  I wondered if this mid-life mama with curves would be greeted with an array of fashions suited only for charter members of anorexics anonymous.  Within moments,  I was genuinely surprised and smitten with their collection of fresh takes on classic themes (T-shirts, jackets and jeans) and the array of styles that co-owner Lori Bzura terms as “laidback” and “easy elegance.”

In addition to their own signature brand,  happy LA, just launched this fall, this boutique features a range of sought-after designers including Hudson, Genetic Denim, Chan Luu, Me & Ro, Gypsy 05, and Velvet, as well as emerging designers such as Bennett Malibu, T Los Angeles, and Brochu Walker.

Dawn Baker - Lori Bzura

Dawn and Lori, Co-Owners happy LA

What I loved the most was that all their clothing was multi-purposed (day into evening), mix and matchable (for keeping your wardrobe seasonable and fresh) and most of the items, if not all, were made from natural fabrications that are easy to care for, comfortable, and most importantly suited to all sizes, shapes and ages.

I will be posting the video shortly of the afternoon with owners,  Lori Bzura and Dawn Baker, as they bring you their take on this fall’s  fashion trends and an up close look at some fabulous outfits and accessories that I would be very happy to have hanging in my closet.

If you want to buy any of the pieces featured in my video and don’t live in Los Angeles,  you can shop at the happy LA online store.  Plus, as a special gift to Life After Kids/Mingle Media TV fans,  Lori and Dawn have offered you a 10% discount - just add mingle in the code box upon check out and with free shipping policy, you’ll be getting a cool deal on their hot fashions.

To Cut or Not to Cut – An Interview with Dr. Lawrence Koplin

www.drkoplin.comMy interview with plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Koplin who was lending his support to the Malibu Family Wines Crush and Harvest Event benefiting City Hearts.Org on October 8th.

What he had to say about arts education and why its an important facet of all children’s growth and development, his views on extreme plastic surgery and why the late Dr. Frank Ryan should not be known as the man who “created” Heidi Montag, but a man who was first and foremost, a caring philanthropist who changed and saved the lives of so many in need.