Lisa’s top five favorite repurchases!

Lisa's Top Five RepurchasesI don’t just repurchase my most favorite items. I am a little OCD, so I’m always afraid of running out. I repurchase my favorites in bulk. So whatever I know I can’t live without, I simply make sure I will never have to!! I have at least three or four extras waiting in the wings at all times. Here are my top five repurchases that have lots of brothers and sisters waiting their turn on my shelves.

Paula's Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover

Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover

  1.  Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover ($16):  This is the very best makeup remover I have ever tried and I buy this four bottles at a time whenever there is a sale. I usually wear full coverage foundation and my skin tends to break out especially in my t-zone. So I take cleansing very seriously, and the first step is always makeup remover. This dual-phase liquid makeup remover needs to be shaken first. After squirting some onto a cleansing pad you wipe off makeup prior to cleansing. It removes everything, even waterproof mascara and the most tenacious lipstick. It’s completely safe to use on eyes, and it leaves skin feeling moist and hydrated but not oily or greasy.

    Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist

    Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist

  2. Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist ($12.95) Creation Pharm has a store in Traverse City,Michigan and you can find the line in person in lots of cool little stores all over Michigan. They have amazing soaps, oils, tanning lotions, bath products, and skin care. Jewelweed Topical Mist keeps my skin clear and is the best thing I’ve ever tried for keeping blackheads and acne at bay. It also clears up just about any other sort of skin condition you can think of – any itchy, rashy skin like Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, food allergies, and even bug bites. My brother was playing softball and he accidentally grabbed some knee pads that had mold in them. During the game, he slid into home and scratched up his leg. Two days later he had the most horrible infection in his leg, and after three weeks of treatment by doctors it was just getting worse. I gave him my precious bottle of Jewelweed Topical Mist and his leg immediately began to heal. Three days later it was all cleared up. He won’t give me back my bottle. I guess I can’t really blame him. The ingredients in this secret weapon include extracts of Jewelweed, White Oak Bark, Comfrey Leaf, Witch Hazel and Aloe. Native Americans used Jewelweed because it has a natural antihistamine in it that is very quick and totally effective. I use my Jewelweed Topical Mist for so many things that I always have extras on hand.  My son has very sensitive skin that will get itchy for seemingly no reason, my husband gets welts on his skin from heat rash, and my daughter is always getting scraped up. Jewelweed Topical Mist takes care of all those issues, plus it truly is the best toner I have ever used.

    Dan Read Cosmetics Silver Screen Foundation

    Dan Read Cosmetics Silver Screen Foundation

  3. Dan Read Cosmetics Silver Screen Foundation ($33.50) Dan Read Cosmetics is a fantastic niche boutique line with one of the best full coverage foundations available. This is a cream to powder foundation that is well-known among stage and film performers because it lasts through anything. It’s bulletproof. Hot lights, wet weather, long workouts – this foundation holds up like a champ. It corrects uneven skin tone, dark under eye circles, red areas, any problem you’ve got, and it looks natural. It is extremely pigmented so you don’t even need a separate concealer. I always have four shades – my winter color is Soft Ivory 3, which is my lightest shade. Natural 1 is my typical shade, and I use Natural 2 and Natural 3 when I faux tan. Silver Screen Foundation is available in a shimmer version that I also always have on hand. When I travel, this is the foundation I take with me every time.

    Guerlain Terracotta Spray

    Guerlain Terracotta Spray

  4. Guerlain Terracotta Spray ($64)  So, this is spendy, I know. But wow is it awesome. It’s not even perfect — the aerosol sometimes gets gummed up – but I have never gotten the same utterly fabulous bronzed glow with any other product, ever. It makes my skin look perfect. The spray is super light and the effect is freaking fantastic. This is a secret weapon that I am happy to share. Once you try this you will never ever want to be without it again. By the way, I honestly don’t find there to be much difference between the Light and Medium shades.

    Coconut Hut Coconut Oil

    Coconut Hut Coconut Oil

  5. Coconut Hut Coconut Oil in various scents ($17, coconuthutbeauty.com) I have slathered this body oil on for years and years…I remember I found it way back when I first discovered the Internet, so it’s been a while! I just love this little Hawaiian body product boutique. I get different scents all the time, but they are always some variation of coconut. Some of my all time favorites are Coconut Kanantik, Tahitian Black Coconut, and Beach Goddess, and I am currently loving the limited edition Hawaiian Tropics, a mix of coconut milk and dark tanning oil.

I’m so happy to share my top five repurchases with you!  I hope you find something that works for you…and I would love to know what your favorites are too!! – Lisa

Dan Read: Interview with a Cosmetic Rock Star

     Dan Read is a rock star.  Yes, he is the creator and owner of Dan Read Cosmetics, one of my all-time favorite cosmetics lines – but he is also a rock star.  For real.

      Dan was born to very creative, talented parents.  His mother was a portrait artist who also designed artwork for album covers in the seventies.  She created album cover art for stars like Eddie Arnolds, Buck Owens, and Elvis.  Speaking of Elvis, Dan’s mom had a real soft spot for him – so she married a man who looked and sounded just like Elvis.  Dan’s father, Ronnie White, had the very first Elvis tribute show.  He so closely resembled Elvis his act eventually opened for superstars like Tina Turner.  At age 16, Dan found himself playing drums onstage with his dad in Las Vegas.  That was only the beginning of a long career in show business.

Ronnie White, Dan's father, as Elvis

Ronnie White during an Elvis Tribute show

Dan went on to become a double bass hard hitting drummer in 1980’s big hair bands in Hollywood.  He was in the band Kingdom Come, and then moved to Bust’er Chops, managed by Eddie Van Halen.

Bust'er Chops - Dan Read is far right

Dan breaking some sticks in Bust'er Chops

Bust’er Chops was getting ready to go on tour, opening for the Stone Temple Pilots in the Monsters of Rock Tour, when the group decided Dan was too pretty. 

Early 80's Dan Read

So Dan was out, and a guy with a less perfect visage was in.  Dan thought he had missed his chance – and then he met up with a former band mate after the tour.  After a short conversation, Dan realized that the bands actually didn’t make a lot of money even with a huge tour (as Dan says, it was ‘rags to recognition’, not ‘rags to riches’).  He decided it was time to create Plan B.

     Dan answered a newspaper ad in the Los Angeles Times for a job cleaning beakers.  The man who placed that ad was none other than makeup legend Joe Blasco, who at that time was just starting his makeup line Joe Blasco Cosmetics.  Dan’s first job was on the Three Stooges lot in Hollywood, CA.  While he started out cleaning toilets, beakers, and sweeping, he was mesmerized by all the cool cosmetics – monster heads, arms, body parts, all the special effects.  Dan quickly graduated to learning how to create compound makeup, and he helped bring the Blasco line to the forefront with the marketing skills learned from playing in the bands.  Dan’s goal was to  promote the Joe Blasco line the way they promote a rock band.

     By 1988 the Blasco line went international.  Dan became the VP of Education, Joe Blasco Makeup Centers Hollywood, creating with makeup during the day, and still drumming in his rock band at night.  Dan worked as the Joe Blasco VP for over 12 years, eventually quitting his band to go to Orlando, Florida to work with Joe opening the Makeup Center East Corporation Headquarters.  Dan put together the very first makeup department for Universal Studios in Florida in 1992. 

Dan Read

     In 1997, Dan launched his own cosmetics line focused on what he knew was coming in 2000 – HD television.  For the past 13 years Dan has been doing his own HD-ready line, he really is the Father of HD makeup.  Dan’s philosophy is glamor makeup that looks natural, not overdone. 

     I asked Dan what he thought was the best part about being a makeup artist. His immediate answer?  “Making people cry.”  Of course he meant cry with happiness!  He loves making port wine stains, lupidermis, vitiglio, rosacea, or any skin condition that causes low self esteem disappear.  He lives to help people feel good about themselves, to be a part of that moment when someone really realizes how just how beautiful they are.   

     Dan has worked with tons of celebrities, including quite a few beauty icons. 

     He did Lauren Bacall’s makeup for the 61st academy awards.  He’s worked with supermodels like Kathy Ireland, with country music stars like Brooks & Dunn and Lori Morgan, and he even did makeup for Elizabeth Taylor.

     Dan has been in the business a long time, but he often feels like David versus Goliath.  He says, “There are far too many celebrity experts in this business who don’t know squat.  People listen to these quack experts and are frustrated when the products don’t work.  My products are based on logic, and they work.”  His DRC line features the famous HD-ready Silver Screen Series Foundation.  This foundation is revolutionary technology in Full Coverage, Clarifying, Comfort Foundation made with almost all powdered ingredients instead of oils and waxes.  It is highly pigmented, so it works as both a foundation and a concealer.  What makes it a truly amazing foundation is that it provides superior, long lasting coverage without powder, yet it’s sheer enough to look completely natural.  It’s also one of the very first foundations to use an organic preservative with no parabens. With Dan Read Cosmetics you will achieve the perfect match for your skin undertones.

Dan Read Silver Screen Series Foundation

      For women with visible wrinkles, Dan recommends using his foundation as both the concealer and the foundation.  The foundation clarifies the skin, it doesn’t settle into lines and it lets the skin breathe.  His foundation perfects the skin and de-emphasizes wrinkles.  When used in conjunction with his fine micro-milled setting powder it minimizes large pores.  To pick the correct shade, there is a great questionnaire on his DRC website.  Shades are based on ancestral background, so you should be able to find your match quickly – and if you can’t, just pick up the phone and give Dan, or one of his highly trained staff, a call. 

    Here’s a big secret for you – Dan is holding a huge celebrity party in Hollywood next month.  It’s by invitation only, and the guest list includes a wonderfully eclectic mix of celebrities like Loni Anderson, Billy Idol, Tommy Lee (of Motley Crue fame), and even George Clooney.  That’s an invitation list I would pay to be on!

     These days Dan is known as the ‘Modern day Max Factor’, and is one of the  most sought after makeup artists in film and television.  He’s continued his career in music too, he just finished his latest CD album with Russell and Hop.

Russell and Hop. Dan Read is pictured far left.

Dan Read is still a rock star, in every sense of the phrase.   – Lisa

Dan Read, still breaking sticks.