Making Faces…

I was lucky enough to get to spend my early 20’s in NYC.

It was the mid 90’s and Grunge was all the rage,  Johnny Depp was dating Kate Moss, everybody wanted to get their hands on Vamp lipstick and nail polish by Chanel and a new sitcom about 6 friends who hang out in a coffee shop near Central Park was MUST SEE TV for real.

Around this time a young make up artist named Kevyn Aucoin was responsible for beautifying just about every famous face there was, from Cher to Tori Amos, from Winona Ryder to Jessica Lange. You were someone if he did your make up.

Unfortunately he died way too soon but left behind a legacy of ‘how to’ books (The Art of MakeUp, Making Faces and Face Forward) and a cosmetic line that is to be as celebrated as his artistry.

Today I’m singing the praises of 2 of his face products that have me feeling a lot prettier than I really am. I’ll introduce them in the order I use them.

#1.  The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm is essentially a sheer coverage, oil free, SPF 20 product, that helps to moisturize and nourish your skin all the while leaving you zit free and gorgeous. (I use shade SB03)

#2. The Celestial Bronzing Veil is what I call ‘Crack’ for my skin tone. This isn’t just a bronzer! When I use this I honestly look like I’ve been at the beach all day and have been tanned to perfection. It uses 3 different shades to give you that beautifully bronzed glow. I bought 2 immediately because I cannot find them where I live. There are 2 versions of it, one called Tropical Days, the other Tropical Nights. I opted for the Days since it was warmer in tone, the Nights is slightly cooler and a little too dark for my liking.

The links I’ve included above take you to the Kevyn Aucoin website directly and from there you can access the shopping link since it will vary for each country.

I know you will all love today’s recommended products because they really are as good as I claim.

Glow on and make Gorgeous Faces…

xo Elisa

sensual balm

tropical days


Spring hasn’t quite sprung yet, but it’s on its way. I know this because Laura Mercier has launched a new limited edition palette for spring 2014 that has become my all time favorite palette EVER!

It may seem pre-mature to talk spring make-up (since I’m writing this while looking at snow blowing outside my window) however I picked up this palette while on holiday in South Florida and I haven’t worn anything else since. Nor do I have any intention of switching any time soon.

This Enlightenment Eye and Cheek Palette has 4 eye shadows and 2 blushes that will flatter every complexion. At first glance they all look very sparkly and shimmery. I don’t do “sparkly” so I was a bit skeptical but it looked so beautiful that I thought “what the heck, for $55 I could be a sport.”

All 4 shadows are neutrals that wear beautifully, they do not look glitzy and shimmery when they are on. If anything they brighten your eyes and help you look really well rested. As someone who usually wears 2 shadows (one on the lid and one in the crease) I’ve been wearing these solo, they make your eyes look so good you only need one at a time. I have however layered them to see how they’d wear in pairs and they were brilliant…literally!

The 2 blushes really impressed me as well. One looked really bright in the palette but when I put it on it gave me a magnificent glow.

This palette gets a 5 star rating from me. This will be your go to palette for day and night.

Making this palette very palatable for all!

xo Elisa




Domo Arigato!

I was 11 years old in 1982 when I saw Styx’ Kilroy was Here concert tour! It still goes down as one of the greatest shows I have ever seen! “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto” was my first introduction to all things Japanese (well omitting the Mr. Roboto part). Years later came my love of sushi and now I’m here to talk about a line of skin care from Japan that will ‘rock your world!’

Koh Gen Doh is that company and their Oriental Plants Clean Foam and Macro Vintage Eye Treatment are the two products that I am raving about today.

The Cleansing foam froths so nicely, is so gentle on the skin and lasts a ridiculously long time. All you need is a pea size amount, add water and wash your face to reveal beautiful, healthy skin. Available online at or directly from the Koh Gen Do website (see link above), this will set you back $45, but well worth it I assure you!

koh gen do cleanser

The Macro Vintage Eye Treatment is off the charts amazing. Available only from their website directly (see link above) or from, this item is on the pricier side. Before I reveal the price, I feel compelled to say it is by far the best eye cream I have ever used! Not only does it smooth the fine lines around my eyes, my skin stays hydrated (not greasy) all day, my make up goes on even better than before (and stays on) and my eyes appear brighter and more rested. The tube should last you a really long time because all you need is the size of a grain of rice for both eyes. Now here is the bad news, the product sells for $138, however when you order from Koh Gen Do directly they have a promotions tab which usually offers great deals and they always seem to send great samples with your online order.

macro vintage eye

This being a new year and all I just want to remind everyone to take a little time to do something nice for yourself. Whether its soaking in a hot tub, getting a massage, or using a great product, TRUTHisBEAUT-E is all about putting aside a couple of minutes a day to take care of ‘you!’

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2014!

xo Elisa

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