It's My Perogative, and I'm Doing It Just For You! - Basic Skincare

Bobbi Brown saved my life!!  Not this Bobby Brown...although he did teach me the running man!

I found myself running trial and error sessions on my skin.  Taking my ph levels through the ringer was not going to help my skin find the balance it needed to clear up.   So my first tip is to be gentle on your skin.  Sometimes adult acne is attention to your skin...if you are breaking out with your cycle or prior to your cycle don't get crazy and buy deep acne treatments.   Spot treat those blemishes without disrupting the rest of your facial skin.

Here is my regime, and how I make the best use of the product:

Step 1: Bobbi Brown Lathering Tube Soap
A unique soap formula with a rich, luxurious lathering action that lifts off makeup and dirt. A Coconut Extract derivative cleanses deeply, yet gently, while Apricot Oil hydrates and cushions skin for an incredibly clean, soft, and refreshed feeling. Lathering Tube Soap works especially well for combination skin. Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested.

(I am not one for reinventing the wheel :) Copied from the BB website)

CC:  I am on my 3rd tube of this facial cleanser and I love it.  I actually save money using this product!  I no longer use a makeup remover to remove makeup before jumping in the shower.   In fact, I find this to be one of the best makeup removers I have ever used.  Yet at the same time it's very gentle on the skin.  I use the tiniest centimeter of product and it laters up for my face and neck!   It usually lasts me about 2 to 3 months. 

A.M. : I usually don't wash my face with a cleanser in the morning, I just run cold water on my skin to wake up and reduce any puffiness to my skin and then on to Step 2.  Sometimes if I have a blemish I spot treat it with a DDF Sulfur Mask overnight and then I will wash my face with this the next morning.

P.M. : I wear makeup practically everyday and I have to shower each and every night!  I am not a two days to shampoo girl...I have to shampoo everynight...I just can not sleep unless my head feels clean...I don't think it is that good for my hair...but I have tried to go two days and I can't sleep right!   If I am so exhausted that I fall asleep with makeup on...I have the worst sleep...All night I lecture myself about how much I am going to regret not washing my face...then I finally jump up and do it!  So now, I don't dilly dally I just get it over with and enjoy my sleep!

Note:  I give a sample of this to my clients so that they can wash away their makeup with ease at the end of their event!   I don't know what they use at home but I have heard of people having to wash their faces several times after photo shoots...I know this will do the trick the first time's just good stuff!

Step 2: Bobbi Brown Soothing Face Tonic
This alcohol-free hydrating formula softens, tones, and refines skin -- gently -- without tightening or irritation. Infused with Cucumber Extract and natural Lavender to instantly soothe and calm. Dermatologist-tested.

(Again copied from the BB website)

CC:  Smells so great!  This is the highlight of feels great and smells great, and I am positive that this along with the Lathering Tube Soap is the key to great looking skin!

A.M.: I use this every morning.   It never really picks up residue because I pretty much removed it the night before, so I my primary use for it in the a.m. is to refresh and soothe my skin.  It calms the redness and helps reduce puffiness. 

P.M. I pair this with the Exfoliating Cotton Discs from CVS to get the perfectly CLEAN face.   I just saturate the cotton disc and run it over my face til there is no residue left on the cotton, usually by the 2nd or 3rd disc.  I concentrate on my forehead (to remove any makeup spelunking in my DFW's) and around my nose.

Step 3: MAC Fast Response Eye Cream
The super-charged, caffeinated cream with instant effects. De-puffs, erases the look of dark circles, firms, soothes and softens skin around the eye. Special optics act like magic to fade away lines.

(From MAC Website)

CC: This was one of the first MAC skincare items I purchased and fell in love with.  Working there I don't know how many women and introduced to this that fell in love with it as well!   I use this everday...I put a small amount on my ring both of my ring fingers together and then stipple it onto my eyes.  (In a dotting motion, pushing it into my skin.)

Step 4: MAC Charged Water Hydrating Mist
Charged water, fused with vital ions from rhodochrosite to create a powerfully protective hydrating mist to help defend the skin from environmental agents. It also has an aroma of a grapefruit/tangerine.

CC: During select promotions MAC introduces Charged Waters.    This is kind of a skeptical product.   Some people prefer fix+ but that is not really a fair comparison as they are both created for different reasons.   Charged waters have different direct purposes.  This orange on is for Hydrating.   So this is an essential step in my morning routine.  One bottle pretty much has lasted almost a year!   I used about 3 sprays every morning.

STEP 4: DDF Protective Eye Cream UV SPF 15
A lustrous, lightweight daytime eye treatment fortified with essential fatty acids and humectants to moisturize and help minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Broad spectrum SPF helps protect the fragile eye area from future UV damage.
  • Protects fragile eye area
  • Minimizes look of fine lines
(From the DDF Website)

CC: It is a golden rule of skin protection to put your SPF on an hour before heading into the sun.  So step 4 is protecting my eye are from the suns aging.   I focus this formula around my whole eye..avoiding the area I would put eyeliner on.  This helps prevent the product from melting into your eye from heat or sweating, etc.   Alot of people tend to just put this on the bottom under their eye.  But you do get wrinkles, aging and darker on your eyelids! 

Step 5:  DDF UltraLite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew

An oil-, fragrance-, and dye-free moisturizer for all skin types, including acne-prone skin. Contains aloe vera, vitamins A, E and C, and grapeseed for comfortable hydration. Will not clog pores. Lanolin-free.

  •  Absorbs quickly
  • Fragrance-free
  • Replenishes moisture
CC:  I have never used a product like this.  The pump somehow airates (sp?) the dew and gives it a mousey (I may have made that word up, too!) texture.   One pump will be enough to cover your entire face and neck.  I love this product.  It leaves my face feeling hydrated and clean.

I know it seems like a lot of steps...but this literally takes me 5 minutes to do in the morning.   I used to use the Bobbi Brown Lathering Cleanser, Tonic and then Dove Moisturizer with SPF 15 and that worked great!  So I know that the Bobbi Brown products are my Holy Grail products for treating adult acne.   I hope you give them a try and let me know what you think!

Storage Tips

You can find this acrylic bead storage container at Michaels Craft Store.    Sign up for the email newsletter and receive 40% off!   The container cost $9.99 so you wll basically be paying around $6 for it.  The MAC eyeshadow singles fit perfectly inside this case.

The lid comes off easily so be aware and keep a grip on it when you turn it over to see the names of the eyeshadows.  

If you are familiar with using the MAC Pro Pallettes then you know that they eyeshadows can become pretty messy and cross contaminated and sometimes break in transit.

I find that it is less messy and your eyeshadows are less likely to break in the original packaging.   You can fit blushes, Mineralized Skin Finishes and Mineralized Eyeshadows in a case as well.    Stay tuned for a video of my Makeup Artistry Kit that I take on site for additional organization tips!

Free Tools

It's true what they say, "sometimes the best things in life are free!"

Here are some tips to discover free tools!  I will do my best to update this list with more free tools as I come across them!

1. Sephora - The next time you visit Sephora grab and extra mascara wand and sponge tip applicator from the tester station at the end of the displays.  Did you know that sephora will make you a sample of any of the perfumes they carry?   Ask a sales associate to hook you up with a free sample of your favorite perfume!
  • Mascara Wand -
    • Spray with hairspray and groom your eyebrows
    • After applying your mascara, use the clean sample wand to brush out any clumps
    • Dip clean sample wand into eye makeup remover solution and run throuh eyelashes for quicker and more efficient eye make up removal
  • Sponge Tip Applicator
    • Sponge tip applicators are great for heavy layering of eyeshadow
    • Sepora sample sponge tip applicators are the best tool for cleaning up racoon eyes! (aka smudged eyeliner) 
    • The next time you are painting your nails have this handy to clean up any mistakes, just dip in nail polish remover
  • Perfume Sample
    • Comes in a refillable plastic atomizer for your purse. 
    • Lasts for several uses
2. Nordstroms -  Besides getting the same items as you could get at Sephora (Yes, Nordstrom will also make you a sample of their perfumes but it comes in a vial...Sephora's is better), here are a couple counter specific items.
  • Sample Pots - MAC and Bobbi Brown have a generous sample pot that they will fill with select products for you to test.  I usually ask for an extra empty MAC sample jar to keep some vasaline in for lips!  Other counters have a smaller snap shut type of sample container.
    • MAC - Try sampling a pigment, this sample will last you forever!!!!!
    • Bobbi Brown - Try sampling some of their foundations! 
    • DDF- Sample the Sulfur mask...and use the sample to spot treat blemishes overnight! 
    • Mario Bedescu - Sample the drying lotion for present acne! 
  • Trend Show - Trend shows cost $15 but then you get the $15 dollars back to use towards a purchase on the date of the technically a trend show is FREE!  
    • See the latest products and techniques with a continental breakfast/light snacks
    • Free generous goodie bag of samples
    • Free opportunity to win prizes
    • Free makeup application at select counters - I have even met with Dr. Dennis Gross from MD Skincare and received a consultation on my skin!

3. MAC -  One of the most highlighted freebies in cosmetics is MAC's "Back to MAC" recycling program.   Save up 6 containers from MAC products and you can bring them in for a free tube of lipstick!   Seriously!  If you don't need lipstick, you can get a lipglass or eyeshadow but that is only available at their retail stores and not department store counters.
  • Get on their mailing list and you will be invited to exciting product launches!  The Magic, Myrth and Mischief launch was catered and had a bar!!! So much fun! 
  • Sample Pots are available to test products as well...feel free to ask!  
Keep in mind that it is much better for the economy and for the enviroment for you to sample a product then to return a product!!!!

Welcome to Copycat Cosmetics

Copycat Cosmetics drew inspiration from the concept of women taking pictures to their hair stylists for them to copy.   Copycat Cosmetics provides a simplified makeup artistry service to our customers by offering a selection of MAC Face Charts, Photographs and Celebrity Inspired looks for our clients to select from.  We also encourage our customers to bring in photos of their inspiration as well!   

We cater to special individual needs of our clients with concealing, contouring, accentuating and highlighting features to best fit their physical bone structure and skin texture.

We ask that you visit our "Appointments" tab and provide the preliminary information so that the experience can be truly catered to service your individual needs.  

We look forward to working with you to make your experience a beautiful one!