Healthy Skin for the Holidays

November 7, 2011

Photo courtesy itswendalynn

As any skincare diva knows, healthy skin is a must-have for any look, and as the winter months head our way make sure you not only bundle up, but focus on refreshing your skin with the dry winter weather. Freshly fallen snow is gorgeous- but the weather that comes with it really does a number on your skin. The winter months can make even the softest and most hydrated skin dry and uncomfortable. During these chilly months, I always use Extreme Barrier Cream by Epionce– it works better for dry and itchy skin than anything else I’ve ever tried- I suggest it to clients with the most sensitive skin. Cuddle up to the fire with some delicious hot cocoa and read this advice from yours truly, Robin Erb!

One of my favorite products is our own home-made Robin Erb oil smooth-over. The combination of essential oils, natural herbs, and Vitamin E will not only keep your skin healthy and fresh, but also smells amazing! It always leaves my skin feeling refreshed. In addition to healing your dry skin, my exclusive smooth-over also helps hide those sneaky signs of aging like dark under-eye circles and wrinkles. Now you can stay up for New Years and look surprisingly refreshed the next morning!

Another thing that is hard to hide in the winter (aside from Christmas presents) are those bumps on the back of your arms. So many women have this but don’t do anything about it because they don’t know how easy it is to fix. There’s a small, fool-proof solution to this common problem that’s big in name and results; Kerotosis Pilaris lotion. It works wonders and my spa guests adore it! So come visit me, follow my twitter @RobinErb, and get glamorous just in time for he holiday season!

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All About Aromatherapy

July 20, 2011

Lately, I’ve been really into relaxation and the different effects scents can have on us. Aromatherapy is great because it uses essential oils from plants to benefit the human mind, body, and spirit.

Bath & Body Works has a really yummy body wash that’s inexpensive and smells amazing! It’s called Eucalyptus Spearmint Stress Relief body lotion. The eucalyptus and spearmint scent is clean, invigorating, and kind of gives me a boost. It’s also really hydrating! Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy line is really nice and I recommend it.

There’s this amazing French line called Darphin that has a great Organic Aromatic Care line. It’s a little pricey but has amazing results. Right now I’m using the Organic Jasmine Aromatic Care and it is amazing. They also have Organic Rose Aromatic Care, which is really good for sensitive skin, and the 8-Flower Aromatic Care is really yummy. The Organic Tangerine Aromatic Care works really well to brighten skin. I make my own line of skin oils similar to these, but Darphin is nice if you can’t come to me. I love these oils though; they’re very yummy!

When applying an aromatic care product, apply 5 drops of oil to the face and neck with circular motions from the inner to the outer part of the face. Then follow with the appropriate cream or fluid.

My other favorite hydrating product is the High Shine Hydrating Gloss Stick. It’s produced by Jemma Kidd, a makeup artist who started her own small line! The gloss is in lipstick form and is SPF 15, which is great for the sun in the summer! My favorite shade is Paradise, a beautiful sheer, apricot color.

I also have two new eyeshadows everybody should try! They’re Rule and Coppering by MAC. Rule looks bright orange, but when it’s applied to the lid it’s a burnt apricot shade. It looks really cool and definitely makes the eyes pop! My favorite thing to do with Coppering is put it on top of and under my lid and smudge it, it gives it a really cool look.

Bobbi Brown’s Moisture Tint Balm is great because it gives the skin a nice dewy look, and L’Oreal’s Telescopic Mascara is great because it makes the lashes look so long and beautiful. These two are always on my favorites list. Go check them out if you haven’t already!


My Sister’s Up-Keeper

December 6, 2009

Christian (Right) and her band Bad Girlfriend, looking glam and stage-ready!

I love doing makeup, and I also love music, especially when it is my sister playing! That’s right, my sister Christian is in two bands, and sometimes as a special treat (for both of us) I get to do her makeup! The most important thing I have to remember about doing makeup for the stage is that it has to be long lasting and visible from far away, so all her fans can see her.

For visibility, high pigment is key; I like to use bright colors. I also love to use shimmery makeup for the lights to pick up on. A little bit of shimmer on the brow or on the cheek looks really nice. I also love using Bourjois Volume Clubbing Mascara because it is long lasting. It is great for playing on the stage and dancing around in the audience.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. I was recently talking to my sister before she left for a tour of the UK with Cass McCombs, and we talked about her favorite stage looks (done, of course, by Yours Truly). She loves when I work on her eyebrows. She has even told me that whether someone has “thin eyebrows or thick eyebrows [I can make them] look amazing.” To top it off, we have the same style, so whenever I do Christian’s makeup she gives me the freedom to do what I think will look best.

Christian loves my eyebrow work and the shimmering makeup, but my skincare secrets are still her favorite. She explained that good skincare is essential before applying makeup. So, if you aspire to become a great musician like my sister, stop by Skin Deep Med Spa for makeup and skincare tips before you hit the stage.


Newbury: A Street for Beauty

November 30, 2009

After refining your brows and rejuvenating your complexion, why call it a day? The Robin Erb Skincare establishment is lucky enough to be wedged between some of Boston’s most superb hidden gems and trendy shops. Located at the corner of Fairfield and Newbury Street, we are right in the middle of it all.

When your treatments are finished, take your new beautiful skin for a test-drive.A few doors down Lit Boutique offers all of the high end quality you’d expect from a shop on Newbury, but with out the hefty price tag. The boutique carries an eclectic mix of tops, bottoms and dresses.

Feeling famished? Stop by Bostone Pizza, mere steps away from Robin Erb Skincare, where they are revered for their tasty thin-crust pizza.

Where do I love to do a little retail therapy? Just down the street is Second Time Around (new and resale designer steals) and Zara (classically beautiful additions to any wardrobe). If you really want to off your day of pampering with a cherry drop into Jennifer’s Nail Salon for an unbeatable mani-pedi for $35. Love to travel down Newbury Street? Share some of your favorite little known boutiques, shops and restaurants!


Five Steps to a Five Minute Face

November 19, 2009

Fresh Face

With a swipe of pink on your cheeks and lids, you can be fresh-faced and ready to go in five minutes!

Getting ready in the morning is tough for everyone. Your alarm goes off and all you are thinking is five more minutes mom! While the idea of looking beautiful is always nice, at 7:45 it is probably not your first priority. I have five quick steps that will allow you to savor your beauty sleep and start the day on an equally beautiful note.

Step 1: Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Moisturizer is always the key first step to any great look, especially in the winter when our skin can’t help but dry out.

Step 2: If you need some coverage use a tinted moisturizer. This adds to step number one and also keeps your skin from looking cracked and wrinkled. Avoid powder of all kinds in the winter; by the end of the day your skin will be completely parched.

Step 3: Take a round compact and dust a peachy shimmer on your eyelids. I love the color M.A.C. Petticoat Mineral Skin Finish, which is a Limited Edition and is hard to come by lately! (If you can’t find it at the M.A.C. store I sometimes luck out on eBay.

Step 4: Take that same round compact, same color and everything, and dust it quickly over the apples of your cheeks. This makes you look awake and gives you a great shine for the whole day.

Step 5: To top off this great quick look all you need is a few swipes of mascara and you are good to go for the entire day.

So, although mornings are tough, there is no excuse for not looking great if you follow these Five Steps for a Five Minute Face. Do you have any multitasking products that speed up your routine?


Glamorous Red & Mysterious Purples

November 12, 2009

Prepping a model for Glam Squad Tour with this season’s hottest lipcolor.

Summer was about subtle and natural lipstick, but as winter approaches, it’s time for dramatic, attention grabbing colors. The big colors for this fall and winter are bright, matte red and deep, dark purple. These colors create the perfect opportunity to pull off classic glamour or a bold and mysterious look.

Bright, Matte Red:

Bright red is a color that women either love or hate. Some find it sexy while others don’t think they can pull it off. The truth is, anyone can pull off red lips, as long as they wear it right. This season’s red lipstick is all about matte red. I love MAC’s Ruby Woo (a blue based bright matte lipstick) or anything fromRevlon’s collection of Matte lipsticks (beauty tip: the stronger the matte, the longer it lasts!). As for the rest of your makeup, stick to the basics when wearing red. Mascara and a bit of eyeliner are enough to pull of glamorous red lips.

Deep, Dark Purple:

While red lipstick is classic, dark purple is trendy, mysterious, and dramatic. The dark purple is a more daring color, and it’s great for anyone who wants a bold, new look at parties (it’ll get you noticed in no time!). Unlike bright red, with purple the emphasis is on both the lips and eyes. Wear purple lipstick with a fun smoky eye using gray or black eye shadow for a more dramatic look.

No matter what color you choose, a great trick to long lasting lip color is to use lip liner (I recommend MAC cremestick liner) to outline your lip and fill in your whole lip. Now that I’ve introduced this seasons hottest lip colors, what color are you most likely to try this fall/winter?


The Eye of the Beholder

November 11, 2009

Bridal Look

Giving my signature bridal eye look to a model.

(photo credit McKenzie Lawton)

So many places to go, and so many impressions to make! Courtesy 101 dictates that you should look people in the eye when meeting with them. So why not have a stunning look for them to see? Whether you are at an interview or going to a concert, there is a perfect eye look for you.

Finding the perfect eye look isn’t very difficult, the trick is to go with what you like. For the day, you can go with a more natural look. Later, if you’re feeling funky, you could go for a more dramatic eye. I love to do the natural eye with one color, like a burnt red all over the lid, then use black eyeliner on the inside of the bottom lid. That is a big thing for me right now; it’s a great look. Also, if you just want a nice clean look you can go simple eyeliner, mascara, and bright red lipstick: the perfect Marilyn Monroe.

Planning an eye look for you wedding day? I have the PERFECT bridal eye. I start off with a light color on the lid. Then move to a medium-dark color in the crease. Finally, I use a frosty, bone-colored highlighter for under the eyebrow and the corner of the eye.

If you still can’t decide which look you want, feel free come in to my salon for a lesson! I will give you three looks that will work perfectly for you, and I can also teach you my easy, no-fail eyeliner technique for when you are on the go!

The important thing to remember is that you must go with a look that makes you feel gorgeous! Experiment with a few different looks until you find the one that makes you look and feel your very best. What’s your favorite eye look?