Perimenopause: Skincare and Makeup…Part One

The years leading up to menopause defined as perimenopause can be quite daunting and challenging to our emotional and physical well-being.   Fatigue, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, bloating, headaches, irritability, lack of focus, foggy brain, sleep disruption and dry skin are just to name a few of the many symptoms you may be experiencing.  I know this all too well as I am in the thick of it and have been for quite a few years.  Symptoms can start as young as 38 and since I will be celebrating the fabulous age of 50 in September, I would like to take the time to help you understand skincare and makeup in these delicate years.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Perimenopause!

I have experienced so many changes with regard to my skin and that of my clients with the number one complaint as “feeling lack-luster and dry” no matter what the season.  Time and time again while I am applying makeup to my clients their skin is super dry including their lips (though I must admit I see this with my younger clients as well).  My advice is always drink plenty of water and green tea, exfoliate and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

If you are familiar with Laini Cosmetics you know that all of my products are infused with ingredients to address these concerns including vitamin C; hence my C-Suite skincare collection and vitamin E; all of my lip products are drenched in vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated.  Of course, a skincare regimen in your early years is a prerequisite to achieving healthy skin throughout your life time no matter what phase or Act you might be in.

It is imperative to nourish your skin with topical skincare products during perimenopause (as well as taking supplements) containing collagen, vitamins C, D and E; chamomile extract, aloe vera, cucumber extract and shea butter.

Let’s start with a lesson on these key ingredients and their benefits for your skin….

Collagen – the most abundant protein in the body responsible for skin strength and elasticity

Vitamin C – reduces fine lines and wrinkles; stimulates new collagen

Vitamin D – enhances radiance and builds elasticity which is lost in the aging process

Vitamin E – antioxidant and skin-conditioning active that restores lost moisture

Chamomile Extract – Soothes irritated and problematic skin; contains flavonoids that can diminish skin blemishes

Aloe Vera – A cellular regenerator that has antibacterial effects and anti-inflammatory properties

Cucumber Extract – A natural astringent that is an anti-inflammatory and skin soother

Shea Butter –Moisturizing and nourishing

The days may be long but the years are short and I hope this topic of discussion is helpful in navigating your transition into menopause.

Stay tuned for Perimenopause: Skincare and Makeup…Part Two.

With style and gratitude,


The Statement Sleeve… A Wardrobe Game Changer

Did one of my favorite cable series influence the statement sleeve trend?


Perhaps it was Black Sails that gave way to this exaggeration but the voguish flair is here to stay.  I must admit I was a bit obsessed with the male characters and their costumes for four seasons.  Captains James Flint, Charles Vane, Edward Teach, Jack Rackham and John Silver were brilliant men ahead of their time in wardrobe and accessories that spoke to my inner Spanish DNA… and those belt buckles!

The sexy beautiful drape of the sleeve paired with a slim pant or jean and a delicious pair of pumps is all you need to balance this silhouette to take you from desk to dinner.  Be sure to tuck a structured clutch under your arm for all-out style.  Featured are several interpretations of the statement sleeve to pay tribute to “black” sails from catwalk to sidewalk.

Alice + Olivia Ivana Bell Sleeve Blazer (Saks)


Black Bell Sleeve Slim T-Shirt (Make Me Chic)

Tie the look together with sleek hair, an intense lip and a thick cat eye with my Darkside Matte Lipstick and InkJet Eyeliner.   For maximum drama let your eyes do the talking with my new Gazelle lashes to add volume to the corner of your eyes.  One of four new lashes in my Lovelight lash collection.

InkJet Eyeliner (Laini Cosmetics)

Be bold and make your statement this weekend!

With style and gratitude


Turn Up The Heat and Your Hemline

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Happy Fashion Friday!  Take notice, but not cover, that the hemline is unmistakably mod yet far from reserved this spring/summer season!  Call it mini or micro this 60’s inspired look is all the rage and screams legs for days.

Exposed shoulders are also just about everywhere albeit off-the-shoulder tops, blouses and dresses that can be worn quite casual to extremely formal.  This is a flirty and feminine look you must try while keeping in mind a moisturized luminous glow or bronze goddess skin.

Achieve an all-over body glow by mixing Laini’s Sheer Glo Illuminating Lotion with your favorite moisturizer or an all-over beautiful sun-kissed glow with Laini’s Bronze Baby Glo Lotion.  Both formulas are silky smooth with a pearl finish to give an instant healthy glow with skincare benefits.

Accessorize your look and elongated neck with a gorgeous choker like this one from a favorite, DANNIJO.

Enjoy your weekend!

With style and gratitude



Memorial Day Weekend Essentials

Happy Fashion Friday!  Hopefully, the weather will be sunny and beautiful over the long Memorial Day weekend.  We have you covered for the perfect holiday essentials and the unofficial start of summer.

Whether you are traveling far or enjoying a staycation the best look is one that can be worn at multiple occasions.

Here are some of the essentials that we recommend:

A fabulous coverup that can double as a dress. Try this off the shoulder mini with lace trim.  During the day, throw on a cute pair of casual sandals. At night, slip on these to die for slingbacks.

Accessories will complete this look and take you from sunbathing to sultry.  Try adding this Maaji multi printed tote and a pair of this year’s hottest sunglasses from Dior.  Fill your tote with any one of Laini’s beautiful lip glosses, sure to keep your lips hydrated and pouty!

Enjoy the long weekend and thank you to all the men and women who have served and serve in our United States military!

How-to Create the Blue Eye Look

Blue is a beautiful color all year round, deep sapphire for fall and winter and bright cerulean during the warmer months. Sadly, the color acquired a bad rep for makeup, only associated with the frosted eye shadow look of the 70’s.

Here’s how you can incorporate a fresh and flattering blue eye into your modern wardrobe without looking dated.

Begin with flawless and dewey skin! Add Laini Cosmetics BB Cream followed by Sheer Glo Illumination Lotion. Apply the middle shade from the Spotlight palette all over you eye, crease, and lid. Line your upper and lower lids with Laini’s signature Eye Pencil in Moody Blue.  Using the large 01 Powder Brush, apply the deepest coral shade in the palette to the apples of your cheeks. Finish with a swipe of Mascara and nude Lipgloss in Creme Fraiche.  Voilà. By keeping your makeup simple, the blue in the liner will stand out and accentuate your eyes.

This gorgeous summery look can be worn day or night! Leave a comment and let us know what you think.