I have always been passionate about makeup, skincare and all things pretty to us girls. Creating Faces Beautiful has been a lifetime of work in progress. Like many women, life tends to complicate achieving my goals, but notwithstanding career changes, marriage, and raising children I continued to follow my passion. Today, I am affectionately known as the woman that helps all women look and feel just a little prettier. I have built a business of perfecting beauty for women. Stop in and see Faces Beautiful whether in Connecticut or On-Line. It’s the place to "feel prettier".

We provide great services, products and advice on your skincare, your makeup, your hair, your eyebrows and fabulous jewelry. I try every product before I decide to share it with you. Really, I do. The only products that you’ll see in our store are products that I personally believe in. And, so read my blogs and see what fabulous little tidbits of information that I discovered and then you’ll be in the know too! or in our Westport, Connecticut Studio.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Moroccan Oil - NEW Hair Tips!!!

We all know the popularity of Moroccan Oil and its amazing ability to tame frizz on all hair types.  No type of hair, be it healthy, dry, curly, or straight- is immune to frizz.  I know, personally, it has restored the health of my hair. One misconception about Moroccan Oil is that it is heavy or that it weighs the hair down. But, in addition to their new volumizing line of products, you can also use the original oil to create sexy volume. Apply a bit to the crown, life the section and apply heat to the roots. It’s simple and easy to do!
Other companies are now realizing the success of Argan Oil (the main ingredient in Moroccan Oil). Redken has just introduced their new ALL SOFT Argan-6 multi-care oil. It can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment (apply to hair and scalp for 5-10 minutes, rinse, and shampoo as regularly). You can also use on damp hair before blow-drying and apply it to dry hair to smooth. Another great way to use Argan-6 is to apply it on the hair and leave it overnight. It will not transfer to your pillow and you shampoo it out in the morning. This adds extra softness!
Moroccan Oil offers two sizes. A smaller version at .85 oz. retails at $16.50 and the 3.4 oz. bottle retails at $45. The Redken Argan-6 comes in a 3 oz. bottle for $29.00. I think it would be fun to compare the two! If you are a fan of the Redken ALL SOFT line you might love their new Argan-6. If you are a fan of Moroccan Oil maybe try out the Redken All Soft Argan-6 and see how they compare! One of the best parts of being a girl is the fun of trying out new products.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pregnancy & Makeup: A Beautiful, Healthy You

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When a woman first learns that she is pregnant,her considerations shift from everyday worries, to what in her life is about to quickly change. With those changes comes a unique set of challenges for the skin.For the duration of a pregnancy, and as hormone levels fluctuate, makeup becomes an issue to be addressed. Should the “tried-and-true”routine change as a woman develops in her pregnancy? When it comes to skin,celebrities like Beyonce and Hilary Duff seem to have tweaked their classic makeup looks to maximize the good and conceal the bad. Here, makeup expert Gail Sagel, President and CEO of FACES Beautiful and creator of the Brush-On Liquid Mineral Makeup, offers readers tips to rely on for keeping skin looking and feeling its best throughout a pregnancy.
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Don’t Cover Up That Natural Glow
“As a mother myself, I know the toll that pregnancy can take on the body, particularly your skin. As a makeup artist, I know that makeup can be a very effective tool for enhancing your skin or covering up some hormonal boo boo. My biggest mantra is,let your natural beauty show for all to see. Don’t cover up that natural glow – unless you are over-glowing!” says Gail.
· If your skin seems its regular self, then your best bet is to use a sheer tinted moisturizer, with sun protection, just to keep your skin supple, while enhancing your skin tones. I especially like mineral makeup during pregnancy,since it’s so good for sensitive skin and during pregnancy – everything is more sensitive.
· If your skin has taken on a new dryness or flakiness then you’ll want to use a gentle creamy cleanser, exfoliate frequently and use a moist liquid foundation that will help keep your glow. A glow highlighter applied to your upper cheekbones will also give you a moist sheen, if you’re dry.
· If your skin has become oily, then it’s time to change to a foundation that is oil-free to help absorb your extra perspiration and moisture. Also,you may be getting extra redness from using products to help dry out the acne.So to counteract the redness, use a foundation, concealer or powder in a slightly more yellow tone than normal.
· Remember;during the day, whether you are using a moisturizer, a sheer tint, a foundation, or a powder – make sure your product offers protection from the sun. You may have issues with Melasma, which is common during pregnancy. Melasma is the appearance of brown patches on your face. But, protecting your skin from the sun will also protect you against developing real hyper-pigmentation,which won’t disappear post pregnancy.
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Lather Up Lashes With Vaseline

Being incredibly warm and perspiring a lot is normal during pregnancy. For those pregnant women who seem to be sweating no matter where they are or what they are doing, waterproof products can be a solution to runny makeup. And, it is a quick fix. But, Gail does not recommend staying on waterproof products, as they tend to be more drying to your skin and not especially formulated for sensitive skin.
Gail explains, “All of a pregnant woman’s nutrients are leaving her body in an effort to create this new little body. So, it’s common for pregnant women to lose some of their eyelashes. Take a break from your everyday mascara and look for one that’s super hydrating – or lightly apply a little Vaseline to lashes for a great sheen and added moisture.”
· Smudging under the eyes is one of the biggest tell-tale signs that a woman is overheated, and perhaps should switch to a waterproof liner and mascara. Also,stick to powders rather than creamy facial products underneath the powder, as the look will appear cakey.
· If you feel naked without your concealer, make sure to choose a product that is light and breathable, and be careful to use a light application. Use a concealer brush to dab areas that are reddened or irritated.
· Because everyone’s hormones are different, you will either be dealing with drier or oilier skin. Adjust accordingly; exfoliate regularly in either case,moisturize to combat dryness, and phase oily products out of your regimen if you’re dealing with added oil.
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Play Up Your Favorite Feature
“Pregnancy makeup isn’t all about hiding what’s wrong with your skin. It’s also about playing up those naturally beautiful features that are enhanced with pregnancy while still having fun with your makeup routine. Celebrities don’t change their overall look too much, and neither should you. I always play up at least one feature when applying makeup to pregnant women, and you should, too!” says Gail.
· Play up your lips: Go for a bold, fun moisturizing lip gloss with lip liner so that it won’t have to be maintained throughout the day. Right now, red lips are all the rage and will enhance the natural glow that pregnancy provides.
· Perhaps you’re suffering from unsightly Melasma, which commonly appears on the upper lip. Stick with a more neutral gloss or lipstick, and play up your peepers. Go for a bold smoky eye, or if that’s too involved, go with alight gold color and add flecks to the outer corners of your eyes. Keep your eyeliner simple and defined, and it will work for either day or night.
· If your skin is positively glowing, go simple on the lips and eyes. Use a light color on eyes, with limited liner, and use a lip gloss that is close to your own lip shade. Let your skin be the star!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Harvard Believes in our "Feeling Prettier" Efforts

As you all know, I created the Faces Beautiful Studio in Westport, CT to help all women “feel prettier”.  We’ve suspected for some time that there is a connection between looking pretty and feeling good, feeling confident. Now, there is scientific research that suggests that other people may perceive you as more confident, likable, and competent based on how much makeup you wear. I read the results of the HarvardStudy which researched this very topic at and This study, conducted at Harvard University, showed that when people were shown pictures of the same woman bare-faced or made-up that the photo of the woman wearing makeup ranked higher in trustworthiness, and even professionalism. So, don’t feel bad about indulging in a professional makeup application for a special occasion or purchasing another lipstick.  It may just win you that job you’re after! It just goes to show how much power “feeling pretty” can have on all areas of every woman’s life. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

THE Color For Fall: BERRY

“Red, red wine tastes so fine….!” I absolutely love that beautiful berry wine color, especially in the fall season. And, I am not the only one! Check out InStyle Magazine’s October 2011 article (page 186) ‘Color Crash Course: WINE’! It’s rich and slightly unexpected, yet appropriate for day or night as the leaves change and the temperature drops. During the day, a beautiful berry sweater can keep you warm and cozy, while making you look like a million bucks. At night, a pretty berry dress is a romantic way to add color to your wardrobe, even for those who normally shy away from color. Berry looks great in textures such as velvet, cashmere, silk, and jersey.

Now, let’s talk makeup. Berry flatters all skin tones and hair colors. I love to add a berry a swipe of a great berry gloss or light stain during the day to add a bit of pop to simple day makeup. At night, you can intensify the look with a berry lipstick and topping it with a berry gloss is a sexy way to make lips look full and juicy! Keep the rest of the face grounded with gorgeous bronze, gold, or copper eye shadows to flatter and play up that delicious berry wine! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Expertise is Earned! Valuable Asset

So, if you think it is just regular woman who seek the beauty expertise of the pros think again.  Look at the photo the left of our very own stylist, Jamie. She is absolutely stunning. But, she didn’t just roll out of bed like that! Hey, even us pros need help from our co-workers, as well as our own expertise to beautify ourselves. Jamie spends all day styling, cutting, and coloring the lovely locks of our clients. During the day as she is working, she very pretty, but casual enough to get her through the work day. After spending so much time on helping other people look their best, she has to find the time to make herself look her best, too. The picture above is proof that Jamie is just like the rest of us, and needs a little hair and makeup glam from FacesBeautiful to make herself just a little bit prettier! And, wow!! Jamie, my darling you are totally glam and all out gorgeous!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Is All That Glitters Really Gold?

 For this fall and winter of 2011 the answer is YES. According to InStyle’s October 2011 issue (page 101) the latest buzz on what is in right now is gold. Everyone’s favorite yellow metal is showing up on everything from eyes to purses to shoes. Gold accessories will never go out of style. So grab a gold bag or a pair of gold shoes and go gold! If you are really bold for gold, then you should get on of those gorgeous gold dresses. You’ll see them showing up all over the red carpet on everyone from Heidi Klum to Jennifer Lopez.
For a more subtle way to add some gold into your repertoire, try swiping a pretty gold eye-shadow over a darker color for some added punch or a gold highlighter on cheekbones to add radiance to the skin.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Every Girl’s Got to Have Eyeliner…!!

Black eyeliner is a staple just like the little black dress. But, once in a while it’s fun (and refreshing) to try something a little different. Jewel-toned (yes, I said jewel-toned) eyeliner can be a flattering and sexy change. Think blues, greens, teals, and purples. The secret to keeping the look grown-up is all in the application and your choice of color.

Purple is the easiest to try because it’s universally flattering. Teal is a bit more daring but looks good with any eye color. Both, blue and green can make eyes look playful. But, if they seem too daunting try layering them over black eyeliner for a softer effect. Do not use flat color; look for a little sheen in your liners. This keeps the color from appearing chalky. 

Not all eyeliners are created equal. When it comes to pencils you need something smooth and easy to glide across the lid. Creams and gels are another easy choice. Dip an eyeliner brush into the cream or gel and draw small strokes close to the lash line. Liquid is usually the longest-lasting, but can also be intimidating. I recommend drawing the line in short strokes and softening the line with a liner brush and eye shadow. This way, you won’t have to worry about getting the line pin-straight and your look will last longer.
Different placements have different effects. Winged is edgy, cat-eye is bombshell, smudged is the soft and sexy. And eyeliners on the lower lashes are hot! Eye liners applied  to the lower lash line or inner rim is a way to make eyes appear bigger.

Remember to keep the rest of your makeup simple. Avoid using any other colors that might clash. Keep your eyeshadow neutral, stick with beige or brown. Since, bright liner draws attention to your eye area you need a good, creamy concealer to cover dark circles. Apply the concealer to your lids as well to cancel out any discoloration on your lids and to create a base to hold the liner in place. Do not neglect your brows either. Make sure they are neat and filled in. Keep blush soft: think a light rose or peach. Use a nude, neutral, or transparent pink on the lips. Anything darker will compete with the liner.  
And, most of all have fun with this! This is a way to make eyes appear brighter in a modern and beautiful way! 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Valuable Makeover Tips From Gail Sagel

Gail's Tip: Less is More: Mom always said, “With makeup, don’t overdo it. Let your natural beauty shine through.” Natural looking makeup has a time and a place, like the workplace or school. But since makeup is about self-expression and playing up best features, having one key element accentuated is not only attractive, but trendy. To update your look, take heed of the good in Mom’s advice, and keep most of your makeup natural while choosing either a dramatic lip or eye color.

Gail’s Tips on The Lip: This season, the red lip is the trend to embrace. When updating your look with one bold feature like the lips or eyes, it is essential for the color to compliment the skin tone, especially with a bold lip color. For fair skin, choose an orange-based red; for medium skin, choose a berry-red or brown-red; for dark skin, choose a red that has a blue base. To get the perfect pout, make sure that your lips are moisturized well prior to application. Use a lip pencil (in the closest color to your lipstick as possible) to create a frame and to prevent your color from bleeding onto the skin.

Gail’s Tips on Eye Shadow: When it comes to eye shadows, experiment! Try different shades to see what works best on your eyes, keeping in mind that skin tone has everything to do with it. Here’s a quick rundown of what colors work for common eye colors: blue eyes should stick with earth tones for maximum impact, green or hazel eyes should have fun with a purple or gold-flecked earth tone, and brown eyes are the winner in this game – they can get away with pretty much anything!

Gail’s Tips: Put Down The Tweezer'sMost mothers warn their daughters when they attempt to sculpt their own eyebrows. Maybe their warning is a reaction to a “loss of innocence” – the moment when the little girl becomes a pre-pubescent and facial hair becomes an issue. “Leave such an important part of your face to the professionals,” my mother would say. And even though I have a knack for tweezing, I listened. But through my personal years of professional beauty experience, I learned that with a few tips, women can feel comfortable shaping their own eyebrows, but Mom didn’t get it all wrong. Consulting a professional to achieve the best eyebrow shape for one’s face, will help establish a natural look, and then maintain it.

**For a universal tip that everyone can benefit from, use gold or white eye shadow on the inner corners of eyes to make them pop. Purple is also a great color to try for every eye hue; its place in the color spectrum makes it a flattering choice for any skin tone.
For more from Gail and information on makeup trends and tips, visit 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Best Beauty Trends of 2011

What will be the hottest makeup trends for the fall?    

The hot trends for this fall focus on smoky and metallic eyes. Also, the color orange--as Reese Witherspoon said in Legally Blonde, orange is the new pink. Well, she’s finally right. Orange will and must show up somewhere in your color wardrobe. Choose a red lipstick with an orange base, grab an orange toe polish, an orange metallic nail polish, or if you’re daring enough, swipe on a bit of orange eye shadow. But, be sure to add a touch of orange. Oh, by the way, an orange Hermes bag works too! 

Are there any particular products that you are excited by?

Black eye liner is so essential in this fall's makeup look. And, while there are so many to choose from and so many different ways to get the strong liner look – here’s one that I’m very excited by--it’s the Cover Girl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner Pencil in Black Fire. It goes on smooth and quick like a crayon and delivers a very glossy, long lasting jet-black line.    

Do you have any specific makeup tips according to skin tone?

Go metallic for eye shadows! If your coloring is strong, brunette, and deep – choose a silver metallic eye shadow. If your coloring runs paler, blonder and warmer – choose a gold metallic eye shadow. Apply metallic shadow to your lid, just up to the contour, and then follow with lots of black liner. Try a liner with a swoop at the end too, if you dare.

Are there any shades, makeup trends that you think women should leave on the fall runways?

I’m not a fan of monochromatic for the fall. It’s too bland. This is the season of drama and the dramatic. Leave the mono look for the tres chic, ultra skinny models who can’t wait to get out of wardrobe and get hot with lots of liner and bold red lips!

Any other tips for fall beauty?

Fall 2011 is the season for braids. Whether you choose a messy, long single braid or you work a few intricate braids into your look – braids are hot! This season create a look that is sleek and simple with a few braids mixed in. Or, if you prefer a look that seems like it just sort of happened, mix a braid or two in. Braids are very trendy!
Fall is about lashes and brows. Both eyelashes and brows should be thick and full. Eyelashes are in. Lots of them. Lots of mascara, lots of false lashes – frame up your eyes. And, full eyebrows add real drama to your eyes. Shape them up sexy, but don’t wax them away. A full brow adds the drama you need for a really sexy eye!! The combo of full lashes and full brows is just awesome for this fall’s hottest look!    


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Make Up Tips and Tricks!!!

After visiting a professional, your only task should be to maintain your brows. The biggest mistake I see at the FACES Beautiful salon is when women over wax or over-pluck.
To measure correctly, hold your finger parallel to the side at the tip of your nose. This is where your brow should begin. When you point your finger diagonally away from your nostril, toward the outside edge of your eye , you’ll find the correct end point for your brow.

Invest in a great pair of slanted tweezers and pluck hairs at an angle, following the direction that they grow. Give yourself lots of light, pluck slowly and take breaks. Make sure you don’t eliminate too much hair – bold brows are in!

Match Your Eye Shadow to Your Outfit

I remember the day I went to school wearing lime green eye shadow to match my lime green top, back when I first began experimenting with makeup. My mother always told me to match my eye shadow to my clothes, and that morning I distinctly remember that she told me that I looked great – something tells me that was not the inner beauty expert in her speaking.
I’m all about whatever colors look best on you, and there are no real “rules” when it comes to eye shadow matching. It’s important to note is that even if a color matches your outfit, it will not necessarily compliment your eye color and skin tone; know which colors work best with your skin tone and be aware of colors that just don’t work.
When it comes to eye shadows, experiment!

Try different shades to see what works best on your eyes, keeping in mind that skin tone has everything to do with it. Here’s a quick rundown of what colors work for common eye colors: blue eyes should stick with earth tones for maximum impact, green or hazel eyes should have fun with a purple or gold-flecked earth tone, and brown eyes are the winner in this game – they can get away with pretty much anything!
For a universal tip that everyone can benefit from, use gold or white eye shadow on the inner corners of eyes to make them pop. Purple is also a great color to try for every eye hue; its place in the color spectrum makes it a flattering choice for any skin tone. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Allure Special Issue Best of Beauty October 2011

I just love Allure Magazines Best of Beauty special issue. Its coverage of the best products is great, but still for most of us girls this list is can still be a bit overwhelming. Let me share with you a few of my personal favs!

In Eyes, the must haves to me are the Dolce & Gabbana Eye shadow in Laguna a great green. Layered over of thick black eye liner it adds an instant pop! Finish with tons of mascara. So for the liner, one of my all-time favs is the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner and for mascara you cannot go wrong with Lancôme Definicils. I also happen to love Maybelline Great Lash mascara which is always a classic! Don't forget to curl those pretty lashes with Kevyn Aucoin's Eye Lash Curler!

For lips, Dolce and Gabbana The classical Cream Lipstick in Cosmopolitan is one of the best reds I have seen yet. Not only is the product long-lasting, but with just a swipe you get that elegant, timeless red lip.

Of course, skin care can challenging for many woman. Aside from cleansing, there are two things in skin care than every women cannot go without: a good moisturizer and sunscreen. I like the Aveeno's Positively Radiant Moisturizer SPF 30,  so it is the best of both. In the world of anti aging moisturizers, I think that the Dr. Brandt's Time Arrest Creme de Luxe is an amazing result moisturizer.  Of course, we also run into a few skin care issues like dark circles and pimples. Esthetician, Kate Summerville has a great line, and her CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Cream will be your best weapon against those awful circles, regardless if they are genetic or due to lack of sleep! A great mask for treating acne is ProActive's Refining Mask, which contains Sulfur- a key ingredient in getting rid of those pesky bumps. Try it as a spot treatment as well.

Let's talk about hair. Wella Professional Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner are great for restoring luster to your locks. And, for us woman with drier hair MoroccanOil Restorative Hair Mask will repair damage. L'oreal Paris EverSleek Sulfate-Free Intense Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner both will tame frizz without weighing your hair down.

And, here are some great extras that us girls can't go without...
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash is great for even the most sensitive skin. For people who suffer from body acne Neutrogena's Body Clear Body Wash never fails. Now, that you have cleansed that skin, you want it to glow, too. Try Lorac's Tantilizer Body Bronzing Luminizer, or a great self-tanner like St. Tropez Self Tanning Lotion. Tan not your thing? A good body moisturizer is a must. I (and Allure) love Eurcerin Skin Balance Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion. Show off your nails, too. OPI's Big Apple seems to always make the list of best nail-polish colors. It's a great red that flatters every skin tone.

And, last but not least my personal favorite: Tweezerman's Slant Tweezer! Come into FacesBeautiful and you'll experience yourself the wonders and painless perfection of brow shaping with Tweezerman. The results are amazing!