For some women, being a model would be a dream come true. For others, being married to a world-famous celebrity and living the A-list lifestyle is more like it.
And then there are those who wouldn't stop there, adding children and a career into the mix. For Jennifer Flavin-Stallone, wife of Sylvester Stallone, doing all of this while building a billion-dollar beauty empire is all in a day's work. Being gorgeous is just a bonus. Helping you get gorgeous is what really matters to this mom/model/mogul.
Blessed with beauty but cursed with acne-prone sensitive skin, Flavin-Stallone launched her first skin-care collection 13 years ago in her quest to find products that would calm her complexion. Flavin-Stallone's newest health, beauty and skin-care collections, Seriesse International, includes S.I. Color Cosmetics, a well-edited line of mineral-based must haves for face. After testing S.I. Color Cosmetics the collection, and loving it, I asked Flavin-Stallone to share her secrets for having it all while looking perfect.
It's no surprise that Flavin-Stallone's approach to beauty is all about balance. "I think it's extremely important to take care of yourself inside and out," she says. "Surround yourself with family and those who make you happy, because in order to look good, you have to feel good as well.
Other simple things like drinking lots of water and finding the right products have helped me to look and feel my best."
And if you think the gang at the water cooler is hard to please, imagine the stress of walking the red carpet. Flavin-Stallone copes with Hollywood's critical eye by staying true to her own personal sense of style.
"The most important thing is to know what works best for you," she says. "Rather than buying into specific trends, find those shapes, styles and colors that make you look and feel your best."
Finding that right hue is what inspired Flavin-Stallone to launch the S.I. Color Cosmetics collection. Shades were created to flatter virtually every complexion, with products aimed at creating flawless, fail-proof looks. For the creator of this mineral-based line, it's all about accessible glamour: "Our goal was to create a comprehensive line of makeup that would help women achieve that perfect natural look enabling them to exude confidence and truly shine," she says.
The mineral makeup, including concealers, foundation and blushes, glides on and contains no fillers or talc. Plus, everything in the collection, from eye shadow quads to lipsticks, lip glosses and liners, is designed to complement women of all ethnicities.
Flavin-Stallone said there are a few grooming products she can't live without. "I cannot live without my Mason Pearson brush," she says. "I have several in my bathroom at home. I also always carry one in my purse."
Mason Pearson brushes, priced from $80 to $171, are available online at dermstore.com.
To keep her complexion glowing, Flavin-Stallone is understandably addicted to the collection she has crafted, swearing by Seriesse's Glyco Essentials, an oil-free cleanser gentle enough for all skin types ($22.50 at seriesse.com) and Dry-Lo Essentials ($22.50), an on-the-spot, overnight acne fighter that she can't live without, exclaiming "I would panic if I ever ran out!"
With a successful career and an enviable family life behind her, something tells me that nothing unnerves this successful knockout.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of TampaBayBeauty.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.