Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Video on The Tube! Let's do this! Eye Matrix Rant



Sorry it's been a few weeks between videos, I will have new ones up as soon as possible.  I will have to start pre recording content.  I also want a blog about my day tomorrow at the ice cream museum. So excited.  This food court fatty is going to have so much fun.

More details coming soon.

Thank you all for following along, I love and appreciate you all.


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Friday, July 21, 2017

My Newest Eye Obsession: Estee Lauder | Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix

Hey guys, if you have been following me on social media lately, you know I have been nonstop raving about this new eye product from Estee Lauder.  So I figured I needed a blog post to give you the lowdown on why I find this product to be so amazing and revolutionary.  In this post I will be as honest and objective as possible, and know that though I do work for the brand, my review is completely my own and unbiased, that in the sense of if I didn't work for the brand I would definitely purchase this product.

It's not everyday that a skincare product comes along where it completely rocks my world, but this eye matrix had my attention from day one.  Things I look for to cause my to pay attention: 1) research 2) patents 3) ingredients.  This power player fits the bill in all 3 areas.  Before going in to my experience with the product (been using for about a month now, and guys, I love love love it).

First thing is first let us begin with the basic product information.

What is it (in Lauders own words)? 

Taken from

Our Worldwide First. This ultra-nourishing, skin strengthening formula with our innovative 360° Matrix Technology provides a 360° cushion of plumping support to give eyes a fresh, “wide-open” look.

REPAIRS: Proven to dramatically reduce the look of lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.
FORTIFIES: With 360° Matrix Technology, it strengthens the delicate skin around your eyes.
HYDRATES: Intensely nourishes for a full 24 hours with a 2X concentrated infusion of Hyaluronic Acid.

Includes a custom-designed massage applicator.

Proven for all ethnicities.

Findings of testing?

Nearly every single woman who tried it saw and felt the difference. The results were astonishing:
- 99% said their eye area felt hydrated
- 90% said their eye area felt refreshed and energized
After 4 weeks*:
- 92% said their eye area felt more supple
- 92% said their eye area felt cushioned with intense nourishment
- 88% said their eyes looked more youthful

How many woman were tested?

Refreshed, radiant, renewed—wake up to eyes that look “wide open.”

*Consumer testing on 154 women.

What's in it?

Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau , Dimethicone , Isohexadecane , Glycerin , Butylene Glycol , Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane , Peg-10 Dimethicone , Disteardimonium Hectorite , Isopropyl Isostearate , Ppg-15 Stearyl Ether , Sucrose , Trehalose , Pentylene Glycol , Hydroxyethyl Urea , Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract , Garcinia Mangostana Peel Extract , Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract , Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D'Orge , Silybum Marianum (Lady'S Thistle) Extract , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract , Lactobacillus Ferment , Algae Extract , Sorbitol , Betula Alba (Birch) Extract , Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract , Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract , Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract , Camelina Sativa Seed Oil , Bifida Ferment Lysate , Propylene Glycol Dicaprate , Caffeine , Sodium Hyaluronate , Sodium Polyaspartate , Hydrogenated Lecithin , Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate , Phytosphingosine , Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure , Ethylhexylglycerin , Sodium Rna , Hydrolyzed Algin , Tripeptide-32 , Polysilicone-11 , Isododecane , Tocopheryl Acetate , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake , Polyethylene , Propylene Carbonate , Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6 , Sodium Dehydroacetate , Potassium Sorbate , Lecithin , Disodium Edta , Bht , Phenoxyethanol , Iron Oxides (Ci 77491)

How Do I Use It?

Apply AM and PM. Using the massaging applicator, gently roll under each eye three times. Then massage in a 360° circle under the eye area and above the lid. Finish by patting with ring finger until absorbed.

Personal Review & My Own Findings/ Impressions

From the first moment I let this baby touch my under eyes it was love at first feel.  What I noticed instantly is that my under eyes and cheeks felt extremely hydrated by not oily.  Secondly, the product got in my lashes and migrated towards my eyes and didn't burn, sting, cause any blurriness, it literally just felt amazing.  The application, is great, it can be used to massage the eye area and I love the fact that it is recommended to use all the way around the eye, which drains the lymph and gives you an instant feeling of lift and firm.

Visually, eyes appear instantly brighter, more high lit but no form of glitter or shimmer.  Fine lines appear less, and filled in.  This product would be genius under concealer, and in fact when I put on the double wear concealer, it blends like a dream.

The results are noticeable, so much so that co-workers would constantly ask what I did different because my skin was more radiant and looked even younger and brighter.  All without them knowing I got a new product in.  So from that point forward, I have been sharing this with everyone, raving about it on social media and asking for everyones opinion.  I have sold it to about 9 people so far and so far every single one of them in enjoying the results and are calling this eye product amazing.

And I'll be honest with you, I never liked the ANR eye creams.  I old jar cream used to get in to my eyes and sting and was such a lightweight gel that I didn't see any results from it. Ever.  I kind of hated it, and to this day don't understand it's popularity and have felt that it hinders the ANR category.  But this new baby redeems that category and I wouldn't be surprised if this wins best new innovation for 2017/2018.  

Did I mention it is patented until 2033.  Which is a big deal.  She contains 2x the hyaluronic acid than  the original formulations and you can definitely see, feel, and notice a difference.  FINALLY AN EYE PRODUCT that is under $100 that you can actually see results with.

I am shook! And I hate that term, but it's true.  I will promote this product forever and ever.  It is a hit! A Win! A game changer.  If you have not experienced it and want to see the hype.  Stop by your local Estee Lauder Counter ASAP.

If you're in the Topanga area, visit me at Neiman Marcus and try it.  You won't regret it. I have switched non believers to this product.  I have tried every eye product out there, and this is by far my favorite (along with the Re-Nutriv Eye Lift Product) but this still takes the cake.

Try it out and let me know what you see.

YOU WON'T REGRET this one, and best of all it's only $69 @ Neiman Marcus and most US retailers.  BEST PRICE. EVER.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Serums: What they are and why you need them if you're over 30.

My favorite Lauder Serums

The Lowdown on Serums

Serums are an integral part of your skincare routine, especially if you are on the right side of 30 (but start as young as possible, especially if you drink, smoke, eat good amount of sugars or are showing signs of a life well lived).  After working about 12 years now at a cosmetics counter and after countless hours of independent research and blood, sweat and tears in the skincare game, I am about to reveal my two cents on why I feel so passionately about serums.   At the counter, and after speaking with many woman (especially those who are luxury skincare users) I have noticed a very alarming trend; woman, are seemingly investing upwards of $500-$1000 on luxury creams, but when asked if they use a serum, I hear, "I don't like a lot of steps and I don't have time."  My response: You have time and if you don't you need to wake up 1 minute earlier, because this stage is so important.  Why waste all of your money on a cream that stays on the superficial top layer of skin, I mean don't put all your eggs in one basket here, especially when it comes to skin maintenance.

Yes, moisturizer is extremely important, especially with the stresses and pollution of modern times; however, serum is where you'll get more bang for your buck.  They call them TREATMENT products for a reason: they truly treat your skin concerns.

What is a serum anyway?

Most often serums are a more nutrient dense product and have a lower molecular weight and viscosity than their moisturizer counterparts.  Being that they are a smaller molecular structure, they have the possibility to hold a more intensive concentration of active ingredients, which can penetrate deeper in to the epidermis.  

What does this mean for me?

BETTER SKIN in the long run.  Deeper absorption, and your moisturizer will overall penetrate and retain it's moisture better and longer.  Use a serum for one day and you'll notice a difference in how your other products behave and how nice and supple your skin will look and feel.  

More plumped up youthful look.  Cells overlap each other and when are dry or irritated pull apart.  Serums helps to saturate these cells causing them expand and seal together so skin looks better.

Repair Serums are targeted to your skincare concerns, and most good ones will help reverse the damage done to your skin.  Increase the rate your skin repairs itself, and turns over, and you'll be golden.

So where should I spend my money?

Serums are not a solo act, they are like the MVP on the team, they deserve recognition and work hard, but without a full roster, they are merely just another player.  If you had to choose between a luxury serum or a luxury cream, indulge in a high quality serum and less on the moisture cream.  But if you can afford both, and want your skin to look it's best, invest in the best you can afford.

I am over 30, why do I need them now?

Because this is the decade the first signs of aging become present.  And fine lines become deeper, pigmentation begins to surface.  All of the damage from our childhood and early adulthood become brought to the battleground for all to see.  "Flower gleam and glow, let your power shine, make the clock reverse, bring back what once was mine."  Prevent premature aging due to skin cell damage and get on the repair boat, ASAP.  If you smoke or drink, start earlier.  30s is the time to consider Vitamin A and at very least a reparative serum (i.e.: Advanced Night Repair from Estee Lauder - I have been using this since 18.  All ages are welcome).  

If you would like any suggestions on which serums to use, message me on Facebook, Instagram or via e-mail *all social links are on the website version of my page*.  I cannot wait to hear about your skin success stories.  Have a favorite serum.  Leave a comment with your favorite serum, why you like it, and what it did for you skin.  Don't forget to include your skin type, condition, age and environment you live in.  


Gary Brink

Sunday, July 16, 2017

My 30th Birthday

Hey guys,
I just wanted to write a quick post to say THANK YOU!  From the deepest regions of my soul I truly appreciate all the kindness and love I have received today.  As many of you know, this year has been one of change, not necessarily negative, but definitely some adjustments have been made.  I feel like I am coming in to my own, and that isn't without struggle or adversity, but I mean honestly without these things, life wouldn't be as fun, right?!  With that being said, today I turned 30 and I have never been more excited about an age (besides maybe 18 or 21), but 30 is the changing of a decade and on to new adventures, potential successes, and personal growth opportunities.  I'm sure this decade will bring forth many life lessons, and even a few struggles, but I am truly ready to face them head-on.

All of you today have made this day extra special.  I started today off feeling like it was going to be a bust, being that I couldn't get the day off (though I requested a vacation day in advance) but I didn't let that get to me.  At work, my lovely coworkers brought a cake and many were so loving and generous that it truly made me feel appreciated and loved by those I spend so much of my time with.

After work, I had a great get together with some members from my gym (C Street Crossfit) and that truly was the highlight of my day.  We had an awesome time at Buena Lanes in Ventura, bowling and enjoying each others company.  We had funfetti cakes and cupcakes, laughs, some adult beverages and most importantly we had quality time spent together.  I truly appreciate all of you that came and celebrated with me, it really meant the world.

After bowling I spent time with my cousin, aunt and uncle and came to a surprise of oreos, animal crackers, goldfish (my favorite snacks) and a Lion King shirt, which I absolutely adore.  I am actually wearing it as I type this.  I took a short power nap with Maribel (the best dog ever), and then came home to find my roommate and friend, Ruben, had a big furry balloon, card and scented candle awaiting my arrival (my favorite types of gifts are ones that smell delicious...<3 )  I truly am blessed to have such amazing people surrounding me.

Thirty will truly be one of the best years ever, and this next decade is sure to bring forth many blessings and experiences.  Without all of you, I don't know where I would be.   Thank you so much.

Best Cake Ever.  Thank You so much to Meagan and Matt <3
Throwing That Ball So Hard.
Beautiful Girls.  All over the world.  <3
Some of the best people in the world <3 
Thank you for organizing this Marisa <3
The Cake Boss will soon have some competition.  She even Got sprinkles down her stove for this <3
Disney Shirt.  Thanks Jayme, Jordan, Angela and Uncle.  I love it.

Ruben.  I love furry balloons and thank you so much for everything.

Love you all.



Saturday, July 15, 2017


New Foundation Alert: Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh SPF 30

Photo Cred: Estee Lauder

I have long been a fan of the Estee Lauder Double Wear but have always wished that the brand would come out with something more accommodating for dry or textured skin, and was disappointed when Invisible Fluid was taken off the shelves.  Jump forward now to 2017 and my prayers have been answered, introducing the newest addition to the Double Wear family, Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF 30.  I have been testing and wearing this foundation for the past few weeks and have been absolutely impressed with the finish, wearability and texture.  Before I get too much in to my personal affair with the product let me give you some stats about what Lauder says about its newest addition.

Actual:  I find this to be a true medium coverage that looks like real skin.  I found it to give more than sheer and I found for myself specifically it was more of a medium coverage. 

Real Skin
Actual: Slightly dewy but satin smooth.  I found mid day this product does get a bit shiny, but I don't necessarily hate that.  I love the natural look this provides.

Lauder Description:

"Real-skin flawless. Real protection. 24-hour staying power.

Waterlight. This fluid, long-wear makeup feels like you have nothing on. Moves comfortably with your skin. Looks fresh, natural, healthy, even-toned. 
With SPF 30 and anti-oxidants, it’s your invisible defense against environmental damage from UV rays and pollution. 
Instantly and continuously hydrates with a moisture complex of red fruit extracts, including watermelon, lychee seed and apple. 
In shades for all skintones."

Price Point: $42 for 1 oz (US) (

What I Love Most About This Product

1. The Natural but Flawless Look

I find this formula to absolutely stunning, leaving the most gorgeous coverage and finish you can think of.  Skin is left beautifully even toned, without the muskiness of heavy foundation.  I also have found that texture seems to be smoothed and even up-close you cannot perceive this as foundation.  

2. The Texture

The texture is thin as water, so you really need to shake this formula.  I find my favorite application with this foundation is finger tips and then going over with a buffing brush (i.e. the Trish McEvoy Foundation Brush )

3. The Wear Time

Boasting the same 24hour wear as the original Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup  I find this formula stays all day and feels like you're wearing nothing at all.  For that alone, this is a 5 star foundation in my book.


Usually you see SPF and think, "oh great, flashback" but this formula is some kind of magic unicorn foundation, because I photographed this every way possible and didn't notice flashback.  I wear shade Fresco and noticed the color looked warm and even no matter how much I photographed it.  I am also one that is horrible with wearing sunscreen, so to know I am getting SPF 30 protection and antioxidants to protect against environment and pollution is a bit more reassuring.  

5. How I photograph with this foundation:

Below are a few examples:


Overall I would have to say this is my new all time favorite foundation.  I will definitely be adding this to my freelance kit and offering it to all of my clients.   If you are interested in trying it, email me at and I can send you a 10 day supply to try.  Hope you found this insight helpful and please comment and subscribe for more.


Xx Gary


Coming Out Story

New YouTube Video


Hey my loves,

Head over to my YouTube channel to see my coming out story.  I have been out and proud for about 13 years now, and thought it was about time to share with you how that came about.  So in honor of last month being pride month, I made this video in homage to those that came before me and paved the way to living open, out and free.  Enjoy and please, like subscribe and comment if you found this video informative, enlightening, or just to support me.

Thank you all for your continued love and support.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Welcome Back To My Blog - 2017: The Year Of Social Media!

Hello ladies and Gentlemen.  It's been a few years since I have had my blog up and running, but guess who is back! ME! I am now working back at Estee Lauder (#esteebeautyadvisor)  for Neiman Marcus (#iworkatnm) and taking social media by storm.  I invested in a new template, have expanded my YouTube Channel and will also be paying particular attention to my blog and Instagram account.

Please follow me on my social media accounts, all of which are linked above. 

Once again Thank you all for following and for your patience in my return to social media.  I promise this will be the year of omnipresence and I will be everywhere bringing you the best content I can muster.  Hope you all have a blessed day and thank you again.


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