Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Safe Sunscreens 2017-EWG

Happy First Day of Summer!!!
long wavy beach hair
Time for long days, vacations and fun in the sun! That means using sunscreens that are very effective at protecting the skin from sunburn and deeper damage, plus are as safe as possible for you and your family.

There is a vast array of physical/mineral and chemical sunscreens. What's the difference? Mineral or physical sunscreen contain the natural minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to screen out the sun's UV radiation. Chemical sunscreens contain chemicals to screen out the UV rays. These chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and do things like cause allergic reactions and mimic reproductive and thyroid hormones to screen out the UV rays.

So how do you know if your brand of sunscreen is safe and effective? Go to the Environmental Working Group website to see their extensive guide to sunscreens and great articles about sunscreens. It's the best guide around! This year is the Environmental Working Group (EWG) 11th Annual Sunscreen Guide to help you out with your sunscreen choice. This is a guide to help us find effective safe sunscreens. 

The EWG is very picky about sunscreen and that's good for all of us. There are some things they really don't like about some sunscreens.

They don't like spray sunscreens because they don't provide a thick layer of protection like creamy formulas do.

They don't like high SPF sunscreen, such as 100 SPF, because they are misleading about the amount of sun protection you actually get plus they can cause skin irritation. 

They don't like sunscreens that contain chemicals including oxybenzone (a hormone disrupting chemical) and retinyl palmitate (a chemical that may cause tumors and lesions when used on skin exposed the sun's UV Rays).

Products are rated from 1 to 10. 1 being the best score and 10 being the worst. When you see a brand's name on the list, it doesn't mean that all of their sunscreen products scored high. You need to look at the products individually and their scores. Here is your link:

Click here for the EWG's 2017 Guide to Sunscreen

Here are some cruelty free sunscreens that received good scores: 

Alba Botanica has 4 sunscreens that get twos. These are 
100% vegetarian products with botanical ingredients. You can find this brand easily in stores and on amazon.

check their store locator
click here to shop for Alba Botanica Sunscreen

All Good has 7 reef friendly biodegradable sunscreens that scored ones. This brand is available on their site, on amazon and at Whole Foods and other specialty stores. 
All Terrain has 3 sunscreens scored a one. They are available on their site, amazon and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. 
check their store locator
click here to shop for All Terrain Sunscreen

Babo Botanicals has 2 sunscreens that scored a one and 1 that scored a two. The brand is available on their site and at specialty stores such as health food stores. 
check the store locator
click here to shop for Babo Sunscreen

Badger has 9 sunscreens scored a one. They have certified organic and natural broad spectrum zinc oxide sunscreens. Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores.
check their store locator
click here to shop for Badger Sunscreen

Blue Lizard 3 of these Australian sunscreens scored ones and twos. They are broad spectrum and mineral based. Available online and at various pharmacies. 
check their store locator 
click here to shop for Blue Lizard Sunscreen

Caribbean Sol has 3 are natural, biodegradable sunscreens that won't harm our natural living reef system that scored ones.
Available on their online store.
click here to shop for Caribbean Sunscreen

Deter made the list this year! Deter Outdoor Skin Protection 
makes Deter Mineral Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 30 which is an environmentally friendly broad spectrum sunscreen that is fortified with natural antioxidants. It scored a one.
check your store locator
click here to shop for Deter Sunscreen

Goddess Garden 12 of their organic sunscreens 
scored a 1. I found some of these sunscreens a little difficult to apply. Find Goddess Garden at CVS, specialty stores, Bed, Bath and Beyond and on their site.
read the review
click here to shop for Goddess Garden Sunscreen

Kabana Organic Skincare 8 of their organic sunscreens 
score a one. They offer tinted sunscreens in 3 shades: neutral, bronze and peach!
The products are available on their site.
click here to shop for Kabana Organic Sunscreen

Kiss My Face has 4 sunscreens that score ones and twos. These are easy to find vegan mineral sunscreens.

check their store locator
click here to shop for Kiss My Face Sunscreen

Juice Beauty Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 scored a one. Available online and at Ulta, various maternity stores & more stores. 
check their store locator
click here to shop for Juice Beauty Sport Sunscreen

Have a Beautiful Sun Safe Summer!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Can nail polish spread fungus?

polishing toe nail
Lately, I have had clients coming and telling me that their podiatrist says nail polish can't be shared due to the possibility of it being contaminated with toe nail fungus. And, their own nail polish must be thrown away if they themselves have a nail fungus.

I've been doing nails for more than 30 years. It has always been my understanding that nail polish does not provide a friendly environment for fungus to live or multiply. But, since a doctor is telling my clients to throw away polish and not share polish, I've decided to revisit my view. I've done a bit of research looking for the facts on the topic of can fungus live in nail polish and spread fungal infection. Just the facts, ma'am! Let's start by knowing the enemy and what it needs to survive and spread.

A Little Info About Fungus

Fungus, yeast and mold require food, water and oxygen to survive. They also like darkness and warmth.

Plants have chlorophyll and can make their own food from sunlight. Fungi cannot. They need food.

Food for toe nail fungus is the keratin that the skin and nails are made of.

Fungi reproduce by spores. The spores are a dormant form of the fungus that grow in favorable conditions.

Fungus can be on your skin even though you are not experiencing an infection.

Toe nail fungus enters through a tiny break in the skin and any separation between the nail bed and the nail. The break in the skin can be from a trauma to the toe nail such as stubbing your toe, dropping something on your toe, your foot sliding in your shoe while playing a sport or even from tight shoes.

Toe nail fungi are called Dermatophytes.

Fungi and fungi spores can live in spas, locker rooms, around pools, showers, warm puddles, on a towel, on your sheets, on your socks and in your shoes.

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that can become a toe nail fungal infection.

A family member with athlete's foot can easily spread it to the rest of the family by dropping spores around the house. ewwww!!!

Is there food, water and oxygen for the fungus in nail polish?

No, there isn't. Traditional nail polish or nail lacquer is a hostile chemical environment for microorganisms.

Here are ingredient lists for a few nail polish brands:

OPI: acetyl tributyl citrate, butyl acetate, ethly acetate, epoxy resin, nitrocellulose, isopropyl alcohol, silica, polyvinyl butyral, trimethylpentanediyl dibenzoate, stearalkonium bentonite, and benzophenone-1.

Zoya: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sterikonium Hectroite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styene/Acrylates Copolymer.

Orly: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Triphenyl Phosphate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Propyl Acetate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Mica, Tin Oxide, Alumina, Silica, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Benzophenone-1, Polyvinyl Butyral, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate.

What does the scientific community say about the matter?

Dr. Chris Adigun, a dermatologist who has an academic specialty in nail disorders and was assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University Department of Dermatology told refinery29: “In general, sharing nail polish does not present a health or infection risk.” “This is because the solvents in nail polish are chemically toxic to microorganisms by degrading their cell walls within seconds of contact. In fact, there have been studies that show that microbes cannot survive in nail lacquer, whether they are in a salon or deliberately contaminated with microorganisms for laboratory studies.”

According to the Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology, edited by Robert Baran, MD and Howard I. Maibach, MD, "Microbiological studies commissioned in 2009 by the NMC (Nail Manufacturers Council) show that traditional solvent-based nail polishes will quickly kill common pathogens without additional preservation and do not create the potential for transmitting pathogenic organisms." (page 253)

My favorite scientist Doug Schoon says in his book, Nail Structure and Product Chemistry, "Pathogens cannot grow in acrylic monomer liquids, UV gels, primers, nail polish, nail dehydrators, and other solvent based products, either. These products have several things in common. None of them contains significant amounts of water. Pathogens need water to live and grow. Pathogens also need food. None of these products can act as food for pathogens." (page 225)

After looking at the facts, it's safe to say that nail polish cannot spread fungus. You will not get a fungal infection from nail polish at the nail salon or from your own polish that you used while you had a toe nail fungus. You could possibly get a fungal infection from an unclean salon, though. Be sure to go to salon that follows proper sanitation procedures, uses disposable items such as files, orangewood sticks & foot bath liners and properly cleans their metal nail tools.

Get a super clean pedicure at Styling Point!

Have no fear, use shared nail polish with confidence!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a Beautiful, Fungus Free Day😉

Beach Ruffles etsy shop

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Zoya Wanderlust Nail Polish Collection Summer 2017

Have you seen the summer nail polish collection from Zoya? It's gorgeous! I wasn't sure about the greens. I'm not really a green nail polish person, but the 2 greens in this collection aren't so bad for me.  

There's a mix of 8 full coverage creams and 4 shimmers, warms and cools. Some apply better than others. All are bright happy colors for summer. I know my clients are going to love them. In fact, I unpacked the box and used Winnie on Donna right away!
zoya winnie

zoya wanderlust cool
zoya wanderlust warm
Let's go through them one by one.
Zoya Byrdie
   Byrdie is a fushcia cream. It has opaque full coverage that goes on smooth and easy. This is one of my favorites!
zoya mandy
Mandy is a shimmering berry pink. It is slightly sheer on the first coat and goes on beautifully.

zoya winnie
Winnie is a soft watermelon pink cream. It has opaque full coverage. It's one of those challenging application polishes because the consistency is on the thick side and the first coat goes on a bit streaky. The second coat makes the coverage smooth and even.

zoya etsy
Etsy is rich bubble gum pink. It is an opaque full coverage cream. It has a thick consistency but goes on without streaking. Perfect name for me since I recently opened an Etsy Shop!!!

zoya lois
Lois is violet cream. It has opaque full coverage and goes on smooth and easy.

zoya river
River is a shimmering cobalt blue. The first coat goes on a bit sheer and uneven but smooths out nicely with the second coat.

zoya sonia
Sonia is a summery red cream. It has opaque full coverage. The first coat goes on slightly streaky but smooths out easily with the second coat.

zoya journey
Journey is a shimmering strawberry red. It goes on beautifully and has a nice glow to it. Another favorite for me.

zoya cora
Cora is a coral cream. It has full opaque coverage. The first coat goes on slightly streaky but smooths out with the second coat.

zoya sawyer
Sawyer is light orange cream. It has opaque full coverage. It's another one of those challenging application polishes because the consistency is on the thick side and the first coat goes on a quite streaky. The second coat makes the coverage smoother but not as perfect as I like it to be. A third coat would make it way to thick. This one is my least favorite due to the application struggle.

zoya scout
Scout is a shimmering mossy green. The first coat goes on sheer and smooth. The second coat adds more shimmering rich color. Not my favorite color but it's growing on me!

zoya arbor
Arbor is a rich olive green. It has opaque full coverage and goes on smooth and easy. The coverage is so nice with the first coat, you could probably get away with just one coat if you wanted to. I actually would wear this green, with the right outfit.

 Zoya polish is vegan and 10 free, which means it's free of the ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. It's our favorite nail polish brand at the salon because it wears so well on natural nails.

You can buy Zoya polishes for $10 each at salons and spas, on, and on Amazon.
click here to shop for Zoya on Amazon

Thanks for stopping by and
Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day!
Beach Ruffles etsy shop

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Beach Ruffles Etsy Shop

I have a new venture.  For years I've been creating jewelry, hair accessories, and frilly ruffled & sequined sarongs for myself and for friends. It's time to expand....I opened an etsy shop! Beach Ruffles.

For me, I like to create an outfit out of my bathing suit when I'm away on vacation.That means having the perfect beach cover up to coordinate with my suit. It has to be something fun and unique or I won't be happy with it. Then I need jewelry and a hat, a headband or a flower hair clip to go with it.  It makes the perfect pretty daytime outfit to wear to a casual breakfast at the open air buffet, to the beach, to the pool and to the beach grill for lunch. I have a different suit for each day on vacation so I'm always coming up with new cover up ideas.

Here is a ruffled sarong I made. I call the ruffled sarongs Beach Ruffle Wraps.

 Beach Ruffle Wrap Sarong
Here is a fun flower hair clip that looks just perfect with this Beach Ruffle Wrap.
 Flower Hair Clip
And here is a long corded necklace to add a little crystal bling to the beach outfit.
long dangle necklace with shell and crystal
And let's not forget our furry friends. They like to look pretty too! I make ruffled bandanas for dogs and tolerant cats!
 Bandanna for dogs and cats
Browse around my etsy shop and stop back often. I hope you like what you see! I have lots of new designs I am working on. You can follow Beach Ruffles on Facebook to keep up on the latest creations. 

Click here for the Beach Ruffles Facebook Page

Thanks for stopping by and
Have a Beautiful Day!
Beach Ruffles etsy shop

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Palette Swatches & Review

Ooo la la! Look at these gorgeous eye shadow colors! 
too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette
It's the Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Palette. A Mother's Day gift from one of my daughters. She knew I would love the colors.💖 The packaging is delicate and beautiful looking and has a nice size mirror inside.
too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette packaging
This palette is a limited edition 30 shade eye shadow collection. It has has 7 mattes, 13 shimmers and 10 sparkles. Some of the colors are from previous Too Faced palettes: Natural Eyes, Natural Matte, Natural Night, plus new shades. I find if fabulous for creating sexy, soft looking shimmery eyes. It comes with a little booklet that contains a glamour guide with instructions for creating 6 different looks. The colors look very bold in the pictures but are not that bold looking on the skin in reality.
too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette booklet
I have read some really terrible reviews of this palette. I don't know why they are so terrible. It's true, some of the shadows are soft and create fallout. Also, some colors don't go on as smoothly as we would like. Some are very sheer and dusty. It's not perfect but definitely not terrible. The colors are really pretty. Just know, most of them aren't bold looking on the skin. With the right application techniques, you can get better application and performance from this and any other shadow. I think you have to know what you are getting before you buy it. So let's talk about it!

Lots of Metallic

This palette consists of mostly shimmery metallic shades. Beautiful, but some of us who are a little older may like to stick to more matte and semi matte shades with a little accent of shimmer. This may not be the best palette choice for older skin due to the fact that there are not a lot of mattes to play with, only 7 mattes. Metallics, particularly frosts, can accentuate lines and wrinkles. It's a great palette for younger eyes. You may like to use the Natural Love Palette along with a matte palette such as Too Face Matte Chocolate Chip to give you a larger selection of mattes.

Opaque Sheer Mix

There is a mix in the coverage in this palette. Don't think that all of these shadows are highly pigmented opaque shades. Many have nice pigment and build up for more coverage, but there are also colors that are on the sheer side. This is a natural palette made to create natural looking neutral looks so a little soft sheerness is appropriate.

Silky and Powdery

Some of these shadows have a silky smooth feel. Some of these shadows are drier, powdery and kick up a bit of dust. Some create fallout, especially Fairy Tale. It is very common for glittery eye shadow to sprinkle onto your face leaving you with sparkly skin. Many of the glitters in this palette to just that. 
too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette Heaven, Fairy Tale
Spotty Application
Some of the colors don't go on as nicely as others. They are a little spotty or streaky looking, Heaven in particular for me. Using a primer improves the application.

Shadow Application Tips

There are things you can do to improve the application of this and any other eye shadow. 

Tip 1: Primer

Too Faced recommends their Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer to "lock down shadow".  Shhhh! Don't tell them, I always use my favorite eye shadow primer Urban Decay Primer Potion!!! Primer helps eye shadow color look bolder. It holds it in place, lengthens wear and helps prevent creasing. 

Tip 2: Sponge vs Brush

I find with many eye shadows, especially powdery ones, the old fashioned sponge eye shadow applicator provides a smooth even shadow application with less fallout. It also doesn't kick up the shadow in the pan as much as an eye shadow brush. Apply with the sponge and blend with a brush.
eye shadow sponge applicator
Tip 3: Finger Application
Applying shadow with your clean fingertip is another way to reduce fallout and get a smooth solid application. It works the best for the eye lid and brow bone. Use a sponge applicator to define the crease. Use a brush to blend.

Tip 4: Use a Barrier
Use eye shadow shields or makeup tape to cover the under eye and upper cheek areas while applying eye shadow. The skin is nice and fallout free when you remove it. Some shadow shields are super sticky. Stick them on your arm several times to reduce the stickiness before applying them to your under eye area.
eye shadow shields
Click here to shop for Eye Shadow Shields
Let's look at the colors!

too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette colors
Top row
Heaven- a matte cream 
Fairy Tale- a champagne gold shimmer
Nudie- a matte fawn
Tickle Me- mushroom shimmer
Don't Settle- a dark brown metallic
Finger's Crossed- a deep brown with gold sparkle
too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette swatches

2nd row
Lace Teddy- a matte soft peach 
Satin Sheets- a golden pink shimmer
Push-Up- a light bronze pearl
Honey Pot- a metallic gold 
Chocolate Martini- a deep espresso with gold sparkle
Undercover- a midnight purple with violet sparkle
too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette swatches

3rd row
Pink Cheeks- a barely pink with silver sparkle 
Kittens- a golden rose shimmer
Bunny Nose- a pearly cotton candy pink
Moonbeam- a metallic white gold
Love Bug- a silvered plum metallic
Smokin'- a sparkling gunmetal taupe
too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette swatches

4th row
Poodle- an iced pearl
Cutie Pattootie- a pink champagne shimmer 
Dear Diary- a antiqued bronzed metallic 
Coffee Date- a coppery brown pearl
Spoiled- a dark chocolate pearl
Night Fever- a black khaki w/ gold shimmer
too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette swatches

5th row
Spotlight- a matte butter crème
Honey Butter- a matte light caramel 
Honeymoon- a soft pearly melon
Hot & Bothered- a shimmering copper
Makeup & Chill- a matte deep red brown
Stiletto- a matte black
too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette swatches

These shadows are gluten free and contain no parabens. Too Faced does not test on animals. 
Some colors contain carmine so this is not a vegan palette.
too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette ingredients

too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette ingredients
The bottom line is, 
This is a mostly metallic shadow palette. I love the shadow colors. They create soft beautiful shimmery looks. Perfect colors for brides! Some of the shadows give you a little trouble with unevenness, dust and fallout. Primer and the right application techniques improve the performance of the shadows. I will definitely keep using this palette for soft looks. The $59 price seems steep but you do get 30 colors.
too faced natural love ultimate neutral eye shadow palette on eye
I used Lace Teddy, Pink Cheeks, Moonbeam, Dear Diary, Nudie, Love Bug and Undercover 
Find the Too Faced Natural Love Neutral Eye Shadow Palette for $59 at Ulta, Sephora and Too Faced.

Click here to shop for Too Faced Eye Shadow Palettes
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