Saturday, August 19, 2017

Zoya Sophisticates Fall 2017 Collection

zoya sophisticates fall 2017
Zoya's fall nail polish collection, Sophisticates, is available for your polishing pleasure! 

The name Sophisticates well suits these refined modern colors. The gorgeous colors range from a pale almond to a deep, dark gray blue. There are many mauves in this collection which will make my clients very happy. 😊 Mauve is best described as soft purplish pinkish color with gray tones. 

All the colors are opaque with the exception of Gal which is a bit sheer and requires 3 or 4 coats to achieve full coverage. One coat of Gal would make a fabulous glitzy overcoat. 

I have my favorites of course! Mona. It's a deep wine with an amazing glass like finish. Hadley. All who know me know I'm a blue fan. Hadley is a smoky deep blue also with an amazing glossy finish.

I photographed each color in inside lighting and outside lighting in my garden to show you how they look in different lighting. 

Zoya Sophisticates Collection
Mckenna is a warm toned soft almond color with a soft barely there pearl.
zoya mckenna
zoya mckenna
zoya mckenna

Beth is a warm toned metallic glowy sandy shade.
zoya beth
zoya beth
zoya beth

Presley is a cool toned medium gray mauve cream.
zoya presley
zoya presley
zoya presley

Joni is a cool toned mauvey plum cream.
zoya joni
zoya joni
zoya joni

Hera is a cool toned soft rosey mauve cream.
zoya hera
zoya hera
zoya hera

Padma is a cool toned deep mauvey red cream.
zoya padma
zoya padma
zoya padma

Yvonne is a cool toned rich wine red cream.
zoya yvonne
zoya yvonne
zoya yvonne

Mona is a cool toned plum wine cream.
zoya mona
zoya mona
zoya mona

Elaine is a warm toned deep dark gray brown cream.
zoya elaine
zoya elaine
zoya elaine

Hadley is a cool, deep, dark gray blue cream.
zoya hadley
zoya hadley

Tabitha is a warm pearly hunter green.
zoya tabitha
zoya tabitha
zoya tabitha

Gal is a warm muted yellow green with shimmering metallic gold.
zoya gal
zoya gal
zoya gal
Find Zoya polish on, at salons and spas including Styling Point in Media, Pa. and on amazon
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

tarte lights, camera, LASHES Mascara Review

tarte light,camera, lashes mascara
I've tried this mascara on and off over the years but have never done an official review. Ulta frequently has it as a deal and steal during their 21 Days of Beauty events which are held in March and September which, by the way, get me every time! Be on the look out for that great beauty event. 

Let me start by saying my mascara preference is a lengthening mascara that defines each lash, goes on smooth with no clumping and no lashes sticking together. Some people like volume and a thick, spiky, Twiggy lash look that just so happens to be hot for fall 2017. But, that's not for me.

Tarte lights, camera, lashes is a vegan, 4 in 1 mascara meaning it's supposed to:
1. lengthen
2. curl
3. volumize
4. condition
tarte light,camera, lashes mascara packaging
This black mascara has a purple leather looking sleeve with a snake skin print that is made from man made materials (in China). It's vegan, not tested on animals and has nice ingredients like olive oil and rice bran wax. Tarte recommends a wiggle of the brush as you apply for the best application results. The brush is a classic looking mascara brush.
tarte light,camera, lashes mascara brush
I see that lots of people love this mascara and give it high reviews. I want to love this mascara but it doesn't live up to the hype for me.

1. lengthen- it doesn't do much lengthening for me.
2. curl- it doesn't curl my difficult to curl lashes.
3. volumize- it does volumize but it is clumpy and the lashes stick together.
4. condition- it feels okay on my lashes but I can't say that I noticed my lashes are in better condition. Maybe I have to use it for a longer period of time.
tarte light,camera, lashes mascara on lashes
2 coats
For me, it doesn't go on smooth. You can see the small clumps of mascara. If I apply another coat after it has dried to freshen it up, it flakes. It is a messy removal but that isn't a 'don't buy it' factor for me. Many mascaras have a messy removal.
tarte light,camera, lashes mascara on lashes
2 coats side view
I have purchased this mascara more than once as I already mentioned, so I don't hate it. Perhaps I would get better application results using a different brush. 

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax/oryza sativa (rice) bran cera, cyclopentasiloxane, hydrogenated olive oil stearyl esters, cera carnauba/copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax/cire de carnauba, alcohol denat., palmitic acid, stearic acid, candelilla cera/euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax/cire de candelilla, triethanolamine, acacia senegal gum, panthenol, VP/VA copolymer, polyvinyl alcohol, aminomethyl propanediol, chlorphenesin, ascorbyl palmitate, phenoxyethanol, iron oxides (CI 77499). 

Manufactured in Italy. Assembled in Taiwan.

Find tarte lights, camera, lashes at Ulta, Sephora and for $23.00 for a 7ml/0.24 fl.oz. tube. Amazon has this size tube and a small travel 0.13 fl. oz. size so you can try it for less if you would like. You may love it if you like a thick mascara look. Apparently, lots of people do!
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

10 Great Little Sunscreen Tips You May Not Know

sea isle city beach and jetty
The sun's strong UV rays tan and burn your skin. Sunscreen is a must to protect skin and keep it healthy and beautiful. Use at least a 30 SPF sunscreen. 100 SPF is over kill and can cause skin irritation. The key is to reapply. One layer of sunscreen applied in the morning will not be protecting you at 3:oo in the afternoon.

Look for SPF in your makeup and skin care products for more UV protection. I have a bunch of simple sunscreen tips. They are practical daily anti aging sunscreen tips that you may never have thought about. 

Here are 10 great little sunscreen tips:

1. Protect the back of your hands
sunscreen on hands
You really need to wear sunscreen on the back of your hands everyday to help prevent crepey skin and those ugly dark age spots, but we all hate that greasy palm feeling after applying. Here's a trick: put a dollop of sunscreen on the back of one hand then rub the backs of your hands together. Done, with no greasy palms!

2. Protect your knees

dark knees
Knees tend to get really dark when exposed to the sun giving them a dirty look. Look for a mineral sunscreen containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to create a thick barrier between your skin and the sun. Wear a high sunscreen, 40 to 50 SPF, on the knees daily to keep them from getting too dark.

3. Avoid flip flop lines
silver toes
Wear a high sunscreen, 40 to 50 SPF, on the tops of your feet everyday to avoid getting a flip flop tan.

4. Prevent waxing hyper pigmentation

eye brow
Wear a high 50 SPF sunscreen on a freshly waxed area of skin when in the sun, the brows and upper lip especially. Sometimes waxing can cause hyper pigmentation, a dramatic blotchy darkening of he skin, from the UV rays.

5. Apply enough sunscreen

sunscreen in shot glass
You should be applying about 1 ounce of a broad spectrum sunscreen per application.  Let a shot glass be your guide!

6. Sunscreens expire

date sunscreen
 Some sunscreen bottles have expiration dates printed on them, some do not. Sunscreen looses it potency after a year, especially if the bottle was exposed to sunlight in your beach bag, leaving you less protected from damaging UV rays. Toss your old sunscreen and buy new. If there is no date, write the date on the bottom of the bottle with a Sharpie when you buy it. That way when you find a stray bottle, you know if it's old and should be tossed.

7. Protect your lips
lip tint
Look great & protect your lips while you are in the sun with a tinted lip balm with SPF.

8.Don't rely solely on your foundation's SPF
foundation brush
Foundation with SPF is not enough protection for hours of sun exposure. We don't apply foundation thick enough to get the SPF protection listed on the bottle. Plus, we would need to reapply frequently and would end up with caked on foundation. Use a sunscreen under your foundation.

9. Layer your sun protection

sun protection products
Layering products that contain SPF won't increase the SPF number. For instance, using a SPF 15 sunscreen with a 20 SPF BB cream doesn't add up to a 35. Layering your products does give you more thorough coverage, though.

Layer 1: Apply a sunscreen to your clean dry face. Allow it to absorb for 10 minutes. 

Layer 2: Apply your foundation or BB cream.

Layer 3: Apply powder mineral foundation. Not only does it give you sun protection with a physical SPF, it is easy to brush on a little more throughout the day for continuing protection without getting cakey.

Click here to find a sunscreen.

10. Use a BB cream and foundation that contains SPF. Here are some good ones!

bb cream
Super BB All in 1 Beauty Balm Cream by Physician's Formula SPF 30, $14.95

ELF BB Cream SPF 20, $6.00

Bare Minerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 by Bare Escentuals, $29.00

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation SPF 15 by Tarte, $39.00

Pacifica Dreamy Cover Bare-Faced Serum Foundation SPF 20, $17.00

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion SPF 50 Foundation, $16.00

shop for makeup with SPF

Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

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