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 tarte.com 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!
Get it on amazon

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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!

See more skin & sun care tips on youtube!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Happy National Lipstick Day!

hot pink lips
Lipstick. Oh how I love it! ♡ Bold red lips. Sexy baby pink lips. Fabulous fuchsia lips. Sophisticated nude lips. Such drama created in a moment with the stoke of a lipstick tube! Celebrate National Lipstick Day by adding a new lipstick to your collection. Go on. You deserve it! Always think of our furry friends and buy cruelty free.

My favorite lipstick brands:
Urban Decay
Kat Von D
Too Faced

Shop for Aveda Lipstick

Get some super lipstick deals online at Ulta today only. 

Get Urban Decay Vice Lipstick for half price!

Have a Sexy Lips Day! 💄💋
lipstick kiss
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

OPI Iceland Collection Fall/Winter 2017 / Does OPI test on animals?

OPI Iceland Collection Fall/Winter 2017
I don't even want to think about fall and winter right now, but the fashion industry is! OPI's next nail polish collection is Iceland. Interesting, because their collection themes always seem to coordinate with my client's vacation destinations. My people are right on those trends! 

It looks like a decent collection. Many nice colors.  The names are cute and clever as usual. And, it's nice to see some rich dark browns again. The colors are available in nail lacquer and GelColor. The release date is August 1, 2017.

OPI Iceland Collection swatches
Icelanded a Bottle of OPI is a creamy taupe.

 That's What Friends Are Thor is a dark chocolatey brown. 

Krona-logical Order is an espresso with a bit of a mauve tone.

Suzi & the Arctic Fox is a deep bluish purple.

I'm not so sure about This Isn't Greenland. I'm not a fan of mossy green but maybe you are. 

Less is Norse is a deep glossy blue.

Check Out the Old Geysirs is an icy gray blue.

I'll Have a Gin & Tectonic is a creamy peach.

One Heckla of a Color is a dusty purple.

I am loving Reykjavik Has All the Hot Spots, a shimmering gold dusty mauve.  

Turn On the Northern Lights! is a blue purple with an interesting pink shimmer to it the intrigues me. 
I'm a sucker for shimmer! 

Aura Berry-alis is a nice berry pink cream.

OPI Iceland Collection Fall/Winter 2017
    I see a misspelling in this promo!
OPI Iceland Collection Fall/Winter 2017
Did anyone else notice that there is no red in the bunch? Interesting. Find OPI polishes at salons and spas, the OPI site,  Ulta and amazon for $10. The release date isn't until August 1 so be patient. They are hard to find right now. As for OPI product being tested on animals, this is what they say:

Animal Testing
OPI does not perform animal testing, nor does OPI contract to have it performed elsewhere. When “live” testing is necessary, it is performed on informed, consenting, paid human volunteers – not animals.  This has always been our policy since our founding in 1981, and remains unchanged since our purchase by Coty in late 2010.

Most OPI products are free of animal ingredients, including our famous acrylic systems.  The few exceptions recently or currently in production are as follows: 
Avoplex High Intensity Hand Cream  -- contains Hydrolyzed Keratin from a certified BSE free source, New Zealand wool.
OPI Gelcolor and Axxium Soak-Off Gels – some shades contain Carmine (INCI name: CI 75470), an insect-derived pigment.  This material is also known as Cochineal.

Ridge Filler – contains silk (INCI name:  Serica), an insect derived fiber.
Nail Lacquer -- Three (3) current shades -- Dulce de Leche, Kennebunk-port, and Tutti Fruitti Tonga -- contain Guanine (International name:  CI 75170), which is derived from fish scales.  These are legacy colors; there are are no plans to use guanine in future shades.
Over the last several years, our trend and the general cosmetic industry trend has been to move away from most animal ingredients (beeswax excepted).  

Always check the label and call OPI if you are uncertain about a specific product.

I'm not sure I believe it since Coty is an animal testing company and I have also read that OPI is sold in China where animal testing is required. I haven't been happy with OPI since it was sold. We do still have some colors at the salon for our die hard OPI lovers. When in doubt, use polish from a company a true non animal testing company like zoya

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Bridal Makeup at The Old Mill, Rose Valley, Pa

bridal ceremony sign
I had the pleasure of doing a bit of wedding makeup over the July 4th holiday weekend at The Old Mill in Rose Valley, Pa. What an amazing spot for a wedding!
The Old Mill Rose Valley, Pa
The historic original mill building and Irish style gardens have a rustic charm with plenty of little hideaways for beautiful, romantic photos! There a bridal suite available with plenty of room and natural light to do hair, makeup and get dressed up.
cocktail area Old Mill Media, Pa
I did the makeup for 3 Irish beauties, Mom (the bride) and her two daughters. One daughter had just flown in from Ireland! My friend Michelle did their hair. The wedding colors were pink and purple. The day very warm, sunny and gorgeous! Perfect for a late afternoon outdoor wedding.
wedding makeup mom and daughters
Before applying makeup, it's important to prepare the skin. I started each face with a rose water toning and moisturizing with calming cream to make the sensitive skin look fresh, calm and dewy before the makeup application. I'm not always a fan of face primers. I find the silicone bases in many face primers can feel too slippery so I use them selectively. Shadow primer is a different story. Urban Decay Primer Potion is a must! All faces received a light dusting of powder to prevent too much shine on the warm summer day.

The Bride
The bride wanted to look like herself with a touch of glamour. Foundation, luminizing powder, bronzer and blush made the skin glow with subtle contouring and highlighting. We decided on a soft smoky eye in shades of pink, gold and plum to make her green eyes pop and add a bit of glamour. We decided against strip lashes due to the bride's sensitive eyes. Instead, I used layers of black waterproof mascara and lash fibers to create longer lashes. A nude pink lipstick with a gold luminizer highlight helped to add volume to her lips.

Brunette Daughter
The fair skinned beauty with dark hair showed me a pic of a neutral matte eye shadow with a thin line of eye liner on the top that she liked. I used all matte shadows in shades of white, cream, medium brown and dark brown to create a modern neutral look. We kept her skin creamy with sheer foundation coverage allowing a few freckles to show through. A soft pink blush and a hint of luminizing powder created a gentle glow. She wanted to leave her lips bare because she was not a fan of lipstick. I convinced her to try a little something on her lips.  So her lips were lined with a liner that matched her lip color with a nude gloss on top. She was happy with it.

Blonde Daughter
The bronze goddess with blonde hair (and by bronze, I mean spray tan bronze. That's a healthy tan!) wanted a gold eye shadow look which was perfect for her. I used shades of shimmering bronze, gold and copper. No mascara was needed on the top lashes because she just had lash extensions applied. A warm coral blush accented her cheeks and a creamy pink with a gold shimmer made her lips look beautiful.

They all looked fresh and lovely for the 
special day!
silk and pearl bridal bouquet

stream at the old mill rose valley, pa

bridge at the old mill rose valley, pa
All the best to the bride and groom for a life filled with love, health and happiness!

Have a Beautiful Day!
purple statice and baby's breath bouquet

Thursday, June 29, 2017

summer nail colors

It's time for my beach vacation and I need a shimmering, beachy color on my toes. I'm usually a hot pink, 
opi charged up cherry
OPI Charged up Cherry
or blue, 
zoya mallory
Zoya Mallory
or turquoise girl 
opi my dogsled is a hybrid, zoya rayne
OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid with Zoya Rayne
but, I'm feeling something bronzy for this vacation. Zoya Faye is a beautiful bronze with a mauve undertone and pretty gold sparkle but might be a bit too yellowy gold for me.
zoya faye
 So I'm going to add Zoya Leia on top of the Faye. Leia is a sheer white that has metallic flecks of pink, gold and even a little green in it. It's one of my favorite shimmering over coats.
zoya leia
Wait till you see them together. They create a fantastico shimmering pink bronze!
summer nail polish
summer pedicure
Zoya faye and leia polish on toenail
You can see an amazing variety of shimmering colors in the polish. It's perfect for the beach! I'm so happy with it!

See my at Styling Point for a perfect pedicure and your own unique custom created nail color.

beach pedicure

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