Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Nail Polish Colors Spring 2018: The Zoya Thrive Collection, Swatches and Color Descriptions

It's the first full day of spring but it doesn't look like spring here in the Philadelphia area!
snow on daffadils
Snow is coming down fast and furious with the possibility of 12+ inches! 😭 This is our fourth Nor'Easter this March. Ridiculous!!!
snow on butterfly bush
 At least my nails look like spring!
zoya thrive nail polish collection spring 2018
Zoya's Thrive Collection of six colors for spring is happy and nicely pigmented. The rich opaque colors go on smooth and easy with no streaking. There are three creams and three metallics. One of the metallics, Leisel, is a very sheer shimmering topper. All the colors are gorgeous!!! You must add them to your nail polish collection!
zoya darby sample
Darby is a dusty blue gray with a soft slightly iridescent metallic. It covers the nails beautifully.
zoya darby swatch
zoya darby and leisel swatch
Darby topped with Liesel

zoya trudith sample
Trudith is a grayed wisteria purple cream. Perfect opaque coverage.
zoya trudith
zoya trudith swatch
zoya trudith and leisel swatch
Trudith topped with Leisel
I love this combination and had it on my toes during our warm February!
zoya trudith and leisel pedicure

zoya brandi sample

Brandi is a soft medium warm pink. It's creamy and opaque.
zoya brandi
zoya brandi swatch
zoya brandi and leisel swatch
Brandi topped with Leisel

zoya monroe sample
 Monroe is a raspberry pink cream with opaque coverage.
zoya monroe swatch
zoya monroe and leisel swatch
Monroe topped with Leisel

zoya leisel
Leisel is a sheer pinky purple shimmer topper that adds beautiful sparkling dimension to all of the other Thrive colors. You can wear it alone for soft, sheer, shimmering color. It will build up for opaque coverage. I have two coats on my nails.
zoya leisel
zoya leisel swatch

zoya haruku sample
Haruko is a semi sheer pale lavender with a barely there slightly iridescent metallic.
zoya haruku
zoya haruku swatch
zoya haruku and leisel swatch
Haruku topped with Leisel

I love them all! 

As always, Zoya nail polish is cruelty free, vegan and safe: free of 10 harmful chemicals.

Find Zoya nail polish in salons and spas, on and on Amazon for a great price! 

Think Spring!!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Younique Moodstruck Epic Mascara: Review & Is Younique Cruelty Free?

 younique moodstruck epic mascara package
My friend Sam has recently started selling Younique Cosmetics. Younique Cosmetics are luxury products that are sold by a "presenter" through online product parties as opposed to home parties where you would invite friends to come to your house to see and purchase products. This is a multi level marketing company in which the sellers can rise in the ranks. It's a nice opportunity to make some extra money through social media marketing. 

Sam knows of my mascara loveand recommended I try the Younique Moodstruck Epic Mascara. I was excited to try this multi-effect mascara! The claim is that this mascara will add incredible volume, length and curl with waxes that do not clump. Did it live up to the hype?

The Review
The mascara arrived in fabulous packaging with pink lips all over it which made getting the package extra fun! The mascara tube is a slender tapered design.
younique moodstruck epic mascara tube
The mascara brush has high and low bristles with a tapered end which is very handy for reaching little lashes on the inner corners.
younique moodstruck epic mascara brush
I found this mascara to be a rich black color. It went on smooth with very little clumping and added a lot of volume and a little length. 

It did not curl my straight lashes, though. I applied it first without curling my lashes. No curl. Next try, I used a lash curler to create curl in my lashes before applying the mascara. My lashes uncurled a bit throughout the day but the mascara's black color did not fade and there was no flaking or smudging. 

It defined each lash without too much sticking together. My lashes felt flexible and soft from the conditioning oils in the mascara. Plus, I had no irritation.

Lash Curl Tip: Waterproof mascaras have little or no water in them and tend to keep lashes curled better than non waterproof mascaras.

This is not a waterproof mascara but removal works best with an eye makeup remover as opposed to "soap & water". 

One coat gives nice smooth coverage. The mascara quickly thickens the lashes with more coats creating lots of volume drama.

Here is one coat on my top lashes.
younique moodstruck epic mascara 1coat
Here are my top lashes with 2 coats.
younique moodstruck epic mascara 2 coats
Now, 3 coats on top lashes and one coat on the bottom lashes.
younique moodstruck epic mascara 3 coats
Here are 4 coats on top lashes and 2 coats on the bottom lashes.
younique moodstruck epic mascara 4 coats
I think it looks great and it held up well throughout the day. 

Is it Tested on Animals?
The Younique people say no but there is no cruelty free statement on their site and they are not listed on any cruelty free resource lists. 

I sent them an email inquiring. Their email response was this: "Although Younique does not test its products on animals and is confident that its product manufacturers do not conduct such tests, we have not pursued formal certification at this time."   

Please contact Younique to encourage them to aquire cruelty free certification. Click here for Younique's email contact form.    

Is it Vegan?
Some Younique products are vegan. The Moodstruck Epic Mascara is not. It contains  beeswax and other ingredients such as keratin which may be animal sourced. Click here to review Younique's list of products formulated without animal ingredients or animal by products.

The Ingredients
a solvent used as a base for most formulas, and helps to distribute other ingredients evenly over the skin
used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant and solvent
Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’abeille 
binds the formula to keep from separating
Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de Carnauba 
an emollient and stabilizer and comes from a palm tree native to Brazil
Alcohol Denat.
a solvent
Palmitic Acid 
acts as a skin conditioner
helps control the texture and viscosity of the product
VP/Eicosene Copolymer 
a film former
Stearic Acid 
an emulsifier that keeps the product from separating
a pH adjuster and buffering agent
Acacia Senegal Gum
a thickening agent
a polymer used as a viscosity agent
conditions hair and skin
Polyvinyl Alcohol
a polymer
VP/VA Copolymer
a film former that adds to the texture of the product
Aminomethyl Propanediol
a pH adjuster
a hair conditioner
Ascorbyl Palmitate 
a source of Vitamin C known for its antioxidant properties
conditions skin
Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil 
also known as argan oil and is known for its hair and skin conditioning properties
a water-soluble vitamin that's part of the vitamin B complex group
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil
almond oil and is known for skin conditioning properties
Ricinus Communis Seed Oil
a skin conditioner
Sodium Hyaluronate 
naturally present in the skin and the body. Its greatest capacity-- to hold water--enhances the appearance of dry skin, helping to reduce flakiness and restoring suppleness
a type of alcohol that conditions hair and skin
also known as Vitamin B5 and is known for its skin conditioning properties
Propylene Glycol 
known for its skin conditioning properties
Hydrolyzed Keratin
a skin conditioning agent
Potassium Sorbate 
helps to preserve the product
Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1
a hair conditioning agent
Iron Oxides (CI 77499) 
add color

So does it live up to the hype? Almost for me! It didn't curl my lashes and didn't lengthen them as much as I would like but it certainly create volume and drama. It's definitely worth a try!

Get Younique Moodstruck Epic Mascara for $24.00 from a Younique Presenter.

Visit Sam's Beauty Shop with Younique to purchase Younique Moodstruck Epic Mascara and other Younique Products.

Have a Beautiful Day!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Leg and Bikini Waxing Questions & Answers

Waxing leaves your legs smooth and beautiful. I have many clients who wax their legs, bikini areas and underarms consistantly. They see a significant reduction in the amount of hair they have. The skin feels silky smooth with no stubble, showers are quicker since no shaving is needed, there are no stinging legs when you go into the salty sea water like you can get on freshly shaved legs and there is no shadow of dark hairs showing through the skin because the hair is removed by the root. 
People who have never waxed before have many questions about waxing. Here are some questions people frequently ask me:

Do I have to grow the hair?
Yes. Hairs that are too short cannot become embedded in the wax so the can't be pulled out.

How long does the hair have to be?

The hardest part of waxing is when you first start. The hair must be 1/8"-1/4" long so the wax can adhere to it and pull it out. That's about 10-14 days of growth. Make your waxing appointment early (while the hair is growing) to get a convenient appointment time. My clients plan their waxings around their vacation schedules and their special events so their skin is hair free for important occasions.

Is there anything special I have to do to prepare?

Besides letting the hair grow, avoid sun exposure, including tanning beds, 2 days before waxing.Sunburned skin cannot be waxed. Stop using any glycolic or alpha hydroxy skin care products on your legs or other areas that will be waxed 3 days before waxing. 

Do a light exfoliation using a dry body brush or a body scrub the day before your waxing to remove dead cell build up. This will free up hairs trapped under the dead skin layer so that they can be removed with the wax. 

Can you wax over a spray tan? 
You can be waxed when you have a spray tan but the waxing will lift off a lot of the spray tan.  It's better to wax first then have a spray tan. Wait a day or two after waxing to get your spray tan. The skin may feel a little stingy when the tanner product is applied on just waxed skin. Waxing will lighten a natural tan as well, just not as dramatically as with a spray tan. 

Will it Hurt? 

Waxing feels like pulling a Bandaid off. It's a quick sting. But it hurts less over time because the hairs become weaker, finer and more sparse with continuous waxing making them easier to pull out. 

The more you wax, the less it hurts. Your wax technician will do a patch test to

check for sensitivity if you have never been waxed before. I actually have regular waxing clients doze off during their leg waxings. Really. I'm not kidding!

Does the skin get red?

Most people get some degree redness with the exception of my veteran waxers who see very little or no redness from a leg wax or bikini wax. The redness typically fades within 24 hours. Some sensitive skin people may have red dots where the hair were for a day or so.

How is the waxing done? 

There are different types of wax. Hard wax and soft wax. The waxing process is a little different according to what kind of wax is used. Some waxes are formulated for sensitive skin. We achieve excellent results with soft wax at the salon. We have regular and sensitive skin wax.

Here is the process for a leg wax using soft wax: 

Powder may or may not be applied to the area to be waxed depending on the moisture level of the skin, warm wax is applied to the skin in approximately 2"x 5" sections. A cloth strip is placed over the wax and is pressed on to the wax. Then, the strip is pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth. Your technician may then press on the skin to take away the sting. The process continues on the front and back of the legs taking about 45-60 minutes for a full leg wax and 20-30 minutes for a 1/2 leg wax. A 1/2 leg would be from the knee down or from the knee up. A soothing lotion is massaged onto your skin after the waxing is completed.

Here is the process for a leg wax using hard wax:
Hard was doesn't require a cloth strip. The wax is melted and applied to the skin in a thick layer approximately 2"x 5" sections in the direction of the hair growth. It is allowed to harden slightly and is pulled off. Your technician may then press on the skin to take away the sting. Hard wax sticks less to the skin than soft wax. People with very sensitive skin will have less irritation when hard wax is used for their leg waxing. The process takes the same amount of time as with soft wax, about 45-60 minutes for a full leg wax and 20-30 minutes for a 1/2 leg wax.  A 1/2 leg would be from the knee down or from the knee up. A soothing lotion is massaged onto your skin after the waxing is completed. 

Is a bikini wax included with a full leg wax?

I include a bikini line wax when I do a full leg wax. A Brazilian wax or full bikini wax is an additional cost. I also include the feet and toes in a full leg wax.

Read about the different types of bikini waxings

What do I need to do after my waxing?

Avoid sun exposure, including tanning beds, for 24 hours after waxing. Wear comfortable clothes, not tight jeans, right after waxing. Avoid hot water after waxing, warm water is fine. Don't use body scrub for at least 2 days. If the skin feels irritated or sensitive, apply a soothing cream. Aloe creams are very soothing for just waxed skin.

How long will my leg wax last?

You can expect your legs to stay really smooth for about 2 weeks. Then, you may have a few soft strays growing in. By 4-6 weeks, the hair is ready to be waxed again. The hair has to grow to the right length in order to wax it again. Waxed hair growing back in is softer and finer feeling than shaved hair. 

Most of my leg waxing clients come in an average of every 5 weeks for waxing. Bikini waxers come in every 3-5 weeks. Bikini hair can be more affected by hormones and grows faster than leg hair. 

Will the hair grow in darker and thicker?

No. After your first leg or bikini wax, the hair will grow back basically the same, but it will feel much softer growing in. There is no course stubble. Continuous waxing helps to weaken the hair. The hair eventually gets finer and more sparse.

Can I shave between waxings?

You can but to achieve maximum hair reduction benefits from waxing, you need to stick to a continuous waxing schedule. If you decide to go back to shaving for awhile and then wax again, the hair will not respond in the same way as it does with constant waxing. It will take much longer to become softer, finer and more sparse. 

Can I come and talk to you in person about waxing? 

Sure you can! Schedule an appointment for a consultation with me at the salon, Styling Point, Media, Pa. You can also stop in for me to have a look if you are not sure if the hair is long enough.

Stick to waxing. You will love the results!
Have a Beautiful Day!

See my waxing videos on youtube!