Monday, October 24, 2016

The order to apply your skin care products

yonka skin care products
Q.  I am getting confused with all the skin care creams, serums and treatments out there. I don't even know what goes on after I cleanse my face. Do I apply my moisturizer then the serum or serum then moisturizer? And what about all the other skin care products?

A.  Don't feel bad. Lots of people are confused with the wide variety of skin care products and their various purposes. You don't have to use all the different kinds of products I list below to take good care of your skin but, the basic routine, of cleanser, toner, moisturizer with SPF, is a must for good skin care. Here's a step by step guide for you.

Morning Routine:

1. Cleanser

Cleanse your face with a facial cleanser formulated for your skin type, rinse and pat dry. Then, start applying the rest of your skin care products within 3 minutes after patting dry.

2. Toner 
A toner will remove any excess cleanser from your skin. A toner can also treat skin conditions and balance the pH of the skin. Spray it on or use a cotton pad for application.

3. Eye Cream

Apply your eye cream next. Gently pat on the eye cream. An eye cream is designed for the delicate eye area and will help reduce white bumps (milia) under the eyes.

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4. Treatment Cream
A treatment cream is a cream that treats a specific skin problem such as redness. An example is YonKa Creme 11. It usually is not a moisturizer but a treatment. If you are using one, it goes on before a daytime moisturizer.

5. Moisturizer with sunscreen 

Apply a daytime moisturizer. A good daytime moisturizer will contain a sunscreen. Moisturizers are available in a variety of formulas for different skin types, for instance, dry, sensitive, combination and oily. 

Pick the formula that suits your skin at the moment. Some people may be oily in the summer and combination or dry in the winter. Allow the creams to absorb for 3-5 minutes before applying makeup. Otherwise, your foundation and concealer will slide around during application and look streaky.

Nighttime Routine:

1. Cleanser

Cleanse your face with a facial cleanser formulated for your skin type, rinse and pat dry. Then, start applying the rest of your skin care products within 3 minutes after patting dry.

2. Toner 

A toner will remove any excess cleanser from your skin. A toner can also treat skin conditions and balance the pH of the skin. Spray it on or use a cotton pad for application.

3. Acne Spot Treatment

Apply an acne spot treatment where needed.

4. Serum

Now is the time to apply an anti aging serum. Lightly massage the anti-aging serum over your face. Allow it to absorb a minute. 

5. Eye Cream
Apply your eye cream next. Gently pat on the eye cream.  An eye cream is designed for the delicate eye area and will help reduce white bumps (milia) under the eyes.

6. Treatment Cream
A treatment cream is a cream that treats a specific skin problem such as redness. An example is YonKa Creme 11. It usually is not a moisturizer but a treatment. If you are using one, it goes on before a nighttime moisturizer.

7. Nighttime Moisturizer
Finally, apply your night cream.  A night cream has no SPF, it is usually heavier than a day cream and it is not only a moisturizer, it's a treatment cream too.

Different night creams are designed treat different conditions such as acne, oily skin, redness or aging skin. They are available in a wide variety of formulas for different skin types.

It's okay to use a daytime moisturizer at night, but a night cream should not be used during the day. The night cream offers no sun protection plus, night cream can be too heavy under makeup.

Exfoliators, scrubs and masks are other skin care products to use once or twice a week depending on your skin type.... just to complicated things a little more. These products generally are used at the nighttime routine to give the skin a super cleansing. Here we go!

Once a week Deep Cleansing Routine:

1. Cleanser
3. Exfoliator or scrub
Follow the instructions on your particular product
4. Mask
Follow the instructions on your particular product
5. Toner Again
6. Acne treatment
7. Serum
8. Eye Cream
9. Treatment Cream
10. Nighttime Moisturizer 

I know that's a lot! I hope I've covered all the products you're thinking of and that this helps you get all them all in the right order.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Acne Treatment for Summer

girl wearing sunglasses on the beach

The weather here in Philly is feeling like summer! I love it but summer heat and humidity can trigger an acne breakout. The skin becomes more oily and sweaty.  Dead skin cells on our skin mix with all that oil and create a sticky film on the skin that clogs the pores trapping acne causing bacteria in the pores. The bacteria that causes acne (p acnes or proprionibacterium acnes) likes all that sebum (the oil the skin produces) and can get out of control. The bacteria actually eats the oil. It multiplies and causes inflammation and pimples. 

This is an interesting tidbit, the acne bacteria itself isn't causing the breakout problem. It is the byproducts that are produced by the bacteria as it digests the oil that cause the breakout. The body perceives these byproducts as a foreign object and triggers an immune response attacking the bacteria byproduct by rushing red and white blood cells to remove the offender. This immune response is what creates the inflammation and breakout. Interesting, right?

Here are a few tips to help you deal with a summer acne flare up and some links to products that are helpful in the treatment of acne.

Use skin care products for acne

Skin care products that treat acne are designed to kill acne causing bacteria, exfoliate dead cell build up and soothe inflammation. It's good to use a whole topical acne treatment system that includes products that work together to treat the acne.  For instance use a wash, an exfoliating product, a toner and a hydrating lotion that are the same brand.

Many people like the Pro Active+ 3 Step System.  Proactive Products use glycolic acid, kojic acid, benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria and exfoliate.

click here to view proactive products

Alba Botanica Acne Dote products contain salicylic acid, peppermint and plant extracts to kill bacteria and exfoliate. My daughters love these fresh minty products!

click here to view Alba Botanica acne products

Hats can cause a breakout

Besides having more oily, sweaty skin, there are lots of activities we like to do in the summer that can create the possibility of an acne flare up. Activities that require some sort of head gear, a hat for sun protection, a headband while exercising and a helmet while bike riding can spell trouble. Acne bacteria will grow out of control when is trapped under a hat, a headband, or helmet. Any tight occlusive clothing will also cause trouble by trapping oil, sweat and bacteria. Hit the shower as soon as you are done your activity to wash away oil and sweat. Keep all headgear clean and free of old sweat and oil.

Use non comedogenic sunscreen

Acne treatment involves medications that are topical and oral that kill that acne bacteria. Topical treatments also help remove dead cell build up and can soothe inflammation. Most acne medications and treatment products cause the skin to be sensitive to the UV rays from the sun causing your skin to burn more easily. This is a concern in the summer when we spend a lot of time outside. Sunscreen is a must but many people are afraid to use it for fear that it will make their acne worst. 

You need to use a sunscreen that is non comedogenic. Non comedogenic means it won't clog the pores. Blue Lizard make a great sunscreen for sensitive skin. Blue Lizard Sunscreen Sensitive Skin SPF 30+ is non comedogenic, has no potentially irritating chemicals and can be use on the face and body. 

click here to view Blue Lizard Sunscreens

10 sunscreen tips you may not know

Eat a low sugar diet

There is some evidence the shows sugar can cause an acne breakout. Read products labels. There is a lot of added sugar in packages food. Yogurt, for instance, can be very high in sugar. A regular yogurt can have 27 grams of sugar. That's crazy! I like Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt. It has no artificial sweeteners and contains about 6-8 grams of sugar depending on the flavor. You can't go wrong with eating a diet that low in processed foods and is full of fruits, veggies, low fat dairy and whole grains.

More on sugar and your skin

Conceal and treat
Of course you want to conceal those red acne spots. You can use products that conceal but also help treat the acne.  Try a spot concealer that contains acne fighting ingredients. Murad Acne Treatment concealer contains salicylic acid and comes in two shades. 
click here to view Murad concealers

As for all over coverage, Bare Minerals makes a foundation that is in powder form made from natural minerals such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica and iron oxides. The ingredients in mineral makeup are gentle on the skin, are non drying and contain natural sunblock making it a good choice for those with sensitive skin. 
click here to view Bare Minerals foundations

You can also use a BB cream that contains ingredients to heal your skin. I like Physicians Formula Super BB. It makes my skin look beautiful. 
click here to view Physician's Formula BB's

Hope these tips help you avoid and heal your summer or fall or anytime breakout.

Have a Happy Clearer Skin Day!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Decorating with Wall Decals

I don't know about you, but I am always afraid of hanging pictures and decorations on my walls. I never seem to be satisfied with the placement and end up moving the picture up or down or over an inch or two making holes all over the wall. Wall decals have been a gift to my walls. No more holes!

I had this space over the piano in my dining room/music room/sewing room that was crying for some wall art. 
green dining room
These wall decals, from RoomMates, in a music theme were perfect.
RoomMates wall decals
I purchased them from A.C. Moore with a coupon. They were a great deal! $14.50 then the 50% off coupon! You can also get them at and on, my favorite online shopping place, Amazon. These decals are a great way to decorate apartment walls. My friend has been using them in her apartments for years.

They are super easy to apply. Just peel them off of the backing and stick them to the wall. The walls should be clean and dry. You need to wait 3 weeks to apply them to freshly painted walls. The package says you can apply them to wallpaper as well. You also need to wait 3 weeks to apply to freshly papered walls.

I love that you can move them around so easily. If you don't like where you put it, just peel it off and move it and there are no holes!!! They seem to stay sticky even when they have been moved several times. I highly recommend them

It was a bit overwhelming when I opened the package and saw all the pieces. I wanted to create my own design instead of following the design on the package. It took a bit of thought, organization and about 1 hour to get my wall art done.
RoomMates wall decals music notes

click here to watch me in action creating my design!

Over time, I have tweeked the design, took it down, painted the wall, put it back up a little differently than the first design and added to it. I didn't use the gray pieces because I wanted an all black design above our black piano. I added to the design by using a black sharpie to color the gray pieces black. It worked perfectly! Here's what the design looks like right now.
wall decals music note design
I even added a music note on the light switch plate!
 wall decals music note on light switch plate
There are so many different styles and themes of wall decals to choose from. There are simple designs, kids designs, quotes, murals, wallpaper, etc. They even have peel and stick backsplashes that look like tile. How awesome is that! I would love to try them. 

There are also many different companies making wall decals Wall Pops, Decowall, DaGou, Meco and more. I chose a few favorite decals at the bottom of this post. 

Happy Creating!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Dry, Dehydrated Skin Remedies

sexy back

The air is just beginning to get that autumn chill here in Philadelphia and we know what's coming next. The cold, nasty, snowy winter!  It takes a toll on the skin. Now is the time to change up our skin care routine and take steps to prevent the skin from getting too dry and dehydrated. The lower humidity in the air in the fall and winter, both inside our houses and outside, can cause the skin to be dry, sensitive and itchy. There are some easy little things you can do to help your skin be less dry in the colder weather.

No Hot Showers
I know it feels fantastic when you are chilled, but a hot shower will dehydrate your skin. Take a short warm shower instead of a long, steamy hot one.

No Tub Soaking
A long soak in the tub will also dehydrate the skin. I know it sounds crazy. You would think soaking in water would hydrate the skin, but it doesn't. Take a short warm shower instead of a bath to reduce skin dehydration.

Use Body Wash

Use a moisturizing body wash instead of soap. Many soaps have an alkaline pH and disturb the acid balance of the skin. Moisturizing body washes are less likely to disturb the skin's pH balance which helps prevent skin dryness.

Dead cell build up makes the skin on our face and body look and feel dry. Use a facial scrub and a body scrub that contains oil during your shower once or twice a week, but no more than that, to remove rough dry skin. Over exfoliating the skin leaves it thinner and dehydrated.

3 Second Rule
Pat your skin dry after your shower and apply body oil and/or moisturizer within 3 minutes to help seal in the water on your skin from the shower.

Humidify the Air
Use a humidifier in your house to moisten the air. Water evaporates from our skin throughout the day and night. We want to keep water in our skin. The water evaporates less from the skin in moist air.

Glove it!
Protect your hands. Use rubber gloves while cleaning and wear warm winter gloves when you are outside.

Old Fashioned Skin Care
Give your feet the old petroleum jelly and socks treatment overnight. Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly or other thick oily cream to your feet at night. Top them off with socks. This works great for dry cracked hands too. You can use socks on your hands as well or white cotton gloves.

Lip Moisture
Keep your lips moist with a thin layer of your facial moisturizer topped with a layer of lip balm to seal the moisturizer in.

Drink Water
Drink plenty of water each day to keep your body and your skin hydrated.

Eat your Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids 

Both help to condition the skin and fight dandruff.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids-Eat soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon

Omega 6 Fatty Acids-Eat cereals and grains, corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, black currant oil, evening primrose oil and egg yolks.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Why does my lipstick change color on my lips?

nude lipstick
So you found a gorgeous shade of peachy nude lipstick right on trend. It looks amazing in the lipstick tube but when you put it on, turns orange within 15 minutes! It happens to me all the time. Pigments in the lipstick react with the chemistry of the skin.
orange lipstick

It's due to the pH of the skin. Our skin has an acidic pH of 4.5 to 5.5 . It varies slightly from person to person which is why lipstick changes on some people and not others. The oil, sweat and bacteria on our skin create a protective layer called the acid mantle with it's pH of 4.5 to 5.5. The acid mantle can change due to how we treat our skin. The skin pH can change due to the environment. The sun as well as pollution, can affect skin pH. What we eat can affect the pH of our skin. Sweating and cosmetic products can also change pH. The skin will always try to get back to 4.5-5.5 no matter how we abuse it. Use gentle pH balanced skin care products, eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and veggies, and be careful in the sun to help maintain a healthy skin pH.

Anyway, there a few tricks you can try to help keep your lipstick from shifting colors.

Lip Prime
Apply lip primer before your lipstick. A lip primer will put a protective layer on your lips to help prevent lipstick color shifting, feathering and fading. There are a bunch of nice lip primers you can try with a variety of price points.

Urban Decay Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil $18
Too Faced Lip Insurance $20
NYX Cosmetics Lip Primer $6.99
e.l.f. Lip Primer and Plumper $3.00

Apply Foundation
Apply a thin layer of your foundation to your lips before your lipstick to create a pH blocking layer.

Apply Powder
Dust on a layer of face powder over the foundation to set the foundation.

Try Before You Buy
Use the lipstick testers in the store to see if the color you like changes on you. Apply the lipstick to your wrist. Shop around the store for 10-15 minutes then check your wrist to see if the lipstick has shifted.

Blue Based Lipstick
Lipsticks in warm pink, coral, peach, apricot and orange are notorious color shifters due to their yellow and red pigments. Try using lipsticks with a blue base that don't shift as easily: blue reds, purples and cool pinks.

Color Shift on Purpose!
There are lipsticks and glosses that are made to shift with your pH to create a personalized color for you. Remember mood lipstick back in the day? It has made a return.

Physicians Formula pH Matchmakers Lip Gloss $9.95
Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick $25.00
Fran Wilson Moodmatchers Lipstick  $4.00

Hope these tips keep your lipstick looking beautiful all day long!
rose red lipstick

Have a Beautiful Day!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Buxom Lash Mascara

I just tried a new mascara. It's not surprising. I always seem to be trying a new mascara.
buxom lash mascara tube
I purchased Buxom Lash Mascara during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale. It was a good deal.  $10.00 which is half of the regular price. Buxom is owned by Bare Escentuals and is not tested on animals.

They claim Buxom Lash Mascara separates and define lashes 
buxom lash mascara package
and intensely volumizes right on the box.

buxom lash mascara package
I read a few bad reviews of this mascara so I wanted to see how it worked for me. Some people have said that it's dry or it dries out quickly in the tube and clumps when applied. They say it doesn't do much for their lashes, doesn't add volume and that it is difficult to remove. 

Well for or me........ I love it!!! It gives me a bold lash look.  I think my lashes look spectacular! I had very little clumping as you can see. The lashes do stick together a little. This is four thin coats. 
buxom lash mascara on lashes
I think a little more effort from me with the brush would have helped separate the lashes more. The brush is great!
It's one of those firm bristle brushes that really does help separate the lashes and prevent clumping.
buxom lash mascara brush
I don't find this mascara to be dry at all. It is does take some effort to remove, but I have used lots of mascaras that take effort in the removal department. That is not a draw back for me. The color is blackest black. I have trouble with my mascara fading as the day goes on, but this one stays very black all day long. I have had not smearing or smudging throughout the day. There isn't any eye irritation either.

Does it separate, define and volumize? It does separate and it does define for sure. I find it lengthens more than it volumizes. That's okay with me.  I like a lengthen mascara more that a volumizing mascara. I find volumizing mascaras clump easily. I totally recommend that you try it.

My only regret is that I didn't buy two during the sale!

Water (Aqua/Eau), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Butylene Glycol, Pvp, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Cera), Sucrose Polystearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin, Behenyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Triethanolamine, PEG-800, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Rhodochrosite Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Disodium Edta, Bisabolol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hematite, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

Find Buxom Lash Mascara at Ulta and Sephora for $20.00. There is the regular formula, which I tried, and a waterproof formula, which I haven't tried yet. 

I found a small travel size on Amazon. A travel size is a great way to try a product at a lower cost!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Zoya Urban Grunge Fall/Winter 2016 Nail Polish Collection

The Fall/Winter collection from Zoya is 
zoya urban grunge swatches
There are 6 creams and 6 holos in the Urban Grunge Collection. The creams are one coat polishes. The holos are metallic shimmers.  I am always skeptical when is comes to a polish that claims to be a one coat polish. I find that they streak and really need a second coat.  
zoya urban grunge one coat creams
So how do the Zoya Urban Grunge One Coat Creams fair? 
They are very pigmented and actually look good with one coat. I'm very pleased!

zoya urban grunge metallic halos
The holos have nice depth to them. They are shimmery and beautiful. Alicia, Finley and Merida need 2 coats for good coverage and have more obvious glitter particles in them than the other 3 holos

Troy, Britta and Ash are highly pigmented. One coat of them gives good coverage, but they have more shimmering dimension with 2 coats.

zoya urban grunge collection
As always, I have my favorites.

Mallory is a fabulous blue with saturated rich color. I just love it! It is my very favorite of the bunch. It went right on my toes!!!
zoya mallory

August is a rich creamy gray, not too dark and not too light. I think my clients will be using this one a lot. This is one coat.
zoya august

Alicia is a glittery silver metallic with a bit of gold. It's light and bright. A perfect party color. This is two coats.
zoya alicia

Troy is a pewter gray metallic with a gold cast. Gorgeous! This is one coat.
zoya troy

Ash is a rich cherry red with red and gold fine shimmer particles. This is two coats.
zoya ash

It reminds me of Sarah which is another Zoya color I love. This is Sarah on my toes.
zoya sarah

I'm sure Ash is going to be a client favorite at Christmastime. 

Find this collection in salons and at for $10 each.

Have a beautiful, colorful day!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Chicken Poop for your lips?

I came upon this lip moisturizer in Bed Bath & Beyond.
chicken poop lip junk
 It doesn't sound like something I would want to put on my lips! I turned the product over and did what I always do. I read the ingredient list. Guess what? I would put this Chicken Poop on my lips! The ingredients look fabulous!
chicken poop lip junk ingredients
So why is it called Chicken Poop???

"Grandpa says:
If ya got dry lips
put chicken poop on 'em
so ya won't lick 'em."


I read up on the company, Simone Chickenbone and they are my kind of people. Earth friendly packaging, natural ingredients, no animal testing and a great sense of humor!

They also make a lip shimmer in 3 colors called LA Chick Poo Poo, a body moisturizer called Good Gravy and a natural deodorant called Kill it Dead. lol!

I never thought I'd say I gotta go get some me Chicken Poop! 
Check them out at

Have a beautiful day!

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