Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Best Days to Shop for Makeup

It may still be February, but spring is in the air and that makes me feel like buying some new makeup colors for spring. Shades of rose, pink and lavender are on my list!

We usually want to try makeup colors on before we buy them to make sure they make us look gorgeous. The problem is, we may be exposing ourselves to tons of bacteria by using those makeup testers at the department stores or beauty specialty stores. Creamy makeup, such as lipstick, concealer and cream blush, provides a better breeding ground for germs to grow than powder makeup, such as eye shadow, face powder, bronzer and blush. 

Forget about trying the sample mascara in the store. It is notorious for bacterial contamination. The only way to ensure a mascara used by multiple people is clean, is to have a makeup artist who uses disposable applicator in control of it.

The testers are wiped clean at the end of the day. I have also seen sales people cleaning them during the day on a quiet shopping day. It's different on a busy day, though. There's no time for keeping after the testers and there are many shoppers touching them and trying them. Odds are, the shoppers didn't just wash their hands before shopping for makeup, either.

The Best Days to Shop for Makeup
Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Best Time to Shop for Makeup
The morning while the testers are still clean from the previous day's end of day cleaning.

Do your makeup shopping on the less busy Wednesday and Friday mornings!

The Worst Day to Shop for Makeup
The worst day is easy to guess. It's Saturday. Saturdays are always busy shopping days.

Safer Sampling
There are some other things you can do for safer makeup sampling.

Use disposable applicators, not your fingers, to dip into makeup.

Test lip makeup, blush and eye makeup colors on the back of your hand instead of your face. Your hand is not usually the same color as your face, but it gives you the general idea of how the color looks on your skin.

A foundation really does need to be tested on your face to get a good match. Many foundations are now in pump style packaging. Testers in a pump bottle are safe to use because no hands actually touch the makeup inside. You can to wipe off the outside of the bottle with a wipe if you are feeling particularly germaphobic.... like me.... especially during cold and flu season! 

I like to keep a pack of anti bacterial wipes in my handbag to use when shopping. I got into the habit of carrying them with me when my kids were little. Let me tell you, they come in handy often! I've used them on door handles, shopping carts, air plane seat belts and those trays on the plane. You get the idea.

Concealer also should be tested on your face to insure you get the right color. Many concealers come in a squeeze tube. The squeeze tube, like the pump bottle, helps keeps the makeup free from contamination. Get those wipes out to clean the tip and the outside of the squeeze bottle before trying it.

You can also shop at a salon that sells makeup. The makeup artist in charge will use disposable applicators and clean brushes when applying makeup which keep the testers cleaner than the testers in makeup stores.  

Happy, healthy makeup shopping and thanks for visitingšŸ˜Š 

Have a Beautiful Day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Reviews of Popular Mascaras

Mascara has got to be one of my favorite beauty products because it does absolutely amazing things for the lashes. It makes them look darker, longer, thicker, more curled and sexier! How can you find a good mascara? Start by looking for a mascara formula that meets your needs. Do you want waterproof? Do you want longer lashes? Do you want thicker lashes? Do you want them to look natural or dramatic? Do you want a quick application or are you willing to spend some time applying?

I am always trying new mascaras for the fun of it and to find that perfect formula that does magical things for my lashes. I try mascaras that people say they like. It try mascaras written about in magazines. And I try mascaras that get good reviews on Ulta ans Sephora. 

Some mascaras are more lengthening and some are more volumizing. My favorite right now is Buxom Lush Mascara. It lengthens as well as adds some volume without clumping.

Lengthen Mascara
A lengthening formula is designed to make lashes look longer. It will add some volume as well, but its main purpose is to add length. Lengthening mascaras tend to be a thinner formula the goes on in smooth thin coats. I personally want my lashes to look longer so a lengthening formula is my favorite mascara formula.

Volumizing Mascara
A volumizing mascara is designed to make lashes look fuller and thicker. It will add some length as well, but its main purpose is to thicken. For me, a volumizing mascara can clump easily. 

Mascara Applicators
The brush inside the mascara tube is designed to make the most of the mascara formula. It can be hard or soft, comb like or brush like, straight or curved.

Lengthening Applicator
A lengthening mascara many times has a hard, rubbery spikey of comb like applicator to lay on a smooth layer of mascara that can be stretched out without clumps.
lengthening mascara wands

A volumizing mascara has a more brush like applicator.  It can have a shape to it such as an hourglass which is meant to accentuate and shape the lashes during application. 
volumizing mascara wands

Mascaras can vary greatly in price. A high end luxury Givenchy mascara will cost you $33 while an e.l.f. mascara can be just $1. A good mascara doesn't have to cost a bundle. You will be surprised at some of my favorites. One you will find right in your local drugstore for $2.99! 

Here are 10 reviews of popular mascaras with pictures to show how they look on to help guide you to a mascara that meets your needs. Some I love. Some not so much but they may work for you. Remember, I prefer to use beauty products that are not tested on animals so you won't be seeing Maybelline Great Lash here! Click on the mascara name for the review and other info.

Mascara Reviews

Wet n Wild MegaLength Mascara
This is a great inexpensive drugstore mascara

Wet n Wild MegaLength Mascara

For volume and length. It's just okay for me
It Cosmetics Hello Lashes

This was not one of my favorites but it did create volume and drama

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Natural looking but this one was not a favorite of mine either

Benefit they're Real Mascara

I love this one!!!
Buxom Lash Mascara

This one was great for me!
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

I liked the old formula better
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme

This mascara makes the lashes look gorgeous! It is a bit time consuming though.
Cherry Blooms Brush on Fiber Eyelash Extensions

A nice inexpensive waterproof mascara
NYX Le Chick Flick Waterproof Mascara

I thought I would love this mascara
bare minerals flawless definition waterproof mascara

Thanks for visiting! Stay tuned for more mascara reviews. Urban Decay Perversion is waiting in the wings. I got a brand new tube! I tried a sample when it was new but never did a review.  

Have a Beautiful Day!

Monday, January 30, 2017

OPI Spring/Summer 2017 Fiji Collection

It's that time. Time for OPI to release their spring/summer nail polish collection. This year we have Fiji as the theme. Fiji is a volcanic island in the South Pacific Ocean with beautiful turquoise water, white sand beaches, coconut palms and lush green mountains dotted with colorful tropical flowers.
fiji beach
Visit the Fiji tourism website to see where Fiji is located and for info about this beautiful place. Official Website of Tourism Fiji
The nail polish colors in the OPI Fiji collection reflect all those bright tropical colors of Fiji's land and sea. Here we go!

OPI Fiji Collection

1. Two-Timing The Zones- a nice bright pink cream with a blue undertone that applies beautifully

2. Living on the Bula-vardi- a bright medium coral cream that may need extra coats to get it solid looking. 

3. Getting Nadi on my Honeymoon- a soft pink cream that has a lot of white in it which means it's streaky and difficult to apply

4. Polly wants a Lacquer- a soft lavender cream that is sheer and takes many coats to get a nice solid color

5. Do you Sea what I Sea?- a gorgeous bright medium blue shimmer that may need an extra coat

6. Is That a Spear in your Pocket?- a beautiful teal green cream that applies beautifully

7. I Can Never Hut Up- a gray with a barely there iridescent shimmer that applies nicely

8. Super Trop-i-cal-i-fuji-istik- a fabulous medium deep blue cream with a stupid name that applies beautifully. I want to call it a French Blue. My favorite of the bunch!

9. Suzi without a Paddle- an beautiful aqua cream but it can go on a little streaky

10. Coconuts over OPI- a warm tan cream that applies nicely for a pretty nude look

11. No Tan Lines- a bright yellow orange cream that applies nicely

12. Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet- a bright sunny yellow cream that may take extra coats to get it nice and solid looking

OPI seems to be doing a run on cream polish. There is only one real shimmer in this collection. Their last collection, The Washington DC collection, was all creams. And, is it me or has OPI gotten a bit more racy with some of their nail polish names over the past couple years? Just sayin. 

This collection is available in the traditional nail lacquer, Infinite Shine and Gel Polish.

The official release date is February 1, 2017. It can be hard to find the colors before the official release date.

Find The Fiji Collection at Salons, and Ulta.

PS: The color I am wearing on my nails in the photo is Orly Indie Nail Lacquer, 0.6 Ounce

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Urban Dacay Naked Eyeshadow Palettes

If you haven't heard, Urban Decay makes fabulous eye shadow palettes! One of their shadow palette collections is called the Naked Eyeshadow Collection. There 4 Urban Decay Naked palettes with 12 shades of neutral shadow colors packaged in a box with a mirror that resembles a watercolor paint box and a really great eyeshadow brush. Sooo fun! 

Each palette has it's distinctive theme of neutral, nicely pigmented shades that blend easily and last all day. There are also Naked Basics eyeshadow palettes. We'll talk about them another day. Today is about the 4 Naked Palettes with 12 eyeshadow shades and what makes them different. Let's compare them!

The Naked Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow palette

The first palette in the Naked collection is simply called Naked Eyeshadow Palette. It has a warm bronzy cast to gives you a warm summery glow. The shadows have a variety of finishes: matte, satin, shimmer and glitter. This palette works especially great with warm skin tones and helps to make blue eyes pop. It contains my favorite shimmery beige color Sin.

The shades are:
Virgin (cool pale beige shimmer), Sin (champagne shimmer), Naked (nude matte), Sidecar (beige shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Buck (fawn brown matte), Half Baked (golden bronze shimmer), Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer), Darkhorse (deep mocha shimmer), Toasted (antique copper penny shimmer), Hustle (plum-brown satin), Creep (onyx shimmer w/gold sparkle) and Gunmetal (dark metallic gray shimmer w/silver micro-glitter).

The Naked 2 Eyeshadow Collection
Urban Decay 2 Naked Eyeshadow palette

Naked 2 has a taupe greige cast and contains my favorite matte black, Blackout. It has a mixed of warm and cool shades in a variety of finishes. This palette complements all skin tones and all eye colors.

The shades are:
Foxy (cream bisque matte), Half Baked (golden bronze shimmer), Bootycall (cork shimmer), Chopper (copper shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Tease (creamy pale brown matte), Snakebite (dark bronze shimmer), Suspect (pale golden beige shimmer), Pistol (light grayish brown shimmer), Verve (oyster shimmer), YDK (cool bronze shimmer), Busted (deep brown shimmer) and Blackout (blackest black matte).

The Naked 3 Eyeshadow Collection
Urban Decay 3 Naked Eyeshadow palette
Naked 3 has a rosy cast to it. From lovely pale pink to an interesting smoky matte black that has a red shimmer in it with some peachy pink and coppery pink colors in between. This palette works especially well with cool skin tones and helps make green and hazel eyes pop. I'm in love with the peachy pink Burnout.

The shades are:
Strange (pale neutral pink matte-satin), Dust (pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter), Burnout (light pinky-peach satin), Limit (light dusty rose matte), Buzz (metallic rose shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Trick (light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal micro-sparkle), Nooner (medium pinky-brown matte), Liar (medium metallic mauve shimmer), Factory (pinky-brown satin), Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift), Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin) and Darkheart (smoky black matte w/rosy red micro-sparkle). 

The Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay Naked smoky Eyeshadow palette
If you like a smoky eye, this is the palette for you! This mix, of light, medium and dark shadow, is just perfect for creating smoky shadow looks. I love Armor for a nighttime smoky sparkle! This palette work well with all skin tones and all eye colors, especially brown eyes.

The shades are:
High (champagne shimmer w/micro-glitter), Dirtysweet (medium bronze), Radar (metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter), Armor (metallic silver-taupe w/tonal sparkle), Slanted (light metallic gray), Dagger (medium charcoal w/micro-shimmer), Black Market (jet-black satin), Smolder (deep plum-taupe), Password (cool taupe matte), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Combust (soft pink-taupe) and Thirteen (light beige satin).

Click here to Shop for Urban Decay Naked Palettes

Honestly, they're all are great!  It's hard to choose just one palette.  Consider your skin tone, eye color and the look you want to create to help you make your choice or you can buy them one buy one, like some people I know!!! 

Here's a tip to make your eyeshadow last longer, with no fading or creasing, always apply Urban Decay Primer Potion before you apply your eyeshadow. You're going to love it!

Find the Naked palettes for $54 each. 
 Sephora, Ulta,  and amazon.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Over Exfoliated Dehydrated Skin

Exfoliation. It's a big deal in skin care. Exfoliation removes dead skin which makes our skin look younger, helps prevent clogged pores and promotes collagen production.

Can it be over done? It can.

Especially in the winter when the skin is in a dryer, more delicate condition.

dry skin

Signs that your skin is over exfoliated:

Dehydrated, dry and tight feeling skin

Skin has a burning sensation
Skin care products burn when applied
Sensitive, irritated, rashy areas

If your skin is feeling this way, stop all forms of exfoliation and use a gentle, minimal skin care routine to let the skin calm and heal.

No Exfoliation Products: 

Exfoliation products include ultrasonic facial cleansing brushes, grainy scrubs, liquid exfoliators such as salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acids, Retin A, Renova, loofahs, washcloths, even most facial masks do some exfoliation.

Morning Cleansing: 

Just splash with water, pat dry and spray on a healing toner. I love Lotion Yon-Ka PS to soothe and heal dehydrated skin. It is amazing healing mist toner that contains essential oils and glycerin.

Morning Moisturizing:

Use a gentle, basic moisturizer that contains a minimal amount of ingredients. Make sure it does not contain salicylic acid or hydrox acids. Apply it right after your toner to seal in moisture. Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 is gentle and contains zinc oxide which is both a sun screen and skin healer

Nighttime Cleansing: 
Use a gentle moisturizing facial cleanser that contains a minimal amount of ingredients. Make sure it does not contain salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids. Try Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Daily Cream Facial Cleanser. Use your cleanser in the evening to remove dirt and makeup. Wet your face, apply the cleanser with your hands, massage it over your face to loosen dirt and makeup. Rinse it off well and pat dry. Do not use a wash cloth. Spray on a healing toner.

Nighttime Moisturizing: 

Slather on the emollients! Try shea butter, coconut oil or avocado oil. Yes to Carrots make a nice Intense Hydration night cream you can also try. Apply your emollient product generously right after cleansing and toning for overnight skin healing.


It will be difficult to find a liquid makeup, bb cream or cc cream that does contain some sort of exfoliant. Also, foundation does apply well to dehydrated flaky skin. It tends to cake up. You can try Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. It is a tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. Use your fingers, not a brush, for gentle application. Avoid applying drying powder makeups at this time.

Use a Humidifier: 

A humidifier is a great device for adding moisture to the air in your living space. The moist air will help the skin retain moisture and heal.

No Hot Water: 

Hot water dehydrates your irritated skin even more. Quick warm showers are your best option.

Eat Healing Foods:

Add healthy skin healing foods to your diet.

Flax seed oil

Take Vitamin D

Omega 3 Fatty Acids:  Soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon

Omega 6 Fatty Acids:  Cereals and grains, oils: flax seed, soybean, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, black currant and evening primrose and egg yolks

Mono-unsaturated fats- Avocados, olives, olive oil, nuts

Give your skin a good month of healing time. You can go back to exfoliating once your skin is healed but with a less zealous routine. Your old exfoliation routine will only cause a problem again.

Have a healthy, happy skin day!

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio

ooo la la! Look what I got for Christmas!

It's the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio!

urban decay illuminated trio box
There are 3 gorgeous shades of shimmering powders in this box that can be used on your face and on your body to brighten and highlight the skin with a glowing sparkle. 
urban decay illuminated trio
The light reflecting glitter particles in the silky powders are micro fine so the shimmer left on the skin is gentle. These are not highly pigmented powders. They only leave a hint of color.
urban decay illuminated trio pyrite
A  gold champagne
urban decay illuminated trio oasis
A marbled taupe

urban decay illuminated trio twilight
An iridescent peachy pink

The palette comes with a soft double ended brush that feels good on the skin and it has a nice large mirror.

Here are all three on my skin. Twilight is on my eyelid. Oasis is on my brow bone and pyrite is on my cheek bone.  I love this powder on my eyelids. It really brightens and creates a nice barely there look. Very soft and very sexy!
urban decay illuminated trio on skin
I used the pyrite on my decolletage on New Years Eve. My friend's daughter was enchanted with the sparkle!

This is a limited edition product with special colors so get it while you can! It's almost gone! I found it still for sale on Amazon.

Urban Decay makes individual Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powders in three colors that are not limited editions so you can get them easily. They are Aura, Lit and Luminous . $32 each at Urban, Ulta, and Sephora.

How to apply a Shimmer Powder

On your Face
Apply a luminating powder to highlight areas of your face where light shining on your face from above would naturally hit, such as, the bridge of the nose and the cheekbones.

Don't apply it all over your face. That would create an unnatural too shiny look. 

On your Body

As with the face, apply to areas that would be highlighted by light shining on the skin. It looks beautiful applied to the shoulders, the chest and swept on the outside of the arms. Feel free to apply the luminating powder to a broader area of skin than you would on the face. It creates the perfect sexy shimmer when you are dressed for an evening out on the town.

Add it to lotion

You can sprinkle some powder into a lotion or oil and apply it to your legs for a subtle all over shimmer.

Have a sparkly day!
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Remedies for Split Skin on Fingers

split skin on fingertip

The weather has gotten cold and wintry. My clients are coming in with super dry skin and splits in their fingers. Splits in the fingertips are very  common in the winter. 

They hurt and make it hard to do everyday tasks. Our skin gets so dry and dehydrated in the cold winter air, that it can split open and feel like a paper cut. Lack of humidity in the outside air and the dry heated air inside buildings, exposure to water, exposure to strong chemicals like nail polish remover and cleaning products can cause dehydrated skin that can lead to splits. 

Working with paper, clay, fabric and clothing also causes dehydration. Those materials absorb moisture and oils from our skin. Here are some ways to get relief and help skin splits heal.

Remedies to heal and prevent cracked skin:


Always wear gloves to protect your hands. That means waterproof gloves when cleaning or doing dishes, gloves when dusting and warm winter gloves when you are outside.

Apply hand lotion or hand cream right after washing your hands. Also, be sure to apply lotion or cream frequently throughout the day. Keep a small tube of hand cream in your handbag, in your car and at work so you have it with you to use all day long.

Antibiotic Ointment
Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover with a Bandaid to help the split heal. Apply an antibiotic ointment 2-3 times per day.

Lip Balm
Apply lip balm to the crack to help seal it and ease the sting.

Do the old fashioned remedy of petroleum jelly and white cotton gloves at bedtime. Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly to your hands then cover them with white cotton gloves and go to bed. It's amazingly healing! Look for the gloves at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond.

 Here are a few healing creams to try:

Porter's Lotion
This product contains witch hazel, glycerin, alcohol, green soap, ammonium carbonate, camphor and rosemary to help heal cracked and peeling skin.

Cera V Therapeutic Hand Cream

This healing cream contains Hyaluronic Acid which is fabulous for hydrating the skin.

Udderly Smooth

This product was made to moisturize and heal cow's skin. For real!!! It contain stearic acid, lanolin and allantoin to heal dry cracked skin.

Carmex Healing Ointment

Contains petrolatum, lanolin, beeswax, cetyl esters, mineral oil, cocoa butter, fragrance, camphor, menthol, salicylic acid and vanillin to soothe and heal the skin.

Don't Forget your Vitamins

You can also add more vitamins and fat to your diet to help the skin heal and be stronger:

Take Flax seed oil

Take Vitamin D

Eat your Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids:  Soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon

Omega 6 Fatty Acids:  Cereals and grains, oils: flax seed, soybean, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, black currant and evening primrose and egg yolks

Eat mono-unsaturated fats- Avocados, olives, olive oil. nuts

Hope these tips help your fingertips heal super fast!

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