Monday, December 11, 2017

Snowman Nail Design

My 2017 Holiday Nail Designs 
snowman winter nail design
The theme for my holiday nail designs this year is A Snowman's World.

I entered these designs in a holiday nail contest! Click here to vote!!! Thank you!😘

My inspiration came from our first snow of the season we just had, December 10th, here in the Philadelphia area. It was the perfect day to stay cozy in the house, watch the snow fall and paint the natural beauty a snowman would see on a winter day.
nail design supplies
I wanted soft colors: pastel shades of pink, mint and lavender, mauvy putty, black and white against a blue gray background with lots of icy sparkle. Acrylic paint is my favorite for painting nail art. It goes on smooth and it's easy to mix a multitude of colors.

I also used Zoya Jana 
zoya jana
for painting my snowman's hat and pine cone design because it is the perfect mauvy putty color I was thinking of. Plus, it saved me the trouble of mixing up the paint.🎨

I started by polishing the nails with 
Zoya Amira. 
zoya amira
It's the perfect sparkling blue with a hint of gray to represent a winter sky.
snowy trees
My centerpiece, the snowman, was the first design I painted, of course. It is all about his icy, snowy world. He had to be the first creation!
snowman nail design
 After painting him, I applied snowflake adhesive nail art stickers, added some rhinestones and added glittery sparkle with glitter polish and glitter!

 OPI Make Light of the Situation and some extra fine glitter added to the wet polish created an amazing dimentional sparkle on the white of my snowman. I just love how it catches the light! I used Make Light of the Situation and glitter combination to give all of the designs a shimmering snowy look.
opi make light of the situation
 

icicles
These icicles from a storm a few years ago inspired my icicle design.
icicle nail design
And the blowing snow, also from a previous winter storm, inspired my swirly 
snowflake design.
snow storm

swirly snowflake nail design
After painting the swirls, I applied snowflake adhesive nail art stickers, added rhinestones and used a dotting tool to create my swirling snow storm.
white pine branch with sbow
This beautiful white pine branch inspired my pinecone design.
pinecone nail design
And lastly, this colorful holly inspired my holly design.
holly with snow

holly nail design
There you have it. A glimpse of A Snowman's World.


It's always fun to create little works of art, especially on a cold stormy day. I hope my little designs inspire you to festively decorate your nails for the holidays and anytime.

Happy Holidays!
xo
Jill

Monday, December 4, 2017

Eye Shadow with Dark Outer Corner & Red Lipstick

We always want to look beautiful when attending a wedding. But sometimes, we want to look showstopping in the perfect sexy backless dress! A sexy dress calls for sexy hair and makeup. My friend wanted just that for an evening wedding she was attending at The Old Mill in Rose Valley, Pa. She wanted a cat eye with deep red lips and side swept hair.
holiday makeup look, Jill Suzanne makeup artist
My favorite eye makeup style is eye shadow that is gradient from light in the inner corners to dark on the outer corners. It's flattering and elegant. Winged cat eye liner adds the drama that is perfect for evening special event makeup. Either glossy nude or deep red lips are a nice complement for eyes with dark outer corner eye shadow.

We started by preparing the skin with toner and moisturizer. I use my YonKa Lotion and my favorite YonKa Creme 83 which is for sensitive skin. I find it's great for every skin type. 

A creamy highlighter was applied, followed by concealer, then, a luminous foundation was applied with a brush. Applying foundation with a foundation brush provides nice coverage with a natural finish. The bristles of the brush make blending easy. Makeup brushes can be expensive but there are some decent brush sets available on Amazon at super prices.

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eye shadow with dark corners, Jill Suzanne makeup artist
For her eyes, I started by priming with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It's simply the best eye shadow primer for holding eye shadow in place with no creasing. The shadow colors I used mostly came from the Too Faced Natural Love PaletteHeaven, Lace Teddy, Fairy Tale, Satin Sheets, Love Bug, Spoiled, Undercover, Makeup & Chill and Stiletto.
too faced natural love palette
I used both black pencil liner and black felt tip liner. The lashes got 3 coats of black mascara. Her brows were a bit thin so they were filled in a bit with brown brow powder, then set with brow gel.
eye shadow with dark corners & red lips, Jill Suzanne makeup artist
A rosy blush, luminous finishing powder and a touch of bronzer added color to her skin. I lined her lips with an invisible lip liner to create a clear barrier to hold the lipstick in place. Two lipstick colors created her deep red lip color, a cranberry topped with a plum. 
side swept hair by Styling Point
Her dark hair was set in hot rollers. I did her makeup while the rollers cooled. The hair swept to the side, bobby pinned in place then the curls were fine tuned with a large barrel curling iron at Styling Point in Media, Pa. by Lori. She looked stunning! I can't wait to see pictures of her in her dress👗
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Have a Beautiful Day !
xo
Jill


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Best Beauty Tools that really work! High Tech Beauty Gadgets Gifts

We love our electronic beauty gadgets, especially when we get one as a gift, but we only want the ones that are really effective. Who wants to waste time and money on a beauty devices that don't do much for the skin? Let's talk about four great beauty tools that really make your skin cleaner, clearer, smoother and younger looking, the NuFACE Trinity, the Tria SmoothBeauty Laser, the Emjoi Micro Pedi Callous Remover and the Foreo Luna Anti-aging and Skin Cleansing Brushes. These devices don't go on sale often but this is the time of year to maybe find a deal on Amazon.
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NuFACE Trinity
nuface trinity
NuFACE Trinity is a device that uses a low level electrical current called microcurrent to stimulate facial muscles and stimulate production of collagen and elastin in the skin.  It has three attachments the Facial Trainer which is the ball attachment included with the toning device, the ELE attachment for the lips and eyes and the Wrinkle Reducer attachment are sold separately.

It's safe, comfortable and FDA approved. Microcurrent passively stimulates the muscles. You do not feel a shock or muscle contraction, but you may feel a tingling feeling. Some people say that they experience a metal taste in their mouth during use. You can adjust the intensity level for your comfort. My clients who have used this device have seen a nice improvement in the firmness of their skin. 


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It's a bit pricey, but most people who use it see an improvement in their skin. The NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device is $325.00. The ELE Attachment and the Wrinkle Reducer sell for $149.00 each. The Mini sells for $199.00. 

Where to Buy It
You can purchase the NuFACE Trinity or Mini on their site, at Ulta,  Sephora, Macy's or on Amazon.


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Tria SmoothBeauty Laser

Tria SmoothBeauty Laser
The Tria SmoothBeauty Laser is a laser you can use on yourself at home. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production with beams of light. The light causes injury to the skin below the surface without disturbing the surface of the skin. The skin heals the damaged tissue increasing collagen production. 

The Tria uses the same technology as professional fractional non ablative laser treatments done in doctor's offices and Med Spas. It's a pricey device but is tremendously less expensive than laser treatments done in a doctors office or med spa.

It is FDA approved for use on the face and on all skin colors. It has three safety features built into it making it very safe to use at home. It beeps to let you know it's time to move to a different area, it has an automatic shut off when the process is complete and it will shut off if improper contact is being made with the skin. There is also a locking feature that can be enabled when the device is not in use.

Use the laser 5 days a week for a 12 week treatment period all over your face including the under eye area.  Start another 12 week treatment when you feel your skin needs it. The Tria gives the option of 3 strengths. Start on the lowest level 1 training level strength and let your skin adjust to it, try level 2 then level 3 according to your comfort level. Use your Tria at night so any redness fades away by morning. Use a sunscreen with a 30 SPF or higher during the day to protect the skin from sun damage.

Check with your doctor if you get other cosmetic treatments on your skin including peels, injectable fillers or laser resurfacing. Do not use if you are pregnant, under 18, have any significant skin conditions or medical conditions. Do not use the laser on tattoos or permanent makeup or on skin that is burned, cut or infected.

How to use
Cleanse your face well removing all makeup and sunscreen then pat dry.

Apply the laser flat on your skin and glide over your face section by section as directed. The face is divided into 4 zones. Each zone is treated until the device beeps.

Apply a nourishing serum.

The Review
A fellow esthetician friend of mine, who actually has been trained to use lasers in a dermatologist's office, uses this Tria home laser on herself and has had nice skin firming results. Her skin really looks amazing! 

She found she needs to use the laser on the lowest setting on her sensitive skin most of the time. She started on the lowest setting and worked her way up to the highest setting during the 12 week treatment but had too much stinging, sensitivity and lingering redness. She sticks to the lowest and middle setting and still has great results. 

I find her skin is noticeable firmer and the expression lines on her face are barely visible after her treatments. Many people say this laser has help their pigmentation spots fade away. My friend doesn't have pigmentation spots so I can't attest to that. 

The SmoothBeauty Laser sells for $495.00

Where to buy it
You can purchase the Tria SmoothBeauty Laser on the Triabeauty.com, ulta.com and Amazon.

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Emjoi Micro Pedi Callous Remover
emjoi micro pedi nano pro callous remover manicure kit
The Emjoi Micro-Pedi Callous Removers use special  rollers that are made with micro mineral particles to remove foot callous by"pulverizing" hard calloused skin. The rollers come in extra course, super coarse, Xtreme course and extra gentle to accommodate your callous removing needs and your foot sensitivity. The rollers wear out and need to be replaced after a few uses. The rollers cost $9.95 for set of 2 rollers.

These clever devices spin to remove callouses and leave your feet feeling amazingly smooth without the time and effort of a traditional foot file. Plus, they are just plain fun to use! Use it once or twice a week as needed.

The Emjoi in the above picture is the Nano and it came with 2 blue extra course rollers and a purple extreme coarse flex roller, 2 cone rollers, a manicure kit, a cleaning brush and a travel pouch. 

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Emjoi makes a variety of models, Nano, Corded Nano, Classic, Power, Tornado, Man and Pro. The manicure kit is sold separately and includes a buffing tool, a shaping tool, an emery tool, a fine shaping tool and a cuticle pusher. It fits all Emjoi models and is $19.95.

Nano
2 AA Batteries
Roller spins 360 degrees, 30 times per second
Small, compact, portable
$14.95

Nano Corded
Plug in
Roller spins 360 degrees, 30 times per second
2 speeds
Small, compact
Rubberized grip
$29.95

Classic
2 AA Batteries
Roller spins 360 degrees, 30 times per second
Rubberized handle grip
$19.95

Power
Plug in
Roller spins 360 degrees, 47 times per
Rubberized handle grip
$34.95

Tornado 
Rechargeable
Roller spins 360 degrees, 2 speeds
3 colors
$49.95

Man
2 AA Batteries
Roller spins 360 degrees, 30 times per second
small, compact
$19.95

Pro
Rechargeable
Roller spins 360 degrees, 47 times per
Rubberized handle grip
$34.95

Where to buy it
You can purchase Emjoi Callous Removers on emjoi.com, QVC, Target and Amazon.

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Foreo Luna Anti-aging and Skin Cleansing Brushes
Foreo Luna Cleansing Brushes
Foreo Luna is a Swedish designed sonic facial cleansing brush designed to gently exfoliate the skin, unclogged the pores and reduce the signs of aging. The cleansing brush is silicone and does not require replacement brushes like the Clarisonic. That saves lots of money! The silicone bristles are non abrasive and effective at cleansing the skin. Plus, silicone resists bacteria growth making a healthier choice than the classic facial brushes.

The Luna T-Sonic technology gives you transdermal sonic pulsations to gently deep clean your skin. Some models offer anti-aging lower frequency pulsations help to stimulate and smooth lined and wrinkled area of the skin. They are all waterproof and rechargeable with the exception of the Play & Play Plus which are not rechargeable. They uses AAA batteries.

There are variety of Luna styles to choose from. Let's talk about The Luna, The Luna Mini, The Luna 2, The Luna 2 Mini and The Luna Go.

The Luna
This brush offers cleansing and anti-aging. 

There are 3 different Lunas for different skin types: 
Luna for Combination Skin (it's blue), 
Luna for Sensitive/Normal Skin (it's pink)
Luna for Ultra Sensitive Skin (it's white). 

The Luna provides 8,000 T-sonic, transdermal sonic, pulsations per minute to clean and exfoliate your skin plus it has 8 speeds. 

A full charge lasts up to 450 uses.  

It has the lower frequency anti-aging mode. One side of the device has the cleansing bristles. The other anti aging side has ridges.

Each one sells for $169.00.

The Luna Mini
Foreo Luna Mini
This brush offers cleansing only.

The Luna Mini is a ergonomic palm sized 3 zoned cleansing brush for all skin types.

It comes in 5 colors cool grey, magenta, petal pink, purple and turquoise blue for all skin types.

The mini provides 8,000 T-sonic, transdermal sonic, pulsations per minute to clean and exfoliate your skin.  

It has two speeds and full charge lasts up to 300 uses. 

Each mini sells for $99.00.

The Luna 2
Foreo Luna 2
This brush offers cleansing and anti aging.

The Luna 2 provides a more powerful cleansing with 4 brushes for different skin types:
Luna 2 for Combination Skin (it's blue)
Luna 2 for Normal Skin (it's pink)
Luna 2 for Oily Skin (it's green)
Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin (it's purple) 

The Luna 2 provides 8,000 T-sonic, transdermal sonic, pulsations per minute at twice the power to give you deeper cleaning of the skin and has 12 intensities. 

The brush head is bigger with longer bristles and that feel softer than the Luna's bristles.

It has the lower frequency anti-aging mode. One side of the device has the cleansing bristles. The other anti aging side has ridges.

full charge lasts up to 450 uses. 

Each one sells for $199.00.

The Luna 2 Mini
This brush offers cleansing only.

It comes in 6 colors for any skin type, aquamarine, fuchsia, midnight, pink pearl, sunflower yellow and mint. 

It has brush has 3 different bristles and 8 intensities.  

full charge lasts up to 300 uses. 

Each one sells for $139.00

The Luna Go
This brush offers cleansing and anti aging.

It comes in 4 brushes for different skin types:
Luna go for Combination Skin (it's blue)
Luna go for Normal Skin (it's pink)
Luna go for Oily Skin (it's green) 
Luna go for Sensitive Skin (it's purple).

The Luna Go is the perfect travel size cleansing brush. It's tiny. No bigger than cotton pad and still provides 8,000 T-sonic, transdermal sonic, pulsations per minute

It has both the cleansing mode and the lower frequency anti-aging mode. One side of the device has the cleansing bristles. The other anti aging side has ridges. 

You get up to 30 uses per charge. 

Each one sells for $99.00.

How to use a Luna cleansing brush 
morning & evening
Remove all makeup.
Apply your facial cleanser.
Wet the luna.
Activate the cleansing mode.
Use the bristle side in circular motions over the surface of your face for 1 minute. Use the Minis for 2 minutes.
Rinse your skin & pat dry.
Apply toner, an anti-aging serum if desired & moisturizer.

For the Luna's with anti-aging mode
Activate the Anti-Aging Mode and press the anti-aging side into wrinkle prone areas for 1 minute.

Wash the Luna with soap and water then pat it dry.

Cleansers

Foreo has 2 facial cleansers designed to use with the brush, one for day and one for night.
  
The morning cleanser contains probiotic yogurt, bergamot, mandarin and apricot seed extract.

The night cleanser contains meteorite powder, moringa seed extract and almond  extract.

They are sold together for $49.50 on the Foreo site.

The brush is gentle and gets the skin super clean. Choose your brush according to your skin type. Those with sensitive skin should choose models specifically for sensitive skin. I recommend The Luna for Ultra Sensitive Skin (it's white), The Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin (it's purple) or the Luna Go for Sensitive Skin (it's purple).

Where to buy it
You can purchase Foreo Luna Cleansing Brushes on the foreo.com, Ulta and Amazon.

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Happy Shopping & Gift Giving!
xo
Jill