Monday, August 29, 2016

A Late Summer Wedding

wedding-decorations
Saturday was a beautiful day for a wedding. The sun was shining brightly and the temperature was warm but the humidity was low. We arrived in the morning to do the hair and makeup for our friend's early afternoon wedding. 

The bride worn her hair pulled back into large low bun with a few pieces down in the front which added softness around her face. I like the soft romantic feel the loose pieces create. 
low-bun-hairstyle
She had a fabulous rhinestone headband. It looked absolutely amazing, shimmering in the light, especially in the 
summer sun.
rhinestone-headband
For her makeup she chose a neutral dramatic eye with a nude lip.

It was special for me to do the matron of honor, who was the bride's sister, and mother of the bride's makeup because I did their makeup 6 years ago when the matron of honor was a bride! 
bride
The matron of honor worn her hair pulled to one side and curled with a decorative gold comb in the back. For her makeup, she wanted a pinky gold shimmery eye to coordinate with the coral bridesmaid's gowns. We did soft pink cheeks and a pale raspberry lipstick.
side-hair-style
She and her Mom both opted for a few individual lash flares because who doesn't want long beautiful lashes!
individual-lash-flares
  The bride.......stunning!
bride-with-father
The flower girl and ring bearers.......adorable!
flower-girl-ring-bearers

parents-of-bride

bride-and-groom-at-alter

ring-bearer-sign

coral-bridal-party
The colors.......gorgeous!

The priest had wise words for the bride and groom that hit home for me. He said there are 3 important phrases that we neglect to say or say infrequently, but need to say often in marriage. His words made me realize that I don't say these phases enough either.
phrases-for-marriage
Beautiful, essential phases we should be using in not only marriage, but other relationships as well. 
Remember them and use them.
bouquet-wrap
 All the Best to the Bride and Groom for a Beautiful Life full of Joy and Happiness!

Have a Beautiful, Joyful Day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Eat less sugar for better skin

This is a post I did about added sugar back on June 16, 2014. What's interesting is the American Heart Association recently issued new recommendation for kids and the amount of sugar they should eat. Children and teens 2 to 18 should have no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day. Children under 2 should have no added sugar.
lollipop and lips

I have been hearing a lot lately about sugar. It's not good news. Eating sugar causes a process in the body called glycation, among other things. The sugar we eat attaches to protein and fat cells in the body forming advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These AGEs damage the collagen and elastin fibers that give our skin firmness. They cause the collagen and elastin fibers to become discolored, weak and less supple. This results in our skin looking dull, yellow, saggy and wrinkly. 

That is not good! AGEs also make our skin more vulnerable to UV light. As we age, we don't produce as much collagen and elastin, therefore, the body can't repair the sugar damage like it used to. Our skin shows signs of aging. This, unfortunately, is a natural body function. Many healthy foods cause glycation, but added sugars are the main culprits. Reducing sugar intake will slow the process. 


Cut waaaay back on sweets. 


The American heart Association says that women should have no more than 24 grams, that's  just 6 teaspoons, of added sugar per day. Added sugar means sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, etc. that has been added to food, not sugar that naturally occurs in food. Frutose is particularly bad. Glucose is friendlier because it suppresses the hunger hormone. 


24 grams is not much sugar.


I decided to count my sugar grams just after lunch. I am over the limit at 33 grams! This is not going to be easy. One serving of delicious Entenmann's Marshmallow Iced Devil's Food Cake contains 27 grams of sugar. 27! One piece and you are over the limit! Yogurt is healthy right? Read the label. Look at the sugar content. It too can be 27 grams in one regular yogurt. Go for a low calorie yogurt. Chobani Simply 100 yogurts contain about 7 grams of sugar depending on the flavor. There is added sugar everywhere. Even in organic marinara sauce. Here is an interesting tidbit...the swirly lollipop in the photo above has only 12 grams of sugar. That surprised me. I thought there would be much more. We have to read ingredient labels before we buy!


Now back to the American Heart Association. I wondered why they, a heart association, would be recommending a sugar limit. Well, it is because fructose is metabolized by the liver where it is converted to fat (also waste products and toxins) that can built up in the liver. The built up fat gets released into the bloodstream as triglycerides and cholesterol which can lead to heart disease. So that explains the American Heart Association.


Besides cutting back on sugar, there are a few other ways we can fight the glycation aging process.


Green Tea
Drinking green tea interferes with glycation and also promotes collagen production. 

Skin Care
We can use skin care products that help build up collagen in our skin. Anti aging skin care products contain ingredients such as retinoids and peptides to stimulate collagen production. Also, there are specific skin care products designed to address the glycation issue. Dr Brandt is one of them.  Click here to view Dr. Brandt products.

We may not be able to get ourselves down to 24 grams of sugar per day, but we can easily cut back to slow down the aging from sugar.

Reduce aging from sugar in a nutshell:


1. Cut down on your carbs


2. Cut down on added sugar by reading ingredient labels


3. Use stevia as a sweetener


4. Drink green tea and white tea


5. Drink Seltzer water flavored with a little juice, not soda


6. Eat foods that support collagen production: soy, beans, dark green veggies, orange veggies, red fruits & veggies, berries, citrus fruit, garlic, food high in Vitamin C and other antioxidants, food high in omega 3 fatty acids (fish, nuts, flaxseed)


7. Use anti aging skin care products that contain retinoids and peptides. Use a sonic skin care brush which may help stimulate collagen.



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Monday, August 22, 2016

Lorac Pro Palettes Eye Shadow Palettes

I decided I needed more eye shadow because a girl can never have too much eye shadow and because I'm always looking for pretty colors to use for bridal makeup. The Lorac Pro Palettes looked good to me. There are 3. The fact that the newest Pro Palette 3 recently hit the shelves made me want to go to Ulta and look at them. Each palette is $44 and each contains 16 shadows which are 8 shimmers and 8 mattes. The mattes are the top row, shimmers are the bottom row.  

The colors are basically neutrals like the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. Here they are so you can compare them.


Lorac Pro Palette:
Lorac pro palette

Lorac Pro Palette 2:
Lorac pro palette 2

 Lorac Pro Palette 3:
Lorac pro palette 3

I thought I would be purchasing the new palette 3, but when I saw it in person I realized I had many similar colors in a small Lorac palette. So, it was between the original palette and palette 2. I really like the nectar, plum, navy and charcoal in palette 2 but the rest of the colors also look too much like colors I have. I went with the original Pro Palette. I have to say, I love the colors and have used them to do bridal makeup. 




Here are the colors on my arm so you can see how they look on medium beige skin.


Lorac pro palette swatches

I find the colors to be velvety, very pigmented, bright and clear.  The shadow goes on smooth and blends nicely. It is a bit powdery, though, and leaves some fallout that can get in the eyes easily. Using an eye shadow applicator instead of an eye shadow brush should help with the amount of fallout.

Lorac pro palette shadow on eye
Here I used Lt. Pink, Mauve, Black, Nude and Champagne blended for a soft look.  The Champagne has a bit of fine glitter in it. You can see the sparkle at the inner corner of the eye. Espresso and Taupe filled in the brow with smooth color. I also used the black as eye liner.
lorac warm shadows
Here is a warm golden eye. Nude, Lt. Bronze, Gold, Garnet, Sable and Black.

As for wear, I tried the Pro Palette shadow with Urban Decay Primer Potion and had slight fading but no creasing. A small Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer came with the eye shadow palette. I also had slight fading but no creasing when using the Lorac primer.
Lorac Behind the scenes eye primer
It's good. For me, actually rivals my favorite Urban Decay Primer Potion, but I have read that it irritates sensitive eyes and does not work well for some people. It's nice that it comes with the palette to make it easy to try. I never would have purchased it because I am happy with the UD Primer Potion.

I hate to keep comparing the Lorac Pro Palettes to the UD Naked Palettes, but I'm going to compare them once again! The Pro Palette packaging is not as nice as the Naked's watercolor box style packaging. 
lorac pro palette packaging
But, the Pro Palette price is $10 less and you do get 16 colors as opposed to 12 in the Nakeds. Also, no brush is included in the Pro Palette. I like that the packaging is thin and easy to pack in a makeup bag.

Overall, I am happy with the Lorac Pro Palette and recommend it if you are looking for a collection of neutral shadows.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Is Mosquito Shield Mosquito Control Spray Safe?

I need help my internet friends!

I have been searching, unsuccessfully, for information about the chemicals used in the proprietary Mosquito Protection Blend (MPB) that Mosquito Shield uses to spray residential properties. This is the Mosquito Shield franchise company founded by David Briggs, not to be confused with the Canadian Mosquito Shield Inc. company or Mosquito Shield Bands. Mosquito Shield claims their spray kills mosquitoes, masks CO2 and repels mosquitoes. I can't help but wonder what other insects it kills... bees, butterflies, lady bugs, fireflies, etc.

I spoke with a franchise owner about what was actually in the spray. He was not a little bit forthcoming about it. He just kept saying how safe and natural it is. He said it is so safe that the technicians don't even wear masks when they spray. Funny thing is, he did wear a mask while he was spraying it!!! I sent the company an email asking for info about the ingredients and how the spray affects other insects but got no reply. 

What I know about the spray from the information provided by the company is this:

It's 99.97% natural plants extracts...... but what plant extracts?

The rest is controlled materials, meaning insecticide..... but what insecticide?

It contains a waterproofing wax they call Rain Shield which allows the product to stick to all organic surfaces....what kind of wax? (I guess it also sticks to the feet of your children and pets and is tracked in your house to where it then proceeds to stick to your floors and everywhere else!)

They use "FlexBlend" technology -"Brings together the power of science and research to create the industry's only predictive spray technology"....not quite sure what that means!

They monitor mosquito population and weather conditions and adjust their program and rotate control products.

I don't like mosquitoes. I also don't like unknown chemicals being sprayed near my home. You see, my neighbors have their property sprayed by Mosquito Shield and I watch the over spray drift over to my property where we grow veggies and have a butterfly/hummingbird garden.

frittilary butterfly

Click here to see more about butterfly/hummingbird gardens.

I realize that they have the right to spray their property, but I don't want unknown sticky chemicals on mine! So my friends, please, please, please share with me any information you have about the chemicals and natural ingredients in the spray or sprays used by Mosquito Shield. I thank you and the visitors to my garden thank you.....Meow!
feral cat sitting in garden
Please leave any info you have in the comments section.
xo
Jill


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

An Easy Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden

Sometimes you have to blow off what you are supposed to be doing and just enjoy a nice summer day to add some joy to life. For me, a nice summer day should be spent relaxing on the deck or fussing in the garden.....that is, if you can't be on the beach of course!
butterfly garden
This is my butterfly and hummingbird garden which is right outside my kitchen door. It's just little, but there's a lot of action going on. We just need to take a little time to actually see the action! 

bees...
bee on coneflower

dragonflies...
dragonfly

butterflies...
black swallowtail on butterfly bush

hummingbirds...
hummingbird on feeder

goldfinches...
goldfinches on black-eyed susans

Even a feral cat friend enjoys a morning nap on a cool rock.
cat in the garden
Believe me, it's not complicated to create a small garden space to attract the attention of butterflies and hummingbirds. We planted easy, common flowers to attract them. Plus, the hummingbird feeder filled with sugar water is a hummingbird magnet! Make your own sugar water instead of buying the commercial hummingbird nectar from stores. It's easy and inexpensive. Plus, those packaged nectars can contain preservatives and red dye. I won't give that to my little visitors.

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Mix 4 parts of water to 1 part of granulated sugar in the amount desired. Example: 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup sugar.

Heat water in a saucepan to a boil.
Add sugar.
Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Boil for a minute.
Remove from heat. 
Let the nectar cool and add it to the feeder.

Extra nectar can be stored in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Your hummingbird feeder should be cleaned and refilled with fresh nectar every 3 or so days. The sugar water gets funky out in the summer heat.

Remember to never use pesticides or insecticides in or near your butterfly/hummingbird garden.

Back to the plants. Many plants butterflies and hummingbirds like are perennials that come up every year which is great. We have planted

A purple butterfly bush (Buddleia)
Black-eyed Susans (Rubeckia)
Coneflowers (Echinacea)
Dianthus
Hollyhocks (Alcea)
and Red Day Lillies

We add in annuals. This year we did

Petunias
Zinnias
and Impatiens 

All but the impatiens are sun loving plants. The impatiens go in shady spots.

We also have a hibiscus not far from the garden which the butterflies and hummingbirds love too.
butterfly on hibiscus

I decided to to to one of my favorite garden stores, Mostardi Nursery, and to pick up a plant to help fill in a space in the garden. I got a Kalimeris Incisa Blue Star, a type of aster that is an easy to care for plant that butterflies like. Easy is the keyword here. Look at the happy little bluish purple flowers!  
Kalimeris Incisa Blue Star,

Click here for a larger butterfly garden plant list 

I potted it and placed on top of a rock in the garden. It helped the garden look fuller for sure and added a new color to the mix. 
butterfly garden
I like it. I hope the butterflies like it too. 


Take a little time today to enjoy some natural beauty!

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

OPI Washington DC Fall/Winter 2016

OPI has just released their nail polish collection for the fall and winter.
OPI Washington DC Fall Winter 2016
As always, the theme is a location, Washington DC this time. Very fitting for a US presidential election year. Kerry Washington partnered with OPI to create both the colors and names for this polish collection. There are 12 shades plus 3 limited edition shades. Lovers of shimmer, you will be disappointed. All of these nail colors are creams!

Here are the 12  colors of the Washington DC collection.

OPI Washington DC Fall Winter 2016 swatches
1. CIA= Color Is Awesome- a deep dusty blue
2. Stay Off the Lawn- a deep green
3. Suzi- The First Lady of Nails- an olive green
4. Never a Dulles Moment- a bright yellow
5. Pale to the Chief- a peachy nude
6. Yank My Doodle-a red copper
7. Freedom of Peach- a peach pumpkin
8. Squeaker of the House- a chocolate brown
9. Shh...It's Top Secret!- a dark gray brown
10. Madam President- a red with hints of pink
11. OPI by Popular Vote- a medium red
12. We the Female- a deep garnet

It's a nice collection of colors. I do have my favorites, though.
OPI Washington DC Fall Winter 2016 CIA= color is awesome
CIA=Color Is Awesome
OPI Washington DC Fall Winter 2016 Shh Itts Top Secret
Shh...It's Top Secret
OPI Washington DC Fall Winter 2016 Squeaker of the House
Squeaker of the House
OPI Washington DC Fall Winter 2016 We THe Female
We The Female
And I just love the way these four colors look together. It would be a great palette to use for decorating a room!OPI Washington DC Fall Winter 2016 4 colors
Find the OPI Washington DC collection at salons, opi.com and on Amazon of course!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How to heal a bruise fast!

It never fails. Every time! I end up with a bruise right before a beach vacation! It's happened so many times that I have my own how to heal a bruise faster regimen. 
dark purple bruise
First, let's talk about what a bruise actually is. A bruise is an injury to the skin due to some sort of impact. The impact breaks small blood vessels in the skin. Blood from the small blood vessels collects near the surface of the skin resulting in dark discoloration.  In my case, running into the arm of a chair was the impact that caused my latest bruise. The bruised area can have a firm swollen lump the feels sore or it may be flat and sore. 

A bruise can take 2 to 4 weeks to heal and changes many colors as the blood is reabsorbed by the body. For example, the initial injury usually starts out red and then turns blue as the leaked blood loses it's oxygen. Then, the bruise turns dark purple as the red blood cells break down. The red blood cells release hemoglobin which breaks down to biliverdin and then you will see green. Finally, the bruise turns yellow green then yellow before it fades away. The yellow color is from bilirubin which occurs from the continuing break down of the hemoglobin. 

Now that we know what we are dealing with, let's do some things to heal it faster. We need to reduce the swelling and soreness, increase circulation to the injured area to help the body reabsorb the blood faster and increase drainage.


heal a bruise faster treatment plan

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My Bruise Treatment Details:

Step 1: Reduce the swelling and soreness

Ice
Apply ice 3 to 4 times during the day. Use a wash cloth between your skin and the bag of ice for comfort. Leave the ice bag on for 10-20 minutes at each application. Use ice for the first 24-48 hours.

Arnica Gel
Apply Arnica gel. Arnica gel is an topical homeopathic treatment to help ease pain and help heal muscle pain & stiffness, sprains, swelling from injuries and discoloration from bruises faster.  The daisy like flowers from the plant Arnica Montana are used to create Arnica gel. It should not be applied to broken skin or be taken internally. Apply it 3 times during the day. It works wonders! 

Step 2: Increase circulation

Heat
Switch from ice to heat after 48 hours. Heat will help stimulate circulation to the bruised area helping the body heal the injury. Use hot compresses 2-3 times per day to the injury. A hot wash cloth in a plastic bag makes a great little hot compress for a bruise. Use heat throughout the healing process.

Massage
Lightly massage the bruise for 2-3 minutes as you apply your Arnica gel to help stimulate circulation to the area.

Dry Brush
Use a dry body brush to stimulate circulation and promote drainage. Lightly brush the bruised and surrounding area with the body brush for 2-3 minutes. My bruise is on my thigh so I use the body brush on my entire thigh to stimulation a large area for drainage. Do it twice a day.

Step 3: Promote more drainage

Cypress Oil
Along with a dry body brush, cypress essential oil is fabulous for promoting drainage of retained fluids and the pooled blood from a bruise. Most essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin. They need to be mixed with a carrier oil. The carrier oils can be any oil such as olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil or jojoba oil. Add 1 drop of cypress essential oil to 1/2 teaspoon of your choice of carrier oil. Apply to the bruise at night. Cypress also makes a great cellulite treatment!

Cover it!

You can always cover up a bruise as it heals. A highly pigmented concealer designed to cover tattoos works great for hiding bruises, too. I like Tattoo Camo and Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer.

Click here to see my How to Cover a Tattoo video. You would use the same technique to cover a bruise. 

Luckily, for me, my treatment worked nice and fast to heal that ugly bruise. It was a really dark one but faded in 10 days. Here's how it looked on the beach. Not bad for less than two weeks!

healing bruise

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Summer Wedding Makeup: Tips for Sweat Proof Makeup

I had the pleasure of doing some wedding makeup this past weekend. The beautiful bride was planning an outdoor ceremony at The Westin Wilmington, Delaware on one of the hottest days of this summer! The bridal suite where we did the makeup application was very well appointed for entertaining I must say.
The bride's gown was a stunning trumpet/mermaid strapless
sweetheart gown in shimmering off white lace.
The bridesmaid dresses were shades of beige, brown and pink in various styles. I can't wait to see pictures of everyone!

For the bride's makeup, we chose a soft smokey eye in pink and shades of brown and a soft pink lip to coordinate with the wedding color theme. The shadow colors really complimented her dark brown eyes. 

She's a Gorgeous Summer Bride!
She wanted fabulous lashes. She already had great lashes. We decided to forgo strip lashes and just enhance her own lashes. To get her own lashes more fabulous, I applied waterproof mascara, added lash fibers to the mascara to help extend her natural lashes a bit then, I added a few knotted lash flares to the outer lashes to add a little more drama.
lash flares
A hot summer day requires special makeup application techniques to keep your makeup looking fresh throughout the whole wedding day.

Moisturizer
Use a light moisturizer before applying primer and foundation. A heavy moisturizer will be occlusive and may create too much shine on a hot day.

Primer
A mattifying face primer should be used on oily skin to keep shine down. 

An eye shadow primer is also important to prevent shadow from creasing and slipping out of place. My very favorite shadow primer is Urban Decay Primer Potion.


Waterproof

Use waterproof mascara and eye liner. Waterproof products won't budge when the skin sweats. It is possible that they can smudge when the skin get oily though.

Matte Foundation

Use a matte or semi matte foundation. Avoid a foundation that is too luminous. It can look sweaty instead of glowy.

Double Blush
Use a cream blush topped with a dusting of powder blush for super staying power. Both blushes should be similar colors.

Face Powder

Application of face powder is necessary to keep shine down. Use a brush to dust on an even layer. Dust on a second layer for extra shine protection. Using a powder puff applicator may lay down an uneven layer of powder and look blotchy.

Setting Spray

A makeup setting spray will help hold all the makeup in place when the skin sweats. Apply it after makeup application is complete.

Blotting Papers 

Carry these with to use throughout the day. Use the blotting papers to absorb sweat and oil from your face without disturbing your foundation. Blot, don't rub, then, dust on a thin layer of face powder if you look still look shiny.

These makeup tips will help you stay fresh looking all day long!
trumpet bridal gown
Cheers pretty ladies!

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