Friday, December 28, 2012

Quick 6 Step Makeup Application

I know, there is no time in the morning to put makeup on for work. But there is! Try this quick and easy daytime makeup application to give yourself a brighter look for work in the new year. You will need only 6 makeup products, a concealer, a mineral foundation, a mineral bronzer, an eye shadow, a mascara and a lipstick. It will take 10 minutes or less! Always apply a moisturizer for your skin type, wait a few minutes for it to absorb, the start your makeup.

1. Apply a peachy colored concealer to the under eye area to hide dark circles.

2. Brush on mineral makeup foundation in a shade that matches your skin. Be sure to do eyelids.

3. Brush on a mineral makeup bronzer to your cheeks, eyelids, bridge of nose and chin blending with the foundation.

4. Use a matte brown eye shadow in a shade that matches your brows to fill in your brows then line your eyes. Use the same liner brush to do both.

5. Curl lashes and apply a coat of mascara.

6. Apply a rose or mauve lipstick. Done!  

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

5 Tips to Stop Nail Biting

Christmas is over and it is time to set our sites on New Year's. Time to make resolutions and find ways to improve ourselves and our world in the coming year. Some things seem completely out of our reach but some things, like breaking a bad habit, are completely doable. 

Let's talk about nail biting. Not only do bitten nails look bad, it is unhealthy! Nasty germs can hide under the nails. When you bite your nails, you increase you chances of getting sick! Here are five of the top tips to stop the biting habit.

5. Wear gloves during your favorite nail biting time. Maybe it's while you are watching TV.

4. Wear a rubber band on your wrist. Snap it when you want to nibble on your nails.

3. Get a manicure regularly to remove that nail and skin roughness that you want to bite!

2. Try painting a bitter potion on your nails such as Jessica Nibble No More

#1. Keep your nails beautifully polished at all times!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Milani Lip Shimmer

I love a little shimmer for the holidays. If I don't have a little shimmer on my eyes, it on my lips! Try Milani Glitzy Glamour Lip Gloss for quick inexpensive glitz for your lips. Find it a CVS for about $6.99. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Botox Tip

Botox and other cosmetic injections can cause bruising. To avoid excessive bruising, stop taking aspirin or blood thinners 2 weeks before having cosmetic injections.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Stiletto Nails with Purple and Gold Chevron Design

stiletto purple and gold chevron nail designs
Q. What are stiletto nails?

A. Stiletto nails are very long almond shaped nails usually decorated with nail art or polished in a funky french manicure style. These nails are created using tips and/or acrylic. It is possible to shape natural nails in the stiletto style if they will grow long and are not too wavy. Rihanna and Lady Gaga love wearing this trend!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Remembering Beautiful Faces

It seems a bit frivolous to talk about beauty tips and trends today after the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Let's take the day to remember all the beautiful people who perished. Here is a link to see their beautiful faces.  

 Here is a link to see President Obama's speech at the Newtown vigil in case you missed it.

May the Lord bless and protect you and your family today and always.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Q&A: Dark Rings from Jewelry

Q. Why does my gold ring leaves a dark ring on my finger?

A. I have read many reasons for this phenomenon. Gold rings contain alloys (other metals) to strengthen the gold. The skin is reacting with the alloys. The dark mark can happen sometimes but not all the time because the skin is always changing. The reasons for the reaction can be:

An acid pH of the skin
Hand cream 
A medication you are taking

I have read that it can be a sign of an iron deficiency, but I do not know that this is true. Wash your hands and dry them well after sweating. Try changing your hand cream. Clean your ring often. You can also try coating the inside of your ring with nail polish to help stop the reaction.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Alba Acne Wash

Okay, so some of you just couldn't get used to the smell of the last acne wash I suggested which was Yes to Tomatoes.  I have a new one for you to try. It is Alba Botanical Natural Acnedote Deep Pore Wash. 

It contains 2% of the acne fighting ingredient salicylic acid, botanical extracts, orange oil and peppermint oil. It contains 100% vegetarian ingredients and, of course, is not tested on animals. Best of all, it smells like refreshing peppermint! So far, it is working to clear our skin and is not causing dryness. Find it at Walmart for $7.49.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Red and Gold Nail Designs

Add a touch of holiday spirit to your nails! 

Red and gold nails are so festive at holiday time. Here are some nail designs created using a variety of nail design materials. I started by polishing all the nails a nice deep red, OPI Vodka and Caviar. It has been discontinued but Malaga Wine or I've Got the Blues for Red would work nicely, too.

The thumb got some gold leafing on top of the red.

The index finger got a gold french tip with an OPI  gold from a holiday collection that is also a discontinued color. China Glaze Electrify could work fabulously!

The middle finger got a gold sticker. I used a regular sticker purchased from AC Moore, applied it to polish that was thoroughly dry, then coated it with several coats of Seche Vite.

The ring finger got a nice coating of gold shimmer polish.

And last, but not least, the pinky got a thin coat of glitter polish. 

Happy Holidays!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

New Hand & Stone In Royersford, Pa.

Check out the new Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Royersford, Pa., 610 792-0772. It just opened and is amazing! The Spa is brand new and beautiful.

Find it at 1844 E. Ridge Pike in the Court at Upper Providence shopping center. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How to do a Smoky Eye

To get a soft smoky look, you will need:
a black pencil
a neutral cream color shadow
a charcoal or black shadow
a medium gray shadow
a light gray shadow
black mascara

1. Line eyes with black pencil. Get right in the lashes. Make the top line heavier than bottom line.

2. Go over the pencil on the top line with charcoal or black eyeshadow for a smudgy look.

3. Apply neutral shadow to brow bone.

4. Apply medium gray shadow to eyelid and under the bottom lashes.

5. Apply light gray to the crease blending it into the medium gray on the eyelid.

6.  Apply 2 coats of mascara to top lashes & 1 coat to bottom lashes.

Voila! Soft & Smoky!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Winter Bridal Makeup at Lucien's Manor

Jill applying makeup
This beautiful December bride had a wintry wedding with a snowflake and navy blue theme. 
It was a little chilly but not too bad, a good day to get some nice outdoor pics. 

Her curly hair was done in a twisted updo. Her veil attached to the back.
bridal updo
For her makeup, I did a soft smoky gray eye with white shimmer shadow to represent shimmering snowflakes with black eye liner and black mascara on her long lashes. Lips were a soft nude pink with rosy blush. A light shade of bronzer was lightly dusted on to warm up her complexion.
winter bridal makeup
Her wedding venue, Lucien's Manor, was festively decorated for Christmas. It look beautiful. Her bouquet sparkled with crystals and decorative snowflakes were tucked in amongst the flowers.
wedding at Lucien's Manor
 It was a beautiful wedding and they did get some amazing outdoor pictures on the grayish wintry looking day. 
Look at the birds in the background. Amazing!

wedding rings and flowers

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Friday, November 30, 2012

How to do Soft Red Lips

Are red lips too bold for you? Try a softer version. Use a red lip pencil (like Prestige in Amore) to outline then fill in your lips. Now top it with lip gloss. It gives you a soft red lip.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gentlemen prefer blondes....or do they?

Tired of coloring your hair blonde?
According to a study of 2000 men done in the UK by the social network Badoo, 33.1% found brown hair most attractive, 29.5% favored blondes, 28.6% preferred black hair and 8.8% liked redheads best. Even more interesting, 38.8% said their perfect woman would wear a size 12-14. Wow! The study was also done in the US, Brazil, France, Italy and Spain with black being the favorite hair color. Blue eyes were favorite in the UK. The other countries favored brown and green eyes.

 Here is the link to read the whole study:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Carry on Bag Tips

It's Thanksgiving travel time! I like to travel with carry on luggage. It's saves time and money. Those baggage fees are crazy! The tricky part of traveling with carry on luggage is packing up your toiletries. The TSA allows aerosols, liquids and gels in 3.4 (100ml) ounces sizes or less all packed into a 1 quart zip-top clear plastic bag. This means hairspray, hair gel, foundation, mascara, toothpaste and all other cream or liquid beauty items.

I find many of my beauty products in small bottles. Bed, Bath and Beyond has a whole wall full of travel size toiletries. Another great place to get small bottles is Ulta. I bought a couple 3 oz. bottles of my favorite sunscreen there. Samples come in great little bottles. Rinse them and save them. Those little one ounce bottles are great to refill with foundation. Bigger bottles can be filled with your favorite body lotion. I also save those little zip-top bags that contain extra buttons that come with a new garment. The buttons go into a button box and the little bags can be filled with a cream that you don't need much of while you are away such a eye cream. A little blob of it will last a week. I also use those bags to put pieces of dental floss in.

You can also find some things in packets and towelettes. Check out Pinch Provisions. They have a mini emergency kit that contains little items you may need such as clear nail polish and deodorant towelettes. You can find travel size Advil and Tylenol so leave the big bottles at home.

Pack a mini flat iron and mini curling iron. Your hotel will have a blow dryer. You will need to down size the amount of clothes and shoes you take with you, too. I find we all over pack anyway! Keep everything small and carry it all on! Happy travels!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

After Waxing Tip

Do your legs still feel sticky when you get home after a leg wax? Massage away those sticky spots with a little olive oil. Not only does the oil get rid of the sticky remnants of wax, it soothes the skin and reduces inflammation.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bridal Makeup: A Rustic Autumn Wedding in Lewisberry

It was a beautiful sunny autumn day with just a slight chill in the air. A perfect day for a wedding with a warm and rustic theme. The wedding was held at a lodge in Lewisberry, Pa. The decor of wood, pine cones, pumpkins, fresh and dried flowers added to the warm, cozy feel of the lodge.

The theme was rustic but the bride had a glamorous flare. For her makeup, she wanted her eyes to be showcased with lots of liner, smokiness and super lashes. I used shades of nude and brown shadow and black liner softened with warm brown shadow to give her some drama. Strip lashes with black mascara gave her the wow lashes she wanted. 
Warm rosy blush complemented her complexion and a soft pink lipstick with a shimmer gave her lips some sparkle and shine. I just loved her earring bling!
The lighting and long shadows were simply fabulous during the late afternoon outdoor ceremony. 
Look how pretty it was!
All the best to the bride and groom!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Bare Minerals Warmth Tip

 Get a summer glow in a flash by adding some Bare Minerals Warmth Bronzer to your foundation. Put some foundation into the palm of your hand, sprinkle little bronzer on top and mix it in. Apply your foundation and you will have an instant warm glow! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Use Cinnamon to curb Sugar Cravings

We know that too much sugar is just not good for us but, those cravings! Use a little cinnamon to help curb that craving for sugar and carbs. Add a 1/2  teaspoon of cinnamon to an apple or sprinkle it on your oatmeal in the morning. Cinnamon helps to stabilize your blood sugar helping to control the sugar craving. It's easy and yummy!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Animal Testing Update

Years ago it was difficult to find a cosmetic product that was not tested on animals. You would have to find obscure brands in health food stores or mail order, sometimes from other countries like England. Then things started to change. More and more large companies such as Revlon, Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder stopped animal testing. It was easy to buy a lipstick without worrying if it was tested on animals or not.

 I say it was easy because it seems we are going backwards in the animal testing department! I noticed many brands I like, such as Estee Lauder brands, were moved from the no animal testing list to the animal testing list on the Caring Consumer Data Base. I decided to send Estee Lauder an email asking why. These companies usually respond quickly when I write to them but, I have gotten no response, so I did a little research. Apparently, many of the big companies are quietly back to their nasty animal testing policies. Why? Well, it seems they want to sell their products in China. China is one of the few backwards countries the requires that cosmetics be animal tested. Backwards because there are advanced cosmetic testing options that do not involve animals available now. Estee Lauder, MAC, Avon and Mary Kay are now testing on animals again. 

Estee Lauder owns many brands including the popular Aveda, Bobbie Brown, Clinique, Flirt, Origins, MAC and Smashbox. Smashbox used to have the cruelty free bunny right on it's website. It's gone, even though they claim in their FAQs that they do not test on animals "unless required by law". I hate that phrase. I guess that means Chinese law! Only Aveda remains on the Caring Consumer not tested on animals list. MAC is on the animal testing list along with Estee Lauder, Avon, Mary Kay and Revlon. 

Relvon's email to me states that they ended animal testing in 1989 but, it also says  "Regulatory authorities in a few countries conduct independent testing in order to satisfy their own mandatory registration requirements. Revlon complies with all regulations in the countries in which our products are sold".  Revlon supports non animal testing alternatives, but according to their own statement, animal testing is still being done on their products, maybe not by them directly, but they comply in order to sell their products in other countries. What can you do? Let Revlon, Estee Lauder & MAC know your concerns. Let Avon and Mary Kay know as well.

The other problem that is happening is that large animal testing companies are buying up smaller non animal testing companies. For instance, St. Ives was one of my favorite brands. It is now owned by Unilever and is tested on animals. Check the St. Ives website. It no longer states "not tested on animals". Sometimes a big company buys a smaller company and allows it to run independently. Take Bare Escentuals for example. It is owned by Shiseido, an animal testing company, but it remains not animal tested. You see confusing it is again!

There are still some of my favorite makeup brands that are not tested on animals for sure! Bare Escentuals, E.L.F., Josie Moran, Physician's Formula, Prestige, Stila, Tarte, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Victoria Secret and Wet n Wild. For now, you can buy these brands without worrying! Below is a list of companies that are back to their old tricks along with links to their contact pages. Tell them what you think about animals being tortured for us to look more beautiful!

List of Customer Service Contact Pages for Companies testing on animals again

Estee Lauder
St. Ives
Mary Kay

Smashbox (not officially on the Caring Consumer animal testing list)

Link to Caring Consumer Data Base

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Q&A: Fix a Broken Nail

Q. All of my nails are long and beautiful except for the one I just broke. I want to get that one fixed but I don't want to damage my nail. What's the best way to fix it?

A. Any nail repair method will cause some damage to your nail. Have an old fashioned nail tip with no overlay applied to your nail. It will not be as durable as a tip with an overlay of acrylic, gel or wrap, but it will do the least amount of damage to your nail. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Website

Here is a link to a great Halloween website that has a lot of info on it including Halloween facts costume ideas, recipes and even music.

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Classic Bride

Here is one of our beautiful brides. We did hair and makeup for this bride, her mother and her bridal party at her home. She wanted a classic bridal look. Her hair was done in a classic french twist and a beautiful long veil was attached.
classic bridal makeup
makeup by Jill,  hair by Cathy

I did her eyes in soft peaches and shades of brown. Strip lashes added to her classic look. Her cheeks were rosy and luminous. Her lips, a mocha rose. She looked absolutely magnificent!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Banana Peel Tooth Whitener!

As I was browsing through my news feed on facebook, I spotted a post about whitening your teeth by rubbing then with a banana peel. Does this work? I don't know! I did run out and buy some bananas to try it, though. Here is what you do: 

Use a ripe banana.

Use the inside of the banana peel to rub on your teeth for 2 minutes. 

The minerals in the peel, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, are said to absorb into the teeth whiten them! 

Do this twice a day.

I did it once so far. Didn't see much difference after the one time. I'm going try the twice a day and see what happens!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Does Vitamin E cause cancer?

Like soy, there is a bit of controversy about another nutritional item, vitamin E. I always thought E was a beneficial cancer fighting antioxidant vitamin but, studies have shown vitamin E  that it both promotes and prevents cancer. According to researchers at Rudgers, natural sources of vitamin E are beneficial cancer fighters not the synthetic vitamin form. The supplements actually compete with the natural E and cancel out the benefit increasing cancer risk. Ditch the pills and eat lots of vitamin E food sources.

Foods High in Vitamin E

Nuts: Almonds, Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Pine Nuts and Nut Butters

Seeds: Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame, Flaxseeds

Vegetable Oils: Soybean, Sunflower, Safflower, Olive, Cottonseed and Corn (Cooking the oils destroys some of the E)

Vegetables: Avocado, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Asparagus, Leafy Greens including Spinach, Swiss Chard, Mustard Greens, Turnip Greens and Kale, Green Olives and Taro Root

Fruits: Kiwi, Mango, Papaya, Dried Apricots and Tomatoes

Herbs and Spices: (I didn't know!) Paprika, Red Chili Powder, Parsley, Basil and Oregano

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Friday, October 19, 2012

What is Toasted-skin Syndrome?

Be careful how you use your laptop. You could get "toasted-skin syndrome"! People who place their laptops directly on the lap have developed a brown, mottled rash on their thighs. The heat from the computer actually causes an injury to the skin. Use a pillow or laptop case between the computer and your lap. The skin damage is temporary and will heal as long as the exposure is stopped.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Two Toned Lips

This is a fun two toned lip!
Start with cherry lips. Blot, then apply a nice blackberry to the center of the top and bottom lip.

Get the trendy look with Clinque Long Last Lipstick in Red, Red, Red with Black Violet in the center. ($15.00 each at department stores)

Get the trendy look on a budget with Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipstick 910D Red Velvet with 919B Vamp It Up in the center. ($1.99 each at Rite Aid)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Soy Protein Isolate: Processed Soy

I have always heard mixed things about soy. That it can prevent cancer or that it can increase the risk of cancer due to it's estrogen like plant chemicals. Being a vegetarian, I prefer to use soy milk instead of milk. I eat edamame and tofu. According to the American Cancer Society  "In laboratory studies, animal studies, and research looking at groups of people and what they eat, certain chemical components of soy have been linked to a lower risk of breast and prostate cancer. Randomized clinical trials are needed to understand how these findings apply to cancer prevention in humans. Most studies that have shown benefit have used whole soy protein rather than soy components and extracts."

This brings me to an interesting tidbit I read in Good Houskeeping's October issue regarding soy protein bars.  I know a lot of people eat them for the protein benefits . The soy in them is usually in the form of soy protein isolates. This is processed soy. It is a dry powder protein ingredient that has been separated from the other components of the soybean. This processed soy and has been shown to increase breast cancer growth in lab studies. The effect on humans is not known yet. Check the ingredient list on your protein bar for soy protein isolates. You may want to eat a bar that does not contain this ingredient to be on the safe side.

Monday, October 15, 2012

OPI Top Ten 2012

Ever wonder which OPI nail colors are the most popular. Well, here they are!
This fabulous mini collection is a limited edition holiday collection of OPI's most popular shades.
Alpine Snow
Bubble Bath
Tickle My France-y
Kiss me on my Tulips
Big Apple Red
 I'm not really a Waitress
You don't know Jacques!
Lincoln Park after Dark
It's seems a bit hard to find right now, though. Find this mini set at salons selling OPI products and


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sky Fall by OPI

What's new from OPI? Sky Fall. This collection celebrates the 50th anniversary of James Bond.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Q&A: French Manicure with a Broken Nail

french manicure
Q. I want to have a French manicure done but I broke a nail. I don't want a nail tip put on. Can I still have it done?

A. It will look fine as long as the nail lengths are not too extreme. My remedy is to trim the longer nails a bit then, create an illusion with the white tips to make the nails look more even in length. 

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall 2012 Makeup, Hair & Fashion

Here is your fall 2012 trend recap.

Red Lipstick 
red lips
All shades of red, soft and bold. Red red. Orange red. Chocolate red. Fuchsia red. If it's a shade of red, it's in!

blushFlushed Cheeks
Cheeks are given a heavy dose pink or rosy red blush. Add a shimmer of gold to highlight.

winged eye liner
Heavy Eye Liner and the Winged Outer Corner
Go heavy on your eye liner on the upper lash line. Add a winged-up liner lift to the outer corner of your eye. 

blue eye liner
Cobalt or Brown Eye Liner
Feeling bold? Line your eyes with cobalt eyeliner! Make your eyes even more bold by adding cobalt mascara. Not feeling so bold? Try a brown smokey eye. Use an espresso eyeliner instead of black. Add shades of copper, chocolate and taupe eye shadows to create a smoky look. 

green eye shadowJewel Tone Green, Gold, Brown Eye Shadows
Green eye shadows are clear and jewel toned. Forget about the soft mossy greens! Or try a nice shimmery gold on your eyelids. Maybe a brown smoky eye is more your style!

Thick eye brows
Brows continue to be thick and well groomed.

foundation brush
Foundation is smooth and flawless matching your skin tone. Anti-aging light reflecting foundations help mask the signs of aging.

It's a smorgasbord of nail colors for fall this year! 
colorful nails
How about some glitter and glam? Dazzle up your nails with glitter, confetti, or crushed shells. 

Metal shades of silver, gold, copper and bronze match the metal trend in the clothing and accessories this fall.

Shimmery shades of red orange, red, burgundy, plum and purple will add rich color to your nails.

Do you like neutral nails? That works too! Creamy shades of taupe, beige and grey are right in style.

And my favorite, blue, is still all the rage! Try shades of navy, blue grey and teal.

Q. Summer is ending and I want to change my hair color. What is the in hair color for this fall? 
hair feather
A. Beautiful reds and dark warm browns that shine and reflect light are the hair color trends for Fall 2012! Highlights are now natural and soft looking. The two toned look, ombre and colored ends, is less extreme with a more subtle look. Add a bit of red lipstick to complete your warm fall look!

Bangs are a hot hair trend right now. They bring out your eyes and make you look younger by hiding lines on your forehead! Afraid of cutting? Try clip in bangs! 

colored jeansThere are four big jean trends you will see. Metallic jeans, jeans that have a coating to give them a leather look, jeans in jewel tones and jeans with prints, especially flower and animal prints. Of course, the classic blue jean is always in! Find these fabulous jeans at Kohls!

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