Thursday, January 31, 2013

Urban Decay Cheek tint

Brighten up with a creamy cheek tint. 
Try Urban Decay Glide-On Cheek Tint. It is a cream blush that goes on sheer and gives you a moist glow. Add more to built up more color. It comes in 7 colors. Find it at Sephora, Ulta and Urban Decay.com.
http://www.urbandecay.com/afterglow-glide-on-cheek-tint/279,default,pd.html?start=1&cgid=4

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Strawberries for sun damage



Eat your strawberries! A study done at the University of Barcelona shows that strawberry extract reduces the risk of DNA damage to skin cells when the cells are exposed to UV light. Scientist suspect this is due to the anthocyanins which give the berries their beautiful color. Anthocyanins have anti oxidant, anti inflammatory and anti tumor properties. 


Now strawberry extract is being used in face creams! Find Luxury Strawberry Face Cream at Luxury Decadent Bath and Body Essentials. I haven't tried it but it looks like and interesting product.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Good Hair Diet

Rose gold hair

So many hair products say they offer nourishment for your hair. Can a hair product really nourish your hair? I wonder about that. A hair product can condition and moisturize so it is important to use good hair products on your hair.

To make it strong and healthy, give your hair real nourishment from the inside where it really matters. There are specific foods that you can eat to give not only your hair and scalp, but your skin and nails what they need to be healthy and beautiful. You will not see immediate results when your change your diet, though. The healthy hair has to grow. Get regular haircuts to help your hair look it's best as that healthier hair grows in.

The Good Hair Diet

Protein  

Soy protein encourages hair growth. Eat soybeans.

Zinc   

Zinc helps to reduce dandruff and is needed to repair our cells. Eat peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ, chick peas and peas. Finish with it off with a little dark chocolate!

Omega 3 Fatty Acids    
Omega 3 conditions the scalp. Eat soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids   

Omega 6 adds strength and shine to the hair. It also helps to fight dandruff. Eat cereals and grains, oils: flax seed, soybean, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, black currant and evening primrose and egg yolks.

B Vitamins   

B Vitamins, especially biotin, reduce hair loss and hair breakage. They improve hair strength and aid in the production of oil by the oil glands which conditions the scalp and hair. Biotin also prevents premature graying! Eat leafy green veggies, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, cabbage, onions, cauliflower, chick peas, kidney beans, nuts, bananas, berries, wheat germ, yeast breads, egg yolks, cheese, yogurt and halibut. 

Vitamin C   

Vitamin C also allows the oil glands to make oil to condition the scalp and hair. Eat citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi fruit, papayas, guavas, cantaloupe, tomatoes, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower fresh thyme and parsley. 

Vitamin A  

Helps to prevent hair loss. Eat apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin,  butternut squash, dark leafy greens, paprika, cayenne, chili powder, red pepper powder, dried herbs: parsley, basil, marjoram, dill and oregano and egg yolks.

Silica  

Silica is a mineral that helps to slow down hair loss and adds strength and shine to the hair. Eat bananas, strawberries, raisins,  beets, celery, peppers, potatoes, green beans, carrots, cucumbers  asparagus, cabbage, onions, oats, brown rice, bran cereal.

Copper   
Copper helps hair retain it's pigment. Eat mushrooms, seeds: sesame, pumpkin and sunflower, nuts: cashews, hazel, brazil, walnuts and dried basil.  Add a little dark chocolate!


Have a good hair day!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Look Younger with Brow Grooming!

I am still reaching into my bag of tricks to look a little younger before my birthday! One of the quickest ways to look younger is to groom your eyebrows. 
Young eyebrows are well defined, dark and thick.The hairs are short, smooth and shiny. Old eyebrows are sparse and washed out looking. They are thin from years of over plucking. They shorten from each end. The hairs can be long and wiry. 

When we imitate the brows of our youth, we look younger! Brows need to be a defined shape, no strays! They must be left as long as possible at each end. They need to be filled in with brow powder to make them look thick and full. Wiry hair must be trimmed and tamed with brow gel. The gel will also give them a nice young looking sheen. 

I find we tend to over pluck our own brows. We over scrutinize ourselves and ruin our brow shape especially when using a magnifying mirror!  I like to let someone else look at me objectively and shape my brows.  It is an inexpensive luxury. Definitely worth it to look a little younger! 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Younger Teeth

I talked about making my lips look younger yesterday in preparation for my birthday. I still need to work on my mouth a bit more, though. I drink too much tea. It stains the teeth you know. Whiter teeth make you look younger! So I have been trying Colgate Optic White toothpaste. It says whiter teeth in a week and 3 shades whiter in 4 weeks, We'll see! I've been using it about 1 week.

The verdict? It is whitening my teeth. I'm sure how white my teeth will actually get just using toothpaste, but they do look a little whiter. I'll let you know after 4 weeks if they are 3 shades whiter!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Q&A: Fading Makeup

Q. My makeup fades away during the day. What can I do?

A. There are a few things you can try:

Always apply a moisturizer formulated for your skin type before your foundation.

Use a primer. There are primers for the face which help foundation go on better and stay on longer. There are also primers for the eyes to improve eye shadow wear.

Double apply. Apply a thin layer of your foundation and concealer. Wait 30 minutes. Apply another layer then set it with a light dusting of powder.

To keep blush on longer, apply a cream blush with a dusting of powder blush on top.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Toxic Air Fresheners

The air in your home may not be so fresh if you are using air fresheners! Anne Steinemann, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Washington says, "chemicals found in air fresheners have been linked to neurological problems, migraines, respiratory difficulties and even cancer,"  Check the ingredient list. Oh wait, there isn't one! That's because manufacturers of air fresheners are not required to label their products with ingredient lists! Many contain phthalates. These chemicals are used to soften plastics and hold scents. Phthalates have been banned in children's toys due to studies that show the chemicals cause hormone disruptions. Dibutyl phthalte has been removed from many nail polishes. Other chemicals found in air fresheners are formaldehyde, petrochemicals, p-dichlorobenzene,  1,4 diclorobenzene, aerosol pollutants and ethylene based glycol ethers.  Also found are terpenes which can react with ozone in the air and create formaldehyde. Many of these chemicals are listed by the EPA as toxic. In fact, the EPA says regarding air fresheners, "please use precautions when using these products". 

The solution? Toss those store bought air freshers and try a natural freshener. Fill a glass bowl with lemon peels, dry coffee grounds or baking soda. Pour some vodka in a spray bottle and spray it in the air. You can at a few drops of essential oil for fragrance. Get some houseplants. Boston Ferns, Rubber Plants and Palms remove formaldeyhye and other indoor pollutants from the air. A little house cleaning with safe cleaners doesn't hurt either!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Q&A: Thick Polish

Q. Why does my fast drying polish get thick in the bottle? It's not even old!

A. Quick drying polishes are designed so that the solvents evaporate out of the polish quickly allowing the polish to harden fast after it has been applied to your nails. The solvents will also evaporate quickly out of the nail polish bottle each time it is opened. Use a nail polish thinner formulated for the brand of polish you are using to thin it. If the polish has become super thick, it's not worth thinning. Toss it and get a new bottle. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Israel and Animal Testing


If you are against animal testing like I am, you are going to like this news. Israel banned testing on animals in 2007. Even better, they have banned the import on products that have been tested on animals! As of January 1, 2013, Israel has banned the import, sale and marketing of cosmetics, personal care and household products that have been tested on animals! India is working to do the same. The European Union has also been phasing out animal testing since 2004. There are 27 countries in the EU, by the way. On March 11, 2013, the ban is supposed to take full effect but unfortunately, there seems to be talk of extending the cut off. It is important that the EU  bans animal testing to put pressure on the cosmetic manufacturers to stop testing. If imports of animal tested products were banned, just think, Proctor and Gamble would not be able to sell their Olay products in Europe. Large animal testing companies would be forced to stop testing. Read more on this story and find the link to let Tonio Borg, the European Commissioner, know that you support the EU ban on animal testing at the link below.

http://blog.peta.org.uk/2013/01/israel-bans-animal-tested-products/

FYI: Countries in European Union:
Italy (1957), Belgium (1957),France (1957),Germany (1957),Luxembourg (1957), Netherlands (1957),United Kingdom (1973), Ireland (1973), Denmark (1973), Greece (1981), Spain (1986), Portugal (1986), Finland (1995),Sweden (1995), Austria (1995), Cyprus (2004), Czech Republic (2004),Estonia (2004), Hungary (2004), Latvia (2004), Lithuania (2004), Malta (2004), Poland (2004),Slovakia (2004), Slovenia (2004), Bulgaria (2007), Romania (2007)
Croatia is due to become the 28th member on 1st July 2013. 

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Skin Care Reminders


Jill's Top Ten Ways to Care of your Skin!

Wear rubber gloves when cleaning or doing dishes to help prevent hand chapping and help prevent nail damage.

Apply hand lotion repeatedly throughout the day.

Take short warm showers instead of long hot showers to help prevent skin dehydration.

Apply facial and body moisturizer within 3 minutes after showering.

Drink more water to keep the body hydrated.

Eat more fruits and veggies to provide more anti-aging antioxidants for your skin.

Apply a facial moisturizer formulated for your skin type morning and evening.

Fight breakouts by using an acne skin care regime consistently.

Remove all makeup every night before bed!

Apply a sunscreen with and SPF of 15 or higher everyday, rain or shine, to protect the skin from UV damage that causes pigmentation spots, wrinkles and skin cancer!

Monday, January 7, 2013

How to clean your makeup brushes:



It's a new year. A fresh start. Here is the best way to keep your makeup brushes and sponges nice and clean.  


Use a makeup brush cleaner, gentle shampoo or facial cleanser to wash your brushes followed by a good rinse. 

Pat them with a towel to remove excess water. 

Reshape them with your fingers and let them air dry.  

Clean foundation brushes and sponges after each use. 

Other brushes, such as blush and powder, should be cleaned once a week or every other week.

Have a Happy, Healthy New Year!


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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Spring/Summer OPI

Warmer days are ahead! Here is the Spring/Summer collection from OPI to be released February 6.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Q&A: Hairy Arms

Q. I hate the hair on my arms! I tried shaving it but the skin got irritated and my arms felt stubbly. What should I do?

A. Some people bleach the hair if it is dark to make it less noticeable but then, you still have the hair. 

The next easiest method is to trim the hair with clippers. Clip in the direction the hair grows to make it shorter (about 1/4 inch) and less noticeable.  Too short will make your arms feel stubbly.

There are depilatories such as Nair. They break the hair off just under the skin and last a few days. The problem is, many people are sensitive to the chemicals. 

Waxing works well to remove arm hair. It will last about 3 weeks, will regrow and can be waxed again in 4-5 weeks when the hair is about 1/8-1/4 inch long. The hair will become finer and more sparse with continuous waxing.

You could try laser. It requires several treatments, works best on dark hair and is a bit expensive. Look for a Med Spa that is run a dermatologist that specializes in laser hair removal. 

I think waxing is the best option for a large area that needs hair removal. Look for a full service salon or spa that does body waxing. It should take about 30 minutes to wax the lower part of your arms.  Add on another 15 minutes to do more above the elbow. The process will get quicker and easier the more you wax.