Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Gold

Cheers to a shimmering new year!
champagne nail polish
Here is a gorgeous shimmering gold polish from Zoya.
It looks beautiful over a nude polish and pairs beautifully with champagne!

The more coats you add, the more glittery gold it becomes. 

Have a Beautiful New Year!

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Monday, December 29, 2014

How make your lashes long and beautiful

long lashes
Long beautiful eyelashes are all the rage. I like enhancing the natural lashes to their full potential instead of relying on falsies. Don't get me wrong, false lashes look fabulous, but I for one, don't like the glue. I find it irritating.  And.... my brides are always worried the lashes will start to unglue before the night is over.

First, always start with clean lashes.

Curl the top lashes with a lash curler. Warm the curler with a blow dryer to get maximum curl that lasts. Test the curler on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. Curl lashes 3 times with your eyelash curler at the root, the middle and near the ends.

curling lashes
Use black mascara on the top lashes. Waterproof mascara helps your lashes hold a curl better than non waterproof.

Make the most of your lashes by fanning them out. After curling your top lashes, pull mascara wand out of the tube wiping excess mascara off of the wand onto the opening of the tube. Apply mascara to your outer lashes first directing them toward your temples. Next, apply mascara to the center lashes directing them toward your brows. Finish the top lashes by applying mascara to the inner lashes directing them toward your nose. 
cherry blooms fiber lash extension mascara
Add lash fibers to the freshly mascaraed lashes such as Cherry Blooms, Too Faced Better than False Lashes or Physician's Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit.
lash fibers
Now add a generous second coat of mascara.

Support the lashes with your fingers as the mascara dries for maximum curl.

curl lashes with fingers
Apply a thin coat of black or brown/black mascara to the lower lashes.

Now you have comfortable long gorgeous lashes that last all day with no issues!

long dark lashes

More tips on fiber lash extension application: 

Too Faced Better than False Lashes: How to Apply

Have a Beautiful Day! 

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Soft Red Lipstick

Red lipstick is always fun to wear. It gives us a sexy powerful feeling. I think everyone can wear red. It's a matter of finding the right shade for you, warm red or cool red. Light red or dark red. And... creating a look. 

Do you want your lips to jump out and make a statement or do you want a subtle red lip that adds color and dimension without over powering your face? A lot of men don't like that bold red lip. Not that we are doing our makeup for men. I'm just saying. We do our makeup for ourselves and other women who appreciate it.

The perfect shade of red may require some mixing. A dark red may need to be lightened up a bit or a bright red may need a little toning down. You may have to use a combination of colors. I am loving my latest creation.
It is 3 colors to give my lips definition, soft red color and more dimension.
I start by lining the lips and filling them in with Amore lip liner by Prestige. It is a nice bright red.
Next, Chaos by NYX. It's a rich deep red. Love it!
I top it off with Watermelon Cooler Love Me Dew Lip Crayon by Laura Geller. It is a sheer glossy coral to soften and warm the Chaos and add shine.

 Makeup is art. Don't be afraid to mix colors and create!

 Have a beautiful Day!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dry Nails from Gel Polish

The soaking in acetone removal of gel polish leaves the nails and the skin dry and dehydrated. What those dry nails need is a good manicure with lots of oil and moisturizer. 

Here is a nail after gel polish removal. The nail and the skin are very dry. There is some cuticle stuck on the nail. Ridges are very obvious.
Here is the same nail after a moisturizing manicure and a light buffing. The cuticle area is cleaned up. The ridges are less noticeable. It looks hydrated and healthy.
Keep your nails in good shape by taking breaks from wearing gel polish.

Use nail/cuticle oil  and hand lotion regularly. 

Some gel polish brands are easier to remove than others. I find the original Shellac is very easy to remove and, as a result, is less damaging to the nails.

Have a beautiful healthy Day!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Red Glitter Polish

I absolutely love a festive glittery red polish. Especially at Christmas time. Wanna know my favorite? Okay, I'll tell you!

It's Glitterati Red by Prolana.

It is just fabulous! It is a rich red with depth that glows with beautiful glittery shimmer.

Find it at salons and

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Easy Smoky Eye Shadow

Everyone talks about dark sexy smoky eye shadow, but so many people tell me they can't get it to look right. They look like they have black eyes.

An easy way to get the smoky look is to keep the darkness on the eyelid not in the crease or above the crease. Use 2 colors on the lid. Use a lighter color on the inner half and a darker color on the outer half. Keep the brow bone clean looking with a neutral creamy colored shadow or foundation. This will give you a nice smoky look without looking too black.

easy smokey eye shadow

Here is what 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

Here are 7 easy steps:

1. Apply neutral cream colored shadow to the brow bone.

2. Apply light gray shadow to the inner half of your eyelid.

. Apply medium gray shadow to the outer half of your eyelid.

4. Use an eye shadow brush to blend the colors.

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

6. Go over the black pencil with charcoal or black eye shadow using an eye liner brush for a smudgy look. Keep the shadow close to the lashes. The wider the shadow, the more black the eyes will look.

7. Apply 2 coats of black mascara to top lashes and 1 coat to the bottom lashes.

The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette is one of my favorite shadow palettes to get an easy smoky eye.

smashbox full exposure palette
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pantone Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

Marsala is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015. It is a deep red with a bit of brown in it.
It's a beautiful color for a nail polish, clothes or for your home decorating.

A Marsala sofa is beautiful....until your white cats have a nap on it!


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Zoya Matte Velvet: Posh

A beautiful rich matte red.

It is Posh.
One of the colors in Zoya's Matte Velvet collection. It has a matte finish with a fine glitter to give it a really interesting look, like velvet with a glow.

Here it is just applied. It still has a sheen and you can see the glitter.

Here it is dried to it's matte look. 
The glitter is less noticeable but gives the matte finish that glow. No top coat is applied to keep the matte look.

I have used a top coat on a client who loved the color but wasn't crazy about the matte finish. It looked gorgeous shiny as well.

Find Zoya Matte Velvets in salons and at for $9.00.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Beauty Gifts: Mini Nail Polish 2014

It's time to find all those special little beauty gifts that only come this time of year. Who doesn't love cute mini bottles of nail polish? They are great teacher's gifts, hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.

China Glaze has 2 collections of little holiday nail polish this holiday season, 'Tis the Season and Time to be Freezin'. Find them at salons and at Sally's Beauty Supply for $10.00.
Zoya is offering Mini Glams and Mini Trios. Mini Glams are single mini bottles @ $5 each. Mini Trios come in a red collection, a purple collection and a metallic collection. 3 mini colors in a package for $12. Find them in salons and at

Here is this year's OPI Collection of popular colors in mini bottles just in time for holiday giving.

Find this fun Trend on Ten Collection at Ulta for $27.50. I have seen it at low as $15.06 on Amazon and $17.00 on Ebay.

OPI also has a mini Gwen Stefani Holiday Stars collection of four colors for $13.95.

Happy gift giving!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Ways to Remove Chin Hair

Those nasty chin hairs! They can be dark, coarse and wirey. So many women get them as they get older. There are a number of ways to remove them. All hair removal methods have their good points and bad points, however. Most involve a bit of pain. No pain, no gain as they say!

Shaving: Shaving cuts the hair off at skin level. It is quick and easy, but the problem is, those coarse hairs are sharp and stubbly. That's not the way we want our faces to feel.

Tweezing: Tweezing pulls the hair out from the root so it has to regrow. The problem with tweezing is the hair needs to grow long enough to be pulled with tweezers. Many women end up with sore torn or pinched skin from trying to get hairs that are just too short. Plus, there is a little pain when pulling the hair. Tweezing will discourage hair growth over time.

Threading: Threading is very similar to tweezing. String is twisted grabbing several hairs at once and pulling them out. The hair needs to be long, 1/16" enough to be pulled and it is possible for the skin to be pinched during the process with a less experienced technician. I've been told that it is a little painful. Threading also discourages hair growth over time  

Waxing: Like tweezing, hairs need to grow in order to be pulled out by the wax. The hair needs to be at least 1/8". Pulling hair out does hurt a little. Waxing too, discourages hair growth over time.

Sugaring: Sugaring is like waxing. A sugar and water concoction is heated to a gel like consistency, applied to the skin and pulled off removing the hairs. It does not stick to the skin as much as wax. The hair needs to be at least 1/8". Pulling the hair out does hurt a little. Sugaring will also discourage hair growth over time.

Depilatory: Depilatories are chemicals that break hairs off just under the skin leaving the skin feeling smooth. Surgi Cream is a gentle one for the face. You can get it at Sally's Beauty Supply, Walgreens,, etc. Apply to the chin, leave it on 3-4 minutes and wipe off. The disadvantage is some people are sensitive to it and feel burning or get a rash.

Laser: Laser hair removal is great for removing dark hairs. It will not get the light colored hairs. It is a long lasting type of hair removal. The disadvantage is the cost. It involves a little pain but its worth it. It is expensive and you need several treatments to remove the hair. Hair can return over time.

Intense Pulsed Light: IPL treatments use light to destroy the root of the hair. This is a also a long lasting but not permanent type of hair removal. The disadvantage is the cost and it also involves a little pain. It is expensive and you need several treatments to remove the hair. Hair can return over time.

Electrolysis: Electrolysis removes the hairs by electric current. A fine needle is inserted into the hair follicle and the current is activated. The electricity destroys the papilla, the area where the hair gets it's nourishment to grow. No nourishment means no hair. This is the only permanent type of hair removal. The draw backs are, it is painful, time consuming and there is a possibility of minor scarring but it is permanent.  

Waxing is usually my favorite type of hair removal  because it removes a lot of hair quickly and leaves the skin nice and smooth, but I don't like it so much for coarse chin hair. Women feel very self conscious letting that hair grow long enough to wax. If the hairs are too short, they end up being tweezed out because the wax couldn't get them.
So which removal method is best? I think electrolysis is the best way to go for chin hair removal because it is permanent. It can be time consuming and costly, but the chin is a small area that can be taken care of fairly quickly. My second choice is depilatory. It's not permanent, but it is quick, easy, doesn't require much hair length to do, and doesn't leave coarse stubble or a 5 o'clock shadow.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Zoya India

Happy Thanksgiving!
I am wearing the perfect Thanksgiving color on my toes. India from Zoya. It's a color from the Fall 2014 Ignite Collection.
The gold metallic shimmer warms up this deep rich red. It's just beautiful. Perfect for the holiday season. Get it at salons, Ulta and
What's on your toes?

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Peeled skin after waxing: Skin Abrasion

silver and gray eyeshadow
Q. Sometimes when I have my eyebrows waxed, I get a sore strip of skin that feels like a burn. Was the wax too hot?

A. It is unlikely that the wax was too hot because the wax pot is controlled by thermostat and shouldn't get too hot.  Experienced waxing technicians keep their wax pots set at a comfortable temperature. More likely was is happening is too many skin cells are being lifted during the waxing process due to a topical treatment you are using or from a medication you are taking. It is called a skin abrasion. It is normal for some skin cells to be removed during waxing. A problem only occurs when too many cells are removed. Soft wax removes more skin cells than hard wax.

Consult with your waxing technician about skin care products you are using on your skin and any medication that you are taking. Those using Accutane, Tetracycline, Retin A, Glycolic acid, steroids, immune suppressive therapies, over the counter acne treatments, anti aging products containing salicylic acid or retinol or other skin sensitizing medications may experience skin abrasions. These medications and skin care product ingredients thin the skin and can cause an excessive amount of skin removal during waxing

Waxing should be done cautiously or not at all if you are using any of those medications and treatment products. I have had clients with sensitive skin get a slight abrasion just because they use eye cream with retinol.  Stop using your anti-aging skin care products 3 days before your waxing. Be sure to mention that you have been using them to your waxing tech. You may want to have your brows professionally tweezed or threaded instead of waxed to avoid skin abrasions all together.

If you have gotten a skin abrasion, apply an antibiotic ointment several times a day and use cold compresses. It will get a scab that is not so pretty. It will heal quickly but that area of skin will be sensitive for a while. Avoid waxing that area for a couple months.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

OPI Infinite Shine

OPI has come out with a new nail lacquer, Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer System. It is a gel lacquer hybrid. Promising 7-10 day wear, high shne and easy no soak off removal.

There are three steps, the primer base coat, the lacquer color, and the high gloss top coat. There is no light curing. The bottles have cool silver tops!
We tried Unequivocally Crimson. A beautiful bright red.
The top coat did provide a nice high gloss. It dried fairly quickly. Not instant like light cured gel polish but quickly for lacquer.
The big question...... how did it wear? Two clients who tested it gave it the thumbs up. It stayed well for a week. One client reported that it did not make it 10 days for her, but she was quite pleased that it looked beautiful for one week.

We also experimented using the primer, regular lacquer and the gloss. It chipped. We have to stick to the system for it to hold up well.

There are 30 colors. These are new colors. woo hoo! We love new colors!
As for the removal, quick and easy with polish remover, as promised.

Find Infinite Shine at salons.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Zoya Pixie Dust Nori

Look at this gorgeous sparkling blue! I just love it! It is Nori part of Zoya's 2014 winter/holiday collection. An amazing sapphire blue.
If you are not familiar, Pixie Dust is Zoya's glittery, texture, matte finish polish. Nori has glitter and holographic hexagon shaped glitter in it giving it fabulous sparkle. The finish has a gritty feeling to it, but doesn't feel jagged like some glitter polishes feel.
I wore it on my toes to Jamaica. It was a hit. It glistened in the sun and in the beautiful clear water of the Caribbean Sea. I was afraid it would not hold up well since no top coat is applied to pixie dust. (A top coat would shine up the matte effect.) It stayed perfect all through my vacation.

Look at my sparkling toes in the sand!

Find Zoya Polish at salons, Ulta and for $10.00.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

How to keep your tan longer

I am back from another fabulous Jamaica vacation and my skin feels soft and wonderful. I don't know why my skin always feels so good after my Jamaica vacations. It may be all the sunscreen I apply and the high humidity keeping the skin hydrated. It could also be that the skin sweats in the warm and sunny 86 degrees bringing moisture to the surface of the skin.

I have just a nice light golden tan from wearing my SPF 30. Now comes the challenge of keeping my skin glowing, moist and soft in this chilly Philadelphia weather. 

To keep my beautiful golden tan a little longer,
I will avoid exfoliating my skin.  Using a body scrub, body puff or loofah to exfoliate will speed up the removal skin cells quickly fading my tan. 

I also have to be diligent with my moisturizer and apply it a couple times a day to keep the skin moist. After a warm shower is the best time to apply moisturizer.

Avoiding a long hot shower will also keep the skin looking moist. That is not easy for me on these cold days.  I love my hot showers!

And.....I can always apply some self tanner to keep me looking golden all through the holidays!

You may also like my post on How to apply Self Tanner

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