Friday, May 30, 2014

Nail Filing Tips

Filing your natural nails the right way can help them be stronger. 
nail file

Let's start with the right files
  
Nail files as well as sand paper have grit numbers. The higher the grit number, the finer the abrasive surface is. A 240 grit file is smoother than a 180 grit file. Use a high grit file, 240 or higher, to shape your natural nails. A coarse low grit file will fray up the nail edges.

Avoid rough ridgy metal nail files. They cause the nails to fray and peel. 


Crystal files work well. Their smooth surface is gentle on the nails.

crystal file

Now for a strong nail shape

Avoid filing the sides of the nail to keep the nail strong."Squoval" is the strongest shape. It is combination of square and oval. The nails are a square shape with rounded corners. Nails break less in this shape because the sides of the nails are not filed into as in an oval and there are no sharp corners to catch and break off as in a square shape.
pink nails

How to use your nail file

Use long, one direction strokes with the file to shape your nails. Avoid a sawing back and forth motion which will fray up the nails and create stressful movement of the nails. The moving of the nail can cause stress cracks on the sides of the nails leading to nasty breaks.
broken nail
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xo
Jill



Thursday, May 29, 2014

Q&A: Dark spots from Blemishes

Q. Whenever my skin breaks out, I am left with dark marks. What can I do about it?

 A. The skin is healing itself by trying to reduce inflammation by producing pigment. Try to calm the blemish as soon as it starts. Use a facial cleanser that contains salicylic acid followed by a spot treatment also containing salicylic acid. Don't pick and squeeze! It will only create more inflammation. You can also try applying ice to calm the inflammation. Apply the ice to the blemish 3 times a day for 10-20 minutes at a time.

The spots will eventually lighten. A spot lightening treatment may help lighten up the spots a little quicker. Use a concealer to hide the spots as they continue to heal.

It is important to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to help prevent the spots from getting darker from the sun.  I always love Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lash Card Mascara Shields

One of my favorite mascara tips........

Here is a great little gadget for a more perfect mascara application. 
lash card mascara shielda
 Lash Cards are curved cards that you use as shields when applying your mascara. They help you stretch your lashes, remove clumps and separate your lashes without making a mascara mess on the skin above and below your eyes. 

The curved edge of the card is held against your upper lash line. Then, you apply your mascara using the card and your mascara wand to create long clump free lashes. Then use it on the bottom lashes. Toss it away when you are done.


 One pack contains 10 individually wrapped shields. 

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Jill
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Prom Makeup: A Fresh & Natural Look

It's Prom time! 
Here is one of my recent prom girls.


This beauty doesn't usually wear much makeup and wanted a fresh natural look. 

Concealer and foundation covered imperfections. 

A coral blush complimented her skin tone and luminizing finishing powder gave her skin a soft beautiful glow. 

Peachy gold and light warm brown shadow made her beautiful blue eyes pop. 

Black eyeliner and black mascara added definition and a little drama.

A soft shimmering pink defined her lips without making her look too made up. 

Her look was fresh and beautiful.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Brow Shaping and Taming

I always pay special attention to the eyebrows when doing a makeup. Brows frame the eyes, give us character and expression, and give away our age.
Young brows are thick in shape, the hairs are dense and can be a bit unruly. They need to be cleaned up and given a natural shape but left thick and full then, tamed with a bit of brow gel.

Older brows are thin looking. The hairs have become sparse. There may be holes in the brows. They have become shorter from both ends and can have wild stray hairs from time to time. These brows need some TLC to look fuller and thicker like younger brows. Removal of stay hairs will define the shape then, a little makeup magic will fill in the spareness creating a younger looking brow. Wiry hairs must be tamed with trimming and brow gel.  

Here is the older brow groomed and defined with brow powder. Makeup Magic!


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fraying Cuticles

peeling, frayed cuticles
You've probably heard that you should not cut your cuticles. Just push them back. Why is that?

When we refer to the cuticle, we are talking about the skin at the base of the nail, but it is really more complicated than that. The skin at the base of the nail is called the eponychium. It's living skin. The cuticle is the dead cell part of the eponychium. The cuticle is the thin white looking piece of skin that sheds from underneath the eponychium. It is dead tissue that sticks on the nail and moves out on the nail as it grows forming a protective barrier between the nail plate and the living eponychium.

The "cuticles" (really the eponychium) are pushed back during a manicure revealing the thin skin that is stuck to the nail, the true cuticle. The true cuticle can be gently scraped and loosened from the nail using a cuticle pusher or an orangewood stick then trimmed. It can also be lightly file off with a gentle nail file.

The eponychium should not be cut. Cutting the results in rough, hard, fraying skin a few days after the cutting. Cuticle cutting is a key part of a Brazilian Manicure. I never recommend them.  


Keep the eponychium looking healthy and moist by pushing it back then applying oil and hand lotion. Using a scrub will also keep them looking good.

So maybe you did get a Brazilian manicure, your eponychium was cut and now you have frayed up skin that pulls and gets sore. It will take a while to get the skin looking smooth and healthy again. Start with no more cutting of the eponychium. You can gently push back but no eponychium cutting. Gently trim, don't pull, the frayed pieces of skin. Apply a thick moisturizer to the base of the nails a few times a day. Cuticle oil (such as Solar Oil), coconut oil and olive are also very healing. Petroleum jelly will work. Manicures will help repair and beautify the skin as it heals. It's going to take some perseverance, but the skin heal and be smooth again.



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Jill

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Peppermint Foot Soak Recipe

Our poor feet get over worked sometimes leaving them aching and tired. A good foot soaking can do wonders. Certain ingredients make the foot soak especially beneficial.

Peppermint is anti-inflammatory. It has decongestant properties and also helps get rid of foot odor. The sweet peppermint aroma gives you a lift relieving stress and mental exhaustion. 

Epsom Salt, which is Magnesium Sulfate, eases muscle aches, detoxifies the body and actually raises white blood cell counts. 

Add glass marbles to your foot soak. Roll your feet over them to massage sore foot muscles.


Hot water
1/4 Cup Epsom Salt
4 Peppermint Tea Bags
Glass Marbles

Fill a large bowl or foot bath with hot water. Add Epsom salt and mix with your hand until it dissolves. Add marbles to the bath along with the peppermint tea bags.  Soak your feet and relax for 15-20 minutes. 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How to Whiten Yellow Nails

yellow nails
Why do nails get yellow or orange look?

Nails can get stained from wearing nail polish even when you use a base coat before the color. Lightly filing the nails will buff off the yellow stain, but the nails get thinner and weaker the more you file. 

Here are some other remedies to try:

Toothpaste
To whiten nails up a bit, remove your polish, then use a tooth whitening toothpaste and a toothbrush to give them a good scrubbing.  Allow it to sit on your nails for 5 minutes then wash off.

Lemon Juice
You can also try soaking your bare nails in lemon juice for 10 minutes then rinse.

Denture Cleaner
Or soak them in denture cleaner. You know, denture cleaner tablets such as Polident. Dissolve the tablet in water, soak your nails for 10 minutes and wash off.

Baking Soda
Some people like baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Apply it to your bare nails, let it sit 5 minutes then, wash off.

Shampoo
I have also heard from my hair stylist friends, that you can soak your nails in blue shampoo that is used to get rid of the brassy yellow in blonde or gray hair. The blue tint helps to cancel out the yellow of the nails. Combine 1 tablespoon of blue shampoo with 1 cup of water in a small dish. Soak bare nails for 10 or 15 minutes. Scrub the nails with a toothbrush and rinse off. Some blue shampoos are Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo and Ion Cool Blonde Shampoo.


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xo
Jill



Monday, May 12, 2014

How to hide Dark Circles

 Q. I am having trouble covering my dark circles. I use concealer but under my eyes looks chalky whitish and I can still see the dark circles. What can I do?

A. Use a peachy colored concealer that is a shade close to your skin color instead of using a light colored concealer. The peach color helps to cancel out the purply blue dark circle.  You can add a bit of lighter concealer on top of the peach concealer if you feel you need more brightening. Also, be sure your under eye area is moist before makeup application.


  Here are the steps to help hide dark circles:


1. Apply an eye cream first. Let it absorb for 5 minutes.

2. Apply a thin layer of foundation to the under eye area and to other areas of your face as is needed. A sponge gives a natural looking finish.

3. Apply a peachy concealer. Use a brush to apply the concealer right in the dark circle area, not all around the whole under eye area. 

4. Use your fingers to lightly pat the concealer to blend it into your foundation.





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Friday, May 9, 2014

BareMinerals BareSkin

Yaaaay! A liquid foundation from Bare Minerals! BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 20. Powder foundation is just not my thing so I am very excited to try this new foundation. They are calling it a tone correcting foundation and brightening skin care serum.

It contains some nice hydrating and anti aging ingredients with no oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance. There is a foundation brush, the Perfecting Face Brush, designed to use with bareSkin Foundation. The brush has a well to add drops of foundation to. Add 1-2 drops of foundation to the brush, then buff it onto your skin in circular motions. Add more if you need more coverage. There are 20 shades available. $29.00. I've got to get to Amazon and place my order!

Ingredients: Titanium dioxide 11.0%, caprylic/capric triglyceride, coconut alkanes, silica, stearalkonium, hectorite, lecithin, glycerin, maltodextrin, coco-caprylate/caprate, jojoba esters, propylene carbonate, tocopheryl acetate, soil minerals/syringa vulgaris (lilac) leaf cell culture extract, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, mica, iron oxides





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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bridal Lip, Blush & Nail Colors

Bridal makeup colors are traditionally soft colors.

Lips are soft subtle shades of rose, pink and nude. 
bridal lipstick
Blush is soft nude pink. Avoid blush shades that contain a lot of red to get the best photographs. 
blush compacts
Nails are nude, pink and various pastel shades. Pastel blue and lavender nails make a beautiful, yet subtle, statement. The french manicure does not seem to have the popularity it once had but many brides still desire the classic french manicure look. Add some fun by coordinating your polish with the accents colors in the flowers and the bridesmaid's dresses. 
Go crazy with your toes! Bright fun toe colors and well as bright colored shoes that coordinate with the wedding colors theme are a super fun trend.
soft nail polish
The soft colors are beautiful. Don't feel like you are locked into it, though. Feel free to be creative with your makeup style. Wear red lips and nails if you like.
Do a dramatic smokey eye. It is your day. Make it your own.



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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Q&A Mascara Tip: Clumping

Q.  Help! I'm having a problem with my mascara clumping. What can I do?


A. Try a lengthening mascara. A lengthening mascara is designed to create more length than volume. This helps reduce the chance of clumping because it is not building up thickness. Also, lengthening mascaras usually have a comb type applicator reducing the chance for clumping.
 Here are a few good lengthening mascaras in a variety of prices:

Wet N Wild Mega Lengths $3.00 
Victoria's Secret Runway Length Mascara $14.00 
Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Curl and Lengthen Mascara $18.00
Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara $24.00

Try combing your lashes before you apply your mascara. Take your time applying. Wiggle the mascara wand from side to side as you apply from root to tip. One well applied coat should to the trick. You increase the chance of clumping as you apply more coats. 

If you must have more coats, let the first coat dry before applying the next. Also, get rid of your mascara after 3 months. Not only can it have bacteria growing in it, it gets dried out and can clump more.


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