Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stripy Sparkly Nail Designs

Had some time to create some nail art.
stripy sparkly nail design collage

Started with Orly Purple Crush. Beautiful!
bright purple nail polish

I used Dashing Diva Design fx appliques.

 I cut the appliques into pieces I liked and added them to the nails.

nail design stickers

A little fun for summer!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Orly Purple Crush

I just love the color of my petunias this summer. They are a magnificent shade of fuchsia.
purple wave petunias

I decided this would be a beautiful toe nail color. 
I must have it!

My search for the perfect color didn't take long. Orly's Purple Crush turned out to be the perfect match. It's a gorgeous super shiny crème. Look how great it looks on my toes with my purple wave petunias!

toe nail color
I started with a base coat followed by 2 coats of a sheer white, then 2 coats of Purple Crush.
A coat of Seche Vite finishes it off.
The white polish helps to intensify the Fuchsia color.

white toe nail coloe

toe nail color
It looks fabulous on my finger nails too!
bright purple nail polish

 Get it on Amazon for a great price!

Let nature inspire you too!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

How to Thin Nail Polish

Nail polish gets thick because the solvents that keep it free flowing evaporate. Add polish thinner to nail polish to thin it, not nail polish remover. Why? Ingredients in polish remover are not necessarily ingredients in nail polish. Polish thinner contains the solvents, such as butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, heptane and toluene, that are solvents in nail polish. 

Some brands, such as Seche Vite, make their our thinner specifically for their products. Otherwise a basic polish thinner will do.
 Add a few drops at a time. Once polish is over thinned, it just doesn't thicken up again. I've tried leaving the top off an over thinned polish for a while, but it never seemed to get to the right consistency again.
Try adding 5 drops. Slowly roll the polish bottle back and forth to mix or turn it upside down wait a bit, then right side up again.
Slow mixing works better than vigorous shaking. Open the polish and check the consistency.
Still too thick?
Add 5 more drops of thinner. Continue adding thinner and mixing till the proper consistency is reached.

If your polish is super thick, just toss it. It won't thin properly.

 Help keep your polish from getting thick by keeping the neck of the bottle clean. Use polish remover on a cotton ball for cleaning. Also, keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Here are a few nail polish thinners:

Seche Restore Thinner

OPI Nail Lacquer Thinner

Beauty Secrets Thinner,default,pd.html

Develop 10 Polish Thinner

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cherry Blooms Lashes

cherry blooms lash extending mascara on lashes
Look at these gorgeous lashes!

 They were gorgeous to start with, then I made them more gorgeous by using Cherry Blooms Brush on Fiber Eyelash Extensions. The is one of my brides. She wanted to showcase her beautiful eyes so I wanted to make her lashes as long as possible without using false lashes.

Cherry Blooms is a 2 part mascara lash extending system that uses high grade beeswax to hydrate the lashes, stick the fibers to the lashes, keep the mascara from flaking and prevent bacterial growth. Cherry Blooms is a cruelty free Austrailian company.
cherry blooms lash extending mascara
It makes your lashes look longer and fuller in three steps.

1. Apply a generous coat of the Step 1 & 3 Transplanting Mascara Gel. Do about 20 strokes of mascara.

2. Apply the fibers, Step 2. Do about 15 strokes of fibers.

3. Apply another coat of the Transplanting Mascara Gel. Be sure to do a good coating to seal in all the fibers. Do about 20 strokes of mascara.

Click here for more tips on applying lash fiber extending mascara

I have used another similar lash extending mascara, Too Face better than False Lashes. It's the same 3 step process. The Too Faced product is much stickier that the Cherry Blooms. The Cherry Blooms has black fibers which I really like because they blend in so easily with the black mascara. The Too Faced fibers are white and tend to be fuzzier.

The transplanting gel mascara goes on nice and smooth. It dries pretty fast so you need to apply the fibers quickly after the first coat of mascara. Cherry Blooms mascara isn't waterproof which can be a draw back for me when using it on a bride. I find it wears well though, is gentle and doesn't irritate the eyes. It removes easily with soap and water.  Love it! Find it on the Cherry Blooms site for $49.00. They also have a brow extending kit. I must try it!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Toe Nail Fungus Remedies

Have you found yourself with a toe nail fungus this summer?

You could try Vicks Vaporub

Some of its ingredients are effective at killing fungus. Recently, a client said her doctor recommended it. The fungus lives under the toenail. The more it grows, the more it damages the nail and the skin underneath the nail. 

Apply the Vicks underneath the free edge of the nail. Be sure the nail is clean and dry. You can lightly blow dry underneath the infected nail after a shower to get it really dry. Press the Vicks into the area of the nail that is pulling away from the nail bed. Apply it daily. It sticks with you due to the petroleum in it. You can cover it loosely with a bandage to keep the Vicks from getting everywhere. Keep the toenail short, trimming regularly. Fungal infections are stubborn. It's gonna take a while. Be persistent with it. It may not work for everyone, though.

Active Ingredients: Camphor (synthetic) 4.8%, Eucalyptus Oil 1.2%, Menthol 2.5%. Other ingredients: Cedar leaf oil, nutmeg oil, petroleum, thymol, Turpentine oil

Thymol is from thyme. Very anti fungal. As is Oregano oil. 

Please know before you buy: Vicks VapoRub is a Proctor and Gamble product. They are notorious animal testers. A North Carolina pharmacist created Vicks as a croup remedy for babies back in 1894. It wasn't tested on animals then but it is now. Do keep in mind, any prescribed medication is tested on animals too.

Tea Tree oil is a great alternative to Vicks and not tested on animals. It too is very effective for treating fungus. Find it in stores that sell natural products such as health food stores.

Apply a couple drops to the underside of the infected nail 2-4 times a day. Be sure the nail is clean and dry. Lightly blow dry underneath the infected nail after a shower to get it really dry. Keep the toenail short, trimming regularly. Again, fungal infections are stubborn. It's gonna take a while.  Be persistent with it.

Here are a few more remedies:

Listerine- soak the infected toe 2 times per day (Listerine is made by an animal testing company)

Bleach- mix 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and soak the infected toe 2 times per day

White Vinegar- soak the infected toe 2 times per day in undiluted white vinegar

Here is a link to see some Vicks  before and after pics:

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Friday, July 18, 2014

looking for eczema help

My daughter has eczema. 
It seems to get worse in the summer. Sweating causing more itching. Plus, her allergies are worse in the summer. We have tried a variety of lotions. Aquaphor, Eucerin and Aveeno to name a few. Currently we are trying CeraVe. It seems to be helping a bit.

We have also tried some oils including olive oil and coconut oil. She doesn't like the way oils feel. I think we will try avocado oil though. I have heard good things.

Prescription steroids work, but we can't use them all the time. Over the counter hydro cortisone doesn't help much.

Salt water compresses seem to help a bit.

If you have a good eczema remedy, please share it!

Many thanks.

Need some tips to keep your skin healthy in the sun? Watch this video! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Foods improve your skin color

Improve the color of your skin by eating your veggies.
It's true.

Research shows that eating foods containing carotenoids (a group of antioxidants) improves skin color and boosts new cell growth. You have probably seen it in babies. You know, they get that cute orange nose when they eat a lot of carrot and sweet potato baby foods.

Of course, we don't want an orange nose, but we do want skin with healthy color. Boost up your consumption of foods containing carotenoids:

sweet potatoes
butternut squash
yellow, orange and red peppers

Just don't eat them exclusively or you may end up with an orange nose! lol

There are also some green veggies that contain carotenoids if you are still fearing the orange nose.

swiss chard
collard greens
Brussels sprouts 
and asparagus.

Also, keep your skin healthy in the sun. Watch this video! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How to Avoid Streaky Nail Polish

Does your light pink polish go on streaky?

Some colors just do that especially the light ones. Here are some tips to reduce the streaks:
 1. Shake the polish bottle well to thoroughly mix the pigments in the polish.

2. Apply a thin base coat to your nails. Use a ridge filling base coat on ridgy nails.

3. Apply 2-3 thin even coats of polish. Don't try to fix the streaks on the first coat. The thin second (and third coat if you wish) coat will do that.

 4. Use a top coat. It can help smooth out streaks.

Here is a link to a great sun and skin care video! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Update: Is Hawaiian Tropic tested on Animals?

I have always loved Hawaiian Tropic Sun Care products. This logo made me love them more!
But, the No Animal Testing logo is missing from the current bottles. I suspect that either the ingredients they use have been tested on animals or they are selling to a country, China, that requires animal testing. I sent the company an email to see what's going on.
Please leave a comment if you know the current animal testing policy for Hawaiian Tropic Products. Thanks!

I got a response from the Hawaiian Tropic people. Here is what they said: 

"Consumers' comments and concerns are most important to us, and we are pleased to advise you that our sun care products are not, and have never been, tested on animals. Our testing involves groups of paid volunteers to use and test the products under the supervision of independent laboratories. In addition, the laboratory analysis that is done uses the in-vitro method of testing." 

They never said why the cruelty free logo was removed from the packaging. I wonder.

Here is a link to a great sun and skin care video! 


Friday, July 11, 2014

Foundation with Sunscreen

Q. Is my foundation with SPF good enough protection from the sun?

A. Only if you are in the sun briefly. Don't count on your foundation or tinted moisturizer alone if you are planning on being outside for a long period of time. We don't apply foundation thick enough to get the SPF protection listed on the bottle. Plus, we would need to reapply frequently and would end up with caked on foundation.

Apply a sunscreen to your clean dry face. Allow it to absorb for 10 minutes. Then, apply your foundation. A powder mineral foundation is a good choice because not only does it give you sun protection with a physical SPF, it is easy to brush on a little more throughout the day for continuing protection without getting cakey.

Here are some good foundations that contain sunscreen.

All Bases Covered SPF 25 by Paula's Choice $19

Bare Minerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 by Bare Escentuals $27

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 by Tarte, $39

Lift & Luminate Foundation SPF 15 by Boots No 7 $15.99

Studio BB Cream SPF 20 by e.l.f. $6.00

Super BB by Physician's Formula SPF 30, $14.95

Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Clickspark Wedding Films

I recently discovered an absolutely amazing company that makes wedding films. It is Clickspark. They video your wedding and create a fabulous motion picture telling the story of your day. Take a moment and check them out.

Here is the link:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Physical Sunscreen vs. Chemical Sunscreen

So, what's the difference between a physical sunscreen and a chemical sunscreen?

Physical: Reflection
A physical sunscreen sits on top of your skin. Physical sunscreen is also called mineral sunscreen. It's not absorbed into the skin and reflects both UVA and UVB radiation through the internal metals it contains. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are the minerals in physical sunscreens. 

Mineral sunscreens are labeled with an SPF number which tells you the level of protection you get from the burning UVB rays and the deeper penetrating UVA rays. This type of sunscreen is safe and ideal for people with sensitive skin and kids. Burt's Bees Chemical Free Sunscreen is a physical sunscreen. Mineral sunscreen tends to be thick and can leave a whitish film on the skin. They take a good effort to rub onto the skin.

Chemical: Absorption

A chemical sunscreen absorbs UV radiation. Avobenzone, Benzophenome, Mexoryl, Oxybenzone and Menthyl Anthranilate are some examples of chemical sunscreens. 

Chemical Sunscreens are labeled with an SPF number, such as 30, which lets you know the level of protection from the burning UVB rays. Additional UVA ray protection makes them Broad Spectrum Sunscreens. Some people can be sensitive to chemical sunscreens and develop skin irritations such as an itchy rash, especially those with skin conditions such as, eczema.

There are other problems with chemical sunscreens. They can break down in the sun's radiation. They can also mimic hormones when absorbed by the skin. 

Both types of sunscreen offer good protection from UV rays. The key to them working well, is applying them often. Aim for reapplication every 2 hours. Those who burn easily can apply every hour.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Itchy Skin Rash from the Sun: Polymorphous Light Eruption

Q. I get an itchy rash on my thigh when I go in the sun. It is not all over. It is just one spot. Could it be my sunscreen? I've tried different kinds. Someone told me it was a sun allergy.
Polymorphous Light Eruption
A. Some people develop a sensitivity to the UV rays from the sun and get a super itchy rash of red tiny bumps and raised patches of skin when exposed to the sun. It is both itchy and sore. It is called Polymorphous Light Eruption. 
The rash occurs on areas of the body that are usually covered most of the year but are exposed in the summer. The rash is less likely to occur as the summer goes on because you become less sensitized through repeated sun exposure.

The rash will take some time to go away. No remedy seems to work quickly. Try treating the rash with over the counter hydrocortisone and cold compresses.

Keep the rashy area out of the sun! It will just get worse when exposed to more sun. Keep the area covered with sunscreen and clothing or a towel.

Avoid getting the rash by protecting the area that gets the rash with a chemical UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 50 then, apply a physical titanium dioxide or zinc oxide sunscreen on top of the chemical sunscreen. Reapply frequently. 

There is also a condition called Solar Urticaria which is a sun induced allergic reaction. It produces hives after a few minutes of sun exposure.  The skin cells produce histamines when exposed to light. This is a chronic condition the can last for years. Follow the same preventative sunscreen recommendation. Take an antihistamine to calm the hives.

Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!