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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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Josie Maran Lip Stain

I stopped in Sephora the other day and purchased a great new Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain + Shine in Berry Bliss. 
josie maran lipstain
I wanted a stain for it's staying power for vacation. I love the fact that this Josie Maran product contains natural and organic ingredients, is vegan, paraben free, has no synthetic fragrance, is gluten free and is not tested on animals.

One end is lip stain with a felt tip point

josie maran lipstain felt tip
 and the other end is a color coordinating lip gloss.
josie maran lipstain gloss
You can wear the lip stain alone or topped with the gloss. You can also wear the gloss alone if you wish. This one product gives you three looks for $22.00.

I thought the color might be too dark but the girls at the salon loved it on me. The lip stain gives a subtle sheen and hydrates the lips with coconut water. The gloss contains argan oil to moisturize and shine the lips.

Here is the stain.

josie maran lipstain on lips

Here is the stain topped with the gloss. 

josie maran lipstain with gloss on lips
Beautiful! I love the stain. Application is easy with the felt tip point. It gave my lips rich pigmented color. And does it last? I'll say! 8 hours after application with no touch up, there was still some left! I even ate lunch and dinner too! 
josie maran lipstain on lips at end of day
The gloss is just okay for me. I am not a lip gloss fan. I find gloss sticky and I hate when my hair gets stuck to it. It sure looks good though.

I think I must have more colors.

There are six of them: a red, a coral, a poppy, a berry, a pink and a nude.

POPPY PARADISE, BERRY BLISS, PINK ESCAPE GLOSS INGREDIENTS: Polybutene, Dicalcium Phosphate, Octyldodecanol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride**, Silica Silylate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Propylene Carbonate, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Glycerin**, Magnesium Silicate**, Silica**, Phospholipids**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice**. May Contain: Mica**, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)**. STAIN INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water)**, Glycerin**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water*, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitol**, PEG-150, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, PVP, Acacia Senegal Gum**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice**, Ammonium Glycyrrhyizate**, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Hyaluronate**. May Contain: Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 40 (CI 16035), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 28 (CI 45410). 

Find Josie Maran products on her site, at Sephora and Amazon.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

OPI Trend On Ten 2014

Don't you just love cute little bottles of nail polish?
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.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Ginger Sugar Scrub Recipe

Removing dead dry skin and applying oil helps make our skin look and feel better. That makes this Ginger Sugar Scrub a perfect cold weather skin treatment. Ginger not only is tasty with sushi, it is great for skin too.

Ginger contains the anti oxidants that fight damaging free radicals

It is anti inflammatory and kills bacteria acne causing bacteria

It increases circulation

It has a warming effect on the skin

It can lighten age spots and give skin a more even tone

Ginger Sugar Scrub

This scrub is easy to make with simple ingredients you can easily find at your grocery store.

1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon of grated ginger

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Transfer the scrub in to a small jar or tube. 

How to use your scrub:

Wet your skin in a warm shower.

Apply sugar scrub to your body massaging in circular motions.

Shower off, wrap yourself in a big fluffy towel to dry, then apply a body lotion.

Your skin will feel wonderful.

Tip on using oil in the shower:
Your tub or shower can become slippery when you use oil while showering. 
Put a towel on the floor of your shower or in the tub to stand on to keep from slipping.

Click here for my peppermint sugar scrub

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I didn't get a smooth wax!

Q. I just had my legs waxed but they do not feel smooth. They look hair free, but when I rub my legs in an upward motion, I feel stubbly hair. What happened?

A. Unfortunately, it can happen. You let the hair grow 2 weeks after shaving like you were supposed to and you still didn't get a good wax. It is actually a common problem. It's really hard to get a completely hair free waxing due to the way hair grows. Here are a few things could have happened.

1. Some hairs too short. Each hair has it's own growth cycle. Some hairs are growing, some are resting, some are shedding. Some hairs are long and ready to be waxed while others are just starting to come through the skin. Waxing only will pull the hairs that are long enough to be become imbedded in the wax and be pulled out. The shorties are left behind.

2. Hairs were trapped. There were hairs trapped under a layer of dead skin that could not become imbedded in the wax and be pulled out. The skin may look smooth but you can feel the bumpiness of the hair under the skin.

3. Hairs broke. Sometimes there is hair breakage during waxing. It can be because the hairs were not pulled in the proper direction, but more likely, hairs were weak are simply broke during the waxing process.

I find that my clients who only wax, without any shaving in between, rarely have the problem of short hairs remaining. I think it is because the hairs have become finer through constant waxing and pull out easier even if they are a little too short. Stay on a consistent leg waxing schedule every 4-5 weeks with no shaving in between. You should start getting smoother waxing results.

Try stepping up your skin care to get better waxing results.

Use a body scrub regularly in the shower to remove the dead skin cell build up that can trap hairs under the skin. Skip the scrubbing the day of and the day after waxing to avoid skin sensitivity.

Use moisturizer daily to keep skin and hair soft and conditioned.

As for breakage, it's hard to remedy if the hairs are brittle. Taking a hair, skin and nail vitamin may help the condition of the hair. Waxing technicians are trained to pull hairs properly. It's possible a new waxer may make a mistake. Try going to veteran waxing technician if you feel your waxing was not good due to technical issues.

In the mean time, get your legs feeling smoother right after waxing by breaking out the tweezers. Pull the shorties out. Your waxer may tweeze for you if there aren't too many short hairs.

Hope this helps!

Have a beautiful day!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

How to make your nail polish last longer

Regular nail polish can chip so easily. You spend time and money on your manicure only to have it to start chipping in a few days. Gel polish stays on beautifully without chipping but taking it off is a hassle and it can be damaging to your nails.

There are some things you can do to keep regular nail polish on longer.

Squeaky Clean. Be sure your nails are dry, clean and free of any oils before polish application. Wipe them with acetone.

Make it Sticky. Start with an adhesive base coat. An adhesive base coat has a sticky finish. It anchors the polish to
your nails. I like Prolana Base-ics and Zoya Anchor.

Colorize. Use two thin coats of nail color. Cover the edge on the tip of the nail.

Add Armor. Apply a long wearing top coat such as Zoya Armor. Cover the edge on the tip of the nail.

Double up. Apply a second top coat. This time a fast dryer. Seche Vite is my favorite. Cover the edge on the tip of the nail.

Now it's home care time!

Use tools. Do not use your nails as tools. Use a key to open a soda, not your nail.  Use an orangewood stick to scratch off a price tag. not your nail. Use pencils to open a window screen, not your nails. Etc. You get the idea, right?

Keep them dry. Keep your hands out of water as much as possible. Wear waterproof gloves when cleaning or doing dishes.

Use cleaning tools with handles on them like this one.

Extra protection. Add more clear polish. You can add a thin coat everyday or every other day. Use the Seche Vite. It dries so incredibly fast!

These tips help my clients keep their nails shiny and chip free from week to week. Hope they help you too:)

 Have a beautiful day!
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