Friday, May 29, 2015

Pantyhose are back...What???

nude fishnet pantyhose
I hear that pantyhose are back in style. We can thank princess Kate for that apparently. She is always impeccably dressed with her legs properly covered. Personally, I have always hated pantyhose, especially control tops. I rarely wear them. They strangle my legs and waist and get snags and runners immediately, wasting my hard earned money! They do make the legs look better though. They help conceal flaws such as spider veins and pigmentation spots. They also do a nice job of stopping the jiggles. Tights are my preference. They are comfier and more durable and also, are very in style according to designers and the fashion runways. I like my fishnets, too!
nude fishnet pantyhose
They say pantyhose are more comfortable and more durable than they used to be because the yarns used to make the hose are softer, the knitting is a more open weave and newer technology makes them stronger and more snag resistant. Some even have micro-encapsulated moisturizer, I am having trouble actually finding them though, the Tracy Ellen moisturizing tights. The price range for sheer pantyhose is huge. You can get a pair for about $4.00 up to 50 or 60 dollars, even more for a fancy decorated pair. You can get different finishes such as matte and shimmer. 

 Commando Gloss Sheer Pantyhose, $30, give the legs a shimmering airbrushed look. That sounds good to me. Commando, I love the name and their selection of styles, but not their prices! They have sexy back seam pantyhose, $32, and a stirrup sheers, $30.

Here are a few brands with links if you feel like doing a little pantyhose shopping:

Donna Karen: The Opaques, The Nudes and Evolution Ultra Sheer

Hanes Legwear: L'eggs and Silk Reflections

No Nonsense

Hue Legwear

Wolford Tights and Hosiery

Commando Sheer Hosiery

Pretty Polly

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Good & Bad Sunscreens 2015-EWG

The Environmental Working Group has released it's 2016 Guide to Sunscreens. This is a guide to help us find effective safe sunscreens. The EWG really doesn't like spray sunscreens, high SPF sunscreens and sunscreens containing oxybenzone (a hormone disrupting chemical) and retinyl palmitate (a chemical that may damage sun exposed skin)!

Products are rated from 1 to 10. 1 being the best score. My favorites have not scored so well with them.
sunscreen with yellow petunias
My favorite, Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 30 gets a 7 as well as Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect, which just love for it's fun sparkle. Apparently, they contain oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate which are no good. Wow! At least they didn't make the Hall of Shame list. It seems the sunscreens they list as the worst, have an overall score no higher than 7. Looks like I need to get a new favorite sunscreen. 

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 (I like that one too) got a better rating of 4. 

Another one I like, Ocean Potion Protect & Nourish Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, got an even better rating of 3.

Here is a list of a few of the brands that scored well and links to their sites.

All Terrain Available online and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator. 

Badger Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.
Blue Lizzard Available online and at various pharmacies. Check their store locator. 
Juice Beauty Available online and at Ulta, various maternity stores & more stores. Check their store locator. 

Here is the link to see how your favorite sunscreen scored. 2016 Guide to Sunscreens

Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Our Eyes Show Our Age....The Limbal Ring

I recently read a article from Allure Magazine, What Is Your Face Telling the World?. The article is about how quickly people judge others and form opinions about them in a matter of seconds. It shows the significance a first impression makes. Is it right that people make these quick judgments? I say no, but apparently, we all do it. Reason enough to visit The Juicy Beauty Word for your beauty tips, right?

Anyway, the thing in the article that caught my eye, was the visibility of the limbal ring. The limbal ring is the dark circle around the colored part (the iris) of the eye. It separates the colored part of the eye from the white part (the sclera) of the eye. It is said that we unconsciously notice this quickly when we look at someone. The limbal ring becomes less prominent as we age or when we are in ill health. A thick, dark ring represents not only youth, but health and beauty as well. It makes the whites of the eyes look whiter and brighter and intensifies the eye color.
limbal ring eye collage

For me it explains something I see, or rather, don't see in the eyes of senior citizens. I never could quite put my finger on why the eyes of older people lack definition and look old to me, besides the obvious wrinkles around them, gray hairs and thinning brows and eyelashes.

What is also interesting to me is that there is a solution to the fading limbal ring....contacts with a prominent limbal ring! Acuvue has created Define Lenses to enhance the beauty of your eyes. This includes darkening the limbal ring. It is amazing what can be cosmetically fixed. Tinted eye glasses would be a quick and easy solution. They hide the eye, the wrinkles and the thin lashes altogether!

Well, you know I had to peek at the pages of my old photo albums to look at my own limbal rings to see how I am doing in the aging department. Here are the pics.

The top pic is from age 19 when limbal rings are still in the prominent stage. They don't look all that dark or thick on me. Hmmmmm. The bottom pic is now. 
limbal ring eye collage
I still see a bit of a ring so I guess I am not too old yet! 

Let's try to Have a Beautiful, Less Judgmental, Day!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Ways to use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

I just love Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion. It is a product I have used for years to keep any brand of eye shadow from creasing and fading. It comes in a variety of formulas.

Original- Dries invisibly.
Eden- Matte nude, good for hiding redness.
Minor Sin- Sheer champagne shimmer.
Anti Aging- It has blurring pigments and anti aging ingredients. Dries with a sheer layer of pigment.
Enigma- Limited edition. A matte shade. 100% of the purchase price funds The Ultraviolet Edge, Urban Decay's global initiative to empower women.

I use the original version for it's invisible drying versatility.
urban decay eye shadow primer
Not only is it a great eye shadow primer, I use it as a concealer primer on tough to cover areas.....dark circles and pimples.

Some people have such dark circles under their eyes, it takes a lot of concealer to hide them. A lot of concealer creates the possibility of caking and creasing. I find the Primer Potion lessens the creasing.
concealer application
A pimple is always a problem to cover. Makeup seems to slide off revealing the redness. A little bit of Primer Potion applied to the pimple helps the concealer stay in place.
primer application with brush

Application Tips:

Apply a thin layer.

Use your finger to apply the primer to your eye area.

Use a concealer brush to dab the primer potion in a blemish.

Allow primer to dry briefly.

Apply shadow or concealer right over that fresh layer of primer.

Have a Beautiful Day Full of Color!
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Monday, May 11, 2015

How choose the right bronzer

I have seen it. I know you have seen it too. That brown streak of bronzer on someone's cheek. It is so unnatural looking and almost dirty looking. 

There are a few things you can do to get a nice natural glow with bronzer. I am going to show you some Physician's Formula Bronzersbecause they have a large selection of bronzers, are in lots of stores, not too expensive, are really good and, of course, not tested on animals.

Bronzers come on many shades and tones. Some are a solid color.

bronze boosting glow boosting airbrushing bronzing veil deluxe edition
bronze boosting glow boosting airbrushing bronzing veil deluxe edition

Some are mosaic with various colors.

powder palette multi colored face powder
powder palette multi colored face powder

Some are metallic to create a luminous glow.

bronze booster glow boosting sun stones
bronze booster glow boosting sun stones

It can be overwhelming to choose the right color. Here are some tips to help you pick the right bronzer for you:

Mosaic vs Solid Color
A mosaic bronzer contains a variety of colors. Our skin actually contains a variety of colors as well, such as red areas, yellow areas and brown areas. The mosaic style bronzer is designed to create a soft natural look by allowing your makeup brush to pick up a blend of the colors. A solid color bronzer creates a bolder color. A mosaic is easier to work with than a solid color.
multi colored and solid bronzer
mineral wear talc free tone correcting bronzer               bronze boosting glow boosting airbrushing bronzing veil deluxe edition

Color Intensity
Choose the best shade for your skin color to avoid muddy looking bronzer. If your skin is light, use a lighter color. Dark skin colors need a darker colored bronzer.
magic mosaic multicolored pressed powder
magic mosaic multicolored pressed powder
If your skin has warm peachy tones, go with a warm colored bronzer. If your skin has cooler pink tones, look for a bronzer that has cooler tones.

powder palette multi colored face powder
powder palette multi colored face powder
Choose a finish that suits your needs. Many bronzers contain metallic or pearlized particles. A bronzer that is listed as luminous, will create a glowing metallic or pearly finish. The luminous finish is fun and can create a nice young dewy look. A matte finish bronzer will create a natural finish that is not shiny. The matte finish is more natural looking and will photograph better. Also, matte is better for those with oily skin that already has too much shine.
metallic and matte bronzer
bronze booster glow boosting sun stones                  mineral wear talc free mineral face powder

Blend, Blend, Blend!
The key to beautiful looking bronzer is the blending. Apply your bronzer with a brush and blend it well with that brush. Use circular motions so there are no hard lines. You will end up with soft beautiful glow with no steaks of brown on your cheeks!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Pink Armpit Hair Removal!

First it was Lady Gaga with blue armpit hair.
Lady Gaga with blue armpit hair

Now we have Miley Cyrus with pink armpit hair.

Miley Cyrus with pink armpit hair
I don't know about you, but I remove armpit hair no matter what color it is! Waxing in my favorite choice for hair removal. It is quite annoying to let the hair grow to be waxed, but it is well worth it.

There is no dark shadow left behind like there is with shaving.

There is no stubble.

The skin is left super smooth.

The more you wax, the finer the hair gets. I have a client I have been consistently waxing for many years. She has very little underarm hair now.

The underarm area is an awkward diy project. Visit a salon for a quick underarm wax. It should take 10 to 20 minutes depending on the amount and stubbornness of the hair.

Underarm Waxing Tips

Hair should be no longer than 1/2" so give it a trim if it is long. Your waxer can trim it for you if the idea of sharp scissors awkwardly trimming underarm hair yourself worries you!

Hair needs to be 1/8" to 1/4" long for the hair to get imbedded in the wax to be pulled out.

Clean off any deodorant or antiperspirant so the wax sticks better. Your waxer will also clean the skin.

Do not apply any lotions or creams to the area before a waxing.

Wear comfy clothes after waxing to avoid irritating freshly waxed skin.

Avoid wearing deodorant or antiperspirant 8 to 24 hours after waxing. Use powder.  

An underarm waxing will smooth for about 2 weeks. Let the hair grow without shaving for a week or two. Then, wax again to get the best results.

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Have a Beautifully Smooooooth Day!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring Bridal Makeup at Normandy Farm

Saturday, May 2, was an absolutely beautiful day for a wedding at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell, Pa! The color theme was purple. The makeup style was a dramatic smokey eye with an understated lip. The bride chose a pink and gray smokey eye and a nude pink lip. Fiber lash extensions made everyone's lashes long and gorgeous!

The bridesmaid's smokey shadow choices were pink and gray or gray green or purple. I did all three shadow combinations and did mostly a pink nude lip. I used a peachy lip on the bridesmaid who chose the gray green smokey eye which complemented her red hair nicely. Blush was soft rosy pink with a touch of luminizer. Bronzer was kept to a minimum on their beautiful light skin. 

The bride wore her hair down and softly curled with the front pulled back in a poof. The bridesmaids wore side swept ponytails that were softly curled. They all looked fabulous! Here are a few photos:
Bride and bridesmaids

bride with smoky eye makeup

smoky eye

bride with smoky eyes and pink lips

bride and groom under huppah

spring bridal makeup

Best wishes to the bride and groom for a lifetime of happiness!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Bridal Skin Care Tips

bridal veil
I have been busy this week getting a bride ready for her wedding. We have done a trial on her makeup, some waxing and massaging! Yesterday was facial day so I thought it was the perfect time to post some bridal skin care tips.

Begin your facial regime at least 6 months before your wedding. You will get the most benefit from a professional facial monthly. 

At home, all skin types (except for extremely sensitive and rosacea) should be using an exfoliating product and a moisturizer formulated for their skin type.  Exfoliation removes built up dead skin cells that make your skin look dull and can block your pores.  This gives you fresher looking skin and less blackheads and breakouts. Moisturizer protects and hydrates.

Peels that are creams, gels and liquids containing salicylic and  alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) are great for removing dead cells. Use caution using a scrub, however.  The grains in scrubs can scratch the skin and cause irritation.  Be sure to treat your neck and chest as well.  Follow the directions on the package.  Sensitive skin should use mild product once a week.  Tougher skin types can exfoliate twice a week.  More than that may dehydrate your skin.  Your monthly facial at a salon or spa with give you a great exfoliation. Professional products are generally stronger than what you can get for home use.

The week of your wedding facial, should be a gentle exfoliating and hydrating facial with very little or no extractions. Extractions can cause redness which we don't want on wedding day.

Emergency! Pimple!
First, wash the area with an acne cleanser.

Apply ice or a cold, wet chamomile tea bag to reduce swelling.

Apply a salicylic Spot Treatment Cream  spot treatment to the pimple such as Burt's Bees Acne Solutions Maximum Strength or you can use an aspirin. Crush an aspirin, add a little water to make a paste, apply to the blemish, let it sit 10 - 15 minutes and rinse.

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Some people say toothpaste applied to a pimple helps dry it up overnight.  Just use a non-whitening toothpaste.  It will be less irritating.

A dermatologist can inject a cyst with cortizone to quickly reduce the swelling.

Just before makeup application, a little Visine gets the red out!  Apply a few drops of Visine to a cotton swab.  Hold the swab on the blemish for a minute. Let the skin dry.  Then, apply concealer and foundation.  Be sure to use powder to set it. Have a makeup artist do your makeup if you are afraid you won't be able to cover it.

Note: Allergic to ragweed? No chamomile!  Allergic to aspirin? No salicylic acid!


Your lips must look moist and juicy on your wedding day not cracked and peeling!  Mix together the juice from half a lemon and a teaspoon of sugar.  Apply to your lips and let it sit for a minute or two. Gently massage it over your lips then rinse. You can also sprinkle a bit of sugar on a wet toothbrush, then lightly scrub the lips using a circular motion. Exfoliate your lips once or twice a week.  Apply a moisturizing lip balm with an SPF such as Blistex or Aveda Lip Saver after exfoliating and daily.

 Get your hands smooth and moist by exfoliating and moisturizing them too. Use hand cream several times a day and limit contact with water. You would think water contact would hydrate, but too much water washes away natural oils and actually dehydrates the skin.

brown sugar scrub
Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe 

1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil

Mix brown sugar and olive oil together in a small bowl until smooth. Apply scrub to your hands. Massage it all over your hands. Rinse and pat dry. and apply hand cream.

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