Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Is Organic Food more Nutritious.... Ketchup

We know that organic food has no chemical pesticides or fertilizers, hormones or antibiotics, but is organic food more nutritious? 

I have read many articles that say organic and conventional produce is nutritional the same. Organically farmed produce and conventionally farmed produce seem to have the same nutritional value when it comes to vitamins and minerals. Organic, of course has less pesticide and chemical residue.

But what about the anti oxidants, those plant chemicals that give fruits and veggies their free radical fighting power? They are not listed on the nutritional labels but are extremely important when it comes to our health. 

Let's have a look at ketchup. Why of all things ketchup? Well, I read an interesting article that answered a "why" question for me.
organic vs conventional kethup
A study shows that organic ketchup contains 3 times more of the anti-oxidant lycopene than conventional ketchup. Why? Experts suspect that the organic tomato plant has to fight harder for its survival than the chemically treated conventionally grown tomato plant. 

The organically grown plant produces more protective anti-oxidants to protect itself. As a result, we get the benefit of higher anti-oxidant fruit. That is just amazing to me and it makes sense when you think about it. I have read this is true of organic strawberries as well. Organic strawberries contain more anti-oxidants and more Vitamin C than conventionally grown strawberries. (Vitamin C is an anti oxidant, too.)

It makes sense to me that all organic plants, not just tomato and strawberry plants, have to fight harder for survival and therefore, they all would have higher anti oxidant levels than conventional plants. That's just my thought.

Most organic products are more expensive due to the organic farming expenses. I shy away from organic sometimes due to that higher price. The more I read, the clearer it becomes that we should be eating organic food. Click here to hear about sewage sludge! And....non GMO food, but that's for another day!

Click here for more reading from The Salt.

Click here for more reading from The LA Times.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Organic Labeling

Just because a food product is labeled organic, don't assume it is 100% organic. There are three organic categories established by the USDA for labeling organic food products. 


organic symbol
A USDA certified organic product must contain ingredients that have been grown without prohibited pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, anti-biotics, growth hormones, sewage sludge, irradiation and GMOs.

No Sewage Sludge! I guess that means conventional crops can be grown using sewage sludge. Think about that when you are eating your salad.

100% organic means the product contains only organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt).

Organic means the product must contain 95-99% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt).

Made with organic ingredients means the product must contain 70% organically produced ingredients.

A product made with less than 70% organically produced ingredients cannot use the term organic on the label.

I am looking for the organic label on my foods. I still can't get passed the sewage sludge! 
Eat healthy! 

Click here for USDA organic agriculture info.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Natural and Organic Makeup

organic lip and cheek tint
100percentpure.com

Are you concerned about all the chemicals that are used in the cosmetics we use each day? It worries me when I read those ingredient lists on my makeup with those chemical names I can't even pronounce!

This Lip and Cheek Tint comes to you from 100% Pure Cosmetics. It is made from all natural ingredients and uses pigments from fruits and veggies as colorants.  Dab a little on the apples of your cheeks and blend it in for a fresh natural glow. Add a little on your lips for a flush of color.  $20 at 100% Pure.com

They have a lot of other great natural and organic products too. There is full line of natural makeup, cruelty free makeup brushes, skin care products, body products, hair products, even nail polish. Plus, there is free shipping!



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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What is Strobing?

glowing skin
Apparently, there is a new term for the makeup technique I've always called highlighting or luminizing. It's called strobing now. It's a trademark look for Jennifer Lopez. Josie Maran showcases luminizers in her makeup line. There was even a segment about it on GMA this morning. The technique creates a glowing dewy look that makes us look fresher and younger.

The technique is not new. It has been one of my favorite instant brighten, anti aging makeup techniques for years. Highlighting is often combined with contouring. Highlighting add light. Contouring adds shading. I know contouring is all the rage but, I have to say, I have never been a big fan of contouring. It can look muddy to me and I feel a lot of people need to bring out sunken features on their faces instead of making them shaded so they recede more.
luminizer
I like to use a creamy highlighting product, but you can also use a shimmery eye shadow in a champagne shade. A creamy highlighting product that has a pearly metallic look will look more natural than a shimmery eye shadow. To do strobing, add the brighten product of your choice to places on your face where sunlight hits: the center of your forehead, the tops of the cheeks, the bridge of the nose, the cupids bow, center of your bottom lip and center of your chin. It also looks beautiful under the brow bone and at the inner corner of the eyes, too. Click here to see a list of highlighting products.

Those with oily skin already have a lot of shine to their skin and should go lightly on the strobing. Oily people can use a powder to matte down the nose, the sides of the nose and the forehead to control their oily shine. Highlight the cheekbones, cupids bows, brow bone and inner corners of the eyes to get the strobing look without looking like an oil slick.

Have a glowy day!

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pedicure Problems: Things needed for a safe pedicure

purple toe nail polish and petunias
It's officially summer. That means it's big time pedicure season. Our toes must look perfectly polished in our flip flops and sandals. And...our feet must be smooth and moist. Old looking dry cracked skin is simply unacceptable.

Here's the thing... you need to make sure you will be getting a safe pedicure. There can be bacteria in that foot bath. Here are a few things to think about before you head to the salon for your next pedicure.

Bacteria in the foot bath Those fabulous whirlpool pedicure baths feel great but bacteria, fungus and other nasties may be swimming in the whirlpool along with your feet. Some salon are not as diligent at cleaning foot baths as others. Thorough cleaning is a time consuming task and some salon don't take the time they should to clean them properly. Some nails salons are booked so tightly with back to back clients, they don't have time to clean them properly. There are salons using foot baths with disposable liners. Our salon, Styling Point in Media, Pa, uses Footsie Bath pedicure baths that stay warm and vibrate. 
foot bath
They are great! You don't get the whirlpool, but you do get a fresh clean liner in the foot bath eliminating the bacteria problem all together.

No Razors I know you want to show up for your pedicure with soft smooth legs but don't shave your legs before your pedicure. Shaving can cause small nicks in the skin where bacteria can enter in possibly causing an infection. 

Callus shavers, the kind that use a razor blade to cut off calluses are illegal in most states but some salon use them anyway. 
 callous remover
One false move with a callus shaver can create a nasty cut or too much skin can be removed leaving you with sore feet. Calluses should be smoothed down and moisturized. The thickened skin is there to help protect our feet and we need a little extra protection in the summer with all of our bare footin'.

Clean Tools Make sure the nail files, foot files and orangewood sticks are fresh and clean for you. They are to be used on only one person then tossed in the trash. All metal tools, cuticle pushers, cuticle nippers and nail clippers must be clean and sanitary for each client.

Licensed Technician Lastly, go to an experienced licensed pedicurist who knows what she/he is doing. Licenses for each technician must be on display in the salon. Nails need to be cut properly to prevent ingrown toe nails. There should be little cuticle cutting. Plus, you want an expert polish job to make your feet look fabulous!

PS. My toe color is Orly Purple Crush. I love it! It's so bright and fun!


Have a Pretty Feet Day!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Cuticle Care

dry cuticle

We have all done it. Pulled a loose piece of skin around the nail. Hangnails. Those are those annoying pieces of dry skin around our nails are so easy to pick, pull, rip and bite! Unfortunately when we pull that piece of skin off, we are left with a little injury that has to heal. A germ can easily jump in that opening in the skin and start an infection. I've seem it time and time again. I've even seen infections so bad that a doctor's visit was required! 

The key is to keep the skin as moisturized as possible to stop the dry picky skin. Here are 6 ways to help you break the skin picking habit. Let's count down to #1:

6. Oil
Massage a cuticle oil frequently around your nails. I like CND solar oil but any oil, especially olive oil, will do.

5. Hand Cream
Apply hand cream after the oil. Always apply hand cream after washing your hands and at bed time. I like OPI AvoJuice.

4. Gloves
Always wear gloves when cleaning or washing dishes even when it's just one dish!

3. Break the Picking Habit
Wear a rubber band on your wrist to snap and play with instead of picking your skin.

2. Clip Snags
Use a cuticle nipper to trim away a loose piece of skin. Don't cut the skin around the nails. Most people think that skin is all cuticle. It's isn't. The cuticle is that thin film of skin that grows between the nail and the skin around the nail. If you cut the skin around the nail, in a day or two it will fray up creating more pieces of loose skin to pick, pull, rip and bite! 

#1. Manicures
Get a manicure to remove all that rough picky skin. Have your nail tech do a spa manicure that includes a scrub and a super moisturizing treatment with a mask or paraffin treatment.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Amazing Makeup

Why do I love doing makeup? I am always amazed at the transforming power of makeup. Society requires us to look a certain way to be successful and accepted. It may not seem right, but that's the way it is. Makeup can change how we feel about ourselves and how others feel about us. It can give us confidence and, in a way, gives us a protective mask to hide our insecurities.

It can take a Plain Jane and turn her into a dazzler. 
prom makeup with red lipstick
It can hide skin issues that people would stare at such as acne and port wine spots. It can cover your tattoo when you go to that important interview. Most fun of all, makeup can create illusions.  Just think of all the fabulous movie makeup that transform actors into their characters. And.....there is the art that is created with makeup. This lizard is actually two women.
body makeup art
This is why I love doing makeup!


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Monday, June 15, 2015

Lotion Yon Ka, It's a toner.

Let's talk about one of my favorite skin care products, Lotion Yon Ka.
Yon Ka lotion
It's not a lotion at all. It is an alcohol free healing mist used as a toner after cleansing your face. Spray it on after cleansing your face and lightly massage or pat it in. Apply your moisturizer right over it. The smell is divine! Clean and fresh, not perfumy. It is extremely soothing and balances skin conditions.

There are two formulas, one for normal to oily skin or combination skin (it's white) and one for dry and sensitive skin (it's pink). Both contain YonKa's signature blend of essential oils which are lavender, geranium, rosemary, cypress and thyme. 

Essential oils are oils extracted by distillation or cold pressing from various parts of a plant, the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, seeds or peels. The oils are aromatic and retain the chemical composition of the plant. The healing plant chemicals in the oils have various properties such as, anti inflammatory, anti oxidant, and anti bacterial. Essential oils are used in many cosmetic products and are often used for massage. Oily skin people, don't be afraid that the essential oils will make you more oily. They won't. Some have astringent properties that actually help control oil. 

Let's look at some of the properties of the oils in Lotion Yon Ka to see why the product is so healing and balancing. All of the oils listed are healing.


Lavender- reviving, regenerative, soothing, anti microbial. Lavender is excellent for healing burns.


Geranium- anti inflammatory, antiseptic, regenerative


Rosemary- antiseptic, antimicrobial, regenerative


Cypress- tonic, astringent,antiseptic. Cypress is great for oily skin.


Thyme- anti microbial, antiseptic, stimulates circulation 


There are many other ways to use Lotion Yon ka besides using it as a toner:


Freshen your skin during the day. Oily skin: mist your face and pat it dry. Dry skin: mist your face and let it air dry.


Set your makeup. Give your makeup face a quick mist to set your makeup and give it a dewy look.


Freshen makeup that has gotten dry looking after hours of wear with a quick mist.


Use it on sunburn. Spray it directly on the sunburn or spray it on cotton pads to use as a compress.


Spray it on bug bites to soothe and reduce itch. You can also make a compress for bug bites.


Use it to soothe skin irritations. Again, you can spray it or make a compress with it.


Here are the ingredient lists:


Normal/ Oily Formula Ingredients: Water, Lavender Oil, Geranium Flower Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cypress Oil, Thyme Oil, PEG-33 Castor Oil, Chlorhexidine Digluconate.


Dry/Sensitive Formula Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Lavender Oil, Geranium Flower Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cypress Oil, Thyme Oil, PEG-35 Castor Oil, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Red 40/ C1 16035, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol.


Find Lotion Yon Ka in salons, spas and various websites for $41.00. I did see it on amazon for less!


Have a healthy, happy skin day!

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Best Nail Strengthener

It is terrible when you have weak peeling nails that break often and don't hold polish. I have tried many, many nail strengtheners on my clients over the years. Develop 10, Nailtiques, Nail Tek, Rejuvacote, Nail Envy and Rebuild to name a few that I remember. I find the one the works the best to strengthen weak peeling nails is Nail Optimizer by Prolana.
nail optimizer
I have been using it at least 5 years now on my clients and it consistently works.

Here are the ingredients: butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, nitrocellulose, SD alcohol 40B, phthalic anhydride/trimellitic anhydride/glycols copolymer, trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, isopropyl alcohol, triphenyl phosphate, camphor, diisobutyl adipate, water, etocrylene, stearlkonium, hectorite, titanium dioxide, aucoumea

Wow! I need to look those up! I haven't read that list for a while.

You can find Nail Optimizer at salons, prolanausa, and on amazon.com. 


Have a Beautiful Day!
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

How to Keep your Ponytail High

high pony tail

I just love wearing a high swingy ponytail in the summer, even though it can give me a headache. You know, sometimes I just live by the credo "It is better to look good than to feel good" from one of my favorite Saturday Night Live skits, Fernando's Hideaway!

Here's the thing though, my high ponytail doesn't stay high. My hair is so thick, it ends up looking pitifully droopy! I discovered a trick recently to help keep my ponytail high. It's to use 2 ponytails that look like one. Click here to see a quick video on how to do it. It's easy to do and really keeps my ponytail from sagging!

I like to use good elastic bands that are thick, have no metal on them and have that stretchy fabric coating on them.
pony tail elastic
They are more gentle on the hair and cause less hair breakage the thin rubber band type elastics. I also like to use dark brown elastics to match my hair color. That way the elastic is well hidden when I wrap a piece of my hair around it.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to get good elastic bands. You can find some good brands right in your local drug store. I like Scunci No Damage Hair Elastics and Goody Ouchless  Elastics. 
Hope my tips help keep your ponytail bouncy!


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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Zoya Naked Manicure

Naked is soooo in right now. The nude look, that is! Zoya now has their take on naked. I am always looking for great products for natural nails during this time of gel polish. That's why I am so excited about Zoya's new Naked Manicure! 
zoya naked manicure colors
The system is designed to conceal damaged, imperfect nails and help them grow stronger and healthier. Vitamin B5/Panthanol, Vitamin E, Red Algae, Ginko, and Sulfur Amino Acid/Protein Complex are the ingredients in it to help the nails become less brittle and strong yet flexible. My clients with nail ridges and stained nails are going to love this product! It looks like a very natural French manicure.

zoya naked manicure colors

It starts with the Naked Manicure base coat.


Then, the Perfector. The Perfector comes in 6 shades and uses optical diffusers, keratin fillers, micronized reflective color pigments and micro thin formers to create a beautiful, better than naked nail.  Apply 2 coats of the Perfector.

Then, the Tip Perfector is applied to the free edge.

Next, the Satin Seal is applied to create a slight sheen like natural nails have.

The Naked Manicure Glossy Seal can also be used over the Satin Seal for a shinier finish.


You don't have to use the Tip Perfector if you don't want a French look. You can layer the colors to create different colors. The Perfectors can be used over full coverage nude colors. The Lavender Perfector is great for hiding orange-y discolorations when using light polish colors.

Can't wait to try it!


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Monday, June 1, 2015

10 Great Little Sunscreen Tips You May Not Know

We must protect our skin from damaging UV rays to keep it healthy and beautiful. Look for SPF on your makeup and skin care products. There are a few things that you may not doing but you should be doing with your sunscreen to help your skin look it's very best. Here are 10 great little sunscreen tips:

1. Protect the back of your hands
sunscreen on hands
You really need to wear sunscreen on the back of your hands everyday to help prevent crepey skin and those ugly dark age spots, but we all hate that greasy palm feeling after applying. Here's a trick: put a dollop of sunscreen on the back of one hand then rub the backs of your hands together. Done, with no greasy palms!

2. Protect your knees

dark knees
Knees tend to get really dark when exposed to the sun giving them a dirty look. Always wear a high sunscreen, 40 to 50 SPF, on the knees daily to keep them from getting too dark.

3. Avoid flip flop lines
silver toes
Wear a high sunscreen, 40 to 50 SPF, on the tops of your feet everyday to avoid getting a flip flop tan.

4. Prevent waxing hyper pigmentation

eye brow
Wear a high 50 SPF sunscreen on a freshly waxed area of skin when in the sun, the brows and upper lip especially. Sometimes waxing can cause hyper pigmentation, a dramatic blotchy darkening of he skin, from the UV rays.

5. Apply enough sunscreen

sunscreen in shot glass
You should be applying about 1 ounce of a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or 30 per application.  Let a shot glass be your guide!

6. Sunscreens expire

date sunscreen
 Some sunscreen bottles have expiration dates printed on them, some do not. Sunscreen looses it potency after a year, especially if the bottle was exposed to sunlight in your beach bag, leaving you less protected from damaging UV rays. Toss your old sunscreen and buy new. If there is no date, write the date on the bottom of the bottle with a Sharpie when you buy it. That way when you find a stray bottle, you know if it's old and should be tossed.

7. Protect your lips
lip tint


Look great & protect your lips while you are in the sun with a tinted lip balm with SPF.

8.Don't rely solely on your foundation's SPF
foundation brush
Foundation with SPF is not enough protection for hours of sun exposure. 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. Use a sunscreen under your foundation.

9. Layer your sun protection
 
 

sun protection products
Layering products that contain SPF won't increase the SPF number. For instance, using a SPF 15 sunscreen with a 20 SPF BB cream doesn't add up to a 35. Layering your products gives you more thorough coverage.

Layer 1: Apply a sunscreen to your clean dry face. Allow it to absorb for 10 minutes. 


Layer 2: Apply your foundation or BB cream.

Layer 3: Apply powder mineral foundation. 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.


Click here to find a sunscreen.

10. Here are some good foundations & BBs that contain sunscreen

bb cream
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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