Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Last Minute Halloween Ideas 2015

It almost Halloween! 
I am busy working on my Halloween costume for the salon. Our theme is the months of the year. It should be really fun! I chose April. April Showers. A lovely costume idea and a fabulous stripper name as well!!!!

I can't show it to you yet, but it involves an umbrella, rain drops cut from fun foam that you get at craft stores and a blue wig of course. I will post the pics on The Juicy Beauty Word facebook page.

If you don't have a costume yet, there is still time to get one or make one. You can visit your local Halloween store or order online. Many sites guarantee you will have your costume by Halloween with expedited shipping.

Amazon has a Halloween store with almost any costume you can imagine. They have beautiful sexy lace masks.

Click here to visit the Amazon Halloween store. 

Halloween Costume is another site with great costumes. Express shipping is $9.99.
halloween costume ideas
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Check out Yandy for a fun sexy costume. 2 day shipping is $8.95. Go to

If you are the creative crafty type, get some cute cheap and easy last minute ideas from buzz feed. I love the Kool-aid Man!

Here are the top costumes this year:

1. Harley Quinn (She is the Joker's sidekick. I had to look that one up!)
2. Star Wars 
3. Super Heros
4. Pirates
5. Batman

And then there is Bruce and Caitlyn Jenner!

You can visit Frightgeist to see Google's lists of costumes trending locally and nationally.

If all else fails, you can always put on pale makeup, dark lips, whip up some fake blood and be a vampire! 
Here's an easy recipe:

Fake Blood Recipe

Corn Syrup
Red Food Coloring
Cocoa Powder
Corn Starch

 1. Combine corn syrup with a little red food coloring until you get the color you want.
2. Add a small amount of cocoa powder to darken the color.

3. Add a little water if you want it thinner.
4. Add a little corn starch if you want it thicker. 

Be warned. The food coloring can stain clothes and skin.  The stain will wear off of the skin with repeated washing or you can make a paste of baking soda and water to gently rub it away.

Happy Costume Creating!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Peeling Nails: to file or not to file?

peeling nail

Q. My nails peel in layers at the edges. Should I file the peeling part off?

A. It's a good question. You feel the need to file off the peely stuff to make the nail look better but when you do, the nail becomes thinner and weaker. Lightly file pieces of nail that are really rough and sticking up. Do not try to file away the edge of the peeling layers. It will make the nails too thin. Apply a tiny bit of nail glue to seal the layers together. When in doubt, see an experience nail technician. 

I see a lot of nail peeling on my clients who do a lot of cooking, dish washing and cleaning without using gloves. Sometimes, a medication or health condition can cause the nails to become weak and peeling. Hypothyroidism is an example of a health condition that can cause weak peeling nails. Chemotherapy drugs can cause weak nails.

Use Strengthener
Apply a nail strengthener designed to help peeling nails regularly. I like Nail Optimizer. I have seen it help many of my clients with thin weak nail. 

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

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Get Manicures
Professionally done manicures pamper the skin and nails, promote circulation and encourage healthy nail growth. A nail technician can apply nail glue and nail wraps to temporarily stick the peeling layer back together. Weekly manicures are ideal but every other week is also quite beneficial.

Avoid Chipped Polish
Polish that is chipping leaves the end of the nail weak and vulnerable. Remove your nail polish and/or strengthener when it begins to chip and reapply.

Avoid Water
Avoid contact with water by wearing gloves when cleaning and doing dishes. Water causes the nails to swell. The nails shrink when they dry. This repeated swelling and shrinking will do damage to the structure of the nail resulting in nail peeling.

Use Nail Oil
Nail oil applied to the bare nails gives the nails a good conditioning. Apply it several times a day and rub it into the nail and cuticle. It can also be used while you are wearing nail polish. The nail will not be able to absorb it as well though. Apply the oil to the cuticle and the back of the nails when wearing nail polish. I like CND Solar Oil. It has nice simple ingredients.

Ingredients:Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Almond Fragrance, Tocopherol Acetate.

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Use Hand Cream
Apply a lot of hand lotion through the day. The lotion will moisturize your skin and cuticle area as well as your nails. 

Take a Nail Vitamin
There are vitamin formulas specifically made for your hair, skin and nails. The supplements contain a large amount of biotin along with other vitamins including Vitamins A, C, E and Bs. Biotin is particularly beneficial for the nails. You may not be getting enough vitamins from your diet. A supplement may help your nails get stronger. You will not see immediate results. It will take about 5 or 6 months to see a real difference in your nails.

Read more about Hair Skin and Nail Vitamins. 

All that TLC should improve your nail peeling problem.

Have a Beautiful Day!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

New Book About the History of Makeup

makeup brushes and palette
I am totally fascinated with the history of makeup (and pretty much makeup in general!). There has always been changing makeup styles and trends, even way back in ancient times. We can't help it. We love to paint our faces!

The Egyptians had their heavily lined eyes, the Geishas had their white skin and red lips, and the Victorian Era had pale skin and rosy cheeks. It's just fun.

What was used as makeup is also fascinating. Toxic and deadly plants and minerals were used in the name of beauty. Lead, mercury, belladonna were some of the dangerous makeup  ingredients.

I have to tell you, I am so excited about a new makeup book I just heard about. It is called Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge. Lisa is a makeup artist and has created so many historical makeup looks in her book. It's amazing!  I can't wait to get it. 
Face Paint: The Story of Makeup
Call me old fashioned. I love a beautiful hardcover makeup book that I can page through over and over again. The list price for the hardback is $29.95. It's less on Amazon. There is a soft cover version too. Here is a link to check it out on Amazon. 

Click here to get it on Amazon.

Lisa Eldridge also made a really great youtube video showing a few makeup looks throughout history and explaining them. It's really good work.  
Here is the youtube link to watch it.
I just love her accent, don't you?

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Blue Eye Shadow

Let's do blue in this time of neutral eye shadow! 
I have always loved blue eye shadow even though people say you can't wear blue eye shadow when you have blue eyes. Call me a rebel, I'm wearing blue shadow with blue eyes!
wet n wild blue eye shadow collage
The key to wearing blue eye shadow is to make it modern by using multiple shades of blue. This is Wet n Wild's Color Icon Eye Shadow Palette in I'm His Breezey. There are five fabulous shades to play with and it's only $3.99 at CVS. ( I saw it for less on Amazon!) I don't like to spend a lot on shadow colors that I don't wear often so this is perfect. The colors are marked so you know where to use them, but let your creative juices flow and use them any way you please.
wet n wild blue eye shadow
You can find Wet n Wild on amazon 

I started with the base color all over the lid and then created a gradient look from light to dark.
wet n wild blue eyeshadow
The browbone color went on the inner eyelid followed by the eyelid color in the center of the eyelid. 

Next, I used the crease color on the outer eyelid and crease. It is important to do a lot of blending with a makeup brush to create the soft gradient. 

The definer color made a great liner and also added depth to the outer edges of the eyelid and crease.

I added some extra sparkle to the inner corner with Urban Decay Polyester Bride right on top of the blue. 
urban decay polyester bride eyeshadow
Polyester Bride is in the Urban Decay Ammo Palette that I have. I spotted it on Amazon. Click here!

You can also buy Polyester Bride as an Urban Decay single shadow at Ulta, Sephora and

Have a Colorful Day!

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Thinning Eyebrows

Are your eyebrows thinning?
thinning eyebrow
Our eyebrows can get shorter from both ends and the hairs can get sparse. It happens as we get older and it also happens due to certain conditions such as thyroid disorders. 

Thick, full eyebrows represent youth and we want to look more youthful so we need to make them look fuller.  Try using a brush and a brow powder or a powder eye shadow that matches your hair color to fill the brows in. A powder is easy to work with and will give you a softer look than a pencil.
filled in eyebrow
There is another option for thickening eyebrows. I have a client who's eyebrows became very sparse and thin. She went to her dermatologist and is now using Latisse on her brows. Latisse is a prescription medication used to treat hypotrichosis, not enough eye lashes. It is working fabulously on her brows! They are significantly thicker.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Q&A: Do Fingers and Toes have to match?

fingernail and toenail polish
Q. Does the nail polish on my fingernails have to match the polish on my toenails?

A. Back in the day, the style was, the fingernail polish had to match the toenail polish, but not anymore. The trend now is to coordinate colors but not necessarily match.

Many people like to put a bright bold color on their toes and a more subdued coordinating shade on their fingers. Maybe blue toes with silver fingers. Red toes with french fingers. Neon orange toes with coral fingers. Dark purple toes with gray fingers. 

The chic monochromatic look is great look too. Let's say all red. Red fingers and red toes to go with a red dress with red shoes and a red bag.

Also, the fingernails are often blinged out with nails designs with lots of colors. It's easy to pick out a color from the design to wear on your toes.

Most people have a manicure done weekly and toes done monthly. Have a quick polish change done on your toes on your just manicure weeks to keep your fingernail and toenail colors well coordinated.

Have a Colorful Day!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Bridal Makeup: Mother of the Groom

It's wedding season! I had the pleasure of doing some makeup for the mother of the groom on Saturday. She had the most gorgeous tan glowy skin. She doesn't wear a lot of makeup normally and didn't want to look over done, but wanted to look a little glitzy to compliment to her fabulous muted gold dress. My plan was to keep her skin looking dewy, define her brows and eyes, give her eye lids a nice metallic shimmer and give her lips a natural but lightly shimmery look.

Here she is. I think she looks beautiful!
mother of the groom makeup
A makeup problem with older skin is creasing. The skin needs coverage, but too much foundation and concealer can settle into the natural creases in the skin. The other issue is the use of powder. Too much powder can cause a dry caked look on older skin. Luckily for me, this client have beautiful skin that required minimal foundation. I did use under eye concealer that was lightly powdered to help minimize creasing.

For her eye shadow, I used a combination of peach, gold and and charcoal with a greenish tint on her eyelids. A matte taupe in her crease. A matte cream on the brow bone topped with a bit of luminizer.

Fiber lash extensions made her lashes look amazing.
 Brow powder in the color ash, helped to fill in her brows and define their shape.

Bronzer, coral blush and luminizer complimented her tan glowy cheeks.

A soft shimmery pink lipstick defined her lips with natural color.

mother of the groom makeup for a gold dress
Here she is in her fabulous dress!

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Better Skin for your Wedding Day

facial mask with cucumbers
Q. My wedding is in 3 months. I want my skin to look better. Is it too late to reduce the redness and breakouts on my face and make my skin look more glowing?

A. It's not too late! Start by purchasing a facial cleanser containing salicylic acid to cleanse your face with every day. Salicylic acid removes pore blocking dead cells and reduces redness and breakouts. I like Yes to Tomatoes, Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Cleanser and Alba Botanica Acnedote Deep Pore Wash. Use the cleanser morning and night.

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I also recommend a light skin peel to use once a week at home. A light skin peel is a gentle exfoliator that has no grit in it. The gritty pieces in scrubs can scratch and irritate sensitive skin. They can be hard to find though. YonKa Gommage is a good one as well as Reviva Light Skin Peel.

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click here for Reviva Light Skin Peel

Also, use a sensitive skin moisturizer such as Burt's Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizer.

click here for Burts Bees Sensitive Skin Moisturizer

Schedule a deep cleansing facial asap at your salon or spa. The professional products used in a facial are stronger than products for home use and will remove more of that dull dead cell build up and give you that glowy skin you are looking for. The extraction section of your facial will gently remove blackheads with minimal irritation.  

A deep cleansing facial will also increase circulation promoting healing and a rosier skin color. Your skin should quickly respond to the TLC and look luminious!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bobby Pin Trick for your Updo

updo with braid

Look at the fabulous updo! Bobby pins are the key for holding the style in place. But, you are bound to loose a bobby pin or two as your wedding, prom or other fabulous event goes on.

Carry some extras with you to replace what gets lost. To really make those bobby pins stay in and not slip out, spray them with a little dry shampoo before putting them in. The dry shampoo gives them some gripping power. You can throw a small travel size can of dry shampoo in your bag along with the bobby pins or check in the ladies room for the basket of necessities.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

How to Heal and Prevent Cracked Heels

dry heel
The weather is getting cooler and the air is drier with much less humidity than in the summer. That means our skin, including the heels of our feet, is beginning to get dry. It's time to take action to heal any cracks in our heels so they don't get worse and prevent new cracks.

Some people get dry cracked heels in the summer even though it is warm and humid from wearing flip flops. The feet slide around in flip flops causing the skin to thicken. The foot creates a callous to protect itself from the friction created when the foot slides around in a shoe. 
sexy peep toe pump
A well fitting shoe, aka sensible shoes that I rarely wear!, helps to prevent the formation of callous by reducing the amount your foot slides around in the shoe. Wearing socks also provides the foot with protection from friction. Many of my clients see actually an improvement in the callouses and heel cracks in the fall and winter even though the air is cold and dry due to wearing socks and better fitting shoes.

Here are some tips to help heal your heels:

Antibiotic Ointment
Apply an antibiotic ointment to heel cracks that are red and sore. Cover them loosely with a bandage.

Clean your Feet
Don't neglect your feet in the shower. A wash cloth with a bit of shower gel rubbed on the feet not only feels great, it give your feet a gentle exfoliation. Dry the feet well after showering and apply moisturizer.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Slather your feet with creams and lotions twice a day to keep the skin in good condition and heal cracks. CeraVe make a nice foot cream that contains salicylic acid to help exfoliate dead skin cells and hyaluronic acid to add moisture and help the skin retain moisture.

Wear Socks to Bed
That old remedy still works. Apply a thick layer of foot cream or petroleum jelly, put socks on and go to bed. Coconut oil also works well at night. You can start with coconut oil and layer petroleum jelly on top to create a seal over the coconut oil.

Get a Pedicure
Callous are filed, scrubbed and reduced during a pedicure making it less likely to get cracks in your heels. Also, the skin gets a super moisturizing treatment especially if the pedicure includes a paraffin treatment.

Give yourself a Mini Pedi
Give yourself a mini pedicure at home between professional pedicures.
1. Soak your feet in a foot bath of water and about 1/4 cup Epsom salts for 10-5 minutes for healing and softening.
2. Next give the feet a good scrubbing with a foot file, a pumice stone or a sugar scrub.
click here for my peppermint coconut sugar scrub recipe.
3. Put your feet back in the water to rinse them.
4. Pat them dry and apply foot cream.

Wear Socks
Wear socks, as I mentioned earlier, to reduce friction on the feet. Also, wearing socks around the house instead of going bare footed helps keep the feet protected and more moisturized.

Wear well Fitting Shoes
Shoes that fit properly also reduce the amount of friction on the feet.

A little foot TLC will heal and make the feet feel wonderful.

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Have a Beautiful Day

Friday, October 2, 2015

How to remove mascara dots

mascara dots
Q. I always seem to get mascara dots on my eyelids when applying my mascara. What is the best way to remove them without destroying my eye shadow?

A. Remove the mascara dots before they are completely dry.

Use a cotton swab slightly moistened with water to remove non-waterproof mascara from your top lids. Lightly tap the dots with the swap to remove the mascara.

For waterproof mascara dots, dip a cotton swab in non oily makeup remover so it is just moistened. You don't want the swab to be saturated and drippy. Then, lightly tap the dots to remove them. You can also try these cool makeup eraser sticks from Almay. They are sticks filled with Almay's Oil Free Makeup Remover to remove makeup mistakes quickly without wrecking your makeup. They work great!

Use the dry end of the cotton swab to touch up your shadow. 

Another great product for removing mascara dots is the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Pen. It's perfect for removing those mascara dots without wrecking your eye shadow. It even removes waterproof mascara dots. Love it! Get it at Target and at for the bargain price of $3.00!

For mascara dots under your lower lashes, dip a cotton swab in your foundation and gently wipe away the dots. This works well for waterproof and non waterproof mascara.

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