Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hours to Avoid the Sun

The weather is warming up. It's time to take good care of your skin while you're outside in the sun so you don't get a nasty sunburn that ends up peeling.
sunburned peeling skin
The sun's rays are strongest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daylight savings time. The best way to prevent a sunburn is to apply a good sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it 30 minutes before you go out in the sun to allow the sunscreen to bind with the proteins in your skin. 

For more sunburn protection at the beach, look at the shadows. Go to the beach when the shadows get long. The shadows start to get long at around 4:00 on a summer day. The UVB B burning rays are more scattered by the ozone layer when shadows are long than when the sun is directly overhead when the shadows are short. The UVB B rays are not as strong when they are scattered reducing the risk of sunburn.

There are other protective shadows to look for on the beach.

Hide in the Shadows

The shady shadows from your beach umbrella also offer protection from the sun's rays.  But don't get overly confident because your are in the shade.  UV rays still reflect from the sand and surf. 

Hide your face, neck and chest in the shadow of a wide 3 or 4 inch hat that is cloth or has a tight weave. 


Also, look for clothing with a high amount of pigment, not sheer white clothing, to absorb the UV rays before they reach the skin. 


You can wear hats and clothing the contains SPF for sunburn protection. Check out Coolibar Sun Protection You Wear

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Callused Feet

How do we get rid of calluses on feet? Honestly, dry callused feet aren't pretty or sexy in any way, yet hard, dry, even cracked, callused feet are a common problem. Let's look at why feet get callused in the first place then, I'll show you what products do wonders to get them smooth. Believe me, I know. I'm the poster child for callused feet with my high heels and bare footin'!

sexy shoes
What's a callus?
A callus is thicken skin that is hard and becomes very dry and sometimes cracks. The body builds up more skin as a defense mechanism. The body is trying to give the feet more padding to protect against something that is irritating to the feet. The irritation comes from pain, friction and/or pressure to the feet. It's odd that the body is trying to protect you from pain by thickening the skin but really thick calluses can actually cause pain. We need to manage those calluses.
dry callused heel
What causes calluses?
Irritation, pain, pressure and friction to the feet. Walking bare footed can create pain and pressure on the feet. Your feet sliding around in your shoes can cause friction on the feet. Wearing socks reduces the chance of building calluses, but if your feet are sliding, even with socks on, you will be creating friction and building calluses. Awesome looking high heeled shoes can cause a thick callus on the ball of your foot. A shoe that doesn't fit right and hurts will cause a callus. Sometimes the feet just hurt due to age or a foot problem and callus can build.

Genetics
Some people seem to be more prone to thick calluses than others. I chalk it up to genetics. If you noticed your Mom's dry callused feet on the beach chances are your feet are lookin' dry and callused on the beach as well!

Will a callus go away?
If you stop the cause of the foot irritation, the callus will eventually go away. We can make them go away with sanding and scrubbing, though. Just know that they will come back if the foot is being irritated in some way. 

Prevention
Pamper your feet to help prevent thick dry calluses. My clients who wear sensible shoes and thick socks everyday have very little callus. My bare footers and flip flop wearers need a lot of scrubbing during their pedicures! Wear comfortable shoes that fit your feet well. Wear nice thick socks. Save the heels for occasional wear. Take good care of your feet by using foot scrubs and creams. Get monthly pedicures to help keep your feet looking and feeling pretty.

How to get rid of calluses

Besides getting monthly pedicures, there are a few things you can try at home to make calluses look better. I feel calluses should not be removed completely. They should be reduced, smoothed and moisturized. When the callus is completely removed and the skin is left pink, the foot is sore and the callus will come back with a vengeance! Please note: If you are diabetic or have a circulatory problem, consult your doctor before doing any callus removal treatment.

1. Soak the Feet

I like Epsom Salt for the foot soak. Epsom Salt is the mineral Magnesium Sulfate. It makes the water feel silky and softens and soothes the skin. Fill a large bowl or foot bath with warm water. Add about 1/4 cup of Epsom Salt. Soak for 10 minutes.
Apple cider vinegar is another favorite soak of mine. You can use 1/4 cup in your foot bath instead of Epsom Salt if you choose. Find Epsom Salt in your local drug store or in the drug section of grocery and super stores.

2. Dry the Feet 

Dry your feet with a nice fluffy towel. 

3. Apply a Callus Removal Treatment 

There some awesome products to help soften hard calluses and make the removal process more effective. These are gel treatments that have a high pH level. They are to be used on the callused area not on the entire foot. The can burn or be irritating on non callused or cracked skin. Wear gloves to apply them or rinse your hands immediately after application. If you don't, you will feel it and want to rinse it off your hands asap! Leave the product on the feet for 3-5 minutes then rub it off with a towel. I like:

Prolinc Be Natural Callus Eliminator
Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Potassium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Disodium EDTA

Gena Callus Off
Ingredients: Water, potassium hydroxide, glycerin, propylene glycol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, disodium EDTA

They both contain Potassium Hydroxide. This ingredient helps to break down the protein in the callus cells making the callus easier to file down.

Click here to shop for gel callus removers


4. Time to Scrub

Break out the foot file and go to town! You can use a more gentle sandpaper type of foot file or a more aggressive metal grater type of foot file. The metal file will work faster for you but it can also leave a roughed up surface on the skin. Do not use a blade callus remover. They can remove too much callus and also cause dangerous cuts.

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5. Rinse the Feet

Give the feet a good rinse after all that filing and pat them dry.

6. Apply a Cream

Apply a good cream to your still damp feet. Sometimes I like to apply some coconut oil to the feet followed by cream. It can make the feet really slippery though. Put some socks on. The cream doesn't have to be specifically foot cream. It can be any cream but I do love Burt's Bees Peppermint Foot Cream. It's super minty and cooling! 

Jason softening Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion and Shea Moisture Olive and Green Tea Body Butter are two more nice rich creams to try on your feet and body too. The Jason Lotion smells like vanilla and contains a bit of potassium hydroxide. The Shea Moisture Body Butter has a sweet green tea smell. All three creams that I have mentioned are paraben free.

Burts Bees Peppermint Foot Cream Ingredients: Water, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Peppermint Oil, Stearic Acid (Vegetable Fat), Witch Hazel, Glucose (Sugar), Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Wheat Germ Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Parsley Leaf Oil, Orange Wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosemary Leaf Extract, Menthol, Sodium Borate (Natural Borax), Xanthan Gum, Sucrose Stearate (Sugar Emulsifier), Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase (Natural Preservative)

Jason Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (1), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (1), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose , Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum) (1) Certified Organic Ingredient



Shea Moisture Olive & Green Tea Body Butter Ingredients: Deionized Water, Olea Europaea (olive) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii(Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Olus Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Oil, Stearyl Alcohol (Palm Kernel), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Proprietory Essential Oil Blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Green Tea Extract

Maintenance

Now your feet are feeling nice and smooth. Help keep them that way by using a scrub in the shower and lots of moisturizer 2 times a day. Get a monthly pedicure to sand down any new callus built up. Try to wear well fitting shoes. Take a look at Vionic shoes. They offer stylish support for your feet. We have a client who swears by them.

Click here for my Peppermint Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe!
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Have a Beautiful Day
xo
Jill


Monday, April 17, 2017

Tattoo Camo: Tattoo Coverup Makeup Review

From time to time you may find you need to cover up your tattoo. Maybe you are getting married or are in a wedding and you want to hide it. Maybe your family doesn't approve of tattoos and you want to hide it from them. Or perhaps your job requires you to cover any tattoos. Whatever your reason, a good concealer made to cover tattoos will do the job. 

My favorite is Tattoo Camo. I've used it to cover tattoos, spider veins, bruises and dermatofibromas. The coverage is amazing!
tattoo concealer
Now you see it                                                                                      Now you don't!

The Products

Concealer
It is a thick full coverage cream concealer that comes in a 20 gram pot that blends easily with the skin texture. It is available is 6 colors.  I have 8 and 15 and mix them to create a close color to match the skin I am covering. Here are some swatches. They aren't exact but give you a general idea of how they look. 
tattoo camo swatches

8 Ivory is the lightest
5 Cream is a light beige
2 Warm Beige is a warmer slightly darker beige
12 Sunkissed is a tan
15 Walnut Shell is a darker tan (even though it doesn't look it)
19 Almost Cocoa is the darkest tan shade

I believe the formula may have changed from when I last purchased it. It has been difficult for me to find ingredient lists online. All the ingredients I list in this post are from the original formulas. Here are the ingredients for the original color 15 formula. 

Concealer Ingredientscyclopentasiloxane, caprylic/capric triglyceride,ethylhexyl isononanoate, petroleum, diisostearyl adipate, propylene carbonate, tribehenin, ozokerite, phenyl trimethylsiloxysilicate, silica, talc, boron nitride, polydecene, peg/ppg-18/18 dimethicone, dimethicone, trimethylsiloxysilicate, disteardimonium hectorate, nylon-12, acrylates crosspolymer, tocopheryl acetate (Vit. E), ascorbyl palmitate (Vit. C), BHT, propylparaben, [=/-(may contain): titanium dioxide (77891), iron oxides (77491, 77492, 77499),ultramarines (77007), bismuth oxychloride (77163)]

Translucent Setting Powder
The concealer comes with a translucent setting powder in an 11 gram pot. The powder sets the concealer in place.

Setting Powder Ingredients: talc, zinc stearate, zinc oxide, methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, trisodium EDTA, (may contain) mica (977007), titanium dioxide (77891), carmine (75470), ferric ferrocyanide (77510), iron oxides (77491, 77492 77499) ultramarines (77007) 

Magic Shield Setting Spray
Seals the concealer and Setting Powder. Helps prevent the concealer from smudging and rubbing off on clothes. It comes in a 56ml pump spray bottle.

Setting Spray Ingredients: ethyl alcohol, deionized water, octlacrylamide/ acrylates/butylaminoethyl methacrylate copolymer, va /crotonates/ vinyl neodeconate copolymer, aminomethyl propanol, triethyl citrate, peg/ppg 5/3 trisiloxane, methyl gluceth-20

Remover Tonic
Removes all traces of concealer, powder and setting spray.

The Application:

Concealer
Start with clean dry skin. Don't apply moisturizer. Apply with a concealer brush. Blend in edges with a brush, a sponge or tap with your fingers. You can use a sponge to pat over the surface to remove any brush marks and create a more skin like texture. Allow it to dry a few minutes. Apply another layer if you can still see your tattoo. A few thin layers are better than one thick one.

Setting Powder
After applying the concealer and letting it dry a few minutes, apply a generous amount of setting powder with a powder brush tapping it into the makeup. Gently dust away the excess. 

Magic Shield Setting Spray
Next, apply the Magic Shield Setting Spray. Spray it on the concealed area 10-12 inches away. Let it dry. You can spray another layer for extra protection.

Click here to watch How to Cover a Tattoo

Remover Tonic
This is a liquid to remove all traces of the Tattoo Camo concealer. I have not tried it. I use plain old soap and water to remove it.

The Review

Tattoo Camo gives great coverage and is 95% waterproof. It will last all day but wears off slightly. I covered a friend's ankle tattoo. She took a shower but didn't soap up the area. She even slept with it on. The next day, the makeup was a little worn off but her tattoo was still mostly covered.  It blends easily with the skin. However, it will transfer a bit to clothes rubbing against it or sheets if you choose to sleep with it on. 

The concealer is creamy, thick and opaque giving good buildable coverage. Just be sure to let the layers dry between applications. It blends easily with the skin and I have not found it to be drying. 

The setting powder is a fine milled silky feeling powder that helps keep the concealer from wearing off. It doesn't change the color of the concealer very much, maybe it makes it a pinch darker. 

The Magic Shield setting spray leaves a clear barrier over the concealer and setting powder. It is important to spray it 10-12 inches from the concealed area. If you spray it too close, it will drip over the skin, leave visible shine and look crinkley. It takes a few minutes to dry and will feel sticky until its dry. It leaves a film that feels even so slightly tight on the skin and it has a barely there sheen to it. Two layers of spray is fine, but more than that may create noticeable shine. Wipe the spray nozzle after using it to keep it from clogging and ensuring a even mist when sprayed.

These products are not tested on animals but not all of the products are vegan.

What I don't like about it:

I don't like that it contains parabens and BHT. These are preservatives that have been used in cosmetics for years.

Parabens have been classified as xenoestrogens- agents that mimic estrogen in the body which can cause cancer.

BHT is butylated hydroxytoluene which is a toluene based preservative. Toluene has been removed from many nail polishes due to possible health risks. BHT is also used as a food preservation. Read your food labels friends!

The amounts of these preservatives in cosmetic products are small. I've have been moving to products that don't contain them. However, this a specially product that generally is not used daily and is only used is a relatively small area. It's not like a body lotion which contains parabens that is used on the entire body. A small amount of product, a small amount of preservative exposure so I will keep using it on occasion.

One Tattoo Camo Kit comes with 1 concealer and 1 setting powder for $34.95.

The Special Double Tattoo Camo Kit comes with 2 concealers and 1 setting powder for $59.95.

The 56ml Magic Shield is $21.95.

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Jill

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Are cruelty free products vegan?

I recently discovered that many people don't know the answer to that question even some folks who work at Ulta. My daughter stopped in at our local Ulta store to shop for makeup for a vegan friend. She consulted a sales associate to point out the vegan brands. The associate quickly pulled out her list of cruelty free brands as a list for vegan brands.

The answer to the question "Are cruelty free products vegan?" is sometimes but not always.

Cruelty free means the cosmetic product and it's ingredients have not been tested on laboratory animals. Alternative, highly precise non animal testing methods, such as in-vitro testing, are used to determine product safety instead of torturing caged animals. 


Vegan means free from animal ingredients and animal by products. Animal includes insects, too. Carmine, honey, beeswax and milk which are a few animal derived ingredients.


A cosmetic may be cruelty free yet contain animal ingredients. For example, Burt's Bees is a nice, natural cruelty free brand which contains beeswax, royal jelly, honey, lanolin, carmine and buttermilk in some products. It's not vegan. It's a great cruelty free brand that has some vegan products within the line.


Vegetarian
You may be fine with ingredients like milk and honey which are produced by animals but not fine with ingredients that result in the killing of an animal such as collagen or gelatin. Ingredients produced by animals without the loss of life of the animal are considered to be vegetarian but not vegan

Urban Decay is another great cruelty free brand. They have many vegan products listed in a vegan section on their website, but not all of their products are vegan.

Tarte and Too Faced are two more big name cruelty free brands that offer a list of some vegan products on their sites but not all of their products are vegan.

Even inexpensive cruelty free brands including NYX, Wet n Wild and Milani offer a nice variety of vegan options, but not all of their products are vegan.


Now, can a vegan brand tested on animals? I highly doubt it. I can't think of a company that avoids animal ingredients yet tests on animals.


Get familiar with animal ingredients. There may be some surprising animal derived ingredients that you never knew about. Always, Always, Always read the ingredient lists on products.


Click here for a list of animal derived ingredients. 


Makeup Brushes
Don't assume that your makeup brushes are vegetarian or vegan. What do you think natural bristles are? Many makeup brushes are made from animal hair including goat hair, ox hair, boar hair, horse/pony hair, sable, etc. I have been a makeup artist for many years. When I first started, many moons ago🌙, it was virtually impossible to find cruelty free makeup brushes or cruelty free art brushes for painting. Things are much better now.

Many companies are jumping on the cruelty free vegan makeup brush band wagon and are creating really great synthetic material, such as Taklon, makeup brushes. Wet n Wild, Eco Tools, NYX, Spectrum, e.l.f., It Cosmetics, Too Faced (Teddy Bear Hair Brushes), Urban Decay all make vegan brushes though some are not 100% vegan companies.

You can make life easy on yourself and buy from 100% vegan brands. I found it's not so hard to do. You will be surprised at what cosmetic brands are 100% vegan. Every product in their line is vegan.


vegan makeup
100% (or almost 100%)Vegan Cosmetic Brands Available Retail Stores

e.l.f. available at some Target, Kmart, Walgreens, Walmart, Old Navy, CVS Stores


Kat Von D Beauty (is transitioning to 100% vegan. Look for #Veganalert on her website). Available at Sephora


Pacifica available at Ulta


Eco Tools brushes for makeup, skin care. Available at many retail stores including Ulta, Kmart, Walgreen. Consult website for list of retailers


CoverFX All but 2 products, MintTint FX & MintGlaze FX, are vegan. Available at Sephora


100% Vegan Cosmetic Brands You can Order


Obsessive Compulsive (signature product Lip Tar)


Illuminaire Cosmetics available for retail in some states at salons and spas. Visit their site for locations


Everyday Minerals


Inika


Aniology (highly pigmented organic lipstick)


P.H.B. Ethical Beauty  (a smashing brand from across the pond!)


Lime Crime 


Jeffree Star


Arbonne sold through Arbonne Consultants


Click here for more brands that are 100% Vegan


Cosmetic Brands that Offer Many Vegan Options Available Retail Stores


Urban Decay available at Ulta and Sephora


Tarte available at Ulta and Sephora


Too Faced available at Ulta and Sephora


Lush available at Lush stores nationwide. Lush products are 100% vegetarian and more than 80% vegan


Milani available at CVS and Walgreens


Wet n Wild CVS, RiteAid, Walgreen, Target


Visit the websites of these brands for lists of their vegan products and store locators.


Vegan Nail Polish


Zoya My Favorite! available at salons and spas


Orly available at salons, spas and Sally Beauty


Color Club  available at salons and spas


Spa Ritual available at salons and spas


Piggy Polish available online and some retail locations


Click here for more vegan nail polish brands



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Jill