Monday, September 2, 2019

Remove product build up from your hair with vinegar shampoo: Maple Holistics Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo

I've been having a lots of trouble with my hair being terribly frizzy. It's always had a bit of frizziness but has been worse than ever since I started using a product that was supposed to calm the frizz. The product is Framesi Color Lover Progressively Smooth. 
framesi color lover progressively smooth
This product is designed to penetrate the hair and transform it from the inside out. They say the more you use the product, the smoother the hair becomes. Not the case for me. The more I used it, the more unruly my hair became!!! It's quite frustrating and disappointing. I wanted to love this product. Maybe it will work better for you if you want to try it. Some people love it. 

I needed something to remove the product build up from my hair, calm the frizz and get it back to normal asap! I needed a good clarifying shampoo. A clarifying shampoo is a shampoo that is designed to remove excess oil and products that have coated and accumulated in the hair. Maple Holistics Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo was just what my hair needed. 
maple holistics apple cider vinegar shampoo
Really, I have had fantastic results removing the build up of that Framesi product from my hair and calming it down. My hair has made an amazing recovery from using this shampoo. Look how shiny and smooth it looks!
shiny hair
This shampoo works so great at cleaning the hair, cleaning the scalp, and adding shine because it contains real apple cider vinegar.

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair

🍎It removes product built up from the hair.

🍎The slightly acidic pH of Apple Cider Vinegar helps keep the cuticle of the hair flatter and closed resulting in smoother, shinier, less frizzy hair.

🍎It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties to keep the scalp healthy and treat dandruff.

This shampoo has many other beneficial ingredients for the hair in addition to Apple Cider Vinegar. Here is the ingredient list.
maple holistics apple cider vinegar shampoo ingredients
Glycerin, Sunflower, argan oil, joboba oil, castor oil, rosemary oil, wild mint oil and botanical keratin are wonderful ingredients for adding shine and conditioning the hair. 

Plus, this rich pearly shampoo has a fresh, clean citrusy smell I just love! It lathers up wonderfully, as well and is safe for color treated hair. I always enjoy a shampoo the creates lots of lather. πŸ’› It just makes me feel like my hair is getting really clean. The bottle I had was used up way too quickly. Apparently, everyone else in my house liked it too. I've got to order more!

A 10 ounce bottle sells for $12.95 on the Maple Holistics site and on my favorite shopping place Amazon. 

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It's always important to use a conditioner after washing your hair especially when using heated styling tools like blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons.

I recommend the Maple Holistics Argan Oil Conditioner. Argon Oil is fabulous for conditioning and smoothing hair. A 10 ounce bottle of the Maple Holistics Argan Oil Conditioner sells for $11.95 on the Maple Holistic site and on Amazon, too.

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Read more tips for conditioning your hair

There's another thing I need to share with you about Maple Holistics. They have an awesome recycling program with a reward for your effort for help save Mother Earth. For every empty six bottles of Maple Holistics products you return to them by mail, you get a free bottle of shampoo or you can have an equivalent value donation made to an environmentally charity. I think that's pretty great! 

Click here to read more about the Maple Holistics Recycling Program.

I thank you for using cruelty free, environmentally friendly products with safe ingredients. We all need to do our part to make the world a better place!

       Have a Beautiful Hair Day! 
xo
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Monday, August 26, 2019

Feathery Brows and Brow Gel

dramatic brow
Eyebrows have been very bold, thick, filled in, defined, arched, and clean in recent years. Many people actually use a brow stencil to get the well defined symmetrical look. Those clean bold brows work well with dramatic makeup but require time at the makeup mirror and are not casual or natural looking.

In case you haven't noticed, we have had a bohemian hippie influence that has been trending for the past few years with flowy dresses and tops reminiscent of the 60's and 70's. Those stenciled sculpted brows just don't jive with the free and easy bohemian style. 


A softer, more natural look is needed for a proper boho look. Try the softer feathery brow look.

feathered brow
The brows are still thicker and softly arched but they don't have a hard clean stenciled line. Visible hairs soften the line. I want to call them stray hairs, but they are more like controlled strays that soften the edges of the brows. 

The brow hairs are brushed up to get a soft feathery look. The brushed up brow look was popular back in the 80's, you know, that thick, wild Brooke Shield brow look. The brushed up look today is much cleaner and more controlled than the Brooke Shield's look from back in the day.


How to Get the Feathered Brow Look

Brush up  & Clean up

Start by brushing your brows upwards. 
feathered brow brushing
You can use a brow brush or a mascara spoolie to brush the hairs up. Tweeze out any wild strays that are way out of the brow line.

Smooth a bit
Now use the brow brush or spoolie to smooth the hairs over a bit so they are not super straight up. Keep the inner, thicker half of the brow brushed up more than the outer half.
feathered brow brushing

Fill in
Use a sharp brow pencil that is close to or slightly darker than your natural brow hair color. Make fine hair like strokes. Follow the shape you created when you smoothed the brow a bit in the previous step. Don't fill the brows in completely. Leave little spaces for a softer natural look. 

brow pencil

Gel it
Apply brow gel to hold the hairs in place and give the brow hairs a healthy looking sheen. You can use a clear brow gel or a colored brow gel for bolder color and to cover gray hair. Don't be tempted to pull out your gray eyebrow hairs. You will make your brows look too sparse.
brow gel
Brow Gels to Try:

Try Anastasia Clear Brow Gel if you would like to use a good clear brow gel.

Beautycounter Brilliant Brow Gel is a great tinted gel for you to try. 

A tinted brow gel is the best for really coating and hiding any gray eyebrow hairs. It's also great if you feel your brow hairs are just too light or you want to make your brows look fuller without using a brow pencil. You can match your hair color or go slightly darker than your hair color.

Both of these brow gels are packaged like mascara in a tube of the product with an applicator brush wand.

I find both of these gels go on smoothly. They dry with no hard or sticky feeling. They both hold up well through the day with no flaking. They also remove easily with facial cleanser and water.

Use only a thin layer of the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. I find using too much causes the brow hairs to stick together and look unnatural.

The Beautycounter Brilliant Brow Gel is buildable which means you can built up the color and coverage with multiple coats. It will also color the skin if you want a more filled in look. It doesn't cause the brow hairs to stick together when you add more coats.

That's all there is to it. Soft and easy feathery brows. 

feathered brow
My brows are a littler thinner than I want them to be. Brows tend to get thinner as we age due to hormone and thyroid changes. Thicker brows are more the style but you can get the brushed up feathery look even if your brows are thinner like mine.


Some people have had success stimulating more brow hairs to grow by using a brow serum or just simple castor oil. 

Apply GrandeBrow Brow Enhancing Serum or Organic Castor Oil the skin under your eyebrows once a day at bedtime. It will take several months to see an improvement so you have to be patient.

Are you afraid you will mess up your brows reshaping them? See me at Styling Point in Media, Pa for a brow shaping.


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xo
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Lotion YonKa, It's a toner.

Let's talk about one of my favorite skin care products, Lotion YonKa. πŸ’–It's a magic potion!!!
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 YonKa 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 YonKa besides using it as a toner:


Freshen your skin 

Freshen your face throughout the day to remove excess oil or add moisture. Oily skin: mist your face and pat it dry with cotton or a tissue to blot  away excess oil. Dry skin: mist your face and let it air dry.

Set your makeup

Give your freshly applied makeup a quick mist to set your it and give it a dewy look. Use either formula according to your skin type.

Freshen makeup 

Freshen up makeup that has gotten dry looking after hours of wear with a quick mist. Use either formula according to your skin type.

Use it on sunburn

Spray YonKa Lotion directly on the sunburn or spray it on a cotton pad to use as a compress. Either formula is beneficial but the glycerin in the sensitive formula maybe extra beneficial for sunburn treatment. Apply repeatedly throughout the day.

Spray it on bug bites and stings 

The healing soothing properties of YonKa Lotion are perfect to soothe, speed healing and reduce itch. You can also make a Lotion compress for bug bites. Spray the Lotion on a cotton pad and apply to the bite or sting. Use either formula for insect bites and stings. I prefer the oily skin formula for bug bites due to the slightly higher concentration of essential oils.

Use it to soothe skin irritations

You can spray it or make a compress to sooth rashes, eczema and other skin irritations. Use either formula according to your skin type. 

Read about my wasp sting


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.
Yonka Save the Bees
Yonka recently created this limited edition absolutely adorable packaging to benefit Save the Bees. It's currently sold out on YonKa's site. We still have some at Styling Point! Hurry, before it's gone!!!

Find Lotion Yon Ka in salons, spas and various websites for $42.00. I did see it on amazon for less!

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xo
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Fall Nail Colors 2019: The Zoya Sensual Collection, Swatches and Review

I always look forward to the next season's nail polish colors and am excited to open my box of Zoya nail polish when it arrives on my doorstep. Once again, Zoya has created another sensational collection of nail colors for the 2019 fall season. 


It is the Sensual Collection. 
zoya sensual
There is a nice variety of 12 rich pigmented colors in cream, metallic and glitter finishes from soft pink to deep shimmering gray. The richness of the colors represents well the rich warm colors of autumn and truly gratifies the senses. 


The Nail Trends for Fall
Colors
Purples and blues remain trendy for fall 2019 along with nudes, neutrals, reds and glitter. We love our glitter!πŸ’œ 
Zoya is right on trend as usual!

Artsy Style

Nails polished in ombre using deep colors and half moons boldly polished or decked out in glitter continue to be all the rage. An emerging nail art trend is letters painted on the nails. It can be as simple as your initial on one nail or it can be an actual word spelled out on the nails.
cat nail design

Nail Shape
Shape your short or medium length nails in a round or classic oval shape. Shape your long nails in a more pointed almond, coffin or stiletto shape. My favorite squoval shape isn't the in trend but I still like it anyway!


The Zoya Sensual Collection Fall 2019
zoya sensual collection

The Nudes
zoya sensual nudes

The Reds
zoya sensual reds

The Purples
zoya sensual purples

The Blue and Gray
zoya blue and gray
I like them all and will wear everyone of them. Of course, I have my favorites. You who know me and have read my past nail polish posts can easily guess my favorites for sure! Look for the 🧑s. Zoya is my favorite polish due to it's durability on natural nails and the gorgeous colors! 

See my Zoya nail polish posts 

I think my clients are going to love the Sensual Collection. I find all the colors apply smooth and easy laying down a thick layer of color on the first coat. Let's go through each one starting with the nude colors.

Joss
zoya joss
Joss is a creamy, warm toned rosey nude pink. This color would be a beautiful bridal color.


Kinsley
zoay kinsley
Kinsley is a blushy tan warm nude cream. My daughter has already claimed this one as her favorite.


Foster
zoya foster
Foster is a nice milk chocolate warm nude brown cream. I always like a brown for fall. Yummy!


Briar
zoya briar
Briar is a pretty warm rose cream that will complement many different skin tones.


Margaret
zoya margaret
Margaret is a lovely warm bright red with a glossy cream finish.


Rashida
zoya rashida
Rashida is a gorgeous metallic, cool, deep red with a micro pearl finish. For you who where fans of OPI An Affair in Red Square, you're gonna love this one!πŸ’—


Etta
zoya etta
Etta is a shimmering red purple with a micro pearl finish.


Ripley
zoya ripley
Ripley is a rich warm purple cream. 


Michaela
zoya michaela
Michaela is a rich, warm, dusty purple with a glossy cream finish. It's beautiful!


Vesper
zoya vesper
Vesper is a deep blue purple with a super glass like cream finish. I'm in love! πŸ’œ


Elliot
zoya elliot
Elliot is deep dark blue with a creamy mirror finish. I adore this one! πŸ’™


Ashton
zoya ashton
Ashton is a deep gray with a shimmering glitter finish. πŸ–€

Surprised by my favorites? Of course, you are not. I'm very consistent with the colors I like!



As always, Zoya professional nail lacquer wears quite well on natural nails and is free of the harmful ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. 

You can find Zoya products at salons, spas, zoya.com and on Amazon.  (The Sensual Collection not yet available on Amazon. I'll let you know. Check back soon for links!) 


We carry Zoya nail polish at Styling Point in Media, Pa. Stop in for a healing natural nail manicure. If we don't have the color you are looking for, we can order it for you!


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       Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Makeup Artist, Beautycounter Consultant
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