Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Wedding Makeup: Tips for Sweat Proof Makeup at The Westin Wilmington

If you are reading this, you are probably feeling the summer heat and looking for ways to keep your makeup from melting off your face! Here is a post I did a couple of summers ago. I have some great sweat proof makeup tips that work for special occasion makeup for a wedding or prom, everyday summer makeup and vacation makeup as well. I'm getting ready to do makeup for another summer outdoor wedding this coming weekend and I'll be using these techniques to keep the bride looking fresh and beautiful all day long in the summer heat!

A Summer Wedding in July
I had the pleasure of doing some onsite wedding makeup this past weekend for the bride, bridesmaids and mothers. One of my colleagues joined me to get all the ladies ready before the photographer arrived.

The beautiful bride was planning an outdoor ceremony at The Westin Wilmington, Delaware on one of the hottest days of the summer. Sweat proof makeup that would withstand the summer heat and last all day was definitely required! The beautiful bridal suite in The Westin, where we did the makeup application, was bright, roomy and very well appointed for entertaining I must say.
Westin Wilmington DE
The bride's gown was a stunning trumpet/mermaid strapless
sweetheart gown in shimmering off white lace.
trumpet bridal gown
The bridesmaid dresses were shades of beige, brown and pink in various styles. I can't wait to see pictures of everyone!

This is a photo of the bride's trial makeup at the salon. Please excuse the shadowy lighting! We chose a soft smokey eye in pink and shades of brown and a soft pink lip to coordinate with the wedding color theme. The shadow colors really complimented her dark brown eyes.


pink and brown smoky eye

She wanted fabulous lashes. She already had fabulous lashes! We decided to forgo strip lashes and just enhance her own lashes since they were so great already. To get her own lashes more fabulous, I applied layer of waterproof mascara, added lash fibers to the mascara to help extend her natural lashes a bit then another coat of mascara to seal in the fibers. I added a few knotted lash flares to the outer lashes to add a extra drama.
lash flares
A hot summer day requires special makeup application techniques to keep your makeup looking fresh for your pictures throughout your wedding ceremony and your reception.


Sweat Proof Makeup
Clean skin
Start with fresh clean skin that has been cleansed with a gentle facial cleanser and toned with a soothing, mildly astringent toner.

Moisturizer
Use a light moisturizer before applying primer and foundation. A moisturizer for normal to oily skin is a good choice in the summertime when the skin is more oily. A heavy moisturizer will be occlusive and may create too much shine on a hot day.

Primer
Primer always helps keep foundation in place. It also helps hide flaws such as enlarged pores and shallow lines. A mattifying face primer should be used on oily skin to keep shine down as the skin produces oil throughout the day.

An eye shadow primer is also important to prevent shadow from creasing and slipping out of place. My very favorite shadow primer is Urban Decay Primer Potion.


Waterproof

Use waterproof mascara and eye liner. Waterproof products won't budge when the skin sweats. It is possible that they can smudge when the skin get oily though. Oils dissolve waterproof mascara.

Click here to see my favorite waterproof mascara!

Matte Foundation

Use a matte or semi matte foundation. Avoid a foundation that is too luminous. It can look sweaty instead of glowy.

Double Blush
Use a cream blush topped with a dusting of powder blush for super staying power. Both blushes should be similar colors.

Face Powder

Application of face powder is necessary to keep shine down. Use a brush to dust on an even layer. Dust on a second layer for extra shine protection. Using a powder puff applicator may lay down an uneven layer of powder on oily, sweaty skin and look blotchy.

Setting Spray

A makeup setting spray will help hold all the makeup in place when the skin sweats. Apply it after makeup application is complete. Try Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray  

Blotting Papers 

Carry these with you to use throughout the day. Use the blotting papers to absorb sweat and oil from your face without disturbing your foundation. Blot, don't rub, then, dust on a thin layer of face powder if you look still look shiny.
These makeup tips will help you stay fresh looking all day long! Does it sound like there are too many products to buy for just one day? I have all the goodies and can apply them all for you! I can come to you to do your wedding makeup in the Philadelphia, Pa. area or you can see me at the salon, Styling Point in Media, Pa. 
bride with mirror
Cheers pretty ladies!

Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

My Foundation Doesn't Match My Tan!

You've search and sampled and finally found the perfect liquid foundation to match your skin color. The problem is, it's summer and you're a bronze goddess, so now your foundation doesn't match your tan skin! 

You could go back to the drawing board and start shopping for a new foundation color for summer. But, foundations can be expensive. One of my favorites, Urban Decay Naked Skin, is $40.00. I don't want to pay that much for a foundation that will just be used for the summer months. Plus, the skin could get even more tan or maybe even less tan, then the new foundation would no longer match.

The other thing you could do is purchase a darker, warm tan shade of foundation and mix it with your foundation. But, then you would still have the expense of purchasing that new foundation.

There is a simple less expensive solution that I frequently use to solve this foundation dilemma. You can add a loose powder bronzer to your foundation. It's an easy solution for giving your foundation a more tan color. I use it with my clients to get their foundation looking a little more glowy for summer. It works great because....

🙆 You can easily control how much bronzer goes into your foundation to mix the perfect color.

🙆 The bronzer adds the perfect warm tan look to your foundation to match your tan.

🙆 A bronzer is less expensive that buying a new foundation.

🙆 The bronzer works as a multi purpose product. Not only does it warm up your foundation, you can use it for it's intended purpose..... a bronzer!

🙆 This technique it also great for faking a tan!
foundation and bare minerals warmth
How to mix Bronzer into your Foundation to Match your Tan

Pour the amount of liquid foundation you would normally use into your hand. 

Sprinkle a small amount of the loose powder bronzer into your foundation.

Mix it with a concealer brush.

Test it out on your face. Add more bronzer if the color needs to be more tan.

If you added too much bronzer, add a little more foundation until you get the right color.

The Best Bronzer for Mixing into Foundation

Bare Minerals All Over Face Color is my favorite loose powder bronzer to add into foundation. There are 3 shades that will create a tan effect. I recommend Warmth or Faux Tan. A Little Sun has a lot of sparkle in it. It still works mixing in the foundation, but it adds a lot of sparkle. I personally prefer very little sparkle in my foundation. I like A Little Sun as a bronzer on my cheeks.

Warmth
Warmth is my favorite All Over Face Color Bronzer. 
bare mineral warmth
It has the least amount sparkle of the three and has a rich warm tan with a reddish tone.
Ingredients: Mica.  May Contain (+/-):  Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742).

Faux Tan
Faux Tan is a bronzy tan with a bit of shimmer. Vegan friends, this one contains carmine.
Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491,CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Carmine (CI 75470),Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).


A Little Sun
A Little Sun is a light brown with a warm rosy tone with a good bit of sparkle.
Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491,CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Here's how they look in inside natural light. The sparkle doesn't show very much.
bare minerals all over face color swatches

Here they are in the sunlight. You can see the sparkle especially in A Little Sun!

What is Carmine?

If you want no shimmer at all, Bare Minerals Loose Powder Matte Foundation for oily skin comes in 32 shades including tan shades for $29.00 each that can be added to a liquid foundation in the same way as the All Over Face Color.

You can purchase a Bare Minerals All Over Face Color for $21.00 at Ulta, Sephora and the Bare Minerals site. You can also find it for less on Amazon! 
The All Over Face Colors are very pigmented. You only need a little bit whether you are mixing it into your foundation or using it as a bronzer so it lasts a really long time. Bonus: mineral makeup contains a bit of sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. 

Enjoy your summer tan whether it's real or just great makeup!

Read More: How to Choose the Right Bronzer

Have a Beautiful Day!


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sunburn Remedies and Treatments

sun burned skin
We have such a great time enjoying summer fun in the sun.  It's great to be outside experiencing a beautiful summer day! While you are enjoying fun outdoor activities, it's sooo important to remember that those UV sun rays are super strong and they can burn our skin. You have to take precautions and take care of your skin. I call sunscreens magic potions. Think about it. It's amazing really. You spread a cream on your skin and it prevents a painful sunburn.

Maybe you forgot to put on sunscreen or maybe you thought you wouldn't be out in the sun very long and wouldn't need it. Maybe you forgot to reapply sunscreen while having fun at the beach or pool. Or maybe your sunscreen was expired or didn't have a high enough SPF for your skin. Whatever happened, you ended up with sunburned skin. The skin is traumatized and damaged. It hurts and you need to cool it down and help it heal. 

I have had many clients come into the salon with painful sunburns looking for relief. We use YonKa skin care products for our facials. They make a product that is amazing for healing sunburn, YonKa Lotion. I highly recommend it for calming and healing sunburned skin. I have other remedies as well, so I put together a little guide of remedies to help cool and heal the sunburn.

Sunburn Remedies


Water:
Shower
Take a long cool shower to cool down the skin. No soap on burned areas!  Apply a light moisturizer after showering. Avoid creams containing petroleum and petroleum jelly. The petroleum will be too occlusive and trap heat in. Look for hydrating lotions containing glycerin, aloe, soy, vitamin E and oatmeal. Burt's Bees Aloe & Coconut Oil After Sun Soother is a good one.

Bathe
Soak yourself in the tub for 15-20 minutes.
-Add 1 cup of oatmeal to a lukewarm bath
or  
-Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a lukewarm bath
or
-Add a few drops of lavender and/or peppermint essential oil to a lukewarm bath. Lavender is amazing for healing burns.

Air dry or pat dry gently with a towel. Apply a light hydrating moisturizer after bathing. 

Drink
Drink plenty of water to cool and hydrate your body. Try coconut water.  It helps dehydrate the body fast.

Food:
Fruits and Veggies Your skin has been damaged by the sun. Eat foods high in anti oxidants to help the skin fight skin damaging free radicals and heal quicker. Brightly colored fruits and veggies are high anti oxidant foods.

Aspirin:
Take aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation. It is most beneficial when taken within 48 hours of sun exposure.

Topical Remedies:
Aloe
Apply Aloe Vera gel to relieve pain and inflammation. Keep it in the refrigerator for extra cooling.

Lidocaine
Try a sunburn treatment product containing lidocaine for numbing relief.

Cucumbers
Cold cucumber slices are great for healing and cooling small areas.

Vinegar
Use apple cider vinegar to balance pH, relieve pain and heal the skin. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water. Put in a spray bottle and spray on frequently or pour it on a soft cloth to make a compress.

YonKa Lotion
This our favorite topical sunburn remedy at the salon!!!
Spray on YonKa Lotion. It is called lotion but it is a healing toning mist. It is an amazing healer for burned skin. It contains a blend of healing essential oils: cypress, geranium, thyme, lavender and rosemary. 

There are two formulas, one for dry/sensitive skin (it's pink) and one for normal/oily skin (it's white). The sensitive formula has a lower concentration of essential oils than the normal formula and it also contains plant glycerin. The normal formula for not contain glycerin. Glycerin makes the sensitive formula better for holding water in the skin which will help it heal faster. Spray it on several times throughout the day. You can also make a compress with it.


Tea
Use tea, especially mint tea. Brew it fresh. No sugar. Chill it. Put in a spray bottle or on a soft cloth as a compress. The tannins in the tea speed the healing process.

Honey 
This is a messy remedy but very effective due to honey's antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. The best honey to use is Manuka honey. Apply it straight to the burned area and lightly cover with plastic wrap or make a thin paste of 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup honey to apply to the burned area. Keep it on as long as possible. Take a cool shower to rinse large areas. You can read the details about Manuka honey on wikipedia. Here's a link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuka_honey

The Doctor:
See a doctor if you have symptoms of sun poisoning which is a severe sunburn. Sun poisoning symptoms include large blisters, facial swelling, fever, chills, rapid pulse, upset stomach, headache, confusion, fainting and dehydration. You need more than the sunburn remedies I listed. You need medical attention to prevent infection and treat the extreme physical reaction the body is having to the burned skin .

Click here for tips to prevent sunburn

Do your best not to pop blisters from sunburn. I know it is so tempting to pop them, but popping them can cause scarring and the popping opens the skin up making the already damaged skin susceptible to infection.

I hope these remedies help you heal your sunburn pain. Take care of the skin you're in!

Have a healthy, happy skin day!


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Friday, June 29, 2018

Red, White and Blue Nail Designs: Absolut America Party with a Purpose & Lemon Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

My husband came home with a bottle of Absolut Vodka for his favorite summer cocktail, the Lemon Moscow Mule. The Absolut bottle was all cute in a red, white and blue design. I just love it! 
Absolut America Limited Edition Bottle
I will be keeping this bottle, the empty bottle of course! 😜 As it turns out, this is a limited edition Absolut America bottle to help raise money to Keep America Beautiful. 

From May 1, 2018 till September 3, 2018, Absolut will donate one dollar to one of four  charities including Keep America Beautiful for each picture submitted showing how you party with a purpose this summer. You can select your charity and submit a pic on the Absolut site.  (You will need to sign in with your age over 21.) Fun and giving back at the same time. It's all good!
Absolut America Limited Edition Bottle Design
The simple painted design on the Absolut America bottle inspired me to create some bold, simple red, white and blue nail designs for the upcoming July 4th holiday. Simple stars and stripes painted with red, white and blue nail polish.
star nail design with absolut america bottle
It started to rain lightly during my photo shoot. The rain drops actually look pretty great in the pics!
red white and blue nail designs with Absolut bottle
red white and blue nail designs
red white blue nail designs
I'm ready for the 4th!
Just in case you would like to party with a purpose while sipping a delicious Lemon Moscow Mule, here is the recipe!
lemon moscow mule in copper mug
Lemon Moscow Mule
My husband loves this refreshing cocktail in the summer. The classic Moscow Mule is made with lime juice but he prefers lemon juice.

2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 ounces ginger beer
Lemon slice for garnish

Pour vodka into a copper mug or high ball glass. Add lemon juice. Add ice cubes. Top with the ginger beer. Gently stir. Add more ice if needed. Garnish with a lemon slice on the side of the mug or glass. Enjoy! 
Makes one cocktail.

Ginger beer is a non alcoholic beverage. You can find it right in your local grocery store usually in the soda aisle. Amazon is the place to get some copper mugs at great prices! 

Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day!



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US Flag

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Zoya Jelly Brites Nail Polish Swatches: A Glossy Sheer Nail Polish Collection

Zoya has created 3 new Jelly nail polish colors called the Jelly Brites. 
zoya jelly brites
This collection is a special edition for 2018. Zoya's Jelly finish formula is a super shiny buildable translucent nail polish. 
zoya alia and purple petunias
The polishes are sheer but have a nice dose of bright color. You can wear them as a sheer color or build them up to a solid glossy color. I like to wear them with 4 coats for solid super shiny color. 
purple wave petunias
The beautiful Jelly Brites colors happened to coordinate perfectly with the purple wave petunias in my the planters on my deck. So you know where my photo shoot took place...on the deck in the beautiful late afternoon daylight!
bee on purple wave petunia
A bee joined me during my Jelly Brites photo shoot and was getting nectar from my purple wave petunias in a curious way that had me fascinated. It was going to the base of the flower on the outside of the flower where the flower meets the stem. 
bee getting nectar form petunia
I never saw a bee do that before. Interesting. Anyway.....

I will show you how the polish looks as the coats build up. Index finger is one coat. Middle finger is 2 coats. Ring finger is 3 coats. Pinky is 4 coats. There was no base or top coat used in these photos. Here are the bright and pretty Jelly Brites:

Molly
Molly is a translucent pinky red.
zoya molly
Here is Molly closeup. So glossy!
Zoya molly

Paris 
Paris is a translucent fuchsia.
zoya paris
Paris is also super glossy closeup!
zoya paris

Alia
Alia is a translucent plum. 
zoya alia
Here is a glossy closeup of Alia!
zoya alia closeup
There they are in all of their glossy gorgeousness!

See the Zoya Kisses Pastel Jelly Collection

As always, these Zoya nail polishes are vegan and 10 free, which means they are free of the ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead.

You can find Zoya Nail Polish at salons, spas, zoya.com and Amazon for $10 each. The Jelly Brites Collection is available as a trio and comes packaged in a gorgeous white box! Love it!
Have a Beautiful Day!



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