Friday, December 6, 2019

Zoya Twinkling Holiday 2019 Nail Polish Collection Swatches

zoya twinkling collection
As usual, Zoya never disappoints! The Zoya Twinkling Holiday 2019 Nail Polish Collection has a variety of beautiful colors to suit everyone's taste. There are creamy nudes, deep shiny creams, a glossy red, and sparkling metallics to get your nails twinkling in the holiday lights.
zoya twinkling holiday 2019
They are perfect colors for the holiday season with all our parties, get-togethers and celebrations. You can wear a sophisticated nude that would look gorgeous with a black outfit or choose a flashy metallic, a classic creamy red or a rich glossy cream. I have my favorites.... you know I'm partial to the blues!

Here are all the beautiful colors so you can choose which ones you want to see under your tree or in your stocking!

The Zoya Twinkling 2019 
Holiday Collection

zoya kaede
Kaede is a sheer holographic glitter topper. It looks beautiful on top of colors or it can be worn alone for a flash of 
gold glitz.

zoya enza
Enza is a soft warm toned nude cream. Glossy and sophisticated.

zoya steph
Steph is a nude pink cream with a warm undertone. It's soft and creamy.

zoya mai
Mai is a medium toned mauve rose cream. A flattering color for many skin tones.

zoya tieran
Tieran is a medium toned cool gray cream. It has a bluey tone to me.

zoya tanya
Tanya is a bright creamy candy red with warm tones. Yummy!🍬

zoya rosa
Rosa is a bright micro pearl metallic fuchsia. This looks like New Year's Eve to me!🎉

zoya gabi
Gabi is a deep rich purple cream. It's deep and glossy!

zoya sedona
Sedona is a rich brown with a gold micro pearl shimmer. It's warm and spicy.

zoya jen
Jen is a beautiful sapphire with a subtle metallic finish. 

zoya alessia
Alessia is a glittery turquoise with metallic hints of silver. My choice to wear to Jamaica! My toes were glistening in the sunshine!

zoya jett
Jett is a glittery silver that dries with a flaky matte finish.
zoay jett
The glitter pieces have a variety of shapes and sizes.

zoya jett
Add a glossy top coat if you prefer a shiny finish.

zoya alessia and zoya jett
Alessia with Jett accent nails

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, and on Amazon.  We carry Zoya nail polish at Styling Point in Media, Pa. Come see me to get your nails party ready with a beautiful Zoya nail polish color.

       Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day! 
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Monday, November 25, 2019

Allergy Rash from Christmas Tree: Causes and Remedies

Here is your annual reminder to protect your skin as you decorate this holiday season. My daughter called me out for not following my own advice after my arms got all scratched up handling our artificial tree!🎄

It's time to get the house looking festive for the holidays and lucky for me, I have plenty of helpers.😸 
Cat and Christmas decorations
That means putting lights and decorations not only on indoor Christmas trees, but on outside trees and bushes as well resulting in scratches and rashes on hands and arms in the process! 
Scratches from Christmas tree
It happens every time for me with both real and artificial trees. People can be allergic to the sap or rosin that evergreen trees produce causing painful, burning rashes on the skin. It can be similar to a poison ivy rash for some people. The pricks and scratches from the pine needles exacerbate the allergic reaction. 

The sap may not be the only allergen. Real Christmas trees can have pollen, mold and fungus on them which can cause skin rashes and other allergic reactions. There can be many different types of mold living on a tree. Researchers found more than 50 different molds on Christmas trees!!! That is super bad news for allergy sufferers.

Christmas trees can also be sprayed with chemicals to help preserve them. The many allergens that cause rashes can also cause serious breathing problems for those with asthma and allergies. I know this first hand because my daughter ended up in the ER with a serious asthma attack after babysitting a family with a real Christmas tree.

There are some things you can do to reduce the allergens on a real Christmas tree before bringing it into your house. 

Shake it Off
Give the tree a good shaking and bang the trunk of the tree on the ground to remove loose allergens such as pollen. Some Christmas tree sellers have a machine that shakes the tree to remove the allergens plus the loose needles. You can also blow it off with a leaf blower.

Hose it Down
Give the tree a good hosing down outside. Let it drip dry, them move it to the garage to dry off for a couple days.

So how about an artificial Christmas tree? 
It will definitely reduce the possibility of allergic reactions. But, you may not be totally safe from allergies with an artificial Christmas tree either. People can be allergic to the dust and dust mites that cling to artificial trees. Mold can also be a problem if the artificial tree is stored in a damp basement. Allergic people get a easily rash on their hands and arms along with irritating scratches.

The rash from your Christmas tree, whether it's a real tree or  an artificial one, may not an allergy at all.  It can simply be irritation from the skin being pricked and scratched.
Christmas ornaments
Like I said, I also get scratches and a rash from decorating the Christmas tree, especially when only half of the pre lit tree is lighting and I have to dig through the branches and find the bad bulb. Uggggh! 

You would think I would learn after all these years of decorating experience, but I just jump right into the decorating full of creative energy not worrying about the scratches, till later when they start stinging! 

Plus, this year I have another tree to decorate. I've added this cute pencil tree in my dining room that is so easy to put together and decorate. I love that it fits perfectly in the corner and takes up very little room.

pencil christmas tree
There is a simple way to prevent the scratches and rashes...

Wear gloves and long sleeves when decorating trees. Long sleeves tucked into the gloves will give you the best protection.
decorating Christmas tree
If you happened to get scratches and rashes, there are a few things you can do to help your skin heal.

Remedies for Rash from Christmas Tree

After Decorating:
Wash up
Remove the gloves and long sleeve shirt after the decorating and put them in the wash. Wash your hands and arms to remove any allergens.

Soothe the Allergic Reaction
Apply an anti histamine cream such as Benedryl cream, calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to soothe an allergic reaction rash. A severe poison ivy type reaction may require medical attention and oral anti histamines.

Yonka Lotion
Or try our favorite all purpose remedy at the salon, YonKa Lotion. It seems to soothe and heal any sort of skin irritation with it's blend of essential oils! It's a more natural approach than hydrocortisone or Benedryl.

Treat the Scratches
Apply an antibiotic ointment to the scratches to prevent infection and help them heal a little quicker. 
Christmas tree
Artificial tree dust removal tips:

Wear gloves and long sleeves when cleaning and assembling the tree. 

Unpack Outside
Open the box that stores your artificial tree outside.

Vacuum Away Dust 
Vacuum your artificial tree to remove dust. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to gently go branch by branch from top to bottom if the tree is assembled. It is easier to vacuum before it is assembled. Do it outside if you can, otherwise put a plastic sheet to catch dust under the tree that you can dispose of after cleaning.

Blow Away Dust
You can blow the tree off outside with a leaf blower if you have a sturdy tree. A leaf blower is strong. It could damage a delicate artificial tree. I have used a blow dryer on the cool setting to blow dust off of my tree in the past.

Wipe Away Dust
Use a damp towel to wipe dust off of artificial trees from top to bottom. You can add a bit of dish washing liquid or vinegar to a bucket of water. Dip your cleaning rag in and squeeze it out really well. You should not saturate the tree. Do it outside if you can. Let it dry thoroughly before decorating it and plugging in lights. 

Store in Plastic
Store the artificial tree in plastic bags or plastic boxes instead of cardboard boxes to reduce dust mites.

Buy a New Tree
Or maybe it's time to ditch your old tree full of allergens and start fresh with a new tree. Especially with all the great cyber sales going on at Christmas time!

You can get all different sizes of Christmas trees including pencil trees at great prices on Amazon! 

Here's a handy link:

Have a Beautiful, Healthy Day!

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Beautycounter Sale: Black Friday Beauty Deals

Hey everyone! 
I have to let you know about this super clean beauty deal: 
there is a fantastic Beautycounter sale starting today!
It's a 15% off sale plus free ground shipping with an order over $50. 

beautycounter sale

Yes! Free shipping! 
I know many of you have been asking for free shipping so take advantage of it during this special holiday sale. 

Stock up on your favorites and get a few gifts for your friends and family. 

If you haven't tried any of the safe, clean Beautycounter products, now is the perfect time.

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This sale is running from Friday, November 22, 2019 till Sunday, December 1, 2019. Please order by November 30th to help me reach my 6 month sales requirement!!!

Here are some of my favorite things!

Holiday Eye Sparklers Palette
These shadows are nice and glittery!!!
beautycounter holiday eye sparklers

 for an amazing holiday look
I love these cool colors!!!
beautycounter starlight palette
beautycounter girls night

See me to try on this red!

Add some amazing shimmer with Poppy Shimmer Lip Gloss. 
It's a pink red shimmer that looks great on everyone!!!
beautycounter lip gloss poppy shimmer

beautycounter overnight resurfacing peel
countertime ultra renewal eye cream
Your man will appreciate a little pampering too! 
counterman smoothing shave cream
 There are so many more excellent products. I could go on all day! But I won't. Instead I'll give you my link for your browsing pleasure! Just click on the link to shop and order right from the Beautycounter site.  
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*From 12:01 AM PST on November 22, 2019, until 11:59 PM PST on December 1, 2019, or while supplies last, eligible customers will receive 15% off the retail price of select products and free ground shipping on product purchases of $50 USD / $65 CAD or more (less applicable taxes, shipping and handling, Member enrollment fees, and Consultant enrollment fees). Prices are as marked on No additional discount may be taken at checkout, including the Consultant discount. 15% off select products offer available to Clients and Band of Beauty Members in the US and Canada only. Free ground shipping with purchase of $50 USD / $65 CAD or more offer is available to Clients, Band of Beauty Members, and Consultants in the US and Canada only. Offer available on, Consultant Personal Websites, Quick Order, My Counter App, and at Beautycounter retail locations in New York City, Nantucket, Boston and Denver, only. Quantities are limited. If an item goes out of stock during the promotion period, it cannot be purchased at the promotional price when it comes back in stock after the promotion period has ended. Offer not valid on previous purchases. Once an order is submitted, we are not able to make any adjustments to the order. Offer not transferable or redeemable for cash. Exceptions will not be granted. Excluded products: Band of Beauty Membership, Flawless in Five, Get the Look (Classic, Romantic, Statement), Welcome Baby Gift Set, The Ultimate Baby Collection, Baby Bundle Collection, The Ultimate Collection, Kids Bath Collection, Countermatch Collection, Essential Nourishing Collection, Rejuvenating Collection, Countercontrol Collection, Counterman Collection, Body Collection, Counterman Shave Regimen, Counterman Beard Regimen, Countermatch Regimen, Rejuvenating Regimen,Countercontrol Regimen, Countertime Collection, and Countertime Regimen 
Set. We reserve the right to modify or replace any part of these terms and conditions and terminate this offer at any time without notice. Offer subject to change in Beautycounter’s sole discretion.

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       Have a Beautiful Day!
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