Monday, April 22, 2019

Earth Day 2018: Zoya Earth Day Exchange & How to Dispose of Old Nail Polish

zoya thrive collection spring 2018
If you haven't heard, Zoya is offering new nail polish in exchange for your old polish, any brand of old polish. Discounted new Zoya nail polish and free shipping for old unwanted nail polish. It's an awesome deal!!! The deal is running from April 2-29, 2019.

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Zoya asks that you to send back your old polish but you are not obligated to do so. If you choose to not send back your old polish, please dispose of it in the earth friendly way! Below is the proper way to dispose of old nail polish.

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How to Dispose of Old Nail Polish

There are special guidelines when throwing away paint to prevent contamination of soil and water sources. For instance, a can latex paint needs to be a solid, not liquid, to be thrown in the trash. The paint can should be opened to allow the liquid to evaporate. The can is okay to put in the trash when the paint is dried.
old nail polish
We don't think about it, but nail polish is paint. Most of us just toss an old unwanted bottle of nail polish in the trash. This creates the possibility of contamination of soil and water if the bottle is broken in a landfill. Here is what we need to do:

1. Pour the polish out of the bottle on to a paper towel and let it dry.
pouring out old polish
2. Leave the top off of the polish bottle to allow the polish remnants to harden.

3. Once the polish is all dry, the paper towel and polish bottle can be tossed safely in the trash.


It's an easy way to help protect our environment everyday.


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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pink Makeup Looks with Pretty Pink Cosmetics

pink cosmetics
I love a pink makeup look! Pink is fresh and pretty, especially in the spring.  I use pink often when doing bridal and prom makeup on my clients because it is soft and romantic plus, there is a pink to suit every skin tone! Cool pink, warm pink, soft pink, bright pink, light pink, dark pink. So many pinks to choose from!

I have noticed Katy Perry is wearing a lot of pink makeup on American Idol. I love how her makeup matches her outfits. Her makeup always looks amazing!💖

I will share with you some of my favorite pink makeup items that I use to create beautiful pink makeup looks. Let's start with the eyes.

Eye Shadows
I use many eye shadow colors, usually 4 to 6, to paint an eye. I seem to have a hard time finding the shades of pink eye shadow I'm thinking of. That means using a variety of eye shadow palettes to find all the shades I'm looking for. Sometimes, I have to mix and layer colors to get the shade I want.
pink eye shadow
For this pink makeup look I used Too Faced Bunny Nose (from the Natural Love Palette) on the lid and inner crease and Too Faced New Money (from the Chocolate Gold Palette) on the outer lid and on the outer crease. I adore the intensity of New Money!

Next, Urban Decay Hot Pants (from the XX LTD Reloaded Palette, currently unavailable but Day Glo Flamingo from the Morphe Naturally Speaking Artistry Palette may be a nice substitute) blended the Bunny Nose and New Money together at the mid lid and crease.

Lorac Light Pink (from the Pro Palette) was the perfect matte highlight for the brow bone. A thin line of Too Faced Decadent (from the Chocolate Gold Palette) made a great black liner. I finished the look off with black mascara.

The Laura Geller Iconic New York Collection Uptown Chic Eye Shadow is a lovely collection of pink, rose and gold hued shadows for those looking for a more subdued pink eye shadow look.
Blush
Most of the time I use more than one color of blush to give the cheeks dimension. There are some great blushes that are multi colored to create a natural dimensional using one blush product. 
pink makeup look
Laura Geller Baked Blush in Pink Buttercream is a beautiful pink that is multi colored to give a natural flush of pink.

I also like Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi Colored Blush in Blushing Berry.

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush and Highlight Palette in Pacific Coast Pink gives you three beautiful pink shades that coordinate perfectly to create the perfect dimensional look.
Lips
pink lipstick
I have a love affair with lipstick! There are at least a dozen lip colors in my handbag at any given time. Never mind what's in my other lipstick makeup bag that sits in my kitchen and what's in my makeup drawer!!!

If you are looking for a bold, bright, cool toned pink lipstick, try Zoya Lucky. It's a comfortable long wearing lipstick.

Urban Decay Revolution High Color Lip Gloss in Savage gives you gorgeous bold glossy color. This color also comes in a matte lipstick.

For the first time ever, I'm recommending a Cover Girl product since they are now cruelty free! Sugar Almond is a beautiful soft pink!

For a rose pink, Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose is a beautiful rose that looks great on many skin tones.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose is another lovely pink on the softer side. A perfect creamy bridal color.

Need a bold yet pale pink? Dose of Colors Classic Lip Gloss in Petals is the softest cool baby pink.
So there are a few of my favorite pink cosmetics. I'm always looking for more. As I mentioned, CoverGirl is now cruelty free which has opened up a whole cosmetic line for me to explore! Be on the look out for more CoverGirl products in my posts.

I hope my post has given you some pink inspiration! I am available to help you with your special occasion or everyday makeup if you live in the Philadelphia, Pa. area.

Have a Beautiful Day!



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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Pina Colada Cheesecake Recipe - The Juicy Beauty Word

pina colada cheesecake
I'm all about eating low sugar, vegetarian healthy food, but sometimes, a girl's just gotta have cheesecake! My Piña Colada Cheesecake is full of cream cheese (which is a nice calcium dairy food), pineapple (rich in Vitamin C) and the trendy health craze ingredient coconut milk. It's practically health food, right? That's what I tell myself, anyway! I believe a small piece of a yummy dessert is good for our mental health especially if it contains a little rum!
pina colada cheesecake ingredients
I sometimes make this cheesecake for my husband's birthday since it's one of his favorites. It also is a lovely dessert for the Easter holiday.

This recipe can easily be made gluten free by using gluten free graham crackers for the crust. One of my daughters was gluten free for a time. She has gravitated away from gluten free but says she felt better when she was gluten free so I like to adjust my a lot of my recipes to accommodate a gluten free diet.


My Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

To get a rich tasting cheesecake with a lovely texture, I use regular cream cheese. You can use the lower fat Neufchâtel Cheese to lower the fat content in the cheesecake if you choose. I figure this is a dessert so I go for the gusto of full fat to create the most delicious dessert. I also use full fat sour cream. Again, you can lower the fat content by using lower fat sour cream. I don't recommend using anything fat free for a dessert. The fat is needed to create the best texture.


This recipe includes canned crushed pineapple. It must be very well drained. I use a 20 oz. of crushed pineapple in pineapple juice. Drain the pineapple in a colander and press it with a large spoon to squeeze out the juice. Then, measure the 1 cup of the pineapple. Make draining the pineapple the first step when you start preparing your cheesecake so there is plenty of draining time.  

I add dark rum to this cheesecake for authentic piña colada flavor. You can use rum extract if you choose. Use 1 or 2 tablespoons according to how much rum flavor you desire.

toasting coconut
Toasted coconut adds a nice crispy texture to the cheesecake and tastes yummy. It also is very decorative on top of the cheesecake and around the plate. Coconut easily toasted in a pan on your stove top.
springform pan with foil
I like to wrap foil on the bottom of my springform cake pan to prevent any melted butter leakage from the crust. Believe me, I have way too much experience with smoke billowing from the oven from an overflow or pan leak burning on the bottom of the oven so I'm always looking for ways to prevent it from happening! Just ask my daughters!!!


pina colada cheesecake
Piña Colada Cheesecake
This creamy, yummy cheesecake full of pineapple and coconut flavor is a favorite of my husband! Toasted coconut is the perfect decorative accent and adds a nice crispy texture.

The Crust

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, regular or gluten free
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

The Cake

4 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 15 oz. can of cream of coconut
1 cup of crushed pineapple, well drained
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 teaspoons of dark rum or rum extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice

The Topping
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Drain pineapple. Pre heat the oven to 350°. 


Crust:

Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a medium sized bowl. Press the mixture into a 10 inch springform cake pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. 

Cake:

Beat cream cheese at medium speed until fluffy. Add sugar and beat until well blended. Add the eggs, one egg at a time, beating after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add sour cream, cream of coconut, pineapple, cornstarch, vanilla, rum and lemon juice. Mix on low speed till nicely combined.

Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Open the oven and check to see that the cheesecake is just about set and it is golden on top. Close oven door and turn the oven off. Allow cheesecake to gradually cool in the oven for 1 hour. Remove cheesecake from oven and allow the it to continue to cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Refrigerate for about 8 hours in the springform before serving time.


Topping:

Toast the flaked coconut in a dry pan over medium heat on your stove top stirring frequently until golden. Put the coconut is a glass bowl and allow it to cool. Cover and store at room temperature until it is time to serve the cheesecake. 

Remove well chilled cheesecake from the springform pan. Put on a beautiful plate and sprinkle toasted coconut on the cheesecake and on the edges of the plate. Serves 10 to 12. Slice and Enjoy!


cheesecake slice

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fostoria plate

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Get longer lashes with Lash Fibers

long lashes
Long beautiful eyelashes are all the rage. I like enhancing the natural lashes to their full potential instead of relying on falsies or expensive lash extensions. Don't get me wrong, false lashes and lash extensions look fabulous, but I for one, don't like the glue. I find it irritating.  And.... my brides are always worried the lashes will start to unglue before the night is over. It can happen. I even saw lashes come unglued on Dancing with the Stars!

Get the most out of your natural lashes!


Start Clean
First, always start with clean lashes. Get rid of any mascara remnants that will interfere with a smooth mascara application. Use an oil free makeup remover and rinse your face for good measure. 

Curl 'em
Curl the top lashes with a lash curler. Warm the curler with a blow dryer to get maximum curl that lasts. Test the curler on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. Curl lashes 3 times with your eyelash curler at the root, the middle and near the ends.
curling lashes
Waterproof Mascara
Use black mascara on the top lashes. Waterproof mascara helps your lashes hold a curl better than non waterproof. My favorite waterproof mascara is Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara.

Read my Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara Review

Make the most of your lashes by fanning them out. After curling your top lashes, pull mascara wand out of the tube wiping excess mascara off of the wand onto the opening of the tube. Apply mascara to your outer lashes first directing them toward your temples. Next, apply mascara to the center lashes directing them toward your brows. Finish the top lashes by applying mascara to the inner lashes directing them toward your nose. 
 cherry blooms fiber lash extension mascara

Add Fibers
Add lash fibers to the freshly mascaraed lashes.  You can buy kits that contain a mascara and fibers or just the fibers. Cherry Blooms, Too Faced Better than False Lashes or Physician's Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit are a few kits. I find the tube of fibers last much, much longer than the mascara. Any tube of mascara should be used for only 3 months then tossed due to the high probability of bacteria growth. The lash fibers are dry so they are far less likely to grow bacteria so the tube of lash fibers lasts a long time.

Lash fibers can be used with any mascara. Milani Length in Seconds Lash Extensions is a product that is just fibers that you can use with any mascara. I like the Cherry Blooms fibers because they are black. The lash fibers stick to the mascara. Don't over do it. Just a light coating of fibers will do.

Read my Cherry Blooms Mascara Review
lash fibers
More Mascara
Now add a generous second coat of mascara working it in the fanned out directions sealing in the lash fibers. Some of the fibers will come off onto your mascara wand.

Let them Dry 
Support the lashes with your fingers as the mascara dries for maximum curl.
curl lashes with fingers
The Bottom Lashes
Apply a thin coat of black or brown/black mascara to the lower lashes. Just a touch on the bottom lashes to create a balance of color between the top and bottom lashes. We want the top lashes to be the showstoppers.

Now you have comfortable long gorgeous lashes that last all day with no issues! Even through wedding day tears!

long dark lashes

More tips on fiber lash extension application: 

Too Faced Better than False Lashes: How to Apply

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Shampoo for Stronger Hair: Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo Review

maple holistics silk 18 shampoo
If you like a shampoo that gives you billows of lather and reduces hair breakage, this is the shampoo for you! 
shampoo lather
Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo is a shampoo good for men, women and children with all hair and scalp types. It is especially good for repairing dry, damaged hair with it's blend of 18 amino acids. Amino acids are protein building blocks. The 18 amino acids in this shampoo are derived from silk and help to strengthen the strands of hair and protect the hairs from damage and breakage. This shampoo contains botanical keratin which is another protein beneficial for strengthening hair. 


Our hair is made of hard keratin protein just like our nails. Skin is also made of keratin, soft keratin protein. Nutrients in our diet help our bodies create strong, healthy keratin cells for good hair, skin and nails. Applying keratin and other proteins to our hair and nails is beneficial as well. 

Professional keratin protein treatments done in salons straighten and smooth dry unruly hair. Using a shampoo that contains proteins will also help the hair look smoother and less fly away plus, the hair will be less damaged from the heat from blow dryers, flat and curling irons. 


Panthenol, aka Vitamin B5, is another nice shampoo ingredient for strengthening, conditioning and adding shine to hair. You can see it's in there, too!
Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo ingredients
The Silk18 shampoo also contains hair loving argan oil, jojoba oil and glycerin to moisturize the hair and give it amazing shine! 

This shampoo is safe for color treated hair and is great for people with sensitive skin. 

I tried it!
I love a shampoo that really lathers up. I feel like it's foaming away all the dirt, excess oils and dead skin flakes. You only need a quarter sized dollop of Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo to create rich lather that leaves your hair feeling super clean and fresh. 

It has a very light scent of vanilla which is perfect for people who are sensitive to smells and those who don't like hair scents competing with their body wash scents and perfume scents.

I find it leaves my hair feeling smooth and silky with beautiful shine. There is a Maple Holistics Silk18 Conditioner which also contains their blend of 18 silk amino acids along with shea butter, jojoba oil, argan oil, aloe and more.
shiny hair
Maple Holistic products are cruelty free, are made with natural ingredients, are sulfate free, paraben free and are made in the USA. Many of their products are vegan. The Silk18 shampoo and conditioner are not considered to be vegan because they contain silk amino acids. 

Purchasing Info:
Maple Holistics products are available from their site and on my favorite, Amazon. A 10 ounce Silk18 Shampoo sells for $12.95. The 16 ounce size sells for $17.95. 

An 8 ounce 
Silk18 Conditioner sells for $10.95, 10 ounce is $12.95 and the 16 ounce size is $18.95.

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Maple Holistics makes many other great shampoos and conditioners, too. I just love the smell of their Hydrating Shampoo.

Click here to read my review of the Maple Holistics Hydrate Shampoo.


Have a Healthy Hair Day! 


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