Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Solar Powered Animal Paw Lights

cosmos seedlings
Finally, it's starting to feel springy here in the Philly area! I have started some cosmos in a sunny kitchen window. I love to watch little seeds come to life. My little butterfly/hummingbird garden not only brightens my day with beauty, it gives me some much need garden therapy stress relief, a little exercise and a nice dose of Vitamin D! I stopped in Boscovs recently, walked through the garden department and came upon these. I simply had to have them!!!πŸ’•πŸ˜ΊπŸ’• Solar Powered Animal Paw Lights. They were only $19.99 and were on sale for $14.99. 
solar powered animal paw lights
They are an adorable addition to my garden!!! I love solar powered lights and find they hold up well. I have lights on my deck from last year. They made through the cold, snowy winter and still light. Cloudy days don't charge them well, though. They are dim and don't stay lit very long after a cloudy day.
solar powered battery pack
The paw prints are super easy to install. First, find a sunny spot to place the solar battery pack. Be sure it's not near any nighttime light source. They won't turn on unless it's dark. Turn the switch to on or to flash if you prefer. Arrange the paw prints and gently push the stakes in the ground. Let the sun charge them up and watch them glow when it gets dark!
 solar powered animal paw lights at night
They are LED lights so they are nice and bright with blue white light. The lights will go on when it get dark and turn off when it gets to be daylight automatically.
solar powered animal paw lights
The wires are easily hidden with a layer of mulch. 
solar powered animal paw lights in garden
They are super cute in both the day and night. My friendly garden assistant approves.
cat with solar powered animal paw lights
Meow!🐾🐾
Find solar powered animal paw lights at Boscov's online and in the garden section of the store, on Amazon, and other online stores including EBay, Jet and Zulily.


Have a Beautiful Day!
  xo 
Jill

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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, 2018.

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.

Click here for Zoya Earth Day Exchange details! 

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.


Have a Beautiful Earth Day!
  xo 
Jill


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Prom Makeup 2018: Pretty Primrose Pink Makeup for Glasses Wearers

pink primrose
It's prom time and we've had quite a few beauties come in the salon for hair and makeup! Wearing glasses is an "in" thing now so many women are choosing to wear their glasses to the prom. 

A recent prom client wanted a natural makeup that would help her eyes stand out behind her dark framed glasses. She would be wearing a black dress to the prom. I thought extra attention to her lashes and makeup in shades of primrose pink would be perfect for her fair complexion.

soft pink prom makeup
soft pink prom makeup for glasses
I started by applying light peach concealer to the under eye area and an ivory foundation with both a foundation brush and sponge. Her eyes were lined with black pencil liner on the top lashes and dark brown on the lower lashes, then gently smudged with dark brown shadow. 

I used one of my favorite eye shadow palettes, the Too Faced Natural Love Eye Shadow Collection. The soft pink shadows look like they were made for her!
too face eye shadow palette
For her lashes, I applied black mascara and added lash fibers to make her lashes extra long. Lash fibers do amazing things for lashes! I used Cherry Blooms Lash Fibers. I like them because they are black. Some fibers are white.
Read more about Cherry Blooms!
cherry blooms eyelash extensions
A soft pink slightly shimmery blush and highlighting powder accented her cheeks. Her lips were lined with a blush pink lip liner and topped with pink champagne gloss. Gorgeous with or without her glasses!



She wore her long hair down and curled with a bit loosely pulled back.

prom hair style
I have a few tips to help you with your eye makeup so your eyes don't get lost behind your glasses.
Eye Makeup Tips for Wearing Glasses
Eye Shadow 
Start with a little color. Neutral shadows have been the rage for the past couple years but I find a bit of eye shadow with color can add a brightness and help eyes pop behind glasses. Eye shadow with a soft shimmer adds light and brightness to the eyes. Avoid heavily frosted eye shadows. Keep the shadow on the eyelids and a little in the crease. Don't take colored shadow up to the brow bone. Stick to a cream shade of shadow to highlight the brow bone.

Define with Eye Liner
Line your eyes with a dark brown, plum, charcoal, black or even navy blue liner. Make the line on the top thick and the line on the bottom thin. 

Accentuate Your Lashes
Curl your lashes. Curling makes the lashes look longer and gives your eyes a lift.

Add two coats of black mascara on top lashes. Use a lengthen formula to make them look a little longer. Add one light coat to the bottom lashes. The dark mascara make the whites of your eyes look brighter and intensifies your eye color. 

Groom Your Brows
Don't forget about your brows. Clean up stray hairs for a clean look. Give the brows a fuller bolder look by filling them in with a brow powder.

Professional hair and makeup helps you look extra gorgeous for your prom. Schedule a appointment at Styling Point in Media, Pa.!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lorac Pro Conceal/ Contour Palette review and swatches

Is the Lorac Pro Conceal/Contour Palette worth it? Well for me, not so much. I'll tell you why....
lorac pro conceal/contour palette
I use a variety of concealer colors on one face depending on what I am trying to correct so I thought this palette would be fantastic for myself and to use on my clients.
lorac pro conceal/contour palette colors
These are cream makeup colors to use for concealing, contouring and highlighting. There 8 colors for concealing and contouring, the top and middle rows. The 4 shimmer highlighting colors row are the bottom. 
lorac pro conceal/contour palette color names
The shimmers are very subtle. In fact, they are what I like best about the palette.

This palette comes with a nice double ended brush and a how to booklet. I have to say, I love the brush! The bristles are soft and great for blending. One end of the brush is a dome blender brush. It's great for foundation application, too. I have read that people are unhappy that it is too wide to dip into the pans of product. It is wide. I prefer to use the smaller pointed brush on the other end for dipping into the product and applying, then blending with the wide brush. Lorac also has smaller contour kit with six colors that has larger pans that the wide brush does fit in.
lorac pro conceal/contour palette and brush
The concealer, contour and highlighter review: 

The Concealers
lorac pro conceal/contour palette concealer swatches
My main concern with a concealer is hiding my dark circles. I find these colors just aren't right for me. The yellow and peach shades look like they would be good but they look kind of chalky on my medium toned beige skin. The concealers have a thick sticky texture. I find them to look dry and cracked making my lines
and creases stand out horrendously
lorac pro conceal/contour palette undereye
I'm still on the hunt for a truly crease proof under eye concealer in the right color. Tarte Shape Tape is pretty great but I would like it in a yellow orange.

The Contouring Colors
lorac pro conceal/contour palette contour swatches
I'm not big on contouring on myself. My face is too contoured as it is. I do use some contouring on some of my clients, though. I find the colors to be too light or too dark so it takes a bit of mixing to get the right color. The texture of the contour colors is thinner and creamier than the concealer colors.

The Highlighters
lorac pro conceal/contour palette highlighter swatches
The highlighter creams are light, sheer and subtle. I like the gentle shimmer they give to the cheeks and brow bone. The texture of the highlighters is thin and creamy. 

This palette would probably work better on younger more oily skin. I find using
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil (which I completely love!!!) before applying the Lorac concealer does improve the dry appearance it has on me. 

You can always test this palette out at an Ulta Store to see how it works for you. There are some other palettes available that some people prefer, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette gets good reviews as well as the NYX Professional Makeup Highlight and Contour Pro Palette.

Lorac Pro Conceal/Contour Palette Ingredients:

C1, C2, C3, C4: Triethylhexanoin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Talc, Microcrystalline Wax, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyethylene, Boron Nitride, Alumina, Ceresin, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77499).

C5, C6, C7, C8: Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer Dicaprylyl Carbonate,Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Diglyceryl Sebacate/Isopalmitate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ceresin, Silica, Polyethylene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77499).

H1, H2, H3, H4: Phenyl Trimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate,Dimethicone, Sorbitan Olivate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Microcrystalline Wax, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diglyceryl Sebacate/Isopalmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polyethylene, Ceresin, Silica Silylate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019) *Carmine (CI 75470), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985). *May Contain carmine as a color additive.
This palette sells for $45.00. Luckily, I had a special 20% off coupon that Ulta sends out from time to time to use on all makeup including prestige lines. Find the Lorac Pro Conceal/Contour Palettes at Ulta Stores and online, on Lorac.com and on Amazon.

Thanks for Stopping By!
Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill