Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Spring Nail Colors 2019: Zoya Innocence Collection, Swatches and Review

Zoya has created a soft, beautiful collection of 6 nail polish colors for spring, the Innocence Collection. 
Zoya Innocence Collection Spring 2019
You are going to love them and actually can wear them now while we wait for the spring flowers that are starting to peak through the snow! 
spring bulbs, zoya fern
These easy to wear colors are already a hit at the salon. Maybe my clients anxious for spring or maybe they are just tired of wearing the darker colors.
Zoya Innocence Collection Spring 2019
All of the Innocence colors have a soft looking quality to them. Most provide full streak free coverage. Theo, the glitter gray, goes on more sheer than the others. I have my favorites, of course! Here is the collection in detail:

The Zoya Innocence Collection for  Spring 2019

Zoya Birch
Birch is a pale grayish lavender. It provides full opaque creamy coverage and has a nice modern look.

Zoya Agnes
Agnes is a lovely skin flattering blush. It also provides full opaque creamy coverage. Agnes is a perfect bridal blush color. One of my favorites in the collection!

Zoay Evette
Evette is a beautiful grape with full opaque creamy coverage. It reminds me of a lighter version of Donnie from the Element Collection.

Zoya Aire
Aire is a fabulous dusty periwinkle with full opaque creamy coverage. This one is a favorite for me and my clients. It had to go right on my toes! Periwinkle is a color that works well with many skin tones. It's just gorgeous.

Zoya Fern
Fern is a gray sage with a soft, ever so slight, pearl finish. It too provides full coverage. This is another favorite. It is an unusual, but not weird, color than my clients are adoring! I just love it. I could see this being an awesome color for spring bridesmaids.

Zoya Theo
Theo is the metallic one of the bunch. It's a gray with a fine dark blue glitter and multi sized and shaped silver flakes. As I mentioned, this color goes on more translucent and will build up to opaque coverage.


Agnes and Leia
Zoya Agnes, Zoya Leia
I am always layering colors to create a custom looks for my clients. Many of them are fans of glitter as am I. Agnes looks amazing topped with Leia. Brides, consider this combination for your wedding day. Top all the nails with Leia or just a few as accent nails.

Aire and Fern
Zoya Fern, Zoya Aire
Who says blue and green don't go together? These two soft colors have a heathery softness that makes them coordinate beautifully with each other. I love them together!

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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. I didn't see the Innocence Collection on amazon yet, but will provide a link when they are available there. 

Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day 

Come on Spring! 💮

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation Review

Is your skin looking parched from the cold winter? It needs moisture and protection from the harsh winter winds! Some foundations offer more hydration for dry skin than others. One of our suppliers suggested we try Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation with Deep Sea Hydrating Complex. 
youngblood liquid mineral foundation
I always like to sample a product before we start carrying it in the salon. I completely agree with the philosophy of Youngblood cosmetics. These are mineral cosmetics that contain no talc, parabens or artificial fragrance and they are not tested on animals. The Liquid Mineral Foundation is also vegan and gluten free. This foundation contains a lot of flower and plant extracts and is suitable for sensitive and irritated skin. Which is great, except for my allergy friends. You really need to read the ingredient list for potential plant allergens.

Our sample foundation color was Golden Tan, not a bad color for me to try out. This foundation comes in a 1 ounce plastic pump bottle and sells for $49.00. (Looks for a better price on Amazon!)
youngblood liquid mineral foundation golden tan
I found the foundation to be a light, somewhat thin liquid. You can see it starts to move down the palm of my hand when I tilt it. It worries me that it will not provide enough coverage. It's fragrance is very light and comes from a blend of the essential oils lemon, orange and ylang-ylang. They say it provides sheer to medium coverage with a satin finish.
youngblood liquid mineral foundation texture

The best way to apply this foundation is with a foundation brush or your fingers. A damp sponge makes the foundation too watery and it doesn't go on evenly. A dry sponge tends to soak up too much of the product.
youngblood liquid mineral foundation on skin

The Review
The First Trial: by itself
I applied the Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation with a brush and my fingers over a moisturizer. I did not use a primer and I didn't set it with powder so I could see how it did on it's own. I also wanted to experience the amount of hydration it provided. 

It looked nice. I found it to go evenly but it became slightly blotchy throughout the day. I felt I needed to reapply it midday to smooth it out. Perhaps, my dry skin absorbed some water from it. A primer would probably solve that problem.

The Second Trial: with setting powder
The second day, I tried it with setting powder (still no primer). The powder did make it hold up better. I felt the slight itch from the foundation after application that disappeared quickly.

This foundation provided light to medium coverage. I found the coverage to be sheer but would build up with more layers. The finish has a fresh, dewy look. It feels very moisturizing and creased ever so slightly into the smile lines.

The Third Trial: with primer
This time I tried it with the Youngblood Mineral Foundation Primer. It's a clear gel primer that is applied after your moisturizer and before your foundation to help the foundation go on smoother and stay looking great longer. It is designed to blur out flaws making the pores look smaller and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Did it work? It sure did! The Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation looked fresher and smoother all day long with the primer underneath. This magical primer can be used with any foundation. 

The Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer is another fabulous priming product your can use under a foundation or by itself. It has color pigments in it that help even the color tone of your skin. I highly recommend it! There are only two colors, Bare and Tan. Use Bare on light to medium skin tones. Use Tan on medium to tan skin tones.
I recommend this foundation for dry/combination skin types for it's hydration effect. I think it's a great, light feeling foundation for everyday use. In fact, one of our salon owners has been using it and she is getting tons of complements on how great her skin looks! 

We now carry Youngblood cosmetics at Styling Point in Media, Pa. if you would like to stop in and sample them.

Foundation Ingredients:
Water, Cyclomethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Glycerin, Reduced Salt Deep Sea Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polyoxyethylene, Methylpolysiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Lauryl PGG/PEG-18/18 Methicone, Squalane, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Natto Gum, Cereus Granfiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Chamomillia Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Magnolia Biondii Bark Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Propolis Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Thujopsis Dolabrata Branch Extract, Allantion, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Natural Fragrant Essential Oils- Lemon, Orange, Ylang-Ylang). May Contain: Titanium Dioxide(Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl77492, Cl77499).

You can find Youngblood Cosmetics at salons and spas, on the Youngblood site and on amazon at great prices!

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Tips on using Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation:

1. Apply your moisturizer. Wait a few minutes for it to absorb.

2. Apply Youngblood Mineral Foundation Primer or the Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer.

3. Apply Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation using a foundation brush or your fingers.

4. Apply Youngblood Minerial Rice Setting Powder (loose or pressed) with a fluffy brush to set your foundation without making it look dry or cakey.

See more Youngblood cosmetic products.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Remedies for Split Skin on Fingerstips

split skin on fingertip
The weather has gotten cold and wintry here in the Philadelphia area. That means dry skin. Our skin can get so dry and dehydrated in the cold winter air, that it can split open and feel like a paper cut. Splits in the fingertips hurt and make it hard to do everyday tasks. Plus, any openings in the skin allow germs to enter in which can cause an infection.

My clients have been coming in with super dry skin and splits in their fingertips. The lack of humidity in the outside air and the dry heated air inside buildings, exposure to water, exposure to strong chemicals like nail polish remover and cleaning products are the perfect recipe for dehydrated skin that can lead to splits. 

We have to take extra care to prevent the dryness that can lead to splits. For instance, I have to protect my thumb while removing the polish from my client's nails to prevent the skin on my thumb from splitting. Working with paper, clay, fabric and clothing also causes dehydration. Those materials absorb moisture and oils from our skin.

Moisturized hands look younger and more beautiful plus they are healthier. There are a variety of things you can do to help the skin stay better hydrated and heal splits in the skin. 

Remedies to heal and prevent cracked skin:
Topical Treatments
Antibiotic Ointment
Use an antibiotic ointment especially on a deep split. Ointment is better than cream due to it's thicker, more water resistant nature. Apply the antibiotic ointment to the split area then cover it with a Bandaid to keep it protected. Apply the antibiotic ointment 2-3 times per day. Keep it covered until the split mends together.

Lip Balm
Lip balm creates a nice waxing protective coating for split skin. This works well on splits that are not very deep. Apply the lip balm to the cracked skin to help seal it and ease the sting.

Gloves are a fantastic way to protect your hands from getting too dry. There are gloves for all types of tasks. Wear waterproof gloves when cleaning or doing dishes. Wear cotton gloves when dusting or handling something that will absorb the moisture from your hands like folding laundry. Wear gardening gloves when digging in the dirt. Always wear warm winter gloves when you are outside.

Lotions and hand creams are a must! Apply hand lotion or hand cream right after washing your hands. Also, be sure to apply lotion or cream frequently throughout the day. Choose a lotion or cream that has a scent you like so you want to use it. If you don't like fragrance, choose an unscented lotion or cream. Keep a small tube of hand cream in your handbag, in your car and at work so you have it with you to use all day long.

Hydrating Serum
Try using a hydrating serum before you apply your hand lotion or cream for extra moisture. I like Zoya Naked Manicure Hydrating Hand and Body Serum. It's a spray that instantly hydrates with a light scent. It coordinates with the Zoya Naked Manicure Healing Hand and Body cream which is also excellent!
Intense Night Time Treatment
Do the old fashioned remedy of petroleum jelly and white cotton gloves at bedtime. Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly or other thick treatment cream, such as Utterly Smooth, to your hands then cover them with white cotton gloves and go to bed. It's amazingly healing! Look for the gloves at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon.

Read Brittle Nails: How to Strengthen Weak Nails

 Here are a few healing creams to try:

Porter's Lotion
This product contains witch hazel, glycerin, alcohol, green soap, ammonium carbonate, camphor and rosemary to help heal cracked and peeling skin.

Cera V Therapeutic Hand Cream

This healing cream contains Hyaluronic Acid which is fabulous for hydrating the skin.

Udderly Smooth

This product was made to moisturize and heal cow's skin. For real!!! It contain stearic acid, lanolin and allantoin to heal dry cracked skin.

Carmex Healing Ointment

Contains petrolatum, lanolin, beeswax, cetyl esters, mineral
oil, cocoa butter, fragrance, camphor, menthol, salicylic acid
and vanillin to soothe and heal the skin.

Eat a nutritious diet with lots of fruits and veggies and drink plenty of water for healthier skin. Add more vitamins and fat to your diet to help the skin heal and become stronger so it is more resistant to fingertip splits.

Try for 8 8 ounce glasses each day to hydrate the skin and improve cell function. That equals about 2 liters or half a gallon.

Take Flax seed oil

It's loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids and is very beneficial for skin health. Add 1 Tablespoon to your diet each day.

Take Vitamin D

Vitamin is needed for skin cell growth and skin repair. Take a daily supplement or eat more foods containing Vitamin D. Be sure to eat or take magnesium when taking Vitamin D. Vitamin D can deplete your magnesium causing a headache.

Some foods containing Vitamin D: dairy products, egg yolks, fortified orange juice, fortified alternative milk products, mushrooms grown in sun and fish.

Some foods containing magnesium: pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, brazil nuts, avocados, almonds, beans and lentils, bananas, dark leafy greens, whole grains, dark chocolate and fish.

Eat more Omega 3, Omega 6 & Mono Unsaturated Fats

Healthy fats help prevent skin dryness and help your body create healthy skin cells.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:  Soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids:  Cereals and grains, oils: flax seed, soybean, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, black currant and evening primrose and egg yolks

Eat mono-unsaturated fats- Avocados, olives, olive oil and nuts.

Get a Manicure!
See me for a healing manicure at Styling Point in Media, PA

I hope these tips help your fingertips heal super fast and make your hands look more beautiful, especially if you have a sparkly new engagement ring!
princess cut diamond ring
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Over Exfoliated Dehydrated Skin

Exfoliation. It's a big deal in skin care. Exfoliation removes dead skin which makes our skin look younger, helps prevent clogged pores and promotes collagen production.

Can it be over done? It can.

Especially in the winter when the skin is in a dryer, more delicate condition.

dry skin
Signs that your skin is over exfoliated:

Dehydrated, dry and tight feeling skin

Skin has a burning sensation
Skin care products burn when applied
Sensitive, irritated, rashy areas

If your skin is feeling this way, stop all forms of exfoliation and use a gentle, minimal skin care routine to let the skin calm and heal.

Things you can try to help your skin heal:

No Exfoliation Products: 

Exfoliation products include ultrasonic facial cleansing brushes, grainy scrubs, liquid exfoliators such as salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acids, Retin A, Renova, loofahs, washcloths, even most facial masks do some exfoliation.

Morning Cleansing: 

Just splash with water, pat dry and spray on a healing toner. I love YonKa Lotion PS to soothe and heal dehydrated skin. It is amazing healing mist toner that contains essential oils and glycerin.

Morning Moisturizing:

Use a gentle, basic moisturizer that contains a minimal amount of ingredients. Make sure it does not contain salicylic acid or hydrox acids. Apply it right after your toner to seal in moisture. Yes to Carrot SPF 15 Daily Fragrance Free Moisturizer is gentle and contains zinc oxide which is both a sun screen and skin healer. I also love Yonka Sensitive skin care line. I find it extremely soothing for irritated skin.

Click here for more on the Yonka Sensitive line

Nighttime Cleansing: 
Use a gentle moisturizing facial cleanser that contains a minimal amount of ingredients. Make sure it does not contain salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids. Try Yes to Carrot Fragrance Free Daily Cream Facial Cleanser  Use your cleanser in the evening to remove dirt and makeup. Wet your face, apply the cleanser with your hands, massage it over your face to loosen dirt and makeup. Rinse it off well and pat dry. Do not use a wash cloth. Spray on a healing toner.

Nighttime Moisturizing: 

Slather on the emollients! Try shea butter, coconut oil or avocado oil. Yes to Carrots make a nice Yes to Carrots Intense Hydration Night Cream you can also try. Apply your emollient product generously right after cleansing and toning for overnight skin healing.


It will be difficult to find a liquid makeup, bb cream or cc cream that does contain some sort of exfoliant. Also, foundation does apply well to dehydrated flaky skin. It tends to cake up. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30 is something you can try. It's a tinted moisturizer. Use your fingers, not a brush, for gentle application. Avoid applying drying powder makeups at this time.

Use a Humidifier: 

A humidifier is a great device for adding moisture to the air in your living space. The moist air will help the skin retain moisture and heal.

No Hot Water: 

Hot water dehydrates your irritated skin even more. Quick warm showers are your best option.

Eat Healing Foods:

Add healthy skin healing foods to your diet.

Flax seed oil

Take Vitamin D

Omega 3 Fatty Acids:  Soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon

Omega 6 Fatty Acids:  Cereals and grains, oils: flax seed, soybean, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, black currant and evening primrose and egg yolks

Mono-unsaturated fats- Avocados, olives, olive oil, nuts

Give your skin a good month of healing time. You can go back to exfoliating once your skin is healed but with a less zealous routine. Your old exfoliation routine will only cause a problem again.

Brides, I can help you get your skin glowing, beautiful and healthy for your wedding day makeup application!

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Have a healthy, happy skin day!

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