Saturday, December 18, 2010

Makeup Lesson: Crayon Red Lips


Who doesn't love crayon red lips? They are bright. They are powerful. They are sexy!

Just about everyone can rock them. Choose a red with more blue or more orange depending on you skin tone.

A matte red tends to look best on younger people. Glossy and satin reds look good on everyone and are especially good for us older people. Their sheen creates a flattering younger look.

 But applying bright red lipstick can be tricky. 

Reds don't always stay true to color. They may look amazing in the tube but when they are applied to the lips, the natural lip color shows through and muddies reds causing them to loose their vibrancy.

For some people, reds change color on the lips. I tend to have this problem. The pH of the skin causes changes in the lipstick color. The pH can change other lipstick colors as well.


Don't fret, friends! I have a few tips to help you get the perfect crayon red lipstick application and help the red retain it's brilliance. I have also included some Amazon Affiliate links to help you find the best beauty products.

How to Apply Bright Crayon Red Lipstick

Apply Lip Balm
Apply thick layer of lip balm to condition the lips and build up a protective waxy barrier to help prevent the pH color change. Wait 5 minutes and blot it off the excess.

Apply Foundation
Apply foundation using a makeup sponge your lips, the lip line and the area around your mouth. This will help conceal the natural lip color and will add to the barrier to prevent the pH color change.

Apply Clear Lip Liner
Some people trouble with lipstick bleeding or feathering out of the lip line. Clear lip liner will help stop the feathering. If you have lines around you mouth or you just have a problem with your lipstick feathering, apply clear lip liner to the edges of the lip line. You can skip this step if you do not have this problem.
  
Apply Red Lip Liner
Apply a red lip liner to your lip line. Choose a color that is close to your lipstick color. Lightly fill in the lips with the liner.

Powder the Edges
Dip a cotton swab in translucent power and carefully trace the outside of the lip liner. This will keep the liner and lipstick in place and increase the wear.

Apply the Lipstick
Use a lip brush to apply the lipstick in a smooth even layer staying in the lip line.  The brush helps press the lipstick into all of the lip crevices.

Blot
Lightly blot your lips with a tissue removing the excess that may end up on your teeth.

It may seem like a lot just to put on some lipstick, but this is red we are talking about. It must be perfect. 

I have a few beautiful bright crayon red lipsticks to recommend for you. All cruelty free of course!






The Lip Bar Vegan Lipstick in Cosmo


I hope this technique helps you get the perfect bright crayon red lipstick application.
 
Embrace the power of red!πŸ’„

Have some fun with makeup! 
 xo


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Organic Flowers Website


If you like sending beautiful flowers, you should consider sending eco friendly organic flowers. 

Natural and organic products are near and dear to my heart so I am always happy to recommend a good organic business.

Organic Bouquet provides not only organic florals but, ecofriendly gifts including gift boxes of organic fruits, nuts, cookies and wine. 

Perfect for birthday and holiday gift giving! 

Visit them at organicbouquet.com

  xo


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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Chocolate Soap

Chocolate soap

Mmm! I love chocolate! But this chocolate bar is not for eating.

This chocolate bar is an all natural soap made from real chocolate and cocoa butter to create a deliciously scented shower. 

Herbaria soaps are made from food grade vegetable oils and sustainable plant materials.  

Get it for $8.49 at herbariasoap.com It makes a great unique little gift.


       Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

 Wedding, special occasion or everyday makeup and skin care services available in the Philadelphia, Pa. area. Visit my makeup page for more information!

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

What is Thalassotherapy?

Thalassotherapy is a spa treatment that utilizes warm salt water and sea products to allow the skin to absorb trace minerals such as iodine, zinc, potassium and magnesium. 

It also increases blood and lymphatic circulation, boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation, detoxifies, and is antibacterial.
 
The word Thalassotherapy comes from the Greek words Thalassa, which means sea, and Therapeia, which means healing.

This ancient healing treatment includes hydrotherapy which includes soaking in sea water, applying sea water to the body, or soaking in a seaweed bath.

It also includes Algotherapy which is the application of algae and sea products to the body in the form of seaweed and mud wraps or masks. 

Sand exfoliating treatments are also a included  as Thalassotherapy.

Thalassotherapy is often used as a cellulite treatment because it is excellent for the elimination of toxins. Seaweed wraps are known for their anti cellulite properties. Apply sea mud to areas that have cellulite, wrap yourself with plastic wrap and let the seaweed do it's magic!

You can also experience Thalassotherapy at home by adding 2 cups of sea salt to a warm bathtub. You can also use seaweed powder in your warm bath. It is packed full of sea minerals to nourish and detoxify. Relax, soak for 20 minutes and be rejuvenated!

The best form of Thalassotherapy for me is a trip to Jamaica. Just let me float in the warm Caribbean Sea!

xo
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Makeup Lesson: Hide a Blemish

Have a party?  Need to hide that nasty zit! Start with a little Visine to get the red out!  Put a bit of Visine on a Q tip.  Hold the Q tip on the blemish for a minute.  Let the skin dry.  Apply your foundation by patting and blending it on with a sponge.  Using a small, flat makeup brush, apply a thin coat of a thick concealer to the blemish patting around the edges to blend. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage or Physicians Formula Concealer 101 Perfecting Concealer Duo are examples of thick concealers.  Let it sit a minute.  Apply another thin coat if needed.  Finish with a light dusting of translucent powder to set the makeup.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Eco-friendly Bags and Bacteria

Many of us are now using those reusable grocery bags  to carry home all our healthy beauty foods instead of paper or plastic.  That's good, but I heard there is something for us to worry about.  

A study done by the American Chemistry Council found that those reusable bags can carry bacteria from newly purchased food.  That doesn't mean you have to go back the plastic bags. It just means we need to clean our reusable bags. 

The remedy: keep your reusable bags clean by washing them frequently with laundry detergent, rinse, and let them air dry.


Have a Healthy Day!

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Costume Makeup Removal


It's time to get your creative juices flowing with a unique costume and tons of Halloween makeup. 


All that piled on makeup can be a bear to get off and really irritate your skin in the process.

Cold creams such as Ponds and Noxema are known for removing heavy makeup but they are tested on animals.

Be easy on your skin and remove all that makeup in a snap with a cruelty free creamy facial cleanser such as Derma E Essentials Universal Cleansing Balm. 


Here are some tips to get heavy makeup off the most gentle way.

How to Remove Heavy Halloween Costume Makeup


1. Without wetting your face, apply the creamy cleanser to your face and massage it in circular motions to loosen the makeup. 

2. Use cotton pads to remove the cleanser and makeup.
  
3. Now, wash your face with your usual facial cleanser, water and a clean washcloth.
  
4. Use your toner and apply your moisturizer

That should remove all traces of that heavy makeup without upsetting your skin.

Now Go Get Creative!


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Make Your Own Fake Blood

Pic from halloweencostumeideas.com
Need a little fake blood for that Halloween costume?  You can easily make it at home with a few simple ingredients you can easily find in your local supermarket. 

This recipe is made from safe, edible ingredients so you can have a bit of your victims blood trickling from your fangs!

Fake Blood Recipe

1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
2-4 Drops Red Gel Food Coloring
About 1 Tablespoons or more Cocoa Powder
About 1 Tablespoons or more Corn Starch
Water

 1. Combine corn syrup with red food coloring. Start with 2 drops and add more until you get the color you want.
  
2. Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to darken the color.  Mix it well and check the color. Add more for a darker red.

3. Mix in the tablespoon of corn starch to make the fake blood thicker. Add more corn starch to thicken it more.
  
4. Use less cornstarch or add a small amount of water if you want thinner blood.

Please note: The food coloring can stain clothes and skin.  

The stain will wear off of the skin with repeated washing or you can make a paste of baking soda and water to gently rub it away. 

The food color may not come out of your clothes, though so be careful when you are using it.

You can always purchase fake blood for your Halloween costume if you are not up for brewing up a batch.

Have a Perfectly Ghoulish Day!



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