Monday, December 19, 2011

Great Blow Dryer

Blow Dryers make great gifts. I love this Zebra Hot Tools Blow Dryer! It is fun, powerful and we have found it helps fight the frizzies. Find it at Bed, Bath and Beyond. There is also a matching flat iron!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Magnetic Nail Polish

How cool is this?
Magnetic nail polish!

This is nails inc magnetic polish.
The magnet is cleverly hidden in the top of the bottle.
It's really easy and fun to apply. 

How to apply magnetic polish:
1. Apply base coat.

2. Apply one coat of polish to all fingers.

3. Apply a second coat to one nail.

4. Hold the magnet over the nail while the polish is wet for 10 seconds without touching it to the nail. The magnetic particles in the polish move creating a stunning design! 

5. Move the magnet onto each nail doing one at a time. Finish with a top coat.

Try holding the magnet in a different direction to create a different design.

There a variety of brands that now make 
 magnetic nail polish. There are also different 
magnets that create different designs. 
So fun!!!

 Have a Colorful Day!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Hair Bling

What could be better than hair feathers? 
Hair tinsel! 

Strands of shimmering tinsel can be attached to your hair to give you fabulous holiday hair bling! The hair tinsel is finer than the tinsel you would put on your Christmas tree, is heat resistant and can last up to 2 months. Plus, there is a rainbow of colors to choose from! You can buy the tinsel online or check your salon for hair tinsel application. You will pay only a few dollars for each strand applied.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Liquid Shimmer Shadow

Liquid eye shadow is an easy way to get shimmery eyes without the mess of shimmer dust. It can be hard to find, though and some of liquid shadows do not go on evenly. Victoria's Secret Shimmer Fierce Liquid Shadow gives you lots of shimmer, goes on evenly and wears well. It is available in 3 colors. $15 at Victoria's Secret Stores and online

Friday, December 2, 2011

Classic Beauty Product: Fragrance

Chanel No. 5 was introduced to the public in 1921. Coco Chanel created the floral scent to share only with 100 of her best clients, but  the scent's popularity caused her to sell it in her boutiques. It has won 17 Best of Beauty Awards from Allure Magazine and it remains a best selling scent today!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Classic Beauty Product: Blush

Nars Blush in Orgasm remains a best seller since 1999. It is a beautiful peachy pink shade with a soft gold shimmer which flatters almost every skin tone and has won 12 Best of Beauty Awards from Allure Magazine. Nars has since created a variety of other products in the best selling shade including nail polish, lip gloss  and highlighter.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Classic Beauty Porduct: Lip Color

Looking for that perfect holiday red lipstick? Revlon's classic red lip color Fire & Ice was introduced in 1952 and has been a best seller ever since! Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick.

Please note: Revlon is now on the animal testing list. It wasn't when this was written but it is now.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Classic Beauty Product: Moisturizer

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion has been a best selling product since 1968.  One bottle is sold every 4.8 seconds and it has won 14 Best Beauty Awards from Allure Magazine. It is a nice basic, hydrating, non irritating moisturizer that contains no SPF, no antioxidants, and no anti aging ingredients. Yet, it is a best seller. Amazing!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Class Reunion Makeup: Part 2

Now that you have added color to your skin, look younger by adding more color to the eyes and lips.  Use soft shimmer and matte eye shadows in shades of brown, taupe, peach or gray.  Use a brush or eye shadow applicator to apply a light to medium shade of eye shadow with a little shimmer to the eyelid. Add a darker matte shade to the crease of the eye and the outer corner of the eyelid. Apply a thin line of dark brown, charcoal or black eyeliner to the top lash line. Curl your lashes for a lifting effect.  Then, take your time applying 2 or 3 coats of brown/black or black mascara to your top lashes.  Apply one thin coat of mascara to the bottom lashes.  Finish with a rosy or peachy coral lipstick topped with a little lip gloss to create fuller, moist, more youthful lips.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Class Reunion Makeup: Part 1

We all want to look our best at a class reunion. Makeup can do amazing things! Start by adding color to your skin. Pale washed out skin is aging.  Begin with a moisturizing liquid foundation that matches your skin tone.  Pat the foundation onto your face with a moist sponge to give you a light coverage.  Use a concealer applied with a brush sparingly to hide under eye circles and any other imperfections.  Brush on a powder bronzer to your cheeks, temples, outer edges of your forehead and along your jawline.  Now, add a nice rosy or peachy pink blush to the apples of your cheeks.  Use only a light dusting of power to blend the colors together and set your makeup.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Nail Polish Shelf Life

If your nail polish look like this........
it has lived it's life! You may be able to get it to remix but, it most likely won't dry right or give you a nice shine. They say the shelf life for nail polish is 2 years but I think it can be longer if stored properly.

Polish Storage Tips
1. Heat and sun exposure can cause changes in the color and consistency of your polish. Store it in a cool,dry, dark place, not the medicine cabinet in your bathroom!

2. Keep the polish lid tightly closed to keep the solvents in the polish. Solvents keep the polish the proper consistency. Clean old hard polish from the neck of the polish bottle to ensure a tight seal.

3. Some people think refrigerating their polish makes it last longer. I think just a cool, dry place is fine!

4. Store polish in an upright position. This will prevent a messy leak if the lid wasn't on tight. Also, the blender beads in the polish bottle will do a better mixing job if they are settled on the bottom.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Johnson's Baby Shampoo Warning

Johnson's baby shampoo contains a potentially cancer causing chemical. Johnson and Johnson claims the formaldehyde releasing preservative used in the shampoo is approved and safe. What? It can cause cancer! Formaldehyde is being removed from nail polish. Why in the world is it in baby shampoo? The preservative ingredient is quaternium 15.  It's interesting that a different version of the product is sold over seas to the UK, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Japan and South Africa that does not contain this preservative. Johnson's products also contains dioxane, another carcinogen. This is just not acceptable! There are lots of great safe natural baby products you can use instead. Try Burt's Bees Baby Bee Products. They are great products that are safe and not tested on animals. 
click here for Burts Bees baby products   

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How many products do you use per day?

According to a  GQ/Allure survey, what is the number of beauty products women use each day? Men?
Women-16. Men-11. 
I guess I'm a bit extreme! On a serious beauty day, you know hair washed,deep conditioned and styled, nails done, facial....... I can use 34 products! Just doing my part to keep the economy going!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Glitter Lashes!

Blue hair and silver eye lashes
There is nothing like a pair of glittery lashes to complete funky night on the town look or a fun Halloween costume.

Start by applying black pencil liner to your upper lash line to 
help conceal the false lash band.

Curl & Mascara
Curl your lashes, apply a coat of black mascara and let it dry.  

Fit the Strip

Trim the lash strip from it's outer edge you fit your eyes.

Apply the Lashes  
Apply lash glue to the lash strip and let it become tacky for 2-
3  minutes.  Apply the lash strip to the skin close to your upper lashes, press it gently in place, and hold  it for a few seconds to set. 

Let the glue dry.  It will turn clear.  

Add a little glitter shadow.

Don't bother with those self adhesive lashes. They just are not sticky enough.  Most lash adhesives contain latex.  Read the labels and look for non latex glue if you are allergic to latex.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Evil Eye

plum and gray smokey eye shadow
I created this dark and smokey eye shadow look with the  MAC Evil Eye:Eye Shadow x4. This palette is no longer available plus, i no longer recommend MAC products due to the fact that they have been placed on the companies that test on animals lists.

A deep berry, a blackened violet, black and light gray shadows were the color used for this smokey eye.

I recommend Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette and/or the Urban Decay Smoked Palette to get this dark and mysterious purple smoky eye.  Both palettes have great purplish gray shades to get the perfect smoky look.

The Urban Decay Naked Smokey Eye Shadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
The Urban Decay Smoked Palette

urban decay smoked palette
Have a Beautiful Day !

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall 2011 Makeup Trend: Eye Shadow

Eyes are smoky in shades of silvery green, blackened green, purple, navy and gold. Silvery green is a soft mossy shade of seafoam green. Also included in this category is aqua, blue and silver. Blackened green is a dark greenish black.
Get the Look on a Budget!
Hard Candy Baked Shadow Duo in Pickup Line $6
NYX Single Eye Shadow in Green Tea $5
NYX Single Eye Shadow in Lagoon Sparkle $5
Wet n Wild Eye Color Icon Shadow Trio in Cool as a Cucumber $3.99

Blackened Green
NYX Single Eye Shadow in Exotic Green $5

Revlon Matte Eye Shadow in Riviera Blue $5
NYX Single Eye Shadow in Ocean Navy $5

Jesse's Girl Eye Dust in Sparkle Gold $5
Revlon Pearl Eye Shadow in Sparkling Gold $5

Milani Baked Eye Shadow in Purrfect Grape $7
Revlon Custom Eyes in Rich Temptations $8.99

Find Jesse's Girl at Rite Aid, Milani at CVS, Revlon and Wet n Wild in drugstores, Hard Candy at Walmart, NYX at Ulta.

Splurge a little for the Look!
Urban Decay Matte Eye Shadow in Chronic $23
Nars Eye Shadow Quad in Delphes $45
Mac Mineralized Eye Shadow Duo in Sage and Wisdom $20

Blackened Green
Estee Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow in Emerald Star $20
Nars Single Eye Shadow in Night Porter $23 

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow in Nocturnal Blue $20
Elizabeth Arden Intrigue Eye Shadow in Indigo $15
Laura Mercier Matte Eye Color in Deep Night $22

Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadow  in Broadway Gold $20
MAC Eye Shadow in Gold Mine $15

Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Black Honey $25.50
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye color In Plum $24
MAC Eye Shadow in Eggplant $15

Find Clinique, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier, Nars, Elizabeth
 Arden, Urban Decay, MAC in department stores and specialty stores such as Sephora.

 Please note: Revlon, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden and MAC are now on the animal testing list. They were not when this was written but they are now.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall 2011 Makeup Trend: Cheeks

Cheeks for this Fall are russet. Skin must be flawless (mine is not!) to wear russet blush due to the fact that red blush tends to bring out any redness in your skin, those inflamed capillaries and blemishes. Not so good. I'm going to stick with a nice rosy or peachy blush this Fall. Cream blush is also popular. I like that trend. It gives the cheeks a moist glow. Here are the suggestions if you would like to try the red cheek trend.

Get the Look on a Budget
Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino $7.99
NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Red Cheeks $6.50
Find Milani at CVS. NYX at Ulta.

Splurge a little for the Look
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush in Flame $24
Nars Blush in Taos $27
Laura Mercier  Creme Cheek Color in Blaze $22
Find these brands in Departments stores and beauty specially stores such as Sephora.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fall 2011 Makeup Trend: Lips

This Fall, look for beautiful vibrant lips in red, berry and fuchsia or soft colors in rosy peach, nude, and pale pink . A matte or semi matte finish is very hot!

Get the Look on a Budget!
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Fuchsia $8.99
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Haute $7.99
NYX Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink $6

Revlon Matte Lipstick in In the Red $7.99
NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red $6

Rosy Peach
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Demure $7.99
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach $7.99
NYX Matte Lipstick in Hippie Chic $6

Find Revlon in drugstores, NYX at Ulta.

Splurge a little for the Look!
Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Desert Plum $23
Laura Mercier Satin Lipstick in Currant $22
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey $14

Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Mascate $25
MAC Lipstick in Runaway Red $14

Rosy Peach
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Rose $22.50
Dior Addict in Tango $28
Laura Mercier Satin Lipstick in Duchess Rose $22

Find Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Laura Mercier, Nars, Elizabeth Arden, Dior, MAC in department stores and beauty specialty stores such as Sephora.

Note: All of these lipsticks were on the no animal testing list at the time this was written.  Now NYX, Laura Mercier and Nars are the only brands mentioned here that are not tested on animals.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Q&A: Apples of Cheeks?

Q. I always heard that blush should be applied to the "apples" of your cheeks. What exactly does that mean?

A. The "apple" of your cheek is that nice round part of the cheek you see when you smile. Apply a nice coral, pink or rose blush for a natural look on the apples of your cheeks. Bronzer is applied below the apples to create a contoured look.
You can wear bronzer and blush, just bronzer or just blush. The choice is yours. Apply bronzer around the outside edges of your forehead, the temples, under your cheekbones and under your jaw.  Now smile. Put your blush on those nice round apples! Concentrate the color on the apples but feather it out over the cheekbones towards your temples to soften and blend it.  The blush needs to be soft and blended to avoid looking like you have round clown like circles drawn on your cheeks. 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Q. What is Thermage and is it safe?

A. Thermage is a radio frequency anti aging treatment designed to stimulate collagen production with deep heat. It tightens the skin and softens lines and wrinkles. Radio frequency use is safe and Thermage is approved by the FDA. It can be done on the face and body. 

People say the results can be subtle and not really noticeable for 2-6 months because collagen has to build up. It is painful but a facial treatment only takes about 45 minutes. The one thing that makes me leery about it is, I have heard for years now that it can effect the fat in your skin causing the face to look more sunken in or leaving it looking dimpled as with acne scarring. 

I checked into it and the fat problems seem to be associated with older machines that were using too much energy. Thermage can only be performed by a doctor not an esthetician. Therefore, only go a very experienced doctor not a laser med spa. Ask about the machine being used making sure that it is a newer machine. 

Go for more details and to find a physician. I found real self to be a great site for questions and answers about Thermage and other facial and body treatments. 

Have a Beautiful Day!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wearing White after Labor Day

sexy shoes and white pants

"Is it okay to wear white after Labor Day?" Well, the fashion experts say that is an old fashioned rule made to be broken! I love white coats, warm white sweaters, crisp white shirts, even white pants in the winter. They all look great! 

There are a few white rules, however. When you wear white, make sure the  fabric that suits the season. For example, don't wear light weight white cotton pants in the fall and winter. Heavy weight white jeans will work well when paired with beautifully colored fall and winter sweaters. Don't wear white shoes. Go with nude. No white handbags please, and never wear white pantyhose, ever! 

So the answer is yes, you can wear white after Labor Day. Enjoy it and wear it well.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Baby Powder for your Beach Bag

Here's a great beach tip:
Throw a small container of baby powder in your beach bag for your next visit the beach. I like to stay on the beach as long as possible on my beach day trips. Forget about spending time showering, I want to spend every moment relaxing on the beach. I'll shower when I get home! 

When it's time to jump in the car and go, I sprinkle the baby powder on my sandy skin, spread it around then, brush away all that powder and sand! Powder works great for removing that stuck on sand so I am comfortable for a casual dinner and the ride home.

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