Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bug Juice in your Frappuccinos and.....

In case you haven't heard.........
 there are bugs in your Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccinos! The red coloring in them in made from the female cochineal beetles. That's right, crushed bugs! Carminic acid is extracted from the crushed bugs to make dye. Cochineal extract aka natural red 4, carmine, cohineal, crimson lake, C.I. 75470 or  E120. It's nothing new. It has been used for ages in foods such as Tropicana's Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice and Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and is safe to use. Read your labels. Beware of "natural color" if your are avoiding cochineal extract. It doesn't stop there! 
It is used widely in many cosmetics. Your lipstick may get it's pretty red color from bugs! You don't want bug extract in your makeup? Read your labels! You can also buy vegan cosmetics to be sure there is no bug juice! To find vegan cosmetics, go to Go to cruelty free companies by product type, choose cosmetics and look for the vegan brands.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Q&A: Split Nail

Q. I have a split that runs from my cuticle to the tip of my nail. It's always there and the split opens more as the nail gets longer. Why won't it heal?

A. The matrix, the area on the finger where the nail is formed, suffered an injury at some point in time and was damaged in the process. The nail is now is formed with the split defect. It will not heal. Have your nail tech apply a nail wrap or an acrylic or gel overlay to cover the split and hold it together. You will always need keep the nail covered to hide the split and to keep the split together.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Revlon Colorstay Eye Shadow

revlon quad shadow
I am loving these Revlon eye shadow colors! 
It's Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Decadent. There are two shades of peach, a gold and a warm brown to flatter any eye color. The shadow goes on smooth with a soft shimmer. It holds up well without creasing but don't know about the 16 hours! Find it drugstores for about $7.50.
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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Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Spring Bridal Makeup at Mendenhall Inn

All of us at the salon were really excited about today's wedding party. The bride was one of our own so we couldn't wait to pamper her and make her gorgeous! The bridesmaids were wearing a beautiful deep pink for this early spring wedding. The day was a little gray and bit chilly, but the salon was bright, warm and buzzing. Wedding day can be a little chaotic!
bridal makeup application
The bride worn her hair pulled back and around to one side with a side bang, a small poof at the crown and curls on the one side. She had a ribbon headband that had a blingy brooch and a birdcage veil. (I made her veil!!!)

bird cage veil
We did some glamorous makeup with lots of focus on her eyes. For her eye shadow, we did shades of white, silver and gray. I used black liner, strip lashes and defined her brows with brow powder. A soft pink shimmer lipstick and pink blush gave her a soft pink look to coordinate with her pink theme.
bridal makeup white,silver and gray
Photo by Joe Pucinella
bride with birdcage veil
Photo by Joe Pucinella
Look at her! Absolutely gorgeous!!!
pink bridesmaid dresses
Photo by Joe Pucinella
The deep pink dresses looked fabulous! And...
pink bridal shoes
look at her shoes. Love it!

Bridal hair and makeup touchup

She had her beauty team with her all day long for hair and makeup touch up. She looked picture perfect the entire day.

All the best to the bride and groom! xoxo

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mango Lips

I'm not a big fan of orange. It just doesn't look that good on me, but it's all the rage! I want the look, but I don't want to pay a lot for it since I won't be wearing it often. 

I found Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipstick in 24 Carrot Gold. It's long wearing. Has a semi matte finish. And is about $3.00. Perfect!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Is Nail Buffing Bad for the Nails:Updated

Buffing the nails is great for smoothing out ridges in the nails and achieving a nice high shine without using nail polish.

 Here are my nails buffed up and oiled. It looks like I am wearing clear nail polish! The bonus with buffing is, there is shine with no chipping or peeling polish to worry about.
shiny buffed nails
Plus, buffing actually stimulates circulation to the fingertips promoting nail growth which is good but, there is a down side. 

Is Nail Buffing Bad for the Nails?

Buffing takes a bit thickness away from the nails which can be bad unless you have thick nails. Nail cells are actually buffed off of the nail plate during the buffing process. The more you buff, the thinner nails get leaving them prone to breakage. 

If you have thick nails, really, there's nothing to worry about with normal buffing. Average nails can handle buffing as long as it is done thoughtfully. Those with thin nails need to take it easy on the buffing or not do it at all.

How do you buff your nails?

There are lots of different kinds of nail buffers. There are electronic buffers, nail file type buffers, block buffers and chamois buffers.

Electronic Buffers
emjoi callus remover with manicure kit
Electronic buffers (electric nail drills) spin and offer different attachment heads so you can file as well as buff your nails. I'm not so crazy about them because it's too easy to go too far. The Emjoi Nano Callous Remover with Manicure Kit is an example of an electronic buffer.

Nail File & Block Buffers
tropical shine 4-way nail buffer

Nail file type buffers and block buffers have 3 or 4 different grit surfaces. I've even seen 8 way buffers, which I think is just over kill!

You start with the roughest surface on the buffer and work your way to the smoothest to create a high shine. 

Nail file style buffers are my favorite style buffers because I think they are easy to use.

The Tropical Shine 4-Way Nail Buffer gives you 4 different numbered and clearly marked surfaces so you know exactly which surface to start on and move on to.

Chamois Buffers
Chamois buffers are those old fashioned buffers. 
chamois nail buffer

They are usually made of leather or some other animal skin. They are not the way to go if you are a vegetarian, cruelty free, animal lover like me. 🐇🐈🐕 

A buffing cream or paste is applied to the nails before the buffing process to supply some grit. The chamois is then used to shine up the nails.

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How long does it take to buff a nail?

On the initial buffing, you can spend about 3 to 5 minutes on one nail to achieve a high shine. Maintenance buffing only take about a minute per nail.

How often should the nails be buffed?

Once the nails have been buffed smooth and shiny, my advice is to keep addition nail buffing down to a minimum.

Maintenance buff as little as possible once you have achieved a shine using the smoothest side of the buffer.

Apply nail/cuticle oil to add more shine to your nails. One of my favorite cuticle oils is Cuccio Revitalizing Cuticle Oil.

You will probably need to gently shine your nails up every other week.

Buffing your nails is an easy way to add shine without the use of nail polish. It also increases circulation to the nails beds which promotes healthy nail growth. The nails are always growing. If you have over buffed your nails, they will grow out and return to their normal strength. You just need to be patient. It takes the nails 5 to 6 months to grow from the cuticle area to the free edge. Enjoy your healthy shiny nails!

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Pricey Primping- diamond facials

Diamond facials and gold manicures. These are extravagant beauty treatments the stars love to get. Check it out by clicking on the ABC News link below.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Gel Polish Warning

shiny red polish

I love beautiful shiny, long wearing nail polish but, I have always resisted using any nail application that required the use of a UV light. As an esthetician, it has always been my opinion that exposure to these UV lights could damage the skin on the hands causing aging and skin cancer.

The "experts'" claimed the exposure was so minimal that it would not cause damage to the skin. Popular gel polishes, such as Shellac, require UV light to cure the polish in minutes. Well, guess what? 

Dermatologists are now recommending, if you absolutely cannot live without your gel polish, that sunscreen be applied to the hands before they go under the light. Yesterday morning on the Good Day, a dermatologist recommended wearing gloves with the finger tips cut off before putting your hands under the light.  This dermatologist also had concerns with the methacrylate in the polish and the soaking of the nails in acetone to remove the gel polish.   

I recommend using regular old nail polish. Have your nail technician apply an adhesive base coat, polish and a good top coat. At home, you can add additional coat of top coat every day or every other day to extend polish wear and keep it super glossy.

Many brands are making hybrid nail polishes now. These are polishes that remove like regular polish but look gel polish. They also last longer than regular nail polish. Try OPI Infinite Shine or CND Vinylux.

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