Friday, May 18, 2012

Ahava Blemish Healing

I have another remedy that works well for healing blemishes. A nice mask of clay and mud! A good one is Ahava Time to Clear Purifying Mud Mask. It contains Kaolin (clay), Dead Sea Mud, a healing blend of minerals, aloe, jojoba oil, zinc oxide, chamomile and vitamin E. Apply a thick layer. Wait 2 minutes and rinse. Skin looks brighter and blemishes heal faster! Find Ahava products at Ulta, on Amazon
 and on 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Heal a Zit Fast!

upstyle for prom or wedding

You have a special event. Your hair looks

amazing but that nasty pimple on your chin is

not so amazing. In fact, it's terrible!

What should you do?


Squeezing can cause 

redness and swelling that is impossible to 

cover! Here is what to do.

Clean it

First, wash the area with a gentle acne cleanser followed by a

soothing toner.

Reduce Swelling

Apply ice or a cold, wet chamomile tea bag 
for 5 -10

minute to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Spot Treat

Apply a salicylic spot treatment to the pimple such as Alba 

acne dote invisible treatment gel to kill bacteria and speed 

up the healing process. Or can use an aspirin to make

healing paste. Crush an aspirin, add a little water to 

make paste, apply it to the blemish, let it sit 10 -15 minutes. 


Some people like to use toothpaste. Apply it to pimple to 

help dry it up overnight.  Use a non-whitening toothpaste.  It 

will be less irritating.

Get the Red Out

Just before makeup application, a little Visine gets the red 

out!  Apply a few drops of Visine to a cotton swab.  Hold the 

swab on the blemish for a minute or two. Pat it dry with a 


Cover it up!

Apply concealer and foundation.  Be sure to 
use powder to 

set it. It can be tricky to get the right color makeup to cover a 

blemish.Have your makeup done by a makeup artist if 

you are afraid you won't be able to cover it. We know lots of 

makeup tricks!

Allergy Note: Allergic to ragweed? No chamomile!  

to aspirin? No salicylic acid!

See me at Styling Point in Media, Pa for makeup application 

for your special event or can come to you if you live in the 

Delaware County, Pa. area.

Have a Beautiful Day!



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bat Poop in your Mascara

Jill, I have a good topic for Juicy mascara made from bat poop!? For real, my dad told me this yesterday!!

I don't know where this is coming from. People are suddenly asking me "is there really bat poop in my mascara"?  NO!  There is no bat poop, aka bat guano, in mascara! Crushed bugs (carmine), yes. Bat poop, no! I have read that this urban legend is due to a confusion of the ingredient guanine and guano.  Guanine is an iridescent substance derived from fish scales. After further investigation,  I found that guanine also occurs in guano (from bats and birds), yeast and sugar beets. Guanine from fish scales is the source for cosmetics though, not guano. 

A French rosary maker named Francois Jaquin extracted the pearl essence (which was crystalline guanine) from fish scales to mix up a pigment to use on round beads to create artificial pearls way back in 1656. Guanine was then used in bath and skin care products, nail polish and eye shadow to give that beautiful pearly iridescent effect. I have not seen guanine listed on mascara due to the fact that it is an eye irritant, but am sure it was in mascara at some point. I have seen it listed as an ingredient in nail polish, not very recently, though. Some of the iridescent ingredients used now in cosmetics are mica, synthetic pearl, (bismuth oxychloride), and metals such aluminum powder, copper power and bronze powder.

Guano is being used in skin care. Nightingale droppings, aka guano, are used in the Japanese Geisha Facial to give you brighter, softer skin. You can have one done at the Shizuka spa in New York for $180 if you really want to!

What is in your mascara is:

Wax, such as carnuba wax, paraffin and beeswax
Gum, such as acacia senegal and xanthan gum
Oils, such as jojoba and vitamin e
Polymers which are plastics, such as polyester, nylon, rayon, poly acrylates copolymer
Minerals such as, mica and silica
Preservatives, such as parabens and vitamin e
Pigments such as, black 1, black 2, iron oxides and carmine

That's it. No bat poop! You may find the crushed bugs in there, though. You may want to avoid controversial ingredients such as parabens which are a frequently used preservative in mascara. Try natural brands such as Bare Minerals, Physicians Formula Organic Wear and Tarte Cosmetics that don't use parabens.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bridal Nails

french manicure with red rose
The latest tend in nails for brides is the shinny line french manicure for fingernails and a bright fun polish color for the toenails. 

The skinny line french manicure features a opaque pink or beige on the nail bed and a thin line of white on the nail tips. 

The bright toe color follows the trend of the bride's shoes adding pop of color to peek
out from her gown!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Tips for getting a Pedicure

mud foot mask

It is so luxurious to go to the salon or spa for a nice relaxing pedicure. I've been giving people pedicures for more than 35 years and I want to give you some tips to make your pedicure experience even better.

10 tips for a great pedicure

1. Wear the right shoes
Wear the right shoes to the salon when having a pedicure. Be sure that all of your toes stick out of the shoe. A flip flop or any thong type sandal works the best. 

2. Put those flip flops on before polish
Put your flip flops or sandals on before your polish is applied. That way you won't wreck your polish trying to put your shoes on and you don't have to wait long at the salon for your polish to dry.

3. Avoid shaving before a pedi

This is important! Don't shave your legs before a pedicure. I know, you want nice smooth legs for you pedicurist but, shaving may cause a tiny nick for bacteria to enter it.

This is especially important when you are having a pedicure in a whirlpool pedicure bath. Those inner pipes and jets may not be as clean as they should be. They may be harboring bacteria, fungus and more.

Besides the infection threat, your skin may be sensitive to any scrub used on your legs.

4. Try a toe waxing 

Have your toes waxed during your pedicure for a super clean hair free look that lasts. A toe waxing is an inexpensive add on service that is well worth it.

5. Mention your health issues 

It is important to tell your pedicurist if you are diabetic or have any other circulatory problem. You need extra special care!

6. No foot fungus! 

Do not get a pedicure if you have athletes foot. It is contagious and your feet may feel sore from the infection. The scrubbing involved in a pedicure will only cause more irritation.

7. No ovals 

Have your toenails trimmed straight across with smoothed corners to help prevent ingrown toenails.

8. No Razors!

Do not let your pedicurist use a razor on you. A razor may be great for removing calluses but, a razor can also cause serious injuries and they are illegal for salons and spas to use in most states.

9. Pick a color that looks great on you 

Choose a nail polish color that flatters your skin tone. Warm skin tones look best in warm colors such as orange, orange red, peach and gold. Cool skin tones look best in cool colors such as pink, blue red, purple and silver.

10. Get a quick drying top coat

Have a quick dry top coat applied for a super glossy finish. It speeds up drying time and reduces the chance of smudges.

Take good care of your feet! I find most of us take our feet for granted. When they hurt, it makes us feel miserable.

Stay Healthy and Beautiful!
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Monday, May 7, 2012

What is a pedicure?

It's time to get on your toes! 

A pedicure is a necessary indulgence! It's a facial for your feet. Our feet must look and feel their very best in our fun summer sandals. Your pedicure should be a comfortable relaxing experience. A time for you to decompress and enjoy the aromas and touch sensations.

* Your pedicure starts by soaking your feet in a warm fragrant foot bath.

* Toenails are trimmed and filed.

* Cuticles are softened and pushed back. Only hangnails should be trimmed.

* Roughness is reduced with a scrub, a peel and/or a foot buffer. Callouses should never be cut. The skin has thickened as protection and will only come back quicker if cut.

* A foot mask, hot towels and/or paraffin wax may be applied if you receiving a spa pedicure.

* The feet and lower legs are massaged with oil, lotion or cream.

* Oils are removed from the toe nails followed by beautiful polish.

A basic pedicure will take about 30 minutes. A spa pedicure will take 45 minutes to 1 hour.    Enjoy!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Is there Lead in Lipstick?

zoya matte velvet lipstick

Dangerous ingredients may be in your cosmetics and personal care products. 1400 unsafe or questionable cosmetic ingredients have been banned or restricted in the Europe Union. The US has only banned 30. 

There may be formaldehyde in hair products and nail polish. There may be parabens in your moisturizer. There may be lead in your lipstick. Yes, lead, the heavy metal that can accumulate in the body and cause neurological problems and even death at very high levels .

Lead has been in lipstick for years. But, why is lead there and not listed on the ingredient label you ask? It's not an added ingredient. It is an impurity in the natural pigment that is mined from the earth. There can be other heavy metal contaminates in pigments as well, metals including nickel, copper, manganese, chromium, cobalt, titanium, cadmium and aluminum. The only metal that is deliberately added to lipstick is aluminum. It is used as a stabilizer and keeps colors from bleeding.

The red pigment is the culprit. For instance, iron oxide is a frequently used natural red pigment. When the iron oxide is mined, it can be contaminated with the lead that is naturally occurring in the earth. The amount of lead in the mined iron oxide can vary. The iron oxide can be purified to reduce the lead and other heavy metal content to a trace. Many companies routinely have their products tested to ensure the lead level is low. The FDA has determined that 10 parts per million of lead in a lip product would 
not pose a health risk. Health advocates say there is no safe amount when it come to lead.

Don't think you are safe because your lip color is not red. Think back to art class. Red is used to mix many colors. Red and white make pink. Yellow and red make orange.

Some dyes approved by the FDA contain lead. The FDA allows it because the amounts are small. 

In an
FDA test, Maybelline (L'Oreal) Color Sensation #125 Pink Petal contained the highest amount of lead of the lipsticks tested. It contained just over 7 parts per million. Need more info on what the FDA says?

Click here for the FDA Limiting Lead in  Lipstick and other cosmetics.

What can you do? Buy lipstick from companies that are striving to reduce the amount of lead 
in their lipsticks to zero or trace amounts. I read on a blog that Glow Cosmetics uses iron oxide that is sourced from a controlled oxidation process
instead of earth mining so there is no lead. I am not able to confirm that on their website, though.

Look to see if carmine is the pigment used in the product on the ingredient label. It is natural red #4. 
My vegan friends, vegetarian friends and anyone a little queezy about bugs, beware. Carmine doesn't contain lead, however, does contain crushed beetle shells!!! It is a red pigment that is very safe and has been used for hundreds of years. 

Click here for more names used for carmine on an ingredient list.

Remove your lipstick before you eat to reduce the amount you ingest. I looked up many natural companies and companies strong in ingredient transparency. I only came across 2 that guarantee their products are lead free. Many say their ingredients are pure but don't come out and official say they are lead free on their sites. 

Truly Lead Free Lipstick Brands

Gabriel Cosmetics
Gabriel Cosmetics confirms on their website that their lipsticks are lead free. The ZuZu Luxe collection is also part of Gabriel Cosmetics. There products are vegan, cruelty free, gluten free and lead free. Made in the USA.

Shop for Gabriel Lipstick

Red Apple Beauty
Red Apple Beauty confirms on their website that their products are routinely tested to ensure that there is no lead in their products. These products are gluten free,GMO free, toxin and chemical free, lead and talc free, petroleum free and are vegan. Made in the USA.

Visit Red Apple Lipstick

I will always keep looking for more brands that guarantee they are lead free and add them to the list as I find them. If you know of a truly lead free lipstick brand, please let me know!

Have a Beautiful Healthy Day! 

Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Organic Food vs. Conventional Food

We know that organic food has no chemical pesticides or fertilizers, hormones or antibiotics, but is organic food more nutritious? When it comes to ketchup...................
organic wins!
A study shows that organic ketchup contains 3 times more of the anti-oxidant lycopene than conventional ketchup. Why? Experts suspect that the organic tomato plant has to fight harder for its survival than the chemically treated conventionally grown tomato plant. The organically grown plant produces more protective anti-oxidants to protect itself. As a result, we get the benefit of higher anti-oxidant fruit! I have read this is true of organic strawberries as well. Organic strawberries contain more anti-oxidants and more Vitamin C than conventionally grown strawberries. Just another reason to buy organic!