Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olympic Nails

photo by John Huet
As I watch the Summer Olympics, I can't help but notice the nails on the female (and some male!) athletes! Apparently, many have put a lot of thought into their nails. There are flags, patriotic colors, patriotic designs, team colors and Olympic rings. I've noticed many swimmers are wearing shades of blue. Take a look at the athlete's hands next time you are watching. 
It just shows what a hot trend nails are right now. Nails are a simple way to make a big statement! Click on the link below to see more fun Olympic nails!


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Friday, July 27, 2012

Two Toned Lips

So I was looking through a recent issue of Cosmo and came across this ad for NYC City Duet 2 in 1 Split Lipstick.
two toned lips
It reminds me of the eighties when women worn red or dark brown lip liner with pink lipstick. It looks like she just ate something and needs to reapply her lipstick! For me, these two toned lips are defiantly a make up don't! 
What do you think?

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Recipe: Tomato Watermelon Salad

Watermelon is an amazing beauty food and watermelon salad is a different and refreshing way to eat it.

Tomato Watermelon Salad
It sounds odd adding salt, pepper, vinegar and oil to watermelon, but it is quite tasty!  
Watermelon is full of the anti-oxidant Lycopene to help protect our skin from the UV sun rays and fight damaging free radicals. Watermelon is 92% water to replenish the fluids our skin needs. It also provides Vitamins C, A and B6 as well as potassium and magnesium.

    6 cups mixed greens
    5 cups seeded watermelon, cubed
    1 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
    1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
    3 teaspoons sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup red wine vinegar
    1/4 cup olive oil
    pepper to taste

Combine watermelon and tomatoes in a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and salt. Toss to coat and let stand for 15 minutes. Stir in onions, oil and vinegar. Chill for 2 hours. Pour mixture over mixed greens. Season with pepper.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Q&A: Gel Polish Applied to Acrylic Nails

Q. I just got new acrylic nails and the manicurist applied gel polish to them. Now I'm thinking I want to change the color. How am I going to get the polish off?

A. Gel polish was developed to use on natural nails for long, no chip wear. Removal of gel polish requires soaking it off with acetone.  It is unfortunate that your manicurist applied gel polish on your new acrylic nails not knowing that you would want to change your color before you next visit.

Soaking your nails in acetone to remove the gel polish will damage and remove your new nails.  Contact the nail tech who applied your nails and explain your predicament.  Your nail tech will be able to file the gel polish off with a drill with no damage to your acrylic nails and change your color.  

Have your nail tech apply regular polish so you will be able to change the color yourself. No need to worry about chipping. Regular nail polish wears really well on acrylic nails.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cosmetic Testing on Animals

I am distressed. It is difficult being in the beauty business these days. More and more small companies that do not test on animals are being acquired by large animal testing companies. OPI is owned by Coty now. A company who is vague about their animal testing policies. 

Essie is owned by L'Oreal, an animal testing company as well as The Body Shop. This was devastating to me. The Body Shop was adamantly against animal testing. 

St. Ives is now own by Unilever, an animal testing company. All of my old favorites including Aveno and  Neutrogena are now owned by companies that test on animals. The large companies may say that the acquired company will run as they always have, but I question that. Over time changes are made.

 Anyone who reads my blog knows that I support companies that do not test on animals. Why? Because I believe no animal should suffer and die because I want to look better. Further more, if a cosmetic ingredient needs to be tested for safety, how natural and safe is it to begin with and do I actually want to put that product on my skin? As far as I know, there is a data base of cosmetic ingredients that cosmetic manufacturers can use. Does anyone out there feel like I do? Does anyone else even care? 

They may seem radical, but I trust PETA to give it to me straight. Go to Beauty without Bunnies to see if your cosmetic products are tested on animals. Be sure to scroll down to the PETA Frequently Asked Questions and read them. 

Send an email to the company if your products are tested on animals. If they are not listed on the test or do not test list, send them an email and ask. The company will answer you and you can express your concern.

Animal testing has always been a concern of mine and it will continue to be. If you don't know about it, look in to it. Cosmetics are here to make us look more beautiful. Animals should not be tortured and die for our vanity!
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Dove Toning Body Wash

Q. Do you think Dove Toning Creme Body Wash will really tone my skin?

A. It depends on what kind of toning you are looking for. It will probably help the skin be more moist making the skin tone, or color, look better. If you think of toning as firming up the skin, I don't think a body wash can do that. It is on and off of the skin quickly. If you are looking for firming, try a body lotion such as Nivea Skin Firming Lotion. A lotion stays on the skin allowing the ingredients a chance to absorb into the skin.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Cute Shower Cap

How cute is this zebra shower cap? I saw it while doing a little shopping at Pier 1 Imports and had to share it with you! It will keep your nice flat ironed hair straight in style while you shower!  Get it $12.50. I must have one!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

OPI Fall Preview

What's the theme of OPI's Fall/Winter Collection? Here it is!
It's Germany! 
My Very First Knockwurst- a rosy nude
Don't Pretzel my Buttons- a honey beige
Berlin There Done That- a taupe
Don't Talk Bach to Me- a lemon-lime
Schnapps Out of It- a mauve
Deutsch You Want Me Baby- a shimmering red-orange
Danke Shiny Red
Suzi and the 7 Dusseldorfs- a bright purple
Every Month is Oktoberfest- a plum
German-icure by OPI- a burgundy shimmer
Nein! Nein!Nein! OK Fine- a black-olive
Unfor-greta-bly Blue 
Due out in August.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

OPI and Animal Testing

Q. Is OPI polish tested on animals? I thought it wasn't but now I'm not sure.

A. Here is the story. When OPI was an independent company, it was not tested on animals. OPI was acquired by Coty in 2010. Coty seems to be a wishy washy company when you try to get an answer on the animal testing issue. A letter I received from them in April 2010 stated that "Coty Inc. does not conduct animal testing. However, there may be rare occurrences when a government or regulatory agency may indicate to the Cosmetics Industry that an animal study is necessary....In such cases, the need for testing is carefully examined by our Industry and if the test must be performed, it is strictly controlled." Coty is not on the PETA list of companies that do not test on animals nor is it on the animal testing list which means they have not signed PETA's statement of assurance nor have they provided a statement verifying their animal testing policy. A letter I received from OPI in December 2010 states, "OPI will continue to operate as a division of Coty, nothing changes as to management, quality, pricing or integrity." OPI remains on PETA's no animal testing list.