Friday, December 28, 2012

Quick 6 Step Makeup Application

I know, there is no time in the morning to put makeup on for work. But there is! Try this quick and easy daytime makeup application to give yourself a brighter look for work in the new year. You will need only 6 makeup products, a concealer, a mineral foundation, a mineral bronzer, an eye shadow, a mascara and a lipstick. It will take 10 minutes or less! Always apply a moisturizer for your skin type, wait a few minutes for it to absorb, the start your makeup.

1. Apply a peachy colored concealer to the under eye area to hide dark circles.

2. Brush on mineral makeup foundation in a shade that matches your skin. Be sure to do eyelids.

3. Brush on a mineral makeup bronzer to your cheeks, eyelids, bridge of nose and chin blending with the foundation.

4. Use a matte brown eye shadow in a shade that matches your brows to fill in your brows then line your eyes. Use the same liner brush to do both.

5. Curl lashes and apply a coat of mascara.

6. Apply a rose or mauve lipstick. Done!  

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

5 Tips to Stop Nail Biting

Christmas is over and it is time to set our sites on New Year's. Time to make resolutions and find ways to improve ourselves and our world in the coming year. Some things seem completely out of our reach but some things, like breaking a bad habit, are completely doable. 

Let's talk about nail biting. Not only do bitten nails look bad, it is unhealthy! Nasty germs can hide under the nails. When you bite your nails, you increase you chances of getting sick! Here are five of the top tips to stop the biting habit.

5. Wear gloves during your favorite nail biting time. Maybe it's while you are watching TV.

4. Wear a rubber band on your wrist. Snap it when you want to nibble on your nails.

3. Get a manicure regularly to remove that nail and skin roughness that you want to bite!

2. Try painting a bitter potion on your nails such as Jessica Nibble No More

#1. Keep your nails beautifully polished at all times!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Milani Lip Shimmer

I love a little shimmer for the holidays. If I don't have a little shimmer on my eyes, it on my lips! Try Milani Glitzy Glamour Lip Gloss for quick inexpensive glitz for your lips. Find it a CVS for about $6.99. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Stiletto Nails with Purple and Gold Chevron Design

stiletto purple and gold chevron nail designs
Q. What are stiletto nails?

A. Stiletto nails are very long almond shaped nails usually decorated with nail art or polished in a funky french manicure style. These nails are created using tips and/or acrylic. It is possible to shape natural nails in the stiletto style if they will grow long and are not too wavy. Rihanna and Lady Gaga love wearing this trend!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Remembering Beautiful Faces

It seems a bit frivolous to talk about beauty tips and trends today after the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Let's take the day to remember all the beautiful people who perished. Here is a link to see their beautiful faces.  

 Here is a link to see President Obama's speech at the Newtown vigil in case you missed it.

May the Lord bless and protect you and your family today and always.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Q&A: Dark Rings from Jewelry

Q. Why does my gold ring leaves a dark ring on my finger?

A. I have read many reasons for this phenomenon. Gold rings contain alloys (other metals) to strengthen the gold. The skin is reacting with the alloys. The dark mark can happen sometimes but not all the time because the skin is always changing. The reasons for the reaction can be:

An acid pH of the skin
Hand cream 
A medication you are taking

I have read that it can be a sign of an iron deficiency, but I do not know that this is true. Wash your hands and dry them well after sweating. Try changing your hand cream. Clean your ring often. You can also try coating the inside of your ring with nail polish to help stop the reaction.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Alba Acne Wash

Okay, so some of you just couldn't get used to the smell of the last acne wash I suggested which was Yes to Tomatoes.  I have a new one for you to try. It is Alba Botanical Natural Acnedote Deep Pore Wash. 

It contains 2% of the acne fighting ingredient salicylic acid, botanical extracts, orange oil and peppermint oil. It contains 100% vegetarian ingredients and, of course, is not tested on animals. Best of all, it smells like refreshing peppermint! So far, it is working to clear our skin and is not causing dryness. Find it at Walmart for $7.49.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Red and Gold Nail Designs

My Christmas nail designs 2012
Add a touch of holiday spirit to your nails! 
red and gold holiday nail designs
Red and gold nails are so festive at holiday time. Here are some nail designs created using a variety of nail design materials. I started by polishing all the nails a nice deep red, OPI Vodka and Caviar. It has been discontinued but OPI Malaga Wine or OPI I've Got the Blues for Red would work nicely, too.
red and gold christmas nail designs
The thumb got some gold leafing on top of the red.

The index finger got a gold french tip with an OPI  gold from a holiday collection that is also a discontinued color. China Glaze Electrify could work fabulously!

The middle finger got a gold sticker. I used a regular sticker purchased from AC Moore, applied it to polish that was thoroughly dry, then coated it with several coats of Seche Vite.

The ring finger got a nice coating of gold shimmer polish.

And last, but not least, the pinky got a thin coat of glitter polish. 

Sparkle and Shine!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Hand & Stone In Royersford, Pa.

Check out the new Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Royersford, Pa., 610 792-0772. It just opened and is amazing! The Spa is brand new and beautiful.

Find it at 1844 E. Ridge Pike in the Court at Upper Providence shopping center. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How to do a Smoky Eye

To get a soft smoky look, you will need:
a black pencil
a neutral cream color shadow
a charcoal or black shadow
a medium gray shadow
a light gray shadow
black mascara

1. Line eyes with black pencil. Get right in the lashes. Make the top line heavier than bottom line.

2. Go over the pencil on the top line with charcoal or black eyeshadow for a smudgy look.

3. Apply neutral shadow to brow bone.

4. Apply medium gray shadow to eyelid and under the bottom lashes.

5. Apply light gray to the crease blending it into the medium gray on the eyelid.

6.  Apply 2 coats of mascara to top lashes & 1 coat to bottom lashes.

Voila! Soft & Smoky!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Winter Bridal Makeup at Lucien's Manor

Jill applying makeup
This beautiful December bride had a wintry wedding with a snowflake and navy blue theme. It was a little chilly and cloudy but not too bad though, a good day to get some nice outdoor pics.We arrived in the early afternoon to do the makeup and hair for the bride, her mother and her bridesmaids at the home of the bride.

The brides curly hair was done in a twisted updo. It looked so pretty and shiny! Her veil attached to the back.
bridal updo
For her makeup, I applied highlighter and foundation to create luminous skin. We agreed on soft smoky gray eye with white shimmer shadow to represent shimmering snowflakes, then added black eye liner and black mascara on her long lashes. Lips were a soft nude pink with rosy blush. A light shade of bronzer was lightly dusted on to warm up her complexion and create a subtle contour.
winter bridal makeup
bride with cat
Her wedding venue, Lucien's Manor, was festively decorated for Christmas. It looked so warm and beautiful! The bride captured the shimmering snowflake theme with her white satin gown and her bouquet that sparkled with crystals and decorative snowflakes tucked in among the flowers.
wedding at Lucien's Manor
 It was a beautiful wedding and they did get some amazing outdoor pictures on the grayish wintry looking day. 
Look at the birds in the background. Amazing!
Best Wishes to the Bride and Groom for endless love and happiness!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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wedding rings and flowers