Tuesday, December 31, 2013

How to Apply Face Gems

Add some sparkly drama to your makeup with rhinestones and gems used for nails designs.
Stick them on your skin with a little eyelash glue. You can also use a little Vaseline, but gems are brushed off more easily than with eyelash glue. 
Find nail art rhinestones and gems in dollar stores, drug and super stores and beauty supply stores.
 (Note: If you are allergic to latex, read your labels on the eyelash glue. Most contain latex. Look for a non latex lash glue)

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Monday, December 30, 2013

New Cat Blog

Do your love cats? Check out this new blog that follows the lives of two feral kittens.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Glitter Shadow Glue

Here is an update to last year's post on glitter shadow glue because it's time to sparkle!

 I love to wear glitter eye shadows to holiday parties, but I hate the glitter fall out all over my lashes and face.

There is a solution. It's Glitter Insurance from Too Faced.

It is a glitter glue glitter bonding eye shadow primer that goes on before you apply your glitter eye shadow. It is clear and actually enhances the glitter. It grabs onto the glitter and locks it down eliminating the glitter fallout!

Find it for $20.00 at Ulta, Sephora and https://www.toofaced.com/p-546-shadow-insurance-glitter-glue-eye-shadow-primer.aspx?

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Heel No Pain

I would love to wear these fabulous shoes on New Years Eve but they would kill my feet and be off before the night was over! I heard there is a new product to help us keep our shoes on, Heel No Pain. It is a numbing spray for your feet! It contain lidocaine HCl which is commonly used by dentists as a numbing agent. It was developed by a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr.Randal Haworth,  and will be available January 2, 2014. Well, that's a little too late for me to use for my New Year's Eve shoes! 

Anyway, spray the product on your feet, wait 10-15 minutes and you are good to go! Apply it no more than 4 times a day. ABC news reporter Celia Vega tried it. It didn't work for her. Dr. Haworth says it works for 70% of people. It comes in a 2 oz. size and a 1oz. for your purse for $14.99.

Sounds like it is a good thing to use for special occasions if it works for you. Those sexy heel do damage to our feet. If they were numb all the time, imagine the damage we would be doing to our feet and not realizing it.

Here is the link to their website more info and ordering:


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Friday, December 20, 2013

2014 Winter Solstice

Winter official begins on December 21. It's the night that has the longest amount of darkness.Take advantage of the darkness with a good night's sleep. 

As we sleep, our bodies repair cell damage which keeps us healthy and younger looking! Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep per night, but don't get that much. The longest night is the perfect time to start getting your 8 hours.
Sweet Dreams!

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Glitter Fallout Removal Tip

Here is one of my old favorite makeup tricks. It comes in handy at holiday time when we love to wear our glitter eye shadow.
It never fails.  No matter how carefully you apply that sparkly eye shadow glitter, some always manages to fall onto the cheeks!  
No worries!  Just roll some scotch tape around your finger and use it to lift the flecks of glitter right off your skin.  
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How to open a stuck bottle of polish

Don't you hate when you try to open a nail polish bottle and it's stuck? Here are some remedies to get it to open.

Run the bottle under hot water for a couple minutes to loosen it up, dry it off and you should be able to open it.
nail polish bottle under running water
Still stuck? Try a rubber jar opener or a rubber glove.

No luck? Turn the bottle upside down. Use a Q-tip saturated in polish remover to get between the neck of the bottle and the lid letting drops of remover drip inside the lid. Wrap a tissue around the bottle to catch the remover that will drip out when you turn it right side up. That should do it!

Now, clean up the bottle so it doesn't get stuck again. Use polish remover on cotton to clean up the old hardened polish on the bottle. Then, clean up the old hardened polish that is inside the top by using a Q-tip or an orangewood stick tipped with cotton soaked in polish remover.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Are Tresemme Products Tested on Animals?

I recently noticed something different on the labels of Tresemme products. The magic words "not tested on animals" are missing! Alberto Culver was the manufacturer. It is now Unilever.
I always liked Tresemme. The products were good, inexpensive and not animal tested. I won't use them now.  I contacted Tresemme by email to let them know my displeasure. The response from Unilever was a link explaining how they are working on alternatives to animal testing. Here is the link if you would like to read it.

If you too are unhappy that Tresemme is no longer not tested on animals, contact Unilever and let them know. Go to Tresseme.com to the contact us page and send them a message. We all need to speak up letting manufacturers know we don't want our beauty products tested on animals!  Here is a link to the contact page.

There are many other brands of hair products that are not tested on animals to choose from. I always loved Paul Mitchell products. Also, Organix hair products are a good alternative Tresemme products. You can find them right in your drug store, super store and grocery store.
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Monday, December 9, 2013

The 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

pantone radiant orchid

I love this color!!!!
It's the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. I look forward to seeing lots of clothing, accessories and makeup in shades of purple in 2014!
pantone radiant orchid nail polish

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Spider Vein Treatment Excel V

There is a new spider vein treatment that looks interesting to me. Excel V. It is a laser used to help make those ugly spider veins disappear. It is also used to treat other vascular issues: port wine birthmarks, rosacea, facial telangiectasia and cherry angiomas.  It costs about $475 per treatment.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2013 Fantasy Bra

Looking for a new bra for this holiday season? Probably not this one though!
victorias secret fantasy bra
This is The Victoria's Secret 2013 Fantasy Bra, Royal Fantasy. It is a Dream Angels Bra bedazzled with 4200 rubies, blue and yellow sapphires and diamonds set in 18k gold. Then there is the drop. A 52 caret pear shaped ruby. Oh, and there is also a matching belt. The price?
The catalog says that the price is available upon request!!!!
I hear it is 10 million dollars. Candace Swanepoel wore it at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on December 10. It was actually molded to her body.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pure Ice Nail Polish

Looking for a super fun party nail color? Here's one for you!
Pure Ice Nail Polish in Dazzle Me
pure ice silver glitter nail polish
It's a bargain at Walmart for about $2.00. It is a holographic silver glitter polish with large and small glitter. More large than small. This is three coats. Looks awesome, doesn't it?  
silver glitter nail polish
I didn't expect it to hold up well on my toes on a vacation full of sun, sand, and water. Guess what? I was right! The heavy metal glitter lifted before the week long vacation was over. Of course, what was left was difficult to get off as all glitters are. I would defiantly use it again though, but for a weekend or one night occasion.
Made in USA. No animal testing. Toluene, formaldehyde and DPP free. Find at Walmart.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Eufora Color Revive Review

My natural brunette hair color can get a dull ashy cast that I don't like. So, the girls at work, Styling Point in Media, PA, decided to try Eufora's Beautifying Elixirs Color Revive on my hair to see if it would give it a richer color.

The product is designed to keep colored hair more vibrant between colorings. It can also be used to give natural hair color a little lift. It contains a color concentrate that stains the hair a bit. It contains plant essences of sage and thyme to soothe and nourish the scalp and rapeseed oil, an antioxidant, to condition and add shine to the hair. We used Bold Brunette.

The results?
color revive before and after pic

It gave my hair a richer color and lots and lots of shine! The color was subtle but I would defiantly use it again. It's an easy way to liven up my color and give it super shine. It washes out of the hair in about 3 shampoos. 

You should wear gloves when using this product at home to avoid staining your hands. While in the shower, put the amount of your conditioner that you usually use in your hand. Add the 2-4 pumps of Color Revive to your conditioner. Apply it to your hair and leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse. Use it once a week to refresh your color.

This product is available in three colors Brilliant Blonde, Radiant Red, Bold Brunette and is available at salons.
eufora beautifying elixers color revive
The Radiant Red adds vibrancy to coppers and reds.
The Brilliant Blonde eliminates brassiness.
The Bold Brunette adds depth and richness to brunettes.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Peppermint Beauty Products

mint tea
I love mint. Cool refreshing mint. It is in some of my favorite things mint tea, mojitoes, hair products and body products! Peppermint is uplifting and produces a cooling effect. It is anti- inflammatory, anti-bacterial and decongestant. I use it when I can't get to sleep because my feet are too hot. First, I chill my feet with cold water, then massage on some peppermint foot lotion. It is deliciously cooling!

Here are some of my favorite mint products!

Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner! Aveda also has Rosemary Mint Hand and Body Wash and Body Lotion. I must try them. Find Aveda products at salons and at aveda.com.

 Burts Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint and Rosemary Body Wash, Peppermint Foot Lotion and Lip Balm with Vitamin E and Peppermint. At drugstores and burtsbees.com.

Archipelago Botanicals Morning Mint Body Wash and Hydrating Lotion. Achipelago

Have a minty fresh day!
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How to Make Your Eyes Look Younger

Q. How can I make my eyes look younger?
A. Here are 7 tips to help your eyes look younger.

1. Eye Cream
Start by using an eye cream to moisturize and soften fine lines. An eye cream is formulated to use around the eyes so it is less likely to cause puffiness and clogged pores.

2. Foundation

Use a thin layer of foundation around the eyes. Too much will settle in the lines and creases.

3. Concealer 

Use concealer in the dark circle area only, not all over the under eye area.

4. Eye Liner

Line the top of your eyes with a dark brown or black liner. Use a light taupe liner on the bottom. 

5. Peachy Eye Shadow

Apply a peachy eye shadow that is lightly shimmered to your eyelid. Use a matte medium shade of warm brown to accent the outer part of the crease and outer part of your eye lid.

6. Mascara
Apply a heavy coat of  black mascara to the top lashes. Use a brown mascara for a light coat on the bottom lashes.

7. Darken Brows
Finally, thicken your brows using a brow powder. Mimic the thicker brows that younger people have. 

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick or Treat! Candy Corn Nail Designs

Halloween nail designs Candy Corn
Here are my super cute Candy Corn nail designs. They look great on every nail but my clients usually get just one or two as accent nails. They look super with a manicure done with orange nail polish. The Candy Corn nail design is a good nail design choice because it can be worn anytime for fall not just for Halloween. 

I started the design by shaping the nails to resemble the Candy Corn shape. Next, I applied a base coat. Then, I painted the design using white, orange and yellow acrylic craft paint. I started with the orange then added the yellow and white. 

I like using acrylic paint for nail designs for many reasons. It's water based so it's easy to mix colors and thin the paint to the right consistency, it doesn't clump up like nail polish can when painting a design and it's opaque. Acrylic paint applies easily over nail polish and it dries nice and fast. 

The acrylic paint does need to be sealed with nail polish so it does't scratch off. All the designed nails were sealed with Sech Vite, my favorite top coat.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Creepy Cosmetic Ingredients

Vomit of Whale, Slime of Snail, Excrement of Nightingale

Ahh, the makings of a fine witch's brew.  

Sorry to disappoint!  These are cosmetic ingredients!

Whale vomit, aka ambergris, has been used as a fixative in perfumes. Purified snail slime is used in a Columbian made moisturizer.  Nightingale poop is used in the elite New York Geisha facial.  

People will try anything in the name of beauty!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Duct Tape Those Warts!

It sounds crazy, but duct tape can help heal warts! The duct tape is an occlusive covering that helps break down the warts dead cell build up and it seems to cause a irritation that causes the immune system to fight off the virus causing the wart. Here is the process:

1. Cut a piece of duct tape that is 1/4" larger than the wart.
2. Cover the wart for six days. You can shower with it on.
3. Remove the tape after the 6 days and soak the wart with warm water.
4. Now file the wart down using an emery board or a pumice stone. Toss the emery board. Clean the pumice with bleach.
5. Leave it uncovered overnight
6. Reapply the duct tape in the morning to begin the cycle again.

This can be done for up to 2 months.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Make your hair shinier with negative ions

hair collage

Q. Can an ionic blow dryer really make my hair shinier?

A. It can! Ionic hairdryers emit negative ions. The negative ions break apart water droplets into small pieces allowing the hair to absorb the moisture and also allowing water to evaporate faster. 

This means less hot air blowing on your hair which reduces damage to your hair from the heat. The negative ions also reduce frizz by compressing the cuticle making hair shinier and softer.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2013 Halloween Costumes

Looking for a Halloween costume idea? Here are some of the trending costumes this year.

Duck Dynasty
Breaking Bad- Walter White
Fox (What does the fox say)
Miley Cyrus
Game of Thrones
Great Gatsby
Hump Day Camel
Daft Punk


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Zoya Hazel

Zoya Hazel Nail Polish collage
Are you looking for an amazing blue green metallic nail polish? I am obsessed with this fabulous nail color Zoya Hazel. 
zoya hazel indoor light
 Hazel is a blue green with a fabulous silvery metallic finish and a lovely brightness about it. It also has a bit of gold in it so it looks like it changes in different lighting just like hazel eyes change in different light! Sometimes, Hazel looks more blue. Sometimes, it looks more green. Sometimes, it looks very silver and sometimes, a bit more gold. The picture above was taken in indoor lighting.

It applies smooth and easy with opaque coverage in 2 coats. The glittery particles are smooth on the nails. You can't feel any roughness even without a top coat. Some of my clients hate the feel of rough nail polish.
Here is Zoya Hazel outside during the afternoon in the shade.
And here is Zoya Hazel sparkling in the afternoon sun!
zoya hazel in sunlight
Isn't it so gorgeous! I love it! It's a summertime favorite with my clients as well.  
Find it at salons, spas, Zoya.com and Amazon for $10.00.

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