Thursday, March 28, 2013

What is a CC Cream?

physicians formula CC cream

Okay, so many of you just found out what a BB cream is. Now you may have seen that there are also CC creams! So what is a CC Cream and what is the difference between a BB and a CC cream?

A CC cream is kind of like a BB cream. The CC stands for color correct or color care. (BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balm) They basically do the same thing. They are tinted moisturizers/primers for your face. You can wear them alone or as a primer under your foundation. 

CC creams are designed to be lighter in texture and have more color correcting pigments to hide discolorations and correct uneven skin tones yet still look natural. CCs can also have more light reflecting particles in them than BBs.

BBs and CCs both:

Protect with SPF
Even out skin color
Treat with anti aging ingredients

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Leaping Bunny Shopping Guide

As you all know by now, I am always checking which cosmetics are tested on animals and which are not. I came across a resource that I have not used before, Leaping Bunny. Eight national animal protection groups came together to form the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics. They have a nice shopping guide to look up cruelty free manufacturers. Here is the link.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Eye Glitz

Sparkle and glitz are in for your eyes! Add a curvy line with some glitter liner.

Add some rhinestones with a little eyelash glue.
Put a little drop of eyelash glue on the back flat side of a rhinestone and apply it to the outer corners of your eyes or on your upper cheeks. You can also use a little Vaseline to apply them, but they will brush off more easily than with eyelash glue.

Find rhinestones in stores that sell nail design supplies such as Sally's Beauty Supply or you can find some in craft stores such as Michaels.

Please Note: If you are allergic to latex, read your labels on the eyelash glue. Many lash glues contain latex.   

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Q&A: Are Henna Tatoos safe?

Q. Are henna tattoos safe for my kids?

A. As long as they are true henna. Often you will see black henna tattoos especially on boardwalks in the summertime.  Black henna tattoo dye is made from a chemical called p-phenylenediamine (PPD). This chemical is approved for hair dye usage but not for body art usage. The high concentration of the dye may cause severe allergic reactions that can appear 2 to 10 days after the tattoo application. 

Real henna has been used for centuries and is safe to use on the skin. Ancient Egyptians used henna to color their hair and nails. The henna powder is made from the crushed leaves from the henna plant and is green in color but leaves behind a red or orange or brown stain. It used to stain the skin in a decorative manner called Mehndi.  Henna is believed to bring love and good fortune and to protect against evil. Mehndi designs are traditional on the hands and feet for brides of India. They are intricate and quite beautiful. Henna fades from the skin in 1-3 weeks.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring 2012 60's Look

The 60's look was hot on the runways for this spring. Hair is teased up into bouffants with thick bangs. Brows are painted on with over exaggerated arch. Lashes are spiky and Twiggy like. Liner is dark and thick with a winged up end. White liner is used on the rims to create a wide eyed look. Cheeks are dramatic and sunken looking. Lips are pale and matte or glossy coral to finish the look.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring 2013 Cheeks

Contouring is back in to create a dramatic sunken in cheek look. A bronzer is applied under your cheekbone. Apply your blush to the apple of your cheek and sweep it back and up towards your temple. Highlighter goes on top of the cheek bone. You can find compacts with all three products perfectly blended colors. Try Urban Decay Naked Flushed.

Monday, March 18, 2013

How to Handle a Hangnail

hang nail
A hangnail is that hard dry piece of skin that sticks out at the side of your nail. They occur when the skin gets dry from the environment or too much contact with water, paper,chemicals or other drying substances.

cuticle nippers to remove hang nail

Don't pull it! Don't bite it! If your do, you can leave a nasty opening in the skin that can easily get infected. Use cuticle nippers to trim it off or wrap a bandaid around it until you can get to your nail technician to have it trimmed off. 

trimmed off hangnail

Help prevent hangnails by applying a little cuticle oil and a good moisturizer several times a day to help keep the skin moist. Protect the nails and skin by wearing gloves when cleaning to avoid excess exposure to water and cleaning products. Wear gloves when it's cold outside to protect the skin from dehydrating in the cold dry air.

My favorite cuticle nippers size is 1/4 jaw nippers. Sometimes they can be hard to find. 
Amazon has them!
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Have a Beautiful Day!

Spring 2013 Lips

Look for bold lips this spring in shades red, hot pink and tangerine. Use two shades to create a two toned dimensional look. The ever popular nude lip is also en vogue. Try a matte pale pink for a 60's vibe or a cheery glossy coral for a bright look.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Spring 2013 Eye Shadow

Shopping for new spring shadows? Think blue!

Once again, shades of blue were seen on the runways for spring! Here is a fabulous blue from Aveda. Oceanica.

Look for blue hues in cobalt, navy and turquoise. Use them on your lids or as a liner, especially as a thick bold line under the bottom lashes. 

Blue pairs well with light taupes, beiges, golds, peaches, pinks and light soft grays. Try pairing blue with a light iridescent green for a bold peacock look. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Q&A: Vitamin E for Moisturizer

Q. Can I use the oil inside of a Vitamin E capsule to moisturize under my eyes?

A. You can but it may be to heavy for the delicate under eye area and cause puffiness. You are better off using an eye cream. Eye creams are specifically formulated for the eye area and are less likely to cause puffiness.

Friday, March 8, 2013

How to Hide Under Eye Bags

Q. How can I hide the puffiness under my eyes?

A. Use some contouring and highlighting to create an illusion. Try this: use a foundation that is a shade darker than your skin under the eye area. Dark makes the puffy area recede. Then, using a brush, apply a lighter shade of foundation to the indented circle area under your eye. Light brings recessed areas out.  Use your brush again to blend in a peachy colored concealer if the dark circle area is still noticeable.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Carbonated water bad for your bones?

Recently, I have had 2 clients mention that drinking carbonated water is bad for your bones. I never heard this. I heard that soda is bad for your bones and teeth but not plain carbonated water. I enjoy my sparkling water and would hate to give it up. In fact, we have a Sodastream that turns plain tap water into carbonated water in an instant. I had to investigate. Thank goodness, I can keep drinking bubbly water!

According to the various articles I have read, carbonation in water does not damage the bones or the teeth. A study was done on sparkling water vs. still water. One group of women drank one liter of still water each day. Another group drank a liter of carbonated water each day. There was no difference between the groups in the bone markers after 8 weeks. In fact, carbonated mineral waters can contain calcium which good for the bones! Colas, however, seem to be an issue due to their Phosphoric acid content which can interfere with calcium absorption.

Here is a link to an interesting article by licensed nutritionist Monica Reinagel if you would like to read more.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

How to do a Back Massage

Want to give your special someone a great back massage right at home? Or maybe you want to have your special someone give you a great back massage! Watch my video Romantic Back Massage featuring beautiful music by Blake to learn how to do it! Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Good News for Acne Sufferers: Acne Bacteria Study

acne on forehead
A new treatment for acne may be on the horizon! A recent study from UCLA found that there are both good and bad strains of P. acnes bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) that live on the face and elsewhere on the body. Researchers believe that the good bacteria strain may protect the skin against the bad bacteria strain that causes acne. 

The study isolated more than 1000 strains of P. acnes. 101 volunteers, 49 with acne and 52 with clear skin, provided bacteria samples by using pore cleansing strips to extract bacteria from their noses. Two types of P. acnes were found in 1 out of 5 of the volunteers with acne. Those 2 types were rarely found in the volunteers with clear skin. 

There was a 3rd P. acnes strain found that was common on the clear skinned volunteers but was not common on the acne volunteers. This leads researchers to believe that this good strain protects against the bad acne causing strain.  This is good news because it could lead to a new probiotic acne treatment. It also means that researchers can target the bad bacteria with new drugs that kill the bad strain but leave the good bacteria unharmed.

Till then, we need to exfoliate the skin with salicylic acid, glycolic acid and oral and topical retinoids to help prevent blocked pores to minimize acne infections and use anti-biotics and benzoyl peroxide to help kill bacteria.

Have a Happy Clearer Skin Day!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pimple that doesn't heal

Do you have a pimple that never seems to heal? Maybe you have had it for a couple months. Head to your dermatologist to have it checked. It could basal cell carcinoma. It is a slow growing, easily treated cancer that appears in areas of the body that are exposed to the sun such as the face, neck, arm and hands. The doctor will do a biopsy on the suspicious pimple to determine if it is basal cell. If it is, a minor surgical procedure will remove it.

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