Thursday, May 30, 2013

Did you know Sunscreen Expires?

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It's time to buy your sunscreen! Some bottles have expiration dates printed on them, some do not. Sunscreen looses it potency after a year, especially if the bottle was exposed to sunlight in your beach bag, leaving you less protected from damaging UV rays. Toss your old sunscreen and buy new. I like to write the date on the bottom of the bottle with a sharpie when I buy it. That way when I find a stray bottle I know if it should be tossed.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wet Exfoliation

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Wet exfolitation is done on wet skin using a body scrub or a loofah sponge.  Apply scrub to moist legs, massage in circular motions and rinse. Or if you choose, use a wet loofah sponge on wet legs also using circular motions. Add a layer of moisturizer after the skin is patted dry.   

I love Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub Almond & Honey.  I've used some body scrubs that are so oily, the tub is left like a skating rink!  Not so with this scrub.  It smells yummy, is not too oily and is not too rough.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dry Exfoliation

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Shorts weather is just around the corner and I don't know about you, but my legs are nowhere near ready for shorts! I've got to get to work! For starters, I'm going to work on improving the look of my skin with some good dry exfoliation. Dry exfoliation is done when the skin is not wet with sloughing gloves or a dry body brush. Exfoliating gloves are rough. Put them on, don't wet them and run your hands over your legs concentrating on those especially dry areas such as the knees, ankles and heels of your feet. Then, shower as usual with a moisturizing body wash. Finish with a good moisturizer. 

If you choose, you can use a body brush instead of gloves. You will also use the body brush dry before you shower on dry skin. Use your brush in a circular motion covering all areas of your legs. Shower and moisturize. I like to dry exfoliate a couple times a week. You can find sloughing gloves and body brushes right in your local drug or super store.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Q&A: Sunscreens for sensitive skin

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Q. I know I need to wear sunscreen but my face is so sensitive.What kind will be gentle on my skin?
A. Here are 2 brands for you to try that work well and are easy to find in drug stores, grocery stores and super stores. Both are hypoallergenic and fragrance free. 

Hawaiian Tropic Sensitive Skin Face SPF 30 
 It is oil free and water resistant up to 80 minutes.  

Ocean Potion Babies and Sensitive Sunblock SPF 50
It contains Vitamin D3 and is also water resistant up to 80 minutes.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Where to Apply Bronzer: Specific Areas or All Over

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Q. Summer is coming and I need to add some color to my pale skin! Where should I apply bronzer for a sun kissed look?

A. Bronzer is a great way to add quick color to your skin. A powder bronzer can be applied to specific areas of the face or it can be lightly dusted all over the face depending on the color bronzer your have chosen to use. Powder bronzer is easy to work with because it is easily blended and there is a wide variety of shades to choose from.

Apply to specific areas
Apply bronzer that is one shade darker than your skin color to areas of the face that get the most sunlight, the nose, the cheeks, the chin and center of the forehead, to mimic a natural sun kissed look. Always blend it well in circular motions with your brush.

Apply all over color
You can also dust bronzer all over your face for an all over tan look. The bronzer color should be one shade darker than your skin color. Blend it well using circular motions. You will need to add some bronzer to your decolletage (neck, chest and shoulders) as well so that your face doesn't look way darker than the rest of you. 

If you feel your bronzer application is too dark, apply a dusting of face powder the matches your skin color to tone down and further blend the bronzer.

Bare Minerals makes some easy to use loose powder mineral bronzer for all over color: Warmth, True, A Little Sun and Faux Tan. You can find them at Ulta, Sephora and the Bare Minerals site for $21.00.

Read more: How to choose the right bronzer

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Anti Allergy Nighttime Beauty Routine

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The grass is growing, the trees have popped and flowers are blooming.  It is officially allergy time! 

Help ease your seasonal allergy symptoms with an anti allergy night time routine.

Remove pollen by

showering at night. Include a hair washing to rinse away any pollen clinging to your hair. Put your clothes in the laundry. Don't rewear them until all pollen has been washed off of them.

Use a saline nasal spray to help rinse pollen from your nose.

Sleep with your head elevated to reduce eye puffiness and nasal congestion.

Wash your sheets often in hot water with fragrance free detergent. 

Keep your bedroom windows closed. 

You will feel better and look more beautiful in the morning!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Jesse's Girl Eye Dust Application Tips

These little pots of Jesse's Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust give you lots of glitz!
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I love it for proms, parties and at the beach. 
Here are some application tips:

First, apply a good layer translucent face powder to your under eye and cheekbone area to help with fallout removal later. Flecks of  eye dust tend to fall onto the cheekbone during application.

Apply Too Faced Glitter Insurance Primer to hold the glitter on.

Sprinkle a bit of dust into the lid of the pot. Use it to dip your finger in. Apply eye dust with your fingers  pressing it onto your eyelids. If you use an eye shadow brush or a shadow applicator, more flecks will fall on your cheeks than with finger application.

The dust goes on sheer for a subtle glimmer.  I like to layer it over a metallic eye shadow for a super glimmer!  
Use a powder brush dipped in a little translucent face powder to whisk the flecks that have fallen onto your cheeks.

Use tape to remove any leftover flecks.

Apply mascara.

Jesse's Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust may contain carmine but is not tested on animals.  Find them in drug stores and superstores.

Friday, May 17, 2013

How to use Liquid Luminizer

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A Luminizer is a liquid makeup used for highlighting the face and giving a glow.  I love, love, love it!  

You can apply little dabs of it over foundation, over a BB cream or to bare skin to.... 
the bridge of your nose, 
across your forehead,
under your brow bone, 
on your cheek bones,
to the cupids bow
and to your chin
then, blend it in with your fingers or a sponge. 

Luminizer can also be mixed into your foundation or BB cream to create an all over a glow. Put the amount of foundation or BB you want to use in the palm of your hand, just add a drop of luminizer, mix it and apply.

Remember, a little goes a long way. Luminizers can come in a variety of bronzy shades. They can be pinky, peachy, pearly or gold.  Choose a color that complements your skin tone. Lighter color for lighter skin. Darker color for darker skin.

Luminizers to try:

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer, $26

DuWop Doubleglow7, $25

Nars Illuminator, $30

NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator, $7.50

Have a glowing, beautiful day!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Basic Skin Care Steps

 1. Cleanse  Use a facial cleanser formulated for your skin type to remove dirt, excess oil and makeup morning and night.

2. Tone  Use a toner after your cleanser. A toner removes cleanser residue and can soothe or have an astringent effect depending on the formula.

3. Moisturize  Apply moisturer formulated for your skin type to skin that is just washed and toned and is still slightly damp to seal in the moisture.  

Day: Use a moisturizer with an SPF.  
Night: Use a treatment moisturizer for night.  A treatment moisturizer can be a retinol anti aging treatment or an oily skin treatment cream.

Using products that are the same brand may give you better results. The products in the same line are designed to work together.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Favorite Lash Curling Tip

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Looking for a quick way to look younger and more bright eyed?  Curl your eyelashes!  If your lashes don't stay curled, try warming your lash curler with a blow dryer for a few seconds. Test it on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot.  Then, curl your lashes as usual. Add a nice coat of dark mascara.  

Monday, May 13, 2013

Chipped Polish Tip

Chipped polish? Remove it. The exposed part of the natural nail is more pliable than the polished part of the nail leaving the unpolished area vulnerable to fraying and breakage. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Clean that Dirty Foot Spa! Whirlpool Foot Bath Cleaning Recommendations

Q. I love getting a pedicure! How do I know if the whirlpool pedicure bath is clean?
A. You don't unless you wtch how the foot spas are cleaned by the pedicurists. It's a big deal to clean the whirl pool pedicure baths. It takes time. Most pedicurists will spray and wipe the basin between clients, which is good, but not good enough. Bacteria and fungus thrive in the damp pipes and jets! 

EPA Recommended Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures for Spa Basins in Salons

It recommended by the EPA that the foot spa is cleaned Between each client in this way: 

1. Water is to be drained and debris removed.

2. Foot basin is to be cleaned with soap and water.
3. Foot basin is then to be disinfected with a hospital grade disinfectant and remain wet with the disinfectant for 10 minutes. Whirlpool, air jet and pipe-less spas must be circulating during that time.

This cleaning procedure can be started after your feet are finished soaking and while other parts of your pedicure are taking place. 

The cleaning process doesn't stop there. 

According to the EPA, each night the whirlpool, air jet and pipe-less foot spas should be cleaned in this way:

1. The filter screens, inlet jets and all other removable parts should be removed and all debris must be clean out from behind and in them.

2. All parts need to scrubbed with brush using soap or disinfectant.
3. Parts are then rinsed and reassembled. 
4. The basin is then filled with water and hospital grade disinfectant and run for 10 minutes.
5. Finally, the whirlpool is rinsed and air dried.

Read more from the EPA

You will not know how the foot spas are really cleaned at night. You will have to take the salon's or spa's word for it!

You are guaranteed a clean pedicure if you go to a salon or spa that uses foot baths that use disposable liners
footsie bath
Stainless steal soaking bowls are another safe option because they can be easily cleaned and disinfected between clients.
stainless steal pedicure bowl
 Be sure to ask the salon or spa a few questions about the kind of foot baths they use before you schedule your appointment. The reception desk most likely will not know the exact cleaning procedures the salon uses to clean the foot baths. Ask for a manager for the cleaning and disinfecting details.

See me at the salon for a super clean pedicure!

Have a Healthy Feet Day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lips and Cheeks

I love a good multi purpose product that you can take along in your purse for touch ups. This is Sonia Kashuk's Kiss on the Cheek palette.
There are four creamy colors to use on your cheeks and lips. They look bold and bright but go on sheer. Apply them with your finger or with a brush. Great for summer. $14.99 at Target.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Summer Bangs 2013

Bangs are still in for this spring and summer but they are softer and wispier than they have been. They are piecey, easily parted and can be brushed to the side or give them a light tease and bit if hair spray to keep them in place.

You can also remove oil and keep them fluffy throughout the day with a little dry shampoo.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Will acrylic nails ruin my nails?

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This is a question I frequently hear. The question that usually follows is, "don't my nails need to breathe?". Acrylic nails, done the proper way that are taken care of properly, will not ruin your natural nails. They will do a some damage, but they will not ruin your nails. The nails are always growing and the damaged areas will grow out. I know people who have been wearing acrylic nails for 30 years with no problems at all. 

Nails are made of hard keratin like the hair. The nail plate is actually dead tissue. It doesn't need to breath. Nails are porous and do absorb water which evaporates naturally from the nails. The water does not evaporate readily when the nails are covered with acrylic. This causes them to become soft and pliable under the acrylic covering them. Wear gloves when your hands are exposed to water such as, when cleaning and doing dishes. If your acrylic becomes loose, get it fixed as soon as possible to prevent mold spots between your nail and the acrylic.

Look for a reputable salon using brand name acrylic material. No name products can be illegal, containing chemicals such as methyl methacrylate that will cause serious damage your nails. Also, look for a nail technician who does filing by hand on your natural nail rather than drill filing. Drill filing, when done incorrectly, will do serious damage to you nails. Stay on a regular 2-3 week refill schedule and your natural nails should be healthy and beautiful!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sun Protection Hats!

Summer is right around the corner! It's almost beach time, pool time, sun time. We have to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun with sunscreen and hats. Be sure to wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face. 

If you are in the market for a new hat, Wallaroo has some really cute hats that give you great sun protection.  Not only do they have great wide brims, many of them have upf50+ sun protection right in the fabric. They make hats for men, women and children. Two women created the company to provide stylish sun protection. Wallaroo donates 1% of their profits to skin cancer research, education and prevention. Use the link below to check them out!