Thursday, May 30, 2013

Did you know Sunscreen Expires?

bottles of sunscreen


Do you have some old sunscreen in your closet?

Sunscreen can actually expire.

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.

Have a sun safe day!
xo
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Where to Apply Bronzer: Specific Areas or All Over

tan skin
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

spring flower bouquet

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!
xo
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Glitter Eye Dust Application Tips

These little pots of Jesse's Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust give you lots of glitz!
jesses girl eye dust

I love it for proms, parties and at the beach. 

Eye Glitter Application Tips:

Preemptive Strike
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.

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

Application
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!  
Clean up 
Use a powder brush dipped in a little translucent face powder to whisk the flecks of glitter fallout that have fallen onto your cheeks.


This is one of my favorite tricks...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.
xo
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Friday, May 17, 2013

How to use Liquid Luminizer

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

How to Use a Liquid Luminizer/Highlighter

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!
       
xo
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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

before and after lashes


Looking for a quick way to look younger and more bright eyed?
  
Curl your eyelashes! 

The best lash curling tip

Some people curl their lashes with a lash curler but they don't stay curled.

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. Waterproof mascara helps to keep the lashes curled better than non waterproof mascara.

 Now, hold your lashes up with your fingers for a minute or two so they set in a curled position. Then apply a second coat as usual. 
lash curling
Have a Beautiful Lash Day!
xo
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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

So you love getting a pedicure at the nail salon. It's a great way to relax and get your feet looking beautiful. 

How do I know if the whirlpool pedicure bath is clean?

You don't know unless you watch how the foot spas are cleaned by the pedicurists. 

It's a time consuming process to clean the whirlpool pedicure baths. 

It takes time to properly clean the whirlpool foot bath between clients and even more time at the end of the day.

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! 

I want to share with you the EPA's whirlpool foot bath cleaning recommendations for salons and spas so you know how these pedicure bath should be cleaned so you will know what questions to ask at the nail salon.

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.

Alternatives to the Whirlpool Foot Baths

There are salons and spas that don't use whirlpool foot baths. You are guaranteed a clean pedicure if you go to a salon or spa that uses foot baths that use disposable liners.

We use these Footsie Baths with disposable liners at Styling Point. They heat and gently vibrate, They may not be as powerful as the whirlpools, but they are way cleaner!!!
footsie bath
Stainless steal soaking bowls are another safe option because they can be quickly 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 that dirty foot spa.
 Ask for a manager for the cleaning and disinfecting details. If they won't tell you, move along!

See me at the salon for a super clean pedicure!


Have a Healthy Feet Day!

xo
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