Friday, January 31, 2014

What is Hot Stone Massage?

Hot stone massage is an ancient healing therapy in which warm, smooth basalt stones are placed on key points on the body to promote healing. 

The massage therapist then massages the body gliding the stones over oiled skin calming and comforting the skin, muscles and nerves. 

The heat of the stones relaxes the muscles more quickly than traditional massage and energy flow is balanced. It's a perfect wintertime spa treatment.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Facial Waxing and Makeup Adhesion

Plan your facial waxing carefully or you may have trouble with makeup adhesion for your party or special event. You would think it's a good idea to have your lip and brow waxing done right before your event so you look nice and hair free. Think again! Dead skin cells are exfoliated when the wax is pulled off during the hair removal leaving the skin super smooth. 

Your foundation and eye makeup may not stick on those smooth freshly waxed areas on your face such as your upper lip, chin or brows. 

I have had it happen when applying prom makeup.  The prom girl shows up with a freshly upper lip and foundation just slides right off leaving a weird looking shiny spot. It takes a bit of my favorite shadow primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion), foundation, powder and a light touch to get it to stick. It's quite a challenge.

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Have your facial waxing done at least 3 or 4 days before your event to help solve the super smooth skin problem. 

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       Have a Beautiful Day! 
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How to make your perfume last

Do you had trouble with your perfume fading away? Me too! The cold dry winter doesn't help either. Dry skin does not hold fragrance for very long. Our skin needs some oil to help hold onto the fragrance.

Apply an unscented body lotion to moisturize your skin, add an unscented oil to your skin then, spray on your fragrance. An unscented massage oil is a great oil to use. You can find it on Amazon. 

Layering your fragrance products helps too. Use a body wash, body lotion and body spray that are the same scent.

Victoria's Secret  and Bath and Body Works 
are great places to find the matching scent products.

Have a Fragrant Day!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Recipe: Sunny Smoothie

citrus smoothie

Sunny Smoothie
This smoothie is yummy and loaded with vitamin C. The powerful antioxidant Vitamin C supports the immune system, is necessary for collagen production and strengthen the blood vessels. Get a nice 79 mg. dose of it with this citrus smoothie.

    1 Grapefruit 

    1 Orange 
    1 Frozen Banana

Puree grapefruit sections, orange sections and frozen banana 

in a blender until smooth. Makes 2 servings.

Have a Healthy Day!

Monday, January 27, 2014

How to wear Accent Lashes

Q. What are accent lashes?

strip accent lashes
A. Accent lashes are partial strip lashes that attach to the outer ends of your eyes to give you a flirty winged look. Apply them with lash glue to the skin right at your lash line. Use a dark colored matte eye shadow to line your eye hiding the strip of the lashes. Blend the accent lashes with your natural lashes with mascara. 

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Nude for Spring: Lips and Nails

The nude look for your lips and nails is still in for Spring.
nude makeup collage
The nude shade of beige gives you a fresh natural look. There is a wide range of colors that are considered to be nude: light beige, medium beige, dark beige, tan, peach beige, pale pink beige, rose beige, etc. The list goes on and on!

Avoid looking washed out by choosing your nude shade to complement you skin tone.  Your lipstick should be a shade or two darker than your natural lip color. For fair skin choose a creamy beige or pinky beige. For darker skin choose a golden beige or rosy beige.

You can do your makeup in shades of beige for a mono chromatic look or do a bold lip, such as red, with nude shadow on your eyes. Another great look is a nude lip with a bold smoky eye. There are so many great looks to create.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Remedy for dry rough hands

Q. My hands are so dry they feel like sand paper! What can I do to make them feel smooth?

A. You need to give them a good scrubbing! Wet your hands then use a scrub on them. You can buy a scrub such as Burt's Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub or make your own sugar scrub. 

Mix white or brown sugar with some olive oil. Rub it all over your wet hands and rinse. Then, apply a good hand cream. Keep your hands out of water by wearing gloves for cleaning and doing dishes. Wear warm winter gloves when you are outside.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Short Bangs Remedy

Were your bangs cut a little shorter than you wanted? 
Use a mini flat iron to straighten them making them look longer. Create a little curve in the hair to soften the straightness.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

This is the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette. The are colors are beautiful neutrals.
smashbox full exposure palette
The top row is shimmer. The bottom row is matte.

The colors on the top and bottom coordinate with each other.
This palette remains one of my favorites year after year because I find the colors work well on many people.  I hope they never discontinue it! I am particularly fond of the black, the two taupey shades next to the black and the rich warm brown. The black is a soft black.  It is wonderful for using as eye liner!

Most of the shimmers are very sheer. Six of them are quite glittery. Most of them give very little color when applied. Just glitter. The one in the middle is frosted. I prefer very pigmented shadows so I like to use the shimmers over the matte shades to give them depth.

The 7 matte shades go on velvety smooth and opaque. They are creamy looking not dry and dull looking like some matte shadows can be. The mattes wear well. I do always apply them over my favorite Urban Decay Shadow Primer.

There was a handy guide to identify your eye shape and how to apply eye shadow to flatter your eye shape in the box along with a small Full Exposure Mascara. The mascara was good but it didn't wow me. I find sometimes a regular full sized mascara is better than a mini one. I'll have to give it another try to give it a fair review.

smashbox full exposure eye shadow guide

 Find it at Ulta, Sephora, and for $52.00. Get it on Amazon for less!

I see that there is a Smashbox Mini Matte Eyes Palette
smashbox mini
It has six lovely matte colors that can be used as shadow, liner or for brows. I must have it!

       Have a Beautiful Brow Day! 

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wedding Nails: Tips to get your nails in good shape

chevron french manicure

Q. I am getting married in 8 months and my nails are a wreck! I don't want to wear fake nails for my wedding. What should I do?

A.  Start now by getting a weekly manicure. It is amazing how it stimulates the circulation and helps the nails grow healthy and strong. Have a nail strengthener applied followed by polish.

Avoid artificial nails and gel polish which can dehydrate your nails.

Use hand lotion frequently through the day, everyday.

Apply a cuticle/nail oil daily. I like Solar Oil. 

Apply a thin coat of strengthener every other day to harden the nails. It will also improve your polish wear. My favorite is Nail Optimizer. 

Protect the nails from excessive water and chemical exposure by wearing rubber gloves. 

Never use your nails as tools. 

Try eating The Good Hair Diet . It is good for the nails too! 

Your nails should look great in 6 months and magnificent by 8 months! 

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Warm Body Lotion

Here is one of my favorite wintertime body care tips!

After your nice warm shower, who wants to apply cold body lotion? Put the bottle of lotion in the shower with you. Towel dry yourself and the bottle, then apply nice warm lotion!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Hair, Skin & Nail Vitamins for Vegans and Vegetarians

If you have trouble with thinning hair, dull unhealthy looking hair and brittle nails that frequently break, you may want to try a vitamin supplement. 

There are vitamin formulas specifically made for your hair, skin and nails. Hair, skin and nails are all made of the same protein, keratin protein. The hair and nails are hard keratin. The skin is soft keratin. Specific vitamins help built stronger keratin. 

Hair skin and nail supplements contain a large amount of biotin along with other vitamins including Vitamins A, C, E and B complex. I have had clients see a definite improvement in their thinning hair and brittle nails from taking Biotin. Many say their hair is thicker and stronger. One client says she has less gray hair!!!

You can easily find Hair, Skin and Nail Vitamins wherever vitamins are sold; grocery stores, drug stores, health food stores and on Amazon, of course. 
Vegetarians and Vegans: read the ingredient labels. Many vitamins contain gelatin and collagen which are both derived from animals sources. Bonita, Deva and Puritan's Pride are a few brands that make vegan hair, skin and nails vitamins.
You can always eat your vitamins.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bridal Makeup Information

I love doing bridal makeup!

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Contact me at for bridal makeup and hair services for your wedding.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

cuccio colour: valentine colors

I am loving this little valentine's collection of colors from Cuccio! A Kiss in Paris is gorgeous! I also must have Manhattan Mayhem! Get them now so you have them for Valentine's Day.

Find Cuccio nail polish in salons.
Here is a link to to do some online shopping.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

OPI Brazil Spring/Summer 2014

What's next from OPI? Brazil. The 2014 Spring/Summer Collection.
Next Stop...The Bikini Zone- A shimmery amethyst pewter 
Don't Bossa Nova Me Around- A creamy nude
Taupe-less Beach- A taupe
I Sao Paulo Over There- A mocha
OPI Scores a Goal!- A chocolate
AmazON...AmazOFF- A deep green
I Just Can't Cope-acabana- A yellow
Where Did Suzi's Man-go- A soft orange
Toucan Do it if You Try- An orange
Kiss Me I'm Brazillan- A warm pink
Live. Love. Carnaval- A bright coral
Red Hot Rio- A ruby red

There is also a collection of liquid sand colors.
Release date is February 5, 2014

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