Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Eye Shadow Colors for your Eye Color

 We want people to notice our beautiful eyes not our beautiful eye shadow. Wearing the right color eye shadow can bring out the natural eye color. Eye shadow colors that are opposite of your eye color will bring out the intensity of your eye color. They are called complimentary colors.
For blue eyes, orange is opposite. Shades of peach, copper and warm brown will bring out the blue of your eyes. Taupe, gold, plum and charcoal are also very complimentary for blue eyes. The old rule of thumb is blue eyed people should not wear blue eye shadow. The thinking was the blue shadow will detract from the blue of the eyes. I find that some blue shadows look great on blue eyed people. Navy and deep blue gray are very flattering. Avoid light and bright blues however. People will only notice at the eye shadow not your eyes.  

Red and red violet are complimentary colors for green and yellow green so eye shadow with a bit of red or purple in them work well. Copper, rust, warm brown, burgundy and violet look fabulous on green eyes. Plums, dark purples, taupes, bronzes and charcoals are also great choices. They say green eyes should not wear green shadow as it will detract from the green of the eyes. I think the right color green will work. Blackened greens look great on green eyes.

It is hard to say what the complimentary color for brown is since brown is a mix of colors. There are so many shades of brown eyes. The shades of brown go from light golden brown to dark chocolate brown. You have to look at the colors in the brown. Eyes that are a warm brown have a bit of orange in them so blue would be complimentary. A very dark brown eye can almost have a purple tinge. Golden colors would be opposite.

You can also take a close look at the iris of the eyes. You may see flecks of colors such as green, copper or gold. This gives you a hint of what shadow colors will bring out your eye color. Try a warm golden brown to match the gold flecks. Try a deep green to match the green flecks.

Eye shadow in shades of purple, blue and brown look great on all shades of brown eyes.  Deep mahoganies, espressos, coppers and charcoals are also good choices.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

12 Tips for Better Beauty Sleep

cute sleeping cats
Sleep.  Most of us don't get enough of it.  The recommended amount of sleep for adults is 7-9 hours per night, not the 6 1/2 that I usually get. By age 75, you will likely have slept about 25 years! 

Our bodies are very busy while we sleep especially the skin. Our body is removing toxins, building elastic fibers that support the skin (we need those fibers to look younger) and revitalizing skin cells. As we sleep, the body rejuvenates and repairs cell damage.  The body needs sleep to do it's restoration.

Before bed, cleanse your face removing all traces of makeup before bed. This is a good time to exfoliate those dead skin cells away. Thorough bedtime cleansing and exfoliating help reduce breakouts and increase absorption of night treatment products. Apply a night treatment with retinol, peptides, salicylic acid or Vitamin C formulated for your skin type. Night treatment creams are designed to work with your skin's natural repair and rejuvenation time which is at night. Since a night treatment cream does not contain sunscreen, only use it at night. Use a moisturizer containing sunscreen for day.

But some people have trouble sleeping at night. My husband says he needs the TV on to sleep. My Dad says he needs a sleeping pill to sleep. Light from a TV interferes with melatonin production. Melatonin is a hormone our bodies produce to help us sleep.  A sleeping pill may be okay once in a while, but not all the time.

Help yourself sleep better by creating the right environment for sleep. Sleep in a cool dark room.  Be covered with sheets and blankets comfortably, not too hot. Lie on your back with your head slightly elevated to allow the best circulation to your face and to reduce fluid build up which can result in eye puffiness.  Side or stomach sleepers beware!  You are creasing and wrinkling your face as you sleep. That creasing and wrinkling leaves lines on your face.

There are others natural things you can do to work with your body and help yourself sleep better.

Here are 12 tips to help you sleep better and look more beautiful:

Tip 1: A Warm Shower
A warm shower right before bed relaxes the muscles and warms the body for a better night's sleep. 

Tip 2: Lavender
Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to 
your pillow for a calming effect and better beauty sleep.  A Swedish study shows that sleep really does improve attractiveness! 

Tip 3: A Regular Schedule
It is very important to maintain a regular sleep schedule to get quality sleep. Avoid restless nights by always going to sleep and getting up at about same time each day..... yes, even on the weekends. This keeps your internal clock on schedule. 

Tip 4: Darkness
We need melatonin for good sleep. Darkness stimulates melatonin release. Artificial light sources disrupt melatonin disrupt sleeping our sleep. Sleep in the dark. No TV on. No computer on. No nightlight. No bright clock. Blinds drawn.

Tip 5: Sleep Position
The healthiest sleep position? On your left side. This keeps the digestive system active at night reducing heartburn (according to the journal of clinical gastroenterology) The most beautiful sleep position? On your back.  It keeps your face from getting pillow wrinkles.  It is not so good if you are a snorer, though.

Tip 6: Avoid Stimulants
If you have trouble sleeping, you should avoid strenuous exercise, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine 4-6 hours before bedtime. Also avoid using a computer close to bedtime. It can be very stimulating for your brain.  

Tip 7: Stay Active
Stay active in the daytime and don't nap. Exercise and keep busy. Hit the sofa to wind down late in the day after dinner.

Tip 8: Cherry Juice
Try cherry juice. A small British study found that volunteers who drank 1 ounce of tart cherry juice concentrate diluted in water twice a day for seven consecutive days slept an average 39 more minutes at night. How does this work? The cherry juice contains the melatonin, a sleep inducing hormone. Find tart cherry juice concentrate in natural food stores.There are melatonin supplements if you don't want to try the cherry juice. 

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You can also try taking Valerian Root. Valarian Root is a calming herb that has been used for centuries for insomnia. It comes in liquid and tablets as a supplement. 

You can find valerian root on Amazon, too!

Tip 9: White Noise
Try a little white noise with a fan or a white noise machine while you sleep. The noise helps to block out other noises, such as a barking dog, that could wake you up.

Tip 10: No Blue Light
Look for a digital clock for your bedroom that is lit with a red display. Blue display lights are brighter than red display lights and the shorter wavelengths of the blue light is more stimulating to our brains keeping us awake at night.

Tip 11: Visualization
Are you losing sleep because of a reoccurring nightmare? Try changing the nightmare during the day through visualization. Write down your dream if you tend to forget it as the day goes on. Think about the dream during the day and rewrite it making it a pleasant dream instead of a nightmare. For instance, if your dream was about falling, make it so you are gently floating down like a feather. Go over the dream variation in your mind during the day for 3-4 days. You should then be able to do the same thing as you sleep ending the nightmare.

Tip 12: Don't Over Heat
A long hot soak in the tub is great before bed, right? Not so much! It may relax the muscles, but it can over heat the body making it difficult to fall asleep. A nice warm shower is a better idea to warm the skin but not raise your body temperature.

Hope these tips help you get better beauty sleep!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

SpaRitual Pink

pale pink polish
Airhead by SpaRitual. 
A beautiful sheer pale pink creme. Perfect for Easter. 
I am wearing 3 coats. Keep the coats thin to help reduce streaking.
Find it at salons, Ulta and for $12.00.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to dispose of old nail polish

There are special guidelines when throwing away paint to prevent contamination of soil and water sources. 

For instance, a can latex paint needs to be a solid, not liquid, to be thrown in the trash. The paint can should be opened to allow the liquid to evaporate. The can is okay to put in the trash when the paint is dried.
old nail polish
We don't think about it, but nail polish is paint. Most of us just toss an old unwanted bottle of nail polish in the trash. This creates the possibility of contamination of soil and water if the bottle is broken in a landfill. Here is what we need to do:

How to Dispose of Old Nail Polish

1. Pour the polish out of the bottle on to a paper towel and let it dry.
pouring out old polish
2. Leave the top off of the polish bottle to allow the polish remnants to harden.

3. Once the polish is all dry, the paper towel and polish bottle can be tossed safely in the trash.

It's an easy way to help protect our environment everyday.

Here are more little things you can do that make a big difference for a cleaner earth

1. Take a shorter shower

2. Pack your lunch in a reusable container

3. Use a refillable water bottle instead of disposables

4.Take a travel cup to fill at your favorite coffee shop

5. Turn lights off that are not needed

6. Turn your computer off when not in use

7. Turn the water off while you brush your teeth

8. Use a cloth dish towel instead of a paper towel

9. Start some tomato seeds for your garden

10. Take a reusable shopping bag to the store

11. Wash your clothes in cold water

12. Eat something organic

Help keep our environment clean and healthy today and everyday!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Orly Blush Collection

The latest collection from Orly is the Blush Collection. They are soft romantic colors perfect for spring.
Naked Canvas- A beige shimmer
Dare to Bare- A nude creme
Classic Contours- A mauve creme
Flawless Flush- A lilac with a soft gold shimmer
Cheeky- A orange with a gold shimmer
First Blush- A bright pinky coral creme

The shimmers are just lightly shimmery. It's nice to see a mauve.  I get a lot of requests for mauves from my clients. First Blush is my favorite of the collection. It's a bright happy spring color.

Find Orly polish at Ulta for $8.00 a bottle

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Coconut Shampoo

Coconut is the magic potion right now. Coconut oil is the trendy oil to cook with. Coconut water is the drink of choice and the skin and hair becomes moist and radiant with the application of coconut oil.

The South Pacific, the Caribbean and other tropical locations have been using coconut for hydration and healing for ages. It boosts the immune system and fights viruses, helps control blood sugar, helps boost thyroid function which gives us energy and increases metabolism. It rehydrates faster than water and is high in electrolytes, especially potassium. It contains Vitamin E and fatty acids to condition the hair and skin.

Coconut water is the clear liquid inside young coconuts. Coconut milk is from mature coconuts. Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of the mature coconut.

I am loving this Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner.

It contains coconut oil and makes my hair super shiny and soft. They also make a coconut water shampoo and conditioner that also works fabulously.

Here is a link to check it out:

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

How to firm up flabby skin

girls in bikinis
Q. Beach time is coming and my skin looks awful! The skin on my thighs, derriere and stomach is loose and ripply. It's flabby!!! What can I do?

A. As we age, the production elastin and collagen in our skin slows down leaving us with not so firm skin. 

Stimulating the skin through exfoliation will help encourage collagen production as well as eliminate dull dry cells and improving circulation to the surface of the skin. 

There are some easy inexpensive things you can do with your at home skin care routine to improve the look of flabby skin. I included my Amazon Affiliate links in this post to assist you with your shopping.

Tips to Firm up your Skin

Dry Brush
Use a dry body brush over your skin before taking a shower. Use light long upwards strokes on your legs and derriere to not only exfoliate, but encourage lymph drainage. Lymph drainage massage stimulates the lymphatic system to carry away wastes including excess fluid.

Firming Lotion
Apply a toning body lotion such as Brazilian Bum Bum Cream rich in the caffeine rich Guarana extract after your shower. Give your skin a nice kneading massage as you apply the lotion to help absorption and get the circulation revved up. 

 A firming cream or lotion that contains caffeine helps reduce water retention in the skin. 

Part of the cellulite problem is that fat cells tend to hold onto water puffing them up. Reduce the water retention and you reduce the puffiness of the cellulite. It's not gone, but it looks a little less noticeable. 

Eat a diet rich in Vitamin C which is needed for our bodies to produce collagen.

Start walking. It's an easy exercise to do. The exercise will help the look of flabby skin by toning the muscles, burning fat and increasing circulation.

Finally, try camouflage. A fake tan does wonders for hiding our flaws.

The Best Cruelty Free Firming Creams

Juice Beauty Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer
Juicy Beauty Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer
It hydrates and firms the skin with Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin C and Maltic Acid $20.00
Strivection Crepe Control
Strivectin Crepe Control Body Tightening Cream
It hydrates and firms with peptides and caffeine $59.00
Revision BodiFirm
Revision Skin Care BodiFirm
It hydrates and firms with peptides, anti oxidants, botanicals and a prebiotic $150.00
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
It hydrates and firms with Guarana Extract, coconut oil, caffeine and anti oxidants $45.00

Let's get our skin smoother, hydrated and more beautiful. It's not just about the look of the skin, it's about the condition of the skin. Hydrated moist skin is healthier and stronger. It just functions better.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Scrub vs Peel

Q. What is the difference between a scrub and a peel?

A. Both remove dead skin cells, help unclog pores, make the skin look fresher and stimulate circulation and cell renewal. 

A scrub is a creamy grainy mixture that is massaged onto wet skin and rinsed off. The action of the grainy particles sloughs away dead skin. It can be to rough for sensitive skin, though. 

A peel doesn't contain grainy particles. A peel can be a liquid acid, such as glycolic acid, that is applied to the skin, left on for a certain amount of time and removed with cotton then rinsed off. The chemical action loosens and removes dead skin cells.

A peel can also be a gel or cream that is applied to the skin that sets to a gummy film and is massaged off in circular motions. These peels are call gommages or soft peels. Dead cells are sloughed off with the peel in eraser like peelings. Yonka Gommage is my favorite soft peel. It brightens the skin and makes it feel so soft and smooth. There are 2 formulas, one for normal to oily and one for sensitive. 

Yonka Gommage

Scrubs are best for tougher skin, oily, thick skin that is not sensitive. Peels are good for all skin types. Peel strength and the amount of time the peel is left on the skin must be adjusted to the skin type and sensitivity.

You can experience a peel when you have a facial at a salon or spa. You can also use a peel or scrub at home. A peel for home use will be a weaker strength than a peel use during a professional facial.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Laura Geller

I pick up La Dolce Vita by Laura Geller Beauty at Ulta. 
laura geller lip crayon, blush, shadow
 I am in love with the Baked Gelato Eye Shadow in Caramel and the Love Me Dew Lip Crayon in Watermelon Cooler!

The shadow is super glitzy gold. It goes on smooth and builds up to a gleaming gold.
laura geller gold eye shadow
The lip crayon is a fresh coral perfect for spring. The color looks bold but goes on sheer and glossy. It is moist and not sticky feeling.
laura geller peach lip crayon
The blush in Rosewater also looks bold but goes on sheer and has a soft luminous shimmer. It is a beautiful color.  I will be making good use of it doing prom makeup.

The kit also comes with a baked powder foundation. I prefer liquid foundation so I use baked foundation as a finishing powder. Just a thin light dusting gives nice color balancing to my skin. I have a client who uses this baked powder foundation without using a liquid foundation first. It makes her skin look wonderful.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What is carmine?

pink and red cosmetics
If you are checking the ingredient list on your makeup, you might find Carmine listed on the labels of your pink and red makeup.

So What is Carmine?

Carmine is a natural cosmetic ingredient that you need to know about, especially if you are a vegan. 

Carmine is a red pigment used in makeup.  It can be found in any cosmetic product (lipstick, lip liner, blush, eyeshadow, creams, etc.) that is red, pink, berry, purple or even a warm brown. 

This is a natural ingredient because it is derived from a natural source. You may not like the natural source, though. Carmine is derived from a beetle. The dried female cochineal beetle to be exact. Yes, the insect that is a beetle. 

The red coloring comes from carminic acid that is extracted from the dried crushed beetle.

It is a safe, natural ingredient and is also used as a food colorant. There was a big stink a few years ago when people realized it was use in one of Starbucks strawberry drinks. Not to worry. Starbucks no longer uses carmine their drinks.

Reading your labels can be confusing when it comes to Carmine. It can be listed with different names so you may not see it right away on the ingredient list. Carmine can be listed as:

crimson lake 
natural red 4 
C.I. 75470
natural color 
and added color. 

You have to always carefully read labels if you want to avoid it or you can buy vegan products. You are safe with them. Vegan products won't contain any animal ingredients. Not even honey. 

Urban Decay is a popular makeup that offers many vegan products.  Tarte also offers a variety of vegan products. And there is Pacifica. Pacifica is 100% vegan and cruelty free. All of these are nice quality brands of makeup. Here are some Amazon Affiliate links so you can do a little vegan cosmetic shopping!

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Now some red dyes are associated with health problem such as migraines, allergies and mental health disorders especially in children when consumed. 

Red dye 40 is notorious. Red dye 40 can also be listed as Red 40 Lake, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Red 40 Aluminum Lake, Allura Red AC, Cl Food Red 17, ins No.129 and E129.

In that case, carmine is the much safer option!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this post has given you an interesting tip you can use.

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