/> The Juicy Beauty Word: May 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lash Card Mascara Shields

One of my favorite mascara tips...

Here is a great little gadget for a more perfect mascara application. 
lash card mascara shielda

Lash Cards 

Lash Cards are curved cards that you use as shields when applying your mascara. They help you stretch your lashes, remove clumps and separate your lashes without making a mascara mess on the skin above and below your eyes. 

The curved edge of the card is held against your upper lash line. Then, you apply your mascara using the card and your mascara wand to create long clump free lashes. Then use it on the bottom lashes. Toss it away when you are done.


 One pack contains 10 individually wrapped shields.
 
Find them on Amazon.

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Prom Makeup: A Fresh & Natural Look

It's Prom time! 
Here is one of my recent prom girls with her gorgeous blue eyes!


This beauty doesn't usually wear much makeup and wanted a fresh and natural look. Here's what I did for her:

Fresh & Natural Prom Makeup

First, concealer and thin layer of foundation applied with a damp sponge covered imperfections. 

A powder coral blush complimented her skin tone and luminizing finishing powder gave her skin a soft beautiful glow. 

Peachy gold and light warm brown shadow made her beautiful blue eyes pop. 

Black eyeliner and black mascara added definition and a little drama.

A soft shimmering pink defined her lips without making her look too made up. 

Her look was fresh and beautiful.

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Brow Shaping and Taming with Makeup

I always pay special attention to the eyebrows when doing a makeup. 

Brows frame the eyes, give us character and expression, and can give away our age.
older brow compared to younger brow
Young brows are thick in shape, the hairs are dense and can be a bit unruly. They need to be cleaned up and given a natural shape but left thick and full then, be tamed with a bit of brow gel.

Older brows are thin looking. The hairs have become sparse. There may be holes in the brows. They have become shorter from both ends and can have long wild stray hairs from time to time.


These brows need some TLC to look fuller and thicker like younger brows. 

How to Shape and Tame Unruly Brows

Remove the Strays
Removal of stay hairs from under the brows will define the shape. Taking out the strays can actually make the brows look a little thicker. Strange but true!

Be careful not to take too many hairs out. You want to keep the brows as thick as possible.

Trim
Wild, wiry hairs must be trimmed with scissors. Brush them up and trim them to be in line with the other brushed up hairs.
 
Fill them
Then, use a little makeup magic to fill in the spareness creating a younger looking brow.
Use a flatliner brush and brow powder to fill in the brows. Make strokes with the brush to resemble hairs.

Gel them
Use a clear of tinted brow gel to keep the hairs in place.

Here is the older brow groomed and defined with brow powder. Makeup Magic!

older brow filled in

It's amazing what a little makeup can do!
 
        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fraying Cuticles

peeling, frayed cuticles
A friend of one of our hair stylists asked why her cuticles look like this. She recently had a manicure (not from me!!!) and the skin started fraying up a day or so later. 

Well, you've probably heard that you should not cut your cuticles. Just push them back. 

Why is that?

What Causes Frayed, Peeling Cuticles

When we refer to the cuticle, we are talking about the skin at the base of the nail, but it is really more complicated than that.

The skin at the base of the nail is called the eponychium. It's living skin. 

The cuticle is the dead cell part of the eponychium. 

The cuticle is the thin white looking piece of skin that sheds from underneath the eponychium. It is dead tissue that sticks on the nail and moves out on the nail as it grows forming a protective barrier between the nail plate and the living eponychium.
The "cuticles" (really the eponychium) are pushed back during a manicure revealing the thin skin that is stuck to the nail, the true cuticle. 

The true cuticle can be gently scraped and loosened from the nail using a cuticle pusher or an orangewood stick then trimmed. It can also be lightly file off with a gentle nail file.

The eponychium should not be cut. Cutting the results in rough, hard, fraying skin a few days after the cutting. 

"Cuticle" cutting is a key part of a Brazilian Manicure. I never recommend them.  My sweet Brazilian friend get them because she says they make her nails look longer. The trade off is, her shin is alway frayed looking.

It is okay to trim off hangnails or loose pieces of skin.

Keep the eponychium looking healthy and moist by pushing it back then applying oil and hand lotion. Using a scrub will also keep them looking good.

How to Heal Fraying Cuticles

So maybe you did get a Brazilian manicure, your eponychium was cut and now you have frayed up skin that pulls and gets sore. 

It will take a while to get the skin looking smooth and healthy again. 

Start with no more cutting of the eponychium. You can very gently push back but no eponychium cutting. 

Gently trim, don't pull, the frayed pieces of skin. Pull the skin will leave sore open wounds.

Apply a thick moisturizer to the base of the nails a few times a day. Cuticle oil (such as Cuccio Cuticle Conditioner), coconut oil and olive are also very healing. Petroleum jelly will also work. 
cuccio cuticle conditioner
Cuccio Conditioner with Milk And Honey
This wonderful cruelty free cuticle oil contains cold pressed oils and vitamins to heal and restore the damaged cuticles, cracked skin and brittle nails. $6.15
Buy on Amazon 

Manicures will help repair and beautify the fraying skin as it heals. 

It's going to take some perseverance, but the skin will heal and be smooth again. Remember this the next time you get a manicure. Tell your nail tech to only cut the true cuticle, any hangnails, and loose pieces of skin that are sticking up.


        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Peppermint Foot Soak Recipe

Our poor feet get over worked sometimes leaving them aching and tired. A good foot soaking can do wonders. Certain ingredients make the foot soak especially beneficial.

Peppermint is anti-inflammatory. It has decongestant properties and also helps get rid of foot odor. The sweet peppermint aroma gives you a lift relieving stress and mental exhaustion. 

Epsom Salt, which is Magnesium Sulfate, eases muscle aches, detoxifies the body and actually raises white blood cell counts. 

Add glass marbles to your foot soak. Roll your feet over them to massage sore foot muscles.

Here is my Peppermint Foot Soak Recipe


peppermint foot soak

Hot water
1/4 Cup Epsom Salt
4 Peppermint Tea Bags
Glass Marbles

Fill a large bowl or foot bath with hot water. Add Epsom salt and mix with your hand until it dissolves. Add marbles to the bath along with the peppermint tea bags.  Soak your feet and relax for 15-20 minutes.
 
        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How to Whiten Yellow Nails

yellow nails

Why do nails turn yellow?


Most likely, the nails are stained from nail polish.

Nails can get stained from wearing nail polish even when you use a base coat before the color causing them to look yellow or orange. The pigments in the polish absorb into the top layers of the nails.

Reasons Why Nail Turn Yellow

Besides polish staining, there are some other reasons nails turn yellow.

Smoking
Nicotine can stain the cause giving them a yellowy brown appearance. The best cure is to stop smoking. Nothing good comes from smoking!

Fungal Infections
A fungal infection can cause yellowing of the nails. The nails also become brittle and crumbly. The nails thicken and there is a buildup of debris under the nails.

See your dermatologist for a diagnosis. The doctor can do a scraping of the nail and test it to confirm if it is fungus or not. A prescription or over the counter treatment will then be recommended. The nails will lose their yellow appearance as the nail grows out and the infection heals.

Psoriasis
Psoriasis can cause yellowing of the nails. It can also cause pitting on the surface of the nails. The nails become flaky and weak. 

A doctor can prescribe medications, including corticosteroids, to help improve nail psoriasis. 

Phototherapy can also be used to improve nail psoriasis. The treatment involves exposure to UV light to improve nail the yellowing and nail separation.

A pulsed dye laser can also be helpful for nail psoriasis. 

Keep your nails short and get a manicure to improve the appearance of the nails. Be sure to let your nail tech know you have psoriasis to receive the best treatment.

Serious Medical Conditions
Yellow nails can indicate more serious issues. Thyroid conditions, diabetes, respiratory problems, lymphatic problems and skin cancer can cause yellowing of the nails. Yellow Nail Syndrome (YNS) is a rare disorder which affects the nails, the lungs and airways, and creates lymphedema.

Medications
Medications such as tetracycline and chemotherapy drugs can cause the nails to yellow. The yellowing will grow out after the medications are stopped.

How to Whiten Stained Yellow Nails

Buff Them
Lightly filing the nails will buff off the yellow stain, but the nails get thinner and weaker the more you file. This is a remedy to use only once in a while to prevent weakening the nails. 

Toothpaste
To whiten nails up a bit, remove your polish, then use a tooth whitening toothpaste and a toothbrush to give them a good scrubbing.  Allow it to sit on your nails for 5 minutes then wash off.

Lemon Juice
You can also try soaking your bare nails in lemon juice for 10 minutes then rinse.

Denture Cleaner
Soak the nails in denture cleaner. You know, denture cleaner tablets such as Polident. Dissolve the tablet in water, soak your nails for 10 minutes and wash off.

Baking Soda & Peroxide
Some people like baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Apply it to your bare nails, let it sit 5 minutes then, wash off.

Shampoo
I have also heard from my hair stylist friends, that you can soak your nails in blue shampoo that is used to get rid of the brassy yellow in blonde or gray hair. 

The blue tint helps to cancel out the yellow of the nails.

Combine 1 tablespoon of blue shampoo with 1 cup of water in a small dish. Soak bare nails for 10 or 15 minutes. Scrub the nails with a toothbrush and rinse off. Some blue shampoos are Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo and Ion Cool Blonde Shampoo.

Prevent Yellow Stained Nails

Base Coat
Be sure to always use a base coat to help prevent polish stained nails. I find a ridge filling base coat provides a thicker layer of protection. 

seche base
Seche Base Ridge Filling Base Coat
Seche Base is one of my favorites base coats. It gives the nails a nice pearlized finish while minimizing the look of nail ridges and imperfections. $7.99

Avoid Certain Polish Colors
Dark nail colors in red and orange family are notorious for staining the nails. Bright pinks can do it too.

I hope my tips help you whiten yellow nails and keep them looking beautiful!

Stay Healthy and Beautiful!
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Monday, May 12, 2014

How to hide Dark Circles

 

how to cover dark circles

How to Cover Dark Circles

Q. I am having trouble covering my dark circles. I use concealer but under my eyes looks chalky whitish and I can still see the darkness showing through. I have seen people use red lipstick to cover dark circles. 

Can I use red lipstick to cover my dark circles?


A.
Dark circles can be a challenge to hide. 
I have seen those videos on using red lipstick to cover dark circles. Does it work? It does! It needs to be an orange red color lipstick.

Here is a bit of color theory to explain why it works. 

Dark circles tend to have a dark bluey purple color.

Orange is the complimentary color for blue. To refresh your memory, orange is a mix of red and yellow.

Yellow is the complimentary color for purple. Yellow is a primary color. You can't mix it from other colors.

Applying a complimentary color on top of a color helps to neutralize the color. So... applying a lipstick that is an orangey red color will cancel out the bluey purple of the dark circles.

Hold your horses! Don't rush off and order that lipstick to use as a concealer. Lipstick is not formulated for use around the eyes. 

It can cause irritation when used around the eyes. The heavy waxes and oils in lipstick can cause puffiness and clogged pores under the delicate eye area plus, some red lipsticks contain a small amount of lead.


Instead of lipstick, use a peachy orange or salmon colored correcting concealer. A color correcting concealer is formulated to use around the eyes.

Choose a peach, orange or salmon concealer shade that is closer to your skin color for dark circles. Save your light colored concealer for hiding blemishes and highlighting shadowy areas.  

You can add a bit of lighter beigey colored concealer or your foundation on top of the peachy orange concealer if you feel the under eye area looks too orange or if you need more brightening. 


orange concealer

orange concealer
I have used orange toned concealers for years and they work great. It can be hard to find an orange concealer, though.  There are tons of colors in fair, beige and mocha, though. I have included a few good cruelty free color correctors in orange along with my Amazon Affiliate links to help you find the best concealer to cover your dark circles.

Best Cruelty Free Orange Color Correcting Concealers

NYX Corrector Palette
NYX Correcting Palette
This colorful NYX concealer palette provides you with an orangey shade to cover dark circles along with a pinky shade to brighten dull skin, a yellow to neutralize bluey tones, a green to neutralize redness, a purple to neutralize sallow areas and a tan to use for contouring. $12.00
Buy on Amazon for $8.59

Pixie Color Corrector

Pixie by Petra Correction Concentrate
This color corrector comes in two peach shades, Brightening Peach and Awakening Apricot. The apricot is a warmer color with more yellow in it than the peach. This is a waterproof formula so it wears well throughout the day. $17.43 on Amazon.


Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer


Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer
This peach concealer hides dark circles while conditioning the skin with moringa butter, avocado oil and green tea extract. There is also a yellow version available. $32.00
Buy on Amazon for $25.60

Becca under eye brightening corrector
Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector
This color correcting concealer comes in two colors, Pearlized Peachy Pink and Rich Pearlized Apricot. The pearlized finish helps to illuminate and brighten the under eye area. $32.00
Buy on Amazon for $27.00

Here is a Step by Step to Cover Dark Circles

 

Cream
Apply an eye cream first. Let it absorb for 5 minutes. Pat off any excess with a tissue.

Apply Concealer
Apply a peachy concealer. Use a concealer brush to apply the concealer right in the dark circle area, not all around the whole under eye area.
 
Blend Concealer
Use your fingers to lightly tap the concealer to blend it into your skin.

Foundation
Apply a thin layer of foundation to the under eye area and to the other areas of your face. This will blend in the color corrector and conceal the rest of the under eye area.

Use a makeup sponge to gently pat your foundation over the concealer to blend but not remove the concealer. A makeup sponge also creates a beautiful natural looking finish for your foundation.

I hope this peach concealer trick helps you cover your dark circles and brighten your appearance better than a good night's sleep!

       Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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