Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween Nail Designs ghosts

Here are my shimmering ghost nails to celebrate Halloween!
ghost Halloween nail designs
I love how each one seems to have its own personality.

This one is my favorite.
ghost Halloween nail design
I polished my nails with Zoya Matte Velvet Lacquer in Savita. Savita has been discontinued. Try Zoya Iris Matte velvet. The deep purple matte finish is gorgeous. It makes a perfect background for my little ghosts.
zoya matte velvet savita
I started my design by painting each ghost with white acrylic craft paint. Dots black acrylic paint made the eyes and mouths. I find acrylic paint easy to work with when painting small designs. 
nail design supplies
Then came the glitz. Bits OPI Birthday Babe and Zoya Hazel were dabbed on each ghost with a paint brush followed by a little loose iridescent silver glitter. No top coat is used with matte polish to keep the nice matte finish. OPI Birthday Babe has been discontinued. Try Zoya Cosmo Magical Pixiedust.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NYX Butter Lipstick Razzle Fiesta

Looking for a fabulous bright pink lip color?
bright pink lips
Here it is!
Look at this gorgeous fuchsia! No faded looking pink here. Just nice bold color. I just love it.
It's Razzle Fiesta from NYX Butter Lipstick.
It is smooth and creamy with lots of pigment and shine.

Update: This awesome color has been discontinued. Try Sweet Shock in the NYX Butter Lipstick. It's a bright Fuchsia. $6.50 at Ulta and

I also like Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Frenemy and Anarchy to get the same look. $17.00 at Ulta and Urban

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Inexpensive Black Lipstick and Nail Polish

black lipstick collage
Nothing says Halloween like dark lips and nails. You can become dark and vampy in an instant! I like to use inexpensive makeup to create fun Halloween looks. Why spend a lot of money on colors I will only use a few times, right?

The Halloween stores are one of my favorite places to get crazy makeup. Most of them carry Fantasy Makers from the creators of Wet n Wild. It's fun stuff. Glittery shadows and ghoulish black lipstick. You can get great funky eyelashes there too!
silver lashes
Drug stores also carry fun makeup and lashes in their seasonal section in October. You can shop for black lipstick and other theatrical/costume makeup online anytime. Amazon has a great selection.

Other great in expensive brands are Wet n Wild and NYX. Find Wet n Wild in drugstores and NYX at Ulta stores.

Inexpensive Black Polish:
Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Chris 229C It's a super fast drying black cream.

Wet n Wild Black Creme 485D It's a shiny black cream.

Inexpensive Black or almost Black lipsticks:
Fantasy Maker's Black Lipstick Blackout

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color Vamp It Up It's not black but it's a fabulous dark purple.

Shop for Halloween Makeup

Have a Vampy Day!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Paraffin vs Hair Removal Wax

Q. My salon offers paraffin wax treatments. Is paraffin wax the same as the wax they use for hair removal?

A. Paraffin wax and hair removal wax are two different types of wax.

Paraffin wax is a soft non sticky wax. It is a petroleum product like petroleum jelly. Candles can be made of paraffin. It is used in salons and spas as a treatment for dry skin and as therapy for arthritis. Paraffin hand dips are very popular. The hands are dipped into hot paraffin wax, then placed in plastic bags. Hand mitts can also be added over the plastic bags.

paraffin wax on hand
To avoid many hands being dipped into the same wax, some salons ladle the melted paraffin into plastic bags and then place the bags on the hands of their client. The paraffin wax cools and solidifies and is easily removed from the hands. The hands are left warm and moisturized. It is fabulous on feet too!

Hair removal waxes are sticky or they harden. They usually made from resin. The wax is applied to the skin, it sticks to unwanted hair and is pulled off removing the hair.
hair removal wax
Soft wax is one type of wax used in hair removal. It never completely hardens when cool. It is warmed up in a wax pot. The warm wax is applied in a thin layer to the skin and is removed with a cloth strip. Because it is does not harden, it sticks to the skin and exfoliates dead skin cells during the hair removal process.

caold wax strip
Cold wax is also a type of soft wax. Generally, cold wax is pre applied to the waxing strips. It is not as effective as warm wax hair removal. It is an easy at home type of hair removal.

hard wax for hair removal
Hard wax is also a type of wax use in hair removal. This type of wax is very hard when it is cool. It is melted in a wax pot. The warm wax is applied in a thick layer to the skin. It is allowed to cool slightly, then is pulled off the skin. No cloth strip is used. Many people say they like hard wax because it hardens around the hair not sticking to the skin making it more gentle on the skin.

My favorite wax to use for hair removal is soft wax that is made for sensitive skin. I find it gentle, thorough and easy to work with. Gigi is my favorite brand of wax.

Visit waxing etc for waxing and hair removal tips.

See me at Styling Point in Media, Pa for paraffin treatment and hair removal waxing.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Laura Geller Balance-N- Brighten Foundation

I ran out of my regular liquid foundation and had this Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Foundation in Medium that I never really used.
Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten Foundation
 So I tried it. I actually got compliments on how my nice skin looked.

Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten Baked Foundation is a baked, matte finish powder foundation that is swirled with a variety of natural colors that you would find in the skin. The variety of colors helps to even out color flaws in the skin such as redness and sallow, yellow tones. It is used dry. Apply it with a powder brush or kabuki brush. You can build up the coverage by applying layers. It can be used alone or over a BB cream or foundation.

Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten Foundation

This foundation doesn't give me enough coverage used alone so I tried it over my latest BB cream, Physicians Formula, and got beautiful results. It gave my skin a lighter brighter look. The medium shade works well on my untanned skin. I would use the tan shade for summer. 

I like the matte finish it has even though the product contains mica. I like to avoid too much skin sparkle. They say you can built the coverage, but I keep the layers to a minimum to avoid an over powdered look that accentuates flakiness and fine lines. I haven't had any breakouts from it. Lovin' it!

It also contains a few anti aging ingredients which is good.

It comes in 5 colors: porcelain, light, medium, tan and deep all with different swirls of color.

$33.00 at and Ulta.

There is also a version that has 15 SPF for $35.00 at

Balance-n-Brighten – Regular/Medium 
Ingredients:  Talc, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Polysorbate 20, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Phenoxyethanol, Lauroyl Lysine, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), BHT, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.

You may also like La Dolce Vita Review 
and my Physicians Formula BB Cream Review.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tips to Quit Smoking

It's time to quit!
dirty ash tray
You know you have to quit smoking. 

Smoking causes high blood pressure, a long list of diseases and it steals your beauty away. 

Smoking causes premature wrinkling of the skin, broken blood vessels, uneven skin color, a grayish complexion, yellowy brown stained nails and makes you smell bad. Read more about smoking's effect on skin at DermNet NZ

Plus, the world is becoming less and less friendly for smokers. There are so many places you are not allowed to smoke.

Here are some tips from various organizations including The American Cancer Society to help you quit. 

It is best to come up with a plan before you stop smoking.

Before you quit

Start by setting a date to quit. Make the commitment. Mark it on you calendar and tell your friends and family. Then, start your preparations.

If you decided to use a prescription aid, such as Chantix or Zyban, see your doctor then start taking it 1 to 2 weeks before quit day.

Start smoking fewer cigarettes each day 2 weeks before quitting day.

Get some nicotine gum, lozenges or patches as a temporary tool to reduce withdrawal symptoms and make it easier to quit. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for advice. 

Stock up on items to keep your mouth busy: gum, carrot sticks, hard candy, sunflower seeds, coffee stirrers, straws, toothpicks, etc.

Eat more fruits and veggies. A Duke University study suggests fruits and veggies make cigarettes taste bad.

Sign up for a stop smoking program. The American Lung Association offers  the Freedom From Smoking program. It is available as a group clinic, an online program or a self help book.

Hypnosis is a great option for some people. It doesn't work for everyone, though. Hypnosis works best when combined with other quitting techniques. 

Quit Day & Always

Get rid of all ash trays, cigarettes, lighters and matches.

Ask your friends and family not to smoke around you and keep their cigarettes out of sight.

Increase you physical activity. Try walking.

Change your routine such as if you smoke while drinking coffee, drink tea instead. Eat or drink your coffee in a different place. Avoid alcohol if it makes you want to smoke.

Avoid situations where you have a strong urge to smoke.

Put the money you would spend on cigarettes in a jar. Use the money to give yourself a weekly treat. Maybe a manicure or some music from itunes.

Don't think you can have just one because you are stressed. Don't even have one puff!

You can do it! Be strong. Use your will power. Your friends and family need you to be healthy and know you can do it!

Have a Beautiful, Healthy Day!
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Monday, October 13, 2014

How to get rid of lip wrinkles

Those nasty lip wrinkles! Vertical lines around your lips that happen as our skin ages. They get worse if you frequently make a puckering motion with your lips such as when smoking a cigarette, drinking from a straw and whistling. 
drinking from a straw
Collagen and elastin production in our skin decreases as we age causing the skin to line, wrinkle and sag. First of all, you must quit smoking. Cigarettes not only cause the puckering motion of the lips, cigarettes breakdown collagen causing lots of wrinkles! 

There are some easy things you can do to make lip wrinkles look less noticeable.

Don't Pucker up
Ditch the straws and try not to whistle so much. No smoking!

Hit the Med Spa 
An injectable dermal filler, such as Juvederm, can fill in the lines and increase collagen production. Fillers temporarily smooth the lines maybe up to a year. A doctor performs this service. Please note, these dermal fillers are not cruelty free.

You can also smooth them by having a laser treatment. Lasers resurface the skin, tighten and build collagen. A trained nurse, esthetician or doctor perform laser services in a doctor's office or med spa.

Home treatment:
There are a few things you can do to at home to improve the appearance of lip wrinkles.

Plump up with Products
Use a serum and moisturizer that contain hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin. Moisturized plumped up skin hides wrinkles. Peptides, ceramides and retinol are also good ingredients to look for in wrinkle reducing skincare products. 

Dr Dennis Gross Hydra Pure Firming Serum contains hyaluronic acid, peptides and lots of anti oxidants.

Derma E Hydrating Day Cream with Hyaluronic Acid is a nice natural moisturizer to try. There is a night cream too. 
ultrasonic brush
Removing dull dead skin cells always makes the skin look younger and fresher. Try a cleansing brush such as Clarisonic. 

yonka gommage
Try a soft gel peel to exfoliate. One of my favorite skincare products is Yonka Gommage. It's a gentle effective peel and has no grains in it to scratch the skin. Yonka Gommage 305 is the dry, sensitive skin formula and 303 is the normal, oily skin formula. Both are an excellent soft peels.
You can also mix up your own sugar scrub to exfoliate with. I prefer brown sugar over white granulated sugar for facial scrub because it's less gritty.
sugar scrub

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe

1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil

Mix brown sugar and olive oil together in a small bowl until smooth. Wet your lips. Apply scrub to your lips. Massage the lips and lip line in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Rinse, pat dry and apply moisturizer.

Use sunscreen daily. Ultra Violet radiation from the sun ages our skin and causes wrinkles. A BB cream is great for daily use. BB creams are multi purpose skin care creams that contains sunscreen.
read about BB Creams

Finally, always drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated....with no straw of course😉

Have a Beautiful Day!