Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How Long is Makeup Good for?

Hope you all are enjoying a bit of down time this holiday season. I am spending my down time preparing for the new year, finishing end of year paper work and cleaning. I have this compulsion to go into the new year with a clean house! That also includes cleaning out my old makeup. It's time to get rid of the old stuff and buy some fun new makeup to freshen up my collection. Maybe even buy a new makeup case with my Christmas money!

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old makeup
Here is your annual reminder about how long makeup is good for.

Mascara: 3 months

Cream Blush and Eye Shadows: 6 months
Concealer: 12 months
Liquid Foundation: 12 months
Lipstick: 12-18 months
Lip and Eye Pencil: 3 years (sharpened regularly)
Powder Shadows and Face Powders: 2-3 years
makeup brushes
Makeup Brush Cleaning Tips:

Use a makeup brush cleaner, gentle shampoo or a liquid soap to wash your brushes followed by a good rinse. 

Pat them with a towel and give them a shake to remove excess water. 

Reshape them with your fingers and let them air dry.  

Clean foundation brushes and sponges after each use. Liquid anti bacterial soap works great on makeup sponges.

Other brushes, such as blush and powder, should be cleaned once a week or every other week.

More Tips:

Always use clean brushes and applicators when dipping into your cosmetics to help keep them clean.

If a lipstick or any other cream or liquid makeup doesn't smell right, toss it.

It is especially important to replace your mascara every 3 months. 

Start your year with fresh clean makeup.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Orange Almond Salad Recipe

Orange Almond Salad is a simple fresh tasting salad. 
orange almond salad
My mother in law just loves it and asks me to make it for just about every family gathering. Many people ask me for the recipe so I am posting it for you all! 

It consists of romaine lettuce, red onion, mandarin oranges and almonds with a vinaigrette dressing. Simple, healthy and flavorful! It's perfect at lunch or dinner.

There used to be a restaurant, some of you may remember, called The Magic Pan. It was a crepe restaurant that made a tasty orange almond salad. I loved to get the spinach souffle crepe with an orange almond salad. Mmmmmm, it was so good! 

I want to share with you my mother's orange almond salad recipe which is similar to that Magic Pan orange almond salad.

Not only is this salad yummy, it is packed full of nutrients.
romaine lettuce
For years lettuce got a bad rap as being low in nutrition. Not so. Scientists have become aware of the importance of micro nutrients and phyto chemicals for a strong immune system, bone health, blood clotting and so many more bodily functions.

Romaine lettuce will provide your body with calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, and beta carotene.
sliced red onion
Red onions are an amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory food. Their sulfur containing compounds (thiosulfinates, sulfides and polysulfides) are excellent for fighting off illness and cancer.  They contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, potassium, anthocyanins and quercetin.

They are excellent for heart health, stomach health, colon health, bone health, and blood sugar control.

Cooking will reduce their antioxidants so they are a great food to eat raw.
toasted almonds
Almonds are know as a healthy protein food. There are 6 grams of protein in a 1 ounce serving. They are a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, copper, riboflavin and phosphorous.

Toasting them does reduce some of their antioxidant properties but it makes them super flavorful!
slivered almonds

mandarin oranges
My mother always used the canned mandarin oranges for this recipe. I like using fresh produce so I frequently substitute clementines for the canned mandarins. I usually use about four peeled and sectioned clementines for this salad.

Mandarin oranges and clementines are both high in vitamin C and potassium.

The dressing for the orange almond salad contains dry mustard. It's  wonderful for flavor but one of my daughters is allergic to mustard. When I make this salad when I know she will be eating it, I just omit the dry mustard. The dressing is still tasty without it.
orange almond salad
Orange Almond Salad

This healthy salad is a great source of Vitamins A, B, C, E, K, protein, calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, a variety of minerals and lots of antioxidants. The vitamin C in the oranges and in the romaine lettuce helps the body absorb the iron in the romaine. The Vitamin C also aids in the absorption of the calcium in the romaine.

The Salad
1 bunch of romaine lettuce
1 11 oz. can of mandarin oranges or 4 or so peeled sectioned clementines
1/2 of a red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted (See almond toasting tips below)

The Dressing
1/2 cup oil of your choice, I use olive oil 
3 tablespoons wine vinegar or white vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar, shake well and set aside. Drain mandarin oranges. Wash, dry and tear romaine lettuce into bit size pieces. Put the romaine in a large bowl. Add drained oranges, sliced onion and toasted almonds. Add the dressing when you are ready to serve the salad. Toss to combine.

Serves 6

Almond Toasting Tips
Toasting almonds gives them a more intense nutty flavor and crisper texture. There are a few ways to toast your slivered almonds. In a pan on the stove, in the oven on a cookie sheet or the microwave. I like to use the stove top method with a little butter. I find it easier to keep an eye on them so they don't burn. They burn easily, believe me, I get distracted and burn them often! Keep it vegan by using olive oil instead.

The Microwave Method: They say you can also use the microwave. Put the almonds on a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 1 minute, stir them and continue microwaving at 30 second intervals until they are toasted. The microwave method doesn't appeal to me. I never toasted almonds that way.
sauteing almonds
The Pan Method:
1. Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Melt about 1 tablespoon or less of butter in the pan.

2. Add the slivered almonds so they are in a single layer. Let them cook for about 2 minutes them flip them letting them cook another 2 minutes.

3. Continue stirring them with a spatula often to help them toast evenly and prevent burning. It should take about 4 to 8 minutes for them to become fragrant and golden.

4. Remove the almonds from the pan to cool when they have the color you desire. If you leave them on the hot pan, they will continue to cook and get over done. I put them on a paper towel to cool.

The Oven Method:
1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spread slivered almonds in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake for about 3 minutes then shake the pan or use a spatula to turn them. Continue baking and turning the almonds until they are fragrant and golden. It will take approximately 10 minutes.

4. Remove the almonds from the cookie sheet to cool when they are done. If you leave them on the hot cookie sheet, they will continue to cook and get over done.
slivered almonds
I hope you enjoy this yummy salad as much as we do!
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Dinner is the meal I really like concentrate on each day. I like cook something substantial since we are all on the run doing our work and school schedules during the daytime. Plus, you can eat the left overs (if there are any!) for lunch the next day! 

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       Have a Healthy Food Day! 
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Candy Cane Nails and Strawberry Santas

My 2015 Christmas nail designs
candy cane nails strawberry santa
I'm getting ready for Christmas with my candy cane nails designs and strawberry Santas! 

A couple years ago I made these cute little strawberry Santas for Christmas breakfast. They were a big hit. Each one seems to have it's own personality. I think I will make them again this year. They are really very easy to make.
strawberry santas on plate

Strawberry Santas
The leafy top of the berry will be the bottom of the Santa. Prepare the strawberries by cutting the top off straight across so that they are flat and will stay upright, then hull them. Cut the pointed end of the strawberry off. It will be Santa's hat.

Whip heavy cream with a little confectioners sugar, about 1 tablespoon to taste, and a splash of vanilla and set it aside.

Arrange the berries on a flat surface such as a plate or a cookie sheet.

Put a dollop of whipped cream on top of the strawberry. Add the pointed piece of the strawberry. Add a little dab of whipped cream on the point for the ball of Santa's hat. Fuss with the whipped cream to fashion Santa's beard, face and base of this hat. Don't forget to give him a button!

Use 2 mini chocolate chips for his eyes.

Candy Cane Nail Design 
candy cane nail art
I start my design by applying a nice shimmery red polish on the entire nail and letting it dry well. My favorites are OPI An Affair in Red Square and Zoya Andi.  Then, I add the white stripes with acrylic craft paint. I like the acrylic because it's easy to work with and it dries super quick. Next, I add the silver striping tape. A coat of Seche Vite top coat finishes it off.

Vary the stripes on each of the nails to make the design interesting. That's it. It requires a bit of patience and a steady hand.

How to Apply Striping Tape
striping tape for nail art
Striping tape for nail art comes in a roll and is sticky on one side. It creates beautiful, sharp looking, shiny stripes on your nails. You can also use it for negative space stripes and creating straight lines with paint. That's for another day. Today I will talk about how to apply a stripe with the striping tape.

Tips on working with striping tape:

Dry Polish
Apply striping tape to dry nail polish to get the best adhesion.

Don't over handle
Avoid handling the tape too much with your fingers. It will become less sticky. Try using tweezers to hold the tape.

Use small scissors to cut a piece of tape a little longer than the length you want for your design.

1. Hold one end of the tape with tweezers.

2. Stick the other end of the tape where you want your stripe to begin. Keep it a hair away from the edge of the nail to help prevent it from lifting.

3. Lightly press the end in place with your fingernail or with an orangewood stick.

4. Lay the stripe on the nail.

5. Trim the end of the tape with small scissors keeping it a hair away from the edge of the nail to prevent lifting.

6. Press the tape on the nail using your fingernail or an orangewood stick.

Seal the design
Seal up your design with a fast drying clear nail polish.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Makeup

Time to sparkle and shine! It's holiday time and there are parties to attend and events to look cute for. That means it's time for special holiday makeup!

A smokey eye with a nude lip is always a great dramatic party look that focuses attention on the eyes. I have been busy doing festive party makeup at the salon this holiday season. 

Here is a beauty that I did over the weekend. You may recognize her from previous posts. I have given her many different looks over the years including special bridal makeup. I'll show some of my favorite things that I used on her to give her this luminous holiday makeup.
smokey eyes nude lip
She wanted a warm peachy look with smoky eyes and a nude lip. She also wanted a slightly matte look to her skin with a bit of luminizing, aka strobing, on the cheeks.

For her eyes I worked with one of my favorite palettes, the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette. 

Smashbox Full exposure palette
The lightest matte went on her brow bone. The 2 mid tone taupe colors were used on her eye lids and slightly in the crease. The darkest soft black color was her base eye liner. I added a deep plum shimmer shadow as a liner on top of the soft black to add a bit of color and punch. Then, I dabbed a bit of shimmer shadow on the eye lids for sparkle.

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Her lashes got two coats of Cherry Blooms Lash Extension Fiber Lash Extensions Mascara. This mascara is always great for creating dramatic lashes!

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Cherry Blooms Lash Extension Fiber Lash Extensions Mascara.

The cheeks got a dusting with two peach toned powder blushes, a bit of bronzer and a touch of luminizer or highlighter or strobing, if you will!

peach blush
My favorite luminizer is Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer. It gives the skin a beautiful glow and is full of anti aging antioxidants.

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Her lips were lined with NYX Mauve lip liner. I like that color liner for my client because it was close to her natural lip color to define the lips without changing the color of the lips. The nude lipstick I used on top of the liner was Newlywed Nude by Your Name Cosmetics. 
bridal lipstick colors
It's a great nude that has a subtle shimmer to it. 

She and I were really happy with the way her makeup came out! Visit me at Styling Point in Media, Pa for your party or Bridal makeup. 

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       Have a Beautiful Day! 

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