Monday, May 25, 2015

Good & Bad Sunscreens 2015-EWG

The Environmental Working Group has released it's 2016 Guide to Sunscreens. This is a guide to help us find effective safe sunscreens. The EWG really doesn't like spray sunscreens, high SPF sunscreens and sunscreens containing oxybenzone (a hormone disrupting chemical) and retinyl palmitate (a chemical that may damage sun exposed skin)!

Products are rated from 1 to 10. 1 being the best score. My favorites have not scored so well with them.
sunscreen with yellow petunias
My favorite, Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 30 gets a 7 as well as Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect, which just love for it's fun sparkle. Apparently, they contain oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate which are no good. Wow! At least they didn't make the Hall of Shame list. It seems the sunscreens they list as the worst, have an overall score no higher than 7. Looks like I need to get a new favorite sunscreen. 

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 (I like that one too) got a better rating of 4. 

Another one I like, Ocean Potion Protect & Nourish Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, got an even better rating of 3.

Here is a list of a few of the brands that scored well and links to their sites.

All Terrain Available online and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator. 

Badger Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.
Blue Lizzard Available online and at various pharmacies. Check their store locator. 
Juice Beauty Available online and at Ulta, various maternity stores & more stores. Check their store locator. 

Here is the link to see how your favorite sunscreen scored. 2016 Guide to Sunscreens

Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Our Eyes Show Our Age....The Limbal Ring

I recently read a article from Allure Magazine, What Is Your Face Telling the World?

The article is about how quickly people judge others and form opinions about them in a matter of seconds. It shows the significance a first impression makes. Is it right that people make these quick judgments? I say no, but apparently, we all do it. Reason enough to visit The Juicy Beauty Word for your beauty tips, right?

Anyway, the thing in the article that caught my eye, was the visibility of the limbal ring. 

What is the limbal ring?

The limbal ring is the dark circle around the colored part (the iris) of the eye. It separates the colored part of the eye from the white part (the sclera) of the eye. 

It is said that we unconsciously notice this quickly when we look at someone. 

The limbal ring becomes less prominent as we age or when we are in ill health. A thick, dark ring represents not only youth, but health and beauty as well. It makes the whites of the eyes look whiter and brighter and intensifies the eye color.
limbal ring eye collage

For me it explains something I see, or rather, don't see in the eyes of senior citizens. I never could quite put my finger on why the eyes of older people lack definition and look old to me, besides the obvious wrinkles around them, gray hairs and thinning brows and eyelashes.

What is also interesting to me is that there is a solution to the fading limbal ring....contacts with a prominent limbal ring! Acuvue has created Define Lenses to enhance the beauty of your eyes. This includes darkening the limbal ring. It is amazing what can be cosmetically fixed. 

Tinted eye glasses would be a quick and easy solution. They hide the eye, the wrinkles and the thin lashes altogether!

Well, you know I had to peek at the pages of my old photo albums to look at my own limbal rings to see how I am doing in the aging department. Here are the pics.

The top pic is from age 19 when limbal rings are still in the prominent stage. They don't look all that dark or thick on me. Hmmmmm. Maybe they never were. I will have to investigate more pics. The bottom pic is now. 
limbal ring eye collage
I still see a bit of a ring so I guess I am not too old yet! 

Let's try to Have a Beautiful, Less Judgmental, Day!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Ways to use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

I just love Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion! 💗 It is a product I have used for years to keep any brand of eye shadow from creasing and fading. It is one of my all time favorite products and I highly recommend it! Primer Potion comes in a variety of formulas.

Original- Dries invisibly.
Eden- Matte nude, good for hiding redness.
Sin- A Pale nude shimmer.
Minor Sin- Sheer champagne shimmer.
Anti Aging- It has blurring pigments and anti aging ingredients. Dries with a sheer layer of pigment.
Caffeine- Matte light medium brown

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I usually use both the original version, for it's invisible drying versatility, and Eden, for it's pigment and redness hiding properties. I like Sin or Minor Sin sometimes for a little shimmer. I have actually worn Sin and Minor Sin by themselves as cream eye shadow.
urban decay eye shadow primer
Not only is it a great eye shadow primer, I use it as a concealer primer on tough to cover areas.....dark circles and pimples.

Some people have such dark circles under their eyes, it takes a lot of concealer to hide them. A lot of concealer creates the possibility of caking and creasing. I find a light layer Primer Potion in Eden helps hide the darkness a bit plus reduces the concealer creasing. 
concealer application
A pimple is always a problem to cover. Makeup seems to slide off revealing the redness. A little bit of Primer Potion applied to the pimple helps the concealer stay in place. Eden is a great choice for this job.
primer application with brush
This is the original Primer Potion packaging in a squeeze tube. Urban Decay has changed the packaging. Primer Potion now has an applicator wand attached to the lid. It is very handy for your own personal use.
urban decay primer potion applicator
 I actually prefer the squeeze tube. It's just easier and more sanitary when doing makeup on many clients. Maybe they will bring it back. You never know. Using the applicator is just fine for your own personal use.

Application Tips:

Apply a thin layer.

Use your finger or the applicator to apply the primer to your upper eyelid area. Then, use the pointed end of a makeup sponge to smooth the primer into all the nooks and crannies.

Use a concealer brush to apply a thin layer of primer to the dark circle area.

Use a concealer brush to dab the primer potion in a blemish.

Allow primer to dry briefly.

Apply shadow or concealer right over that fresh layer of primer.

This is a must try product! It never fails me! I give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Monday, May 11, 2015

How choose the right bronzer

too much  bronzer
 I have seen it. I know you have seen it too. That exaggerated brown streak of bronzer on someone's cheek. It is so unnatural looking and almost dirty looking. 

There are a few things you can do to get a nice natural glow with bronzer. I am going to show you some Physician's Formula Bronzersbecause they have a large selection of bronzers in a variety of shades, they are available at many stores, they are nice quality at an affordable price and are cruelty free.

Bronzers come on many shades, tones and finishes. Some are a solid color.
bronze boosting glow boosting airbrushing bronzing veil deluxe edition

Some are mosaic with various colors.
powder palette multi colored face powder

Some are metallic to create a luminous glow.
bronze booster glow boosting sun stones

It can be overwhelming to choose the right color. Here are some tips to help you pick the right bronzer for you:
Mosaic vs Solid Color
A mosaic bronzer contains a variety of colors in one compact. Our skin actually contains a variety of colors as well, such as red areas, yellow areas and brown areas. The mosaic style bronzer is designed to create a soft natural look by allowing your makeup brush to pick up a blend of the colors. 

A solid color bronzer creates a bolder color. A mosaic is easier to work with than a solid color because it is easier to blend.
multi colored and solid bronzer

Color Intensity
Choose the best shade for your skin color to avoid muddy looking bronzer. If your skin is light, use a lighter colored bronzer. Dark skin colors need a darker colored bronzer. 

Physician's Formula makes it easier to choose the best shade by offering a nice selection of colors for many of their bronzer styles. For instance, the Magic Mosaic Multi-Colored pressed powder comes in 3 shades.
magic mosaic multicolored pressed powder

If your skin has warm peachy tones, go with a warm colored bronzer. If your skin has cooler pink tones, look for a bronzer that has cooler tones.

powder palette multi colored face powder

Choose a finish that suits your needs. Many bronzers contain metallic or pearlized particles. A bronzer that is listed as luminous, will create a glowing metallic or pearly finish. The luminous finish is fun and can create a nice young dewy look. This finish is not usually the best choice for photographic makeup because of it's shine.

A matte finish bronzer will create a natural finish that is not shiny. The matte finish is more natural looking and will photograph better than a luminous finish. A matte finish is the best choice for contouring when you want areas of the face to recede. Also, matte is better for those with oily skin that already has too much shine.
metallic and matte bronzer

Cream vs Powder
Bronzers can come in cream or powder formulas. Powders tend to be easier to blend by using a fluffy powder brush. Creams are applied with a sponge, a foundation brush or your fingers and take a little more effort to get a well blended finish. A cream bronzer provides more moisture than a powder bronzer and is usually better for dryer skin types.

physicians formula bronzer butter

Blend, Blend, Blend!

The key to beautiful looking bronzer is the blending. Apply your powder bronzer with a fluffy brush to your cheek. Tap your brush after you pick up the bronzer to remover excess powder. Use circular motions so there are no hard lines. 

Apply a cream bronzer with a sponge, a foundation brush or your fingers. Pick up a small amount of the bronzer with the tool of your choice. Use an upward motion to apply the cream bronzer to your cheek. Then, blend the bronzer into your skin using circular motions with your sponge, brush or fingers.

You will end up with soft beautiful glow with no steaks of brown on your cheeks!

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Have a Beautiful Day!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Pink Armpit Hair Removal!

First it was Lady Gaga with blue armpit hair.
Lady Gaga with blue armpit hair

Now we have Miley Cyrus with pink armpit hair.

Miley Cyrus with pink armpit hair
I don't know about you, but I remove armpit hair no matter what color it is! 😆

Waxing in my favorite choice for hair removal. It is quite annoying to let the hair grow to be waxed, but it is well worth it. I can get your underarms super smooth! 

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There is no dark shadow left behind like there is with shaving.

There is no stubble.

The skin is left super smooth.

The more you wax, the finer the hair gets. I have a client I have been consistently waxing for many years. She has very little underarm hair now.

The underarm area is an awkward diy project. Visit a salon for a quick underarm wax. It should take 10 to 20 minutes depending on the amount and stubbornness of the hair.

Underarm Waxing Tips

Hair should be no longer than 1/2" so give it a trim if it is long. Your waxer can trim it for you if the idea of sharp scissors awkwardly trimming underarm hair yourself worries you!

Hair needs to be 1/8" to 1/4" long for the hair to get imbedded in the wax to be pulled out.

Clean off any deodorant or antiperspirant so the wax sticks better. Your waxer will also clean the skin.

Do not apply any lotions or creams to the area before a waxing.

Wear comfy clothes after waxing to avoid irritating freshly waxed skin.

Avoid wearing deodorant or antiperspirant 8 to 24 hours after waxing. Use powder.  

An underarm waxing will smooth for about 2 weeks. Let the hair grow without shaving for a week or two. Then, wax again to get the best results.

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Have a Beautifully Smooooooth Day!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring Bridal Makeup at Normandy Farm

jill suzanne makeup artist bridal makeup application
Photo by Danielle Coons
Saturday, May 2, was an absolutely beautiful day for a wedding at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell, Pa! The color theme was purple. The makeup style was a dramatic smokey eye with an understated lip. The bride chose a plumy smokey eye and a nude pink lip. Fiber lash extensions made everyone's lashes long and gorgeous!
plum smoky eye
The bridesmaid's smokey shadow choices were pink and gray or gray green or purple. I did all three shadow combinations and did mostly a pink nude lip. I used a peachy lip on the bridesmaid who chose the gray green smokey eye which complemented her red hair nicely. Blush was soft rosy pink with a touch of luminizer. Bronzer was kept to a minimum on their beautiful light skin. 

The bride wore her hair down and softly curled with the front pulled back in a poof. The bridesmaids wore side swept ponytails that were softly curled. They all looked fabulous! Here are a few photos:

Bride and bridesmaids

bride and mother of the bride makeup

bride with smoky eye makeup

smoky eye

bride with smoky eyes and pink lips

purple bridesmaid dresses
Photo by Danielle Coons

bride and groom under huppah

spring bridal makeup
Best wishes to the bride and groom for a lifetime of  
love & happiness!
purple and green bridal bouquet