Friday, July 31, 2015

Bruised, Injured Nail is Falling Off

injured nail
Q. I slammed my finger in a drawer and really injured my nail! It is dark, bruised and it feels loose. Is it going to fall off?

A. It could fall off but probably not for a while because it is still partially attached. There is a new nail growing in pushing the loose injured nail out. Try to keep the loosened nail on as long as possible by keeping the nail trimmed as short as possible so it doesn't become top heavy. 

Lightly smooth the ragged edge to prevent it from getting caught and pulling off. If there is no open wound or infection, your nail tech can apply a bit of glue or a nail wrap to help hold the nail on. The nail will need frequent maintenance consisting of re-gluing and trimming to keep it under control. Protect the nail by wearing a bandaid when doing tasks that could  pull up the nail or damage the nail repair. Wear gloves when doing the dishes and cleaning.

You will have to be patient. The nail will take about 6 months to grow out. The new, grown in nail could have ridges or a dent in it due to the injury. But maybe not. I have seen many injured nails come back just fine. It's a wait and see thing.

Have Beautiful day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dermatofibroma on Leg

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A Dermatofibroma is an unsightly brown or red bump that is very common on the legs. They are also called Benign Fibrous Histiocytomas and are more common in women than men. They can hurt, itch and become inflamed easily. They are the result of some sort of injury to the skin such as an ingrown hair or a bug bite. 
dematofibroma video
I have tried lots of home remedies on my dermatofibroma. Some help it look better than others but the ugly thing is still there!

Read more about dermatofibroma remedies.

There is only one way to remove it for It must be surgically excised out. A dermatofibroma goes deep into the skin. It will only grow back if it is cut off of the skin at surface level. The problem with the removal is it leaves a long scar that is about 2 inches or so long. It has to be done that way to be able to sew the skin back together so it is smooth and not puckery. Here is a picture of a scar from the removal of a dermatofibroma. This scar was also treated with a laser to improve it's appearance.
dematofibroma scar
I am not ready to tackle a surgical removal and scar at this time so I have a few ways I use to hide it using makeup and self tanner. I put together a little video to show you how I do it. I hope it helps you in your quest to improve the look of your dermatofibroma!

Click here or on the 3 Ways to Hide a Dermatofibroma pic to see the video.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Makeup Organizers: Where to buy Professional Makeup Cases

Who doesn't love a cute makeup bag or great makeup storage case? 
I see a cute bag for makeup and I just have to have it even though I already have tons of them. Businesses know we love them too. A cute bag is great incentive to get us to spend a little more at Victoria's Secret or at the Clinique counter!

My favorite makeup organizer is my old Caboodles case. It's peach and it's plastic. I have a couple of them.
My niece made fun of me when I brought them with me to do her makeup for her wedding. My old 80's Caboodles cases still work just fine, thank you very much. I do have to agree that I could use some updating. A nice new professional train case would be lovely.

I have seen some at Ulta and Target but they were small and, I thought, expensive for what they were. I'm after something bigger. I decided to see what Amazon has to offer. The selection is amazing and it's hard to beat their prices. 

Click here to shop for great makeup cases!

Here is a cute pink train case. This one would be great.

professional makeup case
And this cute one with silver roses. 
pink makeup case
I also found cases that actually turn into lighted stands with mirrors. This would really come in handy for doing onsite makeup. It would even be great to have set up in your bedroom too. Your own portable makeup studio!
professional makeup case with legs
This is the Shany Cosmetics Mini Studio Makeup Case. How cool is that?

NYX also makes a lighted case that turns into a stand. This is how it looks when it is closed.

NYX makeup case
Then there is this fabulous zebra print rolling case. Love it!!! I could fit a lot of makeup into that.
zebra makeup case
So many style, sizes, colors and prints to choose from. I am going to have to think about this.

Have a Beautiful Day!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

No Makeup Makeup

Ahhh! The beach vacation. A time to kick back, relax and rejuvenate. So, I decided that I would take a makeup break on my beach vacation. After all, the no makeup makeup look is in. The no makeup makeup look is when you create a very natural looking makeup focused on beautiful glowing skin using BB Cream, luminous foundation, bronzer and luminizer/highlighter with minimal eye and lip makeup.  It looks as if you are not wearing makeup. It's the natural you but better. Click here for more on highlighting/strobing.

For my no makeup makeup I wore my BB cream, concealer, mineral makeup for glowy skin and extra sun protection and luminizer, a bit of eye liner and tinted lip balm. That is waaay less than my usual. I also decided I would also take a hair styling break. After all, it is a vacation, right?

That all changed when I looked in the mirror. Who was that old and tired woman? My eyes looked dark and my hair was a frizz ball! The no makeup makeup look is clearly not for me. I think that look is meant for the young and beautiful. Makeup break over! This morning I spent the extra time to add shimmer eye shadow to brighten my eye lids, heavier eye liner, my favorite, but time consuming, Too faced Lash Extension Mascara and brow powder along with some lip liner to the basic no makeup makeup I was doing. I didn't go overboard with the makeup but it was more than basic. Lashes make all the difference for me.
too faced better than false lashes

The hair, of course, had to be tamed. A bit of flat iron work and some Moroccan Oil took care of the frizzies. The ocean air will probably cause some frizzies again, but the hair is smooth and pretty for now.

I have to say I look much brighter today and feel much more confident. It's amazing how doing your hair and makeup can make you feel. 
Good thing I brought a full makeup kit!

makeup kit

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Zoya Nail Polish: Lola and Sparkle Gloss

Zoya Lola and zoya sparkle gloss
Need a great nail color for your toes? I love Lola by Zoya! 
zoya lola
It's a bright fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a blue violet shimmer. I added Sparkle Gloss Topcoat for some fabulous sparkle especially when my toes are in the sun. A little extra bling is always welcome!
zoya sparkle gloss
Here it is on my toes in the sand. Gorgeous. It makes me happy just looking at it. It's great to have a happy color on your toes. It makes you feel good. It's such a simple thing you can do to give yourself a little lift. My clients tell me all the time that they love looking at their pretty toes.
Zoya Lola and zoya sparkle gloss
Zoya is a long wearing nail polish formulated for natural nails. It is Big 5 Free which means it is free of the toxic ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor. You can find Zoya nail polish in salons and spas, at Ulta stores and online, and on Amazon.

Click here to view Zoya Lola on Amazon.
Click here to view Zoya Sparkle Gloss Topcoat.

Have a Beautiful Toes Day!

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Do firming lotions work?

The weather just keeps getting warmer and warmer which means our clothes get smaller and smaller revealing more skin. If your are like me, you don't feel 100% comfortable with the way you look, especially in shorts. I am really not happy about spider veins, cellulite and legs that could use more toning. The spider veins can be covered with concealer and/or leg makeup to make them less noticeable. The leg muscles can be firmed up with many squats and lunges. But the cellulite, well that's a different story. It is basically impossible to get rid of it.

We can make it look a little better by exercising, which tones muscles, helps burn fat and increases circulation, and by using a firming cream or lotion.  A firming cream or lotion that contains caffeine or contains ingredients that contain 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. Drinking or eating foods with caffeine does not seem to have the same effect on cellulite. Also, cellulite is less noticeable when the skin is firm.

Nuance Salma Hayek Firming Body Cream

I have been using Nuance Selma Hayek Dark Cacao and Coffee Firming Body Cream for a couple of months now. It contains Cocoa and Coffee which both contain caffeine. It hasn't done huge miracles, but find it has improved not only the look of the cellulite but the firmness of the skin as well. The problem with it is the smell. Many people complain about it. It doesn't smell terrible to me but it certainly doesn't smell good. It kind of smells like wheat to me. The good thing is the smell dissipates quickly. I tried a sample of this product a few years ago when it was new and I thought is smelled different, kind of chocolaty. Maybe it was my imagination. It does not smell of chocolate now. I keep using it because the smell goes away quickly and I like the results.

The directions say to use it at least once a day. I have been good at once a day before bed. Sometimes I take the time to do it in the morning, too. It is also good for firming up other body areas, such as the upper arms. It is a nice moisturizing body lotion with natural ingredients. Here is the ingredient list:

Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Illite, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

I am interested in trying some of her other products since I like this one. I picked up a beautiful Nuance mineral eyeshadow duoin Moonstone/Shimmering Sand just the other day. 
Nuance Salma Hayek eye shadow
It's a soft shimmer shadow that will look amazing when I wear it at the beach. The Nuance Age Affirm Firming Neck and Chest Balm looks like a product I must try, too. I let you know what I think of it when I try it.
Click here to view Salma Hayek firming products.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Beach Bag Essentials: Beauty Items, etc...

Negril, Jamaica
It's beach time! The last thing you want to do is realize you forgot something while you are on the relaxing on the beach. Here is a list of a few necessary beauty items to pack in your beach bag. Many you know about and some you may not have thought of. 

Sunscreen SPF 30 to 50. 
Some are better for you than others according to The Environmental Working Group. Some brands that scored well were Bull Frog, Alba Botanica and Juice Beauty. Here is a link to the Environmental Working Group's 2015 Guide to Sunscreens.

Lip Protection.
Alba Botanica Mineral Terra Tints Lip Balm SPF 15 in Bloom protects your lips and gives you a nice pink lip color.
Here is a link to Alba Botanica Productson Amazon.

Baby Powder. 
Sprinkle it on areas of skin that have clinging sand. Lightly spread it over the area. Then, dust it off. It helps remove sand that is stuck to your skin right after you exit the beach.

Sun Glasses. 

Be sure they have UVA/UVB protection to protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from wrinkle causing UV rays.

A Hat. 

A hat that has a floppy 3" or larger brim offers the most protection from the sun. Especially a hat that has sun protection right in the fabric. The Wallaroo Hat Company has a nice selection of hats with a UPF rating. UPF is Ultaviolet Protection Factor. Fabric with a UPF rating offers a higher amount of sun protection than regular fabrics. The fabric has a tighter weave, a heavier weight and minimal stretch than regular fabrics.  They can also have chemical UV absorbers and UV Reflectors. A rating of 50+ is great protection.

A Hair Tie.
Throw an elastic hair tie in your bag to make a pony tail after you get tired of your hair blowing in the wind.

Baby wipes.
They are great for removing sand from your hands before a snack.

A healthy anti-oxidant snack.
Pack a healthy fruit snack such as watermelon and blueberries. Not only are they refreshing, they are full of anti oxidants that give your skin a little extra natural sun protection. Pack your fruit in a reusable container. A plastic bag that takes off in the wind is no good for the beach birds and the sea creatures.

Bottled water. 
It keeps you hydrated. Use a reusable water bottle or be careful to take the bottle including the cap back to the beach house. Plastic caps are no good for beach birds and sea creatures.

A small bottle of olive oil. 
Why in the world would you need olive oil on the beach? You can apply it to your feet then, massage them with sand for fabulous exfoliation of rough skin. It can be any oil you like really.

There are some practical non beauty items you may want to pack in your bag as well.

Cell phone protection. 

A zippered plastic sandwich bag is great protection for your cell phone. Your phone's touch screen actually works through it when the bag is pulled tight.

And, of course,

tissues and napkins,

a little cash for ice cream from the Fudgy Wudgy guy,

a towel,

and a steamy beach read. Click here to find a nice romance novel

Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar

I have noticed that Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar, $18.00,  is available at Sephora.
obsessive compulsive lip tar

Lip Tar. Sounds like something you do not want to be putting on your lips, but really you should! The ingredients are wonderful. Lip Tar is an amazing high pigmented long wearing liquid lipstick. The company Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics started in New York as a professional makeup brand. This is a vegan, cruelty free makeup line. Right up my alley! They have a store on Ludlow Street in NYC where you can have your makeup applied and purchase makeup. You can also shop online at their site. Sephora carries a few items but not the complete line. They do have some great kits including Lip Tar Test Tubes, though. I found lots of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in lots of colors on Amazon too! Here is the Amazon link: obsessive compulsive beauty.

Lip tar comes in a tube and it applied using a lip brush. You only need a tiny bit because it is so highly pigmented. There is a primer that should be used before application to keep your lips moisturized and keep the Lip Tar looking fresh. Make sure your lips are nicely exfoliated for a smooth application. Click here for lip exfoliation tips.

Lip Tar comes in a primer, the original matte finish in 43 colors, a metallic finish in 12 colors and a glossy stained gloss in 15 colors.  The matte and metallic colors can be mixed with each other to create your own custom look. There are some bold colors you wouldn't expect to find in lipstick. Yellow, Green, Blue & Black. Unusual lip colors are very trendy now. Plus, they are great for mixing to create new colors. Here is the ingredient list for the metallic shades:
Lip Tar Metallic Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (castor) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Mentha X Peprita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate May Contain: Silica, Dimethyl Silylate, D&C Red #6, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #27, D&C Red # 30, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

Have a beautiful color filled day!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Clean your Exfoliating Products: loofah sponges, body puffs, etc

bath supplies
Exfoliation is good for our skin. It gets rid of dead skin cells making out skin look fresher and younger. It also stimulates circulation bringing rosy blood flow to the surface of the skin giving us nice skin color. Stimulating circulation also helps eliminate excess fluid reducing the appearance of cellulite. Exfoliation preps our skin for better self tanner application. But, using a bacteria filled scrubbing tool it not good for our skin.

Loofahs, puffs, exfoliating gloves, body brushes, dead skin cells and a warm bathroom make the perfect place for bacteria like Pseudomonas Aeruginosa to flourish.  Your body scrubbing tools slough off dead skin cells and some of those cells get trapped in the fibers of the tools. Bacteria loves to eat those dead skin cells multiplies quickly in the humid bathroom. 

That bacteria can enter the skin while you scrub causing pimple like bumps around the hair follicles that can itch and hurt. Folliculitis. An old dirty razor can also cause folliculitis so always use clean fresh razor to shave your legs.

Replace your bath tools often or clean them by soaking them in 1 part bleach to 9 parts water for 5 minutes every week. Rinse them and let them air dry.

I really like to use exfoliating gloves. 
exfoliating glove
They are easy to use and are machine washable. Just put them on and rub yourself down. I like to use them for dry exfoliation right before showering. Here is an amazon link to check them out.

Take the time to keep your skin beautiful and healthy.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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