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Flower Power Nail Designs

The 1970's hippie boho influence has been huge this summer and is continuing into the fall. I love the wide pants, platform shoes, fringe, floral prints, lace and crochet. I was just a young one the first go around so I am enjoying the revival! H ere are some fun flower power nail designs to go with the trend. Bright pinky purple is one of my favorite nail polish colors and Orly La Vida Loca made the perfect background for my black, white and silver design. I started with a base coat then 2 coats of La Vida Loca.  I started painting the design after the polish was dry to touch using white acrylic craft paint to make the flower petals. Next, the petals were outlined with black acrylic craft paint.  A big black dot of paint created the center of the flower.  Next, I added a few small black dots to each of the nails followed by some silver glitter polish. Zoya Cosmo Magical Pixiedust works great because it has various sizes of glitter in

How to get Wavy Beach Hair

I love wavy beach hair even if it's not beach time. Add a little braid and I love it even more!  Here is a fun, casual and easy hairstyle to wear to the beach or anywhere. How to Get Wavy Beach Hair Start the style by making waves. There are a few ways you can create beautiful beachy waves. Sea Salt Texturizing Spray is a great styling product to help you achieve those beautiful waves.  Sea spray styling products I like are Aquage Sea Salt Texurizing Spray, Eufora Style Sea Spritz and Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Texturizing Sea Spray. They all give nice texture and hold. You can use sea salt sprays while styling your hair and you  can always reapply the sea spray during the day when your hair is dry and scrunch to refresh your waves. Method #1 Start the process the night before . 1. Wash or wet your hair. 2. Blow it dry so it is semi dry. 3. Apply a defining gel to your hair and comb it through. Aquage Defining Gel is a good one. 4. Now braid your hair in many thick randomly

Seashell Nails

I came across some interesting looking shells while I was vacationing in Sea Isle City, NJ this summer. They look like fingernails! How cool?  I have been going to Sea Isle City for many years. I don't know why I never saw them before. I would have noticed these fascinating shells because I do nails in the salon several days a week. I could do nails in my sleep! In fact, I do..... in my dreams. lol!  Our vacation was in July instead of August this year. Maybe that had something to do with it. Maybe the shells are broken up by August.  Anyway, the shells are called Atlantic Jackknife Clam Shells and are found on the North American Atlantic Coast from Canada to South Carolina.  I collected few, cleaned them up and did what any crazy nail artist would do....I turned them into fingernails! They filed surprisingly easy but created a lot of dust in the process. Here they are smoothed and shaped. So, the next challenge, how was I going to attach these shells to my nails?  Wel

What's so beautiful about a thigh gap?

Feeling bad about your thighs? Feeling like you need to have that coveted thigh gap? Just remember this.... I seem to be on a mermaid kick these days! I am even working on a nail video that any mermaid would just love!           Have a Beautiful Day!  xo Jill Licensed Cosmetologist,  Esthetician,  Makeup Artist PS: Thanks for using my amazon & direct links 💋 As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you. That keeps my blog running and supports the care of animals in need!😸 Click here to visit my latest post  

Do facials help acne?

This is a question I hear often.  The answer is yes! I have worked with many clients with acne prone skin. Some with specific areas that breakout, such as their chin area or forehead, and some who have acne on their entire face.  Those who come in regularly for facials, regularly would be once a month, see improvement in their skin. It is important to have a facial done by an experienced esthetician who has the right products to treat skin with acne. There are a number of reasons why a facial helps acne. Exfoliation Exfoliation plays a huge part in the treatment of acne. Keeping the build up of dead cells to a minimum lessens the amount of clogged pores which starts the acne cycle. Exfoliation must be done gently on sensitive acne skin. Abrasive scrubs increase inflammation, cause micro abrasions and can spread bacteria. A facial that includes a soft peel and/or a liquid peel is is the most effective exfoliation because these peels are non abrasive. YonKa Gommage is my favor

Tomato Mozzarella Sandwiches Recipe

I just love a nice red tomato in the summer. They are not only delicious, tomatoes are amazing beauty food. They provide  Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin C,  Vitamin E,  Vitamin K, Potassium, Manganese  and the anti oxidant Lycopene to help our skin look glowy and beautiful! What's also great about them is you can do so much with a tomato. You can make pasta sauce, soup, salad, sandwiches, pizza and pie. I have even seen recipes for tomato ice cream! Here is a recipe for Tomato Mozzarella Sandwiches. They are a summer favorite of my family. Tomato Mozzarella Sandwiches  Affectionately known as little sandwiches. Add a salad and you have dinner. Make it gluten free by using gluten free bread. Gluten free bread isn't the greatest, but it is better when it is warm and toasty from the oven.     8 club rolls, sliced in half (or gluten free rolls)     2 tablespoons butter, softened     2 tablespoons olive oil     1