Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Remedies for Split Skin on Fingers

split skin on fingertip

The weather has gotten cold and wintry. My clients are coming in with super dry skin and splits in their fingers. Splits in the fingertips are very  common in the winter. 

They hurt and make it hard to do everyday tasks. Our skin gets so dry and dehydrated in the cold winter air, that it can split open and feel like a paper cut. Lack of humidity in the outside air and the dry heated air inside buildings, exposure to water, exposure to strong chemicals like nail polish remover and cleaning products can cause dehydrated skin that can lead to splits. 

Working with paper, clay, fabric and clothing also causes dehydration. Those materials absorb moisture and oils from our skin. Here are some ways to get relief and help skin splits heal.

Remedies to heal and prevent cracked skin:


Always wear gloves to protect your hands. That means waterproof gloves when cleaning or doing dishes, gloves when dusting and warm winter gloves when you are outside.

Apply hand lotion or hand cream right after washing your hands. Also, be sure to apply lotion or cream frequently throughout the day. Keep a small tube of hand cream in your handbag, in your car and at work so you have it with you to use all day long.

Antibiotic Ointment
Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover with a Bandaid to help the split heal. Apply an antibiotic ointment 2-3 times per day.

Lip Balm
Apply lip balm to the crack to help seal it and ease the sting.

Do the old fashioned remedy of petroleum jelly and white cotton gloves at bedtime. Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly to your hands then cover them with white cotton gloves and go to bed. It's amazingly healing! Look for the gloves at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond.

 Here are a few healing creams to try:

Porter's Lotion
This product contains witch hazel, glycerin, alcohol, green soap, ammonium carbonate, camphor and rosemary to help heal cracked and peeling skin.

Cera V Therapeutic Hand Cream

This healing cream contains Hyaluronic Acid which is fabulous for hydrating the skin.

Udderly Smooth

This product was made to moisturize and heal cow's skin. For real!!! It contain stearic acid, lanolin and allantoin to heal dry cracked skin.

Carmex Healing Ointment

Contains petrolatum, lanolin, beeswax, cetyl esters, mineral oil, cocoa butter, fragrance, camphor, menthol, salicylic acid and vanillin to soothe and heal the skin.

Don't Forget your Vitamins

You can also add more vitamins and fat to your diet to help the skin heal and be stronger:

Take Flax seed oil

Take Vitamin D

Eat your Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids:  Soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon

Omega 6 Fatty Acids:  Cereals and grains, oils: flax seed, soybean, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, black currant and evening primrose and egg yolks

Eat mono-unsaturated fats- Avocados, olives, olive oil. nuts

Hope these tips help your fingertips heal super fast!

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Dyson has created a new blow dryer in signature Dyson high tech style.

dyson supersonic blow dryer fushcia
How cool looking is that! 
This is the supersonic blow dryer in beautiful fuchsia and gray. 
It also comes in white and silver. 
You can see right through it!
dyson supersonic blow dryer
The folks at Dyson did a 5 year study on hair to see how extreme heat affects the hair's shine. They found that high heat can damage the hair by putting holes in the stands of hair causing it to look dull. Hair that has a smooth outer layer called the hair cuticle that reflects light making the hair look shiny and healthy. A roughed up cuticle or a cuticle with holes in it will look dull.

Dyson set out to create a blow dryer that is powerful (1600 watts) that blow dries hair quickly without damaging high heat. It combines high air pressure with perfect temperature control. The dryer has an intelligent heat control system with a micro processor in it and a digital motor. The heat the dryer puts out is controlled, maintaining a steady even temperature which prevents the dryer from putting out air that becomes too hot during use. It has 4 heat settings and a cold shot. There are 3 airflow speed settings. It also has an ionizer. Ionizers promote shine.

Another bonus with the Dyson dryer is that it is light weight. The motor is in the handle with makes the dryer feel balanced and comfortable while using it. Sounds good to me. I know drying my own hair can sometimes take a while and my hands get tired working with a heavy blow dryer. It also has a short barrel which makes it easy to use. 

There are 3 styling attachments that attach magnetically to the dryer, a smoothing nozzle, a styling concentrator and a diffuser. It has a filter at the bottom of the dryer that lets you know when it needs to be cleaned, of course it does! The power cord is 9 feet long and it comes with a two year parts and labor warranty.

For me the big drawback is the price. $399.99 at Ulta, Sephora, Bed, Bath & Beyond and That's a lot of money for a blow dryer but the sales associate at the Bed, Bath and Beyond I stopped into said they can't keep them in stock! Don't think you can get a great deal with a coupon. Dyson is excluded from the coupon deals. 

It makes a unique gift for the gadget lovers on your list.

Click here for tips to blow dry your hair faster

The Reviews

The reviews I have read range from love it to hate it.That seems to happen with reviews on any product. I recommend reading the reviews on Amazon, Sephora and Ulta for non biased opinions. It does seem like there are more positive than negative reviews, though.  Happy shopping!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Q&A: Chipped Polish- Toes vs. Fingers with tips keep prevent polish chipping

sexy shoes
Q. Why does my regular nail polish (not gel polish) stay on great on my toes but chips in a couple days on my fingernails?

Your toes live the life of luxury protected in your shoes..... no washing dishes, no scrubbing bathrooms and no frequent washing during cold and flu season

Nails absorb water becoming soft and more pliable when wet. Nail polish doesn't absorb water. The polish stays hard and chips away from the pliable nails. Avoid contact with water to help your nail polish last.

Also, the longer the nails are, the more chance of nail bending.

Another reason polish on toenails wears well is, toenails tend to be thicker and harder than fingernails. Polish stays better on hard nails because they don't bend.

Tips to help your nail polish last

Use an adhesive base coat before polishing your nails with color. Zoya Anchor works well.

Use polish formulated to be long wearing on natural nails. My clients love Zoya polish!

Double your top coat. I like to apply a strengthener as topcoat followed by a fast drying top coat. I like Nail Optimizer and Seche Vite.

Have your nails professionally polished. Nail techs know polishing techniques to help nail polish stay on better.

You can also add a layer of a fast drying topcoat to your polish each day throughout the week to help extend polish wear.

Wear waterproof gloves when cleaning and doing dishes.

Keep your nails on the short side for less nail bending.

Take your time doing everyday tasks.  If you jam your nails into things, like the tile in your shower while cleaning, they will chip.

You can always try a light cured gel polish on your fingernails. It usually lasts great but can dry and weaken your nails with regular use. 

Hope these tips help keep your nails beautifully polished all week long!😁

 Have a Beautiful Day!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Nuface Anti Aging Facial Toning Device

We all are searching for that elusive fountain of youth with skin care products and skin care devices. Do they work? Many actually do improve the look of the skin. They may not make you look as if you had a face lift, but they do make the skin look firmer and a little younger looking.
NuFACE is an anti aging skin care device that you can use at home to improve the look of your face. A woman came to our salon to demonstration on this device a little while ago. One of us salon girls was the model. The demonstrator treated half of our model's face so we could see what NuFACE actually does. It was amazing!!! The treated side of the face was noticeably smoother and lifted. Her face actually looked saggy on the untreated side. That was just one treatment. The model said please do the other side!!! 

NuFACE uses microcurrent to tone the muscles (which lifts the skin), define the jawline and smooth wrinkles. Microcurrent is a low level electrical current that can stimulate facial muscles and stimulate production of collagen and elastin in the skin. It is also called Microcurrent Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation. Microcurrent has been used in the medical community to treat nerve and muscle pain and inflammation. It's also used by some salons and spas as an anti aging facial treatment. It is safe, comfortable and FDA approved. Microcurrent passively stimulates the muscles. You do not feel a shock or muscle contraction, but you may feel a tingling feeling. Some people say that they experience a metal taste in their mouth during use. You can adjust the intensity level for your comfort. I have read you can use microcurrent on any part of the body.

NuFACE makes two microcurrent devices, the Trinity and the Mini. The Trinity is designed to have multiple anti aging attachments. The Mini is a smaller portable device with no capability of attachments. It comes with the Mini Device, a 2oz Gel Primer and a Power Adapter for $199.00

NuFACE Trinity
NuFACE Trinity
The Trinity with Facial Trainer comes with the NuFACE Trinity Device, the Facial Trainer which is the ball attachment, a 2 oz. Gel Primer and the Charging Cradle with Power Adapter for $325.00. The other available attachments are the NuFACE Trinity ELE attachment for the eye area and lip area, $149.00, and the NuFACE Trinity Wrinkle Reducer attachment,$149.00. Both can be purchased separately.

The face is treated section by section with glide and hold motions. The NuFACE device has a timer that beeps to let you know when to move it. A gel primer is applied to each section of the face before the area is treated. The primer is necessary to conduct the electrical current.
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The Basic Procedure

Start by cleansing your face with a oil free cleanser and pat dry.

Apply a thick layer of Gel Primer to your left cheek and jawline.

Use the Trinity as directed 3 times on the cheek.

Apply a thick layer of Gel Primer to the left half of the forehead.

Use the Trinity as directed 3 times on the forehead left side.

Apply a thick layer of Gel Primer to the right half of the forehead.

Use the Trinity as directed 3 times on the forehead right side.

Apply a thick layer of Gel Primer to the right cheek and jawline. 

Use the Trinity as directed 3 times on the right cheek.

Remove the gel with a damp cloth.

Apply your moisturizer.

Use the Trinity for 5 minutes per day 5 times a week for the first 60 days. After 60 days, use the Trinity 2-3 times a week for maintenance.

The ELE Attachment
NuFACE ELE attachment
The NuFACE  ELE attachment has long electrodes with small balls to treat the areas around the eyes and lips that are hard to reach with the Facial Trainer attachment. There is a specific treatment procedure (as with the facial procedure) for use on both areas. See the details on the NuFACE site.

Do not use microcurrent if you are pregnant or are under 18 or have a history of seizures or epilepsy or have a pacemaker or electronically implanted device or have active cancer. Consult your doctor about any other medical concerns. 

The Wrinkle Reducer Attachment
NuFACE wrinkle reducer attachment
The NuFACE Wrinkle Reducer attachment uses light therapy instead of microcurrent for anti aging treatment. Red, amber and infrared light wavelengths penetrate the skin to the dermal layer to stimulate collagen and elastin production. The light causes a natural reaction in the cells of the skin facilitating cellular change which ultimately results in increased collagen and elastin. There is a specific treatment procedure to follow.

You should not look directly in to the light. Do not use the wrinkle reducer if you are pregnant or are under 18 or have a history of seizures, are sensitive to light or are using medication that causes sensitive to light. Do not use it on the neck if you have a thyroid problem or suspect a thyroid problem. Do not use it on suspicious or cancerous lesions. Do not use with topical or systemic steroids.

Visit  for great instructional videos on using the Trinity and it's attachments.

The Results
I have a client using the NuFACE Trinity and she loves it! She has been using it as directed for 5 minutes 5 days a week. She is also using the ELE attachment to treat her eye and lip area. She feels a very slight tingling sensation sometimes while using the device. Her skin doesn't get red or irritated from the treatment. She notices a definite lift in her face and her jawline is more defined.  When she first started using NuFACE, she did the treatment on one side of her face then showed her husband. The difference was so noticeable between the two sides of the face, he thought something was wrong with her with that sagging on one side!!! She highly recommends it. I think she looks  younger and fabulous!

I have read some reviews where people have experienced hyper pigmentation after using NuFACE especially when doing the hold motions. If you are a person susceptible to hyper pigmentation, this device may not be for you. If you want to try it anyway, avoid doing the holds. Keep the device moving.  

Where to Buy It
You can purchase the NuFACE Trinity or Mini on their site, at Ulta,  Sephora, Macy's or on Amazon. I don't usually see it on sale but you can sometimes find a deal on Amazon. It would be a fantastic Christmas gift!
Happy Holidays
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Zoya Polish Christmas Nail designs

It's just a little more than 2 weeks till Christmas. Everywhere you look, there are sparkling decorations and bright lights. Even on fingernails!
Christmas nail designs
My clients enjoy a nail design or a glittery accent nail especially during the holiday season. I like to create simple elegant designs in pretty Christmasy colors.

This year I chose a few of my favorite Christmasy looking Zoya nail polish colors to create my nail designs. 
Zoya nail polish
I didn't realize that a couple of those favorite colors are no longer available. I'll suggest similar looking colors for those discontinued colors for you.

 The snowman on my thumb nails is painted on a shimmery silver. 
snowman nail design
A dotting tool makes the dots quick and easy to make.
dotting tools

The background color is a combination of two Zoya colors Dove with Alicia on top. They create a beautiful silver!
zoya dove and alicia
Dove & Alicia
My Christmas tree is painted with Merida, Sarah and Leia with Aggie as the background color. A rhinestone is the finishing touch on top of the tree. The rhinestone attached easily to wet clear nail polish.
Christmas tree nail design

Zoya Aggie
My Christmas light design has a background of another combination of two colors, Neveah and Leia. A little Leia on top of the light bulbs gives them sparkle!
Christmas light nail design
 Neveah is no longer available. Bebe is a nice replacement for Neveah to give you a similar look.
Zoya Neveah and Leia
Neveah & Leia
My snowflakes are painted on the Matte Velvet Posh. I like the shimmer of the snowflakes against the matte finish 
of the red.
snowflake nail design
 Posh is more longer available but the Matte Velvet Amal is a very beautiful red matte finish with a red pearl fleck.
zoya posh
Zoya Posh
My striped nail is painted with Dove & Alicia, Merida and Sarah. It takes a fine brush and a steady hand to paint stripes. I started with the silver on the entire nail then, painted the red and green stripes. Using striping tape is another way to get nice straight stripes.

Christmas stripe nail design

zoya merida
zoya sarah

I hope my designs inspire you to create a little Christmas fun on your own nails. 
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mascara shelf life when opened

vera bradley makeup bag
Recently, I had a client bring her makeup bag into the salon for a makeup application lesson. She liked the makeup colors she had, but didn't really know how to apply them correctly. As I sorted through her makeup, I noticed her mascara looked a bit old. I asked her how old it was. She guessed it was about a year old. We tossed it. She purchased a new one.

Take a look in your makeup bag. Do you know how old your mascara is? Toss it if it's more than 3 months old.   

Mascara has a short shelf life compared to other makeup items. You must replace it about every 3 months.  Bacteria can accumulate easily in the mascara tube and cause eye irritation, even infection, when the contaminated mascara is applied to your lashes. 

Don't try to revive dried out mascara by adding water either. That can also increase the chances of germ contamination.

It's worth spending your money on fresh, safe mascara. You don't have to spend a lot for a decent mascara. There are good inexpensive mascaras that won't break the bank. Wet n Wild Mega Lengths Mascara is a great lengthen mascara that you can find right in your local drug store for under $3. It's one of my favorites.

Read more on opened makeup shelf life

Another mascara tip, don't pump the wand into the mascara tube. This pushes air into the tube drying out the mascara faster.

The makeup bag you see in the picture above is a Vera Bradley large ruffle cosmetic bag. It's big and has a plastic lining in it. It makes a great Christmas gift if you are looking for something girly. Happy shopping!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

7 mile beach Negril. Jamaica
The magnificent Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica. Look at the color of that water. It amazes me every time!

I needed a really good waterproof mascara for my Jamaica vacation, so I ordered a travel size Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara from Sephora to take with me.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara
I was a little hesitant after reading the reviews. A lot of people don't like it. Many say it's hard to remove, is sticky and smudges. I gave it a go anyway.

I like the packaging. It has what looks like droplets of water on it. Cute!

too faced better than sex waterproof mascara package
Is it waterproof?
Honestly, I don't know why this mascara gets bad reviews. You buy a waterproof mascara to be waterproof. This stuff stands up to water like nobody's business!!! Feel free to shower, splash in the pool and in the sea. 
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara in shower
This mascara isn't going to budge and it stayed nice and black all day without fading.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara wet

Is it hard to remove? 
You bet it is. It's waterproof! It takes time and work to get it all off. I find if I don't get it all off, the thin film of mascara left on the lashes causes the mascara to clump on the next day's application. Soap and water is not enough to get this mascara off. I like to use olive oil to remove waterproof mascara followed by a facial cleanser. I find oil breaks down the waxy waterproof ingredients really well. Coconut oil is another good oil to use for mascara removal.

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Does it smudge?
As for smudges, smears and running, I had zero. 

Is it sticky?
It's a little sticky for me before it's dry. It's also sticky during the removal process. 

Is it hard to apply?
I've worked with many mascaras. Some take patience to apply. People have said in their reviews that this mascara is difficult to apply and it clumps. Mascaras that are waxy can take longer to dry and stick lashes together easily. This is a waxy waterproof mascara. Use patience. Apply thin coats waiting a few minutes between coats. Pull the lashes straight from base to tips and don't wiggle the mascara wand to help prevent the lashes from sticking together. Use a lash comb or dry mascara spoolie to separate lashes that are stuck together while they are wet. 
spoolie and lash comb
This mascara dried fine for me even in the tropical Jamaican air and it didn't irritate my eyes at all.

Does it lengthen? 
It lengthened my lashes! Here are my lashes with two coats.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara on lashes

Do the lashes hold a curl? 
My lashes stayed beautifully curled, better than with most mascaras. The wetter they got, the less curl they had, but still, some curl remained. 

The brush.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara brush
The brush has an hourglass shape, which seems to be a kind of popular shape right now, to give coverage, add volume and lengthen. The brush worked fine for me.

I think this mascara is a fantastic waterproof mascara. The removal process would get on my nerves for everyday use, though. I will use it for vacation and on brides for sure. Everyone is different and has different mascara preferences. You have to try it for yourself to see how it works for you. Keep my application and removal tips in mind when you do try it. 

The full size mascara is $23.00 and the travel size is $12.00 at Sephora. I recommend purchasing the less expensive travel size to try, of course.

Isododecane, Paraffin, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Beeswax/Cera Alba/ Cire d'Abeille, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Pentaerythrityl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/ Cire De Carnauba, Polybutene, Water/Aqua/Eau, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid/Glycerin Crosspolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Hoya Lacunosa Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499).

Cruelty free!
Do you know what else is great about this product? Too Faced products are not tested on animals. Many brands including Maybelline, Covergirl and Lancome are tested on animals.

Here are some links to check your brands:

Beauty without Bunnies

Leaping Bunny


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