Thursday, April 28, 2016

Zoya Summer Colors 2016

Zoya has a beautiful new collection of colors for this summer.
Zoya seashells and sunset summer collection 2016
I can't wait to see them in person! There are 12 colors that are done in the usual Zoya fashion, 6 creams with their 6 coordinating sparkles. The creams are a new one coat formula designed to give full coverage with just one coat. The sparkly colors are textured pixie dust. They remind me of sand which makes them the perfect finish for summer and the beach.  This collection will be available soon. I can't seem to find a date. I will update this post with any new info.

The One Coat Creams

Zoya seashells and sunset summer collection 2016 creams

Cam is a medium red orange
Dixie is a bright red
Brynn is a medium fushcia pink
Liv is a medium purple
Dory is a medium baby blue
Ness is a medium grassy green

The Textured PixieDust
Apply 2 coats. No base coat and no top coat.
Zoya seashells and sunset summer collection 2016 pixie dust

Tilly is a silver with multi colored glitter
Bay is a baby blue with silver and blue glitter
Cece is a grassy green with gold and green glitter
Zooey is a carnation pink with silver glitter
Linda is a soft red with light and dark glitter
Levi is a soft gold with light and dark glitter

Zoya polish is available at salons, spas and on Amazon

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Review

I am always in search of the perfect mascara so I'm always trying new ones. My latest mascara trial is Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. It's a beautiful luxury brand. I wanted to try it because the claim is that it gives you the look and drama of false lashes. Who doesn't want the look of false lashes?
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
I usually prefer a lengthening mascara because lengthening mascara tends to be less clumpy and spidery looking. I decided to try out this volumizing mascara because it claims to give instant volume, length, dimension and the look of false lashes. The perfect mascara for me is one that lengthens my lashes, is not clumpy, stays very black all day without fading, helps my lashes stay curled and doesn't flake or smudge. My favorite was Too Faced Better than False Lashes but it has been replaced with a new Extreme formula that just doesn't give me the same results.
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Brush
The Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara brush is curvy, designed to place the most volume at the center lash line. The mascara is very pigmented and very black which I just love! 

One coat looks nice but doesn't give me enough drama.
2 coats definitely gives me drama and length but also starts to get a little bit clumpy and spidery.
3 coats... dramatic but it's too clumpy for me.

This mascara does not flake or smudge on me. It stays pretty black looking all day. I find there is only slight fading. My lashes do stayed curled but I would like more lengthening and less spidery look. It is easy to remove and didn't irritate my eyes in any way.

My overall opinion of this mascara is I don't think my lashes look like false lashes, but it does make my lashes thicker and gives them drama. The problem for me is I need 2-3 coats to achieve real drama but the mascara starts to get too clumpy for me. It would have been a great mascara to use when I did dramatic Twiggy makeup last year. One coat may work fine for you though. It's worth a try but is a bit pricey at $26.00. There is a travel size available for less on Amazon so you can give it a try for fewer dollars.

I will keep using this mascara because I like the nice dark pigment it has but I will apply one coat of lengthening mascara followed by the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. Wet n Wild Mega Length Mascara is my favorite inexpensive lengthening mascara.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Ingredients:
Water, Paraffin, Glyceryl Stearate, Synthetic Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Acacia Senegal Gum, Butylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Polybutene, Oryza Sativa Cera (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax), VP/Eicosense Copolymer, Ozokerite, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Stearyl Stearate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Nitrate, Tropolone, Disodium Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Phosphate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499).

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How to get Long Lashes with a Lash Curler

I do lots of makeup application on women of all ages. I do prom goers, brides, mother's of brides and grooms, even grandmas. I am flabbergasted that all of these women want their lashes to look longer, but so many of them have never done the one easy trick to make lashes look longer.........use a lash curler to curl them!

Curling the lashes instantly makes them appear longer. Add mascara and they look simply awesome. I like the good old fashioned lash curler. 
lash curler
It's been around forever because it get the job done. To get an even better curl that lasts from your lash curler, heat it for a few seconds with a blow dryer. There are lots of  new fangled lash curlers that heat. I've tried a few but I find the old fashioned way works best for me.

Let me give you a few tips on using a lash curler to help you get the best curl and make it hold.

How to curl your lashes with a lash curler:

Clean Lashes
First, always start with clean lashes. Lashes that have mascara on them can clump together when curled with a lash curler and they also get weird bends in them instead of a smooth curl. Lashes that have mascara on the when curled can also stick to the lash curler and be pulled out. The lash curler is for the top lashes, just to be clear. 

Warm the Curler
Warm the lash curler with a blow dryer a few seconds. You don't want it to be too hot. The metal heats up quickly. Test the curler on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. 

The Curling
Curl lashes 3 times with your eyelash curler at the root, the middle and near the ends. Curling the lashes in three places gives the lashes a nice smooth curl instead of just a bend in the center.
curling lashes
Start at the base of the lashes. Look in the mirror. Get all of your lashes comfortably in the curler. We don't want to pull lashes out or pinch the skin at the root of the lashes so be sure it feels comfortable. 

Now squeeze the lash curler and hold it for 5 seconds. Release and move the lash curler to the middle of the lashes. Squeeze and hold to 5 seconds. Release and move the lash curler to the tips of the lashes. Squeeze, hold to 5 seconds and release.

Add two coats of mascara.  Waterproof mascara helps lashes hold their curl better than non waterproof mascara. There are mascaras specifically made to help curl the lashes. Curling mascaras contain resins and waxes that help to bend straight lashes and hold curled lashes in place.

Boost Lashes
Finally, support your lashes with your fingers or a cold spoon to hold the curl while the mascara dries to keep the lashes from uncurling from the wetness of the mascara.
curled lashes
Click here to watch How to Curl Straight Lashes

I hope my tips help your lashes look longer and gorgeous!

Have a Beautiful Lash Day!
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Can you Tattoo over a Dermatofibroma?


I spoke to two professionals about tattooing over a dermatofibroma, a medical esthetician/nurse and a tattoo artist. Both say not to do it. From the medical standpoint, tattooing over a dermatofibroma can cause increased irritation and sensitivity. From the artistic standpoint, ink may not take well over a dermatofibroma plus, dermatofibromas can get bigger over time which will effect the tattoo design. 

The tattoo artist I spoke to, Roddie from Olde Media Tattoo, said he needs to look at any skin condition to make a decision if it can be tattooed over or not. Conditions such as eczema may or may not be able to be tattooed depending on the severity of the eczema and texture of the skin. 

Skin conditions such as moles or a dermatofibroma can be incorporated into a design but not tattooed over. Many scars can be tattooed over, but again the tattoo artists needs to see the scar to make the judgement call. Also, Roddie said a scar must be 2-3 years old before he would tattoo it. 

Dermatofibromas can be removed but a long scar is left in it's place. That scar, most likely, can be tattooed over in time.

Read more about dermatofibromas

Click here to watch 3 Ways to Hide a Dermatofibroma

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

How to get a Good Body Massage

I have been doing a lot of leg and bikini waxing recently. It seems that many people at taking spring vacations to warm places like The Riviera Maya, Key West and my favorite place, Jamaica. Lucky people!!! 

My clients who are traveling to those warm places are planning to use the spas at their resorts to get massages or maybe have a massage on the beach. I love a beach massage, especially at sunset! Schedule your massage appointments the first day you arrive at your resort to get the times that work best for you.
massage at sunset
There are things you can do to insure that you get the most benefit out of your massage. There are the obvious things like it is important to go to a well trained, experienced massage therapist who works in a reputable place and some not so obvious things that you may not think of. Little things that make a massage better such as take a warm shower before your massage to start to warm and relax the muscles and remove any body jewelry so the massage therapist's hands slide freely over your body.  

Why get a massage? A massage not only feels good, it reduces stress and can actually boost the immune system.

Don't feel shy or embarrassed. Massage therapists see all different body types. Regular massages make you feel marvelous and help you cope with the stresses of life. I highly recommend them!

       Have a Beautiful Day! 
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Smokey Eye Prom Makeup

This past Saturday was an interesting day for a prom. I say interesting because this was the view from the window as I applied prom makeup. April snow! 
April snow
I also did makeup on a mom-to-be for her baby shower. Not the best weather for a prom or other special event. Nothing you can do about except make the best of it.

My beautiful lady attending the prom would be wearing a deep purple dress and wanted a dark smokey eye. We settled on shades of muted purple with black liner and black mascara, of course.
smokey purple eye shadow
I filled her brows in a bit with brow powder to add more drama to her look then tamed the hairs with a bit of brow gel. We kept her skin light and creamy with a soft pink blush and a luminizing powder to give a gentle glow. Her lips were quite dry but had a lot of nice rosy color. A mauve lip liner defined them and a pink quartz lip color added a nice little shimmer.

purple prom dress and makeup
Before you have you makeup done..... It's a good idea to work on your lips at home to keep them moist, smooth and free of peeling skin. That way they will look their best when lip color whether it be a liner, lipstick or gloss is applied.

Click here for tips to keep your lips moist and peel free.

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