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

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Marc Jacobs 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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Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day 2016

It's Earth Day. This my Earth Day post from last year. It's worth reposting. Please read it and do a little something to help Mother Earth today. 

There are special guidelines when throwing away paint to prevent contamination of soil and water sources. For instance, a can latex paint needs to be a solid, not liquid, to be thrown in the trash. The paint can should be opened to allow the liquid to evaporate. The can is okay to put in the trash when the paint is dried.
old nail polish
We don't think about it, but nail polish is paint. Most of us just toss an old unwanted bottle of nail polish in the trash. This creates the possibility of contamination of soil and water if the bottle is broken in a landfill.

How to dispose of old nail polish:

1. Pour the polish out of the bottle on to a paper towel and let it dry.
pouring out nail polish

2. Leave the top off of the polish bottle to allow the polish remnants to harden.

3. Once the polish is all dry, the paper towel and polish bottle can be tossed safely in the trash.

Here are more little things you can do that make a big difference.

1. Take a shorter shower

2. Pack your lunch in a reusable container

3. Use a refillable water bottle instead of disposables

4.Take a travel cup to fill at your favorite coffee shop

5. Turn lights off that are not needed

6. Turn your computer off when not in use

7. Turn the water off while you brush your teeth

8. Use a cloth dish towel instead of a paper towel

9. Start some tomato seeds for your garden

10. Take a reusable shopping bag to the store

11. Wash your clothes in cold water

12. Eat something organic

Help keep our environment clean and healthy today and everyday!

Earth Day Network

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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!

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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 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.  I have shared many more tips in my video Massage Tips to get the Most from your Massage. 

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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!

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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

It's a good idea to work on your lips at home to keep them moist and smooth. That way they always look their best when you apply lip color whether it be a liner, lipstick or gloss. 

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

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Congestion Relief with Reflexology

reflexology on toes
So many people seem to have stuffy sinuses due to colds, flu and allergies right now. I know my daughter does.  There is a natural way to get some relief...... it's reflexology. I have used it many times on my kids when they were just little ones and couldn't sleep due to sinus and nasal congestion.

Reflexology is a type of massage that uses reflex points on the feet or hands to help correct problems within the body. The reflex points for the sinuses happen to be on the tips of the toes.  Use your thumb to apply pressure to the tips of the toes massaging in tiny little circles.

Concentrate on each toe for about 2 minutes.  Intensify the reflex effect by adding a drop of peppermint essential oil distributed to all the toes before the massage. It smells wonderful and is a great natural decongestant.

It may sound a little crazy, but it does work for many people. I have had clients say they feel the effect while I am giving them a foot massage during their pedicure. I know it always helped my sick children get to sleep. Give it a try!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Prom Makeup: Should your makeup match your dress?

It's so hard to choose a look for your prom makeup because there are so many different ways you can go with makeup. You can do a dramatic smoky eye with a glossy pinky nude lip. Maybe you want a soft natural looking eye with a nice bold red lipstick. Maybe you want a soft glittery eye with a hot pink lip. So many choices! 

Should your makeup match the color of your dress? I find it works best to use makeup colors that compliment you (your skin tone and eye color), then add a pop of color that matches your dress if you want to. You can add the color pop in your eye shadow....
blue prom dress blue eye shadow

blue eye shadow
or you can choose the lips for the color. A red dress looks fabulous with red lipstick.
red prom dress red lipstick
The best thing to do is try out different looks and see what you like best. See a makeup artist for a trial makeup. The makeup artist can tell you what colors compliment your skin tone, show you some different looks and let you know the latest trends. 

Sometimes you get stuck because you like two different looks that look great on you. Then it's time to ask your friends what they think. Post a pic of the two looks on social media. It's fun to see what other people like. This beautiful prom goer, in the pics below, did just that. She liked the shimmery smokey teal shadow that coordinated with her teal/aquamarine dress but she also liked the matte peachy nude shadow. It ended up being a dead heat on facebook. People liked both looks. Ultimately, the decision was hers.

Which eye for a teal green dress? Smoky teal or warm peachy nude? 
Which did she choose, teal or peach?

eye shadow choices

We ended up combining the looks, a warm peach eye and accented with teal. Her eyes looked simply amazing!!!

prom makeup collage

aquamarine prom dress
Be sure to schedule your prom hair and makeup appointments in advance to get the time you need.

See me for prom makeup at Styling Point in Media, PA

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Monday, April 4, 2016

The difference between dandruff and a dry scalp

It's embarrassing....a dry flaky scalp. 
Dry scalp or dandruff
The scalp can become dry for a variety of reasons. It also can be irritated and flaky from dandruff. What's the difference?

Flakes are white
Flakes are thick
Flakes have a heavy texture
The scalp is irritated
The scalp is itchy

Research has shown that dandruff is caused by a fungus called Malassezia Globosa. Don't panic! This fungus is on everybody's scalp. The fungus feeds off of the natural oils that are produced by the scalp. The natural scalp oils keep our scalp and hair moisturized. The natural oils are broken down due to the fungus and a by product called oleic acid is produced. Oleic acid isn't a bad thing, but some people are sensitive to it. It causes redness and irritation in those sensitive people. The body responds by trying to get rid of the irritant by shedding skin cells faster. 

This oleic acid factor is interesting. It's Omega 9 fatty acid. Many people will use oils, such as olive oil and avocado oil, to moisturize their scalps to get rid of the flakes. If you are a person sensitive to oleic acid, your scalp will become more irritated and your dandruff will become worse from the oil. Try using an oil high in linoleic acid, omega 6 fatty acid, if you insist on using an oil on your scalp. A few are safflower oil, hemp seed oil, evening primrose oil, pumpkin seed oil, grape seed oil and soybean oil. Linoleic acid has anti inflammatory properties and can help improve some skin conditions including acne. 

Dandruff Remedies:

Use a dandruff shampoo 
Look for these ingredients in your shampoo:
Zinc Pyrithione- anti fungal
Tea Tree Oil- anti fungal
Ketoconazole-anti fungal
Coal Tar- slows skin shedding
Selenium Sulfide- slows skin shedding
Salicylic Acid- exfoliates excess skin cells

Use tea tree oil
Tea tree oil aka melaleuca oil is a natural essential oil that has strong anti fungal properties. Apply a few drops to your fingertips and massage it into your scalp. Wait 10 minutes, then shampoo. Cedarwood, lavender, rosemary, sage and lemon are some other essential oils helpful in treating dandruff.

Shampoo more often
Shampoo your hair every day or every other day with a gentle dandruff shampoo to reduce the amount of oleic acid on your scalp and rinse away flakes.

Dry scalp
Flakes are white
Flakes are thin
Flakes are powdery
Scalp feels tight
Scalp may be itchy

A dry scalp will respond to a moisturizing treatment. Dandruff will not.

A dry scalp can be a natural skin type that you have just like dry skin.

Dry scalp can be caused by styling products, chemical hair processes such as hair color, a shampoo that contains drying ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate, dry winter air, lack of vitamin D from sunlight, stress and too much alcohol consumption.

Dry scalp remedies:

Moisturizing Shampoo
Use gentle, high quality moisturizing shampoo.

Read about Maple Holistics Hydrate Moisture Control Shampoo

Use gentle, high quality conditioner each time your shampoo. Massage the condition onto your scalp as well as your hair, wait 5 minutes and rinse.

Scalp Treatment
Try scalp treatment such as Morrocan Oil Dry Scalp Treatment. Apply it to your scalp. Wait 10 minutes. Then shampoo.

Scalp Massage
Give yourself a good scalp massage once or twice a week to stimulate circulation and oil production in the scalp or have a head and neck massage done at the salon.

Take Vitamin D
Many of us are Vitamin D deficient due to less time spent in the sun and the use of sunscreens. Take Vitamin D supplement to make sure you are getting enough.

Less Alcohol 
Drink less alcohol and more water when you are out for a night on the town.

shampoo and sugar exfoliant
Add a tablespoon of sugar to a dollop of your shampoo. Massage the mixture into your scalp to exfoliate the flakes away.

Eat Healthy
Use The Good Hair Diet to make sure you are eating all the good foods the hair and skin needs to be beautiful and healthy.

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