Saturday, July 29, 2017

Happy National Lipstick Day!

hot pink lips
Lipstick. Oh how I love it! ♡ Bold red lips. Sexy baby pink lips. Fabulous fuchsia lips. Sophisticated nude lips. Such drama created in a moment with the stoke of a lipstick tube! Celebrate National Lipstick Day by adding a new lipstick to your collection. Go on. You deserve it! Always think of our furry friends and buy cruelty free.

My favorite lipstick brands:
Urban Decay
Kat Von D
Too Faced

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lipstick kiss
Have a Beautiful Day!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

OPI Iceland Collection Fall/Winter 2017 / Does OPI test on animals?

OPI Iceland Collection Fall/Winter 2017
I don't even want to think about fall and winter right now, but the fashion industry is! OPI's next nail polish collection is Iceland. Interesting, because their collection themes always seem to coordinate with my client's vacation destinations. My people are right on those trends! 

It looks like a decent collection. Many nice colors.  The names are cute and clever as usual. And, it's nice to see some rich dark browns again. The colors are available in nail lacquer and GelColor. The release date is August 1, 2017.

OPI Iceland Collection swatches
Icelanded a Bottle of OPI is a creamy taupe.

 That's What Friends Are Thor is a dark chocolatey brown. 

Krona-logical Order is an espresso with a bit of a mauve tone.

Suzi & the Arctic Fox is a deep bluish purple.

I'm not so sure about This Isn't Greenland. I'm not a fan of mossy green but maybe you are. 

Less is Norse is a deep glossy blue.

Check Out the Old Geysirs is an icy gray blue.

I'll Have a Gin & Tectonic is a creamy peach.

One Heckla of a Color is a dusty purple.

I am loving Reykjavik Has All the Hot Spots, a shimmering gold dusty mauve.  

Turn On the Northern Lights! is a blue purple with an interesting pink shimmer to it the intrigues me. 
I'm a sucker for shimmer! 

Aura Berry-alis is a nice berry pink cream.

OPI Iceland Collection Fall/Winter 2017
    I see a misspelling in this promo!

OPI Iceland Collection Fall/Winter 2017
Did anyone else notice that there is no red in the bunch? Interesting. Find OPI polishes at salons and spas, the OPI site,  Ulta and amazon for $10. The release date isn't until August 1 so be patient. They are hard to find right now. As for OPI product being tested on animals, this is what they say:

Animal Testing
OPI does not perform animal testing, nor does OPI contract to have it performed elsewhere. When “live” testing is necessary, it is performed on informed, consenting, paid human volunteers – not animals.  This has always been our policy since our founding in 1981, and remains unchanged since our purchase by Coty in late 2010.

Most OPI products are free of animal ingredients, including our famous acrylic systems.  The few exceptions recently or currently in production are as follows: 
Avoplex High Intensity Hand Cream  -- contains Hydrolyzed Keratin from a certified BSE free source, New Zealand wool.
OPI Gelcolor and Axxium Soak-Off Gels – some shades contain Carmine (INCI name: CI 75470), an insect-derived pigment.  This material is also known as Cochineal.

Ridge Filler – contains silk (INCI name:  Serica), an insect derived fiber.
Nail Lacquer -- Three (3) current shades -- Dulce de Leche, Kennebunk-port, and Tutti Fruitti Tonga -- contain Guanine (International name:  CI 75170), which is derived from fish scales.  These are legacy colors; there are are no plans to use guanine in future shades.
Over the last several years, our trend and the general cosmetic industry trend has been to move away from most animal ingredients (beeswax excepted).  

Always check the label and call OPI if you are uncertain about a specific product.

I'm not sure I believe it since Coty is an animal testing company and I have also read that OPI is sold in China where animal testing is required. I haven't been happy with OPI since it was sold. We do still have some colors at the salon for our die hard OPI lovers. When in doubt, use polish from a company a true non animal testing company like zoya.

 Have a Colorful Day!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Bridal Makeup at The Old Mill, Rose Valley, Pa

bridal ceremony sign
I had the pleasure of doing a bit of wedding makeup over the July 4th holiday weekend at The Old Mill in Rose Valley, Pa. What an amazing spot for a wedding!
The Old Mill Rose Valley, Pa
The historic original mill building and Irish style gardens have a rustic charm with plenty of little hideaways for beautiful, romantic photos! There a bridal suite available with plenty of room and natural light to do hair, makeup and get dressed for the wedding.
cocktail area Old Mill Media, Pa
I did the makeup for 3 Irish beauties, Mom (the bride) and her two daughters. One daughter had just flown in from Ireland! My friend Michelle did their hair. The wedding colors were pink and purple. The day very warm, sunny and gorgeous! Perfect for a late afternoon outdoor wedding.
wedding makeup mom and daughters
Before applying makeup, it's important to prepare the skin. I started each face with a rose water toning and moisturizing with calming cream to make the sensitive skin look fresh, calm and dewy before the makeup application. I'm not always a fan of face primers. I find the silicone bases in many face primers can feel too slippery so I use them selectively. Shadow primer is a different story. Urban Decay Primer Potion is a must! All faces received a light dusting of powder to prevent too much shine on the warm summer day.

The Bride
The bride wanted to look like herself with a touch of glamour. Foundation, luminizing powder, bronzer and blush made the skin glow with subtle contouring and highlighting. We decided on a soft smoky eye in shades of pink, gold and plum to make her green eyes pop and add a bit of glamour. We decided against strip lashes due to the bride's sensitive eyes. Instead, I used layers of black waterproof mascara and lash fibers to create longer lashes. A nude pink lipstick with a gold luminizer highlight helped to add volume to her lips.

Brunette Daughter
The fair skinned beauty with dark hair showed me a pic of a neutral matte eye shadow with a thin line of eye liner on the top that she liked. I used all matte shadows in shades of white, cream, medium brown and dark brown to create a modern neutral look. We kept her skin creamy with sheer foundation coverage allowing a few freckles to show through. A soft pink blush and a hint of luminizing powder created a gentle glow. She wanted to leave her lips bare because she was not a fan of lipstick. I convinced her to try a little something on her lips.  So her lips were lined with a liner that matched her lip color with a nude gloss on top. She was happy with it.

Blonde Daughter
The bronze goddess with blonde hair (and by bronze, I mean spray tan bronze. That's a healthy tan!) wanted a gold eye shadow look which was perfect for her. I used shades of shimmering bronze, gold and copper. No mascara was needed on the top lashes because she just had lash extensions applied. A warm coral blush accented her cheeks and a creamy pink with a gold shimmer made her lips look beautiful.

They all looked fresh and lovely for the special day! I wish I could have stay for the wedding. Irish women really get all decked out for a wedding with lots of makeup, sparkle and fascinators. How fun!
silk and pearl bridal bouquet
All the best to the bride and groom for a life filled with love, health and happiness!

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More pics of this beautiful place!
stream at the old mill rose valley, pa

bridge at the old mill rose valley, pa

shade garden

stone wall with ivy

purple statice and baby's breath bouquet