Friday, June 29, 2018

Red, White and Blue Nail Designs: Absolut America Party with a Purpose & Lemon Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

My husband came home with a bottle of Absolut Vodka for his favorite summer cocktail, the Lemon Moscow Mule. The Absolut bottle was all cute in a red, white and blue design. I just love it! 
Absolut America Limited Edition Bottle
I will be keeping this bottle, the empty bottle of course! 😜 As it turns out, this is a limited edition Absolut America bottle to help raise money to Keep America Beautiful. 

From May 1, 2018 till September 3, 2018, Absolut will donate one dollar to one of four  charities including Keep America Beautiful for each picture submitted showing how you party with a purpose this summer. You can select your charity and submit a pic on the Absolut site.  (You will need to sign in with your age over 21.) Fun and giving back at the same time. It's all good!
Absolut America Limited Edition Bottle Design
The simple painted design on the Absolut America bottle inspired me to create some bold, simple red, white and blue nail designs for the upcoming July 4th holiday. Simple stars and stripes painted with red, white and blue nail polish.
star nail design with absolut america bottle
It started to rain lightly during my photo shoot. The rain drops actually look pretty great in the pics!
red white and blue nail designs with Absolut bottle
red white and blue nail designs
red white blue nail designs
I'm ready for the 4th!
Just in case you would like to party with a purpose while sipping a delicious Lemon Moscow Mule, here is the recipe!
lemon moscow mule in copper mug
Lemon Moscow Mule
My husband loves this refreshing cocktail in the summer. The classic Moscow Mule is made with lime juice but he prefers lemon juice.

2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 ounces ginger beer
Lemon slice for garnish

Pour vodka into a copper mug or high ball glass. Add lemon juice. Add ice cubes. Top with the ginger beer. Gently stir. Add more ice if needed. Garnish with a lemon slice on the side of the mug or glass. Enjoy! 
Makes one cocktail.

Ginger beer is a non alcoholic beverage. You can find it right in your local grocery store usually in the soda aisle. Amazon is the place to get some copper mugs at great prices! 

Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day!



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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Zoya Jelly Brites Nail Polish Swatches: A Glossy Sheer Nail Polish Collection

Zoya has created 3 new Jelly nail polish colors called the Jelly Brites. 
zoya jelly brites
This collection is a special edition for 2018. Zoya's Jelly finish formula is a super shiny buildable translucent nail polish. 
zoya alia and purple petunias
The polishes are sheer but have a nice dose of bright color. You can wear them as a sheer color or build them up to a solid glossy color. I like to wear them with 4 coats for solid super shiny color. 
purple wave petunias
The beautiful Jelly Brites colors happened to coordinate perfectly with the purple wave petunias in my the planters on my deck. So you know where my photo shoot took place...on the deck in the beautiful late afternoon daylight!
bee on purple wave petunia
A bee joined me during my Jelly Brites photo shoot and was getting nectar from my purple wave petunias in a curious way that had me fascinated. It was going to the base of the flower on the outside of the flower where the flower meets the stem. 
bee getting nectar form petunia
I never saw a bee do that before. Interesting. Anyway.....

I will show you how the polish looks as the coats build up. Index finger is one coat. Middle finger is 2 coats. Ring finger is 3 coats. Pinky is 4 coats. There was no base or top coat used in these photos. Here are the bright and pretty Jelly Brites:

Molly
Molly is a translucent pinky red.
zoya molly
Here is Molly closeup. So glossy!
Zoya molly

Paris 
Paris is a translucent fuchsia.
zoya paris
Paris is also super glossy closeup!
zoya paris

Alia
Alia is a translucent plum. 
zoya alia
Here is a glossy closeup of Alia!
zoya alia closeup
There they are in all of their glossy gorgeousness!

See the Zoya Kisses Pastel Jelly Collection

As always, these Zoya nail polishes are vegan and 10 free, which means they are free of the ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead.

You can find Zoya Nail Polish at salons, spas, zoya.com and Amazon for $10 each. The Jelly Brites Collection is available as a trio and comes packaged in a gorgeous white box! Love it!
Have a Beautiful Day!



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Monday, June 18, 2018

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: Is it a good mascara?

Does Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara live up to it's name? Too Faced claims Better Than Sex Mascara is their #1 Selling Prestige Mascara and it's their best mascara. I love you Too Faced, but if this is your best mascara, I would hate to see your worst!!! I'll show you a picture of why it's not one of my favorites. 


I used Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara on one of my prom clients recently.
prom makeup by Jill Suzanne
She actually brought her mascara with her to use. I have to say, it made her lashes look dark and long although, not quite as smooth as I like lashes to look.
prom makeup
I decided I should try it on myself so I picked up a tube.
The mascara packaging is beautiful! The mascara tube is a lovely color and has sturdy weight to it.
too faced better than sex mascara tube
The brush is an hourglass shape designed to separate, coat and curl the lashes. The mascara is carbon black and is supposed to give dark, thick, long lashes with just one coat. Add more coats for more drama.
too faced better than sex mascara brush
Here is a portion of the packaging box with some tempting promises on it.
too faced better than sex box
My Review:
Did it make really dark lashes?
Yes, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara did make my lashes nice and dark. They stayed dark all day without fading.

Does it separate the lashes?
No. I found the lashes would stick together. 

Did it make the lashes thicker?
The lashes were definitely thicker. They were a bit too thick, spidery and stuck together with some clumping after applying 2 coats, though. 

Did it make the lashes longer?
My lashes did look longer but I found this mascara added more volume than length.

Did it add curl?
Not so much on it's own. I like to curl my straight lashes before applying mascara. Some mascaras keep the lashes curled better than others. My lashes stayed fairly well curled with this mascara. 

Did it look good with one coat?
Yes. It did look good with one coat. I am a 2 or 3 coat kind of girl for more lash drama.

Was it smudge-proof, all day wear?
The big problem for me with this mascara was how it wore throughout the day. I applied 2 coats to the top lashes and one coat to the bottom lashes.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in the morning:
too faced better than sex mascara on lashes
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara at 6pm:
too faced better than sex mascara flakes
This mascara failed me!!! The dreaded flakes!!! Plus, it just didn't look pretty anymore at the end of the day. The lashes seemed more stuck together and spiky looking.

This happened every time I wore it. Some days it was worse than others, so for me, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara does not live up to it's name! Unfortunately, I will not use it again and do not recommend it. I have read many rave reviews, though. I have also read reviews where others had the same flaking problem as me. It may not flake for you. I don't know if it flaked on my client. I assume it doesn't flake on her since she brought it in to be used on herself. 

I do recommend the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, however. That was great for me!!!

Read my Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara Review. 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is a cruelty free, vegan mascara with nice ingredients. It sell for $23.00 at Ulta, Sephora and on the Too Faced site.

Ingredients:
Water, Synthetic Beeswax, Paraffin, Glyceryl Stearate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Polybutene, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de Carnauba, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Polyester-11, PVP, Cellulose, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Gum Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Dextran, Acetyl Hexapeptide-1. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Black 2 (CI 77266), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Like I said, there are many rave review on this mascara. You can always get a less expensive travel size on Amazon to see how it works on you. Try Too Faced Better Than Sex in a Travel Size

I hope this post helps you with your quest to find your perfect mascara. You can read more of my mascara reviews on my Makeup Reviews, Tips and Tutorials page.

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Have a Beautiful Day!



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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Products for Sensitive Skin: Yonka Paris Sensitive Skin Care Products

Sensitive skin that has redness to it or is over reactive and becomes red easily requires gentle care to calm it down. Any abrasive product should be limited or avoided. Even soft fluffy makeup brushes can irritate those with sensitive skin and rosacea. Skin care products must be gentle and contain effective ingredients. 
yonka sensitive skin products

YonKa has recently added three new products to their Specifics product line to help soothe and balance sensitive skin. Yonka is a natural botanical skin care line. We use it for facials at the salon. Their newest sensitive products are Sensitive Skin Cream, Sensitive Masque and Sensitive Creme Anti-Red. I like them all!

YonKa Sensitive Skin Creme
yonka sensitive cream
This cream is super calming for sensitive skin. It is designed to boost the skin's natural defenses with pre-biotics and probiotics: Yacon Root and Lactobacillus. It desensitizes the skin with Sensibiotic Complex Sea Mayweed. It nourishes the skin with Shea Butter and Coconut Oil and soothes the skin with Bisabolol, Vegatable Gylcerin Olive Phytosqualene and Polysaccharides. This cream will calm inflammation and irritation with regular use.

I find it to be very soothing for my skin with almost no scent. It is a very light feeling moisturizer.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Squalane, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Maltodextrin, Chlorphenesin, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Bisabolol, Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus, Tripleurospermum Maritimum Extract, Sorbic Acid.

$68.00 at salons, spas and yonka.com.

YonKa Sensitive Masque
yonka sensitive masque
This masque is super calming! 
It contains Arnica, Yarrow, Mallow and German Chamomile to soothe the skin. Horse Chestnut and Witch Hazel help calm redness. Grain Germ Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Sunflower Oil, St. John’s Wort and Horsetail Extract nourish and help to regenerate the skin. YonKa's signature blend of the essential oils of lavender, gernanium, rosemary, cypress and thyme calm and balance the skin.

My skin likes this calming masque. It feels cool on my skin plus, my skin is less irritated and more moisturized after leaving it on for 20 minutes once a week. It is lightly fragranced with the scent of essential oils. One of my sensitive skin facial clients noticed she has less breakouts between facials now that I am using this masque on her during her facials.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetyl Alcohol, Zea Mays (Corn) Germ Oil, Tea-Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Myristate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D'abeille, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Peg-6 Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Peg-6 Oleate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil, Linalool *, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Citronellol *, Geraniol *, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (Saint John's Wort) Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Limonene *, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract    
*Natural Components Of Essential Oils.

$60.00 at salons, spas and yonka.com.

YonKa Creme Anti-Red
yonka anit-redness cream
This calming creme corrects redness! 
It contains natural green pigments and mica to help color correct redness in the skin. It also contains Centella Asiatica, Mirabilis jalapa and Rosemary Extract to reduce the appearance of capillaries and decrease the reactivity of the skin. Bisabolol, Vegatable Gylcerin Olive Phytosqualene and Polysaccharides calm, hydrate and soothe the skin.
yonka anti-redness cream
I find this cream very calming but the green pigment it contains is too subtle, after it is spread on the skin, to hide the redness in my skin. With continuous use, it's ingredients will make my capillaries less noticeable, though. It has barely any scent and feels good on my skin. 

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Mica, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Chlorphenesin, Glyceryl Stearate, Lecithin, Peg-100 Stearate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Bisabolol, Helianthus Annuss (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ci 77288/Chromium Oxide Greens, Tin Oxide, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Mirabilis Jalapa Extract.

$68.00 at salons, spas and yonka.com. 


See me at Styling Point in Media, Pa for a calming, rejuvenating facial treatment!

Have a Beautifully Calm Day!
xo
Jill