Thursday, December 26, 2019

Holiday Makeup Look: My Favorite Things

holiday makeup look
It's time to sparkle and shine for that New Year's party, romantic dinner, or to just look fun and festive now or any time of year! I want to show you some of my favorite makeup items to add a little glamour and glitz to yourself.

I have lots of favorite brands. All cruelty free of course! Today I will show you some things from Laura Geller, Too Faced and Zoya.
makeup products

Let's start with the Laura Geller's Baked Gelato Swirl Iluminator in Gilded Honey. 
laura geller baked gelato swirl illuminator
This remains one of my favorite things year after year. It can be used as an eye shadow or as a highlighter on the cheeks or on the cupid's bow for a gentle gold shimmer. I use this product all the time not just holiday time. It looks especially amazing in the summertime!

I used it on my eyelids and cheekbones for my holiday look. 

laura geller blush n brighten
I also love Laura Geller's Baked Blush n Brighten in Pink Grapefruit. This is a great color. It is a multi colored powdered blush in peach and pink shades with a soft shimmer that create a fabulous glow on my cheeks. I sometimes dust it on my eyelids as well. 

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too faced razzle dazzle berry eyeshadow palette
too faced razzle dazzle berry eyes hadow palette color names

I adore the colors in the Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Berry Eye Shadow Palette and it smells yummy too! I find that this shadow goes on smooth and stays bright and beautiful all through the day.

pink gold eyeshadow look
For my pink gold eye shadow look, I started by applying Dazzle to my entire eye area, the lid, the crease and the brow. 

I applied the Laura Geller Guilded Honey to the inner corners of my eyelids.

Next, I applied Razzle to the outer half of the eyelids. I love the silky texture of this particular color.

Pink Suede went in the outer half of the crease and was blended inwards.

I love the deep blue Bad to the Berry! I used it as a smoky liner and to accent the outer corners of my eyelids.

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too faced better than sex waterproof mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara is the best waterproof mascara! Not only does it make your lashes look great, it won't budge or smudge all day long, at all.  It's really my favorite mascara. It stays beautifully all day and helps keep my lashes curled. 

It is a bugger to remove though, so only wear it when want to take the time to tackle the removal process. 

Another tip I have is to buy the small travel size. It cost less and it's great to have the smaller size for a mascara you are not going to use everyday.

Read my Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara Review

This is a mascara I love to use on my brides and wear on beachy vacations because it's so waterproof and smudge proof. Good stuff!

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Zoya matte velvet red lipstick
For my lips I used my all time favorite holiday time red, Zoya Matte Red Velvet. It's matte finish is soft, sort of satiny. The color is a bluey red that is just perfect for me. 
zoya matte velvet red lipstick
I find some mattes too matte, almost dry and chalky, which can look really great on younger people but not so great on us older people!  We need a matte that has a bit of a satin finish like this Zoya red. 

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zoya hot lips glossy balm
If you want a glossier finish, Zoya's Hot Lips Glossy Balm in Starlet adds some nice shimmery gloss over the Matte Velvet Red. The combination looks gorgeous! I am wearing both the Matte Velvet Red Lipstick and the Hot Lips gloss in my full face makeup look at the top of this post.

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I hope this post sparks some makeup inspiration for you so you look glowing and fabulous this New Year's Eve! You can see me at the salon if you need your makeup done for New Year's Eve!

       Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day! 

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Zoya Twinkling Holiday 2019 Nail Polish Collection Swatches

zoya twinkling collection
As usual, Zoya never disappoints! The Zoya Twinkling Holiday 2019 Nail Polish Collection has a variety of beautiful colors to suit everyone's taste. There are creamy nudes, deep shiny creams, a glossy red, and sparkling metallics to get your nails twinkling in the holiday lights.
zoya twinkling holiday 2019
They are perfect colors for the holiday season with all our parties, get-togethers and celebrations. You can wear a sophisticated nude that would look gorgeous with a black outfit or choose a flashy metallic, a classic creamy red or a rich glossy cream. I have my favorites.... you know I'm partial to the blues!

Here are all the beautiful colors so you can choose which ones you want to see under your tree or in your stocking!

The Zoya Twinkling 2019 
Holiday Collection

zoya kaede
Kaede is a sheer holographic glitter topper. It looks beautiful on top of colors or it can be worn alone for a flash of 
gold glitz.

zoya enza
Enza is a soft warm toned nude cream. Glossy and sophisticated.

zoya steph
Steph is a nude pink cream with a warm undertone. It's soft and creamy.

zoya mai
Mai is a medium toned mauve rose cream. A flattering color for many skin tones.

zoya tieran
Tieran is a medium toned cool gray cream. It has a bluey tone to me.

zoya tanya
Tanya is a bright creamy candy red with warm tones. Yummy!🍬

zoya rosa
Rosa is a bright micro pearl metallic fuchsia. This looks like New Year's Eve to me!🎉

zoya gabi
Gabi is a deep rich purple cream. It's deep and glossy!

zoya sedona
Sedona is a rich brown with a gold micro pearl shimmer. It's warm and spicy.

zoya jen
Jen is a beautiful sapphire with a subtle metallic finish. 

zoya alessia
Alessia is a glittery turquoise with metallic hints of silver. My choice to wear to Jamaica! My toes were glistening in the sunshine!

zoya jett
Jett is a glittery silver that dries with a flaky matte finish.
zoay jett
The glitter pieces have a variety of shapes and sizes.

zoya jett
Add a glossy top coat if you prefer a shiny finish.

zoya alessia and zoya jett
Alessia with Jett accent nails

Zoya professional nail lacquer wears quite well on natural nails and is free of the harmful ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. 

You can find Zoya products at salons, spas, and on Amazon.  We carry Zoya nail polish at Styling Point in Media, Pa. Come see me to get your nails party ready with a beautiful Zoya nail polish color.

       Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day! 
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Monday, November 25, 2019

Allergy Rash from Christmas Tree: Causes and Remedies

Here is your annual reminder to protect your skin as you decorate this holiday season. My daughter called me out for not following my own advice after my arms got all scratched up handling our artificial tree!🎄

It's time to get the house looking festive for the holidays and lucky for me, I have plenty of helpers.😸 
Cat and Christmas decorations
That means putting lights and decorations not only on indoor Christmas trees, but on outside trees and bushes as well resulting in scratches and rashes on hands and arms in the process! 
Scratches from Christmas tree
It happens every time for me with both real and artificial trees. People can be allergic to the sap or rosin that evergreen trees produce causing painful, burning rashes on the skin. It can be similar to a poison ivy rash for some people. The pricks and scratches from the pine needles exacerbate the allergic reaction. 

The sap may not be the only allergen. Real Christmas trees can have pollen, mold and fungus on them which can cause skin rashes and other allergic reactions. There can be many different types of mold living on a tree. Researchers found more than 50 different molds on Christmas trees!!! That is super bad news for allergy sufferers.

Christmas trees can also be sprayed with chemicals to help preserve them. The many allergens that cause rashes can also cause serious breathing problems for those with asthma and allergies. I know this first hand because my daughter ended up in the ER with a serious asthma attack after babysitting a family with a real Christmas tree.

There are some things you can do to reduce the allergens on a real Christmas tree before bringing it into your house. 

Shake it Off
Give the tree a good shaking and bang the trunk of the tree on the ground to remove loose allergens such as pollen. Some Christmas tree sellers have a machine that shakes the tree to remove the allergens plus the loose needles. You can also blow it off with a leaf blower.

Hose it Down
Give the tree a good hosing down outside. Let it drip dry, them move it to the garage to dry off for a couple days.

So how about an artificial Christmas tree? 
It will definitely reduce the possibility of allergic reactions. But, you may not be totally safe from allergies with an artificial Christmas tree either. People can be allergic to the dust and dust mites that cling to artificial trees. Mold can also be a problem if the artificial tree is stored in a damp basement. Allergic people get a easily rash on their hands and arms along with irritating scratches.

The rash from your Christmas tree, whether it's a real tree or  an artificial one, may not an allergy at all.  It can simply be irritation from the skin being pricked and scratched.
Christmas ornaments
Like I said, I also get scratches and a rash from decorating the Christmas tree, especially when only half of the pre lit tree is lighting and I have to dig through the branches and find the bad bulb. Uggggh! 

You would think I would learn after all these years of decorating experience, but I just jump right into the decorating full of creative energy not worrying about the scratches, till later when they start stinging! 

Plus, this year I have another tree to decorate. I've added this cute pencil tree in my dining room that is so easy to put together and decorate. I love that it fits perfectly in the corner and takes up very little room.

pencil christmas tree
There is a simple way to prevent the scratches and rashes...

Wear gloves and long sleeves when decorating trees. Long sleeves tucked into the gloves will give you the best protection.
decorating Christmas tree
If you happened to get scratches and rashes, there are a few things you can do to help your skin heal.

Remedies for Rash from Christmas Tree

After Decorating:
Wash up
Remove the gloves and long sleeve shirt after the decorating and put them in the wash. Wash your hands and arms to remove any allergens.

Soothe the Allergic Reaction
Apply an anti histamine cream such as Benedryl cream, calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to soothe an allergic reaction rash. A severe poison ivy type reaction may require medical attention and oral anti histamines.

Yonka Lotion
Or try our favorite all purpose remedy at the salon, YonKa Lotion. It seems to soothe and heal any sort of skin irritation with it's blend of essential oils! It's a more natural approach than hydrocortisone or Benedryl.

Treat the Scratches
Apply an antibiotic ointment to the scratches to prevent infection and help them heal a little quicker. 
Christmas tree
Artificial tree dust removal tips:

Wear gloves and long sleeves when cleaning and assembling the tree. 

Unpack Outside
Open the box that stores your artificial tree outside.

Vacuum Away Dust 
Vacuum your artificial tree to remove dust. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to gently go branch by branch from top to bottom if the tree is assembled. It is easier to vacuum before it is assembled. Do it outside if you can, otherwise put a plastic sheet to catch dust under the tree that you can dispose of after cleaning.

Blow Away Dust
You can blow the tree off outside with a leaf blower if you have a sturdy tree. A leaf blower is strong. It could damage a delicate artificial tree. I have used a blow dryer on the cool setting to blow dust off of my tree in the past.

Wipe Away Dust
Use a damp towel to wipe dust off of artificial trees from top to bottom. You can add a bit of dish washing liquid or vinegar to a bucket of water. Dip your cleaning rag in and squeeze it out really well. You should not saturate the tree. Do it outside if you can. Let it dry thoroughly before decorating it and plugging in lights. 

Store in Plastic
Store the artificial tree in plastic bags or plastic boxes instead of cardboard boxes to reduce dust mites.

Buy a New Tree
Or maybe it's time to ditch your old tree full of allergens and start fresh with a new tree. Especially with all the great cyber sales going on at Christmas time!

You can get all different sizes of Christmas trees including pencil trees at great prices on Amazon! 

Here's a handy link:

Have a Beautiful, Healthy Day!

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