Sunday, March 17, 2019

Shampoo for Stronger Hair: Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo Review

maple holistics silk 18 shampoo
If you like a shampoo that gives you billows of lather and reduces hair breakage, this is the shampoo for you! 
shampoo lather
Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo is a shampoo good for men, women and children with all hair and scalp types. It is especially good for repairing dry, damaged hair with it's blend of 18 amino acids. Amino acids are protein building blocks. The 18 amino acids in this shampoo are derived from silk and help to strengthen the strands of hair and protect the hairs from damage and breakage. This shampoo contains botanical keratin which is another protein beneficial for strengthening hair. 

Our hair is made of hard keratin protein just like our nails. Skin is also made of keratin, soft keratin protein. Nutrients in our diet help our bodies create strong, healthy keratin cells for good hair, skin and nails. Applying keratin and other proteins to our hair and nails is beneficial as well. 

Professional keratin protein treatments done in salons straighten and smooth dry unruly hair. Using a shampoo that contains proteins will also help the hair look smoother and less fly away plus, the hair will be less damaged from the heat from blow dryers, flat and curling irons. 

Panthenol, aka Vitamin B5, is another nice shampoo ingredient for strengthening, conditioning and adding shine to hair. You can see it's in there, too!
Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo ingredients
The Silk18 shampoo also contains hair loving argan oil, jojoba oil and glycerin to moisturize the hair and give it amazing shine! 

This shampoo is safe for color treated hair and is great for people with sensitive skin. 

I tried it!
I love a shampoo that really lathers up. I feel like it's foaming away all the dirt, excess oils and dead skin flakes. You only need a quarter sized dollop of Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo to create rich lather that leaves your hair feeling super clean and fresh. 

It has a very light scent of vanilla which is perfect for people who are sensitive to smells and those who don't like hair scents competing with their body wash scents and perfume scents.

I find it leaves my hair feeling smooth and silky with beautiful shine. There is a Maple Holistics Silk18 Conditioner which also contains their blend of 18 silk amino acids along with shea butter, jojoba oil, argan oil, aloe and more.
shiny hair
Maple Holistic products are cruelty free, are made with natural ingredients, are sulfate free, paraben free and are made in the USA. Many of their products are vegan. The Silk18 shampoo and conditioner are not considered to be vegan because they contain silk amino acids. 

Purchasing Info:
Maple Holistics products are available from their site and on my favorite, Amazon. A 10 ounce Silk18 Shampoo sells for $12.95. The 16 ounce size sells for $17.95. 

An 8 ounce 
Silk18 Conditioner sells for $10.95, 10 ounce is $12.95 and the 16 ounce size is $18.95.

Click here to visit the Silk18 Shampoo page. 

Maple Holistics makes many other great shampoos and conditioners, too. I just love the smell of their Hydrating Shampoo.

Click here to read my review of the Maple Holistics Hydrate Shampoo.

Have a Healthy Hair Day! 

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Cold and Flu Season: Ways to prevent illness and get well faster

It's cold and flu season. We don't feel or look beautiful at all when we are sick. My daughter's good friend has just come down with the flu. She is a teacher so she is exposed to many germs that can cause illness.  The CDC says flu season can start as early as October and end as late as May so we still have a ways to go. The CDC, doctors and even the drugstores promote getting the flu vaccine but I hate the idea putting a virus, whether it's dead or not, into my body! For me, serious prevention and immune system boosting is key.

There are a lot simple things we can do every day to keep ourselves healthy and boost up our immune systems. Some of these things we all know, like washing our hands. There are other things we can to do stay healthy that we just don't think of, like keeping our handbags clean.  Here is my list of my favorite tips to stay healthy and beautiful! Many of these things will also help you heal faster if you do happen to get sick.
airborne immune support
 Easy Things You Can Do To Stay Healthy and Also, Get Well Faster

Foods and Nutrients:
People swear by Airborne. It's an immune support supplement full of vitamins, minerals and herbs to help strengthen your immune system.  Chew 1-4 tablets at a time. You can take it 3 times per day. It really seems to help the immune system fight off illnesses.

Vitamin C
I swear by Vitamin C! Vitamin C supports the immune system allowing you to fight off colds and flus better. It also helps keep you looking younger, by the way! The body uses Vitamin C to build collagen which keeps our skin firm and young looking.  Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, sweet green peppers, strawberries, citrus fruits and in supplement form.

Green Tea
This is another remedy I swear by! Green tea contains a powerful anti-oxidant called Epigallo Catechin  (EGCG).  This anti-oxidant fights free radicals, fights the adenovirus (a cold virus), repairs DNA, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, increases metabolism and is anti-inflammatory. Black tea and white are beneficial as well. 

Matcha green tea is a powdered form of green tea. It's a super concentrated anti oxidant power house! It's a lovely shade of green and can mixed with water and used as a tea or used as an ingredient in recipes. 1 glass of matcha tea equals 10 glasses of regular green tea. That will fire up the old immune system!!!  
Eat more Fruits and Veggies
Increase the amount of colorful fruits and veggies that you eat. They are high in those magical defensive anti oxidants. These plant chemicals help you fight off viruses.

Eat Yogurt. The probiotics yogurt contains can help boost the activity of immune system cells helping you fight viruses. Just buy yogurts that are low in sugar. Chobani make a delicious low sugar Greek yogurt.

Use a lot of garlic in your cooking. Garlic contains compounds including allicin and diallyl sulphides to help fight viruses. Crush or chop your garlic and allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to trigger an enzyme reaction that boosts the compounds. I make a minestrone soup full of garlic, basil and oregano at the first sign of feeling under the weather. Oregano is also known for it's immune system boosting anti oxidants. Minestrone is the medicine at my house!

Drink water. A hydrated body is better at fighting off illness than a dehydrated body. Drink 6 to 8 glasses per day.

Limit Alcohol
Reduce your alcohol consumption. Too much alcohol can reduce your white blood cells' ability to fight viruses for up to 24 hours. 1 drink per day for women. 2 drinks per day for men.

Don't Touch It!:
Hands off the Face
Avoid touching your face. Cold and flu germ could be on your hands waiting to infect you through your mouth, nose and eyes. Don't bite your nails. Germs may be lurking under your nails.

Proper Hand Washing
Wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Suds up with soap and water for 20-30 seconds and rinse well. Sing the ABC's song to make sure your are washing long enough! 🎶 A regular soap, not antibacterial, will do the job without creating resistant bacterial bugs. Always apply hand lotion after washing to help prevent the skin from becoming dry and dehydrated.

Use Hand Sanitizer
Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer and alcohol based wipes if you are in a place where you can't wash your hands. 

Wipe it down
Take advantage of the wipes many stores provide. Wipe your shopping cart handle with a wipe at the grocery store.  Use alcohol based wipes on doors and plumbing handles in public bathrooms. Use a paper towel to protect your hand when opening the door to exit the public bathroom. Wipe down the keyboard of a shared computer at work and the phone that is shared at work before you use it. Keep a pack of wipes handy in your car and in your handbag. Speaking of your handbag...

Clean your Handbag
We set our handbags down everywhere. I don't even want to think about what germs are on them! Carry a handbag that is made of a material that you can wipe down frequently with an alcohol based wipe. Whatever you do, don't put your handbag down on the floor of a public bathroom!!!😬

Clean your Phone
Keep your cell phone clean with alcohol based wipes. We set them down everywhere like we do with our handbags. They can be full of germs and then we touch them.

Use your Elbows!
Use your elbows to push elevator buttons, automatic door opening buttons, etc. 

Body Care:
Epsom Salt
Take an warm Epsom salt bath at the first sign of illness to dilate the blood vessels and boost circulation, decrease cold and flu symptoms and promote quicker healing. Epsom Salt, which is Magnesium Sulfate, eases muscle aches, detoxifies the body and actually raises white blood cell counts. Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom Salt in a warm bath. Relax and soak for 20 minutes.You can find Epsom Salt in your local drugstore, superstore or on my go to site Amazon.
Get a Massage
A study done at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center showed that a 45 minute Swedish massage significantly boosted levels NK cells and T lymphocytes, which are virus fighters, in the blood. Try Hand and Stone.

Try Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for relaxation and health benefits. Many oils have high anti viral and anti bacterial  properties. Geranium, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, lemon, cinnamon, ginger, clove, basil, thyme, oregano, tea tree, ravensara, frankincense, and eucalyptus are a few good ones.  

Essential Oils used straight out of the bottle are too strong. Always mix them in a carrier oil. Mix 5 drops of essential oil into 1 tablespoon of oil. Jojoba, avocado, almond and sunflower oils are nice oils to use as carrier oils. Massage the oil mixture on your skin to gets the healthy benefit from the essential oils.

Essential oils can also be diffused into the air. Never diffuse essential oils if you have cats. Cats are unable to metabolize essential oils. Diffused essential oils will build up in a cat's body and become toxic. Find essential oils at health food stores, some drugs stores and Amazon.

Try meditation to reduce stress hormones and strengthen your immune system. Meditation has always been a challenge for my busy brain! Here is a site to help get you started with 6 steps on how to meditate. 

Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day to boost your immune system. Another challenge for me! Try walking. It's an easy, low impact way to get some exercise.

Get your Beauty Sleep
Sleep 7-9 hours per night. A tired body is less resistant to illness and a tired body takes longer to fight off an infection.

Use a Humidifier  
Moist air effects how viruses linger in the air. Dry air allows them to float around, while moist air makes them heavy and fall to the ground or floor faster. Moist air, above 40% humidity, also helps to deactivate virus particles. A humidifier moistens our noses and airways to help keep them clear. Our skin also benefits by staying more moisturized in higher humidity.

Well, that's it for my favorite immune boosting tips. I hope they help you stay beautiful and healthy all year long!

Have a Beautiful, Healthy Day! 

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Spring Nail Colors 2019: Zoya Innocence Collection, Swatches and Review

Zoya has created a soft, beautiful collection of 6 nail polish colors for spring, the Innocence Collection. 
Zoya Innocence Collection Spring 2019
You are going to love them and actually can wear them now while we wait for the spring flowers that are starting to peak through the snow! 
spring bulbs, zoya fern
These easy to wear colors are already a hit at the salon. Maybe my clients anxious for spring or maybe they are just tired of wearing the darker colors.
Zoya Innocence Collection Spring 2019
All of the Innocence colors have a soft looking quality to them. Most provide full streak free coverage. Theo, the glitter gray, goes on more sheer than the others. I have my favorites, of course! Here is the collection in detail:

The Zoya Innocence Collection for  Spring 2019

Zoya Birch
Birch is a pale grayish lavender. It provides full opaque creamy coverage and has a nice modern look.

Zoya Agnes
Agnes is a lovely skin flattering blush. It also provides full opaque creamy coverage. Agnes is a perfect bridal blush color. One of my favorites in the collection!

Zoay Evette
Evette is a beautiful grape with full opaque creamy coverage. It reminds me of a lighter version of Donnie from the Element Collection.

Zoya Aire
Aire is a fabulous dusty periwinkle with full opaque creamy coverage. This one is a favorite for me and my clients. It had to go right on my toes! Periwinkle is a color that works well with many skin tones. It's just gorgeous.

Zoya Fern
Fern is a gray sage with a soft, ever so slight, pearl finish. It too provides full coverage. This is another favorite. It is an unusual, but not weird, color than my clients are adoring! I just love it. I could see this being an awesome color for spring bridesmaids.

Zoya Theo
Theo is the metallic one of the bunch. It's a gray with a fine dark blue glitter and multi sized and shaped silver flakes. As I mentioned, this color goes on more translucent and will build up to opaque coverage.


Agnes and Leia
Zoya Agnes, Zoya Leia
I am always layering colors to create a custom looks for my clients. Many of them are fans of glitter as am I. Agnes looks amazing topped with Leia. Brides, consider this combination for your wedding day. Top all the nails with Leia or just a few as accent nails.

Aire and Fern
Zoya Fern, Zoya Aire
Who says blue and green don't go together? These two soft colors have a heathery softness that makes them coordinate beautifully with each other. I love them together!

Shop for Zoya on Amazon

As always, 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. I didn't see the Innocence Collection on amazon yet, but will provide a link when they are available there. 

Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day 

Come on Spring! 💮

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zoya fern with drinks from first watch

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation Review

Is your skin looking parched from the cold winter? It needs moisture and protection from the harsh winter winds! Some foundations offer more hydration for dry skin than others. One of our suppliers suggested we try Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation with Deep Sea Hydrating Complex. 
youngblood liquid mineral foundation
I always like to sample a product before we start carrying it in the salon. I completely agree with the philosophy of Youngblood cosmetics. These are mineral cosmetics that contain no talc, parabens or artificial fragrance and they are not tested on animals. The Liquid Mineral Foundation is also vegan and gluten free. This foundation contains a lot of flower and plant extracts and is suitable for sensitive and irritated skin. Which is great, except for my allergy friends. You really need to read the ingredient list for potential plant allergens.

Our sample foundation color was Golden Tan, not a bad color for me to try out. This foundation comes in a 1 ounce plastic pump bottle and sells for $49.00. (Looks for a better price on Amazon!)
youngblood liquid mineral foundation golden tan
I found the foundation to be a light, somewhat thin liquid. You can see it starts to move down the palm of my hand when I tilt it. It worries me that it will not provide enough coverage. It's fragrance is very light and comes from a blend of the essential oils lemon, orange and ylang-ylang. They say it provides sheer to medium coverage with a satin finish.
youngblood liquid mineral foundation texture

The best way to apply this foundation is with a foundation brush or your fingers. A damp sponge makes the foundation too watery and it doesn't go on evenly. A dry sponge tends to soak up too much of the product.
youngblood liquid mineral foundation on skin

The Review
The First Trial: by itself
I applied the Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation with a brush and my fingers over a moisturizer. I did not use a primer and I didn't set it with powder so I could see how it did on it's own. I also wanted to experience the amount of hydration it provided. 

It looked nice. I found it to go evenly but it became slightly blotchy throughout the day. I felt I needed to reapply it midday to smooth it out. Perhaps, my dry skin absorbed some water from it. A primer would probably solve that problem.

The Second Trial: with setting powder
The second day, I tried it with setting powder (still no primer). The powder did make it hold up better. I felt the slight itch from the foundation after application that disappeared quickly.

This foundation provided light to medium coverage. I found the coverage to be sheer but would build up with more layers. The finish has a fresh, dewy look. It feels very moisturizing and creased ever so slightly into the smile lines.

The Third Trial: with primer
This time I tried it with the Youngblood Mineral Foundation Primer. It's a clear gel primer that is applied after your moisturizer and before your foundation to help the foundation go on smoother and stay looking great longer. It is designed to blur out flaws making the pores look smaller and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Did it work? It sure did! The Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation looked fresher and smoother all day long with the primer underneath. This magical primer can be used with any foundation. 

The Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer is another fabulous priming product your can use under a foundation or by itself. It has color pigments in it that help even the color tone of your skin. I highly recommend it! There are only two colors, Bare and Tan. Use Bare on light to medium skin tones. Use Tan on medium to tan skin tones.
I recommend this foundation for dry/combination skin types for it's hydration effect. I think it's a great, light feeling foundation for everyday use. In fact, one of our salon owners has been using it and she is getting tons of complements on how great her skin looks! 

We now carry Youngblood cosmetics at Styling Point in Media, Pa. if you would like to stop in and sample them.

Foundation Ingredients:
Water, Cyclomethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Glycerin, Reduced Salt Deep Sea Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polyoxyethylene, Methylpolysiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Lauryl PGG/PEG-18/18 Methicone, Squalane, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Natto Gum, Cereus Granfiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Chamomillia Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Magnolia Biondii Bark Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Propolis Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Thujopsis Dolabrata Branch Extract, Allantion, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Natural Fragrant Essential Oils- Lemon, Orange, Ylang-Ylang). May Contain: Titanium Dioxide(Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl77492, Cl77499).

You can find Youngblood Cosmetics at salons and spas, on the Youngblood site and on amazon at great prices!

Click here to shop for Youngblood foundation  

Tips on using Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation:

1. Apply your moisturizer. Wait a few minutes for it to absorb.

2. Apply Youngblood Mineral Foundation Primer or the Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer.

3. Apply Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation using a foundation brush or your fingers.

4. Apply Youngblood Minerial Rice Setting Powder (loose or pressed) with a fluffy brush to set your foundation without making it look dry or cakey.

See more Youngblood cosmetic products.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Remedies for Split Skin on Fingerstips

split skin on fingertip
The weather has gotten cold and wintry here in the Philadelphia area. That means dry skin. Our skin can get so dry and dehydrated in the cold winter air, that it can split open and feel like a paper cut. Splits in the fingertips hurt and make it hard to do everyday tasks. Plus, any openings in the skin allow germs to enter in which can cause an infection.

My clients have been coming in with super dry skin and splits in their fingertips. The lack of humidity in the outside air and the dry heated air inside buildings, exposure to water, exposure to strong chemicals like nail polish remover and cleaning products are the perfect recipe for dehydrated skin that can lead to splits. 

We have to take extra care to prevent the dryness that can lead to splits. For instance, I have to protect my thumb while removing the polish from my client's nails to prevent the skin on my thumb from splitting. Working with paper, clay, fabric and clothing also causes dehydration. Those materials absorb moisture and oils from our skin.

Moisturized hands look younger and more beautiful plus they are healthier. There are a variety of things you can do to help the skin stay better hydrated and heal splits in the skin. 

Remedies to heal and prevent cracked skin:
Topical Treatments
Antibiotic Ointment
Use an antibiotic ointment especially on a deep split. Ointment is better than cream due to it's thicker, more water resistant nature. Apply the antibiotic ointment to the split area then cover it with a Bandaid to keep it protected. Apply the antibiotic ointment 2-3 times per day. Keep it covered until the split mends together.

Lip Balm
Lip balm creates a nice waxing protective coating for split skin. This works well on splits that are not very deep. Apply the lip balm to the cracked skin to help seal it and ease the sting.

Gloves are a fantastic way to protect your hands from getting too dry. There are gloves for all types of tasks. Wear waterproof gloves when cleaning or doing dishes. Wear cotton gloves when dusting or handling something that will absorb the moisture from your hands like folding laundry. Wear gardening gloves when digging in the dirt. Always wear warm winter gloves when you are outside.

Lotions and hand creams are a must! Apply hand lotion or hand cream right after washing your hands. Also, be sure to apply lotion or cream frequently throughout the day. Choose a lotion or cream that has a scent you like so you want to use it. If you don't like fragrance, choose an unscented lotion or cream. Keep a small tube of hand cream in your handbag, in your car and at work so you have it with you to use all day long.

Hydrating Serum
Try using a hydrating serum before you apply your hand lotion or cream for extra moisture. I like Zoya Naked Manicure Hydrating Hand and Body Serum. It's a spray that instantly hydrates with a light scent. It coordinates with the Zoya Naked Manicure Healing Hand and Body cream which is also excellent!
Intense Night Time Treatment
Do the old fashioned remedy of petroleum jelly and white cotton gloves at bedtime. Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly or other thick treatment cream, such as Utterly Smooth, to your hands then cover them with white cotton gloves and go to bed. It's amazingly healing! Look for the gloves at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon.

Read Brittle Nails: How to Strengthen Weak Nails

 Here are a few healing creams to try:

Porter's Lotion
This product contains witch hazel, glycerin, alcohol, green soap, ammonium carbonate, camphor and rosemary to help heal cracked and peeling skin.

Cera V Therapeutic Hand Cream

This healing cream contains Hyaluronic Acid which is fabulous for hydrating the skin.

Udderly Smooth

This product was made to moisturize and heal cow's skin. For real!!! It contain stearic acid, lanolin and allantoin to heal dry cracked skin.

Carmex Healing Ointment

Contains petrolatum, lanolin, beeswax, cetyl esters, mineral
oil, cocoa butter, fragrance, camphor, menthol, salicylic acid
and vanillin to soothe and heal the skin.

Eat a nutritious diet with lots of fruits and veggies and drink plenty of water for healthier skin. Add more vitamins and fat to your diet to help the skin heal and become stronger so it is more resistant to fingertip splits.

Try for 8 8 ounce glasses each day to hydrate the skin and improve cell function. That equals about 2 liters or half a gallon.

Take Flax seed oil

It's loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids and is very beneficial for skin health. Add 1 Tablespoon to your diet each day.

Take Vitamin D

Vitamin is needed for skin cell growth and skin repair. Take a daily supplement or eat more foods containing Vitamin D. Be sure to eat or take magnesium when taking Vitamin D. Vitamin D can deplete your magnesium causing a headache.

Some foods containing Vitamin D: dairy products, egg yolks, fortified orange juice, fortified alternative milk products, mushrooms grown in sun and fish.

Some foods containing magnesium: pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, brazil nuts, avocados, almonds, beans and lentils, bananas, dark leafy greens, whole grains, dark chocolate and fish.

Eat more Omega 3, Omega 6 & Mono Unsaturated Fats

Healthy fats help prevent skin dryness and help your body create healthy skin cells.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:  Soybeans, walnuts, flax seeds and salmon.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids:  Cereals and grains, oils: flax seed, soybean, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, black currant and evening primrose and egg yolks

Eat mono-unsaturated fats- Avocados, olives, olive oil and nuts.

Get a Manicure!
See me for a healing manicure at Styling Point in Media, PA

I hope these tips help your fingertips heal super fast and make your hands look more beautiful, especially if you have a sparkly new engagement ring!
princess cut diamond ring
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