/> The Juicy Beauty Word: March 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Get longer lashes with Lash Fibers

long lashes
Long beautiful eyelashes are all the rage. I like enhancing the natural lashes to their full potential instead of relying on falsies or expensive lash extensions. Don't get me wrong, false lashes and lash extensions look fabulous, but I for one, don't like the glue. I find it irritating.  

And.... my brides are always worried the lashes will start to unglue before the night is over. It can happen. I even saw lashes come unglued on Dancing with the Stars!

How to Apply Lash Fibers to your Lashes

Start Clean
First, always start with clean lashes. Get rid of any mascara remnants that will interfere with a smooth mascara application. Use an oil free makeup remover and rinse your face for good measure. 

Curl 'em
Curl the top lashes with a lash curler. Warm the curler with a blow dryer to get maximum curl that lasts. Test the curler on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. Curl lashes 3 times with your eyelash curler at the root, the middle and near the ends.
curling lashes
Waterproof Mascara
Use black mascara on the top lashes. Waterproof mascara helps your lashes hold a curl better than non waterproof. My favorite waterproof mascara is Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara.

Read my Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara Review

Make the most of your lashes by fanning them out. After curling your top lashes, pull mascara wand out of the tube wiping excess mascara off of the wand onto the opening of the tube. Apply mascara to your outer lashes first directing them toward your temples. Next, apply mascara to the center lashes directing them toward your brows. Finish the top lashes by applying mascara to the inner lashes directing them toward your nose. 
 cherry blooms fiber lash extension mascara

Add the Fibers
Add lash fibers to the freshly mascaraed lashes.  You can buy kits that contain a mascara and fibers or just the fibers. 

Cherry Blooms, Too Faced Better than False Lashes or Physician's Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit are a few kits. 

I find the tube of fibers last much, much longer than the mascara. Any tube of mascara should be used for only 3 months then tossed due to the high probability of bacteria growth. The lash fibers are dry so they are far less likely to grow bacteria so the tube of lash fibers lasts a long time.

Lash fibers can be used with any mascara. Milani Length in Seconds Lash Extensions is a product that is just fibers that you can use with any mascara. I like the Cherry Blooms fibers because they are black. The lash fibers stick to the mascara. Don't over do it. Just a light coating of fibers will do.

Read my Cherry Blooms Mascara Review
lash fibers
More Mascara
Now add a generous second coat of mascara working it in the fanned out directions sealing in the lash fibers. Some of the fibers will come off onto your mascara wand. I like to wipe off the fibers before I put the mascara wand back in the tube. The mascara seems to get dried out faster when the fibers are in the tube.

Let them Dry 
Support the lashes with your fingers as the mascara dries for maximum curl.
curl lashes with fingers
The Bottom Lashes
Apply a thin coat of black or brown/black mascara to the lower lashes. Just a touch on the bottom lashes to create a balance of color between the top and bottom lashes. We want the top lashes to be the showstoppers.

Now you have comfortable long gorgeous lashes that last all day with no issues! Even through wedding day tears!

long dark lashes

More tips on fiber lash extension application: 

Too Faced Better than False Lashes: How to Apply

       Have a Beautiful Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Makeup Artist, Esthetician

Thanks for using my amazon links💋
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you. That keeps my blog running and supports the care of animals in need!😸

 Wedding, special occasion or everyday makeup and skin care services available in the Philadelphia, Pa. area. Visit my makeup page for more information!

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! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

 Wedding, special occasion or everyday makeup and skin care services available in the Philadelphia, Pa. area. Visit my makeup page for more information!

PS: Thanks for using my amazon & direct links💋
I receive a small commission that keeps my blog running and supports the care of animals in need!😸

Saturday, March 2, 2019

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

epsom salts bathtub
We don't feel beautiful or look beautiful at all when we are sick. COVID 19 running rampant and flu season is quickly approaching so unfortunately, there is more opportunity to get sick.

My daughter's good friend came 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.  That's a long season!

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. As for COVID, the COVID 19 vaccines are not proving to be as effective against the Delta variant.

For me, serious prevention and immune system support are the keys to staying healthy and fighting off viruses quickly.

Our Immune System in a Nut Shell

Our immune system is designed to recognize an invading pathogen and destroy it.  The quick acting innate immune system jumps in first producing more mucus and some inflammation. It is our natural immune system. It's purpose is to prevent infection, eliminate pathogens and stimulate the acquired immune response. You may get a runny nose, have a fever or get a sore throat when the innate immune system is stimulated.

B lymphocytes (B cells) and T lymphocytes (T cells) kick in to work together to recognize, make antibodies for and destroy the invading germ. These cells makeup the acquired immune system or antigen-specific immune response. This acquired part of our immune system develops throughout our lives. The B cells produce the antibodies that recognize the pathogen.  The T cells find the infected cells and destroy them. 

It is interesting that the B cells and T cells are both produced in the bone marrow. The T cells leave the bone marrow and migrate to the thymus. The thymus gland is a lymphatic organ which is located in the chest between the lungs. That's where the T in T cells comes from! The thymus gland shrinks as we get older.

Interesting tidbit: the thymus get it's name from thyme because it is shaped like a thyme leaf.

The body continuously generates immune cells. It actually makes more immune cells than we can use. Extra cells die off. So we don't need increase production of immune cells. We do need to keep their normal production in good working order.

There are a lot simple things we can do every day to keep ourselves healthy and keep our immune systems in tip top shape. 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. The RDA for women is 75 mg and 90 mg for men. Taking up to 1000mg per day is considered safe.

Vitamin D
Vitamin is another immune system enhancing vitamin. Plus, it can help reduce the spread of some viruses. It's also good for bone health. Research suggests activates T cells for fighting cancer and preventing respiratory infections in older adults.

The skin synthesizes Vitamin D from the sun. Many people are deficient in Vitamin D maybe because of the high use of sunscreen to protect our skin from skin cancer and UV damage. The vitamin D council tells us a person with medium toned light colored skin only needs about 15 minutes of strong direct sun light exposure over a large portion of skin daily. The darker the skin, the longer the sun exposure time is to get the good dose.

Plus, researchers have found that blue light from the sun causes the T cells to move faster which may help them reach an infection faster. 

There are only a few good food sources. Good food sources of Vitamin D include oily fish, egg yolks, and fortified foods such as various milks, oranges juice and cereals. You can also take Vitamin D supplements. The recommended daily allowance is 600 IU for ages 1-70. 800 IU for those over 70.

A blood test will determine you Vitamin D level.

Studies have shown that zinc lozenges, such as cold-EEZE can shorten a cold virus when taken at the first signs of a cold. Some scientists believe the zinc ions release from the lozenge interfere with the virus's ability to replicate.

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. Fruits and vegetables are high in those magical defensive anti oxidants, minerals and vitamins. These plant chemicals help you fight off viruses and keep the body strong and healthy. I swear by my high anti oxidant vegetarian diet!

Eat Yogurt. The probiotics yogurt contains can help boost the activity of immune system cells helping you fight viruses. Just buy yogurts that are lower in sugar. Chobani make a delicious less sugar Greek yogurt with only 9 grams of sugar per 5.3 oz. serving as opposed to 17 grams+ in regular Greek yogurts. 

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 viruses could be on your hands just 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 warm 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. It will 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. 

Certain plants contain very powerful anti bacterial and anti viral chemical compounds. Essential oil is derived from plants and has been used since ancient times to heal and prevent disease. 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.  

Youngliving has a well known anti microbial essential oil blend called Thieves. It contains a blend of the essential oils clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary. So why is it called Thieves?

The story behind it goes like this: back in the 15 century when the plague was taking lives, a group of thieves would rub oils on themselves to protect themselves from getting sick as they robbed the dead and dying. They gave up their formula when they were caught in exchange for a more lenient punishment. 

How to Use Essential Oils

The Thieves essential oil blend has been shown to kill bacteria and viruses. You don't take it internally but you apply it to your skin, particularly, the bottoms of your feet. This is a very powerful oil that must be diluted in a carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil or jojoba oil.  Only 1 drop of Thieves should be added to 15 drops of the carrier oil. 

Youngliving Thieves

Shop for Thieves in Amazon!

Youngliving has even created Thieves cleaning products to help keep your home germ free.

Youngliving thieves household cleaner

Shop for Thieves Household Cleaner on Amazon!

Almost every essential oil used straight out of the bottle is too strong. Always mix them in a carrier oil. Mix 5 drops of a single essential oil into 1 tablespoon of oil. Avocado and sunflower oils are more nice oils to use as carrier oils. Massage the oil mixture on your skin to get the healthy benefit from the essential oils.

Essential oils can also be mixed with distilled water and diffused into the air using a cold-air essential oil diffuser. A diffuser creates a fine mist of essential oils in the air that can help kill germs and remove air born germs by making the fall to the ground. 

Essential oils can be mixed with distilled water and sprayed into the air using a spray bottle as well.

Never diffuse or spray essential oils if you have cats and never apply essential oil to a cat. 

Cats are unable to metabolize essential oils. Diffused, sprayed or applied essential oils will build up in a cat's body and become toxic. A cat can die due to the toxic build up.

You can find essential oils at health food stores, some drugs stores and Amazon.

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.

Try meditation to reduce stress hormones and strengthen your immune system. Meditation has always been a challenge for my busy brain! Guides sound meditation does work for me, though. 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. Exercise increases the blood circulation which keeps the germ fighting immune system cells flowing efficiently through the body. Another challenge for me! Try walking. It's an easy, low impact way to get some exercise.

Well, there you have it. My favorite immune boosting tips. I hope they help you stay beautiful and healthy all year long!

       Have a Safe & Healthy Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist
PS: Thank you for using my amazon affiliate links💋
I earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you that keep my blog running and supports the care of animals in need!😸

 Wedding, special occasion or everyday makeup and skin care services available in the Philadelphia, Pa. area. Visit my makeup page for more information!