Saturday, May 25, 2019

Best, Safest Sunscreen 2019

sunflower bikini

It's the unofficial start of summer and it's going to be a gorgeous Memorial Day Weekend! That means it's time for your reminder about taking care of your skin in the sun. I call sunscreen a magic cream. It's amazing really. All you have to do is apply the cream and it keeps your skin from burning. It's also the most effective anti aging skin product available!

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There is a vast array of physical sunscreens (aka mineral sunscreens) and chemical sunscreens to choose from. 

Read about chemical vs mineral sunscreens

Plus, a wide variety of SPFs from 15 to 100! If you are someone who is concerned about the chemicals you apply to your kid's skin  and your own skin as well, go to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for answers on product safety. They have a super list of sunscreens they have rated and have great articles on sun safety. They even list each ingredient in a product, rate the ingredient and tell you concerns about the ingredient. It's a great resource!

10 Great little sunscreen tips you may not know

The EWG is very picky about sunscreen, which is good for all of us. The EWG really doesn't like spray sunscreens because they are not as effective as creamy formulas. A cream provides a better layer of protection. 

They don't like high SPF sunscreens (over an SPF of 50) because they are misleading in the amount of protection they provide. Plus, they can cause skin irritation. 

Another important fact about chemical sunscreens is that chemical sunscreens are absorbed by the skin and can be detected in the blood, urine and breast milk. Expecting and nursing moms, this is really important for you to know! Choose a mineral sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens containing oxybenzone, which is a hormone disrupting chemical, is absorbed by the skin.

Retinyl palmitate, a Vitamin A derivative, commonly found in sunscreen, is a chemical that may damage sun exposed skin.

The sun protection products are rated from 1 to 10. 1 being the best score and 10 being the worst. The sunscreens are rated individually. One brand name may have different products with different scores. I always prefer to use cruelty free brands and I prefer a mineral sunscreen over a chemical sunscreen.


Here are a few cruelty free brands with good scores:

Alba Botanica has 4 sunscreens scoring twos. I like this brand and it is easy to find at drug stores and super stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target.


All Good 9 of their zinc based sunscreens scored a ones. This brand is available on their site and at Whole Foods and other specialty stores.

Babo Botanicals 5 of their sunscreens scored ones. The brand is available on their site and at specialty stores such as health food stores. Check the store locator on their site.

Badger 13 of their sunscreens scored a ones. Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Blue Lizard 2 of these Australian sunscreens scored ones and 3 scored a twos. They have a cool bottle that turns blue when UV rays are present to remind you to apply your sunscreen! Available online and at various pharmacies. Check their store locator. 

Caribbean Sol  3 of these are biodegradable sunscreens that won't harm our natural living reef system scored a ones. Available on their online store.


Deter Outdoor Skin Protection makes Deter Mineral Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 30 which is an environmentally friendly broad spectrum sunscreen that is fortified with natural anti oxidants. Buy online and at select stores. check their store locator.

Goddess Garden 7 of these organic sunscreens scored ones. Find Goddess Garden at CVS, specialty stores and on their site. I bought it at my Bed, Bath and Beyond. 

Read the Goddess Garden Review

Kabana Organic Skincare 8 of these organic sunscreens scores ones. The products are available on their site. They have tinted sunscreen in four colors peach, bronze, nude and neutral. Great idea!


JuiceBeauty Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 scored a one. Available online and at Ulta, various maternity stores & more stores. Check their store locator. 

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Body Butter Coconut SPF 50 and the Mineral Bronzing Body Butter Pineapple Flower SPF 50 scored a two. Their Mineral Face Stick SPF 50 also scored a two. This is a vegan skin care and makeup line. Find it at Ulta and on their site.

Sun Bum 2 of their SPF 50 sunscreens scored twos. Find Sun Bum at salons, specialty shops, on amazon and on their site.

shop on amazon for cruelty free sunscreen

There are many other brands to check out. Visit the EWG site to see more. You can search your favorite sunscreen and see it's rating easily by using their handy search box. 

The EWG's 2019 Guide to Sunscreens

Some good brands are not on the list this year that were on last year's list. I'm not sure why. They are good products.

AllTerrain  3 of their sunscreens scored ones in the past but I don't see them on the list this year They are available online and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Blue Makeup: Blue Eye Shadow, Blue Eye Liner, Blue Lipstick and Blue Nail Polish Recommendations

Blue is one of my favorite colors. The shades of indigo, royal blue, prussian blue, cerulean, sky blue and turquoise are particularly pleasing to me. You can imagine how ecstatic I am about the trending blue eye shadow. 

It's not that old fashioned, intense blue the goes from the lash line to the brows that Mimi used to wear on the Drew Carey Show. It's now a soft mix of well blended shades of blue and other colors including gold, silver, white, black and peach.

If you missed it, here is a pic of Katy Perry's blue shadow on an episode of American Idol.
katy perry blue eye makeup
Gorgeous!!!💙
Now, her shadow is quite dramatic, not necessarily a style you would choose to wear for work or even for a night out. It's makeup for television and it's intense and amazing under the lights. It certainly can be modified to be more wearable in everyday life.

I use blue eye shadow quite frequently for prom and wedding makeup. It's nice to accent the eyes with a little blue when wearing a blue dress.

You can create a dramatic full on blue shadow look like Katy's with eye shadow or use a blue eyeliner to add just a touch of blue. You can get the blues with a blue lipstick as well.

Let's start with eye shadow.

Eye Shadow
There are lots of great eye shadow palettes available that include blues to create some beautiful blue eye shadow looks.
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I like to incorporate a bit of peach shadow to my blue eye shadow look to create a softer, easy to wear look. Orange and blue are complimentary colors so they work very well together. 

Apply a peachy shadow to the inner third of the eyelid. Add a light blue to the center of the eyelid. Apply a deeper blue to the outer third of the eyelid. Use an eye shadow brush to blend the colors together. Blending is the key to perfect eye shadow.

The Morphe Cosmetics James Charles Palette provides you with some gorgeous blue and peach options along with other vibrant color choices. It's a really popular, fun palette even James Charles has gotten himself into a bit of a pickle.
James Charles palette

The Statement Velvet Eye Shadow Palette from Beauty Counter also has gorgeous less intense Denim and Peacock shades along with the peachy Cider. This eye shadow is very pigmented and has a smooth velvety finish. It lasts all day without creasing. I just love it!!! In fact, this eye shadow palette convinced me to become a Beautycounter Consultant!!! There are three more palettes that are this size; Romantic, Classic and Iconic. Use my link to check them out! 
I give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

beauty counter velvet eyeshadow palette Statement

The Sleek I-Divine Makeup Bad Girl Palette has beautiful shades of blue along with other beautiful shades including purple and green. This palette costs under $15 so you can get a blue look without breaking the bank.
sleek makeup eye shadow
For some blue sparkle, I recommend The Urban Decay Moondust Palette. I always love Urban Decay products! This palette has Vega, a beautiful bright blue, and Galaxy, a smoky blue gray. Element and Specter pair well with the blues. I'm loving the green, Lightyear, too! It would create a sparkling Caribbean sea look when paired with the Vega!  

urban decay moondust eye shadow
Eye Liner
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A pencil eyeliner in blue is a super easy way to add a touch of blue to your eyes. It looks especially pretty paired with eye shadow in shades of nude and gold. Also, deep blue eyeliner applied over black eyeliner intensifies the black creating dramatic color.

NYX Slide on pencil in Sunrise Blue is a lovely medium shade of blue.

Blinc Long Wearing Eyeliner Pencil in Blue is a smoky denim blue

Bare Minerals Long Lasting Eyeliner in Nonstop Navy is a nice alternative to black liner. I frequently use navy liner when applying wedding makeup instead of black liner. 
Lipstick
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Blue lipstick is not for me even though I love blue. Maybe if it was around when I was younger, I would have worn it. A Blurple (bluish purple) is as far as I'll go! Here are a few pretty blue lipsticks to try.

Zoya Tommy is a beautiful bold blurple. It is pictured above. 

NYX Macaron Pastel Lippies in Velvet Blue is a light electric blue.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Cobalt is a beautiful deep cobalt blue.

Manic Panic After Midnight Lethal Lipstick is a metallic deep blue. Absolutely gorgeous! 
Blue Nail Polish
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Now this is one of my very favorite blue things! Blue nail polish, especially blue polish on my toes. My clients will tell you. I almost always have blue toes! There are so many beautiful blues to try. I'll share a few shades from my favorite nail polish brand, Zoya.

Zoya Aire is a rich dusty blue cream. It's what I'm wearing in the pic above.

Zoya Blu is a pale baby blue cream. The perfect bridal something blue.

Zoya Breezi is a medium cerulean blue cream.
Zoya River is a metallic colbalt blue.

Zoya Song is a deep glitzy blue.

Zoya Rebel is a metallic sky blue with a silver shimmer.

I hope you enjoy wearing all these gorgeous shades of blue as much as I do. Maybe you are more into purple. Click here to see some great purple cosmetics!

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blue eye shadow

Monday, May 6, 2019

Summer Nail Polish Colors: The Zoya Barefoot Collection Summer 2019 Swatches

The name of Zoya's summer nail polish collection is just perfect for me. Barefoot. 
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I love to be barefoot with pretty polished toes! Especially when I'm barefoot on the beach with my pretty polished toes in the sand!
zoya barefoot
The 12 colors in the Barefoot collection are beachy and happy. It's a rainbow of colors that perfectly represent the sun, sea, sand and sea shells in cream, shimmer and a glitter finishes. There is a color to please everyone in this collection! The color getting the most attention so far at the salon is Keira, a soft metallic color that reminds of sand.

Maybe Kiera is the favorite so far because it's a soft neutral color that works well for the springtime. We'll see which color becomes the favorite when we get into summertime.

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My sweet feral kitty friend joined me on the deck for my cloudy day photo shoot. Isn't he adorable? He's the fattest feral cat I've ever seen! He obviously knows which houses in the neighborhood provide cat food. 
fat cat

Let's start the rainbow of polish colors in the Zoya Barefoot collection with the soft peachy Joey. 


Joey
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Zoya Joey is a soft pinky peach cream seashell color. It's opaque finish is bright and bold yet has a softness about it. So beautiful!


Tessa
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Zoya Tessa is a metallic warm peach with a gold and coral micro shimmer. Another beautiful seashell color!


Keira
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Zoya Keira is a taupey sand color with a beautiful copper shimmer. Not a color that I would usually wear, but I think it looks fabulous on my toes! The cloudy day did not do this color justice. The copper shimmer really glimmers in the sunshine. 


Marcy
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Zoya Marcy is a sunny orange coral metallic. I'm not usually an orange girl, but this looks color bright and happy on my toes! The cloudy day also did not do this color justice. It shimmers beautifully in the sun.



Liza
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Zoya Liza is raspberry cream that will look amazing on many different skin tones. 



Robbie
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Zoya Robbie is a warm raspberry with a fine gold glitter that shimmers in the sun. I think I need to add some sunny day pics to really some these shimmery colors off!


Dacey
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Dacey is a fabulous hot pink cream. I call it the perfect bikini pink since it matches my favorite bikini perfectly!!!


Rie
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Zoya Rie is a lovely medium to deep purple cream. Another color that reminds me of the colors in a seashell.


Walker
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Zoya Walker is a rich nautical blue cream. You all know how I feel about blue. It's my favorite! I can't stop looking at my beautiful blue toes!!! (This was a tough one to find on Amazon since the name to completely wrong on Amazon!!!)
Eleni
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Zoya Eleni is a light bright pale blue cream. Zoya describes it as a seafoam blue. It sort of has a minty look to it. It's another color that is light, bright and bold yet has softness about it.


Bee
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Zoya Bee is a pale bright yellow cream. Not the best color for my skin tone but it looks pretty fun on my toes! Be warned. It's a bugger to work with due to streaking. Be patient and apply many thin coats to achieve a nice solid finish.  

This color makes me happier when it's topped with Nahla from the Zoya Sunshine collection. Scroll to the the pairings section to see the Bee and Nahla combination.



Dallas
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Zoya Dallas is a clear with white and silver metallic glitter pieces. It looks gorgeous over all the colors! 


There they are. The beautiful colors in the Zoya Barefoot Collection. Just perfect for summer. My clients and I will enjoy wearing them all one by one! 

See the colors in the Sunshine in my Barefoot Collection Video!
Pairings
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Walker and Dallas

zoya bee and zoya nahla
Zoya Bee and Zoya Nahla

Nahla is from last summer's Zoya collection called Sunshine. It's a great collection that remains a favorite at the salon.
zoya sunshine collection



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, zoya.com and on Amazon.  We carry Zoya nail polish at Styling Point in Media, Pa.

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