Monday, October 26, 2020

How to make your lips look bigger & younger

When we are young, we have beautiful full lips. Time is not kind. Our lips become less plump due to declining collagen production. Lips start to look thinner and drier. They can also get more pale. 

There is a way to turn back time a bit and make your lips look bigger and younger with a little lip skin care plus a little makeup magic. I'm giving you a lot of lip tips here. Feel free to pick and choose to use your favorite tips or try them all!


There is a lip plumping product that I adore!  It and some of my other favorite beauty products are included in my tips below along with my Amazon Affiliate links to help you get these great products for yourself.
How to get Fuller, Younger Looking Lips in 8 Steps

Click here to watch How to get Fuller, Younger Looking Lips in 8 Steps

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Make Your Lips Look Bigger & Younger

Exfoliate
First, exfoliate your lips with a little sugar scrub.  It not only smooths peeling lips, it stimulates circulation giving the lips more color. Be sure to include the skin around the lips.

Here is a basic sugar scrub recipe you can whip up at home:

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe

1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil or Coconut Oil

Mix brown sugar and oil together in a small bowl until smooth. Wet your lips. Apply scrub to your lips. Massage the lips and lip line in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Rinse, pat dry and apply moisturizer.

A wet wash cloth will also do the trick. Hold a comfortably hot wash cloth compress on your lips for 2 minutes. Then, massage your lips with the washcloth. It will help soften and remove peeling. 

Moisturize
Then, immediately apply a thin layer of lip moisturizer to your lips and the skin around your lips to seal in the moisture from the exfoliating treatment. 

My fav eye and lip cream is Yonka Excellence Code Contours. It is a light anti aging cream formulated for the delicate eye area and lip area. It makes the skin look smoother and moist without any irritation.

Seal It
Next, apply a thin layer of lip balm to seal in the moisturizer. Blot off any excess.

Foundation
Use a foundation that matches your face color on your lip line. This will allow you to draw your lip liner slightly outside of the lip line to create a fuller looking lip.

Concealer
Use a concealer brush to add a thin layer of a light color concealer all around outside of the lip line to highlight and create a fuller look plus help conceal lines. Blend it well into your foundation so there is no line of demarcation. Use a cream or liquid moisturizing concealer that is crease resistant. My fav concealer is Bare Minerals Barepro 16 Hour Full Conerage Concealer.

Liner
Use a lip liner that is close to your natural lip color to define the shape of your lips. Go slightly outside of the natural lip line to make the lips look fuller. Lips will not look natural if you go too far outside of the lip line.  

I like the shade Cameo by Prestige. It seems to match or blend well with many lips that are a medium lip skin tone. I find it hard to find Prestige pencils these days. They are an inexpensive yet quality lip pencil that used to be easy to find at Ulta and Rite Aid. 

It may be easiest to go right to the Prestige Cosmetics website

I did manage to find a 6 pack of pencils for a super deal on amazon, though! 

Lipstick Color
Choose the right color. A lipstick color should complement your skin tone. I know I love the bold reds, plums and hot pinks, but bright and bold colors can look aging on those of us who are a little older! Avoid dark colors which can make your lips look small and very light colors which can make you look too pale.

Colors that work well are:

๐Ÿ’„Medium rosy pink shades 
๐Ÿ’„Soft coral pink shades 
๐Ÿ’„Rosy brown shades
๐Ÿ’„Medium nude shades


Lipstick Finish
Choose a creamy lipstick. The lipstick can also have a soft shimmer or satin finish to reflect light and make your lips look fuller. 

Avoid heavy frosted lipstick. It will age you. 

Avoid matte lipstick. I know it looks simply fabulous on younger lips, but it will be aging on older lips. A moist look is a young look.

Shine
Add lip gloss to the center section of your lips to create a plumper look. Laura Geller Color Luster Lip Gloss High Def Top Coat in Gilded Honey give you beautiful shine with a little gold shimmer bonus!

Plumping Gloss

I have tried a number lip plumping products. Some work, some do a little and some do nothing at all. 

The product I find to be truly amazing for me is Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. This stuff plumps my lips like nobody's business!!! It is a hydrating gloss that you can use on bare lips or over lipstick. It works great either way!

too faced lip injection extreme

It comes in 5 colors Bubble Yum, Original (which is iridescent like clear),  Pink Punch, Strawberry Kiss and Tangerine Dream. I use the Original.

It is super important to apply the product on the lips only. I have gone out of the lip line and it plumps the area up so much, it looks like hives!

It does have a tingling almost burning sensation that lasts, for me, about 5 to 10 minutes after applying it. 

The plumping effect lasts for hours on my lips without feeling sticky. I love it!

Ingredients: Ethylene/Propylene/ Styrene Copolymer , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil , Tocopheryl Acetate , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil , Ethylhexyl Palmitate , Benzyl Nicotinate , Tribehenin , Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate , Atelocollagen , Polyglyceryl-10 Tetraoleate , Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 , Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer , Silica Dimethyl Silylate , Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate , Sorbitan Isostearate , Butylene Glycol , Pentylene Glycol , Fragrance (Parfum) , Benzyl Benzoate , Capsicum Frutescens Resin , BHT , Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77499) , Red 6 Lake (CI 15850) , Red 27 Lake (CI 45410) , Red 40 Lake (CI 16035) , Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

nude lips

Keep your lips looking younger by taking care of them the same way to take care of your face. Use a lip moisturizer and lip balm morning and evening everyday. Exfoilate them about once a week and you will have bigger, softer beautiful kissable lips. 

       Here's to Bigger, Younger Lips! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Fall Nail Polish Colors: Zoya Luscious Fall 2020

Well, autumn is truly upon us now with all it's pumpkins, mums and richly colored leaves.  I'm ready for the beautiful fall nail polish colors. It's always hard for me to let summer go. You can bet, I will still be wearing my flip flop showing my pretty Zoya polished toes till it snows!๐Ÿคฃ

Zoya, once again, has created a gorgeous collection of nail polish colors for fall, The Luscious Collection Fall 2020. There isn't a bad color in the bunch!!!

Zoya Luscious Fall 2020
There are 6 creams and 6 metallic colors that reflect the luscious mauve, purple, red, copper, brown, green and blue colors that you see in the fall flowers, the fall leaves and the fall sky. 

These polish colors tend to look darker on the nails than they do in the bottle. They go on smooth and easy. These colors are all so pretty, you will have trouble choosing which on to wear first! I included some Amazon Affiliate links and Zoya links to help you find your perfect color for fall.

Presenting the Zoya Luscious Collection for Fall 2020:

Zoya Luscious Fall 2020

Zoya Wanda

Zoya Wanda Luscious Fall 2020

Wanda is a shimmering light pink with gold and rainbow micro-shimmer. This color is sheer and will build up with more coats for a more opaque look. Oh my, how it shimmers!

Zoya Patrice

Zoya Patrice Luscious Fall 2020

Patrice is a light mauvey pink with gold and rainbow micro-shimmer. This color is also sheer and will build up with more coats for a more opaque look. Beautiful!

Zoya Teresa

Teresa is a deep mauve with a subtle ruby micro-shimmer. It's already a favorite for my clients!

Zoya Andrea

Zoya Andrea Luscious Fall 2020

Andrea is a deep purple with a metallic finish the shifts from purple to green. She has been very popular in the pedicure room!

Zoya Bentley

Zoya Bentley Luscious Fall 2020
Bentley is a deep creamy purple. Look at that glossy mirror like finish!

Zoya Sharon

Zoya Sharon Luscious Fall 2020

Sharon is a red toned creamy purple. She's so super glossy!

Zoya Lisa

Zoya Lisa Luscious Fall 2020

Lisa is a rich deep creamy sophisticated red. We have a client who has already planned to wear Lisa for Christmas time!

Zoya Soleil

Zoya Soleil Luscious Fall 2020

Soleil is a super glittery metallic copper that is magnificently brilliant is the sun. She's the perfect color to match your pumpkin latte martini!

Zoya Soleil pumpkin latte martini

Zoya Tasha

Zoya Tasha Luscious Fall 2020

Tasha is a warm rich shimmering medium to dark brown metallic. Here she is shimmering in the sun! 

Zoya Mel

Zoya Mel Luscious Fall 2020
Mel is a beautiful deep green. It looks much darker on the nails than in the bottle. I wasn't sure I was going to like this one but it turn out, I really love it!

Zoya Lou

Zoya Lou Luscious Fall 2020

Lou is a deep creamy gray looking blue with a touch of green. She makes an absolutely gorgeous mani and pedi!

Zoya Lou mani pedi

Zoya Tommy


Zoya Tommy Luscious Fall 2020

Tommy is a soft cool slate blue gray. She's creamy and glossy!

I hope you love this collection as much as I do. It is available on zoya.com. 
Last year's Zoya fall collection was full of beautiful fall nail polish colors, too.  

Zoya is our favorite nail polish brand at the salon for its beautiful colors, its durability and the fact that it has non toxic ingredients.


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

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cat with kittens  

       Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day!
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Happy Halloween Nail Designs ghosts

It's time to add a little Halloween fun to your nails. We all could use more fun these days.

Here are my shimmering ghost nails to celebrate Halloween if you haven't seen them before.
ghost Halloween nail designs
I love how each one seems to have its own personality.

This one is my favorite.
ghost Halloween nail design
These are not decals. I paint them on so they are my own original creations. 

You don't have to paint one on every nail if you don't want to. One or two would look super cute! Here is an easy step by step to create them. I included some Amazon affiliate links & a Zoya link to help you find the perfect supplies.

How to Paint Ghost Nail Art


Polish your Nails
I polished my nails with Zoya Matte Velvet Lacquer in Savita. Savita has been discontinued.  Zoya Iris Matte Velvet is a beautiful substitute. 

The deep purple metallic matte finish is gorgeous. It makes a perfect background for my little ghosts.
zoya matte velvet savita
Paint the White Ghosts
Paint each ghost with a small paint brush and white acrylic craft paint. I find acrylic paint easy to work with when painting small designs. It's also water based and dries fast. Paint an easy free form ghost shape. Let them all be different with their own little personalities.

Paint the Eyes and Mouths
Paint dots of black acrylic paint with the small paint brush for the eyes and mouths.  
nail design supplies
Add the Glitz!
Add some sparkle to give the ghosts their luminescence. Use the paint brush to dab on a bit of  Zoya Cosmo Pixie Dust and Zoya Hazel to each ghost.  While the polishes are still wet, sprinkle on a little loose iridescent silver glitter. Gently press it into the polish.

No top coat is used with matte nail polish to keep it's interesting matte finish. 

Topcoat can be added over the ghosts, though to make them glossy. 

My very favorite top coat is Seche Vite. It dries super fast and glossy! It's absolutely the best top coat!

I hope you enjoy creating your little ghost as much as I do!
 

Add a little whimsy to your nails!

  xo


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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Black Cat Carved Pumpkin & Halloween Decorating Ideas

Black Cat Jack o lantern
Fall is not my favorite time of year. Flowers are dying off, the days get shorter and 
winter is coming. 

Also, orange is not really one of my favorite colors but, I have to admit, the orange leaves and orange pumpkins do look warm and bright against my stone fireplace. 
ceramic pumpkin
I especially like turquoise with the orange. Shades of blue are my favorite colors so they make the orange okay with me. You will almost always find a shade of blue nail polish on my toes!!!
Blue and orange are complimentary colors so they look great together. 

It's good. 

I need my home feel warm and happy. We have always done cute, not scary decorating at our house for Halloween even though my older daughter loves creepy stuff.
fall fire place decorations
Happy pumpkins and black cats are our style. Little battery operated lights added to my autumn leaf wreath create a happy nighttime twinkle. Wire the battery box to the back of the wreath so no wires show. 

A couple years ago, I found some fun gold glittery polka dotted pumpkins from Joann Fabrics and Crafts that were definitely a happy addition to my mantle. You could easily make some by decorating plain white craft pumpkins or painting polka dots on a gold pumpkins.
They will stay there through Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving decorations will replace the Halloween things and all the fall things will stay until it's time to decorate for Christmas.

Some battery operated tea lights add some nice flickering light. They're great because there is no fire concern.

fall decorations for mantle
One of my favorite fall decorations is this crow. One of my girls made it in pre school out of newspaper, masking tape painted black, feathers and gems for the eyes. I just love it! It's super easy to make! 

The skull bottle is as spooky as we get around here. lol!
black crow
Halloween is always a fun time. Costumes, makeup and pumpkin carving are all good.

My very favorite decorations are black cats. I am the cat lady after all! 
black cat carved pumpkin with glowing eyes
Here is my black cat carved pumpkin jack o lantern that I love to make for Halloween. 

It's made out of two pumpkins and a gourd. 

The bottom oblong pumpkin is solid and uncarved. The small round pumpkin is carved for the head. The tail is a gourd. Thin spaghetti makes great whiskers. The kitty's nose is a sequin. The rhinestone collar and ears are felt pinned to the pumpkin. 
 
My cats get a little freaked out by the glowing eyes at first๐Ÿคฃ 

It's looks impressive and is really easy to make.

It can be any size you like according to the size pumpkins you use.

How to make a Black Cat Carved Pumpkin with Glowing Eyes

How to make a caved black cat pumpkin with glowing eyes

 How to Make a Pumpkin Black Cat video
I made a little youtube video to show you how it's done

Supplies:
A large oblong pumpkin with a nice stem for the body
A small round pumpkin for the head
A gourd for the tail
Spaghetti for the whiskers, 6 pieces
Black felt for the ears
Orange felt, sequins and rhinestones for the collar
A large pink sequin for the nose
Pumpkin carving tools
A marker
Black craft paint or black spray paint
Straight pins
Scissors
Hot glue and craft glue
Battery operated tea light

Step 1: Carve the Small Pumpkin
Cut a circle into the small pumpkin around stem, remove the top and hollow it out. The opening will be the bottom of the cat's head.

Draw the cat's eyes on the pumpkin then carve eyes in the small pumpkin for the cat's head. Remember, the carved opening will be on the bottom. I made eyes out of paper first to use as a stencil so it was easy to make both eyes the same size.

Notes: The pumpkin I used for the head happened to be a pie pumpkin which is harder and denser than a carving pumpkin. A bit more difficult to carve. Look for carving pumpkins for easier carving. Sometimes, the right size pumpkin happens to be a pie pumpkin and you just have to go for it! 

It helps if you have the right carving tools. Not cheap ones that are dull and bend when you use them.
 
Save the pumpkin seeds from your carved pumpkin for roasting.
pumpkin seeds
Step 2: Paint The Head, Body and Tail
Two coats of acrylic craft paint w
orks well to paint the pumpkins and gourd black. I like the matte finish. It can scratch off kind of easily, though. 

Black spray paint in a matte or glossy finish would also work. It's faster but my husband always manages to see the teeniest bit of overspray and gives me a hard time about it, so painting with a brush is the best choice for me.

Step 3: Cut the Collar and Ears
While the paint is drying, cut two triangles out of black felt for the ears. Cut a strip of orange felt to fit around the "neck" of the cat for the cat's collar.

Decorate the collar with sequins and rhinestones and let the glue dry.

Step 4: Assemble the Pumpkins
Put the small pumpkin on top of the large pumpkin. The stem of the large pumpkin helps secure the small pumpkin in place.

Step 5: Decorate
Add the felt collar around the neck and pin with straight pins to the large pumpkin.

Pin the ears on the small pumpkin.

Use hot glue to attach the whiskers.

Add a large pink sequin for the nose. You can pin it or glue it on.

Step 6: Add a candle
Remove the head. Place a battery operated tea light on the top of the large pumpkin and replace the head. The tea light makes the purrfect glowing eyes!!!

This pumpkin cat especially freaked out one of my cats it's glowing eyes!๐Ÿ˜บ I'm so glad I caught her reaction on video.
carved black cat with glowing eyes


I'm thinking about making another one from those carvable pumpkins and foam pumpkins that are sold in craft stores so I have a permanent pumpkin kitty to put out every year.

roasted pumpkin seeds
Have a Warm and Happy Fall!


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