/> The Juicy Beauty Word: December 2020

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

How to get Glowing Skin....or make it look like it's glowing!

Let's face it, 2020 has been horrendous. 

It has created an if we are just at home, who cares attitude. Many of us have slacked off on beauty regimens particularly, our skin care routines. I know there are lots of hairy legs, callused feet, and dull, dry faces out there! We have to get back to looking and feeling our best and New Year's is the perfect time to do it.

Let's say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 and welcome the new year with positive energy for a healthy, happy year.

I for one, want to get my skin back to glowing skin. 

get glowing skin

It's takes healthy living and TLC to get that elusive JLo glowing skin that I'm so envious of! Skin care products must be used consistently to achieve glowing skin.

The key to getting that glow is to remove dead skin cells and hydrate the skin. Hydrated skin is healthy skin. Many people apply oil to their skin to get a glow. Adding oil is not for me. I  have enough oil already, thank you. I want hydrated, plumped up, beautiful, younger looking skin.

I have been using some of my old favorite cruelty free skin care products plus some new for me products to make my old skin look more glowing, hydrated and healthy without turning it into an oil slick.

I also have my tried and true makeup products that I use to add glow if my skin is not looking it's glowy best. 

There are also some healthy living habits we can do to promote better, healthier glowing skin.

Healthy Habits for Glowing Skin

Eat your Fruits and Veggies

A diet full of fruits and veggies provides your body with age fighting, healing, skin glow producing vitamins and antioxidants for the best looking skin! Orange veggies, with their high beta carotene content, can actually add warm color to the skin when eaten in abundance.


Water is of utmost importance for hydrated, glowing skin in more ways than one.

Avoid hot water and prolonged contact with water 

A nice long hot shower or soak in the tub may feel amazing but both will dehydrate the skin. Opt for a short warm bath or shower to prevent dehydration.

Drink lots of it!

Dehydrated skin is dull, dry and crinkly. Drink lots of water to hydrate the body which, in turn, hydrates the skin. They say drink eight 8 ounces glasses of water each day.

Speaking of drinking...avoid overdoing it in the alcoholic beverage department. Sorry to put a damper on things but alcohol is notorious for dehydrating the skin.

Read Skin and the Effects of Alcohol


The main purpose of a moisturizer is to seal in the water you already have in your skin. It creates a barrier to prevent the water in your skin from evaporating into the air. A moisturizer can also contain ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, butters and oils, to plump up and condition the skin as well.

Sun Screen

You must protect the skin from the UV rays of the sun if you want moist, hydrated glowing skin. Apply a sunscreen with a 30 SPF or higher to your skin daily to prevent dehydrating damage from sun exposure.

Those vital skin care basics (eating healthy, drinking water, using moisturizer and using sunscreen) being said, let's get to my favorite products for glowing skin!

I have included my Amazon affiliate links in this post to help you shop for my favorite cruelty free skin care and makeup products.

How to Get Glowing Skin with Skin Care

It's all about the right ingredients in your products. You want to look for ingredients that promote radiance such as, hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid, retinol, bakuchiol, and citrus extracts. 


Start the glowing process by exfoliating the skin. Not too much. Over exfoliating will dehydrate the skin leaving it crinkly and flaky.

Read Over Exfoliated  Dehydrated Skin

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
I love this gentle easy to use peel! It's formulated for normal and combination skin. Those of you with dry skin will be fine using too as long as you don't have excessively dry skin.

 This best selling 2 step peel product removes dead cell build up with alpha hydrox acids and beta hydroxy acid. It also contains anti aging retinol and the antioxidant powerhouse green tea.

Start by cleansing your skin and patting it dry. Then, massage the step one packet onto your skin until it is dry. Wait 2 minutes. Massage the step two packet onto your skin and allow it to dry. Do not rinse either step. Apply your usually serum followed by moisturizer. This product will get you glowing in a hurry! $88.00 for a 30 pack

Step 1 Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate

Step 2 Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Achillea Millefolium Extract , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Soy Isoflavones, Phospholipids, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Dimethicone, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, PEG-30 Stearate, Octoxynol-9, Alcohol, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol

Treat with Serum
There are tons of serums out there! A serum is a treatment product. Generally, they have healing, hydrating, anti aging properties. They are have a thin watery or gel like consistency. You apply them after cleanser and toner. Your moisturizer goes on top. The price range is staggering broad depending on what brand you choose.

I have recently explored products from The Ordinary. They look very scientific and clinical. Don't be intimidated by them. This brand provides you with superior ingredients at low prices! 
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 
Give your skin what it needs to glow... moisture! Hyaluronic acid is the magic cosmetic ingredient to hydrate and plump up the skin. I love this product. It is lightweight, non greasy and has given my skin a more glowy appearance. Use it on any skin type.

This serum is a clear, gel like serum with no fragrance containing vegan hyaluronic acid which holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. The B5 it contains also enhances hydration. It is packaged in glass with glass dropper. Perfect!

Apply a few drops morning and evening to freshly cleansed skin. Apply your moisturizer on top.  $13.00 on Amazon. 

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Every skin types needs a moisturizer to help it retain water. I will give you two of my favorites, one for oily, combination skin and one for dry skin.
ole henriksen counter balance oil control hydrator
Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
This award winning, best selling moisturizer contains rose hip oil to help reduce oil production and alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid and lactic acid) and beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) to remove dead skin cells.  Plus, it contains hyaluronic acid, oat kernel flour, peppermint oil and more hydrating, balancing ingredients. Perfect for oily skin, combination skin or breakout areas on dry skin. I love this product!!! $37.99 on Amazon

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alykyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Linoleic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Methyl Gluceth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Linolenic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Phytic Acid, Fragrance, Saccarhide Isomerate, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleanolic Acid, Limonene.

Yonka Pamplemousse Creme  Dry Skin
Yonka Pamplemousse Creme Dry Skin
This fabulous moisturizer for normal to dry skin feels luxurious on the skin and has a light fresh scent. It's essential oils, fruit oils and vitamin C leave the skin looking hydrated and more radiant. This is a best selling product at the salon. There is a Pamplemousse formula for oily skin as well.  $60.00

Ingredients: Essential oils of grapefruit, lime, sweet orange, lemon, Quintessence Yon-Ka (essential oils of lavender, geranium, rosemary, cypress and thyme)- vitlaizing
Grapefruit extract, vitamin C: radiance booster - anti-oxidant
Olive oil, pumpkin seed oil: nourishing - protecting
Other ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Decyl Oleate, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D'abeille, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon Peel Oil/Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Peg-35 Castor Oil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vit. C), Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid, Limonene *, Linalool *, Citral *, Citronellol *, Geraniol *
*Natural Components of Essential Oils

How to Get Glowing Skin with Makeup

You can always go to the magic of makeup to get the look of glowing skin. There are a variety of products you can use to create a little glow. Products that are light reflecting blur imperfection and add brightness to the skin.

I feel you should steer away from overly sparkly products applied all over the face. They can be artificial looking and who wants a shimmering face in the sunlight!

CC Cream
A CC cream is the perfect product to add glow without too much sparkle. A CC cream is a tinted primer cream designed to correct uneven skin tones, moisturize, and add a healthy glow.

Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer

Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer
This primer instantly creates a more even, smoother, radiant appearance to the skin. It blurs out fine lines and large pores plus adds a subtle sheen with mica. It has a matte finish so you don't have to worry about looking too shiny.  

The CC Perfecting Primer also helps build younger looking skin with it's collagen stimulating peptide ingredients. You can use it alone or as a makeup primer. 

There are two colors, Bare (the light color) and Tan. Each color blends surprisingly well with many skin tones. Use on any type. $36.00

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Mica, Methicone, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Lactate, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499).

Smith & Cult Cancelled Light Diffusing V-Concealer
Smith & Cult Cancelled Light Diffusing V-Concealer
Help to hide your under eye imperfections and add a little glow with this light diffusing concealer design especially to brighten the v shaped under eye area. 

I find that this concealer doesn't not provide enough coverage to hide my dark circles however, I like to use it over a full coverage concealer to add brightness to my under eye area. I also apply it on my nose and chin areas instead of foundation to lightly conceal and add a bit of radiance. This radiant concealer comes in 20 colors. $28.00

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Dipropylheptyl Carbonate, Hydrogenated Didecene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, PVP, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Boron Nitride, Hydroxyacetophenone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glyceryl Tribehenate/Isostearate/Eicosandioate, Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Mica, Tocopherol, Lauroyl Lysine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tin Oxide, Talc, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract. May Contain/Peut Contenir (±): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)

Add some highlighter to create more glow over your CC Cream. Highlight specific areas on your face only. Apply highlighter to your cheekbones, your brow bones just under your eyebrows, at the inner corners of your eyes and on the cupids bow. You can also use it on your eyelids as a brightening eye shadow.
Anastasia Glow Kit
Anastasia Glow Kit
This Anastasia highlighting kit in Sun Dipped has four irresistible warm metallic colors you can highlight with. I love it!!! The powder colors are easy to apply with a brush and can be built up for more color. It can be used on the eyes, face and body. $40.00. 




Shine Your Lips
Glossy metallic lips will brighten up your whole face!
Laura Geller Color Luster Lip Gloss in Gilded Honey
Laura Geller Color Luster Lip Gloss in Gilded Honey
This is my favorite go to lip gloss when I want to sparkle and shine. I love it's peachy gold fine metallic glitter and high shine. Use it alone or on top of your favorite lipstick. $19.00


Let's recap the ways to get glowing skin.

Healthy living habits for glowing skin:
Eat lots of fruits and veggies
Drink lots of water
Avoid hot water & prolonged exposure to water
Keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum
Use moisturizer
Wear sunscreen

Use skin care with ingredients that promote glowing skin
Use a hydrating serum
Use moisturizer for your skin type to add radiance

Use makeup products that are light reflecting
Use a CC Cream
Wear a light diffusing concealer
Apply highlighter specific areas
Add shimmer and shine to your lips

Using some or all of these products will add up to a glowing skin new year! I wish you all good health, prosperity and happiness in the new year. God Bless!

       Here's Glowy Skin for the New Year🥂
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist
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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Holiday Nail Polish Colors: Zoya Intriguing Holiday 2020 Nail Polish Collection

Looking for fabulous new Zoya Colors for the holidays? I know, we are just stuck at home not going to big exciting holiday parties, but we all need a little something to brighten up our moods. Nail polish is the perfect little thing you can do to brighten up your day.

Zoya Intriguing Holiday 2020

Zoya has created a lovely collection of colors for their Intriguing Holiday 2020 Nail Polish Collection. What is most intriguing about this collection for me are rich jewel tones and and the shimmering icy tones.

Zoya Intriguing Holiday 2020

There are three green shades. I see that Regina, one of the greens, is currently sold out on zoya.com. That was quick! It is a gorgeous emerald. I can see why it was a big hit. Check with your favorite salon that carries Zoya nail polish to get this popular color.

There are four blue toned shades. A deep pink, a red, a plum, a purple, and an icy white. 

You get a variety of finishes in this collection for your polishing pleasure; cream, metallic, shimmer, pearl, and a Pixie Dust. Nine of the twelve colors are opaque. 

Here are my swatches of the festive Zoya Intriguing Holiday  Nail polish colors. 

Please excuse my shorter than usual nails. They are taking a beating with all the hand washing and hand sanitizing! 

The Zoya Intriguing Holiday 2020 Collection

Zoya Nico

Zoya Nico

Nico is a pale pearly metallic gold green with a touch of shimmer. It looks very gold on the nails. This color absolutely glows! A New Year's Eve color maybe. It is one of the semi sheer colors.

Zoya Eunice

Zoya Eunice

Eunice is a chartreuse metallic green. As my friend says, it's a gorgeous cool looking ugly green that she simply must have! I would love it with a little black dress. It is semi sheer.

Zoya Regina

Zoya Regina

Regina is a deep rich metallic emerald green. It is simply fantastic!!! Perfect for Christmas or St. Patty's Day.

Zoya Meredith

Zoya Meredith

Meredith is a deep sapphire blue shimmer. You know how I feel about blue nail polish. I am in love!

Zoya Nisha

Zoya Nisha

Nisha deep purply blue metallic. No sparkle in this just one, just an amazing mirror like metallic finish. Gorgeous!

Zoya Koley

Zoya Koley

Koley is a is deep red pink metallic. It's the perfect festive color for those who want a softer look than bright red.

Zoya Soko

Zoya Soko

Soko is a bright warm red cream. The perfect vibrant red for Christmastime or Valentine's Day.

Zoya Beverly

Zoya Beverly

Beverly is a deep creamy red toned plum. One of my client's adores this color and has described it as a chocolate cherry color. It's just beautiful!

Zoya Avi

Zoya Avi

Avi is a creamy gray purple. The perfect soft wintery purple for all of you purple lovers out there.

Zoya Brett

Zoya Brett

Brett is a gorgeous creamy muted blue. It has a deep glossy look about it that I just love!

Zoya Isti

Zoya Isti

Isti has a textured Pixie Dust finish. Sparkle lovers, this one's for you! It is a glittery icy steel blue. Oh how it sparkles! A New Year's Eve Color perhaps.

Zoya Lottie

Zoya Lottie

Zoya Lottie is an icy shimmering silver white beige. Think of snow on a pinecone! This is a sheer color that builds up nicely to an amazing silvery snowy look. 

Zoya Lottie

There it is, The Zoya Intriguing Collection. Are you Intrigued? I have a lot of favorites in this collection. The blues of course and I really love Meredith!!! And surprisingly, I like Eunice. It's so bright, festive and different.

 I hope you have found some favorite colors to try too to brighten your day.

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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       Stay Healthy, Be Kind and Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day!
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