Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The right oil for your hair.

There has been an explosion in recent years of oils for your hair.  This proliferation of different botanical oils can be confusing...plus with oils, a little goes a long way!  Oils provide extra moisture, shine and help detangle.

Applying the oil correctly will avoid a greasy look.  The best way is to put a few drops in the palm of your hand, then rub you hands together to spread the oil.  Run your oiled hands down the length of the hair starting at the mid-shaft and, focusing on the ends, work the oil through this part of your hair.

Below is a list of some of the more popular oils and what they are used for.
  • Coconut Oil - thinning hair, strengthening hair.
  • Argan Oil - Moisturizing, Anti-aging, Nourishing
  • Tamanu Oil - Curly hair, anti-frizz, detangling
  • Apricot Oil - Moisturizing, protecting as it seals in moisture
  • Camelina Oil - Protective, Restorative

Goldwell Elixir Versatile Oil Treatment is a combination of argan and tamanu oils. It is very effective as a regenerative and moisturizing treatment.

Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist is ultra-lightweight. It is perfect for thin or damaged hair that needs an extra dose of oil each day to keep it looking great. So is Kuene So Pure Moroccan Argan Oil Light, which uses both Argan Oil and Apricot Oil to strengthen hair.

Scruples Renewal Hair Therapy Polish using argan oil in an alcohol free formula that give you an incredible shine and eliminates frizz. This works great on any type hair, but especially on medium to thick hair.

Matrix Oil Wonders is perfect for color treated hair. It uses Egyptian Hibiscus oil, adapted from the ingredient used to protect hair from the harsh Egyptian climate.

Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense is for coarse hair. It is a super-rich oil, silicone free, that uses a combination of coconut, apricot, camelina and coriander oils to really strengthen hair.

Kenra Platinum Revive Oil is a weightless treatment. Hair will be strengthened and fortified improving overall health as it helps prevent signs of damage while sealing the cuticle.

Monday, August 19, 2019

A fun nail art for summer!

Cool and soothing colors give this Essie design an beautiful summery feeling.  But...you can re-imagine the square in bold neons or deep hues.  So easy and so fun!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week

Detoxify your body with this Body Polish. Made with Himalayan and French Grey sea salts to scrub your body to increase circulation and assist in the rejuvenation of your cells. Revives the skin with hydration. Skin, mind, body and spirit are left refreshed and renewed.

Mildly exfoliate your skin with this Face and Body mask. Its kaolin clay works to pull toxins out of the skin while the purple Brazilian clay prevents your skin from absorbing environmental contaminants and impurities. Infused with argan and avocado oil to protect the skin from sun damage and reduce the signs of aging. Great for those with dry or sensitive skin.

Protect your nails with this Cuticle Oil. A cuticle oil designed to keep the nails moisturized and healthy while preventing nail fungus and other infections. Leaves nails healthier, stronger and shinier than before. Protects nails from the damage of environmental free radicals.
  • Coconut oil and shea butter protect nails with anti-fungal properties
  • Grapeseed oil moisturizes and strengthens nails while reducing brittleness
  • Evening primrose is rich in essential amino acids for protein synthesis and healthy skin and nails
  • Omega 3 and 6, fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E work together to protect the nail bed and cuticle

Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Collection Kit

Get everything you need to achieve fuller, thicker hair with this kit. Comes with the scalp care anti-thinning shampoo, conditioner, tonic and root lift foam to work together to add volume and body to your hair. Results in fuller, thicker, volumized hair liked never before!
Step 1 in a three step process Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Shampoo gently removes impurities to prime the scalp for stronger, thicker looking hair. Help add volume by thickening each strand.
Step 2 in a three step process - Anti-Thinning Conditioner helps expand the follicle and strengthens the hair shaft. The lightweight conditioner detangles fine, fragile hair. 
Step 3 of the 3 step process Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Tonic is a leave-on scalp stimulator. Our exclusive botanical blend helps extend the growth and rest phase of the hair cycle and shorten the cycle of hair fall, resulting in fuller, thicker hair. 
Step 4 lifts from the root for a healthy boost of volume and texture that locks in moisture for fuller, thicker-looking hair. Includes exclusive RegeniplexĂ‚® blend containing Kakadu plum, pea peptides, clover ower, turmeric and ginseng.


Smart Spa Strawberry Cranberry Sugar Scrub

Famous exfoliating sugar scrub formula that will never clog drains or whirlpool jets or leave a residue. Gentle formula that won't dry or irritate sensitive skin. Bonus- It's an all-over body scrub too!

You can also choose from Exotic Mango, Vanilla Wild Plum, Guava Passion.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

A Mermaid Braid

Braids are everywhere and it's always fun to learn a new one.  Here Matrix shows you how to create a beautifully fun Mermaid Braid.  Take a look!

Friday, August 16, 2019

BRAND PROFILE: Truth Treatment Systems

100% active and functional ingredients!  

Welcome the truth with Truth Treatment Systems. Created by Benjamin Knight Fuchs who had a goal to formulate products that would provide topical nourishment for the skin that met the strictest performance standards. All products are made with 100 percent active and functional ingredients that will make a difference on your skin. No fillers, preservatives, waxes, emulsifiers, oils or fragrances.

All of their topical treatments work with the biochemistry of the skin. Products augment and enable dermal processes at the skin cell (not surface) level. Ingredients activate fibroblasts, normalize keratinocytes, stimulate proteins and enhance the production of extracellular lipids. And that’s the secret. Truth Treatment Systems™ products and regimens don’t change skin chemistry -- they support skin chemistry!

Apply a pea size amount of Balm and notice the soft and supple feeling. Work in a small dose of Omega 6 Healing Cream and notice the radiance. Use Retinol Gel once or twice a week before you go to bed and notice the subtle lifting of your skin and watch how fine lines and blemishes begin to disappear.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Glam Waves

Love those long glamourous waves in your hair.  Goldwell stylist, Daniel Martin, shows you a technique using elastic and a rope braid.  He also shows you the types of products you need to get the fabulous salon look.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


If it shimmers, it's likely to contain mica. Everything from cosmetics to car paint to asphalt roof shingles contain mica.

The word mica, from the Latin micare—to shine, flash, or glitter—actually refers to a group of 37 crystalline silicate minerals found in different types of rock. Mica often occurs as flakes, scraps, or sheets, and has been used by humans since prehistoric times.

Because Mica comes from the earth it may contain trace amounts of heavy metals. The levels of heavy metals in Mica are regulated by the FDA, and the small amounts that may eventually be in cosmetic or personal care products do not pose a risk to human health. 

Mica is one of the most important mineral ingredients in cosmetics, used widely to add shimmer and sparkle. Micas use light reflection, refraction, and transmission to exhibit their effects much like a prism creates various colors as light passes through it. Wet-ground mica, which retains the brilliance, is used . in the cosmetics industry. Its reflective and refractive properties make mica an important ingredient in blushes, eye liner, eye shadow, foundation, hair and body glitter, lipstick, lip gloss, mascara, moisturizing lotions, and nail polish. Some brands of toothpaste include powdered white mica. This acts as a mild abrasive to aid polishing of the tooth surface, and also adds a cosmetically pleasing, glittery shimmer to the paste.

Until the 19th century, large crystals of mica were quite rare and expensive as a result of the limited supply in Europe. However, their price dramatically dropped when large reserves were found and mined in Africa and South America during the early 19th century. The largest documented single crystal of mica was found in Lacey Mine, Ontario, Canada

The British Geological Survey reported that as of 2005, Koderma district in Jharkhand state in India had the largest deposits of mica in the world. China was the top producer of mica with almost a third of the global share, closely followed by the US, South Korea and Canada. 

The down side of MICA
According to a March 2018 report from the Switzerland-based nongovernmental organization Terre des Hommes (TDH), an estimated 22,000 children work in mica mines in India, where about a quarter of the world's supply is extracted.  

Claire van Bekkum, who heads the mica team for TDH, which produced those television spots, has visited the Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand, the country's so-called mica belt. "You arrive in some remote villages and everything is sparkling—the ground, the hair of the children," she says. She's watched kids flee into the forest, leaving small tools scattered on the ground next to baskets of flaked shards. While Indian law prohibits children under 18 from working in hazardous industries, 70 percent of India's mica mines are operated illegally, by a mafia of sorts whose members have no qualms about using child labor—and don't take kindly to inquisitive outsiders.  Interviews with workers and local communities discovered children were not only risking their health by working in abandoned "ghost" mines off official radars, but they were dying in the unregulated, crumbling mines, with 20 documented mica-related deaths in a single month.

Though it uses only 18 percent of the mica mined globally each year, the beauty industry is leading the charge to clean things up.

Many companies have begun replacing the natural mica in its products with a lab-made version called synthetic fluorphlogopite. The ingredient, created by extracting silicate crystals from other minerals processed at high temperatures, exhibit a superior lustrous sparkling effect and high color purity.
Super smooth with pleasant slip and excellent payoff, they provide high compressibility and superior binding performance.  Synthetic Micas comply with global cosmetic regulations and are also extremely popular for industrial applications such as auto paint and nail lacquers. 

What can you do?
Contact your product manufacturer and request that they disclose the source of their mica.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Fade those darn age spots!

Age spots — also called liver spots and solar lentigines — are flat tan, brown or black spots on your skin. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Age spots - hyperpigmentation, technically know as solar lentigines  -  are caused primarily by years of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. The use of commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can also contribute to the development of age spots. The pigment in the upper layer of skin (epidermis) that gives your skin its normal color is called melanin. UV light accelerates the production of melanin, creating a tan that helps protect deeper layers of skin from UV rays.

True age spots are harmless, however, if you are unsure about a spot on your skin, have it checked by your doctor. In the meantime, if you want to fade these spots, there are products that will help. Just be sure you have patience. You didn't develop these spots overnight (although it may seem so) and even a good fade cream will take 4-6 weeks to be effective.

Many fade creams and lotions for lightening age spots are available. These may improve the appearance of age spots, depending on how dark the spots are and how often you apply the cream.
Choose a fade cream that contains hydroquinone, glycolic acid or kojic acid. Those that contain hydroquinone, may cause skin irritation.

You may also speak with your doctor about prescription products.  Prescription bleaching creams (hydroquinone) used alone or with retinoids (tretinoin) and a mild steroid may gradually fade the spots over several months. Use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 is strongly advised if you use medication treatments. The treatments may result in temporary itching, redness, burning or dryness.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Glasses - choosing the right look!

If you're just finding out you have to wear glasses...don't panic!  Glasses can be very flattering if you choose the right style.  Even if you've been wearing glasses for a long time, these tips will help you when you need to choose a new pair.
  • The top of your glasses frame should follow the line of your eyebrows. Avoid having too much eyebrow above or below the frames (Sunglasses should always cover your eyebrows, or risk looking cartoonish.)
  • Eyes should sit at the center of each frame.
  • Don’t follow guidelines solely based on the shape of your face. You may have an oblong visage, but if you have a big nose, for instance, then that will be the feature you need to focus on. 
  • Your eyewear should highlight your eye color, such as green frames for green eyes or similar.
  • The shape of the frame should contrast the shape of your face. 
  • The size of the frame should be in scale with the size of your face.
Glasses for round faces
Avoid round frames and instead choose angular shapes that will lend your face definition.
Cat’s eyes can look great.

Glasses for oval faces
Most styles work well on a long, thin face, so focus on frames that enhance your features. Avoid thin frames that will elongate your face further.

Glasses for heart-shaped faces
Balance a pointed chin with frames that are thicker on the bottom, to add an appearance of width. Retro pin details are also good to draw attention to the eyes.

Glasses for big noses
Select frames with a low bridge or a wide key hole to minimize the pinching effect.

Glasses for receding hair lines
Choose a dark frame with a strong, horizontal line. Avoid clear frames that will elongate your forehead further.

Glasses for close set eyes
Avoid a light-colored frame with a dark nose piece – it will draw attention to the center of the face. Instead, opt for larger frames, or ones with details on the arms.

  • Push your glasses to the end of your nose and position a mirror beneath you, so that you are looking down through your glasses to apply your make-up.
  • Eyeliner is crucial in stopping your eyes getting lost behind frames. Go one shade darker than your natural eye color to make them stand out. 
  • Glass lenses magnify any darkness under the eyes and highlight discoloration, so make sure you apply concealer under the eye. 
  • Don’t forget to define your eyebrows so that your glasses don’t overpower your face.- If you have strong frames, you can get aay with stronger make-up.

    Sunday, August 11, 2019

    WHAT'S NEW this week?

    Give your nails a gleaming gel look effect with this top coat! A plumping top coat designed with a gel-like shine that features the quick and easy removal of traditional polish. Great for giving your nails a gel look that will shine like the star you are!

    Buy now!


    Give your style dramatic results with this Instantly Ageless finishing spray. Formulated from 100% natural resources to give your hair the finishing touch it needs. Penetrates, repairs and nourishes the hair from root to tip and scalp to pores for a healthy, clean feeling. All natural and contains no alcohol.

    Give yourself a fuller, thicker look with these Instantly Ageless hair building fibers. Made with new technology that sets them apart from the rest. Slimmer, longer fibers wrap around your hair for a fuller effect, making it difficult to distinguish from your natural hair. All fibers are the same length and will not clog your pores to leave you with a natural, fuller look.

    Simply wash and dry hair. Shake, or spray with the Instantly Ageless Fiber Pump Applicator, fibers to hairline,  hair part, and all other thinning areas. Lock fibers on with the Instantly Ageless Fiber Finishing Spray.
    Select from 10 colors.

    Saturday, August 10, 2019

    Hot Rollers

    When you think of hot rollers, do you think of big, puffy hair and other stuff like perfume atomizers, handheld mirrors and those big movie star powder puffs. They seemed dated in the age of texture spray and blowout bars dedicated to messing up your hair. But then, like with all trends, everything old becomes new again.  So what's the middle ground between looking like we'd primped for hours at our vanity in a silk robe and looking like we'd just rolled out of bed. Hot rollers!  

    Hot rollers can be time savers too.  Instead of a curling iron, where you hold each curl, you can roll hair quickly and complete your make-up, get dressed, even eat breakfast while the rollers cool!

    • Start with smooth, dry hair.
    • Create texture & volume by applying mousse from roots to ends.
    • Apply a heat-protectant to the ends.  
    • Section hair evenly around the head using clips.
    • Hold the roller vertically and place it in the center to each section.  Then wrap the hair around it to the right.  Secure with a clip.  NOTE:  Rolling from the end up gives you a huge, heavy curl at the bottom.  Wrap hair around roller from top of section, if you don't want ends that are tight.
    • Let the rollers set until cool.
    • Remove the clip and gently slide the roller out of the coiled curl rather than pulling it down.
    • Lightly brush hair.
    • Skip the hairspray and mist a dry texturiziing spray throughout the hair.  Waves will be more modern, less sleek and perfect.

    Friday, August 9, 2019

    BRAND PROFILE: Keratin Complex

    Whether you've had a keratin chemical straitening at the salon or just want to keep your hair smooth and frizz free, Keratin Complex provides the Shampoos & Conditioners, Blow Dry Aids, Deep Conditioners & Masques, as well as the perfect styling and finishing products to keep hair looking healthy and strong.

    Keratin Complex® revolutionized the beauty industry in 2007 when a group of industry innovators discovered a new way to care for your hair by merging proven keratin science with cutting-edge technology. They created Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment, a first-of-its-kind smoothing treatment that pioneered the way to healthy, smooth, frizz-free hair and winner of the Favorite Smoothing Treatment by Behind the Chair Stylist Choice Award for 8 years in a row. Since then, they have continued to push boundaries and remain the leaders in smoothing with a full collection of customizable keratin treatments for every hair type.

    The Science of Keratin
    Keratin is a protein and the major component in hair, skin and nails; in fact, hair is mainly comprised of keratin-associated proteins. Keratin acts both as an external protective protein in the cuticle (the outer layers of a hair strand) and as an internal structural protein in the cortex (the inner core of the hair that helps determine its strength).

    Keratin depletes when hair is damaged physically, chemically and/or from environmental factors, such as the sun. This keratin loss exposes the hair’s cortex, making it susceptible to additional damage, and causes porous spots to develop—like potholes in a road. Replenishing lost keratin helps correct porosity and smooth the hair’s surface. It restores strength and elasticity—giving the hair a more youthful, healthy appearance.

    What is unique about Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatments?
    The innovative technology in their revolutionary keratin treatments binds keratin to the hair. This helps prevent humidity from penetrating the hair, thus locking out frizz. In addition, Keratin Complex Color incorporates this signature keratin technology into the hair-coloring process, which helps make the hair stronger and smoother as it undergoes a color transformation.

    July 8, 2019
    Allure Names Keratin Obsessed a “Best New Hair Product”!
    Keratin Obsessed Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray got its name because pretty much everyone who tested it out said they were ​‘obsessed’ with it. And it’s easy to see why.” The pink bottle is bursting with keratin and packed with 30 nourishing benefits that deliver healthier hair instantly!
    See for yourself why  Allure gives this multi-benefit treatment spray its stamp of approval.

    • Eliminates frizz
    • Strengthens and repairs damaged hair
    • Formulated with keratin, hydrolyzed silk amino acids, and coconut oil to nourish and moisturize
    • Softens and leaves the hair feeling like silk
    • Increases manageability and dramatically decreases blow-dry time
    • Intensifies color vibrancy
    • Lightweight results
    • Paraben-free and safe for color-treated hair
    • Available in TSA-approved 1.7-oz travel size bottles

    Thursday, August 8, 2019

    Summer Melt-Proof Make-up

    Applying make-up in the summer months can be risky business if you have to spend time in the outdoor heat during the day.  Nothing can ruin your beautiful face like raccoon eyes or streaky foundation.  Blotting papers in the purse are essential to say the least!  We've got a few tips for you to keep your make-up from melting in the summer sun. 

    • Always apply a primer as your first step.  It will keep your make-up fresh and enhance your complexion.  Apply with a sponge puff instead of your hands for a light, even touch.
    • Foundation will last longer if you choose a silicone-based one and, again, use a sponge puff to apply.
    • Use a cream eye shadow and cream blush during the summer will not only create a more natural look, but it doesn't cake as easily.
    • Waterproof products are your best friend.  If you don't have them, it's time to do a little shopping.  Water-proof mascara and eye liner are essential.  Don't forget to get a water-proof concealer if you use one.  You don't want the dark circles or blemish spots to suddenly reappear during the day!
    • Use a lip liner for your lips first to form the silhouette, then apply your lipstick.  Then powder your lips with your powder puff and apply lipstick again. 
    • Always, always apply SPF when you go out!  You want to keep your skin in good condition and protected as it faces the intense summer sun.