Saturday, December 16, 2017

Little tips for Perfect Polish!

We all love beautifully polished nails...especially for holiday events.  They give your look an elegant touch.  If you're doing you manicure yourself, here are some tips to help you achieve a beautiful polish.

Painting your OTHER hand:  This is always the tough one.  We'll here's the trick...don't move the brush...move your hand.  Holding the brush still, move each finger, gliding on the polish down the center of the nail, then rolling the finger to the left and then right to complete the sides.

Removing Dark Polish:  It always seems to leave color on the sides and in the cuticle and leaves color on the skin.  So, before you apply the remover, apply a lotion/cream to the finger tip; the cuticle and skin, covering completely.  Now, remove the polish gently.  Wow! Clean skin & cuticle!

Less is better when applying polish.  We all know a big glob of polish runs - it's liquid after all.  First, run the brush stick along the bottle edge to remove any excess (especially when the bottle is full).  Then run one side of the brush along the bottle's edge about half-way down the bristles.  Turn the brush, and run this side of the bristles all the way down.  This creates a perfect polish bubble on the brush with just the right amount of polish.

Never try to "fix" the first coat of polish while it is still wet.  Let the polish dry completely before apply the second coat.

Finally, always apply a thin line of the base coat, polish and top coat to the free edge of the nail.  This "capping" will help keep polish from chipping.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Take a little "me" time..you are worth it!

If you're like me, holiday preparations can leave you feeling a little Grinch-y!  Between shopping, decorating, baking, kids out of school, the job and the extra social events, you have very little "me" time...and that's NOT good.  So...get out the fragrant bath salts and scrubs and a deliciously scented candle and fill the tub with steaming, soothing water.  Today, give yourself a treat!  You've earned it!  Don't tell yourself you don't have time.  Don't let anything interfere.  Set aside an hour tonight.  Then relax away the season's stress.  It's my plan for tonight and I promise you it will be worth it!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Brrrrrrrr! Cold Weather changes you need to make to your beauty routine!

Winter can be a glorious, festive time of the year.  Snuggling on the couch in a cozy blanket with a warm cocoa or hot toddy and a great movie is just one of the wonderful perks of the cold season.  But, winter can bring challenges to your beauty care routine to keep your hair, skin and nails looking their best.  Take a few moments to read these tips...small changes that bring beautiful results.

Everyone's scalp dries out in the winter.  If you're finding flakes this time of the year, a weekly (or more often) dandruff shampoo should be your first change.  Be sure you get a quality shampoo that treats your hair kindly as it tackles the dry scalp.  Matrix Biolage ScalpSync is a great one.  If you like a sulfate-free shampoo, try Thermafuse Thermadan Sulfate-free Dandruff Relief.

Use a heavy-duty moisturizer from head-to-toe.  Apply it right after your shower or bath, while your skin is still damp to increase your moisture retention.  Even if your skin is normally fine, the dry, cold air of winter can have it feeling tight and itchy, so apply it every day.  Hempz Pure Hemp Ultra-hydrating Herbal Body Moisturizer or Cuccio Butter Blends (comes in 7 delightful scents).

Don't forget your lips.  The sensitive skin of your lip area needs extra protection at this time of year to avoid chapping and cracking.  If you already can feel it, it may be time for Qtica Intense Lip Repair Balm.  If you want prevention, then LaLicious' Lip Butter is perfect!

Fight the frizz and fly-away strands.  Keeping your hair soft and silky during this time of year can be a little challenging, so applying an anti-frizz lotion or spray to your hair is essential.    Redken Frizz Dismiss Lotion Spray or OSIS+ Tame Wild Smoothing Anti-Frizz cream are both great!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Protect yourself & your hair!


How can you make sure you're not purchasing outdated, expired product? Here are some things to watch out for the next time you're looking for your favorite hair care product:

  • Differences in ingredients, instructions, and logo. No explanation needed. If you see anything questionable, or changes in ingredients, check with the manufacturer directly. They will advise you on any recent repackaging or reformulations. 
  • A barcode sticker. Counterfeited products will  have a stickered bar code  over the original barcode printed on the bottle. 

  • Dirty, dented, or sticky. More than likely, this little guy fell off a truck somewhere during shipment.
  • Missing batch code. If you see batch codes missing on the bottom, that’s another red flag.
  • Higher price or significantly reduced. We can understand why they would be marked down. However, you can bet if the price is 10x higher than what your salon sells it for then the product has recently been discontinued. 
  • Doesn’t work as well. If the product you bought doesn't smell or make your hair feel like it did when your stylist used it on your hair, then it's probably not the real deal.
You can always count on BeautyCareChoices to deliver quality, authentic products backed and guaranteed by the manufacturer.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Want to feel a little Royal?

Ballet Slippers (a pale pink) by Essie is your ticket to royalty perfection when it comes to your nail color.  It's the only color choice of Queen Elizabeth II of England.  When she takes off the white gloves, on her nails, this timeless pale pink color is seen each time her job requires hand waving and hand shaking!   The stylish and always appropriate color has been around since 1982 and is delivered directly to Buckingham Palace!

Here in the good, ole USA, this color is so popular, 30 bottles are sold every hour (according to Essie).  This iconic color has been seen on the red carpet hands of stars, including Barbara Streisand, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez.  Back in England, as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement, her nails were also a very subtle pink (no need for flashy nails with that engagement ring!).

Click here to get your own bottle, then...ready, set, paint ...
and begin to  practice your own Royal Wave!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

This History of Lipstick

Almost all of us have one. Most of us have 12, or at least here at Beauty Care Choices, we do. It goes from place to place with us, ready to help out any time of the day. It's our BFF, "best face fix". It's about three and a half inches long and comes in every color of the rainbow. Do you know what we are thinking of? It's LIPSTICK!! Do you know the history though? Where did this little bestie come from? Well, we have the answers!

Lipstick has been around since 2500 BC! The first know wearing of lipstick was by the men and women of ancient Mesopotamia. They would use precious gemstones on their lips, but not in the way we do today. The gemstones weren't adhered to their lips like jewelry but more used as an epidermis scratcher to cause bleeding. Then the gemstones would get lodged in the small scapes to reflect drying blood. Say hello to our first red lipstick.

Cleopatra brought more suitable lipstick into high society in her days as Queen, 51 - 30 BC. This Egyptian lipstick was made out of crushed bugs, dried clay, and seaweed. Occasionally, they added fish scales for a shimmery gloss.


Fast forward to the European Dark and Middle Ages, when lipstick enters its own dark age. The Catholic church had banned the use of lipstick due to thoughts of it being related to satanic rituals. This lead to lipstick only being worn by harlots. It wasn't until Queen Elizabeth I brought lipstick back into the hands of the rich and powerful. Her powder white face and stark red lips were admired by nobles everywhere. Though it didn't last and with the end of Queen Elizabeth I's reign, lipstick went back to being a signal of women of the night.

Fun Fact: This didn't mean that women didn't want 'naturally' bold lips. To get the color without the use of lipstick women were known to bite their own lips or rub them against anything bright in color.

In 1884, lipstick got its big break. A French cosmetic company called Guerlain started producing the first commercially sold lipstick. It was formulated with deer tallow, castor oil, and beeswax. They would wrap it in silk and it was to be applied with a brush. It wasn't until 1915 when Maurice Levy introduced the cylindrical tube that women really started snapping them up.

By the roaring 20's lipstick was here to stay for women of all classes. The actresses of silent films were what everyone wanted to look like. Actresses tended to wear dark color lipstick like brown, plums and deep reds, that stood out in the black and white films.  They focused on making a prominent cupid's bow, often with the use of stencils.

As the depression hit in the 1930s, lipstick was one of the few items women simply refused to give up. While the color schemes of deep plum and burgundy were still everywhere, the finish changed to matte for a more sophisticated look.
The 1940s are remembered by the wartime efforts of World War II. The war made many things scarce, or even unavailable, but lipstick was not one of them. The metal tubes had to be replaced with plastic or paper tubes but they were still in every woman's household. The color or the era was bright beautiful red. The government even backed the color because they thought it boosted morale.

By the 50s war was over and the lipstick industry was still growing. In fact, lipstick was gaining, even more popularity because style icons were starting to cross lines from films into magazines and back. People were drawn to emulate their signature looks.

1960 era was marked by a changing society. The world looked to Mother Earth for trends and out went bright red lips, despite red coming from bright clay and bugs in the beginning. In came browns, neutrals and the first popularization of lip gloss. Despite the trends being all about breaking the norms and away from traditional roles, lipstick was still a necessity.  Much the same can be said about the 70s. Lip Smackers were released in 1973 and was the first big step towards pushing makeup to the teen girl market.

Woman in the work force was the tone of the 1980s. This era shifted back into big and bold lips (and everything else). Makeup was often seen as war paint women wore into the office to let men know they are just as big of the working class and meant business.  The color schemes often matched with whatever outfit they were wearing to enhance the power dressing trends.

By 1990 the subculture of gothic and punk was making its way main stream. The bold of the 80s were out and the conservative style was in. These subcultures created a time of very interesting lip trends. Things like dark lip liner with lighter lipstick or matte browns and black was highly sought after. The 90s also brought along the first consumer need for natural and chemical free lipsticks.


Shimmery, glossy, shiny was all about the 2000's. Skin went from being pale and ghostly to spray tans galore. Glossy lips helped bring the beach casual look together so cosmetic makers listened. Every girl of every age carried lip gloss with them at all times. As the 00s turned into the 10s lipstick moved to be more self expressive than world-wide trends. Of course trends still arise like the Merlot trend or the matte trend but thanks to social media they change faster and more often.

We love our lipsticks, they are a part of our everyday life. They express our moods, conveying times of sultriness or sadness. They can provide a level of confidence to any woman. So here's to another wonderful 4000 years of lipstick!