Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Improve Hair & Skin and your an Avocado

It used to be "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".  While apples are healthy and nutritious, for a really healthy treat make it an avocado a day!  Pack with phytonutrients, they are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and are really good for hair, skin and nails!  Other benefits of the avocado: 

They help manage weight because their fiber content is both insoluble and soluble.  Insoluble fiber helps regulate digestion, soluble fiber controls your appetite because you feel fuller longer.

They contain high amounts of carotenoids which help to improve skin's density and tone and their vitamin C helps create collagen and elastin.

They are high in Vitamin E to help stop free-radical damage that leads to skin's aging.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Strenghtening brittle, constantly breaking nails.

If your nails are constantly breaking and brittle, here's a regimen you can follow to repair and strengthen your nails.  Give it about 8 weeks to see great results, but you will start noticing the difference pretty quickly!  Brittle nails need a combination of hydration, protection and strengthening. 

Hydration comes from the regular use of a good cuticle oil.  Be faithful to this step.  Do it at least three times per day.  Nailtiques has Cuticle Care Oil with a rollerball applicator so it can be rolled on quickly and then use your finger tips to massage into the nail, cuticle and surrounding skin. OPI AvoPlex Oil To-Go Pen is also makes it easy to do this step frequently and on the go. Cuticle oil penetrates through the nail plate which helps to create flexibility within the nail, making it less likely they will break.

Protection is as simple as wearing gloves when your hands are busy with cleaning chemicals or doing dishes or interacting with water. 

Strength comes from regular application of a fortifying, strengthening nail treatment.  It should be applied with your weekly manicure.  Whether you have them done in a salon or do it yourself, a weekly file and shape (try Flowery) is essential.  Then apply the treatment before applying the polish or wear it alone.  SpaRitual Protein Boost Strengthening Treatment or NailTek Hydration #3 are both great choices!

Just think, if you start now, you will have gorgeous nails when serving that Turkey dinner!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Choosing the right shade of Nail Polish for your skin tone.

Unless you are a fashionista when it comes to your nails and polish, then you're like most women and have to make a tough decision during your weekly manicure...choosing a single polish color.  So, to help you in making this momentous decision, we've gathered together some tips to help insure you will like the color for the whole week! 
Beauty Care Choices has over 600 shades of polish from Zoya, Morgan Taylor, Venique, Essie, OPI & SpaRitual

Light Skin Tones.
The trick with pale skin tones are finding polish shades that compliment, rather than compete with or wash out your fair complexion.
  • Nude: Nude polishes constantly top the most popular lacquer lists, but picking out the right nude for you is definitely a trial-and-error process. Try a sheer pinkish nude rather than a beige that could show up yellow on you.
  • Red: Go for a classic color, like the red on the bottom of Christian Louboutin’s iconic shoes. It’s a color that will flatter everyone, even those with light skin tones. When shopping, though, make sure to hold your red polish up to the light. If you can see through it, you know it’s going to be sheer.  Going for a clean and cool blue-toned red will make the most of pale complexions.
  • Pink: When it comes to pinks, those with light skin tones have a ton of options. Fair skin can totally rock both sheer pinks or super bright fuchsias  with cool undertones.
  • Purple: Pastel lavenders look amazing, but to be wary of how much white the color has in it. Generally, you want to make sure it won’t look more white than lilac when it’s sitting against your skin.
  • Blue: You may be tempted to go for that cobalt, but if you have a light skin tone, navy is a fun option. In fact, it’s another that works especially well if you have a warm undertone. Navy goes so great on anyone’s skin tone, you can’t get it wrong.
Medium-Olive Skin Tones.
Medium skin tones vary—from a bronzy glow to olive—and that changes the colors you wear best depending on your undertone. However, these nail polish picks are universally flattering and gorgeous for your medium-toned complexions.
  • Nude: While those with very fair skin may lean towards something with a pinkish hint, medium skin can handle something that is a bit more beige - even a full-coverage yellow-based color.
  • Red: Orange-reds may reign your lipstick collection, but that shade can work well with your mani, too.  If you have a skin tone similar to Kim Kardashian, choose a red that has a pop of orange to it or something with gold undertones. A red with gold undertones will bring out your complexion’s natural glow.
  • Pink: Those with medium skin tones may find peachy-pinks especially flattering. Look for polishes that are sheer yet pigmented for a juicy, summertime-appropriate look.
  • Blue: While medium skin tones can do pastel blues, an intense sky blue is an even more flattering choice. Make sure that any shade you choose has enough pigment in it to really stand out next to your skin, especially if you have warm undertones.
  • Purple: Purple isn’t just taking over your eyeshadow palette; it turns out that purple polish is super versatile. Stay away from pastels with a white base and go towards something with more pigment, like a deep grape shade. 
Dark Skin Tones.
Complement your deep skin tone with nail polishes that offer a punch of high impact color. While every shade of lacquer looks amazing on dark skin, these are our picks for the very best shades.
  • Pink: Stay away from light, baby pinks. Make sure you’re really wearing pink - neons and bright fuchsias.
  • Purple: Deep skin tones can wear both pastel and dark purples equally well. So how should you narrow it down? Try a universal shade that holds a darker berry-tint to it.
  • Blue: Got the blues? It’s time to embrace the brightest, most intense cobalt shades, which will really stand out next to your skin. If you want to do a baby or heather blue, you need to make sure there isn’t too much of a white undertone to the formula.
  • Nude: When it comes to picking out the best nude for you, cream and beige nail polishes with sheer, jellylike formulas win again.
  • Red: While almost every red looks amazing with dark skin tones, Lippmann says that deep reds work well with darker skin tones and give “a slight variation.” Think full, rich shades that you might find in gemstones or a glass of amazing red wine.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Charlotte Di Calypso + Redken Hair Spray = Perfection!

Charlotte Di Calypso, born in La Baule, France,  won a contract Elite Model Management in Paris in 2005 at the age of fifteen and her modeling career began with Prada's Spring 2006 collection.  Since then she has done runway modeling for Chanel, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren & Christian Dior and many more!  Now look what she is doing!  Redken's Triple Take 32 Extreme High Hold Hairspray is perfect for her and you when you want full volume, humidity protection and long lasting hold!  If you have been looking for a great firm hold spray with a superfine mist that dries quickly, this may be your answer.  ...AND until September 30 it's on sale!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Apply blush...depends on your face shape

There is no one right way to apply blush, but there are some general guidelines you can follow to get the best contours for your face.  Application of blush depends on the shape of your face. 

LONG:  Apply blush on the apples and blend out towards the temple.
OVAL:  Apply blush on the apples of the checks and blend in a circular shape with a blush brush.
ROUND: Apply blush in an angular motion  and blend from the apples upward towards the temples.
SQUARE: Apply blush in a linear motion from the sides of your nose toward your ear center.

Other tips for using blush:
  • All night staying power: apply cream blush as a base, then top with a similar shade in a powder blush.
  • If you have dry skin or fines lines and wrinkles, try a cream blush.  If your skin in oily, stick to a powder blush.
  • Powder blush is better in warmer weather, cream blush is better for cold weather.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Secret to Shiny (not goopy) lips!

Love the shine you get from a lip gloss, but not the sticky feel.  You can get ultra-shiny lips by following this little trick.  Use a glossy Gel Stain (like Youngblood Shiny Lip Gel) over your liner or base lipstick in place of a traditional gloss.  Gel stains have better lasting power, don't bleed and set into a high-shine, non-sticky finish!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ally Answers - Fix Mascara Clumps

It seems like my mascara always dries out and gets clumpy long before the tube is empty.  Is there anything I can do? 

Ally:  Yes, there is!  Eventually every mascara dries out, especially if you pump your wand into the tube a causes it to dry out faster.  Instead, add a drop or two of Visine (or any over the counter eye drops) into the tube before you apply.  It will soften the liquid and get rid of the clumps!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Use your concealer correctly to hide the under-eye bags

Everyone needs a little concealer, even if it is just once in a while.  Most people apply it under the entire eye area.  Not correct!  The best way to disguise the bags is to highlight the crease and then apply a darker shade to the puffy area.  This will give the illusion of a smooth under-eye.  Jane Iredale's Circle/Delete Under-Eye Concealer comes with two shades just for this purpose.  It's also full of Vitamin K to fade hyperpigmentation and repair blood vessels to get rid of those circles!

Monday, September 21, 2015

A little tip for applying mascara on lower lashes!

It can be frustrating to get your concealer and foundation perfect, then while applying your mascara to your lower lashes, the brush slips and mascara is on that perfected face!  Here's a little tip to avoid that...a plastic spoon!  Yup...the curved spoon fits perfectly against the curve of the cheekbone.  You might even think it was made just for that purpose!  Give it a try!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Fabulous Graffiti Nails

You know that little black dress or the deep blue business suit you wear.  Well here's an idea for a little Bling! to go with the outfit.  It's glam, but very easy to do.

  1. Start with a dark base coat like Zoya's Raven or Morgan Taylor's Classic Little Black Dress (both black, but you can also use navy or any deep, dark color - burgundy or red would be beautiful too.  Let dry.   (NOTE: You can find all of the colors you need by Clicking Nails from our home page (, then selecting Nail polish from the menu on the left.  That will provide you a drop down menu to pick the color family.  With over 600 shades of polish, this makes it so easy.)
  2. Now select a gold and a silver metal polish.  Dip the brush in the polish and wipe it a few times on the side of the bottle so you only have a small amount on the brush.  Swipe, graffiti style on each nail.  You can't make a mistake, just scribble lightly....less is more.  You can always add another swipe.
  3. Repeat with the other metallic.
  4. Finish with a clear top coat.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Ally Answers - Best Beauty Tips

Would you share you best beauty tips?  Tiffany S.

Ally:  I  am very happy to!

HAIR:  I do a once a week deep treatment.  I color my hair and heat style it every day so it needs help and needs a break.  My day is Sunday morning (once I drag myself out of bed).  I do the deep treatment (I use Joico K-Pak), then wash my hair and let it dry naturally (unless I really have somewhere to be).

FACE: I have two rules for my face.  (1)  Never leave make-up on over night. I keep make-up remover towelettes in my purse and in my nightstand.  Skin needs to breathe and rest while you do.  Leaving make-up on is just asking for trouble.  (2) Always moisturize in the morning with a product than contains a minimum SPF 15.  I've seen the ravages of time the sun can take on a person's face!

SKIN:  Moisturize daily after the shower and exfoliate once a week.  All your skin needs the benefits!

NAILS:  I consider nails a fashion accessory!  So I spend my Sunday morning (while I'm conditioning) on a manicure - shaping, polishing and I try to be creative!  I enjoy nail art!

OVERALL:  The most important beauty tip of all - drink lots of water, get 8 hours sleep daily, eat healthy, exercise and avoid stress.  If you do these, you will be beautiful naturally!  Being healthy is essential to natural beauty.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Oh no...not another little wrinkle!

When you no longer have the choice of depending on just diet or exercise…both of which are really boring, even if they do help…but need the benefits of creams, lotions, and potions it's time to go in search of what to use, when and how.

When looking for a topical skin tightening treatment, it’s important to understand the difference between topical agents that reduce the appearance of wrinkles and those that actually tighten the skin and reduce sag. Most of the time consumers begin a regimen consisting of only anti-wrinkle creams that only help smooth out wrinkles but not actually tighten the skin.

Tip: When applying moisturizer, do it when your face is damp. This will cause the moisturizer to work that much harder and increase its efficiency.

A quality anti-aging treatment will include skin firming ingredients such as DMAE which has been proven to improve not only tighten and firm the skin, but also tone the muscles beneath, to give the face a leaner appearance. Another important ingredient to look for in anti-aging treatments is Ubiquinone. Ubiquonine is a super antioxidant that boosts our body’s ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules, helping our skin look young and healthy
One thing to keep in mind is to steer clear of products containing “artificial collagen”. These products only provide a temporary result and don’t produce long term effects. Everyone knows our skin needs collagen to look younger and tighter. Once we hit 25, the production of collagen begins to slow down. It’s as if the factory is losing workers every year, and suddenly it just goes out of business and shuts down. Products which contain DMAE (Dimethylaminoethenol) and Ubiquinone (also know as coenzyme Q10), work by helping your body produce the components (elastin and collagen) that once made your skin young and wrinkle free.

Other ingredients to look for:
Hyaluronic Acid
Though you probably associate the word “acid” with harsh and abrasive, hyaluronic acid is the exact opposite. It’s a humectant, meaning that it draws out water from the air and dermis (the skin that lies below the surface). Look for a lotion that contains hyaluronic acid which can add to the moisturizer’s hydrating qualities and may even spur new collagen production.
L-ascorbic acid
L-ascorbic acid is just a fancy word for “vitamin C.” Though vitamin C is a good-for-you ingredient that helps boost the immune system, it’s a little more complex when skincare is involved. Think of vitamin C as a wild card — extremely volatile and unstable. When exposed to air, it undergoes oxidation and becomes ineffective. When vitamin C is stable and good, it’s really good. It’s an important antioxidant that helps build collagen, reduce inflammation, and promote elasticity to plump up skin. But how can you tell if vitamin C in a product is stable? Look for “L-ascorbic acid” in the ingredient list.
If there’s one skincare product to swear by, it’s a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Avobenzone is a common chemical ingredient in sunscreen that blocks UVA rays. It’s often paired with benzophenone-3 or oxybenzone to shield against UVB rays. For maximum protection, apply a chemical sunscreen directly on skin before serum, lotion, or makeup. Hate the thought of chemicals? Go for a mineral block that contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Make-up Solutions for Aging Skin

Beauty has no age limit. However, making changes to your make-up and color choices can help you to enhance your good looks and minimize the flaws age has created. The first solution: Change your color palette and erase years from your face.

Hiding fine lines and wrinkles begins with a moisturizer. After you wash your face in the morning, apply moisturizer while the skin is damp. That will plump it up and even it out, helping makeup glide on. Packing on the makeup to cover lines or dark circles will bring out the creases." Avoid using heavy concealers that will look cakey around the eyes. Try Bodyography Skin Perfecter Concealer. It comes in six shades, so one will be perfect for you. Give yourself a youthful look by using lighter and darker shades to make hard lines soft and soft lines hard. For example, work with a foundation that is one or two shades darker than your foundation to “lift” a sagging chin. Cover the darker area with a translucent powder. Brighten aging skin by using warm colors. Experts suggest using a foundation that is a half-shade lighter than your skin tone.

To dim dark circles under your eyes, apply foundation that's a shade lighter than your foundation to the area. Top it with a concealer and then add a loose powder to set the makeup and hide the color difference. Illuminators and bronzers can also add a sun-kissed glow. But don't overdo it; a bad fake tan can make you look older. Get a more natural glow by blending the bronzer into your moisturizer or foundation and then applying it evenly to your face. Jane Iredale's Glow Time BB Cream is a good choice for this. A loose powder just one or two shades darker than your skin tone can also add warmth.

Soften your colors, focusing on neutrals and pastels. Ruby red may have been your signature lip color since your 20s. But as you mellow with age, so should your color palette. You don't want bright, vibrant colors that call attention to the eyes, lips, or cheeks because they will draw attention to damage and not blend with the skin.You can still stay with the harmony of your hair and eye color, just do it with softer colors.

Black mascaras and eyeliners are appropriate around the eyes. If your hair is gray, you might try a softer mascara color, such as brown or gray. Eyelashes also tend to lose their volume and thickness over time. A volumizing, defining mascara will plump them up. To make them even fuller apply a very fine layer of translucent powder to the lashes in between two coats of mascara. Try Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Hi-Def Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder.

Plump up your lips.Your lips can thin with age but there are ways to make them look full again. Pure Illumination has a clear Light Up Lip Plumper that doesn't interfere with your lip color choice. Choosing the right color for thinning lips matters. Again, avoid strong colors like red. Those can make lips appear even thinner. Peach and beige colors, lip glosses, and tawny liners make them appear fuller and more defined. Liners can help complete the illusion of fuller lips. Draw just on the outside of the lips and fill in with color, but don't to make them too rigid. Most people use the pencil to outline the lips first. This creates too much definition in the lining of the lip. Instead, use color first and then line the lip. It gives it a softer line that is still defined. If you have feathery lines around your lips, use matte lipsticks and lip liners to keep lipstick from bleeding into them. Mix a good lip balm with your favorite lip color for a glossier, more subtle look.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Nail Art you can do yourself! Try these gorgeous nails.

You will need three nail lacquer colors.  In this example, we used a light blue, dark blue and a pink.  You will also need a fan brush.

Start with a base coat of your lightest shade and let dry.

Next, drip your fan brush tips in your second color a gently brush across the nail.

Wipe off the fan brush, the dip in the second color and again brush that color lightly over the nail.  Let dry

Apply a clear top coat.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hooray for Kay Z! Box of Beauty Winner

Congratulations to Kay Z., Austin TX, for winning the Babyliss Heated Rollers & More Box of Beauty.  Kay says, "Thank you so much.  I know my daughter will be thrilled."  Well, you are so welcome Kay.  We hope you both enjoy the products. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

New Brand - TonyMoly Skin Care

These products are sooooo cute, I had to show you the whole group.  Not only are they adorably packaged, they work fantastic!  If you read Allure, Glamour, Elle or Cosmopolitan, you've already seen and heard about TonyMoly.  TonyMoly is a global skin care company that uses some unconventional natural ingredients such as Gold, Goat Milk and Snail Mucin to give your skin a radiant and youthful glow.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Finding the right Hairdresser for your Style

There are many reasons you may be searching for a hair stylist, but it can be a nerve wracking experience. Your hair is a large part of your image and if you have ever had a bad experience, the thought of someone you don't know cutting or coloring your hair can be even more frightening. Finding the right stylist may take a little effort on your part but it will be worth it. So, if your ready to start your search, try the following tips:
  1. Decide on the type of salon ambiance you would enjoy. You will spend as much as four hours of a day every six to eight weeks sitting in a chair there, so being in comfortable will make you much happier. Do you like it young and hip with trendy music, quiet and refined with soft classical music, a comfy neighborhood feel? It is more likely you will find your right stylist working in a place where you feel comfortable.
  2. Ask a friend or two or even the lady next to you in a checkout line if you like how her hair looks. Recommendations, both pro and con, will help you.
  3. Know your hair type. Many salons or stylists specialize in curly hair, ethnic hair, or thinning hair. If you have special needs hair then be sure one of your considerations is the stylist's skill with your hair type.
  4. Walk into different salon lobbies. Get a feel for the atmosphere and clientele. Check out the prices for services. It's no use moving ahead if their prices are more than you can afford to pay. If you are happy with everything, then work with the receptionist to schedule a "no cost" consultation. 
  5. At your consultation, discuss openly what your expectations are, show pictures of different hair styles you may be considering. Consider their reactions. See if they offer ideas you like. Don't be afraid to say "thank you for your time" and walk out. If, however, you get a positive feeling, like what they have to say and their ideas, then go ahead and book the appointment.

Friday, September 11, 2015

America Proud, American's Remember 9/11

BCC remembers with the rest of the country and honors all who died or lost loved ones that day and all of the heroes who helped that day and in the many days & years that followed.

Exfoliate! for a glowing, healthy, radiant face!

Your skin renews itself about every 30 days.  If the old cells remain on the skin's surface and build-up they can make skin appear dull, flat and scaling.  They can also cause blemishes.  Exfoliating regularly can help skin retain a more youthful appearance and healthy glow.  Exfoliating is even more critical as the weather gets colder and the humidity levels drop.  More cells dry out and accumulate on the surface.  The exfoliating process will remove these dead cells and uncover smooth, fresh skin.
Regular exfoliation will also help your skin more readily absorb your other skin care products.

While drug store brands may work for you, a good professional skin care product has other (and often more gentle) ingredients that work to combat wrinkles, moisturize and re-balance the skin as well.  Below we've included some recommendations depending on your skin type.  You can use a masque or scrub. Products that include both mechanical exfoliation (crystals or beads) and chemical exfoliation work best. Once a week on the facial area is good for most people.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hair Spray Holds & Tips

Hair spray products can set a style, hold a style and help you style.  They are categorized by how strong of a hold that they provide. 

Hair spray products can also enhance shine, reduce frizz, include light reflecting ingredients, a water resistant formula to fight humidity, or a combination of these. Typically, silicone is the primary ingredient. Volumizing hair sprays help to counteract the weighing-down effect that many stronger hair sprays have by utilizing slightly different ingredients. These are typically available in medium to maximum hold, and help to coat the roots of the hair, lifting them up. Some products utilize lightweight ingredients that expand once dry, giving hair body. In general, these types of hair sprays are meant only for the roots, although they can provide hold to the rest of the hair without weighing it down when applied sparingly.

Flexible or working spray is great for holding curls, waves or flipped ends, i.e. when you want you maintain your style but still have hair move freely.

Medium hold works best for shorter hair and softer up-do's.  they are meant to finish your style so you should not mess with the hair once it is sprayed.

Maximum or firm hold are the strongest and are meant to be used when you want to hold every hair in place. 
Hair Spray TIPS:
Innovative hair sprays prevent hair strands from sticking together. To take advantage of these formulations you must however hold the spray nozzle at least 12" away from your hair and keep the spray can in constant motion
Before using the hair spray, make sure that the spray nozzle is not gummed up. Otherwise, the hair spray will not leave the can as a fine mist but rather in sticky spurts
Give your hair more volume: Shake your hair while holding your head upside down. Then throw your hair back again without too much force. Lift individual strands of hair, and from a shorter distance apply a little hair spray underneath the strands. Allow the hair spray to dry before moving to the next strand.
Tip for women with bob haircuts: Slightly lift the covering hair and apply the hair spray at an angle from below toward the hair ends. This provides marvellous hold to bevelled side hair.
If you have a sensitive scalp: Hair spray contains alcohol and therefore dries the hair and scalp. You should therefore apply the spray only to the hair ends
You can give hair a lot of hold and bounce by spraying it liberally over your hair and then either put heated rollers into your hair, use a curling iron or pull the hair ends through a flat iron. Then apply some more hair spray to give your hairdo hold. This is how it is done backstage for the big fashion events.
If used unobtrusively hair spray also helps against oily hair roots. This is a nice trick to know in case your fringes tend to look oily before the rest of the hair. Simply pull the freshly washed fringes over a round brush to keep the hair away from the skin and apply a small amount of hair spray.
Hair spray can also give eyebrows a beautiful line. Simply apply a little hair spray to an eyebrow brush before using it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Featured Brand: Schwartzkopf

We are starting a new feature on the blog - called "Featured Brand:" as you can see (clever name, huh?). We are doing this to share with you the information and knowledge you need to make the best Choices for your beauty routine.  We hope you enjoy this new feature.

Schwartzkopf brand lines include BC Bonacure, OSIS+, and Blonde Me.  Their professional products are known world-wide and are some of the best loved by salon professionals. Begun in a small drug store in Berlin (see photo at left) in 1898, they are always on the cutting edge of hair care technology.

Blonde Me are products exclusively designed for the extra care, light and shine to those with blonde hair so hair tone is never brassy or dull. 

OSIS+ is all about hair styling.  Whether you like soft and flowing or edgy and sharp, you've always got the right product with OSIS+. 

BC Bonacure is all about repair to damaged hair.  These products include shampoos & conditioners, as well as treatments and damage prevention. 

Schwartzkopf  hairstyles are sometimes playful (Pastel Story) and sometimes edgy (Micro Fringe); they are naturally feminine (Backcomb Grunge) or rebellious (Double Square).  Hair expert Armin Morbach created the styles and celebrity photographer Mario Testino photographed them.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ally Answers: Blow Dry your Hair like a Pro!

When my hair is blown dry in the salon, it always looks so healthy and shiny, but when I do it at home, I sometimes end up with a bunch of frizz and hair that looks dried out.  Help!

Ally:  Proper blow drying is gentle on your hair and leaves your hair with bounce and luster.  Make sure your dryer has an adjustable temperature (at least, hot, medium & cool) and air stream (at least, high or low).  Below are some other tips that will help you get the "salon quality" blow-dry you are look for.  Pay special attention to's one of the best tips and the least used!
  1. If at all possible, don't use the high heat settings of your blow-dryer. The air stream should feel comfortable on the back of your hand.
  2. Keep your distance! Keep the hair dryer at least 8 inches away from your hair.
  3. If your hair is fine you should set the air stream to low. Otherwise, you may end up with tangles in your hair.
  4. Blow-dry every individual hair strand from the roots to the ends. This technique provides smooth cuticle layers, which are the basis for healthy, shiny, and well-protected hair.
  5. You should keep the blow-dryer moving constantly to avoid applying too much heat in a single spot. We recommend dividing the hair in several portions and securing the strands with large hair clips or grips. Work your way up blow-drying your hair from the neckline to the crown of your head so that you don't hit the same strand of hair multiple times.
  6. Most of us have to somehow live with the morning rush. Whenever you must speed up drying your hair use a higher setting for the air stream, not for the heat.
  7. Always use a heat protectant. These products help prevent blow-drying damage.  Try Oscar Bland Pronto Heat Protect Spray or Amika Heat Defense Serum.
  8. Try not to blow-dry your hair immediately after shampooing. Ideally, you should allow your hair to first dry for 15 minutes under a towel turban. This saves effort and also cuts down on the hair exposure to the blow-dryer. 
  9. The diffuser attachment of your blow-dryer spreads out a more even air stream. This also prevents exposing individual strands of hair to too much heat.
  10. Once you are done blow-drying your hair, briefly apply a stream of cool air. This cooling step gives your hair more elasticity.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Applying Eye Shadow when your eyes aren't perfect!

Applying shadows “on/within your crease” is fine if you have very defined, even, thick lid folds. But if you have hooded eyes, mono-lids, or smaller lids where the crease is either not visible or not high enough, many eye-shadow looks can be very unflattering or they simply disappear when you open your eyes.
What to do? Simply replace the word “crease” with “socket line”  in your routine. If you have mono-lids and hooded lids, it’s important to blend your shadows up to your socket line at least. That not only defines your natural contours but also widens the eye. 

  • Your socket line is where your eyeball dips into your orbital bone. Close your eyes and feel for it.
  • Flattering eye shadow looks are all about creating shadow and light in the right places. Even if your eye contours aren’t very defined naturally, placing a bit of deeper color along your socket line and a pale shade in the center of your lid will create the illusion of more pronounced contours without making you look too dramatic.
  • Don't create a fake socket line higher or lower than your natural one. Unless you are a pro, it's never going to look right.
  • Use a brush appropriate to your eye size/lid size.  If you have small lids or eyes, a smaller, round-ferrule pencil brush can make life a lot easier. Go for the flatter, wider brushes if you have a bigger lid space to work with. 
  • Line your eye with a brighter color than just a black or brown as close to the last line as possible.  Try Mystikol.  This will bring focus to the color, rather than to the "hood".
  • Try using an eye gloss, like Eye Gloss by Jane Iredale, instead of flat, matte shades to add a bit more brightness in the areas you need it.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Oh No! Not Yet!!!

We're just at Labor Day, and if you're like me (an internet shopper), then you've already received your first Holiday catalog in the mail!  So has Beauty Care Choices... manufacturer's are already sending us their Christmas promotions and we are gearing up.  But...and it's a big savings aren't going to get better deals than 30% everything - which is the sale going on this weekend when you buy $200 or more of our professional products. 

So...take the stress off your holiday season.  Get your list out and shop away.  Remember Secret Santa at the office, your neighbor, a couple of little things for surprise visitors and stocking stuffers.  Take care of them all now and save will be so glad you did come December!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Diamond Glow Dry!

Redken has just introduced a new product that some of you are going to love.  It's Diamond Glow Dry, a super lightweight oil that will add shine, manageability and softening.  Why will some love it?  Because it is a cosmetic oil as opposed to a treatment oil.  Treatment oils penetrate the hair strand, i.e. they add strength, shine and care.  They are used when hair is damaged.  The new Glow Dry is a cosmetic oil.  It's stays on the surface of the hair and is perfect to keep fly-aways, frizz and unruly hair manageable, soft and add great shine. Transforming silicones evaporate when heat is applied so blow dry times are faster too! 

To use:  Put a drop or two in your hands and rub hands together then through your hair right after your conditioner.  Then, once it is styled, apply a single drop to your hands, rub together and smooth through.  Shine is intensified!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

More Fall Colors...this time from Zoya

In the past couple of weeks we've shown you Morgan Taylor's Urban Cowgirl fall selection, Essie's bright bold fall collection and now here's Zoya's. 

Beauty Care Choices carries Nail Polish/Lacquer from Zoya, Morgan Taylor, Venique, OPI, Nailtiques and Essie.  All together there are over 500 colors available.  If you are looking for that special certain color, then this is where you go!  No one else has that many choices. to see them all!

A little fact about nail polish/lacquer: Nail polish is used by most women across the world. It is not simply paint as applying paint done on wood or an automobile would be hazardous for human beings. Nail Polish was invented thousands of years ago in China to provide shine and color to the nails using different products such as egg white, wax, vegetable dyes etc. The shade of the nail polish signified the status of the person, with a darker shade implying a higher status in the society. Soon the use of nail polish spread to other parts of the world with queens of Egypt using it to feel beautiful and attractive.  

Only recently has the term Nail Lacquer been used.  It is a quick drying liquid formation containing pigments to leave a coating on the nail that is not only protective in nature but also provides a sheen and the shade that makes nails look extremely beautiful. The main ingredient that acts like a thin film on the nails after drying is nitrocellulose. Resins and plasticizers are added to this nitrocellulose to make it resistant to water and soap. Color or pigments are added to this mixture to come up with the nail lacquer.  Today there is no difference between polish, lacquer and a third term used...nail enamel. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

15 Best Hair Sprays of 2015

Ever wondered what hair spray is the best for your style?  Beauty Care Choices sells the best professional hair sprays and carries all types and holds.  As a matter of fact, we pride ourselves on being hair spray experts!   Ally shows them to you in our little video and below that, based on sales and our best expert advice, is the top hair sprays for 2015.

Hair Spray Hold Type Description
#1 CHI Farouk Royal Treatment Ultimate Control Workable Volume Workable hairspray delivering shine and volume plus a frizz free hold without flaking.  Spot spritz for volume and detail styling or spray on damp hair and scrunch for beach waves. 
#2 Kenra Professional Volume Spray 16oz Workable Volume Strong holding hairspray with a natural finish.  Dries fast without being sticky or crunchy.  Holds volume in hair all day and can still comb and restyle if desired. 
#3 Goldwell StyleSign Big Finish Volume Hairspray 9.2oz Workable Volume This volume hairspray has UVA filters, moisturizers and antioxidant vitamins. Provides long lasting natural hold. Spray over your hair once styled for an all day strong natural hold.
#4 Framesi BY Mist Hair Spray Strong Super Strong Ideal for working with a straightening or curling iron, this mist enhances shine and contains vitamins, anti-free radials and iron mineral salts that help strengthen hair too. Its known for great anti-humidity and frizz free results.  Super strong hold. 
#5 Scruples High Definition Hair Spray 10.6oz Workable Strong Hold can 10 - 12 inches from hair and spray lightly for working, shaping and styling dry hair. Reapply for a firm all over finish. The more you apply the stronger the hold. Quick drying means never tacky or wet.  Great for restyling during the day, never flaky.
#6 KMS California Hair Stay Medium Hold Spray Medium Blended with pomegranate and pepper this spray will provide you with medium hold and nice shine. It provides flexible brushable hold and style memory, plus heat protection and humidity resistance.
#7 Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray Super Strong Extra-firm, fast-drying hairspray that instantly locks in volume, texture and lift for dramatic styles. Great for short hair styles and updo styles. The unique water-free fomula dries instantly and holds all day.
#8 Pravana Nevo Super Shape Hair Spray Workable Strong Salt-free (safe for smoothing systems), 100% Vegan, gluten-free and no animal testing, this spray has a touchable finish with a strong anti-humidity formula.  
#9 Joico JoiMist Firm Finishing Spray Medium/Light Light weight hairspray with medium hold perfect for fine hair because it does not weigh hair down or build up. This spray is great for straight or smooth styling.  Long lasting natural hold.
#10 Surface Awaken Protein Styling Spray Medium/Light Spray is wonderful for people with fine hair looking for hairspray with hold that wont weigh down their hair. The ingredients in this hairspray also work to keep your scalp healthy.  Those stuggling with hair loss or fine thin hair should try this spray.
#11 Redken Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Finishing Super Strong Finishing spray with 3 benefits in 1 bottle: volume, texture and control. Boost body, create lift and lock in volume. Horizontal mist designed to create lift at the roots. Great for BIG HAIR!
#12 Lanza Healing Dramatic FX Super Strong Firm-hold finishing mist yet lightweight. Mist onto finished look to lock in style. Great to finish formal looks. Never stiff or sticky. Won’t crack or flake. 
#13 AG Hair Cosmetics Aerodynamics - Medium Fast-drying, fine-misting spray that provides a medium hold, high shine, low alcohol and now UV protection making it the ideal working and finishing spray that brushes effortlessly from the hair with zero build-up.
#14 Bain de Terre Stay N' Shape Flexible Shaping Spray 9oz Medium/Light A paraben-free, color-safe working hairspray infused with argan & monoi oils that lavish hair in soft, sumptuous, silky perfection. Create flexible hold & protect against humidity.
#15 NIOXIN Niospray Extra Hold 10.6oz Super Strong A firm finishing spray that provides extra hold that helps create a fuller-looking effect on hair that is fine or thinning. Helps to set your style firmly. Easy to brush out and wash out.