Friday, July 29, 2016

Washington Monuments Nail Art

On Tuesday, we shared with you the new OPI Washington shades, now here's a great nail art tutorial you can do yourself using three of the colors!  We love it!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Blush trick for a flattering, high-cheekbone effect!

Oh those cheekbones!  Once blush goes from mystifying to ooh, I get it now, you really do wonder what you looked liked without it. As the revival of the "draping" technique (AKA contouring with blush) has reminded us, there are a variety of ways to approach blusher.

Most of us were taught to always apply blush starting from the apples of the cheeks and sweeping outwards along the length of the cheekbone. However, for someone who is redness prone, this was actually a mistake. Where ever the brush hits first is usually where you get the most payoff because that's where the most product is deposited. And, if you're naturally flushed this puts extra "warmth" where you might already have it.  Not to mention, tapering the blush at apples of the cheeks changes the angles of the face and contributes to a more feline, Bella-Hadid-like sculpt.

So here's the trick.  Starting further back at the temples and working inward allows you to create a slimmer more lifted and defined effect. In other words, it's an on-the-spot face lift.  This isn't to say that you have to go against the grain and stop showing the apples of cheeks (it adds volume to your face, after all), but the highs of the cheekbone are not to be underestimated!

Get your perfect shade of blush from top professional cosmetic brands.  Shop now!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Spa Ritual is "Infinitely Loving"

As the summer heat wears on, you skin is probably feeling the need for a little TLC right now.  Just in time, Beauty Care Choices brings you the new "Infinitely Loving" line of skin care from Spa Ritual. 

Start with a long, indulgent bath!  Light the fragrant Infinitely Loving Soy Candle. It will light up your surroundings with a blend of pure essential oils and carefully selected plant essences. Hand poured using recycled glass and 100% hemp, lead-free wicks for up to 50 hours of fragrant illumination. 

Sprinkle in some Infinitely Loving Bath Salts.  They cleanse, soften and hydrate skin with a mineral-rich blend of locally harvested California Sea Salts, Dead Sea Salts, and Epsom Salts. Gently relieve your over-stressed skin and stimulate blood circulation.  They will leave your skin feeling smoother and looking brighter.

After the bath and while skin is still damp, smooth on Infinitely Loving Body Lotion.  This is a light-textured lotion formulated with Avocado and Fair Trade Certified Organic Shea Butter and Certified Organic Olive and Soybean Oils.  It calms and delivers the perfect amount of moisture.

Great idea:  have a new Mom or a Bride to Be?  Order all three as the perfect gift and one they will really appreciate!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Gorgeous new shades from OPI

OPI has teamed up with Kerry Washington to create this collection and the colors are inspired by the great fashion houses. It contains 15 gorgeous creme polishes and all of the colors are perfect for autumn and winter. Three of them are limited edition - Kerry Blossom (purple shade), Inside the Isabelletway (a caramel color) and Liv in the Gray (a dark, really gorgeous grey).  A couple of favorites in this collection for me! 
"Suzi - the First Lady of Nails" is a green-grey sort of military shade (I know I will wear this on Veteran's Day! - maybe with an American flag decal on each index finger??). 

The other is a dark copper shade called "Yank my Doodle".  This extremely flattering color is one I will wear often - it's gorgeous yet soft enough to be subtle enough to be a "wear daily" shade.

Beauty Care Choices now has all of these colors ready for you.  (HINT:  Click here, then sort by "new" to find all of these shades quickly.)  What will your favorite(s) be.  Leave a comment and tell us!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Before you pluck those brows, read this for a perfect shape!

Find the place where your brows should begin. Finding just the right spot for your inner brows to start is key to creating perfect brows, since starting too far in could throw off the balance of your face.
To figure out where your inner brows should start, use the following technique:
  • Take a pencil or another long, thin instrument. Line it up from the corner of your eye to the edge of your nose.
  • The place where the instrument overlaps your brow is where it should begin. Mark the spot by making a dot there with an eyeliner pencil. Repeat on the other side.
Find the spot where your eyebrow arch should peak. Most eyebrows naturally arch around the eye, and finding the place where the arch peaks is essential to making them look perfect. Use the same long, thin instrument to figure out where your arch should peak by following this technique:
  • Look straight ahead in the mirror.
  • Line up the instrument with the outer edge of your nostril and the outer edge of your iris.
  • The place where the instrument crosses your brow is where your arch should peak. Mark it with a dot using an eyeliner pencil. Repeat on the other side.
Determine where your brow should end. Finding the right place for brow to end is as important as where it begins. You want your brows to frame your eyes gracefully. Find the right spot by lining up the long, thin instrument in this way:
  • Line up the instrument from the edge of your nostril to the outer corner of your eye.
  • The place where the instrument crosses your outer brow is the place where it should end. Mark the spot with a dot using an eyeliner pencil.
Determine how thick you want your brows to be.  Perfect eyebrows for someone else may not be perfect eyebrows for you. The thickness of your eyebrows is a personal decision that should be influenced by the following factors:
  • The size of your eyes. If your eyes are on the bigger side, thicker brows can help balance them out. If they're small, thick brows might overshadow them, so you'll want to choose a brow thickness that's slightly thinner.
  • The size of your lips. A good general rule of thumb is that your eyebrows should be about the same thickness as your upper lip. This can help 'tie the look together'. If you look at pictures of models in magazines than you'll notice this is the case with many of them.
  • The distance between your brows and your eyes. If you have a low brow bone that is set close to your eyes, you'll want to pull up your brows a bit to lighten the area. If you have a high brow line spaced well above your eyes, heavier brows might provide a more balanced look.
  • Your style preferences. Sometimes thick, bushy eyebrows are in style, and sometimes more people prefer them to be thin and well-tailored. Think about what style you're going for before you dive into plucking your brows.
Now you can pluck all those hairs that are outside the dots!  Use an eyebrow comb to brush the hairs up in the direction they grow.  This makes it easier to figure out which hair's should be plucked.  Take your time.  It takes six to eight weeks for eyebrow hair to grow back so you don't want to over-pluck!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The "Best" of Everything!

Do you need a change?  Do you have a new style that requires different hair products?  Are you looking for a new, great beauty product?  Beauty Care Choices now has your answers, all on one page!  Called "The Best of 2016" this page lets you quickly explore the top selling shampoos, thermal products, hair repair masques, styling products and styling tools plus much more!  So...take a look!  If you need it, we've got it when it comes to professional beauty care!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Give your nails a chance...give them strength!

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!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Child safe hair care products & tips!

Ever wondered what the difference is between regular and baby shampoo.  Adult shampoos contain chemicals called anionics (like ammonium laurel sulfate) that create the lather most people want when they shampoo.  This can be very drying, but since most adults use conditioner and other styling products and have oilier skin than kids, it's not an issue. 

Be shampoo savvy when it comes to caring for infant and toddlers hair washing. 
Babies only need to have hair washed once or twice a week.   If your baby has cradle cap, which (despite the flakes) is an oily-skin condition, wash with a dandruff shampoo two or three times a week after massaging a little olive or baby oil onto his scalp to loosen the flakes.
Toddlers: Three times a week is fine (more often if he's got a penchant for mashing bananas on his head).
Preschoolers and up: As your child's hair gets longer, wash it every other day (less often for very curly, dry, or African-American hair; in these cases, you can use conditioner once a week, too).
At any age: Always shampoo at the end of the bath so your child's not sitting in the sudsy water, which could irritate sensitive skin.

The best way to comb painlessly after shampooing:

  • DO use a wide-tooth comb, or a boar-bristle or paddle brush, on dry hair. Avoid using your vent brush, which has tiny teeth that can snag.
  • DON'T start at the top; you'll just make tangles worse. Instead, begin at the ends and slowly work your way up the hair shaft, gently pulling apart knots with your fingers.
  • DO the hair at the nape of the neck first, which tends to get most tangled.
  • DON'T wet bad snarls. They'll only get more matted. Work in some regular hair conditioner or spray detangler, and hold the hair at the scalp while you gently comb out.
Beauty Care Choices carries some of the best in children's hair care...gentle and you can be sure they are safe.  Circle of Friends, Original Sprout and Fairy Tales are all just perfect for your little ones.  If you child is ready to brush out on their own ("I wanna' do it myself"), the Knot Genie Teeny Genie is a perfect size and works miraculously to detangle.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Kenra...the brand seen in almost every Salon!

Ever wonder why no matter which salon you go into, chances are you will see stylists using Kenra Platinum Spray.  It has been rated #1 by the North American Hairstylists Association (NAHA) repeatedly!  Kenra Classic and Kenra Professional Products are always reliable & reasonably priced.  We selected the video below to share with you because, although it looks complicated, it is really simple to achieve.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cuccio Naturale introduces Five new Sea Salt Scrubs!

Yummy!  Papaya & Guava Nectar, Lemongrass & Lavender, Pomegranate & Fig, Milk & Honey and Tuscan Citrus & Herb.  If you would like a luxurious spa experience at home, you have to try these.  As skin is exfoliated and softened, your senses are indulged with fragrances that evoke some of natures most delightful scents.  As with all scrubs, gently massage in a circular motion and then rinse!  Cuccio Naturale!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Obliphica to rescue aging hair!

Obliphica Professional Hair Care....hummm...never heard of it?  If your hair is faded, dry and looking tired, you may find your answer with these products.  If your hair is fine, use the products in the orange packaging.  Those with thick or coarse hair should select the products in the purple packaging.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lightening Age Spots

Age spots — also called liver spots and solar lentigines — are flat tan, brown or black spots. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms.  Age spots 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.  Below are three customers have found to be very effective.

Cellex-C Fade Away Gel uses only natural chemicals and plant glycosides to lightens these spots.  It can be used by everyone but those with the most sensitive skin. 

Another great serum, Clinical Cares, Go Spot Go, also uses botanicals to fade these spots, notably Licorice Extract, which has been shown to be even more effective than kojic acid!

Last, but not least is gloTherapeutics Lightening Serum!  It uses both lighteners and exfoliants to help you fade those spots!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Extra Big Volume style for long hair that lasts ALL DAY or ALL NIGHT!

If you have long hair, you know that keeping the full volume look all day can be difficult.  Hair goes flat as you move through or day or are dancing the night away.  In this video, Moroccanoil shows you how to get the lasting volume in your long hair.  Right now, liter duos of Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo & Conditioner are on sale! (Reg. $85.00 Sale price $67.00)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Add a little plump to your pout!

The secret to adding some plump to your pout...use two different lip-liner pencils, one white and one deep pink (for fair skin) or mocha (for darker tones of skin). Start by creating a thin line with the white pencil over your cupid’s bow (the middle of your top lip), then blend into your top lip. Next, run a line of the darker pencil along the center of your bottom lip line. Blend that line into your bottom lip. Finish the look by applying a coat of gloss.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Perfect shadow colors for gorgeous eyes!

To find the perfect eye-shadow color, use your hair color as a guide. Light blondes look stunning with eye shadow in berry, wine, cappuccino and mauve colors. More golden blondes look best in corals and peaches. A redhead or brunette’s best colors reflect shades of brown – such as brown-tinted reds, terra-cotta and cinnamon colors.

TIP:  When applying eye shadow, start with the boldest color. Apply that color to the entire eyelid. Next, apply the lighter shade to the area between the eyebrow and eyelid. Then, with your fingertips or a sponge, blend the two colors together for a gradient effect. For extra effect, apply a streak of white shadow just underneath the eyebrow.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Selecting the right foundation!

When it comes to your face, foundation is the key; it smoothes the texture and color of your skin.  You should use two criteria when choosing your foundation: Look for a shade that matches your skin color and a formula that complements your skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive). There are all kinds of foundation to choose from. Here is a quick breakdown of the most common:

Liquid foundation. The most commonly used foundation, liquid foundation is best for dry skin; if you have oily skin, look for an oil-free formula.

Cream foundation. Also good for dry skin; these formulas are somewhat heavy, so be sure to blend them thoroughly into your skin with a sponge.

Compact foundation. This is an all-in-one foundation that even includes finishing powder; it also comes with its own application sponge.

Stick foundation. The original type of foundation, this kind is best for skin with lots of blemishes.

Tinted moisturizer. This cross between a moisturizer and a foundation is best for young, clear skin; it provides light skin coverage and can be blended into your skin with your fingertips rather than a sponge. has all formulas of foundation from top professional brands, including Jane Iredale, gloMineral, Mirabella, TIGI, Youngblood, Dermablend and Earthly Body.  See them all!