Saturday, October 14, 2017

A case of the frizzies?

Frizz comes from damaged hair ends, dried out hair, or static charge. Regardless of the cause, frizz happens when the cuticle layer of your hair is being raised instead of smoothed and sealed. Products labeled as anti-frizz contain waxes and oils that are specifically designed to coat the
hair shaft, allowing it to smooth out and seal, rather than fly up like a loose wire.

Anti-frizz products often contain silicones, which can be drying. The silicones allow the products to really stick to your hair and block external moisture from undoing what your anti-frizz did in the first place. So, if you use an anti-frizz product regularly, you may want to choose a shampoo that is more hydrating.

You can choose a variety of different kinds of anti-frizz products. They come in sprays, leave-in treatments, oils, and more. If you want some hold and styling boost, use an anti-frizz spray. Leave-in treatments are perfect if your hair already starts the day extremely dry. Oils are the best option if you want no added styling benefits and work best for coarse hair.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Make-up Removers

Last week we did an article on skin preparation and what order to apply your skin care products.  What we didn't talk about, was removing the make-up first.  Whether your beauty routine involves layers of primer, foundation and colors or it just a little mascara and lip gloss, when your day is done you need to remove the make-up.

First, you need to know that a make-up remover is essential.  Most cleansers won't remove the make-up thoroughly.  Make-up removers are made to break down the cosmetics, even those deep in the pores.  Second:  sleeping with makeup on can lead to acne breakouts, accelerate the aging process and make the skin look dull.

Choose the right type of make-up remover for your skin.  If you have rosacea or eczema, use a hypoallergenic fragrance-free makeup remover. Cream or liquid cleansers work well for individuals with sensitive skin. And if your skin is more tolerant, you will be better able to handle makeup remover cleansing cloths.  The most important thing when choosing the perfect makeup remover? Avoid those that contain alcohol, fragrances and preservatives whenever possible.

Eye makeup such as mascara is more stubborn to remove, especially when it’s waterproof.  It is very important to take all of your eye makeup off with a remover targeted for that area. Leftover mascara can lead to eye infections, discoloration and puffy eyes in the morning. Don’t just swipe on your eye makeup remover in haste. Place a cotton ball with remover over your lids, hold it for a minute to dissolve the product, and then wipe away. Do not rub the delicate under-eye area. Once the mascara comes off, face cleanser can be used in the next step.

Cleanse your face after using the make-up remover.  If you have oily or combination skin, use a cleanser or face wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. For dry skin, use a creamy, gentle cleanser or a foaming face wash that will not dry out the skin too much.

Massage gently with your fingertips in circular movements, and use lukewarm water and a facial sponge to deep cleanse.  Then RINSE, RINSE, RINSE.  Make sure you have rinsed away all traces of the remover and cleanser.  Leaving it one your face can clog pores and lead to dull skin and acne breakouts.

Beauty Care Choices has some of the very best removers.  Click here to find the right one for you.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Essie...turning corners & heads!

It's nail art time again.  This one is super easy and the look can be endlessly changed, depending on the two colors you choose!  Don't you just love Essie!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Prep your's your canvas for flawless make-up application

As the holiday's approach, and especially around Halloween, our face can take a beating from extra make-up, greasepaint from character creating and even from being just too dang tired to do a proper removal and wash as we fall into bed after a great party.  So, this seems the perfect time to do a reminder and education about face care.

What's the best way to avoid break-outs and create a smooth canvas for your make-up application?  It's preparing your skin correctly.  Preparing your skin means it is clean, pores are closed, dead skin is removed and new skin is moisturized.  It also means applying skin care products in the correct order to maximize the benefits of the products you are using.
  • Cleanse your skin.  Use a quality facial cleanser that won't strip your skin of its natural oils, but will clean deep down into the pores.  You don't need to scrub...a mild non-detergent cleanser with plant-derived surfactant will clean without harsh scrubbing that can irritate the sensitive skin of the face.   Malibu C Purifi Perfection or Clinical Care Green Stuff Facial Cleansing Gel are two good cleansers to try if you don't have one you are using.
  • Exfoliate. If you skin is looking tired and lackluster, it's time to also exfoliate!  A gentle facial exfoliator like BioElements Measured Micrograins or MaskerAid Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal will get the job done; removing dead skin cells and leaving you with a bright, healthy glow.  Dry skin build-up on the surface of the skin can prevent moisturizers from penetrating.
  • Apply a toner.  A good toner will balance the natural pH of your skin and tighten pores.
  • The next step depends on the other product you use.  Apply in the following order:
    • Serums - apply anti-aging, wrinkle reducing or other serum.
    • Facial Oil - apply after the serum.
  • Apply your Moisturizer.  A rich moisturizer with the appropriate balance of ingredients that add and lock moisture in the winter will help to better retain your skin’s moisture and make it feel soft.  Apply moisturizer liberally to your skin. Do this in circular motion to encourage blood flow.  Need a good moisturizer?  Try Fruitique Coconut Water Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer or DermOrganics Daily Moisture Renewal.
  • Apply any skin treatment you are using (like acne products)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

New to BCC - Glo Skin Beauty

We've got a new skin and make-up brand in our great brand line-up:  Glo Skin Beauty!  Their concept is that make-up is an extension of skin's all going on your face after all.  All of their products are skin nourishing (using hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and other moisturizing, anti-aging ingredients) and free from talc and PETA approved cruelty free.  They have an amazing rich color palette that you are sure to love!

Vogue named Glo Skin Beauty's Daily Power C+ one of their top 10 skin care products.
With summer in the rearview mirror, the question of how to maintain a post-vacation glow - while fading any residual sun damage or spots - is top of mind.  Enter the skin-boosting benefits of vitamin C, which are just as powerful in your morning juice as they are in an evening moisturizer....
Be sure to check out these great new products!  Click here.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tips for Coloring Thinning Hair

Ready to hit the bottle? With a few precautions, coloring thinning hair can be safe -- and may even protect the hair shaft from breaking.  There's a myth that permanent hair-color is damaging, but that's only true if you bleach your hair or if you use the color incorrectly.   Meanwhile, semi-permanent colors that are acid-based may protect around the hair cuticle, and acid-based colors may coat -- and protect -- the hair. Follow these tips to give thinning locks a healthy new hue.

Skip the Bleach.  You're most likely to damage your hair if you make a drastic color change requiring bleach, such as going from jet black to blonde. If it's properly applied, regular hair color shouldn't be a problem.

Check the Contrast.  Choose a hue that's close to the color of your scalp. It will draw less attention to thin tresses. There’s less contrast between skin and hair tones to draw the eye. Also, as you ages, having lighter hair around your face makes you look younger and softens your features.

Consider Salon Color.  Professionals will have more access to a variety of options and higher-end coloring agents. Your stylist’s experience with color is important, too.  Ask about vegetable-based dyes, cellophanes, and hennas, all of which are gentle options for thinning hair. Also, ask your stylist about products that are ammonia- and peroxide-free. And avoid bleach.

Rules for Do-It-Yourselfers
  • Check the label: Choose brands with less than 20% peroxide, and don't bleach thinning hair.
  • Think temporary: Use semi-permanent color, if you can. If it doesn’t cover your stubborn greys, apply permanent color at the roots and semi-permanent on the rest.  Beauty Care Choices has great temporary colors from top professional brands.  Click here!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Marbled Nails....How to

You are not going to believe how easy this is! 

1.  Using a Q-tip, apply a thin layer of Vaseline on skin around nail.  This is not essential, but it does make it easier to clear away unwanted polish.

2.  Fill a small cup with cold water.  Add a few drops of each color polish you want in your marbling.  The polish will float on top, creating swirls.

3.  Dip each finger and make sure the polish sticks to your nail. Let dry, then clean edges.  Finish with clear top coat.

Want new or seasonal colors to try this.  Visit our Nails web page.  With over 600 colors, you'll find exactly what you are looking for and we make it easy with our color sorter option!  Seasonal - think orange + dark brown + white for Halloween or orange + yellow + brown + crimson for autumn.  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Godefroy...for great eyebrows and lashes easily!

We often give tips about how to define your brows or apply mascara.  Now I want to introduce you to another way to keep eyelashes and eyebrows looking great without daily effort.  They are products from Godefroy.

28-day mascara is permanent eyelash tint that is a safe and gentle gel formula that delivers rich, long lasting color that lasts up to 4 weeks! It takes less than a minute to apply and is Cosmetology Board approved. The tint color is black.  You do one eye at a time and brush on like mascara, applying first the colorant and then the gel activator.  You can do both the upper and lower lashes.

Instant Eyebrow Tint comes in four shades (light, medium and dark brown and natural black) and takes about two minutes.  If you have stubborn grey hairs, it will take slightly longer.  Each kit contains three applications.  The color will last up to six weeks.  We say six weeks because eyebrow hair tends to recycle...hairs fall out and new ones grow.

Godefroy also has a lash curling gel and tint colors for beards and mustaches!  Take a look!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Why use a heat protectant?

Let's be honest - no one rolls out of bed in the morning with flawless hair. Most of us go to great lengths to achieve a hair style that makes us look and feel our best.  There is, also, a far better chance of having a successful day if we feel good about ourselves first. So Glam On!

We do pay a price for our styling.  Hair really takes a thrashing from the beautification processes we use like blow drying, straightening, curling, or crimping.  And, if we do this almost daily, it will leave tresses seriously damaged. The constant heat exposure will cause the Keratin proteins, which give hair its strength and elasticity, to break down.  This results in evaporation of  vital moisture from the inside of the hair. The outer surface (cuticle) of the hair cracks, frays, and frizzes. Pigments, which give hair color, can also change as a result.  Not to mention if you happen to heat style on wet hair, the steam will blast through your hair's structure, destroying it.

So let's counter the damage with education: Why use Thermal Protection?

Thermal protection can make a dramatic difference in minimizing heat damage.  It contains helping ingredients such as natural oils that have low thermal conductivity, meaning they coat hair fibers, allowing heat to transfer slowly. A good thermal protectant will:
  • Allow for hair to be more manageable and touchable.
  • Add moisture to your hair, preventing the loss of natural moisture.
  • Form a barrier over the cuticle on the hair strand,  minimizing heat damage.
  • Smooth the cuticle on the hair shaft; making hair less porous and,  therefore,  less likely to frizz in humidity.
Here's how to choose Thermal Protection:

Look for products that contain Argan oil, Coconut oil, or Olive oil, as these oils have nourishing properties that protect hair and condition. Once you have the right product for your hair, always read the directions. The most common directions will recommend that you spritz or use a dollop of thermal protectant on damp hair before blow drying and using heat tool styling.

Tested and True Tips:
  • Allow some air dry time if possible.
  • Switch it up and blow dry with cooler air, it may take longer but it closes the cuticle and leaves hair shiny.
  • Give hair breaks from heat tool styling.
  • Separate hair into smaller sections when using heat tool styling, to minimize the number of passes through the hair.
  • Set heat tools to the lowest setting to avoid maximum damage.
Happy Thermal Protected Heat Styling!

Click here to find your best Thermal Protectant while they are on sale!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Make-up Brush Guide

Many cosmetic products come with a small "applicator" brush, so why invest in good make-up brushes?  First, these small applicators do not give you the control you need.  They also do not usually stand up to repeated use.  A good make-up brush, designed for a specific purpose, will let you achieve the look you expected from the product.  Quality make-up brushes are an investment you really want to make if you want to apply your cosmetics like a pro!  Below are the must-have brushes you need to blend, highlight, and contour your face to perfection.

he brush should be soft, but substantial enough to pick-up the powder in the first place.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Apply eyeliner like a Pro!

Of all the cosmetics we may use to make-up our face, probably the most difficult to master is the eyeliner.  Below, we give you some of our best tips and tricks.  Even if you have avoided using eyeliner because it always ends up looking messy, these tips may help you create the sexy, gorgeously lined eye you've always wanted.

Eyeliner smudges so easily because the eyelids are the greasiest part of the face. Before applying makeup, reduce oily residue with an alcohol-free makeup remover. Then apply a light layer of foundation to even your base, and finish with a dusting of translucent powder over the lid. It will set the color and absorb oils throughout the day.  TIPSkip—or cut back on—putting eye creams on your lids pre-makeup to avoid slippery textures later.

Any type of hard line on the face needs to be done perfectly or not at all. Messy liquid liner makes people look older and harsher. If you have rounder eyes, opt for powder and gel liners that will smudge enough to create an almond-shaped contour. Fine pencils and pens are ideal for more elongated or oval-shaped eyes.  TIP: Avoid dull or waxy points, and put pencils in the freezer for 30 seconds before sharpening.

Resist the urge to pull your lid taut when applying liner. When you let go, the line will look distorted. Instead, create your own eyeliner stencil by applying a piece of Scotch tape across your partially closed lid (press it on your arm first to make it less sticky). Then fill in the area below it, starting at the outer edges and moving inward.  TIP: Keep eyeliner on the top lid three times thicker than liner on the bottom. And for extra staying power, use waterproof gel liners on the bottom lash line.

Great makeup requires touch-ups, so be ready to reapply. When relining, maintain eye contact with the mirror as much as possible. Eighty percent of your eye makeup should be done looking straight into a mirror for the best results.   TIP: Dab blotting papers on your lids throughout the day to catch crease buildup without smudging your line.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A new you? Change-up your make-up routine with 3 little tips!

The best way to make a makeup change is to choose the feature you get complimented on most, and play it up with a color that's the opposite of what you normally wear. Like neutrals? Go for color. Like color? Try earth tone

For a modern take on luminous skin, try pearlized pink-sand shades on lids and cheeks. With a pale matte mouth, you'll look rock-club cool (and not too disco). Pair pink lids with a natural, understated face.

Instead of shading hollows of your face, switch to highlighting. Using paler hues, accentuate under the brows for a mini lift, and dust a lighter blush along the cheekbone to plump cheeks.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Copper - Cleanse your skin & get great benefits!

Copper was one of the first metals used in cosmetics.  In ancient Eqypt is was believed to give magical powers to those who wore it.  While that may not be true, it does help to prolong youth.  It's the new anti-aging ingredient.  Does it really work?  We did a little scientific research and here's what we found.

The Science:  Collagen is the main structural protein of connective tissue.  In humans this "glue" comprises between 25-35% of whole-body proteins.  Copper, in the form of bound peptides, stimulates collagen and elastin formation.  Both of these functions are essential in maintaining a youthful skin and in reducing the signs of aging.  the copper peptide GHL-Cu is abundant is young people, but is present in much lower levels in older persons. 

So, to answer the question...does it really work?  Yes!  That's the simple answer and there is lots of research to back-up the answer.  So the next question is what/where can I get copper benefits in skin care products.  Clinical CareConquer(Zit) MaskZit - Camphor Mask with Copper PCA is a top-notch copper-infused cleansing mask.  If you want to start care early Clinical Care's Conquer(Zit) ToneZit with Copper PCA is perfect for oily and acne skin types.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Eyebrow trends

Okay...we love fashion!  We love beauty and we like to think we are trendy!  But the new eyebrow trends have us a little baffled.  A well shaped brow can frame your face beautifully.  Since eyebrows do frame the face, making them stand out makes sense.  I'm just not sure I could achieve any of these looks, except the wavy ones....I do that automatically if I try to use the eyebrow pencil without my glasses on!  So, what do you think????

Created using eyebrow gel to keep them in place!

Braided brow

Wavy brow

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Joico's New Insta-Tint Kits

Our last article dealt with hair bleached and tinted pastel.  But what if you are not ready to commit to the "hair colors trend".  Then, Joico"s New Insta-Tint Kits are perfect for you.  Joico's already put together three harmonizing Insta-Tint shades so you can't go wrong.  Below, they show you how to create a unique look using stencils.  Stencils are can find them at any craft department...or you could make your own.  The kits are great, but if you are more adventurous, each shade is also available on its own...Insta-Tint Temporary Color Shimmer Spray.  Don't worry...they wash out easily!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Pastel Hues...Tips to keep it looking great!

Get your hair cut regularly.  Double processes wherein the hair is bleached and toned can often lead to damage, so it's imperative that you get your hair trimmed regularly.  A cut every six to eight weeks helps keep hair healthy and free of split ends, which can cause more damage.

Pastel hair has been on the rise for the past several years, and it's showing no signs of stopping. From pretty purples to bold blues to dramatic pinks, going with a milky bright shade in an unnatural hue is still totally on trend. There have even been a ton of sub-trends incorporating pastels, including underlights, opal hair, and colombre.
Of course, just as with so many beautiful trends, there's one big thing you should know before going pastel: It's a truly tough style to maintain. If you're a low-maintenance beauty lover, it may not be the best pick for you. That said, there are some pro-approved tips that can keep your locks looking their best for as long as possible.

Prep properly.  Before you even head to the salon, there are steps you can take to ensure your locks stay pretty and pastel for as long as possible — and won't wind up unhealthy and dull.  We recommend doing weekly deep conditioning treatments for a month prior to a double process color service.  The healthier the hair, the better.

Go to a pro for your color. This may not be what you want to hear, but going to a pro is so wise when it comes to such a dramatic 'do.  An experienced colorist is going to give you more professional-looking results that are less likely to damage your hair, simple as that.

Choose your shampoo & conditioner wisely - and with assistance.  Proper aftercare is a must to maintain bright, shiny, vibrant hair.  What constitutes proper haircare? First of all, it doesn't involve playing a guessing game — you need to know whether you hair is simply dry or actually damaged.
If you are using a shampoo for damaged hair, but your hair is just dry, you could be doing more harm than good. If the reparative shampoo you're using is protein-based and there is already enough protein in your hair, you end up over-depositing the protein, making your hair brittle and more likely to break.  If your hair is simply dry, opt instead for moisturizing products.  TIP:  Rinse with cool or lukewarm water.  Hot water forces the hair cuticle open, allowing the color to seep out.  Cool water seals the cuticle and locks in your color, making it last longer.

Incorporate Dry Shampoo into your routine.  We're big fans of dry shampoo: Not only does it keep your style from getting shiny, it prolongs your time between washes, meaning you can keep your color looking vibrant and beautiful for longer. Rather than scrubbing your scalp with shampoo each time it gets a little greasy, spritz on dry shampoo.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Going Platinum? You'll need the right hair products.

One of the biggest celebrity hair trends: platinum hair.  Celebrities like Kristen Stewart, Kiley Jenner, Katy Perry and most recently Cara Delevingne have all experimented with the trend, and needless to say they all look amazing.

If you’ve decided to recreate the silvery hues yourself, you are definitely going to want some supplies to maintain your tone and strengthen your tresses. After hair is bleached, not only the color is changed but also the texture; hair that’s been bleached is extremely porous and fragile and you will absolutely need some products to nourish, hydrate and protect your new color from fading and your strands from drying out.

Purple-based toning supplies are vital to keep your color in check, and a must for maintaining platinum hues.  You need a product designed to deposit the right amount of purple and neutralize the brassiness, along toning the yellow hue out while providing a smoother feel and help with damaged, dry brittle hair. Look for one with nourishing ingredients like collagen protein, shea butter and argan oil – which will give you smooth, hydrated hair and provide elasticity to protect hair against split ends.  Keratage Silver & Blonde Mask  or Redken Blonde Idol Nourishing Mask will really keep the platinum true!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Gorgeous, Luminous Skin...Follow these six steps.

Cleanse gently, once a day.
Unless you have oily skin, you only need to wash your face in the evening, with a creamy cleanser and lukewarm water. Give the cleanser time to work. Instead of scrubbing your face, let the cleanser sit on your skin for several seconds and break down the makeup, dirt, and oil.  In the morning, simply splash your face with lukewarm water. (If you're oily, use a gentle foaming cleanser morning and evening.)
Reapply sunscreen.
You know that the number one way to prevent skin aging is to apply sunscreen, so of course you already use a morning moisturizer with an SPF of (at least) 30. What women with gorgeous skin also do: Reapply sunscreen every few hours. Sun-shielding ingredients are only effective for about two hours—long enough to protect your skin on a morning walk or commute but not throughout the afternoon.
Use a retinoid cream every night.
The first time I meet someone, I immediately know if she's using a retinoid because her skin is glowy and smooth. Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that have been proven to boost collagen, which reduces fine lines, and to speed cell turnover, which evens out discoloration. Because retinoids can cause some irritation at first, we recommend applying a gentle moisturizer, letting it soak in for at least 30 minutes, then applying your retinoid cream.
Eat salmon, and consume lots of antioxidants.
Salmon's high omega-3 content helps hydrate skin from the inside out and reduce the inflammation that can cause skin redness. Antioxidant-rich foods and drinks—blueberries, dark greens, green tea and coffee—help fight free radicals that can damage the cellular structures of the skin, accelerating skin aging.
Break a sweat.
Raising your heart rate once a day makes your skin glow. Because exercise improves your circulation and oxygen capacity, it improves your complexion. The skin has endorphin receptors, which may also explain why it is positively impacted by aerobic exercise.
Sleep at least 7 hours a night.
Cortisol, the stress hormone, ages the skin and can cause acne. Sleep reduces the cortisol level in your body. So it's a simple equation: Sleep = younger, clearer skin.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Colors of the Season - Fall 2017

These trending fall colors have been inspired by the looks seen in the New York fashion week. Inspired by anything from balayage to sugar plums there is a perfect color for every style and skin tone. Which color will you rock this Fall?

Explore your softer side with this season's most desired color. Fall isn't always about cool, dark colors. Adding this blush pink to your look creates sweet warmth to counteract the cooling weather. We love adding it to hair with Schwarzkopf's BlondeMe Instant Blush Tint to create a bold yet soft look. Check out all of our favorite blushing pink products now!

 Experience the color of the fall harvest with burnt orange. This warm and inviting color sparks memories of leaves falling and fireplaces warming up. The quintessential color is lovely for a little bit of pop on your nails, lips or hair. We especially love it in geometric shapes on your nails with other great fall colors. See all the best lipsticks, nail polishes and hair tints in burnt orange.

 Deep navy is classic and dependable. The dark blue embraces the cold weather brewing. This color is a perfect switch from your basic black. It provides your look with a stable splash of excitement, to go from just like everyone else to a step above. We really love deep navy on our eyes! Make an exotic smokey eye or use it for a liner to really make brown eyes stand out! Find your favorite deep navy product now.

 Next up in our fall pallet is a tawny plum. This gorgeous plum takes over the red family by bringing red to a new level of dark and sultry. It's a strong and independent statement of elegance and sophistication. Bold plum lips were all over fashion week and it was fantastic. We completely suggest trying it for your look this fall. View our plum-tastic products.

 The balayage has been the most sought after hair trend of 2017, and the pale blonde color it features is trending this fall big time. This pale color is the perfect amount of beige and white. It's the best color this season to wrap up some of the bigger pop colors to provide your look with grace and elegance. Our favorite place to see this color is in the balayage though. To keep the pale going in your hair you will definitely want to check out some of our toning masks. Uncover your perfect pale product here.

  Stone Gray is a fall season favorite. This neutral color is an anchoring base in this year's fall color pallet. Use it as a base color for a bold statement or as a pop color with some of this year's softer colors. We really enjoy using stone gray on our nails. It's the perfect balance of pop and classy. Look at our favorite stone gray products and see if you become as inspired as us.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Strengthen your brittle, dry 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!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Find you very best brush!

Investing in a good brush or two can be worth the money, especially if you like to change up your style often.  We've discussed before the types of brushes (round barrel, paddle, teasing, etc.) and the shape of the brush(es) you need depends on your style.  The bristles on the brush are just as important. 

Bristle type: Boar
True boar bristle brushes are made from 100% natural (humanely cultivated) wild boar hair. They should be tightly packed together and feel stiff, but with some flexibility. These bristles distribute oils evenly throughout strands and are great for achieving a smooth, shiny blowout. If you have thick course hair that requires tug to achieve fullness, boar bristle brushes are worth the investment. They make styling easier and promote shine and smoothness—benefits almost everyone wants. If you have fine hair and own one of these brushes, your investment isn’t lost; boar bristles can add volume to fine and normal hair types—as long as your brush has a nice natural give.

Bristle type: Nylon
Nylon bristles are less expensive than boar brushes, but still effective. The bristles are usually spaced farther apart than boar and achieve a medium to strong grip on all hair types, especially those with medium density or finer strands. The better the grip, the smoother and straighter your style will be.  If brushes tend to get stuck in your hair mid-twirl or you suffer from serious static issues try a brush that combines nylon and boar bristles.

Bristle type: Plastic
Plastic and synthetic bristles are your general, all-purpose brushes. The bristles are incredibly strong, made for working through larger areas of medium to thick hair.  These are a “first step” kind of brush, best for detangling and preliminary blow-drying. When you’ve removed most of the excess water, switch to a round boar or nylon brush for styling, smoothing, and adding shine.

Shop for your perfect brush(es) - click here!  Brushes in every style and type from Olivia Garden, Spornette, Cricket, BioIonic, Wet Brush, Denman, iTech, SalonTech & more!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Nails...and get ready for Fall!

OPI has some gorgeous new nail polish shades in their Fall/Winter "Iceland" 2017 collection.  They've also prepared an easy to do look...perfect for the final days of summer from their Spring/Summer 2017 "Figi" collection.  Take a look!

"Iceland" - OPI's Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Skin Benefits of Vitamin C

It's been centuries since British sailors discovered the key to avoiding scurvy: vitamin C. You probably grew up being told that getting enough vitamin C would ward off colds and other ailments, but now the word is out that vitamin C may not play a big part in staving off the sniffles. However, it does have a vital role in maintaining the health of your skin.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage -- free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage. While ingesting vitamin C is an important nutrient for overall health, little reaches the skin. As levels of vitamin C in the skin decline with age, replenishing levels directly in the skin can help combat collagen degradation and oxidative stress. Results from clinical trials show that when applied topically, vitamin C promotes collagen formation and mitigates the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm and youthful skin.

Look for Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) in your skin care products to help combat the signs of aging.  Brands such as Cellex C, Clinical Care and Yonka all have creams, serums & lotions that contain C.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Alcohol Free Hairspray

Kenra Professional has just introduced it's Shaping Hairspray 21...the first professional  NO ALCOHOL working hairspray.  This is a big deal for those who use hairspray frequently.  Why? 

First, we need to define a couple of words.
  • A finishing hairspray dries quickly.  It is meant to be used when hair is completely styled.
  • A working hairspray dries less quickly.  It is meant to be used to shape and style hair. 
We all know alcohol can dry out your hair.    Alcohol is very effective at removing oils and anything oil-like from hair. This is a major down-side of alcohol in any formula. Alcohol is also a solvent which does cause hair to swell, so if hair is too well-cleaned and not protected by emollients (silicones, oils, some conditioning ingredients) , the hairspray can encourage dehydration, dullness and loss of elasticity.  However, a finishing spray containing alcohol doesn't really harm the hair if applied properly - hold can 8-12 inches from the head as you spray.

Alcohol in a working hairspray will stay on the hair longer.  If you are using your working spray to style, you likely may also being using heat styling tools.  Since the working spray is not meant to dry quickly, the alcohol has more chance to dry and dull the hair.

So...a working hairspray with no alcohol means you have more working time available to style and still be effective.  It also means you have maximum moisture retention.  Kenra's Shaping Spray 21 is extra firm hold and high shine.  We love it!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Full blown volume even with thin hair!

Ever wondered how to achieve that beautiful, full-volume look when your hair is thin and limp.  Kenra shows you in the video below.  It's really pretty easy with the right products!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Why Mineral Make-up?

The History:
Mineral makeup got its commercial start in the 1970's but its history is as ancient as the human desire to enhance one's looks. Mineral makeup is a return to technologies that have been in use since ancient times. Many ancient cultures used ground-up natural minerals as a means of applying color to the skin for decoration, camouflage, war paints, etc. Cleopatra's kohl-rimmed eyes are an example. The history of mineral makeup goes back much farther, even to early cave-dwellers.
In 1976, cosmetics firms were required to list ingredients on their products for the first time many consumers were shocked at what they were putting on their skin. The growing desire for natural cosmetics coincided with the increasing number of women who identified themselves as having sensitive skin. Add in marketing and media awareness, and an aging baby boomer and the mineral make-up industry blossomed.

What is in it?
Minerals such as iron oxides, talc, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide are micronized, or ground and milled, into tiny particles to create makeup. Different products micronize to different levels. A product micronized to six times leaves minerals larger so they go on the skin with light to medium coverage. Products micronized 12 times create fine-sized particles that sit closer together and offer more coverage.
A key difference from conventional makeup is what's not in mineral makeup. It generally does not contain the emollient oils and waxes, fragrance, and preservative ingredients found in conventional formulations.
To ensure you're buying a quality mineral makeup product, read the label. If it says "mineral-enriched" or if the formulation is liquid or mousse, these products may contain ingredients such as paraben preservatives or dimethicone added for a smooth texture. Items that aren't powders might also contain moisturizers, antioxidant vitamins, or other good for your skin ingredients, so it's your choice.
Is it worth it?
When it comes to mineral makeup's skin-soothing properties it is anti-inflammatory, noting that the calamine lotion you use to calm a rash is basically zinc oxide colored with iron oxide, both of which are in mineral makeup. But there's no proof of this claim or indication of how much product you need for that result. What about the claim that it's so gentle you can sleep in it? Mineral makeup's light-as-air feel is part of what makes it so popular, and tempting to sleep in. Still, experts advise against sleeping in makeup of any kind to prevent clogs and irritation.
Mineral makeup might not last as long on your face or be as durable as conventional makeup because it doesn't contain standard cosmetic ingredients such as binders, waterproof polymers, and other "stick-to-your-skin" agents. You may still need to add an SPF to your face as well. True mineral makeup is limited in its natural range of shades, so it may be difficult to find a perfect skin tone match. Today, however, there are so many brands and variations, you have unlimited choices: try Jane Iredale, GloProfessional or Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics if you are ready to make the change.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Easy Make-up Routine for hot days!

Keep it Simple!

During the hot summer months, spending time outdoors can have a disastrous effect on make-up, especially when you're doing any type of exercise.  While you can go make-up free, here's a simple make-up routine that will have you looking good....even when you're sweating!
  • The easiest way to look finished in seconds is you define your brows. Select a water resistant one.  
  • Try a liquid eye shadow like, Jane Iredale's Eye Shere, the perfect water resistant formula to wear if you know you’re going to sweat. Try the shade Champagne Silk for the perfect no-makeup makeup look.
  • Our favorite way to glam up our melt-proof makeup look is to add a hint of shine with  Lip Gloss. It’s moisturizing and gives the perfect sheer color for a simple yet stunning finish.
  • Keep a hydration spray handy.  When you're wiping away sweat, never rub...just gently pat and then spritz.  Hydration sprays will re-set your make-up and give your skin a fresh look!  Click here to find the perfect hydration spray for you.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Your feet are showing! Show them off!

Break out the sandals and flip-flops!  STOP  Look at those feet.  If you're feeling that way, we have some suggestions to get them toes to twinkling and the feet velvety smooth!  Painted toenails and flashy footwear cannot disguise rough calluses.  So let's get started.

The first thing you are going to want to do is exfoliate.  Scrub and file those calluses.  There are several really good products that you can use.  One of the best is Baby Foot.  It comes as two booties.  You put one on each foot and leave it on for an hour, then rinse off.  Peeling will begin within 3-7 days. 

An essential for keeping feet in sandal shape is a foot file.  Microplane's Paddle Style Foot File is a good one, only $10 and it's paddle shape makes it comfortable to use.  Use it with Callus Action Quick Gel if your calluses are thick and cracked.  Another good one is OPI's Feet Callus Therapy.

Keep your feet looking their best with a good foot moisturizer.  Products made specifically for the foot are better at penetrating the soles of your feet than a normal body lotion. Try Nailtiques Avocado Foot Cream or if you're on your feet all day and want both moisturizing and relief, then Spa Ritual's Sole Mate Foot Balm is perfect!

See all of our foot care here!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Easily cover Melasma (dark spots) in one step with Youngblood!

Covering dark spots and other imperfections requires a little extra effort and a good cosmetic.  Here, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics shows you how to do it in one easy step with their  Natural Foundation. This lightweight, crushed mineral powder is a ''must have'' essential! It's incredibly silky, and provides sheer, high performance coverage and a natural radiance-without any glitter or shimmer. Free of talc and fragrance, it allows skin to breathe, is non-comedogenic, and is quick & easy to use. Comes it 16 shades.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

AG Hair for thinning hair!

Don't panic when you start seeing excess hair on your brush or in your shower!  Be pro-active by changing your hair care routine to include products that enhance the growth cycle of your hair and make it stronger.  AG Hair shows you how naturally!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Your make-up routine needs a good 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!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

7 steps for cleansing your hair!

Even the best shampoos and conditioners won't work their magic unless you take care.  Follow these simple 7 steps for getting the best cleanse without damaging your hair.

Detangle & brush your hair prior to cleansing!  Starting with tangled hair, then adding water and shampoo can only make matters worse.  The more controlled your hair is prior to cleansing, the fewer problems you'll have when you are finished.  Brushing first will also loosen dirt and oils from your scalp, so you get a really good cleanse.

Massage the shampoo only into your scalp.  Massage gently with your fingertips, never "scratch" with your nails which is very delicate.   Most of the dirt and oils in your hair are near the scalp.  Only run the shampoo through to your ends at the last.  Your hair ends will get clean as the suds run down the hair.
  • To really protect your ends as you shampoo your scalp, apply a little conditioner on the last couple of inches of your hair.  This way your ends are getting the extra touch of moisture they need as you cleanse your scalp.
Never pile your hair on top of your head.  Piling shampoo-filled hair on top of you head only creates tangles....the worst kind.  If it tangles while it's hanging down, you can pull the tangle out in a downward motion which reduces hair breakage.

Rinse hair thoroughly.  Leaving shampoo residue behind will only attract dirt more easily and quickly and weigh down your style.

Apply conditioner to the ends of the hair and work upward.  Remember, the ends will need the most moisture. Unless your scalp is excessively dry, it does not need conditioner and the product will only clog scalp pores.

Gently detangle your hair while it is saturated with the conditioner.  Keep a good hair brush, like the Wet Brush, in the shower if that is where you shampoo.  This seriously minimizes breakage.  Then rinse hair with water running down the length of your hair.

Never use a towel to dry your hair.  Even the softest terry will shred through your hair and give you split ends.  Simply gently squeeze excess water from the hair.  Use a T-shirt or a other micro-fiber product.  CleanLogic Microfiber Hair Wrap is a great one.  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Black isn't the only eyeliner color!

Chances are, you are like nearly all women.  Check their cosmetic bag and you will find eyeliner.  But black isn't always the right choice.  Sometimes we want to create a softer or more casual look.  That's when brown is the perfect choice.  A medium to dark brown shade can soften your look and still create an attention-calling eye.  Take a look at the celebrity pix below and see the difference.

Taylor Swift

Sofia Vergara
Katy Perry

Mila Kunis