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...black 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

Beyonce

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NEW! Skin care supplements from Jane Iredale!

The beauty industry is constantly evolving, improving and changing.  Science, creativity and new techniques continue to improve the quality and effectiveness of hair, skin and nail care.  We love these new supplements from Jane Iredale!

Jane Iredale - Naturally good
for your skin!
Jane Iredale, skin care makeup as introduced four Advanced Nutrition supplement products for your skin. Skin Vitamin A contains vitamin A, with Vitamin D added.  Vitamin A is important for cell production and growth so it helps to regenerate firm and youthful skin.  It's the anti-aging formula!  Skin Antioxidant, made with seven super antioxidant phytonutrients from plants keeps your youthful skin longer.  Skin Omegas maintain your skin's integrity and healthy lipid layer...skin is smooth & luminous.  Skin Complete combines the ingredients from Skin Antioxidant and Skin Vitamin A so you get the benefits of both in one capsule.  Skin Accumax is the way to go for clear, flawless skin naturally!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A braid to remember!

While not everyone has long hair, anyone can take inspiration from this Schwarzkopf video featuring OSIS+ styling products.  Braids & a style with a BOHO attitude are at the top of style trends.


Friday, July 14, 2017

File your nails...do it correctly...here's how!

Choose a nail file. Emery boards are the most basic nail file and are a cheap and easy tool for filing your nails. They come in different grits -- the lower the number, the rougher the grit, and the more of your nail it will take away at once. Try to find a file with a grit between 220-300 if you have healthy natural nails.
  • Glass files are very effective, but they can be very expensive.
  • Crystal files are as effective as glass files, but are cheaper.
  • Try to avoid metal files if you can. They can tear your nails and cause peeling.
  • Consider getting a few different types of emery boards so you can file your nails as smoothly as possible.
Decide on your nail shape. Before you start filing your nails, you need to decide on the shape you'd like your nails to be. There are five basic nail shapes: oval, square, squoval, round, and pointed/almond. Then create each shape, start at the sides of your nails and follow the natural curve of your cuticle until you reach the center of the nail. Here are the distinctions between the five basic nail shapes:
  • Oval. The oval is a basic nail shape for short, low-maintenance nails. This shape is curved at the top, creating an oval shape for the nail.
  • Square. The square nail has a slightly curved edge that meets two flat sides. It creates a square (or really, a rectangular) look for each nail.
  • Squoval. As the name suggests, this nail shape isn't as round as an oval and isn't as straight as a square. The Squoval, perfect for nails with wide nail beds, is curved but still maintains a partially square look.
  • Round. The round nail is more curved than the oval nail. The sides of the round nail are curved and meet at a rounded point.
  • Pointed/Almond. This is a more extreme version of the round nail. A pointed nail does not have a flat or curved edge but has both sides meeting up to create a point. This creates a dramatic look but requires higher maintenance.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Fun & Easy Nail Art Design

What is easier than drawing a line?  Although Essie's design uses blue, green & purple, only your imagination limits your color choices.  Need new colors.  Choose from over 500, click here.


Monday, July 10, 2017

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!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Concealing those tired eyes

“Why didn’t I go to bed earlier?” Ugh! Dark circles are just the worst. And sadly, because they’ve become a fixture in our lives, we’ve become masters at hiding those zombie-like under-eyes.  But don't worry...we've got them covered!

Depending on the day, you may need a color corrector or something with more moisture or something with even more moisture  But how do you know which one to use?

Concealers will just disguise those nasty shadows but they’re usually a bit translucent ― meaning your skin is a bit visible through it. This is good because it gives you flexibility with your makeup look and also lets your skin look like skin.  The downside with just using a concealer is that if your shadows are particularly dark, they’ll shine through the product too.

Youngblood Ultimate Corrector
has both peach & yellow
That’s where correctors come in. They neutralize the darkness using the same principles you learned in middle school art class (Remember the color wheel?).  Using colors like green, yellow, peach, and lavender, you can put a color on your spots or shadows that is opposite on the color wheel. Think peach pigment on purplish, blue circles; green on splotchy reds; lavender to counteract sallowness.

Wearing the correctors alone or with concealer over them is up to you and the finish you’re looking to achieve. For major skin concerns (super dark circles, hyperpigmentation, acne, etc.), the combo of a corrector and concealer is a life-saver. 

Keep in mind to only use your concealer on the skin that is dark and not on the entire under eye. Covering the entire under eye will only bring more attention to the area. Start from outer corner of the eye and apply small dots of concealer and gradually come towards the middle of the eye just below the lower lash line. Smudge it with the help of a makeup sponge or fingers until perfectly blended.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Best skin care for your skin type

When it comes to skin care, we've all experienced disappointment.  Quality skin care products can be expensive so the more you know before you buy can better the investment.  Getting the right formulation for your skin will help to insure the product you buy is the product you use and not just another jar or bottle that ends up in the back of the cabinet because you paid for it and don't want to throw it away.  Selecting the formulation (delivery system) is not just about what you are partial to but what benefit that particular formula has for your skin.  Today's products have lots and lots of science behind them.  You can use the chart below as a good guide for choosing what will work for you.
FormulationSkin Type
Milk & Lotion Sensitive skin which is easily irritated, can become red and itchy.
BalmExtremely dry or dehydrated skin that is flaky or cracked and feels tight.
Micellar WaterNormal and sensitive skin which has minimal irritation.
GelOil & acne prone skin that breaks out easily and/or is inflamed and congested.
PowderNormal skin that usually has minimal oiliness or dryness.
FoamExtremely oily Skin that is greasy to the touch and shiny all day long.
Thick CreamDry, dehydrated and mature skin that shows signs of aging and a loss of elasticity.

You can find the perfect product for your skin type...click here for all of our great face care products.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Lips!

Lips are an extension of the inside of your mouth - your mucus membranes.  They have no oil glands or hair follicles to protect them so they don't have the usual layer of sweat and body oils which keep the skin on your body smooth.  This means lips dry out faster and, without special attention, can crack and chap.  The skin on your lips is also very thin compared to the rest of your face.  That is why lips have their natural coloring...it's the blood vessels that can be seen through the lip skin. (The upper lip is the labium superius oris and the lower lip is the labium inferius oris.  The juncture where the lips meet the surrounding skin is called the vermilion border.)

So, why do we want full lips?  According to researchers, it has been shown that the more estrogen a woman has, the fuller her lips.  Somehow, in our distant past, this got built into our DNA and served as an indicator of a woman's fertility, so full lips became sexually attractive.  Interestingly, when make-up was applied to lips, they found biological indicators were masked.

Now you know...probably more info than you needed!  The bottom line, lips need extra moisture and care.  A well made-up lip completes your look and makes you feel more confident; even a neutral shade.  So, when selecting lip products, it is important to choose one with moisturizers and SPF protection (like Jane Iredale's Lip Drink), no matter what shade or type (lipstick, gloss, balm) you buy.

Tips for lips:
  • Line the lips after you've applied your lip color.
  • Just line the center of the Cupid's bow and the center of the lower lip.
  • Gloss is youthful.  It works at any time of the day or night.
  • If you love to wear gloss but are worried about feathering, put a dot in the middle of the lower lip only.
  • If you want to make lips appear large, line on the outside or the vermilion line, but not into the skin.
  • Mix lipstick shades for your own custom color. 
  • You can use a lip pencil and fill in your entire lips and just add a clear gloss for a go anywhere and everywhere look.
For the very best in lip care, select from our professional cosmetics just for lips. Click here!