Monday, September 30, 2019

Is it a drug or a cosmetic?

We all know, the FDA does not regulate cosmetics.  It does, however, regulate drugs, i.e.. products containing "actives" that can change the structure of your skin or treat the symptoms of a condition like eczema or rosacea . Those considered a drug by the FDA, means it comes with a specific set of regulatory guidelines and an approval process involving clinical trials before it can be sold. When buying skin care products, how do you know which it is - drug or cosmetic.

Here's where it gets really confusing: Whether or not a product lists the active as an active ingredient on the label comes down to whether or not it's considered a cosmetic or a drug. A skin-care cosmetic product may contain the same active ingredient as a product that's considered a drug, but it won't list the active ingredient in question as an active ingredient on the label, but rather as an ingredient—even if it is advertised on the front of the packaging. This is due to the wording of the claims around the ingredient.

For instance, a face wash containing salicylic acid may be considered a drug and list it as an active ingredient if it claims to actually treat or manage acne. If it's a cosmetic, it may just list salicylic acid among its many ingredients.

It's the way a product is marketed—including its intended use, what the consumer perceives it to do, and what the packaging claims it will do—that determines which category the FDA puts it in.

So, a product might say it can "reduce the appearance of" skin concerns such as wrinkles or redness or otherwise make them "less noticeable"—without specifically saying it treats the underlying condition associated with those issues. In these cases, the FDA treats them like cosmetics rather than drugs. Cosmetic ingredients aren't tested by the FDA before they're sold, so the responsibility for them to be safe and effective rests on the manufacturer. Specifically, cosmetics are defined as products "for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance," and they are required not to mislead consumers with their claims, otherwise the FDA may take action.

In 2016, the FDA issued warning letters to 30 different companies for citing drug claims associated with topical skin care, hair care, and eyelash/eyebrow preparations, noted on both product labeling and Web sites. Some examples of the drug claims cited are acne treatment, cellulite reduction, stretch mark reduction, wrinkle removal, dandruff treatment, hair restoration, and eyelash growth. All were selling a product as a cosmetic but labeling and promoting it as a drug, e.g. intended to diagnose, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease, or to affect the structure or function of the body.

Bottom line:  be a label and ingredient reader!  Be wary of companies claiming to cure a health concern.  See if the label states the product is FDA approved.  Check with your doctor if you are unsure of the what the product claims.


Sunday, September 29, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week?

Cannabis Sativa Therapeutic Massage Lotion

Unwind and finish off the day by treating yourself to a soothing massage with this lotion. A non-greasy lotion that is infused with aromatic essential oils to soothe the skin with anti-inflammatory properties to help relieve pain. Alleviates tired and tense muscles and leaves the skin feeling invigorated and refreshed.

Invigo Nutri-Enrich Hair Care Products

Instant nourishment for smooth hair full of vitality. With Nutri-Enrich-Blend™: Oleic Acid and Panthenol provide moisture and nourishment for hair, Vitamin E protects hair from further stress, and with Goji Berry which is known to be extremely rich in vitamins, minerals and peptides.

Give your eyelids a liquid chrome shine with this liquid eye-shadow. A weightless, intensely pigmented liquid eye-shadow that delivers everlasting shimmer and shine for up to 24 hours! Infused with pure color pigments and crystal chrome pearls to give your eyelids a vibrant and intense finish. Buildable, non-transfer base with minimal fall-out and can be used as an eyeliner!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Selecting the Right Face Mask

They are so easy!  The face mask has exploded because they make your face look and feels great and your beauty routine faster.  But...with all the different types of masks available, how do you select the one or more that are right for your skin type.  Let us help you!

First, if you are under the impression that face masks are an indulgence, you are mistaken.  Your skins need the love and care a mask can provide.

Cream Masks
These are great for normal to dry skin.  They provide moisture, hydration and soften your skin.  They also make your skin plumper and smoother.  Look for ingredients like AHA's (alpha hydroxy acid), BHA's (beta hydroxy acid), essential oils and natural butters.

Clay Masks
These masks balance out oil levels and help to regulate oil secretion on the surface of your skin so they are best for oily or acne-prone skin.  Clay masks help rid your skin of all the dust and debris that has built up; plus they remove blackheads.  They help to resolve T-zone issues and firm skin.   Look for ingredients like lactic and citric acids.

Gel Masks
Sensitive and dehydrated skin types should use a gel mask.  They are gentle, lightweight and get absorbed quickly.  They can hydrate and calm your skin while firming it.  Look for ingredients like cucumber, green tea and mint.

Exfoliating Masks
Skin care experts recommend a skin face exfoliation twice per week.  This help to get rid of dead skin cells that clog pores.  Exfoliating helps to brighten, giving you a healthy glow.  Look for ingredients like glycolic acid, lactic acid or papaya and pineapple fruit enzymes.

Thermal Masks
Also know as self-heating mask, these use science to work miracles on your skin.  The ingredients generate heat with exposed to air or water or both.  They produce a deep cleaning, unclogging pores and enhancing blood circulation.  They can pull out deep impurities in the skin.  These masks are especially perfect in winter.

Peel Off Masks
Want an instant glow?  Use a peel--off mask.  They physically removed everything that has settle on the top layer of your skin - dead skin cells, dust, oil and blackheads.  Look for ones that use fruit or plant based and use all natural ingredients.

Hydrogel Masks
Holding much more moisture than a regular gel, these are very, very effective for repairing fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.  They can be used by most skin types, reduce redness caused by inflammation and leave your skin baby soft.

Vitamin C Masks
Aging reduced your skin's capacity to produce collagen - the substance that gives your skin it's flexibility.  A vitamin C mask will fortify you skin, fill up the tiny lines, and boost collagen production.  Vitamin C (also called L-ascorbic acid), along with AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids) are some of the best anti-aging skin care ingredients.

So, now that you know what to look for:  Shop for Face Masks

Friday, September 27, 2019

BRAND PROFILE: Matrix's Biolage RAW

Biolage RAW! Made by Matrix. Made with natural, organic, vegan ingredients.  There are three formulas for shampoo & conditioner. Recover - for stressed, sensitized hair; Nourish for dull, dry hair and Uplift to add lightweight body. Each formula also has a clay masque product that gives your hair that extra boost to healthy! One of the best products in this line is the Replenish Oil Mist. No matter which formula you need, Replenish works for everyone! This hard-working product does six's a pre-shampoo oil for thin hair, a blow-dry aid, a smoothing agent, an overnight treatment and a conditioner! It's fabulous!

This Collection has been carefully formulated with the best natural elements to give your hair an enriching experience. Feed your hair pure and natural ingredients! Matrix Biolage R.A.W. is made with 70% to 100% Natural Origin and is up to 99% Biodegradable. Natural clay and oil elements are just a part of these wholesome hair riches. Try them and see for yourself how you hair will come back to life!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Selecting the Right Shampoo

There are so many formulas and types of shampoo, it can be hard to decide.  Your hair and scalp changes over time and you may need a different shampoo to meet your hair's current needs.  So, before you automatically select the same old shampoo you've been using for years, consider this:

Define Your Scalp Type
Before you choose shampoo, it's important to know what shampoo does, how to use it, and how that relates to your hair and scalp type. Shampoo is meant to clean your hair and scalp of dirt, oil, and styling products. While you might think of shampoo strictly as a hair-cleansing agent, it's equally important to consider your scalp when choosing a shampoo.

Think of it this way: 

Shampoo is for your scalp and roots, 
while conditioner is for the ends of your hair. 

  • If your scalp is oily and your ends are dry (a common combination), then you should choose a shampoo that is best suited for an oily scalp and leave the moisturizing up to your conditioner, which should be applied only to your dried ends.
  • Hydrating/moisturizing shampoo: great for adding moisture, shine, and smoothness to hair. Good for thick, curly, or coarse hair that lacks moisture.
  • Volumizing shampoo: excellent choice if your hair is fine or limp for an extra boost without weighing the hair down.
  • Strengthening/fortifying shampoo: good for damaged, over-processed, highlighted, weakened, or brittle hair. Usually contains extra protein to improve hair's condition.
  • Balancing shampoo: typically a nice middle-of-the-road option. Not too moisturizing, but won't dry your hair out.
  • Smoothing/straight hair shampoo: typically rich with extra moisturizers and smoothing agents that help seal the cuticle and provide a great start for straight and smooth styles.
  • Curly hair shampoo: very moisturizing and contains ingredients that reduce frizz without weighing down the curls.
  • Clarifying Shampoo:  designed to remove product build-up and clean hair thoroughly.  Everyone should have this type of shampoo and use it once every week or two.  Don't use it more than this or it will strip those strands of natural oils they need.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Acacia Gum also known as Gum Arabic is one of the most ancient of the gums. It comes from the sap of the Gum Arabic Tree. In skin care it is used as a soothing ingredient and helps alleviate inflammations. Gums are also used to thicken natural liquid soap and cosmetics. Acacia Gum has been used for centuries.

This natural gum is derived from various species of acacia plant. Acacia Senegal Gum is the gummy exudate from Acacia senegal and is often referred to by its technical name, gum arabic. Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract is obtained by drying and pulverizing the pods of Acacia concinna.

The acacia tree is a thorny, scraggly tree that grows approximately 4.5 m tall. It is most abundant in regions of Africa, especially in the Republic of Sudan. During times of drought, the bark of the tree splits, exuding a sap that dries in small droplets or tears. Historically, these hardened sap tears served as the major source of acacia gum, but modern commercial acacia gum is derived by tapping trees periodically and collecting the resin semi-mechanically.

Gum Arabica Powder can help adhere products to the skin. This helps improve a product's performance. It is ideal to form a "film" that is especially useful in products containing sunscreen actives. (P.S. It is also a source of soluble fiber, it is a dietary fiber that dissolves in water to form a gel-like substance in the intestines. Acacia fiber is known to suppress appetite, reduce gut inflammation, alleviate constipation and diarrhea, it also supports weight loss by helping you to stay full for longer.)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

One Small Swap - it can make a difference!

If we all act now to reduce the volume of toxic chemical production & make healthier choices in beauty products we can help our planet.

The current world population is now 7.7 billion as of September 2019 & it's growing by the second, this is according to the most recent United Nations estimates. So how can swapping just one of your beauty products help? By reducing the number of chemical based products & opting for a sustainable choice such as botanical soaps & fermented vinegar's, bicarbonate soda or other plant & mineral based makeups, bath & body care products, together we can all reduce the sheer volume of chemical production world wide.
If each of us swaps one beauty product for a product that contains sustainable botanicals or biodegradable packaging, imagine the impact.  

Take palm oil for example. It’s a type of oil that’s commonly used in many things, from chocolate to soap, but many conservationists say it’s having a big impact on Orangutans, whose forest homes are often cut down for palm oil plantations. Is palm oil necessary in cosmetics? NO. There are so many other oils available that do not cause mass devastation to habitats. 

How about eye shadow?  If we each bought a Refillable compact, and then choose our palette refills as we needed them, think of all the plastic we would save, not to mention the money!

Just make one change.  Encourage your friends to make one change.  Together, we can make a big change.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Fall/Winter 2019 make-up trends

This year it's a return to some beauty classics - from smoky eyes to red lips and outdoor blush, but reimagined with updated twists.

Matte Red lips with a minimal make-up and a polished skin.

Just a flush of blush - looking like you just came in from a long, brisk fall walk.  Pair it with soft pink lips and light, natural eyes.

Make eyes the focus with graphic lines in midnight black or a deep metallic.  Don't forget the lower lash line - it can really make an impact.

Don't just go for a smoky eye...give your whole face some understated elegance with a soft, monotone palette of smoky neutrals on the eyes, cheeks and lips.

Neon color - anywhere you fancy!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week

Invent | Design | Engineer - This is what Zadro has excelled in for over 30 years! Zadro strives to design top high quality mirrors that reflect your true inner self. Every mirror is designed with cutting edge technology to ensure clear and precise result.

Buy Zadro Mirrors today.  (P.S. Makes a great gift.)


Moisturize your skin a whole new way with this body spray-on! A dermatologist tested spray-on body oil that delivers instant moisture to your skin without the mess. Made with natural jojoba and argan oil to mimic the skin's natural sebum and deliver vitamins A, D and E. Omega 3 and 6 revitalize and replenish the skin with a soothing sensation. Great substitute for lotions ad can be used for massages as well.  Eight great scents, plus unscented.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Going Clean? Go Green too!

Eco-friendly packaging focuses on whether the container holding the skin care formula is biodegradable, made from recycled materials or is recyclable itself. This can be a challenge as the products need to be kept safe, clean and undisturbed from the packaging. The materials need to maintain stability for products that contain water or oils. The reality is that the cosmetics themselves could start to prematurely breakdown the packaging and lead to a shorter shelf life.

In some ways, eco-friendly packaging can also help customers avoid certain chemicals if that's a concern. In recent years there has been some concern over whether the chemicals in plastic packaging can be harmful to our health. Think BPA and phthalates. These chemicals are thought to be endocrine disruptors and possible carcinogens,

The beauty industry is constantly reinventing itself; coming up with better, safer, and cleaner products every day. But when is the last time you took a close look at your beauty shelf and updated it to be as green as you could be?

What are Recycled & Biodegradable Packaging?

Making sure the packaging of your beauty products is "green" is one of the easiest ways to improve your footprint on the Earth. Biodegradable packaging breaks down in only 3 to 6 months which is a huge step forward compared to original plastics which can take several hundred years. 

The best option is "no-waste" packaging, which doesn't necessarily mean a lack of packaging altogether.  Technically ‘no waste’ is meant to refer to products where no portion is sent to landfills, oceans or incinerated.  Packaging options that can be recycled include biodegradable paper or cardboard, metal containers and glass bottles and jars. The biodegradable paper is often used for the boxes and outer packaging of the products.  Biodegradable paper is often coated with potato or corn (as opposed to plastic).

This kind of packaging made a boom in the late 00s and early 10s and is widely available in the beauty industry. Brands like Pravana, Onesta, Matrix Biolage RAW, AG and more have been produced in these more eco-friendly packages for years now. Some companies have now also made another large step forward by making the packaging out of recycled material and biodegradable. One company, for example, is the Matrix Biolage RAW. Every bottle is made from recycled plastic, is recyclable and the contents are formulated in a factory the is powered 100% by the sun. Now that is a green option for your shower!  (Look for the symbol when shopping at

What else can you do?

Make the switch to multi-use products! Items like cleansing conditioners have come a long way in the last 5 years. They are a great alternative to having both shampoo and conditioner in your shower. If you aren't ready to make that big of a switch consider using your shampoo also as a body wash and your conditioner can double as a shaving cream. On your makeup counter use items like a tinted moisturizer as a base instead of sunscreen, primer, and moisturizer. Jane Iredale's Dream Tint is a great example. It carries SPF 15, Jojoba and Shea Butter for moisture and minimizes pore and lines like a primer. Bam! Used to use three products, now all found in this one!

Friday, September 20, 2019


100% vegan haircare produced in Sweden 
They are not the usual haircare brand. Their 100% vegan and cruelty free products are developed out of love for animals, as they should not be part of haircare products. By providing high quality vegan beauty, they make it easy for everyone to take a step towards a sustainable and friendlier world.

When you choose Maria Nila, you choose cruelty free, climate friendly and color protecting haircare produced in Sweden. Their chemists develop products with carefully chosen ingredients that make a difference for clients, salons, animals and the environment. They have their own product development, production, filling and warehouse in our factory in Helsingborg, Sweden, and from there ship all over the world.

Maria Nila 100% vegan shampoos, conditioners, masques come in formulas True Soft, Sheer Silver, Pure Volume, Luminous Colour and Structure Repair.  

Maria Nila Colour Refresh is a gentle hair masque with non-permanent colour pigments.
By using Colour Refresh you can easily either intensify your current colour or change the colour in your hair. The colour washes out successively and stays in your hair for about 4 - 10 washes.  15 shades.

Maria Nila has safety and quality checks in every step of the production chain assure that you their products have the highest possible quality, in every single unit. By driving and controlling the entire process from concept to product, they are able to guarantee healthy working conditions and high quality formulas.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

What do they mean?

It can often be confusing when products tout the virtues of their products, especially the differences between vegan, organic and cruelty free.  As Beauty Care Choices continues its commitment to the Clean Salon, you will see these symbols associated with brands, brand lines and products.  As you continue to make safer choices on what beauty products you purchase, we want to be sure you understand what these terms mean.

Cruelty-free means that the products, and the ingredients that were used in the product, were not tested on animals at any stage during their development.

Vegan means that the products contain no animal ingredients or animal by-products. This includes well known ingredients like honey, beeswax, gelatin, yogurt and other less obvious animal by-products like:
  • lanolin (wool grease) which is common in lip products.
  • Shellac (from lac bugs) used in some nail products
  • squalene (shark liver oil) used in lip balms, deodorants and moisturizers
  • carmine (crushed-up beetles) to create a red color for lipsticks, blushes, nail polish.
  • ambergris (sperm whale vomit) in perfumes.

Across the USA, UK and Australia, certified “organic” has a very similar definition. If you’re buying certified organic generally your products (food or the ingredients in your cosmetics, for example) come for a farming system which uses:  
  • No manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilizers
  • No artificial or synthetic colors, preservatives or chemicals (including parabens and sulfates) 
  • No routine use of antibiotics
  • No GMOs (genetically modified organisms) or growth regulators
  • Very limited number of pesticides allowed
  • More sustainable land management

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Water-Free Beauty Products

Not letting the tap run for too long and making sure the dishwasher is full before turning it on are two sure-fire ways to reduce water consumption, but did you know you can also cut down when it comes to your skincare routine?  Enter: waterless beauty products, a growing trend of cosmetics for environmentally-conscious consumers.  

Water is usually the first thing you see on the ingredients list of most of your skincare and personal care products.  Since ingredient lists are arranged in descending order, this means that there is more water in the product than any other ingredient.   The world faces a looming water shortage — it’s estimated that nearly ten per cent of the world’s population does not have access to clean and safe water — many big beauty companies are now recognizing the importance of scaling back on water usage, with many of them taking the lead to pledge a decrease in water usage in the coming years.  (For example: Cosmetics giant L'Oréal has committed to a 60 per cent reduction in water consumption per finished product by 2020 (from a 2005 baseline), while Unilever (makers of many soaps and shampoo brands) is committing to halve the water associated with the consumer use of its products by 2020 (against a baseline of 2010). 

More and more beauty product manufacturer's are developing water-free (or nearly water-free) products.  Waterless products come with less packaging and a lower shipping weight.  They also don’t "go off" so there’s less wastage.  Items like solid bars instead of shower gels, dry face masks, shampoo bars, moisturizing sticks are showing up more and more.

Is it truly "Waterless"
It may be impossible for any beauty formulation to be truly waterless. The water required to grow raw ingredients and process, ship, use and dispose of any of your cleansers and scrubs may far outweigh any water savings gained from excluding water in the formulation itself.  Just because a product doesn’t contain a high concentration of water doesn’t necessarily mean that it didn’t require the usage of a large amount of water in its manufacturing process. And since most products contain dozens of extracts and chemicals, it might be difficult to tell how much water is actually used by the companies to make them.

What advantages, besides saving water, do waterless products provide?
We all know that products with high water content are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. This is why there is a need for preservatives to help keep skincare formulas stable and safe even after months after opening. Now, imagine if your skincare products are completely free of water. This means that the use of preservatives will be completely eliminated, leaving you with cleaner, non-toxic products to use with a peace of mind.  Plus, who doesn’t find it a pain to transfer products to TSA approved sizes when you travel? If you’re using solid perfumes instead of packing travel-sized vials of fragrances, and swapping out cream masks for a dry sheet mask, travelling will be so much easier.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Beauty Product Safety - Let's Detox!

If you're joining us on our Clean Salon beauty journey, now is the perfect time to do a beauty cabinet detox, getting rid of products that contain unhealthy ingredients you are now determined to avoid.

It’s can be little surprising to realize just how many products we use every day. Most of us have more than we think. Now consider that the more you use, the higher the chance you’re not only using one ingredient villain, you may be layering on several of these toxic ingredients – from head to toe.

The first step is identifying the ingredients you want to avoid.  Be a label reader. If you are unsure of what an ingredient is, you can always check our Beauty Science page.  You also might want to start just by avoiding all of the dirty dozen.  These are the most problematic and have the most science behind them.

If you can't afford to toss every thing and start over...which most of us can't...put a big black X on the item so when it is time to replace it, you're not just grabbing the same brand out of habit.  It's a good reminder you want to find a clean product to replace it.

It is important to remember that the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate beauty products and has only banned 11 substances.  In contrast, the European Union (EU) has over 1,000 banned chemicals.  It also much more closely monitors and approves beauty products.  If you want to learn more about this, we've provided the links below for chemicals banned in the USA, Europe, Canada & Japan.

USA Chemicals banned

EU Chemicals Banned



Monday, September 16, 2019

Beauty Care Choices launches the "Clean Salon"

Finding the right beauty product, a safe product, a "clean" product just got easier at is adding icons to their web site! With the rise of non-toxic beauty, people are spending a little more time checking out the packaging of their cosmetics. You may be paying stricter attention to ingredient lists. So are we and we are working hard to help you find the right products before you buy.  We've started with the icons below.  With 185 brands and over 20,000 products, we will be continuing this effort.  We want you to enjoy a "clean salon".

When in comes to beauty products, consumers have lots of choices, from what they buy to where they buy it. They also have choices of what ingredients go into their ultimately on their body. During the past few months our BEAUTY SCIENCE articles have provided our customers with the pros and cons of various ingredients used in the making of hair, skin, and cosmetic products. Why? Because more and more people are making healthy choices regarding beauty products. Not only do they want to avoid the "dirty dozen" (see chart below), but may want exclusively organic & cruelty free, biodegradable, or alcohol free products. They may have allergies that require them to be gluten free or need it to be hypo-allergenic.

The FDA does NOT require approval before a cosmetic goes on the market or approval of cosmetic ingredients. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines cosmetics by their intended use, as "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body...for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance". Among the products included in this definition are skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup preparations, cleansing shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, and deodorants, as well as any substance intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product.

Take a look at the new look on our web site. You'll see and be able to search for the right products for your needs.

Clean Salon (on Facebook) is a new group resource at Beauty Care Choices. If you have health concerns that make you sensitive to chemicals in beauty products, we want to hear from you. Please join our group discussion and share your personal story. Help us to help you find products that perform without the chemicals that cause you concern. Everyone is developing more and more sensitivities and not just to what we put in our bodies but what we put on them. Gluten Free, Paraben Free, Free of Artificial Colors/Additives, Vegan, Alcohol free, Sulfates (SLS) and so many other individual concerns are troubling our customers and salon clients. Our goal is to help our customers navigate their Beauty Care Choices according to their health care needs.

The dirty dozen:

Sunday, September 15, 2019

WHAT'S NEW this week?

Cleanse and exfoliate with this 2-in-1 skin care formula! A cleansing stick designed to create a rich lather to gently cleanse the skin to leave it refreshed and clean. Enriched with 100% pure natural hemp seed oil and formulated with fine walnut shell to gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Its blend of essential oils, butters and extracts work to restore and seal in moisture for all day hydration. Leaves subtle sweet, perfume notes of Koa and Sweet Almond for a refreshing and light scent. Paraben-free, gluten-free, vegan, THC-free and dye-free.

This styling gel is surely more than your average gel! A weightless and color-safe, non-alcohol gel formulated to give you maximum style durability and superior humidity-resistant hold. Gives you thicker, fuller-looking hair and will not flake or build up. Is thermal resistant up to 450 degrees F and prevents frizz for up to 24 hours. Ideal for blow-outs and style sculpting. Cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free and vegan.

Achieve show-stopping brows with this brow enhancing serum. Formulated with 5 powerful peptides to condition the brows while delivering much needed nutrients. Infused with molasses and sodium hyaluronate to deeply hydrate and nourish the brows while panthenol and biotin work to provide hair-loving vitamins to encourage fuller-looking, healthy brows. Gluten-free, cruelty-free and vegan friendly. Brows are left pampered, conditioned and nourished!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Applying an Eye Shadow palette

When you buy an eye shadow palette, you're getting a ready made set of colors that are coordinated to give you a beautiful look.  But...what's the best way to apply the colors and in what order.  Hynt Beauty shows you.  Hynt Beauty - one of our newest, all natural cosmetic brands.

Friday, September 13, 2019


For over 15 years, MOP® has been making some of the best products available in salons. The mission from the beginning has always been to make products that use the best ingredients while never sacrificing our Modern Original Performance. What does this mean… well, it simply means that do not ever sacrifice performance for the latest ingredient fad, but always want to make the customers feel good about what they use on their heads. That is why vegetable and fruit derived ingredients, botanicals and natural extracts are used wherever possible in the formulas. They never test products on animals and wherever possible they try to make all of the formulas Vegan.

MOP products use enticing extracts and nourishing botanicals to give you hair that is strong, healthy and full of shine.  For example, their C-System Clean Shampoo is fragrance free & contains powerful antioxidants.  Their Mixed Greens uses vegetable derived cleansing agents that smooth & soften.  The Pomegranate Nourishing Mask is packed with moisture and utilizes their exclusive POMegranate Enzyme which is complete with Punicic Acid to make hair stronger, thicker and healthier.

MOP's goal is to create a culture where all people can express themselves without being judged, condemned or criticized.  MOP gives back to these organizations:

The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. 

Not In Our Town is a movement to stop hate, address bullying and build safe and inclusive communities for all. 

The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to affirm and assert your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be a challenging and isolating process – but, the good news is, no one has to do it alone.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Going Gray Gracefully

Gray hair first appears in both men and women generally between the ages of 34 and 44.  Turning gray prematurely (under 20) is largely genetic.  So why do you turn gray? Your hair follicles contain pigment cells that produce melanin, which gives your hair its color. When your body stops generating melanin, hair goes gray, silver, or white.  In other words, your hair goes through natural cycles of falling out and growing back, and after age 35, it's more likely to grow back in gray.

When grey hairs first start appearing, it’s pretty easy to keep on top of them with a bit of colour gloss and an occasional squirt of root touch-up spray. But sooner or later, the maintenance gets serious. Semi-permanent colour glaze gives way to permanent dye, and the root covering schedules shifts from every few months to once a month or less.

Of course there’s no reason why you can’t carry on colouring forever, but there may come a point when you start asking, ‘Is it really worth the effort?’ The good news is, grey hair is officially on trend right now, so there’s never been a better time to make the transition to the silver side. If you’re ready to embrace the silver side, here’s our expert guide on getting it right. Because these days going grey DOESN’T mean having granny hair.

Contrary to popular belief, going gray takes more work than just cancelling your next salon appointment for a monthly root touch-up. (If it were that easy, who wouldn’t jump on that time-saving, penny-wise, and hassle-free scenario?) There are a few essential tips when you decide to embrace the gray that make sure the transition from color-treated to completely natural occurs without any moments of doubt or discomfort. Check out the three best tricks you need to go gray gracefully when you decide it’s time to give up the highlights.

  • Going from colored hair to natural gray requires a transition stage that can be made a little less noticeable by getting a chop. Having a short haircut will keep your hair from looking conspicuously contrasted in color, and you can even bid farewell to hair color with one last job: some highlights or lowlights that blend the roots to the rest of your pixie, crop, or bob. No matter your base color, keep the highlights and lowlights in the ashy, cool-toned family to create a natural blend of color. Besides, you’ll love the low maintenance styling that a short haircut needs as you initially embrace the gray. 
  • Many good things can happen when going gray, but for most people, is a year-long process that certainly won’t happen overnight. If you are ready to commit to growing out your gray, know that patience is key. It will be a shock to the eye and maybe some emotions will arise too, but focus on the end result and keep in mind the reason you have chosen to make this decision. So don’t freak out and grab a bottle of die prematurely, because there are ways to make the transition easier.  
  • Use the right shampoo to avoid dull, yellowing gray strands. Whenever hair is dyed or highlighted, using the proper shampoo helps keep brassiness at bay. For colored blondes, violet shampoo keeps every shade vivid and balanced. For colored brunettes, blue shampoo keeps those caramel highlights rich and warm. Similarly, gray and white hair can skew yellow or look dull easily—due to pigment loss—when not kept in tip-top condition with the right shampoo. Grey hair is generally coarser and drier. Invest in a shampoo formulated just for gray and white hair to avoid dull, yellow, or brassy strands. For most, a violet-tinted shampoo will work wonders when used just once or twice a week. (Use an ultra-hydrating shampoo formula for the rest of your weekly washes.)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Smoking & Wrinkles

Yes. Smoking can speed up the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. These skin changes may occur after only 10 years of smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke and the longer you smoke, the more skin wrinkling you're likely to have — even though the early skin damage from smoking may be hard for you to see initially. Aside from age, smoking is the strongest predictor of facial wrinkling in men and women.  And smoking doesn't cause wrinkles only on your face. Smoking is also associated with increased wrinkling and skin damage on other parts of your body, including your inner arms.

How does smoking lead to wrinkles? The nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. This impairs blood flow to your skin. With less blood flow, your skin doesn't get as much oxygen and important nutrients, such as vitamin A.

Many of the more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke also damage collagen and elastin, which are fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely because of smoking.

In addition, repeated exposure to the heat from burning cigarettes and the facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — may contribute to wrinkles. Premature wrinkling was first documented in smokers in the early 1970s, in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In a study of more than 1,100 subjects, University of California researcher Harry W. Daniell noted that the severity of wrinkling—after accounting for factors like age and sun exposure—was most apparent in smokers of both sexes beginning around the age of 30. Smokers between the ages of 40 and 49, reported Daniell, were as likely to be “prominently” wrinkled as non-smokers who were 20 years older.
Pix from WebMD
In the picture above you can clearly see the effect smoking had on Twin B.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Helping your Brittle Splitting Nails

Onychoschizia is the medical term for splitting fingernails. The term onychoschizia includes splitting, brittle, soft or thin nails. Onychoschizia is more common in women. Only very rarely are internal disease or vitamin deficiencies the reason (iron deficiency is the most common).

If the fingernails split, but the toenails are strong, then the cause is likely something you are doing. Basically brittle nails can be divided into dry and brittle (too little moisture) and soft and brittle (often too much moisture). The usual cause is repeated wetting and drying of the fingernails. This makes them dry and brittle. This is often worse in low humidity and in the winter (dry heat).

The best treatment is to apply lotions containing alpha-hydroxy acids or lanolin to the nails after first soaking nails in water for 5 minutes. Wearing cotton gloves when performing household chores that involve getting the hands wet is very helpful in preventing brittle nails. If your nails are soft, they may be getting too much moisture or being damaged by chemicals such as detergents, cleaning fluids and acetone based nail polish removers .

Be gentle to you nails. Shape and file your nails with a very fine file and round the tips in a gentle curve. Daily filing of snags or irregularities helps to prevent further breakage or splitting. Avoid metal instruments on the nail surface to push back the cuticle. If the nails are "buffed" do this in the same direction as the nail grows and not in a "back and forth" motion because this can cause nail splitting.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Make-up Brush Guide: What each does - How to care for them

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.

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

Cleaning Your Brush Often Makes for a Happy Face!
Because these brushes are used on your face, the cleaner, the better! Many dermatologists advise washing brushes used for foundation and concealer once a week to prevent buildup. We should be cleaning our tools on a weekly basis to prevent bacteria buildup. Otherwise, you're going to experience a lot of unwanted breakouts. 
Brushes used near the eyes should be cleaned at least 2x a month
Go Beyond Basic Care
Using fancy dry shampoo-like sprays or any product that is formulated as a "brush cleanser" really isn't necessary. In fact, we find the best cleaning solution is a baby shampoo or moisturizing shampoo mixed with tea-tree oil. The addition of tea-tree oil helps kill acne-causing bacteria because it's antimicrobial. 
Also, using higher quality brushes will make a huge difference. Using the right tools are just as important as the makeup itself for getting the look you want. Knowing when to toss your brush is also important. If your brushes become too squashed or your the bristles are starting to fray, shed or loose shape then it's time to throw them away. They simply will not be able to handle the job.