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Mustache Nails

Mustache nails For a cute nail decoration, try mustache nails!  They are super easy and perfect for teens and pre-teens. My thirteen year old assistant did these herself.

First, prep your nails. Give your nails a good cleaning, trim the cuticle, apply lotion, file the nails to a good length.  Now you are ready for painting.  Apply a clear coat first, as your base coat.  Next, apply two coats of pink or hot pink nail polish. Let each coat dry completely before doing the next one.  Then, using a smaller detail brush, paint tiny mustaches near the tips of each nail with black nail polish. See the photo for a guide.  Finally, cover it all with a clear top coat to make it last.

Your friends will love it!


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May 16, 2012   1 Comment

Tanning: All A-Glow & Healthy

With summer fun just around the corner, it’s time to shed some winter weight and start creating that brilliant bronze body. For many people, avoiding the sun’s harmful rays is a must and the idea of hopping in a tanning bed is ludicrous. In addition to going to a salon for the sunless spray tan, you can achieve a natural and beautiful look at home. There are some sun-free, bed-free options that can help create that perfect summer glow without all of the damage to your skin.

Whether you want to achieve the sun-kissed look at home or at a salon, remember to prepare your skin before hand to see the best results and the most staying power. Before doing anything, EXFOLIATE! Take some time in the shower to slough off the dead skin cells from your face and body. Dead skin will soak up the color that is applied and create a streaky and uneven color.

If “tanning” at home, choose a quality product that is right for your skin tone. Just because you want a dark complexion doesn’t mean you have one, and no bottle product will achieve that for you. Options include moisturizers with self-tanners like Jergens’ Natural Glow Firming Moisturizers as well as traditional self-tanners such as L’Oreal’s Self-Tanning Gelee.

When applying your tanner, use a circular motion with even amounts of product and cover all visible skin except for the bottoms of your feet and the palms of your hands. Once you have finished applying, wash and dry your hands thoroughly, then buff your skin lightly with a dry, dark towel to remove any excess product. Give yourself time to dry completely before dressing and don’t shower for at least 6 hours after the application has dried. If you are not as dark as you would like, you can reapply in a couple of days, but do not reapply more than twice a week. Following these simple steps and tips will create your perfect glow without any damage to your skin.


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May 9, 2012   Comments Off

Beauty Top Tips

Being truly beautiful is the result of being truly happy and healthy. Once you embrace the idea of taking better care of yourself, you will find that being beautiful becomes a lot easier and is noticed much more frequently by others. All good beauty regimes should begin with quality beauty rest. Make those sacrifices and reschedule your life so that eight hours a night are devoted to beauty rest. Then wake up and say goodbye to those dark under-eye circles and puffiness.

These next two points seem contrary, but they’re not…really. Avoid touching your face as much as possible throughout the day. Don’t rest your chin on your hand, run your fingers across your forehead and through your hair, or do anything else that puts those oily hands and fingers near that beauty face. This also means no picking at that pimple that is taunting you relentlessly. Dab on some acne treatment two or three times a day and it’ll be gone in no time! At night, after your nightly cleansing of the face AND hands, use your moisturizer and do a gently acupressure facial massage. By doing 10-15 strokes in those wrinkle-prone areas such as around the mouth, eyes and forehead, skin will be naturally more firm.

Finally, reduce the stress that life brings…yeah, right! Being overstressed leads to exhaustion which leads to dull, lifeless and often acne-prone skin. Try to reduce your workload by just ten minutes a day, add five minutes of yoga first thing in the morning and last things at night, or just breathe deeper for two minutes of every hour. These simple things will allow your body and mind to relax and reduce stress in tremendous ways, and that will lead to a much more beautiful you!


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May 2, 2012   Comments Off

Lip Stain vs. Stick

A great look cannot be achieved without some well-defined, moisturized and luscious-looking lips. With so many options available now, how does one choose? The biggest battle seems to be between the tried and true lipsticks and the newly marketed lip stains. Understanding the differences as well as the pros and cons of each can help you make the right decision for your pucker.

The main difference between sticks and stains are the ingredients and how those ingredients affect your lips and your look. Lip sticks contain oils, waxes, and more often than not, emollients that help moisturize, heal and protect the lips. Lip stains on the other hand are water based and contain dyes, some synthetic and some natural. Although some stains may contain plant or mineral oils, they don’t do much for the moisture content of lips. In fact, most stains contain alcohol which can have a drying effect if not applied correctly. The benefit of the water and alcohol combination that lip stain offers is that it lasts much longer, won’t smudge and isn’t likely to create that feathery look that lip stick will achieve without a proper lip liner.

Another difference is the variety of colors that both the stick and the stain offer. Since lip stick has been around almost 100 years, the color palette is seemingly endless. You can find natural hues in pinks and browns as well as show-stopping reds, blues, and purples. You can even find black, green and yellow these days. Lip stains on the other hand are intended to create a more natural appearance and often use natural dyes which lend themselves to more natural shades of pink, peach, tan, and reds. Decide on the look and staying power that best suits your needs before deciding on a either a stick or a stain.


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April 25, 2012   Comments Off

How to Fix Broken Makeup

We’ve all seen the very frustrating problem of broken makeup, such as eyeshadow, pressed powder, or blush.  Good news. Don’t throw it away — it can be fixed! Here’s how:

Empty the broken makeup into the corner of a plastic zip bag. Make sure to get all of it out. Then crush it into a fine powder and snip the corner of the bag to pour it back into the pan. You can skip the baggie step if you can crush it all to a powder while still in the makeup container.

Next, take an eyedropper (or a syringe or a small spray bottle) of rubbing alcohol. Add a drop at a time to the broken makeup powder and stir it with a toothpick until it becomes a thick paste. Then tap the container onto the table to level it out. You can also press the paste to get a nice shape again using a coin (or other flat object) wrapped in a paper towel or cloth . The alcohol will evaporate and leave your makeup solid again.

Make the makeup and beauty products you already have last longer. A penny saved is a penny earned.  It’s practically like getting free stuff.


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April 13, 2012   Comments Off

Rainbow Colored Braces

Need some beauty tips for beautiful braces?  (for you or that teen girl in your life!)  What color should you get your bands when you go to the orthodontist?  Here’s a great idea — ask the orthodontist technician if she could give you rainbow colored bands for your braces!

Be very specific or bring in a picture because sometimes they do not quite get it right.  One time the tech mixed up the colors and randomly applied them. This wasn’t the rainbow effect we were looking for.  So, be sure to ask that the bands be attached in the correct order of colors, and that the bottom ones match exactly. If you click the photo at the left, you’ll get a larger one that you can print and take with you.

Or bring in a list of colors in this order: Start with Red, orange,  yellow, green, blue, navy blue, and purple.  And if you need more, then maybe black and finally one more red for a bit of color at the end.  Repeat the colors to match on the bottom.  Your friends will LOVE your new rainbow design! Talk about a bright smile!


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April 12, 2012   Comments Off

Must-Know Makeup Tricks

Some people just seem to have a knack for flawless makeup application. It doesn’t seem to matter where they are or how they apply it, the makeup always looks natural and beautiful. Then there are those of us who could spend hours and hours trying, but never get it quite right. Whether you’re a makeup whiz or a makeup ditz, try some of these foolproof methods for a successful makeup application.

*Start with a smooth and natural canvas by applying a lightweight liquid or mousse foundation, then blend it with a quality brush for a much more natural look. The brush will remove any streaks and help create a smoother finish.

*Always BLEND with a good makeup brush. Whether it is foundation, powder, blush or eye shadow, blend using small circles until you think it’s natural looking and blended. Then blend just a little bit more.

*Without a steady hand, eyeliner can get a bit dangerous. If you want to line the eyes, try using your mascara at the very, very base of the lashes and giving it a little extra wiggle with the application.

*Lips can be lined to help create a shape and look you want, but no one really wants to look like cartoon with the outline of lips. Never use a sharply sharpened liner; always dull the tip for a softer and more natural line. Fill in the outlined area lightly with the same liner, top with a lipstick or gloss, dust with face powder and then apply a second coat of lipstick or gloss for a flawless and stay-put finish.

*Never use your fingers for applying makeup. Those oily digits will break down the makeup faster, smear and smudge without warning, and leave streaks that will take longer to blend. There are a myriad of choices for inexpensive brushes and utensils out there that will make a big difference in your look.


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April 2, 2012   Comments Off

Beauty Masks 101

Taking care of your face is the most essential part of any beauty regimen. Washing and moisturizing twice a day is a must no matter what makeup you wear, if any, but sometimes our faces need a little extra tender loving care. A great and inexpensive way to do that is with a mask.

Masks come in a wide variety of styles, ingredients, and benefits. Whether you prefer a peel-off or a wash-off mask, there are fantastic choices out there. A good place to start your sampling of masks is with the Montagne Jeunesse line of packets. Each packet has one or two applications, depending on the style, and is a convenient way to try and find out what works best for you. This line of masks can be found in the health and beauty section of any major grocery or drug store.

Almost all of the varieties promote an “anti-stress” quality, but let’s face it, if you apply the mask and actually sit back and are still for the ten to fifteen minutes of processing time, that’s a stress relief in and of itself. Some of the more popular styles are the chocolate mud mask, which will deep clean your pores; the mint mask, which will clean and tighten skin; and the clean-up mud, which will deep clean and reduce the appearance of pores. No matter the style you choose, take fifteen minutes every week to pamper yourself and your skin…you deserve it!


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March 12, 2012   Comments Off

Eyebrows – Easy Does It!

Keeping your eyebrows neat is an essential part of a well-put-together look. Finding the right shape and technique to do this can be difficult…and painful. Start by choosing the shape that will best suit your features.

If you have a square or heart-shaped face, go with a soft, round eyebrow. Create some angled brows to minimize the roundness of your face. To widen a longer or thinner face, use a horizontal brow. Once you know the look you’re going to create, the next question is how. There are several options including tweezing, waxing, and threading.

Regardless of the method you choose, start with quality tools, get your hair out of your face so you have a clear view of the working area, and then cleanse the face with warm water to help relax those follicles. Using a stencil and a white pencil will help you to keep focused on the desired shape and guide you in the process of removing the unwanted hairs. Start the removal process at the arches and work your way out. When you think the majority of the work has been done, step away from the mirror and access the situation.

Then take a minute or two to go back and fine tune the look. After you have achieved your new look, apply some aloe or after-wax lotion to help soothe the skin and reduce any redness. Always remember though… Don’t go overboard or you’ll be stenciling back on some new eyebrows!


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February 27, 2012   Comments Off

Lazy-Day Hair Fixes

None of us feel like putting in the effort to look our best every day, but we also know that if we run errands with no make-up and that messy top-not of hair, we will run into every old boyfriend, neighbor, PTA member, coworker and family friend possible. In order to avoid those diverted eyes, try an easy hair fix that makes you look like you took some time before leaving the house…even though you didn’t.

  • Braid it! We learned how to braid when we were kids, but don’t think to do it often any more. Add a deep side part and braid the front hair along the hairline. Use a bobby pin to secure the braid behind your ear or sweep it back into a bun. Want to keep the bangs out and free? Create one large braid with all of your hair and twist it into a low bun. It takes five minutes, but is a classic look. Use a couple bobby pins to tame those wild pieces popping out for a cleaner look.
  • Run the blow-dryer through the hair for just a couple minutes and then run your favorite shine product through just the ends. The roots will dry as you drive, and you’ll look like you took the time to actually dry and style.

You are no longer a teenage cheerleader, so stop putting the ponytail on the top of your head! We all love the convenience of throwing our hair into a ponytail, but enough is enough. Pick up so interesting and fun large clips to use to pull your hair back at the base of your neck…it’s a ponytail in disguise! Or use clear or natural color ponytail holders to pull your hair back low and to the side.


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February 13, 2012   1 Comment

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