Saturday, May 12, 2018

Is Your Makeup Routine Effecting Your Skin and Health

Do you find your skin is blotchy, acne prone or dull?  Your makeup routine may be to blame.  Researchers have found that makeup can have various side effects on your skin and even your health.

Here is a list of side effects that can be caused by makeup.

1. Allergies

People can have adverse reactions to chemicals and dyes in the makeup products that they wear.  Parabens that are used as preservatives to prevent bacteria growth in cosmetics can cause various allergic reactions such as skin irritations, blemishes, and blotches.  Another ingredient in makeup, Salicylate can cause hives and rashes, especially if you have sensitive skin.  

2. Eye Irritations

Eye makeup is one of the most used cosmetics worn by women.  The eyes are the most sensitive area on the face.  If you wear a lot of eye makeup, you can be damaging your eyes.  Makeup that gets in your eyes can cause irritation.  Wearing too much mascara and eyeliner can inhibit the growth of lashes.  It can also breed bacteria which may lead to infections or irritations.

3. Headache

There are chemicals in some makeup products that tend to release formaldehyde.  Diazolidinyl urea and DMDM Hydantoin are used as preservatives.  They can cause headaches, mucous membrane irritations and even damage the eyes.  If you find yourself getting headaches often, check the ingredients of your cosmetics or try going without makeup for a week and see if that makes a difference.

4. Acne

This is probably the most common side effect of cosmetics.  Because makeup covers the skin and blocks the pores,  the skin is not able to breathe and grow.  When you cover the pores, they can become clogged.  This leads to blackheads and break outs.  It is important to thoroughly clean the skin with natural cleansers at the end of each day.

5. Hair Loss

Hair products, such as gels, dyes, sprays, serums, shampoos and conditioners can have harmful chemicals in them.  You may not see the effects immediately, but over time and with continued use, you will see the damage.  These chemicals can cause scalp irritation, thinning hair, dandruff and hair loss.  Even extended uses of hair dyes can lead to discoloration.

6. Premature Ageing

Chemicals can cause permanent damage when skin products are used over long periods of time.  Eventually, you will begin to see signs of skin ageing.  These signs include wrinkles, skin patches and enlarged pores.  Trying to cover these flaws can cause even more damaging effects.  

7. Hormone Inbalances

Cosmetics can have effects on edocrine glands and even interfere with thyroid gland functions.  The chemical Triclosan, which is commonly used in deodorants and acne scrubs can accumulate in your body and affect the thyroid gland.  This can lead to hormonal imbalance, headaches, depression and even weight gain.

8. Infertility

Since, skincare products are absorbed into the skin, the chemicals seep into your body.  One product in particular, butyl paraben can effect the function of the male reproductive system.  These same parabens that are found even in products labeled natural, can have harmful side effects.

9. Skin Discoloration

Some skincare products contain ingredients that bleach or even darken skin.  Products that are not properly regulated can also cause skin discolorations.  This can lead to skin pigmentations, patchy skin, redness, freckles and uneven skin tone.  Try to avoid using chemical filed skincare and cosmetic products in your daily routine.  Instead, try natural and herbal products.  The best way to be sure to avoid the chemicals, is by reading labels.

10. Cancer

Toxic ingredients that are found in many skin care products can cause cancer.  While many products are tested before entering the market, there are still products that can have long term harmful effects.  Unfortunately there is no conclusive research that shows long term effects.  The chemicals that you should try to avoid are the following:

Coal tar
Untreated mineral oi
Ethylene oxide
Quartz (Crystalline silica)

Pay attention to the ingredients you put on and in your body.  Over time, your skin will thank you.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Get Ready For This Year's Spring and Summer Trends

Spring is here and Summer soon will be, so I wanted to get you caught up on all of the latest fashion trends that were seen on current runways.  According to Harpers Bazaar, these trends are already showing up, so get ready!  Check out the trends featuring some fashions from


You are going to be seeing a lot of sequins, sparkle and glitter this summer.  

If you like your sparkles to be more subtle, try a piece with small amounts of sparkle like this top from 402nBeyond.


Pinks, lilacs, lemons and pretty light blues among other shades will be everywhere.  Wear your pastels in a bold way by layering with unexpected items.  Make a bold statement.


Checkered caps, coats and accessories.  You will be seeing a lot of these Burberry caps in various patterns.

Clothing with checks are hot too.  This ruffled check top from 402nBeyond is perfect.


Yes, plastic clothing is back and you will be seeing a lot of it. In my opinion, nobody does it better than Fendi.


You will be seeing a lot of fringe dresses like this gorgeous dress from Bottega Veneta


Summer is going to be very bright with bold colors.  The brighter, the better.


Look for sheer materials to make a huge fashion statement this season. Transparent fashions like this sheer top from are all the rage.


Feminine ruffles are in this Spring and Summer.  Look for outfits that have large ruffles like this adorable romper.


The sparklier, the better! Sparkle shoes are HOT for Spring and Summer!
These sparkly ballet slippers from Amazon (affiliate link) are on point!

Or these Cinderella heels (affiliate link)

The last trend is 


Carrying more than one bag at a time is a hot trend.  That should be easy if you like to shop til you drop!  Layer small cross body bags with a tote.  Make it a PVC tote and it is even better!

Look for these trends and pick some up for yourself!  Get a jump start on the season!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Five Simple Ways To Care for Fine Hair

Having fine hair means you have to take extra special care of it.  People get fine hair for a variety of reasons.  Some may be born with it, others may experience it from years of hair abuse, even some medical conditions can cause you to have fine hair.  Whatever the reason may be, I am going to share five tips for helping you care for your beautiful tresses.

Tip 1- Care From Inside

A diet rich in iron and biotin is essential for people with fine hair.  Foods like kale, beans and spinach are not only rich in iron, but also contain biotin which can help to support healthy hair growth.  Other foods that are great for the hair are protein rich foods like nuts, eggs, whole grains.  The healthier you eat, the more your hair and body will reward you. Don't forget about water intake.  Your body loves water and so does you hair.

Tip 2 - Cleaning and Conditioning

The shampoos, conditioners and products that you use on your hair are important.  You should be looking for products that provide nourishing moisture to you hair.  Products like these Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture line are made to re-hydrate, strengthen and balance hair. They smell pretty too.

Tip 3 - Tame Your Towel

When you have fine hair, you shouldn't be roughly towel drying your hair.  Instead, gently blot your hair to remove excess moisture.  This will help cut down on frizz and tangles. Also, it will make drying it easier too.

Tip 4 - Change Your Part

Try parting your hair in the opposite direction, or if you part your hair in the middle, try parting it to the side.  This can add the look of volume to your hair.  Play with different styles.  If you like to wear pony tails, look for hair accessories that are specially made not to tangle or grab your hair.  The last thing you want to do is lose hair.  You may even want to speak to your hair dresser about getting a volumizing haircut.  Light layers can make a big difference in the appearance of  volume in your hair.

Tip 5 - Choose Your Brush Wisely

Picking the perfect hairbrush is important when you have fine hair.  Avoid round metal brushes that contract heat and can damage your hair even more when drying.  You also want to avoid hard plastic bristles because they tend to cause breakage because they snag at fine hair.  Instead, opt for a natural brush made of boar bristles or flexible nylon.  They will be easier on your hair and glide easier through it.  If you have a good brush,  feel free to give it a few brushes at night to give it a lustrous shine.

I hope these tips will help your fine hair looking more beautiful.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tips for How to Keep Your Hair Color From Fading

I get my hair colored and highlighted a few times a year, and I find it important to maintain my color in between salon visits.

There are ways you can extend the life of your hair coloring and keep it looking its best.  Here are some tips to help you keep your hair looking great!

Wash Your Hair Less Often

Washing your hair too often strips the natural oils in your hair.  It also can fade your hair color if not done properly.

Use Color Safe Hair Products

Products like Luseta Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner are designed for dyed hair.  They are also sulfate, paraben and gluten free.  I personally use these products and they not only work great on extending my color, but make my hair look really healthy as well.  They are perfect for dry, damaged hair and help restore life to it.  They have a light floral scent that isn't overwhelming and rinse nicely.

Shampoos and Conditioners that are infused with Keratin can help you to maintain the strength of your hair and prevent damage from daily styling and exposure to harsh elements.

Always Rinse Your Hair With Cold Water

By rinsing with cold water, you are closing the cuticle of the hair. I studied Cosmetology when I was younger and that was one of the first things I was taught. Warm or hot water open the cuticle allowing products and elements to penetrate the hair shaft.  By rinsing with cold water at the end of your hair wash and conditioner you them close the shaft, keeping it protected.  Think of it as a roof and the cold water being the roof shingles.

Towel dry Your Hair

Over drying your hair is going to cause it to lose its sheen and your hair color will start to fade.  If you must blow dry it, do not keep it on a high heat setting.  Also, do not hold it too close to your head.  If you can, try to let your hair air dry as long as possible and blot it dry with a towel.  The less time you expose it to heating tools, the better.

Get a water purifier

Many times, the water in your home contains chlorine and other sediments which are not good for your hair or skin.  Of course chlorine will strip you hair color over time.  Try installing a shower head that has a water purification system built into it.  Check out the benefits you can get from an Aqua Home Filtered Shower Head.

  • ★ WATER PURIFIER: Removes chlorine, heavy metals, bacteria, pesticides, chloramine, ammonia smell, sulfur and other sediments. Inhibits the growth of scale, algae, and mold in the bathtub
  • ★ REVITALIZING BODY: Reduces dry, itchy skin, dandruff, and eczema. Cares about the skin, hair, and nails. Decreases the risk of developing asthma and bronchitis. 

I hope these small changes can help improve not only your hair color, but your hair and skin itself.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

5 Quick and Easy Dry Skin Solutions

Winter is here and so is dry skin.  I hate that itchy, flaky feeling of dry skin and I wanted to find some solutions to help relieve it.  Check out these 5 quick and easy tips to help make your skin feel better.

Avoid Hot Showers

I know they feel so good after a long day, but hot water strips your skin of essential oils, so dial it back a little and your skin will thank you.

Use a Gentle Cleanser

Try to avoid body cleansing products that contain soap.  Yes I said soap.  Instead, opt for a cleanser that contains ceramides. Ceramides are fatty molecules that make up the outer barrier of your skin. Also, try to avoid anything with alcohol in it.  Be gentle when you exfoliate your skin.  Scrubbing too hard can damage your skin, so use soft strokes.

Shaving 101

Shave after you shower.  When you shave, you are also scraping off oils in your skin, When you shave after showering, you hair is softer and easier to remove. Never use a dull razor and always shave in the direction of your hair growth.

Dress wisely

Dress in layers to protect your skin against the elements. Wind and cold weather can dry out your skin.    Also, keep your lips protected with balms.  Use a moisturizer with SPF on your exposed skin.


Use simple moisturizers on your skin, like petroleum jelly and mineral oil. Shea butters, ceramides and glycerin added moisturizers are great for the skin.

Get a Humidifier

Heat in your home takes moisture out of the air, so get a humidifier to replenish it.  Keep it in your bedroom for best results. You can also purchase a humidity meter, or hygrometer which tracks the humidity in any room.  This can tell you if you should use a humidifier in it.

I hope these little tips can help make your beautiful skin feel more moisturized and healthy.

Stay beautiful!

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