How painting your thumb nail red could save your life

Published on Dec 6, 2013

“Inspired by my daughter’s technique of tying a piece of yarn around her finger to remember something for school, I decided to paint my thumbnail red so every time I picked up my phone from behind the wheel, all I would see was a big red thumb reminding me to put the phone away. As silly as it sounds, it totally worked. And now my hope is that it’ll work for everyone else. One red thumbnail at a time.” -Steve Babcock

 

Beauty Secrets Part 2

Soothe Your Stomach.. And Your Face

Apparently Pepto-Bismol isn’t just a stomach soother, it can also be used as a facial mask. Yes, that says facial mask.  It contains bismuth subsalicylate, which is commonly found in facial creams. In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Dr.Frances Jang, a dermatologist at Skinworks, recommended spreading two teaspoons of Pepto-Bismol on your face, then letting it dry for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.  Probably best to do this when you are home alone on Saturday night.

Apply Sunscreen Daily

Pot calling the kettle black, I know. Ladies, take it from me… wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Even when it’s cloudy. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds (it must be 100 percent for me).

Don’t Neglect Your Elbows

Cure dry elbows by massaging Bio-Oil onto them daily. You’ll see and feel softer elbows in at least two days.

Lighten Hair With Chamomile Tea And Lemon Juice

Popie Poulos, hairstylist and owner of The Salon, recommends rinsing your hair with a mixture of chamomile and fresh lemon juice instead of conditioner to permanently lighten your tresses. Allow your hair to dry while sitting in the sun or use a blow dryer — the heat will lighten your locks.

De-Puff Your Eyes With Raw Potatoes

Dr.Frances Jang (again) recommends using raw potato slices to soothe your eyes. She says they are astringent which means they help decrease water retention and they also contain the enzyme catalase which helps lighten dark under eye circles. First, wash and peel a potato. Cut two slices and place one on each eye for 10 minutes. Lay down, relax and let the potatoes work their magic. Rinse the eye area gently with lukewarm water when you’re done. Woo carbs are good for you!

Maximize The Lifespan Of Your Blow Out

Your hair naturally secretes oil so be two steps ahead and spray your roots with dry shampoo before you start producing oil. Oscar Blandi and a few other brands make decently smelling dry shampoos.  Be careful of some of the aerosol cans, they clog and/or go all over every where but your hair.

Countouring Creates Dimension

The trick to achieving a chiseled celebrity-like face is to contour. Your face is three dimensional so applying foundation in a single tone will only make your face appear flat. Add a highlighter to areas of your face that would usually catch light but create enough shadow to emphasize your jaw line and cheekbones. Or you know, suck your cheeks in.

Say Goodbye To Makeup Sponges

Makeup sponges help you apply make up, but not without a cost. They usually soak up more liquid foundation than what ends up on your face. The result? You’re wasting foundation and constantly buying new sponges. The fix? Get a foundation brush. You waste less foundation and it allows for a more even and precise application than a sponge would. MAC has a lovely foundation brush but even your fingers are better than a sponge.

Avoid Overly Rosy Cheeks

Always start your blush line two finger widths away from your nose and only apply it on the apples of your cheeks. This will ensure you create a natural glow without going overboard.  Cream blushes are super easy to use and during the winter months when your skin can be more dry, they help moisturize your cheeks.  A little goes a long way though!

Keep Misbehaving Brows In Check

Spritz an old toothbrush or a clean mascara wand with hairspray, then brush brows and style them as desired. Even the most hard to tame brows will fall in line with this trick.

 

Original article (minus my peanut gallery commentary) is at Total Beauty site.

Beauty Secrets

Here are some beauty secrets I read about online (Your Beauty site).

Freeze Your Eyeliner

Does your eyeliner constantly crumble while putting it on? Leave it in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying your makeup. It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that.  But I highly recommend Urban Decay 24×7 eyeliners – no freezer needed.

Shave With Conditioner

If you’re out of shaving cream, lather your legs with conditioner instead of soap. Conditioner will soften the hair on your legs making it easier to shave (and it will leave your skin feeling extra silky).

Rinse Hair With Beer Or Vinegar (Drinking the beer doesn’t count)

Rinsing your hair with beer helps restore moisture to your locks while using vinegar will up the ante in shine. Soak your hair in either liquid (not at the same time) for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water.

Turn Up The Heat

For curlier, flirtier lashes, heat your lash curler with a hair dryer for five to eight seconds before curling them (need I say this will only work on metal eyelash curlers?  or that a heated metal object is HOT?).

Use Ice Cubes To Keep Fat, Acne And Wrinkles At Bay

Massage an ice cube over your face until it melts. Do it every night before bed and keep fat cells, acne and wrinkles under control.

 

Soothe Your Stomach.. And Your Face

Apparently Pepto-Bismol isn’t just a stomach soother, it can also be used as a facial mask. It contains bismuth subsalicylate, which is commonly found in facial creams. In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Dr.Frances Jang, a dermatologist at Skinworks, recommended spreading two teaspoons of Pepto-Bismol on your face, then letting it dry for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

Apply Sunscreen Daily

Wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Even when it’s cloudy. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 80 per cent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds.  OH, NOW they tell me.

Don’t Neglect Your Elbows

It’s easy to forget about your elbows, but they need just as much protection and care as other parts of your body. Cure dry elbows by massaging Bio-Oil onto them daily. You’ll see and feel softer elbows in at least two days.

Lighten Hair With Chamomile Tea And Lemon Juice

In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Popie Poulos, hairstylist and owner of The Salon, recommends rinsing your hair with a mixture of chamomile and fresh lemon juice instead of conditioner to permanently lighten your tresses. Allow your hair to dry while sitting in the sun or use a blow dryer — the heat will lighten your locks.

De-Puff Your Eyes With Raw Potatoes (Woo! Starch IS good for you!)

In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Dr.Frances Jang, a dermatologist at Skinworks recommends using raw potato slices to soothe your eyes. She says they are astringent which means they help decrease water retention and they also contain the enzyme catalase which helps lighten dark under eye circles. First, wash and peel a potato. Cut two slices and place one on each eye for 10 minutes. Lay down, relax and let the potatoes work their magic. Rinse the eye area gently with lukewarm water when you’re done.

Anyone have any other home beauty secrets to share? Post them on my facebook page!

Epsom Salt Uses and Benefits

Sometimes I figure out this whole computer thing.  Then I figure out this whole internet thing.  Thankfully I stumbled upon an article about Epsom salt and its uses and benefits (even though I started out reading about cupcakes… funny this surfing the internet business).  Anyway, behold!

EPSOM SALT USES: HEALTH
Athlete’s Foot – Soak feet in an Epsom salt bath to help relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot.

Remove splinters – Soak affected skin area in an Epsom salt bath to draw out the splinter.

Treat toenail fungus – Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.

Soothe sprains and bruises – Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak to reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises.

Ease discomfort of Gout – Ease the discomfort of gout and reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immersing the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.

EPSOM SALT USES: BEAUTY
Exfoliate dead skin – In the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of bath or olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly.

Exfoliating face cleanser – To clean your face and exfoliate skin at the same time, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water.

Dislodge blackheads – Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops iodine into a half cup of boiling water. Apply this mixture to the blackheads with a cotton ball.

Remove foot odor – Mix a half cup of Epsom salt in warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes to remove bad odor, sooth achy feet, and soften rough skin.

Remove hairspray – Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup Epsom salt. Cover the mixture and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes before shampooing as normal.

Hair volumizer – Combine equal parts deep conditioner and Epsom salt and warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

EPSOM SALT USES: HOUSEHOLD
Clean bathroom tiles – Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and use as a scrub on bathroom tile.

Prevent slugs – Sprinkle Epsom salt on or near interior entry points to prevent slugs.

As a hand wash – Mix Epsom salt with baby oil and keep by the sink for an effective hand wash.

EPSOM SALT USES: GARDENING
Fertilize your house plants – Most plants need nutrients like magnesium and sulfur to stay in good health and Epsom salt makes the primary nutrients in most plant foods (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) more effective. Sprinkle Epsom salt once weekly to help nourish your houseplants, flowers and vegetables.

Keep your lawn green – Magnesium sulfate crystals, when added to the soil, provide vital nutrients that help prevent yellowing leaves and the loss of green color (magnesium is an essential element in the chlorophyll molecule) in plants. Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and sprinkle on your lawn to keep the grass healthy and green.

Insecticide spray – Use Epsom salts on your lawn and in your garden to safely and naturally get rid of plant pests.

Sunday Nail School

Some tidbits on nails and manicures that you may not know, and didn’t know you were dying to know.

The word manicure is derived from the Latin words manus, which means “hand”, and cura, which means “care.” Manicures began about 5,000 years ago. I doubt anyone remembers my salon back then, but it was all henna dye and gold manicure tools.  Fast forward a few thousand years, and a proper shout out to Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti for their patronage. Hey girls!  Call me!

During the time of Cleopatra, different colors of nail polish represented different social standings. Red and black nail polishes were reserved for the elite while the common people had to have short nails and light colored nail polish.

The Incans were doing nail art long before us with pics of eagles on their nails.

French manicures may have originated in 18th-century Paris and were popular in the 1920s and 1930s (thank you Rita Hayworth and Greta Garbo).

Natural nails are made up of the protein keratin. The nail plate requires a certain amount of flexibility and moisture to encourage healthy growth. Good thing you know someone…

This concludes Sunday’s foray into history.  Everyone have a great week!

 

 

 

Fingernail Care

Fingernails: What’s normal, what’s not

Your fingernails — composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin — grow from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle. As new cells grow, older cells become hard and compacted and are eventually pushed out toward your fingertips.

Healthy fingernails are smooth, without pits or grooves. They’re uniform in color and consistency and free of spots or discoloration. Sometimes fingernails develop harmless vertical ridges that run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical ridges tend to become more prominent with age. Fingernails can also develop white lines or spots due to injury, but these eventually grow out with the nail.

Not all nail conditions are normal, however. Consult your doctor or dermatologist if you notice:

  • Changes in nail color, such as discoloration of the entire nail or a dark streak under the nail
  • Changes in nail shape, such as curled nails
  • Thinning or thickening of the nails
  • Separation of the nail from the surrounding skin
  • Bleeding around the nails
  • Redness, swelling or pain around the nails

Fingernail care: Do’s and don’ts

To keep your fingernails looking their best, follow these simple guidelines.

Do:

  • Keep your fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria, fungi and other organisms from growing under your fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals, and avoid long soaks in the tub.
  • Trim and file your fingernails regularly. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. It might be easiest to trim and file your fingernails when they’re soft, such as after bathing.
  • Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.

Don’t:

  • Abuse your fingernails. To prevent nail damage, don’t use your fingernails as tools to pick, poke or pry things.
  • Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
  • Pull off hangnails. You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.
  • Ignore problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.

Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nails/WO00020

What’s crackin?! Not shellac-in…

CND’s Shellac nail line is awesome!  Many of my clients wear it without chipping, cracking, or peeling for more than the touted 2 weeks.  If you don’t see a color you like, we can mix two together and achieve many more colors!  Super glossy, zero dry time, and lasts.  Combine it with some nail art and your hands and feet look fabulous for weeks!

shellac

Ombre!

No gringo, not hombre! OMBRE!

Latest trend to storm the country.  If they aren’t doing it to their long tresses, they are doing it to their nails.  You should too!  I have lots of colors to ombre it up, so come in and get a fiesta on your nails!

ombre glitter ombre pink and aqua

3D Nail art and rhinestones

Some of you have been asking for more and more nail art.  Well I have it!  Bears, fruit, cupcakes, swirls, flowers, glitter, cute bugs, rhinestones and so much more the list would far exceed the ends of the internet.  Nail art adds a little flare.  Dream big and bring me your ideas!  I’ll make it happen.  Pricing varies with the design.

rhinestone full

rhinestone french

fruit 3d nail art

Glitter Nails!

Not just for young girls anymore ladies!  Fun colors are in for summer but the best thing about glitter is that it’s fashionable all year.  Red, blue, green, silver, black, pink… I have a glitter color for you!  Looks fabulous as a french manicure style nail as well.  Available with shellac top coat so it lasts longer!

 

colored glitter nails silver glitter nails

glitter french nails