When in doubt…throw it out Darlings!

BLOG Thorw it Out 1-2017.JPGAs the new year rings in… and things have calmed a bit think about your beauty and skin care products not just eating better and losing weight!

And now is the hard part. Smell them, shake them and see which you may have to part with.Yes, actually throw out and start fresh! Bad beauty isn’t very pretty and surely not healthy.

As a professional makeup artist I see ALL kinds of cosmetic bags.But some of my clients collections of makeup and their makeup bags frighten me!

  • Her bottle of foundation has turned green along with the beige hue.
  • Another clients  lipsticks had a horrific scent and didn’t glide on like silk.
  • Their eyeliners are so chopped up and the wood base is ready to rip out her cornea anytime.I know this was from not sharpening with the correct pencil sharpener.
  • Another clients nail polishes are turning yellow and green…it makes me want to scream!
  • The blush has such an oil build up on it I could fry french fries on the powder blush from her facial oil.
  • The skin care smells rancid and her sunscreen shakes very watery as it has lost its magic.

The truth is you can’t keep skincare,makeup,nail polish and more forever!!!

I know you love that fave’ shade they discontinued years ago but you’ve got to say goodbye to it. For the sake of your complexion and your health…this is a must.So, now with the  weekend here…perhaps you have some time my dear to play a game I call Let’s Throw It Out!

Restart your beauty game or your face and health won’t look the same.

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Start Fresh!

Almost EVERYONE wears makeup and uses skin care but forget to throw it out. Like fresh milk and food it does spoil and has a shelf life.

Here is a basic list once opened:

Skin care like moisturizer and eye cream  last around a year

Retin-A or other face products prescribed by a physician last a year or less

Sonic Cleanser brush heads need changing every three or 4 months.

Foundation: Liquid formulas last a little under a year. Creams last a bit longer.Powder foundation lasts approximately two years or so.

Blush powder formula lasts approximately two years and cream blush lasts around a year.

Mascara a healthy recommendation is the 3 month rule.

Eyeshadow in powder formula last a couple of years. Creams last around a year.

Loose or pressed powders last a few years.

Lipstick lasts about a year or more.

Lip gloss lasts about a year

Toothbrush heads on sonic units need changing every few months

Replace your toothbrush every three months with a fresh toothbrush.

Makeup Brushes and sponges…see demo on TV for more information.

Perfume,cologne or after shave last about a year. Don’t store it in direct sunlight or in humid bathroom.

If the beauty product smells bad,the liquid foundation turns half beige and half green or other crazy colors (Yes, I have seen this happen) or you’re in doubt it’s really time to throw them out.

If you’d like to protect your face,skin,eyes and beauty…Try the Once Opened Beauty Expiration kit.As a professional makeup artist I use this pretty easy kit.Or you can use white labels with a water-resistant marker.

For MORE info and a video demo clip of my segment on TV this afternoon. Click on The Chat’s Facebook page  or go to http://www.FirstCoastNews.com

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Wrinkles around your lips? FAB lip Tips!

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I LOVE LIPS! Better than chocolate (almost) I love ANYTHING to do lips!
As you may know my signature slogan and mantra is “A woman without lipstick is like a day without sunshine”.
Hope you have some sunshine on your LIPS today?

Today I want to share with you some of my fave “go to” things for your lips from products to LIP beauty rescues. I was featured on the only local talk show on the First Coast called The Chat in sunny Jacksonville Florida. WTLV NBC 12 & WJXX ABC25

Does your lipstick or lip gloss run down your lips and out of the outline?

Use a clear lip pencil.

Yes,this transparent lip liner stick works wonders on your lips!
No color just an invisible looking pencil that you use just like you would with a lip liner with pigment.
If you need a little more help try Perfect Day Lip Base. Like foundation for your lips it makes your lip color stay on better, remain true and helps keep it from running too.

BOTH of these products help and also great for smokers,drinking straw sippers and suckers and sunbathers lips.
You know what I mean those pesky lines around your lips!

Has your favorite lipsticks been discontinued,broke or melted?

Lip Motel to the rescue! This long empty motel compact with mini compartments will hold your lipsticks or lip balms.Simply scoop your leftover lip products with the mini spatula into the empty spaces and save them to use over and over again. Eco chic and fabulous.Be your own makeup artist and use the cool stuff we use too.This is a makeup artists secret!

What’s trending in lipsticks and with Celebrities ?

They are not only are wearing a fabulous lipstick but wearing lipstick,lips and nail polish on their ears,necks and fingers in the form of bling!
They are even wearing handbags in the shape of luscious lips for night clubbing. It is a conversation piece and fashionable fun!

Dehydrated lips LOVE and need this recipe I call …Sugar Me Up

What you’ll need:

1 teaspoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of Organic coconut oil (I LOVE the Whole Foods Everyday 365 Value brand)
1 drop of vitamin E oil (optional)

Stir the above up and enjoy as a lip exfoliator weekly. If your lipsticks are drying out your lips. You NEED this DIY treatment!

If you want a skin soothing lip balm on the cheap. Try this aromatic Rose scented Lip balm!

What you will need:

1 teaspoon or 2 of Organic Coconut oil (depending on size of container)
1 drop of Aura Cacia rose essential oil (optional)

Stir the two well and pour into a container from the Dollar store or a mini jam jar. Apply on clean naked lips nightly!

I ALWAYS kiss my lips goodnight with a lip treatment.I also take beauty supplements and for my sweet tooth and prettier skin take a Beauty Burst a day alongside my other vitamins.

Looking good feels fabulous! Enjoy my beauty secrets,and lifestyle tips along with my natural D.I.Y. recipes!
Enjoy video from segment on The Chat show GO TO: http://www.wtlv.com

Eventually you gotta say goodybe to your beauty booty!

NB8J8503Now’s the time to take better care of you and your health too.The start of spring or a new year does not mean thinking about losing weight and eating right. Yes, they count however it is also a time to start fresh with your beauty products, makeup brushes and manscaping supplies. Like milk, fruits and other foods your beauty has a shelf life. Once opened, kept too long or stored in a steamy bathroom or car they need to be replaced.

Give yourself a few hours in the morning when you are fresh or a few in the afternoon. Spread out your things on a portable table and evaluate. How long ago did I buy this? When was the last time I used it? Did I ever use it? Does it smell funky or has it gone bad. Did you know once opened even if you have not used it much the air and sunlight affects your product and can change its effectiveness.
Once skin care products hit the light, they lose their super powers. That is why you see so many brands use amber, dark blue or opaque packaging.

Once you have got the old or used products lined up that you do not use anymore…I like to play a game called let’s throw it out. Have a garbage can ready.

Here is my professional guide on how long you should keep your products:
Skin care: A year or more.
Tooth Brush: Throw out every three months at least.
Hair Brush: Once a year.
Sonic Face Cleansing Brush or Toothbrush head: Throw out every three to six months.
Eye cream: A year or more.
Retin-A: Less than a year.
Foundation: Liquid lasts a year or more. Cream a year or two. Powder base lasts the longest.
Lipstick: Two years or more
Lip-gloss or lip balm: lasts approximately a year or two.
Blush: Powder blush lasts approximately 2 years or more & cream blush lasts a year or less.
Lip and eyeliners, brow liners: I find good quality pencils last longer than you think. They can last years.
Liquid or gel eyeliners: Liquid lasts years and gel will only last a year. Less IF you do not close the lid properly. Gel liners dry out fast!
Eye shadow: Powder lasts years unlike crams which last a year or less.
Mascara: A healthy rule is 3 months or more.
Loose powder: Can last years.
Shampoo: A couple of years.
Conditioner: A couple of years.
Nail Polish: A year or more if it does not come out right on the nail when you use it will need to be thrown out.
Perfume OR After-shave: Once opened or closed it does expire. A year or a bit more.
Makeup Brushes or makeup sponges; need your attention too. Replace your sponges often so germs do not build up. A sign they are getting old is when they fray and start to fall apart. If your makeup brushes start fall apart and hairs start to fall out in small or large clumps it is definitely time to think about replacing them. If the hairs separate from the silver ferrule this part and cut your face. throw it out.Not all your makeup brushes just the ones that are not working well when you apply and blend your makeup or falling apart.

When in doubt…if it smells strange, gets rancid or changes color and or doesn’t move and apply like it used to…throw it out.

Once Opened Beauty Expiration Kit is a cool kit that you can mark your products purchase date with a water-resistant label and pen. It comes in a cute kit that lets you know how long you had that product.

Use up what you have and LOVE, throw out what you are NOT using. Do not pass USED makeup on to your daughter, friends’ mom or family. You will spread bacteria and they may even give them a skin or eye infection. While I love saving money it is not worth handing down…just throw the products out.

Do not allow your products to clutter your bathroom or house and get in your way.Deleting and updating these will keep your skin, eyes, face, lips and body healthy.
Guys too this includes you too!

Start spring right and with fresh beauty and a good and healthy habit. It will make a world of difference!

Smile and say Cheese!

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The holiday season is in full swing and taking pictures at parties and family events will be a part of it. Last week on my  TV segment for The Morning Show I showed the viewers a peek inside my professional makeup box. So, it’s only natural I had to share them with you.

What you will need is to first make sure your face is clean and polished. I love to use a sonic cleanser like Clarisonic skin system. I also highly recommend you use a good face cleansing mask like Splendid Dirt by Farmhouse Fresh or look for a Firming and Tightening one. Guys need to get in on the action too. A microdermabrasion Crystal Peel soap or cleanser will clean the skin and buff away a tired appearance and dead skin. Hydration is key on TV I showed Dermatude Hydra Booster moisturizer but any good moisturizer will do. So, clean skin is important and so is hydration. I like to use an eye gel on all my photographic work,my clients amd one my face day and night. Your eyes are the windows to your soul, if they look dehydrated and tired it will show in the pictures. If you use concealer and I hope you do..make it a salmon colored concealer. This color obliterates a pooped out look. As we age, so does the skin around our eyes and we get a darker ring around the eye especially the inner corner. Next, a face primer is your answer to poreless looking skin. To make your pores look smaller and makeup to LAST this is a must. This product is applied before foundation but after moisturizer.  For the ladies you need to use a richer foundation or a product called Not Your Mother’s Foundation to even out the complexion. Applying more blush is a must especially when it comes to picture taking. Otherwise you can look really washed out.

A mascara in dark blue, green,eggplant or brown/black will define your lashes and make the whites of your eyes look brighter.

A luscious shiny gloss or a medium shade to bright lipstick will make your lips look stunning. Skip a strong shade of lip liner if you want less of a lined outline look or try an invisible lip liner. It locks color in place and defines the lips to make them look larger or smaller. Even children and men need a lip conditioner. The weather outside is colder in most parts of the world or downright freezing so the lips will dry out,peel,flake and look bad.

Set the make-up with Asian Rice Face Powder or an HD face powder . Even the men need this over their moisturizer to look less shiny in photos. Balding guys can help that receding hairline by applying this magical trick of powder to that area. Always work in downward strokes so the hair follicles won’t fly up and be so noticeable.

Now, for the hair…make sure you have a fresh haircut or trim. Hairspray is a must I am in love with Italy Hair Fashion spray. I recommend it to my color treated hair clients to make their salon visits last longer. Spray softly and smooth away those  flyaways with my fav’ brush called the WET Brush. It will detangle and be your go to brush.

Wear nail polishor get a manicure  in case your hands show in the photo, especially if you take a close up and they are in the photo. I love some neutral shades by OPI.

A soft natural look will not do…I don’t want you to look like “cake face” and over do…I simply want you to be aware you’re not running errands or jogging…you need some makeup, a bit more color to your face and the right tools to look GREAT in photographs.

If you’d like to learn more on this subject go to www.news4jax.com and see ME on TV and  my beautiful photographer and friend Anetta Nadolna of Art ‘N’  Illusion Photography and salon with more tips on how to pose for pretty pictures and what to wear. (She’s the photogrpaher of my new photo in my last post and on my profile page.)

Create some memories and take some beautiful and fun family photos. A pictures says a thousand words! What will yours say about you?