Saturday, May 25, 2013

Summer Makeup Tutorial - Get a Hot New Look with gloMinerals

Searching for a new makeup look for summer?  We've got the newest colors from gloMinerals and we are so excited to use them!  The colors are beautiful and vibrant, but don’t be intimidated.  We’ll show you how to wear these new colors, including teal eye liner and bright pink lipstick.  You’ll be a femme fatale in no time – so flaunt your look!

Before applying any makeup look, you should start with clean, dry skin.  Then follow your beauty regimen with your moisturizer (with SPF during the day), and face primer.  For this tutorial, we’ll give you tips for your eyes and lips, so have your gloLid Primer and Lip Revival ready for priming and to keep this look flawless!

Let’s begin with eyes! 

For a fresh, flushed look:  Apply gloBlush in Nectar to your cheekbones.  Expert tip:  Applying blush to the apples of cheeks, below the bone will help create a more youthful look.

On to lips!   If you’ve been searching for the perfect pink lipstick – we've got it!  For this look, we're using gloLip Stick in Socialite and Treasure.  Before applying lipstick, make sure your lips are soft and hydrated.  If your lips are dry, chapped, or flaky – lipstick will settle into lines and will look messy.  Use a lip treatment, (like Lip Revival) if needed.  Just as you prime your face and your eyes, let’s prime your lips.  The gloLip Filler Pencil is a clear liner pencil that can go under any lip color to smooth lip lines and prevent feathering.  For our bright pink lipstick – it’s a must!

You’ve probably heard of Ombre, whether in fashion, hair or nail trends.  For summer fun, let's try this with lipstick.  With a lighter shade of lipstick on the inner part of lips and a darker shade on the outside, your lips will appear fuller and plumper!  After your lips are prepped, you’re ready to apply your first color – Socialite.  Socialite is a fun, bubblegum pink that can look sheer or bold depending on application. 
  • Using a lip brush, apply Socialite to the inside area of lips (see picture for reference).   
  • Next, use your lip brush to apply Treasure to the outside portion of lips.  Utilizing a brush for application will give you better control.

We love this look!  Do you?  Leave us a comment below to let us know what you think and if there are other makeup tutorials you would like for us to feature.

Until next time... stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and we wanted to take this opportunity to educate our clients on both skin cancer prevention and detection.  This is a subject close to my own heart, as I have several family members who have skin cancer and I myself have had numerous precancerous moles removed and now undergo annual checks in hopes of preventing any future issues. 

Most everyone knows how to prevent skin cancer, but just in case you need a little refresher course, below are the main list of items.  Please keep in mind that if you have had any sort of skin cancer or possible cancerous moles removed, you will want to make certain to follow these basic rules even closer and be even more cautious with your sun exposure. 

Don't forget your hat!  A hat is another fantastic option for additional sun protection. 

Super Cute Summer Hats

  1. LIMIT YOUR SUN EXPOSURE - This is so much easier said than done with Spring already here and summer fast approaching!  However, just remember to protect yourself and your family to the best of your ability while hanging out in the sun....AND ABSOLUTELY NO TANNING BEDS OR SUNBURNS! 
  2. WEAR YOUR SUNBLOCK!! - If you aren't already wearing a daily sunblock or sunscreen, then you NEED to start today.  Not only will this prevent skin cancer, but it will also help maintain your youthful glow by preventing wrinkles, sun spots, and sun damage.  Remember too, that for proper protection make certain you are wearing a minimum of an SPF 30.  For some fabulous sunblock options click here
  3. REAPPLY YOUR SUNBLOCK! - This is one that I myself am guilty of not doing enough.  It's so easy to loose track of time when you are hanging out with friends and family, having a great time, and out in the sun.....but we all MUST start forcing ourselves to reapply every 1-2 hours while in direct sun exposure.  This also goes for water resistant sunblocks as well.  Direct exposure (especially around or in water) will cause your sunblock to stop working, so make certain you reapply!
  4. SPORT A HAT - I happen to adore this idea since I am very much a "hat girl", but that extra shade around your face, can definitely be your saving grace.  This is a great idea for your little ones too.  My daughter is a bit picky about her attire, so I took her to the store, gave her a budget, and advised her to pick out a hat to wear while out in the sun.  She loves the new cute hat and MaMa loves that she's a bit more protected.
  5. DRESS ACCORDINGLY - There are several lines of SPF clothing or simply wear longer sleeves, hats, etc. to take your protection even a step further.  Remember, even though you are covered, you STILL should apply sunblock.
As with any cancer, early detection is key.  Early detection can be the difference between simpler treatment options versus surgical/radiation/and more evasive treatments and the difference between life and death.  If skin cancer runs in your family then make certain that you are even more alert and aware of your skin and any changes.  Below are the ABC's...and D of skin cancer detection according to the American Melonoma Foundation. 

  • A - A is for asymmetry.  This is referencing to one half of a mole not matching the other half.  To perform this self exam, simply divide the mole down the middle and compare the two sides. 
  • B - B is for border.  If your mole has an irregular border, then contact a dermatologist for professional examination.  Most often the border will be notched, uneven, or even blurred.
  • C - C is for varied color.  If your mole isn't all of the same color, or has variations of darker brown or black, you will want to consult with a dermatologist. 
  • D - D is for diameter.  If a mole spans more than 6 mm across, it is more likely to be melanoma.

ABCD of Skin Cancer Detection

The above is a simple guide for self-examination of your moles.  There are several different skin cancers many of which do not appear as moles.  A monthly examination of your entire body with paying close attention to moles is the best way to stay on top of any changes or possible concerns.  Other cancers can appear as actinic keratosis, actinic cheilitis, and/or cutaneous horns.  Please see the below chart for a reference guide and examples.

Pictures of Different Types of Skin Cancer

If you need professional advice on a sunblock that is perfect for you, remember our courteous staff is always available to assist toll free at 1-800-926-5219. 

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Get Ready for Sandal Season!

Summer is almost upon us!  So we’re ready to sport our cute sandals and summer wedges.  When I’m shopping, I look for a shoe with form and function.  If I can’t walk comfortably in it, then what’s the point?  Here are some of my favorite summer shoe trends:

Hot Summer Shoe Trends

We may love to follow the trends, but our feet sure don’t.  Whether you’re forcing them into high heels, you work out frequently or you prefer walking barefoot, your feet are really feeling it!  No matter your foot troubles, we’ve got something just for you like top nail and foot products from Gehwol and Footlogix.  You can order in the comfort of your own home and with our speedy shipping, you’ll be sandal ready in no time!
  • For fungus:  This condition may be embarrassing and uncomfortable but we can provide relief.  Footlogix #7 Anti-Fungal Formula is a cream foam that absorbs quickly to fight itching, cracking, burning and redness associated with fungal infections.  It is also waterproof and can be used as a preventative treatment.  Gehwol Nail Protection Pen is a convenient applicator to provide targeted treatment at the source of nail fungus.  This small, easy to use device is also great for traveling so you can treat while on the go.
  • For sweaty feet:  Let’s face it – hot summer weather means we’ll be wearing more flip flops and sandals.  Fight odor with Gehwol Foot and Shoe Deodorant.  This easy to use spray works to prevent and remove sweat and odor from feet and shoes!
  • For moderately rough, dry feet:  For less severe conditions and everyday use, try exfoliating sea salts and nourishing butter blends from Cuccio.  From yummy scents like Milk & Honey to revitalizing Papaya & Guava Nectar, your feet are in for a treat!

Have an embarrassing foot question?  Ask anonymously in our comments section and be sure to check back for your answer!  Then order from through May 20, with code NAILS to save 15% on your Nail Products or Nail Accessories order!!

Until next time....stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

MaMa Mio = The BEST Mommy Products!

Calling all MaMas!

I remember when I was pregnant with my little one, how frustrating it was to find products that I knew for certain were safe to use during pregnancy. I'm not sure if everyone has this struggle or not, but I was one incredibly cautious (maybe even overly so) MaMa. Especially since it took us five years to conceive so I was going to make darn sure that I didn't do anything to jeopardize our pregnancy!

Fortunately, things have changed over the last five years and there are several pregnancy safe marketed lines available today. By far, however, the absolute BEST on the market are offered from MaMa Mio.  I recently started using a few of their amazing products and thought I would share my results with you and a few more that are on my Gotta Try List.

Mama Mio - Perfect Gift for Mother's Day!

The Mama Mio Omega Shower Cream was the first thing I grabbed from the shelf.  I tend to be a little picky when it comes to my shower cream.  I deal with those lovely bumps on my upper arms and legs and have used the same shower gel for years now.  Honestly, the only reason I even tried this is because hubby and I are making one last attempt for baby, being ever so hopeful, I figured I should venture and try a pregnancy safe shower gel.  Results?  I REALLY like this stuff!  It's incredibly moisturizing and I love the fragrance!  It reminds me of being at the spa....ahhhh!  I love this product so much AND we are running a current special where if you purchase $45 or more of MaMa Mio, you will get an Omega Shower Cream for FREE!  Check here for more details.  

The next thing I snagged was the Mama Mio Omega Super-Rich Body Cream.  I have tried a ton of lotions...and I seriously mean a ton!  The more I can manage to exfoliate and moisturize, the less I have to deal with my body, needless to say that since I have dealt with this skin issue since I was a child, I have seriously tried practically every lotion on the market.  Again, I was impressed!  The lotion goes on well (some lotions take forever to absorb), smells heavenly, and is incredibly hydrating.  If you have a loved one who is pregnant, I would most definitely recommend both of these products!

Now onto my GOTTA TRY list......

First is the Mama Mio Bootcamp for Tummies.  After having my little girl, things just aren't the same in that department.  I have heard phenomenal raves about this system.  The kit includes two products, the Skin Tight Toning Serum and the Get Waisted Body Shaper.  The products combined with an exercise program will flatten, tighten, smooth, AND define your tummy....all things that need to be happening to my tummy right now!

I honestly would love to try all of their bootcamps the tummy, arm, and boob (yes, that's right boob bootcamp!)   I personally prefer to work out at home away from all of the madness of a gym, so these bootcamps are ideal for me.  You will definitely be seeing future blogs on many of their products from me!

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