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December 09, 2016


body ›   face ›   fashion ›   gifts ›   holiday ›   Make-Up ›  

The Gloss-ary: Q is for Queen


 What are free radical scavengers anyway? We thought you might like to find out. Check it out in our handy, dandy gloss-ary, you just may learn sometime new!


Quince seed: a creamy, gummy plant-derived extract of the quince tree. Used in skin and hair care products as a treatment for dry, chapped hands or damaged hair.

How-tology: Peppermint Twist Split End Savior

Let's do the twist, the peppermint twist! Round and round and up and down you go - looking for the perfect hair treatment - the one that will heal those split ends and make your hair shine like never before.  We can't promise the world, but this concoction is worth it's stripes.


1/2 cup cholesterol-type conditioner - available at beauty supply shops and drug stores

3/4 cup water

15 drops peppermint essential oil

1 drop food coloring


1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and stir until well blended.

2. Pour into decorative bottle. So Simple!

*For oily hair, add one tablespoon aloe vera gel to your conditioner; it will help moisturize without excess oil. For dry hair, add one tablespoon of corn oil to your conditioner.*

Peppermints via photopin (license)
December 02, 2016


brushing ›   hair ›   Q&A ›   style ›  

Q&A: Welcome to Splitsville

My hair keeps splitting around the crown of my head. How do I treat this?

This problem can be treated by utilizing the correct styling tools and drying the problem area in the opposite direction to redirect the hair and give it more lift. Don't dry the hair flat to your head as it magnifies the split in the crown area. Instead use a vent brush to lift the hair at the scalp. If the hair is sticking up in the crown area and you have a short cut, try growing the hair longer. You should find that the weight of the hair will weigh down the crown cowlick.



The Gloss-ary: P is for Powder Puff


 What are free radical scavengers anyway? We thought you might like to find out. Check it out in our handy, dandy gloss-ary, you just may learn sometime new!


PABA: Para-aminobenzoic acid. Found in the vitamin B complex. Used as an ingredient in some sunscreen products.
Palette: a grouping of colors by family of tones or specific function.
Panthenol: also known as vitamin B5, acts as a penetrating moisturizer.
Paraffin: a beeswax substitute derived from petroleum.

Petrolatum: used in creams, it softens and soothes skin. Forms a film to prevent moisture loss.

pH: percentage of hydrogen. Used to measure acidity in cosmetic preparations.
Photoaging: skin damage incurred through sun exposure.
Photosensitivity: a condition in which the application or ingestion of certain chemicals or foods can cause skin problems, such as rash, hyperpigmentation and swelling, when the skin is exposed to sunlight.
Phytocosmetic: cosmetics which are made from plants.
Pore: small opening of the sweat glands of the skin.
Propylparaben: common cosmetic preservative that is anti-fungal and anti-microbial.
Protovanol: a concentrated form of vanilla used as a natural tanning accelerator. Requires heat and light to drive it.
Psoriasis: a chronic disease of the skin consisting of itchy, dry, red patches, usually affecting the scalp or arms and legs. It may be treated with OTC or prescription medications.


November 21, 2016


eyes ›   eyeshadow ›   howtology ›   makeup ›  

How-tology: Color Code, Find Your Best Shadow Shade

Find out which shades work best with your eye color. Stumped about which makeup colors will bring your eyes into sharp focus? Check our the following fool-proof steps.

November 16, 2016


diy ›   hair ›   hairstyle ›   q&a ›   styling ›  

Q&A: Wave Hello

What tools and products do I need for long-lasting, wavy hair?

 Big voluptuous volume and curls can be yours! To achieve plump uniform curls apply a small amount of styling gel to the section to be curled. The gel will prevent over drying of the cuticle and help protect the hair from heat damage while keeping the curl uniform and bouncy for hours. Curl using a curling iron or hot (or cold) rollers. Set style using a humidity resistant hair spray. This will prevent the frizzies and keep hair smooth & supple. For everyday use, a variable heat curling iron used on low to medium heat setting would be your best bet- it's fast & easy! 


The Gloss-ary: O is for Original


The Gloss-ary continues with some vital terminology for your beautiful self! Keep checking back for more editions to the gloss-ary, or browse what we already have:

Oat protein: is absorbed by the skin and hair, this protein has moisture-binding properties. It gives hair improved body and greater elasticity, forming a film over its surface.
Occlusive: substances that hold strongly to the surface of the skin, preventing access to the air and increasing absorption of cosmetic treatments.
Octyl methoxycinnamate: a chemical sun-blocking agent found in many sunscreen creams.
Octyl Stearate: derived from cascarilla bark and other natural items; provides a barrier between skin and the elements; softens and smoothes the skin.

Olive Oil: Extract of olive. Emollient. Superior penetrating ability. Used in lipsticks, hairdressings, shampoos, soaps and conditioners.


November 11, 2016


how to ›   howtology ›   nail polish ›   nails ›  

How-tology: 9 Tips for Healthy Hands & Feet

Want the healthiest hands and feet you can possibly get? Creative Nail Design passes on these top tips to keep nails and skin looking—and feeling beautiful.


Never cut cuticles. They act as a seal to the nail bed and protect against infection. Use a cuticle cream (Creative Nail, Solar Balm) daily to keep them moisturized and try gently pushing them back in the shower with a washcloth.

We Love: Cake Beauty Milk Made Velveteen Hand Creme, $10

Don’t use a nail file that is too coarse for your nails. Natural nails need a gentle file. Save harsher files for shaping enhancements and wraps.

Always use an acetone polish remover. It’s the most effective solvent to completely remove pigment from the nail. If you are worried about dryness, try adding a few drops of Solar Oil to the remover. Shake well before using.

We Love: CND Solar Oil, $8.50 and Nailtiques Non-Acetone Remover, $8

Use a top coat with UV protectors, to filter the sun’s rays and prevent enamel from fading or yellowing. Especially when wearing a French manicure or a pale nail color, look for a top coat with a blue or purple tint, which indicates that it contains optical brighteners.

We Love: CND Air Dry, $8.50

Always be sure to wash the nail of all excess oils and residue left behind by polish remover or cuticle oils before applying new polish to prevent peeling and chipping.

Get regular pedicures, even during the winter. Feet require regular care and preventative attention, as their moist environment promotes faster growth of bacteria and other pathogens.

Smooth calluses, don’t remove them!


Keep toenails rounded. Squared-off nails are more prone to infections and ingrown nails.


Don’t sleep with socks on—feet will remain damp through the night which increases the risk of infection (or worsens any existing infection).


November 09, 2016


manicure ›   nail polish ›   nails ›   q&a ›  

Q&A: The Quickest Dry In Town

I love freshly painted nails, but always end up smudging them on the first day. Is there a way to speed up the drying process?

Even the quickest manicurist can't speed up polish drying time without help. Their newest deputy? Fast-drying top coats shave minutes off drying time, fortify polish and add high-gloss shine.

Salon clients see how fast they work and how shiny their nails look, then want to use them at home. Whether they're air, heat, or UV-light activated fast-drying top coats dry in 45 to 60 seconds. A simple 60-watt bulb is sufficient for heat-activated top coats to work their evaporation magic, while air-activated top coats need no help at all.

Unlike a base coat, which adheres to the nail and provides a bond between the natural nail and the polish to help the polish stick, top coats only have to adhere to the polish. This means top coats can make better use of chemicals such as nitrocellulose and resin, that create strength and shine.

Fast-drying top coats contain a higher proportion of solvents which evaporate quickly when exposed to air, allowing them to dry faster than polish and base coats. Since top coats only accelerate the drying time of the top-most layer of polish, for maximum effectiveness, ensure the first coat of polish is dry before applying the second layer, which is covered by a top coat.



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