Skin Cancer Selfie

Hey Beauties!

I hope you all are having a beautiful week and everyone is safe from this latest round of storms!!

imagesSo we all should know by now that tanning beds are just a big NO and are directly exposing people to UV Rays which are cancer causing. As a licensed esthetician I have seen some things in my day regarding skin that has been exposed to constant tanning and it’s not really a great sight. Some of the older women I run across worshiped the sun in their youth and are paying for it now in the form of age spots, leathery textured skin and uneven tone. Each and every one tells me that they would do things differently if they knew then what they know now.

I am still baffled as to why young people in their teens and twenties spend so much time in a UV tanning bed. I try to preach sun screen and protecting their skin but many just don’t care unfortunately. I even had a young girl in her twenties ask what she could do to stop her skin from wrinkling and being uneven and I simply told her no product would help her as long as she was still tanning. Needless to say she flat out told me that she would not stop tanning.

This saddens me because skin cancer is very deadly and can spread throughout the body quickly and aggressively. Your skin is your largest organ yet people mistreat it. Regardless of your ethnicity you need sun screen and you need to reapply it. A tan indicates that the skin is damaged. There are other alternatives to keeping a tan year round and that is of course spray tanning and self tanners that use DHA to change the skin tone. The formulations are far more advanced than before and won’t leave you orange!

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Make it a great day beauties!!! And stay protected from the sun!


Orange is The New Black


I am wearing Happy Matte Liquid Lipstick by Love, Beauty Cosmetics and Coral Cove Rose Blush by Milani Cosmetics

Well hello my beautiful friends! It seems like spring is trying to really kick into gear and I couldn’t be happier! Spring is all about new things growing whether its the flowers trying to bloom or cultivating a new habit or idea. Well this spring I’d love for you to try something new. I want you to incorporate the color orange into your beauty routine!

Hear me out. I say that orange is the new black because it is universally flattering and comes in many hues so you can find the right fit for your complexion. Not only does the color make me happy but it actually will help you look fresh and full of life.

Using an orange/peach/apricot concealer will actually neutralize dark circles and any hyper pigmented marks you may have on your skin. I have seen and done this first hand. It really works. Many cosmetic companies like Lancome are finally getting hip and bringing to consumers what pro makeup artists have been doing for years. You first use the appropriate tone corrector (peach/apricot for light to medium and orange for deeper complexions). If needed you can add a thin layer of your regular concealer on top. Set this lightly with translucent powder and you are good to go!

The science behind this boils down to color theory. Colors that are opposite on the color wheel will neutralize each other. Orange is opposite blue which is why it works for dark circles. You can also add a little yellow corrector if your dark circles have a purple hue as well.

Using an orange hued blush may seem intimidating at first but I promise you won’t regret it!. Using this color actually livens up the skin and gives you a nice healthy and glowing complexion. It will make you look more youthful. I haven’t found a person yet that apricot didn’t work on. In fact I use it in some fashion on every single client and they love it! My new go to is Coral Cove Rose Powder blush by Milani Cosmetics. MAC has tons to choose from as well.


Here is Happy Matte Liquid Lipstick with Huetopia gloss on top!

And lastly, I love a pop of orange on the lips. Love, Beauty Cosmetics just added a new Matte Liquid Lipstick in the color Happy. It lasts all day long and is so beautiful. They also carry a sheer peachy lip gloss in Huetopia which actually can help subtly color correct darker lips. It also works on every shade! You can find it in the Shop link at the top!

Well thanks again for tuning in! Orange you glad you learned something new HAHAHAHA (corny I know!) Until next time beauties!


Beauty In Review: JRJ


From R to L JRJ Quick Dry Top Coat, The One, Driven, Red Delicious

James Robert John or JRJ for short is a Columbus based nail polish that is 5 Free. I wasn’t sure what exactly 5 Free meant so I was very happy with what I found. JRJ is free is of 5 toxic ingredients:  Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, and Formaldehyde Resin. JRJ also has a ton of colors to choose from.

Faith and Rachel at the Made Local Marketplace

Faith and Rachel at the Made Local Marketplace

This past weekend I went to the Made Local Marketplace in Powell, Ohio. I had worked with JRJ on a past photo shoot but I had to see everything for myself! Soon as I arrived at their booth, Rachel knew instantly who I was. It was such an awesome feeling! I think we were equally excited to meet one another.

I was blown away by the color selection. JRJ has everything you can ever want and there are even options to customize. Can we say a special Love, Beauty collection??!!!! Hopefully that will be in the works very soon. Anyway, Rachel was an absolute sweetheart. Her new spring collection with equally fabulous packaging made its debut that day and she let me try out a few.

The first one I tried was Red Delicous and delicious it is! It’s the perfect spring red; not too

JRJ's Red Delicious

JRJ’s Red Delicious

bright not too dark. It was just my speed. I then finished with the 4 Free Quick Top Dry Coat (it only has 1% Camphor). This is an absolute must. It definitely speeds up the drying process. It’s been a few days and I am chip free!

I can’t wait to see what’s to come from JRJ. This is definitely a luxurious polish at a very affordable rate! You can get yours here. Follow JRJ on Instagram @jrjpics

Until next time!


Nude Nails

I am the type of person who loves bright crazy nails!!! Being an esthetician I have to keep mine natural and pretty short so I don’t scratch anyone but I admire stiletto nails and other trends. One thing I had not ever done was a neutral color polish. I used to think it was a boring thing that only conservative women wear. Boy was I wrong.

Going through one of my many monthly beauty mag subscriptions I came across some various nail trends. One thing that people are doing more of is the classic demure nude nail. So being a beauty blogger, I decided to try it out. There are two colors in the OPI 2014 Brazil Collection; Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around and Taupe-less Beach. I opted for the latter because the first one was sold out.

I must say I’m very happy with the color. It’s not so nude that it looks washed out but not too dark either. It’s a great spring/summer color for hands and toes! I also have Toucan Do It If You Try (seriously who thinks of these names!) which is a really pretty coral/orange that looks amazing as well. I am in love with this whole collection! The polish retails for $9.00 and can be found at Ulta!

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