Beauty 2 beat Winter Blues

Paint Your Nails
Paint Your Nails

WINTER BLUES got you down?

Here are some ideas to lift your spirits & make you feel Pretty! (Because YOU ARE!)

1.  Paint your nails:  A little color can make all the difference.  Purple is the “IT” color for SPRING 2014 so start testing out some of your favorites.  Adding a little SPARKLE on top always makes me smile.

Product Pick:  Love Zoya AWAKEN Spring 2014 line, especially Monet topper.

2.  Take a bath:  Warm water and some wonderful smells can take you to a whole new world. Play your favorite music, close your eyes and breathe deeply.

Product Pick:  Pandora’s peaceful stations never fail to lull my clients into beauty rest.

3.  Grab an aromatherapy based lotion:  Applying aromatherapy to your body will lift your spirits and help soften and smooth your skin from chapped, dry skin.

Product Pick:  I am addicted to Shea Butter based lotions with aromatic scents (KleanSpa does custom “scenting”).  I can’t get enough!

4.  Buy a new lip gloss:  This works for me every time.  Apply & Smile.

Product Pick: Urban Decay has a beautiful new line of lipsticks for spring 2014.

5.  Add bangs:  Whether they are feathered, side swiped or curly – change can be good.  It always grows back.

6.  Give yourself a mini-facial:  Clean your face and apply a mask, then take a shower.  (Steam helps the ingredients penetrate) after you’re done wipe it off & apply coconut oil.  Your skin will LOVE it!

Product Pick:  This hydrating mask from Boot’s look delish (love the ingredients).  You can also just apply Honey.  Works beautifully.

I would LOVE to hear what YOU do to “Beat the Blues..”

Shatter & Crack Your Nails 4 Summer

Left Foot with Base Color, Right with "Shattered" Top Coat

(Shown in pix: OPI Koala Berry base on left topped with OPI Silver Glitter Shatter to finish)

This trend followed me across the country. Every place I go, people notice my “shattered” toes and I start to see new “shattered” nails EVERYWHERE… Cool!

What it is:
The newest trend in nail designs and polishes. It all started with the Katy Perry line from OPI.

How it works:
First you apply a base coat and follow with any nail color of your choice.
Wait for first coat to dry completely.
To intensify color follow with second coat, remembering more coats make for longer dry times.
Apply a generous coat of shatter or crackle polish on top. (I have even seen it applied sideways)
As polish begins to dry, you will see the color separate and go matte.
Wait for color to dry and immediately follow with a top coat to seal.
The top coat will bring back the shine to the entire treatment on the nail.
***only use ONE coat of shatter or crackle for effect

Why it’s cool:
Besides being original & unique it is long lasting. Since each application is uniquely cracked, you can’t tell if you get a chip or start growing out. You can easily get a pedicure to last 4 weeks (depending on how fast your nails grow) and 2 weeks from a manicure.

What to buy:
Start with a solid base. Any regular nail polish color. I like either Black on the bottom or a really BRIGHT color, depending on what you want on top.
OPI has a great version of the top coat which is “Shattered”.
China Glaze had a version called “Crackle”.

Then just have FUN!  A great SUMMER 2011 Trend!

(For more color ideas.. just Google pix.. crazy cracked nails is what you’ll find!)