Thursday, July 31, 2014

Oxybensone and avobenzone free sun protection

Here are some product recommendations for you and your family to avoid what could be, a potentially harmful (and popularly used) ingredient: oxybensone

Oxybensone has been linked to free-radical (re: cancer causing) damage in adults.  Although the Skin Cancer institute will not confirm that this is true, they can confirm that this chemical should not be used on children or pregnant women.  Additionally, it is ALWAYS better to use a form of sun protection, even with this ingredient, than ever going a day without using SPF!

My favorite: Honest Co's chemical free SPF ($8+) and Target

Super smooth with tons of application options available: Supergoop Products
Sephora and Ulta $15-$45

Hydrating and great for makeup wearers: Coola sun care $8-$25

Friday, May 9, 2014

My latest obsession

As Spring is finally here, I am totally obsessed with funky color eyeliner - particularly mint green and yellow!

I while back I got my hands on Stila's "Mint Julep" waterproof liner, and I loved it!  I can't wait for the fun outfits to start so I can accentuate my eyes with the perfect mint (NOT turquoise) shade!

Then suddenly, I came across the most PERFECT product - something from my dreams!

a pencil that has BOTH amazing colors of the moment in one pencil?!?!!?!?!

Its true, Smashbox's limited edition collection called "Santigold" has two dual ended pencils in 'in the moment' shades
The mint pencil is perfection, a true mint and not a turquoise - and the yellow that goes with it is a metallic yellow, so its funky, and quite honestly, more versatile than the matte sun yellow on the other pencil (paired with the blue)

The Santigold collection is worth mentioning, because its Egyptian-inspired and super funky and the packaging makes you feel a World away when you use it!  (PS- the gold pyramid ring that houses a pink balm is incredible and totally a fun splurge!)
When attempting to do the mint or yellow eye - you can be more subtle and just add accents (I like accenting the inner corner of the eye)
or you can go full drama!  But there is no question, the yellow eyeliner look is on trend and for good reason - it defies traditional makeup logic while being simplistic at the same time!

Flashback Friday!

Flashback to my Smokey Eye Tutorial on Bridge Street

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Flashback: Sunless Tanning Video


2 Hot Makeup Trends to Look for this Spring

There is some buzz surrounding 2 very distinct color trends showing up in makeup on runways and pre-Spring catalogs - and its actually awesome for people from my hometown - Syracuse!  You'll see why!

Orange Lipstick

Orange is SO hot for Spring - and actually, before you blanch at the thought of it, it really is a universal color and there are many shades!  True orange works on nearly all shades of skin - and you can keep the eyes subtle or go for soft tawnies and golds- and it actually looks vibrant!

A soft matte that you apply with your ring finger and 'press' into lips looks so natural and fresh!

But heavily layered bright orange is whats been on the runways

and its HOT HOT HOT!

I scoped this out in some magazines as well!

So give it a try already - you'll like it!!!

Best drug store find:
Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Rendezvous"

Department Store:
MAC "Morange" Lipstick

The options are really endless!

The other color trend is bold blue eyeliner (not with the orange lipstick - unless you're going to an SU game!)

I love it in liquid form, because it will glide on and stay on, and will look very bold!  that's what the look is about!  I also prefer to keep the rest of my makeup more minimal, so that the blue has more impact!

 I like NYX Studio Formula

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner

And my fav bargain buy for $10 is Sephora Brand Liquid Liner - it has major staying power!

There you have it!  2 awesome Spring trends to try soon!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Shaving Tips and Tricks

Oh Shaving, its so necessary (nearly 90% of the men around the World shave DAILY!) and yet such a pain too!

But here are some things you should know before you swipe your razor again!

- Shaving works best on moist, hydrated skin!  Your skin has the most moisture in the evening, versus the driest in the morning. 
- What if you don't want to shave at night?  You like it as part of your morning routine?  Well try to shave AFTER the shower, when skin is warm, moist and hair is best prepped.
- Why?  Because wet hair is nearly half as strong as dry hair, making it much easier to shave, which means less tugging and pulling on your skin!

- We remove just as much skin as we do hair when we shave!  Dead skin cells collect on the surface of skin, and are removed with the razor.  So its important to clean your razor while shaving and VERY well after shaving!
- To clean your razor after shaving, soak in alcohol, pat totally dry, and store the blade/cartridge back in its plastic protector.
- Any surface the blade touches (including your medicine cabinet) dulls the blade - leading to a dull blade that can cause you razor burn and irritation!

- The multi-blade disposable cartridges are thought to be the best shaving razors to use - but how do you know when to throw them out?
- The moisture strip is a marketing ploy to get you to think your razor needs to be thrown out when it doesn't (thanks razor companies!)
- If you clean and dry your razor after every use and protect it - you can get at least a dozen uses.  But if the blade looks uneven, get rid of it! 
- Oh, and those cheap razors?  Throw them out after each use - they are worthless!

Now you've got some facts and tips for your next shave!! 

I'm back today on Bridge Street

Happy Thursday!  I'm back on Bridge Street today as co-host and beauty segment presenter - hope you can tune in at 10am on WSYR Channel 9!