Category: Beauty

Best Tips For A Safe Mani/Pedi

Best Tips for a Safe Mani-Pedi, manicure, pedicure, nail salon, pampering

I’m not here trying to scare you, but………

Millions of women and men take their hard earned money to enjoy lives little luxuries and a mani/pedi is definitely one of those luxuries.  So, before you go to your favorite salon take a look at my best tips for a safe mani/pedi!

  1. Arrive early to your appointment to make sure the salon is maintained properly. Watch how the footbaths are cleaned and disinfected between each client. Also, great indicator is the restroom, if it is kept clean chances are the rest of the salon will be too.  Make sure trash containers are not overflowing and that the shelves are dusted.  A clean salon is a great way to tell the owner and technicians value cleanliness.  If the salon is not clean, chances are the footbaths and implements aren’t either.

  2. Salon License should be posted in plain site on the wall, along with the technicians licenses.

  3. Single Use Items Emery Board, Buffing Block, Orange Sticks, Pumices and Toe Separators.  These items should never be used on more that one client.  They all can harbor bacteria and fungus with the potential to be passed from client to client if used on more that one person. Cuticle oil should be used with a dropper rather than a brush.  Brushes are not sanitary to use on more than one client.

  4. How does the technician sterilize their tools?  You want to make sure they are using a bottle of disinfectant.  The disinfectant should not appear cloudy or dirty looking.  The most effective way to make sure the implements are clean it to bring your own and clean them yourself.  Just purchase what your technician uses on you at your local drug store.  No salon should have a problem with you bring your own tools.

  5. Make sure the technician washes her hands before she gets started on your nails or feet.  Request that they wash their hands or wear gloves.  Be very careful of a technician with fake nails, it is very hard to clean the area between the real nail and the fake nail.

  6. Don’t shave your legs 24 hours prior to getting a pedicure.  Small cuts from shaving can leave small skin openings where bacteria can enter.  If you have a cut, wait until it is completely healed before getting a pedicure.

  7. Whirlpool footbaths  You should NEVER place your feet into a footbath with jets.  It is impossible for a salon to clean the jet area completely.  The jets are suppose to be cleaned by a 10 minute bleach bath in-between each and every customer (most salons do not have time for this, they try to get you in and out as quickly as possible).  This type of footbath puts your health at risk each time you put your foot in one.  In an extreme case in Texas, a woman died after contracting a staph infection from a whirlpool footbath.  The safest footpath is the basin type where the technician places a bag over the tub.  When they are done with each client they just throw out the bag with all the water.

  8. Don’t let the technician cut your cuticles! Cuticles are a barrier of protection for your nails.  When your cuticles are cut you are opening the door to infection.  Cutting your cuticles can also cause ridges on your nails, white spots, or white lines.  Push back your cuticles when you are in the shower and the cuticles are soft.

  9. Don’t let the technician scrape callused skin off of your feet!  Doing this can put you at a higher risk for infection.  This procedure needs to be done by a podiatrist only.

  10. Some salons dilute their nail polishes when they become dry or clumpy with nail polish remover.  This practice compromises the quality of the nail polish, causing the polish to chip easily.  The best way to make sure you are getting a color that will last, and to avoid any spreading of germs, bring your own polish (this way you have the correct color for touch ups)

Always practice best tips for a safe mani/pedi!

Until Next Time…


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My New Makeup Favs

I just can’t help myself with stores like Sephora, Ulta, & Nordstroms, it’s hard not to buy new makeup.  So here are three of my new makeup favs.Monthly Beauty Buys, Sephora, Ulta, Benefits, Mac, ItThe three items I’m loving this month are: The POREfessional face primer, CC+, and Please Me.

Monthly Beauty Buys, Sephora, Ulta, Benefits, Mac, It
The POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit Cosmetics

I recently upgraded my magnifying mirror and realized just how large my pores had gotten.  YIKES!  POREfessional to the rescue!  I love that POREfessional is an oil-free product and contains vitamin E, which is known to protect skin from free radicals and it camouflages the look of my growing pores. YAY!

Monthly Beauty Buys, Sephora, Ulta, Benefits, Mac, It
Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ by It Cosmetics

I never been one to wear a foundation daily, but ever since I purchased this CC+ cream, I have.  It super light yet still gives great coverage and the mineral 50+ sunscreen helps protect my skin. This product, along with the one above is a great way to give my skin that flawless look!

Monthly Beauty Buys, Sephora, Ulta, Benefits, Mac, It
Please Me, Matte Lipstick by MAC

I’ve always had an obsession with lipstick and I am so excited to be sharing my newest with you. Please Me is a lovely warm toned medium rosy pink lipstick made by MAC Cosmetics.  It is the perfect everyday transition lipstick between summer and fall.  MAC matte lipsticks have great staying power.  For evening, I top off my lipstick with a gloss.

**This is not a sponsored post. Some links are affiliate links.

Hope you enjoy my new makeup favs.

Until Next Time…

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Kissable Lips

Do you want kissable lips?LUSH lip scrub

I found a new product that I am so excited about.  I knew I had to share with you.

LUSH’s BUBBLE GUM lip scrub!

LUSH’s products are made with fresh organic fruits and vegetables and fine essential oils.

It is my favorite lip scrub yet!  It smells amazing and after exfoliating my lips, my lips are so smooth and kissable.  The blood rushes to my lips while I’m exfoliating and I think it makes my lips appear fuller {if only for a bit}.  This is the perfect time to start using the lip scrub right before your lips start getting dry and cracked due to the weather changes.

A lip scrub is like any other body scrub, its uses a sandy like texture to remove dried dead skin when rubbed on your lips.  By removing the dried skin off your lips makes your lips supple and soft, so you have kissable lips!

Did you know lipstick and glosses will last longer on your lips when you have exfoliated them?

Using a lip scrub weekly will keep your lip surface soft and smooth so your lipstick and glosses with stay on longer.  When you exfoliate your lips regularly your lips will retain their natural moisture and will help prevent cracking and splitting of your lips.


Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

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My New Makeup Favs

Lately, every time I walk in to Sephora I walk out with a bag full of makeup! What is it about girls and makeup?  I always feel the need to buy the latest thing to find my new makeup favs.

Maybe it because of my mom and her makeup obsession.  She would take me on “shopping days” when I was young.  She would take me out of school for the day and we would drive into L.A. to go shopping and lunch.  We always came home with bags full of goodies.  I know that might sound awful but, a girls gotta have fun. Right?  Like mother, like daughter, I have done the same road shopping trip with my girls.

Here are my new makeup Favs…

 Its All About The Pretty Make up


1. bareMinerals ~ Marvelous Moxie Lipstick

Risk It All ~ hot pink


2. Makeup Forever ~ HD Blush

330 – rosy plum


3. Make up Forever 

158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush


4. Too Faced ~ Bulletproof 24 Hour Eyeliner

Blackout – matte black


5. CLINIQUE ~ Bottom Lash Mascara

01 Black


6. Urban Decay

Naked 2 Eyeshadow 

What are your new makeup favs?


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A Guide to Online Beauty Box Clubs

Have you ever heard of a Beauty Box Club?

Do you love a surprise?  Are you on the go and can’t get around to the cosmetic department to try all the new have to have beauty products?  Do you hate trying to find a parking spot at the mall?  Do you want to try new beauty products without spending a ton of money?  If your answer is YES to any of these questions then you need a Beauty Box Club in your life, and there are several to choose from.

Weather you have been applying make-up since Jr. High or just started dabbeling in makeuplast year, these boxes of joy will have you looking forward to getting the mail.

Let’s take a look at 3 of them now!

beauty box 5

beauty box five ~

You will receive… A mix of deluxe samples and full size products.  The products include a combination of make-up, skincare, fragrance, body and nail products along with beauty and hair accessories.

Cost… $12.00 Monthly  ~  $30.00 Quarterly  ~  $99.00 Yearly  ~ FREE SHIPPING

Beauty Army

Beauty Army

You will receive… See a full list of brands here. Take a beauty profile quiz to reveal your nine custom products, choose up to 6.  You can retake the quiz to get different products.

Cost… $12.00 a month shipping included

Birch Box


You will receive… A selection of 4 or 5 samples of well known brands and up and coming treasures.  Birchbox now also has a men’s box.  With every purchase you will also receive Birchbox points. You can use your points to buy full size products

Cost… $10.00 Monthly or $110.00 Yearly


I’ve decided to sign up for one of these Beauty Boxes {not sure which one yet}.  When I receive my box we can see what I got together!

Have you ever tried one of these Beauty Box Clubs?  Let me know what you thought of them…the Good & the Bad!

Until Next Time…

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How to Clean Your Make-up Brushes

How to clean & condition your make up brushes:

Do you know how to clean your make-up brushes?  This is a technique I learned years ago from a make-up artist.

It’s really important to clean your make-up brushes once a week.  There is bacteria that can grow on your make-up brushes.  If you don’t clean your brushes you are re-applying that bacteria to your face, and that is icky!


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Where Do You Keep Your Make Up Brushes?

Someone once told me “life is short, make everything pretty”.  I try to live by that.

I have a mint julep cup holding my toothbrushes, a ceramic canisters holding my wooden spoons on my kitchen counter and have pictures hanging on the wall in my closet.  One of the places where I wasn’t living up to that saying was, my makeup brushes.

 I’m really embarrassed to say, but my makeup brushes were in a…red solo cup, there I said it!Makeup Brushes Solo Cup

I knew I must do something about this!  I was on a quest to find a pretty vessel to hold my make up brushes, and I needed some kind of beads to hold them in place.

Years ago, I went to a New Years Eve Party and they had these adorable little costume diamonds thrown all over the table, something like that would be perfect.  I went looking at the local craft store but, all I found were different size costume pearls, 2 problems with the pearls;

1. I was worried eventually the coating on the pearls would rub off.

2. The pearls had little holes in them to be strung, and that wasn’t pretty.

Then I went to Hobby Lobby asked a few sales people but, they had no idea what I was talking about.  Then It hit me…The Bridal Section!  And what do you know, they had exactly what I was looking for.

Makeup Brush Diamonds

How cute are these little costume diamonds?  With the biggest hurdle conquered, I was off to find a glass vase.  This is What I found.

Make Up Brush Container

Because I wasn’t sure how many boxes I would need, I purchased entirely too many.  4 to be exact.  I only used 2, and it’s a fairly large vase.

And Now…Makeup brushes w/diamonds

This is how my make up brushes look.  Pretty!

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