What You Didn’t Know About Permanent Makeup

Did you know is that there is no licensing required to apply permanent makeup in many states? This means anyone can do it, there is no schooling required, no test to take, nothing! Anyone who feels like they can do it, can do it. All they have to do is get some needles, colors and put a sign on their door or place an ad! That is truly amazing because to become an esthetician where they apply conventional makeup that you can wash off at anytime, you must have 260 to 1200 hours of schooling depending on the state and must pass a state board exam to receive your license.

There are a list of regulations at the state level for many states but included in this list is the information that there is no organization that will enforce these regulations; YET! It is up to each County in these states to dictate their own legislation and list of regulations. Many counties have neither. One can check with local health department for local laws that might pertain to tattoo facilities by the state.

Go to www.beautynetworklink.com/Gallery.html to see Demos

For instance, associations like the AAM, the mission of the American Academy of Micropigmentation is to serve the public by improving the quality of micropigmentation practice through a certification process that fosters excellence and encourages continuous learning.

In Washington State, you must have a permanent cosmetics artist license if you charge a fee to apply permanent eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner, lip color, or repigmentation by implanting pigment under the skin. This is a form of tattooing. Requirements to get a permanent cosmetics artist license, you must: Be at least 18 years old and have a current blood borne pathogens certificate.

New Jersey is a state where the practitioner will have to complete a 40 hour training program approved by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals or the International Micropigmentation Association, prior to being certified and shall submit a minimum of one photograph whereby the practitioner has personally performed one complete procedure for each of the following areas:

1. Eye brow simulation

2. Lip liner

3. Full lip color

4. Eye liner/eyelash enhancer

Keep in mind that the training programs are usually giving by members of these organization.

But again…to do conventional makeup on a client that they can wash off, you must be licensed, but to do permanent makeup with needles that can not be washed off, you need no license or schooling or just a few hours of training. I know it sounds crazy but it is true! LOL!!

Like I said, you can find some type of training out there. The IMA and AAM affirm that Permanent Cosmetics/Cosmetic Tattooing/ Micropigmentation is a separate specialty within the field of tattooing. It involves the placement of colorants into the skin for the purpose of cosmetic enhancement, medical correction and/or aesthetic restoration. Therefore, there is specialized training with unique standards required in order to perform this service. So now there are Beauty schools offering permanent make up basics and there are plenty and I mean plenty of Beauty Professionals out there that are also offering training programs, again choose wisely. Many are offering certificates or diploma’s, some which holds no creditability at all. Training prices varies from $500 for a day course to $5000 for a full course 2-4 weeks max.

 Whatever their reason, many individuals choose to undergo tattooing in its various forms. For some, it is an aesthetic choice or an initiation right. Some choose permanent makeup as a time saver or because they have physical difficulty applying regular, temporary makeup. For others, tattooing is an adjunct to reconstructive surgery, particularly of the face or breast, to simulate natural pigmentation. People who have lost their eyebrows due to alopecia (a form of hair loss) may choose to have “eyebrows” tattooed on, while people with vitiligo (a lack of pigmentation in areas of the skin) may try tattooing to help camouflage the condition.  

Is permanent make up similar to tattooing?

Permanent makeup is similar to tattooing in the process, but the pigments are designed to fade and therefore it doesn’t have the permanency of a regular tattoo. 

How is it done?

This is done using a hand applicator that is gently tapped across the skin. The needles implant fine dots of color that gradually build up into a blush of color.

Go to www.beautynetworklink.com/Gallery.html to see Demos

I have sensitive skin, can I still have permanent make-up?   

Yes, you absolutely can. In fact, those people who have got allergies to conventional make-up, it’s a great alternative for them. Generally, if someone had a sensitive skin, the practitioner would alter the treatment plan and possibly add an extra visit, so that the application time is less.

Is it safe?
If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. These guidelines include the following:

  • All needles should be new and sterile for each client. In our clinic, we use only disposable needles and machine parts.
  • Gloves should be new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed.
  • Technician should be clean and neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements. Our clinic strictly follows the OSHA guidelines for disease control.
  • Clean sheets should be used for each client.
  • Treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants.

Can I remove permanent make-up?

If you found yourself in the situation where you wanted to have your permanent make-up removed, you’ve got two options. You could either let it fade naturally as the pigments do fade, and generally that takes approximately 2 years. Or, just like a natural tattoo removal, we can use lasers and that will remove the pigments from the skin.

Go to www.beautynetworklink.com/Gallery.html to see Demos

So now that you know this… what do you do? Well I still say when it is done right permanent makeup can be one of the greatest things one can do for themselves. So I would say do your homework, shop wisely, and ask the right questions and even more important make sure that the technician you are thinking of using asks you not just the right questions, but questions period. This is not a “you know what I’m saying” or “you know what I mean” situation. Make sure to take pictures to show the examples of what you’re looking for.

How do I choose a Permanent Make-up Technician?

Ask for a consultation first. Look at the technician’s permanent make-up…how does it look. Ask for the names and phone numbers of clients who are willing to speak with you about their experience and ask to see the technician’s portfolio. It is important to have the technician demonstrate, with topical make-up, how the permanent make-up will look. If the technician can NOT draw on the make-up to your satisfaction, then they probably cannot tattoo it on either. So just to recap, to do conventional makeup on a client that they can wash off, we must be licensed, but to do permanent makeup (in some states) with needles that can not be washed off, you need no license or schooling.

Listen many permanent makeup procedures are offered at nail shops, hair salons, or day time spas. Often the technicians cannot even communicate with us due to a language barrier. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE remember that your decision to use these facilities and/or technicians can have a very serious end result. We often get carried away with our “Wants” and a great “Deal” with a procedure like this, you should really be focused. Why do it “better” the second time when you can have it done “right” the first time.

Go to www.beautynetworklink.com/Gallery.html to see Demos


“I love my permanent make-up so much I referred my clients, family and friends.” Debbie Allen Author/Motivational Speaker

“I love having my permanent makeup, especially my eyebrows. I recommend it to all my clients.” Leigh B. Scottsdale, AZ

“I never considered permanent makeup until I met Sally. My friends trusted her, so it made for an easy decision. Her credentials are impressive, and her work is stunning. I love my permanent makeup. Running to the store and gym without applying makeup is a dream come true! If you want permanent makeup trust the best! Sally is the master!” Kathleen Mascareñas Co-Anchor


Her Shaved Tattooed Eyebrows Turned Blue…
“When I went to get permanent eyebrows, I was told I had to shave off my own eyebrows first. I didn’t know any better, so I said “Okay.” Big mistake! Things then went from bad to worse. Even though the lady doing the tattooing showed me where my eyebrows would be and how they would look, for some reason she did not tattoo them in the place she showed me. When she finished, I looked at them and wanted to cry! They were uneven and above my original eyebrow hairline, arched too high and too pointy, and the ends were square, so I looked harsh and angry. And later they turned a bluish-brown color. I tried several micro-dermabrasion treatments which helped them fade, but it didn’t remove them. I have talked to different permanent makeup experts and doctors, and they all recommended laser tattoo removal. When I can afford the laser removal treatments, I will have my tattooed eyebrows removed. Then I will get new ones applied by someone good like Dr. Reed. Until then, I have to live with these ugly eyebrows every day and I hate it.”
–Maria N., Medical Billing Specialist

Her Permanent Lipstick was Excessive and Crooked…
“Previously I had permanent eyebrows and eyeliner done and was satisfied with it. So I wanted permanent lipstick and liner. The girl who does my nails told me that she did permanent makeup and kept asking me to have her do it. I thought, “Why not? She always does a good job on my nails.” Well, that was a big mistake. My bottom lip came out crooked and also my top lip. Plus she drew it way beyond the borders so I looked “clownish”. I wound up needing removal treatments because I didn’t take the time to look for someone who knew what they were doing. There were plenty of people I could have asked for a reference, but I didn’t. I just wasn’t thinking.”
–Ellen S., Receptionist

REMEMBER… Why do it “better” the second time when you can have it done “right” the first time.





Sources: www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productandingredientsafety/productinformation/ucm108530.htm, www.videojug.com/interview/permanent-make-up-basics-2, www.artisticcosmeticsolutions.com/gelsewhere.html, www.santaclaritamagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10290:thinking-of-permanent-makeup-please-read-this-first&catid=247:beauty-bridal-fashion&Itemid=57, www.permanentmakeup.com, http://www.premierpigments.com/permanent-makeup-licensing-regulations.html

Posted in Beauty, makeup., Skin Care, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Minx Extends Fashion To Your Fingertips

Over 200 Designs To Choose From

Are you looking for nails that are weatherproof, chip proof and acts like a shield of armor? A rising trend in fashion are Minx nails. You get nails so perfect that they will make most people do a double-take. What’s the catch? They are best applied by talented professionals. This article will provide you with plenty of information of the Minx experience!

Minx first started to revolutionize the nail industry back in 2008.

The latest must have fashion accessory for the celebs

The launch of Minx nail fashion was a new and glamorous way for women (& men) to extend fashion to their very fingertips. Minx nails have become the latest must have fashion accessory for the celebs, being worn by names such as Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and Beyoncé and Tyson Ritter to name but a few.

Tyson Ritter "The All American Rejects Band"

Katy Perry

What’s the process?

Minx is a solid film with an adhesive backing that is heat activated. The heat gives Minx the conform ability to fit over the compound curve of a nail, and seals the film onto the nail bed. The patent-pending, proprietary material that Minx is made of can easily be removed with heat. Nail polish with a shield of armor, literally! The heat softens the film allowing it to cater to the shape of the nail. 

Do a set of 10 or just add 1 or 2 designs

No top coat is needed as the film itself is very shiny. And again Minx is easily removable with heat. No soaking in pure acetone needed. Minx Nails are not a nail extension, but can be applied to artificial nails. Minx Nails are easy to remove and are not damaging to natural nail beds. The application process time takes about 30 minutes, total.

Want to see a Demo or two…go to www.beautynetworklink.com/Gallery.html

You can't have a bad day with these nails

Minx has positioned themselves in the industry as couture for nails. Minx nails are the green alternative to nail polish, made of like we said a flexible film that is not a liquid and does not use any hazardous chemicals during application. Minx is sold to professionals only and is applied to the nails beds with the use of a heat source, much like the shrink-wrap advertising you see on cars. Minxed toenails should last at least 4 weeks or longer! However, Minxed fingernails are best left for special occasions as they only last anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks, depending on your lifestyle, which is why this premium service, for those lovely ladies that want to take their nail services to the next level.

Dress up your French Manicure

With simple nail designs like Minx, the possibilities are endless. Many celebrities and models wear Minx nails for an impeccable finish. It is very common for people to go the simple route and get gold or silver Minx nails. If that sounds boring, think again. Imagine a piece of shiny, gold foil paper being adhered to your nail. 

The 14k Gold Look

The results are so shiny and smooth that it looks like you have 14k gold on your fingers!

Minx nails often use metallic backdrops to draw attention and they come in hundreds of designs from plaid, stripes, hearts, fire images and personal images.

Talk about a fashion statement

You can choose from over 200 colors and designs.

Katy Perry Nailed Russell


Want to see a Demo or two…go to www.beautynetworklink.com/Gallery.html 

Now for the Pros & Cons

Minx Appliques



  • Easy to apply – There’s no mess, no wait time, no accidental smudging or sheet marks
  • Looks you can’t achieve with polish – True chrome, intricate patterns, your dog (if that’s your thing)
  • Perfect for pedicures – They last forever on toes. With no drying time they’re ideal for winter pedicure’s. You’d never have to leave the salon in flip-flops with frozen toes.
  • A “green” product that doesn’t use chemicals for application or removal. Just a little heat and some gentle peeling takes Minx right off.


Perfect Pedicure can last 3 or more weeks

  • No matter how much you file, the edges are never truly smooth
  • On tips, they start lifting after a couple of days
  • The line at the cuticle is rounded so they won’t match every nail shape
  • Cost – $40 is at the low end of the price range which makes them great for special occasions but not practical for everyday wear.

    Lady Gaga is gaga for Minx Nails

    And just as a side note, Minx is supposed to be sold to professionals only. Not “talented professionals” only, so make sure you’re working with a talented nail person. The taking off process is a little elaborate though and might require professional guidance the first time around.

Couture For Nails

The minx nail design technique may cost up to anywhere between $35 and $80 for a set. In that, you can have anything etched on your nails, from designs to impressions of anyone’s face. (Remember you get what you pay for). Or for about $6 each you can enhance your manicure by adding just 1 or 2 designs. The various wide ranges of the minx designs are given out in detail on the official website, http://www.minxnails.com.

Want to see a Demo or two…go to www.beautynetworklink.com/Gallery.html

What do you think? Would you try Minx? Have you tried Minx? I want to hear what you think?

 Source: www.alllacqueredup.com, www.lasplash.com, www.diaryofamanicurist.blogspot.com

Posted in Beauty, Nails, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Beyonce’s Dazed & Confused Cover: Love It Or Leave It?

Givenchy sweatshirt paired with a leopard-print bra underneath the sheer panel, the vibrant, high-waisted briefs, the ice cream dribbling down her speckled nails.
Posted in Beauty, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“PT 2 of Biracial Hair Is Beautiful”


Another Natural Look - Chrisette Michele Close Crop

There were a lot of hits on the “Biracial Hair Is Beautiful” blog, so I decided to go a little deeper into the subject. This article will prove to be critically important to those of you who have had little to no experience with combing kinky hair. Ethnic, natural and biracial hair needs to be treated with extra care because of its naturally dry nature and tight curl pattern.

Waist Length Natural Hair



Apply a Moisturizer or Detangler to the hair, you should never comb kinky hair when it’s dry. You are more likely to tear hair out or cause split ends and breakage if you do. Instead, you should first apply a water based moisturizer to the hair. Do not apply so much that the hair becomes “wet”, but apply enough so that the moisturizer is evenly distributed throughout the hair. Moisturized hair has more elasticity and is less likely to break during combing.



Section hair in 4 or more sections

Section it Off. Combing kinky hair can be made more efficientby sectioning off parts and working on them one at a time. Part the hair in 4 (or more if needed) sections and use scrunchies or barrettes to keep the other parts away from the one part you are working on.





Use a Wide-Toothed Comb. A wide-toothed comb is gentler on the tight curls that kinky hair is known for. You will pull out much less hair while combing and cause the person who’s hair you are combing a lot less pain. Do not use brushes on un-moisturized, uncombed kinky hair! IF you choose to use a brush at all on natural, biracial or African-American hair, the Kakakiki KombBrush

Kakakiki KombBrush

or the 5-Row Denmen Brush come  highly recommend, they are very gentle and do a great jobwithout damaging the hair. With brushes in general, use them sparingly, and when you do use them, use the type that has rounded teeth instead of coarse bristles.


Rake Comb

Start to Comb. Grab the section of hair you want to comb and hold it taught, but not too tightly. Start combing out the tight curls nearest the scalp and work your way down, smoothing the hair as you go. Make sure to be gentle when you come across troublesome kinks. Gently keep combing upward or downward until the kink is free. Once you’re done with that section, separate it with a Scrunchie or barrette, then move on to the next section.

You have a lot of work to do so be patient- Polamalu



Remain Patient! If you are combing a biracial, African-American or just natural child’s kinky hair, remember to stay patient. The combing process is naturally

Biracial Hair

going to take longer than combing finer, straight hair. If the child is fussing or crying as you are combing, you are probably doing it too rough and should slow down and lighten your strokes. Comfort the child, show them a mirror, let her feel how soft her hair is, “once it’s combed nicely” (wink). You don’t want to hurt them or rip his or her hair out just to get done a few minutes faster.


Natural Hair Updo




Natural Has Always Been A Beautiful Look - Paula Kelly



Willow Smith - Whip Your Hair







Posted in Beauty, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What is Permanent makeup?

What is Permanent makeup?

Permanent Makeup Before & After

Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique which employs tattoos (permanent pigmentation of the dermis) as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as eyeliner and other permanent enhancing colors to the skin of the face, lips, and eyelids. It is also used to produce artificial eyebrows, particularly in people who have lost them as a consequence of old age, disease, such as alopecia, chemotherapy, or a genetic disturbance, and to disguise scars and white spots in the skin such as in vitiligo. It is also used to restore or enhance the breast’s areola, such as after breast surgery.

Side by Side Before & After

Most commonly called permanent cosmetics, other names include dermapigmentation, micropigmentation, and cosmetic tattooing, the latter being most appropriate since permanent makeup is, in fact, tattooing. In the United States and other countries, the inks used in permanent makeup and the pigments in these inks are subject to FDA or similar agency regulation as cosmetics and color additives.

 Some History

1930's star Mae West

Permanent makeup dates back at least to the start of the 20th century, though its nature was often concealed in its early days. The tattooist George Burchett, a major developer of the technique when it became fashionable in the 1930s, described in his memoirs how beauty salons tattooed many women without their knowledge, offering it as a “complexion treatment of injecting vegetable dyes under the top layer of the skin.

George ‘Professor’ Burchett (also styled the ‘King of Tattooists’) was born George Burchett-Davis on August 23, 1872, in the English seaside town of Brighton, East Sussex and became one of the most famous tattoo artists in the world.

Here is an Examples

Eyebrow & Top Eyeliner

This client had her eyebrows and top eyeliner permanently tattooed. The eyebrow tattooing is an example of a “powdery filled” technique as opposed to individual hairline strokes since the client already has eyebrow hair but simply wanted an enhancement and shaping. The top eyeliner represents a thin eyeliner tattoo and a “lash enhancement” procedure that is used to define the eye without making it look excessively made up.

"You know, at my age my hand are not as steady as they use to be, so Permanent Makeup was a great solution. I did my eyebrows, eyeliner and lip color ."

Who Benefits

The field of Permanent Cosmetics (Cosmetic Tattooing) is rapidly expanding in popularity. Women all over the country are learning of the benefits of having Permanent eyeliner, eyebrow coloring, lip color or lipliner. What could be better than to wake up looking as good in the morning as you did in the evening? Think of the time you could save putting on your makeup. The benefits of Permanent Cosmetics are being discovered by people from all walks of life including professional women, athletes, those with poor eyesight or unsteady hands, those with sensitivities to traditional cosmetics and those whose work precludes wearing makeup. Properly applied Permanent Cosmetics are so natural your neighbor will never know you are wearing them.

What are the Long term results?



The best possible color results can perform for many years or may begin to fade over time. How much time is individual per person. While permanent makeup pigment remains in the dermis its beauty-span may be influenced by several possible factors. These can be environmental, procedural and/or individual factors. Sun exposure fades color. The amount and color of pigment deposit at the dermal level can affect the length of time that


permanent makeup looks its best. Very natural looking applications are likely to require a touch-up before more dramatic ones for this reason. Individual influences include lifestyles that find an individual in the sun regularly such as with gardening or swimming. Skin tones are a factor in color value changes over time.


Great for Imperfections

Correction of Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is a welcome enhancement for most recipients. There are cases, however, of undesired results. The 4 most common complaints are “too dark,” “wrong color,” “uneven” and “too big.” A skilled, experienced, permanent makeup professional is able to adjust the color and evenness of permanent makeup results in most cases. A design that is too large presents a serious challenge, however. Costly pigment lightening techniques and/or removal may be the only solutions. However, before embarking on the aforementioned removal/correction procedures, it should also be noted that you still have the option of applying conventional makeup to correct any imperfections or to further enhance the overall effect.


So You Think Your Ready?

Applying Permanent Makeup

Once you have made the decision to have Permanent Cosmetics applied you have the important task of finding a qualified technician to do the work for you. This is a critical decision. Locate a technician in the same manner you would a doctor, dentist, etc. Since there are no uniform regulations in the country, it is mandatory you learn as much as possible about the industry so you can determine who is a qualified professional in this field. Remember you are altering your appearance permanently so it is important you make your decision carefully. As you do your research into this industry, bear in mind Permanent Cosmetics are a form of tattooing and must be thought of as lifelong. It is important you be comfortable with your technician before you start. You will have a special relationship with your technician. You must be confident he/she will give you a look you will be comfortable wearing for many years.

 How much does it cost?”

Cheap is not the way to go

This is one of the most often asked questions when people first consider permanent makeup, “How much does it cost?”. A permanent makeup technician who is using proper sterilization, good equipment and has a professional facility will not want to be the lowest priced person on the block. They will invest their funds for sterile and sanitary business procedures, for proper insurance and for professional forms and surroundings. A low cost person will not have all of these or they would not be able to “give away” their services.

Permanent means FOREVER


Permanent makeup is just that, permanent. If you go shopping for clothes, shoes, furniture, and other consumable goods, it is often wise to shop price. You do not have this same luxury with a procedure that is permanent, such as plastic surgery, a tattoo, or permanent cosmetics. Having those services done will alter you for life.

Bad Permanent Makeup

You cannot afford to go for the cheapest person when your looks are being changed forever. There is some really bad permanent makeup work walking around this world, where the individual decided to “price shop” and lived to regret it. The reality is you should be paying hundreds of dollars for any single procedure. If the technician is not charging a few hundred dollars they most likely are not doing what they should be to keep up with this rapidly changing industry. In that case, be wary.

Permanent Makeup is harder to correct/remove then a regular tattoo.

The price being charged should include at least one follow up visit, if not two. Be sure it does. The price should also include some use of topical, over the counter anesthetics to minimize the pain and discomfort of the procedure.



There Can Be Adverse Effects and Complications

There Can Be Adverse Effects and Complications

As with tattoos, permanent makeup may have complications, such as allergies to the pigments, formation of scars, granulomas and keloids, skin cracking, peeling, blistering and local infection. The use of unsterilized tattooing instruments may infect the patient with serious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. Removal problems may also ensue, due to patient dissatisfaction or regret, and they may be particularly difficult to remove in places such as eyelids and lips without leaving permanent sequelae. On very rare occasions, people with permanent makeup have reported swelling or burning in the affected areas when they underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Really Bad Permanent Makeup

As with tattoos, permanent makeup can be difficult to remove. Common techniques used for this are laser resurfacing, dermabrasion (physical or chemical exfoliation), and surgical removal. Camouflaging which is adding a new pigment which counteracts the tattoo color and attempts to emulate normal skin color is considered a poor choice by professionals. Removal is more painful and laborious than the tattooing itself.






Posted in Beauty, makeup., Skin Care, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 28 Comments

Know Your SPF# For Your Skin Type

A woman's body with a bad case of sunburn.

Hopefully on this Memorial Day Holiday you and your family will be out and about in this beautiful sunshine maybe at the parade or cooking out or at the pool or having a great day in the park or at some exotic island ( :~\ mad face, I wish I was on a island) …We just wanted to remind you to be protected.

People burn at different rates, even within the same skin type, so you must decide if you are more or less sensitive to sun exposure and take appropriate measures.
To be on the safe side, always reduce by half the stated protection on any product (for instance, if a product says it has an SPF of 8, only count on its being a 4. If you need an 8, get a 16.)

This chart will give you the recommended SPF for your skin color.
Albino. Tan type: none. Red sunburn with pain, swelling and peeling. SPF 50.
White. Tan type: as above. Great risk of freckles. SPF 50.
Fair. Tan type: very light after minor pink or red burns. Some risk of freckles. SPF 30.
Fair. Tan type: light. Slight risk of freckles. SPF 30.
Slightly dark. Tan type: dark. SPF 30.
Slightly dark. Tan type: dark, with less risk of sunburn. SPF 15-20.
Dark. Tan type: very dark. SPF 8-15
Black. Tan type: black. SPF 8.

Know your sun protection number. My SPF# is 30…( 50 if I was on an exotic island :~>) what is yours?? See what your SPF# is for your skin type and please feel free to post your # I would love to know.

Posted in Beauty, Skin Care, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are You Wearing the Wrong Sunscreen?

Kim Kardashian

 You know many believe that the darker your skin tone the less sun protection you need and the lighter your skin tone the more you will need. That older skin needs more protection and that younger skin needs less. That you can use the same SPF level here at home for everyday and on vacation in places like Jamaica or Puerto Rico. That this and that, that this and that, this and that…on and on. The bottom line that EVERYONE agrees on is that EVERYBODY should wear some type sun protection to help reduce the chance of getting sunburn and any chance of getting skin cancer. 

Differences between sunblock and sunscreen Source: Wikipedia

alba sunscreen

Although it is a common misconception that sunblock and sunscreen are both the same, they are not. They have similar properties and are both important in caring of the skin, sunblock is opaque and is stronger than sunscreen since it is able to block a majority of the UVA/UVB rays and radiation from the sun, thus not having to be reapplied several times a day. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are two of the important ingredients in sunblock.




Sunscreen is more transparent once applied to the skin and also has the ability to protect against UVA/UVB rays as well, although the sunscreen’s ingredients have the ability to break down at a faster rate once exposed to sunlight, and some of the radiation is able to penetrate to the skin. In order for sunscreen to be more effective the user needs to consistently reapply at least every two hours, and use a higher SPF.

However, that distinction is mostly used for marketing, and the FDA has in fact considered banning the term “sunblock” from marketing claims as it considers it misleading.

For total protection against damage from the sun, the skin needs to be protected from UVA, UVB and IRA (Infra Red Energy). Roughly 35% of solar energy is IRA.

Apply and Reapply

How to choose Sun Protection Source: care2.com

Adapted from “Anti-Wrinkle Treatments for Perfect Skin” by Pierre Jean Cousin (Storey Books, 2001).

Here is the first chart we have ever run across that tells us what SPF protection we need depending on our skin type. Now you can find out which sunscreen to use if you are a slightly dark African-American, or an African-American with darker skin, or how to prevent burning if you are fair with a moderate amount of freckling, as opposed to fair with a light tan.

We are all so different: prevent premature aging, wrinkling, and drying skin by finding out which SPF is best for you.


 People burn at different rates, even within the same skin type, so you must decide if you are more or less sensitive to sun exposure and take appropriate measures.

To be on the safe side, always reduce by half the stated protection on any product (for instance, if a product says it has an SPF of 8, only count on its being a 4. If you need an 8, get a 16.)

This chart will give you the recommended SPF for your skin color.

Albino. Tan type: none. Red sunburn with pain, swelling and peeling. SPF 50.

White. Tan type: as above. Great risk of freckles. SPF 50.

Fair. Tan type: very light after minor pink or red burns. Some risk of freckles. SPF 30.

Fair. Tan type: light. Slight risk of freckles. SPF 30.

Slightly dark. Tan type: dark. SPF 30.

Slightly dark. Tan type: dark, with less risk of sunburn. SPF 15-20.

Dark. Tan type: very dark. SPF 8-15

Black. Tan type: black. SPF 8.

 Sun Safety Made Simple  from the University of California, Berkeley, Wellness Letter.

Head off sunburn this summer with these smart application tips:

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS For most people, a sunscreen with a SPF (measure of a product’s ability to block out UV-B light) of 15 or 30 is adequate.

CHOOSE BROAD SPECTRUM Look for a sunscreen’s that says “broad spectrum” on the label. These protect against UV-A light as well as UV-B. UV-A rays cause premature skin aging; UV-B rays cause sunburn. Both increase the risk of skin cancer.

USE ENOUGH For full protection, an average size adult in a bathing suit needs about an ounce of lotion – enough to fill a shot glass.

REAPPLY OFTEN Put sunscreen on 15 to 30 minutes before going out. Reapply at least every two hours. There’s no such thing as completely waterproof sunscreen, so be sure to slather on more ever time you come out of the water.

Well people I think that “covers” it…LOL. Cover up, be safe and have a great summer.



Posted in acne, Beauty, Exfoliating Mask, makeup., Skin Care, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


Biracial hair is beautiful and comes with its own set of needs. Whether your hair is thick, thin, wavy or kinky, these five expert tips will help you take care of your hair and find the style that’s right for you. Here, Kimberly Kimble, celebrity stylist and owner of Kimble Hair Studio in West Hollywood, California, shares her tips for biracial hair care.

Know your hair  

 “As far as biracial hair is concerned, like any other kind of hair, there are many different variations — wavy, curly, kinky,” Kimble explains. “You need to first determine the texture of your hair, and once you do, you can treat and style accordingly.”

Use the right products

Once you’ve determined your hair type, it’s important to select the right products. “If your texture is curly, it’s very important to keep it moisturized,” says Kimble. 

sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner

“Use a moisturizing, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. If your hair is frizzy, you should be using a de-frizzing product when you blow dry. Use a lightweight product when blow drying your hair to extend the life of your blow dry. If your hair is wavy and thin, use thickening products, and be sure that they are alcohol free.”

Be careful if you color

“Highlights last longer and are less maintenance


than any other type of color, so they are a good choice of color treatment for this type of hair,” says Kimble.”Color treatments can dry out the hair, so use hydrating treatments and products after a color treatment.”

Don’t over shampoo

“It’s best to wash very curly hair only every four days to once a week,” says Teri LaFlesh, author of Curly Like Me: How to Grow Your Hair Healthy, Long and Strong

Curly Like Me


LaFlesh — whose mother is black and father is white — wrote her book after struggling with her hair for 30 years before discovering how to take care of it naturally.

Concentrate on gently washing the scalp only. Do not pile hair on top of the head and rub it in. Shampoo the scalp, and when rinsing, let the soapy water run over it and down the hair.” In her book, LaFlesh also explains how shampooing isn’t always necessary, and sometimes all that’s needed is conditioner. “The conditioner will do what the shampoo would have done, which is to grab dirt and hold onto it while it is rinsed away with the dirt. It just does it much better.”

Blended Beauty's Natural Curly Hair Care Products


 “The best kind of conditioner for rinsing out your hair is a light, all-purpose one,” says LaFlesh. “It isn’t that important what kind you choose here, since you will be rinsing it out again. Try not to get one that says volumizing, or one for oily hair.” Kimble adds, “Sleeping on a silk pillowcase and/or wearing a silk bonnet

Silk Caps

to bed helps prevent dry hair.”



Posted in Beauty | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Natural Nail Care and Maintenance

As a nail technician, our perfect dream would be to have a full book of clients that frequent our salon for all their nail needs. The reality is that there are a great many women and men that cannot afford or just don’t have time to seek our services on a regular bases.  The client should and can maintain their nails at home between salon visits, there are only a few things that you need to know, remember and do:

Wear Gloves:Excessive hand washing or using household cleaning solutions without protection (gloves) can rob our skin and nails of vital oils and moisture, resulting in split and peeling nails and cuticles.

Reapply Nail Hardener: Twice a week, strength is a combination of hardness and flexibility. 

Use Oil/Moisturizers Daily: Nails that split, peel and crack lack sufficient oil and moisture. Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin E supplements keeps nails growing long and strong.  You can apply these tips to keep nails, cuticles and hands healthy and good-looking.

Posted in Beauty, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Do You Care For Your Eyebrows?


Brow-grooming — like white-hair-yanking and blemish-zapping — tends to bring out the OCD in everyone. Overzealous tweezing in the guise of perfectionism can lead to emaciated brows and bald patches, where hair only grows back very irregularly. Beverly Hills brow guru Anastasia Soare suggests using protein-spiked brow gels to stimulate healthy growth and brow fillers to shade in the problem areas. She also counsels clients to step away from the magnifying makeup mirror: “These mirrors are dangerous — we tend to tweeze every small hair until our brows are bald!”

Source Marie Claire – N.Chao


Eyebrow Threading

Threading is an ancient method of hair removal which originated in parts of India, the Middle and Far East, and is now gaining popularity in Western countries. Threading is a hair removal technique that uses 100% cotton thread. The cotton thread is twisted and rolled along the surface of the skin entwining the hairs in the thread, which are then lifted quickly from the follicle. It is more precise than waxing and allows for better lines.
The technique is rather inexpensive because it does not require costly chemical ingredients. Messy waxes and creams are avoided altogether. For women who would like to pursue a more natural beauty regimen, hair threading is a good choice, since it does not use harmful products.
As opposed to waxing, the top layers of skin are not peeled or traumatized in the process making threading gentler on the skin. Threading is highly recommended and an excellent option for those who use Retin-A, accutane, or similar products. Eyebrow threading is a practice of shaping the eyebrows. Eyebrow threading is a preferred hair removal technique for a number of reasons. Unlike tweezing or plucking, eyebrow threading removes one clean line of hair all at once, making it much quicker and easier to shape the brows. It is important to find an aesthetician who is experienced at eyebrow threading. Inexperience can result in uneven brows, hair breakage, ingrown hairs, or unnecessary pain. Most urban areas have a wide variety of spas offering eyebrow threading, and many online resources offer reviews of the service. If you are unsure or have questions, you should feel free to contact any of the salons sponsored on this website, and they will be happy to help you.   

 Source eyebrowthresding.com

Eyebrow Waxing – Achieving A Sassy Shape

Well-groomed eyebrows are key to a pulled-together look. Flip through any magazine, and you will see that all models have perfect eyebrows. In fact, some beautiful people claim that all they need to do for a glamorous look is to define their eyebrows and slick on some lip color. Most make-up artists back them up by claiming that eyebrows are the simplest way to instantly make over a face.


What are the effects of eyebrow waxing?
Some would say, A-mazing! Eyebrow waxing is a very ‘in vogue’ way to get beautified, even though (I do have to admit) I was a little skeptical about waxing at first. Waxing of any kind can hurt because hair is being ripped from the root. Sure, tweezing may hurt too, but it’s only one hair at a time instead of a whole row of hairs. I was unsure of how much control you have in eyebrow waxing, since many hairs are being ripped out at once. And because waxing requires stray hair in the first place, I was worried that between appointments my brows would become unruly all over again. Well, having seen some of the waxed brows of my friends, I have to admit: I was convinced. It seems that eyebrow waxing takes less time and gives a more even result than tweezing. There is not that much redness or puffiness, the pain is simply momentary.

 Source Hairchick.com

Eyebrow Shaping To Perfection

Begin the eye brow shaping process by balancing your eyebrow proportionate with the rest of your face. Look in the mirror and place imaginary lines (or a pencil) across your face to match the lines shown here. Do this on both sides of the nose and pluck (remove the hair) only in between. Be careful about the distance between the inner brows and the length of the brows.

A. When eye brow shaping, imagine a vertical line going up from the outside of your nostril towards your forehead. The inner part of the eyebrow should converge with this line.

B. A straight line going out from the outside corner of your nostril past the outer corner of your eye marks the end of the eyebrow.

C. Your arch should be found two thirds of the way from your inner eyebrow.

Balancing your eyebrow

Most of us women have eyebrows that require some type of definition (eyebrow shaping) to look complete. Remember applying make-up to your eyebrows helps makes them stand out and look complete. At first you may feel your penciled eyebrows has exaggerated your eyebrows. Just remember that you are use to seeing your old look and it takes time to adjust to your new look.

 Source Wild About Makeup

Before & After

Posted in Beauty, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments