The living sea!

Keyword: Face Off, SyFy, prosthetics, make- up, special effects

Last weeks episode of SYFY’s ‘Face-Off’ was probably one of the most interesting episodes between last season, and this season….and we are only on episode 2.  The contestants were given a challenge to bring sea creatures to life but the kick was that all make-up had to hold up underwater!  They were put into teams of two and got to work right away! Immediately drama beings, as expected of reality tv otherwise we wouldn’t watch it, would we?

While most of the creatures were pretty spectacular, there were two that just didn’t make the grade what-so-ever and in fact it was embarrassing to watch! Ian and RJ decided to create a shark and thought it would be funny to put him in a suit and call him a “lawyer”. As soon as they came up with the idea I knew it was a bad one.  They took the easy way out here.  Everyone else spent time on full body make-up and these guys dressed their model in a suit. For this concept to work, the make-up they DID do should have been absolutely amazing…and it wasn’t. Their biggest down fall = not sewing the clothing down.  As soon as their model jumped into the water, his whole jacket and shirt went up and covered his face, exposing his unmade-up body.  I was shaking my head the whole time watching this.

I had higher hopes for Jerry and Nix. One is known for his painting skills, the other had been doing FX make-up for like 40 years or so. When their turtle stepped out on stage I thought I was at an amusement park for kids. I could see children lining up to take pictures with the cool cartoon-like turtle!  This is NOT the way to impress the judges. It only got worse from there!  When he jumped into the water, he couldn’t seem to get his barrings and when he finally did, his shell almost completely came off.  It was such a disaster! In the end, this duo was rated the worst out of all of them…and with good reason!

 

I really hope to see more from these contestants. They have a lot to prove after this episode!



Pick up these extensions for fun

Keyword: tie dye hair, hair extensions

Whaaat!? Now you can get tie-dyed extensions?  Awesome!!! Can’t decide what shade of blue you want? Now you can have them all! Colored extensions have been becoming more and more popular these days. People are just tired of their boring, normal hair I guess.  So now they have plenty of options to create fun, interesting hair.

We have fun with our makeup all the time, why not our hair too? Hair Royalty is offering an 8 pack of tie dyed extensions for only $10.

 

And while you are there, check out what else they offer!  They carry everything from feathers, to tinsel, to scissors, to holsters….it’s a pretty fun site if you ask me!!



Fun for the winter

Keyword: snowman, nail art, snow, winter

It’s February, which means winter is in full effect! What’s the next best thing to stay inside and drinking hot cocoa on a wintery, snowy day?….building a snowman, of course!! So now is a great time to give your nails a fun snowman theme!  Here are a few ideas I have found.  Send us pictures of your very own snowman nail art!

 



Learning the basics to nail care

Keyword: nail polish, fake nails, nail care, chipping polish

For the last 15 years of my life I have been getting my nails done with tips and silk wraps.  I never imagined my hands without them.  However, I recently had no time to get a fill-in and soon all my nails popped off.  I decided to give my nails a break for a while and keep them more natural.  I also figured this was a good way to save some money since we have begun house hunting, and paying off a wedding!

 

I wrote an article a few weeks ago about having bumps on my nails after polishing them.  Turns out that I literally have to let every coat of polish completely dry before doing the next.  It takes me ALL DAY to paint my nails this way, but it works! Naturally after all the time it take me to paint them, I hate to see them chip after a day or two. Here are some ways to help keep the polish on your nails!

- Clean nails are key!  After filing, make sure to wash with warm soapy water. This will get rid of some of the natural oils on your nails.  It also helps if you use a polish remover right before painting!

- Use a base coat. It will help the color adhere to the nail better.

-Paint in thin layers and wait for each layer to dry before the next.  Like mentioned earlier, this does take a while, but it does work!

- Top coats are key!  They will help keep polish in place.  Make sure to get as close to the edges as possible.  That is where chipping begins!! You can apply a top coat about every other day.

Follow these tips and your polish will last almost double what it normally does!  Also, I have learned that if you do notice chipping, simply file the nail where the polish chipped to smooth it out, then repaint them with the matching color, add your top coat and you’re done.  No need to take it all off and start over again!



Regular trims are very important

 

Keyword: hair appointments, 6 weeks, healthy hair

When my clients ask how often they should come back for their haircuts, they always seem shocked when I tell them the usual 6-8 weeks.  They seem especially shocked when they are the type of client that only comes once or twice a year! Sometimes they give me the excuse “Well, I’m trying to grow it out”.  It’s time to face the facts people. If you want healthy hair, it is important to keep up with regular trims.  This is not one of those myths.  Your hair will be healthier, shinier, and grow faster if you come in regularly…no joke!  Your hair can start to form split ends very quickly. Especially the way we all treat our hair today with the coloring, flat ironing, blow drying, and shampooing on a regular basis. Split ends are going to make your hair look dull and limp.  All it takes is a small little dusting off the ends to give your hair life again. And with that small trim, your hair will become healthier and will tend to grow faster.  So if you’re sitting here reading this and you’re one of those people who haven’t had a haircut in 2 and a half years, call your hairdresser and get in today….please :)



Oh…just some good cookin’!

 

Keyword: food, smell, hair

So it’s your good friends birthday and you get invited out to have some amazing hibachi (Hotoke in Smithtown to be specific! yum!)  You get yourself all dolled up, pick out the perfect outfit and take your time washing your hair and giving yourself an awesome blow out.  Dinner is as amazing as you expected and the show they put on while cooking the food right in front of you makes for a very entertaining night! You have a wonderful night smiling and laughing with friends (while looking awesome, don’t forget!) And then you get home!!  Everything smells!  Not only your clothes, but your hair!  Now, if you are like me, then you don’t wash your hair every day.  So here is my dilemma: My hair looks great.  Remember, I gave myself that awesome blow out earlier!  This should normally last me 2 to 3 days. But now my hair smells like hibachi!!! I don’t want to wash it again for a number of reasons.  One being that every time I wash it, more and more of my pink streaks wash out, and lets not forget the time and effort that goes into the blowout process. Do I really want to do it all again only 4 hours later?  Ugh!  So, I’ve tried the whole spraying perfume in my hair but that never really works.  I always end up rewashing and starting from scratch.  But there has to be a better way, right?  Please, someone tell me that they have a better way to say goodbye to yummy food smells from my hair without having to reshampoo!!  I await your thoughts and ideas….

 

 

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They are too cute

Keyword: easter nails, nail art, easter eggs, pastel colors, bunny

So I have already shown you some Easter hair, but how about nails to match? Again, there are so many different directions you can go here. You can keep it simple with just straight up pastel nails, or paint them like colorful easter eggs. Or maybe you want the easter bunny himself to stand out on your nails.  You can even go with cute little chickies!

 

There is so much creative freedom here and they are all so fabulous…how do you choose?!  Here are some great nail art ideas!

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