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Well first of all you shoud know that I am a child of God, The lord IS the head of my life. Second, I would like to welcome you to my blog. I want this to be a place filled with useful information. A place where you can come and just bask in my glory *clearing throat* I mean, where you can come and have a gooood time. I am a wife and a mom....happily providing a stable foundation for our family.....third, or is it fourth or fifth, LOL...I am a lover of cosmetology. Anything relating to beauty...I'M there. I am self educated in this field....i'm just rambling, can you tell..... I was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica WI, yes! i'm a yardie LOL. I migrated to the United States when I was 7 years old. I am filled with personality, yes, some would even go as far as to say i'm funny LOL. So now as an adult, i'm taking advantage of my God given talent and turning my knowledge and love for cosmetology into something worthwhile. I hope my beauty tips serves you well. Take care, stay beautiful and Be blessed... Your beauty advisor Kerry ;-}

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Makeup 101

The first step in finding the colors that look best on you is to find out your skin tone. Your skin tone is determined by the undertones of your skin. After you know the undertone, you will then know whether your skin tone is warm or cool. Then you can match the colors you use to your skin tone for the most complimentary look for you!

Try the following tests to find out which undertones your skin has. Be sure to do them in natural lighting, near a window is best:

Turn your arm over and look at the veins on your forearm and wrist. If the veins appear more green than you have yellow undertones. This means your skin tone is warm. If the veins appear more blue then you have blue undertones. This means your skin tone is cool.

For this test you will need a mirror and a sheet of white paper. Be sure to remove your make up! Looking in the mirror, hold the sheet of white paper next to your face. If your face looks yellow, this means your skin tone is warm. If your face looks blue, this means your skin tone is cool.

Now we need to determine whether your skin tone is pink, yellow, olive or brown:

Pink (Light) - If you are very fair, burn before you tan, and your skin has pink or porcelain under tones you should choose pink.

Yellow (Light or Medium) – If you are Caucasian and have beige or yellow undertones you should choose Yellow. Asian or Light Mixed Race also fall into Yellow. Most Caucasian women fall into Yellow so if you are unsure select Yellow.

Olive (Medium) – If you are Mediterranean, Latino, a Fair-skinned African American, or dark mixed-race, then you should choose Olive.

Brown (Dark) – If you are African American, deep complexioned Indian or any other dark skin color then you should choose Brown.


Choosing the right foundation

The warm skintones look best in colors with yellow bases. When choosing foundation, pick colors that sound warm like: warmest beige, honey beige, almond, copper, etc. Many cosmetic companies now tell you on the packaging which skin tone the color is best for.
The cool skintones look best in colors with blue bases. When choosing foundation, pick colors that sound cool like: ivory, bisque, blush, rosetint, etc. Many cosmetic companies now tell you on the packaging which skin tone the color is best for.
Choose three foundations in the color closest to your skin color. The foundations should have different undertones, such as cool, warm, and neutral. Cool would be pinkish, warm would be more orangish, and neutral would be a slight yellow to beige.
ALWAYS, try a foundation on your face rather than the back of your hand. The color and skin on the back of your hand is not the same as the skin on your face. A foundation color should never be 'settled' on. It is important to find the correct shade so that you do not look like you have a mask on.
On a clean jawline, place one stripe of each color along the jawline at the side of your face. As you apply each color tone you will be able to see two very well and the third should disappear slightly into your skin. The one that disappears more will be the correct undertone for your skin.
After finding the correct undertone, you can begin finding the correct shade. Keep in mind that the correct shade will completely disappear onto your skin, so you will not have the look of wearing a makeup mask.
It is not advisable to use a foundation that is lighter or darker than your natural skin tone to avoid an artificial look. The color on your face should match the color on your neck.Some skin tones may accept several shades of foundation. In a case like this, try each shade on a larger area on the jawline and see which shade one you like best. If you are torn between a lighter and darker shade, I would suggest to opt for a lighter shade as blushers and bronzers can be added to darken the shade.
You will no doubt find that the shade of foundation that matches your skin color will change with the seasons. You might want to invest in a Bronzing Liquid that you can mix into your "winter foundation" so that it will match your tan. And don't mix it in the bottle. Pour a little into your hand and mix it there.


When To Toss Out Your Makeup

If your foundation has a pump then it will stay fresh longer, but if you are dabbing your fingers into a bottle everyday you should think of tossing your foundation makeup every 6-8 months. If you are prone to breakouts and are using the dabbing method, you should toss you makeup no later than 6 months. If you are using a pump foundation, it should be good for at least 8 months. But keep in mind that your foundation color can change at least twice a year anyway, so just get in the habit of tossing your foundation makeup every 6 months.

Powdered Face Makeup

Powder face makeup can last over a year, if there is no shiny build up on the surface and you have not had any major skin irritations during use. Honestly though, most people won't be able to make a face powder last for over a year anyway. And as a general rule of thumb, if it smells funny or looks strange you should toss it. Powder blush and powder bronzers also fall into the 1 year category.

How To Take Care of Your Skin

First thing you need to know is that your skin is a living organ that is constantly regenerating itself. The outer layer, called the epidermis, is as thin as a thread. It consists of a protective layer of skin cells that is continually shedding while giving way to new cells. Below the epidermis are the dermis and hypodermis, two layers that produce the oil and collagen that gives your skin support, elasticity, and shine. It is very important to take care of your skin especially before you go out and spend money on skin care products, it is important to know what type of skin you have and what kind of care it needs.
The first step to healthy skin is to know your skin type. There are four basic skin types. Dry, Oily, Sensitive and combination...Then there is normal skin.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is shiny, thick and dull colored. Often, protracted oily skin has coarse pores and pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. It is prone to blackheads and whiteheads. With this skin type, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is generally needed. The oil seeps through the skin and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin is coarser in texture. This skin type attracts more dirt than dry skin.
The great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types. So when your 60 years old you can pass for 50, LOL.

The solution

Cleanse your face with plenty of hot water and soap to prevent the pores from being clogged. Avoid harsh products that strip your skin of oil and encourage flakiness. To cleanse oily skin, use oil-based products as they dissolve sebum (the fatty secretion of the sebaceous glands) effectively. Opt for oil-free moisturizers to maintain a shine-free complexion.
Keep your skin very clean. Limit washing your face to two or three times a day. Too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil.
Choose your cleanser with care. Avoid heavy cleansing creams. Avoid the use of harsh soaps or cleansers. Use a pure soap with no artificial additives. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or a lightly medicated soap, and use it in combination with a water rich in minerals, not tap water. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol. After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.
Use hot water when washing your face. Hot water dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water.
If your skin is extremely oily, three or four daily cleansings may be in order and little or no moisturizing necessary before you are 30 years old. After that point, the skin around your eyes and mouth and on your throat may benefit from a nightly moisturizing, plus a mere touch of moisturizer in the morning.
When cleansing, massage your face well with your fingertips, using an upward and outward motion. Be careful not to rub soap into the skin; it can clog pores.
If your oily skin is scaly, you can often correct the problem by using a deep-cleaning exfoliant on alternate nights, and following the treatment with a light coating of moisturizer.
Try using a clay or mud mask. If you have sensitive skin, use white or rose-colored clays.
Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.
Choose cosmetic and facial care products specifically designed for oily skin.
Before applying makeup, use an antiseptic day cream with active ingredients that diminish sebaceous secretions. Look for benzyl peroxide in the list of active ingredients.
Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.
Washing your face and neck twice a day with a gentle non-foaming cleanser rinsing with warm water. Use an alcohol-free, hydrating toner to help remove additional residue. Oil blotting sheets through out the day can help control shine.

Dry Skin

Dry skin has a low level of sebum and can be prone to sensitivity. The skin has a parched look caused by its inability to retain moisture. If your skin has a strong tendency toward dehydration, lacks oil, and has few breakouts if any at all, it is considered dry. It usually feels "tight" and uncomfortable after washing unless some type of moisturizer or skin cream is applied. In more extreme cases, dry skin lacks elasticity and can be extremely sensitive to the sun, wind, and cold temperatures. Chapping and cracking are signs of extremely dry, dehydrated skin. This type of skin is tightly drawn over bones. It looks dull, especially on the cheeks and around the eyes. There may be tiny expression lines on these spots and at the comers of the mouth.
The Solution
Wash your face once a day with a rich, creamy cleanser and warm water. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry. Use toner to help with that tight and flaky feeling of dehydration. Avoid toners and makeup that contain alcohol as alcohol-based products have a drying effect on skin.
Avoid the use of tap water when cleansing dry skin. The deposits are too drying on the skin. And never, ever use hot water. Use mineral water to freshen your face. Don't use a washcloth-a rough texture can irritate. In the morning, apply a spray of mineral water on your skin misted on with a plant sprayer. (Do not use a sprayer that had been used for spraying insecticides.) Lightly pat dry.
Dry skin needs plenty of thorough but gentle cleansing, regular stimulation with massage and generous quantities of oil and moisture. It also needs extra careful protection. Washing dry skin with soap and water not only removes grime but also the natural oils protecting the skin. A moisturizer increases the water content of the outer layers of the skin and gives it a soft, moist look.
Use nondetergent, neutral-pH products to cleanse your skin. Avoid using any commercial soap. And always touch your face gently. Double-cleanse with a cream, leaving a light, thin trace of it on the skin after the second cleansing.
Follow a bath or a shower with a mild application of baby oil. Massage your face with home-made nourishing cream every night before retiring. Be generous with the cream in the areas surrounding the eyes where tiny lines and crows feet are born.
Avoid coming in contact with highly alkaline soaps and detergents like washing sodas and powders which contain highly alkaline and drying ingredients.
Moistening with water, then applying a thin film of air-excluding moisturizer, restores the suppleness of the dry skin.


Sensitive Skin

some people may have sensitive skin long with normal, oily, or dry skin. If your skin has allergic reactions to beauty products and is usually sensitive to the sun, wind, and cold weather then you may have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin has a low tolerance level to certain products or environmental conditions. Sensitivity can show up in rashiness, redness, inflammation, acne, and dilated capillaries. People with sensitive skin may react quickly to chemicals, heat or wind by developing red, blotchy and irritated skin. Different people have different levels of skin sensitivity. Some people may react to a product, while for others it produces no effect. Similarly, some people may have a very severe reaction, while others only have a mild reaction.
The Solution
Look for cleansers, toners, makeup, and moisturizers that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Cleanse, tone and moisturize with gentle products everyday. The idea for your skin is to always choose products with a soothing benefit. Some common ingredients to look for are: chamomile, azulene, bisabolol, allantoin, lavender, camphor, calamine, rosemary, thyme, aloe vera etc.
Minimise the amount of products you put on your face and do not over wash your face. Two times a day is perfectly fine.
When choosing make-up, especially foundation and blusher, buy oil-free products. Make-up that is water-based and non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) is the best option. There are also oil-absorbing foundations that help keep oil off the face.
Use a daily sunscreen that is not oil-based, preferably a gel, as it's less greasy.

Be sure to use a minimum SPF of 15.

If you have breakouts, use a cleanser with salicylic acid to help exfoliate pores. Salicylic acid in moisturisers can also be beneficial.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is truly two extreme skin types on one face, both oily and dry skin. These situations occur when there is acne and a lot of oil in one area when the rest of the skin is generally not producing oil and dry. Also, There is a greasy center panel consisting of nose, forehead and chin and a dry panel consisting of cheeks, mouth and the areas around the eyes. Two common examples are a dry skin with papular and pustular acne on the cheeks or a normal skin with inflamed papular and pustular acne in the chin and mouth area. This type of skin is very common, and it should be treated as if it were two different types of skin. If the acne is severe, consult a dermatologist or esthetician.
The Solution
See solution for both oily and dry skin.


Normal Skin

Normal skin has an even tone, soft, a smooth texture, no visible pores or blemishes, and no greasy patches or flaky areas. This type of skin has a clear, fine-textured, supple and smooth surface which is neither greasy nor dry. It glows with an inner health which stems from good blood circulation and excellent health. There may be occasional pimples in women just before menstruation due to increased hormonal activity, which makes the sebaceous glands overactive. Acne is, however, not a problem for people with normal skin.
Some consider normal skin to be Combination skin, but it is not. If your skin is marked by oily skin in the T zone and dry, taut skin on the cheeks, and changes with seasons (dryer in winter, oilier in summer) it is considered normal. Normal skins can also be 'Normal-To's' as in normal to oily or normal to dry.
The Solution
Wash your face with cleansers that are designed for your normal/normal-to skin type. Wipe an alcohol free, hydrating toner all over the face. Apply moisturizer more frequently to dry skin.
The only care this skin requires is cleaning it twice a day with a mild baby soap and water and toned with something mild, like rose water.
At night, to keep your skin's normal moisture- balance apply a thin film of home-made moisturizer.
Any time your skin becomes slightly oily or slightly dry in any area correct these tendencies by following the advice given regarding these types of skin.
Follow every cleansing with a mild freshener to keep pores tight and to remove traces of cleanser clinging to the skin. Use an astringent with a low alcohol content.
Avoid direct heat on the face-including that from blow dryers.
Always use a mild, oil-based moisturizer under makeup to help retain surface moisture.
Guard against the drying, aging effects of the sun by using makeup products that contain a sunscreen.
Once every two weeks, stimulate the circulation and smooth the surface of the skin by using a nondrying mask.

My Hair Care Regimine and Products...


I'm trying to get my hair back on track. I was doing really good until I made the mistake of dying my hair and that totally killed all of my efforts of maintaining healthy hair. *Sigh* Oh well you live and you learn I guess.....Long story not so short, I ended up chopping off my hair really short. This is not the first time that i cut my hair. I cut my hair in Dec 06' but not as short as my hair is now and it grew back so fast and it was very long...past my bra....way way waaay down in my back...well maybe not way down but it was in the middle of my back ROTFL!
I like it though!, my short hair, I think it's SEXXAY!!! a cute Rihanna type cut without the back being shaved. Winter is coming LOL. However, no matter how cute and sexy this cut is, I won't be maintaining it, I'm growing it out and I'll be clipping it to even it out as it grows (the back is shorter than the top)
So...follow me on my hair journey, I've learned a lot from the ladies on this site already. I even learned that my hair type is 2A/2B.....I think LOL
Well my natural hair hair is very wavy/curly, and is easily manipulated. Meaning, I can wear it curly if I choose or straighten it with a curling iron, blow dryer ( which I hardly do) or by wet wrapping it. Don't ask me why I used to perm my hair LOL

First off, I wash my hair AT LEAST 2x a week...

Pre-poo treatments
- 2 eggs and mayonnaise mixed very well, every 6 weeks or longer.
-Hot oil treatment, every 2 weeks.
-Deep conditioning, once a week.
- Garnier Fructis fortifying shampoo, my all time favorite.
-Aphogee shampoo for damaged hair.
- Isoplus Neutralizing shampoo, used after a perm which is every 6 months. Yes people, I perm my hair twice a year LOL.
-Garnier Fructis cream conditioner, LOVE IT!
-Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Re constructor

Leave-In Conditioner
-Garnier Fructis Conditioning cream,again, LOVE IT!
-Aphogee Pro Vitamin Leave-In conditioner
Other products
-Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea Re constructor (strengthens instantly, builds body, protects color & chemical services.
-Aphogee Gloss therapy (enhances shine,mends split ends and beats the frizzies)
-Queen Helen JoJoba hot oil treatment (conditions and controls split ends)
-Biosilk silk therapy (for that nice silky finish LOL)
-Dudleys hair and scalp conditioner
-Virgin hair fertilizer (hair conditioning cream for rapid hair growth)
-Dr. Miracles Hot gro hair and scalp conditioner
-Dr.Miracles nape and temple balm
-Organic root stimulator temple balm -Motions oil moisturizer oil sheen spray

ROTFLOL! A lot of products, I know...I don't use them ALL at once...I switch them up every few months LOL!

Ready for my HAIR CARE REGIMEN?! maybe next time...my fingers are tired from typing so much..........SIKE!!! LOL OK...so...I pre-poo using the egg and mayonnaise treatment (every 6 weeks or longer) I'll keep that on for 30 minutes or an hour the most.


I'll apply some of my JoJoba hot oil treatment( or whatever hot oil treatment that I have handy at the time LOL), cover with a plastic cap and sit under my dryer for 15 minutes or so ....

Then I proceed to the kitchen sink LOL and wash the treatment out completely. Using either Garnier Fructis, Cream of Nature or Aphogee shampoo for damaged hair, I shampoo 2-3 times depending on how tired my neck is j/k LOL.
If I'm putting a rinse in, now is the time that I would do it. I would cover my head w/ a plastic cap and let it sit for 30-45 minutes.Then it's time to wash the rinse out and condition my hair with either Garnier Fructis cread conditioner or Aphogee's Keratin 2 minute re constructor. I leave the conditioner on for hmmmm, around 5 minutes then rinse. Then, I would use either garnier Fructis cream conditioner (leave-in) or Aphogee's ProVitamin leave-in conditioner followed by Biosilk's silk therapy ( I wanna try CHI's silk infusion).

Most of the time I would wet wrap my hair and let it air dry then I would condition my hair w/ whatever product I choose (check products list above) Then I would flat iron or curl my hair w/ a curling iron and re-wrap my hair and let it set. When I'm ready, I unwrap my hair, spray with Motions oil sheen spray and I'm Good 2 Go! LOL

Alternative hair drying technique If I'm not too tired after washing my hair, I would roller set my hair and go under my hood dryer for 30 minutes. My dryer dries my hair really fast. I have a Conair 1875 watt dryer. After my hair is dried, I would condition my scalp and hair shaft/ends w/ one of the products listed above (again, check my products list) Then, as always, I would re-wrap my hair and let it set. Again, When I'm ready, I unwrap my hair, spray with Motions oil sheen spray and I'm Good 2 Go! LOL I never dry my hair w/ a hand held dryer...It tears my hair out.

I heard that wrapping your hair and covering w/ saran wrap and sitting under the dryer for 15-30 makes your hair very bouncy and shiny...I have to try that.