Victorian Beauty: manicures of the 1800’s

July 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

unnamedWhat do you often think about when you think of a manicure? Being pampered by someone filing and painting your nails with a brightly colored nail polish? Or applying acrylic nails to make nails appear longer? These are some of the nail trends now that once upon a time didn’t exist.


Continuing a trend that began in the 1700’s, the manicure graced the 1800’s with the same presence. Simplicity and cleanliness were key! Keeping one’s hands manicured was no longer seen as a status symbol either. Manicures were rather viewed as a way of one expressing themselves.


The basic concept behind the manicure, in the 1800’s, was to keep nails simple and understated. Nail polish wasn’t readily available so people opted for a subtle look. Everyone kept their nails trimmed short. Both men and women alike received manicures. unnamedThe natural look was accomplished by buffing, tinting nails with a red oil and using a lemon juice and water mixture to help whiten the tips of nails. Because of this trend, yet unconfirmed, the French manicure possibly got it’s start around this time. Officially, the term was coined much later in the late 1900’s.


The tools used to manicure nails from the previous century were improved upon. Nail clippers were patented and altered throughout the century. One of the finger nail clippers that made its debut was the ‘Gem’ brand. Other tools used to manicure nails were bleaching powders, crystal stones, cuticle creams, emery boards and buffers.


unnamed-1Manicure sets were an essential part of everyone’s beauty tools and regimen. They were made of some of the same sources from the previous century. Silver, gold and new to the 1800’s…French ivory. French ivory or imitation ivory was a man made material that was made of celluloid (synthetic plastic) to mimic real ivory.
As you can see, much has changed with the manicure over the years! Numerous improvements were made with manicure tools and new methods were developed. Although, the basic concept behind the manicure is still the same. Cleanliness is still key! Keeping well groomed hands has carried over from century to century!


Hollywood Glamour Goes Mainstream

July 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

41095415319892997W4b2oOizcIn the 1920’s, the glamour that was spotted on screen was envied by all! Theatrical makeup was befitting to the realm of black and white movies. Every actress set the tone for beauty. Some actresses specifically invented a ‘look’ that was emulated by nearly every woman!


Actresses such as Clara Bow and Mae Murray were looked at for beauty inspiration! clara-bow-1933Clara Bow, in particular, made the ‘flapper’ look quite popular. The flapper look was defined by the lips worn in the ‘Cupid’s Bow’ style, the face worn pale, bright red blush on the cheeks and thick kohl lined eyes. The ‘Cupid’s Bow’ style was a manner of drawing lipstick on smaller than the natural lip line and fashioning an exaggerated bottom lip. Eyebrows were drawn on thin while on screen to emphasize facial expressions. This carried over in popularity to women around the country!


Makeup was worn a bit more excessively than years before; particularly because of the advancements in cosmetics. Advancements ensured that poisons were not included in the ingredients this time around.


greta-garbo-images-11In the decade to follow, Hollywood continued to inspire women everywhere! Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo were just a few of the many actresses of the 1930’s that were regarded as the Hollywood ‘it’ girls. Their signature looks were similar to the style of the 1920’s, but with a softer look. They said goodbye to intense kohl lined eyes and hello to a more demure look.


Being inspired by Hollywood has continued throughout the decades. We are all influenced by the hair, makeup and fashion worn by celebrities of all sorts today!


DIY Natural Inspired Daytime Summer Makeup Look

July 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

Look picture-perfect with this DIY natural inspired daytime summer makeup look!

Looking for a beautiful natural makeup look for the summer? Look no further than this simple makeup application that you can do yourself!  Below you will find quick tips for creating a clean and beautiful summer face.unnamed-4


  1. To begin, be sure your skin is clean and clear to get the best results. Apply a primer with a moisturizer if needed.
  2. Use

    Yves Saint Laurent LE TEINT TOUCHE ÉCLAT Illuminating Foundation SPF 19 ($57)and blend all over your skin and neck evenly. Sheer Glow Foundation from NARS ($45) is another alternative for a natural look. Simply apply with foundation brush or if you want more coverage apply with a sponge. Your fingertips are also an option.

  3. Blend Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Highlighter ($42)on cheeks, under eyes, nose, cupid bow, and forehead using a tapping motion for a natural look.
  4. For cheeks, we suggest Kevyon Accoin Celestial Powder $44  on highest part of cheeks: Nars Bronzer Trio- Orgasm shade over cheekbones with a powder brush
  5. BROW

For perfect brows, comb brows in the direction it grows, then apply a brown pencil closet to your natural brow color using a sweeping motion. Be sure to not create a strong definite line. The goal of this look is to keep it soft. Once you are done applying in a sweeping motion, the color should be blended with a mascara spoolie.

6. Eyes

Make your eyes look natural with NARS Mediterrane ($35) lighter shade all over eye and darker on crease of eye shade . Apply a color that is closest to your skin tone on your eyelid. Eyeliner and mascara is not required.


Finish the look with a lip gloss or nude lips then add lip balm for the perfect natural look. Model is wearing

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine $36


Starting at tip of your lashes and working your way to the base of your lashes. Model is wearing

Yves Saint Laurent MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS – Luxurious Mascara

9. Bronzer I like to use ($4 9)Marc Jacobs O! Mega Bronzer because its not to shimmery. Apply around hairline, jawline and below your cheekbone.

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Fine Beauty: Triple Jet-Milled Makeup

July 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

shutterstock_123262960-1What exactly is triple jet-milled makeup??? If you are familiar with mineral makeup then you may already have an idea.


Triple jet-milled makeup is a lightweight makeup that provides an even and continuous coverage. Triple jet-milled makeup feels like silk to the touch. The pulverizing process is what provides a remarkable translucent finish. Surprisingly, the makeup is created by a process that does not even involve any grinding media. The product results in a micro pigmented powder. It is driven at high speeds around the sides of the chamber by air steam. Materials that are triple jet-milled vary in sizes from .25 to 15 microns. The procedure aids in creating the best size for the powder. The size of the powder is significant in reducing shine because the skin absorbs it. Thus, creating a fine powder that will lay better on the skin!


Where can I get it?! Many popular brands that you are familiar with have products that are triple jet-milled. Brands such as MAC, Stila and Nars have some products that are triple jet-milled. There are other brands though that have an entire product line that is triple jet-milled.cosmetic-makeup-1 Brands like glō minerals and Bare Escentuals are yet a few of those brands. These brands have grown in popularity over the years! People want makeup that appears natural and that requires fewer touch ups.
In comparison to their counterparts, triple jet-milled makeup lasts much longer throughout the day! Purchasing this type of makeup may save the consumer more money because of fewer applications.

Should I Cut My Cuticles?

July 14, 2015 § Leave a comment


natural-nails-900x600There has always been a battle of whether or not you should cut your cuticles and we have a solution for you!

At the nail salon, you are always asked the same question: “Do you want your cuticles cut?”

We have gathered a few facts about your cuticles to help your make an educated decision:

What is the purpose of having cuticles?

The purpose of having cuticles, also known as Eponychium, is to protect protein keratin cells that make your fingernails strong and healthy. They also are very important to prevent bacteria and viruses that cause damage to the nails.

Here is an image of the basic anatomy of top of the finger nail.Basic Anatomy of Nails


Since the cuticles are for the nail protection, we suggest that you don’t cut your cuticles. If you must neaten your nails, we suggest that you use the following techniques to ensure your nails stay healthy and strong.

There are two sure ways of safely getting rid of the excess skin that can be found on your nails: in the shower and using creams.

SHOWER TECHNIQUE: When you are in a warm shower, softly push back your cuticles with an OPI cuticle pusher. This allows you to have neat nails without injuring them. When you get out of the shower, simply massage oil onto cuticle and buff with a fine grit buffer for healthy looking nails.

CREAM TECHNIQUE: You can clean your nails using Creative Nail Design Cuticle Eraser Cream and an OPI cuticle pusher. Simply, massage cream into cuticle area and push your cuticle back with the OPI cuticle pusher. Then massage Creative Nail Design Solar Oil or argan oil onto the cuticle and nail bed for a healthy shine.

To complete the nails, buff them using a soft grit buffer to prevent from over buffing nails which can cause the fingernails to be overly thin. (100 grit buffer). Buff nail bed using small strokes close to the cuticle area. This is also a good way to remove ridges on the nail bed. This technique is another easy way to keep your nails beautiful.

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History: Shoes of the 1800s

July 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

  Throughout the 1800’s, shoes evolved in many ways! Various shapes and colors were introduced. There were numerous machines invented to help improve shoe production. High heeled shoes made a comeback and shoes started to resemble what we are familiar with today .

At this point, people of every social status wore and owned at least one or two pairs of shoes. What differentiated people of certain social statuses was the style of shoes worn. Women of the working class wore boots. At the same time, high heeled shoes continued to be associated with people of the aristocracy. Yes, high heels resurfaced in this century!

Until the middle of the 1800’s skilled craftsmen manufactured shoes. The creation of the sewing machine and rolling machine made way for the efficient production of shoes. The rolling machine was a machine that pounded out the leather for soles. Another machine that was invented, the McKay, sewed the upper part of the shoes to the soles. This machine went through many improvements throughout the years. The Goodyear shoe welter saved time for the shoemakers by eliminating the use of one tool and creating a more productive machine. The invention of all of these machines led to the first heel factory built in North America.

An assortment of high heeled shoes were being manufactured thanks to the invention of the sewing machine! Shoes were made out of thick cowhide and/or satin. For women, shoes were available in a variety of pastel colors such as pink, baby blue and lavender. On the other hand, men’s shoes were really only available in black.

Women wore clogs and dress slippers for special occasions. They also wore practical low heeled boots for daily wear. Men wore basic laced shoes and riding boots.

Toward the end of the 1800’s, shoe production advanced from a single tool used to produce a few shoes to a single machine that can make over thousands of shoes a day! The art of shoemaking has definitely come a long way!

Victorian Beauty: History Makeup of the 1800’s

July 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

Victorian Beauty: makeup of the 1800’s


magine if makeup was reserved for only actors to wear. Through most of the 1800’s this was the rule and makeup was considered obscene. Those who did wear makeup kept their makeup hidden from others.

The term makeup wasn’t immediately introduced until a little later in the century. Cosmetics was the word used to encompass any substance used on the skin to modify one’s appearance.

Similar to the previous century, makeup was used to mask blemishes. People of every social status wore makeup. However, in the mid 1800’s Queen Victoria claimed that the use of makeup be restricted solely for actors. She insisted that wearing makeup was vulgar. News of this claim carried across the pond and was implemented in North America as well.

Towards the end of the 1700’s, women began to embrace an understated look. Everyone kept their makeup a secret. Women of a higher social class could hide it in their toilet tables (also known as a vanity). Many of these were built with secret compartments in which they hid their makeup. Middle class women who could not afford such luxuries opted for a medicine chest. They used this to also keep their makeup hidden. Nearly every apothecary carried medicine chests for a fair price.

Moving through the century, men no longer saw the need to wear heavy face paints. They did, however, continue to use it as a moisturizer or to cover up blemishes. Everyone at this point used makeup sparingly. As they did with manicures, they aimed at keeping makeup natural looking. Cheeks were worn rosy by pinching the cheeks, lips were worn red and mascara made of beeswax helped accentuate the eyes.

Makeup has come a long way since the Victorian days. Nowadays, people still wear makeup to cover up blemishes. However, it is no longer considered vulgar to wear. People now wear it various ways. Some wear the natural look, while others wear it really heavy. It is not strictly reserved for actors anymore!

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