Quick History of the Manicure: 1900-1909

August 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Take a look at the quick history of the manicure: 1900-1909.

early 20th century --- A woman receives a manicure at a beauty shop on a transatlantic ocean liner. --- Image by © CORBIS

early 20th century — A woman receives a manicure at a beauty shop on a transatlantic ocean liner. — Image by © CORBIS

During the era of 1900-1909, also known as the “Beautiful Age”, you will see that the “Gibson Girl” illustration by Charles Dana Gibson was continuing to bring confidence and independence to the feminine ideal of beauty, makeup and even manicures.

The early 1900s were very exciting in the nail world especially when porcelain nails were announced. Unlike fake nails of today, the nails of yesteryears had to be sized for the particular wearer and it then had to be handmade. They could be glued onto the wearer’s nails, taken off and reused. The price of these nails could cost estimated at $600.

Women would use tinted powders and creams to keep their nails beautiful before they had them polished but the lasting time would only be a day or two.illustration_1900

Ground-breaking changes were being made in the nail care industry. The use of metal scissors and files were used to keep nails neat and orderly, and nail polish was applied with a camel-hair brush for a smooth finish.

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Easy Tips on Applying Blush

August 25, 2015 § 2 Comments

Unknown-6Applying blush is a process that comes off as pretty straight forward, however it’s easy to over and/or under-do it.

The first step is selecting which color works best with your skin tone. This sounds like common sense, but quickly grabbing a deep-rose-colored blush when you have fair skin will produce a clown complexion. Pick which works best for you; the goal is to always look natural with subtly accentuating your cheekbones.

images-15Next you’ll need to use the correct brush. A small to medium-sized, fluffy brush works best. Lightly dab your tool in the powder; it’s always best to start with less while you can always go back for more.

When applying, the crucial trick is to form a “fish-face” while looking in the mirror. Doing this you can see where exactly are your cheekbones and sweep the color accordingly. This technique works better than applying while smiling, one that a lot of women use. When you’re smiling, it’s easy to apply your blush too low on your face and therefore defeat the purpose of wearing blush in the first place.

353Blend the blush with your foundation (applied before) to create the most natural look. Create strokes ranging from about your nose to barely past the edge of your eye. Your last stroke should be toward your nose so that all of your hairs lay flat and are not surfaced obscurely. Make sure to always use a clean brush! Simply cleaning the brush with warm water works just fine.


What Is The Purpose of the Base Coat and Top Coat on Nails?

August 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Ever ask yourself the question, what is the purpose of a base coat and top coat for your nails? Finally, you can get the answer!

So what is the big deal about base coat and top coat? It is always mentioned on tutorials but what does it really do? Hopefully the information that I have provided gives you a clear understanding why it is important to have this item in your nail polish collection.


The base coat is a clear polish that is used to make your nails last longer by protecting your nails from staining and chipping. It also aides in preventing dry nails, stops nails from cracking and peeling. It can also be used to make the nail bed ridge-less for a neater more professional look.


unnamed-1 Top coat is a polish used to help seal your nail polish with a beautiful shine.


There are many different brands offered on the market for base and top coats but some have special benefits. You can find base coats that are used to help adhere polish to the nail bed like CND Base Coat, as well as base coats that help nourish nails. You can find top coats that are used to give shine, help nourish nails, and even fast drying formulas.


When looking for the perfect base coat, you must fulfill your needs even if it is a combination. For longer lasting nail polish, my favorite is CND Stickey Base. If you are in need of a nourishing base coat, find a brand that works for you, and then apply it to your nails along with CND Stickey Base for a perfect combo. For a nourishing base coat, I suggest trying Sally Hansen Strength and Growth Line or Nail Tek. I find that this technique often makes the nail polish last longer!

unnamed-2After choosing the perfect combination for a base coat, I suggest you try Sally Hansen Strength and Growth Top Coat Line or Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat who also has a line of different top coats for different nail conditions.

What are some of your favorite top and base coats?

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The History of Makeup: 1900-1909

August 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Take a look at the History of Makeup: 1900-1909.

1900. Anna Held 2The time between 1900-1909 has commonly been referred to as the Edwardian Era (1901-1910) which referred to the Queen Victoria’s successor, King Edward VII and also the Belle Epoque, or “Beautiful Age”.

If we take a look back in time, you will see that the “Gibson Girl” illustration
by artist Charles Dana Gibson was continuing to bring confidence and independence to the feminine ideal of beauty and makeup.




Helena Rubinstein (1903)

Papier Poudre (1903)

Coty (1904)

Princess Pat (1907)

Harriet Hubbard (1907)

Max Factor (1909)

L’Oreal (1909)


The Edwardian Makeup Era was a time when women aimed to keep their use of makeup secretive because of its popularity to women of the streets and the stage.

Although makeup was not recommended to wear unless you were a “working girl”, many women used it to appear full of youth. Makeup was not the only sought after remedy for a youthful appearance, so was lemon juice which kept the face looking fresh and clean. This look was important for women who served as hostesses in high society.

Some signs of the changing time included the growth of exclusive beauty salons in major cities but because of the early times, women would shy away from it because they did not want to seem in need of the treatments.

In London, the first salon was opened in 1909, the same time London women started experimenting with makeup before committing with a buy. This same ideal later came to American by the end of the decade.


SKIN: The ‘pale look’ was en vogue during this time so many women would attempt to find ways to remove freckles. To achieve pale skin, dusting powder was placed all over the face and checks until the desired look was complete.2ea8de97016e615dc0e81d078afbe179

EYES: Dusting powder was also powdered on eyes to make the pale look complete. Mascara was used on and off during this time but the popularity for wearing it didn’t come until about 1913.

LIPS: The contrast between pale color and red were often used.

BROWS: The bushy and natural eyebrows were constantly seen.

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The History of Shoes: 1901-1910

August 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

Take a look at the History of Shoes: 1901-1910.

il_fullxfull.270894498Shoes have constantly evolved and changed over the decades and we begin our journey during 1901-1910, also known as Edwardian Era which referred to the Queen Victoria’s successor, King Edward VII. Another name that you may have heard to reference the time is the Belle Epoque, or “Beautiful Age,” which received its name because of the classical aesthetics.

During the time where “Gibson Girl” illustration by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, was continuing to bring confidence and independence to the feminine ideal of beauty, shoes were making it possible to bring more fashion to their look.


The early 1900s was a time when Cobblers were still hand making shoes, although factories began producing shoes because of the bloom of industrial revolution.  imagesThis made it possible to produce standard factory made shoes, and made it possible for the wealthy to get custom made shoes as they were the only ones that could afford it. There may have been an increase in production for shoes, but still most people, with a heavy emphasis on men, only had one pair which they would keep and wear for many years.


imgresWhile wealthy women’s patent leather shoes changed from the previous decade with variations of silk and embroidery for special occasions, men did not see much change to their traditional shoes other than, better shaped round, oval and pointed shoes along with the main attraction of the new colors gray and brown being offered.

Have a peek at some of the images below and let us know what you think about the shoes of the 1900 era? Is there a chance they will ever come back in style?

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Nail Lacquer (Polish) throughout the Years

August 11, 2015 § Leave a comment



Have you ever been curious about nail lacquer (polish) throughout the years? Here are the answers for your inquisitive minds.

Nail polish seems to have been around forever—simply evolving with the times to stay up-to-date. We decided to take a trip down memory lane to give you the most important moments in the invention of nail lacquer.

3,000 BC

Originating in China during 3000 BC, nail polish was used as a symbol unlike the use of today to accessorize the nails. Some of the symbols nail polish represented were power and wealth similar to precious gold. During this time, nail polish was created from the main ingredient combination of beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable dyes, and gum Arabic, also known as acacia gum.images

During this time, Egyptian women and men began experimenting with nail coloring with reddish-brown henna to discern social status with deeper reds being meant for those higher on the social ladder.


The 9th century was a time when nails were tinted with the use of red oils to dye nails and chamois cloths were used to polish and buff nails.

19th – Early 20th CENTURY

During the 19th and early 20th century, polish was most worn than the previous painted looks. They would achieve this by mixing colored powders and creams and buffing them until they became shiny. With Graf’s Hyglo Nail Polish Paste being sold, nail polish was on its way to being a major beauty accessory.


Cutex, created a liquid colored nail polish after using “paint” derived from automobile paint finish.


Highly inspired by the beautiful colors of high-gloss car paint, French makeup artist, Michelle Menard, partnered with the Charles Revson Company, to create a modernized glossy nail polish similar to what we use today.


Michelle Menard and The Charles Revson Company created a successful nail polish resulting in the cosmetic house, Revlon.


There was a boom in different nail polish brands along with an increase in the types of polish available including: base nail polish, top coat nail polish, gel nail polish, matte polish, shellac nail polish and even Sally Hansen Miracle Gel (a shellac nail polish with no UV light needed).

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Best Products for Caring For Your Hands and Feet This Summer

August 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

We are in the heat of the summer and I want to share with you the best products for caring for your hands and feet this summer!

Just the same way you have to keep your body hydrated and nurtured during the sizzling summer months, your hands and feet need that same attention. Check out my must have products for caring for my hands and feet during the hot weather.

I found my must-have items for my hands when I was lucky enough to receive products from Oraser® during the 2013 AMA gifting suite.

I use the Oraser® Overnight Hand Recovery ($65) nightly to help reduce pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and to keep my hands flawless. I like this product because it is an anti-aging treatment with retinol, powerful antioxidants and rich emollients.

I use Oraser® Microderm Hand Renewal ($50) once a month because it immediately improves the appearance of my hands. It uses Retinol, an active form of vitamin A, to help keep my hands looking and feeling young. I really like the sugar crystals in the product because it exfoliates my hands easily by gently scrubbing the dead skin along with the Shea butter that keeps my hands soft.

For my feet I use Be Natural Callus Eliminator by American International, Beauty Secrets Sugar Scrub and footlogix mousse.

I adore Be Natural Callus Eliminator by American International ($13.79) because it quickly exfoliates my feet as well as hydrates. I find that if I apply it with two 2×2 gauze pads, I get the best results. I place one open gauze pad on the ball of my foot and one on my heel. I leave it on for 3 minutes and a light-medium exfoliation (no longer than 5 minutes for more exfoliation). I then use a foot file to file the bottom of my feet, rinse, and file with the softer side of my foot file to complete the cleaning. Repeat for other foot.

I like to use Beauty Secrets Sugar Scrub ($28) after a more intense exfoliator because this scrub is very hydrating. I scrub for about 2-3 minutes and then use the softer side of foot file for about 30 seconds-1 minute to have gorgeous feet. After moisturizing with footlogix mousse ($19-$25). I have a mousse instead of creams on my feet feel better. It doesn’t leave it greasy and it absorbs into your skin.

What ate some of your beauty tips for hands and feet?

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