Customer Service?, Haircolor and Makeup Advice, Makeup Advice

When makeup is good, and when its bad! Haircare Advice for the Consumer!

That eyeliner has been sitting on your dresser for two years. But you just can’t let it go. A trip to the store for a reload is tedious and potentially costly, and nothing else gives you that perfect cat’s-eye. You know it’s wrong, but you love it. Besides, if you’ve already spent a fortune on your foundation or shadow, do you really have to throw it out after just a few months? Yeah, yeah … old make-up is bad for you, but just how bad? As it turns out, there can be some nasty, even dangerous consequences when some types of make-up have exhausted their shelf life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it last a little longer.

Three months. That’s the general throw-out rule for eyeliners and mascaras. They touch the sensitive and damp inner eyelid, which is susceptible to infection. Pencil liner could last you a bit longer. As a makeup artist at work, I use alcohol spray on pencil liners, and then I shave them down, then I spray them again.  Please know that such extreme care and sanitary practices are essential when working on set with so many different people.

A meticulous cleaning technique is a good idea for anyone using pencils, makeup artist or not. The consistency of the pencil plays a part, too, in how well it may age and safely last.

I’ve kept pencils up to a year. But after that time, they may lose their creaminess and dry out. The creamier it was to begin with, the shorter lifespan it has, DONT take any chances be sanitary!

Mascara goes off very quickly anyway, but anytime somebody has an irritation in their eye of any kind, I recommended they throw away all of their eye makeup.

But how can you tell it’s gone bad? Just like that milk in the fridge, it needs to pass the smell test.

I don’t put dates on my makeup. I really use my nose more than anything. And if a product is starting to smell off or dries out, then I know it’s time for it to go, whether or not it seems unsanitary to use anymore.

With foundation, you’ll notice either an off smell or the formula begins to separate when it’s getting old. When you shake it up, it doesn’t really mix well.

I recommend keeping foundation for six months to a year, depending on how you use and apply it. Pump dispensers can extend a foundation’s lifespan.

Indeed, beyond knowing if it’s bad, you should also try to control when it goes bad. Those pump dispensers are one trick. And palettes are a handy way of drawing out the life of creamy products. For makeup such as cream shadows and cake eyeliner, the palette allows the use of clean brushes.

If you have eyeliner in a pot, scoop a little bit out and put it on a palette.Then use a brush. Never double-dip a brush from your eye back into the product.

Don’t use your fingers, though. As manicured as they may be, those digits can be dirty. And once exposed to bacteria, the product will start to degrade more quickly. You can always use CLEAN FINGERS to blend once the product is applied to the skin. And once you’ve dispensed the foundation from the bottle, using your fingers can be an economical move, allowing you to use the product sparingly.

When you use a sponge or brush, they soak up the product, and some of it goes to waste, whereas using your fingers doesn’t waste any of the foundation. If you do use a sponge, though, You should be using a new one every time. Most people don’t because they figure, Oh, it’s my own face.

Dry products such as pressed powder or powder blush aren’t quite as big a concern. You can get a year out of them, particularly if you’re not sharing. Their age may not be as obvious, though. Expiration may show its face simply when the products don’t blend well or stop performing. Still of all makeup, powder products last the longest. If you choose to ignore all the advice in pursuit of your cat’s-eye, can it be that bad? Actually it can. Many products make claims of organic or natural qualities, which could lead you to think you’re safer, longer. But think again. It may cause your skin to become red, itchy, swollen or even develop an infection. This is especially true for your eyelids, which have thinner and more sensitive skin. Pustules, anyone?

With this in mind, it’s best to err on the side of caution with eye products in particular. If you’re in any doubt, throw it out. Stick to the three-month rule for liquid eyeliner and mascara, and sterilize and sharpen pencils between each use. And remember Rule One of the golden rules: Don’t share.

Old makeup can become a breeding ground for bacteria!

Haircare Advice, Haircolor Advice, Haircolor and Makeup Advice

Home hair care remedys for the consumer and professional.

If you don’t like to spend a lot of money on yourself but you want to find ways to look your best, there are lots of things that you can do yourself that are natural, wholesome and will save you lots of money and time. If a product list of ingredients on the back side of the bottle cannot be pronounced. DONT USE IT! So many manufacturers especially in my beauty industry will claim “Organic” or “Green”. What is really the definition of this. A lot of it comes to you and advertised to you as a “trend”. ‘Lets all jump on the bus, type of revolution. And manufacturers will “Copy Cat” one another in my industry. If nature makes it and it comes out of the ground then it is organic, and further more always watch out what is being used on you in the salon. And make sure your stylist is educated on the ingredients of the chemical services. Here are some great tips for your hair, and alot cheaper than spending on a salon product that will not work as better. Dont be fooled by a manufacturers slogans, or a beauty industry professionals claim as “Safe”. Clean Beauty is what you are looking for.


 I like to recommend to my clients to more natural, hair care tips  and safe methods as much as possible. Especially when their hair is colored treated or relaxed with a chemical. These tips do work wonders and as time goes by the client will enjoy the benefits of doing their own home hair care on their own. Always inform your clients about safe guarding their hair color and protecting their investment from the elements. If you ever go into a salon and receive a chemical treatment, ie a hair color, highlight, relaxer and you go to pay for the service and the professional has a full range of products they recommend at the counter RUN!. These tips I have given you work extremely well.

I think of it this way. What makes your favorite restaurant food so delicious? What makes you go back for the good food? It’s generally the fresh, natural non-processed ingredients. They don’t use processed, or chemically treated ingredients. Everything is fresh daily and right from the vine, so to speak, and it’s good for you. Again if it comes out of the ground it is organic. If you cannot read the label RUN!

The same principle works for your skin and hair care. Use things that are not processed or chemically treated. It will make a difference in how your hair feels, looks and holds it condition. Something as simple as mayonnaise for example, is a great hair conditioner.  Rub it into your hair, wrap it in plastic wrap for about 20 minutes and wash it out. For something so simple it makes my clients hair super soft and shiny. And what did it cost? Just a few cents. And as time goes by your hair will feel great. I recommend this to all my corrective hair color clients. If the hair is at its optimum health wise, then color change is very easy to do. Which you should do every season. That is what  hair color is for, “For Having Fun”. When the hair is dry, breaking, hair color will look matt and have no shine. That is why salons sell man-made products too you. When the hair is that distressed only chemicals in styling products will make it look at least like healthy hair. But that all goes away when you wash it . But they also have to recommend this too you or there boss will be on there backs for not selling retail hair care.

Now take that same mayonnaise and add an avocado. Mash it up right into the mayonnaise and you’ve got even a better conditioner. Again it’s cheap and you can make enough to last a week in the refrigerator.

For added conditioning try using these oils which are very nourishing for healthy looking hair. Simple put on, wrap in a warm towel and leave on for 20 minutes or even overnight.

Use Olive Oil  – Provide elasticity and strength to your hair.

Jojoba Oil –  Perfect for dry or over processed, frizzy hair because it moisturizes.

Coconut Oil – Coconut oil contains lots of things like magnesium, calcium and iron so it helps improve damaged hair and gives it new strength as well as lubrication.

Rosemary Herbal Oil – Try this for dandruff. Warm the oil and massage it into your scalp, then wrap in a hot towel. Very soothing and nice!

Hair care products if they are Labeled/Advertised as “Organic”, should have a shelf life expiration date on the product. If a product does not have one it is usually full of preservatives.