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Rita Ora’s VMAs diamond manicure cost $56,000!

Bright Ideas, Hair, Makeup - Fontana Beauty Expert - August 31, 2015


The night before the MTV Video Music Awards, Rita Ora proudly showed off her new customised manicure on Instagram. She obviously loved it, and so she should, because it cost a whopping $56,000 to create.

Rita Ora’s VMAs diamond manicure cost $56,000!
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Only the best for a GLAMOUR cover star, hey?

Rita Ora’s VMAs diamond manicure cost $56,000!
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Rita Ora‘s bling-tastic manicure – created by celebrity manicurist Barbara Windsor – uses Azature Black Diamond Nail Lacquer (in Ruby Diamond), and for those wondering, yes, it does contain black diamonds. The nail art was created by tiny hand-crafted diamond spiders and ruby bows. The entire manicure is thought to cost a grand total of $56,000.The night before the MTV Video Music Awards, Rita Ora proudly showed off her new customised manicure on Instagram. She obviously loved it, and so she should, because it cost a whopping $56,000 to create.

Rita Ora’s VMAs diamond manicure cost $56,000!
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Only the best for a GLAMOUR cover star, hey?

Rita Ora’s VMAs diamond manicure cost $56,000!
Rex Features

Rita Ora‘s bling-tastic manicure – created by celebrity manicurist Barbara Windsor – uses Azature Black Diamond Nail Lacquer (in Ruby Diamond), and for those wondering, yes, it does contain black diamonds. The nail art was created by tiny hand-crafted diamond spiders and ruby bows. The entire manicure is thought to cost a grand total of $56,000.

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The Easiest Way to Trim Your Own Bangs

Bright Ideas, Hair - Fontana Beauty Expert - August 31, 2015


If you have bangs, you know firsthand how important it is to keep them at their optimum length—half an inch too long and you’re a lost member of the Ramones, half an inch too short and you’re stuck looking like a surprised bird until they grow out. So how best to maintain them? Even if your stylist offers complimentary fringe-trims, going to the salon every other week is a serious time commitment. And if you don’t know what you’re doing, trying to cut them at home can have jagged, crooked results.

Until now. After ten years of DIY fringe maintenance, we here at StyleCaster have developed the ultimate way to maintain our bangs—and we’re breaking it down for you. Here’s how to trim your own bangs and not wind up looking like you’ve hacked at your fringe with a box cutter out of frustration.

Step #1. Spray your bangs with water and blow them out so that they’re straight and about three-quarters dry. Never cut soaking wet hair, and Never cut dry hair; both make it hard to accurately gauge length.

Bonus tip: Set aside at least half an hour to cut your bangs. Don’t try to trim them when you’re running late, when you’ve been drinking (hey, we’ve all been there) or when you’re stressed. Bangs are like horses: they can sense fear.

Step #2. Using bobby pins or alligator clips, clip back the lengths of your hair at the sides. This will help you make sure that your fringe is perfectly shaped at the scalp, and also so that there is zero chance of you cutting some accidental face-framing layers.

Step #3. Take a long piece of clear plastic tape and gently stick it to your bangs; this will be your guideline. The tape can go straight across (if you have a blunt fringe) or at an angle (if that’s the style you’re rocking), with the bottom edge of the tape denoting where you’re going to cut. Don’t do like the parent in this vintage tape ad and cut above the tape; that is a recipe for an unfortunate hair look. Remember to be more conservative with your tape guideline at first; you can easily go back and trim your hair shorter if you need to, but you can’t make it longer again.

Bonus tip: If your hair is very fine or damaged and you’re worried about the tape yanking your strands, stick it to your arm first, then peel it off. The tape will still stay, but it won’t be AS sticky—and your hair will remain healthy and unpulled.

Bonus tip #2: After ten years spent maintaining our bangs this way, we’ve found that the frosted office tape is the best to use for hair trimming purposes—the completely clear stuff is very sticky and pulls. Packing tape is definitely out. Duct tape, no damn way.

Step #5. Using a pair of hairdressing shears—not half-blunt office supply scissors you brought home from your last job—you’re now going to trim your hair. If you want blunt bangs, hold a 1″ section of hair taut between your first two fingers, start at the outside corner and snip in, slowly pulling the scissors back as you close them. This will help to pull the hair straight as you cut. If you want wispier bangs, hold the scissors horizontally and cut up and in to your hair, pulling them down as you close the blades. This will give you feathery ends.

Step #6. Continue cutting until your reach the other side. Remove the tape and dry your bangs all the way. How are they looking? If they need a little fine-tuning, dampen them again, replace the tape and trim until you’re happy. But remember: go slowly and carefully.

Step #7. You now have perfectly trimmed bangs! And if you’ve made them a touch too short, don’t worry—the good thing about bangs is that they grow quickly. In a week, any minor mistakes will have grown out.

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6 DIY Face Masks For Radiant Summer Skin

Bright Ideas, Makeup, Skin Care - Fontana Beauty Expert - July 6, 2015

We love spending our summers outdoors – from backyard barbecues and mimosas by the pool to endless days at the beach, we try to find time to do it all. The downfall? All that time in the sun takes a real toll on our skin. Of course we’re always armed with our trusty SPF, but sometimes that just isn’t enough – our skin is in need of some serious hydration.

Luckily, there’s an easy fix – DIY face masks! And not only are they super simple to make at home, but they’re  packed with a bunch of natural beauty benefits to help revitalize your skin. We’ve handpicked our favorites below, so grab your ingredients, give them a try and get ready for glowing skin!

Avocado Mask

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Avocado Honey Mask
½ avocado
¼ cup of uncooked oatmeal
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and antioxidants that are used in tons of different skincare products. They are essentially a skin superfood. In addition to the moisturizing properties of avocado, the oatmeal in this mask works as an exfoliator while the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice help to brighten the complexion and reduce inflammation. Simply mash up the avocado and mix in the rest of the ingredients and apply for your desired amount of time. Try integrating this mask into your summer beauty regimen once or twice a week for soft, supple skin!


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Banana Honey Face Mask
1/2 banana (preferably ripe)
2 tablespoons of raw honey
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

This simple mask works wonders for oily, acne-prone skin as bananas are packed with antioxidants and potassium that naturally help combat acne while honey helps to keep skin perfectly hydrated. Simply take an overripe banana and mash it until its a semi-liquid consistency, then sprinkle in the cinnamon (an awesome, natural acne-fighting ingredient) and some honey. Mix it all together and apply to freshly cleansed skin. Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes and then rise off with warm water.

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Strawberry Yogurt Face Mask
1/4 cup of dry rolled oats
3 tablespoons of organic plain yogurt
2 tablespoons of honey
3 strawberries

Made from fresh produce you’re likely to already have in your fridge, this hydrating ingredient mask works wonders on dry, dull skin. Strawberries are not only a great summer snack, but are the perfect addition to any at-home mask! Not only are they packed with vitamin C, but they also work as a gentle exfoliant for dry skin. To start, blend your oats to a powder-like consistency in a food processor. In a bowl, mash the strawberries with a fork (or pulse in a blender for smoother consistency) and then mix in the yogurt, honey and blended oats. Apply to face for as long as desired and then rinse off with warm water. Follow up with your favorite toner and serum for instantly glowing skin!

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All-Natural Chocolate Face Mask
1/3 cup of cocoa
2 tablespoons of heavy cream
1/4 cup of honey
3 tablespoons of oatmeal powder

The perfect addition to any at-home spa night, this chocolate mask not only smells divine, but will do wonders for tired skin. The cream and honey work together to restore moisture to parched skin, while the oatmeal gently removes dead skin. Simply mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for 5-10 minutes until the mask is cool to the touch. Then apply generously to clean skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off and follow up with a light moisturizer.

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Exfoliating Honey Cinnamon Face Mask
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup of baking soda
2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Dry summer heat can often take a toll on our skin leaving it burnt, dried out and flaky. Luckily, exfoliating treatments are great at combating dehydrated skin and this DIY mask is packed with natural ingredients to help restore moisture and eliminate dryness. Cinnamon, a natural astringent, works with the baking soda to remove dirt and unclog pores while the honey restores moisture without making skin oily. Mix all the ingredients together and apply onto clean skin for 15-20 minutes.

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Grapefruit Facial Mask
1 beaten egg white
juice from 1/2 grapefruit
1/2 cup of oatmeal
1 tablespoon raw honey

Citrus fruits contain natural bleaching properties that work well in conjunction with the collagen and protein in egg whites to help fade acne scars and hyper-pigmentation. The addition of raw honey and oatmeal help to moisturize and exfoliate skin for a clearer complexion. In a large bowl, whip the egg whites until they are frothy and hold a soft peak. In a separate bowl, mix together the grapefruit juice, honey and oatmeal. Fold the grapefruit mixture into the egg whites and apply mask to clean skin for 10-15 minutes.


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Get the Most Out of Your Lip Stains

Bright Ideas, Makeup - Fontana Beauty Expert - July 6, 2015


The beauty of lip stains? Unlike spilled coffee or a piece of chocolate that oh-so-conveniently (catch our sarcasm?) melted on your blouse, these products give you stains you actually WANT to wear. Learning how to use lip stain will end what seems like a lifetime of beauty woes—the kind that revolve around trying to get color to stay on all day long, through lunch and those inevitable snacks in-between. This was designed to last and with such a lightweight consistency making it seem like you’re not wearing anything at all. To get the most out of this product, follow some of the tips below.

Exfoliate and Moisturize
Because lip stains are really, really thin, you’re going to see imperfections a lot easier than if you were using a lip cream or a lipstick. The consistency matches something similar to a liquid, which by nature just skims the surface. That means dry, flaky pieces of skin will be in full view. Moisturize often (make this just as much as a habit as washing your face before bed) and use a product with little or natural fragrance so your lips don’t dry out quickly.

Use a Lip Liner
The color is going to stick around, but it’s not going to apply as precisely as something like a standard lipstick tube that comes to somewhat of a point. The liquid in and of itself makes it a little less easy-to-apply, even when it’s soaking up on a doe foot applicator. An easy way to combat this is to use a lip liner of the same exact color or something a little bit lighter, just so you have some guidelines when applying the lip liner. After applying lip liner, really blend those lines in so there isn’t a stark difference between the lip stain and the lip liner.

Layer Under Regular Lipstick
This is your must-use tip when you want the creamier, thicker finish of a lipstick but know the color isn’t going to last all day. Apply lip stain (something with a matte finish, like the Milani Power Lip Lasting & Moisturizing Gloss Stain  that leaves a matte finish with the option of making it glossy) before putting on your gloss. Some lip stains have incredibly long wear, so by the time your lipstick rubs off after only a few hours, you’ll still have a whole lot of tint showing. You’ll totally rid yourself of a splotchy look where only the outer rim of your lips are still holding on to the pigment.

Layer Over for Intensity or Gloss
A lot of lip stains leave a glossy finish in and of themselves, but you can make a creamy lip color glossy and even hold more of an intense color on your lips by layering a lip stain on top. It doesn’t have to be the same exact color, though. Pick different shades in the same color family for something customized to you—getting personal with fashion and beauty isn’t only done with monograms.

Need Lip TLC? Check Over the Ingredients
As the barriers between cosmetics and skin care continue to blur, lip stains are taking strides in what they offer to a customer in the ingredients list. Many products are made with nourishing oils that will bring hydration and a heavy repair to lips that are chapped or suffering from flakiness or dryness.

Use It as a Cheek Tint
Not exactly a way to make it look better on your lips, no, but lip stain is an amazing multitasker. Dab a bit on your cheeks for blush that won’t budge—just make sure you apply the smallest amount and blend out towards your ears.

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Delicious Foods That Will Boost Your Mood

Bright Ideas - Fontana Beauty Expert - April 17, 2015

If you’re ever feeling pretty blah as you go about your day, you may want to consider if your diet could be the culprit. A lack of certain nutrients in the diet has been associated with depression, so it is important to eat an overall healthy diet on a daily basis. If we eat better foods like lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fish, we short circuit the junk food cravings and have higher energy levels and sharper mental focus.

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If you’re ever feeling pretty blah as you go about your day, you may want to consider if your diet could be the culprit. A lack of certain nutrients in the diet has been associated with depression, so it is important to eat an overall healthy diet on a daily basis. If we eat better foods like lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fish, we short circuit the junk food cravings and have higher energy levels and sharper mental focus, says Rene Ficek, a registered dietitian who is also the Lead Nutrition Expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. Eating certain foods (outlined below) may not put us in an instantly great mood, but can give you a mood boost!

Walnuts and Fatty Fish
When it comes to omega-3 fatty acids, no food source is better than fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, bluefish, and salmon. These fats have specific brain boosting properties to fight depression, and as an added bonus they improve circulation and reduce inflammation and your overall risk of heart disease, says Ficek. If you are vegetarian or vegan, reach for the walnuts because they are the richest plant based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.


A number of studies have found an association between low vitamin D levels and mood disorders including depression, PMS and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), says Rise coach, Lori Rosenthal, MS, RD, CDN. Egg yolk is a good source of vitamin D, along with fatty fish and fortified cereals. Tip: Limit yourself to 1 egg yolk per day.

Whole Grains
High fiber carbohydrates found in whole grains can leave you feeling good and doing your body good at the same time. Whole grains, brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and whole wheat pasta are all good choices since they assist the body with release of serotonin, the feel good hormone, says Ficek.

Adequate hydration is essential for our body to run smoothly. When we are dehydrated, our bodies have to work harder, leaving us dragging, says Rosenthal. Getting enough fluids will help boost your mood and energy levels. Tip: Sugary drinks, including juice, soda, and sports drinks not only can lead to a energy crash, but also contribute to diabetes and obesity. Try to hydrate sugar-free.

Green Tea
Green tea is rich in the amino acid, theanine. This amino acid naturally found in tea leaves provides an anti-stress relaxation benefit to drinkers. Plus, green tea gives a boost of relaxed alertness rather than the boost of tension or anxiety that coffee drinkers report, says Ficek.

In fact, a new study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that tea consumption may be linked to improved mood, mental alertness and problem solving! Think of that the next time you are cramming for that big final exam.

MORE: Late-Night Snacks That Won’t Make You Gain Weight

If you’re feeling down, this bold spice found in many Indian and Asian curry dishes can help boost your mood. It’s loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and contains the active compounds turmerones and curcuminods, which also provide a wide variety of health benefits, says Ficek.

A lot of us turn to chocolate when we’re having a bad day, and it may be instinctual! Eating dark chocolate has been shown to reduce stress hormones, including cortisol, according to this study done at the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland. This could be due to the antioxidants in chocolate, but it’s delicious and makes us feel better, so we’re happy it’s good for us, too.

Leafy green vegetables, including spinach, are packed with health promoting nutrients including folic acid, which has been found to positively affect mood, says Rosenthal. Beans, asparagus and oranges are also good sources of folic acid.

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Bath and Body, Bright Ideas - Fontana Beauty Expert - February 19, 2015

Oily skin is a pain! I have suffered with oily skin for as long as I can remember, despite having clear skin. Yes, I know they say people with oily skin age slower. However, no one wants to deal with their face looking like a disco ball by lunch time.

Oily skin can be a result of a number of problems be it genetics, hormonal, seasonal or poor use of skincare products.  Now, there are a couple skin care myths I must dispel for your own good before we talk about at home remedies.  The first being- washing your face a million times with a harsh cleanser.  This will over dry your skin and have the adverse effect where your skin will actually produce more oil.  I would recommend a gentle oil free face wash.

The second would be not moisturizing. This is a no go.  Oily skin does not mean you don’t need a moisturizer, you do.  Just choose one that is oil free, simple.

Now that we covered those myths let’s move on to at home fixes for oily skin. My go to cure is at home face masks.  I’ve recommended a few of my favs in a previous post.


My go to mask to target my oily t-zone is an egg yolk mask.  I just use one egg yolk mixed with corn starch and honey.  I usually go in with my homemade toner which consists of ¼ cup of raw apple cider vinegar, ¼ of distilled water and a few drops of tea tree oil.  I then follow up with an oil free moisturizer.  Another important step is to exfoliate the skin.  This helps to unclog your pores which help to eliminate excessive oil production on the face.

Also be reminded that your diet is also important to the condition of your skin.  Therefore, your need to drink more water, avoid oily food and exercise…

Lovelies, let me know how these tricks and tips work for you…

Until next time…Stay gorgeous…

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Friday: Fun Trends

Bright Ideas, Hair, Makeup - Fontana Beauty Expert - February 6, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFun Trends: Pastel Hair for Spring

A new season is upon us and I’m sure most of us will be making some changes.  I’ve decided to ditch my dark locks and go for something lighter.  Spring is the perfect time to experiment with your hair because the weather is not too hot or too cold.  It’s the perfect time to start over.

One trend I’ve noticed dominating the beauty scene is the pastel ombre and I love it. Mind you, I don’t think I’m brave enough, but, it’s a great way to push the envelope and have a bit of fun. The good thing is that you can opt for a lighter or darker pastel shade with highlights or ombre, to your liking. The most popular is the Kylie Jenner green pastel hair colour. I have to say I am tempted to try. Hey, if you don’t want to colour your hair, you can always opt for extensions. Either way, have fun with it.

Now, before you decide to colour your hair please ensure you consult a professional to assist with colour selection and advice on how to use the product.

Fontana carries a wide range of hair products in store and online to include L’Oreal, Dark and Lovely, Nice n’ Easy and Garnier…go check them out.

Okay my lovelies, colour your Spring with lighter shades and have fun with it…until next time, stay gorgeous

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WEDNESDAY WELLNESS: Get rid of dry dull hair

Bright Ideas, Hair - Fontana Beauty Expert - February 5, 2015

Get rid of dry dull hair…

Nobody wants to have dry dull hair, it’s not cute.  I coloured my hair recently and I noticed that two days after washing my hair, it would appear so dull and dry.  I consulted my hair dresser and did a little research of my own and concluded that my hair was lacking moisture, and need lots of it.  Being the frugalista that I am, I tried to find affordable ways that worked to address my dull dry hair.  Some products I found in my kitchen, others I found at the beauty hub, Fontana.

Based on my research, I decided to make a couple hair masks. I knew I needed to add some protein to at least one of my treatment mask.  The first mask I made I used an egg, an avocado, mayonnaise and some olive oil. I applied the mask to my hair, used a steam cap to cover it and left it on for about 30 minutes.   My hair was so soft and shiny after.

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The second mask I made was the real deal.  I used Jamaican castor oil and coconut oil, melted Shea butter and honey; left the mask on for about an hour each time. Listen, this little concoction worked miracles. I used this mask once per week for four weeks and my hair has never been better.  My hair has transformed into a shiny, bouncy goldie locks and I’ve never been happier.  The castor oil adds so much body while the coconut oil and Shea butter gives my hair the shine and lustre it needed.

Lovelies, I strongly recommend you try some of your own at home remedies and share in the comments section. I mean who doesn’t want gorgeous hair without breaking the bank?

Until next time, stay gorgeous…

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Monday Tips and Tutorial:The key to achieving the perfect matte lip

Bright Ideas, Hair, Makeup - Fontana Beauty Expert - February 3, 2015

A matte lip is a go to for me. I’m not a huge fan of glossy lips simply because my face is already an oil slick.  However, a matte lip can be tricky sometimes.  For me, achieving that even application is dependent on how moisturized and smooth your lips are.

One must prepare the lips properly before applying a matte lipstick because this could leave your lips looking a dry crumbling mess.  Don’t panic just yet, we’ve got you. The key to achieving baby soft lips is to exfoliate. I usually mix a little sugar with olive oil or honey and gentle apply to the lips in a circular motion.  You can also use a soft tooth brush or wash cloth in the same way to get rid of the dead skin on your lips.  Also, a recent discovery of mine is the Elf exfoliating stick; it is just like a lipstick.

Here is a tutorial demonstrating how you can achieve baby soft lips for the perfect matte lipstick..

Perk up those baby soft lips my lovelies… All the products mentioned are available at Fontana Pharmacy, your beauty hub.

Until next time, stay gorgeous…

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WEDNESDAY WELLNESS: It is Never okay to sleep in your makeup

Bright Ideas, Hair, Makeup, Skin Care - Fontana Beauty Expert - January 30, 2015

remove-makeupIt is Never okay to sleep in your makeup

Ever felt so tired after a night out on the town or a long day at work that you don’t even want to remove your makeup? Yes, we’ve all been there; however, we must always ensure that we remove our makeup at all times. This is essential for healthy glowing skin.

I am an advocate for good skin care, it is just too important.  Sleeping in your makeup is a no go.  This will cause all the day’s dirt, oil, bacteria and free radicals to build up under the surface of the skin and cause numerous skin problems.  What I usually do is keep a pack of makeup wipes near my bed side and in my bathroom. That way, after a long night I can easily reach for them to remove the excess makeup from my skin.  I still recommend cleansing the skin properly to avoid clogged pores which could lead to break outs.

I always encourage my clients to invest in some good makeup wipes.  Just one simple step as using a makeup wipe to remove excess makeup is better than not removing your makeup at all.  My all-time favourite is the Neutrogena cleansing towelettes; more recently I’ve been loving the Simple makeup wipes which is also great for sensitive skin.

So my lovelies, if you want beautiful skin you have to take care of your canvas and be vigilant with your skin care….All the products mentioned can be found at your beauty hub…Fontana Pharmacy.

Until next time, stay gorgeous…

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