Posts for Skin Care Category

Summer Skin Care Routine: Bye Bye Acne, Hello Summer Skin

Skin Care - Nixx Woolery - July 6, 2016

Many of us suffer from acne or have acne prone skin. Though I never had bad acne, as a teen I had breakouts and I still get a few every now and then. Summer is coming up and during these hot summer months I prefer to cut down on the makeup and show off my skin, but in order to do that, I like to make sure that my skin and I are getting along.

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Skin regiMEN

Skin Care - Nixx Woolery - June 16, 2016

I know many of my articles have been female focused but guys, this one’s for you! Girls, go ahead and share this with your guys.

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The Inside of Beauty

Bath and Body, Hair, Skin Care - Nixx Woolery - May 10, 2016

Beauty on the outside is one thing, but beauty beneath the glamour and makeup is very important. Many people want to have beautiful glowing skin under makeup, but they don’t know what to do or they just aren’t doing it! If this is you, it’s time to take action!

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Review: Barnhill Organics Skin Therapy Oil

Hair, Skin Care - Nixx Woolery - May 5, 2016

I am all about skin care and using natural products on my skin. I’ve been using natural oils (olive oil and coconut oil) and butters (shea and coco butters) on my skin for years and they have definitely been keeping my skin soft and moisturised.
Another thing I am a big supporter of is Jamaican made products. My hair, face and body regimens currently consist of mainly Jamaican brands, something many people cannot believe when I tell them what products I use.
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All of the Mid-Day Makeup Fixes You Need to Keep Your Look Fresh

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


All of the Mid-Day Makeup Fixes You Need to Keep Your Look Fresh

Reapply Makeup

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It’s happened to us all: It’s 8 a.m. your makeup is Kardashian perfect and completely selfie-worthy. But after a long morning commute, a series of unexpected meetings, stress, spilled coffee and more stress later, it’s 2 p.m. and your makeup now resembles something from a low-budget Halloween movie.

With smudges, redness and creasing in tow, a mid-day makeup application is often a necessary evil. But let’s be real, you likely don’t have the time, patience or energy to completely re-do your entire look. On the flip side, applying more product on top of an already made up face can leave you feeling cakey, overdone and just plain uncomfortable. Thankfully, we recruited the help of celebrity makeup artist and butter London Global Colour Ambassador Katie Jane Hughes to help bring your makeup back to life.

Freshen Up Your Face

The face can be a big area of concern when re-doing makeup on the fly. Sweat, rain and other unsightly elements can be to blame for making your foundation, BB cream or concealer seem to vanish. Plus, throughout the day you’re likely touching your face, leaning on your knuckles and otherwise using your digits to destroy your makeup. If your skin sees creases or indents from your hands, try a little hydrating facial mist and gulp down a glass of water, says Hughes. “The hydration will help the skin become more neutral,” she explains of the quick skin-boosting trick.

If redness is a concern, Hughes suggests taking a damp sponge and dabbing it around the skin. “This will freshen the base makeup,” she explains. “You can then take that same sponge with your foundation and dab on the areas that need more coverage.” Tip:If applying more foundation or makeup products is a must for you, try pressing the product on only certain areas to avoid piling and caking.

But it’s not just your foundation that needs a little boost. Often times, as the day goes on, exhaustion sets in and concealer wears off. To hide afternoon dark circles, Hughes says you might actually need two products. “Many people need two different concealers but don’t know it,” she says. One concealer should be a peach shade—peach counteracts blue—used to even out the shadows that form under the eyes, and the other shade should be a similar color to your foundation, she explains. Apply the peach shade first by simply pressing the product on with your ring finger, then move on to the flesh-hued concealer. Although two products are used here, the simple combo of colors will hide any signs of fatigue and help your visage looking vibrant for the rest of the day.

Evaluate the Eyes

Nothing says you’re having a “rough day” quite like smudged eyeshadow. A little less-than-perfect shadow smudge can make your makeup look more lived in and a little grungy. Although that look might work wonders on Alexa Chung, for the rest of us, it tends to look sloppy. To quickly remove creases, Hughes suggests applying some cream shadow over the already-applied makeup. “You can then leave it or go over with powder shadow for more depth and staying power,” she adds.

A major cause of a mid-day makeup meltdown comes from eyeliner, eyeshadow’s even more rebellious younger sister. To figure out the best plan of attack for unruly liner, Hughes suggests looking at the way the liner is moved or smudged. “It may work just to add to it and create a more intense look,” she explains. (Think cat-eye or smudgy, smoky.) However, if your liner is simply not cooperating, dip a Q-Tip in some makeup remover and clean off the mistakes and then reapply as needed.

Mascara is the third component of eye makeup that can either make or break your look. If your mascara has clumped up, lost volume and curl and basically taken a beating throughout the day, you can actually revive your lashes fast—without washing off your old mascara. Reach for a lash primer to revitalize your peepers. Hughes suggests swiping on butter London Fit Lash Primer ($20) as it will re-wet the mascara, so you can add on another coat. We’re also fans of Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection ($16), which coats and separates lashes, making them appear as if you’ve applied fresh mascara. Finally, if you’re in a real tight spot, Hughes says opting for a different mascara formula altogether which can get the underlying mascara looking lively once again.

Know When to Start Fresh

Unfortunately, not everything can be saved with a quick makeup artist trick. Filled-in brows and a bold lip are two things Hughes says it’s best to just bite the bullet and start over with. “Take them off carefully with a makeup remover soaked Q-Tip, add a hint of concealer and reapply,” she says.

Although we can’t guarantee a completely meltdown-free day, we can guarantee that your makeup won’t be the cause of your stress.

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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!

MORE: 5 Easy DIY Hair Masks

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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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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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Bright Ideas, Makeup, Skin Care - Fontana Beauty Expert - January 22, 2015

So, last week we looked at how the nude lip took over the red carpet this season.  This week the focus is on the eyes.  Smokey eyes were a huge deal this red carpet season.  L’Oreal Paris beauty survey showed that 60% of eye makeup at the recent Gold Globe awards were smokey eyes. This would explain the correlating nude lip; as is standard smokey eyes are usually pared with a soft nude lip.  However, a new trend that I’ve been seeing and I LOVE is to pair the smokey eye with a bold lip. Yes, it is out of the box and No, it is NOT for everyone, but hey, give it a go.

My favourite way to pair a smokey eye with a bold lip is to create a bronze smokey eye with red or berry lips. Call me a vixen, but I LOVE it! If you’re not as brave,you can always opt for a more neutral smokey eye to pair with a bold lip.  Remember makeup is about experimenting and having fun; it’s really not that serious.

How to make the smokey eye work for you?

Less is more.  Always start off by using less product and build up the intensity as you go along.  Another key step is to blend…blend and blend some more.  Selecting shades that complement your skin tone is also important.  As makeup artist, I find that adding a warm transitional shade in the crease and along the lower lash line creates a sultrier and flattering look.

Overall, for me, mixing cool and warm shades adds dimension to any smokey eye look.  If you are just getting started with makeup, I would recommend you start with a neutral smokey eye and work your way up to a more intense look.  Maybelline The Nudes eye shadow palette is great for this.  You can go from an everyday look to a dramatic eye look.

For all products listed and great beauty finds, visit your one stop beauty hub…Fontana Pharmacy…

Ok my lovelies; today I challenge you to be bold and smoking with your makeup.

Until next time…stay gorgeous…

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Bath and Body, Bright Ideas, Makeup, Skin Care - Fontana Beauty Expert - January 22, 2015

My Jamaican Honey

Ok, so by now you would have realized that I have a kick for natural skin care remedies.  I have tried high end skincare brands, drug store brands but I always gravitate to natural skin care products.  One of my favourite skin care luxury is the raw Jamaican honey.  There is none like it.  It helps to heal my break outs with its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  But my favourite way to use our Jamaican honey is to make my own face and body scrubs and masks.

For my face and body scrub, I usually combine Jamaican brown sugar and Jamaican coffee with the honey.  The honey moisturizes and heals; the brown sugar exfoliates and the coffee doubles as an exfoliant and an anti-aging ingredient.  This scrub is great for improving the overall texture of your skin.coffee_scrub

I also love to use honey for masks.  My lemon and honey mask leaves the face so smooth and glowy.  It’s pretty easy to make. Just get a fresh lemon, squeeze about a ½ tbsp. and combine it with a 1 1\2 tbsp. of honey.  You can grate some of the lemon zest and add it to the mixture if you so desire (Skip this step if you have sensitive skin).  This mask helps to treat dark spots and evens out the skin tone.

All the products mentioned can be found at Fontana and in your kitchen…so go on and get creative with your skin care…Until next time stay gorgeous…..

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TUESDAY TUTORIAL: Cleaning your makeup brushes

Bath and Body, Makeup, Skin Care - Fontana Beauty Expert - January 21, 2015

Ugh! I don’t know  any makeup artist who enjoys cleaning their brushes…it’s just not fun. However, it is extremely important for us as makeup lovers to take the time to clean our brushes thoroughly at least once per week.  Hey, hear me out for a sec.   Would you continuously use a dirty wash rag covered in makeup to wash your face for weeks on end? Exactly.  Think of your makeup brushes as a wash rag that you use to cleanse your face.  If you do not wash and disinfect your brushes, bacteria will build up and this could lead to major skin problems.

There are a few easy ways to clean your makeup brushes without breaking a leg…I usually mix anti-bacterial liquid soap or baby shampoo with olive oil or coconut oil.  The oil helps to break up the products that are trapped inside the bristles of your brushes and keep them soft and moisturized.  Some people even use alcohol to help break down excessive products in their brushes.  All these products are available at your beauty hub, Fontana Pharmacy…

Here is a quick video demonstrating how you can clean your makeup brushes quick and easy…

How to clean your brushes

Ok my lovelies, don’t be lazy…clean those brushes…Until next time, stay gorgeous…

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