Monthly Newsletter-May 2012

We have been very busy this past month getting ready for Spring Open House (which was held Thursday, April 26th) and throw the whirl wind of Prom in there, too!  Needless to say, we survived another Prom.  The weekend of April 21st Katie and I did 8 beautiful young ladies for Prom.  We do survive each year, but it sure is a lot of stress to make everyone pleased and beautiful!  Below is a few pictures of the young ladies we did.

Every year spring somehow takes us by surprise.  Of course, it is a pleasant surprise!  Not only because of soaring temperatures, but because we finally get to try on our new and exciting clothes!  What’s hot for this summer?  I bet you’re dying to know!  April showers bring May flowers, and speaking of flowers… they are a huge trend this season! I call it flower power baby!   Big, small, girly, and abstract … everything goes. Flowers will be a big trend and will be staying around until next spring. 😉

(Dress sold at the salon for $32.00)

Another trend you’ll see a lot of this season is pattern! Be on the lookout for stripes and zig zags (also known as chevron). Zig zags are great for making a statement. The more fearless you are with mixing patterns the more fabulous the resulting ensemble will be.  You can never go wrong with the nautical theme either. It is classic and crisp and just makes you want to smile!

I don’t know about you, but I’m still in the Spring cleaning mode (kinda)!  Do you go through all the drawers in your bathroom and find a TON of makeup, tools, and brushes?  Do you know if it’s old or you’re still able to use it?  I bet you don’t.  I’m guilty myself.  I was using makeup and supplies from years ago!  Let’s just say after I came across this great information in All You magazine, I threw a lot of makeup away!  Let me help you with deciding what to pitch and what to save!  Clear, Cleanse, Consolidate!

How do you know if your makeup is old?

  • The scent changes-does it smell different or weird?  If that is happening, this usually means the preservatives are breaking down and it’s time to pitch it.  To keep them lasting longer, store them away from direct sunlight.
  • It turns colors-If it contains active ingredients and is changing colors, toss it out.  Not all color changes mean it went bad, but depending on what’s in it, makes a difference.  You wouldn’t want to be using a product such as something with salicylic acid in it to help your zit when it’s old and weakened.
  • Seperation-If probably has lost its efficacy if it has a top layer of liquid in it.  There is one exception to this and that is nail polish.  Just twirl your polish around and get it mixed!

Hairbrush Makeover-You should be cleaning your brush every two weeks to extend the life of your brush

  • Comb of Strands-Run a wide tooth comb through your brush to keep loose straglers from getting tangled up.  Got a big mess?  Use a seam ripper to quickly get through it!
  • Dunk in Water-Add a bit of baby shampoo to your sink filled with water and swish your brush around in that to help clean it.  Don’t soak your brush, it isn’t good for them!

Appliance Awesomeness-Keep them looking fab and they will keep your hair looking fab.  Try to clean once a month if you use them often

  • Clean the lint filter-Make sure your dryer is unplugged and remove the covering on the filter.  Grab an old toothbrush to scrub it clean.  If it’s clogged, this causes it to become over-heated.
  • Clean your hot tools-We all use product and the buildup is everywhere!  Take a damp cloth and add a little baking soda to the cloth and gently rub the residue clean.
  • Store it right-It’s best to not wrap the cord tightly around your tool, but instead loop it loosely and secure with a twist tie if you want.  Tuck it in a drawer or cupboard to keep it away from dust and dirt.

Clean your Makeup Brushes-You should be doing this at least once a month

  • Wet bristles-add a little baby shampoo to your sink full of water and gently emerge your brush into the water.
  • Lather it-Do this just a little bit.  Rub it on the palm of your hand.  Try not to emerge it too much so it dampens the glue that holds the bristles in.
  • Rinse-Get rid of the extra water and reshape it.  Let it dry over night.
  • Need a quick fix?  Wipe your brush on an anti-bacterial towelette for a quick clean!

Keep it or Toss it?  Beauty products have a shelf life just like almost all other things.  Here is a quick list of how long most items last.

  • Foundation-up to 2 years
  • Lipstick-2 years
  • Mascara-3 months
  • Blush/Face Powder-2 years
  • Nail polish-1 year
  • Acne treatments-3 months to a year
  • Natural products-up to 6 months
  • Shampoo and Conditioner-roughly 3 years
  • Lotion-2 to 3 years
  • Sunscreen-check the tube, but usually up to 3 years
  • Deoderant-up to 2 years
  • Perfume-up to 3 years

How do you remember when you bought it?  I can’t seem to remember last week, so how do you think I will know how old my products are?  Guess what, quick tip for that—-write the date on the package or item when you get it so there is no guessing game!  :+)

I want to give a few tips also generally speaking with “Spring Cleaning”.  I know I was guilty of this first one, but it is for sure grilling weather!  Don’t forget to check your propane tank to make sure it’s full before you get into grilling mode.  (yep, we went to grill for the first time this year and no propane.  YIKES)

This next one pertains to inside animals (oh I miss my cats).  A quick way to remove hair from your furniture is to put on a rubber glove and run your hand over the surface.  Viola!

While going through your closet, do you feel like your room is humid?  Place an (open) bundle of chalk in your closet to absorb moisture.  Who would have thought!

I don’t know about you guys, but I DO NOT iron stuff!  Quick tip for getting a few wrinkles out without getting the iron out is to run a warm curling iron over your item and smooth it with your hands  (now make sure you aren’t leaving it on for a long time or using a dirty curling iron on a white shirt…you might end up with more issues!).

Be on the lookout for a Mother’s Day post coming soon!

2 responses to “Monthly Newsletter-May 2012

  1. I really enjoy your news letter,Erica..Very creative my little busy one…good tips..How does the zebra curtains look?

    • Thanks Caryl! I like to hear feedback to see if everyone is liking the newsletter! The curtains topped off the look at the salon! Gives it a whole new feel! Can’t wait to see your smiling face again!

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