Archive for February, 2011

Oscars – Red Carpet Radiant or Red Carpet Wreck?

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FingerPaints Spring Collection

Guess what comes out in less than a week? The FingerPaints Palette of Petals Spring Collection! They will be available in stores and online during March and April. What do you think?

For swatches and reviews, be sure to visit these fabulous nail blogs:

My Lucid Bubble

Kitty Polish n Bags

The Polish Aholic

Nails Beautiqued

The Nailphile

Scandalously Polished

Polish Insomniac

Living with boys

I have three boys.

To say that personal grooming is low on their priority list would be an understatement.  I don’t have unrealistic expectations.  I don’t expect them to look picture perfect each day, but please, can they at least look presentable?

Hair not combed?  I’m OK with that.  Wear a hat.

Shirt not tucked in?  OK, whatever.

Nasty fingernails?  NEVER.

So my 11-year-old was my test subject.  See for yourself:


We used Beauty Secrets Nail Matrix Fortifier cuticle oil on his nail bed once a day for 10 days.  Just look at the difference!  I’ve been using this product on my own nails for months, and I never get cracked, dry cuticles any more.  If it works on these nails, can you imagine what it can do for yours? 

Bonus – It smells great, but tastes horrible, so he quit biting his nails, too!

iSkin Giveaway Winners

And the randomly chosen winners are:

Nereida S.
Melissa A.
Suzanne C.
Lisa C.
April S.

Congratulations! I will be contacting you shortly by email.

iSkin Resurfacing Stick – Giveaway!

Pssst! I have a secret (weapon) to share!

My secret is the iSkin Resurfacing Stick. It literally resurfaces and polishes your skin in minutes, giving you beautiful spa fresh skin. Say buh-bye to expensive and time consuming microdermabrasion treatments, and hello to a fatter wallet!

To use, just moisten the stick and apply to clean, damp skin. Using moderate upward strokes move the resurfacing stick in a circular motion across the face and neck for two minutes.  Rinse and you’re done! But, don’t overdo it. Two to three times a week is plenty.

Here’s a tip – I keep mine in the shower and while I condition my hair, I resurface my skin. Time saver!

But wait, there’s more. (Infomercial speak alert!) 10 lucky people are going to get to try this for free. Oh and we’ll throw in another product, the iSkin Eye Treat Moisturizer, just because we love you. Enjoy!

To enter, leave a comment on this post. The giveaway will be open between now and Sunday, February 20 at 11p.m. CST. Winners announced on Monday!


Limit one comment per person. CONSUMER DISCLOSURE: NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of 50 US states and DC, 18 or older, who have Internet access and a valid email address prior to 2/18/11. To enter, access Sally Beauty Blog at from 10 am CT on 2/18/11 to 11 pm CT 2/20/11 and post a comment to the iSkin Resurfacing Stick blog entry and provide your screen name and valid email address. Entries must be received by 11 pm CT on 2/20/11. Limit one entry per person. One prize to be awarded in random drawing on or about 2/21/11. Prize is a iSkin Resurfacing Stick and iSkin Eye Treat Moisturizer. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For official rules and winner’s list (after 2/21/11), visit or mail request to: Sally, Attn: Blog Promotion, PO Box 490, Denton, TX 76202. Sponsor: Sally Beauty Supply LLC.

READ THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK: A quick survey of warning labels

Every time we write about topics like hair coloring or waxing, we remind our dear customers to read the instructions carefully.

Let’s face it – when you’re applying chemicals to your hair or your body, it’s important to follow the steps and do it right.

It turns out that some instructions enclosed with beauty products can be amusing. One of the other Sally Beauty bloggers mentioned to me that some blow dryers and styling irons have this warning:


She’s an honest person, but I just had to see it for myself. I checked. Yep, it’s there.

So I spent some time reading labels and scanning the instructions.

Most products say USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. Seems obvious, but OK.

Lots of shampoos and conditioners say FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. As much as I like my shampoo, I’ve never had even the slightest desire to guzzle a bottle of it. But maybe that’s just me.


But then it gets a little obvious: On a skin treatment system: DISCONTINUE IF IRRITATION OCCURS. Similarly, a leave-in conditioner says IN CASE OF POSSIBLE IRRITATION TO SCALP, STOP USING. Does it really take an outside party to inform someone that if her skin is irritated, she needs to stop using the product?

Here’s a favorite, on a professional wax warmer: DO NOT APPLY HOT WAX ON EYES.

I’d love to hear some of the wacky or all-too-obvious warnings you’ve come across, whether it’s a beauty product or something else. Just click the “comments” link under the headline, but keep in mind, VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

My Favorite Products (Pink & Red Edition)

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, it seems like a good time to share my love for so many of my favorite products…my favorite Valentine-colored, pink and red products, that is!

1. So Gorgeous Volumizing Shampoo & Coloresse Moisture Conditioner
My hair is pretty dry, but it’s also very fine and gets easily weighed down. I like to combine So Gorgeous Volumizing Shampoo to get that lift and height, but then add the extra moisture and color protection with the rich Coloresse Moisture Conditioner.

2. Ion Silk Drops
This is my go-to styling product every day. I put it on towel-dried hair before I style. It smoothes and gets rid of the frizz whether I’m wearing it curly or straight. And it also protects my hair from the heat of the blow dryer and flat iron.

3. Ion Gel Styling Mist
When I wear my hair curly, I have to have this lightweight product.  It adds tons of body and shine and really boosts the curl, but doesn’t leave my hair stiff.

4. So Gorgeous Shaping Spray
This hair spray is the best. It holds for days without any helmet head or stiffness. Plus it keeps all the fly-aways in check when I go to the gym in a ponytail or wear it up all day at work.

5. Ion Hot Oil
Every couple weeks or so I throw on a hot oil treatment in the shower for an instant dose of moisture. Afterwards my hair is soft, smooth and healthier-looking.

6. Femme Couture Super Juicies in Hot Pink
This gloss keeps my lips moist and shiny with a little pop of pink to give my complexion great color.

7. Star Nail International Softie Pink Sanding Block
Now that I discovered the sanding block, my manicures look as good as ones from the salon! Well, almost. I still haven’t quite mastered a perfect polish using my left hand to paint my right one. But even still, buffing away all the ridges to get that beautiful smooth nail surface definitely makes a huge difference in the finished look.

8. Finger Paints Vermillion Dollar Painting
Nothing beats a sexy, classic red on those fingers and toes!

Abstract Miniatures for Valentine’s Day

Since I paint my nails often, sometimes it is difficult to think of new ideas for nail art. Oh, I know, I could just paint them one solid color….but where is the fun in that?  I have come to think of my nails as tiny canvases just waiting for me to express myself. OK, maybe that is going a little bit over board, but I enjoy looking at my nail art, just like viewing paintings in a gallery. However there are two really good things about nail art. One is that it doesn’t cost a fortune like expensive paintings, and the second is when you get tired of looking at one design, or maybe you aren’t happy with the way it turned out…just repaint it. So, today we are going “abstract” with our nails…or should I say “canvases”? This was really fun for me, because the design wasn’t limiting and it let me be free with my brush strokes. Plus, the red is PERFECT for Valentine’s Day!  I hope you will have as much fun as I did.

Here is the list of supplies that you will need:

Polish remover
Clear Base Coat
Pale Pink Polish
Red Polish
Black Polish
White Striping Polish
Black Striping Polish
Clear Top Coat

Remove any old polish and then rinse the remover off your cuticles to keep from drying them out.

I usually moisturize my hands and cuticles with a good hand lotion while I trim and file my nails. If you do this, remember to remove the lotion from your nail bed before polishing, or the polish won’t stick.

OK, let’s paint!


Step 1: Apply a clear basecoat on your nails and follow with a pale pink coat of polish. You can also use your natural nail color and skip the pink polish if you want.


Step 2: Paint a ¼ circle in red on one side of all your nails. Remember to reverse the side when you paint your other hand so that your hands will mirror each other. Add a second coat.


Step 3: Paint a ¼ circle in black, in the opposite direction, on the other side of all your nails. Add a second coat.


Step 4: Using the black striping polish, paint two very thin, short, curved lines, on top of the magenta polish, following the shape of the ¼ circle. Now, make a longer curved line in the opposite direction and extend the line onto the pale pink polish.

Tip: When painting thin curved lines, rake off most of the polish in the bottle before painting. I painted all the lines with only one dip into the bottle, per nail. The thinner the lines, the better this design looks.


Step 5: Using the white striping polish, paint two short, white curved lines on top of the black polish, following the ¼ circle shape. Also, make a longer line in the opposite direction and extend the line onto the pale pink polish.

For the final touch, accent the short black curved lines with a stroke of white and add one to the top of the red ¼ circle.

Let your nails dry for a few minutes and apply two clear top coats. I was very pleased with the way I converted my blank canvases into abstract works of art. Just remember, no two pieces of art are the same, so your nails don’t need be exact. It looks more difficult than it really is…don’t you think?

Have fun and I will be blogging again soon.

Keep those nails covered,

Sally Beauty Awards PBA/NCA Scholarships

Behind the curtain of the main stage at the International Salon and Spa Expo, the excitement in the air was electric. Paola Campos and Alyssa Loo, two of the 13 winners of Sally Beauty Supply scholarship monies for cosmetology education, were waiting off stage for their moment in the spotlight. And finally the presentation ceremony began as Mike Spinozzi, President of Sally Beauty Supply, was introduced and was greeted by applause from the crowd of beauty professionals assembled in the audience. Mike then introduced Bruce Selan, President of the Professional Beauty Association, and his cohort, Grace Santiler Nowik, Vice President of the Beauty Professionals Section (NCA). They thanked Sally Beauty for its 19 years of continuous support for the scholarship program, and the more than $190,000 contributed for education during that period.

Mike then invited the two winners, Paola and Alyssa, to come out on stage to accept the ceremonial check on behalf of all the scholarship winners. Amid thunderous applause, the group posed for photos with the oversized check made out to the PBA/NCA for $10,000.

If you or someone you know would like to apply for scholarship monies, visit either or and download an application. It could be you on the stage at the ISSE show in Long Beach next January!!

Lash Love

Did you see these in the latest issue of Marie Claire? They were so great that we had to share. Apparently, people are taking their love for false eyelashes to a whole new level! Check out these beauties from CarLashes.

Do you rock the false eyelashes? What about on your car? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Image courtesy of CarLashes.