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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The New Year 2021 Beauty Advice

The New Year 2021 Beauty Advice

Ciao bella,

I as well as all of you Glamazons are welcoming the New Year! Just don't get too excited. We are still wearing our masks well into 2021. And many of us aren't going to be able to get the vaccine until mid-year. Celebrations, parties, and large gatherings are far and few between. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for 2021 that this Pandemic will take its leave. We can only pray and look forward to a bright future.

Have any of you noticed that ads for lipstick are on the up? The only lipstick worth investing in these days is one that will not rub off into your mask. "Lip Ink" is one brand to look into. Mask proof and water proof.

Watch your make up ... eye make-up especially! If you haven’t used it, toss it for it can cause infection. Just purchase new and exciting mascara and shadows! Also foundation, if any kind of odor, trash it. Check creams etc. for dates and odor. The length of time not using your products can be hazardous to your health.

Time at home is Spa time. My life has always been busy. However, even before my retirement I have made time to smell the roses. I've spoken to many people these days that have praised some of the perks of this pandemic. One was that they were able to stay home and enjoy their solitude. Before COVID they were running around from place to place. Lunch plans to dinner plans. From museum date to theatre date.

Time for that leisurely bath or shower. There are so many scents and routines to choose from. Remember to exfoliate your skin and you'll be baby soft as a couch potato should be! My husband likes using a wash cloth, but I like my Moroccan mitt to scrub it all off; great for circulation!

So as all of us march into the New Year, be kind to one another as well as yourself. Take care of your well-being. Live, laugh, and love every day!

Happy New Year!

Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull


Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.

Rice Water

Rice Water

Ciao bella,

As they say "It's another miracle!" In ancient times since East Asian beauty rituals were performed, Rice Water and Rice Milk were used to eliminate dead skin and enhance hair. The antioxidant-rich ingredient was introduced by soaking Rice in water.

Many stories and anecdotal evidence from Korea, Japan and China state that Rice Water is good to strengthen hair. The benefits were remarkable.

A study found that vitamin B9 was found in Rice Water. The Rice Water when used would penetrate the hair and was found to strengthen hair and also improved hair’s elasticity.

I'm pretty sure the Rice Water was used after cleansing hair and then used as a final rinse. Probably acting as a detangle and conditioning treatment. On skin use a cotton pad and apply every day.

Can we make our own? Yes!

  1. Rinse uncooked Rice
  2. Soak in water for 30 Minutes
  3. Drain water and use externally only.

To purchase products look for Rice Bran Extract or oil, or Rice Ferment or starch on the list of ingredients on label. Many over the counter beauty products contain Rice Water and Rice Milk.

Rice Water is also beneficial for treating dry skin, damaged hair, digestive upsets, eczema, acne, rashes and inflammation, also eye problems and sun damage protection. Use a spray water bottle before going out to sunbathe.

Rice Water also has anti-aging benefits, moisturizing by making skin supple and young.

Also claims to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles as Mother Nature comes around!

Avon even carries a Rice Water Bright Foaming cleanser for your face!

Well there you have it ... short and sweet!

Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull


Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

For Ladies Only

For Ladies Only

Ciao bella,

For years, I have used all of SweetSpot Labs products. I can't say enough about these wonderful gems. "SweetSpot Labs empower women to take health into their own hands with clean intimate care, intentional ingredients and honest conversations at every age and life stage."

I feel your SweetSpot should be taken care of different from the rest of your body.

After all we have our face routine for our complexions, we have our body washes and body scrubs for our legs, arms etc. So why not specific care for down there!

SweetSpot Labs has designed a line of feminine hygiene products that are outstanding meeting quality specifications. Their line is cruelty free, vegan, and FREE FROM glycerin, sulfates, alcohol, parabens, phthalates, propylene, glycol, gluten, dairy, or soy.

Made by women for women!

SweetSpot Labs have developed lightly fragranced scents from Vanilla Blossom, Coconut Lime, Grapefruit, to unscented. Their On-The-Go wipes will keep you fresh all day, especially when traveling or just a long day. Their PH balanced feminine washes are great for everyday freshness, and can be used all over your body. After all, as Mother Nature takes her course, we are susceptible to many debilitating elements. Take care of what you have and hold sacred.

SweetSpot Labs latest creations is a "Rescue Balm" for dermatitis prone skin and "Hydrate Ever After" to keep moisture in and all around that gentle area. Great for everyday and long-term use.

Made in U.S. recyclable packaging. 100 percent clean. Made with pharmaceutical grade water.

A great addition to your health and hygiene.

So go out and get your Sweet Spot turned on!

For more information go to: shop.SweetSpotlabs.com

Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull


Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.

Arnica, from the Sunflower Family

Arnica, from the Sunflower Family

Ciao bella,

Arnica, from the Sunflower Family
Here we are still in COVID-19 craziness! Should we go out? Should we stay home? The heck with it all! I've been going out when I can. Mostly outdoor dining and wide open spaces. At least we must all look rested ... unless you’re under great stress for one reason or another.

So let's discuss "Arnica," an herb from the Sunflower family.

Dating back to the 1500s, Arnica was used medicinally for healing bruises and injuries. It grows in Siberia, North America, and parts of Europe. Also known as wolfsbane, leopard's bane, and mountain tobacco, used for centuries to treat inflammation and pain.

It is said that a tea made from Arnica can relieve back pain. Arnica saved German writer Goethe's life by easing a very high fever.

In the Spa Room, Arnica is a hero ... because of its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Used to calm swelling and bruising after a procedure is done. Also used for stretch marks, rashes, and scars, also to fade dark circles.

Used as a homeopathic remedy, Arnica is found in topical gels, oils, and creams, as well as oral supplements.

So get your spa mode on and dig into some Arnica!

Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull


Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

COVID-19 ... Leaving the Mask Behind!

COVID-19 ... Leaving the Mask Behind!

Ciao bella,

Happy Labor Day to All
I feel like I was living in a bubble for months! Don’t get me wrong I love my home and where I live with two outdoor decks. Wouldn’t trade it for the world...however, we had our Boston mayor and governor telling us to stay home unless it’s absolutely mandatory to go out. I got fearful of people since there was so much violence in the streets. I drive a mobility scooter to run around town and I love her (named her Roma). Just couldn’t drive with mask on! Really a serious issue for me. I thought people would attack me verbally or physically for not wearing my mask. I was wrong...

Actually people were happy to see me out scootering around. Not everyone wore their mask outside. In fact several ladies in the North End on separate occasions recognized me as the Post Gazette Beauty columnist which was quite flattering. I semi wear my mask in the new, huge Star Market in North Station, just a few blocks from my home. I could do donuts in the aisles, the store is so big and only a few people at a time. Fun and easy.

I must say I miss the faces of people, especially the delivery guys! Oh the Beauty there is truly missed.

At least we’re stocked up on toilet paper. Not that we bought out the whole store of it like the suburbanites. God help us!

In the months of quarantine I kept thinking of Anne Frank. Her and her family with boarders lived in close quarters for years without going outside. I guess you’ll do anything to save your life. Same here.

During the quarantine months we did keep busy. Lots of reading, TV series including Tiger King which was perfect for quarantine, hilarity at its finest, coloring books galore, and lots of cooking and safely ordering out. We certainly dined well..

There was a certain positive idea of catching up at home. I feel my relationship with my husband has grown stronger. Ahhh...the silver lining!

Spoke to long time friends that reconnected. From Sicily to Los Angeles to New York...all friends checked in...mostly all was well.

A few friends survived the virus, however, lost a favorite cousin to it in July. It was heart breaking.

So as the world opens up we face the monster and we live our best life.

Get up, make up, healthy thoughts, and Smile, Smile Big!

Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull


Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Slough Away with A Spa At Home!

Slough Away with A Spa At Home!

Ciao bella,

This time of year is hard on your skin. Especially by staying indoors mostly with less of the required sunlight to make skin healthier. Even using the pool acts as a slough for skin. Most pools are treated with salt water which is a healthy alternative to chlorine.

So “Spa at Home” is the next best treatment ,where you’ll find everything you need in your pantry. Body scrubs are important at spas for a reason. A good scrub helps to smooth, clarify, brighten, and may even reduce the aging process. We need to shed the dead cells that aren’t easy to shed when we’re older. Making the appearance of skin dull.

Using scrubbing ingredients on skin helps the shedding process along. This will clear pores and have your anti aging creams go in deeper working their magic.

Here are some body home scrubs that you can apply with moderate pressure for fabulous results. Always scrub before you shave. Daily work on heels and elbows first. Three times a week will show results. Easy on chest skin... use a face scrub here. Check out my Post Gazette July 2rd column on face scrubs.

1) Salt is best, however, sugar can be used with sunflower oil which contains vitamin E

2) Coffee grounds can help to temporarily tighten skin. Add coconut oil which softens dry skin.

Make a paste with either of these recipes and do your body a favor!

Live, laugh, and love during these crazy days and always!

Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull


Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Scrub Away!

Scrub Away!

Ciao bella,

“Wishing All A Happy
4th of July”
I just adore that clean, scrubbed feeling after a treatment. You can have that too from the comfort of home. That's where we've been many days anyway. And I know some of us aren’t ready to go to the Spa. So here are some staple ingredients from your cupboard or easily enough to find for some home spun fun.

The scrubs here are to help dead skin cells clear the way to clean pores so anti-aging creams can penetrate to work their magic. The scrubs will brighten, clarify, smooth, soften, and aid in aging skin. Usually scrub at night to give skin a respite. So here goes:

These ingredients are best for face.

Jojoba Oil and Baking Soda ...

4 Tbsp of each to remove excess oil in the skin.

Gently use round circles to buff skin. Then rinse, using warm water.

To incorporate a lasting impression with this Scrub, use Lavender Oil for its calming properties and induce deep sleep. As a skin booster and astringent apply 2 Tsp of Lemon juice ... for oily skin and brightening. Rinse well.

Oatmeal and Plain Yogurt ...

4 Tbsp of each. Oatmeal is great for sensitive skin. The yogurt has lactic acid helping to dissolve dead skin.

Also use gentle round circles, then rinse with warm water.

End this Scrub with Rose Hip Oil, containing anti-aging properties with vitamins A and C. Also apply 2 Tsp of Turmeric to brighten and fight acne causing bacteria. Also rinse.

After towel drying skin, apply by massaging a fragrance free moisturizer which will be less irritating to freshly exfoliated skin.

Feel the softness and experience the suppleness of a baby's skin!

Stay tuned for Homemade Body Scrubs!

Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull


Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.