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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Marilyn Monroe’s Makeup

Marilyn Monroe’s Makeup

Ciao bella,

A few years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to visit The Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles, California. It is housed in the historic Max Factor building. All my Glamazons are familiar with Max Factor makeup, who in his time was famous for working with Hollywood stars. One of those stars was Marilyn Monroe.

Recently I found on YouTube, a vintage tutorial by Laura Jane Atelier on some of Marilyn’s fav products. I thought I would share them with you. I also spied the original cases of her makeup etc. at The Hollywood Museum in the Marilyn Monroe makeup room! Her makeup chair is also there. It was quite exciting!

Her best perfume was Chanel No 5. And when asked what she wore to bed, she replied “Only Chanel No 5”! Among her things in a makeup case was the 1953 Max Factor Crème Puff pressed powder. Also found was her 1948 Max Factor Pan Stick foundation. My Mom and I used the Pan Stick makeup for years. I still have one of my Mom’s 4 Sticks when she passed. Great foundation coverage! Especially for women in film.

Ear Plugs were also found in Marilyn’s makeup case when it sold at auction. Beauty Sleep was so important!

She was known to wear 5 different shades of Red Lipstick. Ruby Tuesday by Max Factor was one. Recently inspired by Marilyn was Ruby Red by Max Factor.

Marilyn’s makeup artist used Vaseline to hi-light her cheek bones and for soft focus, hiding her peach fuzz. I would NOT recommend using Vaseline on your face today.

She used Nivea Moisture Creme for dry skin on her hands. Another foundation was Day Dew by Anita of Denmark for great coverage.

Helena Reubenstein mascara was found in Marilyn’s case.

Another famous makeup icon that ruled the makeup world at one time building a beauty empire. Her legend continues.

And last but not least was Erno Lazlo from NY’s PHORMULA 3-9 Repair Balm and his Night Cream to Hydrate and Nourish.

So my Glamazons that my beauty scoop for today. Hope you enjoyed it.

So now go out and get beautiful!

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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

“Lemongrass”

“Lemongrass”

Ciao bella,

Lemongrass is known for its extraordinary scent and mild healing properties. It is a universal scent for men and women also promoting an aroma therapy experience.

This plant is native to Southeast Asia, used in cooking from flavoring meats to curries. It now flourishes in U.S., So. America, Africa, India, and Australia. Also used in Brazil, Thailand and India for nervous disorders and as a mild sedative.

Lemongrass is known for its antibacterial properties serving as a treatment from acne helping to limit microbial growth on the skin and fend off infections to stomach pain and athletes foot etc. It’s known to encourage blood flow and ease symptoms of circulatory disorders. When used with a carrier oil and diluted properly, Lemongrass essential oil helps with facial redness, rosacea as it is worked gently into the skin. It’s so rich in antioxidants that it helps in preventing wrinkles and other signs of aging. Also can be used as an astringent because of its highly regarded antioxidants and vitamins. Lemongrass products help sunburn and irritation. Put some in your pool bag cooler and on your way to fun in the sun!

It is used in spas as an essential oil in diffusers. You can also use it at home to lift your spirits. Myrcene which is a chemical compound found in Lemongrass essential oil, decreases pain. Lemongrass is used against 22 strains of bacteria and 12 types of fungi.

Sometimes confused with its cousin Citronella, they are two very different and distinct plants.

In India, Lemongrass leaves are added to a hot bath relieving fevers and severe headaches.

Fresh Lemongrass leaves can also flavor your drinking water. A cool glass in summer is a refreshing delight.

So my Glamazons go out and experience the long slender blades and tangy aroma of Lemongrass!

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.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Beauty is 2020 Vision

Beauty is 2020 Vision

Ciao bella,

Happy New Year all! Hope everyone enjoyed some fine holidays. I know I certainly did. In early December we planned our annual Christmas Caroling party. I inherited my Mom’s piano several years back so the event is also sentimental. My husband David hires a professional pianist to tap out a songbook he put together. This recent fellow played and sang along to really stir up our company in festive song. Naturally there was plenty of food and drink. There was also our Cabana boy dressed only in a kilt to stir more things up! It was a marvelous party as Noel Coward would say. I plan on bringing that wondrous feeling into 2020. Hanging on to the good feelings and letting the bad go is a beauty and health regimen I highly recommend. Less frowning and lesser wrinkles as well!

Now I’m sure there are a great many of us who will make that same New Years resolution to eat healthier and lose weight. It’s all done in good faith. However, here are a few Beauty foods that are low in calories and good for your skin.

Blueberries — have the highest amounts of antioxidants, giving protection against free-radical damage from pollution and the sun.

Walnuts — have a high concentration of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant keeping skin smooth and plump.

Kale — great in soups. The darker the better. Packed with vitamins A, B, C, and K, and beta carotene, which increases cell turnover, tightens and detoxifies.

Citrus Fruits — vitamin C has many benefits helping to reduce dark spots, aiding with collagen production which brightens overall skin tone.

Greek Yogurt — a probiotic good for your gut as well as boosting the production of ceramides which are healthy fats in skin. Also helps from recovery from exposure to UV rays.

So my Glamazons welcome in our New Decade 2020 with a lovely smile and carry on!

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.

Feed your Face with Pumpkin!

Feed your Face with Pumpkin!

Ciao bella,

It’s that time of the year again when it’s all about the Pumpkin. I’m sure you all had fun carving out those Halloween lanterns. This year the Frog Pond had us all carve a small pumpkin and place in the pond. What a sight to see ... hundreds of Jack O Lanterns, floating at sunset on our beloved Frog Pond!

Applied to your face did you know Pumpkin is great for it? It’s packed with vitamins and enzymes giving skin a radiant glow. As it sweeps away dead skin cells, skin is rejuvenated revealing a radiant complexion. Pumpkin also helps in lightening brown spots as well. Adding Brown Sugar is a strong exfoliant and moisturizer. What’s better than finding all these ingredients in your pantry?

Here are a few Make Your Own — Do It Yourself Pumpkin facial masks:

Mask 1) in a small bowl mix well together 2 1/2 tablespoons Pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon raw or Manuka honey, & 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice. Apply with fingertips to a clean, dry face. Let absorb for 10-20 minutes. Wash off mask completely with a cool washcloth. Only use once or twice a week. Finish with your normal skincare routine.

Mask 2) this is an anti-aging, exfoliating mask. Combine in a small bowl 1/4 cup organic Pumpkin purée, 2 Tablespoons plain yogurt, & 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Apply with fi ngertips, let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and continue with your daily skincare routine. Following this mask with a few drops of jojoba oil is also healing.

Mask 3) this is a powerhouse of a mask! Mixing the healing properties of raw honey and turmeric is a wonderful and natural exfoliant. Together mix 1/2 teaspoon raw/Manuka, 1 tablespoon of organic Pumpkin purée and 1 teaspoon turmeric.

Turmeric is staining so apply to face with a spatula. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Rinse well with cool water and pat dry. May stain washcloth. (This mask is not for sensitive skin, test on wrist before use.) So my Glamazons ... I hope these beauty tips will put you in the mood for the season.

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 and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Italian Movie Stars: Olive-skinned Beauties

Italian Movie Stars: Olive-skinned Beauties

Ciao bella,

Mirror, mirror, on the wall who’s the fairest of them all? — “Olive” them”
Keeping the rhythm in celebrating Italian Heritage Month, let’s remember some of the beautiful women of Italy from the silver screen.

Silvana Mangano, born in Rome, 1930. Famous for her role in the earthy Bitter Rice. She was so sexy working in the rice fields. Later Lucille Ball did a hilarious spoof of this story in one of her I Love Lucy episodes. Remember “Bitter Grapes,” when Lucy was spotted by a famous Italian movie director and was chosen to play a part in his new movie? It ends with her now famous grape stomping vat scene.

In 1947 Silvana won the Miss Italia contest and became “The Queen.” The third runner-up in that contest was another beauty queen, Gina Lollobrigida. She was born on July 1937, also in Rome. In Hollywood she was well-known for her break-out movie with Humphrey Bogart, a John Huston film, Beat the Devil. In 1955, as her popularity and fi lm roles increased, she was tagged as “the most beautiful woman in the world.”

And then there’s Sophia Loren, also born in Rome, in 1934. She may have been the voluptuous sex goddess as an adult, but as a skinny child growing up in Naples she was nicknamed, “the stick.”

In 1961, she received an Academy Award for Two Women. That certainly advanced her budding career in Hollywood. In 1991 she also received a second, special Academy Award for the whole of her outstanding career.

Here’s a quote from Sophia, “A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”

Isabella Rossellini, born in Rome in June 1942, who I had the pleasure of meeting in Boston at a book signing! Besides being a well known Italian actress she was a filmmaker, philanthropist, model for Lancôme, and an author. Her movies were quite memorable such as Blue Velvet, Big Night, Death Becomes Her and she received a Golden Globe nomination for Crime Of The Century.

A beauty from Umbria, Italy, born in 1964 is Monica Bellucci. She started her career as a successful model and went on to a film career, debuting on TV in 1990. She starred in Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992. Her career shot to stardom when she won the French equivalent of an Oscar nomination for the French thriller, L’Appartement in 1996.

And last, but not least, what we know her best for is her fabulous portrayal of Mary Magdalene in the The Passion of the Christ.

I’m sure you’ll agree these beauties are to be celebrated.

38C-24-38 — can anyone guess whose form this is? Check this space for the answer in my next column!

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 and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Beauty is “Outlander”!

Beauty is “Outlander”!

Ciao bella,

Summer is gone so we must fill in our days of fantasy! So who’s hooked on this marvelous tale of love, beauty, and adventure? I never would have believed in my lifetime that a story so well told could capture one's soul.

The main character is a healer. I have learned of the many herbs she used as a 17th century Scottish lady that are still used today. Beauty and healing rituals with herbs are and have been used for hundreds of years. These herbs found their way to Scotland.

Here are some:

Greater Celandine - applied directly to the skin is used to remove warts and ease symptoms of eczema. Also known as St. John's wart and also used for other internal maladies.

Camomile - used to help acne and tend inflammation. Wonderful as a prepared tea.

Lavender - as an essential oil has powerful antiseptic properties. Used to help inflammation. Also decreases the appearance of scars.

Ransoms - used as a tea to cleanse and strengthen the blood.

Valerian - known to treat cases of anxiety, insomnia, and stress, used to this day. The Greeks used it to ward off evil and used sprigs of it under their window sill.

Turmeric - known for its great healing powers for its detoxifying and regenerative qualities.

Garlic - has many healing properties as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral medicine.

Comfrey - increases cell division for speedy healing of flesh and bone.

And so many more!

The East India Company was created in 1600 for English merchants in the spice trade later went on adding silk, tea, opium etc. to its wares. "So sing me a song of a lass that is gone, say can that lass be I?" Title song from Outlander

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 and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

To Keratin or Not to Keratin ... That is the Question?

To Keratin or Not to Keratin ... That is the Question?

Ciao bella,

I’ve been in a quandary this month on whether to Keratin my locks or not. Finding the right salon is dizzying! The Keratin application is quite marvelous as it tames the hair like an unruly classroom! It makes the cuticle of your hair lie flat without all the Frizz that we all dread. Who can live with smoother hair that is more manageable, is damaged repaired and noticeably softer? I can. It can leave your locks very straight or depending on the Keratin formula used by your professional, leave it with a bend/curl. My Mom would have adored this treatment as her hair was actually kinky. Let’s not forget about the amazing Shine the Keratin treatment performs on the hair!

As summer approached my hair became quite dry and unruly. After all it had been over one year since I had my Keratin done at my salon where I worked. My Keratin lasts since I shampoo only once a week which is plenty for me.

Being a licensed cosmetologist there are perks. One is being able to purchase professional products from suppliers.

Many months ago I bought a professional Keratin treatment. Once I read the directions I fully realized it would be too difficult for me to do solo. So my husband David offered to help. We shall now call him “Monsieur Davide!”

He performed a rocking Keratin treatment on my locks and I’m in my glory!

I mean there are so many salons near me offering the Keratin service even with Groupon discounts. However, I’ve had my share of bad salon experiences!

I just colored my hair and styled it straight. I am one happy gal! The Keratin tamed down the hair to give it life, body and shine! Hope it lasts! Time will tell!

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 and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.