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Thursday, January 19, 2017

JOHN DELLARIA... a Master ... a Legend

JOHN DELLARIA... a Master ... a Legend

Ciao bella,

There are some experiences in a lifetime that remain unforgettable! One of those experiences for me was being part of a revolutionary era of hairdressing. On several occasions, I had the honor of meeting John Dellaria. He was a shy, gentle man, with a creative spark in his eyes. We knew he created a style of modern hairdressing and I respected his talent for cutting hair with a whole, new edge. He patented Pyrametrics, a style of cutting hair with a 3-plane system focusing on volume, shape, and layering, creating a haircut that could be easily taken care of at home. He gave the hairdressing industry a new and modern introduction, revolutionizing hair styles.

In 1960, John started his first salon in Boston. His unwavering talent and determination led to an explosion of 20 salons throughout Boston. His first New York location opened in 1980, in a dilapidated part of the city called Soho. With a positive trend for the future, the salon became iconic and the legend was born.

My recollections of John Dellaria included fabulous and trendsetting Couture Fashion Shows held in Boston’s top nightclubs and restaurants.

This was in the ’80s and ’90s and hair was big! The clothes and makeup were outstanding, and beyond their time. A fabulous party was had by all. These tremendous shows were legendary, and have yet to be seen again in Boston!

A pioneer of many talents, he served as The President of Intercoiffure magazine and Fashion Director for six years. Throughout his career, he was recognized for his expertise, commitment, and notable locations, with 55 awards and honors.

Our industry is saddened by the loss of such an iconic figure. A man who transformed the modern era of hairdressing for what it is today. His technique and memory live on through the many stylists who practice Pyrametrics today!

I am proud to have worked in Andover’s Dellaria Spa as a Nail Technician for the better part of my career. A salute to my comrades and clients. Stay beautiful!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

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.

Monday, January 9, 2017

It’s All About the Base ...

It’s All About the Base ...

Ciao bella,

A New Year makes us all feel like brand new! New beginnings, clean slates, and new makeup with application techniques.

First up, I want to point out that I have been using a “primer” after my moisturizer and before my makeup (foundation) for years. It gives my skin a velvety base before applying my foundation. Primers fill in fine lines and dull imperfections, leaving a canvas to paint as you wish. Most primers are 20 or 30 SPF for sun screen. However, in summer I am au natural, only primer! No foundation.

Application of foundation has become important to achieve a smooth and even surface. Forget using your first two fingers to apply it! Naughty, naughty! My preference recently has been a sponge applicator with a handle. Easy to maneuver around the corners of the nose, and other places hard to get to ordinarily. I used to use a fine, plain makeup sponge shaped like a triangle. Both of these “tools” give a smooth and even look for seamless coverage. Try it damp for a dewier fi nish. Easy to clean with a few drops of Dawn.

I love my makeup brushes! They are great for powders for sweeping, tapping and swirling out to make skin tone even. Powder over foundation seals the deal of keeping makeup on and not sinking into your skin. Of course, moisturizer, primer, and foundation help to keep makeup from sinking, too. Foundation can also be applied with a “foundation brush” for even coverage. There are so many foundations out there. It’s all about what you’re looking for. A daytime or nighttime look. The most Flawless look you can achieve is a spray-on, air brush foundation! You can also try full-coverage, anti-aging formulas. (Test on your jaw line, not your wrist.) Get a glow on with luminous, sheer radiance for a subtle sheen, “a lit-from-within complexion” Visit your nearest cosmetic counter for a professional opinion on these tips.

Hint: Charlotte Tilbury is a fabulous makeup line. There are professional makeup artists on line to help you complete your new color palette. A new generation of makeup, how it’s applied and made to make you look your best at any age! Google it!

So my Glamazons, hope you’re New Year is going swell. Look your best and beautiful always!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

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.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Week Before Christmas in the Beauty Salon

The Week Before Christmas in the Beauty Salon

Ciao bella,

Hope all my Glamazons are taking time to smell the roses during this hectic Holidaze Season!

Please enjoy my yearly Christmas parody to a “A Night Before Christmas” that happens to take place in a beauty salon! I take pride to say I wrote this several years ago.

Wishing all my Post Gazette readers and staff a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy

‘Twas The Week Before Christmas when all through the salon
The scissors were clicking; the mad rush was on.
The hairdressers were busy primping the coifs;
Perm odor, tinting, hair spray—what cough?
The nail-techs stayed sitting; painting their art,
And the patrons were in and out like a dart.
The receptionist was praying for the end of the day,
While just out the window she noticed a sleigh.
And in walked a lady all covered in flour;
She said she’d been baking for hours and hours.
“I’ve seen to the children, but what of myself?
“My husband’s been busy and couldn’t spare an elf.
“My nails are all broken; my hair feels like  glue;
“I hope there is someone who can make me feel new.”
With that gleam in her eye it was hard to say “no”—
Mary volunteered for the job—ho, ho, ho!
Shampoo, shampoo, how do you do?
Rollers and gel—need the dryer too.
With a trick of her brush she was coiffed in a flash;
Manicured, painted, and dried in a dash.
Her nails were all shiny—painted “jungle-red.”
The smile on her face left nothing unsaid.
As she waved us good-bye, Merry Christmas to all,
Everyone stopped to see the great haul.
While out the window we all began to peer
At a giant sleigh and eight strong reindeer!
Our lady hopped right in and with a nod to go
Off went her chariot above all the snow.
Jingle, jingle, jingle you can hear the bells ring.
It was a sight to behold there were songs to sing.

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! And God Bless our new President Donald J. Trump.


Have you missed any of Mary's columns in the Post-Gazette? Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns on her website www.mary4nails.com. She is a third-generation cosmetologist and owner of Mary for Nails, etc. natural nailcare salon in Andover, and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183. She also sees select clients by appointment in Boston at (617) 742-6881.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

All I Want For Christmas is ... LUSH!

All I Want For Christmas is ... LUSH!

Ciao bella,

It’s that time of year again when shopping lists are long. Make it a one-stop place to buy for whoever is “naughty or nice!” — your favorite LUSH store. Or let your fingers to do the walking and order it all online at www.lushusa.com.

LUSH keeps an extensive array of the most wonderful fun inventory for Christmas and throughout the year. Here are a just a few of my faves:

New Lip Scrubs are SANTA BABY-scented in cola-flavored and also SUGAR PLUM FAIRY — a tasty Blackcurrant. Makes lips kissable for those moments under the mistletoe!

CHRISTINGLE-body conditioner scented with peppermint and menthol with crystals to energize skin. Like an extra cuppa jo!

Bath Bombs-New NORTHERN LIGHTS — an Aurora bath-ealis experience and LUXURY LUSH PUD-a soothing lavender. Sink into the rainbow.

FAIRY DUST — a sparkling powder with a sweet scent to light up your life! I’ll be sprinkling everyone’s hands with this after their manicure!

ROSE JAM SHOWER GEL — by repeated demand is back! Lovers of Rose rejoice.

GOTH FAIRY SHIMMER BAR — apply over your skin to cast a spell on whoever gazes your way! Hydrating illipe and cupuacu butters soften skin. Leaves a touch of glittery shine and a scent of fruity bergamot and grapefruit perfume. Dreamy!

FIRESIDE SOAP — like a bonfire that has the warming scents of spicy clove bud oil with vanilla. A cozy feel!

MR SANDMAN DUSTING POWDER — will bring you a dream with LUSH’s popular Twilight Perfume. A send off with powdered lavender and chamomile.

SPARKLING RED SLIPPERS BUBBLE BAR — just click your heels three times to be transported to a sparkling wonderland of spicy carnation and sensual rose!

REINDEER ROCK Soap — a sparkling bar with scents of Scandinavian lingonberry fruit berries, leaving you refreshed, comforted, and soothed, ready for the Christmas rush!

ELF — build your own Christmas Buddy with this pliable fruity cocktail-scented bar! Great lather!

Keep Glamping it up with LUSH, stay soft, smooth, and smelling great during the Holidaze!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Coconut Oil is Still The Rage!

Coconut Oil is Still The Rage!

Ciao bella,

You can cook with it and use it cosmetically. Coconut Oil used to be discouraged in cooking due to its high percentage of saturated fats. Now there is a better understanding of the roll fats play in a balanced diet. So using it for cooking, including buttering your toast with it, is being encouraged.

Through my experiences in purchasing Coconut Oil, I suggest an edible brand to use in cooking and cosmetically. Edible oils are government regulated. I would stick with a Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil for both uses.

Coconut Oil is actually one of nature’s miracles! Its multiple uses in cooking, cosmetic, and immune support are just a few of its marvelous benefits. I’m here to encourage the use of Coconut Oil cosmetically. Now that Old Man Winter is coming, here are a few tips to stay moisturized.

Make your own Facial Cleanser: massage a teaspoon of Coconut Oil into your skin, then rinse with warm water. Prevents dryness.

Body Moisturizer: Coconut Oil makes a rich moisturizer with its high fat content. Apply on hands, feet, dry spots, and cuticles.

Lip Scrub: mix together 1/2 teaspoon each of honey, brown sugar, and Coconut Oil. Apply on lips in a circular motion for kissable and soft lips. Great exfoliant.

Eye Makeup Remover: great for waterproof Mascara. Use Coconut Oil on a cotton ball and gently wipe away. Never rub or stretch near eyes or skin.

Use Coconut Oil as a Shaving Cream:

A couple of spoonfuls in your bath water with a few drops of your fav perfume makes for a mini spa experience.

Hair Mask: great for super curly dry hair. Once a week for 15 minutes will add shine and moisture. A small amount on finished dry hair keeps the Frizzes away.

Time to get slick with Coconut Oil today!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

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.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Beauty is Friendship, Friendship Beauty ... even on Facebook!

Beauty is Friendship, Friendship Beauty ... even on Facebook!

Ciao bella,

Steering away from cosmetics this time around as I sometimes do, let’s think about Friendships. After all, to have a Friend is a truly beautiful experience. The camaraderie, the opinions that we all have a right to express, common interests in sports, movies, recipes, and books. All these aspects have made Facebook fun, a place to go/a place to escape!

As I write today, we still haven’t chosen a President. When we do fi nd out, not even he or she can give us Friends. They will certainly have their hands full with all the usual promises. This election has become brutal and quite ugly. Especially on Facebook! I was so happy to be on this Social Media train. I found wonderful Friends from high school, I found my childhood Friends (“The Barbie Doll” gang!!), and also found new ones. I almost had to, with all the defriending, ignoring of posts that I always saw “likes” galore and now just a few, along with the “unfollows.” All due to this election, since I am a Deplorable with many liberal friends. At this point, I don’t even care who wins. I have also noticed Facebook Friends who were always on are not even there or are just pretending not to be there. They are most likely tired of seeing their candidate ripped to shreds! Peeps, keep it together! We will all wake up tomorrow thinking what was I thinking? I am not an innocent here as well. But hey, you started it ...there we go ...

I grew up in a Democratic home. My Mom was the Treasurer for many years for the Women Democrats of the Merrimack Valley, “Minga Valley,” in Methuen. Dahlia Balls, trips to Washington, DC! It was a glorious time for her meeting all the Kennedys. My beloved JFK especially. And now I live next door to where he used to live on Bowdoin on Beacon Hill.

When I first met my David, Mom said, “What a great guy! I hope it’s not too good to be true for you.” (How Italian is that?) I replied by saying, “Yes, there is one thing. He’s a Republican!” My Mom blew it off by saying “Never let Politics interfere with Friendships or a love interest; what is inside a person is his kindness, integrity, and intentions, these are what’s important.” My Mom was a very wise person. There was little she warned me about that hasn’t come true!

So my Friends, please remember my Mom’s wisdom and wise words.

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

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.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Mascara 2016

Mascara 2016

Ciao bella,

Just a little Mascara, brow gel, and some lipstick and we’re ready to go! A sanitized version of what we really paint on! I call it “the quick Cinderella!”

So since I’ve grown out my long and lovely, natural lashes, I’ve learned quite a few more tips on Mascara. Here I am to share the do’s and don’t of applying this wonderful cosmetic. First of all, there are so many different kinds and brands. Promising the thickest, longest and fullest lashes ever! I do believe in paying a bit more for a Mascara formula that has conditioning agents to keep lashes as healthy as possible.

The best formulations are ones containing a conditioning formula for lash growth and for lash follicle. I use a lash serum everyday to keep my lashes long and flexible.

A moisturizer in the Mascara is a plus. You want to keep lashes soft and pliable. If lashes get too stiff with inferior ingredients, you could end up with broken and thinned out lashes. Check the labels for ingredients

Only use waterproof Mascara on occasion when you feel that water/tears may make the product run. Waterproof Mascara is extremely difficult to remove, even with the best Mascara remover. I do not care for oily removers that leave a residue on skin and eyes. Eyes are sensitive, so be aware of what goes near them. When you do remove Mascara, be sure to soak a cotton pad with remover. Apply cotton pad for 30-60 seconds and then gently wipe away. For a list of my fav Mascaras that I adore, please email or call me.

Of course, remove your Mascara fi rst every time you apply your cleansing routine and it’s off to bed. Sleeping with Mascara still on puts unnecessary pressure on lashes. Breakage of lashes and eye infections are always a problem. Nasty eye infections/contamination can be avoided by ALWAYS using a different cotton pad for each eye during removal.

Lately I’ve heard of a Mascara that, with continued use, will darken your lashes.

There are a variety of colors from blue, violet to green. I love my black which makes eyes pop! Also, if you apply a soft black pencil between lashes, your Mascara will be working overtime! Really fabulous trick to get “eye popping” results. Experiment and try for yourself.

I believe in changing brands. It’s interesting to see the different and unique looks you can get with each Mascara. After all, they are advertised to create different looks.

So, Glamazons, these are my Mascara tips for 2016! Lash out today!

Wishing my readers and coworkers at the Post-Gazette a “Spooky Halloween.”

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

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.