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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.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Scrub It Away!

Scrub It Away!

Ciao bella,

I have always been a true believer of “Skin Scrubs.” Especially in my industry, it helps to slough and soften skin, eliminating dead skin cells. Used mostly in pedicures, I always include a sugar scrub with all of my manicures. There are so many different scents to choose from: chocolate, mango, ginger tea, grapefruit, etc. while stimulating the senses!

I recently used a personalized New product from Voesh: pedi in a box! The four steps (or a deluxe six-step process) are all included; the soak, the scrub, the masque and the massage lotion. It’s an environmentally safe product; 100 percent fresh for each client, free of parabens and other harmful chemicals, and no cross contamination since each “box” carries enough product for each step. Their mani in a box, a three-step waterless mani, is heavenly! You can use some of the scrub on your lips to exfoliate! Want New hands? Try their Collagen gloves. Voesh is the newest spa rage in the industry! Check out info@Voesh.com for the latest technology in spa care.

Back to just Scrubs! The salt and sugar blended Scrubs can be applied in a gentle, circular motion leaving the skin with a supple feel. Dead Sea Salts and Epsom salts are also used for their high mineral content because of their anti-fungal properties, etc. I prefer using a fine Sugar Scrub during manicures since the sugar is less abrasive. The Salt Scrubs are great for pedicures.

The oil in a Scrub acts as a moisturizer promoting heathy skin. The oils used are usually Essential Oils with soothing aromas. I have always used aromatherapy in my shop. The different scents are mood enhancing, promoting calmness, memories from childhood, and just an over-all euphoria. Carrier oils used in most Scrubs are almond, grapeseed, fl ax seed, coconut, and jojoba.

Make your own Lip Scrub by adding several drops of Olive Oil to a few teaspoons of sugar until it’s a paste. Gently apply to your lips in a circular motion and rinse. Then you’ll have kissable lips!

So go out today and get Scrubbed!

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, September 30, 2016

Celebrate the Pumpkin

Celebrate the Pumpkin

Ciao bella,

One of the only saving graces to the end of summer and the start of autumn are the magnificent colors of the season. The grand pumpkin! Bright eye candy! It’s an uplifting sight to see them lined up at farm stands and piled up in front of the grocers. Such a sturdy fruit, so yummy and then again another of Mother Nature's beauty treatments and medicinal cures!

This orange squash is native to North America. Approximately 90 percent of pumpkins from United States are grown in Illinois. Pumpkin color can vary but most popular are orange and yellow.

Inside the core which contain the seeds is high in nutrients with the seeds having a high Zinc content, known to be terrific for the skin. The Zinc helps to heal acne blemishes and sooth irritated skin. The alpha-hydroxy acids help to exfoliate and revitalize. The pulp is also used to reduce the appearance of scarring. The bright colored fruit are chalk full of multivitamins which nourish the skin.

The vitamin C maintains skin health by preventing the collagen from breaking down. Vitamin A softens and cleanses and softens the skin.

In days gone by it was staple food of the Native Americans. They used it to make medicine and wove dried strips of it into mats. Was also used as a cure for freckles and as a remedy for snake bites! You can find the benefits of pumpkin in your beauty aisle. There are peels and facial masks and anti-aging creams along with lotions, shampoos and body washes.

Here is a do-it-yourself facial with this extraordinary fruit! Mix 2 teaspoons pureed pumpkin, 1/2 teaspoon honey, and 1/4 teaspoon heavy cream. Smooth on face leaving on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water for glowing, smoother skin!

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, September 19, 2016

Your Cosmetic Bag

Your Cosmetic Bag

Ciao bella,

It’s that time of year to clean out the old and make room for the new! As a professional, I know that sanitization has a huge effect on our health and well-being. I understand many of us Glamazons can get attached to some fave make-up or cream; however, our old and used stuff goes beyond the expiration date. Hanging on to such items can cause unnecessary drama. All cosmetics, once we open and use them, start to harbor bacteria.

Bacteria can cause unpleasant breakouts, eye infections, and even rashes!

So here is a professional list I go by on how long we should keep our cosmetics and when we should toss them.

Mascara and eyeliner are huge on collecting bacteria. So 3 months should be the limit on keeping and using them.

Lipstick should be tossed between 1 and 2 years. In fact, with some lipsticks, they will have a rancid type odor. Toss immediately!

Face cream should also be used up in 3 months.

Foundation will last for 1 year. When applying, try not to touch tip of bottle/applicator so as not to promote bacteria and cause contamination. It will alsocarry a rancid smell when it’s gone bad. Toss yesterday! Face oil will also be good for 1 year. After that long, take a sniff and you’ll know if it’s useable.

Sunscreen usually has an expiration date and I would go by that. I say 1 year for it. Loose powder is supposed to be tossed after a year as well.

As for your makeup brushes, please clean regularly with a brush cleaner or Woolite.

I hope these tips will keep you beautiful and healthy. It’s a new season and time for a new palette!

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, September 3, 2016

Eyelashes in Retro! A Look Back!

Eyelashes in Retro! A Look Back!

Ciao bella,

The hype today on Brows and Lashes is incredible! However, centuries ago women and men prided themselves with the same hype, only differently. Let’s go back and see!

In Egypt 3500 B.C., Eyelids and Lashes were taken very seriously. Women and men used black and green toned ointments to enhance their eyes. Not only for style, but as a sunscreen and disinfectant. It was also believed to be an aphrodisiac, invoking the image of sun god Ra.

From 753 B.C.to 625 B.C., the women of Ancient Rome used kohl, saffron and burnt cork to make their lashes lustrous and thick. It was a sign of chastity.

From 1533 to 1603, Queen Elizabeth’s gold/red hair was highly regarded. Ladies used dangerous liquids to achieve the color for their eyebrows and lashes!

In 1840, Eugene Rimmel put out one of the first nontoxic mascaras. The word “rimmel” means mascara in more than 5 languages. It’s not my favorite brand of cosmetics!

In 1916, false eyelashes of human hair were woven though gauze. According to a Hollywood legend, the director wanted his star to have lashes that “brushed her cheeks to make her eyes shine larger than life” for a film. Love that!

In 1920, Maybelline mascara was trademarked by Tom Lyle Williams. Named after his sister Maybel, who used petroleum jelly, ash and coal dust to darken her singed lashes after a stove fire!

In 1923, a U.S. Patent for “Artificial Eyelashes” by Germanborn hair stylist Charles Nessler was issued.

In 1923, the first eyelash curler, the Kurlash, was invented. Even though it was difficult to use and costly, it was very popular as it achieved the desired effect.

In 1938, waterproof mascara was patented by Viennese actress Helene Vierthaler. The hot stage lights would make mascara run, so that was a divine call!

In 1958, Revlon invented the roll-on mascara in shades of green, violet and blue. The blue was a favorite of mine!

In 1967, “Twiggy Lashes” by Yardley were the rage, selling more than 20 million pairs in U.S. annually.

In 1971, the famous pink tube was launched by Maybelline for Great Lash Mascara.

In 1988, Max Factor introduced No Color Mascara, making eyelashes look shiny, thick and more natural. Great for girls attending strict Catholic schools, at least in my day!

In 2001, Jennifer Lopez sported red fox fur lashes to the Academy Awards, sparking the brand’s Tokyo Lash Bar at Shu Uemura.

In 2004, Eyelash extensions came swinging into U.S., offering product and training in Lashing soon to follow. Between 2006 and 2008, a host of manufacturers introduced Cosmetic Eyelash Conditioners for diminished lashes due to illness, genes, cancer treatments, poorly trained professionals using inferior product for eyelash extensions, etc.

I grew my lashes back beautifully with Grande Lash in a gold tube.

So here you have Eyelashes and Brows through the Ages. Grow a pair and feel the Beauty!

After a divine summer, here’s wishing my readers, colleagues and friends a Happy and Safe Labor Day weekend!

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.