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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.

Cleaned Out!

Cleaned Out!

Ciao bella,

I consider myself so fortunate today. Just before corona hit I hired a lovely teen to help clean out drawers and closets. Altogether between donations and trash there must have been at least 14 bags! Of course this was a period of over several weeks. Purging is such a beautiful feeling! Now when I go into my drawers and clothes closet a wave of relief just comes over me! I'm a bit of a hoarder with my clothes. Sentimental value comes to mind. So when I got rid of the ones I wasn’t using anymore I found so much room that I could actually see what I owned. I felt like I had just gone shopping!

There were a couple of important drawers of makeup in my vanity that I really needed help with purging. My teen friend Kristen (a doll) was just a pro for this job. For some reason she guided me perfectly through the clean up. What I was to keep and what to throw out. She was all about the dates, expiration dates. So I'm here now with a few tips on what to keep and what to toss. And of course smelling your make up. You can detect that rancid smell quite easily. All that have an odor should be thrown out immediately. Keep your every day wearable's front and center. Keep some of the fancy make up toward the back of the drawer. Toss out containers of make up that you really don't use anymore. Forget about the sentimental value. It just takes up too much space. Importantly mascara should be tossed after about three or four months. A buildup of bacteria in mascara tubes can cause eye infections. Even after this 3 month quarantine you probably haven't used your mascara so time to toss it. Also after about six months trash liquid foundations and creamed eyeshadow.

Also check your old, unused during quarantine creams for face, body, and hands.

So hope you’ve enjoyed my tips on living a cleaner life. Stay safe and sound in these crazy times. Look to the future because the best is yet to come -- Something my Dad always quoted.

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, May 11, 2020

"A cigarette that bears a lipstick’s traces"

"A cigarette that bears a lipstick’s traces"
— from the song "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)" by Holt Marvell

Ciao bella,

Staying home these days can be quite daunting. However, I do believe in a bit of make up every morning to spruce up our mood. Enjoy this repeated column on "Lipstick"!

There is a lipstick plant, aeschynanthus pulcher, which has vivid red tubular flowers. Lips can resemble a flower. Red lips symbolize sexuality, youth, and fertility.

The Egyptians wouldn't leave home without it (painted lips). I wouldn’t either. Just a smear of color for even a five-minute errand will perk up any mug. But as for the Egyptians, it was like the "kiss of death." Their lip paint was made with poisonous vegetable matter such as cinnabar.

In the 1700s, wearing red lipstick was considered a seductive act and was banned by the British parliament. In the 1800s, Queen Victoria declared that make-up was viewed as impolite and vulgar. A stark face was vogue for a century.

It wasn't until World War II that it became a woman's duty to perk up their faces, spiriting the troops, such as Elizabeth Arden's Victory Red. Once again, Hollywood and the movie industry helped in promoting the sultry lips of color.

In 1949, Hazel Bishop perfected a long lasting lipstick. Scientifi cally, the ingredients in making lipstick have dramatically improved. Moisturizers such vitamin E and aloe vera keep lips soft and supple. While collagen, amino acids, and sunscreen help protect your lips against the environment and Mother Nature.

"So pucker up and put some red in your life."

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. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com