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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 LancĂ´me, 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.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Natural Beauty

Natural Beauty

Ciao bella,

What is Natural Beauty? Are you really born with it? Is it in your genes?

My experience seems to grow curious with time. I must say Mother Nature has been kind to my mug! Hardly a wrinkle! Is it because I started using a good skincare regimen in my early twenties? I look at photographs of my great Nana and my Mom and they looked ageless. I know my Mom daily and nightly took care of her complexion with fab products at the time. My Nana also took care of her face using the best moisturizers of that time. Although she loved the sun, I feel the rays really didn’t catch up to her. She kept a beautiful complexion. I’m sure their Cosmetology careers helped lead the way! So how is it some complexions stay looking ageless? I’m sure stress is a huge factor. And back to those genes you are born with. Mediterranean ladies with their Mediterranean diet seem to age quite well. I still think that really good skin care factors in to keeping your skin well hydrated, replenished, and full of the vitamins and nutrients it needs to look ageless. An every day and every night routine is a must. Someday I’d like to take a survey of who keeps such a routine! That routine is what the gym/exercise is to your body!

Right now there are so many Skin Care routines that I could write a book about them all. There are some better than others, however, I found you must choose which one works for you. I had that kind of time in my twenties. Always experimenting in those days! Also affordable product plays an important role in choosing which one. I can tell you right now ... you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for good skincare. Importantly is maintaining a daily and nightly regimen.

Removing daily makeup and daily grime is imperative to maintaining good skin!

It’s never too late to care for your complexion. Your smile will show through!

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.

Annual Pool Bag Necessities 2019

Annual Pool Bag Necessities 2019

Ciao bella,

Now if the weather will get warmer, we should start getting our Pool/Beach totes ready. So important to be prepared for lovely summer days! No stress ... just lounging on your lawn chair for fun in the sun.

So our Cabana is fully stocked ... and so is the Tiki Bar that’s in it. We splurged on a Cadillac of a grill and we’re ready for summer! Herb Garden is all planted so we can enjoy Mint in our iced tea, Basil in our salads, and Rosemary for our grilled meats!

Are you ready? Is your Pool/Beach tote ready?

Here are a few items to keep things going smooth.

1) Sunscreen is number one for protection from the sun. SPF 30 with limited exposure.

2) Hats are great sun protection. Some have sunscreen built in.

3) Water to stay hydrated throughout the day. A frozen water bottle will last the whole afternoon.

4) Sunglasses are a must ... eye protection and fashionable. I must own over 35 pairs!

5) Towels ... I need a few to stay comfortable.

6) Lip Sunscreen for added protection for those kissable lips!

7) A Cover up for after a full session of sun or cool breezes.

8) Towelettes are handy to freshen up! A New product that’s out is “busy Beauty Showerless Body Wipes” Tried and true from me to you! Great after sun bathing for a quick clean feel.

9) Pack of tissues to wipe away whatever!

10) Hair brush/comb to touch up and refresh the do!

11) Insect Repellent for the beach bums. I’ve yet to see a mosquito by the pool.

So my Glamazons that’s it for today. Live, laugh, and love everyday and savor the summer that’s finally here

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.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

JOJOBA

JOJOBA

Ciao bella,

If any part of your skin care regimen includes Jojoba you are in luck! Jojoba Oil is a carrier of Vitamin E which is an antioxidant. Jojoba has been found to mimic the skin’s natural sebum, making it penetrate sufficiently with no greasy feel. Great for sensitive skin, Jojoba Oil is rich in omega 9, a natural source of a fatty acid which promotes regeneration of the skin’s lipid barrier aiding in healing inflammation. An advantage of Jojoba oil’s fatty acid makeup is that it’s less comedogenic (won’t clog your pores) than other fatty acid oils such as coconut.

Jojoba oil is known for its healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging elements. It’s odorless and is frequently used in beauty regimens as in cleansers, moisturizers, massage creams, scalp treatments and even baby products. Using topically, Jojoba Oil has been helpful in treating acne, psoriasis, stretch marks, scars, sunburn and hair loss by unclogging follicles. Also a great carrier for essential oils.

Facts on Jojoba: an Italian priest Francisco Clavijero used it in berry form aiding in childbirth and healing wounds. Used for centuries to heal skin conditions and promote hair growth. It wasn’t commercially produced until 1976. Today, Jojoba is used in personal care products around the world. All of 5,000 tons of it is manufactured for its use. It’s a perennial shrub found in the Sonoran desert, northwest Mexico, California and Arizona.

So my Glamazons go out and find your Jojoba!

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.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Frizz ... What is it, What Causes it and Why Do We Hate it so Much?

Frizz ... What is it, What Causes it and Why Do We Hate it so Much?

Ciao bella,

The weather and hair damage are mostly to blame. Strands tend to lose their smooth alignment also when exposed to hot tools, hair brushing, and chemical treatments such as coloring. The outer layer of strands which is known as the cuticle become like layered scales which lift instead of lying flat. The puffed up cuticle allows humidity and moisture to enter the strands causing Frizz. Frizz is mostly common in curly hair. To get a handle on it use a conditioner from root to tip and apply a leave in Serum. Of course, it doesn’t last long.

In my experience over the years, with my extremely curly hair I’ve gone through stages. I really hate Frizz on me! It may look good on other people but not me! I have pictures of myself with the Frizzed out curly look and I really don’t like them. I think I don’t like the Frizz as it takes on a life of itself. There is absolutely no control over your hair do ... Mother Nature at her finest!

I remember living in Florida one winter. You know how humid The Sunshine State can be? Sitting in front of the mirror and blow drying my hair straight. When I was done “drying my hair,” I sat in front of the mirror a bit and just watched my hair in slo-mo just curl right back up into a halo of Frizz! You can’t make stuff this up!

From a professional point of view I suggest this course of action ... My best and only solution

is The Keratin Blowout which lasts me up to a good 6 months.

The fabulous advantage of the Keratin is that even when your curl starts to return, the Frizz stays away! I love my curls don’t get me wrong, however, the Frizz must go!

Remember dippity-do, ironing your hair, and the beer can rollers to straighten out cuticle and hair? Be gone my fine friends!

For a list of professionals or to ask about any beauty inquiries just email me or call.

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