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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Pushing through the February Blahs ...

Pushing through the February Blahs ...

Ciao bella,

I'm just so tired of wearing a winter coat, socks, gloves, boots, etc! The heat and the elements drying out my skin, and the itchiness is quite annoying as well.

So I've decided it's a Spa at Home Day. I just purchased some wonderful extra moisturizing body wash and a pistachio scented body cream, also extra moisturizing. The pistachio scent is amazing! Lift your spirits with a great smelling product and lots of emollients.

Treat yourself to these 2 Spa at Home treatments:

Heavenly Facial Mask

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Apply at room temperature to face and neck, rinse after 15 minutes with warm water. Your skin should feel as soft as a baby's bottom!

Soothing Hands Mask
Warm in microwave for 10 seconds

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

Soak your hands for 5 minutes. Rinse, and then apply an emollient rich hand cream. The honey and the coconut oil are anti-infl ammatories helping the skin's outer layer to heal and protect itself.

Get pampered! Start using those gift cards you received for Christmas and get a Winter soothing Pedicure. Many salons are doing specials this time of year. Look into it.

It will be Valentine's Day soon and the world will be full of hearts and love ... get into it and enjoy the colorful experience of red! Polish your nails red to brighten up your mood.

So my Glamazons ... keep on Glamping!

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, January 25, 2018

The Beauty of a Sister ...

The Beauty of a Sister ...

Ciao bella,

This is an unusual Beauty column for the type of Beauty that existed in my lifetime.

My sister Cheryl was born on a lovely summer day in June. She was two and a half years younger than I, as I was born in ’54 on Christmas Day. She was a Beautiful child. I was thrilled to have my very own "living" doll at the time of her birth. Her Beauty and facial features were porcelain-like. Her fi gure was slender and lovely.

After having me, Mom and Dad experienced my behavior and ability to learn. As Cheryl reached different stages in her growth, Mom and Dad knew something was wrong with her progress. After many different kinds of doctor’s exams, she was diagnosed at three years of age with mental and mobility challenges. It was a devastating heartbreak for my parents. My Nana and Nano DiZazzo helped in her care; however, it just wasn’t enough. Just to keep her safe and keep as normal a household as possible, she was institutionalized. She was placed there with the help of the Kennedy Family. We shall always be grateful.

Mom and Dad bought a few trailers through the years and, on the weekends, we would visit all different kinds of Swim and Recreation Parks around the area of my sister’s new home. Mom made us the best homecooked meals out of the trailer and we had picnics galore. I always thought how lucky I was to travel around Massachusetts at such a young age.

Cheryl was always fun, laughing and enjoying herself with us. I was just so lucky to have a sister! She loved her Rocking Horse and went through several of them. She also adored new clothes and her caretakers would indulge her habit!

About three decades ago, Cheryl was placed in a private home with her own bedroom. Mom was thrilled with this. She had 24-hour excellent care and a housemate or two through the years.

My husband David and I enjoyed entertaining her here at our apartment in Boston and at our Cabana in Charles River Park (which she would call "the cook-out.") She was just here celebrating Christmas with her wonderful caregivers -- Jennifer, who was like our third sister, and the others who went far beyond the duties of their job! How fortunate we all were. I made my famous Sausage Bolognese. For dessert, I ordered delivery from Modern Pastry here in Boston's North End, Lobster Tail and Cannoli. Cheryl ate with relish and devoured her Italian Delicacies. After all, when Cheryl came to visit it was a time for laughter, music, chair dancing and celebration. She certainly took after Dad for his love of music. Her fav song was "Happy" by Pharrell Williams! And let’s not forget "Puff the Magic Dragon!"

It would be our last Christmas.

Cheryl passed away quietly in her sleep, just like Dad, on January 20th.

She is now with Mom and Dad and her beloved grandparents. I shall keep the good memories deep in my heart. She is always with me, as we were part of each other. God bless and rest well, dear sister, until we meet again.

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, January 13, 2018

Conair

Conair

Ciao bella,

My first hair appliance was made by Conair. In my years as a professional cosmetologist, I’ve come to own electric hair curlers, blow dryers and curling irons ... all by Conair, an innovative company that developed quality tools for the consumer and professional.

So, it is with great sadness to announce the passing of Leandro Rizzuto, co-founder of Conair, this past December. He was a man who deeply loved people and his company.

As a great leader, teacher, and mentor, he always encouraged the people around him to do better and to do greater things than they thought they could do.

Leandro's father Julian founded the business in 1959 as Continental Hair Products, Inc. Julian invented the "machine-less perm wave," which was a chemical process that replaced electric curlers for a while. After a fire on the premises of his salon (which was underinsured) in New York City, he was left to restart his business with an improved, fast-drying hair roller he had invented. Lee sold his Cadillac to pave the way to success in just a few years. His company invented curling irons, blow dryers (pistol whip style), hot combs and, in 1973, acquired Ethical Personal Hair Products, Ltd., then becoming Conair Corp. He also acquired the liquid end of the business, selling Jheri Redding products, including shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products.

Leandro took over the once floundering business and built this amazing empire. Today, Conair has become a leading manufacturer of nationally branded personal and healthcare appliances as well as kitchen appliances.

Leandro will be truly missed; however, his legacy lives on in our everyday lives!

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.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Food, Food, Glorious Food!

Food, Food, Glorious Food!

Ciao bella,

I realize some of us are still feeling guilty for indulging on Thanksgiving. There may be a few foods listed here that were consumed. So guilt be gone! Here are some foods for Gorgeous Skin.

Walnuts — just a ¼ of a cup reduces inflammation (scaly skin/redness brought on by cold temperatures). Contains omega-3 fatty acid, a must-have for soft, supple skin.

Cucumbers — made up of 96 percent water. Eating one is like drinking a large glass of water, except with a satisfying crunch! Contains silica, a nutrient that helps your body produce hyaluronic acid. Together with the water, this compound helps cells retain moisture so Skin appears fresh and plump.

Dried Apricots — nibbling on just a ¼ cup gives you a healthy dose of Vitamin A, which promotes the growth of healthy new skin cells. Important to eat in winter when your metabolism slows down, causing dead skin cells to accumulate resulting in a dull complexion.

Turkey — a 3-ounce serving contains over a quarter of your daily zinc requirement, a mineral that promotes healthy skin cells. Zinc may even help to reduce acne.

Papaya — this tropical wonder containing Vitamin C carries potent antioxidants protecting skin from damage that causes wrinkles.

Salmon — top source of niacin, a B vitamin keeping skin cells healthy. Also, selenium, which is an antioxidant protecting skin from sun damage.

Sweet Potatoes — rich in beta-carotene. Converts to vitamin A in your body, helping skin shed dead skin cells.

That's the food scoop my Glamazons ... so go out and eat some!

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, November 18, 2017

Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo

Ciao bella,

You must all remember PSSSSS...T? The first Dry Shampoo we ever heard of ... other than sprinkling your tresses with a fluff of cornstarch. The era was the '60s well through the '80s for PSSSSS...T. We all had long hair in those days and shampooing was not an everyday habit. There wasn't the popularity of blow dryers, nor the professional shampoo and conditioners they sell today to keep hair from drying out. So a Dry Shampoo was great in a pinch.

You just sprayed on the roots and shaft. Leave in for a couple of minutes and either fl uff or gently brush out. The powder from the Dry Shampoo absorbs the oils and outside elements from your tresses. Leaves hair feeling clean, fresh, and smelling fab!

I really like to use Dry Shampoo when I’m not feeling well and don’t want to wet my hair. And also when I’m pinched for time and a last minute event pops up!

There are different kinds of Dry Shampoo with many to choose from now that it has once again become popular.

I’m sure you can still fi nd PSSSSS...T online or at the Vermont Country Store. Speaking of Vermont Country Store ... I had the pleasure of visiting one in Vermont and there are so many good beauty products that go way back to my Mom and Nana's era. Fine stuff!

My New Favorite Dry Shampoo is Living proof®, that's from a wonderful line of hair products made in Cambridge, MA.

So my Glamazons, go out with clean hair 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 and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Beauty Salon

Beauty Salon

Ciao bella,

We just can’t beat this glorious weather! Great for skin and hair! I wish our Cabana was still open so we could catch more sun-kissed breezes. It’s also out there that they might just eliminate Daylight Savings Time. Wouldn’t that be grand? Healthier to experience more daylight, not to mention safer dwellings and electricity savings would be appreciated by all!

I recently attended my Beauty Advisory Board meeting in Andover at The Greater Lawrence Technical School. I enjoy giving back to the community of Cosmetology; being the third generation in my family (with Mom and Nana) to be a part of this community is very rewarding.

There were Cosmetologists there from every age and walk of life. Some just out of school, and others who were lucky enough to have had a career in Paris some time ago, picking up experiences galore! Everyone had so many different opinions. I recommended the Beauty mags for the students — not! Just a click of their phone or iPad is all they need to view a picture or answer a question.

I still love receiving my Nail mags, though. If I see an article I like, I can fi le it away in my Nail mag folder or even bring it into work and show my clients, nicely displayed. Still old fashioned that way! Talking about our electronics ... my Mom’s dilemma in the ’40s and ’50s was that she had to stay in her Beauty Shop all day to answer all the calls. Those calls included potential clients for appointments, salesmen who were showing off the latest Beauty kick, bill collectors, and deliveries. She envied the Answering Machine when it came out, stating how lucky I was to have such a helper! Imagine ...

So my Glamazons ... it’s short and sweet! 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.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Muslin Cloths

Muslin Cloths

Ciao bella,

I can’t express how important it is to wash your makeup off every night! Bacteria buildup and broken eyelashes are just a few of the consequences when your face is not cleansed every night. Even a day spent busy without makeup must be cleansed to purify your skin from those outdoor radicals.

So lately I’ve been looking into the best way to cleanse. A Muslin Cloth has been a solution. These woven cloths have been around for centuries. However, they have made a comeback. Not like cleansing brushes, which can cause breakouts due to bacteria buildup, the Muslin Cloth offers a cleaner approach to cleansing. They make a great exfoliator. To use, dampen the cloth fi rst with warm water, apply cleanser, and gently massage into your skin. The Cloth will buff away surface impurities such as dirt, oil, left over makeup, and dead skin cells. It can also gently remove waterproof mascara. Great for getting rid of nasty blackheads! Rinse thoroughly. Your skin is left feeling smooth and clean, as the Muslin Cloth is soft and gentle on skin.

Use the Muslin Cloth sparingly, two or three times a week is fine. Always be careful of exfoliating techniques. Never overdo.

After use of Cloth, rinse in hot water with mild detergent. You can also machine wash on gentle in a laundry mesh bag. The Muslin Cloth has a quick dry feature. Just hang to dry.

Muslin Cloths are readily available at your cosmetic counter or drugstore.

So my Glamazons ... go out and wash that mug properly!

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.