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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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer, 2016!

Summer, 2016!

Ciao bella,

Ahhhh ... Summer ... beautiful Summer! Don’t forget these magnifi cent days. We really have been blessed with a dreamy season. Our Summer in Boston has been the best-spent Summer ever. New and talented friends have rocked my world.

Here is the Beauty of Summer;

The feel of the warm air as you exit your air conditioned abode
envelopes your whole being.
The sun gently touches your face making you squint.
Your lounge chair calling for a nap.
The smells of the air in Summer are endless.
The freshly mowed grass with fragrant leaves
capture memories of days gone by.
I like the aroma of our salt water pool.
The grills in Cabanaland filling the Summer air with
culinary delights ready to satisfy the cook and its companions.
Summer’s garden flowers surround us
with their beauty and intoxicating scent.
The Farmer’s Market fruit and vegetable fare
is fresh and bright, a feast for all the senses.
Warm ocean breezes, beach pizza, and seafood permeate the shore.
The chirping of the crickets
on a warm Summer night, playing their tunes.
Hair up-do’s and bright Summer jewelry.
Simple clothing, sandals, open-toed shoes,
bare feet, and pedicures to show them off.
Cool, light, thin dresses. Bathing suits.
Summer rain drops and getting caught in them!
Savor these luscious Summer days and nights ...
feel, see, and hear the Beauty!

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.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Highlight it with Glossier!

Highlight it with Glossier!

Ciao bella,

I’ve known for years how important Highlighter is to frame your face. In fact, there are many different kinds to choose from when it comes to your preference. There are matte, luminescent, glittery, frosted, and sheer Highlighters to purchase. All depends on your mood, what time of day, and season! The light-reflecting shimmer makes your face radiant-looking while sculpting features. A new nick name for Highlighting is called “strobing”! The look you are going for in this cosmetic world is filled with variety.

Well, let me make this easy for you! Recently I discovered the universe’s fi rst dew-infused Highlighting stick — HALOSCOPE by Glossier. It comes in two enhancing shades. I was skeptical at fi rst, however, one swipe and I was hooked! My first experience was with “Quartz” — crafted with actual rose quartz to give a fl attering, pearlescent Highlight.

After I used the Quartz shade (pre-tan) on my temples, lower cheekbone, and Cupid’s bow, I could see a lovely Highlight that was not fake-looking, however, dewy!

The second shade, “Topaz,” crafted with golden topaz extracts, shows off a healthy sun-kissed glow! Now I use both shades together. Topaz on high cheekbone area and Quartz on lower cheekbone! Certainly enhances my safe tan! Experiment with your temples, inner corners of your eyes, Cupid’s bow, under eyebrow bone, and down center of nose! I truly adore these two shades to Highlight!

Glossier has reinvented the beauty experience since its launch in October 2014. They make easy-to-use beauty essentials that has garnered them the Women’s Wear Daily Beauty Inc.’s prestigious Digital Innovator of The Year Award in December!

Please get enlightened at Glossier.com!

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.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Have a LUSH-ious Summer 2016

Have a LUSH-ious Summer 2016

Ciao bella,

Once again, Lush has put out some fun, skin happy products to make you feel great inside and out! Aromatherapy is just such a huge part of my life and routine. If I forget to spritz my perfume, it’s like forgetting to put my skirt on over my slip (which I’ve managed to do!). Try some Lush perfumes for an uplifting experience!

LUSH is all about scent, softness and silly! LUSH is also a “green” and serious company which uses many different countries to utilize a specific ingredient of those regions to enhance your Lush-ious experience. It’s all about Fair Trade. As for silly, their new Bath Bomb “Lava Lamp” looks like a ’60s Lava Lamp and smells divine with orbs of fl oating cocoa butter. A hypnotic spectacle of Sicilian mandarin, tangerine and orange fl ower. Groovy baby! By the way I use my Bath Bombs not only for the bath but to soak my feet in a hot basin after a long day. The LUSH-ious fragrance wafts through the air putting you in exotic lands. LUSH, take me away!!

Lately everyone has been sun-conscious, as it should be. LUSH has put out a new product called “Black Stockings.” Gives your bod a sun-kissed look. Great for legs! New “Outback Mate” will wash away the blues with it’s zingy blend of eucalyptus infusion with lemongrass and peppermint oils. A sure mood changer! One of my favorites is “Green,” a moldable cleanser that smells divine from lemon, lime and gardenia essential oils!

“Jersey Bounce” is a volumizing shampoo for swinging hair scented beautifully with lemon. Nourishing honey and protein-rich organic free range eggs soften and condition, leaving hair shiny and manageable.

“African Paradise” is a new luxurious body conditioner leaving skin soft with a fl oral scent. These amazing ingredients have been carefully handpicked from the various SLush Fund projects in Africa, including Ghana and Kenya.

“Lush has been fighting against animal testing for over 30 years. Freshness is a philosophy that we live and breathe. Everything we do has a handmade touch. Everything we make is always 100 percent vegetarian.”

Another huge fave of mine is “Turkish Delight.” A shower smoothie with a rich blend of Turkish rose absolute, extra moisturizing cocoa butter, and almond oil. All whipped into a delightful soap smoothie!

LUSH is available at many locations near you, and most conveniently online at www.lushusa.com. Sign up for their newsletter and be the fi rst to smell and feel your best!

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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Beauty is Marilyn Monroe!

Beauty is Marilyn Monroe!

Ciao bella,

Marilyn's Tomb
On June 1st this year was the iconic film star's 90th birthday! Her fans came out in droves. She lived to be only 36 years old. A self made women and well read in her short life was remarkable. Her death is still a mystery to some people. My opinion is that the demons in her mind took over and she didn't have the network of true friends and doctors to help lead the way. It goes for many.

The week of her birthday were all kinds of TV shows on her life. Documentaries and of course her famous movies that whisked her from her skirt blowing up to stardom.

At the peak of it all she knew how much the audience adored her. The camera also loved her! There will be no else like Marilyn again. She was a diamond herself.

My love for Marilyn all started with my "Nail Tech" career. My boss at the time asked me to show him my technique. I would spray scented water on the hands between steps during the manicure. He asked what is that? I said it's scented water. The boss let me know I that I should give that step a name. Ex. Jean Harlow water, Greta Garbo water? As you may figure it was finally called Marilyn Monroe Water! I found picture stickers of her to place on the spray bottle. ( I'm also a sticker queen) Whenever a sticker looked rough I'd change it. Now you must know I really didn't know much about this Marilyn Monroe until I incorporated her " water" into my service. My clients gave me everything Marilyn as gifts. I received her movies, calendars every year, posters, pictures, Channel perfume (was Marilyn's favorite), small statues etc. I became to know her as a talented actress with beauty beyond our dreams! She was said to have manufactured the " Marilyn " look by herself! Brilliant!

I've become a huge fan of this gal. I was lucky enough to win a lottery ticket and attend Christy's Auction House in New York City when all her belongings were auctioned off! I was inches away when thee dress that she wore to sing Happy Birthday to John F. Kennedy came out on display. Christy's dimmed it's lights and thee dress moved forward on a lighted mannequin! Quite spectacular! Memorable!

My husband David drove me to Brooklyn, N.Y. for an elaborate photo exhibition of her.

All the famous photographers who were lucky enough to have met her and capture her image were all notably credited. A stupendous trip!

I've also been to her grave at Pierce Brothers in Los Angeles and spent quite a few hours there. A cement bench dedicated to Marilyn is where one can sit and dream!

My house is peppered with Marilyn! From a Barbie like telephone that when it rings she starts singing "I want to be loved by you" while her white skirt blows up over a NYC street grate! I'm not kidding. I even replaced the " fan" recently. Oh and let's not forget our Marilyn bathroom! Pictures on the walls and lip soaps for days!

This Birthday month deserves a kind thought for Marilyn! So do it and watch one of her movies! We can still dream!

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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What's in Your Cosmetics?

What's in Your Cosmetics?

Ciao bella,

It just makes sense that natural is the way to go. Cosmetics contain so many artificial, toxic and allergic ingredients. We should be more careful what we use on our skin as well as what we ingest in our bodies.

Check your labels!

Watch out for those parabens. They preserve cosmetics and are widely used in almost everything. This chemical preservative can't be safely used in any skincare products that contain collagen, elastic, placenta, hydrolyzed animal protein or keratin.

Nitric acid is an inorganic acid used as an oxidizer and stabilizer in cosmetics. It is a corrosive liquid that can irritate skin.

Mineral oil is a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. It can increase the response of the skin to ultraviolet rays and can cause sunburn without any allergic effect being involved.

Even petroleum jelly, also a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons, pollutes our water and destroys marine life. Avoiding them is essential for the health of humans, animals, fish, water, land and air.

Hydrocarbon is a synthetic chemical compound containing only carbon and hydrogen atoms. This large group includes paraffins, olefins, acetylenes, and alicyclic, and of course, petroleum. They are potentially allergenic and phototoxic as described above.

Sodium laurel sulfate is a popular ingredient used as a detergent, emulsifier, and surfactant in over a thousand cosmetic products including shampoos, toothpastes, lotions and creams. It may be labeled "natural" but it's not. And it is produced synthetically and is hardly ever made from coconut oil (even when the label says it is).

In a world with so many artificially produced ingredients it would be difficult to completely abandon all our fav products. But what we can all do is educate ourselves and eliminate or cut back our everyday bad products and replace them with natural and 100 percent ECCO certified organic ones. Do your research and know what's on the label.

Start by trying KOSMEA, an all-natural skincare line.

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America.


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.