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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wigging Out

Wigging Out.

Ciao bella,

Please enjoy this delightful tale of when I purchased by first wig.

Your hair is your crowning glory. I don't know how many of you gals out there watched the last season of the New York comedy/drama Sex in the City. One of the characters needed chemotherapy. Naturally, she lost all her hair. So she just really took advantage of her lock-less state and donned a different wig in every scene! It certainly gave me some ideas on changing my look also. So when in New York --do as the New Yorkers.

Passing numerous beauty supply stores, I stumbled on one that I knew would cater to me. Wigs and Plus, at 152 W 32nd St. was beauty queen heaven for me. I'm sure I could have spent several more hours there.

But naturally, I bring my husband David and while his patience is more kind and more allowing than the lot, there is a limit.

Jo, my wig consultant was born and reared in France. She was very experienced and knew just how to fix up the wisps of hair on these marvelous hairpieces.

The price was right and I walked out with a wispy Marilyn Monroe coif! I felt truly great and know now why it's fun to be a blonde!

The price tag on my new tresses certainly cost less than a cut and color at the salon. The quality of the merchandise and service were fabulous.

Did you know that through history the use of wigs go as far back as the ancient Egyptians in 4,000 B.C. Men and women wore a braided kind of blunt style.

Also during the Roman Empire (500 B.C. to A.D. 500) there was a wig popularity with women. Hairpieces were used to increase volume. Color was added for effect.

The French king Louis XIII, during his reign, invented the use of an Allonge wig for men which became an important part of daily dress.

In the 18th century the wig gained aesthetic popularity as a status symbol for both men and women.

So gals out there in bland-land: whether you need to or just want to, buy some new locks and feel beautiful.

Have you missed any of my columns in the Post-Gazette? Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns on my website www.mary4nails.com.

Buona giornata.

--Mary.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Make Up Brushes! Use them Wisely!

Make Up Brushes! Use them Wisely!

Ciao bella,

"Brush Up on Your Makeup"
Ever since I can remember, I’ve used Makeup Brushes. Sometimes a finger will do in a pinch; however, the action of using a Makeup Brush is quite profound. I just purchased a brand new set with colors of a pale rainbow, unicorn and mermaid! Makeup Brushes are sold separately and also come in sets.

First of all, they’re great for blending makeup. First your primer before your foundation is applied. Which Brush to use? Experiment, and try each brush that you’re comfortable using to achieve the best results. Then your foundation, a medium size handle with a stubby Brush should do. Blend and blend and blend! You’ll notice a fine, smooth clarity of polish.

The smaller, thinner Brushes are used for eye shadow. Brow bone and eyelids call for a variety of Brushes. How deep, light, frosted the colors you’re using are and how much color is to be applied. Experiment!

Stop by a professional makeup counter and pick up a few tricks of the trade from the gals working behind them!

And then there’s contouring. Temples, bridge of your nose, Cupid’s bow and never forget your d├ęcolletage!

Apply blush on your cheeks with a Makeup Brush. From just below your temples to right down the sides of your cheek bone. No apples there, please! Makeup Brushes are great to use in setting your makeup with a powder and/or a highlighting powder.

Keep your Brushes clean with a few drops of Woolite and water.

So Glamazons ... go out there and Brush your face on!

Buona Giornata.

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, August 3, 2017

It’s a Frosty Summer!

It’s a Frosty Summer!

Ciao bella,

Everywhere I look, it's Frosted and Glittering make-up! From Lipstick to Eye shadow to Face powder. Here are some tried and true Frosted products!

I know it’s always been around, this Frost, however, more now than ever before. Starting with "LipSense," an amazing Lip Color that stays on and on until you have to remove it! Opal and Pearl are two lovely Frosty colors. All kits come with remover or order separately from loveyourlips0405@gmail.com ... Judy ... Distributor #310137.

Shellac ... the nail color you cure professionally has come out with a divine New color that glistens in the light, called "Safety Pin!"

I've seen Frosted and Glittering Eyeliner from "Pat McGrath Labs." The Gold and Bronze liners are out of this world. As soon as a batch is made... it's sold out! All their products come packaged in a clear-sided pouch with one side Gold and filled with Gold sequins. Hard to come by!

Charlotte Tilsbury is a wonderful make-up line. Very classy and a well-made product. I bought a marvelous Frosty Powder "Skin Gliding Highlighter" that brings out the smoothness of any complexion. I'd almost say it's an illusion-type look! It defies fine lines. Amazing!

Then there are other Highlighters called "Haloscope" from Glossier ... coming in 3 shades. The newest one is Moonstone ... a white frost, great on brow line. Topaz ... I use as a blush and blend in with a brush. Then there's Quartz ... a wonderful highlighter for temples, Cupid's bow, and De Colletage! Always blend!

Cailyn has a Rose Gold "Just Mineral Eye Polish" that’s quite different from the same old colors!

Also in a Rose Gold is a product from tarte ... tarteist Pro...a double-sided eyeliner with one side a Glitter Rose Gold and the other side a Frosted Rose Gold!! Night and day!

jane iredale "Skin Care Makeup" ... has out a Frosty eyeshadow/primer called Smooth Affair that I have in a creamy Lemon ... I just adore it. Smooth and easy to apply! Great for Brow Line.

Bobbi Brown has out an "Illuminating Powder" in Nude Finish ... works great over make-up or alone. Always apply with a brush!

So from experience, these are some of my fave brands and colors. So get in a Frosty mood and get Frosted this summer!

Buona Giornata.

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, July 22, 2017

Looking to get Beautiful Skin? It’s not in Your Cosmetics Purse!

Ciao Bella,

A Healthy and Beautiful Bounty from Pasquale!
Right here in our Boston’s North End is a Saturday-only Farm Stand with all the delicious and fresh, Fruits and Veggies for Beautiful Skin! Every Saturday you’ll find Pasquale outside of his Farm Stand at the corner of Salem and Cooper.

You can find some wonderful Farm Grown vegetables and fruits from Pasquale’s Family Farm. For generations, Pasquale’s family has supplied North Enders with the freshest bounty!

Eggplant has many nutritional benefits inside your body and out. It is rich in water, keeping your skin moist and hydrated. When included in your diet, Eggplant significantly helps you maintain shiny, glowing, smooth skin

Garlic is a natural remedy for blemishes and acne. It has antioxidants that kill bacteria. Rub a sliced clove on your pimple as an effective topical treatment.

Vitamin C is great for the immune system and radiant skin. Look for blueberries, broccoli, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Also rich in antioxidants are Tomatoes. They contain Lycopene, which acts as a sunscreen from within and also has anti-aging properties. Gives skin a boost for a fresh glow.

Lemons are also loaded with Vitamin C, which is needed for the synthesis of collegen.

Carrots are high in beta carotene, converted by the body to Vitamin A. Fights wrinkles and improves skin. Spinach, kale, dandelion greens, and asparagus are also rich in Vitamin K, iron and Vitamin A, aiding in circulation, carrying vital oxygen. Vitamin K prevents varicose veins.

Corn promotes radiant skin with its host of vital minerals and vitamins; sweet corn is a must in your diet. Also boosts cell production. Beneficial in slowing the aging process. Apple peel contains quercetin, which is an antioxidant, providing protection against sun damage.

Citrus also fights inflammation, and is also a good source of Vitamin C.

Strawberries may lower risk of skin cancer.

Peppers contain more Vitamin C than an orange. Full of antioxidants, the spicier ones are loaded with capsaicin, which improves circulation and promotes the release of toxins from the skin.

Grapes, known as “queen of fruits,” are full of photochemicals that have been found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-microbial and anti-cancer activity. Healthy is Beautiful!

Apricots have a wide range of benefits. Containing a healthy dose of Vitamin C, its antioxidants protect the skin from the effects of free radicals, which can cause premature aging and skin deterioration.

Also, my family cooked Escarole and Dandelion. Gotta love those greens. My Mom would always say “drink the juice!” She had the most beautiful skin of us all.

So now my Beauties, go out and visit Pasquale next Saturday and feed your face!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior week’s “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, June 23, 2017

What's in Your Beach/Pool Bag? Summer 2017

What's in Your Beach/Pool Bag? Summer 2017

Ciao bella,

Well it’s that TIME of the year again gals!! Finally the fun weather is here! Every summer I put this list together to help you with your summer essentials when you are away from home at the water. First, invest in a sun hat! Some already have an SPF of 30/50 in the material! So let’s get it together from the most important stuff down!

First of all, Sun Protection-30 SPF or higher for faces only. Then a 30 SPF or higher for body preferably “water resistant.” You still must reapply! Follow directions thoroughly! Don’t forget your lip protection! Mine is a “pink” zinc ointment—Very colorful.

Sunglasses-can’t choose this year from my vintage collection! I did find stylish “sun” bifocals for reading!

A bottle of water to hydrate through the day. Put bottle of water in freezer the night before so it will stay cold for your sipping pleasure!

A nice big fluffy towel—nothing like it to lie on/dry off!

A cover-up when you feel enough SUN or that chill you get when you leave the water. I just ordered 2 fashionable turbans for hair protection when I’m hanging in the pool. And since you never know who you will meet in the water, a comb/brush to refresh the coif. Goody has put out a “Spin Pin” to whip up a quick chignon!

An energy bar for a quick pick-me-up snack or some nuts and fruit.

A fav magazine or book when you’re tired of “people watching.”

I always like to carry a spritz bottle with rose water for a quick cool-off! Evian also works well!

Hand sanitizer always comes in handy. The towelettes are so convenient.

This is what’s in my bag-hope it's in yours! Enjoy these beautiful summer days!

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.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Delectable Strawberry!

The Delectable Strawberry!

Ciao bella,

It's that time of year again ... Strawberry Season!

So while you’re munching on this amazing little fruit, keep in mind its antioxidant-rich properties and indulge in a Strawberry Facial. For Natural Beauty enthusiasts, Strawberries carry skin-smoothing vitamins A and C, and contain alpha-hydroxy acid that will brighten your skin. So treat your complexion to these soothing Strawberry remedies!

This Strawberry Cleanser will give you a summer glow; In a blender mix 6 fresh Strawberries, 2 Tbs. Almond oil, and 3 Tbs. Witch Hazel. On damp skin, massage into your face, rinse with warm water, and pat dry. You’ll feel and see the difference after one application.

Strawberry Toner; Steep overnight 1/3 cup fresh Strawberry Leaves, and 1/4 cup Cider Vinegar. After straining liquid, add 1/4 cup Rose Water. Pat onto skin with a cotton square. Strawberry Leaves have as much vitamin C as oranges! Vitamin C helps to fi rm your skin. The Rose Water helps to sooth and heal infl ammation, especially UV damage from sun exposure which causes premature aging.

Strawberry Face Mask; 1/2 cup fresh Strawberries, 2 tsp. Honey, and 1 Egg white. Mix in a blender, smooth over a clean, dry complexion ... leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse well with cool water. The Strawberries contain salicylic acid, a natural cleanser and exfoliant. The Honey is a soothing and antibacterial carrier. The Egg makes for a balanced complexion! This mask is amazing; you can see and feel the difference immediately.

So all my Glamazons ... enjoy the month of June with its season's best: "The Strawberry."

Buona Giornata.

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, May 25, 2017

The Coconut — It may have a rough exterior, however, don't let it fool you; the inside is filled with a soft milky flesh filled with skin nourishing agents!

The Coconut — It may have a rough exterior, however, don't let it fool you; the inside is filled with a soft milky flesh filled with skin nourishing agents!

Ciao bella,

I adore Coconut! I remember when Mom would purchase one and Dad would go out to the garage with his hammer and nail. All the delicious Coconut milk would drip down our chins. Opening up the hard outside shell, we waited for the soft white flesh that crunched in our teeth. That's my childhood memory of The Coconut. The Coconut now has become a pantry staple and daily skin regimen.

The Coconut is a tropical gem that has been around since prehistoric times. People used it for its Coconut water, meat, and oil. Lately it's been all the buzz. The skin-saving properties have been known to treat very dry skin with ultimate success. The healthy fats are the source of the hydrating properties. You can find Coconut Oil in every skin care product; shampoo, conditioner, body lotions, and complexion care. The Coconut, packed with substantial vitamin and nutrient, has also conquered the anti-aging dilemma as a Fountain of Youth! Considering its antioxidants, claims of slowing the anti-aging process have been proven.

Here are a few fun facts on The Coconut:

During WWII, Coconut water was used as a workable shortterm substitute for human blood plasma, used in emergency transfusions!

India, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines are the three biggest Coconut producing countries.

Over 20 billion Coconuts are grown and harvested every year.

So everyone ... now is the time to get up close and personal with The Coconut!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Memorial Weekend! Remember our brave soldiers who fought and died.

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.