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Monday, May 10, 2021

Beauty Tips My Mother Taught Me

Beauty Tips My Mother Taught Me

Ciao bella,

“Remember Dear . . .don’t come home with dirty knees! Yes, Mommy”
It will be 20 years this year that I lost my Mother. However, I always remember her teachings and philosophy.

Most importantly how to be polite and act like a lady. Be kind, gentle and always look ready for anything. She was a true force of nature on this one! No matter what was going on in her life she always dressed beautifully with her bouffant style hair done and makeup perfectly applied.

Her skincare routine was every night with the best creams that were sold. I would watch her at night while she massaged her complexion cream into her skin. I used to say that someday that will be me. She taught me to never skimp on Beauty Products and that you get what you pay for. Now I am forever reading the ingredients ... so important.

Always with her hair coiffed specifically to frame her face. The style barely changed through the years. She had a nice big dip in front ... sometimes with a blonde streak and the tops of her ears always covered. She was a true brunette. It was hard for me when the day came when she wanted to go natural. However, her hair grew out to be a stunning silver, white shade. With the right make up it was becoming on her.

She would always say "If MGM the movies won’t hire me, the comic strips will!"

She was full of quotations that made so much sense. "There is no tree that can’t be chopped down." Meaning that there isn't anybody who is mightier that can't be taken down. I've come across a few myself these days!

The best days I remember were playing "Ring Around A Rosy" as a kiddo with my friends! There she was in her pretty apron, holding hands with us and singing!

I was born on Christmas Day, so she always managed to decorate with red, blue, and yellow colors insisting my birthday was special and birthday colors should be used. The cake candle holders were different ballerinas performing a Sissonne movement!

No wonder we love ballet to this day.

Many wonderful memories of all my birthdays with the friends, grandparents, and neighbors that Mom would make so special.

So remember your Mother on Mother's Day and give her a call!

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 mary@mary4nails.com.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Clothes ... Clothes ... Beautiful Clothes!!

Clothes ... Clothes ... Beautiful Clothes!!

Ciao bella,

“Easter Sunday 1962 with Mom, Cousin Grace G. and me.”
New outfits have always rocked my world! There is just nothing like a new ensemble to make you feel beautiful! I adore maxi dresses, glittered hemmed skirts, and a blouse/top to match a lovely, long skirt.

Oh and the jewelry to match ... during COVID I have made this clothes and jewelry adventure into a hobby. When we can all go back to a seminormal I am looking forward to bringing my new fi nds to work its magic! Can’t beat a new clothes smell! (Except for a new car!)

My Mom and Nana loved to dress up. Furs, hats, scarf’s, diamonds, earrings, beautiful dresses, were a sacred part of their routine for special occasions. I’m sure I would consider myself a chip off the old block. My Nana’s Fox tails adorn my vanity chair in front of my vanity table. They bring back nostalgic memories. I inherited mink fur pieces that I adore from my Mom that I am looking forward to wearing again.

It all started with Easter. The new hat, patent leather shoes, the new dress and purse were just the beginning for the start of my love for clothes.

My Easter ensemble waits patiently now since it has been a year for its debut!

Recently a New Discovery to enhance a sleeveless wardrobe ... which I have plenty of are SLEEVEY WONDERS!

“I created SLEEVEY WONDERS because I love fashion, including sleeveless and strapless tops and dresses, but I didn’t love my bare, flabby arms. Sleevey Wonders solves that problem, and so much more” says founder Ruthann Greenblat

These sleeves are a wonderful addition to your wardrobe, worn under your garment from casual to fancy dress! Extends your wardrobe seasonally. Great for travel.

From lace, sheer 3/4 length sleeves in all colors and prints to choose from.

Made in USA!

Find them: www.sleeveywonders.com; or call 1-909-860-7615 Ruthann is fabulous in customer service. She can help you in choosing the right Sleeves for all your garments!

So everyone “Buona Pasqua” with Blessings!
Get dressed for Easter and get out of those sweat pants!

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.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Face Masks and Other Stuff 2021

Face Masks and Other Stuff 2021

Ciao bella,

What better time to relax in your bath and take care of your skin? A nice warm water temp with Epsom Salts should make for a relaxing time. Light your scented candles for some ambiance and you're good to go. Get out that pretty robe you’ve been saving and use it! After your soak, you may want to Exfoliate with a wash cloth. Just rub your skin that's been soaking and you will be able to see the skin slough right off! It’s amazing.

Dry off and apply a deep moisturizer all over damp, sloughed skin.

Now apply your Face Mask. Your complexion needs a treat. Indulge in an antioxidant age-fighting face mask. With just a few pantry staples including cocoa you can replenish moisture and firm skin. The honey which is a humectant will hydrate. Sour cream contains lactic acid which will soften and gently exfoliate. The egg white is a protein which will tighten skin.

"Mask-at Home Ingredients"

Use one tablespoon of each cocoa powder, honey, and sour cream.

Add one egg white. Mix in a bowl. Apply to clean complexion.

Let dry. Rinse.

Lightly towel dry.

There you go ... soft baby like skin that glows!

To all my Glamazons and my colleagues at the Post-Gazette, a very happy and loving Valentine's Day!

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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The New Year 2021 Beauty Advice

The New Year 2021 Beauty Advice

Ciao bella,

I as well as all of you Glamazons are welcoming the New Year! Just don't get too excited. We are still wearing our masks well into 2021. And many of us aren't going to be able to get the vaccine until mid-year. Celebrations, parties, and large gatherings are far and few between. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for 2021 that this Pandemic will take its leave. We can only pray and look forward to a bright future.

Have any of you noticed that ads for lipstick are on the up? The only lipstick worth investing in these days is one that will not rub off into your mask. "Lip Ink" is one brand to look into. Mask proof and water proof.

Watch your make up ... eye make-up especially! If you haven’t used it, toss it for it can cause infection. Just purchase new and exciting mascara and shadows! Also foundation, if any kind of odor, trash it. Check creams etc. for dates and odor. The length of time not using your products can be hazardous to your health.

Time at home is Spa time. My life has always been busy. However, even before my retirement I have made time to smell the roses. I've spoken to many people these days that have praised some of the perks of this pandemic. One was that they were able to stay home and enjoy their solitude. Before COVID they were running around from place to place. Lunch plans to dinner plans. From museum date to theatre date.

Time for that leisurely bath or shower. There are so many scents and routines to choose from. Remember to exfoliate your skin and you'll be baby soft as a couch potato should be! My husband likes using a wash cloth, but I like my Moroccan mitt to scrub it all off; great for circulation!

So as all of us march into the New Year, be kind to one another as well as yourself. Take care of your well-being. Live, laugh, and love every day!

Happy New Year!

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.

Rice Water

Rice Water

Ciao bella,

As they say "It's another miracle!" In ancient times since East Asian beauty rituals were performed, Rice Water and Rice Milk were used to eliminate dead skin and enhance hair. The antioxidant-rich ingredient was introduced by soaking Rice in water.

Many stories and anecdotal evidence from Korea, Japan and China state that Rice Water is good to strengthen hair. The benefits were remarkable.

A study found that vitamin B9 was found in Rice Water. The Rice Water when used would penetrate the hair and was found to strengthen hair and also improved hair’s elasticity.

I'm pretty sure the Rice Water was used after cleansing hair and then used as a final rinse. Probably acting as a detangle and conditioning treatment. On skin use a cotton pad and apply every day.

Can we make our own? Yes!

  1. Rinse uncooked Rice
  2. Soak in water for 30 Minutes
  3. Drain water and use externally only.

To purchase products look for Rice Bran Extract or oil, or Rice Ferment or starch on the list of ingredients on label. Many over the counter beauty products contain Rice Water and Rice Milk.

Rice Water is also beneficial for treating dry skin, damaged hair, digestive upsets, eczema, acne, rashes and inflammation, also eye problems and sun damage protection. Use a spray water bottle before going out to sunbathe.

Rice Water also has anti-aging benefits, moisturizing by making skin supple and young.

Also claims to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles as Mother Nature comes around!

Avon even carries a Rice Water Bright Foaming cleanser for your face!

Well there you have it ... short and sweet!

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, 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.