Halloween Beauty Tips; Before & After

Halloween is almost here! My favorite holiday! As much fun as it is getting into costume, things like heavy costume makeup and wearing masks can affect your hair and skin. Here are some beauty tips for the Halloween season.

Protect your skin: If you will be using a product you’ve never tried before, think ahead. Check to make sure that you aren’t sensitive to its pigments, fragrance, or adhesive by applying a small amount of the product to the back of your hand, the wrist, or the inside bend of your elbow. If you aren’t itching or breaking out after a few hours have passed, it’s probably okay. If you do experience a problem, wash the product off immediately and find something else that will give you the look you want. If you will be using a latex product to produce special effects (scars, wounds, etc.), it is particularly important to test for sensitivity. Theatrical-quality liquid latex is FDA-approved for use on the skin, but be cautious about other liquid latex products—if the label doesn’t say it’s skin-safe, it isn’t. As always, use a mild cleanser to remove dirt and oil from the face before applying makeup. If you are using latex or a Halloween makeup kit, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or a heavy moisturizer as a protective barrier between your skin and the product. Glitter on your face part of your costume? Do not apply it anywhere near the eyes—no matter what kind of adhesive you use, some of that glitter is going to fall off.

Halloween Makeup


Blemishes/Oily Skin: Whether you opt for heavy, oil-based face paint layered over your complexion, a pore-clogging rubber costume mask or the surge in sugary treats in your diet, there are many possible triggers for an acne outbreak during the Halloween season. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, it’s a good idea to skip the oily face makeup altogether. But, if you do decide to use it, be sure that you don’t leave it on for too long and definitely don’t go to sleep before you thoroughly cleanse your skin of every last trace. And while Halloween is the season to indulge in a few extra sugary sweets, don’t go too overboard. To ensure that your skin and hair are getting the nutrition they need, balance the candy with a few extra fruits and veggies. To achieve that ghostly pale face without the heavy costume makeup, look for the fairest shade of a water-based foundation that you can find.

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Hair Damage: Spray-on hair dyes are temporary and should wash out after a few shampoos, without leaving behind lasting damage to your locks. But when you pair chemical color with extra heat styling and heavy-duty products to hold your hair in place all night, your tresses may suffer some damage. Protect the luster of your locks by using a thermal protector when you style with heat. If you have fine hair or locks that are sensitive to chemical colors, skip the dyes and instead wear a wig or clip-in extensions. Add an Intense Repair Mask to your hair care routine after Halloween is over. This nourishing hair mask restores moisture, shine and hair strength by infusing powerful antioxidants and nutrients to each strand from root to tip. For awesome Halloween Hair stylin, check out Master Stylist Sam Panigua at 1100 Broadway Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78215

Halloween Makeup- San Antonio, TX

Makeup by: Creeping Beauty Inc. Photography by: Vanessa Velazquez


Blisters: It’s necessary to compromise when it comes to picking the perfect shoes for your Halloween costume. From sky-high platform heels that you borrowed from a friend or lace-up black boots that are just a teeny bit to small, you may find yourself with sore, aching feet and bulging blisters before the night is over. Prevent blisters before they form by layering your feet with petroleum jelly, baby powder or Band-Aids to reduce the friction that causes blisters to form in the first place. And, consider slipping a pair of flip-flops or flats in your purse, just in case your Halloween shoes have you hobbling in pain.

Allergic reactions: From glitter and face paint to rubber masks and expired cosmetics, Halloween can expose your skin to lots of triggers for irritation, causing rashes, inflammation, itching and more. While those with sensitive skin are especially susceptible to irritations, everyone should be on alert with Halloween cosmetics. When it’s time to paint your face for Halloween, it’s tempting to dig out the old neon eye shadows, outdated red lip colors and last year’s face paint from the bottom of your bathroom drawer. Before you start applying them, check expiration dates. If a package doesn’t have an expiration date, examine it for questionable odors and unusual consistencies, which may signal contamination. Toss aside any products that have gone bad; using them can trigger a reaction. *Always perform a patch test to determine if a product is safe for your skin. To do this, simply apply a bit of product to a hidden patch of skin – like behind your ear or along the inside of your arm – and allow it to dry. Examine the area for any signs of irritation, including redness, bumps or itchiness.

Halloween makeup

Makeup by: Creeping Beauty Inc. Photography by: Vanessa Velazquez


Irritated Peepers: Many Halloween costumes call for eye makeup that’s heavier than usual. Glitter, glow-in-the-dark paint and false lashes can leave your eyes irritated, itchy and uncomfortable. Prevent eye irritation with a few easy tips. Eye-saving solutions: Avoid applying costume makeup – including glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint – near the eyes, and always use products that are meant for the face. The glitter in your craft supplies probably contains harsh metallic materials that could damage the eyes. Also, use lots of caution when applying false lashes – especially if it’s not a normal part of your routine. Using too much glue can cause your real lashes to fall out when you remove the false ones. Remove them very gently, or better yet, skip them altogether. With all of the great mascaras on the market, you can create a dramatic eye without the potential pain and suffering.

Removing makeup: Your latex special effects can be peeled off. Gentle washing with soap and water should take care of any remaining latex, but do not use oily makeup removers. Heavier-than-usual regular makeup may require several applications of baby oil, cold cream, or the makeup removal product you typically use. Use a cotton ball to cleanse the delicate skin around the eyes. Rinse, repeat, but DON’T SCRUB, especially if your skin is sensitive! Rubbing can cause more irritation than the makeup. Many Halloween makeup kits sold at this time of year include a small supply of cold cream, because that’s what generally works on these products. If the makeup is oily, baby oil will remove it—oil adheres to oil. Again, don’t scrub! Most glitter will wash off in the shower (again, protect your eyes!). Any stubborn pieces can be peeled off with scotch tape. A thin application of shaving cream will remove fake blood.


Restore your skin: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. If your skin is on the drier side, use a hydrating mask before moisturizing, if oily use a clarifying mask.  A nice exfoliant will help keep breakouts at bay and ensure fresh and vibrant skin after Halloween make up application! (My favorite is a scrub by Nuskin.) Or better yet, getting a professional facial is the ideal way restore your skin and pampering it for autumn. If you’re in the San Antonio, Texas area, give me a call! New clients can get a facial for only $40!

The Lil Spa Room

**Enjoy your favorite candy treats while minimizing the effects on your skin. Sugar can aggravate acne, so here are some candy indulging tips: Eat dark chocolate peanut M&M’s instead of Jelly Beans because you get a little protein in the nuts. Choose Snickers over Milky Way for the same reason. Dark chocolate is less harmful than milk chocolate, since it is higher in sugar and contains dairy, & has been linked to acne. Hope this helps on your candy selecting!

Play it safe when trick or treating and carry an antibacterial gel with you!

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4th of July Beauty Tips

Barbecue and picnic attire usually means casual and effortless, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo looking cute. Slip into your favorite pair of capri pants or pop on a brightly colored sundress for the perfect summer party look.

Stay away from stilettos when heading to outdoor events and functions or run the risk of a twisted ankle. Opt for wedges if you still want some height or a cute pair of slides to show off your sexy pedicure.

Prime and prep skin with a mattifying lotion or gel for a shine-free complexion that will hold up through a heat wave.

Give your hair a rest from heat styling and go natural. For curly or wavy girls, use pomades or gels to help define natural curls and beat the frizz. For straight haired chicas, let hair air-dry and apply a sand-infused spray for texture and body.

Skip heavy foundation in favor of tinted moisturizers which let your natural skin show through.

Dip tips and toes in bright polish shades for that modern pop of color on a hot summer day.

Abandon your favorite perfume and pick up a light body splash or body oil instead. The humidity and heat only amplifies the fragrance.

Slather your skin with an SPF infused lotion and remember to reapply throughout the day in order to guarantee the best sun protection possible.



Easy At Home Nail & Hand Care

·When nails chip excessively, it may be caused by the use of nail polish remover. Leave your nails unpainted for a few days to see if the condition improves.
·When you’re preparing anything with lemon & vegetable juices, which contain acids that are hard on your fingernails, rinse your hands often under cool running water.
·To soften cuticles, soak hands in a solution of 1 cup warm water & 1 teaspoon of dish-washing liquid. nails

·To break the habit of nail biting or cuticle chewing, carry a tube of cuticle cream with you. Whenever you start to nibble, put the cream on your cuticles instead. You’ll promote healthy nails & possibly break yourself of a bad habit.
·To rescue nail polish that has become hardened or gummy, place the bottle into a pan of boiling water for a few seconds to get the polish flowing smoothly again.
·For an emergency treatment for dry, chapped hands, soak your hands in a bath of baby oil mixed with sesame oil.
·Apply hand cream before putting on rubber gloves to prevent your hands from drying.


Nail Salon Etiquette: What Clients Say, What Nail Techs Would Like to

What clients say…What nail techs would like to say…What should be said!

What The Client Says: “It just fell off.”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Right, you probably picked it off.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: A simple, “I’m sorry, let’s see what we can do to fix it,” suits most clients. Clients are bound to break a nail from time to time. If they are particularly stressed, they may aggressively pick at the nail. At some point in the service, go over home care and what to do if a nail loosens or breaks. When the customer realizes there is no blame, she may just open up and tell you what really happened.

What The Client Says: “My kids won’t be any trouble.”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Not if they’re not here, they won’t.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: Granted, the salon poses unique hazards for unattended children. If you would rather clients not bring them, say so. Many of the techs we talked to place a statement in their brochure and on their website guiding potential clients as to what is customary in the salon. “I’m sorry, children can be a distraction for other guests who are receiving services,” works well if pressed to allow them to tag along.

What The Client Says: “Can I bring my own implements or supplies?”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Gee, I just love working with strange tools. Don’t you trust me?

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: “It’s not necessary. We adhere strictly to state guidelines for sanitation and disinfection,” makes a nice lead-in to explaining the steps you take to protect clients. If you get this request a lot, consider adding a page to your brochure or website that outlines your procedures, endearing you to sanitation-conscious individuals in search of a great pedicure.

What The Client Says: “Sorry, I’m late.”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: You should be.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: Things happen from time to time, and we all run late. Kindly let the client know you have a tight schedule. Depending on time, you may have to shorten the service or reschedule. Give her options such as, “Would you rather I omit the massage or the polish from your manicure?” This will leave the client feeling like you are interested in giving her the best service and doesn’t let on that you may be miffed.

What The Client Says: “Sorry, I didn’t call to cancel. I figured you would enjoy the break.”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Oh, no problem I love going to work and NOT getting paid.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: A gentle nudge is all most clients need to straighten up. Saying, “Breaks are nice. In the future, if you could give us a call the day before, we can alert clients who may be waiting for an opening,” shifts the focus from the tech to the world at large. You can bet the next time she is waiting for a cancellation, she will remember the kind people who call to cancel well ahead of their appointment time.

What The Client Says: “Can you squeeze me in?”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Sure, I’ll just whip up a fill in the five minutes before my next client.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: Let your client know you are booked and you will be happy to give her a ring if you get a cancellation. If you have a smaller time slot open, suggest a comparable service that requires less time. If another tech is available, give her the option of letting someone else perform the service.

What The Client Says: “I can get my nails done for half the price down the street.”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Well, why aren’t you there?

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: If a salon doesn’t make a profit, it won’t stay in business. If you feel you must respond to statements like this, you may say something like “We try to offer the best service and highest quality products available.” This allows you to toot your own horn without lowering yourself to bad-mouthing the salon down the street.

What The Client Says: “Can you stay late for me? What about your day off?”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Why not? I don’t have a life or anything.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: This is one area where less information is best. Reply with a firm, “I’m sorry, no, I have plans,” then offer them the next available opening. You may also add, “Would you like to pre-book a few appointments, so you can get the time you want in the future?”

What The Client Says:“You don’t mind if I eat while you do my nails, do you?”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Did you bring any for me?

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: Cross-contamination is the last thing on clients’ minds. While many salons offer light refreshments, the nail table is an awkward place to consume a Big Mac and fries. A polite “I would prefer if you finished your sandwich before we get started,” does the trick. If pressed, you may explain that oil or debris from food could contaminate the nail and prevent adhesion. You would be unable to wash the hands midway through the service. Mentioning that OSHA requires “food not be consumed in treatment areas where salon chemicals are used,” may also deter eating at the table.

What The Client Says: “Hurry, I have to be out of here in _____ minutes.” (half the time required)

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Would you like me to do your left or right foot?

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: Your client has over-stuffed her day. Now, the pressure is on you. Keep your cool. Let her know you will work as fast as you can, but some steps are crucial to the service. Sincerely say, “I can complete as much as possible in that time, or we can reschedule.” I can see you cringing. Yes, you may lose a bit of time if she reschedules. We live in a world of immediate gratification; chances are good she will choose what she can have done now.

AprilApril M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, and everything else in between! Check out my Other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me



Unique & Interesting Hair and Nail Facts


While they’re not a living part of your body, most people spend a good amount of time caring for their hair and nails. The next time you’re heading in for a haircut or manicure, think of these facts.

1. Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. If you’ve ever had a covering of stubble on your face as you’re clocking out at 5 o’clock you’re probably pretty familiar with this. In fact, if the average man never shaved his beard it would grow to over 30 feet during his lifetime, longer than a killer whale.

2. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. Unless you’re already bald, chances are good that you’re shedding pretty heavily on a daily basis. Your hair loss will vary in accordance with the season, pregnancy, illness, diet and age.

3. Women’s hair is about half the diameter of men’s hair. While it might sound strange, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that men’s hair should be coarser than that of women. Hair diameter also varies on average between races, making hair plugs on some men look especially obvious.

4. One human hair can support 3.5 ounces. That’s about the weight of two full size candy bars, and with hundreds of thousands of hairs on the human head, makes the tale of Rapunzel much more plausible.

5. The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger. And the nail on the middle finger of your dominant hand will grow the fastest of all. Why is not entirely known, but nail growth is related to the length of the finger, with the longest fingers growing nails the fastest and shortest the slowest.

6. There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee. Humans are not quite the naked apes that we’re made out to be. We have lots of hair, but on most of us it’s not obvious as a majority of the hairs are too fine or light to be seen.

7. Blondes have more hair. They’re said to have more fun, and they definitely have more hair. Hair color determines how dense the hair on your head is. The average human has 100,000 hair follicles, each of which is capable of producing 20 individual hairs during a person’s lifetime.

8. Blondes average 146,000 follicles while people with black hair tend to have about 110,000 follicles. Those with brown hair fit the average with 100,000 follicles and redheads have the least dense hair, with about 86,000 follicles.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails. If you notice that you’re trimming your fingernails much more frequently than your toenails you’re not just imagining it. The nails that get the most exposure and are used most frequently grow the fastest. On average, nails on both the toes and fingers grow about one-tenth of an inch each month.

9. The lifespan of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on average. While you quite a few hairs each day, your hairs actually have a pretty long life providing they aren’t subject to any trauma. Your hairs will likely get to see several different haircuts, styles, and even possibly decades before they fall out on their own.

10. You must lose over 50% of your scalp hairs before it is apparent to anyone. You lose hundreds of hairs a day but you’ll have to lose a lot more before you or anyone else will notice. Half of the hairs on your pretty little head will have to disappear before your impending baldness will become obvious to all those around you.

11. Human hair is virtually indestructible. Aside from it’s flammability, human hair decays at such a slow rate that it is practically non-disintegrative. If you’ve ever wondered how your how clogs up your pipes so quick consider this: hair cannot be destroyed by cold, change of climate, water, or other natural forces and it is resistant to many kinds of acids and corrosive chemicals.
2040_10200133690965479_1403608009_nApril M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, and everything else in between! Check out my other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me

Budget Beauty Tips

Fix broken powder: We’ve all been there before – you drop an expensive eyeshadow on the ground and watch in horror as it explodes all over your bathroom floor. Before you shed a tear for your beloved broken hue, try this trick for bringing it back from the dead:

1. Scoop up the broken bits and dump them into a ziplock bag

2. Use the back of a spoon to crush the fragments into a powder consistency.

3. Carefully pour the powder back into the container

4. Put a few drops of rubbing alcohol into the powder and use the back of the spoon again to pack down the now wet powder into the casing

5. Wait until dry – and voila! It may look a little jacked up, but you can now use your powder again

Clean makeup brushes with bar soap: Skip the fancy cleaners for your makeup brushes and just rub them under warm running water onto a plain old unscented bar of soap. This works just as well and probably cleans more thoroughly. Blot with a clean towel and leave them out to dry.

Run hair under cold water for shine: Before you jump out of the shower, turn the water cold and try your best just to soak your head while not completely freezing your ass off. Cold water seals your hair cuticle, creating shine and adding strength – plus you’ll probably also look wide awake and energized after the mild shock from the cold water.

Use toilet protector sheets as blotting paper: Works just as well as expensive blotting papers for removing the sheen off your oily face. Most restrooms are equipped with toilet protector sheets, and no one will judge you for using it to soak up the sweat from dancing on a table in some nightclub (although they may judge you for that).

Use your toothbrush as a lip exfoliator: After you brush your teeth at night, use your wet toothbrush to scrub the dead skin off your lips, and then apply a nice lip moisturizer before bed. You’ll wake up with kissable lips even if the only thing you wake up to is your cat sitting on your face.