Money saving tip that will help save the environment too!

Replace paper towels and save! We suggest buying a few Norwex microfiber cloths to have on hand in the kitchen to wipe up messes. If you have a few on hand it’s no big deal to just grab another one.

Norwex Envirocloth

Norwex Envirocloth

Rinse them out at the end of the day, wring them out, and allow them to dry overnight. They are ready for use again until you need to launder them. The energy and CO2 associated with laundering a few reusable microfiber cloths each week as part of your normal laundry is minimal compared with the energy and CO2 associated with manufacturing, transporting, and eliminating disposable paper towels.

Microfiber Cleaning– the wedges in Norwex microfiber scoop up the dirt and grime and store it in the microscopic spaces of the fiber. Moisture from use will cause the outsides of the fiber to expand, locking the soil within the traps. The unlocking release process is activated by washing with soap and water which causes the Norwex microfiber (core) centers to expand which opens the locks and dumps the dirt down the drain.

Yes! It is scientific magic. Re-use over and over; an average Norwex Enviro Cloth will usually last for two-five years of use of daily cleaning and rinsing.

With the Norwex Microfiber System, you will not breathe, touch or ingest chemicals – you simply create a cleaner, healthier indoor environment.

At only 1/200th the size of a strand of human hair, Norwex Microfiber is one of the most innovative products in the cleaning industry today. When combined with the unique Norwex knitting process, Norwex Microfiber becomes a highly effective cleaning agent and can hold up to seven times its weight in matter. Unlike cotton cloths that will simply spread the dirt, grease and other particles around, Norwex Antibac* Microfiber lifts these particles up into the cloth and away from the surface. Once inside the cloth, the Norwex MicroSilver in the cloth goes to work with self-purification properties against mold, fungi and bacterial odor within 24 hours, so that it is ready to use again.

 

  • SAVE Time – the Norwex Cleaning System decreases cleaning time by 75% or more.
  • SAVE Money – An average household spends $600-$800 a year on chemical cleaning products and supplies. By using Norwex products you can realize up to a 90% savings!
  • Norwex helps make cleaning fun, fast and easy and teaches your family how to improve their health and environment!

The mission at Norwex is to improve quality of life by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning. In addition, the Norwex products make cleaning faster and more cost effective than traditional cleaning products.

Want to learn more?  Check out the products or send me a message and I will be glad to get you more information.  They have great ways to earn free products.   http://www.norwex.biz/pws/ElizabethFlaherty/tabs/home.aspx

We will be spotlighting other products in weeks to come.

 

Some of Our Favorite Tools

It is frustrating to start a task just to realize that you have the wrong tools to complete the job with the best results.  Applying makeup is no different.  Having the right tools can truly make all the difference.  So how do you know what you need and which tools you shouldn’t live without.  We want to tell you a few of our favorite must have tools.

We already talked about makeup sponges and foundation brushes in a previous article and they are on the top of my list.  For foundation application they are great for blending makeup along the jaw or hair line without any noticeable makeup lines.  With proper care they can stand the test of time.  Warm water and a mild soap works best.

Professional Face BrushesPowder brushes – A thick, lush powder brush is another necessity our tool palette.  Most face powders come with a small applicator or powder puff.  Please throw them away.  These little applicators do not adequately distribute the face powder on your face.  The powder brush will help blend powder and give you control on exactly where you put the powder applied.  It is also essential for use after makeup application to remove any excess powder.

Eyebrow Brush – Your eyebrows are like the window dressing to your eyes.  Ungroomed eyebrows are noticeable and can take away from even perfect eye shadow application.  Brushing your eyebrows into a certain shape can help you identify those errant hairs that need to be plucked.  Also, an eyebrow brush can best distribute a little color to your brows in case you have to fill in any bald spots or enhance the brow color.

Eyelash Curler, Black HandleEye Lash Curler – Yes, I have talked about this product too in a previous post but I cannot stress enough how much I love this tool.  It really has the power to make your eyes pop.  It is an essential tool for those who have eyelashes that do not curl with mascara alone and further accentuates lashes that do have some natural curl.  It is important to remember to curl your lashes prior to apply mascara!!!!  Try heating the eyelash curler with your blow drying for a few seconds then curl lashes for 1-2 seconds.  Once you have done this step apply mascara to maintain the curl.

Eye Shadow Sponge Applicator – This is another one of my favorite tools.  This inexpensive tool should be a must in your tool palette (it will not replace your eye shadow brushes but assist them).  You can buy a pack of 25 good eye shadow applicators or for the same price a metal or wood handle sponge applicator.  We even carry one that comes with 3 detachable heads.  Here are some of the reasons I love this tool so much

  • I feel it allows more control over gliding the makeup along your eyelids, thus reducing the change of powder flakes from escaping.
  • It allows more precision application
  • Allows for better blending, especially if you are using a base color on the lower lid along with a highlighting color above it.

Professional Concealer BrushesConcealer Brush – A concealer brush is similar to the foundation brush but it has a smaller head for easier manipulation for smaller areas.  This brush is perfect for applying concealer for dark under eye circles, blemishes or other imperfections.

You can certainly get by without these tools but I think if you add them to your arsenal you will notice a big difference in the appearance of your makeup application.  Makeup will look more natural on your skin with no noticeable delineations.  Cut you prep time and your total time applying your makeup and get better results.

Til next time.  I hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving.

Elizabeth

Morgan’s Boutique

Makeup Tip of the Week

Makeup tips

Many women might use their fingertips to apply their foundation.  While there really is not anything wrong with this technique I feel a sponge or foundation brush is more advantageous.  First of all, if you are prone to breakouts, your fingertip might add that extra oil your skin really does not need.  Second, applying makeup with a sponge or foundation brush will give your face more even coverage than your finger tips.  You will find blending is easier and less noticeable  with a sponge or brush.

I find a triangular sponge or tapered foundation brush work the best in those are to reach crevices fo your face like around your nose and the corners of your eyes.  They are also great for blending foundation and other makeup along the jaw or hair line without the tell tale makeup lines.  Sponges and brushes can be reused several time and with proper washing can last a while.  A good foundation brush if cared for properly can last for a year or more.

We will talk more about the uses of different brushes and sponges for makeup application.  I will tell you in my next post about why I think a good eye shadow sponge applicator should be in your makeup arsenal.

Till we talk again. 

Elizabeth – Morgan’s Boutique

There is an Art to Applying Makeup!

makeup tips

Learning the correct techniques when applying makeup can help you look your best. When you know what types of makeup to use and how to properly apply them, you can make sure your appearance is always at its best. In addition to learning how to apply makeup, you should also understand what types of products are best for your skin type and what colors are most flattering to your complexion.

Applying makeup, while using the correct techniques, does not have to be difficult or frustrating. There are two very common mistakes that women make. They either use the wrong colors, or they apply too much. Using the wrong colors can make anyone look silly. Generally, choose colors that compliment your skin tone. If you have light skin, do not go with dark colors. Also, do not try to apply too much makeup. Apply just enough for a natural glow.

So let’s look at the basic steps needed to apply makeup correctly:

  1. Concealer can help you hide circles under your eyes, or flaws and blemishes on your skin. This can enhance the overall look of your face. Look for a concealer that is 1-2 shades lighter than your normal skin color / tone, especially if you want to hide dark circles underneath your eyes. Since the under eye- area is already dark, you want to tone it down so that it is more or less the same color as your skin tone. If you use a color similar to your skin tone, it will make the area darker and will appear funny after your foundation is applied. When you apply the concealer, do not stretch the skin.
  2. Not everyone uses foundation, but if you have uneven skin tone, pimples or freckles, using foundation can enhance your appearance. When applying foundation, you can either use a make-up sponge, a foundation brush or lastly your fingers (for those of you who don’t have a lot of time at hand). Generally, start applying from the centre of your face and work your way out. Make certain that the foundation is well blended around the edges of your face so that there is no visible line.  Note:  Remember your foundation should pretty much match your skin color.  That way you are wearing your foundation and not your foundation wearing you.
  3. The next step in the process of making yourself beautiful is to apply powder over your foundation. The best color to use is a translucent one which blends perfectly into your foundation.  Apply powder over your eyelids and lips as well to ensure that
    your eye shadow and lipstick stays on for longer. The last step is to take your powder brush and to brush off any excess powder from your face.
  4. The very first step in your eye make-up application is to fill in your eyebrows. Neaten your eyebrows with an eyebrow comb and then use either an eye shadow color similar to your hair color or an eyebrow pencil. I prefer using an eye shadow color for a more natural look. Eye shadow itself can be fun to use if you want to experiment with different colors. Try a few shades until you find one that is flattering to you. When applying eye shadow, start at the outside corner of the eye, in the fold of your eye, and work your way inwards. The simple reason for this is because after dipping your eye shadow brush into the eye shadow, your eye shadow will be very dark at the first place of application. So, the color will become lighter as you work your way towards the inside corner of your eye and it’s easier to blend the darker color on the outside of your eye.
  5. You can either use the applicator which the makeup comes with or use a small brush that will look like a flat paintbrush. Apply a lighter shade over your whole eye area. The medium color will be applied in the fold of your eye. Take your brush and blend these two colors together. You can even experiment with using several shades together as long as you blend the the colors together.
  6. Now you can apply eyeliner and mascara. When you apply eye makeup, always use clean and sterilised equipment. Do not apply eyeliner on the inside of the eyelid. Eyeliner comes in various shades and in pencil form or a liquid form. Pencil eyeliner is usually easier to apply than the liquid. For a dramatic make-up look, apply liquid eyeliner when you go out in the evenings.  If you have droopy eyelashes, consider using an eyelash curler before applying  your mascara or if your eyes are a bit sensitive or you want to go for a swim, then it’s best to use waterproof mascara.
  7. Blush –  Find a shade that compliments your skin tone. If you are applying the powder variety, use an angled makeup brush to apply the blush with. If you have no obvious cheekbones, then you can apply the blush underneath your natural cheekbone
    (you can feel it with your fingers).  For obvious cheekbones, apply the blush on top of your cheeks just to soften it up or for
    that all natural look, apply the blush on the apples of your cheeks. Begin applying the blush in line with your nose and going no further than the end of your eye. It is best to apply a thin straight line at first, then you can take your brush and make circular
    movements just to blend it in. Make sure the blush is well blended and that no streaks are visible. Remember that you only want that healthy glow.
  8. When you are done, you can apply your lipstick. As a general rule, do not go too bright if you have pale skin. Use a natural lip liner just to see where your lip line is and blend it in softly with a cotton bud. The best way to apply your lipstick is to use a lipstick brush. This ensures just the right amount of lipstick on your lips and it is also more cost effective when using it this way. You use less lipstick which resolves in you not having to buy lipstick all so often.

Last but not least:  Make sure that you thoroughly remove all makeup before going to bed each night. Also, throw away old makeup when it is dry or cracked. Do not try to use old or expired makeup, especially around the eye area as this can cause eye infections.

Try to keep your make-up application simple and remember that less is more when it comes to day make-up.

Till we meet again.

Elizabeth – Morgan’s Boutique – Morgan Cosmetics

Tips for Dry and Damaged Hair

The average human head has 150,000 hairs, and, conformists that they are, when one’s dry, they’re all dry. But unlike a dry flower garden or polished rice, the solution is not simply to add water. Water, in fact, may be responsible for the hair’s parched condition, particularly if we’re talking about water of the salty, chlorinated, or sudsy variety. The market is flooded with products for dry, overheated, and damaged hair, from shampoos, conditioners, to protecting masks. It can be a daunting task to know which product is right for you. Home remedies might be your best bet for having a more manageable mane.

Look of damaged hair

Swimming and over-shampooing are two common causes of arid, fly-away locks. Other culprits can include colorings, permanents, electric curlers, excessive blow-drying, and too much exposure to wind and sun. Keep your styling products and accessories to a
minimum to keep from drying out your locks completely.

Whatever the culprit, your poor, abused hair needs help—badly. You can almost hear all 150,000 of them down on their little split ends, pleading, “Save me! Save me!” Here’s a quick course on how to rescue dried-out hair.

 

  • It’s in these days to shampoo every day, but shampooing doesn’t only wash away dirt, it washes out the hair’s protective oils.  If you’ve dried your hair out from too much lather, give your hair a needed break—try washing less often. And use only a mild shampoo, one labeled “for dry or damaged hair.”
  • When hair becomes dry, the outer layers, called cuticles, peel off from the central shaft.  Conditioners glue the cuticles back to the shaft, add lubricant to the hair, and prevent static electricity (which creates frizz). Pick a conditioner that works well for you and use it after every shampoo.
  • Mayonnaise makes an excellent conditioner. Leave the oily white good in your hair for anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour before washing it out.
  • Dry hair tends to suffer most at the ends. What is the answer? Snip ’em off. Get a trim every six weeks or so to keep those frayed ends under control.
  • Heat is what makes the desert a desert; it also contributes to dried-out hair. Two of the most intense sources of heat are curling irons and electric curlers. It is suggested by top Hollywood hairstylists that you rediscover those (unheated) plastic cylinder rollers from years gone by. For straightening, wrap slightly moist hair under and around rollers (like a page boy hairdo) for about 10 minutes. For curling or adding wave, try using sponge rollers overnight or sleeping with moist braids.
  • Whipping wind can fray your hair just like a piece of fabric. Sun, too, takes a mighty toll.  Solution: Wear a hat, both on breezy, balmy summer days, and gusty, frosty winter days.
  • Chlorine is one of the most destructive things to hair. So make a rubber cap part of your regular swim attire. For extra protection first rub a little olive oil into your hair.

See ya next time.

Elizabeth

Morgan’s Boutique

The Dreaded Cellulite – Fight Back!

No woman enjoys the look of cottage cheese thighs. Blame it on one word- cellulite.
Research has determined that a whopping 95 percent of women will develop cellulite onvtheir bodies at some point in their lives. Cellulite is fat, pure and simple. It appears on the thighs as a result of the combination of fluid retention and fatty tissue and it is
predominantly a female problem.

Women have this problem more often than men due to the fact that adipose tissue (also the tissue that makes up the breasts) is very different in females than in males. As a woman puts on weight (regardless of whether it is a little or a lot) her fat cells begin to swell but the connective tissue remains as is.
Women of any age can get cellulite although it is more common as one ages and it is not directly connected to one’s weight (contrary to popular belief). However women who gain and lose weight on a more or less regular basis have a tendency to acquire it more quickly. The fat cells in the lower half of a woman’s body have been shown to store fat six times quicker than that on the upper torso but also to let them go six times less quickly. That is why losing weight on the abdomen brings changes to the upper half of the body as well.

So are there ways to make the dreaded dimpling appearance of cellulite less obvious? Certainly there is but your first defense should always be to repair the areas where cellulite has taken up residence already. You can do this by learning how to strengthen and hydrate both the cells of the body and its connective tissue.

Cellulite is defined as, “fat that has pushed through cell walls into the middle layer of skin and shows through the surface.” Circulation (or lack thereof) has a great deal to do with cellulite. In order to help reduce the appearance of cellulite you need to increase
circulation to the area in question as cellulite is made up of lymph fluid and toxins that are trapped in the skin’s connective tissue.

When it is just beginning to develop, wage war against dreaded cellulite by exercising on a regular basis (cardiovascular is best, such as walking or running, followed up by lifting weights) and by eating a healthy and sensible diet that includes plenty of vegetables
(especially leafy green ones) and an abundance of fruit.

Another excellent cellulite fighter is to incorporate dry skin brushing into your morning routine before your shower every morning. This process exfoliates the dermis layer of skin and removes dead skin cells; it boosts circulation to the skin; stimulates the flow of
lymph; makes it possible for toxins to be released through the skin and it assists the growth of new skin cells. Doing this daily is strongly encouraged. Always begin at the feet and work up. Use a firm but not harsh, hand.

Two other suggestions are to end your shower every day with a cool or if you can handle it, cold rinse (a slow turn in the shower should do the trick) to both constrict the flow of blood and improve skin tone and secondly, to take a glucosamine supplement on a daily
basis which aids the body in repairing damage to the dermis layer as well as the skin’s connective tissue.

Creams and lotions can provide some help to make the appearance of cellulite become less noticeable although they are not miracle workers- in other words cellulite creams cannot permanently improve the condition of the skin. If you choose to try a cellulite cream choose one that contains alpha hydroxy acids because these acids reduce the unsightly appearance of cellulite by improving upon the level of elasticity in the skin and strengthening the connective tissue.

Halloween Treat!!!!

It has been a great Octoberfest.  Today is the last day to sign up for the current giveaway, so don’t forget to check it out if you need an awesome set of makeup brushes.

Today is also a day for treats and that means 50% off your entire order at Morgan’s Boutique.  Just enter the coupon code” TREAT” at check out for 50% off your entire order today only.  A coupon like this does not come along often so take advantage while it lasts.

We want to take everyone who has participated in Octoberfest.

We will continue our normal blog posts Nov 1st and we hope you will continue to follow us.  We will have additional specials for Thanksgiving and Christmas so stay tuned.

Happy Halloween!!  Be safe.

Elizabeth

Morgan’s Boutique