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beauty fact or fiction: pore strips are effective at removing blackheads

Bopha Mom-Baccam - Friday, July 24, 2015

Fact! All the proof you need should be in the used pore strip! The strips work by adhering to your skin and pulling the trapped oil and dead skin out of your pores. And although the strips are effective, make sure you don't use them too often (no more than three times per week), or you risk damaging your skin. 

So although the used strip might gross you out, that just shows you it's working!


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beauty fact or fiction: you can use a body lotion on your face, and a face moisturizer on your body

Bopha Mom-Baccam - Friday, July 17, 2015

Fiction! Although the two share some of the same basic ingredients, the skin on your hands and face is different so the functions each lotion needs to perform vary significantly. Since the skin on your face is more delicate, face moisturizers are specifically designed to be more lightweight and are made for targeted problems such as acne or blackheads. Body lotions have a heavier barrier against harsh conditions since skin on your body is tougher and gets more daily wear and tear. 


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beauty fact or fiction: nail polish can turn your nails yellow

Bopha Mom-Baccam - Friday, July 10, 2015

Fact! When it comes to nail polish, yellowing is the result of your nails absorbing some of the pigment from the polish. Over time this causes nails to be brittle and yellow. However, applying a protective base coat can prevent this from happening! 


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beauty fact or fiction: toothpaste is a safe way to get rid of pimples

Bopha Mom-Baccam - Friday, July 03, 2015

Fiction! Although toothpaste appears helpful in drying out a pimple, the fluoride in it can actually burn your skin. This irritation of the skin causes redness and peeling which leads many people to believe it's a miracle zit healer, but over-drying and even burning can occur from applying it to pimples.

So although this method may save you when you're in a pinch, you might want to think twice before reaching for the toothpaste tube. 


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product of the month!

Bopha Mom-Baccam - Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Image courtesy of Kevin Murphy

Our salon is pleased to introduce a new blog segment called "Product of the Month" which will feature the one fab product we're crushing on each month! We'll tell you why each product is a must-have every month so all you have to do is stop by Penelopie Beauty Bar to snag your new fav product! 

We're starting off the segment with the product that won Allure's "Best of Beauty" Award in 2014, and the one essential that everyone needs for amazing summer-ready hair: Kevin Murphy's Hair.Resort.Spray! This spray gives you "day at the beach hair" without all the fuss. Simply spray onto damp or dried hair, scrunch in and go! 

Hair.Resort.Spray not only offers thermal protection, but also gives a weightless and soft, natural texture to hair. Unlike some products that promise tousled waves, this spray doesn't feel heavy on hair and won't make strands feel crunchy or dry. It also volumizes hair and adds a messy, beachy texture that will make all other waves jealous. And if those reasons aren't enough to entice you, the spray also smells like citrus, honey and Tangerine, so basically summer in a bottle! 

Messy, beachy waves are always in style for summer and we guarantee you'll love Kevin Murphy's Hair.Resort.Spray as much as we do! So don't wait any longer to stop in and pick up your next favorite product! 


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beauty fact or fiction: nail files need sanitizing

Bopha Mom-Baccam - Friday, June 26, 2015

Fact! Whether it's metal or cardboard, nail files may carry potentially deadly bacteria, yeast and fungus. Metal or glass files should be sanitized with rubbing alcohol after each use and you should replace cardboard files at least every three months. 


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how the pros do it: clean makeup brushes

Bopha Mom-Baccam - Wednesday, June 24, 2015


If there was an eleventh commandment it would undoubtedly be, "Thou shalt clean thy makeup brushes regularly." Not only will this keep your tools looking their best and help them to live a long, healthy life but it will also lower your chances of dirty brushes causing acne, rashes or even eye infections. So we're here to teach you how the pros clean their brushes to get you in the good habit of cleaning your tools regularly! 

To start, we'll teach you how to spot clean your brushes, or clean in between colors. We use (and recommend) Cinema Secrets and Parian Spirit Professional Brush Cleaners, which both come in bottles varying from 2-32 ounces at the price range of approximately $8-36. To use, simply apply a small amount of the cleaner on a paper towel and sweep your brush back and forth until the pigment comes out of your brush completely. Once all color is out, reshape the bristles of the brush using your thumb and pointer finger and then lay flat or at a downward angle to dry. 
Bonus points: Using these products not only cleans the brushes but also sanitizes, conditions, and deodorizes them. Both cleaners are also very quick-drying and good for synthetic and natural brushes. 

Next, you'll learn how to deep clean your brushes. How often you need to deep clean varies depending on use, but once every two weeks is fine for normal use. You will need to deep clean more often if you are doing big, elaborate makeup looks or if you've been sick, clean and sanitize everything once you are better to make sure no germs are left behind. 

For deep cleaning brushes, we love MAC Brush Cleanser paired with the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove (pictured above). MAC Brush Cleanser is $15 for 7.9 ounces and will clean, disinfect and condition brush fibers so that brushes last longer. It also leaves brushes smelling fresh and clean! The Sigma Spa Glove is somewhat of a splurge at $39 but worth every penny! This glove has different grooves specifically designed as a quick, easy and effective method of giving your brushes an even deeper clean. However, if you're looking for a cheaper way to deep clean your brushes, baby shampoo and paper towels will work too! 
Disclaimer: Baby shampoo is cheap but will also make your brushes very soft. That may not seem like a problem but blending with extremely soft brushes can be difficult, so just be aware it may take some getting used to. 

To get started, use half MAC Brush Cleanser (or baby shampoo) and half water and fill a small container with the solution. You only need a small amount, so begin with less and make more as-needed. Also, with continued (incorrect) use, brush cleansers can affect the bristles and glue holding your brush together so never immerse your brush more than 1/4 way past the bristles. 

Let brushes sit in the solution for 10-15 minutes, then use the Sigma Spa Glove to rinse or use your fingers to squeeze out excess water and reshape the brush. To see if the brush is clean, split open the center with your fingers and look to see if product is still in there. If so, repeat the process over until all product residue is gone and no suds come out. Liquid, cream or gel brushes will most likely need to be washed 2-4 times. Finish by laying brushes flat or at a downward angle to dry. Never leave brushes sitting upright to dry as it can trap bacteria in and ruin the brush fixtures. 

And now, once your brushes are completely dry, they are ready for action again! Cleaning brushes can seem time consuming (especially if you have a TON), but dirty tools are not only less effective and have a shorter life span, but they are also perfect places for bacteria to grow (eww). So make the smart and healthy decision for your brushes and your skin and always clean them regularly! 


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beauty fact or fiction: you don't need sunscreen since your foundation is applied over it

Bopha Mom-Baccam - Friday, June 19, 2015

Fiction! Wearing foundation alone will not protect you from harmful rays since the sun penetrates your foundation and gets to the skin. And although a foundation that contains SPF is beneficial, it still does not provide enough coverage so skipping sunscreen is not an option. 

A better decision would be finding a sunscreen that offers enough protection and applying it before your foundation. Sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and an SPF rating of at least 15 is best. Apply a thin, even coat over your face, ears and neck, letting the sunscreen soak into skin before applying your normal foundation. 

Do this and we guarantee your skin will be happy and healthy this summer! 


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make lips look bigger using lipstick!

Bopha Mom-Baccam - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Not everyone can be blessed with lips like Angelina Jolie (I know, we're upset about it too). But luckily, faking bigger lips can be super easy, so there is hope for those of us who desire larger lips without resorting to injections or other lip-plumping products! Today we'll teach you two different ways to fake your way to bigger lips and let you decide which way works best (if you can...)! 

Technique Number One: Fake your way with lip liner
All you will need for this look are matching lip liner and lipstick, so let's get started!

Begin by taking your desired lip liner and lining your lips over your natural shape. 

Next, start to line your lips again but this time, line a little bit above the line you just created, or in other words, double the thickness of the current lip line. Keep in mind that drawing one line, then going back in to double it, will create a better shape than just drawing one thicker line around your lips from the start. Doing a double line technique allows you to have more control over the line you are drawing and will create a better lip shape overall. 

Now, you can continue to build with lip liner until you are happy with how big each lip is, just take it slow and use gradual lines to build so that you don't end up with clown lips!

Finish off by filling in the entire lip with your lipstick and you're done! But wait, there's more...

Technique Number Two: 3-D fake out
This look requires you to have two complementary lipstick colors (one lighter, one darker) in order to achieve a 3-D lip. It also works better if you are using a liquid lipstick, since you will be blending the two colors together. So choose two fab colors and we'll get to work!

Start off by lining your natural lip shape with a lip liner that matches the darker liquid lipstick you will be using. You can then go back and do the "double line" technique described earlier for even more va-va-voom! or continue on to the next step. 

After you've achieved your desired lip liner look, fill in the outer corners of your lips with your lip liner. This will help make lips look fuller for the 3-D effect you want. 

Now we'll begin to apply color. We're using Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks, Pure Hollywood (darker color), and Milkshake (lighter color). Fill in the outer corners of your lips with the darker lipstick color using the lipstick wand. Apply the darker color to the outer 1/3 of your lips only to leave the middle empty for the lighter color. 

Next, apply the lighter color to the middle of your lips using the lipstick wand. When applying the lighter color, make sure and stop right before you run into the darker color you already applied so that you have room to blend the two together. 

With both colors applied, you'll begin to blend the two together. To easily blend the colors, use a lip brush (not one of the lipstick wands) and very slightly begin to blend the two colors together using slow, small motions. Be sure to blend from the darker color into the lighter color, not the other way around. Continue blending until you are satisfied with how your lips look!

Finally, use concealer to finish off your look. Take a lip brush and apply concealer just outside your lipstick line to get a nice, crisp line, and to fix any mistakes you may have made. Make sure, however, that your concealer is not too light and that it matches the rest of your skin so you don't get a white "halo" around your lips!

And there you have it! Two foolproof ways to get those luscious lips you've always dreamed of without resorting to injections or other expensive products. So try one method, try both, or combine the two to find the best technique that gives you the results you want!


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beauty fact or fiction: primers are necessary for long-lasting makeup

Bopha Mom-Baccam - Friday, June 12, 2015

Fiction! Contrary to popular belief, primers are not a must for long-lasting makeup. The truth is, primers are meant for specific functions such as, filling in your pores for smoother looking skin, matting your skin and to delay the production of sebum, which makes your face oily. Similarly, eye primers help to prevent eyeshadow from creasing and to make them wear longer.

So, although primers are there to serve an important function, they are not necessary for their long-lasting makeup reputation. 


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