• Cosmetic Surgery,  Makeup,  Salon,  Skin,  Toxic Beauty,  Words

    So You Want to Become a Makeup Artist? How to be a Makeup Artist?

    I grew up with my doorbell ringing and the sounds of “Avon calling!” …And then Mary Kay moved into the neighborhood. Why I always wanted to become a cosmetologist? I wore a uniform when I attended beauty school. When I took my state board exam and started my cosmetology career, blush was called “rouge” and nail polish was known as “enamel.”  After school I strived for the stars; miraculously I got them. My BIO. How to become a makeup artist? You want to be a makeup artist? Really? In what area of the makeup art industry are you interested in developing a career? Social media will leave you to believe…

  • Cosmetic Surgery,  Fashion,  Hair,  Hair Styling,  Makeup,  Salon,  Skin,  Toxic Beauty

    Extreme Glamour Makeup Trend

    It’s been over 3 decades that I’ve been setting trends and observing them in the beauty and fashion industry. Recently, I have noticed a movement in glamour makeup. Social media allows people to see inside the intimate details of our lives. The growing movement of selfies has opened a portal into voyeurism. Women’s appearance has transformed – some good, some not. I watch the Facebook and Twitter feeds of fake, unnatural, heavily Photoshopped images of pathetic, overly made-up, fake looking doll-like faces. Does my opinion sound harsh? In retrospect, looking at the art of makeup, it can transform. Yes. However, the glamour makeup has morphed to an extreme glam makeup…

  • Cosmetic Surgery,  Makeup,  Salon,  Skin,  Toxic Beauty

    Makeup Application & Technique

      Make-up application and techniques for photography are different than make-up a woman wears everyday. Old school photographers know digital cameras are not as forgiving as the old classic 35mm cameras. These are a couple digital cameras used today by photographers. This is a HASSELBLAD H5D-200MS 200 MPX MS DIGITAL CAMERA KIT price tag of  $44,000 and no lens. Hasselblad H5D-60 Medium Format Digital SLR Camera Body  again with no lens. Try a $12,000 Canon EOS 1D-5D Mark III, or Nikon D4, take your pick. Without Photoshop they will never produce the type of results a old Leica film 35mm camera would. This is circa photography before Photoshop, cool old…

  • Cosmetic Surgery,  Salon,  Skin,  Toxic Beauty

    Best Beauty Products from the Sea

    Growing up and throughout my adult life I was around boats and the ocean. Since I was young I was a sun worshiper. Immediately, I learned to respect the ocean, mother-nature and the sun. Sun tan lotion or sun block was always part of my sun bathing ritual. Being a cosmetologist that knows a bit more than the average consumer, I am concerned with toxic sunscreen and its inappropriate use by today’s uninformed consumer. In other posts I guide you through the maze. Things like sea weed, algae, fish-oils, sea sponges is useful and therapeutic for the skin and body. Using natural products are healthier alternative.  Cherie Izzo © All Rights…

  • Cosmetic Surgery,  Makeup,  Salon,  Skin,  Toxic Beauty

    Best Natural Sunscreen IZZO Picks

    These are a few sunscreens that have the lowest toxicity rating with EWG. Sunscreen can be toxic and cause more issues and trigger problems. Be aware of what is in the products you are using. All Terrain Sun Protection Kit All Terrain AquaSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 All Terrain TerraSport SPF28 Natural Sunscreen Face Stick (0.6- Ounce) When using sunscreen it is very important to check the expiration date. The active ingredient is toxic when it has expired. derma e Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Oil-Free Face Lotion with Vitamin C & Green Tea 2 oz Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Moisturizer, 3.75 oz. Loving Naturals Clear Defense SPF 35+…

  • Cosmetic Surgery,  Lifestyle,  Skin

    What are your feelings about cosmetic/plastic surgery?

    Unfortunately over my career I have seen one too many bad face lifts. A woman can have bad cosmetic surgery on her body, and can conceal it with clothing. Bad cosmetic surgery on her face is worn every day for everyone to see, with no way to hide it. With that said, in the last ten years a trend has developed with women using cosmetic surgery a bit too extreme. Cosmetic/plastic surgeons and dermatologist are partially to blame. Their patients lip augmentations are abnormally over blown, and their emotionless faces are pulled unnaturally too tight. An overdone face lift tend to add age to a woman, instead of making her…

  • Cosmetic Surgery,  Skin,  Toxic Beauty

    What makes us age and look older? What can we do to change it?

    Hands, elbows and knees reveal a woman’s true age. Puffy eyes, dark circles, dark spots and dull complexion are age revealing. Exposure to sun and smoking age us faster than anything else. They both cause free radical damage to your skin which have a cumulative effect over time. Not to mention they are both linked to the “C” word; skin cancer on a rise and extremely prevalent here in sunny Florida. My advice use SPF between 15-30 (either in your moisturizer, foundation or alone) and lose the cigarettes. Before wrinkles and lines creep up on us — it is wise to prevent them before our skin begins to break down.…