Archive for August, 2013

Talia Castellano: Cancer patient..Make-up Guru..Inspiration!

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Shayna Barnette Talia Joy Castellano was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and leukemia 6 years ago, at the age of 7.  After being diagnosed with cancer, Talia’s mother took her to visit a friend of the family, named Tammy, who was a cancer survivor. Her mother thought it would be good for them to talk about Talia’s recent diagnosis. During this visit, Tammy showed Talia her makeup collection. This began Talia’s fascination with make-up, leading to her begin a video blog on YouTube. Her YouTube channel, “TaliaJoy18”, featured not only make-up tutorials, but also her journey with cancer. She found this to be a great way to inspire other people with cancer as well as share her love of makeup.

In August 2012, Talia’s released a “Bad News” video blog letting her viewers know her cancer had progressed and could now be found in her bone marrow. This news prompted documentary filmmakers, who had previously talked to Talia, to release a video to help make her dream of doing Ellen Degeneres’ makeup come true. The filmmakers encouraged people to post this video on Ellen’s Facebook page, website, and to Tweet the Ellen Show.

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Talia’s dream came true in September 2012, when she appeared on the Ellen show. When Ellen asked Talia how she stays so positive her response referred to the movie Finding Nemo when Ellen’s character, Dory, encourages others to

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”

During the show, Cover Girl presented Talia with a check for $20,000 and made her an honorary Cover Girl. Then in January, during a Skype appearance on the Ellen show, Ellen presented Talia with the opportunity to film make-up tutorials for Cover Girl. These tutorials were featured on both Ellen and Cover Girl’s YouTube channels.

Photo courtesy of Desiree Castellano

Photo courtesy of Desiree Castellano

Talia uploaded her last YouTube video titled “CancerVlog: 4 weeks in the hospital!!” on May 23, 2013. In this video she mentioned that she was currently undergoing treatment to maintain the pain, rather than cure her illness. She mentioned she was not feeling like her usual self and was suffering from depression and anxiety. She managed to stay optimistic saying

“ Hopefully once I get out of the hospital, my room will be all done and I’ll have my life kind of on track.”

On July 16, 2013 Talia lost her battle with cancer. A post appeared on her Facebook page announcing the young girls death.

“It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22am. Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send your love and prayers to her family during this most difficult time. God speed little one, may you be free from pain and suffering, may your soul feel the light and love that you brought to so many of us on this Earth during the short time you were her with us. We will miss you more than you will ever know baby girl.”


Talia was an inspiration to many and a truly brave girl. Even at a young age, she did not let her illness stop her from achieving her dreams or making the best of her situation. Her positive attitude and bubbly personality was infectious and she is missed by many.

Fall Fever?…Check out AVEDA’s Fall ’13 Makeup & Hair Color Collection!

Monday, August 19th, 2013 by Shayna Barnette

Ah, the changing color of the trees, the brisk morning air, and amazing scents of apple, cinnamon and pumpkin fill the air. That’s right, fall is quickly approaching! For me, this is the most amazing time of the year. The transition from bright summer colors to rich shades of amber, copper and honey take effect. Nearly naked eyes are replaced with more smokey applications. Hair colors are deep and intensified…. What’s not to love??

AVEDA’s autumn 2013 Heart Lands Collection has a classic and romantic feel, that emphasizes an elegantly, tough look. Fall fashion is all about simplicity for 2013 and AVEDA is right on target with this collection. The Heart Lands Makeup Collection has arrived in salon, so come in to check it out!










Is your sunscreen poisoning you?

Monday, August 12th, 2013 by Suzanne Nicholson

We all think we are being responsible by using sunscreen before we get in the sun, right?…Think again. Many brands lead you to believe that you are completely safeguarding your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. In reality, you may be exposing yourself to more risks by using certain chemical sunscreens. These chemicals are known to be endocrine disrupters, which adversely affects the normal functions of hormones in your body, and may also cause a variety of different cancer.

Chemical vs. Physical Sunscreen


There are two types of sunscreens, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens quickly soak into the skin and find their way into the blood stream leaving toxins and free radicals in the body and can be detected in blood, urine and breast milk for at least two days. There are 17 individual sunscreen ingredients that are FDA approved: 15 of these are clear chemicals that absorb UV light and 2 are made of minerals that reflect UV light. The hormones most commonly disturbed are estrogen, progesterone and thyroid. These chemicals can cause abnormal development in fetuses and growing children. They can cause early puberty and early breast development in girls and undescended testicles in boys in addition to low sperm counts and infertility. Endocrine disruptors that act like estrogen can contribute to breast and ovarian cancers in women, and other endocrine disruptors may increase the chance of prostate cancer in men.

Physical sunscreens are primarily made up of minerals that sit on the surface of the skin and reflect and absorb UV light. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the two, active ingredients found in physical sunscreens. They are powerful barriers and won’t break down in the sun, works immediately (no waiting 20 minutes!) and body and environmentally friendly (non-toxic). Another benefit of a physical sunscreen is that it’s anti-bacterial and it also costs less! Click here for the best 50 SPF sunscreens that I recommend. 

                             Chemicals to avoid

no-signThey include, but are not limited to the following:
Oxybenzone (Worst), Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), 4-MBC, Parabens (All), 3-BC, PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid), Octinoxate (Octyl-methoxycinnamate), Padimate O, Homosalate, Some fragrances, Octisalate, Octocrylene.

Help my DRY skin!

Monday, August 5th, 2013 by Lou Ann Shade

skinIntensive Hydrating Masque soothes and hydrates stressed and over exposed summer skin. This oil free masque is perfect for hydrating without that oily heavy feeling. With aloe,kelp and lavender, it will reduce redness while soothing and cooling the skin. Sodium hyaluronate retains moisture, up to 1000 times its own weight, delivering a big drink of water for you skin. It can be applied as a thick layer on throat and face, left on for 5 to 10 minutes. Also a favorite is to mix it with Replenishing Body Moisturizer, and use for an all over body moisturizer.

With the healing effects of the aloe,  Intensive Hydrating Masque can also be helpful for cancer patients undergoing radiation treatments. A thin layer applied after treatments and left on the skin over night can give relief. With Aveda products you can be sure of the purity, and quality of the ingredients. 7387099