Thursday, March 13, 2014

Removing Competition & Recital make-up

Simple tips and tricks on how to safely & naturally, remove competition & recital dance make-up.

By now most of us dance moms are in the thick of competition season.  All of those months of lessons and preparations are now being shown off on the stage!

If you have visited the website, Level Up Dance Supplies or have been on pinterest or read my blog post,"How to apply dance competition & recital make-up," then you know that there is a printable step by step guide on how to apply make-up. 
Now that you know how to apply make-up, here are a few tips on how to remove stage makeup.

You can of course go to the store and purchase products that have been sitting on the shelf for goodness knows how long which are likely expensive and filled with potentially harmful chemicals, or you can take a completely different approach and use inexpensive natural products.  Choosing the nature made option, which by the way is the less expensive and is a safer choice, will get you the same, if not better results than mass produced products and are less likely to result in harmful side effects. 

Either way, the goal is to remove all of that make-up that is temporarily set upon those precious faces. I'd like to point out that most make-up removers that are purchased in a store, any store, are meant for the more mature face, not that of a young girl. All store bought products that are labeled for and intended use as "makeup remover" have potentially harmful chemicals in them. This is not ideal for all faces, most especially not that of a young girl.
As a dance mom to a 12 year old girl, I feel compelled to promote a more natural way to take off all that stuff that goes onto a dancer's stage face.  

There are only two products that I am going to showcase. This is because all cotton rounds or cotton balls lead back to the same few items.  So without further ado here are the best natural, inexpensive and most effective products to remove makeup for use as both eye and facial makeup remover.

Extra-virgin Olive oil  

There are a variety of other oils that you can mix with olive oil such as castor oil, (yuck) coconut oil, etc. or just use as a stand alone product. You can mix a bit of water and baby shampoo, yes I said baby shampoo. Remember the commercial " no more tears" (It's a rhetorical question).

Simply apply the oil with a cotton round, because cotton balls may leave cotton debris on the eye, then wash off with a hot wash clothe. It doesn't get any simpler than that!

The other and very inexpensive product is Witch Hazel.  Again, you can use as a stand alone product or mix it.  A fantastic combination is a 1/4 c of Witch Hazel and a 1/4 c of olive oil.  Pour ingredients into a bottle and shake vigorously. Apply with a cotton round and then rinse off.

Thanks for reading and Happy Dancing!

                                      Level UP Dance Supplies

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dance Moms helping Dance Moms, Tips, Advice & helpful Links

Dance Moms helping Dance Moms; Tips, Advice & Links

The internet highway. . . A road that leads us to a vast amount of information, sometimes.  When I was young, we had a small dictionary.  No internet, no cell phones, no cable t.v.  If we needed to know something we actually had to find a book on the subject.  Often I would find myself hoping that our one small blue dictionary that we had would have what I was looking for.  It was tough to write a report if you weren't prepared in advance, that's for sure.

Nowadays, you just go online.  Almost instantaneously you can find something on any subject matter.  Sometimes the information is quite accurate, sometimes you experience information overload and sometimes, well, you just don't seem to be able to find what you're looking for.  

The dance world is one of those subjects where there's not so much information out there.  So, some of us Blog.   We dedicate a part of our life to better inform those dance moms who are maybe new to the sport.  Even for experienced dance moms, such as myself, there is always something new out there on the information highway.  Whether it's a website that we haven't come across or a link to dance songs, dance wear, dance competitions, etc.  there's always a dance mom out there that goes the extra mile to help you navigate down Dance Blvd.  So just keep looking, you're sure to find us out there willing to assist you with great advice, helpful tips and a link or two. is a great all in one place to get you started down the path of the world of all things dance.  Of course, my blog is a good place too!
A great place to shop for all of your dance needs is Discount Dance Supply.  They have the lowest prices for all the name brand shoe wear, leotards, etc.  Use code TP67920 and receive an additional discount off of your total purchase.

Got a question?  Need an answer?  Simply submit your inquiries or suggest a specific subject and we'll do our best to assist you.

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Good luck and Happy Dancing!