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The A, B, C and K's of beautiful skin

April 25, 2016

Do you look in the mirror and see dark circles under your eyes? If so, consider increasing the Vitamin K in your diet.

Do you look in the mirror and see dark circles under your eyes? If so, try increasing the vitamin K in your diet--with Kale! 1 cup of Kale packs 684% of the RDA of Vitamin K. 

If you like a morning smoothie for breakfast, like I do, add a handful of spinach or kale and power up the skin saving nutrients!

Today, I boosted my morning smoothie with handful of spinach to the 1/2 banana, 4 large strawberries, 1 tsp. Coconut Oil, and protein powder.  Why? Spinach is a good source of 

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What's the deal with natural deodorants?

What's the deal with natural deodorants?

March 14, 2016

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This week we're launching our NEW Natural Probiotic Deodorant, Pure Protection. What makes this deodorant different, besides being natural? Simple, it works! Over the past 3 years, I've personally tried at least a dozen different natural deodorants...none worked.

What's the difference between antiperspirants and deodorant?

Most people use the terms antiperspirant and deodorant interchangeably, the two are not the same. Antiperspirants work by preventing perspiration from occurring (with Aluminum). Deodorants allow perspiration, but block odor. Deodorants accomplish this by killing the bacteria that cause odor. From a purely natural standpoint, it makes more sense for us to use deodorants, as it is a more natural process.

Personally, I'm not looking to completely stop sweating.

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Are skincare products purchased at a Doctors office better?

Are skincare products purchased at a Doctors office better?

March 01, 2016

Decisions

 Are the skincare products you purchase in a Doctors office better?  The short answer...probably not.

After 30 years in the beauty industry, I've seen and heard many stories from women when it comes to their skincare purchasing experiences and habits .  Recently, a client mentioned she had been to her dermatologist for a rash.  Upon leaving, she noticed the doctor sold a particular line of anti-aging skincare. The woman at the front desk suggested she try the products, and my client told her, "I'm happy with my skincare line, it's natural and organic."

"Oh, you should try these, they are more potent and effective than the organic lines." the assistant proclaimed, and the dermatologist concurred.  When my client shared this story with me, I wasn't surprised; inaccurate information abounds.

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Do you have blissful expectations for Valentines Day?

Do you have blissful expectations for Valentines Day?

February 09, 2016

Most of us don't look this cute while soaking in a nice tub of bubbles, but the look on Ava's face (Granddaughter of my girlfriend Ellen) says it all!  Most females feel as Ava does, there is something so blissfully nice about a bubble bath!

A long soak, with candles, music, and maybe a flower or two, is something I would adore for Valentine's Day, especially if it's being prepared by my husband.  

Valentine's Day is one of those days you either want to ignore or feel totally pressured by - particularly the guys. What is the right gift for our significant other? My husband and I were discussing it this week, in a class called "Marriage Matters"--What are your expectations for Valentine's Day? 

In the class, when asked what our expectations are, the answers were anything from, "I'm not into a Hallmark created holidays," to "Give me diamonds!" But, the bigger question is, "Have you let your significant other know what your expectations are?" Sometimes we women expect men to be mind readers, and Valentine's Day is a test...how well does he know me?

If you're the, I'm not into a Hallmark created holiday type, and your spouse is someone who wants 

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5 easy skin care goals for 2016

5 easy skin care goals for 2016

January 08, 2016

2016 skin care goals, healthy living,

1. Decide to have a goal!

Whether you are looking for Rosacea redness relief, or just want to better hydrate your dry, flaky skin, deciding to do something about it, is the first step.  Perhaps you've been unhappy with the results, from the drug/department store products you've been purchasing and have decided 2016 is the year you try something healthier for your skin.

2. Be more Aware! 

Organic is different than Natural.  Beware of companies that use the word "Natural" on their packaging.  Legally, this means nothing—it's a completely unregulated term and is used mostly for marketing. It will generally mean that at least some natural ingredients have been used in the formula, but a product can be labeled as natural and contain significant synthetic ingredients. 

Organic products are highly regulated.  It means they contain a large percentage of ingredients that have been grown and processed under a very strict code of cleanliness, with no pesticides or fertilizers, and absolutely no genetically modified organisms. 

 

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Fa, la, la, la, la, la...la, la, la and other tales of last minute holiday shopping!

Fa, la, la, la, la, la...la, la, la and other tales of last minute holiday shopping!

December 15, 2015


Still, nothing beats the memories of holiday shopping and traditions shared with others.

Last minute shopping is both exhilarating and frustrating.  I always try to be "together" when it comes to the holidays, but because it's a busy time of year in my business, I never seem to start early enough. I find myself relying more and more on, on line shopping. It seems I'm not alone. Americans appear to enjoy hunting down deals on their smartphones, tablets and computers.
Some of my favorite holiday shopping memories involve both my daughters, Brianna and Brittany:

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4 ways we age our skin during the holidays!

4 ways we age our skin during the holidays!

December 03, 2015

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The holiday season can wreak havoc on your skin, causing your skin to look older, and more sallow. Here are 4 reasons why.

1. Our Diet - We all know the temptation to eat faster food, and more sugar is real during the holidays.  At the salon I work at, we have sugary treats available every day between Thanksgiving and New Years Day!  Oey, the temptation!  Sugar is not only bad for your thighs, but bad for your skin!

Scientists from the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, and Unilever in the UK, measured the blood sugar levels of 600 men and women aged between 50 and 70.

They then showed photographs of these people to a board of 60 independent assessors and found that those with higher blood sugar looked older than those with lower blood sugar. In fact, for every 1mm/litre increase in blood sugar, the perceived age of that person rose by 5 months

 

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Why do we pray before our Thanksgiving meal?

Why do we pray before our Thanksgiving meal?

November 23, 2015

Most families, even if they don't pray before any other meal, will pray before Thanksgiving dinner.  Our family's Thanksgiving tradition is to have a time of prayer, and then go around the table, sharing the blessings of the past year and what we are most grateful for.  This led me to contemplate; why do pray before eating? 

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Foods that protect you from dementia!

Foods that protect you from dementia!

November 09, 2015


Alzheimer's disease, healthy cooking, cookbook, mental awareness, mood lifting food choices,
November is National Alzheimers Disease and Family Care Giver Awareness Month.  Alzheimer's disease is the 6th most common cause of death in the United States. There is encouraging, growing scientific evidence that dietary choices can actually reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

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An apple a day keeps the Plastic surgeon at bay!

An apple a day keeps the Plastic surgeon at bay!

October 30, 2015


apples, skin, healthy, wellness, good for skinEver since the beginning of creation women have had a love/hate relationship with apples.  Today we are learning that apples may tempt us for good reason.  They have wellness benefits galore! 
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How we add Value to your Purchase

October 12, 2015

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"I want to thank you for the extra gifts of Shea Brulee cuticle cream. It was unexpected and very much appreciated. I'm so glad I found your website, as I have trouble reaching the salon that sells it near me. It was worth the shipping. You were quick to ship the products and again appreciate that. It takes me a little while to get through the bottle, and one is a gift, but I will definitely order from you again."

 Brenda V. Alta Loma, CA.

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Exfoliate and look younger

October 08, 2015


One of my Aesthetician friends, Chelsea and I were talking today about the most misunderstood and often neglected aspect of a great skin care regime in women over 50-

Exfoliation.

 

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