December 7, 2012 by Leave a Comment
Violet Blonde, glamorous and sophisticated, opens with violet leaf, Italian mandarin and pink pepper. The centerpiece of the composition consists of Tuscan iris absolute, Tuscan orris butter, Sambac jasmine and sampaquita. The base is home to elegant and sophisticated tones of musk, suede, cedar, vetiver and benzoin.
A loud powdery perfume that is “polished chic” that verges on formal with a true violet open. Violet takes a back seat to jasmine, iris and a touch of fruit with creamy suede underneath. It is a strong scent requiring judicious application!
December 6, 2012 by Leave a Comment
You Will Need:
Seaweed (3-4 ounces of dried seaweed or 1-2 ounces fresh)
Stocking, Pantyhose, Large Tea Ball, Muslin Bag or Delicates Bags
Essential Oil (optional)
Fill the bag, stockings et cetera with seaweed, this is very important! The bags are needed to keep the seaweed from going down your drain and contain any mess! Boil water in a large pot, add the seaweed (I like to do this with fresh seaweed as well to release the gel), and steep for half an hour or so. Pour into the bath (seaweed in its bag and all). Fill the bath with hot water, add essential oil if you like. Making sure to remove the seaweed bag before you open the drain at the end of your bath.
You can freeze unused seaweed in an airtight bag in your freezer.
A slight gel or film from the seaweed will softly coat your body while you soak. Once it dissolves and you don’t feel it on your skin any more, you know your bath is done and you’ve absorbed the seaweed’s benefits.
Seaweed baths are considered very therapeutic because of their very high mineral content, as well as, iodine and vitamin K.
Caution: Those with high blood pressure or other health problems should consult their doctors before having a hot seaweed bath. Don’t just pick seaweed from the ocean, you don’t know what the contaminants in the water may be. Buy your seaweed from a reputable source, such as, Just Seaweed.com or Seaveg.com.
December 6, 2012 by Leave a Comment
Whether you are Partying, Eating, or Just Dealing With the Cold Weather, I’ve Got You Covered!
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream or their Lavender Scented Version
Eucerin Aquaphor Advanced Therapy – Great for Hands, Lips, Body, etc.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Fragrance Free – Another Hand Cream that is Great for the Body, Lips, etc.
Aquaphor Lip Repair, Immediate Relief – long-lasting relief for dry lips because it works by creating a protective barrier that conditions lips as it prevents moisture loss. It protects and helps heal dry, cracked lips to keep them smooth and healthy.
C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve – Great Lip Balm, can be used on Hands, and Smells Wonderful!
Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint – delivers luscious color a glossy finish and lots of antioxidants.
Any of the following, because they are preservative free which is less irritating to the eye:
Genteal Visine Tears
Refresh PM ointment
Refresh Plus Lubricant Eye Drops, Single-Use Containers 70 per box – I like the single use drops to keep in my purse
*Soothing tip – put your eye drops in the fridge for a few minutes before applying.
Mints/Digestives/Aches & Pains
Listerine PocketPaks – They Are Very Strong, But They Work Covering Odors and have Lasting Power!
StarBucks Sugar-Free Classic Mints – Coffee Breath No More!
American Health Chewable Original Papaya Enzyme – Take a Few of These Before or After a Heavy Meal to Help Your Digestion, Added Bonus the Papaya Flavor is Delicious!
Your Choice of Over the Counter Pain Reliever (You May Want to Avoid Tylenol or its Generic if You are Drinking it can React with Alcohol)
Tums – Anti-Acid
Clean Start by Dermalogica All Over Clear – Great for Oily Skin and Breakouts
A’Kin Pure Rose Hydrating Mist – For Normal to Dry Skin
Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Rub Relief® Strips – Prevent Blisters by Reducing Shoe Rubbing with Adhesive Strips that Fit Anywhere Inside Your Shoes.
Band-Aid Friction Block Stick – Instantly reduces rubbing on skin. Invisibly prevents blisters.
Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Plus Intensive Repair Foot Cream
Gold Bond Maxium Strength Foot Spray – Goes on like a Liquid but Quickly Dries to a Fine Powder to Cool, Refresh and Soothe Your Feet. So You Can Have Fast Relief Without Having to Clean Up Afterward. Provides Triple Action Relief to Quickly Stop Itch, Absorb Moisture, and Control Odor.
CeraVe® SA Renewing Lotion
DermaDoctor KP Duty Dermatologist Body Scrub with Chemical + Physical Medi-Exfoliation
Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash
Drink Water to Stay Hydrated!
Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier – A Humidifier to Put Moisture Back into the Air
ProfoundBeauty Hair Time-Out Treatment – Time-released, leave-in treatment containing micro-encapsulated ingredients that continually penetrate the hair fiber over an extended period of time.
Agloves Original – Gloves that You Can Wear and Text With!
While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information,
this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented
within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional,
please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you
and your medical circumstances.
December 5, 2012 by Leave a Comment
In No Particular Order:
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
She’s All That (1999)
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
Disney’s Cinderella (1950)
Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997)
My Fair Lady (1964)
The Counterfeit Contessa (1994)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Never Been Kissed (1999)
The Princess Diaries (2001)
She’s Out of Control (1989)
Miss Congeniality (2000)
She’s the Man (2006)
I would love to hear some of your favorites, please post in the comments!
December 5, 2012 by 1 Comment
Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream
Restorsea Rejuvenating Day Cream
Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals Blue Plasma
A natural enzyme released during the baby salmon hatching process it is a treatment designed to deliver the benefits of a chemical peel without the redness or irritation that can be sometimes caused by a peel. The enzyme not to be confused with an acid, known as a hatching enzyme, breakdowns the salmon roe shell to release the salmon larvae without harming it. It was found that it has similar exfoliating properties as an acid treatment but is gentler to the skin (as with most enzymes). You will not see an immediate difference like with a professional chemical peel, but with repeated use you will see an accumulated difference to your skin. Enzymes are better tolerated by sensitive skin than acids, make sure to ask your Dermatologist or Esthetician if your skin can tolerate the enzyme. Patch testing the product maybe recommended. This enzyme treatment works (like most enzyme treatments) to attack only dead skin cells, helping to lift surface debris, unclogging and purifying the skin of build-up.
- Hydrating and makes the skin more supple
- Resurfaces and helps cell turnover
- Plumping out lines & wrinkles.
*Not recommended for anyone with a seaweed, shellfish, or seafood allergy!
Diamonds, Pearls, Gold, Silver and Caviar — Oh My! Luxurious Beauty Products Are They Really Worth It?
December 5, 2012 by Leave a Comment
Azature Black Diamond Nail Polish
The black diamond king, Azature launches this Black Diamond polish that contains one real black diamond and is packaged in a Talk about “dripping in diamonds,” a limited edition nail polish by celebrity and royalty jewelry designer AZATURE is being touted as the most expensive nail polish in the world. The price tag? $250,000. And with good reason—each bottle contains 267 carats worth of black diamonds (a specialty of the jeweler). Of course, not too many are willing to spend that amount of money on nail polish (diamond lovers or not), which is why the brand has also created a “lower-end” version of the nail polish for the price of $25. The color is the brand’s signature black and offers a glittery sheen that resembles the sparkle of diamonds, but contains only one real black diamond per bottle.
Ciaté is introducing the Caviar Manicure a 3D Nail Polish Kit that is available at Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/.
Dotted style: The caviar manicure by Ciate — created by sticking tiny beads to polish — is the latest extreme nails trend taking ladies by storm.
My Beauty Diary Pearl Powder Mask
Whitens nourishes and revitalizes skin. It is ideal for all skin types, especially dull and damaged skin. Creates translucent and whitened skin: Super fine pearl powder contains various amino acid and microelements which permeate into skin, performing watery and white skin. Mulberry peel essence hydrates skin. Revitalizes and nourishes skin: Vitamin B and seaweed complex revitalize and nourish skin while licorice and citrus ingredients condition and nourish skin. Amazing Nanospheres Technology: Structured with plenty of tiny holes, it enhances absorption of nourishment, leaving skin moisturized.
*Would not recommend for anyone with a seaweed/seafood/shellfish allergy.
Timeless Myoxy Caviar Repair Cream
An opulent tri-phase homogenised cream, Time Repair is enriched with Caviar, Pearl and Escutox, which are all abundant in potent actives. Its silky texture is easily absorbed, leaving skin with a healthy, youthful glow. Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Caviar Extract tightens, firms, and lifts. Pearl Powder adds a luminous, healthy glow. Vitamin A smooths dry skin, improves elasticity, and thickens the epidermis. Excellent for mature or dry skin.
*I would not recommend using Caviar or Pearl products if you have a seafood/shellfish allergy.
LaRocca Skincare Daily Hydrating Moisturizer with SPF 15
Restore your skins suppleness with this delightfully lightweight moisturizer from LaRocca. 24K colloidal gold* and other firming ingredients work to boost cell turnover for a younger-looking complexion. Jojoba seed oil, squalane and apricot kernel oil deliver luscious hydration, moisture and healing action.
*I have tried this product. It didn’t seem to do anything special for my skin. My worry is that it may cause inflammatory reactions like contact dermatitis.
Mario Badescu Silver Powder
For excessive, stubborn blackheads, this oil absorbent powder will help to unclog congested pores. Prevents blackheads and promotes a healthier complexion. Silver and most silver compounds have an oligodynamic effect and are toxic for bacteria, algae, and fungi. The oligodynamic effect is typical for heavy metals, but, among the elements that have this effect, silver is the least toxic for humans. The antibacterial action of silver is dependent on the silver ion the ability of the biologically active silver ion (Ag+) to irreversibly damage key enzyme systems in the cell membranes of pathogens.
*Colloidal silver preparations (CSP) are antibacterial and can help acne, but there are better acne solutions out there. Retinol, Benzoyl Peroxide, or Salicylic acid for example. CSP should not be taken orally, silver can accumulate in the body!
December 4, 2012 by Leave a Comment
Rosy lips, loose flowing hair, and dewy skin for this look.
The Lady of Shalott
(inspired the painting)
PART I On either side the river lie Long fields of barley and of rye, That clothe the wold and meet the sky; And thro' the field the road runs by To many-tower'd Camelot; And up and down the people go, Gazing where the lilies blow Round an island there below, The island of Shalott. Willows whiten, aspens quiver, Little breezes dusk and shiver Thro' the wave that runs for ever By the island in the river Flowing down to Camelot. Four gray walls, and four gray towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of Shalott. By the margin, willow-veil'd Slide the heavy barges trail'd By slow horses; and unhail'd The shallop flitteth silken-sail'd Skimming down to Camelot: But who hath seen her wave her hand? Or at the casement seen her stand? Or is she known in all the land, The Lady of Shalott? Only reapers, reaping early In among the bearded barley, Hear a song that echoes cheerly From the river winding clearly, Down to tower'd Camelot: And by the moon the reaper weary, Piling sheaves in uplands airy, Listening, whispers "'Tis the fairy Lady of Shalott". PART II There she weaves by night and day A magic web with colours gay. She has heard a whisper say, A curse is on her if she stay To look down to Camelot. She knows not what the 'curse' may be, And so she weaveth steadily, And little other care hath she, The Lady of Shalott. And moving thro' a mirror clear That hangs before her all the year, Shadows of the world appear. There she sees the highway near Winding down to Camelot: There the river eddy whirls, And there the surly village-churls, And the red cloaks of market girls, Pass onward from Shalott. Sometimes a troop of damsels glad, An abbot on an ambling pad, Sometimes a curly shepherd-lad, Or long-hair'd page in crimson clad, Goes by to tower'd Camelot; And sometimes thro' the mirror blue The knights come riding two and two: She hath no loyal knight and true, The Lady of Shalott. But in her web she still delights To weave the mirror's magic sights, For often thro' the silent nights A funeral, with plumes and lights, And music, went to Camelot: Or when the moon was overhead, Came two young lovers lately wed; "I am half-sick of shadows," said The Lady of Shalott. PART III A bow-shot from her bower-eaves, He rode between the barley sheaves, The sun came dazzling thro' the leaves, And flamed upon the brazen greaves Of bold Sir Lancelot. A redcross knight for ever kneel'd To a lady in his shield, That sparkled on the yellow field, Beside remote Shalott. The gemmy bridle glitter'd free, Like to some branch of stars we see Hung in the golden Galaxy. The bridle bells rang merrily As he rode down to Camelot: And from his blazon'd baldric slung A mighty silver bugle hung, And as he rode his armour rung, Beside remote Shalott. All in the blue unclouded weather Thick-jewell'd shone the saddle-leather, The helmet and the helmet-feather Burn'd like one burning flame together, As he rode down to Camelot. As often thro' the purple night, Below the starry clusters bright, Some bearded meteor, trailing light, Moves over still Shalott. His broad clear brow in sunlight glow'd; On burnish'd hooves his war-horse trode; From underneath his helmet flow'd His coal-black curls as on he rode, As he rode down to Camelot. From the bank and from the river He flashed into the crystal mirror, "Tirra lirra," by the river Sang Sir Lancelot. She left the web, she left the loom; She made three paces thro' the room, She saw the water-lily bloom, She saw the helmet and the plume, She look'd down to Camelot. Out flew the web and floated wide; The mirror crack'd from side to side; "The curse is come upon me," cried The Lady of Shalott. PART IV In the stormy east-wind straining, The pale yellow woods were waning, The broad stream in his banks complaining, Heavily the low sky raining Over tower'd Camelot; Down she came and found a boat Beneath a willow left afloat, And round about the prow she wrote 'The Lady of Shalott.' And down the river's dim expanse-- Like some bold seër in a trance, Seeing all his own mischance-- With a glassy countenance Did she look to Camelot. And at the closing of the day She loosed the chain, and down she lay; The broad stream bore her far away, The Lady of Shalott. Lying, robed in snowy white That loosely flew to left and right-- The leaves upon her falling light-- Thro' the noises of the night She floated down to Camelot; And as the boat-head wound along The willowy hills and fields among, They heard her singing her last song, The Lady of Shalott. Heard a carol, mournful, holy, Chanted loudly, chanted lowly, Till her blood was frozen slowly, And her eyes were darken'd wholly, Turn'd to tower'd Camelot; For ere she reach'd upon the tide The first house by the water-side, Singing in her song she died, The Lady of Shalott. Under tower and balcony, By garden-wall and gallery, A gleaming shape she floated by, Dead-pale between the houses high, Silent into Camelot. Out upon the wharfs they came, Knight and burgher, lord and dame, And round the prow they read her name, 'The Lady of Shalott' Who is this? and what is here? And in the lighted palace near Died the sound of royal cheer; And they cross'd themselves for fear, All the knights at Camelot: But Lancelot mused a little space; He said, "She has a lovely face; God in his mercy lend her grace, The Lady of Shalott".
LIPSTICK QUEEN in Medieval
A sheer, flattering lip color that suits every skin tone. Contains Vitamin E for a luxurious feel with just a touch of pigment for natural-looking cherry lips.
Lipstick Queen created this product inspired by Medieval times when a full coverage lipstick was considered a sin. Instead, women used lemons to stimulate the lips and stain them a see through blood red.
A very sheer formula in one simple universal shade that suits every skin tone and is chic as it is comfortable. Gives a very natural look, based for a luxurious feel with just a touch of pigment to create a purely sensual lip.
Fresh Crème Ancienne Eye Cream & Face Cream
A couture antiaging treatment, handmade in a monastery. This exclusive complex is inspired by the world’s first emulsion-based cream, created in the 2nd century A.D. by Claude Galen (esteemed doctor to Emperor Marcus Aurelius) to heal gladiators’ wounds. To preserve its rich heritage and supreme quality, the complex is hand-blended in a European monastery.
Was created by Muehlens for Men and Women in 1792. It is the result of the following top fragrance Notes: bergamot, lemon and orange. The middle notes are: rosemary and rose and the base of the fragrance is: musk, petitgrain and neroli.
Matte skin, bold brows, and a mauve mouth for this look.
An adventurous color palette for this look.
December 3, 2012 by Leave a Comment
The dermis (a skin layer) contains about: (per inch of skin)
- 650 sweat glands
- 20 blood vessels
- more than 1,000 nerve endings
This is where your body produces and releases sweat through your pores (i.e. sweat glands), where hair follicles grow and where your nerve endings are.
December 3, 2012 by 1 Comment
Working out not only helps your figure, but also improves your complexion!
It’s hardly news that exercise is great for your heart, lungs, and mental outlook. Here’s another reason to get moving: Regular exercise is one of the keys to healthy skin. “We tend to focus on the cardiovascular benefits of physical activity, and those are important. But anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant,” says dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin and associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. When you get your heart pumping from aerobic exercise, you’re supplying your skin with a nice dose of oxygenated blood, says Noëlle S. Sherber, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist based in Baltimore, Maryland. “It gives you that great post-workout glow.”
Yoga is also great for your skin! All poses that Practitioners of yoga twist, contort and stretch their bodies into poses called asanas while using focused breath patterns to achieve a state of exertion, control, meditation and oneness between mind and body can benefit the skin.
Wrinkle Reduction and Acne Relief
Working out also helps maintain healthy levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol, Sherber says. “Elevated cortisol levels are linked to increased sebum production, which means more acne breakouts,” she says. Too much cortisol can also cause the collagen in the skin to break down, Sherber says, which can increase wrinkles and sagging. “Exercise actually supports the production of collagen,” says Amy Dixon, a Los Angeles–based exercise physiologist and celebrity trainer. “The boost in this protein helps to keep your skin firm, supple, and elastic.”
Regular exercise boosts circulation. “It nourishes your skin, bringing more blood flow and oxygen to it,” says Mauro C. Romita, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of Ajune Center for Beauty Synergy in New York City. “This will help draw toxins out of the body.” Plus, all that sweating cleans out the pores of congested skin. “Working out corrects the hormonal imbalance that can cause adult acne,” Romita says.
To reap the beneficial skin effects of working out, a few extra steps are required, Sherber warns. “If you’re acne prone, make sure to keep gentle, fragrance-free cleansing wipes in your gym bag.” Be sure to cleanse your face and other areas that tend to break out immediately after exercising, she says. “For eczema, wear fabrics that wick perspiration away from the skin, since the wet-dry-wet-dry cycle will dry out your skin and provoke flare-ups,” Sherber says. And above all, avoid exercising with makeup on your face.
First, let’s talk a little bit about how acne forms. Glands in the follicles of your skin produce sebum, an oil that lubricates your skin. As sebum works its way to the surface, it carries with it dead skin cells. Occasionally, the sebum and skin cell mixture clogs a pore. Then, bacteria shows up, which ultimately leads to inflammation and acne.
What does this have to do with yoga? Well, yoga has been shown time and again to be an effective way of relieving not only stress, but the hormone that goes hand-in-hand with feelings of stress: cortisol
When you experience stress, your adrenal glands release cortisol. The presence of cortisol then triggers numerous changes throughout your body, one of which is increased production of sebum, which contributes heavily to blockages and acne. Because yoga lowers cortisol, and cortisol is a contributing factor of acne, it stands to reason that yoga can help clear up acne.
When first starting yoga, the increase in sweating may exacerbate blockages that have already formed, bringing those problems to the forefront at once. Many report that it takes about a month for skin to show benefit from yoga.
Yoga can clear up acne — for some people. If you practice yoga regularly, have accounted for factors such as makeup and cleanliness, and continue having problems with acne, it’s possible that heredity plays a larger role for you. Yoga will, however, help improve your skin tone and texture overall, and can be just one part of a larger campaign for healthier looking skin.
Most exercise-related acne is the result of several controllable factors. Some tips:
- Don’t wear make up while exercising! Always remove your make up by washing your face before exercising!
- Wash your hands and face both before and after performing yoga.
- Though sweating is good, it leaves behind salt that can clog pores, so shower afterward.
- Stay away from clothes that are too tight — especially those made of synthetic fibers. Constant friction against your skin can cause acne mechanica, which is common among athletes and physically active people.
- Make sure your yoga mat or other equipment is clean, or it can become a home for bacteria.
- Don’t use your hand to wipe hair or sweat away from your face.
The improved blood flow helps keep your hair stronger and healthier, Dixon says. This blood, full of nutrients, stimulates the hair follicles and promotes growth. “Exercise is also a big stress reliever,” she says. “Lower stress means your hair is less likely to be brittle and, worse, fall out.” Even if you’re as stress free as a cucumber, Dixon recommends checking with your dermatologist about any hair loss to rule out other causes.
As for the best type of exercise for your skin, Dixon says it’s all good. “Every modality will improve circulation and reduce stress,” she says, “but it’s a wise move to mix up your workouts as often as possible.” Try adding 30 minutes of a few simple yoga postures or a brisk walk to your day three times a week, Dixon says, to see the beauty returns in your hair and skin.