Product Review JUYOU 24K Gold Eye Mask


I’m always on the lookout for a new eye treatment and when I had the chance to try these eye masks at a discount, I was excited to give them a try. They’re available on Amazon for a good price. $12.99 for 30 pairs of gel patches. https://www.amazon.com/Anti-Wrinkle-Treatment-Anti-Aging-Collagen-Hyaluronic/dp/B07HCX38B3?m=A1KAOB8Y8EER38

https://www.amazon.com/Anti-Wrinkle-Treatment-Anti-Aging-Collagen-Hyaluronic/dp/B07HCX38B3?m=A1KAOB8Y8EER38

Here is the product description on Amazon. I copied and pasted from Amazon so you could read the company description in their words. Read below for my thoughts.

  • 💦 24K GOLD: 24k gold molecule is a luxury skin care ingredient highly recommended by the global beauty industry. Eye masks, containing precious 24k active gold ability to expel harmful toxins, promote blood circulation, improve metabolism, alleviate the aging of eye skin, effectively improve fine wrinkles, dry lines and bags, reduce dark circles and edema, prevent the formation of fat particles, and restore bright color to dark skin.
  • 💦 SMALL MOLECULE COLLAGEN: Rich in many kinds of amino acids to supplement essential nutrients to the skin, easy to be absorbed by the skin, effectively improve the ability of skin regeneration, promote the increase of collagen and elastin, thereby maintain skin elasticity and luster.
  • 💦 HYALURONIC ACID: Highly efficient moisturizer which can penetrate the skin, lock in moisture and provide a long-lasting moisturizing effect on the eye area. It also can reduce the production of free radicals, delay skin aging and keep the skin delicate.
  • 💦 VARIETY OF PLANT ESSENCE: Witch Hazel are considered as the most effective natural skin care ingredients. It combines water replenishing, moisturizing, antioxidant and other functions to effectively alleviate various eye skin problems caused by excessive eye use.
  • 💦 JUYOU EYE MASKS: Dedicated to improving your eye skin, soothing your eye skin, conforming to ergonomic C-zone design, and making them ideal eye patches and eventually bring back the beauty to your eyes! If you have any questions about the product, please feel free to contact us. We always pay attention to the customer’s experience!

I didn’t take a before and after picture because I’ve only been using them for about a week, and there hasn’t been a significant difference in that week. Here are my takeaways.

  • Cooling. They feel very nice on your skin and have that cooling effect that feels good after a long day.
  • Moisturizing. I definitely felt a difference in the moisture on the skin underneath my eyes.
  • Slippery. The texture of these gel masks is pretty thin, so they slide out of place and have to be adjusted frequently. Most masks you can sit up and do other things while they work, these work best if you take the time to lay back and relax so they stay put.
  • Lightly scented. Some masks are overpowering in the way they smell. These are nice and have a light, clean scent.
  • Good consistency. If you’ve ever used a sheet mask, or a gel mask, you know that the product left behind can be a little sticky. The product left behind with this mask absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel heavy or gooey on your skin.

Overall, I like these and I’ll continue to use them. If you try them, tell me what you think!!

You’ve Been Beautified! 

Interview with Model Christine Olyer

In today’s post, I had the pleasure of interviewing model and actress, Christine Olyer. Christine and I go way back. We met as actresses in a local dinner theater company in Denver. It’s funny because we only worked together on one production, but we connected and have stayed friends ever since. Our lives have taken us in very separate directions, and sometimes years have passed between us where we haven’t been in touch, but through it all, I’ve always considered her one of my dearest friends.

I was fortunate to have Christine as the creative editor on my first book, Set It Free, in the Heart & Soul series. Her suggestions were amazing and the way she coached me really pushed me as a writer, in the most wonderful way.

Christine has had a pretty awesome career as a model and actress. Her most recent experience is working as a mature model. She is now living in Rome, Italy. For the moment, her modeling career is on pause, but I don’t think she’s done yet. She’s beautiful inside and out and any designer would be lucky to have her.

I really wish I had a picture of us from our dinner theater days, but I don’t. So… I guess her gorgeous modeling pictures will have to suffice. Make yourself comfortable, pour an espresso and indulge in a Biscotti as you read, and enjoy!

 

Special thanks to Kaya Munn for the use of her photos of Christine. Take a look at her website to see more of her work. https://www.kayamunnphotography.com

You’ve worked as both an actress and a model. Which one came first for you and why?

My first professional gig was as a model. I was 16 years old in Salem, OR and I really wanted to model fashion. So in this little city not only did I act in High School and get awarded “most dramatic senior” but I found my first opportunities walking the runway!

Which do you prefer, acting or modeling?

I prefer modeling and I am embarrassed to tell you why! The reality of acting is memorization and I have a huge struggle memorizing my lines. I love improv because you don’t have to memorize the lines word for word and you can react in the moment. I did a Shakespeare play and it took me hours of work each day to memorize the lines, which definitely had to be word for word; however, it is the show I am most proud of and I had a blast performing the role of Helena!

We’ve known each other for over 20 years… wow! In that time, I’ve seen you rock a vibrant red hair color, a rich auburn brown, and now you’ve embraced your natural silver/platinum. Which color did you like best?

I like my natural hair color best and there are many reasons:

  • It feels great accepting myself just as I am
  • Women find me more approachable
  • Men were so creepy to me when I was a redhead
  • Silver is the trend and it always feels good to be “on trend”
  • Dying my hair was ruining my hair texture
  • I hated seeing my ‘roots’
  • Silver is a standout even if it makes me look even more ‘mature’ than I am
  • I get compliments from strangers almost every time I go out on my hair color
  • My hairstylist here in Rome says that there is no way to duplicate my hair color
  • My hubby finds it sexy (is that weird?)

When and why did you decide to stop coloring your hair and go Au natural? How did it make you feel?

I had a plan to stop coloring my hair when I turned 50 and when my birthday came, I wasn’t ready. So, after traveling to Germany and seeing a magnificent head of silver hair, I was convinced! I got home from Germany, and waited until my roots were about an inch grown out and I had my stylist cut my hair to a pixie length. Oddly enough, there was still some red on the tips, which garnered so many compliments. “I love your tips” was a frequent compliment from women and this was entirely new to me. I had almost never received compliments on my hair from women. Up until this point, most women wouldn’t approach me. And as I let my hair grow, it took about two more cuts to get all of the red out, the more women were verbally supportive of me and my hair! I developed many more friendships. I like to think that the more I accepted myself as God made me, the more comfortable women were with me. I think women are so tuned into confidence and integrity and they gravitate towards others who are in turn confident and acting with integrity. Sorry, that was a really long answer!

Blue/violet shampoos are what I always recommend to keep grays vibrant and to prevent yellowing/brassiness. Do you use a specialty shampoo? Which one?

So I have relied on your advice for my hair a few times in my life and you have never steered me wrong! I am a blonde, who grew into dirty dishwater blonde, then to ash brown-brunette (like so many of us), my hair has silver, white, ashy gray, ashy brown, (now you see why my hairdresser says you can’t duplicate it) – meaning that some strands of hair look ashy or yellowed – that’s normal and that is beautiful with creams, ecrus, and off-whites – don’t let anyone tell you that it’s unattractive! That said, products can and do dull hair and using a violet shampoo really makes a platinum/gray/silver/white hair color sing! I use what you have recommended to me Brooke, Monat Colour Enhance Perfectly Platinum Shampoo and Conditioner (I am sorry that this sounds like an advertisement!) I have used other brands with great results – here’s the difference for me with the Monat product – it is stronger – I don’t have to use it as frequently as the other brands I have used in the past. I use it once a month – I know, that sounds ridiculous – and it keeps my hair shiny and the color bright without any old lady purple.

It seems like once you went platinum/silver, your modeling career really got busy. Tell me what it’s like being a mature model?

The demand for my hair color was incredible – partly because in the commercial world, the segment being targeted is Baby Boomer or GenX – for Boomers, they want to see young, vibrant women and the hair color says ‘older’ and for GenX, the hair color says “Hey, I am your kid’s grandma.”

For modeling the mentality is entirely supported by the movement for inclusion. Let’s include women of all body types, all races, and all ages. In Denver, there is a designer who only wants older women modeling her clothes. She picked up on the trend early and hired me to walk for her in a couple of Denver Fashion Shows.

Do you think there is less pressure on a mature model, or more? (Body image. Overall image, etc.) Is it more fun, less stressful being a mature model?

So, it’s interesting being an older model – yes, there’s still pressure to fit into the clothes and that gets more challenging when your body’s metabolism is changing. Here are a couple of anecdotes:

I hadn’t walked the runway in about 30 years, when I was hired by Nordstrom to do a Beauty event. As I was walking into the fitting, I followed two gorgeous women who were easily 3 inches taller than me and definitely fit! I felt myself flushing, embarrassed that I was shorter, old, fat…but when I got in the fitting everyone was incredibly supportive!! No one was saying, oh my god would you drop 5 lbs by tomorrow, no one was asking me to have plastic surgery. No. It was so great being included and accepted for me, just being me.

After that I was booked for the Denver fashion event with the designer who used several other women in the mature model cohort. It was so fun! That show is still on YouTube, you can watch it here.

What’s your every day skincare routine and what products do you use?

I have sensitive skin that has changed over the course of my life, like every woman! I had adult acne at one point and now the pendulum has swung over to dry skin. I have used the Clinique skincare system my entire life with some small adjustments:

  • 4 nights a week I use gel cleanser, the other nights I use micellar water
  • Toner morning & night
  • Eye serum morning & night
  • Repairwear Laserfocus serum at night (they are discontinuing this so I am just about ready to purchase some new products 😊)
  • Dramatically different moisturizer  — morning & night
  • Moisturizer with SPF mornings – always
  • When I can afford it I buy (and use) the Guerlain Double R Renew & Repair serum
  • For fun I splurge on Guerlain lipstick – incredibly moisturizing!!!
  • No eye-shadows with metallic glitter – makes my eyelids swell up
  • Change my mascara often – sensitive eyes need fresh mascara
  • Nars eyeliner goes on more smoothly than Clinique – soooo…
  • Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil is the right color for gray 😊
  • Just about everything else is Clinique.

You’ve been living a fun, international life. Your husband’s career has taken you to Germany and now Italy. What fashion and beauty differences have you noticed in both countries? How do both countries differ from each other when it comes to the local image?

This is a great question! The beauty culture is vastly different between these two countries. Germans are practical and walk on cobblestones most of the time, so you see Birkenstock. But German women love being feminine so you see plenty of French cosmetic lines available in their pharmacies called Apoteke. You will also see them loving floral prints, but not wearing a ton of jewelry, and wearing big scarves. But while I was living there the uniform in winter was:

  • Slim jeans or pants
  • Thick sweater
  • Wellensteyn jacket with fur-trimmed hood
  • Boots or sneakers
  • Big scarf
  • Hat

In Rome, the women are dressed with more jewelry and on trend. No wandering around in sneakers if you can find a pair of boots. Cropped pants, culottes, and split skirts are the trend that everyone is wearing. And did I mention boots? Combat, Chelsea, over-the-knee (with a mini-skirt), medium heels, high heels, mid-calf, bottom-of-the knee,– these women know their boot styles and wear them with hosiery! I don’t see bare legs here in in Rome, even if I do see some very short dresses and skirts. Most women wear their hair down, it’s colored, and they have at least one Italian brand visible, Gucci, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, or Luisa Spagnoli. I don’t see many hats, even when it is cold, but to make up for it they layer, layer, layer! I have seen a sweater under a blazer under a puffy jacket under a ¾ wool coat more than once!

Do you find you have to change your skincare routine based on where you live?

Yes, definitely. The hardness of the water and the humidity of the air, as well as the pollution of the urban environments are different and require different skincare treatments. Here in Rome, the water is very hard, so I am using micellar water more and more to cleanse at night. I am also using more SPF in my lip care routine because I am walking around in the sun more!

What about makeup? Do you like to glam it up, or are you a minimalist when it comes to makeup? What are your favorite brands?

I have a love/hate affair with makeup – I love how I look in it, but I don’t always want to spend much time applying it – so I have a couple of routines that work for me:

  • Fastest: Guerlain or Clinique eye primer, Clinique cover up, Clinique mascara, Guerlain or Nars or Chanel red lipstick (very French and each red has its own temperament)
  • Confidence booster: Guerlain eye primer, Clinique cover up, eye shadow (Dior, Clinique, Bobbi Brown), Nars eyeliner, Urban Decay setting spray, Clinique mascara, my perfect neutral lipstick (Guerlain, Chanel, Clinique depending on what my lips need or my wardrobe choice)
  • Time to shine: all of the confidence booster with Clinique age defense BB cream SPF 30, cream stick blush, Becca liquid highlighter.

I love to ask this question… You’re going to a remote location/desert island, etc. What 3 products can you not live without? (Sunscreen is provided here, so no need to include that one.)

Coffee, Vicks, Allergy medicine, floss

Oh, you meant beauty products…cover up, lip gloss with SPF, mascara

What’s in your beauty bag?

I have a gold train case that holds exactly what I need for traveling:

Beauty tools, including eyeglass repair kit

Lip liner, lip gloss, lip stick

Korean pomegranate face mask (Best one is from Sally Beauty Supply of all places 😊)

Dior gift with purchase eye-shadow

Travel size Clinique skin care

Scissors, black electrical tape, samples of perfume, double-sided tape, safety pins, sewing kit

What advice can you give someone in the industry, who’s in that in-between stage of modeling/mature modeling?

There is always work. Work slows down, you might have to find some other applications for your skills, but there is always work to be done.

Any modeling or acting work on the horizon, or is that on hold for awhile? 

By moving to Rome I have missed out on about 5 or 6 modeling jobs in Denver and it is killing me! On the other hand, I have found a great position here in Rome that uses my other knowledge, skills, and abilities, so that will be fulfilling on a different level.

I think you’re gorgeous and I love seeing how your career has evolved. Where’s your Cover Girl campaign??

Right???!!!!

 

This was such a fun experience! Thank you for the interview, Christine!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you would like to be considered for a future interview on my blog, please respond to this post!

You’ve Been Beautified!

Beauty Interview with Jennifer Nicole Lee

When I started this blog over 10 years ago, one thing I always wanted to do, but never had the chance, was interview people! I was interested in talking to models, makeup artists, product developers, photographers, and other beauty addicts, much like myself. At the top of my list to interview was Fitness Expert Jennifer Nicole Lee! I’ve been following her career for years, and over the past year, she and I have had a chance to connect and get to know each other. She’s created this amazing VIP group on Facebook that’s full of women from all walks of life. I recently attended her world conference and it was truly amazing! More on that in a future post.

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At the 2020 World Conference!

Always, always follow your dreams. I wasn’t sure if Jennifer would be as excited as I was about the possibility of collaborating to do this interview, but she was!

All you have to do is ask! Some of this interview took place over the phone, but most of it was done via email. We’re hoping to team up again in the near future either in person or on a video chat to share with all of you.

This was a lot of fun, coming up with these questions, and even more fun to read her answers! Read on, and enjoy!!

1.       You have naturally curly hair. What’s your secret/process to straightening your hair? I know how hard it can be to get it so smooth on that texture. Do you use a certain product, or is there a salon treatment that you get for lasting smoothness? Both! Heehee! I live in Miami, so with this humidity I need all the help I can get. I love Deluge shampoo, conditioner. My faves are the Argon Oil shampoo & conditioner. I am obsessed with their Mask, I use it every wash, even though it’s a mask. Just a touch at the end to seal in all the moisture. I also did a treatment called “The Apple Stem Cell” to make my hair smoother & shinier. Its not a Keratin Brazilian blow out treatment that can harm the hair. It actually is an anti-aging hair treatment to help it be stronger, grow longer and be shinier and more controllable.

2.      To clarify, you’re not getting paid to endorse any of these products, but I’d like to know and I think others would like to know, what products you can’t live without.  Love this question. One of our VIP sistas Andreea in Austria gifted me with an Hour Glass Highligher palette. I kid you not, I use it every day! On my cheeks and lids. It’s the Ambient Strobe Light Palette. I am also in love with the Natasha Denona Beauty Eye Shadow Palette! The Metropolis Palette is so bold! I also love the Gold Palette, great for brown eyes, as the greens in the palette make your eyes look like hazel. I swear by Katie B Cosmetics for her foundation and her Green Tea Mineral Baked powder. Been wearing those for years! I’m also in love with Tatcha Primer. It’s a little thick, so I blend it with one pump of Lancome La Base, to make it a little more pliable. That combo seals in my face from the humidity here in Miami. Its sweat and humidity proof!

3.      Let’s play Survivor. You are going to a remote island and you can only take 3 beauty products with you. What are they? Besides sunscreen, of course.  Great question. I love the Deluge Firm My Figure scrub, as it’s a 2 in one: exfoliant for face and body, and also a moisturizer. I would then of course do the Deluge Hair Mask. Not selling or plugging, I really love their products. And gotta look cute, so a super glossy fuchsia lip gloss that screams “tropical paradise”, my fave is Rimmel Stay Glossy 6 Hour Gloss in the color Candy Floss

4.      How old were you when you first started wearing makeup? Who taught you to apply it? TRUE STORY! I have two older sisters. My earliest memory of makeup is that my two oldest sisters put makeup on me for my first day at Kindergarten! I remember it clearly! I’m laughing now, but something didn’t feel right when I went to my first day at the big elementary school and all eyes where on me. Couldn’t figure out why I was getting all of the stark stares, but now I know! I had blue eye shadow on my lids and my lips were hot pink, with a swipe of blush on my cheeks. I was their “doll” I guess and I think they wanted me to make a “good impression” on my first day of Kindergarten! LOL!

5.      Favorite beauty trend? I have a lot! Highlighter! The more the better! I want to make sure the aliens see “glow” in outer-space.

6.      What’s a beauty trend you regret? Thin eyebrows! Geeze, looking back I think we were all taking out our stress on our eyebrows and plucking them to death.

7.      When you apply your makeup, do you start with face or eyes first? Why? Love this question. I always start with the canvas, the skin. I need to lock that down first, flawless. I know that some artists do eyes first and then “clean up” around any fall out of eye shadow with base, etc. I cant do that! Drives me crazy. I must do face first then move to eyes, and then lips are last.

8.      What’s in your beauty bag? Reach into the purse closest to you, grab your bag, dump it out if you’re feeling ambitious, and tell us what you’ve got! Oh Lordy! I’m scared! Ready! A powder puff for my powder application (that I really need to wash!) sugar free gum, breath spray, Katie B Cosmetics Mineral Baked Powder. Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, and a Wet Brush (Even though I wont use it while my hair is wet, I love how easy it is on my hair)

9.      What’s your favorite high-end makeup brand? Great question! Depends! Natasha Denona for eye shadow. Lancome for Mascara, Tatcha for Primer, Chanel for Perfume, Greek Goddess Lashes for false eyelashes.

10.  What’s your favorite drugstore brand? Geeze! A lot! I love Maybelline, Cover Girl, I have worn them all! Actually Wet n Wild has gotten really good! Great prices too.

11.  Do you like trying new skincare products or do you stick to a routine? I love to try new products! I feel like your skin can always use a “JOLT” with new products and trying new things that can either work or be a dud! You never know until you try. And companies now are always doing so many give-aways. That’s the fun part.

12.  If you could create a makeup or skincare product, what would it be? WOW! Love this fantasy. It would be the VIP Line! For women who dare to push the envelope. Bold colors. Striking lips, lids, cheeks. Power looks for sure. We both remember the 80’s, I think that was the best hair and make up! Bigger the better! Twisted Sister anyone? Heehee! I loved watching Ru Paul and he really was over the top in his hair and make up. I love me a good drama look. Smokey eyes, red lips. 80’s all the way! Of course we would do a “Wedding/Natural Look Division” but it has to be glam in some type of way.

13.  You’re known for being a fitness expert, and a wonderful coach! Training women all around the globe on how to be the best version of themselves. What’s your best non-beauty related beauty tip? Confidence, I know that when you rock your confidence, no matter what you are wearing, or what type of make up you have, you have that “it” factor. Not being cocky, or highfalutin, but just a warm spirit that invites others in to also feel genuine in their skin. A smile always works! That little twinkle in your eye of pure joy and happiness. Those are my every day must-do beauty tips to evoke that feeling of being beautiful no matter what!
THANK YOU BROOKE FOR THIS INTERVIEW!

Here are a few more pictures from the conference. It seemed like any time there was a microphone nearby, it was in my hand! I need to host my own entertainment/beauty show!!

I hope you enjoyed Jennifer’s answers as much as I did! Thanks for checking in, and if you would like to be interviewed for my blog, reply to this post and let’s work something out!

As always, You’ve Been Beautified!!

P.S. Looking for something to read? Check out the first 2 books in the Heart & Soul series by yours truly!!!

Product Review – Deluge Cosmetics

A few months ago I wrote a post saying goodbye to BrookeKnowsBeauty. Well, I lied. Even though I’ve been focused on sales for my first book, and getting ready to launch my second book, I realized I love talking about beauty products too much to walk away!

I love discovering new products. At the beginning of the year I joined a private group on Facebook that focuses on health and wellness. It’s been a life-changing experience to be among women who support other women, not just in their weight loss and health goals, but in their business endeavors, as well. Check out the VIP group here.

I was introduced to Deluge Cosmetics by one of the members of that amazing group! If you’ve read past posts, or know me personally, you know I love all kinds of skin care. Scrubs, moisturizers, serums, oh my! The list goes on and on. When I first saw Deluge and read about their coffee body scrub, I was immediately intrigued.

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Not only is the packaging cute and original, the product is amazing! The scrub is effective in exfoliating and minimizing the appearance of cellulite, but it’s also gentle enough for your face. Seriously, step in the shower with this product and scrub from head to toe. Your skin will feel renewed and so soft. Plus, you’ll get the closest shave you can imagine when you use on your legs before hair removal.

After the scrub, I used the body butter in the scent featured here. Tropical Paradise. I’ve always been a fan of body butter, but sometimes they’re too thick and leave your skin feeling greasy. Not this one. It’s moisturizing, absorbs quickly, and like the scrub, leaves your skin feeling so soft!

The third product I’ve tried in this line is the Anti-Cellulite Massage Oil with Coffee Beans.

I didn’t buy this for the anti-cellulite properties. I purchased this oil because I heard from someone that it helped their tennis elbow disappear. I deal with this on a regular basis…not because I play tennis, but because I’m at a computer all day and it sometimes causes the tendons in my arm to tighten and it hurts like crazy. The blend of oils in this product have definitely helped with that. Another element I love about this product is, the oil absorbs right away. It doesn’t leave behind a slick, greasy feel on your skin. It smells awesome, too! And there are actual coffee beans floating in the oil!

I hope you check out their site, and if you give their products a try, let me know! I always love feedback!

You’ve Been Beautified!

Product Review…Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser

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For All Your Beauty Advice…

I’ve been using this cleanser for about 3 months now, and thought I would give you my thoughts.

Dr. Brandt skin care is a well-known skin care line that is known for its quality products, with high performance, without a prescription. Usually that means expensive! The entire “Pores No More” line is pricey, but overall, I think it’s worth it.

This cleanser is designed for combination to oily skin, and since my skin falls into that category, I thought I would give it a try. It’s a really nice consistency with small granules to gently scrub on a daily basis. It’s not heavily scented, and I know that’s important to a lot of you.

It did a great job of keeping my oily skin in check, and over the 3 months I’ve been using it, I’ve noticed a big difference in the texture of my skin, and my pores looking smaller.

It costs $35 for 3.5 ounces, but a look at the website today showed a sale price, so if you are looking to try it, now is the time! Even full price, I don’t think this is too bad for a cleanser, when you think about how long it will last.

But, there is ONE thing I need to warn you about…most products have the disclaimer on them to “keep away from the eye area”. If you try this cleanser, this is something you want to take VERY seriously! Get this product anywhere near your eyes, and you’ll think you’re dying! I’m not kidding! When you’re washing your face, it’s impossible not to get water near your eyes, but I’ve never used a cleanser that has burned my eyes this much. So, if you try it, hold a wash cloth over your eyes while you’re cleansing.

Bottom line: I would buy this again because of what it does for my skin, but the excruciating eye pain would make me think twice before I spend $35 on it!

Have you used this cleanser, or anything by Dr. Brandt? Tell me your thoughts!

You’ve Been Beautified!

Beauty From The Inside Out…Day 12

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You know what is challenging me right now? No, not chips and popcorn! Drinking enough water. I know how important it is for you, but it seems like such a pain to make it happen and I don’t like to chug it all day. I like seltzer water and I wonder if that’s ok to drink in place of regular water. Not sure, but it’s what I’m doing most of the time. I try to do things to make water more appealing to me, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

Have any of you tried those water enhancers? Some of them come in powder to make your water a juice, and the trendy thing now is the flavored drops that you squeeze in your water. I’ve tried them, and I’m still not a fan! The ones I’ve tried leave a strange feeling in my mouth and have a funny aftertaste.

Staying within my points range has been good, now that I’m back home. I can’t believe how many obstacles I was faced with while I was gone. It’s amazing what getting out of your comfort zone can do to you!

I’m halfway through this challenge right now, and I feel good about it. I haven’t stepped on the scale to check if there has been any progress in that area, but my skin looks really good, and when I do drink enough of that darn water, I notice I have a lot less oil to deal with on my face. I’ve told people for years that oily skin is a big sign of dehydration, and now I’m seeing that first-hand. I’m not dehydrated internally, so externally that’s showing. Also, my nails seem to have grown pretty fast in the last 12 days and they’re not peeling or chipping. Victory!

So, tell me what you do to get more water into your body!

You’ve Been Beautified!

Sunscreen Sound Off!!

For all your beauty advice…

I know it may seem strange to be writing about sunscreen during winter, but I’ve been intrigued with it lately. I recently came across an article where Victoria’s Secret Model, Gisele has called sunscreen “poison” and said she would never use it on her skin. This has a lot of people sounding off in the industry. I know I always preach to people the importance of protecting your skin with SPF, you read it in almost every magazine, doctors will tell you that you better apply it daily. But to hear Gisele say she won’t put it on her skin? Well, when you look at someone who epitomizes beauty and perfection, and you hear them say something like this, it makes you wonder…will we all look like her if we stop using it? (Ha ha. No, we won’t look like her. I am convinced that all Victoria’s Secret models are made in a factory somewhere, they are all so beautiful)

Growing up, I always thought if you had darker skin and you could get a tan easy, you didn’t need sunscreen. Then, as I started getting my education in the beauty industry, I learned how important it is to protect your skin from harmful rays that can cause wrinkles, dryness, and skin cancer…among other issues.

Kevin Trudeau, that guy who writes all those books about natural cures “they” don’t want you to know, has even said in one of his books that the sun’s rays don’t cause skin cancer, ingredients in sunscreen does. Hmmmm…I thought that was interesting.

It’s hard to have beliefs, no matter the subject, only to have people say something that starts to make you wonder. So, that is why I am asking you to read this article, and then sound off about the issue.

http://www.newbeauty.com/dailybeauty/entry.aspx?id=4034

Thoughts, comments, opinions? Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

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At-Home Peels

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As wonderful as it is to go to a spa, dermatologist, or a plastic surgeon for a chemical peel that goes deep, it’s also great to know that there are quite a few products out there on the market to help “freshen” you up, or keep your skin maintained between peels. In my quest for miracle products, I have used some at-home peels, and wanted to write about the ones I think are totally worth the purchase!

The Brazilian Peel: Ahhh, Brazil…you have brought us so many amazing treatments…the Brazilian blowout (controversy!), the Brazilian Wax (OUCH!), and now an at-home Brazilian peel! This is a great product, from the packaging, to the results. It comes in what looks like a syringe, and has professional grade Glycolic Acid in one side, and a calming neutralizer on the other side. When you push the products out, they mix together as one, and you apply it to your skin. It feels warm when you first apply it and you will feel a slight tingle on your skin. But, the neutralizer keeps this high-level acid from causing any harm if you were to apply just the Glycolic Acid…that’s what makes this peel available to the public. It comes with 4 vials that are to be used once a week, for a month-long peel. After just one use, you will notice softer, smoother skin. Finish the 4 week system and you will notice diminishing fine lines, pores and wrinkles, and an overall brightness in your skin. $78 for a 4 week treatment is definitely reasonable, considering what one trip to the spa can cost you.

Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel: Another great at-home peel. This one is packaged in the form of facial pads, and it’s a two-step system. It is a more intense peel than the Dr. Gross Daily Peel, with higher levels of Alpha Beta Acids. It’s very easy to use…after you cleanse your face, let it dry and apply Step 1 of the peel, moving the pre-moistened wipe in circular motions until the wipe feels dry. You will feel a slight tingle, but it’s not unbearable. Wait 2 minutes until you apply Step 2, following the same process. Let this fully absorb into your skin. There is no need to rinse; as soon as it has absorbed, apply your moisturizer. If you’re doing this in the morning, make sure you are applying an SPF!

Philosophy Miracle Worker: Another peel that is packaged in the form of facial pads, Philosophy’s Miracle Worker is pretty much a miracle. The active ingredient is an anti-aging Retinoid Solution. The pads and the solution come separate and you pour the solution over the pads to moisten them. You apply this the same as you apply the Dr. Dennis Gross peel. Philosophy suggests you not only apply the peel to your face, but to the backs of your hands as well. This is a one-step peel that you use at night for best results. But, even though you’re just using this peel at night, you still need to be applying a moisturizer with SPF in the morning, even on cloudy days. After one use, your skin will feel amazingly soft, and after about a month, you will notice major changes in your skin. Dull skin will be revived, pores, wrinkles and fine lines will not be as visible. I used this peel for just one week, and people were wondering what kind of “freshening up” I had done. You’ll be glowing from within with this Miracle!

There are many more at-home peels on the market, but these are 3 of my favorites. I don’t think you should use these in place of a professional peel you get at the spa, or your doctor’s office…you should still plan on doing one of those every 3 or 4 months. But, these are great options for keeping your skin in shape between spa visits.

What at-home peels have you used? What’s your favorite one?

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The Many Uses Of Lavender

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Once upon a time, I wasn’t a big fan of the smell of Lavender. It was too “something” for me…I could never put my finger on what about it I didn’t like. Maybe I thought it was too “old lady” smelling, or something like that. It wasn’t until I was doing a facial on a client and she asked me to add some Lavender essential oil to the facial steamer, that I fell in love with it. The scent of it wafting through the room was so relaxing, and it smelled so nice. I looked at the client, laying there enjoying this part of the facial, cotton on her eyes, classical music coming into the room, warm steam infused with this scent gently caressing her face…it took all my willpower not to push her over and jump on that facial bed and enjoy the steam! Since then, I’ve learned as much as I can about Lavender and the amazing uses it has when it comes to skin care.

Lavender essential oil is one of the only pure oils that can be applied directly to the skin. As powerful as it may be in the effect it has, it’s very gentle on the skin and has no need to be mixed with a carrier oil to dilute it. Lavender has anti-inflammatory properties, so if you have a burn, a rash, or acne that is red and painful, applying a small amount of Lavender oil to the area will help calm the burn, and reduce redness.

Lavender is very calming in so many ways. It can help ease anxiety, it can relax you and help you sleep, it can also help with headaches and muscle aches and pains. For a headache, massage a small amount of Lavender oil onto the forehead and temples, just be careful not to get it in your eyes. Mix a few drops of pure Lavender oil into some massage oil and massage into sore muscles to help them relax.

Make a linen spray with 1/2 cup of distilled water, 1 teaspoon of Witch Hazel, and 5 drops of Lavender oil. Spray your sheets and pillows lightly before you go to bed at night, and the subtle scent will help you sleep. I used to spray Lavender linen spray on my kids’ beds before they went to sleep at night.

The thing I love most about Lavender oil is that fact that it’s a natural antiseptic. It’s great for cuts and bites, and it also produces great results when used to treat acne in skin care. It relaxes the skin, takes away redness, and naturally cleans the area, clearing up blemishes. There are so many ways to use Lavender oil; it’s truly a multi-tasking essential oil, and I love it!

What about you? Love it, or hate it? Have you tried it for headaches, relaxing, muscle aches, or acne? I look forward to your response!

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Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!!!

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You know how, when you’re sleeping, there’s a repetitive sound in the room, and it sneaks into your dream, and then you wake up and realize what it really is that’s making that noise? Well, last night, I was dreaming about sand paper being used on a construction site, only to wake up and realize that sound wasn’t sand paper, it was my husband scratching at his beard in his sleep. (He’s going to kill me for that, ha ha ha!) I know he’s been uncomfortable lately with the cold weather drying his skin out, and it got me thinking about all the people who suffer with dry, itchy skin, or dry, flat hair that has static.

Cold temperatures, wind, and no humidity are all causes of dry skin come winter time. I know a lot of people who don’t use any kind of moisturizer for their face, or body, during the summer because it’s usually humid enough for them. But, once the season changes, it’s important to add that extra step, or step up your moisturizer so you don’t suffer.

Face: It’s not fun when the skin of your face feels raw, or is peeling around your nose because it lacks so much moisture. Step up the moisture for you face with a good face cream with SPF for day and an even heavier one for night. For day, I like 5-in-1 Face Cream by FAB. It’s a good lotion for all skin types and it has an SPF of 30 for protection. Yes, it’s important to have SPF in your winter skin care; you’re still exposed to the sun. A great night cream I like to use is, Olay Pro X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream. It’s great to use at night because it really moisturizes the skin and makes you feel soft and hydrated in the morning. I don’t really have wrinkles I’m trying to treat, but this one works great on all skin types and it’s a great preventative tool for when those wrinkles finally decide to show up!

Body: I really notice a big difference in my skin this time of year. Through the summer, I can usually get away with putting lotion on just my arms and legs, and being just fine. But, once winter comes around, I find my back and torso get dry and need some moisture. Two great body lotions to quench your skin are, Body Drench and Hempz lotion. I love Body Drench Original Moisturizing Lotion. It absorbs fast into my skin and keeps my skin feeling soft and hydrated, and it smells like light baby powder. Some people don’t care for powder scent in products, but if you like it, you’ll like this lotion. Hempz is another great moisturizer that feels great, absorbs fast and smells good. Hempz  recently added a pomegranate scent to their lotion, and it smells amazing! I can’t stand when lotions leave you feeling greasy all day, and these two lotions won’t do that. They will keep your skin moist and not itchy, but certainly not greasy.

Hair: Winter weather can make your hair dry and full of static…not a fun combination. There are products that can help keep the fly aways away. I love Full Thickening Cream by Living Proof. It’s pretty expensive for the amount you get, but it’s great at making your hair look fabulous, and keeping it static-free in the winter. Weightless Smooth Hydrating Balm by Jonathan is another great product that will help your hair look fabulous this time of year. It’s about the same price as the Full Thickening Cream, but it’s bigger, so you’ll get more product for your money. Also, use a heavier conditioner in the winter to give your hair the moisture that the cold weather takes away. My favorite heavier conditioners are The Conditioner by Paul Mitchell and Conditioning Balm by Biolage.

Whether you’re having issues with face, skin, or hair, the bottom line is, keep hydrated…moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!! Also, drink pleny of water, and keep a humidifier going in your home, if you have one! What are your favorite products to use in the winter? I look forward to your response!

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