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Sleeping with Your Makeup On
Your skin needs room to breathe if you wear makeup, and your eight hours of beauty sleep is just the time to give it a break. Remove the dirt and grime of the day and re-apply your skincare products. As you sleep your body repairs itself – including your skin – so give it the nourishment it needs. Besides, your clean pillowcase will thank you!

More Years, More Coverage
Not true, as we get older, the texture of skin changes. Larger pore size, fine lines, age spotting. The more coverage, the heavier the product. This can actually draw attention to what you are trying to minimize because it settles in the larger pores and fine lines. Tinted moisturizers are a great alternative to foundation.

Over Plucking/Shaping your Brows
Groomed brows give the eyes support and frame the face; however if brows become sparse, try filling in the brows using an angle brush and a matte shadow the same tone as your hair rather than a pencil. You will achieve a more natural look.

Dark Lip Liner with Pale Lips
Lip liner should enhance your lips and provide longer wear to your lip color. Begin by lining the upper lip from right corner to center then left corner to center so both sides match, and the same on the lower lip. Then, feather the pencil across the whole of your lips to avoid the two-tone effect as your lipstick wears off.

032607BEAUTY.JPG Products with Mineral Oil
Eliminate products that contain mineral oil. Mineral oil actually occludes the skin, resulting in trapped sebum and debris, causing blocked pores and breakouts.

Not Keeping Your Makeup Brushes Clean
Cleanliness is important for your makeup brushes. Think about it: You apply your makeup to the delicate skin on your face, and the very susceptible, sensitive areas around your eyes and lips. Your brushes should be cleaned regularly with a gentle cleanser in hot soapy water. Be sure to rinse well to remove the cleanser. Dry Brushes flat, not upright as the water can seep into the handles and potentially ruin the wood.

Rinsing Hair with Hot Water
Always rinse your hair with cool or tepid water as it will seal the cuticle and smooth the hair.

Blow-drying or Diffusing
If you currently blow dry up, or diffuse the hair upward or upside down, consider changing your ways. Blow drying down the hair shaft will seal and smooth the cuticle. When diffusing, diffuse down and scrunch up. Finish your blow dry with a cool setting.

Not Moisturizing Your Body Daily
We lose as much as half a pint of water daily simply through skin evaporation. Drinking water replenishes your body, and moisturizing your skin helps to seal in the moisture.

First Signs of Aging
Your hands, neck, décolleté and eyes often show the first signs of aging.
Always wear an SPF! It can be in your moisturizer, foundation, lip balm or anything that offers at least an SPF15. The sun is the biggest factor to premature aging. You don't have to be a sun worshiper, or spend hours in the sun to get incidental sun exposure – you just have to be unprotected. So wear your sunscreen, even the winter!

For your hands, use a hand cream with or followed by an SPF15 daily.
For your face, when cleansing or applying moisturizer and/or treatment products to your skin, don’t ignore your neck and décolleté. Massage the product into your skin with upward strokes from the bottom up, around to the back and even behind your ears.
For your eyes, be faithful to an eye cream with plant-based ingredients. Eye creams are very refined and will address the needs of the delicate skin in that area. Apply a small amount with your ring finger and tap in around the orbital bone.

Picking, Biting, Filing and Peeling

  • Picking: Picking any part of your skin is a bad beauty habit. If you pick at your face (i.e. pimples), it causes a breakdown of the follicle wall and will cause damage to collagen therefore leaving and indented scar on the face over time. Resist the urge to pick and let pimples, bumps or scabs heal on their own time.
  • Biting: Biting your nails not only makes you look nervous and your nails look unkempt, it wreaks havoc on the nail plate and surrounding areas of your skin, as well as introduces bacteria which can cause infection. Try keeping your nails polished and manicured. That way, if you put all that work into making them look nice, you'll be less likely to bite them.
  • Filing: Never file back and forth in a sawing motion across the free edge of your fingernail. This can disrupt the layers of the nail plate and cause splitting and peeling. The correct way to file your nails is from right side to center then left side to center.
  • Peeling: Peeling or picking your nail polish will often remove layers of your nail. This will result in damage and weakening of the nail plate.

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In crop terms, “organic” means the products were grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers or sewage sludge, and that they were processed without ionizing radiation or food additives. For animals, it means the edible byproduct was reared without the routine use of antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones.
Now, organic foods are becoming much more widely available. In fact, according to a recent MSNBC report, organic food sales within the United States have enjoyed 17 to 20 percent growth for the past few years while sales of conventional food have grown at only about 2 to 3 percent a year.

With this new move toward organic products that go in the body, more and more people are looking for organic products for the exterior as well. Origins Skincare is one of the many companies meeting this growing demand.

In skincare terms, according to Lynn Mazzella, vice president of Origins’ global product development, organic ingredients are grown and harvested in a very specific manner. The use of pesticides, herbacides, fertilizers and genetically modified organisms are not permitted in organic farming.

“The USDA/National Organic Program regulates organic farming and livestock practices for the food industry,” Mazzella says. “There is a voluntary program in place for personal care products with the National Organic Program.”

Consumers should look for organic certification on their personal care products to confirm that they are truly organic.

And there’s an important distinction between “organic” and “all natural,” says Mazzella. Organic skincare products use organically harvested ingredients. All natural products can be sourced from agriculture, sea, earth, etc. “Currently in the US, there are not specific guidelines to growing or sourcing all natural ingredients,” she adds.

While both all natural and organic products have proved effective in addressing consumers skincare concerns, it’s really a consumer choice. “Just as a consumer can chose to buy fresh carrots in the grocery store or organic carrots,” Mazzella says. “Both have health benefits.”

So, when you walk in the Origins store at Rookwood Commons, you’ll find that most Origins products are all natural, but there are two collections of organic products.

When asked if the all natural and organic products are more expensive than traditional skincare products, Mazzella says, “Organic and natural ingredients can be more expensive based on availability season, weather conditions, etc.” But a growing number of consumers are willing to shell out the little extra for natured-based personal care products.

“At Origins we feel that nature has always provided the solution to many skincare concerns,” Mazzella says. “Nature has provided us with many cures for common ailments and has provided the starting point for many of today's pharmaceuticals.”

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main021207BEAUTY.jpgAs we all know, being beautiful can be very expensive. From head to toe, the upkeep of it all is time consuming and – if you let it – it can put a deep dent in your wallet. The following are a few things you can do to help maintain the look you want longer.

We are taught at a young age that everyone is unique; this applies to hair as well. I have many clients that ask for the latest coloring or haircut trend that Hollywood can think of, but in most cases, their daily lifestyles may not work with that style. Low maintenance haircuts and color is key. You are able to spread out time between visits to the salon and it won’t break the bank.

If you are a coloring junkie and like to switch up your hair color with each visit, I recommend a good shampoo and conditioner specifically made for colored treated hair. Next time you’re in the salon ask your stylist what they use, it may be a little more expensive than the stuff you find in your local drugstore, but in the long run it’s worth every cent. The shampoos and conditioners are made with special ingredients to help maintain the health of your hair while protecting your color from everyday exposure to the elements (sun, wind, etc.) that causes fading.

Most clients are no longer just one color. We all look back at what our hair looked like as a child, those natural highlights and all the shine. If only we can have that again…so came highlighting. Highlights may be any color lighter than your natural color. Most women choose blonde over all other colors, but being blonde can be very expensive. I usually try to stay fairly close to my clients’ natural color. There is nothing worse then the big black band of regrowth you see after only two weeks of getting it colored. Try to stay more on the natural side, so as your hair grows it’s not as noticeable. I also recommend not getting too blonde. From time to time get a few low lights thrown in. This will add depth and dimension to your hair. It will also blend your natural color with your highlights. This way instead of getting a retouch every three to four weeks, you can stretch it out to every six to seven.

Just remember, your hair is just as important as any other part of your body. They need to be healthy too. Don’t skimp on products to save a buck. Many of the products found in salons are specially formulated to help keep your hair in the best shape possible. Your stylist doesn’t just recommend products, but prescribes them. We look out for the beauty of your hair and want you to understand what you can obtain using the right tools for you hair. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does have to work.

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Skin care is an essential step in maintaining truly healthy, beautiful skin. And most women are sticking to their guns, or at least that’s what many may think.


But a recent report published on brings a nasty habit into the spotlight. It may be hard to believe, but a number of women leave out one of the most important steps in a beauty and skincare regimen: Washing off their makeup.


A surprising 40 percent of women surveyed said they don't always remember to wash the makeup off their faces at night and a small but still alarming 12 percent of women surveyed say they were under the false impression that it wasn't necessary to wash off their makeup at night since it came off during the day, according to .


Aside from just being clean, routinely washing off makeup before going to bed has many purposes: Removing your make-up at night not only prevents your skin from blemishes and clogged, black pores, it's also important in maintaining health.


According to , leaving eye make-up on while you sleep can result in redness, irritation and infection of the eyes. For women who continue this bad habit, the only thing they’ll have to work on in the New Year is more skin problems.


According to skin care expert, Chrissy Bright, it shouldn’t just be the New Year that causes women to change their bad habits. “Why would you knowingly give yourself skin problems just because you don’t feel like washing off your makeup? It’s a terrible habit that many women do and it will only make their skin worse, which in turn, will cause them to go out and spend more money on products in vain. It’s so important to make the time to see this final step in skincare through. It’s not hard at all to do.”



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Winter is a difficult time for skin for two reasons: harsh winter weather outdoors, central heating and the effect of wearing extra layers of clothing indoors. But, have no fear; there are several ways to counteract these winter effects.



The Lifestyle

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, preventing and combating winter skin can be accomplished just by making a few lifestyle changes:

  • Bathe or shower in lukewarm – not hot – water. Hot water removes natural oil from the skin, making it dry and itchy.
  • Limit your showers to 10 or 15 minutes.
  • Apply moisturizers to skin immediately after a bath or shower while your skin is still wet. Putting on a cream, ointment or lotion helps trap the water in the upper layers of the skin and decreases dryness and itching.
  • After washing your hands, immediately put on hand cream to seal in moisture.
  • Consider purchasing a humidifier to keep the humidity in your home higher during the winter.



The Products

As an Arbonne Independent Consultant, I’m quite partial to Arbonne products, but I’m passionate about the products for good reason. I use them myself, and they’ve changed the way my skin functions – especially during the winter.



011507BEAUTY_intext2.jpgThe winter weather can play havoc on your skin and not always great for the dry, cracking skin that many of us experience in the winter.



Wake up to healthy, hydrated skin during the long winter months with NutriminCRE9. The NutriminCRE9 body serum contains powerful botanicals that help protect skin against damaging free radicals. The product is quickly absorbed, leaving the skin ready for NutriMinCRE9 REfinish Hydrating Body Lotion.



Severe dry skin in the winter can be a significant problem for many. If you have tried many of the solutions for dry skin and haven’t seen much success, maybe the reason is that your skin does not recognize it as being identical.

NutriminCRE9 is botanically based, so your body recognizes it as being identical. Thus, NutriminCRE9 visibly firms and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.



There are nine key elements in NutriminCRE9 that help to strengthen, firm and protect your skin, so you can enjoy visible, firming, moisturizing and corrective benefits. The NutriminCRE9 product line was the first of its kind to address the aftereffects of sun exposure and aging with a result-oriented system of products for face and body.


If you have severe dry skin and have tried a myriad of extreme hydrating lotions that just make you feel greasy, then you should try the Arbonne NutriminCRE9 system. It will work wonders for your skin.



Be Mindful of the Mineral Oil

No matter what products you decide to use, just don't buy products with mineral oil in them. Mineral oil does not hydrate the skin. It acts as a barrier and keeps moisture from the skin as well as traps toxins from escaping. It can be very toxic to the normal skin function. Mineral oil is used as a filler in 85 percent to 90 percent of cosmetics formulated in the U.S. The F.D.A. does not regulate this harmful ingredient. In fact, it is illegal to put mineral oil in Swiss-formulated products.



There are many other ingredients that don't belong on the skin that are found in many products on the market. They are found in the inexpensive, “drugstore” products as well as the very expensive “department store” products.