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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.