December 7, 2018

Gorgeous Nails Can Be Yours Celebrity Manicurist Tells Us How

Gorgeous Nails? Everyone wants to have gorgeous, natural long nails – but most people have a difficult time growing them out. Right when you’ve finally made some progress, a nail breaks, and you have to start the process over again!
Photo - As U Wish Nail Spa

Photo – As U Wish Nail Spa

Celebrity Manicurist and Owner of As U Wish Nail Spa, Skyy Hadley, is dishing out her expert advice on making your nails as long, strong, and healthy as possible.
1. Maintain Regular Cuticle Care
Cuticles are more important than most people might believe. Think of them as a barrier and a seal – locking in hydration, and locking out bacteria and nasty infections. Be sure to maintain proper cuticle care – even in-between manicures – and always moisturize with a hydrating hand cream.
Sally Hansen HARD as NAILS Hardener

Sally Hansen “HARD as NAILS” Hardener

2. Nail Growth Serum
Soft, exposed nails are most vulnerable to breakage, so invest in a nail hardener such as Sally Hansen Hard as Nails. Use it as a weekly treatment and your nails will grow longer, stronger and be less likely to chip or crack. You could also use a nail growth serum, like the Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle which nourishes even the most brittle nails.
3. Bulk Up on Biotin
Biotin is an absolute superhero when it comes to nail growth. Shop around and compare different supplements, and determine which one is right for you. Some are specific to nails, but most are going to promote hair and nail growth, and a healthy, vibrant complexion. Talk about a triple threat!
4. Eat a Balanced Diet
No, you probably wouldn’t think about how your eating habits affect your nails, but upping your daily intake of protein, zinc, iron, and of course, biotin, could promote faster growth and add some natural strength to your nails.
5. File With Caution
You wouldn’t carelessly pluck your eyebrows, would you? Of course not! Most of us have been taught to file our nails flat and not even think twice about it. But, doing so can actually make your nails weak and brittle. Use a high-quality nail file and start on the outside edge, pulling toward the center and filing across the nail in one direction, repeating the motion until it is your desired shape.
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December 6, 2018

Luxury on Lovers Owner Lisa Cobb Shares Best Treatments for Holiday Beauty and Winter Skin Care

Luxury on Lovers Owner Lisa Cobb Shares Best Treatments for Holiday Beauty and Winter Skin Care

 

Every gal and guy wants to look their best at holiday parties.  Lisa Cobb, former model, esthetic expert and founder of Luxury on Lovers, Dallas’ premier med-spa specializing in medical grade aesthetic services, has put together a Six Sexy and Essential Beauty Tips for Looking Your Best at Holiday Parties med spa treatments which will ensure you look and feel your best – and beat the challenges of the winter temperatures.

“Holiday parties are a time for you to look beautiful.  I’ve selected five med spa treatments which will make you glow inside and out. The holidays are during a challenging skin season due to the temperatures so it is important to nourish your skin and body as well as make sure you look your best,” said Lisa Cobb, owner, Luxury on Lovers.

Holiday Treatments to Look Your Best

 Get baby smooth skin and have your makeup go on like silk with dermaplaning. Dermaplaning not only provides great exfoliation, but it also gets rid of peach fuzz. Skin with be satiny smooth and baby soft.

Our signature Double Glow Facial, (which is on special this month) combines the ultimate in exfoliation deep pore cleansing, and an infusion of nutrients and low molecular hyaluronic acid to nourish and hydrate the skin. The ultimate red-carpet treatment. Turn back the years over lunchtime with a threadlift. This non-invasive, lunch hour treatment gives immediate results and restores definition to jawline, lift cheeks, and sagging skin on the neck and jowls.

Get rid of those dark circles under your eyes and look refreshed and vibrant for the holidays. Dark circles are usually an indication of volume loss. Get an instant fix with a little filler (like Restylane or Vollure) in the tear through area.

Vamp it up with little downtime with our Vampire Facial. Helps stimulate collagen, tighten pores, smooth skin texture, reduce fine lines, and brighten overall skin tone.

Get brows that wow! Want perfect brows year-round without the fuss of pencils and stencils? Nothing frames the face and accentuates the eyes like beautiful brows. Get the perfect brow with microblading, a semi-permanent way to make your brows pop and look fabulous 24/7.

Skin Savers for Winter Skin

Moisturizers

Skin tends to need more hydration in the winter months. The air is cooler and dryer, additionally indoor heating is extremely drying to the skin. In the summer months, the air is more humid, and people tend to sweat more, so thicker moisturizers can feel much heavier on the skin, not to mention being sweated off. It’s a good idea to keep a humidifier going in the bedroom at night to keep skin hydrated. It is also good for sinuses to keep them clear.

Different skin types will need different kinds of moisturizers. Younger skin tends to be oiler, as well as ethnic skin types. More mature skin tends to be dryer and thinner, requiring a heavier moisturizer to hydrate and protect the dermal barrier. Men tend to prefer moisturizers that aren’t heavy, and that absorbs quickly into the skin. The same goes for teens. In such instances, they may prefer an oil-free moisturizer or a much lighter serum-based moisturizer. More mature and dryer skin types will usually prefer a cream.

The new buzz ingredient in moisturizers is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the body. It attracts water molecules and thus helps keep skin hydrated. It is oil-free and is used in both oil-free and cream-based moisturizers. Many moisturizers also include vitamins C and E, which are natural antioxidants and help protect the skin. Many cream-based moisturizers contain ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and other natural plant oils. In all instances, one needs to be cognizant of fragrance in skincare products. Even natural ones, such as essential oils, can be irritating to the skin. If one is having a reaction to a product, that is the first thing to look for as fragrance is the number one irritant to the skin.

Daily Routine Year-Round

  • The ground rule of basic skin care is to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don’t get rid of the dead skin cells, they’ll just set in on your skin making your skin look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you’re never going to have glowing skin if you don’t exfoliate. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower. You can make a great one with the ingredients in your kitchen sink. Use 1-part organic coconut oil to 1-part turbinado sugar or Himalayan salt. Gently rub your exfoliator in circular movements on your entire body from the shoulders down and rinse clean. Continue to do this 2-3 times a week for year-round beautiful skin. You’ll want a gentler facial exfoliator for your face and neck and 1-2 times per week is sufficient. Many cleansers already have exfoliating ingredients such as glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid. It’s important not to exfoliate too much. You don’t want to strip your skin of its natural oils and protective barrier.

 

  • To avoid wrinkles, use a light eye cream in the morning and a rich cream at night; tap the eye area lightly with your finger until the product is absorbed to stimulate circulation. Use a gentle, hydrating makeup remover or cleanser. Don’t scrub harder to remove stubborn makeup; instead, gently wash the area again. Eliminate talc-based eye shadows, which sap moisture.

 

  • Proper vitamin intake is essential (see more insight in the link below)

 

  • Find a lotion that you won’t forget to put on. You don’t have time to wait for your lotion to sink in, so look for something light fast absorbing. Gels and purees are perfect fast absorbers.  Make sure you apply right after you dry off from your shower. You need to seal in the moisture your body just soaked in.

 

  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. If possible, carry a water bottle with you and remember to drink at least once every 30 minutes. Water not only helps you feel fresh, but it also prevents dehydration and will help wash out a lot of toxins.

 

Luxury on Lovers is Dallas’ premier award-winning med-spa specializing in medical-grade skin rejuvenation, injectables, body contouring, bio-identical hormone replacement and much more.

 

Photo courtesy of Luxury on Lovers

Photo courtesy of Luxury on Lovers

 

After more than twenty years in the commercial production industry, Lisa Cobb founded Luxury on Lovers in 2005 as she decided to pursue her greatest passions—health, fitness and anti-aging strategies. She studied skin care extensively with her mentor, the internationally-recognized aesthetic expert Rhonda Allison who is respected world-wide for her innovative work with acids and chemical peels and is known as a highly respected speaker, author, and educator.

 

Lisa and her highly trained aestheticians and nurses continue to stay up-to-date on the latest breakthroughs in skin care, nutrition, health and all anti-aging modalities.  Each of them is passionate about helping their clients feel and look their very best, but doing so in a very natural, non-invasive way. Luxury on Lovers med spa is always on the cutting edge of new technologies and was the first in Dallas, and one of the first in the US, to introduce the HydraFacial, SkinPen®, Venus Freeze™, Strawberry Laser, ThermiSmooth®, the Vampire Series® of services and many more.  Luxury on Lovers is located at 4703 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209, 214-352-8800  www.luxuryonlovers.com

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December 4, 2018

It’s a Glam Thing Beauty’s Best Holiday 2018 As Seen ON FOX Good Day Charlotte

It’s a Glam Thing Beauty’s Best Holiday 2018

It's a Glam Thing Enya Flack

Enya Flack, Beauty Lifestyle Expert with It’s a Glam Thing, presents the It’s a Glam Thing Beauty’s Best Award Winning products for Holiday 2018 (Top 5) Wed. on Good Day Charlotte:
BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil 3-in-1Shampoo Conditioner & Body Wash www.biosilk.com
Passport to Beauty Gemstone Collection Oils www.passportbeauty.com
n:p beautiful Flat Iron  www.npbeautiful.com
Pura d’or Hair Thinning Therapy System Shampoo and Conditioner www.purador.com
Veil Cosmetics AutoMatte Mattifying Base & Touch-Up Makeup
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December 3, 2018

French and Dutch braids create a stunning hairstyle

This unique updo tutorial combines French and Dutch braids to create a stunning hairstyle, perfect for brides or wedding guests! It can also be taken down during the reception for a more effortlessly glamorous look.

What you’ll need: Flexible Hold Hairspray, Infrared Curling Iron, Dry Shampoo, clips, and bobby pins.

Step 1 – Prep with hairspray

Coating the hair with Flexible Hold Hairspray will protect it against heat while offering a workable hold.

Step 2 – Curl hair

Curl the hair in sections, starting from the bottom.

Step 3 – Apply dry shampoo

Apply dry shampoo at the roots and use fingers to spread through hair for added texture.

Step 4 – Braid first section

Create a dutch braid starting behind the ear and working down. Fasten at the end. Gently pull at sides to widen.

Step 5 – Braid second section

Repeat step 4 on the other side of the head.

Step 6 – Braid top section

Leaving front sections, braid the top section into a French braid.

Step 7 – Tuck the braids

Tuck the center braid and pin into place. Then bring the two side braids together. Tuck and pin them as well.

Step 8 – Braid the two front sections

Leaving some face-framing pieces, dutch braid each front section and gently pull apart to widen. Spray with hairspray to hold.

Leaving some face-framing pieces, dutch braid each front section and gently pull apart to widen. Spray with hairspray to hold.

Now you have a gorgeous braided bridal updo for short hair! If the bride would like to transition to a more simple look after the ceremony, there’s a quick fix.

All you’ll need to do is take out all the pins and braids. Then brush out the hair. If necessary, she can curl it again for a slightly more coiffed look.

That’s it! This easy updo tutorial gives you two elegant hairstyles with just a few steps and products.

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December 2, 2018

Global Gifting This Holiday Season With Marketplace Africa

GLOBAL GIFTING THAT GIVES BACK – EMPOWERING AFRICA’S FEMALE ARTISANS

 

Mall of Africa

 

Did you know the artisan sector is the second largest employer in the developing world?  It’s true, and the majority of artisans are women who create handcrafted goods using traditional techniques passed down through generations.

Marketplace Africa, the ecommerce site created by Mall for Africa and powered by DHL, aims to put a global spotlight on these unique African-made products and their creators.  85% of the site’s goods are crafted by underrepresented female artisans from Nigeria, and soon Kenya and Rwanda, who can sell their handmade fashion, jewelry, home goods, and beauty products directly to the U.S. and consumers worldwide.

With Nigeria’s unemployment rate hovering at 14.2% and a staggering 89.5% of the country living in extreme poverty, it’s the female artisans who are making a positive impact on their country’s economy and future.

So this holiday season, why not gift different and buy global?  Choose a Blingshiki, a modern twist on the classic Dashiki, adorned with sparkling embellishments, or grab a pair of colorful Zig sandals.

When you purchase authentic African clothing and handicrafts directly from Marketplace Africa, you’re not just buying something beautiful, you’re investing in artisans who weave their rich cultural traditions into soulful creations. Empowering female artisans and boosting their communities is the real beauty of shopping at Marketplace Africa. And that’s a holiday gift that’s priceless.

 

 

 

 

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November 28, 2018

GIVEAWAY ALERT ($229.00 Value) For a chance to win Brazilian Skin “Facelift Kit”

Giveaway Alert! Brazilian Skin is offering 1 lucky reader the chance to win 1 Facelift from BrazilianSkin.com valued at $229.00 Winners are limited to The United States only & must be over 18 years of age. (INSTRUCTIONS TO ENTER ARE AT THE END OF THIS POST.)

 

BRAZILIANSKIN Face Lift

“Facelift Kit” Poised to be THE “IT” Beauty Gift for Holiday 2018 www.brazilianskin.com

When it comes to wrinkles and skin firming, women want a regimen that delivers immediate results. They want to feel and see it working. Brazilian Skin has come into the beauty scene with, what is poised to be, the next cult favorite.

 

The line contains a powerful combination of nature and science from ingredients derived throughout Central and South America. With a board of advisors that includes Dr. Andrea Godoy; the Brazilian Dermatologist of choice for former Victoria’s Secret bombshells Alessandra Ambrosio and Ana Beatriz Barros, Brazilian Skin’s Facelift Kit offers a simple daily 3 step system that radically reduces wrinkles, tightens, and firms skin erasing 10 years within 2 weeks.

 

The Facelift Kit retails for $229.00, each serum in the kit can be purchased individually. To understand what makes these serums so special, we must first look at their ingredients, and more importantly the dosing and combination of them.

 

“When people apply Brazilian Skin serums and feel their face tightening and see the transformation within a minute, they immediately ask me what the ingredients are and how is this even possible, explains,” Dr. Godoy. “After 2 weeks of use people are amazed at very specific skin improvements such as reduced scarring, breakouts, lines and wrinkles. This is due to the effective collaboration of ingredients at clinical levels,” she adds.

 

Key ingredients found in Brazilian Skin’s serums include:

 

Acmella Oleracea or “Jambu” a plant extract found to have very similar, short-lived effects to Botulinum Toxin. “This is the “magic” ingredient that gives the user the tightening sensation, so they feel it and see it working. When used regularly, elasticity is significantly improved,” explains Dr. Godoy.

 

Magnesium Aluminum, a naturally occurring mineral derived from purified and refined clay, which tightens and smooths the appearance of under-eye puffiness, sagging, and fine lines.

 

Camu Camu contains more Vitamin C than oranges. Obtained from berries, it serves as a superfood for skin. “Here you’re getting a lot of ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals. This is what addresses acne scarring and dullness due to sun damage,” explains Dr. Godoy.

 

Acacia Gum which is extracted from the sap of the Acacia Tree is another ingredient that tightens, firms and smooths skin at the same time giving skin a younger, supple appearance.

 

Snail Mucin which seals in moisture and allows active ingredients to penetrate the skin very well, also diminishes fine lines and has incredible healing capabilities which address acne scars, sun spots and dry spots. “This ingredient is incredibly powerful for skin healing and some doctors recommend it for those who may react harshly to Retin A,” says Dr. Godoy.

 

Snap 8 Peptide works to smooth away the look of wrinkles and expression marks. This is particularly effective on the forehead and around the eyes.

 

Stem Cell Complex are found in the forms of (Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Perilla Frutescens (Chinese Extract) and native to the Amazon Rainforest, the Acai Palm Tree renowned for its ability to thrive in harsh conditions. The Chinese Basil Plant is rich in Rosmarinic Acid, which is known for its ability to plump up tired skin. These 3 antioxidants help to defend against oxidative stress by effectively disarming radicals.“ Stem cells are a powerful skin defender against stress. This slows down aging as stem cells divide and spread out to replenish other cells or reach other damaged tissue for repair,” explains Dr. Godoy.

 

Brazilian Skin’s Facelift Kit $229

 

STEP ONE: AGE REVERSAL BRATOXIN ® 

PRICE: $99.99

This powerful rejuvenating serum immediately tightens skin and smooths lines, leaving skin more radiant. The curated, scientifically proven and clinically tested ingredients in this Brazilian skincare formula, helps to hydrate, smooth, soften, and increase your skin’s elasticity. In addition, skin gets nourished, restored and hydrated by consistent use of this serum.

 

Key Benefits

The powerful synergistic ingredients in Bratoxin have been shown to:

  • Tighten and smooth the skin immediately
  • Reduce barcode wrinkles and bitterness folds within minutes!
  • Diminish the depth of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes
  • Smooth and redesign the lip contour
  • Increase skin Moisture levels by 51.4% after 24 hours
  • Provide exponentially more Vitamin C delivered into the skin, as well as Ferulic Acid
  • Protect against Oxidation and Reactive Oxygen Species scavengers

 

Directions

Daily Application morning and evening. Apply 2 to 3 drops at a time, then gently massage into skin.

 

STEP TWO:  BRATOXINSTA® The 60 Second Smoother of Lines and Wrinkles

PRICE: $59.99

The formula in Bratoxinsta® contains stem cells from the Acai Palm Tree, Basil Plant, and White Oak Plant. In addition, 6 bioactive peptides help smooth the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles by supporting the proteins that weaken with age. These active ingredients work synergistically with the peptides to deliver vital phytonutrients and antioxidants.

Another unique ingredient in Bratoxinsta is Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract also known as Irish Sea Moss, which contains a hydrating, nutrient-rich blend of vitamins and trace minerals such as sulfur, iodine, magnesium, and selenium.

 

Key Benefits

  • Instantly smooths the appearance of fine lines
  • Sculpts facial contours
  • Lifts and tightens

 

How Bratoxinsta Works

Bratoxinsta is comprised of clinically dosed ingredients which have shown to work to tighten the skin instantaneously. Some of Bratoxinsta’s ingredients will help to tighten the skin on the surface, helping to smooth fine expression lines and blur the appearance of wrinkles. Once applied, the powerful active ingredients will start working on getting your skin smoother, tighter, and more youthful-looking with every use.

 

Directions

Simply dispense a small amount on to your fingertips and feather it throughout fine expression lines, and wrinkles. Wait about a minute to start feeling the tightening effects of Bratoxinsta. Wait for it to set before applying makeup. Apply to a clean and moisturized face.

 

STEP THREE: AÇAI TRIPLE STEM CELL COMPLEX – SLEEP MASK

Price $69.99

Brazilian Skin’s Potent Açai Triple Stem Cell Complex Mask is an overnight mask application crafted with an innovative, breathable, and nourishing film ingredient that functions as a transdermal penetration medium to facilitate the complete absorption of the “Grams Triple Stem Cell Complex.”

 

This remarkable complex uses the latest stem cell technology to derive powerful actives from Acai Palm, Chinese Basil, and White Oak resource materials. These derivatives impart antioxidant, protectant, and anti-aging benefits. For ultimate results, apply the mask just before bedtime & leave on overnight.

 

Key Benefits

  • Transparent, Odorless & Non-Greasy Overnight Film
  • Outstanding breathability, water and rub resistant
  • Anti-Oxidant + Anti-Aging Benefits
  • Complete absorption into the skin

 

How the Acai Mask Works

The mask uses a delightfully smooth and transparent base ingredient called Baycusan®. This serves as the perfect medium to hold and sink the active ingredients into the skin. It exhibits a non-greasy, non-sticky skin feeling and is odorless. Baycusan’s outstanding water resistance and rub resistance ensures that the mask sits comfortably on your skin and stays there.  This is also beneficial should you choose to leave the mask on while you sleep, as the mask won’t rub and fade off. Its hydroscopic and breathable barrier properties ensure the skin locks in valuable moisture and breathe uninterrupted.

 

Directions

Daily Application as needed. Apply by smoothing gently over entire face, avoiding eye area. Leave on for 20 minutes until completely dry. To remove, apply water and peel or rub off easily. For optimal results and to facilitate the long-lasting retention of the stem cell antioxidant properties to the skin, apply mask before bedtime and leave on overnight.

 

“Brazilian Skin’s line of serums is really ideal for a woman who wants

significantly visible transformation in less than 10 minutes. The results   are truly remarkable. The women who try it are instantly amazed,” says Dr. Godoy.

 

Meet Dr. Andrea Godoy- A leading Brazilian Dermatologist

After graduating from the University of Medical Sciences of Santos in Brazil in 1999 with a Specialist Medical Degree in Dermatology, Dr. Godoy has spent years discovering the most cutting-edge technologies and treatments to keep her patients looking young and beautiful. She has traveled all over the world attending countless workshops, conventions and pieces of training (i.e. the Photo Dynamic Therapy in Milan, 2005.)

As a top Dermatologist for Brazilian Supermodels, Dr. Godoy has also co-authored “Foundations on Dermatology” and “Treatise on Dermatological Surgery, Cosmetic and Laser.”

INSTRUCTIONS TO ENTER:

Winners are limited to The United States only & must be at least 18 years of age.

Enter to win by December 7!

Simply comment “Entered to Win Brazilian Skin FaceLift Kit” on FACEBOOK HERE

 

 

 

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November 26, 2018

Holiday Parties, Holiday Hair, Tips from Lucy Garcia Planck, from Salon Bergdorf Goodman

Pretty woman with gift box

 

Holiday Parties are just around the corner and while you might be keeping your eyes open for new holiday attire, it’s time to start taking care of your hair so that when it comes time to show everything off, your hair looks just as shiny as your new dress!

Below are some great tips and trends from NYC Hair Stylist, Lucy Garcia Planck, from Salon Bergdorf Goodman, on how to make sure your hair stands out this holiday season:

  • Moisturizing is Key: Keeping hair moisturized will help all of your holiday hairstyles look great. The dry winter air will quickly zap your hair of any moisture it has. Try not to shampoo often. If you have oily hair wash it every other day, and if you have dry hair, aim at washing it one to two times a week maximum.
  • Hair Masks are a Must: Another great way to keep hair hydrated is by using hair masks 1-2 times a week depending on your hair’s texture. I like to use 1 tsp of coconut oil directly on your hair, starting on the ends of the hair and working it up towards the scalp. Go to work out or run an errand and leave in for 30-60 min then shampoo with the treatment still in the head and then rinse. This locks in the natural oils in the hair and keeps it looking shiny.
  • Take Care of Yourself From the Inside: I always say ‘you are what you eat.’ Whatever you put into your body reflects your outsides. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and eat proper foods such as fish, nuts and eggs helps to keep hair shiny. Taking a biotin supplement will also help. Biotin is a natural supplement that many people don’t get enough of and that could be a contributing factor to dry, brittle hair. I always tell my clients to take biotin year round to maintain a strong, healthy glow to their hair and it also helps with split ends. I love using and always recommend vitafusion Gorgeous Hair, Skin and Nails is a great-tasting gummy multivitamin containing 12 key nutrients, including Biotin and Vitamins C and E to help nourish beautiful hair, skin, and nails from the inside out.
  • Keep Static Away:  Dry winter months always create lots of hair static, which can ruin a great hairstyle. I always sleep on a silk pillowcase, which can help to eliminate this issue. Unlike cotton, the silk pillowcase doesn’t have any wrinkles in it and won’t mess up our hair. To maintain your hair or hairstyle (a fresh salon blowout), sleeping on silk helps with the static as well during the winter when your hair is depleted of moisture. Argan oil moisturizes the ends of your hair without leaving your hair oily. Use only a very tiny amount (pea-sized). If your hair is fine, stay away from the oils, instead use static guard sprayed in your hairbrush and brush your hair. For those with thicker hair, the argan oil will help keep your hair moisturized and reduce static and flyways.

It’s a Glam Thing Argan Oil Product Favorite: Pura’ dor Pro Organic Argan Oil Pure Cold Pressed.

Pura d'or Pro Organic 100% Argan Oil

Pura d’or Pro Organic 100% Argan Oil

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November 23, 2018

Turn Your Bedroom Into A Glam Haven

We spend a lot of time in the bedroom. Sure, most of that time is spent asleep, but that’s no excuse not to make it the best room in the house. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary away from the stresses of daily life, and if you want it to be a luxurious and glamorous haven, then you’re in luck. Turning your bedroom into a relaxing place to enjoy has never been easier. Make the most of the place where you relax, and you may never want to leave! These tips might be the first steps to creating the ultimate in glam havens that will make it the one place you can go to escape the daily grind.

Get the right bedding

Never skimp on the bedding essentials. If you spend half your life in bed then it makes sense to make sure that it’s as clean and comfortable as possible. Invest in a quality mattress and some matching pillow and duvet sets. It really is an investment in your comfort. A good set of bedding will last a long time, and unlike most investments, you will get ongoing use from it.

Shake up the color scheme

Almost everyone knows that color has a big effect on the mind, but do you know which colors do what? Greens work on the mind in a very different way to reds or grays. Do a little research into the best colors to use for your bedroom and then look for ways to integrate those colors. Having a change of color is a quick and easy way to make your room feel more refreshed, and if you get the color scheme right, it could be doing more for you than you think.

Have a complete overhaul

It might be the expensive option, but it might be worth having a complete overhaul of your bedroom. If you’re working with a dingy and dark space, then finding ways to open it up and introduce a modern feel can be very beneficial. It may cost money, but having a complete overhaul might add some value to your home as well! Sometimes, it’s worth getting a loan to pay for a complete redesign of your bedroom, and many companies are able to loan you money with no credit check required. Investing time and money into a total overhaul of your bedroom could transform your relaxation habits!

Go green

Never underestimate the value of fresh plants in your bedroom. Not only are they great for adding splashes of color where you need it most, but they’re also fantastic for your air circulation as well. This is not a good option if you suffer from allergies, but even then there are still options. No matter your color scheme or allergy issues, there are plants that will match, and they can be a great way to boost your creativity while also helping you to relax. Some fresh lavender on the bedside table might be just the thing for helping you get the best nights sleep ever.

Go minimalist

Clutter is frustrating, and it’s no surprise that one of the trending phrases for interior designers in 2018 was ‘mess is stress.’ The notion that a tidy room is a tidy mind is not a new one, but it’s as relevant and true now as it always has been. Look at your accessories and ornaments, and consider whether you actually need them. You could even sell what you’ve outgrown to help pay for that new mattress and bedding! Learn some tips for achieving the minimalist look in your bedroom, and you’ll be heading to bed with a clear mind and less chance of stepping on the clutter on the floor.

Dim the lights

Lighting is an essential part of any creative design, and neglecting the impact of light in your bedroom is a common error. Too many people spend time and money on decorating but stick with the glaring main light even before sleeping. You can create a much more relaxing and glam ambiance by using lamps, candles, or even fairy lights to create a low light that allows you to see what you’re doing but doesn’t make you want to put on a pair of sunglasses. Look for modern lighting trends for inspiration, and you’ll wonder why you ever used the main light in your bedroom!

From choosing the right accessories to making sure that your room has the scent that you love, turning your bedroom into a haven has never been easier.

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November 23, 2018

How To Remove Body Hair Permanently At Home

Everyone has some unwanted body hair somewhere, whether it’s around the genitals, underarms, or on their chest. Shortly put, body hair is a natural phenomenon among both women and men. But what can someone do when their hair thickens and darkens excessively, making them feel like they are carrying around a hair rug on their body? A good proportion of the global population prefers having a hairless, smooth skin and, therefore, seek to eliminate their body hair permanently and from the comfort of their home.

Fortunately, there are numerous techniques for removing unwanted hair permanently, which include the use of laser and IPL devices. While there are quicker hair removal methods, for example, the use of depilatory creams or shaving, the results are often temporary, lasting for a few days only. The following are permanent ways of removing body hair permanently and privately at home.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has rapidly gained popularity since it was first introduced into the market in the 1990s. This is largely attributable to its ability to semi-permanently eliminate unwanted hair. Laser hair removal works by directing a concentrated beam of light on the hair follicles thus ultimately destroying them. Unlike epilating and waxing, this procedure doesn’t bring about instant results. Instead, it takes a few weeks after which the dead hairs fall out, only to reemerge after a prolonged period.

Shaving is, however, recommended before getting a laser treatment as it propels the hair towards the active growing stage, at which point the latter method is very effective. After just as few sessions, laser users achieve a longer-lasting solution in their quest to achieve a smooth, hairless body. And while the hair density and type determine the number of required sessions, the results are always fulfilling.

Using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense pulsed light is closely similar to laser hair removal. Just like with laser hair removal, IPL hair removal utilizes light to heat body the hairs, damaging the follicles to prevent hair from growing back rapidly. However, rather than using laser beams to heat the hair, IPL uses a comprehensive spectrum of light that is less concentrated. This means that more sessions are required than those needed for laser hair removal. Despite taking long, IPL affords users superior results in addition to allowing a wider coverage of the body surface. This method is often cheaper at the salons than laser hair removal, but since one requires a lot more sessions, it ultimately becomes more costly. The best option is to buy an at-home IPL device, which is a whole lot more economical in the long run.

Using Raw Papaya

Papaya is not merely a tropical fruit; it’s heavily packed with minerals and vitamins, not forgetting a vital enzyme known as papain. This enzymes aids in breaking down the hair follicles and ultimately slowing down hair growth rate. Using papaya is incredibly advantageous as it also serves to nourish the skin. Besides, it can even be used by people whose skin is highly sensitive.

Shortly put, papaya is an exfoliating substance that permanently removes body hair and provides nutrients to the skin. To create the remedy, one will need raw papaya and raw turmeric root. Using a knife, one is required to chop the papaya into small cubes and subsequently smash them into a fine solution. The end product is then gently applied onto the skin and left for twenty minutes to rip maximum benefits.

Using Lemon, Sugar, and Honey

A combination of honey and sugar presents an excellent, natural substitute for the expensive wax used to remove hair in spas, but not permanently. Adding the juice from lemons helps to eliminate the unwanted hair with the results lasting for a prolonged period. The mixture makes a very thick wax-like hair removal solution that also nourishes the skin significantly. It essentially sticks to the hair, making it easy to rip out.

For the best results, one needs to mix one tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of honey with lemon juice. The mixture is then placed in a metallic bowl and hovered over a source of heat. This helps to slowly dissolve the mixture to produce a thick, wax-like paste. The resulting solution works just like regular wax, but in this case, it presents a permanent hair removal method that can be easily accomplished from the comfort of one’s home.

The Bottom Line

Unwanted hair can be a real nuisance for anyone regardless of their gender. Most of the solutions applied to quickly eliminate body hair such as shaving only last for a short period of two to three days. Other longer-lasting options like threading and waxing can leave someone experiencing intense pain or with ugly, ingrown hair, and besides, the hair emerges after several weeks. Also, spas and saloons are rapidly increasing their fees in a period when everyone is facing an economic crisis, making these methods less affordable.

This is why people are increasingly turning to the above permanent methods of hair reduction and removal. It’s important to note that the best techniques for achieving permanent hair elimination focus on preventing hair growth by destroying the follicles. Oils and creams are only applicable on the skin surface thus provide a temporary solution rather than stopping regrowth.

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November 20, 2018

Brass & Unity Jewelry Designed By Veteran

Brass & Unity – This stunning jewelry line was created by a female veteran who returned from Afghanistan with PTSD. She now gives back a percentage of profits to veterans. Each of her bracelets tell a story. We particularly love the Brass & Unity matte black onyx bracelet that helps to calm your fears, leaving you feeling stable and secure.

Brass & Unity

Brass & Unity Jewelry Founder, Kelsi Sheren, tells us about herself: “I served in the Canadian Forces, including a tour in Afghanistan during the summer of 2009. After fighting on the front lines (Infantry & Artillery), I was diagnosed with severe PTSD and forced to return home.  I always wanted a way to give back to Veterans less fortunate than me. One day a light bulb went off, and by allowing me to combine the art therapy of creation, with support for other Veterans around the world, B&U is truly something I am proud to share with the world.  We want our products to be reminders to our customers. Reminders to stay strong – whether it’s for you, a loved one, or a memory of someone important in your life. We aim to tell a story, our story, your story, and all of our stories with each uniquely created collection.”                                                 – Kelsi Sheren, Founder

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