August 27, 2013

Resurgence and Glow – At 50, It’s All About the Glow

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Murad Resurgence

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…whose the fairest of them all? Once you hit 50 (or even 40) that can be a really frightening question to ask of a mirror. Of course, we all work hard, work out, dye our hair, but those nasty little wrinkles and crinkly creases under your eyes can get even the best of us and start to make us feel frustrated that we are not staying ahead of the aging process. Of course, at some point, that might be inevitable, but for me I am feeling like that’s not going to hit me until, like, 75 or 80….so in the meantime I am always on the quest for anything that will make me look – and hence feel – younger.

They say that 50 is the new 40 anyway, so why not try to look the part, right?

Late one night I saw the infomercial on television for Dr. Murad’s new Resurgence product line. I have to say, the ad was compelling and Joan Lunden, the spokesperson for the product, looked pretty amazing at 61 and I thought – well, I would love to try that product. I had always been a big believer of Dr. Murad in the past, and the products were cutting edge and way ahead of the curve back in those days.

So – yes – I got bitten by the late night infomercial and thought – I’ve got to have it!

The package came in no time and was a tidy little kit with more than enough for a one month’s supply (which is what you sign up for) of four products – the Renewing Cleansing Cream, Age-diffusing Serum, the Age-Balancing Night Cream and then the Renewing Eye Cream. This kit is for rebalancing aging skin over night, so be aware that you still have to purchase a daytime moisturizer, and I would recommend saying with the same line (Dr. Murad) for that. So, when I received the kit it took me a few days to realize that I didn’t have that step 3 moisturizer, so I did end up using one of my own for the daily.

However, it’s only been a week and I can already start to see that my face seems to have brightened up a bit. The Renewing Cleansing Cream contains Apricot Kernel Oil, Yeast Amino Acids, Carrageenan Extract, Camomille Flower Extract, and many more herbs and ingredients. I believe that the cleanser is the key to this whole package. When you use it on your face, you can actually feel it’s ‘action’ going on and there is tingling for quite a while after you use it. According to Dr. Murad, it’s important to use products that help to remove the outer layer of the skin, and to help you rebuild your skin so that you have that healthy glow. I do recommend this product. I feel better and my skin is brighter. The eye cream, age diffusing cream and the age-balancing night cream feel to me a lot like Dr. Murad’s other wonderful products – and they contain many other flower, root and natural ingredients to actively renew your skin.

This product – according to the ads and write-ups – as well as the 384 plus five star reviews on their website — reduces the appearance of medium to deep wrinkles. Increases skin firmness 42% in 10 minutes. Now, I do feel that you need a few weeks to see the full benefits. But for only $39.95 for a month’s supply (a $107.00 value) it’s worth it! Try the other Dr. Murad’s products as well – because you will get more benefit by staying with one product line!

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Guest Post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts

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August 23, 2013

Waxelene Flip Top Squeeze Tube is Here!

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Waxelene Flip Top Squeeze Tube is here!  My favorite product in the world…… You know when someone asks you the question, “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would have to have with you?”  Of course my answer would be Waxelene!  I just cannot say enough about this product and nowit’s available in a flip top squeeze tube!  OMG! It is convenient to carry in a pocket, purse, car, backpack, and gym bag. Waxelene Flip Top Squeeze Tube is great for traveling anywhere. I use a dab on my finger to moisturize my cracked lips and shine my lipstick color making it super glossy. It leaves my lips irresistible and soft. This creamy beeswax gel is a great beauty product that I cannot live without. Once you try it, you will be totally satisfied and never leave home without it too. When I get a moment throughout the day, I take out my Waxelene Flip Top Squeeze Tube and massage some into my cuticles and WOW….. my nails look as if I just came from a nail salon.

Waxelene is made of Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Organic Rosemary Oil, and Natural Vitamin E with no petroleum or artificial ingredients. Also MADE IN THE USA!  I have been a long time user of the good old Vaseline and always concernd about the petroleum but now my mind is at ease using Waxelene! I rub it on my dried heels and elbows. It removes my make-up and I massage it on my feet before my daily run to avoid blisters! You can purchase Waxelene products at local Whole Foods, CVS, Anthropologie Stores and online at Waxelene.com.  Waxelene Flip Top Squeeze Tube is $4.99 per tube.  The way I brag about Waxelene, you would think I have stocks in it!   Unfortunately I don”t, but I do get super excited and love to promote a product that really works and is now packaged in a convenient flip top squeeze tube that makes my life simple!  Let’s hope I never end up on a deserted island….. Thank you Waxelene for a great product!!!!

179902_2273854583663_993585435_nLaurie Carcieri, Wife and Mother of two Children

Fashion and Fitness Enthusiast

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August 20, 2013

Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer = Flawless Skin

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Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control was the best product I ever used to fight those trouble acne and brown spots on my skin occurring over and over again in the same spot. I thought my days of breaking out were gone in my twenties, however, my forties brought me back several decades and a loss to find a good acne cream. My friends had plenty of great ideas for wonderful wrinkle creams, but I was alone for my search at forty- nine for a cream to wipe away those embarrassing blemishes.

This light-weight, oil-free formula controls shine and leaves a flawless finish as it hydrates,firms and calms skin.  My skin has literally been transformed at the right time, I was going to make an appointment to have an expensive laser treatment before finding this miracle product. The cream contains smart salicylic acid, anti-microbial peptides, marine extracts and vitamin B3 all working together to prevent breakouts forever that were continually appearing on my skin.  My tween daughter even commented on my skin and wanted the cream for herself, wondering why her mother was still in need of a cream to prevent acne.  I highly recommend this product for all ages and consider myself an expert on acne cream. Thanks to Sarah McNamara and her unbelievable product, I am no longer alone!

Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control is available in 5 shades and can be purchased at miracleskintransformer.com

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Liz Vachon, LICSW

Wife and Mother of two

National Keynote Speaker on Bullying

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August 20, 2013

Relax and Laugh Your Day Away with Chocolate Chocolate Moons

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Reading is one of the great pleasures that I have now that I am retired. There is still always lots to do each day, but the schedule is so much more relaxed that I can spend time enjoying a good book.  “Chocolate Chocolate Moons” by Jackie Kingon is a unique, yet silly, futuristic mystery. You will laugh out loud as you read and even reread some of the humorous discriptions this author presents.  It is a fun task to keep up with everyone moving around from earth to the moon and Mars with their different weights changed by the gravity force. But I love a mystery and we are not without a mystery in this hilarious venture.  People end up in the hospital after eating Chocolate Moons and the bungling, candy eating detectives are called to do their investigations.  Meanwhile there are news shows and talk show interviews asking the questions about how this could have possibly happened.  But that isn’t all!  Relationships and past relationships are revisited; twin daughters are rehearsing for a contest; electronic devices listening in on suspects and hotels in space.  Such an imagination Jackie Kingon has!  There is so much more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you.  This is a book to read when you want to lay back, relax and laugh your day away.

Purchase you copy today at amazon.com/Chocolate-Moons

P1060375 (2) Sharon Hatcher, Guest Blooger & Avid Reader

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August 18, 2013

Worship the Sun With OBAGI on Your Skin

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Obagi Sunscreen

We are always hearing that we need to wear sunscreen every day and study’s prove that the benefits of daily sunscreen use are real and measurable. I am always looking for a broad spectrum sunscreen lotion that reduces the risk of skin cancer and premature aging. It is very important to me as I spend my summers living on the beach and exercising outdoors. Doing research on sunscreen, I learned that “Broad Spectrum” means UVA coverage which prevents and delays aging and reduces skin cancer. I came across OBAGI Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 which is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, non-acnegenic, and dermatologist tested. It is PABA free and fragrance free for all skin types which is my number one priority. OBAGI Sun Shield is formulated with 10.5% zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate which is a complete anti-aging sun protection with UVB absorption and UVA blockage and helps prevent sunburn.

OBAGI Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is an award winning sunscreen which provides a high level of protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. I loved applying it to my skin, it was non greasy and completely sheer with an elegant matte finish that feels great on your skin. It dried without residue or shine. OBAGI Sun Shield did not feel like I had a sunscreen on. My skin felt rich. OBAGI Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (3 oz.) suggested retail price is $46.00 and available for purchase in dermatology, plastic surgery, and other aesthetic physicians’ offices. OBAGI Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is one of the best sunscreens I ever used….. healthy ingredients, no sunburns, reduces skin cancer, and prevents aging!  Worth every penny!

To view Obagi’s complete skin care line please visit; http://obagi.com/

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Laurie Carcieri

wife and Mother of two

Fitness and Outdoor enthusiast

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August 15, 2013

Feel Like a Glistening Godess with JERGENS natural GLOW

 

jergens-naturalglowfirmingdailymoisturizer-7.5ounce-1I was so excited to try this product, as in the past, I would lie in the sun for hours and damage my skin. The other self-tanner products usually had a bad odor, so I would not use them and put nice smelling lotion on and relaxed in the sun. Jergens Natural Glow does not have the terrible “self-tanner” scent, in fact, throughout the day, there is no smell at all and nobody would ever know you have on a self-tanner.  The Jergens Natural Glow application is fast and easy, and the best part is there is no streaking.  The color is a beautiful beige brown, not orange and I have a beautiful healthy glow within three applications.  I would definitely recommend the product it is easy to use, has a great glow and is very inexpensive.

My friend recently introduced me to Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer. I can’t believe I missed this one on the store shelf. Not only will this moisturizer give you added color after a few uses, but will also help reduce the appearance of cellulite in as little as 7 days. Remember, Jergens Firming Daily moisturizer will not eliminate cellulite but will lessen the appearance. Best of all, it really does work. In a world that can be quite hazardous being exposed to the sun, we definitely don’t want to tan that way.  When people ask you how you got your great looking color, tell them Jergens, it’s as simple as that.

Jergens Natural Glow also carries sunscreens and you can find Jergens products at retail stores nationwide. www.jergens.com

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Liz Vachon, LICSW

Wife and Mother of two

National Keynote Speaker on Bullying

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August 15, 2013

Summer is in Full Swing With Cocktail Glasses by LOLITA

Summer is in full swing, and happy hours just got a whole lot happier with Designs by Lolita’s brand-new Cocktail Glasses. The collection takes classic favorites, like the mojito and the piña colada, and brings them to life in the design of the glassware itself. Vivid, hand-painted details all but whisk you away to the tropical paradise these cool cocktails remind you of. Designs include:

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Lolita Mai Tai

“Mai Tai” –(above) the perfect summer cocktail: sultry, yet cooling and refreshing at the same time, and the vibrant tiki design on the front is a fun addition.

Lolita Hurricane

Lolita Hurricane

“Hurricane” –(above) the drink made famous in the Big Easy’s French Quarter gets a new twist in the pink-and-blue tempest design of this glass.

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Lolita Mojito

“Mojito” – (above) muddle your mint and enjoy this refreshing favorite “Rum Runner” – be your own captain and choose whichever variation of this classic you wish. The pirate design is a reminder of the original meaning of a “rumrunner,” (below) and your friends just might try to smuggle this glass from you!

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Lolita Rum Runner

These tropical-themed, tumbler style 16-oz. glasses each feature a recipe on the and come in a signature gift box. To view the Complete Cocktail Collection visit http://www.designsbylolita.com/c-157-cocktail-glasses.aspx.

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August 12, 2013

Pamper Your Toes with Nutra Nail Gel Perfect Pedicure

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Every once in a while, I know we all like to treat ourselves to a manicure or pedicure at the nail salon. They also can be expensive so it is definitely a privilege to get them done at a salon. Why not get a salon feel right in the comfort of your own home? The new Nutra Nail Gel Perfect Pedicure is awesome!!! Guaranteed to have your toes dry in 5 minutes before you step into your shoes. A big factor to this polish is that it’s not an ordinary polish, it’s a GEL. This means that it will last longer then regular polish. Nutra Nail Gel Perfect Pedicure comes with 2 foam foot rings, a filer, an applicator, a brush cleaner, and most importantly the color gel polish. I had an extremely awesome experience when using this product for the first time. The color of my toes looked exactly like the color in the bottle, which is also a plus because It was exactly what I was expecting, no surprises. What I was surprised about was how great it looked afterwards, the Shine! Color! Effectiveness! All great qualities to have when trying to pamper yourself. Nutra Nail Gel Perfect Pedicure comes in 6 fashionable colors (see colors below) so there is a color for everyone and every occasion. It is quick and easy to use and I would recommend this gel polish to anyone!

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Peep Toe: pink shimmer, Sandal: maroon cream, Sling Back: fuchsia cream, Spectator: white pearl, Stiletto:  red cream, Slipper: turquoise cream.

At their website http://www.nutranail.com/spring-toes.shtml you will enjoy reading about some great tips which will help keep your feet looking great, not just for the summer, but year round.

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August 9, 2013

Fabulous Must-Have Beach Bag Essentials

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This limited edition Woven Butler Bag byJen Groover makes toting everything you need for a relaxing day at the beach a breeze. Versatile and stylish, the Butler Bagkeeps you organized so you can enjoy a carefree summer of fun. Its compartmentalized interior has a place for everything from your favorite beach reads to your sunscreen, as well as a zippered “privacy pocket” which is perfect for discretely storing jewelry and cell phones while you cool off in the water. Available in pink and white.  $19.99 www.avon.com 

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Look chic relaxing on the beach or out at night in Christopher Fischer Cashmere’s “Kavin” Dip Dye Scarf. Wear this eye-catching scarf as a beach cover up or to dress up your look and transition your beach outfit from day to night. A mix of cashmere and satin, this lightweight, versatile scarf is sure to make every outfit feel luxurious and keep you warm on those cool summer evenings. $98.00

www.christopherfischer.com

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Whether you’re looking for a little extra coverage or strutting your stuff in style, complete your beach look with a “Kehinde” Linen Asymmetrical Open Stitch Tunic from Christopher Fischer Cashmere. Delicately woven in a versatile navy blue, this boat necked tunic is sure to elevate even the most basic swimwear. $165.00  www.christopherfischer.com

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Empowered by Jen Groover bracelets are the perfect summer accessory. These boho-chic bracelets are easy to wear both on and off the beach, and encourage you to make your summer daydreams come true! Created by Empowerment expert, motivational speaker and author Jen Groover, each pendant and bracelet is engraved with an inspiring personal quote from her motivational speeches that remind you to live life with passion and purpose. Available in jade, rose quartz, tigers eye, hematite and turquoise. $30.00 – $35.00 www.jengroover.com

 

 

 

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August 7, 2013

Pevonia Botanica Sunscreen My New Best Friend

 

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My face and body have been in desperate need of a sunscreen that will not cause blemishes and goes on smoothly. Many sunscreens have gone on greasy, producing shiny and dry skin which makes it difficult to apply makeup, so I usually just keep my gigantic sunglasses on for the day. A friend gave me Pevonia Botanica sunscreen spf 30 to try at the pool for eight long hours.  This product was my favorite for many reasons, it nourishes the skin with vitamins E, C and B while protecting against harmful UVA and UVB rays while also providing hydration at the same time. The beauty of this product is it does much more than shield you from the sun, it’s paraben free and good for all skin types. I realized this was the only sunscreen I could find with moisturizing lotion with the highest SPF so it’s serious sun protection while still being a beauty product. The lotion is a buttery texture which literally melts into my skin providing sunscreen and protection from premature skin aging.  I am so happy, I was finally able to take off my sunglasses and smile at the sun! pevonia.com

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Liz Vachon, LICSW

Wife and Mother of two

National Keynote Speaker on Bullying

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