Donna Spangler
July 28, 2014

Beauty and Sleep

When it comes to beauty, sometimes it pays to listen to tried and true wisdom. I’m talking about the importance of sleep. I cannot overemphasize the importance of getting a good night’s rest. Even though it may be obvious, many people don’t realize that sleep helps to regulate cellular respiration so that your metabolism is functioning at its maximum potential. Getting a good night’s sleep can help regulate/maintain your weight while keep you looking youthful. When you don’t get enough sleep, it affects hormones that regulate your hunger and appetite, making you more prone to overeating. Therefore, not getting enough sleep can actually make you heavier. Sleep also improves your overall health and emotional stability, giving you the ability and confidence to pursue your fitness goals. This has been scientifically proven. The amount of sleep you need is different depending on each person. This could be between 6 to 9 hours. Also, going to bed early can be a very good thing. so be sure and get an adequate amount of Z’s every single night!donnainbedwithwonderwoman

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July 8, 2014

Baking Beauty Tips

Here are two great tips for beauty that are very inexpensive and will brighten your skin and smile!

1. Summer Smile; the natural way

It is extremely important to have a healthy looking smile. This means no yellow, brown or green stains. With just a couple of ingredients from your pantry, you can immediately begin seeing results. Start using baking soda with a bit of water to make a paste. Combine two tablespoons of baking soda with 4 tablespoons of water. Dip a clean toothbrush and apply the paste to your teeth. Brush thoroughly in a circular motion.  This is a natural way to brighten teeth and keep your breath smelling fresh. Use it every day until you achieve desired results. If you eat foods that stain like coffee, tea or colored foods or berries then rinse immediately and do the baking soda paste.  It is inexpensive and works great!


Baking Soda is a great scrub for your skin. It smooths and reduces your pores while brightening the skin.  All you need to do is take a bit of baking soda and add a small amount of water to make a paste. Then use it on your face in a circular motion and when throughly clean, you rinse with warm water and blot dry. Remember to always apply broad spectrum SPF if entering daylight and a gentle toner if applying at night.

To see Donna’s baking soda tutorial visit: Donna’s Baking Soda Beauty Tips



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June 13, 2014

Coco for Coconut Oil

By now, i’m sure most of us have gotten in on the coconut craze whether it be in the form of water, oil, butter, etc…coconut oil has been used in countries like India for hundreds of years for shiny, strong, and healthy hair.  As someone who loves holistic home remedies, i swear by coconut oil for beauty. it can be used for both skin and hair. I prefer the organic type which can be purchased at Trader Joes for 5.50 and will last you a long time.

I put coconut oil under my eyes and lips.  I will also apply it generously to my face and let it soak in after a shower.  If you want to give your hair a treat, heat some coconut oil in the microwave and slather into your hair. Then wrap it up in a plastic cap or towel for 30 minutes and rinse.

coconut oil can also be used for dry skin. Apply at night before bed for a special treat.  It is simple, effective, and inexpensive and it smells yummy. Try coconut for an inexpensive and luxurious beauty treat. remember for best results, apply regularly. unnamed 539a42e81ce95-coco-for-coconut-oil-1

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June 3, 2014

Summertime and Hair Maintenance

Summertime and the livin’ should be easy…however, the story for our hair can sometimes be quite different. Some hair issues are harder to take care of than others. i know from firsthand that because i have curly hair, the summer weather is not particularly conducive to it. It can get frizzy and look unkempt depending on the weather and texture of your hair. Curly hair needs lots of conditioning.
Great over-the-counter products for curly hair are:
  • Moroccan Oil
  • Kerastase Bain Satin Shampoo (1, 2 or 3)
  • J.F. Lazartique Vita-Cream with Milk Proteins
  • Fekkai’s Serum
  • Bumble and Bumble Big Shine Serum
  • Redken All Soft Heavy Cream
  • Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil
  • Palvin-Bid Capillary Mask Deep Conditioner and Reconstructor
  • AG Ultramoist Treatment
  • Joico Moisture Recovery Intense Treatment
I keep my hair on the longer side so that it does not kink up. After a good wash, always comb your hair right away.  If you put product in it and work it through with your head upside down and scrunch it with your hands it can make nice natural curls. Do not brush it. For smooth styles it pays to go to a blow dry bar. I can leave my hair for a week with a professional blow dry.  If your hair is wavy or straight, a professional blow out can be nice to put body in the places that you want it.  Blow dry bars have become very popular and because they are so regularly in high demand, they are quite financially accessible without breaking a hole in your wallet. if regularly going to the blow dry bar, however, is not within your means or schedule, there are plenty of fantastic at home solutions for keeping hair strong, healthy, and shiny throughout the summer. when going to the store, look for products such as coconut butter, vitamin e, and tea tree oil.
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March 13, 2014

Shibue Strapless Panty

 I don’t know about you, but I don’t like panty lines. I think they make an outfit look tawdry but I don’t like to go without underwear either. After looking around for a solution to a recent gown issue, I discovered the best way to get rid of panty lines aside from going commando. I found my answer with Shibue, a stick on panty!
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The Shibue Strapless Panty is a cleverly constructed panty that sticks on to the front and back of your body. When properly applied, it looks like a g-string with no sides. The strapless panty is held in place by a washable and reusable silicone gel adhesive across the front and back of the panty.  It is very comfortable and can be taken of and on with ease, however it stays in place quite nicely and relieves the problem of panty lines when wearing a tight or sheer gown. I love this and highly recommend this for the panty line problem.
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March 6, 2014

Gluten Free Almond Peanut Protein Bars

2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp oats
1tbsp coconut shreds
1tbsp honey
21 grams (2 scoops) almond flour
21 grams (2 scoops) protein powder
put the almond flour and protein powder and coconut shreds in a bowl and mix

Scoop peanut butter and honey into large bowl
Microwave mixture until soft and melted
Slowly spoon in almond flour and protein powder to peanut butter/honey mixture until thoroughly combined (add water as needed)
The mixture should be firm enough to press together. If too dry, mix in lukewarm water.
After folding together all the ingredients, mold into balls or squares (your preference).
Press oatmeal on top of bars and sprinkle with coconut shreds.
Refrigerate for at least an hour before

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February 21, 2014

A Perfectly Messy Bun

 How To Create A Perfectly Messy Bun

When you’re in a crunch and don’t have time to wash, dry, and stylize your hair, one of the easiest ways to look chic and sophisticated without having to use a ton of product is to create the perfect top knot. Creating the perfect not so perfect top knot may sound ironic-but it is a great hairstyle for any occasion. Whether you’re dressed up or dressed down, this day to night hairdo is easy, quick, and requires little practice to master. To create this look, start off by using a large flat brush to comb out any knots or tangles in your hair. Then flip your hair over your head and run the brush through your hair again. This adds a little volume boost while ensuring that your hair is totally tangle-free. While still keeping your hair flipped over, use a hair tie to put your hair in a high ponytail (or wherever you want the bun to be placed on your head). Take the ponytail and twist it around the knot while securing stray hairs with bobby pins. And there you go!

a large flat paddle brush like this works great!

a large flat paddle brush like this works great!

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January 8, 2014

Lavendar Facial

When I get stressed and need a little pick-me-up I love to use this technique for a quick remedy. The smell of lavender is so soothing and feminine and instantly evokes a sensory experience. Furthermore, the herb itself can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. It has been said that lavender can aid with insomnia, headache, nervousness, and indigestion. Keep in mind that with any natural remedies, it is important to test the product on a small patch of skin to test for allergic reactions.

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To use lavender, I like to create a little concoction. Get a clean bowl and run the water in it until it reaches a very hot temperature. Then, put in eight drops of lavender oil and slowly let the mixture settle. Mix together, if it doesn’t naturally do so. Then, get a clean face towel and soak the wash cloth in the hot water for 5-10 minutes or until the water cools down to a warm temperature. Then, ring out  the wash cloth and gently line up the edges of the wash cloth with the edges of your face. Find a nice nook or relax on your bed for 10 minutes. Additionally, to create an even more soothing environment, light some candles or play some soothing music. This is great for nerves and tension. As you relax and become naturally sedated, the steam from the towels will slowly open up your pores, allowing the healing properties of the oil to remedy skin imperfections. Treating yourself to this facial once a week will do wonders for preserving radiant, healthy skin!


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December 3, 2013

Honey Sugar Scrub



One of my favorite beauty treatments is using old honey that has crystallized over time. Honey is an all natural and affordable scrub that can be very effective in retaining moisture. If you have an old jar of honey that can no longer be consumed, use this as resourceful opportunity to treat yourself to a home spa. Your honey sugar scrub can be used safely on your face and body. In fact, the older the honey the better as you can use the crystallized sugars for exfoliation.

I like to apply the sugar when i am taking a bath. Scoop two tablespoons of your honey into a bowl and apply a thin layer wherever you see fit. Using a brush or sponge, gently exfoliate in circular strokes. The enzymes in the honey make the skin soft and holds in moisture while the granules of sugar sloth off dead skin cells!  As an added bonus you can combine a bit of olive or almond oil to make the application smoother.


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November 18, 2013

On set beauty and maintenance



As some of you may know, I am currently busy on the set of my second full length feature film production entitled “The House of Lizzie Borden”. I always enjoy working on film sets because you get to meet some of the most interesting people in the industry. Whether it’s behind the scenes or in front of the camera, every person plays a critical role in on set. Working 12 hour days and eating catered food, however, does not always lend itself to optimal beauty results. This article focuses on how to navigate the craft service table while staying healthy, glowing, and camera-ready everyday!

Exercise, exercise, exercise

Because of how crazy shooting schedules can get, it is often times hard to find the time and motivation to exercise. However, exercise is absolutely essential to regular maintenance and giving you that extra boost in the morning when you’re in for the long haul. Allotting thirty minutes a day to a versatile exercise regimen can do wonders. I try to diversify my routine each day, focusing alternately on cardio and muscular strength. Whether its going for a quick speedwalk or spending fifteen minutes doing abdominal exercises, working out for even just a little bit instantly transforms my mood and energy for the rest of the day.

Proper Hydration

We all know that coffee is the go-to drink of choice on set. While it may instantly boost your energy, over-caffeination can be detrimental to bodily hydration and getting an adequate amount of sleep. Coffee is extremely dehydrating so it is important to replenish with lots and lots of water. No matter how seasoned our makeup artists are, our body needs the right nutrients to create a perfect camera ready palette. If, and when possible, substitute coffee with green tea. Green tea is an extremely powerful antioxidant that can aid cellular regulation.

Moderate eating

Ah, the temptation of the craft services table is simultaneously every girl’s dream/nightmare. It is difficult to stay away from the various snacks that are often offered on set whether it’s candy, pretzels, cookies, chips, or pastries. Striking a proper balance between snacking and eating a proper meal is the key to creating a moderate diet plan when filming on set. I find it absolutely essential to starting my day with a good, hardy breakfast. Usually I prepare an eggwhite scramble with ham and green onion. This breakfast is enough to last me until lunch because it is filled with vital proteins and vitamins. It is okay to snack once in a while but it is important to recognize how much you are consuming. There is nothing wrong with having a few chips or a donut-it is only when we consume in excess that we start to feel uncomfortable, bloated, and lethargic. Sugar and highly processed foods can create that effect.

Beauty Tips

Being camera ready means constant touch ups and exposure to high voltage lighting. This can create a lot of wear and tear on our skin when we don’t properly clean off all our makeup at the end of the day. I personally know that feeling of being so tired that I can’t even muster up the energy to wash my face after a long day’s work. However, if you want to prevent breakouts and pimples, it is absolutely essential to remove all your makeup at the end of the night. Powders and foundations can clog our pores and it is essential that they have time to breathe. Eye makeup like mascara and eyeliner when left on for extended periods of time can lead to long term buildup around the eyes. It is absolutely essential that we remove all traces of eyemakeup so that the sensitive skin around our eyes are cared for. Try to exfoliate at least three times a week with a homemade scrub created from oatmeal, sugar, and honey. Pour equal amounts into a small dish and mix together until combined. Spread this paste evenly across your face and gently massage for a minute. Wash off your face with cold water and then apply a gentle toner and nighttime moisturizer.



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