May 28, 2017

Donna’s Beauty Check List

I am a mature woman and have dealt with many of the things that can make one appear less beautiful and older if they are not addressed. That being said, I put together a list of beauty items that can help a woman look both youthful and healthy, no matter her age.  In my next articles I will address how to achieve the below list in detail.

Donna Spangler actress/ Producer

  • Donna’s Beauty Checklist
    Face
    How is your skin? Examine it. Is it smooth? Acne? Hydrated? Evenly toned? Dry? Flaky? Sun damage? If your skin is heavily damaged, you might want to consider a light chemical peel.
    How are your eyes? Red? Clear? Puffy? Circles?
    How are your brows? Are they bushy or trimmed well? Coloring?
    Are your lips plump and even? Chapped?
    Any facial hair? A simple laser treatment will take care of this evil.  Also, plucking or buying an inexpensive facial hair remover is an option as there are many on the market today.
    Lashes – Are they lush and healthy or sparse and short?
    Makeup – wearing too much can be extremely off-putting. Learn the perfect amount to highlight your face. Enlist the help of a friend or professional if you need guidance. There are also some great makeup videos on YouTube.
    Hair
    Is your hair healthy? Thick? Well-groomed?
    Is the color rich and flattering to your complexion? Do you have roots?
    Is the style up-to-date and becoming? Split ends? Frizz?
    Is it shiny or dull?

    Thick healthy hair or the appearance of is important

    This is my body at 54 years old! I am quite prod as I work out 3 to 4 days a week for about 1 hour in the morning!

Body
Is your body fit? Too heavy or too thin?
Is your muscle tone lacking?
Is your body skin sagging?
Do you have discolorations on your body?
Are your fingernails and toe nails groomed?
Are you in proportion? Top and bottom?
Skin color – way too tan/pale?
Is your skin dry and flaky?
Body hair?

Hygiene
Are your teeth clean, brushed and smelling good?

Are your teeth yellow? Missing? Stained? In need of orthodontics? Teeth are crucial to a beautiful face.
Have you showered?
Is your hair clean, groomed well?
Are your clothes pressed, well thought out and appropriate for where you will be going?
Next take a look at your overall package. Look at yourself honestly and write down the things you like and the things that you would like to work on. This may be painful as no one wants to face their flaws, but in order to change something you don’t like, it is essential to address it first.

After your candid evaluation, you need to make a list of your goals and objectives both physically and mentally. Set realistic goals, and give yourself a timeframe. I like to make both short and long-term goals and reward myself for each accomplishment as I make it. Great satisfaction comes from achieving these goals and you will feel so much better about yourself as progress is made.

“I plan on being bikini ready even into my 80’s”  – Donna Spangler

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April 26, 2016

4th Of July Swimwear Will Have You “Turning Up The Heat”

Turn Up the Heat This 4th of July with Sexy, Sultry Swimwear

 Make this 4th of July and summer unforgettable and sexy with Sun Kitten. The scorching Sun Kitten Swimwear will make heads turn on the beach or poolside the holiday and all summer long! Sexy sun kittens can take over the coast with the new summer line.

Created by Lizzie Rovsek of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” the internationally recognized swimwear line is a must-have for sunshine fun. The former Miss Kentucky USA knows how to stun a crowd with her style and beauty. Her Orange County-based company continues to take on brave and unique looks each season and has been featured in one of the most viewed Super Bowl ads, Sports Illustrated Swim and Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants. Charlotte McKinney wore a Sun Kitten Swimwear bikini during the Super Bowl halftime commercial for Carl’s Jr. and it was the most viewed commercial in the company’s history!

The 2016 summer collection is Sun Kitten’s hottest one yet! Sun Kitten has you covered whether you’re lounging poolside or basking on the world’s beautiful beaches. Sun Kitten is a modern West Coast beach babe style made from sensuous fabrics from Italy — all made with love in the USA. See below for some of our favorite styles – perfect for your 4th of July celebrations and all summer long!

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Running the household doesn’t need to boring with the classy one-piece The Housewife swimsuit, which leaves just enough to the imagination while still being comfortable and functional as you chase little ones on the beach or sip Rose poolside.

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Bye, bye Miss American Pie and hello sexy! Celebrate Americana with the luxurious and spicy American Pie Lace Halter Top and Lace Tie bikini with U.S.A. written all over it. The eye-popping polka-dot blue and red fabric with gorgeous red lace accents and ties make this a perfect suit for 4th of July or just an afternoon at the beach.

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Denim never looked so good than the lovely Blue Jean Beauty Queen Triangle Top and Lace Tie-Side Bottoms. The gorgeous denim print with back ruching and red lace and trim show off your red, white and blue love in this super hot bikini.

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You’ll never look more lovely and red hot than in the Lady In Red Ruffle Triangle Top, a Sun Kitten favorite with rippling ruffles that was also featured in Sports Illustrated 2015!

Check out the many styles of Sun Kitten at www.sunkittenswimwear.com.

 

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April 22, 2016

Spring Clean Into a Greener Way of Living this Earth Day

MIAMI, Florida – (April 21, 2016) – As spring cleaning sets in, Earth Day (April 22nd), is the perfect time to reevaluate the environmental impact of your home, your business, and take steps to make improvements for a greener lifestyle. According to Green America, a non-profit that works to protect the environment, we can make small changes towards greening our lives that can make big differences. A good place to start is to commit to purchasing at least one thing from a green company, whether it be coffee, blue jeans, oral care, or laundry soap.

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“Even the smallest steps can really help the health and wellness of the environment and we can start with our homes and everyday lifestyles. For example, at Dr. Sharp Dentistry, we are committed to providing our customers innovative and proven alternative to the standard fluoride-based products,” says Dr. Bruno Sharp, a fourth-generation dentist who created a line of products called Dr. Sharp Dentistry, which is celebrating their 10th year as a Natural Oral Care provider. “Our products, such as mouthwashes and toothpastes, are made with natural ingredients and herbals that contain many of the nurturing qualities found in nature.”

Dr. Sharp Dentistry is not only dedicated to improving the health and wellness of individuals, but the company goes one step further to ensure its company is producing high-quality, environmentally-friendly products. To join Dr. Sharp Dentistry and millions of others making eco friendly choices today, here are some steps you can take to make your house greener:

Turn off the Light. Obviously cutting down on lamps and overhead lights use will lead to a less expensive energy bill, but more than that, natural light can have health benefits. Even more, make sure that you are switching our incandescent lights for a compact fluorescent (CFL), which prevents the emissions of greenhouse gases.

No More Bottled Water. If you are firmly against tap water, install a filter under your sink at home or buy a pitcher that filters water. If you’re on the run, invest in reusable plastic water bottles – bottled water, especially bottles that are not recycled, heavily contribute to the pollution in our country, especially the oceans.

Use Your Appliances Efficiently. Wait for a full load before running the dishwasher or washing machine and dryer. Be sure to clear the lint filter after every dryer load. If the weather is nice, consider air-drying your clothes. Further, remember to unplug your toaster and coffeemaker when you aren’t using it. Items plugged in and not being used are still drawing a current and costing you money.

Grow Indoor Plants. If you can, try growing herbs and vegetables at home to eat healthier. Live plants around your home act as natural air filters and some plants can effectively absorb harmful pollutants emitted from your carpet, furniture and electronic equipment.

Clean Smart. Opt for eco-friendly alternative, rather than using harsh chemical household cleaners, which can cause health problems and pollute the environment. Today, there are non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products available at grocery stores.

Use Eco-Friendly Products. Companies such as Dr. Sharp Dentistry have gone the extra mile to ensure that all products positively impact the environment as much as possible. The eco-friendly business has taken the necessary steps to ensure that all products are vegan, not tested on animals, packaging is recyclable and toothpaste boxes are printed using soy ink. Continuing to use such products and encouraging others to do the same can lead to widespread positive impact on our environment.

“No matter what part of the country you live or what kind of house you rent or own, you can make steps to make your space greener,” explains Dr. Sharp. “These steps towards greener living will help preserve and protect our environment for years to come!”

Dr. Sharp created a line of oral hygiene products to give people a healthier alternative. His product line includes Fresh Mint Green Tea toothpaste for adults, Wild Berry Kids toothpaste, Fresh Mint mouthwash and Green Tea Mint dental tape. All products are safe to use, made in the USA, and are gluten-free, have no artificial colors or flavors, are vegan, non-GMO, alcohol-free, fluoride-free, and cruelty-free. Plus, they help whiten teeth and have xylitol, which is a natural sweetener that also helps to fight off cavities. The products are safe for the entire family. To learn more about Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care products or see where they can be purchased, visit the site at: www.drsharpcare.com.

About Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care
Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care is a line of natural oral care products that were created by Dr. Bruno Sharp, a fourth-generation dentist. All products are made from natural, safe ingredients, and are made in the USA. The product line includes toothpaste for children and adults, mouthwash, and dental tape. For more information, visit the site at: www.drsharpcare.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @drsharpnaturaloralcare. For more information about Dr. Bruno Sharp and his dental practice visit www.sharpdentistry.com.

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February 25, 2016

Ageless-Maintaining your Youth and Enhancing your Beauty

7K3A6506 (1)Although a positive attitude is the most important aspect in maintaining beauty and health.  I will be telling you my rules on the physical aspects of ageless beauty that I always live by.

I just turned 53 so I am all about maintaining youth and beauty and I can’t stress enough how important a regular beauty regiment is which should be a part of the way you live your life so that you can maintain your youth and beauty, for the many years to come.

As we age things happen to every part of our body, its just a fact of life. The key is to try and slow the process down and in many cases, improve upon it. This can be accomplished by being faithful to living as clean of a life as possible and having a regular beauty regimen that you stick to each day.

CUT OUT BAD HABITS – This means cutting things out like smoking or being around those who smoke. Smokers get more wrinkles. This may be difficult if you have any smokers around you but smoking is one of the worst culprits for aging not to mention it causes cancer.

Other bad habits such as excessive drinking of alcohol should be sworn off. Of course an occasional drink is fine but too much rapidly ages your skin, since alcohol dries out the skin itself.

Clean Food- Keep your body healthy. Make sure you eat lots of healthy foods and vegetables. It is important to try to use vegetables that don’t have pesticides because of there strongly possible poisonous content. Growing a garden this is ideal, but for most people it is impossible. Most of us will just have to get the best option such as going to the Sunday farmers market or to a vendor that sells vegetables that are grown pesticide free.

Cut sugar intake- Sugars in excess cause a multitude of problems and should be limited. Occasional limited sugar or natural sugar like fruit is the best option.

Cut Stress- Stress reduction is a must in terms of keeping yourself looking and feeling young. Stress also contributes to a plethora of illnesses as well as reducing the required defense of your immune system.

Even having a pet can help help reduce stress. If you have an animal spend time stroking and loving it. Studies show this this helps reduce stress and anxiety.

Get plenty of rest so that your system keeps an even healthy balance. If you cannot sleep try getting more exercise during the day and try doing exercises like yoga. Any type of exercise is great though. Find something that you enjoy doing which invites restful sleep at night. workout

When I am stressed I take a hot bath which relaxes me. I add olive oil or coconut oil to help my skin. Dimming the lights or turning off the light and burning a candle or candles also helps a great deal to relax.

Morning routine- In the morning make sure your face is clean. Put your favorite moisturizer on when it soaks in then use an SPF of 15 or higher to protect your face and neck. Now a days many of the base makeups have an SPF. This is one of the most important steps to protect you from the damaging rays of the sun. Re apply ever few hours. If you are in direct sun you may even want to wear a hat.

Also don’t forget to apply to you body the moisturizer and an SPF for any exposed body parts. Aging takes place over the whole body so do not ignore pampering and protecting it.DSC_8863

Teeth- The mouth and the face are the first things that other people look at. Teeth are a strong indicator of beauty and health.

Floss after breakfast to release the food that is automatically impacted beneath the gums which house the bacteria that cause not only bad breath but also feeds bacteria to cause multiple serious diseases throughout the entire body. Additionally, it is easy for others to see when the mouth and smile have not been taken care of. Yellow or brown teeth and bad looking gums age a person greatly. If you want to maintain your youth and beauty please floss and brush after every meal and especially before bed.

Vitamins- Because I work out hard, I like to take a multiple vitamin to ensure I am getting all I need for my body.

Night routine- At night, before bedtime is a great time to help your body, since it repairs itself at its best when you are sleeping, so that any preparation at night will aid in optimal repair.

Skin- At night exfoliate your skin with a gentle cleanser or wash with honey. Put on a moisturizer. I also use retinol cream to finish. I use it a few times a week and only a pea size for my whole face and neck. Put a light moisturizer on your body at night as well.

Lashes- For my Lashes I use Revitalash every night as it works well and having long thick lashes is a sign of youth and beauty. This is most important as lashes tend to lessen as we age. There are other lash products on the market so find one that works for you if you want to maintain a beautiful full set of lashes.

Hydration- Before bed drink some water. This is very important and your body will love you. Fill up a glass of water and have it near your bed so if you get thirsty you can drink it throughout the night. Hydration will aid in keeping your body looking and functioning its best. I use purified water.

teeth- brush and floss. You can also do a teeth whitening when you feel you need it to keep those pearly whites. There are many brands available.

If you follow all these rules then you should be well on your way to maintaining your youth and beauty.

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January 27, 2016

Take the Dieter Quiz: True or False

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True or False: Skipping a meal helps you lose weight

Have you ever heard this? Girl, I’m going to skip breakfast and lunch, so I can drop a few pounds before the party tonight, then when I get there, get my grub on. Now, tell me do you really think that will work? FALSE, as a matter of fact you are doing more harm than good to your body. Skipping meals puts your body in starvation mode. It will hold on to everything you have stored, because it thinks this could be it’s last meal. Your brain turns to mush and you can’t focus, plus you get hangry. Yeah, you heard me, hangry is real (hungry and anger). You know as well as I do that you are most definitely going to that party and going overboard on the eating. Trust me I know. When your blood sugar drops, you are just not yourself. You lash out and become very mean. Beyond being mean, you self-sabotage by over-eating when you finally get your hands on food. Binge eating happens and then you end up GAINING weight, which was your reason for skipping meals in the first place, was to lose weight. So don’t skip meals, eat sensibly, without having heavy meals but put something in your body so you can function. You must feed your body in order to lose weight, I know it sounds crazy, but it is true.


True or False: Your genetics determine your weight

Come on guys say it with me ”Everybody in my family is big boned!” Hmm, have you ever seen a big-boned skeleton? I haven’t but, I have tried to use this one myself! But it is false! Your genetics make up 70% of your size, 10% diet and 10% fitness. We, as a family tend to be about the same size because we eat the same way. We generally have the same eating habits. Let’s break the cycle. It really isn’t as hard as you think. Something you can do today to make a change, eat one healthy meal today, go ahead make your next meal balanced, appropriate portions and full of leafy vegetables.

Clock True or False: Eating after 8pm makes you gain weight?

Here is another one we have all heard “I don’t eat after 8pm, I don’t want to gain weight.” This is so FALSE. Unless you go to bed at 8 you should still give your body fuel. If you are awake your body is still functioning. You should eat every 3 to 4 hours no matter the time. I am not saying eat a big mac and fries late at night but eat something like nuts, fruit, and even popcorn. You want something light and satisfying so that your metabolism keeps working. The only time you don’t eat is when you are asleep, hence breakfast! You wake up and eat, breaking that fast! You have to eat to lose weight (remember myth #2, no starving the body).

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True or False: Going vegetarian to lose weight

I think I am so, over this, let me repeat so OVER people doing this! It is FALSE you are not going to lose weight just because you are going vegetarian. Elephants are vegetarian and they are not skinny. However, the lions are meat eaters and they are lean, fast and powerful. Just because you are given up meat doesn’t mean that your food doesn’t have calories. It is true if you stop eating meat and are eating plant based food, eating more fruits and vegetables, which tend to be less calories and really filling, you can lose weight. But if your idea of being a vegetarian is eating larger portions of high calories food like French fries, creamy pasty and of course that wonderful veggie pizza then you are most likely going to gain weight. The key is to eat a balanced meal, proper portions even with meat! Me myself I love being a Lioness!

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True or False: Eating all you want because I exercise

I saved the best for last! Because this was surely me! It is False. I was that chick who was at the gym every morning at 5:30am when they opened, did my cardio, hit the weights and ate EVERYTHING I wanted. Oh yeah, I was a size 24. I would totally tell myself, I can eat this, I work out! Well so not true! Losing weight is very simple, it’s all about the numbers, calories in vs. calories out! Math is not my favorite subject but hey, I figured it out. In order to lose weight, I had to burn more calories than I consume, simple!

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January 18, 2016

Get The Look: January Jones at the Critics’ Choice Awards

 

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Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen worked with January Jones for last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards. Get the look from Lauren here:

Lauren’s Inspiration: Playful elegance.

Face: I prepped her skin by using La Mer Moisturizing Cream and Honest Everything Cream Foundation.

Eyes: I used the Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Metal Eyes, lined the eyes with Urban Decay Glide on Eye Pencil in Sabbath and finished with Avon Big & False Lash Volume Mascara in Blackest Black.

Lip: I applied Avon True Color Matte Lipstick in Marvelous Mocha – launching in February.

Avon products are available at avon.com. Follow Avon at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/Avon Twitter: @AvonInsider

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Learn more about Avon at BeautyForAPurpose.com

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January 13, 2016

Luxury for your face

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SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® ULTRA CREAMY CLEANSING LOTION is so creamy and immensely soft you won’t believe it is a cleanser. In fact, when I first applied it to my damp face I thought that I accidentally hit my moisturizing lotion pump instead of the cleanser, I looked down and saw that it was no mistake, I was pleasantly surprise!

SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® ULTRA CREAMY CLEANSING LOTION cleanser is what luxury feels like. This creamy cleansing lotion removes all make up (even water proof mascara and eyeliner) without stripping your skin of its natural oils. All Sustainable Youth ingredients are green all natural and organic.

So go ahead click here Sustainable Youth and spread it on!

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January 2, 2016

Kiko Milano Cosmetics were a hit this holiday season

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Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner

 

My 19 year old daughter was thrilled to find some Kiko Milano Cosmetics in her Christmas Stocking. She especially liked the Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner and Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara, and loved the results.

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The Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner was easy to apply because the tip is flexible and soft. The anti-slip grip is a also a plus. She told me she was able to achieve the thickness she wanted very easily. She also said the “eyeliner went on easily without being messy and lasted the day”. Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner,  as described by Kiko Milano, has a “capillary system” technology allowing it to release the ideal amount of formula, for maximum control during application and a flawless result, without smudging. Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner is Ophthalmologically tested and available in Black.

Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara

Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara

Extra Sculpt Volumizing Mascara is one of her favorites. She loved the results and achieved what she described as a ” full feathered look”. The mascara was easy to apply and very creamy leaving no clumps. You can also reapply until you achieve the desired look.

Kiko Milano states, “The new hourglass-shaped brush evenly distributes the texture. The brush’s square ends reach the shortest lashes and those in the corners of the eyes”. Extra Sculpt Volumizing mascara is also Ophthalmologically tested, Paraben and fragrance free, available in Black.

My daughter was also excited to find out that there is a Kiko Milano Store At Providence Place Mall which is 10 minutes away from us. There, you will find a vast array of cosmetics and you will find the prices to be very affordable. Find a stor near you at Kiko Milano or order online for your convenience.

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October 14, 2015

In tourist clothes while in a world of Fashion!

One of the most fun things about shopping in Ireland was learning the conversion of shoe sizes. After visiting Primark, mom and I stumbled upon a shoe store that was running a very large shoe sale. Of course, being a girl, I could not resist! But I was in for a big surprise.

Forgetting that I was in another country, I forgot all about the difference of sizes over there. lol. It was very funny to find out that my size 7 1/2 shoe was, in fact, a size 38! lol. I cracked up every time I tried on a pair. In my mind I kept saying, “Oh grandma what big feet you have”. Shopping is definitely a whole new experience where you are not used to it. Even while in London.

Shoes from Ireland

Shoes from Ireland

The shoes I purchased (the gold sandals) are so comfortable, and perfect for this Florida weather. So if you ever find yourself in Ireland & London you will notice that fashion never takes a break. Men, women and even the kids are always walking around in some high fashion looks. So walking around in tourist clothes I felt a little out of place. lol I was so blessed to have visited these two beautiful countries and discover their look into fashion, food and what not. Made me remember my passion for the industry.

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So discover the fashions of London & Ireland by visiting some websites from Primark, Selfridges & CO, Harrods, a well as the GAP, Forever 21, Adidas’ and so many more! Happy shopping! 🙂

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October 10, 2015

Affordable shopping is all at Primark!

Galway, Ireland has become a very popular tourist destination with its beautiful valleys, castles and the shopping! Having one of the most fascinating stores I have ever been in, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Think about this for a minute, clothes, shoes, jewelry, & accessories for incredibly low prices. This store, found in Dublin, Ireland is called Primark (or Penny’s depending on where you are)

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Primark Logo

While in Galway, my mom and I decided to take a little trip to Primark and see what the buzz was all about. Walking in you immediately wanted to by something. Even our B&B host in Galway said she can never walk in their without buying something. And that is where all her Christmas and birthday presents for her granddaughters come from. Even if its just a gift card. Everything is such affordable prices & great quality product. I thought I would just go in and look but ended up walking out with two new outfits, & earrings for less than $20! OH MY GOODNESS right?

Even though Primark may be over in London and Ireland, we in the US can enjoy their awesome prices & products simply by visiting their website www.primark.com Just pay the price plus S&H and before you know it Primark will be right on your door step. Happy shopping 🙂

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