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After all the hard work of the holidays, January is a great time to do some at home pampering. If you are like me and spent a little more than you should on the holidays for the family. You might not want to go spend more money going out to a spa. The FootMate® System is an amazing way to have a little spa relaxation at home that you can enjoy every time you shower or take a bath. Not only will The FootMate® System leave your feet thoroughly cleaned, it also conditions and massages them.

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The FootMate® System features:

• 11,000 bristles contoured to cradle your foot, with dual bristle action to massage and smooth rough skin.
• State-of –the art polymer bristles that give the system durability and longevity.
• Suction cups and phalange on the side to keep it in place while using it.
• Anti-mildew retrieval rope will allow easy lifting of the FootMate from the shower of the bath.

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Liquid Biocell Skin certified fabulousThere are so many different products out there to help you look and feel better. Liquid BioCell Skin is advanced science that is clinically designed to counteract wrinkles from the inside-out while reducing the enzyme that can make your skin age. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t mind if I stopped aging. With my 30th birthday right around the corner I was really excited to try this.  Not that I have a lot of wrinkles but I defiantly want to prevent them.

The Liquid BioCell Skin is formulated with 14 antioxidant phytonutrient fruits, ceramides, vitamin C, pomegranate, and bamboo, green tea and grape seed extracts.  These ingredients will help promote healthier hair, eyes, gums and nails and also help improve hydration and support joints and connective tissue.  So not only does it help make your skin look fabulous but it can also make your joints feel better. They have done a lot of clinical test and have seen some amazing results with this. You can see the results when you check out their website http://jusuru.com/www/Science_ClinicalTrials.aspx. They did 37 clinical trials.

Liquid biocell skin is a product that you just drink twice a day so its pretty easy and it tastes like juice. This product you should see visible results by 12 weeks. I have only been using it a few weeks now but I am excited to see the difference after a month.  

 

Jessie 

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So it is November already!!! Just in case you didn't receive that memo :) It is time to start thinking about gifts.  Before we know it the holidays will have crept up right on top of us, and the scrambling will begin on what to get who. So I am going to let know in on some of my favorite products that also make great gifts. 

There are some brands that are a absolute go to for me that I love. I recently tried a brand that is new to me that is now on my go to list. Coast to Coast if you haven’t tried it I highly recommend giving it a try. They have no artificial colours or fragrance, no animal testing or synthetic chemicals. They use just natural ingredients to create their product which I love.

All Coast to Coast outback productsCoast to Coast has three different lines for different skin types. They have coastal for normal, dry or sensitive skin. Rainforest for oily, combination or blemish prone skin, and Outback for Dehydrated dull or uneven skin tone.  I tried the Outback skincare line.

They have a really nice facial polish it is a Skin Whitening Facial Polish Quandong & Oatmeal.  This you will want to use up to 3 times a week or more. This will help polish your skin and scrub off some of the dull skin to show off your brighter skin. You should notice your skin appearing smoother and more luminous.  It give my face the feeling of a really good deep clean. I also had the pleasure of using the Skin Illuminating Foaming Cleanser Quandong & Desert Lime it is a replenishing cleanser that foams up beautifully and feels amazing on my face.  It will gently remove makeup, and dead skin without leaving your face feel dry.  All you need is a few drops and gently massage it over your face with warm water to create a light lather and then rinse.  Easy enough to make your face feel great!   After cleansing the  Skin Radiance Aqua Mist Quandong & Chamomile is a nice product to have on hand. All you do is spritz it on post cleansing or post workout to give you a nice burst of hydration & a instant skin pick me up. It feels really nice and smell delightful as well. I had never used a skin mist before but I really like this little spritz of a pick me up.  This is a fabulous line of products with beautifully done packaging that I don’t mind having displayed in my bathroom.


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Getting that perfect look can sometimes be difficult if you do not have the right tools.  I'm going to share with you some of my must have products and tools. There are some great ones in here for gifts as well....that's right the holidays are fast approaching and I know if I don't start my shopping list I will quickly fall behind.Earth Theraputics resized cosmetic brushes

 

 Earth Therapeutics also offers a Cosmetic Brush Set, it includes 5 brushes that are packaged in a travel case. All the brushes have nice bamboo handles and synthetic nylon bristles that are cruelty-free and laser cut. The kit includes a powder brush, round tip blending brush, flat tip shadow brush, angled tip eyeliner brush and lash & brow groomer. I really like the angle tip eyeliner brush. It works fantastic to apply liquid or gel eyeliner. I was having a hard time finding a eyeliner brush that I liked and was really happy to try this one. This is a really nice set that I think would make a great stocking stuffer or gift for any family or friend who is makeup savvy. Now that we have our great makeup brushes let talk about some great makeup to apply with them :)


jane iredale Celebrate eye shadow trio has three great shades to give you that perfect sexy yet sweet look. The compact is perfect size to take on the go with you and the shadows are sized to fit recommended applications. The compact also has a perfect sized mirror for application. I really Jane iradale celebrate 20 anniversarylike this pallet of colors. Another beautifully done collection by jane iredale is the gilded collection 24-Karat Gold Dust it comes in a convenient tin with three shimmering powders in it created from Mica, a diamond pearlescent pigment. The thing I like most about this product is that it can be used on the cheeks, eyes and lips….I’m always happy about multi use products. You can also mix your favorite moisturizer and apply to your body to give you an added shimmer. jane iredale puremoist lipstick Keterina is a beautiful lip color that goes fabulously with the other jane iredale collections or by itself. It is a matte mahogany rose. It really saturates your lips it feels soft and smooth and will give you long lasting lip color keeping your lips looking and feeling amazing.  jane iredale also has a Jelly Jar gel eyeliner line that is amazing.  I love the colors that are offered. I tried the green and the purple which really gave me a nice change from my regular black eyeliner. They also have a black and brown to choose from as well. 

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Halloween is a fun time for most, from kids to adults. It is a tradition that has evolved throughout the years. With many scary and fun traditions from telling witch and ghost stories to filling up with candy and dressing up as your favorite scary character or super hero. My family throws an annual Halloween party which is tons of fun but I always have a hard time deciding what to be and what to buy to complete my look. I tried a few new products that I will be using this year and hopefully you will find helpful as well. 


Freemahn beauty clay mask acai

 

To keep my skin looking amazing I will be using the Freeman Beauty Feeling Beautiful Acai Facial Purifying Clay Mask. This is a quick fix for dulling skin. This mask is formulated with 8 antioxidant blend of Acai, blueberry, cranberry, goji, mango, mangosteen, noni, and pomegranate…a lot of yummy fruit right :) But these ingredients will help neutralize environmental damage and brighten your skin. The clay also will help draw out impurities from the skin and clean out your pores. I love how this mask feels on my face and it smells wonderful. It doesn’t take much time either which is nice, all you do is apply and let it dry. Then rinse with warm water. With this mask you can get a refreshed look to your face and in a short time. Which is just what I will need on Friday, a little refresh before the halloween party gets started.

 

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It is Nation Breast Cancer Awareness Month,  there are a lot of brands out there that contribute to BCA donations and I had the pleasure of trying some of them out. It is great to shop and know some of your money is going to a good cause. 

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eos Limited Edition Breast cancer awareness collection Lip Balm & hand lotion 3 pack.  100% of the net profits are donated to breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. For more information about the Center click HERE. The eos pack includes Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Stick lip balm, Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere lip balm and Berry blossom hand lotion.  The limited edition Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Stick Lip Balm is 100% natural and USDA certified organic so not only does your purchase help BCA research but it is good for you too.  I love the packaging on this balm! It is a soft touch so it feels and look nice with the added bonus of it being recyclable.  The Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Lip Balm feels amazing and is filled with moisturizing shea butter and jojoba oil to make your lips feel hydrated and soft. This balm is also 100% natural and USDA certified organic. The Berry Blossom Hand Lotion is packaged in a great container that fits perfect in your pocket or purse so you can take it everywhere with you.  Which you will want to once you try it. The lotion is enriched with nourishing shea butter, aloe and oat extract it makes your skin feel soft and nourished but will also make you smell nice too. It has fragrance notes of sweet berries, and fresh, light and floral. These are all paraben free and gluten free.

 


 Another great way to keep your skin hydrated is with Palmer’s Cocoa butter formula products. In honor of BCA month, Palmers will donate to Susan G. Komen 15% of the retail sales price of the specially market bottles of the core cocoa butter formula products. With a minimum donations of 100,000 from October 2014 to June 2015 these funds will help support the Komen’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. For more information on Palmer's involvement click HERE. The products you can look forward to purchasing and helping with the cause is Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks, Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion, Cocoa Butter formula Skin Therapy Oil,  and Coco butter Formula Swivel Stick. So many amazing products! I absolutely love the Palmer’s products.

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Styling tools and hair accessories can bring a lot of unique style to your hair. I had the pleasure of trying a few new accessories and a fab new styling tool that I am going to share with you.


babyliss streightener

I have used the same brand hair straightener for years, and whenever I go to replace a styling tool I typically go with my same brand or one that a friend has recommended. It is a pretty pricey item so I always like to do some investigation before I purchase so hopefully if someone is on the ropes about what to get this might help you make a decision. The BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightener  is a nice looking tool to have with some handy features. Its uses digital ionic technology that produce for fast straightening and to help reduce frizz and add shine. Nano titanium is an exceptional heat conductor which helps the Babyliss straightener maintain high temperatures.  It is a fairly slim straightener with a swivel cord which makes moving very easy and a LED display to tell you what the temperature is on.  They recommend to use lower temperature for fine or thin hair and higher temperature for thicker coarse hair. I have pretty thick hair and I found around 325 to 350 was good for me. They do recommend keeping it between 180 and 350 degrees. They also recommend that your hair be dry when you are straightening it as well.  Another thing I like about this straightener it offers a 4 year limited warranty,  it is always nice to see a company stand behind their product.  Straightening my hair is never a quick thing I am fortunate to have a lot of hair but there isn’t really such thing as quickly straightening my hair but this did a great job and I am happy to have it in my styling collection. 


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Do you ever feel like sometimes when you look in the mirror all you can see is your pores looking back at you? I sure do! I feel like my pores are always huge and I was starting to give up hope on a solution to this until I tried the Neutrogena Pore Refining products.   They are so confident that they can shrink your pores that Neutrogena has a “Pore No More” Challenge #PoreNoMore. It is a 7-day challenge and what they want you to do is Swap out your regular skincare routine for Neutrogena Pore refining collection, using it up to 2x a day for one week. After your 7-day test they challenge you to feel confident in your bare skin. 

Challenge accepted Neutrogena!

Neutrogena pore refining daily cleanserSo Neutrogena offers a Pore Refining daily cleanser, toner, exfoliating cleanser and moisturizer. They have my morning and night routine covered. The products are of course aimed to shrink the look of large pores.  They are formulated to penetrates deep into skin to remove dirt, oil & makeup that can clog enlarged pores then it sweeps away dead surface skin and smoothes over rough, uneven patches to tighten large pores.  Sounds like a lot to deliver right? I was really happy with my results after using all of these products for a short amount of time.neutrogena pore refining exfoliating cleanser

First I would usually start with the Pore Refining Daily cleanser. This cleanser will help the look of pores and refine skin’s tone and texture.  The cleanser feels really nice and left my skin feeling clean without drying it out which is always nice.  Neutrogena also offers a Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser which will also help reduce the look of pores and they say you should notice a difference within one week.  What makes this exfoliator work is micro beads that will help get rid of dead surface skin and also help even out skin tone. The alpha-hydroxy formula will penetrate deep into pores to remove dirt, oil and makeup.  I really enjoyed how this made my skin feel. I used it every over day in replace of the Daily cleanser but you can use it every day depending on your preference.

 

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 I had never tried a detox before and I had the opportunity to try the East West Essentials 3 day Optimal Skin Detox.  I read a little about it and thought it sounded pretty good.  This detox is designed to eliminate toxins from the body, help reverse signs of premature aging, target saggy and aged skin and cellulite, and activate collagen keratin and elastin.   This detox combines targeted supplements, detox shakes, phytonutrients and essential oils.  This really works from the inside to give you the benefits outside of healthier and more youthful looking skin. There is a caution on the package as with anything If you have any major health concerns, check with your healthcare practitioner before use. Do not use if pregnant. Keep out of reach of children.

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  The thing I really liked about this detox was that it is extremely easy to follow. It comes in a box that includes 1 bottle of Optimal Cleanse Powder (5 servings), 1 bottle of Optimal Nutrition (5 servings), 1 bottle of Optimal Fatty Acid (30 capsules), and 1 bottle of Optimal Beauty (10 capsules), specific instructions, shopping list, meal plan.  The book tells you when you what to take when and even gives you a meal guide.  I really liked this because I didn’t have to try to come up with things that I could eat, it was all spelled out for me exactly what I needed.  They also includes daily tips and things that you should avoid while doing your detox like alcohol, caffeine, dairy, soy, corn, wheat, sugar artificial sweetener or smoking on the program. So I had to prepare myself to behave for 3 days :)

 They have the daily guide & instructions which gives you the mixing instructions for the shakes and the supplement instructions.  To give you an idea the first day you will have breakfast , and take your 3 Optimal Fatty Acid Supplements and 1 Optimal Beauty Capsule. Then for a snack you have the optimal skin detox shake. Then you have lunch and your next snack is the Optimal nutrition shake, followed by dinner and 3 more optimal fatty acid supplements and 1 optimal beauty capsule.  It is a pretty easy routine to follow which great meals in between the supplement sand shakes they provide.

 The Optimal Skin Detox Shake you mix two scoops of the Optimal Skin Detox with 8-10 oz of water. You can mix it with a blender and use ice and you can add fruit, cinnamon, stevia and or organic vanilla for taste.   I usually mixed mine with fruit typically a banana and blueberries.  The Optimal Nutrition Shake you mix 5 teaspoons of the Optimal Nutrition in 8-10 oz of cold water and mix well.  This was a nice shake. The thing I like about these shakes is that they want you to have them as snack  in-between your meals. You don’t have to worry about skipping meals.  You do want to have healthy meals but they give you ideas like Oatmeal & Turkey bacon for breakfast and Romaine Avocado Salad for dinner, and the recipes are included in the book. They even give you a shopping list to follow for the week which is nice because when I am trying to follow a good diet sometimes I have a hard time deciding what to make and these recipes are great. 

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    Wow, this looks amazing. Can't wait to try. Treating from the inside makes so much sense. Have heard of east west and their cleans
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Some people may have picked up on the fact that I love a good hair product. I recently had the pleasure of trying so Agadir products. If you are not familiar with this company I can give you some background.  The company started with two brothers Paul and Archie Bogosia in the early 60’s. They gained expertise as hairdressers and salon owners with multiple salons across New York city and a diverse clientele. The brothers realized that the hair care products they were using and offering to their clients did not meet their performance expectations . So they developed their own high performance product line.  Agadir products have been talked about in Modernsalon.com, Juicy magazine, Hot magazine and a bunch other places everyone has great things to say about it so I decided I should defiantly try it and see what everyone is talking about.  A big plus about this brand for me is that they are a alcohol and cruelty free products. I am a big animal lover so cruelty free is very important to me. 

Agadir Argan Oil collectio

I was really excited I got to try a wide range of their products. I will start off telling you about the Agadir Argan Oil Volumizing Shampoo. The shampoos is designed to give body and fullness to hair by infusing, essential ingredients with argan oil and panthenol. Enriched with antioxidants and vitamin E. The Agadir Argan Oil Daily Volumizing Conditioner system gives you body and fullness to hair and is also safe for color treated hair. I  enjoyed how both of these were scented. They use a Agadir aromatic complex that smells amazing.  Other benefits you might notice while using these products is that it will help with tangles and adds shine. The shampoo and conditioner made my hair feel soft and gave a lot of body to my curls. I usually don't use volumizing shampoo because I have a lot of hair. But I really liked the look and feel this gave my hair. 

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Recently they came out with the Agadir Argan Oil Styling Curl Crème that is formulated with antioxidant and anti-frizz agents. The argan oil base is what helps to block humidity and gives your hair long lasting crunch free curl protection. And I don’t know about you but I don’t like my Agadir styling sprayscurls crunchy. The crème will help moisturize, define curl patters and rejuvenate curls and waves.  Another crème they offer that is the Agadir Hair Shield 450 Intense Crème Treatment which actually works with the heat from the styling tool and activates the Shock Protein to help protect your hair from damage and it also targets damaged hair to repair, protect, and hydrate.  I love how amazing my hair feels after straightening it using this crème it feels salon soft even though I am way over due for a trim. This is a product I am happy to have on hand with winter coming I tend to blow dry my hair a lot more, and the protection is much needed.  Another way to give your hair that nice professional done look is the Agadir Spritz- Styling Finishing Spray. I love finishing sprays. This will help keep your hair in place and smooth away frizz and give you hours of shinny hair. If you are looking for more of a firm  and to add a little something else Agadir Argan Oil Volumizing Styling Mousse  this works to give your hair great volume body and hold while also controlling annoying frizz.  

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