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  • GOLDFADEN MD Sun Visor environ spf 25 sun care coola sport unscented spf 30 jane iredale powder me spf sunscreen certified fabulous summer sun block ultra violet rays

    GOLDFADEN MD: Sun Visor - fast absorbing, oil-free, PABA-free and fragrance-free SPF 30 sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. This unique product offers dual-action protection by delivering high-level UV filters to help prevent sun damage, fine lines, and dark spots. Skin renewing organic red tea works to rejuvenate skin and provide antioxidant benefits. This advanced, revolutionary, ultralight translucent oil-free, fragrance-free and even smear-free formula is a must for all skin types.  www.goldfadenmd.com 

    Environ: Sunscreen SPF 25  - is formulated with micronized titanium dioxide and antioxidants to assist in protecting the skin against harsh UV rays and improve the appearance of fine lines. To achieve maximum benefits, apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and continue once every 2 hours to help minimize short-term skin damage effects. www.DermaConcepts.com for additional information.

    COOLA® Suncare: sport spf 30 Unscented sunscreen spray - clear, natural, and unscented continuous spray. Offering Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection, this Farm to Face® sourced spray will also nourish, repair and hydrate skin with 70%+  certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts; and Red Raspberry Seed Oil, a natural sunscreen and anti-inflammatory rich in Omega-3 and 6. www.coolasuncare.com 

    jane iredale: Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen - Can be used on the body, face and scalp for a UVB/UVA SPF 30 protection. Translucent, nourishing and soothing! https://janeiredale.com

    *** Never, NEVER forget sunscreen! Powder, spray, lotion...which ever you want at any SPF level (15+ is ideal though)...just wear it!  Your future self will thank you :) These are a few of my faves!
  • KC TimelessColor 13
    Keratin Complex: Color Therapy TIMELESS COLOR Shampoo & Conditioner


    What it is: Keep hair as vibrant as the day it was colored with the new Timeless Color at-home collection from Keratin Complex. What it does: The Fade-Defy Shampoo & Conditioner harness the power of keratin to reinforce the hair's natural protective barrier and protect agains color loss. What else you need to know: Key ingredients such as PolyQ, seal in color's vibrancy while UV absorbers help to prevent sun damage that can cuase color-treated strands to become dull or brassy. www.keratincomplex.com 

    *** Sun, chlorine and environmental toxins can take a toll on hair, espeically color treated hair! This FABULOUS conditioner protects and perfects leaving hair bright and glossy like the first time you colored it :)
  • keratin complex glowtion potion styling oil hair care certified fabulous summer essentialsKeratin Complex: Style Therapy Glowtion Potion Styling Oil

    A softening solution for dry, damaged and color-treated hair that creates softness and shine, even in coarse hair textures. Helps to reduce rough split ends and breakage while shine-enhancing silicones smooth the cuticle and add weightless moisture and gloss. www.keratincomplex.com 

    *** Tames my flyaways and hydrates my hair leaving it shiny and not oily! LOVE!
  • hairfinity healthy hair supplements growth beauty certified fabulous
    Hairfinity

    A nutritional supplement that contains a unique natural blend of vitamins, nutrients and our exclusive Capilsana™ Complex, it promotes healthy hair growth and nourishes your hair from the inside out.
    The ingredients promote a healthy scalp, increased hair elasticity, increased hair strength, and more. Bonus: 30-Day Money Back Guarantee: If you aren't amazed by your hair, simply request a refund.  www.hairfinity.com 

    *** I've tried a wide variety of healthy hair supplements to grow my hair out quick...and I have got to say this is one of the better ones out there! Easy to incorporate into your daily routine and encourages water intake, which is also crucial to hair health. Nothing to lose with a money back guarantee! 
  • AcneFree Energizing Wipes 3-in-1 iced orange mint certified fabulous
    AcneFree Energizing Acne 3-in-1 Wipes

    Containing 0.5% Salicylic Acid, a dermatologist-recommended acne medication that helps to exfoliate skin, these wipes are formulated with orange and mint extracts, this three-in-one product cleanses skin, treats acne and energizes senses on-the-go! www.acnefree.com 

    *** These water-less wipes were a perfect way to take off all of my makeup and gunk from the day! Unlike ordinary cleansing wipes, these had a bit of foam to them that wiped away all my daily residue without a trace! Love bringing on trips or using after a workout to freshen up and boost my energy level. 
  • OM Carrot rose serum certified fabulous
    OM Carrot Rose Serum

    Carrot Rose Face Oil is a heavenly antioxidant-rich formula that makes the skin undeniably soft, silky, and smooth. Carrot Seeds have vitamin A and beta-carotene to nourish and rejuvenate skin. Rose essential oils bring out skin clarity. Rosehip Seed diminishes age spot, scars, and sun spots. http://omaroma.com 


    *** Truly one of the best oil serums I have used! My complexion was brighter, even toned and moisture balanced! I love applying this at night as an overnight repair from the daily environment aggressors that create chaos on my skin. 
  • Chapstixk Hydration Lock Day Night mosture renew certified fabulous new
    The first NEW ChapStick dual-ended Hydration Lock is called Moisturize & Renew and offers an advanced anti-aging formula with different ingredients on either end of the stick each designed to provide targeted benefits including long-lasting moisturization.

    The other new dual-ended Hydration Lock is called Day & Night which offers 24-hour lip care by having a formula on either end of the stick each designed to protect lips through the day and revitalize through the night. The day formula contains SPF and makes a great product for using on the beach or during vacation while the night formula is perfect for restoring lips while you sleep.

    Launching in this month! www.chapstick.com


  • Softsoap Rainforest escape body wash certified fabulousSoftsoap® brand Rainforest Escape Body Wash 

    Brace yourself for the magic of summer with our limited edition Rainforest Escape body wash. This moistrure infused formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, while the invigorating scent of Coconut Water & Lime take you to a relaxing place in the jungles of Brazil!

    *** Incredible scent! Tropical heaven in your shower! 
  • woolite everyday detergent maintains fabric shape and elasticity certified fabulousWoolite Everyday Detergent 

    Gives all your clothes the right balance of cleaning and caring. It doesn't contain harsh ingredients, so it won't cause stretching, shrinking or fading. www.woolite.us 

    *** Taking care of your clothes is important, especially when you spend good money on key pieces! Woolite gives you that extra care with a complete clean that smells heavenly! 

  • Soft and Dri deodorant certified fabulous summer essentials
    Soft & Dri Aerosol Antiperspirant Deodorant

    Provides excellent 24-hour wetness and odor protection that is soft on your skin and dries quickly, leaving you feeling refreshed, protected and comfortable. Easy to use and non-staining! www.softndri.com 

    *** I love using aerosol cans in the Summer, they never leave a cakey deoderant clump and it's perfect when wearing tank tops or any sleeve-less tops. As part of my night routine I make sure I spay my underarms before bed! Got to keep it fresh :)
  • mary Kay Journey of dreams perfume certified fabulousMARY KAY: Beauty That Counts® Journey of Dreams™ Eau de Toilette

    Crisp floral scent expresses a spirit of caring. With top notes of Sparkling Clementine, Freesia Flowers and Floating Lotus. Middle notes of Black Currant Bud, Blooming Turkish Rose and Australian Sandalwood. Bottom notes of White Amber, Skin Musk and Bed of Velvety Orange Petals.

    From May 16, 2014, through Aug. 15, 2014, $2.50 will be donated by Mary Kay Inc. from each sale of the limited-edition† Beauty That Counts® Journey of Dreams™ Eau de Toilette. As part of this effort, Mary Kay is proud to support The Mary Kay Foundation grant program for women’s shelters. Watercolor butterflies decorate the packaging, symbolizing the many lives you’re helping to transform with each purchase. www.marykay.com 

    *** A Beautiful Summer scent and a great cause, it's a win/win! 
  • flight of fancy anna sui certified fabulous perfume summer essentials beauty
    Anna Sui: Flight of Fancy Fragrance

    "The Enchantment of Discovery" - A dream unlocks many doors to the soul, expanding the senses to irresistible possibilities. There are so many things to try and explore, so many ways to see into one's soul, so many ways to change. The dream is the surrounding, in which our senses awake.

    Anna Sui's fragrance invites a girl-woman to take her chances...to open her eyes...and to emerge from a dream with self-assurance, beauty, and certainty.

    Spread your wings and reach for the stars...Experience the enchantment of discovery!

    An explosion of luminous Java lemon, litchi, and yuzu notes, followed by the soft notes of Star Magnolia, rose blossom, and waves of Purple Rain Freesia. The bottom notes end the composition with amber crystals, light wood, and skin musk, bringing peace and tranquility. www.annasui.com/en/ 

    *** One of my favorite, go-to perfumes! I feel like it is fitting for every occasion as it provokes a light-hearted, inspiring and happy feeling when I wear it. I LOVE the box design, gorgeous, I had to keep it! The bottle is elegantly made and fits on my perfume dresser without a big, over the top cap but it still stands out among the sea of fragrances I have displayed :)
  • boots no7 lip crayon lip stain certified fabulous
    No7 Stay Perfect Lip Stain - Long-lasting lip stain in an easy-to-apply pen format for great definition. Sweep on for a light tint, or build for more intense color.5 colors to choose from: Ballet, Posy, Ruby, Seduce & Sultry.

    No7 High Shine Lip Crayon - Glide-on, sheer and glossy color for a lightweight, moisturized feel in an easy-to-apply crayon format. 5 colors to choose from: Berry, Daydreamer, Delicate Pink, Statement & Tickle.


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    *** I loved the colors on all of them! My favorite part is that the lip stains have a color budddy in the lip crayons so I could layer! Apply the lip stain for the base color and then the crayon on top for a semi-matte lip. If the crayon fades, the stain color is still on! LOVE!
  • Ciate Dark Chocolate nail polish remover certified fabulous mint orange white
    Ciate: Chocolate Nail Polish Removers

    Tantalise your senses and indulge yourself in the newly formulated Collection of Chocolate Scented Nail Polish Removers from Ciaté. The range infuses delicious scents of white, dark, mint and orange chocolate into each delectable formula, adding a unique, mouth–watering aroma to each one. These removers not only help to gently remove polish but also nourish nails and leave you with an utterly irresistible chocolaty fragrance. Presented in an elegant glass bottle, the new and improved Ciaté Chocolate Nail Polish Removers are acetone free and suitable for acrylic nail extensions. The non-drying formula also has added Vitamin E and B5 to condition and care for nails whilst satisfying your sweet tooth with its sugary, cocoa scent.  www.ciate.co.uk 

    *** Delicious and amazing! No need to use harsh smelling, chemical nail polish removers when you can use CHOCOLATE! Works flawlessly, smells delicious and preps nails perfectly for a fresh coat of polish. LOVE!!!
  • Zumba Apparel Spring - Summer 2014 certified fabulous

    Zumba Apparel Spring/Summer 2014

    Shown Above: One More Dance Tee - Sew Black + Cardigan - Sew Black Capri Legging - Have a Nice Grey  = www.zumba.com

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    Stylish, cool and comfortable! I never get tired of my ZUMBA wear! This compelation makes for a great travel / flying outfit! Of course also ideal at the gym :) Get working!

  • Snarky E-Cards That Are Real Tear-Out Cards For Every Situation flirty sex funny certified fabulous
    Ever wanted to find the right thing to say only to be left tongue-tied? Say sayonara to embarrassment and let these tear-out cards do the talking for you!

    Sorry I Had Sex on Your Bed: And Other Tear-Out Apologies for Your Awkward Screwups ($7.95) A hilarious collection of snarky mea culpa cards to be torn out and given to wronged friends, coworkers, and family members. Includes “I’m sorry I tagged that picture of you on Facebook” and “I’m sorry I tried to spice things up without asking first.” #yikes

    Seriously?! Delightfully Passive Aggressive Cards ($7.95) A riotous collection of cards designed to be left for roommates, frenemies, coworkers, strangers, and neighbors who’ve Gone. Too. Far. Examples: “Maybe tomorrow I could pet your elephants? --your downstairs neighbor” and “Touch my lunch again and I’ll cut you.”

    You're Cute: Cards to Break the Ice ($7.95) A witty collection of cards to capture the attention of someone new. Favorites include “This is me flirting with you...” and “It was either this or a Missed Connection.”

    Parking Tickets: For Those Who've Crossed the Line ($7.95) A humorous collection of snarky cards for drivers of badly parked cars. Try “I used to park like this. Then I turned 6.” or “Hope you’re better between the sheets than you are between the lines.”

    Yep, there’s a card for every situation ever!

    *** HILARIOUS! I could not stop handing these out to people. I even posted one on the office fridge, "Touch My Lunch and I'll Cut You". My friends loved getting them and I felt sneaking placing them all over! Tons of fun for yourself or a great gift to give to someone that needs help speaking up for themselves. 

  • skinny girl vodka lemon cucumber cherry tangerine certified fabulous cocktailsSkinnygirl Vodkas - Vodka with Natural Flavors


    Endless mixing possibilities. Discover six delightful flavors for delicious low-calorie cocktails. 

    Flavors: Meyer Lemon, White Cherry, Tangerine, Cucumber, Bare Naked (original)

    http://skinnygirlcocktails.com

    *** YUMMY! I tried the Lemon Vodka and it was smooth and delicious. Mixed great with raspberry lime seltzer water. Very easy to drink :)

    Please drink responsibily!

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Lauren Conrad’s wedding is fast approaching and the bride to be is positively glowing. While her musician/law student fiancé, William Tell, might have something to do with it, the style star credits products from the emerginC scientific organics line for helping her maintain her flawless complexion.

One of LC’s favorite products from the all-natural line is the emerginC scientific organics phytocell detox mask. The French-green-clay-based “detox” mask is designed to draw out impurities, nourish, soothe, brighten, fight free-radical damage and improve tone and texture. $50 via www.skinstore.com and www.emerginc.com.

emerginC scientific organics combines the latest breakthroughs in skincare as well as potent, proven botanicals and marine extracts to ensure visible results. For every item sold, emerginC plants a tree using Plant-It 2020.

emerginC scientific organics phytocell detox mask certified fabulous beauty skincare lauren conrad

We are actually big fans of the entire emerginC scientific organics collection!

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I remember the first time I saw Philosophy products at a Sephora.  It was a number of years ago, and I remember being drawn to the sophisticated simplicity of the packaging.  When you pick up a box or a bottle, you are met with a fun and quirky Philosophy saying, and you can’t help but buy what they have to sell.  Philosophy just keeps getting better and better, and I had the opportunity to try out, and of course love a few of what they have to offer.Philosophy microdelivery exfoliating wash

It’s no secret I love to exfoliate.  I don’t wear make-up on a regular basis because of the build-up it leaves on my skin.  Unfortunately for me, I have had to play “grown-up” a lot in the past month, which means attending work functions and meetings more than usual.   Of course this means I have to fix my hair, wear outfits that don’t consist of hoody sweatshirts and leggings, and of course, apply a full face of makeup so that my expression is not one of tired negativity (it’s not my fault, even when I’m not tired, or grouchy, I’ve reached the age where I look WAAAY better with a full face).  With all of this makeup wearing, I’m finding myself yearning to exfoliate daily, which can be a problem as most facial scrubs are not gentle enough to be used every day. 

Philosophy Micro-Delivery Exfoliating Wash is the perfect scrub for a gal like me, who must remove every single vestige of makeup in order to really feel as though my skin is clean.  This scrub fits the bill. Made with diametaceous earth, my absolute favorite physical exfoliator because the particles are fine, and the earth is a natural product.  Diametaceous earth is a winner because although it does a wonderful job with is fine particles of scrubby buts, it is gentle on skin and feels amazing.  This scrub also contains fine natural ingredients such as Apple Amino Acids, Borage Seed Oil and Vitamin E, all of which nourishes and moisturizes the skin, while providing antioxidant benefits. I love this scrub because it is effective, yet gentle enough to use every day, helping remove dirt and makeup.

Philosophy razor sharpPhilosophy also offers a really cool shave gel called Razor Sharp.  Razor Sharp is a really pretty blue shave gel in a Philosophy-esque cool, simple clear bottle.   The “philosophy” as read on the front of the bottle is quirky and fun “looking razor sharp isn’t as important as being razor sharp.  We are bombarded with information regarding the importance of working out in order to keep ourselves looking and feeling our best.  Only when we “work in” do things actually begin to work out”. 

Razor Sharp contains soothing botanical blends, skin conditioning agents and can be used by both men and women (shhh, I have not had the “opportunity” to share yet).  I love the way this shave gel smells, clean and soapy, and quite frankly, masculine.  It brings me back to the days when I first started shaving my legs (I was 14, and really had no business shaving my legs, but what can you do).  I would sneak my dad’s Barbasol shave cream into the shower.  Razor Sharp is the high end version of Barbasol, but the clean masculine scent in the shower, whilst shaving my legs (now it should be my business more often than it is I’m ashamed to say).  This is a great shave gel, however, and although it is not recommended for sensitive skin (I’m moderately sensitive), my experience was one of smooth, nourished legs after using Razor Sharp. philosophy hope in a jar spf

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Who better to develop a skincare line than a dermatologist.  They are faced with so many skin issues in any given day, making a dermatologist the perfect advocate for the skin.  Goldfaden M.D. is developed in Dr. Gary Goldfaden’s South Florida Dermatology practice.  Dr. Goldfaden has a passion for developing physician strength, dermatologist developed, non-prescription skin care solutions.  I was extremely impressed not only by the all-natural ingredients, but also by the results I experienced when using the Radical Difference Advanced Antioxidant Serum.  I didn’t even need an appointment J.

Goldfaden M.D. uses only natural and organic plant-based materials in its luxurious skincare.  These products are Mineral- Oil free (a petro chemical, yuck), Alcohol-Free, Silicone Free (another petro chemical), Gluten-Free, 100% Vegetarian and Hypo-Allergenic.  The Radical Difference Antioxidant Serum contains Organic Red Tea Extract, a powerful antioxidant known to help prevent and reverse free radical damage in skin.  Our skin is exposed to such harsh conditions on a daily basis, both from the outside environment (sun, wind, extreme cold and heat), as well as harsh inside environments (dry air due to heating, fluorescent lighting, air conditioning).  Ingredients such as red tea help to protect skin form these harsh environments due the high amounts of antioxidants present. 

Goldfaden Md. Radical DifferenceGoldfaden M.D. Radical Difference Advanced Antioxidant Serum also contains a plethora of fermented ingredients.  The use of fermented ingredients is becoming increasingly popular in skincare because of the many benefits they contain.  When an ingredient reacts with microorganisms and starts to ferment, its molecular structure breaks down and its nutrients become more concentrated. These concentrated nutrients are more easily absorbed by the skin.  Five of the ten ingredients in this serum are fermented, including Lactobasillicus/Acerola Cherry Ferment, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces Iron Ferment, and Saccharomyces Silicon Ferment.  All of these ingredients are beneficial to the skin.

My experience with this product is that it was extremely firming.  I loved the way this serum applies easily and absorbs quickly, making it a perfect addition to my skincare regime, and a must-have under my daily moisturizer.  My skin is noticeably firmer, brighter and even textured.  After using this serum for a week, I noticed a definite difference in my skins tone and texture.  I love the antioxidant protection, and use this serum daily as it leaves my skin vibrant, firm and smooth.  I urge you to try Goldfaded M.D Radical Difference Advanced Antioxidant Serum.

 

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Today it finally felt like summer is actually around the corner. It was a possibility to wear a dress today, with no tights, and not freeze. That's a pretty exciting day when you live in Maine. While I was looking at my short dresses, skirts & shorts, I realized that showing off my legs, will mean keeping up with shaving more often. Even though I still shave year round, I put a little more effort into in during the summer. But lets face it, shaving is annoying. It's easy but doesn't last that long, and with razor bumps or skin irritation, it can be a bit frustrating during the warmer, skin barring months.

So with these thoughts in mind, I'm quite happy to have whish: flawless ingrown hair serum, post wax & shave serum. This little serum will solve your shaving woes and ensure you have flawless skin to show off this summer. After your shower or post hair removal, massage a small amount of this serum into your bikini area, underarms, or any other problem areas. I tend to get razor bumps on my legs, so I apply this serum after I shower and I have seen great improvement in my skin. Those little irritation bumps have diminished significantly and my skin appears overall smoother. This serum calms and soothes irritation and will address those bumps and ingrown hair for smooth, bright skin this summer. 
whish flawless post wax and shave serum Ingrown Hair Serum certified fabulous

The serum formula does not contain any alcohol or skin-drying ingredients, and is all natural & organic, so it is truly soothing and beneficial for your skin. Another great aspect: this serum contains Papaya Extract that helps weaken hair follicles and inhibits future hair growth. I truly am shaving less often after using this serum; I can go a whole week with just a little bit of hair growth appearing before I shave again. Before using this serum, I would need to shave every other day, which did not help keep my skin calm and smooth. 

whish: flawless - ingrown hair serum, post wax & shave serum is one of my essential products for the summer. If you're experiencing any frustrations with shaving (irritation, ingrown hairs, quick re-growth), I highly recommend giving flawless a try!

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Hot Tips for Summer Skin Care

Warm breezes, sunny walks in the park, shorts and sandals...all conjure up the images of finally escaping from this last ridiculously frigid winter. Just ahead are lazy, hazy, hot summer days, and while that puts most of us in the mood for some outdoor fun and lighter clothing, it also means we are about to force our skin into a completely new environment.

Most of us have had our skin wrapped up against the elements and kept in dry heated air for the past 6 months. We have slathered and creamed our skin with oils and lotions to preserve it (Think about those mummies you see in the museum.) Now it's time to take those wrappings off and let our skin breathe a little!

However, before you jump into showing off that thawed out skin of yours, there are some things you will want to do get it out of hibernation and looking its glowing best.

elena-lipson-simple-ways-to-refresh-your-beauty-routine-artFirst, you will want to put a good exfoliation regimen into place. This can be done by purchasing a sponge made for this purpose like a BUFPUF
sponge. Loofah, and light fine textured sponges are best for all over body use. You can use scrubs but they tend to be harder to apply everywhere and get the even complexion you are looking for. Many of us are also tempted to overdo it and that can cause irritation and even some skin damage. If you have a favorite scrub that works well for you then employ that on an every other day basis.


Exfoliation is the number one thing that will reveal newer and brightened skin preparing it for a good cleanser and moisturizer so that they work better. It is also time to switch to a lighter cleanser that is naturally based. Glycerin. Olive oil, and gel type bars are great for cleansing without stripping skin of its natural oils. Almond oil and oatmeal are also excellent choices. Using products that contain alcohol and sulfides can over dry skin and actually make it more blemish prone.


Select moisturizers carefully and make sure they are petroleum free. Choose products that use natural oils like palm. Olive, and even cocoa butter are very good at holding moisture balance and will not clog pores or cause breakouts. In the event you do run into a blemish or two this summer, simply applying a dab of pure tea tree oil will speed the healing process and get your skin looking clearer fast.

Whether it's the beach or your own backyard you have a whole new set of rules for caring for an protecting your skin. Be sure to remember your sunscreen. I recommend you use lotions and natural oil based products for these too. There have been problems with the flammable aspects of the aerosol spray variety so if you use aerosol beware of any nearby fires or sparking devices as the product will be flammable until it is completely dry.

f6e685f52cd848e289d98b069a249e13As for how high the protection needs to be SPF 30 is plenty of protection as long as you apply it regularly and follow the directions. Anything higher can be irritating to skin and greasy. Higher SPF concentrated products tend to give people a false sense of protection even though they need to be reapplied as often as the lower concentrations.

While we are on the topic of sunscreen, now is a great time to check yourself for any unusual changes and mores or new or unusual things on your skin.

While skin cancers can show up anytime, I call this skin cancer season because now is a great time to be aware of your skin and any changes that have occurred while we were covered up in the cooler months.

Did you know that the American Dermatological Society has a great way to do this called the ABC's for the signs of skin cancer? This is for any changes that occur in your skin or moles that you already have or show up. To learn the signs of skin cancer follow the A, B, C, D rule:

A. Asymmetry
B. Border irregularity
C. Color change, dark, or multicolor
D. Diameter greater than 5-6 mm’s

Any unusual dry or red flaky patches that show up and don't go away should also be checked out. No one knows your skin better than you do, so be sure to respect any changes that occur. Better safe than sorry. Keeping all these tips in mind as you enjoy your summer will mean that your skin will get to enjoy it too while still looking its best.

 

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Week 2: I noticed after about 2 weeks from my 1st treatment the hair actually rubbed off on a washcloth… amazing difference there is less and less hair.

Treatment #2

Week 8:  I’ve just had my 2nd laser treatment on my underarm area, similar to the 1st treatment.

 I felt a slight warming sensation with no discomfort at all. The process takes only a few minutes. I am following up with applying hydrocortisone cream to my underarms and the area feels great.

As I had mentioned in my prior review they use the latest laser technology.

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    I just had my 1st session of laser hair removal with this equipment..thanks for sharing your experience..
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    thanks for sharing such a useful post, as i am looking for laser hair removal and your post gives me very nice information. if you
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For over 4000 years, women in India have relied upon Neem for flawless skin.

The Neem tree is an evergreen tree that is part of the mahogany family and the bark, leaves, fruit, seeds and oils all contain medicinal qualities. It is proven to be very effective for acne, psoriasis and eczema among many other skin conditions! 

Neem oil is also an excellent moisturizer, high in Vitamin E, rich in emollients and fatty acids, soothing dry skin, cracked cuticles or otherwise stressed and damaged skin. Unlike petroleum based moisturizers, Neem oil actually restores the skin’s natural elasticity.

Neem as an ingredient is something I wasn't too familiar with before today, but after testing out the Neem Clay Mask from the brand JustNeem I wanted to find out all I could about it!

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Kiss My Face! Hailing out of New York comes a product that is gluten-free, vegan friendly, and has absolutely NO PARABENS, phthalates, or artificial fragrances! Kiss My Face has been around for over 30 years and proud to produce eco-friendly products for all of us green-goers (and non-green goers).  This has honestly been one of the first lines of products with an ingredients list that, I can A. pronounce, and B. really get behind.

I started off with the Peace Soaps line, an all-natural castile soap. First ingredient, aqua, second ingredient, coconut oil, and third ingredient, awesome! Actually, its olive oil, but still awesome. It comes in a 17-ounce bottle with a hand pump. So where did I put it to good use? In the bathroom! I loved it, guests loved it, and even my husband loved it. I got to try the pomegranate acai Peace Soap.

My first thought was how incredible it smelled, it reminded me of a bag of Skittles… and I love Skittles. What I really enjoyed is that my hands actually felt softer and moisturized, which isn’t always the result of soap. I liked how the scent stayed with me but not at all overpowering, and my hands felt cleaner than if I had used an antibacterial soap. The Peace Soap can be used for hand, bath, and body. One soap for all, however I already had a shower gel claimed for my second review. That being said, Kiss My Face has more than just soap for you. 

Kiss My Face Group Peace Soap 4.18.14 Certified Fabulous

KMF shower gel, Valentine Edition-Early to Rise in Wild Mint & Citrus. Two of my favorite things just made a baby! Decent lather, energizing smell, non-drying, who comes up with this stuff? And here are some of my favorite ingredients: olive oil, aloe, vitamin E, peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass, and grapefruit extracts. I’m pretty sure I’m in love with this shower gel and it comes in all sorts of other scents. This too has multiple uses…it makes bubble bath!

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Since Earth Day is next week (April 22nd) we dedicated this week to Natural and Organic beauty (in case you haven't noticed). From the time we started to learn more about how our actions have negative affects on our planet people have been figuring out how to less our carbon footprint (defined as "the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person). 

"Natural" and "organic" are words that have been around for a long time, but caught on at first as a trendy thing and now I think it is evolving into a choice that people are making from being more informed. The use of the words, although a bit over used, basically lets us know that when we see the term "natural" it means ingredients are derived, in whole or in part, from natural sources with no synthetic compounds. "Organic" meaning ingredients are supposed to contain only plant-sourced ingredients that are cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals, irradiation, or pesticides. 

Label meanings when looking for natural or organics: 

  • 100% Organic: Must contain 100 percent organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt). This is the only label that guarantees a completely organic product. These products can carry the USDA Organic Seal.
  • Organic or Certified Organic: At least 95 percent of content is organic by weight (excluding water and salt). These products can carry the USDA Organic Seal.
  • Made with Organic Ingredients: At least 70 percent of content is organic. Front panel can say "Made with Organic" and list up to three specific ingredients. These products cannot carry the USDA Organic Seal.
  • Less Than 70% Organic: Can list only organic ingredients on ingredient panel, but not on front panel. These products cannot carry the USDA Organic Seal.

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Life is weird.  It just is, let’s face it.  I was speaking to my office mate Amy a few weeks ago about an interesting skin care regime her daughter was trying, using oils as a cleanser.  I was intrigued, and wondered how using oils could effectively cleanse your skin.  Although using oils would of course be the ultimate in all-natural skin care, would it leave my already shiny forehead a grease pit?? Could just oil effectively cleanse my skin, removing dirt and excess oil?? So funny that within the week I was introduced to the Boots Botanics line.  And now I am a believer.

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is the coolest, and most effective all natural facial cleanser I have tried to date.  Packaged in a 2oz jar, this product upon first view looks like refrigerated olive oil.  It is literally made of organic oils. Super simple ingredients such as Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Shea butter, Sweet almond oil, Rose seed oil, Geranium flower oil, Bergamot fruit oil and Lemon oil make up this great cleanser, which is 97% organic.  Included with your jar of fabulous cleanser, is a super handy muslin cloth.

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Directions state to massage the Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm all over your face and neck. I must say, at first this was a weird experience.  I am used to a foaming cleanser. Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm applies as solid oil, and initially the greasy feeling is quite bizarre, although not unpleasant.  Directions the tell you to soak the muslin cloth in warm water, and apply as a compress over face and neck to draw out impurities.  I must say, the sensation of the warm cloth over the oil was amazing; the fragrance of this balm is entirely soothing.  I was extremely impressed at the ease in removing the balm from my face.  Using the muslin cloth to massage the balm off helps to exfoliate the skin.  The directions then advise to soak the cloth in cool water and apply as a compress to close pores.  I was amazed at how soft and smooth my skin felt after completing this simple routine.  I noticed immediately my complexion appeared smoother and brighter.  I felt as though the oils were truly able to effectively cleanse my skin, removing dirt and oil, without drying my skin out.    I am sold, and am ditching my standard foaming cleanser which always seems to leave my face tight and dry.  Boots Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm left my skin feeling clean, but soft, supple and smooth.  Love it!!

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  • As soon as I get home I always start with Neutrogena's Pink Grapefruit oil-free Cleansing Wipes. It takes off the layers of my makeup and the scent gives me a second wind!
  • I can not go a day without using my DDF Revolve! It cleans my face flawlessly, leaving it smooth and even toned. It helps the most troubled skin.
  • I use a few different face washes. One days my skin isn't in the best shape I will use DERMADoctor's LITMUS cleanser, the glycolic acid works to exfoliate dull skin and reveals a smoother, even toned and radiant complexion.
  • Cetaphil is my everyday cleanser that cleans skin completely! You can feel the difference.
  • If I feel like my face is more on the oilier side, I will use the DERMADoctor LITMUS toner, like the cleaner it uses glycolic acid for a bright complexion. *If you have sensitive or drier skin use caution with glycolic acid products.
  • The first treatment product I apply is Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift™ Advanced Wrinkle Treatment! It is my FAVE product to use because it is fun to apply and it feels amazing going on and after it's been on for a bit. LOVE THIS!
  • Just before I go to bed I apply Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair cream, one of my favorite brands were I love all of their products!
  • Then I will apply my Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Repair cream to my under eyes for a smooth face in the morning!
  • If my skin is really dry and dehydrated my #1 go-to product is Decleor Aroma Night balm! AMAZING hydrating and repairing properties. Even helps to heal any cuts or blemishes! Works great on lips too!
  • Before bed I apply the Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Age Repair Body Lift cream to trouble areas or areas I want to improve skin quality and firmness.
  • As an added bonus night (or day) I like to spritz Avène Avene Thermal Spring Water all over my face. Refreshing and gives a surge of moisture!

 

 


 

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Natural Ingredients are wonderful. With all of the toxins we are exposed to daily, it is nice to know that certain skin care companies are using only the best organic and natural ingredients in their products. It is important to consider the safety of products, not only for us, but for children as well. Two sisters, Jess and Whitney of Cashmere Washington have not only perfected the art of making wonderful, all natural skincare products, their products are affordable making them accessible to any consumer.

After struggling for years with acne and rosacea, older sister Jess developed an interest in making her own skincare after experiencing frustration with the high price of effective skincare. Younger sister Whitney worked for years as a skincare consultant, but found it difficult to find products which wouldn't flare up her eczema or cause severe allergic reactions. The two sisters turned to nature for help, and Moody Sisters Skincare was born. The two paired up, and developed an entire line of skincare and beauty products that are not only all-natural, but also completely chemical and paraben free.

I absolutely love the Moody Sisters: Tinted Lip Balm which is available in five different shades: Rose, Berry, Bronze, Coral (my favorite) and Pink. These lip balms come in a cool oval tube. I love the rustic packaging; it is really obvious that these products are handmade in small batches, allowing for a higher quality lip balm.  Made with simple ingredients: Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil, Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Mica, Vitamin E and Essential Oils. This lip balm is so natural that I gave my 6-year old (going on 16 year-old) the pink as her “makeup.” These lip balms are tinted enough to tickle her making her believe it was her “lipstick.” These lip balms are perfect for everyday use, and are super moisturizing. I urge you to try, or at least pick one up for your little girl who is dying to wear makeup :)

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I also had the pleasure of using the Moody Sisters: Heat Rub. It is no secret that I am a gym rat (a Crossfit addict to be specific), so I am no stranger to tired, sore, achy muscles. Many heat rubs are too harsh for my dry, sensitive skin. The Moody Sisters Heat rub is full of all natural warming and soothing essential oils. Unlike many other muscle rubs which have a medicinal fragrance, The Moody Sisters Heat Rub smells amazing. Made with arnica oil, a wonderful healing natural ingredient, as well as cinnamon, peppermint and juniper berry, this product worked wonders on my aches and pains. I applied it to my boyfriend’s back as well, and he found this heated rub to be extremely relaxing.

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I have tried so many different types of hair removal from tweezing, shaving to waxing. Some of these can be very painful, leaving bumps or ingrown hairs etc. I must share my recent hair removal experience with you. I wanted to find a permanent hair removal method. Can you envision never having to tweeze, shave or wax anywhere on your body ever again? It is possible and not painful, especially with American Laser Skincare!

I scheduled an appointment at their center in Orlando, Florida and I must admit I was a little uncertain, not knowing what to expect. I had my initial consultation where we discussed all of my options. They have the most advanced laser technology available and the staff was incredibly well informed on the different techniques and treatments. They explained the procedure and the types of the cutting-edge technology GentleMax Pro®, which incorporates a unique cooling system which works synergistically with the laser in cooling the skin…Perfectomundo! With older equipment you would have felt a slight heated/ burning sensation, but not with this advanced technology in GentleMax Pro®. The people at American Laser Skincare clearly explained exactly what I could expect over the next few weeks and months.

And now for the treatment: the technician prepared my under arms, which is normally a ticklish and sensitive area for me. She commenced with the treatment and explained to me just what was happening. I must admit I found it to be a pleasant experience, no pain, no discomfort just a warming sensation. After the first week I noticed my under arm hair thinning out. The great part is you can still shave the areas that are being treated until the process is complete. It is so exciting at the thought of never having to shave again! I look forward to trying other body parts…

The American Laser Skincare site will give you detailed information about the GentleMax Pro® laser, which is able to achieve multiple targets effectively. The GentleMax Pro® is a single consolidated system consisting of two fast and powerful lasers: the Alexandrite and the YAG. This unique dual laser system delivers customized results on all skin types. GentleMax Pro® works by using laser technology to deliver a controlled amount of intense energy to the targeted area, safely and effectively destroying follicles without harming the skin around them. And it’s gentle. In fact, the system’s cool pulse provides increased comfort during treatment. This entire process has been amazing so far! I definitely recommend going for a consultation. They have approximately 130 different locations. I will continue to keep you posted on my results throught the whole process!

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Spring is here! Well, weather wise, almost. And that means your skincare routine is shifting to better suit your needs! We want to reveal brighter, luminous skin to match our bright spring moods! As you're looking to transition your skincare, you ought to consider Burt's Bees Brightening Line. For brighter, more even toned skin, this line uses a "unique formulation of White Daisy Extract, known to regulate skin’s melanin production, combined with a multi-fruit complex." Sounds perfect for skin right? And the White Daisy and refreshing scent will get you in the right frame of mind for Spring. 

I have been using three products from this line: Burt's Bees Brightening Refining Tonic, Burt's Bees Brightening Even-tone Moisturizing Cream, and Burt's Bees Brightening Eye Treatment

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After using my daily cleanser, I then apply the Burt's Bees Brightening Refining Tonic (98.9% natural). This tonic, like most toners, removes excess dirt and makeup left on your skin even after cleansing. This tonic also helps improve surface dullness of your skin for a brighter, more even toned complexion. If you're hesitant to shift some of the products in your skincare routine, this refining tonic is a great way to add in brightening benefits with one simple step. 

If you're in the market for a new spring moisturizer, Burt's Bees Brightening Even-tone Moisturizing Cream (99.0% natural) is worth a try. After using your toner, apply this moisturizer to help even your skin tone and help diminish the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. I like that this moisturizer has a light luminous finish which instantly brightens my complexion. It also has a very refreshing fragrance. This product is definitely moisturizing and takes a few minutes to absorb completely. I prefer to use it as a night cream, which works very well for my skin.  

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February is National Grapefruit month! 

Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, grapefruit extract can provide many benefits inside and out! When it comes to your skin grapefruit can provide benefits such as evening skin tone, exfoliating and working as the perfect astringent for oily or acne-prone skin.

The NEUTROGENA Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit line delivers a refreshing blast of 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C to help prevent blackheads and breakouts. Available in five formulas, the Pink Grapefruit line offers pre-moistened Cleansing Wipes, Facial Cleanser, Foaming Scrub, Cream Cleanser and Body Wash.

I love eating pink grapefruit but I never thought about it in skincare until took home the two products that were made to beautify skin:

1) NEUTROGENA: Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes

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Protect your skin this winter with these tips from Dr. Michael Shapiro!

1. How to Sneak Sunscreen into your Winter Routine?

It is best to do something every day, as then you are less likely to forget. Many people think that sunscreen should only be applied when it is sunny. In the winter, on sunny days it is still important to apply sunscreen. The cold temperature does not change the harmful nature of the sun’s rays. On cloudy winter days, however, sunscreen application is also very important. Clouds block visible light, but not ultraviolet light, and thus you can get a tan and even a burn if you are out for an extended period of time on a cloudy day. Daily application of the sunscreen is therefore definitely the best way to go.

2. The Minimum SPF Readers Should be Wearing (No Matter Their Age or Skin Color!)?

The minimum SPF is 15, but an SPF of 30 is better. The common mistake people make is to apply a higher SPF and expect it to work all day long. SPF 15 or 30 sunscreen is great, as long as you reapply. When you are sweating, or if you go in and out of water, you should be reapplying every 2 hours. For non-beach days on the street, one morning application of SPF 15 sunscreen is adequate if you are not out all day long.

3. Where (and how much to apply) for winter sun safety?

A thin coat is adequate, but it needs to cover all sun exposed parts of the body.

4. How to avoid deadly skin cancers?

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Despite the name of the particular Circ-Cell's skincare products they in no way contain blood or blood substitute, however, it will provide you with that same oxygen-rich results of healthy skin! 

Circ-Cell is developed by a team of scientists, researchers, and skin care experts and the products are interestingly free of harmful elements, parabens and fragrances. Additionally, they never tested on animals and are environmentally safe!

Okay, so there is no blood in them and they have no bad ingredients...so how does it work? The company thinks that todays beauty culture promotes over-exfoliation and forced cellular turnover, while Circ-Cell believes youthful, radiant skin stems from improving skin density- building skin up, not tearing it down. They use cutting-edge technologies that work in tandem with your body’s innate biology and processes and the balanced chemistry makes skin firm, bright, and resilient. 

"A healthy blood supply is critical in delivering oxygen, purging carbon dioxide and metabolic waste, keeping cells nourished, and maintaining vibrant, healthy skin. As we age, research suggests stagnant circulation leads to thinning collagen and a reduction in elastin fibers - the structural steel of the skin." www.circcell.com

The name caught my attention so now it was time to actually try it! I happily took home the Circ-Cell: ABO +|- Blood Serum Face Rejuvenation and the Circ-Cell: ABO +|- Blood Serum Rejuvenating Eye Gel to experience them for myself!

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