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On the Fifteenth Day of Christmas

On the 15th day of Christmas

My fashion Santa drove me nuts, Coco-Nuts

coconut oil

Coconut Oil has so many benefits both inside and outside of the body

 

I have to say that an all around magic oil would be coconut oil. It has so many benefits. It’s not just for cooking or eating you can use it in your day-to-day beauty routines too.

Here is a list of things you can try for yourself and see if you like it too. (I’m sure there are many more uses but these are what I have personally tried.)

  1. Hair Mask- put some in your hands to melt and then apply to dry hair and let penetrate for at least 15 min (the longer you can leave on the better), then wash as usual. Your hair will feel so soft.
  2.  Eye makeup remover
  3. Moisturizer, yes just apply this as you would your regular lotion or cream, smells amazing and moisturizes perfectly.
  4. Mix with sugar or salt and make an exfoliator, you can even add some essential oils for an aromatherapy treatment.
  5. Chap-stick for dry lips
  6. Pulling for teeth whiting, take about a tablespoon and use like a mouthwash moving it between all your teeth and around your mouth for 15-20 min. DO NOT swallow, I don’t spit in my sink or drain as the coconut oil will go back to a solid state and could clog drains.
  7. Cook with it, coconut oil has a high smoke point.  I have also made homemade granola bars that my children LOVE.
  8. Give to the dog/cat for winter dryness. It makes their coats look so soft and silky and no more scratching.

Coconut Oil is not just good for cooking but also for your everyday beauty routine


coconut oil

This is what I use from Trader Joe’s, Organic Coconut oil

 

I always use an organic coconut oil and you can find them in almost all grocery stores as well as retail locations like WalMart, Target, Christmas Tree shops and if you are lucky enough to be around a store like Ocean State or Job Lots they usually have it too.

 

 

 

 

 

Ho Ho Ho and Happy Healthy Christmas to All!

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On the Fourteenth Day of Christmas

On the 14th day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa got a B+ on face moisturizer, BB cream! BB cream is a primer, corrector and moisturizer and stands for beauty balm. I often just use the BB cream alone and do not apply foundation with it on the days that I don’t want to bother wearing a lot of makeup. I love the added benefit of having a moisturizer with a color corrector in it.

BB moisturizer

Photo taken from L’OREAL website

My favorite is the L’OREAL BB cream although it does not have an SPF. I highly recommend getting one with a built-in SPF or at least make sure that you add a foundation or moisturizer with an SPF. If you want to read more of my L’OREAL BB cream review check out this blog post from 2013.

 

 

BB and CC cream is like a moisturizer on steroids with all its added benefits

CC moiturizer

Photo taken from Origins website

From the last time I posted about the BB cream I came across Origins CC cream which does have an SPF. I am a huge fan of most Origins products so wasn’t surprised when I feel in love with this item too. The cream smells so good and does all the same things the BB cream does. Most CC creams are just targeted towards correcting the color (hence CC) but Origins is also great for skin hydration on any skin type.

 

 

 

You can find BB or CC cream in any price range as L’OREAL is near the $10 range while Origins is in the $36 range.

L’OREAL Magic BB cream can be purchased at stores like Wal Mart, Target and drug stores. Origins CC cream be found on their website

Ho Ho Ho and don’t forgot your basic beauty A, B, C’s!

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas

brushing

On the 12th day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa brought me a brush, a body brush

I’ll first start by saying that I have had three children so stretch marks are definitely a repercussion of that! Now, I will also say I am proud of my body and each scar does tell a story and I am truly blessed to have my children but if you think for one minute I wouldn’t do something to help my body heal or look better you’d be nuts. I am not going to age gracefully I WILL fight it every step of the way.

Now you are probably thinking what the heck does a body brush have to do with stretch marks, well…… I found that dry brushing your skin has so many benefits. First, it’s an awesome exfoliate. I have also noticed less in-grown hairs and less dry skin. Second, dry brushing promotes circulation and circulation promotes new cell renewal and speeds up the process of healing and repairing scars. Third, my sloughing off the dead skin cells results in opening up your pores and allowing the moisturizer to penetrate better into the skin (thus less dry skin). Fourth, guess what the best part is? This has been knows to help with cellulite by helping to breakdown unwanted toxins.

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Dry Body Brush

Dry Brushing your skin should be added to everyone’s morning routine

I could actually go on and on about all the proven benefits. Some I learned in esthetics school but these are the ones I have personally noticed and wanted to share. It does make sense, what is the biggest organ of the human body? Skin, if we don’t take care of our skin we are opening the gates of a lot of unwanted effects like aging and bad circulation.

So now one might ask, how should I brush my body???? I stand in the shower to do it but don’t turn on the water yet. I suggest you start at your ankle area and work up using small circles. I find it works best and then you can do shorter strokes. You do want to make sure you are brushing toward your heart for as this is the same path lymphatic fluid flows.  You will want to be careful of sensitive areas like stomach and breasts and never brush over open soars, sun burn skin or skin cancer. After you have finished continue with your regular shower routine and don’t forget to moisturize!

 

Ho Ho Ho, brush your teeth, hair and skin for a full beauty regiment!

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On the Seventh day of Christmas

tan

On the 7th day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa gave me a Spray Tan from Island Tan 2 Go Mobile Airbrushing.

Don’t be the ghost of Christmas past at the holiday parties this year, make sure when you get dressed, you include a tan!
Airbrushing

Karin is a licensed esthetician  and owner of of Island Tan 2 Go Mobile Airbrushing. She started  her business in Hawaii and has been doing airbrushing for over 7 years!

I don’t know about you but around November I am starting to feel blah….  it’s getting colder, my summer glow is just a mere memory and I’m starting to feel a little “thicker” in certain areas from all the pumpkin spice awesomeness. The effect of a little color can really make you feel awesome!

Airbrush tanning is such a safe alternative to a tanning bed and looks much better then a self applied self tanning lotion.  I recently got airbrushed in July just to prevent sun damage and risk of cancer during a family vacation.  I mean really, if you are that concerned with your skin looking good then shouldn’t you be as worried about dark age spots and wrinkles???? 

Spray tan

Before- Photo from Island Tan 2 Go

Tan

After- Photo from Island Tan 2 Go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karin is an expert and  knows how to match your skin so there isn’t the “orange” hues. She is detailed oriented and takes extra steps to prevent patches and trouble areas (like elbows, knees, etc). She is a true professional and knows her stuff.

Tan Parties…What?!?!

If you haven’t noticed by the name of her business, Karin come to you to do all the airbrushing that means in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Not only will she spray individuals but she also does PARTIES!!!! What’s more fun than a girls night with wine, food, chocolate and a FREE tan for the host! The savings for each attendee is crazy! (FYI Parties must have 4-5 people plus the host)


 

Book your appointment today– Mention this blog and local clients can save $10 on their tan, contact Karin for more details. 


 

Ho Ho Ho & Glow Glow Glow

 

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On the Sixth day of Christmas

On the 6th day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa called it a wash, Face wash that is. Origins face products not only work well but they smell so amazing. I’m very picky about the products that I put near my face and the aromatherapy is has, I mean it’s so close to my nose if it don’t smell good I don’t want it near there….. I specifically love the white tea products they have, the ingredients are natural and so good for you.

Face care

Photo from Origins website- A Perfect World

 

This is probably as crunchy as I get when it comes to being at one with nature, but you can’t beat their skin care line. 

Face Care

Photo From Origins website- Make a Difference Plus

 

 

 

A Perfect World is a facial moisturize containing an SPF and the white tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make A Difference Plus is a treatment lotion that you apply before your moisturizer or in my case, A Perfect World. These are two of my favorite items.

 

 

 

 


 

Take care of your face with Origins

 

Face Care Set

Photo from Origins web site, a Holiday set of A Perfect World

 

 

Origins always puts some great gift sets together for the holidays that have amazing savings and no brainer on what you need for a full skin care regiment. I find that most people feel overwhelmed and confused on what to buy and how to use face products but this is seriously like paint by number for your face, tells you the steps to use them and when to use them. Doesn’t get much easier than that.

 

 

 

 

 Order your products here at the Origins Web site,  or you can also find Origins in some major department stores like Macy’s and Sephora

Ho Ho Ho– and Happy Face Washing

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas

blender

On the 5th day of Christmas

blender

The packaging works as a drying device for the blender!

My fashion-Santa brought to me a Blender…. not the electric blender you are thinking of, this is the beautyblender. 

 You will never apply foundation the same again once you use one of these babies. It feels a like happy cloud on your face and saves on the amount of makeup you will use.  It very important to follow the directions when applying with a blender to get the best application. It’s recommended to apply with a damp sponge, this is so the sponge won’t soak up all the makeup.  The blender is also good for blush, concealer along with highlighting and contouring and works with both creams and powders. The shape of the blender is perfected to fit in all the nooks and crannies of your face giving you perfect results without lines and spots. The beautyblender comes in different sizes and colors for different applications. 

The beauty blender can Give Airbrush Results

 

blender

Photo from beautyblender web site

The Pink (original) is good for foundations of any type, BB creams, CC creams and blushes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blender

Photo from beautyblender web site

The White (pure)  is good for silky type applications, serums, primers and eye creams. This one is also good for applying moisturizers to people with sensitive skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

blender

Photo from beautyblender website

The Black (Pro) is used for applying dark tones such as long wearing cosmetic products, self tanners and bronzes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the Mini or Micro is great to highlight, contour and conceal since this little guy can get in smaller areas and have more of a precise application to one area.

blender

Photo from beautyblender web site

The beautyblender also sells a specific cleanser in both a liquid and solid to clean and keep your blender sanitary. With proper care, your blender will last up to 3 months.


 

This is a blender you can’t live without!


beautyblender web site has some Holiday specials and Free Shipping on $35 purchase, Click Here to buy!

Can also be purchased at Camera Ready Cosmetics, and they offer Free Shipping with $50 purchase

(both web sites offer theses deals as of 11/18/2015 with no specific end date but this can change at any time)

 

DO NOT buy an imitation one, they don’t work.

Ho Ho Ho– Blend Away Babe

 

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas

razor

On the 4th day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa gave up on No Shave November…. Ladies it’s just not cool for us. Venus Oil of Olay razors are awesome, I don’t even use shave cream with these. For those like me that have sensitive skin, these do not tear up my legs or leave me with in-grown hairs. Another perk to the Oil of Olay  razors are they are moisturizing for the cold winters that tend to dry out the skin. I personally either forgot or don’t take the time to apply cream to my legs.

Razor

No Shave November is NOT for women

Keep in mind these razors can be expensive but they are worth it. It is recommended that you change out your razor frequently and not to leave them in  the shower. Dry it off and keep it clean so that bacteria will not grow in the blades. This is crucial as you are working with a tool that could nick or cut you and you wouldn’t want any bacteria to get into your cut.

 


A Magic Razor Wand!

Razor

photo from Gillette Venus web site

razor

Photo from Gillette Venus Web Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

These razors can be purchased at most drug or retail stores like Wal-Mart, Target and even on Amazon. The starter kit is around $10 and most refills are under $20. This specific type of Venus is not offered in a one time disposable razor, only the replacement blades. Venus also makes this razor in a fun scent, Sugarberry!  Other perks to this razor would be the 5 blades for ultimate closeness and smoothness. Check out Gillettes web site for other razors and accessories.

 

Ho Ho Ho, and keep landscaping ladies!

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On the First Day of Christmas

On the 1st day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa gave me the most kissable lips that could be…. Treat lip Balm is the bomb! Not only is it organic but it’s the biggest lip balm you will own and smells and tastes AMAZING. My personal favorite is the Marshmallow but Treat makes many flavors to choice from and it’s only $9.99. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Treat Marshmallow Lib Balm
Treat Marshmallow lip balm- Photo from product web site

 

 

Buy It here     Treat Lipstick on Lips

Ho Ho Ho and keep those lips kissable through the winter

 

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Conquering Brows

If you are not big on Makeup (maybe you are but you don’t know how to wear it or what colors to choose) well at the very least take care of your eyebrows!  Your brows are the frame of your face, simply grooming, filling in or taming makes a huge difference in your look. By doing this little task you can change your entire look for the better. momsbrows2 Brows can often be very overwhelming to people. Things  such as filling them in, what products to use to fill them in, how to groom, what shape works best for you and then taking too much off or not enough……….. There are numerous ways to fill in the brows. Pencils and shadows are the two most popular ways. Grooming can be waxing, tweezing, threading or trimming. Shaping is a little harder to overcome. Some of the things you will want to take into consideration is the eye shape, face shape, personal preference on the thickness of the brow, color of brows and last but not least how much time you want to put into them a week.  If you want thin brows this might call for more maintenance to keep them looking nice and thin, more trips to the salon for waxing or breaking out the tweezers at home at least once a week if not more.  Make sure the shape of your brow is natural and shapes your face nicely. You wouldn’t want to do too much of an arch and have a “surprises” look all the time. On the other hand do you like more of the natural arch or a more angular peek with your arch?  What’s the shape of your eyes, are they close together or far apart? Do your brows connect  Once you can conquer all these questions you can then move on to the actual action of fixing those pesky brows.   Here are some basic guidelines for shaping your brows see Eyebrow Shaping picture:

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Eyebrow Shaping

Line 1 shows where the brow should start. From the inside of your eye and the side of your nose makes a line straight up. Having this line to far to either side will make your eyes look too close or too far apart. Line 2 shows where your arch should be. This will be a line right to the outside of your iris. This is the tallest part of the brow, having this anywhere else shortens your eye or makes it too long.                                              Line 3 shows how long the brow should be. The line runs along the nose through the edge of the eye. Most peoples actual brows doesn’t grow this far out for one reason or another. It is important to fill this in and have it end where it should to complete the look.   The first time I did my own eyebrows I felt like a drag queen with way too much brow make up on, it was because it was something I wasn’t used to seeing on myself. Don’t be afraid to play with the look!.  One more little hint when choosing a color for your brows (whether it is a pencil or powder) choose a color 1 shade darker then your natural hair color.

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Thanks, CG

New Year New Deal!

I’m looking ahead at what I am going to offer for January and February. I always feel like those months are the “doom and gloom” of New England, the calming down of the Holidays and in the midst of the winter. Often overlooked during the deep freeze, your skin will probably be the driest in these months. You might even find yourself being overly itchy and flaky, so I am going to be offering Body Treatments!!!!!! bodyscrub

 

 

January is the time to indulge in a full body exfoliation complete with hot towels and loads of moisture! These can also be very helpful with detoxing, something we could all do after all the fruit cake we eat during the holidays! IMG_1823

 

 

 

 

Then in February the month of love and chocolate, my pedicure/ facials will be back to feed your exterior cravings of Chocolate.  February may be a little far fetched for sandals but it’s never too early to start prepping those little piggies.

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So while you are probably focusing on Christmas and New Years right now, keep my specials in the back of your mind and don’t forget that my Gift Certificates in December are buy one get one half off. This is a perfect excuse to give one and keep one, then take care of yourself when all the hustle and bustle is done! I will post more details closer to the month(s) but booking early is always a safe idea!

 

Last but not least enter to win my Holiday Surprise Bag, its filled with fun essentials for the Holiday including New Years! (Que the Glitter)  Enter Here 

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