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My skin is glowing September 13, 2011

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It feels like ages since I’ve been on here and realize although I like to write, I just have too much going on in my life to have a “blog”.  Therefore, this is now my journal!  And for the love of skincare and health, I’m going to go where I have not been before and unveil (to those who follow here) what I have been up to (those who know me well, call me secretive.  That’s not really how I would describe it, I’m just not talkative and feel that most people don’t care too much about how you’ve been doing or what you’ve been doing until it affects them.  So typically, I keep it short and say, “nothing much”. 

So, what I’ve been up to – besides everything (spa).  I have decided to dedicate two full months of committing to a “bikini diet/regimen”, thus my huge interest in watching Miss Universe yesterday!  (if you saw my tweets).  There were a few reasons I decided to do this, but honestly I won’t go into it here.  The one thing I can say here, is I’ve been SO impressed with my skin!  But here’s where it doesn’t fit with this blog – FOOD!

I LOVE to cook and experiment in the kitchen, however lost a huge drive to do such when my schedule got crazy.  However, one of the things that ultimately convinced me to do this was to challenge my cooking skills.  Now again, for those who know me, you know I’m VERRRRRYYY picky about my food and never realized just how hard of a challenge it is to cook WITHOUT SALT!  Yes!  I said with NO SALT!  WHEW!  Not only was this a challenge for me mentally, but it became a challenge physically and my body was fatigued and confused.  I felt naseous and totally weak at times.  (I’m talking as if I’ve been at this for months – it’s really just a week but seemed like the longest week EVER!)  It would take me an hour to eat my lunch (either rice and chicken or chicken and pasta).  Well, I found the best thing ever!  LIQUID AMINO’S  Like MSG, this stuff makes EVERYTHING taste better!  It’s SO much better than salt, and for someone like me who loves Soy Sauce, it’s a great replacement.  Salad is now my favorite meal of the day (dinner time meal) and I typically use a small amount along with balsamic vinegar as my salad dressing.  It reminds me of the Benihanna ginger salad that I love so much!  I could go into osharing recipes, but I won’t – email or comment if you’d like.  A Kale salad is another addiction of mine right now, using the Braggs – so simple but so scrumptious! 

Although, I know I won’t stick strongly to this diet after October I know that it has taught me that food can taste just as good without seasoning with all types of salts.  With a family history of high blood pressure, I’m hoping that I won’t follow in the footsteps of my family and encourage my friends and family members to lessen their salt intake and enjoy eating just the same!


Benefit Cosmetics – FREE Shipping & FREE Gift August 29, 2011

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Until 2 September 2011, when you spend $50 or more on the new-look Benefit website, you can score a free FULL SIZE

Ooh La Lift or Moon Beam. It is your pick of either product, both valued at over US $20 each.

Just enter the following promotional code at checkout to add the free product to your order.

For a free Ooh La Lift, valued at US $22, enter code LIFTMEUP

For a free Moon Beam, valued at US $26, enter code HIGHMOON

Personally, I am a huge fan of Ooh La Lift because I have terribly dark under-eye circles. I can’t recommend it enough if you have dark bags like me!

(via http://www.plasticdiaries.com)


Shower Power July 7, 2011

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Yes, yes I know.  I’ve been MIA for a little while now.  I’ve been a busy little bee this summer and things are finally calming down for me. 

I came across a blog today that I had to share.  Not only did it make me think about a friend of mine (who I think enjoys her showers WAYYY too much – you know who you are), but it made me think about the Neutrogena after bath oil that I was addicted to for some time.  In the end, I LOVE essential oils and expect to spend hours in the shower now, with a result of feeling refreshed or ready for bed after trying out these professional tips.  Here’s what was taken from the Laura Carson Miller blog:

All you need is the essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice and a clean washcloth.

Here’s how you can derive the maximum benefits of essential oils while in the shower:

1) Before you get into the shower, think about the therapeutic properties and positive effects of the essential oil that you are going to use.

2) Put 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil on the washcloth.

3) While showering, place the washcloth on your chest and allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors of the essential oil. Breathe deeply, relax your mind and visualize the wonderful changes that the essential oils are bringing about in your mind and body.

4) Once you turn the shower off, use the same washcloth to rub your body, specially arms and legs, with movements pointing towards the heart. This helps stimulate circulation, lymph movement and your immune system

Which essential oils to choose?




  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
  • Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinale)


  • 3 drops of VIGOR ENERGIA Essential Oil Blend
  • 2 drops of Black Spruce Essential Oil


CITRUS DELIGHT Essential Oil Blend


SERENO SLEEP TIME Essential Oil Blend

Let me know how your bathroom ritual (NOT toilet) change…or have changed.  What’s your favorite/must-have bath product.


Build your portfolio while in LA for the BET Awards June 14, 2011

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UFW Los Angeles PMD Shoot Out Party (During The BET Awards Weekend)

JUNE 24, 2011

UFW is looking for the hottest Photographers, Make up Artist, Models, Designers to participate in a Photo Shoot Out. If your talented in one of these area’s, please submit your pictures for consideration. The final contestant will be notified if selected. The Shoot out will be at private downtown loft location. Photographers will share pictures, designers/ make up artist will have new looks and models will increase their portfolio while they are in Los Angeles for the BET Awards Weekend. If your interested, please submit your photo’s immediately. Top participants will receive a free flight to Atlanta PMD Shoot Out Party in July, 2011. If interested in being a judge for this specialty event, please submit credential to : PMDSHOOTOUT@gmail.com.

After the PMD Shoot, a private party will take place on set. This event will be video taped for TV consideration. Please RSVP for this event :www.pmdshootoutparty.eventbrite.com

Submit pictures to: PMDSHOOTOUT@gmail.com

I have no relationship with this contest or the organization (Urban Fashion Industry) promoting the contest.


Personal Care Industry reach new heights

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Archtek Cool Mint Toothpaste Tablets

In continuation of last weeks bright, beautiful smile talk…we are headed to new heights in the cosmetics and personal care industry!  Let me know if you’ve tried this already (it’s been out since last year):

US-based Archtek has launched Toothpaste Tablets, in chewable form. Once chewed, the product turns to a similar consistency to toothpaste, allowing the teeth to be brushed as normal.

The Toothpaste Tablets are available on the company’s website and currently retail for $3.25, and can also be found nation-wide through the REI retail chain.


Bright Smile from Tom’s June 7, 2011

What is the first thing you notice about a person?  For me, it’s skin and then the smile.  I’m always drawn in by a beautiful smile and what helps best is to have a bright smile.  Not only straight teeth, but white teeth.  For years, i’ve been too scared to try whitening techniques.  I’ve heard horror stories first hand from cancer survivors, with claims to having been obsessed with teeth whitening using the laser light technique.   As a former researcher, I’ve read too many journal articals and research papers on the harmful chemicals (causing tooth decay and further staining and even leading to increased tartar build up) in teeth whitening toothpastes and products.  Just the other week, I noted to a friend of mine that her teeth were so white and pretty.  She confessed she’d been using the Crest at-home whitening strips.  I was very tempted because her teeth were so pretty.  I must admit, I probably would have tried it if I’d had the time to get to the store.  But finding out about this, I can continue to stick to my natural ways and try Tom’s: 

Natural oral care provider Tom’s of Maine has launched what is claimed to be the first ever clinically tested natural whitening toothpaste on the US market.

The maker claims that Natural Simply White Fluoride Toothpaste has been clinically proven to whiten teeth, even though the formulation does not include conventional whitening ingredients such as bleaching agents.

Conventional whitening toothpastes can contain a number of ingredients, including abrasives such as silica, which help to remove stains, or peroxides such as carbamide or hydrogen peroxide.

Tom of Maine says its new whitening toothpaste is based on three different types of naturally occurring silicas that combine to gently remove tartar and stains without causing any damage to the tooth enamel.

This product has mixed reviews, so we’ll just have to be the judge for ourselves.  To be totally honest, I’ve never been a big fan of Tom’s although my mom and sister are faithful users.  I just prefer a stronger, minty feel after brushing.  Hope to let you know my view soon.

Information excerpts from CosmeticsDesign.com


Pat McGrath Downsizes for Dolce & Gabbana June 2, 2011

Vogue cought up with make-up artist Pat McGrath who was in town to show the new season’s colours from Dolce &Gabbana.  Pat is legendary for among other things carrying oodles of make-up kit with her on the road.  She had downsized to a sparkling clean Dolce and Gabbana kit, each item complete with its own stick-on label, applied by one of her three assistants.  Pictured beneath Ms. McGrath is the highly covetable Dolce and Gabbana Animalier compact.

Taken from The Vogue Beauty Blog (May 31, 2011 entry)