July Must-Haves Are All About Looking Healthy

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As you move right along into your summer, don’t leave your beauty bag high & dry. There are still plenty of goodies that are worthy of any beauty addict’s time.

Here’s a list of all the beauty products many are loving this month, especially my “must haves” for summer!

So get scrolling & discover all the new beauty products we think are well worth getting your hands on — like, now!

 

The hair, makeup, & skin-care products I’m obsessing over right now…

Acti Labs Skincare: Vesuvio Mineral Face Mask

Vesuvio Mask: For when you need great skin and a glowing complexion…

Keep your skin glowing & refreshed. Vesuvio mask boasts an impressive list of ingredients including Volcanic soil, Maris Limus Dead Sea silt, Camellia Sinesis green tea extract & Sodium Hyaluronate. $12.00

 

Silk Stockings (Shimmer Dry Oil)

Silk Stockings Shimmer Oil:A Touch of sun…

Keep that tan glowing with a touch of radiance. Shimmering dry oil contains tiny shimmering mineral particles. It nourishes & leaves a satin finish sheen which illuminates skin. $17.50

Acti Labs Skincare: Diamond Dust Face Powder

Diamond Dust: Dust yourself with Diamonds…

Enhance your natural beauty with a healthy, sun-kissed glow. Gives skin a healthy, sun-kissed glow while enhances tanned skin. Arguably one of our prettiest products. Diamond Dust can be used as a multi-purpose blush, bronzer, highlighter & corrective cover powder. Each compact contains 6 correcting or light- enhancing shades in a mosaic pattern to help match your complexion. $27.50

Acti Labs Skincare: Acti Parfum

Acti Parfum: Remarkably fresh…

A crisp, light and uplifting Natural perfume, ideal for Summer. The organic rose flower water contained in this eau de parfum has moisturizing and regenerating properties and supports the main notes. $18.00

Frizz Police

Frizz-Police: Make sure frizz is well-behaved…

Styling cream enriched with minerals to control your style and boost hair health.  Smooth, melting texture spreads easily through the hair without build up to control Frizz. $12.50

Acti Labs Skincare: Leave It Conditioning Styling Lotion

Leave-It: Conditioning styling lotion…

Sun, chlorine & salt water can take a toll on your hair, leaving it dry & unmanageable. Soft hold and lightweight mist adds glossy shine. Smooths frizz & controls fly-aways. $9.50

ManeTame

ManeTame: Special get both Frizz Police & Leave -It for a special price! $19.50

Acti Labs Skincare: Coconut Bath Box

Coconut Bath Box: Great as a gift…to yourself!

Bring the smell of summer into your at home spa. Treat yourself with the heavenly coconut scent of luxury.
Coconut Bath & Body Gift Set includes: Coconut Shower Gel (180ml), Coconut Bubble Bath (180ml), Coconut Body Cream (50ml), Coconut Body Lotion (105ml), Coconut Mini Bath Bombs (x4) combined into a Gift Box. $19.50

Acti Labs Skincare: Express Refresh Light

Express Refresh:  Dry Shampoo with Collagen…

While many associate collagen (a protein that is found in most connective tissues & makes up about 30% of our body) with skin, it’s important to note, that it’s a vital ingredient for hair health as well, especially as you age. Collagen in the hair shaft, strengthens the hair follicles and improves hair growth. Reveal fresher, fuller-looking, beautiful hair. Benefits are both immediate & long-term. You’ll see a boost in volume  while stronger, shinier & more resilient hair will develop after a few applications. $8.50

Acti Labs Skincare: Refresh and Revive Offer

Refresh & Revive Offer: All you need for that spontaneous weekend getaway…

Includes: Pit Stick – FREE FROM: Aluminium Chlorohydrate and Parabens, Keep your underarms feeling fresh and well looked after with a swoosh of Pit Stick Anti-Perspirant.

Diamond Lustre Tooth Cream – daily care whilst restoring natural whiteness. Naturally & safely whiten teeth.

Konjac Sponge – Natural cleansing sponge. Made with nothing but 100% top quality Konjac plant root. Konjac is reputed for its health giving properties and used by
the Japanese for over 1500 years, having originally been used as a medicine in the sixth century.The unique net like structure of the sponge, gently massages the skin and stimulates blood ow and new growth of skin cells. Leaving the skin extremely clean and refreshed … Naturally!

100% 250ml – liquid daily vitamins for a 100% better day. Packed full of natural ingredients, vitamins and minerals. 100% will give you the boost you need this season. 100% will bring sunshine to winter grey skies!

All or $27.50!

Acti Labs Skincare: LipGlitz Hot Pink and Rose Gold

LipGlitz: Choose your duo: Rose/Gold

Acti Labs Skincare: LipGlitz Mulberry and Copper

Mulberry/Copper

Acti Labs Skincare: LipGlitz Blue and Iridescent

Blue/Iridescent 

Revolutionizing lip color as we know it. Lip Glitz adds intense Color, Glitz & Durability making your lips unmissable. Dazzle and shine with Lip Glitz.

Which product are you most likely to try from this list & why? Let me know in the comments below.

Till next time……….

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Firm, Flawless & Fabulous!

Are you trying everything you know to slow down the effects of aging but it doesn’t seem to be working?

Are you truly interested in slowing down the aging process?

Ever thought about how much you spend on products & services to help slow down, stop, or reverse the aging process in yourself?

There is one option you probably haven’t considered yet & it may be the most promising of them all: hypnosis. Eliminating detrimental behaviors such as beliefs & patterns, reducing stress slows down the aging process in ways no face cream can! That’s why hypnosis is an investment in yourself & your future. Try it out! Your skin will thank you.

This Powerful Program combines hypnosis & state-of-the-art skin care from Acti-Labs Cosmeceutical Line. The combination of both will bring you fast, powerfully lasting results that no other skin care products can.

Eliminate the dangerous side effects of cosmetic surgery & the worry of the end result. Firm, Flawless & Fabulous! is safe, natural & long lasting.

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Finally unlock the secret to gorgeous, vibrant, glowing skin! These sessions breakthrough the obstacles standing in the way of a beautiful & youthful face. As you listen, the powerful hypnosis & NLP exercises will tap into your subconscious mind, reversing the aging mechanisms from the inside out. You’ll find the means to adopt a healthier lifestyle that’s guaranteed to revive your skin’s natural radiant beauty.

Restore your skin’s smooth, supple, silky tones & rejuvenate your face from within.

Discover the Most Effective Secrets to Anti-Aging!

Get your copy of the Firm, Flawless & Fabulous POWERFUL Program! 

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Offer ends July 30, 2018… Act NOW!

Give You Face A Lift!


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We have done it again! Acti Labs is always improving & coming out with new & wonderful ways to make us look younger & radiant! This is our NEW Lifting Mask…It is like a Face Lift in a bottle!!!

Jowl lifting, neck tightening & cheekbone POPPIN’ weekly mask!

Pro-Vitamin B5 in our Lifting Mask acts as a skin moisturizer, which helps to keep skin soft, smooth & youthful. It also soothes & stimulates the skins natural healing processes.

It is DEEPLY hydrating & helps to keep the skin moist by absorbing moisture from the air leaving your skin looking plump, youthful & glowing. You will have immediate results and it will be lasting!!

Whether you’re looking to turn back the clock for a more youthful neckline or whether you’re wanting a non-makeup “contour effect”….. this may soon because your weekly must have!

Rich in Pullulan, Lifting Mask has the ability to provide an instant skin-tightening effect as it adheres to the skin.

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Weekly facial mask
Lifting & tightening effect
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💜Key Ingredients:

· Pullulan – Known for its ability to provide an instant skin-tightening effect as it adheres to the skin.
· Glycerin-An emollient making skin not only moist but soft & supple to touch. It is used to treat many skin conditions such as skin irritations & fine lines & wrinkles.
· Hyaluronic Acid- Keeps collagen synthesis up, as well as retaining skin moisture, contributing to the anti-aging benefits to the skin.

💜Directions

To a cleansed face, apply a medium layer with your finger tips or a clean foundation brush to the entire contours of your face and neck avoiding your eye area.

Relax and let it work its magic for 20 minutes.
Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Follow with the appropriate Cosmeceutical Concentrates & finish your facial with your favorite Cosmeceutical Cream.

Turn Back Time …Look Firm, Flawless & Fabulous today!

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Till next time………..

B.O.U.N.C.E. Back Weight Loss Program

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It’s been a while since I’ve been in touch. I’ve been completing my degree as a Mind & Body Wellness Practitioner & I’ve been working one on one with clients in developing, what I call, my Ultimate Weight Loss Program. I’m so excited to be able to offer this program in a group setting! I’d like to announce my B.O.U.N.C.E Back from Menopause Program. This program is designed to help alleviate menopause symptoms, weight gain & have a better understanding of the transition you are experiencing during this time.

The female hormones estrogen & progesterone have a major impact on keeping women lean, healthy and fit. During the menopausal transition these hormones go through dramatic fluctuations before finally dropping to low levels. This comes along with gaining weight & a dramatic shift in fat storage to the middle of the body!

So what makes this program different than any other weight loss program available?

Well as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, one of the most effective methods is weight loss hypnosis. Hypnosis is something you have already experienced many, many times in your everyday life. When you are engrossed in a movie, reading a book, just before you wake up or fall asleep or any activity that causes you to lose all track of time, you are experiencing a state similar to hypnosis. 

It’s not what you eat.. it’s what’s eating you…Sometimes, good old diet and exercise are just not enough. Since overeating is an emotional issue, it cannot be defeated with logic.

Because the unconscious mind is a deep-seated, more instinctive force, it is this part of the brain that listens to the words the practitioner is using & uses them to re-program negative patterns of behavior. With the B.O.U.N.C.E. Back Weight Loss Program, I use a safe & effective form of hypnosis to change, not only how you react with food forever but also the relationship you have with yourself!

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In just 6 weeks, you will sleep better, increase your energy, increase your self-esteem, feel fat just melt away, love your body changes each time you look in the mirror, fit into the clothes you haven’t been able to wear for years (yep the ones you’ve been holding onto!), stabilize your blood pressure & sugar levels, heal old wounds that are standing in the way of your weight loss, look & feel fabulous!

This unique combination of hypnosis, combined with binaural audio technology, & affirmations creates the most powerful mind reprogramming, fast & deeply soothing experience imaginable. By the time you complete the program, the material will have become integrated into your life for good, creating a customized lifestyle while gaining a deeper understanding of yourself. Change how you react with food forever & fix the root cause of weight problems permanently!

There is limited availability, next course starts July 16th, 2018. Early sign-up bonus!!! To learn more about this incredible opportunity to lose weight, look & feel fabulous & the Early Sign-Up Bonus, sign up for the Menopausal Weight Loss Formula Workshop.

Till next time………….

 

Secrets To Ageing Gracefully

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For the first time, the other day I watched Botched. Nope I never saw this show before & nothing else was on. Anyone who has watched this show knows some crazy shit goes on. Everyone is looking to change the way they look just to feel better about themselves, & on this show…had gotten Botched for it! As I watched the show & listened to these people justify “why” they had their surgeries done, I couldn’t help but wonder, what void did they think they were gonna fill but changing how they looked on the outside. There was this 20 something year old guy who didn’t want to look like everyone else, so he had fillers in his lips. So much that he is on the verge of loosing his lips all together…like really fall off! Yet, he wanted more, even against the doctor’s warning of the most likely outcome. At the end he insisted that he was going to another country to get it done. There was NO way he was gonna stop filling his lips! I mean the kid couldn’t even close his mouth right. WTF?

Last week I celebrated my 49th birthday. I have friends who are devastated that next year we’ll be 50! As if it’s time to crawl into the fetal position & wait for the grim reaper. It’s over, life is done, next year we’re 50. Unlike most of my friends, I’m excited about turning 50! It’s a new chapter, another milestone & I believe I’m still young enough to do anything I desire & most of all I now have the wisdom that goes along with growing older! My best friend & I are reading this wonderful book, “The Art of Turning 50”. It’s an awesome book for anyone approaching 50!

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Which leads me to the idea of ageing. I mean we all are ageing. It’s so sad how society perceives ageing. Like it’s something we must stop! We must avoid growing older. It’s more acceptable to be seen with a frozen face that can’t even make an expression, skin so tight you look like your face is gonna snap & the one that scares me the most, looking like recycled plastic. Is this what we are suppose to look like as we get older? At what point is it enough? From what I’ve seen on that show, it’s NEVER enough! The truth is, it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still look fabulous. Age IS just a number, how you feel inside is how old you really are. And for me, I feel like I’m still in my late 20’s, OK maybe early 30’s! Society & the media place immense pressure on us to stay young. We’re bombarded with images of youthful, flawless models & reality TV shows where contestants are given extreme surgical makeovers in the pursuit of youth. This fosters a disastrous image of growing older, which can make it difficult for us to be accepting of the changes that occur as the years trot on – especially for women.

So how can we shrug off these pressures placed upon us & embrace getting older instead of trying to hold on to our youth (& looking ridiculous)? I think when we “feel” young, we look & behave young. I’m not talking about immaturity! I’m talking about taking the risks we did when we were younger, being spontaneous, being adventurous, not using age as an excuse to give up or not even try something. So how can we stay, feel & act young without changing the way we look? How can we truly be happy in every area of our life & accept who we are & how we look right now? Well for me the answer is being mindful.

Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. This will then reflect your inner & outer world. You the begin to accept what is & find the beauty within it. Nothing to change!

Here are some healthy habits that are easy to do & will make a difference in being more mindful & feel young throughout the day.

  1.  Express Gratitude. Truly being grateful for everything you have right now & being grateful in the situations that challenge us the most. That’s true gratitude. It’s easy to be grateful for what makes us happy when we feel happy, be grateful in the times you are angry or sad. There’s gratitude there too, I promise.
  2. Stretch first thing in the morning &/or throughout the day. Doing some stretching & breathing right after you wake up in the morning, will energize you & center you for the day ahead. Cats do this all day & they have 9 lives. Just sayin.
  3. Drink water all day. Drink lots of water during the day, starting with a glass at breakfast. Your body dehydrates overnight, so refilling the tank early will help you be more present & energetic throughout the day. I drink a gallon a day.
  4. Chew your food slowly. Enjoy the texture & the taste! You’ll be more satisfied with less food & more likely to notice other subtleties throughout the day.
  5. Listen to music. There is just something about music, it can shift your mood instantly! If you listen to music that moves you instead of mindless chatter from the flat screen, you will in turn make a conscious choice to listen to things that nourish you, rather than deplete your mind & heart.
  6. Journal. This is one of my favorite daily practices. Write in your journal to capture your reflections on your purpose & how you’re continuing to show up for that. Over time, you’ll create a record of your life that will provide valuable perspective!
  7.  Ask yourself, “What’s working right now?” No matter how bad things seem, there is almost always something that’s going right. Mindfully build on that.
  8. Slow down! If you take a moment to stop & smell the roses, you’ll have more appreciation for all the beauty & abundance that life has to offer. nature speaks to us in many ways, take time to listen.
  9. Get outside! No matter what the weather’s like, learn to appreciate the now by enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, regardless of your scenery. Connect with the beauty nature has to offer. Notice what really is around you, you’ll be surprised at the things you’ve been missing!
  10. Take time each to day to reflect on why you’re here. Celebrate one thing you did today that served that very purpose.
  11. Tell someone how much you appreciate them. Be specific — it may be the first time anyone has ever shared that compliment with them. What a gift!
  12. Question your assumptions. Expand & challenge the way you look at people & situations. Take notice of how you perceive your world.
  13. Leave your phone in a drawer or out of sight for at least a couple of hours when you get home each evening. You may be surprised & delighted by what you notice!
  14. Get a good night’s sleep. Keep your phone, computer & tablet out of your bedroom! The light from them messes up your sleep pattern & you don’t need the electromagnetic field (radiation) while you sleep! After all, you need a good night’s rest for a great day tomorrow!
  15. Most of all...Keep Learning. Maintaining an active brain is shown to minimize the risk of developing  any form of memory disease. Read, learn dancing or a language. No matter how old you are, never stop learning something new. This keeps your brain healthy & active, help new brain cells survive, & helps retain memory no matter what age we are.

There are so many reasons to view ageing as a positive element to our existence rather than it being a natural consequence of living. Keeping a positive attitude towards growing older & accepting the magnificent, unique being you truly are, enables you to maintain a sense of control & quality of life as we face another part of the life cycle. Good news is, it’s never too late to age well!

It’s not hard to be vibrant, healthy & energetic at any age if you’re living a healthy lifestyle. I feel like I am 30 & I expect to feel that way for the rest of my life! There is also a certain beauty in age.

What daily practices help keep you young?

Till next time…….

 

What Is Your Face Telling You?

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The eyes never lie & the face tells all. Do you ever wonder whether those breakouts that somehow always pop on the exact same spot on your face? The skin is the biggest organ  in our bodies. If something is affecting the skin, it might mean something internal is going on. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the face is the map which decodes its silent language. We’ve all experienced this in some way or another; non-verbal exchanges to others passing by, tired eyes exhibiting a sleepless night, & the basic idea of body language. We all know that the face is, in one way or another, a mirror to the outer world which showcases our inner realm.

If one part of the body is hurting, this problem may show up someplace else. This is the theory behind Chinese Face Mapping. If something is affecting the skin, it might mean something internal is going on. Afflictions to look for include, pimples, rashes, or change of skin color/tone. Any of this could signify an internal issue that needs to be worked on for the skin & the body to be at optimal health.

By looking at the skin condition & changes, we can see what imbalances are occurring in our bodies. In Chinese Medicine, there are many philosophies which break this idea down. They include the basic law of Yin & Yang, the Five Elements, the Organ Systems & the Meridian Channels. Face mapping looks at each part of the face that is linked to a certain part of the body; in general, red, pustular breakouts are indicative of Yang-type energy, & oily, whitehead or blackhead prone breakouts are indicative of Yin-type energy. Lines indicate a long-term imbalance or stress, while breakouts indicate a more short-term imbalance or stress. The unifying principle of these philosophies is that everything in the body is interconnected.

Face Mapping runs on the understanding that everything on the outside is a direct reflection of what is going on inside. If we consider the connections between our organs via meridian channels, & the fact that our bodies have a self-regulating system, it makes sense that what affects one organ affects another.

With all of this being said, let us take a look at how we can utilize this profound wisdom in everyday life to bring about balance & healing while improving physical beauty. Below are the specific areas of the face and their corresponding internal organ systems. I will also cover what negatively affects these areas, what each condition represents, & how to balance them.

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Forehead – Small Intestine/Bladder:

If you break out a lot on your forehead, it probably has something to do with your digestive system. It could mean that you’re having a hard time breaking down certain foods or it may indicate liver problems, stress, or an irregular sleep schedule. Consider using bitter herbs or digestive enzymes before meals to help breakdown foods. If you think it could be your liver, try dandelion tea or drinking warm lemon water in the morning (I know a lot of people who swear by this).

Between The Brows – Liver:

Breakouts here are usually linked to eating unhealthy food. Another reason could be excessive alcohol consumption. If you wake up from a night out after consuming one too many alcoholic beverages, this could be an indicator. The liver is working too hard to remove toxins from what is being eaten, or the pollution you’re exposed to. It may be possible that you are eating too much meat or dairy (foods high on the food chain), or food sensitivity (allergic to). Eat less or no meat & dairy. Select healthy foods including lots of organic fruits & vegetables. Get plenty of fresh air, meditate, take fast walks, & practice yoga.

Eyebrow Arch – Kidneys

Dehydration affects the kidneys. There are some things that cause dehydration: smoking, alcohol, poor quality salt consumption & a lack of water intake. The kidney system is ruled by the water element; it manages all fluid within the body. It’s also responsible for our stress response – when the body is dehydrated from poor habits or high stress, it adversely affects the kidneys & shows up in the form of under-eye bags, dark circles, puffiness, or inflammatory issues around the eye brow ridge. Eat mineral rich foods, get good sleep & handle your emotional stress responses. Drink plenty of water, stay away from sweetened & caffeinated beverages, & alcohol. Also, make the salt switch: switch from table salt to sea salt (I love Himalayan pink salt).

Nose – Heart

Issues with the nose indicate problems with the heart. The left side of the nose corresponds to the left side of your heart, & vice versa. The whole area tells us a lot about the condition of the heart. Blackheads mean heart congestion, redness indicates blood sugar/blood pressure issues from excess alcohol, sugar & processed foods. Anger, grief, & stubbornness all damage the heart. You can help the heart by opening your heart emotionally, forgiving, & being understanding to others. Also, improve cholesterol levels by lowering sugar & refined carb intake & eat healthier cholesterol. You can lower inflammation with omega-3 fatty acid foods like anchovy, sardines & cod liver oil. Great herbs for the heart include Reishi, Pearl & White Peony. Try exercising, removing toxins with green tea & chlorella & keep blood pressure in check with cayenne, garlic, & reishi mushroom.

Cheeks – Lungs & Kidneys

Pollution, smoking, & asthma will damage this part of the skin. Poor food choices, & high stress may affect this area of the face also. Make healthier food choices & exercise. When the kidneys are involved, this indicates a deeper level of aging & stress. Nourish the kidneys (& lungs) with proper hydration: sea salt & pure water. Also, cucumber & other members of the melon family are kidney friendly (loaded with water). Try to keep some air-purifying plants in your home, & always make sure to properly cleanse your face with a good, natural cleanser to keep further breakouts from happening.

Mouth and Chin – Stomach

Eating too much fat & sweet food can cause problems in this area. This is also true of caffeine & alcohol consumption. Try to maintain a balanced diet & eat plenty of fruits & demulcent fiber (chia, marshmallow, slippery elm, aloe vera) to improve stomach health. When the cheeks are red, it is an indication that the stomach is experiencing inflammation. However, there are a few imbalances that can occur in this area. Most can be remedied by mastering the emotions & surprisingly by drinking enough fluid.

Jaw, Chin & Neck – Hormones

Consistently eating the wrong foods, being under artificial lights, always being disconnected from a skin-to-skin connection with Mother Earth, as well as eating hormone-injected meat & dairy along with not drinking enough water can disturb healthy hormone levels & balance. Get grounded (connect to the Earth with walks on the sand or in the grass). Enjoy connecting with the sunset the last 4 minutes of each day (I love the sky at this time) barefoot on stone, the grass or sand. Eat less food & more of the correct saturated fats (especially organic ghee to provide more good cholesterol production that is the precursor of our most important hormones). Avoid hormone contaminated meat & dairy products as well as chicken. Avoid artificial lighting as much as possible. Consider eating foods that help regulate your natural hormonal cycles.

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The secret to true beauty comes from within: emotionally, mentally, physically & spiritually. There truly is no beauty treatment that compares to good health, a good heart & a clear mind. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.

Till next time………..

 

 

Tis’ The Season…11 Homemade Amazing Beauty Gifts

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I know most of you are probably thinking about gift ideas right now… we all know how much people love a handmade gift. At least I know I do! When my daughter came home from pre-school with a handmade gift, it just melted my heart! So much better than anything else I could ask for.

Choosing the right gift for your loved one can be difficult, particularly when you’re shopping for somebody who seems to have absolutely everything already! The last thing you probably want to do is spend money on a gift that’s going to sit on a shelf, unused, or a trinket that they will look at once in a while but which otherwise serves no purpose.

There’s Nothing Like a Handmade Gift from a Loved One!

Does anything hurt more than knowing that a gift you chose to give someone isn’t what your recipient wanted? This can be particularly tough. So if you’re looking or something special & not only unique but one of a kind, then you might want to think about giving a handmade gift instead of purchasing something from the store. You can even make a combination & create a theme basket.

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Package these gifts in vintage French apothecary jar, mason jars,  glass bottles, sugar shakers…get creative & recycle jars you already have. I love re-using my gelato jars (I make the flavor that’s on the jar) This one is perfect for a caramel scrub, I print a label to cover the top part & leave the flavor exposed. 😉

 

Make it personal, one-of-a-kind & crafted with Love!

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Homemade Rose Milk Bath

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered milk (full fat if you can find it, otherwise nonfat will work)
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup (or more) dried rose petals
  • Red food coloring
  • 5-7 drops Rose essential oil

Mix the powdered milk & Epsom salts together, add 2-3 drops of red food coloring. Mix until you have a uniform pink color. Then add the rose petals & essential oil. If you don’t have rose essential oil you can skip it or use any other soothing essential oil you might have, like lavender or chamomile (you can even add lavender & chamomile flowers). Then pour milk bath into a bottle or sachet & make a pretty gift tag.

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Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

2 cups granulated sugar, divided

about 1/2 cup almond oil

2 drops red food coloring (or raspberry juice)

8-10 drops Peppermint essential oil

Fill each bowl with one cup of sugar. Add the almond oil to each bowl so that the sugar is a nice soft consistency but not too wet. Stir together the oil and the sugar in each bowl. Set it aside. Take the other bowl of sugar & add red food coloring & mix it together. Add essential oil to the pink sugar & mix it well. Take a clean container & add a layer of pink sugar using a large funnel. A paper funnel works well so the sugar can easily slide into the jar. Follow with a layer of white sugar. Continue until the layers until the jar is full.

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Chocolate Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup brown  sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 Tbsp. cocoa baking powder (don’t add more cocoa unless doubling…it will turn your skin brown!)

1/4-1/2  cup Almond Oil, Olive Oil OR Coconut Oil

1/2 tsp. vanilla

4-6 drops of Vitamin E oil (optional)

*If you want to spice it up you can add some orange, peppermint or cinnamon essential oils for a fun twist.

Mix together the sugars & cocoa in a bowl.  Slowly add the oil until you have your desired consistency (moist not wet).  Add the vanilla & Vitamin E (optional)  & stir all together until combined.  Store in an airtight jar or container.

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Chocolate Milk Bath

1/2 cup Epsom salt or Sea Salt
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup powdered milk

 

In large bowl, mix salt and baking soda. Add cocoa powder & powdered milk. Mix well & store in air tight container.

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De-stress Herbal Bath Salts

1 1/2 tablespoon dried chamomile or chamomile tea

1 1/2 tablespoon (combined) dried lavender, rosemary, &/or rose petals

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup Kosher salt or sea salt

8-10 drops Essential oils  (combined if using more than one oil)

*Essential Oils for Stress Relief:

  • Cedar Wood – calming, soothing, sleep-promoting
  • Bergamot – uplifting, relaxing
  • Lavender – calming
  • Rosemary – uplifting, increases concentration, mental acuity
  • Lemon – refreshing, mental alertness, calming
  • Peppermint – revitalizing, cooling, invigorating
  • Eucalyptus – clarifying

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Pumpkin Spice Facial Scrub

1 cup brown sugar (the finer the better)

1/2 cup coconut oil, olive oil OR avocado oil

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon ground coffee optional (anti-inflammatory properties that tighten skin,  making it feel smoother!)

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl & mix well. Store in airtight container.

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Rosemary Mint Whipped Shea Body Butter

 

1/2 cup sweet almond oil (liquid)

1 cup Shea butter (solid)

1/2 cup coconut oil (solid)

20 drops Spearmint Essential Oil

10 drops Rosemary Essential Oi

 

Place Shea butter & coconut oil in a glass or porcelain bowl. Melt them using a double boiler or over a pan of boiling water. Whisk until completely melted.Remove from the heat, let it cool down a little (for about 10-15 min), Stir in almond oil & essential oils. Whisk again. Put the bowl in the fridge for about 1 hour, until the mixture hardens. Remove from the fridge & start whipping the mixture using a hand mixer for about 1-3 minutes. While whipping, its texture and color will gradually start to change from flat yellowish to creamy & silky white. Spoon it into your choice of container.

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Lavender Whipped Body Butter

1 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)

30 drops lavender essential oil

Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Note: Do not melt the coconut oil first. It will only whip up if it’s solid. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency. Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if your house is so warm it melts the oil.

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Rose Water Toner

1/2 cup dried rose buds

hot filtered water

8-10 drops Geranium essential oil

Pour the hot water over the rose buds & let sit for 1-2 hours. Use a strainer to separate the rose buds from the rose water. Pour into a spray bottle, add geranium oil, shake the spray bottle well.

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Vanilla Peppermint Foot Scrub

6 peppermint candies OR 1 candy cane

1/2 cup sugar

5 drops peppermint essential oil

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Put about 6 peppermints or 1 candy cane in a Ziploc bag & break them up with a hammer, then crush them finely with a rolling pin. Add 1/2 cup of sugar, peppermint essential oil & vanilla extract. Massage the bag until the ingredients are mixed together & coated with the essential oil. Transfer to a covered container.

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Vanilla Rose Body Oil

Small bottle of almond oil

6-8 drops of vanilla essential oil

dried rose petals

Open bottle & add essential oil. Close the bottle & shake to combine. Don’t forget to remove the label & add your own!

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Homemade beauty gifts are a nice natural alternative to chemical-laden store-bought products, the packaging can be as eco-friendly as you want, you can customize the scents, & they’re unique! Which one will you be making?

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Combat Cellulite With Homemade Body Wraps

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For many people, the idea of wrapping their body in fabric & herbs invokes images of ancient embalming rituals that once prepared Egyptian royalty for the hereafter. But for those who have experienced the benefits of modern-day body wraps, dipped in mixtures of clay, salt, herbs & essential oils the vision is likely one of radiant health here and now.

For the past 15+ years, I have been making my own body wraps for myself to combat cellulite. As my friends noticed that my skin was firm & free of cellulite, they began asking what I use & wanted in. Some of them has stretch marks & cellulite, I wasn’t sure if the stretch marks would diminish, but it was worth a try. To my surprise not only had their cellulite diminish, but their stretch marks has faded as well! This became our tradition for girls night.

A spa wrap provides nice pampering. However a do-it-yourself wrap at home will work just as well & you can customize it. This is a bit messy, but the results are worth it!

First I always save my used coffee grinds. Using USED coffee grinds (diuretic) as a scrub  helps release excess fluids. This secret is used on models before photo shoots. It tightens the skin by enhancing fat metabolism & increase circulation, reducing the appearance of cellulite. I will swear by this!

You can do your coffee scrub in the shower (turn the shower off first), massage the grinds where your cellulite & stretchmarks are a problem. Massage in a circular motion.

Here are some massages you can try:

Kneading Technique:

Think of kneading dough. It stimulates the blood by bringing it to the surface, it also loosens up accumulated fats & aids in flushing them out of the system.

 Wringing Technique:

Think of wringing out wet clothes. This technique requires a bit more pressure. You “wring” out the flesh. This is perfect for areas that are prone to cellulite such as buttocks, thighs & hips.

Dry Brushing Technique:

Dry brushing the skin with a natural bristle body brush; then, take a warm shower to open pores. Avoid shaving before a wrap!

Proper hydration is essential when preparing for a wrap at home or at a spa. Drinking plenty of water before (at least 16oz.), during and after (another 16oz.) the application helps boost the detoxification process.

Now for the wrap….

Find a room where it’s easy to turn up the heat or stay warm & ensure privacy for at least 60 minutes. Choose a spot where it’s easy to clean up afterwards. I like to go into my bathtub for the application process.

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Ingredients:

  • Pick your seaweed:

Kelp (sold in grocery stores)

Seaweed/Kelp Powder (health food store)

  • Pick your clay:

I use about 1/3 cup for a gallon of water

Dead Sea Clay – is particularly rich in minerals and suitable for all skin types

French Green Clay also mineral & phytonutrient rich, it is not recommended for sensitive or dry skin types

Pink Kaolin is specifically used for detoxification, exfoliation and it’s super gentle & suitable for all skin types

  • 5-15 Drops of at least 3 of Essential Oils below:

Geranium: Geranium is a great all around oil that is especially supportive of the skin. It also improves circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system, helping to diminish water retention & eliminate toxins. In addition, it can address hormone imbalance to help prevent the skin from curdling and lumping up. In addition to getting rid of cellulite, it will help moisturize your skin too.

Rosemary: a great all around oil that combats fluid retention and toxin buildup in the tissues. One of the best oils for battling cellulite due to its toning & firming properties that reduce the appearance of those unwanted dimples. It also helps to combat lymphatic blockage, further working to get rid of cellulite.

Tangerine: this oil helps to enhance blood circulation as well as digestion to keep toxins moving out of the body.

Lemongrass: is an uplifting oil with both stimulant & sedative properties. It helps to remove toxins & enhance blood circulation while its diuretic compounds give it the ability to reduce fluid retention.

Cedarwood: is effective at balancing the skin & clearing out impurities. It’s role as a diuretic makes it a highly valuable oil for treating cellulite, fluid retention, & the accumulation of toxins in the blood. Cedarwood helps to decongest problematic tissues by drawing out excess fat.

Fennel: provides powerful diuretic properties that help the body speed up the elimination of stored up waste materials & decreases excess water retention in body tissues. It’s also effective for breaking up the fatty deposits under the surface of the skin.

Sage: a very popular medicinal herb. This oil is especially effective for treating cellulite by using it with a body brush. Apply it by adding a few drops diluted in a carrier oil (grapeseed oil, coconut oils or sweet almond oil) to a brush with natural bristles. Then brush the skin utilizing semi-circular strokes that are directed toward your heart, massaging it into the entire body, or specifically on problematic areas. Afterward, rinse in the shower, gently pat dry with a towel and massage in more oil using your fingertips.

Juniper:  well known for it’s detoxifying and cleansing properties, juniper is highly regarded for reducing acne, fluid retention and cellulite. It helps to clear and stimulate the mind as well. It’s a great tonic for the skin and join pain/arthritis as well.

Carrot seed: essential oil is derived from the dried seeds of the wild carrot plant. his is a great oil to help slow the aging process, keep the skin hydrated and fight off cellulite. It’s also considered rather remarkable when it comes to toning the skin and even fading stretch marks. It contains powerful antioxidant & detoxifying properties in addition to triggering the production of collagen & promoting blood circulation.

Patchouli: has been acclaimed for its diuretic properties as well as its exotic scent. It’s commonly utilized in practices like anti-cellulite massage and battling water retention.

Celery seed: oil helps to remove any excess fluid from the body & offers an array of other benefits such as supporting relaxation, stimulating the nervous system. It’s also a strong blood purifier which cleans the blood.

*I also like to add dried flowers such as rose, calendula, chamomile & lavender.

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Instructions:

  1. Boil a half-gallon (64 oz.) of distilled water, remove from heat and place in a stainless steel pot. Add planned ingredients to the water and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir with a wooded spoon to mix ingredients.
  2.  Allow the mixture to become cool to the touch before dipping in strips of cotton sheets or six-inch cotton/elastic body wrap bandages, one at a time.
  3. Wrap specific body areas to treat or you cab wrap your entire body starting at the ankles. Wrap firmly but not enough to stop circulation!
  4. Cover wrapped area with plastic film (saran wrap), also wrap firmly here.
  5. Stay wrapped for at least 30 minutes
  6. Unwrap, properly dispose of materials, & take a lukewarm bath or shower.
  7. Take a hot bath two to three days later to open pores and release accumulated toxins from the skin.

You can also make a massage oil with the essential oils you’ve used (or try new ones) To make a massage oil; add 5-15 drops (depending on how many oils you use, use less (5)  if your using more than 3 different oils)of your favorite oils to either grapeseed oil, coconut oils or sweet almond oil. Massage this oil daily onto your skin.

You can do this wrap ever 3-4 days, I wouldn’t do it more often than that. The oils will continue to work, your skin has absorbed the oils into your system. This is why it’s important to know what we put on our skin!

Body wraps are great for reducing the appearance of cellulite & stretch marks. Whether we elect to pamper ourselves or have someone else do it, body wraps make a perfect addition to any good health regimen.

Are you trying this body wrap or do you make your own wraps? Tell me your results, comment below!

Till next time……..

8 Ways To BEAT Holiday Stress NOW

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2017’s holiday season will be a challenge this year. Mercury went Retrograde on Dec. 3, & will last until Dec. 22! It’s bad enough we set ourselves up for intensity every season, this year may take it up a notch…So BE prepared!

As with every holiday season, the pace of life speeds up & we expect so much from ourselves & others. Our feelings & emotions can quickly get out of control & lead to some pretty serious stress.

I believe that our attitudes make a huge difference in how each day unfolds before us. This means that setting the intention for a smooth holiday season will be your first step in realizing a smooth holiday season!

Avoid the unnecessary & unexpected stress that comes with each holiday season, & step into the TRUE feelings that the holiday’s are really about.

Here are some simple ideas & habits that will help manage our stress so that we can take care of ourselves during the upcoming holidays & into 2018.

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  1. Essential Oils

Try some amazing essential oils that will keep you calm. You can add them to your body lotion, bath, shampoo, make a sugar scrub or even rub the oil between your hands & take a whiff!

Some oils great for helping keep calm & anxiety are:

  • Wild Orange
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense

Perfectionist- I think it’s normal to want to create a perfect memory making holiday. However, things sometimes don’t work out as we planned.

These oils are great for promoting letting go, enjoying the present moment, reducing perfectionism, etc.

  • Cypress
  • Lime
  • Peppermint
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Cedarwood

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2.   Lay In Bed for 5 Minutes & Express Gratitude

I love this one… As soon as I wake up, I don’t jump straight out of bed. Instead, I allow myself to savor the realization that I’ve awoken to a new day, with new opportunities &  a fresh new start. For the first 5 minutes of my day, I indulge in gratitude for all that I have, remembering how fortunate I am & thanking the universe for blessing me with so much.  Gratitude improves our health, relationships, emotions, personality, & career! So give thanks for all that you have.

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3.  Take a Short Nature Walk

One of my favorite things to do is to connect with nature. Stepping outside into the fresh air walking for 5-15 minutes can shift your energy completely. It can help you reconnect, rejuvenate & recenter yourself. Walking, in a purposeful & conscious way has the most magical of all benefits. It connects you to a higher spiritual place, a source of unlimited possibilities.

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4.  Just BE

Easier said than done, it’s not always easy to stop what we’re doing & be where we are…  until we practice it. Life unfolds in the present moment, that’s all we ever really have, this moment. So often, we let the present slip away, allowing time to rush past unobserved & unseized precious seconds of our lives. Worrying about the future & contemplate about what’s past, keeps us in the loop of yesterday & tomorrow while we’re missing out on the present moment.  If we can set aside five minutes a day to sit quietly, close our eyes, & just breathe, it immediately resets our system & reconnects us with our highest & truest self again.

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5. Take an Epsom Salt Bath

Taking a hot bath with Epsom salt is a quick & effective way to let your worries go. Epsom salt increases the water’s specific gravity, making you feel more light-weight & buoyant while helping your muscles relax. Most of us are deficient in magnesium, a mineral that is reduced with stress, Epsom salt which is high in magnesium, is one of the easiest ways to get a boost. Your body also absorbs the salts, which helps replenish magnesium. Magnesium can help decrease irritability since it reduces the effect of adrenaline on the body.

*If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, please check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.

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6. Dance Like No One Is Watching

Any type of physical activity releases the neurotransmitter, endorphins, which serve to alleviate stress. Neurotransmitters are chemicals within the brain that help communicate messages throughout the body. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkiller to reduce stress & improve the mind’s perception of the world. Dance is an outlet for emotional expression, stress reduction & creativity. So put on your favorite song & dance it out.

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7. When In Doubt, Eat a Piece of Dark Chocolate

This is my answer to life’s most challenging issues. I am just a chocoholic & I’m proud of it! Dark chocolate is a tasty treat that’s loaded with nutrients with stress relieving properties, helping to lower stress hormones. You’ll want at least 70% cocoa content to get the most health benefits out of it. There’s now evidence that eating dark chocolate every day can reduce stress (like I needed the study!). The study found that people who rated themselves highly stressed to begin with had lower levels of stress hormones after eating chocolate every day for two weeks!

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8. Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!

A good belly laugh doesn’t just lighten the load mentally. It lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, & boosts brain chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood. Lighten up by tuning in to your favorite sitcom or video, reading the comics, or chatting with someone who makes you laugh. BOTTOM LINE: Find the humor in everyday life, spend time with funny friends or watch a comedy show to help relieve stress.

When we practice rituals like these, we realize that the simplest, smallest actions make a profound difference in our lives. What we do for 5 minutes can affect how we carry on for the remaining 23 hours & 55 minutes of our day.

What are your favorite tips for reducing stress? Let me know in the comments.

Till next time…

 

 

 

Happy Halloween & Blessed Samhain!

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Today, October 31, 2017, I felt compelled to write about what today means to me. Nope there’s no outer beauty tips today, it’s more about the inner beauty we all possess.

Today is celebrated as Halloween, but it’s also the ancient Celtic celebration called Samhain (pronounced saah-win or saa-ween). Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death & rebirth. Spiritually speaking of course. This is the time when the veil between our world & the spirit realm is thin, so it’s the perfect time of year to make contact with ancestors, spirit guides & angels. This is a time to respect & honor them, for me, it’s about expressing gratitude for their guidance, protection & wisdom they provided me throughout the year.

Depending on your personalspiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Samhain, but typically the focus is on either honoring our ancestors, or the cycle of death & rebirth. This it the New Year, so this is the time we let go of what no longer serves us for our highest good. Letting go of the past & any pain related to it. Moving forward from the lessons we learned from those painful experiences.

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This is the time of year when nature goes in hibernation, the leaves are brown & begin to die off, a period of rest. The nights are getting longer, there’s a chill in the air, & winter is around the corner. This is the beginning of our rest period, acknowledging what we’ve learned & how we’ve grown. This is also a time when we have the tendency to withdraw from the world (so to speak). Look within ourselves. Know that we are NOT alone, we have an entourage of “spirits” around us at all times. This entourage offers their assistance just for the asking. They are on “stand by” waiting for us to call on them. That’s what their job is. They guide us, protect us & share their Infinite wisdom with us (in their own way). All we need to do is call on them & become aware of how they communicate with us.

Tonight we thank them &  honor our ancestors, spirit guides & angels, celebrating those who have died. You can even try to communicate with them. There really is no “set way” to do this. Your intention is what makes the practice sacred. Whatever you feel from your heart, from a place of love, is always the right choice. Remember you are not alone while you’re here, you share this planet with others, we are all connected, so as with any practice, always set intentions for the highest good to all, including yourself.

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Here are some fun facts about Samhain:

  • Samhain is celebrated from sunset on October 31 to sunset on November 1, almost halfway between the autumn equinox & the winter solstice.
  • Rituals surrounding Samhain include bonfires, healing, dancing, thanksgiving, & honoring the dead.
  •  It’s considered a time, when the veil between life & death grows thin. Food is set aside for ancestors & spirits. Rituals honoring the dead take place.
  •  Samhain is one of the original festivals behind the holiday we know as Halloween.
  • It was believed that faeries, witches, & demons roamed the earth on Samhain, food & drinks were customarily set out to placate them. Later on, people began dressing up as these creatures & claiming the goodies for themselves, sometimes performing tricks in exchange for food & drink. This is how the Halloween we know today evolved into trick-or-treating!

In the end, whether we choose to follow this tradition or not, whether we believe in it or not, we all will be going through a period of letting go, self-reflection & starting something new. Whether internally or externally, this will happen. This is all a part of the cycle of the Universe. Everything has a beginning & ending.  This IS the “Circle of Life”. You can either choose to embrace it & flow with the energy of life or resist it. Either way change is inevitable. So today honor yourself, acknowledge how far you’ve come & don’t forget to thank your spiritual entourage for all the protection, guidance & wisdom they have provided to you along your journey!

Namaste my friends. May you have the most Blessed Samhain!

Till next time…

Do you plan to celebrate Samhain? Let me know in the comments!