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Give Your Lips Some Love

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LipsLips are one of the most common areas of our bodies that we tend to neglect. Lips do differ from the skin on other areas of our bodies and this means they need special attention. Lips are composed of very thin skin layers and do not contain any oil glands.

Lips are one of the most sun exposed parts of the body and are very vulnerable to dryness and damage. Since the lips do not contain any melanin, they do not have any natural UV filters. Make sure to get a lip treatment with a good SPF. The sun can also damage the collagen in lips, leaving them wrinkled and thin.

There are lip treatments available that contain beneficial exfoliants. Make sure to use a product specific for the lip area since lip tissue differs greatly from the skin on other areas of our bodies. Exfoliation can help to increase lip volume by plumping the skin and it can help with hydration by removing dead skin cell build up.

Our lips help define who we are. Be ready for all the attention you will receive with a new, improved, beautiful pout.

Lip Treatment with Sunscreen and Tint: Supergoop AcaiFusion SPF 30 Lip Balm – Sheer Pink

Lip Treatment with Sunscreen: Jane Iredale LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm

Lip Exfoliator: Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub


Don’t Forget About Your Neck

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Don't Forget About Your NeckMost of us are now diligently caring for our facial skin with the help of daily regimens…but what about the neck? Often we forget to treat our neck the same as we do our face. The skin on our necks is actually thinner and can show aging faster than our facial skin. You can use facial products on the neck, though there are treatments out there specifically for the issues of the neck; sagging skin, thinning skin, horizontal creasing and crepiness.

Why do our necks age faster? The muscles in the neck are not connected to any bone structure, and therefore the skin on your neck loses elasticity faster with age, making it more prone to wrinkles and sagging. The neck also has fewer sebaceous glands, making it more prone to dryness and premature aging. To help diminish and prevent the signs of turkey neck, make sure to treat, exfoliate and protect the neck area daily. It is recommended to use facial exfoliants on the neck area as body exfoliators can be too harsh. Don’t forget the sunscreen since this area needs daily protection just as much as the rest of your body!

When applying a cream or serum to your neck, it is very important that you apply in an upward motion. Always go in the opposite direction of gravity so you are not contributing to sagging.

A Few Recommendations:

Dr. Brandt Time Arrest V Zone Neck Cream

StriVectin-TL Tightening Neck Cream

Rodial Chin and Neck Lift

Understanding Cellulite

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Understanding CelluliteOne of the most dreaded body issues is cellulite, and the difficulty to banish it. Cellulite can create unsightly dimpling that usually forms on the upper part of the legs. It is caused by irregular fatty deposits below the skin’s surface. Unfortunately cellulite can affect anyone; it does not discriminate by age or by weight. Cellulite has more to do with the composition of fat cells, our level of collagen and the surrounding tissues.

There are several known treatments for cellulite. One of the most common ingredients used in topical products is caffeine, which helps to stimulate the skin, increasing blood flow and reducing the fatty deposits. When applying a cellulite treatment, such as Bliss Fat Girl Slim, be sure to massage it into the skin for 30 seconds to a few minutes. This will stimulate blood flow in the area and promote even more circulation. Another form of treatment is Endermologie which uses rollers to help stretch out the fibrous bands of tissues and helps to release localized fat cells. For this form of treatment, take a look at the Wellbox Machine.

Photo Light Therapy

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Tanda Clear Plus Professional Acne Clearing DevicePhoto therapy, is an application of light in specific wavelengths, red and blue. This type of therapy has been proven effective in treating Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, wound healing, and aging. There is also no down time when using light therapy devices.

When treating acne, blue light therapy waves are absorbed into the skin and the P.acne bacteria absorbs the rays causing them to self-destruct. Once the acne causing bacteria is removed, inflammation and pustules clear up.

Red photo light therapy penetrates deeper into the skin and stimulates collagen to create new, healthier cells. In addition, red light therapy also slows down inflammation, what some dermatologists think causes wrinkling of the skin.

Device Recommendations:

Tanda Clear Plus Professional Acne Clearing Device

– LightStim Anti-Aging Light

– Baby Quasar PLUS

Get Summer Ready Hair

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Summer is officially here, and with the warm weather brings an opportunity to pay extra special attention to our hair. The sun and chlorine damages our hair, fades our color, and we do little to protect our hair the way that we protect our bodies from the damaging sun. The new Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist is your solution for gorgeous summer hair.

The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist protects your hair from harmful elements during the warm months, by providing a veil of protection and shine. It contains UV protection to protect the scalp and help the hair stay vibrant. The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist also contains peppermint oil and sea kelp to help condition and shield the hair, providing shine and vibrancy. The Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist is an easy to apply aerosol spray that you can use with any other styling products, and can reapply throughout the day as needed.

To control frizz and add more shine, we like the Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream. This creates a barrier on the hair to protect it against humidity, salt water, and chlorine. To further protect your hair color from fading we recommend the Frederic Fekkai Advanced Salon Technician Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. It contains an anti-fade color complex and natural UV protection for long lasting color and shine.

With all of these great products your hair will look its best for the warm months ahead!

T3 Source Shower Filters

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T3 is a well-known and trusted brand in the industry for producing high quality styling tools which improve the condition of your hair, and help you to look your best. T3 uses tourmaline which is a gemstone that naturally produces negative ions to smooth and condition the hair follicle. This same technology is used in T3’s new line of beauty showerheads. The new beauty showerheads are the first shower filters that are clinically proven to improve the health of your hair while adding body and shine.  They have a patented filtration technology that removes up to 95% of chlorine and other impurities in the water to condition and protect your hair and skin. This filtration is ideal for color-treated hair and extensions.

The T3 filters come in three different convenient options: The hand-held which attaches to the shower for mobility and ease, the source showerhead, and the inline which can attach to any existing shower head; as one-size-fits-all design for easy use. Anyone who washes their hair will benefit from using the source showerhead or hand-held source showerhead because chlorine and frequent washing will strip and damage your hair. The beauty shower actually transforms the chlorine by combining copper, zinc, and calcium into a larger element that the hair can’t absorb.  The results have been amazing at reducing frizz by 64%, an increase in body by 47%, and a 28% increase in shine.

Aside from being a cutting edge hair tool, the rainfall of the shower is soothing and relaxing to the body and great for your skin.  The T3 source shower filter showerhead has 8 different spray settings for a customized shower. It is recommended to change the filter about every 3-6 months for optimal results depending on which shower you decide to go with.  The indicator light will indicate when you need to change the filter and are easily replaced. All three beauty showers come with a 2 year warranty and repair options for customers.

Take a look at this great info-graphic for more info:

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body [GIVEAWAY]

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Summer is just around the corner and a lot of us want that perfect tanned and glowing skin, but we don’t want the harsh side effects of the sun. Do you want to look like you went on a long tropical vacation without the burning and skin irritation? The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body may be your solution!

The original formula of the Glow Pads worked so effectively, customers wanted the same luminous glow for their bodies, so Dr. Gross came out with the Glow Pad for Body. The new Glow  Pads for the body will provide a safe and natural tan while exfoliating your skin and providing anti-aging benefits. This innovative self tanner is the only one of its kind that exfoliates, tans, and firms the skin while smoothing out the texture, and reducing hair growth. Capislow is a natural ingredient that is effective for slowing down hair growth, so this will reduce shaving frequency and in turn help your tan last longer.  The Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body also contains Vitamin D to provide a natural glow as well as Vitamins A and C to protect the skin against environmental damage. You will also find caffeine and AHA’s in this product to help stimulate and firm the skin while providing that signature glow the peel pads are known for.

The application is so easy! You just open the towel and apply to your body in circular motions until the towel is dry. For best results you will want to apply the product on clean dry skin then follow with a moisturizer to help keep the skin hydrated and seal in the product. For maximum results you will want to apply 2-3 times per week.  The natural looking tan will begin to develop within 1 hour, so you can quickly be on your way to gorgeous glowing skin.

Want to win one? Enter our latest giveaway for a chance to win a set for yourself!


Quick Tip: Conceal Acne

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So you wake up and notice a huge imperfection on your skin, you’re already running late for work and hardly have any time to get dressed let alone put on makeup. So what do you do with this red, inflamed angry blemish on your skin? Try the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer; that’s right I said treatment concealer so it actually heals your skin and covers up blemishes; talk about a multi-tasker!

The Murad Acne Treatment Concealer is an Allure best in beauty award winner, and it really is no surprise. The concealer comes in two colors, light and medium to cover any flaw. It contains 2% salicylic acid which helps to decongest the pore while preventing bacteria from spreading; and bisabolol derived from chamomile to help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.  It’s oil-free and provides long lasting coverage, helping to clear active breakouts while preventing new ones. It comes in a perfectly sized stick applicator that easily fits into your purse or makeup bag, for a quick application. For a more precise application use a concealer brush or a Q-tip will do the trick!

The next time your skin has a reaction, treat and conceal the problem with the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer, so you can go on with your busy day!

Brighten Up With Arcona

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The warm weather is approaching so it’s time to get our skin back in shape. The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel will work wonders for dull and tired skin, and you only need to use it once a week to get glowing and healthy skin.

This brightening peel uses orange zest, glycolic and lactic acid to gently but effectively exfoliate the skin, revealing a much healthier complexion. It will help to improve the clarity, texture, and brighten your skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles that are caused by environmental damage. The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel also contains lycopene and mandarin extract which are powerful antioxidants that help keep our skin protected.  This easy-to-use at home peel will deliver professional results at a fraction of the cost. Many of us we are looking for a topical and safe product to use that will help address hyperpigmentation. The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel contains Nonapeptide-1 and Sepiwhite which will help to even out skin tone, while reducing the formation of unwanted pigmentation. Both ingredients provide a more natural approach to skin lightening that has been proven to be highly effective.

The Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel can be used once a week in the AM or PM. We highly suggest using an SPF in conjunction with this peel or any other skin brightening products. We recommend the Arcona Reozone SPF 30. The Arcona Reozone sunscreen contains hyaluronic acid and green tea to hydrate and protect your skin as well as Vitamins A and C to help fight sun damage.

Detox and Refresh Your Skin with FarmHouse Fresh

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The warmer weather is here so it’s time to shed your dull winter skin and get it in shape for Spring. We think the FarmHouse Fresh Spendid Dirt Mud Mask will do just the trick. It is a nutrient mud mask with organic pumpkin puree that will refresh and revitalize your dull tired skin. It will address red, sensitive and blotchy skin by helping to calm and soothe while removing impurities. It also contains live yogurt cultures which will help to boost your skin’s radiance and deep cleanse your pores.

If you suffer from redness and broken capillaries, this mask will help to lessen the appearance and even out skin tone, by using Ho Wood Essential Oil to calm the skin and reduce redness. Splendid Dirt is nutrient rich in Llite and Bentonite clays to nourish and purify the skin by deep cleansing pores and improving circulation.

As you use the Splendid Dirt Mud Mask you will notice a mild tingling sensation which is oxygenating the skin and increasing circulation, and as the mask dries your skin will be smooth and skin blotchiness will be reduced.  The Splendid Dirt Mud Mask is ideal for sensitive, dehydrated, fragile or acne prone skin types, and can be used 2-3 times per week for best results.

The Splendid Dirt Mud Mask is 99.6% natural, gluten free and like all FarmHouse Fresh products is paraben and sulfate free. It also would make a perfect gift for anyone who wants to detox and refresh their skin.

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