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Hot Off the Press: Baby Foot

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bbyfootAre your feet dry and cracked?  Do they feel less than smooth?  Well, Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel will take care of your feet!  The unique formula of 17 types of natural extracts allows your feet to exfoliate naturally leaving them highly moisturized.  This effective and gentle process removes the unwanted dead skin cells that have built up layer after layer. In addition, Baby Foot can improve other foot issues like: Foot Odor, Athletes Foot and Blood Circulation. So say goodbye to rough, dry, cracked soles, by using a product that really works! Baby Foot is designed specifically to remove unwanted dead skin cells from your feet. It’s effective, effortless and very simple to use.

Dead skin cells on your feet that build up over time can contribute to numerous problems associated with the soles of your feet. Dead skin cells accumulate due to pressure and friction from ordinary activities such as standing, exercising, and wearing shoes. In many cases, feet become cracked and painful from the accumulation of dead skin.

The principal ingredient of Baby Foot is fruit acid which is very gentle, when compared with other acids. The fruit acid penetrates into the layers of dead skin cells and breaks down the desmosomes which hold the layers together. By this process, skin is undamaged but peels easily away from the fresh layer beneath. After peeling, your feet are reborn just like a baby’s foot, giving you healthy, beautiful feet.


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RC PeelOK, I’m not going to lie. What first attracted me to this line was the sparkly, 2015 award-winning, packaging design.  The brown box design with warm, iridescent tones hone true to this brands Nashville roots.  I love how the Daily Serum’s cap looks like it was strung with white lights.

But, BETTER than that, this brand delivers on its promises. I recently had a chance to try three of the products:  the Luminous 3 Minute Peel, the Environmental Rescue Mask and the Daily Serum.  I started with the peel.  I love that it is one step with nothing to mix. You apply a layer of the gel peel over your entire face and neck; it foams up slightly which is bringing oxygen to the skin. Then you massage in small circles all over. You will feel skin particles forming under your fingers. Simply, rinse with a washcloth and you’re left with soft, radiant skin.  As an esthetician, this is the first product that I have found that is truly getting rid of my red blotchy cheeks (mild case of rosacea). No irritation or downtime.  I’m Impressed!

Then I followed it up with the Environmental Rescue Mask.  This is a mask you will want to apply at night, before bed so your skin can soak in the repairing ingredients.TY001  The refreshing sheet mask folds out and drenches the skin with the hero ingredient MTHV Complex®, which really works to repair unhealthy skin cells and reverses the damage caused by free radicals.  If you can get some much deserved down time, this is the way to do it.  I found it cooling on my face and totally relaxing, it’s a great way to end a summer day.

Finally, my new go-to serum, the Daily Serum, offers all the benefits of the mask in a daily dose. This brightens; reduces redness instantly and dark spots over time and helps with elasticity.  I can honestly say my skin is firmer since using this product religiously. It also imparts luminosity to the skin that’s perfect under foundation.   It is a new brand line that will be launching more products in the future. I really can’t wait for them to have a cleanser and moisturizer.



Hot Deal: bareMinerals Round the Clock Intense Cream-Glide Eyeliner Trio

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Are you looking for amazing eyeliner?  Do you want long wearing, water proof, smudge proof, and fade proof liners?  How about a liner that is good for your eyes?  Made from natural ingredients and infused with vitamin E to moisturize the eyes, BareMinerals Round the Clock Intense Cream-Glide is the answer to all the above questions.  More so, we are now offering a smoking deal that is sure to set you up for success  on a set of the amazing eyeliners just for our customers.BE899

Set includes:

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight (blackout), .04oz.

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 4 PM (smoke eggplant), .04oz

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 8 PM (black coffee), .04oz


High-intensity color with effortless glide

Perfect for waterline use or tight-lining

Resists smudging and budging


Each usually sold for $16.00 USD each now all three for $24.00 USD.  This earns the trio a “Hot Deal” stamp of approval!  Hurry while supplies last.

Sugar vs Salt

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A common question, when talking about body scrubs, is whether to use a sugar scrub or a salt scrub?  What is the difference?  The main difference between sugar particles and salt particles is the size of the exfoliating granule.  Sugar has smaller granules than salt.  These scrubs are suited for sensitive skin and the face.  Because of the smaller, finer granules, sugar scrubs make a gentle 6055133234_da96dcf9a3_bexfoliator that is suitable for all skin types and conditions. The glycolic acid content of sugar is another plus, helping to protect the skin against harmful toxins. Vital for the maintenance of healthy skin, this acid works to both condition and moisturize. Even for seriously rough and dry skin, sugar scrubs are great because sugar sizes come in fine, medium and course.  Sugar also, has the benefit of melting as you use it, from the heat of your skin, so you can customize the product based on your personal skin type and need.  A sugar scrub is especially beneficial for the lips.

Salt scrubs are generally more abrasive because of their sharper edges and therefore, do a better job at smoothing the rough skin of the body. What really separates salt scrubs from sugar scrubs is that they offer therapeutic, mineralization benefits. Most salt scrubs use sea salts, which are natural purifiers that remove the toxins that block the pores of the skin. It helps the skin breathe easier, promotes better circulation, tightens the skin and improves skin texture. There are many sea salts used in scrubs including: Himalayan, Mediterranean, Hawaiian and Dead Sea Salts from Israel. These various salts have different trace minerals, which include calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. The minerals help to promote circulation, reduce the inflammatory response, and act as a detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant.   Salt scrubs are very helpful for treating Keratosis Pilaris.

Both sugar and salt scrubs are customizable and easy to prepare from home.  Here is a fun recipe to get you started: 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar or salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


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Shower OilMost of us may not think to look at oils while shopping for a body wash.  I certainly never did. Then one day, I noticed how dry my skin was.  I tried more soothing and moisturizing body washes on the market. But, I saw no improvement in my skin. I decided to try the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil.  You do not want to apply this oil to your loofah. There is no need since it will not form any suds. This oil is unique because as soon as it touches water, it transforms to a warm mild lather that gently cleanses the body.  Just add a quarter size amount of the product in the palm of your hand, gently rub your hands together, and start massaging the shower oil on your body. The scent is fresh yet delicately sweet.  The formula is quite hydrating without being greasy. The soft almond scent lingers on your skin after stepping out of the shower.  It will leave your skin feeling luxuriously hydrated. During the warmer months, you may even be able to skip your moisturizer after using this shower oil. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Stay Hydrated While in Flight

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Long flights not only invade your sense of comfort, but they also aggressively deplete your levels of moisture, leaving your skin looking dull and lackluster. Here are a few product recommendations to soothe and hydrate your skin while you’re traveling:

NUXE Serum Creme Fraiche 24hr Soothing and Moisturizing Concentrate. This product absorbs nicely and provides 24 hour moisture leaving the skin toned, refreshed and hydrated all day long. Use morning and night a few days before and after you flight for prevention and maintenance.

Phytomer Marine Breeze (Souffle Marin) Energizing Oxygenating Serum.
This is a smart choice. Considering the less than great air circulating through the main cabin on a plane, this marine based serum actively neutralizes environmental aggressors and helps to defend the skin by re-oxygenating itself for a fresher appearance.

Jane Iredale Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray.
Stow this baby in your purse and use it throughout the flight. A quick spritz and the antioxidant compound will help for your skin to resist any microbial and free radical harm.

Open Your Eyes to Sun Protecting Eye Creams

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SupGoopAre you using an eye cream each day and night? Does your eye cream offer sun protection as well? If you haven’t considered the effects of the sun near your eyes, now is the time to start.  The skin around our eyes is so thin and delicate.  It deserves just as much sun protection, if not more, than our face does.

Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a light formula that easily blends in the eye area almost immediately.  This eye cream helps defend the eye area from future sun damage with its mineral based UVA and UVB sunscreen.  Mica is used to diffuse light and illuminate the skin while reducing the appearance of dark circles.  Natural oat peptides help boost collagen levels in this thin and delicate area. It immediately cools and soothes the skin with its cold metal tip applicator. The formula is also non allergenic and cruelty free. Supergoop Advanced SPF 37 Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream would make a great addition to your daily routine!

Topical Probiotics: Fact or Fiction

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We all know the immense benefits of probiotics internally.  They are anti-inflammatory; facilitate digestion and healthy bowel movements, as well as many other things.  Probiotics have beneficial Mybody2effects on your overall health.  Now, new science reveals Probiotics help support the immune system, combat imbalance and chronic disease, and re-awaken youthful processes within the body that slow with age. However, can topical probiotics help support skin health?

Skin is an organ of elimination.  We secrete toxins through our sweat glands every day. Mybody is one of the first skin care lines that believe the power of Probiotics boosts skin’s health and appearance.  Their topical Probiotics are non-living molecules from body friendly bacteria.

Beneficial For All Skin-Types, Topical Probiotics Are Proven To Help:

-Reverse inflammation and redness

-Boost collagen for fewer fine lines & wrinkles

-Detoxify stressed, acne-prone skin

-Rehydrate skin for a softer, resilient texture

-Provide powerful antioxidant activity

-Increase oxygen for a healthy, rosy glow

Probiotics is one of the new beauty breakthroughs shown to help with clearer skin, decreased skin sensitivity, redness, and inflammation according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 2014.

Mybody bypasses the old skincare technologies associated with injury, chronic inflammation and a damaged epidermis through powerful Probiotic Bioactives.


-Mybody Probiotic Bioactives boost skin’s natural repair response

-Epidermis is left intact to heighten immunity and trigger healthy collagen production

-Long term results are maximized due to minimal stress and inflammation


-Excessive stress depletes probiotic activity and weakens cellular communication

-Impaired barrier function increases risk of inflammation sensitivity and dryness

-Continued damage results in thinner skin with less collagen production

mybody1Mybody products support how the body repairs, defends and heals itself for profound and healthy skin results. Formulated with a board of medical physicians and skin scientists, Mybody ingredients include clinically validated probiotics and patented formulas to manage a variety of concerns, including dryness, roughness, wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, acne, redness and puffy eyes.

Mybody products are specially designed to address the complex skin care needs of every woman throughout each unique stage of her life and are perfect for those with sensitive, aging, and acneic skin types. The heart found on the logo is a reminder that the skin and body work together and, when in balance, the outcome is a more youthful and healthy appearance. Products are free of any artificial dyes, sulfates, phthalates or parabens and donates 1% of all of its online sales to support mental health initiatives.




Baby Quasar: Teal Deal Bundle

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TealDeal BundleTake advantage of the Teal Deal Bundle by Baby Quasar featuring the Baby Quasar PLUS LED light therapy skincare tool for the treatment of wrinkles. This teal-colored dynamo is a limited edition and available only for $399 while supplies last. Help build natural and durable collagen with the anti-aging at-home tool. Lifetime warranty and comes with a free Hydraplenish Collagen Creme, goggles and a travel bag. Follow Gregory Dylan Beauty at @GreggersLA to get amazing tips and tutorials.

Vitamin D and Skin Health

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The “sunshine” vitamin, also known as Vitamin D, is extremely important for skin health.  Vitamin D is well-known for its role in calcium absorption.  We know that physically, Vitamin D 12057682265_d568e9030f_zdeficiency can cause rickets, osteomalacia, skeletal diseases, metabolic disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease and many others.  It also affects skin conditions, including acne and psoriasis, both of which can be caused by an insufficient amount of vitamin D.

While hormonal balance and overall hygiene are causes of acne, a poor immune system due to low amounts of vitamin D in your system can also increase oil production in your skin cells. Acne forms when the sebaceous glands are clogged and these blocked, oil-producing cells lead to the unsightly blemishes that can afflict you at any time in your life. Sun exposure raises your vitamin D levels as your skin releases a chemical that produces vitamin D. This reduces the amount of bacteria in your system by boosting your immune system, reducing the level of acne.

For skin conditions like psoriasis, Vitamin D plays a crucial role.  The condition is associated with a poor immune system and, in certain instances, low vitamin D levels. The “Journal of Investigative Dermatology” showed that when exposed to ultraviolet-B rays, the element of sunlight that kick starts the vitamin D production system in the body, vitamin D levels increased significantly, and the symptoms of psoriasis disappeared. Similarly, a study in “Rheumatology International” also found that increasing vitamin D levels helped improve psoriasis symptoms.

Vitamin D is important in the rate of cell renewal and division.  A lack of vitamin D can lead to thinner skin that is fragile and sagging.  Vitamin D-3’s presence in your system is known to support the healing of wounds.  Some people use vitamin D for skin conditions including vitiligo, scleroderma, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, and lupus vulgaris.  Some studies have found that both children and adults with eczema are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D. Lower vitamin D levels are also linked to more severe skin symptoms. Research has found that people who have eczema and low levels of vitamin D are more likely to get infections on their skin.

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