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A BARE ESCENTUALS’ SUMMER!


BARE MINERALS LUMINOUS DAILY DUO FOR DRY SKIN

I spent several weeks using Bare Mineral products to share with you my experience.

This is a 30-day cleanser and moisturizer that can be purchased in a kit. The cleanser is light and creamy without leaving any residue. It is not hard to wash off as some cleansers can be. The cleanser feels clean and fresh and the moisturizer cream is luscious and light. The clean and natural feeling stayed with me through out the day. Purely Nourishing Cream has 100% pure RareMinerals and ActiveSoil Complex that clinically is proven to deliver skin-renewing benefits. My skin was radiant and I was told several times how great my skin looked specifically during my Bare Escentuals/Bare Minerals two week experience. I continue to wear it and reap the benefits! It was not greasy as many creams can be with dry skin. Additionally the Nourishing Cream has a soothing feeling when applied.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara is triumphant color, producing long and lean lashes. I am impressed and thrilled with this quality Mascara. My eyelashes look longer then ever! I used Bare Minerals Big and Bright Eyeliner to create a smoldering eye for night time and a sleek, soft look for day. The fantastic pencil comes with a sharpener and smudge end on the other side of the point. The fact that it is natural also means you are not up all night ruining your lashes trying to rub it off. With the gentle cleanser both the Mascara and Liner remove easily.

The Prime Time Brightening foundation primer allows for the sultry cheek bones to retain Bare Minerals colors and creates a glowing finish. Bare Minerals exclusive natural products create a look that is photo ready, day and night. I am passionate about i.d. bare minerals glimmer eye shadow colors.  Liberty, a unique blue color along with the pencil created a larger more dramatic eye in the evening. During the day, it highlighted my eyes, creating intensity to my already blue color. It blends beautifully with brown and other Bare Mineral shadow colors. They create it so that you can mix and match colors seamlessly.

Glee is a blush that brings out ones cheekbones and color organically. The bright look is fresh, vibrant and youthful.

Bare Minerals Lip Pencil is lighter than the Buxom Pout Plumping Lip color. Another favorite! First, always make sure that you use the pencil to create a fullness to the lip.  Color inside your lips with the pencil for lasting color. Use it very lightly on the tip of your upper and lower lips to create a flawless look. You do not want the pencil to show, only highlight the lip color. This Buxom Pout Lip color is wonderful and creates a beautiful natural pout. A friend actually asked if I had my teeth professionally bleached. I did not, it was the Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips that produced the sultry color and fullness to my mouth, creating a glistening white smile!  It also contains antioxidants that are infused with Vitamin A & E for soft, smooth lips.

This is important. As we go through our day, sipping coffee, water bottles and eating meals… we unknowingly are ingesting lipstick. This is why Paraben free and Organic products are so vital to our health. Why ingest chemicals when you do not have to? You have a choice and can wear beautiful rich, silky, lush colors that are pure and natural? Bare Minerals gives you that and more. Please remember this for your daughters, relatives, etc. Girls are wearing gloss, licking and ingesting lip gloss toxins at the age of two. Being beautiful can be healthy!

Last but not least are the Bare Mineral Brushes. The brushes gently apply the eye shadow, the blush and powders delicately and efficiently. Each brush is designed for its own purpose. The eye shadow brush provides a smooth eye that stays on for hours. It glides over the eyelid and in the creases specific to where you apply it. The blush brush showcases your cheekbones, contouring a flawless face like a professional. Their brushes and cosmetics blend together, showcasing your features naturally as the products themselves. The cleanser and creams match your specific, independent needs.

  www.bareescentuals.com

Bare Minerals has starter packages for you to begin your journey. Their website is efficient and offers everything you need for daytime beauty and evening glamour. Bare Minerals is also located in stores such as Sephora and a boutique called Savvy in Beverly Hills CA. Savvy’s professionals help you with colors and also application. Check out the Bare Minerals website, experience their products and get back to me. My personal experience was exceptional. Bare Minerals products do not take much time to apply, but the results may look like a professional make-up artist paid you a visit!

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KORAKIA PENSIONE


Located in Downtown Palm Springs, Korakia is a quaint, rustic, romantic get-a-way that truly encompasses the words get-a-way! 

It is known as one of the most romantic places to vacation and that is saying a lot from critics such as The New York Times and Times of London.

Spending time at Korakia is more than a vacation, it is a destination. A place to hide and escape into the beauty, floral and citrus scents that tickle your nose.

This is an organic retreat, one that you do not want to be removed from. I planned 24 hours of paradise to write for a publication. I wanted readers to know that when they have no time to get a way that they actually could make 24 hours for a true holiday from our microwave multi-tasking moments we now call days. Time seems to be going faster and faster. I hear this happens when you become older, but I think it feels that way to my young nieces and nephews too. For this reason it is so important that we take time for spouse, our partner, and ourselves or with good friends.

Korakia is a place where one gets in touch with peacefulness and the space of blue sky and purple petals draped along the pathways. There are no televisions, computers, phones or clocks. It is the ultimate in timelessness.

Breakfast is served every morning and is included with your stay. We had homemade pancakes with fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh strawberries. Don’t forget the great coffee or tea that is delivered to your table. Then you just get up and take a morning hike which is picture perfect one block or so a way. There is a yoga class every Sunday. They have a menu for lunch. Dinner is not served, but there are several restaurants close by. Within walking distance is CITRON at the Viceroy Hotel. I highly recommend it. The sizes are huge and the organic quality is only matched by the intense flavors and the variety of culinary selections. Chef Stacy Hawkins sees to every detail and Don Devine is the Guest Services and Public Relations Manager. The staff is exceptional. Eating by the pool is great fun or hang out for a drink at the very active bar. Now for the food…

The Parmesan Truffle fries are hot and delicious. The beet salad scored high points and the Catfish was mouthwatering. Speaking of, no matter how full you may feel, get a to go container and eat dessert. The French Beignets with Banana Curd and Coconut Gelato melt in your mouth and are true to the New Orleans fame to claim. Do not miss out on this dream filled dessert. Korakia has a full kitchen, so you can also stay in and cook dinner or purchase something and bring it back and eat by fireside. So many wonderful options to choose from!

The Moroccan villa was built as a hide-a-way and has done its job! Bungalows, suites and two houses provide enough space for quaintness between couples and alone time. Korakia has bicycles that you can use for free and ride into town. Hiking is a great opportunity being that you can view the San Jacinto Mountains from your balcony or poolside! After hiking, I highly recommend a massage. This is honestly one of the best massages I have had. I compare it to when I was in Hong Kong and she walked on my back. This time it is not walking on your back, but Nyoka is in tune with your body, what you need and exactly pin points each area in depth with Gazelle like hands, you will leave that table a new person. There are a variety of massages to choose from. Her daughter Splendor is also known to be a true massage artist. The entire staff at Korakia tends to each guests needs seamlessly. They smile and take care of you as though you are a guest in their own home.

The lush surroundings have a Mediterranean feel to it and abundance of architectural elements that can be viewed for hours. Internationally reviewed as one of the best small hotels in the world by the Times of London compliments the retreats intimate charm.

During the day the Sun shines upon the lush green, purple flowers and fresh fruit, inviting you into a heated pool and day beds. It is serenity at its finest. At nightfall Korakia is transformed into decadent romance. Lit by candlelight throughout the villa, the view is breathtaking. The hotel is on two sides of the street. Each side has a pool. One pool is regular temperature and the other is heated as mentioned. At night they show a movie on the wall.  In the evenings fireplaces are lit from the ground. One side has three separate fires by the pool and the other side has a fire blazing with the waterfall behind it and a half circle sofa so that you can lounge and linger until you decide to disappear into one of the beautiful suites.

A couple got engaged that night and the staff put flower pedals and candles inside their suite all the way to the bedroom where he proposed. Weddings, private parties are available. This is a beautiful experience and one that will not escape you after you’ve had it.

My point of view for the article was to show that when you think you can’t get away, you actually can take 24 hours and escape into another world at Korakia. It truly works, but next time, I am going to take an extra 24 hours!

Rooms start at $159. Suites are $359. They have two houses priced at $499 and $699.

Ask for Paulette or Jennifer.

Korakia Pensione 257 S. Patencio Road Palm Springs, CA 92262  (760) 864-6411

THE BIG BOOST!


YOU no longer need to rely on coffee or caffeine-loaded drinks to keep you up or give you energy. Jarrow, one of the top companies producing pure and natural products like Resveratrol and other vitamins now also has BrainBoost.  So many products are loaded with caffeine or need to be prescribed others need to be refrigerated, BrainBoost is filled with pure ingredients that are in pill form.  The reaction is practically instant, and you feel like you are getting an enriched focus and nervous energy is being left behind. In addition, it leaves you WITHOUT that nervous energy, like the majority of products do that are normally on the shelves.

Before sharing BrainBoost with you, I wanted to try it. I am not paid by Jarrow, nor under any obligation to write about them. This piece is due to the exciting alternative to products that are refined and not so healthy for the body or mind. A college student, who also works almost full time, was asked to write about her experience, which will be featured in this piece.

So What Is Brain Boost…?

The specific enzymes and unprocessed ingredients to promote brain function immediately, as well as for long-term periods, are packed into each BrainBoost capsule. The specific ingredients will be provided at the end of the article. Additional information can be found at www.jarrow.com

In regards to my experience, I felt the boost gently, but it gave me a feeling that allowed me to focus on my work when traditionally I would be tired at that time. It does not disappoint and each time I tried it, the product was effective.

So there is a natural, unrefined product, which allows us to work longer, focus well without drinking five cups of coffee or the latest buzz beverage. Additionally it gives us enzymes we need at the same time it gives as a nudge of a wake up call. Check it out for yourself, and tell me what YOU think!

I asked a journalism student, named Lauren Schiff to share her experience of Brain Boost…

Ok, let’s face it I am a busy girl. I work in a fast-paced technologically driven place and additionally take classes, try to see friends, cook for myself, and attempt to have some free time. I am like much of the population, as I have found that I cannot help my desire to be active and need to be alert and energized, especially when it comes to school and work. As you may guess, I like most students and those I work with, I struggle to get enough hours of sleep. This makes it hard to keep a get-up-and-go attitude.

I was introduced to Jarrow Formulas’ BrainBoost and asked if I would try with the specifications that I be honest when sharing my experience afterwards. I am happy that they asked me and genuinely glad to have been introduced to it, as it has helped make an energetic difference in my daily life. I learned that BrainBoost is generally a wake up vitamin for your brain; it features primarily that factually are chock full of all the good stuff we find naturally in chocolate, high-functioning brain cells, and even periwinkle.

I take the recommended serving size of two capsules (or sometimes even just one!) right before work or class to give my brain a little head start on the day.  The dose does nothing more drastic to the body than simply making me feel like my head is getting more oxygen, more space to breathe, and a little punch of crisp, fresh air.  The formula even boasts not only short-term, but also long-term memory benefits as well. I now use Brain Boost on my own. All I can say is that if you have trouble waking-up or need help focusing and are catching up on hours in the sleeping department, this may be a good option. It certainly is for me.

Lauren Schiff


BrainBoostcombines three well-studied, natural-source ingredients that are useful in promoting brain function both immediately and over the long-term.* These ingredients are 1) ChocoMind®, a cocoa bean extract standardized to contain 12% theobromine and 8% caffeine, 2 Sharp-PS® GOLD phosphatidylserine (PS) omega-3 phospholipids, the form of PS typically found in the brain and known to lead to better omega-3 absorption and 3) Vinpocetine, an alkaloid derived from periwinkle flowers, that has been studied for promoting blood flow and metabolic activity in the brain.*

SUSTAINABLITY, YOU BET!


This is not to put anyone down; it is simply a valid question… Do you know what sustainable means in the context surrounding us today? Simply put, sustainable products, programs and developments create something out of resources that are disrupting our planet and environment. Sustainability has become a necessity in the sea, on land and for mankind. I am not the dictionary version of sustainable, I’m a journalist who is learning how desperately important it is that we not only become more aware of the sustainable products available to us and the need to rebuild our resources.

When did mankind become the sea’s predator, today we are worse then ever.  the documentary movie, The End of The Line by filmmaker Rupert Murray, based on the book by Charles Clover, states that at our current juncture, we will run out of seafood by 2048. Sadly, this is not new news, but if it is to you, check out the film, do not eat Blue Fin Tuna, and read up more about fish that are endangered… most important, don’t eat them! Learn about trolling, an insane way that fishermen catch fish, they should be called poachers, not fishermen.

Did you know that Mitsubishi is into the Fish Market? They are stocking up and freezing the endangered Blue Fin Tuna, this allows them to mark it up to a ridiculous price. However, we are human beings and have a choice, we can shift the way we are going by becoming aware and making different choices.

Here are a few sustainable companies worth checking out…                             www.Threadsforthought.com that manufactures cozy, comfortable clothing made out of Organic Cotton, and recycled bottles. Try sustainable, fabulous Wines that you can find on www.uncorqed.com such as www.ClosPepeVineyards.com and valuable sustainable information on the website, www.shft.com

Sustainability supports what we have been given and it is up to us to give it back. Don’t you think kindergartners today deserve to live in a world that provides life, not extinction? Let’s not eat ourselves up.

Sustainable Seafood Guide can be found on www.nadc.org

Nanci Saper

Paraben Free Boutique Update!


There was a mistake made last week when I listed the name of the boutique in Beverly Hills, that provides the majority of Paraben Free products, the name is SAVVY in Beverly Hills, not Sassy! The owner is definitely Sassy, so enjoy yourself. As mentioned free make-overs, excellent products for men and women on South Beverly Drive.

COMING UP… A big bang of Brain Boost without the negative results, plus new products that will make your day!

Happy Weekend. More soon~!

BARE NATURALLY!


Hi Everyone,

Thanks for checking in! I’m sorry for not having new posts for the past week but I was out with the flu. Who heard of such a thing in the Summer?

I have something great for women especially in the summer, it is completely natural and most likely you have it in your home! If you want your legs, elbows, feet, etc., to be as soft as a bare baby’s bottom… this is the way to do it, naturally.

Ingredients:

SEA SALT, JOJOBA OIL, or Grape Seed, Vitamin E…

READ THE LABEL! Sometimes an Oil will say it is something but the ingredients show other additives. Just make sure it is pure and Paraben free.

Mix 3 part oil to one part Sea Salt and swirl together, then put it on your body as you would a purchased salt or sugar scrub. This feels better,  it is A LOT less money, and so simple, plus the outcome of  bare baby bottom soft skin! Yes, soft elbows.

If you live in Los Angeles, a store in Beverly Hills on South Beverly Drive recently opened called SASSY. The owner is great and she features mostly Paraben free beauty products and skin and hair products  for both men and women.  She has a large variety so make sure and ask for the Paraben free products. She does free Make-up applications.

Please let me know what you think.

Shortly we will be featuring women and men just like you and me for make on’s. A refreshing look at  individuals beauty with Paraben free cosmetics and products. For Men we will be doing skin and hair. There will be  before and after photos. We will NOT be doing the before frown after smile… This blog is real, so the results will be too.

Don’t forget to chime in. Requests regarding product information, questions, comments… I look forward to it.

DENTAL INVASION…


I have shared with you the importance of using Paraben free toothpaste; now it is about more than chemical free toothpaste… Oh no, and oh yes!

Steady Health stated, “As your mouth has contact with numerous types of bacteria, it can develop into a breeding ground for all sorts of nasty germs.” If you take Probiotic’s this is still important information, and if you don’t, please let me know, as I will be writing  accurate information about why it is so valuable to take them and including a list of quality products. Now back to your mouth…

I have done research on dental plaque and how much serious damage it can have on ones body. Several studies have found that Heart disease risk and inflammatory disease are linked due to the neglect of oral hygiene. In addition, the concern is more than a cavity or two. Dr. Kowolik said that if you get a bacterial infection anywhere in the body, billions of neutrophils come flooding out of your bone marrow to defend against the intruder; the inflammatory response to dental plaque could help us identify individuals who are at greater risk for infections anywhere in the body.  This is including those affecting the heart, he said. Without good dental health, our bodies are at risk for bacterial infection; this creates a disadvantage to our immune systems’ ability to fight off such infections.

It is so simple to get up and floss, brush our teeth and get regular cleanings, yet it continues to be an on-going hurdle…  I speak for myself when I say I (too sadly) need the motivation after an exhausting day to be rigid with my dental health. The pillow calls my name louder than then floss does. Please heed this warning, though, and think not only of your gums, but your body. Getting infections from not brushing my teeth, enough is not a place I want to be! Heart Disease is the number one killer in women, so besides telling your kids to floss and brush, women please remember to take care of your fabulous selves!

Dental Care is expensive. However, did you know that many of the local colleges have excellent Dental schools and prices that are adjustable? UCLA, for example, has an excellent Dental school. Dr. Peter Moy, who is internationally known, is also an adjunct associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the Division of Diagnostic & Surgical Sciences at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He also serves as the director of the UCLA Dental Implant Center and the Straumann Surgical Dental Clinic.

If you do not live in Los Angeles, please check out your cities Dental College for quality care and lower prices.

Please send me a comment on this article. Have you been to UCLA Dental College or a Dental School in your State?