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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

NATURALLY GOLDEN


                                    

 I love my hair, I love my nails, and I love everything! A slight take off from Rubert Everett’s scene in Julia Roberts movie, “My Best Friends Wedding.” This time the compliments are for something real, genuine and above all unique.

What am I saying? SHADES, Salon makes going Green look so good; in fact, it is golden!  SHADES owner is Susan Henry; in Beverly Hills is a chemical free full service color studio. You heard me, blonde-haired woman without Ammonia… completely chemically free, but with natural blonde finesse and shine! 

Get a glass of Montage or Clos Pepe Pinot Noir and sit down, this is a piece worth reading and information you will want to use and share. Please note I believe all my stories are worthwhile reading, this particular story includes a heroine, Paraben free alternatives and first-rate glamour, move over Cinderella. 

Susan has worked with giants in the hair industry, Jose Eber, Umberto and at Prive Salons. Her A list clientele were dedicated to her and even when her health deteriorated, she kept fifty clients that would have seen her in any way shape or form.

Susan’s world was not an easy one, surrounded by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Susan raised her young children when her husband passed away as a single mother. Susan juggled the intense work schedule consisting of a clientele of five hundred. The tragic loss of her husband combined the need to care for her children was to say the least exhausting. The constant exposure to ammonia, inflamed her eyes and over time her health depleted. Remember at this time, people smoked everywhere so on top of the Ammonia, smoke got into her lungs and poisoned her. She was severally ill.

At that time, her daughter went away to college and Susan had to move from handling five hundred clients to only being able to handle fifty. These fifty house calls were on an outside basis, she had to give up her clients and life, as she knew it at Prive Salon. In her daughter’s first year of college, Susan met her daughter’s friends, who were botanists. Together, they began to work on hair color that was ammonia free instead of what Susan was use to and used along with other hair stylists and Salons.

Away from the Ammonia ridden and smoke-filled environment, Susan’s health began to improve. She took to hiking it was through the Redwood forests, that she would come upon plants and fungi that she later learned people had used to dye clothes yellow. 

Inspired by the different ways people previously used plants, Susan spent eight years in her kitchen combining wheat germ, protein, and penetrating other plants to use to create hair color. Her client’s inherent trust allowed her to experiment on them. She even went blonde to show off her work. Five additional years later, Susan, created an ammonia free, natural based color process. It is full-on natural beauty that you can also buy over the counter in separate packages of ones own color, or desired color.

As a colorist, Susan would use these great tones for getting rid of grey and creating beautiful blondes from the correct color palette.  She hired a chemist to measure out the proper mixtures and amounts for production. 

Susan herself became a Scientist, an artist, entwining the two symmetrically. Within three years the shades, hence the name of her Beverly Hills Salon were developed and she was able to start working more. Additional salons have started using Shades chemical free colors.

At Prive Salon, a colorist changed her color line and now only uses Susan’s colors. To her knowledge SHADES is the only chemical free salon in Los Angeles, other salons are taking a more active green role by using some natural products but not one hundred percent Susan said.   

Susan does not allow any colors in her boutique that contain chemicals. She has created a chemical-free salon. In fact, stylists have to sign a letter stating that they will not bring in chemicals and will work in a chemically free environment. Susan said she is so sensitive, she could physically feel it if there were chemicals in the salon.

Oncologists send their clients to Susan. She helps them individuals grow hair. It is amazing, for men and women, created a natural products that helps your hair grow! Susan created tea tree oil and special massage oils that help permeates the follicles and help hair grow, this includes those who have extremely thin hair, are going through chemotherapy, and those recovering from cancer. Susan’s family business has been a team effort, from her daughter in College to her son General Manager of Shades, Jonathan Graves.

Shades is an avant-garde studio with progressive naturally unique hair utilization that benefit client’s individual style and wellness. What started out for me as an afternoon of an artesian in color excelled into head to toe allurement.  The nail stylist treated my hands and feet as though she was molding clay. With a natural homemade scrub treatment, to the natural nail polish application, she took her time and with generous care as though, she was treating a family member. Incidentally, my pedicure lasted for nearly a month.

These oils are all handmade. Susan makes a completely natural oatmeal scrub for the hands and feet with a cuticle oil that makes them soft as a baby’s bum. The hair massage is complete nirvana.

NJ: It is brown!

S:  It is just oatmeal, flaxseed, and sugar

NJ: What kind of sugar?

S: Organic sugar

Susan noticed that when she washes her hair, it falls out, so she made pure scalp oil for stimulation, antibacterial, anti-fungal, for those with dandruff, eczema, or psoriasis, Susan said it really helps clean and to stimulate circulation.

S: Thorough brushing cleans hair follicles so they ca get the oxygen they need. Hair follicles get clogged too, just like your skin!

This is the muscle w/ hair and healing oil together with the massage it loosens the muscle and helps stimulate blood flow, and where there is blood flow, it is good for the body

Nail spa stylist uses a ritual moisturizer while Susan continues…

S:  The oil for feet is handmade with peppermint, olive, apricot kernel is the carrier oil that is very light and the closest to what our body actually secretes. These really help enhance the medicinal qualities of the essential oil, Jhova

NJ: The majority of the pop uses oils that clog?

S: Apricot kernel oil is excellent as a carrier and as close to what we secrete naturally.

Sweet almond oil is good moisturizing oil with good carrier properties, my little grandson was taking a bath with the rosemary soap that I made and he said, “Mammy, you’re the best scientist ever!” -Billy

Any kids that want to take a bath…it is the soap for them!

S: The spa ritual is important. Two weeks of medicines for the rash, the rash was gone after 4 days when they used the formula! The research and prayers I have done, I have come up with these blends that seem to be the best.

Sipping some marvelous tea, Susan began on working on my hair…

NJ: What you are doing, the way you are applying the highlights, now, which is different.

S:  Highlights, I am painting highlights and using cotton to separate the hair instead of tin foil. With my painting, I can follow the natural growth pattern of the hair and I can make the hair look more natural and the highlights look real.  I have complete control as to where the highlights go, and I can get closer to the scalp, and I am not using foil, which is better for the environment and better for the body, and better for me not to touch it!

I think that aluminum is not good for your body and that highlights done with foil are terrible, as an artist. The highlights last longer and grow out more natural. I am using completely ammonium free highlighter that I created, and I mix what I make with a little bit of the ammonium free platinum from L’Oreal, because ammonium is mostly fruit based.  The hair color I use is wheat germ based with plant and fruit extracts.

I know I cannot comb my hair without conditioner, so here at the salon we use “Zeron” (paraben and sulfate free), “Unite” (paraben/sulfur free) lines competing and that is great because there used to be nothing produced like this before.

Eco-color has ammonia in the color (preserve is grape seed extract, but it has ammonia in it!) everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon but you have to be careful, you’re not going to find a color process that is naturally chemical-free, but to have a color that’s natural…  absolutely no ammonia or preservatives.  Natural.

I went into the salon to experience paraben free natural hair lights, by artesian stylist and owner of Shades, Susan Henry, I left with spectacular hair, eyebrows beautifully shaped through threading by Clarissa Garcia who is also a talented stylist and make-up artist. My hands and feet buffed and polished to perfection, it was hard to leave at all, but I did so fabulously! Over the course of a few days I went back to Shades to follow-up, each client was so kindly taken care of. Philip Wolf, Celebrity hair stylist left Prive to come work with Susan, I sat in the chair next to his watching him. I could not take my eyes off his dynamic dueling with hair and scissors combined. Each time the results heightened the client’s appearance, as though he knew what was really underneath there all the time, and by the client giving Philip free range, the client appeared as though they were to have looked all along but only Philip saw it. As though as sculptor sees what is within the clay. The clients features showed off beautifully attended to with color and shape.

Susan introduced me to Kiki and said she stole her from Prive. She said, Kiki is amazing. Kiki is a color and hair stylist. She has a warm personality and I felt comfortable instantly. I knew I was in the hands of someone I could trust with my hair and that is not easy! She told me right away about my hair and the best look for my hair. She changed my entire look with a the precision of a surgeon. Kiki worked with my hair as though she had known it all her life. I desired to keep my hair long and Kiki does what the client wants, but I told her to do what she thought would look best and did she ever… More to come

I found Shades to be a quaint escape, Willy Wonka of beauty, a tranquil place that is good for you. Each stylist has his or her own unique technique; the expertise goes hand in hand with kindness. One will not find a high and might attitude at Shades Salon, although they’ve earned it, it is not their style, so if you have an attitude, leave yours at the door, you will have a better time without it. 

More Shades to come… Hair extension with Clarissa, and a natural Brazilian Silk by Philip, so stay tuned. In fact if you have any questions for Susan at  shadesccolorstudio@gmail.com and please let her know where you read the piece.

Shades Color Packages available at the Salon below, on-line or by phone

144 S. Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills CA 90211

310.275.4882

NOT ALL DARK CHOCOLATE IS THE SAME…


Tcho Organic Chocolate is unique; consider the way coffee beans are roasted to create different blends or Wine grapes after Harvest, Tcho Organic Chocolate takes the Cacao bean and roasts them into unique dark richness, creating healthy flavors such as Citrus, Nutty, Dark and Fruity. The chocolate does not contain fruit or nuts, only the essence they have derived from roasting the Cacao beans. The variety includes Roasted Cacao Nibs, “Citrus” Madagascar, terrific for cooking.

I have been making chocolate for the past year and when I came to Tcho, there was no looking back. A unique and healthy choice of culinary deliciousness that benefits you with each bite you take.

The cacao plant, to be more precise contains cell-protective photochemical, more commonly referred to as “antioxidants.” Researchers have discovered that a standard dark chocolate candy bar contains about twice as much antioxidants as a glass of red wine. (LiveStrong.com)

Chocolate contains large amounts of antioxidants that protect the heart, lower blood pressure, improve cognition, and are an anti-inflammatory that effect mood elevation. Phytochemicals in chocolate may also prevent cancer. Now, take a bite!

Available at Whole Foods & www.tcho.com

RESVERATROL… NOT EVERY R IS THE SAME!


Have you noticed that when a product is considered “HOT” on the market it appears in and on EVERYTHING!  Resveratrol is one of those products. Be careful what you wish for… You might just purchase the wrong Resveratrol!

Everyone from the Mayo Clinic to believe it or not UTUBE has something to say about Resveratrol. In short, Resveratrol is an antioxidant and similar to red wine (In moderation,) is considered to be good for the heart. The youthful factor is now tagged onto everything Resveratrol from tonics to face spritz!

I have spoken with several Doctors, who have stated that findings on Resveratrol are beneficial, but the data is new, and more research needs to be done. I wanted to try it out for myself, and in doing my own research, as I suggest to you, read many labels. I did this and then purchased Resveratrol 100 by Jarrow Formulas. The brand is not paying me to write about them, nor do they know that I am one of their customers. The company is a reputable one; please feel free to check them out. What I like about Resveratrol 100 is that is offers 100 mg of Resveratrol. Many supplements have great looking packages but the inside contents include additional ingredients. RESV 100 as I am calling it includes Vitamin C and Resveratrol, that is it and that is what I like about it.

I have been taking it about two months, and in my personal opinion, it is too early to make major claims about it. I can tell you that I am also taking ACAI Berry (More about that product on a different post), and although it is too early to make major claims, I do feel good over these past two months of product use. Used as directed they are not harmful and my Doctor gave them the thumbs up!

If you want to try Resveratrol, please make sure you are actually getting the real thing. Write me and tell me about your experience. Do not expect miracles, if a  product says it will take ten years off your age, and it does not include Yoga or a Surgical knife, it is most likely full of it. To those who have created Resveratrol 100, thank you. Every little bit helps!

SANTA RITA HILLS – AN ORGANIC TASTY WEEKEND…


Organic has never tasted so good. Who knew just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, CA the mecca of Pinot Noir is at our fingertips. Santa Barbara 2007 awarded CLOS PEPE Winery with the Green Award, the only one given each year, quite an honor.

GREEN CAN TASTE GOOD! Just a few hours beyond Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills beauty is matched by the fragrant, rich, organic vines that align the blue water colored skies. Describing the birth of a wine culture is a vastly underrepresented phenomenon: the culinary craft and the people creating it in Santa Rita Hills share their labor and produce a community of unique wines, rich with personalities, and experienced wine makers.

Wes Hagen is an award-winning winemaker and wine grower for 10+ years at Clos Pepe Vineyards, recognized by the Wine Spectator as one of the Top 30 Pinot Noir Producers in California.  Wes has also judged wine professionally for 10 years, was the Central Coast Winegrowers Association Grower of the Year, 2000-2001, has produced wines rated 93-95 points by national wine pubs, is an avid wine educator and has been writing for Winemaker magazine for 7 years.

Wine making in Santa Rita Hills is a family business. Brewer Clifton Wines and Palomino Winery is a husband and wife team, with a growing family that continue to grow beautiful children, and elegant and stellar award winning Chardonnay and Pinot Nior Wines.

For a Parabenfreeandorganic weekend retreat, check out Santa Rita Hills, CA.

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