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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.

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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!

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