Sunday, November 23, 2008

Beauty Tips for All Maintenance Levels

(ARA) While the beauty routine of some women consists of little more than a hairbrush and moisturizer, others spend hours in front of the mirror mastering the latest beauty trends. But no matter how high- or low-maintenance you may be, the right beauty tricks will have you looking your best in no time.

Celebrity makeup artist BJ Gillian and hairstylist to the stars Brett Freedman share some of their beauty tips for everyone from women with little time for beauty, to those prepping for a night out on the town.

Low -- In a time crunch:

* Tinted moisturizers with SPF and gradual self-tanners not only protect you from the sun, but also add color to the skin. “I like the new Olay Definity Color Recapture, which also has anti-aging properties,” says Gillian.

* For wash-and-wear hairstyles, get a good haircut with layers to keep hair from being weighed down, says Freedman. “Try Pantene Pro-V Volume Root Lifter Spray to wake up your roots and Pantene Pro-V Volume Mousse all over to give hair a gorgeous amp up,” he says. “My tip: Less is more. Don’t bog hair down with product.”

Medium-- Easy beauty tricks with maximum impact:

* Use your eye color to determine what shades of shadow to use. Blue eyes work best with brown and sea green colors, while green eyes pop with plum and violet shadow colors. Brown-eyed gals can wear any color.

* To easily fake a chic look, try combining sleek, pulled back hair or a tousled bun with a vivid or smoky eye.

High -- Heading out for a night on the town:

* Women who prefer liquid or powder foundations should avoid moisturizer and find the right kind of makeup suitable for their skin, says Gillian. For example, oily skin needs an oil-free foundation and dry skin will benefit from a moisturizing foundation or tinted moisturizer.

* Big-night-out hair requires an intense-hold hairspray. “I recommend Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Hairspray with Maximum Hold, not only after styling, but before using any hot tools like curling irons or hot rollers,” says Freedman. “Spray a small amount on each section before curling. It makes a huge difference.”

No matter how complicated you make your beauty routine, keep these tips in mind to help keep your skin and hair looking their best.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

The ‘Scent-sual’ Subtleties of Finding a Fragrance Gift

Tech toys, gift cards and trendy attire will likely be headline-grabbing gifts of choice again this holiday season, as they have been for the past few years. But one classic gift has consistently been popular with both gift givers and receivers for millennia – perfume.

“It’s timeless, it’s classic and it’s appropriate for virtually everyone on your holiday shopping list,” says Vanita Sabnani, vice president of marketing for Puig Beauty USA, purveyors of fine fragrances. “Perfume is consistently on the list of items most often given as holiday gifts. And even though perfume has been around for thousands of years, fragrances have evolved to meet our modern concepts of beauty and social consciousness.”

Contemporary gift-givers have far more choices than the ancient people who began giving perfume as a gift about 3,500 years ago. Since perfume is a highly personal gift that will be worn on the skin, it’s important to put some thought into the selection process. Here is some “scent-sable” advice for choosing perfumes for everyone on your holiday list:

Look for Gifts that Do More

For many people, social consciousness is an important part of giving and receiving a gift. Americans love gifts that both please the recipient and give something back to the community. When you’re scent-shopping, look for fragrances that fit the recipient’s personality and will give her (or him) something to feel good about.

For example, the new fragrance Blue Seduction for Women by Antonio Banderas offers seductive floral fragrance and the opportunity to support a worthy cause. Throughout the holidays, Antonio Banderas Seductive Fragrances will donate $1 to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for every Blue Seduction for Women gift set sold. The nonprofit organization supports social service programs that provide treatment and services for people affected by HIV and AIDS. Visit to learn more

Learn the Basics

There are six basic categories of perfume, and within those categories it’s possible to find a fragrance that will appeal to virtually any personality and preference. Categories include floral, oriental, woody, citrus, green and water (sometimes called “oceanic”). Each perfume has a unique profile that incorporates multiple scents to make up its overall fragrance.

Often, a perfume will draw aromas from more than one category; Blue Seduction for Women blends top notes (the initial scent you encounter when you first sniff) of violet leaves and water-based fruits and heart (the scents you detect on subsequent sniffs) of rose, jasmine and raspberry.

You’ll need to do a little “leg work” to learn the personality and preferences of the person you’ll be gifting with a fragrance. For example, if she’s traditional, feminine and romantic, a floral perfume might suit her personality. If he’s an outdoors guy who likes sports, a green or woody scent might best compliment his athleticism.  For your significant other, an exotic oriental can convey your passion and depth of feeling.

Take Your Time

“The fragrance an individual wears is a very personal statement of who she is,” Ms. Sabnani says. “The scent should be chosen to match that individual’s personality, and not based on the preferences of the gift-giver or the trend of the moment.”

Once you have an idea of the type of fragrance right for the perfume-lover on your holiday list, the best way to make a selection is to hit the stores and sample, sniff and test. Fragrance counter sales people are often versed in the finer points of the perfumes for sale in their department. Ask for their help in identifying perfumes that fit into the basic category in which you’re interested.

Always test a perfume on a paper test strip – usually available at the fragrance counter. Never test it on your own skin. If you test multiple scents on your own skin, you’ll quickly find them competing with each other and you won’t be able to really discern the individual aroma of each. Also, because everyone’s body chemistry is different, how the scent smells on your skin is not necessarily how it will smell on someone else.

“Perfume has been a cherished gift for hundreds of years and it’s likely to remain a favorite for thoughtful gift-givers,” says Ms. Sabnani. “With a little knowledge and inspiration, it’s possible to find scents that will please everyone on your holiday shopping list.”

To learn more about PUIG USA’s Blue Seduction for Women by Antonio Banderas, go to

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Put Your Best Face Forward This Fall

(ARA) – Bathing suits will soon be packed away for another year, but beauty doesn’t take a holiday when summer winds down. Women everywhere will need to modify their daily beauty routines to keep pace with autumn’s changing demands, and the rapid approach of the holiday season.

Your fall beauty regimen should focus on caring for the basics of beauty – skin, smile and hair. Here are some tips to ensure you enter the cooler months looking your best.

Fall Skin Care

Fall is one of the most demanding seasons for your skin. Not only does bright sunshine persist in many areas of the country, the air turns dry and cool – conditions which can add up to damage and drying.

* Remember to moisturize daily, and consider replacing the lotion or gel-based moisturizer you used over the summer months with a cream-based product. Cream-based moisturizers do a better job of locking moisture into the skin.

* You’ll still need sunscreen, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors, but you can probably pack away the 50 SPF cream until next summer. Go with a lighter SPF. Many makeup lines now offer foundations that include UV protection.

* Stay hydrated. Make sure you get your recommended eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day. If you live in a particularly dry climate, consider sleeping with a humidifier in your room. Not only will it help your skin, the humidifier can help relieve some respiratory symptoms brought on by dry weather.

Something to Smile About

Your smile is often the first impression someone has about you. “It’s easy to overlook the importance of taking care of your smile, especially as schedules get busier in the fall,” says Dr. Nancy Rosen, a New York City-based dentist whose clients include business executives, fashionistas and politicians.

* Before the holidays hit and you have time for little else other than shopping and entertaining, schedule a checkup with your dentist.

* White teeth can turn a nice smile into a show-stopper. Consider incorporating a teeth whitener into your everyday beauty routine. Crest Whitestrips Daily Whitening Plus Tartar Protection provides five-minute once a day whitening and protection from tartar and daily stain build-up. “These strips not only provide tartar protection, they’re a great way to whiten teeth daily.” Rosen says. “The strips are gentle enough to use every day, even for people who are sensitive to whitening.” They are available anywhere Crest products are sold; or log on to for more information.

* The cool, dry air and crisp breezes of fall can lead to chapped lips. Use lip balm that contains UV protection to prevent chapped or sunburned lips. Avoid petroleum-based balms, as evidence has shown that petroleum can actually dry out your lips.

Have a Good Hair Day

The flagrant abuse you subjected your hair to all summer comes home to roost in the fall. Autumn is a great time to recover from the effects bright sun and pool chemicals had on your hair.

* Update your cut. It’s a new season and a good time for a fresh start. Look for a cut that complements your face, is fashionable yet easy to care for – a style that will serve you well through the increased busy-ness of the fall and holiday season.

* Treat yourself to a deep-conditioning session at the salon to help repair sun and chlorine damage. Afterward, use a light conditioner or shampoo/conditioner combination every time you wash your hair.

With a few simple enhancements to your daily routine, you can ensure your beauty regimen doesn’t fall behind this autumn.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sarah Coventry Closes Doors Again

Effective October 31, Direct Sales Jewelry icon, Sarah Coventry has once again closed it's doors, leaving thousands of consultants without a company.

The saddest part of the company's on again, off again history is that January would have been a 60th anniversary.

So what's a fashionista to do?

Many consultants are looking to join other companies, and South Main Designs is quickly becoming a hot spot for Sarah Coventry Style Consultants.

With comparable hostess and benefit programs, as well as a comprehensive collection of Fashion accessories and a men's collection, the variety at South Main Designs is unparalleled by other direct sales jewelry companies in the US.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Holiday Shopping Tips for Saving Time and Money

(ARA) - The holiday season is a time for family, friends, giving, eating and festivities. It should not be centered on stress, anxiety and debt. Here are some tips for getting organized early, saving money and staying sane in preparation for buying gifts for those you love this year.

Make your list and check it twice.

Creating a list of who you need to buy gifts for this year is an essential first step in the gift-giving process. In order to find the perfect gift for each person on your list, make notes about his or her hobbies, passions, upcoming travel plans -- anything to help add that personal touch. Those few extra moments of individualizing your list will make a big difference in your final gift-purchasing decisions.

Prepare a budget.  

Avoiding over-spending can be overwhelming, but getting a handle on your budget will help you to avoid the post-holiday credit blues. First, come up with an overall budget that you want to be sure not to exceed this holiday season. Assuming you have done this, use that list to create a general spending limit for each person. Using your overall budget as a guideline as you go will help to ensure you do not go overboard spending cash this holiday season.

Start early.

Before the haze of the holiday sets in and the impulse to purchase consumes you, start your shopping now. Nothing causes more anxiety than scrambling to buy last-minute gifts. Many retailers entice buyers to start early by offering pre-holiday sales and discounts. Be sure to take advantage of these sales!

Research online.

Now that you have your holiday shopping blueprint, you must do your homework before making the final purchases. Shopping online provides you with the tools to “visit” every store imaginable with the click of your mouse. Compare and contrast prices, checking your budgeting sheet as you go. There is always a deal out there to be had in the cyber world. The BeautyReMarks e-zine is loaded with great deals and articles to make it even easier.

Use coupons.

Online couponing sites make saving extra cash easy by offering free shipping and percentages off your final purchase. ( allows visitors to search by store or by category, is updated throughout the day and provides deals from over 1200 merchants. You will be amazed at the amount of money you can save by shopping from the comfort of your own home. Save time, gas money and your sanity!

Reward yourself.

With all of the stress and money you save by organizing, budgeting, starting early and scoring deals online, you might as well reward yourself on your gift-giving efforts. Use some of the extra money you save this year and treat yourself.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Monday, October 27, 2008

Earn Your Shopping Black Belt on Black Friday

(ARA) – Shopping the sales is a great way to save money this holiday season. Everyone knows the best sales are found on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when malls are packed with people finding great gifts at even greater prices. How do you make the most out of the bargain-hunter dream day?

“During this tight economy, getting that awesome gift is possible with a little creativity and preparation,” says Steve Kemble, "America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru" and General Growth Properties  gift-giving expert. “The hustle and bustle of the malls on Black Friday is exciting, but to make sure your shopping is a success, I have a few suggestions.”

Kemble, a nationally recognized professional event planner who has appeared on countless TV and radio programs, offers these high-impact, low-stress shopping tips for a winning Black Friday:

1) Develop a Shopping Budget and Strategy

First and foremost determine how much you can afford to spend on your holiday gifts -- especially in the wake of current economic challenges. Be smart and realistic -- it’s not how much you spend, but the thought behind the gift that’s important. Also, now is the perfect time to discretely start asking friends and relatives what they want for the holidays. Once you determine which gifts you need, you can decide what stores to tackle on Black Friday. Plan your day around getting those must-haves before they run out. If needed, you can always plan a second trip to the mall for more common gifts that are likely to remain in stock for a longer period of time. GGP malls are a great one-stop shop for all things holiday.  

Once you know what stores you want to visit, go online and review a layout of the mall to determine where to shop and locate the best place to park. Think about whether you are going to take trips to your vehicle to drop off packages. Feel like spoiling yourself a little? Many malls offer valet parking during the holidays, so you might consider this option as well.

2) Comparison Shop

In order to streamline your shopping experience, start a list of the items you need to purchase. Watch for ads in the newspaper and on television at least two weeks prior to Black Friday. GGP malls are a great one-stop shop for all things holiday and offer great retail offers and fun holiday events on Black Friday. Visit for more event information.

3) Eat, Drink and Shop Happy

It is important to stay hydrated and eat a balanced meal while shopping. After all, you need your energy! Successful shoppers know that they need to start their day with a nutritious breakfast. Pack some bottles of water and small snack items to take with you on your trip and you’re off and running. Additionally, it's always fun to plan for a wonderful lunch with family and friends during your day of shopping. Consider eating a little earlier or later than the traditional noon hour. While others are eating you can be scooping up all the sale items.

4) Partner Up for Festive Fun

For those who need a little shopping advice .... form your own Black Friday shopping team. Recruit friends and family members to provide the extra hands you need to get the best deals. And award your own “black belt” to those who successfully help you reach your goals. At the end of the day you can treat them to a GGP Mall Gift Card for all their help.

5) Think About You Too

Don't hesitate to think about one item you have always wanted for yourself while you are shopping. Adding a certain something just for you makes the day fun. We have all been guilty of going shopping and buying more for ourselves than for others. If you train yourself to know that you are going to get one fabulous gift for yourself, you'll begin to cut back on that habit.

Follow these helpful tips, and you will certainly be on your way to attaining your black belt in shopping this holiday season.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Reuse and Rejoice: Eco-chic Gift Ideas that Give Back

(ARA) – The holidays are a time of celebration, where goodwill is spread and gifts are exchanged with loved ones. As more people go green and give back in all aspects of their lives, it’s no surprise that great gifts now embrace this concept. This year, give something different that is sure to make everyone smile.

Here are some easy and affordable eco-chic gift ideas:

1) Gifts that help

The holidays are all about the feeling of giving back, and what better way to show you care than to give a gift that was made under fair practices? Naturally inspired bath and body products that don’t test on animals and contain ingredients that were obtained through fair Community Trade practices are great gift ideas that the recipient is sure to enjoy and feel good about.

The Body Shop is a company that practices all of these ideals. Ingredients are not tested on animals and they just celebrated 21 years of Community Trade relationships, where small community farmers and businesses in some of the poorest areas across the world have access to a fair wage earned in fair work conditions. Their pioneering program has benefitted over 25,000 people in more than 20 countries. Here are some feel-good gifts from The Body Shop that will delight the senses during this magical time of year:

* The brand new Warm Amber scent range features natural Community Trade ingredients including cocoa and shea butter from Ghana, honey from Zambia, and sesame oil from Nicaragua. Also, the Cranberry body range offers a festive and fruity scent that is classic to the holiday season, and Vanilla Spice is a delicious range with notes of orange, cinnamon and ginger. All of these fabulous scent ranges are infused into a variety of products such as bath crystals, body shimmers and lip balms. Who wouldn’t want to find them in their stocking?

* The limited edition Sparkle Seduction collection is inspired from this winter’s key look: natural glamour with an edgy twist. Products feature Community Trade marula oil from a women’s co-op in Namibia, an ingredient that moisturizes and conditions skin. You can look and feel your best whether at the office during the day or out on the town celebrating the season.

* Men’s Bath and Body: Your favorite guy is sure to appreciate a gift featuring products made specifically for him. The Maca Root range for men energizes skin and conditions while protecting against irritation caused by daily shaving.

2) Reuse, rejoice, recycle.

Whether you are looking for the perfect package to give your perfect gift, or want to reuse what you’ve been given, don’t put bags and bows in the trash, reuse it! Here are some smart holiday ideas:

* Recycle packaging containers -- bath containers are often high quality and can be used again after you have enjoyed them. The Body Shop creates packaging with the intention for creative reuse. For example, your body butter containers are perfect to house your favorite jewelry in.

* Gift wrap -- use old posters, colorful bags, holiday sections of the paper, old holiday cards or even colorful clothing that you don’t wear any longer. Remember to save gifted ribbons and bows for future use.

* Promote reuse -- shop antique stores for unique gifts you’ll not likely find anywhere else. Retro items can be a great hit, and bring back memories of the past.

3) Homemade gift items.

Creating your own gift is somewhat of a lost art. Not only is a homemade gift one-of-a-kind, it also can be highly personalized and is likely to be remembered much longer after the tree comes down. Here are some ideas:

* Foods: From sweets to sauces, creating a favorite food for a loved one is an easy way to send holiday love.

* Holiday Decor: There’s a reason the homemade holiday ornament you gave your mother is still hung up 20 years later, it’s a gift that means something.

* Crafts: Consider creating something clever, personal and useful. For example, clean out your used The Body Shop bath containers and decorate with collage, beads and other items to make a personalized storage container.

Not very crafty? Just create a homemade card to go along with your purchased gift. Write out a nice note to the recipient telling them your appreciation for them in your life, especially during the holidays.

This year, get into the true spirit of the season and give a gift that gives back with an eco-friendly flare. Sign up for our Free ezine Beauty Remarks for all the up-to-the-minute discounts and deals on your favorite products.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A ‘Well-being Routine’ – the Real Key to Health

(ARA) – As important as a fitness routine is to your physical health, it’s just as vital to have a “well-being routine” that focuses on your mental health. Being well-rounded physically and mentally can foster balance between your work and personal lives, and help reduce everyday stress.

Stress is a major and growing health concern in America, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). In fact, a third of all Americans say they are extremely stressed, and 77 percent report experiencing physical symptoms associated with stress, according to an APA study.

“Stress is a normal part of life, and small amounts can actually make you stronger physically and mentally,” says Martica Heaner, a health, fitness and wellness expert. “But when stress builds up and becomes overwhelming, it’s time to take action to manage its impact on your life. Looking after yourself by focusing on your wellness is one of the very best ways to take care of what’s on the inside as well as the outside.”

Americans are more focused on overall wellness than ever before, a fact that has not escaped the notice of companies like The Body Shop, Heaner notes. The Body Shop, long recognized as leaders in the naturally inspired beauty industry, recently launched a line of Wellbeing products that fit into four key aspects of a wellness regimen – Divine Calm, Total Energy, Deep Sleep and Pure Detox.

Your well-being routine should help you create calm, get adequate rest, re-energize and purify your body, Heiner says.

Creating Calm

* Manage small stressors. Try not to over schedule yourself or constantly react to every demand on your time. For example, rather than constantly checking e-mail throughout the day, schedule a few regular times to do so.

* Give yourself time to do nothing at all. Turn off the TV. Don’t answer the phone. Or soak in a hot bath seasoned with a calm-inspiring bath product. Look for products, like The Body Shop’s Divine Calm line, that incorporate naturally calming ingredients such as French lavender essential oil, camomile and soya milk.

Reaping the Rewards of Rest

* Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling “hung over,” impair you as much as several alcoholic drinks, shorten your attention span, make you feel sluggish and even cause you to overeat.

* Follow a calming routine prior to bedtime. Incorporate some pampering in your routine, such as a relaxing shower, soothing moisturizer and a spritz of calming scent in the room, on your pillow or bed sheets. The Body Shop’s new Wellbeing line includes five products designed to enhance rest, like the Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist.

* Get extra sleep whenever possible. Set the alarm to go off at the last possible minute, instead of setting it earlier and hitting the snooze button a few times. Your body will benefit more from those extra 20 minutes if they’re uninterrupted.

Re-energize Your Body

From improper nutrition, to lack of sleep or exercise and dehydration, there are many reasons why you might feel fatigued.

* Never skip breakfast. Even a small bowl of cereal or a piece of fruit can help you energize for the day ahead. Eat more if you exercise in the morning and will be expending energy.

* Put nutrition first, and worry less about calories, carbs or fat. Add some colourful vegetable or fruit to every meal – spinach or red peppers on your sandwich or pizza, beans in your salad or pasta.

Purify Your Body

You can minimize your exposure to environmental toxins with a few simple steps:

* Choosing organic foods can help you reduce the amount of toxins you ingest.

* Eat more walnuts and walnut oil, which are high in Omega-3 fatty acids that help quench free radicals in our bodies.

* Drink more water. To function at their best, every cell in your body needs to be properly hydrated. Getting enough water can help you feel less tired and flush toxins from your body.

Choose all-natural products in every aspect of your life, from the cleaning products you use in your home to your beauty products. The Body Shop’s Wellbeing products are made from all-natural ingredients like guarana, wasabi, lavender, camomile, eucalyptus and jujube date. Plus, every product contains ingredients sourced through the company’s Community Trade program, so while you’re taking care of your own well-being, you’re also helping communities around the world in places like Ghana, Brazil, Zambia, Namibia and Nicaragua.

To learn more about these great products, and get great discounts to boot, sign up for our free ezine, Beauty ReMarks.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Women Use Friendship to Tackle Domestic Violence

(ARA) - Whoever first said that “a friend in need is a friend indeed” certainly knew what she (or she) was talking about. Good friends encourage you to live your dreams, and stand by you through good times and bad. And, as one recent poll shows, women are most likely to confide in a friend when they are facing violence in their home.

“Women draw support from friendship on so many levels, from sharing beauty secrets and common experiences to dealing with life’s ups and downs,” says Shelley Simmons of The Body Shop, whose recent global survey revealed that 59 percent of women are most likely to confide in a friend if affected by domestic violence. “Social misconceptions about domestic violence may make women feel more comfortable confiding in a friend whom they can depend on for caring, nonjudgmental support.”

No one is certain exactly how common domestic violence is since many cases probably go unreported. The U.S. Justice Department, however, estimates the number of annual cases somewhere between 960,000 and 3 million. Across all age groups and social strata, women experiencing violence in the home are far more likely to turn to a friend for help than anyone else, including police, health care providers and support groups, The Body Shop survey shows.

“With the approach of International Friendship Day in August, it’s a great time for women to get educated on how to recognize the signs of domestic violence and what to do to help a friend going through it,” says Simmons. The Body Shop’s 2008 Stop Violence in the Home Campaign focuses on how friendship can provide a lifeline to women in crisis, and promotes education on how women can help each other if they are facing domestic violence. Also, for every “For Me, For You” Shea Lip Care Duo sold, the company will donate $9 of the purchase price towards domestic violence prevention, education and rescue.

Tell-tale signs a woman is experiencing violence in the home include:

* She has become quiet or withdrawn from friends.

* She ends phone conversations suddenly when her partner appears.

* Her friends feel unwelcome or tense when her partner is around.

* She shows signs of difficult-to-explain bruises or cuts.

* She has mentioned that her partner is possessive or jealous.

* Socially, she begins to see less of her friends.

“Once a friend confides in you about violence in her home, there are many things you can do to help her,” Simmons says.

* Be patient. Listen, but don’t judge. She must make decisions about her life in her own way and her own time.

* Don’t be critical of her partner, as this may make her feel ashamed and prevent her from confiding in you again.

* Don’t give up if you lose contact with her for a while. She may temporarily retreat.

* Tell her that the violence isn’t her fault; it’s a choice and her partner is the only one responsible for his behavior.

* Remind her that domestic violence is illegal and the police have to investigate. Encourage her to seek confidential help from the police.

* Continue to support her and don’t give up on her. You may be her only lifeline.

* Finally, if you suspect she is in immediate danger, you have no choice but to go to the police. Saving her life trumps saving the friendship.

“You may not know someone who is dealing with domestic violence, but it’s still possible to help those who are,” Simmons says.

First, education is key. Teach your teen girls that domestic violence is never acceptable. Second, be the best friend you can be; you never know what emotional challenges a friend faces. Simply by sharing love, support and fun times, you could be giving support to a friend who needs it, even if you don’t know it yet.

Finally, support causes that raise funds for victims of domestic violence. “Not only does buying a ‘For Me, For You’ Shea Lip Care Duo support efforts to end domestic violence, it’s also a great way for someone to show a friend she cares and give her a gift that will make her feel good about herself,” Simmons says.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Body Shop Offers Tips to Earn Extra Money and Stretch Your Dollar

(ARA) – With items like gas and groceries at record highs, it seems that virtually everyone is feeling the crunch from the increased cost of living. Many American families have been re-evaluating their budgets and contemplating ways to increase cash flow and still enjoy time with their nearest and dearest. As the cost of living increases and the holiday season draws near, it is worth looking at entrepreneurial ways to help ensure that your cash flow doesn’t fall short.

Believe it or not you can be your own boss and work part-time.  

One way to earn extra money and still have a social life is to combine the two. Many popular brands have a direct selling arm, so you can become a consultant for them. For example, The Body Shop At Home is a business that is different, which allows consultants to throw parties and sell their favorite products, and represent a business that shares their own personal values. Consultants have flexible scheduling options and work as little or as much as they want hosting parties that feature a broad line of The Body Shop products, including some exclusives that can’t be bought anywhere else.

“Women and even men enjoy shopping this way because they get all their personal products in one place so as well as all the other great benefits they also save gas money,” says Jo Price, sales director for The Body Shop At Home. “Also they have the added benefit of knowing they are making a difference through their purchase. Many of the products contain Community Trade ingredients bought from small-scale farmers at a fair price, giving them a stable income and hope for the future. This means that every time you sell a product you know that you are supporting communities who would otherwise struggle to make a living wage, so when you buy The Body Shop At Home products you get the added feel-good factor of knowing you’re buying high quality beauty items made through fair business practices.”

“Additionally, the exclusive products we sell are really great and are something customers get really excited about because they can’t find them in stores or anywhere else. For example, the Rich Plum bath and body range is a best seller along with the Shimmer Cubes eye shadows, made with Community Trade Marula Oil. For the one stop makeover, women love the exclusive Eye, Lip and Cheek Palette that has everything you need for day or night. This job really allows women to do something they enjoy, be their own boss, and feel good about how they earn my money.”

If you’re looking for additional ways to earn or save cash, there are many options. Try having a garage sale, sell your items on eBay or to a second-hand store. When shopping, plan out your trips and stick to a budget. You might even consider trading services with someone. For example, offer childcare services in exchange for a neighbor fixing a leaky faucet.

For more information about becoming a Consultant for The Body Shop at Home, plus graet deals on your favorite products, sign up for our newsletter Beauty Remarks today.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Body Shop Unveils The Latest Make-Up Collection For Autumn 2008

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 18, 2008 -- The Body Shop is launching its brand new autumn 2008 Colour Trend Collection; a make-up collection called Deadly Night Shades. Offering a number of on trend shades of make-up to help customers create their autumnal femme fatale looks, the launch of this new range from The Body Shop comes just days before the release of the company’s new Nature’s Mineral make-up range, available in the UK from the 14th September and in the US October 1 through The Body Shop at Home.

With fashion and beauty aficionados putting emphasis on sleek, seductive shades and silky textures this autumn, The Body Shop Deadly Night Shades Collection features plush designs and jewel-like finishes, making an ideal accompaniment to the new Nature’s Mineral range

New products in the Colour Trend Collection include Dune Pink Cheek Bloom, an incomparable cream blush that boasts a smooth-as-silk texture. Striking new eye looks can be achieved with the use of the new Eye Pencil, available in either Cactus Green or Rocky Blue. A new eyeshadow in shades including harmonious Khaki Green and Eucalyptus Grey is also available. The brand new Lip Click from the Body Shop is also set to be unveiled, available in two intense shades with super gloss finish, namely Spiced Red and Dusky Pink.

As with many other The Body Shop products, the Deadly Night Shades Colour Trend Collection embraces nature’s own ingredients, featuring hydrating Night Blooming Cactus extract, and also Community Trade moisturizing marula oil from Namibia, Brazil nut oil from Peru, and organic beeswax sourced from Zambia which is included within the mascara.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Body Shop Release New Detox Range

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 10, 2008 -- The Body Shop has revealed the new products that will make up its new "Simply Purify" range, designed to cleanse and purify the skin.

The "Simply Purify" products are part of the new Wellbeing range which The Body Shop unveiled recently in stores around the world and which are also available online.

The Simply Purify collection aims to aid the body's natural detox process and refresh the mind, helping the body to feel purified, rebalanced and revived.

All of the products are preservative free and contain several key ingredients designed to revive the senses, including, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus, wasabi and Bladderwrack seaweed.

Bladderwack seaweed is sourced from the Roaring Water Bay Cooperative in the Republic of Ireland. Environmentally-sound and wild-harvested, this seaweed is entirely natural, grown without chemicals or fertilisers, and it’s also 100% sustainable due to the frequency and method of harvesting. Its hand cut from the rock with the root left intact, allowing the plant to re-grow. The cooperative invests profits back into the local community, helping build a brighter future for the area.

The Simply Purify range comprises every type of product to help rejuvenate and detoxify the body and mind - a clarifying clay body mask, essential oil, body gel, rejuvenating bath soak and an exfoliant sisal cleanser.

The "Simply Purify" range is part of the new Wellbeing range from The Body Shop, with other ranges to suit your lifestyle needs, from Deep Sleep and Divine Calm to Total Energy.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Body Shop Offer Tips and Hints on Beauty Advice

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 08, 2008 -- The Body Shop, the UK based ethical cosmetics company, are inviting customers to visit The Lounge, a new section on their website which outlines how to make the most of products from The Body Shop.

This section of the site was added following the recent global expansion of the website

The Lounge features images, text and video content featuring The Body Shop’s products and offers advice on how to use them in order to gain the best results from them.

Customers visiting The Lounge will find information on the new Nature's Minerals Make Up range from The Body Shop with video clips showing how to apply the make up correctly and how to achieve different looks.

Tips and hints are also available from international make up artist and beauty representative for The Body Shop, Chase Aston. As the make up stylist for 57 covers of Cosmo magazine as well as numerous covers and editorials for Vogue and Elle, few are in a better position to offer make up advice to The Body Shop's customers.

There is also advice on how to identify the best products for you from the recently released Wellbeing Range . The Wellbeing Diagnostic tool helps customers decide which products in the new Wellbeing range are right for their lifestyles; Total Energy, Divine Calm, Deep Sleep or Pure Detox.

Visitors can also keep up to date with The Body Shop's Community Trade program which aims to benefit the communities from where the Body Shop's ingredients are sourced.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

The Body Shop Unveils New Products to Combat Tension and Stress

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 09, 2008 -- The Body Shop, the world’s leading ethical cosmetics company, has recently unveiled new products designed to help you wind down and de-stress. Users of the new products can soothe the body and relieve tension with a massage and bathing regime based on the calming benefits of lavender essential oil and Community Trade camomile.

A key ingredient in the new Divine Calm range is pure French lavender essential oil. Herbalists have used lavender for centuries and with its vibrant colour and wonderful perfume it has a unique appeal and aromatherapists have long used it to help promote relaxation and ease stress.

Camomile also features heavily in the Divine Calm range from The Body Shop. The camomile used by The Body Shop is sourced through the unique Community Trade fair trade programme . The Body Shop sources camomile water and essential oil from a small co-operative of farmers based in Norfolk England, and the farming methods used by the cooperative helps protect the quality of the environment in the area, while trade with The Body Shop generates essential income.

The Divine Calm range includes Heavenly Shower Gel, Serenity Milk Bath Powder Sublime Body Lotion, Massage Oil and Essential Oil, which user trials showed were each highly effective at easing tension and relieving stress.
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

South Main Designs (tm) Offers Free Jewelry Kit to New Consultants

Tired of the "old" jewelry companies? Looking for a jewelry company that can really take you to the top of the direct sales "food chain"?

How about a home party company with fewer than 400 consultants nationwide?
How about a direct sales jewelry company that LET you advertise and recruit on the Internet?
How about an up and coming direct sales jewelry company that provides a corporate trainer to ensure a strong start in your first 6 weeks of your home party business?
How about a 40% commission on every sale - right from the start?
South Main Designs (tm), a relative newcomer to the home party business, is no stranger to fashion jewelry and accessories. With over 14 years in the fashion accessory industry, the Rogers family of Findlay, Ohio, has built on decades of home party experience to create a truly consultant-focused business, that gets it right, right from the start.


Jewelry consultants can select from one of three kit options - and have the opportunity to earn their kit free. When new consultants meet minimum sales goals during their first 90 days, the kit is paid in full.
New consultants also have an additional opportunity to add free pieces to their kit when additional sales goals are met.
South Main Designs (tm) is not just high quality fashion jewelry for women. They also feature hats, scarves, belts and an extensive men's collection.

With fewer than 400 consultants nationwide, and an average of 7 consultants per state (many with less than 2), there is ample room for growth.
Each jewelry consultant can choose to work closely with the corporate trainer in weekly one-on-one coaching sessions during the first 6 weeks of the new consultants business.
An online forum for jewelry consultants is also available for additional training.
Monthly training calls led by the corporate trainer and featuring the founding family are a great way to get to knowmore about South Main Designs (tm)
Additional home party training resources to select team members.
40% to start and a 5% bonus with your very FIRST recruit!

Affordable fashion jewelry and accessories no single item in the catalog over $50 means there's something for everyone. More sales means more commissions.

No need to wait until you have a tam of 6 to start earning a team commission. You make 5% on your very first recruit.

Average show sales approximately $500 menas you'll take home $200 in your pocket that night. No waiting for a commission check to arrive.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Coming soon: Queen of the Spa

It's been months n the making, but it looks like my new TV show will FINALLY happen! YAY!

It's called, Queen of the Spa, and we'll be talking about ways you can make your home and yourself more spa-like. We'll run the gambit from home spa treatments, makeovers and fashion tips, to a wee bit of interior decorating and re-design with our "home spa makeover" segments.

Somewhere between a DIY and Prize Patrol, we'll also have a sement called PAMPER PATROL, where we'll invade someone's space and give them a much-needed "ahhh" moment. It could be something assimple as a hand massage, or as intense as a complete bathroom overhaul. You'll never know uness you tune in.

The catch is, we're on cable access locally, so the only way most of my readers can check us out is via the web.

Stay tuned for updates!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Jewelry Trends for fall/winter 2008

With the introduction of the autumn season, the leaves will be changing – and so will jewelry. This fall there are a myriad of trends and accessory options
for local "fashionistas" to add to their outfits. Whether bold colors or simple
sophistication, there's something for every role and every look.

Be prepared for combinations of muted and vibrant colors, and dramatic, yet
refined jewelry pieces! Many of this season's styles will include themes similar to those of the spring and summer, while others will conjure visions of fall, drawing inspiration from Autumn’s brilliant foliage colors, such as burnt oranges, yellows, greens and reds. We are extremely excited to introduce some of our new jewels, which are sure to add a little 'oomph' to both casual and formal attire. It's all about unique pizazz.

Here are some trend highlights from lia sophia this season:

Soft Spot. Light lavenders, blues, pinks, and white are traditional spring and
summer colors, but will continue to add subtle touches of softness to wardrobes in
the coming months. Either on their own or intertwined with deeper hues, these
pastels will add a feminine touch to any attire.
Many Metals. Octagons, squares, ovals, and asymmetrical geometric and organic shapes will be represented in gold, silver, copper, and hematite finishes – either separately or in various combinations. These pieces will add classic style in more traditional gold and silver two tone pieces, and add a contemporary edge in fresh ensembles of silver and hematite.
Natural Style. Nature's colors, textures, and materials inspire the jewelry looks of fall. Sky blue, sea green, earthy brown and sand tones, and a vivid range of semiprecious stones and shells, including turquoise, agate, and jade, take the stage in updated jewelry silhouettes. Elongated necklaces, which can double as fashionable belts, are accented with wooden beads, mother of pearl, or tiger eye drops. Chandelier earrings fuse richly colored pearls and inlaid abalone. Wide rings and stackable stretch bracelets display textures evoking rippling water and pebbles.
Back to Black. Never losing its luster, black will continue to be a staple in jewelry. The popularity of this timeless neutral comes from the fact that it goes with absolutely anything you wear, and it effortlessly exudes class and sophistication.

lia sophia, an industry-leading direct selling company, provides a large selection of high-quality, beautifully-crafted fashion jewelry with exceptional attention to detail. The company's 2008 Fall/Winter collection of eye-catching, get-you-noticed pieces complements just about every individual's personal sense of style.

The company's artisans are committed to designing unique pieces that are sure to last a lifetime. lia sophia offers its selections through in-home demonstrations and connects women to their dreams by offering Advisors, Hostesses and Customers an extensive line of high-quality products and an unparalleled opportunity to own their own business.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dry Cracked Hands? 3 Steps To Smoother, Healthier Skin

The skin on the backs of your hands is in many ways like the skin on your face. Sadly, our hands take quite a beating over the course of our lives and we do very little to pamper them the way we do our faces. We plunge them into buckets of cleaning chemicals, dig holes, and rarely remember to use sunscreen. The result? Dry, itchy, even cracked and bleeding hands that can be painful at worst, and embarrassing at least.

If only we had taken the time to learn to pamper our skin the way we treat ourselves to fine dining, great movies and other of life's simple luxuries. Now, you can reclaim your long-lost beautiful hands with a simple 3 step process that's quick and easy, and leaves hands feeling sensational to boot!

This quick 3 step hand treatment is a perfect pick-me-up that will exfoliate, soften and protect your hands and leave you feeling soothed and refreshed in the process.

1. Apply a gentle exfoliant to dry hands. I recommend Almond Oil Refining Hand Scrub from The Body Shop. It warms as it exfoliates, can be used wet or dry for on-the-go exfoliating, and the fine salt crystals are similar to microderm in terms of coarseness.

2. Rinse the exfoliant and apply a small amount of hand wash. The creamy, yet lightly scented Almond Oil Hand Wash is great for men or women. Lather up, singing "happy birthday" in your head before you rinse. This gives you time to really scrub the hands. Use a massaging motion as you scrub and rinse in mildly warm water to continue stimulating circulation and cleansing.

3. After the final rinse, blot dry (you don't want to be bone dry or soggy) and apply a hand lotion to retain moisture. Depending on your skin condition, I recommend the following:

The Body Shop Almond oil Daily Hand and Nail cream (normal skin)

The Body Shop Almond oil Intensive Hand Rescue (drier skin - a great night treatment)

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector (dry, chapped, cracked skin)

Here are a few bonus tips to take hand care the extra mile:

* At night, you can slip on a pair of cotton socks or use The Body Shop Moisturizing Gloves after you apply lotion for speedier results.
* Take time to exfoliate and pamper your skin at least once a week.
* Use Sunscreen to help prevent "age spots". To even out skin tone, try The Body Shop Moisture White brightening serum. Originally designed for the face, the licorice extract will work on your hands, too.
* Wear gloves when you're doing work, out in the weather or putting your hands "through the paces".

You'll be amazed at not only the condition of your hands, but also how much more relaxed and revived you'll feel after a quick hand treatment. The massaging motion helps to relieve tension and soothe the senses, which always goes a long way toward making your whole being feel better - not just your hands.

Lisa M. Robbin Young gives "face time" to hundreds of women each month, as a skin care consultant, author and entrepreneur. Sign up for her free newsletter, "Beauty Remarks" and get a free copy of her book, "Saving Face" at

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Baby Body Butter: The Body Shop 'Buriti Baby' Makes Big Splash at Bathtime

With a brand re-launch in Fall, 2008, The Body Shop is taking skin care to new heights with the launch of a new Baby care range. Featuring oil from the Amazonian Buriti (pronounced "boo-ree-chee") tree, the Buriti Baby Care Collection is perfect for new moms, moms to be, and even adults with sensitive skin.

The Pediatrician approved formula is recommended for infants age 3 months and older, and features no added preservatives, making it perfect for customers with sensitive skin. When used as recommended, the skin smoothing body butter will provide hours of moisturization thanks to the community trade shea butter and aloe.

With more moms getting picky about what they apply to baby's skin, you'll be pleased to know there are no parabens of any kind in the Buriti Collection. The range is exclusively available from consultants with The Body Shop at Home through Holiday, 2008. Five products comprise the body care collection with four additional accessories to augment the value of the regime.

Chocked full of essential fatty acids (EFA's), the Buriti Baby body wash, shampoo and body lotion provide lasting and gentle protection for baby's tender skin. For extra moisturization, the Buriti Baby body butter is a skin smoothing treat. If mom wants to spend some quality bonding time with baby, the no-mess, near-dripless massage gel is perfect for applying while holding your bundle of joy in a close "back rub" position. You can even pour it one-handed!

With The Body Shop touting "Nature's Way to Beautiful" as their new mantra for a greener way of living, you'd expect the company to be screaming from the rooftops about this new powerhouse product collection. Instead, they've opted to test market the products exclusively through their "At Home" sales channel in an effort to generate grass roots momentum for the holiday season. But whatever their approach, products like The new Buriti Baby collection are a powerful entry into the more conscious baby care market. Featuring "natural ingredients, bursting with effectiveness" sourced with a commitment to social and ecological responsibility. It's no wonder The Body Shop has been the number one "green" cosmetics brand for decades.
Lisa M. Robbin Young gives "face time" to hundreds of women each month, as a skin care consultant, author and entrepreneur. Sign up for her free newsletter, "Beauty Remarks" and get a free copy of her book, "Saving Face" at

Friday, July 25, 2008

Red Carpet Tips for Fall

(ARA) - As the leaves change their colors this fall, many people find it is a great time to also change their style. The fall season brings new fashion and a chance for women to peruse style magazines and hit the shops to revive their look. Stylist-to-the-stars Britt Bardo brings good news for this fall’s style seekers -- looking your best does not have to take a lot of time or money.

Prepping celebrities for red carpet appearances and eleventh-hour events is a daily task for Bardo whose clients include Hollywood A-listers, Jessica Simpson, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. While she spends much of her time preparing stars for important events, Britt often finds herself providing clients with simple tips to achieve a stylish, yet effortless, look at the last minute.

But in Bardo’s opinion, a new look isn’t always about the clothes and accessories. Her easiest tip is likely the first that people notice. “When my clients have to look good quickly, my new secret weapon is the new touch-up teeth whitening product, Aquafresh White Trays Revive. It revitalizes the effects of previous whitening treatments, improving teeth whiteness in just two days -- it is a life-saver for last minute events.”

This fall, fashion doesn’t have to be complicated -- Bardo finds the most basic items to be wardrobe essentials. “When you are at a loss for what to wear, stick to well-fitting, chic basics,” she says. “A great pair of trousers and a simple t-shirt tucked in are dependable outfit home-runs. Then give the outfit some ammunition with bold accessories.”

Bardo recommends these other tips to turn heads this fall:

* Every woman should have a great-fitting, sexy little white shirt. It is classic and chic and goes with everything.

* Mix up your cosmetics with the new mineral make-ups.

* If you want to try out a trend but are hesitant to spend a lot of money, look for a similar style at a lower price. With high-end designers doing collections for mass retailers it is easy to find something fun and low cost.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Buriti Oil: Baby's Amazon Skin Smoother

Buriti Oil may be the nectar of the Gods - at least in Brazil. The Moriche Palm, Mauritia flexuosa, also known as the Buriti tree, is a palm tree that grows in and near swamps and other wet areas in tropical South America. Natives call it "the Tree of Life" which is the literal translation of Buriti. The entire tree has varied uses, and indeed may be a rare gem in the Amazonian jungle.

The Buriti (pronounced bu-REE-chee) palm grows to a towering height of up to 35 meters, with a palm spread that resembles a rounded crown. Beautiful pale yellow blooms adorn the tree from December to April, and an almost artificial-looking ridged fruit grows from December to June. The nearly perfectly shaped fruit has shiny chestnut colored scales, and the edible, yellow, fleshy fruit has a high vitamin C content.

The Buriti palm is suitable for human use in a variety of ways. The sweet fruit is used to make beverages, preserves and ice cream. Buriti oil is high in vitamin A and is cold-pressed from the pulp. Natives use the healing oil to treat burns because of its soothing qualities. The inflorescence buds are eaten as a vegetable, and the sap can be made into a juice or allowed to ferment to make a wine. Threads and cords are locally produced from the tree's fibers.

In the cosmetic world, Buriti oil is highly prized for the essential Fatty Acids and emollients that work overtime at keeping skin smooth. The antioxidant properties of Buriti oil also have skin repairing and protecting properties. In fact, the concentration of carotene in Buriti oil is even higher than that in carrot oil.

Slowly, we're seeing Buriti oil make it's way into the mainstream cosmetic market. Look for major players like The Body Shop to release a new collection of baby care products featuring Buriti oil in Fall, 2008. Dubbed "Buriti Baby", the collection touts skin softening, ultra gentle cleansing and protection for baby's delicate skin. Products range from shampoo to baby body butter, and include accesories made from organic cotton and renewable bamboo.

But Buriti oil isn't just for babies. Countless health food stores are now carrying the oil, the ground nut as an exfoliant, and even the fruit. Americans are just now learning how valuable this miracle fruit can be in terms of meeting so many diverse needs for our health and beauty.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Nature's Minerals: Makeup That's Good For Your Skin?

One of the hottest trends in make-up today is loose-powder mineral cosmetics. With brand names like "naked", "bare" and "pure", one would think that mineral makeup is one of the best products for your skin. To a point that's true. Because many of the traditional additives in cosmetics - fragrance, filler, binders, synthetic dyes and preservatives - are not a part of mineral makeup, these new, "natural" cosmetics are easier on the skin, but don't be fooled. According to WebMD, the major mineral components in this trendy new make-up "have been the basis of most makeup foundations for decades." What's more, many of the ingredients are actually synthetically formulated, which takes "nature" right out of the picture, in a manner of speaking.

Here's the lowdown on the 4 most common "minerals" found in today's hottest cosmetics:

Iron Oxide. More commonly known as rust, certain isotopes of iron oxide have been used since prehistoric times as pigments, paints and dyes. Different chemical configurations create different colors, most often red, brown, yellow and black tones. There is a large concentration of iron oxide on Mars, thus giving it the red hue, and the nickname "the red planet". According to Wikipedia, however: "Iron oxides graded safe for cosmetic use are produced synthetically in order to avoid the inclusion of ferrous or ferric oxides, and impurities normally found in naturally occurring iron oxides."

Nature's own minerals being replicated in a lab? Doesn't sound very "natural" to me!

Titanium Dioxide. From paint, to sunscreen to food coloring, this naturally occurring substance has also been used in cosmetics for decades - primarily as a thickener and, more recently, for the SPF protection that it provides. Most dermatologists would agree, however that no matter the SPF, mineral makeup by itself is not enough sun protection for the skin of your face. Dermatologists recommend a minimum SPF rating of 25 for face protection. And never tuck yourself in at night without washing your face. No makeup is pure enough "to sleep in it". Plus the recent concerns over the recent classification of titanium dioxide as a "group 2B carcinogen" have people reexamining the benefits of the mineral. This classification indicates that the mineral could be potentially carcinogenic to humans, as it has been found to cause cancer in rats that inhaled the particles.

As most mineral makeups are in a loose, powder form, it is unclear at this point if it will pose a future threat to humans. One of the biggest complaints regarding mineral makeup is the loose powder spillage and dispersion in the air during application. According to WebMD, however, the fine particulate matter of the makeup may pose other concerns. "Minerals like zinc and titanium are safe when applied to healthy skin but in a micronized nanoparticle form, there remains a concern, particularly when applied to damaged skin, or when inhaled".

Mica. Though to be derived from an ancient word for "glitter", mica's light diffusing properties have made it a component in eye colors for decades. Highly heat resistant, mica has been prized for centuries and is the predominant component of the sun pyramid just outside of Mexico City. In mineral makeup, mica is used to reflect light, create a shimmering effect or to help disguise fine lines by "bending" light. Mica was extremely rare and prized throughout Europe during the 19th century. Now, mica is easily refined and is one of the truly natural minerals in cosmetics today.

Kaolin/ Kaolinite. This earthy clay hardens to a soft, chalk-like substance. This nearly white mineral is prevalent around the globe, and is another true mineral in mineral cosmetics. Because of the absorbent nature of clay, it adheres more uniformly to the contours of facial skin and holds its position better than most liquid foundations. It is kaolin and other clays like it (some companies are using "Mediterranean" clay, commonly known as illite, which is a cousin to kaolinite) that gives mineral make-up the long lasting coverage for which it is popular.

So if you have to choose, mineral make-up is probably the lesser of all cosmetic evils, and even a great choice for people with acne-prone skin. The clay helps to absorb excess oils, and gives a "flawless" professional finish with even coverage. One mineral to steer clear of, however is bismuth oxychloride. While this element is technically a mineral, it does not occur naturally, and "Bismuth is a byproduct of lead and copper processing" according to the experts at WebMD. It is strongly cautioned that people with sensitive skin, rosacea or chronic acne avoid this ingredient, as it "is considered a skin irritant and can cause itching and rashes and in large amounts it can cause cystic acne."

For normal to oily skin, makeup made from nature's minerals are a blessing, but for dry/sensitive skin, heavy applications of mineral makeup can be too drying on the skin, emphasizing fine lines and "weighing down" the skin's appearance. A simple trick to improve the coverage without applying a second coat? Mist your face to add a bit of moisture before applying the makeup, and consider using a less diffuse applicator brush. The smaller the brush, the heavier and more direct the coverage. As technology and testing catches up with this cosmetic trend, watch for mineral makeup that is actually proven suitable for sensitive skin. It's only a matter of time.
Lisa M. Robbin Young gives "face time" to hundreds of women each month, as a skin care consultant, author and entrepreneur. Sign up for her free newsletter, "Beauty Remarks" and get a free copy of her book, "Saving Face" at

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Spa Parties: Pamper Your Body and Shop at Home All At Once

Spa parties are not a new idea, but the trend is more popular in recent years. As technology improves, companies are offering spa quality products to smooth your skin and pamper your body while you shop at home in a relaxing and fun "party" setting.

The idea is simple, and most are based on the direct selling, party plan model. An independent consultant arrives at your home, sets up her "shop" and presents a short product demo that includes slathering your body's skin with naturally inspired beauty and skin care from a company with a track record for excellence. Women with tired, achy feet are encouraged to soak them in tubs of warm water infused with products called "cooling peppermint foot soak" or "plunge and purify bath soak". Tired tootsies are refreshed and softened - much like the ladies themselves.

Most of the time, the products are far superior to anything you can buy in a retail outlet. Sure, you can get a tub of body butter at your local Wal-Mart, but the consistency and ingredients of the product are generally of a lesser quality than the body products you can shop for at home parties. Plus, many of these companies are using botanicals, natural ingredients and even rare herbs and oils to further bolster the effectiveness of the product. With the green craze in full swing, more consumers are looking for products that are good for their body, with more natural ingredients, and fewer additives, preservatives and chemicals.

In recent years, some of the biggest manufacturers of skin, hair and makeup products have established home party channels from which their clients can continue to shop. In fact, companies like Avon, which started as a direct selling company, have added stores in malls, as well as "in home" type sales presentations to their arsenal in recent years in an effort to "reach customers where they are". With the rising transportation and fuel costs, the in home party plan consultants are actually noting an increase in business, because people would rather "shop from their seat, instead of their feet" saving time, gas, and money in the process. One "shop at home" body care company projects that independent consultant sales will eclipse their retail store sales in the next 3-6 years. The convenience, comfort and value of attending a spa party at home is gaining more mainstream recognition, as women that have attended parties begin to rave about the products, the pampering and the fun with friends.

But the fun is not just for customers. While they can shop in a party-like setting, hostesses get a great deal more than just friends, food and fun. They also have the opportunity to earn additional products for free and half price when their friends shop for body care products at their house.

So just for opening their doors to family and friends, a hostess can walk out of the independent consultant's "shop" with an armload of free bath and body products delivered right to her home. All she has to do is invite her friends, serve light refreshments, and open the box of "goodies" when it arrives.

The best part? Spa parties are free to host. Independent consultants do not charge a fee to set up their "shop" at your home. Most consultants rely on sales from guests to pay for their time and materials at an in-home spa party. Some consultants charge a flat rate per person if no sales will be collected during the event. Hostesses can also get credits for additional products from the consultant's catalog when her guests agree to schedule a show at a later date. This is how an independent spa party consultant generates sales and repeat business. There are usually gifts or incentives for the guests to host a party as well.
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Lisa M. Robbin Young is a skin care consultant, author, and entrepreneur. Sign up for her free newsletter, "Beauty ReMarks" and get a free copy of her book, "Saving Face" at

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Fall 2008 Fashion Jewelry Forecast: Deep and Warm is the Trend

Summer's barely here, and the trend setters in the fashion industry are already making forecasts for Fall, 2008. Smooth, rounded shapes pair with matte metallics in the coming season. Personal style takes a warm, rich turn as the holiday season approaches. So before you even retire your favorite summer swimsuit, trendsetters are already talking about softer stylings, coupled with mixed materials and deep, rich colors. Here are 5 of the hottest trend ideas (complete with coloring advice), straight from the leading edge of fashion jewelry:

1. Rounded shaped like discs, rings, and hoops. Like a 3-ring circus, many of Fall's hottest designs are taking a circular shape. Look for designed inspired by retro looks of the 1960's: think British Invasion, West End geometrics. Medallions - the bigger the better - are also a popular look, reminiscent of the love-fest 70's.
2. For warmer tones: Try rich oranges and warm reds like Carnelian, Cinnabar, and Red Aventurine. Olive makes a great secondary color to mix things up. For cooler tones: watery, icy pastels in pink and blue set a relaxed but classy tone, while deep royal purples combined with matte gray add a touch of higher class.
3. Mix it up: Layers, textures and materials are all being interchanged this season. Silk cords with textured metals, suede with wood or metallics.
4. Go Natural: Wood, shell, natural stones are all hot commodities this Fall. The "go green" concept has hit the jewelry world with full force, and mother of pearl (dyed in a rainbow of colors), abalone and freshwater pearls are making a big "splash", as well as turquoise, agate and jade (also in a rainbow of colors).
5. Bold or Understated, the choice is yours: Big, bold dramatic pieces as a fashion focal point are the statement of the season. The peasant styles of the 70's, as well as the dynamic, two-toned geometrics of the 60's are playing nicely this Fall. Black and White (or silver and black) are hot properties. For the understated look, consider smaller crystals with lightweight metallics, pewter or graphite toned, for a great daytime/office look.

Fashion jewelry this fall is full of possibilities for once in a long time. It can be almost anything that you make of it. These 5 tips are a great starting point to put your jewelry wardrobe in high style. With layering continuing to be a trend, consider coupling a few more understated necklaces at various lengths with one larger, "chunky" bracelet, to create a wardrobe worth talking about all season long.

Lisa M. Robbin Young is a beauty and fashion consultant for two of the most recognized brands in the US today. Sign up for her free newsletter, "Beauty ReMarks" and get a free copy of her book, "Saving Face" at

Monday, July 7, 2008

Aging Gracefully Inside and Out

(ARA) - Whether you've noticed the signs of aging in family and friends, or acknowledged how it affects your own mind and body, getting older is an unavoidable part of life. And while Ponce de Leon never found the Fountain of Youth, daily preventative measures can be taken to help you age beautifully both inside and out.

The most frequently recognized signs of aging include extrinsic indicators such as gray hair and wrinkles. But have you ever stopped to think about other factors that influence how young we feel and how young others perceive us to be? Here are some tips on how to take aging in stride and help you look and feel your youngest:

* Heart-felt: Choosing a heart-healthy diet may not only lengthen your lifespan by helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, it will also help you age healthier. The FDA recommends eating well-balanced meals low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt. Additionally, heart-friendly foods, especially those high in fiber, such as salmon, soy protein, oatmeal and spinach, will help you stay "young at heart."

* Smile On: Tooth stains and red gums can age the appearance of your smile and impact its health. In fact, gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that affects one out of every two adults, can be a major cause behind prematurely aging smiles. "The good news is that it's preventable," says Dr. Jamie Sands, D.D.S. "I recommend using Crest Pro-Health toothpaste, which helps stop gingivitis before it starts and protects all these areas dentists check most -- plaque, cavities, tartar, sensitivity and stains and a power toothbrush, such as Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean, which reduces up to two times more plaque than a manual brush."

* Work It: No one is too old to reap the benefits of exercise. Regular physical activity provides endless advantages -- from reducing the risk of osteoporosis to increased energy and feelings of well-being -- even a brisk 20-minute walk several times a week can improve your overall health.

* Skin Deep: Although genes are a major factor in how skin ages, a great deal of visible aging also stems from environmental factors. Just a few minutes of sun exposure a day can cause noticeable changes to the skin, such as freckles, age spots, spider veins, fine wrinkles, and of course, skin cancer. To maintain your youngest-looking skin, avoid deliberate sun exposure, wear protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat, and apply sunscreen, preferably SPF 15 or higher, year-round.

* Thought-provoking: Studies suggests that people who engage in logic-based activities, such as crossword puzzles and games that involve strategy like Scrabble or chess, are less likely to develop memory loss. Not only will these hobbies keep your vision and hand-eye coordination sharp, but such challenges also help to keep your mind active.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Summer Sunscreen Mistakes, Myths and Solutions

(ARA) - Spring sun and the approach of summer remind many of us to get diligent about applying sunscreen before heading outdoors. But is that enough to protect your skin this summer? More than 1 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

"Changes in the environment and popular misconceptions make it more important than ever to take steps that will minimize your exposure to cancer-causing UV rays," says Dr. Jessica Wu, resident dermatologist at, the number 2 health destination online, and a clinical instructor in dermatology at USC Medical School. "May is national Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention month and now is a good time to get educated about how to protect your skin from the sun."

Nearly half of all Americans will develop skin cancer by the time they're 65, according to the National Cancer Institute. Here are some common summer sunscreen mistakes and myths . . . and their solutions:

Mistake: Only applying sunscreen at the beach.

There are two types of Ultra-violet (UV) rays: UVBs, which cause sunburns and UVAs, which cause skin cancer. While UVB rays can't pass through glass, UVAs do and they're present year-round during daylight hours. You are exposed through the windshield on your drive to work, through the window in your office or when you go outside for lunch or to run errands.

What you can do: Remember to use sunscreen daily, not just on the weekends.

Make sunscreen a daily habit for your kids as well. "Sun exposure in childhood is closely linked to skin cancer risk," Dr. Wu says. "Research has shown that having more than five blistering sunburns in childhood will double your risk of developing melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, later in life."

Myth: Believing a higher SPF guarantees a stronger sunscreen.

Actually, a sunscreen with SPF 30 only gives you 4 percent more UVB (sunburn) protection compared to SPF 15.To give you adequate protection, your sunscreen should also provide UVA protection.

What you can do: To protect yourself, learn to read labels. Look for a sunscreen with at least SPF 15, and ingredients like zinc, titanium, or Mexoryl, which protect you from UVA rays. If you know what ingredients to look for, you can find a good sunscreen on any budget.

Mistake: Going to a tanning salon to get a "base tan" thinking it will protect you from sun damage and skin cancer.

The "safe" tanning beds many tanning salons claim to offer use mainly UVA rays, and block out UVB (burning) rays. You won't burn, but you'll be getting a large dose of cancer-causing UVA rays. One study showed that people aged 35 or younger who used tanning beds regularly had eight times the risk of developing melanoma compared to those who never used tanning beds. Another study showed that women who used tanning beds at least once a month were 55 percent more likely to develop melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer.

What you can do: Don't use tanning beds - ever. "There is no such thing as a safe tan, and tanning beds, because of the UVA rays they use, are particularly dangerous," says Dr. Wu.

Despite the risk, more people than ever - of all ages and both sexes - are using tanning beds. In fact, the number of Americans using tanning beds in the past decade has doubled. Some states have legislation to limit tanning bed use among minors.

Mistake: Not reapplying sunscreen.

With summer heat and humidity, sunscreen rubs off and sweats off; if you go in the pool or ocean, it washes off, leaving your skin unprotected.

What you can do: For optimal sun protection, remember to reapply sunscreen when you get out of the water and every three to four hours. If you're not able to wash your face and reapply your makeup in the middle of the day, try touching up with mineral powder (which has zinc, a natural sunscreen) or makeup that contains SPF to boost your sun protection.

Mistake: Forgetting to protect your eyes, ears and lips.

Ears and lips can sunburn quickly and a common sites for skin cancers.

What you can do: Be sure to apply sunscreen to your ears, especially if you have short hair or pull your hair back in a ponytail. Look for lip balm that contains SPF of at least 15. UV rays can cause cataracts, so be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, especially if you're out on the water, which can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays.

To learn more about how to protect your skin from the sun this summer, visit

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Summer Skin Beauty Essentials

(ARA) -- Summer is around the corner, and that means more time outside in the sun. While we are aware of the dangers associated with sun-bathing, many still long for that sun-kissed glow. So how can you achieve the look of a bronzed beauty this summer without risking the health of your skin? Use the right tools to enhance features and protect skin.

Here are six essentials every woman should keep in her make-up kit this summer to keep skin looking healthy, glowing and gorgeous:

1. Foundation that Offers SPF Protection

Do double duty - hide imperfections and be protected from the sun's ultraviolet rays. The Body Shop's Flawless Skin Protecting Foundation with SPF 25 is an innovative cream-to-powder foundation that provides medium to full coverage. A perfect color blend for a healthy-looking, flawless complexion and has a mineral defense shield to protect skin to boot. The unique formula contains Vitamin C to brighten skin and Community Trade marula oil to condition and moisturize.

2. A Bronzing Powder to Mimic that Sun-Kissed Glow

Housed in a retro-style compact, Sun Lustre Bronzer, which is part of The Body Shop's new limited edition Summer Make-Up Collection, comes in two colors: Bronze Gleam which is a natural sun-kissed bronze and Radiant Blush, a pretty, pink illuminating shade.

3. A Water-Proof Mascara

You never know when the mood might hit to take a spontaneous jump in the pool, and you don't want your make-up to suffer. Find a mascara that will survive the water, and also coat lashes with long-lasting color, while helping to condition and protect. The Body Shop's Waterproof Mascara is a great find, and contains Community Trade marula oil.

4. Bright Eyeshadow

Bright, bold, colorful eye shadow helps to enhance the sun-kissed look. The Body Shop's Summer Shimmer Cubes come in Sea Blue which is a deep ocean blue with a hint of silver; Fiery Red which is an intense, vibrant red with softer pink overtones; Green Meadow, a stunning, bright emerald green; and Golden Sun which offers a rich, warm, golden glow.

5. Sparkly, Sheer Lipstick to Brighten Up Face

Dark, heavy lip color is best worn in winter, for the summer months try a sheer color that still adds some color to your look. The Body Shop Sheer Lip Lustre is a pearlescent lip balms with a hint of sparkle. The Lip Lustres are infused with a "White Tea" fragrance for a deliciously summery scent and available in three different shades: Flush pink is a pretty pink with a hot pink sparkle. Golden Rose is a golden pink with a golden sparkle. Rose Shimmer is a rose shade with multi-colored sparkle.

6. Faking It - Self-Tanners Instead of Sun-Bathing

Because you still desire a deep-tanned look but are wary of exposing your skin to the sun's harmful UV rays to achieve it, use a self tanning product. The Cocoa Butter Everyday Summer Body Lotion from The Body Shop helps gradually build that even sun-kissed glow. Start by applying to dry and well cleansed skin, and allow to set in before dressing for your night on the town. The Everyday Summer Body Lotion uses Community Trade cocoa butter from Ghana to soften skin and improve elasticity, so you are helping to improve the texture of skin while also adding that 'fresh from the beach' glow.

Also, to enhance your look even further, smooth on a Body and Leg Shine to your arms, legs and chest before hitting the beach. It's a wash-off product that goes on with minimal blending to give you a slimmer, more toned appearance along with fabulous color. One of the key ingredients is Community Trade aloe vera which is known for its soothing and hydrating effects. There are shades available for fair to medium skin tones, as well as medium to dark skin tones.

Then at the end of the day when you return home from the beach, there's one more essential you don't want to be without -- a tube of The Body Shop's new Peppermint Purifying Foot Mask. Made with Community Trade Peppermint Essential Oil from the U.K that will leave your feet feeling cool, refreshed and fragranced, and Sesame Oil from Guatemala that moisturizes and protects the skin, the mask will deep cleanse and soothe tired, achy feet that have spent the day running across the hot sand.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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