I’ve lamented…often…loudly…about how dirty my work environment is. It really really is one of the most grody places I’ve ever been, just because of the type of work we do. Because of how groiky we get, I’m pretty picky about a) wearing something on my skin as a barrier (foundation, tinted moisturizer, whatever) and b) making sure to cleanse my skin really well at night. Sometimes, this is a trial for me because lately I’ve been going to work at 8 a.m. and not getting OFF work til after 11 p.m., then I have to get home and get cleaned up and get in bed so I can restart the day.
Ever the multitasker, I’m all about making the most of what little time I have to get the most out of the few minutes I can take. Products like the Clean & Clear In Shower Facial are perfect for busy schedules, because it gets slapped on, the shower steam activates the product, and after a minute, it can be massaged off to reveal a fresh face.
Generally, it’s recommended to be used one to three times a week, three’s what I like, because despite having dry skin (ugh), my work environment calls for the extra cleansing.
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As with most celeb gossip in the media, take it with a grain (make that boulder) of salt, but the New York Post Page Six said the following of Jessica Simpson…
VH1 just found out how high “The Price of Beauty” can be. Jessica Simpson (above) is scheduled to start shooting the new show next week and travel to seven countries examining exotic beauty regimens. But VH1 isn’t happy with her budget. “To get her camera-ready each episode will cost $25,000,” said our source. “She insists on using her own hair, makeup and fashion stylists, who are more expensive than J.Lo’s.” A VH1 rep said, “We never comment on what we spend or don’t spend.” Simpson’s rep, Cindi Berger, said, “A budget was approved when the deal was made. All parties were satisfied.”
First, the VH1 show sounds interesting (wow…there’s a phrase I never thought I would utter), but I am choking on the $25k. $25k is obscene. Whether this figure is accurate or not, we can only image the actual figure isn’t far behind. What does this say about the way the media is portraying how a woman should look? How is the everyday woman supposed to keep up with that? What kind of expectations are we putting on ourselves? If you were a celeb, could you allow someone to spend $25k on you or would you feel guilty?
I would love to hear your thoughts on beauty budgets, expectations and the media. When is the price too high?
Everyone’s seen the memo about what we ladies (and gentlemen!) need to do to get the dogs ready for summer footwear. Pumice stones, pedicures, slathering lotion…all of it is essential to pretty toes and unskanked sandal feet.
Callouses & cracks aren’t sexy, and goodness knows that having a gnarled foot run up a leg in the middle of the night would send any of us out of the bed in horror.
Two of my favorite tootsie care products are Curel’s Targeted Therapy Deep Penetrating Foot Cream and Babor’s Daily Vitalizer and Feet Smoothing Balm from the SPA Mediterranee for Feet line.
A couple of the high points -
Curel’s foot therapy is a drugstore product, so it’s available pretty much everywhere at a fairly cheap price. I keep a tube in my backpack and use it after every climbing session to give my toes a mini rehab after being stuffed into shoes 2 sizes too small. Shea butter, coconut milk, urea, and vitamin E all work together to give lots of tender loving care to tired, sore, swollen feet.
When I’m looking for something extra special to treat my feet I break out BABOR’s Spa Mediterranee’s luscious line of foot pamperers. I use my Ped-Egg and scale all the ook off my feet, then shower and scrub, then smooth all the callouses, rough edges, remove any weird toenails or cuticles, and slather the Feet Smoothing Balm all over my feet and up my calves. I massage it in and then wear my hot pink fuzzy Dr. Seuss socks around the house for a couple of hours. The body heat really opens everything up and lets my feet soak in the goodness of the specially developed basil, tomato, and olive. The combination moisturizes, calms inflammation, and soothes by regenerating the lipid film (that’s what keeps your feet soft and healthy). Every morning before work, I smooth on the Daily Feet Vitalizer before donning socks and shoes. It’s shares the Spa Mediterranee complex with the Smoothing Balm, it’s just in a more readily absorbed and lighter weight formula. Of the two, the Vitalizer is the lighter weight formula.
Long, healthy, luscious locks. Or short funky edgy hair. We all want it. We all want that little look of envy out of the corner of someone else’s eye when they see our hair. We want to be the one who takes off the motorcycle helmet and shakes out this glorious mane of shining hair.
Hair has to be taken care of.
We abuse our hair, collectively. We over style, over wash, over color, over brush, over handle, and mistreat it.
Stop the abuse!!
Love your hair with shampoos and conditioners made specifically for your type of hair and your scalp. Often, the scalp will be oily but the hair will be dry…leading to too much moisture on the scalp because of hydrating shampoo and conditioners being used for the hair. A simple remedy is to use shampoo to treat the scalp, and then something hydrating like a masque or hot oil treatment for the tresses.
Color gently. No matter what you do, chemical coloring is going to damage your hair. It will swell and roughen the cuticle, it will cause breakage and split ends if not treated properly. Vegetable dye is probably the safest way to color, but if that doesn’t yield the results you want so you’re intent on chemical processing, be sure to use products that will protect and moisturize your hair.
Cover up! The elements have a definite effect on your tresses…drying, lightening, frizzing…it all happens when you spend hours outdoors without a hat or scarf! Heat and humidity can be devastating to delicate hair, so put on a cute hat, and use some leave in conditioner. If you’ve colored your hair, consider a leave in with UV protectant to protect hair from fading.
Deep condition once a week with an intensive hair masque. Avocado & EVOO are two oils you can use to pamper your hair. Both contain essential amino acids and plenty of vitamins A, C, and E to nourish your strands.
Hydrate. Keep your hair moisturized to keep it soft and shiny. Curly ladies especially need lots of moisture. Check labels on hair care products for things like lanolin, honey, olive and fruit extracts. These ingredients will help lock moisture into the hair shaft.
What you use matters…so use good quality styling tools along with heat protecting shampoos and conditioners. Tools with ceramic and tourmaline will be the least damaging to hair, and will take out the least natural moisture. They’ll also help prevent split ends.
Speaking of split ends…stop them before they start. Treat your hair gently, trim regularly, and use something on your ends to keep them extra loved.
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