Wednesday, January 31, 2007
It's a plucky subject for most people. Whether you shave, wax, sugar, pluck, or go through electrolysis it's still a pain. I myself have used all the above methods except the latter. I even tried the buffing technique, where it's almost like sanding your body hair off with sandpaper! I gave it a try because my husband had bought it to remove some of his body hair. It was definitely different, that's for sure. There was a little sanding pad that you would strap onto your hand and rub it on your body in a circular motion. Then you would rub, and rub, and rub, and then rub some more. The hair would ball up and then you'd have to brush it away. It seemed to work pretty well but it took a very long time. I forgot to time it and see how long it took for the hair to grow back in.
One method I for sure do not want to try is an epilator machine. Perhaps these days the're more advanced and streamlined, but I know the last time I saw one it was like a huge coil, almost like a Slinky toy but thinner, attached to a hand-held machine that plugged in to an electrical outlet. You would switch it on then run it across any hairy parts on your body where you wanted to remove the hair. The coil would then grab onto the hair and yank it out. This just sounded way too painful. I remember watching commercials on TV for it and shreiking in pain just from watching the animated demonstration. Even if it were effective, I think I'd still be scared to use it.
I'll stick to shaving, thanks. I might even give these Hair Removal creams a try. They seem to be very promising. I'm very lucky and I don't have a lady moustache on my upper lip. Once in awhile, a single hair will grow from what used to be a mole near my bottom lip. When that happens, I just pluck it.
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If you're still searching for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart, please allow me to offer some assistance. Visit this link for my Spa and Aromatherapy gift sets which make a perfect romantic gift for the most romantic of all holidays, Valentine's Day.
I went through this process some years back and while it was painful then, it's so great to be debt-free now. You have no idea what a relief it was when I made the final payment. Then again, I remember they accidentally deducted the regular payment amount the month after the final payoff as well. That took some time to get sorted out but they did me right and all is well.
Being a teenager with two credit cards was lots of fun, until it came time to join the workforce and pay down those balances, which is impossible to do if you're just paying the minimum amount. I even once took a cash advance from one card to make the payment on the other. Ouch! Learn from my mistakes and don't ever get into big Credit Card Debt. It is a downward spiral that took a long time to get out of.
What helped so much was to go to a Credit Card Debt Management place and have them work out payment arrangements with the debtors so that you can have a fixed low monthly payment and get all those cards paid off. For me it took 5 years and it was a struggle, but I never would have made it had I not consolidated that debt.
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I have added the title of Jeweler to my repertoire! I feel it complements my skin care and glamour business nicely. Makeup and Jewelry go hand in hand almost like peanut butter and jelly. My catalogs should be arriving any day now, so if you'd like to receive a copy of one, please e-mail me and I'll zip one right out to you. Note: The pictures in the catalog often don't do the pieces justice. It's hard to show sparkly, even on glossy paper.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
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Thursday, January 25, 2007
If you've been reading this blog for any length of time you're aware that in addition to beauty, glamour, skin care, manicures, pedicures and makeovers I'm also into football. I know, I know, odd combination. I'm also really big into music and I love to sing. Singers typically write songs, as I have done. Next year I'll have to submit some of my work and see if I can be one of the We Are Listening song contest winners. Go to their site NOW! Check out this year's entrants, vote for and download your favorite. There are three winners who will soon get to go to London and work in a famous studio with the legendary Steve Williams who has been a producer for artists like Sting, Seal and Eric Clapton! Did I mention the winners also get luxury accomodations at a five star hotel? I'm definitely entering this one next year! For those of you who are ready now, there's still a little over a month left to submit your work and have it heard.
We Are Listening is a London-based company, providing professional opportunities for up-and-coming musicians worldwide. Their site includes a great blog which contains some nice music industry nuggets. Also, either they're really good with PhotoShop or they have their own airplane complete with artwork and logos. It's a very large plane, too - we're not talking Cessna here.
The Link Boutique on their site has a great list of featured artists including one that opened for Bon Jovi here in DC not too long ago in front of 15,000 fans and aired on FOX and CNN.
Visit the Success Stories portion of their site so you can see for yourself that songwriting contests really do work!
Go on and get yourself heard. Submit your song and who knows? Shoot for the moon and you'll land amongst the stars.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Last year, more than eight-point-seven-million people underwent cosmetic procedures to enhance what nature gave them, or didn’t. But experts tell us that Americans may be jumping into invasive procedures too quickly.
Despite the media coverage of makeover reality shows, the majority of Americans are not looking for extreme transformations. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, most of us want to look better, naturally, with 68-percent preferring a subtle change. And experts agree that looking your best could be accomplished at home for considerably less.
Dr. Linda Franks, a leader in the specialized skin care frontier, says “To get that timeless, healthy look you need to start with an appropriate skincare regime. Taking good care of your skin can stave off fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and even dry skin.”
Where to begin? At the sink! Doctors say whatever your skin type, the key is to cleanse it gently. Avoid hot water and use lukewarm instead, to prevent over-drying. And throw in the towel – traditional washcloths are too abrasive for the face, so use your hands and fingers.
Sixty-eight-percent of women claim to have sensitive skin which means dry, tight, chapped or easily irritated skin. Dr. Franks advises moisturizing regularly and avoiding harsh cleansers with ingredients such as fragrances, dyes and preservatives because sensitive skin is easily damaged and takes longer to recover.
If your skin is dry and easily irritated, don’t wash more than once a day. You may risk stripping the skin of its natural oils. Dr. Franks recommends looking for non-irritating cleansing washes that are soap-free, moisturizers that are light, oil-free, and water-based to help maintain the skin’s natural barrier. Another tip—make sure to choose a facial moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15, which protects against both UVB and UVA rays.
Skin sensitivity may also result from the third most common, non-surgical skincare procedure known as Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is a quick and easy, non-invasive procedure that helps to reveal healthier-looking skin by sweeping away dead skin cells. Dr. Franks reveals that, following the treatment, the best way to avoid irritation is by opting for an ultra-gentle cleanser and moisturizer.
A new clinical study shows that PURPOSE gentle cleansing wash and dual treatment moisture lotion with spf 15 are compatible with this procedure.
How else can you obtain optimal skin health? Here are some other healthy basics to keep your skin looking its best:
Dr. Franks says, “Exercise opens up blood vessels to make skin look healthy and youthful. It’s so important for healthy skin.” Regular cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow to the skin which assists in collagen production. Maintaining muscle mass through exercise can also help anchor and support skin, keeping it taut.
And drink up! At least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day are crucial for optimal skin hydration.
So before you sign on for an extreme and expensive makeover, just think back on some simple, beauty basics! You just might like what you see!
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Friday, January 19, 2007
By Michael Bustamante
Online skin care schools offer courses for working adults to change a career or to advance an existing career. Skin care technicians (also known as Estheticians) are in demand in beauty salons, spas, and private practices.
Online distance learning skin care courses focus on the study of all aspects of skin; skin structure and natural health; and on skin conditions, treatments, and care. Online skin care programs teach basic biology, cellular components of skin, normal skin and adjoining systems, common dermatologic disorders (birth marks, acne, discoloration), skin diseases, and general routine components of good skin care.
Online courses in skin care may include discussions of skin layers (epidermis and dermis), immunology, skin infections, pigmentation, healing, hair and nails, cosmetics and beauty, skin biology, skin tumors, and more.
Online skin care schools offering programs of study can include tanning and dangers of tanning; camouflage of skin imperfections; aging and conditions of aging; diseases and treatments; and tips for seasonal skin treatment for healthy skin.
Generally, hands-on experience in laboratory course(s) may be required for certification or a degree in this field of study. Be sure to inquire whether certification or a degree in skin care is an option at your school of choice, and whether or not hands-on experience is a requirement for the particular skin care program of study.
If you are interested in learning more about Online Skin Care Schools and other types of schools, please search our site for more information and resources.
DISCLAIMER: Above is a GENERAL OVERVIEW and may or may not reflect specific practices, courses and/or services associated with ANY ONE particular school(s) that is or is not advertised on SchoolsGalore.com.
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Michael Bustamante, in association with Media Positive Communications, Inc. for SchoolsGalore.com
Michael Bustamante is a staff writer for Media Positive Communications, Inc. in association with SchoolsGalore.com. Find Colleges, Universities, Vocational Schools, and Online Schools at SchoolsGalore.com; your educational resource to locate schools.
The Four C’s of Diamonds are: Cut, clarity, carat and – wait, I can’t remember the last one. Oh yeah, it’s Color! How could I have forgotten that?! Diamonds are no fun when they’re yellowish.
One disturbing thing I’ve heard about diamonds are that they are mined, cut and polished by children in horrific conditions on the African continent. If that's true then that's quite disturbing. The kids who mine them at Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas are mining them for fun, and many large diamonds have been found there. The most recent being on December 31st by a resident of Arkansas who found a 2.37-carat white diamond, the 4th largest diamond of the 486 diamonds found at the Park in 2006.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007
It was the same thing when I had a urinary tract infection about 7 years ago. First of all, the pills they gave me did terrible things to me. I even backed into a concrete piling while driving my husband's truck and wrinkled the bumper. Had to miss work and cancel a house-hunting appointment too because I was in so much pain. Oh how I wish I had known about d mannose back then! It's an all-natural glyconutrient without any harmful additives. Give it a try the next time you have any issues. You'll be glad you did.
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Monday, January 15, 2007
The I in ZIP stands for Iron. Make sure you get enough Iron. Many women suffer from iron deficiencies. No wonder we have trouble growing out our fingernails and maintaining their length.
P stands for Protein and I know that's a word you're familiar with. Make sure you're getting enough of it and then watch those fingernails grow!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
My other speaking engagement/clinic topics are:
Nail Care (Manicures and Pedicures)
Glamour Makeovers (Makeup application tips and instruction)
Sun Wellness (great for May - Nat'l Skin Cancer Awareness Month)
Friday, January 12, 2007
Jennifer Aniston's beauty secrets revealed! I'm told that on her hair, she uses SUDZZ FX Hair Treatments.
Jennifer uses SUDZZ FX Cashmere® Cleansing treatment to condition her hair. It's a gentle, non-damaging and non-stripping 100% Sulfate-Free cleansing system that's vegatable-derived.
It gently cleanses color-enhanced hair and maximizes color retention. For brittle/dry hair it's recommended that you use it daily to restore moisture balance in your hair.
Jennifer uses SUDZZ FX Aquafix to hydrate her hair, as a restorative treatment.
This is important to do, because chemical treatments, heated curlers/irons and blow dryers will all disrupt the moisture balance in your hair, resulting in unmanageable hair that is lifeless and dull.
To target and soothe, smooth and restore moisture deficiencies way down in the hair shaft, use SUDZZ FX Aquafix. It's a lightweight formula which contains honey (in a breakthrough non-sticky form) and leaves hair dazzling and completely manageable.
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A day or two later, my phone number was mistakenly given out on the air at a press conference. I went to the store for 1 hour and when I got back I had 137 voicemail messages! My phone continued to ring off the hook and through speaking with some of the callers, I was able to find out the source of the press conference. I then began work to contact them and ask them to please stop airing the press conference where the incorrect number is given out. I was also able (after a couple of days) to find out the number that they meant to give out at the press conference so I changed my voicemail message and put that number on there. I also transcribed all the messages that people left and forwarded them on to the appropriate agency. Most of the callers were medical professionals wondering how they could be of help. A few of the calls were people wanting to take in people who had been displaced by the hurricane. Of course, there were some calls from frustrated people wondering why more wasn't being done to help the victims.
Here it is, a year and a half later and I still see calls on my phone bill from the 504 area code. Once in awhile I'll see the Houston, Texas area code on there as well which makes sense, as that's where a lot of the displaced residents headed. Thank goodness the Katrina name has been retired so that name will never be used for another hurricane.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The guys with the plan are Jean-Paul Busker and Stefan Leenen from Amsterdam (in the Netherlands) who want you to forget the six degrees of separation and concentrate on the REAL degrees.
ZOOOF has been in beta since last month and the beta stage will last until Valentine's Day. Got family secrets to hide? No problem! There's a treasure chest for safekeeping. More tools are made available to you depending on the number of counrties you unite with your family ties. Just check out these screenshots:
If you want a sneak peek NOW just simply e-mail the following information to invite(at)zooof(dot)com:
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Magnifying Mirrors - Up Close and Personal. Do magnifying mirrors frighten you? They shouldn't. That's not how people will see you. Take a regular mirror, hold it at arms' length and look at yourself in the mirror. THAT'S the distance people will see you from and THAT'S how you appear to them. Click here to see a wide variety of mirrors, both lighted and non-lighted for home and travel as well as bath accessories.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
OK, I had a bad experience with bikes when I was younger. I was going down a hill and picking up speed when suddenly the “headshake” effect kicked in and my handlebars began wobbling from side to side and went out of control. After I came to, I remember yelling at my sister to ride home and go get mom. Luckily I was riding with my sister that day! I can’t imagine what would have happened if I had been by myself.
That was years ago and water under the bridge. Speaking of bridge, I had to have some bridgework done because they were not able to reattach my teeth that were knocked out in the accident.
But enough about that, already. That bike was of poor quality and probably possessed! We ended up giving it to the neighbors and their kid crashed on it too. I now love biking again. It’s a great form of exercise and it’s a lot of fun. OK, I know it’s January and not perfect weather for bike riding. Plan your summer vacation now to help you ward off the winter chills. Or, head for the beaches where it’s warm. A perfect way to enjoy the beach is a beach cruiser blog. I, myself prefer this model, being the San Diego Charger football fan that I am. Go Bolts!
Of course, that would be the bike my husband would ride because it’s a men’s bike.
Or, since he's really into motorcycles he might prefer this version that looks like a chopper. For myself, I think I’d choose the Urban Pro Lady model. Pink is where it’s at!
Which would you choose? There are so many different models which include a nice variety of styles and colors.
Have fun cruising the beach! Don’t forget to be good to your skin - pack your lip balm and sunscreen!
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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Boise, the capital of Idaho is becoming a hot area for congestion and quake-weary Californians as well as others seeking a better quality of life. The average daily temperature in Boise is 63 – sounds good to me! Known as the City of Trees, there are also mountains, deserts, dunes and whitewater rafting nearby. How perfect is that?
Boise has its share of cultural events too, with Ballet Idaho, Boise Art Museum and the Boise philharmonic orchestra, so you culture buffs will feel right at home in this great city. If you’ve got kids, take them to Zoo Boise for a fun day of edutainment.
I’m reminded of the rock band Def Leppard in an interview talk about a show they played in Boise and hearing them say the word Boise in their English accents. So cute!
Micron Technology is the major employer in Boise. Others include Hewlett-Packard, Wal-Mart, DirecTV and Wells Fargo. Looks like a nice three bedroom, two bath house will run you about $150K. See Boise real estate. Boise seems to be a great place to live, work and play!
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