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A Scary Story

Halloween is coming…  my hubby loves handing out candy to all the children in our neighborhood.  When they start getting too big or scary I say “Lights out” and he laughs.  Of course, I admit I do wait till the candy is almost gone because I know who is going to eat any and all the leftovers – me.  (Not him, because he’s been snacking all night on it!)

Okay, I have a question my friends. Have you ever put a mask on your feet?  Patchology Poshpeel Pedicure can make your feet look fabulous, but you have to go through a scary few days before you get there.  Poshpeel smells wonderful and you put your feet in it for an hour.  Afterwards, you think, so that’s it? But wait.  A few days later… well, that’s when scary starts to happen.  Your feet peel.  No let me rephrase that – your feet peeeeel and peeeeel and peel and then your toes peel and peel even more.  I take off my shoes at night and I have skin hanging off my toes, my cuticles around my toes and it goes on and on and then one day you wake up to beautiful baby soft feet!

These little booties are incredibly effective and extremely luxurious.  PoshPeel™ treatments put powerful acids to work dissolving dead skin, while you sit back and feel pampered. These treatments are progressive, meaning they work over 3­-7 days to get rid of dead skin and smooth the surface. Because the treatments penetrate the skin so deeply, your skin looks radiant for even longer. I suggest doing your foot mask during the winter so no one sees your skin hanging off your feet and your toes.  The first time I did this treatment I went to get a pedicure and I  scared my tech.  She had never seen a ‘condition’ such as mine she said.  I laughed and told her what I had used and gave her one to try herself.  She is a believer now!

So pass out some candy on Halloween and save the scary stuff for yourself.  Boo!

I am going to wear a smile for this year’s Halloween costume. Pintrest

Super Hero of Skincare

Super heroes are everywhere these days.  One of my students keeps telling me each day he is Captain America – he’s 4 years old, so what can I say?  He may be!

Personally I am a Wonder Woman fan – bet you thought I’d say Batman, huh?  I mean, Bruce Wayne is a cutie especially in those great glasses of his, but oh! to be Wonder Woman!  My list of errands is always very long.  I run around the Dallas area on my days off all day long.  If I was Wonder Woman I might get everything done in a timely manner and have a great looking outfit with no wrinkles (not to mention that fabulous figure!)

Visiting the Fall Trend show at Nordstrom a few weeks ago I discovered “The Super Hero of Skincare” thanks to Enrique Starnes-Ortega with Dr. Dennis Gross.  With a guarantee that three (3) minutes of use a day keeps the wrinkles away! And! I think I might have found another great product I love from Dr. Dennis Gross!

DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Pro or as I refer to it – my lighted goggles.  You know – like the super heroes wear! After about 2-3 weeks of use you can show off the look of rested, revived, youthful eyes in just 3 minutes a day! It’s hands-free and features 72 LEDs. SpectraLite™ showcases a full spectrum of therapeutic light, bringing professional light therapy to your home in a next-generation, universal-fit model.

Dr. Gross transfers the power of his in-office LED treatments into his latest FDA CLEARED light therapy eye device for at-home use. It’s proven to build collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles and this targeted treatment smooths and firms the eye area for long term benefits.

SpectraLite™ penetrates deep within the dermis of your skin, stimulating collagen production to improve skin density and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. You will start to see facial changes around your eye in as early as 2 weeks and I am right there now and seeing it for myself.

This is the future of your eyes, and it’s looking bright. Be your own Super Hero and for only three minutes a day, YOU can keep the bad guys (wrinkles around your eyes) away!

 

I Am Not The Lone Ranger

When I was a little girl I loved to play dress up and do some role playing.  As I got into my young teenage years my sister, Jill, would join me with hairbrush in hand like we were on stage singing with a rock band.  We still laugh about that occasionally over our weekly coffees.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited

to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world,

and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein

When children participate in role playing, they naturally become someone or something else. role playing stimulates their imagination and “enhances their social development, by encouraging friendship through mutual cooperation, listening and turn taking”. Therefore, role play is a really vital activity for our children.

I was thinking about this recently since I have added a sleep mask to my bedtime routine.  Do I think I am the Lone Ranger? I would emphatically say ‘no’ to that question.  And, so far, I have not dreamed of riding my horse alongside him or Tonto either. But! there is always tomorrow night!

My mask is actually a copper-infused sleep mask that covers eyes with advanced care to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as you sleep Iluminage.

This sleep mask covers your delicate eyes during sleeping hours with advanced care to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Beyond blocking all visual stimuli to quiet your mind and senses, this silky, soft, smart textile is carefully embedded with copper oxide technology, derived from a well-known essential mineral. This technology is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles for smoother, younger-looking skin. Placing it on your eye area following your night time treatment routines is also a key.

I must say I absolutely love this mask. It’s so soft and silky that it really does help me fall asleep sooner. I do not know if the copper actually assists with anti aging, but I do know as far as sleep goes, this mask is great!

She threw away all of her masks and put on her soul. – Pintrest

High School Friendships

Question. How many of you attend an occasional get together with friends from high school?

I must say that I am blessed, truly blessed, with an abundance of friends and many of them are from high school.  We get together often for lunches, dinners, and celebrations of birthdays. Or just because.

My graduation class had over 1000 people in it.  So! I must also admit though I didn’t know everyone in my class, with the many gatherings we have had over the years plus the addition of social media I have met many more.   Some of these friends are lifelong friends while others are what I call “new” old friends, but each are very special to me.

We have had several gatherings over the last two weeks because one of our classmates is visiting from California. So there has been lots of activities – lunches, dinners and late nights. It’s been a whirlwind for many of us.

And then a phone call.  One of my friends was in a dilemma. Her face was breaking out with a rash of some kind with the unknown culprit most likely being late nights, working days, and extra fun.  So I dug through my Beauty Bag and put my ‘healing hands’ on Patchology’s SmartMud No Mess Detox Masque.

It was a true healer!

This masque is a detoxifying mud sheet masque that purifies your skin without leaving any pore-clogging (or sink-clogging) debris behind. It minimizes skin’s impurities and maximizes your glow game. It will also tighten your pores so they are less visible for smoother, healthy-looking skin.

This masque comes in two pieces (one for upper face and one for lower) and can be used once a week or as often as needed.  Just unfold both sections of the masque; Remove the white backing and place the mud mask over face. Once the masque is removed you see nothing but healthy, youthful glowing skin. It’s a total toxin eliminator for sure.

I saw her the following day at another dinner and she was excited to show off her beautiful skin. The rash was gone and she was ready for another night of friendship!

Smile.  And live for the moments you can’t put into words. – Inspirational Quotes.

No Needles, Please

Let me be clear. I am NOT a fan of needles.  Not at all!  Yes, I know we all have to deal with the occasional prick from time to time, but I offer my arm only when I have to and nothing more than that.

So, recently I was at Judy Gail’s, my amazing esthetician’s salon in Dallas for my monthly facial.  During the treatment she asked me if I would be her ‘guinea pig’ for about 4 weeks to test a new service she was interested in offering to her clients.  The first question out of my mouth – “are there needles involved?”  She laughed heartily.

The service? Needle-Free Mesotherapy Infusion.  I mean really? Is that a mouthful or what?  So with the word ‘needle-free’ I began to listened.  Eagerly.

Infusion mesotherapy is a pain-free and a needle-free alternative to traditional mesotherapy which provides safe and effective non-invasive trans-dermal delivery of therapeutic solutions. Unlike a serum that nourishes the outer layers of your skin; the mesotherapy infusion goes deeper and nourishes your skin not only from the outside, but also from the inside by opening up a microscopic channel in your skin to achieve the penetration needed to get beneath the outer layers. It’s be around since the 1950’s which it actually involved  – needles!

I actually bring my tried and true skincare products (which I know work well with my skincare regimen) with me and Judy covers my face with the mixture of all products for the treatment.  Note: You must remove all metal jewelry so the only metal left is in my teeth. You hold a metal pole to ‘ground’ you and the process begins. Yes, you do feel a ‘zap’ in your teeth throughout the treatment but it is quite bearable. Trust me on this!

I definitely saw visible results after my second treatment, but you will need 4-6 treatments spaced two weeks apart for the full effect.  Following  that it is recommended to begin maintenance treatments every 6-8 weeks. By the way, at the end of the 6th treatment I noticed my skin had a glow and even better my little sister, Jill, commented at our lunch hours later my skin looked smoother as well.

Love sisters!

“Smile.  Cupcakes are muffins that believed in miracles!” – Pintrest

Beauty Not Diet Resolutions

February is now.  Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow in the land of Pennsylvania and declared  we will have 6 more weeks of winter.  Of course ‘winter’ is different in many different states.  If you are in Napa California it means rain.  And lots of it.  If you are in New York or Philadelphia it means snow.  And again, lots of it.  If you are in New Orleans it means turbulent weather this week.  And if you are in Dallas.  It’s means cookouts and picnics – until the next cold front comes through.  Ahhhh… the roller coaster ride of Texas –  called weather. Some months we experience 2-3 seasons all in a 48-hour period.

My resolutions this year were to have lunch with friends I saw too little in 2016.  I love my Friend Lunches as know you do.  So to date, I’ve had four very special lunches – which may be why I haven’t lost an ounce of weight this year.  I mean really?  Can you make a resolution to dine with friends and also make a resolution to loose 10 pounds?  Not really. So my resolutions this year were not Diet related but all about Beauty.

Mask.  There are so many out there.  Whether it’s blue, clear, washable or peelable it’s fun to try different masks several times each month.  Some hydrate.  Some add a glow.  Some exfoliate.  But they all make your skin feel fantastic when removed. And your skin looks healthy and fabulous!

Moisturize.  I cannot emphasize this one enough.  Whether you live in rain, snow or sun you need to add moisturizer to you regimen. Every day.  Morning and night.  Repeat – twice a day.  I have a long time friend who told me last year she wanted her skin to look like mine.  My suggestion was to start moisturizing.  I saw her two weeks ago and she uttered those same words.  So, I asked her what moisturizing regimen she was using.  “I moisturize each month” usually on the first day so I can remember.  If I could use that emoji with eyes wide open and hair standing up right here you would have seen my face at that comment! Moisturize EVERY day… twice! Your skin will love it and you will too

Water/Hair.  Jimmy, my hair stylist and color specialist for 20 years, knows when I sit down in his chair if I have been faithful in my consumption of water. Hydration.  It’s important to our skin AND our hair so remember to keep the H20 and your favorite glass nearby and drink. Drink throughout the day and evening too. It’s great for your body and your hair.

And finally SLEEP.  The recommended hours of sleep is eight,  but if you are like me, that just doesn’t happen… unless I am sick.  So I shoot for seven, and plan for 6.  Some nights I am solving all the world’s problems in my head, so I get something like 4-5 hours, but I’m trying! See?  I am a work in progress, too.

 

Beneath the makeup and behind the smile, I am just a girl who wishes for the world. – Marilyn Monroe

 

 

 

 

 

Is There A Wrinkle Fairy?

So, I had a MRI today.  Ok, you say… and? Well here’s what happened… I walked into the ‘tunnel room’ and the tech looks at me and then may chart and then back at me again and shows me the chart.  “Is this you? ” I chuckle and said “yes”.  He then says “well looking at your birthdate I thought I would see a lady with lots of wrinkles.”  THAT alone made me laugh so hard.  Really?  As we age some think we are expected to have a face full of wrinkles?  Not!  So, after we had a good laugh, I climbed into the chamber and actually fell asleep! (Of course I had to plug my blog Wrinkle Me Not)

We go through our 30’s and 40’s and get a few wrinkles, but they are the cute kind around your eyes… and then you hit your 50’s and overnight they appear like the wrinkle fairy zaps your in your sleep!  Don’t fear the Wrinkle Fairy, my friends.  Serums and creams are plentiful out there as we all know and there are some that work for each of us.  Now, what works for crow’s feet or dark circles may not work for the bags under your eyes, but there are serums/creams that will.  You just have to talk with those wonderful beauty advisors and try different products.  They are happy to provide samples for you to try until you find exactly what you need, too.

We are now into Winter as we all know.  Sure, here in Texas we have had some spring-like days, but the dry harsh winds have been here and will return.  That’s why winter facials are soooo important.  That is actually why the MRI tech noticed my skin today I do believe.  I applied my Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask to my face last night after my bath.  You can leave it on for 10-30 minutes and I always opt for the longest time.  Besides my Dallas Cowboys were playing so in addition to my blue jersey I was also sporting a blue face.  I looked just like some of those fans in the stands, if I do say so myself.  But!  When I peeled my mask off… I had smooth well hydrated skin that will last for several days.

This two-step gel which your mix with loose powder improves the appearance of fine lines and pores, revives dull, dry, and dehydrated skin, and smooths the appearance of uneven skintone and texture for skin that looks firm, supple, and dewy. The system is designed to create an occlusive barrier, loaded with humectants to seal in hydration, while an algae and calcium complex draws heat to cool and calm the skin. Medical grade marine algae, harvested from arctic Norwegian seas, and deeply hydrating hyaluronic acid work to instantly create the appearance of plumper skin and seal in moisture for lasting hydration.

Be good to your skin during these cold, dry windy winter months no matter where you live. You never know who will notice and it might surprise you who does!

A woman is most beautiful when she smiles. – Beyonc’e