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Give Yourself A Personal Reboot!

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Lately, I have been feeling such a shift in how we all are feeling. Too much stress, not enough care for ourselves.  Makeup can be fun, but at heart it is what is going on inside us that counts.  As I have always said, no amount of makeup can mask a sad heart.  The times in my life that I have felt the most beautiful have always had to do with how much I am laughing...not how much makeup I had on.  So, in the spirit of this, I will be starting to share more stories and tips on the blog of how we can create beauty...starting from the inside!  Because being beautiful is not just about makeup.  It is so much more. 

xoxo  Christina 

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 by Lambeth Hochwald for Life & Beauty Weekly

If you’ve been feeling a little crabby lately -- maybe you feel more stressed or extra burdened than ever -- it is possible to give yourself a personal reboot and be the kind of person others admire.

Our experts offer seven ways to increase your generosity, patience and tolerance -- starting today.

Tip No. 1: Fill Your Personal “Pitcher”

Before you can be bighearted towards others, you have to do what certified health and wellness coach and registered dietician Adrienne Raimo calls “filling your pitcher” first. “This means taking care of yourself and your body,” says Raimo. “To be the best you can be, do your best to eat well, exercise and reduce stress. Otherwise, you’ll feel depleted.”

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Youth H20 Giveaway!

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I am a strong believer that you have to take care of yourself first and put your health as a priority if you want to achieve a beautiful glow. No amount of makeup can mask unhealthy skin!

I first discovered Youth H20 while doing makeup on the set of their infomercial, and instantly fell in love with the brand and the philosophy behind the product. They believe that the most important part of your beauty routine should come from natural ingredients that help you maximize your health and your life!  For me, it has become a daily necessity.  For the past month I have relied on my daily Youth H20 shot, and have seen a tremendous difference in my energy, my sleep, and my appetite.  I was so excited about this product that I signed my father and mother up for the monthly delivery service, and my mother has already reported that she is sleeping better throughout the night!  

As a makeup artist, I also rely on YouthH20 for my clients.  I suggest that they take a shot of this magic juice the night before a big event to ensure that they are refreshed and look glowing the next morning! 

The little daily shot of Youth H2O contains a proprietary blend of powerful super foods and nutrients formulated through advanced science and innovation to stimulate, replenish, and reactivate youthful elements and nutrients in your body. 

  • YouthH2O fights against the signs of aging, while giving you CAFFEINE FREE energy.
  • YouthH2O also gives you immunity support everywhere you go!
  • YouthH2O adapts to your body’s needs supporting Beauty, Performance and Wellness!

This is one of my favorite smoothie mixes that I watched them make with youthH2O; it is delicious, and energizing.  Ingredients: – 1 cup Blueberries – 2 cups Baby Spinach – 1 Fat Free Blueberry Yogurt (4-6oz) – 1/4 Cup Water – 2oz of youthH2O. Blend and enjoy!

Now is your chance to try out this fantastic product! enter simply tweet about our giveaway, and let us know how you take care of yourself from the inside! #beautyfrominside a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Hylunia Wellness Day Spa

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Take a journey to Bali as you relax and discover both inner and outer beauty at the Hylunia Wellness Day Spa in Costa Mesa, CA. The experience is one you'll never forget. Not only does the spa focus on physical treatments, but mental ones as well. Their idea is to relax you before your treatments ever begin by giving you a virtual tour of a beautiful Bali beach. This 15 min meditation experience was unbelievable and put me into a deep state of relaxation even before my treatment! The relaxation room alone is worth the visit for many to strip away stress.

Hylunia seeks to restore you both mentally and physically using a holistic approach. Their treatments utilize Hylunia's own organic and specially formulated products. Each treatment is catered specifically to your own unique needs to give you the best experience possible.  I was able to experience their signature facials, and I was floored with how relaxed and calming the environment was.  Normally, I am so not a facial girl....but this changed my mind.  My skin felt soft and clean, and the therapist pampered me with a foot massage as my face masks sank in.  It was divine. 

From facials and detoxification to yoga and massages, this spa has your total well-being covered. They even offer cooking and weight management programs to help you continue to become a better you. Throughout the entire process, you feel pampered like never before. Not only will you look more radiant, but you'll feel lighter as the stress melts away. That alone is worth everything during our stressed out world. 

At only $50 per visit without a membership, it's well worth giving yourself a spa day at Hylunia. Of course, you're probably going to want a membership and all its perks after you discover just how relaxing and refreshing this day spa truly is! I can honestly say this is one of my favorite new treasures in Orange County.  

Until Sept. 30, 2014, purchase a Hylunia membership at a 20% discount. The cost is normally $50 with no monthly fees or annual dues. You can purchase your Hylunia Spa membership on your first visit to the spa. Use code BLOGGER2014 to get the deal. With your membership, you may schedule any one service you choose for free! (Maximum 75 minutes, up to a $130 value).

More about the spa! 

  • The spa offers Custom Massages, Chakra Balancing Massages, Stress Relief- Fire Therapy, Meditation Therapy, Shirodhara Ritual Massage, Pre-and Post Natal Massages, Couples Massage and Hot Stone Massages.  
  • The yoga classes are created for the whole family, ranging from beginners to expert level classes. Some of their amazing offerings are Restorative Yoga, Couples Candlelight Yoga, Stress Reduction Lunchtime Yoga, Family Yoga, Happy Reggae Fun Flow Yoga, and Dancing Yoga Classes. 
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My favorite Neutrogena Products

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 In honor of National Relaxation Day, I wanted to write a quick post about some tried and true favorites over here at The Makeup Blogger.  Since I was a teen I have been a huge fan of Neutrogena products. It started with my beloved Oil Free Acne Wash, and moved onto their amazing sunscreens. 

Now, as an adult I found new loves in the line and especially adore their body products that give me that added dose of pampering.  I have even gotten Mike hooked on the Rainbath! The scent is uni-sex and very musky, which we both love.  My other love is the classic Body Oil, which is perfection in the summer because it sinks into the skin immediately, and leaves behind a very soft almond scent.  I am already on my third bottle, which is pretty amazing considering how much product I have on hand.  It is the moisturizer I grab on a daily basis. 

Another new permanent addition in our home is the Norwegian Hand Cream, which has saved Mikes hands.  He is a foreman for a concrete company, and he paws take a beating!  This non-greasy cream is very soothing, and does the trick at breaking down his cracked and overly dry man hands.  

Since today is National Relaxation Day, I encourage you to take a moment for yourself. Even if it is only for 5 min. You are important, and should always take a few min out of your day to care for yourself, whether that is by treating yourself to a shower with a soothing body wash, or giving yourself a little hand massage to soothe away the aches of the day.  Here is to you! 

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Mix up a smoothie for great skin!

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By Carleen Pruess Coulter from All Nutribullet Recipes. Visit the site for great smoothie recipes in various healthy living categories!

Fresh Organic Blueberry Smoothie

They say that you are what you eat, and it certainly can be reflected in your skin! Certain nutrients, many found in fruits, can have a positive effect on your skin. A great way to take steps toward great skin is to mix up a smoothie with some skin-friendly ingredients.

The following fruit smoothie recipe has four fruits that are particularly good for your skin:

Blueberries: Blueberries have a high carotenoid (Beta-Caraotene) content. Carotenoids are super skin boosters because they convert to active Vitamin A, which stimulates the renewal of skin cells. That in turn leads to softer and smoother skin.

Papaya: Papaya has a particularly high amount of antioxidant Vitamin C along with beta-carotene, flavonoids, folate, potassium and magnesium. Vitamin C is necessary to produce collagen, which is what keeps your skin firm.

Strawberries: Strawberries are also high in vitamin C, and they have other antioxidants which help break down free radicals that can damage your skin and lead to wrinkles.

Pear: Pears contain a large amount of fiber, more than most fruits. Fiber helps the body get rid of toxins that can damage your skin and lead to breakouts.

To make a healthy and skin-friendly smoothie with these fruits, add equal parts of each to your blender, Ninja, or Nutribullet (about 1/3 cup each for a single serving). Using frozen fruit is fine and will allow for a thicker texture. I usually use frozen blueberries and strawberries. Add about 1/2 cup of the liquid of your choice and blend. You may need to add a bit more liquid if using frozen fruits. I like to use vanilla soy milk, but regular milk, almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or even just plain water if fine. If you want a bit of protien in your smoothie too, add about 1/4 cup of greek yogurt.

This smoothie is tasty, healthy, low calorie, high fiber, and great for your skin. All that makes it pretty darn awesome!

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Food for Thought: Four Things You Should be Eating for Gorgeous Skin!

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:

As women, we are often taught to fear food; it will make us fat, it will break us out, etc. but what if you could enjoy food and reap some major beauty benefits as well? If you’re starving for some good menu items as well as an amazing glow, stock up on these four items ASAP!

Pepper Me Please
Whether you prefer red, green, or yellow, bell peppers are a wonder food! They are jam packed with vitamin C and contain antioxidants that can actually increase collagen production, decreasing lines and wrinkles and increasing skin’s firmness. You can sneak your bell peppers in as snacks throughout the day, or stuff with some brown rice, chicken and low fat cheese, bake, and enjoy them as a meal.

Berry Nice!
Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries aren’t just a great option for a sweet treat; they are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help to slow the aging process. Add them to smoothies for breakfast, to a salad for lunch or dinner, or freeze and enjoy as a low cal dessert. Either way, both your face and your taste buds will thank you!

Enjoy Your Seafood
Oily seafood like salmon, lobster, and mackerel are high in both zinc and essential fatty acids. Combined, these main dishes not only reduce wrinkles, they also work as an anti-inflammatory to ease puffiness and redness in the skin. Add in some greens and a hint of olive oil, and you've got yourself one beautiful meal.

Go Nuts for Almonds!
Rich in flavonoids, these tasty nuts not only build a healthier heart, they also contain vitamin E and antioxidants for the skin. Eating almonds regularly not only leads to softer more supple skin; it can also fight off damaging free radicals caused by pollution and even smoking. Grab a handful as a snack or add a few to your salad for extra flavor and beauty points.

So grab your fork and get to it ladies! With foods that dish out these kinds of beauty results, you may find yourself wanting a second helping.

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Make Time for Romance!

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By Cynthia Hanson for Life & Beauty Weekly

So he doesn’t bring you flowers, and you don’t surprise him with funny cards. It’s been months since you went out on a date, and you can’t remember the last time you talked about anything except the kids, house or work schedules.

“One of the dilemmas of a long-term relationship is that, over time, the newness wears off, routine sets in and romance goes out the door,” explains Marc D. Rabinowitz, a psychotherapist in Norfolk, Va. “Add in familiarity, resentments and unmet expectations, and couples end up getting emotionally distant. The more emotionally distant you become, the less likely you are to do romantic things or spend time together.”

But with effort and commitment, you can keep romance alive. The payoff: “Having a romantic relationship will help you feel better about yourself and your partner,” says Jennifer Jones, a couples therapist with the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. “It also will increase your emotional and physical connection, which can help you weather difficult times.”

Try these five tips to find time for romance:

1. Unplug! Technology can ooze into your relationship if you’re not careful. “Agree to turn off your cell phone, TV and computer during the first hour you’re home together after work and spend that time catching up with each other,” advises Jones. “Setting boundaries will help you create a space for conversation.”

2. Speak up. What passed for romance when you were first dating may not cut it after years of married life. “It’s a misconception that it’s not romantic if you ask him to bring you flowers or he asks you to send him a cute card,” explains Jones. “Don’t be afraid to ask for what would make you happy -- and ask your partner to tell you what would please him.”

Be sure to use “I” statements when you make requests (e.g., “I’d love it if you’d surprise me with a new book”) instead of “you” statements that sound defensive (e.g., “You never surprise me anymore”.)

3. Have fun. “Fun” means different things for different people. For you, it might be going to the movies, visiting a museum or playing tennis. Take turns date-planning, and pick activities you want to try, even if they’re not tops on your sweetie’s radar. (Rock climbing, anyone?)

“This way, you add variety to your time together -- and you won’t settle for the least common denominator, which usually means going out to dinner,” says Rabinowitz. “Doing the same activities week-in and week-out gets boring.”

4. Stick to a schedule. It doesn’t matter how often you have a “date night,” as long as you’ve always got one on the calendar. “Scheduling dates gives you something to look forward to,” says Rabinowitz. “This is crucial when you’re stressed and busy. It’s much easier to tolerate a lack of connection if you know that three weeks from Saturday, you and your spouse have a date.”

Agree that date night is just for the two of you. As Jones notes, “Don’t talk about anything you didn’t talk about before you were married or living together.” (The discussion about report cards and cable bills can wait.)

5. Show affection. Couples should connect before they leave for work in the morning (with a kiss, a hug, a kind word); connect again when they come home; and then one last time before they drift off to sleep, according to Rabinowitz. After all, isn’t it romantic to reflect on your “Good morning” hug and kiss throughout the day -- and to look forward to another at night?

Cynthia Hanson is a journalist who writes for many national publications, including Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents and American Baby. She is a frequent contributor to Life & Beauty Weekly.

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