5 Ways to combat the effects of stress on your face

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Even though you lead a busy lifestyle, you don't want to advertise it on your face. All the stress you go through and lost hours of sleep cause you to look older than you really are.

You look in the mirror and all you see is dull, tired skin and more wrinkles. With a few makeup and styling tricks, you can easily combat the effects of even the busiest life.

1. Moisturize
The first step is to moisturize. Skin needs moisture to help heal itself. Plus, a moisturizing cream with SPF helps protect your skin all day while reducing some redness and puffiness. 

To learn more about the 5 Ways to Combat the Effects On Stress On Your Face via SheKnow.com 

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Friday Top 5- Best Face and Body Oils

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This Friday I would love to talk about my skincare obsession. Oil. Yes, you heard me right, I said oil.  For the past few years I have been incorporating different essential oils into my skincare routine. It started with the DHC Olive Oil Serum and Cleansing Oil.  The combination made my acne clear up and softened my skin in a way that no moisturizer ever had.  It was gentle and effective. Sold!

Now, essential oils are apart of my daily routine. The products I picked this week are my current favorites (although this list is constantly evolving). 

1) Patyka Absolute Face Oil: this oil is ridiculously rich, yet sinks into the skin immediately. Known as a "dry oil", it is even suitable for use under makeup. This  skin-enhancing cocktail of 11 essential oils and plant oils bring life back into your skin. Dog rose, packed with stimulating omegas, helps restore and strengthen your skin as protective wheat germ and olive oil nourish deep down. Jojoba oil provides non-oily hydration and squalene soothes irritations and inflammation.

2) Rodin Olio Lusso: Although this oil is on the pricey side, it is well worth the price of purchase.  Packed with eleven essential oils derived from flowers and other botanicals, this is the ideal liquid moisturizer for anyone seeking a simple solution to hydrated skin and a luminous, light-reflecting complexion. Like magic, it effortlessly melts into complexions that are "normal," oily, dry, or any combination thereof, without leaving any greasy residue.  This oil has transformed my skin on my worst days. 

3) L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil: Not only does this shower gel smells amazing, but it lathers your skin in the most delicate oil.  I especially love to use this after I shave my legs as a finishing touch during my shower routine. It has a unique skin cleansing treatment that foams when in contact with water.  Even after washing off, the Shower Oil leaves a light veil on the skin for a smooth, satin-like feel, and the scent is a fresh almond that both you and your man will love! 

4)Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil:  Nothing makes me feel sexier than when I put on this body oil. Not only does it smell like a vacation at the beach, but I promise you that you will feel warm and sultry when you have this on your skin. This body oil gives skin a sexy sheen. Contains four essential oils (olive, sesame, avocado, and jojoba oils) and vitamins E and C to soften and nourish skin.

5) Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil: Another favorite from Bobbi Brown, this oil just recently came into my beauty repertoire.  This oil is particularly rich and emollient, so it is perfect for winter. This provides a concentrated boost of intensive moisture to comfort very dry skin. The lightweight formula absorbs easily, softening and conditioning skin with an oil blend of sesame, sweet almond, olive and jojoba.

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Blissfulicious All Natural Skincare

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The Angelina Effect: Turning Awareness Into Action

Blissfulicious is an all-natural skincare line that is making waves with its ability to crush the thought that natural means ineffective. We are excited to profile Founder Jael Torrez as she shares how the line came to be and where it is going.
Many of us live in fear of getting cancer. But what if you knew that you stood an 85% chance of getting it? Would you lop off body parts in an attempt to outwit the cancer? Well, as most of us recall, that’s exactly what Angelina Jolie did after testing positive for BRCA1 – the “cancer gene.” She made that difficult decision to undergo a preventative mastectomy in order to prolong her life.

After testing positive for the same cancer gene last year, Jael Torrez, has made it her mission to bring awareness to men and women of all ages of this deadly gene and what we can do to eliminate the effects of harmful chemicals in our personal care regimen.

Unable to find any face and body scrubs on the market that didn’t contain one or more of the harmful chemicals that her doctors told her to stay away from, she set out to create something on her own. And Blissfulicious was born!
She hand curated a long list of ingredients that she knew would be beneficial to her skin – lemon, lime, coconut oil, lavender, peppermint oil, cocoa powder, even coffee grounds – and went to work testing and researching in her own lab. Whatever got a passing grade from her and her doctors meant she could help other people in the same situation.

Her goal was very clear: she wanted the clinical effectiveness of expensive cosmetic actives, the healing aspect of natural ingredients, no animal testing, & every formulation was made with a conscious understanding of what our skin is: Our body’s largest organ.

One by one her testing and research came up as clear winners, and she began targeting the general population urging customers to become more informed about what they were using on their skin and the culprits that lurk in our personal care products that sometimes cause more harm than good.

This message instantly resonated with customers, with many voicing their surprise to the effectiveness of this natural product. Sales began to pick up week by week and they now have 9 different scrubs for sale on their website, as well as a men’s line and a teen’s line in the works.

What she ending up creating was not only natural – it turned out to be the best multi-tasker a woman could have. It’s a makeup remover, exfoliator, cleanser, and moisturizer – all in one jar. The coconut oil base soaks right into the skin without leaving a greasy mess as opposed to synthetic oils found in moisturizers. They like to say you will never need one drop of moisturizer after experiencing Blissfulicious.

The power is in your hands to take action with your health and be aware of what you put on your skin! Use the “Angelina Effect” to truly affect change for someone incredibly important: YOU. You owe it to yourself and those you love.

You can find Blissfulicious products at www.Blissfulicious.com

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Easy, Healthy Hair Tips

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Give Your Hair A Break - Not Literally

Frizz, dullness, split ends and the list goes on and on. Don't get me wrong. I love my hair, but it doesn't always love me back. I treat it well with lots of heat, plenty of products and ample brushing and styling. It didn't take me long to learn that what I thought made my hair look great only made it look horrible in the long run. The solution was fairly simple. I needed to give my hair a break. You know, the kind of break that doesn't equal broken strands lying all over the floor.

Lose The Heat

I'm always in a hurry, so the high heat setting on the blow dryer used to be my best friend. I cut my drying time in half, but then I ended up spending all day trying to get my fried locks to stay down. By making sure I gave myself about 10 more minutes, I could use the medium setting until my hair was mostly dry and switch to the cool setting to help lock in moisture. You wouldn't believe the natural shine that results!

Okay, now for confession time. I do cheat and use high heat sometimes. However, I always coat my hair with a heat protectant spray before blow drying. Use one that not only protects by strengthens so you get double duty. Also do this before any type of heat styling. However, you should skip the heat as much as possible. Make time and you won't have so much repair work to do later.

Be Gentle

I know short hair tangles or so I've been told. I have long hair so I truly know the woes of massive tangles. Sometimes it's hard to be gentle. Brushes get stuck or you're brushing too fast and end up breaking strands instead of detangling. Be gentle at all times. Take your time. If it sounds like popcorn when you brush or comb, you're doing it too hard. For times when I've done something crazy like drive with the top down and my hair loose, spritzing my hair with a detangling spray and then combing prevents around 90% of the normal breakage.

Treat Less

I used to have products everywhere. Turns out, I only needed a few. Too many chemicals equals dull, lifeless hair. Now, I have moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (always use conditioner), a deep conditioning treatment, detangling spray, heat protectant and a gentle mousse to set my style. My counter has space and my hair's never looked better.


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DIY Manicure At Home

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Manicures are a weakness of mine, but I just don't have time for regular appointments each time I want to change my color or style. Actually, I only have a manicure occasionally since I was taught by the professional manicurists on set how to do my own manicures at home that look just as good as professional. It's actually extremely cheap. Remember that most of the products you need can be used many times. Though I do recommend investing in a cheap nail dryer. Many are under $20, especially around the holidays.

What You'll Need

• Nail file
• Cotton balls
• Rubbing alcohol
• Water
• Polish remover
• Base coat
• Polish
• Top coat
• Cuticle oil
• Strengthening clear coat

Shape The Nails

Start by carefully filing and shaping each nail. Always file in a single direction, never back and forth. Look to your cuticle shape to find the natural shape for your nails. Of course, if you want something different, go for it.


I'm assuming you're starting with clean nails. If not, remove any polish now. Prepare a small mixture of one part water and two parts rubbing alcohol (you can keep this in a small bottle for future use). Clean each nail with the mixture.

Once dry, apply a clear base coat. A strengthening base coat is ideal if your nails are weak. If you tend to keep them covered in polish, go for strength as the chemicals often cause nails to crack and peel.


Pretty Polish

Most polish calls for two layers. Apply the first layer heavier than the second. Something I never thought about was applying polish horizontally. Pros recommend applying vertically and then applying a light strip horizontally along the top edge for added protection against chipping.

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Friday Top 5- Best Body Lotions and Oils

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1) Dial 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion:  I have been playing with this lotion for about three weeks, and am in love with the lightness of it! It literally sinks right into the skin, but leaves it soft and has a very soft floral scent that is not overpowering in any way! This has over 84 minerals in it to give your skin a boost of nourishment. 

2) Johnson's Baby Oil Body Wash: I have had this in my arsenal forever. Another staple that leaves my skin baby smooth, with very little "greesy" after feel. It is one of my favorite post shaving leg savors. The benefits of an oil in a lotion form? Yes, please! 

3) RODIN Olio Lusso Body Oil:  This is for those special pampering moments when you want to feel luxurious. Using the same fragrant 11 essential oils as the Face olio lusso, RODIN body oil is the only moisturiser you will ever need. The oils are mixed in a different proportion than the face oil to create a silky, luxurious oil for the body.

4) Kiehls Creme de Corps: A light-weight version of the classic body moisturizer with added UV protection. This is packed with skin-soothing ingredients and emollient oils. Absorbs quickly and instantly soothes and conditions skin for a lovely, silky feel with “dress-and-go” convenience....which you know is my deal breaker!  I use this when the weather is dry and nasty. 

5) Eight Body Lotion and Dry Brush:  The lotion that converted my father and my boyfriend!  They both have stolen this bottle of uber moisturizing goodness from me.  It is intense and amazing.  A recipe passed down from generations, and owned by an incredible woman.  I feel amazing every time we use this. Dry brushing is such a perfect way to exfoliate and rejuvenate your body. Perfection for your at home spa day. 

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How to do Eye Makeup if your over 50

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And today's question is how to do eye makeup if you are over 50. In the video above, I'm going to show you how to do a simple and classic look.

  • The trick with makeup if you're in your 50s or older is that you want to keep it clean, classic and simple. You don't have to go completely matte like a lot of the people say you do. I actually tend to disagree with it. A little bit of sheen or soft satin shimmer looks stunning.
  • As you can see right now with our stunning model I've added a little bit of a bronze glow to the top of her lid to really pop it out. This is a perfect every day look. As you can see above I did one shadow a beautiful deep bronze that had a bit of sheen to it.
  • Now this made her eyes really stand out, brought out her eye color and is the perfect look for day time.
  • If you want to pump it up for night I suggest a liquid black felt tip eyeliner. And a deep matte dark brown eyeshadow. You want to hold your eye taught and lift upwards. This will actually lift the eye. Slowly follow the base of the eyelash by pushing into the eyelash in tiny feather like strokes. Once again look down. Pulling upwards this will give you a firm base to line your eyes and also help to lift the eye.
  • Push that liner down in feather like strokes. Next you want to go over that eyeliner with a deep matte eyeshadow. This softens it up and keeps it from looking harsh. As you can see I'm simply just blending it over that liner.
  • If you have any fallout from your eyeshadow simply use a fluffy brush to just sweep that away.
  • Once again, with a thin pointed eyeshadow brush blend that dark brown eyeshadow over the black eyeliner to soften.
  • As you can see that defined the eye without overwhelming it. You want to keep the eye classic, clean and simple. 


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