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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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Beauty Trend – FryFace.com, The Mecca of Product Selection

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by Sian Bitner Kearney: 

Have you ever found yourself endlessly searching online or on drug store shelves for the perfect moisturizer only to give up, defeated by the overwhelming number of products? Have you ever wished that there were a simpler way to find the best products without having to conduct all of the trial and error yourself? Dermatologist Fayne L. Frey, M.D. feels your pain and has brilliantly formulated a simple solution called FryFace.com. At FryFace.com, you not only have a place view pertinent information about products for anti-aging, sun care and moisture retention, you can also find products based solely on your individual needs. The process is quick and simple, click on the “Product Selector” tab, answer a few questions, and bam – customized products just for your skin type and individual needs!

Frey said the idea for FryFace.com came to her after she noticed how confused many of her patients were about what products to use. “On a daily basis I am asked in the office, ‘Dr. Frey, what is the best moisturizer?’ or ‘What is a good sunscreen?’,” she said. “After more than twenty years of dermatologic practice, I realized that my patients were overwhelmed, and often frustrated, by the selection of over-the counter skincare products with no scientific method to select a desired product. My solution was FryFace.com; a free, educational, easily accessible resource that simplifies the process of selecting skincare products.”

Frey is certainly no novice when it comes to skincare selection. With a resume jam packed with impressive degrees and more than 20 years of professional experience, she has developed a true passion for skin and the knowledge of what it takes to keep it safe and beautiful. Frey says what makes her site different that the average product selection site is two fold; one, she has no financial interest in any product or manufacturer on the site so all recommendations are based purely on the facts as determined within medical literature. Two, the site offers a product selector that helps consumers select products based on their individual needs such as fragrance free products for sensitive skin or special products for skin conditions such as eczema. What’s even better is that the majority of the products suggested are affordable and typically available at your local drug store.

Of course, having a renowned dermatologist at my disposal, I had to ask her thoughts on the biggest beauty/skincare mistakes she sees consumers make. This is what she had to say:

1. Mistake # 1: Purchasing very expensive products that do no more than hydrate. They would be better off purchasing a quality moisturizer from their local pharmacy.
“Based on scientific research, I assure you, there is no “Fountain of Youth” in a bottle. The workhorse of every OTC moisturizer (including anti-aging creams) is its ability to hydrate the skin. Imagine if a raisin is pumped with water, it becomes a grape. This may decrease the appearance of fine lines, but it is a temporary hydrating effect only. Consumers often purchase extremely expensive “anti-aging” creams expecting actual rejuvenation of the skin.

2. Mistake # 2: Most individuals do NOT apply daily sunscreen (or a moisturizer containing a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.)
“A Magic Potion! It exists. It prevents 90% of sunspots, wrinkles and saggy skin. It is sold everywhere yet only one in ten Americans actually applies it daily. Scientific studies shows that compared to other OTC ingredients, the most effective “anti-aging” preventative ingredient available today in skincare products is sunscreen.”

3. Mistake #3: The use of too many harsh products.
“The skin has an amazing ability to hydrate itself. It produces lipids and proteins that help maintain adequate water content to help keep it soft and supple. Consumers use too many products (harsh soaps, toners, astringents) that contain ingredients that actually strip the natural lipids and proteins that help keep the skin hydrated.”

So there you have it ladies! For more information on Dr. Frey or do make your own customized product selection, visit http://www.fryface.com.

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Get The Look: Kate Mara for Orlane

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Celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell used Orlane products to create Kate Mara’s stunning look for the red carpet premiere of ‘Transcendence’. 

“For Kate’s look tonight, she’s wearing a gorgeous, gold Valentino dress with swept-up hair, so we decided to do bold and metallic shadows on her eyes with a pop of color and luminous, radiant skin."

SKIN:

  • Since the weather here in LA is so warm and dry, I started by massaging in Orlane’s Super-Moisturizing Light Cream for extra hydration. This product is a staple in my kit! It really preps the skin so that the foundation goes on smoothly.
  • I then dabbed on Orlane’s Absolute Skin Recovery Eye Contour under her eyes.
  • Next, I mixed two drops of the Morning Recovery Concentrate into Chanel’s Vitalumiere Foundation for extra luminosity and applied it with a dampened Beauty Blender.

CHEEKS:

  • For extra definition, I contoured under her cheekbones with a medium-sized fluffy brush and Orlane’s Bronzer in Soleil Cuivre 02. This bronzer is perfect for contouring because it is matte and looks so natural.
  • Then, to add a hint of peach to the apples of her cheeks, I swirled on Dior’s Blush in Amber Show.

EYES:

  • On Kate’s eyes, I applied metallic and gold shadows and used a purple accent for a pop of color.
  • I decided to forgo false lashes and instead lined her top lash line with Antonym’s Certified Natural Eye Pencil in Noir.
  • To add density to her lashes, I took a small, dense shadow brush and smudged it in.
  • Then, I applied two coats of Orlane’s Volume Care Mascara. I LOVE this mascara as it creates such long, lush lashes

LIPS:

  • I love Kate’s lip color, so we went au natural and just applied a balm on top to keep them hydrated.

*To finish off the look, I used Orlane’s Highlight Care Brush to add extra glow to the top of her cheekbones, the inside corner of her eyes, and the top of her lip line.
Lastly, I dusted Orlane’s Translucent Loose Powder on her t-zone.

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Tria Age Defying Laser

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Have you ever wondered why celebrities have that youthful glow, and what their secret is? As a beauty insider, I am here to tell you that the fountain of youth is lasers. They are all the rage. They can help you achieve radiant results, and relieve skin issues that you have long battled with. The benefits range from helping to erase fine lines, skin discoloration, and uneven skin texture, all while imparting a gorgeous luminosity to the skin. It is no wonder that lasers have become the skincare secret that your favorite stars rely on.

The one downside? The cost. Professional treatments can break the bank for most of us, with most treatments costing in the thousands. For a 5 session treatment, the average cost is $1000 per session. Although the results are fantastic, the price tag can be impossible for most.

That is why I was thrilled to be introduced to the new at-home Tria Age-Defying laser treatment. For $495 you are able to receive the same benefits as the professional dermatologist treatments. This FDA cleared Age-Defying laser should be used 5 days a week during your nightly routine over the course of 12 weeks to achieve the optimal results.

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I started my treatment three weeks ago, beginning with Training Level 1. Every night, I get ready to start my treatment by following these steps:

1) You must always cleanse the skin before starting your treatment. I have been using the cleanser included in the kit, and have loved how gentle it feels. If you feel you need an extra step (to get off that nasty waterproof or long-wearing makeup) than I suggest using a makeup remover wipe prior to the cleanser. Make sure your face is dry before you move to the next step.
2) Every night I start treatments on Training Level One. This allows the skin to become accustomed to the laser. You can move up to Level 2 and 3, as it is up to you to select the level suited for you based on how your skin’s responding.

triafacezones3) Start your treatment by placing the tip of the laser flat against your skin, and moving it in horizontal motions. The program sections your face into 4 “zones,”, and beeps when it is time to move onto the next zone. Easy peasy!
4) For the first week, your treatment time will be a total of 1 min. If you increase your treatment level to Level 2, you will up your treatment time to 4 min.
5) Finish with the Tria Finishing Serum to hydrate and nourish your skin. For those of you with extra dry skin, you may add your favorite nighttime moisturizer .

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At first I thought that sticking to a nightly schedule would be difficult, as most nights I barely have the energy to wash off my makeup. But, after the first week, I found myself looking forward to the routine, and relishing the time to unwind and pamper myself. During week 1 I noticed a slight redness to my skin for a few moments after the treatment was finished. This was gone by morning, and I must say I noticed an immediate firmness to my skin. As an instant gratification junkie, I loved this.
During the last two weeks, the treatment time and level have increased, and so have the results. The current results are subtle, but I can see a change in my skin texture and tone. I feel that my tired and raggedy skin looks fresher, and more awake. An added bonus is that my normal monthly acne breakout session was nonexistent this month. That fact won me over right there.

Now, I must admit that there was some redness and a bit of an ouch factor that came with the enhanced Level Two and treatment time. My fair skin looked like I had spent a day in the sun, and sometimes felt like it to. Itchiness, and dryness are to be expected… and it happened to me. The good news is that by morning, all of this was gone. And, I found that adding my normal facial oil on top of the Finishing Serum helped alleviate any extra dryness. I also discovered that using a generous application of the Finishing Serum was extremely soothing to any irritation.

During the day, I must advise to be diligent with your sunscreen! The one day I forgot to apply made my skin feel overly dry, and sensitive. I never missed my sunscreen after, and all has been well.

Truly, this has been such a fascinating experience to watch my skin transform. The effects are subtle for now, but I can’t wait to see the progress as I move up to Level Three and a treatment time of 10 min! That celebrity glow will be mine for sure!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tria Beauty and Style Coalition. All opinions are my own. Photos by Tria Beauty.

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JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow

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JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow

by Sian Bitner Kearney:

We’ve all heard the term, “get your beauty sleep”, but did you know that certain sleeping positions can actually cause wrinkles. If you’re strictly a back sleeper, you’re probably safe. However, for the side sleepers (GUILTY!) and stomach sleepers out there, these positions can cause deep wrinkles to form on the side of your face and forehead. Luckily, there is a way around this beauty blunder. It’s called the JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow, and it’s specially designed to minimize facial contact with the pillow, inhibiting sleep wrinkle formation as you sleep.

Here are the benefits:

1. Helps prevent and reduce sleep wrinkles

2. Encourages sleep positions that reduce damage to facial skin

3. Soft and comfortable

4. Promotes correct neck and back anatomical alignment

5. Multi-patented design for women and men of any age

6. Helps maintain a youthful appearance

7. Easy solution—all you have to do is sleep!

8. Special high quality, soft, open-cell, resilient foam for comfortable support

9. Open structure allows efficient air circulation, keeping you cooler at night

So if you’ve been suffering from sleep wrinkles and are about one night’s sleep shy of a Botox appointment, why not give JuveRest a try? The only thing you have to lose is an aging face.

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A Girls Gotta Spa!

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When you read a "You Deserve to Be Pampered" you know you are in for something special.  And the two new products from A Girls Gotta Spa! are just that....special.

I asked founder Shannon Smyth what her inspiration was for creating this new line, and she said "I believe every woman deserves to be pampered. I know this as a mom of 4 boys...but it goes for every woman no matter what season in life they are. We all need to take care of ourselves, which can be accomplished even in the simpliest action of applying lotion or body wash".

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I truly love that both the products are free of harmful ingredients, and don't try to pretend to be a "miracle".  They are the best body wash and best lotion for dry skin because they are simple and pure.  They are free of sulfates, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, synthetic colors and fragrances. They are also made in small batches, to ensure the best and highest quality...which I love.  I adore the natural body wash and natural body lotion because they make my skin feel like butter, and I know I am not putting anything harmful on my skin.  Another thing I adore?  The scent!  It is energizing and refreshing.  My perfect morning wake me up. 

Here are the details: 

  • Vegan and Cruelty Free
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life of 6 months after opening

USE THE CODE FREESHIP until March 21st, 2014! 

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Burt’s Bees Natural Lip Colors

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Just because a product is filled with skin loving and natural ingredients does not mean you have to sacrifice color, longevity and quality. It is a very big misconception that natural makeup products can't be fashion forward and meet the demands of beauty aficionados. 

Case in point: Burt's Bees newest lip color collection. These colors are rich, and the payoff is amazing.  I have been mixing and matching the products to get textures and looks.  I keep these products in my purse and in my professional makeup kit at all times. I love to layer the lip balms and lip shimmers under my lipsticks for a multi-layered look that is nourishing and keeps my lips and my clients lips super soft and kissable!.

If you want to find your perfect shade, than Burt's Bees has made it ridiculously simple.  Head on over to the Shade Finder and they will help you find your match! It takes all the guess work out of "what color will look good on me?". 

Lip Shine:  For those of you who just want a hint of color and shine. These tubes feel wonderful over your preferred lipstick. 
• Nourishes with Apricot Wax
• Delivers softening with Sunflower Seed Oil


Lip Gloss
: A natural way to get the high fashion look! This gloss is never sticky, and leaves a gorgeous, rich sheen. 
• Enriches with nourishing oils
• Promotes healthy looking and beautiful lips

Lip Shimmers: My favorite of the bunch, these little shimmers pack a punch! They are amazing to layer underneath your favorite lip gloss, or lipstick for extra shimmer and color. 
• Enriched with Sunflower, Fruit Oils, and Coconut Oil
• Invigorates with Peppermint flavor
• Nourishes and moisturizes lips with Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Beeswax

Lip Balm: This little balm is for those of you who just want some fantastic conditioning, and a hint of soft color.  Keep these in your purse for all day touch ups and moisture. 
• Nourishes with Shea Butter and Botanical Waxes

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Burt's Bees through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Burt's Bees, all opinions are my own.

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