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Spring Cleaning: Morning Cleansing and Why It’s Non-Negotiable

Of course we all know to cleanse our face at the end of the day- we want to remove makeup and grime that accumulates. It’s almost a given that you may wake up with breakouts and clogged pores if you go to sleep with even the “cleanest” makeup on. Some say that it actually ages our skin to go to sleep with makeup on.

I have read recently, where skincare experts are recommending to just splash your face with water in the morning. I would never recommend skipping a morning cleanse. While we sleep our body is busy repairing, cleaning and cellular detox and metabolism is occuring- Our skin, weighting on average 10 pounds  is our largest organ and known as the “2nd kidneys.” We usually (hopefully!) cleanse before bed and apply serums and/or moisturizers containing oils and antioxidants. During the night while we sleep, these topical ingredients applied to your skin, have been exposed to oxygen. They have served their purpose and are no longer able to protect and nourish your skin. By morning the antioxidants have oxidized and the oils that are on the surface of the skin are going to be rancid from exposure to oxygen.  Why would we want to leave this on our skin? We definitely want to cleanse off the residue, as it can lead to inflammation. Water alone does not properly cleanse this residue. I recommend oil-cleansing in the morning. I use specially formulated herb-infused oil cleansers in my skincare practice. These oil cleansers gently dissolve impurities, impart nutrients that support a healthy skin flora, stimulate the lymphatic system, calm inflammation, leave the skin very hydrated and healthy.

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One of my favorite morning cleansers! Sacred Calm

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Suntegrity Lip Colors- The Most Wearable and Healthiest Lip Color Collection Ever!

Suntegrity is a favorite brand of mine! I was so excited when they came out with an organic, Broad Spectrum, SPF 30 lip color range.  They contain Konjac root, Wrinkle Feeling Spheres, to visibly reduce the look of any fine lines. The formulas are infused with organic shea, jojoba and cocoa butter. The colors are so flattering and they are as wearable and rich looking as they can be!  They use pure pigment- no dyes! They are light reflective and absolutely yummy, with a hint of stevia to sweeten them. I love them so much that I ordered the collection for my skincare studio -Facials By Pearl! If you’re in the SF Bay Area come and take a look! I will post more photos when I have a little more time to play with them, but here is a sneak peak of the gorgeous shades! To add to the beauty of this brand, both inner and outer, Suntegrity also donates a portion of each sale of the lip colors to Lipstick Angels!

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Valentines with Beth Quinn Designs- jewelry with soul-swag!

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I recently discovered an artisan jewelry maker who makes soulful and beautifully inspired pieces. It’s actually hard for me to put into words everything that Beth Quinn represents- her creative offerings are so vast. I will try, but I encourage you to take a look at her website.  There is something very special in her creations- I think it has a lot to do with blending the masculine, working with metals, which she learned and inherited from her Father,  and the feminine essence of creativity, which she cultivated from being inspired by her Grandmother. As Beth says, her jewelry is full of her love for the old, worn and shiny…. But also I see an artful blend of feminine and masculine- I just know when I put my Beth Quinn piece on I feel very inspired!

Beth is a self-taught jewelry and mixed media artist, who lives in Arizona with her husband and two young boys. All of her pieces are handmade in her studio. She uses tools she inherited from her dad when we passed away. I can’t help but think what a wonderful way to honor her dad.  Much of her jewelry has the word “she” in it- these little affirmations are meant to bring joy to the women who wear them- they include sparkle and are meant to be worn close to your heart. She also makes home decor and such a large variety of pieces that will add a bit of sparkle and soul-swag to your bedroom or even your office. She also makes these really cool dreamcatchers!

 

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Beth Quinn also has a number of gifts that give back.  Please see below and this inspiring necklace.

 

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SPECIAL FUNDRAISER CAMPAIGN  —  We are so excited to be teaming up the YOUnique Foundation  to bring you some jewelry that gives back to EMPOWER women,  this is a company that truly stole my heart with what they give back to the community  !! 40% of all the proceeds and sales of this necklace  go to the younique foundation ..

What is the younique foundation ??http://youniquefoundation.org/ 

We inspire hope in women who were sexually abused as children or adolescents by hosting them at a retreat, where they are uplifted by each other and learn skills that can help them find individual healing.
We educate parents and empower them to protect their children from sexual abuse while leading a public dialogue to bring the epidemic of abuse to light.

 

I also heart this heart bracelet- wrist wrap!

 

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The prices are so affordable – it’s actually hard to believe how good her prices are, since the quality is so high, on all of her individually hand-crafted items. These make great gifts for the women or even little girl (btw, she has a beautiful selection for little ones!) in your life or a little inspiring piece for yourself! www.BethQuinnDesigns.com You are sure to find something that will put a sparkle in your eye.

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Petite Rose Gold Holiday Gift Guide!

Rose Gold is that warmly-gorgeous blend of pink and gold, that’s been showing up everywhere and isn’t going away anytime soon- thank goodness!  It’s on trend and I think it’s such a nice departure from basic metals. You can bet,  we will be seeing more of this rich and flattering shade! I love it all,  from iPhones, to eye shadows to clothes, to home decor! Bring on the Rose Gold!

Here are just a very small handful of my recent Rose Gold favorites, that make great gifts for yourself or someone you love!

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1. Pink Giza Infinity Scarf $58   www.anthropologie.com

2. Kendra Scott (Build your own!) Rose Quartz with Rose Gold earrings $70  (so many beautiful options)  www.kendrascott.com

3.Scalloped  Wallet $32.00  (has a magnetic snap closure and inserts for ID and credit cards)     www.anthropologie.com

4. Salt Lamp $16.99 and up  (Technically, not rose-gold, but does give any room that rosy glow and good for the air!)

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Lip Whips by Kari Gran

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Every year I have the great pleasure to attend the annual Face & Body Show in San Jose, Ca. This is a trade show with lots of continuing education, for Licensed Estheticians.  It’s so important to keep learning, and experience the latest innovations in the beauty, spa and wellness industry- not to mention so much fun fun fun!

One of my favorite finds this year, was Kari Gran’s Lip Whips. I love these because the colors are beyond gorgeous and the ingredient list is all natural. They are lightweight, yet hydrating and yummy.  These little jewels feel like skincare for your lips! Kari’s mission to use healthy ingredients stemmed from her desire to heal her own health issues, and create a healthy beauty line. Check out the ingredient list below.

  • Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil
  • Organic Beeswax
  • Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil
  • Organic Camellia Oleifera (Camellia Seed) Oil
  • Organic Olea Europaea (Olive), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) & Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Oil
  • Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Maganese Violet
  • Tocopherol (Non GMO Vitamin E From Sunflower)
  • Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

The colors are so rich and vibrant- they make your lips look luscious! I’m wearing Jolene in this post.

You can learn more about Kari and her fabulous Lip Whips on her site below.

https://karigran.com

 

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