Category Archives: PEARL’S FAVORITES

Feb 01
2017

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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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Dec 06
2016

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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!)

www.seasalttherapy.com

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Oct 07
2016

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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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Sep 08
2016

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9 Ways You Wear Stress and What to do About It

According to Dr. Sanam Hafeez Psy. D, Colombia University Professor and Founder of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services in New York City; stress is written all over our face and can result in looking years older when stressed for prolonged periods of time.

Dr. Hafeez whose expertise is in understanding neural pathways as they respond to anxiety, stress and trauma explains that how we think directly impacts how we age and how youthful we appear. The routine stressors in our lives really impact how fast or slow we age. When stressed, we see it in our skin tone, texture, elasticity, and over all glow.

“When someone is under stress they can appear up to 5 years older, 10 years if they don’t manage stress or make changes to their lives. Stressful relationships and careers age people. I have seen patients end relationships or get new jobs and look 10 years younger within days.  People are spending money on creams, facials and cosmetic procedures but if the stress is still there it will still show in their face,” offers Dr. Hafeez.

Here are Ways Stress is Written All Over Your Face

          1. You have dark circles.
           Stress results in blood flow to main organs plus capillaries under eyes are fragile and break under stress leaving your face looking sallow and tired. Dark circles seem more apparent.

2. Mini-Menopause.
The jury is still out on exactly how or if this is possible, but it appears that the constant flow of cortisol that goes along with chronic stress causes a dip in estrogen, one that mimics, on a smaller scale, the dip that occurs during menopause. Less estrogen means less collagen and less moisture. So, while estrogen levels may not drop enough to shut down your period, stress may make them dip enough to make your skin look dull and dry.

3. You notice more wrinkles.
Life’s stress due to divorce, death of loved one, job-loss, financial concerns; impacts our brain chemistry. When we feel sad or anxious, are crying or not sleeping well it’s common to see deeper lines around the middle of the eyes, forehead, under eye area and mouth.

4. You itch, flake and even have hives.
Stress leads to inflammation which may lead to rashes, rosacea, eczema flare ups and changes in skin moisture.

5. Under-Eye Bags
Tomorrow’s to-do list can weigh on your mind, keeping you from getting enough beauty sleep. This can cause fluid to pool below your lower eyelid area, and what you end up with is a puffy mess in the a.m. Stomach sleepers, bad news: You can expect the puffiness of your under-eye bags to be even worse because of gravity.

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Grinding teeth and clenching of the jaw are common symptoms of stress. Unfortunately, these habits can cause the jaw muscles to work overtime. This can result not only in damaged teeth, but also a heavier than usual jawline, as the muscles become larger with the grinding action.

7. Hair Loss.
Stress can cause sudden hair loss by literally flipping the switch on the hair follicle’s growth stage from an active to a resting phase. Once the follicle enters this resting phase prematurely, it stays there for about three months, after which time a large amount of hair will be shed. When you experience an overall shedding of hair, you must cast back a few months to find the trigger. Rest assured that in most women, this hair will grow back.

8. Adult Acne
Acne isn’t just for hormonally crazed teenagers. Many adults can’t seem to outgrow it because of stress hormones. What makes it worse is that tense people often can’t leave pimples alone. Squeezing, poking and picking at them becomes an almost obsessive way to release tension, but it also makes breakouts worse, exacerbating the inflammatory response, and you’re left feeling a bit more stressed. So no picking

9. Hormonal Mood Swings
There is a lot of interaction between hormone physiology and mood that works both ways. Our mood can impact our physiology, and our physiology can influence the balance of our hormones. If stress can sit at the top of a cascade of events that lead to undesirable hormonal changes in the body (like those that trigger insomnia, insatiable hunger and weight gain, and collagen breakdown), then what we want to do is find ways to gain the upper hand on our stress level and ensure that we keep all those hormones in check.

According to Dr. Hafeez, “The good news is that we can get to the root cause of our stress and manage it. When you notice changes in your facial appearance take inventory of what is going on in your life and what may be stressing you out. Simple things like sitting quietly for 10 minutes focusing on breathing, writing in a journal, exercising or taking a walk outside, reading, baking, painting, listening to music and reaching for an activity that takes focus off the stress is helpful. If you find yourself reverting back to the stressful issue consider therapy. Clearly there is a connection between how we look and how we feel and think.”

I agree with Dr. Hafeez 100%. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, and a great indicator of what’s happening internally. No one likes to hear, “Oh my gosh, you look so tired!” It doesn’t feel good to hear that you look as bad, or worse maybe, than you feel. It’s undeniable, we do end up wearing our stress and fatigue on our faces. Long term stress can have negative effects on not only our looks, but also devastating effects on health and well-being.  One of the most relaxing things to do is go get a facial, massage or spa treatment. Self-care isn’t selfish- or just “pampering”, it’s part of taking care of yourself, so you can take care of everyone else and everything else in your life.  Not only will some facial and spa treatments make you look better, immediately, more importantly you will forget your stress for a while.  This gives your body a break from the internal chemical effects of the stress response. This is like a mini vacation and you return to your senses with an internal and external clarity and glow.

Stay Well!

xoxo

Pearl

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Jun 13
2016

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Night-time Is The Right Time To Renew Your Skin – 9 Ways To Get True Beauty Sleep

I attended a fascinating talk recently,  with Sheryl Sandberg and Arianna Huffington, introducing Ms. Huffington’s new book,  “The Sleep Revolution”.  We all know sleep is vital to our general well-being, health, mood and of course beauty sleep is a real thing.  With this being said,  we live in a culture where lack of sleep is still very much the norm, celebrated and even denotes bragging rights.  “You can sleep when your dead” and “You snooze you lose” are cliches for a reason. Ms. Huffington is promoting sleeping on the job, with a “nap room” at The Huffington Post. She says sleep is vital to our success and achieving our goals and I love this quote from FaceBook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, “Sometimes we need to sleep-in to lean-in!” Studies indicate that sleeping well is paramount to living well. Lack of sleep is also being associated with an increase in many diseases. It’s clear that the body needs sleep to function optimally.

One tip I want to share that Ms. Huffington said she does is take a bath every night before she goes to bed. This is so good if you are stressed and can make you sleep so much better. I work for a company that makes a special Oligomer bath, which contains trace minerals and I highly recommend it- it relaxes your body on a cellular level.  Hydrotherapy (soaking in waters) is proven to relax you. You can add Lavender oil too! I also like to sip a bit of Rooibos tea w/ Lavender. It’s a special blend by Zhenas gypsy tea. I avoid caffeine after 10:00 am.  Make your bedroom a zen oasis and limit electronic equipment and do not bring your work into bed…there’s more tips but I will share on a separate post.

I have some tips to optimize your beauty sleep, from Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou, a board certified NYC dermatologist.

The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health.  When we sleep, not only do our bodies recharge, our skin does as well.

“ During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin. If sleep is compromised, so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions. During the first three hours of sleep your body will start producing the human growth hormone from the pituitary gland. As we age, this hormone is necessary for the maintenance of youthful and radiant skin.  Without this hormone release, skin is not repaired from daily damage and thus induces the aging process.”

The middle two hours of sleep is when melatonin is increased. Melatonin is a hormone that is responsible for regulating your circadian rhythm (sleep/wake patterns) but also acts as an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from damaging free radicals.

The final three hours, or during the active REM sleep stage, levels of cortisol (aka the stress hormone) decrease. Dr. Papantoniou explains that, “The skin’s temperature also drops to its lowest point allowing muscles to relax and become immobile, giving skin its deepest recovery of the night.”

Dr. Papantoniou Provides 9 Ways To Get True Beauty Sleep

  1. Supplement Your Sleep

As we age, our bodies naturally produce less melatonin, which affect our skin’s ability to repair itself at night. If falling asleep is becoming more difficult, you may benefit from taking a melatonin supplement or using a topical product with melatonin to help combat decreased hormone levels. Melatonin works best if taken at night about 30 minutes before going to bed. This is when it serves its purpose, and helps to increase the depth and duration of restorative sleep. Restorative sleep, in turn helps accelerate and optimize the skin’s repair cycle, says Dr. Papantoniou.

  1. Cleanse Twice

Have you ever washed your makeup off before bed, yet mysteriously woken up with liner smudged under your eyes? Turns out that’s normal, especially if you used long-lasting makeup, which really does live up to its claim. Here’s why: 12 to 24-hour foundations, mascaras, eyeliners, and eye shadows are all made with polymers that don’t easily dissolve with soap and water, or water-based makeup remover.

Dr. Papantoniou says, “To really remove all traces of your makeup, take a cue from Korean skin care and wash your face twice using a method called “double cleansing.” First, use an oil-based cleanser to remove your makeup (the oil breaks down the waxes and polymers way more effectively than soap and water). You can purchase an oil based make-up remover for this or even use coconut oil on a Q-tip to gently remove more stubborn makeup. Then, use a gentle non-soap cleanser to rid your skin of any leftover residue.

  1. Moisturize

While you sleep, your skin naturally repairs and restores itself, and cleaning it before bed maximizes this effect. Dr. Papanatoniou points out that, “During the day, your skin fights off all sorts of assaults, from UV rays to pollution; at night, there’s less damage control to do, so the beauty products that you apply may be more effective. Applying night creams to clean skin in the evening is the best time to soften your face; not to mention, it can feel soothing and relaxing as you prep for sleep.”

  1. Put on a Sleep Mask

Overnight masks are a great way to treat your skin and give it extra attention,” says Dr. Papantoniou. The skin undergoes more cellular repair during sleep and can be more receptive to products at this time.” She recommends using an overnight mask a few times a week in lieu of going through your usual nighttime regimen. Simply cleanse, slather on a layer of the mask, and go to sleep.

  1. Keep Your Hair Off Your Face

Pull your hair back into a loose ponytail or wrap it in a scarf before going to bed. This will prevent the hair’s natural oils from rubbing off on your skin. This is especially important if your hair is unwashed or you are prone toward acne break outs.

  1. Get The Right Pillowcases

It’s worth it to invest in some soft pillowcases, because friction from harsher cotton fibers can accelerate the development of permanent creases. Dr. Papantoniou suggests trying a smooth silk or satin pillowcase, which prevents trauma to the skin and reduces the probability of your skin forming lines and wrinkles while you sleep. Also remember to change and wash your pillowcases at least once a week.

  1. Rejuvenate With a Retinoid

Choose an anti-age cream or serum that packs real power. These vitamin-a derivatives are key to youthful-looking skin. “But because exposure to sunlight can deactivate their potency, it’s best to apply retinoids at night,” says Dr. Papantoniou. Start by using an OTC retinol-containing cream or serum every other night until skin becomes more tolerant to the side effects, which are often dryness and sensitivity.

  1. Apply Eye Cream

If you are having problems with eye bags and puffiness after you wake up, applying eye cream before sleeping will solve this. Gently apply the cream around your eyes especially under it to replenish the skin surrounding your eyes. Make sure you stay hydrated during the day; this can help prevent water retention and will combat your sodium intake during the day.

  1. Mind Your Sleeping Position

Train yourself not to sleep face down. This habit can cause premature wrinkles and creases. It’s better to position yourself properly while sleeping. This will also prevent your face from rubbing against pillowcases and sheets. If you are lucky and can sleep on you back, that is the best way to prevent wrinkles and creases from sleep habits.

About Dr. Papantoniou

Dr. Kally Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She specializes in Injectables, Lasers, Body Contouring, Surgical and Medical Dermatology. Dr. Papantoniou is also a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City. She applies expert techniques and the newest technologies to treat her patients. Dr. Papantoniou focuses on providing her patients with the highest level of care, with special interests in natural and healthy alternatives to treatments and disease prevention. Connect with Dr. Papantoniou  via twitter @DrPderm or her website www.DrPapantoniou.com

 

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