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Copper Water for Health and Beauty!

IMG_7170-2Everyone deserves clean, healthy, water. We need it to keep our bodies healthy and functioning optimally. Ideally, we need to drink at least 1/2 our body weight of water in ounces every day.  That being said, I try to keep a water bottle with me at all times. I try to avoid plastic bottled water at all costs for a multitude of reasons; health, taste, environmental, and expense. The bottled water industry is ridiculously profitable for companies- many of them are actually plastic companies who make the bottles themselves, and then fill them on the spot with filtered tap- they fill them while the bottles are still warm, thus leaching plastic into the water from the start. When you buy the packaged plastic water bottles, you have no idea how they were prepared, bottled, shipped and stored. The evidence shows that there are plastic particles in these plastic bottled waters.  If you have a durable water bottle you can always be prepared with your own drinking vessel and find filtered or decent tap water. I try my best to not contribute to the plastic water bottle industry and sharing my passion about this is really important to me. I love to buy water bottles as gifts for friends and family. I try to get everyone to transition to a healthier and more sustainable way to consume our most precious and needed resource.

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There are many types of water bottles available. I love a durable water bottle, and especially need one for road trips and travel.  I have been drinking from my new copper water bottle every day.  I love the color- like a fresh penny and the exquisite hammered texture of the bottle not only makes it looks gorgeous, but also makes it easy to grasp and harder for me to drop. It fits right in my car’s cup holders and doesn’t leak even if I throw it in my tote or backpack…Yay.  It’s shiny and bright and the rosy-gold color is eye catching. Yes, it’s pretty as a penny but the bennies don’t stop there …oh no, it’s got some serious body alkalizing benefits. This water bottle is 100% food-safe copper with absolutely no toxic materials used. They are handmade in an old school, artisan fashion- they really are beautiful. The hammered copper is actually more than just aesthetics, it is so the water reaches more surface area for the copper to be absorbed into the water. It is recommended that you let the water absorb for 6-8 hours before drinking- this will give you the maximum benefit. There are actually many water bottles that claim to be copper- but be careful since most are just plated and may contain toxic materials.

I have studied and practiced Ayurvedic health and skin beautifying methods and modalities for years. I use only alkaline water, nutrient rich water in my skincare treatments at Facials by Pearl.  Drinking water stored in copper vessels has amazing health benefits and is widely recommended by health experts. Water stored in a copper vessel is also known as “Tamara Jal” in Ayurvedic medicine- Tamara=Copper and Jal=Water. It’s also commonly known as copper infused water or copper charged water.  In Ayurvedic medicine, it is said to help to balance all three doshas, i.e. vata, kappa and pitta. In Ayurveda they recommend drinking lukewarm or room temp water- I also notice this when I travel in Europe – they never serve ice-cold water. This is a healthier way to consume water as ice water can destroy digestive enzymes and very cold water can also constrict blood and lymph vessels- very vital for many reasons.  In Ayurveda they say this is bad for your “agni”  or digestive fire. In nutrition school we learned disease (dis-ease in the body) starts in the digestive system- The digestive system is how we assimilate nutrients and discard toxins- so vital for health and well being.  Copper is a very powerful anti-oxidant, fights free radicals, helps skin heal, anti-microbial element that also improves immunity, supports good health, eliminates toxins and supports healthy brain function. It’s very interesting to note that copper has been proven to induce the growth of the myelin sheath which makes our brain work more efficiently. Our bodies do not manufacture copper- so we need to get it from an outside source. Why not get it from naturally alkalizing the water you drink?

I could go on about the benefits of drinking healthy alkaline water- I do believe it is the fountain of youth as dehydration is detrimental for all of our organs and body processes. Your body will age faster if it’s not properly hydrated. Who wouldn’t want to stay hydrated and naturally alkalize your water with your own authentic, artisan pure copper bottle?

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Cheers! To your health!

You can have 15% off your very own Copper Bottle with code GLAMOLOGIE15 This is valid Nov 15th thru the 29th!

Check out https://www.copperh2o.com to learn more about all things copper and this wonderful family owned company who also donates 15% of their profits to non-profits to support healthy drinking water in developing countries.

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CPR for your Hair! Welcome Madison-Reed to SF!

I tried it and I loved the new Color Bar in San Francisco. I’m loving my root reboot and color refresh, from Madison-Reed’s new location in San Francisco.

I was warmly welcomed by Rachael Thomas, who is the manager and lead colorist of the Color Bar. We all know sometimes seeing a new colorist can be a little daunting, but I was immediately at ease. I could tell I was in the presence of a skilled practitioner. Rachael went thru a quick but thorough color consultation with me.  She made an expert recommendation to blend two colors to make my perfect root and color refresh toner, for the rest of my hair. I loved the rich, glossy results and the perfect multi-dimensional color. It’s been 4 days since my visit, and my blow-out from Rachael is still looking fresh! If you can’t get to SF for a session, you can buy all of the hair color products online and they have professional colorists available via email and phone for complimentary consults.

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Rachael mixing up custom colors

It’s important to me that Madison-Reed is a cruelty free haircare line.  They are also at the forefront of innovation when it comes to ingredients. They are the first company to create a Smart 6-Free permanent hair color- there is no ammonia, parabens, resorcinol, PPD, phthalates or gluten. Those ingredients can be hard on your hair and really dull and damage it over time.  The color is made in Italy, where European Union standards are very strict when it comes to ingredients- so this is high quality and it really shows in the results. This Italian hand-crafted color is enriched with keratin, organ oil, and ginseng root which protects, hydrates and makes your hair healthy looking and shiny! There is a complete curated collection for your hair: Color, Protect and Revive.  It’s been 4 days since my color and blow dry and my hair is still looking salon fresh, with no wash needed yet! I will try to stretch it out for one more good hair day…gotta love a professional blow out!

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Before the magic happened

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After root reboot and color refresh with Rachael

I also took home some shampoo and conditioner, and a Color Reboot kit to touch up my roots in a few weeks. I will write another post about that once I use it. The color kit looks so easy to use and Madison Reed is known for quality salon color that you can do yourself at home. The sponge tip application for the roots is genius- less mess and more ease!  I’m actually looking forward to coloring my roots at home in a few weeks.

You can learn more about Madison Reed here

 

 

 

 

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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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The Skin Games

There is a really fun event coming up, thats near and dear to my heart! The first national competition for Estheticians, is going to be in San Ramon, CA on April 23, 2016. The Estheticians are competing in different categories, such as hyper pigmentation, anti-aging, acne, etc. There will be a trade show with top skincare and beauty lines, ingredient panel of industry experts, luxe spa treatments, super fab party, and much more….I myself am looking forward to it all, including networking and possibly tasting some fine Napa wines in the VIP lounge.

This is the first ever competition, to find the top Estheticians in the country. There were over 1,000 entries, and the top 30 are being interviewed by the judges (I’m so excited and honored to be one of the judges by the way).  Estheticians, I can’t wait to judge you! The ladies of the new reality show, The Ex-Wives of Rock, Bobbie Brown, Athena and more will be there hosting the event – along with their television crews so if you attend, maybe you will be the next big reality tv star! Who knows, maybe Athena’s brother, Tommy Lee will show up with the “Crue”! Jennifer Rosenbaum and Jennifer Earl are the rockstar estheticians behind putting together this fabulous event.

Who is ready to get dressed up like a superstar with me,  and go rock out in San Ramon? For more information, to check out the array of finalists, event activities and tickets to the Live Show,  check out www.theskingames.com

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Do You Know Your Sheet….Masks?

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Can we all just take a moment to give thanks for facial sheet masks? My motto is “Sheet Masks Do it Better”…. I’ve used them as a professional Esthetician for many years. Here are some of my secrets for getting the most benefit from using them.

  • Exfoliate first! Before applying a sheet mask, do an enzyme peel, light chemical peel like lactic, or a gentle exfoliating physical scrub. This will make the ingredients in your sheet mask penetrate better.
  • Warm them or chill them! You can put the entire pouch in the fridge to cool them- great for constricting capillaries and tightening the skin.  You can also warm entire pouch in a bowl of hot water. A warm sheet mask will “open” the pores a bit – softening the skin and allowing deeper penetration of the active ingredients.
  • Massage the sheet mask while it’s on your skin. You can do a facial massage starting from the midline of your face, down to your neck and chest. As you massage the ingredients, they will penetrate deeper and your skin will absorb more of the beneficial ingredients. Your skin will also have the added benefit of stimulation from the massage.
  • There will probably be a large amount of the “serum” in the package left over- don’t let it go to waste! You can squeeze this out and use this to treat your neck and chest. You could also refrigerate the leftover serum and  you apply it the next day to give your skin a boost.
  • Look for ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, botanicals, plant stem cells, peptides. Read your labels and make sure you’re getting lots of quality, active ingredients.
  • Make sure you leave the sheet mask on at least 20 minutes. It takes a while for all of the ingredients to soak in to your skin, and if you remove it too soon the benefits will be minimized

Holy Sheet! I must say, I’m so glad sheet masks are becoming so popular. There are many different brands and lots of good ones available in retail and professional. I love the masks by France Laure, since they contain stem cells, but they are only available to professionals. Sheet masks are the best way to keep your skin hydrated between facial treatments by your Esthetician, or after a long flight, before a big event, or whenever your skin needs healing and hydration.

 

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