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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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GemWater with VitaJuwel

My fascination with rocks and crystals began in my rural Georgia backyard. As a young child, it served as a vast and magical land where Native American tribes had once lived. I loved spending many summer afternoons digging into the earth and if I was lucky finding very old carved crystal arrowheads. My best friend, Lisa and I spent school recess time “looking for rocks”. We would find and compare our rocks, clean and treasure them. There was magic in those rocks!

I’ve discovered a new a way to blend my passion for gemstones and crystals with the healthy habit of staying hydrated! I recently attended a Reiki training with the renowned, Linda Bertaut, to bring another level of healing to my facial clients.  She prepared “GemStone Mojitos” for our class. I’ve never been one to turn down a mojito, believe me and although these had no alcohol, they most definitely were full of creativity, vitality and life and the colorful glass pitcher was intoxicatingly beautiful to behold on the dining room table.  She expertly combined fresh sliced fruits, mint and of course big beautiful gemstones – this delicious elixir made me thirsty for more….

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I had the pleasure to meet with Jan Eisen, of VitaJuwel recently. He graciously invited me to his U.S. headquarters to do a GemWater tasting. VitaJuwel has been in the U.S. a couple of years and is a family owned and created company that makes handcrafted, elegant and the most insanely gorgeous gemstone water vials and accoutrements you will ever find – they are serious about their artisan-craft and have the patents to prove it.

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Jan and I did a tasting with several different gemstone blends and I noticed the subtle way the gemstone infused waters tasted different – softer, smoother, and even sweeter depending on the blend. Jan is so full of knowledge and passion for this subject, that I could have talked to him for hours and we did. He educated me on the ancient tradition of vitalizing water with the usage of gems. In ancient times Greek doctors cured ailments with gemstones and minerals. German scientists have proven that water becomes more alkaline and the oxygen content increases with VitaJuwel gem vials. The regular drinking water reaches a quality level otherwise only found in natural spring water when the gemstone vials are used. VitaJuwel only uses fairly-traded, conflict-free gems and lead-free Bohemian glass designed by glass artists in the European Union. VitaJuwel makes making gem water a snap and very efficient. Jan’s family creates all of their products and they are tested on their friends around the globe. They have combined their passion and creativity with true German ingenuity.

Water is the essence of life and arguably you might even say the fountain of youth. We are made of 65% water and it’s essential for life. Dr. Masaru Emoto, who sadly recently passed away, was the Scientist and author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Hidden Messages in Water”. Dr. Emoto’s research not only revealed that water has memory but that it can be improved by external influences such as gems. In microscopic photos you can see how the water crystals are positively influenced by the gems. This revolutionary research is what inspired VitaJuwel to create the gem vials. This amazing doctor and scientist also partnered with VitaJuwel to create a set of 3 exclusive gem vials – “EmotoCrystals” which are now available to the public and a portion of sales goes to Dr. Emoto’s foundation “Emoto Peace Project”. I’m very honored to have the Carnelian – Halite salt vial! Carnelian was called the “Stone of Life” in ancient Egypt and Halite “Salt of Kings. There are several different vials and you can even customize your own.

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Numerous spa owners use the gem water blends as an essential part of their beauty treatments as they know SPA (Sanus Per Aquam) means “Health through water” You can find VitaJuwel at many exclusive and high-end resort and day spas throughout the world.

There’s even a VitaJuwel Vino product that sommeliers are using to rediscover the ancient tradition of using amethysts which makes for a smoother wine. I’m hooked on this one and enjoy the looks and questions I get when I take this to my local wine bars.

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Saving the environment one “Via” at a time. VitaJuwel has recently created a new portable water bottle called the Via. This lead-free glass bottle has two openings with an exchangeable “gem pod” where the gems are enclosed. It’s suitable for cold and hot liquids (love this for my tea!) and available in 17 different blends. Did you know that 1,500 plastic bottles are used per second in the U.S.?  80% of them are not recycled and they are made of petroleum. I would rather go thirsty than drink from a petroleum based plastic water for the simple fact that I don’t like the taste and you don’t know if that bottle may have been in the sun or a hot truck as it was shipped and what chemicals have made their way into the water as they leach from the heated plastic.  Using a refillable glass bottle like the Via is a great way to make a small contribution to save the environment, not to mention your health and look good doing it! Jewelry for your water! Who would have thought?!?!!?

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There is so much more to VitaJuwel than I can share in this space.  If you want to learn more and see their vast array of artisanal creations please go to www.vitajuwel.com 

For a limited time (until Oct 31, 2015) you can get 7% off your order and free shipping by mentioning “VitaPearl”

 

 

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Pharmaca – More than just drugs and more than just a store

I just had the pleasure to attend a pre-grand opening celebration of Pharmaca’s 30th store in beautiful Los Altos, CA. It will open to the public this weekend (May 2, 2015) and there will be amazing bags of swag for the first 100 guests. If you’ve never visited a Pharmaca store you have to go! These stores are gorgeous, clean, and stocked with a dazzling array of everything you can imagine to create or maintain a healthy and beautiful life. The stores are like mini Whole Foods in that they have a wide variety of items. In terms of customer service they remind me of the Ritz Carlton yet they have the warmth and friendliness of visiting with friends.
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All of the people working there are certified practitioners; be it estheticians, acupuncturists, herbalists, nutritionists, chiropractors, massage therapists etc. What’s great about that for you as a shopper is that you have a passionate expert at your fingertips you can get educated advice from. Stress seems to melt away when you step into  Pharmaca.

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Community Board where you can post news and reviews – I love this!

They even have a cozy sitting area with complimentary tea.

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They also host complimentary seminars about various topics pertaining to healthy living. Go and visit and don’t be surprised if you discover some new products that you can’t live without and perhaps meet your new BFF. Pharmaca is a community store where like-minded health-conscious people can gather. Whether you are a certified health-nut, health-curious or somewhere in-between you will feel at home at Pharmaca.

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Getting skincare advice from beauty expert and glowingly gorgeous ,Catherine Atzen was a very special treat for me! She is an industry icon!

 

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