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Natural Treatmens for Wrinkles, Eczema, and Poriasis

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They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, but it’s your skin that really tells the world about you. Unfortunately, sometimes it tells the world things you don’t want it to know, or it outright lies. Wrinkles can tell the world your age, but they can also make you look much older than you are. Skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis often signal illness, or contagion, even though neither is true.

We talked earlier about cosmetic treatments for several popular skin conditions. Today we are going to focus on more natural interventions, which you can use alone or as a companion to the cosmetic treatments.

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Wrinkles

It’s almost impossible to go through life without developing some wrinkles. Every emotion eventually etches itself into your face, creating creases and lines that are visible signs of the life you have lived. But everyone doesn’t get wrinkles at the same rate, and there are certain factors that can determine how many wrinkles you get and when. Heredity is a big factor, but so is sun exposure, and how well you moisturize. Smoking can also contribute to wrinkles, especially around the mouth.

Natural wrinkle treatments focus hydrating and exfoliating the skin to soften the appearance of lines and creases, or on gentle stretching to smooth the appearance of wrinkles.

Hydrating and exfoliating methods include cleaning with a mild abrasive, such as a paste made of baking soda and oatmeal, or a cleanser made with walnut husks. They can also include fruit masks that contain acids to exfoliate and plant oils to hydrate your skin.

Gentle stretching methods involve the use of mechanical devices to gently stretch the skin. These can include products that stretch all of the skin on your face, or devices that focus on specific areas like Dermastrips, which focus on mouth wrinkles.

Eczema and Psoriasis

Eczema is also called dermatitis. It’s inflammation, redness, and itching often caused by an external irritant, like an allergen. If you don’t know the direct cause of your eczema, the condition can often be embarrassing and difficult to treat. Eczema can occur anywhere on your body, including your face and scalp.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition where your body makes too many skin cells at once. The new skin underneath pushes its way to the surface causing the older skin to flake off in big, scaly patches. Like psoriasis, eczema can be embarrassing and difficult to treat. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on your body, but is most common on your scalp and joints.

Natural eczema and psoriasis treatments focus on relieving the redness and itching, and reducing the amount of flaking.  Many of these treatments are lifestyle-related since both conditions are very sensitive to extremes of heat, and humidity. These treatments include, but are not limited to:

  • Applying a heavy-duty moisturizer, especially after showering or when moving from one temperature extreme to another, such as going out into the cold from your warm home;
  • Using a humidifier when heating your home, to prevent the heat from drying out the air;
  • Bathing in warm water instead of hot water, which can strip the natural oils from your skin;
  • Washing with a non-soap cleanser that contains moisturizers. Like hot water, soap can strip the natural oils from your skin;
  • Taking warm oatmeal baths to treat the itching and inflammation;
  • Using special shampoos to control the itching and flaking in your scalp; and
  • Staying well-hydrated by eating water-rich foods, and drinking plenty of fluids.

Because eczema and psoriasis are both considered medical conditions, you should also consult your physician about possible treatment options. Natural treatments can relieve your symptoms and improve the look of your skin, but you might need some prescription help to really get your condition under control.

Compression Wear Doesn’t Have to Wreck Your Fashion Plans

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One of my good friends has the worst luck when it comes to her legs. In the past two years, she has had two deep vein thromboses (DVTs or clots). DVTs are serious and if ignored or not treated properly, they can kill someone. My friend’s DVTs both occurred in her legs (where they are most common) but they can occur in any deep vein. They can happen to anybody but are especially common in people who have to stay still for very long periods of time, pregnant women (scary, right?) and people whose blood pressure is elevated (source: MayoClinic).

The good news is that, when caught, a DVT is almost always treatable. Treatment involves specific types of medication that are used to break up the clot, filters to keep any clots that do break free from entering your lungs and the use of compression clothing–typically socks or stockings.

This is where things get tricky. Filters and medication aren’t readily visible to others (though their side effects can be). Compression socks and stockings, though, they can cause some issues. The ones issued by your doctor are almost always going to be strictly utilitarian and, sadly, kind of ugly. They are best hidden under pants and behind boots.

This is fine if you’re happiest in boots and jeans (or other pants) but not everybody likes that look. My friend, for example, prefers skirts and dresses. Thankfully, just because your doctor gives you compression wear, you are not required to limit your compression wear that is issued by medical facilities!

There are lots of really cute options for compression clothing out there now. Even better, there are designers who offer compression clothing that is built specifically for the “type” of person who will be wearing it. Athletes, for example, can buy special sweat wicking and other types of compression gear that is meant to be worn during a workout. The compression hose ruPreggers.com offers pregnant women helps with leg-based DVTs while also providing non-constrictive support for their bellies.

Really, the problem isn’t that there isn’t any cute compression wear available. The problem is finding the right compression socks, tights, whatevers for you. How do you do that? How do you narrow down your options?

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What Will You Be Doing In It?

What are you most likely to be doing while wearing your compression gear? For example, if you work in a very formal office you will want to choose wear that reflects the dress code (tights and socks in muted colors, for example). If you’re going to be working out, you’ll want something that wicks sweat and still allows your skin to breathe. Choose tights, socks, sleeves, etc that are designed for your activities.

Consider Your Existing Wardrobe

Yes, compression tights in bright green leopard print might be fun, but if they’re going to clash with everything you already own, maybe go for the leopard print in a different bright color. You don’t want to have to design a whole new wardrobe around this stuff, you want it to blend in with what you already have.

That said, sometimes getting the bright green leopard print tights just because they cheer you up and make you happy when you wear them–clashing be darned–is a good enough reason to buy one of the sillier or more fun options you find.

Will It Last?

All compression wear tends to relax over time–it’s like regular clothing that way. Compression clothing, though, is designed to resist that relaxation for a longer than regular clothing. Still, there are some manufacturers out there who like to cut corners on their fabrics and stitching. Make sure you read the reviews before you buy! The last thing you need is the expense of replacing something made cheaply!

The point is: you have options. You can be cute and fashionable even while wearing something that is supposed to be strictly utilitarian. Working them into your fall wardrobe should be really easy to do!

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5 Things You Need To Know About Green Smoothies

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Hello there soon-to-be smoothie lover!

Freshly pressed and blended or bottled, smoothies are red hot. You may have seen photos of celebs spotted after their sweat sesh in the gym holding a mason jar filled with green smoothie or your co-worker downing a glass and wondering why would any one drink that—ugh, greens. The “healthy eating” craze just got crazier!

But, can you blame them? With health issues such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and other chronic conditions on the rise, it seems like people will do just about anything for their health to be in tip-top condition.

We’ve all heard it, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you”, right? Wrong! There is no perfect diet for everyone but there are a lot of wrong ones—and you’ve got to know which is which.

In the crowded sea of fad diets and healthy eating tips and tricks, green smoothies are among some of the most popular must-eat/must-drink nutritional powerhouses on the market. Some people even go an extra mile and make their own from fresh fruits and veggies. Of course, eating a variety of foods is still one of the most important factors to consider for a nutritionally-balanced diet but with the right ingredients, these blended greens can surely put up a good fight for the “healthiest of them all” title that all these healthy eating regimes seem to compete for.

Smoothies vs. Shakes

So what are smoothies, really? And how are they different from shakes? Why can’t we just call them green shakes instead of green smoothies?

A smoothie is typically made with fruit—frozen fruit, fresh fruits, fruit juice, etc. It’s not a dairy affair but more of a fruit party, actually. While shakes, on the other hand, is a dairy-based treat usually made of milk, ice cream or both. The thickness of a smoothie or a milkshake does not change the name of the drink. As long as you can suck it up with a straw, it’s either a smoothie or a shake. When you start to need a spoon, then it becomes an ice cream or a sorbet.

What comes first to your mind when you hear the word vegetable? You probably pictured a green vegetable—a broccoli, maybe?

Even though there are other vegetables that are not green in color you probably thought of a green veggie. It may be because the color green somehow signifies good health. See that health bar when you play a video game? It’s green when your character is still “healthy” or alive. You get the point.

Now that makes sense! Since smoothies are typically made using fruits, green smoothies are “green” smoothies because they are mostly made of veggies—the green ones, usually.

But, why not call them veggie smoothies instead?

Sure, you can call it veggie smoothie or vegetable smoothie or whatever floats your boat (really), but for some reason “green smoothie” fits right. Its simplicity is quite catchy, don’t you think?

Health Benefits

A lot of people are going on a green smoothie rampage in hopes of keeping the doctor away and the stubborn weight gain at bay—two things that are almost impossible not to happen in a typical sugar- and salt-laden diet that most people have.

But why smoothies? Why not eat real vegetables?

Eating fresh vegetables instead of blended ones sounds ideal. But in this fast-paced life filled with deadlines and demands, convenience is everything. Not everyone has the time to eat home-cooked meals, let alone sit down and eat 3 servings of vegetables every day. And when you’re trying to be a “responsible” adult—taking care of your health by avoiding fast foods and opting for healthy food choices, you try (force yourself) to do the right thing: you eat vegetables.

World Health Organization (WHO)/ Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recommends a minimum of 400 grams of fruit and vegetables per day to prevent several micronutrient deficiencies and chronic diseases.

400 grams, wow!

If you’re not really a veggie fan then that may sound a lot. How do you include them in your diet—without choking? Enter green smoothies. A smoothie is probably the ultimate convenience food. You don’t even have to chew it. Still not convinced green smoothies are worth a try? Here are some more reasons why you should be on your way to buying a blender right now:

  1. You can up your fruit and vegetable consumption

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 16 million (1.0%) disability adjusted life years or DALYS (measure of the potential life lost due to premature mortality and the years of productive life lost due to disability) and 1.7 million (2.8%) of deaths worldwide are attributed to low fruit and vegetable intake.  It is also accounted for around 14% of gastrointestinal cancer deaths, 11% of ischemic heart disease deaths, and about 9% of deaths due to stroke globally.

When it comes to numbers (and not just numbers, I mean numbers pertaining to diseases and even deaths—yikes!) from a reputable source it’s really convincing to do what you’ve got to do in order not to, you know, contribute to these numbers. Green smoothies promise weight loss and loads of nutrients all in a single, gulpable serving. Drinking them makes it easier to get more fruits and vegetable into your diet, or that of your family.

  1. Green smoothie makes a good post-workout meal

Blending breaks down the hard-to-digest plant cell walls and improves their digestibility, allowing your body to absorb the nutrients in your smoothie more easily. This is one of the reasons why a smoothie makes a perfect post-workout meal.

Your body uses stored energy in your muscles to power through your workout. It’s very important that you replenish the nutrients lost during your sweat sesh to maximize its health benefits. It is recommended to get a combination of carbohydrates and protein immediately into your body as this gives your muscles the ability to replenish glycogen (the stored energy you used) and allows them to rebuild and repair as they recover.

Smoothies are rehydrating and loaded with nutrients that can be easily absorbed by your body. Not to mention, they are refreshing, too!

  1. You get more fiber

Dietary fiber, also known as roughage, includes all parts of plant foods that your body can’t digest or absorb.

It is food mainly in fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains and is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But foods containing fiber can provide other health benefits such as reducing your risk of diabetes and heart disease and lowering your cholesterol and sugar levels. It also aids in weight loss. Eating fiber-rich foods can make a meal feel larger so you stay “feeling full” for a longer period of time.

  1. No need to add the big “C” in your already complicated life

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, accounting for 8.2 million deaths in 2012. Annual cancer cases are expected to rise from 14 million in 2012 to 22 million within the next two decades.

How not to add to these numbers?

Antioxidants!

Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against cancer-causing free radicals. In general, fruits and vegetables are chock-full of nutrients and antioxidants that are essential for optimum health, but not all foods are created equal. Some fruits and vegetables stand out in terms of antioxidant concentration as well as antioxidant capacity per serving size more than others. Among other fruits, cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries ranked highest while beans, artichokes, and Russet potatoes top other vegetables.

  1. You can lose weight

How do you distinguish a fad diet from a diet that really works? Well, a lot of fad diets and weight loss programs promise rapid weight loss—which can be great, only if they don’t leave you starving and depressed. Weight loss is a journey. You didn’t pack on those extra pounds overnight so don’t expect that you’ll shed them off quickly.

Permanent weight loss can be dragging but what makes it worth the wait is the fact that it is permanent.  Fad diets claim that they know a “shortcut” to weight loss. The truth is: there are no shortcuts. The shortcut they will share with you often leads to starvation. Yes, you will lose weight and yes, it will be fast, but pretty soon the weight you lost will catch up and you will find yourself back to square one. You don’t want that. No one wants that.

Green smoothies are mostly made of vegetables. And we all know that vegetables are one of your weight loss BFFs. With the right combination of ingredients, green smoothies may be the key to having the hot bod you’ve always wanted.

DIY Green Smoothies

Are you ready to make your way to rich green smoothie goodness?

What blender to use

What you’ll need is a blender and a little amount of patience. If you’re a grab-and-go type of eater—oftentimes falling into takeaway traps and wants to take baby steps towards healthy eating, making smoothies is a good start.  It should take about 5 minutes to prepare. So try to sit back and relax while you let your blender do the job.

If you’re always on the run but doesn’t want to buy bottled smoothies, you may want to buy a blender that blends fast so you won’t feel as if making smoothies robs you off of your precious time. But this kind of blender is a bit pricey. In making smoothies, it doesn’t really matter what kind of blender you use as long as it serves its purpose. A blender that effectively blends your green smoothie ingredients is a good blender.

Ingredients

The ingredients that you will use in making your own smoothies are pretty obvious. Fruits and vegetables are must-haves in your smoothie business. Some of the green smoothie essentials that you need are kale, spinach, romaine, collards, non-fat milk, coconut milk, coconut water, almond milk, banana, mango, berries, apple, grapes, and avocado.

You can add other fruits and vegetables, too! No doubt they are chock-full of nutrients so don’t be scared. Experiment all you want! The smoothie that you make is only as effective as the ingredients you use. Substitution is the key. Do not be afraid to try new things.

Yes, it can taste terrible. But, hey at least you can learn something from it. After all, a mistake is only a mistake if you don’t learn anything from it. Most of the oh-so-good smoothie recipes you see on the Internet stem from brave attempts of making different fruit and vegetable combinations work. You bet most of them taste beyond terrible, but a little tweak on the ingredients can make a big difference.

Start blending!

You may think that making a smoothie is as simple as putting all the ingredients in your blender. You’re right! It’s as simple as that! But if you want to get the best out of your nutrient-packed smoothies (of course you do!), you may want to consider doing them the proper way.

Start by blending 2 cups of leafy greens and 2 cups of liquid base together. If you’re trying to lose weight, you may want to use non-fat milk as your liquid base instead of coconut milk. Or better yet, use water. But the good thing about using milk is that it adds to the creaminess of your smoothie, making slurping a little bit more fun. It can also hide the distinct “green taste” of veggies. It really works wonders!

Next, add 3 cups of ripe fruit and blend again until the texture of your smoothie is well, smooth. And voila! Enjoy your smoothie!

Life is about making choices—choices that make you happy. Making smoothies is pretty much the same. In the end, what will be most effective is a diet you enjoy!

Resources:

World Health Organization (WHO)

Promoting fruit and vegetable consumption around the world

http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/fruit/en/

Cancer

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/

American Heart Association (AHA)

Fiber

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/Whole-Grains-and-Fiber_UCM_303249_Article.jsp

Tell me more about your experiences with smoothies in the comments section below!

Author Bio :

Leanne Thompson is an author and a blogger who has contributed to some of the most well-known Health, Fitness and Nutrition blogs. She has struggled with her weight in her teenage years, which has driven her to undertake a Bachelors of Nutrition degree in the renowned Iowa State University, mostly to study the needs of a human body and how to make the most out of her life. She has made it her life goal to spread awareness about the importance of healthy weight loss and the well-being of people she has contact with. Visit her nutrition & health blog to find out more information!

Murad City of Hope Campaign and a Giveaway

HydrateforHope_HR Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl is proud to be a Murad Ambassador.  I received products as compensation for sharing about the great company.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s. 

Have you ever tried the Murad brand of skin care products? As a Murad brand ambassador, I have the privilege of trying these skin care products for free in exchange for my honest review of them here on Living Smart Girl. I received some Murad samples in the mail recently, and now I can’t wait to tell you about these amazing products, a really awesome project Murad is doing currently, and how YOU can get some Murad samples yourself for FREE! Keep reading to learn more!

 

Four Great Murad Products You Need to Try

 

Here are four products I have had the privilege of testing recently.

 

SONY DSC 1. Acne Clearing Solution
Murad’s Acne Clearing solution is designed to clear breakouts and manage acne-related symptoms quickly, gently and easily. It contains Salicylic Acid and Queen of Meadow Extract, and it is non-comedogenic. By exfoliating dead skin, preventing surface build-up, and fighting future breakouts, Acne Clearing Solution is designed to keep your skin clean, healthy and blemish-free. I use this every night and wake up with clear skin.  I use it more as a preventative because my face just never tells me when it’s going to surprise me with a pimple!

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2. Transforming Powder
Transforming Powder, Murad’s newest cleanser, is specially designed for acne-prone skin. It uses bio-enzymes to exfoliate and digest all the dirt, oil and extra skin cells you don’t want hanging around on your skin, and it even smooths and softens the skin as well. Because it is designed for acne-prone skin, Transforming Powder is made to help prevent over-scrubbing and over-exfoliation for skin that is beautifully clean and acne-free. This is such a neat cleanser.  It is a nice, not to rough, exfoliator which I really like.  Gentle but effective.

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3. Clarifying Mask
Murad’s Clarifying Mask is a fan favorite, and it’s not hard to see why. Made with natural earth clays and sulfur, Clarifying Mask absorbs excess oils, draws out impurities, reduces shine and even helps to regulate oil production, leaving your skin beautifully smooth and never shiny. Plus, this mask can even be used to help spot-treat stubborn pimples as well.  I have been using this once a week, and really like how my skin feels after.  I feel really clean and my skin feels tight and smooth. It is also a great treatment for a stubborn pimple. Dab it on at night, wake up to a dried up pimple! Take that pimples!

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4. Skin Smoothing Polish
Murad’s Skin Smoothing Polish provides a rich and creamy polishing scrub that removes dry, dull skin and reveals the beautifully soft and supple skin hiding underneath. It removes dirt, oil and impurities, leaving behind a beautiful, healthy and smooth finish. This is a fav of mine. Love how it smells, and feels on my skin.  I use it on my face, neck and chest to get a nice healthy glow a couple times a week.

 

 

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Murad Teams Up with City of Hope to Help Fight Women’s Cancers Programs

 

In addition to helping women achieve beautiful skin, Murad wants to help women achieve truly healthy skin as well. That is why, for the fourth year in a row, Muard is teaming up with City of Hope to help raise money to fund and increase awareness for women’s cancers programs. Murad is committed to furthering life-saving cancer research, and as a result, they are graciously donating ten percent of the sales of their Hydrate for Hope Set to City of Hope. All of the money generated by this special offer will go to City of Hope to support women’s cancers research, cancer treatment for the ill, and educational programs.

If you are committed to helping find a cure for women’s cancers as well, you can join in the fight by purchasing one of these beautiful sets, by making a donation, or by helping to get the word out about the promotion. The price of the Hydrate for Hope Set is currently marked down to $49.50 (a $60 value).

 

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And Now–A Giveaway!   ~ Ends November 10th, 11:59 pm CST

 

If you haven’t tried Murad products before, well, today is your lucky day! Murad has generously given me ONE HUNDRED samples of their product, – Acne Clearing Solution 3-Day Samples –  which I am going to give away to YOU!

I am giving away 5 – 10 packs of this great product.   That means,  5 people will each win a 10 pack of the Acne Clearing Solution 3 Day Samples.  Sweet huh?  Great way to try and see if you like this product.

How to enter ?  Do each of these and leave a separate comment for each.   Tweeting and Posting to Facebook can be done daily for more entries.

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Come on over to @LivingSmartGirl and enter to win 10 Sample Packs of Acne Clearing Lotion from #Murad #Giveaway http://www.livingsmartgirl.com/murad-city-hope-campaign-giveaway/

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Leave a comment telling me what skin care you use, and if you have tried Murad.

 

 

Purminerals Can Be Your Skins New BFF

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Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

 

Purminerals Can Be Your Skins New BFF

If you have been following me for a while you know I have this love/hate thing with mineral makeup.  I have done a review once before comparing two top companies makeups and my favor was not toward the other company.   Well, this time my favor is about equal.  While I love loose mineral powders I am really liking the 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup this time around.  Loose minerals are hard to use, are messy and don’t travel well. But, pressed powders are universal and I like I can use a brush to get full coverage.    I am actually surprised at how many hits I get to my blog for that one post I did.  I guess there are many that had the same questions as me, as to which is a better choice.

Check out the items I was sent for review, and my thoughts.

Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup gives you a flawless, breathable coverage using pure, pressed mineral pigments. It helps your skin to be smooth and firm. Extracts brighten discolored areas giving you a more even skin tone. It’s vegan friendly, paraben-free and gluten-free.  I use a big face brush for this as I don’t like a heavy cover on my face.  This is great, light and lasts all day.   I don’t feel like I have cake face and that is top priority for me when it comes to make up.

 

Pür Intensity Gel Eyeliner glides on smooth for a flawless look. It’s silky, water-proof, andsmudge-proof so it can last all day. Tested to be safe for your eyes, including sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers, and free of tar fibers, and paraben. Now this one I really wanted to try, and did so with huge reservation.  Why? Well because I used to use eye pencil, stopped using it because it just didn’t last all day and I didn’t get a dark enough and wide enough line like I wanted.  So, changed to a liquid liner pen, and love it.  But, I sometimes want to just change things up a bit so really was excited to try this.  Well I totally love it!!  I have the perfect liner brush and this can be a skinny line, wide line, or even used lightly on my brows if I want them to pop.  I am so glad I got this,.. Love it!

 

4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturizer combines moisturizer, primer, foundation and sun protection all in one. Pur Mineral’s formula includes a Ceretin Complex to renew skin without causing irritation. Plus it’s vegan friendly and paraben-free. And as with all Pur Mineral’s products it’s not tested on animals.  Ever since I found mineral makeup, I have given up on any liquid types.  I don’t like how they look so cakey and not natural.  I know some people love them, but I didn’t like them even when I used them in high school.   This is a great product, but again, not for me.  It covers to cakey looking/feeling for my taste.  But, my sister loves it!  She always likes a thicker coverage due to having bad acne scaring and this works perfect for her.  And, she is totally excited because she has been looking for a less expensive alternative to what she was using and now she has one.

Purminerals carries more than just makeup.  Check out their makeup, skincare, brushes and kits.  What kind of makeup do you use?  Have you tried Purminerals ?

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

Create a Spa Day at Home with Suave

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Spa Day at Home with Suave®

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Life is so busy, and there are days when I just sit and think.. man I could sure use a spa day!   Sometimes, getting out of my house and letting someone pamper me is just the perfect treat.   But, I can’t always afford to head to the local spa, so I make my bathroom into my spa.

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Here is how I pamper myself at home ~

I brew up a pot of herbal tea, and get my favorite cup and head to bathroom with tea in hand, close and lock my door ;)
First thing I do is lean over my tub and wash my hair, then apply a heavy amount of conditioner, and wrap my head up in a towel.
Fill my tub with hot water, light some candles and turn down or off the lights.
Add some of my NEW Suave® Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash to my bathwater, with some epsom salts mixed in.
I wash my face and apply my favorite face mask to my face.
Remove all my polish off my toe nails and finger nails so my soak in the tub can soften my cuticles.
Sink down into my tub, and let my body just soak up the goodness of the bath and scents around me.
I like to soak for at least 30 minutes or until the water is chilly.  Then I rinse my conditioner from my hair and wash my mask from my face.
Climb out, dry off, and apply my Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray.
Then I sit at my lighted mirror and pluck my brows, since my skin has opened up and softened the hair follicles to make plucking easier.
I give myself a nice manicure and reapply my favorite polish.
And while my polish dries, I lay on my bathroom floor on a towel and meditate a bit ;)   That is ME time!

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I love my at home spa time, and love that I can use my Suave® products to make me feel and look like a relaxed me should.

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Have you tried any of the new products from Suave® ?   Here are a few of my favorities ~

 

NEW Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Wash is made with Moroccan argan oil. This oil is lightweight and contains antioxidants and nutrients that help make skin silky.

NEW Suave® Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash is named for its ingredient, Awapuhi Ginger. It is a prized Hawaiian plant known for its ability to moisturize. Honeysuckle is added to help make your skin wonderfully soft.

Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion helps skin stay silky soft and glowing with non-greasy, continuous moisture. The light weight Moroccan argan oil keeps this rich lotion light to help it be absorbed quickly.

Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray is created to be absorbed quickly into skin for moisturization that lasts but isn’t greasy. Skin becomes soft, radiant and fragrant by the Moroccan argan oil.

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Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received product as compensation to post about Suave® .  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

 

Shop for a Cause you Care About

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Do you love to shop?  I know I do!  I guess that was just a silly question, as most women I know love to shop, especially when they can find the stuff they want, at great prices.  Well, how about shopping for what you want, at great prices and also being able to support a cause you care about?  That is just a win win in my book!  And with the weather turning colder I am again on the hunt for fashionable fall/winter clothing.  I love their selections and prices and causes.  J.Crew, and Free People to Tory Burch and Prada and 55% of the net proceeds from the sale of every item goes back to support a charity. Each item in their store is donated by another do-gooder looking to make an impact in the world. I know for me, I love to donate my clothes rather than take the time to list them on local groups for sale.

Even though I work from home, and spend many a day in my PJ’s, that doesn’t mean I don’t like fashion.  When I head to town for a day of errands, or even a night out on the town with hubby or the girls, I want to look my best. And with the colder temps here I am on the hunt for clothing and outerwear that will look great and serve the purpose of keeping me warm. Fashion Project has just what I need and want.

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I like this Calvin Klein coat.  It would be perfect for those chilly days, and still look nice and not like I just crawled out of the woods (which is what I usually look like.. haha).  And this coat supports Dress for Success.

 

fashionprojectsweater Now for a day to day wear I like some cozy sweaters and this one from Joie. This cozy sweater supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Inc.

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And of course, I want some jeans to go with it, so these Marc Jacob’s pants would be perfect and the purchase supports the Dress for Success Triangle.

This is a few of my picks.  What are yours ?

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl was compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Manicure Party for the Girls #MiracleMani

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There are not many simple pleasures in life that rank higher than an afternoon with friends, laughter, food, drink and manicures.  I love to hang with my awesome friends and when you add all the right elements together it makes for a fun and memorable afternoon.   I was so excited to be a part of the Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ campaign and I knew exactly what I was going to do to have fun with this fun new product.    I gathered a few of my closest friends and family and hosted a mini girls afternoon with some chips and dip, pumpkin cake and margarita’s.  Sounds like a strange mix, but all went together perfect and everyone was having a blast.  Was nice to chat, catch up, laugh and share girl stories.  I had my Aunt Tammy, cousin Chrissy, her friend Amy, my sister Suzy and one of my BFF’s,  Julie.  Perfect day, perfect party and perfect nails thanks to Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™.

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Everyone showed up at noon and we spent the afternoon sipping margarita’s, jamming to good tunes, snacking and visiting.  I loved to see what colors each gal picked.   My Aunt and Amy even did their toes.   And, my sister wasn’t going to do her nails, because honestly she has no nails. Well, she does, but she chews her nails so they are just stubs. But, we talked her into painting them and she fell in love with this product.  Maybe she will stop chewing her nails now!  LOL!!

If you have not heard of Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ yet you have just got to check it out.  This is the ONLY TRUE 2 STEP GEL MANICURE that needs no light needed to cure it.  You have over 45 shades that are all so pretty and will wow you and anyone who see’s your nails.   Sally Hansen® is leading the revolution in gel technology.   Simple to use as well ~  Step 1 – Apply 2 coats of the Miracle Gel™ Color.    Step 2- Apply 1 coat of the Miracle Gel™ Top Coat.   Then, let natural light do the rest as your nails transform into a work of art.  Ok, well maybe not a work of art, but you get my drift!  :)  And, it is easily removed with regular fingernail polish remover.  And you get up to 14 days of beautiful color and shine.   Wanna get some for yourself?   Enter the  Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ Sweepstakes that is now LIVE!!!

I let each of my party goers pick out their favorite color and a top coat, to take home for their very own.  Aren’t they all so cute, with their big smiles and pretty nails.

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This is my cousin Chrissy (right)  and her friend Amy (left).

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This is my friend Julie (left) and sister Suzy (right)

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This is my nails after I painted them, and then my final pick for color.

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No matter what your color choice is, you will just love this as much as I do.  I love having pretty nails, but hate the fact I have to redo them every couple days.  I always have my hands in water and am not a careful, girly girl, with my daily activities and am so impressed at how long this lasts.   The first time I tried it, I actually had it on about 3 weeks, and only took it off to change the color, not because I had too.   Love it!!

Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ At Last! Gel without the light!

Natural Inexpensive SunBurn Remedies

Natural Inexpensive SunBurn Remedies

Natural Inexpensive SunBurn Remedies

I know for me sunburn season is over, but for many who live down south, or are traveling, sunburn can still happen.

Hanging out at the pool with friends and family, playing at the park with the kids, or gardening in the back yard can all be a lot of fun.  However, if you
forget the sun screen they can all cause some pain.  Sunburns are no fun and when most people get a sun burn the first thing they think of is aloe.  Aloe is a
fantastic thing to use on sun burns but what if you don’t have any?  Check out these sunburn remedies and give one of them a try!

Tea –  This works best when done as soon as possible.  Brew black or green tea.  Allow the tea to cool for a hour or two. Take a soft clean washcloth and put it
in the cooled brewed tea.  Ring out the excess tea and use the washcloth like a cold compress to help alleviate the ache of the sunburn.

Cucumbers and potatoes – Both potatoes and cucumbers have cooling properties that can almost immediately soothe the irritated skin.  Just slice the potato or
cucumber and lightly and softly rub it on the sunburned skin.

Oatmeal – Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant powers that have been used by dermatologist and herbologists for a long time.  Just grind up a little
oatmeal and add it to cool bath water.

Vinegar – Vinegar can relieve the pain and irritation of sunburned skin just like the oatmeal.  All you need to do is add a few cups of apple cider vinegar to your
warm bath water.  Ease in slowly for instant relief.

Lettuce – Did you know that lettuce leaves have natural painkillers?  When your sore from a sunburn you definitely want anything to take away the pain.  Boil a few
leaves of lettuce in a pot of water.  You want to keep the water so carefully get the leaves out of the water.  Chill the water in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Finally soak a washcloth in the water and use it as a cool compress.

Milk – Have you heard of people taking milk baths?  They do this because it is a great moisturizer.  Well if you add a little powdered milk to some cool bath water
it will help take the “sting” out of the burn.  OR Take about a cup of milk out of the fridge and leave it for about 10 minutes.  Dip a washcloth into the cup and
place it on the burned area like a compress.

Baby Wipes – If you have baby wipes in the house they work well on sunburns.  They are very soothing on the skin and can give some relief to sunburns.

Aloe –  Aloe is the most popular thing to use on a sunburn.  You can get the gels and lotions at almost any store.  However the best thing to use is aloe from an
aloe vera plant.

Sunburns are no fun so be sure to take care of it and try to remember to put sun block on before going out. If you do forget the sun block then remember to try out
these sunburn remedies.

Are you suffering with sunburn from your recent vacation ?   I hope you enjoy these great remedies.   But, if you are not into home made remedies I highly recommend giving Block Island Organics a try.  A great company with perfectly organic and natural protection from the sun and help when you get to much sun.   You can take 20% off your order using the code  ” sheila ” at time of checkout.  Code expires 10/3/14.   You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Do you want to go on vacation ?  Check out our sister site ~ That Traveling Chick ~

 

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.   All opinions are 100% that of ours.

Turn Up Your Look for less with Tresemmé® and Dollar General

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Turn Up Your Look for less with Tresemmé® and Dollar General

 

You don’t need to spend like a celebrity to look like one. Thanks to Tresemmé® and Dollar General, you can get all of the looks you want for less. Amp up your own unique style and beauty, while keeping within budget.  Look like a million bucks when you leave the house, knowing that you spent way less to look that good!   I love when others comment on my look when I am out for the evening, and they think I spent hours in front of a mirror or in a beauty chair.  Nope.. it’s simply me and my savvy way of saving money that makes me look and feel great!

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