A Dead Sea Mud Mask by InstaNatural is a soothing, in-home spa treatment!

Insta Natural Dead Sea Mud MaskNow that winter has arrived (with a vengeance!), it’s time to rethink my skincare regimen. Every year, excessive dry heat wreaks havoc on my face. And, while I am perfectly happy to keep the thermostat set at 68° F, my family is not!

Staying hydrated is crucial. And, topical treatments, from daytime moisturizers and serums, to dense night creams, to skin brighteners, all help. But, when I need an intensive treatment, nothing is as nourishing as a mud mask!

Of course, not just any mud mask will do. Over the past year, I’ve been able to test quite a few products made with minerals, salt, and mud from the famed Dead Sea. After trying scrubs, serums, soaps, and even a shampoo, I am officially a believer in the healing powers of the “world’s first health spa!”

Renowned for its healing properties over thousands of years, not only is the Dead Sea the Earth’s lowest elevation on land, it’s also one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet. Contained within its waters are the naturally occurring, therapeutic minerals that are so beneficial to the skin, like magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium, and calcium.

According to an article I happened to read on LiveStrong.com earlier this year, “Symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and acne can be controlled by using Dead Sea mud. Its rich mineral content accelerates natural exfoliation and restores your skin’s pH balance.”

So, if you suffer from dry skin conditions (or the dreaded dry winter skin and acne combo – a double whammy!) the Dead Sea Mud Mask from InstaNatural is an all-natural detoxifier, purifier and refiner.

Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt, and toxins from the skin. It is great to soothe and reduce the inflammation caused by acne, as well as remove blackheads. And, the mask also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. As an in-home spa treatment, this mask will reveal more vibrant, healthier looking skin.

The all natural Dead Sea Mud Mask also includes a nourishing blend of Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Calendula Oil, and Hickory Bark Extract. These ingredients provide unsurpassed moisture to soothe dry and irritated skin, plus reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines for a smoother complexion.

And, the Dead Sea Mud Mask is not exclusively for use on the face! When used as a body treatment, the mask can not only reveal more youthful looking skin, but also can soothe and relieve muscle aches and pains. A huge 16 oz. jar means you never need to skimp.

The current list price on Amazon is $50.00, but right now, you can try the Dead Sea Mud Mask for only $25.95!

InstaNatural is so sure you will love it that they even offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Policy on the mud mask, as well as all of their all natural beauty, hair, and skincare products — from Argan Oil, to Vitamin  C Serum, to Moroccan Rose Water, plus so much more.

InstaNatural products can be found in leading spas, salons and aesthetic centers in the US, as well as internationally in UAE, UK, Asia and Canada. To see the entire line of products, visit InstaNatural.

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The Top 5 Fashion Must-Haves This Holiday Season!

The holiday season is hectic enough without having to worry about what to wear. Here are five must-have fashion staples that will help you sail through the season in style!

#1 Lady in red. Pack up your LBD! This season, smart girls sizzle in red. And, since many holiday get-togethers leave little time after work for a quick change, some of the best options easily transition from day to night. Add heels and some fire engine red lipstick and you are ready to paint the town… well, red!

Holiday Must-Have #1: A day-to-night red dress

 

#2 Sparkle. Don’t save all of your sparkle for the Christmas tree! Inspired by the luminous Lupita Nyong’o on the cover of December’s Glamour magazine, every gal will dazzle with a pair of stunning rhinestone or crystal drop earrings. Unlike some of the massive chandelier earrings from previous seasons, a long, narrow silhouette says 2014!

Holiday Must-Have #3: Rhinestone drop earrings

 

#3 Pump it up. This year, shoe designers are taking style to new heights!  I personally love pointy toed pumps with high, High, HIGH heels!  Heels make legs look longer, improve your carriage, and even make you look thinner. Just don’t forget to practice if you don’t often wear heels. There’s nothing sexy about a night spent in the ER due to a sprained ankle.

Holiday Must-Have #2: Black closed toe pumps

 

#4 Bag it. No ensemble is complete without a fabulous bag. Some of the best this year channel the Hermès Kelly bag vibe. The shape, the ladylike handle, the mock croc… these bags are perfect with everything from a business suit, to skinny jeans and an oversized sweater.

Holiday Must-Have #4: Mock Croc Kelly look alike bag

 

#5 Time out. Finally, the hectic season taxes even the most organized among us. Stay on track and on time with a stunning watch. The classic leather banded watch gets an update this season with some beautiful detailing. (Infinitely classier than whipping out your phone to check the time!)

Holiday Must-Have #5: Classic watch with leather band

 

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Hydrate your skin this winter and have a treat at the same time… just sip All Beauty Water!

All Beauty WaterStaying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your skin. But, at this hectic time of year, it’s easy to forget. I sometimes get wrapped up in shopping all day and suddenly realize that I’ve had nothing to eat or drink since early in the morning.

So, I’ve taken to toting a water bottle with me wherever I go. And, not just any water will do. Recently, I discovered All Beauty Water as an all-natural alternative to chemical-laden diet drinks or high calorie juice cocktails.

All Beauty Water is enhanced with minerals, antioxidants and electrolytes that keep skin absolutely glowing. There is nothing artificial — no chemical sweeteners, flavors or preservatives.  And, All Beauty Water has zero calories (a major plus as Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts are fast approaching).

There are three fabulous flavor combinations from which to choose including Pomegranate Rose (my personal favorite), Strawberry Açaí, and Cucumber Aloe.

Each bottle of All Beauty Water contains two full glasses of water, plus eight healthy vitamins including Vitamin A, C, D, E, B12, B6, B3 and Biotin. There are crucial nutrients for skin, as well, like Selenium, Green Tea Extract, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Potassium and Zinc.

According to company founder and CEO Camille Varlet,  “I came up with the idea when I noticed my friends all talking about starting to see the first signs of aging and exchanging favorite (topical) beauty products, yet they all were drinking diet soda. I found this to be a disconnect between how people think about their looks and what they put into their bodies.”

Although All Beauty water is designed to be beneficial to your overall health and skin, you’ll simply feel like you are having a lovely treat — sweet, refreshing and delicious!

A case of 12 bottles retails for $36 on Amazon and includes free shipping. Or, shop closer to home; a list of locations is available at All Beauty water.

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Win a gorgeous laser cut wooden cuff bracelet by Joyo and cross one item off of your Holiday Gift List!

Joyo laser wood cuff bracelet, Leaves, Retail $65My Gift List is long this Christmas. But, one gift I can count one for everyone – from girlfriends, to coworkers, to family members – is the gift of gorgeous jewelry. And, one company I will count on for the perfect gift this year is Joyo.

Gorgeous laser cut jewelry from Joyo is designed and handmade by Jenn Liddiard in Scituate, Massachusetts. Jenn is inspired by the world around her — museum exhibits, architecture, nature, even history! She combines that inspiration with natural materials like wood, transforming it into a unique, intricate, and thoroughly beautiful form.

One of my favorite pieces, the Leaves bracelet pictured, is a perfect example. A scattering of stylized leaves floats across this laser cut, cherry wood cuff. And, just a glint of brushed aluminum peeks through! This bracelet is lightweight, lined with ultrasuede, and extremely comfortable. Adjustable to fit most wrist sizes. Retail $65

In addition to gorgeous cuff bracelets, Jenn also creates breathtaking laser cut necklaces and earrings. To see the entire line (and cross a few items off of your Gift List!), visit Joyo.

Now, one lucky winner can win the Leaves laser cut wooden bracelet by Joyo. Simply enter the giveaway below. This giveaway is available for readers in the USA, aged 18+. Odds are determined by the number of entries received. Giveaway ends 12-4-2014.

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For unique, hand-crafted jewelry, I love Mimi and Moi!

Mimi and Moi, $44, Ocean blue and green eco friendly hand crafted glass pendant on a 20 inch silver plated ball chainEtsy is the most wonderful way I’ve found to discover new artists and to find unique, hand-crafted items. Since 2005, I have become something of an addict and can easily lose myself down the rabbit hole, searching for one-of-a-kind treasures for myself — and for gift giving during the holidays!

Of course, hand-crafted jewelry from talented artisans is always one of my top searches.  And, one new favorites is Melisa Baker from Mimi and Moi. From hand-stamped charms, to photo charm bracelets, to eco-friendly earrings, Melisa offers simply gorgeous pieces.

Although Mimi and Moi is best known for its customizable photo bracelets, I am also drawn to the stunning glass earrings and necklaces. The glass is actually upcycled stained glass which is cut to size. Then, each piece is soldered by hand and beads are wire wrapped. The end result is a piece that is as individual as the wearer!

One of my top picks is the upcycled blue and green necklace, pictured above. The pendant is 1 3/4 inches and dangles from a 20 inch silver plated ball chain. The color combination, the simplicity of the design, and the quality of the craftsmanship make this pendant a must-have! Retail $44

Mimi and Moi, $47, Etsy earrings, eco friendly jewerly, iridescent, casual earringsThe modern art earrings with geometric rectangles, shown, are another favorite. In light and dark turquoise glass, the iridescent color actually changes as the earrings move! The earrings hang a total of 2 inches long. Retail $65

To see the entire line of gorgeous pieces, visit Mimi and Moi.

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Great Giveaway! Keep your look together this busy holiday season with Glue hair gel by Rusk

Glue by Rusk, available at Beauty Care ChoicesAccording to the festive commercials on television, the massive tree in Rockefeller Center, and the stacks of catalogs bulging in my mailbox, the holiday season is upon us. And, I am beginning to catch the frenzied mood that seems to swirl around me at this time of year! Before the dishes are cleared from the Thanksgiving extravaganza that we have planned, I will be itching to pull out the Christmas decorations and really get this party started!

With all of the extra work involved in preparing for the holidays, it’s easy to let things like haircuts and manicures… slide a bit. But invariably during the season, I run into a classmate, neighbor, or friend I haven’t seen in years. Looking hectic and frazzled (even if I feel like it inside) is simply not an option.

So, this year, I am relying on Glue to hold it together! Glue from Rusk is the ultimate guardian against flyaways, winter dry hair, and dreaded hat hair. If you want extra strong hold that will last all day and then some, this is the product.

For short or longer styles, Glue is non-sticky, adds a flake-free shine, and keeps your style firmly in place.

Glue can be used on either wet or dry hair. I prefer to use it on wet hair, so that I can really work it through the strands, adding more when dry, if necessary. And, even with the super hold that Glue provides, it easily washes out with a regular shampoo unlike others I have tried.

Now, no matter how many hours I shop at the mall, when I run into that ex-boyfriend or “frenemy,” I will be prepared!

Glue by Rusk is available at Beauty Care Choices. The List Price is $17.99, but now you can get a 4 oz. tube for only $14.75. A little goes a long way, so this will last all season and beyond.

Beauty Care Choices also carries other great Rusk hair care products. The Rusk company’s line of products and professional styling tools has been generating a lot of press recently for an innovative approach to hair care. From People Style Watch, to InStyle, to Cosmopolitan, taste makers everywhere choose Rusk.

In addition to hair care essentials, Beauty Care Choices also carries a full line of cosmetics and nail care products from the top brands you know and trust. To learn more, or see the full line of high quality beauty must-haves, visit Beauty Care Choices.

Now, one lucky winner can try Glue by Rusk this holiday season. Simply enter the giveaway below. This giveaway is available for readers in the USA, aged 18+. Odds are determined by the number of entries received. Giveaway ends 11-30-2014.

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Old Factory Candle Giveaway is just in time for the holidays!

Old Factory candlesI love candlelight. At dinner, in the bath or in the boudoir, nothing beats the instant romance generated by gently flickering candles!

Not all candles are created equally, though. And, I have been a loyal user of soy candles for many years. Soy candles are natural and crafted from soy wax, which is a processed form of soybean oil. Unlike paraffin candles, soy candles are soot-free. Better still, they burn cooler than paraffin, which means soy candles last 30-50% longer on average!

A wonderful company for high-quality soy candles is Old Factory. I especially like the 3-candle set, which contains three unique scents all centered around a specific theme. For example, the Fall Harvest set contains Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry and Autumn Leaves and is perfect for use in the kitchen.

Or, the Happy Holidays set includes Christmas Tree, Candy Cane and Gingerbread. Paired with your favorite Christmas music, these will help set the mood as you wrap a mountain of gifts, or would make a much-appreciated stocking stuffer.

But, my personal favorite is the Spa Day set which contains Cucumber, Lemongrass and Green Tea. I love these around the tub for a truly relaxing bath (so necessary at this hectic time of year!).

Each 2 ounce candle burns cleanly and evenly for 20 hours. The candles are hand-poured in the USA, have self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and use premium fragrance oils.

The Old Factory 3-candle set retails for $25.00 on Amazon.  (At that price, you’ll want to order more than one!) And, don’t forget Amazon’s gift wrap option when shipping to friends and family.

Every purchase from Old Factory is 100% Guaranteed. If you are not completely satisfied, simply return your purchase for a full refund.

Now, one lucky winner will receive the Old Factory 3-candle set of their choice! This giveaway is available for readers in the CONTINENTAL USA, aged 18+. Odds are determined by the number of entries received. Giveaway ends 12-4-2014.

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