Cinnamon Spice For Those Things Not So Nice!

John gave me the nicest present for my birthday back in March- a 60 minute massage and mini-facial. I ‘cashed in’ last weekend and really enjoyed my experience. I had my mini facial first. My aesthetician was terrific and was a wealth of information! I expressed my discontent with adult onset acne and she shared a homeopathic remedy that I must share with you! Super cheap and effective- a paste 

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The Nicest Smelling Self Tanner Yet!

My youngest daughter, Carly, is home from college for the summer. She smelled really good the other day. So good in fact, I asked her what she was wearing. Imagine my surprise when she told me it was her self tanner! Usually known for their pungent smell and sticky feel, self-tanners are not my favorite lotion / potion. I only use them for the color they give and sins they 

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Long Lasting Polish and No UV Light Needed!

I met a dear friend for happy hour the other night and we were discussing nails. Hers looked great- they were manicured and polished with a beautiful spring coral color. Mine looked terrible- no polish and ragged cuticles. What’s happened to me? I’ve been out of the beauty biz for nearly three months now, and can’t seem to find the time to use my favorite CND gel polish and sit 

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A Little Something Shimmery

A little something shimmery hides a multitude of sins! I love this Pure Finish Summer Escape Bronzing Powder by Elizabeth Arden. It’s subtle and lovely. This powder comes in Warm or Deep Glow, so all skin colors are complimented. A dusting with a big powder brush over foundation and under blush helps give an even all over tone and yields a lovely glow. It basically makes my skin look younger. 

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A handy dandy little tool…

A special treat in my life is a nice manicure with gel polish. Love, love, love! But I can’t always get them when I want and need them. I grow cuticles as quickly as I grow calluses. That means I need to somehow take care of my cuticle overgrowth between manicures- which can sometimes be months. A nail clipper just doesn’t cut it (ha ha- pun not intended). What little 

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It hurts…but it’s worth it!

I’m talking about Sally Hansen’s Wax Strips for Body. This super easy to use press on and zip off wax system is cheapo ($6.49 at Walmart) and allows me to maintain the tiniest bit of modesty while grooming for my bike shorts and occasional swimsuit appearance! I tried the professional salon waxing thing…once, and didn’t like it a bit. I guess I’d rather save the $89 (plus tip), my modesty 

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The Multi-purpose Powder from long ago…

  I found this powder way back in the cupboard of our master bathroom. I remember buying it l-o-n-g ago when the kids were little. They had terrible diaper rash and none of the standard gooey ointments were doing the trick. I called my mom, a nurse from the 50’s, and asked her what I should do. She recommended heading over to Walgreen’s and picking up some Caldesene Powder. You 

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The solution was right in front of me….

And yours might be too! I’ve been experiencing low back and knee pain for over a year. When it got to the point when I couldn’t climb stairs one-footed anymore, I finally consulted my OB/GYN at my annual appointment (it just so happens he takes John’s and my classes and is a pretty darn good athlete). I asked him for a physical therapy recommendation and he looked at me like 

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Over and Out (but not totally)

“Over and out….10-4….Roger that”. We use this ‘radio speak’ around our house a lot. Weird, I know, but it makes for clear text messages :). No wonder it’s used by truckers! “Over and out, but not totally” describes what’s going on with me at Clarins and my Account Development Specialist Position. Tomorrow is my official last day as an ADS for Clarins. I resigned two weeks ago. My resignation is 

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I Tried the Economical Versions…

And I think they ended up being more expensive in the end. Because, no lip liner wears like Lancome’s LeLipstique. I need a liner that stays put and doesn’t bleed into my vertical lip lines. When I teach, I need more than clear Chapstick, but I don’t want a full bodied lipstick either. So a good liner, with a light gloss works well. LeLIpstique + a good gloss lasts through 

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Pack light and Carry On!

We just had a lovely long weekend in Phoenix, AZ for my niece’s wedding. I have a ‘thing’ about paying to check luggage . So, I carried on everything I needed for 6 days-rehearsal dinner and wedding day attire, plus jackets (it gets cold there when the sun goes down), 4 pair of shoes, workout wear, etc. My back pack contained my HUGE outdated laptop, which is going to be 

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