Spring Skin Care Challenge

Spring is finally here! I am so excited….the beautiful, green hills, the gorgeous weather & all of the flowers in bloom have me giddy these days. As the seasons change, I find myself staring into the mirror wondering why I have neglected my skin so much in the past few months. Maybe it’s because I was too cold to care or maybe it was just laziness, but either way, I am back to giving my skin some love and it’s made a HUGE difference. I know, I’m a huge nerd.

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This year, I am going to commit to taking better care of my skin & as we head into the summer months I have come up with a little challenge for all of you readers (and myself, of course). The challenge is this: Once a month, book a facial or pick up a new skin care product, for the next 6 months. This will leave your skin youthful & hydrated as Winter approaches again, but it will do something even more important for you: It will get you in the habit of taking care of your skin and I know you’ll just love the results! I know the first thing that comes to mind is the cost of this little challenge, but I want to encourage you to get creative with it & just go for it!

Tips for booking a cheaper facial/peel: Find a spa that’s offering a facial special…simply book a shorter facial & tell your Esthetician that you want to add-on a peel….Call a spa and ask if they offer just a peel, a la carte…ask if your spa offers a discount when you book a series of facials/peels…inquire about seasonal facial specials.

As an Esthetician, who has worked in a high-end spa for years, I know firsthand how expensive skin care, facials and spas can be. Just remember that we only get one skin in our lives. We only get one chance to take care of it. If we neglect it, it will surely show! People shell out the big bucks for their hair and hair products so easily, forgetting that our skin needs to feel the love too!

This month I chose to purchase a new product and I’m so excited to review it for you all!

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I recently purchased the Mary Kay version of the Clarisonic (It’s called the Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush). Guys, I am in love with it! It leaves my skin exfoliated, glowing and super fresh looking. Not to mention, it’s SO easy to use. I leave it in my shower, add a little face wash to it & go to town, 3 days a week.


  • $100 cheaper than Clarisonic
  • Has 2 speeds like the Clarisonic
  • Starter kit comes with two brushes, Clarisonic only gives you one and replacement brushes for Clarisonic retail at $25/ea whereas Skinvigorate replacements come two in a pack for only $15/box
  • Can use any cleanser of your choice with device
  • Noted to decrease oil production and acne
  • Device is light weight and easy to hold (and water proof)
  • Brush heads last three months before replacement is needed

There you have it folks! Mission complete this month….now, it’s your turn!


*photo credit: Elise Whittenburg; Inkspot Photography



BIG news!

For those of you who haven’t heard, my hubby and I recently relocated back to the Bay Area! We are all settled into our new place and I will post pictures once I get around to hanging art on the walls and making the bed. Right now, I am in “recovery mode”. Moving really takes it out of you….yes, I know they say it’s one of the most stressful things that happen in life and now I am on board with that statistic. This move nearly destroyed me. But, I am still here and back to blogging again! 

One of the biggest changes I have encountered with the move has been the extreme weather in the Bay! Apparently we moved up here on the COLDEST week the East Bay has ever seen. I know other parts of the country are seriously freezing, but I’ve never lived in a climate this cold before and I am just trying to survive at this point! It’s been in the 20’s at times, and I’ve had to make several Target runs, for cold-weather essentials. Here are a couple of my favorite cold weather looks for this Holiday season….

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Happy Holiday season to all of you out there! Stay warm!



5 surprising uses for coconut oil

So, it seems that lately I’ve gone a little coo coo for coconut oil. It’s kind of taking over my life & I get the feeling that my husband thinks I’m nuts. But seriously, I need to reign it in a little and stop being so obsessive over this wonderfully, perfect product. Whoops, there I go again.

Here’s the bottom line: Naturally gluten & dairy free, fights diseases, stabilizes blood sugar, packed with medium-chain triglycerides (fatty acids that deeply nourish the skin) & contains an SPF of 10 (meaning it blocks out 90% of the sun’s UV-B rays)….need I say more? If I could marry a food, we’d be hitched by now.

Ladies (and Gents), the best thing about this product? IT’S CHEAP! For a jar of cold-pressed, organic, virgin coconut oil (16 oz jar) you’ll spend about $5.99! I’m practically jumping out of my seat. I know, I’m a huge nerd.

What you may not already know, is that there are hundreds of uses for this stuff. I’ve compiled a list of 5 surprising uses, in hopes that you’ll buy yourself a jar & join me in my love for this little gem.

Makeup Remover

Coconut oil removes EVERY trace of makeup, including mascara (even waterproof)! Since trying it, I ditched my name brand makeup remover & only use coconut oil now. The drug-store makeup remover you’re currently using is most likely full of preservatives–some of them very toxic &/or carcinogenic (cancer-causing). Why not make this simple switch? It’s not messy either because, when stored in a cool place, it remains in its solid state. Also, it is super hydrating for the under eye area!



This one really surprised me! How could this really work? Well, I’m here to tell you the facts: It does work & I’m currently in the process of making the change from drug-store deodorant to coconut oil. Deodorants have SO many ingredients in them, while coconut oil contains just one. The long list of ingredients in deodorant are placed in the product to keep us from sweating/excreting toxins. If these toxins do not leave our body, just imagine how harmful this must be. Things like propylene glycol (which is a component in ANTIFREEZE) and aluminum (this has been linked to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer) are in traditional deodorants, guys. Using coconut oil is a great alternative to even the “natural deodorants”…which, to be fair, are actually pretty clean but still contain ingredients that I can’t pronounce and claim to have “natural fragrance”. Where do they derive the natural fragrance from?? After reading this, I am hoping you’ll give this idea a chance!

Moisturizer & Lip Balm

About a year ago I ditched my brand name ridiculously overpriced face moisturizer & swapped it for coconut oil. My skin absolutely loves it! It contains so many healing properties, penetrates the layers of the skin on a deep level & naturally helps clear away dead skin cells! This all applies to your lips as well. It heals cracks and chapped lips in no time at all! By doing this, you will save money & love the results it gives your skin! It also contains an SPF of 10 & can be layered with your daily sunscreen.


Bug Repellant

Yeah, weirdest use for coconut oil ever, I know. But, it works! By making your own, you’re avoiding those pesky chemicals (like DEET) that comprise main-stream bug spray.  Luckily, we don’t have to spend hours perfecting the perfect, natural bug repellant recipe…someone has already done it for us! Here is the link for the spray:


Helps with Nausea

Is there anything this oil can’t do?! Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the inside of your wrists to help calm your upset tummy. Great for infants & toddlers since it’s all natural & chemical free!


Friends, if you end up trying out any of these ideas, let me know what you think….I would love your feedback!