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3 Holiday Gift Ideas!

A Blissful Skin – Health & Beauty Gift Guide 2014

Don’t wait till the last minute to shop for the Holidays! Do you know the most wanted Beauty Gifts for 2014? I’d like to share this weeks’ top requests, all you have to do is CLICK on the image and buy. Easy as 1, 2, 3 ….

1. Mia 2 – Clarisonic $149.00

Think beyond the washcloth and elevate cleansing to a sonic level! Do you want clear, supple, and radiant skin? The Mia 2 Clarisonic is the ultimate skin cleansing experience! From the first use, skin may feel cleaner, fresher and tighter. Don’t forget to tone, why? Because you will feel toner and penetrate the skin, by leaving your face refreshed and amazingly clean.  Did you know if you routinely use this awesome skincare gadget the pores on the nose will become visibly smaller? Who doesn’t want that!

The frequency and motion of Clarisonic’s patented technology gently removes 6X more makeup than cleansing with your hands alone- making skin much more receptive to treatments, lotions and serums (up to 61% of Vitamin C). With regular daily use the Clarisonic reduces dry skin patches, oily areas and blemishes- Skin is softer, smoother and more radiant each day. Developed by the lead inventor of Sonicare® and used and recommended by leading dermatologists, spas and cosmetic surgeons.

Mia 2, enhanced with 2 speeds, a 2 year warranty and Clarisonic’s patented T-Timer® allows you to customize your skin care needs while still providing all of the sonic cleansing benefits and compact, travel friendly design that you know and love from the original Mia.

Features & Benefits:

  • Sensitive brush head
  • 2 speeds for added customization for your skin type
  • 2 year warranty
  • Pulsing T-Timer for an efficient and even 60 second cleanse
  • Improved user interface indicating speed & charge functions
  • Protective travel case
  • 1oz Clarisonic Refreshing Gel cleanser
  • The Clarisonic Pedi Device is precision-engineered with an entirely new motor, running at a powerful “foot frequency” that safely exfoliates rough, dry foot skin. Our facial cleansing devices run at a gentler “face frequency,” and aren’t designed to drive the Pedi Smoothing Disc and Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head.

2. The Art of Shaving – Full Size Kit Sandalwood With Pure Badger Black Brush $105.52 

A luxurious quartet of shaving essentials. Pre-Shave Oil is formulated with a unique blend of botanical ingredients and essential oils, Shaving Cream is rich with glycerin, coconut oil, and essential oils, and After-Shave Balm moisturizes and revitalizes to promote healthy-looking skin. All products are alcohol-free.

Your shaving system becomes a prized part of the morning ritual instead of a chore with The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™. With unique blends of botanical ingredients and 100 percent pure essential oils, these shave-perfecting formulas are ideal for men with sensitive and normal-to-dry skin, ingrown hair, razor burn, or tough beards. They are free of alcohol, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance, and other ingredients that can be harmful when absorbed into the skin.

Pre-Shave Oil softens the beard and prepares the skin for a close and comfortable shave, while Shaving Cream softens and lifts the beard, and protects the skin from irritation and razor burn. After-Shave Balm refreshes the skin after shaving, leaving skin feeling soft, comfortable, and rejuvenated.

This set contains:

  •  2 oz Pre-Shave Oil
  • 5 oz Shaving Cream
  • 3.4 oz After-Shave Balm
  • Shaving brush 
What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates.

3. Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream With SPF  $48.23


This skin fortifying anti-wrinkle cream, with a powerful combination of micronutrients, Copper PCA and Calcium PCA – Significantly reduces wrinkles, smoothes skin texture and minimizes pores – Clinically shown to improve elasticity by 32% – High level broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

How To Use:

  • Morning – Apply to face and neck on cleansed, toned skin after the important Treatment Step (Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate or Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector).
  • Night – Apply to face and neck on cleansed, toned skin after the important Treatment Step (Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate or Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector) and the Replenishment Step (Midnight Recovery Concentrate).

Happy Shopping, Thank you for stopping by, and please “Pass the Blog”!

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Top 2 Skin Care Secrets

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Cover your mouth

Say what? Cover what? The topic is skin deep, no pun intended, and I’m talking about  protecting your luscious lips with a natural lip balm containing UV protection. Did you know your lips (along with your eye area) have some of the thinnest skin layers on your body surface? Just like the eye area, they need extra shielding, protection from free radicals.

Why wait until is too late?

Begin using antiaging products now, why wait for the first signs of aging to show, which may send you into an unnecessary panic attack? You can begin today, preventative care is key across the board. “Women in their twenties should be using a topical retinoid–unless they’re pregnant or nursing,” says Francesca Fusco, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Why you should use the following: Retinoids, which contain vitamin A, are one of the most potent agents for preventing and reversing sun damage and signs of aging. And, says Hirsch, “they’re the ultimate multitasker. They speed skin renewal by shedding dull, pore-clogging cells and increase collagen production to prevent wrinkles.”

Begin today by making little changes!

Please be safe this Memorial Day Weekend, thank you for stopping by and please don’t forget to “Pass the Blog”!

 

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The Key to Youthful Skincare

Products, products, and more products ….

Have you found your niche product? What are the must have products of your choice? Did you know that choosing the wrong items can emphasize the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and crows feet around the eye area? Instead of “experimenting” at the expense of your beautiful complexion, why not learn what Skin Type you are  before selecting a skin care line.

Today, I’d like to introduce your path to a youthful, beautiful, and supple complexion via Murad!

Know Your Skin Type

OILY – Shiny skin, enlarged pores, prone to blackheads and blemishes, some tightness.

COMBINATION/ NORMAL – Medium pores, smooth and even texture, good circulation, healthy color, may tend toward dryness on the cheeks, may be oily in T-Zone.

SENSITIVE – Thin delicate, fine pores. Flushes easily, prone to broken capillaries, frequently allergic, can be rashy.

DRY – Feels tight, especially after cleansing; fine wrinkles, flaking, red patches. In woman of color, appears ashy or dull from dead skin buildup.

AGING OR SUN-DAMAGED – Feels tight, visible wrinkles, slack skin tone especially around cheeks and jawline, leathery texture, broken capillaries.

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Do You Know The 3 Benefits of Coffee?

Coffee with Benefits?

Hi there! It’s been a few weeks since my last post, my apologies to all of you, I’ll be sure to update this site more often.

A BIG “Thank You” to each one of you! Your feedback has been overwhelming, either by commenting, visiting, or referring friends and family to this site, without you my readers, A Blissful Skin would not exist =) I appreciate all of you sooooo much!!!!

Let’s get back on topic here! Coffee, yes, good old coffee! I can’t live without it, I must have my morning cup, and my favorite one is Starbucks of course! Budgeting is my daily routine, a trip to my local Starbucks is not part of it, so how do I manage? Simple, I buy the pre-measured packets, my favorite flavor? Mocha of course! =)

With a busy work, travel, and family schedule, making a trip to my local grocery stores is a nuisance …. I love online shopping, this is why I write blogs about products I use and believe in, making them accessible for you and me! Please remember to CLICK on the product images for ordering details.

Now that I’ve shared my favorite coffee with you, let’s carry on to the health, skin, and cardiovascular benefits of this amazing, natural source!

Starbucks $6.95

1. Mood Therapy

Are you feeling down? Depressed? Need a Uplifting Mood alternative? Have a cup of coffee! Studies across the globe show that coffee contains a compound called trigonelline which promotes neurite outgrowth in neurons, meaning this is a very beneficial compound which helps and rescues damaged neuronal networks, giving coffee the power to positively improve brain health, by uplifting your mood! Let’s brew a delicious cup now!

Starbucks Classic Pour-Over Brewer $9.95

2. Blood Circulation

Coffee bean facials and body scrubs??? What and why? The answer is simple, coffee beans exfoliate the skin by increasing circulation to the  cardiovascular system, and it doesn’t stop there, caffeine also  firms and reduces the appearance of cellulite! If you ask me, it’s a win-win for anti-aging and body treatments! Let’s make it a coffee-spa-day!

Bliss ‘thigh-namic’ duo $51.00
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3. At Home Skin Treatment

We all need some skin texture enhancement tips, well, coffee is another remedy with long-lasting results. Products containing caffeine may also have an effect on wrinkles because it constricts the blood vessels, you may  begin to notice a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and a tauter overall appearance, why not make your very own mask? See below and enjoy! =)

Home-Mask / Body-Scrub:

    • 5 Tbsp. finely ground espresso or coffee beans
    • 5 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 9 Tbsp. plain yogurt, soy almond milk. Use less dairy if you like a thicker paste. Substitutions are allowed: Try an egg instead of dairy if you are an egg mask lover, or substitute oils, such as olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil or almond oil if you have dehydrated skin. If you choose oils, using oils, half the amount or it will be too runny.
    • 3 Tbsp. honey (for dry-dehydrated skin), or lemon juice (for combination, oily, and problematic skin)
    • Apply the freshly made product to your clean face and neck, (you may apply it all of the body as well, just double the dosage)
    • Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes
    • Wet a small towel and gently apply  to your face in order to soften and loosen the mask, then rinse with warm water.
    • Additional uncontaminated product can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for several days.
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Eye Love Secrets

“My eyes are an ocean in which my dreams are reflected.”

~ Anna M. Uhlich

Today,  A Blissful Skin’s fan reached out by seeking  eye care advice, naturally, I researched and decided to write a post targeting eye puffiness and possible remedies.  I would like to share a few products and tips with all of you, however, this is for you Emi Jade and thank you for being part of A Blissful Skin community =)

I’ve  heard people say: “Beautiful eyes are the window to the soul”, but is true? If so, what makes eyes beautiful?  Color? Shape? Contour??? What if you have hereditary dark circles and your color is magnificent, are you automatically disqualified from having beautiful eyes? What about puffiness in the under-eye area, or perhaps all around,  due to weather, allergies, lack of sleep, and/or other reasons, are you not part of the “beautiful eyes club”?

My thoughts are, (please feel free to share yours in the comment area below), everyone has beautiful eyes! Taking care of our amazing skin protecting the eyes and surrounding areas  is imperative, sometimes finding the right products can be a costly challenge, and if you have hypersensitive skin like myself, allergies never known to mankind will surface.  I would like to share a few of my favorite products and secrets with you guys.

Please remember  a professional skincare specialist will share any information she or he may have with friends, family, and whomever  asks for it, free of charge of course!

 Puffy Eyes

Puffiness of the eyes may be caused by:

  • Lack of sleep; to function properly we must let our mind and body rest, lack of sleep also speeds up the ageing process, and we don’t want that!
  • Not drinking enough water; our organism needs plenty of water, please drink 6 – 8 glasses a day, it does the body good.
  • Excessive sodium intake; if this is the case, drink plenty of water so you can flush your system.
  • Allergies can be seasonal, contact allergens from household/personal care  products, animals, filters, dust, etc.
  • High blood pressure, certain medical conditions, side effects to prescription drugs. Please seek medical attention, it’s worth it!
  • Stress; learning stress coping tactics is challenging, why not exercise, meditate, and center ourselves? It’s never too late to start.
  • Genetic; sometimes skin conditions may be hereditary, seek advice from you primary care physician for helpful remedies.

 P-H intensive zone

This may sound crazy, not right, unbelievable, yes …. Preparation H works! Why does it work? It shrinks blood vessels which may help with redness for a while, and contains 1% hydro-cortisone, an anti-inflammatory that might temporarily reduce puffiness. Many makeup artists use Preparation H by dabbing small amounts  on the under eye area, helping their clients look awake, relaxed prior makeup application, it’s one of the many secrets of the  beauty industry.

    • Fast, cooling relief from painful burning and itching.
    • Shrinks swollen tissue.
    • Relieves external discomfort.
    • Clear, non-greasy formula with no unpleasant scent.
    • Please CLICK on the image below for ordering details $7.84 

If you don’t believe Preparation H works, check out what Sandra Bullock says!  http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/celebrities-weirdest-beauty-secrets-slideshow/

Cool  Eye Treatment

Have you ever thought about adding an extra step to your weekly mask? Maybe your schedule is packed and you’re pressed on time, how about a 5 – 10 minute eye wrap treatment? I highly recommend this treatment, it works and feels great! Soothes tired eye area, may diminish puffiness under eyes, and may also benefit circulation. Just follow the steps below and enjoy!

  • In a small glass of ice place Intensive Hydrating Mask by Aveda ($27.07) and H2O Plus Night Oasis Overnight Eye Complex ($31.00)
  • Please CLICK on the image below for ordering details.
  • Grab a small ice cube and begin gently massaging the face and eye area  for approximately 2 minutes. This helps calm and sooth the skin.
  • Apply a thick layer of Intensive Hydrating Mask around the eye area, then apply another thick layer of H2o Plus Night Oasis Eye Complex on eyelids and right below them.
  • Now sit/lay down for the next 5 to 10 minutes and relax.
  • Next, wash your face with cool/tepid water and gently pat dry.
  • Lastly, apply your favorite moisturizer and eye cream.

     

 

My Top 3 Favorite Eye Products

Today I’ve shared with you a few techniques targeting eye puffiness. Life is too short,please remember you’re BEAUTIFUL no matter what, embrace your individuality and focus on your inner beauty, which will ALWAYS shine above all. If you have questions/concerns or just want to express your opinion, please leave your valuable feedback, together, let’s continue creating and growing  A Blissful Skincare community.

Please CLICK on the image below for ordering details.

#1  Guinot Age Logic Yeux Intelligent Cell Renewal for Eye  $69.90

#2  BABOR – Anti-Age Collagen Booster Fluid (7 Amp. x 2 ml)  $55.00

The specific BABOR tripeptide activates collagen production. Improves and helps to preserve the skin’s elasticity. Small wrinkles are lifted from the inside and the skin appears smoother. A film of moisture over the skin supplies it with moisture all day long.

#3  DDF Erase Eye Gel   $52.00

A humectant formulation with seven natural ingredients to target under eye circles.  The humectant formula combined with daily massaging application reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

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The Truth about Fillers

Beauty  ….

What is beauty? Allure, physical attractiveness, good looks, grace, or style? You tell me, enlighten me with your definition of such term. Beauty is perceived differently by all of us, making it easy for us to like different types of people. Every age has its own beauty, we need to embrace and cherish our inner and outer elegance, unfortunately we don’t. We are our own worse critic, we pick, hide, and complain about imperfections, very much unknown to the outside world; in front of the mirror we pull, tuck, and stretch our skin, hoping it will appear tighter, smoother, and perhaps plumper. Society has made coming of aging unacceptable, we look for quick fixes, from facials, peels, and fillers, we are thriving for perfection, which doesn’t exist.

Fillers

Q: Do fillers really remove years?

A: Yes, but the results are temporary.

1. Which are the most common areas fillers are used on?

  • Chin Creases
  • Uneven Brows
  • Dropping corners of the mouth
  • Muscle bands of the neck
  • Crow’s feet (outside eye-corners)
  • Marionette lines
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Lines on the bridge of the nose
  • Deep expression lines

2. Possible side effects?

Always check with your doctor prior any procedure, safety and well-being are more important than beauty.

The crow’s-feet area is a bit pesky, the skin is thinner and the muscle causing the wrinkles is quiet strong, which may cause the treatment to go wrong, by pushing the solution in different parts of the face resulting in deeper wrinkles and a possibility of uneven skin around the injected area.

3. What kind of fillers are available?

There are more than 70 different types of fillers on the market, consult with your doctor by asking questions in ensuring the best choice for you.

The most common fillers are :

  • Botox
  • Juvederm
  • Hylaform
  • Captique
  • Radiesse
  • Restylene
  • Collagen
  • Fat Fascia Dermis (your own fat, which is the best option and less expensive)
  • Liquid Silicone
  • Poly-L-Acid known as Sculptra (currently only available for HIV – patients)

Beauty is beauty, but if a treatment or two makes a person feel better about themselves, I say go for it, why not? Keep it in moderation, be healthy and happy!

Want to know more? Buy this Cosmetic Dermatology book, CLICK on image for ordering details.

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Have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving!  Thank you for reading, and as always, don’t forget to “Pass the Blog”!

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Blissfully Calm

1, 2, and 3 … center and calm yourself.

Breathe in, and breathe out, calm yourself and find that happy place.

How much more cliché can you get? According to psychological studies stress damages the skin as well as our health. How? Think about it, when we worry our minds are in a state of anxiety, causing individuals to panic about situations or problems, possibly resulting in making poor choices and mistakes, not to mention the domino effect to our internal health. A stressed person may forget to eat regularly, take vitamins, or  drink water (which is imperative to our organism); however, one may also indulge in food, alcohol, and/or drugs, all having negative effects to our mind and body.

Snooze time is also a factor, stress causes sleep deprivation causing dark circles under eyes, (dark circles are not always a sign of stress,  depends on health conditions, and ethnicity as well), taking away from the radiance of skin complexion, triggering breakouts, allergies, and many more skin problems. Lack of sleep also causes premature aging and sleep disorders. Avoid staying up late, we all need our Beauty Sleep, if stress is interfering with the rest you desperately need, seek ways to calm your mind, try meditation, swimming, yoga, or anything that relaxes your nerves, or makes you smile.

Calm yourself by centering your emotions. Don’t be another statistic related to stress! Life is beautiful, cherish every single moment!!!

Thank you for reading, and as always “Pass the Blog“!

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Firming Ingredients

Energizing and Firming

Many skin care products today promise firmer and younger skin, how effective are they? Together, let’s learn the main source key ingredients, why not save money and look good in process?

Keratolite (plant extract)

  • Smooths skin imperfections
  • Minimizes the appearance of wrinkles
  • Revives skins radiance

Collalift (malt extract)

  • Preserves the skin’s youthful reserve

Titrisol (wheat protein)

  • Wrinkle reducer
  • Firming agent

Hyaluronic Acid

  • Holds up to 300 times its weight in water
  • Helps reduce water loss in skin
  • In certain products it may be able to draw moisture from the air and hold it within the skin

Phylderm (plant-based – soya protein)

  • Promotes oxygenation
  • Stimulant in cellular renewal

Collagen

  • Stimulates and tones the skin

Ginseng

  • Rejuvenating agent
  • Firms and supports the skin

Shea Butter

  • Protects the epidermis
  • Anti-evaporation benefit

Vitamin E

  • Skin regenerator
  • Fights damage caused by free radicals

Firming products come in different forms, the most common are: serums, day creams, night creams,  and moisturizers. Depending on your skin type, you may see and feel the difference within few days of use. With these  key ingredients, facial contours and lines are softened and reduced, the elastic tissues are strengthened, resulting in soft smooth feeling skin.

Thank you for reading, and as always Pass the Blog!


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