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Getting To The Root Of The Problem

31 Jan

Super-Mom

Last weekend, I drove my daughter to her friend’s house for a play date. Since I had some time to kill and was friends with the girl’s mom, I thought I’d park and come in with Ella to say “Hi” for a few minutes. Apparently, this joint mom/daughter hang out session wasn’t going to fly with Ella. Not because she didn’t want me skulking around, but as she so eloquently informed me, it was because of my appearance. “You’re going to go in?” she freaked as I turned off the ignition. “Your gray is showing!”

I almost kicked her to the curb. But instead, I sucked my lips in, checked out my roots in the rear-view mirror and did my best to ignore her. 

As soon as I got home, I quickly made a color appointment with Angelique and dove into a deep depression about how this expensive root-touch up maintenance was going to be the financial death of me. I’ve been playing a game of hide-and-seek with my gray since I was in my mid-twenties and the bastards are finally catching up. Six weeks between visits has now turned into 5 weeks, but even then, I feel like I could go every 3-4. 

I tried that colored mascara crap that you paint on your roots in-between visits and hated it. I have a huge collection of hats, but I never wear them. Headbands? They give me headaches. So this is what I did. I shaved my head. I’m just kidding. I found this stuff that looks just like a big eyeshadow with a mini paint brush that you’re supposed to brush on over your roots by Adrienne Arpel. It’s called Signature A Thinning Hair Fill & Color from HSN. I am so not a TV shopper. My mom is the queen of info-mmercial shopping and she swore by it. 

I have to admit, it’s quite magical.signature-club-a-hair-fill-and-color-kit-gray-autoship-d-2013060313095334~270904

If you can get past the mugs on these dames in this video, you can learn all about it for yourself (the brunette IS Adrienne Arpel):

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Once I begin to see some silver sparkle around my hairline, I lightly brush the powder over it. If you apply to heavily, the color can show up on your scalp which will cause you to look like you got attacked by Ron Popeil. It took me a couple times to get the hang of it, but now I’m not ashamed to say it’s one of my new best friends.

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My Hair Serum Soothed My Dry Skin

12 Dec

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Considering it’s 9 degrees in Chicago, I have no right complaining about the chilly weather Los Angeles has been experiencing. But I am. A nighttime low of 42 degrees is still pretty damn frigid, especially when you’re “heavy” jacket is 10 years old and somewhere in the back of your closet ashamed to show itself from years of neglect.

But aside from having to deal with my supercharged metabolism (I can’t stop eating!), I’m at war with my skin. Its gone completely berserk. I’m itchy, flaky, dry and I’ve got this uninvited red bumpy rash thing happening on my upper chest. I’ve been lacquering myself with Curel, but my pores just suck it up like thirsty wolves wanting more and more. 

In a desperate attempt to soothe my skin, I reached for my Silktage hair serum. Not to sound like an infomercial, but since it’s been good to my hair, I was hoping it would put the rest of me at ease. I was over this discomfort and ready to deal with the greasy consequences. Surprisingly, there weren’t any.

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Silktage is an exotic blend of organic botanical oils including Camellia, Argan, and Monoi (from Tahitian gardenias) along with the essence of Geranium, Rosemary and wild harvested Palmarosa essentials oils. Doesn’t that sound delish? There are no chemicals or preservatives. Silktage has an intoxicating earthy fragrance from the combination of all the organic oils. It reminds me of a scent you’d experience walking into a spa. I love it and find it very calming. My skin has also found it calming and has pretty much transformed back to its supple, soft self and I am itchy no more. It’s also softened my cuticles and given my nail beds a slight sheen. Happy me.

Once the weather heats back up, I’m going to try adding a few drops of Silktage into my body moisturizer for a little extra love and that intoxicating scent. 

 

The Beauty of Doing Good

11 Dec

groupshotWhen I’m not shuttling my kids to school, gymnastics, karate, play practice, basketball, piano, play dates, tutoring, or trying to relearn fifth grade math and keep them from going hungry, I work. You know, cause I have so much free time. I run Charmed PR, a small boutique agency that promotes a handful of fashion and beauty companies to the media. One of my beauty client’s, Shea Yeleen, was recently featured in a handful of “Gifts That Give Back” stories including Mashable and MSN’s Glo so I thought I’d share and expand a bit on their incredible product line. 

Shea Yeleen natural skin care products, which include body butters, soaps, body balms and lip balms, use pure, unrefined shea butter sourced fairly and ethically from women-owned cooperatives in sub-Saharan Africa. The social enterprise was founded by Rahama Wright, a first generation Ghanian-American, during her service in the Peace Corps. What Wright has created is nothing short of a miracle: She organized and trained women in the villages of Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Mali to produce high quality natural shea butter which is used as the main component in Shea Yeleen’s decadent body care line made available for sale to the western world. These sales go back to the village women in the shea butter cooperatives and provide them with fair wages, so they can pay for health care, send their children to school, and improve their communities.

Today, Shea Yeleen’s products are available online as well as in select Whole Foods Stores. If you’re struggling with what to buy those friends and relatives who have everything this holiday season, treat them with some gorgeous gifts from Shea Yeleen. Your gift will be twofold.

Lavender Honeysuckle Body Balm

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This dense body balm enriched with 95% unrefined shea butter, lavender and honeysuckle essential oils,
moisturizes and protects the skin from daily elements leaving your skin healthy, smooth, and beautiful with a hint of fragrance.
Excellent for your dry skin, especially elbows, knees, feet and hands; $19.

 

Unscented Body Balm

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This 100% unrefined, natural shea body balm moisturizes and protects the skin from daily elements leaving your skin healthy, smooth, and beautiful!
Excellent for your dry, irritated, and sensitive skin; $19.

Lavender Honeysuckle Body Butter

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Packed with 20% natural, unrefined shea butter, this ultra-hydrating formula is rich in vitamins and will instantly smooth your skin,
leaving it glowing and delicately-fragranced with lavender and honeysuckle essential oils; $19.

Unscented Body Butter

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Packed with 20% natural, unrefined shea butter, this ultra-hydrating formula is rich in vitamins and will instantly smooth your skin, leaving it glowing; $19.
 

Lemongrass Peppermint Shea Butter Soap

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This exotic citrus scented shea butter soap will awaken your senses and invigorate your skin, leaving it softly frangranced with lemongrass and peppermint; $5.50.
Ingredients: Saponified Organic Base Oils of Safflower, Sunflower, Palm, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Water, Rosemary Extract,
Organic Annatto Seed Powder, Organic Rosemary Leaf Powder, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil.

Lavender Ylang Ylang Shea Butter Soap

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This wonderful floral, fruity, woodsy blend of lavender and ylang-ylang will gently cleanse the skin, leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed; $5.50
Ingredients: Saponified Organic Base Oils of Safflower, Sunflower, Palm, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Water, Rosemary Extract,
Organic Annatto Seed Powder, Organic Rosemary Leaf Powder, Lavender Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.
 

Black Shea Butter Soap

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For centuries, men and women in Africa have used black soap to cleanse and nourish their skin.
Black soap is an all natural, no lye soap used to soothe skin conditions like acne and eczema; $5.50.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Cocoa Pod.

Jasmine Sandalwood Rose Shea Butter Soap

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Fragranced with the essential oils of romantic roses, sweet jasmine and earthy sandalwood, this moisturizing soap
will transform your bath or shower into a soothing experience; $5.50.

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Base Oils of Palm, Coconut, Olive and Palm Kernel, Raw Shea Butter, Water, Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Rosemary Extract, Essential Oil Blend of Jasmine, Rose, and Sandalwood.

 

Unscented Shea Butter Soap

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This fragrance-free shea butter soap will gently cleanse and soothe skin, leaving it fresh and moisturized; $5.50. Ingredients: Saponified Organic Base Oils of Safflower, Sunflower, Palm, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Water, Rosemary Extract,

Organic Annatto Seed Powder, Organic Rosemary Leaf Powder.

Apple, Coconut Peach, and Honey Shea Butter Lip Balms

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These fresh, delicious lip balms will moisturize and nourish your lips, leaving them silky soft; $3 each.