Hate dry skin? Try coconut oil!

The power of Coconut Oil

The power of Coconut Oil

When The Universe sends you messages, especially in threes, it’s a good idea to listen. I first heard about the benefits of coconut oil over the weekend when I was getting a pedicure. The woman next to me was saying that she started rubbing coconut oil on her feet, and they have been silky-soft ever since. Next, I read about the marvels of coconut oil in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar. And number three? I found this giant, 54 fl. oz. container of coconut oil at COSTCO today. So, it was time to try it!

Coconut oil locks in moisture without petroleum-based ingredients or chemicals. And coconut oil has benefits for diet, hair, and skin, because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.  Continue reading

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Do I keep beauty secrets? From you? Never …

IMG_5653Cosmetics industry veteran Andrea Robinson’s new book, “Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+,” has me thinking: do I keep beauty secrets from you? Never! Here are my tried-and-true beauty (and a few fashion) tips: I never leave home without my lipstick – CoverGirl #355; I try to wear color around my face (I recommend choosing colors that bring out the best in you – mine is always a cherry red); I keep a favorite pair of jeans at-the-ready at all times; For my face, I cleanse with an exfoliant and moisturize often during the day with Bobbi Brown and Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil and at night with La Roche Posay; I always use WEN® cleansing conditioner (Pomegranate) on my hair. My go-to’s in my arsenal? A trusted dermatologist and tailor!

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California wisdom meets invention, chemistry and cosmetics

Rose Nichols, President and CEO, Lip Ink International

Rose Nichols, President and CEO, Lip-Ink®

On January 1, 1995, Californian Rose Nichols, started her company, Lip-Ink®, a multi-patented, guaranteed smearproof, cosmetic color that’s vegan, kosher, natural, organic and botanical. At 40 years old, when she was at the end of one cycle in her life, she got the calling to push herself toward another: “I began to read books on herbs, botanicals, the origins of color and I started visiting hardware stores, art stores, going to museums; I waned to know as much about color as I could. I was on a quest. I needed answers, more and more answers, until I hit a sweet spot. That was the moment that I knew my calling: To change the face of cosmetics and bring meaning and purpose to cosmetics in women’s lives. All of the products that I invented needed to be explained, which requires one person sharing an application with another. I call this ceremony. There is a reason for this; I believe it brings women together. We have been separated due to the fast-pace of life. Little things like this bring us back together. That was when Lip-Ink® was born.” ~ Rose Nichols Continue reading

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My secret to full eyebrows

My secret to full eyebrows? Rosana and color tinting

My secret to full eyebrows? Rosana and color tinting.

I have a secret to keeping my eyebrows full: Rosana. Rosana and color tinting. Growing up I always had dark, full eyebrows. I have Colombian blood and I inherited my dark, Latin brows. I had them through my 20s and into my early 30s but at some point I allowed someone to talk me into waxing them and that was a big mistake. What I didn’t know is that as you age, your eyebrows thin and the hair doesn’t always grow back. My eyebrows were shapely but had lost their fullness and I was convinced that I wouldn’t get that back. Continue reading

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