Got Acne?

This past week while holding an instructional skin care class, a lady shared with the group that she uses Lava soap on her face.  I almost fainted, but held it together long enough to ask her why she liked using Lava soap on her face.  Her response was that she suffers from adult acne and that the soap left her face “squeaky clean”.  I then felt nauseous and the strong feeling of wanting to faint came back.  In case you’re wondering Lava hand soap was created in the late 1800’s and was intended to remove oil and coal. 

Fortunately, I had my iPad with me and was able to show a video about Mary Kay skin care.  See the video.

ImageI’m often told by beauty clients who suffer from acne that they think if they use a soap to clean their face it will leave it oil free and tight and dry.  Actually, they are causing their skin to produce more oil to compensate for the natural oils that have been stripped thereby disturbing the skins natural  pH balance.  The extra oil clogs the pores and causes skin to inflame and acne to increase.  There are skin care products designed for oily skin and I recommend those products for people who suffer from acne.  Mary Kay offers an amazing line of skin care products to help with acne for all ages for both men and women.  Click here to learn more about products to treat acne

Whether you decide to use Mary Kay or another brand of skin care, please make certain you choose a product that is right for your skin type and most importantly that it is designed for your face.   

Have a Beautiful Day,

Angie

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Getting Tech Savvy With Skincare

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I recently invested in an iPad and although I can’t type 110 wpm with one hand – I’m learning to type pretty darn fast with one finger!

Having the iPad has helped a lot with my business because Mary Kay has amazing tech tools for consultants and their customers. By way of example, when I’m teaching someone about the importance of taking care of their skin – I can play a Mary Kay video about specific products and skin care treatments.

A fun tool that Mary Kay has is the mobile makeover. With my iPad I take someone’s picture and call up the makeover app. It helps give a customer an idea about various makeup colors, hair styles, accessories and even hair color that will best suit their skin tone and face. The picture posted above shows me before on the left and after on the right. Notice I added blush, eye liner, lip gloss and a hair accessory. I suggest you try the mobile makeover using you smart phone, iPad or computer. See mobile makeover.

A few days ago I was able to FaceTime with a customer (that’s talking face-to-face on an iPad or iPhone) and was able to help them with their makeup. I just have to say the concept and technology of talking face-to-face on a mobile device is amazing. In the past I’ve used Skype, but that was dependent on the other person having a camera on their computer.

The most exciting part of having an iPad is that I will be able to have more accessibility to my customers and keeping my readers up to date in this blog. I’m also planning to start making video tutorials for mature women, because as my beautiful 25 year old daughter recently told me, “Mom, I just realized we spend more time being old than young; and, I now understand why your always talking about the importance of using moisturizer and sun screen.” Unfortunately, I’m in the “old” category that my daughter is referring to, but the good news is that I’ve learned how to use makeup to diminish skin imperfections caused by aging. I’ll also talk about skin care for all ages and other stuff.

Have a beautiful day,
Angie

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Dry and Itchy Be Gone!

extra emollient night creamIt’s Winter and my skin is dry and itchy … ouch!  Although I live in Southern California near the beach it gets dry in the Winter.  I’ve tried a lot of moisturizers and they all work about the same.  There is one moisturizer by Mary Kay that I really like a lot and it seems to help with extremely dry skin and it is the Extra Emollient Night Cream.  I like to put it on after taking a shower in the evening and morning.  It has helped a lot.

The Extra Emollient Night Cream has essentially been in Mary Kay’s bag of tricks for the past 50 years when the company first started. For the month of February I’m offering a coupon for 20% Off products offered on my Mary Kay website.  Click here for coupon.

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Seal of Approval

My daughter, Samantha, future scientist or doctor

My daughter, Samantha, is currently going to college with an emphasis on becoming either a scientist or a medical doctor.  She often questions the safety of the products that I use both personally and in my home, which include such items as skin care products, candles, cleaning products, etc.

Recently, Samantha questioned the safety of some of the Mary Kay skin care products that I use.  I explained to her that Mary Kay spends a lot of money on product development and research to determine a product’s safety and effectiveness.  Samantha’s response was that I should conduct my own research, which I did.

In August 2012, I visited and toured the Mary Kay warehouse in Dallas, Texas.  I was able to see where the products are developed and manufactured.  I was also able to meet and speak with various persons who were heads of departments, including scientists of the research and development department.  To say the least, it was impressive.

In my quest for product knowledge, I learned that a variety of Mary Kay’s products bear the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval.  I had always thought Good Housekeeping was just a magazine.  I was surprised to learn that it is actually a review and testing conducted by scientists and engineers to determine if a product delivers as promised on the packaging.  The following is a snippet of information I obtained from http://www.GoodHousekeeping.com:

What is the Good Housekeeping Seal?

Throughout its history, consumers have interpreted the Good Housekeeping Seal to be a “stamp of approval” or an indication of a “good product,” but many do not realize that the Good Housekeeping Seal is actually an emblem of Good Housekeeping’s Consumers Policy. This policy offers a limited warranty in the form of a refund, repair or replacement if the product carrying our Seal is found to be defective within two years of purchase.

How does a product earn the Good Housekeeping Seal?

Before earning the Good Housekeeping Seal, the scientists and engineers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) review the product to make sure that it delivers on all claims that appear in its advertising, packaging and other informational materials. If the product does not perform as promised or does not meet established standards for quality, it cannot earn the Seal.

There are already so many labels, awards and certifications — what makes the Good Housekeeping Seal more valuable to consumers?

The Good Housekeeping Seal offer consumers the guidance they need to help them sift through the confusing clutter of claims on thousands of products on store shelves today as a result of a strict evaluation by the experts at GHRI. In addition, the Good Housekeeping Seal incorporates a limited two-year warranty, so it offers consumer protection—something other labels, certifications, editorial recommendations or consumer awards do not offer.

Do all products featured in Good Housekeeping have the Good Housekeeping Seal?

While some of the products recommended editorially may have the Good Housekeeping Seal, not all have earned our Seal. Get a complete list of products that have undergone the necessary evaluation to earn the Good Housekeeping Seal.

How many products have the Good Housekeeping Seal?

New products are being evaluated for the Seal every day, so the number is constantly changing. At this time, there are thousands of products with the Good Housekeeping Seal.

Are there advertising requirements to use the Good Housekeeping Seal?

Yes, but the Good Housekeeping Seal is not for sale: it was developed as a service for consumers and only products that pass our strict evaluations can earn our Seal. Every year, products apply for the Good Housekeeping Seal and fail the evaluations at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Those products cannot earn our Seal. The same is true for products advertised in the magazine: if the product doesn’t pass the Research Institute, Good Housekeeping rejects the advertisement. No other magazine or media outlet protects its readers by offering a Consumers’ Policy that assumes liability for its advertisers. The Good Housekeeping Seal evaluation process is open to any advertiser product or prospective advertiser’s product as long as they are eligible for consideration (please refer to the last paragraph for a list of products and services that cannot get our Seal).

Is there a fee for the Good Housekeeping Seal?

There are no fees to apply for the Good Housekeeping Seal, and if the product earns the Seal, aside from advertising, there are no fees for using the emblem. Once a product is reviewed by the scientists and engineers at GHRI and is accepted for advertising, it may apply for the Good Housekeeping Seal, which entails providing additional documentation and submitting to an even more extensive evaluation of the product, packaging and marketing claims.

It has been our policy since 1909 to stand behind Seal products. Products that have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal or the Green Good Housekeeping Seal are backed by Good Housekeeping‘s independent limited two-year warranty: If the product is found to be defective within two years of purchase, Good Housekeeping will refund the consumer, repair or replace the product. To the best of our knowledge, no other publication, website or third-party emblem will back products with their own warranty. Get more information about the GH Seal.

For more information about the Good Housekeeping Seal, please see the article Good Housekeeping Seal:  Frequently Asked Questions, at http://www.goodhousekeeping.com (accessed 10/8/2012).

Since having learned more about Mary Kay products, I feel better equipped regarding product knowledge and answering both my customer’s questions and Samantha’s!

Have a Wonderful Day,

Angie

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Going From Turquoise to Teal

I’ve always liked the color turquoise and the variations of the color –  bright blues to dark teal.  Perhaps my attraction to the color has something to do with the joy I associate with receiving a gift from Tiffany’s, or that I grew up in Southern California where the color is worn throughout the year from jewelry to clothing.

In the Spring and Summer, I like to wear brightly colored turquoise jewelry or accent my wardrobe with  turquoise.  During the Fall and Winter, I like to wear a cooler variation of turquoise by switching to the color Teal.

Although I love turquoise, I’ve never had the desire to incorporate the color into my makeup.  That is, until recently.  Mary Kay launched for Fall 2012 a Teal Eyeliner!  It is amazing, because it is a gel eyeliner and it comes with a brush that is designed to either wear the eyeliner thick or thin.  The eyeliner is quick drying, but permits blending until it fully dries.  To see more click here.

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How I help a surfer keep his good looks!

I live in Southern California where the sun always shines and there are surfers riding waves.  Meet my boyfriend, Steen, who surfs at least 3-4 days a week.   Until recently, Steen used an over-the-counter sunscreen and has now switched to using the new Mary Kay SPF 50 water proof sunscreen.

Have a Beautiful Day,

Angie 

 

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It’s a 49th Anniversary Celebration – Get 49% OFF Everything TODAY

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Is your mascara hurting or helping?

At least once a year I’m invited to attend a wedding and generally it is one my best friends who is getting married, which will usually mean lots of happy tears.  Personally, I don’t like to have black streams of mascara running down the sides of my cheeks or just a hint of mascara buildup on the corners of my eyes.  Whenever I’m getting ready for a “happy tear event”, I like to apply water proof mascara over my regular mascara.

As a beauty tip, I’d highly recommend first applying a mascara primer, then a regular mascara (lash lengthening or ultimate  mascara) and finish with a water proof mascara.   I prefer the primer and mascaras offered by Mary Kay (I know I’m slightly biased ‘cause I’m a beauty consultant, but I’ve tried the rest and now prefer the best!).

My free sample offer for the month of September 2012 is the Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara.  To get your free sample click here.  In the message area write “mascara”, so I know where we met.

Have a wonderful day!

Angie

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Make Your Skin Smile :)

Make Your Skin Smile :)

Mary Kay’s Botanical line is designed for Dry, Normal & Oily skin types, and is antioxidant-rich.

It’s designed for skin ages teen to mid-20’s, or for those who prefer botanical skin care.

To learn more click here.

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