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Russell Organics 100% Argan Oil is a natural all-in-one oil that nourishes and moisturizes skin and hair. It’s versatile and loaded with vitamin E, omega-6 fatty acid and squalene – all of which are excellent moisturizers.

If you suffer from dry skin, then argan oil is a great addition to your winter skincare routine. I like to rub some into my dry elbows and knees. It absorbs quickly and keeps my skin soft throughout the winter months. Once the cold weather starts to kick in, my cuticles get dry and peel. Argan oil helps keep them in shape in between manis. I dab some on with a Q-Tip as needed. It also soothes and nourishes hair. After I detangle my hair, I always apply argan oil to the ends of my hair. It keeps my ends looking healthy and helps prevents splitting.

Russell Organics Argan Oil $28

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Happy Thanksgiving Beauties! Today I thought I’d share this cranberry face scrub recipe. I remember making this with my mom the day after Thanksgiving back when I was in high school. My mother and I have always bonded over beauty and baking. I love her so much for sharing her knowledge of both with me.

Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and are loaded with antioxidants. Vitamin C helps brighten and clarify your skin. Cranberries are also a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory – this means they are great at cleaning and healing the skin.

Cranberry Face & Body Scrub Recipe

1/2 cup cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup olive oil or almond oil
2 tbsp oatmeal

Blend the cranberries and oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Combine the mixture with the rest of the ingredients. Apply to face and body in a  circular motions then rinse. For an extra boost of radiance – leave the scrub on your face for 5 minutes then rinse.

For a limited time you can score a beautiful Estée Lauder gift set designed by Michael Kors for only $38.50 when you purchase any Estée Lauder fragrance on Macy’s.com

This lovely set is valued at $200 and includes:

◙   Deluxe PC Blush Compact in Soulful Spice Shimmer, Brazen Bronze Shimmer & Lover’s Blush Shimmer
◙   NEW Pure Color Lipstick – Cherry Passion
◙   Pure Color Gloss – Garnet Desire Shimmer
◙   Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Black
◙   NEW PC Intense Kajal Eyeliner in Blackened Black
◙   NEW PC Nail Lacquer in Enchanted Garnet
◙   Black Michael Kors Case with new applicator

Makes a perfect gift for the holidays! Online only and while supplies last. A similar set is also available on EsteeLauder.com

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Hey Beauties! Please check out my new Fitness Magazine Beauty on the Go Blog Post – Favorite Find Friday: Lorac Pro Cream Eyeliner

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Check out my Fitness Magazine interview with the bold & beautiful Laila Ali! Laila Ali on Boxing and Beauty

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Redken Extreme promises to strengthen your hair from the inside and out so you can have strong hair that can withstand anything. It’s been reformulated with Redken’s exclusive Interlock Protein Network – it helps deliver protein to the core of your hair and Fortifying Complex which rebuilds your hair’s outer layer. Cermide has also been included to help repair extensive damage.

Redken Extreme Shampoo – It’s a creamy white shampoo with a gentle lather. It doesn’t leave your hair dry and brittle like some shampoos. If you have oily roots, I would suggest you not use this shampoo. Stick to a clear shampoo to reduce oiliness. This is perfect for those with extremely dry hair or ultra blonde dyed hair.

Redken Extreme Conditioner – This is a nice cream conditioner. It helps restore strength and helps detangle hair. Hair feels softer and more manageable after using it.

Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus – This deep conditioning mask is loaded with cermide to help repair severely damaged hair. It’s a thick light blue cream that kind of smells like children’s fruity toothpaste (Weird, I know!) All smells aside, my hair felt wonderful after using it.My hair looked healthier and shinier. My ends even look better too. I know that some people are disappointed that Extreme Deep Fuel was replaced by this. I never got a chance to use Extreme Deep Fuel, so I can’t say if this is better or worse – but what I can say is that I like it.

(photo courtesy of Redken)

 

Hey guys, sorry it took so long for an update on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp For Beautiful Skin Challenge. In the past two weeks  I’ve dealt with a cold and then Hurricane Sandy decided to hit the northeast! Things are slowly getting back to normal and I am happy to say that I my home didn’t suffer any damage.

Since I took a week off from the regime; I was worried that the 50% glycolic peel would be too much for my skin to handle. With that said, I decided to only keep the solution on for four minutes.

I prepped my skin as I always do – read about the first peel here – I also made sure to use the medicated spray to help numb my skin.  I applied the 50% glycolic acid to my entire face and neck area. With a cotton swab, I applied extra solution to my trouble spots.

My skin was not as irritated as I thought it might be. I did have extra peeling around my chin and upper lip area. For my next peel, I might apply a 50% glycolic acid solution to my entire face and then apply a 70% solution to my trouble spots. I think this would speed up the spot clearing process.

For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit TheSkinRegime.com – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.

Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!

Essie’s latest collection is all about living the good life! With shades of blue, red, and sparkly glitter – it’s royalty at its best. It’s for the woman who enjoys the finer things in life because of her achievements and success, not because she married rich! Look posh this winter with Essie polishes.

Essie She’s Pampered is an indulgent red. Very deep and extremely creamy. A nice bright red to warm up those cold winter nights.

Essie Where’s My Chauffer is a crisp turquoise. It’s an unexpected color in the collection, it’s the wild card that will transition your nails into spring.

Essie Leading Lady is a glittery red. It reminds me of Dorothy’s red slippers. It’s also similar to OPI The Spy Who Loved Me, but with more glitter and a deeper shade of red.

Essie Beyond Cozy is a decadent silvery gold glitter. This kind of polish has been popping up everywhere. It looks a lot like MAC Rich Rich Rich and a little like OPI Goldeneye. It took three coats to get it to this level of sparkle.

Essie Butler Please is a blue-blooded cobalt. This is one of my favorite shades from the collection. It’s a super vibrant royal blue. It’s just so pretty!

Butler Please looks great paired with Beyond Cozy. A little bling on my ring finger – don’t mind if I do!

Essie Snap Happy is a bright orange-red. It’s nice to see that the Tangerine Tango trend has been warmed up a bit to fit in with a winter collection. This will also be a nice color to transition with once the weather starts to warm up.

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