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Beauty Tips

Keys to Radiant Skin

(presented on KUSI May 16, 2005)


Delicious Daily Skin Rejuvenating Power Shake:


  1. Acidophilus/Cultured food: Kefir
  2. Antioxidants (lycopene, beta-carotene & Vitamin C): Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry
  3. Omega-3 Fatty Acid: Essential Oil and Ground Flaxseeds
  4. Beta Carotene: Dried Apricots
  5. Protein: Egg White or Whey Protein Powder

This further explains the benefits of the before mentioned:

Acidophilus/Cultured food these create a nest where beneficial bacteria can settle and colonize creating better digestibility and higher absorption of the nutrients you consume.

lycopene these antioxidants are important because they reduce the risk of several types of cancer

beta-carotene. It's a form of vitamin A, and is an antioxidant that offers added protection against sun damage

Vitamin C an antioxidant that helps in the production and protection of collagen

omega-3 fatty acids help with the passage of nutrients into cells, and act as a systemic anti-inflammatory.


Daily Skin Rejuvenating Oil:
Coconut Oil prevents sagging and wrinkles

Daily Skin Protection:
Sun Protection to protect against harmful aging sunrays

Skin Rejuvenating Treatment:
Endermologie helps with Cellulite Reduction, Body Contouring & Sports Recovery

It's Your Plucky Day: Get Great Brows At Home!

They're the frame of the face and yet they too often go untouched.

We're talkin' eyebrows. For some unlucky folks, overgrown eyebrows can overshadow their looks. You know the type: hair here, hair there, and hair everywhere.

A properly shaped brow makes eyes look bigger and cheekbones appear higher. It gives the face strength and expression.

Sure, you could go to a pricey salon and have them plucked by a "pro." But if you're like me you refuse to spend good money on things you can do for virtually nothing at home.

Today's your plucky day because I have 5 free tips for beating your brows into submission.

1. Tweeze It! Tweeze immediately after showering or apply a hot washcloth to loosen hair follicles.

2. The Golden Arches! Brush your brows up to find your natural arch.

3. For Good Measure! Hold a pencil vertically (up and down) against the outside of your eye. This is where the eyebrow should end.

4. The Pencil Test, Part 2! Hold a pencil vertically against the bridge (center) of the nose. Your inner eyebrow should start at the inside edge of the pencil.

5. Removing Unwanted Hairs! Use an eyelash comb or small toothbrush and comb brows upwards. Trim any hairs that extend beyond the natural top of the brow.

20 Quick Beauty Fixes

Beauty fades... but only when you let it.

Keeping a fresh, polished look may require some upkeep. However, with minimal effort you can improve yourself from head to toe -- and every little bit counts. After all, the sum is the whole of its parts.

Even when time isn’t on your side, there are simple ways to optimize your appearance without spending a fortune on costly cosmetics and beauty products. Better nails, healthy hair, smoother skin and a flawless face can be yours with the help of these 20 quick beauty fixes.

1. If you’re in a hurry, a little concealer is all you really need to look rejuvenated and awake. Just dab a little under the eyes and on any blemishes, and you’re good to go.

2. Pedicures and manicures always look fresher and last longer if you choose a nail polish color in a neutral color, like light pink, nude or beige. If the polish chips, the result is less noticeable than if you were wearing a bright hue, like red.

3. To get rid of dry, flaky lips, gently scrub them with a soft, wet toothbrush (preferably one you don’t use to brush your teeth). Dab a little Vaseline or your favorite lip balm onto the toothbrush and to give your lips a mini-exfoliation.

4. Cucumbers aren’t just great in salads. For puffy eyes, thinly sliced cucumbers put over the eyes really works. Just make sure to refrigerate the slices for 15 minutes before applying. If you don’t have cucumbers, moistened, refrigerated tea bags also work well.

5. Got a case of the oilies but don’t have time to wash your hair? Sprinkle a little baby powder onto your hairbrush or directly on your hair. The powder will help to absorb excess oil. Be careful not to overdo it, or you’ll make your hair appear gray.

6. Drier lipsticks last longer than those which contain more emollients or oil. As a general rule, matte finishes will have more staying power, so if you don’t like retouching your lipstick frequently throughout the day, skip the gloss.

7. For super-smooth legs, wait to shave until the end of your shower. The hot water will help to soften the hairs, making them easier to remove.

8. If mascara frequently clumps and globs on your lashes, try wiping your mascara wand off with a tissue to remove excess product. What is left on the wand is enough to coat your lashes without the mess.

9. If you are prone to “poofy” hair, try rinsing your hair with cool or cold water next time you shampoo. This helps the cuticle to lie flat, making the hair appear smoother.

10. If you don’t have room in your purse to carry a makeup bag, you can get away with one lipstick for your whole face. Pick a neutral color that can do double duty as a lip and cheek color. Dab a few dots on the cheeks and blend with your fingers for instant color.

11. Powder bronzer is also a great multi-purpose product that doesn’t take up too much space. Carry a small blush brush to add color to the cheeks and eyes. Also, try patting a little bit on top of clear lip-gloss or lip balm for a different lip color.

12. Get unruly brows into shape using a little hair gel. Groomed brows instantly open and frame the eye and makes eye makeup look a lot more polished.

13. If you don’t have time to mess around with multiple eye shadow colors, a single, neutral shade works wonders. Pick one that has a slight sheen (not glittery) in the bone or beige color family and apply the color to the entire lid. A matte, textured eye shadow can look too chalky.

14. Next time you’re making a purchase at the beauty counter, ask for samples or trial sizes. Not only is it a great way to try out something new, but they also come in handy for traveling.

15. Instead of carrying a purse-sized spray of your favorite perfume, try layering products, like body wash, powder and lotion (all of the same fragrance, of course) to make your fragrance last through the evening.

16. Banish a bad hair day by creating a side part and combing hair into a smooth, low ponytail. Secure with a hair band the same color as your hair and spray with a light hold hairspray. Remember, there’s nothing more chic than simple and classic.

17. Make your teeth look whiter without a trip to the dentist by choosing a lip color with a blue undertone. Cool reds, berries, burgundies and wines will help make your smile look brighter.

18. If you’re long overdue for a haircut but don’t have time to visit your stylist, try an at-home deep conditioning treatment to add moisture and shine. Use it once or twice a week to keep your hair protected until you can get your ends trimmed.

19. Try wearing white or light-colored eyeliner on the bottom inner rim of your eyes, paired with a navy or very dark blue liner on the lash line. The contrast of the colors will make eyes appear bigger and brighter.

20. To smooth and soften rough elbows and knees, use a gentle body scrub in the shower and follow up with a rich moisturizer containing alpha hydroxy acid. You can also do the same for your feet and give yourself a mini foot treatment.

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