Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Is Organic Food more Nutritious.... Ketchup

We know that organic food has no chemical pesticides or fertilizers, hormones or antibiotics, but is organic food more nutritious? 

I have read many articles that say organic and conventional produce is nutritional the same. Organically farmed produce and conventionally farmed produce seem to have the same nutritional value when it comes to vitamins and minerals. Organic, of course has less pesticide and chemical residue.

But what about the anti oxidants, those plant chemicals that give fruits and veggies their free radical fighting power? They are not listed on the nutritional labels but are extremely important when it comes to our health. 

Let's have a look at ketchup. Why of all things ketchup? Well, I read an interesting article that answered a "why" question for me.
organic vs conventional kethup
A study shows that organic ketchup contains 3 times more of the anti-oxidant lycopene than conventional ketchup. Why? Experts suspect that the organic tomato plant has to fight harder for its survival than the chemically treated conventionally grown tomato plant. 

The organically grown plant produces more protective anti-oxidants to protect itself. As a result, we get the benefit of higher anti-oxidant fruit. That is just amazing to me and it makes sense when you think about it. I have read this is true of organic strawberries as well. Organic strawberries contain more anti-oxidants and more Vitamin C than conventionally grown strawberries. (Vitamin C is an anti oxidant, too.)

It makes sense to me that all organic plants, not just tomato and strawberry plants, have to fight harder for survival and therefore, they all would have higher anti oxidant levels than conventional plants. That's just my thought.

Most organic products are more expensive due to the organic farming expenses. I shy away from organic sometimes due to that higher price. The more I read, the clearer it becomes that we should be eating organic food. Click here to hear about sewage sludge! And....non GMO food, but that's for another day!

Click here for more reading from The Salt.

Click here for more reading from The LA Times.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Organic Labeling

Just because a food product is labeled organic, don't assume it is 100% organic. There are three organic categories established by the USDA for labeling organic food products. 

organic symbol
A USDA certified organic product must contain ingredients that have been grown without prohibited pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, anti-biotics, growth hormones, sewage sludge, irradiation and GMOs.

No Sewage Sludge! I guess that means conventional crops can be grown using sewage sludge. Think about that when you are eating your salad.

100% organic means the product contains only organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt).

Organic means the product must contain 95-99% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt).

Made with organic ingredients means the product must contain 70% organically produced ingredients.

A product made with less than 70% organically produced ingredients cannot use the term organic on the label.

I am looking for the organic label on my foods. I still can't get passed the sewage sludge! 
Eat healthy! 

Click here for USDA organic agriculture info.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Natural and Organic Makeup

organic lip and cheek tint

Are you concerned about all the chemicals that are used in the cosmetics we use each day? It worries me when I read those ingredient lists on my makeup with those chemical names I can't even pronounce!

This Lip and Cheek Tint comes to you from 100% Pure Cosmetics. It is made from all natural ingredients and uses pigments from fruits and veggies as colorants.  Dab a little on the apples of your cheeks and blend it in for a fresh natural glow. Add a little on your lips for a flush of color.  $20 at 100% Pure.com

They have a lot of other great natural and organic products too. There is full line of natural makeup, cruelty free makeup brushes, skin care products, body products, hair products, even nail polish. Plus, there is free shipping!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What is Strobing?

glowing skin
Apparently, there is a new term for the makeup technique I've always called highlighting or luminizing. It's called strobing now. It's a trademark look for Jennifer Lopez. Josie Maran showcases luminizers in her makeup line. There was even a segment about it on GMA this morning. The technique creates a glowing dewy look that makes us look fresher and younger.

The technique is not new. It has been one of my favorite instant brighten, anti aging makeup techniques for years. Highlighting is often combined with contouring. Highlighting add light. Contouring adds shading. I know contouring is all the rage but, I have to say, I have never been a big fan of contouring. It can look muddy to me and I feel a lot of people need to bring out sunken features on their faces instead of making them shaded so they recede more.
I like to use a creamy highlighting product, but you can also use a shimmery eye shadow in a champagne shade. A creamy highlighting product that has a pearly metallic look will look more natural than a shimmery eye shadow. To do strobing, add the brighten product of your choice to places on your face where sunlight hits: the center of your forehead, the tops of the cheeks, the bridge of the nose, the cupids bow, center of your bottom lip and center of your chin. It also looks beautiful under the brow bone and at the inner corner of the eyes, too. 

Click here to see a list of highlighting products.

Those with oily skin already have a lot of shine to their skin and should go lightly on the strobing. Oily people can use a powder to matte down the nose, the sides of the nose and the forehead to control their oily shine. Highlight the cheekbones, cupids bows, brow bone and inner corners of the eyes to get the strobing look without looking like an oil slick.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Cuticle Care

dry cuticle

We have all done it. Pulled a loose piece of skin around the nail. Hangnails. Those are those annoying pieces of dry skin around our nails are so easy to pick, pull, rip and bite! Unfortunately when we pull that piece of skin off, we are left with a little injury that has to heal. A germ can easily jump in that opening in the skin and start an infection. I've seem it time and time again. I've even seen infections so bad that a doctor's visit was required! 

The key is to keep the skin as moisturized as possible to stop the dry picky skin. Here are 6 ways to help you break the skin picking habit. Let's count down to #1:

6. Oil
Massage a cuticle oil frequently around your nails. I like CND solar oil but any oil, especially olive oil, will do.

5. Hand Cream
Apply hand cream after the oil. Always apply hand cream after washing your hands and at bed time. I like CeraVe.

4. Gloves
Always wear gloves when cleaning or washing dishes even when it's just one dish!

3. Break the Picking Habit
Wear a rubber band on your wrist to snap and play with instead of picking your skin.

2. Clip Snags
Use a cuticle nipper to trim away a loose piece of skin. Don't cut the skin around the nails. Most people think that skin is all cuticle. It's isn't. The cuticle is that thin film of skin that grows between the nail and the skin around the nail. If you cut the skin around the nail, in a day or two it will fray up creating more pieces of loose skin to pick, pull, rip and bite! 

#1. Manicures
Get a manicure to remove all that rough picky skin. Have your nail tech do a spa manicure that includes a scrub and a super moisturizing treatment with a mask or paraffin treatment.

Have a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Amazing Makeup

Why do I love doing makeup? I am always amazed at the transforming power of makeup. Society requires us to look a certain way to be successful and accepted. It may not seem right, but that's the way it is. Makeup can change how we feel about ourselves and how others feel about us. It can give us confidence and, in a way, gives us a protective mask to hide our insecurities.

It can take a Plain Jane and turn her into a dazzler. 
prom makeup with red lipstick
It can hide skin issues that people would stare at such as acne and port wine spots. It can cover your tattoo when you go to that important interview. Most fun of all, makeup can create illusions.  Just think of all the fabulous movie makeup that transform actors into their characters. And.....there is the art that is created with makeup. This lizard is actually two women.
body makeup art
This is why I love doing makeup!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

How to Keep your Ponytail High

high pony tail

I just love wearing a high swingy ponytail in the summer, even though it can give me a headache. You know, sometimes I just live by the credo "It is better to look good than to feel good" from one of my favorite Saturday Night Live skits, Fernando's Hideaway!

Here's the thing though, my high ponytail doesn't stay high. My hair is so thick, it ends up looking pitifully droopy! I discovered a trick recently to help keep my ponytail high. It's to use 2 ponytails that look like one. Click here to see a quick video on how to do it. It's easy to do and really keeps my ponytail from sagging!

I like to use good elastic bands that are thick, have no metal on them and have that stretchy fabric coating on them.
pony tail elastic
They are more gentle on the hair and cause less hair breakage the thin rubber band type elastics. I also like to use dark brown elastics to match my hair color. That way the elastic is well hidden when I wrap a piece of my hair around it.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to get good elastic bands. You can find some good brands right in your local drug store. I like Scunci No Damage Hair Elastics and Goody Ouchless  Elastics. 
Hope my tips help keep your ponytail bouncy!

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Zoya Naked Manicure

Naked is soooo in right now. The nude look, that is! Zoya now has their take on naked. I am always looking for great products for natural nails during this time of gel polish. That's why I am so excited about Zoya's new Naked Manicure! 
zoya naked manicure colors
The system is designed to conceal damaged, imperfect nails and help them grow stronger and healthier. Vitamin B5/Panthanol, Vitamin E, Red Algae, Ginko, and Sulfur Amino Acid/Protein Complex are the ingredients in it to help the nails become less brittle and strong yet flexible. My clients with nail ridges and stained nails are going to love this product! It looks like a very natural French manicure.

zoya naked manicure colors

It starts with the Naked Manicure base coat.

Then, the Perfector. The Perfector comes in 6 shades and uses optical diffusers, keratin fillers, micronized reflective color pigments and micro thin formers to create a beautiful, better than naked nail.  Apply 2 coats of the Perfector.

Then, the Tip Perfector is applied to the free edge.

Next, the Satin Seal is applied to create a slight sheen like natural nails have.

The Naked Manicure Glossy Seal can also be used over the Satin Seal for a shinier finish.

You don't have to use the Tip Perfector if you don't want a French look. You can layer the colors to create different colors. The Perfectors can be used over full coverage nude colors. The Lavender Perfector is great for hiding orange-y discolorations when using light polish colors.

Can't wait to try it!

Have a Beautiful Day!