Thursday, April 22, 2021

Zoya Earth Day Polish Exchange 2021 & Dispose of Old Nail Polish

 zoya thrive collection spring 2018

Hi Everyone!

Here is your yearly Earth Day reminder to get rid of your old nail polish in an earth friendly way and get beautiful new discounted colors from Zoya.

See the Zoya Splash Collection Summer 2020!

If you haven't heard, Zoya is offering new nail polish in exchange for your old polish, any brand of old polish. They are offering 50% off brand new Zoya nail polish. It's an awesome deal!!! 

Simply choose a minimum of 6 bottles of Zoya polish and enter their Earth Day Code when you check out on Zoya's site.

When you order a minimum of 12 bottles of polish, you get free gifts along with the 50% off deal when you enter their Earth Day Code!

The code is on their site.

Hurry! This Earth Day deal ends April 30, 2020.

Click here for Zoya Earth Day Exchange details!

How to Dispose of Old Nail Polish

There are special guidelines when throwing away paint to prevent contamination of soil and water sources. For instance, a can latex paint needs to be a solid, not liquid, to be thrown in the trash. The paint can should be opened to allow the liquid to evaporate. The can is okay to put in the trash when the paint is dried.
old nail polish
We don't think about it, but nail polish is paint. Most of us just toss an old unwanted bottle of nail polish in the trash. This creates the possibility of contamination of soil and water if the bottle is broken in a landfill. Here is what we need to do:

1. Pour the polish out of the bottle on to a paper towel and let it dry.
pouring out old polish
2. Leave the top off of the polish bottle to allow the polish remnants to harden.

3. Once the polish is all dry, the paper towel and polish bottle can be tossed safely in the trash.


It's an easy way to help protect our environment everyday.


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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Easy Meditation: Mindfulness Sound Meditation to Reduce Anxiety

Are you feeling stressed like me? This whole COVID pandemic has been too much. There is so much to worry about.

Working in the beauty industry as an esthetician, nail tech and makeup artist has been really tough for the past year. Clients are hesitant to come into the salon even though there is a health screening at the door, masks are mandatory, we are spraying everything with disinfectant, and there are plexiglass shields on our nail tables. I'm not sure business will ever return to what it once was.

Weddings have been postponed or cancelled. But, I still have all those house bills to pay, mouths to feed and household supplies to buy. I am hanging on by a thread. Good thing my husband's work is going okay.

Speaking of weddings, we have our own wedding concerns. Our daughter's fall wedding is fast approaching and the wedding venue is only at 25% capacity at this point. My daughter is okay with a small wedding but that's very small!!! 

Then, there is the worry about family and friends possibly getting sick with the virus. At least that worry is subsiding a bit since many people I know have been vaccinated. But, that worry is quickly being replaced by the worry of the possibility of long term side effects down the road from the vaccine. The vaccine hasn't been around very long and received emergency use authorization, after all. Plus, the COVID vaccine manufacturers have been granted immunity from liability by the federal government which is quite scary!

But wait, there's more! My hair is falling out at an alarming rate since I had COVID 3 months ago! That's an important upcoming post for another day.

Anyway, I know we are not supposed to worry or be anxious about anything but the stress factors are crazy right now! Stress and anxiety steal our beauty and our sleep away. They cause health issues and also interfere with being creative and focusing on new possibilities. I need a way to calm down.

Meditation is a great way to reduced anxiety, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, improve heath issues and increase mental clarity. 

I need all of that and then some! 

I want to meditate. I really do. The problem is, I have never been able to meditate effectively. It's been years of off and on trying. My thoughts take over the thing I am supposed to be focusing on. 

Mantra meditation. Forget it. The chant bores me and my mind becomes fully engaged with the thoughts and plans of the day. 

Focused meditation. Nope. Focusing only on breathing makes me start wondering if my breathing and heart rate are normal. Am I breathing too fast or too slow? Should I be doing square breathing? You get the picture. It actually creates anxiety for me.

Visualization meditation. My positive images, which are usually related to the beach, only hold my focus a short time. Before long, I am planning the dinner menu and shopping list instead of resting my mind.

I didn't think I could ever get the meditation thing down.

But I have!!!

I am pleased to announce, I have found a form of meditation that works for me! I have just discovered it recently. 

I'm feeling less anxiety and am already sleeping a little better.

It just may solve your meditation problems as well. 

It is Mindfulness Sound Meditation!

sound meditation video

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What is Mindfulness Sound Meditation?

Sound meditation is mindfulness meditation with the focus of your attention on everyday sounds. So simple and so effective!

Here's how it goes.

You can do this meditation style anywhere. You focus on the sounds around you. 

It can be the sounds in your house, the sounds outside, sounds at work, the sounds on the bus or train or sounds in a sound meditation video. It can be a guided sound meditation video where the sound of a person's voice guides you through the video. These are sounds that generally don't have a specific pattern. They are more random sounds that you can't predict. 

When you hear a sound, you listen to it without judgement. For example, you hear a bird singing. Listen to the bird without trying to figure out what kind of bird it is, what sound it is going to make next or if you like it's sound or not. Just hear it and be aware of the sound. Then listen for more sounds. 

Maybe you hear a lawn mower. Is it an annoying sound? Usually yes! This time don't judge it. Hear it, acknowledge it, then move on listening for other sounds. Hey, I'm just thinking a sound meditation video in some ear buds would be great while having work done the dentist's chair!!!

If a thought comes to your mind, acknowledge it but don't get caught up in it. Refocus on sound. Listen for more sounds and let the thought drift away. 

It's that simple. I can't tell you how great this works for me!!!

I end up totally focusing on sound without my mind racing off in 100 directions! Yes, I'm meditating!

Step by Step Mindfulness Sound Meditation

Step 1

Get comfortable sitting, reclining or lying down. Choose a place where you won't be disturbed. You can also just get as comfortable as possible where you are such as if you are sitting in your chair at work. 

Step 2

Determine how long you would like to meditate. Start out with a 5 or 10 minute session to get the hang of it. Set a timer or find a sound meditation video that is the length of time you would like to meditate.

Step 3

Close your eyes. Having your eyes closed helps you focus on sound and eliminates any visual distractions. Use an eye pillow to apply light pressure to the eyes increasing relaxation and blocking out light.

eye pillow meditation sleep mask

Step 4

Start by taking deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Focus on the rise and fall of the chest and stomach letting your body begin to relax.

Step 5

Now focus your attention on listening for sounds. Don't judge them. Just hear them and be aware of them. If a thought pops in your mind, be aware of it, don't dwell on it, refocus your attention on sounds letting the thought go.

Step 6

End your sound meditation session by focusing on deep breathing as you did at the start of the meditation session.

Step 7

Open your eyes and reflect on the sounds you heard. 

If you would like, write down the different sounds you heard in your session. Use a pretty journal to keep a log to look back on. It is interesting to see what sounds you heard at different times of day. Sometimes, the time of day you think is the most quiet reveals the most interesting sounds! A pretty journal is a great Mother's Day Gift too!

That's it. It is simple and works great to calm my restless mind. Try it! It may work well for you too!

I have made a 10 Minute Mindfulness Sound Meditation Video that focuses on one of my favorite sounds, my wind chime. It is in the soothing Mongolian Mezzo scale. 

Mongolian Mezzo Wind Chime

I will guide you a bit in the meditation video to get you started and then again to bring you to the end of your session. I made this video for you and for me to calm us and improve our mental clarity.

I have a lot more sounds I want to focus on so there will be a variety of Sound Meditation Videos on my YouTube Channel for you to use whenever you need to bring your anxiety level down. Be sure to subscribe to my channel to see them as soon as they are published.

The Take Away

Mindfulness Sound Meditation is an easy way to meditate. It focuses on everyday sounds and can be done anywhere, anytime. It teaches you how to dismiss thoughts, rest the mind and refocus your attention. It offers all the benefits of other forms of meditation offer such as stress and anxiety reduction, better sleep, mental clarity, better focus and lower blood pressure. I know we all need that right now!


 Stay Healthy, Be Kind and Have a Beautiful Day!

xo
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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

New Anti Aging Products: Yonka Glyconight 10% and Yonka Nude Perfect

I absolutely must share with you these two new anti aging skin care products from Yonka Paris. My skin hasn't looked this good in years. It looks younger, more even and has a soft natural glow... for real!

I can just use some concealer now and skip my foundation and have glowy, beautiful skin! I'll show you a no touch up, no filter pic after I tell you about these amazing new anti aging products.

If you are not familiar with Yonka, it is a French botanical skin care company that is celebrating its 65th anniversary. These are high performing, luxurious products made with many active natural ingredients that create beautiful, healthy younger looking skin. Plus, they smell fresh and clean with Yonka's signature blend of essential oils.

We have used the brand exclusively at the salon for years so I know how well it works.  The products are on the expensive side but a little goes a long way. Plus, I'm okay with paying more for products that really make my skin look better.

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Meet Yonka Glyconight 10% and Yonka Nude Perfect!

Yonka Glyconight 10% Yonka Nude Perfect

Let's begin with the Glyconight 10% Mask.

Yonka Glyconight 10%


Yonka Glyconight 10% is a smoothing yet potent peel mask. This creamy anti aging mask is a sleep mask. It is applied to face and neck at bedtime and is rinsed off in the morning to reduce signs of aging and wrinkles. It is a peel but it will not leave your skin looking flakey, peely or irritated.

It is for all ages and most skin types. Those whose have sensitive skin should do a patch test before applying this mask to the entire face.

It is a clean peel mask containing 10% glycolic acid with natural and organic ingredients. Glycolic acid is magical for eliminating dead skin cells, accelerating cell renewal and creating a luminescence. That's what I'm looking for, luminescence! 

It also contains brown algae and certified organic apricot kernel oil to amplify the radiance. Vegetable glycerin and polysaccharides soothe and hydrate the skin.

There are 3 recommended ways to can use this mask. Always use facial cleanser then toner so you have nice clean skin before the mask application. You will feel a mild stinging sensation when the mask is first applied. It doesn't last long and the stinging decreases the more you use the mask. 

How to use Yonka Glyconight 10%

Intensive Course of Treatment
Use Glyconight 10% for 1-2 months as intensive treatment. Do this intensive treatment 2 or 3 times a year.

Week 1- Use every other night. 
Cleanse skin and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of Glyconight 10% to your face and neck at bedtime every other night rinsing it off in the morning.

Following weeks- Use every night. 
Cleanse skin and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of Glyconight 10% to your face and neck at bedtime every night rinsing it off in the morning.

Maintenance Treatment
Use every other night for 1 week to maintain the effects from the intensive treatment.
Cleanse skin and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of Glyconight 10% to your face and neck at bedtime every other night rinsing it off in the morning.

Radiance Boosting Treatment
Cleanse skin and pat dry. Apply a thin layer Glyconight 10% to your face and neck at bedtime for 1 night anytime you want boost up your skin's radiance.

Ingredients:
AQUA/WATER/EAU, GLYCOLIC ACID, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL*, CETYL ALCOHOL, BORON NITRIDE, XANTHAN GUM, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SCLEROTIUM GUM, LECITHIN, PULLULAN, CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-2, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ASCOPHYLLUM NODOSUM EXTRACT, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS LEAF OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, CUPRESSUS SEMPERVIRENS OIL, THYMUS VULGARIS (THYME) FLOWER/LEAF OIL, SILICA, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL, LIMONENE, COUMARIN.

*ORGANIC

Glycolic acid will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Always use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 daily. A hat with a nice brim is a great idea too.

This product is dermatologist tested, vegan and, of course, cruelty free or I wouldn't be using it! Yonka Glyconight 10% sells for $79.00. Worth every penny!

Yonka Nude Perfect

Yonka Nude Perfect is a multi perfecting, blur effect, light weight fluid. It is suitable for all ages and skin types. Use it as a light moisturizer or as a makeup primer. It contains no silicones so there is no slippery film and it magically blurs imperfections! My skin looks amazing with this product.

In addition to blurring lines, wrinkles and imperfections, this product brightens the skin, refines skin texture and tightens the pores. 

Its ingredients are of 96% natural origin. The anti oxidants, Sophora japonica flower, Kakadu plum and Vitamin C, E & A, fight free radical damage. Hyaluronic acid, jojoba and organic prickly pear cactus soothe and hydrate the skin. Rice powder and amino acid powder (lysine) create the soft focus blur effect and help control oil.

Nude Perfect also protects the skin from the blue light from our screens and carbon particles in the air. It has a light, fresh scent of Yonka's signature blend of essential oils.

How to use Yonka Nude Perfect

Apply Nude Perfect morning and evening after cleansing and toning the skin. If you are using an anti aging serum, apply the serum first then the Nude Perfect. It can be applied all over the face or to areas that need extra oil control and pore tightening such as the T zone.

Note: You don't need to apply Nude Perfect at night if you are applying the Glyconight mask at night.

Ingredients: 
Aqua/Water/Eau, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract*, Glycerin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Propanediol Dicaprylate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Propanediol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Undecane, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Jojoba Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tridecane, Bentonite, Lauroyl Lysine, Fructose, Parfum/Fragrance, Sclerotium Gum, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Xanthan Gum, Methylpropanediol, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Olive Oil Decyl Esters, Ethylhexylglycerin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Withania Somnifera Root Extract*, Citric Acid, Hydrated Silica, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Zinc Sulfate, Michelia Alba Leaf Oil, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalene, Sodium Citrate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sophora Japonica Flower Extract, Maris Sal/Sea Salt/Sel Marin, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Citronellol. *Bio/Organic

Yonka Nude Perfect sell for $89.00. I absolutely love it!

Here is my skin, no retouching and no filter. Some concealer is hiding the dark circles, red areas and shadowy areas. Otherwise, it's my skin. I can't believe how good it looks!!!

Nude Perfect Skin

This is why I recommend Yonka anti aging skin care products. Especially these two new anti aging products!!!

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       Stay Healthy, Be Kind and Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
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