3 Ways to Amp Up Your Skincare This Summer

It’s June!

Summer is around the corner with sunshine, BBQs, concerts, beaching and more. It is endless days and nights of fun, however, it can really hurt your skin! Here are my top 3 ways to amp up your skincare, to keep your face vibrant and youthful this summer!

1 Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Oh ladies! Most of the year, we do not hydrate enough. In the summer, though, we really fall off the wagon! The rule of thumb is to take your weight, divide it in half, and drink that much in ounces of water. In other words, if you weigh 150lbs, you want to drink 75oz of water. Of course in the summer, you will want to ramp that up. You sweat more, you eat more nitrates-hot dogs and grinders anyone? You want to replace the moisture you lose. Lack of water is bad for all your organs. Your skin is the largest organ you have. no water, means premature aging!

***TIP*** Carry a refillable bottle of water with you. Add a great detoxifier like lemon slices to it. Do NOT add those sugar or artificial sweetener packets.

2 Sunscreen! Do not skimp, ladies! I know, I know. A lot of our sun care for the face is greasy. It is so important though. The suns rays feel so good on our faces, but as they beat down on us, they begin to break down the layers of our skin. When the Epidermis repeatedly burns, you begin to lose the protection from pathogens and carcinogens. Your body can no longer hold water correctly. Eventually allowing damage to the dermis, which is the connective tissue, that cushions your body from strains and stress, and holds the elasticity. Cancer and wrinkles, ladies. not good.

***TIP*** Product recommendation! I use an SPF 25 mineral setting powder over my moisturizer and bronzer! Not only do I get a soft non greasy finish, but it lasts most the day!

3 A Good Skin Care Routine! Oh Yeah. Do not skimp here either. Especially at night. Our skincare routine is so important. The steps cannot be skipped, morning and evening, wash, treat and moisturize. Night time, however, is the most important part of our routine day! That is when we take off all the makeup, dirt and debris and pollutants from our skin. Even if you do not wear makeup, you live in a world with blue light coming off our technology and uv from the atmosphere, and again dirt and pollutants. If it’s in the air, it’s on your skin. We need to wash that off, so that our skin is free to soak up our treatments, whatever you choose to use, and then a special night cream. Your skin is at rest and ready to soak in all the good stuff in a night cream, and repair itself while you sleep.

***TIP*** Mask! Yes, clarify, rejuvenate, replenish, and de stress your skin with a fun mask.

There are so many other things you can do this summer, to protect your skin from the dangers of fun in the sun. These are just my favorite three.

Are you curious about the SPF 25 Mineral Setting Powder I mentioned in Tip 2, or maybe my favorite masks from Tip 3? Let me know below, and I will send you more information!

My Health and Wellness Journey, Part 2: Uh Oh Plateau

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Week 2 began strong out of the gate. The goal was to continue to reduce weight and inches, while slowly increasing my calories. I also planned on beginning some strength training. Well, things didn’t go as planned, not completely.

Now, I did increase my calories from 800-900( plus putting back movement burned calories), to 1000-1100. It was actually difficult to increase, because I love the foods I had eaten the week before, and the way I felt afterwards. How did I adjust? I simply added an extra snack here and there. I kept it healthy, and high in nutritional value. I kept my Vit Fit liquid vitamins, and my Hydra Slim water additive going as well.

Similarly, I added in the strengthening exercises. I utilized my own body weight for my legs and some arm workouts, as well as the good old planking. To tone the backs of my arms, that butterfly wing area, I began with small hand weights. The idea here is to build upon the routine as the weeks progress. moving from body weight to regular weights.

I also did a Lipo Sculpting Wrap on my gut. I lost 3.75 inches in the hour of the wrap! Its the loose skin from the weight loss and the cellulite that I am toning up. Yes, my friends, this is one of my companies products.

However, as wonderful as all that was, I had set backs. For the first 5 days, I saw absolutely no weight loss. None. I plateaued. I remained the same, minus the inches, all week, just about. Why? well, I had some struggles:

First, I struggled adjusting my jog time to the schedule of the people suddenly showing up with their animals at my “spot.” My normal routine got mashed up pretty badly. I ended up having to reduce my 30 minutes even more, to accommodate the other people. ( I bring my dog, and so do they. Way to stressful for me and her.)

Then, we had a major heat wave. If you recall, I have lung damage, so jogging in high humidity, at this point, is not the greatest. I am one of those “high risk” groups at the moment. Of course, I gave it a go, for a couple days, but I had to watch my dog for her cues. Animals are much more sensitive to poor air quality then even I am. Saturday and Sunday were so hot, real feels above 105*, and no A/C, there was no movement at all.

Finally, I had to close down my Slimming Group, because someone on the inside was talking out of the group, which made the interaction almost nil. This was my accountability page.

Needless to say, it was not a productive week. I felt like I failed. I stepped on the scale expecting to see weight gain. I didn’t! By Saturday, I had lost another 1/2 pound! All together, now I am at 11 pounds!

So, what does this mean? It simply means I am slowly building muscle, and losing fat. Muscle weighs more than fat, so looking at my gut and the way my jeans fit, I am definitely doing something right! It means that I do need to increase my movement, even if that means I cannot take my dog with me, and I need to continue to eat as I have been. It means I need to increase my strengthening routine.

It means that I am going to hit all my health and wellness goals!

See you next week, when I will hopefully have new and improved numbers!

My Health and Wellness Journey, Part 1: Laying It On the Line

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I am very aware that developing lifelong health and wellness habits are difficult. As I discussed in my last article, many of us fall of the wagon and become yo-yo dieters. I am one of them. Or, should I say, I WAS one of them. However, with my new MLM company, I have received support and training that is making a difference in my life, already. and I want to share!

In my Slimming Masterclass, on Facebook, I am leading the charge to develop these habits myself.(I have little interaction from the 7 ladies that have joined me, but they are watching, and hopefully are inspired!) I am keeping a weekly and daily record of exactly what I am doing to lose weight and to develop those habits. I decided to share that here, with you, in summary form, without the mass pictures, in hopes of showing those of you that are in this same yo-yo battle, that you are not alone in this battle. I want to show you that you can do this, and make it a lifelong habit. Feel free to follow along every week, as I bring the journey into one article here.

Sunday, July 7, 2019And so we begin

So, I weighed and measured myself today. I also took pictures of my lower body, which is where I carry my weight. Please, none of this “You’re so skinny” stuff. I know that from the view of the top of my body, I do not looks so overweight, however I am. My BMI is considered high, and if I do not control my yo yo weight, I will be putting more strain on my organs.

Here are my current specs with 4 week goals in italics:( I recommend doing something like this in google docs yourself! You can do it here, if you want, or share only with me. But a Health journal is so important!)

Weight: 150lbs ——139lbs

Waist: 29” ——27

Left Knee/ Right Knee: 16/14.5——-14.5/14

Left Calf/Right Calf: 14.5/14.5 —– 12.5/12.5

Thighs 22.25/22—–20.25/20

Hips: 39.5—35

Gut: 35.5—–32

Upper arm: 10/10—8.5/8.5

Health over all:

Gut issues, Migraines, Sore Joints, Fatigue, Respiratory Problems.

Summary: Generally I am always fatigued, my joints in my lower body are constantly paining me. Some days my legs are embarrassingly heavy, and swollen. I am sick with sinus infections more often than not, and they always linger in my chest. I have major digestive issues, including lactose intolerance. When I eat, my gut swells from my ribs to my belly button, and it is painful. (people make fun of me, because they do not see it as big, but on me, it is, and it hurts.) I did not list it, but I have spinal nerve damage from my C-section. This impedes my already poor circulatory system.

Mental/Emotional Well Being: (ASD co-concurrents aside, kinda) I am just going to summarize: Looking as I do, feeling as I do, I am not comfortable in m own skin. Being a cosmetic Rep is helping my self esteem, but when I put on my clothes, and they are tight and binding, I want to cry. I want to cover up my lower body and hide. I refuse to wear shorts, even on the most sultry days. I am afraid o wear a bathing suit. I already have such social anxiety, so add my own body image into the mix makes it worse

.Joining a company like Acti-Labs has been a huge boost to my confidence. The ladies are wonderful, knowledgeable and uplifting. I never had body hope, having failed at so many diets and work out routines, until I started with this company. Now I have hope! So, let’s see how this journey goes. Cheers to the start of the first four weeks!

Days 1-7 (Summarized):

This week, I utilized my Acti-lab’s 7 Day Shred, to detox my system and kickstart my diet. The Shred is highly effective, and guaranteed to help you lose 5 to 7 pounds and inches. It is the basis of developing healthy eating and hydration habits, based on nutrition. The kit contains a bottle of Hydraslim, which you add to your water and sip through the day. It adds digestive support, energy, and your metabolism. It is 100% natural and vitamin and mineral dense. Along with the Hydraslim, you receive a week of replacement options. Your choice of soups, pancakes or shakes, all of which contain 25% of the RDA vitamins and minerals.

The plan is simple, eat a healthy (100-200) low calorie, high nutrient breakfast, sip your water and be sure you get your base amount in daily, eat or drink your meal replacement for lunch (approx 200 Kcal), have a low cal high nutrition snack as needed, and a high nutrition, low cal supper. (you should end the day between 800-900 Kcal, for women and 1000-1100 Kcal men). That’s the base plan. Of course you need to build in physical activity, and as you burn calories, add those into your daily calorie count. (example, you jog away 150 Kcal, then your max calories would increase by that much so you do not starve your body!) I also incorporated some Vit Fit liquid multi-vitamins into my morning routine. These have 100% RDA.

Guess what?? I followed the plan, began jogging at least 1/8 to 1/4 of a mile a day ( I am not a runner, so this is a HUGE step for me), walking another 3/4 at a fast pace, and I lost pounds and 2 inches off my gut and waist!! My energy levels are way up, I feel good!

It really is all about starting and being consistent. I want to be healthy for my son. I want to feel good. I want to have the energy to bounce back from overwhelm and illness. Now, on to week 2!

If you would like to join me, in this journey, in my group, or would like more information, just comment below!

A Better Way To Weight Loss

Weight loss is a huge industry in the United States. It is astounding how many dollars are poured into the industry annually. ABC News states, in 2018, The US spent over 60 Billion dollars in this industry!

Why is this industry so huge? Well, for starters, people want to look good and feel good. Society has shown that the only way to be pretty is to be skinny. Millions of women, and men, look at models and actors who are touted as the end all and be all of beauty and fitness. So, they diet to try to  look like those stars.

Unfortunately, most of the times those stars are not so healthy. They too diet. They lose weight and gain weight to fit the roles they want to play.  This yo-yoing is very unhealthy. It is the same type of yo-yoing people fall into, trying to keep up with the “look” the stars put forward.

Then of course, living in the world of abundance, we have become an overweight and obese nation. As we are aging, our physicians are telling us to take off our weight, reduce our BMI and get physical, to prevent diabetes, heart attack, stroke and even forms of dementia. Some of us simply want to feel healthier, and be around for our children.

Because of our weight obsession,  the industry boasts all kinds of fad diets.  Remember Atkins? Low carb high everything else? That turned into the South Beach, low carb high protein, and now we have Keto. Big brands like Nutri-System and Weight Watchers have jumped on board every one of the fad diets, to incorporate the trend into their brand. It seems everywhere you look, there is some diet miracle.

Gyms and exercise equipment manufacturers benefit from this as well. At New Years, their memberships bump up as people try to hit their fitness goals. Many people fall off that wagon though.

These fads and temporary gym use lead to yo-yo dieting and weight loss. Why? Because the diets themselves are expensive, and not easy to maintain, and the gym?  Well that takes a lot of effort, and again, can be expensive-maybe a story for another time.

So, how can we begin to shape our bodies, and lose weight in a healthy, inexpensive, effective and long lasting way? Is it possible?

It sure is! 

First, full disclosure is needed.  I am an Acti-Labs Ambassador, and we do sell weight loss and slimming products along with cosmetics skincare, etc.. Luckily, they are healthy and  meet so many standards and guidelines from the European Health Organization, which is much more strict than our US Department. Also, I too am beginning this life-long journey to better my health and manage my weight, effectively.

Working with Acti-Labs, I was given some incredible real world training for weight loss, management and health. Being my Autistic self, I had to do further reading and research to back up that knowledge.  And now, I am sharing it all with you! So, if my disclosure is ok with ou, read on!

First and foremost, consult a physician before hitting any diet plan. What does your doctor say you need? Explain your reasons to him as to why you feel you need to lose weight. Make sure he is on board. Is it just lose a few pounds? Inches only? This also goes when you are looking to choose a diet system, like mine or Nutri, Slimfast, etc. Get a list of ingredients from the foods or supplements you may be using,  and review them with your doctor. Any company worth their weight-no pun intended- will be willing to give you a full list.

Next understand some basic principles of weight loss.

Muscle weighs more than fat, so while you may be looking to lose 10 pounds of fat, you may put on 5 in muscle. This does not mean you failed.  This is where inches plays a role! 

There is a right and a wrong way to weigh and measure yourself. When you weigh yourself, do so at the same time every day, in the same clothing. I suggested right before you put your clothes on in the morning. This way, you are not adding on undigested ounces, and cloth ounces! Also, make sure your hair is dry if you have long hair!  The water in your hair adds ounces as well! When you measure yourself, use a sharpie marker to mark the exact place you lay that tape. Make sure it stays until the next measure in. This ensures you are not cheating yourself out of possible loss, and keeps you honest. Again I suggest doing this in the am, before you get dressed, to avoid bloating and swelling.

Weight Loss that sticks requires two things. Reduce your caloric intake while increasing your vitamins and minerals, ie nutrition.  The biggest factor in gaining back your weight when you hit your goal, is nutritional starvation. You see, when most people are dieting, they reduce everything the body needs, and as they begin reintroducing calories, they do so quickly.  The body sees what it has been starving for, the healthy stuff too, and it holds onto it, storing it in fat cells. And again, fat weighs more than muscle, so generally they gain weight quicker, and more of it.. Tten, they diet again, this time it takes longer.

Healthy eating can become a lifetime  habit, if you enjoy what you are eating. This means look for foods and seasonings you like. Make it fun. Allow a cheat day, just do not over do it ( You want that Chocolate Lovers Decadence cake? Have a half a serving. It’s ok) Make sure you are getting all the RDA of vitamins and minerals your body requires. (Sidebar here:  Did you know that liquid vitamin supplements are better for your body then pills? Liquid is more easily absorbed, whereas the pills take time and most of the good stuff is just filtered out. This gives your organs more work to do, with less nutritional benefit.)

Now, of course, you also need exercise. Exercise is a must. Really it needs to be done for cardiovascular health, anyhow. On average, to be healthy, an adult needs to exercise aerobically, about 30 minutes a day, to maintain good health.  If you are looking to reduce weight, you need to increase that amount. Adults also need some strength training in there , and that is about twice a week, 12 to 15 reps on each muscle group. Again, increase this amount if you want to grow lean muscle, and reduce weight and inches. 

Hydration!  Wait, what was that? Hydration! Just like in skincare, hydration is detrimental to cell regeneration. To be healthy, you must drink water! The rule of thumb is half your weight in ounces of water each day.  If you drink a caffeinated beverage? Replace those ounces with more water. Sweat? Replace. Your body’s organs can not function without water. 

So, if you put all this information together, you can

Weight loss/ Inch loss takes time. It is not going to happen over night. Just knowing these basics can help select an individualized health plan for yourself, that will work! You might not need those expensive diet plans or gym equipment!

I am currently running a Slimming Ambassador group on Facebook. It doesn’t matter what plan you are on.  It is simply to help everyone who is interested, reach their health goals, with support, tips and tricks, and a little fun mixed in. We begin the first four week round Sunday, July 7, at 8 pm, est. If you are interested, come climb aboard! I will have a weekly drawing for a little gift, during our goal celebration!   Join us at anytime, as this will be ongoing. https://www.facebook.com/groups/604280606746353/

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The Art of Good Skincare: Part 2, Treat and Moisturize

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So, in Part 1 of this 2 part series, we were talking about looking at fashion mags and seeing the air-brushed awesomeness of beautiful skin. We recognized that the models are airbrushed, and agreed that no one has perfect skin. Then we began looking at how we can achieve some pretty great results by following a good skin care routine. We began by talking about Cleansing.

In our little talk, we learned the different layers of the skin that show our glow, from the cuticle to the dermis, we learned that our beauty really goes deep in the skin. Cleansing is the most important step to getting that glow, but only helps if we get down to that Dermis layer, to remove dirt, make up and environmental debris. We learned that not every cleanser is the right one, and that there is actually a correct way to cleanse.

Now, we are going to talk about the next step. Only slightly less important, treating and moisturizing are musts no matter what the age of your skin.

There are so many kinds of treatments, serums, boosters, etc, on the market. You could spend $200 easy at your local big box just to treat all your skin concerns. Let me save you about $150, right now: Treat your eyes and let your moisturizer do the rest.

What???!!! I must be crazy, right? I mean if you listen to that oil of whatever ad, I need to treat my pores, my eye bags, my eye crinkles, my dark spots, my skin discoloration, my acne, my lack of collagen, my deep creases, my neck, etc etc, separately. How can just treating my eyes be possible?

Trust me, if you began with the right cleanser, formulated to your skin type, you are already halfway there. The rest can be handled with a well balanced moisturizer, which we will talk about next. For now, lets dive into those deep pools of brown, green or blue, shall we?

The reason we need to treat our eyes separate from the rest of our skin is because of the fragility of that skin. Out of all the skin of your body, that that is around your eyes is the thinnest and most overworked portion. Being so thin, you cannot just heap the large molecules of a face cream under and around. Doing so can actually cause puffiness and droopiness. Not pretty, am I right?

Instead, you need a gel or cream formulated with tiny molecules that will soak in and break down into that delicate tissue. Gels, my favorite, are quick to soak in, so if you are prone to oily skin, or like me, need to be done quickly, gel is the way to go. **For a quick cooling treat, pop your gel into the fridge a bit before application! Feels so good, especially on sinus pressure points!** Creams tend to stay on the surface and take a little more time to soak in. They can usually put a little extra moisture in these babies for those of us with dryer or more aged skin.

Now, the formula you want in your eye treatment is pretty simple. You want to replace the collagen and hyaluronic acid that your skin loses over time, beginning in your mid twenties. If your eye treatment has these in the top 3 or 4 ingredients, you have yourself a winner!

The procedure? So simple! Use a tiny little amount, a pea size, and gently pat-DO NOT RUB- using your ring fingers and pinkies, into the delicate skin in and around your eye area. Allow to dry about a minute or so, and continue on to your moisturizer. ( A great time to have another drink of water! Remember, hydration is key to healthy skin as well!)

The moisturizer. Another product that that clique-it company would have you pay an arm and a leg, and in some cases throw in your first born, to get the best of the best. In reality, you only need a day and night cream with the same top active ingredients as is in your eye treatment, though in larger molecules, and for it to be age appropriate. In other words, if you are 45, you cannot be using a moisturizer that is made for a 20 something. Each age range of a quality brand, will be boosted with ingredients tailored to your skin’s needs. No need to add those extra serus and boosters!

During the day, you want a sunscreen of at least SPF 20 in your moisturizer. You can get it tinted, if you prefer a natural looking glow and no foundation. If you have dry skin, aim for a hydrating cream blend. If you have oily skin, maybe a thinner blend or lotion. This step is a layer of protection from the environment, and helps feed your skin from the outside. At night, you want a more intensive cream. Night is when your skin does most of its regenerating. Your skin will soak in more product. Myself? I like extra moisture.

When applying your moisturizer, apply in a gentle, circular and upward motion. At night I like to really take my time massaging it in where I have the most “character” lines. My grandmother would make faces to exercise her face muscles. That seemed to work, because when she passed away in her 80s, she looked about 65!

So, there you have 3 very basic skincare steps to take you onto the path of beautiful, glowing skin. You can throw in a healthy mask twice a week, if you wish, of course. Just make sure it has collagen, and hyaluronic acid as its top 3 or 4 ingredients! We may not have airbrushed looking skin, but then again, who wants to look fake, right?

Skincare is an art that anyone can be a master of! Get glowing!

If you have any questions or would like a skincare consultation, or product recommendation, feel free to email me!

The Art of Good Skincare: Part 1, The Cleanse

So, here it is. We look in all the fashion mags and we see the air-brushed awesomeness of beautiful skin. How can we have our skin look that great? How can we measure up to the perfection before us? Well, first, remember we recognize it is airbrushed. Second, no one has perfect skin, however we can achieve some pretty great results by following a good skin care routine.

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Step one, of course is the cleanse. Oh yes. It seems so easy. You just wash your face with that bar of I-something soap and voila! You have achieved beautiful skin! right? Actually, no. I am sorry, it’s not so simple. Most adults have been doing it wrong for generations! Crazy, right?

For starters, you must understand that skin is the greatest organ in/on our body. Truly! It covers your entire body, it is protective and it is regenerating, though as we age the process is not as smooth and fast,

Your skin is made of several layers, beginning with the Cuticle. This thin, top most layer is where you shed skin cells. Just Below is the Epidermis. The epi is only 1mm thick, and is your protective waterproof layer. What is it protecting? The Dermis.

The Dermis is the layer that gives you shape and structure. It is where Collagen and Elastin, which provide skin strength and stricture, and Hyaluronic Cells, which give the skin shape, reside. It is these layers that give you beauty.

Your average cleanse does not do anything but smear dirt or pack it into your Epidermis pores, clogging and breaking down, before you can get the benefits to the Dermis. That is why you do not see that glow. So how can you achieve that perfect skin cleanse? Follow these steps!

1- Choose a good cleanser. Make sure it is befitting your skin type. Are you Oily? Dry? Acne Prone? Aging? ( If you are unsure, drop me an email, and I will personally consult with you!) Your chosen cleanser needs to restore your PH levels and pull out the impurities from dirt, makeup, sweat and the atmosphere.

2- Have a glass, say 8 oz, of just-cooler-than-room-temperature water. What?? What does this have to do with Skincare and cleansing? Water is essential to hydration, and it goes layers deep, beginning on the inside. Having a glass at cleansing time is a great habit!

3-When washing, do not use an abrasive, skin tearing formula or rag. This is especially important for maturing skin! Be sure you are using lukewarm water, and a special cleanser sponge or cotton rounds. Apply in gentle circular motions. If a rinse is needed, do so with lukewarm water, and in a splashing manner, or use the cotton rounds to pat off.

4- Repeat. What? Repeat? Yes, repeat. You see, sometimes the first pass gets a lot of surface dirt, and does not achieve the next layer level! So, repeat!

5- Pat dry with a soft cotton towel. Patting is so important, as you do not want to tug and pull at your skin, especially the delicate under eye area!

6-Follow with serums, treatments and moisturizers! ( I will be talking about these next time!) Repeat after working out and at bedtime.

So, as you can see, the simple act of washing your face, properly can give you incredibly healthy and glowing skin, by getting that cleanse deep into the layers. Airbrush supermodel skin? Well, you need an airbrush for that! Get Glowin-naturally!

If you have any questions or would like a skincare consultation, or product recommendation, feel free to email me!

Four Direct Marketing Brands To Try and Love

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Today, I just want to briefly talk about a couple of my favorite Direct Marketing/MLM (Multi Level Marketing) brands. There are two, that I have tried personally, and there are a couple I am chomping at the bit to try, simply because the presenters are just so amazing! (All links will be included!) TRIED ‘EM, LOVED ‘EM, NEED TO GET ‘EM First, the product lines I have tried.  Why did I try? It’s more like how. I strongly believe that if you, as an MLM rep believe in your product, you should be willing to offer a free sample, or at the  very least, a strong “Try me” discount, on one of the pieces in your line. The following two ladies did just that!

REVITAL U ~I want to talk about my girl Christa and her Smart Coffee. Let me tell you, this stuff is all that it claims to be, so far!  Christa works with Revital U. This company offers various products including supplements, hot chocolate, and my favorite, coffee. Each boast ingredients such as amino acids, L-theanine and Tyrosine, Nettle Root, English Walnut  extract, and others, that bring energy, alertness, and appetite control into your diet. They also give anti inflammatory benefits as well as antioxidant protection. I tried, thanks to a FREE sample, the Smart Coffee.  My sample had three instant packets, that had 2.25grams, a daily serving.  Immediately I felt the great comfort a good cup of coffee offers me, however, within an hour, I felt jazzed.  It totally kept me from feeling hungry, allowed me to work late into the night without feeling fatigued, and just all around “good.” Each of my samples were exactly as advertised. I will be buying a full size product! Shop Christa at: http://revitalu.com/christaa

MONAT ~By now you know I was a Younique Presenter. What goes better with great make-up then great hair? Tha’st were Lori comes in.  She represents Monat hair care. Can I say top shelf? The company is family owned and operated and US based, in Florida.  They created and manufactured premium anti-aging hair care, that is Leaping Bunny Certified, Vegan and Gluten Free. They offer shampoos, conditioning masks, serums, and styling products, for him, her and even kiddos! The FREE sample that Lori sent me was for hydration and Shine.  Right up my dry, color treated, thick and coarse hair ally. My packet came with the Renew Shampoo, Replenish Masque, Restore Leave in Conditioner and the serum, Rejuvenique Oil Intensive. Now, right away, with the shampoo, I noticed it was light and rinsed from my wicked thick hair easily.  The masque was easy to comb through, and didn’t have an overly perfumed scent. My hair, upon combing it out, actually felt lighter! The leave in conditioner took very little, and combed through nicely, no heavy residue, just silky smoothness. Now, the oil. I was skeptical because I had a bad run in with an oil mask treatment,( the brand shall be nameless!) that stripped my hair of its color and left me looking like oily straw. I applied a small amount to my ends, and pinched it half way up the layers. It was GREAT! My hair gleamed and my highlights shimmered in the sun! Talk about the Bomb.com! Yup, I will be adding this product line  to my beauty routine too! Shop Lori at: https://hairquiz.monatglobal.com/lorisinacori WISH I MAY, WISH I MIGHT, TRY THESE LINES I WATCH TONITE So now to these two gals. These presenters are currently in my network, one I have aready mentioned, and as I have begun building friendships with them, and I watch their customer interactions, product line videos, results, etc, I have decided that I am very intrigued with what they have going on! .( Yeah, we MLM girls  totally try to support each other-well a small portion of us, anyhow.) I am officially reaching out for samples, at this point!

HEMPWORX ~First, I have to go back to my girl Christa, from Revital-U.  She is a multi-brand-tasker! She has begun working Hempworx too! My friend Roberta is also on This Hemp Train! This line of products from under tongue sprays to creams, is all natural and grown, as well as manufactured, right here in the USA, in Kentucky. They are third party tested, documented, and certified. This brand is solvent free and pure oil. They are well within legal limits on all levels! (Now, CBD products are all the rage right now, but there have been some questionable ones on the market.  Those questionable products generally are NOT certified. You can even buy knockoffs on Amazon! How dangerous is that! ) There are many health benefits, both mental and physical that hemp derived CBD oil provide. From anxiety control to pain relief, Hempworx has you covered. Hempworx even has skin care! Yeah, I definitely want to give some Hempworx CBD cream a try for my boy’s eczema! Shop Christa’s other side gig at: http://www.hempworx.com/CmAlookin2retire Shop Roberta at: https://www.hempworx.com/Roberta2019

ACTI-LABS ~Now we go across the pond to my girl Julia!  Julia has caught my attention with her line of French Laboratory-to-You line of cosmetics, skincare, bodycare and dietary products. Yes, you heard me right, they develop and create their products right in their own labs, in France then ship to you!  They are as cruelty free and green as you can get, receiving the governments award for having a low carbon footprint. You must check out their ethics page to see how incredible they are in that department. I have watched Julia’s videos as she talks about each of the pieces and I have seen her results.  I am really interested in some of those lifestyle products! We already have been chatting about that! Oh, and they have a men’s line!  Something else to look at for my teen son! Shop Julia at JuliaPearce.co.uk There are so many other great MLM Direct marketing brands out there, 31 Bags, Poparazzi, Scentsy, but none have jumped at me the way these four have-besides my younique of course. As I go and my network grows, I am sure I will be introduced to others.  As it happens, I will add them into other blogs. For now? These are the ladies I am putting my money on to give you the best they have to offer, both as presenters and products. Let me know your favorite products, and if you have a line not mentioned, feel free to email me information, and of course, FREE samples are always welcome!  ( I will absolutely review!)

Edit!! I have joined Acti-Labs myself!
Shop me: https://acti-labs.com/me/jenna-logan/https://acti-labs.com/me/jenna-logan/eyes/

Beach to Bash Without A Suitcase Of Cosmetics

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In the summer, many of us enjoy  little vacations or long weekends to the shore. We all love those lazy days at the beach, and we love to look good while we chill, stretched out in our favorite little swimsuit, sunscreen carefully applied, a bottle of water at our side. Then in the evening it’s on to the Beach Bash BBQ, where we show off our day’s sun worshipping glow, in a cute little dress and strappy sandals.

But what makeup products do you bring, without needing a whole big suitcase?  How can you achieve a fab look without a thousands steps? Easy! Here are a few of my favorite products, from my Younique line! (Yes, ladies, I sell this line. I sell it because I love it! My shameless plug.) Grab your pretty little cosmetic bag, and come with me!

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First, for the beach, along with sunscreen for your body, you will need a gentle, chemical free, sunscreen. Then add a waterproof mascara, and a little lip color, for a natural and lovely look.

TOUCH BEHOLD SPF 25, broad spectrum mineral finishing powder.  “What??!! A finishing powder for my face at the beach?” you ask.  Oh, absolutely, my dear! I don’t leave home without this stuff! It completely battles the damaging UV rays from the sun, while giving your skin a soft matte look. It’s easy to apply, just dust on your face, neck and collar bone. after your dip in the water.  So good for your skin and non greasy!

MOODSTRUCK EPIC waterproof mascara.  This mascara gave my puny lashes-and I mean PUNY-incredible volume and beautiful length, with just two coats! Dive into the waves, and come out with your eyes still framed with lovely lashes!

LIPBONBONS tinted lip balm. Keep your smile moisturized while you worship! There are 5 fun colors to choose from, so choose the one that matches your beachy personality!

Now, when your beach day is done, create a clean clean canvas with the YOU*OLOGY skin care line! Oh, its the Beach Bomb! The Cleanser, Serum, and Moisturizer each are taylor made for you!  You add 3 of your very own boosters to get a customized skin care collection! I highly recommend that between cleanse and serum, you relax with a cool drink, while donning the Brightening Mask. Your skin will thank you!

Then it’s time to enhance your own beautiful face for the BBQ or Bash.  You have a well prepared canvas, sunkissed and glowing.  It will not take much to emphasize your natural beauty.

BEACHFRONT bronzer. Ladies, this will work not only your cheek bones, but your brows and your lids!  Yes! Really! Using a stiff angle brush, tap into your brows, the shade that most closely matches. Apply it lightly so it looks oh so natural.  Then, sweep it across your lids, a little deeper into the crease, and lash line-lower lash line too! Hit your cheek bones, your forehead, jawline, neck, collarbone and decollete.  Basically everywhere the sun kisses your skin, dust with the bronzer. Now your glowing!

DIP & DRAW eyeliner. Personally, I love Prominent, a bronze with little metallic flecks. Applied thin on the top lid, it gives a little added drama and sparkle, while still allowing that natural look.

MOODSTRUCK EPIC waterproof mascara wraps up your lovely eye look, once again. I add a third coat for more va-voom!

TOUCH BEHOLD SPF 25, broad spectrum mineral finishing powder. This time as an ultimate setting powder, to keep that beautiful bronze look in place.

LIPBONBONS tinted lip balm. So versatile! From beach to bash, these little gems have you covered!  Now your glowing and ready to party!

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As you can see you do not need a whole ton of makeup in your suitcase to go from hot summer day to sultry summer night. You are already beautiful, we just chose 5 cosmetics, and skincare, to enhance that beauty, and rock two entire looks, if not more!

If any of these products spark your interest, or are screaming “You need me!” drop me a line!  I’d love to hook you up! Be sure to drop your comments and your favorite products below!