Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Its Time for a Spa Escape...

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When you host a BeautiControl Spa, you simply email me your list of addresses to as many friends as you would like. I will then send them a postcard invitation. I show up on the day of the spa and pamper you all. Its easy and fun!

It's for relaxation. The refreshments can be super easy. Ice tea, lemonade, or water with lemon and a small vegetable tray. Don't worry about planning anything big. Your friends and family are here to see and hang out with you.

Here's what you can get for hosting an Spa:
FREE Soothing Spa Neckwrap --- booking gift
FREE Mini Spa Product --- for having 8 or more guests attend
FREE Mini Spa Product --- for turning in guest list within 3 days of booking
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Did you know we can have a THEMED PARTY: Briday Spa, Baby Shower Spa, Birthday Spa, Margarita Spa, etc. The possibilities are endless.

I usually have spas on Sunday afternoons or Saturday afternoon/nights when I am off. I work a lot of hours at my regular jobs, but we can always work something out. If you are interested, just let me know and we will set something up!

There's just no a Spa Escape!

Friday, June 24, 2011

It's All In the Eyes

I seem to have an addiction - well many really - but today we'll focus on how I have this crazy, obsessive, freakish desire to read constantly. I can never seem to get enough of books. I heart them, big big. Anyone who knows me knows I walk around with at least 3 items, in my bag, of the reading variety.

So I've been doing a bit of reading on my newest worrisome qualities. I've been noticing grey hairs and extra wrinkles lately. I refuse to let it give me a complex (no guys and girls that WAS NOT a complex I was having while I cried and fussed about it all day yesterday lol). I will age gracefully or not so gracefully, as I am intended. (But I wouldn't be me if I wouldn't try to do WHATEVER I have to in order to slow the process down a bit!)

After all of the sun burns, lack of drinking water, poor dieting habits, etc., my skin is a train wreck. And while I cannot change the damage of the past, that much, I can change how much damage happens in the future.

I was reading some interesting posts about (my favorite feature) the EYES, and came across this one by Jaks Lloyd, former photographic fashion model. Give it a read; she seems pretty knowledgeable. After the article, I will include some more personal tidbits.

"Understanding Eye Wrinkles

Three layers make up skin. The surface, visible layer is called the Epidermis.

Under the epidermis lies the middle layer known as the Dermis.

Beneath this is the Subcutaneous layer, the third innermost layer. As we age the dermis or middle layer looses it's elastic quality.

The dermis contains fibres called Elastin and a protein called Collagen, both of which prevent wrinkles and allow the skin to have that young, fresh look and feel.

The skin is able to retain moisture and the ability to stretch. As time goes by the dermis gradually loses both Elastin and Collagen, causing the skin to become thinner and less able to retain moisture.

The subcutaneous layer also begins to lose the fat that gives youthful skin that pleasant smooth look.

Wrinkles around the eyes, known as crows feet, and the brow also become visible due to the contraction of minute muscles just beneath the skin surrounding the area.

Age isn't the only thing that causes crows feet and furrowed brows, squinting can contribute to the wrinkles as well, in fact they're a significant cause.

The skins natural oil is called Sebum, and some people will have more and others will have less. The elastin quality will also vary from person to person so wrinkles can appear at an early age on the unfortunate or be delayed well into middle age.

Its all down to genes and lifestyle. My tips to slow down the onset of wrinkles. The first sign of wrinkling is around the eyes. You may look and feel great when you get a sun tan but nothing hastens the appearance of wrinkles than exposure to strong sunlight.

You may look wonderfully glamorous with that all over tan but, in time, you will more than likely look prematurely old as your skin withers and creases start to appear around your eyes and on your forehead.

Remember that when you first see somebody you both will look into each others eyes so it is important to keep them looking fresh and youthful for as long as possible.

So do not be tempted by the sun. Always use a high factor good quality sunblock, at least 20 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) or above (I always use 30 SPF even in late afternoon sun), and re-apply every 2-3 hours.

Sunglasses with high quality UV (Ultra Violet) reflecting lenses are an absolute essential and should be worn outside during daylight hours even when grey and murky. Guess what - UV rays can still get through on a dull day.

My personal preference is for Polaroid lenses with a coating on the rear to cut down on reflected glare although other types of UV filtering lenses are just as able to do a good job. Fortunately there is a huge choice of glamorous good quality designer shades to choose from.

Keep in mind that there's no sunblock or sunglass lens that will block out all harmful UV rays, so be particularly aware of the harm sunlight can do if your in an area where snow or water reflection is at its highest.

Lots of models smoke as this is a very stressful occupation. Models often have to attend several castings a day and each time put up with critical comments on their looks and their suitability for the job.

Living up to expectations when posing in front of the camera or walking the catwalk after hectic costume changes puts a strain on the nerves and a timely cigarette helps to relieve the tension.

However we are all aware that smoking hastens the onset of wrinkles and aging and can shorten our careers. One of the principal effects is that smoking deprives the skin of precious moisture and so hastens the drying out process.

Avoid smoky and badly ventilated atmospheres that can also have the same effect.

Don't spend too much time in front of a computer screen as this can cause eye strain and squinting.

Get an anti-glare filter and remember to keep looking away at least every 15 minutes and focus on another object.

Do not be tempted to go to a tanning booth. Although eye protection is provided, the exposure to artificial UV rays can hasten the onset of wrinkling as much as natural sunlight and there is an argument that the damage can be worse.

Drink plenty of water. I always carry a bottle of water wherever I go and I know most models do the same. Before going out in the evening I drink a pint of cool water so if I drink some wine it cuts down on that dehydrating effect that alcohol can have ' and helps to keep you sober.

Use a light moisturizer on your face every morning and every night without fail. Pay particular care around the eyes and to avoid stretching the skin use a gentle circular motion with your finger tips.

One tip my Mother taught me. Avoid resting your head on your hands as the upward pressure creases the skin particularly around the outside corner of the eye.

Professional modeling is just the same as any other career, to be successful you have to work at it. Eventually a models' looks will go, some will have only a short career others may go on for a lot longer before the inevitable happens.

Nine times out of ten the first sign is wrinkling around the eyes and the camera always notices it. The appearance of crows feet signals the onset of aging for all women so it is of the utmost importance to keep the eyes looking young and vital if you value your looks and want to create that great first impression when you meet someone new.

Eye Contact Is First Contact

Copyright 2006 Jaks Lloyd

Jaks Lloyd, former photographic fashion model, is the author of the above article which appears in her definitive website The Ultimate Cutting Edge in Eye Beauty."

**********************HERE WE GO*************************

Now let me give you my thoughts and game plan for stopping aging of the eyes in its tracks...well at least as much as I can. says "At the age of 12 we stop producing moisture under our eyes therefore eye cream is essential in preventing dark circles and crows feet."

AGE 12...OMG I'm 33. So thats many, many years of a drought...for sure. Anyway, theres no time like now to take care of the delicate skin of your peepers.

1. The skin around our eyes is more delicate than the rest of the skin on our faces. Rather than use the same cream, gel, or lotion used to clean your face, opt for a gentler cleaner made specifically for the eyes.

Skinlogics Lash and Lid Bath, our gentle make-up remover, cleanses and refreshes delicate eye area while removing the build-up of silicone, normally found in most eye shadows and eye shadow bases.

2. Use eye creams to replenish moisture around the eyes, since they have lost the ability to produce moisture by themselves.

BC Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme: This silky, hydrating formula utilizes an anti-aging complex of algae extract and peptides to target loss of firmness and fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. An Advanced Antioxidant Complex consisting of encapsulated Resveratrol and vitamins protects skin from damaging free radicals.

Key benefits:
• Hyaluronic Filling Spheres penetrate the epidermis where they absorb moisture and instantly plump up, visibly reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
• Skin firming complex consisting of algae extract and peptides to provide immediate and long-term improvement in the appearance of slackened skin.
• Advanced Antioxidant Complex consisting of vitamins and encapsulated Resveratrol protects skin from environmental aggressors and free radical damage.

3. Find ways to reduce appearance of puffiness and dark circles.

BC Spa Solutions Under Eye Dark Circle & Puffiness Solution contains a 20% complex of super-concentrated active botanicals and caffeine to help reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. This formula is a lightweight serum packaged in a unique roller ball applicator for quick, easy use.

Key Benefits:
• Stimulates the epidermis to help strengthen capillary walls and to produce collagen and elastin to effectively reduce the appearance of dark circles.
• Provides the optimal environment for the skin to flush out fluid that has built up under the eyes, reducing the appearance of puffiness and "bags".

And remember, never pull, push, or rub your eyes (ok I know we'll rub them but try not to.) When putting creams or makeup on your eyes, use your ring finger, which is the most gentle finger on our hands. Dab Dab Dab from the inner corner to the outside of your eyes.

I try to never go out without my polarized sunglasses. The bigger the frames the better they cover your eyes. Do it diva-style (your future self thanks you). Now I worked for an optometrist for 2 years. I learned that my company of choice for stellar polarized sunglasses was Maui Jim ( And though I can't afford them anymore, I still have my trusty two favorite pairs that I bought many years ago and are still going strong. (Feel free to send me a gift card!)

These days we work too hard, play too hard, and live too hard. The truth is showing up where we least want it, on our skin. Our goal should be to stop the damage as much as and as soon as we can; in addition, we should work to undo whatever previous damage we can.

It's never too late to start giving our skin what it needs; but it's definitely better now than never.

You can find more information, products, and sales regarding BeautiControl on my website at . (Check out the WHO Sale where you can receive 10% off of a select group of products for online purchases only)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What's Next: Creating from the HeART.

I've decided that my art classes will be centered around one theme: Creating from the HeART. I never saw myself as a teacher. Give me a dark corner and a good book or a piece of paper to play with and I'm happiest. But art has opened up so much inside of me. It has changed my perspective, and I love talking about it, sharing it, inspiring others.

I am a predominantly self-taught artist. I have yet to sit in a classroom and learn the basics. There is so much that I want to learn, so much that I want to do. But regardless of what I cannot do, I can sit down to a blank piece of paper and use my experiences and emotions to create something that captures the essence of that moment. I want to share that. I want to help others to reach deep inside themselves and open up their world to incorporate more of creativity into their lives, be it through art, art journaling, writing, etc.

I have no intention of teaching anyone how to re-create what I create, or do things "this" way. My intention is to help people reach within themselves to find something to create that is directly from their heART.

So with that in mind, my next class will be: Art Journaling (Part 1), This is a two part class, wherein you can attend either class and still receive something from them, but they are intended to work together. There will be things discussed at both classes that will not be addressed in the other, but they are both in reference to art journaling, what it is, what it means, how it can be used, etc.

Part 1 is focused with how to choose the right substrate, how to get started, layouts, general products, layers, etc. Part 2 will take it one step further, teaching techniques on different elements, transfers, etc.

Part 1 Class Date: Sat., July 16, 2011 @ 9:30am
Where: Hobby Lobby Classroom in Lafayette, LA
Cost: $10 on day of class
(Bring two pictures)
SIGN UP TODAY!! via email.

During the class you will be working on a two page layout based on whatever you would like. The two pictures you would be could be used for inspiration pieces (one or both) as a basis for completing your first journaling pages. Do not bring one of a kind originals; bring pictures that you do not mind altering, cutting, gluing, etc.

Part 2 will be announced at a later date. There will be enough time in between for you to venture out into the world, choose your book, and create as many pages as you like, letting that initial creativity move you.

I hope to see you there.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I tend to be a bit scatterbrained. I have too much going on and not sure where I'm going with it. I often cry out for help in figuring out how to manage my time better to include the balance that I so dearly wish for in my life.

This has led to putting my creativity on the backburner for a bit. Nothing drastic. I still work on my art when I feel like it; I just do not let it totally consume my free time.

I work too many hours a week. The rest of the time I want to fill with other things that I feel I've been neglecting:

I want to write but not necessarily get my head filled with the characters, storylines, backstories, etc of my regular paranormal romance stories. I just want to feel the keys flying under my fingers as I pour my words out onto the blank screen.

I want to exercise at least five times a week. I want to make healthier choices food wise and eat at home more. I want to learn how to COOK!

I want to focus on the business aspect of my: art, writing, beauticontrol, etc., and get better at doing the weekly business things that these ventures require me to do so that I'm not stuck killing myself around tax time trying to find receipts and papers and information when I have other things to do with my time. (Organization is key or so they say).

I want to focus on my spirituality and get to know God.

This is just a few. I will not bore you with the minutia.

Anyone who knows me, knows I usually have two books in my hand and at least one notebook to write it, at any given moment. Well, I usually can never find one of three pens or pencils in the bottom of my purse, but you know how that goes...sometimes I never have two things that work!

Lately I've been reading up a storm. Reading for the soul rather than reading the regular smut I love so much. (Though I started a smut book today - and I'm loving it). It all started because of the book I'm reading with my church's singles group, Lady in Waiting by Jackie Kendall and Debby Jones. I cannot express how this one book has changed my attitude since the first chapter.

I'm also reading passages from the Bible associated with the Bible study and just choosing different verses. Outside of catechism assignments, I'm not sure I ever looked inside of the Bible before. It's kinda daunting at first but I just take it one page at a time.

I'm reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Really good insight into the soul and into asking questions about what you are doing with your life and how you can make the changes necessary.

All of this book reading is taking a lot of time to get through (even for someone like me, who can read a 500 page novel in four hours). So I've set a schedule to map out my work schedule and days to do different chores and work on different aspects of my life (Workout, Bible Study, Drawing Exercises, Business, Writing).

I am using my blog to slowly get back into writing. I'm going through all of the drawing and art books I have purchased and I'm actually spending an hour every few days working on them (so much better than collecting dust). I have two hours a week to get the business in gear. I even schedule housework (don't laugh I hate doing it and I could really care less if it isn't done today). Yes I'm lazy, and doesn't that just explain it all.

My life worked better when I had a schedule, working two jobs, going to night school at UL. I had only a small window of opportunity to get things done, and I couldn't play around. Now I have so much time on my hands, I can't find the desire or time to do anything. It's weird how that works, huh?

I'm taking it all in, one bit at a time. The projects will get done at my own slow pace, which is better than not at all. It's getting better and less daunting, and I'm loving the changes I've made in my life.

I'm not turning into a holy-rolly. I'm just turning into a better version of me. It's quite a ride, and it sure beats the alternative.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Birchbox Favorite Finds

I really like to try new products that I can't afford; but I really really like to try it for only a fraction of the cost. I listen to 102.5 every morning on the way to and from work. Jenna gave a beauty tip one day about Birchbox. I was intrigued. So I researched it, and I thought what the heck, for I would try it for a few months and check it out.

Basically I pay $10 a month and they mail me a few beauty samples. I've received some pretty interesting products so far. Some I wouldn't ever buy for myself, but I like the perfume samples, eye shadow, hair products, etc.

Let's be honest, I could never afford this stuff. But its nice to try it out. The newest products I'm impressed with in my June box is the amika oil treatment for hair and laura geller makeup in apricot berry - love love love it.

So maybe you are like me and are interested in trying new products for a fraction of the cost. Or maybe you just want a tiny glimpse of how the "other" folks live. Whatever the reason, this is a cool idea; I'm always excited when I know its coming and when I receive it. It's like a mini-Christmas present to myself 12 months out of the year.

To find out more go to .

Don't forget about what's new in my life. The next art class will be TOMORROW. If you can make it to my neck of the woods, then I will see you there:

Artist Trading Card (ATC) Class by
Date: Sat., June 18, 2011 @ 10:30am
Where: Hobby Lobby Classroom in Lafayette, LA
Cost: $10 on day of class
(Includes goody bag with supplies to complete 2 ATCs)
Perfect for ages 6 - adulthood

This is the last ATC class this season. Next up: art journaling!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How I survive!

I'm 33 years old, and I work between 33 and 45 hours a week in retail. It's a hard job. When I started 18 months ago, I could barely make it at the end of the day. My feet were killing me. After walking all over the store, climbing up ladders, did I mention walking all over the store???

Going from a desk job to a full body job was not one I was prepared for. Times are tough and you do what you have to do.

Regardless of the drama, I made it. I learned my lesson about a good pair of tennis shoes and gel insoles will get you through almost anything. After 18 months my stamina has increased. I can climb up and down ladders without feeling the burn, mostly. I can usually go the whole shift (except for truck days) without complaining.

For the health and weight aspect of my life, I've joined Weight Watchers for the last time. This time it's for life. This time I'm going to exercise and make better choices and live a healthier life so that I can overcome some of these issues before I get any older.

For the stamina and dealing with it every day aspect of my life, I have a secret weapon. (Don't worry; I'll let you in on it.)

I have a now almost-empty bottle of Sports Therapy bath salts (that I bought from Walmart a million years ago - can't find it anymore and I'm using it sparingly) I put in my bath when my legs do not want to work anymore. But for the past 5 months or so, I stepped it up a notch.

These are the products that make my life easier, that help me to get up and go day after day.

Sundays that I am off, I have a Sunday Spa Day, which is a 1 to 2 hour period strictly for me to destress and unwind and relax. If I'm giving a spa, then that usually does the de-stressing for me. (If you want to host a party let me know!)

Otherwise, my beautiful BeautiControl Consultant (me), prescribes the following as needed:

On the neck and shoulders: Luxuries of the Sea Instant Relief Gel is designed to relieve your sore and achy muscles and joints by simply massaging some gel on your achy area. Fast penetrating, fragrance-free gel feels weightless and non-greasy on the skin.

On the face: Fango Seaweed Scrub/Masque is a double-duty treatment offering the detoxifying and skin refining benefits of a masque and the exfoliating benefits of a scrub? all in one product.

In the bathwater, a two-part dream team: BC Spa Body Therapeutic Bath Minerals - Relieve stress and transform your bath into an oasis of healing, green thermal waters with BC Spa Body Therapeutic Bath Minerals. Fine crystal minerals from the Dead Sea comfort tired muscles and nourish skin.

BC Spa Detox Refreshing Mist - Rejuvenate your senses with a scientific blend of natural ingredients and aromatherapeutic essential oils. Spray on face or body for instant refreshment.

Then I soak in the tub with a glass of wine (optional) or water and a book. It's definitely one of the highlights of my week, which is kind of sad, but it is life-changing never-the-less.

There's Beauty and then there's Therapy and then there are amazing products that can do both. Find out more about the products and place an order on my online website at . (There's even a sale on certain select products when purchased online. Gotta love it on sale!)

Lesson of the day: Must take care of yourself, inside and out.
Stress level: 1.5
Relaxation level: 12
Life is good!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What is my purpose?

I'm currently at a loss - sitting around, being ineffectively lazy and confused, unsure of what my next move should be.

I've missed blogging and writing so much lately. There's always time; I just keep choosing to focus on something else. There is so much I want to do with this life; I end up having way too many balls in the air.

Next weekend, I will be teaching my second art class:

Artist Trading Card (ATC) Class by
Date: Sat., June 18, 2011 @ 10:30am
Where: Hobby Lobby Classroom
Cost: $10 on day of class
(Includes goody bag with supplies to complete 2 ATCs)
Perfect for ages 6 - adulthood

I also plan to teach some basic crochet classes at Hobby Lobby - get this - for FREE! It will be a "Crochet for a Cause" kind of thing. One hour every so often to get together and learn a new stitch and tips and receive help. The only cost for admission will be some form of donation to be determined later (This would have been a great idea to help my church gather socks, underwear, and shoes for kids aged 6-12 for a mission in Guatemala - but I'm too late for that).

I am working on 4 different collaborations right now. Those always take time but are so fun. I will have a class on collabs at a later date. There will be a collaborative exercise in class that will push us outside of our comfort zones and will be tons of fun.

Art journaling is the next class on my list after the ATC this weekend. I cannot wait to get started on the class details.

I need to step my game up a notch for BeautiControl. My purpose of selling BeautiControl is to give me extra income so that I can create art and write freely, to help support my regular income. It has become an expense itself and I have not been working it to its fullest like I had planned.

I miss writing. But I've been spending so much time learning lately. I've been reading the greatest Book ever written - the Bible - and getting to know God and myself, learning and growing my faith. That is a journey within itself, which I do not want bogged down with worries over everything else.

Some people find themselves uncomfortable around me lately. I'm still me, just stronger and a little more hopeful. We can all use more hope these days. I'm not trying to change you, but its always been in my nature to share everything with everyone that I come into contact with. It's the same as with my writing, my art, my jewelry, my life. Why should my faith be any different? So don't be worried. Don't be alarmed. We're all good.

I'm enjoying my time, since I have removed a lot of the restrictions I had set upon myself recently. Its slow at work, but I know that with the holidays coming up we will be swamped and I will yearn for these slow summer days. I've been working more on my health, scheduling workout sessions and finding a workout partner.

I have not found my balance, in this so-called crazy life of mine, but I'm getting there. Every day I grow stronger in faith and heart and every day I work toward being the person that I know I am meant to be rather than the person I want to be.

It's not always a wild ride. Sometimes there's a lull in the storm. We need the calm to refresh us. We need time to heal us.

I'm looking forward to the days ahead. I'm looking forward to learning what I learn during this journey.