The Extra Step That Goes the Extra Mile

I can’t stress enough the importance of makeup primer. Primer is the base for foundation that allows it to go on smoother and last longer. You wouldn’t paint a wall without primer, so don’t make the same mistake with your face. 

My two recommended primers are Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.

Guys, I have found the holy grail of primers and I’ll let you in on my little secret weapon! The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer  has multipurpose functions, aside from making foundation smoother and long-lasting. It conceals redness, minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is oil-free, weightless and includes SPF 15 (but that doesn’t cut it for daily protection, you need at least 30… we’ll discuss this further another time). It has a unique texture that is silky and light, and it’s safe for sensitive skin, especially since you only apply a small amount. You would need four primers to get all those benefits! It feels like silk on the skin and most importantly, you can basically splash your face with water and your makeup won’t go anywhere! 

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Hourglass is a bit pricey so you might not want to use it on a daily basis, just save it for those special events. A more affordable route would be the Laura Mercier primers. There are a variety of primers, including Radiance, Bronze, Hydrating, Oil-Free, Blemish-Less, and SPF 30. My favorite for brides is Radiance! 

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I don’t know what I would do without makeup primer, and I would encourage everyone to try it. It’s a small extra step that goes a long way… all day! 

I woke up like this

No fake eyelashes or extensions, no eyelash curler, just your gorgeous and natural set of eyelashes. Lash Lift is one of my newer services and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular. This new technique is completely natural and combines a lifting lotion and silicone rods to lift your eyelashes, making them look longer and fuller. It lasts six to eight weeks, sometimes longer, and you’ll still see a fabulous lash lift even when you get of the shower or a swimming pool.

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This is probably the most cost effective and safest lash treatment out there. I use Elleebana Lash Lift, which is one of the most highly recommended brands for lash lift treatments. I can’t even begin to tell you how much time this will save you in the morning. A few of my clients even expressed that they didn’t have to start applying mascara until the second week after their treatment, and even if they did, they applied one coat. You don’t even realize how many or how long your eyelashes truly are until you receive a Lash Lift treatment.

Waking up like this – with completely natural, curled lashes – is absolutely worth it.

How to get a glow on the go

Now that wedding season is winding down, throughout the next couple of months I’ll be introducing my new services and I’ll go into my favorite beauty and skincare products!

To kick it off, I wanted to talk about my favorite secret weapon: Nars Laguna Illuminator. Not only can you use it for maintaining a “summer glow,” but it’s also perfect for a warm, fall look. You can’t go wrong with it!

This product is useful for working moms or anyone who is constantly on the go. Personally, having a toddler doesn’t leave me much time to get ready in the morning, and this sheer, yet enhancing illuminator lightens my skin and gives it a light-reflecting glow.

Also, a great combination of products is Nars Laguna Illuminator mixed with Nars Tinted Moisturizer. This will allow for more all-over coverage that evens out your skin tone and can be layered for more coverage. Bonus: The tinted moisturizer also includes SPF 30 sunscreen, so you’re not only looking fabulous, but you’re also protecting your skin!

nars.jpgThrow on a little mascara and lip gloss and you’ll have a fabulous look that you conquered in less than five minutes. I swear by this, and it’s a nice transition from summer to fall.

Stay tuned to learn more about a few of my favorite things!

Sunny Days Ahead

This warmer weather is getting me excited for summer, and with summer right around the corner now’s the time to think about sun protection. Unfortunately, environmental elements are the hardest on our skin and almost impossible to avoid.

I have come to realize how delicate our skin is, although we put it through the wringer on a daily basis. We have to wear this skin every day for the rest of our lives, so let’s take care of it. Now that I have a toddler and recognize the importance of sun protection, I want to encourage everyone to become more savvy consumers when choosing sun protection products.

My go-to product for sun protection is always Beautycounter. Not only does this product smell delightful, it was created with the entire family in mind. It’s lightweight, water resistant, loaded with aloe and formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, so it doesn’t leave a white residue! Here’s the best part about it… it’s totally clean. Beautycounter has banned 1,500 ingredients, setting a new health and safety standard.

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Their sun protection products I use all the time are the SPF 30 water resistant sunscreen, the stick and the protecting lip balm. I always keep the stick on me and it’s easy to reapply while on the go – even Charlie likes to use it!

If you haven’t already discovered Beautycounter, I highly recommend that you do. This company is legit. Their mission is a mission close to my heart, and they are dedicated to getting SAFE products into the hands of everyone.

I have tried a variety of their products and have loved each and every one. This definitely won’t be the last Beautycounter product that you will be hearing about from me.

Heather Wilson introduced me to this company about one year ago and I’m happy she did. If there’s one thing I know about this woman is that she wouldn’t stand behind a product she wasn’t passionate about.

Here is a link to place an order, I highly suggest that you do so: http://www.beautycounter.com/heatherwillison/

To help you jump-start your summer skin protection, Heather is giving away a free sun block stick to the first person that shares this post on their social channels. Get to it!

XO,
Raquel

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I’ve received a lot of requests to share some of my favorite skin care products, and I can’t help but share my products of choice, which includes brands like Sanitas and a few other lines. These products are all clean and a lot of my clients have seen a huge difference in their skin since switching. Check out my top five choices below:

Sanitas Milk and Honey Cleanser
This cleanser is great for the dry Colorado climate. Milk and honey are premium sources of lactic acid, B vitamins and enzymes that help exfoliate and nourish the skin.

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Sanitas Lemon Cream Scrub
Use this scrub once or twice a week to help exfoliate and turn over the dead skin cells. Lemon cream scrub is a mild cleanser that softens and gently exfoliates using silica crystals. Lipophilic vitamin C and vitamin E act as an antioxidant to help protect, heal and provide anti-aging benefits.

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Sanitas Topical C
Topical C is a rich moisturizer that helps diminishes fine lines and wrinkles to accelerate the healing of burns, chapped lips and abrasions. Another great choice for the dry Colorado climate as it delivers a concentrated dose of Lipophilic Vitamin C.

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NARS Total Replenishing Eye Cream
I like to refer to this product as Spanx for the eyes. It lifts, brightens and tightens. I use this on all my brides because it also wears wonderfully under makeup.

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Another everyday favorite and a skin care must to protect against sun damage. Not only does this product wear great under makeup, it incorporates microsponge technology to absorb surface oils and leaves skin with a matte, shine-free finish. It contains a next generation blend of antioxidants as free-radical scavengers to decrease damaging effects of the sun and environmental exposure

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XO,
Raquel

Let’s talk about skin, baby

Anybody who knows me has probably heard my obsession with probiotics, and it’s ok if you think I’m crazy for saying that. One of the first questions I ask my customers when they sit in my chair is do you use a probiotic? Yes, when you hear the word probiotic you assume it has to do with your immune and digestive system, which is does. But did you know that probiotics are also good for your skin? A lot issues with your digestive system, immune system and skin issues can be cured with something as simple as a probiotic. They help level out the good and bad bacteria in your body, and they effect overall physical and mental health.

My favorite probiotic, and one I’m currently taking, is Probiotic Sufficiency by Innate Choice. It is 100% vegetarian, dairy free and wheat free probiotic.  It’s very easy on the stomach and also important for kids to take as well.

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Here are 10 reasons why I love probiotics:

  1. They rid the body of harmful bacteria and reboots beneficial bacteria
  2. They can increase the rate of acne clearing
  3. They support gluten sensitives and provide relief for other chronic conditions
  4. They can reduce the odds of eczema
  5. They enhance a mother’s milk, and while the mom receives the benefits, so does the child
  6. They keep things in working order (if you know what I mean)
  7. They support healthy cholesterol
  8. They banish depression and anxiety
  9. They can reduce the redness seen in rosacea (an inflammatory skin condition), and also improve and strengthen the skin barrier to reduce its stinging, burning and dryness
  10. They have also been found to help build collagen, the main protein in skin that affects its texture and tone

I’m open to any and all other recommendations for probiotics, so please share them!

XOXO,
Raquel

A Product With a Purpose

I recently came across a new product while doing some research for a good friend of mine. Her mom is battling breast cancer and currently going through chemotherapy, and of course one of the side effects is hair loss, which is something so sacred, special and defining for women. My friend recently reached out to me for recommendations for products that her mother could use to fill in her eyebrows and eyeliner.

I came across this incredible company called Thrive Causemetics, a beauty company with a purpose. Not only do they specialize in waterproof eyeliner, eyebrow pencils and faux lashes that are easy to use (especially without a lash line), but for every product purchased, one is donated to a woman going through cancer treatment.

I can’t help but share their story, and I want to encourage you all to help spread the word as well. Please visit their website (http://thrivecausemetics.com) to learn more about their mission to help women thrive! These products are for everyone, and please enjoy this special gift card code worth $10 during your next purchase: http://thrivecausemetics.refr.cc/WTZLZPZ

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5 Cancer-Causing Snacks Your Children Should Never Eat Again

Definitely an eye-opening article as some of these products may seem like they’re healthy options. Be sure to always double check the ingredients label on products before purchasing them… healthy foods= healthy kids. Knowledge is power! Check out the article below or at http://magazineforhealthy.com/2016/02/03/5-cancer-causing-snacks-your-children-should-never-eat-again/. 

5 Cancer-Causing Snacks Your Children Should Never Eat Again – Magazine for Healthy

Petroleum is the yellow liquid that is mined from the earth to produce gasoline and motor oil. It’s also refined and used in many food products that line american grocery shelves, most of these being marketed towards children.

These by-products are often consumed in the form of bright food coloring, flavoring and preservatives in processed snacks. Yellow dye #5 and red dye #40 are well-known variations.

Currently, The FDA isn’t concerned about the petroleum products used in American food, but may of these areoutlawed in other countries because they pose serious health risks.

Fruit Snacks
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Artificial food dye have caused the following effects in recent studies :

  • Hyperactivity
  • Cancer
  • Allergic reactions
  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Chromosomal damage
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Organ damage
  • Birth defects

Food dyes can also contain unexpected and unknown impurities. In fact, these substances are so toxic that the British government and European Union have ended the use of dyes in food throughout Europe since 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 account roughly for 90% of the dyes used in foods .

Even some fresh oranges are dipped in dye to brighten them and provide uniform color, says Michael Jacobson, executive director at CSPI.

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Summary of Study

Red 40 has been proven to cause immune-system tumors in mice and allergic and hyperactive reactions in children.

Yellow 5 has the same effects but contains multiple carcinogenic substances and has been linked to organ damage.

Yellow 6 was found to cause adrenal tumors in animals as well as hypersensitivity in children.

Here’s a list of popular children’s foods you’ll want to avoid:

1. Pop Tarts

According to the nutritional information available on the Kellogg website, The most popular flavor, frosted strawberry, contains many harmful ingredients.

For starters, the snacks have corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose and sugar within the first 7 ingredients. These sugary products has all been linked to childhood diabetes, sugar addiction and liver problems.

The treats also contain TBHQ,  a petroleum based-product which damages human DNA and causes cellular dysfunction .

It’s also know to cause tumours, vision loss, liver enlargement, neurotoxic effects, convulsions, and paralysis in laboratory animals .

2. Fruit Snacks

Many fruit-based snacks that market themselves as healthy options, like jam-filled cereal bars for example, are loaded with food coloring to  make them more appealing .

Red 3 is commonly used, which is worrisome since it’s been banned from cosmetic products for causing thyroid tumors.

3. M & Ms

Alongside red 40, yellow 6 and yellow 5, these chocolates are often colored by using blue 2, which is known to cause tumors in the brain and bladder, as well as blue 1, which inhibits the development of nerve cells.

4. Cheetos.

These orange snacks are not only colored with yellow 6, they also contain an artificial flavoring mix of other highly toxic substances.

The “Flamin’ Hot” variety was even reported to cause abdominal distress, gastritis and addiction-like dependency in children and adults.

5. Teddy Grams

These seemingly harmless snacks are often laced with TBHQ, which is bad for the same reasons mentioned previously, as well as nausea, vomiting, delirium, anxiety and stomach cancer .

Thankfully, you can replace these snack with all-natural and organic products (that are either store-bought or homemade) as well as fresh fruits and vegetables in appropriately-sized portions.

These options are much more filling and nutritious than the ones on this list.

If you’re concerned about your child’s exposure to dyes, make sure to read the labels on household products such as vitamins, cough syrup, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent and hand cream. These products often contain similarly toxic dyes.