How To Do Mother’s Day Gifts (for Your Wife!) The Right Way

How To Do Mother’s Day Gifts (for Your Wife!) The Right Way

mother's day gift for your wife

This one is for the dads (If you aren’t a dad, feel free to share it with someone special as a hint). First of all, you are awesome for searching for a Mother’s Day gifts for your wife! These gift ideas are perfect if your kids are little or you just want to ensure your wife has an amazing Mother’s Day.

There are really three gifts you need to make sure your wife receives for Mother’s Day:

  1. Something homemade from your kids
  2. Card/Gift from kids
  3. Something from you

And don’t forget your Mom! She obviously raised a pretty decent human, so be sure she knows how much you appreciate her.

Mother’s Day Gifts (For Your Wife!)

Have fun helping your kids make something for your wife! Some of my most cherished gifts from previous Mother’s Days are something that my Husband took the time to help my kids make.

Here is a great guide that will give you lots of ideas. Plus, she breaks it down by age group: Best Mother’s Day Crafts for Preschoolers. 

If your kids are in school or daycare, they may also make something for your wife at school. It doesn’t hurt to make sure she knows that you helped the kids make something just for her, too!

Jump over to Pinterest if you need more ideas.

What I Love about Mom Fill in the Love Journal

This is so adorable and you will have a blast filling this out with your kids. Your wife will probably shed a few tears or laughs when she reads this book – which she will do over and over.

This little book contains fill-in-the-blank lines to describe why your wife is the best. Just complete each line and voilà: you have a uniquely personal gift Mother will read again and again. Make it as hilarious, honest, or heartfelt as you choose!

Here are some the questions:

1. I love your _____________.
2. I love hearing stories about your _____________.
3. You inspire me to _____________.
4. I love it when you call me _____________.
5. I’m humbled by your _____________.
6. I love remembering the time we went _____________ with _____________.
7. I’m thankful I got your _____________.
8. I love that you still _____________ for me.
9. I hope to be as _____________ as you one day.
10. I am so _____________ that _____________.

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Mommy Shark

If your kids are addicted to Baby Shark, then (hopefully) your wife will appreciate this as one of the Mother’s Day Gifts for Your Wife.

Mommy Shark Necklace

Made up of high-quality Silver-tone chain. It is made of stainless steel – a great choice for jewelry as it does not rust and is very durable so you can treasure your necklace for a lifetime!

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Mommy Shark Tshirt

  • Professionally printed super soft funny and awesome tees. Our lightweight fitted tees are made from ultra soft ringspun cotton to get that comfortable fit and feel. Once you put this shirt on, you won’t want to take it off.
  • Satisfaction guaranteed! Our tees are slim fit so order a larger shirt if you’re between sizes. Larger sizes are available – 3XL 4XL and 5XL – for most designs. If you are unsatisfied with the fit, we will provide an immediate exchange.

mother's day gifts for your wife

Mommy Shark Mug (and Coaster)

Not only are these cute, but they are also microwavable and dishwasher safe! The reviews say they are a little smaller than normal mugs, so just be aware. The design is printed on and very durable.

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Mother Daughter/ Mother Son Necklace

This is so sweet. THE MEANING: For anyone who has a little piece of their heart belongs to someone else. Honor the infinite bond between mother and daughter or son and let her know she’s always connected to you just like these interlocking circles. When she wears this necklace she’ll have a reminder of her strength and that you are always there for her.

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Mom’s Juice Cup

The wine tumbler reads “Mom Juice” permanently screen printed on the tumbler. You can also choose “Mommy’s Sippy Cup”

Food-Grade Material
Crafted from the high quality 18/8 stainless steel, Cold for 9 Hours, Hot for 3 Hours. BPA Free, Powder Coated, Sweat-Free Exterior

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Funny Mother’s Day Cards

Your mom will get a kick out these!

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A Gift From You – Plan a Weekend Getaway

Find a babysitter for the weekend and make it a date. Let her sleep in and explore somewhere new! She will love the surprise when she opens a fun, new suitcase with an even bigger surprise – you planned a trip! Even if it’s just one night away in a nearby town, you can schedule a dinner reservation and let her sleep in. Maybe even plan a massage – this will be her best Mother’s Day ever!!

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Bathing Ritual Gift Set

Normally I hate when companies put sets together expecting every Mom to love them. But this is the exception. I have recently started using this line and it is the best thing that has happened to my skin. My skin is softer and smells amazing. If your wife or mom enjoys baths, she will love this detox bath soak.

For a limited time only! Treat yourself (or someone you love) to a little “me time” with the Rescue & Renew Bathing Ritual Gift Set. This wonderful set offers everything you need for luxurious pampering, with help from the Rescue & Renew Detox Soak, Detox Mask and an exclusive Detox Candle. This artisan-crafted candle is hand-poured with a coconut wax blend that smells of sweet citrus, soothing lavender, and sparkling ginger. You also receive a free face washing Arbonne branded headband, perfect for a little at home spa indulgence! It comes packaged inside an exclusive box that’s illustrated with the botanicals that represent Rescue & Renew – so chic you can skip the wrapping.

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The Insider’s Guide to Sexy Skin

The Insider’s Guide to Sexy Skin

Spring is finally here! And it’s getting warmer outside, which means it’s possible that we may have to start showing some skin. Here are some ways to make sure you are showing sexy skin!

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Insider’s Guide to Sexy Skin

Hey! Your epidermis is showing. 

🤦‍♀️

But seriously, your skin is your biggest organ. Take good care of it! You already know that you start losing collagen and elasticity when you turn 25. So we should be doing everything we can to put our best skin forward. 

Here are some tips and product recommendations for smooth and sexy skin. I would love to know if you have any additional tips, please comment below if you do. 

Step 1: Exfoliate

Just like we are shedding our winter coats, we need to exfoliate to shed our dead skin cells. This will help us expose the sexy skin we want to show off. Exfoliation can help increase blood circulation as well.

You should exfoliate a couple of times of week – your face and your body. You don’t want to exfoliate too often as it may strip away some of your natural oils.

Here are some great benefits of exfoliating:

  • Reduce blemishes on your skin
  • Encourages healthy skin tissues to shine through
  • Unclog pores
  • Reduce dark spots
  • Remove ingrown hairs

Exfoliate before you shave: By exfoliating before you shave, you remove the dead skin cells that could clog your razor, which allows you to have a closer shave.

Exfoliate before you tan: To get the best tan – fake or real – spend a few minutes prepping so your skin is ready. First of all, let your skin soak in a warm bath for 20 minutes. Next, exfoliate and then shave with a multi-blade razor. Your skin will be prepped and ready to apply a premium self-tanner.

Step 2: Use Razor with Several Blades

When you shave without exfoliating, you are potentially clogging your razor with dead skin cells. So, be sure to exfoliate first.

Here’s why you should use a razor with at least 3 blades:

With a 3-blade razor, each blade was intended to serve a purpose:

First blade: hooks the hair follicle, pulling it up

Second blade: cuts the more exposed hair

Third blade: backup, ensuring nothing is missed.

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I have been using the Dollar Shave Club for several years now. It’s so easy, the razors come in the mail. There are several similar companies like Dollar Shave Club, and all are good!

Here’s another option that I want to try! It’s called Flawless Legs, and it fits in the palm of your hand for an easy shave. Check it out on Amazon here.

Step 3: Moisturize

Help keep your skin young by moisturizing daily! I had a realization recently when my store bought lotions were causing my skin more harm than good. I was breaking out in weird spots. I had to replace every product I was using to figure out why I was having such strange breakouts.

Turns out it was the lotion I was using. Who knows if it was the alcohol or toxins in it, but when I switched to a non-toxic lotion, I started to love my skin a little bit more every day.

The lotion I use smells amazing and makes my skin so soft. This is the lotion you want for sexy skin! Check it out here:

 

Step 4: Oil

Now, seal the moisture in with body oil!

The oil that I love uses grapeseed oil to support collagen and skin firmness, plus sesame seed oil that moisturizes to help dimpled skin appear smooth.

This will take sexy skin to the next level by locking in moisture and improve the appearance of dull, lackluster skin to make skin look smooth and sexy.

Not only will have sexy skin, but you will also feel amazingly sexy by using this oil! Check it out here:

Step 5: Eat Right, Exercise, and Drink Lots of Water

This is one of the biggest tips for healthy, sexy skin. If you have a lot of issues with wrinkles, dry skin patches and more, take a look at the foods you are eating.

I recently took the 30-day healthy living jumpstart and learned that dairy and gluten were wreaking havoc on my digestive system. When I removed a lot of the common allergens that hurt our digestive systems, a weird thing happened.

My skin cleared up! I was noticing so many new wrinkles under my eyes that I just couldn’t take it. I wasn’t sure what to do. After the 30-day healthy living challenge, not only was my skin clearer, my digestion was improved as well. Plus, I lost 8 pounds!

Drink more water. Ok, do you know how much water you should be drinking daily? Take your body weight, divide in half, and then divide by 8 – that’s the number of cups of water you should drink daily.

sexy skinThat is so much water. But, once you focus on drinking more water, you’ll start realizing the benefits of drinking water. You are supporting your healthy, sexy skin and your elimination organs.

Have you noticed that there are many ailments that can be cured just by drinking water? Headache – drink more water. Indigestion? Drink more water. Here’s a full list of the benefits of drinking water according to elementalbottles.com:

Increases Brain Power and Provides Energy.
Promotes Healthy Weight Management and Weight Loss.
Flush Out Toxins.
Improves Your Complexion.
Maintains Regularity.
Boosts Immune System.
Prevents Headaches.
Prevents Cramps and Sprains.
Helps Regulate Body Temperature.
Prevents Backaches.
Improves Heart Health.
Prevents Bad Breath.
Takes the Edge off Hangovers.
Puts You in a Better Mood.

What if you don’t love drinking water?! Try fizz sticks if you are tired of drinking water or want to replace sodas.

Fizz sticks give you natural energy with plant-based caffeine and B12 vitamins. They are a fabulous little energy kick and can act as a replacement for your morning coffee or for when you start to feel the afternoon sleepies.

All you do is stir a fizz stick into a bottle of water to create a refreshing bubbly drink when you start to feel tired to temporarily help promote alertness. Energy Fizz Sticks also enhance cognitive performance, help promote endurance, enhance motor performance, and help reduce fatigue. Fizz sticks contain antioxidants and a botanical blend of ginseng, B vitamins, CoQ10, and chromium, combined with caffeine naturally derived from guarana and green tea to help boost energy.

 

9 Life-Changing Clear Skin Tips for Radiant Skin

9 Life-Changing Clear Skin Tips for Radiant Skin

Check out these 9 clear skin tips for radiant skin. If you’ve made it through the teenage years and are still experience acne and breakouts, these steps will help you find the healthy, glowing skin you’ve always wanted!

My teenage years were a constant battle with acne. My dream was that once I grew past that stage I would have clear, perfect, flawless skin. Did that happen for you? Yea…me neither.

Back then I treated my acne with Proactiv – basically by using very harsh chemicals and something else that would bleach the crap out of my bathroom towels. Who knows what was in that stuff!

Turns out when we grow up and have things like mortgages, kids, and stress – our skin reflects all of that. Hormones play a huge role in our skin. But what we eat and what’s going on in our gut also plays a role, too.

Birth control pills are effective in what they are intended to do, but geez they can wreak havoc on other areas of our bodies, especially as we get a little older. Check out the side effects here. Decreased libido and eye changes, anyone? Initially birth control helped clear up my skin, but what other damage have they done since those early years?

If you are an adult looking for clear skin tips, you are in the right spot. There are so many simple ways we can take care of our skin!

Here are my first five tips for radiant skin, “Radiant Skin: 5 Unique Ways to Improve Your Skin’s Appearance.

I’m happy to share 9 more clear skin tips – some of these you may not have considered!

Clear Skin Tips #1: Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Ugh, I admit I hate doing this! But, when I think about how much I use my makeup brushes, I make a point to clean them once a week. It’s easy if you schedule a weekly time to do it. Like, every Saturday morning. Just clean your makeup brushes! You’ll be so happy you did.

Here are some reasons you need to always clean your makeup brushes from Blank Canvas Cosmetics.

Acne prevention

Whenever you use your makeup brushes, they are collecting everything that is on your face — namely, oil, dead skin cells, dust, and anything else clinging to your skin. This is a recipe for disaster (or rather, acne). Every time you use a dirty brush, you are wiping this disgusting combination all over your face, clogging your pores as a result.

Better color application

Dirty makeup brushes are also ineffective for applying color precisely. With old makeup caked on your brushes, you are unable to get the look you’re going for, whether that is naturally blended contour or a dramatic eyeshadow.

Maintain soft brushes

Dirty brushes become more abrasive and dry as they become more caked with product and debris from your face. In turn, this irritates your skin. Cleaning your brushes regularly keeps them soft enough to not cause damage to your face.

Avoid germs

Dirty makeup brushes are also a breeding ground for bacteria. Not only is this terrible for your face, it also is bad for your makeup products. Transferring all this bacteria to your products taints them, and what should have lasted you a year will spoil within months.

Longer lasting brushes

When you clean your Blank Canvas makeup brushes regularly, you are preserving them. The more frequently you clean them, the longer your investment will last.

Clear Skin Tips #2: Clean Your Phone

You’ve probably heard that phones are dirtier than a toilet seat. Imagine putting a nasty toilet seat on your face when you use your cell phone! Ugh.

Imagine all the places you take your phone. My kids are constantly using my phone and everyone knows that kids equal germs. It’s easy to think about cleaning it when my phone is sticky from my kids using it, but we really need to clean our phones more often.

You should clean with caution because cell phones and moisture don’t mix. Just wiping down with a microfiber cloth is great, but doesn’t always get all the bacteria off the phone.

Here are some tips from Apple on how to clean Apple products. You can find wipes that are specifically for cleaning cell phones on Amazon or make your own mix using rubbing alcohol and water. Just proceed with caution as too much water can definitely hurt your phone.

Clear Skin Tips #3: Eat Foods For Clear Skin

I touched on this in my Radiant Skin article, but it’s worth repeating. Your skin reflects your diet! If you eat a healthy, balanced diet your skin will show it. If you eat a lot of processed foods, sugar, dairy, gluten and more common allergens like that, you’re skin and gut will reflect that as well – and not in a good way.

Your skin and body crave food that is good for you and digests easily. We teach all this through nutrition coaching in the 30-day healthy living challenge. Find out more about that here. 

A couple of quick changes to help you do that:

  • Replace your breakfast with a balanced protein shake – here is an easy recipe. Be sure to add lots of leafy greens, vegan protein, and fiber. It will keep you full and help improve your skin.
  • Fill half your plate at lunch and dinner with vegetables. You’ll get more nutrients and stay full, too. Add lean protein, healthy fats and carbs and you’ll have a perfectly well-balanced meal.

Clear Skin Tips #4: Check Your Gut Health

We know there is a brain-gut connection, but what about the gut-skin connection? If you have eaten a diet based on processed foods, fast foods, and avoid fruits and vegetables, then you may need to check your gut.

Your gut can hold 5-25 pounds of waste. Yeah, that means it’s not making it through your digestive system and just hanging around causing damage to your skin, your brain, basically your entire system.

So, clean it out! It’s easy in the 30-day healthy living jumpstart or even the 7-day body cleanse. Basically, we recommend products that are formulated to support your elimination organs and move that waste to its final destination. The toilet…

The great thing is that the Body Cleanse, Detox Tea, and Digestion Plus that we recommend are gentle. For me, it works overnight for a positive experience in the morning if you know what I’m saying.

You’ll feel a difference immediately after using these products. I hate saying ‘detox’ because that word has negative connotations, but sometimes your body needs a gut reboot.

Your skin, brain, and the entire system will appreciate the work you do for it. Plus, when you focus your diet on foods that are easier to digest, you will reduce the need for a reboot in the future.

Clear Skin Tips #5: Cleanse and Moisturize

No matter if you have oily, dry, or combination skin you need to cleanse and moisturize twice daily.

That can be hard sometimes! Especially at night, when you definitely need to focus on those two steps. At night, you need to remove the day from your face – all the oils, makeup, dirt, etc. that accumulates during the needs to be washed off.

I recommend shortening your routine rather than skipping.  It’s easy with Dissolve the Day Cleansing Clothes from Arbonne. I love these because they are eco-friendly and compostable.

Be sure to use a specific moisturizer for night time. While your sleep, your body is busy rejuvenating skin cells and replenishing anything you lost during the day. When you use a moisturizer specifically for night time, that helps your body give you the radiant, clear skin you want.

Arbonne offers a special value pack with all the skincare products you’ll need for 6 months! That includes nighttime repair cream and a specific moisturizer for day time. Sign up to be a preferred client to see the special value packs!

Clear Skin Tips #6: Shower After Working Out

While it’s important to cleanse and moisturize twice daily, it’s also especially important to shower after you work out. The sooner the better!

Take a shower not just because of body odor, but especially if you have acne-prone skin. The sweat you’ve accumulated during your workout could clog your pores with dirt and oil

If the opportunity to cleanse sweat from your skin presents itself, David E. Bank, founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, is on the side of washing so that your pores do not become clogged with dirt and oil.

“There is no precise time that it takes for the sweat to block the pores,” says Bank. “The sooner you can shower, the better. Showering after exercise, especially if you sweat excessively, should be as essential to your routine as your workout for several reasons. The first is your hygiene: No one wants to smell you or your workout on you! Also, if sweat builds up on your skin, it will clog your pores, not allowing your skin to breathe. And if you have a cut or skin abrasion, sweat can get trapped in there and can cause an infection.”

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Clear Skin Tips #7: Find the Perfect Shower Temp

I love a good, long hot shower. But they are so bad for my skin and my hair! It turns out taking a cold shower may be bad for your skin as well.

This is what one dermatologist has to say:

To get the right temperature for clear skin, you have to play Goldilocks. “Cold water tightens the skin’s pores, which doesn’t allow the natural secretion of sebum and acne-causing bacteria,” says Neil Sadick, MD, of Sadick Dermatology. “Whereas hot water opens pores and stimulates excess sebum production that leaves it prone to further irritation.” He claims the best strategy is to use lukewarm water in the shower.

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Clear Skin Tips #8: Drink More Water

This one has to be said. Drink more water! Drink half your body weight in ounces. If you focus on drinking more water during the day with a goal in mind, it’s actually easier than you think.

Your body craves water. It not only needs it to survive, but it also needs to function optimally. Find a fun water bottle that will help you meet your goals!

Check out these tips to drink more water in my “Drink More Water Challenge.”

Clear Skin Tips #9: Get More Sleep

This one isn’t easy for parents. In a recent article, I talked about if you can’t get more sleep, get better sleep! I also include some product recommendations to help you achieve that.

It’s also recommended to sleep on your back.

“When you sleep on your belly, the side of your face resting on your pillow is squished for hours at a time. By constantly squishing your face each night into your pillow, you are causing creasing which can eventually turn into wrinkles. (Notice sleep lines each morning?)

Try falling asleep on your back. If you find it hard to stay that way, put a pillow under your knees, which will help you stay in place and not roll over onto your stomach.

Can’t imagine not sleeping on your belly? Consider investing in a specially shaped pillow that allows you to sleep on your stomach while protecting your skin from wrinkles.”

Check out the sleep patch here. 

I hope these clear skin tips help you find the radiant, glowing skin you are searching for!

The Best Organic Skin Care Company – You’ll Be Shocked!

The Best Organic Skin Care Company – You’ll Be Shocked!

Searching for the best organic skin care? You’ve found it! Read more about why I love this company and their commitment to products that are certified organic and cruelty-free.

I’m so excited to share the BEST organic skin care that is on the market today. I recently recorded an unboxing video of the Special Value Pack – take a look!

Here’s a little bit more information on the company that has been chosen as the best organic skin care company.

Do you know what ingredients are in the skin care products you are using? Any company can use organic ingredients, but it’s important to understand the company’s mission behind the product safety and purity testing. What about animal testing?!  Just one Google search for how companies test products on animals and you will never support those companies again. Don’t do this unless you have a strong stomach!

Why Should You Consider Using The Best Organic Skin Care?

You may not think about this, but everything you put on your skin ends up in your body. Just think about birth control patches that are supposed to work the same way and ingested pill works. Hmm…

So, are you thinking about the importance of what you put on your skin? You definitely should, but it can be daunting to scrutinize every little thing you use.

So, my suggestion – simply find a company that uses the best organic skin care with all natural, botanical-based ingredients. When you trust the company, their mission, and product testing procedures – you can use everything they produce with no issues.

When it comes to skin care, the best advice I can give you is to start early! Your body starts losing collagen and elasticity as early as 25.

I am well over 25 and have just started using the best organic skin care. It’s not too late to start, just start today! And continue using this skin care consistently.

In the long run, it will be less expensive to start early than to have ‘fix’ problems later on in life.

Skin Care Tips

Take a look at another post about how to achieve Radiant Skin at Any Age. Here are some additional tips to add to your skin care routine that will help you with healthy aging:

  • Stay away from harsh cleansers that can cause over-drying of the skin. One of the skin’s core needs is ample hydration, so it’s important to choose a cleanser that is gentle yet effective so that you don’t strip away essential moisture, resulting in dead skin cell buildup.
  • Use products that are appropriate for your skin type and needs. Your skin changes throughout your life stages, so it’s important to understand the best way to care for it at each point in time. For most, this is the time to transition your skincare regimen to achieve the best results. This usually includes managing oil production, clearing clogged pores and blackheads, and preventing breakouts — all while keeping the skin balanced and hydrated.
  • Protect your skin every day with a broad spectrum SPF product. Sun exposure, even through the windows of your car, home or office can potentially cause a considerable amount of damage to your skin and you might not even realize it. It’s important to choose a product that doesn’t feel greasy or clog pores so that you’ll be comfortable wearing it day in and day out. A hydrating, non-comedogenic product with broad-spectrum protection is one of the best choices to help slow the signs of aging, such as wrinkles.
  • Use an eye cream every day. The delicate skin around the eyes is often the first part of the face to show the signs of aging due to wear and tear from smiling, squinting and rubbing. Keeping this skin nourished with hydration is essential for tackling premature signs of aging.
  • Include your neck and chest in your skincare regimen. The 45-degree angle that you hold your head to look at your cell phone causes repeated creasing of the neck resulting in premature folds and wrinkles. Even without ever doing this, the neck is at a disadvantage for appearing older than the face since there is less bone structure to support the skin. This can all lead to eventual sagging of the area, so caring for your neck now will help in the long run. Be sure to apply moisturizers and sunscreens in an upward motion to help work against gravity in this area.

Introducing the BEST Organic Skin Care:

new year's eve makeupArbonne!

I fell in love with Arbonne last year when I was anticipating turning 40. I had previously been very inconsistent with my skincare and it was beginning to show.

I discovered that Arbonne is not only the best organic skin care company, but they are also focused on teaching the world that healthy skin comes from the inside out. Arbonne also offers a nutrition line made from botanically-based, gluten-free, Non-GMO ingredients. Everything tastes delicious and works with your body to optimize digestion.

Arbonne offers a 30-Day Healthy Living Challenge. This is an awesome support group that takes place on Facebook. Groups start twice a month and you’ll receive free coaching, support, recipes, shopping guides, and so much more.  Let me know if you are interested in finding out more.

Arbonne skincare and nutrition products are:
• Made with botanically based ingredients
• Certified vegan
• Certified gluten-free
• Clinically tested
• Certified cruelty-free

“With our increased understanding of the role of intestinal health, we are beginning to understand the gut-skin connection along with the role of probiotics in maintaining health and great-looking skin.”

-Dr. Nora Zorich, MD, PhD and Chair of the Arbonne Scientific Advisory Board

Take a look at Arbonne’s “Not Allowed” list. Did you know that in the US, only 11 ingredients are banned from use in makeup and cosmetics? Canada and the European Union have banned over 1,300 ingredients for use in makeup and cosmetics.

Arbonne takes it a step further and has a strict policy that does not allow over 2,000 ingredients in their products.

If you are focused on using organic, cruelty-free ingredients, Arbonne is the #1 choice for the best organic skin care company.

The Best Organic Skin Care is a Direct Sales Company!

That’s right! Tell me, are you instantly turned off when you see yet another friend pushing products on Facebook? Many people are! (I’m not! I enjoy helping women succeed in business – see another post all about that here)

Let’s think about the Direct Sales process. You order the products directly from the manufacturer and it’s sent to you.

Direct sales companies use independent consultants (like me) as their sales and marketing force. They save millions that they can then use for product research and development. It’s really brilliant. Plus, it offers a huge opportunity for consultants to grow their business and income.

Let’s think about the Traditional skincare distribution method – The product is manufactured, shipped to a distribution facility, then shipped to your local store where it waits on the shelves until someone purchases it.

Which seems the most ideal for you? A fresh, ‘made for you’ product – or an old product with potentially months of shelf time?

That’s another reason I love Arbonne.

What makes Arbonne The Best Organic Skin Care Company?

Arbonne was recently named the #1 Global Brand for Healthy Living from the Inside Out.

Arbonne has a strict commitment to the safety and purity of their products. They have achieved all the third-party testing necessary for organic, cruelty-free testing.

Here’s a little bit more from the company website:

The idea to provide skin care products that are unparalleled in quality and effectiveness was developed in Switzerland in 1975, when one man, Petter Mørck, together with a group of leading bio-chemists, biologists and herbalists, set out to fulfill his vision and founded Arbonne.

Arbonne skin care products, based on botanical principles, came to fruition in the United States in 1980 and are now shared throughout the world by a growing network of Arbonne Independent Consultants. Building on these same founding principles, the product line has since grown to include both inner and outer health and beauty products that are unparalleled in quality, safety, value, benefits and results.

Arbonne’s commitment to safety and purity testing is critical to ensuring the quality of our products while maintaining our ability to source the best ingredients for the formula to ensure sustainability, efficacy, product performance and stability.

What are you waiting for? Get started on healthy aging skincare using the best organic skin care that is on the market today!

New Year’s Eve Makeup Tips and Trends for 2019

New Year’s Eve Makeup Tips and Trends for 2019

It’s party time! You have a babysitter and a party to attend…New Year’s Eve is going to be EPIC. Be prepared for a fun night with these New Year’s Eve Makeup tips and trends.


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New Year’s Eve Makeup

Before we get into the top New Year’s Eve makeup trends, let’s talk about some simple steps for everyday healthy skin.

Start with radiant skin.

One reason I fell in love with Arbonne is that they aren’t just selling skincare and makeup, they teach that beauty comes from the inside out.

Yes, I’ve been told, “Honey, you are beautiful on the inside!” Well…yes, of course, we are! But, I mean more like…consider your diet for healthy, radiant skin.

If you aren’t happy with your skin, consider your diet. You may be eating some common allergens like gluten or dairy that are causing your skin not to be as perfect as you would like to be.

Arbonne even provides a 30-day plan that will help teach you to eat better, remove those common allergens, and use vegan nutrition. It’s almost guaranteed that your skin will improve if you stick to the plan.


Learn more about the 30-day challenge here: http://thecrystalnichols.com/healthy-living-jumpstart/


As a lady in my 40’s, skincare is a top priority for me. It wasn’t always a priority, so I encourage anyone older or younger than me to start today and take better care of your skin! It’s never too late or too early to get started. In fact, I recently wrote about this in an article titled, “Radiant Skin: 5 Unique Ways to Improve Your Skin’s Appearance.

New Year’s Eve Makeup Tips

Take a look at these tips and let me know in the comments if you have any to add.

Focus on One Feature

An age-old piece of advice stands true for New Year’s Eve. Pick one feature to focus on- eyes or lips. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with both. It just means that if you are doing a smoky eyeshadow/liner look, go for a more neutral shade of lipstick. Or if you want to play with red lipstick for your New Year’s Eve makeup, stick to a restrained eyeliner.

Beware the Raccoon Eyes

It is so tempting to try out a smoky eye on New Year’s Eve. You can, of course, just be sure to proceed with caution. No matter where the night takes you, it’s going to be a late night (at least Midnight, right?!) If you aren’t used to smoky eyeshadow or cat-eye liner, take it easy especially with an ultra-black color that can smudge easily and make you look like a raccoon before the night is over.

Consider dark lashes and liner and more gold or metallic shadow. Keep reading to the see New Year’s Eve makeup trends where I’ve got some great recommendations for the perfect NYE eyeshadow.

Use your Normal Foundation and Moisturizer

You don’t want your skin to freak out on you when you decide to try a new color for your New Year’s Eve makeup. Use what you know already works with your skin. If you are looking for a longer-lasting foundation, try mixing your foundation with your moisturizer. According to goop.com, this will “leave a flattering, firming sheen, and make layering easier.”

Shine, Baby, Shine

New Year’s Eve makeup is meant to make you stand out and feel beautiful. Tonight is your night to shine! Whether it’s glitter or metallics, play up your eyes, lips, hair. Spray some of the glitter gel I mention below on your hair, shoulders, or decolletage. You are never too old to wear a little glitter (or a lot of glitter).

But, Only Shine in the Right Spots

If you have oily or combination skin, you know that you may see some greasy spots come through as the night goes on. Be sure to take along some blotting paper or powder to help combat an oily t-zone throughout the night. Be sure your New Year’s Eve makeup stays spot on.


→ For more inspiration, take a look at these looks from Allure,The 33 Coolest Party Makeup Looks to Try This Holiday Season.” Jennifer Hudson (#8) has my vote for the best look. Tell me in the comments which one you prefer.


New Year’s Eve Makeup Trends 2019

Here are the top makeup trends for you to try on New Year’s Eve.

 

Healthy, Glowing Skin

I’m a bit obsessed with this nourishing facial oil! This sheer dry oil contains omega fatty acids 3 and 6, plus a super antioxidant to help support luminous, radiant skin! This is just like a superfood for your skin and will hydrate and moisturize where it’s needed most. This oil is a must-have for NYE and every day.

Check out this Nourishing Facial Oil from Arbonne:

Nude Lips

Like I mentioned above, if you are focusing on your eyes, go easy on your lips. This nude lipstick is great even for sensitive skin, plus has conditioners that will keep your lips soft and kissable when midnight comes around!

New Year’s Eve Makeup Tip:

Need a quick lip plump? Try this tip from Byrdie, “Trick your fellow New Year’s Eve partygoers into thinking you had a little work done by plumping your lips with a toothbrush. Wet your lips with warm water and then gently brush them in small circular motions with a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush. Fuller, softer, more naturally pink lips will be revealed. Lock in moisture with your favorite lip balm, and then apply a statement lip color to highlight your newly enhanced pout. This idea works perfectly for a New Year’s Eve makeup look.”

Bronzer/Highlighter

New Year’s Eve is your time to shine! Be sure to highlight your cheek and brow bones to make your features pop.

Glow-On Bronzer

Create some solar flare. This silky-light powder creates the look of glowing cheeks and brow bones. Brushes on evenly for a flawless-looking finish.

Sheer Glow Highlight Stick

The highlight of your day. Our dual ended, multi-purpose highlight stick accentuates and defines your best features. This silky duo glides gently over foundation adding radiance without streaking your makeup. Use Pearl to highlight and Bronze to give you an effortless glow.

Gold EyeShadow

Gold is huge this season! But, no matter what color you go with, use this ‘Prime & Proper Eye Makeup Primer” before. This is great on a daily basis, but especially for your New Year’s Eve makeup look. It will prevent your eyeshadow from creasing or fading and allow your color to pop.

Check out this gold palette! You can create some amazing and unique gold looks for your New Year’s Eve makeup.

New Year’s Eve Makeup Tip: Byrdie has an awesome idea to help recreate a backstage look for NYE. ‘Even if you don’t possess any professional skills. All you need is an unexpected eye shadow shade and the Scotch Magic Tape (check price here) you used a few days prior to wrapping presents. Place a strip of tape at a 45-degree angle on the outer corner of each eye. Then, use a small brush to apply a bright cream eyeshadow. The tape acts as a stencil, keeping the shadow exactly where you want it. Bonus tip: Create the eye look first, and then you’re free to clean up any smudges with a cotton swab before moving on to the rest of your face.’

Lashes for Days

I tend to go with fake eyelashes for a big night out. Lately, I have noticed that my eyelashes appear longer and thicker with several months of using “It’s a Long Story” Mascara from Arbonne. Either option are great for your New Year’s Eve makeup!

These fake eyelashes come with an easy to apply tool, and I love that they are cruelty-free!

New Year’s Eye Makeup Tip: If you don’t want to use fake eyelashes but want super-plumped looking lashes, try this tip. Simply heat your eyelash curler and hold it under your blow-dryer for 30 seconds. After you make sure it isn’t too hot, use it on your lashes for more volume than ever. Then apply mascara.

Glitter! All the Glitter!

Your New Year’s Eve makeup look needs glitter! NYE is for feeling beautiful and standing out. Try this Unicorn Sparks Glitter Gel. The glitter gel is an aloe vera gel which has organic aloe leaf juice. There are so many fun uses for this spray-on glitter gel.

EyeLiner

If you aren’t already using liquid eyeliner, it’s time to check it out. The thin felt-tip brush makes it easy to start small and build to make the perfect New Year’s Eve makeup look.

If you follow me on Instagram (@healthy.mom.beauty.) then you know that I struggle to put on eyeliner! Here’s what I’ve learned: All you do is start with the top lid, from the inner corner of your eye and work outward using short strokes. Start close to the lashes for a natural look or build it up for a more dramatic NYE look. Look down for a better angle and take a selfie with your eyes closed to check placement.

You are all ready for your night on the town with the perfect New Year’s Eve makeup! But wait! Do you have an outfit? Here are some of my favorites!

 

Winter Skin Care Tips: 15 Product Recommendations!

Winter Skin Care Tips: 15 Product Recommendations!

Winter is here! Use these winter skin care tips to take optimal care of your skin during this season.
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Baby, it’s cold outside! And the heat inside is out of control. Of course, your skin is affected! You may first notice the skin on your arms gets a little dryer than normal and then your lips are chapped constantly.

Dermatologists recommend avoiding hot showers,  using more moisturizer, and drinking more water. Check here for more recommendations.  But, what can you do if you need more intensive ideas for winter skin care?  Check out these winter skin care tips.

Winter Skin Care Tips – Top Product Recommendations


Shea Butter

Light on the skin, heavy on the moisture. This non-greasy, easily spreadable lotion provides quick nourishment for the body. These shea butter products contain Tahitian coconut milk oil and vitamin E to replenish skin’s moisture and help soften and soothe.

With this shea butter collection, literally, every inch of your dry skin is covered!

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Shea Butter Body Wash – Gently cleanses with moisture-rich lather and leaves skin looking supple, soothed and infused with all of the rich, emollient benefits of sustainable shea butter
Shea Butter Body Lotion – Sesame seed oil conditions skin, helping relieve dryness
Shea Butter Hand Wash – Cleanses with moisture-rich lather and leaves skin looking supple, soothed and infused with all of the rich, emollient benefits of sustainable shea butter. Gentle enough to use throughout the day without stripping skin of its essential moisture
Shea Butter Hand Lotion – Replenishes moisture lost throughout the day when skin is exposed to environmental dryness and repeated hand washing
Shea Butter Moisturizing Lip Balm – Ultra-moisturizing formula hydrates lips to provide soft, soothing comfort
Shea Butter Hand Cream – Coconut oil soothes skin and absorbs quickly leaving skin feeling soft

 

Lip Treatment

Focus on your lips! It’s one of the best winter skin care tips I can give you. Chapped lips are the most annoying thing to me! How about you?

This lip treatment helps replenishes moisture to smooth lip texture as well as reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles on and around the lips. Not only is this lip treatment good for winter skin care, but it can also plump lips’ appearance, restoring a youthful, well-defined appearance.

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After 3 days use you will notice improved lip moisture, improvement of lip volume, and firmer lips. You’ll also notice the reduction in wrinkles on your lips!

The targeted formula features an ingredient called Phytinol™, which helps soften the appearance of fine lines on the lips and contours and supports the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Your lips feel replenished, hydrated, and moisturized.

Night Repair Cream

It’s possible to sleep your way to beautiful skin. Your body repairs itself at night while you sleep. Use time wisely! Use this night repair cream as part of your nightly routine. It is formulated with an ultra-hydrating blend of botanicals, plus collagen-supporting ingredients that replenish moisture and deliver essential nourishment to maximize the skin’s natural reparative cycle.

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This is part of the RE9 Advanced line and helps reduce the look of fine lines and deep wrinkles through moisturization — all while you sleep. Winter skin care tips – use the entire line of RE9 Advanced, but be sure to focus on the nighttime repair. Your skin will look and feel amazing in the morning.

 

Elier Mud – Full Body Mask

Yes – a full body mud mask! You can use this mud mask on your face, body, and hair. With regular use, this mask will help protect your skin. Derived from highly organic moor with Peloid Complex®, this mask purifies and infuses skin with vital nutrients, minerals and trace elements while providing powerful free-radical protection and antiseptic properties, leaving skin deeply nourished, replenished and resilient.

Highly organic elier moor mud is known globally for its anti-aging properties. For the face skin mask is perfect for oily and problematic skin care as well as for dry skin.

With the highest level of organic content in the world, rich in nutrients and essential minerals and potent anti-oxidants, Elier Moor Mud Mask is a mask designed to infuse the skin with vital nutrients to help purify the skin while assisting in the reversal of age-related wrinkles and blemishes. Perfect for winter skin car, Elier Moor Mud Mask helps minimize the look of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles, leaving skin looking pure, fresh, hydrated and radiant. Use it on your face, body and even your hair!

Rescue and Renew

Consider a home spa treatment for your winter skin care!  Inspired by ancient Ayurvedic spa practices, this holistic approach to wellness focuses on the body’s flow of energy for the ultimate in self-care. The ritual and products combined help detoxify the body by cleansing the skin’s surface of impurities while also protecting the skin’s moisture barrier.

With the integration of botanical extracts, oils, and minerals with aromatic features sourced from around the world, you’ll emerge from this luxurious ritual with radiant, healthy-looking skin, while pure essential oils like grapefruit and juniper berry aromatically create a sense of harmony and vitality.

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This winter skin care treatment will leave you and your skin rested, refreshed and ready to face the world. Key Botanicals in the collection include:
■ Turmeric Extract — Helps to promote radiant-looking skin
■ Dandelion Extract — Contributes to detoxifying effects that promote the appearance of overall skin health
■ Ginger Root Extract — Helps counteract the look of dull, lackluster skin by enhancing the appearance of skin radiance

Here are the products included in the Rescue and Renew collection for Winter Skin Care:

BATH SOAK
winter skin careRock winter skin care with the Rescue & Renew soak. Sea salt crystals, infused with essential oils, help cleanse and revitalize the appearance of skin.
Features:
– Helps to aid in the removal of surface impurities from the skin while providing a soothing and pampering experience
– Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
– Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin
– Gynecologic, allergy- and dermatologist-tested
– Vegan; certified gluten-free Benefits

Pure, aromatic essential oils from grapefruit, tangerine, lavender, juniper berry, ginger, orange, rosemary are known to create a sense of overall well-being.

MASK
winter skin careThis face mask is perfect for winter skin care. French pink clay acts like a magnet to attrack surface dirt and impurities.  Oil-pulling technology helps to unclog pores by drawing out impurities, dirt, and oils from the surface of the skin.

Features:
– Visibly draws out excess sebum without stripping the skin, helping pores appear smaller through cleansing
– Helps skin appear brighter and promotes the look of smoother, softer, and refreshed-looking skin
– Leaves the complexion looking cleansed and renewed

DETOX SCRUBwinter skin care
Vitamin E, avocado oil, coriander seed oil, and passion fruit seed oil work together to help cure your winter skin issues.

Features:
– Polishes away dry, dead surface cells and surface impurities caused by exposure to environmental aggressors
–   Cleanses to combat the daily wear and tear of environmental exposure and pollution by effectively clearing pores of excess oil, dead skin, and buildup
– Helps improve the appearance of radiant, brightened skin
– Hydrates to promote the appearance of softer and smoother skin, leaving skin feeling touchably soft
– Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
– Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin
– Avocado oil, with moisturizing properties, helps protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier from water loss
– Coriander seed oil, with antioxidants, soothes skin
– Passion fruit seed oil moisturizes skin

DETOX WASH
Features:
– Promotes detoxification of the skin through the removal of surface impurities
– Cleans oil, dirt and other impurities from the skin to help revive lackluster-looking skin
– Helps improve the look of skin’s clarity and brightness
– Hydrates and replenishes moisture content to help skin look softer and smoother
– Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
– Pure, aromatic essential oils from grapefruit and orange are known to create a sense of energy and increased invigoration
– Alfalfa and chicory extracts help improve the appearance of skin tone and smoothness
– Mineral salt helps balance the skin’s appearance, revealing a smoother, brighter surface

OILwinter skin care

Apply this fabulous oil directly to your skin or apply to hands and massage in it. Absorbs best when skin is slightly damp after bathing.

Features:
– Moisturizes to promote skin elasticity, helping dimpled skin appear smooth and toned
– Helps to promote the appearance of healthy, radiant skin
–  Delivers hydration and helps skin to retain moisture
– Improves the appearance of dull, lackluster and tired-looking skin, helping skin look softer and smoother
– Stimulates the skin’s surface with massage
– Pure, aromatic essential oils from orange, lavender, anise, and bergamot are known to create a sense of calm and relaxation
– Vitamin E, with antioxidant properties, helps protect skin’s moisture barrier
– Grape seed and sesame oils moisturize to support collagen, helping to promote firmer-looking skin
– Argan oil, with antioxidants, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids, moisturizes and conditions skin

GELÉE
winter skin careGelee is a must-have for winter skin care because it contains green algae that replenishes the skin’s natural lipid barrier with moisturization to hydrate, lubricate, protect from dryness and nourish the look of skin for a soft, smooth, healthy glow. 

Features:
– Hydrates, cools, and refreshes the skin
– Moisturizes to promote skin elasticity, helping dimpled skin appear smooth and soft
– Provides immediate hydration while also replenishing skin’s natural moisture barrier
– Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
– Shea butter, a body conditioner, helps moisturize dry skin
– Caffeine, with antioxidant properties, brightens the look of skin
– Vitamin E helps skin retain moisture and moisturizes dry skin
– Malachite extract acts as an antioxidant, supports formula’s moisturizing benefits by protecting skin against environmental dryness

 

 

Winter Skin Care Tips:

Here is an easy treatment that you can do at home for winter skin care. You’ll be refreshed and your skin will be renewed. Set your intention before you start this restorative ritual – do a little stretching and take a deep breath as you set your mind to relax. Diffuse essential oils, soak and enjoy.   

Herbal Detox Tea — Starting your ritual with a hot cup of tea will help put you into a state of relaxation and warm your body in preparation for your detoxification treatments. Purchase here. 
Dry brush — Brushing your skin before soaking will help remove impurities from the skin’s surface
Bath Soak — Warm water and soothing minerals will help your relaxation experience continue while you support detoxification
Face Mask — Draws excess sebum from the skin
Scrub — Whether you stay in the tub or transition to use this in the shower, the scrub will help remove any surface impurities and dead skin cells
Wash — Cleanses the body of any surface sebum, dirt or pollutants
Detox Oil — Immediately after bath or shower, protect the skin’s moisture by generously massaging oil all over the body
Lotion or Gelée — Before dressing, finish your spa ritual by supporting ongoing skin hydration

Winter Skin Care Goals

The goal with all of these products is to protect your skin. The key is to moisturize, protect, and repeat! Let me know in the comments if you would like to try any of these products. Or if you have other suggestions – what helps you get through winter?

Guide to Radiant Skin

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