Friday, August 31, 2007

Remember the sunscreen for this Labor Day weekend

The newsletter about the use of sunscreen brought out the best in you guys! Thanks for reading.

Okay, here's the short of it: it's got to be paba free, after all, if you use a microwave and drink water out of plastic; you have already endangered your health enough.

High numbers above 15 are synthetic, so if organic matters to you, keep it at 15 or lower.

UVA and UVB is the key in maximum protection

Barriers work well in conjunction with the numbers: such as a large brimmed hat, sunglasses, light weight cotton long sleeved shirts to wear over your swimsuit when you are not in the water

What the numbers mean: let's say it's 15: that means you have 15 minutes of protection before you need to put some more on.

If you have been sweating or swimming, now you really need to put some more on. Yes, it takes time to absorb into your skin and get the level of protection marked on the bottle. It doesn't matter if it is designer sunscreen or drugstore, you just need to use something. And if you heard the shot glass amount is enough for your whole body, it's true. One full ounce will cover the parts that need covering.

For those skeptics that say wearing sunscreen is bad and blocks the benefits of the sun and Vitamin D absorption: I say, you don't live in the desert do you?

In the SouthWest United States, when we walk from our home, to our car, to our job, into the store, to the mailbox and back, we have got enough Vitamin D rays.

Trust me.

Enjoy the holiday weekend...I"m sure many of you have already started!!

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Soft launch of my new book: part of the Fall 2007 trend workshop

Fall 2007 trend coaching soft launch of the new book

Could you use an image update? Would you be interested in learning the simple secrets to being current in trend yet not look ridiculous?

Spend 2 hours learning the latest trend and how to incorporate it into your everyday life. Individual assesment and coaching provided to maximize your resources: which is cosmetics, time and budget for new items.

Join Makeup University Inc for a cosmetic coaching appointment to update your style. Wardrobe and hair will be covered as well.

To rsvp please call 480-283-5811, this is a small class for maximum individual time and service. Workshop fee is $79. Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex accepted. NO checks.

p.s. I will be doing a soft launch of my new book, and since there is a small number of spaces for coaching clients, if you want to stop by and browse the book and pick up a copy, that's cool. Just rsvp that you are coming and I'll have a signed copy for you. :)
In honor of Labor Day...the chance to kick back by the pool, relax, grill with friends, and look smokin' hot in your retro swimsuit, peep toe heels, large brimmed hat, bug eye sunglasses and of course, the ultimate accesory is a perfect red mouth.

I give you ( drum roll please...) the Makeup University Labor day sale!

My fave reds such as the lip plumping Velvet 1781 or Bravo 1445 plus the book bundle of Bridal Makeup DIY Style along with Celebrity Style Weddings on a Sams Club Budget are included.

The reduced price of Velvet plus the book bundle is $34.95
or, if you prefer a lipstick instead of a lip gloss...

the reduced price of Bravo along with the book bundle is $24.95.

Shipping and handling is $5.95 to the continental United States, AK and HI add an extra dollar, if you are outside of the U.S.A. please contact me for your exact shipping charge to the country you reside in.

Let's all take a moment and savor the labor we've done this year and get geared up for the Holiday season.

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Enjoy the respite!


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Put your peep toes on...Labor Day special

In honor of Labor Day...the chance to kick back by the pool, relax, grill with friends, and look smokin' hot in your retro swimsuit, peep toe heels, large brimmed hat, bug eye sunglasses and of course, the ultimate accesory is a perfect red mouth.

I give you ( drum roll please...) the Makeup University Labor day sale!

My fave reds such as the lip plumping Velvet #1781 or Bravo #1445 plus the book bundle of Bridal Makeup DIY Style along with Celebrity Style Weddings on a Sams Club Budget are included.

The reduced price of Velvet plus the book bundle is $34.95
or, if you prefer a lipstick instead of a lip gloss...

the reduced price of Bravo along with the book bundle is $24.95.

Shipping and handling is $5.95 to the continental United States, AK and HI add an extra dollar, if you are outside of the U.S.A. please contact me for your exact shipping charge to the country you reside in.

Let's all take a moment and savor the labor we've done this year and get geared up for the Holiday season.

For all your cosmetic coaching needs, contact me at or read my green beauty tips at

Enjoy the respite!


Offer expires 09/04/07
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Celebrity Style Weddings on a Sams Club Budget

Okay, here's the preview listing of the new book ( that will not be printed in a hardcopy) that is being released. It's insightful, helpful and can save some serious money. Enjoy the info, and as always, let me know how I can be of help. To order 1 or 100,000, please email me.

Celebrity Style Weddings on a Sams Club Budget:

(Have 100 people eat, drink and be merry at your dream wedding with little or no debt!)

Do you want to have a dream wedding? Do you refuse to go into debt before you start your lives together as husband and wife?

If the average wedding costs $28,000, otherwise known as a new mid sized car, or down payment on a house, how do you get started in your marriage without a financial fight looming behind the honeymoon door?

Simple. Plan your dream wedding and refuse to pay inflated wedding costs. Much of the event can be planned by you, and by following the simple guidelines and shopping in this easy to use digital book, you too can have a memorable, beautiful, dream wedding in celebrity style without going broke before the marriage even starts.

In the book you will learn how to feed a party of 100 from appetizers to cake by doing a portion of your wedding event planning at Sams Club or Costco.

The book includes:

* what Sams Club offers for appetizers, hot food, cold deli plates, and finger noshes for the guests
* how to keep it hot and stay in the food safety regulations...or how to keep it cold
* paying $8 a serving for cake is ridiculous...get the information to have cake at less than a dollar a serving
* the photo service secrets
* drinks all around, the cash bar conundrum and what to do about it
* a gift registry that you can really use with no regifting hassles
* flowers for the entire wedding party, table settings and the a toss away bouquet

There are so many money saving secrets inside this book, plus how to have a Colin Cowie "looking" wedding and reception without his fee. I'll help you walk step by step in the planning and creation of a gorgeous wedding while saving money and frustration.

My goal in this book is to help more brides have their dream weddings, stop fighting about the cost with their soon to be husbands, and relax and enjoy the marriage event.

Say no to being "Bridezilla" and hello to a happy, loving, memorable event!

For more information, please contact me

I ship the cd book within one day of receiving a cleared payment, I use USPS standard mail at $2.50 per bubble package, please visit my other listings on saving money on your wedding day bridal beauty, and as always, thanks for letting me be a part of your once in a lifetime event! Enjoy the information, no refunds.

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Bridal Makeup DIY Style: Your Wedding day beauty

I"ve made some changes to the publishing side of my business. To honor my beauty article writing commitment to, for this season, and possibly longer, I will not print paper versions of my books. From here on out, it will be downloads and cds. Ah, trees are breathing easier already. Below is some details about one of the books, and you can get it at , , & EBAY. Enjoy!

"Bridal Makeup DIY Style: "How To Take Control of Your Wedding Day Beauty"

Almost every bride has everything she needs in her everyday makeup bag to do her wedding day makeup. As a professional makeup artist, I find that most women, especially those with planning a dream wedding on a tight budget, can do their own makeup without the expense of hiring a professional makeup artist for the day.

Bridal beauty needs a few extra steps and a few specific products to make the difference in digital photos. It's these small professional techniques that make the difference from looking nice to looking amazing.

There is even a chapter for the bride who would rather spend her money on cake! If you don't own any makeup, don't plan on hiring an artist but need to have a wedding day makeup look, this book on cd includes a full face for $20 plus the instructions on what to do!

Inside the book you will learn:

* How to use your products for digital photos
* What foundation to choose, where to apply and how
* Making the most of concealer
* The ordered steps to lasting kiss proof lipstick
* Signature lipstick and why
* What products you need...some photograph better than others, learn which!
* Stains are the secret
* False eyelash myths,uses and which brand is best
* Mascara that doesn't run or flake
* Which tools to use and why...hint...this is the secret to a professional makeup artist look

There is so much information in this simple, easy to follow makeup book that a bride can use on her wedding day, plus incorporate into her everyday beauty routine.

The book format is on cd and convenient for destination weddings, for cruise ship weddings and for the professionally planned events. You can read the book, print the pages you need for reference at your wedding site, then also make a copy of the bridal makeup shopping list for convenience at Sephora!

As a professional artist, I have been making faces for over 12 years and have worked on thousands of faces. Some of my favorite clients are the brides! Thanks for letting me share with you what I have learned along the way.

* p.s. if you do want to hire a professional artist for your wedding day, please visit my website for the free article on " Everything you need to know to hire a makeup artist for your wedding but didn't know to ask"

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

See you at the Festival!

This is such a "must" for small and local business in the Phoenix Valley...give them a try! See you at the festival!
Local First announces 3rd Fall Festival provides deal for members... SeaSaw highlighted

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Saturday, Sept 8
Nutrition 101
12-1 PM at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Center
3201 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix
Free lecture by Dr. Toni Vaughan. Learn the fundamentals of optimal nutrition. Carbs, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals: Why do we need them?
Presented by the Back Rub Co.
To register: Call Tiffany at 480-330-2066

Wednesday, Sept 12
Lamar Everyday Spa
6:30-8:30 PM
5155 North Scottsdale Road
Mix and mingle with business owners from the Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Admission $5 for GPGLCC members, $10 nonmembers.
Check here for details.

Wednesday, Sept 19
AZCR / Local First
Member Mixer

Changing Hands Bookstore
5:30 - 7:30 PM
6428 S. McClintock Dr. Tempe
Come out for a fun night of networking, noshing and nosing through books. Check out their website:

Saturday, October 13
Understanding Food Labels 12-1 PM at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Center
3201 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix
Free lecture by Dr. Toni Vaughan. Recognize healthy ingredients and create strategies to navigate the market.
Presented by the Back Rub Co.
To register: Call Tiffany at 480-330-2066

Saturday, October 20
Roosevelt Row Harvest Festival
Make your reservations now to participate in this fun event. Live Music, Beer Garden, Independent Vendors, Kids Activities. Vendor information can be found at or click here

Saturday, Nov 3
Indulgence in the Park
Murphy Park, Glendale

This is a fundraiser for Soroptimist International of the Kachinas - a service organization promoting the welfare of women and girls. They are seeking vendors who offer products or services that women love:handbags, skincare, jewelry, art, home d├ęcor, kitchen gadgets, candles, soaps, and more. For a vendor application, call Heather Burton at Plate It Up: 623-937-1267 or
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Hey everybody, it's that time of year again!

Time to start thinking about free food, free 10-minute massages, lots of live music, kids' games, jumping castles, free tree giveaways, great raffle prizes and all the best Arizona has to offer.

AZCENTRAL VOTEIt's the 3rd ANNUAL LOCAL FIRST ARIZONA / AZCR FALL FESTIVAL. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 10th at Duck and Decanter on 16th Street and Camelback. Map

Members and friends, there are 5 ways to participate:
1. You can be a vendor at the event. We are looking for fun, interactive booths. We're anticipating more than 3,000 festival-goers this year. (Last year, Spinato's Pizza went through 1400 slices of pizza and had a big spike in business in the months after the event). You can rent a full booth for $185 or a half booth for $100. Booths consist of three 7' tables with a canopy. To reserve space, call Kimber: (480) 835 7131.

2. You can supply us with 500 promotional items for us to stuff our "Goodie Bags" that will go to the first people who arrive that day. Past items include BedMart sleep masks, magnets, Consolidated Auto Sales pens, great coupons and fliers. Cost to stuff the bags and hand them out: $25. Deadline is October 27th ~ items will need to be dropped off at the Duck and Decanter, attention Tod.

3. You can become sponsor. If your business does not lend itself to a retail booth, you can sponsor the Kids' Jumping Castle, the live music stage, or the event itself. We are creating customized sponsorships to suit your needs. Call Kimber at (480) 835-7131 for details.

4. You can become a volunteer! We will need help organizing the raffle, assembling Goodie Bags, setting up tents, running the Local First Booth, and promoting the event! We can promise you'll feel good about yourself and you'll have fun while you're at it! Volunteers call Tiffany from the Back Rub Company at (480) 330 2066

5. You can simply show up! Mark your calendar today and bring your friends. Tell your employees and invite your customers and vendors!
Friday Deadline looms for Super Bowl
Opportunities abound for locals to play in Big Game

The deadline to submit vendor applications for the NFL's Emerging Business Program is is FRIDAY, August 31. This initiative helps ensure diverse businesses will be participating in the Super Bowl in Glendale.
For forms, a resource guide, participation rules, and a list of services the Super Bowl committee needs, please visit

The application deadline is THIS FRIDAY.
Premier Barter offers discounts
Membership fees yield donation to Local First Arizona

Premier Barter helps businesses utilize the powerful tool of bartering to give them an edge over their competition, to decrease cash expenses, and to increase profits.
premier barterThrough September 30, in honor of its 4th anniversary, Premier Barter is taking $400 off its membership fee for AZCR / Local First members. Our members' cost will be only $195 - a $595 value! Plus, for every membership developed with this program, Premier Barter will make a donation to AZCR / Local First.

After September 30, all AZCR / Local First members will receive $200 off Premier Barter membership. To learn more about this program, please contact Barry or Catherine Cohen, (602) 470-8020 x12.
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Wist offers special pricing, account for Local First Arizona

Wist Office Products
, a local independent office-supply dealer has offered to extend discounted pricing to all Arizona Chain Reaction / Local First members while providing a cash donation back to Local First.

wistWist Office Products provides on-line ordering; nationwide free next-day delivery and never requires a minimum order.

Local First Arizona and Wist have created a special account for "small member" orders. Visit
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If your business has larger needs and would like a custom account with these same benefits - or if you have any questions - please contact Heather Rodriguez with Wist Office Products, 480-921-2900 X118. rewards shoppers Free listing service helps you reach women consumers

myvalleypassArizona Chain Reaction / Local First Arizona members are invited to partner with MyValleyPass.Com - a web-based business that brings together female consumers with a network of first rate independents throughout the Valley.

Consumers present their membership pass when visiting partners and receive exclusive offers on products and services from salons and spas to home improvement and shopping to pet care. Consumers learn about new partners via the website, E-blasts and direct mail.

There is no cost to list with MyValleyPass. They are also providing new partners with 25 customized passes to distribute to customers as a thank you! Call Joan at 480-220-2858 or email
In the News: SeaSaw Chef applauded NPR highlights independents vs. chain fight in Austin

seasaw From AZ Magazine: One weeknight this past May, having just returned from New York City, where he had won a coveted James Beard Award from a field of heavyweight culinary contenders, chef Nobuo Fukuda was busy doing what he does best: cooking. Full story...

From National Public Radio: In Austin, a beloved Tex-Mex cafe is preparing to move to make way for a giant new Marriott hotel, and people are plenty upset about it. The controversy has raised anew the question: Is success ruining Austin? Listen to the full story...
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Monday, August 27, 2007

REVLON outlet store "Happy Hour" & the item of the week

FYI...just in case you are not on the Makeup University newsletter list, I wanted to remind you that Tuesdays at the Revlon outlet store in Phoenix between 4-6 pm gives an extra 20% off all items. It's a cosmetic "Happy Hour"!

Also, the item of the week is the Almay Intense Eye Pencil for $2.79, and if you are shopping during the happy hour, it will be an extra 20% off.

For models, makeup artists and ladies looking to stock up on items, this is a great place to shop for kit building product at incredible savings.

An overview of the items that could be available can be seen at

Remember, this is an outlet store and will have a warehouse feel to it, though there are sales associates available to help you find what you are looking for.

Enjoy the treasure hunt and if you have questions on the location and hours, call the store directly at 602-352-2800.

Now, if you have questions about how to apply your new found makeup treasures, contact me through the website,


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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Vitamin C and the OPEC of Vitamin C

A popular anti-aging ingredient for skin is Vitamin C. In anti-aging treatments Vitamin C is the most effective ingredient. The skin receives many good benefits from Vitamin C. Not only does this vitamin help get rid of the free radicals that can damage your skin but it also helps your body increase the production of collagen. The majority of cosmetic and skin products include vitamin C.

I bring this up today because when it comes to vitamin C and your skin, the cosmetic products that you use and the benefits you get can vary widely.

For instance: did you know that the last U.S.A. vitamin C plant closed in 2006?

I quote the Seattle Times, June 3, 2007 article: "China Corners the Vitamin Market" 'In less than a decade, China has captured 90 percent of the U.S. market for vitamin C, driving almost everyone else out of business. Chinese pharmaceutical companies also have taken over much of the world market...According to an industry group, China makes 70 percent of the worlds penicillin, 50 percent of its aspirin and 35 percent of its acetaminophen (often sold under the brand name Tylenol", as well as the bulk of vitamins A, B12,C and E.' The Wall Street Journal has dubbed the situation "OPEC of Vitamin C".

So here's my suggestion for your cosmetic vitamin C needs: shop locally and look for labels that say "Made in the USA". For resource on Arizona local and independent stores, visit:
Next, use the database included in the website for more resources and information.

Also, I trust these brands: Arbonne International, Zia Natural Skincare, and Ecco Bella. They are Earth friendly, plus responsible when it comes to recycling, reusing and reducing.
If you would like some "do it yourself" beauty, try this simple at home facial mask:Mix 2 egg whites with four tablespoons of fresh orange juice. Apply to the face and let sit for 15 minutes until dry. Rinse well with warm water.

The results are tightened pores and brighter skin.
Where to get oranges locally?

If you are in the Phoenix Valley, visit The Orange Patch off of the Loop 202 and Val Vista. They are worth the trip!

Now you can eat your vitamin C and wear it too!

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Back to School Fall trend and tips

Welcome back to school! One of the best parts of a new school year is the fall style line up and getting to buy a new wardrobe and accessories! Especially new accessories like makeup.

Each season the cosmetic industry puts out a "color story" or trend. This fall is no different and there are two main looks to include in your back to school wardrobe.

My favorite is the return to 1940's noir glamour. Here is the one item you must get for your Fall look: a great red lipstick. Preferably matte red. A nice, deep, dark tone of red. I have some favorite brands to recommend to you because of the companies commitment to the environment and botanical ingredients. Take a look at and experience these:

1. Arbonne International "Frankly Scarlett". The company is highly devoted to Earth with recycling efforts, use of post-consumer plastics and papers in their packaging, plus only using sustainable resources in their products that are pure, safe and beneficial.

2. Aveda "Uruku Annatto". Aveda has long been an early pioneer of botanical ingredients with minimal packaging that is 100% post consumer recycled materials.

3. Cargo Plantlove "Joshua Tree". Cargo has created this lipstick in an environmentally sound compostable tube. It's not as red as I would like, but I regularly drive through the Joshua Tree Forest here in Arizona, and the color will work for our second Fall trend.

4. Lorac "Explore". As a company, there are some efforts towards recycling, and I only mention this one because it is by far the best color, texture and slip I have found in a matte red lipstick. It's also known as being the "Moulin Rouge" lipstick worn by Nicole Kidman as Satine in the Baz Luhrmann film of the same name.

Now here's how you wear that red lipstick and make it look fabulous:
Start by exfoliating your lips with either your toothbrush while you are brushing or a soft textured facial scrub, keep your lips hydrated with a moisturizing balm, use an over the counter tooth whitener (I like Crest Whitestrips for ease of use and good results on a budget...visit their website for free coupons:, line your lips with a nude liner and apply your lipstick with a brush for the best application that doesn't get squirrely on you and begin to resemble Bob the lead singer from the Cure.

Next, pair that amazing red mouth with a full brow and black or eggplant shade eye liner and you've got your 1940's glamour going on! A creme pot eye liner or liquid eye liner will give you the most dramatic effect. So for your "daytime going to school" version of this look; try wetting a slant tip brush, dip it into your dark purple shadow and make a soft smudgy line close to your eyelashes. You still get the drama with out the "queen for a day" look.

Our second Fall trend is a return to a "fresh scrubbed" look. Here, it's simple. You must have amazing skin to pull it off. The look is built around healthy vibrant skin that is dewy and moisturized, put a light gloss on the lips, follow with a soft coat of mascara, wear a fuller eyebrow ( hold in place with clear gel ) and sheer cheek Tarte, Lorac Sheerwash or Benefit Benetint.

It's simple, easy and can go from school day to football game party with the addition of your great red lipstick.

If you are wondering where the "less is less" comes from, it's not the's the carbon impact.

This school year, why not decide to start off right by starting with less.

I challenge you to commit to recycling in your house or dorm room. Reusing: get at least two uses out of each product you purchase. Finally, reducing your carbon impact. Maybe you plant a tree, carpool, ride your bike more, or switch to a fluorescent light bulbs.

You can test your carbon impact and learn more by visiting:

Remember, beauty is more about who you are on the inside than how you look on the outside.

For your green beauty, red lips and solar tanning needs, please visit me at

To learn more about reducing/reusing/recycling...please visit ... especially if you are on your way to Burning Man.

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Air travel with a raisin free face and extra Holiday grace

Did you know that the official retail season begins on August 1st?

It's start slowly with "Back to School". Then gains speed with Memorial Day weekend. Before you know it, full tilt with Octoberfests and Halloween. Followed by a slippery fast paced slide into Thanksgiving then whoosh! Right into Christmas. Hallelujah, what a ride.

I bring this to your attention because you may be going to the lake, tubing, or grilling with friends in the backyard for Memorial Day. Before you know it, you will have air travel plans for somewhere delightful.

Air travel, and any travel, whether it is by train, plane or automobile causes stress on the skin. If you are like me, it's the stress plus the massive amount of cappuccino I've consumed to add to the dehydration that stress causes. The main place this shows up is on your face. Exactly where everyone and anyone is looking at you when you interact in your travel.

If you could, would you be interested in a way to turn back the stress, relieve the appearance of it on your face, and rejuvenate your senses a bit while traveling and enjoying the soon to be here holidays?

It's one simple step. A spring water atomizer.

This is a can of spring water in a delivery system similar to aerosol, but not quite the same. There are two different brands to choose from, they come in two different sizes: small and large. Think carry-on or check-in?

I recommend a small can for carry-on and at anytime you feel like it, hold the atomizer about 8 inches away from your face and give it a good, light, satisfying, refreshing mist.

If you are wearing makeup, allow the mist to dry, then using a press and roll motion with your fingers covered in a tissue or a velvet puff, re-set your makeup. Don't rub. It will smear your makeup and defeat the whole " refreshing", "rejuvenating" affect we are aiming for.

The inside cabin of an airplane, in my opinion, has enough oxygen to barely sustain life, and is not enough to keep your skin plump and healthy looking. Your skin when dehydrated loses elasticity and when pinched, will not return quickly to it's normal position.

If you drink caffeine or consume alcohol suddenly you turn into one big raisin faced traveler strapped into a metal tube hurtling along through space.

Now, what to do with that can when it is empty? Some are recyclable and will be marked according. So check it before you put it out at the curb in the blue box. If it is not recyclable, save them for when the kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and neighbor kids are over.

The cans can be decorated by covering with colored construction paper and be made into: flags for Memorial Day, pumpkins for Halloween, turkeys for Thanksgiving and dressed up as a Christmas tree for Christmas and a menorah for Hanukkah. Oy! Now put it on the mantle or front lawn for decoration.

So to save face while traveling, please consider a spring water atomizer. I know you will enjoy it.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Welcome to the Redneck Fishing Tournament, here's your collagen facial

Or should I say, "how to control weeds and wrinkles with the same cure".

To begin this story, let me introduce you to the Redneck Fishing Tournament held in Bath, a remote river town south of Havana, Illinois. This event requires no lures and no tackle box. What it does require is a large net, safety goggles and a boat.

A few years back, in an effort to control weeds in the Great Lakes region of rivers, the game and fish department introduced an exotic and non-native species of fish called the bighead and silver asian carp.

They consume vast amounts of plankton that native species feed on. Hence, we have some really fat carp and some starving native fish, birds, beavers, raccoons and snails. The asian carp reproduces as fast as it eats and has no natural predator in the Great Lakes region. Their population is literally clogging the waterways for other fish, birds, wildlife and boat traffic.

In the Redneck Fishing Tournament, where the only two rules are: no poles and to fish at your own risk, all you have to do to win is catch the largest flying carp in your net. Yes, I said flying. The large and strong fish when agitated or startled, fling themselves out of the water and high into the air.

I know it sounds funny and there are some humorous photos and video clips on the internet, though it is actually more serious. Too many carp are starving and destroying the local plant and animals meaning the Great Lakes are being destroyed and there is no way other than hundreds of years in elapsed time and preservation plus reduction of the carp population to repair the damage.

That is until, the homo sapiens needed a facial.

I girded myself with research, facts and science to be a part of the solution for the asain carp overpopulation in the Great Lakes of the United States of America.

But what can one makeup artist do?

Teach you about consuming cosmetic products that contain the asian carp collagen. That is one bonus to this big fish, their skin is literally packed with oily lipids and collagen. Everything a wrinkle needs to be wiped out!

Another bonus to the asian carp collagen filled skin is that the carp are a vegetarian fish. This means extremely low risk of toxins transfered transdermally from the fish to your face.

There are only a few companies right now that are using the asian carp collagen and they are harvesting the carp from the United States.

So here's what you can do today to help make a difference for our precious Earth environment while being part of the solution for the Great Lakes preservation:

1. If you enjoy collagen based products,such as; face wash, anti-aging serum, wrinkle filling serums or peptide technology based collagen enhancers, look for those that contain asian carp collagen.
2. Write your state Congressman and Senators about promoting the sale of Great Lake carp collagen and use in cosmetic products.
3. Make asain carp for dinner. Below is a recipe to try. Be brave and tell me how it is.

This recipe was found on and if you see the bottom, originated at

Carp Tacos (very apropo since I live in Arizona and love tacos)


• 1 pound ground carp
• 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1 package taco seasoning
• 1/2 cup water
• Sliced tomato (or salsa)
• 12 flour tortillas
• Shredded lettuce
• Grated cheddar cheese
• Taco sauce
• Sour cream

Before shredding the fish, remove mud vein, or redish-brown section of meat. Cook the shredded fish in the oil until its color changes. Add the taco seasoning and water. Cook until nearly dry, stirring occasionally. Heat flour tortillas in a dry fry-pan, turning to lightly brown on both sides. They should still be soft and pliable when warm. Fill each tortilla with fish mixture. Add grated cheese, taco sauce, lettuce, tomato chunks (or salsa) and top with sour cream.

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