Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Send in your prayer requests!

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How to video: a wee word of encouragment for the ladies!

Fall Beauty Guide

Look polished in a pinch by following these fresh hair and makeup tricks

Fall Beauty Guide

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Makeup artist Sue Devitt and celeb hairstylist George Papanikolas show us how to create fall's hottest beauty trends -- in mere minutes.

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Hi friends!
Wow, I just so have been waking up with joy lately! I know that when I look around I am surrounded by negative reports and things look a bit grim. Then on top of that negative report there are so many of you precious young girls; the tweens, teens, and single moms going back to school.

Oh how challenging it can be to balance home/family/work/school/finances and on top of all that look and feel pretty!

Well today I have a short how to video for you to help encourage you.

See I am a fan of the being the first one to tell me how my day is going to be when I wake up. In fact, I know that how I think and say about me is how others around me are going to perceive me-so I need to get right from the start!

I command my morning-I encourage myself and my son with the word of God and what He says about me, not what the world does.

So I remind myself that I am highly favored of God, that everything I put my hand to prospers and that I am being overtaken by the blessings right now!

You know I have a friendly challenge for you: how about for the next ten days you wake up and say three amazing things to yourself and about yourself! Write them down on a note card or a sticky note and put it on the bathroom mirror, the coffee maker, the refrigerator or in your wallet. Wherever you are going to look first!

Say things along the lines like Stuart Smalley from the SNL episode. Tell yourself:
-I am the righteousness of God
-I am highly favored, everyone who sees me favors me
-I am being overtaken by blessings right now!

Woo hoo! Shout it! Say it like you mean it! You can do it! If you don't tell yourself something good about you, who will?

Today is August 31st and there are ten days til Rosh Hashana which is the Jewish new year and I say that you spend the next 10 days encouraging yourself for the beginning of the new year.

Not Jewish? Neither am I, but Rosh Hashana is in the Bible and if God celebrates it so do I!

Enjoy the video and remember to comment on the blog archive posts that giveaways because I will be pulling winning names today!

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Coupon: 2 for $20 haircuts at AZ Hair Co.

Build Your Beauty Survival Kit

See how to get your biggest beauty blunders fixed in a pinch

Build Your Beauty Survival Kit

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Experts weigh in on how to make your purse your beauty survival kit, so that you're prepared when beauty disasters like zits and pit stains happen.

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Hey! Quick note if you and your kids or friends or anyone you know that has hair and needs a cut-here is a coupon for Arizona Hair Co. I have been going to Star Flores at the Tempe Market Place salon for almost a year now. I'm really happy with my hair cuts, she also cuts the Mancub's style and my favorite thing about her is that I feel like she listens to me when I'm talking to her about how I want my hair to look.

Enjoy the coupon and go see Star or visit another AZ Hair Co. near you!

2 Haircuts For $20.00!
Every Tuesday! August 31st thru September 28th

$7.50 Off Any Color&Cut or Perm&Cut of $60 or more
Valid Saturdays and Sundays Only - August 29th thru September 26th

Please print your coupons and present them at any one of our 24 Valley locations.
To find the location nearest you, visit us at www.arizonahairco.com

p.s. wow I still can hardly believe that Oprah is going off the air! Well, not permanently but the manin Kingsworld produced show is...it spawned Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and who knows how far reaching it has been! Look on her website for her hair through the decades! www.oprah.com
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New how to video-Karmissie: delux threader kit

Best Maybelline Beauty Products

From lipsticks to foundation to mascara, see which products Total Beauty readers applaud

Best Maybelline Beauty Products

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No. 16: Maybelline New York Mineral Powder Finishing Veil Translucent Loose Powder, $9.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8

No. 16: Maybelline New York Mineral Powder Finishing Veil Translucent Loose Powder, $9.99

"This one is inexpensive and the payoff is fantastic …"

No. 15: Maybelline New York Cool Effect Cooling Shadow/Liner, $5.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.1

No. 15: Maybelline New York Cool Effect Cooling Shadow/Liner, $5.99

"It looks great for day and night …"

No. 14: Maybelline New York Lip Polish Lip Gloss, $5.79

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.2

No. 14: Maybelline New York Lip Polish Lip Gloss, $5.79

"It's not too sticky or too shiny, and has just enough color in it …"

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!

Hey there my sweet friends! Happy Monday to you! I tell you what I just woke up with a song in my heart and joy on my mind! Stir it up in yourself! You can choose to be happy or you can choose to look at circumstance, so I say, choose joy! Oh and speaking of joy...
Here I am holding the Karmissie at home hair threader system by Anita Sun who built her career in aesthetics for the skin.

She was taught the ancient art of hair threading by her mom and turned it into a career and now into a help for busy ladies who can't get into the salon or due to the economy are cutting back on beauty treatments.
I think that the initial investment in a Karmissie will pay off triple fold once you start using it.

I watched, yes, for real, I watched the dvd instructions, and then got started. I practiced several times with the button on the Karmissie but have found that I really prefer the "see saw" method of pinching the two ends of the X shaped threads together.
I found that getting the fine hairs along the jaw close to my ears are difficult and will definately need some more skill honing. So for right now, that area on my face is a bit patchy.

You can see in the photo I am using the numbing lotion. Seriously, it's a nice feature but I found I didn't need it. I'm saving mine for my next tattoo session and will be using the Karmissie on the
bare skin-no pain numbing lotion needed!

I say that and something you should know about my personality is that I also really enjoy going to the dentist and all the scraping.

The chalk powder is really helpful to make the hair more visible. The first time I used it when doing my cheeks/jawline, but I found that on the

second try I didn't need the chalk on the jaw. I definately needed it between the eyebrows and along the brow line for making a clean line.

I'm sad to say that my big bushy thick eyebrows are gone. The ones that I grew in using the Revitabrow product have vanished and now I am back to my normal thin, lighter brown brows that are actually darkened and shaped with eyeshadow in the photos and video below. Now visit the website www.karmissie.com to get yours, and the video below is a live unedited session of me testing the Karmissie at home hair threader. Watch me do it and see how easy it is, so know that you too can do it! Enjoy!

p.s. Remember to comment on the different giveaways because I pull the winners on August 31st!

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

p.s.s. I c an hardly believe that Oprah is going off the air and that the new final season starts in 14 days !

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Teenage acne cleared with DERMERA!

Post-Summer Skin Repair

See if your skin needs rehab or just an intervention

Post-Summer Skin Repair

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If we try to make your skin go to rehab, will you say no, no, no? Take this quiz to find out how bad you may have damaged it this summer and how to repair it.

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Okay my friends and loved ones, I have been sitting on this product story for awhile because I needed to hear back from a young man who I had lent this product to. See, I rarely, very occasionally get a pimple let alone a full breakout. To that statement I praise God and knock on wood! So, he was shy about doing photos and I can understand that not all are ready to just hang it all out there like myself. So he tested the product and used it for a full two weeks; enough time to let the skin work half way through a 28 day cycle of natural occuring shedding, and guess what? Success! He is experiencing a clearing up of red bumps and whiteheads, along with a smoothing of blackheads along the nose and chin. Phew! I'm so glad of that because it's one thing if I try a product and it doesn't work, but it's another to ask a teenager with a fragile disposition to test something and have his hopes built up and then have the product not deliver on the promise. So amen to that, this line worked for him and perhaps could work for you? It's reasonable at $29 for the 3 products. Below are some testimonies from others about it, and if you want to know more or order, just go to: www.dermera.com ! Enjoy!
After years of using different products, this worked for my problem skin. I would recommend it to anyone who wants clearer skin.

After dealing with hormone induced acne for 5 months, I found this product. I am so happy I tried it! I've used it for exactly a week now and my blemishes are 90% cleared up! I couldn't be happier! I will continue to use this product.

Most acne products are extremely drying and leave my skin tight and flaky without even giving good results. This product does an excellent job at calming inflammation, and after only a week of use, I'm noticing that my skin is clearing up.

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ASPIRE Med Center: get fresh for fall with Dr. Jason Michaels

Pantene Challenge

Total Beauty readers try new Pantene hair care products in lieu their usual ones

Pantene Challenge

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See if our readers prefer Pantene's new hair care products to the pricier ones they were using.

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Hello my friends and happy Saturday!

I am such a fan of Dr. Michaels and his simple approach to maintenance and anti-aging techniques. If you need a friend in the business, I think you can trust Dr. Jason Michaels to help you reach your beauty goals.

Visit his website at www.aspiremedcenter.com for more details!

In the meantime, I am busy with Mancub mania and the big birthday party. We had a small get together on Thursday to celebrate the actual day, and now this weekend is the whole enchilada! Speaking of enchilada, we ate out at the new Matta's in Mesa Riverview tonight-it's nice, but does not have the charm of the Main st. location that is now closed or the family friendliness of the Higley restaraunt. If you are a tourist and don't know any better about the other locations than you won't notice a difference, but as a local eating here it was no different other than higher prices than eating at a Baja Fresh.

I'm going to get some beauty rest! More soon!
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Free Friday! Win Moore Unique skincare!

Hairstyle Basics

Did you flunk beauty school? Time to revisit Classic Hairstyles 101 with this handy guide

Hairstyle Basics

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Hairstyle trends come and go, but the classics -- they're here to stay. See how to give yourself the perfect blow out, curls, ponytail and bun.

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Oh yeah! It's giveaway the goodies Friday!
Look at this photo to see what's available in the line,
then read the details and comment to win!
One of you lucky readers will win this skincare set by commenting on this blog post about why you need to revitalize your skin! Open to anyone 18 years of age or older and that lives in the continental United States of America. Enjoy the information and get commenting to win!
Here's the details about the skin care line by Dr. Milton Moore;
Shaving Solutions
· Silky Hydroglide: The first product by Moore Unique made specifically for women, Silky Hydroglide lubricates, moisturizes, and treats dry and irritated skin, for the closest nick-free shave possible. It is great for use on the legs, underarms and bikini line and prevents razor burn, rash and bumps making it ideal for sensitive skin. Silky Hydroglide can be used both as a shave gel and an after shaving lotion to regenerate healthy, smooth skin. Price: $6.99

· Razor Rash Relief: The revolutionary, patented cream treatment soothes skin after shaving and, with proper and consistent use, prevents future razor burn, rash, and PFB (shaving bumps caused by ingrown hairs). Formulated with anti-bacterial salicylic acid and micro-molecular technology, this emollient smoothes the skin surface, softens the hair to be shaved, and prevents new growth hair from turning back into the skin. Treats razor burn, sensitive skin, and ingrown hairs. Price: $12.99

Multitasking Products for the Face & Body

•Clear Skin Acne Wash: Potent yet gentle formula containing emulsifying, deep cleansing colloidal sulphur and anti-bacterial salicylic acid to effectively exfoliate dead skin cells, clean pores, reduce oil, and clear acne on face and body. Treats acne, whiteheads and blackheads, oily skin, clogged pores. Price: $7.99

· Body Scrub Lotion: This cool and refreshing emollient Body Scrub Lotion has natural grains that clear away dry skin cells for smoother feeling skin. Includes invigorating ingredients that exfoliate rough, dry skin and help regenerate new cell growth. Price: $12.99

· Hydrate Facial & Body Wash : Formulated especially for sensitive skin. Mildly exfoliates while gently cleansing, moisturizing, and reducing the signs of aging. Excellent for relieving eczema, rashes, and mild to moderate acne. Price: $8.99

· Bath, Body and Hair Oil: Lock in moisture! A mineral rich moisturizer for dry skin and hair. Targeted to men and women with severe dry skin and dry scalp as well as dry, brittle, chemically treated hair conditions. This all-in-one moisture treatment can be used daily during the bath to replenish moisture to the skin. The bath oil has a dual purpose since it can be applied to hair to prevent it from being dry and brittle. It adds lustrous shine to hair. For those with more severe dry skin conditions, prepare skin with Hydroglide™, and then apply Bath-body and Hair Oil. 8.0 oz. Price: $7.99
About Dr. Milton Moore:

Dr. Milton Moore is a Houston, Texas-based Dermatologist and the founder of Moore Unique Skin Care. Dr. Moore began his career as a dermatologist in Houston in 1985, after completing his residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington , DC . Dr. Moore started his own private practice, Moore Unique Laser Surgery and Dermatologic Care in 1985. Dr. Moore is a member of the American Medical Association, National Medical Association, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgeons, and the American Academy of Dermatology. For more information, please visit www.mooreunique.com
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PEACE: the roll on oil & that surpasses all understanding!

Copy Christina Hendricks' "Winged" Eyeliner

Follow these steps to recreate her fresh makeup look

Copy Christina Hendricks'

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Many celebs have been rocking the "winged" eyeliner trend lately -- you can too by following these simple steps.

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Hello dear friends! This week has been such a whirlwind! Mancub's school schedule ramped up,
his soccer is starting again, it's his birthday this week which means we spend most of the week celebrating and it culminates this weekend with an all out hurrah and kegger Kindergarten style! Phew! On top of that; it's work, a conference, the writing, the planning, the blah blah blah!

So when this Bath by Bettijo organic PEACE aromatherapy stick showed up for the blog it had perfect timing! I have used my roll on stick several times and the fragrance is lovely, the texture and roll of the oil is soft, and absorbing leaving no funky oily residue, it just sort of glides on and seeps in. I'm really enjoying it and this is a fellow Phoenix Arizona business so let's here a big shout out for the state making a come back! Woo hoo!

Now, just don't take my word for it, visit www.bathbybettijo.com or read the details below, then get some! It's perfect for a destination wedding bride who needs to calm her nerves, or the hectic schedule of a back to school student who needs to even out the pace of the new semester. I think you will be happy that you gave it a try, so try it! Below is some more about the product!

NEW! Organic Aromatherapy Sticks

More than a pretty smell. Bath By Bettijo's Organic Aromatherapy Roll-On Sticks deliver therapeutic serums that will help you feel better. These unique formulas include only Certified Organic Essential Oils, providing a drug-free way to deal with daily bothers. Featuring a convenient and mess-free, roll-on applicator for aromatherapy on the go.


SLEEP – Organic Lavender and Cedarwood Essential Oils quiet your mind so you can get the rest you need. Roll on temples and wrists at bedtime for sweet dreams.

ENERGY – Give yourself a caffeine-free kick. This stick gives you a natural boost using Organic Citrus Essential Oils. Roll on wrists and breathe deeply for a refreshing wake-up call at any hour.

PEACE – In need of a tranquil escape? Inhale this calming blend with Organic Bergamot, Eucalyptus and Spearmint Essentials Oils. Reminiscent of a trip to the spa, breathe deeply and exhale away stress.

RELIEF – An all-natural remedy for everyday tension and dull headaches with the analgesic benefits of Organic Peppermint Essential Oil.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

New how to video: encouragement is beautiful!

Celebrity Beauty Trends to Try (and Avoid!)

hould you create the latest looks seen on celebrities like Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham? Find out here

Celebrities inspire us with their always evolving hair and makeup looks, but they can get also away with beauty extremes that most of us mere mortals could never pull off in real life. Check out the latest celebrity beauty trends to try -- and to avoid.

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Hey lovely ladies, friends and moms and gals stopping by;
Lately you have so been on my mind and more importantly on my heart. I just feel like you have been feeling sad, lonely, depressed and no where near beautiful in fact not even cute.

I want to share with you that you are beautiful even on the days when your clothes don't fit, your mascara runs and a pimple sprouted overnight.

I have had those days and if you are having one right now, remember; you are gorgeous just where you are. At the weight and size you are-and don't let anyone else tell you different.

You were made in the image and likeness of God Almighty-so when you wonder what He looks like go take a look in the mirror, because He looks like you!

Here's a little video to help you out:

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Henna help! & ONE Natural Body Soap

One Woman Chops It All Off for Locks of Love

Total Beauty reader Bradi goes from below-the-boob hair to a stylish bob

One Woman Chops It All Off for Locks of Love

This is a TotalBeauty.com makeover article

Locks of Love and Nexxus joined forces to inspire people to donate their hair for a good cause. See one real woman's hair makeover.

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Hello friends! I need your help please! The blog received these lovely samples of Surya Henna Brasil Powder.

I have several shades for you to choose from:

Red, Dark Brown, Stawberry Blonde, Golden Blonde and Light Blonde!

If you use henna, here is a great chance to sample a new product line for free! All you need to do is write me with your shipping address,then use the product and take a before and after photo and send it to me with a description of your experience.

I color my hair but it's a mix of L'Oreal, Clairol and some jug of stuff I get from Sally's. I have since learned that once you henna your hair, you can't mix traditional chemical hair color with it-by this I mean that you can't henna your hair this month and then chemcially color your hair next month. So, why not try these for free? Email me already! And to help encourage you please watch this wee video:

Now this next product review is of One Natural body Soap-and here's a lil' blurby about it:

THINK: Clean body, clear conscience.
WHAT IT IS: A calming clean that’s as kind to the body as it is to the planet. Start the day with the refreshing relaxation of ONE Bar Soap for inner and outer peace. With ONE, green living goes beyond the ingredient list and extends to the packaging. ONE Bar Soaps are sold in recyclable, biodegradable paper sleeves, for an eco-conscious clean. With soothing scents and earth-friendly containers, ONE Bar Soap offers a clean that cares.

Infused with essential oils instead of harmful artificial chemicals, the Bar Soap awakens skin and soothes the soul with every shower. Formulated with glycerin and natural oils for a pure cleanse, each soap comes in a 100% recyclable paper sleeve—because true beauty doesn’t damage the earth.
AVAILABLE SCENTS: Just For Me! (the break you deserve), Peace (for deep relaxation), Sweet Honey (a sugary treat), Citrus Peel (for a fresh clean), Blast from the Past (like a long-lost favorite) and Extra Virgin (the perfect fall fragrance).
WHAT IT COSTS / WHERE TO FIND IT: $6.49 Target Stores, Target.com / $5.99 Walgreens.com

You know I personally try everything ( ok, except the henna for hair) and it does smell nice, washes well, and the minimal Earth friendly packaging reminded me of LUSH products but this is at half the price. One small challenge though, it's got all these great benefits except it's made in China and suddenly I'm convicted that possibility of slave labor making this natural and eco friendly product.

I know you will like it and let your conscience guide you!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New how to video: Sula-peel your polish

Homemade Beauty Recipes

Natural and affordable potions and lotions

Homemade Beauty Recipes

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Try best-selling author Janice Cox's easy, DIY beauty recipes from honey hair masks to strawberry facial masks.

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Hello everyone! Wow, is it hot enough for you? Lately, the humid heat has made my hair one big

frizzy pile, it won't behave! So onto what I am holding here, this is Sula! You get it at Ulta and it comes in 10 colors, I'm not sure what the name is of what I am wearing but it's actually pretty in a green sort of way.

The science behind this is a proprietary water based formula versus the traditional ethyl alcohol based nail polishes that are frankly, quite toxic.

So I"m happy to try Sula paint and peel duo, it's just I really am not much of a nail painter because I type alot and manicure does not hold up to it!
I tried it on one hand and liked it enough to actually finish my other hand and I am now wearing it for as long as it lasts.

Then, I'll just peel it off! Watch the new how to video below to see just how easy it is. As for drying time, I would say it took at least 15 minutes to dry on my nails to a level of hardness that didn't dent everytime I bumped it.

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Wait for the video: swag & giveaway winners

Find Your Best Hair Color

Take this quiz to find your ideal hair color for your skin tone

Find Your Best Hair Color

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Celebrity colorist Beth Minardi helps you find the most flattering hair color to enhance your skin tone.

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Oh yeah my friends, see that pile? All of it? That was the Kymaro "Mother of All Giveaways" and one lucky blog commentor won an entire treasure trove of beauty goods worth $180!

Now, all she did was comment on the blog...oh, just like the $100 Dermacyte Oxygenating eye creme duo being given away this week on this blog!

Comment to win my friends! It's easy, simple and the odds are good! Tell a friend why don't ya!
Now, interestingly enough, this itme the Roll Away hair remover is included in that Mother Of All Giveaways and it really works. Its so simple and ingenious at the same time. Yes, it hurts a bit! But isn't beauty worth it? You roll it along your face anywhere that you have hair, such as a ladies mustache and the hairs get caught in the coils. Ouch? Oh yeah! Who cares, it's easy and you can do it yourself, there was no redness left afterwards and as for the hairs trapped in the coils, simple pull to expand a bit and blow them out to clean.

Oh this is a goody! Speaking of hair removal: I have in the works a blog video for at home hair threading and at home wax strips. I think you will like and they will be posted soon for you to share and enjoy while learning something new about beauty.

Speaking of beauty: you my friend are gorgeous and I"m not shy to remind you of just how wonderful, beautiful and loved you really are! So get on out there and change the world why don't you!
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