Staying hydrated and feel and look better

Posted on March 07, 2015 by Lavender Gypsy | 0 Comments

Ways to stay hydrated and save your skin from this Winter. So we have almost made it though this Winter, it just snowed again, 8 inches and thank goodness it's melting fast. However, it has been very hard on our skin, with moving back and forth from an artificial heated environment to the cold wind outside. This can be very dehydrating to your face and body.

Why is this important? Because it can look like premature aging. Elastosis or sagging is sometimes caused by dehydration and has nothing to do with aging. Sometimes we look in the mirror at the end of Winter and say, what happened to my skin? Are there things that can firm and plump skin back up? Y E S !!!

Serums-Apply hydrating serums underneath moisture every morning and night

Hot water with lemon-facilitates a liver cleanse and removes toxins, chemicals from the road and water treatment plants are ingested through the skin when showering

Omega oils-help with cellular cohesion, basically your cells hold water better

Creampack mask-Instead of a weekly mud mask, switch to a cream moisture mask and revel in the difference.

Bottled water-better than filtered, drink as much as possible, keep in mind if you are hungry late at night after dinner, or generally very tired, both of those signs are dehydration. So drink up and see if you don't feel a whole lot better.

With love,

Shanny

Olive oil prices are going up! Better plan ahead

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Lavender Gypsy | 0 Comments

Olive growers crisis of 2014. We are short 400,000 tons. Prices are gonna be high and have already started climbing. Just a friendly reminder if you see sweet crude oil, I mean organically grown olive oil on sale at Whole Foods (or anywhere) like I did, grab it and an extra bottle to get you through. This brand will no longer be carried, thus the good price.

Hopefully the 2015 growing year will be better. Until then, cherish. I like to take some and put sea salt on top and put it in the fridge in a small ramekin so I can put it on Paleo bread for my butter on toast!!!

xoxo,

Lavender Gypsy

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Free Makeup Giveaway ~ Gressa Foundation

Posted on January 17, 2015 by Lavender Gypsy | 2 Comments

 

It's time for our next FREE MAKEUP GIVEAWAY!!!! The serum that is a foundation for a beautifully flawless face. Comes in 8 glorious shades and is a powerhouse of organic ingredients that feed and nourish your skin. Contains Sea Buckthorn, Broccoli Seed, Neem, Licorice Root these things lift, keep the acne at bay and lighten sun spots. Silky formula that's lightweight. 

One lucky winner will be announced March 5th, 2015!

 

With Love,

Shanny

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How to Apply Mascara

Posted on January 02, 2015 by Lavender Gypsy | 0 Comments

How to Apply Mascara

If you have a traditional brush wand, improve lash separation while applying mascara by moving the wand in a swift, zig-zag fashion from lash root to tip as opposed to one sweeping motion.

Tip: One of the most common lash mistakes

Don't forget to coat your inner lashes. Many women only apply mascara to the middle and outer corners of their lashes. This can give off an illusion that changes your eye shape, making them look closer together or more narrow. Think of your lashes as a fan with three sections. You want to amplify every section of the fan -- middle, outer side and inner side -- to really open up your eyes and flatter your eye shape.

Tip: What to do with the wand-tip glob

Dab the tip of your mascara on a tissue to get rid of the glob that tends to form there. This will keep you from getting uneven, goopy product distribution, especially on your shorter lashes.

When applying multiple coats of mascara, avoid putting several coats on one eye at a time. You'll end up with "one really thick coat." Instead, get a more defined finish by applying one coat on your left eye, then switching to your right, then going back to your left, and so on. This allows each coat a little necessary time to set (but not completely dry) before you put on the next coat.

Mascara generally lasts about three months, but the biggest sign that you need a new mascara is when it stops performing like the day it did when you first got it.

Finally, use organic mascara to enhance the natural beauty of you eyes. It's the best choice for keeping irritating chemicals away from the sensitive eye area.

With Love,

Shanny

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Natural Sleep Remedies

Posted on December 31, 2014 by Lavender Gypsy | 0 Comments

There are times when we are all looking for Natural Sleep Remedies.

I found a lovely tea that has lavender & chamomile. Hey, I've tried this combo lot's of times before and it didn't do much so what gives? I looked on the back and low and behold their was a secret ingredient, that wasn't listed on the front of the package. Lemon Balm!!! aka Melissa leaves. 

I decided to buy some organic melissa leaves and take it as a supplement just before bed. Take one or two at bedtime depending on your needs. Lemon balm can get you away from having to take prescribed pills loaded with chemicals and nasty side effects which you probably have to take another pill for.

It works so well, and is very gentle without side effects. I like how it doesn't make me sleepy but rather more relaxed, I found it very comforting. That incessant hamster wheel in the brains slows down. That's really what gets us into trouble, I believe. Too much worry and mind chatter.

A well know neurologist once told me that not getting enough sleep each evening has an accumulative effect and can wear out the body and lead to disorders and dis ease. Let Lemon balm take you to a soft slumber instead of trying to sleep or worrying about if you will get enough sleep tonight. 

Here's to better ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ's

With love,

Lavender Gypsy

Oh, by the way, the brand of the tea is Traditional Medicinals and it's really good.

 

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Difference Between Serum and Moisturizer

Posted on December 30, 2014 by Lavender Gypsy | 0 Comments

I get this question all of the time, It's a great one. What is the difference between a serum and a moisturizer?

SERUMS:

A serum, essentially works to repair or fix an issue. Think dehydration, wrinkles, elastosis (sagging or loose skin), or sensitivity and redness. Serums cost a bit more because they cost more because the ingredients are harder to come by or make. The molecule size of serums is smaller and readily absorbs all the way to the dermis to effectively make some good changes. To use a serum, apply it to clean dry skin before your moisturizer. Serums are not enough by themselves, you still need a good moisturizer.

MOISTURIZERS:

A moisturizer or face cream works on the surface of the skin to keep it balanced and in excellent shape. It will keep your skin from something called Trans Epidermal Water Loss, this is bad. It means skin depleted of water on the cellular level and can lead to premature aging. Sometimes this can happen for runners as well, due to the elements. So slather on a lot of cream, I mean a lot, before the run. Or an oil to create an occlusive barrier, this will help immensely.

Moisturizers keep skin from feeling tight and dry. They will also help with fine lines, dehydration, acne skin types, think about it working on the surface to perfect skin.

Always use a good moisturizer, and when needed, use a serum too. A hydration serum can be used all the time. I love love love hyluronic acid for this purpose.

Remember you don't need creams and serum to be beautiful, you already are. Those things just keep the outside nice.

With Love,

Shanny

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Lead Free Lipstick

Posted on December 29, 2014 by Lavender Gypsy | 0 Comments

Lead Free Lipstick

Lead free lipstick is a no-brainer.

Are metal toxins lurking in your lippy? Is the government keeping us safe? I hate to break it to you, but not by a long shot.

In 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tests and finds lead in L'Oreal, CoverGirl, and Dior. Lead can cause brain and nervous system damage, miscarriages. Heavy metals have been found in malignant breast tissues.

In May 2013, the University of California, Berkeley finds it again in 24 out of 32 lipstick brands commonly found in drugstores and department stores. Not only did they find lead, but chromium, a suspected carcinogen and other toxic heavy metals such as cadmium and aluminum at levels that have accumulative, long term health effects.

The ability of the FDA and EPA to meaningfully regulate chemicals that are in the cleaners we use in our homes, the toys our children play with, or the body care products we use daily is compromised.

Here's Why:

The problem dates back to 1976, when the Toxic Substances Control Act went into effect. It gave the federal government the right to track the nearly 85,000 chemicals in use in this country ~ and little else.

Under this law, the EPA, which oversees the use of individual chemicals in the United States, can’t take action to protect the public from a potentially harmful chemical until after it’s been introduced to the market and after it’s been found to cause “serious harm.”

While the EPA regulates individual chemicals, it’s the FDA that oversees body care products like deodorant, soap, shaving cream, makeup, and more. The agency doesn’t review ingredient lists on body care items. Therefore, the majority of the products we’re slathering on our bodies every day have never been independently tested for safety.

What this means is that you have to do your own research and be more savvy than ever to protect against lurking and dangerous, dare I say, cancerous causing toxins in your beauty products and home. Or just let me screen that out for you, that's my job.

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With Love,

Shanny 

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