Most of our clients, and most women in general, have already made the switch to mineral makeup. It’s a clean (anti-microbial) product that’s good for your skin and has the added benefit of providing a physical (chemical-free) sunblock. Most of us are familiar with mineral powder, so I was really intrigued to try this Liquid Mineral Foundation by Advanced Mineral Makeup. We ended up picking up the whole line which includes the liquid, and both loose and pressed powers, concealer, foundation brushes and two color palettes. A vegan line, Advanced Mineral Makeup was created by makeup artist Annie Mayo and is touted as “camera ready”.
We love products that multi-task! If you’re a client, you already know that at Abundance we prefer chemical-free mineral based sunscreens. Our go-to skincare line has a fantastic one that is tinted so it doubles as a foundation, leaving your skin looking natural and luminous. It yields just the right amount of coverage without looking heavy or feeling greasy. Plus, it has the potent CoffeeBerry antioxidant for additional protection. It’s called Natural Daily Protection SPF25. $50, or call for current specials and promotions: 650.560.9600.
This powerful and life-changing program provides the essential whole food support and herbs the body needs to purify (detox) and rebuild itself safely and naturally. This 21-Day Cleanse inte- grates a Mind/Body approach for developing healthy nutrition habits with maximum weight loss results. Losing weight is not just about the physical — the emotional component must be addressed!
Our program, directed by Dr.Vicky Cruz , is a 3-week program designed to help you build a new relationship with your body. Not a diet or fast (there is no hunger involved here!), but a safe, healthy way to jumpstart your health. In addition to glowing skin and fewer lines and wrinkles, you can expect to feel increased vitality, mental clarity, improved sleep quality and a new understanding of your body’s nutritional requirements.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average Americans consumes 4 pounds of pesticides each year and has residue from over 400 toxic substances in the body. Most Ameri- cans rely on foods that contain copious amounts of refined sugars, refined carbohydrates, trans and partially hydrogenated fats, chemical additives and residues. As a result of the consumption of these overly processed, nutritionally devoid “foods,” the incidence of obesity and chronic toxicity and related disease has become rampant in our society.
The 21-Day Mind-Body Cleanse Program includes:
• 1 Purification Kit
• 1 Chiropractic Treatment with NET (Neuro Emotional Technique)
• Discounts on skin care treatments (optional)
• Optional BioMat sessions for detox support
• Daily email Support – helpful tips and tasty recipes!
We are excited to offer this highly integrative and supportive program at an economical value. If you or someone you know has been thinking of doing a cleanse or looking for a supportive program to finally lose excess weight, this is a powerful opportunity for you! We welcome individual and family participation.
One of my “Favorite Things Right Now” is contouring cheeks with a dark brown eye shadow (Wenge by TRUE Cosmetics) and highlighting with a peachy shimmer (Apricot blush by TRUE Cosmetics) for a natural and defined spring/summer look. The trick is this Shadow Diffuser brush, which is a shape that I haven’t found elsewhere and TRUE equates to a fan brush. It’s soft and fluffy which is great for blending or applying a light wash of color to eyes or cheeks. When contouring cheeks, hold the brush horizontally so that the thin rectangular shape creates a nice line along the hollow of the cheek (from your ear to the corner of your mouth). Then, highlight by holding the brush vertically and sweeping the wide end along the cheekbone, making sure to overlap with the contour line to blend. It will also contour the sides of the nose and define a jawline nicely.
The first step in creating a skin care program is choosing a cleanser that will allow the skin to balance its own moisture levels. A common mistake is to overdry the skin with bar soaps, which are very harsh on skin. Another common mistake we often see are clients with slightly congested skin who self-diagnose acne, then treat the skin with an over-the-counter acne cleanser, which also overdries the skin. Both of these situations result in a chronic dryness in the skin, which triggers the body to generate more oil, thus creating more acne. A different situation occurs when clients with sensitive skin choose an over-the-counter product for sensitive skin which may not irritate the skin, but in many cases is not able to effectively cleanse the skin. It’s critical to choose a cleanser that will not clog and create acne, but one that will be able to cleanse the skirt of perspiration and debris from natural detoxification processes. The pH of skin lies between 5.5 and 6.2, so even water, with a pH of 7, is much drier than our skin. While creamy cleansers are not right for oil skin types, and gel-based cleansers are overdrying for almost all skin types, how do we begin to choose the right cleanser?
Congested Skin – Often combination skin types produce a congested skin — not quite acneic, but with slight bumping and occasional breakout. This skin condition is best treated with a cleanser that is slightly more astringent — we recommend one containing alpha hydroxy acids, primarily lactic acid, which is very hydrating to the skin.
Oily Skin – When the pores are large in the center of the face and around the sides, we define the skin as “oily,” but it does not necessary mean that you are making oil, just that you are capable of it. Oily skin must be moisturized, just like dry skin, to protect the barrier function (the skin’s ability to retain its moisture). In both situations, the skin benefits from products containing alpha hydroxy acids, gently formulated so the skin is not overdried. Sometimes , in cases of extreme oil, a combination of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide may be used — but check with a dermatologist or esthetician, to avoid over-drying the skin.
Mature Skin – mature skin generally benefits most from a creamy cleanser which leaves the skin more hydrated. Depending on the client’s exfoliation requirements, we may alternate with an alpha-hydroxy-based cleanser for brightening and refining.
Sensitive Skin - Sensitive skin loves milk-type cleansers with calming ingredients such as rose or chamomile, with a minimum of friction (no particles) and gentle, lactic-based alpha-hydroxy acids for exfoliation.