Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Do You Have What it Takes to Look Young? I Do!

I love this blog post by our product and development guru Gary Jones and wanted to share it with you!!!

I am always being asked, “Gary, what are your favorite products and why?”. Well, the answer is not really that easy. I love all of our products, so that would be a difficult call. Each product has a very specific purpose. I don’t really think of it in terms of which is my favorite…I think of it in terms of what does my skin need to stay young! So…let me tell you what I consider to be the top anti-aging must haves that no one should be without.


It is estimated that 85 – 90% of the signs of aging are caused by sun damage, so it makes sense that sunscreen would be at the top of the list of things you need to stave off the aging process. While we all love the glow of a summer tan, the sun can cause some pretty extreme damage to our skin’s DNA that can result in both reversible and irreversible damage. There are 2 types of UV rays that are emitted by the sun:

•UVB rays – these are the ones that cause the skin to burn
•UVA rays – these are the ones that cause the skin to age
The UVB rays cause our skin to burn or tan. They penetrate just under the skin’s surface and the damage can be seen pretty easily. UVA rays, on the other hand, penetrate all the way through the skin and their damage is not obvious to the naked eye. UVA rays are the ones that are responsible for the long-term damage that will manifest itself down the road in the form of sagging skin, lines and wrinkles and age spots.

It is crucial that your sunscreen contain both UVA and UVB protection. Simply keeping the skin from burning does not ensure healthy skin.


Damage to the skin that is not the result of the sun is caused by oxidation. To put it in very simple terms, think of it like this. Each skin cell is like an apple. The outer coating of the skin cell is pretty durable and will help maintain cellular moisturization and normal cell growth. UV rays act like a knife, jabbing into the apple’s skin. What happens to an apple when the skin is broken? It turns brown! This is the result of oxidation. The same thing happens to your skin. When the UV rays break the outer protection of each skin cell, it causes the skin cell to oxidize and become defective. Antioxidants prevent the process of oxidation and allow the skin cells to “heal” as well as ensure that the damage caused by the sun does not affect the skin’s DNA, resulting in long-term skin damage.

While vitamin C is the most recognizable antioxidant ingredient, it is far from the most effective. It is crucial that your products contain a comprehensive blend of anti-oxidants to ensure that your skin is protected…preventing oxidation AND helping the skin recover from UV exposure.

Chemical AND Physical Exfoliation

The process of repair requires exfoliation…both chemical and physical exfoliation! One, without the other is not as effective.

The skin’s turnover slows as we age. The ONLY way to help make the skin act as it did when we were younger is through the process of exfoliation…both chemical and physical exfoliation. Only when we get rid of surface cells will the body force the production of new skin cells.

Think of it this way…have you ever removed wallpaper from a wall? If you have, you know that it is no easy chore, but, if you are going to do anything to the wall underneath, you have to remove that paper first. You could use sandpaper, but it really just smoothes the surface, it really doesn’t get below the surface of the wallpaper. You could use a scraper, but you will only get the loose, flakey bits and pieces of the wallpaper removed and it takes FOREVER! Luckily, they have this really great stuff that you can spray on top of the wallpaper that kind of melts the paper and causes it to bubble up. After it has done its work, then you can take your scraper and quickly and easily remove that layer of wallpaper to reveal a pristine surface underneath. Are you with me?

Ok, think of your skin the same way. Think of your surface skin cells as a layer of wallpaper. You can use a scraper (Microdermabrasion), but you are only removing what is loose and flaky. Now when you use your chemical exfoliant (either AHAs or PHAs), they loosen the skin’s dead surface and allow you to exfoliate more deeply that you could have without it. Your daily skin care scrub (polyethylene beads) is like the “sandpaper” we talked about above. It smoothes the surface and makes it feel baby smooth, but to really get in there and remove the surface, you need to use something more aggressive such as Microdermabrasion which is designed to shave the skin’s surface for maximum benefits.


Retinol is the whole vitamin A molecule, which can be broken down into thousands of smaller components, including “retinoic acid” (also called tretinoin, the active ingredient in Renova and Retin-A). Essentially retinol is just a fancy name for vitamin A; however, it is perhaps the most important vitamin for the appearance of the skin. It is one of the few substances with a small enough molecular structure to penetrate the outer layers of the skin and work to repair the lower layers where collagen and elastin reside. Retinol is vitamin A in its purest and most active form. It penetrates deep into the skin, where it becomes fully operative. Wrinkles and lines are gradually smoothed, moisture and elasticity increase, the complexion glows and the appearance of damage is diminished.

The skin cells have a receptor site that is very accepting of retinoic acid. This relationship between retinoic acid and skin cells allows a type of communication in which the cell is encouraged to function normally and continue regular cell renewal— as opposed to the often misshapen and altered cells associated with the natural aging process.
It now seems clears that retinol is a beneficial cell-communicating ingredient, as well as an antioxidant. In other words, it assists in creating stronger, healthier skin cells and increases the amount of skin-support substances. Retinol has also been shown to help stimulate new collagen production, which is critical in the battle against aging. Thus it has become clear that retinol is a vital component of high quality skincare products, providing visible, long-lasting results.


Peptides are bioengineered molecules formed by linking chains of amino acids, the body’s building blocks. These ingredients are readily recognized by the skin and have the ability to be manipulated to penetrate to multiple layers of the skin, and be designed to serve a variety of purposes. Some peptides are engineered to reduce the depth of wrinkles on the face caused by the contraction of muscles of facial expression, especially in the forehead and around the eyes (muscle relaxing). Some are designed to help expedite the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. Some peptides are engineered to help repair the cohesion of the dermis to the epidermis, helping with sagging skin by increasing skin firmness.
Hyaluronic Acid

This ingredient has been called the key to the “fountain of youth”. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of young, healthy skin, but dramatically diminishes with age and skin damage. The loss of hylauronic acid in the skin can result in skin sagging and loss of elasticity. Because hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin, it is easily absorbed and readily accepted into the skin when used as a topical treatment. There are various ways that hyaluronic acid can be used in skin care treatments:

•As a stand-alone ingredient to help increase moisturization and skin firmness
•Hyaluronic Filling Spheres: Hyaluronic Filling Spheres are made of pure hyaluronic acid, the leading product used by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and practitioners of aesthetic medicine to penetrate and fill deep wrinkles that usually appear on foreheads, between eyebrows, on the corners of the mouth and on the cheeks of people who have spent considerable time in the sun.
This anti-wrinkle delivery system is a truly breakthrough alternative to painful injections. Our exclusive filling spheres harness the industry's most natural active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, for high-intensity and rapid action skin smoothing and softening results.

Unlike widely used injection treatments, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres are applied topically to the skin in either emulsion or gel form to smooth away heavy wrinkles. The spheres are initially dehydrated, then fill with water present in the skin itself. This hydration process causes an increase in volume proportional to the microspheres' moisture-retaining capacity, which results in reduced wrinkles.

•Hyala-sponge: Hyala-sponge technology is one of the newest and most effective ways to deliver highly effective key ingredients into the skin in a sustained release delivery. The process of sustained delivery keeps the key ingredients active on the skin for a longer period of time, maximizing their effectiveness. Hyala-sponges are created through a highly technical new process: The hyaluronic acid molecule, a key component of youthful skin, is cross-linked to create “pockets”, much like a sponge, to hold key ingredients. The process of cross-linking creates the hyala-sponge. Each microscopic “sponge” is then filled with the key ingredients that are required to achieve the desired results.
So, with all of that being said…it is pretty obvious what my skin care regimen looks like. These are the products that I absolutely cannot live without:

•BC Spa Facial Defend and Restore daytime moisturizer: This amazing product prevents damage to the skin by offering complete UVA and UVB protection, skin firming peptides and a comprehensive blend of antioxidants to help stop damage before it occurs and help speed skin recovery and immune response.
•Regeneration Overnight: I love this product. In addition to a potent concentration of retinol, this formula contains a combination of eleven key ingredients to protect skin from free radicals, glycation and protein breakdown – in turn preventing further aging. Together, all of these ingredients provide your skin with the best defense system so it can function properly.
•BC Spa Facial Regenerating Tonics: These products contain either Alpha or Poly Hydroxy Acids to help turn over the skin cells more quickly.
•BC Spa Facial Eye Cream: I love a very rich eye cream. This product contains heavy duty moisturizers in addition to a concentrated blend of skin firming peptides and bioactive ingredients to help supplement the skin with the components of youth that are lost as we age.
•Regeneration Tight Firm and Fill: This product contains 3 peptides that relax the expression lines, firm the skin and increase the cohesion of the dermis and epidermis to immediately firm and tighten. This product also contains hyaluronic filling spheres that instantly plump to reduce lines and wrinkles
•Regeneration Tight Firm and Fill Eye Firming Serum: This product contains all the active ingredients of the Tight Firm and Fill face serum , using hyala-sponge technology to ensure that the ingredients are absorbed into the skin and time released for sustained delivery throughout the day.
•BC Spa Resurfacing Peel: I use this product at least 3 times a week. This product contains a 30% acid blend that helps to break down the bonds that hold dry, dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. I have never used a more gentle, yet more effective chemical peel product…and I have tried them all. I always follow my Resurfacing Peel treatment with…
•BC Spa Microdermabrasion: This product utilized the same aluminum oxide crystals used by dermatologists to remove dead skin and resurface the skin’s texture without the high price tag! I can’t imagine anyone being without this product.
You will always find these products in my bathroom or my travel bag…and I never leave home without them.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Washer and Dryer

I recently read, I went back to try and find where and exactly what I read and couldn't find it, where you shouldn't run your washing machine and dryer between the hours of 2-6 p.m. CST during the summer. Since I couldn't find the exact article, here is what I took away from it....
Don't run your washer and dryer between these hours because that is when it is typically the hottest in your house because of the sun.
By not running these applicances during those times the heat doesn't build up in your house and make your air kick on and have to work that much harder.
Air not working as hard to cool your house = lower power bill!!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

How did this happen?

How did it happen that my "baby" boy (okay he's 4 but he will always be my baby) is now in preschool?!?!

I cried the first day, when I go back to the car by myself. It was all worth it when I picked up that smiling little face and he told me how much fun he had!!

Here is by "baby" boy on the first day about to go into his classroom...

Finding his name to choose his activity...

Completed first day...

His hands are his sunglasses...

Ready for Day 2...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


W.H.O.'s Gorgeous Collection
Pretty with a purpose
$1 from every purchase goes to benefit the W.H.O. Foundation

W.H.O.'s Gorgeous Eau de Toilette #18706 $30

W.H.O.'s Gorgeous Nail Lacquer #18182 $10

W.H.O.'s Gorgeous Lip Gloss #16730 $16

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Checking off the list

We have been checking things off of this list that I posted earlier...

We only have 8 things left (okay, I know summer is technically over but we are going to finish them very soon)!!

We checked the library off last week!!
T loved it and enjoyed the craft...

I am doing better on letting him have artistic freedom. I like things a certain way but it is only one way,my way. It is okay if T's art ways aren't my ways. T's art projects/crafts can look just like they want because they are his after all!!

This is one of my favorite songs right now and wanted to share it with you....

Hope you have a wonderful Friday and a FaBuLoUs weekend!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I LOVE BeautiControl

Check out these earrings!! Aren't they awesome?!?! You can have a pair too!!
Comment to find out how you can get them!! These beautiful blue, green and gold earrings were created for BeautiControl by celebrity jewelry designer R.J. Graziano!!

BeautiControl offers fabulous gifts just for doing your job!! I love BeautiControl and the friendships it has helped me make.

Look what you get for FREE when you have a fun girls night with 6-8 of you girlfriends in August and your sales are $500+ and we have 2 spa bookings!!!

Don't you LOVE BeautiControl too?!?!

Monday, August 15, 2011


If you have been reading my blog for long, you know that I don't buy many books but love to read. I am a big fan of the library. Not only does checking books out from the library save money it also saves space.
Here are some books I have read lately and the price they are new from Amazon....

Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo- a sweet friend let me borrow, $8.49 paperback

Making Money at Home by Donna Partow, (a book by Focus on the Family)- my sweet mom let me borrow, $8.43 paperback

Be All you Can Be by John Maxwell- checked out from the library, $11.55 hardcover

Time Power by Brian Tracy- checked out from the library, $9.94 hardcover

Women of the Bible Study Book 1 (my Women's Bible Study did this)- I did purchase this one, $14 paperback at a local store

Reading Now/Next...

The Help by Kathryn Stockett- gift I received for Christmas, $13.72 hardcover

Be a People Person by John Maxwell- checked out from the library, $11.55 hardcover

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, $12.27 hardcover

Becoming a Woman of Extraordinary Faith by Julie Clinton- (my Women's Bible Study is doing this)- $13 paperback at a local store

So this is a total of 9 books. I have paid $27 to read 9 books!! That's $3 a book!!
The total of these books on and the two I purchased locally is $102.95.
That is $75.95 I have saved!! (This number doesn't include tax and/or shipping if applicable). Plus that's 7 books I don't have to find a home for in our house!!

I hope this helps you save your family some money and space!!!

Friday, August 12, 2011


In June, Addie, L, T and I headed to the zoo. I found a Groupon for 4 for either $35or $36 dollars (I can't remember the exact amount now). This included admission to the zoo for 4, 4 rides on the horses and a ride for 4 on the train.


T and L LOVED these maps, LOL, who would have guessed

Mr. T LOVED the spider web but Miss L wasn't to impressed and wanted to swing intead. If that isn't all boy and all girl.

Horse rides

In the cave looking at the elephants


These birds were just walking around and of course T had to chase them

Just a little hot and tired but ready for the train ride

My personal favorite the Jaguar!! I just love the way they look!!

It was a fun day with friends!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Latest

BeautiControl has taken the guess work out of choosing the best colors for your wardrobe and your makeup!!

Coco Chanel summed it up perfectly decades ago when she said, “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good…ON YOU”.

Tyra Banks said, “I love the confidence makeup gives me.”

And Lana Turner, a beauty icon, said, “I would rather lose a good earring than be caught without makeup.”

Heck, even the great Marilyn Monroe once said, “If you’re going to be 2-faced, at least make one of them pretty”.

So … we know using color cosmetics is a good idea, as long as you’re confident with your choices.

There’s a science to choosing just the right makeup colors and look for each woman, and now BeautiControl can use technology to help guide color and style choices just for you.

There are two parts to eBeauti: eColor and eStyle. You can take both quizzes right
here. The quiz will ask you questions about your coloring and style preferences, then create a personalized profile for you at the end.

Let’s start with eColor. This is an amazing program that factors in hair color, complexion, eye color and preferences to create an eColor profile. The quiz pinpoints an overall color palette and then makes color cosmetic recommendations not only right then but every time you shop on my site.

After taking the quiz, your client will land in one of four categories:

Subtle Cool

Intense Cool

Subtle Warm

Intense Warm

Now, here are some familiar faces who would fall into these categories. We didn’t have to look any further than Wisteria Lane to find our 4 color seasons:

First, Intense Warm

Now let’s take a look at a woman who falls into the Intense Cool category

Now, let’s take a look at the Subtle Warm spectrum

And finally, here’s a look at a familiar faces whose eColor profile would read Subtle Cool

The quiz is quick, simple, it just takes a few minutes. It’s available 24 / 7 here.
Once you complete the eColor quiz every time you visit my site there will be a BeautiPrint icon next to the color products that are a match for your profile.

There is a science to choosing the best colors to compliment your individual skin coloring. All too often, women make wrong choices in both their wardrobe and cosmetic color selections based on what is “on trend” for the season. There are so many women that feel “made up” when they use makeup. Often, the issue is not with using makeup…the issue is choosing the wrong colors. When you choose colors that contrast your skin’s natural coloring, it can look unnatural and overly made up. When you choose colors that blend with your skin’s coloring, rather than fighting with your skin’s coloring, your makeup will look natural and highlight your features…even when using bolder shades.

Here are some great examples of some of the world’s most photographed women in shades of clothing and makeup that are right and wrong for their coloring. I have put the "wrong" pictures on the left, and the "right" pictures on the right. It is easy to see how the right colors bring out a youthful vibrancy and glow to the skin, and actually make them look younger.

Fashion is fleeting … but style is who you are.

Like eColor, eStyle it’s a short interactive quiz that leads you to your style for both fashion and makeup application techniques.

Taking the eStyle quiz includes answering questions about preferences and the styles you’re drawn to. Your answers are analyzed and sorted in seconds to put you into one of four style categories:

Naturally Chic – this woman is comfortable in her own skin without a lot of glitz and glamour. She can get ready in a flash and doesn’t agonize over what’s in her closet – she’ll make it work.

Dramatically Glam – Her makeup makes a statement. She’s always high fashion and ready to step out. This woman loves to experiment with color and fashion – if it’s not in her closet, she wants it … and it will be!

Irresistibly Romantic – Lace and ruffles don’t define the woman, but she’s all girl. She loves florals and soft textures … her silhouette is always feminine. She’s very sentimental … her closet smells of sachet and is filled with her favorites.

Perfectly Polished – Her makeup is flawless just like her skin. She exudes confidence in her choices and she wears them well. Her closet is full of beautifully cut jackets, tailored pants and skirts, totally classic and timeless.

eBeauti provides fresh and useful information to you.

Is eBeauti a cool new tool? You bet it is! Does it, once again, set BeautiControl apart and show off our technological know how? You bet it does.
You won’t find this kind of personalized service anywhere else.

Thank you to Gary Jones BC's product and development guru for all of the pictures!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Save $15 and free shipping

Right now when you purchase $75 plus from BeautiControl (aka me) you will save $15!!! You can order from my website here. After adding items to your cart, if you select for me to fill the order and you don't live near me I ship it for FREE!!! I also deliver for FREE if you are near me. Looking forward to serving you!!!

Don't forget to check out eBeauti while you're there to see your fashion personality and colors that look the best on you!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Family Friday...Sand Dollars and a Seahorse

MeMe, aka my Mother-in-law, was so sweet to purchase T a subscription to Your Big Backyard.
As I have said before I AM very artistically/craftsy challenged. Thankfully though Your Big Backyard gives you a pattern. (My kind of craft!!) Check it out here.
Thanks to the pattern and step by step instructions, T and I got to work on his sea horse.
After 3 days, yes you read that correctly, we finished it. Poor T, his mommy gets overwhelmed with crafts and has to take them step by step plus we had to purchase the googly eyes because we didn't have any in our craft stash. LOL.

T with his Seahorse!!!

The orange color is T's coral and the green is his seaweed.

For dinner, one night this week, we had Sand Dollar Pancakes!! Again, this is an idea from Your Big Backyard to go along with the aquatic theme in the August 2011 issue.
T LOVED helping make the pancakes!! We put a thin layer of cream cheese on top and a toothpick to draw on the sand dollar design.

Here is the finished product...
Can you tell which sand dollar T drew and which one I drew?

T with the finished product

Please know that my child had more than pancakes for dinner. He also had fruit and turkey bacon they just weren't on his frisbee (plate) yet.

Have a great weekend and I'll "see" you on Monday.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Botox in a jar for your eyes!!

It's botox in a jar for your eyes without the pain and down time!!
Plus, it's on sale right now!!!

Lightweight serum that works immediately to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin under the eyes and on the eyelids.

Key Benefits:
• HylaSponge technology maximizes effectiveness.
• Peptide blend creates an optimal environment for the skin to naturally produce collagen and elastin.
• Microcrystalline matrix tightens skin appearance.

Check it out here. While your there Discover your TRUE colors.... visit my website and click eBeauti

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wipes Container

Have you ever wondered is there something I could use this container for? For instance, I no longer need baby wipes but I hate to throw the containers in the land field and yes I do and could recycle them but it just seems like they could be used for something else. I was reading a magazine or blog or something and they use their old baby wipe containers to organize there grocery bags. If you read my post here, you know I need something to orgaznize my grocery bags. The wipe containers have helped organize under the sink greatly!!!

How will you put this container to work?