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The Skin You’re In: Part II- Winter Body Care

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

One of the best compliments I received from a lover was this –  “How do you stay so soft?”  Well the answer ladies and gents is in this blog.  Your skin is your largest organ and it needs attention all year.  To stay touchable you must have a routine.   So here you go as we experience the last weeks of winter.

Tools & Products

I always have on hand a pouffy mesh bath sponge, a cocoa butter stick, some type of Carol’s Daughter body scrub (they come in sea salt or brown sugar) and Jason Organics EFA Lotion.  Healthy skin is a priority and I use these year round.

Femeia's Skin Basics

The Routine

Exfoliate, moisturize and repeat to keep your skin in top condition. I use my pouf every day with Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap or some shower gel.   Every other week I use one one of my scrubs to exfoliate more deeply.   Carol’s Daughter stays on my shelf because it gets the job done without making me feel like I’m being punished.  If you haven’t done much exfoliating give it a try.  It helps slough off dead cells and  helps your moisturizer to work more effectively.  The process allows your skin to regenerate into a softer, smoother you.

After bathing I moisturize every inch with my Jason’s EFA lotion.  In the colder months I add in a thicker moisturizer or cream to keep things looking and feeling right.  Make sure you take extra time with your elbows, knees and heels – those areas do a lot of work and can get very dry.  I’m partial to shea butter – either in its pure form or as a cream ingredient.
I challenge you to treat yourself to some winter skin pampering.  Let me know how it goes!!

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Top Franchises for Your Money – Ranked by Forbes

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Being an entrepreneur is hard work.  Committing to an idea, after finding it – executing it, even when tired…It’s not easy being the boss.  Forbes magazine found 20 Franchises that take some of the background worries out of the equation.  In this article they evaluate established companies, compare their closure rates and review several criteria to determine which ones are the best investment for your money.

Intro – J.J. Colao – Forbes.

Top 10 Worst Supermarket Foods | Fitbie

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Shout out to everyone still on their fitness plans for 2012!! I’m excited to report that my GFP – Get Fine Plan – is successfully still in progress.  I’ve trimmed inches and been able to fit into some clothes that were a bit snug a couple months ago.  A friend shared this article below on foods you should avoid if you value your life.  Read your labels and avoid high-sodium, high fat options.  Make sure you recognize the ingredients.  Fresh, home prepared tends to be best, but in a pinch use some of these better options. Thanks Fitbie!!

Top 10 Worst Supermarket Foods | Fitbie.

Did You See Adele Win Those Grammys?

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

I enjoyed seeing Adele on “60 Minutes” during her interview with Anderson Cooper.  The pre-Grammy’s treat was worth skipping some of those red carpet moments.  I’m a fan since “Chasing Pavements” from her album ’19.’   She deserves every accolade.  Congratulations Miss Adkins. A talented woman with an amazing voice.  And now SIX Grammys!!

Here’s the overtime CBS posted for those (like me) who didn’t get enough during the segment.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7398456n

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Whitney Houston – Loved and Adored

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

I can’t remember what grade I was in, but I once wrote a research paper on Whitney Houston.  I do remember reading that she wanted to be a model, but her mother pushed her to focus on singing.  I remember reading somewhere about Whitney smoking a cigarette and being totally shocked by that news.  At the time in my life smoking was unfathomable – I remember thinking what in the world??  Last night, I was at Eatonville restaurant on U Street having dinner when I heard the sad news of her passing.  A table of seven, we were celebrating special friendships and the joy of overcoming.  In the early moments we were in disbelief, praying it was a horrible rumor, hoping our intel was wrong. Unfortunately it was true – our sister with the angelic voice was gone.

I’m still looking for my “Bodyguard Soundtrack” and getting ready to buy my first Whitney compilation.  Tonight I’m looking forward to seeing the Grammy Awards and the tribute.  My condolences to her daughter Bobbi Kristina, her mother  Cissy Houston and all of her family and friends.  This morning I watched coverage of her home church – New Hope in New Jersey and I shed my first tears.  Those will not be my last because I love this woman.  I adored the beauty of her voice, the style and power of her performances.   I lived to her music and wished for her transformation and continued success.  My prayers for her through her tribulations were years in the making.  They were real because she made a real impression on my life.  We miss you Whitney, but you will always be in our hearts.

This article from TIME is a look back at her life and accomplishments.

http://entertainment.time.com/2012/02/11/the-voice-of-america-whitney-houston-1963-2012/

The Skin You’re In: Part I – Winter Foot Care

I appreciate you reading my blog.  Your support and patience make it all worthwhile.  This week I’m posting the first installment in a three-part series on taking care of your skin in cold, winter weather.

First up – FEET!!  Some of you know that I love pedicures more than shoes.  Taking care of my feet and hands is something I learned to appreciate from my lovely and talented Aunt Cheryl.  She raised me during my junior and senior years of high school.  We are fans of home pedicures and to this day I won’t show her my feet unless they are on point.  That appreciation of pedicures followed me to college and during one summer I went to cosmetology school and became a licensed nail technician.  Yep, I was slinging pumice stones and nail polish with the best of ‘em.  That was a great experience and I still dream of having my own spa.  So from my professional and personal observations here are tips to keep your tootsies looking and feeling great this time of year.

Begin with a professional pedicure – the manicurists can work much better on your feet because they’re using both hands.  They can trim your cuticles and smooth out your rough spots without being contortionists.  If a salon visit is out of the question because of time or money, don’t worry you can do a lot of this yourself.

Invest in tools and productsAt a minimum you should own a pumice stone, nail clipper, cuticle nipper and orange sticks.  These make the job of caring for your nails easier.  Next, make sure you use quality products for soaking and moisturizing.  Johnson’s Foot Soak  is classic and one of my favorites.  You can pick it up from the drugstore in a box of eight.  I dilute half of one pack in my foot tub with warm water.   Another thing you must have is a thick, absorbent moisturizer.  I like Soul Purpose’s Lavender Tea Foot Cream.  It comes from the Happy Feet Collection and is a great addition to your home pedicure arsenal.

Soul Purpose Lavender Foot Cream

Develop a routine.  After a bath or relaxing foot soak slather on a thick coat of cream. Let your feet absorb it for a few minutes, then top that with a layer of Vaseline.  Next, put on a pair of cotton socks.  If your feet need deeper penetration, wrap them in plastic wrap before putting on the socks.  Leave this treatment on overnight.  The next morning use your pumice stone and the rough spots should be easily sloughed off.  Repeat nightly until your feet are no longer scratchy like sandpaper.

In the winter I also take breaks from the red polish I love and try other colors like bronze and pale pink.  This gives your nail beds a chance to bounce back from staining or yellowing that the deeper colors can cause.  It’s also a good time to try new colors – since your toes are primarily covered you don’t have to make as much of a commitment – at least not publicly.

The more you perform your own pedicures or between-spa-visit maintenance the better you’ll become. You’ll find that making this commitment year-round will improve the appearance of your feet and keep calluses at bay.  Develop your own beauty routine and remember consistency is key.

Let me know how it goes!

Honey Badger Don’t Care – Narrated by Randall

Some silliness to kick off your weekend!!  “The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger” is one of my favorite videos from 2011.  I’m such a fan of Randall!!  He’s taken an educational documentary and turned it into a YouTube sensation.  His comments and observations during the video crack me up.

TMZ caught some footage of him this week – he has a new book out.

And Forbes caught up with Randall in April 2011.

Hope this gives you a big dose of laughter!!