Happy Mother’s Day!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the beautiful mommies 🙂
And if you still need some last minute gift ideas you’re in luck, Gift Ideas for Mommie.

Lighten Your Hair With Lemons

If you’ve never dyed your hair before, it can be a little scary to take a chance. Sometimes it’s easier to take baby steps. There’s no doubt about it, hair dyes are full of chemicals that are not exactly hair friendly. Not to mention it can be costly. Once your roots start growing in all you want to do it get those bad boys touched up. Before taking the leap and dying my hair I did a little lightening with lemon juice. The acid in the lemon juice accelerates the exposure from the sun that lightens your hair.
It’s really simple. Cut one or two lemons in half and squeeze all the juice out and about one third of water. Pour the juice and water into one of those plastic spray bottles. The spray bottle is perfect for helping you distribute the lemon evenly.
The lemon juice won’t give you the same results as if you’d dye your hair, but it will lighten it. This works best for brown to dirty blond hair. So get to squeezing those lemons and pick the perfect spot to lay out in. Exposing your hair to the sun can dry it out. Make sure to get a good conditioner afterwards.
It’s cheap, simple, and you get to work on your tan.

Get Rid Of Cellulite

It’s finally here, warm weather, BBQ’s and bikini season. Beachwear shouldn’t and doesn’t have to be a scary thought. A million and one thoughts pop in your head, Is any fat sticking out? Do I look ridiculous in this 2 piece? Can anyone notice my cellulite? Yeah I said it. The forbidden and dreaded, Cellulite. It can be a little difficult to feel confident when you have cellulite attacking you on the worst parts of your body. Don’t let it ruin your summer. There are things you can do to help with dilemma.
First of, there are ways of preventing cellulite from intruding. Since it develops from excess body fat on your body, exercise and doing aerobic activities can help reduce body fat. Take a close look at what you’re eating. Foods with a high level of fat quantity are going to store a lot more fat in your body.
Now if you’ve already started seeing those awful dimples on your body don’t freak out. If they’re on your thighs, running, walking, and other forms of exercise aimed to you’re your thighs out, can help reduce and get rid of cellulite. If it’s on your stomach, sit-ups and swimming are a great way of reducing it. There are also products you can try at home.
FatGirl Slim is a popular cellulite removal cream used by spokespersons, models, and other celebrities. Britney Spears is a huge fan. It’s supposed to reduce cellulite by the caffeine molecules it contains.

Remember nothing works overnight, as much as we all love instant gratification. However, it’s only May and we can definitely start making positive changes starting…NOW!

The Dark Side of Beauty

Defining beauty isn’t as simple as looking it up in the dictionary. Everyone has their own view of what it means and what it should look like. We’re living in times where there is so much more acceptance of what beautiful can look like. If so, why does beauty keep getting put in one box of possibilities? The more time passes us by, the more ways are created to change the appearance of the human body. Today, it’s unlikely to come across a person who is 100% happy with themselves and never think about making any changes to their body. Women especially. More than ever they’re taking matters into their own hands, or the hands of a surgeon, and making sure those changes take place.

Plastic surgery is performed daily and it’s done all over the world. The age range in girls and women going under the knife are decreasing, while the number of surgeries are going up. Back in 2005 BBC News reported that 40% of teens wanted plastic surgery. This was out of a group of 2,000 girls who averaged about 14 years old. The main cause of them opting for plastic surgery was to resemble the celebrities they saw in the media. With the increasing coverage of the, seemingly perfected bodies, of the women in the media, it’s no wonder plastic surgery is at the tip of many women’s mouths.

The plastic surgery craze doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Heidi Montag, the 23 year old reality star of the MTV hit show the Hills, had 10 procedures done in one day. Some of the things Heidi had performed were, fat injections to her cheeks and lips, chin reduction, and ears pinned back among other things. This was an experience that almost left Heidi dead, yet she says she’d still get more work done.

Naomy DeJesus, 19 year old sophomore said, “I think young girls are getting work done so early because they want the perfect body. It’s a way to feel better about their body.”

Whatever happened to working out and eating better? We’re living in times waiting for things to change is overrated and instant gratification is more popular.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is one of the attributes of the rise in plastic surgery. Mayoclinic.com defines BDD as, ” …A type of chronic mental illness in which you can’t stop thinking about a flaw with your appearance- a flaw either that is minor or that you imagine.” People who suffer from BDD are extremely self conscious and often believe they have a defect in their appearance. Medication and therapy is offered for this disorder, but the easier choice in the minds of people is to get plastic surgery.

Women sometimes strive for the impossible image of what they’ve been programmed to think is “beautiful”. What young girls and women don’t always get to see is the behind the scenes work it takes to for women on TV and magazines to look “beautiful”. Dove has taken a step towards changing the views of what beauty is and raising self confidence in young girls and women. Dove’s campaign consists of programs designed to raise the self esteem of girls, positive advertisements, and a fund to continue their programs running for future young women. With more programs like the one Dove is running, we can change the idea of what beauty is.

Gift Ideas For Mommies

Mother’s day is fast approaching us, only days away. Being the procrastinator that I am, I’ve yet to shop for my gifts. This year, forget the boring old card with flowers. Show mom a great time and have her relax with luxurious treatments and some fabulous products.

Who doesn’t love a spa day? Massage Envy offers packages starting at $30 to $50. If that’s not at a location near you, try SpaFinder. This is great for all moms from the workaholics to the stay at home mommies.

You can also bring the spa home to her. Sabon and L’Occitane offer pre-made gifts sets for clueless dad and kids who can never decide on the perfect gift. Goodies in the gift sets range from bubble bath, loofahs, and moisturizers among many other goodies. For those with sensitive skin Sabon’s products are all based on natural ingredients and are animal cruelty free.

And finally who doesn’t love to change their fragrance, I know I do :). These are the top 3 SkinALicious fragrances mom is sure to love:

1. Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP NYC

2. Marc Jacob’s Lola

3. Stella McCartney’s Stella

The Newest Face of Cover Girl is…

Taylor Swift has been chosen as the newest face for Cover Girl. She’s such a sweetheart and a great role model for young girls everywhere. The new line is expected to launch January 2011, and it’s going to be a luxury line of products. Don’t know what it will consist of, but can’t wait till it’s finally here. Cover Girl always delivers great products.

A Step Towards Healthy Hair

I’ve been guilty of it for years. Not weeks, or months, but years. I’m one of those people who wash their hair everyday. It’s sort of like a Catch 22 for me. I want my hair to look shiny and healthy everyday; yet washing it constantly is doing the opposite. For those of us with fine hair, it can get pretty annoying when your hair gets dirty so quickly. Washing your hair everyday strips it of the naturals oils it creates and needs to moisturize your scalp. Some create the oils quicker than others.
I’ve always been skeptical of it, but there are dry shampoos you can use. Dry shampoo looks like a hair spray can usually, and you spray your roots. It’s supposed to help decrease the amount of oils, helping you keep a cleaner scalp longer. Different companies sell them. Bumble&Bumble has a popular one. Tresemme now offers dry shampoo and a mousse. The mouse if for thicker, curly hair. Since the spray form is more airy, it’s best for fine hair.
A quickie you can try at home is powder. Sprinkle a bit of powder on your scalp and massage it. The powder soaks up the oils. When you do wash your hair make sure you’re massaging the shampoo on your scalp, because that is what’s lifts the oils off the root. Conditioner should only be applied to your ends and the bottom half of your hair. When all else fails, ACCESSORIZE. Throw on a cute headband or pull your hair back with a fabulous clip.