Happy Wine Wednesday Oenophiles! Gotta love when someone is thinking about us wine luvahs and our needs. Case in point: You are entertaining and you have a gorgeous bottle of buttery Chardonnay that you want to leisurely sip on your patio, but it’s really hot outside, you don’t have an ice bucket, and if you leave your wine outside without putting it back in the fridge it gets warm and tastes awful. Oh yeah, and you also want to stay outside and enjoy your guests and the beautiful day! Guess what? I have found the perfect solution to this annoying wine dilemma, allow me to introduce you to: Corkcicle ($24.95)
I am over the moon about writing this blog post today. Sharing my beauty secrets is probably one of my absolute most favorite subjects to write about. Why you ask? Well, having been an obsessed beauty junkie for most of my life because beauty has always made me feel better about myself, sharing my beauty tips, suggestions and secrets is truly the reason I started this blog to begin with. I believe that the right beauty product used at the right time can turn someone’s whole world around, not to mention their face!
So now I’ll give you a sneak peek behind Oz’s curtain. I’ll share my beauty regimen and recommendations of how I take care of my skin in my forties as well as what I have done leading up to this point:
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A FACIAL It all began at age 16. This is when I had my very first facial, and I can vividly remember the experience and all the wonderful smells to this very day. It was the most fabulous deep cleansing European style aromatherapy facial that totally transformed my skin and senses and I have been hooked ever since. Truth be told, more or less almost every month since I was sixteen years old, I have been getting regular facials and think it has made a world of difference in my skin. I prefer this deep pore cleansing type of facial because it rids my skin of toxins and dirt and makes my skin look refreshed and luminous.
USE A SERUM EVERYDAY: THEY ARE ANTI-AGING POWERHOUSE’S I started using serums as a teen and even back then I noticed how quickly they penetrated my skin and delivered noticeable results. Now, fast forward almost thirty years later and I use at least one serum every single night. I always use serums that have at least one gold standard/proven anti-aging ingredient like Retinol, Peptides, AHA/Glycolic/Lactic Acid, Stem Cells, Growth Factors or a skin lightening ingredient like hydroquinone because they deliver the most potent dose of anti-aging ingredients and noticeable results.
EXFOLIATE REGULARLY: DEAD SKIN MAKES YOUR SKIN LOOK OLD & TIRED Whether you use a physical scrub, an electronic brush, an at home peel or a professional chemical peel, any of these will do wonders for your skin. As a teen, I used the apricot seed scrub that I got from the drug store, and as a forty-something beauty blogger I tend to love combo scrubs that deliver both a physical exfoliant and an enzyme/fruit acid peel in one product or an occasional chem peel. Regardless of the product or method, gently removing dead skin refreshes and rejuvenates your skin and does wonders for your complexion at any age.
This month I am taking a moment out of my regularly scheduled programming to share with you a little bit about Fair Trade and the positive impact that it can have on improving lives and protecting the environment around the world.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is a market-based approach to fighting poverty. What that means is that when any of us buy products bearing this Fair Trade Certified label
it indicates that the farmers and workers producing the labeled goods were paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment and earn community development funds to empower and improve their communities. Fair Trade benefits more than 1.2 million farmers and workers around the world by improving lives, empowering women, supporting education, protecting the environment and creating high quality products.
While best known for coffee, Fair Trade Certified has grown to encompass many other products ranging from tea to chocolate to body care and wine. The Fair Trade Certified label helps USA consumers like us make informed choices with the confidence that the products we are purchasing is socially and environmentally sustainable.