Friday, September 30, 2011

Dry Skin Brushing Playlist

"Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower"
Albert Camus

Dry skin brushing is essential - skin removes about a pound of waste daily - brushing the skin moves this along, helps with lymphatic drainage and diminishes cellulite.
Whether you use a wooden bristle brush or large nylon cloth, make it fun to make it a habit, make it an air guitar!
This will help:
Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
Twist and Shout  - The Beatles
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
My Generation  - The Who
Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
Phew! Now your skin is ready for Body Nurish's Exotic Clay Body Wrap - a great thing to be able to do at home. Formulated with clays, herbs, sea vegetables, sea salt, nuts, and grains, this unique blend helps reduce cellulite, exfoliates, and pulls impurities from the skin. This softens and revitalizes the skin, tones and cleanses, suitable for sensitive skin.
Drink lemon water, and while the mask is drying, think what will be nice for winter.
Perhaps replace a chandelier with a globe of intensely green ivy topiary globe, it is lovely to dine under foliage!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vineyard Beauty

A gentle breeze stirred through the tree limbs of the already warm morning, and pine needles crunched under his feet as Merriwhether walked past shimmering grey green santolina, sage and lavender to the garage. He stoped to admire his vineyard. The grapes basked in the heat, sweating a little, like rows of plump vacationers on chaise longues along a pool in December.
Merriwhether was pleased, absorbing the view, the ultraviolet rays, the quiet, and the gentle heat on the early fall day. As birds chirped and flitted on the eaves of the garage, content as Merriwhether was, one thought disturbed his peace of mind, the restful kingdom of his soul. That was, were the neighbors planting marijuana plants between the rows of grapes again?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Detox Not Botox

There are easy daily things to do for beauty - drink water first thing in the morning, drink lemon water, a tablespoon of honey in your water, go for a walk, eat vegan every other day, dry skin brush for 10 minutes, while a different mask daily dries, and weekly such as bodywraps.
Weekly body wraps can be done at home such as Exotic Clay Body Wrap - invite a friend over to paint your back. If you rowed together at school, then it's not awkward. Or try comfrey gel wrap at a salon, combined with a facial. Don't be too cool for a beauty school, this makes it an affordable habit.
Weekly hair masks prolong your cut and color. Super Salve's Replenishing Hair Mask works wonders, so does a salon treatment under the dryer.
These small habits add up to never needing a beauty intervention, and they save money in the long run.
With the money saved replace your garden shed with an Far Infra Red sauna and icy cold plunge pool, steam room, salt room, and a tea house, with a musician.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Dawn broke as the sun gilded the treetops against amethyst horizon, with opals sprinkled throughout fading to rose quartz, as the amber sun lifted the sky up to aquamarine sky. Merriwhether sighed as he  nibbled on the corner of warm wheat toast, and felt the slow softening inside of contentment. It was a warm, oozing, happiness, like melted butter on a plate left on the counter to catch the stray sunbeams.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

An Apple a Day

"Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness."
-- Jane Austen
An apple a day removes heavy metals and cholesterol from your body, aids digestion, and makes the digestive tract alkaline.
Apple contains boron, a trace mineral necessary for beautiful hair.
So, too, is scalp massage - a contracted muscle receives ten times the blood flow a dormant muscle does. So, while listening to Mozarts's Clarinet Concerto #5, apply Body Nurish  Organic Herbal Hair & Scalp Treatment from scalp to ends, with  both hands, go through your scalp and pull away, feel the muscle release, and do your entire head. Relaxed cranial muscles make for a relaxed and pretty face. Apply Super Salve's Replenishing Hair Mask  - you will have lush and beautiful hair.
Of course, beautiful shiny hair needs a glass of Calvados, apple brandy, to sip on while baking an apple  pie.
Your beau will be so impressed, let him watch.
Of course, serve Anchovy Puffs with the Calvados, there is no rush.
Easy as pie:
Anchovy Puffs
4 ounces oil packed anchovies, olive oil, 6 cloves garlic, and one sheet prepared puff pastry. Use a fork to mash the oil and garlic together. Chop the anchovies, and mix with 1/2 cup minced thyme. Sip some Calvados.
Cut the pastry into 1 inch squares, with a pastry brush spread the squares with oil and garlic paste. Top each square with  some thyme and anchovy. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until one inch high and golden brown, serve on very old Stone Ware, so old the design has rubbed off, and pour some more Calvados.
Mmmmm, yes, the pie.
The best apple pie is James Beard's pate choux, filled with a variety of apples, and spiced with cinnamon, ginger and coriander. Voila!
While the pie is baking, a bit more Calvados and let him read aloud Ernest Hemingway's A Cat in the Rain.. Isn't he adorable?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Quelques Fleurs Meditation

"Life is commensurate with the number of beautiful impressions that can be squeezed into it. Let us have as many as we can." 
English Architect Ernest Grimson in letter to a client, 1907
The scent of all flowers and leaves is due to essential oil. In flowers that is known as attar. Put fragrant plants close to your house, so that when you walk outside you will easily catch their scent, Plant narrow beds to allow you walk close to the scented leaves and squeeze them, make low hedges of lavender, and raised beds to enjoy thickly planted cutting flowers.
Turn your shower into a scented garden. Sprinkle a generous amount of rose and jasmine essential oils on the floor of the shower. Dry skin brush, then in the shower lather up with Lemongrass Body Wash and mix it with Power Repair Salt Scrub, not missing an inch of your body with your loofah. Then spray all over with the light- as- fairy -wings Cocoa Butter Misting Skin Oil
Then sit comfortably, and  using your pinky finger, close your right nostril and breathe in through your left nostril. Do this five times then switch, and repeat the cycle several times or until you are ready to face the day. This balanced breath balances the energy in your body, and brings soothes the brain.
When you are done with the breath cycle, press the palms of your hands together  as in prayer. Joining the nerve endings joins the two sides of the brain, which is why hands in prayer is the same universally. Spray yourself Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant, created in 1912, and lightly spray your hair.
The day has been so elegant so far, keep it going by serving setting a table outdoors. A live string trio is always a nice touch, or maybe a classical guitar player.
Serve Prosecco and radishes with butter, and this sexy and simple recipe: Boil and drain angel hair pasta, top with a dollop of creme fraiche and a dollop of caviar, serve in low bowls.
Voila, as desirable as you are calm!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tone Your Bottom for Autumn

Fall is here, a quick warm up on brisk mornings is heels together, toes apart, on the balls of your feet, tail bone skyward and hands on the ground on either side of your feet, go up and down fast twenty times or until you break a sweat- and you will. This tones the back of thighs and bottom.
Then scrub with Power Repair Salt Scrub, it contains pure essential oils of sweet orange, peppermint, coriander, clove, and wintergreen. Apply Body Lotion. This super product also tightens legs and bottoms, as it contains DMAE. DMAE enhances your mood and tightens skin.
Now you can celebrate the new season by painting the outside of your window frames with goldleaf to reflect the sun, giving your house a lovely glow, or having several leisurely outdoor lunches at Admiral's Inn, English Harbor, Antigua, then take leisurely launches to Galleon Beach.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Skin Cell Regeneration Meditation

The seasons change their manners as the year
Had found some months asleep and leapt over them

-Henry IV, Shakespeare

Meditation helps the transition of the seasons, so does a  Liberty print blouse, suede ballet flats, and cropped pants.
Before sitting, wash your face with your Clarisonic and Super Salve Foaming Cleanser, happily peppermint and lemon scented, then massage Comfrey Lotion into your face, applying a bit of pressure, around the eye sockets, jawline, temples and cheeks, press for seven seconds, them move the fingers outward. Voila, shiatsu.
Comfrey has cell rejuvenating properties, and the most important ingredient allatoin. Allatoin is believed to be a cell proliferator and able to strengthen skin.
Now, sit comfortably, relax the root of your tongue, release the front of your throat, let your shoulder blades slide down your back, and use the breath to create space between each vertebrae. Close your eyes and breathe in, filling your lungs as though you were filling a vase with water.
Focus on sending your breath further down then it normally goes, and higher up your than it normally goes, breathing the ribs aways from the heart. Repeat this cycle five times, or until you feel your body and mind calm.
With the money you save knowing how to take care of yourself, consider planting a few rows of grapes, or replacing your draperies with lemon and lime trees in brass pots to brighten the winter.  

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Chamomile for Beauty, Inside and Out

'Though the camomile, the more it is trodden upon, the faster it grows; yet youth, the more it is wasted, the sooner it wears.'
King Henry IV, WS

Chamomile works on the outside to soothe, heal and regenerate skin, making it smoother and of an even tone. Enjoying as a tea, it soothes digestion and is soporific, a sleepy-time tea. It is fragrant in the garden, and releases a delicate scent when brushed.
It is in many of The Super Salve Company products because it is a beauty essential, and great for babies and blondes. It soothes redness and eliminates puffy eyes, and is wonderful to inhale.
So, knowing this, find the Power Repair or Body Nurish products that work best for you. With skin care so effective and affordable, you can have a fete!
For an autumn afternoon wear Pendleton Beach Boy Plaid Vans, from a few seasons ago. Never wear what is the mode this minute, too obvious. Adopt a look from Ms. Wintour and wear crew neck long sleeve shirt and damask rose patterned skirt, listen to Alexander's Feast by Handel, and sip a Benedictine, from your grandmother's glassware.
Benedictine monks put herbs to aid digestion in their liqueur.
Set the table with tartan tablecloth and Rose Chintz china will be perfect for Honey Glazed Chicken with Rosemary - this is a perfect dish, can be served hot or cold. Red Potato Salad made with organic potatoes, and open a nice Merlot for wine ripened heirloom tomatoes (tomatoes splashed with wine) with fresh black pepper.
 Always know a good baker for crusty bread, find a farm stand  fresh peaches with creme fraiche, and freeze mint ice cubes for   iced mint and chamomile tea, with a generous amount of Vermouth. Vermouth contains chamomile.
With your effortless natural beauty, there is time to throw a cashmere sweater over your shoulders, and have another glass of Benedictine, and allow someone read you a sonnet.

Beautiful Hair Habits

To preserve the natural beauty of your hair, find a hairdresser you can make a habit, someone who will weekly condition and blow out your hair, and gently kiss the ends with scissors, to let your natural beauty shine through. Someone who will greet you with a smile and a non fat cocoa. A treasured gem, who knows when toner or gloss is needed, not more foils.
A Saturday with a weekly blowout, now that summer is gone, helps ease the transition into autumn, as does the luxury of having a hairdresser who knows to spray on Morrocan oil for shine, a virtuoso who knows when less product is needed, not more.
The best hairdresser in Seattle is Jessica Rockwell at Salon Blast. Her cuts are flattering, her color as nature intended only better, and her blowouts have movement and shine, shine shine.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Arnica for Pretty Eyes

ArnicaArnica is an essential herb. Applied topically as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve, or tincture, arnica  soothes muscle aches, reduce inflammation, and heal wounds.
Arnica promotes skin regeneration and stimulates blood circulation which helps white blood cells remove fluid from an injury; it reduces swollen or puffy skin and dark circles.
Headaches from sitting in traffic, or other people's mal educata, bad manners, can be relieved, and as with all Super Salve products, the fragrance is part of the equation. Arnica Muscle Easing Salve rubbed on the temples and back of neck can ease the discomfort, if not the reality of the situation. For deeper penetration, Super Salve also makes an Arnica Linament.
Arnica is useful to treat hair loss, so try rinsing your hair with arnica tea as it will stimulate hair growth.
Now you can  move onto what really matters, such as creating an outdoor room on your porch using enormous ferns in hanging baskets for privacy and winter greenery.
 Then enjoy some Mariage Freres tea, using an art deco samovar, out of Stone Bridge blue and white china tea cups, from various years, with Carmargue napkins, and enjoy slices of apricot, walnut, and sour cream tea cake, meant to be eaten with your fingers, wear a ring made of an almond shaped amethyst, and and let the melodic tinkling of your charm bracelet blend with Henry Purcell's The King's Supper, a baroque favorite that works well for tea.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Celebrate Thursday with a Picnic

The most sincere love many people have is the love of food- St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Ooh, these Indian Summer days are beautiful. Today is a beautiful day for a picnic.
What to take on your picnic needs consideration. Yes, a Pendleton blanket, your grandmother's cordial glasses, Russian Vogue, or vintage Tatler, and maybe a two tone vintage Coleman ice chest, brown and tan. A book is nice, perhaps the 1928 Esquire Book of Short Stories - Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dos Passos and others. Sometimes one finds it in a used book store, with a boutonniere pressed between the pages.
Whatever you wear it must be old, and cotton. A good cotton has such a nice fade.
Wine, fizzy water, verjus, whiskey, and almonds to begin your picnic. Try and find a friend who can play the lute or mandolin, or doesn't talk about their smart phone.
At fruit stands, everything is on at once from our cool summer, warmer September  - late apricots, pears, peaches, nectarines. The fragrance of all the fruit at the stands is such a lovely mix- dill, raspberries, and tanned legs, all at once.
Here is the best tart ever for a picnic, it's both sweet and savory:
Walla Walla Sweet Onion & Ham Tart
3 thinly sliced Walla Walla Sweet Onions
2 tbl buerre
1 tbl caraway seed
8 oz ham, diced
1/4 cup flour
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup cream
4 eggs
1/2 cup apricot jam
1 10 inch tart (pate brise)
Preheat oven to 350
Saute the onion sand butter, add caraway, ham, and mushrooms
saute, add the flour
Bea the eggs and mix in the cream, add the onion mixture, pour into tart shell, bake for 40 minutes, glaze with apricot preserves, then bake another ten minutes.
Picnics are easy, and the drive can be half the fun.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Shiatsu in the Shower

Thou hast the sweetest face I ever look'd on.
Sir, as I have a soul, she is an angel;
Henry VIII

The shower is a wonderful place, you can step out a better person than when you step in. Keep a bottle of essential oil in the shower, try it a couple of times an you will see why. Right now I have grapefruit and sandalwood. When you begin to see steam, sprinkle a few drops around.
After you have dry skin brushed, and have The Beatles Abbey Road playing loudly, jump in and shampoo with Giovanni Organic Shampoo, the Tree Tea is very refreshing, then condition your hair with Replenishing Hair Mask.  Then apply Daily Renewal Peel  to your face, and let the enzymes work while you give yourself a shiatsu facial. Begin at the middle of the hairline, press for seven seconds and work around your face, until your fingers meet at your chin, then circle the eyes, and then the cheek bones. Press, hold, move, repeat. This takes about ten minutes but you are worth it, and your hair is being conditioned.
Scrub your face with Clarisonic. Then, take a generous amount of Sugar Scrub with Shea Butter  - the flower essences will turn your shower into a meadow, and your body into a bouquet. Scrub until transcendence is achieved. Rinsing is bittersweet, but there is always tomorrow.
The shiatsu facial is a habit that has cumulative effects, and remarkable results.
You look wonderful - with the money you have saved, have your portrait painted, buy season tickets to the opera, or adopt a pet.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lady Garden

At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May's new fangled shows,

But like of each thing that in season grows
-Love's Labor's Lost
Exotic Clay Body Wrap is a full body treatment you can do at home. If your home is 30 acres of meadows and woods, borders on a national forest and has an outdoor shower, even better. But your salle de bain works well. This Body Nurish product comes with a dry skin brush and darling bucket. It is every bit as effective as a salon wrap for detox and reducing cellulite. Linger over the ingredients: White, red, and yellow kaolin clays, Rhassoul Moroccan clay, ginseng,  juniper berries,  rose petals, Dead Sea salt, bladderwrack, coconut milk, Irish moss, Sea brine and aloe vera, Sweet almond oil, juniper and rose essential oils.
Dry skin brush vigorously, and apply Organic Herbal Hair & Scalp Treatment to your hair, Soothing Herbal Jelly Mask to your face.
Mix it, cover yourself with the clay, and take a seat. It's a good time to catch up on gardening magazines - so many inspiring ideas and photos. Vivaldi's Four Seasons is nice, and runs the right amount of time for the mask to set. Then, shower to a new you!
With the money you have saved, your can plant a fragrant double border of hollyhocks, lilies, and grasses along your walk, or buy a nice flat at Cadogan Gardens, and we'll meet for tea!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wrapper's Delight

Rosalind. I pray you, what is't o'clock?
Orlando. You should ask me what time o'day, there's no clock in the forest.
As You Like It  

A comfrey gel wrap is a miracle worker - it moves lymph so you lose inches, is very relaxing, and promotes skin cell regeneration - a great jump start for slimming quickly. Lounge in the warm botanical extracts for 45 minutes, and the aloe base leaves your skin so soft.  Dozing through an herbal gel wrap is much more comfortable than wearing Spanx, and not as much effort as a Bikram's yoga class. The intense release of toxins makes the next day's work out a bit lighter, movements more fluid.
Combine it with a facial, and you are as happy as you are pretty. If you go to a beauty school for this deluxe combo, it is a fraction of the cost of a salon treatment.
And with the money saved, you can have your vintage Airstream Trailer detailed, (airplane factories offer the best shine), buy a remote and pristine lakefront lot to park it on, or as the angel with the handsome jawline did, commission your own private label Irish Cream liqueur from a distillery.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sun King Meditation

For a dazzling look at Versailles during the time of Louis XIV, read  The Sun King by Nancy Mitford. Anything by Nancy Mitford is worthwhile, including her lovely face en profile.
When kitty Louis Quartorze flew to Seattle from Paris, he had  a passport and sat on my lap the entire flight.
For a lovely meditation try this:
Close your eyes. Imagine a glowing sun above the crown of your head. Send your breath there.
Keep that sun glowing, Imagine a glowing orb at your forehead, illuminate it with your breath.
Now a radiant sun at your sternum, send your breath there.
Now, focusing on the breath going in and out the inside passage of your, light a sun at your navel,
and then one at your bikini line. Send your breath to all the suns, and draw a golden line connecting them.
See how that balances you and pulls you together.
Now rub the palms of your hands together and feel your entire body energize.
Now you can plan a seven layer cake with coconut milk in the batter and roses on the frosting, a parterre for your garden with basil, thyme, oregano and a pear tree, or figure out how to get the pear out of an empty bottle of eau-de-vie.

Balanced Beauty with Reiki

Captain Von Trapp romances Maria in Gazebo from the Sound of Music
Nothing comes from nothing
Nothing ever could
So somewhere in my youth or childhood
I must have done something good
Maria to the Captain, Sound of Music

Yesterday I went to a beauty school for a shiatsu facial, and heaven sent a bone fide Reiki Master as my technician. Gentle reader I floated out on fluffy pink cashmere clouds, wearing a crown of fluttering butterflies and  followed by a choir of cherubs, softly singing, while nymphs scattered rose petals across the parking lot.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.
Tina found an imbalance caused by being chased by a dragon and restored the symmetry to my face. Another imbalance, caused by a stuck drawbridge over the moat, left my legs and pelvis askew, and this disappeared  like dew off grass on a summer morning. An aligned pelvis gives you a flatter stomach.
The reiki combined with the shiatsu relaxed and aligned my face to a look I had not actually thought possible, it restored my looks to that of years ago. I woke up after sleeping well, pretty as the new day.
No dragons will growl at me now, instead they bring will me coffee and a croissant on a tray. NRG is more than a radio station in Paris, it's the basis of health and beauty.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happiness is a Fragrant Shower

 If it were now to die,
'T were now to be most happy; for, I fear
My soul hath her content so absolute,
That not another comfort like to this
Succeeds in unknown

A great shower is beautiful start to the day. Dry skin brush until your skin is rosy. In the shower, start with a generous amount of Body Nurish Organic Facial Coconut Cleansing Milk. It is so delicous and creamy, a large dollop feels like covering your face in coconut cake batter, in the best way possible. Use the Clarisonic face brush. Then scrub for a very long time with Coconut Sugar Scrub, the sugar and the coconut turn your shower into a vacation. You will be so happy, you can face anything.
It's Indian summer, so wear Superga sneakers in blue with a dress. And spray your legs with Cocoa Butter Misting Skin Oil.  This sprays on so light, it makes you think of angels on clouds. Or one particular angel in colored straight leg levis.
Outside, enjoy a peach with fresh coconut ice cream. Listen, do you hear harp music? Are those moths on the lawn or fairies dancing? Don't the dahlias make you think of someone's sweet face?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BT Micro Peels, Lifts, and Tones Your Face

La plus ca change, the more they stay the same.
Preserve your face as time goes by, it's a good look.
BT Micro does just that. It is from the microcurrent lifting pioneers, Bio-Therapeutics. BT Micro is a handheld device for home use. Ultrasonic technology helps creams and serums penetrate, and peels and tones the skin.
The negative ion moves lymph and clarifies the skin. and the peel  function exfoliates.
For this step apply Body Nurish Soothing Herbal Jelly Mask, then peel over that. The soothing mask prevents dryness.
Then Step 1 positive ionic charge helps serums penetrate, with an ultrasonic spatula. Try VitaNutrient Intensive Vitamin C Treatment for this step.
Step 2 postive ionic charge the ultrasonic spatula penetrates creams, try VitaNutrient Face Cream.
BT Micro has lovely a lifting result, as it is microcurrent.
And LightStim LED is a good extra step  for stimulating collagen .
The BT Micro is an investment, but gives salon quality treatments, and it is quick.
With the money you save, you can buy a mid thigh length cashmere cape, three strands of pearls to push up over your forehead for a headband, or plant boxwood and yew along your front walk.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Celebrate Wednesday with a Poem

I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!
Of her choice virtues only gods should speak,
Or English poets who grew up on Greek
(I'd have them sing in chorus, cheek to cheek.)
How well her wishes went! She stroked my chin,
She taught me Turn, and Counter-turn, and stand;
She taught me Touch, that undulant white skin:
I nibbled meekly from her proffered hand;
She was the sickle; I, poor I, the rake,
Coming behind her for her pretty sake
(But what prodigious mowing did we make.)
Love likes a gander, and adores a goose:
Her full lips pursed, the errant note to seize;
She played it quick, she played it light and loose;
My eyes, they dazzled at her flowing knees;
Her several parts could keep a pure repose,
Or one hip quiver with a mobile nose
(She moved in circles, and those circles moved.)
Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay:
I'm martyr to a motion not my own;
What's freedom for? To know eternity.
I swear she cast a shadow white as stone.
But who would count eternity in days?
These old bones live to learn her wanton ways:
(I measure time by how a body sways.)

Essential Beauty Points for La Rentree

La Rentree -  end of summer sounds better in French.
This essential list certainly will help ease the transition into autumn, a season that can be as sweet as summer. And because everyone looks like Shrek sometimes.
Pressing these  points help to increase the blood circulation and energy flow on the face and tones the skin. Press each point for seven seconds.
  • If your face is tired or sagging, rub in the middle of the lower cheekbone on both sides of the face.
  • For puffy eyes rub on each side of the nose in keeping with the inner edges of the eyes, this moves lymph..
  • If your face looks tired or is sagging , rub on the outer edges of the eyes on both sides.
  • For lifeless cheeks and jowls rub the dimples beneath the ears on both sides of the face.
  • For eye bags and loose cheek muscle rub the space  between eye and cheekbone on both sides of the face.
  •  To tone up the muscles of the entire body, rub in the middle of the palms of both of your hands, briskly, generating heat.
Now play the Don MacLean's American Pie, loudly and spray your face with Power Repair Face Mist - hydrating, soothing and lavender and ylang ylang smell divine.
With the money you save knowing how to do your own quick fixes, you can have friends over for Campari and soda, Tomato and Onion Tarte, some olives with orange rind grated on top , on a Camargue cloth tablecloth.Or put roses and dahlias in a dimpled white milk vase, faded, tattered roses are still lovely,  or buy a pair of Gina Pankowksi drop earrings - the tear drop shape dangles elegantly just right near the jawline, best earrings ever, subtle and stunning -  white gold and pink quartz.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Afternoon Delight

For a lovely afternoon break, move energy with ten minutes of facial cupping , using Fruity Lift to help the cups glide. Then apply Green Clay Refinisher Facial Mask and read PG Wodehouse's The Girlfriend, a charming short story while the mask dries. With a little Mahler playing softly in the background.
When this is dry, rinse lightly and apply VitaNutrient Intensive Vitamin C Treatment, and smile thinking of the rose gardens at Blandings Castle. And spray yourself and your windowsills with Rose Renaissance  - the pure scent of roses in aloe vera and water.
The next step in your home facial is a natural facelift with Reflexology:
Pushing reflex or facial reflexology points as part of facial improves energy circulation and revitalizes. Push each reflexology point in sequence for several seconds. The motion is a soft press and lift, the release. Each side of the face is done simultaneously.
  • Press on the bridge of the nose, in between the eyes, in the bottom of the forehead, applying both thumbs, one following on from the other. Repeat.
  • On top of the eyebrows, in the middle of the face, press down by the line of eyebrows.
  • Repeat the motion many times, going outwards until the forehead is covered. Begin in the middle and smooth in an outward motion towards the temples, place both of your hands using all the fingers.
  • Begin under inner eyebrows, press in line working outwards until the outer corner of the eyes. Press next to the outer corner of the eyes.
  • Begin at each side of the nose; work outwards for the ear beneath cheekbone. Now move upwards until the whole of the upper cheek is covered.
  • Start at the area between the nose and upper lip, press in an outward direction in a continual line. Repeat movement .
  •  Begin beneath lower lip, press in an outward direction in a continuous line using two fingers. Repeat .
  •  Pinch lightly on the jaw line, working outwards.
  •  Press down the entire hairline, working towards ears. Repeat .
For an extra glow, use your LightStim LED, it can be very relaxing.
Voila you look beautiful. And with the money you have saved you can buy a beehive for your garden or an elegant bespoke carved jasper scarab ring set in 22kt. gold lotus leaves from Gina Pankowski  jewelry. Mine has been causing scarab envy to break out everywhere I go!

Reflexology for Beauty and Balance

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie
Which we ascribe to heaven.
All's Well That Ends Well, WS

There are many nerve endings in your feet. Reflexology works as the pressure techniques applied to the feet interact with  the body's nervous system creating relaxation, internal balance that shows on your face, and overall improved circulation. This allows the body to hit re-set, naturally.  
You are lucky if you live where Foot Spas abound and affordable reflexology is offered.
If not, find a good reflexology chart or book, and give your feet a good twenty minutes in the evening. It is a lovely habit, and your will go to sleep prettier, with calmer face and clearer mind and eyes. There are corresponding points on the feet to the body's organs and systems, and they need love too.
To create space between the bones in your face, interlace the fingers of your right hand between the toes of your left foot, and then the opposite. You will feel the stress of the day release, and your jaw and facial muscles soften.
For the foot ceremony, a cotton Hanro nightie and Violin Concerto #1 by Haydn is always desirable.
Body Nurish's Herbal Foot Treatment  is a great evening foot massage cream, Excellent for soothing and healing dry, cracked, and tired feet. The rich cream soothes and revitalizes tired feet, and rehydrates. Made with organic chaparral leaf; comfrey leaf; echinacea flower; hops flower; usnea lichen; beeswax; shea butter; coconut oil; grapefruit seed extract; glucose enzyme; and pure essential oils of rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint and rosewood.
With the money you save from this lovely habit, you can get a perfectly shiny weekly hair deep conditioning and  blowout, a gold flecked Russian Triptych from a charming bricolage shop, or  a great bottle of bourbon and 20  pounds of peaches to make peach jam.