Being a girl is FANTASTIC! There are so many little things that can make us happy. This little gem of a product makes me giddy.
First, it is a lipgloss (o: Secondly, it has a mirror on the side of the tube, AND thirdly, it has an LED light (yes I said light) that you can turn on for perfect application when it is dark. So..... if you are in a club, dark restaurant or in the car at night, applying this gloss is easy and fun!!
Pure Illumination glosses are also all natural and contain:
Medical Grade Lanolin: that moisturizes rather than coating the lips.
Jojoba Oil: that is a non-greasy extract from jojoba beans that soothes dry, achy skin.
Sweet Almond Oil: a softening and moisturizing agent high in mono/polyunsaturated fats. It also contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, and B6.
Vitamin E:an excellent antioxidant and moisturizer.
Grab one of this little gems today. They are perfect to pop in your purse and keep your lips hydrated this winter season.
Medical-Grade Lanolin - Medical-grade Lanolin is used as a cream to soothe skin. It is pure, hypoallergenic and bacteriostatic.
Lanolin is easily ABSORBED - lips maintain healthy moisture balance
Lanolin MOISTURIZES rather than coats - no need to reapply often
Lanolin HYDRATES - lips feel and look healthy all of the time
Lanolin PROTECTS - say goodbye to cracked, sore lips
Lanolin RESTORES SOFTNESS - lips feel soft, natural and kissable
Jojoba Oil - Jojoba Oil is a non-greasy extract from jojoba beans that soothes aching skin.
Sweet Almond Oil -
Sweet Almond Oil is a softening and moisturizing agent high in
mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids. It contains naturally
occurring Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E.
Vitamin E - Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant moisturizer to help nourish lips and restore moisture.
I am giddy with
excitement!!I have been searching for a
few years for the newest treatment that gives my clients healthy hydrated
skin.Guess What!!!I found it.I am ECSTATIC to introduce Hydrafacial ™.
What is Hydrafacial ™?
Hydrafacial ™ is a NEW
breakthrough in Aesthetic Technology.It takes its name from the root word hydrate.This ability to moisturize the skin separates
the Hydrafacial ™ from all other skin resurfacing procedures. It is the industry’s
latest method of skin cleansing.Hydration is the foundation of healthy skin.Dry red irritated skin has been proven to increase the signs of aging.
The Hydrafacial ™ removes dead skin and impurities while bathing the new skin
with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing skin solutions.The treatment is soothing, refreshing and
It combines the “Power of Three”
~The exfoliation and resurfacing of microdermabrasion
~The skin renewal of a chemical peel
~The hydration and extractions of a deep cleansing facial.
The HydraFacial™ has been a
favorite pre-red carpet treatment for the stars and is even enjoyed by the
Prince of Monaco! It has also been featured on Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS The Doctors
TV show, Allure Magazine, Essence Magazine, InStyle Wedding Magazine, and the
Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Run don’t walk to Wendy’s
Face Place to be one of the first in Maryland to experience the FANTASTIC Hydrafacial™ treatment.
Moving is frequently cited as one of the most stressful life events (after the death of a loved one or illness). Amen to that......
Sheesh. I really thought moving my business was going to be a breeze. I was so organized.
Moving truck. Check.
Strong guys to move lots of make-up. Check.
Change of address card to post office. Check.
Plus a million other things. Check.
Onward and upward!!
Just like the Jefferson's. Here I come, new shiny BIGGER studio.
Everything went like clock work. Well sort of.... What I had not planned on, was the anxiety I felt leaving my old TINY studio.
During the four years I was in my tiny studio in Clarksville, MD, I learned a lot about myself and business. I met so many fantastic women whom I now call friends. I had a routine that I loved. Go the bank, stop by Roots, lunch at Ruby Tuesdays, drop packages at Post Office. etc. etc.
When I started my own business five years ago, it was a leap of faith. I have always wanted to own a business. So I took a chance and I am so glad I did. But, leaving my first "business home" proved a bit harder than I thought.
Now that I have one week under my belt, I am feeling a little more like myself and am getting excited. The boxes are unloaded and it is time for business as usual.
Change is always challenging, even when we want it.
But one thing that will never change is my love for what I do, and the wonderful clients I look forward to seeing everyday.
Now where did I put that NEW fabulous color lipgloss I just ordered?
As an esthetician, I am well aware of the results of sun damage. I am not saying that a little sun is not good for you ( I am aware of that whole vitamin D thing), I am saying that a savage tan is going to make your face look like the designer purses you covet.
Despite knowing all of this, I miss having tan legs. Tan legs look longer. Tan legs look thinner. And somehow all of those broken veins and evil cellulite seem to "disappear" a bit when your legs have some color.
Enter glo-Mineral Glisten and Glo Kit.
I am obsessed with the body bronzer. I mix a little in with my body lotion (it is very concentrated) and voila, my legs have a GORGEOUS JLO glow. The body glisten is perfect for highlighting your arms and decolletage. The honey sugar butter body scrub is the perfect prep.
All of these little gems are the perfect size to throw in your weekend bag.
Treat yourself to goddess worthy sun kissed skin. All without the UV damage!
Ah…..what a glorious morning.I had to get up early because I had to attend
My husband did not understand why I was so excited about the
Royal Wedding.Maybe because he was
never a little girl.A little girl who from
the time she could remember, dreamed of one day becoming a princess and a
When my beloved sister Heidi and I were little, we would put
pillow cases on our heads and pretend we were brides.Each dreaming of our own wedding day.
I still remember the wedding of Princess Di (how we all
loved her) and Prince Charles.My loving mom
woke me and my sister up very early in the morning (that was way before Tivo or DVR)
and said, we all need to watch this together. It is history.
I know so many of my
“sisters” were out there watching with me today.All of us, secretly wishing we were Princess
I think seeing the dress was my favorite part! No- it was
her walking into Westminster Abby.No-
it was Prince William seeing her for the first time. No, it was the ride in Cinderella’s
coach pulled by those magnificent white horses. No, it was the kiss on the
balcony.Oh heck, the whole entire thing
was my favorite part.I sat and savored
every delicious moment.Tissue in
hand.What a magical real life fairy
Us girlie girls love weddings because it celebrates all that
we adore. All the things that make being a girl so fantastic.Fancy white dresses, special hair styles,
expertly applied make-up, sparkly jewelry, new shoes, a bunch of fuss and pomp.Oh yeah, let’s not forget the Prince or
But really, weddings (royal or not) are all about hopes and
dreams of what is to come.A new beginning
.A leap of faith.A promise to another person to give him/her
the best of who we are.What’s not to
love about that?
As a make-up artist, I have been SO lucky to be a part of so
many weddings.Seeing a bride never gets
old.It is every “common” girls day to
be a princess.
So here’s to being a girl!Loving the beauty and simple joy of a wedding!
I have been reading so much lately, that I think I need to
take a reading “time out”.
Being a skin care professional, I am constantly scouring the
internet, magazines and webinars for new products/services that I can offer my
clients.My clients trust me. I take
that responsibility very seriously.
As a result of my research, it is becoming quite obvious to
me that we are putting way to many chemicals on our bodies (in our bodies
too—but we will save that for another time).
So, for the past six months I have been searching and
searching for an organic make-up line to offer my clients.I am getting closer.
I believe it is very important that I offer my clients
skincare and make-up products that are natural, free of parabens, PEGS, and
petroleum products. I currently carry quite a few products lines that are
“organic” (Osmosis, Combat Balm, Lalicious, and Mama Mio). Clients love these
products and I am thrilled to offer them these natural choices.
Keep in mind, natural/organic does not mean
ineffective.Quite the opposite.It is more expensive to make these products
because they do not contain cheap additives. Quite often they have more active ingredients in them.
I also realize some people are not into this
“organic/natural thing” and do no want to give up their favorite products.That is fine too!Trust, me there area few of my favorite
products that I am not quite ready to give up.
So for now, I am happy to a hybrid esthetician!Stay tuned for some exciting new products.
While watching 60 minutes the other night, I heard a quote that has been resonating in my head ever since.
"If you are not making mistakes, you are not trying"
I LOVE this quote.
Before I started my business four years ago, a childhood friend of mine said, "What is the worst thing that can happen if you start your own business?" I said, "I might fail." He then said, "So what, at least you tried and you will learn what to do better next time."
True, but easier said then done. But.... I took a leap of faith, and I went ahead and did it. I have not looked back since. I love my career. I love having my own business.
Have I made mistakes? Sure. But I have grown and am so much smarter than I was four years ago.
So this year, instead of the usual cliche New Years Resolution of trying to lose weight, try doing something new. And if you make a mistake or two along the way, who cares, at least you tried.
Just remember, we had to crawl and endure a few falls before we could walk.
It was like Christmas last week when I received the newest Osmosis product called Stem Factor. I was like a five year old ripping the box open.
Stem Factor utilizes over 150 different growth factors from pristine, stem cells. This magical serum improves all aspects of aging and sun damage. It gently restores and stimulates the healing process which includes building collagen and elastin, as well as healing hyperpigmentation. This is the first serum of its kind to offer patent pending lipisomal delivery, which improves the penetration of these wondrous growth factors by ten fold.
As we age, our skin sees a decline in the number of growth factors available in the skin.
The goal of Stem Factor is to restore your skin's growth factors to a level previously seen when we were young.
As many of you know, I will use a product for several months before promoting it to my clients. However, because of Osmosis's proven track record with me and my clients, I decided to market this one "right out of the box."
It has only been about 5 days but my skin is glowing! And it smells AWESOME.
Just a quick side bar : I am not the best blogger but I am going to try and get better!
So here we are, fall is almost in the air. When it comes to the end of summer, I am sort of like a four year old child not getting his/her way. I pout (okay I am know to do that sometimes) and get really cranky. I just love summer. Not so much the hot humid weather but that carefree feeling that comes with it. It seems that once the kids go back to school something in the air changes. But does it really? Or is it just the way we look at things. I think it is the latter.
We have all heard the phrase "attitude is everything". It is true but sometimes it is hard to dig for that positive attitude. I recently read something, somewhere, that said to look for beauty in every moment of the day. Now that is something I can do. So as I sit here on this raining day, FINALLY updating my blog, I am finding beauty in the fact that the grass and trees and are getting a much needed drink of water. Ok--corny but it is a start!
In my business, which I am incredibly grateful for-(see I am finding beauty again) patients (especially my ladies) are less than positive about their aging skin. For us females, aging is serious business. We feel like somehow we are losing a bit of our "power". It is hard to see our faces change before our eyes. Treatments, creams, UV protection really help, but in the end, we are going to age. And we are lucky to do be able to experience this gift.
Just as seasons change each year, seasons also change in our lives. As I look around at my family, my friends, my home, my beloved dog, even my business, they are all getting older. It is bittersweet. But most things get better with time.
Here's my point. Six years ago this October, a dear friend of mine lost her cousin to breast cancer. Her cousin was 34 years old. She was graceful, beautiful, smart, vibrant and so positive. A true joy to be around.
When I get upset or frustrated with my aging face, I often think of her. I think of how she would have given anything to grow older, to see her children flourish, to see her parents enjoy their golden years, and to live happily ever after with her husband. That is when I realize, that aging really is a gift. We get to experience "seasons" with a new perspective and find beauty and joy around us everyday.
So I say to you all, embrace all that are and all that you will be. And enjoy all the seasons of the year and all of the season of your wonderful life!
Don't you just love the smells of summer? Fresh cut grass, honeysuckle, charcoal smoldering on the grill, cotton candy at the fair, french fries on the boardwalk, and if you are from Maryland....the smell of steamed crabs!!! Yum!!
Although all these smells are fantastic there is one scent that screams summer to me. Coconut!! I LOVE IT! It could be that it reminds me of my teen years when I would slather Hawaiin Tropic suntan lotion all over! Remember that black bottle? Whatever it is--I cannot get enough.
If you love it too--you have got to try one of my new favorite products by Lalicious. Coconut Cream Sugar Souffle. This all naturalbody scrub is made with coconut oil which absorbs quickly and
easily into your skin, leaving it moisturized and protected without
feeling greasy. (BTW coconut oil is also EXCELLENT for your insides too). Pure cane sugar crystals exfoliate dead skin cells while
sweet almond and vitamin-e oils condition, moisturize, and smooth you
Before you get out of the shower,
scrub all over your body and rinse with warm water. Pat yourself dry and
the tropical scent of coconut will have you daydreaming for hours!
This product is also the PERFECT prep step for self tanning!!!
No need for lotion after using this scrub
in the shower. Just get out and go!
*Shave with me!
the sugar crystals away and you have the perfect opportunity to get the
closest shave ever! Your legs will be moisturized and silky smooth!
Are you tired of greasy heavy sunscreen but aren't quite ready for a powder spf?
Colorescience Sunforgettable Face Primer SPF 30 is for you!! It is a unique skin protecting SPF 30 primer and it is excellent for all skin types. It protects ultra sensitive or sensitized skin from sun damage and reduces the appearance of redness. This product feels like velvet on your skin and is a great base for your foundation.
Apply a sheer layer, with finger tips, to face, neck and décolleté. You should see the “effect” of the primer, not the primer itself
If you are looking for an effective facial "peel" but don't want to put acid on your skin--look no further.
Osmosis Facial Infusion is for you!!
Free of alpha and betahydroxy acids, this treatment is gentle, but incredibly effective-making it tolerable and appropriate for every skin condition. This treatment is best left on overnight.
This orange "peel" (think oompah loompah) is a blend of calming, antibacterial, lightening and skin building ingredients that penetrate deep into skin. These botanicals stimulate the skin's natural response to slough off or "push" off-old skin cells.
Typically, peels work from the top down, removing the outer layers of skin by the application of of acid or mechanical methods -like microdermabrasion. Osmosis facial infusion works from bottom up--known as a dermal push.
Once you go "orange" --you may never go back!
Skin will flake approx. 48 hours after the treatment.
I am sooo excited to tell you about Osmosis's newest product called Catalyst.
The definition of "catalyst" is an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action. What a perfect name for such a remarkable product.
According to Dr. Ben Johnson (founder of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare) this new product is a "game changer". He explains, "Catalyst is revolutionary and just may be the single greatest invention in skincare". Yes these are pretty hefty words but they are backed by A LOT of science (some of which I don't yet understand.....ever talk to a chemist?.....)
For those of you who don't know me-- I try almost every product I carry before I bring it into my business. I need to understand it before I can explain it to you.
Well, I have been using Catalyst for about five weeks now. I mix six drops in with my Renew Serum, day and night.
All I can say is ---WOW.
About two weeks ago (that would be at 3 weeks of use), my hairdresser (who gets awfully close to me) told me my skin looked flawless.
Later that day while Christmas shopping, three more people told me how great my skin looked, or asked me why my skin was glowing. Since that day people have been noticing!! I have been noticing.
My skin texture is much smoother. Though I don't have a lot hyperpigmentation, the one spot I have is much lighter! My skin tone is better.
My skin feels firmer. My broken capillaries seem to be fading!
This is in five weeks!!
Now for some science.
Catalyst -Skin Repair Growth Factor
(SRGF-7) appears to be active in the following ways:
It rejuvenates DNA/RNA by promoting the repair of damaged strands.
It reduces scar tissue by improving protein production.
It stimulates collagen production.
It improves the strength and elasticity of the collagen structure.
It regulates/normalizes pigment production which results in dramatic improvement of melasma and age spots (solar letigines).
It reduces inflammation at the cellular level.
It does all this by using "zinc fingers" to deliver the peptides to the skin.
According to the website wise geek a zinc finger is.....
A finger-shaped protein fold that is formed by specific amino acids in the protein binding to a zincion. Zinc finger proteins often bind to DNA and RNA because their shape allows close interaction of the domain with the nucleotides of DNA and RNA.
To put all of this in layman's terms, Catalyst appears to create an anti-inflammatory effect in the skin which calms cellular inflammation. It restores the pace and quality of collagen production and activates the skin's repair centers. It works and is excellent for all skin types.
Stay tuned for more information. As I learn more--I will let you know!
If you want to improve your skin in 2010--Catalyst (paired with your favorite Osmosis Treatment Serum) is the way to start.
If you already love your Osmosis products--you will be “over the moon” with Catalyst.
Because this launch is so exclusive and quantities are limited I will not be offering this product on my site. Please contact me directly at Wendy0912@aol.com if interested.
So how do you know which one is “the best” I have been working with glōminerals over 7 years and just LOVE it!! I think it is one of the best on the market--here is why......
glōminerals utilizes micronized, triple milled
particles. This means the minerals will:
• Lay smoother on the skin
• Feel silkier when touched
• Provide continuous coverage
• Show less shine and/or sheen on the skin.
Triple milled mineral particles will not be absorbed into the skin, but rather lay smoothly on the skin’s surface. glōminerals delivers a semi-matte finish that works perfectly for everyday use. It is also excellent for photography and HDTV.
glōminerals also offers their exclusive formula in a pressed "powder" formula. Very convenient and not as messy as the loose variety.
Some of the “mass” mineral make-ups that are sold in specialty stores, infomercials and home shopping channels have mineral particles that are larger. This can result in a higher sheen and more shine.
In addition glōminerals products contain an exclusive blend of antioxidants that offers added protection against environmental conditions
* Vitamin C – an antioxidant to reverse
free-radical damage and strengthen
the immune response to antigens
* Vitamin A – an antioxidant that conditions
the skin keeping it soft and supple
* Vitamin K– an antioxidant with calming and
* Vitamin E – an antioxidant that delivers
moisture binding benefits and promotes skin
* Green tea extract – anti-inflammatory
Each product in the glōminerals product line is talc-free. Each product also offers broad-spectrum UV and antioxidant protection. glōminerals is a professional makeup line sold only through skincare professionals and spas.
So many of you love the Clear Harmonized Water --I finally have some “technical” information to explain why.
Harmonized Water utilizes several beneficial frequencies that have been imprinted on water molecules through a revolutionary process. These frequencies have been proven to stay in the water for years. Consuming these beverages allows the beneficial frequencies to spread through our (water-filled) bodies. Scientists have become increasingly supportive of the idea that molecules can hold energy. There has also been a growing awareness that frequencies have an impact on cellular activity. Harmonized Water has simply put those two concepts together to create frequency-enhanced water that has positive effects on cellular activity.
Are you still with me??
As we grow older, our body is exposed to millions of toxins and different forms of radiation that alter the energetic balance in our cells and tissues. Harmonized Water helps to correct those imbalances. The result is that your body begins to heal itself.
For those of you that follow “ The Secret” principles and philosophy of energy this will make sense to you....Everything in nature vibrates (at the molecular level) and does so at a specific to that rate. In other words, like “energetic fingerprints”, everything has a unique vibrational frequency. What we think (yes, thoughts have a vibrational frequency), what we inhale and what we ingest all have either a positive or negative effect on the energy of our cells. Harmonized Water targets specific disharmonies that are associated with human disease or related symptoms. It is then up to the body to heal itself.
The Clear Topical Spray utilizes frequencies that promote wound healing, minimize bacterial overgrowth and protect against free radical damage. That makes it great for all skin types!!
Just spray your skin after you cleanse--then again after you apply all of your Osmosis serums. Harmonized Water is also an EXCELLENT way to moisten and set your mineral make-up!!
A big thank you for Dr. Ben Johnson (the founder and creator of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare) for providing this information!!
Sorry it has been so long since my last update. I was lucky enough to take a trip to Kauai. (it sure is a long flight from the east coast but well worth it) and am just settling back in.
As many of you know, I am a HUGE advocate of SPF. It is truly the best anti-aging product out there. Most of you are pretty good about applying your SPF however, many of you are not so good at reapplying. That is the key. You should reapply your SPF every two to three hours.
While I was in Hawaii--I pulled out my Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 brush every two to three hours. For those of you who don't know what this is--it is a brush with an oil free, chemical free, powder SPF in it. In my opinion, it the PERFECT SPF because it is portable, easy to apply and can go on top of make-up. Many of my clients even use it as a finishing, oil absorbing powder.
Now that we are heading into the cooler months, many of you feel you don't need your SPF. Yes you do!!! Put it on--everyday!!!! The sun is still out!!!!
Just pull out your fancy shmancy Sunforgettable Brush!!!
Did you" misbehave" over the summer and now you want to make amends?
Don't fret your pretty little head.........
Introducing the VI peel!!
The Vi Peel is guaranteed to be one of finest peels you have ever experienced! The unique blend of ingredients in this Peel produces powerful results with no pain, no skin preparation and very little downtime. The Vi Peel will:
Improve the tone, texture and clarity of your skin
Reduce or eliminate age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma
Soften lines and wrinkles
Clear acne skin conditions, reduce or eliminate acne scars
Stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin
The peel takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. You will begin peeling approximately 48 hours after the treatment and you will "slough" for about 5-7 days.
This is an awesome treatment!! Just a little "down time" but well worth it.
I am so excited to introduce LipToxyl X3 Revolumizing Lipcare - a new lip-plumping,
line-lifting powerhouse. Finally a lip plumper that does burn or sting!!
This ultra-lightweight formula hydrates, soothes and
volumizes lips with Lip Response Technology, a scientific blend of
naturally-derived ingredients. This technology remodels, repairs and
continuously replumps lips for younger-looking contours and a cushiony
fullness. It also has a refreshing peppermint flavor!!!!
Good new too--it is Paraben free. You can wear it alone or overtop of your favorite lipstick.
Colorescience Smoothing, Soothing Skin Bronzer - Wild to MildMy new favorite product!! Since I have started using it- I am not sure I can "live" without it!! This little gem of a product relieves irritations, reduces wrinkles and gives the skin a golden glow! This velvety skin/foundation primer is actually good for your skin.
Wild to Mild evens out the color of the skin and protects it from sun damage with zinc and titanium dioxide. This creamy primer (with a physicial spf of 20) has a skin-bronzing golden-brown coloration that helps the skin look tanned, not burned, after sun and wind exposure or skin care treatments.
Organosilicons refine the texture of the skin, allowing actives to work well without clogging pores. Patented rice peptides soothe burned skin and prevent the breakdown of collagen. Blue algae extract, Beta carotene and vitamin E nourish the skin while glycerine provides essential hydration.
All you need is one pump. Just smooth it over the face after your moisturizer/spf and prior to your foundation. You can even use it during the day over your make-up for a little pick me up!! Don't forget to "spritz" your minerals--they love moisture and it helps them melt into your skin.
Summer is almost over.....it is time to "Get Wild"
I love, love, love this line! And I continue to be thrilled with the results for not only myself, but for my clients. Osmosis is cruelty free, paraben free, artificial color and additive free and uses more water-soluble plant-based active ingredients than any other skincare line in the world—plus, it has an incredibly affordable price tag. Osmosis founder, Dr. Ben Johnson, believes in virtually eliminating inflammation during the skin repair process and promotes “feeding the skin” by increasing its circulation. If you’re looking for an all-natural and extremely effective skincare line, choose Osmosis.
Try gloEye Revitalize. Brightens and tighten eyes in as little as 30 seconds. This little wand contains cucumber, squalane and hyaluronic acid to cool and hydrate the skin while aloe and linoleic acids work to condition. Goldenseal and juniper offer a temporarily "lift" to the delicate eye areas, while light-reflecting minerals help diminish the appearance of fine lines and brighten the eyes. This colorless cream formulation can be worn by all skin tones. Just pop it in your make-up bag for an instant "eye lift".