Etsy Love: 10 Sweet Raspberries

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Raspberry Lip Balm from the Pudleduk Soap Co., $2.50

For Spring: raspberry handbag from ChickBags, $24

Raspberry Cream Cupcake soy candle from Bella Grace Designs $7.50

Beautiful ring from The Ardent Sparrow, $12

Seam binding from the $5 French Market, $5

Handmade scarf with millinery pin from Winterberry Creek, $16.95 

Vanilla de Framboise Shampoo That Rocks from In a Lather, $8.50

Raspberry Buttercream Whipped Sugar Scrub from Mad City Soap, $9

Get organized with Raspberry Lemonade file folder from Red Otter, $25.50

Raspberry Earrings from Etsy's Bellina Designs $21

2 Giveaways Ending Tomorrow!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Just a reminder that I have 2 giveaways ending tomorrow!

If you haven't entered, please do so. Both are boxed and ready to ship.

GIVEAWAY #1 is available right here on Chic & Green and is for a full-sized jar of Sea Salt Glow. Enter here by leaving a comment on the linked post.

GIVEAWAY #2 is for Facebook Fans of my shop's Facebook page. Enter by becoming a fan here.
The winner will receive a 1 ounce bottle of Signature Peptide Serum ($25 value).

Reminder: I am closing tonight for a few weeks to get some R & R. I'll be open again by April 1st. 

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Etsy Love: New Finds from a Favorite

Minty Fresh Earrings, $12

Fly, an assemblage necklace, $60

Key to My Heart necklace, $28

Spring Is In the Air earrings, $8

My So Called Junky Life is a favorite shop of mine on Etsy. Sarah is one of the best and her earrings are among my favorites.

I just wanted to share some of Sarah's newest items from her shop. Enjoy!

All photos from Sarah's Etsy shop.

Review: Almay Pure Blends

Almay is the latest in drugstore brands to embrace the natural and eco-conscious trend in cosmetics.

They recently launched a new branch of the line called Pure Blends, which features liquid foundation, loose powder, blush, lip gloss, mineral makeup, and eyeshadows.

I have tried each item in the line and have been testing them out now for several weeks.

My Take:

Pure Blends is not nearly as good as Organic Wear by Physicians Formula. Organic Wear outshines Pure Blends almost every step of the way, even though much of the Organic Wear line could use improvements in terms of the quality and convenience of packaging.

This is not to say that Pure Blends is bad. It isn't. It just feels like the company was in a hurry to compete in this ever-growing market and quickly threw together this new range. The products I enjoyed are STELLAR. The products I didn't like at all were bad. Really bad. 

There is no middle ground. I felt 2 products were fabulous and will definitely be purchased again, while 3 were just terrible.


The Eyeshadow is a dream. I lightly dusted my lids with a mineral finishing powder to hold the shadows longer. The formula applies with ease. The texture is just divine--very soft and silky without being shiny. The colors are true and this lasted all day. The part part? The price! These were just over $7 each at Ulta. However, I bought them when they were Buy 1, Get 1 Free and then used a $3.50 coupon. I ended up with 4 eyeshadows for $11.50!

Seriously, if you are looking for an eyeshadow that applies and blends with ease, provides true colors and lasts all day, run over to the store and buy these! I would avoid the colors with reddish/deeper hues (such as the cinnamon shade). The ingredients lists says "...may contain carmine" and carmine is crushed female insects. You can always call customer service (as I often do) to find out specifically which shades contain carmine. I wish companies would stop saying "may contain" and label each specific color to take the guesswork out of it for the consumer. 

I purchased: Stone, Oatmeal, Steel, Ivory

Ingredients: Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lipids, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Zinc Stearate, Squalane, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Kaolin, Lecithin, Phospholipids, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos (Yuzu) Peel Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Viola Tricolor (Wild Pansy) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Carmine (CI 75470).


Again, another fantastic product in this line. I prefer the convenience of a round pot, other than these old Cover Girl-style compacts from the late 80s. That being said, I am very picky about quality and ease of packaging, so do not let my own complaint about this deter you. 

The actual product itself is wonderful. My most favorite blush, for reference, is Lancome Blush Subtil. I try not to use this favorite of mine (since the 90s) because the ingredients aren't that great, but if you have used this you will know the texture I prefer in my blushes.

I apply this Pure Blends blush in Orchid with one of two brushes--either the slanted brush for blush from Everyday Minerals, or else my Eco Tools brush. The color, again, is true. Texture is soft and luxurious for a low cost blush. This is far better than the Organic Wear blush, which yields a choppy look.

This is one of the best "green" blushes on the market in any price range. Again, please take notice of the carmine as a possible ingredient if this is an issue for you.

Ingredients: Mica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Kaolin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lipids, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Zinc Stearate, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos (Yuzu) Peel Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Viola Tricolor (Wild Pansy) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Phospholipids, Lecithin, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77981), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Lip Gloss:

I would like to find something positive to say. I cannot, unless I tell you that Fig looked great in the tube on the shelf. That is it.

This was very, very disappointing. The texture is horrible. It was thick and sticky, while being drippy and greasy at the same time. It had a strong, plastic type taste as well. The color did not look like the color in the tube at all. I found that it went on with almost a greenish tint (in a pinkish-brown). It almost looked as if I applied a soft olive green on top of a nude raisin. Not flattering. Nothing about this worked for me.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Punica Granatum Sterols, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos (Yuzu) Peel Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Viola Tricolor (Wild Pansy) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Carmine (CI 75470).

Loose Finishing Powder:

Another dud. This was highly scented, first of all. While it may be fragrance free, it has a strong scent. I also do not like the fact that silica is in this in such high concentrations. I applied this over the liquid makeup which I will review below. It was very chalky and gave me a caked on look, even though I applied it very lightly with a kabuki brush. I wouldn't recommend or repurchase this one either. I chose this in Translucent Matte.

Ingredients: Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Lecithin, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos (Yuzu) Peel Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Viola Tricolor (Wild Pansy) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Sorbic Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77981).

Liquid Makeup:

This was by far the worst of the bunch. It was absolutely horrible. This has a light coverage, which is fine. I adore tinted moisturizers and a light coverage. This wasn't easily blendable and I have spent lots of time over the years blending makeup on others and myself.

As with the powder, this was very fragrant. All of the floral extracts make this very strongly scented and it was extremely irritating to my skin. After one day of use, I had two whiteheads on my nose and itchy redness on my cheeks. A glutton for punishment, I applied this a second day. My face felt very warm and became red again, with visibly clogged pores by that night. This product also contains Borax, which I wouldn't want to put on my face.

You all know I am very good at taking care of my skin, and this was clearly the trigger for me.

The color (Naked) looked fine when first applied and then oxidized within an hour. This was just a bad, bad foundation all around.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Sterols, Sucrose Laurate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cellulose, Stearic Acid, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos (Yuzu) Peel Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Viola Tricolor (Wild Pansy) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Phospholipids, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, Alcohol, Silica, Sodium Borate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499).

Shop Local: Pittsford Farms Dairy

I have to thank my friend and fellow blogger, Christine, for mentioning Pittsford Farms Dairy in her blog again recently.

I tend to forget about this place--a great local dairy I used to walk by almost daily while I was a college student taking long walks near the canal in Pittsford.

Pittsford Farms Dairy offers a nice selection of --you guessed it--dairy products, which are locally made and free of hormones. This is important to me as a mom and a woman. Foods today are so full of chemicals and hormones and I don't want my dairy products and meats to be full of nasties.

You can buy a full gallon of hormone free milk for less than $5 at PFD. This is a great savings over the cost of the Wegmans brand of organic, hormone free milk (which is over $6 per gallon). We live in a house with 2 huge milk drinkers--Benjamin and Tom both drink LOTS of milk. I drink a glass or two per day. Given that our 3 year old consumes, on average, a quart per day of milk himself, it is crucial that it not be full of hormones which may affect him later on in life.

We went to the dairy last week. The boys flocked over to the baked goods case by the cash register. Nick chose a smily faced cookie and Ben chose a homemade cinnamon sugar donut for their dessert.

If you're a chocolate milk connoisseur as our Ben is, you will find none better than Pittsford Farms Dairy. Ben first had this chocolate milk at Sticky Lips (a great BBQ restaurant at the corner of Culver Road and Atlantic Avenue in the city). After the first sip, he quickly declared it the "best milk in the whole wide world." This is available at the dairy for $6.29 a gallon. We bought a half gallon (I think it was $3.75) thinking it would last a few days and we were wrong. Ben loved it.  

You may choose glass bottles (with $1 added as a deposit the first time around) or plastic.

I also bought some Half & Half, which is nice and creamy to add to my coffee in the morning. This was $1.65 for a pint of hormone-free half & half and I can tell you that it tastes better than any other.

Locally harvested honey is also for sale, as is pure maple syrup and a selection of baked goods. The freezer case is full of tempation. You can buy some delicious ravioli from another local business, The Ravioli Shop, in several delicious varieties. I did succumb to tempation and bought a container of Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream from Rochester's Corn Hill Creamery. This ice cream is delicious and the crunchy pieces taste just like what you'd find in an ice cream cake. Tom and I shared this one. Next time I will get their Chocolate Sorbet.

Not only do I like the fact that the ice cream is delicious and locally made, but I like that it's just the basics to make the recipe--nothing fummy or artificial added.

I plan to return this weekend to Pittsford Farms Dairy. It will be our regular stop for dairy products. We buy lots of our produce at Aman's on East Ridge Road in Irondequoit, as well as our cheese, which is also local.  In the warm weather, we regularly go to the Public Market in the city.

Find the Pittsford Farms Dairy in the village of Pittsford, across from the Del Monte Lodge and right near Schoen Place.

Spreading a Rumour...of Blackberries, that is!

I don't like spreading rumors, but I'll make an exception for Jojoelle.

My newest perfume is one I received in the mail from Jojoelle, and it's a delightful spring scent titled Rumour of Blackberries.

This scent is one of Jo's signature creations and it is just lovely. She describes this as " fruity sugared blackberries, tart sliced lemon, and the sultry smell of sweet vanilla musk. Perfectly balanced!" 

It is as described and more. 

The predominant notes to this nose are blackberries and a sensuous vanilla musk. It is a given cheery, spring time flair with the tart lemon. 

Those who adore Falling in Love by Philosphy will adore this blend. The blackberry is very similar. On the other side of the coin, those who do not favor Falling in Love (like me) will also like this because it is a different scent. Falling in Love features blackberry musk, floral notes and top notes of vanilla. The vanilla, which is a note I adore, never comes to its full potential on me with Falling in Love. It is more of a musky/floral/blackberry and doesn't work on me.

Jo's signature blend will satisfy those who want the vanilla to come out without it being a gourmand/foody scent. This is really sophisticated while remaining flirty and fun.

As always, Jo's customer service is top-notch. She's great at what she does and I look forward to more of her signature blends. Of the fragrances I have tried from Jo, Cremasse and Chocolate Boheme are my favorites, but something tells me Rumour of Blackberries will be a spring and summer favorite!

Find this online at Jojoelle.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Associated Press Photo

Everyday Minerals Tide Pool Eyeshadow, $6

Cruelty free scarf from Crickets Creations on Etsy, $40

Small structured clutch from the UK's YuniSacs on Etsy, $19

Cabochon necklace from Etsy's Bella Lili, $29
What a great message! From Cut & Paste Print on Etsy, $20

Earrings by Kristin Perkins, $37

Mug from Etsy's Vegan Dish, $20

I adore purple. It's one of my most favorite colors--sharing top rank for me with turquoise and a nice deep fuchsia. I wear purple. I use purple to decorate. I just love it.

Last night I told you how much I adored Michelle Obama's purple dress while I was watching President Obama address Congress. The First Lady has been spotted in purple before--typically in a brighter shade with more magenta notes. The true, deep purple of the Narciso Rodriguez sheath worn by Mrs. Obama last night was the perfect shade of purple for her. She looked radiant.

Since purple is on my mind, I thought I'd share with you some great Indie shopping finds--all of which are some shade of purple.


Michelle Obama's Purple Dress

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

This is a mini post. If I don't write it down here now, I'll surely forget by tomorrow. I'm getting ready to watch President Obama speak, and the First Lady walked in with a gorgeous purple dress. It's a fantasic color for her! I love purple and am eager to find out where it came from. More tomorrow!

Let's Have a Heart to Heart

Monday, February 23, 2009

This heart locket is available at Etsy's birdzNbeez for $32

I've received a few emails asking why I haven't posted as much as I usually do. You know I adore my readership--many of you have come to be regular email buddies, Facebook friends, and people I have known in person for many years.

Chic & Green has been a special part of me, much like my business. Both are reflections of who I am outside of being a mom, wife, and friend.

Last week I had an earache. No biggie. Nick and Ben finished antibiotics a couple weeks back for ear infections. I don't like to go to the doctor. I go when I need a check up because I know it's important. An earache wouldn't normally take me to the doctor, but something in my gut just said to get it checked out. Nicholas had winter break last week and I didn't want to take away from a day of family fun, so I went to After Hours to check on what I thought was an ear infection.

During the routine taking of vitals, my blood pressure was what they called "dangerously high." Easily into Stage 2 Hypertension. The doctor was so worried that he said if I didn't promise to go to my own doctor in the morning, that he would be admitting me to the hospital for testing and medication.

My blood pressure has always been great. Always, that is, until the past year or so. It's funny. In a little over a year, I have changed my lifestyle in an attempt to prevent health issues that have affected so many other members of my family. I carried some extra weight after having Ben--the weight I lost after I had him returned easily when I was in a cast for a couple of months when he was a baby. The cast on my leg, combined with my love of cooking, and some emotional eating to soothe myself after my father died made it easy for me to hold onto the pregnancy weight.

In late 2007, I decided to change things.  My dad went on high blood pressure medication at a young age, and several other family members on that side have been on blood pressure medication, or suffered strokes, heart attacks and congestive heart failure. 

I lost nearly 40 pounds, started exercising regularly, started drinking mainly decaf coffee, etc. I don't eat processed foods and am as label conscious with my foods as I am with my beauty products. I thought that I was doing everything right so that I wouldn't have to worry down the road. Despite these changes, my blood pressure has crept up gradually--and then quite rapidly from slightly high to very high.

When I went to my own doctor, she was very concerned. She was blunt and what a wake up call I received. My average reading over those two doctors' visits was 194/114. It was higher with one test, slightly lower with another. My doctor said that if I hadn't come in for a simple ear infection the night before that I may have had a heart attack or a stroke in a matter of a couple weeks' time. That is a very eye opening experience. It is a very scary thing to hear when you are 33 years old and have a 3 year old and a 5 year old at home.

I was thinking, "I have done all the right things. I feel just fine and dandy." Denial.

Fine and dandy, unless you think it is OK to suddenly be unable to catch your breath going up and down the stairs, something you've done dozens of times daily with ease. Fine and dandy unless you think it is OK to have your chest hurt when you're walking in the cold air. Fine and dandy unless you think that your computer keyboard is causing your hands and fingers to become numb at times. Fine and dandy unless you think it is OK for your ankles to have some swelling. I chalked that up to that old broken ankle that sometimes swells when it is cold--although it was both ankles with some swelling the other day.

All of those things were signs I had been ignoring. I realize that now. I do not know why I was discounting these subtle and not so subtle signs. Fear, perhaps? Denial is the answer, I believe.

When you're 33 and your doctor tells you that you have cardiovascular disease, will be on medication most likely for the rest of your life, and that you may have damage to your kidneys or heart, it is a very sobering experience. I will be going this week for an EKG and will have the results back from all of the vials of blood they tested last week. I will find out what other tests I'll need and am hopeful that the blood tests will turn out OK. I also need to go to the eye doctor to check the pressure of my eyes because this is something that the doctor says is a good indicator of cardiovascular health.

I bought myself something the other day--not a new lipstick or perfume--but a blood pressure monitor since I am supposed to be keeping track. My medication is helping a bit. It is still at a stage 2, but it may take a while to get under control. I am very, very tired from this medication--I actually slept until 10:30 yesterday, which I believe is a record--I don't believe I've slept that late since 2003 before Nick arrived.

Something else I have taken to heart is the advice of my doctor, a dear relative who spent years as a cardiac nurse, and a close friend, a straight-talking nurse in Texas: I need to slow down.

I have to. Slowing down is not really in my nature. I swear that the thought of sitting with my feet up doing "nothing" is driving me batty. I am busy. I am either doing something with the boys and Tom, my business or writing something for the blog. I remember being on bedrest while pregnant, and the boredom was just terrible. I wanted to be up and moving and doing something.

The first thing I am going to do, which will spare about 30+ hours per week from my schedule is to close my shop beginning Saturday. This is not permanent. I will finish up all of my orders and give people a chance to replenish anything they need before I close. Then I will be closed for most of March. 

All facial products will still be available when I return. I will eliminate bath and body products (except deodorant, which I have dozens of made ahead). I have still been doing custom orders for people which has taken a great deal of time. Much to my chagrin as a "yes" person and people pleaser, I'll be stopping custom orders when I reopen. I have also temporarily closed my LolliShops shop.

When I reopen, the Bee Facial Bar made by Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps will be available, as will my line of cosmetics. Much of the cosmetics are made and packaged right now, so this will not be a problem. I have finished most of the foundations, the bronzer, finishing powder and the lipsticks will be ready to go, too. I thought about delaying the makeup, but I love makeup and the way I see it, life is way too short to keep putting off what you get joy out of!

That is my plan of action right now. My health is #1 right now because nothing is more important to me than my family, particularly my boys. 

I most likely will not be posting daily or multiple times daily like I typically have done here on Chic & Green. I will post as often as I can and try to write more ahead that I can publish later on so there's something new for you to read. I am currently doing a review I hope to have ready tomorrow for the Almay eyeshadow which is part of their organic and paraben-free line.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know what is going on and I will keep you updated.

Before I finish, may I also get up on my soapbox to please remind you if you have that feeling in your gut that something just isn't right--go get it checked out. I have been feeling "off"--no other way to describe it than that. I have learned that you have to trust your gut even if you do not know how to describe what it wrong. Just get it checked out.

ETSY LOVE: Three Sisters Beaded Jewelry

Southern Lady Cameo necklace, $33

Red Sea Coral necklace, $49.99

Circle of Hope 2 earrings, $15

Circle of Hope earrings, $25

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Like pancreatic cancer, another cause very close to my heart (no pun intended), this is known as a silent killer.

Three Sisters Beaded Jewelry on Etsy offers a line of jewelry in her shop called Circle of Hope, which is meant to signify women's heart disease awareness. There are several pieces from which to choose.

In addition to the line of awareness jewelry, Three Sisters offers some exquisite pieces, from the pictured red sea coral necklace to the Southern Lady Cameo in the first picture.

Prices are very competitive in this new Etsy shop.

Be sure to check out Three Sisters Beaded Jewelry today and be sure to tell them Chic & Green sent you on over.

LOCAL ARTIST: Carol Barclay

Friday, February 20, 2009

Candle holder from Carol's Etsy shop

Necklace from Carol's second Etsy shop

Lovely porcelain set from Carol's website

The Rochester area is home to some very talented artists. Among them is Carol Barclay, owner of Barclay Studios, an online website and Etsy shop.

Carol's work has been seen at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, as well as at art shows and galleries area wide. This talented potter offers beautiful porcelain creations. You'll find small pieces such as candleholders for $12 in her Etsy shop to larger, one of a kind scupltural vases.

The pieces are simple yet bold at the same time and would make wonderful gifts. Her pieces are also something you might want to start collecting. What a great gift for a bride and groom or as a housewarming gift.

When I look at the pieces, they tell the story of understated elegance and they exude joy.

Carol's talent extends beyond her work with porcelain. She also has a young Etsy shop featuring her jewelry called Garden Glam. The necklaces and pins feature photos she has taken from her award-winning garden.

An avid gardener, photographer, and gifted potter all rolled into one equals a very talented local artist!

For locals who want to see her pieces in person,  I suggest a trip to Craft Company #6 on University Avenue. This weekend would be a great chance to head to one of my favorite local shops to check out Carol's pieces! While you're there, I also recommend treating yourself to a pair of earrings from Kristin Perkins, another Etsian whose wares are sold locally.

C & G will be back...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My son is off from school this week and I've been extra busy. I'll be back tonight or tomorrow with new posts :)

ETSY LOVE: Indigo Rain

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"When I grow up...I want to be a lady like you" by Gina Brooks

 "Olli and Ben" by Gina Brooks

"When the meadows laugh" by Gina Brooks

Nurseries have evolved so much over the years. Winnie the Pooh and other characters are no longer the only options when decorating for baby.

Unique pieces of art are wonderful options for decorating a child's room without having to re-do the walls when your child is older.

 Indigo Rain is the perfect place on Etsy to find the right touches for your little one's room. Gina Brooks is a mom and artist and she is the creative force behind this shop. She is also the owner of a successful greeting cards company.

Gina's shop is full of wonderful art for children. Prints are 8 X 8 and will make the perfect addition to your nursery. Benjamin was just looking at the pictures with me and likes the giraffe. I adore the others, particularly the yellow one with the ladybug. This piece, according to the artist, celbrates the relationship between a mother and daughter.

I adore the "feel" of each piece. The artwork is peaceful and calming while being cheerful at the same time.

If you're redecorating or are in need of a baby gift, head right over to Etsy's Indigo Rain.

ALL ARTWORK © Gina Brooks

Some Tuesday Morning Notes

A couple of product notes:

It's back: My Natural Deodorant is back on site!

New: Signature Peptide Serum

About this product--

I adore my Signature Antioxidant Serum. It is fantastic--wonderful at nourishing the skin and features powerful antioxidants. The green tea and pomegranate are protective and the squalane is divine for the skin.
That being said, sometimes you need more help--something preventive and corrective.
I have been working on this formula since the winter of 2007. I wanted to bring you a product, as always, of the highest quality AND effectiveness.
This serum is just that.
This isn't a simple serum. It's not just to give you antioxidant protection (although it does this well), but to provide you with visible results ranging from a smoother appearance to an increase in the appearance of firmer, more radiant skin.
I have fortified my exclusive recipe with Matrixyl 3000, Argireline and Hyaluronic Acid. It also include aloe vera juice to soothe and grapeseed extract to provide antioxidant polyphenols. If you are using this, you do not need to use the Signature Antioxidant Serum.
Matrixyl 3000  is a very potent ingredient, as it combines a Tripeptide AND Tetrapeptide. It has been shown to halp repair the collagen in your skin, as well as effectively reduce wrinkles and fine lines. What is noted often about this ingredient is that the effects are long lasting, however, the ingredient is very gentle. Matrixyl 3000™ helps improve skin elasticity as well.
Matrixyl 3000™ works so well with the added Hyaluronic Acid because it helps to stimulate this moisture-magnet.
ARGIRELINE: The scientific name of this is Acetyl Hexapeptide-8. It is considered by many in the industry to be like a topical version of Botox injections because it can help to relax frown lines and the furrows found at the brow and in crow's feet. Scientists recommend a concentration of 5-10% and I use a concentration at the higher end if this safe range of Argireline in my night cream. 

HYALURONIC ACID (HA): This wonderful skin care ingredient is essential at retaining moisture in the skin. Even though our bodies produce this, we lose much of it because of factors like stress and the environment. When HA is added to skin care products in appropriate concentrations, your skin will appear more supple, have improved elasticity and increased hydration.

Grapeseed Extract provides you with polyphenols 25 times stronger than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Matrixyl 3000(Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (and) Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7), Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide-3), Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate), Grapeseed Extract and Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Water, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (preservative)


Do you use Facebook?

I adore Facebook. It was a great way to keep in touch with my brother in-law while he was in Iraq (he returned from his 15 month tour YESTERDAY!), and has been great for re-connecting with friends from many years ago. It's also a nice tool for networking.

I have a new Facebook page for my business as well. It's another great tool to keep in touch about the latest product information. If you become a FAN of the KZM Facial Care Boutique page , I will enter a new fan each month into a drawing for a prize! The lucky February fan will receive a 1 ounce bottle of the new Signature Peptide Serum mentioned above ($26 value). In March, I will give away a new Natural Finishing Powder, a facial powder available on my site in April! It's so easy to win and a new winner will be chosen each month from the fans page.

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