Skin Feeling Drab This Winter? Give It The Pick Me Up It Needs With My Vitamin C Magic Mask.

Orange-1When it comes to my complexion, winter equals dry skin. If you’re like me and your skin is feeling neglected, dry and sad look no further because today I’m going to give you my How2Girl signature mask using nothing but ingredients you have in your kitchen. Without further a due if you want to get your skin brightened, glowy and back on track this new year you have got to try this easy peasy face mask. It has worked wonders for my skin and I know it will blow your mind.

All you need is:

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice

1 tsp orange zest grated

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp cornstarch

 

Mix everything up in a bowl, apply it to clean skin gently applying in upwards circular motions to exfoliate and enhance collagen production. Let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off and enjoy your tight, fresh and dewy complexion. Repeat once a week for a month to get maximum results!

Get The Scoop From The Official Flowers Of The #GoldenGlobes & Recreate The Look At Home.

Courtmk2Let’s just cut to the chase, the flowers at The Globes last night were drop dead gorgeous! My favorite florist in LA, Marks Garden www.marksgarden.com put together dozens and dozens of some of the most breathtaking floral arrangements adorning each and every table giving the perfect amount of color, contemporary chic feel as well as warmth to the evening.

 

 

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I’m one lucky lady because since Marks Garden did all of the gorgeous flowers for my wedding I was able to head over to their shop in Sherman Oaks, Ca today to get all of the behind the scenes scoop on their jaw dropping creations as well as learn how these arrangements can be simplified to give you the same great look at your next party or event without spending a lot.

 

 

 

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To get all the coveted details on these floral masterpieces from the best florets designer Nancy Kaye that I’ve ever met check out my video tutorial.

 

 

 

The Too Tan Of The Golden Globes & How To Get The Perfect Spray Tan At Home.

SrpayTanThe Golden Globes were last night which just happens to be my favorite television night of the year! I love seeing the fabulous mix of the most talented actors in the world form tv and film, the fun carefree atmosphere as well as the drop dead gorgeous gowns. It’s also always fun watching your favorite stars get a little tipsy sipping on Moet Chandon throughout the evening. My dream is to go one day and experience it in person but the cool thing about watching it on tv is you get to check out each and every gown, make your commentary and text your girlfriends about it. It’s almost like having your own version of The Fashion Police. So fun!

I was very much in my fashion police mode last night as I picked out my favorite looks, hair doos and makeup. Everyone looked ravishing except for this one thing that kept catching my eye but not in a good way. Everyone looked so tan. Well not everyone but at least half of everyone. I mean, I get it… a tan makes you look thinner, glowing and radiant but too much and you end up looking like an oompa loompa. Besides, it’s the middle of winter people. Even Matthew McConaughey was super duper tan.

Today I want to share with you my top tips on getting a fabulous but natural looking spray tan to get you through the winter without turning out uneven or too tan. I did a video tutorial on my must have tricks to Spray Tan over the summer but after seeing all of the good and the bad of self tanning that was displayed last night, I can’t think of a better time to recycle this one! To learn How to Spray Tan Like A Pro without that crazy salon price tag watch this fun video tutorial I put together for my friends at ModaMob.com

modamobtanClick here to watch the video and save yourself from a bad spray tan!

Is Your Deodorant Harming You? Learn What’s In Your Antiperspirant & Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff.

Pink-Ribbon1According to my good friend Wikipedia, there are two situations in which the nerves will stimulate the sweat glands, causing perspiration: during physical heat and during emotional stress. In general, emotionally induced sweating is restricted to palms, soles, armpits, and sometimes the forehead, while physical heat-induced sweating occurs throughout the body.

People have an average of two to four million sweat glands. But how much sweat is released by each gland is determined by many factors, including gender, genetics, environmental conditions, age or fitness level. Two of the major contributors to sweat rate are an individual’s fitness level and weight. If an individual weighs more, sweat rate is likely to increase because the body must exert more energy to function and there is more body mass to cool down. On the other hand, a fit person will start sweating earlier and easier. As someone becomes fit, the body becomes more efficient at regulating the body’s temperature and sweat glands adapt along with the body’s other systems.

I don’t know about you but when I get stressed out or when I’m really nervous I tend to sweat a lot. I’ve tried all kinds of deodorants and some are better than others but there is a lot of controversy on some of the ingredients found in a lot deodorants especially the high strength ones. The website Cancer.gov has a lot of amazing recourses when it comes to products with any harmful ingredients. It says that articles in the press and on the Internet have warned that underarm antiperspirants (a preparation that reduces underarm sweat) or deodorants (a preparation that destroys or masks unpleasant odors) cause breast cancer. The reports have suggested that these products contain harmful substances, which can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body through nicks caused by shaving. Some scientists have also proposed that certain ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants may be related to breast cancer because they are applied frequently to an area next to the breast.

Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen like hormonal effects. Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer.

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 11.56.00 AMI’m not sharing this to scare you but just to raise some awareness next time you’re deodorant shopping. Steer clear of anything with Aluminium Sulfate in it. Aluminium potassium sulfate and another form of alum, aluminium ammonium sulfate are the active ingredients in some antiperspirants however, beginning in 2005 the US Food and Drug Administration no longer recognized it as a wetness reducer. Whole Foods has a lot of great organic deodorants. Toms of Main makes an amazing aluminum free deodorant as well as a lot of other great brands so be sure to do your research before you put your girls in harms way.

 

 

lipton_black_teaIf you’re looking for a fab DIY solution, then look no further! All you need to do is brew a batch of black tea, let it cool and then soak the tea up with a washcloth. Place it under each arm for a couple minutes. Repeat for three weeks once a day. The tannic acid that’s in the tea will permanently reduce the amount of sweat you produce!

Get Your New Years Beauty Routine On The Right Track.

brunettes_women_models__facesKick off 2015 out with a bang by getting your skin regimen off to a winning start. The best secret as we all know to beautiful skin starts from the inside out. I was never aware what an impact your diet makes on your skin. Did you know your face is pretty much a map of what’s going on internally?

For example:

Dark under eye circles or puffiness may mean you have adrenal exhaustion. Too much stress, too much caffeine or not enough sleep can cause this.

Breakouts around the chin and jaw area are usually hormonal. Now you know why when your friend visits you once a month you tend to break out around your mouth. So annoying.

Laugh lines that are deep are related to your lungs and liver. These could be a result of smoking or very shallow chest breathing meaning there is not enough oxygen to get into your lungs. It could even mean that your colon is backed up.

Lines above your lips can indicate blockage in the digestive track relating specifically to the stomach and small intestine which can be a result of extra acid in your stomach.

Patchy skin or lines above the cheek bone may be associated with heart issues. Maybe you’re eating too much cholesterol or too many animal fats.

Deep lines on your forehead can be from congestion and a blocked colon or gallbladder. Contributors for this can be a lot of dairy and processed foods.

Crows feet could mean that your adrenals are exhausted and your body is acidly imbalanced.

 

Now that you know what’s causing your skin concerns the best way to get on the right rack this year is by giving yourself the gift of a beauty detox.

At the most simple level, detoxing your skin boils down to three major yet simple guidelines.

no-dairy-cow1. Steer clear of dairy. As delicious as dairy is I hate to say it but it’s not your friend. Sad but true.

2. Eat more veggies and less animal products.

green-vegiesTo get your skin looking it’s best the key trick is to eat lot’s and lot’s of unrefined plant foods. This includes artichokes, arugula, beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, chives, cilantro, endive, green beans, kale, leeks, mushrooms, okra, parsley, peppers, radishes, scallions, shallots, spinach, sprouts, sweet potatoes, turnips, watercress and wheatgrass. Try to eat organic when possible.

*Green veggies are super dense in nutrients and are full of lots and lots of minerals and amino acids making them the key beauty foods because they regenerate your skin cells.

*Eat more raw veggies than cooked veggies to keep as many vitamins and nutrients in tact as possible.

green-juices-main3. Drink more juice and smoothies.

For a while I was living under a rock and I didn’t quite understand the difference between making a smoothie and juicing. A little embarrassing I know but I hadn’t really gotten into it. You probably already know this but just incase let me break it down for you. Then we will get to two of my favorite recipes to get your skin looking radiant and gorgeous.

Straight from wiki here is the definition of juicing: There are many methods of juicing, from squeezing fruit by hand to wide-scale extraction with industrial equipment. Juicing is generally the preferred method of consuming large amounts of produce quickly and is often completed with a household appliance called a juicer, which may be as simple as a cone upon which fruit is mashed or as sophisticated as a variable-speed, motor-driven device. It may also refer to the act of extracting and then drinking juice or those who extract the juice. Juicing is different from buying juice in the supermarket because it is focuses on fresh pressed fruits and vegetables.

Of course on every corner now days it seems a juice store is popping up so if you don’t have the time to juice, problem solved. Here is one of my favorite magic skin recipes.

4 cups chopped spinach

1 cup chopped celery

1 small apple

1 small lemon (make sure to cut the peel off first)

1 tablespoon chopped parsley (great for whitening and evening out your complexion)

A few slices of ginger to give it an extra kick or if you feel like you’re coming down with a cold.

*Run through the juicer and enjoy! Do this a few days a week for a month and I promise you will see brighter more even and luminous skin!

Now back to smoothies. Word for word here is the proper definition thanks to wiki. A smoothie (alternatively spelled Smoothismoothee or smoothy, the name comes from the smooth property of the emulsion) is a blended and sometimessweetened beverage made from fresh fruit (fruit smoothie), vegetables and in special cases can contain chocolate or peanut butter. In addition to fruit, many smoothies include crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or contain syrup and ice ingredients.

What I personally love about smoothies is that they are super easy and quick and you can get really creative with ingredients. A lot of times I won’t think two ingredients will mesh well and then I am super surprised when they turn out delicious. You can even add protein powder to your smoothie and drink before or after a workout to build muscle too. Or you can make one solely for energy or solely for beauty… The options are limitless.

One of my favorite recipes for beautiful skin is:

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 cup water

2 cups romaine lettuce

3 cups spinach

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 tbsp chopped parsley

1 tbsp chopped cilantro

1 apple

*Blend together with ice if you like your smoothies cold and enjoy a beautiful and healthy new year in the new year.