Hydrating Sheet Mask and Smoothing Cellulite Cream

Hydrating Sheet Mask and Smoothing Cellulite Cream

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If you follow Beauty Snap then you know this brand is all about being gorgeous on the inside and out. Beauty Snap has a mask that is going to impress you with its ingredients and ability to spark radiance in your complexion, I love it!

This is a sheet mask that you apply to your face then lie back and let it work its magic. If you can manage to relax and close your eyes while this mask soothes and brightens, that’s the best way to work this neat, non-invasive Face Lift.

Here’s what gives skin a boost:

Sodium hyaluronate smoothes and plumps the skin.

Plant stem cells reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Rose water hydrates the skin and gives your skin a youthful, supple glow.

When I received this mask, I immediately used it and loved how soft and supple my skin appeared after only one use. I was impressed! I also love the fact that  it doesn’t contain parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, or color, it’s also not tested on animals.

You can find more by going to Beauty Snap here! Be sure to check out the wellness articles too.

 

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I don’t know of any person who doesn’t want their skin to be tight.  And the look of cellulite, while totally normal and natural and most women have it, is not exactly desired. Massage and dry brushing help but if you want to take the battle a step further, check out Frownies Aroma Therapy Cellulite Cream.

This hydrating cream is made from 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils plus natural caffeine and plankton. You apply this twice daily and results will be seen in a few weeks.

Here are the key ingredients:

Plankton extract has been shown to help improve body tone, redefine the silhouette and help with arm sagginess. It mimics the effect of endurance training with great results that are increased when combined with physical activity. Plankton incorporated into daily body care can provide a more toned and redefined silhouette.*

Therapeutic blend of essential oils are reported to assist in the break down of fat stores that result in the appearance of cellulite while also stimulating the lymphatic and circulatory systems.*

MSM is considered nature’s beauty mineral due to its ability to help keeping the skin smooth, and youthful. A little known benefit to this wonderful skin care additive is its absorption enhancing ability, you get delivery of other active ingredients where you want them.*

Caffeine is included due to its definite impact on fluids and the way that they are stored in the tissues. Caffeine is well known for its ability to increase micro circulation, and reduce puffiness. Because of the circulation enhancement caffeine has the ability to reduce water retention in the tissues resulting in a slenderizing effect. In a Journal of Cosmetic Medicine (2008) article caffeine was reported to have been very effective for 80% of the subjects tested. The treatment was analyzed after 30 days with 2x daily applications of a 7% treatment. Noticeable slimming effects were observed for the lower and upper thighs as well as the hips.*

I love the way the cream smells and how it makes my skin soft and smooth. Since I typically slather on oils and lotions anyway, I just swap out my oil for this on my legs. I am excited to see how this works long term!

Want to learn more? Go here!

 

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

This week I picked up Tales by the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki because it was featured as one of the must-reads in Will Schwalbe’s newest book, Books For Living.

Because Will writes about books with such love and devotion, I feel like he and I could be the best of friends. Isn’t it wonderful when you find other people who love reading as much as you do? In each chapter, Will writes about particular books and how the words and characters impacted his life.

He relates each book to a question of our daily lives, for example: Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener speaks to quitting; 1984 to disconnecting from our electronics; James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room to the power of finding ourselves and connecting with one another; Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea to taking time to recharge; Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird to being sensitive to the surrounding world; The Little Prince to making friends; Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train to trusting. Here, too, are books by Dickens, Daphne du Maurier, Haruki Murakami, Edna Lewis, E. B. White, and Hanya Yanagihara, among many others. A treasure of a book for everyone who loves books, loves reading, and loves to hear the answer to the question: “What are you reading?”

This book comes out in December and its a necessity for any reader, writer, or lover of the written word.

Have you ever wanted to be a 911 operator? No? Me neither. It takes a special person, namely someone very calm and able to think clearly in terrible situations, to do this job. Tell Me Exactly What Happened, Dispatches from 911 by Caroline Burau lets you peek in on this highly stressful job.

Dealing with life or death situations isn’t funny at all but the author writes in a humorous and engaging voice which makes it slightly easier to get through the tough chapters.

Learning about the good (delivering babies) and bad (death) reinforces the opinion I have of my abilities to NOT work as any kind of dispatcher or paramedic. If you liked A Thousand Naked Strangers, you will devour this book!

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On the very top of my To Be Read pile is Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman. Because I love Alaska and the breathtaking beauty of nature (see my Instagram at CINDYBOKMA for my nature shots) this book really appealed to my senses. I often imagine myself living in a small cabin in the northwest during the hot summer months of southern California.

Here’s what grabbed my attention: 

Blair Braverman fell in love with the North at an early age: by the time she was 19, she had left her home in California, moved to Norway to learn how to drive sled dogs, and worked as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to make a life for herself in the North, she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her.

I cannot wait to read it.

I always have a good self-help book or something about spirituality going on here. I love to learn and grow and understand human nature and work on myself so I read (more like devoured) both Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton, not, as I keep mistakingly calling her, Arthur Conan Doyle.

Now I am on to Gabrielle Bernstein’s new book called The Universe Has Your Back. Take your fears, the things that hold you back, and squish them, relying instead on the wisdom of the universe.

Gabrielle says, “My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy. In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love. These words can no longer be cute buzz phrases that we merely post on social media. Rather, these words must be our mission. The happiness, safety, and security we long for lies in our commitment to love.”

YES YES YES. I feel like maybe we’ve heard this information before but it bears repeating because worry and sadness are common feelings and we need live with less of those and more happiness and joy.

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Oh wow, what can I say about Land of Enchantment by Leigh Stein. First I love the title and cover of this short but compelling memoir. Second, I love Leigh’s writing and descriptions. In a few words, she has us placed in New Mexico, during a sunset, on the back of a motorcycle.

I swear good writers are like artists painting vivid pictures with their words. I’m not quite finished with it yet so I’m serving up a Goodreads synopsis:

When Leigh Stein received a call from an unknown number in July 2011, she let it go to voice mail, assuming it would be her ex-boyfriend Jason. Instead, the call was from his brother: Jason had been killed in a motorcycle accident. He was twenty-three years old. She had seen him alive just a few weeks earlier.

Leigh first met Jason at an audition for a tragic play. He was nineteen and troubled and intensely magnetic, a dead ringer for James Dean. Leigh was twenty-two and living at home with her parents, trying to figure out what to do with her young adult life. Within months, they had fallen in love and moved to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, a place neither of them had ever been. But what was supposed to be a romantic adventure quickly turned sinister, as Jason’s behavior went from playful and spontaneous to controlling and erratic, eventually escalating to violence. Now New Mexico was marked by isolation and the anxiety of how to leave a man she both loved and feared. Even once Leigh moved on to New York, throwing herself into her work, Jason and their time together haunted her.

 

What are you reading now? 

Surprisingly Simple and Spot On Guidance

Surprisingly Simple and Spot On Guidance

 

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There are many different types of people in the world, obviously. But there are two main types  that I have seen when it comes to personal growth and emotional intelligence:

The first group plods along through life and doesn’t make the effort to understand other people’s emotions or pursue personal growth. They live each day as the one before and go about their lives not seeking wisdom, knowledge, spiritual connections. These are not bad people or people with no morals or ethics, these are normal people and probably most of the ones you know.

The second group is always learning, in a constant state of evolving. These people seek understanding when it comes to others as well as themselves. They want to change and learn and grow. They spend a lot of time thinking deep thoughts. People in this group tend to share this point of view-

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Teilhard de Chardin

-and when you look at life through that lens, you can’t help  but change on the inside. Your perspective shifts when you understand that our time on earth is limited yet life doesn’t end when your heart stops.

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I find it fascinating how some  individuals want to grow spiritually and emotionally and others remain stagnant. Just going through the motions of life and living each day, we can’t help but change little by little, but there are those who really revel in shifting to a more positive and spiritual state.

Quieting the mind and meditating are so important if you are seeking answers from your intuition and if you want to grow.  Sometimes we need a little help in this area, though. If you are someone who is guided by your “gut instinct” and you are looking to strengthen your inner voice, check out Vanessa Codorniu. I was introduced to her by my friend Sarita Coren and I have nothing but good things to say about Vanessa (and Sarita).

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She’s like a dear friend and therapist and healer rolled into one kind package who can give you advice on a soul level.  I highly recommend getting in touch with her if you are looking to deepen spiritual or personal growth or just need guidance or help to move into the next stage of your life.

I love promoting other people and their work and I especially like to see others succeed.  Maybe you’re stuck in a relationship or job and a chat with Vanessa can gently nudge you to take a step in the right direction.

Her surprisingly simple but spot-on guidance has really helped me and I believe she can help you too.

 

 

 

Checking out Carefree Organics

Checking out Carefree Organics

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I’ve been a fan of Carefree Organics since I started my green beauty journey! These are very clean, non-toxic and made with care. One of the most often asked questions is “Where can I find green beauty products on a budget?” Well, friends, look no further. This brand is made with care and is very clean. Let’s take a closer look!

Ageless, the Everything Serum can be used anytime, under makeup or before bed. It sinks into skin quickly and can be layered with other oils and serums. A powerful blend of  sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) sclerocarya birrea (marula) kernel oil, marine hydrolyzed collagen (collagen peptide) powder, ferulic acid powder, tocopherol (vitamin e) powder, its hydrating and nourishing. I use around my eyes and it doesn’t bother them at all, this product also does  not have a strong smell so those bothered by products with scents can use it!

If you are seeking a highlighting or illuminating product, look no further! Illumination is a loose powder that can be used for highlighting cheekbones, brow bones, chest, shoulders, legs…anywhere you want to highlight. Use with a big fluffy brush all over the body for some extra (but not too  much) sparkle. Ingredients: maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder*, MICA powder (may contain titanium dioxide and/or iron oxide) *organic ingredient

 

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This mask really gives my complexion a boost each time I use it which is quite frequently! Called Whisper White, this is made with white kaolin clay powder*, hydrolyzed collagen (marine collagen peptide) powder, l-absorbic acid (vitamin c) powder, tocopherol (vitamin e) powder *organic ingredient

Mix with a little water and brush onto face, let it soak in then cleanse skin and see the results immediately. Purifies skin, tightens pores, and brightens. The clay powder is good for  inflammation and improves circulation in the skin. It’s been used for hundreds of years and is found in many skincare products.

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I have tried numerous products from Carefree Organics and my favorites include the deodorant and the solid perfume but you can’t go wrong with any of the products from this brand. They are not only clean and green but budget friendly too. Take a look here!

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

 

The whole topic of clutter deserves its own post. Having moved recently- from a house into an apartment- I can tell you first hand how stuff seems to multiply over the years and one day you wake up (or move), and you realize that as slowly as a virus grows so does random junk in the house and you are left with a ton of what can only be described as clutter.

I wouldn’t describe myself as a pack rat, but maybe Keeper Of Things I Might Need, as evidenced by not one junk drawer but four. And I know I’m not alone. In Eve O. Schaub’s new memoir, Year of No Clutter, she too had to take a breath and dive deep into what she calls the Hell Room, a room where papers, things that are dead, books, various items, old stuff, childhood mementos and more, resided for so long that there was no room to walk.

Just like in her previous book about giving up sugar for a year, Eve takes us through the processes, both mental and physical, to pare down and get rid of the things that were taking up so much space. WHY do we hold on to things we no longer need? My favorite quote that I saw recently on this topic was about not confusing fear of getting rid of things to pretending to be frugal. I have a whole Pinterest board here about attempting to live with minimalism.

Reading Eve’s book was totally divine timing as I am tossing out and giving away things I’ve been holding on to for reasons I don’t understand. Clothes with tags hanging off them, purchased for future events that never materialized, are my speciality. I’m working through my issues firm in the knowledge I am not alone! Thanks Eve!

Eve’s book won’t be out until March 2017 but you can add to Goodreads or preorder now.

 

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Wow, what can I saw about The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman? It’s a gorgeously written novel about a real-life woman named Marthe de Florian whose Parisian apartment sat untouched for 70 years. Alyson imagines the life of Marthe and there is the launching pad for this detailed story.

Madame de Florian meets her grand-daughter for the first time and begins to share her tales of a time during the Belle Époque, how she overcame poverty  as a courtesan to reside in her luxurious apartment filled with sumptuous art, and the loves of her life specifically about Charles, the man who afforded her all of these luxuries. Solange listens intently and looks for inspiration from her grandmother as she starts to write her own book.

At the time Solange and her grandmother are visiting and learning about one another, World War II is looming and threatening Paris. The book alternates between Marthe’s past and Solange’s present. Solange is falling in love but her new relationship is under stress as her new boyfriend might be sent to fight.

This book is a little slow, only because it’s so rich and vivid in the details, especially of Marthe and how she lived her life in a state of beauty, whether it was the colorful corsets she insisted on wearing or the breathtaking portrait that hung in her apartment. The details give the reader a very clear picture of the setting and its so gorgeously written that the reader is immersed in a whole other world.

I loved it! Highly recommended.

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Antoine Laurain is one of my favorite authors, a great writer whose books are compelling and sweet and lovely. I cannot wait to read French Rhapsody, his latest book.

Here’s what you need to know:

Lost in the Paris postal system for decades, the letter from Polydor, dated 1983, offers a recording contract to The Holograms, in which Alain played lead guitar. Back then The Holograms had believed in their cutting-edge sound. However, the music industry remained indifferent, and eventually the band split up, each going their own way.

Alain is overcome by nostalgia, and is tempted to track down the members of the group. But in a world where everything and everyone has changed . . . where will his quest take him?

I cannot wait to sit with this book and enjoy it!

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I absolutely loved Secrets of a Charmed Life  by Susan Meissner and look forward to A Bridge Across the Ocean. I love books about World War II and I also love a dual storyline – this book has it all.

February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Resistance spy.

Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark…

Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides—and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings.

I know that I will be pulled into this book and will be reading constantly so I had better clear my weekend. I got a sneak peek but its due out in 2017 so mark your Goodreads list.

Is there anything better than a good book? It’s a simple pleasure and one that is my favorite right up there with a long walk on a cool and sunny day.

Right this minute I am reading Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton and am loving it so much. Her new book, Love Warrior is the latest Oprah pick and I am patiently waiting for it at my local library. In the meantime, I’m learning a lot from Carry On, Warrior and I highly recommend it.