All-Natural and Toxic...is it Possible?

I've been a true loyalist to Origins, Aveda and The Body Shop for the better part of ten to fifteen years.  I admit, I walk into a store and I fall hook, line and sinker for the scents they pump through their stores.  The Body Shop was one of the first companies that tauted no testing on animals.  And being the animal lover that I am, this appealed to me greatly.  Whether it be a mouse or a dog, if it has fur and four legs, I'm pretty much in love.  Aveda was one of the first shampoos that I bought that went beyond the cheapo brands.  And well, ...more

Darkening of skin

has anyone ever suffered from simple insect bites which in turn turned into some darkening of the skin after it starts its healing process? i do. terribly. and coz of that, i always envy those with skin with no insect bites at all or which does get bitten from time to time but doesnt seem to darken? if anyone of you does have a solution to this, please share them with me.  thank you. ...more

Fish Pedicures: Icky Weirdness or Natural Solution?

Yup, that's right. We're talking unpaid, non-union citizens of the sea doing what comes natural while you read People magazine: Eating the dead skin off yer tootsies. What began in Turkey and flourished in Japan is finally getting a foothold in the U.S. but not without some skeeved-out state governments - most recently, Florida - stepping in to say, in so many words: "That's gross! Knock it off!" ...more

...so I thought I'd better update, since time for the conference is drawing closer! ...more

Did I Find The Fountain of Youth? No, but I think NuFace might be as close as I can get without surgery.

Do you "feel" your age? What's your age suppose to feel like anyway? I'm not sure how I am suppose to be feeling at forty-something, but I am feeling more and more like I'm "looking" my age. The thing is...I don't care enough about how I look to ever go under the knife and have plastic surgery, but I do care enough to wonder about other ways I might be able to maintain a youthful appearance as the years tick by. ...more

These days everyone wants to obtain the fountain of youth. Yoga is a natural method that can ...more

Sunscreen Tips: What to Buy this Summer

Dr. Ted Lain of Steiner Ranch Dermatology in Austin, Texas has the skinny on sunscreen and how to get the most bang for yor buck this summer. Checkout his advice:  ...more

Five Truths about Pores

Large pores are undesirable because they make your skin look coarse. What's even more undesirable about them is the fact that they are very difficult to shrink. Think about it this way. If you've over-stretched an elastic band, it is going to be very difficult, almost impossible, to make it revert to its normal shape and elasticity, right? The best method to keep your pores small is to prevent them from enlarging. Here's a list of factors that contribute to enlarged pores. Prevent them from occurring and you'll enjoy fine skin even into middle-age. ...more

The Ultimate Beauty Tip

What inexpensive and spontaneous beauty behavior helps burn calories, protect your heart, lower blood pressure, increase endorphins, open your lungs and increase immune response blood cells? Laughter. Yup. Laugh and the world laughs with you. A good laugh is contagious, helps us get along with each other and reduces stress. Truly beautiful. from my home blog at: http://allwaysoptions.com ...more

Teen girls use 17 beauty products containing up to 13 carcinogenic chems. Go toxin-free, plus 20% off on convo.

Think our kids are exempt from toxic cosmetics? Think again. With 10-year-old Malia and eight-year-old Sasha Obama currently our Washington tweens-in-residence, all eyes are upon this 20 million strong generation of eight-to-12-year-olds. Especially beauty marketers. ...more

Getting a Professional

Warm weather is coming.   I promise!  And as the temperature climbs, we start shedding ourselves of things such as heavy clothes and hair.  Everywhere.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a big fan of waxing the hair down there.   Since my first wax, I've never looked at a razor the same.  I've even hooked many of my family and friends.  ...more

Skincare products I have stolen from my children: It's like taking candy from a...oh.

Having children is great for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that a baby is a whole NEW person to shop for. I mean, yes. Bringing The Miracle of Life into the world is lovely, but -- New clothes! New accessories! Taking trips down heretofore foreign drugstore aisles! As an added bonus, I've discovered that a number of the products I'd so lovingly purchased for my kids are actually AMAZING for my use as well.  And so, I, uh, stole them. What? WHAT?! I replaced them, people! ...more

Love Baby Wipes! They are great for removing makeup and they come unscented or with aloe for ...more