Scrub a dub dub!

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I am going to talk a little bit about exfoliation for your skin. It is something important that many people leave out of their routine. I bet most of you have some sort of scrub at home collecting dust in your bathroom, start using it! There are so many great benefits to exfoliating. It is a vital tool to help you rejuvenate and refine your skin’s texture. It’s going to keep your skin youthful, and it will allow the other products that you spend a lot of money on, to absorb and work better

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  • Detoxes the skin
  • Prevents ingrown hair
  • Manages “chicken skin”
  • Brightens
  • Removes dead, dull cells
  • Reduces fine lines and sun damage
  • Improves tone
  • Kills bacteria and prevents breakouts and blackheads
  • Improves product penetration and treatment results

There are a few different ways to buff that nasty dead skin away from your body and face. Be wise not to use a body scrub on your more delicate face, you might end up looking like you have road rash! Your body naturally sheds old dry skin cells on a regular basis to reveal new younger skin underneath, this process slows down as we age and also with overexposure to sun. To help give your ever aging skin a push in the right direction, you have to exfoliate at least once a week, but you may do it up to three times a week if your skin is not to sensitive or thin. For the body I prefer sugar or salt scrubs as opposed to “nut” scrubs. These scrubs are creamier and contain crushed shells of various nuts, the shell particles can scratch the skin and sometimes become lodged in larger pores. You can also use abrasive mitts and loofahs along with body brushes that have natural bristles. All of these options are fantastic at removing the dry scaly stuff and increasing your circulation. More circulation means healthy blood flow, increased oxygen, less dark circles and removal of toxins to aid in healing!

My favorite body scrub is Hempz herbal sugar scrub.scrub

Hempz has a rich blend of jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil and aloe vera extract to revive skin leaving it hydrated, nourished and conditioned. It comes in a variety of delicious scents and matching lotions! Enriched with 100% pure natural hemp seed oil, paraben-free, gluten-free, 100% vegan, and THC drug free. You will get a glow but not a high!

My go to facial scrub is Dermalogica’s multivitamin thermafoliant.multivitamin thermafoliant 2.5

Unique thermal technology activates upon contact to drive beneficial ingredients into skin. A fine mineral powder blend polishes to help minimize fine lines. Lactic Acid and salicylic acid exfoliate for an instantly smooth surface. Vitamins A, C, and E help reverse the signs of aging, stimulate collagen and smooth.

Nay’s tip for exfoliating at home: Use your scrub on dry skin, it works better!Use it on your pits! It will make waxing/shaving better and get rid of deodorant build up. For those of you that have dry chapped lips like me…..scrub those puppies too!

Luscious Lashes

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I have tried a fiber lash mascara for the first time this weekend and I have to say that I loved it! The product I tried is Kenneth Bernard Fiber Lash mascara, Exclusively sold at Chatter’s salons. You apply a coat of the mascara followed by a coat of the fibers to the tips of lashes, wait 20 seconds and apply more mascara. You may repeat this process for a more intense look and added length! This product goes on smoothly with a curvy mascara brush, has a pleasant smell and dries quickly. The fiber product looks like a felt wand with little black hairs on it. Surprisingly it feels so light on your lashes that you can barely tell your wearing anything. It also washes off very easily with warm water and a cloth (I always use a colored facecloth to avoid staining my white ones). The mascara is formulated with natural beeswax which is sweat, oil, and tear proof. Beeswax also provides great hydration and conditioning, and won’t weigh the lashes down or clump. It also contains carnauba wax that is hypoallergenic and ensures smooth application while making the product thicker. The fibers consist of nylon fibers with green tea fibers. This is the most natural mascara I have ever used and I have sensitive eyes so it felt great! I definitely recommend this mascara to anyone who wants to add a lot more “oomph” to their eyes for an instant wake-me-up. If you roll out of bed and have no time for coffee, this mascara will give you that bright-eyed refreshed look!

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I tried this on a day when I was very tired, so I definitely needed something to perk up my eyes! You can see the difference between my eye with nothing on my lashes (my left eye) versus the one with Kenneth Bernard fiber lash (my right eye). I will definitely be purchasing this mascara!

Why We Die For OPI!

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A family-owned company committed to the highest quality products, OPI was founded in 1981 by President & CEO George Schaeffer.  OPI continues to be a family owned company and a world leader in the nail industry. With clever names that customers look forward to such as “my chihuahua bites”, “I’m not really a waitress”, “Blue my mind”, and who could forget “Pussy Galore” from the James Bond collection!  OPI Nail Lacquers are beloved around the world and trusted by professionals. All OPI products and services are not subject to animal testing. We have recently been using OPI gelcolor which, unlike most other hybrids, is actually a very thin but durable gel that soaks off in 10 minutes or less with no damage! What’s even more awesome is that the colors match up to their regular polishes, so clients can buy the matching color for touch ups or their toes. After using it on clients for a few weeks I have noticed that it is very thin, applies easily, and makes the nail feel very strong! Not to mention the high shine that it has, which surpasses other products I have used. It also removes fairly easily and leaves the nail in great condition. Most clients are also making note that it holds up very well and in some cases they are getting an extra week of wear with no chips! Overall I love this product and I can’t wait to see the new colors in the upcoming fall collection.

Let your luv shine…

I would like to introduce OPI’s latest polish, the “Infinite Shine” collection!
We are absolutely luvin these beautiful glossy nail polishes, with special base and top coats, that offer longer wear and a super high shine that even looks wet! It’s like a regular polish and a gelcolor had a baby! It does not require a UV lamp to cure, is more durable with higher shine then the original OPI polish, and introduces many new and exciting colors!

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At the end of the day, OPI is an outstanding company that continues to push the bar in high performance nail products.