Monday, February 28, 2011

Frais: One Hand Sanitizer I'll Use (Plus Giveaway!)


Health is such an important part of your inner beauty. I just got over bronchitis, which put me in bed pretty much for a whole week. Coughing and hacking all over the place does not look pretty! It was a not-so-gentle reminder of how important it is to take care your body.

If you’re suffering from the flu or something similar to what I had, I highly recommend eating a piece of raw garlic. It stops the coughing instantly. It tastes nasty as heck, but you won’t be staying up all night coughing up a lung. Also, sucking on a lemon helps for a sore throat as well.

Every one of us probably knows someone who's been sick recently. I don't know exactly how to prevent the cold or flu except to take daily vitamins and exercise consistently to boost your immune system. That's what I've been told anyway.

I know that hand sanitizers are a big thing for people who are conscious of the spread of germs. I’m not a germaphobe and I generally don’t use any hand sanitizer. I’m fine with just washing my hands, however, there have been times when it wasn’t possible to wash my hands which made me wish I did have hand sanitizer handy.

My problem with most hand sanitizers are the chemicals that are put in them. Instead warding off the germs that get you sick, I think it’s these chemicals that actually make you sick. You put the hand sanitizer on your hand and then those chemicals are transferred to the food you eat - if you're eating something like a sandwich. Or you bite your fingernails...or lick your fingers after eating chicken...

I was a little hesitant to try out Frais hand sanitizer until I found out that it contains natural non-toxic ingredients like ginger, tangerine, lemon myrtle, niaouli, orange, basil, grapefruit, and cardamom. Other ingredients include Australian-blended essential oils, and 66% high grade eco-friendly sugarcane alcohol.

My nose really picks up the scent of the ginger in Frais hand sanitizer. What I like most is that it leaves your hands feeling real clean and fresh. It doesn't have that residue that I feel with other sanitizers.

Would you like to try out Frais hand sanitizer for yourself? You can be 1 of 5 people to win a 1.7 fl. oz. (50ml) bottle!

Giveaway Rules:

Enter to win by tweeting about this giveaway and/or filling out the entry form below:





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Please note that your Tweet must reference "@youarebeauty" so I am notified of your tweet.

2. Two entries maximum per person (one via entry form above and one tweet).

3. Bonus entry for bloggers who announce this giveaway to their readers and link to this post!

4. Giveaway ends on Monday, March 7, 2011, 11:55 P.M.

5. One winner will be selected by random and notified on March 9, 2011.

6. Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S.

7. Winner must respond within 72 hours of notification.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fall 2011 Hairstyles From New York & London: Effortless Looks With Braids

Aveda hair stylist at the Fall/Winter 2011 Rodarte Show


Well, actually, I don't know when or if braids ever left because I like to rock pigtails once in awhile.  Nevertheless, braids have taken center stage on the New York and London runways for fall/winter 2011.  From milk braids to pigtails and everything in between, you'll find inspiration to incorporate a braid or two regardless of how short or long your hair is.

But hey, who says we have to wait until fall to wear braids?  Check out some of the looks that I like below...

Pigtail braids at Y-3 Fall/Winter 2011 Show

The Y-3 Fall 2011 show in New York featured long pigtail braids that were loose and wispy to create an effortless look.  This style looks really good with long hair.

John Rocha Fall/Winter 2011 Runway Hairstyle

Yesterday John Rocha presented London Fashion Week attendees with a unique interpretation of the modern braided look. Very young and eclectic!

By the way, if you are in London for fashion week and you're looking for a hairstylist or expert hair advice, check out the ghd salon locator or shop for authentic ghd straigtheners.  Also, make sure to visit the ghd blog for more hairstyle trends: http://social.ghdhair.com.

Fall 2011 Rodarte Runway Hairstyle

At Rodarte stylists created this ethereal look with a little fishtail braid on the side.  Another "effortless" look that can be done at home.

Fall/Winter 2011 Rag & Bone runway hairstyle

I like this look from Rag & Bone where the braids look very relaxed with strands of straight hair framing the face.

Are you going to try any of these hairstyles? Which is your favorite look?

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Swimsuit Edition For Women

2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
Recently Sports Illustrated released their swimsuit edition which features Russian model, Irina Shayk. Of course, this annual edition garners much attention from males who, by the way, are probably not even paying attention to the swimsuits.

However, this post isn't about male bashing or judging men for oodling over sexy, hot women in pretty swimsuits because, after all, if there was an edition that featured men in sexy swimsuits, I would be all over it...

No, this post is my annual swimsuit edition that will inspire you to get your body ready for the swimsuit season and help you find a swimsuit that will bring sexy back into your own life. Instead of envying the women in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition, why not work on showing off your own hotness?

This year it's all about the abs...

I've developed a small bulge in the belly this past year, so I've been working out the abs these past couple of months to be ready for swimsuit season.  I'm not trying to get a six-pack, but I'd like to tone the abs and get rid of some of the fat.

Instead of doing boring crunches and sit-ups, I wanted to find a workout that consisted of exercises that can be done while in a standing position.

I like this 10 minute standing abs workout from Exercise TV...


Find fun swimwear that enhances your assets...

Although it isn't exactly swimsuit weather, it's never too early to start shopping around. Right now I'm loving the Very collection of women's swimwear, particularly the zebra print swimsuit by Resort (left), the embellished underwire tankini top by Resort (middle), and the spot print bikini set by O'Neill (right).

2011 Women's Swimwear from Very.co.uk

I'll leave you with this advice from Erma Bombeck...

"Women shop for a bikini with more care than they do for a husband. The rules are the same. Look for something you will feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow."

Friday, February 18, 2011

This Ain't Your Mama's JCPenney

JCPenney Plaza Bonita MallWhen I was a young girl, I always looked forward to getting the JCPenney catalog in the mail. I don't know how big the catalog is nowadays, but back then it was about two inches thick and weighed about a ton. I would spend hours browsing through it circling and bookmarking everything that I wanted. JCPenney was one of the department stores to shop in back in the 80's and now the company is trying to remain relevant in a Macy's/Kohl's world.

For Christmas I received a gift card for JCPenney, so a couple weekends ago I thought it was time to spend it. It's been awhile since I've been in one of their stores, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple pieces that I really like - a denim pencil skirt and an oh, so cute grey dress from the I *Heart* Ronson line by Charlotte Ronson.

I was also pleasantly surprised to discover the MNG by Mango collection which was launched this past fall. Shopping in this department actually felt like I was shopping in a high-end store.


Also, if you didn't know... There are mini Sephora's in JCPenney stores as well.

Sephora in JCPenney

One thing I learned from this shopping trip is that you can't underestimate the old-school department stores. Next stop: Sears!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Spring 2011 Style: "Classic Bohemian"

70's Fashion Glamour
Photo Credit:  2011 Forecasting

With spring just around the corner, I have flowy fabrics and flowers on my mind. I'm almost convinced that I could have been a hippie in a past life because I'm really drawn to the 70's style, which almost always seems to come back every season in some way or another.

Style sources like The Fashion Spot say that 70's bohemian glamour is back. Think halter dresses, silk jumpsuits with fedora hats and luxurious fabrics.

I love this Halston Heritage long, halter dress ($455 at ShopBop)...

Halston Heritage Halter Long Dress


For a more casual look, I love the new 70's eclectic style from Ella Moss' newly redesigned website with great new features like their “Pamella Loves” section. I really like the Cheyenne Top ($148) and the Portabella Vest ($198)...

70's bohemian style from Ella Moss

Even though the 70's is considered a "trend" for this spring, I actually think of these looks more as "Classic Bohemian". Regardless of what year it is you can always find a way to add your own unique, modern touch to this style.

Friday, February 4, 2011

You're Invited: Sassy City Chicks Spring Fashion Bash in San Diego

For all of you fashionistas in San Diego looking for an event to beat the winter blues.... Oh, who am I kidding, we don't have winter in San Diego!

Ok, so maybe you just want to bring your sassy back. You're invited to the Sassy City Chicks Spring Bash at the Culy Warehouse...

Fresh spring looks from renowned labels, local boutiques, and up & coming designers will be featured at the event, at prices up to 80% off retail. Featured labels available at the event include Hudson; Paige Premium Denim; jewelry by Aknot; Young, Fabulous & Broke; and Dylan George. Shoppers can expect to receive luxurious spa treatments and sample sparkling cocktails, while San Diego’s hottest DJ provides the soundtrack throughout the evening.

You can purchase the Sassy Tote Ticket, which includes: admission, a swag bag filled with girly goodies and valued at $30, complimentary cocktails, and free mini spa treatments from a selection of San Diego’s hottest salons.

WIN FREE TICKETS! The first 50 shoppers to enter 'BEAUTY WITHIN' at checkout will receive a FREE Sassy Tote Ticket!

Don't want to risk not winning? Then enter 'SD10' at checkout for 50% OFF a Sassy Tote Ticket or 'GEN AD' for free general admission (gift bag not included).

For more information, visit: www.sassycitychicks.com

What to Wear on a First Date


by Vanessa Jones

What you wear on a first date can say a lot about the type of woman you are. And since most first dates can feel somewhat like a job interview, what you wear is very important. A guy probably won't notice that you are carrying a name brand purse or that your shoes are the latest style, but he will notice if what you are wearing is too over the top or looks like it came out of your dirty clothes hamper. It's not so important specifically what types of clothing articles make up your outfit, although a nice pair of jeans and a cute top is always a winning combination, but that the entire look is appropriate, classy, simple, and true. When choosing what to wear on a first date, remember these guidelines.

Dress Appropriately

First dates can be uncomfortable enough without finding yourself too underdressed or overdressed for the occasion. Depending on how creative the guy is, a date can range from an outdoor adventure which involves a lot of activity to a fancy dinner where you hardly have to move at all. With such a wide variety it's important to always have a good idea of exactly what you are dressing for. If a guy is taking you to a place you have never been before, it doesn't hurt to do a little research and look it up on the Web to get an idea of what type of attire is appropriate. Also, always remember to check the weather before you walk out the door. You don't want to have a hard time focusing on the conversation because all you can think about is how cold you are.

Stay Classy

Audrey Hepburn said it best when she said, "A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous." Often the way a woman dresses is an indication of how she wants to be treated. If you want a guy to treat you like a lady, you should present yourself as such. Simply put, looking classy means staying away from anything too low cut, strappy, short, or see through. This may sound like a no-brainer, but it's important to remember that revealing does not always equal sexy and nothing is sexier than a women who demands respect.

Keep it Simple

You've probably heard that guys are simple creatures, which is why it is best to not overwhelm them with a ton of accessories, bright colors, and complicated clothing. Just because your girlfriends think that your new armor plate knuckle ring is bold and daring, doesn't mean that a guy is going to see it as a fashion statement. It's best to keep it simple when you are first getting to know someone, so don't over accessorize and keep jewelry minimal. If you are wearing large dangle earrings, stay away from a big bulky necklace. Pair them with a nice ring or bracelet instead. Also, remember you want a guy to see you, not your makeup so try to keep it as simple and natural looking as possible. While you shouldn't be afraid to play up your best features it might not be the best time to try out your brand-new fluorescent pink eye shadow.

Stay True to You

The most important thing is to wear something on a first date that is reflective of you, after all that is why a guy asked you out in the first place, because he wants to get to know you. Take these first date dressing guidelines and apply them to your own closet and style. Don't try to be someone else or dress like something you aren't, just try to present the best version of you. And don't forget, the two best things you can wear on a first date are confidence and a smile.

This guest post is contributed by Vanessa Jones, who writes on the topics of dating sites.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: vanessa.jones42@gmail.com.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

How to Change Your Lifestyle for Long Lasting Weight Loss


This is a guest post by Myln...

There are a lot of reasons why you’d want to lose weight - aside from the fact that it gives you a better appearance. Obesity and being overweight has been linked to a number of diseases such as diabetes and heart problems. I’m sure you want to lose weight, who doesn’t? The problem is dieting for a month is not enough. Once you’ve worked hard enough to lose weight, you’d have to work even harder to maintain it — and that’s quite difficult if you don’t incorporate it to your lifestyle. Once you’ve changed your lifestyle for long lasting weight loss, you’d notice that it’s actually easy — it’s not like you’re exerting any effort at all. To help you start out, here are some tips on how to do it.

SET REALISTIC GOALS

Setting up goals too high for you will not help. A lot of people get overwhelmed at the idea of losing weight and they set goals too high even for a disciplined person to achieve. Remember that you are about to change your lifestyle and I don’t think eating fruits and vegetable every day for the rest of your life sounds appealing. To make it realistic enough, why don’t you make a schedule for your meals? You can probably make one day of the week a meat day, which sounds better than eating nothing but green salad.

DISCIPLINE YOURSELF

You won’t get too far without discipline. A lot of people fail in this category, so make sure to work hard on this. Disciplining yourself is hard, especially when you first start with it. The key is to stay away from temptation until you have full control of yourself. Say, don’t go to a party if you know that you can’t stay away from the food or go to the water fountain instead of paying the soda vending machine a visit.

GET A BUDDY

Losing weight has a lot of benefits, and it won’t hurt to make your family do the same. If you’re living alone with your spouse or with a boyfriend, bring him along and introduce him to weight loss. You can probably workout together or cook healthy food for each other. By doing this, you get to share the benefits of losing weight plus no one will tempt the other to eat sweets or drink sodas.

A DIET ALONE CANNOT HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT

Some people may say and believe that a diet alone can make you lose weight. But I say otherwise. No matter how many restrictions you put in making your meal plans, it is never enough to make you achieve your desired weight. Here is the explanation why:

Dieting is the easiest method to lose weight and yet it is also the most neglected. When it comes to using food to lose excess weight, you are bound to count calories of every food and beverage you take in. Problem is, unless you have all the time in the world to measure your food by the book, you tend to just estimate your calorie count. This is a very common mistake as a little over your calorie requirement per day could eventually pile up into an overload of calories a week. Hence you need methods to lose those extra calories.

EXERCISE IS A HEALTHY HABIT

Exercise is the most effective complement for your diet plans. Not only does it give your body the best shape, it also takes care of those stray calories you get from not perfecting your calorie counting 101. Different kinds of weight loss exercises can be coupled with your diet. It can vary from the easiest to the hardest, or by doing things you love most like your favorite sport.

DO NOT OVERDO IT

From all those diet plans and exercise regimens that you force yourself to do every day, your body needs to have its deserved rest. Wearing your body out will not help you lose more weight. Instead, what you will lose is the energy to continue and strive harder. So along with your diet and exercise, put great importance on letting your body have a good night’s sleep every single night. A healthy body is one that functions well even at the most rigid time of the year like when you need to lose weight as soon as possible.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Yoga for Beauty - Not Just Skin-Deep

Lululemon Yoga LotusThis is a guest post by Maria Rainier...

In the western world, yoga has become a fad diet. Many people practice it as part of a fitness routine. While it’s true that yoga can help you lose weight and define musculature, there are other beauty benefits to be gained with regular practice you probably haven’t thought of.

Unlike the temporary beauty achieved by makeup or (gulp) plastic surgery, yoga can help you achieve long-lasting inner and outer beauty. Any yogi will tell you: if you don’t feel good, you don’t look good (too true; have you tried brushing your hair angry?). People practice yoga for different reasons: health, weight loss, beauty, concentration, meditation, spiritual enlightenment, stress management, ego-shedding — and the great thing is that yoga helps them in all regards. By being less stressed physically as well as mentally healthier, you inherently look better. How, then, does yoga help you feel better?

* Like any other exercise, practicing yoga releases endorphins—happy hormones.

* The muscle definition, flexibility, and renewed vigor that come from devotion to yoga also makes a girl want to slip into a nice dress and heels.

* The breathing and movements involved in yoga aids in the removal of toxins from the body, which helps the body age slower. (Just ask this 92-year old yoga instructor: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/04/12/n_cmr_92_year_old_yoga.cnnmoney/.)

* Yoga can buttress your immune system by managing your stress and releasing toxins from your body.

* Yoga improves blood circulation, which helps not only your heart but puts a nice glow on your skin. Your endocrine glands are also regulated for better health. If you suffer from dry skin or acne, you’ll find that regular practice of yoga will ease your symptoms.

Still, the greatest benefits you stand to gain from practicing yoga can’t be attained within a week or even a month, maybe even a year. True yoga is a lifelong journey, a gift that never stops giving. To this end, take a stab at studying the philosophy of yoga; you’ll appreciate where the method is coming from and what it’s doing for your body as well as your mind. Try renting a yoga/meditation DVD the next time you’re at the library, or if you’ve got a few dollars to spare, attend a yoga class.

If you do yoga just when you feel like it merely for the physical benefits, trust me, you’re not getting them all.

Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she's been researching the lowest paying college degrees versus some of the best high paid jobs on the market. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

Photo Credit: By lululemon athletica (peace)

A Jewelry Deal For You While I'm Away

Lately my mood has consisted of creative spurts fueled by Southern California weather.  A sunny day inspires me to just sit outside on the deck and soak in the rays and the gorgeous view I have of a lake where ducks gather to do a little sun bathing as well.

In other words, I just haven't been in the mood to write...

I have been inspired, though, to make new jewelry to add to my Etsy shop.  With spring right around the corner, I seem to always gravitate to my pink and purple beads.  Pictured here is one of the latest handcrafted creations, which I called "Spring Fling".

For the rest of this week I will have guest bloggers as I continue making jewelry and enjoying this nice weather while we have it!  I'll be back next week right before New York Fashion Week kicks off.

In the meantime, if there's something you really like at my Etsy shop, you can enjoy this 25% off deal I'm offering especially for you.  Use promo code "BEAUTY25" at checkout.  This deal will only last until this Friday, February 4, 2011.

Click here to visit my Etsy shop and start shopping!