Sunday, February 28, 2010

If you love Skinceuticals Vitamin C Serums

If you love Skinceuticals Vitamin C Serums but not the $150 price tag, you've GOT to see this in my Etsy shop

Everyday Diva - Vitamin C - E - Ferulic and Hyaluronic Acid with Olive Squalane - Collagen Boosting - Antioxidant Serum

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Acne Treatment Listed Today!

The ONLY Acne Treatment You'll Ever Need- Overnight BHA and Vitamin B3 Peptides Treatment- With 4 percent Salicylic Acid and 5 percent Niacinamide

The ONLY Acne Treatment You'll Ever Need- Overnight BHA and Vitamin B3 Peptides Treatment- With 4 percent  Salicylic Acid and 5 percent Niacinamide
The ONLY Acne Treatment You'll Ever Need- Overnight BHA and Vitamin B3 Peptides Treatment- With 4 percent  Salicylic Acid and 5 percent NiacinamideThe ONLY Acne Treatment You'll Ever Need- Overnight BHA and Vitamin B3 Peptides Treatment- With 4 percent  Salicylic Acid and 5 percent NiacinamideThe ONLY Acne Treatment You'll Ever Need- Overnight BHA and Vitamin B3 Peptides Treatment- With 4 percent  Salicylic Acid and 5 percent Niacinamide

Monday, February 22, 2010

Check the label on your “Natural” Deodorants!

Check the label on your “Natural” Deodorants

Some of the most popular natural deodorants are the “crystal” deodorant stones and sprays. But most people don’t know that these crystal deodorant products contain aluminum.
The crystal deodorant stones are made from alum. The most widely used form of alum used in the personal care industry is potassium alum. The full chemical name of potassium alum is potassium aluminum sulfate.
The reason that most people try to avoid aluminum in deodorant is because of its possible link to Alzheimer’s disease. There is some strong evidence of a link — for instance, in 1988 a truck driver accidentally dumped 20 tons of aluminum sulfate in to a town’s drinking water.
Now, over 20 years later, they are finding a higher incidence of Alzheimer’s in the people of this town.
Incidentally, the article linked below notes that, “many doctors such as popular web guru and natural health expert Dr. Mercola suggest avoiding aluminum as much as possible.”

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Skip the candy & give these cute & practical Easter basket treats!

Just listed in my Etsy Shop!

Easter Egg Bath Bomb Basket Stuffer/Gift Set $8.25

Handmade Easter Egg Soaps. 100% Vegetable Glycerin. $9.99

These sets are perfect for adults and kids!
Kids love them because the Bath Bombs fizz in water and turn the tub water a pale shade of natural color and the soaps are just so fun to use and smell sooooo nice! They can't wait until bath time so they can use these.
,Adults love them because of the nutrient rich, skin softening and chemical free ingredients that won't irritate even the most sensitive skin and may actually help with conditions such as eczema and dry patches!
Both are truly amazing products!

I LOVE This Woman!

My Son Joel LOVES Donkeys!

He adopted a mini (Homer) at his school's 4H programand spends every free minute taking care of the little guy. One day he was looking for donkey stuff online and he came across this Etsy Shop 

 O.M.G! There are NO words to describe this shop. It's just awesomeness all the way. We 
sat and almost peed our pants laughing at all the cool stuff in this shop. Not only is it super creative and amazing, The proceeds go towards rescuing and caring for unwanted/abused donkeys. How incredible is that? Ady, the shop owner, is the most amazing, lovely and beautiful and creative person on earth! There are no words to describe her either. I just can't stress it enough! You all HAVE to go and check out her shop!

She recently made Joel his very own donkey. This one was made after I believe it was her Miss California Beauty Queen Burro that was Joel's favorite listing. OMG! It's the sweetest thing in the world!

Here he is posing with his Miss California Burro

Thank you again Ady! He loves it and it's most definitely the most talked about item in his possession. He displays it proudly on top of his entertainment center in his bedroom but he usually ends up having to take it to school with him because everyone wants to see it.

To get your very own donkey... have a look at Ady's shop!  Pomegranite80

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

EverydayDiva.Net is now open for business!

After months and months of preparing.. and a whole week of all day and all night of formulating and mixing and shaking and stirring and packing and wiping and labeling and weighing.... We're slowly but surely trying to get everything added to our Etsy shop.

I'll be announcing the $10 gift certificate winner from the label voting contest this weekend... So, stay tuned!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sammy's Sanctuary

This section is dedicated to Sammy's Sanctuary.

Samuel Phinnaeus Snipes

Sammy's Sanctuary is a project that Chad and I have started to help rescue stray, abandoned and/or abused animals.

Sammy is our Blue Seal Siamese that we adopted from a kind soul named Keith who had turned his sub urban home into a cat rescue.  Sammy was rescued from a man who was deployed to Iraq and ended up having to stay much longer than expected. Sammy was just a 10 week old kitten was he was left completely alone to fend for himself. He was completely mauled. His owner had him totally declawed, front and back. He was left alone in a house without food, water or companionship and had to survive by trying to get water from any source he could (toilets & faucets) and killed insects to eat for food. When he was brought to Keith's house, he was the smallest cat there and since he was totally declawed, he was defenseless against the other cats who often picked on him.
When we went to Keith's house to see his cats, we found Sammy hiding in the back yard under an upside-down kiddie swimming pool. He was absolutely terrified and so pathetic looking... we just HAD to bring him home.
It took about 2 years of constant love and attention (this means spending many nights laying on the bathroom floor with him) to get him to come around. He's a completely different kitty now. He loves to lay on us and knead his paws into our shirts and play with his little mouse toys. He's learned to eat from a dish, but still will not drink from a bowl, so water must be left running for him to drink.. He's an excellent hunter. If there's a bug within our 1500 square foot downstairs area, he'll find that sucker and kill it! He just found a lady bug in our chandelier a week ago that we never would've noticed!

After getting Sammy, we decided that we need to do something for the other pets out there like Sammy. This is why we decided to start Sammy's Sanctuary. We have a large family and limited space (plus the kids and I have allergies) so having a ton of animals in our home isn't practical (altho I wish we could ) So, we decided that we are going to build on our property and house these animals there where they would receive care and medical services.

As our project progresses, we'll post updates here.
Check back soon to see pictures and bio's of our latest rescue... Dashel.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

This blog received a record number of views yesterday, February 5!

According to Google Analytics, this blog received a whopping 840 Views yesterday, with the average time spent on site at about a half hour!  That's 857% more than average!

I received a little over 160 emails (the ones that I had gotten a chance to read) within the past 48 hours, and I have got to say... wow! I'm so flattered by all the kind words and honored that you have chosen me to answer all of your important questions!

A lot of you were asking when my Etsy shop will be open and when I will have my products available for sale. My Etsy shop will be fully stocked and open on February 14th. One more week!

For those of you who are in the Lehigh Valley PA area, you can visit my store in the Lehigh Mall. We're the second last shop before Neiman Marcus on the east end. 

We will be opening a new location at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville on March 1st and you can find us every weekend at Renninger's Farmer's Market in Schuylkill Haven PA and the Leesport Farmers Market in Leesport PA

I am SO looking forward to working with everyone and making you all something fabulous!
In the mean time, please see some of these amazing Etsy shops:

Jewelry Catagory
Amazing Beaded Jewelry by CaryMartinDesigns My jaw dropped when I saw these!
Beads, Beads and More Beads @ GemGourmet  Here's a secret, she also makes some AMAZING candies!

Pomegranate80 - No words to describe! You just have to look! Ady is absolutely the most creative, kind hearted and loveliest person in the whole world... I just want to hug her and never let go! All proceeds from her shop go towards housing, medical and feeding her rescued donkeys. She made my son the most incredible Pagaent Queen Donkey. I'll post pics ASAP!

RitzeeRebel's Felt pins and ornaments. SOOO cute!  Her cupcakes are my favorites!

Bags and purses
Miss Hillary ohhh they're so cute!

BL Soaps Very talented soap maker who has excellent quality bath & body products.. Girlfriend knows her stuff!  :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Vote for your favorite label!

Our new Etsy store is opening on February 14th and our 2nd B&M at the mall on March 1st.

We've decided to get a new label design (courtesy of the talented and very sweet-  Jodi Snyder)
I tweaked the text a little bit because some of of formulations and product names have changed and I couldn't bear to ask Jodi to change them AGAIN (she did it like 5 times.. I told you she's amazing!)

She's made so many amazing designs and I can't choose one!
PLEASE!!!  Help me out and vote for whatever design you like best and think would look the best on a bottle or jar of your favorite skin care product. Voting ends on February 10th and one lucky winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to  my Etsy Shop 

To vote, simple leave a comment with your selection number. I wish I could include a poll but for some reason they make my browser crash...?

You may need to click to view the full image. My blog setup is dumb!

Number 1 


Number 2 

Number 3 

Acne Relief

Believe it or not, treating acne is not as simple as some believe. There are different kinds of acne that require different treatments and what might work for one, might not work for another.
It's important to know what kind of acne you need to treat before buying products.Sadly, neither I nor anyone else would be able to help if you have any of the severe forms that require to trip to the dermatologist. Please, if you suffer from disfiguring acne, seek help from a doctor! They CAN help you! This has always been something I was passionate about since I had suffered for years with acne, even as an adult. It took me many years and many treatments to find the right one. Hopefully your search won't have to take so long. I have a variety of different treatment options and I'm more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the right product.

Opening February 14th

Below is a list of the different types of acne, I'll get into treatments in a bit.

Acne Vulgaris is the most common form of acne. Acne vulgaris lesions include blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts.

Mild to Moderate acne vulgaris consists of the following types of acne spots:

Whiteheads: Whiteheads result when a pore is completely blocked, trapping sebum (oil), bacteria, and dead skin cells, causing a white appearance on the surface. Whiteheads are normally quicker in life cycle than blackheads. These are best treated with BHA (Salicyclic Acid) and vitamin A

Blackheads: Blackheads result when a pore is only partially blocked, allowing some of the trapped sebum (oil), bacteria, and dead skin cells to slowly drain to the surface. The black color is not caused by dirt. Rather, it is the skin's own pigment, melanin, reacting with the oxygen in the air. A blackhead tends to be a stable structure, and can often take a long time to clear. BHA therapy along with Vitamin A is the most effective treatment.

Papules: Papules are inflamed, red, tender bumps with no head. Do not squeeze a papule. It will do no good, and may exacerbate scarring. Vitamin C and A as well as niacinamide are the most effective in treating this tye of acne.

Pustules: A pustule is inflamed, and appears as a red circle with a white or yellow center. Pustules are your garden variety zit. Before you pop or squeeze such a lesion, be sure to sanitize your face, hands and sterilize a needle. Do not apply pressure! This type is best treated with Vitamins C, E and A as well as Tea Tree oil and Pink Grapefruit essential oil

Severe acne vulgaris is characterized by nodules and cysts:
Nodules: As opposed to the lesions mentioned above, nodular acne consists of acne spots which are much larger, can be quite painful, and can sometimes last for months. Nodules are large, hard bumps under the skin's surface. Scarring is common. Unresolved nodules can sometimes leave an impaction behind, which can flare again and again. Absolutely do not attempt to squeeze such a lesion. You may cause severe trauma to the skin and the lesion may last for months longer than it normally would. Dermatologists often have ways of lessening swelling and preventing scarring, such as injecting the lesion with cortisone.

Cysts: An acne cyst can appear similar to a nodule, but is pus-filled, and is described as having a diameter of 5mm or more across. They can be painful. Again, scarring is common with cystic acne. Squeezing an acne cyst may cause a deeper infection and more painful inflammation which will last much longer than if you had left it alone. Dermatologists often have ways of lessening swelling and preventing scarring, such as administering a cortisone shot. In my experience, this type is best treated with a combination of Tetracycline antibiotics as well as vitamins C, E and A.

Acne Rosacea can look similar to the aforementioned acne vulgaris, and the two types of acne are sometimes confused for one another.

Rosacea affects millions of people, most of whom are over the age of 30. It appears as a red rash which is normally confined to the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. The redness is often accompanied by bumps, pimples, and skin blemishes. Blood vessels may also become more visible on the skin. Blackheads are not part of rosacea. It is more prevalent in women, but often more severe when found in men. Left untreated, it can cause swelling of the nose and the growth of excess tissue, a condition called rhinophyma. Treatment is often different for rosacea than for acne, and it is important that you consult a dermatologist if you suspect you are experiencing rosacea.

Acne Conglobata: This is the most severe form of acne vulgaris and is more common in males. It is characterized by numerous large lesions, which are sometimes interconnected, along with widespread blackheads. It can cause severe, irrevocable damage to the skin, and disfiguring scarring. It is found on the face, chest, back, buttocks, upper arms, and thighs. The age of onset for acne conglobata is usually between 18 to 30 years, and the condition can stay active for many years. As with all forms of acne, the cause of acne conglobata is unknown. Treatment usually

Acne Fulminans: This is an abrupt onset of acne conglobata which normally afflicts young men. Symptoms of severe nodulocystic, often ulcerating acne are apparent. As with acne conglobata, extreme, disfiguring scarring is common. Acne fulminans is unique in that it also includes a fever and aching of the joints. Acne fulminans does not respond well to antibiotics. Isotretinoin (Accutane) and oral steroids are normally prescribed. In my experience, a GOOD vitamin A treatment is effective.
My teenage son had fallen victim to this horrible plague and has responded well to my 4 step regimen which includes a gentle cleanser, BHA toner and niacinamide cream with vitamin A cream applied at bed time. Vitamin A increases sun sensitivity so, I suggest using it at bedtime.

Gram-Negative Folliculitis: This condition is a bacterial infection characterized by pustules and cysts, possibly occurring as a complication resulting from a long term antibiotic treatment of acne vulgaris. It is a rare condition, and we do not know if it is more common in males or females at this time. Fortunately, isotretinoin (Accutane) is often effective in combating gram-negative folliculitis.

Pyoderma Faciale (Rosacea Fulminans): This type of severe facial acne affects only females, usually between the ages of 20 to 40 years old, and is characterized by large painful nodules, pustules, and sores, all of which may scar. It begins abruptly, and may occur on the skin of a woman who has never had acne before. It is confined to the face, and usually does not last longer than one year, but can wreak havoc in a very short time. Doctors often prescribe isotretinoin (Accutane) and systemic corticosteroids are sometimes use an an adjunct.

Treatment Options

Different kinds of acne require different kinds of treatments. Below are a list of ingredients I use that are proven to help and are also kinder to the skin. You should avoid Benzoyl Peroxide (Proactive) at all costs! By using it, you may be causing more harm than good. Here's some info on it:

Benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient used in many acne products, generates free radicals and skin damage. It promotes skin damage in a manner similar to unprotected sun exposure. The redness caused by the application of benxoyl peroxide to the skin is a visible demonstration of "oxidative stress" or free radicals causing skin damage to the components and chemistry of the skin. Repeated unprotected sun exposure causes skin damage and premature skin aging which promotes the potential of skin cancer. Repeated application of benzoyl peroxide has been found to have the same result. The extent of skin damage from benzoyl peroxide is determined by the concentration of the benzoyl peroxide, the frequency of application and the duration of its use.

Benzoyl peroxide is used in acne products because it effectively kills the bacteria which causes acne. On the other hand, benzoyl peroxide generates free radicals that interfere with and slow the skins healing process. The red and brown marks that are a part of the acne healing process may last weeks longer when benzoyl peroxide is a regular part of the daily acne products regimen.

A majority of acne is caused by dirt, oil and bacteria that gets stuck in your pores. Skin can become inflamed and your immune system's responds by sending white blood cells to the area of infection. This is what makes pimples "poppable" for lack of better term.

I recommend that everyone have a regimen to follow. You first need to gently cleanse. Harsh cleansers will only irritate the skin and make your face produce more oil.

Next, you need to use a clarifying toner, preferably with BHA to help exfoliate the lining of your pores and to "unglue" dead skin cells, a good stable vitamin C and vitamin A to help shrink the pores, decrease oil production, stimulate cell growth and collagen and make it an undesirable area for bacteria to grow (acidity in vitamin c will do this). Vitamin E helps as an anti-bacterial agent as well as tea tree oil and pink grapefruit essential oils. However, too much of these essential oils may cause skin to appear dull, so you need the right balance.

Niacinamide is also wonderful for treating acne.
You can read about it HERE

Using a good moisturizer is also important to proper skin care. Natural oils such as shea, grapeseed, and jojoba will not clog the pores and actually form a breathable barrier on the skin.
avoid any products that contain mineral oil or dimethicone or any ingredient that ends with "cone"
You can read about those HERE

A full list of acne treatment products and regimens can be found in my Etsy Shop

*Pictures courtesy of the internet

Monday, February 1, 2010

We interrupt these important skin care announcements.....

To bring you some cuteness

Chloe, my 3 y/o is obsessed with Lady Gaga. She knows every word and dance move to "Poker Face"  even tho she's too young to understand what "bluffin' with my muffin" means.

After watching Gaga perform at the Grammy's and seeing pics of her amazing dress online

She asked me to get her one just like it. Yikes! I don't think I have enough available credit between all of my cards to be able to afford a custom made size 3T Armani for Gaga dress 
Sorry Chloe :(   I would ask a fellow Etsy dress maker to have one made for me, but I don't think that would be right unless I had her permission to have someone make it for me. It IS Gaga's design after all but I really don't see her designing a children's clothing line any time soon :'(

Here is Chloe in her favorite (non Gaga) outfit that she wears to dance.
She picked everything out herself...  Oh, and check out her Tiffany's earrings. (They're what she calls "Mommy's special earrings"  I was reluctant to let her wear them, but she insisted.
Maybe one of these days I'll post Chloe recreating the Poker Face music video


Here she is at Halloween.
As as a Gaga Princess... or what she refers to as a "Poker Face Princess"