Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Here's is " Your Everything Guide To Skin. All you need to know from A-Z." Continued. This is a series of post I started last week from article I read in Elle Magazine, so if you miss tips A-L make sure you go back and check them out! Here are tips M-O, enjoy!

m. - MINERAL: Big news in makeup, mineral formulas consist of natural substances like zinc oxide, ultamarine, and titanium dioxide. Sine the particles don't penetrate skin they offer cover with low risk of irritation.

- NIACIN: A derivative of vitamin B3, niacin helps the digestive system convert food to energy and assists nerve function. But skin care gurus love it because niacin breaks down into nicotinic acid, which stimulates the release of leptin, a hormone that's been shown to reduce hyperpigmentation. Applied twice a day, a niacin-enriched product could fade brown spots and other discoloration over time, and since it's gentle niacin is well suited for delicate faces.

o. - OIL: When it comes to creating the perfect skin cream, water and oil truly do mix. It's the ratio of these two ingredients that makes some textures feel thick and other slip on the light and airy. But not all oils are created equal. Occlusive versions such as mineral oil lay on the skin to create a protective barrier, while lighter formulas like jojoba seep into skin's cracks and crevices

Make sure you check back for more skin care tips, everything you need know from a-z coming soon!

Friday, July 25, 2008

FRIDAY FEATURE - Expressions By Devin

Give us a summary of your shop, and how you got started?
My shop is comprised mainly of hand made greeting cards and some other gifts that come to mind while working in my studio. It got started a couple of years ago when I began making cards for family and friends and then just expanded when someone asked me if they were for sale.

How did you select y
our name?
Expressions By Devin is the name of my business. It just started as something that sounded good and not too cheesy.

What makes your shop unique?

I like to think my shop is unique because I hand stamp, color, and design all of my cards. I refuse to use stickers. My cards you definitely can't find at the store.

Do you sell anywhere outside of etsy? If so, where?
I sell my cards in my aunt and uncle bakery ,plus i have a website www.expressionsbydevin.com. I also try to set up at any fall craft fairs I can find in my area.

How long have you been making your craft?

For 3 years

Is it your full-time job?

I certainly wish that it could be. I own my own cleaning business.

How do you balance work, and/or your shop, and home?

After work, I spend much of my time working on items for the shop. My husband is my business adviser and does a lot of work with me. My dog Lovie likes to hang out in the studio with me also.

What is your favorite material?

Do clear stamps count? I absolutely love using clear stamps. My current favorites are the vintage stamps I found on vacation.

What inspires you?
I find inspiration from lots of places. I love classic art. When I get stumped for new ideas I put on the radio and let the music give me direction.
Click HERE to Visit Expressions By Devin

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday Tips - SKIN CARE

Here is a special addition of Tuesday Tips, this the 3rd post out of a series of post on skin care I started last Thursday from an article I read in ELLE Magazine "Your Everything Guide To Skin. All you need to know from A-Z." Tips J-L, Enjoy!

j. - JUICE: Greapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes, make more than thirst-slacking vitamin packed beverages. Fruit acids, part of the alpha-hydroxy family have also been proven to be brilliant exfloiants (citric and malic acid are two popular varieties.) Unlike scrubs, which pyshically slough off the dead tissue, fruit acids break apart the bonds holding together old cells in surface-dulling clumps. This action also encourages the formation of new cells, which not only makes the complexion radiant and fresh but also evens tone and minimzes hyperpigmentation.

k. - vitamin K: Found in dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, vitamin k helps build strong bones. Applied topically, it repairs broken blood vessels, zapping dark circles and accelerating bruise healing.

l. - LINE FILLERS: From Restylane to CosmoDerm to Zyderm, fillers (made respectively, of hyaluronic acid, lab produced human collagen and bovine collage) are injectedunder the skin to erase lines and restore fullness. Needle-phobes should opt for creams and cosmetic that mimic the look with optical light diffusers.

Make sure you check make for more skin care tips coming soon!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Skin Care A-Z Continued

I started a series of posts on Thursday from an article I read in ELLE Magazine "Your Everything Guide To Skin. All you need to know from A-Z." Here are tips E-I for the 2nd part of this series on skin care, Enjoy!

e. -ESSENTIAL OILS: Plant-derived oils such as sandalwood and rose can create the aroma behind your beloved eau de perfum an offer countless remedies: De-stress instantly in a lavender infused bath; dab on tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic, to banish breakouts.

f. - FAT: It may be loathsome when you're trying to squeeze into your skinny jeans, but facially speaking, fat is a major ally in turning back the clock. When injected the springy cells plump up the complexion, pushing out wrinkles, and lifting sagging skin (plus, doctors harvest the fats cells from the butt and thighs - a win-win situation.)

g. - GRAPES: Grapes are the main source of the antiaging powerhouse resveratrol. When taken internally, this ingredient triggers health effects similar to a low-calorie diet and is believed to help prevent diseases including diabetes and cancer, as well as ward off weight gain and increase endurance. Found within the skin and fruit, resveratrol offers several complexion benefits when applied topically - amped-up collagen production, protection from from UV damage, and defense against loss of eleasticity.

h.- HUMECTANT: By drawing water from the air and the skin's surface, humectants keep the underlaying cells bouncy and moist. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most widely used; others include glycerin, urea, and panthenol.

i.- ICE: Sure, it soothes a twisted ankle, but ice - or a chilled cloth or a straight-from-the-fridge mask -is also the best way to calm overstressed skin ( and depuff undereye bags). Cool compresses constrict capillaries , forcing clood redness and inflammation away from the skin's surface.

Coming Soon tips J-M, you don't want to miss these!

Friday, July 18, 2008

FRIDAY FEATURE - Diva Loves Silver

Give us a summary of your shop, and how you got started?
Hi, this is Gina from Diva loves silver. We feature silver flower pendants, silver bracelets and silver cross pendants, as well as silver animal pendants and lovely silver earrings, just to name a few of our unique silver jewelry.
We opened this Etsy store in May of 2007. All the jewelry in our store is designed by my sister Jane who is in Australia working as an artist and hand-forged in our studio here in Toronto. We have a small boutique store located in Toronto which opened just 2 years ago in 2006. Basically, we made jewelry from our studio and then sell them through our boutique store. Eric is the artisan in our studio and also my boyfriend. ^_*
It was sometime in 2006, at the Ebay’s seller forum, I saw few people talked about how good Etsy was in a thread. I was curious and wanted to see how it looks like. And that’s it; I end up selling in Etsy a year’s later.

How did you select your name?
We don’t like fancy name, actually. We all believed store’s name must be straightforward. It must point out directly to the customers what we are selling. So we came out this name “diva loves silver”.

What makes your shop unique?
Each piece of jewelry in our store is an Original creation designed by my sister Jane. Many of our jewelry pieces are one-of-a-kind. Most of pieces are inspired by Asian and western art (She took art program in university).
For Jane, making jewelry is a way of expression of herself. She wants to make unique jewelry that can mean something very different to each person.

Do you sell anywhere outside of etsy? If so, where?
Yes, we sell them through our own boutique store here in Toronto.
How long have you been making your craft?
We are in this business for around 2 years now. But our Etsy store is still new.

Is it your full-time job?
I will say it is a part-time job for me, I am a musician. But for Eric and Jane, it is a full-time job.
How do you balance work, and/or your shop, and home?
Eric helps me out in the boutique store, so I can just focus on our ETSY store, doing promotion and posting stuff. It is all about time-devotion (less TV and less entertainment). ^^

What is your favorite material?
925 silver
Click HERE to visit Diva Loves Silver.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Skin Care A-Z

In the mail the other day I got my Elle Magazine, and in this month issue was a great little "tear out" section titled "Your Everything Guide to Skin. All you need to know from A-Z." It had a lot of great tips in it so I thought I would share them with everyone in a series of posts. For the first set here are tips A-D

a.- ANTIOXIDANTS: The Pac-Men of skin care, antioxidants - such as vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and those within green tea and grape seed - gobble up the free radicals produced by factors like sun exposure, pollution, stress, and cigarette smoke, neutralizing their skin-weakening powers. Dermatologist trumpet the virtues of the face saving ingredients, both as a part of a healthy diet that reinforces tissue from the inside and as a key step in a daily skin care regimen.

- BODY BRUSH: An age- old cellulite buster, a dry natural-bristle body brush raises blood flow to the epidermis, revs up lymphatic drainage, and exfoliates dead cells.

c. -
COLLAGEN: Along with elastin and hyaluronic acid, collagen provides the mesh framework that keeps skin plums, lifted, and wrinkle free. A strong, fibrous protein, collagen is multitasking antiager. In addition to preventing collagen breakdown by diligent daily application of SPF, you can help your body generate more of the good stuff by using topicals: Ingredients such as retinol and vitamin C are proven collagen builders.

d. - DHA: The active ingredient in self-tanners, DHA (dihydroxyacetone, if you want to get technical) reacts with the uppermost layer of dead skin cells, turning them brown, Results last about a week - less, if you exfoliate.

Make sure you check back Saturday for E-I. All tips courtesy of Elle Magazine " Your Everything Guide to Skin. All you need to know from A-Z."

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Something For The Guys!

Foresta Soap - Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and Sea Clay
This bar of soap has a deep earthy aroma. It has a very masculine scent combination of dry-woody, smokey cedarwood,and warm, musky, sandalwood. The aroma is very elevating and uplifting, yet comforting. This earthy fragrance is perfectly complimented with sea clay which is thought to remove acne causing toxins from the skin and revitalize tired skin.

Click HERE to visit Bonghi Natura

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A new summer time soap

Gioioso Soap - Grapefruit and Tangerine

This soap has the sweet citrus aroma blend of grapefruit and tangerine that is refreshing and uplifting.
You will find that this invigorating soap is the perfect way to start your day as the scent of grapefruit is both stimulating and energizing.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

FRIDAY FEATURE - Lemon St. Photography

Give us a summary of your shop, and how you got started?
Lemon St. Photography is Dean and Erica, partners in life and in art. Erica started her Etsy shop, Sierra Pelona Crochet, in February 2008 and things are going rather well. She suggested we try this. And since Dean wanted to find a good on-line venue for his photographs, we decided to give Etsy a try.

How did you select your name?
It was chosen mostly at random. It sounds like it means something, but it doesn't really. "Lemon St. Photography" could mean anything, which gives us some flexibility in terms of the kind of imagery we choose to display.

What makes your shop unique?
Dean's 21 years as a commercial photographer lends his images a polish that many people find very appealing.

We are also experimenting with a different product offering beyond simple photographic prints. We offer ACEO's, and we just recently started producing a line of refrigerator magnets that are a lot of fun and guaranteed to peg out your cute-o-meter.

Do you sell anywhere outside of etsy? If so, where?
Dean sells some of his images through a stock photo agency, in addition to his commissioned commercial work.

How long have you been making your craft?
Dean has been a photographer for 21 years. His first job as a photographer was taking baby pictures in K-Mart department stores. He was surprised to have gotten the job because he had never picked up a camera before until then. Erica has been a hobbyist photographer since her father showed her the basics during her childhood.

Is it your full-time job?
Dean has been self-employed as a professional photographer since March 1992.

How do you balance work, and/or your shop, and home?
It's a real balancing act! Developing flexibility and going with the flow are important skills to keep it all on an even keel. Communication is key to agreeing on what the priority is at any given moment, and working together on that particular goal.

What is your favorite material?
Dean says, "Dawn light." Dean's favorite time to shoot is at dawn. The world is fresh and new and things are so quiet. You can hear yourself think and appreciate the wonders of the emerging day. Erica prefers the rich light of evening before night engulfs it.

What inspires you?
Dean says: Architecture. Line. Form. Plane. Flow of energy. Erica says: Flowers. Nature. Color. Texture.

Click HERE to visit Lemon St. Photography.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sweet Orange and Ginger Creamy Sugar Scrub

This gentle sugar exfoliant is made with shea butter which is highly emollient with skin softening properties. It also contains a combination of sweet almond oil and apricot oil to help moisturize you skin This creamy scrub has the sweet citrus aroma of oranges and spicy ginger. Aromatherapists regard sweet orange as empowering, and ginger root is believed to be stimulating and refreshing, making this scrub the perfect way to start your day.

Click HERE to Visit Bonghi Natura