Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday Tips - SKIN CARE A-Z Continued

Here are tips r-t from "Your Everything Guide to Skin. All you need to know from A-Z." These tips come to you from an article in Elle Magazine. This is a post I started back a few months back, but I have been so busy I haven't even had time to post to my blog. I finally have a free minute so I thought I would give a a few more of these great tips!

r. - RETINOIDS: These chemical compounds are derived from vitamin A and assist in regulating cell growth. Avaliable over the counter (Rentin - A is the prescription version), retinoids are often used to reduce the appearance of lines since they're so effective at getting skin cells to rebuild collagen and elastin. This rapid turnover can sometimes trigger sensitivtiy, however, so most doc suggest starting with retinoids every other night until the skin adjusts to the new ingredient.

s. - SLEEP: Most studies recommend seven to eight hours of shut-eye per night for optimal health and beauty benefits. This is a time for full-body regeneration and skin repair, so derms often tell patients to apply treatments such as retinoids and pigmentation-reducers before bed, giving ingredients like glucosamine, which treats spots and lines, the ideal conditions under which to work their magic.

t. - TEA: Wheather brewed as a soothing beverage or added to a daily skin cream, these antioxidant superstars (the most potent include green and white teas, along with Argentinian yerba mate) also contain large amounts of polyphenol. a known antiager. These types of tea have beed sceintifcally proven to defend against the formation of certain types of cancer when sipped daily, and there's evidence that they fight free radicals, minimize UV effects, and repair damaged cells when applied to the skin.

u. - UV BLOCKERS: The best lotions provide full-spectrum coverage by shielding against UVA and UVB rays. Look for labels listing avobenxone, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide.

v. - VITAMINS: Just as a rainbow-color diet supercharges your energy level, your skin requires a full range of vitamins to keep up it's glow. When mixed into your favorite treatment, vitamins play a major role in important skin function such as speeding up healing, minimizing hyperpigmentation, and booting collagen.

The final post with tips w-z will be coming soon , don't forget to check back for these final skin care tips!

Friday, September 26, 2008

FRIDAY FEATURE - Flirt Buttons

What is the best way to describe your shop, and what makes you unique?
I sell mostly designer fabric covered pocket mirrors, bottle openers, buttons, magnets jewelry and hair accessories. My uniqueness is due to my choice of fabrics and trends.

How did you select your name?
My other business is called Bad Girlz Beads. I wanted something toned down from that, but still fun and girly.

When and how did you first get started in your art?
I have been an artist all my life. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Masters of Science degree in textiles. My profession is textile design, mostly area rugs and carpet. I also teach fashion marketing and design at the college level.

Do you sell outside of etsy? If so where?
I sell at art/craft fairs and to friends and family.

Is this your full time job?
I am making it my full time job. I have a 9 month old at home and I do not plan to go back to the corporate world.

What is your favorite material? actually it is glass, I also do handmade lampwork glass beads and jewelry: www.hare.etsy.com

What do you enjoy most about creating your art?
For my buttons I like going out and collecting all the fabrics and papers. I bring my little view finder to see what will look good on a button.

Where do you find inspiration?
everywhere, as an artist it seems everything is inspiring.

Click HERE to visit Flirtbuttons.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

On vacation.....

It's been very busy around here, and my blog has been been getting no attention at all. Things are finally starting to calm down and get back to normal so I've finally found some time to post. I recently took a trip out to San Francisco for the first time with my husband and daughter. It was such a beautiful city, we had so much fun. My only complaint, it was so cold!