Burnish your beauty for fall

 
Repêchage Hair Spa Thermal Seaweed Mask  and singature four layer facial
 Fall is in the air you may be feeling a little “beached.” That’s what I call it when your summer hair looks a little fried and your skin feel dry. But don’t despair; it is easy to get your glow back with a little top-to-toe TLC.
 
You need to be burnished or polished like the jewel that you are, and there is no better way to do it than with a few professional treatments.
 
Revive dried out, frizzy hair for fall with an intensive salon conditioning treatment.
 
Recently, I tried the new Repêchage Hair Spa Thermal Seaweed Mask at its launch at the Steve Hightower Salon in Atlanta.
 
This luxurious hour-long treatment left my fine, colour-treated hair soft, shiny, and full of body. The stylist first applied the self-heating spa mask using a relaxing massage to work it into my hair and scalp. My hair was then covered with a fancy silver cap to help the 18 Amino Acids, 24 trace minerals and other conditioners in the mask deeply penetrate each strand. These unique hair- restoring ingredients come from special seaweed plants.
 
As the mask did its magic, I was whisked of to see Tamara Townsend, the esthetician at the Steve Hightower salon, for a Repêchage Four-Layer Facial. It is the line’s signature treatment.
 
Clients at the Steve Hightower salon can maximize their time and relaxation by having a facial, mani-pedi, or massage while they wait for hair treatments to process. It is so much more luxurious than flipping through magazines or hunching over text messages!
 
The moment Tamara touch my face I knew I was in the hands of an expert. She explained the anti-aging treatment as she applied each layer of the facial. She also stoked away my stress with a heavenly neck and hand massage. Always ask an esthetician to apply any treatment to your décolleté and hands as the skin in these areas age as quickly as your face.
 
Repêchage Four-Layer Facial consists of 4 layers: 1. Seaweed filtrate, 2. Creamy hydrator that used during the facial massage, 3. Fresh seaweed mask, and 4. the final Mineral layer. The results are visible and immediate. You glow.
 
After the facial, the hair spa mask was rinsed out of my hair. Then, a leave-in serum was applied. Brian then styled my hair. It looked and felt fabulous. It was shiny and bouncy, and the results lasted for weeks. 
 
I just renewed it myself at home with the Repêchage Hair Spa Seaweed Mask. It contains the same 18 amino acids and 24 minerals as the salon treatment. I also used the Repêchage Hair Spa Serum. Both are great ways to revive hair between salon treatments and fight frizz and dullness. Repêchage Hair Spa Serum can be used any time your hair need a little shine. Just rub a few drops into wet or dry hair. It also smells delish.
 
You may not be able to find head-to-toe pampering at a single salon, but your regular salon should offer deep conditioning treatments for hair. Select the location for your facial carefully. A good facial should be professional and pampering, and never leave skin red or irritated. You deserve a gentle cleansing and a relaxing massage in scrupulously cleaning surroundings. There shouldn’t be any hard selling of products.

A salon facial should be pampering and luxurious. If you need medical treatments such as intense pulse light (IPL) or anything but a light peel, go to a doctor! However, facials at doctors’ offices are seldom relaxing, hydrating, or luxurious. Know what you need and be sure you get it. Never pay $80-$100 for someone to just steam your face and apply treatments. They are being lazy and you are being cheated – not to mention you can do that at home yourself for much less money.
 
Here is a list of some of our favourite salons many with multiple locations for pampering treatments, as well as a list of fabulous at home treatments:
 
Aicha Nassim at Balance Diet in Buckhead, Atlanta. Aicha trained in the legendary spas of Morocco and it shows. I love the all-natural botanical products from Thailand she used on my face. My skin looked luminous. I also loved the complimentary hour in their infra-red sauna before my facial. Infra-red saunas use comfortable dry heat to open your pores and burn calories, reduce stress, and detox the body. Try it.
 
In Toronto, Ontario, I recommend Fang Wang for a heavenly facial. Fang’s East-West combination of cosmetic acupuncture and all-natural western lotions and potions can be life changing!
 
In Bangkok, Thailand the spa at the Oriental Hotel is beauty Nirvana. In other cities for decades my choice is to indulge at Guerlain or Clarins, which have spas and salons in many major cities around the world. The French invented the “beauty institute” or spa. These are two of the best and have never disappointed me.
 
Between professional pampering sessions, keep skin flawless by using a mask at least twice a week. I mask three times a week to remove grime, speed cell turnover, and refine skin texture.
 
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask: A Revitalizing Treatment Mask will hydrate your skin with potent blend of antioxidant rich botanicals. Lie back for 10 minutes and enjoy the cool sensation.
 
Revive dull skin in minutes with Dr. Murad’s Intensive-C Radiance Peel. This cream mask wakes up skin as it tackles environmental aging caused by sun, smog, and stress. It leaves skin smoother and more luminous.
 
Glytone Mini Peel Gel isn’t a mask, but it is a great at-home pick-me-up for skin. It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate and retexturize skin.
 
Don’t forget to keep your body smooth with a good scrub. I like the new paraben-free body scrubs from St. Ives. I use those head-to-toe several times a week. They are inexpensive and smell divine.
 
So get ready, darlings, and burnish your beauty.
 
Resources:
 
 
 
Balance Diet Buckhead 404 966 1213
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Makeup that looks beautiful and is good for your skin too!

If you want makeup that does your skin good while making it look better, you will love Advanced Mineral Makeup. It is a Advanced Mineral Concealercreated by TV and film makeup artist Annie Mayo. It doesn’t contain perfumes, parabens, dyes, or preservatives, so it won’t aggravate hyperpigmentation, acne, rosacea, or sensitive skin. The colours are soft, natural, and it feels weightless. Your skin looks like skin but just a little better.
 
The formula contains Titanium Dioxide a great natural sunscreen, Vitamins A and E, as well as rosemary. According to the company, their makeup helps to rejuvenate tired skin. It looks and feels fabulous all day.
 
I am not a fan of concealer as I find it thick and unnatural looking. But I really like the Advanced Mineral Concealer. Its rich formula containing grapeseed oil, Shea butter, and Vitamin E keep this concealer from feeling cakey and heavy. It really did give my under eye area the luminescence it promised.
 
Advanced Mineral Makeup is also used on the set of NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy, “due to its lightweight, camera-friendly components.” And we all know HDTV magnifies even small flaws. so makeup for TV has to be the best these days.
 
At DolceDolce we love the natural look and feel of this makeup. It is a great value, too.
 
The makeup costs $44
The concealer is $24
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Identity theft at the doctor’s office!

Did you know you could have your identity stolen at the doctor’s office? It’s a scary thought. But according to study by the Ponemon Institute sponsored by ProtectMyID, “Nearly 1.5 million people in the United States have been victims of the crime…
 
“Medical identity theft is difficult to detect and resolve, and the typical victim, according to the study, faces approximately $20,000 in fraudulent insurance bills,” the company warned.
 
There can be medical consequences, too. “Victims deal with more than just financial troubles… Medical identity theft frequently results in erroneous information being added to a person's medical record or even the creation of an entirely fictitious medical record in the victim's name.”
 
The experts at ProtectMyID caution, “When the victim seeks care, he or she could end up with the wrong medical history, wrong blood type, wrong allergies and other false information that could lead to serious problems. Victims may also find that their health insurance benefits have been exhausted due to a long period of misuse.”
 
All that is enough to give you a heart attack!
 
Here are tips to help you protect yourself and be alert to problems:
 
What signs indicate medical identity theft?
 
·        Be suspicious if you receive a bill for medical services from a hospital or physician you've never visited. These bills may be in someone else's name.
 
·        A collection agency calls or sends a letter regarding overdue payment on a medical account that does not belong to you.
 
·        Your insurer sends a letter confirming a change of address when you did not request one.
 
·        Medical insurance is denied because an imposter used your benefits.
 
·        You receive notification from a hospital or doctor when a criminal has broken into their computer and stolen patient identities.
 
For proactive protection, ProtectMyID recommends consumers take the following steps:
 
·        Request a copy of your prescription or medical claims history by calling your appropriate insurance provider.
 
·        Review your claims history for inaccurate information, such as hospitals or doctors you've never visited or prescriptions you've never filled.
 
·        If you find false information, contact your provider at once.
 
·        Review all bills and notices, such as an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) you receive regarding medical services.
 
·        If a criminal has used your benefits with his or her name, these bills or notices may list someone else's name with your address.
 
·        Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, will send you an Explanation of Benefits after each service received.
 
·        Make sure you are the one who received the services listed.
 
·        Request an accounting of disclosures of protected health information from your providers, such as hospitals and doctors. This will help you know with which organizations or other providers your doctors have shared your personal information and medical records.
 
·        If you're unsure why your information was shared with another organization, be sure to question the disclosure.
 
DolceDolce tip:
Refuse to give your Social Security or Social Insurance number to insurance companies or the doctor’s office. They ask. I refuse. They can take my driver’s license; it is official and has a photo. The fewer people who have access to these numbers and your confidential information, the better it is for your personal security.
 
Be proactive! Review all insurance claims, bills, and accounts regularly.
 
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Be a sexy domestic diva

No one ever said that housekeeping is glamorous, but it can be. Recently, I received the cutest gift, so I had to tell you about it. Gloveables waterproof gloves can make dirty jobs a little more fun. These practical but pretty rubber gloves can be used for any household task. So when there is a dirty job to do – do it like a lady, darlings!
 
This fun company also makes sexy aprons and other cute cleaning products to dress up the sexy domestic diva.
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Anti-aging and acne

More and more adult women are dealing with acne as the try to fend off the first sings of aging. Stress, pollution, and hormones all can contribute to adult acne. Products designed to treat teenage acne can dry and aggravate more mature skin.
 
Murad Pore and Line Minimizing Hydrator tightens pores as it helps to boost collagen and minimize fine lines. It contains a potent blend of botanicals to stimulate collagen and fight the first signs of aging without causing breakouts.
 
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Red carpet tips from Mally Roncal

No one should be dependent on eye drops, but red eyes can ruin your look for a special occasion. Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal’s secret weapon for ensuring her clients are bright eyed on the red carpet is Visine Maximum Redness Relief eye drops.
 
Visine Maximum Redness Relief eye drops.s my secret weapon for looking bright-eyed and awake on late nights and mornings that arrive too soon,” says the makeup maven, “because let’s face it, the ‘overtired’ look doesn’t really work for anyone.
 
“Before I apply eye makeup, I add a drop to each eye to refresh and whiten eyes in seconds – so no matter what look I’m going for, ‘red eyes’ has nothing to do with it.”
 
As a beauty editor and anti-aging expert, I also always have bottle of Visine in my makeup bag as well in my car to combat red eye from allergies, pollution, or flying.
 
Visine Maximum Redness Relief costs $5.99
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Find out what men really think!

In WTF Are Men Thinking, market researchers Christopher Brya and Miguel Almaraz asked 250,000 guys what they were really thinking about marriage, relationships, and everything else you may have been wondering about.
 
Some answers may surprise you, some may not. What do men say matters most in a future mate: personality, looks, or earning potential? Find out what is the biggest relationship deal-breaker for most men. This book is an eye opener.
 
WTF Are Men Thinking is a snapshot of the modern male mind. Learn what kind of car makes you look cool to him. Find out if he is threatened by your guy friends. And how can you make him less commitment-shy?
 
WTF Are Men Thinking should be on the must-read list of any single woman in the dating world today.
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Easy red pepper soup

This is one of our most-often requested recipes. Serve it hot or cold. Using jarred peppers makes this soup a snap.
 
This richly-flavoured, lightly-spicy soup is perfect for the harvest season. It’s also versatile. It makes an elegant starter, when topped with a dollop of crème fraiche, and served in beautiful china cups or fancy soup plates. Or, it is a perfect light lunch or supper with a salad, or with just a bit of grilled fish or chicken.
 
It’s dead easy to make cold red pepper soup. But serve it hot, too, as the weather gets colder. It gets a jolt of flavour from a touch of cumin and a hint of garlic. I use bottled red peppers; this avoids the tedious job of roasting and peeling them. I also use chicken stock, but vegetarians can substitute vegetable stock of good quality. Make sure you do not buy vinegared or pickled peppers.
 
If you want to use fresh red peppers, roast them under a hot broiler until the skin chars black. Turn them to char them evenly; you can do this on the grill. Drop the peppers into a paper bag and close it, or place them in a bowl and seal it with plastic wrap for five to six minutes. This will steam the peppers, allowing you to rub the charred skin off with an old, clean dish towel. Cut the peppers into strips, while discarding the stems and seeds.
 
You may also use fresh tomatoes instead of canned. Simply wash, cut, and quickly stew the amount you need for 10 minutes on medium-high heat. Season the tomatoes to taste with salt, and then puree them.
 
Ingredients:
1 box (quart or liter) of chicken or vegetable stock
1 cups /500 ml. tomato juice
2 jars /335 ml. each of red peppers
1 peeled large carrot, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1 tsp-1 tsp. of ground cumin
1½ tsp. sugar or Stevia in the Raw or 1 pkg. Splenda (I love Stevia in the Raw and use in all my soups and salad recipes.)
1½ tsp. chili flakes, optional
Crème fraiche or sour cream (optional)
 
Sauté the chopped vegetables, but do not brown them. Drain the peppers and blot dry. Chop. Add cumin to the vegetables and chili, if you wish. Stir. Add peppers and sugar. Add the three cups of stock and simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes.
 
Purée everything until it’s smooth, and thin with a bit more stock, if necessary. If you wish it to be elegant, pass the soup through a fine sieve. I do not often bother to do this, as I like the texture. I puree it very well in a blender.
 
Taste to correct the seasoning before serving. It may taste blander when cold, and you may wish to add a bit of hot sauce, a dash of cayenne, and a bit more salt. Serve garnished with a dollop of crème fraiche or lemon slices.
 
Guests will love the tangy sweetness of the pepper contrasted with the smoky cumin. I like to add a bit of chili, too. The colour shouts sunshine. You can taste how healthful it is!

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