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Friday, May 24, 2013

Girls Night In: Host a True Blood Watching Party!


Need a great idea for a Girls Night In?  Why not host a True Blood Watching Party with your friends? For all our vampire lovers out there, True Blood is coming back to HBO starting June 16th. We're hosting one, and here's what we'll be up to.


First, a little about the show! If you're not familiar with True Blood, it is a complex show "documentary" style show.  It is exciting with intertwining plot lines that surround the Bon Temps bar "Merlotte's" in a fictional town in Louisiana. The show's main protagonist, Sookie Stackhouse played by Anna Paquin, is a telepath and waitress at Merlotte's.  She developes a relationship with a Vampire, Bill Compton  played by Stephen Moyer.  The basic plot of the show revolves around their relationshpi and the commercial sale of vampire blood, known on the show as a human narcotic: "V" or "V Juice". E-1 Through the relationship that develops between Sookie and Bill, the viewer progressively learns more about vampire culture and the limitations of vampire physiology. 

This series is a perfect show for Girls Night In, or even better Girls Weekend In!  Here's everything you'll need for the perfect get together:
1. Order Seasons 1-5  (or just the seasons you haven't seen) on Amazon.com for about $20 - $40 per season. Just click the links below to order. You definitley want to get all caught up before Season 6 starts!
Season 5 Complete Season DVD  Package

2. Pick a date that works for you and your friends.  Make a cute invite on Facebook and invite your besties.

3. Schedule a weekend in to get caught up on the seasons you haven't seen. This is a perfect excuse for a Girls Weekend In!

4. Get some cocktails, champagne or wine. Try mixing a flavored vodka with True Blood Soda  or Italian Volcano Blood Orange Juice. This juice works for mimosa's too!


5. Make some snacks, and keep it simple! If you want authentic treats, try the True Blood: Eats, Drinks and Bites from Bon Temps cookbook.  They offer Menus selections from  the now-famous Fangtasia and Merlotte's Bar and Grill play a key role in the series, providing sustenance for its human characters, evoking memories of a bygone life for its vampires, and serving as a powerful symbol for the desires and carnal needs the characters harbor.

6. Schedule another get together for June 16th, for the Season 6 Premier!

7.  Have fun, take photos, and share your favorite moments on your social media chanels!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Melanoma May: The Best SPF Beauty Products That Protect Your Skin



May is the perfect month to stock up on SPF products, right before summer.  More and more beauty brands are invested in educating the public about how deadly Melanoma Cancer is.  They have added SPF to as many products as possible, to help protect your skin. I have rounded up some of the best SPF beauty products for you.  Before I share them with you, take a moment to educate yourself on skin protection.  In addition to wearing SPF, the Mayo Clinic suggests the following tips to protect yourself from Melanoma:

  • Avoid midday sun. Avoid the sun when its rays are the strongest. For most places, this is between about 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Because the sun's rays are strongest during this period, try to schedule outdoor activities for other times of the day, even in winter or when the sky is cloudy. You absorb UV radiation year-round, and clouds offer little protection from damaging rays.
  • Wear sunscreen year-round. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you're swimming or perspiring. Use a generous amount of sunscreen on all exposed skin, including your lips, the tips of your ears, and the backs of your hands and neck.
  • Wear protective clothing. Sunscreens don't provide complete protection from UV rays, so wear tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs and a broad-brimmed hat, which provides more protection than a baseball cap or visor does. Some companies also sell photoprotective clothing. Your dermatologist can recommend an appropriate brand. Don't forget sunglasses. Look for those that block both types of UV radiation — UVA and UVB rays.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds emit UV radiation, which can increase the risk of skin cancer.
  • Become familiar with your skin so you'll notice changes. Examine your skin so that you become familiar with what your skin normally looks like. This way, you may be more likely to notice any skin changes. With the help of mirrors, check your face, neck, ears and scalp. Examine your chest and trunk and the tops and undersides of your arms and hands. Examine both the front and back of your legs and your feet, including the soles and the spaces between your toes. Also check your genital area and between your buttocks. If you notice anything unusual, point it out to your doctor at your next appointment.
{For more detailed information on Melanoma, please visit the Mayo Clinic or ask your physician.}

Prevention is undoubtedly one of the most important steps in protecting yourself from Melanoma.  Check out some of the best beauty products that have added suncreen to their face products, body lotions, and cosmetics.  Each of these have found the perfect balance between remaining glamorous all while offering you the sun safety you need to protect your skin.  
  
SUNSCREEN FOR FACE

This lightweight, ultra nourishing facial moisturizer offers highly effective, broad spectrum SPF protection for delicate facial skin. Specially formulated with a unique blend of Dead Sea Minerals, quality sunscreens, essential vitamins and moisturizers, the skin is left nourished and protected from harmful UVA & UVB rays to prevent sun damage and signs of premature aging. 
L’Oréal Paris Sublime introduces expanded SPF offerings for the pre-existing Sublime Sun line that feature the same photostable UV filter system and powerful antioxidants as the original Sublime Sun lotions and clear spray mists. This month, L’Oréal Paris is commissioning a study of consumers’ perception/awareness of skin cancer. They are also giving $1 for every SPF product sold to the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA). On top of that, they partnered with the MRA on a three year research grant.

FACE PRODUCTS WITH SPF
Battle the sun’s rays and firm the skin with one single product. Erno Laszlo’s Firmarine SPF 30 feeds new collagen growth while enhancing skin firmness and bounce. Its ocean –hued formula is equipped with a key bio-marine ingredient, Spirulina Maxima, a fresh water, blue-green algae prized for its health benefits. The silky cream protects with Vitamins E, C and A, Organic Green Tea, Multi-Mineral Complex and mineral-rich Deep Sea Water to boosts the skin’s immunity (anti-viral, anti-bacterial) all summer long.
Spoil skin with luxe ingredients and broad-spectrum protection to help rejuvenate, firm and reveal younger looking skin. Suitable for all skin types, the lightweight yet effective moisturizer is fortified with the Exclusive Microencapsulated Melon Complex and dual action Vitamin C. This cocktail of powerful antioxidants combats free radical damage and when combined with the Bearberry Extract and sunscreens, helps brighten the complexion and smooth out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to diminish the visible signs of premature aging. 

NEW! A lightweight daily age-fighting moisturizer with sunscreen
Bliss’ The Youth As We Know It anti-aging collection is packed with turn-back-time perks—but they’ve managed to squeeze in one more with the latest addition to the line. An anti-oxidant packed daytime alternative to the much-loved moisture cream, this lightweight lotion boasts the same 10 age-battling benefits (visibly diminishing wrinkles, filling fine lines, hydrating and firming, to name a few), but adds SPF 30 to the mix for UVA/UVB protection that keeps both aging and burning at bay. It’s a ‘sun’-beatable daily moisturizing must-have!
  • Provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection
  • Helps even skin tone, smooth skin's texture, brighten and clarify
  • Soothes and replenishes skin
Take on aging with AHAVA’s NEW Age Control Even Tone Moisturizer SPF 20 – a full-spectrum solution for addressing, correcting and preventing key signs of aging. Featuring two exclusive technologies – the Urban Complex™ and VF Brightening Accelerator Complex™ – this daily moisturizer works to enhance the complexion by correcting uneven tone and dark spots, smoothing fine lines and providing superior photoprotection and defense against environmental aggressors that speed  up the aging process.
SUNSCREEN FOR BODY

L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun introduces a new sunscreen form – high SPF oil sprays – that feature the same photostable UV filter system and powerful antioxidants as the original Sublime Sun lotions and clear spray mists. Sublime Sun Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil SPF 50+, the highest oil SPF protection available on the market, is also available in SPF 15 and SPF 30. This spray contains a nourishing blend of argan oil, shea oil, grapeseed oil and sunflower oil. The easily-absorbed formulas include a light beach-inspired scent and utilize L’Oréal’s patent-pending polymer technology for improved water resistance.
Price:  NEW! Sublime Sun Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil SPF 15, Price: $9.99. Available at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers nationwide. Also available on Amazon.com.

This marathon-runner-tested sport sunscreen provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is specifically formulated for extreme conditions and active use. Tested under the most extreme athletic conditions, this new sport SPF doesn’t interfere with your workout and is proven to feel comfortable on the skin. Key benefits include wear-off resistance from water, wiping and rubbing and 80 minutes of water resistance. The formula is also non-comedogenic, alcohol-free, paraben-free, oxybenzone-free and is fortified with Artemia Salina which increases skin’s resistance to UV and heat stress and protects collagen from UV damage.

In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, SkinCeuticals will be sponsoring free, full-body skin-cancer checks at select dermatologist offices around the country. Visit www.SkinCeuticals.com/prevent for more info.


This lightweight, broad-spectrum physical barrier is your first line of defense against sun damage and premature skin aging. Formulated with naturally occurring titanium dioxide, Liquid Layer provides water-resistant SPF30 protection against UVA, UVB rays and pollution. Polymeric spheres diffuse and redirect UV light, preventing harsh, multiple assaults from the environment. Cellular-protecting antioxidants and photoprotectants help to defend against daily pollutants, which can accelerate irreversible free-radical damage.
This light, oil-free lotion protects face and body from UVA and UVB rays while helping prevent blemishes with just enough salicylic acid to kelp keep pores clear. The lotion absorbs quickly into your skin with no sticky residue.
SPF 30: Contains vitamin A to help diminish the visible signs of premature aging.
Price: $19, Available at www.discoverproactiv.com  and 1-888-819-2019. Also available at Amazon.com.

JĀSÖN® Sport Natural Sunscreen SPF 45

All products are free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates.This water resistant formula is ideal for hours of rugged activity even in the water. With broad spectrum, long-lasting protection, this formula helps prevent premature aging due to prolonged sun exposure and utilizes nature’s antioxidant, Acai (Euterpe Oleracea) Extract, to protect skin against free radicals.
Price: $9.87, Available at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and www.jason-personalcare.com/.



Free of Parabens, Pthalates, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Myreth Sulfate
A botanically moisturizing sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection as defined by the FDA without the use of harsh chemicals, preservatives or synthetic fragrances. Perfect for daily wear, this revitalizing lotion is non-greasy, quick-absorbing and water resistant for 80 minutes. Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Sunflower Seed Oil absorb quickly to nourish sun-exposed skin. Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  

LIPS/COSMETICS WITH SPF

Nourish and protect your lips with the Anthony Logistics Advanced Lip Formula with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 25. This matte lip balm is formulated with the moisturizing and anti-aging benefits of shea butter and resveratrol, plus the sweet taste of stevia to keep your breath fresh. Available in Natural, Mint & White Tea or Blood Orange scents.
FLOWER Face the World Tinted Moisturizer

From FLOWER – the NEW full cosmetics range co-founded by Drew Barrymore and available exclusively at Walmart – Its light, creamy texture instantly hydrates and smoothes, providing a velvety soft finish with natural and seamless coverage. Infused with pomegranate to help moisturize, the formula is both an anti-aging treatment and a luminous foundation, with a natural SPF 15.
Shades: TM1, TM2, TM3, TM4, TM5, TM6, TM7, TM8, TM9, TM10, TM11.
Price: $10.98, Available at Walmart and Walmart.com