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Refreshing You in 2010

January 01, 2010
>Give Your Skin the Silver Treatment

Turning back the hands of time can prove a challenge once we hit a certain age. Cor Silver Wrinkle Serum can help to restore the complexion you once had—or create one that's even better. With the added benefit of patented nano-silver with silica, Cor Silver Wrinkle Serum can help to imitate your skin's natural rejuvenation process, stimulating renewal and natural exfoliation of the skin's surface, without the use of harsh ingredients. It can also help to renew the skin's outer layer, as well as make it noticeably thicker, which creates an improved appearance of the skin and has the added benefits of protecting itself against the harmful elements of the environment. So try Cor Silver Wrinkle Serum and see a more taut complexion after just a few minutes! Find it at www.CorSilver.com for $120.

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Sure, it's the middle of winter, but that doesn't mean our wardrobes have to be boring. While dark colors may prevail this time of year, we can blast our outlook right out of the winter doldrums by injecting a few bright accessories into our wardrobe. You'll get a jump-start on your spring wardrobe and won't be able to keep from smiling every time you catch a glimpse of them! Ruffle Rose tote is $24.99 from Sears.com.

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At Home Beauty

Winter weather can really take a toll on skin by leaving it with dry patches, pallid areas and fine lines that turn into full-fledged wrinkles. It's time for some serious TLC! While you may not have the time or budget for a salon facial, a do-it-yourself version can leave you with wonderful results while costing just pennies. First, begin with clean skin. Use a gentle cleanser, then tone using gentle, alcohol-free toner (or witch hazel). Then proceed:

Step 1—Exfoliate: Dead cells can make skin look dull and patchy. Brighten your complexion by mixing ½ cup dry oatmeal, 3 tablespoons of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of finely ground sea salt and ¼ teaspoon fresh mint with enough warm water to form a paste. Dampen your skin, then use gentle circular movements to apply the paste, avoiding the eye area. Rinse.

Step 2—Steam: Steaming opens pores and primes skin for deep cleaning. In a large pot, boil 1 quart of distilled water. Next, infuse the water by wrapping fragrant herbs of your choice (chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender) in cheesecloth, lowering the heat, and placing the cloth in the pot for five minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and set it on a protected surface. Apply a light layer of almond or sesame oil to the face (to protect your skin from heat), then lean over the pot, tenting a clean towel over your head to catch the steam. Steam for five minutes; pat dry.

Step 3—Mask: Masks help to deep clean, stimulate circulation, remove dead skin as well as hydrate skin. To hydrate dry skin, use a mix of 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon honey and a few drops of safflower oil. Apply to skin and let dry. Rinse with cold water and pat dry.

Step 4—Massage: To soothe the skin in the last phase of the facial, massage a moisturizer into the skin. Put a generous amount on your hands and work them together to warm up the cream. Concentrate on areas where muscles are overworked: cheeks, mouth, forehead and around the eyes. Once the lotion is completely absorbed, blot off any excess with a tissue. Now enjoy your fresh-faced complexion!

Flat-Iron Your Hair in a Flash!

Moms with long hair—take note. If you have avoided using a flat iron because you thought it took too long, think again. The Presto from H2pro is a 1-inch flat iron that features turbo power technology to give you sleek, smooth hair in a flash. With a turbo trigger to seal in moisture while cutting down on style time, the Presto may very well have you looking like Jennifer Aniston in no time flat! Get one at www.H2ProBeautyLife.com for $180.

Curl Up with a Good Nook

Ever wish you could have a book just appear at the touch of your fingertips? Well now you can. The Nook is a wireless eBook reader that allows you to download more than a million book titles in mere moments, making it perfect to take along when traveling or just sitting in the carpool lane. To make the Nook more hip (as if it needed any help), you can purchase a chic carrying case designed by the likes of Kate Spade, Jack Spade and Jonathan Adler. Feeling wistful for a real book? Think about how many trees will be saved by the Nook and you might just find that reading your morning paper electronically isn't so bad after all! Find it for $259 at Barnes and Noble and at www.bn.com.

Mary Michele Little is a Mother of two, Image Consultant, Freelance Writer and Author of the book, "Mama's Little Helpers: bite-sized beauty and style tips for busy moms. Read more from her at www.onechicmama.com.

Mary Michele Little is a mother of two, wife, entrepreneur and blogger who lives in Raleigh, NC. Read more of her tips at www.onechicmama.com.

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