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M.I.S.S. Healthy Bites: Refine Your Face with Apples

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M.I.S.S. Healthy Bites: Refine Your Face with Apples


An Apple a Day Keeps the Dermatologist Away

An Apple a Day Keeps the Dermatologist Away

Sometimes, no matter how healthy you eat, your skin looks like you’re scarfing down junk food.  It’s essential to eat good to look good, but you also have to have a good beauty routine to keep your skin looking great.  How do you know what products to use on the outside?  Take a cue from your diet, and it’ll be easy to know what ingredients you should be looking for not only on your plate, but also in your medicine cabinet.  Apples, a notoriously nutritious fruit, can keep the doctor away, specifically, the dermatologist.  It’s packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that is also well known for promoting healthy skin.  Zia Natural Skincare summoned the powers of the apple and has created the Apple Refining Mask, a lightweight mask that can clarify clogged or sun-damaged skin.

When I received the jar for review, I was excited to try it because of the all natural ingredients.  You can forget about paraben preservatives in this list!  The special recipe uses organic apple juice, plantain, and pectin to eliminate toxins and impurities, while minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores and firming the skin.  Other ingredients sound just as good to eat and also benefit the skin, like sugar cane to naturally exfoliate, grapefruit essential oil to encourage cellular renewal, and lemon juice and green tea to minimize fine lines and correct sun damage.  It’s great for smoothing fine lines and simply rejuvenating your skin!

One of the downfalls of using a mask is actually looking like you’re wearing one.  If the doorbell rings, forget about answering it because you wouldn’t want anyone to see you looking like that!  But with this mask, it’s dries clear and feels so lightweight, you’ll forget you’re even wearing it!  When I first opened the jar, the sweet smell of apples gave me a dose of aromatherapy.  I seriously almost wanted to taste it.  After washing my face, I applied a thin layer, and after only 30 seconds, I felt a slight tingling wave of freshness.  After about 3 minutes, the mask firmed up just enough so that I can tell that its working, but not too much to the point when I can’t even talk.  When 15 minutes had passed, I washed it off.  I loved how smooth my skin felt!

If that isn’t enough for you, the packaging can also make you feel good.  It was created with windmill power and printed with soy ink, on 50% post-consumer waste.  A beauty product that’s good for your skin and the environment is good for me.

The Apple Refining Mask from Zia Natural Skincare is available at the Zia Natural website and Whole Food Markets.  Grab a .25 oz. portion for $5.95, or a 1 oz. jar for $24.95.  While you’re at it, pick up a couple of apples, too.

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Fashion Meets Music: Cher

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Fashion Meets Music: Cher


Fashion Meets Music: Cher

The Fashion Meets Music column often visits and does retrospectives on some of the most influential culture queens of music. Cher is a multi-faceted performer whose talents exceed the medium of music. She changed the standard of what was cool at the time. Cher’s style originated the square nail look that is still popular today. Sonny and Cher helped popularize the bell-bottom trend for men and women of the 60′s by wearing them on their television show. Cher would design her pants and her friend, Bridget, would sew them.

Nails Did

Nails Did

She emerged onto the Southern California scene, 16 year old beauty in the 60′s. Cher met Sonny Bono at a coffee shop in L.A., according to Cher, “It was as if the whole room went to soft focus, like Tony and Maria at the dance.” Sonny was a record industry worker and part-time percussionist. Sonny loved her voice and she adored his company. He introduced her to his boss, Phil Spector. Although her initial nervous audition with Spector wasn’t impressive. When she had Sonny on her side, their quirky chemistry made the music work.

They won acclaim with The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour a television they ended each night with the tune, “I’ve Got You Babe”. Cher’s outrageous Bob Mackie-designed costumes and musical success made her a star.

Cher Trivia

  • Cher dropped out of high school at 16 due to dyslexia
  • Caesar and Cleo were the original recording names of Sonny and Cher
  • Bob Mackie has been dressing Cher for over 40 years
  • In 1979 Cher had her middle and last names dropped
  • Cher will resume her self titled show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting in April.

Bob Mackie met Cher in 1967 and the rest is fashion history! The creative combo built a vault of dazzling costumes. If you enjoy fantasy, sequins, glitter, and over-the-top fabulous, then these are for you.

Fashion Meets Music: Cher

Bob Mackie on the costumes that Cher wore during her 2008 shows in Las Vegas:

It’s like a drag queen’s delight. She had thoughts about being every sort of goddess – an Egyptian princess for “Strong Enough.” On “Half-Breed,” she’s an American Indian princess in a bejeweled loincloth and war bonnet that drapes to the floor. It’s crazy. On “Turn Back Time,” she’s in classic black and studs and holes and garter belts. On “Love Is a Battlefield,” the Pat Benatar hit, she comes out in a mini. NY Daily News

Cher is in her 60′s and can still wear a bedazzled catsuit four nights a week. Amazing. Take a look at Bob Mackie’s Cher fashion sketches for the Las Vegas shows running 90 minutes every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Cher won an Oscar in 1987 for her role in Moonstruck

Cher won an Oscar in 1987 for her role in Moonstruck

She has also starred in some pretty great films. If you were to do a Cher movie montage day, I would suggest these:

Must See Cher Movies:

  • Mask (1985)
  • Witches of Eastwick (1987)
  • Moonstruck (1987)
  • Mermaids (1990)

I can’t pick a favorite out of these four on any given day one will appeal in some sort of way. So great. Any favorite Cher films or music videos?

For a complete list of performances running go to Ticketmaster.com

Photo credits: cherstyle.com

Graphics: Sarah Bee

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