Thursday, December 5, 2013

Is Your Face Ready for Christmas?

Not only will you be seeing lots of friends and family during the holiday season, but there'll be lots of pictures taken as well.  Is your face ready?  BeautiControl has the solution for beautiful, healthy and younger looking skin. 

Here are some real life pictures of real men and women who use BC Spa Facial Skincare and the Instant FaceLift.

This set of pictures is of a lady who used the BC Spa Facial Skin care and Instant Face Lift.  The After picture was taken after one hour.

This second set of pictures is of this same lady after using BC Spa Facial Skin care and the Instant Face Lift treatment at home for 30 days.

This set of pictures shows a younger lady after using BC Spa Facial Skin Care and the Instant Face Lift treatment also.  The middle picture is after using BC Spa Facial Skin Care adn the Instant Face Lift treatment after one hour and the third picture is after she used the BC Spa Facial Skin Care for 30 days.

This set of pics shows that it will even work on your man.

What a difference.  What would it do for your confidence to look 10 years younger for the holidays?

90% of women said their skin looked softer, brighter and more radiant within 30 minutes.

98% of women saw significant improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and evenness in their skin tone after just four weeks of use.  

The BC Spa Facial set is what we call our AM/PM Beauti-Basics.  It is formulated with clinical strength ingredients to delay, prevent and repair the signs of aging.  Our Instant Face Lift is part of our Advanced Beauti-Treatment.  It starts with our BC Spa Resurface Microderm Apeel.  This advanced Beauti-Treatment is used 2 -3 times a week.  Then we add our Regeneration Tight, Firm and Fill Extreme Eye Complex and Extreme Tri-Peptide Complex for the face.  These two products are used daily as part of your AM Beauti-routine.

To get your face ready for Christmas, just go to my BeautiPage and click on the Skin Care tab > Extreme Instant Face Lift picture for the Instant Face Lift and the BC Spa Facial Tab for your AM/PM Beauti-Basics.  Not only will you be getting picture perfect skin for Christmas, but you will also be helping provide Christmas for a single parent family with our Christmas in a Red Bag campaign.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas In a Red Bag

Our church has a wonderful tradition of adopting a single parent family for Christmas called Christmas in a Red Bag where Highpoint partners adopt, shop and deliver gifts for a single parent family.  It is our way of showing Memphis that Love Works.  Even if you don't attend Highpoint, ~or live in Memphis~ you can help bring Christmas to a single parent family by participating in our Christmas In A Red Bag Spa event. 

The four ways that you can contribute to Christmas In A Red Bag are:
  • Purchasing one or more of the special Spa Gift Bags
  • Ordering from my Beautipage.  20% of my website sales in December will contribute to adopting a single parent family for Christmas. 
  • Hosting a Christmas In A Red Bag Girls Night Out.
  • Collecting orders from your friends.  Please spread the word. 

Christmas In A Red Bag Specials
$10 – Instant Manicure On-the- Go and Extreme Repair Hand Crème Minis

The feeling of manicured hands instantly is now easier than ever with BC Spa Manicure’s Instant Manicure On-the-Go and Extreme Repair Hand Creme.  

$25 – Dark Brown Sugar Instant Manicure and Extreme Repair Hand Crème

Envelop yourself in the rich, velvety warmth of BeautiControl’s Dark Brown Sugar Collection.

$50 – Glimmer and Glam, Tierra Azul or Margarita Ultimate Spa Set

BeautiControl® introduces the Glimmer & Glam
Collection — gold, glimmering and perfect for
creating holiday magic.

Glimmer and Glam Set includes Glimmer and Glam Instant Manicure, Extreme Repair Hand Creme and Shimmer Mist. 

The most lavish ingredients from around the world were used to create Tierra Azul, a collection of bath and body Spa luxuries that sends your body, mind and soul to a place like no other. 

Tierra Azul Set includes White Tea Bath Milk, Black Pearl Foaming Body Polish and Maracuja Body Butter.

Discover luxury pampering with a twist… of lime! The Margarita Bath & Body Collection transforms the Spa experience with delicious blended scents of tangy lime, a dash of salt and a pinch of sweetness.

Margarita Spa Set includes Margarita Body Lotion, Foot Scrub and Foot Creme.

Spa Collection

To get your Exclusive Christmas In A Red Bag Spa Bags, click the Buy Now button for Paypal, send me a message on FaceBook, or Tweet me. 

Merry Christmas! 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

I Love it When Liberals Try to be Smart

A liberal buddy of mine posted this graphic on FaceBook the other day.

It always makes me chuckle when liberals try to discredit President Reagan.  It just shows how effective he was.

I had to set him straight with the facts.  Here’s my response:

Let’s tackle the unemployment rate first.  It is deceiving because the labor participation rate is at the lowest since the Carter years.  Current labor participation rate ~the labor force as a percent of the noninstitutional population ~ is 63.2%.  If we had the same labor force participation rate that we had at the beginning of the Obama regime, unemployment rate would be at 10%.  There are 10 Million more Americans not in the labor force since Obama’s Imaculation.  The U6 unemployment rate ~which is the total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.~ is 13.6%.

From CNN, “When the recession ~Obama’s "inherited" recession; remember he was in Congress when it started~ began, workers in every category lost jobs, but those in the middle and higher wage groups lost more of them.

“And when the jobs started coming back, the lower-wage jobs came back stronger. That means that, while the nation has replaced lost jobs, many of those new jobs pay less than the old ones did.

Under Reagan there were 17 Million jobs created.

Now, let’s look at the actual numbers on the debt.  First, the only reason that the deficit has dropped is because of the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives.  The federal budget goes from October 1 - September 30.  When we elected the Republicans to Congress in the fall of 2010, they took office in January of 2011 and the first budget year  they had was the 2012.  That was the fiscal year that the federal deficit started to decrease slightly.

Here are the actual numbers.  The federal deficit the last year of the Bush/Republican Congress budget was $161 Billion. When the Democrats took control of Congress after the 2006 elections, the next fiscal year the deficit climbed to $459 Billion and $1413 Billion the year King Barry I was elected. That was when TARP was forced on us. We then had 2 additional years of $1300 Billion deficits with Obama/Democrat Congress. Finally with Republicans back in control of the House, the deficit has come down slightly to $1100 Billion and $973 Billion. So yes, the deficit is technically down from its highs, but doesn't really paint the whole picture.

Even CBS had to admit last year ~2012~ that the national debt grew more under Obama than under Bush ~and that’s not even counting the fact that the deficit started climbing when the Democrats took control of Congress~

Let’s look at the numbers from Reagan; the highest deficit that he had was $221 Billion.

Even Steny Hoyer had to admit that his claim that Reagan’s record on the debt was comparable to Obama’s was wrong.

“JOE SCARBOROUGH: $221, $149, $155 [million]. Over eight years, Ronald Reagan didn’t run up deficits that Barack Obama ran up this past year. But even in inflation-adjusted dollars, Barack Obama ran up higher deficits last year than Ronald Reagan did over eight years.

“STENY HOYER: No, you’re correct.

“JOE SCARBOROUGH: Thank you. That’s all I wanted.”

The year they are referencing is 2012.

Let’s look at percentages of GDP.  Under Reagan, the highest that the deficit as a percentage of GDP was 6% in 1983; under Obama it was 11% in 2010 ~which by the way was during the Democrat controlled Congress.~

Federal debt as percentage of GDP under Reagan was 53% in 1989 ~remember when the federal fiscal year ends~ while under Obama, it is over 100%.

Remember also that the Democrats controlled the House of Representatives ~where spending originates~ during Reagan’s entire term.  The Republicans did have control of the Senate for the 4 years in the middle of Reagan’s administration.

The federal debt today stands at over $17 Trillion; which is over $52K per person and doesn't include the unfunded liabilities of Social Security and Medicare.

You can try to spin Obama’s record all you want to, but the actual numbers don’t lie.  There is no comparison between the Reagan economy and the Obama economy.

I’ll keep you up-to-date on any responses that I get.  The typical response I get from him and his liberal buddies are name-calling with their favorite being that I am a racist.  It’s the usual tactic of someone who doesn't have facts on their side.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Did Steve Cohen learn Math at a MCS?

Mr. Cohen went on the floor of the House of Representatives to berate the Republicans once again.

“The debt was caused by Reagan and Bush.  Reagan and Bush caused the debt.”  said Mr. Cohen.

Mr. Cohen, here are the facts of the federal debt.

Bush with Republican Congress in 6 yrs: $1.675 Trillion
Bush with Democrat Congress in 2 yrs ~which included you~: $1.871 Trillion
Obama with Democrat Congress in 2 yrs: $2.593 Trillion
Obama with Republican House and Democrat Senate: $2.059 Trillion

National Debt increased with you in the House: $6.525 Trillion

Elementary Math question:
Which is greater? $1.675 Trillion or $6.525 Trillion?
My 1st grader knows the concept of greater than or less than.  Have you forgotten?

Even CBS admits that the Obama regime added more to the debt in 3 years than in the 8 year under Bush.

Debt added under the Reagan administration was $1.7 Trillion.  Again, which is greater?
$1.7 Trillion or $4.7 Trillion which is what has been added to the National Debt during the Obama Regime?

P.S.  These numbers are taken from the budgets of the years when said Congresses passed the budgets.  Example:  When Bush was inaugurated in January of 2001, the budget that the country was living under was passed by the Congress of 2000 which was technically the Clinton administration.  The first budget that Bush and the Republican Congress passed was the 2002 budget.

The breakdown of Congresses and budgets:
Bush with Republican Congress: 2002-2007
Bush with Democrat Congress: 2008-2009
Obama with Democrat Congress: 2010-2011
Obama with Republican House and Democrat Senate: 2012 - present.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

More Hypocrisy from Steve Cohen

Look mom, I can use big words on the floor of the House of Representatives.

It doesn't matter that they show what a hypocrite I am.

Fact:  Congressman Cohen voted against the "clean" bill that would fund the NIH.

Let that sink in.

Just like the "good" senator Reid said on Wednesday, October 2 when asked why he would not vote to fund the NIH if it could save just one kid with cancer.  "Why would we want to to do that?"

Who is it that is shedding "Crocodile Tears" Mr. Cohen?

P.S. Since the "good" Congressman has blocked me from posting on his FaceBook page ~such a man of the people~ who wants to post this article on his wall?  Here is the link.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Steve Cohen Makes Memphis Proud Again . . .

Just Kidding!

TN-9 Congressman Steve Cohen took to the floor of the House of Representatives on October 1, 2013 to attack Republicans on the first day of the government shutdown.

I had a Facebook friend post his rant with the caption of "Don't you wish you had a Congressman like mine."  

My response to him was.  He is my congressman and I'm ashamed of him.

Here is Steve Cohen's enlightening rant.  Unfortunately, he gets several things wrong.  

First of all, I'm more worried about my children and grandchildren's healthcare and economic future than I am about some tourists wanting to see the Statue of Liberty.

Second of all, repeating the title "affordable care act" doesn't make it really affordable. ObamaCare was rammed thru a Democrat Congress w/o a single Republican vote and will increase the deficit by Trillions according to the GAO ~that's the Government Accounting Office~. Whatever happened to Obama's promise that he would not sign a plan that would increase the deficit by one dime? Know what was truly bipartisan? The votes to defund and repeal it.

Third, slavery was the law of the land and upheld by the Supreme Courts also.  Does the name Dred Scott ring any bells?  Good thing Republicans didn't just throw up their hands and go along with that law.

Fourth, Social Security and Medicare are broke.

Fifth, where is the budget?  There wouldn't be this “crisis” if the Democrat Senate had done their Constitutionally mandated job and passed a budget.  The federal government hasn't had a budget for the entire Obama administration.

Sixth; it isn't the federal government role to fund assistance programs for the poor.  “The Powers delegated to the federal government are few and defined…war, peace negotiations, and foreign commerce.”  James Madison.  Here is a quick primer on what the proper role of the Federal government according to those that wrote it.  Plus there wouldn't be as many Americans needing assistance if we had a growing economy.

How ironic is it that Cohen is suddenly a hawk on the debt.  Since he has been in Congress, the federal deficit has increased by over $6.5 Trillion.  Not Billion, but Trillion.  During the Bush administration, the Republicans added $1.6 Trillion in 6 years.  In the last two years of Bush's administration, when the Democrats ~which include Steve Cohen~ took control of Congress, they added $1.8 Trillion.  That's right; in two years, the Democrats increased the federal debt more than 6 years of Republicans.  And that was just the beginning.  There has been Trillion $$ deficits yearly since then.  His statement against repealing the medical device tax shows Cohen’s mindset. Repealing the medical device tax would “cost the government $30 Billion.”   All money belongs to the government; they just allow us to keep some of it.

And about those “death panels;” you mean the ones that Paul Krugman admits to here and then there’s Howard Dean admitting that there are death panels here.

Exactly what is the Independent Advisory Board, Mr. Cohen.  You voted for the bill; please explain to us what that panel is.

Also Cohen claims that it’s not a government takeover, but insurance.  Tell me, Mr. Cohen, what is it when the government has control over what a doctor gets paid, what medicines and procedures get paid for; when government mandates that one purchases it and also what it has to include and so on?  ObamaCare has over 20,000 ~and counting~ pages of regulations.  That’s not insurance, that’s control.  He also claims that ObamaCare is a Republican idea, citing RomneyCare as an example.  Really?  What is he smoking?  Some of that weed that he wants to legalize, but I digress.  First of all, RomneyCare was 70 pages; ObamaCare is 2,074 pages.  RomneyCare contained no new taxes.  ObamaCare has over $500 Billion in new taxes, taxes people who don’t buy insurance and cuts over $700 Billion from Medicare.  RomneyCare is on the state level, ObamaCare is on the federal level and as I've already explained, the powers delegated to the federal government are war, peace negotiations and foreign commerce.  Which one of those includes mandating buying insurance?

Last, but not least, Cohen opines that Congress and their staff have to live under the exchanges ~and that it is unfortunate~ because according to him, they are no longer subsidized.  Maybe Cohen missed the memo that Congress and their staff will get 75% of their premiums subsidized.  Poor things; they make 6 figures and they won’t be able to afford ObamaCare.  I thought that Cohen said this was the “Affordable Care Act.”  So affordable that even those that make 6 figures can’t afford it.  And that is different from us “regular” Americans.  Under ObamaCare exchanges, Americans whose employers provide healthcare will not qualify for subsidies.

Bottom line; Steve Cohen proves again that he has no idea what he’s talking about.  He’s been on the public dole since he was in his 20’s.  It’s time he retires and lives under the laws that he’s passed for the rest of us to live under.

Update:  After lapdog Cohen steps to the microphone to bemoan that because of the government shutdown, there will be no new patients at the NIH, Harry Reid asks, Why would we want to do that?" referring to Dana Bash's question about the Republican's plan to fund the NIH if it would help one kid with cancer.

I think Mr. Reid needs a refresher course in civics.  It is the Constitutional job of the Congress to fund government every year.  It's called a budget.  I'm sure you remember what that is even though you haven't passed one.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mini Margarita Cupcakes

I have started making mini-cupcakes instead of regular cupcakes.  They are much cuter and fewer calories ~unless you eat three of them LOL~

Margarita Mini Cupcakes

1/2 cup unsalted butter ~room temperature~
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs ~room temperature~
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Zest of two limes
1/4 cup margarita mix ~the liquid prepared type~

Beat the butter until pale, then add the sugar.  Add one egg at a time, blend until all is incorporated.  Add flour, baking powder and salt; followed by margarita mix.  Then add the zest.

Fill lined mini cupcake pan with batter until 2/3 full.  ~I use my Pampered Chef Medium Scoop~  Bake at 350 deg. for 11-13 minutes.  Cool on racks.

*The original recipe makes regular cupcakes so if you are doing that bake for about 18 minutes.

Margarita Frosting Recipe
1/2 cup butter ~room temperature~
1/2 cup shortening
4-5 cups powdered sugar
3 T. margarita mix

Beat butter and shortening until smooth; then add powdered sugar along with margarita mix.  After frosting cupcakes, sprinkle with a pinch of margarita salt.

*I use a disposable decorator bag with a small star tip to frost my mini-cupcakes.  Much prettier and faster. 

The original recipe that I have adapted is from Created by Diane.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Open Letter to Memphis City Council

Dear Memphis City Council,

Today you will be voting on whether to allow MLG&W to spend $10.15 Million to start implementing their plan for installing 60,000 "smart meters". This is just the down payment for a proposed $215 Million they say it will take for all MLGW customers to be converted to "smart meters".  I listened to the report by WREG New Channel 3 last night. 

"The News Channel 3 Investigators decided to separate fact from fiction, so we put the three types of meters MLGW currently uses to the test.

"This was a controlled test at an MLGW facility and News Channel 3 cameras recorded 24/7 to make sure nobody could tamper with the meters.

"Here’s how the meters record how much energy you use:

"First, the analog meter.

“'You have a stater, which calculates your consumption,' MLGW’s Anthony Wilson said.

"Digital and smart meters are similar.

"They read your energy use — also known as kilowatt hours — with capacitors.

"Smart Meters send usage information directly to MLGW.

"As of now, there’s no scientific proof smart meters cause health problems, although there’s also no proof they don’t.

"What News Channel 3 could prove is if the smart meter will force your bill to go up.

"In our week-long test, MLGW sent an extra heavy load through the system to simulate what an average customer uses in a month.

"The amount of energy the meters read rises in the video. You can also see the numbers are pretty similar on all three meters.

"We had them run non-stop for 96 hours. The results were as follows:

"Analog: 1:42:55
Digital: 1:43:40
Smart: 1:43:53

"What do those numbers really mean?

"With the analog meter, your bill would be $207.40

"The digital meter adds up to $205.09

"The smart meter would charge you $205.38

"All three numbers are within MLGW’s two percent margin of error.

"The smart meter also lets you monitor how much energy you’re using.

"You can also choose to sign up for a time of use program, which charges you different rates depending on when you’re using the most energy."

Kudos for the great propaganda piece for MLG&W.  I noticed that they left out several key items in their “test”.  They mentioned the time of use rates at the end.  ~the highlighted portion of the report"  Why didn’t they run the test with the current rates against the time of use rates? 

From the cut and paste document that MLG&W provided you with to answer those of us who contact you. 

Smart grid technology is another proven tool to help customers identify energy consumption and make improvements to lower their usage—while lowering their utility costs.” 

That statement implies that goal of MLG&W is to lower customer’s usage of power.  While you say that the time of use rates are optional at this time, what is going to happen when the carrot approach doesn’t work?  What is the stick going to be? 

Another quote from the MLG&W answer sheet;

Smart meters only indicate the amount of energy used every 15 minutes. They do not control appliances nor tell what a customer is watching on TV. The encrypted data only provides a reading and a meter number.”

One simple question; are these “smart meters” one way or two way communication devices?  Big difference.  Will they only be able to transmit data to MLG&W or will MLG&W ~or someone else~ be able to shut them off remotely or reprogram them remotely?  If MLG&W can reprogram or shut them off remotely, then this is the perfect “stick” in their stated objective of lower customer’s usage of power. 
I just received a reply from MLG&W via the WREG page regarding the two way communication of the Smart Meter.
MLGW  "Smart meters communicate with the utility once a day and, when needed, we can communicate with the meter to connect or disconnect service."

So these smart meters will have two way communication capabilities. 

Relating to your answer regarding our privacy; all one has to do is look at the recent revelations with the NSA and Edward Snowden to question how “private” the data that is collected from these meters will be. 

There was another CBS station that did an investigative report on "smart" meters in California. 

In this report, it talks about the utilities ability to "control your usage remotely"  See video at about 1:13 in the video.  "So if there's a heat wave, they can turn your air conditioning down from a distance."

I am asking you to tell MLG&W no today and instead let the voters of Memphis decide on Smart Meters.  I know that your MLG&W answer sheet says that MLG&W customers will be able to opt out and thus we will have a choice and a referendum is unnecessary.  What is MLG&W afraid of with a referendum?   

Have a Great Day!


P.S.  I will see you downtown. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Back-to-School Online Spa Sidewalk Sale

In August, moms are focused on getting their kids ready to go back-to-school.  Shopping for school supplies, new shoes, backpacks, clothes and now, add electronics, takes center stage for most families.  Many states even now have a tax-free weekend devoted to helping families save on those necessities for their students.

What about mom?  With all the stress that moms go through in getting ready for back-to-school, don't moms deserve some special pampering and a sale just for her?

Welcome to the Back-To-School Online Spa Sidewalk Sale.  Save 40 - 70% on your BeautiControl favorites ~or find some new favorites~  BeautiControl's mission is to bring spa quality treatments home to you because we know that going to the Spa is not always an option in our busy lives or a line item in our tight budgets.  Go ahead, shop in your PJ's.  We don't mind a bit.

Quantities are limited to what I have in stock.  You must either emailtweet or send me a message on Facebook to get the sale on your BeautiControl Spa Goodies.

Skinlogics Thermal Facial Scrub - Experience brighter, smoother, more hydrated skin delivered through the luxurious and relaxing benefits of a thermal masque and scrub in one. Savor the warming sensation as your pores are freed from clogging dirt and impurities that are swept away by gentle exfoliating beads.
Reg  $20  Sale $10

Rejuvenating Eye Treatment - See younger-looking eyes in less than 30 minutes. Platinum Regeneration Rejuvenating Eye Treatment delivers a powerful, concentrated, time-release dosage of advanced ingredients targeted to treat the delicate area around your eyes. After each application, you'll notice a visible reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness, plus a definite lightening in the appearance of dark circles and increased visible firmness around the eye area. Enjoy results for up to 24 hours.
Reg $42  Sale $17

Tight, Firm & Fill® Extreme Wrinkle Concentrate - Instantly targets lines and wrinkles with a 30% blend of our patent-pending triple peptide complex combined with other powerful age-fighting ingredients to reduce the appearance of even your deepest wrinkles.
Reg $40  Sale $16

Tight, Firm & Fill® Dermal Filling Moisture Masque - An ultra-rich creme masque allows you to saturate your skin with mega-moisturizers providing immediate results - making skin instantly feel more hydrated, nourished and firm.
Reg $40  Sale $16

Tight, Firm & Fill® Firming Neck Serum - This revolutionary serum tightens the loosened, gravity-prone skin around the neck. TFF Firming Neck Serum firms and tones the appearance of skin around the neck, reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the neck area, reduces the appearance of fat and fluid accumulation and reduces the appearance of age spots.  BeautiCoach video about the benefits of TFF Firming Neck Serum
Reg $40  Sale $16

Tight, Firm & Fill® Eye Firming Serum - Lightweight serum that works immediately to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin under the eyes and on the eyelids.  An Instant Eye Lift.  Part of BeautiControl's Instant FaceLift.
Reg $44  Sale $17

Tight, Firm & Fill® Face Creme - Experience an immediate and long-lasting reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. Leaves skin looking smooth and firm with increase elasticity and luminosity. With consistent daily use, the patent-pending triple-action peptide complex creates an optimal environment for the skin to naturally produce collagen, the skin's building blocks of youth, so skin appears firmer.  Part of BeautiControl's Instant FaceLift.
Reg $52  Sale $21

Spa Resurface Microderm Abrasion for Face - Professional grade crystals deeply exfoliate the skin's surface to dramatically increase skin firmness and restore clarity.  Designed for use with facial buffer.  Part of BeautiControl's Instant FaceLift.
Reg $56  Sale $22
Buffer:  Reg $16  Sale $6

Spa Resurface Multi-Acid Resurfacing Peel - Clinical strength multi-acid blend provides gentle, powerful exfoliation, revealing smoother, younger looking skin in minutes.  Part of BeautiControl's Instant FaceLift.
Reg $50  Sale $20

Cell Block-C® New Cell Protection SPF 20 - Protection means Prevention - this dual delivery system helps protect your skin from environmental aggressors like the sun's UVB rays, and helps prevent signs of aging by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so your skin stays looking young, healthy and beautiful. Safe for all skin types.
Reg $30  Sale $15

BC Spa Solutions Radical Hydration Concentrate - Provides skin with an extra boost of moisture that can be incorporated into your skin care routine and added to daytime and/or nighttime moisturizer for those with more intense hydration needs.  This unique beauty oil that you can use on your face, in your hair, your hands, lips, and even when shaving your legs might be just what your skin has been missing.  Give it a try . . . your skin will love you for it.
Reg $30  Sale $15

BC Spa Solutions Under Eye Dark Circle & Puffiness Solution -
BC Spa Solutions Under Eye Dark Circle & Puffiness Solution contains a super-concentrated complex of caffeine and active botanicals, including Vitamin E, Cucumber and Coneflower, to help reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. This formula is a lightweight serum packaged in a unique roller ball applicator for quick, easy use.
Reg $30  Sale $15

Spa Warming Trend Green Tea Masque - Warming Trend Green Tea Masque is a botanically-enriched masque that cleanses the skin of dirt, oil and residue. Self-heating and aromatherpeutic benefits moisturize the skin, leaving it softer, smoother and healthier looking.  Great for shaving your legs.
Reg $26  Sale $15

BC Spa Manicure Instant Manicure - BC Spa Manicure Instant Manicure softens and moisturizes your hands and cuticles with Dead Sea salts that gently exfoliate dead skin cells. You will experience the wonders of natural oils as they nourish, moisturize and protect your hands and nails.  One of BeautiControl's signature treatments.
Reg $28  Sale $17

BC Spa Manicure Cuticle Oil Pen - Your nails will look and feel their best, thanks to this luxurious, enriching oil that gently softens cuticles. Use the tip of the pen to push back your cuticles to experience everything this products has to offer.
Reg $16  Sale $8

BC Spa Pedicure Instant Pedicure Scrub - Gently revive the skin on your feet, and reinvigorate your senses with this peppermint foot scrub. Luxurious natural butters are combined with volcanic pumice to smooth and soften your skin.
Reg $22  Sale $13

BC Spa Pedicure Cooling Foot Salve - Revitalize tired, achy feet with this ultra-rich, cooling foot salve that moisturizes, nourishes and protects. Its blend of vitamins, emollients and peppermint oil lavishes skin with moisture.
Reg $22  Sale $13

Tierra Azul White Tea Bath Milk - Let relaxation wash over you as you dip into a bath infused with Tierra Azul White Tea Bath Milk. Settle into a warm bath and restore a feeling of wellness while you experience a creamy, soft infusion of white tea, sake extract and jojoba oil that transforms your bathing experience into an indulgent Spa ritual. Emerge feeling soothed and calm with skin that’s left moisturized and feeling silky smooth.
Reg $26  Sale $13

Dark Brown Sugar Instant Manicure - Dark Brown Sugar Instant Manicure adds a luscious layer of sweet sophistication to our best-selling Instant Manicure formula. With powerful exfoliation qualities and delicious scents of apple, fig, creamy coconut and soft, velvety musk, your hands will practically beg for this delicious indulgence.
Reg $28  Sale $9

There you have it; a Back-To-School Sale just for You, Mom.  You deserve it.  So after you get your kiddos ready for BTS, be sure and treat yourself.

Don't forget, to get these great deals, you must contact me through email, tweet or FaceBook.  And Hurry because supplies are limited.

Happy Spaing!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

E-Beauti Tip: Keeping Mascara Fresh

Do you pump your mascara tube? Pumping your mascara wand in & out will not only dry it out, but it can introduce bacteria into your mascara. Instead, twirl the wand in the tube for longer life.

How would you define the perfect mascara?  Well, for one, it has to offer both length and volume.  Who wants to juggle between mascaras to have thick, long, voluminous lashes?  It needs to build without clumping.  It needs to separate and define.  It needs to have a healthy, natural finish to leave the lashes soft and pliable.  It needs to be good for both the lashes and the lash follicle.  It needs to be water-resistant.  Lastly, It needs to create a curl without the use of a mechanical lash curler.

Sound impossible?  We thought so too...until BC Color Spectaculash Intense Mascara and Thickening Primer.

To get your perfect mascara, just go to my Beautipage or email me.  You can even message me on FaceBook.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Summer Skin Spa Tip

Caught in a heat wave? Keep your Skinlogics® Herbal Hydrating Mist in your refrigerator for an extra-cool refreshing spritz this summer!

Skinlogics Herbal Hydrating Mist is scientifically advanced to help restore your skin's tone and elasticity when used as part of your morning and evening regimen. Lightly spritz over makeup for a daytime refresher.

Key Benefits:
• Helps to refresh and revitalize your skin.
• You can mist on after applying makeup for more staying power.
• Natural botanicals and sodium hyaluronate help to replenish and rejuvenate tired skin.

To get your Herbal Hydrating Mist, go to my beautipage and click on Skin Care/Treatments/Face Treatments; or Tweet or Email me.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Summer Sun-Kissed Set by BeautiControl

We all know about the harmful effects of the sun, ~almost 90% of the signs of aging come from UV exposure~ but we also love that sun-kissed look especially in the summer. 

Solution:  Summer Sun-Kissed Set
  1. Natural Color Primer ~"Velcro" for your makeup~
  2. Wet/Dry Foundation ~Our best-selling foundation~
  3. Tri-Colored Bronzer ~either "Beauti and the Beach" or "Bronzed Beauti"
  4. Hydrating Lip Gloss ~15 shades to choose from~
  5. Spectaculash Intense Mascara
Step One:  Primed for Perfection with Natural Color Primer:  Natural Color Primer is also great for controlling oil and mattifying the oil for both men and women.

Step Two:  Lay the Foundation:  If you normally wear heavier cream foundations, opt for lighter weight this summer by choosing formulas that are water, silicone or powder based.  BeautiControl's Wet/Dry Finish is a great choice for powder foundation that is both durable and breathable.

Step Three:  Go Faux with Your Glow:  Choosing a bronzer to give that "faux" glow is not only more safe than spending hours in the sun, but it's super easy with BeautiControl's Tri-Colored Bronzers. 
BC Color Tri-Colored Bronzers offer a variety of application options.  Choose the one that's best for you.
  • "Beauti and the Beach" offers two bronze shades and a pink shade, each with a hint of shimmer to give the skin a healthy natural glow. 
  • "Bronzed Beauti" offers three varying shades of bronze from a light golden highlight and two richer shades of bronzer to give you more of that "bronzed" look.
Step Four:  Make your lips the center of attention with BC Color Moisturizing Lip Gloss.  Gloss on radiant color in 14 ravishing shades that will have your lips feeling soft and gorgeous with lightweight non-sticky coverage. 

Step 5.  One of the trends of Summer 2013 is "Ooh La Lashes."  BC Color SpectacuLash® Intense Mascara gives you maximum volume, length and curl.

Here's Gary Jones, our BeautiCoach, to show us how to get this great Summer Look

To get your Summer Sun-Kissed Set for only $65 ~bought separately $80~  Search Wet/Dry Finish, Bronzers, and Lip Gloss colors here and then email me to place your order. 

Have a Great Day and a Great Summer!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Favorite Rendition of The Star Spangled Banner

I get goosebumps whenever I hear The Star Spangled Banner, but this gentleman, Lewis Shaefer, Marine gives my goosebumps, goosebumps.  I think that especially in the current period of history that we are in, we need to hear ALL four verses of The Star Spangled Banner.

Here are all four verses of The Star Spangled Banner:

The Star-Spangled Banner

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

How Much Do You Know about the Signers of the Declaration of Independence?

As we celebrate the Independence of our country, it is important that we know its history and the history of those individuals that played such an important role in its founding.  What did signing the Declaration of Independence cost the men who put their signatures on that document?  What did their pledge of "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor" mean to them and their families?

Here is a piece by Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr. that brings us the history of these brave men.

"Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor"

It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the Southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.

Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren't nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.

The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that "the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them." All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks.

On the wall at the back, facing the president's desk, was a panoply -- consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it "in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!"

Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. "Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York."

Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase "by a self-assumed power." "Climb" was replaced by "must read," then "must" was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned as they continued what he later called "their depredations." "Inherent and inalienable rights" came out "certain unalienable rights," and to this day no one knows who suggested the elegant change.

A total of 86 alterations were made. Almost 500 words were eliminated, leaving 1,337. At last, after three days of wrangling, the document was put to a vote.

Here in this hall Patrick Henry had once thundered: "I am no longer a Virginian, sir, but an American." But today the loud, sometimes bitter argument stilled, and without fanfare the vote was taken from north to south by colonies, as was the custom. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

There were no trumpets blown. No one stood on his chair and cheered. The afternoon was waning and Congress had no thought of delaying the full calendar of routine business on its hands. For several hours they worked on many other problems before adjourning for the day.

Much To Lose

What kind of men were the 56 signers who adopted the Declaration of Independence and who, by their signing, committed an act of treason against the crown? To each of you, the names Franklin, Adams, Hancock and Jefferson are almost as familiar as household words. Most of us, however, know nothing of the other signers. Who were they? What happened to them?

I imagine that many of you are somewhat surprised at the names not there: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry. All were elsewhere.

Ben Franklin was the only really old man. Eighteen were under 40; three were in their 20s. Of the 56 almost half - 24 - were judges and lawyers. Eleven were merchants, nine were landowners and farmers, and the remaining 12 were doctors, ministers, and politicians.

With only a few exceptions, such as Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, these were men of substantial property. All but two had families. The vast majority were men of education and standing in their communities. They had economic security as few men had in the 18th Century.

Each had more to lose from revolution than he had to gain by it. John Hancock, one of the richest men in America, already had a price of 500 pounds on his head. He signed in enormous letters so that his Majesty could now read his name without glasses and could now double the reward. Ben Franklin wryly noted: "Indeed we must all hang together, otherwise we shall most assuredly hang separately."

Fat Benjamin Harrison of Virginia told tiny Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: "With me it will all be over in a minute, but you, you will be dancing on air an hour after I am gone."

These men knew what they risked. The penalty for treason was death by hanging. And remember, a great British fleet was already at anchor in New York Harbor.

They were sober men. There were no dreamy-eyed intellectuals or draft card burners here. They were far from hot-eyed fanatics yammering for an explosion. They simply asked for the status quo. It was change they resisted. It was equality with the mother country they desired. It was taxation with representation they sought. They were all conservatives, yet they rebelled.

It was principle, not property, that had brought these men to Philadelphia. Two of them became presidents of the United States. Seven of them became state governors. One died in office as vice president of the United States. Several would go on to be US Senators. One, the richest man in America, in 1828 founded the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. One, a delegate from Philadelphia, was the only real poet, musician and philosopher of the signers. (It was he, Francis Hopkinson not Betsy Ross who designed the United States flag.)

Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, had introduced the resolution to adopt the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776. He was prophetic in his concluding remarks: "Why then sir, why do we longer delay? Why still deliberate? Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic. Let her arise not to devastate and to conquer but to reestablish the reign of peace and law.

"The eyes of Europe are fixed upon us. She demands of us a living example of freedom that may exhibit a contrast in the felicity of the citizen to the ever-increasing tyranny which desolates her polluted shores. She invites us to prepare an asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted repost.

"If we are not this day wanting in our duty, the names of the American Legislatures of 1776 will be placed by posterity at the side of all of those whose memory has been and ever will be dear to virtuous men and good citizens."

Though the resolution was formally adopted July 4, it was not until July 8 that two of the states authorized their delegates to sign, and it was not until August 2 that the signers met at Philadelphia to actually put their names to the Declaration.

William Ellery, delegate from Rhode Island, was curious to see the signers' faces as they committed this supreme act of personal courage. He saw some men sign quickly, "but in no face was he able to discern real fear." Stephan Hopkins, Ellery's colleague from Rhode Island, was a man past 60. As he signed with a shaking pen, he declared: "My hand trembles, but my heart does not."

"Most Glorious Service"

Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered.

· Francis Lewis, New York delegate saw his home plundered -- and his estates in what is now Harlem -- completely destroyed by British Soldiers. Mrs. Lewis was captured and treated with great brutality. Though she was later exchanged for two British prisoners through the efforts of Congress, she died from the effects of her abuse.

· William Floyd, another New York delegate, was able to escape with his wife and children across Long Island Sound to Connecticut, where they lived as refugees without income for seven years. When they came home they found a devastated ruin.

· Philips Livingstone had all his great holdings in New York confiscated and his family driven out of their home. Livingstone died in 1778 still working in Congress for the cause.

· Louis Morris, the fourth New York delegate, saw all his timber, crops, and livestock taken. For seven years he was barred from his home and family.

· John Hart of Trenton, New Jersey, risked his life to return home to see his dying wife. Hessian soldiers rode after him, and he escaped in the woods. While his wife lay on her deathbed, the soldiers ruined his farm and wrecked his homestead. Hart, 65, slept in caves and woods as he was hunted across the countryside. When at long last, emaciated by hardship, he was able to sneak home, he found his wife had already been buried, and his 13 children taken away. He never saw them again. He died a broken man in 1779, without ever finding his family.

· Dr. John Witherspoon, signer, was president of the College of New Jersey, later called Princeton. The British occupied the town of Princeton, and billeted troops in the college. They trampled and burned the finest college library in the country.

· Judge Richard Stockton, another New Jersey delegate signer, had rushed back to his estate in an effort to evacuate his wife and children. The family found refuge with friends, but a Tory sympathizer betrayed them. Judge Stockton was pulled from bed in the night and brutally beaten by the arresting soldiers. Thrown into a common jail, he was deliberately starved. Congress finally arranged for Stockton's parole, but his health was ruined. The judge was released as an invalid, when he could no longer harm the British cause.
He returned home to find his estate looted and did not live to see the triumph of the Revolution. His family was forced to live off charity.

· Robert Morris, merchant prince of Philadelphia, delegate and signer, met Washington's appeals and pleas for money year after year. He made and raised arms and provisions which made it possible for Washington to cross the Delaware at Trenton. In the process he lost 150 ships at sea, bleeding his own fortune and credit almost dry.

· George Clymer, Pennsylvania signer, escaped with his family from their home, but their property was completely destroyed by the British in the Germantown and Brandywine campaigns.

· Dr. Benjamin Rush, also from Pennsylvania, was forced to flee to Maryland. As a heroic surgeon with the army, Rush had several narrow escapes.

· John Martin, a Tory in his views previous to the debate, lived in a strongly loyalist area of Pennsylvania. When he came out for independence, most of his neighbors and even some of his relatives ostracized him. He was a sensitive and troubled man, and many believed this action killed him. When he died in 1777, his last words to his tormentors were: "Tell them that they will live to see the hour when they shall acknowledge it [the signing] to have been the most glorious service that I have ever rendered to my country."

· William Ellery, Rhode Island delegate, saw his property and home burned to the ground.

· Thomas Lynch, Jr., South Carolina delegate, had his health broken from privation and exposures while serving as a company commander in the military. His doctors ordered him to seek a cure in the West Indies and on the voyage, he and his young bride were drowned at sea.

· Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, and Thomas Heyward, Jr., the other three South Carolina signers, were taken by the British in the siege of Charleston. They were carried as prisoners of war to St. Augustine, Florida, where they were singled out for indignities. They were exchanged at the end of the war, the British in the meantime having completely devastated their large landholdings and estates.
· Thomas Nelson, signer of Virginia, was at the front in command of the Virginia military forces. With British General Charles Cornwallis in Yorktown, fire from 70 heavy American guns began to destroy Yorktown piece by piece. Lord Cornwallis and his staff moved their headquarters into Nelson's palatial home. While American cannonballs were making a shambles of the town, the house of Governor Nelson remained untouched. Nelson turned in rage to the American gunners and asked, "Why do you spare my home?" 

They replied, "Sir, out of respect to you." Nelson cried, "Give me the cannon!" and fired on his magnificent home himself, smashing it to bits. But Nelson's sacrifice was not quite over. He had raised $2 million for the Revolutionary cause by pledging his own estates. When the loans came due, a newer peacetime Congress refused to honor them, and Nelson's property was forfeited. He was never reimbursed. He died, impoverished, a few years later at the age of 50.

Lives, Fortunes, Honor

Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact.

And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark.

He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to that infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York Harbor known as the hell ship Jersey, where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons' lives if he would recant and come out for the King and Parliament. The utter despair in this man's heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: "No."

The 56 signers of the Declaration Of Independence proved by their every deed that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain line in history. "And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

I challenge you to not only share this with your friends and family as you celebrate July 4th, but read the document that these men gave us that birthed a nation.  Here is the text of the Declaration of Independence.