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Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

Master Cleanse, Day 8

Eyein’ up a tall drink of lemon water

lemonadeLast Sunday night I embarked on the Lemonade Diet (aka Master Cleanse), a routine of 60 ounces of a lemonade concoction with additional diuretic teas and such to help you make it through the day. 7 days to 40 days, to be exact. Here is what I found:

  • The Cleanse will bring on hunger for everyone around you.

B.C. (Before Cleanse):
Me: Honey, can mommy make you something?
son: No thanks.
Me: You should eat something.
son: No. Thanks.
Me: Anything?
son: No.

D. C. (During Cleanse):
Breakfast: Mom, will you make me french toast?
Brunch: Mom, can we go to McDonalds?
Lunch: Mom will you make me pizza?
Snack: Mom, can I have the strawberries?
Dinner: Mom will you make me noodles?

  • The Cleanse is Doable if you don’t have a job:

Day 1: Everything okay? You look tired
Day 2: You look tired today. Are you tired?
Day 3: Are you dying? Seriously, are you dying?

  • Components of the Cleanse work, but will cramp your style.

I’m speaking primarily of the Salt flush.  You’ve got no food in you, so there is nothing to leave your system. Also, edema like swelling was making it impossible for me to wear shoes.

  • The Cleanse will make people question your sanity

Client 1: What is that in your glass? Lemons?
Me: Yes
Client 2: What is that in your glass? Iced tea?
Me: Yes
Haircutting client from across the room: What is that in your glass?
Me: eyeroll
Client 3: What is that in your glass? Is that…
Me: Yes
Client 3: You’re going to get crabby.

Indeed I did. I started moving and thinking in slow motion. Try doing meticulous work while under a citrus induced lethargy.  3pm on the daily was my time where it felt like I had to have some sustenance, so I folded and modified the cleanse.

I had the drinks in the morning and throughout the day and into the evening, but had something to eat to tide me over the afternoon lag. I also allowed myself a cup of coffee.

And I lost 5 pounds, even after eating a meal.

Now that was easier.

So far I’ve lost 16 pounds since March and I’ll be going into another week with the modified Master Cleanse to see what happens. I find the taste pleasant and, coupled with some actual nourishment, I can get along throughout the day just fine. Here is to another 7 days.

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Posted by on May 30, 2010 in Uncategorized | 16 comments

New Talika Lipocils Expert Creates Lushious Lashes

Luscious Lashes Made Memorable this Memorial Day Weekend via Sephora launch


Let me guess: The thought of having brow-brushing eyelashes is enticing, but you are put off by the many possible side effects associated with certain products?

I concur.  That’s why I was so excited when asked to try Talika Lipocils Expert, a triple run lash enhancer without any frightening science experiments.  Here is the good science:

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Sulfates
- Synthetic  Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
-  GMOs
- Triclosan

Research Results:
36% longer (up to 4.4mm)
+50% darker

+50% curl

Ideally, you would use a twice a day, 28 day course, then once a day for maintenance as Talika suggests.  I started the treatment back in March but was asked to hold off a review until May, because the product wasn’t actually launching until then.  Not a problem.

I have medium lashes, with a slight curl.  Not the worst, but not the best.  I’m kindof an ideal candidate.  Here’s what I found:

  • You don’t need a lot of product.  I have sensitivity to product in the eye area.  The directions call to use Lipocils Expert day and night. For the first week, I had a lot of tearing and irritation.  I chalk that up to too much product being used.  I was trying to get used to applying with the felt tip along with the mascara wand.  Obviously I was overdoing it, because once I minimized the amount of product I applied, that solved the problem.
  • My lashes responded almost immediately.  Another reason I felt I could cut back was that I could see a difference after that first week.  The difference is very clear when mascara is applied.  My lashes look as ginormous as they can get before going fake.
  • My lashes are already dark so I can’t really comment on the ability to darken eyelashes.
  • The curl factor is impressive. This is my favorite part!  I have to use an eyelash curler to get that wide-eyed look.  Lipocils Expert makes it so much easer.  I currently use DiorShow Iconic mascara, which aids in curling.  Lipocils Expert boosts the performance of my lashes AND the mascara, really giving me the most for my money.

The best thing is, all of this can be achieved without harmful side effects, no prescription.  And luckily for all of us, Talika Lipocils Expert has just released this weekend through Sephora.

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Posted by on May 27, 2010 in Uncategorized | 12 comments

27 Days of Shellac

Looking for information on Shellac? These posts might interest you: Swatches , FAQ link , 27 Days of Shellac , Removal

Milwaukee/Mequon/Shorewood area: Make your appointment now for this 14-day manicure online or call (414) 964-9311

A quick trip into the life cycles of Shellac.  See for yourself how the nail beds look after 27 days.
Client Carly responded immediately to the announcement of Shellac and changed out her color at day 14, even though it was perfect,  to mix it up for her vacation.  She ended up breaking a nail and bending others in a luggage mishap,  but was so blown away that the polish still looked great, and held together other nails that bent, that she sent a photo right from the plane.  “I think it would have been much worse if I hadn’t had the the Shellac on.”  Luvs!

Another thing – Carly is a salon owner, so her hands take a beating with dye and water daily.  Her manicure remained beautiful.

At day 13 she came in to trim back the broken nails and selected another Shellac color. She’s hooked, and so are we!

Book an appointment for your own Shellac experience with me.

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Posted by on May 27, 2010 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Chicago Events, Neiman Marcus: JUNE Sales & Trunk Shows

nm_home_logoMichigan Avenue, Chicago

Spring Designer and Men’s Sale
June 3 – 9
During the Women’s Designer sale save as much as 40% off original prices on selected merchandise in Designer Sportswear, Couture apparel, Eveningwear, Dress Collections and Intimate Apparel.
Save 50% off in Career and Contemporary Sportswear plus selected Furs
Save 33% off in Ladies Shoes, Fashion Accessories, and Handbags
Save 30% off in Designer Jewelry
Save 25% off in Children’s apparel

During the Men’s sale save as much as 33% off suits, sportswear, sport coats, trousers, dress shirts, neckwear, shoes, and accessories.
Plus, take 25% off Men’s Personal Furnishings.

eskandar_cashmereEskandar Cashmere Custom Event
June 3
For one day only, view a special collection of 10 cashmere styles in 10 exclusive colors, and allow our Eskandar representative to help customize the perfect cashmere sweater for you.
10 am to 4 pm
Designer Sportswear – Second Floor

vinceVince Trunk Show
June 4 & 5
View our first trunk show with the Vince Collection and see their fall collection
10 am to 4 pm
Contemporary Sportswear – Third Floor

jmendelJ. Mendel Fur and Ready-to-Wear Fall Trunk Show
June 8
10 am to 4 pm
Get wardrobe advice from their visiting representative
Enjoy informal modeling from noon to 3 pm
Couture Salon and Fur Salon – Second Floor

escadaEscada Fall Trunk Show
June 10 & 11
View the collection and let our representative assist with your selections.
Enjoy informal modeling from noon to 3 pm
Trunk Show hours 10 am to 4 pm
Couture Salon – Second Floor

fendiFendi Fall Trunk Show
June 15 & 16
Get wardrobe advice from their visiting representative and enjoy informal modeling of the Fall 2010 Trunk Show collection including special fur pieces from noon to 3 pm.
Trunk Show hours are 10 am to 4 pm
Couture Salon – Second Floor

renalangeRena Lange Fall Trunk Show
June 17 & 18
See the new collection from Rena Lange – understated elegance with a fresh modern approach.
Couture Salon – Second Floor
Informal modeling – Noon to 3 pm

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Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Uncategorized | 25 comments

CND Shellac – Color Swatches

Looking for information on Shellac? These posts might interest you: Swatches , FAQ link , 27 Days of Shellac , Removal

Milwaukee/Mequon/Shorewood area: Make your appointment now for this 14-day manicure online or call (414) 964-9311

I’ve been working with Shellac for the last month and have to say, it is an amazing product!  I finally had a minute to swatch but had to stop because of the rain.  The largest photo is Negligee, which is one of the most requested colors. L to R: Negligee, Strawberry Smoothie, Romantique, Rose Bud, Tropix, Hot Chilis, Cappuccino, Cream Puff, Fedora(more to come)

cnd_shellac_negligeecnd_shellac_strawberrysmoothiecnd_shellac_romantique cnd_shellac_rosebudcnd_shellac_tropixcnd_shellac_hotchiliscnd_shellac_icedcappuccinocnd_shellac_creampuff

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