HOLISTIC VANITY’S New Acne Line

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I’m so excited I could squeal. My new ACNE CARE collection from the Holistic Vanity line. This one is near and dear to me because of my own personal struggle with acne. In fact, I’ve been slowly putting together this line for years now – and it has been deeply influenced by my exploration of what worked and what didn’t with my own skin. Obviously, it is also made up of what I found truly effective for my own clients during my 15 year experience …

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Is Your Liver Causing Breakouts?

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While the holidays are a time of joy and celebration, it can also be a time of liver taxation. Yep, many traditions include delicious fatty foods and gleeful drinking. Our liver has the responsibility of filtering out toxins from our bodies as well as has a key role in fat digestion. So, this poor, hard-working organ goes into overdrive during the season to be jolly! Your Liver and Problem Skin This is also why acne breakouts are common during these fast times. Our liver causing …

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Mask Contest Winner: Christine!

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Congrats to Christine being the winner of the mask contest!  It was picked at random as there were so many great comments (now I have great ideas for beauty experiments!). I always appreciate your participation we I will be sending a discount coupon for everyone who provided their email addy. Have a wonderful weekend, K  

DIY Facials – Taking Beautiful Skin Into Your Own Hands

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Sometimes we gotta take matters into our own hands.  Sometimes those “matters” are those of beautiful skin.  Often we find that need to be economical with both our time and money but we still need to take time to ground and pamper ourselves.  How you ask?  By treating ourselves at home with an easy, low-cost DIY Facial Treatment.  Take it from me – an esthetician for over a decade – there are no excuses.  While I often advocate getting your skin assessed and your regime …

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The Stop Night Market: Leaving A Good Taste In Your Mouth

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The Stop Community Food Centre knows how to have a good time. Last Wednesday’s Night Market fundraiser featured food from the city’s trendiest restaurants and food vendors, upcycled architectural booth installations and a mean brass cover of Michael Jackson. It was a hipster’s wet dream.  Throngs of beautiful people in denim cutoffs happily stuffed their faces with meticulously curated small plates and washed it down with local beer and wine. Personally, I was delighted to see there were so many vegan and gluten-free options, most …

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The Aquabrasion Treatment – Deep Exfoliation Using High Pressure Water

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I have written about the art of exfoliation and stand by the importance of peeling, but it is important that we choose the right type of exfoliation for us.  As an esthetician, I can’t enough great things about Aquabrasion because it yields such good results without the pain and irritation of traditional microdermabrasion methods. This treatment uses high pressure saline solution to clear away dead skin cells instead of aluminum-derive crystals or diamond tips.  Even the more natural microdermabrasions that use walnut kernels or sea …

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The Blood Sugar Balance Plan (in the name of holistic beauty)

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I think I’m hypoglycemic.  Ben thinks I’m a hypochondriac.  Either way, I’ve been paying much more attention to my blood sugar lately because I don’t know about you but when my blood sugar is out of balance angry girl comes out.  Yes, one of my best friends once laughed while saying “if you don’t know that Kristen’s moody when hungry, you don’t know Kristen.  When we haven’t eaten our blood sugar drops and some of us (especially Pittas) get hangry.  What a perfect word. But …

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