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2 Best Fall Beauty Smoothies: Detox & Cleanse (recipes inside)

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Fall is my favorite time of year. I love summer but fall – The leaves are turning and the air starts to become crisper. This also means  that Halloween and Christmas are right around the corner, and best of all, the apples.

Liver TLC for Fall

I can trust that you - like many - are on the run this Fall season.   A zesty green smoothy for you and the family can be super refreshing and delicious.  It also provides a easy way to detoxify the liver and cleanse the body while still enjoying a delicious treat or temporary meal replacement.

Skin Love through you LIVER!

A cleaned-up liver can process nasty toxins more efficiently which leads to clear, radiant and younger-looking skin. Blending fruits and vegetables in a smoothie versus juicing, boosts the absorption of all the beneficial vitamins and nutrients by keeping the fiber in the mix. This aids in cleansing and gets the body back into balance resulting in more energy and a natural glow.

Of course, we suggest choosing  organic when possible to avoid heavily pesticide-sprayed produce. Pesticides are toxic to the body, far from beautiful and defeat the purpose of detoxification.

Filled to the brim with purifying ingredients, this revitalizing smoothie is a GREAT addition to take the stress of your mind, body, and adrenal's this change of season into the brisker air.

 

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Enjoy TWO Green Beauty Smoothies

Directions and Ingredients:

 

  • 8 oz coconut water – Contains enzymes that help to detoxify and repair the body

  • ½ lemon peeled – Detoxifies the liver and helps convert toxins into water-soluble form that can be easily eliminated from the body

  • Small handful of parsley leaves – Loaded with vitamins A, C, K along with folate and iron which all benefit healthy skin

  • ½ granny smith apple – Quercetin found in the apple skin tackles free radicals that cause damage and wrinkles

  • ½ cucumber peeled & cut – Made of 95% water, keeps the body hydrated while helping it eliminate toxins

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds – Filled with omega-3’s that boost collagen production and fiber to aid in cleansing

  • Handful of spinach – Chlorophyll in greens oxygenates and alkalizes the blood leading to less inflammation and glowing skin

  • ¼ avocado – The good fats, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, which help control the skin’s moisture level

  • Stevia to sweeten – Natural sweetener to satisfy a sweet tooth made from a plant with no sugar and impact on blood sugar levels

  • 3-4 ice cubes

Blend ingredients until smooth and enjoy your Organic SUPER-WOMAN Green Beauty Smoothie.

 

 

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Fall Apple Green Smoothie

With the leaves turning there is an abundance of delicious home grown organic apples!

Ingredients

  • 1 Apple

  • 1 Orange

  • 1/2 Lime – Peeled

  • 1″ Ginger (Frozen)

  • 2 C. Spinach

  • 1 C. Almond Milk

  • 1 C. Ice Cubes

Instructions

  • Grate the frozen ginger

  • Peel the lemon

  • Remove the apple core

  • Blend it!

Smoothie reference{from my article in the Coco Eco Magazine EARTH ROCKS Spring/Summer 2014 issue on p. 50-51} Greensmoothieforbeauty

Top Makeup Contouring Tips to Bring your Face Shape into Balance

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Top Makeup Contouring Tips  to Bring your Face Shape into Balance 

As a veteran stylist and mineral makeup artist, I intuitively am looking at my clients unique facial structure.  It's part of my professional 'duty' to assist the guest in choosing the best hairstyle, color, and makeup persona to their unique needs.  If you do not have a professional that is aware of tactics and how to do this, the follow tips will be useful for you!

What is Facial Contouring Contouring is the art of highlighting and shading.  By contouring properly, you can alter your face shape and features.

The Golden Rule of Contouring

1. Makeup applied that is lighter than the skin tone will make an area more prominent.

2. Makeup applied that is darker will make that area draw back and recede.

Easily Alter your Facial Features

Round Face Objective:  

To make the face look more oval, apply a bronzer a shade or two darker than your skin tone in a "3" shape alongside your face: on your temples, the hollow of your cheeks, and your chin.

Prominent Forehead Objective:

Shade around the outer edge of your forehead along your hairline to minimize the area with bronzer.

Flat or Wide Nose:

Shade alongside your bridge starting from your inner brows. Then highlight right on the center of your nose.

Droopy Cheeks:

Apply a highlighter just above your cheekbone all the way to your temple. Use a blush directly on the cheekbone, then use a bronzer in the hollow of the cheek, underneath your bone.

Amp it UP! 

If you really want to make your contouring stand out, use a glossy highlighter, which will reflect the most light. (We love La Bella Donna's "Candlelight" for this effect).   Then grab your bronzer with a matte finish, which will absorb light and create a stark contrast.

 

Contact our team today to learn more about our chemical free and prestige mineral makeup line, La Bella Donna.  This line has all the tricks to contour and make your face pop and glow!  

 

Reference: Total Beauty

Dramatically Longer & Thicker Lashes In 60 Seconds

 

A fast alternative to time consuming and expensive Lash Extensions!

By far the BEST & safest Fibre Eyelash Extensions! I like how it contains all natural ingredients with the key ingredient being the HIGH GRADE beeswax! It makes sure the fibres don't fall off into my eyes or onto my face and really lasts throughout the day! The high grade beeswax also helps stimulates the growth of my natural short lashes too!

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Dramatically Longer & Thicker Lashes In 60 Seconds

Superior Beeswax, Non-Toxic Ingredients

  • What Is It: Cherry Blooms Brush On Fiber Eyelash Extensions is an exciting new concept that doesn't require any glue or false lashes. The eyelash extensions are lightweight and comfortable to wear. Best of all, they can easily be applied in 60 seconds.
  • Who Is It For: All skin types. Suitable for contact lens wearers. Suitable for any occasion.
  • Why It's Different: This brush on fiber eyelash extension brand is the only answer to safe and easy eyelash extension that dramatically creates 300% longer and thicker lashes in 60 seconds. Plus, our Beeswax ingredients is of the highest quality.
  • Includes 4 tubes: 2 tubes of transplanting mascara gel and 2 tubes of dry nylon black fiber, which sticks on the the beeswax mascara making it look like you are wearing false eyelashes.
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Brush On Fiber Lashes uses BLACK fibers made from non-toxic ingredients in its eyelash extensions, which makes it suitable for those with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. It’s easy to remove with warm water and a cotton ball.

Benefits of our superior beeswax include:

  • Stimulates lash growth, as a good beeswax helps cells regenerate faster
  • A higher percentage of potency than others, meaning fibers will stick on lashes and not fall
  • Antibacterial properties so it doesn’t breed bacteria and has a longer shelf life
  • High-moisturizing properties acting like a leave-in conditioner for your lashes and it won’t leave you with dry brittle lashes
  • Cry proof, laugh proof, sweat proof
 

Cherry Blooms Brush On Fiber Eyelash Extensions are lightweight and just as easy as applying normal mascara. Contact our team today to order your Lash Fiber today!  

612.824.7611   or Kassie@kasiaorganicsalon.cm

4 Healthy Hair Solutions to Reduce your Winter Hair Blues

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I’ve had lots of clients in my chair recently expressing their frustration about their winter hair woe’s: dry scalp/hair, static, frizz, split ends and a general feeling of ‘ehh’ about their locks. Winter can be tough on your hair and you may need to change your tactics with the season.

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Dry Scalp and Hair: We all know the cold air outside makes the hair dry and brittle, but don’t think you are escaping damage by hiding indoors; indoor heating can be just as damaging.

The fix: use a shampoo/conditioner with moisturizing properties such as shea or aloe. Up your conditioning treatments if you have thicker fuller hair and those with finer hair consider adding a lightweight leave in conditioner to your hair routine.

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Split Ends:  fixes hair cut Dry hair causes split ends and you want to nip them in the bud, so to speak. When the hair begins to split at the bottom it will keep splitting until you trim off those ends.

The fix: Call and book a haircut with your stylist now! I can’t express how important it is to keep up with your trims to maintain beautiful healthy looking hair.

Frizz/Fly-a-way: Without the moisture, you may find yourself with some seriously frizzy or fly-a-way hair – even without wearing hat.

Outshine-JPG-200x300The fix: Try our brilliant Outshine,  pure argan oil based smoothing gloss; it’s a winter must. For extra soft smooth finish, add to your conditioner or right before you blow dry, continue use as needed. Argan is lightweight which makes this a great product to “layer”.

 

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Dull Color: We tend not to see as much of the sun in the winter and it can wash out your complexion.

The fix: An easy way to rid yourself of the winter hair blues is to refresh your shade or add a few sun-kissed highlights.

Give us a call at Kasia Organic Salon and see how our healthy hair experts can help cure your winter hair blues!  612.824.7611

 

Author:  Valerie, Kasia Hair Health Expert and Stylist

The Anti-Aging Hair Diet

Hair not only loses color as you age it can also lose thickness and become dry and brittle.   Eating a diet full of antioxidant vitamins, minerals, healthy proteins and oils can help slow the aging process by repairing damage and helping you grow stronger strands.

We’ve compiled a list of healthy foods with vitamins and nutrients your hair needs. Consume them regularly to keep your hair vibrant.

Dark Green Vegetables – Choose dark green leafy veggies like spinach and kale. Greens are packed with antioxidants including A, C, and E, folate and calcium. They also contain iron, key for healthy blood, and circulation.  Good circulation in the scalp is one of the keys to keeping precious hairs. Try them raw in a salad or blended into a green smoothie.

Carrot Mango Grapefruit SmoothieCarrots - Take a cue from Bugs Bunny and eat LOTS of carrots as they are brilliant for building healthy skin and hair. Packed with carotene which turns into vitamin A for cell repair. They are also a good source of potassium, vitamins C & B6, copper, folic acid, thiamine, magnesium, and fiber. That means they heal, act as a diuretic (aka get rid of bloating), and remineralize the body. The perfect food for hair, eyes, and skin.

Lentils - These little protein, biotin, and iron-filled superstars help build long and strong strands.  They are also loaded with cholesterol-lowering fiber, and make a delicious soup during these cold winter months.

Coconut Oil - If you need an oil or fat for any dish, we recommend coconut oil. It’s good for your insides and outsides! You can use it as a skin moisturizer or a hair mask as well. Rich in

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Vitamin E and other critical antioxidants this multipurpose oil is all about repair.

Avocados - Do you need anot

her reason to eat avocados besides they’redelicious? New studies show that avocado oil seems to assist with the absorption of carotenoid antioxidants like beta-carotene (see carrots).

Greek Yogurt - It’s high in hair-building protein, vitamin B5 and vitamin D. Emerging research links vitamin D and hair follicle health.

Make sure to consume 6 to 7 servings a day of these hair nutrient superstars and you can help slow the aging process from the inside out.

Contact the Kasia for your custom plan on how to Age-Less from the inside - out!

 

 

 

 

Guest Post:  HairColor4Women

Keep Your Long Locks with a Faux Bob! (how to details inside)

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Not prepared to chop off your locks? Fake it with a curling iron and hairpins instead. “Done” hairstyles of 2014 are the kind that move and tousle. Using the runways and red carpets as a reliable source for hair trends, 2014 goes retro.

The eras influencing fashion are influencing hair as well. The 20s give us bobs and finger waves, and the 60s inspire perfectly sculpted, yet elegantly simple ‘dos. A unique opportunity to don a structured style, the vintage faux bob is as modern as tomorrow.

To find out how to recreate the look for yourself, read the our full step-by-step how to guide.

step 1

Prep hair with smoothing serum, then curl ends under with a straightening iron to get desired shape.

step 2

Section crown of head up and clip into place. Leave underneath section down.

step 3

From the underneath section, take a smaller section of hair from the side at the front of the head, comb it back and pin it at the centre of the back of the head (the lower crown).

step 4

Repeat on the other side and pin at the centre of the back of the head.

step 5

Take out the top section and brush it back over the pinned section - secure each side of the edge of the crown with a hairpin – where you can feel the skull bone.

step 6

Create a circle with the ends of the hair by tucking them under and pinning them in place.

step 7

Loop all ends of hair under crafting a neat shape at the nape of the neck. The amount of looping depends on the length of your hair and on the desired length of your bob.

step 8

Hold look in place and keep it sculpted all day with a finish of strong hold hair spray.

 Guest Post:  Beauty Marketing.com

Skin Care and Hormonal Balance 101

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Understanding hormones and their effect on the skin, from the teenage years to perimenopause and menopause, is challenging for many skin care specialists. Journeying through the roller coaster with many clients can be rough sailing.

Understanding the prominent hormones in the body is essential in order to correctly diagnose, treat and prevent hormone related skin conditions. Estrogen and progesterone are the main partners in this delicate balancing act. Designed to work together as a team, when that balance leans more to one direction than the other, a whole host of problems occur.

Estrogen – is one of the most important hormones for women. Not only does it regulate a women’s reproductive cycle but is also can have very positive effects on the skin, but only if the levels are in balance. Estrogen can reduce the size and activity of the oil glands inside the pore; help tighten pores, influence how quickly cells divide in order to create strong collagen and elastin, help increase the hydration levels within the skin, and slow hair growth. Without estrogen, the skin ages quickly, this is why women see rapid changes in their skin as they enter menopause.

Hormone levels in the blood stream play a significant role in the skin rejuvenation practice as they affect the shedding of cells in the epidermis and the building of cells in the dermis.

Progesterone – named because it is involved in gestation or maturing of a fetus in the womb, stimulates a woman’s uterus and prepares the lining for a fertilized ovum. Progesterone also stops ovulation from occurring when pregnancy occurs.

Testosterone – usually thought of as only a male hormone but is produced in women as well at a much lower level.

DHEA – or dehydroepiandrosterone, is a sterone naturally produced by the body’s adrenal glands and is responsible for the production of every sex hormone, such as progesterone or testosterone, in the body. DHEA levels begin to rise during puberty and are at their highest at the end of the teenage years and early twenties, but the levels start to decrease quickly as the aging process continues, and by post menopause DHEA production is merely a fraction of what it was in a person’s late teens and early twenties.

Human Growth Hormone – is an endocrine hormone like estrogen or testosterone, produced in the pituitary gland and secreted throughout a person’s lifetime but rapidly decreasing as a person ages.

The teenage years, when puberty occurs, is when the body begins producing sex hormones which can radically affect the skin throughout life as the levels continue to fluctuate. Early to mid- adult life is characterized by outside hormonal influences, pregnancy and lifestyle factors that affect hormones.Then comes menopause,the time when hormones can wreck havoc on the skin during fluctuations.These hormonal changes that come about during aging are undeniable and inescapable, but they can be eased by a healthy lifestyle and newly emerging anti-aging treatments

Where it all begins: The Teenage Years

Hormones are responsible for the maturation of the oil glands in our skin.This is why children do not experience acne.There are several times in our lives when hormones can become unbalanced and wreak havoc, including puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Hormones fluctuate, and the skin is influenced tremendously by these shifts. The menstrual cycle, which begins at puberty, plays a role in shifting hormone levels.The increase in progesterone prior to a women’s period can easily cause breakouts as male androgen hormone increase sebum activity in the sebaceous gland.The acne flare subsides after the onset of menstruation and the woman’s body moves into the beginning of another menstrual cycle.

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Estrogen-dominant women have few acne breakouts during puberty.They continue, throughout most of their child rearing years, with relatively clear skin, unless something occurs that alters the hormonal balance. However, androgen (a male sex hormone) dominant women can suffer from full-blown acne during puberty, may suffer with excess facial and body hair, and be more prone to oily skin which may be the cause of breakouts and skin issues.

Many teenagers struggle with acne due to their changing hormones.To achieve the best possible results for young skin the face needs to be kept clean, hands need to be washed frequently and kept away from the face. Oil-free cosmetics like foundation, blush and moisturizing products that do not cause blocked pores should be used.

Mild glycolic (alpha hydroxy acid derived from sugarcane increases desquamation to refine, lighten and brighten the skins surface) and salicylic acid (a natural anti-bacterial derived from wintergreen exfoliates superficial skin cell layers to accelerate the removal of hyperpigmented brown and red skin discoloration) products should be used. Clarifying cleansers and toners containing these acids should be used in the morning, at bedtime and after heavy exercise. Most sun damage that presents itself during the later stages in life is actually due to sun exposure during the teenage years so an SPF15 or higher sunscreen should be applied daily to help avoid acne breakouts and hyperpigmentation. Even oily-skin types need to use a moisturizer with SPF in the morning and a light anti-bacterial moisturizer in the evening after cleansing to protect from surface dehydration.

The best approximate age to start a professional skin health regime is 13 or 14 years old. By this age, young adults know the importance of hygiene. By devoting a few extra minutes each day to a complete skin care routine, teens can gently ease through these erratic hormonal years with confidence.

Stuck in the Middle: The Mid-Life Skin Care

During early to mid-adulthood, a women’s body is producing skin-enhancing estrogen. If a woman’s estrogen levels are balanced, her oil production will be less and her skin elasticity will be enhanced. But around the age of 40, a woman’s estrogen levels begin to decline.

Like estrogen, anti–aging hormones, such as DHEA or human growth hormone (HGH), are at a peak during your early adulthood but begin to fall as aging progresses.

The natural aging process can cause a woman’s hormone levels to decrease but a woman’s lifestyle can also play a big role in hormonal imbalance. In this middle portion of a woman’s life she may be stressed, be receiving external forms of estrogen, be taking birth control or even be struggling with the middle age bulge, which can all affect your hormonal levels, and in turn affect the skin.

The androgen hormone testosterone is produced in a women’s adrenal gland and androgen- dominant females may have enlarged oil glands that produce excessive sebum, or oil. While androgen- dominant females may suffer from acne due to excessive oil during puberty or the teen years, factors during this stage of a women’s life, such as birth control pills and stress, can stimulate the androgens and can even cause hair growth on the face. However, these women can begin to notice a reduction in oil production as they progress in age.

As we age, there is a deceleration of cell renewal in the dermis contributed to by hormone levels in the blood stream.

The Last Stage: Menopause

Skin Care and the Hormonal Balance

Menopause brings on many symptoms in a women’s body internally, but the main place we visibly see the results of the changes is the skin.The body’s essential hormones are lacking,or missing altogether, during this stage in life and it is important to take extra care of the skin, the body’s largest organ, at this time.

During menopause, a stage in a woman’s life when the ovaries begin to produce less estrogen, skin may begin to suffer from dryness, loss of elasticity and previous abuses of the skin (smoking, lifestyle, sun damage) begin to expose themselves.

Not only will the body start producing less estrogen, it will slow down on the production of collagen and elastin as well.The women,who were estrogen-dominant in their teenage and early adulthood years,usually become more androgen-influenced.These women who escaped their early years without acne breakouts may start breaking out during this phase in life. Rosacea can also come about for these women at this stage. Without estrogen, the skin ages quickly, this is why women see rapid changes in their skin as they enter menopause.

Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT) is sometimes prescribed by a doctor to battle some symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes; however, there are side effects which present themselves in the skin including rosacea, cherry angiomas or appearance of blood vessels. But, ERT can also help by adding moisture to the skin, reducing skin wrinkling and protecting against skin conditions characterized by this age group and menopause. Women who receive hormonal therapy could see greater skin thickness than women who go untreated, and atrophy of the skin cells may be prevented by using an ERT. Estrogen Replacement Therapy is not recommended to everyone and does have some negative side effects so it is important to consult your doctor before using this Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

Post-menopausal skin care can guard against the typical skin symptoms of this stage. A women’s daily regime should include the use of a non-oily, low foaming cleanser to protect the skin from drying. After cleansing, a non-alcoholic toner should be applied to balance the pH level of the skin followed by sun protection, retinol and or peptide serum and moisturizer. An exfoliator and mask for weekly skin conditioning maintenance is also recommended.

Cosmeceutical Ingredients Effective in the Treatment of Aging Skin

GLYCOLIC ACID POLYMER – Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugarcane that increases desquamation to refine the skins surface.

L-ASCORBIC ACID – The most effective aqueous topical vitamin C to prevent premature aging.

LACTIC ACID – An alternative to glycolic acid derived from sour milk increases cellular desquamation for sensitive and aging skin.

L-RETINOL – A pro-drug that can be converted to retinoic acid by the skin to promote the normalization of epithelial desquamation reducing cellular cohesion.

MATRIXYL 3000 TM PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7 – Derived from fatty acids synthesis collagen and fibronectan reducing wrinkle density and volume.

BLACK CURRANT SEED OIL – Essential fatty acid anti-oxidants with skin hydrating benefits.

APRICOT KERNEL OIL – Increases cellular hydration and moisture retention for prematurely aged skin and skin that is dry and irritated. High in vitamin A and minerals, apricot kernel oil has an excellent texture that is great for all skin types to soften rough dry skin.

RICE BRAN OIL – Contains high levels of tocotrienol antioxidants to defend against free radicals generated in the skin by UV rays. It prevents skin aging and damage by oxidative UV rays.

CORN SILK – A rich source of vitamin K to diminish dark circles under the eyes and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

ENZYMES – Categorized as proteases; proteolytic enzymes, break down keratinized protein molecules. As bio-catalysts, which literally mean either beginning a cellular action or causing a reaction, enzymes are capable of effecting changes in the appearance of the skin such as releasing dead skin cells to decongest clogged pores and soften wrinkles.They also act as protectants,capturing free radicals preventing damage to the skin caused by environmental pollution, smoking, bacteria, sunlight and other harmful factors.

SQUALENE – Derived from olive oil and used as an antioxidant to prevent dehydration softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

TRICHLOROACETIC ACID (TCA) – Found in fermented apple cider, wine, grain, malt, rice or potato mashes is known as an ethanoic acid, an organic chemical compound. Considered to be the “Gold Standard”of peeling agents,TCA coagulates stratum corneum proteins causing a mild sloughing of photo-damaged epidermal cell layers to improve fine surface wrinkles superficial blemishes and pigment problems.

 

Start a healthy skin care routine and plan with our Kasia Holistic Skin Expert today!  You can receive affordable facials MONTHLY, by signing up to our VIP Membership Program. 

 

"Thank you" Guest Blog:  Lyn Ross, L.M.E.

Lemon + Ginger + Green Detox Smoothie

Try this fantastic smoothie for your post holiday munchies!

 Spicy Lemon Green Smoothie

Green+Apple+Juice+ 1 frozen banana 1 celery rib ½ field cucumber ½ lemon, peeled 1-inch piece ginger root 1 cup water or coconut water

Health Benefits

Lemon and ginger are a match made in nutrition and flavor heaven. Lemon is amazing for helping to cleanse the liver and ginger is great for cleansing the digestive tract. If your liver is processing toxins but you are not eliminating them through your bowels, you may be at risk for re-absorbing those toxins. Lemon and ginger are a detox super duo.

 

Reference: Raw Living

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