I Tried Sugaring and I Have to Say…I Did Not Like It


Typically I wax my legs approximately every three weeks.  This past weekend I was so busy at work that I did not have an opportunity to do my waxing.  Normally this would not be an issue…I would simply wax my legs next week.  Unfortunately, I need to wear a dress for an event tomorrow.  Naturally I found myself at home this evening with no wax in the house.  In desperation (I really did not want to shave) I turned to the internet to do a bit of research on sugaring.
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Threading: A GREAT Alternative to Facial Waxing!


Waxing is a highly effective means of removing hair at the root in order to achieve smooth skin and to slow regrowth; learn more about waxing here.  As I have stated in the past, I am a waxer; however, due to the reactive nature of my skin, I am unable to do facial waxing.  For years I experienced issues with breaking out following facial waxing.  Whether I waxed myself or another practitioner waxed me, it did not matter; regardless of the type of wax used, the results were the same…particularly on my upper-lip which would break out in an unsightly manner.
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The Importance of a Facial

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Clients frequently ask me certain questions.  One of the inquiries that comes up a lot is, “what is the importance of a facial?”.  The answer…A LOT!  Facials…I’m sorry…good facials are one of the most powerful weapons in your anti-aging arsenal.  Regular facials will help to keep your skin exfoliated, hydrated and looking fresh.  A well-done facial should include the following steps:
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Harvest Time: A Simple, Healthy Summer Recipe


So now that we have all returned from our holiday weekends, we can begin to focus on eating mindfully again.  If you want to look and feel fabulous, then you need to eat fabulously…after all, you literally are what you eat!  In the past I’ve talked a lot about the desire to prepare healthy, fresh food and the challenge of finding the time to do it in.  Today we are going to talk about a quick and simple summer sauce which is also good for you…Pesto!  Here comes the best part…remember my post, Be AMAZING (With Minimal Effort)…Grow Your Own Herb Garden!?  Well…it is less than one month later and tonight I was already able to easily harvest enough fresh basil for my pesto sauce!  Yay!  Whether you have a herb garden or not you can easily prepare this delicious recipe in under 10 minutes!
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Simple Lifestyle Changes to Help You Get Fit!


Of course most of us want to be more active and to lead healthier lives.  For many of us, myself included, the issue lies in finding the time to add more activity into our days.  Whether we are working 24/7, taking care of children or parents, or desperately treading water by trying to do it all, finding the time to take care of ourselves and to exercise can be a challenge.  I work a lot and, frankly, by the time that I get home (which is often close to 10pm) my idea of a workout is lifting my snack from its bowl to my mouth while simultaneously changing the channel!  Theoretically, I suppose that I could get up at 4:30 in the morning and go to the gym but, quite honestly, I don’t see it happening.  Driving home from work earlier this evening it was all that I could do to keep my eyes open; I don’t feel that I can give up a precious hour of my sleep.
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EVERYTHING You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Waxing (…But Were Too Uncomfortable to Ask)!

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I am a waxer…both personally and professionally.  I began with getting bikini waxes when I was 18 years old and I never looked back!  Today I wax my bikini, my legs and my underarms.  And yes…I do ALL of my own waxing!  Waxing is a HUGE element of my business at Balance Day Spa.  For the past 11 years, I have  spent much of my time waxing both women and men (sorry boys…I do not do bikini waxing of any type for men…this is a personal choice).  In fact, Brazilian Bikini Waxing is my specialty!  As a result of this, I frequently have people contact me with their waxing-related questions.  One of the reasons that I began this blog was to disseminate much of the misinformation out there.  Today, I am going to answer my most frequently asked waxing questions for you:
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