A little R&R for your skin


New Year, New Me!  2017 is the year that I get back in shape and focus on my health.  This is the first year that I am setting this goal for myself.   So far I am off to a great start.  New Year’s Day we discovered that our county has opened Shingle Creek Pioneer Trail about .5 miles away from my neighborhood.  As a family we took our first hike for the year and I am 4 weeks into my 5K training.  This trail is peacful and picturesque with miles of God’s country. Running is not my thing.  I prefer to sit on the couch and eat pie; but my children have become avid runners and have inspired me to get up and go.  These amazing kids have already run 2 5K’s and 2 Mickey mile races.  I enjoy spectating, but after signing them up for their first RunDisney 5K I realized it would be awesome if we did this as a family.   I am calling it a family fun run due to the fact I will slow my kiddos down and their time will not be perfection.  My daughter reminds me all the time, that I am killing her time by making her stay with me for the race.  For me just crossing the finish line alive will be a major accomplishment.  Since, starting my training I have lost 3 inches from my waist line and I am pumped with energy.  Bye bye to feeling listless day in and day out.  But, now I am saying hello to damaged skin.   Rough patches on my heels and dryness are just two ailiments that my skin suffers from as I work hard to transform into a healthier me.

Along my path, I have met Nina, an amazing new friend from the Blue Mountains in Australia; where she manages an apiary.   Nina has  rescued wild swarms of bees and given them new, safe homes in the Blue Mountains. Allowing nature to take it’s place, Nina does not disturb the ordering of the Queens and the honey derived from her apiary reflects the changing of the seasons in the Blue Mountains of Australia.   Nina is very passionate about natural living and crafts all natural beeswax skin care products. ” I believe Mother nature offers us everything we need for our skin needs, so there’s no need for complicated chemicals to make our skin look radiant and healthy.” (Nina Tverskikh, 2017)   Her grandmother (babushka)  grew up in an orthodox family of Old Believers, living in the wilderness of the taiga in Far East Russia. All of her family had to rely on natural medicine in their every day life. All through her life babushka Sasha would collect and use herbs, make tinctures and salves to treat literally every ailment. Nina learnt the basics of living off the land from her babushka. Nina’s Bees skincare line is handcrafted using the honey and beeswax from Nina’s bee farm, essential oils, and a variety of organic oils that will nourish, rejuvenate, and restore your skin.  After a hard workout my skin is crying out for Nina’s Bees skincare products.

My after training beauty regiment consists of:

ninaNina’s Bees Revitalising Balm for Face & Neck with Beeswax and Honey is light and quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving your skin feeling toned and moisturized.

Carefully chosen luxurious oils are blended with beeswax and honey to tone and moisturize the delicate neck and face skin with no greasy feel. Nina  infuses organic calendula flowers in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil to add anti inflammatory properties to the balm, so that it can be safely used even on the most sensitive skin. Macadamia Nut Oil contains one of the highest sources of palmitoleic fatty acids, vital for delaying skin and premature ageing. Macadamia Nut Oil is also rich in oleic acid. It is moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, making it perfect for a sensitive skin types. Honey is full of antioxidants, it is believed to create a glow.

nina2Nina’s Bees Heel & Elbow Lotion Bar is rich and will soften the rough skin, encouraging cracks healing.

Carefully chosen natural oils and beeswax soften the rough skin, leaving it feeling nourished and moisturized. Natural beeswax forms a light breathable protective layer on your skin, while locking in the luscious oils.

nina3Nina’s Bees Lip Balm is a nourishing , glossy lip balm providing long lasting hydration and protection. It leaves your lips feeling soft and nourished.

Castor oil penetrates deep into skin, softens and hydrates your lips. Honey is full of antioxidants and helps repair skin. Sweet Almond oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids aiding skin nourishment .
Natural mineral mica adds a little bit of shimmer.

ninas4Nina’s Bees Hand Balm provides long lasting nourishment and protection, leaving your skin feeling silky and moisturized.

Carefully chosen natural oils give an instant relieve to dry and tired skin, making it visibly softer to the touch and leaving it feeling nourished and moisturized. Natural beeswax forms a light breathable protective layer on your skin, while locking in the luscious oils.

Visit Nina’s Bees Etsy boutique to learn more about each product and how to use them. Nina makes it easy to search for the right product as items are categorized by type of skin.

Nina’s Bees skincare products are a must for my after training beauty routine.  Try them and they will be a must for you too!


Pooh loves his honey and so will you!




Benefits of using Vitamin C Serum

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVitamin C has become a very popular additive to most beauty products today. It is one of the safest and most effective natural ingredient used in skin care.  The antioxidant has the power to protect the skin from sun damage and is also anti aging.  It also has the power to reduce skin discoloration and blemish marks.  Keeping your skin nourished and healthy.  It has become my favorite go to skincare line and I have been using Vitamin C skin care products for years now.  One of my favorite Vitamin C Serum’s has just launched and is available through Elleda on Amazoneleda2

This serum contains 72% organic and 98% natural ingredients, with antioxidant vitamin-rich botanicals.

  • Vitamin C ~ antioxidant protection from damaging free radicals, lightens hyper-pigmentation, firmer skin by encouraging collagen production.  Stimulates collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Vitamin E ~ The antioxidants of all antioxidants ~ prevents free radical formation, protects the upper skin layer from initial harmful UV radiation and prevents the deterioration of fats in your cell membranes.  Nourishes your skin, leaving it feeling soft and silky
  • Hyaluronic AcidHydrates skin cells to freshen your complexion.  It attracts and retains more than thousand times their weight in water
  • Arginine ~ an essential amino acid, an antioxidant that aids in building collagen
  • Ferulic Acid~ made from rice brain oil, this is a very potent antioxidant and helps aid other antioxidant ingredients, stabilizes Vitamin C from oxidation
  • Organic Jojoba Oil ~ a natural emollient that has a similar structure to your own sebum allows this oil to absorb easily into your skin.  Mimics your body’s natural oils and absorbs deeply and quickly to moisturize all skin types
  • Witch Hazel ~ an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial (soothes and heals the skin), astringent (due to the large quantity of tannins), and locks in moisture to your skin.  Helps aid a variety of skin conditions, including acne and eczema. 
  • Aloe ~ an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, promotes restoration of skin (collagen), reducing the aging of fine lines and wrinkles.  Protects and revives your skin with natural healing properties

There is no alcohol or parabens in Elleda Vitamin C serum.  This serum is made in the USA and is not tested on animals.

Ingredients: organic herbal infusion, organic aloe barbadensis leaf (aloe) extract, sodium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), methysulfonymethane (MSM), cassia angustifolia seed polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), hamamelis vigriniana (witch hazel), d-alpha tocopherl acetate (vitamin E), carbomer, (2s)-2-amino-5-guanidinopentanoic acid (Arginine), ferulic acid,  kosher vegetable glycerin, organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), phenoxyethanol, ethy hexyl glycerin  cosDNA.com analysis  

Elleda Organic Vitamin C 20% Serum retails at amazon.com for $21.57 for a 1 oz bottle. 


Healthy Skin starts with Niacinamide

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is absolutely essential for healthy skin.  Niacinamide helps moisturize skin by preventing water loss, improves elasticity and fatty acid levels in the skin, and evens out skin tone and rids you of dark spots and acne scars.

night cream

I am very skeptical when it comes to new skin care products as I am prone to a sensitive reaction to the chemicals.  I braved it one more time and tried out this product, and I am glad that I did.  The Niacinamide Vitamin B3 Moisturizer is a very thick cream that is perfect for dry skin.  This moisturizer also balances out the elements of combination skin.  I have combination skin (a lil more oily) and I used this as a night cream.  My face was very well hydrated, but not oily at all.  This is also a great moisturizer for the skin on your neck and other dry areas on your body.

Remember, when applying moisturizer to use light upward strokes and to massage gently into the skin.


Pair the Niacinamide Vitamin B3 Moisturizer with the Vitamin C Serum and your skin will have a natural, youthful glow.  I have noticed less blemishes and breakouts and my skin appears more radiant.  I recommend both products as a regular beauty regiment for healthy skin.

Mia Mariu RestauraCel-C Thermal Microdermabrasion Review + Give Away

Microdermabrasion is a new skin care technique that started in Hollywood and has since become very popular. This technique is viewed as an instant face lift, acting as an alternative to plastic surgery and advasive chemical peels. Basically you gently apply tiny rough grains to the skin to buff away the surface layer of skin.  You may apply treatment to the face, chest, neck, arms, or hands.   So in other words…you are deep cleaning and removing dead skin and buildup from your skin.


One of my favorite at home kits to use is by Mia Mariu.  Mia Mariu offers natural health and beauty products ranging from skincare and supplements to cosmetics and makeup brushes.  The Mia Mariu RestauraCel-C Thermal Microdermabrasion Set is from their skincare line and is a safe way to exfoliate the skin and reduce the appearance of large pores and blemishes.  This product is very easy to use and has a very light fragrance.  I have used this product for three weeks and absolutely love the way my skin feels the day after!  The Mia Mariu RestauraCel-C Thermal Microdermabrasion set will leave the skin on your face face feeling soft and smooth.   Perfect for an up close and intimate moment!

Mia Mariu is offering my readers the chance to win The Mia Mariu RestauraCel-C Thermal Microdermabrasion Set.

 Click Here to enter!  Giveaway will end on 11/05/2014