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4 Ways To Go Bare – Down There

There is a gorgeous new work dress hanging in my closet that really showcases my fresh Autumn hair color and gives life to my paling skin tone who’s desperately missing summer.

I was thinking as I drove into work about how I’d like to wear my green dress (but not a real green dress, that’s cruel) to an event Thursday evening but winced as I debated bare legs vs. pantyhose at this time of year – which made me smirk at realizing just how First World Problem that is.

“If this is my biggest dilemma today, it’s going to be a good day.”

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Bare Legs won over circulatory-system-suppressing hose/tights/leg prisons that shred the instant I take them out of the package.

This time of year it can be tricky to have nude skin showing, and not just because of potentially (usually) chilly weather here in New England.  Flaky skin, prickly hairs, paler tone, and dull dry legs…those are the obstacles being presented by the beauty team neurons that run this part of my brain.

I consulted with Kim, our Aesthetics Expert, about how to best combat these issues and here’s what we came up with!

The Business Girl’s Guide To Bare Legs

1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

  • Use colorful scrubby gloves or mitts found at just about any store in a variety of price ranges & materials, and can be washed multiple times for re-use.
  • Try our “Bikini Bottom” body scrub for ingrown hairs – it’s great all over the body for a micro-scrub that uses pumice (crushed lava rock)
  • Make a DIY sugar or salt scrub at home. Use coffee grounds for a more gentle buffing, and use sea salt for skin conditions like psoriasis.

2. Wax on!

  • Waxing typically lasts longer than shaving so the 5 o’clock shadow won’t be peeking out around your pumps at your 6 pm networking event. Best done the day before an event so if you have any redness from the treatment, your skin has time to return to it’s normal shade of naked. Hair grows at different rates on different parts of the body, so keep an eye on all your waxing needs!

3. Watch me whip, watch me Spray Spray!

Being a supporter of the Melanoma Foundation of New England, we are always looking for UV tanning alternatives.

  • Use a lotion containing “DHA” (a derivative from sugar cane or beets) to gradually tan the skin with each daily application. There are several different options at your local drugstore to choose from!
  • Kahuna Bay Bronze Sunless Tanning Spray is a “tan in a can” that you apply yourself to targeted areas. (For best results, do on Sunday nights to have tan legs all week.)
  • Get a spray tan from a local professional. This is your best option for full body, even coverage. (Follow the 24-48 hour rule – do the tan 24-48 hours before the event for best results!)

4. Slather it on!

  • A hand & body lotion like our “Cashmere” is quick & easy to apply. It has a soft finish and doesn’t leave you greasy.
  • Natural Oils like grapeseed, coconut, or sunflower oil are nourishing to dry, sensitive skin and can give a nice shine to your legs. Grapeseed sinks in quickly with a dry finish, coconut oil spreads well but will sit on top longer so be prepared to blot with a towel if you need to get dressed quickly, and sunflower is helpful for psoriasis. Bonus – they can all be found in your local grocery store in the cooking aisle – top shelf!
  • Body butter is a thicker, heavier moisturizing cream. It’s great for feet, knees, and elbows all year long, and excellent for long-lasting softness. Try “Valley Girl” for a fluffy, whipped body butter alternative!

Enjoy being bare this winter, if you dare!

XO

Leanne

[photo credit: www.betterthanstock.com by The Business Betties]

Prepping the Bride

As someone who “opted out”‘ of a big wedding and eloped I do not have the experience of planning a wedding but, in my world of aesthetics I have seen more than my share of stressed out brides. I know the value of fresh, clear, glowing skin on and in the days before the wedding day.

These events leading up to your wedding bring more photos and entertaining than any other time in your life;  The showers, Jack and Jill. and don’t forget the bachelorette party!  The planning of your wedding should include time for facials so your skin can be in it’s best condition in the weeks before the wedding.

At Skin Catering we suggest a series of facials before the big events start to give the skin a healthy glow, clear up any imperfections and help make make up application smooth and easy, not to mention an hour to yourself  just to be quiet.

We suggest starting six months before the big day with monthly facials. The week of the wedding we have a special facial for the bride that can be done any time during the week right up to the day of the wedding.

We also recommend putting Gift Certificates for facials and massage on your registry!

 

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Face The Nation

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FACE THE NATION – JANUARY 7th, 4pm to 7pm at our Tower Square spa location!
(drop in style)

We want to help you create the look of confidence to Face The Nation in 2014 with your own natural style.

-Want to start using skin care & cosmetics?

-Want to refine your look?

-Want to start using natural products that are safe AND effective?

Attend our special event, featuring Skin Expert, Kim Brunton, Makeup Artist, Shelly Dolan, and FOUNDER and FORMULATOR of Fortunate Face Minerals, Karrie Welch!

Together this team will listen to you and address your concerns to help you better FACE THE NATION in 2014!  This event is open to women of any skin type, color, and tone.  We have solutions for everyone!

A $10 advance deposit is required to secure your spot at this exclusive, private event, with the fee being deducted from any purchases made that evening.  Every registered guest will receive a gift bag, as well as enjoy champagne & light refreshments.

Complimentary hand massages will be available to all guests throughout the event.

Call 413-282-8772 to reserve your spot or go online to skincatering.com #facethenation

**FREE 2 HOUR PARKING**

Cater To Your Holiday Spirit

SkinCatering holiday spirit

SkinCatering is your one stop destination for all your holiday needs.

This season, treat your loved ones to an experience that will leave them reeling in the magic of holiday bliss through SkinCatering’s spa services, gift certificates, or products.

This December SkinCatering is giving away a deluxe spa retreat including a massage, facial and gift bag stocked with the spa’s independent product line, to one deserving individual. Nominate yourself, your family, or your friends, for this incredible experience by submitting an image or story that reflects why this individual deserves an escape.

Send us your nominations today via email at info@SkinCatering.com. We will post on Facebook. The story with the most “Likes” wins!

Deadline for submissions is 7am on December 18th, winner to be announced on December 20th by noon.

SkinCatering is always ready to cater to your spirit; especially the holiday one!

The Happy Hour Show, Episode 1

My wellness industry friend, Krista Ross posted this quote:

“If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.” – Jennifer Jones

I love this statement.

Our SkinCatering team is a personable, happy, and I’m thrilled to say – humorous, team!

Here we are with our second video ever, a series calledSkinCateringTV: The Happy Hour Show  – our version of The Late Show where we have special guests visit us for a chat (and some bevvies), and to play one of our fun games!

Karen Boyd of MIX 931 was the Celebrity for our first show, and the game is Spa Pictionary!

(We learned we need a bigger marker so you can play along with us at home!)

Operation SassyPants

Collaborating with other leading ladies always makes me smile. 

As a massage therapist, I spend a lot of time alone with my thoughts, massaging clients in a quiet room, careful to ensure a relaxing experience.

While I sincerely enjoy providing this service and it warms my heart to help restore peace & balance, sometimes I just need to be LOUD and SASSY!

ENTER… A CREATIVE OUTLET!

Recently, along with other MANY amazing women, I was nominated for an award called “Western Mass Women’s Magazine: Top Women To Watch”  for the Class of 2013/14.

Not ones to let an opportunity for fun slip past us, Meghan Rothschild & Emily Gaylord of Chikmedia, Karen Boyd from Mix931, and yours truly (Leanne from SkinCatering) got together to give you an entertaining movie trailer about why you should vote for us!

HOW TO VOTE

(voting ends September 10, 2013)
Go to http://www.westernmasswomen.com/
On the left hand side select Women to Watch Ballot

Type: 

  • “Meghan Rothschild, chikmedia” for Advertising/Marketing
  • “Emily Gaylord, chikmedia” for Graphic Design
  • “Leanne Sedlak, SkinCatering” for Spa/Beauty
  • “Karen Boyd, Mix 93.1” for Radio Personality

OUR FRIENDS IN CATEGORIES THAT YOU CAN ALSO VOTE FOR: 

Bethany Daley/Porterhouse Media
Brittney Kelleher – Westfield Bank
Claudine Gaj – The Magic Spoon Catering
Crystal Senter Brown – Self
Crystal Wrisley Vazquez/ Crystal Vazquez & Co / Westfield
Dani Williams – Dani. Fine photography
Debra Socinelli/ It’s a girl thing / Agawam
Elizabeth Ginter – BaconWilson
Jill Monson / Inspired Marketing
Karrie Welch – Fortunate Face Minerals
Kelly Stellato/ Walden Behavorial Care
Laura Albano / Hidden Treasures / Agawam
Laura Miacola / Westfield Bank
Lisa Joy Merrill – Joy Squared Photography
Lisa Powers/ CJC Events / West Spfld
Liz Washer, makeup artist / Spfld
Mary Beth Berrien – Westfield High School
Maggie Pereiras / WGGB / Channel 40
Michelle Cayo / Country Bank
Mila Trompke – Keller Williams
Pamela Thornton/ United Personnel
Tanya Costigan / Bowties & Butterflies Events/ Westfield
Tanya Ryan – Tanya Gets You Fit

Thanks for watching! (and voting)

The Best Part Of Waking Up

There is no doubt that waking up from a dream can set the tone for your entire day.

This morning I woke up with the most amazing dream hangover:  feeling inspired to go out and do great things, that nothing & no one was going to stand in my way.  All I had to do was ask, and people would find a way to say yes because they saw something in me they wanted to be a part of.

Bold. Confident.

What a kickass day it’s going to be today!

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau
dont be pushed

“Unsuccessful people focus on the problems; The successful focus on the solutions. Focus on your fullness, your strengths, your dreams – the things you love in life.”

Marc Allen

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“Make no small plans, they have no magic to stir your blood.  Make big plans.  Aim high in hope and in work.”

Daniel Burnham

Legend …

Wait For It ….

Dary

 

Love,

Leanne