Category Archives: It’s a Girl Thing

Beauty Tips to Live By

I for one would love to know the beauty tips of the incredibly beautiful Audrey Hepburn.  How about you?   Although she was a glamorous actress and a fashion icon her beauty was more than skin deep.  She never considered herself to be beautiful which is what made her all the more so.

It is said that whenever Audrey Hepburn was asked about her beauty secrets she would quote her favorite poem.  She quoted it so often that over time it became synonymous with her.  Over the years she was mistakenly given credit for writing the poem. 

Here are Audrey Hepburn’s beauty tips by which we can all live a more enriched and beautiful life.

Time Tested Beauty Tips by Sam Levenson

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

 For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a 

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.

 As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for 
helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

Ageless, Timeless beauty tips to live by



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Double Duty Beauty Foods…facials and hair treatments

I am still traveling down the road of healthy eating.  Therefore certain tweets and posts catch my attention quicker than others.  Recently it was a tweet by Prevention Magazine.

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Coffee is a well-known pick-me-up, but a cup of joe may help you reduce cellulite. See how to apply it!
Needless to say reading that coffee can help with that pesky problem of cellulite intrigued me.  The rest of the article was just as fascinating, 7 Double-Duty Beauty Foods.   
The 7 Super Double-Duty Beauty Foods are:
  • Avocado – Could be considered the over achiever of super foods.  Not only is it full of proactive antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help hold moisture in and keep the skin from dehydrating it is also reported to be one of the foods that will help shrink unwanted belly fat.  The article also recommends whipping up a face mask of avocado and sour cream and smearing it on your face for ten minutes. I guess if there were left-overs you could serve it with some pita chips. 
  • Tea – All teas boast skin boosting antioxidants.  Green and white tea are known for protecting the skin from exposure to the sun and pollutants.  All varieties of tea also double as hair color boosters.  Now I don’t know a single woman who wouldn’t like to refresh her  hi/lo lights in between visits to her favorite colorist. 
  • Almonds –  This super food rivals the avocado.  The Almond is a super snack that helps the body burn fat.  It is also reported that eating almonds builds up hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle keeping the hair from turning gray.  Also finely ground almonds added to coconut oil make a great natural exfoliant.  Almonds may turn out to be a girls new best friend.
  • Cocoa –  Another food product full of skin protecting antioxidants.  According to the spa in Hershey Pennsylvania add 1/8 cup of cocoa and non fat milk to your bath water to help with dry skin.  Now this sounds like a recipe for chocolate milk and trouble.
  • Yogurt – Especially Greek Style Yogurt is full of protein which is the essential nutrient for the production of collagen a fibrous substance that keeps your skin looking young.  Yogurt can also be used as a facial scrub or hair treatment. 
  • Strawberries – These tasty treats contain a double dose of Vitamin C which is essential to the production of collagen.  A medical study reported that high intake of vitamin C was associated with lower likelihood of wrinkles and skin dryness.  Again it is suggested that strawberries be added to an at home facial treatment. 
  • Coffee – Is a very popular pick me up.  It is full of anti-oxidants that help prevent the breakdown of elastin and collagen that leads to sagging and wrinkles.  You can also enjoy the flavor of coffee by adding finely ground coffee to your spice rub for your steaks or beef dishes.  But the piece de resistance is the recommendation to use cooled coffee grounds as a scrub on areas that are affected by the appearance of cellulite.  The caffeine in coffee is a topical diuretic and removes the moisture from the skin giving it a temporary smoother appearance. 

After reading the article that inspired this post I have a vision of a woman standing in her bathroom in front of buffet of leftovers.  She is concocting her facial creams and hair treatments in an effort to re-capture her youthful appearance. 

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*Note to self do not let the kids see you do this it could be misinterpreted as permission to have a food fight. 

The best part about this list of 7 double duty foods is they are already part of my eating plan.   The fact that they have the potential to double as part of a beauty regimen just makes them more appealing.

The twitter link also referenced a book by Joy Bauer “Food Cures-Look Younger Live Longer”.  I believe that many of our current health concerns can and should be treated naturally.  Fruits and Vegetables in their natural state are very healthy, it’s when we altar and add man-made chemically induced ingredients to the foods that they become “bad” for us. 

A couple of years ago my husband and a few friends took a cultural tour into the mountains of Jamaica.  Most of the residents of Jamaica can not afford modern medicine to control high blood pressure and the sort.  They use foods and herbs to naturally control health issues.  I have even had my doctor recommend different foods to help control some of my own personal health issues instead of writing me a prescription and sending me on my way.


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