Monday, June 29, 2009

Hello New Followers!

It was a great surprise last week, when I came to announce the winner, I had new followers. Many new followers! Thank you! Thank you! Some of you I can click on and go directly to your blog. Others, nothing. Hmmm. A lot of you have some very interesting thoughts, ideas and opinions. I look forward to your posts. I don't always comment, but I do enjoy what I read.

Thanks again!

I. McVay,smellgoodslady

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June's Winner!

Congratulations to Candace C., winner of June's Indie Artisan Give-away! She won beautiful jewelry by Brace Yourself Boutique!

Look out for July's Indie Artisan Give-away! Sponsored by Black Girl Tees and Milan Minerals.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Indie Artisan Give-away!

Congratulations to last month's winner, Neo!

Open to U.S. residents only.

This month's Indie Artisan Give-away is being sponsored by Brace Yourself Boutique!

Our unique jewelry is designed for those who love to enhance their everyday style with that something special! All of our collections are handcrafted in limited quantities, promote individuality, and are made to order. We hope you enjoy our jewelry selection as we pride our company on bringing you unique finds made with quality beads.

Bohemian designed, Spring Fling necklace. Retail value $27.50.

How to Enter:

No purchase is necessary to win. You simply have to go to Brace Yourself Boutique's Official Website and take a look around. Leave a comment. Your comment is your entry. Only one comment per person, duplicate entries will be deleted.

Your comment should include:

-Your name and a way to reach you (email address) should you win.

-The name of your favorite item in the shop(s) or the URL to it.

The contest ends on Monday, June 22nd at 9 p.m.(est). The winner will be choosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, June 23rd.

P.S. I have several baubles from BYB!

6 Summer Skincare Tips | Smell Good Spa™

Who's ready for summer?  Isn't that a crazy question? Really. Who isn't ready for summer?  Summer brings us such a great bounty of vibrant colors, yummy fruits, early sunrises and late-evening sunsets. Above all, it brings us what we've longed for all winter....the warmth from the sun. Just like every summer, I plan to appreciate this season by not spending too much time indoors. How about you?  However, in order to get the best from this enjoyment, I'll be using these 6 skincare tips for healthy living throughout the summer. Join me.

6 Summer Skincare Tips

1. Drink plenty of water and eat a good amount of fruits and vegetables, to keep skin hydrated. Add skinless cucumbers to your water to jazz things up.  Lemons are also known to work from the inside-out, giving a youthful glow.

2. Allow your skin to breathe. Avoid moisturizers with mineral oil and petroleum ingredients. These products clog pores, and therefore, prevents toxins from being removed properly.

3. For a sexy, healthy glow, exfoliate your skin 3 times a week to remove dead skin cells.

4. Protect the immune system. Your skin is one of your body's natural defenses. Skin forms an effective barrier against these invaders: bacteria, virus, and fungus. Use pure, bacteria fighting antioxidant ingredients: grape seed oil, castor oil, raw butters, tea tree, shea oil, sesame oil, etc.; and,   keep the skin clean with vegetable based soap.

5. Stepping out in shorts or skirts this summer? Keep those pores clean. Use a bath brush with stiff bristles during each shower/bath.

Heading Outdoors!

6. Limit your outdoor time this summer, especially when the sun is at its highest. Products with raw shea butter and natural products with Zinc (UV blocker) can protect the skin from the sun.  Apply a yummy dose of citrus butter, because vitamin C suppresses the increase of melanin, when the skin has been overexposed to the sun (hyper-pigmentation).   Also, body sprays infused with aloe vera are excellent for soothing overheated skin.

Happy Summer!

Be Whole,

Inbox Encouragement

There's nothing like shutting down for the weekend, booting back up on Monday, and finding glowing feedback. I received this in my inbox over the weekend.

Subject: Wow!
I didn't know heaven came in a powder!! Your deodorant powder is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!! It's so silky smooth, smells divine, and not only keeps me odor-free, but DRY! I'm talking even after dance class! My underarms thank you :)

And of course, as always I am absolutely thrilled with everything I purchased. I'm telling you, I'm like a kid in a candy store whenever I receive my orders from you! And thank you so much for the samples. They smell delicious!!

Peace and blessings,
D.J.-Maryland (initial for privacy)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Scalp Scrubber Anyone?

I was just checking my inbox, and came across an email for a "friend" request on a ning. I went to go check out the person. Noticed that they had a website. Clicked. Then saw this cute little thing. My head started to feel tingling and relaxed just reading about it. Truly exfoliating is my favorite step in body care. Now, my scalp can have this pleasure as well.

Random Confession

When making products for my customers, sometimes (ok, almost all the time) I want to keep their stuff. Shh, don't tell nobody.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

May's Winner!

Congratulations to Neo_Ame, winner of May's Indie Artisan Give-away! She won beautiful jewelry by Satin Doll & Co.

Look out for June's Indie Artisan Give-away! Sponsored by Brace Yourself Boutique!