Thursday, May 5, 2011

happy mother's day: at-home spa

Everyone loves a good spa treatment, and no one's more deserving than your mom. But if she can't get to the spa, bring it to her. Lilli Gordon, founder of the First Aid Beauty skincare line, suggests products to give your mom, along with her tips on how to create a relaxing facial at home or a much needed hand massage. Lilli’s at-home spa tips make it affordable and easy to treat mom to her own facial and many more in the future.

Set the Mood: "Making any home a little more spa-like is easier than you think," Lilli says. “To create a spa feel, make your own cucumber water by adding five mint leaves and 10 cucumber slices to a pitcher of water. Mint oil helps flush away complexion-dulling toxins and vitamins A and C in the cucumbers help to keep skin glowing.” Lilli also recommends putting on your favorite music to suit your mood and create the perfect atmosphere. Lilli's favorites include: Annie Lennox, Gabriela Anders and Astrud Gilberto.

Fix a Facial: It’s a great mother-daughter bonding activity. · Soak a face cloth in hot warm water and place on skin to open pores. · Next, use a quarter size amount of cleanser (First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser - $18) and apply to a damp cotton pad, swiping from the middle of the face outward.· Exhale and imagine the stress leaving your body with each swipe outwards.· Re-moisten your facial cloth in warm-hot water and place on your face to remove the cleanser - let your nose peek out. Take a few deep breaths and remove the cleanser from your skin.· Tone skin with a brightening toner (First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads - $28) to purify and restore pH balance to the skin.· Next, use an eye cream or eye roller (First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller - $24) to ward off wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.· Finally, rub a pea-sized amount of moisturizer (First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Restore Cream - $36) into hands and lightly smooth over face, again moving from the middle outward.· Cover your entire face with the cream.· Breathe in and out a few more times and look in the mirror to see how radiant your skin looks!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

contest: win baby gear from Bright Start!

Between sleepless nights, constant spit-up and having a bundle you have to carry around all the time (at least for the first few months), life with an infant can be trying.

Enter the Bright Starts Facebook contest and make your life a bit easier. During May, June and July, Bright Starts is giving away the entire InGenuity™ Collection in the new Briarcliff fashion to one lucky winner per month, and that winner could be you!

This prize package, valued at more than $450 includes five amazing products, Perfect Place High Chair, Automatic Bouncer, Cradle & Sway Swing, SleepEasy Playard and Smart & Quiet Portable Swing to help make life easier.

Talk about easy...Entering to win only takes three simple steps. Visit the company's facebook wall:, share your story about how Bright Starts has made your life easier, then vote! The winner of this baby gear upgrade will be chosen by the greatest number of votes, so don’t forget to tell your family and friends to stop in and vote!

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