• Lather, Rinse, Repeat or Not? Your Guide to Dry Shampoo

    Wondering why you should add a dry shampoo to your beauty arsenal? We checked in with Monica Groark, esthetician in La Jolla, Calif., for tips on how to best use this beauty time-saver.

    What’s dry shampoo all about?

    If you want to reduce the amount of time spent washing and drying your hair, dry shampoo is here to help—it can help freshen your locks and remove excess oil produced by your scalp. Fine powders give a just-shampooed look in minutes, increase volume, reduce oily shine and eliminate any odors your hair might have absorbed. Even better, colored or highlighted hair lasts longer since regular shampoos and hard water can remove color and make it fade.

    Besides saving time, dry shampoos are ideal for travel, camping or after a workout.

    What’s in it?

    Dry shampoos are made with oil-absorbing botanical starches, like corn or rice starch and arrowroot powder. Natural essential oil fresheners, or even light conditioning agents, are added. The newest formulations of dry shampoo now include natural darkening agents (like cocoa powder), so those with darker hair can avoid showing white powdery residue on the scalp.

    How do I use it?

    Technique counts when using dry shampoo: Monica recommends pure powder or aerosol versions (instead of paste formulations) so you can control the amount of product being used. “Dry shampoo aerosols should be applied in sections, 7-10 inches away your scalp, near the root of your hair,” she says. “Let the product absorb and dry before massaging into your scalp.”

    If the product leaves your scalp wet, you’ve probably applied too much or applied too closely. She recommends spraying a couple spritzes to clean fingers (because fingers carry oils!) before massaging gently, she adds. For pure powder shampoo, “squeeze a small amount of powder into your (clean) hands and massage gently into the roots.” Then fluff and brush out to complete the process.

    Ones to try

    Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk cleans hair with rice starch and gently moisturizes with oat kernel oil, making it a good choice for those with dry or normal hair. This aerosol spray leaves a fine coat of powder on your roots that dries quickly. When it’s dry, massage the powder in and then brush it out. For darker hair, try Klorane Dry Shampoo in Natural Tint, which uses finely milled natural minerals as colorants.

    Acure Dry Shampoo for All Hair Types is a pure powder shampoo that leaves hair smelling fresh thanks to the addition of peppermint and rosemary essential oils. Corn starch, arrowroot powder and kaolin clay absorb excess oils quickly and are kind to sensitive scalps. Acure Dry Shampoo for Brunette to Dark Hair is a good choice for darker locks, as this cocoa-colored powder cleans and freshens without leaving any white residue on your scalp or hair.

    Remember, as easy as dry shampoos are, they aren’t a full-time replacement for traditional shampoos and conditioners. Your scalp and hair still need regular cleansing with traditional shampoo and conditioner to keep it healthy and happy!

    See original blog post at ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป https://www.pharmaca.com/projectwellness/lather-rinse-repeat-or-not-your-guide-to-dry-shampoo/


    This St. Patrick’s Day we’re proclaiming a new motto: chic over shamrocks! So long to cheap emerald green beer, cheesy hats and plastic beaded necklaces. Hello to glamorous cocktails and a step back into time, celebrating with a classic. Don’t worry, elegant doesn’t mean fussy — and this St. Patrick’s Day cocktail is a cinch to pull off!

    St. Patrick’s Day Cheers

    The Last Word is a Prohibition-era cocktail where green chartreuse gives it a lovely jade hue. This cocktail may only have 4 ingredients, but it is as complex as it is gorgeous. Chartreuse is mixed with equal parts gin, maraschino liqueur and lime juice, making for a bright, herbaceous yet playful flavor profile that is perfect for springtime celebrations and beyond.

    Concerned about adding unusual new bottles to your bar cart? Don’t be, these unique spirits can serve as your happy hour secret weapon! Green chartreuse loves whiskey —  give your classic Manhattan a twist. Or, try the green spirit infused with chilies and pair it with pear and ginger for an exotic sip. Maraschino also has many creative, not to mention refreshing, uses. Add it as a main ingredient to your favorite tropical drinks such as the daiquiri or beachcomber.

    Think of The Last Word cocktail as your gateway into shaking up new and exciting St. Patrick’s Day cocktails this year! Why not host a little happy hour gathering with The Last Word cocktail as the main attraction? Add some St. Patty’s themed decor and serve up some lucky Irish eats to go with it.

    So let’s get that cocktail shaker filled with ice and toss out the food coloring. Cheers to adding a charming sophisticated touch of green to your upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!

    See the original blog post at ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป https://www.worldmarket.com/blog/recipe/st-patricks-day-cocktail-recipe/

  • Planter Makeover with Montana-Cans

    Choosing the right plant for your home is important, but you can't forget about the planter. Here's how you can use Montana-Cans to give your planter a personal touch that reflects your style.

    What you'll need:

    Montana Spray Paint
    Drop Cloth
    Masking Tape

    Step 1: Prep

    Lay out your drop cloth where you'll be spray painting. Use masking tape to create a design on the planterโ€“ wherever you tape will stay the original color.

    Step 2: Paint

    Keeping the can 6-8 inches from your planter, spray an even layer of paint. Allow to dry for at least 15 minutes before applying a second coat.

    Step 3: Dry

    For best results, allow the paint to dry before removing the tape. Otherwise the paint can smudge.

    Step 4: Plant

    Once the paint is totally dry, you can pot your plant!

    With just a few supplies from your neighborhood Orchard, you can create a one-of-a-kind planter that'll make other plants green with envy. Come by for everything you needโ€“ plants, paint, and friendly project advice!

    See the original blog post at ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป http://blog.osh.com/montana-planter-makeover/



    February 20, 2018

    You may have noticed a colorful, fun, new look and feel on our website, in our boutiques, on social media, in our mailers, emails, and at chicos.com. It’s our biggest—and boldest—statement yet.

    As part of our new look, we’ll be shouting what’s special about our brand, which is not only that we have great style and amazing service, but also that we celebrate fun and fabulously stylish women, no matter their age.

    We’re asking women everywhere to not only grow older, but to grow bolder—right along with us.

    Watch some of our favorite women behaving boldly.

    Take the How Bold Are You?™ Challenge

    Do you color outside the lines? Wear what you want? Grow bolder every year? Go to chicos.com/HowBoldAreYou to join us in celebrating bold women of all ages. (Bonus: You’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 Chico’s Gift Card!)

    See the original blog post at ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป  https://insidechic.chicos.com/whats-new/how-bold-are-you/

  • Mint Chocolate Avocado Mousse

    Think outside the box with avocados – they can be used for other than making guacamole! Try putting avocados in your egg or chicken salad, spread it on toast, bake an egg in it, and even try it in your dessert.

    Did you know that when you blend an avocado, it has the perfect creaminess to be made into a mousse? I tried it, and it was decadent and delicious! Not to mention you’re getting the health benefits of the avocado as well. Avocados are loaded with fiber, heart healthy monounsaturated fats, and potassium. Enjoy a treat while nourishing your body for the holidays!

    Mint Chocolate Avocado Mousse

    Serves: 4

    • 1 Mint chocolate bar
    • ¼ Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 4 Very ripe avocados
    • ½ Cup agave nectar
    • ½ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/3 Cup almond milk
    • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • Candy cane pieces, garnish


    1. Place the chocolate chips and mint chocolate bar in a double broiler, or a small bowl over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches boiling water.
    2. Stir the chocolate until it’s melted and smooth.
    3. Place the melted chocolate, avocados, agave, cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla extract, and salt into a large bowl.
    4. Using a hand held mixer, blend with your mixer until smooth and creamy (make sure there are no chunks of avocado).
    5. Serve mousse in individual bowls or glasses and garnish with candy cane pieces  (I used a piping bag to pipe the mousse into glasses)
    6. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Note: this recipe can be prepared one day in advance.
    7. Enjoy!

    – From Pure Barre enthusiast, Gabrielle Terzano, client at Pure Barre South Jersey, NJ – Haddonfield.  

    Read more! ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿปpurebarre.com

  • Pets with Santa at Bel Aire Plaza

    Visit Heritage Eats on Saturday, December 16 from 12pm-4pm for Pet Photos with Santa, and support the local Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch while doing so! 

    The event will be hosted on the Heritage Eats Patio. 

    Please call 707-226-3287 with any inquiries in advance.

  • Santa is Coming to Bel Aire Plaza Napa

    Ready for Santa this year? HO HO HO!

    We will be on the patio at Heritage Eats. Come by on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10 from 12noon - 4pm for facepainting, balloon artists, Christmas caroling and more!

    Remember your camera!

  • The Q Loves Napa

    The Bucket is on us for all Napa & Sonoma first responders!

    Just call by the end of the day Monday so we can be sure to have ample supply. In addition, the will donate 20% of all purchases on the 24th to the Napa Disaster Relief Fund.


    Event date: Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 3:30pm Featured Book:"The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding" & "Click’d: Book 1"

    Napa - Enjoy a meet and greet with this dynamic duo! Bracken’s latest follows a teenager from a powerful family who’s inhabited by a foul-mouthed demon (thanks to a fickle ancestor!). In Stone’s book, Click’d, the main character’s app goes viral in her middle school and she has to consider the ethical implications of the data she's collecting on her classmates.

    Event Location: Napa Store 3740 Bel Aire Plaza Napa, CA 94558

    The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (Hardcover)

    By Alexandra Bracken$16.99 ISBN: 9781484778173 Availability: Available online. Call stores for local availability. Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 5th, 2017

    Click'd, Book 1 Click'd (Hardcover)

    By Tamara Ireland Stone $16.99 ISBN: 9781484784976 Availability: Available online. Call stores for local availability. Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 5th, 2017

  • Do I Need to Detox? Causes and Signs that Itโ€™s Time

    In a prior post, we introduced the idea of detoxing for better skin health. While most of us already know when we’ve been “overdoing” it in some form, this list can serve as a key to help determine if you need a detox:

    • White or yellow coated tongue and/or bad breath
    • Congested/uneven, enlarged pores, blackheads, or pustules
    • Increased belly fat
    • Abdominal bloating
    • Inability to lose weight
    • Acne, rosacea, itchy skin, extreme dryness, skin feels rough, bumpy and/or uneven skin
    • Fatigue
    • Waking up tired regardless of how many hours you slept
    • Moodiness
    • Lower immune system
    • Frequent Headaches
    • Chemical sensitivity
    • Insomnia
    • Under constant stress
    • Carbohydrate and sugar cravings
    • Needing caffeine for energy, not being able to start the day without it
    • Constipation
    • Dull, ruddy appearance of skin
    • Keratinized skin build-up (dead skin cells, scaly, rough)
    • You, or someone you spent a lot of time with, are a smoker
    • You are outdoors often
    • You travel often
    • Seasonal changes
    • Using products that contain “cones”
    • Itchy, excessively dry skin
    • Overproduction of oil

      Read more! ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป www.sumbody.com
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