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Fall Fresh Safer Beauty for Everyone!….and my Good Morning Gorgeous Smoothie!

Beauty Counter Limited Edition Fresh Fall Favorites are HERE!  Today Beautycounter released 11 new items for the Fall Fresh Beauty launch. These items are while supplies last, so if there’s something you want for you or to gift, don’t wait!

Soooo exciting… 10 new items & sets, 21 shades, and new tools are HERE! Before we jump into the fun, I want to THANK YOU for being here. I know there is a lot going on in the world, but I’m hoping to offer a calm, peaceful space for you to practice self care. This month, I hope to help you find safer swaps to treat yourself. I love indulging for myself while gifting loved ones.

I don’t know about you, but I’m SO EXCITED and can’t wait to FINALLY be able to reveal Beautycounter’s limited edition holiday collection with you!

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT BEAUTYCOUNTER’S FIRST TALC-FREE POWDER MAKEUP! This Golden Hour All-In-One Palette has me feeling the glow up, even in quarantine! I am wearing it here. This is a great price point on this makeup palette. You get a blush, bronzer and 4 eyeshadows! Golden Hour All In One Palette, $65 – is our first talc-free high performance makeup with high standards of heavy metal testing, no hormone disrupting chemicals, and is a stunning sunset on your eyes! If you were to buy eye shadow, blush, and highlighter individually it would cost $119, this palette is about HALF the price! AND Beautycounter is donating 10% of all profits! Plus, 10% of proceeds from the sales are being donated to Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, which is dedicated to eradicating child labor and exploitation.

Warning, it will probably sell out. In years’ prior the palette sold out in a few days!

The Jellies Shimmers, $39, are BACK! I am SO excited about the new scents and shades: Cocoa, Caramel, Honey, Peppermint, Sorbet. Like Juicy Tubes but without the toxic chemicals and slightly sweetened with stevia.

Beyond Gloss Trio, $49 – a fantastic trio with ranging shades. It’s like a “buy 2 get one free” our regular prices. I love this holiday-inspired Mandarin Violet scent, too. Honestly, I don’t think I can live without Lilac Shimmer! It’s gorgeous!

Protect and Polish Lip Duo, $34 – is magic for dry lips. If you experience peeling, cracking, or bleeding lines from aging then you’ll love this set of lip polish and better balm!

Bright Side Duo, $75 – “100% saw immediately brighter skin.” Our day and night combo of best-selling treatments for 24/7 glow, they defend with antioxidant-rich Vitamin C, which also synthesizes with collagen to repair skin. A full size All Bright Serum is $79! These work regardless of skin type; it’s a perfect gift and addition to any skincare routine! This is in my top 3 picks!

Countertime Radiant Skin Set, $89 – combines our bestselling anti-aging award-winning Radiance Serum with a brand new facial roller tool to smooth lines and de-puff skin. “100% said skin texture felt smoother, and 97% said fine lines and wrinkles were reduced, skin felt firmer, and experienced brighter, more radiant-looking skin.” I’m telling you that roller feels soooooo good! It really does destress…..used it on hubby Doug too!

Good To Glow Body Duo, $59 – our newly formulated Sugarbuff Body Polish has finely-milled sugar to gently exfoliate the skin to leave a healthy glow for soft, hydrated, revitalized results. The Luminous lotion is formulated with responsibly-sourced mica for a natural-looking sheen and glow. Citrus and chamomile scent is soothing.

Special Edition Cleansing Balm, $95 – this enormous bomb of a balm is a fantastic value ($.76/oz vs $.96)! The Swiss Army Knife of skincare, this jack-of-all trades can be a makeup remover, face wash, and hydrating night time mask (one of my favorite ways to use it)! I highly recommend it after you apply the Resurfacing Peel, wake up to rejuvenated bright, even-toned skin! Plus, we use it all over to spot treat eczema and dry, cracking spots. It is an awesome product! So many uses, and the lotus extract, an active stem cell that helps to soothe and de-stress the skin, and a blend of jojoba and avocado seed oils which mimic the skin’s natural lipid barrier is just wonderful!

Body Butter Trio, $49.Hand Creme Trio, $34.Calm, Balance, and Uplift are subtle and soothing.*note the Ultimate Renewal Bath Set (with rosewater body oil, a luxurious dry brush, and the same scrub) is being put on hold, let me know if you’d like to pre-order it with me.

Don’t forget to add Band of Beauty to your cart! This is like our Amazon Prime of Better Beauty – 10% back as product credit on future orders, free shipping on orders $100+, and the Welcome Gift of the detoxifying Charcoal Mask and Overnight Resurfacing Peel duo.

And, on top of all that goodness, I have more good news to share (I think we all need it)! Governor Newsome signed both the Bills to ban toxic personal care products in California, this is HUGE! The greatest gift you can give me is a referral; I’d LOVE for you to invite a friend to this group to spread the word and help us get safer products into the hands of everyone!

And to go along with healthy, glowing skin, I don’t want you to forget to nourish yourself on the inside, so I am reposting my favorite smoothie recipe here for glowing skin and health. It is my Good Morning Gorgeous Smoothie full of antioxidants and skin loving ingredients. My video demonstration can be found here on the blog.

Here’s the recipe:

Good Morning Gorgeous Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Fresh Raspberries
1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberries
1/2 Cup Fresh Blueberries
1 Ripe Banana
1 Cup Packed Baby Spinach
1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seed Butter or Tahini
2 Teaspoons Ground Flax Seed
1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
1/4 Cup Cold Water
2 Teaspoons of Sliced Almonds
Sliced Mango for the top

Directions: Place all the ingredients into a blender except the Sliced Almonds and Mango and reserving some each of the Raspberries, Strawberries and Blueberries to scatter on the top. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a bowl (or bowl mug). I am a fan of Affirmation Bowl Mugs like this one.  Scatter with reserved berries, a few slices of mango, and sliced almonds.
Sit down and savor this highly nourishing breakfast. It is a wonderful way to care for your body that is your home while on this planet!

Have a Gorgeous Week, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions!

How I’m Cleaning Up My Beauty Products and Why

Good Morning! I have taken on a new endeavor and am really excited about it! My goal is to educate, provide recipes and healthy living tips to improve the lives and health of as many people as possible because you all deserve it and it makes people feel great, and that in turn makes me feel good to spread health and happiness. I’ve been on my own health journey as well and know how important it is to take care of all aspects of our lives.

I believe you deserve to feel good and look good using products that are safe and promote your health. I value clean beauty products and have been striving to have my home be as toxin free as I can. When we know better, we do better, and it’s certainly been a journey for me.

One of the things I love about Beauty Counter is they are passionate about making a change for cleaner beauty by being involved in changing the laws so there is more transparency and honesty in what is being put in products that we use on ourselves and our families. Currently the FDA doesn’t regulate the beauty industry. That means a lot of bad stuff can be in what we use without any disclosure. Our skin is our largest organ, and we absorb what we put on it. Beauty Counter is completely transparent and has an 1,800 list of toxic ingredients that they NEVER use. You can also look all their products up on EWG Skin Deep, and they are all rated very safe. You can find EWG here. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ Beauty Counter products are verified which means when you see the EWG VERIFIED™ mark on a product, you will know that the product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health. This is a great resource to research products you are currently using including household products.

You can take a look at Beauty Counter products here to see why I’m so excited. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I am happy to answer you, and if I don’t know the answer, I will find out for you.

https://www.beautycounter.com/sandrashields

I’ve been thinking about what to share first about Beauty Counter, and my favorite color intense lipstick seemed a good starting point. I am on my second tube of the shade 9 to 5. Here’s my before and after pics of the shade on me. I put a graphic below to show how the shades look beautiful on all skin tones. Beauty Counter tests for heavy metals in all their products so you aren’t putting them on your body or in your body as you can with anything you put on your lips and skin. This lipstick comes in a twist up tube in 8 different shades from neutrals to statement red! It has jojoba to moisturize, soothe and condition. My lips never feel dry with this, and you get color with just one swipe. Carnauba Wax gives you hydration and a very subtle shine. This lipstick is long wearing. There is natural peppermint oil in it for a subtle refreshing flavor. It is gluten free, certified vegan and cruelty free. ♥️ When you go to the link to Beauty Counter above, you can sign up for email and get 10% off your first order.

Bare lip before applying 9 to 5

What kind of makeup demos would you like me to do?

9 to 5 Color Intense Lipstick comes in a twist up tube

The shades of color intense on different skin tones

I look forward to sharing more about Beauty Counter and other healthy home and living tips with you soon. Stay tuned for more …..and more recipes coming too as always!

Boost Your Immune System Naturally With Food!

healthy food

Food is medicine, or it can be depending on what you eat.

Food can boost your immune system when you choose to eat a whole foods, healthy diet, and there are certain ones you can make sure you are incorporating into your meals daily to boost and keep your immune system strong!

I also have a few supplements I use year round that are immune boosting, however, a healthy diet is the single most important thing you can do for yourself to be your healthiest for a lifetime!

Here are some of the things you can eat every day for a strong immune system:

Citrus – choose oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes. Not only are they full of vitamin C, but also flavanoids, especially the peel. So, zest the oranges, lemons and limes and use them in cooking. Eat the whole fruit of oranges and grapefruit, and squeeze lemons and limes into your glass of water.

Don’t forget to eat berries and other fruits too in addition to citrus! There are many benefits to a variety of fruits and vegetables. Your body will get what it needs, to use when it needs it, by regularly eating healthy, whole foods.

Vegetables – Shoot for at least seven servings a day of veggies. Make sure you are eating a variety of them too, including cruciferous ones like broccoli, cabbage, bok choy and Brussels sprouts. They are rich in Vitamin C, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Green Tea – The polyphenols in green tea are potent antioxidants! The catechins in green tea may kill influenza viruses. Try my matcha green tea latte here every morning to start your day.

Garlic – We have known for centuries that garlic has medicinal uses. The allicin in garlic converts to sulfur containing compounds that boost our disease fighting response.

Raw Honey – Raw, unpasturized honey has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that can help to boost your immune system and fight sickness. My favorite is Manuka, but any raw honey is helpful.

Probiotic Rich Foods – They keep your gut flora population healthy. Choose foods that don’t have added sugar. Plain Greek yogurt with a little honey or maple syrup stirred in by yourself. One of my favorite probiotic rich vegetables is Kimchi.

Supplements are another way you can keep your immune system strong and boost it. It is best to add these to an already healthy diet and not use them as a bandaid for poor eating.

This is what I use for myself year round:

Elderberry Syrup – It is packed with antioxidants and vitamins. A teaspoon a day, and it tastes delicious. I put it in my smoothies.

Vitamin C – One of the biggest immune boosters. Vitamin C fights free radicals in the body.

A High Quality, Organic Greens Powder: I LOVE Organifii Green Juice Powder. It contains Ashwagandha wich is an adaptogenic herb that improves immunity. It also contains matcha green tea and lots of greens!

Remember, real food will give your body what it needs to keep you healthy, vibrant and living your best life!

Blessings!

Sam

 

Healthy Holiday Tips to Avoid Weight Gain and if you have Food Sensitivities

How to Have a Healthier Holiday with Packing on the Pounds

Most of us have to be mindful during the holidays of what we eat to avoid weight gain and also digestive upset. Ugghh, who wants that?

Above are some tips for avoiding the fallout of the holiday celebrations on your health and still enjoy the festivities. Of course if you are having dessert and are allergic or sensitive to something in the dessert, don’t eat it. That is where it is a good idea to bring your own to share.  If you are lucky enough to get a thoughtful hostess who asks about food sensitivities, that is always a bonus!

Also, you can completely change your focus! Yes, there is a lot of emphasis on food, but it really does make a difference if you set an intention. For instance, “I intend to really enjoy the time I get to spend with my friends or family talking and catching up.” Put your focus more on the activities other than food that are happening at your party or get together.

Taking or preparing a dish or two of your own, or a healthier treat, will also keep you on track and keep you from feeling deprived or left out.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated. This is important in colder months. It keeps your mucus membranes hydrated, your skin, organs, and sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger. Not drinking enough water can also contribute to constipation.

Going for a brisk walk with your pet, friend or family member helps digestion, is energizing, burns calories, is great for circulation and your metabolism, and you benefit from fresh air!

If you have food sensitivities, you will be very happy that you resisted and came prepared, because the next day, you will feel good. When the holidays are over and you still have energy, can fit into your clothes, and don’t have to try to lose the holiday gain, you will be very thankful.

Sandra

How Do I Increase My Enthusiasm and Creativity?

Enthusiasm and Creativity

If your creativity is at an all time low and you find all you are doing is going from one task, chore, item on your to do list to another……you know, going through the motions, because your day is all mapped out for you? Or, if you spend every spare moment of your day scrolling through social media, maybe you need a little boredom in your life!

The happiest times in people’s lives are when they have plans, dreams and are inspired! You don’t have time to think about these things when your day is jam packed and you fill every spare moment you have by grabbing your phone. I’m talking about when you are waiting in line, waiting to be called for an appointment, eating, walking, you know any spare moment? It isn’t refreshing, and it can be exhausting and draining to fill your brain with what other people are posting. That’s because our minds need time to do nothing! This actually frees up space to plan, dream and create. You should have at least one dream right now or goal you want to achieve. At all times, you should have one dream for your future.

creativity and inspiration

If you want to increase your creativity, you need head space for that. I know when I land on a new creative idea it gives me a huge surge of enthusiasm, energy and joy, and I can’t wait to get started! My most creative times are when I have had some free time, without an agenda, to get rid of mental clutter. Be deliberate about having time inside your own head.

When you are so busy all day every day, and you don’t have time to sit with your thoughts, your mind is like a fragmented computer. Distractions are the antithesis of creativity. If you can think back to a time when you were on fire with ideas, plans and enthusiasm, you can be sure you had time to just be. Working out, walking, or going for a jog without distractions is also a good way to boost creativity according to a recent study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

If you take the time to surround yourself with a little quiet time, whether you are moving your body or sitting still, you will increase your enthusiasm and creativity, and this will increase your level of happiness. We were meant to create.

How do you increase your enthusiasm and creativity?

Back to School Survivial

teacher survivial

It’s coming! If you don’t want to think about back to school, you can just skip this……but if you want to get prepared! Ha, this is for teachers, parents and students!!! I don’t know about you, but my kids work hard all school year. My daughter Jessica has been working her behind off this Summer at her job, but loving every minute and making new connections. Imagine how pleased I was on her evening off when she came over to tell me…..”I hope you don’t mind Mom, but I raided your Perfectly Posh Face Masks and used a couple for a mini facial. I really needed it!” She is learning early how to take good care of her face for beautiful skin for a lifetime! Happy Mama here!!!
All the products in this photo are especially nice for Back to School.

You can shop for your own bundle and find these natural products here:

https://sandrashields.po.sh

I sincerely appreciate your support in bringing you safer beauty and skincare products!

Sandra

Perfectionism – a Joy Sapper

Perfectionism - Health Coach Tips! Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

If you are trying to be perfect in an area in your life, please stop right now and take a deep breath!
Perfectionism is a joy sapper.  A lot of times we are perfectionists because we are trying to live up to unrealistic expectations of someone else or ourselves, because we think we can’t be loved if we aren’t perfect, or don’t feel approved of, or good enough…….Perfect body, perfect hair, perfect student, perfect, career, perfect house, perfect cook, perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect child, perfect in your job, perfect speaker, perfect shoe shiner, fill in the blank. It is good to do things well, but if nothing is ever perfect enough to you, it is time to say it is good enough, and just be happy where you are at this moment. We are all perfectly created individuals with our own uniqueness to offer the world, and what society, your past, or anyone else tells you is perfect, and will make you happy, may not be true for you. Be kind to yourself, relax, enjoy the ride of life. Oh, and yes, take care of your inner self! You need a little bit of peace and me time every day, or it slowly whittles away at your core. 

Sandra

 

The Benefits of Sunlight!

benefits of sun

Spring is a time of renewal, and we are able to get outside so much more and enjoy the benefits of sunshine and fresh air! I would add to the list below, that sunshine can help with depression, children thrive and grow more in the Summer, our hair grows faster, sunlight kills bacteria, and benefits skin disorders such as eczema, acne, and fungal infections. It is especially beneficial to get outside in the mornings for sleep, because this sets our circadian rhythm, our internal body clock which tells us when to sleep, rise, eat, and go to bed.

I always sleep better in the Summer and on days when I am outside more. I have had my Vitamin D levels checked twice a year for several years, and I don’t have to supplement in the Summertime, because my levels go up due to the increased sunshine!!! I’m living proof straight from the lab that we absorb Vitamin D from the sun. My hair definitely grows faster in the Summer. Does yours? My children have all had big growth spurts in the Summer and always go back to school looking healthier, with rosy cheeks and a glow to their skin!

Remember to wear your sunscreen and spend no more than 15 minutes in the sun without it. Enjoy the benefits of our beautiful Sun!

Have a super day!

Sandra

Winter Health Tips to Fight the Blues!

You Are Beautiful

Welcome February! What are you looking forward to this month? This is the time of year people can become starved for color and suffer from SAD. Try adding a splash of color to your wardrobe each day to boost feel good vibes. A positive thought before your feet even hit the floor in the morning can make a big difference in how your day goes, and it is cumulative! So, the more you put this into practice, the bigger the benefits, because you are literally rewiring your brain.

Deep breathing for a few minutes when you are feeling stressed, by breathing in four, holding for four and exhaling for 8 lowers stress. Try doing ten rounds of this with your eyes closed. It only takes a couple minutes, and finally getting outdoors into the fresh air, especially on sunny days, even for 15 minutes, promotes sleep, raises vitamin D levels, and boosts well being. Feeling happy and relaxed makes you radiate beauty!

Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

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Salmon Patties on Roasted Cabbage with Avocado

It’s almost a New Year, and I know you most likely want this to be your healthiest year yet! I know I do! In times when obesity is at an all time high, even in our children, and the next generation is the first not expected to live as long as their parents, there has never been a more urgent time to clean up our eating so we can live longer for our loved ones, and leave a legacy of healthy habits for our children to follow. I’ve attached a short video below of Dr. Oz speaking about this and using food as medicine.

That being said, we don’t have to sacrifice delicious food to be healthy and improve our health. That is a myth! Because, real food is delicious food, and I would argue the most delicious of all if our palettes are back on track, and we have so many different spices and herbs and alternatives at our fingertips!

Here is a wonderful salmon dinner using canned non-GMO salmon. It is a budget friendly meal, topped with a fat everyone loves…….the beloved avocado! The salmon burgers have fresh dill in them and other dried herbs, and are delicious! Have I ever told you how much I love herb shears? I am short on the patience required to finely mince herbs like parsley, dill, etc. Kitchen herb shears are so fast, and the mince is super fine. I put a link below if you are interested in seeing what I’m talking about. They come in super handy and are inexpensive!

Salmon Burger with Avocado on Roasted Cabbage

Salmon Patties on Roasted Red Cabbage with Avocado

Makes 12 Patties – 2 per serving.

Ingredients for Salmon Patties:

3 – 7.5 oz. Cans of Canned Salmon (I used Crown Prince Non-GMO)

6 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour

1 1/2 Cups of Minced Celery

3/4 Cup of Red Onion (chopped)

1/4 Cup of Coconut Milk

1 1/2 Tablespoons of Gelatin (I used this)

1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt, divided

1/4 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano

1 Teaspoon of Dried Marjoram

1 Teaspoon of Dried Parsley

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Minced Dill (or 1/2 teaspoon dried) (I use these herb shears for mincing herbs. They are fabulous and fast!)

1 Tablespoon of Garlic Infused Olive Oil (you may substitute 2 cloves or garlic and regular olive oil if you like)

2 Teaspoons of Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Avocado Oil or Olive Oil

Ingredients for Roasted Red Cabbage:

1 Large Head of Red Cabbage, Cored and Shredded with a sharp knife

1/4 Cup of Avocado Oil or Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400º F. To prepare your red cabbage, toss the cabbage with 1/4 cup of Avocado Oil, the apple cider vinegar, and sea salt. Lay on a large rimmed baking sheet, and spread it out in an even layer. It shrinks by about 50 percent when cooking. Place it in your preheated oven, and roast for a full 40 minutes, tossing with tongs after the first twenty minutes. When it is done, it will have crispy brown edges.

Cook the minced celery, red onion, and 1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt in 1 tablespoon of Garlic Infused Olive Oil over medium high heat on your stove top until soft. While this is cooking, whisk together the coconut flour, gelatin, herbs and the other 3/4 teaspoon of sea salt. In a large mixing bowl, place the drained, canned salmon, the cooked celery and red onion, apple cider vinegar, coconut milk and coconut flour mixture, and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Add two tablespoons of Olive Oil to a large oven safe, non-stick skillet. With a half cup measure, scoop out the salmon mixture onto the greased skillet, and form twelve patties by pressing them down with the tips of your fingers until they are and inch thick.

When the cabbage is almost done, you can cook the patties. Since everything in these patties are fully cooked, the object is to brown them on both sides. These patties are delicate and delicious, but care is needed in flipping them.  Cook the prepared patties over medium high heat about 4 -5 minutes a side. Then, pop them into the oven for 5 more minutes with the cabbage.

To serve, place a generous mound of roasted red cabbage on your plate. Top the cabbage with a salmon patty and sliced avocado. Feel free to drizzle with a sauce. I never say no to that! I like the Mastadon BBQ which is here.

Salmon Patty Dinner

Paleo AIP Salmon Patties that are grain and egg free and AIP Paleo. They are seasoned with dill and served on a bed of oven roasted cabbage, topped with healthy avocado!

In this short Interview with Dr. Oz and our President, Dr. Oz discusses solutions to our all-time high obesity rates in adults and children in our country. Dr. Oz is a huge advocate for food as medicine!

Here’s to a healthy 2018!

Sam

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