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Raspberry Moon Skin Therapy

July Newsletter
In This Issue:
:: Question of the Day - What are the trends for summer looks?
:: Pamper Yourself at Home - Banana Avocado Face Mask
:: Event of the Month - Celebrate Colombian Independence Day!
:: Treatment of the Month - Facial de Colombia
:: Product of the Month - Colombian Thermal Hot Springs Products
:: Gift Certificates and Free Shipping In Our Online Store
:: Here, There, and Back Again
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Congratulations to April McKinney for winning last month's contest! Happy Independence Day, USA!

Me in Colombia last yearLet's go to Colombia!

Your spa-cation this month is in the beautiful country of Colombia, South America. I was there last year for 3 weeks and I loved it. The people are so friendly, the country is beautiful and the weather is awesome.

I know everyone hears all the bad stuff that goes on in Colombia but just like any place there are good and bad. I had the best time and I would recommend it as a great place to travel. Yes, there is a lot of security; President Alvaro Uribe wants the country to feel safe and secure.

Here are some neat things I found out about Colombia:

  • Colombia is the world's third-leading producer of women's lingerie. I can totally believe this - I love their ladies wear.
  • Experts believe there are 14,000 species of butterfly in the world: about 3,000 of them, or 20%, are found in Colombia.
  • Columbia has the world's greatest diversity of orchid species (3,500) and birds (1,754 species). It is also #2 in amphibians and #3 in reptiles.
  • 95% of the world's emeralds come from Colombia.
  • It is estimated that people drink 400 billion cups of coffee each year, second only to water. After petroleum, coffee is the world's second most traded commodity. Colombia provides 12% of the world's coffee.
  • According to the New Economic Foundation Happy Planet Index, Colombia has the second happiest population of the World. This is the first ever index to combine environmental impact with human well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which country by country, people live long and happy lives. Very interesting - http://www.happyplanetindex.org
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Question of the day - What are the trends for summer looks?

Put away the heavy winter makeup look when you pack up those sweaters. Skin should look fresh, light and carefree this summer. Have a fresh look this summer

  • Subtle nude lips are still in. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of nude colored lips but some people look fabulous in them. I tend to use a lip color that is just a little darker than my natural color and then add a lip serum for that dewy look. Corals are also very popular this summer.
  • Eyes are my favorite feature to emphasize. Bold is in - neutral, dreary naturals are out unless they are used with a bright, bold eyeliner. Teals, violets, and beautiful greens are must haves, but be sure to use only one bold color at a time. Remember to keep the rest of the face light.
  • Be adventurous - use a different colored liner on the top and bottom of the eye. Mix it up a little!
  • Metallics are still very popular - silver, bronze and gold. Can be used all over the eye, as an eyeliner, or as an accent.
  • Brows are important no matter what the season! Properly shaped brows can really make a difference. This is one of the most important beauty routines and is often not taken as seriously as it should be. Think of your brows as a picture frame for your eyes. If they are too thin, to short or just not shaped at all they take away from your overall appearance. Brows that are shaped correctly can give your face an instant lift and really open your eyes up.
  • Blush should be light and sheer - soft peaches, roses and plums. Bronzers are still being used but very lightly.
  • As always, be sure to wear your sunscreen. Powdered sunscreens are the best for your skin and the environment (certain chemicals in sunscreen lotions have been found to damage coral reefs). We have a powdered sunscreen from Colorescience that has a little bit of color and a little shimmer. This makes a great look for the summer - it gives skin a natural looking glow and smoothes out uneven skin texture.

For more details visit www.RaspberrymoonST.com for great Summer Looks by Michael McCarthy, Colorescience Make-up Artist.

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Pamper Yourself At Home - Banana Avocado Face Mask

Colombia is the 4th largest exporter of bananas to the US! In addition to being one of nature's perfect foods, bananas are also an excellent beauty treatment. Treat your skin to a Banana face maskThey're full of tryptophan, an amino acid that is very nourishing to hair and skin, potassium, which is an excellent natural moisturizer, and have plenty of skin-enhancing vitamins A, B, C and E.

Make a banana avocado face mask! Ingredients:

  • A small, ripe banana
  • A ripe avocado
  • 3 tbsp. of plain yogurt
  • 3 drops of vitamin E oil.

Mash the banana and avocado until they form a paste, and then mash in the yogurt and oil. Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

For this and other banana DIY spa treatments visit: http://www.ehow.com/how_2342543_make-homemade-beauty-treatments-bananas.html

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Event of the Month - Celebrate Colombian Independence Day!

Celebrate Colombian Independence Day!July 20th is Colombian Independence Day, so I thought it might be fun to meet on Thursday, July 23rd for a Post Columbian Independence Day party. We will be meeting at Sacha's on E. North St. (near the old Fresh Market) for dinner at 6:30 and then off to Bongos for a Salsa Lesson with Susan from www.salsaGreenvilleSC.com at 8:30 (cost is $5).

Don't worry, I won't make you stay out until 2 am. (Maybe only until 1 - just kidding!) You can come for dinner or dancing or both. Please let me know about dinner as it is a smaller place and I want to be sure we have enough room.

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Treatment of the Month - Facial de Colombia

There are two options for the Facial de Colombia - mud or green algae. These are from the Thermal Hot Get a glow from our Facial de ColombiaSprings in Paipa. The thermal waters of Paipa are "miraculous" in the treatment of stress, lightening of the pain muscles and joints, stimulating circulation and leave the skin smooth and radiant.

Thermal mud, upon drying, will generate heat, increase blood circulation and help toxins and other wastes to be eliminated. The clay is highly active and will absorb excess oil and secretions from the skins' pores. It improves inflammations, articulate pains, and dermal problems (acne, eczemas, psoriasis).

The green algae regulates the production of oil, and protects the skin from moisture loss. Algae also has been found to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, be a great source of vitamins and may stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential for firm skin.

Both the mud and algae are great detoxifiers as well - they can be used on the face but also on the body. They are said to help the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.

Experience a Facial de Colombia with either mud or algae for only $65.

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Product of the Month - Colombian Thermal Hot Springs Products

Thermal Hot Springs in Paipa, Colombia

I brought a few bags of products back from the Thermal Hot Springs in Paipa, Colombia - Your gift set will include: 1 large jar of Mud, 1 jar algae, 1 large pack of thermal salts. The kits will have complete directions for how to use your new products - in English of course!

Use the products for facial masks, body treatments or as a bath. (The thermal salt is only for a bath soak and is not to be used on the face.)

Enjoy your little piece of Colombia for only $50.

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Gift Certificates and Free Shipping In Our Online Store

Remember, you can now purchase gift certificates on line at http://www.RaspberryMoonST.com. Go to the store and then click on gift certificates. Great idea for Mom this Mother's Day!

And if you need something from Colorescience but can't make it to the shop, we now offer free shipping on our website, too!

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Here, There, and Back Again

If for any reason you are unable to make your appointment please call me 24 hours in advance so I may offer another client your time. Take a minute to add me to your phone - 864-271-2710, then I will always be at your fingertips!

I will be out of the office:

Looks like I'll be here all of July!

Bubbles

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