As if the Blogalicious conference wasn’t awesome enough, we had a chance to get a photography lesson with our devices early Saturday morning. Our instructor and guide was professional photographer Candace Schaddelee of Rememory Photography based here in San Antonio, Texas. Visit her site to check out her amazing photography skills and if in the Alamo city and need a pro photographer, be sure to contact her at Candace@RememoryPhotography.com. Candace gave us tips on how to capture colors, scenery, and bring our images to life when posting them on our blogs. Below are a few shots I took with my Samsung Note 2 and my Samsung Tab. All pictures are unedited.
I don’t have a problem admitting I have a huge sweet tooth, so when Halloween comes around, I tend to over buy candy. Here are some useful tips to get your money’s worth when overbuying sweet treats for Halloween.
- You can freeze candy up to a year in the freezer.
- Buy discounted Halloween candy for Christmas stockings and parties. Most kids don’t care if their Christmas candy is orange and black or if it has silver and gold wrappers instead of red and green.
- Use leftover Halloween candy in Christmas baking and for making gingerbread houses.
- Use grated or chopped chocolate in place of chocolate chips in cookies. It is easier to cut candy into pieces if you freeze it first.
- Break Butterfinger candy bars into peanut butter cookie dough.
- Sprinkle chopped chocolates on a white or chocolate frosted cake or use them to top ice cream and cheesecake.
- Mix leftover chopped chocolates into cake mixes.
- When making cupcakes, decorate the tops with one Hershey’s kiss or a mini candy bar.
- Pour some leftover candy into a basket or pretty bowl to give to someone for a special gift. Even a Christmas bag full of an assortment of candies would be a gift that would delight anyone – kids, adults, co-workers or neighbors.
- Chop up leftover candy apples for salads to give it a kick for the kids.
- Send a box of candy to the troops! They love receiving care packages, especially with candy.
- Use it for birthday party goodie bags.
- If you work at a desk or own a business, spruce up your work space with a candy jar for clients. Or stash some away in your desk for those days your sweet tooth gets a craving.
Halloween is almost here! My favorite holiday! As much fun as it is getting into costume, things like heavy costume makeup and wearing masks can affect your hair and skin. Here are some beauty tips for the Halloween season.
Protect your skin: If you will be using a product you’ve never tried before, think ahead. Check to make sure that you aren’t sensitive to its pigments, fragrance, or adhesive by applying a small amount of the product to the back of your hand, the wrist, or the inside bend of your elbow. If you aren’t itching or breaking out after a few hours have passed, it’s probably okay. If you do experience a problem, wash the product off immediately and find something else that will give you the look you want. If you will be using a latex product to produce special effects (scars, wounds, etc.), it is particularly important to test for sensitivity. Theatrical-quality liquid latex is FDA-approved for use on the skin, but be cautious about other liquid latex products—if the label doesn’t say it’s skin-safe, it isn’t. As always, use a mild cleanser to remove dirt and oil from the face before applying makeup. If you are using latex or a Halloween makeup kit, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or a heavy moisturizer as a protective barrier between your skin and the product. Glitter on your face part of your costume? Do not apply it anywhere near the eyes—no matter what kind of adhesive you use, some of that glitter is going to fall off.
Blemishes/Oily Skin: Whether you opt for heavy, oil-based face paint layered over your complexion, a pore-clogging rubber costume mask or the surge in sugary treats in your diet, there are many possible triggers for an acne outbreak during the Halloween season. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, it’s a good idea to skip the oily face makeup altogether. But, if you do decide to use it, be sure that you don’t leave it on for too long and definitely don’t go to sleep before you thoroughly cleanse your skin of every last trace. And while Halloween is the season to indulge in a few extra sugary sweets, don’t go too overboard. To ensure that your skin and hair are getting the nutrition they need, balance the candy with a few extra fruits and veggies. To achieve that ghostly pale face without the heavy costume makeup, look for the fairest shade of a water-based foundation that you can find.
Hair Damage: Spray-on hair dyes are temporary and should wash out after a few shampoos, without leaving behind lasting damage to your locks. But when you pair chemical color with extra heat styling and heavy-duty products to hold your hair in place all night, your tresses may suffer some damage. Protect the luster of your locks by using a thermal protector when you style with heat. If you have fine hair or locks that are sensitive to chemical colors, skip the dyes and instead wear a wig or clip-in extensions. Add an Intense Repair Mask to your hair care routine after Halloween is over. This nourishing hair mask restores moisture, shine and hair strength by infusing powerful antioxidants and nutrients to each strand from root to tip. For awesome Halloween Hair stylin, check out Master Stylist Sam Panigua at 1100 Broadway Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78215
Blisters: It’s necessary to compromise when it comes to picking the perfect shoes for your Halloween costume. From sky-high platform heels that you borrowed from a friend or lace-up black boots that are just a teeny bit to small, you may find yourself with sore, aching feet and bulging blisters before the night is over. Prevent blisters before they form by layering your feet with petroleum jelly, baby powder or Band-Aids to reduce the friction that causes blisters to form in the first place. And, consider slipping a pair of flip-flops or flats in your purse, just in case your Halloween shoes have you hobbling in pain.
Allergic reactions: From glitter and face paint to rubber masks and expired cosmetics, Halloween can expose your skin to lots of triggers for irritation, causing rashes, inflammation, itching and more. While those with sensitive skin are especially susceptible to irritations, everyone should be on alert with Halloween cosmetics. When it’s time to paint your face for Halloween, it’s tempting to dig out the old neon eye shadows, outdated red lip colors and last year’s face paint from the bottom of your bathroom drawer. Before you start applying them, check expiration dates. If a package doesn’t have an expiration date, examine it for questionable odors and unusual consistencies, which may signal contamination. Toss aside any products that have gone bad; using them can trigger a reaction. *Always perform a patch test to determine if a product is safe for your skin. To do this, simply apply a bit of product to a hidden patch of skin – like behind your ear or along the inside of your arm – and allow it to dry. Examine the area for any signs of irritation, including redness, bumps or itchiness.
Irritated Peepers: Many Halloween costumes call for eye makeup that’s heavier than usual. Glitter, glow-in-the-dark paint and false lashes can leave your eyes irritated, itchy and uncomfortable. Prevent eye irritation with a few easy tips. Eye-saving solutions: Avoid applying costume makeup – including glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint – near the eyes, and always use products that are meant for the face. The glitter in your craft supplies probably contains harsh metallic materials that could damage the eyes. Also, use lots of caution when applying false lashes – especially if it’s not a normal part of your routine. Using too much glue can cause your real lashes to fall out when you remove the false ones. Remove them very gently, or better yet, skip them altogether. With all of the great mascaras on the market, you can create a dramatic eye without the potential pain and suffering.
Removing makeup: Your latex special effects can be peeled off. Gentle washing with soap and water should take care of any remaining latex, but do not use oily makeup removers. Heavier-than-usual regular makeup may require several applications of baby oil, cold cream, or the makeup removal product you typically use. Use a cotton ball to cleanse the delicate skin around the eyes. Rinse, repeat, but DON’T SCRUB, especially if your skin is sensitive! Rubbing can cause more irritation than the makeup. Many Halloween makeup kits sold at this time of year include a small supply of cold cream, because that’s what generally works on these products. If the makeup is oily, baby oil will remove it—oil adheres to oil. Again, don’t scrub! Most glitter will wash off in the shower (again, protect your eyes!). Any stubborn pieces can be peeled off with scotch tape. A thin application of shaving cream will remove fake blood.
Restore your skin: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. If your skin is on the drier side, use a hydrating mask before moisturizing, if oily use a clarifying mask. A nice exfoliant will help keep breakouts at bay and ensure fresh and vibrant skin after Halloween make up application! (My favorite is a scrub by Nuskin.) Or better yet, getting a professional facial is the ideal way restore your skin and pampering it for autumn. If you’re in the San Antonio, Texas area, give me a call! New clients can get a facial for only $40!
**Enjoy your favorite candy treats while minimizing the effects on your skin. Sugar can aggravate acne, so here are some candy indulging tips: Eat dark chocolate peanut M&M’s instead of Jelly Beans because you get a little protein in the nuts. Choose Snickers over Milky Way for the same reason. Dark chocolate is less harmful than milk chocolate, since it is higher in sugar and contains dairy, & has been linked to acne. Hope this helps on your candy selecting!
Play it safe when trick or treating and carry an antibacterial gel with you!
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It’s finally here! I know some of you have asked to order the new Galvanic Spa while there were unavailable. They couldn’t come in at a better time; get your skin holiday ready in the comfort of your own home with the new and more effective Galvanic Spa. This new FDA cleared Spa is a stronger current & works even better than the previous Spa device. It is technically a medical grade “tens unit” device and are used in doctor’s offices. The current works to stimulate circulation, strengthen elasticity, diminish fine lines, minimize breakouts, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. (Also allows ageLOC ingredients to penetrate deeply into the skin.) This device has been successful in my treatment room in my Galvanic Spa Facial and now this will be a household device. We can make a great team to keep your skin youthful and elasticity firm between your facial treatments in the studio and you using your Galvanic Spa at home.
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(If you are interested in residual income and the beauty business please contact me for more information about retailing the Galvanic Spa yourself!)
Galvanic Spas will out be out for retail in November at $499.
Pumpkin for breakfast, anyone?
10 slices white bread, cubed
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
2/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt 6 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 9×13-inch casserole
Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, and place the bread cubes into the dish. In a bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla extract, salt, eggs, milk, evaporated milk, and pecans. Pour the pumpkin mixture over the bread cubes. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Uncover and bake the casserole until the pumpkin mixture is set and a toothpick inserted into the center of the casserole comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
2 1/2 cups honey
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 (15 ounce) cans canned pumpkin
2/3 cup butter
1 cup strong brewed coffee
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup half-and-half cream
1 1/4 cups hot water
Stir the honey, sweetened condensed milk, canned pumpkin, butter, brewed coffee, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, maple syrup, half-and-half, and hot water together in a saucepan over low heat; simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture is fragrant and hot, about 20 minutes. Serve warm or hot.