Diet Related Illness

Just about everyone in Western culture grew up hating vegetables as toddlers. My 3 year old is in the habit of telling me every night that, “I’ll like vegetables when I’m big. We just have to wait.” (I don’t know where she even got that from.) As teenagers, many of us were much more likely to grab a bag of chips and a soda instead of a piece of fruit and some water. Unfortunately though, these same bad habits have trickled into our adult lifestyles. A combination of simply not liking healthy food, not having time to cook or thinking we don’t have enough money to eat right has had devastating effects.

Diabetes, hypertension, gout, heart disease and cancer as well as other diseases plague the fattest nation on earth. Back in 2012, heart disease alone killed more people than homicide, suicide and every strand of the flu combined. According to the CDC, every 5 minutes 16 adults are newly diagnosed with diabetes and 2 people die of diet related illness. As of June 2015 75% of men and 67% of women in North America are morbidly obese. Outside of that percentage, many fed and housed Americans are malnutritioned. Many people that have diet related diseased appear smaller but are still incredibly unhealthy. These facts are startling because these diseases are 100% preventable.

Health diseases we may suffer from and what we eat definitely is reflected in our hair, skin and nails. For example, if you don’t consume enough protein, it can result in alopecia, hair loss disease. If we consume too much sugar, it results in acne. A lack of water, or too much alcohol and soft drinks, results in dull skin. Lack of vegetables brings forth brittle nails. If you’re spending tons of money and time on pills, cream and beauty products that don’t work…chances are…you have some internal issues going on and need to look at changing your diet and fitness.

“Fat doesn’t taste as good as HEALTHY FEELS!”

So what now ?! There’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps. For those of us who are parents, it’s also a great way to set a pattern for our young ones. Here’s a list of 7 small, easy to do steps to challenge yourself with.

  1. Switch Lettuce for Spinach: They’re both basically tasteless and when fresh, you won’t really realize a difference. Spinach is nutrient rich while lettuce is mostly water.
  2. Apples Go With Everything: If you’re anything like me, you need to have something crunchy with every sandwich. Try an apple instead of a bag of chips!
  3. Explore: Get bored with the same old food all the time ? Go to the market and pick up any produce that you’ve never seen before and give it a try. You may really like it.
  4. Try to Avoid Any White Foods: Things like rice and potatoes are very starchy and turn into sugar which in turn, leads to belly fat.
  5. Have a Smoothie: It’s really no fun just drinking water. Many people turn to soda and juice out of boredom. Look up difference smoothie recipes to give yourself flavored beverages.
  6. Shop the Perimeter of the Grocery Stores: All of the junk is stored in the most common areas of the store; down the aisles, at eye level. Try circling the stores edges next time and see what you find.
  7. Ah love oil: Trade butter and lard for olive oil. Olive oil is one million times healthier and less fattening than butter is. So that your food isn’t bland, explore new seasonings.

It’s true that even if we eat healthy and exercise perfectly we won’t live forever. But why not make the most of your body and energy while you’re here ? Do you have any other suggestions or experiences with changing your lifestyle from horrible to healthy ? I’d love to hear it ! Drop a comment.

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For the past 10+ years I’ve been completely addicted to Bath and Body Works. What are my favorite scents you ask ? Dark Kiss, Black Raspberry Vanilla and Vanilla Bean Noel ! During the semi-annual sale (or whenever I’m itching to spend some money) I buy bags and bags full of soaps and lotions and perfumes and glosses to last me 6 months. How long does it actually last ? Ever. So what do I do ? Buy more. It would almost be easier for paychecks to be mailed directly to BBW every two weeks.

This is a story millions of consumers can relate to. BBW is a billion dollar company founded two and a half decades ago in Massachusetts. It’s part of Limited Brands, the same company that owns Victoria’s Secret. Their mission statement according to (because no statement or any useful information can be found on BBW’s website) is as follows: Limited Brands is committed to building a family of the world’s best fashion brands offering captivating customer experiences that drive long-term loyalty and deliver sustained growth for our shareholders.

They’ve definitely fulfilled the part about driving long term loyalty. But why is that ? There’s actually many reasons. Here, though, is a reason it is not: QUALITY.

Ever since starting my skin care line and changing the way I eat to eliminate processed food, I’ve become border line obsessed with ingredients. One of the craziest findings thus far, is that many cosmetics and processed foods actually share the same ingredients. Ingredients that’re actually banned in several other countries. The same ingredients that’re found in things like cleaners and rat poison as well. I hate to pick on what was once my absolute favorite company in the entire world…but it’s time to discuss their ingredients.

Glycerin: This ingredient is very popular in traditional soaps because it’s a humectant. It’s also used in the form of Nitroglycerin which is used to create dynamite. The pure form of the compound is glycerol, which is a type of alcohol. A small amount placed on the tongue would quickly cause blistering because it’s severely dehydrating.

Caprylic: This is specifically the fatty acid of coconut oil. It’s used in creams and topical solutions to kill fungus and bacteria.

Glyceryl Stearate SE: This is found in animal fats. Used to prevent freezing and crusting of lotions and creams.

DMDM Hydantoin & Diazolidinyl Urea: Both derivatives of formaldehyde. These ingredients are widely used by morticians to preserve corpses. It’s used in cosmetics to prevent them from spoiling. It’s also used in construction materials.

Dimethicone: This is a completely laboratory born agent. Silicone. It’s used to make cosmetics smooth. It’s often used in things like primers to fill in lines and wrinkles. That makes it comedogenic, which means that it causes blackheads due to blocking pores. It’s thick coat actually inhibits the skins natural process which makes it aging. It’s also non-biodegradeable.

Cetyl Alcohol: This is the waxy alcohol that you find in feces. It’s used as a thickener in cosmetics and often discouraged by dermatologists.

Phthalates: A carcinogen used as a preservative. It keeps your hairspray sticky and fungus out of your nail polish. It’s also used to make plastic flexible. This ingredient was banned in Europe back in 2003.

Petrolatum: Most commonly known as Vasaline, this is highly flammable. It’s insoluble and does not oxidize. It is not absorbed by the skin.

Triethanolamine: A man-made hormone disrupting chemical that has been linked to different types of cancer. It’s used to mask unwanted scents in cosmetics before fragrance is added. It’s made by reacting ethylene oxide with ammonia (like the cleaner) which are both highly toxic.

BHT: Used in jet fuel, embalming fluid and rubber, this is widely used in both foods and cosmetics to prevent autooxidization. This is a carcinogen that accumulates in the body tissue over time. It’s very harmful to all aquatic life and the human liver. Consumption of it increases the likeliness of abdominal issues and is recommended not to ever let it enter the environment alone. In long term experiments, this substance has produced tumors on the liver and toxic effects on the lungs.

I don’t know about you but this all definitely bothers me. The brands we’ve grown to trust and love are not looking out for consumer interest at all. One of the largest skin care company’s doesn’t even care about our skin. Many make the argument that there’s only small amounts of these chemicals in their items so it’s not a big deal but it can certainly add up quickly. Take me for example, Every single day for about 5000 days I’ve been using the body wash and lotion plus for the last 3000 wearing makeup that contained these same ingredients. PLUS almost my entire life eating processed foods with these ingredients. Oh the humanity !

So this is one of the reasons I got into using and then eventually making all natural and organic products. This along with changing what I eat too. What we eat positively contributes to the way our skin and hair look. You can see the ingredients that I use in my products and what they do here.
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So as far as my business goes, I’m back at it!!!! I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve added tons of new products and made it to where it’s all natural this time. I plan to make a living off my skin care product line one day and there’s no better time to start than now ! If you’d like to follow my business blog/site please click Here.

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And so I leave you now with a quote : Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

I’m back !

So, crazy story. Actually it’s pretty short and not that crazy. I have been locked out of my account for an entire 6 months. I signed up for the google authenticator which was supposed to make my website more secure. Fail. It did not. What it actually did was not work the way it’s supposed to and ban me from my website and my email address. That issue has finally been resolved.

In the meantime, I have started working on revamping my business. All products have been reanalyzed and the name is being changed to Tres Beau. I’ve also started a new blog that’s just all about positivity and happiness. You can visit it here. I would be forever grateful if you also subscribed to that one.

Since a lot has changed in the past 6 months, this website will be under construction some but I will certainly get back to posting !

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Every girl wants to look perfect. It’s natural for us to want to feel pretty, we like compliments, we love to look in the mirror some days and feel like Beyonce has nothing on us ! Today’s tips, however, have to do with feeling pretty on the inside first. I know what you’re thinking, organs and bones and blood are NOT attractive and putting lipstick on the inside of my lip is stupid *insert ‘duh’ facial expression*. That’s not what I mean ! The word of the day is -drumroll please-


What you feel and believe on the inside, radiates outside of you. Often insecurity is deemed as a childish feeling but this is a feeling we all get from time to time. So here are 5 things to think about for boosting confidence whether it’s just a bad hair day or a life long struggle.

Many people have a ‘type’. I happen to fawn over lean men with blue eyes and big smiles (Zac Efron). That doesn’t make every guy with brown eyes or green eyes ugly. So if you’re attracted to someone who is not attracted to you, don’t convince yourself it’s because you’re ugly. You just may not be that persons type. Or he could have thought you were absolutely gorgeous but your personalities didn’t click.

Sometimes we don’t feel pretty because we aren’t trying. Then we get upset that we didn’t try and feel even worse about ourselves. Some days I don’t even comb my hair if I’m feeling really lazy. If you have problems though with a lack of confidence, make promises to change… and keep the promises. For example, I may feel prettier when I wear gold eye shadow. So my commitment to myself would be that “I, Bunny, will wake up fifteen minutes earlier every work day to have time to put on some makeup.” Not only will you feel pretty, but you’ll have more confidence in yourself knowing that you achieved a small goal.

“Self, you’re looking mighty fine today!”
“Oh stahhhp!”
“No, really, your hair is in the most perfect bun I’ve ever seen, that lipstick brightens your smile and those earrings just scream sophistication !”
“Awwwww, thanks self. I know I keep you around for a reason.”
Just say nice things to yourself. But maybe not out loud…

We often will go to great lengths to try and hide things about ourselves. Once confronted with specifics about our flaws, we often cower into a corner so to speak. I say own it if you can’t change it !
Example A: “Your cheeks remind me of Sandy from Spongebob.” Not owning it would be to get offended and maybe cry later while pulling on your cheeks in the mirror.
Example B: “Your skin is so pale ! You should go tanning.” Owning it would be like, “Actually I like looking like a snow man plus I don’t want skin cancer.”
Owning your flaws boost your confidence for two reasons. You may realize it’s not even a flaw at all. What’s wrong with pale skin or chubby cheeks ???? Two, people can only offend you if you are insecure with whatever they mentioned. Confidence in the fact that a few imperfections don’t define your entire image will make you happier and more attractive all around.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Building self-esteem and confidence takes time. You just have have to start where you are and right NOW !

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Evening looks


Just about every girl likes the occasional night out on the town. I mean, what’s better on a Friday night than two of your favorite dolls and a caramel apple martini ?! But the real question is,


Alas, don’t you fret ! Here are 3 simple ideas to look your best for the evening.

1. less is more. If you’re a woman who loves her bracelets, necklaces, ear rings etc all at once…Stop. Stop it immediately. Choose one or two key pieces that look good with your outfit but don’t over power it. In the picture above, her bracelets and headband are NOT the first thing I noticed. Simply and elegantly, however, they pull her look together.

2. trust basic colors. Sometimes we shy away from black, white, gray and brown for fear of being too boring. For a nice night out nothing flashy is necessary. You can never go wrong with a little black dress. Black and white are super safe together as well. Again, unless you’re aiming to be the center of attention, less is more. If you’re feeling real jazzy, perhaps wear red or yellow accessories or carry a bedazzled clutch. Again for the picture above, our beautiful Ms Kelli Jo chose a perfect black and white outfit.

3.lipstick. Now you all know how much I love some lipstick! Having a simple outfit and a simple/neutral eye gives you PLENTY of room to play with your lip color. Nowadays, red is always safe. (Refer to my previous post on red lips). But don’t be afraid to try colors like pink and purple too!

So to all my chicas out there preparing to turn up or get their groove on (trying to appeal to all ages haha) keep these 3 tips in mind. If you have any tips of your own, please feel free to comment.

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Bold Hair Color

red hair

When it comes to expressing yourself hairetically ( totally just made that word up ) many of us gregarious, extroverted bursts of bubbly energy folk choose to go bold. Reds, pinks, blues and purples are to die for ! …for maybe a week after you get it. Depending on how often you shampoo your hair, those beautiful hues can fade pretty quickly. So today I have compiled 5 tips on how to get your vibrantly shaded locks to last at least a tad bit longer.

1. Pay Attention To Your Shampoo!

The best way to keep your hair color bolder for longer is to shampoo it less often. If you’re hair is thinner and/or finer than most other peoples it may get pretty oily every other day. Try alternatives such as dry shampoo or one that’s sulfate free! Many shampoos do use sulfate which unfortunately eats the color from your hair as well as moisture. This will leave it  dry and dull. No one wants that.

2. Rinse Your Hair Out With Cold Water!

Heat opens up your pores and cuticles and basically the hair color falls right out. So when you do wash your hair it’s best rinse it with cooler water. It doesn’t have to be ice cold water. As an added over all hair benefit. Cold water flattens the cuticles which leaves your hair smoother.

3. Before Coloring, Wash With Clarifying Shampoo!

If you put product in your hair every day or you use oils to keep your hair hydrated, it’s best to use a clarifying shampoo the day before. Having your hair completely clean helps the color to penetrate deeper thus making it last longer.

4. Let It Air Dry!

This is basically the same reason as rinsing it with cold water. Using a blow dryer and a flat iron both will suck the color out of your hair. So choosing just one of those or leaving them both alone will help tremendously !