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GG Candles Chakra Energy Candles

Perhaps you’ve noticed…we now live in the world of candles with triple digit price tags. While these designer candles look and smell great, it seems slightly insane to take a flame to such a costly item. I was therefore elated when, a few years ago, my dear friend Isabel introduced me to GGCandles. Not only do these candles smell fantastic and last for months, but they also serve a higher purpose. Best of all, they do so for a fraction of the cost of those fancier candles. I spoke with Gilah Guroivtsch, creator of GGCandles, about her creative process and how to pick the perfect candle for you.

TB: You’re not only a skilled esthetician, but also a talented candlemaker. How did your skin care practice inspire you to create candles?

GG: I have been a practicing esthetician for almost two decades. I’m known for my signature facials that I created years ago that incorporate my healing arts into each treatment. All my treatments have always been customized for each individual – for the needs of the skin at that moment. As a single mother of two young girls, at times I found it very difficult to provide for them. This lead me to think out of the box with my business. One day I was in a treatment, and as always, burning a random candle. I was staring at the candlelight and thought, what if I made my own candles? I could start an all natural environmentally friendly line.

Chakra Energy Candles

I remember thinking how great it would be to create a chakra energy candle to support the individual energies of each client I was treating. After many sleepless nights and MANY pounds of soy wax, my candles began to come to life. After 4 years of non-stop work, I have created a collection of healing candles that include The Seven Chakras Series as well as a general line of seasonal and holiday candles. I began to use the candles while working on clients and it did not take long before my clients took a liking to them and started asking how they could buy them.

TB: How do you create the “recipes” for your healing formulas?

GG: My passion is in the healing candles. After many years of studying the seven chakra energies, it was very important to get the right fragrances to support the different energy points. Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils and other aromatic compounds, for the purpose of altering one’s mood, cognitive, psychological and/or physical wellbeing. We have a multitude of senses. The five traditionally recognized are sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. Smell, the olfaction, is the only sense that goes straight to the brain. That’s why, in the most simplest way of explaining the aromatherapy, it has such an instant effect. A well-chosen energy candle can make a huge difference in how my clients are feeling during a treatment – or anywhere else for that matter. The chakra energies are referred to by name, color or number. GGCandles are all clearly labeled for each one.

TB: When choosing a candle, should people be guided by what they think they need or by what scent they are drawn to? For instance, I love the Abundance candle. Is this because I am searching for abundance in life?

GG: Everyday I am asked how to pick the right candle, or asked to pick the one I think is right for a client. I think that usually you are attracted to some fragrances more than others, and that is usually the chakra energy point where you need support. They are all designed for you to easily understand and learn about the chakras. You might not be in the mood for an ancient patchouli, but if your first chakra is in need of support, you might automatically be attracted to it. The Second Chakra Abundance Candle is one of the most popular as we all need support in our creative, emotional fulfillment, riches and balance departments. This support might make a big difference in all these different aspects. When you believe, it all happens. I always recommend choosing the candle that most appeals to you, whatever the name, color or fragrance. Once you learn more about the different energies and healing fragrances, you will know which one is for you.

TB: Any new candles you’re excited about and/or working on?

GG: As the light is shared, I’m inspired to create new candles. I’m happy to say that cold winter months are known to be the high season for candle burning. I am working on a new candle called Selfie that will be out for Valentines Day 2015. It is a candle meant to boost self-esteem and self-love that we so often seem to loose. The fragrances are going to support the different energy points to lift and bring you up.

After many years of hard work, today GGCandles are sold around the world. GGCandles are all natural soy, phthalate free and fragrance oil infused with essential oils. All our candles are white (no dyes), have a cotton wick and are hand poured to assure the highest quality.

To order these fabulous candles for yourself, visit Gilah’s website.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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Emma Hardie Skincare & Beauty

It must be something in the water. First, we brought you British beauty brand Heaven Skincare by Deborah Mitchell…and it immediately became our best selling brand. Now we are bringing you yet another female-founded, luxury UK skin care brand, already a cult classic across the pond. Allow us to introduce you to Emma Hardie Skincare.

About Emma Hardie

Emma Hardie’s passion and commitment to advancing new approaches in the field of alternative health developed from her own experiences during a long and debilitating period of illness which left her with a serious loss of muscle tone. Choosing to forge her own naturally-minded path back to health, Emma healed and rejuvenated not just her body, but also her face, using nothing more than her body’s own self-healing process. Inspired by her restored health and renewed, lifted and reshaped facial contours, Emma became an aesthetician specializing in aromatherapy and restorative health and beauty. She then went on to research the science behind cell healing.

It All Started With a Facial

In 1996, Emma introduced her highly acclaimed, non-invasive Natural Lift and Sculpting Facial, which delivers firmer, plumper skin without harsh ingredients or invasive techniques. Emma’s goal was (and is) to end the search for a “miracle in a bottle” product, and to instead focus on natural alternatives that make the skin more resilient during the aging process.

Amazing Face Skincare System

In 2009, Emma introduced her award-winning Amazing Face skincare system – a complete natural facial rejuvenation collection. Designed to help instantly smooth and lift tired, stressed skin, Amazing Face is Emma’s capsule skincare system of multi-tasking, essential daily products. These products combine Emma’s passion for skin care with the benefits of using natural botanicals. Emma’s in-depth knowledge of the skin’s anatomy has made her one of the UK’s pioneering facial specialists.

Travel Beauty Favorites

Here are just a few of Emma Hardie’s standout products now available at Travel Beauty.

Moringa Cleansing Balm – Just as Heaven Skincare has its superstar Bee Venom Mask, so too does Emma Hardie have a standout, must-have product. The multiple award-winning Moringa Cleansing Balm was a cult classic and celebrity favorite almost instantly. One use and you’ll see why…I’ve been raving about this cleanser for months! You can use it as a cleanser, face mask, hair mask/serum and even to soothe sunburnt skin. Every Balm comes with a washable, dual-textured cleansing cloth for deep cleaning and exfoliation. Its impressive list of active botanical ingredients (from Sweet Almond Oil to Wild Sea Fennel Extract), makes it the most pampering and nourishing facial cleanser you will ever use. If you have a skin care addict in your life, it makes a wonderful gift.

Midas Touch Face Serum – This super-serum is the latest addition to the Emma Hardie Amazing Face collection. It contains a potent blend of firming, toning and radiance boosting botanicals. It can be used on the entire eye area – including the eyelid – to firm, tone and brighten the delicate skin there.

Luxury Superskin Face & Body Hamper – This set covers every beauty base, from face to feet, with eight products in all: Moringa Cleansing Balm, an eye cream, night cream, hand and nail cream, body wash, body lotion, body oil and an exfoliating body towel. Emma’s body care products are every bit as luxurious as her face products and all have her signature jasmine-infused scent. You – or anyone you gift this to – is in for a treat.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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Interview With Gilah Guroivtsch of GGSkin and GGCandle

“Let the light from these candles be a reminder of the bright light within you.”

- Gilah Guroivtsch 

gilah-guroivtsch-ggskin-ggcandlePerhaps you’ve noticed…we now live in the world of candles with triple digit price tags. While these candles look and smell great, it seems slightly insane to take a flame to such a costly item. I was therefore elated when, a few years ago, my dear friend Isabel introduced me to GGCandles. Not only do these candles smell fantastic and last for months, but they also serve a higher purpose and do it all for a fraction of the cost of these fancier candles. I spoke with Gilah Guroivtsch, creator of GGCandles, about her creative process and how to pick the perfect candle.

TB: As an esthetician and now talented candle maker, how did your skin care practice inspire you to create candles?

GG: I have been a practicing esthetician for almost two decades. I’m known for my signature facials that I created years ago that incorporate my healing arts into each treatment. All my treatments have always been customized for each individual – for the needs of the skin at that moment. As a single mother of two young girls, at times I found it very difficult to provide for them. This led me to think out of the box with my business. One day I was in a treatment, and as always, burning a random candle. I was staring at the candlelight and thought, what if I made my own candles? I could start an all natural environmentally friendly line.

Chakra Energy Candles

I remember thinking how great it would be to create a chakra energy candle to support the individual energies of each client I was treating. After many sleepless nights and MANY pounds of soy wax, my candles began to come to life. After 4 years of non-stop work, I have created a collection of healing candles that include The Seven Chakras Series as well as a general line of seasonal and holiday candles. I began to use the candles while working on clients and it did not take long before my clients took a liking to them and started asking how they could buy them.

TB: How do you create the “recipes” for your healing formulas?

GG: My passion is in the healing candles. After many years of studying the seven chakra energies, it was very important to get the right fragrances to support the different energy points. Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils and other aromatic compounds, for the purpose of altering one’s mood, cognitive, psychological and/or physical wellbeing. We have a multitude of senses. The five traditionally recognized are sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. Smell, the olfaction, is the only sense that goes straight to the brain. That’s why, in the most simplest way of explaining the aromatherapy, it has such an instant effect. A well-chosen energy candle can make a huge difference in how my clients are feeling during a treatment – or anywhere else for that matter. The chakra energies are referred to by name, color or number. GGCandles are all clearly labeled for each one.

TB: When choosing a candle, should people be guided by what they think they need or by what scent they are drawn to? For instance, I love the Abundance candle. Is this because I am searching for abundance in life?

GG: Everyday I am asked how to pick the right candle, or asked to pick the one I think is right for a client. I think that usually you are attracted to some fragrances more than others, and that is usually the chakra energy point where you need support. They are all designed for you to easily understand and learn about the chakras. You might not be in the mood for an ancient patchouli, but if your first chakra is in need of support, you might automatically be attracted to it. The Second Chakra Abundance Candle is one of the most popular as we all need support in our creative, emotional fulfillment, riches and balance departments. This support might make a big difference in all these different aspects. When you believe, it all happens. I always recommend choosing the candle that most appeals to you, whatever the name, color or fragrance. Once you learn more about the different energies and healing fragrances, you will know which one is for you.

TB: Any new candles you’re excited about and/or working on?

GG: As the light is shared, I’m inspired to create new candles. I’m happy to say that cold winter months are known to be the high season for candle burning. I am working on a new candle called Selfie that will be out for Valentines Day 2015. It is a candle meant to boost self-esteem and self-love that we so often seam to loose. The fragrances are going to support the different energy points to lift and bring you up.

After many years of hard work, today GGCandles are sold around the world. GGCandles are all natural soy, phthalate free and fragrance oil infused with essential oils. All our candles are white (no dyes), have a cotton wick and are hand poured to assure the highest quality.

The next few days are very busy, shipping out last minute holiday orders and preparing for a private event at The New York Sotheby’s holiday fair.

To order these fabulous candles for yourself, visit Gilah’s website.

BY: CLAIRE MCCORMACK @clairemcmack

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Why Going Vegetarian Is Good For Your Body & The Planet

Having worked with thousands of women one-on-one as their makeup artist and esthetician, I get asked the same questions over and over. Upon finding out I am a vegetarian, they usually ask, “How do you get your protein?”, followed by “What do you eat?”, “Do you eat fish?”, and often, “What made you go vegetarian?” I have many reasons for going vegetarian, but the main one is I am an animal advocate. I truly believe that being vegetarian is a way to achieve beauty from the inside out.

Why I Became a Vegetarian

When my dog died 19 years ago, I was so distraught. At that time, I came across a book that opened my eyes to the suffering animals endure at the hands and mouths of humans. I decided then that I would give up meat as a tribute to my dog. I have not eaten meat since. Then about 8 years ago I read the book Skinny Bitch, which argues that dairy has to go as well (I am not a complete zealot and will occasionally eat a little cheese).

It’s Healthy

Over the years I have continued to educate myself on how eating animal products has killed more people than all the world wars combined. Not only heart disease, but also many forms of cancer are directly correlated to meat consumption. As meat consumption has risen over the years so have our death rates, and as other countries have followed our lead and started consuming more and more animal products, their death rates have risen as well.

It’s Environmentally Sustainable

Several years back at an Animal Rights convention, I came across a DVD called EATING. This documentary outlines how eating meat is the #1 cause of death as well as the demise of our planet through the greenhouse gases the industry creates. Greenhouse gases destroy the environment and our rainforests at an alarming degree. Both Bill Clinton and Steve Wynn went vegan after watching EATING, and both have been vocal with their support of this movement. When Al Gore wrote An Inconvenient Truth, he missed this larger issue, but since has also become vegan.

Vegetarianism & Beauty

How does all this relate to our outer beauty? Of course when we are healthier it shows in our skin as well as how we fit in our skinny jeans. Vegetarians on average weigh 25 pounds less than meat eaters. I hope that my makeup clients will be open to my bigger message after I educate them. The repeated questions they ask me about everything else I do makes me think they are looking for answers. My hope is that I can teach them that how and what we eat is literally killing our beautiful planet and us.

I truly love nothing more than having die-hard meat eaters come to my house and tell me how much they love a vegetarian meal I’ve made. From the gym to happy hour to Facebook, I continually have people confess that they are very curious about the idea of giving up meat, and most people have a story of a niece, daughter or friend that did it and inspired them. I had one friend lose 60 pounds after I told them to just try a vegan “diet”. After she lost the weight, she never did go back to eating meat! Of course, after seeing the numbers on the scale go down and the general feelings of health and wellbeing go up, most people who try a vegan diet will make it their everyday lifestyle.

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The above views are those of M.B. York and do not necessarily represent those of Travel Beauty.

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M.B. York Beauty Ammo Kit – Eye Beauty Secrets

Having been based in Scottsdale, Arizona as a make up artist, esthetician and spa owner for many years, I specialize in working with dry, dehydrated and sun-damaged skin. When I started out as a make up artist over 20 years ago, I struggled with the fact that no matter how great I could make someone look with make up, if they had major crow’s feet, dark circles, and/or under-eye puffiness, it didn’t seem to matter. All you would notice was the eye area problem(s). Often, the concealer and/or powder and/or foundation would make the problem(s) worse. Noticing that almost every woman that walked in my spa had this issue, I set about creating a solution.

Is Your Concealer and Powder too Cakey?

These issues affect women everywhere. I have done make up for women in LA, New York, Orlando, Dallas, Vegas and many cities in between, and I have heard (and seen) how powder and concealer cakes into fine lines and makes them look worse. Even young girls in their late teens and early twenties seem to have crows feet and “feathering” under the eyes. Whether a woman has a small issue or a large issue with dry skin and dark circles, she wants help. Our confidence is increased when we look in the mirror and like what we see.

Step I: Pump It Up, Leave It On!

My Beauty Ammo Kit started with the first step, the “Pump it up, Leave it on” Collagen Eye Mask. Most eye creams just absorb and then disappear into the skin. There is a dearth of rich enough, hydrating enough products available for this area. I created my eye mask to be richer than anything else on the market, using collagen and shea butter to create a buttery, primer-type look and feel. The trick is to apply the eye mask in a thick white layer that stays on all day. There is no other leave-on eye mask available. It not only makes the skin look instantly younger, but also gives the added benefit of continually hydrating skin. A lot of lines and wrinkles are dehydration lines, and these are virtually eliminated with my Collagen Eye Mask.

Step II: Line Putty

The next step is my Line Putty. For years, I tried to create the perfect line filler product, but had a hard time getting the product to adhere to the skin properly. When I finally created my Line Putty, then pressed it into the skin with a sponge over my Collagen Eye Mask, the result was instantly smooth and wrinkle-free skin. The chamomile I added to the Line Putty is very soothing, and the witch hazel helps relieve puffiness. Another benefit of steps 1 and 2: my clients say applying these prodtcs feels like a mini-spa treatment…very calming and soothing. Any concern they had of it feeling too heavy is replaced with surprise at how good it feels. Then they look in the mirror and are amazed with the results.

Step III: Camouflage Eye Disguise

Now that the skin is totally hydrated and prepped, I add step 3, my best selling concealer, Camouflage Eye Disguise. After steps 1 & 2, you can now use a lot more concealer than you normally would, sweeping it across under the eyes and on the lid as a base for eye shadow. You get far better, natural-looking coverage without worrying about accentuating fine lines. My Camouflage Eye Disguise concealer works on all skin types, colors, and tones. For best results, it is really important to use a sponge to blend it in, so I included sponges in the Beauty Ammo Kit for foolproof application.

Heather Mills & Kelly Ripa

Since launching the Beauty Ammo Kit, I have sold tens of thousands in spas and salons around the US. I’ve sold Beauty Ammo on HSN, Ideal Vitality TV in London and in Henri Bendel. While doing an event at Henri Bendel, I met Heather Mills, who was shopping with her make up artist. He was so impressed with my Beauty Ammo Kit that he immediately called Kelly Rippa’s make up artist to share the dramatic results.

Celebrities Using M.B. York’s Beauty Ammo Kit

I often get called onto sets to apply Beauty Ammo on celebrities such as Jane Lynch, Jamie Lee Curtis, Martin Sheen, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Kevin Bacon before the make up team does their make up. I was also recently asked for Beauty Ammo for Valerie Bertinelli, Betty White, Jane Leeves and Wendy Malick on the set of Hot in Cleveland. Actors love Beauty Ammo because it makes them look great for hours and allows them to avoid the constant touching up of powder throughout the day, which usually leads to the accentuation of fine lines.

After training the Dancing With the Stars make up team on how to use Beauty Ammo, they said it made Chloris Lechman look 30 years younger. The makeup team said it is “definitely one of our beauty secrets that the entire cast and crew loves.” Even the judges, Carrie Ann, Leni and Bruno love Beauty Ammo!

Beauty Ammo Kit is Easy to Use at Home

Another great benefit of my Beauty Ammo Kit is that you can apply it by itself in less than one minute. Even if you don’t like to wear foundation or make up elsewhere on your face, your entire eye area will be hydrated, fresher and brighter all day long.

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