This Ingredient is Sabotaging Your Skin Care


Why is it that we apply lotion only to have to reapply it over and over throughout the day? The answer may surprise you…

This year I learned something shocking about the products I was using. As someone who has always loved all-things-beauty, I consider myself very knowledgeable of both the scientific world and the natural world when it comes to skin care. But I was not expecting to find out that one seemingly harmless ingredient in virtually all products that line the shelves of every conventional store was part of a widespread problem keeping men and women from achieving their ideal skin.

So, what is the widespread flaw that is setting us all back from achieving the youthful, glowing skin we all crave? It is one single ingredient that does not belong in skin care…

Can you guess what it is?


You may be thinking, “Is this woman crazy? Water isn’t harmful.” You’re right. Water isn’t harmful except for when it is one of the primary ingredients in your products. Let me explain.

There are TWO reasons why water should not be in your products.

  1. Like attracts like. Water attracts water. The water in your lotion is pulling the moisture out of your skin and evaporating into the air.
  2. If a product contains water it needs chemicals and preservatives (many of which are harmful) to keep that water “stable” or to mix it with other ingredients.

So let’s talk about point #1– like attracts like.

You may remember from science class that like attracts like. You know that oil and water do not mix, they repel each other. Conversely, oil attracts oil and water attracts water. Every time you apply water-based lotion the water contained in your skin is being pulled out and evaporates into the air.

No on to point #2. A fellow blog page on PrimalLifeOrganics summed it up perfectly as follows:

“Further, if water is the first ingredient on the label, it is likely that 75–95 percent of what’s in the tube is simply water. If that product contains any oils (and most natural products do), an emulsifier is necessary to make the water and oil mix and not separate. Most common emulsifiers in skincare include cetyl alcohol and sorbitan oleate, stearyl alcohol, stearic acid and triethanolamine. 

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) is a common emulsifier used in products that foam (shampoo, detergents, bubble bath, etc.) as well as in toothpaste.  SLS promotes the formation of a group of carcinogenic compounds called nitrosamines. SLS also damages the epidermis and causes skin irritation. Children who soak in a tub of bubble bath, for instance, are especially vulnerable to urinary infections caused by SLS.

If an emulsifier is present, preservatives are always included to keep the product from spoiling, and parabens are the most common preservative. Parabens promote the production of estrogen and are increasingly linked to early puberty in girls. Naturally occurring parabens are found in some foods that are metabolized in the body (by the liver), lessening their estrogen-production effects.

One of the most common preservatives is the group of synthetic parabens. Unfortunately, synthetic parabens cannot be metabolized like naturally occurring ones. They increase estrogen production, disrupt hormone functions, and cause DNA damage.

Parabens are directly linked to breast cancer and cause negative reproductive effects in both females and males. Because of the vast array of cosmetics women use, it is estimated that women absorb about 50mg of synthetic parabens every day. And here’s a dose of irony: parabens in skincare products promote skin aging.”

Here is a short list of commonly used products which primarily consist of water: shampoo, conditioner, tanning lotions, moisturizers, hair spray, liquid eyeliner, mouthwash, mascara, toothpaste, and shaving products.

So, in conclusion, if water, emulsifiers, and preservatives are part of the product, you are putting harmful ingredients on your skin and perpetuating the cycle of dry skin by using products that pull the water back our of your skin! And don’t forget, if you were to take away the water, emulsifiers, and fillers, in most commercial products, the active ingredients would be between 2 and 25%! That means you are paying more for fillers than the actual product.


If all of this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. It can be shocking to learn that you may have wasted so much time, energy, and money on products that not only didn’t work for you, but were not safe to use on your skin, and full of filler ingredients.

Fortunately, I found a company that has made it easy to get all the essential beauty products you need to avoid unwanted chemicals and toxins and start achieving amazing glowing & youthful skin. The company was founded by master herbalist, Jaime Cross, who was determined to prove that natural products can be powerful and potent in healing skin issues. 10 years later, she is pioneering a movement towards true beauty that is catching fire all over the nation. To learn more visit the tab at the top of the page titled BEAUTY or click here: You don’t want to miss out on a chance to try these products that are creating skin healing and nourishment for tens of thousands of customers everywhere.

For questions or comments, please contact me over on the CONTACT tab at the top of the page! I’d love to answer your questions!

Happy Beautifying,

Covered in Scarlet

Is Your Direct Selling Company Overly Crowded?


Have you ever had this happen? You’re scrolling in a Facebook mom group, when suddenly an unsuspecting mother makes a post about needing to know where she can find some essential oils and BAM. A dozen other mothers whip out their link before you get a chance to?

Or maybe someone posts about needing good skincare and as your mouth starts salivating to type a comment as fast as you possibly can, more comments flood the innocent woman’s post and—sigh, your heart drops when you see that she agreed to go with your already popular skincare company… but through someone else.

I see it happening and I can’t help but think that it has to be an extremely frustrating place to be. If you’re already aware of the beauty of network marketing then you know that social selling is an amazing business model. But one of the biggest problems is how quickly some companies grow and fill the market. Suffice to say, it is very RARE to find a company with massive potential BEFORE it explodes.

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This year 2020, a 10-year-old successful company launched into social selling. They are ready to share a huge slice of the pie with you. They are still relatively unheard of, but with a raving happy customer base it is poised to become a billion dollar company in a few years. That means there is plenty of room for you to build while competition is extremely low.

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THE Most Powerful Natural Ingredient for Skin


I am willing to bet that 90% of people have not heard about the importance of this powerful ingredient from nature, that does NOT come from plants. Many people know about oils, hyaluronic acid, retinoids, and more for being the most powerful tools in anti-aging and beautiful skin. But there is a substance found in nature that surpasses all.

Can you guess what it is?

It’s farm fresh beeswax.

Teeming with living, activated compounds, vitamins, and minerals that nourish the skin, farm fresh beeswax is unlike anything else out there and it has been used since ancient times. So what is so special about farm fresh beeswax and why is it crucial to healthy, beautiful skin?

  • Beeswax heals and protects the skin
  • Does not clog pores
  • It is naturally high in Vitamin A which helps with cell turnover, reconstruction, and health
  • It is a humectant, meaning it pulls moisture from the air into your skin
  • Combats aging due to the loss of moisture
  • Provides a protective barrier on skin
  • Creates a healthy looking glow
  • Fights bacteria and inhibits fungal growth
  • It’s antiseptic qualities help treat acne
  • Helps with eczema, rosacea, skin spots and more mentions that a study was done comparing beeswax to conventional products:

“A 2018 study even found that natural products, such as beeswax, were far superior to the management of sensitive skin than skincare products with synthetic ingredients. Natural products minimized the chances of skin irritation while still providing soothing benefits.”

Not All Beeswax is Equal

Some companies have included “beeswax” in their products and you will see this listed as cera alba on the label, but this is beeswax that has been bleached and denatured and does not include the essential skin beautifying ingredients! The only way to reap all the benefits of pure beeswax is to get it farm fresh. So where can you find farm fresh beeswax? After all, not many of us have the luxury of living near an apiary.

This year I came across an outstanding company that produces an entire collection of skincare products made with farm fresh beeswax and other 100% natural ingredients. Every thing they make is chemical free and non-toxic, but extremely potent. When I used the products for myself I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of it.

So! If you are ready to upgrade to premium natural products that will transform your skin you can shop directly through my store link below. By shopping through my store you will be able to get 20% when you choose products on Subscribe N Save. This is our autoship feature, but don’t worry, you can pause or cancel at ANY time. I usually don’t like subscriptions but I love having one less thing to worry about and I look forward to my beauty products every month.

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Our Weekend Getaway

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Last weekend my husband and I took our almost one-year-old up the coast the coast of California to see some friends and tour the great San Francisco. It was an unforgettable trip with the awe-inspiring coastline, the perfect sunny weather in the city, and the good times had with friends.

The Day I Said “I Do”

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On April 3, 2014 a handsome man named Jason insisted I go on a date with him. I had been in the middle of college coursework, finishing my B.A. degree in Psychology. His rugged good looks and gentlemanly charm made it impossible to say no. We met for drinks at the Blue Agave in Santa Barbara that evening.

I can’t explain what the conversation was like, only that from that very first date, I felt like I had met the perfect guy. Our conversation had substance from the very first date and he encourage me to pursue my dreams like no one ever had encouraged me to pursue them before.

Fast forward to June 27, 2015 and we had a dreamy wedding day with less than 40 guests. For our honeymoon we whisked off to Santa Barbara and spent the weekend drinking chardonnay on the beach, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the city we fell in love in.

Today we live a beautiful life in the city of Ventura, California with my stepson, Isaac, baby boy Declan, and our little puppy Violet. Our lives in California are so blessed… I mean, who could complain living within a few miles of the beach? Life is a dream and my wedding photos constantly remind me of that. Perhaps that is why I love to capture other people’s wedding days. There is nothing like having a job where you have to show up to a happy, love-filled celebration each time you work. It is a dream job–my dream job, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to photograph people’s special day.

My First Wedding

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I’ll never forget when I haphazardly threw an ad up on Craigslist offering wedding photography services as a 21 year old, with a basic Canon T2i camera and no wedding photography experience.

I was living in Santa Barbara finishing my B.A. in Psychology and nannying for a family in Goleta. I lived in a tiny studio-sized apartment nestled in my landlord’s backyard. It was technically a “grandmother’s quarters” and they rented it out to me for a very low price because they were my boss’ best friends.

Like any other day glancing through my emails I noticed one that caught my eye– a response to my Craigslist ad. I eagerly read the email from a wedding planner who said her best friend was having a small beach wedding and backyard reception and that an amateur photographer’s work would be just fine for this wedding. She had seen other photos of mine– weird, artsy, abstract photos from my art classes at Biola University and novice photography of family and friends.


She set the price and I was shocked. It was much higher than I would have ever asked for as an unexperienced photographer. The price now would probably be about the price I would do for about 4 hours of photography.

It was such a major achievement in my books. To this day I still marvel that someone took a chance on me and gave me my first wedding experience. I learned so much from that wedding and all the weddings after.

When I look back I can think of all the mistakes I made. I knew so little. I find it funny that my first wedding happened to be one of the most difficult lighting situations a photographer can get–harsh sunlight at midday.


Yep. Their beach ceremony was during the brightest and hottest part of the day at the Refugio State Beach.

Back then I actually thought bright sunlight was great for photos. Ha! How wrong I was.

But by the grace of God I managed to get decent photos (perhaps I used Auto…I can’t remember) and I was able to provide my client with enough great photos for them to cherish forever.

One thing is for sure, I have learned so much over the course of all the weddings I’ve done.

Taylor Jackson, the hot shot Canadian photographer and YouTuber, pointed out the importance of editing your own photos. In having to edit his own photos in the beginning it taught him what mistakes he was making and how to correct his photographing skills. I couldn’t agree more. The old cliche is true–it’s all about learning from your mistakes and growing from it.

I’m so grateful for all the wedding experience I’ve had so far and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with others!