Birdy’s Blue Clay Masque: Spa treatment or a Avatar Halloween costume?

Need a Halloween costume and a facial at the same time…check!

Put all the other wannabe Avatars to shame with my Blue Clay Masque with Spirulina and Honey. Talk about multiple uses. Birdy is a problem solver, as we know, with her 3-in-1 multiple use products but this takes the cake as far as killing 2 birds with 1 stone. (Eeww…not a fan of that expression.)

My Blue Clay masque with spirulina and honey is the perfect solution for your Halloween blues, get it, “blues”?

  • Spirulina has the highest level of chlorophyll, protein, minerals, enzymes and amino acids in any growing organism known to man. It help skin retain moisture and improve texture and elasticity.
  • MSM regenerates collagen while relieving stressed skin, irritation and inflammation.
  • Honey will hydrate and plump your skin.
  • Just add water or any liquid to the masque and apply. There are hundreds of variations you could do!
  • It’s 100% natural with no preservatives.
  • Apply a thin translucent layer to your face. Leave on for 5-30 minutes.

For all you budding Avatars, I can’t help you with the 9-foot body, the funny ears or the tail but if you want to talk like the Na’vi go here so you can say “I apologize for this moron” or “My nose is full of his alien smell.” You’ll be the blue belle of the Halloween ball. You can thank me later.

Wait…it’s a Room Spray AND a Zombie Repellant?

There I was in my kitchen, minding my own business…

trying to neutralize the smell of the fish tacos my husband cooked the night before. I grabbed my trusty bottle of Birdy Botanicals Nest Room Perfume with Orange, Clove and Cedar and exactly at that moment heard loud grunting and gnashing of teeth and the arhythmic, thumping cadence of someone (or some thing) climbing my back stairs, all announced by the acrid marriage of rotting meat, mildewed laundry and a hint of spearmint. What can I say—I develop beauty products.

Then it appeared.

A foul, malignant visage, trembling and screeching, with a face that looked like it had been removed, pulsed a few times in a Cuisinart and re-applied with a spatula.

Eeew. And it was at my back door and obviously was not a Jehovah’s Witness…

…at least any longer.

The essential oils repelled the rotting corpse, leaving freshness behind

The only weapon I had at my disposal was a Bialetti 2-cup espresso maker at arm’s length on the stove and the Nest Room Perfume spray bottle I still clutched in my right hand. Knowing I still might want a second Americano before beginning my day in earnest, I opted to use the Nest spray. I threw the door open and in one seamless action reflexively spritzed a generous cloud of Nest in what was formerly his face. Fully expecting to be devoured in the next moments, I prepared for my impending doom by closing my eyes and assuming a fetal position on my kitchen floor. The eery silence was accompanied by the lingering aroma of Clove, Orange and Cedar. Reminiscent of a fall morning in Vermont after a gentle rain—with zombies.

When I opened my eyes a few seconds later, the unwelcome pestilent visitor had vanished. I peered out the window in time to catch a glimpse of it heading into an alley rubbing it’s one, working eye and screaming like a 3rd grade girl.

Who knew we’d be using natural products to solve supernatural problems

That’s when I realized—this product I created to inject a little autumn ambience into the rooms of slightly hip, 20-55 year-old females  in the mid-to-upper demographic, could do double duty as a zombie repellant—and Zom-B-Gone was born.

A Birdy post-apocalyptic original, the spicy aromas of Birdy’s Zom-B-Gone are reminiscent of cool, crisp October mornings before the global plague or your Mom’s kitchen before she became one of the legions of walking dead. Zom-B-Gone will clear the air, might save your ass but will definitely leave you humming a happy tune. Because you’re alive.

Now it can be yours for only $12 a bottle. We calculate that one bottle will successfully repel anywhere from 1,500-2,000 walking dead, depending on size, degree of putrification, prevailing winds and aim.

WARNINGS!!

As I was describing to my husband how I thwarted the zombie in my kitchen, I got caught up in the moment and accidentally squirted the poor man in the face with Zom-B-Gone. The good news is now I can say it’s been tested on humans, the bad news is…well just don’t use it on humans. Trust me on this one. The ingredients are all natural but the reaction you get will sound anything but. Also, keep out of reach of children, living or undead.

Birdy’s new Anti-aging Eye Cream: It’s Anti-aging 2.0!


The day I was imagining my new fierce Anti-aging Eye Cream I was channeling Emeril. I was daydreaming about a product that was like my Anti-aging serum but “BAM!” turned up a notch…like anti-aging 2.0!

It has all the benefits of the Anti-aging Serum plus a couple extra bonuses:

  • DMAE for instance gratification and reduction of fine lines and sagging. With repeated use you keep fine lines from setting in.
  • Blue Green Algae to strengthen skin fibers and help regeneration of skin cells.
  • Hyalouronic acid for a major boost of elasticity and hydration.
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid is a very powerful antioxidant repairing damage from the environment.
  • Carrot, blue chamomile and fennel brighten skin tone and reduce swelling.

*For skin types: dry, mature, normal, oily and combination.

It can be used as an eye cream and around the upper and lower lips or as an all-over face serum. It’s gigantic 1 oz unit is an excellent value and full of effective ingredients for your skin! A little bit goes a long way.

*Birdy Disclaimer:
– Our Anti-aging Eye Cream contains a small amount of an exfoliant called “Malic Acid.” If you’ve got sensitive skin ask for a sample with your next order.
– Birdy’s not a huge Emeril fan so if you’re annoyed we don’t blame you.

Beauty from the Cupboard Tip: Got under-eye bags? Topical caffeine to the rescue!

Eye Circle ExtinguisherTea Bag

What do you do when a case of puffy eyes attack?!

I was getting ready for an event last night and I took one look at myself in the mirror and freaked out! I didn’t know who’s eyes were starring at me but they couldn’t possibly belong to me! Holy Frog-eyes Batman.It was ATTACK OF THE SWIM GOGGLES!

My workout gear got the best of me. I had gigantic, dark, bulging, god-awful bags under my peepers. Oh noooo! I can’t look like this. Ack!

I shoved a toothbrush in my mouth and ran into the kitchen. I had to have a cucumber around here somewhere. I rounded the corner from the hall to the kitchen and there was my tea bag from my morning cup sitting on the counter. Yessss!

Topical caffiene is perfect in this situation. Natch!

As I brushed teeth with one hand I stuck the tea bag under one eye and grumbled about how long this would take…I’m running late of course.

Results you ask?

In the time it took me to take care of my teeth, my eyes looked back to normal. It really worked that fast.

TIPS:

  • Go for the black or green teas. Caffeine is a key player to helping reduce swelling and lightening dark circles.
  • Use a COLD tea bag. This will also help the swelling. Whatever you do grasshopper, don’t use a hot tea bag on your eyes.

I finished up by using a Toner. I then applied some Anti-aging Face Serum and finished with Antioxidant Lotion. You could also use the Hydrating Lotion Jelly as an under eye jelly if you have some on hand.

Whew! Tragedy narrowly averted.

Tips for Seeing a Skin care Professional – It’s the Ultimate Gift for You!

Tips on Getting a Facial- the Ultimate Skin Care Gift for You!- Birdy Botancials

Getting a facial from a skin care expert can gives a boost to your regimen.

As the holiday season is rapidly approaching we all want to look our best. During the flurry this time of year we forget to concentrate on number one. Do something nice for yourself. You might want to treat yourself to a real facial from a professional esthetician.

Professional facials are a great way to improve your skin and get an expert opinion about whether your skin care routine is working for you. Here are a few tips if you decide to go for it.

  • Do your research. Make sure you are seeing a licensed esthetician.
  • If you book a specific facial be prepared that your skin care expert may suggest a different treatment after talking with you and looking at your skin.
  • Always tell them about allergies or sensitivities. Mention any oral or topical medications you are taking for your skin. Also, tell them if you use any AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids.) A good esthetician will ask you questions before they begin.
  • Don’t book a facial within a week of an important event. You don’t know how your skin will react to a treatment.
  • They may ask about your routine. You’ll get the best results if you’re honest with them. Don’t be shy.
  • Ask questions and to discuss what sort of results to expect.

Relax and enjoy because you deserve it! It’s important to do nice things for yourself. And Dudes! Facials aren’t just for the ladies…..

Here are some estheticians I’ve had personal experience with and had excellent experiences with each one.

London Elise at Soothe, San Francisco

Ellen Olson at Skin and Tonic, Oakland

Laura Semrau, Essential Skin Care and Reflexology, Chester, CA (Lake Almanor)(530)258-2585

Do yourself a favor and let a skin care professional pamper you and give you the gift of great skin all at the same time.

Organizing tips to get you back in the saddle

I love summer, but come Fall I am ready to refocus on my household routines.

As I take in what’s happened to my environment over the past three months I soon realize I need some fast, easy and cheap solutions to get my life renewed and back on track. In my opinion, cleaning and organizing is a major fun sucker. This girl wants more time to do what she loves, pampering herself!

While in my uncharacteristic Martha Stewart mood I discovered some ideas from Pinterest and other sources that helped me reuse, reduce, recycle and best of all, save time and money.

First, organize my cleaning routine:

  • Find a cleaning schedule online and reduce your cleaning to 15 minutes a day.
  • Get a totable plastic bin to hold all of your cleaning supplies (Protect your hands! Make sure it includes rubber gloves).
  • Finish what you start. The more consistent you are the easier it’ll be.

A couple of nifty tips to save green (money) and be green.

  • Keep a box of used, but clean, socks under the sink for quick and easy dusting.
  • Keep pretty bottles on your windowsill to dry washed ziploc and plastic bags.
  • Use newspaper to origami a compost container instead of buying expensive bags.
  • Check out my “Green Cleaning” Pinterest board for ideas on how to use less chemicals in your home.

Don’t let the fun suckers get you down! Now that you have extra time on your hands how about a face masque or mani-pedi?

DIY Body Scrub: Banish the Oily Shower Shmutz

Curse the oily body scrubs!

Nothing puts a bee in my bonnet faster than tossing old, unused products in the garbage. Buying products that don’t work is bad for the budget.

One of my product pet peeves as well as a clutter offender is those super-trendy sugar or salt body scrubs packed with loads of oil. I’m not saying they don’t do the trick but who wants to clean up a bathtub or shower that’s completely covered in grease? It’s a safety hazard and a pain-in-the-ass. So there’s another product that will sit in my cabinet unused.

Lesson learned and now my blood pressure is up.

A girlfriend of mine had a simple solution for my scrub dilemma. She spent some years in Japan and claimed the Japanese women use a mixture of honey and salt to scrub their bodies. The salt exfoliated and the honey left their skin soft and supple.

This is an easy and economical beauty regimen with ingredients from you have on hand in your cupboard. And, it works!:

Salt and Honey Exfoliating Scrub:

Start with 1/2 cup of salt or sugar and get yourself a honey bear for the shower. The nozzle on the honey bear will help keep the honey under control. Microwave it first for 10-15 seconds to get it to flow nicely but don’t make it too hot or it will burn your skin! Or let it warm up in the shower stream to get it flowing.

Put the honey in your hand with a handful of salt and start scrubbing. Repeat this until you have scrubbed all your parts. This is for the body only, never use this on your face. Once you are pretty and pink, rinse off.

Always moisturize after any type of body treatment. My 3-in-1 Antioxidant Lotion with lavender and white tea is a great choice, if I do say so myself.

Voila! No mess to clean up, no bees in the bonnet.

Birdy loves bees, just not in her hat.

Our organic Anti-Aging Face Serum is better than ever!

Face Serum IlloBirdy Botanicals Anti-aging Face Serum just got some new additions to it’s scent. I added jasmine, yarrow and fennel to give even more anti-aging benefits like a brighter skin tone.

People often ask me “What’s Birdy’s Anti-aging Face Serum got that the other don’t?” Well, come a little closer.

  • It’s got instant gratification: DMAE reduces fine lines and swelling for the day giving you instant results!
  • Ascorbyl palmitate (Vit. C ester) is a fat soluble forms of Vitamin C. It fights free radicals from the environment that kill and damage skin cells. (Free radicals have nothing to do with the 60’s so leave the hippies alone.)
  • The major power of essential oils. Eleven anti-aging essential oils give you reduction of fine lines, better skin tone and elasticity with in 30 days.

“What else” you ask? Want your cake and to eat it too?

  • Birdy Botanicals is always 100% guaranteed.
  • For all skin types including sensitive and mature.
  • Birdy Botancals Anti-aging Serum is under $30 at full retail price.

Finally, check out a Blog review from Mary Winkenwerder, with BRINK magazine. She calls the Anti-aging Face Serum a “Must have!”
Apply Serum after cleansing your face and before you moisturize. Didn’t you hear? The 40’s are the new 20’s?