Sunday, August 29, 2010

Update on our Internet Issues & upcoming Blog Special

So it looks like our Internet issues are resolved!

Our service was actually performing back to normal about Wednesday last week and we were very close to putting up a Blog Special but then we got notification that our website builder was upgrading our website this weekend and that our site might be unavailable for 10-30 minutes.

Because a different website builder has said the same thing and actually taken 24 hours (why I am not with them now!), I decided not to take the chance and make sure the upgrades went well. After all, you never know how smoothly these things go and didn't want to find my website all in a jumble in the midst of a sale where there is usually an increase in order volume!

Well, the good news is it truly is even more awesome than ever! More of it is on my end but one of the benefits for you all, my prized customers, is it is now Mobile friendly! So if you have an iPod, iPhone, iPad, Palm Pre, or Android based device, you'll get a screen like you see on the left side that will make ordering much easier if you are "on the go!" So cool!!!

You can still switch to the Standard view, FYI, you just scroll to the bottom and click on "Standard View" if that is what you prefer

Thanks everyone for being patient with your Internet issues last week. We are crossing our fingers that we can get up our Clearance items up before the weekend is here; we are working as hard as possible to get them done and up on the site. At the very least, we'll get up a Blog Special (hint: brushes) by the middle of this week. :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BLOG ONLY Birthday Special!!!!

Until Sunday, August 22 (or while supplies last), awG is running a Birthday BLOG ONLY special kit of Franchesca's favorites!

Why, you may ask??? Well, today (the 18th) is her birthday! And like the Oil of Olay commercials say, she'd like to "grow old Gracefully" by offering you a special price on some of her top favorites. This is what she makes sure is packed before leaving on any overnight trip:

Premium Small Dual Fiber brush ($16.99 value) - For the best blush/glow application!
Premium Flat Top brush ($9.49 value) - For a super smooth foundation application!
Ingenue Round Contour ($4.27 value) - For applying color to the crease with ease!
Ingenue Fine Liner ($4.11 value) - The best brush for eyeliners, esp. if you love the "cat-eye" look!
Ingenue Oval Shadow ($4.63 value) - For the best all over eye application!
Blush/Shimmer Blush of your choice (7.99 value) - For all day color with the most natural colors!
Premium Eyecolor of your choice ($5.49 value) - The most velvety eye shadows ever!
Foundation of your choice ($13.49 value) - The ultimate base!
Luscious Lip Balm ($3.49 value) - To keep your lips hydrated throughout the day!

Get all the items listed above for: $41.97 (40% off Regular Prices)!!!

CLICK HERE to see BLOG ONLY Custom Birthday Kit.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Slight shipping delays this weekend and early next week!

Just a heads up that if you are getting low on any of your awG items, make sure to make your order by this Thursday night to guarantee that it will ship out before this weekend. We'll be unavailable to ship until Wednesday at the earliest, which is really not that long to wait BUT we just had to let you know if you were needing your order in a hurry or were expecting our usual super-fast turnaround.

Tentatively,we *might* also be unavailable for the same days the week after, but we'll let you know ASAP when we know for sure. (If we don't post anything between now and then, assume all is "as usual," fyi.) Summertime seems like such a busy month for many of us and awG in not excluded in that!

We are currently working on some more Clearance items to put up for sale so make sure to look out for those. If we work really hard, we're hoping to have those on the site for sale around the middle or later part of the week of August 22.

Thanks all!

P.S. Graceful Coach (a subcompany of awG related to Beachbody of P90x/Insanity fame) is now on Twitter! You all are welcome to follow to share in my fitness journey! If you are interested, click HERE to follow.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Naturally beautiful skin

Perfect skin.

It seems like that is one of those coveted things I've noticed many ladies want and one of the reasons the search for the perfect foundation continues for many. I'm so glad that many of you have found and love using adorned with Grace's mineral foundation to help achieve your goal of smooth and clear-looking skin.

However, wouldn't it be great to just not wear makeup at all? To wake up in the morning and be like, "Wow, my skin sure glows! I think I could just skip the foundie and blush this morning!" when you look in the mirror? Well, there are a few things that I've found from personal experience and in my own search for perfect skin that I know definitely help.

Here is my list:

1. Water: Surely you all knew that would be my first! Hydration is very important and they say to figure out your needed amount, take what you weigh (let's say its 150 pounds) and divide that in half (so 75) and to drink that amount in ounces. So seventy-five ounces would be equivalent to about 9-10 cups of water and that would be your minimum to drink for the day.

An easy way to see how hydrated you are is to do the Pinch Test. Take the skin on your hand and literally pinch it and see how quickly it springs back. If it doesn't spring back *immediately* you need some water! I've done this test on patients before and I've had some that did not spring back for as long as 7-8 seconds--which is a long time if you see it--and they were definitely needing more water!

2. Eating right: Sadly, this is one that is hard for me as one of my weaknesses is sugar especially from yummy temptations such as cookies (call me the Cookie Monster!), or ANY processed/refined sweets and candies. I notice that when I eat highly sugary treats, my breakouts seem to increase.

I know for a fact that when you have sugar, especially refined white sugar, it wrecks havoc on your immune system. Did you know that an average soda will have about 6-12 teaspoons of sugar! And I believe that if you have about twenty-four teaspoons of sugar in a 24 hour period, you have killed all your white blood cells. And since some breakouts are bacteria related (why many ladies do not like powder with cornstarch as they believe it can "feed" the bacteria), I imagine that is why I seem to break out more often when I indulge in the sugar too much.

Of course, some ladies may be lucky in this and not notice anything at all since we have different chemistries but its worth the experiment if you aren't one of them to see if it might be the culprit.

So what should you feed your skin?
I bet most of you already know the answer to this: more fruits, vegetables, and nuts! This is because they just contain most of the healthiest minerals and vitamins that our skin needs to be its best.

Here is a basic list of some of the most important nutrients, what it helps with, and foods you can find it in:

Vitamin A: (Skin repair/acne control) Low-fat diary products, spinach, carrots, apricots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and yellow fruits and veggies.

Vitamin C: (Collagen production/Counteract sun damage) Greens/dark leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, pineapples, and tomatoes

Vitamin E: (Wrinkle prevention/Counteract sun damage) Greens/dark leafy vegetables, avocadoes, nuts, seeds, olives, and wheat germ

Selenium: (Antioxidant/Cancer prevention) Garlic, whole wheat bread, Brazil nuts, wheat germ, eggs, and brown rice

Biotin: (Hair, nail, & skin production) Eggs, nuts, wheat germ, oatmeal, and rice bran

Zinc: (Controls oil production/acne control) Eggs, whole grains, and legumes

Essential Fatty Acids:
(Skin lubricant & protection) Walnuts, flaxseed oil, and extra virgin olive oil

Sounds like you could make some fresh salads, smoothies, or creative sandwiches with some of those ingredients! So let's get to cooking and see if we can eat our way to beautiful skin!

3. Cleansing, Exfoliating, & Moisturizing: Again, this may not be everyone's solution, but my previously oily, acne-prone skin--now normal!-- has done *awesome* with the Oil Cleansing Method (Click on this link for more info). As with the makeup I make for adorned with Grace, I like to use the most basic, natural ingredients as possible on my face. I actually only use my beloved Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to take off makeup and cleanse my face and my skin has never looked better. I use so much for beauty and cooking I buy in bulk at so check it out there if you are interested.

Exfoliating is my mother's beauty secret that she passed on to me. Sadly, my supplier did discontinue my extremely popular facial microfiber washcloths but if you look on eBay or other online shops if you do a Google search, you might find some that are comparable. (Here is one at But getting rid of dull, old skin cells gently will expose the brighter, smoother layer of skin and you'll find your makeup applies even more smoothly. Fine lines also seem to be erased as well as old blemish scars fading faster! I speak this from experience not as a promo; obviously, I no longer have a product at awG to promote nor another product anywhere that I am getting compensated for, lol...


In the meantime, in conjunction with this blog post, how about we run a Blog Coupon Code on two very popular products from awG that can give your skin a quick "pick-me up" since it does take a while for the nutrition to kick in, lol...

Use Coupon Code "HEALTHYSKIN" to get 7% off until next Tuesday, August 17 for our Smoothing Powder (any tint) and Blushes/Blush Sets**. You MUST use this Coupon Code to qualify for the discount and cannot honor any orders made without the discount code.

We've also added back per request our Entire Collection of Shimmer Blushes + a FREE Premium Small Dual Fiber brush that qualifies for the 7% off discount!!! But it's only under this special BLOG ONLY LINK.

**LE Shimmer Blushes not included in discount code. Sorry!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Starting a separate Health & Fitness Blog!

When I first started this Blog, I was wanting it to be an adjunct to my online store for announcements regarding our products/sales/etc. but also a place where I could write beauty and health-related articles to go with our theme of "defining true beauty" and that we see it from a holistic aspect.

Sorry to say that I have not written as much as I would like but I've recently rediscovered my passion and determination to share what I know especially in regards to fitness/health so I have a new Blog that will focus on that HERE that I am calling Graceful Coach as I have recently signed up to become a Beachbody Coach of P90x & Insanity Workout DVDs fame. I would have just kept it all in one Blog but for those of you who follow and are Subscribers that only have awG in your interest, I did not want to Spam you with any fitness related posts should that not be your thing and vice-versa.

I guess since hitting my mid-thirties, I've become rather focused on living at my optimal fitness level and been really getting serious about being the best I can be physically, mentally, & spiritually! So this is going to be a bit of a public journal/diary of reviews and experience with things I've tried (not just Beachbody products) that I want to share that I think some might find informative and beneficial. But I also hope to get more "on the ball" about writing more beauty related articles here at the awG Blog as I've promised since the start of my online minerals store.

**As an FYI, my Beachbody online store is done in my name only--I actually do not handle the Customer Service in regards to Orders/Status of Orders AND International orders are not accepted there at this time, unfortunately.

However, I still extend the invitation to ALL to be your source of advice for any fitness needs without any financial charge as I love to help people get healthy! Any questions you have on programs and where to start. I've done P90x, Insanity, and currently doing TurboFire & ChaLean Extreme from Beachbody, but also have done non-Beachbody DVDs like TaeBo, Cathe Friedrich, Windsor Pilates, Jillian Michaels--she's my favorite, actually!--and then my own workouts I do with the general population at my job as an Occupational Therapist.

Even if you just need an accountability partner to check in on you to make sure you are keeping up with your workouts or advice on eating (I am currently a vegetarian!), I'd love to help with that too. You are welcome to direct any questions directly to my email

And for those of you wondering, this will not take away from my time from awG. If anything, I think it will help me focus more and be able to Blog more often--and not just about Sales (although I know many of you love those posts the most, LOL!). This is really just an extension of what awG wants to do for you--keeping you naturally beautiful!

Thanks for reading! If you'd like to follow our new Fitness blog check it out HERE. We don't have many posts right now since it is so new but it will change in the future!!!