Beauty Secret #1 Face Scrub by SHELISSA

I receive LOTS of emails at SHELISSA ORGANICS about making at-home spa and beauty treatments. Being a fashion model with Wilhelmina, having clear skin care is important to my career.  Facials and spa treatments can be expensive and the chemicals can be harsh on sensitive skin, not to mention not healthy for you.  A favorite at-home FACIAL SCRUB RECIPE that I do once a week was given to me by an esthetician from Paris, who has AMAZING skin. This treatment creates a mini micro-dermabrasion effect so be very careful and don’t overdo it. Here is how to get beautiful, radiant, fresh looking skin…

You will need:

baking powder
facial cleanser
moisturizer (lightweight for summer, heavy cream for winter)

How to:

Splash face with warm water 10 times to remove surface debris, leaving face damp (this is important)

Pour 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder in the palm of one of your hands. Use the fingers of your free hand, pick up the baking powder on the tips of your finger and gently spread evenly over the face.
Slowly and gently spread the baking powder in a circular motion evenly across the face. Avoid the eye area, and the sensitive skin in the folds of the nose (sides of the nose), and lip area.
Squeeze a dallop of facial cleanser in your hands and slowly work the cleanser into your skin, adding water to your face as needed to dilute the cleanser so it spreads easier.
Follow with a warm washcloth and gently wipe off the cleanser, baking powder, and sloughed off skin. Soak cotton pad with toner, and wipe over face once.
Splash face 10 times with cold water, blot dry, and follow up with a moisturizer

I refrain from wearing base or powder for 24 hours to allow time for my skin to b-r-e-a-t-h-e, and the new cells to turn over. Follow this facial scrub regiment for a month, applying once a week, and you will see a big difference in the appearance of your skin and fine lines. The baking powder facial is a remedy for acne, and can be used prior to shaving your legs to prevent ingrown hairs!

Here’s to glowing skin!


Shelissa Ann


Shelissa and J Brand skinny jeans

So I finally caved after giving my body a year after our son was born to shimmy into the J Brand Skinny jean.  This is not to be confused with their Super Skinny jean.  I liked the pair in my closet so much I headed to Neimans to purchase a second pair.  I strolled into the dressing room with my best accessory {a smile} and a handful of  *hope*.  Hope that the new TWILL  JEANS in the shade of sherbet ice cream looked just as great as the pair in my closet, gathering dust for a year. I shimmy into the super soft pants (how do they make them so…so…well soft?).  The tapered leg of the J Jean is snug around my calves, tapering beautifully at the ankle in just the right spot. My mind wanders and all I think is, “If I run once this week there’s going to be armageddon in these pants!”  There’s no wiggle room, no room to spare.  And even as tight as the J Brand skinny jeans are, my favorite lip balm by SHELISSA ORGANICS, does in fact fit in the front pocket which makes me happy! Overall I give the J Brand jeans an “A” based on 1.) style 2.)softness 3.) ability to s-t-r-e-t-c-h and plus 1 for having enough room for my lip balm. If you’re looking for a dressed up version of your denim and like the new trend of bright colors, this is the jean for you! The jean can easily be worn casual with a tee and flats, and spiced up with heels and a silk  blouse for evening. I think Kate Middelton has the perfect approach to the versatility of the J Brand skinny jean.

Kate Middleton wearing J Brand, casual and dressed up

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

1. Hug a Marine

2. Bake an apple pie

3. Volunteer at the USO

4. Buy a box of sparklers

5. Build a bonfire and roast smores with friends

6. Fly to Hawai’i and watch the fireworks on the beach

7. Visit the men & women at the Bethesda Naval Hospital

8. Picnic at the Washington Monument

9. Hiking and camping trip!!

10. Read a book on US history…and then celebrate!

Happy 4th of July!!!