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A Must Read Book- Wine To Water: How one man saved himself while trying to save the world

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Shayna Barnette


If you are in the mood to read an inspiring book that proves it only takes one person to make a difference, then look no further. Wine To Water: How One Man Saved Himself While Trying To Save The World is  about how a 25 year old bartender, named Doc Hendley, was inspired to provide fresh drinking water to Sudan genocide victims.

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It all began in Raleigh, NC in 2004. Doc hosted the first Wine To Water™ event, a wine tasting where proceeds supported  water projects around the world. Then with no experience at all, he risked his life to install  fresh water systems in Darfur, Sudan, where the government was wiping out entire villages and polluting water supplies by dumping their corpses into water sources.

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After spending one year in Darfur, Sudan, Doc decided to continue growing his organization, which officially became a non-profit in 2007. Wine To Water™ helps provide clean drinking water to people around the world.

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AVEDA Light The Way Candle: Earth Month 2014

Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Admin

The sale of a single candle can give a person in Madagascar one year of clean drinking water. 


AVEDA Earth Month 2014

Light The Way Candle $12

Available at The Artistic now! 


5 Tips On How To Reduce Stress During The Holidays

Thursday, December 26th, 2013 by Marqui Linden

The holidays are most everyone’s favorite time of the year. Feeling thankful, festive, and sitting by a warm fire surrounded by your loved ones. But let’s be real, that’s not always the case. As enjoyable as this time of year is, it can also be very stressful! Trying to make it to everyone’s parties, seeing all sides of the family, to make everyone happy. It’s basically impossible! Being the child of divorced parents, I know exactly how difficult it can be to make things fair during this busy season. Although in the end, be thankful. Not everyone is lucky enough to be so in demand for the holidays. 🙂

Here is a few essential tips on how to juggle stress of the holidays!

1. Don’t stress about being fair… everyone has a different relationship with certain family members. Make each situation as equal as possible. But when it all comes down to it, you have the power to choose who you want to spend that special time with.

2. Consider bringing everyone together… we all know this may not always work or be the best idea. Although if it is at all possible to have everyone in one place at the same time, this will definitely cut back on some unwanted stress. That way you don’t feel like you have to cut your time short with someone to rush over to the next gift opening session.

3. Be real about your finances… money is another prominent source of stress at this time of the year. Do with what you can and what is realistic for you and your pocket book. Just be honest with loved ones if money is an issue. It truly is the thought that counts.

4. Avoid disputes… even if you have that weird uncle or a annoying cousin, just take a deep breath and remember that you want to celebrate the holidays in good spirits. Don’t let even one negative comment ruin that!

5. Try to relax and count your blessings… stop worrying and make the most of it! Embrace the times and welcome all connections with your loved ones. Remember the ones that are no longer with us and enjoy this amazing time of the year with the people you love.

Happy Holidays!

Pumpkin: Nature’s Powerhouse

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by Shelby Lee

Finally, it’s that time of the year again: Crisp morning air, cozy sweaters, deep fall colors and of course, pumpkin flavored everything! Although pumpkins are ideal for carving jack-o-lanterns, making pie and house decoration, there are many health benefits you could be missing out on simply because you didn’t know! So, set down the Pumpkin Spice Latte and keep reading because I am about to drop some knowledge and improve your health one pumpkin at a time. 😉

1d1e5345682d232eafc55bbec642c6b7Begin your new relationship with pumpkins by never again throwing the pulp away. Pumpkins are a great vegetable with a lot of nutritional value. This low-calorie food offers lots of vitamins including A, B6, C,E and Magnesium. Magnesium prevents abnormal blood clotting, as well as helps strengthen the formation of your teeth,bones and the formation of your heart . Pumpkin also strengthens the immune system, helping to prevent colds, the flu, other types of infections and even may reduce the risk of cancer.

Don’t think you can get away with throwing away those pumpkin seeds either! When eaten raw, they provide essential nutrients for healthy skin and wound healing. Pumpkin seeds are among the few foods that increase in nutritional value as they decompose. Seeds stored for more than five months show a marked increase in protein content. They area the most alkaline forming seed and are high in zinc, which makes them a natural protector against osteoporosis. Also, pumpkin seeds contain good quality protein and area an excellent source of  Vitamin B.

Looking for a natural sleep aid? Eat pumpkin seeds. They contain the amino acid trytophan, which converts to serotonin, giving you a great nights sleep. Sweet dreams!

Pumpkin Seed Pesto


  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 large bunch of fresh basil, minced
  • Juice half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 clove fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, minced
  • Pinch of sea salt
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree.
  2. Transfer into pot on medium heat. Stir until warm.
  3. Serve over salad or raw zucchini pasta.


 Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

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  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1cup water (sub 1/2 cup soy milk for extra creaminess)
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg and ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Combine oats, water, pumpkin and spices in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Once oats begin to boil, turn heat down to low and stir.
  2. Let simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until water has evaporated and oats are cooked.
  3. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
  4. Top with maple syrup, soy milk and pecans.

Talia Castellano: Cancer patient..Make-up Guru..Inspiration!

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Shayna Barnette Talia Joy Castellano was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and leukemia 6 years ago, at the age of 7.  After being diagnosed with cancer, Talia’s mother took her to visit a friend of the family, named Tammy, who was a cancer survivor. Her mother thought it would be good for them to talk about Talia’s recent diagnosis. During this visit, Tammy showed Talia her makeup collection. This began Talia’s fascination with make-up, leading to her begin a video blog on YouTube. Her YouTube channel, “TaliaJoy18”, featured not only make-up tutorials, but also her journey with cancer. She found this to be a great way to inspire other people with cancer as well as share her love of makeup.

In August 2012, Talia’s released a “Bad News” video blog letting her viewers know her cancer had progressed and could now be found in her bone marrow. This news prompted documentary filmmakers, who had previously talked to Talia, to release a video to help make her dream of doing Ellen Degeneres’ makeup come true. The filmmakers encouraged people to post this video on Ellen’s Facebook page, website, and to Tweet the Ellen Show.

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Talia’s dream came true in September 2012, when she appeared on the Ellen show. When Ellen asked Talia how she stays so positive her response referred to the movie Finding Nemo when Ellen’s character, Dory, encourages others to

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”

During the show, Cover Girl presented Talia with a check for $20,000 and made her an honorary Cover Girl. Then in January, during a Skype appearance on the Ellen show, Ellen presented Talia with the opportunity to film make-up tutorials for Cover Girl. These tutorials were featured on both Ellen and Cover Girl’s YouTube channels.

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Photo courtesy of Desiree Castellano

Talia uploaded her last YouTube video titled “CancerVlog: 4 weeks in the hospital!!” on May 23, 2013. In this video she mentioned that she was currently undergoing treatment to maintain the pain, rather than cure her illness. She mentioned she was not feeling like her usual self and was suffering from depression and anxiety. She managed to stay optimistic saying

“ Hopefully once I get out of the hospital, my room will be all done and I’ll have my life kind of on track.”

On July 16, 2013 Talia lost her battle with cancer. A post appeared on her Facebook page announcing the young girls death.

“It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22am. Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send your love and prayers to her family during this most difficult time. God speed little one, may you be free from pain and suffering, may your soul feel the light and love that you brought to so many of us on this Earth during the short time you were her with us. We will miss you more than you will ever know baby girl.”


Talia was an inspiration to many and a truly brave girl. Even at a young age, she did not let her illness stop her from achieving her dreams or making the best of her situation. Her positive attitude and bubbly personality was infectious and she is missed by many.

Is your sunscreen poisoning you?

Monday, August 12th, 2013 by Suzanne Nicholson

We all think we are being responsible by using sunscreen before we get in the sun, right?…Think again. Many brands lead you to believe that you are completely safeguarding your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. In reality, you may be exposing yourself to more risks by using certain chemical sunscreens. These chemicals are known to be endocrine disrupters, which adversely affects the normal functions of hormones in your body, and may also cause a variety of different cancer.

Chemical vs. Physical Sunscreen


There are two types of sunscreens, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens quickly soak into the skin and find their way into the blood stream leaving toxins and free radicals in the body and can be detected in blood, urine and breast milk for at least two days. There are 17 individual sunscreen ingredients that are FDA approved: 15 of these are clear chemicals that absorb UV light and 2 are made of minerals that reflect UV light. The hormones most commonly disturbed are estrogen, progesterone and thyroid. These chemicals can cause abnormal development in fetuses and growing children. They can cause early puberty and early breast development in girls and undescended testicles in boys in addition to low sperm counts and infertility. Endocrine disruptors that act like estrogen can contribute to breast and ovarian cancers in women, and other endocrine disruptors may increase the chance of prostate cancer in men.

Physical sunscreens are primarily made up of minerals that sit on the surface of the skin and reflect and absorb UV light. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the two, active ingredients found in physical sunscreens. They are powerful barriers and won’t break down in the sun, works immediately (no waiting 20 minutes!) and body and environmentally friendly (non-toxic). Another benefit of a physical sunscreen is that it’s anti-bacterial and it also costs less! Click here for the best 50 SPF sunscreens that I recommend. 

                             Chemicals to avoid

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Oxybenzone (Worst), Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), 4-MBC, Parabens (All), 3-BC, PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid), Octinoxate (Octyl-methoxycinnamate), Padimate O, Homosalate, Some fragrances, Octisalate, Octocrylene.

Help my DRY skin!

Monday, August 5th, 2013 by Lou Ann Shade

skinIntensive Hydrating Masque soothes and hydrates stressed and over exposed summer skin. This oil free masque is perfect for hydrating without that oily heavy feeling. With aloe,kelp and lavender, it will reduce redness while soothing and cooling the skin. Sodium hyaluronate retains moisture, up to 1000 times its own weight, delivering a big drink of water for you skin. It can be applied as a thick layer on throat and face, left on for 5 to 10 minutes. Also a favorite is to mix it with Replenishing Body Moisturizer, and use for an all over body moisturizer.

With the healing effects of the aloe,  Intensive Hydrating Masque can also be helpful for cancer patients undergoing radiation treatments. A thin layer applied after treatments and left on the skin over night can give relief. With Aveda products you can be sure of the purity, and quality of the ingredients. 7387099

Professional vs. Over the Counter Hair Care Products

Monday, July 29th, 2013 by Shayna Barnette

You can’t help but notice an abundance of inexpensive hair care products to choose from when you visit a convenience store. You think to yourself, “Why wait to get my products from my local hair salon when I can get it here now and at a fraction of the cost?”


What’s the difference between the two?

Although it may appear that you are saving money, in the long run you are not. Salon products are far more concentrated than over the counter products, meaning you use less and it lasts longer. In addition to this, the harsh cleansers found in over the counter products, such as Ammonium Laurel Sulfate, will dry out and damage your hair, causing split ends and possible breakage. Another benefit to using salon products is the higher quality of ingredients and levels of proteins and vitamins it contains.

It is important to be aware that salon brand products you may find in convenience stores might be FAKE, DILUTED or OLD.  These professional product companies are going through many measures to figure out how their products are ending up on the shelves of these convenience stores in order to stop it. Your hair stylist is trained on the products they offer in order to recommend the best ones for you as an individual, which is why they are only guaranteed when purchased from a salon. Plus by getting your products at your local salon you are helping to support them, being that product sales are immensely vital to the success of a salon.

 Going with a professional brand? Here’s an added benefit you will get from using AVEDA…

“AVEDA is healthy for you, your hair and the environment. If your hair is chemically treated, the aroma and holistic value of the herbs and natural oils in our products help to keep the integrity of your hair and sooth your senses. All AVEDA products complete a daily ritual to stimulate your mind, body and spirit. Mixing the use of our products with over the counter products weakens the effectiveness in which that particular product is intended for and destroys the over all mission of AVEDA.” Charlotte Donnan, Senior Hair Designer at The Artistic Salon

Sunless Tanning: Everything you need to know…

Monday, July 22nd, 2013 by Suzanne Nicholson


What is a sunless tanner and how does it work? A combination of DHA, a colorless form of sugar, along with other sugar derived ingredients, reacts to the amino acids of your skin. Self-tanner pigments are only absorbed on the topmost layer of skin. Fading of the color is caused by the daily shedding of skin cells. The amount of DHA in the self-tanner along with the amino acids in your skin determines the shade.

Why use a sunless tanner?  There’s no need to waste time sunbathing and run the risk of skin cancer and prematurely aging skin when you can get a beautiful, healthy-looking tan in minutes. Another benefit from sunless tanning is that you instantly look slimmer. It also camouflages imperfections such as cellulite and veins and provides an even skin tone. Please keep in mind that sunless tanners do not contain sunscreens. I recommend using a zinc oxide-based, broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen daily. The sunscreens I do recommend can be found by going to

What do I need to do prior to getting a sunless tan? EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN!… Removing dead skin cells provides a smooth surface for the sunless tanning product to absorb evenly into your skin. It is best to wax or shave at least a day prior to your sunless tanner application. On the day of application do not use any body lotion, deodorant or fragrances, as it can cause discoloration. Wear loose, darker clothing to avoid staining.  Refrain from working out or getting wet within six hours of application. The longer you wait , the longer your tan will last and the richer the color will be.

What do I need to maintain my sunless tan? MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN!… Using moisturizing cleansers and lotions can help to prolong your sunless tan. Avoid taking long, hot showers and using loofas and body scrubs. Typically a sunless tan can last up to 7-10 days with proper preparation and maintenance.


Actual Artistic guest who received an Organic Sunless Bronzing treatment

Aveda’s Demi-Permanent vs. Permanent Hair Color

Monday, July 15th, 2013 by Vanessa Parette

ST131150_R2_crop_Lores Looking for a hair color that is made up of  99% naturally derived ingredients, that is also cruelty free to animals and eco friendly? Aveda’s hair color is formulated without parabens and petrochemicals, instead utilizing botanicals such as sunflower, castor and jojoba oils. To achieve brilliant shine, Aveda also uses organic Babassu oil from Brazil. The botanical ingredients found within Aveda’s hair color can actually improve the condition of your hair. Also, natural antioxidants formulated within Aveda’s hair color help to protect your hair from harmful UV rays.  “Customized color with a conscience” is a motto Aveda holds highly.  Testing is always done on people-never animals and product cartons are made from 100% recycled fiber. 2051-001_PETA_sign_Hires


Demi-Permanent or Permanent? Permanent hair color is exactly as it sounds-it is permanent. It penetrates the inner most layer of the hair, meaning the color stays until cut off. Gradually the artificial color will fade, however Aveda’s hair color fades on tone. For example, if you choose a beautiful shade of red, over time you will fade to a lighter red, rather than to a brown. If complete gray coverage is your goal, then permanent hair color is the best option.

Aveda’s Demi Permanent hair color will give you all the same benefits as the permanent hair color, only without the commitment. The artificial hair color will fade out more quickly than the permanent, allowing for a less noticeable outgrowth. Keep in mind that demi-permanent hair color does not have the ability to lighten, therefore the result may be a more subtle color change. Demi-permanent color is perfect for someone who wants to blend their gray, rather than have complete coverage, or who wants a subtle color change without the commitment of regular maintenance.