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Oil Slick

blog_beauty2Putting oil on your face? It sounds like an acne-prone girl’s nightmare. But that’s not the case with my secret skin care weapon. Sonya Dakar’s Omega 3 Repair Complex (for acne none-the-less) is a must-have for anyone with problem skin. Me? I’ve got acne just waiting to emerge, so I use a topical retinoid product from the dermatologist, and while this keeps the flare ups at bay, it also seems to produce dry, sensitive skin. This oil by Sonya Dakar ($42) solves the problem. Chockfull of Omega 3s, you only need a small pump of this stuff used morning and night and you’ll be floored by the results. Within a week, any dryness seems to disappear, your skin is moisturized, acne remains away, and there’s a dewy effect to your epidermis. The Sonya Dakar skin care line is über effective but remarkably expensive. Still, if you can fork over the money, an investment in this Omega 3 Repair Complex is worth it. Visit Sonyadakar.com for a look at the line. And while you’re there, if you’re acne-prone, also check out following raved about products tried by yours truly: Acai Claifying Wash, Triple Action Organic Scrub and Deep Pore Clarifying Serum.

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Three major celestial events occur this week. Wednesday, the Sun enters Leo, highlighting the heart center of everyone. Leo is a sign of deep sensitivity (along with Cancer). Wednesday is also the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene, one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible. Saturday, July 25, Venus turns stationary retrograde at 0 Virgo (progressed Regulus, the Law, Hall of Records). Venus retrogrades for 44 days and nights, forming one petal of a five-pointed rosy star (pentagram) in the sky (five retrogrades over eight years = star). Venus retrograde turns values upside down. Our usual sense of beauty, values, the real price of things, relationships—all turn into a bundle of confusion. We don’t seem to know anything. Luxury goods are mispriced, values are jumbled, we wonder who that person is we’re in relationship with. We don’t know where our money is or where it’s gone. Venus, in daily life, represents values (resources, money, possessions and quality of relationships). Venus retrograde asks, “What do I value?” Venus retrograde puts us in touch with what has changed and what is truly of value in our lives. Venus retrogrades from 0 Virgo to 14 degrees Leo (July 25-Sept. 6). Leo is about the self and our creativity, which is how we come to know and value ourselves. We “know ourselves through what we create.” In Venus (values) retrograde (inner focus) we will ask, “What are values (not just money and finances)? What are my values? What do I create? How do I value my creations? Do I value myself?” Sunday, Uranus—planet of all things new, revelatory and revolutionary—also retrogrades (from 20 to 16 degrees Aries) until the full moon of Christmas Day. Five months of Uranus retrograde. In July and continuing on through the following months we have many planets retrograding. Things therefore slow down. Everyone’s focus becomes subjective, hidden by veils and curtains. A time when inner reserves of strength are available. A time of protection.

 

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