Shine Beautifully with The Lil Spa Room & April M. Monterrosa

"Life isn’t perfect, but the people that are in mine make it pretty close & that in itself makes ME Shine Beautifully."

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Random Day Off Thoughts

Life is too precious to stress about things that you have no control over. With so much ugliness in the world, it’s up to us to appreciate the beauty all around us. We need to take care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and some of us spiritually to be able to be strong for our loved ones when needed. Toxicity comes in different forms and through different people. Stay away from it; when you let toxicity play with your emotions and your heart, you only make decisions and taking routes that end up hurting you in the long run. Open you eyes and ears to awaken that part of you that feels you deserve better. And go after what is better. Those supportive of you, your family, and goals will be nothing but positive and honest. Even if it hurts your feelings. Life isn’t easy, for those that think it is, aren’t truly living. We have to be the best we can at what we’re good at. There’s a reason we each have the talents we do. Don’t waste them.

Random day off thoughts…


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Control that Oily Skin

Oily/combination skinned clients always ask me what they can do to control their oil production. I always recommend the Pure Cleansing Gel; the first step to controlling your skin concerns is what you use to cleanse your skin. This cleanser is good for teens, men and can be used daily and nightly. It also removes makeup. To really control that oily sheen you get by noon, use the ph Balance Mattefying Toner too.  (More info will be on another blog) For more information on this product or others contact me!

The main ingredient (papain) in this light foaming cleanser loosens oil, dead skin cell buildup, and leaves the skin with a nice matte finish.

Papain—this proteolytic enzyme dissolves pore-blocking debris to help clean and energize the skin.

This cleanser also contains extracts of lemon, geranium, and fennel; these three ingredients help clarify the skin and balance oil.

Lemon on the skin: Lemons’ antibacterial and antifungal properties make them a naturally control oil, which helps keep pores clear and clean, and blackheads from returning.

Geranium on the skin: The astringent properties of geranium are also very advantageous for our skin. Our muscle contractions get significantly boosted with these. Consequently, we get a firm and toned look. Geranium can provide proper nourishment to our skin cells and keep those young and healthy for long.

Fennel on the skin: Fennel seeds offer amazing effects for the skin, antiseptic by nature, and loaded with antioxidants. As a result, they help prevent breakouts, cell damage, while keeping the skin toned.

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Egg White Frittata Recipe

Easy to make Egg White Frittata recipe. Perfect for a Sunday brunch!

½ cup sliced mushrooms
¼ cup chopped onions
¼ (1 ounce) shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon imitation bacon-flavored bits
3 egg whites
Pinch ground white pepper
1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 8-ounce individual casserole dishes with vegetable oil spray.
2. In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave mushrooms and onion on HIGH 2 minutes or until onion is translucent and mushrooms release their juices, stirring halfway through cooking time.
3. Spread onion and mushrooms in each prepared dish; sprinkle with cheddar and bacon bits. Pour egg whites over vegetables; sprinkle with pepper and parmesan. Bake 20 minutes.

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Professional Facial Benefits

facials the lil spa roomPHYSICAL BENEFITS – Facial massage reduces the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles; relaxes the face; calms the nervous system; diminishes tension headaches; stimulates circulation; assists in reducing sinus congestion; helps the skin absorb hydrating lotions; accelerates the lymphatic flow; and nourishes, hydrates, detoxifies, and tones the skin.

MENTAL BENEFITS – Facial massage assists in mental relaxation, enhances the capacity for calm thinking, redirects the focus of attention from stress and worry to relaxation, rejuvenation, and refreshment. Excess cortisol created by stress harms collagen and elastin production, thus making stress one of the major causes of premature aging. What are the benefits of receiving facial massage as part of your self-nurturing and ongoing well-being? The benefits are three-fold: physical, mental, and emotional.

EMOTIONAL BENEFITS – Facial massage calms emotional activity and contributes to a feeling of relaxation. It creates a feeling of well-being, reduces levels of anxiety, restores energy by stimulating blood flow, increases awareness of the mind-body connection, and satisfies the need for caring and nurturing touch. What can you do to maintain healthy skin in-between facial massage sessions? It is the lil spa room facialsessential to give your skin daily attention.

Suggestions for nurturing self-care between facial massage sessions include: drinking more pure water (think of it as moisturizing your skin from the inside out); using sun protection; managing stress; scheduling sufficient sleep; easing up on alcohol, caffeine and sugar; eating a well balanced diet; taking daily supplements; exercising regularly; eliminating smoking; changing your pillowcase often; avoiding touching your face; and cleansing your face before going to bed.
To schedule a facial, feel free to call/text or fill out the form below.


Online Dating Advantages

Many people are against online dating and of course you do hear the horror stories. If you are careful and safe, online dating can be a way to lead you to many amazing people. I know many couples that have been together quite sometime that met online…I happened to be of them and celebrated my 4 year anniversary just yesterday. For those of you already doing the online dating thing, good luck and hope you find what you’re looking for! Of course you can debate the advantages and disadvantages of online dating endlessly, but let’s look at the advantages of online dating websites and be positive about this new way of meeting people.

1. Because online dating is more about interacting by email and other electronic means than it is about admiring each other’s looks, who you are plays a greater part from the beginning than it does in an offline relationship.

2. Anonymity is also an advantage of online dating websites because it allows people to speak more freely.

3. You can rule people out based on their profile while selecting others who look interesting based on their profile information – definitely a big advantage of online dating over offline.

4. The factor in 3 above means that you save a lot of time in finding the right person.

5. If you are rejected by someone online it affects you less than if you were dating face-to-face: that has to be another amongst the big advantages of online dating websites.

6. Online dating is generally safer than offline dating. You don’t share your contact details with someone until you are really sure you want to, someone you have been talking to for a while and with whom you feel comfortable.

7. It’s very exciting! Offline dating is very exciting too of course, but the power and functionality you have in looking at lots of people’s profiles and contacting lots of people who sound nice is a very stimulating thing in itself!


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Egg Whites Facial Mask Recipes

Egg whites make a great face mask! Egg whites are known to cleanse, exfoliate, and lighten the skin. Because of their consistency, they make a great face mask base.

Some of the simplest recipes for face masks contain egg whites. One particularly moisturizing and soothing face mask combines 2 egg whites and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Apply this mixture, leave on for 2 minutes, and then wash with warm water. This is my favorite one since its very easy to make. Here are a few others.




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Picking out a Red Lipstick

Choose a red that compliments your skin tone:

Light Skin: Cool blue-based reds.

Dark Skin: Pick a red with a touch of brown to highlight the warm hints of caramel in your skin.

Medium Skin: Go for an orangey shade.

Red Lipstick Tips



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