What You May Not Know about Easter

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Most people know why Easter is celebrated, but SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has some interesting little know facts about the holiday.

In 2007, a very special egg sold for nearly 18 million in the UK. Covered in diamonds, a little bird also made of jewels, pops out from the egg every hour making a crowing noise while nodding its head and flapping its wings.

Made in Italy in 2011, the tallest egg was made out of chocolate and was slightly taller than a giraffe, at just over 24 feet, and as heavy as an elephant weighing in at 15,873.28 pounds.

Although Good Friday is an official holiday is other parts of the world, only 12 states call it official in the United States. Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Good Friday is also a holiday in Texas but is optional.

The Easter flower is a white lily, which is the symbol celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter truly is a movable feast as Passover is determined by the phases of the moon.

Exchanging Easter Eggs is older than Easter as the custom symbolizes spring rebirth in many societies and cultures.

During Medieval times, an egg throwing festival was a custom that churches held with the priest throwing an egg at one of the boys in the choir who would then toss the hardboiled egg from one boy to another. When 12:00 came around the choirboy that had the egg when the clock struck was the winner keeping the hardboiled egg as his prize.

Over 700 million of those delicious marshmallow peeps candies are purchased in the United States over the Easter Holidays making them the most adored non-chocolate Easter treat.

The White House Egg Roll began back in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and continues on the front lawn every year.

During the holidays, egg farmers across America donate over 11 million eggs to those in need to local food banks.

In the United States, more than 16 million Easter jellybeans are enjoyed. That’s enough jellybeans to go around the planet over three times.

Speaking of candy, 91.4 billion eggs, 90 million chocolate bunnies and a whopping 700 million peeps are made in the United States every year with 76 percent of people eating chocolate bunny’s ears first.

The oldest Christian holiday and the most important day for the church, Easter celebrates Christ’s resurrection three days after his death on the cross.

As you sit down and enjoy your family and friends this Easter take a moment to remember why you are celebrating.

Happy Easter everyone from the folks at SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Beautiful Lips with Longest Lasting Lipsticks

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With Longest Lasting Lipsticks from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, beautiful lips don’t have to cost a fortune, and if you are tired of spending your hard earned cash on a lipstick that you don’t even like, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE carries the best lipstick that will give you color that lasts for hours.

If you are constantly reapplying your lipstick throughout the day, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is the answer to your prayers. With SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE’S Longest Lasting Lipstick, you don’t have to worry about touching up after you eat, drink or kiss.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINES Longest Lasting Lipstick moisturizes with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E and is FDA approved, lead free, and made in the USA.

Applied sparingly for best results, and you will have beautiful lips that you can create yourself by blending the colored Longest Lasting Lipstick to your desired hue. Go green and you’ll have a dusty rose color. Go black and you will be smiling with deep berry lips. Buy an orange lipstick and you will love your red coral beautiful lips.

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Creating new colors is easy. Check out the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE website where you will find tips to create gorgeous colors that you will not find at your local department store.

Mix white with orange and you will have a beautiful melon frost that will be perfect for spring. Black and white will create a gorgeous pink mauve color that will be hard to resist. Mixing and matching the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Longest Lasting Lipsticks is fun and affordable.

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The SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Longest Lasting Lipsticks are not sold in stores. These beautiful lipsticks are only available online at www.southwestsunshine.com or at the markets in Arizona.

Get the beautiful lips you deserve and order the LONGEST LASTING LIPSTICKS from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you’ll be glad you did. Order yours today for long, long, long lasting lipstick.

Healthy Food instead of the Bad Stuff

Healthy food really does mean healthy skin, and if you are having a tough time keeping your skin from breaking out, it could have something to do with your diet. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains that steering clear of fried and processed foods can help keep your skin clear, but so can avoiding these foods.

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Rice Cakes

Touted by dieters all over the planet, the fat erasing rice cake will cause your blood sugar to go through the roof. When that happens it can speed wrinkle formation as your body metabolizes the simple carbohydrates in the rice cakes exactly the same way that is does with sugar, by turning them into glucose. Once converted, it will stick to proteins, such as collagen, that fight wrinkles.

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Healthy Cereals

Although whole grains are lower when it comes to the glycemic index, many of those so-called healthy foods, including cereals are loaded with sugar, and just like rice cakes, can cause those glucose spikes that will speed up wrinkle formation.

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Milk

According to the ads, “Milk does a body good,” but it isn’t as good for your skin, especially skim milk. Milk contains growth hormones, which can affect your insulin as those hormones can make their way into the blood stream. This can also cause inflammation and an excess of oil production resulting in a massive breakout. Nut and organic milks are healthy foods that could be a good alternative.

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Chips

You may think munching on the occasional chip, even the baked variety can’t hurt, but the refined carbs can trigger collagen damaging oxidative stress meaning that over time you will start to notice wrinkles and fine lines. Skip the chips if you don’t want to look older than you really are and go for more healthy food.

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Smoothies

With Americans eating up a whopping 22 teaspoons of sugar every day, it’s no wonder their skin is suffering for it. Most sugars are hidden in the most surprising places, and one of the biggest offenders is the humble smoothie, but don’t blame the natural sugar as made to order smoothies from chains or the ones that you buy at the grocery store contain frozen yogurt and even sherbet, all of which are teaming with added sugar. If you must have a smoothie, make it at home with good for you foods such as yogurt or unsweetened almond or coconut milk.

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Eating healthy food and using all natural skin care products, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, will help you stay healthy and young looking. Order SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE skin care system today.

Three Summer Bad Guys for Your Dry Skin

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Dry skin is bad all year around, but especially during the summer. Although the jury is still out, some skin care experts believe that summer is far worse for dry skin than winter. Summer may be the season of picnics, barbecues, and beaches it is certainly no party for your skin.

Below are the top three summer skin enemies

#1 Blocked Pores

Make sure to exfoliate your skin with all natural products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. When you sweat, it can block the pores in your skin, which could result in blackheads. Keep blocked pores at bay with RENEW from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. RENEW exfoliates and dissolves dead skin cells helping lighten dark sun and age spots. RENEW can also help diminish fine lines and help acne sufferers.

#2 Dehydration

According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, all of that sunscreen you use mixed with sweat keeps you hydrated, but dehydration happens in the deepest layers of your skin. Because people tend to indulge more during the summer with a never-ending flow of alcoholic libations, it’s easy to become dehydrated.

The best way to stay hydrated is to use a good skin care system that contains a sunscreen. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has everything you need to keep your skin hydrated. Up your water intake to at least eight glasses of water each day. If you don’t drink water, you will be dehydrated. If you have dark circles or fine lines around your eyes that you didn’t have before, you could be suffering from dehydration.

Hyperpigmentation and Sun Damage

Spending your days in the sun will cause pigmentation changes in the skin, especially dry skin. Called hyperpigmentation the dark splotches get worse and more noticeable with age. You may have thought your skin was invincible when you were a teenager and in your twenties, but you will begin to notices changes in your 30’s, especially if you were a sun Goddess.

Follow the above tips and use a good skin care system such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and you can stay ahead of the danger zone when it comes to your skin. Order now.

Lipsticks Can Be Dangerous

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You may be using a so-called, “Natural lipstick,” but unfortunately not all lipstick companies are on the up and up when it comes to lipstick ingredients.

Some of the largest make up companies in the world fill their products with chemicals that are not so nice. In fact, some women say that certain lipsticks make them break out in sores along the top and bottom of the lips or even burn their lips. People say that they do not have sensitive lips when they use the Longest Lasting Lipsticks from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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If you follow the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE blog, you will know that lipstick companies often use lead as a base in their lipsticks. Lead can be dangerous as it is a neurotoxin. Neurotoxins can cause serious health problems, even in small doses. However, it isn’t just the lead that causes problems.

Some lipsticks contain methylparaben, which is a preservative that is outlawed in some countries because it can disrupt your endocrine system and may be linked to cancer.

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Propylparaben is another ingredient that is often used in lipsticks. Propylparaben can irritate your eyes and skin and cause serious problems. Recent studies indicate that it may cause endocrine disruption and cancer.

Retinyl Palmitate, a synthetic Vitamin A, may be toxic to women who are pregnant.

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Colorants, such as D&C Red 22 Aluminum Lake and D&C Red 36 are posing health concerns as these colorants that are typically tested on animals and have been linked to nervous system damage.

Tocopheryl Acetate or Vitamin E acetate is used in a number of makeup and skin care products including foundation, moisturizer, and lipstick. If you use a product that contains Tocopheryl Acetate, your skin or lips can burn or itch. This chemical additive can also cause skin blistering, scaling, and hives.

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Thankfully, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE only uses natural herbs and minerals in its natural skin care line and that includes the Longest Lasting Lipsticks.

The Longest Lasting Lipsticks by SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE are completely natural with no added chemicals. The Longest Lasting Lipsticks from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE are not tested on animals and contain Vitamin E and Aloe Vera to moisturize your lips. Best of all you can eat, kiss, and drink and your Longest Lasting Lipsticks by SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will stay on your lips, not on your napkin, glass or cup!

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Thanks to the Longest Lasting Lipsticks from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, women who could never wear lipstick in the past are now able to.

If you are concerned about chemicals and toxins in your lipsticks and skin care products order all natural products and lipsticks from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

The History of Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is coming up quickly and if you want to surprise the special woman in your life with a gift that keeps on giving, order a skin care system or another all-natural organic skin care product from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE that will keep her glowing all day long.

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Modern Day American Mother’s Day dates back to the middle of the 19th century before the civil war when Ann Reeves Jarvis from West Virginia started the Mother’s Day Work Clubs. The clubs were meant to teach women how to care for their own children. It is interesting to note that these clubs were quite important after the war and became a unifying force in a country that was still divided. In 1868, Jarvis started Mother’s Friendship Day, which helped mother’s gather together with both Confederate and Union soldiers for reconciliation.

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Mother’s Day in America began back in 1908 becoming an official holiday in 1914. Created by Ann Jarvis, Daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, Mother’s Day was a way to celebrate motherhood all over the country, Jarvis later denounced Mother’s Day because it became so commercialized. In fact, Jarvis was so upset that she spent the rest of her life trying to have it removed from the calendar.

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Although some dates may vary with other countries celebrating Mothers Day on different days, Mothers Day usually falls on the second Sunday in May. Traditional gifts for Mothers Day include cards, flowers, chocolates and of course, Sunday brunch.

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Mother’s Day may be a relatively new celebration in the United States, but it actually dates back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who held Mother’s Day festivals honoring Cybele and Rhea, the mother goddesses.

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Mothering Sunday was a Christian festival that used to be a major tradition in Europe and the United Kingdom falling on the Fourth Sunday during lent.

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Mothering Sunday was meant to be seen as a time when the faithful would pay homage while returning to the, “Mother Church.” Eventually, “Mothering Sunday,” because more secular with husbands, grandfathers and children presenting their mothers with tokens of appreciation that included flowers and gifts of love. When Mother Sunday faded completely during the 1940’s, it merged with America to become Mother’s Day.

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Much has changed since the early beginnings of Mother’s Day, but not the gift giving, and if you want to give the special woman in your life something that will make her glow on her favorite holiday and for the rest of the year, order all natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Is your Makeup Aging you?

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If you have been looking in the mirror and don’t like what you see, it could have something to do with your makeup. Using an all-natural skin care line can help make you look and feel younger, but so can taking a closer look at the makeup that you use.

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According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, there are some clever tricks that you can use to help you look younger.

Use a soft foundation and never overload on concealer. Heavier makeup will accentuate your wrinkles while over exaggerating the lines.

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Makeup will not cover wrinkles and will only draw them out. Instead of heavy foundations, try a primer first and follow it up with a sheer or lightweight foundation. Instead of trying to hide your lines and wrinkles, work with them by viewing your face as a whole.

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Focus on your eyes and play down the dark circles. Use the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE eye and lip cream and you will notice a difference in as little as four weeks. It can be difficult to hide those dark circles, but they can be minimized with a natural looking concealer that is lighter than your skin tone. Lighter gives more projection while darker will make your eyes look recessed. Try using an eye shadow base or primer first in order to smooth out the skin on your eyelids.

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If you have puffy eyes or bags, never use concealer as it will only accentuate the bags. Use a good moisturizer from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and skip the concealer until your eyes have returned to normal.

You can minimize your flaws using a light concealer to hide sun and age spots. Add a bronzer to give you a sun kissed and more youthful appearance. All you have to do is sweep the bronzer at the top of your forehead and across the cheekbones. You can also use it under your chin to sculpt your face.

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Add gloss to your SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Longest Lasting Lipsticks to fill in crevices and cracks. Lip-gloss can also give the illusion of plumper lips adding more definition.

Of course, even the best makeup tips will not work unless you start with a good skin care regimen such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Order your all-natural skin care system today and start looking younger with makeup.

The Best Longest Lasting Lipsticks for Spring

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Spring is the perfect time to invest in some new Longest Lasting Lipsticks like the all-natural lipstick from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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Since the days of Cleopatra and Nefertiti, women have longed for one thing, Longest Lasting Lipsticks, and thanks to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE that is possible. Your lipstick stays on longer than other lipsticks whether you talk, kiss, drink, or eat. This major revolution for women is available online at unbeatable prices.

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For over a decade, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has been selling the Longest Lasting Lipsticks to women all over the United States who will wear nothing else. Happy customers from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE shout its praises from the mountaintops and wouldn’t use anything but SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE longest lasting lipstick.

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Most women give up wearing lipstick because not only does it leave lips chapped and dry, but it also doesn’t last for more than an hour or so, even less if you have just had something to eat or drink. With SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Longest Lasting Lipsticks, you can, “Eat, Kiss and drink,” and still have the al- natural product on your lips.

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One of the problems with lipsticks these days is ingredients. Unfortunately, some of the major brands of lipstick contain lead.

Lead fears have been around since the early 1990’s, but it wasn’t until 2007, that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics discovered that 33 red lipsticks that were tested contained dangerous levels of lead.

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Because the Longest Lasting Lipsticks from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is natural, it is not dangerous, unlike some of the major brands that have dangerous levels of lead. Lead can build up in the body and if you apply a lead based lipstick dozens of times each day, you are setting yourself up to lead exposure.

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The longest lasting lipstick from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE does not contain harsh chemicals and will never leave your lips dry or chapped.

Stop the endless lipstick application cycle and purchase the entire set of SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Longest Lasting Lipsticks today. Find out here what color or colors are best for you.

Kissable Lips and Sparkling Eyes with All Natural Eye and Lip Cream

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Soft, silky, and kissable lips are important all year round, but especially on Valentine’s Day, and thanks to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you can have the lips that you have always wanted without spending a fortune on products.

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Before you get your lips ready with the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Longest Lasting Lipsticks, prep them with the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Eye and Lip Cream. This amazing all natural product is the perfect solution to dry, chapped lips and those tiny little lines that seem to creep up around your eyes. Best of all you only need one product to protect your lips and eyes, which are the two features that you want to shine on Valentine’s Day.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Eye and Lip Cream is perfect for softening those lines around your lip. The conditioner in the Eye and Lip Cream also helps reduce under eye puffiness and lighten those dark circles that you can’t seem to get rid of.

Because the Eye and Lip Cream Herbal Complex softens your lines and wrinkles with a combination of natural aromatic botanical oils and stimulating herbs, you can kiss those laugh lines goodbye.

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Like all of the other products available from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, the Eye and Lip Cream contains the Herbal Healing gel along with Chamomile Flower, Watercress, Arnica Flower, Jaborandi Leaves, Rosemary Leaves, Comfrey Leaves, cloves and Saponins. All of these ingredients combined not only help to eliminate puffy eyes, but will also smooth your lips without irritation. Because the Eye and Lip Cream is quickly absorbed and is all-natural, you do not have to deal with products that sting after application.

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The Eye and Lip Cream from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE does not contain dyes, perfumes, or colors making it excellent for people who wear contacts or those with sensitive eyes.

This Valentine’s Day spoil yourself and your face with the all natural Eye and Lip Cream from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.