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A Worthy Woman

On the Cover

Sharla Bush

of Sharla’s Cosmetics & Bath

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On the Cover Sharla Bush Sharla’s Cosmetics & Bath

Cover Photo by: Wendolin Mercado Photography www.wendolin.com

Publisher/Editor: Vanessa Ximenez publisher@northtexasmagazines.com

Features 5 14 Tips for Beautiful, Healthy Nails 6 Cover Story Sharla Bush

Art Director: Marlina Rahman marlina@northtexasmagazines.com

Contributing Writers: Kristy Klien Leslie Pepper Martha Wegner

Sharla’s Cosmetics & Bath

8 Pick Up The Pace with A Pedometer 10 Keep Seasonal Allergies from Blooming This Spring 14 A Worthy Woman

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Attention McKinney Kids

Now that spring has sprung, most of us will be spending more time outdoors. And although we are likely to welcome a breath of fresh air, we also recognize some of the concerns that arise during this season. First of all, more time outdoors means more exposure to the sun which can take a toll on our skin leaving it damaged and dull. In this issue read about ways to keep your skin healthy, vibrant, and protected. In addition to the extra sun exposure we experience, many of us will also have to deal with allergies. From runny noses and watery eyes to scratchy throats and uncontrollable sneezing, allergies can make typical outdoor activities simply miserable. Fortunately, we have a provided a list of ways to minimize the level of allergens you encounter. Finally, spring launches sandal season when beautiful feet and nails are a must. Find out what the color of your nails say about your health and read about making minor changes to your lifestyle and diet to get perfect nails that are sure to get you noticed and put a spring in your step!

Open call for children ages 1-12

Photographer Wendolin Mercado and author Lori Chartrand will be hosting an open call for an upcoming children’s book. Bring your smiles to Wendolin Mercado Photography for a “meet and greet” and free test shoot.

Thursday April 22 • 10 am - 6:00 pm 207 E. Virginia St. • McKinney 75069 No appointment needed - all shoots will be first come first served.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Ximenez



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By Kristy Klien

14 Easy To Use Tips For Beautiful, Healthy Nails Do you know that the color of your nails indicate the statues of your health? That’s true. While transparent and rosy nails indicate good health, a little pale and brittle nails imply lack of it. Moreover, diet plays an important role in maintaining the health of your body as well as of your nails. This also means that you need to take care of your nails and include all essential vitamins and minerals if you want to get healthy and beautiful nails. First of all, you must make minor changes in your lifestyle and try including more healthy fruits and vegetables, nuts, eggs, and fish in your diet. These small changes may go a long way to help you get the perfect nails that you had always dreamed of. Here are a few tips for getting healthy nails: • Remove nail polish every week as this allows the nails to breathe. • Give a natural massage to your nails using coconut oil or warm castor oil. • Dip your nails in warm water mixed with a tablespoon of lemon juice before you manicure them. • Apply a base coat with smooth strokes before applying nail polish and then let the coat dry before you apply nail paint. • Use an acetone-free nail polish remover so that your nails don’t lose their natural oils. Use a nail polish remover only 3-4 times in a month. • Massage your cuticles twice a week using a rich cream. If your cuticle is damaged, you can use alpha hydroxy cream. Moisturize your nails and cuticles at bedtime and then cover them with cotton gloves. • If suffering from nail fungus or infection, use a mixture of lavender oil and Tea tree oil to treat it. • Whenever you get time, rub your nails with lemon to make www.northtexasmagazines.com

them look lustrous and provide them with essential nutrition. • A right diet plays an important role in maintaining healthy and beautiful nails. Therefore, you should include hard-boiled eggs and a glass of milk in your diet. If your nails have white spots, you should include food rich in zinc. • While filing your nails, file in a single direction. Avoid filing nails just after taking bath as wet nails tend to break more easily. • To keep your nails well-hydrated, rub your nails and skin surrounding them with a petroleum jelly. If you don’t want to use a petroleum jelly, you can use Castor oil instead. Castor oil is rich of vitamin E, which is also good for your cuticles. You can also use olive oil for the same purpose. • Use rubber gloves while performing household tasks, such as washing dishes or clothes. To maintain extra softness, you can also apply a good hand - cream before wearing rubber gloves. • Taking diet rich in vitamins A, E, and Biotin makes your nails stronger. Vitamin A is present in green, yellow and orange vegetables, while nuts and leafy green vegetables offer vitamin E in good quantity. Biotin is a vitamin, which is primarily found in almonds, eggs, soybeans, and sweet potatoes. • Drink nine to ten glasses of water every day. This will help in keeping your nails well-hydrated and maintaining their luster. If you want to strengthen your nails, you can consume Gelatine, which is available in a drinkable form. Gelatine helps in building nail strength and thickening weak nails.

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Kristy Klien is a professional hair stylist and writer for My Hair Styling Tools a leading supplier of every so popularCeramic Hair Iron Visit us at: http://www. myhairstylingtools.com. Article source: www.articlesbase.com April/May 2010 | McKinney Woman




On the cover

Sharla Bush

of Sharla’s Cosmetics & Bath

What inspired you to open a cosmetic store?

At the time there was no place in town to buy luxury cosmetics, and I was really getting turned off by the cosmetic counter scene in department stores. I dreamed of a European style apothecary with fabulous products from all over the world without all those women trying to rub eye cream on you!

So how is your boutique different from a chain cosmetic store or department store?

The shop is small and very user friendly. The cabinets are open so you can pull your own products, and when I am busy you may have to write your own ticket. My prices are the same as typical lines.

What is your primary objective?

I want women feel confident in choosing and applying makeup, spending as much time as they want, trying as many colors as they like.

What type of products and lines do you carry?

I carry everything you need from head to toe, as well as, home fragrance, monogrammed robes, travel accessories and gifts to make your bathroom totally luxurious. My cosmetic lines are exclusive boutique lines such as Nouba, T.LeClerc , Becca, Dianne Brill, Fresh, Paula Dorf, Hissyfit, Revitalash, and Talika. My bath and hair products include Lady Primrose, Fresh, Niven Morgan, Kai, Olivina, Gianna Rose, Fringe, Phyto and Isa’s.

What perfumes do you carry?

Primarily Bond no.9 from New York, Dr. Vranjes from Florence, Yosh and Kai from California, and the fragrances offered by Lady Primrose and Fresh.

Why do you carry your own private skin care line? I couldn’t find one that was not full of toxins, carcinogens, and cheap fillers, regardless of price. Sharla’s Skin Care is made by a plastic surgeon and his chemists. It is in complete compli-



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ance with the European Union Regulations and the California Cosmetic Safety Act. The products are medical grade and free of toxins and fillers. And, best of all, they really make a difference in the feel and appearance of your skin.

What events are coming up at Sharla’s?

Yosh, one of the most artistic perfumers in the world will be in the store on the Friday before Mother’s Day teaching us how perfume is made and how to select a fragrance that best reflects your style and personality. Nanette New, my favorite Hollywood Makeup Artist will be with me off and on during May and June teaching women how to apply their makeup. Call me for details. M WM

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perfect for your favorite bubble bath or bath salts. $88

Finally, an at home treatment to keep those lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth at bay! $245

Nouba Shadows and Liners

Pure baked minerals stay on all day. Turquoise is the color this spring. Let me show you how subtly you can wear this hot color. $18-$20

Nouba Lipsticks and Millebaci Stains Good for a thousand kisses! I’ve got your color, from quiet to screaming! $19-$22

Plush Terry Robe Monogrammed $65

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Pick up The Pace

By LESLIE PEPPER

with A Pedometer Want to get in step with a walking program? Try a pedometer. “People tend to dramatically overestimate the amount of exercise they get in a day,” says Geralyn Coopersmith, MA, CSCS author of Fit and Female: The Perfect Fitness and Nutrition Gameplan for Your Unique Body Type. “A pedometer gives you a concrete measure of how much you’ve done.” It also increases enthusiasm. “Set a goal, and the pedometer gives you a step-by-step account, so to speak, of how much you’ve accomplished throughout the day,” she says. According to experts, get in good health by taking about 6,000 steps a day. For weight-loss, up the count to 10,000.

Your program

Get your baseline count by wearing the pedometer on an average day to see how many steps you’re taking now. Then add 15 percent to that number. That’s your step goal for the next two weeks. You want to start off slowly – going in all gung-ho can lead to burnout and injury. So, let’s say you’re walking 1500 steps every day. Add 225 to it, and you’re at 1725 steps. After two weeks go up another 15 percent, then another after that, and so on. Always use good walking posture: Think of the crown of your head reaching toward the ceiling. Your shoulders should be back and down, your arms bent naturally at the elbow. Feet should go heel, ball, toe, heel, ball, toe. If you want to pick up speed, don’t take bigger steps. Instead, concentrate on driving your elbows back faster, and your feet will naturally follow.

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• March in place while you’re brushing your teeth, waiting on the grocery store line, or every time a commercial comes on tv. • Use the stairs instead of the elevator. • At the office, don’t use the phone or email. Walk over to a co-worker’s office for a face-to-face. • Pace back and forth whenever you’re on the phone. • Never pick the closest parking spot at the mall. And after you make each purchase, drop your bags off at the car and go back inside for more.

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Stretch it out First warm up your muscles by marching in place for about five minutes. Do each stretch 3 to 5 times on each side. 1. Take one big step back, bend your front knee slightly and press your back heel down to the floor until you feel a

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additional stretch in the hip area. Put your foot down then repeat on the other side. 4. Reach up straight and tall and lace your fingers together, stretching upward. Then take your right arm and reach it toward the left side, stretching the entire right side of the body. Repeat toward the other side.

PB&J? Boring! Here are some picnic meals with pizzazz from Bev Bennett, author of 30-Minute Meals for Dummies: Healthy tuna salad: Drain a can of tuna and add a can of rinsed and drained navy beans. Chop in a celery stalk and a red bell pepper. Toss with Italian salad dressing.

Chicken surprise: Mix a packet of Southwestern-seasoned pre-cooked chopped chicken breast (available in any supermarket) with a cup of cooked rice, a chopped tomato, a chopped celery stalk and a diced green bell pepper. Add a dash of cumin and toss with store-bought vinaigrette dressing.

Summer fruit salad: Toss grapes, walnuts and cantaloupe chunks with store-bought honey-lemon dressing.

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By Vanessa Ximenez

Keep Seasonal Allergies from Blooming This Spring Most of us are ready to leave behind the cold, drab days of winter and welcome the warmer, more colorful days of spring. As the temperature rises, so does the anticipation of getting back to our outdoor activities including long walks through the brushy trail, bike rides across town and blanket picnics in the park. Unfortunately, for allergy sufferers, enthusiasm for the new season can be short-lived. According to Dr. Matt Morgan of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

trees that often start to bloom in late February, peak in March, and fade out in April. Trees that are known to cause severe allergies include oak, elm, ash, birch, sycamore, maple, cypress, walnut, hickory and olive. Summer pollens come from grasses that start to pollinate most heavily in April, peak in May and begin tapering off by June. Lower levels of these pollens may be evident at other times of the year. Symptoms for allergy sufferers may include, but are not limited to runny noses, sneezing attacks, itchy eyes, and burning or scratchy throats and while prescription medications are available to help reduce or prevent allergic reactions, the best way to control allergies is to reduce your exposure to summer allergens, both outdoor and indoor.

Ways to Reduce Exposure to Summer Allergens

in McKinney, there are two main plant populations that identify

1. Keep windows and doors closed to prevent pollens from drifting

the spring and summer outdoor pollens. Spring pollens are from

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2. Install new filters on your central heat and air-conditioner. 3. Minimize morning activity between 5a.m. and 10a.m. when

pollen is usually produced.

4. Minimize outdoor activities when the pollen count is high,

typically on dry or windy days.

5. Keep your windows and screens clean so pollen is unable to

accumulate on them and then be tracked into your home.

6. Avoid mowing the lawn or use a pollen-proof facemask to

prevent inhaling pollens that are stirred into the air.

7. Clean up your yard or garden digging out weeds and removing

piles of leaves that can easily promote the growth of mold which

can also cause allergic reactions.

8. Machine dry clothes and bedding as opposed to hanging them

out to dry to prevent them from collecting pollen spores. If you

have no other option, but to hang dry your clothes outside, do

so in the evening when pollen counts are lower.

9. Keep your indoor furniture dusted to reduce the amount of dust

mites on surfaces.

10. Vacuum your carpet several times per week to reduce the

amount of dust mites and make sure the vacuum has a

clean filter.

11. Use mattress and furniture protectors to avoid accumulation of

pet dander and dust mites from settling into the fabric fibers.

12. If your home has pets or collects dust easily, consider using

an air purifier to clear away potential allergy triggers such as pet

dander, dust mites, mold and mildew spores and air borne

bacteria and viruses.

13. Keep your home and living areas as clean and clutter-free as

possible to prevent dust and dust mites from collecting between

cracks and crevices.

If you are experiencing symptoms of allergies, but are unsure of what you’re allergic to, it may be time to visit your local allergist for allergy testing. This test is usually conducted through a skin test or a blood test. Not only can allergy testing determine what types of pollens you are allergic to, it can also help predict when you are likely to experience allergic reactions.

Treating Allergies

While allergies are treatable, they generally are not curable. However, it is possible for children to grow out of allergies or for adults to develop allergies they didn’t have before. Treating allergies begins with preventing them. For many sufferers, this may include a lifestyle change by allergy proofing their homes or staying out of harm’s way by avoiding allergens that spike allergic reactions. If medication is needed, then allergies can be treated with a variety of over-the-counter or prescription medications including corticosteroids, antihistamines, decongestants, leukotriene modifiers, and cromolyn sodium. Sufferers who do not respond to these medications may be prescribed allergy injections. Allergies can wreak havoc on your lifestyle if not properly diagnosed or treated. Thankfully, there are simple ways to keep allergies from interfering with your plans for enjoying the great outdoors! www.northtexasmagazines.com

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By Martha Wegner

A Worthy Woman Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I have to admit it: this holiday makes me ever so slightly uncomfortable. It makes me think of the mother in the Hallmark commercials. She is smiling. She is calm. She is helpful. She has put the kids to bed without raising her voice. She is wearing make-up and her hair is combed. She is worthy of honor. I sometimes have to wonder if I am worthy.

because I had happened to give birth to this child. I hadn’t yet officially been handed the instructions. What a surprise that they were actually asking me about this child’s care. But you know what? I did it. I was the mother. I asked good questions. I, along with my husband, made decisions regarding his care. I comforted our son through his tears, and I slept by his side in the hospital. And I didn’t even need to look it up. Could it all be just trial and error? Does this really come without instructions? My friend Mary tells me you do your best, and if you mess up, just be sure to apologize at the end of the day. I have asked my children’s forgiveness countless times. My friend Rachel is pregnant with her first child. She told me that she would like to be a mother like me. I was shocked. Me? The one

When after much pain and agony (they call it labor) I was handed

who has to call her own mother to ask her how to make lasagna

this new baby and declared a mother, I expected a manual to ar-

for the potluck? The one that can’t sew a straight hem? The one

rive in the mail. In this manual it would tell how to make a double

that yells just a little too much? “Yes,” she said, “Because you

batch of brownies for the school bake sale. There would be a

look into your children’s eyes and listen. You are compassionate

section on making costumes for the church play and a chapter on

and thoughtful. You are an advocate for your kids. You teach your

completing the Girl Scout cookie order without messing it up.

children how to act around adults and other children. And most importantly, you laugh with them.”

It would have an entire section devoted to talking to your children rather than yelling at them. I would need to read this

I guess I’m still a long way from the Hallmark model. But if they give

section twice.

out points for trying, I know I’m at the top of the list in that department. And if they give out points for loving my kids, well, like all

Instead I was given nothing, short of free samples of Similac

moms, I’m king of the hill there too.

and Pampers. So, in honor of my great efforts, my undying love, and doing this all I remember when my son was 3 years old; we learned he had

without a proper manual, I will let them honor me on Mother’s Day. I

a medical condition which would require major surgery. As we

will comb my hair; I will even put on make-up. I will try to not to yell.

sat in the doctor’s office discussing the prognosis, the different

And I will not squirm with discomfort. I am worthy.

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options, and various other medical decisions, I kept waiting for my own mother to walk in. I knew that she was the parent, in

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fact, had always been the parent, and that I was just sitting there

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