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BSB Goes Back to School

Last week, I had the opportunity to work with natural skincare pro, Gena Surphlis of Cooking Cosmetic, on a Spring skin and beauty forum.  Cooking Cosmetic held classes this month at a local university.  Panel topic:  'Feeding Your Skin' with "good for you" ingredients directly from your pantry.  Her hands-on classes had students making DIY products for healthy skin. I was happy to be a part of it all, presenting BLACKswan Beauty Bootcamp -- basic training for newbies and beauty addicts alike.

Topics included some of my favorite Spring 2012 trends.  Looks I love this season:  bronzed skin, bright lips and pastel colors for eyes and lips. 

Participants were advised to bring their cosmetic bags to discuss Spring cleaning their makeup stash (since everything has an "expiration" date).  And just before Earth Day, we focused on green beauty brands --   GINGER + LIZ, Josie Maran and Carol's Daughter to name a few.  Of course, the event wouldn't be complete without times for us all. 

Looking forward to the next stop on the BSB/CC College Bound Tour!

(NOTE:  If you would like to contact Gena about a Cooking Cosmetic event (personal or corporate), please email her directly at


  1. What did you all cook up, though? Myself, I use honey, oatmeal, olive oil, rosewater, and occasionally green tea to spruce up my complexion.

    Love Carol's Daughter formulas...

    Peace, Mari

  2. Hi Mari:

    For the last Cooking Cosmetic class, Gena made oatmeal bath soaks! Gentle and soothing for bath time. Her recipes are pretty amazing yet simple.