This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

The Few Dollar Facial

April, 29, 2014

Last Thursday, I took a trip down Memory Lane and relived winning the Royal Reel Award…but I left out the Beauty SOS that made a big difference. I entered the festivities exhausted from work, and facing a frantic schedule that I wanted to be fun.


The night before it began, I checked into my hotel and checked out the dark circles under my eyes. The bellman told me about a 24-hour mini-mart nearby and suggested that I pick up some yogurt, honey and cucumbers. From traveling a lot, I’ve found that those night bellmen know all sorts of secrets you’d never suspect.


Here was his surprising suggestion for using these items: Mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of yogurt. Put the concoction in the freezer for five minutes and smear it on your face. Cut up the cucumbers, and place them on your eyelids. Rest for 20 minutes and shower.


I was skeptical, but lacked the energy to argue. When I got out of the shower, the dark circles were gone, and my skin looked like it did when I was 15!


The next morning, I made a healthy breakfast out of the remaining yogurt. Later I snacked on the leftover cucumber, and it gave me just about all the recommended daily vitamins. The food and facial together only cost about five dollars…one of the best bargains ever!


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