Caribbean

Take care of your skin this summer

DC Vekic blog July 2, 2014

I’m always asked how do I take care of my skin when I travel, so I decided to let Jen Milbauer my Mary Kay girl answer that question. This is what she has to say:

Summer is here & I’m sure you have your travel plans lined up, and are counting down the days until you’ll be sipping your mai tai on the sandy shores of paradise. I’m Jennifer Milbauer, a Mary Kay rep, and here are some of my favorite, Award Winning products you should know about that will keep you looking beautiful & relaxed all summer long. For more information about these products, please follow the links I’ve provided, or visit my website at http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer

This is the Mary Kay After Sun Replenishing Gel & I’m totally in love with it … It is slightly cooling & absorbs into your skin quickly without leaving any residue of greasiness behind.
http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Body-Sun/Concern/Sun-Protection/Mary-Kay-Sun-Care-After-Sun-Replenishing-Gel-/10050165.partId?eCatId=10693
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But before you use that After-Sun Gel, don’t forget the importance of sunscreen! Here is a fan favorite, our 30 spf sunscreen that will cover your pretty skin for up to 80 minutes in the sun or running around exploring:. http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Body-Sun/Concern/Sun-Protection/Mary-Kay-Sun-Care-Sunscreen-Broad-Spectrum-SPF-30-/10054247.partId?eCatId=10693
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But please don’t forget about using SPF on your kisser! I adore this lip protector! It’s awesome & lasts for a long time. I use it alone or under my lip gloss.
http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Body-Sun/Concern/Sun-Protection/Mary-Kay-Sun-Care-Lip-Protector-Sunscreen-Broad-Spectrum-SPF-15-/10054110.partId?eCatId=10693
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Speaking of lip gloss, the NourishinePlus Lip Gloss in Au Naturel looks stunning against sun-kissed skin.
http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Mary-Kay-NouriShine-Plus-Lip-Gloss/Au-Naturel/140522.partId
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Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen Broadspectrum 15spf will make getting ready a breeze, and will leave your skin looking luminous & lovely all day long!
http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Makeup/Face/Mary-Kay-CC-Cream-Sunscreen-Broad-Spectrum-SPF-15-/Light-to-Medium/111651.partId?eCatId=10005
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A lovely weightless translucent powder that you can brush lightly for a flawless finish ~ one of Mary Kay’s best sellers & a staple in my beauty regimen:
http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Makeup/Face/Loose-Powder/Mary-Kay-Translucent-Loose-Powder/111250.partId?eCatId=10008
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I LOVE this waterproof mascara ~ it’s my favorite of all the Mary Kay mascaras because it works so well & comes off easily with Mary Kay’s Eye Make-Up Remover (one of the best sellers & in all the magazines!)
http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Makeup/Eyes/Mary-Kay-Lash-Love-Waterproof-Mascara/I-hearts;-Black/130708.partId?eCatId=10019
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Here’s the world’s best make-up remover I was telling you about – seriously, I will never ever use anything else! My eyes are sensitive & this product is the only one that doesn’t irritate them or sting. It’s oil-free, AND it takes away ALL traces of my eye make-up!
http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Makeup/Eyes/Eye-Care/Mary-Kay-Oil-Free-Eye-Makeup-Remover/180101.partId?eCatId=10545
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Depending on your age, we have some fabulous skin care products … I have used them all & being (just a teeny tiny little bit) over 40, I have started using the TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Set & it’s literally a time machine in a bottle. My mother uses this line as well & you should see her skin – FLAWLESS! We both get constant compliments about our skin!
http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Skin-Care/TimeWise-Repair-Volu-Firm-Set/100906.partId?eCatId=10026
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But I used the TimeWise Miracle set for several years before moving up & LOVED that line! It’s no joke that the word “miracle” is in the title! We have it in a normal / dry combo or combination / oily combo depending on your skin type.
http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Skin-Care/TimeWise-Miracle-Set-normal/dry-/100752.partId?eCatId=10026
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If you have a man in your life that you love, do him a favor like I did for my husband & hook him up with our amazing MK Men’s Line, including this Facial Hydrator Sunscreen 30 spf!
http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Mens/MKMen-Advanced-Facial-Hydrator-Sunscreen-Broad-Spectrum-SPF-30-/100609.partId?eCatId=10027
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Love this Travel Case for all of your skin care & make up:
http://www.marykay.com/jmilbauer/en-US/Makeup/Mary-Kay-Travel-Roll-Up-Bag/170304.partId?eCatId=10003
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Have a wonderful summer & if you have any questions or need more recommendations, please don’t hesitate to call me 323.547.1458 or email me at jmilbauer@marykay.com. Aloha & safe travels!
~Jennifer Milbauer

Dominican Republic – Caribbean Paradise

DC Vekic blog January 27, 2014

I just returned from an extensive trip to the Dominican Republic. Last time I was there was fall of 2011, and with such high expectations I was underwhelmed. This time around, I have been following the progress (new roads, new hotels, better service) and I have to say I was very happy and pleasantly surprised.

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My specialties/favorites in the Caribbean have always been Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas, St. Lucia, Belize, Honduras’ Islands, Turks & Caicos, Antigua, etc. but the Dominican Republic of the yesteryears didn’t quite make an impression on me and never really ignited my travel passion. That’s why I felt I owed it a second chance, and this time – it’s all there: romance, party, spa, relaxation, scuba diving, rain forest, beaches, palm trees and much more.

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I am enchanted by Bahamas’ sandbars in the middle of the beautiful sea, shallows of Turks and Caicos’ full of stingrays in that signature clear, turquoise water.

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There are areas down by Saona and Catalina islands off the coast of LaRomana National Park in the Dominican Republic that the waters are as clear clear, so beautiful and serene, but I have to say Dominican Republic takes the crown for their palm trees. Bahamas and Turks don’t even come close second if you look at the palm trees.

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I have searched extensively through powdery white sand beaches of Playa Blanca, Bavaro and gold sand beaches of Uvero Alto (Punta Cana Area) as well as the Caribbean beaches of La Romana and Saona Island. I feel comfortable and confident sending my clients there and properly fitting the right resort to the right client. Confident that the food service, warmth and welcome will make lifelong memories.

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Unfortunately, we here on the West Coast are not blessed with charters that are available from the East Coast, Midwest and Canada, but that may be a great destination wedding location for a bride and groom where majority of their families can get there quickly and inexpensively. Or a family reunion/get-together. Generally we’d fly to Miami, and then about 2,5 hrs to Punta Cana, or through Atlanta. I’m still working out to see if there might be a good connection through Dallas, as I really prefer DFW airport to Miami, but it’s all really worth it once you get there.

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Food has been elevated with better chefs and more creative menus hitting the hotels, specialty a-la carte restaurants in almost every major hotel, service is definitely with a smile and fast. Lots and lots of really good things to say.

Shrimp dish @ Breathless

Mamajuana (if you don’t know what it is google it) deserves a whole blogpost dedicated to it, so let’s say I’m still ‘researching’ and when I’m done I will be posting my opinions, findings, photos, etc.

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Right now, I am putting a group together that will be arriving Punta Cana September or October. I have the hotel picked out, I’m negotiating at this very time. I am very pleased with my choice as it will be a great fit for a large demographics, like girls getaway, or golf getaway, and there will be a family section as well with a kids club, and truly a good time for the singles. We’ll have options of 5, 6 or 7 nights, I’m very excited about this one. Look for more details coming soon. Here is the photo taken at the hotel where we are going:

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xoxoxoxoxox!
Happy Travels!

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The real Atlantis

DC Vekic blog December 6, 2013

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If you are fan of Disneyland and don’t mind the lines, the huge crowds, being charged for absolutely everything – than the Atlanis is for you. And a huge amount of people will do anything for Disneyland. For me personally, it’s a resounding No! However, I’m not sending everyone on MY vacation but on THEIR own. And as a professional one of the biggest part of my job is to manage people’s expectations and send them on a vacation they want and imagine.  Because saving for a vacation and looking forward to it and then being disappointed is really sad. At the end there will still be some nice memories because the bad stuff will fade away, but my job is to get one prepared for some sacrifices one has to make (for example if you take a speedboat tour to the Exumas the boat ride will be tough 1,5 hrs each way but totally worth a perfect deserted beach day, provided that the beach paradise is what you are dreaming about). My job is to minimize the sacrifices or prepare one for them and maximize beautiful memories that will be with one forever.

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It’s no secret that the Atlantis is expensive, but is it worth all that? It’s huge, but so are lots of other places. Aquariums are cool but have you been to the Long Beach Aquarium or Las Vegas? Certainly no reason to come to the Caribbean. The giant slides and sharks is where I give them props. It is so important to educate our kids how sharks are immensely important part of the ocean Eco systems and they should be revered and respected, and they partly introduce the kids to their importance.  Sharks are everywhere and spectacular. And there are lots of things that kids can learn while there.

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There is the 20-30 minute wait for the big slide (that was featured few seasons ago on the Amazing Race) the one that goes through the shark tank. Considering it’s the largest slide in the world, not a bad wait.

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What bothered me is waiting for everything else. The pool chairs are overcrowded you can’t find any chairs close to the pool (pictured below). Sometimes there is even a line to the towel hut. C’mon, we’re on a vacation – a line for towels? (pictured above)

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They also sell day passes so the place is like a bee hive,

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and  there are very few bars and restaurants that accept cash, they usually just accept your key card or credit cards and they will ask you for the ID for the credit cards.  So if you are on a day pass – HAVE YOUR ID WITH YOU.

There are people wheeling in coolers by the pool and helping themselves to their own sandwiches, beers, as they don’t want to pay the prices charged by the pool (pictured below).

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Paradise Island beaches (unlike the Cable Beach) face open ocean and certain time of the year (like October/ November/December) can be completely  unswimmable. I’m not talking Hawaii current and waves, but deadly undercurrents that have caused a death of a cruise ship passenger  Nov 6, 2013 that I know of. Atlantis has a man-made beach with no waves, as well as a natural beach (no charirs and service there). Being in the Bahamas just 30-40 miles from the some of the prettiest beaches and clearest waters in the world, for me it’s kind of hard to reconcile wanting to sit on a man made beach that’s enclosed.

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The run-of-the-house rooms are just basic, clean and comfortable, but far from the luxury one might expect watching the commercials. Of course there are stunning rooms at the Atlantis but more than 60% of their inventory are basic run of the house rooms (pictured below) with no view.

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The pool cabanas are a nice touch, a bit expensive as you have to pay separately for evertyhthing you are served, but you will not be squished like sardines amongst other pool going patrons, and your service will be fast.

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There are many many beautiful things at the Atlantis, the turtles, the sting rays, but everything is very far away from one another. Also everything is walking – no shuttles so if you are staying at the beautiful brand new Cove, to get to the waterslides and the main action will take a good 30 minute walk.

Everything has it’s pros and cons. Atlantis will be an experience you will truly remember forever. No matter how annoyed I was when I was there, my 7 year old was THRILLED! When we came back she was kissing the shark photos we were attaching to her show and tell board. She definitely wants to go back.

This one was a gift to her. Happy Travels!

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