Who doesn’t love those little miniture products?! They are great for travel and so darn cute. Here are a few of my favorite “minis” (all under 3 oz).
Ultra Calming Cleanser-Dermalogica
Great for calming irritated skin and hydrating (making it perfect for travel).
Perfect if you are traveling to a humid climate this summer, I use it everyday regardless of the weather.
Evian Facial Water Spray
Great to stay hydrated all day long, refreshing and great for airline travel.
Milagro Tequila Silver
How cute is this bottle, I’m just saying. May not be a beauty item but it is perfect for travel!
Now all you need is a great bag to put it all in:
Also great for travel:
Donna Karen Deodorant
If you have been wanting the Clarisonic brush but don’t want to shell out the 200 bucks, you can always opt for their less expensive Mia device (149.00). This brush is smaller but does the trick beautifully. Nordstorms has the exclusive prints and kits that I love (Zebra print? Yes!) and it comes with a trial size of their gentle cleanser that I happen to really enjoy.
Check out the latest Nordstroms catalog to view the variety of colors offered, just makes cleansing your face even more enjoyable.
Why cleanse your face?
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Wedding season is here and the excitement is in the air! Here are three beauty items to keep in your wedding clutch (besides the obvious powder and lipstick) that I had with me on my special day.
A beautiful compact mirror: I loved reapplying my lip gloss because I could take out my super girly compact (and mine was my ‘something blue’). Try a sparkly mirror like this one at Nordstrom.
Deodorant: Not a glamorous item but when your feeling nervous, sweat is sure to follow. I had to re-apply just thinking about my walk down the aisle in 3 1/2 inch heels.
My obvious choice is Donna Karen Deodorant-see link.
Fragrance: I wore a scent that was nice and light but it also wore off on me. Try Vanille Givree des Antilles by La Maison de la Vanille. I get so many compliments on this one and it is the perfect go to fragrance for your tropical honeymoon!
I also kept a piece of advice I received right before the ceremony started in my mind. Enjoy every minute, don’t worry if something is not perfect and enjoy yourself.
I heart skincare is about more than the latest lip balm. I truly believe that in order to have beautiful skin you have to have feed your body proper nutrients, get enough sleep and exercise. I do everything in my power to live by this philosophy.
No one in the world, and I mean no one has taught me more than Jillian Michaels in regards to health, fitness and nutrition. I discovered her one day on a local LA radio station, at the time I had never heard of her popular TV show the Biggest Loser. I listened to every radio show where she taught us all about what to eat like organic foods, how to lose weight and so much more. Once that radio show ended (feeling horribly sad and abandoned!) I began to watch the Biggest Loser to get my Jillian fix but it did not stop there.
Since my introduction to her I have bought all of her books (currently listening to Unlimited on my iPod) use her fitness DVD’s (perfect for baby’s nap time which has been the only time I can work out) and faithfully listen to her new podcast on my daily walks (you can find these free podcasts on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-jillian-michaels-show/id418368811 ). Do yourself a favor and subscribe to this show, you will be amazed how much you will learn and she is quite entertaining!
This woman is a treasure. If you are at all interested in your health and wellness you will love the tools that Jillian has out there. I feel such gratitude for her and all she has taught me personally. At the end of the day the way we look, the way we feel, how we take care of ourselves-it’s all related. Our best tool is to educate ourselves to know and do better, and it doesn’t hurt to have someone as inspiring as Jillian out there to guide us along.
Me and spray toners, we go hand and hand. I have a new favorite, the Molecular Mist by Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, just in time for summer.
This product is powerfully moisture-boosting, using a combination of deeply hydrating and soothing/calming ingredients. They do without the preservatives, colors and fragrance and we love that. Can also be used as a light-weight moisturizer.
Use it after cleansing but also on top of make-up is great too. Check out this past post where I mention other uses for misting toners/sprays:
You just can’t help saying “ahhhhh” after a couple sprays of Molecular Mist. Check out the website below to read more about the toner and the rest of the line. The list of celebs who enjoy Sircuit is certainly impressive (Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman and Oprah to name a few).
I have tried many hair treatments in my life. It all started when I hit puberty and my hair became a little, let’s just say unruly. No one could figure out how to tame the beastly curls. One stylist thought a perm would have the opposite effect of curling the hair and straighten it. Nope. I spent years driving to downtown San Diego to a salon for African American hair. Once I had a treatment in Orange County that burnt my scalp, leaving blisters all over my head.
I have come a long way since those days, I have learned what works and know what doesn’t. I have had the Keratin treatment and really liked the results. The cool thing is you still get to keep your curls, it’s not damaging and it makes doing your hair (and life in general) a whole lot easier. It is great for people who just want to get the frizz out. Read more about the benefits here: http://www.keratincomplex.com/ (I like this brand because it is Formaldehyde free.)
If you are in Orange County, I see Madeleyn Marie at Parks Salon. Call for details and pricing: 949) 280-7137
You might be wondering why a skin care blogger is talking about fashion. I believe they both accomplish similar things by making you look and feel more beautiful. With that said, I love fashion and when someone tells me my outfit looks “cute” it really makes me smile. Lately I haven’t been hearing much of that. With a several….ahem…more pounds to lose from my pregnancy not all of my “cute” outfits are looking so cute. And as much as I love fashion it has never come natural for me. I know what I like when I see it, but have always had a hard time putting it together. I am the girl who has to buy exactly what the manequin is wearing-piece by piece.
Lucky for me, my friend Tracy has created a new blog dedicated to sharing her amazing eye for and love of fashion. Every time she posts I want the entire look down to her nail polish. The photos are taken so artfully with beautiful backdrops and Tracy herself is stunning.
Oh and this is not a site dedicated to clothing that is impossible to afford, some of her favorite finds are so reasonably priced you will find it hard to believe. If you are like me you might wonder how she finds these items-I never do when I am shopping at H & M! Click on her services section-she will even make a housecall to help you find what works in your own closet or take a personal shopping field trip.
You will love the site, love Tracy and her passion. I am certainly inspired!
Watching Charlie Sheen this past week on every TV channel I noticed his chain smoking. Got me thinking about the havoc cigarette smoking has on the skin. Visibly you can see the obvious markers of a long term smoker in the face: heavier wrinkles, thin lips and deep lines around the eyes. At the cellular level DNA is damaged, this happens deep in the dermal layer of the skin. The cells are actually mutated because of the toxins and this is how wrinkles and even cancer is formed.
The newest research coming out explains how badly the damage can be, worse than we even thought before. The harmful effects of smoking can be compounded while exposed to the sun’s UV rays, which is why smoking is starting to become banned on the beaches. Second hand smoke is a danger also to be avoided. By this day and age we all know that cigarette smoking is terrible for our health and we should not smoke. I mean look at Charlie. Duh.