Mia



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 Clarisonic?

Why cleanse your face?
 

 

I do.

 

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.

Supergoop!




Summer is officially here! This is a great time to take inventory of your sun protection and to stock up on your favorite SPF, preparing for those beach/park days ahead for you and your family. I recently tried the Supergoop! SPF for the first time and LOVE it. I bought the SPF 30 for face and body which is a lotion and they also have other options depending on which type of application you prefer (spray, wipes etc). The lotion rubbed in without the ‘attractive’ white streak, was very lightweight and does not sting the eyes, hallelujah!

 

Key Benefits as listed on the website:

  • PA++ UVA/UVB protection
  • Very Water Resistant (up to 80 minutes in water)
  • Weightless, oil-free hydration
  • Paraben-free. Fragrance Free. No Animal Testing.
  • TSA Approved for carry-on air travel

I love what I have read about the brand Supergoop!, they take pride in the quality of their products by eliminating harmful ingredients. Looks like I might have found the perfect sunscreen for my little guy and I to share! I will be buying the 24 oz size next time for the Body, that comes with a pump so I can slather away.

http://www.supergoop.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=9

Knowing what we now know about the dangers of UV damage it is crucial we protect the little ones (and ourselves of course) with safe and effective products! Time to goop it up.

 

Molecular Mist

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:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/07/19/avene-thermal-spring-water/

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).

Don’t ignore it!

The neck and décolleté (chest area) are often ignored when it comes to an at-home regimen. In fact, I have seen certain spa/skin care facilities only treat the face as well. We expose our neck and décolleté to the same elements we expose our facial skin to so make sure and do the following:

Cleanse. If you have a Clarisonic brush I suggest adding time for your neck and chest. Check out the link below for Clarisonic info:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/05/29/super-sonic/

Exfoliate and Treat. Treat the skin on your neck and décolleté as you would your face. Pull down each product when you treat.

Sun Protection. Have you ever seen a two-tone face and neck? Yep I bet you have, don’t let this happen to you. Make sure you protect both equally.

Straighten Up

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

Frizz Head!

If you know me at all, you know that I have been fighting with my curly hair all of my life and most of the time I lose. My friend Courtney told me to buy this product last year when I was taking pictures down by the water. I really liked the results when I tried it, you can see the information for yourself straight from her blog. Just click on the image below:

100% Pure

I get asked about organic and natural product lines all the time. I found a brand I really like that uses mostly organic and what you would call natural ingredients. 100% Pure is a face and body line using many plant based ingredients and does not contain parabens, sulfates, or fragrance.

So far I have tried a few of the body products and I will report back on the facial items after I try them out. The price point is also very good, one of the most expensive items costing around 35 bucks. You can find the products at Beauty 360 and also on the company website. Try the COCONUT NOURISHING BODY CREAM, super creamy and smells just like summer.

Glow Younger Self Tanning Gloves

I am a huge fan of being tan and not so huge a fan of wrinkles and skin cancer. I have had to come up with ways to get a bronzy skin without spending hours under the sun and have tried a lot of the products on the market. I have to say there is quite a few I like-“fake tans” have really come a long way in the past five years.

I recently tried the Dr Denese tanning glove and I loved the result. The color was really pretty and natural looking, the glove made the application process easy because of its size as well. This one even has a peptide complex included. If you have someone handy to tan your back side it is most helpful. The only challenge is the product is colorless so you do not know where to fill in the spots-be careful here.

It helps to do the following first:

Fully exfoliate your body in the shower

Skip the body lotion before application

Let it fully dry before putting on tight clothing (only takes a few minutes)

You can purchase 12 gloves for $37.00 (regularly $42.00)

And now you can enjoy your healthy glow!

Quick Tip

Just a quick tip for those of you who spend time in the sun. When you put on your favorite fragrance or perfume, place on an area of your body not exposed to the sun. Perfume can make your skin photosensitive causing red rashes and hyper-pigmentation. And of course don’t forget your sun protection!