ultra sensitive faceblock spf25

Summer is almost over, but the heat? Not so much. I just purchased one of my favorite SPF’s ultra sensitive faceblock spf25 by Dermalogica and I have fallen in love all over again. This oldie but goodie was a product I used to recommend to my clients all of the time and I love it for my skin as well. It is great for sensitivity but anyone can use it. I like to use it as my “foundation” sometimes because it’s tinted and has a beautiful shade (and that is one less step for me on a busy morning!).

Click on the link and check out the full ingredient listing and all the buzz about ultra sensitive faceblock spf25!

5 Minute Make-up!

 

After having my baby, I have perfected the art of getting my make-up done in exactly 5 minutes. I tell you it is possible. Below are my steps for my 5 minute routine, granted I am not ready to get my picture taken but I don’t scare myself every time I walk past a mirror either. The 5 minutes begins after you have cleansed your skin and applied your daily skin care. Start your timers:

1. Bronzer: If I don’t have time to put on foundation/powder I lightly dust my face and neck all over with a great bronzer.

2. Blush: On the cheek bones.

3. Eye Brows: Take the minute to powder and define your eye brows, they frame your face so it makes a huge difference.

4. Eye Liner: Just line underneath your eye on the lash.

5. Curl Lashes and Apply Mascara: A must.

6. Gloss it up: Lips are crucial, keep your favorite lip gloss in your pocket to re-apply throughout the day. My favorite is Chanel Glossimer.

Voilà, you are ready to go!

 

Turkish Bath

After I graduated from college I took a month holiday to celebrate in Greece and Turkey. While in Istanbul, we were lucky enough to visit a traditional Turkish Bath House or Hammam and it was experience I will never forget! The history of bath houses are so rich and interesting (learn more here), and if you travel to Turkey it is a must.

The beginning of the treatment begins with elevating your body temperature through alternating the sauna and steam room a few times. The next “step” is a plunge in cold water-where every few minutes we could hear a splash followed by sounds of a screeching woman! The point of this process is to strengthen your immune system and invigorate your body. After the rather shocking plunge, I was lead to a warmed marble table while I rested and waited for my scrub master/masseuse to bring me to the next station I like to call the scrub down table. I had never been so vigorously cleaned  (this was prior to my visit to the Olympic Spa in KoreaTown LA-more on this later) and although not a soothing body scrub as I was used to in the West, my skin felt amazingly smooth.

After the scrub I put on a robe and we drank tea. This was not optional. People do not rush out of the spa there as they do here, in fact, it is considered part of the treatment to continue to relax. Otherwise the point of the process would be lost. Although the experience on the whole was rather un “spa” like according to our standards, I rarely leave as relaxed and completely re-charged here as I did that day. In Turkey this is a ritual that is experienced by many of their people on a weekly basis, because they know it is a crucial restorative practice, and also because it is tradition. Also you can’t beat the price, cheap! Here is a link if happen to be in Turkey:

Turkish Hammams

If not, don’t worry, this worldly art has become quite popular recently and there are many Hammams popping up. Expect less traditional and more expensive but usually an absolute treat.

Try Trump Soho

Bath

Body Treatment

 

 

Beach Bag Beauty

I heard that this week will be the hottest week this summer in SoCal. So when I am not locked in my house with the AC up as cold as it can go I will be submerged in water. Here are my top three favorite beach/pool bag beauty products I will be taking along with me:

1. Sun protection-really a no brainer.  Look for a water resistant SPF when planning a day of fun in the sun. I like the La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid-only $29.50 at SkinStore.com

2. Lip Balm with SPF– I like Jason Lip Balm SPF 25-can be found at Mothers Market and other health food markets. Around 4 bucks!

3. Barex Sun Essential Oil-Click on post to find out why!

Now you are set, don’t forget the quarters!

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I Wear my Sunglasses…

We all know by now how much I lecture about protecting your skin from the sun. Well, we also need to think about protecting our eyes. Of course we do this by wearing sunglasses. A common problem that develops when people do not protect their eyes from the sun is cataracts and an even more severe side effect is a burning of the retina!

Make sure when you are shopping for shades you check out the UV protection as well as the style factor. And for you parents out there, please consider having your kids wear sunglasses as well as it is just as important if not more so.

Hairroin Salon-Addicted to Style

 

Every time I travel to L.A. there is always one stop I have to make, Hairroin Salon in Hollywood. I go to visit my long time friend Irene who is a master stylist and to get my hair did. You will not find attitude or weird vibes in this salon. You WILL find mad talent, the best products and the look you have always wanted. Ask for Irene, you won’t be sorry. Check out their website below:

 

 

 

 

The Dewy Look

 

When I think of a “dewy” skin I think of a skin that is fresh, glowing and well hydrated. Who wouldn’t want that? It begins with a well moisturized skin and ends with a minimal make-up application.

I discovered Bobbi’s Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm when shopping for my honeymoon. I wanted something with light coverage during the day that also had sun protection. Mission accomplished, my skin has never looked so good poolside.

Bobbi’s Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

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Outer Beauty, Inner Health

 

In the beauty industry we are finally starting to realize what an impact healthy living can make on our outer appearance. This is not a new concept for Kerstin Florian International. I had the pleasure of interviewing Charlene Florian, Vice President of Corporate Creative Development, and daughter of Kerstin Florian about the company philosophy, her favorite products and amazing new treatments they offer:

Tell us a little about Kerstin Florian and the company history.
Kerstin Florian is a Swedish born esthetician who has a passion for skincare and a unique ability to make beautiful natural products that produce results.  She began her career as a model in Italy where everything was about outer beauty.  There she began her journey to understand true beauty, that everyone is beautiful and has the ability to find their true beauty and vitality through health, well-being and proper skincare.  After becoming an esthetician and working on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, she opened a day spa in Laguna Beach, California.  It expanded three times until she had 22 employees.  She was hired by many of the finest hotels to develop their spa concept and menu.  Now she has a complete range of 100 products, lives in Sweden six months out of the year and works with many of the worlds most exclusive spas including the Dorchester in London, the Dolder Grand in Zurich, Fairmont Willow Stream Spas worldwide and the newly launched Hilton Eforea Spas worldwide.

What is Kerstin Florian’s philosophy on healthy skin and ways to incorporate into every day life?
Our philosophy is Outer Beauty Inner Health.  We believe that total well being is comprised of Proper Nutrition (Lots of vegetables, superfoods, Pure Water and tonic herbs (teas and green smoothies are a great way to get these everyday) in the diet), Regular Exercise, a positive attitude as well as Care of the Face and Body (applying antioxidants and nourishing ingredients topically).  Our skin is a reflection of our daily lifestyle.

What are some of your favorite KFI spa treatments and products?
My favorite facial treatment is with our new K-Lift , Age-Management System.  The results are incredible.  It uses Kinetic energies in three phases:
K-Light: Photobiostimulation and Impulse Microcurrents used simultaneously
K-Firm: Impulse MicroCurrent for Tightening Facial Contours
K-Fusion: Transdermal Delivery for deeper penetration of topical ingredients
Results:

  • Improves collagen synthesis
  • Improves cell membrane permeability allowing better metabolite and enzymatic exchanges
  • Increases level of lymphocyte activity which allows better waste elimination (detoxification)
  • Restores dermal density
  • Energizes Mitochondria (Mitochondria is the power center of the cell. Its main    function is to generate energy
  • Targets “Anti-gravity” muscle groups and tones facial muscles.
  • Triggers DNA regeneration and cell repair

My favorite products include:  Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk, Correcting Intensive Renewal glycolic 15, Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30, Caviar Age Defense Serum, Brightening Eye Crème, FuB Balm.

I would like to thank Charlene for taking the time to talk to me and share her philosophies and knowledge with us! This a woman who truly practices what she preaches about living a healthy lifestyle and it shows. Visit Kerstin on her website to learn more about the products and find a spa near you. Your mind and body will thank you.

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La Bonne Vie

 

I can not say enough about the Dolphin Bay Resort and the spa La Bonne Vie. We went for a weekend getaway, perfect for anyone in Southern California. The central coast is far enough that I felt I was away but I did not have to get on a plane. The first thing we did after check-in was go straight to the spa to book my appointments. It was small, had a shabby chic beachy feel and felt very inviting. I booked a facial the first morning and a massage the next. I promise you I would have made more appointments but my husband had that “really?” look on his face. I loved my Decleor facial, my esthetician was amazing and I tried hard not to fall asleep. My skin glowed the rest of the weekend.

One of the best perks about this spa is that they are always having specials on treatments and sometimes even products. Everything in the spa was 20% off that weekend and the prices are already so low for a resort property!

It was the perfect weekend really. I mean, waking up to a spa treatment, wine tasting in beautiful Edna Valley, eating gourmet food on a cliff over looking the coastline. La Bonne Vie? Yes it is.