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.

 

Antioxidant Skin Care

Recently I was asked to shed some light on incorporating antioxidant skin care products into a home care regimen. It’s a great question and and even better idea. Using antioxidant rich products *effective products* is important for helping to even out skin tone, minimizing pigmentation and prevention. To prevent further damage you also want to do the following:

Exfoliate!

Wear Sun Protection (religiously)

Use Antioxidants (and eat them!)

Get Facial Treatments

So back to the antioxidants, there are many used in the industry. Vitamin C is a standard and it’s very effective. One of my favorite products uses C but also some other potent ingredients that are super effective when combined.

Phloretin CF by SkinCeuticals is the product I would always recommend to my clients in search of a result driven product that offers prevention along with correction. It’s best used during the day time for extra protection against the sun and free radical damage.

Here are the benefits as listed on SkinCeuticals website:

  • Prevents premature signs of aging and corrects existing photodamage
  • Divides and conquers the range of reactive oxygen species (ROS) throughout the skin
  • Prevents cell mutation by shielding skin’s DNA
  • Accelerates cell turnover
  • Boosts skin’s support structure
  • Inhibits UV-induced discolorations

If you really want to see a difference in the hyperpigmentation, I love to couple with Phyto +. Here are the benefits as listed on SkinCeuticals website:

  • Contains kojic acid and arbutin to help reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Active ingredients work synergistically to lighten the appearance of skin
  • Natural alternative to the chemical skin lightener hydroquinone—less likely to cause irritation
  • Contains anti-inflammatory cucumber and anti-bacterial thyme to soothe and calm irritated skin
  • Helps maintain results following invasive cosmetic procedures
  • Ideal for all skin types

Hope that helps April, this ones for you. ♥

 

Mini Me-Favorite Travel Goodies

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).

 

 

Moroccan Oil

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

Hand Sanitizer

Facial Wipes

 

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?
 

 

3 Reasons to Wash Your Face Before Bed

 

 

Are you too “busy” to wash your face at the end of the day? Are you embarrassed to take off your makeup in front of your new boyfriend so you just sleep in it? Did you pass out after a night of dancing at the club and just forget to cleanse? Hey I don’t judge, I have had so many clients tell me they routinely skip their nighttime cleansing.  However, this is one habit I highly suggest breaking. Here are my top three reasons why you should wash your face at the end of each day:

1. Get rid of dirt, debris and make-up.

This will help prevent clogging of the pores, sensitivity and dehydration. Even if you do not wear makeup, dirt and bacteria still need to be removed. 

2. Treatment products can penetrate into the skin

Our skin cells are regenerating fastest while we sleep which is why we treat our skin with all of the highly potent ingredients at night.  Cleanse the skin and then apply products to target which ever area of concern you may have.

3. Avoid breakouts

This is common sense people, but if you do not wash your skin, bacteria will spread and you can get acne breakouts. Period. Include washing, treating and moisturizing your face and neck into your routine just like brushing your teeth.

Any questions?

 

Happy 4th of July!

Hope you all have a happy and healthy 4th of July! Wear your sunscreen (I had to say it)!

“The greatest lesson we can learn from the past is that freedom is at the core of every successful nation” – Anonymous

 

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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.

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).