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.
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
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).
If you are experiencing extremely dry hands, there is a great hand cream I love. My hands literally crack with dryness due to excessive washing combined with my dry skin. It feels like I am living in the Sahara Desert at times.
I love the Eucerin Intensive Hand Repair Cream, it is rich and super moisturizing. It even has AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) to help slough off the excess skin that builds up. I love the size of the tube as well because you can stick it in your purse or desk *or both-it is only around 5 bucks. It can be purchased at almost any drug store or market. Sweet relief… until the next time you wash your hands-Oy.
There is an amazing new week day special at the Resort at Pelican Hill Spa. If you are thinking about getting a facial or massage this is the place to go. During the week you can receive treatments starting at $90.00 for 50 minutes; this is an incredible deal considering this is a five star spa with some of the best therapists in the industry. There is a beautiful full service salon and a spa boutique.
I recently went to the spa for a 50 minute massage; we arrived early to use the amenities and made a day of it. Valet is free, you can use the fitness area, trust me I can go on and on! Check out the specials and the website for more details.
Pelican Hill Mid-Week Specials
I know I seem a bit obsessed with ways to keep clean and disinfected lately but it is flu season after all! I found an organic hand sanitizing spray that I love and it contains Peppermint so it is perfect for the holiday season. It comes in a small travel size so you can keep it in your purse (perfect for my diaper bag) and use it after touching those dirty escalator rails and bathroom doors at the malls. Happy shopping!
EO hand sanitizing spray with organic Pepppermint
Because this is the first post as a new mom it is going to be all about convenience! One of the products I brought to the hospital was cleansing Facial Towelettes by Yes to Cucumber. These are great for travel, the gym or when you are feeling too lazy and tired to wash your face!
- Dermatologically & Opthalmologically Tested
- Oil-free, and Hypoallergenic
- Great for Sensitive Skin
- Yummy Smell
They are avaibable at Target and are only $5.99. I love how quickly it removes dirt and make-up, now only if I could remove my baby weight as easy…
I discovered Herban Essentials towelettes a few years back when I was working in Los Angeles. My commute was several hours a day and complete torture. I found myself in a small apothecary that sold these hand wipes and was looking to treat myself to a more spa-like way to sanitize my hands after pumping gas (which I did quite often). I first purchased the Lemon flavor and was amazed with how uplifting the scent was. After wiping my hands I wiped down the steering wheel because I could not get enough of the fresh scent. I even smiled a little even though I was on the 405 freeway at 5:00 pm.
The individually wrapped moist towelettes contain high quality essential oils and are combined with antibacterial properties. Each flavor is delightful; my favorites are the Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. They are designed to be used on the hands but they have a hundred different ways in which they can be used (check out website: http://www.herbanessentials.com/welcome). Because they are a little pricy I try to get the most out of every towelette- I would even put the wipe on the A.C. vent so I could keep the aroma flowing in the car. Try the mini pack which contains a variety of all of the towelettes available in one package before you commit!
During my latest trip to the big city I visited one of my favorite beauty apothecaries, Space NK-Soho location. I experienced the Elemental Facial (1 hour 15 minutes) using the Elemental Herbology product line which is exclusive to Space NK in the United States.
My skin felt amazing after the facial, deeply cleansed and hydrated. Leah my therapist, used steam with a gentle peel followed by extractions and my favorite part: an artful facial massage using ice cold stones. Pure bliss!
Leah recommended the Biodynamic Facial Soufflé for me, an intensely hydrating and repairing mask. It is based on naturally derived botanicals, free of fragrance and color and is paraben free. I applied it before my flight home to avoid dehydration (along with 6 water bottles on the flight!)
After my treatment we had dinner plans straight after and I was able to have make-up artist Merrell touch up my make-up (more to come on my favorite color products). I loved my experience, especially the skilled and friendly staff. Space NK has the hard to find skin care brands and even a section dedicated to more of a natural concept. I will definitely be back next time I visit.
Our skin is drastically affected by the conditions of the cabin air as we fly. The low humidity, recycled air and the stress of it all makes us look and feel less than magnificent. A few of the common complaints include itchy eyes, dry and flakey skin, and aggravated sinuses. I have listed a few simple steps to help you look as fresh after a flight as you did before you stepped on the plane:
1. Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!
It is super important to drink plenty of water. Because of the very nature of the plane cabin environment it is extremely dehydrating to the body and of course- the skin. Also, avoid any beverage that will add to dehydration (alcohol, soda).
2. Use sunscreen!
Sun protection is a must when flying; think about how much more vulnerable we are to UV damage at 35,000 feet! If you are sitting at the window seat, pull down the shade.
3. Apply a product with Hyaluronic Acid.
Hyaluronic Acid has the ability to bind moisture to the skin and help maintain the moisture level in the skin. It is a super hydrating ingredient with protective qualities. Try Hydrating B5 Gel by SkinCeuticals. It also contains B5 vitamin which helps with a smoother complexion. http://www.skinceuticals.com