5 Minute Make-up!

Aug
2011
31

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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

Aug
2011
29

posted by on Exfoliation, Holiday, I ♥ Spa, Travel

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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

Aug
2011
23

posted by on I ♥ Products, I ♥ Tips, SPF, Sun

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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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My Spa Water

Aug
2011
22

posted by on Facial Treatments, Food, I ♥ Nutrition, I ♥ Spa, I ♥ Tips

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I recently had the privilege of interviewing Pam Wenzel, author and creator of http://myspawater.com/ about the importance of water as it relates to our skin and overall health. She explains how essential proper hydration is and how to make drinking water seem like a day at the spa!

I ♥ SC: The benefits of drinking enough water seem endless, can you explain
some of the most important reasons we need to stay hydrated?

PAM: Yes Jessica you are correct, they really are endless! But speaking from
a Health perspective (as apposed to beauty), I think the most important reason
to stay hydrated is to lower our risk of disease. One of the MANY jobs of water
is to flush toxins that build up in the body that cause disease. Being an 18
year breast cancer survivor, I do follow and read many reports on this subject.
For example, I recently reviewed a study suggesting that Drinking 5 glasses of
water daily could decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by
79%, and developing bladder cancer by 50%. I think this is absolutely amazing!
More research is being done and of course much debate will follow. One thing
that resonated with me about this study though is that I had developed breast
cancer at an early age (27) and even though I did try to eat right and exercise
in my 20’s I very seldom drank water.

I ♥ SC: Do you believe there is a correlation to staying hydrated and the look
and feel of our skin?

PAM: Absolutely there is! I believe that water is the best kept beauty secret
of all time! Water naturally hydrates the body inside and out. Proper hydration
is the key to beautiful glowing skin as it helps keep skin from drying out, thus
preventing wrinkles and that’s what we are all striving toward! Hydrating your body facilitates cell growth and regeneration, elimination of wastes, and sloughing away of dead skin cells improving your skin tone!

I ♥ SC: Why is it important to drink water after a spa treatment?

PAM: Aside from being extremely refreshing after a hard day at the spa, water
can actually minimize muscle pain (muscles are composed of 70% water) and
soreness in the days following a massage.
A massage can also be dehydrating and it’s always important to replenish water
and even electrolytes that can be lost during treatments. But most importantly,
water helps relieve stress and relaxes the body making for a more enjoyable spa
experience!

I ♥ SC: I know people who don’t drink enough water because they feel its too
“boring”. Can you share any recipes that may entice our readers to drink
more water?

PAM:Yes it is actually quite boring! Would absolutely love to share. Here is
one of my favorites ~ Raspberry Mist ~ which comes from the Hyatt Tamaya New
Mexico (page 5 of our Spa Water Book).

This Spa Water is not only refreshing but absolutely beautiful! In addition to
their Excellent flavor, raspberries are full of strong antioxidants and
possess anticancer properties. Limes, known as an immune system boosting fruit,
add a vitamin packed zest!

Raspberry Mist from Hyatt Tamaya:

2 Cartons of raspberries
3 Limes thinly sliced
Ice and water

Method: Layer your beverage pitcher with lime slices and raspberries. Add ice.
Repeat until the server is full. Pour water over the ice and fruit.

This recipe can also be found on our blog
http://www.myspawaterbook.com/blog/2011/05/06/happy-mothers-day-from-myspawater-com-raspberry-mist-from-hyatt-tamaya/

Thank you Pam for the amazing information!I am drinking Raspberry Mist at this minute, yum!

Pam Wenzel (Author of Spa Water) is a forty-six-year-old mother of two. As a
seventeen-year breast cancer survivor, she has made it her goal to help Dr.
Susan Love Research Foundation’s Army of Women initiative reach their target of
recruiting one million women to help determine the cause of breast cancer. Pam
grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington and now lives in McKinney, Texas, with her
husband, Rusty, and their two children, Palmer and Stevie.

In support of research to find the cause of breast cancer, a portion of the
proceeds from the sale of Spa Water will benefit the Dr. Susan Love Research
Foundation. Pam encourages readers to join the Army of Women and become one in a
million.
Learn how adequate hydration can help lower the risk of cancer.

Please learn more about Pam on her website. And make sure to follow her on Twitter:@MySpaWater and like her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/myspawater

 

 

posted by on Baby, Eye Care, Fashion, I ♥ Tips, Sun

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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.

Long Locks Lexicon

Aug
2011
17

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We made the stories section of the Long Locks Lexicon! Check out the link below to the see my post and read about the latest trends in everything “hair”!

The LongLocks Lexicon

 

posted by on Celebrity, Fashion, Hair, I ♥ Products, Travel

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irene

 

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

Aug
2011
12

posted by on I ♥ Products, I ♥ Tips, Moisturizer, SPF, Sun, Toner, Travel

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bobbi

 

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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Up in the Air

 

posted by on Facial Treatments, Fitness, Food, I ♥ Nutrition, I ♥ Products, I ♥ Spa, I ♥ Tips, Organic, Resort Spa

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Charlene

 

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.

Other Kerstin Florian Related Posts:

Kerstin Florian Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30

Favorite Exfoliators

My Beauty Bunny

Aug
2011
04

posted by on Exfoliation, Facial Treatments, I ♥ Products, I ♥ Spa, I ♥ Tips, Toner

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Check out one of my favorite beauty websites: My Beauty Bunny. They focus on the latest in skin care and cosmetics all Cruelty Free! Click here to see the latest blog I guest wrote on how to be a bathing beauty…enjoy!