Leave it New York-based skincare guru Dr. Dennis Gross to come up with a cleanser that has been completely rethought, top to bottom. The new Color Smart Cleanser & Mask was inspiring to try, as there is nothing else quite like it. The most innovative part of the cleanser is that you can actually see and feel it working. Once activated, the Citrus Enzyme Bead Complex releases anti-aging actives a change in color from a light cream orange to a deeper pigmented hue to let you know that the brightening, firming, and polishing activities have begun! The formula capitalizes on Vitamin C and actually uses three different forms of it for different purposes. The first derivative enhances collagen repair, lightens, and moisturizes. The second allows for a powerful concentration of the vitamin to be absorbed into the skin, improving elasticity. Finally, the third uses Vitamin C for its skin lightening properties.
The neat thing about this cleanser/mask is that it goes on dry skin using dry hands, and will change colors as soon as exfoliating agents have been activated. I love this aspect simply as a time saver- it allows me the option last minute of doing an effective mask without having to cleanse, dry then apply the mask, wait, and wash off. I can multi-task after putting the formula on my face, pick up a few things and turn on the shower, and voila! In 3-4 minutes, I glance back in the mirror and see the deeper orange color and feel the tingle so I know the citrus enzyme is hard at work.
Brr!! Even though we’re on the brink of spring, it’s still so chilly outside that we just want to stay inside and be cozy in our pajamas. Do you feel the same way? If so, we say it’s the perfect time to invest in a luxe pair of PJs from PJ Salvage.
We love the gorgeous mens-inspired Luxe Modal PJ Set, made with a modal/elastane blend; this fabric is ultra soft and feels completely luxurious on the body. The pajama top is a classic button-front, which is great if you want to slip a tank underneath, and features a chest-pocket; an adjustable drawstring waist bottom gives you the ultimate comfort. We love the simple contrast trim and the flattering cut, together which makes this pair of PJs a classic that you can wear for years to come.
Get yours at PJSalvage.com – or check out some of their fun printed styles!
At this point in the never-ending winter with snow in the forecast every week, I fear the groundhog was right and spring is not even teasing us yet! With romantic Valentine’s just past, there’s a lingering sweetness and hankering for all things pink and pretty. I have a couple favorites to share so we can all get through ’til the blooms peek out.
I’m convinced that Ahava’s Dry Oil Body Mist in Cactus + Pink Pepper was created with this time of year in mind, for both beauty and function. Just laying eyes on the beautiful pink frosted bottle on a chilly morning injects some of that elusive blossomy hue into my visual palette for the day. It’s amazing how a little color can warm the soul! A few spritzes of the mist absorbs instantly, leaving a satiny smooth feeling on my parched skin, especially on legs, knees, and arms. I really don’t feel oily or greasy, but still get the benefits of having moisture locked in with the Dead Sea plant oils. The unique light scent is feminine and sweet without being cloying, and is derived from the pink peppercorns of the berries of a South American tree. The cactus component offers its natural antioxidants along with magnesium, amino acids, flavonoids, and vitamin C. Jojoba and Sesame Seed Oils work with Vitamin E and Dunaliella Algae which are effective in smoothing and hydrating while protecting skin from free radical damage.
Ever since I laid eyes on Ahava’s new Restorative Witch Hazel Skin Repair Balm, I’ve been obsessed with it: it’s literally like oversized chapstick for the body! The genius tube is so easy and fun to apply, a quick and effective fix for rough dry patches with no risk of over-squirting. My crackly knuckles, knees and elbows are spoiled by the satiny slather of rich witch hazel. While enjoying my moisturized hands, I did some quick research on witch hazel, which was used hundreds of years ago by Native Americans to lessen inflammation, treat itching and insect bites. It also contains antioxidants that can help protect against sunburn and aging from the sun.
I recently read that technology might be killing the jewelry industry, specifically the brick-and-mortar fine jewelry establishments. This was somewhat depressing because I live in the core of the Los Angeles jewelry district, but I won’t take you down that road. Instead, I want to focus on the closing paragraph of the article, where a friend of the writer’s elected NOT to buy his graphic designer girlfriend diamond earrings as a gift because she couldn’t “use the earrings to make her artwork.”
What!? Who doesn’t want diamond earrings?!?
I write this post because on behalf of all the people out there who are tired of buying “junk jewelry” only to watch it fall apart one season later, we want better bling! READ MORE
I was quite surprised during a recent conversation with a close girlfriend to find out that she doesn’t use SPF on her face on a regular basis, and she was in turn shocked that I do, even if I know I’ll be in the office or inside for most of the day. She happens to have lovely skin, a genetic blessing from her mother, which is priceless and so worth preserving. I realized then that good habits start young, so I was delighted to come across PREP, a newly launching dermatologist-founded and tested line of skincare for girls. It stands for Powerful, Real, Everyday, Protection and is entirely plant and mineral based, free of petroleum and parabens, and chock-full of yummy anti-oxidants. PREP is not only dedicated to improving the lives of young women, but gives back by participating in charitable campaigns.
We’re longtime fans of The2Bandits and think their brand new Spring 2015 collection, Rodeo Queen, is so fun! Celebrated by a vibrant lookbook that takes us on a chic, sexy tour of the Russian River Rodeo (an event that has always inspired the designer) – including cowboys, horses, hot dog stands with tons of Modern-day Americana appeal, take a sneak peek of the collection through select images from their Spring 2015 lookbook.
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