Stories for the year: 2017

SkincareSpring with Nivea

nivea-creme-85-oz-250-mlSpring has Sprung! New beginnings and and bright blossoms are my favorite parts of this season. I’m also motivated to fix some things that I’ve let slide all winter (like the scale…) as warmer weather will soon be upon us. My ashy knees and elbows, and extra-dry patches of skin need to emerge, and are in bad need of therapy. When I need something super rich and nutritive, I run to Nivea Crème which is my savior in times of need! As much as I love trying the latest and greatest, the time-tested and classic crème is still one of the most effective and economical formulas available. It amazes me that it has been around for over 100 years, and has a cult-following to boot. The fast-absorbing formula absorbs quickly but has a staying power which keeps moisture bound for long hours. My hands get washed a million times a day and can feel terribly rough until they come in contact with Nivea Crème. I love smoothing just a tad bit of this on overnight, and wake up astounded by the transformation of my rough patches including my heels.

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Beauty, Skincare, TravelPacking It Up

I’m gleefully prepping for a long-awaited much-needed vacay to London and Paris next week. For me, the anticipation is painfully glorious as I spend every spare moment reading blogs, checking weather, and planning outfits. Trying to whittle selections down to a couple pairs of shoes is inevitably tough! My beauty case always carries my most precious essentials, so I’m sharing my top picks I can’t live without.

essenceThe Essence, a plumping skin softener by Tatcha is the newest addition to their anti-aging collection. The delicate milky fluid is a literal drink for the skin, and a luxurious addition to my relaxing cleansing ritual. Although it’s probably the easiest element to incorporate into daily skin care, it may make the biggest impact when used consistently. I appreciate the simple light fragrance and consistency of The Essence which won’t block pores. A high concentration of Japanese superfoods features Hadasei-3TM, a combination of antioxidants from Green Tea, Rice, and Algae. A smooth and youthfully bright complexion is the result the complex working to naturally stimulate lactic acid which in turn promotes cell turnover. Hydration is a significant need for any type of skin, and The Essence enables long-lasting retention of moisture. I simply pour a small amount into my palm, pat it into skin after cleansing, take a deep breath as it is absorbed, and follow with moisturizer. No matter how crazy travel is, this little bit of zen keeps my skin in prime condition and gives me that elusive calm.

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SkincareFighting the Cold

AUB-LipGel_Prod-12-11-15-Front-ProductAfter the holidays, I’m counting the days til spring flowers first peek out. Although we’ve had a mild winter, I still feel like my lips take a toll as they’re uber sensitive and needy. One savior for the sleety days or those on the ski slopes have been products from Aubio Life Sciences. Their dermatologist-developed Hydrating Lip Balm with SPF 30 stays with me at all times, and provides me with instant soothing relief when my lips are chapped (pulling it out right now!). Lips tend to be neglected, but they need SPF as much as our facial skin as they can be sun damaged and show age. Aubio’s formula is multi-functional, taking care of nourishment, protection, and appearance of lips. Skin lipids work to restore the lips’ surface, while the long lasting barrier keeps moisture in even through eating and drinking. Sarracenia Extract is a natural plant-based ingredient which works wonders to soothe and protect cells. READ MORE

Insider's ObsessionsLovers’ Tea

theWith the annual Day of Love approaching, I put any thought of dining out away (eschewing massively priced prix fixe menus) in favor of a romantic night in with a homemade dinner, wine, and candles. To commemorate the occasion, I am combining my love of France and of tea in a gift for mon amourPalais des Thés has just launched a gorgeous set of teas, Paris for him and Paris for her, inspired by tender moments in the City of Light. The brand has been a darling of mine since I first encountered the muslin tea bags in my Parisian hotel many years ago, filled with the most fragrant and unique flavor combinations. For her, a green tea base carries a fragrant floral blend of rose, raspberry, and lychee. Sipping a cup of it becomes gentle and soothing afternoon ritual while daydreaming of walks across the Seine. For him, notes of citrus fruit, coriander, and vanilla, complement the rich black tea. And just because I can, I borrow from his to wake me up in the morning and start my day afresh.

 

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SkincareFountain of Youth

youthserum_mfIt’s not easy finding a serum that is effective and fits your skin’s needs. I started using serums around my 30th birthday, both to help with sun spots and to preserve my skin for years to come. I’ve tried enough serums to fill a beauty counter, and have been really happy with the IS Clinical Youth Serum which has made a difference in my face within a couple weeks of use. My long term goal is to stave off wrinkles and protect from free radical damage, which is all wrapped up with the Youth Serum. The serum sets itself apart from others with its double intentions. For the impatient side of me, I want quick results which are accomplished with intelligent proteins, targeting damaged areas and working on firming and fine lines. For the future, the safe growth factors discourage wrinkling, and the patented Extremozyme® technology works with antioxidants to fight environmental aggressors. The serum is especially good for the winter months as the white willow bark component hydrates and soothes.

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Beauty, SkincareAmore Pacific

amoreIn the London-like weather which has taken over January, I’ve reworked and tweaked my skin care regimen to add elements of intense moisture, nutrients, and antioxidants. The highlights of my new routine are a night and day pair from Amore Pacific, my long-trusted line to take care of my sensitive and needy skin. I love their philosophy of utilizing centuries of knowledge and botanically-based ingredients. I’ve had a long term obsession with green-tea antioxidants, and the Future Response Age Defense Crème showcases ingredients like potent hand-cultivated green tea from Jeju Island. Pine mushroom extract and Future Response Complex also work together to provide powerful antioxidant benefits. The antioxidants are the best weapons against damaging oxidizing agents from pollution and disease which run skin ragged and ages it quickly. The complex of 12 Asian Botanicals also work with the antioxidants to naturally reduce signs of aging and leave my skin supple and dewy.

I look forward to my cleansing ritual in the evenings, mainly because it feels so luxurious to apply the creme as the final step. I make sure to use horizontal motions across my neck and even down to the décolletage, and gentle upward circles for the face. A little bit goes a long way as it is rich and concentrated. However, it doesn’t have that oily feeling so breakouts can be avoided, and it will work for dry, normal, or combination skin.

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Food, Insider's ObsessionsIn a Nutshell

untitledThe New Year is always a welcome time to start afresh, rethink goals, and start a less conscience-racking diet, in my case. With the rigors of holiday eating done for the season, I’m craving a change in my waistline and an infusion of energy back into my system. Thankfully, eating healthy doesn’t mean giving up all joy in life! I am completely obsessed with the crazy-fresh and naturally scrumptious nut bars from Nutshell. It may seem impossible that a bar- usually a last resort breakfast or snack- can be worthy of such a rave, but I myself was amazed the first time I tried a bite. The freshness of the nuts and ingredients such as espresso beans (in my fave flavor, Java), cinnamon, and of course walnuts, cashews, and other premium nuts produce a surprising and welcome flavor bomb.

Nutshell is a new boutique company headed by Will D’Agostino, an active outdoorsman who refuses to sacrifice flavor in a nutritious bar. They pay an amazing amount of attention to every single ingredient that goes into the bars. Each is packed with organic, vegan, gluten-free ingredients, and each flavor profile is so well curated it would be at home in a bakery. The bars can be kept fresh in the fridge until they’re ready to eat, and I recommend enjoying the bar at room temperature to ensure your tastebuds get the best experience. The crave-worthy bars available to the lucky residents of Connecticut and thankfully, to the rest of the country online. Trust me on this one, your workouts and tastebuds will love you that much more.

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