Stories for the year: 2017

SkincareDr. Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum and Eye Cream

If you haven’t already tried and regularly use retinol, you’re not alone. Things quickly become confusing with questions like, is a prescription needed? What derivative is right for my type of skin? Is it really effective on fine lines? I was in the same boat, until I started investigating following a need to rework my skin regimen due to some visible changes (more freckles, fine crinkles and folds). Retinols are vitamin-A derivatives which dermatologists recommend for discolorations, lines, and to speed cell turnover. In prescription creams, retinoic acid is the active ingredient, but retinols are shown to be gentler and work just as well in many long term cases. Besides sunscreen, retinol is the gold-standard for anti-aging that medical experts swear by, so even minimalists should have this in their beauty lineup. For a great over-the-counter treatment, I highly recommend Dr. Brandt’s 2% Retinol Complex Serum and the 24/7 Retinol Eye Cream. This duo not only passes the test for effectiveness and comfort on skin when used correctly, but is a great “starter” for retinol, and is likely to continue as a happy complement to your beauty routine.

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HomeThe Starling Project

The poetic marriage between a stellar cause and a luxury product seldom takes place as beautifully as it does with The Starling Project. The mission of the project is to provide solar energy to global communities in need. The founder, Sterling McDavid, was inspired by a trip to Vietnam through UNICEF, and discovered the need and value of a renewable source of energy to empower those living without electricity. What we take for granted every day, 1.2 billion people live without, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and developing Asia. Solar energy is the beginning of the end of air pollution, poor water quality, and opens doors to modern advances.

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SkincareSun’s Out, Sunscreen On!

Of all the skincare options, the one that every dermatologist agrees on across the board to prevent aging and damage to skin is a daily sunscreen. Now that we’re all out frolicking in the sun (or desperately seeking some respite from it at the pool), it’s high time to protect, recharge, and fortify facial skin. I am so grateful that ZO Skin Health has formulated the ideal suncreen in Oclipse Daily Sheer SPF 50. After searching for years, I had all but given up on finding a great hydrating formula that doesn’t feel and smell like sunscreen. Oclipse Daily Sheer glides on and absorbs almost instantly, carries a very light scent, and seals in moisture. It blocks UVA and UVB rays as well as high-energy visible light and infrared rays, preventing irreversible damage to skin. An added component, ZOX12, is a 12-hour time release complex that fights free radicals, so even after the sun goes down, it’s still working hard to fight damage!

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Bath & BodyMalin + Goetz Lime Bar

Well hello there, summer! I am so excited for the fun sunny days ahead, filled with beach trips, pool floats, and rooftop libations. My beauty regimen also takes on a vacation vibe, now that I’ve shed a few heavy layers of moisturizers. While I’m not quite on the anti-haul bandwagon, I do streamline products so I end up keeping those that have the biggest impact on my beauty routine. I also count luxury and feeling pampered as a big positive factor, because sometimes during a busy day, it’s all a girl has to indulge for a few moments. My favorite new addition which embodies a summer scent in a foaming glycerin cleansing bar is Malin + Goetz’s lime bar soap. It’s seriously the best-smelling soap ever, and it’s the only way to wake up in the morning, even before coffee.

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Mom & KidsBonpoint Sample Sale

My beloved Bonpoint is having their amazing sample sale! I had the chance to visit Bonpoint in Paris on a rainy day in March, and it was pure magic. This sale is the best opportunity to incorporate some French chic into little wardrobes.

HairFatboy Stylin’

Perfect_Putty_Large201_grandeI’m a little obsessed with my hubby’s hair- it’s gone through many stages, some admittedly better than others (wanna grab a hat today, honey?). One product that’s made a huge improvement in style and texture is the Perfect Putty from the edgy Fatboy line. It’s just the right consistency for getting the texture for a chic bed-head look. When I first came upon Fatboy Hair Products, I was taken by the story of a Tyson Kennedy, a hairdresser moonlighting as a rock star (does it get any cooler?). A quick flip through Tyson’s own hairstyles through the years is a testament to his versatility and expertise in style and achieving a look. The shampoo and conditioner are also stellar, and smell so manly!

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SkincareRelax & Reboot

rose-willowbark-maskThere are days that I feel like my life is running away from me, and in the front seat is my to-do list! I’ve found that it is paramount for my sanity to take a breather, even if it’s brief, to completely detach and unwind. A short recharge is so powerful for lowering stress levels and regaining a sense of perspective. A few of my favorite products give the respite a sense of luxury as well as a surge of rejuvenation into my skin.

I love the Juara Rose & Willowbark Purifying Mask for its incredible benefits, visible immediately after rinsing off! There is an immediate cool tingling feeling when the mask is applied as botanicals activate and start to work. I tend to leave it on for an extended period of time (at least a half hour), so my skin can drink up every ounce of nutrition. I’d recommend starting with a shorter length of time, as the mask is pretty powerful. The results are visible with instantly brighter skin which is moisturized, healthy, and glowing. Pores are minimized, one of the many benefits of kaolin clay and other powerful natural extracts. White willowbark extracts blemishes, red sandalwood calms and cools, rice proteins soften skin, and rose water naturally clears bacteria. This super-formula does wonders for oily and acne-prone skin.

elemis1_133438_final_retouch_new_copy_v2The light and quick-absorbing Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Balm is both a treatment and a relaxing element for me. I apply this generously around the eye area following the mask and place cool cucumber slices over it. Although the balm appears slightly tinted it does not work as  a cover-up but the sheer cream brightens my tired eyes in just 15 minutes. Skin soothing Chamomile and Arnica are blended with Bird of Paradise flower to calm, reverse inflammation, and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Omega-rich Apricot Kernel Oil naturally softens skin and soothes the delicate eye contour area. The balm stays on all day to work even after the cucumber slices (and my rest time) are a sweet memory.

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

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