Stories by: Grace

SkincareSkin Routine, Redefined

dennisLeave 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.

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Beauty, Home, SkincarePerfect Pairing: Winter Remedies

plants-dry-oil-body-mist-cactus_pink-pepper-highAt 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.

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Beauty, SkincareDead Sea Essentials by AHAVA: Witch Hazel Skin Repair Balm

ahavaEver 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.

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Mom & Kids, SkincareP-R-E-P for the Future

kidsI 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.

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BeautyA Fresh New Year’s Eve

lipWith the Big Kiss looming tomorrow night, here are two beauty treats that are fun and functional, just in time to be fresh and sexy for midnight! A fierce but classic red lip is always alluring and kissable, and Rimmel’s Lasting Finish in 01 (true red, of course) surpasses expectations with its intense pigment, edge, and longevity. It was created by the beautiful Kate Moss in her first lipstick collection. The fierce red lip lasts for up to 8 hours, and the formula is infused with Black Diamonds to reflect light! The lipstick is surprisingly affordable at $5.49 and is available in drugstores.

marvinI brush my teeth at least three times a day (it’s an obsession!), and the event just became a little more luxurious with Italian-made toothpaste Marvis in Cinnamon Mint. It’s hard to go back to prosaic brands after experiencing the rich and creamy luxury formula with a spicy sweet flavor that’s sure to make a kiss linger. Besides uber-important removal of plaque, the sorbitol and glycerin base conditions and fortifies teeth and gums, leaving a spicy aroma of mint and cinnamon. Happy New Year!

Bath & Body, Gift Guidesa philosophy-cal holiday!

Philosophy-Christmas-Cookie-Shower-Gel-OrnamentThe delightful smells of cinnamon, Christmas cookies, and fresh pie are such lovely associations with this time of year. I love walking into the warmth of a home from the grey cold outside to be enveloped by laughter, holiday scents, and the promise of fun to come. philosophy captures the nostalgic smells of the holidays in the form of beauty (no calories!)- lotion, lip shines, and my favorite 3-in-1  Christmas cookie shower gel (also a shampoo or bubble bath) packaged in an ornament box. This adorable stocking stuffer is age-versatile as it would certainly bring a smile to a little girl’s face and same for grandma. philosophy gives back to the community by donating 1% of all philosophy.com sales to mental health efforts- so your gift gives gives back!

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Mom & KidsLittle Dream Bird Baby

birdThere isn’t too much about motherhood that’s truly glamorous, unless you’re Victoria Beckham and can balance 5 inch heels,  a bundle on your hip and have a bodyguard to carry your diaper bag. Despite all the spit-up and exasperation, there’s more than enough love and joy to cause amnesia so procreation can continue! With some anxious thoughts on my mind about my little-one to come, I was more than a little excited to come across Little Dream Bird, a sweet company offering a little luxury to moms on-the-go who have a penchant for chic design.

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Bath & Body, Gift Guides, SkincareObsessions: Luxe Holiday Gifts

carlyNaked Undies. This is the perfect gift for the girl in your life that knows how to unwind and relax in style (or needs that incentive to do so!). The essential loungewear line is unbelievably light and feather-soft, not to mention sexy! The Carly T is my favorite long-sleeve tee for its creative back opening- think two graceful semi-sheer panels overlapping for comfort and ease. This piece fits true to size and is flattering at just the right length without trying too hard. The fabric hugs skin but doesn’t feel constricting in the least, so it’s perfect for traveling, lounging, and rewarding oneself for getting through the holidays! The chic pieces can be machine laundered with care and come in a variety of neutral shades. Naked Undies was founded by two fashionable ladies from LA whose eco-friendly philosophy and charity go beyond the luxurious threads. I love their ideas for giving back, and ten percent of proceeds go directly to the animal rescue organization Banfield Charitable Trust. Naked Undies is a treat for a woman of any age, and makes every day into a spa day whether that’s on the to-do list or not!

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MakeupParisienne Lights from Lancome

Lancome-Parisian-Lights-Holiday-2014-PromoMy office wall has a vintage print of Paris hanging in the center, and it’s not uncommon to hear strains of Edith Piaf in the background. When I daydream, my mind will wander the cobbled streets of my beloved city and I’ll start checking flights. One New Year’s Eve I spent there was especially glamorous, with a decadent meal at Le Cinq, an evening walk amidst twinkling lights on the Seine, and of course beaucoup de champagne. At this time of year, pastries are even more beautiful, dresses are at their chicest, and makeup is divine. Lancôme has introduced the most gorgeous head-to-toe holiday collection which embodies quintessential French richness and sophistication, bringing Paris to us no matter where we celebrate the holidays.

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NailsYotel + Habit Cosmetics

B0qJlCfIgAAlkS6I don’t think my nails have seen the light of day for years- they’re perpetually painted! It’s still a thrill to find new colors that bring some excitement to looking down during daily tasks. A new collaboration from Yotel + Habit Cosmetics has yielded two perfect shades that are environmentally friendly and toxin-free. The first bamboo-capped bottle is a bold plum color which is bright but not tween-y, and the second is a cool blue-grey flecked with a fine smattering of silver shimmer. The polishes are infused with exotic myrrh extract, which naturally strengthens nails and is also an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Nails not only look chic but are healthy underneath!

The two-shade collection captures the innovation and energy of New York, which is where Yotel thrives two blocks from Times Square. The space is inspired by first class travel so hotel living takes on an entertainment aspect kicking it to the next level.

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