“Everything that we put on our bodies must be nutritious and safe,” says Horst M. Rechelbacher, the founder of Intelligent Nutrients, who is an active environmentalist changing world of beauty. I couldn’t agree more–it makes total sense, doesn’t it? I am a firm believer that the food you eat makes a huge difference in your health and appearance, so it follows that what seeps into our bodies from the outside should be carefully sourced as well. I sampled and fell in love with two products from Intelligent Nutrients, the Anti-Aging Serum and Organic Hair Shine.
My skin is fed and glowing with clarity as soon as I apply the oil-based Certified Organic Anti-Aging Serum, which combats dryness as it nourishes. With autumn’s inevitable cool-down on the way, I now feel prepared! The unique blend of argan and acai oils protect skin from fall’s drying wind gusts while boosting elasticity. The results are undeniable, and I can actually see my fine lines (crinkles!) fading. I’m currently using the serum at least once a day before bed, so the oils can work magic and literally create beauty sleep for me. Because of the hydrating properties, I don’t even need a separate moisturizer since it acts as a barrier to seal nutrients and moisture in. I use a gentle cleanser, then just one pump of the serum covers my whole face, then one more pump for neck and decolletage. I massage it in using gentle, circular motions, and it’s soothing and calming as it absorbs. My face actually looks younger in the morning, and any irritation or redness is happily absent. My mind is at ease knowing that night after night, the serum I’m generously applying is certified organic. The treatment also contains antioxidants to affect skin on a cellular level, restoring collagen and elastin production.
After such a hot, wet and frankly, kind of weird summer (not gonna lie)…I’m looking forward to fall. While the summer thunderstorms are still raging, I’ve already begun dabbling into our fall beauty collections. At the top of my list is Laura Mercier’s Limited Edition Dark Spell Collection, which presents an astounding array of colors and concepts that define the mysterious and seductive woman. This cutting edge collection is a necessity for the dramatic femme who wants to make a statement! The eyes are the focus of this collection of dark grays and deep blacks then accented by rich lips, resulting in a smoldering, attention-grabbing look. (more…)
Right now, I am in love with Vichy’s innovative air-mousse sunscreen, Capital Soleil SPF 50 lightweight foaming lotion, which allows me to indulge in a full-body mousse sensation while getting my much-needed sun protection on quickly. This light-as-air formula instantly smooths and softens the skin minus the annoying chalky residue while safeguarding skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. The waterproof mousse is genius because it’s not only a pleasure to apply, it gives fantastic coverage unlike sprays which just go into the air, or lotions which take forever to get everything covered. The formula is non-greasy and non-sticky, so it doesn’t end up feeling heavy. I find that even when I’m sweating, it doesn’t end up streaking white like so many other sunscreens–a major faux pas in my book! Over time, the silky texture improves skin quality and helps prevent sun damage, using white grape polyphenols and vitamin E for an antioxidant boost. (more…)
“Hello, Pretty!” was the welcome we got from Amelia, the friendly blue and green parrot whose main gig is being the mascot of the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. We recently took a short flight to the Florida property for a long weekend–now that we have a little one tagging along on our travels, short flights and a relaxing atmosphere are sine qua non. A 40-minute drive from Jacksonville airport and we were right on the beach, enjoying the waves and warmth. The hotel is nestled among rolling sand dunes, and several boardwalks connect to the private beach, where the crew is eager to help you get settled and entertained. (more…)
I decided a few weeks ago that I had to end it all… frizzy hair, that is! This summer in particular, I’ve been wearing headbands and scarves incessantly (love the Hermes Twilly colors!), just trying to keep a bird’s nest situation from taking place atop my head. With thicker hair and a sudden plethora of baby hairs, I began earnestly exploring hair treatments. After an abundance of research and polling women for the secrets to their beautiful hair, the one came most highly recommended was the Brazilian Blowout. The keratin-based treatment eliminates frizz and straightens hair for up to three months, and can even work on hair that’s been chemically treated. The unique thing about the Brazilian Blowout is that besides smoothing and de-frizzing, it actually improves the health of your hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft. The result is smooth, healthy, and shiny hair–my dream come true! (more…)
I have to admit a bit of a clean freak, which may have something to do with being a mom, so I end up washing my hands (and everything I touch) a million times a day! Since I spend a lot of time with soap, I love exploring different scents and ingredients, and even packaging. I was thrilled to discover that one of my favorite brands, Kiss My Face, has come out with an all-purpose Peace Soap, which follows the same philosophy as their skincare line of using the finest and gentlest 100% natural ingredients. It’s made with organic olive, coconut, and jojoba oils, so it takes care of your hands while eliminating germs. The simple formulation is biodegradable, environmentally friendly and good for cleaning just about anything! Grassy Mint is my favorite scent, which is simultaneously refreshing and a touch earthy and in the mornings, and it’s the first thing that wakes me up (besides a crying baby!). The other soaps are delightful too, and remind me of scents you’d find at a wellness spa- Lemongrass Clary Sage, Lavender Mandarin, and Pomegranate Acai. I know the soap is good when hubby voluntarily pipes up about how much he likes that it cleans well and is concentrated and efficient! (more…)
As a self-proclaimed gloss-addict, I’m always looking for new tubes to add to my collection. Every gloss has its own personality (tart! demure! sophisticated!), and so depending on the occasion or my mood, there’s always a gloss that’s a perfect fit. My latest two summer gloss obsessions are like siblings that complement each other but each shine in their own way!
For everyday wear, I’m loving Bite Beauty’s Lush Fruit Lip Gloss. The product is sheer but creates a full, shiny, and luscious look for lips during the day. Best part? It’s actually infusing anti-aging goodness into the lips while adding a touch of color to perfect a look. Although I usually eschew “frutti tutti” type sugary lip treatments, I love the smoothie-like idea behind Lush Fruit gloss because doesn’t just taste like fruit, it’s actually infused with coconuts, mangos, and strawberries. Apricot and avocado oils are saturated with antioxidants to fight free radicals that cause aging of the lip line. For all the reasons the fruits are good for the body, the gloss is great for lips. Of the 12 colors, my go-to is Garnet, a bright pink (but not gaudy!) that adds a punch to any outfit. As soon as it’s applied, my lips are hydrated and happy for hours–and since the glosses are waterproof, swimming and sipping some bubbly don’t mean I have to reapply immediately. The glosses are formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates–there’s no room for them after the seven nourishing fruit oils!
For evenings out, I’ll turn to something with a bit more pigmented. Lancome’s Gloss in Love comes in 12 bright shades and when applied, they create a “vinyl shine” which is the perfect description. I love the smooth, larger-than-life shine, and seamless look. I find that moisturizing my lips with a good balm beforehand boosts performance even more. The packaging is very well thought out- a little button releases the wand, so no unscrewing necessary. The wand itself is angled in such a way that it hugs your lips and gives full coverage. I’ve gotten so many compliments on my fave fun shade, Blink Pink, that I’m going back for more!
During the steamy hot peak days of summer, I’ll do anything for a respite! All too often, my face thirsts for some refreshment, which I’ve discovered in Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist. The light mist restores, tones (so much easier than applying toner the old fashioned way!), and hydrates. A few spritzes are akin to going from hot humidity walking into a delicious cool foggy mist; the relief and restoration are immediate! I love the light rose scent which lingers for a few moments as the balancing mist hydrates my complexion. On a typical day, I’ll use the mist at least once midday, but if I’m going to be running from lunch to appointments, I’ll tuck it into my purse for a quick refresher on-the-go. It’s amazing what a difference a few seconds of misting can do both for the senses while creating a fresh and dewey visage. I’m pretty liberal with my spritzing, since there’s so much good stuff packed into each pump: rose oil softens, balances, and restores, while marshmallow extract hydrates and rebalances. Aloe, skin’s natural best friend used for centuries, provides beneficial polysaccharides and amino acids to soothe and calm. Of course, there are no worries about irritants such as parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or petro-chemicals. (more…)
Occasionally I wonder if I have some Italian blood in me, due in part to alarmingly strong cravings for truffle pasta, my adoration for the Amalfi Coast, and the fact that I consider Monica Bellucci the epitome of timeless beauty. Ms. Belluci has been a longtime muse of the ultimate Italian label, Dolce & Gabbana, and a recent collaboration between the two has resulted in the True Monica Collection. “We are constantly inspired by Monica Bellucci, to us she will always be the original Dolce & Gabbana woman; naturally, timelessly beautiful with an unwavering strength of character on the inside,” say Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. As a screen icon and model, Monica Belluci has had every conceivable look done, and has created this perfectly curated palette to bear her name as her signature style. The shade collection consists of a sexy color palette for a head-to-toe makeover including shades for the eyes, lips, and nails. Creating a gorgeous face is an art form, starting with a dramatic smokey eye paired perfectly with a voluptuous kiss-ready lip. The passion exuding from the rich colors is powerful–use with caution! (more…)
I have a deep-rooted sentimental love for Boston, the city where I met my hubby in school, courted, and went to the chapel to get married! The picturesque city holds such historic charm and beauty that a nostalgic sheen seems to embrace the whole city. Every time we go back for a visit, we gleefully revisit old favorites and discover new ones to add to the list. This past visit brought us to the refined and elegant XV Beacon Hotel, which won us over with how well it nestled its way into our perfect Boston experience. The location could not be better for exploring the city and its best neighborhoods, and is an easy ride from the airport on the T. Within minutes of checking in, we were walking (skipping, almost) down the hill to Charles Street for shopping and coffee. (more…)