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SkincareJuara Radiance Enzyme Scrub

juara_radianceenzymescrub_900x900So many of the best beauty products draw their ingredients and inspiration from exotic roots. The Chinese found that proteins found in egg whites tighten and hydrate skin, and Queen Cleopatra bathed in milk, honey and olive oil to soften and smooth her legendary skin. Juara is one of my favorite lines which incorporates extracts from fruits and plants from ancient Indonesian traditions. For its products, Juara draws on time-tested beauty rituals as well as current research and modern advances to make products effective and safe even for sensitive skin. I always gravitate towards products with a natural base and a long history, simply because the knowledge built up from hundreds of years holds much wisdom from utilizing nature’s remedies.

The Radiance Enzyme Scrub contains bamboo and Jojoba beads to gently and effectively remove impurities including dead skin cells, dirt, and makeup from deep down. Apple enzymes naturally soften skin by dissolving dead skin cells, and cinnamon fights bacteria and is especially great for oily skin. Only gentle to moderate pressure in circular motions is needed when applying to wet skin, as the beads are firm and substantial enough to do all the work. The formula itself is fluid and milky and does not leave a residue as it rinses off easily. Clove flower brightens and protects by inhibiting melatonin production, which is how those pesky dark spots appear in the first place. My skin tone was more even after settling down for 30 minutes following the scrub, and dry patches were virtually eliminated, revealing fresh skin underneath. I love the end result, which is smaller pores, tighter skin, and best of all, a natural glow. The scrub is part of my post-workout routine twice a week, and I love the feeling of scrubbing out all the toxins and giving my face a new start!



Beauty, Skincaregoop by Juice Beauty


The beauty world has been buzzing about Gwyneth Paltrow’s new skincare line, and it got me really curious! Was it any good? I love a good face oil – especially organic – but many that I’ve tried are simply too heavy, sitting and leaving your face oily…which only leads to not-so-great skin results. So of course, I wanted to try the goop by Juice Beauty Enriching Face Oil.

Ladies (and gents!), it’s good! It’s certified organic and made with a pure blend of USDA certified organic oils like jojoba, evening primrose, sunflower, grapeseed and others. The oil is meant to boost your existing moisturizing routine, but I’ve mainly been using it at night on its own. It’s only 1 fl. oz, but a little goes a long way. I love that the oily sinks in fairly quickly as well. The packaging is clean and pretty on your counter, and most importantly, it always leaves my skin feeling soft and glowy!

Beauty, Hair, SkincareGet Back Your Glow!


Anyone else feeling like winter has left them with dry, dull everything? From my dry, flaky skin to dull tresses, my whole beauty regime could use an extra dose of moisturization this spring. Raise your hand if you’re in the same camp as me.

While I usually up my game during the winter season with ultra moisturizing products, this year seems particularly worse and I’ve needed to find some new products to help fix this! To the rescue are…  READ MORE

Beauty, Skincare4 Steps to Prevent Aging

anti-aging-clinics1-1024x671I always admire people who take aging in stride, looking beautiful and confident at any age. That being said, I believe in taking care of what we are born with and taking steps to reduce damage to facial skin. I’m lucky to count a few dermatologists as friends, and I’m always picking their brains about skin, products, and that elusive formula for turning back the clock. Here are a few pointers that I try to incorporate, and it’s never too late to start!

Prevent sun damage. No matter what history of sun exposure you’ve had, today is Day One. I have many happy childhood memories of frolicking in the sun but I never wore sunscreen on a daily basis until college. I’m religious about it now, and even if I go outside for a few minutes without sunscreen, my mind runs to the dangerous UV rays penetrating my skin damaging elastic fibers and allowing wrinkles to appear. Of course, I get those annoying spots on my cheeks despite wearing sunscreen, so wearing a hat with a wide brim is important too.

caudalieThe lightest but most efficient sunscreen moisturizer I’ve come across (and I’ve tried dozens!) is the Resveratrol Face Lifting Moisturizer SPF 20 from Caudalie. It blocks the sun’s rays, and also contains a powerful antioxidant in grapes and red wine, called resveratrol, which may help lower your odds of getting cancer, heart disease, and premature aging. I like to use this as encouragement to drink a glass of red wine each day! The hydrating daily moisturizer is a part of Caudalie’s Resveratrol Lift Collection, products developed in collaboration with Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard University powered by a patented molecule proven to reverse visible sings of aging. Key ingredients include Stabilized Vine Resveratrol, micro hyaluronic acids, anti-slackening peptides and soft-focus pigments. It is an amazingly weightless and airy sunscreen, which is perfect for spring and summer. The scent is very faint and won’t bother even the most sensitive noses. Pores can breathe and the light moisturizer does more than double duty, providing protection and fighting environmental stressors which age skin quickly.


SkincareEve Lom White Collection

eveEvery year around this time, I am thirsting for a little bit of warmth and sun (the blizzards just don’t do it for me, and my skin takes the brunt of the harsh weather!). The weeks creep by slowly but surely with the promise of spring just around the corner. This bit of foreshadowing prompts me to do some prep in anticipation of brighter days, and my face is just itching for a pick-me-up. I love EVE LOM for its quality and effective innovations, and the Brightening Cream is no exception. The idea behind the cream is to bring radiance to skin while tweaking hyperpigmentation and hydrating. I’ve been using the cream for over four weeks now, and am enjoying my even, brighter skin tone and a smoother complexion. My routine each evening includes cleansing and exfoliation (twice a week), and applying the brightening cream in a circular motion concentrating on upward strokes and covering my neck as well. While I sleep, the cream is hard at work, and I wake up feeling youthful and hydrated!


Obsessions, SkincareAll Eyes All the Time

future-response-age-defense-dual-eye-creme-2The deluge of snow we’re slowly digging gave us a great time to rest and recharge, but was also a reminder that especially in the dead of winter, our skin needs around-the-clock protection from the icy winds and sun damage. For the skiiers and snowboarders out there, it’s imperative to use a good sunscreen since a combination of high altitudes and UV rays reflecting off the snow make it a risk for overexposure.  While I’m sticking to dodging snow piles to get around the city, I’ve been extra careful to protect my face, and especially my eye area. I love Amore Pacific’s Future Response Age Defense Dual Eye Creme, which ensures that the uber-delicate eye area is protected 24-hours a day whether out in the sun or recharging for the evening. Celeb favorite (ahem, Emma Roberts) brand Amore Pacific is rooted deep in Korean tradition utilizing the powerful polyphenols from green tea leaves among other antioxidants, and I’ve noticed the efficient bundle of ingredients improving my eye area. Using a tiny bit of the day and night creme every 24 hours, the thin skin under my eyes is looking healthier in just a few weeks with a younger plump to it instead of dark and line-ridden skin.


Beauty, Insider's Obsessions, Mom & Kids, SkincareBest of the Best: 2015 Roundup

Our year-end wrap is an amazing time to look back and select our favorites, the indispensables that we could not imagine life without. The Best-of-the-Best list is all about tried and true products in every category. There’s something for everyone!

luxeSkincare. La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Cream has maintained a cult following among the beauty-obsessed for good reason; it has legendary transformative properties which start skin glowing after only 3-4 days and with consistent use, lasts for years. I refer to it as my miracle cream, because it’s saved me from breakouts from pregnancy hormones and keeps me looking rested despite sleepless nights.The caviar extract coupled with La Paririe’s exclusive Cellular Complex recontours by working on age-lines and tightens skin. The amount of moisture it retains is nonpareil, and it’s really a long term investment in your skin to maintain and augment dewy, youthful, and well-nourished skin. The caviar is perfect for dry and sensitive skin, especially with cold snowy days in our near future. A small pearl of the luxe cream will go a long way, and the 1.7 oz jar will last for months, keeping skin looking much younger than its chronological age. The clean and luxurious scent doesn’t linger long, but the effects of the creme, under makeup and overnight, can rival a facelift.



SkincareL’Occitane pour L’Homme

l-occitane-cedrat-pure-cleanserIt’s not often that an inspiring men’s line comes up that my hubby will actually use and enjoy! If left to his own devices, this is the guy that will use bar soap (or even dish detergent if in a pinch, scary!) for his face and SPF moisturizer at night. So when I cajoled him into trying L’Occitane’s Cedrat line, I was completely surprised when a couple days into using the cleanser, he volunteered, “All joking aside, I really like this facewash. It just feels luxurious!” He actually looks forward to washing his face when getting off a long day of work. I love the scent as much as he does, and he even enjoys the gentle exfoliating beads. Cedrat, or citrus, originated from Asia and eventually landed on the shores of Corsica. The Cedrat extract from the pulp was found to have skin energizing properties. L’Occitane harvests cedrat during the winter months from a small organic cooperative on Corsica. The exfoliating beads are actually derived from lemon rind to refine texture and reveal soft skin. The scent reminds me of eating juicy citrus fruits in Provence in the evenings on our balcony, so for me there’s even a hint of romance wrapped up in it.


Beauty, Hotels, Skincare, TravelBordeaux: Sources des Caudalie

chateauBordeaux and its surrounding vineyards in southwest France, is a dreamland for me. It sacrifices nothing: the most revered wine, stellar cuisine, chateaux in droves, and French sensibility. For 36 hours one June weekend, we feasted with our eyes and tastebuds through vast vineyards and Michelin-starred restaurants. I loved every minute exploring the cobbled and sloped walkways in our small town, St. Emilion, and savored evenings on the terrace at the lovely Hostellerie de Plaisance. Our adopted home was full of charm with historic substance and the best service we’ve ever experienced in Europe. We didn’t have a lot of time to visit multiple vineyards, as each appointment is typically over an hour long, complete with a personal tour and tasting. We chose strategically, experiencing two vineyards, each with its own distinct personalities. First was Chateau Grand Mayne, a beautiful boutique winery in St. Emilion, and the second one, much larger, folds out into a beautiful story.

Nestled in rolling vineyards atop a gentle slope is the family-run Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a producer of superb red and white wines whose history dates back to 1365. The vineyard takes exquisite care of each step of the wine-producing process, from honed techniques of nearly all-organic growing processes to having their own barrel maker who works with tasters to cater each piece of wood to a desired taste of wine. The estate hosts a luxury inn, two restaurants including the decadent and delicious La Grand’Vigne which has the distinction of two Michelin stars, and a spa. The beauty brand Caudalie is part of what makes the chateau so special as it utilizes the rich resources of grape by-products in production of the line. Even the name ties into the equation, the word Caudalie is derived from the word caudal (tail), this is the unit used to measure the the persistence of a wine’s finish, with one caudalie representing one second.


Beauty, SkincareDiary of a Skin Regenerist

pad I’m on a mission! With the wedding of an old classmate of mine coming up, I am suddenly feeling the anxiety of an approaching reunion and the pressure of looking just as good (or better!) than when we graduated a decade ago. So I decided to go into full-out cram mode, focusing on getting rid of the dull, both inside and out. It’s high time that my skin reaches it’s potential for being as smooth and bright as possible! Culling invaluable knowledge from beauty experts and tips from girlfriends, I’m embarking on a month-long journey with one of my favorites, philosophy. While I get inspired by their pithy messages on each package, my face will be uplifted as well.


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