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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

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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Beauty, SkincareVotre Vu Duette

3005_416x500My skin is better than a weather forecast when it comes to temperature changes! It starts to dry and flake even before the chill fills the air, especially lips and hands. Moisture evaporates quickly into cold air and leaves behind chapped and crackly skin. My lifesaver has been Votre Vu’s Duette which is a tube of rich and luxurious hand cream topped (literally) with a nourishing lip balm. The pop up top is a mirror which is more handy than I’d like to admit when making discreet checks during the day. The combo is genius and convenient, and it is either by my nightstand or ready to go in my day bag.

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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

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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!

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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

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