Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away…and while gifts for your significant other are always nice, say “you’re the best” by showering your bestie with some treats, too! (Hey, who else will watch The Bachelor with you or listen to your gripes anytime?) Here are some of our suggestions: READ MORE
The 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.
It’s the start of another new year…which is the perfect time to start setting new intentions! While we love shopping at all our favorite brands, it’s a great time to think about how you’re shopping and how you can be more intentional with how you spend your hard-earned cash. One way is to support brands that are giving back – like TOMS has always done.
Their One for One model gives back to many communities and improving lives – whether it’s the gift of sight or improved healthcare – it’s inspired a lot of other businesses to do the same. (Take a couple extra minutes out of your day to read more about that. It’ll inspire your shopping choices!) Of course, you’ll want to buy something that you’ll wear, too…so it’s a good thing that they also have super stylish pieces that you’ll be obsessing over! READ MORE
Around this time of year, it can get crazy with shopping and traveling, and skin absorbs and shows the stress and extra sugar that come with the holidays! I decided to take a break from it all and give my face what it’s been sorely in need of- a thorough facial at the beautiful new location of Haven Spa.
My very talented therapist Irina listened to my concerns prior to starting treatment, which included dry winter skin, blocked pores, and pesky sun spots. She suggested that instead of the Boot Camp Facial which I had signed up for, to try the HydraFacial. I’m so grateful that she took the initiative to recommend this, because it was exactly what my skin had been aching for for months! She could tell from my pores that I had major blockages, and she customized the facial and product selection to maximize effectiveness for me. The HydraFacial works on all skin types, but does wonders on congested and dehydrated skin. During the cleansing and steam, Irina used bold, firm strokes in combination with small circular movements to efficiently stimulate circulation while promoting lymphatic drainage. A complete excavating exfoliation was done for me, which of course hurts-so-good! The focal part of the treatment utilized a hi-tech infusion of moisture and incorporated a light acid treatment to cleanse. A dual action mask was also customized for me, one part for my T-zone and another formula for the areas surrounding. The HydraFacial delivers bright and even skin tone, exfoliation, and hydration in one highly effective appointment.
There’s always seems to be at least one Francophile amongst a group of friends; if you haven’t found a gift for them (or their kiddos) yet, we’ve rounded up a great list of books you can pick up last-minute on Amazon (thanks Prime!) or at your local book store.
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