spring is often considered the most beautiful and inspirational period of the year. Here are a few items I can’t seem to live without at the moment.
1.) DermaQuest K-Q10 Moisturizer
Are you looking for Soft, Supple Skin? DermaQuest’s new luxurious K-Q10 Moisturizer will nourish skin leaving it irresistible to the touch. This rich cream works to restore the appearance of youthful suppleness and hydration to skin. This moisturizer is formulated with peptides and powerful anti-aging ingredients to lift and firm. The peptides also fight free radical damage, and reduce fine lines. Leaving skin nourished and hydrated. Drier skin types will immediately notice the lasting moisturizer
2.) RevitaLash Advanced
Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner is a remarkable cosmetic innovation that within weeks will help you achieve amazing looking eyelashes, appearing dramatically moire beautiful: Longer, Thicker, Fuller… Within weeks, your own natural eyelashes will look at though they had extensions! Give Revitalash a try and see why this product is becoming one of the fastest selling products in the beauty industry!
Like liquid eyeliner, RevitaLash is simply applied once a day. Within three to ten weeks, your own natural eyelashes will look spectacular: Longer, Thicker, Fuller! These exciting results are seen in women of all ages! No matter how short, fragile, thin, or sparse your eye lashes are, RevitaLash can help you achieve long, beautiful, healthy looking eyelashes.
3.) Truth or Dare perfume by Madonna
The scent has top notes of rich gardenia and creamy tuberose that are mixed with middle notes of carnal jasmine and white lily petals. Bottom notes include vanilla absolute, carmelized amber and sensual musk. Delish!
Hope you enjoy this little list of must haves!
Bath & Body Works invites you to be our valentine this year at a chic celebration of the latest must-have Signature Collection scent: Pink Chiffon. An ultra-feminine fragrance with girly grace, this quintessential romantic scent will sweep you off your feet. Put on your preferred pink outfit Saturday February 11th and join Bath & Body Works to fall in love with the new scent just in time for Valentine’s Day.
At the event, guests can also:
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with Bath & Body Works for fine fragrance, free gifts, and much more!
WHO: Bath & Body Works
WHAT: Valentine’s Day Party
WHEN: Saturday, February 11th, 10am – 4pm
WHERE: Bath & Body Works stores nationwide
On this hot summer Wednesday, let’s think of something a bit more cooling; the crisp cool season of fall. What better way to take you to that place then with the sweet aromas from Slatkin & Co.
Introducing Slatkin & Co.’s fall sweet treats, a delectable collection of sweet fall aromas. As the leaves change and the temperature drops outside, bring the spirit of fall inside with the Fall Treats collection by Slatkin & Co. Inspired by the season’s fresh-baked fragrances, each candle emits sweet, spicy scents and rich, creamy notes, letting you indulge in yummy autumn treats guilt-free. The collection includes:
Creighton Bowman’s exclusive tips on how he created Liv Tyler’s hairstyle for the premiere of her new thriller “The Ledge” at Sundance last Friday:
“On towel dried hair, I applied Condition Naturelle by Leonor Greyl from root to end, combined with Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase detangling milk.
Condition Naturelle by Leonor Greyl: Retail $34
Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase detangling milk: $43
Serum De Soie Sublimateur: $39
Using a blow-dryer on a low setting, I wrapped her hair around my fingers, creating soft natural waves. Once fully dried, I used a couple of drops of Serum De Soie Sublimateur to finish her style with lots of shine and total frizz control. Her style lasted all day long and into the night.”
The story of Eight begins in 1944 in an airplane hanger at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma. My mother had become fondly known as our very own “Rosie the Riveter.”
She worked diligently keeping many of the planes safe for our fighting men in World War II. Working in such an environment can leave a lady’s skin uncomfortable and extremely dry… to say the least! Lucky for Mom, she met a woman who had a secret formula for dry skin.
My mother, being a savvy businesswoman, tweaked the formula to alleviate her skin problems and created a fabulous body lotion… just for her. I was not aware of the formula until I became an adult and also struggled with dry skin. Before getting the recipe from my mother, I looked for years for a solution to my dry skin.
I tried lotions from some of the best spas and hotels in the United States; for example, The Ritz Carlton, The Four Seasons, The Biltmore, The Broadmoor, The Phoenician, The Princess, and La Costa. I even shopped the aisles of Target and Wal-Mart. NOTHING, NOTHING was as good as what my Mom was producing at her own kitchen sink.
After perfecting this formula for twelve years, it is now available to all women who suffer from dry, itchy skin. My product “eight” is fortified with essential oils and natural ingredients, such as Aloe Vera Gel, Emu Oil, Monoi Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E Oil, and Jojoba Oil, among other ingredients.
About the ingredients and how to use the products: There are two scents to choose from Lavendar ( my favorite ) or ( my other favorite ) Ginger Lime!
Eight Body Moisture is an overall health and hydrating regimen that nourishes and replenishes dry skin.
Eight Body Moisture is created around eight core ingredients:
Aloe Vera: moisture
Vitamin E: slows aging
Jojoba Oil: promotes new cell growth
Evening Primrose Oil: anti-inflammatory
Monoi Oil: rehydrates
Sweet Almond Oil: natural beauty
Emu Oil: anti-aging
Apricot Kernel Oil: tones/firms
Other essential ingredients include:
Rice Bran Oil: smooth skin
Lavender Oil: calms
Sunflower Oil: vitamins a b d e
Wheat Germ: cell formation
Avocado Oil: moisture
Eight Body Treatment
Each Eight product can be used separately. However, to experience the Eight hydrating treatment, use the products as follows:
1. Dry Brush body
2. Have a warm shower and cleanse with Eight Crème Body Wash
3. Exfoliate and soften with Eight Sugar Scrub
4. Lightly towel dry and apply Eight Body Moisture
For more information on where to purchase these products please visit http://www.eightbodymoisture.com/
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Hearing the name “Bali” often brings images of a tropical paradise to mind. Although Bali is, in fact a tropical paradise, where exactly is it and what is so unique about it?
Bali is one of 17,000 islands (6,000 inhabited) in the archipelago that make up the country of Indonesia. It is 145 km (90 miles) long and 80 km (50 miles) wide. Bali is situated just east of the island of Java and west of Lombok, in the Indian Ocean.
Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation with 231 million people; interestingly, most of Bali’s 3 million people are Hindu. Although many of the islands that make up Indonesia are beautiful and appealing, Bali is particularly attractive. Much of the island is surrounded by beautiful beaches with clear water. Mount Agung, an active volcano, towers 3,142 meters (10,308 feet) above the terrain in the center of the island. Hindu temples dot the landscape and the fertile island overflows with green rice paddies.
Bali also has a fascinating cultural tradition. Ubud, in the center of the island, is known for arts and crafts, including woodcarving, batik-making, and painting. Balinese dance and Gamelan orchestra performances are common. Small artistic touches are evident throughout much of the island in the form of small offerings presented to Hindu Gods.
So now that you know a bit about Bali lets talk about what I brought along on my dream vacation. Below is a small list of my favorite items I brought along with me on my trip.
my god of choice
1. Clothing – it was on the hot side along with rain so bringing the right clothing is important. I choose to bring some of my favorite Love TanJane peices.
2. Sun Protection: Making sure your skin is protected from the strong UVB/UVA rays are important. So I choose to bring along a handy little kit made by a local company right here in Laguna beach Smart Girls Who Surf.
3. Hair Care – Of course with all the salt water and sun you want something that is going to clean your hair without taking away all that natural body. So I choose to bring Prive It’s a big world volume kit…
4. Skincare – This is always a must for me, nothing worse than leaving your skincare routine at home because you can’t take it on a airplane right? La Prairie is my go to skincare
5. Cosmetics: I tend to bring things that I can use for more than one thing. Here are a couple must bring items
Stephaine Johnson in the following styles : Nantucket Wine Large Trapezoid, Susan Jewlery Roll in Monte Carlo, Alicia Tote in Calcutta
For more information on the products mentioned please visit each companys website.
Laura Slatkin founded Slatkin & Co. with her husband, Harry, and the duo team created a candle line envied by all. The collection included the famed Bamboo & Jasmine fragrance as well as the best-selling Slatkin Holiday candle. Now Laura has set out on her own to create NEST Fragrances, an exquisite collection of scented candles that will fill your home with the essence of luxury, sophistication and comfort. Each NEST everyday fragrance composition is housed within a modern and sophisticated soft-touch box paired with an identifying racing stripe and chic “N” swirl pattern. The NEST everyday glass was designed to complement the beauty of its surroundings. It’s classic shape and modern stripe etching on crystal clear glass will never compete with décor. Each of the NEST everyday fragrances combine concentrated fragrance oils with an exclusive soft wax that creates a slow even burn that easily permeates any size room.
NEST Fragrances by Laura Slatkin gives you a new reason to warm up this fall with Pumpkin Chai, a limited edition scent exclusively at Neiman Marcus. Retail: $32.00
Pumpkin Chai creates a cozy autumn ambience with a blend of wild pumpkin, spicy Masala Chai, Cardamom, Ginger, and Cinnamon. The candle is housed in a sophisticated brown translucent glass with a blush orange wax.
The glass will be adorned with the NEST Fragrances logo. This limited edition candle is housed in festive orange packaging.
8.1oz., approximately 60 hours burn time.
Secrets from Indonesia, India, and Italy for a healthier body, mind, and heart
JUST LET GO—AND MEDITATE
It’s no wonder Ketut Liyer, the ninetysomething healer from Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, is so peaceful and youthful-looking: Nyomen Latra, his son, says that the respected medicine man meditates regularly in between meetings with guests. “He wakes up and meditates. He meditates again before he goes to sleep. That is pretty much what he does,” Latra tells Indonesia’s Ozip magazine.
Not that meditating is easy stuff—according to Chrisman, it’s extremely difficult: “Your mind begins to land on all sorts of things and all your worst insecurities and fears can rise to the surface. Most people want to ignore that, which is why the typical thing to do in the Western world is to go to a bar or party, be social, and cover your emotion by drinking alcohol.”
“The idea of meditation is to sit quietly with your thoughts and practice acceptance and letting go,” she continues. “Letting go seems like an easy concept but in reality, it isn’t.”
To begin the path of self-acceptance, start by simply cutting yourself some slack. Instead of always feeling compelled to make plans on a Friday or Saturday night, try treating yourself to a night in. Keep a journal to stay in touch with your innermost feelings and rather than zone out in front of the TV, pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read.
BOOK A BALINESE MASSAGE
With influences from India, China, Portugal, Netherlands, and Middle East, a traditional Balinese massage is as varied as Indonesia’s cultural landscape—making it a prime spa selection. “It’s a great mixture of techniques,” says Cecilia Scalco, a massage therapist at The Setai in Miami, one of many U.S. spas that offer the treatment.
Utilizing effleurage, reflexology, and stretching techniques, a Balinese massage also incorporates Ayurvedic aromatherapy: At the Legian Bali hotel, for example, a locally-sourced blend of lime, ginger, and ylang-ylang oil is smoothed onto the skin. “Oil massage is extremely detoxifying—it drains the lymphatic system, improves circulation, strengthens the immune system, and deeply nourishes the body,” says Raichur. “This, in turn, makes you sleep better, reduces stress, and calms the mind—one positive effect begets the next.”
USE NATURAL HERBS AND SPICES
Ayurveda is the ancient Hindu system of medicine, and has been around for 5,000 years: “The herbs, and spices used in Ayurveda have been proven to work over centuries,” says Richa Purohit, founder of the new Kesari skin care line. “Mix these tried and tested traditional elements with modern ingredients like retinol and peptides and you’ll be ahead of the game.”
For glowing skin like Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai, Purohit recommends a DIY face mask similar to one Indian brides wear before their weddings. “Mix saffron, sandalwood, and tumeric with either yogurt or milk,” she says. “When you apply the solution on your skin it will give off a pleasant aroma and leave a nice golden color.” After leaving the mask on for a few minutes, rinse off. (Repeat the process up to three times a week.)
So how exactly does the mask work its magic? “Saffron is one of the rarest, most expensive spices in the world and in India it’s considered the spice of the gods—a symbol of good luck, holiness, and purity,” says Purohit, adding that the spice also happens to be full of skin-beautifying antioxidants. As for sandalwood, she says it’s a natural astringent and antiseptic, making it perfect for battling blemishes (bonus: “It also smells good”).
The final component, tumeric, is particularly healing, “whether you eat it, or put it on your skin,” says Purohit. “If you’re sick with a stomach infection, Indian doctors will give you tumeric with milk because it’s a natural antibiotic. It works the same way with the skin; if you get a cut, just dab a little tumeric on it and it will heal faster.”
Score Lustrous Hair
Pratima Raichur, creator of Pratima Skin Care, says that massaging the face, body, and hair with aromatic oils made from fruits, herbs, and spices can have a profound effect. “The word for oil in Sanskrit, sneha, means love,” says Raichur. “Anointing the body with oils on a daily, weekly, and seasonal basis is one of the most nourishing and best anti-aging therapies you can do for yourself.”
In particular, massaging the scalp with oil is the secret to getting an ultrashiny mane like model Lakshmi Menon. “My mother taught me to use organic coconut oil as a treatment,” the runway star once told ELLE. “It makes my hair feel luxurious.”
“Hair oil massage is one of the key beauty rituals in India,” says Purohit. “Most women will get a hot oil hair massage twice a week. If you want to do it yourself, wrap your hair with a hot towel after massaging, read a newspaper during breakfast, then take a shower to shampoo.”
Purohit says that massaging strands with oil stimulates the scalp and helps remove product buildup. And, unlike a spray that “just sits on top of the hair,” massaging roots with oil ensures that all the nutrients are absorbed. Popular hair oils in Southeast Asia include coconut, almond, sesame, and amla (Indian gooseberry).
When you’re overwhelmed with work deadlines, relationship drama, and other minutiae from everyday life, it’s easy to get sidetracked and stressed. That’s where taking up yoga can come in handy, say Yogamaya New York studio directors Stacey Brass and Bryn Chrisman. “The physical act of doing yoga makes you feel as though you’re a part of something bigger and can help you live a life that’s not as connected to the ego,” says Brass.
“In the yoga philosophy, what constitutes the mind—where memory lives, where our fears come from—isn’t just in the brain, it’s in every single cell of the body,” adds Chrisman. “When doing poses, you’re making contact with all the parts of the mind—the backs of your knees, the souls of your feet—that you might not be making contact with on a daily basis. You’re being told to move and breathe, which strengthens the connection between your mind, body, and breath.”
REACH FOR THE OLIVE OIL
“I must have olive oil every day—it makes everything taste great, and it’s also good for the skin,” says designer and wellness guru Norma Kamali, whose olive oil-based skin care line is sourced from a vineyard in Tuscany.
When consumed, olive oil can help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and risk of coronary disease, thanks to its heavy dose of antioxidants. For centuries, Mediterranean beauties have also used olive oil as a moisturizer and wrinkle-smoother.
A recent study even suggests that rubbing virgin olive oil on the face and body after sun exposure can help combat skin cancer: Researchers at the Kobe School of Medicine found that hairless mice painted with virgin olive oil after intense sun lamp stints showed signs of cancer much later than those covered with regular olive oil or left dry. The Japanese team purported that the vitamin E and other antioxidants in virgin olive oil helped to “mop up” and neutralize some of the free radicals created from UV rays.
Kamali says that using olive oil on the face can also have a therapeutic effect on the senses: “Every year, as with wine, the climate and conditions around each olive tree orchard change the taste and smell of the oils—when you rub the oil on your face you smell the natural scent of the earth and it’s very comforting.”
TAKE A HOT BATH
The word “spa” means “health through water” in Roman and is derived from the ancient town of Spa in Belgium: Once part of the Roman Empire, the elite would visit Spa’s therapeutic hot springs to increase circulation, ease tense muscles, and soothe sinus and respiratory conditions.
Today, mineral water—or, as the Italians call it, terme—continues to play a prominent role in Italy, where hydrotherapy is considered medicinal. In the U.S., some spas recreate the natural thermal waters of Italy via hot tubs with hydromassage jets and aromatic oils. For a relaxing at-home experience, draw a steamy bath and add several tablespoons of olive oil, plus a few drops of your favorite essential oil, to nourish your skin and ease your mind.
As summer is in full swing these are my picks fro hottest summer must have’s!
2. Stephaine Johnson – Cozumel Small Zipper Bag : Retail $24
3. Hampton Sun – Sun Tanning Oil with SPF 15 : Retail $35
This hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested essential includes infusions vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Keep it with you wherever you go for beautifully protected skin
4. Fusion Beauty - SculptDiva™ Contouring & Sculpting Blush with Amplifat : Retail $29
5. Fresh - Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish : Retail $65
For more information on where to purchase these products you can visit sephora.com