As many of you know, I have received laser treatments for under my arms before and the experience was great. My biggest concern was that by having darker skin, you have to ensure that the lasers that are being used on you or for your skin so that you don't have discoloration! I learned that the Alexandrite laser is what you have to look for if you get laser treatments and have darker skin. Recently, I received the No! No! Hair and I fell in love with it. There are no lasers in this treatment as it uses thermal treatment. The longer you use it, over time it makes hair finer and disappear over time. Guys and girls can wear this and you can take it wherever you happen to be going! With a number of heads which allow you to take care of smaller areas (face and bikini line) as well as larger areas (legs) and the buffing items - you'll be that much closer to hairless, sexy skin. Of course when you start talking about glowing skin, I believe that it is all about having an amazing system! Hairless skin meet soft and luminous skin with additional items that are a mist to have!
Obviously, your skin needs to be dry when using this tool and don't be worried if you smell burning hair as this is something that is totally normal. If you're prepping your face, I have fallen in love with St Ives Apricot Scrub which is a gentle exfoliant that I have been taking on recent travels. These thin pads clean your face and also ensure that little rough areas are taken off of your skin. After loving Soap and Glory's Flake Away treatment that I shared with a few weeks ago to make your legs fab, I had to share with you their Butter Yourself Body Cream which is a great way to keep your skin refreshed and smooth! For the past 5 or 6 summers I have always shared how much I love Nars Cosmetics' Body Glow which I believe is perfect for all skin tones. I like that it gives me that warm tone as if I have been enjoying the sun (in a healthy way) and have that natural glow. L'Occitane has a fab lip balm in a Desert Rose fragrance which is perfect when we're transitioning into consistent summer warm weather. I also love a great scrub and Caudalie has a fab one that is infused with Cabernet (as all their products have wine varietals included) which is a great way to keep your skin looking amazing. Finally, I'm all about my Clarisonic Plus which allows you to use it for your face and body as there are two heads that come with this! Together, you're skin will be summer ready for sure.
What I love about eco products is that they have come a long way as I am all about the power of the vanity! This basically means that you want your home to be like a spa but at the same time, we need to be cognitive of our consumption to ensure that it is best for our planet and the way that we want everyone to enjoy where we live. To that end, Earth Day needs to be a focus everyday and not just because it is on April 22nd (this Sunday). For the rest of the week, I will share a few products within the rest of our spread to share with you a number of items that are appropriate for this ongoing initiative!
First, off The Body Shop has Earth Lovers shower products in a number of yummie scents! Loving that it is 100% biodegradable and recyclable as well as being paraben, sulphrate and color free. Moving on to L'Occitane, I love that you can keep your bottle and refill your Lavendar hand wash from this pouch! The bath sponge from Eco Tools is a great way to make sure that you're keeping it earth friendly with this sponge that is made from plastic 100%! When it comes to making the spa from home, I am a huge fan of Caudalie The spa in the bag is the perfect way to ensure that you feel relaxed while also keep it friendly as these products are also good for the earth. FInally round it off with Organix's Moroccan Argan Oil! Together, you're benefiting your body as well as the earth.
It's official, today is Thanksgiving and whether you're watching the parade, football, endless marathons etc you're doing what you want to do with friends and family. It's about relaxing and nibbling all day long. With that said, keep it simple and fresh! A fab face is always a fresh one so make sure you prep your face and end the night of your face on display with, Boots No7, 4 - in - 1 wipes. Then ensure that your skin is at its ultimate clarity by using Bliss Spa Triple Oxygen set which also rejuvenates the skin whether you've been prepping the night before or went partying before Turkey Day! Let your body get pampered with Caudalie's Vine Body Butter and in terms of makeup, I opt to keep it simple this year with a fab shade from Dior's Beauty Addict lipgloss collection and a fun eye in a neutral tone from Urban Decay with a number of options and directions that you can go in.
Generally when we talk about foundation in beauty we're thinking of that creamy base that makes sure our faces have a great base that we can build upon. But today, when I talk about foundation, I'm referring to basic beauty tools that you use before you begin working on the canvas of your face. I'm loving a number of items this week which are perfect to travel with, to be bride ready or to consider adding to your shelves.
After all the times that I have been in the Makeup chair all this time, I must admit that it's all about rocking fab lashes. Thanks to Sally Hansen you can curl to complete sexiness your lashes to ensure that you have the perfect lift to your entire eye. You can also ensure that you have amazing skin by using Lush's face mask which is something I enjoy using. Shiseido has phenom products and I am loving the foundation brush that is the perfect way to apply your bases without having any aggravation on your face since the bristles are very soft and I love that it is on an angle to make sure that you have blended everything in. Caudalie is more than spas around the world but it brings pampering to another level by having a spa in the bag! I'm all about taking steps. Fabulips is a fab four step system that keeps your lips smooth and succulent - it's definitely worth the work and layers that you put on it.
Finally, I love Shobha's cleansing cloths which have rosewater in it as well. It soothes the skin and I love using it to clean and refresh it. You know that I get my eyebrows done here every 2-3 weeks and if my checkins are any indication, clearly you can tell I'm a addicted! Manju, a master threader, is the rockstar that ensures that I look phenom whether I'm running errands OR getting camera ready. With that said, I'm hoping that whether you're in NYC or visiting, that you take a moment to check them out much like the ladies did during my 4th Anniversary party! When you mention my name upon your first visit, you get the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary upgrade by having a senior level artist rock out your brows.
Whether I'm heading to the airport for business or fun or simply am going to a wedding for the weekend, I find that up until the last minute, I use every second to continue tweaking my beauty look. Rarely do I land or arrive and head to the hotel to rest - I may have enough time to do a super quick spruce and I'm on a series of agendas! With that said, my carry on bag always has some last minute items that I can do that works while I focus on something else OR I can do it while I am in the car service, on the train, in the cab or am on the runway. I love large roomy bags with pockets so all my tech, items to pass the time away and more can fit so this bag by Lauren by Ralph Lauren is perfect! When I travel I have to be comfy (no restricting clothes) but also ensuring that the AC doesn't get too crazy so the dress by Malene Birger is such a great find and can be dressed up and down for 90% of the things that I need to do when I hit the ground running.
People always comment on my super white smile and it looks that amazing because I use Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips which provides professional level whitening in the comfort of your home; moreover, when I use it with Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste I'm ensuring that my smile is protected. So no matter how much fun I am going to have in the last weekends of summer this is apart of my daily routine and I like whitening knowing that I can still talk on the phone, sip something etc and the strips are at work. Of course, many of you know that I am a Brand Ambassador for this product but you've all seen me on HSN, spontaneous photoshoots at events and my shoots with major magazines and although I receive the product courtesy of the brand, my pearly whites are definitely a testament to the time investment of using them! My lips are another huge thing - a fab smile has to meet lush lips and ever since my Dior Beauty event I hosted this past summer, you can't find me without my Lip Maximizer (which plumps them) and my Lip Glow (which gives them a lush look and a slight tint that my body naturally creates) both by Dior and yes I am addicted!
Ever since last week, I have been loving Caudalie's Beauty Elixir which can be used after you wash your face or even when you are fully made up. It's travel friendly AND I love how refreshed I feel when I spray it on my face. It's a soothing mini spa that is always at the ready. Finally, I think carrying wipes are a must especially when the temperatures spike - you always want to feel clean so having Ole Henriksen's Truth to Go will ensure that you're fresh, dewy and dry! These have been my basic go to's whether it's been over the past year or within the past few weeks and as always, I have more items that I love bringing with me but I love looping you in on my fave things!
There have been so many things going on this week! So when I received an invite to head to the Plaza (living just down the street from this hotel is so great as there are so many events there) to meet the ladies of Birchbox as well as to check out the Caudalie spa and their products! I love that they had an event that was open to many of their fans of Birchbox and I loved that I could come in to preview the event and to get the opportunity to chat with Mathilde who is one of the founders of the brand (super cute husband and wife team)! I learned about the importance of wine within their beauty products (their family owns a winery as well as an amazing spa in Bordeaux) and that the brand is definitely one that focuses on being as natural as possible and is cruelty free! In this month's Birchbox, you'll find two of their products including the Premier Cru Eye Cream as this box is themed in "innovation"! They also have a phenomenal Beauty Elixir (teasing you with the packaging and will definitely post about this upon trying it out in detail but when I was sprayed with it, I knew that this was a must have as you can wear it whether you have make up on or not and totally feel refreshed!
We were given facials which I declined since I had a shoot later in the week (although I definitely will try it soon) but I used the phenomenal products on my arms and legs and had the most amazing mini massage. Knowing that my skin was infused with wine and loving the fact that I felt hydrated without having that oily/sticky feeling was perfect. You'll definitely have to check back as I will start using these products in my daily routine!
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