There are times when I know that I am traveling over night and not by plane (perhaps I'm hopping to Long Island, Jersey or Philly), then I know that I can bring my favorite beauty items without being concerned about taxing TSA issues! That means I simply have to pop everything into my bag (loving this Pierre Hardy bag which is an essential for overnight or as a carry on for a flight). Bags like this also work when I am prepping for an HSN segment as I can put so many items in there without having to have multiple bags and can unpack quickly within my green room. As EVERYONE knows, I love my Clarisonic Plus as I can alternate between the smaller and larger head for my face as well as for the rest of my body. This is a must and you always feel squeaky clean when you're done using it a fab mini spa. I obsess over Korres White Tea Facial Gel Cleanser. Being a tea fan this is fabulous for my face and I am a big believer in after cleansing my face, to soothe it with my Shobha Rosewater Toner Mist (it's great as a refresher as well as to just allow your skin to rest - between this and the gel it's never too far away from me). When it comes to a nurturing body wash, Dove is always a great way to keep your skin looking and feeling amazing! Being someone who grew up on Dove and to this day I use their deodorants - this is always something to have within your routine. Finally, make your skin look dazzling within moments with Michael Kors' glimmer body creme.
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.
Thanks for all the positive vibes guys for those that were wishing me well on my first major magazine shoot! It was so much fun to have my publicist and sister there in attendance, to introduce her to the phenomenal magazine that I am so excited to partner up with over the next year (you'll all find out in two weeks), to meet the brand that had pieces are completely swoon worthy as well as to work with a phenomenal makeup and photography team! It was so much fun and I loved getting up early to spend the morning and early afternoon there! I'll be back there next week to do an amazing video with them and then we wait to see what results when it arrives in the October Issue!
I love whether I'm on a shoot or doing something for HSN as I like seeing what the makeup artists use. It's fun to try something new and to get introduced to new brands that I would have never thought about using. But with all the touchups, lights and layers that I end up wearing I'm always happy to get home and do a major spa session! I talk about these products all the time but it's worth sharing again. When you have those moments that you had to be glammed up for an event, did a shoot, segment or even have been traveling all day these are the most necessary to use! I believe in spaing at home as well as at some of my favorite places! I have been using Clarisonic Mia for over a year but having Clarisonic Plus at my disposal is phenomenal. I love that one head can work for my face, and the other works for my body. With all the bronzer on my arms and chest it's nice to know that it's super clean as well as being taken off in a non abrasive way. I have used the gels that it comes with but you can also use your own faves which is great (you can also use exfoliating gels too). When it comes to my face - I do not travel without Lush's Ocean Salt which smells great and makes your face feel like it has never felt better! Of course I also use Ponds Wipes (thanks Carmindy) to start with taking off the main items on your face. Bliss Triple Oxygen is an amazing mask to use that also feels refreshing and of course, you can seal everything with Dior's Capture Totale Intensive Night Restorative which makes your skin feel like it did when you were a baby!
As some of you may know, next Wed I will be shooting a campaign for a luxe brand in a fab major magazine! The following week I will also shoot a video as well. As many of you know, I'm frequently on HSN (back next month) as well so the fact is - I'm always prepping for the next shoot. I have a series of items that are a must in making your skin look amazing. Even though I think that you should always treat your skin right, I'm a firm believer that a week prior to any shoot, video or segment you must do a few things a little different. In addition to my increased workout regimen, I step up my beauty game! Below are some fab items that I definitely approve of!
I have been a Palmer's Cocoa Butter girl since I can remember (first memory - being 3 using it and currently, I go through quite a bit of this - no container is large enough to last around me)! It makes sure that you're skin has a fab glow, you smell like a walking cocoa butter ball and your skin is ultra soft - all things that play well for the camera. Over the past year, I have been a fan of my Clarisonic Mia which is perfect for my face, has timed rotations and keeps my face glowing! So when the Clarisonic Plus arrived at my door, I knew that this would be an updated oldie but goodie that I would not want to miss using whether I'm at home or on the road traveling! I love that this is for the face and the body which means super soft skin all over when you leave the shower with heads that are appropriate to use! With all the focus on the skin, I do believe in body scrubs which should be used twice a week. I'm always trying something new but I love Pacifica Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox - smells phenom and it's super invigorating! Finally, it's all about the lips. Philosophy has a Kiss Me exfoliating lip cream that is amazing and using this (I love doing it daily a week prior to an appearance or shoot) will only enhance your pucker, allow your gloss to go on evenly and make you feel better. Protect your lips by constantly moisturizing. I just became addicted to Sally Hansen's Vita B which leaves a nice layer without being crazy. WARNING - it's super addicting and you will go through a tube very quickly!
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