These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

April 10, 2011

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As spring rolls around it is time for some spring-cleaning. Move on from the old favorites and love the new. Here are my top seven favorite things (from massages to bartenders) for the spring:

  1. Anyone in need of advice or guidance head over to Bloomingdales at Chestnut Hill Mall and when you arrive ask for Kay at the Christian Dior cosmetics counter. Kay is great, and not only knows Christian Dior like the back of her hand but anything regarding cosmetics. She’s my go to gal.
  2. Once you have finished with Kay, head over to Rainbow located on Gloucester Street. Here you will receive the best massage. Not only will they work away any kink or ache but also they are very warm and inviting.
  3. In order to look fresh and hydrated for any springtime plans you need a few key items. The first step you need to do is invested in Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; specifically her Intensive Moisturizing Tinted Balm with SPF 25 and Night Care Moisturizing Balm. The intensive moisturizing balm with SPF 25 allows healthy coverage during the daytime and adds a nice glow. Warm the balm in your hand and then gently rub around your face. The Night Care Moisturizing Balm is perfect for hydration (especially for people with dry skin) and makes the skin absolutely gorgeous. With this balm, be aware it is very thick. You must apply and rub the moisturizer around your face until it liquefies.
  4. For the perfect healthy look, splurge with Shiseido eye and lip cream called Future Solution. This cream will hydrate the skin and improves all signs of aging. I can honestly say you can feel the cream hydrating and lifting the skin.
  5. The next favorite is a must! Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment found at Sephora is the perfect tool to hydrate and protects your lips. Did you know chapsticks actually make you lips more chapped? So, stay away and invest in Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment.
  6. The scent of the spring is Jasmine Sambac by Modern Alchemy, and is my personal favorite. It’s a solid perfume made out of the purest jasmine with a combination of amber and black pepper. The packaging is adorable; placed in a pocket watch it adds a sense of “Old World class.”
  7. Finally, if you’re tired of sitting inside now that winter has ended, I suggest going to Towne Stove and Spirits. Here, there is the most attentive bartender named Michael. He never forgets a drink order and is personable and fun with everyone. He definitely knows how to make you feel special. If you want one drink or two, Towne is a great place to be.

So those are just a few of my favorite things. What can’t you live without this spring?

 

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Your Big Look for Your Big Day

April 5, 2011

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A woman’s wedding day is something she dreams about from the time she’s a little girl up through the big day. So how does she make her skin perfect for such a special day? These tips and tricks will leave a bride-to-be’s skin looking radiant and refreshing.

  • Talk to your beauty consultant: I like to see my clients 4 months in advance so we can establish a good skin regimen and have time to reshape their eyebrows if necessary. The trick to having a perfect brow for your wedding is letting them grow out 3 months in advance. Yes, this can be brutal, but if you let someone clean them up every 3 weeks or so, it is manageable.  By letting them grow out, you can have them shaped perfectly by your wedding – avoiding the horrid drawn on brow scenario.

  • Get your skin in shape: You should keep your skin’s pH balanced by having a good beauty regimen and coming in for peels once a month before your wedding. This can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and will allow your moisturizers to have a more dramatic effect on your skin. I suggest using my moisturizers along with coming in regularly for peels.
  • It’s all about color: Be sure to speak with your consultant a few months early for trial make-up run. I like to meet with my brides so we can decide on the color and shades of her make-up. You should bring in pictures of your bridesmaid dresses and examples of the color scheme so you can match your make up with your wedding. You don’t want to end up with pink flowers and coral make-up. Also, it’s always best to have a trial run with your make-up before the big day so it can be tweaked to your liking.
  • On the day: Always, always, always remember to wear waterproof mascara! You don’t want your make up washing away when you get emotional. And remember to get your lip color from your make-up artist so you can reapply throughout the wedding even when she is gone.
  • Activities before and after the wedding: On a final note, always remember your bridesmaids when pampering yourself. Bring them along one day for peels and a trial make-up run for them before your wedding as a girl’s day out so everyone’s looking good for the wedding. Also, remember your Brazilian for the honeymoon! There’s no shame in surprising your new hubby.

How are you preparing your skin for the big day?


Hydrate, Moisturize, Peel! The Keys To Perfect Skin!

March 30, 2011

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Are you one of those who think that their face will never be as clear and radiant as celebrities? If your answer is yes you’re probably right. We all know it’s airbrush! However, there are ways to achieve the best looking skin possible. You just have to develop the right habits.

  • Make sure you start with a good skincare regime as soon as possible. The younger you start, the better. If you’re a mother, teach your daughter how to wash her face twice a day and constantly stay hydrated.
  • As girls get a bit older, from their teens to their 20’s, it’s important to start using a cleanser and getting facials every now and then, to hydrate the skin more deeply. Don’t let a day go by without moisturizing. I highly recommend using facial oils at night. They contain nutrients that are good for the skin like antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
  • When comes your 30’s, you need to start getting peels and using professional advice for your skin. Peels are a wonderful way to keep your skin hydrated and prevent wrinkles. They can also help prevent sun damage and skin cancer. Our face is worn everyday for our entire life, and there’s no way of hiding it. It is totally worth spending the money.
  • How often should you get a peel? For those in their 20’s, I recommend getting one at the end of every season. In your 30’s you should think about getting it more often, at least every other month.

Do you have any questions about peels or the right way to treat your skin? Please leave a comment!

 


Never Too Young to Prevent The Signs of Aging

March 18, 2011

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Lately many women in their early 20’s to mid 30’s have been coming to me and asking me when they should start using anti-aging skincare products. My answer: it’s never too early to start a good skincare regimen. I believe that they key to achieving flawless skin is to keep a good balance of cleansers and toners. Everyone who wants to achieve flawless looking skin should keep a good balance of cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, and if you get home late from a night out never forget to cleanse and moisturize because these are so important to maintain good skin.

Don’t use harsh, heavy cleansers that strip the skin. If you’re over the age of 15, use a gentle, effective cleanser, and a good moisturizer. Eye creams are also essential to beautiful looking skin; everyone should use one. The skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate and should be moisturized just like the rest of the face.

In recent years the press has been fixated on the “who’s had botox?” question. On one hand I don’t think injectables should be used before 30, like many celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Heidi Montag have been doing. However Botox can be preventative, and if you start using it before deep lines appear, it can eliminate the word wrinkles from your vocabulary. Botox does not distort your face, as some may believe; it simply smoothes out wrinkles and prevents you from getting them.

Luxury skincare brands such as LaPrairie and Crème de la Mer have great creams, however people tend to not use enough of the product because the product is so pricey. I tell my clients to put on their moisturizer as they would a mask. You can never have enough moisturizer on! I wouldn’t recommend the classic Crème de la Mer, however the lighter lotion works quite nicely

What are you doing to keep your skin youthful?


The Best Way to Prevent Damage? Keep It Clean!

March 14, 2011

What do days at the office, wild nights, and hot dates all have in common? They can be damaging to your skin. That’s right. The makeup you wear on a daily basis and the makeup you wear on a special occasion isn’t any different to your skin. It can clog pores, cause wrinkles, and even cause eye damage.

While it is important to wash your face before bed every night, it can be hard for the busy women of the world to remember, even when permanent damage to your skin is a threat. Here are some helpful reminders why you should always sleep with a clean face and tips on how to remember to do so.

Keep an eye on your eyes: At a recent visit to an eye doctor he informed me that even sleeping with a little bit of mascara on my eyes can cause severe damage. It can cause dry eyes and possible further damage. Also, wear sunglasses! The UV rays from the sun do more than cause damage to your eyesight; it can cause premature aging and wrinkles.

Tend to your skin: Many women sleep with their make up on thinking it’s not a big deal. Sleeping with foundation on can clog pores causing breakouts and wrinkles. Also, thick foundations are terrible for your skin. I suggest using a tinted moisturizer with SPF.

Reverse the damage done: It takes time for both your eyes and your face to repair themselves and a little TLC from you. You must consistently give yourself a good face wash. Have trouble remembering? Keep a good eye pad and face wipe on your night stand. Almay has a great eye pad that doesn’t sting the eyes and Olay carries a fabulously large face wipe that will get the day off of your face.  But even making sure your face is clean before a good night’s sleep isn’t enough. Keep your skin moisturized, it will thank you. Do this by keeping an eye cream and face moisturizer by your bedside as well.

If you want to go that extra mile in skin care, come in and try a peel. Peels will help your skin stay healthy and wrinkle free and will even help your moisturizes do more for your skin. They should be done about every 4 to 5 weeks to keep your skin at its healthiest. What are you doing to keep your skin in tip top shape?


When You’ve Found ‘The One’ – SPLURGE!

February 21, 2011

With the winter weighing down on your skin, any gorgeous person could feel gray and dull. That’s why we can turn to skincare and makeup items to give our winter-blah skin a little boost. The question though is what exactly is worth the splurge? There are so many items that claim they can help your skin, but no one’s got all that money to splurge on every single beauty item. So, I’ve come up with two of the most important items you should splurge on this winter.

For skincare, I can’t stress enough how important eye cream is. Eye cream is often overlooked because no one thinks about how delicate the skin around our eyes is. The skin around our eyes is thin and tends to get dehydrated the easiest during the wintertime, that’s why our eyes end up with wrinkles first. You wouldn’t want to enter the spring with wrinkles around your eyes, right? Splurge on a great eye cream to keep moisture in place and fight off wrinkles. I recommend Origin’s Youthtopia or Philosophy’s Miracle Worker for great hydration and anti-aging effects. Use the eye cream between eyes, on the eyelids and under the eye as well.

For makeup, I’m obsessed with Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in the shade sunkissed. This product is great because you can wear it in so many ways. You could mix it with foundation to add extra shimmer and color without it being too much, you could mix it with moisturizer for a sun-kissed dewy look, or you could simply use it on your cheeks for a glow that doesn’t look fake. This product with give your skin a boost and look like it’s not being weighed down by the weather.

These two items can help enhance your natural beauty, but the real key to having great skin is to have a professional peel. A professional peel will help remove all the dirt and roughness from your skin to reveal a shining new you. What beauty products have you splurged on recently?


Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

December 2, 2010

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The weather is changing and we all know the wind here in New England can easily dry our skin out. People think we break out because we have too much oil on our skin. Sometimes it’s because we don’t have enough. Our skin naturally secretes oils, and when our skin becomes dry, we break out from not hydrating enough.

We all should use oils and moisturize every day, especially those of us over thirty. I created a product to use called Smoothover. It helps eliminate wrinkles and makes skin look youthful!  Also, I love Patricia Wexler’s 3-in-1 eye cream from Bath and Body Works, it helps to lift and firm skin while keeping It hydrated and soft.

A key ingredient to keep in mind when looking for a moisturizer is vitamin E oil. Also, if you have sensitive skin cetaphil is something you want to look for in a moisturizing product. Cetaphil is perfect for skin of all types, dry, oily, and combination. When buying a moisturizer, watch out for other ingredients like parabens, and make sure it is preservative free. My favorite product can be found at Whole Foods and is called Dr. Hauschka. Their line stresses the importance of preservative free products.

One thing many of us do when applying moisturizer is put it onto our hands, rub our hands together and then apply the moisturizer to our face. When we do this, though, the good moisture and ingredients are being applied to our hands instead of our face, which is where it should be. What you want to do instead is apply some to the back of your hand, pat it on your face like a mask and let the moisture soak in.

Other things to consider helping your moisturizer fulfill its potential are changes in daily habits. For example, caffeine dehydrates the skin and body, so cutting back on the coffee and increasing your water intake will help your skin look fresh and energized. What are you doing to help keep your skin looking youthful?