All About Aromatherapy

July 20, 2011

Lately, I’ve been really into relaxation and the different effects scents can have on us. Aromatherapy is great because it uses essential oils from plants to benefit the human mind, body, and spirit.

Bath & Body Works has a really yummy body wash that’s inexpensive and smells amazing! It’s called Eucalyptus Spearmint Stress Relief body lotion. The eucalyptus and spearmint scent is clean, invigorating, and kind of gives me a boost. It’s also really hydrating! Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy line is really nice and I recommend it.

There’s this amazing French line called Darphin that has a great Organic Aromatic Care line. It’s a little pricey but has amazing results. Right now I’m using the Organic Jasmine Aromatic Care and it is amazing. They also have Organic Rose Aromatic Care, which is really good for sensitive skin, and the 8-Flower Aromatic Care is really yummy. The Organic Tangerine Aromatic Care works really well to brighten skin. I make my own line of skin oils similar to these, but Darphin is nice if you can’t come to me. I love these oils though; they’re very yummy!

When applying an aromatic care product, apply 5 drops of oil to the face and neck with circular motions from the inner to the outer part of the face. Then follow with the appropriate cream or fluid.

My other favorite hydrating product is the High Shine Hydrating Gloss Stick. It’s produced by Jemma Kidd, a makeup artist who started her own small line! The gloss is in lipstick form and is SPF 15, which is great for the sun in the summer! My favorite shade is Paradise, a beautiful sheer, apricot color.

I also have two new eyeshadows everybody should try! They’re Rule and Coppering by MAC. Rule looks bright orange, but when it’s applied to the lid it’s a burnt apricot shade. It looks really cool and definitely makes the eyes pop! My favorite thing to do with Coppering is put it on top of and under my lid and smudge it, it gives it a really cool look.

Bobbi Brown’s Moisture Tint Balm is great because it gives the skin a nice dewy look, and L’Oreal’s Telescopic Mascara is great because it makes the lashes look so long and beautiful. These two are always on my favorites list. Go check them out if you haven’t already!


Brides Under the Flash Lights

November 28, 2010

Some of you might remember last year’s post-Halloween photo shoot. This year, I decided to do something even more exciting: a bridal photo shoot! On November 7th, my marketing team and I gathered in my Newbury Street studio for what turned out to be a very fun day. The photographers, Ben and Kyle, moved the place around and took gorgeous pictures with the windows in the background. The superstar of the day was surely my dog Bella, who took a pleasure in posing and adding her charm to all of the pictures.

I created a diversity of bridal looks. Each of them blended with a specific skin type, hair color and suggested different personalities.

  • First, I gave Yelana a natural, fresh and dewy bridal look, which matched her bohemian styled red hair
  • Sydney had a dramatic bridal look, which I achieved with smokey, shimmery eyeshadow and glossy brown lipstick.
  • With Sam I created a bronze toned bridal look to match her dirty blond hair. I used shadows of bronze and gold to create a beautiful sparkly appearance.
  • Finally, Melissa had the bridesmaid look. I emphasized her eyes makeup by making them smokey in the corners and peachy in the insides. To match her eyes, I used a soft orange tone for her lips.

The whole afternoon was a mix of bridal poses and flashing lights that I often interrupted for makeup adjustments, all to the sounds of Mike Snow and Lupe Fiasco‘s electronic music and Shad‘s rap songs.

A big “thank you” to all of those who helped out! Official pictures will soon be available on my website. Until then, check out the behind-the-scene pictures and tell me what your favorite brides look is! Which one would you prefer to be?

Hair Dresser: Nancy V. Brown
Models: Yelana Loiselle, Sydney Epstein, Sam Gold, Melissa Boss.
Photographers: Benjamin Askinas, Kyle Beiermeister.

Newbury: A Street for Beauty

November 30, 2009

After refining your brows and rejuvenating your complexion, why call it a day? The Robin Erb Skincare establishment is lucky enough to be wedged between some of Boston’s most superb hidden gems and trendy shops. Located at the corner of Fairfield and Newbury Street, we are right in the middle of it all.

When your treatments are finished, take your new beautiful skin for a test-drive.A few doors down Lit Boutique offers all of the high end quality you’d expect from a shop on Newbury, but with out the hefty price tag. The boutique carries an eclectic mix of tops, bottoms and dresses.

Feeling famished? Stop by Bostone Pizza, mere steps away from Robin Erb Skincare, where they are revered for their tasty thin-crust pizza.

Where do I love to do a little retail therapy? Just down the street is Second Time Around (new and resale designer steals) and Zara (classically beautiful additions to any wardrobe). If you really want to off your day of pampering with a cherry drop into Jennifer’s Nail Salon for an unbeatable mani-pedi for $35. Love to travel down Newbury Street? Share some of your favorite little known boutiques, shops and restaurants!