3 Suggestions for Thinning Hair

27 Aug

I was born with fine hair. I’ve never had a thick ponytail, although it’s always been healthy. Then a few years ago, my hair started falling out. Whether due to stress or a straightening treatment or even genetics, no one’s been able to tell me why.

So I started taking biotin and then pre-natal supplements because I heard they’re good for nails and hair. I can’t claim either one has noticeably helped my fine hair grow in thicker… but I keep taking them because, well I guess they aren’t hurting me. Or maybe I’m just hopeful.

But as the press releases keep rolling in to alert me that August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, I’m starting to take note of some better options. There really IS a nat’l month or day for everything now!

Short of getting hair extensions for added body (which seems like way too much upkeep), here are 3 interesting options to check out…

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National Lipstick Day (really!)

29 Jul

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Today is “National Lipstick Day.” At least that’s what the web and PR mavens tell me. So who am I to argue.

In honor of said holiday, I’ll share a few fun facts about the beloved product.

First off, it’s been said that the beauty industry remains afloat during a recession or when others are in turmoil because a woman can purchase one lipstick and feel like she’s had a makeover. Instant “feel better” status. I believe this.

Here’s a few you may not have heard…

  • At one point (1650 to be specific), some governments such as the British Parliament attempted to ban lipstick from being worn. WTF?
  • Wearing red lipstick early in the Greek empire signified a woman was a prostitute. It’s still a popular shade in the field, I hear.
  • Rumor has it, Elizabeth Taylor once banned all other women from wearing red lipstick on her film set. Actually, I’ve heard of way worse diva demands and dressing room riders.

 

Annnnd here are a few lipsticks worth trying if you haven’t yet.

RODIAL GLAMSTICK SPF15, Bang

Love this brand. Love this balm. It delivers gorgeous sheer color with SPF, is enriched with Vitamin E & Cocoa Butter, and has a light coconut scent.

BITE BEAUTY LUMINOUS CRÈME LIPSTICK, Fiano

This particular color is a distinctive lush nude. This is also my new favorite lip brand. In fact, it’s made with only food-grade ingredients and so free of all the bad stuff that it’s actually healthy enough to eat! Just in case you’re going on Naked & Afraid…you could bring this dual-purpose product as your “one” survival item.

TYRA BEAUTY LIP MODEL, Hater Blocker

Leave it to Tyra Banks to make a sparkly red and gold shade that’s a universal head-turner on everyone!

Happy Lipstick Day to all!

xo

Tips for Lash Extension Wearers

14 Jul

eyelash-extensionsSo you’ve dropped some dinero on lash extensions. Might as well learn how to make ’em last, right?

We just received some great tips from celeb beauty guru Skyy Hadley. Try them out this summer and see if those little lashes stay put any longer.

  1. If you’re just looking to shorten your time in front of the mirror each morning, opt for a less dramatic lash. They’ll still look stunning, but will be much easier to maintain.
  2. Once you get them done, allow lashes 24 to 48 hours of setting time before getting them wet. Moisture from washing your face, showers or even sweat can easily reactivate the adhesive and make your lashes clump.
  3. Avoid touching the extensions as much as possible. Lashes will naturally shed on their own. Touching or messing with them can make them fall out faster.
  4. Keeping your natural lashes healthy helps maintain your extensions, too. Apply lash conditioner, baby oil, or lash lengthening serum to make sure your extensions have a strong base.

Our 2 Cents: Only wear waterproof mascara when it’s absolutely necessary. (Like a funeral!) No joke. Most of these are really harsh on lashes. If you do use it, try an oil-based remover.

Ciao for now!

xx

Spa Party at The Ritz DTLA, July 16th

2 Jul

Ritz-Carlton poolside yoga

Beauty enthusiasts take note. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles is bringing back the Summer Spa Soiree for one fab evening of head-to-toe indulgence on Thursday, July 16. And, it’s open to the public! Think: Complimentary poolside yoga, healthy treats, champagne, and a selection of random fun prizes.

Guests can also take advantage of personal hair and skincare consultants who will be on hand. Brand reps include Eminence Organics, African Botanics, BAR Skin and Body, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Clarisonic, NuFace (!!), Salon 11, and Jane Iredale Cosmetics.

Attendees can also book 15-30 minute mini spa treatments. Each one costs $25, but you can apply that toward any retail purchase over $75 – so that’s cool. During the event, also enjoy 15% off retail shopping.

The event is complimentary but reservations are suggested, so email the contact below. Hey lookit us thinking in advance…

Here’s the breakdown:
Summer Soiree event | Thursday, July 16th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Yoga | 5:00pm or 6:30pm
Valet parking | complimentary with spa validation

Mini treatment appointments available:
• Peach Bellini Hand Treatment
• Eminence Mini-Facial
• Chair Massage
• Dr. Dennis Gross Peel
• NuFace Contour & Lift Treatment
• African Botanics Marula Experience
• Nail Polish Change

RSVP to Spa Manager Kory Keith by July 9th:
Kory.keith@ritzcarlton.com

The event itself is a tease for what’s yet to come in August. Ask about their Wellness Retreat coming up on Sunday, August 16 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. It’ll be the first one of a new quarterly series!

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles | 900 West Olympic Blvd. | LA, 90015

xo

From L.A. to Wellness in Loreto: A 4-Day Diary

27 May

Rtkf2Fy20ALEn3NzZLnFElIa-xsmGLnZDvj60BNuVmNVi1t57d0ZSM3QQJybSwiLY3qJBwdIZOuHkHIV-xx3k3-jAGDTHZxNhrcMEZ4wpu3-ZDCeSv5NRqF8E2ZMe9AWsZnSB6cIocHiQbC32Xm2-BR7KS3uKnnoOxFWZWpQFdqWsHsdIYFBDYm7ISWI6SVtcVOY6ADuF33XCS9dtKgj5lDQBgMTSitting quietly off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula is a hidden jewel in Loreto called the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa. Upon seconds of arrival, I went from feeling like I was in the middle of nowhere, to exactly where I was supposed to be.

Greeted with kind smiles and quenching strawberry lemonade, we would soon kick off our Wellness Week experience through a special hand washing ritual—signifying all of our stress and bad juju would be left outside the hotel doors.

SETTLING IN

Checking in was surprisingly simple since we had emailed all of our information and food preferences prior. I always recommend doing this, btw. Help the hotel help you! We were given magical bracelets to wear for the entirety of our stay. No room keys to lose (or get deactivated from being held too close to your cell phone) here. Just this little waterproof accessory that would never fail to let you in your room.

I had a One Bedroom Suite. It was 1,300 square feet of total comfort! With a king bed in the bedroom and a pullout queen sofa in the living room, it could have slept four easily. Not to mention a huge private balcony overlooking eyefuls of the Sea of Cortez, fully functioning kitchen, two bathrooms, two TVs, and (big drum roll!) a washer/dryer. The appliances put my little Los Angeles apartment to shame. Charming touches such as Welcome truffles and your name in colorful pebbles on the master bed represent the warmth of the culture—as well as the resort staff. Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 3.48.07 PM

The first night, we enjoyed surf & turf skewers under the stars amongst the fire pits and island breeze. There are three restaurants on the almost 4,500 acre property—all of which provide room service and can accommodate gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and even kosher (if notified in advance) diners.

Menus aren’t taken lightly here. Each meal is prepared like a work of art and presented with all the care of a gallery curator. Continue reading

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