#ChooseBeautiful

7 Apr

Once again, Dove gives us a good reminder…

Pretty Cool Things

10 Feb

Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Yay for pink and red? To all the haters, I say the “holiday” is like anything – If you don’t like it, ignore it. No one is MAKING you watch the Kardashians… Just change the channel.

But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t wearing my favorite Wildfox sweater with the big sparkly pink heart today. Nope, never too old for a big sparkly heart.

I’ll let you decide what’s best to spoil your significant other with on Saturday. But if you wanna surprise your girlfriends with some feel-good gifts, here are a few ideas:

Every girl looks beautiful in a sheer red or pink lip balm – whether she knows it or not. Throw some cellophane and raffia around one of these star-products to bring out her naturally rosy side.

Or give her a little at-home lip spa(ish) treatment! LOVE these two – both now available at Sephora:

Best part about any of the above, you’re guaranteed to make her smile. And that’s always a pretty cool thing.

xo

Dr. Lancer and his new Venus

22 Jan

-2You know when you’re having one of those “If money was no object…” fantasies and you start thinking about who you’d want as your personal stylist (Petra), personal trainer (Harley), personal chef (Undecided.)… and so on? Well, I’ve recently added to my list.

If I could have someone on-call daily to stand with me in the anti-aging battle and ensure my complexion was receiving the world’s best care (Not vanity… FAN-TA-SY!), I’d enlist the skill of Dr. Harold Lancer.

First off, his style isn’t to sugar coat anything. I appreciate that. I’ve met Dr. Lancer a few times and he is always quick to say what he recommends – and what’s a waste of time & money. Truthfully, I’m not often a fan of doctor-endorsed or namesake products. Much like some of the fashion houses that launch makeup lines, I find these can sometimes be simply pretty packaging.

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While the Lancer products come in cool sleek containers, the superiority is truly in their formulas. If you’re going to invest in a dermatologist’s skincare line, definitely visit his office or go to Lancerskincare.com.

Among my favorites: The Lancer Method trio, Volume Enhancing Lip Serum (!!!), and Body Polish.

SOFIA LIKES IT!

If you are going to make an appointment at Dr. Lancer’s Beverly Hills office, make sure to ask about his latest treatment machine – Venus Viva. It’s the newest machine from Venus Concepts that (in simple terms) offers an alternative to injectables and invasive procedures.

The Viva isn’t offered anywhere else at this time. NOTE: Sofia Vergara’s over-40 fabulousness isn’t just in her genes. She’s a huge devotee of the original Venus Legacy machine for firming and shaping.

Personally, I’ve got my eye on the Viva for skin tightening, but here are some other benefits:

  • Ultimate solution for skin rejuvenation
  • Diminishes deep wrinkles, acne scars, large pores
  • Fades uneven texture, pigmentation, irregularities & stretch marks
  • Safe, non-invasive and effective with immediate and long-term results
  • Safe for all skin types

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DOWN TIME

First, you’ll want numbing cream. But there’s minimal downtime and discomfort. Treatments can take less than 30 minutes, so you can appreciate the immediate and long-term benefits shortly after a treatment. Expect to do at least 3 sessions.

IN TECHY TERMS

Venus Viva operates with the new, revolutionary NanoFractional Radio Frequency and SmartScan technology that delivers superior results through selectional dermal heating process with minimal discomfort. The use of NanoFractional delivers energy through the epidermis, to the dermis, to generate heat and initiate skin change, rebuilding collagen and fibroblast stimulation, all resulting in tissue remodeling.

Lancer Dermatology | 440 North Rodeo Drive | Beverly Hills, 90210 | 310-278-8444

Watch & Share #LoveYourCurls

20 Jan

As always, I adore the Dove messaging for women. This new campaign is for little curls who grow up watching their moms hate on their own kinky locks. They see the Disney princesses with straight blonde ponytails and actresses with flat-ironed strands every day. Let’s show them a new image!

#LoveYourCurls

Experience Swiss Luxury in Bel Air

10 Jan

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It’s Golden Globes weekend in Hollywood and I happily spent the first half of my day at Hotel Bel-Air. Not too shabby, can’t complain. Breakfast at Wolfgang Puck, followed by a much-needed facial at the La Prairie Spa.

I really find it impossible to grow tired of Hotel Bel-Air. In fact, if you aren’t from here I highly recommend taking a wrong turn (anywhere!) before turning into the hotel valet entrance. Homes in this elite neighborhood are breathtaking – and those are just the few visible from the road. The mind reels picturing what must behind those other gates and hedges.

Another suggestion when visiting this property: make time to enjoy the Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie. Don’t just go in for a spa service. Use the steam room (twinkly ceiling lights!), the relaxation room (wonderful treats & tea!) and Do. Not. Skip. The Showers! Complete with an overhead waterfall shower head, 360-degree streams, and warm towel waiting on a heated rack, this will hands down be your favorite shower ever. Short of George Clooney waiting inside to join you, it lacks for nothing. No disrespect, Amal.

Okay, enough shower talk. My esthetician today was Bette. She was lovely, knowledgeable about the brand, and charming with the 5-Star professionalism one would expect from such a facility.

My facial was 60 minutes of heaven – and she didn’t even make me feel like I had to apologize for going almost a year without having one. Truth be told, La Prairie products are so luxurious that they’d probably feel just as effective if she slathered them on me with a butter knife. That said, Bette hit all the right pressure points and instinctively honed in on the exact areas that were concerning me.

She introduced me to a few wonderful products, as well. If La Prairie fits into your budget, you honestly needn’t try another brand. Just save yourself the time. And, if you’re over 30 and serious about fighting signs of aging (!!!), consider investing in the La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, Ice Crystal Cream, White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream and Illuminating Serum. It’ll be a decent price tag – but I know you’re worth it.

And by now, you should, too.

xx

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