Meet Tulsi Spa: Ayurvedic & Wellness Center

15 Nov

image1For those who are used to traditional day spas, Tulsi Spa is a different kind of experience. Hidden inside the infamous El Royale Gardens Hotel in Studio City, each treatment space is housed in a cozy, refurbished guest room.

Guests are greeted with a warm welcome upon entrance, where a lovely retail boutique sits on the left. The vibe is pure wellness. Everything is Ayurvedic. I’m told sessions are conducted by appointment only and therapists are called in according to their specialty.

My visit began with a facial. At the onset, my therapist told me she was an Ayurvedic Practitioner, not an esthetician. So my facial was more of a mask (homemade blend of chickpeas, orange, and rose) than a steamy multi-step process. It felt a bit like doing a DIY mask at home with your friend.

Next was a therapeutic treatment called Basti. It consists of placing a big dough ring on the affected area, then filling it with medicated oil said to reduce pain, swelling and tension. Truthfully, I’m not sure if it worked but it felt relaxing for the most part.

If you’re used to a day spa type of experience, some of the treatment names might feel a bit misleading. Like the facial, for example. But if you love Ayurveda and eastern wellness practices, Tulsi Spa is a must-visit in Los Angeles. And you should get familiar (if you aren’t already) with the spa’s co-owner Lissa Coffey… She’s a fountain of gentle, Ayurvedic knowledge.

Check out the website and call ahead for wellness appointments. Parking is super easy and there’s an abundance of herbs, oils, creams, and gifts at your disposal.

Tulsi Spa | 11117 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 91604 | 323-829-1882

Namaste?

LORAC Sale on Now

22 Oct

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I don’t normally post Friends & Family Sales but this is a good one! And by good, I mean great discount! The LORAC Friends & Family Sale is on now – and runs through October 28th. For those who don’t know, LORAC is the brainchild of longtime Hollywood makeup artist Carol (spelled backwards = lorac) Shaw.

Get 40% OFF sitewide! Awesome, right? Just use code FAMILY at checkout. Exceptions include sale items and the Rachel Zoe collection. But still plenty of deals to be scooped up. Get free US shipping on purchases over $25.

Suggested products: Pro Palette 4 (shown above), LUX Diamond Crème Eye Shadow, Front of the line PRO Liquid Eyeliner, Alter Ego Diamonds and Pearls Lip Gloss Set 6 Carats

lorac.com

You’re welcome.

xo

Designer Spotlight: Lisi Lerch

30 Aug

IMG_3289Have you ever surfed a site and stressed over too many items in your cart? Yeah, same. 

This month I’ve been obsessing over the happy pieces on Lisilerch.com. In case you aren’t familiar with Lisi, her story is awesome. She bailed on Wall Street to design Kentucky Derby Hats. Then eventually morphed into jewelry and handbags. Today, her accessories can be seen on everyone from athletes to A-listers.

As a west coaster, I love a big cheery accessory to wear on outdoor beach holidays – like July 4th or Labor Day weekend. Since the latter is approaching this weekend, I’m sharing a few of my favorites from Lisi’s site. Perfect for sprucing up jeans or a jumpsuit.

Two things to note… 1. She’s got a rare sale going on now! 2. Anything on the site makes a gorgeous gift – especially packaged in her signature pink satin duster bags. Don’t be surprised if I mention her name again around the holidays.

SHOWN: 

EMILY (White) – These are my faves! Lightweight and perfect for an on-the-water kinda day! Love the feminine beading against the chain link. They come in 13 different color ways. Next in my cart: Black and Cotton Candy!

BOBBI (Aqua)– These look amazing dressed up or down. And the price point is awesome! Truthfully they look more expensive than they are. As someone who generally opts for solid gold or neutral jewelry, my adoration for this aqua beaded pair regularly surprises me. But whenever I catch a glimpse of them in the mirror, I feel happy.

… And really, what more can you ask for from your jewelry?

lisilerch.com

xo

 

Moitié: 10-Day lashes in Los Angeles

24 Jul

IMG_2811A new lash just arrived in Los Angeles. Sitting somewhere between fake eyelashes and lash extensions is Moitié. Pronounced moy-tee-ā, the brand was created by computer engineer Sima Mosbacher and offers DIY lashes that stay on up to 10 days. Lil’ bit of trivia: At age 20, Sima became the youngest female commercial pilot in the world! 

A big fan of salon lashes, Sima loved the ease of being makeup-ready each morning. But ultimately, she would suffer the drawbacks of brittle natural lashes and breakage as a result. So she created a gentler option where the lashes adhere to your natural lashes vs. your lash line.

IMG_2792Go online and check out the different options for ordering a DIY kit. Or if you’re in Los Angeles, stop by her kiosks at The Grove (just outside Nordstrom) or The Americana. I recommend having the techs on-site apply them for you. But for those with a steadier hand than me, the kits are there and ready to take home and apply at leisure. Kits come adorably packed in pink with everything from application tongs to remover glue.

I went for the natural look, and liked them at night. But during the day they were still a bit extra for me. I lasted 3 days before having to remove them. That said, I cannot personally confirm that they last a full 10 days. If you don’t wash with an oil cleanser or makeup remover, I can see them going the distance though. NOTE: When using the lash remover, make sure to ONLY apply it to your lashes and not your lash line. #Lessonlearned 

IMG_2719Oh, they’re also waterproof — A great summer savior for those who hate waterproof mascara! If you stop by a kiosk, drop me a line and let me know how it went. Even better, share a before & after!

xo

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Lip Masks: Best Bets

17 Jun

I’m all about a great lip product. From gloss to sheen to liquid lipstick, I’ll try anything. I even enjoy the look of a matte lip… just not on me. It miiight have worked on a pre-30 me. Anyway with all this day-to-night lip love, I’ve always made sure to sleep with a great balm slathered on. And unlike the lip oils I love so much, these balms and masks don’t end up on my pillow.

I’m often asked about my favorite formulas. So here goes. A few of my favorite overnight lip masks, in no particular order…

 

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

This might be my all-time favorite overnight lip formula. It’s packed with vitamin c and hyaluronic acid to lock in nutrients from four kinds of berries. The formula hugs your lips in a way that just needs to be experienced. And even better—A little goes a long way, so it lasts a while. Great bang for your buck! A few new flavors have been released, but I’m partial to the original.

BITE BEAUTY Agave+ Nighttime Lip Therapy

I prefer this packaging to their other agave balms that can be hard to get out of the tube. Like most Bite products, this formula feels soothing right away. It’s a nature-derived balm-to-oilish blend of agave, pomegranate, sunflower, safflower, and jojoba seed oils.

FRESH Sugar Advanced Therapy

Said to hydrate lips for a full 24 hours! Not sure it does that for me, but I like it enough to use it often at night. It’s got all kinds of good stuff in it (like sea fennel and orange extract!) to hydrate and delay signs of thinning lips.

 

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion

Full disclosure, I tend to like most products Dr. Dennis Gross puts out. So no surprise I’m a fan of this age-fighting lip soother. It helps rejuvenate parched lips, plus defines and strengthens lip borders.

INNISFREE Lip Sleeping Mask with Green Tea

I like the lip balms from this iconic K-beauty brand so the sleeping mask was a must-try. I’m not big on green tea, but the fragrance is light and unbothersome. This is a reliable, travel-friendly formula. Great for nightly conditioning – but maybe not therapeutic enough for deeply cracked lips IMO.

PCA SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster

Not an overnight mask, but more of a daily treatment to revive aging lips. It’s got hydrators and advanced peptides to help wake up collagen production around the lip line and reveal a more youthful look.

DR. MACRENE 37 ACTIVES High Performance Anti-aging and Filler Lip Treatment

This is more of a treatment to fight lip lines than a softening lip mask. I’m not even certain it’s meant to be used overnight, but that’s how I saw results in the morning. It claims over 20 actives, including hyaluronic acid and peptides for overall rejuvenation and plumpness.

Budget-friendlier options:

 

MILANI Keep It Smooth Luxe Lip Treatment

Milani is one of my favorite drugstore brands! I’ve always liked their lip scrub, so it didn’t surprise me that their moisturizing lip treatment‘s packed with Shea butter and 6 oils (coconut, olive, sweet almond, macadamia, jojoba & argan!) to help minimize lines and prevent chapping.

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Quenched

Said to provide 8 hours of hydration, this one’s got a cult following. It’s not an overnight mask per se, but it could work as one AND it’s got SPF 20 for daytime use.

AQUAFOR Healing Ointment

For treating serious cracks or irritated skin, this is a longtime editor favorite and go-to formula for multiple skin needs. Definitely worth keeping in the drawer as a general fix-all.

 

That’s all folks! Let me know if I missed any of your faves — or if you’ve got thoughts on any of the above.

xo