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FREE L’Occitane Kit!

15 Apr

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No joke! I love that there are no strings or BS with this promo. Just follow the directions below and you’ll score an adorable FREE Shea Starter Kit from L’Occitane – during April only. It includes: mini Shea Butter Hand Cream, Shea Light Comforting Cream, and exclusive collector’s tin.

Writer’s note: If you’ve never tried this hand cream, you’re in for a treat… It actually has a cult following!

To get your free gift, use THIS LINK and follow the prompts:

1)      Enter your email address

2)      Check your inbox for an exclusive email

3)      Present email at any L’Occitane boutique nationwide and redeem your FREE Shea Starter Kit

…Turns out some things in life really are free!

xo

 

 

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Products that (Really!) Work

19 Nov

There are beauty products that I love and others that I’m merely attracted to, whether it be for packaging, how good it looked on someone else, or its actual efficacy. Sometimes it’s a combo deal. And sometimes I will myself into using a product simply because of the money I spent on it. You get it.

All that said, when a product actually works and does everything it promises, I want to scream about it from the rooftops. But since my building’s roof has been deemed permanently off limits, a shout out on social media will have to suffice.

Without any further babble, here are a few products I fully recommend…

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Baby Foot

If you do a lot of walking or hiking (or just have jacked up feet!), you will thank me for this one. I first heard about Baby Foot when I was getting a pedicure and the nail tech asked if I wanted callous remover. When I replied I didn’t, because it never worked, she laughed and shook her head in agreement. Then she casually mentioned this product her client used once that truly resurfaced the soles of her feet.

Baby Foot might be the simplest, most effective beauty treatment you’ll ever give yourself. All you do is wear these formula-filled booties for an hour. I put socks over them for a tighter fit. One episode of Nashville later, I was done. Fast forward exactly five days and my feet are peeling off excess layers. Sorry if this sounds gross (I can hear my sister cringing), but I found it fascinating. A few days later and my soles were renewed.

Baby Foot is all-natural, made with 17 kinds of natural extracts, and said to be effective on Athlete’s Foot, blood circulation and odor issues, too. Learn more or pick up an envelope at Babyfootusa.com.

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 Lift Kits

I heard about Lift Kits from a stylist I know. She gives them to her male clients who need an extra boost next to taller counterparts in films or on the red carpet. Or really anywhere I guess. At first I thought the idea of “lifts” was funny, but apparently it’s really a thing in Hollywood.

I had a friend of mine pop a pair into his shoes and he went from saying they were stupid to, “I’m a brand new man up here!”

They also make smaller lifts for women, and ones that give you a little booty lift. Ladies who hate lunges: this could be your answer.

Check ’em out at myliftkits.com.

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Embryolisse Embryoderme

Love love love this this rich vitamin-packed moisturizer to revitalize my complexion quickly. When my skin feels tight or looks dull, I swap out my morning lotion for the Embryoderme cream by Embryolisse. Within minutes my skin wakes up and all signs of irritation are history.

Enriched with collagen, Shea butter, elastin, and Vitamins A, E & F, this cream absorbs quickly and keeps skin hydrated in even dry winter weather. I know makeup artists swear by the brand’s Radiant Eye stickand it’s great, too – but I find myself relying on the Embryoderme much more in the cold months.

Try it out this season at embryolisseusa.com.

 

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Hourglass Archbrow Sculpting Pencil

Think all eyebrow pencils are the same? Wrong. They vary in quality and wearability as much as regular eyeliners do. As someone with thinner brows, I’ve tried everything from powders to pencils to waxes. Hands down, the triangular-shaped Archbrow Sculpting Pencil by Hourglass is my favorite.

It combines powder, pencil and wax in one product – and is available in 9 different shades (9!) to create naturally fuller looking brows. The buildable formula lets you opt for a bold and intense, or soft and natural look that stays put all day. It’s also double-ended so you can brush your brows into place once you’re done filling them in.

Find your perfect brow shade at hourglasscosmetics.com.

That’s all folks! Until next time.

Oh, and if you try one of these fab 4, tell me what you think!

xo

 

Sephora Opens at The Grove (!)

2 Oct

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Woo hoo, I’m doing sassy high kicks! Sephora is celebrating its Grand Opening at The Grove today.

Yes, I actually do get excited for every one of their new stores… as with each Sephora comes a slightly different personalty that still maintains all the comfort of my favorite staple beauty products.

And when I see those seven shiny black letters on a storefront outside my normal stomping grounds [insert angels singing here], it’s even more comforting. Judge if you want, but Sephora really does feel like the Mother Ship sometimes.

Anyway, personal ramblings aside, The Grove location offers free (yes FREE!) beauty classes and has a special IQ Technology that helps you find your perfect foundation and lip shades. Also check out the back of the store for a new kind of skincare experience. Cough Lancer Skincare cough cough.

Sephora at The Grove | 189 The Grove Drive | Los Angeles, 90036

#SephoraTheGrove

xo

Gina Mari Skincare – Beverly Hills

21 Sep

Sometimes a visit to the esthetician can feel like an hour of boot camp. You get poked and scrutinized and lectured—and sometimes it’s exactly the kick you need. Sometimes.

Visiting Gina Mari Skincare isn’t like that. It’s like going to good friend’s house, where you are welcomed and accepted. A friend who happens to have the coolest machines ever! And you never want to leave.

Sure Gina and the girls will tell you what’s up. They’ll tell you what could be beneficial to your unique complexion, and what’s not worth your investment. They’ll even pay closer attention to some melasma-looking thing that your dermatologist blew off.

WHAT TO ASK FOR

Right now — just in time for the Emmys and approaching holiday season, clients are booking Gina’s most advanced body treatment to date: the Birthday Suit.

It’s a 5-step non-invasive fully body procedure that she says will help reduce sunspots, dimpled and dehydrated skin – thanks to some cutting edge technology. Ninety minutes later, your skin is left glowing and refreshed.

I’m gonna say this one is best for the 30 and above crowd. Here’s a brief breakdown of the Birthday Suit treatment:

STEP 1: Full Body Microdermabrasion – Dry & Wet

This works on all the environmental effects of LA-living on our skin. Think: pollution, ultraviolet sun rays, airborne bacteria, et al. Microdermabrasion will exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate new cell turnover.

STEP 2: Exfoliation & Brightening

A light acid wash is applied to fully remove the dead skin cells, followed by Shea butter to leave a brightening effect. Multiple skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn can be improved in this step.

STEP 3: TriPollar

Here’s where they take the party up a notch. Tripollar delivers radio frequency through 3 or more electrodes to drastically improve the skin’s surface and subcutaneous fat layers.

STEP 4: Z-Wave Pro

 Z-Wave Pro further addresses signs of aging, like stubborn fat pockets, with a sound wave technology. Radial shock waves are used to encourage a tightening in the body’s general connective tissues. Now I don’t fully understand how this works…but after watching the Emmy red carpet, I’d be down to learn.

STEP 5: LED Light Therapy (full body)

Step 5 is based on NASA research that has found certain light frequencies increase new tissue growth and stimulate collagen production. Basically, light energy improves cell energy.

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 12.47.58 PMWhether you’re in need of a simple facial or a 5-Step tune up… or even just to hang out with some refreshingly supportive Cali chicks, call for an appointment at Gina Mari Skincare.

Gina Mari Skincare

9350 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 204 | Beverly Hills, CA 90212

310.276.7601

xo

Spa Party at The Ritz DTLA, July 16th

2 Jul

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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