October 20, 2015

Truth: Brazilian Wax

It's surprising how I've never had a bikini or brazilian wax. I decided it was finally time to see what everyone was talking about. No one ever really talks about the experience so I wasn't totally sure what I was getting into. Elizabeth Grady on Newbury Street seemed to be the right choice for my first time experience. 

They say to take two aspirin before you go to minimize the pain and of course I forgot. Boy, I wish I did. It is definitely a little awkward at first. You are stripping naked in front of a complete stranger. All the steps were explained so I was put more at ease. Elizabeth Grady doesn't use waxing strips so the pain is minimized and irritation is lessoned later. The first patch hurt like crazy and I knew this would not be fun. Have your esthetician take smaller than large patches while waxing. It will be way easier to endure. I admit I had to stop during the visit a few times but I braved through with help.

The end result was worth the pain and I haven't had growth in two weeks. If you want to continue waxing, be sure not shave. With each wax session, hair will grow in thinner so it will not hurt as much each time you go. I might never use my razor again.

October 18, 2015

Facial Time at Clarins

I love having a great facial in the fall. There is so much buildup on my skin of oil and dirt from sweating all summer. I'm excited to tell you that Clarins in Chesnut Hill is offering $50 facials during the month of October. Hurry and enjoy this deal before it ends. The spa is beyond beautiful with so many cool amenities!

May 25, 2015

The Secrets Of My Skin

Lately everyone is asking what I have been using on my skin. I knew right away. One word. ClarinsWhen I heard about the benefits about their Double Serum with 90% of of women finding it more effective than their current serum, I had to see for myself. The dual chamber system combines two age-defying formulas into one groundbreaking serum that reactivates skin’s vital functions. You will see visibly firmer skin, visibly reduced wrinkles, a more even skin tone and less visible pores in just 4 weeks. When I say this are true, believe me.

Of course there are always the basic rules I adhere to when taking care of my skin.

1. Always wash your face twice a day followed by toner and a good moisturizer. Even in doing this, your skin will look much more radiant. I use the and the Multi-Active Day Correcting Cream in the morning and Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream at bedtime. Always pat on serums and creams insteading of rubbing it in using circles.

2. Never go to bed with makeup on. I know it's hard after a long night of partying or a late night at the office when all you want to do is lay down. Don't do it! Think of how much extra dirt you've acquired after dancing with the girls all evening! If you just can't get up to use the sink, then at least use a cleansing wipe such as Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes. Your skin will thank you. When I want to race to bed, one of my tricks is to mix my cleanser with Elizabeth Grady Skin Smoothing Powder. The scrub mixture takes my makeup right off.

3. Never pick at "areas of concern". This is the term the pros use for zits. Touching your face and trying to pop that blemish is just irritating the problem and causing it to last longer.

4. Use Double Serum at least once a day. Remember pat!

5. Do not skip the toner! This is most important. I love Neutrogena Toner. It is inexpensive, alcohol free and does the trick.

6. Eye cream is a major do at any age. I have always used an eye cream followed by a moisturizer. You don't have to spend a fortune. Any cream is better than no cream. Of course, I stick with program and love Super Restorative Total Eye Cream.

I have always wondered about a few skin care myths so I went to the expert, Christopher Tuffa, Clarins Global Ambassador.

People always tell you to stick with one brand. I've always mixed and matched. Is this okay?

Christopher says that the steps of layering are pretty much the same regardless of the brand but if you want products that are designed to optimize a technique, Clarins is the brand that works on enhancing it. All Clarins products, developed in our fully own Paris-based labs, are created to work better combined together. Their formulations are specifically designed to be used in conjunction with the different Clarins product ranges.

Should you wait a certain amount of time after applying each product? I love some of his tips about skin care procedure.

It is always good to apply your very first layer (serum and eye cream) on slightly damp skin, so you can go ahead and apply them right after you blot your toner with tissue to absorb any excess. Wait a minute or two between all the other extra layers to allow some time for the product to warm up on your skin and penetrate how it is supposed to. Dry skin will absorb multiple layers faster than other skin types so the wait time will vary. Apply a layer and brush your teeth, apply another one and get your coffee, etc. This is a good morning routine!

There you have it; the secrets of my skin. Be patient and diligent and you too will see a change.

May 1, 2015

The New Super Models

A super model by definition is a highly paid fashion model who usually has an international following and reputation with major designers and commercial brands. They have branded themselves on name alone. Does this new generation of youth remember Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and the queen, Kate Moss? They were the original super models in a day when that was like royalty. Now, that kind of celebrity is back in new "it" girls Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Their freshness and youthful attitude make us reminisce of the nineties and the impact their predecessors had.

We all know Kendall Jenner from Keeping Up With The Kardashians but since then she has tried to separate herself even dropping her last name in her modeling portfolio. She killed it during NWFW 2015 and is now the new face of Calvin Klein Underwear. Gigi Hadid is another spawn of reality television. Her mother is former model, Yolanda Foster of the Real Housewives clan. Gigi is the face of Guess and now Maybelline while appearing in VMANElleGraziaCleoVogue, Sports Illustrated and Paper magazine. She was the most coveted model at Fashion Week this year.

My dreams of being a supermodel are long gone but it's nice to see some fresh, young faces to inspire us again.

April 27, 2015

Drink: Motto

Green tea is my jam and there are so many benefits to drinking it.

Motto was created in 2010 by good friends Tom Olcott and Henry Crosby in discovery that ground green tea leaves are exceptionally good for the human body.
Henry and Tom met on Nantucket, in Boston, and in Portland, Maine to develop the recipe for Motto using matcha from one of the oldest family-owned tea cooperatives in Japan and natural ingredients of the finest quality.  
Officially launched in 2012 in Beantown, Motto is the world’s first bottled matcha drink.  
It's amazingly refreshing and delicious. I'm not one for hot tea so this refreshing drink allows me all the benefits of green tea if not more. 
Find your Motto.  Drink for Lif

March 7, 2015

Miracle Worker: Deep Sea Cosmetics

Who would have ever thought that products from the deep sea could benefit us so much and that even Cleopatra was a fan? Gloss48 is one of my favorite places to find all my necessities and launches new, indie beauty daily. For the first seven days that products are on the site, they offer a promotional discount. Why break the bank? They carry the line Deep Sea Cosmetics which focuses on water nourishing the skin and even healing the most serious psoriasis, acne, and cellulite. Antioxidants, vitamins and herbal extracts work together to improve the appearance of your natural radiance. 

The Dead Sea Refined Wrinkle Filler is one of my new go to products. This treatment uses Peptides Complex which are vitamins and Helloguard to smooth surface wrinkles. The result is a youthful glow where wrinkles are barely noticeable. I also use the Dead Sea Facial Peeling Gel once a week. This little miracle worker boosts cell renewal, exfoliates dead skin, purifies and moisturizes the skin. I really feel like my pores are non-existent after one use of this stuff! 

I teamed up with Gloss 48 to offer you these products at a great sale price! Take advantage my friends! 

February 25, 2015

Wednesday Wear: Black on Black

Photos by Marianne Andres
When it comes to running around the city in the Winter, I don't always want to be wearing a huge, puffy coat to stay warm. I like to try and stay fashionable by layering pieces together. I had endlessly been searching for the perfect faux leather coat when I stumbled upon this single one on sale at 50% off in H&M. It was a great fit and actually quite durable. My infinity scarf or snoopie as I like to say is my savior every time I go outside; another steal at $15 in Target. My boots are a nice balance between chic and sensible and can even make it through some snow. Bundle up kids; Mother Nature can be cruel.
Bag by Kate Spade

February 7, 2015

Planet London

If there was one thing that pulled me chicly through fall and now, its been my navy, classic Planet London overcoat. The style easily takes me from day to night. Its very lightweight but the durable fabric keeps me quite warm when wearing it through the crazy Boston weather. I truly love this coat. The silhouette is so flattering and navy was a great stray from typical black.

Planet London, which has been designed exclusively in the UK, captures that elegant glam British style - from quilted puffer coats to classic wool overcoats. Think Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Gwyneth Paltrow. This is the brand’s first outerwear collection created exclusively for the US while designed in the UK, using only the finest quality fabrics.

The  collection includes quilted jackets, faux fur lined wool coats, and textured overcoats in neutral shades  such as black, navy, and camel, as well as a pop color in cherry red. All of the pieces feature unique and  distinctive trims and finishings, such as gold hardware and zippers, leather piping, and statement buttons.
You can find the coats here at Lord and Taylor. By the way, they are on sale!!!! 

January 21, 2015

Obsession: Kate Spade

photo by Marianne Andres
This holiday season, Kate Spade was banging out some pretty impressive goods. I am always frequently visiting the Newbury store and the new added Saturday in the Prudential. Always on the hunt for the perfect bag and wallet, I scored some goods I just adore.

My Mini A Satchel is my new best friend. Its the perfect size for trecking through the city and being able to fit all my necessities. Not only is it a cross body but you can carry it with its charming little handles. The gold dots add just the right unexpected touch without being too overwhelming.

I must admit, I have a wallet fetish. I keep searching for the right size, durability, and chicness. I spotted this glittered bad boy months ago on Kate Spade and when it went 60% off I knew it was meant to be. Rose gold and sparkly, its so easy to keep organized which is hard for me to do. I love the adorable dots inside that match my bag. They are a perfect match.
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