Beautiful Beach Hair… without the Beach

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Aquis Waffle Luxe Hair Turban 

I’ve been meaning to write about this simple, yet amazing towel for drying hair that is my latest obsession. Say hello to…

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban ($30) and the AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Turban (Price ($40) which are made with an innovative fabric woven from ultra-fine fibers called AQUITEX. Why is this important? Frizz, my friends. It helps to eliminate what drying your hair with a regular terry cloth towel produces. The lightweight material has superior water-wicking capabilities that is gentle on your hair. The Lisse is designed for delicate hair, while the Waffle is designed for thicker hair. Either one you choose, these turbans quickly and gently dry to a damp stage, with less friction, minimizing damage. I have curly hair so I love the fact that I can run my fingers through my hair to ‘comb’ it while in the shower, apply product and wrap. My hair has definitely been less frizzy and it’s so much easier than trying to tie a towel on my head.

For wavy beach hair without having to go to the beach, you can buy yours here:

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Travel Beauty Picks 2017

I’ve been a fan of French skincare line, Decleor, since my early days doing research and working in beauty selling advertising in Elle and Vogue, so when I tested out some new products that looked perfect for travel and (work travel) deprived skin, I had to see what they were all about. Decleor really focuses on high caliber essential oils and purification that feels perfectly Parisian… in simplicity and sophistication. Here are my two wins ready for your carry-on.

Decleor Aromessence Marjolaine Serum

I’ll say this right off the bat. Even though it’s formulated for dry or very dry skin, it’s the kind of elixir that you can also put on oily or combination skin without breaking out. We LOVE ’em. With 100% pure essential Oils, this daytime serum has a refreshing scent that delivers intense and instant nourishing, while also regulating lipid production. The serum contains Marjolaine, Lavender, Myrrh, Rosemary, and Orange Peel Essential Oils to soothe inflammation, brightens dull complexion, dehydrate, and promotes elasticity and firmness. Use in the morning after cleansing by warming just two drops (that’s all you need!) in the palm of the hands, gently applying over the face and neck, and following with skin care cream. Plus, it smells delicious.  Price: $73

http://www.decleorusa.com/aromessence-marjolaine-nourishing-serum/

Decleor Aroma Purete Imperfections Roll On

Our other top pick is this portable little roller ball treatment for blemishes that packs well, doesn’t need to be checked, and cleansed my weary traveler skin to reduce those red acne spots I get from changes in latitudes, attitudes, and hormones. The refreshing formulation (with my favorite scent, Madagascan Ylang Ylang), soothed my skin while on – or off – a flight. Other ingredients include Sage, Rosemary, Lavender and Lemon Essential Oils to give the skin (and nose) a sense of health and freshness. A perfect little pick-me-up to leave skin purified and clean. I followed the directions to apply to blemishes 4 to 5 times a day and definitely noticed a difference. Just make sure you remember to do it often. The portable size helps with that as it easily slips in a handbag and, I’ll admit, it was really enjoyable to use as the natural aromatherapy oils give the olfactory senses a boost, which in turn stimulates the brain and mood. Price $32.

http://www.decleorusa.com/our-products/face-products/imperfections-roll-on/

An Insta-Worthy Spa Guide

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The Cove, Shore Lodge – McCall, Idaho

The Cove, Shore Lodge, McCall, Idaho
Set on the southern glacial waters of Payette Lake and tucked into Idaho forest, The Cove at Shore Lodge is a retreat that embraces the outdoors, with sculptural fir tree logs lining the lobby and a tranquil stone hallway leading to intimate treatment rooms. The spa’s unique indoor/outdoor saltwater immersion pools – lined with local granite boulders and affixed with antique copper water pumps – pay homage to Idaho’s plentiful natural hot springs. Nature-based massages, facials and body treatments are performed using a holistic and organic skincare line, tailored to meet the needs of both serene pleasure seekers and active mountain enthusiasts.
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Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

Mandara Spa , Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui
Located on the beautiful southeast shore of Maui, Mandara Spa truly embodies Maui’s natural beauty and sense of aloha in every aspect. The Mandara Spa is located on the lobby of the resort, overlooking the serene Hawaiian waters, Molokini crater and the island of Kaho`olawe.  The 9,153 square feet facility features twelve treatment rooms, some of which are Ocean view single treatment rooms and deluxe couple’s suites for facials, body treatments and massages. A welcoming relaxation area, steam room, lockers and showers is privately located in the center of the spa; separated for men and women. The spa also has a full service salon for hair, make-up and nails.
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Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Monarch Beach Resort – Dana Point, CA

Miraval Life In Balance Spa, Monarch Beach Resort – Dana Point, CA
Situated on the idyllic coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Dana Point, California, the newly opened Miraval Life in Balance Spa at Monarch Beach Resort is a state-of-the-art oasis and the only Miraval location in California. Renowned for its “Life in Balance” philosophy, innovative programs and wellness activities, Miraval Life in Balance Spa offers an expansive spa experience inspired by the resort’s oceanfront location. The spa offers more than 70 of the signature treatments developed at the company’s flagship Miraval Resort & Spa near Tucson, Arizona, each designed to “awaken the senses, create balance and promote a sense of well-being. You’ll also discover an entirely new catalog of services created specifically for Monarch Beach Resort,  featuring California-inspired ingredients like crystal salt stones, algae, and marine mud.
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Ventana Inn, Big Sur, CA

The Spa at Ventana, Ventana Big Sur, CA
The Spa at Ventana is a refuge from the stresses of daily life. Start your journey with a hot cup of organic tea or cool fruit-infused filtered water before you wander down to the outdoor clothing-optional amenity area. Like that? Clothing optional! Let the heat of the Japanese Baths and Dry Sauna gently unwind your muscles. Relax by the heated pool and take in the natural beauty that is Big Sur. The Spa at Ventana embraces the magical “Essence of Big Sur” introducing two new dreamy experiences to reinforce Big Sur’s reputation as a sacred site and healing vortex. The Lavender Dreams Experience is an 80-minute, head-to-toe spa experience combining the calming elements of Wild Lavender with earthy minerals, concluded by a luxe foot and pressure point scalp massage in a nourishing cocoon. Also, a new  50-minute Mineral Body Scrub stimulates circulation and leaves the skin soft and hydrated (and even safe for expecting mothers), featuring an exhilarating thermal salt exfoliation applied in a two‐step treatment and mixed with a guests’ essential oil blend of choice.
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Carmel Valley Ranch, CA

Spa Aiyana, Carmel Valley Ranch, CA
The spa spans 10,500 square feet and has 11 treatment rooms, most of which have private outdoor terraces. There are three couples treatment rooms, grouped in the same wing, allowing them to be sequestered for private functions, such as pre-wedding and birthday spa celebrations. The spa also features private men’s and women’s locker rooms, with steam saunas, as well as a co-ed Relaxation Lounge and Fitness Center. Treatments in the spa are each based on one of four specialized gardens, Lavender, Herb, Aiyana and Alchemist, which use the invigorating, restorative and relaxing energy found in the natural world. Services also include massage therapies, body therapies, advanced and organic skincare, visible results oxygen fusion, nail care, and waxing.
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Hacienda AltaGracia, Costa Rica

Auberge Spa at Hacienda AltaGracia, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica
Central America’s largest spa, the 20,000 square-foot Auberge Spa comprises indoor and outdoor treatment rooms – some featuring soaking tubs and private outdoor gardens, locally-inspired facials and body treatments, a panoramic pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and steam and sauna rooms. Untouched by tourism, the resort is located in the purest valley of what is the last unexplored area in Costa Rica, AltaGracia offers a true retreat surrounded by untainted beauty.
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Castello di Casole – Tuscany

Essere Spa
Originally the estate’s wine cellar, Essere Spa offers a serene setting within one of the most dramatic spaces on the property. Barrel-vaulted ceilings and restored stone walls create a theatrical setting accentuated by long views across an expansive valley. Essere Spa, meaning To Be in Italian, brings one into harmony with body, mind, spirit, and all that is Tuscany. A full treatment menu is inspired by local ingredients – rosemary, grape and olive oil – with products from the renowned brands Comfort Zone and Germaine de Cappuccini. European spa and wellness experts offer an extensive collection of traditional and modern therapies. Pools and steam rooms, a spectacular couple’s treatment suite with deep soaking tub and shower, and luxurious private outdoor gardens promise to at least make you feel like Italian royalty.

A Complete Skincare: For On-The-Go Women

We love discovering new skincare lines for women-on-the-go like us, so when we heard about A Complete, created by one of Latin America’s most recognized businesswomen and philanthropists, Angelica Fuentes, we were keen to find out more. Just launched on December 12th, the A Complete line focuses on just 5 multi-functional products for a fast paced lifestyle, based on cutting edge research of highly concentrated Mediterranean Diet-inspired formulations featuring botanical and marine origin, that work together for a complete twice-daily regimen.

Here they are. Just in time for the holidays too!

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Youth Preserve Deep Cleanser ($28) – a soap-free cleanser clarifies and brightens the skin with a non-irritating exfoliator that leaves skin looking brighter.

Facial Youth Moisturizing Cream ($48) -long-lasting facial moisturizer to progressively address fine lines and wrinkles while leaving skin feeling hydrated. 

Highly Concentrated Youth Preserve Serum ($54) – an excellent moisturizer for dry, dehydrated skin to  restore luminosity.

Youth Preserve Eye Contouring Cream ($46) – this enhanced eye-care cream has special properties (including peptides) that help cover up dark circles for the woman-on-the-go.

Premium Beauty Concentrate for Skin ($34) – to enhance the products effectiveness, take care of your skin from the inside out.  A unique, beauty-enhancing formula that works together with the products to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restoring firmness to the skin and providing antioxidants for added nutritional support.

Youth Preserve Bundle ($190) – Kit of all five A Complete products.

AComplete.com

Smell Like Summer in the Middle of Winter

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What can I say? In the dead of winter, all I can think about are islands. Any island will do, but I’m partial to scents you find in the Hawaiian islands. So, if I can’t jet off to Maui, the next best thing is to recreate my island goddess with some island escape scents. One of our favorites is Malie, a brand of scents which takes inspiration from Hawaii’s natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle. Offering all-natural organic, Hawaiian luxury spa and beauty products, they embody the magnificence of Hawaii and its tropical flora. So, if you’re looking to travel and want to bring the islands with you, looking for a gift for someone to lift their spirits, or simply want to smell like the islands when you need it most, below are some top picks for you this cold, cold winter.

Jet Set Gift Set – Enjoy a spa-worthy experience wherever your travels take you! The perfect gift for the girl on-the-go, this TSA-friendly set includes a 2.5 oz Malie Body Cream, Body Wash and perfumed Shampoo and Conditioner nestled in an easily transportable travel bag. Available in two signature Malie fragrances: Plumeria and Mango Nectar.
$39.50

Island Ambiance Gift Set – Whether you’re traveling for the holidays or planning a staycation, this TSA-approved trio of Malie’s signature reed diffusers will turn your space into a fragrant tropical getaway. The set features three travel-sized, alcohol-free, pure perfume oil-based reed diffusers in three best-selling Malie fragrances: Plumeria, Koke’e and Pikake.
$73.00

Eau de Parfum – Available in all six of Malie’s signature aroma collections, these fragrances channel the essence of paradise in every drop. Housed in a beautiful glass bottle, the organic aromas will softly linger throughout the day, leaving behind a subtle, alluring scent.
$45.00

Perfumed Shampoo & Conditioner – Indulge in the “aloha spirit” with every hair toss. A nourishing blend of botanical ingredients leaves strands silky-soft, while the tropical aroma lingers in the most beautifully subtle fashion, ensuring you’ll turn heads when you walk by. Available in Plumeria and Mango Nectar.
$23.50

Body Cream – Give dull, dehydrated skin the nourishment it needs with Malie Organics Body Cream. Skin is left soft, smooth, and naturally glowing. Available in five signature Malie scents.
$32.00

www.malie.com

Icelandic Skincare for Glowing Jetset Skin

Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels 4-Pack

Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels 4-Pack

Thanks to friends in the beauty business, I’m grateful that I often hear the freshest skinny on the latest and greatest beauty finds, particularly when it comes to what they know I need. Small, high-quality, unique, multi-purpose products that are useful for a long or short trip around the world. I need products that won’t clog my pores and won’t leave me begging for a facial upon arrival.

The latest find is skyn ICELAND Solutions for Stressed Skin. With skin savers compact enough to throw into any carry-on bag, packing is worry-free, and skin stays rejuvenated upon arrival. Born from a life-changing mission to treat and alleviate the effects of stress on skin while promoting a full of balance, Skyn products are free of parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, and sulfates. They don’t test on animals and they’re 100% vegan.

Traveling staples include:
  • Glacial Cleansing Cloths ($15)
    • With no water needed, these cleansing cloths are ideal for those on-the-go moments when you need to wash away any unwanted makeup, sweat, dirt and other impurities your skin accumulates when traveling while simultaneously refreshing skin. Perfect for the flight.
  • Arctic Face Oil ($35)
    • Arctic Face Oil is your winter solution. Delivering powerful hydration, it helps repair and balance the skin’s lipid barrier while locking in moisture. Over time, it also smoothes fine lines and wrinkles to reveal a softer, more youthful complexion.
  • Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels ($30)
    • In just ten minutes, this cooling transdermal gel patch infuses the eye area with highly potent actives and Icelandic glacial water to firm, tone, brighten and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. These are especially great during long flights when your skin can get stressed and tired.
  • Arctic Face Mist ($29)
    • This soothing mist instantly helps calm and stabilize irritable skin with a cooling burst of natural Icelandic mineral water. An excellent pick-me-up after a long day of traveling.

BeautyAddicts: Might as Well Face it, I’m Addicted to Color

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In the middle of dreaming about a warm impending Spring vacation, I always find myself wanting to shop for maxi dresses, sarongs for island vacations, beautiful sandals, and make up that makes me feel like a sweet summer breeze is about to kiss my weary winter blues away.

Enter: BeautyAddicts, a fun line of colorful shades that brings life to a snow drenched winter funk. Thanks to the PR gurus at Y Communications for sending product our way. Here are our top picks for those of you looking for a new line of beauty for your next vacation in the tropics or the city!

EYESHADOW ($15.50) – With a creamy formula that goes on and blends beautifully, these shadows offer a burst of long-lasting, shimmery color. Ingredients like super fine crushed pearls allow for a smooth creamy application and provide a radiant end result.

Emerald City – A rich, deep emerald green

Créme de Mint – A lighter, sea green color with gold, undertones

Yacht Club – A dark, bold navy blue

Eye Candy – An iridescent, candy pink

LIPSTICK ($18) – Packed with ingredients like Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and natural peptides, PLAY lipsticks will hydrate, firm and plump the lips. The colors are creamy and long-lasting.

Frenchie – A girly, pure matte rosy pink

In The Buff – A soft, semi-matte cinnamon-beige

LIPGLOSS ($17) – Similar to the lipsticks, these glosses contain Jojoba Butter, Vitamin E, and natural peptides to plump and nourish the lips. PLAY lipgloss is a creamy, high-shine gloss that provides full coverage.

Addict – A midtone, peachy-copper

Socialite– A light, warm pink

EYE PENCIL ($16) – This eyeliner has a creamy formula that allows precise application with enough PLAY time to smudge and define your lash line.

Masquerade – A dark, edgy jewel-tone green

GlimmerSHEER, is another great product from their line to check out. A duo balm designed to highlight and luminize eyes, face and cheeks, it catches light in all the right places and will leave your skin with a fresh, youthful glow. Available in four shades, it holds a softly pigmented highlighter and a clear tinted luminizer to add subtle radiance wherever you apply it for a sun-kissed, elegant sheen and sheer hydrating glow. 

www.beautyaddicts.com