Trip to NYC

This past week I visited NYC for work and stayed right in the thick of all the noise, tourists, and thespians. The aka. is located just steps away from the famous Belasco Theater where Sally Field is currently starring in The Glass Menagerie. My room, the service, and decor was exceptional.

I dined at Bareburger for lunch, a delicious chain that offers fresh, vegan, and gluten free options meticulously prepared to accommodate anyone suffering from allergies.

Wearing Topshop sweatshirt

Due to a considerable amount of walking and a blistery cold couple of days in New York, I layered up. I am wearing a gorgeous sapphire blush velvet blazer from Strenesse.  To avoid carrying too many bags, I decided to try the backpack trend, which I have not worn since high school. The Marc Jacobs parrot printed biker bag was a practical and spring forward choice.

Please leave a comment if you would like details about my makeup look!

Korean Beauty Haul

Last week I ventured to New York City for a work trip and ended up with a haul of Korean beauty products. My co-worker was raving about several beauty shops in Korea Town that carried her favorite face masks. She did not have to twist my arm. I was sold as soon as she pulled out the cutest banana shaped hand cream bottle from Tony Moly.

We stopped at three different boutiques and of course I made purchases at each one. Tony Moly, The Face Shop, and The Mask Bar, each brimming with the latest in skincare technology with beautiful and eye-catching packaging, knowledgeable associates and enthusiastic customers.

Tonymoly

Products sprawled out on my king size bed at the A.K.A hotel in times square.

I will be trying each one of these fabulous products from all three stores. Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews!

 

Charlotte Tilbury Quick ‘N’ Easy Makeup

I am so excited to share my review of Charlotte Tilbury’s brand new Quick ‘N’ Easy makeup kits. I am always impressed with her line of products as they are so unbelievably luxurious in quality, highly pigmented, and long lasting.

Charlotte has created four Quick ‘N’ Easy kits designed for every skin tone, every occasion and most importantly for the woman on the go. Each one of the kits can be applied with beautiful results in just 5 minutes! Who doesn’t have 5 minutes to enhance their appearance?!

As Charlotte states, “The ingredients are so good, fingers are the best tools… smoothing, smudging, slicking, and sculpting straight from the bullet with the warmth of your fingers is the quickest and the easiest way to get expert results on the go in 5 minutes.”

Kits can be purchased for $75 and include the Daytime Chic Look, Natural Glowing Look, Red Carpet Look, and the Smokey Eye Evening Look available for purchase online, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter.com, and BeautyLish.com.

Stay tuned for my how to tutorial video featuring the stunning Daytime Chic Look. This fabulous kit includes a mini Wonderglow (creamy consistency that redirects light towards flattering angles of the face), Legendary Lashes Mascara (infused with tamanu oil for nourished lashes), Classic Eye Liner in Audrey (beautiful deep chocolate color with olive undertones), and the Beach Stick in Formentera (warm peach color that easily glides onto cheeks and lips for a refreshed look).

 

Clarins Grand Opening

The number one European luxury skincare brand, Clarins, just opened its very first U.S. store! Clarins can be purchased in many high-end retailers, but now customers can shop at the brand new store and spa in the King of Prussia Mall.

I have been using Clarins products for years. The company is grounded in environmentally responsible sourcing, skincare for every concern, and utilizing nature’s finest ingredients to create the most effective products. Plus as a company they are kind, generous, knowledgeable, and take pride in developing results driven products.

Makeup, body care, skincare for all ages can now be found under one roof, with the added bonus of a customized experience.

Clarins

Clarins

Clarins

On the night of the grand opening, I was so excited to see how Clarins would translate their brand into an entire boutique. Hoping that the philosophy and culture would shine and capture the essence of Clarins. They were able to achieve just that and much more.

The store itself is absolutely beautiful. Open and bright with an inviting floor plan. As you walk in the door to the right is a counter of mini skincare routines- a snap shot of the routines and treatments for those feeling overwhelmed or confused. On the other side is a counter featuring computer tablets for each customer to easily play with color on a Clarins app, allowing you to see which makeup is complementary to your skin tone.

Clarins

Clarins

Did I mention that there is a mini spa in the store? Yes, a mini spa, where you can schedule one of seven spa treatments, 30 minutes for $30. The perfect on the go refresher! Men and women can experience the power and benefits of the Clarins products instantly with any one of these fabulous treatments, focusing on dry or tired skin, eyes, or a gentle massage to soothe away tension and stress.

Clarins

Clarins

Every one of the Clarins expert associates are highly trained and incredibly helpful. They are dedicated to finding the right product for you, ensuring that every visit is a positive and fun experience!

Clarins

Clarins

Clarins

Whether you are looking to find your very first skincare routine or interested in trying something new and effective, plan a visit to the Clarins store. Allow the associates to be your guide, you will not regret it!

Clarins

 

 

Valentine’s Day at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club

The Rittenhouse Spa & Club is a beautiful and luxurious oasis in Philadelphia, complete with an array of spa services. Last year, I was able to feature The Rittenhouse on Sugarpeel and the fabulous talent of Paul Labrecque and team. Check out my hair transformation here.

As Valentine’s Day approaches the Spa has special offers to make your day and night extra romantic- all offers extend through the month of February. The signature Rittenhouse Couples Massage is a 60 minute customized massage utilizing aromatherapy essential oils for maximum relaxation.

Couples Massage The Rittenhouse Spa & Club

Salt and Oil Body Glow. This 30 minute exfoliation treatment leaves skin feeling nourished, soft and silky smooth. Follow this treatment with the ESPA massage. If your skin is sensitive, try the exfoliating body polish instead of the salt and oil scrub.

A gift card is always a perfect Valentine’s idea, especially for those who need a day of pampering. If you purchase a gift card of $300 or more you will receive an additional gift card worth 10% if its value!

The Rittenhouse Spa & Club also suggests the ESPA nourishing lip trio treatment in natural, pink and red for a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift.

ESPA

 

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Extreme

Vanille Extreme

Gorgeous Illustration by International Artist, Wendy Buiter wendybuiter.com

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Extreme is an absolutely lovely fragrance that I have been wearing since my days at C.O. Bigelow. The brand offers unique scents from jasmine, neroli, and tobacco from all over the world in both perfumes (15-20% essential oil) and colognes (5-10% essential oil).

The Vanille Extreme is my favorite of all the fragrances. Sugar, vanilla, and heliotrope are harmoniously mixed together to form a delicate and balanced sweetly floral scent.

I recommend this fragrance all year round, which can be layered for extra staying power with equally beautiful and complementary products including Ylang Ylang body wash from Molton Brown.

Maple Holistics- Vitamin C Facial Serum

Trying new skincare products is always a bittersweet experience for me. On one hand, it is exciting to try the latest in skincare technology or the newest product. On the other hand if you are someone like me with a large amount of allergies and sensitivities, it can be nerve-racking to risk a reaction on your face.

I always recommend a patch test when trying a new product before you apply all over your face or skin. If no reaction is visible, then slowly add more. Recently, I tried the Vitamin C Serum from Maple Holistics.  An organic company that I reviewed a couple years ago and loved. The products are packed with natural and healthy ingredients that you can feel safe using on your skin.

Maple Holistics Vitamin C Serum

It has been roughly two months of using the serum. I always apply a few drops to my palms and pat into my damp, clean face. I make sure that my face has some moisture to avoid any unnecessary pulling on my skin, which can create wrinkles over time. Immediately, the serum dries and leaves my skin feeling a bit tight, almost as if I can instantly feel my skin smoothing. I have also noticed a complete brightening of my skin tone, which would be perfect for those with uneven skin or sun/age spots. It is important to add your favorite moisturizer on top of the serum to hydrate skin. Here are some storing tips for your beauty products, which will increase the length of effectiveness.

Keep in mind that Vitamin C should be clear and any yellowing or brown change in color reflects oxidization, rendering the Vitamin C ineffective.  

Artur Kirsh Haircare

I have tried out my Artur Kirsh haircare products for the past couple of months and needed to share the beautiful results!

I am not sure which product is most important for your hair, but I love conditioner. I find it a mark of a quality product. Artur Kirsh offers Silk Conditioner with a luxuriously rich texture packed with amino acids, corn and rice protein. Together these ingredients strengthen damaged hair and add incredible shine! Static and tangles are also greatly reduced with this deliciously fragrant product. Remember Artur’s tips for best results. Apply conditioner beginning near your ears; avoid applying to the scalp directly. Rinse with cold water. Precede conditioner with the Artur Kirsh Color Friendly Shampoo, which contains aloe and botanicals. This shampoo has lengthened my color and reduced the time spent in the salon for touch-ups.

Artur Kirsh Silk Conditioner

Photo Credit: Artur Kirsh

Artur Kirsh Color Friendly Shampoo

Photo Credit: Artur Kirsh

Ask Shiny is one of Artur’s fabulous styling products, which protects hair from heat damage, reduces static, and frizzy unruly strands. Hair is left soft, shiny, and healthy looking. For every $1 sold from purchasing an ASK product, Artur donates to various charities. Currently, the proceeds are donated to charities that benefit children.

Artur Kirsh Ask Shiny

Photo Credit: Artur Kirsh

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas for Men

We are in the throes of November, which means more than just the Thanksgiving holiday. Movember is a significant movement that is designed to raise awareness of men’s health and funds to prevent a health crisis for men. Learn more about Movember and how you can get involved here. 
The Rittenhouse Spa & Club has an amazing holiday gift guide for the very special guy in your life. Ettore and Irina are recommending the ultimate shaving set from Truefitt & Hill, the top-of-the-line in terms of men’s shaving, a brand creating their products in England for more than two centuries! Their products make great gifts for any guy!
Shaving Cream ($30)
After Shave Balm ($48)
Brush and Razor Set ($298)
More information on that set can be found here: https://www.truefittandhill.com/products/edwardian-collection
All of these are available for purchase in the spa. Guests who purchase gift cards $300 and up between Black Friday and Cyber Monday will receive an additional gift card worth 20% of the value of the purchase. After Cyber Monday, through the end of December, they will receive a gift card worth 10% of any worth $300 or more.
Make sure to stop by The Rittenhouse Spa & Club to take advantage of these fabulous offers!

Holiday Gift Guide

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Even though Halloween just passed, I am already preparing for the holiday season! I find it so much easier to start gift shopping in advance instead of waiting until the last minute. I want to enjoy the season, not feel rushed or burdened. Today, I want to share with you a fabulous holiday gift guide curtesy of The Rittenhouse Spa & Club. The talented senior stylists and estheticians have compiled their favorite gifts for the holiday season sure to please even the most difficult person on your list!

Ettore Mastroddi:

1. The Cortex Professional four-in-one ceramic curling set ($176). This curling set is perfect for traveling and offers different sized wands (1/2, 1, 1.5 and 2 inch) to create gorgeous waves and curls.
2. Paul Labrecque gift set for the ultimate at-home blowout, especially great for fine hair.
Hair Tip: Combine Paul Labrecque root lifting spray, Volume Style ($22) and work his fade protection foam Color Style ($24) into the ends before drying, once dry finish with Paul Labrecque Volume Finish ($26) mist. – $72 total
Irina Kravchenko:
1. The Regenerating Collection from ESPA. This collection provides natural, core essentials for distressed skin with a huge added value. For $145, the set includes ESPA’s signature Nourishing Cleansing Balm (60g), Hydrating Floral SpaFresh (100ml), and the Regenerating Moisture Complex (55ml). Gift givers will save $82 purchasing this as a set instead of buying each item individually.
2. Irina also recommends the “Diamond White Holiday” set from Natura Bisse ($250). These luxurious products will allow guests to experience the same benefits from our signature Diamond White Facial treatment in the comfort of their own home. This gift includes our Diamond White Cleanser ($74), Diamond White Mist ($74) and their Diamond White Oil-Free Brilliant Protection ($102).
Click here for more info on the Diamond White line

Another amazing holiday gift guide is to treat the special person in your life to the pampering spa experience! The Rittenhouse Spa & Club offers numerous packages to treat the people on your holiday gift list.

Holiday Gift Experiences

Tier One: $150 (aka 14K Spa Experience)

30 minute Back, Neck & Shoulders Massage, manicure and pedicure

Tier Two: $300 (aka 18K Spa Experience)

Holiday Sweet Retreat: 30 minute Hydra Facial, 60 minute Rittenhouse Massage and manicure

Tier Three: $500 (aka 24K Spa Experience)

The Ultimate Gift of Relaxation: Quartet Massage, Diamond White Facial, Blow out and styling

Men’s Ultimate Spa Experience ($300)

Indulgent Shave, Haircut, 60 minute Rittenhouse Massage

Make sure to visit The Rittenhouse Spa & Club to shop for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list!