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