Sunday

How to Rejuvenate with a Skincare Smoothie

Our recipe for summertime rejuvenation is sitting under a shady tree drinking a smoothie. Relaxation is an essential component in stress removal, so we were inspired by our favorite ingredients to whip up a delicious skincare regimen that nourishes body and mind.

QUENCH YOUR THIRST:

1-cup blueberries
½ cup coconut milk
½ almond milk
1 scoop raspberry sorbet

Blend on high for 2 minutes, and pour over ice for a cool, refreshing respite.

SATISFY YOUR SKINCARE:
YES TO BLUEBERRIES CLEANSING FACIAL WIPES - $5 at yestocarrots.com These Cleansing Facial Wipes are formulated with Blueberries and Coconut to gently cleanse, remove makeup, and moisturize skin all in one. With Lemon Peel and Apple to help brighten skin, these are a great addition to our Age Refresh collection. They leave your skin feeling clean, youthful, and glowy!


JĀSÖN® Smoothing Coconut Body Wash - $16 at jason-personalcare.com This ultra-moisturizing wash gently cleans with botanical cleansers and deeply nourishes with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. Unrefined, virgin Coconut Oil is rich in nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidants, which soak the skin with intense, skin-healthy nutrients. 

L’OCCITANE ALMOND SHOWER SCRUB - $28 at Loccitane.com
Enriched with almond oil and crushed shells, the foaming Almond Shower Scrub melts into the skin, cleanses softly and exfoliates to remove impurities and dead cells. Skin is soft, smooth and ready to absorb all the benefits of your body creams. This scrub leaves behind the fresh and delicate fragrance of almond tree flowers.


philosophy raspberry sorbet shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath - $18 at Philosophy.com Go ahead and splurge during the shower or bath with the luscious, positively refreshing raspberry sorbet. Our multitasking, 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel & bubble baths cleanse and condition, leaving skin and hair feeling ultra soft. The rich, foaming lather surrounds you in the absolutely delicious scent of raspberry sorbet to bring you pure joy during your daily cleansing routine.

Wednesday

How to unblock sunscreen clogged pores.


The statistics on skin cancer and sun damage are terrifying, and as a society we’ve embraced sunscreen, but have you begun to notice some not-so-glamorous effects of SPF on your skin?  Today we’re talking about sunscreen induced pimples and dull skin. 

While sunscreens have come a long way, they still manage to infiltrate your pores.  Plus spending time outside makes you sweat which further contributes to summertime acne. The bottom line is that you need to remove your sunscreen each night.  Leaving it on the skin will not only allow for further, unncessary chemical absorption, but will lead to a duller complexion.

Depending on your age, we are recommending two must-have collections to dissolve daily SPF, while repairing damaged skin.

For girls in their 20s, stick to a skincare regimen that fights acne.  We recommend the proactiv+ three-step treatment because it’s pretty inexpensive and totally effective.  Spending time outdoors kicks up activity in your sweat glands.  Start by cleansing the skin with proactiv+ skin smoothing exfoliator to cut through oil, dirt and other impurities. Then apply a thin layer of the proactiv+ pore targeting treatment to penetrate the pore and kill bacteria.  Last step is to even out the skin with their complexion perfecting hydrator, which moisturizes and balances tone and texture.  This trifecta will help keep skin radiant and pimple-free throughout the summer.
 
For ladies in their 30s, repair skin while combatting signs of aging.  Our friends at OLEHENRIKSEN, launched a new collection hitting shelves this fall, which will help you reignite the light from within.  The EMPOWER foaming milk cleanser will give your skin a radiance boost while exfoliating away sunscreen and other impurities – a practice the brand is known for.  Then top off your regimen with EMPOWER featherweight moisturizer. We heart this product because it wears light upon the skin while erasing damaging free radicals.

This summer, no matter your age, you don’t have to endure bumpy or unprotected skin.

For more info visit Proactiv.com or Olehenriksen.com

How to Reveal a Radiant Summer Glow without the Sun

Women have unique relationships with their bronzers.  Often we crave a healthy, copper complexion, but end up awkwardly resembling Rafiki from the Lion King #ContourFail.  The secret for a luminous insta-glow every time is blending.  The experts agree that delayed gratification leads to that perfect summer hue.  You have to build your golden glow like the way a natural tan develops – minus the sun.

Our favorite new way to get a subtle sun-kissed face is Too Faced Luminous Bronzer.  The brand offers a wide array of colors with shades that range from snow bunny to chocolate solid, so you can enhance your most glamorously natural self from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

For a fun splurge, you can fake your way flawless with the brand’s Ultimate Bronzer Wardrobe, which features their entire assortment of eight full-size iconic bronzers and a Teddy Bear Hair Retractable Kabuki Brush for flawless application.

This creative kit even includes face templates to let you experiment with bronzer combinations for all occasions (read: you don’t have to show up to your ex-boyfriend’s engagement party looking like a tribal warrior).

Scoop up some bronzer and unleash your inner artist for a radiant summer glow without harmful UV rays.

For more information, visit: Toofaced.com

Monday

Time to Dump your Saggy Old Bras

We live in a busy city, where there's always something going on.  You have to run from work to meet friends, then to your sister’s to borrow a dress, then off to dinner with your man – there just is not time to be fussing with an uncomfortable or under-performing undergarment.

I finally reached my limit after a day of getting stabbed in the back for seven hours by a rogue bra hook that suffered too many cycles in the dryer.

As a full-chested gal, I find that bra shopping is not only infuriating but winds up costing a fortune. Determined to minimize my shopping experience, I went to a nearby department store and sought out a bra-tender who helped me take care of business.

My requirements were comfortable straps, smooth back support, and of course it had to contain my coconuts.

These were the two badass brassieres that won my heart:

During the Day:

What’s to love: Say bye-bye to under arm bulge, because this bra holds in your boulders with elastic-free sides and back for a sleek look under a soft vintage t-shirt or even a silk blouse.  Consider it a $40 boob job, because your knockers will look fit, firm and will stay in place.

Just for fun: This bra has front adjustable straps, which seriously, I don’t know why this hasn’t been invented earlier.  You can actually control your straps without feeling like a contortionist from Cirque Du Soleil.

Necessary for Night:

What’s to love: You can’t just let your hooters hang out, or they will start to feel all saggy.  My conundrum was how to tame my ta-tas without feeling constricted.  My bra-blem was solved with this wire-free version that has thick, cushiony straps that won’t dig into my shoulders.

Just for fun: this bra comes in 4 different colors, so if you are feeling naughty (black), nice (white), chill (smoked pearl) or energized (espresso), there is an option for every mood.



Friday

Smooth Legs for Spring – No Exceptions!

Winter is officially over and it is time to trade out your boyfriend jeans for flirty, thigh-high frocks. As your pants disappear, so do your excuses for unshaved legs.

Shaving is an unfortunate part of the daily grind, but we have a secret weapon to ease the ongoing agitation. Our favorite new shaving gem is Pearl Polish from SHAVEWORKS.

Why you need it right now

This dual-action magic potion is both a gentle cleanser and a silky-soft shave oil. It invigorates the skin while foaming up into a healthy lather, which allows the razor to glide through your follicle forest for a close, smooth shave.

The oil-based formula lets you know it is working without leaving a greasy residue. There are no limits with this product – you can use it on your legs, armpits, or even your bikini line, it's safe for the most sensitive of areas.

Added bonus:
This body oil smells delish and leaves behind a gentle fragrance of ginger, lavender and vanilla.

For more information check out shave works pearl polish

Monday

Don't Wait Until Last Minute for the Perfect Mother's Day Gift


Your mom gave you the gift of unconditional love, and how you’ve got to somehow repay her for years of endless compassion, support, laundry - and let’s not forget your reign of terror during your teenage rebellion years.

Don’t leave it to last minute, scoop up these adorable Mother’s Day Must-Haves to show your appreciation for the Alpha Female in your life.



GIFT SETS
ME! Bath Advanced Body Care Gift Set – $50 at Nordstrom.com
Secure your spot as favorite child with a trifecta gift set filled with luxe beauty products she’s bound to love. Moisturize, exfoliate, cleanse and rejuvenate your skin all while drenching yourself in this soothing mix of Madagascar vanilla and lavender.  The set includes a Tri-Functional Sugar Scrub, Rejuvenating Body Lotion, and a Pumice Stone – a powerful antibacterial stone comprised of siliglass. 

L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Gift - $78 at Loccitane.com
Transport mom to the fragrant gardens of Grasse, France with this new spring collection gift set. Cultivated by traditional and passionate experts in the region, the NEW! Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc fragrance boasts the velvety, rich notes of the blue Iris flower combined with the luminous, transparent notes of white Iris. This precious set includes an Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Eau de Toilette 75ml, Shower Gel 250ml and Body Milk 250ml.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Gift Set – $102 at Lancome-usa.com
For the woman who lives in the present—filled with honesty, truth, and gratitude—life truly is beautiful. Help her celebrate her own unique path with this elegant collection of 2.5 Fl. Oz. EDP Spray, 1.7 Oz. Fl. Body Lotion, and 1.7 Oz. Fl. Shower Gel in one of Lancôme’s premier scents. Made with perfumery’s most precious ingredients, La Vie Est Belle entwines the elegance of iris with the strength of patchouli and the sweetness of praline. Floral notes of sambac, jasmine, and Tunisian orange blossom are added in the form of sublime absolutes. 

Clarisonic® Limited-Edition Mother’s Day Value Set in Sunwashed Peach - $150 at Clarisonic.com
Let her know she’s such a peach this Mother’s Day with the Clarisonic Mia 2 in Sunwashed Peach. This set features Mia 2, which is powered by patented sonic technology and is clinically proven to cleanse skin six times better than hands alone. Gentle yet powerful, The Sonic Method works with the skin’s natural elasticity to thoroughly cleanse and go beneath the skin’s surface to beautifully transform its texture, reducing the appearance of pore size and creating a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion. 
  
Erno Laszlo Limited Edition Ritual Firming Set – $175 at ErnoLaszlo.com
This Mother’s Day, Erno Laszlo is offering a limited edition skincare rituals that nourishes skin by dissolving impurities and oil deep within pores. The set is built upon the brand’s classic skincare principles that have been passed down from generation to generation, known as the Laszlo Legacy. Help create a daily day and night skincare skincare regime for mom with the choice of three sets for either firmer, hydrated or brighter skin.

Meaningful Beauty® Advanced Anti-Aging System – $40 at MeaningfulBeauty.com
Through Meaningful Beauty®, founder and supermodel Cindy Crawford shares her secret to beautiful skin and now you can share with Mom for Mother’s Day. The comprehensive skincare collection is designed to moisturize, protect, hydrate, and rejuvenate with powerful antioxidants that fight free radical damage, vitamins that enhance radiance, and marine and plant extracts that offer intensive moisture and firming – all in one system that is as easy to use as it is efficacious. 

Peter Thomas Roth Rose 4-Piece Kit – $65 at PeterThomasRoth.com
Give mom the gift of youthful-looking skin. Housed inside a beautiful rose-printed case (no wrapping necessary) you’ll find cult-favorites, including Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask and Cleansing Gel, Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Cream, and Pink Bombshell Lip Balm. 

Shaveworks The Works: Bare Perfection Kit – $54 at Anthony.com
Give mom the gift of relaxation with The Works: Bare Perfection Kit from Shaveworks. Featuring Pearl Soufflé Shave Cream, The Cool Fix and The Cool FixRollerball, this three-step trifecta of hair removal products creates a luxurious and relaxing shave experience. The Pearl Soufflé Shave Cream is formulated with Capislow to minimize hair growth, Phytic/Glycolic Acid to exfoliate and reduce ingrown hairs, and Mediacalm Complex, for superb moisturizing and calming benefits. The Cool Fix is a targeted all-in-one gel lotion that fights ingrown hairs, razor burn irritation, redness and everyday common hair removal woes from head to toe. Finally, The Roller Ball is ideal for targeted areas, like the lip and brow, and instantly soothes irritated skin upon contact after waxing or threading.

Caudalie Detox Package (Available in NYC) – $275+ Caudalie.com
This mother’s day, show your love by gifting her with an indulgent cleansing package for a full detox from head to tie. The treatment starts with an application of Caudalie’s signature Crushed Cabernet body scrub, followed by a warm Slimming Wrap and a massage designed to accelerate cellular renewal and improve circulation and skin texture. She’ll then receive a Polyphenol C15 Facial to restore radiance; the facial includes Caudalie’s new Instant Detox Mask, which acts like a vacuum to cleanse pores leaving skin instantly cleansed, tightened and refreshed.  

FRAGRANCES

Annick Goutal L’Ile Au Thé EDT – $140 at Annickgoutal.com
Inspired by Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen’s visit to Jeju, an island off the coast of Korea, the two worked to create a fragrance with a palette of greens and oranges infused with a note of tea. Notes include White Musk, the luminous zest of Mandarin, the velvety scent of Osmanthus, and deep green tea leaves.

FLOWER Fragrance Collection in Cherished – $25 at Walmart.com
A fragrance collection for the modern day “every” woman juggling love, friends, family, work… life. Cherished is the comforting and nuzzly floral, captured in a hug of skin musks and powdery notes that surrounds you like a soft cashmere blanket.

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Midnight Romance Atomizer – $90 at Ralphlauren.com
A perfect gift for the modern mom who does it all, this floriental fragrance is inspired by the enchantment of feminine mystery. Midnight Romance, the fragrance of passionate desires, is now available in a stunning 100ML atomizer bottle. A sensual embrace of pink peony and black vanilla creates an alluring contradiction, makingMidnight Romance a perfect fragrance for day or night. Developed by a male and a female master perfumer, each note adds a facet of femininity and mystery.
Price: $90 (100ml), Available at select Ralph Lauren boutiques, RalphLauren.com and select retailers

Terry De Gunzburg Rêve Opulent Love Edition – $215 at Barneys.com
The ultimate in “LOVE,” Terry de Gunzburg dedicates her new creation to all the mothers in the world with a vibrant limited-edition case: RÊVE OPULENT. The designer daringly unites two carnal expressions of ultimate femininity: a floral eau de parfum, RÊVE OPULENT, and a ROUGE TERRYBLY fuchsia lipstick taken to the very height of sensuality. The fragrance, RÊVE OPULENT, is a fresh blend of mandarin and white peach. At the heart, gardenia blooms from the explosion of the most beautiful Indian Sambac jasmine flowers swirled into Turkish rose. In the trail, this floral kaleidoscope reveals a musky vanilla harmony.


GLAM-MA     
Avon Ultra Color Indulgence – $5+ at Avon.com
Mom might gravitate toward a natural palette 364 days of the year, but for Mother’s Day, let her glam it up with bright eyes and a bold lip. With Avon’s Ultra Color Indulgence Lipsticks, she will look flawless.

CIRCA Color Focus Eyeshadow Palette – $12 at walgreens.com
There’s a palette to fit every moms’ style in this new eyeshadow range from CIRCA. These six easy-to use and expertly coordinated palettes each contain three eyeshadow shades with superior blendability and outstanding color payoff for an effortlessly gorgeous eye look. The weightless, true-to-color pressed powder pigments come in a variety of finishes: shimmering, matte and satin. The buildable color is beautiful applied dry, and can also be applied wet for increased shine and intensity.
Price: $12 each, Available at Walgreens

Laura Geller Lambswool Paddle – $17 at LauraGeller.com
A skin-perfecting tool unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Made of super-soft natural lambswool, this paddle works to buff your makeup to an airbrushed-smooth finish. This brush is not only a finishing tool, but it can also be used to apply powder or blush. It works to absorb excess product while smoothing in place, leaving skin looking soft, even, and beautiful. This is the ultimate at-home tool to make you look like your makeup was professionally done and in a quick, easy step for any mom on the go.

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude – $20 at Lorealparisusa.com
Give Mom a palette so diverse that she can create endless eye looks. Whether the desired look is soft or bold, classic or trendy, natural or dramatic, the new all-inclusive L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude offers a gorgeous range of shadows designed to create an endless number of sophisticated eye looks. Available in La Palette Nude and La Palette Nude Smokey, both palettes includes a symphony of handpicked neutral eye shadows that complement every skin tone. 

Nails inc Luxe Boho Collection – $15 at Nailsinc.com
This collection is inspired by the 70’s vibes seen on the summer runways of Pucci, Chloe and Valentino. Three special effects polishes combine dense cut pieces of creamy peach to hot pink, giving a flower burst look on the nail. The shades can be applied straight on to a basecoat or for added impact, over the top of a pasted or white based shade.

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick – $22 at Urbandecay.com
For the low-maintenance mom who loves a high-impact look, Sheer Revolution Lipstick offers bold pigments that are easy to apply, and wear sheer yet shiny. Like the original formula, Sheer Revolution hugs your lips and has a buttery-smooth application. Available in ten shades, the formula is laced with Maxi-Lip™, which helps define and hydrate lips while making them look plumper and fuller, along with Shea butter, jojoba, olive, and babassu oils, and Vitamin C and E.

ESSENTIALS

PHYSIQUE 57 Classes – $20+ at Physique57.com
Exercise helps prepare the body for labor and delivery and is proven to aid in postnatal recovery. Based on the Physique 57 technique, Physique Prenatal/Postnatal* is a unique program that combines light cardio, strength training and stretching to meet the needs of women during pregnancy and as they recover post-pregnancy. New and expecting mothers can treat themselves to a healthy workout session to balance their body, feel great and build confidence all while having fun. Class size is limited to ensure lots of personal attention within a nurturing, community atmosphere.

Zeel – Check out www.zeel.com
The kids are finally asleep and you could use a little pampering STAT. In comes Zeel - a revolutionary Smartphone app that lets you book same-day, in-home massages with licensed and vetted therapists, who will come to you in as little as an hour! With Zeel, moms can enjoy a massage in the comfort, convenience, safety, and privacy of the place and time of their choosing, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with start times as early as 8 am and as late as 10:30 pm. They bring the table to you – and they promise to be quiet and not wake the little ones…

Hästens Down Booties – $80 at Hastens.com
Allow mom to cushion her feet with tender, loving care. These warm, indulgent slipper boots are filled with a superior blend of 75% white down and 25% sea bird feathers. Made with 100% cotton, she can slather on foot cream and slip these on, and reach a relaxed state.


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