Whether you’re in the mood to go all out and take your pedi to the next level or just looking for an ultra memorable gift, head straight to Spa Montage at Montage Hotel Beverly Hills for the Beverly Hills Pedicure. Before kicking off this heavenly one-hour treatment I highly recommend arriving at least 30-45 minutes early so you can melt right into pampering mode by slipping into a robe and indulging in the spa where there’s a luxurious women’s jacuzzi lounge complete with all of the necessary accouterments (dry sauna, steam room, private rainfall showers). Afterwards, float over to the waiting room to sip on an array of exotic teas and healthy snacks – this is where your nail technician will greet you along with a glass of bubbly. You’ll then be escorted into your own private pedicure sanctuary featuring a plush, roomy chair and bursting with fresh, alluring aromas (thankfully, nary a whiff of potent nail polish remover!). Select a color from SpaRitual, one of the more natural, eco-friendly polish/body care lines available, and then sink back while treating your legs and footsies to not just any old massage. Nope, not here. This is The Beverly Hills Pedicure ladies and gents, so it’s all about the wildly relaxing hot stone massage. And they even take this decadence a step further by topping it off with a dusting of 24 Karat gold powder by Naked Princess. 90210oooooh so worth it!
I’m a sucker for luscious lip balms. Basically any new goodies for the smacker attract my attention. So I did a double take when I spotted the Lip 20 Treatment Collection by Kaplan MD, created by Beverly Hills dermatologist, Dr. Stuart Kaplan. The doctor put a lot of research into this line of lip balms, glosses, liners, and even a mask. The glosses and balms all have SPF 20, are ultra hydrating, are made with 22 organic extracts and lots of other good stuff like Marine Collagen and Seabuckthorn Berry Extract, which are said to have anti-aging benefits. My favorite shades are the neutrals of course, cuz that’s my thing – Clear, Nude and Natural. But if you dig color then the darker shades like Berry and Ruby will definitely tickle your fancy. The Lip 20 Balm is housed in a very clever container too – twist the bottom and the top pops right open on its own. You don’t need to remove it. And then there’s the mask. How fun is this – a mask for your lips! Spread the creamy goodness all over your mouth, leave it on for about 5-10 minutes to plump and exfoliate dry skin. Kaplan MD reports we’ll see “softer, smoother, fuller, lips.” Well, mine definitely feel more va va boomy after using it. Something else to appreciate… all of these beautifying products are free of the stuff we don’t want – Parabens, Sulfates, Petrolatum, Castor Oil, and BPA. Kaplan MD also reports that when using these products the results are “immediate, cumulative and long lasting.” Certainly worth trying, right!?
For everyone who’s been waiting for a fun and easy way to bling that blowout, it’s time to check out Charmsies. Flat-iron them right onto your strands in the comfort of home in less than a minute and prepare for lots of oohs and aahs. They come attached to a piece of clear plastic and are a cinch to apply: place the sheet against your hair, using a low temperature flat-iron gently tap each Charmsies section for a few seconds to help them stick, then gently peel the sheet away from the charms and voila – your locks are now bedazzled! They’re simple to remove by brushing or shampooing them out. Available in a variety of styles, this is the perfect way to punch up any look for just $12.00. Check out this how-to video for a quick lesson. You can iron in a bunch of charms to make a statement or just a few for a subtle effect. Biggest challenge will be for the moms out there who want to get in on the action… kids love ’em so much they may not want to share with you!
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I happily discovered this amazing all over body cream/body oil at a pharmacy and immediately fell for it. It’s impossible to resist the list of all natural and exotic ingredients: Monoi Tiare, Mango Butter, Avocado Butter, Cocoa Butter, Rose Hip Oil, Pumpkin Seed Butter, Cupuacu Butter, Kukui Nut Oil. When I tried this Goe Oil by Jao Brands on my hands it melted right into my skin. It appears a bit more like a cream when it’s first squeezed out of the silver tube but quickly turns into an oil when applied to the body. I even massaged some of it into the ends of my hair and voila – softer strands! The tropical scent is alluring too, and not too overpowering. A little goes a very long way, so you get your $40 worth. And, the simple packaging makes it easy for travel. This all-purpose beauty essential is definitely a keeper!
It puts a smile on my face when I find a hard-working hair tamer for less than $10.00. And, Loreal’s EverSleek Humidity Defying Leave-In Creme is pure happiness in a bottle. My locks are very thick and wavy, and like most people I know, they have a mind of their own. In other words, my lid can easily take a beating. This stuff claims to “nourish and protect…for frizz-free, soft and shiny hair in any kind of weather.” Well, I can report it definitely helps. I smooth and massage a nice amount through my hair after shampooing and conditioning. It has a clean, pleasant scent too. My hair does feel softer and shinier after using it. And, it doesn’t get all puffy or unruly when I step outside, especially when it’s humid or raining. I’m a fan of this creme and it’s now the first thing I grab in my hair product beauty arsenal. Hope it works for you too. Please keep me posted!
Daylight savings time is here which means warmer weather will soon be kicking in – well, at least in some parts of the country. Now, we all know how important it is to wear sunscreen every day no matter if the sun is shining or not. And, I’m a sucker for the more natural sunscreens, so Vanicream Sport SPF 35 is my new besty. This is a broad spectrum sunscreen (covers both UVA and UVB rays) that contains 8% zinc oxide, which is said to be a very effective ingredient for sun protection. Vanicream is ideal for all skin types especially sensitive (which I have), it’s unscented (which is a plus) and it doesn’t have any preservatives, dyes, or parabens (which I greatly appreciate). What’s extra nice is that it blends well into your skin (the cream is a bit thick so you have to use a decent amount), doesn’t feel greasy at all or leave that annoying white, chalky film. Even sweeter is the price – a 4 oz tube is $12.79 on Amazon. Considering some of the other 4 oz natural sunscreens I’ve tried are anywhere from $14.00 – $30.00 per tube, Vanicream offers a very fair price! By the way, this stuff is a must for kids. My family swears by it. Here’s to having safe fun in the sun!
Raise your hand if you’re big into soft, smoochable lips. They’re definitely high atop my list and that’s why I’m a huge fan of Nivea A Kiss Of Moisture. This blue tube of moisturizing goodness goes on smooth and creamy and feels heavenly. It smells great too – nice and light. Can’t beat the price either – I found it for $2.99 on Drugstore.com. These babies are also sold at tons of pharmacies so it’s easy to get your hands on it quickly. The Nivea Lip Care line is full of other varieties you’ll likely want to try; even one created especially for the guys. But, I promise the guys will be digging A Kiss Of Moisture. Get ready to pucker up, ya’ll!
Seems like fresh pressed juices are taking over cupcakes as the craze du jour (at least in Los Angeles). Juice shops are popping up on every other corner all over the city. What’s not to love about the wholesome goodness of these tasty nectars! And the concoctions, made up of everything from kale, ginger, apple, basil, cucumber, pineapple, pear, and tons of other produce and herbs, boast a ton of healthy benefits. Pressing is said to help keep the nutrients and enzymes intact, and this provides more nutritional value. One of my favorite cold pressed organic juice companies is Paleta. Executive Chef Kelly Boyer is the dynamo behind this farm-to-table meal delivery company. She creates supremely delicious organic meals with healthy ingredients straight from her certified green kitchen. The Paleta meals, cleanses and pressed juices are delivered all over Los Angeles, and Chef Kelly’s popular Mind and Body Cleanse is available nationwide. One of my favorites is her Sip til Supper Detox. Only consuming juice for three days straight can be a little challenging for me, so the Sip til Supper makes it much easier. It comes with four delectable juices (the Kale Kooler is my favorite – jicama, pineapple, kale, cilantro, serrano and lime), along with a vegan dinner, a snack, two boxed waters, and even a little sweet treat. It’s completely satisfying and I always feel like a million bucks after the 3rd day – my skin is more clear, my eyes brighter, I have more energy and of course everything is lighter. Sip til Supper is so good, so manageable and so worth it that I could keep the cleanse going and going. As they say in France, “a votre sante” (to your health)! And, of course my loyal subscribers get some love on this one – a 10% discount when you order from the Paleta website. You’ll need to sign up first then enter this exclusive promo code – WHATIMLOVING10 at check out. This is good for the Cleanse program and the Organic Meal Delivery. Spread the love…
Here I’ve been relishing my super fancy hair conditioners, all the while my daughter’s stuff was quietly peeking out at me from the shower ledge. Her bottle of Clean Kids Naturally – Banana Smoothie Detangler was in such easy reach I grabbed the bottle and took the plunge. All I can say is “Wow!” This delectable scented concoction works better than most of my brand name, grown up conditioners. I knew it was going to be good the instant I smoothed a dollop onto my hair – it felt super creamy. And I’ve gone crazy for the banana scent. It’s all natural and vegan too – which is why I bought it in the first place – no parabens, artificial colors, sulfates, and all that other icky stuff. This banana smoothie tames our very thick, wavy hair and leaves it soft, shiny and easy to brush. Hmm, makes ya wonder… what other cool treasures are waiting to be discovered in the kids product section?
As a beauty loving girl who doesn’t shampoo every single day (who does by the way?), I appreciate a product that both smooths my thick, frizz-prone tresses and leaves an alluring scent. By day three hair doesn’t always smell so terrific if you know what I mean. This is why Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray has a permanent place on my bathroom countertop. It comes in a chunky full size can but I love the lightweight, easy to hold purse size too. Plus, it’s small enough to take with you on days when extra ammo is needed. A few quick blasts on dry hair helps keep frizz from rearing its unwanted head. It smells so delightful that sometimes I just use it on day two or three of unwashed hair to make it smell appealing. And guys, knowing that most girls in your life probably don’t shampoo everyday, a bottle of this stuff is the luxe gift that keeps on giving. Cheers to locks you’ll love.