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My Winter Skin Care Essentials

A lot of people ask me about my overall skin care routine. I don’t wear much makeup, so I’m convinced it has to do with my eating habits and beauty routine. I’m no dermatologist, but it begins with watching what you eat. I can’t even tell you how much I notice a difference in my skin if I don’t drink enough water (or consume too much alcohol for that matter) and eat greasy crap. Sadly, chocolate is also a huge no-no for my skin. Sucks for me. Anyway, once you’ve got that covered you have to consider the ingredients in your products, as well as the weather conditions. It’s important to switch up your essential skin care products every season depending on where you live.

Since it’s getting a little chilly down here in South Florida, I’ve opted to try Burt’s Bees Orange Essential Facial Cleanser ($8). It’s 100% natural — you can’t beat that. The cleanser is absolutely amazing!! It literally smells like you’ve just washed your face with fresh oranges. The result is super soft skin afterward. I used to think washing my face with an oil-based cleanser would be counterproductive, but in fact it helped improve my combination dry/oily skin.

I like to follow with the Radiance Day Lotion SPF 15 ($18). It’s not oily, doesn’t clog my pores and it smells fantastic. Not to mention I’m completely protected from harmful UV rays. The key ingredient in this moisturizer is royal jelly, which is made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins, minerals, and other natural ingredients. It’s a very precious, mysterious substance that honeybees produce for the queen bee. Anything produced for the HBIC is fine by me.

Of course, I also exfoliate a few times a week and use a hydrating mask twice a week. It’s also important to use eye cream both day and night, as well as night cream that’s designed to moisturize your face (anything with SPF isn’t going to cut it because it doesn’t allow your skin to breathe at night).

Hope this helps those of you who asked me to do a post on beauty — enjoy my little honeycombs.

Princess Lolly’s Royal Bubble Bath

Candy Land was hands down one of my favorite games to play when I was a kid. Tell me Princess Lolly and Queen Frostine wouldn’t die over Philosophy’s Candy Cane Foaming Bubble Bath and Shower Gel ($16)?!? If this stuff doesn’t scream Christmas, then I don’t know what to tell you. The peppermint scent is so refreshing and invigorating…I simply can’t get enough! This is the perfect remedy for those cold winter mornings when you need a real pick-me-up. I’d also venture to say that this would make a great holiday gift for just about anyone on your list. Hell, my boyfriend is probably getting a bottle in his stocking. He loves peppermint flavored things (and evidently I love buying gifts for him that I can use too). This loveliness is going on my holiday gift guide as we speak.

PS — Click here to purchase the Candy Land board game. I’m sure it will invoke wonderful memories of sibling rivalry and why you can’t seem to stop shoving your face with sweets these days.

MONOI OIL = MY NEW SECRET [BEAUTY] WEAPON

I absolutely love to travel. If I had the choice, I’d take world travel over material objects any day of the week. That said, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful country of Tunisia with one of my BFFs, Thouraya (aka Touti),  over the summer. Touti is a native of Tunisia and it’s no wonder she hates coming back to the US every year — the country is magnificent!

You might be wondering WTF this has to do with my amazing new all-in-one beauty product. I’m getting there.

Touti and I spent our mornings laying out by her glorious pool. One day we ran out of tanning lotion/sunblock, so her mom went to the local pharmacy to pick us up some more supplies. She returned with a bottle of Tahitian (NOT Tunisian) monoi oil. As I opened the bottle, I was greeted by the most wonderful floral fragrance. I slathered some oil on my body and went about my tanning business. I failed to realize that not only did this protect me from the sun, but it also worked wonders in the moisturizing department.

The bottle of monoi oil has collected dust since my amazing North African getaway. I ran out of moisturizer a few weeks ago and decided to conduct a little testaroo. I Googled some info about the oil just to make sure my sensitive skin wouldn’t break out and then went ahead and applied it to my face…and lips…and feet…and hair! This stuff is RIDIC! I woke up the next day and my skin was def more hydrated. I never would have imagined oil being good for my face, but it is. It even helped cure my chapped lips. Lastly, this fabulosity-in-a-bottle can also be used as a 30 minute hot oil hair mask (great for colored treated or overprocessed hair).

This probably comes as news to a lot of you, but believe it or not the French Polynesian ballers have used monoi oil for over 2,000 years. It’s also widely used by Europeans. Europeans are always so savvy in the cosmetic department, aren’t they?

I can’t get enough of this stuff and I DIE over the scent alone. Apparently it’s available in different fragrances, but I prefer the original scent of the Tahitian gardenias (tiare) and coconut oil that’s used to make it. It’s also mad cheap — you can find it online for around $10, just make sure to buy the certified kind.

I’ve yet to visit Tahiti, but it’s next on my list of exotic vacays (if only to purchase an obscene amount of this stuff).

Is No Shave Month Taking Over the Fashion World?

I think I just threw up in my mouth. There is seriously no excuse for parading around in a beautiful Balmain dress with unshaven legs. Apparently Natalia Vodianova is either blind or just plain dirty because last night she thought it was a good idea to show up to Harper’s Bazaar’s Women of the Year party looking like this. The sick part is, this is just one of many recent instances of celebrities flaunting their unshaven bodies. I’d just like to know WTF is going on in Hollywood? Better yet…if you’re a supermodel, isn’t it someone’s job to help you avoid red carpet catastrophes like this? I can’t figure this out, so I’ll just leave it at that. Someone get me Natalia’s email address so I  can send her the name of an electrolysis in her area ASAP. Unshaven legs? Hell to the NO gurl.

Cut Your Hair, Grandma

I just read what will now be known as one of the most irritating articles from the New York Times‘ ‘Style’ section. It goes something like this: Last Sunday, Dominique Browning published an article about her conscious decision to rebel against conformity and keep her long, gray hair. Girlfriend is in her mid-50s. Apparently the article garnered a flood of responses (more than 1,200 comments to be exact). The article I just read is a sampling of the comments.

I should preface this by saying that I’d like to thank the New York Times for providing me with enough material to potentially write about this for the next week. Lucky for you, I won’t. These people are all 50 cards short of a deck! I love my long hair just as much as the next girl, but you don’t see me going around posting comments about my God-given right to prance around town with it. Oh, and my hair is def NOT dirty and/or gray either.

Maybe I’m missing something here? These readers all went apeshit in an attempt to convince us that since they “receive compliments” on their hair, they should probably keep it obscenely long. I am seriously offended. I cannot STAND people who walk around with hair down to their waists or asses. Even as a child I remember getting pissed off at the little girls that were deprived the opportunity to get their haircut at Frederic Fekkai. I feel like most of those little girls probs were the ones passing lice around elementary school too! Bitches.

Here’s one of my favorite comments:

“At 77, my hip-length wavy hair infuriates many people (mostly other women my age). I used to wear it in a bun; I looked like an over-the-hill ballerina. I’ve finally found the courage to let it all hang out. There is absolutely no maintenance involved (my last hairdresser appointment was in 1992). I shampoo it once a week and forget about it once I’ve quickly brushed it in the morning. My delightful son said to me, when I turned 60, “Are you going to cut and perm your hair like all of the other old ladies?” It’s dark and silvering and frizzy and I’m finally happy with it. No, not just happy, deliriously happy.”

Marly Harris, Southern California

Okay, Marly…I see someone is still walking around with resentment that stems from high school. And let me ask you this — why would you grow your hair long if you just wear it up in a bun all day anyway? Get over yourself, lady. It sounds like you get more pleasure out of “infuriating other women your age” than your hair itself. Also, I’ll have Frederic send you over some shampoo to use  every other day. This isn’t the Middle Ages anymore.

I can’t stop reading this thing! One woman says she wears her hair in French braids everyday and is happy about the fact that she’s saved thousands of dollars since she hasn’t had a haircut in 40 years. She goes on to say, “I hope at our age women can be liberated from the tyranny of looking the way Other People, especially advertisers, tell us we should look.” Is this a joke? Am I the only person that actually APPRECIATES the look of a great haircut? Last time I checked, I cut my hair according to how I like it and not what I see advertised in Vogue. It’s also a helluva lot more attractive and manageable when it’s not down to my ankles, thanks.

Alright, I’m done with my rant. I’ve come to the conclusion that most of these people (pathetic men included) have dropped one too many hits of acid back in the 60s.

Click here to read the disturbing article

 

 

 

 

 

 

Say YES to this Face Mask

Screw it, I’ve decided to dedicate this week to beauty. I haven’t received ANY reader emails regarding fashion dilemmas and Hollywood has been a bore, so I’m left with no choice really (not that I’m complaining).

I tried this mask last night and let me just tell you it was EFFING amazzzzing. My boyfriend also volunteered to be a guinea pig because he got a free facial out of it. That said, we washed our faces and applied the mask for 5-7 minutes. The jar says to leave it on for five minutes, but I may or may not have gotten a little carried away with the application and left mine on a bit longer. After washing it off (exceptionally easily might I add) my face was literally glowing. I’m not even bullshitting, people. I applied some night cream and cucumber eye gel to complete my regimen and I was good to go. When I walked back in the room the bf concurred that my face was radiant. I could see that my pores even shrank a little and it completely moisturized my dry forehead/cheeks. I’m assuming the avocado and Dead Sea minerals contributed to such a lovely result.

My bf has ultra sensitive skin and his face was left with a little redness afterward. It went away a few minutes later, but I just wanted to add that for anyone with sensitive skin. Keep it away from the eye area as well (you will feel it tingling when you put it in and I wouldn’t want you to burn your eyes or anything).

Overall, this is an excellent product to use 2-3 times a week. I have a touch of ADD, so  using a mask that only needs to stay on my face for five minutes is right up my alley. I also LOVE that it won’t ruin my wash cloths when I rinse it off too (hell, I don’t even need a wash cloth to rinse it off since the consistency is so silky smooth). Lastly, the price is right (just $15 at Walgreens) AND it’s made from 99.6% natural ingredients. I’ve used the cucumber moisturizer and eye gel before, but this is DEf my new fave product from this line. YEAH GURL!

Yes to Carrots — Love this line!

10 Items to Keep at Your Desk

I’m a beauty product junkie and I’m not afraid to admit it. Back in the day, I used to do a lot of beauty PR and I absolutely loved all the freebies. I was willing to try just about anything — including a most uncomfortable Brazilian wax at the renowned Christine Chin Spa in NYC. I would probably still be in the business if I wasn’t the victim of horrid circumstances (i.e the manager from HELL). I digress.

So, it’s one of my favorite times of the year…magazine editors get together and release their top picks for just about every beauty category under the sun. Yay for us! Later this week I’ll put together a list of my favorite beauty editor picks…but for now I thought this was most fitting for all you working ladies out there. At one time, my desk was an arsenal in preparation for WWIII…if you don’t have at least a few of these items at your desk then idk what to tell you.

10 Items to Keep at Your Desk