Chase away the January drearies by giving yourself a spa treatment at home. Tune into My Beauty Binge this week to hear how you can transform a simple shower or a spare half hour into a mini-escape that’s also much needed by your skin. The harsh winter weather and the heater’s blaring dry air means we should be regularly exfoliating and bumping up the moisture levels. What better excuse for some “me” time?
Download the podcast from iTunes or listen to it streaming on your computer here (it’s the 1st podcast) and it’s free! If you hit the “SUBSCRIBE” button in iTunes you will automatically get all my podcasts!janna Tags At-home spa, Bliss, Boots Botanics, Clarisonic, Decleor, Fresh, Ouidad, Phyto
Podcast: Beauty Rituals and Sparkly (Within Reason) New Year’s Eve Makeup Looks for w/ Send the Trend
Hello, my lovelies! Okay now that Christmas is over we can fully focus on what is important — getting ready for New Year’s Eve! For this week’s podcast I asked top tastemaker Divya Gugnani, co-founder of Send the Trend, to share her beauty ritual for getting ready for the big night. Of course we also talked makeup looks that are sure to make everyone’s jaws drop when the ball drops, while teaching you to sparkle responsibly (a little too much glitter can go very wrong very quickly).
Download the podcast or listen to it streaming on your computer here (it’s the first podcast listed)janna Tags bareMinerals, Bliss, Josie Maran, Julep, Laura Geller, Lipstick Queen, Ole Henriksen, Philosophy, Send the Trend, Special Event, Tarte, Wen
Forgive my West Coast delay in getting you this vital piece of information. Apparently Bliss was featured on The Today Show this morning and to celebrate they are offering 4 of their BIG size body butters in all their delicious signature scents– Raspberry Champagne, Lemon + Sage, Blood Orange + White Pepper and Vanilla + Bergamot. The deal also includes a free Bliss tote bag that I could care less about unless they fill it with samples. There is zero chance restraint will make it through the door before I hit “buy” on this deal. Indulge, my lovelies! You can totally rationalize that you’re saving a ton and you can just give the scents you’re not crazy about as gifts! Voila!
Posted by janna Tags Bliss, Deals, Gift Ideas
I was thrilled when I found out that Bliss was coming out with an “at home” version of their famous rubber mask, Bliss Fabulous Skin-Reviving Rubberizing Mask ($38), which I’ve enjoyed too many times as an expensive upgrade to their in-spa facials. (I find it’s tough for me to say no to upgrades and add-ons when I’ve been lulled into submission with a good neck and shoulder rub. It’s like the aesthetician can smell blood in the water and knows precisely when to slap me with a $60 upgrade option)
What’s so great about this mask? It goes on cold (which instantly soothes irritated skin) and calms the anger and redness right out of my skin, leaving it glowing. Its main ingredients (via Sephora):
Algin: Rubberizes the ingredients to allow key ingredients to be optimally absorbed by the skin.
Seaweed: Draws out dirt and oil while exfoliating skin. Refines pores and reduces inflammation. Aids in natural hydration of your skin.
Bilberry: Acts as an anti-inflammatory to soothe and nourish skin while reducing free radical damage that contributes to skin aging. Calms skin to reduce irritation and redness.
Vitamin C: Brightens skin discolorations (hyper pigmentation), helps promote collagen building, and provides superior antioxidant action.
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I love guessing blind items in the gossip rags, but why should the tabloids have all the fun? If you see a celebrity commit a major beauty faux pas make sure you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can run it as a blind item and help the offending celeb fix the issue!
Which gorgeous starlet, famous for her unique multi-cultural looks, who got her big break on a popular late night “news” show and now is gracing every red carpet because of her role on Aaron Sorkin’s “news” show, showed up in red carpet close ups with a face covered in glaring blackheads?? When I say blackheads, I’m not talking about a sprinkle over the nose… Let’s put it this way, they were so big and black, completely blanketing her forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, at first I thought they were freckles! Our starlet does in fact have some freckles but they’re tough to find in the oil fields. She also had an unhealthy dose of greasy shine to keep the blackheads company. GROSS!
So what should have our pretty starlet done prior to hitting the red carpet??
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When InStyle comes out with their “Best Beauty Buys” list I get that energy running through my veins, fingers twitching, looking around the room for the location of my wallet so I can covertly grab it without my husband taking notice. Lucky for our credit card bills I’ve already tried many of the 150 items that made the list. The majority of the products are incumbents, having won in their categories several years in a row. This doesn’t mean the editorial staff got lazy and just decided to recycle previous years’ lists. Like most beauty addicts, the editors probably have their favorite products and are sticking to what they love. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all old news — there are some choice newcomers and surprises like the Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget and the Ibiza Boar Bristle Brush (both of which I intend to buy).janna Tags Bliss, Cle de Peau, Clinique, Elta, Ibiza Boar Bristle, Smashbox
Hello, Bingers! I am en route to the 2012 Sundance Festival, ready to give you guys a blow-by-blowout on the festivities. Don’t be expecting Roger Ebert-like coverage, I mean come on, how am I supposed to focus on the movies when there are swag suites like the Chic Suite by EMWPR, where I can go on a binging blitz, and then get my skin plumped with an oxygen facial at the St. Regis Remede Spa? Let’s get our priorities in line here!
I over-packed (yes, I see the shock in your face), and when I say “over-packed” I’m talking checking a large duffle bag for a three-day trip. Of course I probably forgot essential wardrobe items, and I already know I forgot to bring “going out” bags. Want worse? If you could see the amount of beauty products and tools I brought, you would think I was either moving to a new house or a traveling makeup artist. Let’s not forget I get a little manic in high-elevation… There is so just much to consider for a trip like this:
- Dry air and Cold Weather: For my face, I brought the spectrum of hydrating products from FAB 5-in-1 to La Mer (and when I say “the spectrum”, picture at least 20 other products in-between, including serums, masks, toners, SPF, etc). For my body I brought a deluxe sample of Bliss Orange and White Pepper Body Scrub since my skin is going to need a good buffing, and this scrub is gentle enough I can use it every time I shower (and it smells delicious!). I also created a little deluxe sample for myself of Jo Malone Blue Wild Bluebell Creme. This creme smells like you are strolling through wild flowers after a storm (thank you to my lovely mother-in-law, Jeanne, who spoiled me this past holiday season with this luxurious cream and other delicious splurges. Love you, Jeanne! ) and it has a thick, non-sticky consistency that hydrates all day long. For the lips, I brought Aquaphor, the salve of champions, along with Fresh Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 for a hint of color, and of course my entire rainbow of hydrating lipsticks.
- Hair Gotchas: I got my hair colored by Meghan last night, which means I have a kick-ass blowout. I’m obviously going to milk this baby as long as I can. But let’s not forget the Bumble and Bumble Black Hair Powder debacle… The blowout can only stretch so far under harsh conditions like hat head (it is going to be COLD!) and a hydrating facial (obviously this was my first priority in booking the trip.). If the blowout doesn’t prevail, I will have to take matters into my own hands by either blowing it out myself or wearing it curly. You can’t imagine (or probably you can…) how many products and tools are involved in packing for these two scenarios.
Tomorrow, after I exhaust myself in the Chic Suite stocking up on goodies from brands like Tocca Beauty, Everyday Minerals, and NCLA Nail Lacquer, I am heading to the St. Regis Deer Valley Remède Spa where I will plump and hydrate my battled, parched skin with a Deer Valley Regenerating Facial. How do I choose from the myriad of luxury spas? The first thing I did the second our tickets were booked, was google “oxygen facial” and “Park City”. Not many choices, but the St. Regis Deer Valley Remède Spa was the obvious one when I saw the luxury amenities and facilities.
I was just playing before when I said I wasn’t focused on the movies… I’m really just focused on one… I can’t wait for Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” premiere on Sunday! Josh wrote, directed, and stars in his second Sundance feature, which features the adorable yet chic new it-girl Elizabeth Olsen.
For up-to-the-minute updates on my festival weekend, make sure you follow me on twitter!
Photo via Xjanniex
Posted by janna Tags Bliss, First Aid Beauty, Fresh, Jo Malone, La Mer, St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa, Sundance Festival
For the last Sunday Splurge before Christmas, I figure it’s only fitting I introduce the most extravagant item on my wish list. (Okay… I didn’t actually put it on my wish list. It would have been too obnoxious.) This sought-after item is the Oxygeneration Personal Oxygen System, sold at Bliss for the bargain price of $1,036 (I will note that it is on sale from $1,295).
Anyone who is familiar my gluttonous spa habits, knows my first choice on any spa menu is the oxygen facial. It is the one facial that literally makes me glow. The esthetician uses an air gun to spray me with vitamins and moisturizers via pressurized oxygen. Oxygen facials are often advertised as “Red Carpet Ready” treatments because they leave your skin plumped and flawless (though it’s temporary) and photo-ready. To give you an idea, I got oxygen facials every week the month before my wedding at Eva Scrivo in NYC. Eva is a beauty Yoda. When I see her at the salon, I grill her for as many beauty tips as I can get (It doesn’t hurt that she’s absolutely gorgeous in person). She gave me props for going for oxygen facials a full month before my wedding and said she gives the same advice to her brides. When Anita from My Life in Beauty interviewed Eva, she asked her which beauty item she would want the most, and of course she said an oxygen facial:
The results last for a few weeks when done correctly. We actually do them at our spa. This is not to be confused with oxygen facials where oxygen is just sprayed on the skin. Here, the oxygen is pushed into the skin with hyperbaric pressure.
She’s definitely right that there is a palpable difference with the oxygen machines that use hyperbaric pressure (you can search “clinics” on Intraceuticals to find spas that offer this service) compared to the spray machines, but even the sprayers will give you the plumping glow, but just won’t last as long. With that said, obviously I can’t buy a professional Intraceuticals machine (even though Madonna did. Bitch.), but a compact oxygen system like the Oxygeneration model would certainly do the job. I could even make oxygen water! Read for yourself in Bliss’s description of why they love it:
• Delivers 50% more oxygen than clean mountain air
• Light, attractive unit, that can be proudly displayed anywhere in the house
• Portable, so you can enjoy a relaxing personal oxygen session anywhere, anytime
In case you haven’t heard the buzz in the ‘air’, extra oxygen offers umpteen benefits including increased alertness and infection-fighting ability, and—our favorite—an age-delaying effect. This sleek portable machine enriches oxygen with a membrane system, and emits 50% more oxygen than you’d find in clean mountain air (the percentage ‘climbs’ even higher for you city folks). It also allows you to create your own oxygenated water, and has a built-in filter that delivers a vitamin C derivative to help keep skin healthy. Timer allows for 15, 30 or 45-minute sessions. Includes headset and tabletop delivery devices, oxygen water bottle, hose and power cord/adapter.
I could take it anywhere! This means I would actually be saving money because I wouldn’t have to get oxygen facials once a month, which could cost anywhere from $140 – $225. It pays for itself! In the meantime, I will simply have to suffer through professional oxygen treatments from my favorite spas.Posted by janna Tags Bliss, Intraceuticals, Oxygen facial, Sunday Splurge
The final dark chapter in my “Weathering the Cold” series addresses frizzy, static hair and cracked, rough hands. Uplifting, yes?
Regardless of your hair texture, the harsh, cold conditions outside mixed with the bone-dry indoor heat are a molotov cocktail of damage. You have to apply the same logic as treating your face and body to your hair – prevent and protect!
Sleep with a Humidifier. Go for short warm (not hot) showers. Wear a cashmere hat (I know it sounds pretentious, but wool absorbs the moisture your hair needs.There’s simply not enough to go round.). Go easy on the straightening, curling, blowing out, etc. Your hair is going through a vulnerable stage! Also, take Omega-3 fish oil pills. They will help prevent hair damage as well as skin damage (and it has tons of other health benefits!).
Start at the beginning… Before you even shampoo, try a pre-shampoo oil treatment once a week like Phyto Huile d’Ales Pre-Shampoo Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment, especially if you color-treat. Arm yourself with multiple hydrating shampoos and conditioners (it’s true what you’ve heard… if you use the same products every day they build-up and lose their effectiveness). In my shower you will find everything from L’Oreal Paris EverSleek Repairative Smoothing Shampoo and Pantene Pro-V Medium-thick Hair Solutions Frizzy to Smooth Conditioner to Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Restorative Conditioner for Damaged Hair and It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Conditioner.
Moving onto hands… What can I say? Let’s face it, when that winter chill hits you’ll be like Sisyphus trying to keep your hands soft and hydrated. Because it’s cold and flu season you’re going to be washing your hands even more than usual and you SHOULD be applying hand cream after every time you wash. So by the end of day, even though you’ve moisturized your hands more than a dozen times, your hands will feel like you haven’t applied cream since last Christmas. The constant washing is exacerbated by the dry air outside and inside, leaving your hands feeling like you’ve been working in the fields. So what can you do?
The obvious! Be armed with hand creams by your desk, in your handbag, in your car, by your nightstand. Make it your religion that every time you wash you moisturize. I personally use the Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Hand Cream because it’s nice and thick and smells divine. At night though I use good ole’ Vaseline to coat my hands and then I put on Bliss Glamour Gloves. These really work miracles. They are lined with this magic gel that seems to penetrate the Vaseline into my skin. The difference the next morning is palpable. But then of course I start washing my hands and I become Sisyphus pushing the boulder once again…
Okay, enough about the coming winter months. I just can’t put myself through this. The cold is misery and I just want to talk about fun stuff now, okay? So let’s flip the switch and talk about the holidays. The holidays! Make sure you make this site a favorite for your loved ones because I assure you I will be churning out my gluttonous wish list from now until Christmas, and my list is long and distinguished. (See, we forgot all about the cold, didn’t we?)Posted by janna Tags Bliss, L'Oreal, Pantene, Phyto, Shu Uemura Art of Hair
I want to cover the body first since my skin has already gotten a bit itchy from the climate change. First rule of thumb (which I hate by the way) is to stop taking long hot showers. Unfortunately, they strip the skin of protective oils which further dries the skin. I also store away all my lovely scented bath gels and creams. Since my skin is getting crushed by the zero humidity, cold wind, and pumping dry, hot air through the heater, it is extra sensitive and irritated. Those lovely scented products have chemicals which further irritate, therefore I put my Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Soapy Suds Body Wash away and replace it with Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Calming Body Wash Daily Shower Oil. The operative word in that long title is “oil”. The omega oils replace some of the natural oils that are stripped via the hot water and other thankless winter conditions, and its highly recommended by dermatologists. I love that it’s unscented and makes a palpable difference in the softness of my skin. I use my hand (instead of the my bath mitt, which can further strip) to cleanse my body with the oil (which becomes a creamy lather once wet) and then I pat myself dry.
It pains me to put away my Bond No. 9 New York Scent of Peace Cream Body Silk, since its fluffy texture and sumptuous smell makes me want to scoop up half the jar and slather it on my skin. But, I have to be rational and realize that the fragrance can irritate therefore I moisturize my body with Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, which is rich, hydrating, and nourishing with its wonder ingredients like beta-carotene, cocoa butter, and sesame oil.
So put away the fragranced products and treat your skin to some gentle nourishment. Consider getting a humidifier and keep the showers short!Posted by janna Tags Bliss, Bond No. 9, Eucerin, Kiehl's