Whether your skin freaks out along with your moods every month when PMS attacks, or, you’re going through “the change” and in addition to those fun hot flashes your skin breaks out in redness, blemishes and bumps — changes in hormones are to blame. In my case (as you know if you’re a regular Beauty Binger) I’m 5 months pregnant so my skin has fluctuated from desert dry to blackhead bonanza in the past few months– who said pregnancy wasn’t fun? I FINALLY found a serum to calm my bitchy skin and regulate its dramatic mood swings — Eminence Organics Eight Green Youth Serum ($42).
This ultra-gentle serum helped my skin retain moisture at its driest times (prior to using the serum, my skin was literally sucking up skin oils and thick creams within a matter of seconds) and made my skin less greasy during oily times, shrinking those ghastly blackheads that have taken up permanent residence on my nose. I use it twice a day right after my toner before my thicker serums and creams (don’t forget: you should always apply your skincare products thinnest to thickest to ensure maximum absorption).
Product Info from Eminence:
A lifting and regulating serum for breakouts and hormonally-imbalanced skin. A powerhouse of organic phyto-estrogens work to lift facial contours and reduce the signs of aging associated with collagen loss, breakouts, hormonal imbalances and menopause. Concentrated whole plant yucca extract, vitex angus castus, algae and flaxseed absorb deep into the dermis to tighten and brighten problem areas, and plump loss of skin tone.
Skin Type: From oily to hormonal, dehydrated, dry and devitalized.
All I know is this serum is magical when it comes to hormonal havoc. Now, if only Eminence could create a serum to calm my mood swings… Baby steps.Posted by janna Tags Eminence, Hormonal Skin, Organic Makeup, Pregnancy, Sensitive Skin
Hello beautiful brides-to-be! If you followed my 6 Weeks Before the Big Day advice, you’ve already seen a dermatologist, begun oxygen facial treatments, and started a religious nightly skin care regimen. Now, with just two weeks to go before the wedding, it’s time to step up the skin care routine and SPOIL YOUR SKIN LIKE IT’S VERUCA SALT!!!
1. I will hunt you down and cut your veil if you’re not using at least a nickel size dollop of sunscreen every morning. The sun instantly dehydrates your skin, enlarges pores, and emphasizes wrinkles. So don’t think “Oh, I’ll just get a little color for the wedding and pay the price later.” Bitch, you’re going to pay the price when your groom lifts up the veil to see a leather raisin. I don’t want to hear any excuses either. I can assure you my skin is a bigger drama queen and I use COOLA – Face SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Matte Tint ($36) every morning after my moisturizer and my makeup goes on beautifully. Hint: If you’re using a chemical sunscreen, make sure you apply it first thing after you wash your face. If you’re using a mineral sunscreen like COOLA, it should be the last step in your skin care regimen since it’s a physical sunblock.
2. Put down and walk away from the Clarisonic. That’s right I said it. The Clarisonic is to be used only at night when you have makeup and daily grime to remove. Unless your fiancé licks your face while you’re sleeping, you don’t need any aggressive cleansers in the morning. If you continue to use your Clarisonic twice a day, you may end up stripping your skin and causing irritation. Instead, opt for a gentle cleanser like Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($38) which is super gentle and smells deliciously of cucumbers.
3. Incorporate a brightening and/or energizing serum like Eminence Eight Greens Youth Serum ($42) which is a revitalizing serum for dehydrated and/or oily skin. Bonus: It’s specifically made for hormonal issues so if your two weeks fall within the dreaded PMS zone, this serum will help get your skin on track.
1. Nothing makes your skin look older than tight, dry skin. So after you cleanse, spoil your skin with a hydrating mask 2-3 times a week. Use a soothing, moisturizing mask like Caudalie Moisturizing Cream Mask ($40) which will help tight, dehydrated skin and quiet down any redness and irritation.
2. If you’re suffering from oily or congested skin, incorporate a mud treatment mask twice a week that will gently treat by absorbing impurities and controlling oil like Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask ($25). If your skin is suffering an identity crisis, meaning it’s both congested and dry, then apply the mask before your shower and remove once you get out of the shower. The steam will help the mask penetrate but won’t allow it to dry out your skin.
3. As I said in the last post, slather on the oil and the creams! My face is so greasy from products at night my husband kisses me good night on my neck to avoid being slimed. I wake up the next morning to plumped, hydrated skin. You, my fair bride, better be going to bed with a face full of product too or, you guessed it, I will hunt you down and cut your veil.
Make sure you check out my next post in my Bridal Skin Care Bootcamp Series, where I will be giving you the “Don’t you Dares!” for the week before the big day!
Posted by janna Tags Boscia, Bridal skincare, Bridal skincare tips, Bride, Caudalie, Clarisonic, COOLA, Eminence, Fresh, Sensitive Skin, Skin Care
Tune into the My Beauty Binge podcast this week to hear me share some of my favorite new beauty products that just joined my coveted arsenal. For those of you who regularly read my blog you know it’s tough competition for beauty products in my house. One wrong move and the product is banished to the beauty graveyard. On the other side of the spectrum are the new products that manage to rock my world enough to immediately make it into my daily regimen.
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 Bite Beauty, Christian Dior, Dior, Eminence, Pixi, Podcast, Sampar, Sania's Brow Bar
I’m shocked by how few women indulge in spa facials. Tune into My Beauty Binge this week to find out why — as the biggest spa slut in the world — I always opt for a facial at the spa. I’ll help demystify the misconceptions about facials and guide you through how to select the perfect one for you, and what you should say to the aesthetician to ensure you get the ideal results once you’re there. I’ll also share with you a couple of my most favorite decadent facials that will have you running to your nearest spa for a 90 minute facial. Binge on!
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 Dermalogical, Eminence, Facial, GM Collin, Intraceuticals, Kerstin Florian, Luxury Spa, Oxygen facial, Sensitive Skin
Happy Earth Day, Bingers! What better way to binge this Sunday but on a brand like Eminence? It’s an all-organic and bio-dynamic line (the company has been using sustainable farming and green practices to create organic products since 1958), and uses ingredients like cranberries, blueberries, and chocolate which you can literally see, smell, and feel in most of their products. I know it’s a bit much to choose the whole brand for Sunday Splurge, but I feel like in honor of Earth Day we should embrace a family-owned company that invests so much in helping the environment (and because I love the products, of course). Read the rest of this entry »Posted by janna Tags Eminence, Mask, Masque, Scrub, Sunday Splurge
I don’t have much time to write, but how could I not update you on yesterday’s beauty binge blitz??? Check out the bottom right photo to see the beauty booty I scored yesterday. As soon as I got home, I sat on my bed with my legs-crossed, dumped my bag of goodies, and carefully examined and delighted in every item. I’m telling you, it put my childhood Halloween experiences to shame.
Thanks to my friend Molly, we started the day at Mountain Body, the Shangri-la of beauty product boutiques. Molly has been a long-time online customer since her first Mountain Body experience at Sundance a couple years ago. She knew I would fall in love with their products and that I would want to spend some time playing with the products, so she was sure to make it our first stop. Mountain Body carries other organic brands like Eminence (which we all know I love), but their own brand is the highlight of this boutique. Their gorgeous products are handmade with local ingredients like minerals, muds, and lake bed salts. They even have an Herbal Cosmetic Deli, featuring fresh masks and cleansers in chilled gelato tubs. My salesperson, Veronika, was nice enough to give me a deluxe sample of their cold cream, which took my makeup off easily and had a cooling, healing affect. Veronika even gave me a luxurious 4-step hand treatment that left my hands coated with an invisible moisture forcefield.
These products are too delicious to not devote a separate post. Expect my review of my favorite Mountain Body products by the end of the week. Their scrubs, creams, and balms are perfect for the harsh, cold weather!
After Mountain Body, we headed to the Lumene Lounge, where I got a fabulous mini-facial (see above left photo) and walked away with a generous gift bag full of products I will actually use. (They were also offering makeup applications from makeup artists, but I didn’t want to ruin my facial!) Then we headed to Chic Suite by EMWPR and stocked up on Tocca Beauty, Everyday Minerals, and I scored an adorable pair of knee-high socks and a hat for my handsome husband.
Before I knew it, I had to jump in a taxi and head to the Deer Valley St. Regis Remede Spa for a 90
minute Intraceuticals facial that gave the “Fire and Ice” at the Mauna Lani serious competition.
This is just a teaser! I must jump in the shower and sample some of yesterday’s spoils!
Posted by janna Tags Eminence, Lumene, Mountain Body, St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa, Tocca
How fitting that for my first two “Sunday Splurges” of the year I am focusing on the Mauna Lani Spa on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii? I want to divide the Mauna Lani Spa into two posts for the pure selfish reason of reliving every detail. Well… not every detail. I could do without vividly remembering getting water-boarded during my Lava Watsu Experience, but it’s forever imprinted in my psyche. Let’s not talk about that yet. I’ll leave that tale for next week, but know that the Watsu certainly did not leave a black mark on the Mauna Lani Spa. It is still in my Top 5 Spas of all time.
I am quite familiar with the magic of this spa (obviously I’m not alone; It’s received top accolades from publications like Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler). The entire spa was designed around the history, mythology, and geography of the location. The locker room has outdoor lava rock showers, stocked with delicious coconut and ginger products. I usually first grab an ice cold washcloth and head for the steam room, which fills up with thick steam in 30 seconds with a push of a button. The spa has both indoor treatment rooms and outdoor thatched hales, surrounded by lava rock, a healing garden, and a fragrance garden. There are also two natural lava saunas and a Lava Tube Watsu Pool.
I’ve done the lava sauna before, and I kind of thought it was a waste of money. The open air sauna is a private lava rock walled-in area with a place to sit and spread volcanic mud on yourself or your loved one. Then you sit in the sun and “bake” and then shower off in the outdoor shower. It’s all lovely, but $79 for self-service? Really? At least I can say I tried it. Their spa has more than 50 services on its menu, most of which incorporate Hawaiian culture and local ingredients. Three years ago I discovered their “Fire and Ice” 120 minute facial, which holds the title of being my most favorite spa service of all time.
The “Fire and Ice” Facial is the culmination of everything I hold sacred in a spa service. It is two hours of constant massaging, treating, masking, and luxurious pampering. My esthetician, Shoko Motoyama, began by applying a moisture mask on my hands and feet and then covered them with warm booties. She then basically used every healing and hydrating product in the Eminence Organic Skincare line. Side Note: I don’t know if you’ve ever had an Eminence facial, but I highly recommend it. All of their products smell deliciously of freshly cut fruit and plants. It’s a special experience to devote an entire hour (or two hours if you’re lucky) to this hyper-aromatic experience, trying to guess which products your aesthetician used by scent. This is what a nerd I am — the aesthetician sends you home with a brochure that has a list of all the products, coded by skin type, richness, etc. She will mark off everything she used during your facial and what she recommends for at-home use. I pour over every product, looking at her choices, trying to analyze her reasoning. I have booklets from Eminence facials from 10 years ago. Pathetic, right? I tried to find an easy way on the Eminence website to search for spas offering Eminence facials, but I couldn’t find it. My advice is to cross-reference your location with “Eminence facial” and see what comes back.
Posted by janna Tags Eminence, Facial, Luxury Spa, Mauna Lani Spa