Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5 Beauty Hacks in 5 Minutes: Skin, Hair

Before the week gets a bit overwhelming and because you probably are already stressed, I wanted to remind you to treat yourself with 5 SIMPLE BEAUTY HACKS IN 5 MINUTES! From skincare, haircare and beauty treatments like threading brows, these are go-to’s for many people who are lacking time! 

1 MINUTE: Evenly spray Sun Bum’s Shine On hair oil, blended with pure Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Banana Leaf to replenish hair lacking moisture
2 MINUTES: Gently apply Lumene’s Complete Rewind Visible Wrinkle Eraser with repairing Arctic Sea Buckthorn for rejuvenated eyes
3 MINUTES: Slip on Scunci No Slip Grip Bobby Pins for snag-free and safe ways to prevent hair breakage 
4 MINUTES: Gloss on Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss for a colorful, vibrant pout that never gets flakey or dry
5 MINUTES: Last but not least…WINK, WINK, WINK

I thread religiously, and owner of this staple NYC beauty haven Umbreen Sheikh recommends to protect the delicate eye area!

“Every woman knows how delicate the skin is around the eyes, we’re even told to simply tap on eye products with the ring finger to avoid any tugging or rubbing. I’ve noticed that women who have waxed all their lives are more likely to have some hooding around the lid and thinner or more sun-damaged skin on the forehead and brow area, whereas women who’ve grown up threading stay younger longer.”

NEW Vidal Sassoon Salonist: Spring Beauty Trends & Colorist Tricks

With the warm months ahead, Vidal Sassoon Salonist Permanent At-Home Colour will give new life to your style this spring and summer!

Effortless Hair Color
  • From the runway to the red carpet, it’s safe to say that the effortless hair color trend is here to stay. Celebs such as Diane Kruger and Khloe Kardashian are ditching their ombre and dip-dye looks for warmer shades and all-over multidimensional color. With the NEW breakthrough Vidal Sassoon Salonist the hottest new trend in hair color can be yours at home.

 Lighten Up For Summer
  • From golden to cool to neutral, Vidal Sassoon Salonist has blonde and brunette shades that are perfect for your lightened up look this summer. According to Vidal Sassoon Global Ambassador, Duffy, “Simple changes such as a two to three shade changes are easily achieved at home,” so kick your color up two levels this season for a sun-kissed and effortless look.

Spend More Time Outside, Not on Your Hair Color
  • Now that the warm months are upon us, you should spend less time coloring your hair and more time outside! With Vidal Sassoon Salonist’s easy to use two-step formula, you can achieve multidimensional hair color in 30 minutes flat. Salonist incorporates colorists’ #1 secret – treating roots and lengths separately – for rich hair color, full of depth and tones.  

Monday, May 18, 2015

Memorial Day Getaway Beauty Essentials From Target

Planning a Memorial Day weekend trip to kick off the summer? Don’t weigh down your duffel – pack a few key Target Beauty essentials that will ensure makeup and nails look gorgeous all weekend long.

From the 36 exclusive ORLY Color AMP’D Flexible Color shades to brightly colored lip balms, bronzers and colorful eyeshadows from PIXI by Petra, Target offers a wide range of stylish and affordable products all under $30. 

Long-wear color is like a long weekend: amazing. Make a statement with bold nails using ORLY Color AMP’D Flexible Color, Endless Summer and Flexible Color, Pop Culture ($9.99 each)

Achieve a sun-kissed glow with PIXI by Petra Quick Fix Bronzer, Velvet Bronze ($20)

Use PIXI by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm, Pixi Pink ($8) to give lips a pop of color and natural nourishment

Dust eyes and cheeks with lightweight color using PIXI by Petra Palette Bronzette, Summer Glow ($28)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

World's most comfy tee shirts on sale now from Life is Good!

For a limited time only, Life is good's Tried and True Crusher Tees are 2 for $40! The color? Your call. The design? You decide.

Lifeisgood Women's Engraved Nice Daisy Crusher VeeLifeisgood Women's I Like It Here Camo Heart Crusher Tee, Smoky Gray, XXL

Makeup Bag Essentials: Conair, Lumene, Smashbox

Time to spring clean your makeup bag!  Out with the old and in with the necessities.  Keep it fresh and simple with the basics: quick hair tools, SPF, lip color + balm and a hair brush… Check out a few of my faves from Smashbox, Lumene, Conair and Scunci

(From left to right) Scunci  printed barrette, fabulous Conair Detangling Brush (isn’t it gorge?), Travel Size Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream (for quick SPF touch ups!), Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm (can’t forget about lips!) and Smashbox AlwaysSharp Lip Liners…my fave trick to create a matte, bright lip that stays on FOREVER. Fill in and DONE!

Friday, May 01, 2015


Eco-friendly accessories company, Ketzali wants to #HELPNEPAL this weekend!
*100% of their online sales will go directly to this heartbreaking cause through World Vision- Nepal Earthquake Relief. Sale is from Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 3rd,  2015. 

Selected scarves only and shipping is not included.*

URGENT: Help survivors of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal.
World Vision has mobilized emergency response staff and supplies after the powerful earthquake toppled buildings and triggered avalanches, killing thousands. We are responding to meet the basic, urgent needs of 100,000 people. Here’s how your $ can help:
  • $20 can provide blankets to five earthquake survivors.
  • $30 can provide water containers to 10 people.
  • $51 can provide three aluminum cook sets to families affected by the earthquake.
  • $100 can provide five hygiene kits to families.
  • $204 can provide 12 plastic tarps for families displaced from their homes to use as emergency shelter.
  • $416 can provide a tent for a family whose home was destroyed or is no longer safe.
World Visions is also setting up six Child Friendly Spaces to give children a safe place to play and recover.
Please keep the people of Nepal in your prayers and send a gift to help them today

Family Fun Faire this Saturday in Burlingame: "Touch-a-Truck"

Burlingame, CA — The seventh annual Touch-a-Truck Fun Faire is a unique community event where hundreds of families from all over the Bay Area bring their kids to climb and explore the many varieties of utility vehicles on display in a fun and educational environment.  The parking lot of the Learning Links Preschool in Burlingame is magically transformed into an interactive play museum for kids of all abilities. The event is run by Community Gatepath staff and parent volunteers who secure trucks, diggers, tractors, police, SWAT, fire and military vehicles that set the stage for exploring.  The Fun Faire will also include face painting, arts and crafts activities, and so much more. 

For over 90 years, Community Gatepath (Gatepath) has been supporting individuals 
with special needs and disabilities throughout their lives – from childhood through adulthood. Gatepath’s Learning Links Preschool offers an inclusive program for children with special needs with therapy services and care coordination onsite. This event helps fund Gatepath’s programs like Learning Links, and offers children with special needs and disabilities an accessible, social and sensory-friendly experience in an inclusive setting.  This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors Bailard Investing RedefinedBronzini Dental GroupUrban Sitter and Whole Foods.

DATE:    Saturday, May 2

TIME:     10:00 am - 1:00 pm (PST)

PLACE:  Learning Links Preschool parking lot
               Niall P McCarthy Center for Children and Families
               1764 Marco Polo Way, Burlingame, CA

ENTRY:  $20 per family

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pharmaca Celebrates Growth Milestone with 30th Store in Los Altos!

Innovative Retail Chain Continues Rapid Expansion Strategy with New California Location

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, the nation’s first and largest chain of integrative pharmacies, recently announced it will be opening its 30th store location in Los Altos, California, in the downtown Main Street shopping district. The public Grand Opening events at the new Los Altos location will take place on May 2 and 3.

The new Pharmaca Wellness & Natural Beauty location in Los Altos will offer a broad selection of wellness essentials, natural beauty care, healthy snacks, eco-friendly household products and unique gifts. Customers can also receive free guidance and advice from Pharmaca's in-store team of licensed professionals, including naturopathic doctors, homeopaths, herbalists and nutritionists while they shop.

At the store’s Natural Beauty Bar, customers can explore spa-quality makeup and skin care, enjoy beauty services such as brow waxes and lash applications, and get expert assistance from estheticians on the most appropriate products and treatments for their needs. Combined with a warm shopping environment, including a complimentary cup of tea, Pharmaca provides customers with a stress-free and inviting shopping experience.

Customers can experience the new Pharmaca Wellness & Natural Beauty in Los Altos during the Grand Opening events May 2-3, including:
  • Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, the first 100 customers will receive a Wellness Gift Bag filled with a variety of top-of-the-line natural health and skin care products.
  • From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., customers will be treated to complimentary spa services such as chair massages, mini-facials, mini-makeovers and more.
  • Throughout the weekend, anyone who makes a purchase of $5 or more will receive a complimentary Pharmaca reusable shopping bag.
  • Guests who sign up for Pharmaca’s Feel Better Rewards program, a complimentary membership providing exclusive offers and a quarterly dividend on purchases, will also take home a Pharmaca brand body lotion for only one cent.

As a values-based brand committed to supporting the local communities surrounding each store, 5 percent of total retail sales on Saturday will be given to HiddenVilla, a Los Altos non-profit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.

The Los Altos store will be open during the following hours:
  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.pharmaca.com

Friday, April 24, 2015

Get The Look: Reem Acra Spring 2016 Bridal Fashion Week Joseph DiMaggio for Davines

Inspiration: Reem Acra’s intricate bead work and sexy silhouettes are true works of art. Rather than accessorizing with jewelry, she wanted all attention centered around the hair - creating an unexpected piece of bridal ‘jewelry.’ With that, I was able to push my own limits and dream up an avant-garde bridal style. Using long extensions, I crafted a strong structured braid and romanticized it with diamond and pearl accessories of Ms. Acra’s creation.” -  Lead Stylist, Joseph DiMaggio, Master Session Ambassador for Davines


Hair Step-by-Step:
  1. Prep hair by spraying a generous amount of Davines Essential VOLU Mist at the root. Follow up by brushing Davines More Inside This Is A Volume Boosting Mousse from root to tip to keep it smooth and in place. 
  2. Section hair evenly from ear to ear, creating front and back sections.
  3. Sweep hair back in the back section into a ponytail at the occipital bone, secure with an elastic cord. Create a strong center part in the front section and allow to hang loose temporarily.
  4. Apply More Inside This Is A Volume Boosting Mousse throughout three wefts of extensions. Brush through the length before creating a 12” braided ponytail that falls down the entirety of the back. Attach this extension to the actual ponytail using an elastic cord.*
    • Pro Tip: If the natural hair is long, create a braid below where the ponytail is fastened at the occipital bone and fasten to the underside of the extensions using clear elastics. For short hair, wrap hair tightly around the elastic and extension.
  5. Brush the front section of the hair back towards the ponytail, smoothing as you go with Davines More Inside This Is A Medium Hair Spray
  6. Lace the hair from the front sections underneath the ponytail (including extensions) and continue to wrap around the base creating a thick band over where the extensions meet the base of the head and ponytail. Use pins to secure. 
  7. Using a variety of diamonds, pearls and golden wraps, pin and tie throughout the length of the braided ponytail.
  8. Apply iron on stars sporadically around the head. Adhere carefully using a hot curling iron. 
  9. Control whisps and secure the look by applying Davines More Inside This Is A Strong Hair Spray for all over for shine and hold. 
*At-home: Following step 3, braid your own hair and tie off with an elastic at the bottom of your natural length. Continue on with steps 7, 8 and 9. 

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