Posts Tagged ‘Traveling’

Summer Essentials – 3 Products You Never Knew You Needed

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

By Jenna

Memorial Day weekend has already come and gone which doesn’t just remind us not to squander time but to also start enjoying the summer. Like right now. In the next few months we will be going on vacations and flocking to bodies of water. With the upcoming excursions and lazy, leisurely days we need to be sure that we’re protected from the rays of the sun and for anything that life throws at us whilst indulging. We all know the basics to bring to any summer soiree: SPF, lip balm, waterproof mascara and body oil, however the bare bones pack job may not cover us for more than a day. Wherever I go, I want to not only look my best but feel my best around the clock and I have a feeling you’ll want to pick up a few of my secrets too.

Being on vacation or at a party should be glamorous right? If there’s one thing to turn to it’s a face palette. My favorite face go-to is the Instant Face kit from Claudio Riaz. 4 amazing products in 1 – BOOM. Pool party, BBQ, boat trip, beach day, no problem. You have everything in this gorgeous kit to apply or touch up. Guess what? It’s refillable! After using up what you love, stage a makeup mutiny and switch with ANY of the rest of Claudio’s line so you can build your own perfect palette over time. No hot mess face over here thank you.

No matter your weight, everyone gets a little critical about themself while in a swimsuit. Relax girls, you can get a leg up on the competition. I have quite a few weekend trips planned where bikinis are a must but I don’t want to worry about any puckering going on with my legs or behind if you get my drift.  My secret to a better look from behind is Bliss’ FatGirlSlim. I don’t want anyone actually knowing exactly what I’m doing, so I put some of the lotion in a travel container and label it just ‘lotion’. Genius, I know. While I’m hydrating, I’m reinforcing and if applied every day it’s smooth sailing.

With a trip already booked to an eco-friendly boutique hotel in a 3rd world country, I’m really careful to pack only what I need. To help conserve and conscious of my carbon footprint, I’m packing up LA Fresh’s Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes. These 100% biodegradable wipes can be used on your face or body for a quick refresh at any time of the day. With ingredients like aloe, chamomile, vitamin E, cucumber and papaya, they remove makeup while soothing and cleansing your skin. I cannot stress enough about how amazing these wipes are for anywhere. I have a pack in my gym bag, beach bag, and suitcase and they come in handy every single day.

Have any summer beauty essentials that you can’t live without? Share!

Preparing your Skin for the Snow

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

By Jenna

Last year, my holiday vacation took me to Hawaii, where I shared my beauty tips for a tropical winter. This time around I’ll be in the cold and snow at a gorgeous resort in Lake Arrowhead. I won’t be alone though, winter skin has already hit and that means my skin is dry, delicate and a little sensitized. To make skin matters worse, the snow on the slopes + the mountain air will intensify these effects on my skin and I’ll see some inflammation, redness, chapping and a nice sun burn. Luckily, I already have my winter skin care routine lined up and can offer you some skin care tips to help take care of your skin in the snow.

Source flickr user: Tambako the Jaguar

Falling down the mountain while snowboarding is the least of my concerns because my skin is always number one. I can lay out all day long in the sun on a beach and never get burned, but when it comes to being in the snow, a sunburn is almost a guarantee. Truth is, snow can reflect up to 85% of the sun’s UV rays right back at you causing you to burn worse than you would on a beach. Sun damage leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin causing aging, so a high SPF blocker is a must. Using an SPF in your daytime moisturizer, lotion and your makeup is the best way to go because you’re putting on protection on different levels to ensure that you’re covered. Remember, even if you have an SPF in your foundation, you still need to wear SPF under it or over it. Why? Because unless you’re caking on a ton of that foundation, you are not getting the amount of protection that it claims. Your best bet in the snow is using a hydrating moisturizer with antioxidants with a high SPF to combat dry skin. The one I’ll be using is Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Powerful Sun Protection SPF 45 and I’ll be reapplying every 80 minutes to make sure I’m not coming home for new years with a pink face.

Dry skin care is so important, I can’t emphasize it enough. When your skin is dry, you have more of a chance of getting sensitized skin and wrinkles,  and your skin doesn’t have optimal defense against the elements because its natural lipid barrier isn’t fully functioning to protect it. Hydrating your dry skin is a must, so use a hydrating toner to help retain moisture without causing any irritation. Juara’s Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner (a Beautyfix favorite) is perfect in this case because it contains antioxidants like black, green and white tea to provide antioxidant protection and treat inflammation and irritation while honey and hyaluronic acid hydrate for ultra-soft skin. Another beauty product to incorporate into your regimen can be a hydrating serum. This is a good way to ensure hydration, vitamins and antioxidants will be helping your skin along in the battle against the elements. Since my skin will be flushed from the cold, I’ll be incorporating Couperose-C Serum by Eminence to help with redness, inflammation and dry skin. Don’t forget! The serum will go underneath your moisturizer.

Skin care tip: You have 3 minutes when you get out of the shower to put on your lotion and moisturizer. Don’t dilly and don’t dally, get your skin hydrated before that time and put on your moisturizer with damp skin. Don’t dry your skin completely with your towel, keep your skin a little moist and put on lotion, body balm or body butter right away to lock in that needed moisture.

Adding a moisturizer, a hydrating toner, serum and a simple rule to follow when drying off can make a huge difference in treating dry skin in cold weather. How will you combat the cold weather this holiday?

Detox Spa Treatments: Japanese Enzyme Bath

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
Wood shavings are a key ingredient in a Japanese enzyme bath

Photo by Dravir.B

This past weekend a girlfriend and I decided to try a Japanese enzyme bath at Willow Spa in Santa Monica. It sounded unusual, and was something new even for me (a beauty professional and self-professed spa junkie). I have experienced many different types of spa treatments all over the world, and some have been strange and usual, but nothing prepared me for this. The Japanese enzyme bath is a dry bath made up of wood shavings, rice bran, and fruit and vegetable enzymes. The combination of the ingredients generates a tremendous amount of heat so when you step in it’s very warm and toasty. As my therapist Yuki was burying me in a large pile of hot dirt and wood chips, I couldn’t help but call out to my friend “I’m having a very LA moment right now!” I mean, where else would people pay to be buried in what is basically a large, hot pile of compost?

All kidding aside, I was very curious to see what the whole experience was about. It is a detox spa treatment, and I am always game for a little detoxification. When we arrived at the spa we were treated to a warm foot bath with fresh rose petals and grapefruit slices and a pampering foot massage. They also gave us a shot of an Akatsuki Enzyme Drink (very thick and sweet tasting, but supposedly a good internal complement to the external enzyme treatment we were about to receive). The enzyme drink is made from fermented vegetable and fruit extracts and contains over 400 enzymes. Enzymes are essential for good health, but apparently many of us suffer from an enzyme deficiency. Learn more about how enzymes work here.

While our therapists massaged our feet they described what was going to happen next and warned us about the smell. As we approached the treatment room we quickly understood what they were talking about – it smelled like garbage. With our bathing suits on, we stepped into the dry bath mixture and they proceeded to cover us fully from the neck down (like when your big sister buried you in the sand at the beach). It starts off warm, but after a while you start to feel very hot. The therapists come in and check on you every 5 minutes and give you water to drink through a straw and blot your face with a cold compress to help keep you cool. The maximum time for a heat treatment like this is 20 minutes. We both stuck it out for the full time, but we had to pull our hands and feet out after a while because we were getting too hot.

I must admit, as strange as the experience was, there was something very comforting and relaxing about the way the treatment made me feel. After our 20 minutes were up we proceeded to take showers to wash off all of the dirt. This is no easy task, I assure you. After our very long showers we were taken to a massage treatment room and received lovely Thai massages. As we left we were instructed to drink lots of water to hydrate and to help the detoxification process. We were also told to eat lots of protein, (but not meat) and fresh fruits and vegetables. We took that as an opportunity to treat ourselves to sushi.

The Japanese enzyme bath treatment made my friend feel relaxed, but it made me feel more energized. I am in the process of moving which has left me in a constant state of exhaustion, and when I arrived at the spa I felt drained and tired. After the dry bath, I felt more awake and relaxed at the same time. I’m not sure if it actually detoxified my body (I’m not sure how I could know that), but it did have an instant effect on my energy level and feeling of well being afterwards. We both had a nice glow to our skin too.

If you are interested in getting this type of detox spa treatment, you may have to travel. According to Willow Spa, they are one of 2 spas in the United States that offer the treatment. There is also a location in Northern California called Osmosis. Otherwise you’ll have to visit Japan.

What’s the strangest spa experience you have had?

Multipurpose Skin Care and Makeup Products

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

By Liz W

flickr.com user anoldent

flickr.com user anoldent

How many times have you answered the question, “If you were stranded on a desert island, what three beauty products would you bring?” Although in reality, I think the last thing on anyone’s mind are makeup products and skin care when they find themselves washed up on a secluded island, it’s not a bad thing to consider what you should have with you at all times. Whether the island is inhabited by terrifying creatures you thought only lived in the pages of National Geographic, or is just a more real version of your lap top’s breathtaking desktop background, I’m sure beauty care would take a backseat to survival. However, in the less extreme case of being in dire need of a makeup touch up before a last minute date, there are a few products that can do more than what is implied on the label.

Everyone knows the lipstick as blush trick, but what about blush as eyeshadow? Or even lipstick? Many brands are making awesome multipurpose face colors that have a creamy consistency, and a neutral color like Becca’s Beach Tint can usually be used anywhere on the face.

One of the products that I never leave the house without is mascara. If you need a little definition around your eyes, but all you have is mascara, you can put a little dab on your finger or a q-tip and use it as a smudgy liner, or with a steady hand and a little practice, an eyeshadow.

Another product that can be used in more ways than one is eyeshadow. Many times a shocking glance in the rearview mirror leaves me paranoid about being asked about my seven dwarves, so I reach for a medium brown shade for a quick fix bronzer. That same shadow can also be used under lip balm, to give your lips some color too.

If you want to make sure you are always prepared without carrying around a huge makeup bag, a palate like Ready-To-Wear Dual Look Palette, by Tarte is the ultimate answer.  It has everything you need to look stunning when you are pressed for time before an important meeting, or if you find you aren’t quite so deserted on that island after all, and want to make a good impression on that particular muscular native who just gave you the eye from across the sand.

Beauty tips: Keeping Organized While Jet-Setting

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

By JennaIsland travel

Source: flickr user Muha...

Sadly, summer is already over, we’re already halfway into October, and for most people some beauty traveling tips are in order.  Home for the holidays can mean many things, but for me it’s a prime opportunity to get my makeup bag organized and ready for the adventures that I’ll be embarking on.  I’ve picked up a set of good tips and tricks to making that flight and trip all the much easier.  Who wants to be taking heavy, messy bottles of products on board anyway?

  1. Spend the time (or money) getting an efficient travel bag to stow away your goodies.  The worst thing to do would be to throw all of your beauty products in different places. That leaves you open to losing items, spillages and it’s also time consuming. To keep organized and make life traveling easier, get a bag that has compartments and easy access.  This chic, hanging travel bag from Give Accessories has definitely been a lifesaver! Not only is it gorgeous and stain-resistant, but it’s got enough pocket room for full size bottles and the hook for hanging on the bathroom door. Not to mention, when you pull this sophisticated toiletry bag out you’ll be getting the envy eye from all of the girls.
  2. Moisturizer is your best friend.  I can’t stress enough how important moisturizer is for your skin in general, but it’s extremely necessary for survival while you’re traveling.  Being on a plane can stress out your skin and be very over drying which can lead to unnecessary breakouts.  When you’re jet setting, the last thing you need on your mind is a breakout.  The weather changes can also take a toll on your pretty face and you always want to stay hydrated so keep on it!  I like to take my little tube of moisturizer with me everywhere because I’m consistently using it.  I’ve taken quite a liking to Amarte’s Aqua Veil Pure Hydration Serum since the first Beautyfix season and it really helps during and after flying because of how cooling it is (it’s super hydrating and a nice refresher after a long flight).  I was a sucker for the water bead effect since day 1 and I can’t get enough of it! At 2.2 ounces it’s small enough to make it through airport security, but if it’s larger than you want to carry, you can buy a smaller 1 oz container to transfer some over to so you can keep it stocked in your bag.
  3. Can’t find a smaller container? Grab a plastic AM/PM pill container from the local drug store and squeeze out your most used facial and body products into the sections.  Just don’t forget to label them! This is an easy fix to not dealing with any separate containers to lug around while you’re on the go.  Not only can you do this with beauty products but you can also turn it into a makeup palette just like the pros do.
  4. Since the last season of Beautyfix, I really have to say that my favorite product right now is the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray and I can’t live life without it.  You never know where the day or night will take you and this product has truly been amazing in my adventures.  This makes life so much easier because after makeup application in the morning, a few sprays, then you’re good to go until the next day.  Worries about your makeup should be the last thing on your mind if you’re traveling abroad and this product has proven to work wonders. When you have places to go and people to see who wants to re-apply?

If you’re flying anywhere don’t forget about TSA regulations.  You can carry-on a 3oz or smaller container of non-flammable liquid, gel or paint or you can always check your bag. J There you have it, 4 ways to make your life much easier while you’re out and about this season.  Enjoy your holiday traveling and I’d love to hear about any travel tips and tricks you have!

Lisa Hoffman Beauty Products: An Interview with Lisa Hoffman

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The inspiration behind her brand and her personal beauty routine.

Lisa Hoffman with her husband, actor Dustin Hoffman – giving him a spa facial?!

Lisa Hoffman with her husband, actor Dustin Hoffman – giving him a spa facial?!

Regularly traveling the world with her husband, actor Dustin Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman leads a life that most people only dream of. Her unique experiences led her to create Lisa Hoffman Beauty – a beautiful range of beauty products that include skin care, bath and body care, and fragrances. We had the pleasure of meeting with Lisa to discuss the inspiration behind her range of beauty products, her personal beauty routine, and advice on aging gracefully.

What inspired you to create your own beauty brand?
My love of beauty products, my experiences around the world, and my need to simplify my hectic life were my inspiration and my reason for creating this brand.  While traveling, I always observed and participated in the local beauty secrets. These experiences, along with a need that was unmet in the market place, namely, portability without sacrificing potency, lead me to create Lisa Hoffman Beauty.

What makes Lisa Hoffman Beauty products unique?

What makes my product line unique is that I took great care and went to great lengths to make sure that each ingredient and raw material chosen had a reason for being.  I’m proud that every aspect of this line has my fingerprint on it. Every single feature of each product is a reflection of my travels and life experiences.  I have been told by many of my customers that in such a highly saturated market, with so many options, they really gain a sense from my line that this is a product for women created by a woman.

What’s your daily beauty routine and how has it changed since creating your own line?

Since creating my line of products, my personal beauty routine has become more consistent.  No matter where I am, whether it’s at home or taking a trip with my family, I always can have my favorite products with me.  Every day I cleanse, moisturize and protect my skin.  I use my shower line in the morning and enjoy my bath line at the end of the day.  I always have one of my fragrances in my bag and I re-apply throughout the day.  On Sundays, I treat myself to a spa facial.

Any words of advice for women who would like to age gracefully?
Live as healthy a life as possible.  Exercise, sleep, and eat well.  Take care of your skin; be sure to cleanse, moisturize and protect it daily.

Learn more – watch Lisa’s video!

Lisa Hoffman Beauty Video Spring 2009

What’s your daily beauty routine?