Friday, August 22, 2014

Chia Derm Launch


An extremely amazing local skin care line just launched called CHIA DERM+, and I am in love.  The first two products are the CHIA DERM+ Serum and the CHIA DERM+ Balm, both of which are just delightful.  They are made with chia seeds (as I'm sure you guessed) and a unique blend of other natural ingredients.

So how did CHIA DERM come about?  After first discovering the amazing benefits of chia seeds, VP, Co-Founder and local Houstonian, Kelley Walker, traveled the globe in search of areas where chia seeds are indigenous, discovering additional medicinal attributes that complement the centuries-old use of the oil. She then sought out and partnered with a highly respected and experienced formulator. They spent three years tirelessly researching and testing different formulas for skin care products featuring chia seeds as a main ingredient until they perfected it.

Co-Founder and CEO, Steven Jefferies, first discovered the miraculous health benefits of chia seeds while searching for a ‘superfood’ ingredient that would sustain him through long nights in law school and intense jujitsu training. Jefferies explained the long list of health benefits to his aunt, Kelley Walker, including large amounts of antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and Biotin. Walker recognized that the benefits could also be used for anti-aging, scars, hydration, healing and skin protection. “It just clicked – this little seed has it all in terms of skincare needs. The next step was creating the purest product possible,” said Ms. Walker, now Vice President and Co-Founder.

Chia seeds are everywhere, so what makes their products different? The CHIA DERM+ Serum - a ‘superfood’ for your skin - is one of the first in the world containing 100 percent pure chia seed extract (most products on the market contain trace amounts) and is packed with an abundance of valuable nutrients.)

After testing it out for several weeks, I can honestly say I saw a difference in fine lines around the eyes, and forehead.  The balm and serum are both so rich with moisture, that they stay put almost all day, and soften and smooth the skin underneath them.  I definitely give these products a BIG A+.  Here are some more specifics:

The CHIA DERM+ Serum, a ‘superfood’ for your skin, contains just one ingredient - pure chia seed extract - packed with an abundance of valuable nutrients. With high levels of anti-aging and anti-inflammation substances including Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and rare trace elements, the serum provides a powerful blend to help heal, protect and preserve skin against signs of aging. It is also ideal for hair care, promoting a healthy shine and creating a shield against environmental damage.

CHIA DERM+ Balm can be used on age-susceptible areas that require protection from the elements including the lips, elbows, knees, feet, hands, and cuticles, between the fingers and around the eyes. It also has healing properties when applied to irritated skin that is burnt, cut or inflamed, reducing the appearance of scarring.


 For more information or to purchase the products visit http://chia-derm.com/. Or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest



Monday, August 18, 2014

Luxurious Lashes from Serente Spa




Last week, Serente Spa gave me some serious pampering.  I visited them in Uptown Park for my very first eyelash extensions.  I went in knowing almost nothing about the process, and was pleasantly surprised by how quick, easy and pain-free the whole process was.  Brittney, the master aesthetician was unbelievably fast.  Extreme eyelash extensions are natural looking, synthetic eyelashes that are glued to your individual lashes one by one. The bond is created by special glue developed by an ophthalmologist, so there is no risk to your own lashes and no harm done to your eyes.

The best part.  No mascara for two full weeks.  I've worn significantly less make-up these past two weeks, because I wake up with my eyes looking fresh, bright, and ready to run out the door.  Super low-maintenence that is ideal for those of us that are often too busy to even run a brush through our hair in the morning:)

Thinking of trying out these beauties?  Here's some more practical info:
  • Your initial full set of extensions takes around 45 minutes, while refills can be done in as little as 30 minutes. 
  • Be sure to remove any mascara to ensure a strong bond. To maintain the full, thick appearance of a new set of eyelashes, they recommend coming in every two-three weeks, based on your own natural eyelash growth cycle.
  • Full set is $175
  • Fill in starts at $65 and goes up to $120 depending on how many lashes need to be added.
  • Usually 2 weeks is time for a fill in. You'll know when it's time after you've lost about 1/3 to a 1/2 of them!
  • You won't need mascara, but you can use eye shadow and liner, just use an oil free makeup remover 
  • Don't get them wet for 24 hours if possible. And try to be aware they are there during showers and swimming.



Saturday, June 14, 2014

#pinkpolicehouston with Joan Rivers



Laugh and Live for the Cure
with 
Joan Rivers
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
11:00am - 1:30pm
at Royal Sonesta Hotel
This year, Susan G. Komen's annual Impact Awards Luncheon, is full of surprises, and a whole lot of flair. While still celebrating and honoring Susan G. Komen Houston and its award winners' achievements, Joan Rivers will be in attendance to speak about overcoming adversity and offer a healthy serving of comedic relief.

In honor of Joan's visit, we've created our fashion police inspiration with our favorite pink picks for summer. Hopefully Joan will approve of our choices:)  For tickets and details, go here.   




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Day 1: Dior Lip Glow



Guess what today is??? The start of our 5 Days of Dior Beauty!! I've sampled, I've tested, I've luxuriated in the glow of Dior beauty, and now I will share my 5 favorites.  Without further adieu….

DAY ONE
The first one on the list, The Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm. It's smooth, hydrating, and gives everybody's lips the perfect naturally pink shade. Add to that the most adorable pink packaging, and we have a winner:)    

Monday, April 14, 2014

5 Days of Dior

Had a delightful mini-breakfast/ make-up party at the Dior counter earlier this month with a couple of fellow bloggers.  It's always amazing to me, even after years of applying my own makeup (not to mention reading endless amounts of fashion mags) that I still have no idea what I'm doing.  We had an absolute ball sampling Dior's newest products.  As a matter of fact, I LOVED so many of them, that I've decided to share with you a TOP 5 list of my Dior favorites. I came home and tested out a slew of different Dior, and every day this week I'll reveal the "best of the best" that you can add to your own Macy's wish list. Stay tuned:)   

Monday, March 31, 2014

Oh my Scones!!!


Move over cupcakes and French macarons, there's a new (yet many centuries old) sweet pastry in town. I received the happiest little delivery this week courtesy of The Scone Artist, a.k.a. baker Rachel Teichman. Her scones are light, fluffy, and just flat out addictive. In my delightful little package, I received chocolate/coconut/Hawaiian chip (YUM), and chocloate/cranberry/pecan (double YUM). Not only was I a fan, but I had a small gentleman who repeated requested "mo scone" after his first bite. They are the perfect bite-size, and I started having visions of these happy little treats covering pretty tables in the next trunk show, birthday party, or baby shower (as long as it's somebody else's baby shower). Or just an excellent reason to throw your own high tea. See more of her fun flavor combo's here.       

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Amerejuve Beauty Review


Recently, the lovely folks at Amerejuve invited me in to take a tour of their facility, and even treated me to my very first microdermabrasion treatment. I visited their Kingwood location, and was greeted with a smile by the sweet and exuberant clinic manager Trich Dunn. Trich showed me around, kindly offered me a glass of wine, and gave me the rundown on the various services offered by the the wellness spa.  I had no idea that they do everything from basic facials, to major cosmetic surgeries, and everything in between.  

So on to the microderm. I was a little bit nervous:) I kept picturing that episode of Sex in the City when Samantha got a chemical peel, and looked like a lobster for days. However, I did some research before I went, and microderm is super effective, but much more gentle. The esthetician uses a mechanical exfoliation machine that removes the uppermost layer of skin with a small wand, and the process is said to soften fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pores, age spots, etc.  Tammy, my talented esthetician explained everything as we went along, and made sure I was comfortable. The microderm felt little bit like sandpaper on my face (not in a bad way), and  I was pleasantly surprised at how gentle it was. Once we were all finished, Tammy pulled the tiny filter out of the the machine that collects your dead skin cells (not nearly as icky as it sounds), and showed me what was removed. The old dead skin cells that have been hanging out on my face, hiding its natural brightness were all gone. Good riddance to you dead skin cells!

 I was sure my sensitive face would be beat red after the procedure, but it looked completely normal, and felt super duper silky. The next day, it looked better than normal, was soft, and had that "well rested" glow to it. I also noticed that my makeup application went on smoother, and looked remarkably better than usual. I can see how a monthly microderm would easily become an addictive indulgence:)  As instructed by Tammy, I used a higher spf on my face for several days after, since removing the outlet layer makes your skin much more sensitive to the sun.

Overall, I was just delighted with my Amerejuve experience. Next time around I'd love to try out one of their body sculpting services. The coolsculpting procedure looks especially amazing. In the mood to pamper yourself? Browse their wide array of services here:)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Neiman's Last Call Spring Trends Soiree

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One of Houston's loveliest fashion bloggers, Jule at From Prosecco to Plaid is hosting a spring trend presentation at Last Call this week.  Stop in, sip champagne, and take advantage of that $15 coupon:) xo


Friday, February 28, 2014

LOVE the Kate Spade Flagship


 A pure delight for the senses, is the only way I can describe the new Kate Spade Flagship that is now sparkling in Highland Village.  The gorgeous spacious shop is perfection from each impeccably placed accessory, to the custom golden clothing racks, whimsical array of wallpapers, hidden mirrored doors, and feminine architectural details.  Around every turn is something more glittery than the last, and yet the fan favorite of the evening was found in a funky little bangle known as the Goreski Glasses.  Instagram was flooded with fans donning the funny bangle last night (I too tried it on…twice), while I couldn't keep my eyes off this black and white day planner, or this one.

Dying to see for yourself??  Head to the grand opening party tonight from 6-8.  Details here.