Beauty of the Month: Shay Lorentzen, Portland Trailblazers Professional Cheerleader & Esthetician

Happy Monday you guys!  I neglected my little blog over the holiday but I’m back now!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I certainly did.  I have some delicious (and skinny–duh!)  recipes to share with you this week that I … Continue reading

Beauty of the Month: Alina Vission, Music Video Producer, TV Host & Model

I am so thrilled for my October Beauty of the Month!  The lovely Alina Vission was Miss New Mexico USA 2003 and is now in LA working in the entertainment industry as a model, TV host and music video producer.  We … Continue reading

Sunless Tanning Part 1: 2 Crucial Steps For a Great Sunless Tan

Now that the warm weather has arrived, I’ve been doing the sunless tanning thing. I’m naturally very pale and I normally embrace it. During the summer when bathing suits and dresses are clothing staples, I do like to have a bit of a glow while keeping my skin safe. I used to tan in tanning beds (gasp, I know) in my college years and I loved the look of being tan. I’m now very educated on the horrors of tanning so I never step foot in a tanning bed now.

Whether I get a professional spray tan or do it at home with a lotion, there are two extremely important steps you must take before getting the actual tan to ensure the color distributes evenly. A friend of mine requested that I share these steps on my blog so here they are! This is for you Miss Isabel!

Exfoliate!

This is so important and is often a step that’s skipped. Exfoliating helps get rid of dead skin and leave a smooth surface for the tan to absorb into. If you don’t exfoliate, your tan could end up looking streaky and it won’t last as long because dead skin sheds quickly, which means your tan will be gone before you know it.

Before you get a sunless tan, exfoliate in the shower. If you have the Clarisonic PLUS, you can use that as a body exfoliator. I have the Mia version and that isn’t mean to be used on the body. I exfoliate with a body scrub. I really like 100% Pure Body Scrubs. They’re packed with skin brightening fruit acids, have tons of delicious scents and are totally natural. These scrubs are full of oils so I exfoliate a day before I’m going to either apply sunless tanner or get a spray tan. If you are going to be getting the tan the same day, do NOT use an oil-based scrub. All that oil will make your skin slick and the tanning product can’t fully absorb into the skin and develop color. Clinique makes a fantastic body scrub that isn’t oil-based, called Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream. This pretty lady (my cousin) introduced me to it and I love it.

If you need to shave, do it before applying the tanner, because it will take off some of your color.

Moisturize!

While you don’t want your skin covered in oil prior to getting a sunless tan, you also don’t want bone dry skin. Getting the tan on parched skin will leave streaks and patches that you won’t like! Applying on hydrated skin lets the color absorb evenly and smoothly.

Be sure to slather your whole body in a rich lotion or cream prior to tanning. I really like Jergens Original Scent Cherry-Almond lotion because it absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy at all. If my skin is really dry I’ll use 100% Pure Honey Almond Body Cream. I like to give the moisturizer at least 30 minutes to absorb before applying tanner. The longer you wait, the better.

Now that you know the two crucial steps you should NEVER skip when sunless tanning, stay tuned for my post next week about my favorite products to achieve the perfect summer glow!

Clarisonic Mia

I recently won a Clarisonic Mia from the awesome online beauty boutique, B-Glowing!  They have amazing giveaways and this was one of them.  When I found out I won I starting screeching like a banshee and running around the apartment like a 3-year-old.  Jon was really excited for me too, though he didn’t join in on the screeching.  A lot of people have been asking me what a Clarisonic Mia is, so I thought I’d blog about this awesome skincare tool and my experience with it so far!

Clarisonic is a sonic skincare tool that gives more than 300 moves per second to gently remove 6x more makeup and 2x more dirt than cleansing with your hands.  It also allows products to absorb and work to their full capacity and it exfoliates.

They have several different versions, the Mia being the smallest and least expensive.  It’s travel-friendly, comes in 17 shades (mine is a lovely soft yellow) and it’s waterproof.  It’s also gentle enough to use twice daily.  I only use it at night, though.

I’ve been using the Mia for about a week now and I can tell the difference in my skin.  My skin’s texture is smoother and softer and it has a radiance to it.  This is probably due to the fact that it gently sloughs off dead skin each night that would normally dull my complexion.  I’ve been applying either coconut oil or Argan oil nightly after cleansing with the Mia and I feel like it absorbs more thoroughly into my skin.

I’m totally hooked on the Mia and would suggest it to anyone.  It’s $119.  Clarisonic does have more advanced sonic tools that cost more and can be used all over the body, have multiple speeds, etc.  Here is a chart that gives a simple comparison of the various options so you can pick the one just right for you.

Have you tried the Clarisonic?

Mother’s Day 2012 Gift Guide: 6 Great Gifts For Every Budget

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect  time to show your mom how much your appreciate her.  Here are my gift ideas for every budget:

1.  Kindle Fire  $199

If your mom enjoys reading this tablet could be  fantastic gift for her.  It comes with tons of neat features including games, the ability to watch movies and TV shows and much more.  It’s half the price of an iPad and has similar usability.

2.  Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System $119

I always like to get my mom things she can pamper herself with and this is the ultimate skin care tool.  It exfoliates and it also cleanses up to 6x better than just washing your face with your hands.  It allows products to absorb and work to their full capacity.  It comes in 17 shades so you can pick one out in her favorite color.

3.  Gift Certificate to Broadway Skin & Body Retreat $45-$115

This is my favorite spa in town and I frequently give gift certificates to family and friends to this place.  It’s a cozy and intimate little spa that’s located in a victorian-style home and it’s run by just one young woman who happens to be one of my absolute best friends!  She’s known for her stellar facials and they also offer amazing massages, salt scrubs, body wraps, polarity therapy, make-up application and airbrush tanning.  She has an absolutely fantastic selection of skincare products for every skin type and product preference.  She carries Image Skincare, which is full of potent, pharmaceutical grade ingredients, and 100% Pure, which is completely natural and also vegan except for the cruelty free honey they use in some of their products.

4.  Lush Gift Set $9.95-$199.95

Lush is my favorite body care brand.  They specialize in bath bombs but they also carry moisturizers, bubble bars, cleansers, toners, and much more.  All their products are hand-made and packed full of real fruits, vegetables, essential oils and safe synthetics.  They never ever test on animals.  A gift set from Lush is an amazing treat for your mom and they have options for every budget.  From their Buttercup gift set that only’s $9.95 to their Lush Legends set that includes all their best sellers for $199.95 and tons of options in between, you’re sure to find the perfect gift that’s just right for  you.

5.  Anthropologie Homegrown Monogram Mug $8.00

Anthropologie has the most beautiful and whimsical items for your home.  Their mugs are one of my favorite items to give as gifts.  These monogram mugs are inexpensive and personalized with initials.

6.  Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle  $6.00

Essie is my favorite nail polish brand and this is the most universally flattering shade.  It continuously wins beauty awards with its sheer, glossy hue and extremely easy application.