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NUXE PRODIGIEUX SHOWER OIL

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One of my favorite French beauty lines Nuxe has just come out with their shower oil. I’ve been obsessed with shower oils for awhile and now to have a new one to add to the collection makes me a very happy girl. I also pair it post-shower with their multi-purpose oil and it’s making me smile this week. I have the regular and the shimmer oil and both are just simply divine. I’m always about being bronzed beyond belief and this trifecta is perfect for the summer heat. If you really want to up the beauty ante, I suggest purchasing the perfume as well. You will not be disappointed.

Get involved beauty girls. Get involved.

Simple Skincare Micellar Cleansing Water Should Be in Your Gym Bag

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I have been working out four mornings a week and it’s been great. I realized I needed a little more cardio in my life and it has been great. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still all about yoga and sometimes that means two workouts a day. What hasn’t been so great is trying to figure out my gym bag situation. I wash my face every morning and night, but after sweating it out with my workout buddy, I really don’t want to “re-wash” my face, but I know I have to get the sweat off. I decided to try Simple Skincare’s Micellar Cleansing Water.

Cleansing waters have become very popular in the U.S., but they have been used in other countries for years. Most makeup artists believe in them and I’ve been a fan since I first discovered them in Paris years ago. I normally use them to take my makeup off before I actually wash my face at night.

I really love the feel, the smell, and everything about this cleansing water.It gets all the sweaty, salty mess off your skin and keeps it soft and supple.  I’m on my second bottle for my gym bag and I think it will be a great compliment to your beauty routine in your gym bag and your beauty shelf.

Wellness Wednesday: Wanderlust 108, a Mindful Triathlon

In my never ending quest to stay healthy and fit, I have decided to start trying different fitness events to challenge me and get me out of my comfort zone. As a yogi, we are reminded often the only thing constant is change. It’s not always the easiest concept to grasp and as I get older it really hard to accept so much change I can’t control. Instead of going with the flow and being mad, I have decided to go with the flow and have fun. Smile, laugh, and wear a hot pink lipstick in the process.

One way I’m getting through the changes in life is to embrace fun. I mean the things that inspire and motivate me. I have been loving the concept of Wanderlust from a music and yoga festival to mini events all over the country. It takes yoga outside of the studio and into the world, literally. Wanderlust 108 is touted as the world’s kindest triathlon. What exactly does that mean? “This ‘mindful triathlon’ brings three events together in your favorite local park: a 5k run, an outdoor yoga experience, and a guided meditation — but with a twist.”

I know this is going to be a fun event and I hope this ankle injury I’m dealing with is healed by that time. I hope to see you there. I know this is going to give me the Wanderlust bug because I already have my eyes on the Wanderlust festival in Oahu in February.

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Follain Natural Beauty Shop at Union Market

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Union Market in Washington, DC is a great place to eat, shop, and mingle with friends. I have been going to the market since its opening and it is one of my go-to places in the city. In December I wanted to stop by on my birthday and lo and behold was pleasantly surprised. Why?

Follain, a natural beauty destination had a pop-up shop. I immediately started my beauty happy dance and began playing with all the goodies. My husband gifted me my favorite LURK Fragrance, but I was bummed when I found out the shop would be leaving.

Well, my beauty friends Follain is back. Permanently. I am so excited to have this natural beauty spot so close to me with my favorite natural brands and a few new discoveries. I spoke with the owner, Tara, while I was at the opening launch and thanked her for putting Follain in D.C. During my travels to California and New York, I can find all the small batch natural products in tons of locations, but here in D.C. not so much. But that is changing and it started with Follain.

{Obsessed with Pursoma bath products}

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{My new face mist}

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{Refillable Castille Soap. Lavender is my fave.}

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{All the RMS Beauty}

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Follain
1309 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 2002

Feasting Pretty: Tessemae’s All Natural Salad Dressings

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We eat a lot of salad in my house. Seriously, between the two of us I know we go through tons of greens and vegetables each week. My mom eats a salad every day and sometimes twice a day. I think I get it honestly. A few years ago le husband and I decided that we were not going to eat mass produced salad dressings. I decided and as the cook in the family he had no choice but to go along with the plan. I normally make my own salad dressings with good extra virgin oil (in the words of Ina Garten), a delcious balsamic vinegar, and dijon mustard.

But then Tessamae entered my salad dressing world and we were hooked. Tessamae is a small family owned and operated company out of Annapolis, Maryland which is a hop, skip, and a jump to me. The dressings are all natural and expire within 60 days of opening. They don’t have high fructose corn syrup, exorbitant amounts of sugar, and a lot of the icky stuff most big name salad dressings have. All of Tessamae’s dressings can be used for salads, as a marinade or as a dip. Tessame, please come up with a miso dressing so I don’t have to make mine.

Now we are going back and forth testing and tasting all the dressings. After discovering how much sugar is in ketchup, I switched. Tessame’s has a kick and is so good. Once I tasted their ketchup I threw away every other brand in my refrigerator in the trash. Yes, I have a condiment problem.

They have a BBQ sauce, but since I’m from Texas (the home of the best BBQ in my opinion), I have to remain loyal to my dad’s recipe. Sorry, Tessamae. Some things just can’t change. Tessamae is worth investing in – for yourself and your tastebuds.

Reading Pretty: The Beauty Detox Power: Nourish Your Mind and Body for Weight Loss and Discover True Joy by Kimberly Snyder

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I’ve been a huge fan of Kimberly Snyder for years. I met her when she lived in NY and she made me raw food and her famous green goddess smoothie. This was before there was a juice bar on every corner and green drinks now replaced soda in many hands. I love it. I believe one of the keys to beauty is food.

Kimberly’s new book focuses on cleaning the body through nourishing and healthy food that actually tastes good and is good for you.The Beauty Detox Power is a great addition to the beauty wellness bookshelf. After traveling the past few weeks, I decided to take a few days to reset. The best way for me is to relax, eat clean, and sleep. It’s amazing, but I seriously have been craving salad of all kinds and Sweetgreen definitely is my weakness. I’m definitely turning into my mother. The woman has eaten a salad every day her entire life. Yep, that’s why she’s so healthy at 75.

Capture Artisan Wine Tour

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Capture Artisan Wine Tour 2015

 

It might be snowing this morning in D.C. on the Spring Equinox, but I know warm weather, festivals, outdoor events and fun outside is around the corner. It also means the first Capture Wine Tour is almost here in D.C. Capture Wine Tour is a twelve-city celebration of wine. Capture Wine Tour includes music, food and spirits and is going to be a party.

Instead of a regular wine festival where you see, swirl, sip and savor and taste wine this tour allows you to meet the wine makers and wine country entrepreneurs.  The tour has more than forty wineries and food based on the farm-to-table movement from local restaurants in each city.

Tickets are on sale now and I hope to see you there.

 

 

Beauty Duty: Dermaplane Treatment at West Insitute

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Last week I had the pleasure of experiencing my first Dermaplane treatment. Notice I said first and not last because I am hooked on this treatment for beautiful skin. What is Dermaplane? Dermaplane is a non-invasive exfoliation treatment which uses a medical-grade scalpel. Seriously, I know it seems crazy that a scalpel would be used on top of the skin. Dermaplane can be used with other treatments such as chemical peels, medical facials and after laser treatments. The beauty of Dermaplane is it removes 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells and peach fuzz. Girlfriend, treat yourself to this procedure. Especially after this winter your skin needs some love.

Chelsea, the medical esthetician infformed me on the procedure, the process, and how to take care of my skin post treatment. Seriously if you saw this girl’s skin you would know she knows of what she’s speaking. Her skin was FLAWLESS. Seriously, just beautiful not in the pulled and tugged way, but natural smooth and radiant.

Dermaplane isn’t for everyone and make sure you go to a reputable dermatologist office. If you have active acne or irritated skin – don’t do this. This darlings should NOT be done at home or without a properly certified person. Don’t mess with the visage. Don’t even think about it. Don’t you want glowing skin? I left with three Dermaplane treatments booked every six weeks. Yes, I am a fan. Thank you Dr. West and the entire West Institute team.

{Dr. West’s Custom Cosmeceuticals}

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{New SPF for the win}

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{One of the treatment rooms}

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{Before the magic happened}

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{After the magic happened, My skin is soft as a baby’s bottom.}

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{Video of the procedure.Yes, that is my face being scraped. And I loved it.}

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The West Institute
5330 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 925
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301.986.9378

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