Archive: Skincare

Introduction: Blue Lotus Henna in Portland, Oregon is absolutely amazing!

My husband’s cousin is having her first baby next month. I happily pounced on the chance to throw her a baby shower, and knew immediately the theme would be Indian. I really wanted to have a non-traditional baby shower, no traditional games would suit the mommy-to-be. In an effort to try and come up with something original, I decided to look into hiring a henna artist. After doing some research online, I very quickly decided I had to hire Blue Lotus Henna for my party.  They are local, they do parties of ANY kind, and they are affordable.

I emailed Melanie Ooi about the possibility of hiring her team to come to my shower, and she quickly emailed back. She was kind, easy to work with, replied quickly, and made the entire experience so wonderful.

Two days before the shower, Melanie invited the mommy-to-be over to her home, where she painted her tummy in belly henna. Brandi said it was unbelievably relaxing. She sat back, and for about two hours Melanie went to work on her belly. The finished product was absolutely breathtaking. Brandi said the experience was beautiful, and absolutely loved the end result.

Two days later, Erika (who also works at Blue Lotus Henna) came to our baby shower, and very happily gave every girl a unique henna design. By the end of the party, she had to have henna’d nearly 15 ladies. Everyone from my 5 year old niece to my 80+ year old grandmother received a beautiful henna design. One thing I really appreciated about my experience with Blue Lotus Henna, was every design was unique! I thought we would all receive the same design, but I was so wrong! Every design was beautiful and unique to that girl.

I would absolutely hire Blue Lotus Henna again…. in a second. They were so affordable, and they made this shower unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I had several people tell me how much fun they had, and how the shower wasn’t like anything they’d ever seen before. If you live in the Portland area, you should check out Blue Lotus Henna. If you have any questions, email her, she’ll get right back to you!

Henna is PERFECT for baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, weddings, YOU NAME IT!

Please take a minute to scroll through the pictures below, and check out the beautiful henna work we all received.

PS: Here’s my henna (and my niece), LOVE IT!

You must try Murad’s Skin Perfecting Primer, named “Best Bronzer” by SELF Magazine!

Hybrids® Skin Perfecting Primer has quickly landed on my must-have list. I pretty much ONLY use Murad products on my face, whether it’s face wash or lotion – I’m SOLD. When I heard they were launching a new line of products that not only help my skin – but also can be used as makeup – I was in heaven! I’ve had a couple weeks to try these new products, and they ARE as amazing as you would expect from Murad. Simply PERFECTION.

BB creams come in a variety of different formulations and qualities mainly perceived as being anti-inflammatory and having a soothing effect.  The big draw with BB Creams is that they’re all-in-one products typically featuring moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock.

So how do Murad Hybrids combine skin care and makeup into one? To give you flawless skin with lightweight coverage, Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer comes in either a matte makeup finish or dewy makeup finish and can be applied either underneath makeup or in place of it, evening skin tone and minimizing pores while delivering skin-nourishing ingredients. The line also includes two additional primers with added benefits. Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control conceals flaws while controlling acne breakouts and shine, and Hybrids Absolute Bronzing Boost SPF 15 | PA creates a golden glow while protecting and firming skin.

Hybrids® Skin Perfecting Primer Dewy Finish

Why you need it:

Oil-free primer ignites a radiant glow, powered by light-enhancing minerals
Primary Benefits:

  • Restore smoothness while a universal shade provides the perfect skin tone match
  • Minimize the appearance of pores

GO HERE for more information – or to pick some up!

Amanda Seyfried spends HOW MUCH on moisturizer!?

I don’t know why, but I’m always interested in what celebrities use on their faces (honestly and truly, not just what they’re PAID to say they use – I’m talking to you, Fergie) and how much it costs to buy it.

While some celebrities insist on cheaper skincare routines (like Emma Stone’s $5 beauty tip), there are some celebrities who shell out thousands of dollars per month (ahem Jennifer Aniston) to keep their money-makers looking perfect.

Rumor has it Amanda Seyfried drops quite a chunk of change on her own beauty products. The actress has been shilling Cle de Peau’s beauty products for years, and now we’re getting an idea of what it costs her to keep up this expensive habit.

The Japanese skincare company is about to release a moisturizer “La Creme” that will cost $13,000. The crystal-encrusted 50 gram jar will be available at Barney’s. $13,000 too much? Well, you can buy a cheaper version that will set you back $775.

The premium version is believed to be the most expensive beauty cream in the world, which probably explains why Cle de Peau is only producing 3 jars of the pricey moisturizer to coincide with the product line’s 30th anniversary. The brand will be taking orders from their Tokyo headquarters starting August 30, but we’re guessing you wont be able to sample this one at Barneys before you commit.

So here’s the question…. if you had plenty of money to spend…. would you drop $775 on moisturizer?


Introducing VENefect!

As the influence of estrogen declines from its peak in our twenties, our skin loses elasticity resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and loss of skin tone. This is called hormonal aging and affects all women. VENeffect reverses the signs of hormonal aging with an exclusive and highly effective complex of 100% natural plant-based phytoestrogens to safely and effectively preserve and restore the youthful glow of healthy, vibrant skin.

Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

This super-hydrating, luxurious moisturizer is richly formulated with the VENeffect exclusive advanced phytoestrogen technology, along with peptides, proteins and nourishing ingredients to dramatically increase skin’s elasticity as it reverses the signs of hormonal aging.

I’ve had this product for about a month now, and have been using it every night. It’s pretty spectacular stuff. WOW. My skin feels great, looks healthy and I can see a visible difference in the elasticity of my face. I apply it every night before I go to bed, and I wake up feeling pretty good. I highly recommend you check out this amazing product – and any of the other products VENeffect has to offer!