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Spa Spotlight: Aroma Spa at Esencia, Mexico

Long before I wrote about travel, my primary beat was beauty. But my favorite beauty stories were ones where I got to write about beauty ingredients from specific places. Whether it was blueberries from Maine or argan oil from Morocco, I love when an ingredient ties so strongly to the land where it’s from. So on a recent trip to Mexico, I fell in love with the spa at Esencia which grows the herbs it uses in its treatments. Before you even enter the spa, the staff offers a sage smudging to clear any bad energy. I was lucky enough…

A Natural Mascara … That Works??

I worked for years as a beauty editor at a natural health magazine. We had the strictest standards around… no parabens, no sulfates, no petroleum. So, perhaps needless to say, I tested so many products that just, well, failed to do much of anything. Pretty much this: “Other brands work. Ours… are very natural.” Of course, there were plenty that did, though the general rule was the simpler the product (think lip balm and bar soap), the better it worked. One category of product where I could never find a winner was mascara. Apparently, getting eyelashes to get all voluminous…

June Stitch Fix Review

Being on the road a lot this summer has left me with less and less time to actually go shopping. And since summer is my favorite time of year, I’ve been kinda bummed about that. But, thankfully my best friend from when I was growing up in SoCal turned me on to this new startup service called Stitch Fix. I described it once as Netflix for clothes, but it’s really a combination of Netflix and Birchbox (my to-die-for beauty sample subscription service). Basically, you fill out a style profile and a stylist will send you five pieces they think will…

How to Do the Perfect Mad-Men Cateye

So it’s probably not a surprise that I’m a big Mad Men fan. I mean, the clothes, the drinking, the furniture? Incredible. I was hooked from the moment Betty brought out the same servingware my grandmother had with celery and cream cheese appetizers. Okay, and also when she starts shooting pigeons with a shotgun. Anyway, lots of people don’t like Betty, and I totally get why: She’s a terrible mother. But she also lives in a terrible society that is terrible to stay-at-home mothers, so I cut her more slack than most. Plus, I love when she brings out her glamourous Grace Kelly side…

Ingredient Spotlight: Arctic Cloudberry & Heather

I tend to see and hear about a lot of beauty ingredients from Asia and Africa, so when something from elsewhere crosses my desk, I’m interested. The latest in this camp is Finnish beauty brand Lumene. The company highlights a few ingredients that thrive in the northern cold, including a n ingredient called Arctic Cloudberry, which is reputed to have twice as much Vitamin C as an orange, and Arctic Heather, which protects elastin and stimulates collagen.   I tried out both the Vitamin C Pure Radiance Day Cream and the Time Freeze Firming Day Cream. They actually pair really…

Latest Obsession: Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner

   We’ve been having an insanely dry and HOT winter here in Colorado (yes, we had a few 85-degree days in March), so my skin has been cracking at the seams. Thankfully, the local Lush always manages to find me something to cure my sorrows and pointed me in the direction of their new Ro’s Argan body conditioner product. You use it in the shower like hair conditioner and rinse it off, but the argan oil (from Morocco), cupuacu butter (from Brazil) and cocoa butter stay put so there’s no need for any post-shower lotion.  It’s on the pricier side…