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How to have a ‘Spring Break’ When You’re Employed

Noah Votivo Candle

For those of us full-time cube dwellers, spring break is only a memory of college parties and sundrenched vacations. But this year I am taking back my spring break with an emphasis on the “break” part. Sometimes we need an excuse to sit back and relax which is why I am proposing a movie themed spring break weekend.

Friday: Unwind with friends

Noah debuts in the theaters on a Friday (March 28th) aka a great way to end a work week and a jump head first into the weekend. I have been meaning to try one of those fancy theaters with the bigger comfy seats anyway!

Saturday: Personal rejuvenation through relaxation

Hatha Yoga it a great way rejuvenate body and mind. Yoga at home makes it easy to personalize your savasana with aromatherapy. In keeping with the movie theme, Votivo (one of my favorite candle brands) has launched a special edition Rain scent inspired by Noah. Rain is described as an exhilarating fragrance combining dew-covered oak moss and cedar with breezy notes of citrus and peppery jasmine. All Votivo Aromatic Candles come in a clear jar with the same neutral colored wax making them perfect for any décor no matter what scent you favor.

Sunday: Set your Intention

There is nothing like coming back to work on Monday morning focused after a revitalizing weekend and I truly believe it is all based on setting intentions.

“Intentions are easy because they don’t tie us to an outcome. Intentions simply ask that we go through our day, hour-by-hour, being as mindful, conscious, aware and awake as we are able to be in that moment.”-

Live Q&A with Revaleskin


Discover how you can attain and maintain healthy, radiant skin by joining us on Facebook on Wednesday, March 19th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. PST. We’ll be hosting a live Q&A session with Tracy May-Harriott, International Director of Education & Business Development at Revaleskin.

This is an exciting and FREE opportunity to get professional answers to all your burning skin care questions! Get valuable tips, and learn how you can get healthy, radiant skin straight from the expert. What’s more, during the live Q&A, 5 winners will be receiving Revaleskin’s HydraLift Complex ($120 value!). To join the Q&A and be considered for the giveaway, simply use hashtag #Revaleskin when you post your questions on our Facebook wall.

*The content in this Q&A is for informational use only and does not constitute a doctor/patient relationship.  Consult your personal physician for any medical questions or concerns.

Jadience = Radiance

Here’s another ingredient you’ve definitely heard of, but maybe didn’t know would be of serious benefit for your skin: jade!

Among the tasks jade is purported to pull off, if you ask an expert in East Asian medicine? Healing stressed organs (like your skin) and purging toxins. It’s also a natural transmitter of far infrared rays in the same wavelength as the human body—this encourages cell metabolism.

Now that I’m aware of what a miracle-worker jade really is, I’m finding myself wondering what took me so long to try Jadience’s Jade Spa products, but I’m so glad that I did. My two favorites? Their Jade and Pearl Anti-Aging Mask and their Jade and Ginseng Firming and Lifting Moisturizer.


If you’re at all familiar with me and my beauty habits, then you know I’m a sucker for masks. The aforementioned is now a new favorite of mine not just because it smells delicious in a spa sort of way, but because it’s packed with seriously great, clean ingredients—ingredients that make my skin look more radiant immediately! To me there’s really nothing better than combining eco-friendliness with luxury, and this one sits squarely at the intersection of those two things. Must be why it’s featured at The Four Seasons Spas.

As for the moisturizer, I love it because it’s simple and effective—it really does everything I ask of a light daytime moisturizer that I layer under my SPF. It gives me a glow as soon as I apply it, and that’s probably because it contains ginseng, which is known to boost blood circulation. (Did you know that a boost in blood circulation can help with those dreaded dark circles? If you didn’t, you do now.) I also love that it contains hyaluronic acid, because when I’m feeling especially dry, that’s my favorite ingredient for instant plumpness.

Have you experienced the wonderful collection of products that is Jadience Jade Spa? What’s your fave?

Love It or Let It Go! Repurposing Your Unwanted Cosmetics



Hello, my name is Shannon and I am a product junkie. I will admit that I have more cosmetic products than I will ever use. Despite being very generous with friends and family I still have a surplus of items that you couldn’t even imagine. I currently have a beauty closet stockpiled with every type of product imaginable. In my last blog, I discussed a how to organize the cosmetic products that you are currently using but what about what about the products that you tried but did not love? For example, the moisturizer that wasn’t right for your skin type or the new lipstick that you’ll probably never wear. Luckily, we have other options besides banishing these items to the beauty graveyard.

Repurposing Gently Used Products by Hosting a Beauty Swap Party

  • This event should be exclusive to close friends and family members.  Ask all attendees to bring unwanted beauty products.
  • Neatly organize products by category.
  • Allow everyone to take turns selecting one to two items at a time until are products are gone.
  • For the sake of hygiene you should not swap mascaras or products that you have dipped your finger(s) into as they may harbor bacteria
  • Gently used lipsticks are perfectly fine to be swapped as they can be sanitized using alcohol and/or tissue.

 Repurposing New/Unused Products by Donating to Charitable Organizations

Many organizations such as women’s shelters accept cosmetic donations from individual donors. Be sure to check the expiration dates before you ship or drop off products. It is ideal to donate products that expire no sooner than 3 months from donation date. Below I have provided the website for several organizations that accept donations of skincare and cosmetics products. On each website you will find contact information and as well as a list of items currently needed.

Organizations that benefit chronically/terminally ill adults and children

Beauty Bus (Cannot accept Avon or Mary Kay items)

Friends of Santa Claus (In urgent need of donations for annual Merry Times Camp, May 2014)

Organizations that benefit military personnel
Packages from Home
Give 2 The Troops

Organizations that benefit high school students
Abby’s Closet (Items needed for Gown/Accessories/Cosmetics giveaway April 5-6 2014)
Giving Grown

Women’s Organization
Women Helping Women

This Product Has 181 5-Star Reviews!


I am constantly testing new facial cleansers. I’m pretty loyal when it comes to my daily moisturizer (Epionce, obsessed), love my Yes To Cucumber Facial Towelettes, and can’t get enough of Elta MD’s sunscreen, but when it comes to face wash, not one product has ever nestled its way into my heart or a permanent position in my bathroom cabinet. I have tried a lot and liked a lot but there has never been one standout, until now. CosMedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser recently landed on my desk and let me tell you, I L-O-V-E this product!

This paraben-free exfoliating cleanser feels amazing. It is a restorative cleanser made for exfoliation and pore-refining purification. The essential oils and exfoliants provide a detoxifying experience while shea butter moisturizes. It leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean but not as though it has been striped or tight feeling, just deeply cleansed. The scent is a soothing peppermint smell, which is a nice little pick-me up in the morning. After using the Cosmedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser every morning for a little over 2 weeks, my skin is glowing and clear! If you aren’t sold on this product after hearing my glowing feedback, check out the 181 other reviews on DermStore! Seriously, 181 reviews from verified purchasers with an average of 5 stars! Talk about rave reviews!


4 Steps To Growing Out My Short, Blonde Hair

Grow your hair out!

*Please note, my hair is shorter now than in the picture above.
I’ve spent the last 6-7 years of my life with short hair and have tried to reinvent the same hairstyles over and over again. Usually around springtime I try my best at the ‘I’m growing my hair out for summer’ phase for about 2 months only to fail horribly at my next hair appointment by telling my stylist ‘CUT IT ALL OFF I’M SICK OF IT’. I’m working on that spontaneous burst of mine guys, I promise. THIS time will be different, I’m going to grow my hair out, and throw in some fun extensions mid-summer a la OC housewife. Like everything else in life, the only way I’m going to make it work is by coming up with a solid plan of action. Inspired by this growing out your hair article from our Magazine, this is what I’ve come up with to keep my almost platinum hair looking healthy through this long process.

  1. Get on the same page with my stylist. We came to an agreement at my last appointment that I’m growing out my tresses and no matter how many times I tell him I hate my head; he has agreed to keep it going until those extensions are put in. Trims every 4-6 weeks are A OK, and we can play with bangs which should be enough excitement for my childlike attention span. Moving on.
  2. Don’t stress it – my hair I mean. I love a good short hair bun/ponytail, however tight hairstyles strain hair, so I’m going to dive right into braiding and invest in these fun hair tie hang tags that will help keep my hair in check without snagging or sacrificing the master plan.
  3. I rarely ever wash my hair more than 3 times a week and dry shampoo is my daily savior which is great, however I feel like it’s important to get a quality hair conditioner to keep moisture locked in with daily styling. Dry hair for a processed blonde can be the worst thing to ever happen so I’ve switched over to Ouidad’s Balancing Rinse Essential Daily Conditioner to help infuse hair with vitamins and hydrating agents while banishing frizz and maintain manageable texture.
  4. While all the above is great for the hair that I already have, I want to be sure that I’m giving my body what it needs to give me luscious locks. Along with the right diet, I’ve started taking hair supplements twice a day to promote the process. That way, even if I did jump the gun with another shorter cut, I can still guarantee a better me.

Think I can get there?




According to the calendar on my desk, my 26th birthday was exactly three months and three days ago. If you were to ask me, I would hold up ten fingers and announce proudly my age. Long live the good old days, right? Unfortunately, the age we feel doesn’t necessarily translate to fact, and the fact of the matter is, that “expression line” on my forehead, tends to express itself much longer after that so-called expression has passed. Who would have thought wrinkles were real?! I should have known, right? It has finally come to my attention that I can no longer deny the very sobering fact that, yes people do age, and yes wrinkles are real.

The good news is I have a wealth of skincare products and experts right at my fingertips. I began my search for something that I could incorporate into my basic cleanse and moisturize regimen, that wouldn’t be too invasive for my skin, or time consuming for my ADHD. My solution was Freeze 24-7, an innovative skincare brand which prides itself delivering cutting-edge premium products.

I caught wind of two new products that have been introduced to the Freeze 24-7 line, IceSerum Advanced Brightening Facial Serum, and SkinBlizzard Intensive Hydrating Facial Serum. These serums have dramatically different uses, but the coolest part is they can also be used on top of each other (who doesn’t love options)! IceSerum Advanced Brightening Facial Serum is directed towards brightening, which means it aids in diminishing age spots, discoloration and hyperpigmentation. SkinBlizzard Intensive Hydrating Facial Serum targets dry skin, which means it aids in hydrating our tired, thirsty skin which is more susceptible to wrinkles.

SkinBlizzard is definitely the serum for me if what I’m looking for is anti-wrinkle protection. However as a sun-loving, southern California resident, hyperpigmentation and dark spots are definitely a concern of mine as well. Thus, I’ve decided to go big or go home, and layer the two serums! Each evening after I wash my face, and before I moisturize I apply the two serums together, it’s quick, easy and simple, the products feel smooth and refreshing on my skin. The best part is I know that these preventative steps for my skin are fending off the tiny dark spot below my left eyebrow, and the ‘expression line’ on my forehead, from overtaking my entire face into ONE. HUGE. BROWN. SPOTTED. WRINKLE.

Exfoliation 101


The world of skincare is awash with buzzwords and hot topics: hydration, antioxidants, free radicals, sun protection factor (SPF), all natural and age-defying, just to name a few. But perhaps the most widely used (and sometimes misused) word is exfoliation. Defined as a cosmetic technique designed to remove dead skin cells from the face and body, exfoliation is an important step in achieving younger, healthier looking skin. However, what works for one skin type doesn’t necessarily spell success for another. Here are a few things to look for when considering the most effective exfoliating method for you.

Manual vs. Chemical

These days, several exfoliation methods are readily available. From loofahs and microdermabrasion to chemical peels and facial scrubs, every spa and skin care company worldwide offers an exfoliation treatment or product of some sort. Most skincare professionals agree that the most effective method combines some form of manual scrubbing with an Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acid treatment to help break down dead skin cells at the cellular level.

When to Exfoliate

Exfoliation is a crucial step in any beauty regimen. While highly concentrated treatments, like peels and facials, are performed less frequently, light daily exfoliation is recommended to eliminate dead skin buildup. An exfoliating lactic acid cleanser, such as Purity Clean by CosMedix, not only removes pore-clogging dirt and impurities, it also sloughs away dead cells that can block moisturizers and treatment products from reaching the healthy skin below. Using an exfoliating mask, like Pure Enzymes, weekly will also keep skin fresh and clear.

Benefits of Regular Exfoliation

In addition to revealing a fresher, healthier looking complexion, exfoliating with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids can also help resolve many common skin concerns. CosMedix’s all-natural exfoliator Defy, for instance, uses three chirally correct AHAs to refresh and revitalize the skin.

About the Author 

Pizzini-DrewSenior Copywriter Drew Pizzini has been the chief marketing writer and editor for Pür Minerals and CosMedix for over five years. His expertise ranges from modern skincare science to makeup trends. Based in Atlanta, Drew has contributed articles featured in national consumer and trade publications.

A Flawless Face without Any Filters


A scenic picture of the Newport Beach sunset garners a #nofilter hashtag, your birthday balloons receive a bright instagram filter, and the group shot of you and your girlfriends gets put through a 3-app ringer with contrast adjustment, lighting manipulations, filter effects, and a blur bubble. Why? Because your face has to be absolutely flawless when you blast it out to 500 of your closest social followers!

Coming from someone who usually has to add a filter or two to take the focus off any blemishes or spots, I recently found a few saving graces in the product department to alleviate this effort:

1. Laura Geller’s Spackle Under Make-up Primer does to my face what Home Depot’s spackle does to my bedroom when I don’t hang picture frames accurately and rip giant holes through the drywall. (I can’t believe I used drywall correctly in an everyday sentence. Thanks, Dad!) This bad boy keeps everything smooth and holds foundation in its place.
2. Le Metier de Beaute’s Classic Flawless Finish Foundation can single handedly help me stop having to adjust my photos; this foundation covers any problem areas plus it leaves my skin feeling softer than it started! I have even seen an improvement in my skin’s overall appearance after wearing this foundation for a few weeks. Shade 7 matches my olive complexion perfectly.
3. Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Skin Powder Foundation is the perfect product to set liquid foundation for someone with problematic skin – much like myself. This powder provides great coverage while absorbing any shine from my skin’s natural oils or from the liquid foundation oxidizing. Shade PF04 works best for my skin.
4. Manna Kadar’s Blush in Entice is the easiest way to add a little contour and contrast without being over dramatic with excessive bronzer. One sweep right underneath your cheekbones allows for just the right amount of shadowing while maintaining a natural pink color.

I hope this four product make-up regimen allows you to start de-filtering your photos too! Happy posting!

An Easy, Gorgeous Everyday Makeup Routine From Rosie Johnston


Perfect Your Skin: Start with moisturizer, like Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion, then dab concealer only where you need it. (TIP: A great moisturizer can you make you feel as good a new pair of shoes—so spend some money on your face!)

Add Warmth With Bronzer: Take a medium size powder brush and sweep it on cheekbones, along your hairline and just under your jaw line. Then use the same brush and lightly brush across eyelids. (I love Stila Bronzing Powder.)

Fill In Your Brows: Whether you use a pencil or powder, this step is a must.  A good brow is everything!

Lengthen Your Lashes: Apply two coats of black mascara, such as Kevin Aucoin The Volume Mascara.

Beautify Your Lips and Cheeks In One Swoop:  A gel blush is your best friend! I love Cheek Gloss by Rosie Jane in Poppy dabbed on the apples of the cheeks and the lips—it creates a radiant look.

About the Author:


Founded by celebrity makeup artist Rosie Jane Johnston a native Australian now living in Los Angeles. Rosie started By Rosie Jane with a goal of creating products that remind women that when it comes to true beauty less is always more.

Today, Rosie Johnston is one of Hollywood’s most respected makeup artists. Her work has graced the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar and W.

Rosie’s clients include – Kate Hudson, Kristin Wigg, Minnie Driver, Rachel Griffiths, Minka Kelly,Poppy Montgomery, Courtney Cox, Emily Vancamp, John Meyer, Zac Efron and George Clooney.

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