Oh snap! Step-by-step tips to creating an Instagram-worthy flatlay

One year ago, I didn’t even know what a flatlay was or that it has its own hashtag. What is the #flatlay? Essentially, it’s laying out your items and creating some semblance of order with many different pieces. Makes sense, right? Fine, let’s not get into why everyone is suddenly interested in photographing their stuff—or why anyone wants to see it. Suffice it to say, … Continue reading Oh snap! Step-by-step tips to creating an Instagram-worthy flatlay

Could waterless cleansing be the best thing for your skin?

Judging by Maggie Mahboubian’s skin, you’d think she were 10 to 15 years younger than she is. Seriously, the Lalun Naturals founder has retained that coveted youthful glow with nary a wrinkle in sight. And she knows one big reason why: she does not cleanse her face with water. Intrigued, I had to dig further. “Water-free oil cleansing is a skin saver for all ages … Continue reading Could waterless cleansing be the best thing for your skin?

What’s all the buzz about manuka honey and bee venom? Wedderspoon reveals why these are key ingredients in Queen of the Hive

It did not take long for Queen of the Hive Face Contour Cream to prove its weight in golden honey goodness. It contains not just any honey but rather the crème de la crème of anti-bacterial, healing, skin-soothing honeys—organic manuka honey.

Lately, only select creams are my friends. I can not use many of them successfully due to the assortment of other ingredients that are necessary to bind the oils to water in the formula and to give the product a longer shelf life. These are often fillers and preservatives that don’t always work well for sensitive or inflamed skin types. Since my skin tends to erupt like the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, it was kinda a big deal when Queen of the Hive not only eased my troubles, it also felt really soothing and healing when applied to my skin.

Another happy discovery was learning that no bees are harmed in collecting the bee venom. Maintaining a thriving bee population is more than a hot topic, it’s a real concern. The other feature that I value is Wedderspoon’s attention to eco-friendly packaging. The company took extra measures to reduce its 100 percent recyclable packaging by an estimated 70 percent, plus it’s designed on 88 percent recycled stock.

I loved this product so much that I asked Kelly Nelson, a media rep for Wedderspoon, all about the select ingredients in the company’s latest successful endeavor. (The raw organic manuka active honey 16+ is already a darling of Spirit Beauty Lounge and many other beauty aficionados).

With several emails back and forth, I appreciated her openness and willingness to answer all my questions—even when I started digging into the nitty gritty on bee venom. That certainly reflects well on the company. I truly thank you and applaud you, Kelly and team!*

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Creams vs. Balms: 8 Skin Specialists Explain Why It’s Creams for the Win

IMG_20141104_091104My two previous posts about balms here and here weighed heavily in favor of balms. Actually the compelling reasons to use a balm made most skin creams look like a ploy to get the consumer to shell out money on a product that contains empty fillers. That is clearly not the case.

I’ve still been using several creams that do work well for my skin. In a billion-dollar industry that is often rife with false claims, it was time to get to the bottom of the ‘Balms vs. Creams’ question.

I decided to turn to some of my favorite companies to find out why they choose a cream as delivery method as opposed to a balm. Their informative answers sway the outcome back in favor of creams, but do not rule out the possibility of both as viable options.

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