Winter is here & I’m welcoming this much needed time of rest, rejuvenation, reset & of course, celebration! I plan to spend this month indulging in a lot of nourishing self-care rituals, balancing wellness practices, and blissful moments with my loved ones, as well as resetting myself for the exciting new year that awaits us. It’s an important time to look back & reflect on the year we just experienced. Around this time every year, I love to sit down & do a mini review to honor how far I’ve come and note what lessons I’ve learned before going into what I’d like to experience in the year ahead. Create space for yourself to honor what you’ve accomplished & what you’ve moved through so that you can move forward with a fresh slate to call in your heart’s desires. December is a month to really settle in, balance, ground & prepare ourselves for a fresh & beautiful new year ahead. Here is what I’m loving this month…
I just adore everything from Athr Beauty. Not only are all of their shades always so beautiful, super rich & pigmented, but everything is crystal-infused, which is so magical. This is their latest palette and it does not disappoint. It has a variety of versatile colors & finishes from mattes to shimmers that look stunning on any skin tone, while bringing out any eye color. We used this palette on one of our models for the Get The Look series while shooting our holiday glam looks, and I loved how it turned out. It added the most beautiful, jewel-toned elegance to the look without appearing overdone.
What I love about this new arrival from Leahlani is that it’s formulated with an ingredient called granactive retinoid, which is essentially a different form of the traditional synthetic retinol. It’s a way more gentle, effective form of Vitamin A so it gives you all the beautiful results without any of the harsh side effects. They've also infused it with Kakadu Plum Oil, a potent source of Vitamin C, so you're not only getting really radiant skin & the renewal effect from the retinol, but you're getting the boost of antioxidants, plus the brightening effect from the Vitamin C! It’s a fabulous night serum to use if you’re looking for a retinol alternative and want to focus on cellular regeneration.
This is my next skincare OBSESSION. Ayuna does it AGAIN and you guys, this is a WOW factor product. This is skincare to write home about. I am constantly so impressed with Ayuna’s innovative launches, revolutionary ingredients & science-backed skincare discoveries, but this product has blown me out of the water. This is a gel texture, plasma treatment mask that basically works like a lymphatic drainage facial in a jar. It instantly plumps the complexion, sculpting & contouring as it removes excess fluid from the face by stimulating microcirculation in the skin. I saw immediate results when I began to test this and I couldn’t be more excited to share this new product with all of you.
I used this on the night of my birthday celebration and I have to say that while I just turned 41, I did not feel my age that night. My skin honestly has never looked better and I’m going to say that this product definitely gave me that youthful glow. I felt that it really lifted my skin and left it absolutely glowing. I got compliments on my skin all night long. I’ve also seen tremendous results testing it out on my partner Will who experiences really puffy under eyes and we saw really transformative results with just one treatment. This is miracle-in-a-jar material.
In honor of Tata Harper coming to host a masterclass with us this month, I wanted to share one of my favorite products from her entire line. I find that this is one of the richest & deeply hydrating eye creams on the market. I love to reach for this during the colder months when I feel my eyes need a bit more nourishment. During winter, every part of our body tends to lack moisture, including the delicate eye area that we need to replenish & keep hydrated more than anywhere else on the body. I love to use this at night to wake up with fresh & lifted eyes. I also use this on my lips at night. This also helps with signs of fatigue, so it’s great for the holiday season and perfect to use after one too many holiday parties.
Hydration, hydration, hydration– this is my motto, ESPECIALLY in the winter months! I live for a really luxurious body-care ritual and this Whipped Body Butter from Indie Lee is such amazing product to add into that when I’m feeling dry. It’s extremely hydrating and just a little bit goes a long way. Even when I put it on in the morning I still feel very hydrated going all the way into the night. It really holds moisture in the skin for an extended period of time, which is nice. It’s super rich & super silky, leaving your skin supple & baby soft.
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