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Hours in the sun without an inch of sunburn!

July 7th, 2015 No Comments


After countless hours of the Mexican sun over the Fourth of July holiday, I’m happy to report there is not an inch of skin on my body that is burned!!

I coved myself neck to toe in Nivea.

Nivea Invisible Protection, SPF 50

Spray on oil I rubbed in. Survives beach runs and shower rinses.

Pretty amazing stuff.

(Please excuse alignment, WP apparently hates me right now.)

Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 55

Not one spot on my face is red thanks to Neutrogena.

And after the sun set, I rehydrated with Darphin on my face and neck so I could do it all over again :)

Darphin Revitalizing Oil

Darphin Revitalizing Oil

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The newest anti-aging procedure doesn’t involve surgery

June 23rd, 2015 No Comments

 

Preface: I really struggled to find a photo to headline this post.  Beauty and confidence is such a personal, internal matter.  Please take this post as an update on the anti-aging industry, not a comment on exteral appearance, and do with the info with what you see fit.

The neck is one of those stubborn areas that changes according to our genetics and age.  Unfortunately we can’t exercize our neck to tighten it up.  A cleaner diet and a little more cardio will help, but not even veggies can reverse the result of time on our neck or get rid of a premature “double chin.”

Enter Kybella 

An injection of acid (already present in your body)

below your chin that destroys the fat cells

so they can no longer accumulate or store fat.

Kybella before and after

When I read Dr. Angela’s (a my client of mine) article about this simple procedure my mouth dropped!

Dr. Angela Sturm is a young plastic surgeon in Houston who keeps herself on the cutting edge of the anti-aging trends, focusig a lot on preventative and non-invasive procedures that help us to stay looking our best.  She is my favorite for botox :)

A couple weeks ago, she wrote a piece for MyRedGlasses (a notable fashion blog in Houston helmed by Roz Pactor) on the latest technique to keep us looking younger.  Below are a few experts, click here to read the whole article.

“Kybella, also known as ATX 101, is deoxycholic acid that is already in your body.  It is made by your liver to help dissolve fats in your diet to aid in absorption.  When it is injected into the submental fat, this substance disrupts the membrane on the fat cells and permanently dissolves those cells.

  • Small amounts injected into multiple sites under your chin.
  • Number of series can vary depending on the person, amount of fat and your goal. 
  • Some people may only need one session, but others may need up to 6 treatments at least a month apart.

Dissolving fat in a progressive way that most people won’t notice that you did anything.  That sounds pretty good.  So, what’s the downside? 

  • Swelling and bruising at the injection site (which is true with any injection),
  • Injury to nerves or glands in the area (why you should have someone very familiar with the anatomy as the injector, like a surgeon)
  • Difficulty swallowing due to swelling in the area (which always resolved and most within a couple of days).

In the hands of a skilled injector, the product is still relatively low risk and avoids surgery

Kybella is scheduled to be on the market this summer and I think this could change the way we think about fat!

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Truly effortless protection

June 9th, 2015 No Comments

No, I’m not talking about condoms, but I gotcha with that photo didn’t I?? :)

Sunscreen is important protection you should wear everyday!

The thing that sucks, about both sunscreen and condoms actually, is they’re such an effort to put on and uncomfortable to wear.

Most sunscreen is packed with chemicals, takes minutes to rub in, and irritates your precious skin.

Not Radical!  It’s super thin, weightless on my face, chemical free, and doesn’t irritate my eyes when I sweat.

 

A friend of mine works for the two sisters who started the brand and hooked me up with the Radical daily regimen and their sunscreen.  I love it all, but the sunscreen is a god-send.  It’s main properties:

  • Diamond Powder: Capable of redirecting light. Wrinkles and imperfections appear less pronounced
  • Titanium Dioxide: Mineral based sun protection that doesn’t leave white streaks
  • Zinc Oxide: Protects against sunburn and other damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet light
  • Coffee: Protection against skin damage such as sunburn cell formation and DNA degradation

For more info, click here.

(Headline photo by Kelly Fajack. Product provided via PR.)

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You gotta make it match – A How-To on Bronzer

July 8th, 2014 No Comments

Blonde girl tanning

 

One of the frustrations we never really talk about during the summer is skin tone.  Staring into the mirror, we are blinded by convenience and cheapness.  In other words, we apply our pale, everyday makeup on our suntanned faced so we don’t have to buy new products.  We just HOPE it absorbs in and the tone evens out.   The other scenario is when we try to conceal a sunburn; unfortunately, our dehydrated skin sucks out all of the moisture from the lotion before we can even apply  powder.

Let me set us of all, straight: we’re not fooling anybody!

Eva Longoria bad makeup

 

Not to worry, you don’t have to buy all new cosmetics.  Lotions and bronzers will help pull you through with glowing features.

Lauren Conrad is a good example of the look we want: skin-kissed, all over, with exactly the same color.  Her face matches her neck which matches her body.  Here’s how you do it:

1.  HYDRATE YOUR SKIN

Dermalogica hydrating serum

Jouer Cosmetics Primer

 

Dry skin caused by too many outdoor activities not only expedites the aging process, but also creates a huge obstacle to getting your skin tone even.

For years I’ve been using dermalogica skin hydrating booster after a day in the sun.  It refreshes your skin almost instantly.  Jouer just came out with a moisturizing primer ($38) that does the same thing so your face doesn’t have to steal moisture from your foundation.

2.  PICK THE RIGHT BRONZER

 

Guerlain Terracotta 4 seasons bronzer

After an extensive search online, I can’t find anyone who claims they know THE BEST bronzer on the market.  Many people mentioned Chanel, which no longer seems to make their bronzer.  The other favorite was Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor Made Brozer ($76), but their Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($52), that comes in 7 colors, looks more approachable to me.  My suggestion to you would be to spend a day in a department store and figure out your favorite.

Jouer Cosmetics Bronzing powder

I use Jouer cometics matte bronzer with my powder brush over my “everyday” foundation powder.  I’m not that tan so a little color does the job for me.  If you need more color, consider using a matte bronzing lotion by itself or adding it to your foundation.

3.  APPLY ALONG THE BONES

The TRICK is to start at under the cheek bone, jaw bone, or hair line and then whisp out from there.  Applying the darker color this way, it will be heaviest in the areas of your face that are naturally shadowed.  Conturing bonus!

(Headline photo via Jouer Cosmetics Instagram.  Jouer generously sends me products.  I write about the ones I love.  Just like I do with everything else!)

If you’re looking for makeup to wear IN THE SUN, that will hold up against all of the surf and sweat, click here.

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Has Tom Ford hit the metrosexual man on the head? Or slapped him in the face?

November 19th, 2013 No Comments

TOM FORD for Men Skincare

My favorite fashion bad boy launched a line of skincare AND cosmetics for men this week.  He says:

“Fine grooming starts with the habit of looking closely at your face. Learn to see what your skin needs. Is it dry? Oily? Depleted and stressed? Take care of that with a few quick steps, then camouflage any imperfections. And, if you need it, use a bronzer to add a natural tint of color. These are things most men could easily do, but don’t.” —Tom Ford 

Easy is an interesting choice of words, don’t you think?

Most men I know don’t know the first thing about what their skin needs, let alone what to buy for it.  It seems like Mr. Ford is not only acknowledging that, but he’s criticizing the current state of skincare for men.  The products they’re using aren’t “[counteracting] the visible effects of fatigue that the modern man’s lifestyle of travel, late nights and outdoor sports has on the skin.”

Soon to be sold at Neiman Marcus, TOM FORD for Men Skincare with “anti-irritant properties” smooths out the wear and tear from late nights in St. Tropez, skiing in Aspen, and yachting the Virgin Islands. And the unassuming jet setter need not pick between products, simply buy one of each.  Brilliant!  If he can afford it.  Considering that a TF lipstick is $50, you shouldn’t be surprised a magic man concealer stick is $48.  (Men know they could simply get one from a women’s line for cheaper right…)

TOM FORD for Men Skincare

I can’t decide if I’m kidding or not.  As a girl who appreciates an older man for his looks, maturity, and metrosexual tendencies, I support TF in his concern for rejuvenating hygiene.  I’ll even go so far as to not cringe at the thought of a man wearing canceler.  But bronzer just goes to far, in my opinion.  Men don’t need makeup.  You’re handsome, just as you are.  You tell women this all the time.

There’s one more stroke of genius here.  Unlike most women’t products, TF Beauty NEVER claims the products are anti-aging!  In other words, we’re not dealing with your wrinkles.  Those life lessons are for keeps.  (You’ll still need botox for that.)

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January brings the heat to your pores.

October 29th, 2013 No Comments

About two months ago I was set up to meet January Olds, founder of a skincare line I “had to try.”  Within about two minutes I was instantly in love with her: a 30-something, drop dead gorgeous entrepreneur who is outspoken like you wouldn’t believe.  It was a match made in Santa Monica heaven.  We were introduced for social media purposes, but the only thing that has really come of that intention are some crazy instagram pics.

Anyway, since our meeting I have been using her January Labs facial products, a small but very powerful line.  I haven’t written about them until now because I wanted to give myself ample time to explain to you WHY I LOVE THEM so much: they actually deliver the results they claim to give your skin!  My two favorites are these:

January Labs skincare products

 

GLOW and GO Power Peel Exfoliant

This little tub of goo packs a big punch. January, a licensed esthetician for over 12 years, designed this mask to exfoliate your pores without removing your skin.  How does that happen? Heat!  The cinnamon-base generates a little bit of heat to stimulate blood flow that engages your pores to purge the dirt and delivers oxygen to deprived cells.  She used the same stuff that pill capsules are made out of to ensure that the mask doesn’t actually penetrate your skin.  This way you can use it up to three times a week without destroying the surface of your face.  It’s brilliant!  You get the glow from a glycolic peel without the reddness and recovery time.

Revitalizing Day Cream

I feel the effect from this cream when I don’t wear makeup.  After I cleanse and spritz on toner, this silk smooth little lotion makes my skin feel likes a baby’s butt…ALL DAY LONG! Be mindful when you use it, you only need half a pump to cover your face and neck.

Both of these products will enhance your existing routine.  If you’re looking to make a switch, try her travel pack for $20 so you can sample the three daily essentials in the line.

You know what they say: The proof is in the pudding.  January’s skin is FLAWLESS!  Here she is, no makeup, making me eggs :)

 

 

 

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Scared of a little laser?

July 2nd, 2013 No Comments

Mary Rambin scared

 

It’s been YEARS since I had laser hair removal treatment on my….nether regions.  At the time, circa 2007,  it was so painful, I couldn’t stand to finish the treatments so I gave them away to Julia.  We did a whole TMIweekly episode on it in which we all agreed the treatment hurt; Megan even suggested using numbing cream.  I’m just a big baby when it comes to pain.  You know this if you’ve ever watched one of my botox videos. Or the taser video, remember when I volunteered to get tasered at CES?  What the H was I thinking?!

So when I decided to get laser on my arm pits and….nether regions….again, I was a little freaked out.

The attendant talked me down off the ledge and once I let her get started I realized it wasn’t painful AT ALL.  Not even in those super soft places :)  Thank goodness technology has improved the process!!

 

 

Mary Rambin laser hair removal

 

I’m only two treatments in at Laser Away in Santa Monica so I can’t attest if it works.  (LaserAway has tons of locations!)  My friends all love it and rave about their hairlessness, which is why I decided to give it another shot.

The ideal candidate for a successful laser treatment series is someone with dark hair and light skin.  The laser can change the color of your skin so the lighter the better.

Other notable details:

  • 4-6 treatments is necessary to see results.  You spread them out over 6-8 weeks.
  • You shouldn’t be in the sun days before or after your treatment.
  • You can resume normal activity immediately.
  • Groupon and Gilt City are great places to find BIG discounts.
  • Best to do 6-8 months BEFORE bathing suit season so you’re done when it’s time to strip down.

Obviously I am a little late on the treatment…Guess that means I’ll have to find a tropical vacay in December :)

(Full disclosure: no media rate offered by LaserAway.)

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Keihl-er products

June 25th, 2013 No Comments

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People email me all the time asking what products I use in the shower.  I really haven’t had one shower to call my own in a while so the best answer to that question was “whatever they stock in SoulCycle.”

Now that I’m settling down, I am LOVING Kiehl’s.  Every time I get a Kiehl’s product via their PR I love it, but I’ve never been able to subscribe to the brand as a whole.  Something about everyone  and their mother using it I suppose.  Now I realize, there’s a reason everyone uses it:

KIEHL’S IS GOOD STUFF!

The Sunflower shampoo and conditioner is vitamin rich, Sulfate-free, Paraben-free, Silicon-free, gluten free I’m sure, everything we need it be free, yet it still suds up beautifully and makes my hair softer than its been in a long time.

(For those of you looking for a more affordable Paraben free option, I will refer you to L’Oreal.  But, having used it several times at my Mom’s house, I really didn’t get the extreme softness I do with the Keihl’s.)

The Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is a little bit more aggressive than I’ve used in the past, but a little dab does the job and doesn’t wreak havoc on my pores while it cleans.  I’ll admit, it’s not the best with removing makeup.  On the other hand, no matter what cleanser I use, I have to reach for the Neutrogena makeup remover afterwards to get off the leftover mascara and base.

Finally, pictured is also my old faithful Gillette Fusion razor.  My head hair eventually becomes unresponsive to products I love  (see those by Molton Brown, Biolage, Paul Mitchell), yet my old faithful GIllete Fusion never lets me down when it comes to body hair. I left it in the pic because most women are surprised when I name it as my favorite.

(Full disclosure: Products in this post were not provided by PR.  Many thanks to Glenn for turning me on to them!)

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