Clean Beauty Queen Shiva Rose Stars in ‘DIY Spa Day’

July 19, 2019

Shiva Rose just debuted DIY Spa Day on Bluprint and we are super excited to try some of these super-all-natual home beauty regimes and share them with you!

A day at the spa is a luxurious act of self care. But what if you could give yourself the same experience without ever leaving home? In this class, DIY natural beauty expert Shiva Rose shows you how easy it is to make homemade bath, body and beauty products with simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

About Shiva Rose: A decade ago, after suffering from life-threatening autoimmune disorders, Hollywood actress and host of Bluprint’s wellness beauty series, DIY Spa Day, Shiva Rose set out to discover a more holistic way to natural health and beauty. Through her desire of celebrating authentic, healthy living without sacrificing beauty and glamour, Shiva Rose developed her own non toxic, all-natural skin-care line and holistic lifestyle website, The Local Rose. She has not only healed her life, but has also become a leader and entrepreneur in the world of all-natural beauty and lifestyle. She’s a Kardashian favorite and the author of Whole Beauty, a complete guide to revitalizing your life.

Simple African-American Hair Care Tips

July 18, 2019

African American has its own unique beauty, and is extremely versatile so you can enjoy many different hairstyles. However, it does require extra special care to keep it healthy and strong. Here are a few hair care tips to keep your hair beautiful:

Protect Your Hair While Styling

African American hair can easily dry out and become damaged and brittle, so it’s important to keep your hair protected as you style it. If you’re the type who likes to change your look often, you may benefit from investing in a high quality set of hair extensions. This way, you can change your hairstyle as often as you want without damaging your real hair. Some of the best hair extensions to invest in are the Brazilian body wave bundles from https://truegloryhair.com/.

These offer instant body and volume without looking fake or cheap. True Glory Hair bundles are all made from a hundred percent real virgin hair of the finest quality, so you can rest assured that they will look, feel and move just like your real hair. If you want more definition and curl, you can opt for the Brazilian deep wave bundles.

Whichever style you choose, they are all well made and extremely durable, so they can withstand frequent styling and last you a long, long time.

Afro Art by CreativeSoul Photography

Use the Proper Technique for Combing Out Your Hair

Combing out knotted or kinky hair can present quite a challenge, but with patience and the right tools, you can make quick work of it. First, use a wide tooth comb instead of a bristled brush. The latter tends to grab your hair and can cause breakage. Work in sections and never pull or tug aggressively to avoid breaking your hair strands.

Minimize Washing

As mentioned, black hair easily dries out because of its texture. Washing your hair too frequently can cause it to dry out even more and become brittle and frail. Depending on the season, you can limit washing your hair to once or twice a week. Wash gently with a sulfate free shampoo and massage your scalp to stimulate it and keep it clean. Avoid washing with scalding hot water, and avoid applying too much heat when drying.

British Hair Awards 2016:
This Finalist Afro Collection Is A Gorgeous Modern Tribute To African Culture

Moisturizing is Key

Keeping your hair healthy and strong requires locking in as much moisture as you can, so invest in a good moisturizing shampoo, moisturizing conditioner, and moisturizing serum or hair oil. Keeping your hair properly hydrated fights against frizz and keeps the hair cuticles smooth and flat.

Use a Hot Oil Treatment Once a Month

Deep condition your hair once a month by generously applying a hot oil treatment, making sure to work the product through your hair, coating every strand. Cover your head with a shower cap or scarf and leave the treatment on for about an hour to let it really sink into your hair and nourish it.

British Hair Awards 2016: This Finalist
Afro Collection Is A Gorgeous Modern Tribute To African Culture

At the end of the day, the most important tips to remember when caring for African American hair are hydration and a gentle touch. Focus on keeping your hair moisturizer and styling it gently, and it will remain healthy, strings d beautiful.

Carin McGrath: The Facialist in Sherman Oaks You Need To Know

July 17, 2019

Carin McGrath

I feel like I am always on the hunt for the classic, old school European style facial (think 90’s Thibiant) meets new school tech. I love high tech, though recently, it feels like my skin is having wonky reactions to things like intense LED red light (totally brought out my Melasma!!) – Alas, when a friend (shout out to the ever fab Kristi Bender of Cuff Home) told me about Carin, I knew I HAD TO MEET HER!

Carin began as a student of Ayurvedic medicine and by working at luxury day spas and quickly became a licensed esthetician, working with renowned dermatologist Dr. Erma Benitez. After ten years of perfecting her craft alongside Dr. Benitez, Carin brought her expertise to the likes of Kinara Skin Care Clinic and Spa and Shani Darden Skin Care, invigorating the skin of Los Angeles’ elite.

Carin quickly made waves and her signature facial merging European facial elements with a clinical skin assessment and a minimally invasive extraction process that leaves each pore clean, without any downtime, was gracing the pages of Us Weekly, W, and Latina magazines, etc…

Let’s just say, her facial is amazing. She effortlessly combines medical field-tech savvy with old school luxury spa industry and the outcome is exactly the facial I have been looking for, to share with you. So much of the new high-tech med-spa facials leave out classic massage and lymph stimulation. I also have NO ONE in Sherman Oaks or the Valley, and her little private alcove is so adorable, it’s worth the drive even for me, over the hill in WeHo.

Skin by Carin is so special, you feel totally taken care of, not rushed and she’s on her own time. Carin is deeply passionate about skin – so every facial is totally fine tuned to the client. And her price is AMAZING.

$200 and no add ons and mark ups or bullshit. She is the real thing. You will love! Tell her we sent you and give her a big hug and kiss for us. XX

13749 Riverside Drive
Suite 103
Sherman Oaks CA 91423

There is 2 hour street parking available directly in front of building or on side street Matilija. Do not park in neighboring lot for US Bank or you will be towed

The Clean Beauty Summer Make-Up You’ve Been Looking For

July 11, 2019

Living Libations – can it get any BETTER?!!! Nope. Everything about Living Libations is next level pure, clean, high vibe. Ethical and as as high grade as you can get. Nadine Artemis, beauty philosopher, aromacologist, and botanical muse, shaping plant-intelligence into palpable consecrations to blush senses and muse imaginations, together with Ron, have created an incredible world of GOODNESS with Living Libations. The list of what they make goes on and on – oils, perfumes, make up, etc:

So, when I got my eyes on these gorgeous shimmers recently, I knew I had to share them all with you.

Here’s what they are about: For example – the Apricot Shimmer!

The radiant rays of a shimmering apricot-colored sunrise inspire the perfect pale peachy-pink tint that hints of glimmering gold with a bevy of botanicals and sparkling minerals.

A blend of beautifying botanicals gives a natural, peachy hue to anoint you without synthetic dyes, while beeswax locks in moisture to prevent dry times. Caress this cosmic colored kiss to grace lips with your celestial smile.

$30 a pop! In soooo many colors! YOU WILL WANT THEM ALL.

We are obsessed with all things KOSAS.

LIPFUEL: The lip balm you’ve been waiting for!!!

LipFuel uses an ultra-hydrating, gel-like network of konjac root to anchor spheres of hyaluronic acid on the lips where they get to work sealing in moisture, protecting against environmental damage, and coaching lips to harness their own healing powers.

Other natural oils and vitamins join this nourishing treatment team while the earthy mint scent soothes and energizes you into a sport state of mind. Baseline is a clear balm.

KOSAS LIPSTICKS


Kosas clean color makeup formulas are always free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, synthetic fragrance and never tested on animals.

Weightless Lip Color
A sheer, cooler tone on the pinker side of nude, Rosewater cozies up to every face, simultaneously making you the classic confidante and gives you the secret to a healthy glow. Luxuriously hydrating, Rosewater lipstick glides on so easy you don’t even need a mirror. 

COLOR & LIGHT PALETTE HELIOS

COLOR & LIGHT PALETTE
HELIOS

An earth-meets-sun blush duo that smolders with fire and flight. Burnt orange cream blush brings warmth and liveliness while rose gold highlighter mimics desert sunlight. Formulated in our signature smooth, nourishing cream formula for optimal wear. 
 

KOSAS TINTED FACE OIL

Makeup + skincare.
Radiance-boosting botanicals
Skin-perfecting pigment evens and illuminate complexions.
Feather-weight medium coverage foundation and deeply hydrating skin elixir. 

I Can’t Keep My Legs Closed. SM Stretching LA

July 10, 2019

OMG. I can’t seem to keep my legs closed….not like that. I know where your mind is going. In this case, opened legs are encouraged. I’ve recently discovered a new way of stretching that has my legs bending so many different ways you’d think I was a rubber band. Stretching before a workout has always been implied as a mandatory first step but in this particular fitness class, stretching is the entire workout. Meet the new cool kid on the block: SM Stretching L.A.


Inside this chic and cozy Beverly Hills studio boast a mood lit classroom with 10 stretching spaces for students to elongate their limbs and indulge in one full hour of muscle reshaping and advanced stretching techniques. The instructor will lead you through a fast pace 15-minute warm-up to get the muscles ready for 45-minutes of deep stretching. Throughout the class you are essentially pushing yourself – with intermittent assistance from the instructor – to push past the limits you think your body has set. Each stretching exercise leads you up to the grand finale: training you body to form a splits both down the side and down the middle. Don’t think that this will be easy and be prepared to sweat. There is also a mental component that occurs during the session. Holding the splits position or any stretching position that has some sort of discomfort focuses your mind and makes you present in the moment while distracting you from the outside world and the many things that keep you occupied throughout the day. 


Competitive rhythmic gymnast and SM Stretching founder, Samira Mustafaeva, developed the concept where the focus and goal of the class is improving flexibility in the body and increasing range of motion when the muscles are actively engaged. She measures results by how much deeper you go into your stretches each time particularly in the splits position. She launched this concept in her hometown of Moscow, Russia and 5 studios later introduced the idea to the US with her first flagship studio in Beverly Hills. 


If you have background in things such as dance, cheerleading, or gymnastics, you may already be familiar with this style of stretching. If you don’t, you’ll learn quickly that you will need a hand full of classes – roughly 10 to 12 taken consistently – to even remotely look like Samira when she does her variations of different splits and stretches. Regardless, this class is definitely a must try and a great support to whatever your regular fitness routine already is. 


COST The 1st drop-in class is $15 dollars. Each individual drop-in class after is $30 dollars. They offer various packages and private training classes ranging between $120-$230 dollars. 


LOCATION The studio is located at 111 N. La Cienega Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211. The studio is to the left of Matsuhisa with the entrance on your left at the back of the parking lot.


PARKING You can park in the restaurant valet ($5 dollars) or do street parking. There are meters all around and meters are free on Sundays.


http://www.smstretching.com

https://www.instagram.com/samira__mustafaeva/

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