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We tried the Biologique Recherche Facial x Shutters on the Beach One Spa and It Gave Us Life

August 14, 2019

Biologique Recherche is nothing short of revelatory skincare. And the Biologique Recherche facial at ONE Spa at Shutters on the Beach is the facial for true obsessive skin care groupies. 

You may know the cult fave line already. I’m sure you do. Look what Refinery 29 has to say:

“Biologique Recherche’s P50 is now about as recognizable a name as it gets in the world of prestige beauty. It has been called “Jesus in a bottle,” “life-changing,” and “The Best Beauty Product in the World.” It smells like vinegar and the quart of milk you pushed to the back of the fridge and forgot about for three months. Its fans will still tell you it is the single best thing they have ever put on their face.”

I have met with and heard talks given by Dr. Allouche – Co-Owner and Head of Creation (his parents founded the brand) and when I tell you this skincare the top, top, top tier of brands, you’ll add a few more ‘tops’ to that after you’ve been on their very specific routine for a month.

Dijana Marjanovic is the lead esthetician at ONE Spa at Shutters on the Beach and her knowledge of skin blew me away, during my luxurious facial at this adorable luxury spa in Santa Monica’s classic Shutters. I was ga-ga over the whole nautical vibe. 

But this facial – oh my lord – and Dijana. There is nothing like being in the hands of an expert. Biologique Recherche has reigned as one of the most prominent international skincare lines, delivering the highest level of efficacy. Their formulas and treatments work together to rebuild skin and treat specific skin conditions.

I left with glowing skin and a serious regime, check it out:

1.Cleansing CareLait VIP O2 (every morning and evening) To clean your skin and prevent devitalized skins, apply a small amount of Lait VIP O2 to your face, neck and décolleté. Lightly massage for emulsification and then remove with damp cotton or rinse off with cold water. Repeat as required for complete removal of any impurities and makeup, then dry with tissue.

2.ExfoliatorLotion P50 PIGM 400 (every morning and evening) To gently exfoliate, purify, clean and regenerate the epidermis, apply a few drops of Lotion P50 PIGM 400 on a cotton pad (damp for the first two weeks only), and gently pat over your face, neck and décolleté. This multifunction lotion is the cornerstone of the Biologique Recherche methodology, it rebalances the pH of the skin for epidermal reconditioning and improves the efficacy of all Biologique Recherche products applied after it. Light redness and tingling sensation is expected if the skin pH is imbalanced – do not stop the use of the lotion, use it on damp cotton and the sensation will decrease after a few days. This product should not be combined with any other exfoliating product.

3.MasksMasque VIP O2 (once to twice a week) To revitalize the skin and brighten the complexion, apply Masque VIP O2 to your face, neck and décolleté. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse off with cold water. Masque Visolastine + (once to twice a week) To durably moisturize the skin and strengthen the skin’s barrier to protect against dehydration, apply a thin layer of Masque Visolastine + all over your face, neck and décolleté. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. This mask provides a sensation of comfort and softness.

4.SerumsSérum VG Tensil (every morning) To tone and firm the skin, as well as smoothe fine lines and wrinkles, apply a few drops of Sérum VG-Tensil all over your face, neck and décolleté in a light ascending massage until the product has been completely absorbed. Sérum Collagène Natif (every morning, after the Sérum VG Tensil) To hydrate and restore the epidermis, as well as tighten the pores, apply a few drops of Sérum Collagène Natif on clean skin over the whole face, neck, and décolleté in a light ascending massage until the product has been completely absorbed. Sérum Colostrum (every evening) For intense hydration, apply a few drops of Sérum Colostrum all over your face, neck and décolleté, lightly massaging it upwards until it has been entirely absorbed. This intensely moisturizing serum contains milk proteins which enhance the skin’s natural defense mechanisms and improve its elasticity.

5.CreamsCrème Biofixine (every morning) To smooth and reduce wrinkles and fine lines, apply a hazelnut-sized amount of Crème Biofixine all over your face, neck and décolleté. This tensing first wrinkle cream will leave your skin soften and radiant. Crème MSR-H (every evening) To moisturize, firm and fight against signs of aging, apply a hazelnut amount of Crème MSR-H all over your face, neck and décolleté. Slowly massage from bottom to top, from the inside of the face moving outward until the cream is completely absorbed by your skin.

6.Finishing SerumSerum Grand Millésime (every morning and/or evening) To instantly brighten and rejuvenate the complexion, apply a few drops of Sérum Grand Millésime to your face, neck and décolleté, after using your morning cream. This serum is rich in revitalizing, antioxidant agents and Hyaluronic Acid. We would like you to follow the above instructions and your daily regimen as best as you can to ensure the success of this customized skincare program, created according to your skin needs. Yours in great skin, The Biologique Recherche Team.

Now that is a routine! I cannot WAIT.

When I posted my facial experience on my Insta-stories – immediately, all my true top tier skin care groupies wrote me – “But of course! “, “I only use Biologique Recherche!!” , “Duh!!”

I urge you to see Dijana Marjanovic to experience this for yourself. 

 1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

New Meditation Studio On The Block: CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness

August 11, 2019

A gorgeous, new meditation space has opened up in the heart of Atwater Village!  CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness is a family-run center offering a wide range of drop-in classes, healings, private sessions, and workshops. Owner Jen Stavitsky was inspired to create a facility with a strong sense of community, inclusivity, and support that serves LA’s eastside, which was lacking a dedicated meditation center.

CULTIVATE’s team of facilitators all live locally and are excited for the opportunity to serve their neighbors with daily classes that cover everything from mindfulness to Yoga Nidra to sound healings, hypnotherapy and more.

It’s a deeply serene space, with a gentle design palate inspired by the soft tones of the South Western desert. Its prismatic skylights cast soothing patterns which slowly evolve throughout the course of the day. It has a large main studio capable of accommodating up to thirty guests, and a smaller second studio designed for healings, workshops and private sessions. All in all, the space feels inviting and deeply relaxing.

While offering a wide variety of traditional meditation and wellness classes, CULTIVATE  also branches out into more playful and unique offerings, like ASMR meditations and sound healings facilitated by a classical harpist.  Their goal is to make meditation fun, interesting and accessible with a style suitable for all walks of life, including first time meditators, adventurous spirits, and those with a deep practice.

CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness is located at 3229 Glendale Blvd, LA CA 90039. You can visit their website for scheduling, bookings and additional details.

Welcome to Atwater!!

Summer Scents and Sunless Tanning

August 4, 2019

Our summer go to for a streak free sunless golden glow is HauteBronze with their collection of mitt perfection and glowing sun drops and perfect shades that come out looking like you’ve been on a boat in the St.Tropez shores. Stock up and keep the glowing going long past summer! The best part, its all in the mitt – just wipe and apply the pre-loaded towel and you are good to glow in 4 hours.

Saint Candles

The perfect summer house guest gift is always a candle. What makes these candles extra special and even more perfect for gifting is the message and intention behind them.

Everyone needs a little divine diet help and I am not kidding when I say Saint Margaret of Cortona is the Patron Saint of weight loss and temptation. Jus sayin.

Ira DeWitt, a music executive with a PhD in education, has always chosen to do things her own way. When a friend was recently diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, she wanted to give her something more purposeful than flowers or a card– something that evoked a sense of comfort and spirituality for both the friend and her caregivers. Ira decided to create something herself, and this is how SAINT Candles — “Modern Prayer Candles for a Cause” — was born.

Saint Candles

There are 12 in total, one for each Saint. Hand poured in LA, Each SAINT Candle is made with holy oil from Rome, contains a prayer coin at the bottom which is revealed to keep or bury after the candle wax is burned off.  Blessed by both a Priest and a Rabbi, these “divine designs” also comes with the prayer to say before lighting the candle.

Proceeds from the sale of all Saint products will help support the families and children seeking treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. 

 – Light it up – Say a Prayer -and help a child and their family receive what is often lifesaving care, always free of charge at St. Jude.

HOT SAMPLE SALE TIP! Esquivel Pre-Fall Sample Sale!

August 1, 2019

All hail Esquivel!

Get ready and come early. If you were at the Clare V. sample sale then you know what I’m talking about! Hand craftmanship, quality and tradition are at the heart of Esquivel, a brand that combines a chic modern aesthetic with a timeless sensibility, all with a Southern California, casual sophistication.

Fans of Esquivel Shoes include Emma Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laura Dern, Michelle Monaghan, Janelle Monae and more– 

All men’s and women’s shoes 50-80% off!

Styles include the Grace, the Jill, and the Dana for women.

For men styles include the Boswell, the Chuck and the Vern.

Friday, August 9th (10am – 5pm)
Saturday, August 10th (10am – 5pm)
Sunday, August 11th (11am – 5pm)

820 South Santa Fe AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90021

Your Perfect Night’s Sleep Is Missing This One Thing

July 28, 2019

Who said crowns are only for royalty?

They’re for sleep, obviously!

When I first met Julie Westervelt, at the Upgrade Bulletproof conference, it was love at first product sight. A former restorative yoga teacher in Austin, Texas, she developed this unique product “somewhere at the intersection of her yoga teachings and her own personal habit.” She has slept with a pillow over her head since she was a little girl. When I saw this glorious pillow in action, my mind was swimming with all the people I know who love to sleep with a pillow, shirt, or towel over their eyes and head. And there’s a good reason for it too. Think about eye masks to darken the light, think about a light towel over eyes during a massage, think about weighted blankets and the comfort and relaxation they bring. There’s real science behind it. (read below!)

With the placement of a super-soft Sleep Crown over your head, feel secure, like you’re having your brain hugged undisturbed by your environment. Perfect weight that contours around your head and smart design leaves plenty of room for your nose and mouth. Breathe easily and unobstructed.

I could not wait to share about it. But first I had to try one myself. I have never been one to sleep with anything on my head, however I am a huge weighted blanket fan and love a good eye pillow.

This good news is the pillow is fully customizable so if it felt like too much for me, I remove fill from the inside of my Sleep Crown and personalize the fill and weight. Turns out I didn’t need to.

It was perfect. Before you envision something heavy and solid weighing down, it’s nothing like that. The pillow is light, moveable and squishy. It doesn’t stay ‘glued’ to your head unless you are a solid back sleeper. It moves with you and you can cuddle and scrunch it.

And yes to me getting a little discount code for you!!

GROOMEDLA for $10 Savings on Orders north of $135 + free shipping always.

I am in love with my pillow and to be totally honest, I don’t even use it on my head half the time. I also mush my face into it, curl it under my neck and I often wake up with my son next to me, who’s taken it and used it as a ‘huggy’ pillow. Heaven! And for my best friend who suffers from intense migraines, I cannot think of a better gift.

From the website:

Benefits of Gentle Pressure Over the Head

Gentle pressure eases the body’s protective systems and signals the nervous system that its OK to relax and drift into deep sleep…where blood pressure is lower and the brain releases chemicals that control appetite and metabolism, hormones that repair the tissues of the body, and generates more white blood cells to promote immunity. 

Weighted sleep therapy can help increase the naturally-occurring levels of Serotonin and Melatonin overnight, normalizing the nervous system. 

Pressure can act as a calming agent to increase activity in the parasympathetic division of the nervous system, and lower activity in the sympathetic division of the Autonomic Nervous System. Gentle compression over the crown of the head may cause the release of both serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These are “happy” neurotransmitters and produce a feeling of calm within our nervous system. Often described as feeling like a hug, weighted sleep products lead to a sense of security, which tends to calm the mind and allow the body to take the cue to rest. The swaddling effect that happens when you cuddle under a Sleep Crown can help ease the mind allowing for complete relaxation. Include a Sleep Crown as part of your sleep ritual and elevate your sleep.

Natural Sleep-Aid

Ambient Light Interference

Science is revealing how profoundly our bodies are affected by light. A big factor that affects our circadian rhythm is light, be it natural or artificial. The internal body system is stimulated by ambient light which can interfere with the ability to fall asleep. Persistent urban light, overnight travel, conflicting sleep schedules with family or housemates can all contribute to trouble sleeping. Does your partner stay up later than you with the lights or TV on? Sleep Crown will allow you to insulate yourself from whatever is happening around you. Making Sleep Crown part of your sleeping ritual can help insulate you from a disruptive environment.

Environmental Noise

A state of deep rest is vulnerable to disruptive sound and noise around us. Whether acknowledged or not, sounds can interrupt sleep cycles and leave you feeling depleted even after a full night of sleep. Although background sounds may relax some people, the volume level must be low. Otherwise, increased frequency of awakenings may prevent transitions to the deeper stages of sleep. 

Quiet Sleep Environment
Sleep Environment

Sleep Environment

Do you have bedmates, pets and/or babies in the bed with you at night? As much as we love their snuggles, the more life in the bed with you, the more disruptions to your sleep cycles. Keep them in the bed with you, but protect your personal sleep space by placing a Sleep Crown over your head to minimize the disruptions. Brilliant!