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Ultra Hydrating New Zealand Manuka Honey Is The Star Of This Skincare Line

November 23, 2020

Antipodes Baptise H2O Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel

I am loving the feel (and smell!!) of this weightless, intensive formula. Feels hydrating and totally light when I put it on and zero stickiness of some manuka honey-based skin care products.

And the great news it’s $38 on Amazon! – Grab it for a perfect stocking stuffer!

 

 

Skin Benefits

World-famous New Zealand manuka honey and naturally sourced hyaluronic acid, bestow their humectant properties, drawing moisture to the skin for enduring hydration. Harakeke gel combines with mamaku black fern and hibiscus flower to help revitalize cells and protect the skin. A fragrance of fresh rose uplifts your senses and skin feels born again. Suited to most skin types, especially dry.

Scientific Validation

Clinically shown to increase skin hydration by 52% after 24 hours.* (*Dermatest Australia: clinical study of 10 women, ages 38-58, 2019.)

Credentials

This ultra-rich water gel is certified vegetarian by the UK Vegetarian Society, the oldest and most respected vegetarian organization in the world.

Antipodes is committed to repurposing, reusing and recycling, including using recyclable boxes made from 100% biodegradable cardboard derived from sustainable forests as well as glass bottles, aluminum tubes and printing with 100% eco ink from vegetables.

Also the AURA mask is giving me life – also a little packaging boner. Buy it here on Amazon for $32! 

Wild-sourced manuka honey from New Zealand locks moisture into the skin, while helping to keep skin super fresh and blemish-free. Bring peace and balance to your aura with divine fragrances of vanilla pod and mandarin. Suited to most skin types, especially blemish-prone.

 

The eye cream is delightful.

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream. A light eye cream that provides cooling, soothing treatment. Rich in vitamin C from the New Zealand super fruit, kiwifruit adds moisture and soften fine lines. Vinanza® Grape is a revolutionary antioxidant extract from Marlborough sauvignon blanc grape seeds that improves elasticity and firmness.

Buy it here for $32 on Amazon!

Facial Bungalow Offering Outdoor Facials, Massages And More!

November 19, 2020

The lovely and talented Trina Renea of Facial Bungalow has organized a covid safe outdoor facial + massage paradise. 
Trina put together a little outdoor situation that is lovely and perfect for a safe outdoor facial and more (massage, waxing, lashes!) She nabbed her favorite massage therapist and aesthetician to support her outdoor biz. The room is gorgeous with French doors and windows to make it very ventilated for Covid. The bed is heated, there is heat in the room and the windows and doors stay open. They are all getting tested every two weeks, wearing gloves masks, and shields. There is a HEPA filter and everything needed to keep people safe. The space is very private – one on one.
I have always loved Trina’s facials and can’t wait to get over there.
Also! Look at this outdoor pergola in La Crescenta for the massages.

11128 Ventura Blvd Studio city

Locked and gated. By appointment only.  EMAIL TO INQUIRE

They also offer massage sessions at The Bungalow and in your home.
– private massage at your home in an outdoor space for an additional travel fee.
 
– private massage from our therapist’s home in her private backyard gazebo in La Crescenta
They adhering to strict COVID-19 safety protocols:
– All service providers tested every 14 days
– All service providers wear gloves, Mask, and Shield. 
– Each room is cleaned and aired out for 30 minutes between services, following all COVID safety regulations and strict sterilization protocols 
– Each client’s temperature is taken at the door 
– HEPA air filtration system in place, and all windows and doors are open for maximum air circulation
To read the full list of services, please visit:
https://www.facialbungalow.com/treatments/
To book, please email us here to inquire:
facialbungalow@gmail.com
OTHER cool businesses on the property:

The Affordable Natural Skincare Line You Need To Know About

November 12, 2020

Loving Three Ships  next-generation skincare line that melds nature with science to promote healthier skin.
Their mission is to be the most affordable, transparent natural skincare brand on the market that works, with all products forever under $40.
At Three Ships, they focus on educating consumers on what is in their skincare products, why ingredients matter and why you don’t need to break the bank to have healthy skin.
Three Ships is 110% about transparency and a less-is-more philosophy.
 
 
Glow 49% Jojoba Oil Serum: The Glow Serum is a standout product for its lightweight consistency and fast-absorbing quality that evens out skin tone, minimizes the appearance of pores, conditions skin and reduces redness. With a nearly identical chemical structure to skin’s natural sebum, jojoba minimizes the appearance of pores and reduces excess oil. Vitamin E and camellia oil are added to this serum for extra hydration, giving skin a supple, dewy finish.  It’s a multitasking must-have that works overtime as a natural makeup primer and moisturizer. This product will be available only on Black Friday for $21.70 (30% discount). 
 
Piña Colada Lip Exfoliator: Glosses that are sticky and slick are not compatible with this mask-wearing era. Instead, this triple-action scrub exfoliates and conditions lips without the hassle of adhering to any fabric. Fine sugar crystals remove dry skin/flakes and make lips look plump and full while natural shea butter and oils hydrate and soothe. This piña colada-flavored scrub contains zero artificial colours or flavuors. This product will be available only on Black Friday for $9.80 (30% discount). 
 
Like all Three Ships products, the Glow and Exfoliator are:
–  100% plant-derived and gluten-free with no artificial ingredients.
The brand is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and is manufactured in Canada.
– All Three Ships products are pregnancy-safe and formulated according to rigorous European Union safety standards.  
– The Glow Serum reflects Three Ships’ commitment to sourcing sustainable ingredients and creating formulations that provide tangible benefits.
– Its glass bottle can be upcycled.
– Three Ships also use 100% recyclable cardboard outer boxes that their customers like to reuse (e.g. for storage). It is a natural, effective and affordable serum with a conscience.
For more information, please visit  https://www.threeshipsbeauty.com.
 
Three Ships also has an array of beauty bundles for the beauty lover on your list. After all, why give one product when you can give many?!
Bestsellers Kit: Contents — Glow 49% Jojoba Oil Serum, Purify Aloe + Amino Acid Cleanser, Radiance Grape Stem Cell + Squalane Day Cream, Soothe Rosehip Vitamin C Clay Mask. Price: $75  (Save $19).
Self-Care Kit Contents — Calm Lavender Hydrosol Toner, Detox Green Tea Antioxidant Clay Mask, Piña Colada Lip Exfoliator. Price: $33 USD (Save $12).

BURKE WILLIAMS WELCOMES THE 2020 HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ALL-NEW SPA PACKAGES AND EXCLUSIVE SPECIALS

November 10, 2020

Tis the season to find comfort, joy, and relaxation at your spa home away from home

Burke Williams will become the spa home away from home this holiday season by combining all the luxurious elements of a day spa with the comfort and warmth of being at home. In celebration of the most wonderful time of the year, California’s leading luxury day spa will launch gift card and gift kit specials starting Thursday, Nov. 5 through the end of the year, as well as promotional offers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Burke Williams is bringing the holidays home this season by offering gift card packages, stocking stuffers, and spa service-inspired gift kits within each location and online. Because we all deserve a little more this season, Burke Williams is pleased to extend an exclusive week of deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday for guests to enjoy or give as gifts to their friends and family members. Please see below for a taste of Burke Williams’ holiday offerings:

Burke Williams Black Friday and Cyber Monday Week

From Monday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Nov. 30, Burke Williams will be offering a week-long Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal consisting of exclusive 2-for-1 Merry Little Spa Day gift card packages. The gift card packages are listed below:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Spa Day 2-for-1 Package – $380
A Spa Day for You
· 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage
· 50-minute Spa Style Facial
· Spa Manicure with Dazzle Dry
· Spa Pedicure with Dazzle Dry

A Spa Day for Me – Free!
· 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage
· 50-minute Spa Style Facial
· Spa Manicure with Dazzle Dry
· Spa Pedicure with Dazzle Dry

Guests may upgrade to an 80-minute massage and facial plus luxe spa manicures and pedicures for only $140 more.

Pricing and services will vary by location. Please contact directly to learn more about gift card packages offered at Mission Viejo, San Jose, and San Francisco locations.

Black Friday One-Day Only Flash Sale
With the New Year approaching, Burke Williams has prioritized spreading awareness about the benefits of self-care and is excited to bring back its one-day only flash sale for Black Friday where guests can receive a three-month spa membership to any Burke Williams location. This membership will include three monthly massages or facials, gifts, and spa days for just $300 plus a 20% discount off any H2V products. Prices will vary by location.

Burke Williams Gift Card Packages
Silent Nights, Peaceful Days – $160 ($145 for members)
· 80-minute Pure Relaxation Massage or Spa Facial with two enhancements of choice.

I’ll Be Home for Spa Days – $270 ($245 for members)
· 80-minute Pure Relaxation Massage; 50-minute Spa-Style Facial; Spa Manicure; and massage or facial enhancement of choice.

Walking in a Wellness Wonderland – $500 ($450 for members)
· 80-minute Specialty Massage of choice; 80-minute Radiance Facial; Herbal Spa Bath; Luxe Spa Manicure; Luxe Spa Pedicure; Advanced Eye Lift; and massage and pedicure enhancement of choice.

The Most Wonderful Gift of the Year – $1,100 ($990 for members)
· 80-minute Burke Williams Signature Massage; 80-minute Specialty Massage of choice; 80-minute Nourishing Facial; 80-minute Radiance Facial; 80-minute Regenerate Anti-Aging Facial; Luxe Spa Manicure; Luxe Spa Pedicure; Seasonal Scrub and Heel Honey pedicure enhancements; Herbal Spa Bath; two massage enhancements of choice; two facial enhancements of choice; and Advanced Eye Lift.

Pricing and services will vary by location. To see all Gift Card Package offerings, please visit https://www.burkewilliams.com/holiday-2020.

Burke Williams Stocking Stuffers
Burke Williams is offering delightful spa treats perfect to gift as stocking stuffers for loved ones and are available at just $36 or under. These items include:

· Body Bliss Bath Soak
· Body Bliss Wintergreen & Arnica Salve
· Sonoma Lavender Essential Oil
· Sonoma Lavender Massage Oil
· Burke Williams Vanilla Lemongrass Tea
· Sonoma Lavender Spa Eye Mask
· H2V Prepare Toner
· Eucalyptus & Lemongrass Shower Spa Mist
· Eminence Stone Crop Body Oil
· Dazzle Dry Mini Kit in rose quartz
· H2V Travel Kit

To learn more about these offerings, please visit https://shop.burkewilliams.com/.

Burke Williams Home for the Holidays Spa Gift Kits
In addition, guests can bring the luxury of a Burke Williams day spa Home for the Holidays with spa gift kits consisting of different spa services and packaged in a Burke Williams exclusive gift box. Ranging from $35 to $200, each holiday gift kit is listed below.

· Merry Massage – $35
· Includes Sacred Earth Warming Massage Lotion, Sacred Earth Muscle Rub, and a self-massage tool
· Snowed in Wetroom Retreat – $60
· Includes exfoliating gloves, Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Scrub, and Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Shea Butter
· Mistletoe Manicure – $80
· Includes Dazzle Dry Mini Kit in rose quartz, Spa Ritual Anti-Aging Hand Salve, Dazzle Dry Cuticle Oil, and a Burke Williams manicure/pedicure tool kit
· A Partridge and a Pedicure – $100
· Includes Dazzle Dry Mini Kit in rose quartz, Farmhouse Fresh Agave Oil, Diamacel Foot File, and a Burke Williams manicure/pedicure tool kit
· Spa-lala Facial – $120
· Includes H2V Complete Facial Cleanser, H2V Buff Exfoliant, Stone Crop Masque, travel size H2V Balance Moisturizer, and a Burke Williams mini mirror
· A Merry Burke Williams Spa-liday – $155
· Includes Burke Williams robe, signature Vanilla-Lemongrass Tea, Eucalyptus ShowerSpa Mist, and a Sonoma Lavender Eye Pillow
· My Favorite Things Facial – $205
· Includes H2V Hydrate Creamy Cleanser, G10 Serum, Defy Anti-Aging Masque, Youth Cell Serum, travel size Advance D3 Moisturizer, and a Burke Williams mini mirror

Burke Williams takes pride in being guardians of health and wellness within the community and has dedicated crews cleaning and disinfecting all 11 facilities throughout California. Burke Williams has invested more in the health and safety of its employees and guests by implementing new safety measures to its locations, including the installation of 300 HEPA-certified air purifiers in every treatment room and common area, high quality lavender and eucalyptus spray containing antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and extra hand sanitizing stations among others.

For more information, please visit www.burkewilliams.com.

 

ABOUT BURKE WILLIAMS
Burke Williams created the original urban day spa in 1984, elevating the spa experience to a new art form. Drawing inspiration from world-class European day spas, the destination worked to combine the finest traditions with nourishing innovations to transport guests from the stress of everyday life. Today, with 11 locations across California, Burke Williams is a luxurious sanctuary, a place for wellness and beauty, inspiration and optimism. For more information, please visit burkewilliams.com.

Demee Koch On Inclusivity In Beauty Now

July 2, 2020

Seeing 6 white faces and one brown one isn’t diversity. #BlackLivesMatter 

Don’t settle for an inclusivity ratio that leaves you wondering if you only squint your eyes really hard you’ll be able to see the diversity (attempt). Don’t settle for brands that think diversity means the same skin tone but different hair colours! Sounds about white?!

I started my career in the beauty industry over 2 decades ago. While I am truly aware of the fact that different skins have different needs – Be it from colour, shape or age (yes, diversity and inclusion means elderly people, too) – I absolutely would never understand how you could aim to only serve one privileged group of the world – full stop!

I am blessed with my work in creating grooming concepts (little mini-holidays whilst getting a neat and tidy appearance), and developing cosmetic products with active ingredients with my beauty brand. I truly find joy in making people look good. To touch lives, to make them happy. The gratification of seeing someone happy is the constant prize I get.

We all want to look good, and we want to make use of what’s available in the market, BUT without having to think we need to change our actual selves. The aim should be to fall in love with ourselves, creating self-love to be able to give love unconditionally. We’re all unique, and we need to celebrate that.

Why would you want a brand and their commercials make you feel like you’re not good enough? Anyone in the beauty industry loves to play with colours, so why would you trust a beauty brand that does not implement human colourism? Let’s be harsher on brands who have never contemplated any diversity. Diversity is the true beauty.

The current #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackTransLivesMatter movements brought brands internationally under continued scrutiny for their (bad) behaviours towards people of colour. Fashion and beauty companies that are making it hard to be a black employee is just one example. And there has always been plenty of insensitivity right there on the surface. BUT black lives are never off-brand!

My beautiful souls out there, let’s use your purchasing power! What makes me crazy and different is that I think everything is possible. And I believe we can lead a change by consciously choosing beauty brands that celebrate every aspect of beauty. Let’s dig deeper to find out who is being true and human, who is compassionate.

About Demee Koch

 

Demee Koch is a serial entrepreneur with a solid experience of 21 years in the health and beauty industry. With DE MOI BY DEMEE KOCH, she launched a Switzerland-based, purpose-driven business for cosmeceutical products. The social and ecologically friendly beauty brand develops high quality and results-driven cosmetic products with active ingredients, made with principles of honesty and fairness. Demee is an advocate for inclusivity and women empowerment and is hands-on involved in charity works. Next to timely events based charities, she supports the Lumad tribe in her home country the Philippines with their scholarship program for education and level up needs, as well as local female business entrepreneurship programs.

The development of honest and cruelty-free products is a given for Demee, who established her love for animals by conceptualizing a new approach towards preventive pet health care for the chain of small animal clinics Vet Station AG. Prior to moving to Switzerland, where the mum of two runs personal grooming concepts to support women’s beauty from all walks of life, she started her career in the beauty & luxury industry in Dubai. International networking and a strong sensitivity for trends are a natural part of Demee’s personality.

Since 2005, Demee shares her knowledge as a business consultant and became a trusted business advisor and director to successful global brands run by social entrepreneurs in fields of fintech, biotech, sports, fashion, and beauty. Amongst others, she is on the Board of Advisors for the no 1 boxing equipment SPARBAR. In 2019, Demee received the award as GLOBAL FWN100 2019 MOST INFLUENTIAL FILIPINA IN THE WORLD at the 16th Global Filipina Leadership Summit in Place Vendôme in Paris. She currently serves as a director of China ACE Organization, an organization of international companies and investors. Demee received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management at the University of the Philippines, and her MBA in International Marketing from the Swiss Business School in Zurich.