Category Archives: FACE + EYES

Revive Med Spa in Topanga Village: Elevating Aesthetic Excellence

May 17, 2024

I am thrilled to report on this gem in Topanga Village, as this marks our first feature on an aesthetics destination in this area.  Nestled in the tranquil ambiance of Topanga Village, Revive Med Spa stands as a beacon of advanced aesthetics and rejuvenation. From the moment you step inside, you are enveloped by a serene environment that promises an experience far beyond typical spa treatments. Revive Med Spa combines cutting-edge techniques with a retreat-like atmosphere, making it the ultimate destination for anyone seeking to enhance their natural beauty.

Revive Med Spa has been the premier medical spa in San Diego since 2006, proudly voted “Best Place to Get Botox” in the region. As a top 10 provider of MORPHEUS8, BOTOX®, JUVÉDERM®, and LATISSE in the nation, and the #1 provider of CoolSculpting® in California, they offer the most advanced and innovative treatments. The med spa also features leading brands in medical-grade skincare, including SkinMedica, Alastin, and SkinCeuticals.

As an aesthetics enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for the best treatments and practitioners. During my recent visit to Revive Med Spa in Topanga Village, I booked an appointment with Michele, one of the highly acclaimed practitioners, for a baby Botox touch-up and some facial balancing and optimizing. Her expertise and meticulous attention to detail quickly put me at ease, and I knew I was in good hands.

We decided on using Restylane Lift for my cheeks and Restylane L for my lips and nasolabial folds. Restylane Lift is known for its ability to provide volume and contour to the cheeks, delivering a subtle yet noticeable lift that enhances the natural bone structure. Restylane L, on the other hand, is perfect for adding volume to the lips and smoothing out nasolabial folds, ensuring a balanced and youthful appearance.

The procedure was efficient and surprisingly comfortable (I don’t do numbing!), thanks to Michele’s gentle technique and the use of a numbing cream. She carefully injected the Restylane Lift into my cheeks, providing an immediate and natural-looking lift with more defined cheekbones. This subtle enhancement made a significant difference, giving my face a refreshed, well balanced appearance.

Next, Michele focused on my lips and nasolabial folds with Restylane L. She skillfully added volume to my lips, enhancing their shape without making them look overdone. The nasolabial folds were softened, creating a smoother and more harmonious facial contour.

The results were immediate and exceeded my expectations. My cheeks had a beautiful lift and contour, my lips looked naturally fuller, and the nasolabial folds were significantly reduced. Michele’s artistry with the fillers ensured that all enhancements looked natural and balanced, highlighting my features without any hint of artificiality.

Revive Med Spa in Topanga Village is not just a place for treatments; it is a journey toward self-enhancement and confidence. The combination of a serene environment, state-of-the-art techniques, and skilled professionals like Michele makes it a top choice for anyone looking to elevate their natural beauty.

If you are considering facial enhancements or simply want to indulge in the best aesthetics care, I highly recommend a visit to Revive Med Spa. My experience with Michele and the transformative results of the Restylane Lift and Restylane L treatments have been fantastic.

revive.md

Phone:(747) 777-4518

6320 CA-27, Ste 1623Woodland Hills, CA 91367 17.85 mi

A Floral-Infused Elegance: Blossom Beauty at ULTA

May 14, 2024

I’m thrilled to share my latest discovery: Blossom Beauty. If you’re ready to elevate your beauty routine with a touch of floral elegance and self-expression, keep reading. Blossom Beauty has truly set a new standard, and I’m here to tell you all about my experience with their stunning products now available at ULTA Beauty.

A Unique Floral Experience

From the moment I opened my first Blossom Beauty product, I knew this wasn’t just another makeup brand. Each item is carefully crafted with real flowers, transforming the simple act of applying makeup or skincare into an immersive, floral-infused experience. Blossom Beauty products aren’t just about looking good—they’re about feeling connected to nature and embracing beauty in its most natural form.

Blossom Beauty at ULTA

I was ecstatic to learn that Blossom Beauty is now available at ULTA Beauty! This makes it so much easier to get my hands on their products. In addition to ULTA, you can also find Blossom Beauty at CVS Pharmacy, Target, Walmart, and other major retailers, but there’s something special about browsing their collection in person at ULTA.

Celebrating Individuality with Blossom

Blossom Beauty’s philosophy of celebrating individuality and inclusivity really resonates with me. Their diverse range of products transcends age, culture, and gender norms, making it easy for everyone to find something they love.

My Top Picks from Blossom Beauty

🌸 Nails: A Home Mani-Pedi Revolution

  • Hero Product: Blossom Cuticle Oil – Floral Scent ($9)
    • Scents: Hibiscus, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, and Spring Bouquet
    • I’ve been using the Blossom Cuticle Oil and it’s been a game-changer for my nails. Not only does it smell divine, but it’s also an all-natural way to care for and strengthen my nails.

💋 Lips: Pucker Up with Petal-Infused Magic

  • Bestseller: Blossom Color-Changing Lip Balm ($7)
    • Flower Colors: Pink, Turquoise, Red, and Purple
    • This lip balm is like magic in a tube. It reacts with your lips’ natural pH levels to create a custom shade of pink. Plus, it’s super moisturizing with a mild strawberry scent. It’s my go-to for both hydration and a pop of color.

🌺 Fragrance: A Bouquet in Every Bottle

  • Bestseller: Blossom Roll-On Perfume Oil – Classic ($9)
    • Scents: Cactus Flower, Coconut Nectar, Honey Jasmine, Island Hibiscus, Rose, Vanilla Orchid
    • The roll-on perfume oils are my new favorite accessory. They’re compact, easy to apply, and keep me smelling fresh all day. My current favorite is the Honey Jasmine scent—sweet but not overpowering.

✨ Face: Embrace Botanical Beauty

  • Bestseller: Blossom All-Natural & Hydrating Face Oil ($20)
    • Flower Colors: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter
    • This face oil has become a staple in my skincare routine. Made with 100% all-natural ingredients, it’s perfect for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and hydrated.

👁️ Eyes: Brighten Up with Blossom

  • Blossom All-Natural Eye Serum ($16)
    • Flower Colors: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter
    • This eye serum is a lifesaver for tired eyes. Packed with vitamins and essential oils, it refreshes and revitalizes my skin, making me look more awake and youthful.

🛁 Body: Indulge in Luxury

  • Treating myself from head to toe with Blossom’s body care products has been an absolute delight. Self-care has never felt so indulgent, and my skin thanks me for it.

Bloom with Blossom Beauty

If you’re looking for a way to infuse your beauty routine with natural elegance and floral magic, I can’t recommend Blossom Beauty enough. Their products have transformed my approach to self-care, making it a more enriching and enjoyable experience.

Check out the full range at blossombeauty.com or visit your nearest ULTA Beauty to experience the magic for yourself. Let your beauty blossom in full bloom! 🌸💄✨

Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences with Blossom Beauty in the comments below. I’d love to hear how these products have transformed your beauty routine!

My Journey with DAXXIFY®: A Game-Changer in the World of Neuromodulators

March 26, 2024

Daxxify

As a beauty editor deeply entrenched in the world of skincare innovations, I’m always on the lookout for treatments that offer a perfect blend of science and effectiveness. Enter DAXXIFY®, a revolutionary neuromodulator promising extended results that caught my attention. Guiding me through this journey is Michele Chahine PA, my long-time/go-to esteemed injector with a wealth of experience in aesthetic medicine. With over a decade of expertise in the field, Michele stands as a beacon of excellence in the industry. As the Founder of @methodofbeauty, her dedication to personalized treatments has garnered her a loyal following. Having been under Michele’s care for years, her credentials and commitment to her patients make her the ideal partner in exploring the wonders of DAXXIFY®.

“DAXXIFY® is FDA approved to smooth moderate to severe lines between the brows. It is the only frown line treatment powered by a peptide. The active ingredient in DAXXIFY® is a purified protein called botulinum toxin type A.”

DAXXIFY® represents a significant advancement in the field of neuromodulators, offering a unique formulation designed to deliver longer-lasting results compared to its counterparts. Unlike traditional toxin freezers like Botox, DAXXIFY® harnesses the power of peptides to enhance its efficacy and duration of action. Peptides, with their strong positive charge, play a pivotal role in DAXXIFY®’s mechanism of action, ensuring a more targeted and sustained interaction with nerve cells. This unique approach not only sets DAXXIFY® apart but also guarantees longer-lasting results and a tailored treatment experience.

As Michele administered the DAXXIFY® injections with her characteristic precision of course, I was struck by the science behind the treatment, as she filled me in about what makes it so special – and why it has now become the new go-to.  I trust Michele implicitly for her keenly natural approach to facial balance and profound knowledge of facial anatomy, which made trying something totally new – a breeze. Her expertise ensured that my treatment was not only effective but also aligned with my individual skincare goals.

“All frown line treatments require a special ingredient to stabilize botulinum toxin A, the protein responsible for helping smooth moderate to severe frown lines. For instance, Botox® Cosmetic uses human serum albumin (HSA), a blood product, as its stabilizer. Dysport®, another frown line treatment, uses HSA as a stabilizer and cow’s milk protein as a protectant.”

DAXXIFY® is unique because it is the only formulation that uses a novel peptide as a stabilizer and does not contain human or animal byproducts.

It’s now been almost two weeks since my DAXXIFY® treatment and the results speak for themselves. My skin texture already improved, and fine lines faded away. I look beyond refreshed and rejuvenated. I’m glowing in a way I had not from other neuromodulators.

How is DAXXIFY® different from other frown line treatments?

“DAXXIFY® is the only frown line treatment powered by a peptide. It’s fast acting, long lasting and slow to wear off.*

All frown line treatments require a special ingredient to stabilize botulinum toxin A, the protein responsible for helping smooth moderate to severe frown lines. For instance, Botox® Cosmetic uses human serum albumin (HSA), a blood product, as its stabilizer. Dysport®, another frown line treatment, uses HSA as a stabilizer and cow’s milk protein as a protectant.

DAXXIFY® is unique because it is the only formulation that uses a novel peptide as a stabilizer and does not contain human or animal byproducts.

*Results as early as the next day and typically within 2 days. At least 50% of patients in clinical studies had no or minor frown lines 6 months after treatment.”

The potential longevity of the results, reaffirmed my confidence in DAXXIFY® as a game-changer in the realm of neuromodulators. DAXXIFY® represents a new frontier in skincare with its innovative formulation and I thrilled to be able to share the word on this with you all!

 

 

ABOUT MICHELE MESSIAH CHAHINE, MS, PA-C

BOARD CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT | CERTIFIED IN DERMATOLOGY
MASTER INJECTOR | ANTI-AGING EXPERT | SKIN SPECIALIST

Michele Messiah Chahine, PA-C is a Board Certified Physician Assistant specializing in dermatology and medical aesthetics. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies at Western University of Health Sciences and holds a degree in Psychology-Biology from UCLA.

11645 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025, US
+1 310-746-3174
michelechahinepa@gmail.com
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Special appointment times every 2-3 months. Please Pre-Book to guarantee your spot.

BEAUTYOLOGIE’S ONLINE MARKETPLACE WILL TAKE YOU ON AN ETHICALLY SOURCED GLOBETROTTING JOURNEY 

March 6, 2024

why shopIt’s wild to me that Gen Alphas are treasure-hunting Sephora stores seeking Hyaluronic Acid and anything that will prevent wrinkles on their prepubescent faces. While I appreciate their intention for self-care, I wish they’d be more thoughtful about where all their empties will end up or where their products came from in the first place. So it was incredibly refreshing to me when I learned about Robin Doyle’s online beauty marketplace, Beautyologie. Robin and I go back way before Covid times, when I was consumed in the editorial world and she was on the PR side of some amazing beauty brands and projects. 

Beautyologie is not your typical etailer hocking the latest viral Tik Tok trends. It’s a highly curated collection of 50+ beauty brands from all corners of the earth that actually give a shit about the world. Robin draws from 25 years of beauty industry experience as a writer and PR agency owner (Charmed PR). She confesses her idea to create a beauty marketplace for brands using the industry as a vehicle for soclal good came from working with clients who founded the fair trade beauty brands Shea Yeleen and Silktage. Both have been on her site since day one. 

“Once I realized that these women weren’t just making skin care products for the hell of it, but they were doing it to help the ingredient producers in places like Ghana and Morocco make a living and pay for books and food for their kids, I thought, there is so much more good that could come out of the beauty industry if people just paid attention,” she says. 

She also took a trip to India right before the pandemic which transformed her outlook on the consumer industry. Witnessing firsthand how western shopping behavior affects a developing country, she felt incredible guilt for the 20+ years she spent in PR pushing the promotion and sale of endless beauty and accessory items. 

So many of the ingredients that go into our beauty products are farmed and tended to just like the food we eat. Much of them come from the global south and are produced, not always in the best conditions by people who are not always treated or paid fairly. This topic is covered extensively on Robin’s site as well as highilghting where brands are from. In browsing the Countries tab, I can find beauty from Bangladesh to Zambia. 

What I found myself going down a rabbit hole was the Ingredient Checker, a comprehensive guide to all the ingredients used in the products she offers. “I believe that everyone deserves to know exactly what’s in their beauty products and where those ingredients come from,” she explains. 

That’s not to say you will only find crunchy Shea Butter and Argan Oil brands here. A self-admitted beauty snob, Robin looks for efficacious formulas that blend science with ethically sourced ingredients too (Moon Beings Skincare), or Zero-Waste brands (Parrotfish and Axiology). Gorgeous hair accessories and cosmetic bags from India and Guatemala are available too.

Robin dreams of opening her own beauty boutique one day, but rent in LA is ridiculous so she’s created a work around with a collections of Pop-Ups, her largest in the Valley Salt Cave in Woodland Hills on Ventura Blvd. which I plan to visit soon. I love a good Salt Cave, and I hear this one does Tarot Card Sound Baths…ahhh. 

A beauty aficionado myself, I am drooling over some of the products I found on Beautyologie that I’ve never heard of before. Here’s a sampling of my faves from above:

ABHATI Suisse Chambral Sacred Hair Oila rich, golden, healthy growth-encouraging blend of ayurvedic botanicals and Indian oils including Himalayan Wild Cherry Oil. 

Amazonian Skinfood Magic Wand: All-in-One Gentle Face Cleasner:  a travel-ready solid face cleansing stick made with Acai, Passion Fruit and Yerba Mate. 

Odylique Mineral Lipstick in Praline – it’s the perfect taupe / nude shade you dream about and it contains Fair Trade Certified Shea Butter. 

Violet Botanical Egyptian Marula Oil – Sourced from Botswana, the texture says it is lightweight and non-greasy. I just want the gorgeous blue glass bottle to have a permanent residence on my vanity. 

Nourishe Supreme Rose Invigoratin Cream – Infused with nine different types of organic roses, and Ayuvvedic herbs. The nutrients of 37 plants create this velvety cream.

Katari Beauty Argil Mediterranean Green Clay Facial Masque – Mined from the Atlas Mountains in Africa, the mineral-rich green clay helps clear acne-prone skin. Housed in a glass bottle with a cork topper. 

Use GROOMED15 for 15% off orders $50 or more. 

Being in LA: A Radiant Oasis of Vibrational Bliss

January 27, 2024

 

Being IN LA In the heart of Silverlake, lies a haven of tranquility and rejuvenation – Being in LA. Stepping into this sacred space of vibrational bliss, you are embraced by the philosophy of holistic healing and the promise of a healthier, happier, and more balanced life. Founded by the visionary Jenette Serrins, this spa radiates a commitment to integrity and sustainability, using only premium, cruelty-free skincare products that deliver unparalleled results. As I recently experienced the next-level facial, guided by Jenette herself, it became evident that this was not just a skincare routine – it was an artful journey towards glowing, radiant skin.

One of the distinctive aspects of Being in LA lies in the fact that Jenette Serrins personally crafts each product used in the spa. This artisanal approach ensures that every treatment is an intimate reflection of her passion for holistic healing and uncompromising quality. The spa’s commitment to using Jenette – All Natural Skin Care products in every facial speaks volumes about the dedication to providing a pure and transformative experience.

My journey into radiant well-being began with the “Jenette Signature Facial,” a masterpiece tailored to my skin’s specific needs. The experience started with a consultation that allowed Jenette to understand my skin on a personal level. This attention to detail set the tone for a facial that transcended the ordinary.

The facial itself was a comprised of several techniques, seamlessly blending dermaplaning, her insane Cacoa mask – a Vitamin C enzyme, massage and more.  As Jenette’s skilled hands worked their magic, it was evident that this was more than a routine; it was a crafted experience designed to elevate both the skin and the soul.

The use of Jenette’s own skincare line became the focal point of the facial. The all-natural, handcrafted products worked in harmony to detoxify, relax, and renew not just the skin but the entire being.

My experience at Being in LA wasn’t just a facial; it was a journey into a realm where passion, expertise, and artistry converge to elevate the senses. If you seek more than a routine skincare treatment, if you long for an experience that resonates with your soul, then Being in LA is where radiance is crafted, and wellness is an art form.

Jenette has created new standard for elevated skincare solutions, proudly opposing animal testing and ensuring every treatment is a pure symphony of natural, anti-aging, and healing elements. The spa’s dedication to using products free from carcinogens, fillers, and harmful ingredients reflects a holistic approach to beauty and wellness. As you immerse yourself in this sanctuary, you are invited to experience the transformative power of Jenette – All Natural Skin Care and Epicuren Discovery, brands that embody the essence of rejuvenation and holistic well-being.

A Symphony of Facials

Here,  the ultimate in skincare indulgence is achieved through an array of facials, each designed to balance, detoxify, and renew the complexion. From the “Well Being Facial,” a must for first-time clients, to the exclusive “Jenette Signature Facial,” the spa offers a curated selection featuring premium brands such as EMK Placental Skin Care and Image Skin Care.

For those seeking a more personalized touch, the spa’s skilled practitioners are available for in-depth consultations. Whether you’re interested in micro-channeling for various skin conditions or a non-surgical face-lift to exfoliate, lift, and brighten, Being in LA caters to your unique skincare needs.

The spa extends its offerings beyond facials with a diverse range of treatments, including the ancient Chinese technique of Gua Sha and the well-known rejuvenating High Frequency treatment. The Intra-oral Sculpting Facial promises instant sculpting and firming, while LED Lightwave invites you to relax under healing lights, repairing any skin condition or damage.

Founder, guru and skin witch, Janette also understands the importance of complete well-being, offering massage therapy that transports you to a blissful state. With options like Swedish and Deep Tissue massages, the spa’s skilled therapists ensure a thorough and soothing experience.

Pampering extends to meticulous waxing and threading services, using LYCON’s groundbreaking strip-less wax. The spa’s commitment to perfection is evident in treatments like dermaplaning, which manually exfoliates the skin, leaving you with a brighter, softer, and smoother complexion.

In the heart of Los Angeles, Being in LA stands as a testament to the pursuit of radiant well-being. With a focus on holistic healing, premium skincare products, and a diverse range of transformative treatments, this spa invites you to step into a world where tranquility, rejuvenation, and radiant skin converge. It’s more than a spa; it’s a sanctuary where every treatment is a step towards a balanced and vibrant life.

Indulge, rejuvenate, and emerge radiant at Being in LA – where vibrational bliss awaits.

Being in LA, Inc.

2500 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90027

323-741-8035