NEUTROGENA’s Microclear Liquid Foundation Product Review

I was wondering a few days ago why my skin began clearing up and I simply couldn’t find the answer. I used to diet religiously (Dukan, Atkins, etc…and the results were great). Now, I took a loooong break from dieting and exercise. Which is unfortunate actually. However, I’m thinking…I used to eat healthy, exercise regularly, I quit smoking, didn’t consume alcohol. Yet, my skin was just all kinds of messed up. I have combination skin, meaning it’s outrageously oily at times and dry in the winter.

 

So I was thinking, now that I don’t exercise, don’t diet, smoke, and consume alcoholic beverages at times…how in the world is my skin better than it used to be?! I didn’t find an answer that night. I realized this literally just now. My foundation is called Microclear by Neutrogena. HELLO! This baby contains salicylic acid, duh! That’s the reason I bought it. My shade is called Soft Beige #50. I’ve been using it since the end of summer when my skin was darker and still have the same bottle today. And I must say, the shade blends in beautifully. The consistency is great and allows me to spread it evenly. I can’t tell that I have make up on at all, which is great because with other foundations I felt awkward being in bright lights where people could see I had layers of makeup on.

The price is on the higher end of other drugstore liquid foundations, I think. It was about $13 at Rite-Aid (think Duane Reade if you’re in New York). But so worth it. It lasts a long time and apparently does work to clear up skin. The coverage can be built up by adding more layers if needed, which is also lovely. What I do, is I apply a thin layer to any post-acne blemishes to cover them up..and then I add an overall layer to my face by patting it on with my palm. No rubbing! In the end, you find up with a smooth and clear look. I definitely recommend it 🙂

Discovering Kérastase for long & damaged hair!

Discovering Kérastase for long & damaged hair!.

How to plan a Spa Bridal Shower Party

You’re getting married? Congratulations! You’ve stumbled upon this page for someone else who is getting married? Congratulations also…because you’ve come to the right place. Spa Bridal Shower parties are the perfect way to celebrate before the wedding. With all the chaos of planning you will be in need of mind and body relaxation.

So let us help you figure this out step by step.

Who hosts the Bridal Shower Party?

Typically this would be the maid of honor with the help of the bridesmaids. However, it could also be a close friend or relative of the bride.

Pre-Planning (1-2 months before the party)

1. Date–of course the primary thing to do would be to make sure the bride is available on whichever date you decide on. In our experience, the majority of spa bridal showers fall on the weekend. This is when everyone is most likely to get together.

2. Venue–you may decide to have the party either at an actual spa or at your house. Whatever makes you happy. However, keep in mind, unless you have a pool and jacuzzi in the comfort of your own home you may want to visit an actual facility. It’s easier–you don’t have to worry about robes, towels, etc. Also, make sure to call the venue of choice to inquire about their bridal packages.

3. Budget–pick a number and try to stick to it! It’s easy to overspend when no prior organization or arrangement has been made. Ask the bridal entourage to chip in. In fact, it would be a great idea to combine the bridal shower with the bachelorette party. This will tremendously cut costs. Think about it…after a relaxing day of getting pampered you can jump into the jacuzzi and have some dancers attend your party. No one said you can’t do that 😉

4. Invitations–once the details have been figured out, start making invitations. Depending on your budget you can get the pre-made ones, order them online, or create them yourself if you’re feeling extra crafty!

Figuring out the details (3-4 weeks before the party)

1. Guests–who do you want at your party? Of course, the list can only include females. This includes friends and relatives of the bride and groom. Getting everyone together will serve as a great bonding experience.

2. Food–if you host the party at the spa venue then you may ask if they have catering connections (we do!). If not, you can choose the catering yourself. We suggest getting simple foods as opposed to 6 course meals. In terms of drinks, you can serve juices and smoothies. And when the spa part of the party is over, bring out the champagne!

3. Venue set-up–balloons, hats, blow horns, whatever your heart desires. Maybe you want tables, depending on the guest list size. Or perhaps, you want cool embarrassing colleges posted around of the bride’s childhood and adolescence. That, however, is completely up to you.

4. Favors–to thank your guests for coming you can give out favors at the end. This can range from aromatherapy oils to candles to little bottles of lotion. The sky is the limit when it comes to ideas.

5. Gifts–generally the gifts at a bridal shower are intended especially for the bride-to-be. Choose something that she can use on her wedding night…and the nights to follow.

L’Oreal INOA: For Women Who Refuse to Settle for Less

NOW FEATURED AT EUPHORA SALON & MEDI SPA

How many times have you purchased haircolor from the dollar store? I sincerely hope your answer was “zero”. The gentle keratin follicles that our hair is made up of need special treatment to look healthy, vibrant, and full of luster. The harsh chemicals in regular hair dyes (that contain ammonia) can do some serious damange to your locks, including drying it out, split ends, and dullness. Your hair needs a gentle solution and it’s called INOA by L’Oreal.

Thanks to the quick developing technology, L’Oreal came out with a new product called INOA, which substitutes Ammonia with low levels of MEA (monoethanolamine: a clear viscous, liquid organic compound) and delivers the professional results of permanenet haircolor that you wish for. This product was specially developed for those who want to keep their hair healthy, hydrated, and full of the nutrients that hair requires. In addition, it covers those stubborn greys and doesn’t even smell! The secret ingredient? Oil. It adds up to 50% more natural shine and makes your hair look youthful.

Stop in at Euphora Salon & Medi Spa in Astoria, NY to check it out for yourself!

What is your body telling you through ACNE?

Face Mapping is a common Chinese practice that involves looking at the problem areas on your skin to connect the dots when it comes to internal health. According to Alex Gariano over at U Look Haute, the face is like a mirror reflection of all the things happening inside the body because each organ is linked to a particular area of the face. Take a look to see what your body may be trying to tell you through your breakout areas:

Zone 1 & 3: Bladder & Digestive System — Improve your diet and drink more water.

Zone 2: Liver — Try cutting back on alcohol, heavy food or dairy. This area can also indicate a food allergy.

Zone 4 & 10: Kidneys — Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water and cut back on liquids that dehydrate you. This means nix the soda, coffee and/or alcohol.

Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory system — Those who smoke or have allergies tend to have acne here.

Zone 6 & 8: Kidneys — Dark circles are usually a result of dehydration. Drink up!

Zone 7: Heart — Check your blood pressure and make sure you’re not using makeup that irritates your skin.

Zone 12: Stomach — Consider a detox or adding more fiber to your diet to help with digestion.

Zone 11 & 13: Hormones — Stress and hormonal changes can sometimes be alleviated with more water and a few extra servings of dark, leafy greens but if breakouts in this area persistent, make an appointment with your doctor to look into a possible hormonal imbalance. Additionally, breakouts in this area also indicate when you are ovulating (and which side).

Zone 14: Illness — Can be a sign of your body fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a breather and drink plenty of fluids.

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Hollywood/Bollywood Celebrities Using Kerastase

NOW USED IN EUPHORA SALON & MEDI SPA

Kerastase Paris has been taking the art of haircare to new heights since 1964. Today, there is a wide variety of at-home haircare programs available for women with various hair needs. Anywhere from hydrating to volumizing, Kerastase is a great Rx for your hair.  Kerastase In-Salon Rituals are becoming quite famous in professional NY hair salons for women who want to experience a unique moment of well being and total relaxation. As an addition, the hair stylist will recommend a take-home program to keep up with the gorgeous salon results. Transform your hair with your choice of Kerastase products.

Kristin Cavallari

Aishwarya Rai–Former Miss World

Jennifer Aniston

Katrina Kaif

Kareena Kapoor

Hillary Duff

Minissha Lamba

Sonam Kapoor

Shilpa Shetty