What’s New in Skincare: Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm

Have you ever washed your face and thought it was clean but then you use your toner and still see traces of dirt, oil, or your makeup? Did you know the average person spends less time than recommended cleansing their skin? This isn’t sufficient enough to remove all the make-up, sunscreen, excess oil, and environmental pollutants that build up throughout the day. In the age of long-wearing makeup, super harsh environmental allergens, and crazy climate phenomena, you need a product that will truly clean your skin without stripping it. Thankfully, there is a product that does wonders in thoroughly cleansing your skin to leave it wonderfully clean, the Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm.

The Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm ($45.00) is “step zero” in Dermalogica’s exclusive Double Cleanse technique. It attracts and dissolves the layer of buildup that typically blocks your regular cleanser. This unique cleansing balm cuts through the buildup in just one application, setting the stage for your healthiest-looking skin ever. We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and not only has our skin improved from being truly clean, our face looks less oily. We’re also enjoying supple and soft skin as the temperature outside continues to decrease. A water-activated formula that transforms from a balm to an oil, the Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm is an innovative take on Dermalogica’s iconic, top-selling PreCleanse Oil.

This oil-based cleanser is ideal for normal to dry skin types. It features a Natural Biolipid Complex that locks in hydration and reinforces the skin barrier while Apricot Kernel Oil helps nourish the skin – AND it comes with a double-sided, ergonomically-designed mitt for enhanced cleansing and exfoliation! How do you use it? Check out the easy steps below:

  • Step 0: Dispense the balm onto the cleansing mitt or directly to the dry palm of your hand. Massage into dry skin. Add water to emulsify and transform the balm into a lightweight cleansing milk. Rinse.
  • Step 1: Apply your Dermalogica Cleanser to remove any leftover traces of PreCleanse Balm and impurities for a professional level of clean. Skin is left soft, nourished and ready to receive the benefits of your regular skin care regimen.

The Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm comes in a 3.0 oz/90 mL tube with the cleansing mitt and retails for $45.00. Find it at leading Dermalogica Spas and Salons, Ulta Beauty, Bluemercury, and www.Dermalogica.com.

Scorpio Season: Beauty Products to Keep the Eighth Sign Calm

Welcome to Scorpio season, the time to celebrate the most intense, passionate, and powerful sign in the zodiac. As Scorpios, it is certainly true that we can sometimes run a little hot, so keeping us cool and levelheaded is very important. Today marks the first day the sun enters Scorpio kicking the Jupiter effect in high gear. Jupiter only visits each zodiac sign every 12 years, making this year extra special for us Scorpios. To honor this significant event, we are highlighting three beauty products that are meant to keep us (specifically our skin and hair) calm all season long – Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye LiftLa Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask, and La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask.

Contrary to what is said about Scorpios, we do take the time to unwind and relax. In fact, it’s quite easy for us as we tend to go with the flow. We can be calm, cool and collected (just don’t get us upset). For those who a little extra assistance, add these relaxing beauty products to your routine for the most peaceful birthday month yet!

  1. Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift: Remain stress-free with this cooling cream-gel masque. The high-performance formula energizes skin to reduce visible signs of stress, minimizing puffiness and dark circles for increased skin radiance!
  2. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask: Lay back and relax with this daily face mask that provides immediate and long-lasting hydration and improved luminosity. Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid provides instant plumping while antioxidant-rich thermal spring water soothes skin.
  3. Marc Anthony True Professional Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Deep Nourishing Treatment: This lightweight Oil Treatment penetrates the cuticle to help nourish and hydrate your hair leaving it smoother and shinier. No need to fret over frizz – apply a couple of drops on hair before bed and wake up with silky, smooth locks.

Welcome to our season Scorpios and happy birthday to all those celebrating. Scorpios Rule!

Titan by Silk’n: The Latest Must-Have Anti-Aging Beauty Device

How we’d love to live a life of luxury where we can get pampered whenever we desire. We’d love nothing for than our face to look radiant and youthful, and our skin to be glowing. But spa visits don’t come cheap unless you take advantage of those twice a year $50 Spa Week deals and plastic surgery is too expensive. But there is hope for affordable beauty treatments you can enjoy. If you’re ready to reduce your fine lines and wrinkles and lift and tighten your sagging skin, keep reading. It’s the latest must-have, anti-aging beauty device, the Titan by Silk’n Skin Tightening and Lifting Beauty Device.

The Titan by Silk’n Skin Tightening and Lifting Beauty Device is the most advanced and least invasive way to tighten the skin. This breakthrough at-home device works from the inside out to activate the body’s natural restoration process. It features infrared energy which increases blood circulation to improve skin tone and texture, it uses LED Light Energy to grow new collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and boasts RF Energy to penetrate deep beneath the skin to contract connective tissue, remodel collagen and strengthen elastin to lift and tighten sagging skin. Basically, it seeks out your damaged tissue and repairs it.

What makes the Titan by Silk’n such a breakthrough beauty essential? This at-home hand-held device uses the same technology offered by leading dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. Unlike with surgical procedures and many medical spa treatments, the Titan by Silk’n requires no recovery time and is suitable for the entire face and neck. It is the first of its kind that has been clinically tested, FDA cleared and proven to safely tighten facial skin from the comfort of your home. When used with the Slider Gel, which acts as a conductor and is required to emit the energy deep beneath the skin), the Titan by Silk’n Tightening and Lifting Beauty Device should be used twice a week, for 10 weeks. The total treatment time for one single treatment zone takes 15 minutes and it is recommended that you treat
each area individually.

The Titan by Silk’n (with included Slider Gel) retails for $269.00, which is a much more affordable option than any facial or plastic surgery procedure. The Titan is suitable for both women and men, all skin types and skin colors and makes a wonderful holiday gift.

National Bullying Prevention Month: Clarisonic x PACER #CleanTheMean Campaign

Sadly in recent years, bullying has grown significantly. Whether it’s verbal, physical, social, or cyberbullying, this issue is having tremendous and lasting harmful effects on children, teens, and adults. Bullying has become an accepted childhood rite of passage, and it shouldn’t have to be. You may or may not know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To help bring an end to all forms of bullying, Clarisonic is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the preeminent bullying prevention charity in the nation, for the Clarisonic x PACER #CleanTheMean campaign.

PACER and Clarisonic (the creator of the #1 most-recommended skin-cleansing device by U.S. dermatologists*), announce a new partnership and campaign designed to drive awareness and raise donations for PACER’s bullying prevention efforts. Clarisonic was founded with the belief that healthy, beautiful-looking skin can help people be their most confident selves. Through this partnership, Clarisonic hopes to encourage young people to love the skin they’re in and to be confident advocates. For every #CleanTheMean social post shared on Facebook or Instagram this year, Clarisonic will donate $1 to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, up to $100,000.

“We passionately believe that kids who feel safe, accepted, and supported will live up to their full, brilliant potential,” says Julie Hertzog, Director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “We are excited to join forces with Clarisonic to launch the #CleanTheMean campaign—a compelling way to spread awareness and encourage young people to be confident advocates for themselves and others.”

“All of us at Clarisonic are inspired by the work that PACER has done to prevent bullying with education, advocacy, and positivity,” says Elisabeth Araujo, President of Clarisonic. “We’re excited to help make the world a kinder, more beautiful place, and hope people will join us simply by sharing one of our #CleanTheMean stories or one of their own.”

The Clarisonic x PACER #CleanTheMean Campaign is designed to drive awareness and raise donations for PACER’s bullying prevention efforts. The money raised through this campaign will help PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continue put important resources in the hands of parents, educators, and students alike to help put an end to the national bullying epidemic. These resources include classroom lessons, school programming ideas, tips, tools, and stories of people who have transitioned from being a bullying target to a bullying prevention advocate, like 17-year old Natalie:

Natalie shares: “The best thing I did was reach out. I really felt like I was internalizing a lot of it and I was blaming myself. I was ashamed to go to anyone to talk about it. But as soon as I started opening up and telling people about it—telling my parents, telling a teacher about it that I really trusted — that’s when it started to get better.”

To learn more about the Clarisonic x PACER #CleanTheMean Campaign, how you can help, or donate, visit www.Clarisonic.com/Pacer.

Drink to Your Health: The New Delicious Total Wellness Beverages

One of the most important things in life is your health and wellness and while current circumstances may try to obstruct that, there are things you can do to maintain a healthy body. You can stay active, eat as healthy as you can, and of course keep your body hydrated with essential nutrients. Say hello to the following delicious total wellness beverages: Lifeway Elixir Sparkling Probiotic Beverages, Up Mountain Switchel, and Ocean Spray Organic Cranberry Juice. All three drink brands provide more than just a delicious and thirst quenching taste.

We promise you will love all three delicious total wellness beverages we are highlighting today. Not just the health benefits, but the delicious and satisfying tastes as well. Continue reading to egt to know them.

Lifeway Elixir Sparkling Probiotic Beverages

Get ready for a tasty organic, non-dairy, probiotic sparkling beverage that’s low in calories. The new, organic Lifeway Elixir sparkling probiotic beverage will be your new favorite drink. Along with it being organic, probiotic and low in sugar and calories, these delicious drinks are also gluten-free, caffeine-free, vegan, and kosher. Lifeway Elixir is available in 12oz bottles in four flavors: Tangerine, Hibiscus, Ginger, and Elderberry. All four sparkling flavors are great on their own but they also wow as a mixer in cocktails.

Up Mountain Switchel

We know what you’re thinking, “what exactly is Switchel? ” It is a drink made of water, vinegar, and ginger, often sweetened with honey, sugar, brown sugar, or maple syrup created in the mountains of Vermont hundreds of years ago. And it’s delicious! Fans of ginger (we’re obsessed), Up Mountain Switchel will be your go-to drink. We’re sure you well familiar with the long list of benefits of Apple cider vinegar, such as effectively lowering pH, which makes your body run optimally! This is the main ingredient in Up Mountains Switchel. This delicious, wonder drink is made of three key ingredients: fresh ginger, raw organic apple cider vinegar, and pure grade A maple syrup. Thanks to the fresh ginger root used in Up Mountains Switchel, it is an amazing and natural way to battle inflammation and it’s a fantastic analgesic. Its sugar content is derived solely from unrefined, mineral-rich, low-glycemic maple syrup; healthy sugars that an active body needs. Up Mountains is available in four flavors: Original, Lemon, Yerba Mate, and Cayenne. They are sold in 16oz bottles that come in a 2-pack, 6-pack, and 12-pack cases.

Ocean Spray Organic Cranberry Juice

Do you prefer your fruit juices to be organic? Welcome the delicious, bold taste of Ocean Spray’s 100% juices, now in an organic option! Made with the crisp, clean taste of organically grown North American cranberries straight from the farm to your family. The organic 100% juices, available in Organic Cranberry Blueberry, Organic Cranberry Apple, and Organic Cranberry, contains no added sugar, preservatives, or artificial flavors. Each juice is non-GMO and is USDA Organic certified and promises nothing but delicious goodness in every sip.

What do you think of these delicious total wellness beverages?

Sweet Dreams: The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow

We were going to highlight this in a holiday gift guide but this is just too wonderful not to showcase it in all its amazingness. You’ve obviously heard of waterbeds, initially intended for medical therapies, they became a symbol of status and ultimate comfort in the 1980’s. What if we told you there was a water pillow, guaranteed to give you a great night’s sleep by keeping your head and neck in proper alignment, no matter how you move. Say hello to The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow, the only pillow clinically proven to improve the quality of sleep.

Founded by Maurice Bard, the Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow features an exclusive water-based technology that provides responsive support by adapting to the shape of your head and neck as you move during sleep. No matter which way you lay, your head and neck remain in proper alignment, creating a totally different kind of sleeping experience. We’ve been enjoying this amazing pillow for a few weeks and trust us when we say getting your beauty sleep has never been so comfortable.

Every Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow has two layers – on the bottom is Mediflow’s proprietary adjustable water base that provides responsive support for the neck, and on top is a soft, plump layer of Mediflow’s exclusive CombedLoft™ cloud-like and resilient Combed Loft Dacron fiber providing exceptional comfort for the head, and keeps your pillow free of any lumps.

Here’s why Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow is a must-give holiday gift for beauty junkies, restless sleepers, those who are easily prone to neck pain:

  • It’s the only pillow clinically proven to improve the quality of sleep, as noted by a peer-reviewed study conducted at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  • Benefits include deeper sleep (no more waking up to fluff your pillow!) and a reduction in neck pain
  • It’s customizable. Choose your preferred filling (fiber, foam, and feather – perfect for those with allergies or suffer asthma attacks) as well as your level of comfort. just fill the pillow with regular tap water until you reach your desired amount of firmness.
  • It boasts a 300-thread count cover, is Hypoallergenic, and can be machine washed and dried.
  • The jumbo Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow measures 20″x28″ and fits standard or queen pillowcases.
  • The Floating Comfort Pillow is ranked as the #1 selling pillow in six countries (USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and China).
  • As of today, over 5 million The Floating Comfort Pillow have been sold – reaching #1 on global e-commerce platforms including Amazon, Shopify, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Alibaba with consistent 4+ Star reviews.
  • The Floating Comfort Pillow has also achieved the #1 Bestseller position in Amazon Home & Kitchen during July 2017, among 24,163,959 items.

The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow is currently available for $49.99 for a single pillow, and $84.99 for a set of two. What are your thoughts on this water pillow? Could it help you or someone you love get a better night’s sleep?

Bombay Sandwich Co. Flavors Up Ayurveda Vegan Eats in Midtown

For many, the word vegan will elicit many negative reactions, for others, it’s a new way of life that has significant health benefits. For us, it has a different meaning. While we would certainly enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, going vegan is not a choice for us….why do you ask, because of an allergy to mushrooms. Almost every vegan or vegetarian dish has mushrooms because of it’s almost meat-like texture. Great to those not allergic to mushrooms, bad for us. Thankfully, a semi-vegan lifestyle is not completely out of the picture for us if we so desired. We recently had the pleasure of experiencing the newest and most wonderfully delicious ayurvedic soul food, right in midtown Manhattan, at Bombay Sandwich Co.

The Bombay Sandwich Co. menu is packed with fresh, natural, and nutritious foods seasoned with some of the most flavorful herbs and spices that boast significant health benefits. These ayurvedic spices include Turmeric, Cardamom, Cumin, Fennel, and Asafoetida. All of these are great sources of vitamins and nutrients, are kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and contain antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, all while adding layers of flavor to the menu’s vegetables, legumes, and nut dishes. The result is delicious vegetarian and vegan options that we thoroughly enjoyed. And a bonus, no mushrooms of any kind. Bombay Sandwich Co. offers soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, bowls, platters, vegan beverages, and desserts. Although we didn’t get to try everything because we had to leave early (this we plan on rectifying very soon), we did dive right into small samples of their Vegan Mango Lassi, Chana Masala, and French Lentils.

SALADS

Pictured above is the Kale & Hearty Salad featuring marinated kale topped with avocado, cabbage, carrots beets and sunflower seeds, with the house dressing; and the Organic Quinoa Salad, with mixed greens, organic quinoa, chickpeas, cardamom, dates, scallions, and almonds, with olive oil & lemon. Also on the menu is a Garden Salad and Small Shepard Salad.

WRAPS

There are two wraps available on the Bombay Sandwich Co. menu, the above Kale & Sweet Potato Wrap with marinated kale, beets, carrots, cabbage with sweet potato, dried cranberries, fresh ginger, carom seed, with date chutney in a whole-wheat wrap; and an Organic Quinoa Wrap.

SANDWICHES

Sandwich lovers will love the six varieties available. Pictured above is the Garden Sandwich, with mixed greens, avocado, cucumber, tomato, pickled onions, and alfalfa sprouts with a homemade kale and walnut pesto, tomato chutney, on 7-grain bread; and the Chana Masala Sandwich, their most popular, with mom’s slow-cooked chickpeas topped with mixed greens, pickled onions, and homemade date chutney on a Tasca ciabatta roll. The other sandwiches include Honey-Fennel Grilled Cheese, Veggie Mashup Sandwich, Organic Tofu Masala Sandwich, and Fresh Mozzarella & Apple.

BOWLS

We may be biased since this is what we sampled, but the Bombay Sandwich Co. Bowls are hands-down going to be an ultimate favorite for us. It doesn’t matter if you’re a die-hard carnivore, you will not miss or even notice the lack of meat in these super meals. There are three bowls to enjoy, the Chana Masala bowl (pictured first), which features mom’s chickpea stew with garlic, ginger, tomato, Indian gooseberry (aka amla) and fresh ground spices (we could enjoy this every day for the rest of our lives and be very happy); the French Lentils bowl, with the chef’s favorite – slow-cooked French lentils with cumin, asafetida, red chillies and ginger; and the third (not pictured), the Veggie Mashup bowl.

Walking us through the menu was Chef Shiv Puri (pictured above), who started Bombay Sandwich Co. as a booth at NYC’s premier food festival, Smorgasburg, with his wife Shikha Jain.

“Our recipes focus on Ayurvedic healing spices so that each dish delivers more than just good taste. Our ingredients are locally sourced, organic and 100% GMO-free,” says Chef Shiv Puri and his wife Shikha Jain. “Our foods appeal to New Yorkers who are interested in healthy eating and that includes knowing what’s in their food and where it comes from.”

Every Bombay Sandwich Co. promises a flavorful and visual feast combining sweet, savory, cool and warm sensations with an equally vast variety of textures. If you’re looking to get away from the mundane tasting vegan food, look no further, your palate will definitely not be disappointed. Bombay Sandwich Co. has two locations, 48 West 27th Street in the Flatiron District, and 224 W35th St. in midtown. Visit www.bombaysandwichco.com for more information.

 

Let’s Sleep In: Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow

As one who cherishes sleep (those late night blog writing sessions do catch up), and typically experiences sweltering nights of sleep, having good solutions for a more restful night of sleep is essential. How do you enjoy a more restful and less humid night of sleep? With the Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow, of course, a shredded style combination pillow that never goes flat, keeps you cool while you sleep, and never loses support.

The Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow, developed by Dr. Rick Swartzburg, D.C., is one of four Snuggle-Pedic products that help you enjoy a Mattress. What makes the Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow different from other Down pillows? While other Down pillows are comfortable and conforming, they constantly need to be fluffed, they do not hold their shape throughout the night, they are a problem for those that suffer from feather allergies, they can be too dense and heavy, which in our case really makes us sweat while we sleep.

The Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow uses a proprietary mix of very special hypo-allergenic and extremely low V.O.C. Biogreen® memory foam and CertiPUR-US® certified foam. These small pieces are extremely soft and fluffy and make the Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow lighter and more resilient than the typical shredded memory foam pillows found on the market.

While the Snuggle-Pedic conforms to your neck and head for proper orthopedic support, the fluffy, yet resilient and light fill used in the Snuggle-Pedic pillows will return adjust to every position you sleep in. The soft and luxurious Kool-Flow™ Micro-Vented Bamboo Cover, along with the soft and fluffy interlocking foam pieces offer an unprecedented breathability that allows air to circulate through the pillow and keep you cool all night long!

The Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow is a top rated pillow on Amazon, with over 7000 Amazon reviews. It comes available in three sizes and currently is available for special sale prices – standard, regularly $119.00, on sale for $49.99, queen regularly $149.00, on sale for $59.99, and king regularly $197.00, on sale for $69.99.

Could the Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow help you get a more restful night of sleep?