Category Archives: Beauty Tips

Be in the Know: Gilt City

I AM OBSESSED. As a beauty-minded girl, I keep running lists of products I want to try, treatments I want to get, and salons and spas I want to visit.

Now I love Groupon and BuyWithMe and all the others as much as the next saavy shopper, but I feel like you have to be choosey with your buys. I don’t always recognize a lot of the places, so

I feel like it’s best for:
1.) deals on products you know you want
2.) trying and discovering a new place for cheap

But where is the deals site for the more luxe products and services? The answer is Gilt City. Launched in the fall of 2010, Gilt City is a spin-off of the hugely successful, members only – a national luxury online shopping site. Basically, what the original site is to clothing, Gilt City is to beauty. But the best part?? The deals are for EXTRAORDINARY spas, salons, and services that I’ve heard of and are ALREADY on all my lists!

In the last month I have seen deals for Bella Sante spa, Bliss Spa, Gretta Cole, eye lash extensions, BCBG, and Kate Spade. [Aside: It is a wonder I am not broke.] So what are you waiting for?! Sign up!

Gilt City: click here for 20% off coupon on your 1st purchase

Bridal Shower Beauty

I was lucky enough to have been given two lovely bridal showers over the weekend, so I spent a lot of time prepping for them, beauty-wise, nevermind how intense the search for something to WEAR ended up being (hello, 5 dresses I bought “just in case”). Curious what went into my beauty routine? It’s pretty crazy, so be warned.

General/Daily Beauty To Do’s
– Drink water constantly
– Drink green tea with lemon, no sweetener
– Limit salt and carbs
– Take Fish Oil and Biotin supplements
– Cardio; you need to get the blood flowing!
– Meticulous skin care morning and night
This includes AM and PM face washing, exfoliation 2-3 times/week, eye makeup removal, application of any acne medications, eye creams, retinol or glycolic acid (never both at once), and face oil or heavy moisturizers
– Slather on cuticle cream every night; sleep in moisture gloves

– Two Weeks
– Nightly, Neosporin any dry or cracked skin, cuticles, etc
Do you wear ballet flats, too? They are lethal! Switch to something else if you can so skin can heal! I admit, I wore mine drowning in lotion, with thick socks. It was so offensive.
– Every other night, slather on AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion on elbows, knees, and anywhere that needs it
The 12% lactic acid sloughs off dead skin like nothing else  (coupon here!)
– Use a benzoyl peroxide face wash on back and chest as needed to clear up skin
“Backne” is lethal, but so common. You just need to be constantly treating it. If you don’t see it, just know that it’s waiting for you to let up. Always treat for it leading up to a big event! Better safe than sorry.

One Week
– Start Jillian Michaels’ 7-day “Beat the Bloat” cleanse drink
*Note – I still ate actual, non-specialty food, if a bit lighter/healthier, so it’s not quite a “cleanse”, but it’s a similar idea
– Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Full-body exfoliation with body scrub in the AM
– Tuesday: Mary Kay Microdermabrasion at night followed by a fruit acid face mask, followed by the night serum with moisturizer
– Wednesday: Level II Spray tan at Glow ( spray tanning tips coming!)
–  Wear glasses every day to reduce redness from contact lenses
– Lighten up on daily makeup to give skin a little chance to breath
Shudder. I went out without foundation for FIVE days. Concealer didn’t help much. Agh. All in the name of beauty.

It’s pretty intense, but I am so passionately convinced that skin care is key to looking and feeling your best that I do this happily. If you have a shit canvas, no amount of makeup will help. And I’m all about the power of a killer outfit and hair style (hello, you know my hair obsession), but there are some issues that couture and a distracting hat* can’t cure.

*Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, at the Royal Wedding0429-tara-palmer-parkinson-royal-wedding-guests-crazy-hats_we.jpg

Bachelorette Countdown


Leap Day marked 100 days til my wedding, which means my bachelorette party is in 31 days!!!  Since I’m a list-maker and complete beauty-regime-freak, I have a massive plan of attack. Be warned. It’s intense.

Bachelorette-Prep Beauty Regime
& other things to think about…

– Remember to take actually take biotin supplement
– Actually take fish oil supplement
– Snack on carrots like it’s my business
– Eat clean – [Michael Pollen’s Food Rules is my fav book lately]
– Water w/ lemon. All the time
– No coffee unless I’m working out at 6 am

– Drink green tea. All the time
– Weekly overnight hair masks
– Nigh-time cuticle oil/cream, hand lotion, and moisture gloves
– Keep up with weekly manicures
– Stop picking my nails + cuticles
– Decide on bachelorette hair style
– Decide on bridal shower hair style
– Figure out what to wear to bachelorette
– Let’s be honest. It’s time to buy new spanx.
Schedule hair cut
Schedule color [highlights]
– Talk to Samara about a gloss treatment
– Cardio. Every. Single. Day
– Weights. [Lift them]
– Spinning. 2x/week
– Plank every night
– Do this hilarious/murderous Batwing workout w/ Tracy Anderson 3x/weekly
– Splurge on a fabulous special occasion foundation
[I‘m talking: throw down some serious green, people]
– Did I mention spanx? Might need to double up.
– Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate, 1x/week
– Exfoliate entire body 3x/week
– Begin self tanning on the 13th, repeat on 19th
– Maintain tan with Jergens daily after
– Facial

Let the madness begin.