Archive for September, 2009

National Directory: Raya European Day Spa – Los Angeles

raya-lab_2Right in the heart of West Hollywood, a few blocks in either direction will take you to Beverly Hills or the trendy Beverly Center. The Raya European Day Spa is practically an L.A. institution, having been in the business since 1982–it is one of the most affordable luxury day spas in the area.  Owned by Raya Taver, who began her career as an aesthetician in Russia in 1963, the spa now has its own skincare line and research laboratory.

The Spa features an Authentic Scandinavian Sauna, Roman Stone Aroma Steam Room and Traditional Steam Room, 3 Swiss Hydrotherapy Showers with 8 adjustable jet nozzles for body massage and overhead mushroom and spray shower heads with extra flexible shower handset, Vanity Area with complimentary use of Raya Skin & Body Care Products, 42″ Plasma TV in Refreshment/Waiting Room, Individual Lockers (with Terry Cotton Robes, Bath Towels, Sensa Slippers) Every drop of water used at Raya Day Spa is Softened and Purified by In-house Water Conditioning System.

This spa is THE PLACE to go if you are looking for a Brazilian Bikini Wax (they are famous for it…) and they have some amazing facial treatments as well. (more…)

September 30, 2009 at 4:08 am 1 comment

Skin by Sonya: How to avoid post-acne scars

Sonya DakarScarring from acne breakouts and discoloration from sun damage and medication is something I see my clients concerned with every day. These are also two skin conditions that many people do not understand how to properly treat. I would like to shed some light on the topic today and give you some advice that will put you on the path to beautiful and healthy skin!

Here’s what you need to know:

It is very common for post-acne scars to develop, as scars form at the site of an injury to the tissue. In the case of acne, the injury is caused by the body’s inflammatory response to sebum, bacteria and dead cells in the plugged sebaceous follicle. (more…)

September 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm 6 comments

Beauty Expert Q & A: Celebrity Makeup Artist Billy B

BillyBFor the record, I would like you to know that if there were a Billy B fan club, I would surely be President. Billy has an incredible gift that is rarely seen. He is marvelous at his craft and has inspired makeup artists far and wide. He has painted some of the most famous faces in Hollywood and the music industry, but most importantly, Billy inspires everyday people like myself to be passionate about what they do and to never forget where they came from.

Shannon: You have worked with many celebrities throughout your career, can you name one that you have not worked with yet that you would love the opportunity to?


September 29, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

How to get Victoria Beckham’s Shag-arific Hair

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Victoria Beckham at London Fashion Week 2009

Few people rock the short hair like Victoria Beckham. This busy mom of three, performer, designer, and fashion icon always looks polished, confident, and oh-so-glamorous—whether she’s dressed to the nines on the red carpet or donning boyfriend jeans around town.

But when the eye of the camera is always on, how does a glam goddess like VB grow out her pixie ‘do without succumbing to that dreaded “grow out” stage that is seemingly unavoidable to the rest of the human population?

As a busy mom myself, while I (and those like me!) might toss on a hat or (gasp!) give into the lure of hair extensions, our favorite Posh Mama makes the time-consuming grow-out-stage seem easy-as-pie for the stylin’ mom-on-go.  Here, quick and simple tips to recreate it yourself:

– On  clean, damp hair, work in a volumizing foam at the roots (Tip: I’m LOVING Number 4 Jour D’Automne Styling Foam) (more…)

September 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

The Fairest Contributor: Christine Mielke, Temptalia

Christine Mielke TemptaliaMakeup addicts, take note: you will adore Christine Mielke, founder of popular beauty blog Temptalia, which comprehensively covers new launches and must-have items from brands big and small.  At the tender age of 23 (as a matter of fact, today is her birthday!), Christine has already established herself as one of the most influential bloggers in all of beautyland.

How did you get the inspiration for your blog?
I really wanted to have a place to keep all of the different makeup looks I was doing. In a sense, it became an archive of looks I had done, but it also was somewhere I could post the latest look I did, too. It also helped that I had just recently become makeup OBSESSED so I needed an outlet for all my beauty chatter!

Who’s your personal beauty/style icon?
I can’t say that I have one. I find beauty is so much more than the outside, and it really has to do with how you feel inside, so it’s just such a personal view that I couldn’t see myself looking up to someone for their beauty/makeup. There are plenty of gorgeous ladies who have phenomenal faces and styles, though. If I had to choose someone who amazes me, it would be Kevyn Aucoin. He just showed me what it was like to experiment, have fun with makeup, and do what you want to do without thinking about rules and boundaries. (more…)

September 28, 2009 at 5:00 am 1 comment

Worth Doing “Pot”: Korres Jasmine Lip Butter

I tend to avoid lip products that live in a pot.

korres-lip-butter-quince-1I simply can’t deal with the “messy on my finger” thing that happens. Because then, there’s the inevitable need to wipe your finger somewhere, lest you ruin your white shirt, freak someone out when you shake their hand, or grossest of all, attract dirt and debris to stickily-coated hand.

Continue Reading September 28, 2009 at 4:00 am 4 comments

National Directory: Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa – Seattle

spaI have never been to Seattle, but I have been dying to go for some time now.  The Pacific Northwest seems like such a relaxing part of the country!  So if you are on your way there or you live in the area – I have a treat for you!  The renowned Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, the destination for unsurpassed spa expertise, will debut its first signature spa in the Pacific Northwest at The Bravern, a vibrant urban village located in Bellevue, WA.

The state-of-the-art spa will offer the best in beauty and personal service to local residents, shoppers, and visitors to The Bravern. With more than 6,000 square feet dedicated to beauty, harmony and well being, the brand new spa will feature the following: (more…)

September 25, 2009 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

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