DIY Body Scrub

I love exfoliating body scrubs. I have tried many brands and have to say the simple DIY recipe my cousin Jennifer Ross Hofrichter gave me is amazing.

3 ingredients, great exfoliation and you choose the scent – easy, inexpensive and useful.

Easy DIY Body Scrub Recipe

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  1. White Sugar
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Essential Oil (she  used lemon, I used my orange oil from Marrakesh – but use whatever you prefer)

Lather up and enjoy!

3-D Eyebrow Embroidery

I have no eyebrows. They are shapeless, thin, and downright ugly. I would spend money on shaping, tweezing, waxing, threading, but nothing ever seemed to work. The only time they would look decent is when I would get them professionally done by a make-up artist, and honestly, who has the time to do that everyday? Also, there are so many bells and whistles involved! I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler let alone try and outline an eyebrow.

I was in an eyebrow funk until my dear friend, Lorin Carlino informed me about 3-D eyebrow embroidery. I immediately conjured up images of needles, patchwork and 3-D glasses and couldn’t grasp what this was.

Eyebrow embroidery is also known as cosmetic tattooing, semi-permanent makeup, pigment embroidery, 3-D eyebrow embroidery, or micro-blading. It’s very common in Malaysia and Singapore and has slowly been gaining traction in the U.S. Semi-permanent pigment is pushed into the surface of the skin with a fine blade to mimic the growth/look of existing hair and create natural looking brows based on your preference. The technician draws in your dream brow prior to the procedure to ensure the shape/style the customer desires.

Lorin sold me on this and I made an appointment at Tina Lee Skin Care in Chinatown. This is NOT a fancy spa. It’s tucked inside the Hair Le Pell Salon in New York City’s Chinatown (18 Pell St / 212-966-8740)

Tina Lee

The procedure is simple:

  • Recline in a chair while Tina fills in your brows to your liking.
  • She applies numbing crème and within 3-5 minutes begins filling them in with the little blade and ink.
  • Pain: I have a high tolerance for pain so it didn’t bother me. It literally felt like someone taking a hairbrush and twisting out knots from your hair. It was uncomfortable. I’ve had friends who cried (yikes). It’s very dependent on each person. BUT regardless, it’s a 10-30 minute procedure depending on how much you have to fill in AND it’s totally worth it (ever hear Pain = Beauty) because once it’s complete and you see how perfect your brows are, you will forget any discomfort you had.
  • Recovery: Again this is dependent on the person. Tina gives you an herbal topical solution to use the next 10 days. It moisturizes and seals in the semi-permanent ink. It has a very herbaceous smell. I use it at night before bed. I had no down time. Some people may experience redness for a day. Your brow area will be tender for a few hours after. That’s about it.
  • Maintenance: this lovely procedure lasts up to a year. Tina suggests clients return within 3 months of original application to fill in any spots. Most clients go for a year/year and a half before starting over again.

This has truly been one of the best beauty investments I ever made.

 

 

 

w/o Jan 11th: The Virgin Way

I absolutely love business and self-help books. A good friend, Daniel Udell, recommended Richard Branson’s  The Virgin Way. http://www.amazon.com/The-Virgin-Way-Everything-Leadership/dp/1591847370

Virgin Way

I opened it and couldn’t put it down. His story, writing and advise is spot on. The major themes are to Listen, Learn, Laugh, Lead all while doing what you love and making other people’s life better. Perfect motivation for the new year. Happy Reading!

 

w/o Jan 4th: Stains 101

No matter what I do, or how refined I try to be, I am a hot mess and always manage to get a stain on myself. I absolutely love wearing white but that is always a fashion risk for me. I carry my tide pen and have my dry cleaners on stand-by.

When I came across this nifty stain article, I figured I’d share the knowledge. It’s proven incredibly helpful!

Stains