All Weather Skincare – Behold!

I love the thought of all-terrain wear, like that windbreaker you take when it’s rainy, chilly or warm as a care-all layer, or the thin, big scarf you can bring to spruce up any outfit, while keeping yourself warm as needed. Perhaps it’s because as a traveling business owner I move around a lot, but I love multi-tasking items that can help me navigate through my everyday, preparing me for whatever is to come. From bouncing from tropical weather Indonesia to all-sorts-from-snowy-dry-to-hot-and-humid NY, I have to always be ready – so here’s my favorite weather-proof basic skincare from our own JUARA collection. (I can’t live without these!) You can always add more products, (like the moisturizer of choice,) but these are what I consider the most weather neutral essentials for all weather terrain!

JUARA Rice Facial Cleanser:

With its sulfate free cleansing agents, our new, greener, PEG-free formulations are gentle, remove makeup and leave a really soft after feel without stripping. This means for humid climates I get a nice clean without feeling stripped, which is perfect so it stays balanced without over producing oil to compensate. Interestingly enough, the same logic applies for dry weather, because that’s the last kind of weather where you want to strip your skin and render it more sensitive to the elements!

JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner:

I love this one because it swings both ways – as a hydrating toner in most climates to be applied before the moisturizer thereby improving moisturizer performance by sealing in this extra layer of moisture, or to be used solo – as THE moisturizer in more humid climates. I have often just used this alcohol free, water loving hyaluronic acid enriched toner solo and either skipped the moisturizer, or used a smidgen, just to have a thin layer on my skin as the humid weather substitutes as my moisturizer, keeping me hydrated. The tamarind seed extract is a chock full of oil-free moisture, Plus, no greasy after feel! AND if you’re in hot weather and give yourself a sunburn, this toner is a great skin-calmer, redness-reducing savior as the rice bran extract in it has properties to soothe and calm skin from inflammation and redness… which conveniently enough is also perfect for the drying cold wind of winter.

JUARA Clove & Flower Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum:

This firming and hydrating serum is PERFECT for all weathers. You do have to put a moisturizer over it, but the amount varies by climate. Alone, this oil-free serum helps tighten skin on application, and over time, the turmeric brightens the skin while the palm peptides and goji berry work to improve and even out skin tone and increase firm skin. The best part is it feels like a skin-shield – no matter how tired or sick I am, this serum helps me look awake and fresh!

JUARA Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask

I LOVE our masks. They’re like the “apply, fuggedaboutit, come back later and voila, see a difference” easy to use products. The Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask takes about a minute to apply, contains kaolin clay to purify and remove dirt in the pores but also candlenut oils to make sure it doesn’t dry out your skin. Plus, the turmeric is a naturally strong antioxidant to detox skin and also brighten – so it’s like 2o minutes to an instant glow, or apply a thin layer to leave overnight and in the AM it looks like you just slept like sleeping beauty – glowing and radiant.

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5 Can’t Miss Places to Travel in February

It’s cold.

At least it’s cold here in the northeast. Cold, snowy, and slushy. And with January soon turning into February, there’s no reprieve in sight.

But there are places where February is the best month of the year. If you’re over winter weather (I certainly am) then you should check out these 5 places where February = hot, sunny fun!

1. Costa Rica

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February is the height of the dry season in Costa Rica, which makes it the perfect time to go. And might I suggest hitting up Tabacon- Costa Rica’s famous hot spring spa to ward off what remains of your winter chill. Two hours there and I guarantee you’ll forget all about the two feet of snow you shoveled off your driveway.

2. New Zealand

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Because it’s ‘down under’, New Zealand’s seasons are opposite ours… which means February there is like August here. It’s the tail end of summer (and the tail end of season) aka the best time to visit.

3. Aruba

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From boutique shopping in its quaint capital Oranjestad to sprawling beaches and water sports galore, Aruba is a great vacation destination. February average temperature: 86 Degrees Farenheight

4. Rio de Janiero, Brazil

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Not only is Rio warm and sunny in February, the biggest festival of the year Carnival runs February 13-17th. If you’re into festivals, this is the place to be. Think New Orleans Mardi Gras but 1000x bigger.

5. Hawaii, The Big Island

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There’s never a bad time to visit Hawaii, but if you’re not a big diver and you can stand to stay out of the freezing cold Pacific in February this is the time to hit it. The Big Island is particularly beautiful this time of year, and you might even get a good deal on a hotel. This is the time to book the extremely popular volcanic helicopter tour.

A Fashion Guide to New Years Sparkle

New Years Eve is Rapidly Approaching

And to be perfectly honest with you, I haven’t bought an outfit yet.

Which is a major problem. You see, it is my belief that your New Years Eve outfit can completely make or break your fashion mojo for 2015. So whether you want to rock a classic understated look or sparkle so bright you rival the lights of Times Square, here’s a guide to totally nailing New Years Eve Sparkle for a fabulously ‘haute’ 2015:

So, You Want To Look…

Effortlessly Timeless

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And what’s more timeless than this 1920s inspired silhouette by Aidan Mattox? The vintage cut is almost universally flattering, and the intricate beading is made much more subtle by the nude-on-nude color palette.

Slightly Sultry

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The back of this leopard-sequined Dress the Population cocktail dress is definitely sultry. The modest boatneck front adds the ‘slightly’. And together they make the perfect New Years Eve outfit. Who knows, maybe it will help you meet Mr. 2015?

 

Like A Disco Ball

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This Alice and Olivia shirt-skirt combo may be the COOLEST New Years Eve outfit I have ever seen… which means I just may have solved my lack of outfit problem. Unlike most dresses that are sequined from head to toe, this two piece doesn’t overwhelm even small frames. I think it’s because of the bare midriff… which makes it 10x as awesome anyway.

Featured Image Credit: Flickr Creative Commons

Holiday Travel Survival Guide

Holiday Travel is Stressful

Whether you’re driving 3 hours away to visit Great Aunt Eleanor, flying halfway across the world to spend New Years with your in-laws, or just crashing in your childhood room at your parents’ house in the next town over, holiday travel takes a toll on your health and patience. Try these tips for a happy, healthy, limited-stress holiday travel season:

1. Sleep

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Sleep on the plane, sleep on the train, sleep in the passenger seat while your husband drives the car. Just make sure you’re getting enough sleep to fuel you through that 6 hour christmas dinner.

2. Come Prepared

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Even if you have to pack light, don’t skip the essentials. Bring your own cleanser, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, and soap at the bare minimum. With stress already taking a toll on your body, your mom’s petunia shower gel is not going to help your skin situation.

3. Pack Re-wearables and Laundry Detergent

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Instead of packing your entire wardrobe for your 5 day holiday tour, pack a few essentials that you can mix, match and wash to create different outfits. Navy pants, a blazer, a cardigan, a skirt, a few tops and some statement jewelry should do the trick! Just remember to bring your own detergent to avoid any skin sensitivities.

4. Treat to Prevent

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Don’t wait for your New Years Eve pimple scare to start treating your skin right! Bring your favorite treatment mask to detox and de-stress the skin at the end of a long day. For oily/combination skin, a clay mask will draw out impurities. For dry skin or skin damaged by harsh winter wind, a nourishing moisture mask with phytosterols will restore the skin’s natural barrier and protect it from further damage.

 

Photo Credit Breakfast At Tiffany’s: Flickr Creative Commons

Winter Wardrobe: Your Skin Saver?

It’s officially winter.

The weather has dropped below freezing (at least for us in the northeast), Christmas lights are hanging from the eaves of houses, holiday markets are bustling, and the wind is whipping.

So during the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, how can we protect our skin from the freezing, windy weather?

Winter Fashion

Along with all of the necessary winter skin care practices (heavy moisturizer, sunscreen, body creme, shorter showers, etc.) the clothes you wear can make the difference between soft, supple skin and wind-chapped winter skin. Here are our suggestions for a skin saving winter wardrobe:

Sun Protecting Winter Hat

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When I think winter hats, I think skull caps and beanies… but those definitely do not offer sun protection for your face. Even when it’s cold, the sun’s rays can come through strong and cause skin damage. Try out a winter hat with a brim like this one by UGG Australia!

Touch Screen Gloves

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Before you head out into the cold, lather up your hands with a rich creme and put them into some touch screen gloves. The touch technology allows you to keep your hands protected- you don’t have to pull off your gloves to text, email, tweet or instagram! Try these adorable ones by Toucher Gloves for a girly twist on the latest technology.

Ear Muffs

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They may seem old fashioned, but if you’re wearing a sun-protecting winter hat ear muffs are a necessity! The sensitive skin on your ears chaps quickly- especially in whipping winter winds. Try these beauties from Anthropologie for a slim fitting band under your hat.

 Wind Blocking Clothing

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For winter layers are a must, and your under-most layer should fit snugly to the skin. The more secure your clothes are, the less likely cold wind bursts will be able to get through them. This Nike Therma-Fit Wind Resistant jacket is perfect for the man in your life who refuses to wear flannel… which is probably every man in your life.