Sunday, April 12, 2015

Beauty File: Clarins Spa Facials

 Clarins is running a special this month where you can get a 50 minute spa facial for $50 (Regular pricing on this is $75).
Clarins facials use ClarinsPRO products; scientfically advanced, professional use formulas that deliver anti-aging results.  You cannot purchase ClarinsPRO Products, but some of the other products used are available online and in-store.  Some of my favorite products used on me for this facial are below.  You should know that all of the facials incorporate the Clarins Double Serum.

It's no secret that I'm a big Clarins loyalist. I really enjoy their products and firmly believe the science behind the brand helps create products that help benefit my skin both shorterm and longterm .
This week, I had a Clarins Spa Facial.  What's that you ask?  You may not be aware, but chances are that at your nearest Clarins makeup counter, you can get a Clarins Spa Facial.
I was lucky this week, because after being slammed at work, I took a moment to myself and experienced one of these - it was amazing.amazing.

Here's how it works:

You book your appointment at your local Clarins Spa, mine is located inside of Nordstrom, at the Village of Merrick Park (many Bloomingdales stores also offer this service).  I recommend you make your appointment with Lourdes, she is really great.  If you would like to make your appointment at Merrick park, the phone number to book your facial is: 786-999-1313 (extension 1055).

If you would like to call the Nordstrom Beauty Concierge to determine if your local Nordstrom has this service, you can call 800.7.Beauty (24 hours a day). 

The Experience: 
When you arrive, you are taken to a very quiet, very zen spa room behind the hustle and bustle of the makeup counters.  The room is pretty quiet / soundproof.  Whatever background noise you initially hear is drowned out by the soft music that begins to play when the experience begins.  There is a comfortable bed, with plush linens (super soft).  You change into your robe, get comfy; the lights are dimmed.

The Clarins specialist assess your skin while asking you about any concerns you may have.  The facial is then tailored specifically to meet your own needs. The products used throughout are unique from person to person.  I would say this was more like an experience than a facial.
There was an upper body and chest massage, where hydrating oils were used to massage my face, shoulders, arms and hands.  Certain massage techniques were used to release toxins (lymph draining massage techniques, as well as cupping massages).
There was a really soothing and effective scrub and peel which helped leave my skin so smooth for days after.
This was the best experience.  I'll go back every two weeks for as long as I can.

Special Pricing: 
Clarins is running a special this month where you can get a 50 minute spa facial for $50 (Regular pricing on this is $75).

Regular pricing:

  • $40: Le Petit Facial: A 25 minute Spa Facial delivering luxurious pampering with visible results.
  • $75: Brightening Performer, Skin Healer, Detox Shine Stopper, Moisture Replenisher, Luminosity Restorer and Radiance Reviver.  These are each 50 minutes long.  For $95, you get 80 minutes.
  • $85: Super Restorative Facial: After just one treatment skin's denisty and radiance are visibly restored.  Deep wrinkles are noticeably diminished.  A complimentary dark spot correcting hand treatment is included.  50 minutes for $85 or 80 minutes for $105. 
  • $225.for a package of 4, 50 minute facials (individual stores may vary on this option).
  • $275 for a package of 4, 80 minute facials (individual stores may vary on this option).

Other participating stores are listed down below

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Style File: Spring Time Wants

I've had my eye on a lot of good stuff lately.  If you like something, click on the picture to check it out. 
Valentino Rainbow
  • This rose patterned skirt from Romwe is literally $18.
  • Illesteva makes the perfect sunglasses.  This pair is the perfect bold tortoise shell cat eye.  Promise.  You have to see these modeled. 
  • In Miami, this in-between time calls for a lightweight sweater and scarf.  This blue one from Old Navy is pretty and also has a pretty price point. 
  • If you're a less than avid sun worshiper, try the Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual Tan - it's a sunless tanner that smells great (like a light aloe), goes on evenly, and is perfected for women who are paler because it does not leave you looking like an orange. 
  • There's a new brand of denim in town, and it's called Greywire.  Their Dakota Jean in the color 'surf' has a good mix of 80's meets 2015. 
  • Want a wallet friendly alternative to the Michael Kors Miranda bucket bag that is trending all over? Ann Taylor has a beautifully constructed one.  It's 40% off with online code GOSPRING.  
  • I like Flopz clear flip flops because they offer support and a little bit of a foot massage as you walk.  The real reason I'm into them is because they have glitter straps. They're expensive and there's no way around that, but they look pretty cool. 

    Affordable clothes for work
  • No matter what, every edition of Style File on this blog has to contain at least one J.Crew piece - today, it's the Summerweight Cotton Sweater in the color Ripe Papaya.  Insert heart eyes emoji here. 30% off with code SPRINGSTYLE
  • Want to break the bank and have the coolest strappy sandal of 2015? Say hello to Nicholas Kirkwood's 'Maeve'  
  • I've been so into makeup lately, and I alternate between a dewy look and a matte finish.  I picked up 
  • NYX Cosmetics Set it Don't Fret it Mineral Matte finishing powder and I love it.  It's a velvety soft loose powder that lasts and lasts and lasts.  I have never tried anything that sets makeup and leaves skin oil free for as long as this does.  My shade is 'light/medium.'
  • These Tory Burch espadrilles! Yes, blatant Chanel copies, yes a season or two behind the times, but they're so chic, who cares. 
  • Oh hey, Bauble Bar, with your metallic teal leather tassel necklace?! Yessss.
  • I'm loving this dress from Leith via Nordstrom.  It's figure flattering, and sucks it all in.  It runs true to size, is fitted and is the perfect dress for layering.  Bonus: you can alter the length of the hem just by hiking the skirt up. 
  • My Trina Turk 'Titus' sandals are easily one of my fave springtime purchases this year.  They're constructed from a neoprene like material so they contour to the shape of your foot and are flexible and soft.  And the colors? Super bold and bright. 

Valentino Spring Colors Rainbow

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Outfit: Spring Cargo Jacket

I have searched high and low for the perfect, Miami appropriate, Spring time parka/ utility jacket.  I finally found it last week at Forever 21.  This baby is less than $35 and perfect, although the sizing is a bit on the larger side.  I am wearing an XS and you can see from the photos that it's slightly oversized on me.  I picked it up in the color 'light olive.'  We had the perfect bout of cool weather hit this weekend; a Friday night, cold rain downpour turned into a perfect Miami weekend.
Other options for this type of jacket can be found here, here, and here. (2 of them under $45, one under $100).
Forever 21 street style

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Beauty File: So Susan Cosmetics

I'm currently obsessing over a new makeup and product line that I've discovered called So Susan.  I have always been a sucker for packaging.  A pretty box? I'll keep it forever.  I love makeup too, so it's an added bonus that the So Susan line comes packaged in adorable illustrated boxes (some with gold lettering and illustrated macaroons - so cute!).

I got to test drive some fun makeup from the line.  Below I'm showing you the products and  swatches.

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