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MY WEEKLY FAVORITES

How has your week been? I’ve been in and out of the office this week so these past five days have really flown by. In lieu of a single topic post to end the week, I thought I would put together a random mix of things that caught my attention over the last few days. Enjoy…

Is there anything that caught your attention this week? Do tell…

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  1. I love the classic exterior of this Brookline, Massachusetts estate known as “Woodland Manor”. The home and its 14 acres can be yours for a mere $90 million.
  2. Great architecture (with amazing floors) + furniture with clean lines = a dream dining room. Plus, the fact that this is a room located in Milan, Italy is definitely a plus.
  3. My short bob with portions of it dyed whimsical fun colors is long gone. I am sporting a new shorter style that I’ve received so many compliments on. It’s easier to show off a great pair of earrings with short hair and I love these with their great geometric design. I might go on a shopping spree for some new accessories this weekend. 
  4. I didn’t originally believe Mr. B when he told me that Home Depot now carries furniture. I haven’t seen it in person but their La Petite Barrel Chair is a very affordable classic design. This blush color would look great in my office but it also comes in a natural color that can work in almost any room.
  5. The amazing Bulgari Resort Dubai featured in this month’s Italian issue of Elle Decor shows off some of the hotel’s most beautiful spaces. As a lover of black and white photography, it was this image that captured my heart. 
  6. Lipstick by Yves St. Laurent has been my guilty pleasure for many, many years. Their little gold tubes line my makeup drawer like soldiers standing at attention. I’ve recently switched over to using their Tatouge Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain. It’s very long lasting and worth every penny. I’ve tried it in 2 colors and just ordered 4 more because I love it that much!  My secret to a successful application: Use the flat end of the applicator to first line your lips then fill in by slowly building up coverage. Applying too much too soon will result in a streaky effect so layering on color really is best. When I try new makeup, I like to buy it through Sephora because of their generous return policy but I will be reordering my favorite colors directly through YSLso they can engrave my lipstick tube for free. They allow up to 14 characters and will also engrave mascara tubes and perfume bottles. 
  7. I recently read somewhere that you shouldn’t have more than 3 pieces in a room from the same store. The layered look of this room recently featured on One Kings Lane definitely proves that a room is much more interesting when the furniture and accessories were collected over time. This helps to prevent a room from looking like everything was purchased straight out of a catalog. Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule.

Wellness Wednesday: An Easy Way to Create a Spa Day at Home

One of my favorite indulgences is spending time at the spa. Even when I am on vacation I try to book at least a few hours at the spa for a massage. I once booked a lengthy stay at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale with the goal of doing nothing other than lounging by the pool and frequenting the spa. That was one of my favorite vacations and I often think about doing it again. I shared a bit about that trip in a previous post about outdoor shower design. But trying to get away, even for a few hours, can be demanding on schedules. So what’s a girl (or guy) to do? Leave it to Reviving Charm to figure it out for you….I’ve got your back! Keep reading…

relax spa day Reviving Charm Spa Mistcreate a spa day at home Reviving CharmI took full advantage of the spa facilities, including the eucalyptus steam room, on previous trips to Estancia Hotel in La Jolla and most recently to Bacara Resort and Spa near Santa Barbara. Both hotel spa shops offer a product called ShowerSpa Mist. I’ll be honest, I had been tempted to purchase it on numerous occasions but was a tad reluctant. After all, how can a single take-home product compare to the expensive steam shower systems installed at resort spas? Well, after my most recent trip to Bacara I took a leap a faith and made my purchase with the intent of trying to recreate the spa experience at home. What did I learn? After using the product for almost 3 months, I learned that it’s super easy to recreate a spa-like environment that isn’t complicated, involves little to no time, and requires only one product. I also learned that I regret not buying it years ago after first learning about it.
european spa source spa mist via reviving charm 3What exactly is ShowerSpa Mist and how do you use it? Each bottle contains pure essential oil. You simply spray it onto your shower walls and let the steam do all the work. You have complete control over how much or how little scent you want depending on the number of sprays you use. I like a strong scent so I will pump 5-10 sprays onto my shower. It automatically transforms my shower into an aromatherapy experience, helps clear my sinuses, and creates a relaxing environment which is also good for the soul. ShowerSpa Mist comes in three scents: Eucalyptus, Lavender & Eucalyptus, and Lemongrass & Eucalyptus. I’ve used all three and enjoy each of them differently depending on the experience I’m trying to achieve. I prefer to use Lemongrass & Eucalyptus (my favorite) in the morning to help energize me, the Lavender & Eucalyptus is the mildest of all three and is good in the evening before bed, and the pure Eucalyptus (my second favorite) is good anytime.

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I hope this post doesn’t sound sales pitchy. This is not a sponsored post and is just a product I enjoy and want to share with you. It isn’t entirely the same experience as the professional spas, but that’s something you shouldn’t expect anyway. It does, however, elevate an ordinary shower into something that is as close as you can get to recreating that experience. My showers have been transformed and now I never shower without it. If you want to try ShowerSpa Mist for yourself or give it as a gift, you can buy it at many high-end spas or get it directly from the manufacturer, European Spa Source. Happy Spa-ing….

HOW TO ACHIEVE THE PERFECT POUT

It has been an unusually wet and cold winter in Southern California and I wasn’t sure how my skin would react to the new season. Before any issues could arise I took matters into my own hands to really mix up my skincare routine. I have been using some great products lately and my skin looks and feels great. The change in products has been a good thing since I haven’t experienced any dryness this winter (knock on wood!). A couple of weeks ago I ran into someone I haven’t seen in a few months and one of her first questions to me was, “Are you doing anything different? Because you are glowing and your skin looks radiant”. I will admit..she made my day.

During winter you start hearing a lot about skin care products to help prevent dryness and flaky skin. However, one of the most overlooked areas is your lips. You shouldn’t neglect to exfoliant and moisturize your lips to keep them kissable soft. Guys, this also includes you! And with Valentines Day coming up, now is the time to get your lips ready for any makeout sessions that may be in your future! valentines-kiss-me-quote-via-reviving-charm-1

When it comes to taking care of your lips, the goal is to keep them soft, supple and moisturized. Lip care involves little effort, which is great when you’re short on time. If you are looking for a few products to keep your lips looking and feeling their best, I’d like to share a few products with you. The best thing is that these products can help keep your pout looking and feeling great this winter…and throughout the rest of the year.

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Fresh Sugar Serum Advanced Therapy. I have been a fan of Fresh products for many years but had not tried this serum until last year since it was included in a gift pack I purchased. I’m always game to try new beauty products! It is a lightweight serum housed in a pump that goes on feeling like a thin lotion to help with fine lines. Originally, I wasn’t sure how it would fit into my skincare routine so I tried using it at night and in the morning to see which I liked best. I found that I prefer using it in the morning since another Fresh product works best for me at night. I barely use just half a pump of this serum on my lips each morning after I brush my teeth. I finish my morning routine and apply my lipstick last so the serum has a chance to absorb. If I apply too much and find that my lips feel too glossy before applying lipstick then I will wipe off any excess serum before applying my color. I’m not sure if it was intended for this, but I have found that it works well as a great primer for my lipstick. Fresh says that it can be used alone throughout the day but it doesn’t provide the hydration that I need on its own. So for daytime hydration for men and women I would suggest….

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Fresh Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm – Advanced Therapy. If you are carrying around Chapstick …get rid of that waxy little tube now! I absolutely love this product and is a beauty product staple that I can’t live without. I apply it at night and find that when I wake up in the morning my lips are soft and smooth. It comes in a nice small container so it’s easy to tote around if you simply want to use it as a lip treatment throughout the day. The price point is also great considering that a little goes a very, very long way.

fresh-sugar-lip-polish-review-via-revivingcharmFresh Sugar Lip Polish. This product has a cult following and I’m one of the loyal users of this particular lip scrub. I scoop out a tiny amount and rub it over my lips in a circular motion to help exfoliate and condition. I usually leave it on for about a minute (give or take) for extra conditioning. This is gritty and slightly oily so it is best to wipe it off with a damp washcloth. I like to use this once or twice a week. It’s always included in my Sunday Spa Day ritual at home. It’s exfoliating but gentle enough to use day or night. It will leave your lips feeling conditioned without leaving a heavy oily residue.

sara-happ-lip-scrub-review-via-revivingcharmThe Lip Scrub by Sara Happ. Sara Happ is touted as a purveyor of luxury lips. What’s not to love about her product that comes packaged in a cute little box tied with a satin bow? I recently started using this product and have incorporated it into my Sunday Spa Day routine. I have to admit that this product is giving the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish a run for its money. I am currently using Peppermint but it also comes in several yummy “flavors” (although not meant to be consumed) such as Sparkling Pink Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Vanilla Bean and Sprinkles Red Velvet (yes, like the cupcakes!). It has a slightly grittier consistency and a tad oilier the Fresh version. I particularly like this for use at night before bedtime or any other time when I want to sport a nude lip. I love the Peppermint scent but I really want to try the Grapefruit version also.

So there you have it…a line up of great products to get your lips in kissable shape before Valentines Day and keep them in tip top condition. Don’t forget that staying hydrated is also essential, not only for your lips and skin but for overall good health.

Happy smooching…XOXO.

**Because sharing is caring…For a limited time Nordstrom is offering a free gift with any Fresh purchase over $75.00. Who doesn’t love free? Plus it’s a great way to try some new product!

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HAPPY FRIDAY

Sleep, drink water and treat your skin.    –Georgia Louise

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The one thing I am really looking forward this weekend is spending Sunday morning at the spa. I have a facial and a massage scheduled. I also plan on taking advantage of the other amenities the spa has to offer such as the steam shower and sauna. I look forward to knowing that when I leave I will feel relaxed and rejuvenated. I’m pretty sure I will sleep like a baby that night! It’s important to take time to treat yourself, but truth be told, sometimes it’s just hard to get away and I’ve often resorted to treating myself to an impromptu spa day at home. I am a beauty product junkie and have tried a myriad of products in every price range. Here is a short list of a few of my go-to products, many which may be familiar favorites. If you have a question about any of these, feel free to email me.

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It’s funny how a blog post can turn out much different than originally planned. When I originally started drafting this post I had no idea that something called “Global Wellness Day” even existed. In fact, it falls on Sunday, June 11, which is the same day I will be heading to the spa. Coincidence? I think not. According to the Global Wellness Day website, the main aims of the day are:

  • To recognize the value of our lives.
  • To pause and think, even if for just one day of the year.
  • To be free from the stress of everyday city life and bad habits.
  • To make peace with ourselves.
  • To raise awareness about living well and increase motivation, not just for today, but for the remaining 364 days of the year.

Whatever you have planned for this weekend, use Global Wellness Day as an excuse to carve out some time to do something special for yourself, even if it is just for a few minutes.  After all…you deserve it! Happy Friday, Happy Weekend.    –xoxo, V.