7 Fab Facial Cleansers: Pick Your Favorite!

by Melissa Meyers


It's important to clean your face during your morning shower and again at night to remove make-up and prepare your skin for bed time. Whether it's a creme, gel, oil, or foam, there are so many great products available to do the job. Here are my favorites that are really worth trying!

Cleanse your face twice daily! 

Shiseido IBUKI Cleanser is a purifying cleaner that contains micro-granules for gentle exfoliation. This formula lathers into a foam and removes impurities with out stripping away moisture. I have been a fan of this cleanser for many years and like to use it at night.

BUY: Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser, $30

Hada Labo Tokyo makes a creamy to foamy facial cleanser that's made with hyaluronic acid to restore your skin's natural hydrating levels. This product deeply cleanses and feels amazing on the skin. It truly compares to expensive department store cleansers and is sold at a fraction of the price!

BUY: Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser, $11.99

Sulwhasoo is a gentle cleansing oil  formulated with purifying Korean Medicinal Herbs. The oil turns into a silky cleansing lotion when mixed with water. It removes make-up, impurities and dead skin. I love the way my skin feels when using this product… so moist and hydrated. 

BUY: Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil, $36. Available at Bergdorf Goodman. 

Evidence Eraser by vbeaute is an oil-free, foam cleanser and toner in one that keeps your skin feeling hydrated AND tightens pores at the same time. Julie Macklowe's entire vbeaute skin care and beauty line is vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, nut-free and oat-free. Perfect for those of us with allergies and skin sensitivities!

BUY: vbeaute Foaming Facial Cleanser, $18

Orgo is a gentle but deep cleansing foam for environmentally sensitive skin made with rose hip seed oil and loquat fruit. It's rich in vitamin A, C, E, and F which helps foster collagen growth.

BUY: ORGO California Essentials Rosehip & Loquat Cleanser, $32

Cetaphil is a gentle cleansing lotion that does not strip your skin of its natural protective oils. I keep a bottle in the shower at all times. It's a drug store favorite of mine and the price is right!

BUY: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $9

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser purifies skin as it cleans. It's made with amazonian white clay particles that gently remove dirt and toxins that clog pores. Perfect for to use if you have normal to oily skin or around the t-zone area of your face for combination skin.

BUY: Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, $22.50


Hair Products for Dry, Damaged Hair that Work

by Melissa Meyers in


The summer weather can wreak havoc on your hair! Mine was so damaged between excessive washing, highlights, heat styling and the sun so I decided to try an array of hair care products to see if it could be revived. The products that made the cut are listed below and will help restore, mend split ends and add shine to your locks. Some are pricey but they make a dramatic difference!

Selfie: My summer hair is dry and looks damaged at the ends. 

In New York with hair color genius Steve Amendola of the John Frieda Salon. In addition to adding some low lights and a gloss, Steve used  the Kerastase Concentre Oleo-Fusion Intensive Nutrition Treatment on my hair to deep condition it.

This treatment by Kerastase is prepared in individual use bottles. It is used in top salons to treat dry, brittle and sensitised hair. You can buy this incredible 5-minute treatment in bulk and use at home every two weeks.

BUY: Kerastase Concentre Oleo-Fusion Intensive Nutrition Treatment , $143 (includes 15 treatments)

I have a thing for the drybar products because not only do they work well, but they smell AMAZING! The shampoo suds up nicely and moisturizes your hair while getting it squeaky clean at the same time. It's also loaded with anti oxidants and is sulfate and paraben free. 

BUY: drybar Sake Bomb Nourishing Shampoo, $23

I have been a huge fan of all MoroccanOil hair products for years now and the leave-in hydrating cream is my go-to styling product. When applied to damp, freshly washed hair (concentrating on the ends), this cream will protect it from heat-styling tools and control frizz. And, it's packaged in a convenient pump bottle so it's easy to control the amount needed. All products are made with argan oil and have an incredible fragrance.

BUY: Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream, $31

Living Proof's products strengthen hair and break the cycle of damage by using silicone and oil-free solutions. I'm loving this award-winning, weightless conditioner and notice how each time I use it, the condition of my hair improves. Jennifer Aniston is the spokesperson and an investor in the Cambridge-based hair company so you know it's really top notch. All products are perfect to use on colored and chemically treated hair.

BUY: Living Proof Restore Conditioner, $28

Another favorite product is an ultra-light, multi-functional styling and treatment oil from ECRU that provides deep conditioning and moisture for the hair. It protects against heat damage, reduces drying time, eliminates frizz, and helps to mend split ends. I also like to use a tiny bit on my hair AFTER styling to tame fly-aways and smooth out frayed ends.

BUY: ECRU New York Acacia Protein Oil, $30

 

This eco-friendly, 100% vegan leave-in spray is made with argan and olive oil. It repairs dry and damaged hair with rice amino acids and vegetable based moisturizers.  After using this treatment, my hair feels silky and and looks shinier. It really helps to prevent breakage and split ends. 

 BUY: Mastey Color Protecting Therapy Leave-In Spray, $25 

The caviar of hair treatments, Shu Uemura, developed an extreme restoration treatment for ultra-damaged hair. This decadent, flowery-scented mask recovers the strength of the hair fiber from within and is so nourishing that it leaves hair with a soft flexible feel. Remember the feeling of virgin hair? This single product changed my hair from feeling like straw to feeling like silk after a few treatments.

BUY: Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Treatment, $68

 

This budget-friendly hair restoration mask by L'Oreal is made with a 6 flower oil blend and is a great treatment for conditioning extremely, dry damaged hair. I like to coat my hair with it before and after I go for a swim to prevent further hair damage from chlorine and salt water. It truly works wonders and the price is right!

BUY: L'OREAL OleoTherapy Deep Recover Mask, $11 


Mani Monday: Natural Gel Manicure Perfect for Summer Travel

by Melissa Meyers


Who wants to worry about finding a nail salon to get a manicure while away on vacation! I like to get gel mani's before I go away (they last two weeks!) and my color of choice is OPI's Bubble Bath. This natural color looks very clean and offers a high gloss finish. It works well with anything you have in your travel wardrobe!

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I am wearing OPI's Bubble Bath on my nails now and all set for a week spent on vacation in the Hamptons!


Natural Pink Lip Glosses

by Melissa Meyers


One thing I can never leave home without is my lipgloss! Wearing a natural pink lip color is perfect everyday wear and looks good on all skin tones. Here are my fave picks for subtle, pretty pink lips. Whether you are looking for something super glossy, matte or shimmery, I have you covered!

Lip cplor pictured: Laura Mercier Bare Pink Lip Gloss, $25.
Necklace: Essie Collection, triangle mother of pearl, $90. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com to purchase.

This fabulous gloss by Laura Mercier smells like cotton candy and is super moisturizing and creamy!

BUY: Laura Mercier Bare Pink Lip Gloss, $25

Nars Cosmetics has given its "cult classic" lip gloss a new formulation with a silkier texture and new applicator.  This pink shade made famous by Kim Kardashian looks great on sun-kissed skin.

BUY: NARS Turkish Delight Lip Gloss, $26

 

 

Josie Maran’s eco-friendly line of glosses contain antioxidants and argan oil.  I love how soft my lips feel when wearing this light pink gloss.

BUY: Josie Maran Argan Volume Lip Gloss in Brilliance, $20

This amazing lip gloss by Chantecaille is super shiny, a bit shimmery and long-lasting! 

BUY: Chantecaille 'Luminous' Gloss in Pink Melon, $34 

Geri G lipgloss was formulated by uber facialist and make-up artist Geri Giagnorio of West Hollywood. This pink gloss is a bit more matte than the others and offers good coverage and shine. It also smells like bubble gum. I'm addicted!

BUY: Geri G LipGloss Creme in Sweetness, $18


Mani Monday: Perfect Lavender Color to Wear Year Round

by Melissa Meyers


One of my favorite go-to nail polish colors is Bangle Jangle by essie. It's the perfect shade of lavender with grey undertones so looks edgy and feminine at the same time. You can wear this shade any time of year!

Wearing nail color Bangle Jangle by essie and some arm candy! The color has been around for a few years now, but still looks fresh!

essie nail color in bangle jangle.

essie nail color in bangle jangle.

essie, Bangle Jangle, $2.99


8 Chic Hostess Gifts

by Melissa Meyers


Summer is a great time for entertaining…you are bound to be invited to someone's home for a dinner, BBQ or fun soiree. It's always nice to be a gracious guest and bring a gift, but finding something both chic and unique can be a challenge. Here are some of my favorite hostess gift ideas to help with your search in finding the perfect something!

I am obsessed with these delicious and GORGEOUS chocolates by Maggie Louise Confections. You can customize them with a theme to fit the personality of your guest! The ones below were sent to me (and did WOW me).

BUY: Maggie Louise Chocolates Gift Boxes.  Please order 7-10 days in advance of date needed.

Maggie Louise Chocolates Gift Boxes 

GLOW Chocolate Charm Box, $45 

Trays are always useful and these personalized ones by Mark and Graham are fun and make a nice statement!

BUY: Mark and Graham Rectangular Acrylic Tray, $49-$59

Cool and colorful cocktail muddler straws are perfect to bring to a cocktail party! This 3-in-1 bar tool is great for grinding, stirring and sipping!

BUY: Mastrad Muddler Straws, $9.99

Mastrad Muddler Straws: Set of 6 Assorted Colors, $9.99

I found out about these chic "plastic" crystal glasses at "The Brentwood" in Los Angeles when they opened their new cafe and they used these to serve their drinks. Fun fact: Govino glasses were originally created as a trade tool to help professional salespeople showcase their wines whenever and wherever proper stemware was not available. A nice gift for the person who likes to entertain outside or poolside! 

BUY: Govino Faux Crystal Glasses, $49.95

Govino Glasses Variety Gift Pack, $49.95. Sold as a kit or separately in packages of four.

Govino Glasses Variety Gift Pack, $49.95. Sold as a kit or separately in packages of four.

I recently bought this new cook book by Laurie David at her book party and was impressed by the breadth of healthy and delicious the recipes included. The Family Cooks has over 100 simple recipes all made with fresh ingredients and unprocessed foods. A perfect gift for the health-minded hostess with a family!

BUY: The Family Cooks, by Laurie David, $21.25

Laurie published the book to inspire parents and children to take control of what they eat and to bring families together by cooking together. 

With Laurie David at her home in Los Angeles.

You can never have too many candles, especially when they smell so nice and look this beautiful. Each candle is sculpted under water with a high temperature wax. The color is hand mixed and the fragrances are custom blended into a soy candle filling.

BUY: Le Feu de L'Eau Boutique luxury candles, $62 each. Available in 10 different colors/scents.  

Le Feu de L'Eau Boutique luxury candles, $62 each. Dimension: 3.5" x 4". Approximate burning time is 80 hours.

I love these organic-shaped mirror vases from the new home Essie Collection (website launching soon). They are only about 5 inches high so you can set two or three of them with flowers along the dining table and still see the guest across from you…perfect for dinner parties!

Buy Essie Collection, Molded Mirror Vase, $25. Contact Esther@essiecollection to purchase.

Essie Collection, Molded Mirror Vase, $25

These decorative vases also look great alone in a bathroom or bedside table with some fresh flowers.

Essie Collection, Molded Mirror Vase $25

How amazing are these bang serving plates? So fresh and modern! They are hand-made and designed by Kelly Lamb, an LA artist with some pedigree. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally in museums, galleries and prestigious art fairs. 

BUY: Kelly Lamb Bang Plate, starting at $80.

Kelly Lamb Bang Plate (many sizes available), starting at $80 


Must-have T-shirts for Summer

by Melissa Meyers


Having basic t-shirts in your wardrobe for summer is key but it's like finding the right pair of jeans…you need to try on so many to find the perfect fit. Here are some must-have t-shirts that look great on most body types. None of these are too fitted so they hide muffin tops and all!

This distressed linen-jersey t-shirt by IRO is loose fitting and covered with laddered holes. It comes is several colors…I think the light pink is fresh for the season! This shirt looks best when tucked in the front and left out in the back (half-tuck). Wear with your favorite camisole underneath.

BUY: IRO Clay T-Shirt, $143

IRO Clay Hole T-Shirt (shown in light pink), $143

IRO Clay Hole T-Shirt (shown in light pink), $143

Go rocker chic with skulls and butterflies!  This soft t-shirt by Zadig & Voltaire is so on trend. I love that the front is plain and the back has a fab print.

BUY: Zadig & Voltaire T Shirt, $80

Grey is a great year-round color and this t-shirt by MONROW is super comfy and casual. Looks great when worn with white jeans.

BUY: MONROW Oversized V Neck Tee, $54

This basic white t-shirt by T by Alexander Wang is a wardrobe essential. It's a great go-to for summer and looks good tucked in or worn out.

BUY: T by Alexander Wang Classic T Shirt with Pocket, $85 

James Perse is known for their soft, cotton tees! This one is shown half-tucked and looks great with denim skinny jeans.

BUY: James Perse Deep V-Neck Cotton Tee, $85

I am huge fan of everything Helmut Lang, especially this white draped, cowl-neck t-shirt. It's perfect to wear when you want to dress up your casual look.

BUY: Helmut Lang modal-blend tee, $125

Rag & Bone always gets it right! This cool, feather-printed tee is a great alternative to wearing a plain t-shirt. Wear with a camisole underneath, either tucked in or out. 

BUY: Rag & Bone Printed Tee, $95 


5 Most Natural Self-Tanners: Get Your Summer Glow On Safely!

by Melissa Meyers


Summer is around the corner so it's time to get our tans on safely! Nicely bronzed skin gives you the appearance of looking healthy and more slim. Say good-bye to the days when self-tanning products made you look orange, and smelled yucky. The ones below not only give you the most natural-looking tans, but have pleasant scents too!

1. St. Tropez self Tan Bronzing Mousse and Mitt

This unique mousse formula is super light-weight and can be used for both your face and body. The application mitt ensures smooth coverage while protecting your hands from the tan palm syndrome that is so common with many self tanners. I really like this product as it works well when used on all skin tones, dries quickly and is easy to apply. 

BUY: St. Tropez self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $18 and Mitt, $6.50

St. Tropez self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $18 and Mitt, $6.50

St. Tropez Tan even looks natural when used on the fairest of them all.

2. Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion

This fabulous product gives you is a smooth and natural, darker shade of bronze. It’s also easy to apply, dries quickly, feels great on the skin and lasts about seven days. I love the amazing coconut scent!

BUY: Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion, $24.95

3. Shiseido Brilliant Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Gel

This tinted self-tanning gel for the face and body offers a sheer bronze color and a pearly shimmer. It smoothes on evenly and absorbs quickly to bring out the ideal shade and depth of any skin tone. Within a few hours, you will develop a natural, incredibly even bronze color. Plus, it provides hydration benefits to keep tan skin smooth.

BUY: Shiseido Brilliant Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Gel, $30

4. Fake Bake Flawless

Fake Bake Flawless is one of the best “liquid” self tanners. Flawless is applied with a mitt (included) in effortless gliding strokes for a perfectly even tan. The dual function cosmetic bronzer assists in making the application even easier (shows-where-it-goes) providing an instant golden tan. The tropical scent not only smells good, but dries super fast and gives you a perfect bronzy-tan color! 

BUY: Fake Bake Flawless, $25

5. Xen-Tan’s E! Live from the Red Carpet Perfect Blend

This sweet, cucumber melon scented self-tanner is one of my favorites because it has an adjustable dial that allows you to customize your tan from light to dark--even a self-tanning rookie can achieve a flawless application. Plus, you can achieve the perfect tan no matter how dark or light your skin is naturally!

BUY: Xen-Tan’s E! Live from the Red Carpet Perfect Blend, $45

Remember to exfoliate before you self-tan (and moisturize after) for best results!
Check out my blog on the best body scrubs and oils for details.


Best Father's Day Gift Guide

by Melissa Meyers


Wondering what to get Dad for Father's Day? Below are some of my favorite gift ideas to add to your shopping list. Whether Dad is a techie or a fitness buff, there's something here for every type of guy!

I love the contemporary design of these CERA Wireless Portable speakers. They have up to 7 hours of play time on a full charge and stream audio from 33 feet away. The perfect gift for the Dad who listens to his tunes wherever he goes!

BUY: Tego Audio CERA Wireless Portable Speaker, $89

A Nespresso machine makes the perfect Father's Day gift for the coffee-loving Dad.
The restaurant quality espresso/cappuccino/latte maker is amazingly easy to use and you never have to leave home! It's a splurge item so ask a few family members to contribute towards this fab gift and give Dad something he would really love and use! I recently picked up this one for my husbands' birthday--he's been experimenting with all the different Nespresso flavors and enjoying his morning coffee time more than ever!

 

BUY: Nespresso Machine- De'Longhi Lattissima Plus, $399

Men will not buy a travel kit for themselves but would appreciate having their favorite products with them when on a  trip. Some of the best products available are from Baxter of California, an advanced men's grooming system that features high quality, simple to use products.

The line of products is tailored to mens needs including hair care, skincare, shaving essentials, and more. My husband Michael also loves and uses these products as they are great for sensitive skin.

BUY: Baxter of California Travel Kit, $50

Most men can use a new wallet and this sleek, leather one by Tumi will help Dad stay organized! Great quality for the price--yes, it's on sale now!

BUY: Tumi Wallet, originally $155, NOW $69

The Dad who likes to BBQ will appreciate the Grill Cleaning Robot as it automatically cleans barbecue grill grates so he (or you) don't have to. The device has three electric motors and a built-in CPU that rotate three cylindrical brushes to propel the robot across the grill grates and remove burnt bits of food and grease in a few passes. The brushes’ brass bristles do not scratch stainless steel or porcelain surfaces, they are removable and dishwasher safe. 

BUY: The Grill Cleaning Robot from Hammacher Schlemmer $119

Spice up Dads workout wardrobe with some cool SoulCycle attire. You can also get him a SoulCycle gift card If you want to introduce him to this wildly popular indoor cycling class (he may already be a groupie)! A great gift for the fitness enthusiast.

BUY: SoulCycle giftcard or SoulCycle men's apparel

SoulCycle gift cards here and great men's apparel here

SoulCycle gift cards here and great men's apparel here

Fizz up Father's Day by gifting your Dad a portable soda maker. The PureFizz Soda Maker will carbonate any of Dads favorite beverages including cocktails. Check out the how-to video below!

BUY: Mastrad Purefizz Soda Maker, $79

 Mastrad Purefizz Soda Maker, $79

Keep your Dad cozy and comfortable with this personalized, plush bathrobe by Ralph Lauren. It's super soft and perfect to wear after the shower or for lounging around the house on weekends.

BUY: Ralph Lauren personalized bathrobe, $66