March 5, 2013
So I had been looking at Clarisonic’s for some time now- and wondered what all the fuss was about. I thought my dry, dehydrated and ageing skin was not the right “target market” for this- I thought if I had clogged pores.. acne problems it might be.. BUT having returned from two weeks at altitude in the drying, conditions of the gorgeous Rocky Mountains… I’m a convert. What nailed it for me was not only the soft skin… but a friend saying to me ( after almost 16 hours of plane travel with 2 kids and little sleep on the plane+ 2 weeks of skiing with lots of good wine and food) that my skin looked good.. REALLY good…”Your skin looks all glowy! Did you have something done when you were away??? Suffice to say I’m a little in love with the Clarisonic Mia.
I bit the bullet after speaking to the beauty therapist at the Arrabelle Spa in Vail, who use them as part of the cleansing in every facial. I figured that they were used to dealing with dehydrated and drying skin daily and if it worked for them and their clients… it was worth a shot. I picked up the Clarisonic Mia- there were lots of options, the Mia 2, with 2 speeds, one with a body brush attachment too… but I thought that I would go with the basic Mia- 1 speed with a sensitive skin brush.
I raced home to get started, but found I had to wait patiently for 24 hours while it charged- it has a snazzy little magnetic charger and an LED light which flashes while it charges. Each “charge” gives you 20 mins or so of use. And as you only use it for 1 minute per use, you are charging infrequently. I bought mine in the US- but it does have international voltage so it can be used here in Australia
I have only used the Clarisonic Mia three times so far.. but already love it- it feels great on my forehead and cheeks, but feels a bit weird on my nose- makes me feel like I want to sneeze.. nothing major, just an unusual sensation. I’ve used it only at night- to clear off all the days accumulated gunk. I am not a huge make up wearer- but I do use Invisible Zinc sunscreen daily and it does feel heavy at the end of the day. I have used it with my regular cleanser (Lancome) but haven’t tried the gel cleanser included in the pack but shall report back if I try it. Immediately I noticed that my moisturiser seemed to sink in more effectively and my foundation has stayed on and looked better for longer.
I’ve hit the age where my skin deserves a little more attention and I’m really noticing the fine lines and change in texture, so I’m on a mission to make sure I make the most of my skin, and put the brakes on the ageing process as much as possible. I believe that what you eat and drink plays a HUGE part in skin condition (I’m a fan of green smoothies and fish oil) and I’m hoping that the Clarisonic, added to the mix will make a difference.
July 27, 2012
The ski season’s glamour event is Clicquot in the Snow- currently on in Queenstown, and starting next week in Thredbo. This is high style on the slopes, with a series of pop up events around various locations on the mountain.
As part of Aspen’s Clicquot in the Snow celebrations this year, Veuve partnered with cult beauty brand Fresh to create the ultimate ski weekend beauty bag. Perfect travel size goodies of the brands best. My fave’s are the brown sugar hand cream and the Citron de vigne fragrance, inspired by the champagne itself.
If you are heading for the Clicquot festivities, I will be posting more about the events over the next few days!!
April 18, 2012
No, I’m not talking about the high, high hair they favour in Texas (which I do secretly love…) I’m talking about the challenges of a “good hair day” while skiing and in the mountains. Let’s face it, when you spend the day with a helmet on your head (and I really do hope you do!!) and with very little humidity in the air… having luscious, bouncy hair can be a little tough. Especially if you have hair like mine which is fine, dry and tends to got static in an instant.
I have a few products that I love and have been using on my most recent ski holiday. First up all my new faves are by O&M, an Australian organic hair company whose products have no nasty things and smell like caramel and vanilla … oh so good. I’ve been using O&M Hydrate and Conquer shampoo and conditioner for over a year now. They have a range of shampoo’s and conditioners, but for my fine, dry hair this one works a treat. It has all sorts of goodness- amino acids and minerals … did I mention it smells really good???
Next up is the O&M 7 day Miracle – this is a super hydrating masque, you are supposed to use it once a week for coloured or damaged hair but at altitude, I used it every 2 or 3 days- it really made a difference. It has macadamia seed oil and argan oil which are both super hydrating.
My secret weapon on the slopes however is also a SUPERSTAR product- yes, Rachel Zoe loves this one too!!! It has the very Australian name of “Rootalicious” and it is a lightweight mousse. I was terrified of using a mousse on my hair… The last time I did was in the 90′s when it made your hair crunchy and I was wearing bubble skirts. So I had been resistent for a long time… I need not have been- this is new school mousse- it is fluffy and light and now they are called “volumisers”. After a day of wearing a helmet, this was perfect for tranforming my hair into something a little more glam. And just in case you were wondering my usual ski hair style is swept into a low ponytail under my helmet or in a plait, easy and low maintenance. I often twist my hair into a bun too, so I have some pretty waves at the end of the day. For me, a ski holiday is about low maintenance beauty, I’m busy wrangling kids and wanting to get lots of turns in, but I still like to look good so these products really help!
Oh, and in case you were wondering.. big hair IS big for the next season… if the latest Moncler Fall/Winter 2012 show is anything to go by……