When I first moved from the city to Hoboken a little over four years ago, I was convinced that I was going to hate it. A typical New York attitude. Today, I can't express how much I absolutely love this little city and am so proud to call it home. Of course, I did my fair share of exploring and testing out all of the beauty and wellness offerings the town has to offer. While I still go to NYC for many of my services (see my round up of the best salons and spas in NYC here), I found some real talent in Hoboken. Here's my edit of the best of beauty and wellness in Hoboken.
I had such a great time last week with the ladies of NBC New York Live TV. This month, I focused my segment on how you can up your #SelfCareSunday regimen. Of course face masks and hair masks are expected, but in this segment, we chat about new products and techniques that'll make your self-care routine even more pampering than it already is. Click here to watch and enjoy!
A month or so ago, I attended a summit by the Global Wellness Institute where the medicinal properties of mushrooms was a super hot topic. Turns out, research is being done to prove that magic mushrooms could be “better than existing treatments” for anxiety, depression and addiction. Today, we’re seeing mushroom infused coffees, chocolates and skincare products. Here, I investigated their benefits when ingested and applied topically.
Coconut oil offers a multitude of beauty benefits. Here are some of our favorite coconut oil infused beauty buys. Happy pampering!
Truth is, I'd rather BUY than DIY anything, but some beauty treatments are worth the extra effort. Cinnamon is a warming spice that can be added to almost anything from your coffee to your oatmeal to help you feel grounded and nourished during the cold winter months. It's also great for your skin as it helps to boost circulation. Here's an easy DIY cinnamon face mask recipe that only takes two ingredients from your kitchen.
Good news! More and more beauty brands are creating products for active women like us. Here are some of our favorite products to use before, during and after a workout.
Last week on NBC's New York Live, I showcased "Gold Medal Worthy Beauty Buys" in honor of the Olympics. These products are from all different countries, but have had cult followings in America for quite some time. Check out the segment here.
I'm really excited to host an interactive fragrance event at Annick Goutal's Upper East Side boutique next Thursday, February 22nd. The event is open to the public (but you must RSVP) so if you love reading my blog, are a beauty fanatic or just want to come have a few cocktails, grab a few friends and join me! Here are details along with the RSVP email.
How do you guys feel about eating your skincare? Into it or pass? As with most nutraceuticals, the ingestible collagen trend has me skeptical of its efficacy, yet intrigued. I've been receiving pitches from publicists about the hot topic for a while now and after getting hooked on Sakara Life's Beauty Chocolates, decided it was time to dig in and find out they really work. Here, Dr. Mona Gohara gives an honest answer.
If you're looking for new effective, yet natural skincare, listen up. I first discovered Laurel at the Indie Beauty Expo in NYC last year and after talking to the founder, knew the skincare collection was something special. The flower and herb based line is crafted mindfully using 100% organic ingredients (you won't even find water or alcohol in their ingredient list). After testing a slew of products, I fell in love with the Honey Berry Enzyme Mask.
Throughout the past two years or so, I've been undergoing laser tattoo removal. It hasn't been two years of consistent treatments as I've taken breaks – some out of frustration and some to allow my skin to heal – but after seven treatments, it's still there. Here's a breakdown of the process, stories of all three of my tattoos (I'm only trying to remove one and you'll see why!) and before and after pictures.
As the year comes to an end, I like looking back at my content to see what you guys really loved reading about. From chemical peels and hair growth supplements to portion control tips and transcendental meditation, here are my top 10 most read posts this year. Enjoy!
If you're still shopping for the holidays, you may want to pick up a gift that gives back to those in need. This week on NBC's New York Live, I featured my favorite five from my holiday gift guide. (I'm obsessed with all of them!). Check it out here and happy shopping!
When Haven Spa invited us in, I (Jeannine’s intern), could not be more excited to check it out. While there, I got to try the spa’s seasonal frosted sugar cookie manicure and pedicure treatment, which was just what I needed to distress and get into the holiday spirit. After an afternoon of pampering myself I decided I had to share the DIY honey scrub recipe that I fell in love with.
I'm extremely grateful that part of my job as a beauty editor is to visit new salons and spas to test their hottest treatments. In New York City, it seems there's a new, clever concept salon opening up almost every month. Many of you ask for recommendations on where to go for hair cuts, facials, brows and more so I decided to write a guide of tried-and-true favorites. And yes, as a Hoboken girl now I can tell you, they're worth commuting for.
From sage-ing your new apartment in the hopes of clearing negative energy to burning palo santo and other healing herbs as part of your self-care Sunday routine to try to lift your spirits, smudging has become the go-to method for the wellness-savvy set to reach #goodvibesonly status. And now, herbs like sage, cedar, juniper, sweetgrass, and palo santo aren’t just for your home—they’re the latest thing in skin care as well. Check out my article on Well + Good to learn more.
If you've been reading my blog for a long time, then you watched my life and content evolve throughout the years and are right there with me. Can you believe I've been doing this for eight years? As I became more wellness minded in my personal life, my definition of beauty changed and content shifted to a place of raw authenticity that I'm proud to share with you. Today, I'm excited to announce that I've partnered with Rituals, the number one selling bath and body line in Europe that's rapidly making its mark in the US. Truthfully, if I could create my own beauty brand, I would follow the same formula – putting wellness first and (what we think of as) beauty second.
As someone with very fine hair (and not a lot of it), I've tried every extension variety to make it appear fuller throughout the years. Being on TV, it's important for me to be able to enhance what I have. From tape-in to clip-in and bonded extensions, I've tried them all, but while I love the way they look, they're really just temporary bandaids for a bigger problem. I've taken different types of skin, hair and nail supplements since I was young, but always remained skeptical of their efficacy until now thanks to science.
It seems silly to spend so much money gifting "wants" during the holiday season when there are so many in need around the world. This year, when giving to friends and family, think about also helping others. Here are our top picks of gifts that give back for the wellness minded, beauty addict, fitness enthusiast and foodie that help a handful of noteworthy causes around the globe.
Even as a veteran beauty editor, I find product labels confusing. Since the FDA doesn't regulate the term "natural," shopping for clean beauty buys is one of the trickiest tasks. I partnered with New Beauty to produce and host this video on "How to Shop for Clean Beauty Buys" in hopes it'll help you cut through the clutter. Well, at least some of it! Check it out and let me know what you think.
Scrolling through your Facebook feed, you’ve probably seen videos of people painfully peeling off their face mask and telling you not to embark on that experience. They’ve probably scared you from wanting to try one, but don’t give up just yet. We have found three peel-off face masks that were easy to use and left us with smoother, brighter skin.
Exfoliating your face is a crucial step in your regimen. However, the wrong method of exfoliation can do more harm than good. In fact, it can send your complexion in an extreme direction, making oily skin even oilier and dry skin even drier. Check out my latest for Well + Good on How to Exfoliate for Your Skin Type.
Halloween is right around the corner. Have you thought about what you're going to dress up as? If you're anything like us, then you're probably going to stick with a classic costume and turn it up a notch. Here, we chose the best lipsticks that go with the most iconic costumes (think Marilyn red). The best part? Each shade can be added into your makeup bag – permanently.
I loved putting this New York Live segment together. How often do you see people trying to sell beauty products on Facebook? While they may seem pushy, many of them are selling truly effective products and as entrepreneurs it's their job to be a bit pushy. In this segment, I cut through the clutter and found the best selling products from the top brands out there. Enjoy the segment!
I first met Cait about ten years ago when I was a beauty editor at Cosmopolitan magazine. At the time she was a beauty editor at Life & Style, and I looked up to her as she seemed to have it all figured out. She's always been supportive of my freelance career and I'm incredibly proud of what she's accomplished during the past few years. Now a cancer survivor, Cait utilized her relationships in beauty and personal experience to help others fight their battles while looking and feeling their best by writing "Pretty Sick: The Beauty Guide for Women with Cancer." At her book launch party, she said, "This was never about me writing a book. This was about me wanting to help others." And that's exactly the type of person Cait is – selfless. Here, she speaks to her journey and gives valuable life advice.
For two weeks after my chemical peel, my skin was super high maintenance. These are the products that helped to calm and heal my skin as well as show face in public.
Thanks to my on-going battle with hyperpigmentation, bi-yearly moderate peels have become part of my skincare regimen. I've been fighting hyperpigmentation since what seems like the beginning of time (or more truthfully, since I learned what the brown spots on my face were back when I worked at Cosmo). For me, it's 100% from the sun. While I used to bake in tanning beds when I was young (I was an idiot), as soon as I became an beauty editor (over a decade ago), I've been shunning the sun or at least slathering my skin in SPF and being diligent about reapplying. No matter how careful and mindful I am, the hyperpigmentation always comes back. Therefore, after the summertime, I always do a good peel as a jumpstart to a new skincare regimen with a focus on lightening.
One of my favorite things about working with New York Live is shooting field segments with Joelle Garguilo. She's full of positive energy, a real hustler and we just have the best time on set together. While we've shot many beauty segments together in the past, this was by far the most fun. I'm so grateful to be able to work with people who inspire me. Check out our latest featuring new express treatments in NYC.
Overnight masks are genius, because they take little to no effort. When I first received this Overnight Recovery Mask from Exuviance, I placed it in my "must try" basket in my bathroom along with about eight other face masks. (They're my favorite products to test!) Now, I use it once to twice per week and wake up with simply refreshed skin.