Skin Care

SELF CARE SPOTLIGHT: Facial at Heyday

I’m all about self care and skin care. Taking care of my skin has always been very important to me and every now and then I like to treat myself to a facial! I was fortunate enough to experience a facial at NYC facial hot spot, Heyday.

The Heyday window alone stopped me in my tracks with its Instagrammable decor and a few of my friends have raved about facials here so it had been on my list to try! There are a few locations around the city but I had the privilege to check out their Upper East Side location.

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Heyday offers three types of facials, in 30, 50 and 75 minutes. I received the 50 minute facial and it was perfect. The 50 minute facial is a classic, comprehensive, deep cleansing facial to reset and refresh your skin for the month ahead, aka my ideal facial. My Skin Therapist, Alexis, was super friendly and listened to my skin concerns. I told her my skin was oily and on the sensitive side and she assured me nothing she would use on me would affect my skin in a negative way and she was right!

She even checked out my skins hydration levels which was very cool. I left the spa with the most amazing glow and a great product recommendation. Sometimes when I get a facial I try to take in all the advice I can from the esthetician but I don’t always remember everything in full detail. What is amazing about Heyday is that your Skin Therapist will send you a detailed recap e-mail after your visit with certain product recommendations you may have forgotten while you were relaxing in bliss.

She suggested I use the IMAGE Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque and I bought immediately. It is an exfoliating enzyme mask with Vitamin C great for removing dead skin cell buildup. My skin felt so nice after this facial, not red or irritated which was a game changer for me.

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I would definitely recommend checking out Heyday for yourself if you want a simple no fuss facial that’s quick, effective and well priced. Also, Heyday is also a great place to shop skincare products that are approved by their Skin Therapists. They have locations in Nomad, Tribeca, Upper West Side and Noho in addition to the Upper East Side.

Check out the HeyDay webiste here to book your facial and also they have a very informative blog filled with skin care tips!

Thank you, HeyDay for a wonderful facial experience, hope to be back soon!

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A SUNSCREEN SAFE FOR SENSITIVE + DARKER SKIN EXISTS?!

I will confess – I am not a regular sunscreen wearer. I have tried many different types over the years but some either have broken me out or leave a ghostly cast on my face that doesn’t look natural. I related to this post, Glossier, founder, CEO and all-around beauty inspiration, Emily Weiss wrote so much. I thought I was alone in the SPF struggle.

Welcome, Glossier Invisible Shield. I have had this product for a while thanks to the nice girls at Glossier but have waited to write this post to really make sure the sunscreen did not break me out and wore well.


I have the most sensitive skin – many products break me out in some form of allergic reaction but this passed the test! I have layered with make-up and no white cast — it’s simply amazing.

A lot of people with darker skin like mine don’t always think they need to wear a sunscreen as we are not the ones burning on the beach but that is not the case! A sunscreen isn’t just for the beach – it’s literally SUN day — every day!

As every skin is so different, I would test it out for yourselves and see how you like it. It has a SPF level of 35 so is perfect for daily use and has been part of my daily routine.

Thanks for making another revolutionary product, Glossier!

P.S. — They just launched Wowder (best name ever?) last week and I am so excited that I got my hands on it, will have a review coming soon!

Shop it, here.

THE ESSENTIALS

Just because winter is dull and dreary doesn’t mean your skin has to be! It is very important you invest time in your skin care especially in these colder months when our skin is struggling the most.

WINTER SKIN SURVIVAL KIT

 

 

1. Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub Unlike what TLC told us, this is one scrub you do want. This exfoliator is for the days you feel like your skin is dull and dreary similar to the weather outside when you just long for brighter more radiant skin. I love this scrub because it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Believe me, I am someone that gets a weird allergic reaction to most scented cosmetics but this fresh blueberry scent doesn’t bother me – it feels so good getting all the dead skin off but definitely don’t use more than once a week!

2. Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask This mask saves lives. Not exactly but any time I feel like my skin is getting dry or a potential allergic reaction to something I slather this on my face and let it sit 20 minutes. After I rinse off, my skin has never felt smoother. Everyone needs this mask – and at only $20.00, you should get one for your boyfriend, mom, sister and brother too!

3. Cerave Moisturizing Lotion – A drugstore favorite. I’ve talked about this moisturizer before but it had to be done again. I got recommended this by my dermatologist and haven’t looked back since. It gives just the right amount of moisture to my skin without feeling greasy. It also is unscented and perfect for sensitive skin types like me. It also comes in a huge bottle which might not be the most travel-friendly but you won’t run out for months which is great!

4. Bite Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub If you read my previous post on the Bite Beauty Lip Lab you know I am a strong advocate for lip scrubs. In these winter months our lips tend to feel so dry it’s hard to wear our favorite lip colors. However, investing in a lip scrub like this helps remove all the dead skin just like a scrub would do for your face to allow a perfect canvas for your favorite new lipstick.

5. Aquaphor Another drug store miracle. This balm is the perfect follow-up post lip scrub. It is super moisturizing for your lips in need and also can be great for any cuts or cracked skin. It comes in multiple sizes. I suggest the large bottle for home and the smaller size to throw in your bag when you’re on the go.

6. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream Cracked skin is not cute, not to mention painful! With the constant washing of our hands in these cooler months our hands really suffer. It’s super important to invest in a hand cream to keep your hands as soft as possible. The smell of this cream isn’t overbearing and works really well to sooth skin when it needs it most.

7. Lush Sympathy for the SkinThis lotion is bananas. No really, it’s made from organic mashed bananas, vanilla extract, lemon oil and sandalwood. If that doesn’t sound like a dream, I don’t know what is. I love lush products and this lotion does a great job at moisturizing my skin without leaving a filmy residue.


I swear by these products for an (almost) flawless complexion. Pretty soon you’ll be feeling like B and saying, “I woke up like this!”

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