Smell This: AERIN Rose de Grasse Parfum…

It’s time for spring, don’t you think?  Aerin Rose de Grasse [$185] is all about spring.  As I type this – we are in the middle of what is hopefully our last snow storm of the year and I need some inspiration!! Rose de Grasse is not your average ordinary rose fragrance (I have been smelling this all morning) – it’s DIFFERENT.  Aerin Lauder is always about making you feel something when you smell her fragrances.  If you ever get a chance to chat with her you will know why.  I have met Aerin twice.  I interviewed her once in her posh hotel suite in DC on the press tour for her new line a few years back.  Then more recently when I was the only blogger to interview her after she took the stage at the mind-blowing Nordstrom trend show here in Tysons Corner. To my surprise, not only did she remember me, she asked me how my son was doing.  This is a testament to Aerin and who she is.  She is about stories, family, art, memories and ultimately this is the inspiration she uses for her scents.  She uses scent to evoke a certain time that brings back things that are memorable to her.

AERIN Rose de Grasse Parfum

I already said this isn’t your average Rose scent, it’s not.  This has more depth…more soul….it feels more vintage to me and I LOVE that.  I have a container of 100 year old dried rose petals that belonged to my great great grandmother and this scent reminds me of that. For me that is extremely special. [Continue reading]

TMG Ageless: Dermaplane Skin Treatment with Dr. Tina West…

Have you ever heard of a Dermaplane skin treatment?? I’ll be honest – I hadn’t. Not before I met Dr. Tina West of The West Institute.  Dr. West is the founder of The West Institute and is a board certified dermatologist and leading expert in non-invasive and minimally invasive facial and body contouring, specializing in cosmetic dermatology and dermatologic surgery.  She has been in practice since 1996 and is an expert in minimally invasive techniques to maintain the health and appearance of skin of the face and body in women and men.

Dermaplaning - West Institute

My Skin after my Dermaplane Treatment at The West Institute in Chevy Chase

I am all about minimally invasive anything when it comes to skin so when Dr. West invited me to try it – I was TOTALLY game. So since  I had never heard of this treatment – I met her in her office along with her staff for a private tour.  Located in Chevy Chase, the office is in a high rise building and is completely private.  She offers all kinds of treatments – including several lasers and medical facials (which I really need to get with).  After speaking to the medical esthetician, I’m convinced I’m spending my money on the wrong kind of facial. The office has all of the state of the art lasers and equipment (more than I have ever seen i a dermatology office).

So now on to the dermaplane.  Dr. West introduced me to Chelsea Grimes one of the talented medical estheticians at the practice and she schooled me on a few things about facials….

  1. Any facial you get in a spa is primarily for relaxation/health of skin only as the products used are not clinical grade (meaning the products won’t have any kind of immediate, long term effect) the only benefits are from the extractions and cleansing.
  2. All products used in a medical facial are medical/clinical grade cosmeceuticals so the long term effects are more immediate and long lasting.

So WOW.  Mind blown.  Here I am thinking I’m doing something with my monthly facials…apparently I’m not doing enough. The medical facial doesn’t have candles, music and a silk cocoon like the Four Seasons but the results for your skin are amazing. So after that, she sits me down in her chair and explains the dermaplane treatment.

The benefits are:

  • increases cellular turnover
  • promotes smoother skin by removing dead skin cells
  • added benefit is that it removes any fine soft hair (peach fuzz) that can trap dirt/oil
  • reduces appearance of recent acne scarring or hyperpigmentation
  • enhances effectiveness of chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion, oxygen and LED treatments
  • reduces appearance of fine lines
  • improves penetration of skin care
  • gives a healthy glow

All those benefits?  Sign me up!  So she starts with the treatment (which doesn’t hurt, just feels weird as she is essentially scraping off a layer of your skin with a super fine blade and leaves you with a glowing texture with no redness/irritation.  This procedure is a very effective exfoliating procedure because it basically tricks the body into thinking it has an injury and needs to heal itself.  So it immediately produces healthier, plump skin cells. Dermaplaning can be used on all skin colors (YAAYY!)

The procedure took about an hour and afterwards she applied a really nice hyaluronic gloss cream which is only available for sale in the office, my skin looked and felt GREAT.  Dermaplaning is typically performed every 3-4 weeks and is obviously not recommended if you have active acne of excessive production of sebaceous gland oils.

This treatment would be great for someone who wants to maintain a

I personally loved it and found my skin to be super smooth afterwards – like a baby!! I will work this into my existing routine for sure.  If you are in the DC Metro area, give them a call….

West Institute
TEL: 301.986.9378

Stay Pretty!!

Dermaplane services were provided by Dr. Tina West and the West Institute.  All opinions are my own.

Spring 2015: NARS Dual Intensity Blush…

New for Spring 2015 is NARS Dual Intensity Blush and I am SO EXCITED!  If you know anything about me – you must know that I LOVE blush.  It has to be my most favorite thing.  For Spring 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual Intensity Blush.  Featuring NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology, the newly- imagined formula allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture. Six modern shade pairings curated by François Nars offer a universal spectrum of hues that works across all skintones. My favorite thing about is has to be the wet/dry feature.  This allows an almost watercolor effect which is going to look spectacular in the summer (so hard to think about that right now – as I type it is currently 12 degrees).

Spring 2015:  NARS Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Dual Intensity blush Sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color. Dry pigments impart a natural glow that warms the complexion and fuses weightlessly. Dampen NARS’ exclusive Wet/Dry Blush Brush before application for a watercolor effect—dab over the apples of the cheeks and swirl in a circular motion to paint on a subtle tint.  Designed in a sensorial, soft-touch square case with a modern magnetic closure, six luxuriously embossed duos heighten the art of transformation.

Spring 2015:  NARS Dual Intensity Blush

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Spring 2015: Bobbi Brown HOT Collection…

Spring 2015: Bobbi Brown HOT COLLECTION

The new Bobbi Brown HOT Collection is here!  Bobbi Brown is known for effortless easy looks and makeup that is accessible and simple to do.  So no surprise here that she partnered up with actress and model Kate Upton as the new face of the brand. … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Sienna Miller at the 2015 Oscars…

Sienna Miller at the 2015 Oscars

Sienna Miller at the 2015 Oscars was stunning on the red carpet last night.  The "American Sniper” star and Oscar presenter went for an “Old Hollywood,” 1960s Audrey Hepburn-inspired makeup look created by famed makeup artist Charlotte … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2015 Oscars…

Gwyneth Paltrow - 2015 Oscars

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2015 Oscars was elegant, polished and refined in a Ralph & Russo gown featuring a shoulder with a huge rose embellishment. Her hair and makeup were equally sleek. INSPIRATION:  Inspired by Penelope Tree’s pre-fringe … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Lady Gaga at the 2015 Oscars in NARS…

Lady Gaga at the 2015 Oscars

Lady Gaga at the 2015 Oscars STOLE the show last night.  Her performance of a Sound of Music Medley was breathtaking. I predicted before that Gaga would be ushering in a more refined and glamorous look (remember Gaga's Grammys look?) and she has … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Margot Robbie at the 2015 Oscars in Hourglass…

Margot Robbie at the 2015 Oscars

Margot Robbie at the 2015 Oscars sizzled on the red carpet at Sunday’s awards show. The sultry Australian actress, a presenter at the awards ceremony, looked breathtaking in a black Saint Laurent dress, a vintage Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Oscars

Lupita Nyong'o 2015 Oscars

Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Oscars illuminated the Red Carpet in a white pearl embroidered Calvin Klein dress.  Her makeup was soft and smokey and her hair was effortless and easy.  Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose from Lancome was in charge of her … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Ava Duvernay at the 2015 Oscars in NARS…

Ava Duvernay 2015 OscarsQAva Duvernay 2015 Oscars

Selma director Ava Duvernay at the 2015 Oscars was stunning in a sky blue custom Miuccia Prada gown.  Her look was created by Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist. "Miuccia Prada custom designed the stunning azzurro-blue gown especially … [Continue reading]

Fashion Week: Rag & Bone A/W 15 NARS & Jin Soon….

NARS Rag & Bone A/W 15

Simple is often better and what could be more simple than a sleekly lined eye. For the Rag & Bone A/W 15 show, makeup artist Gucci Westman did just that with the help of NARS Cosmetics. I'm a huge fan of looks that can translate well from runway … [Continue reading]

3 Ways to Keep Your Highlights Looking Fresh…

3 Ways to Keep Your Highlights Looking Fresh

Did you get highlights recently?  Perhaps an Ombre or Balayage?  I have 3 ways to keep your highlights looking fresh with little or no effort. I just had Balayage done recently and I have to work hard to keep it in check  otherwise it can turn … [Continue reading]

Fashion Week: Creatures of the Wind A/W 15 with NARS

NARS Creatures of the Wind - AW15

More gorgeous skin from NARS at the  Creatures of the Wind AW/15 runway show. I feel like you can take this look from runway to real-way in a snap!  NARS Director of Global Artistry James Boehmer never disappoints with that whole dewy skin look.  It … [Continue reading]

Fashion Week: Rachel Comey A/W 15 with NARS

Fashion Week - NARS Rachel Comey AW15

SKIN...SKIN SKIN.  NARS created the look for the Rachel Comey A/W 15 runway show and it was all about flawless skin.  NARS has been doing the flawless, dewy skin thing for a few seasons now - a trend that I absolutely love seeing. Lead artist Maud … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Balayage Hair Color at Ian McCabe Studio…

Balayage at Ian McCabe Studio DC

I have been wanting to do something with my hair for a while now.  I settled on Balayage Hair Color at Ian McCabe Studio located in DC.  When I arrived, their senior colorist Jessica Dunaway (who I have known forever..) took one look at my hair and … [Continue reading]

Spring 2015: NARS Spring 2015 Color Collection…

NARS Spring 2015 Color Collection

The NARS Spring 2015 Color Collection is here and while this is a very abbreviated collection - I love what he is trying to do here.  I absolutely LOVE NARS - they already came out with the new foundation (which is AMAZING) and these new shades are … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Space NK Apothecary 2015 Spring Beauty Edit…

Space NK Spring Beauty Edit 2015

It’s that time again! The Space NK Apothecary 2015 Spring Beauty Edit is here! On Wednesday, February 18th, Space NK will host the “Spring Beauty Edit” event across all of their 23 U.S. locations. Even if you usually skip most beauty GWP events (how … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Katy Perry at the 2015 Grammy Awards

Katy Perry at the 2015 Grammy Awards

Katy Perry at the 2015 Grammy Awards SPARKLED in a Zuhair Murad creation that was a glittering confection of crystal beads and sheer tulle.  Her makeup artist Jake Bailey with CoverGirl created a look that complimented the gorgeous look. "Katy … [Continue reading]