Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Spa at The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta is Haute!

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is a luxurious retreat located in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead community.



My day of pampering began when I walked into a private suite for the Peaches and Cream body treatment. The ritual starts with a ceremonial footbath, washing away the stresses of daily life as you pay tribute to the ancestors. 



The therapist starts the peaches and cream journey by applying an apricot scrub all over the body with broad, sweeping strokes to lift and remove dead skin cells. Once the skin has been prepared for the next phase, a soothing massage of warm cream and peach oil is applied and devoured by the skin.



After your body has been transported to a state of bliss and feeling satiny smooth, the therapist applies the ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud to the scalp for a soothing massage that conditions and stimulates hair growth. I love the rich minerals derived from red clay; it’s rich in iron and vitamin C. It leaves dry hair, soft and more manageable.  This is definitely a product that I’m adding to my Haute Travels bag!



After my nearly two hour long treatment, I was off to the steam room to let the products absorb even more into my skin and scalp boosting intensity. And then it was off to sit poolside with my smoothie for a relaxing afternoon. 
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, offers amazing treatments, customized for your unique needs. I will be back for another afternoon of pure indulgence and truly effective treatments that restore and revitalize the mind, body and soul.


Bonus! You can see my selfies and other photos from The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta on my @HauteTravels Instagram and Google + pages!




The Beauty of Coconut Oil

As every Haute Travels girls knows, some of the most effective beauty products are in your kitchen. I use an organic Virgin Coconut oil for my hair, skin and nails to moisturize, condition and heal. It even helps in the anti-aging department. Coconut Oil is excellent in nourishing dry skin and hair. It even helps to speed up the healing process because it's loaded with proteins that aid in tissue repair. 


Here are some beautiful ways to use Coconut oil...

Hair

Coconut oil helps improve dryness in hair. I actually soak my hair in pure (melted) coconut oil and put a plastic cap on either overnight or for two or three hours before washing with an organic shampoo. It leaves my hair soft and silky.

Skin

I add coconut oil to my favorite moisturizer/lotions or apply in it's melted state to my skin for added hydration, while my skin is still damp from a bath. The oil absorbs into the skin quickly, helping it retain more moisture. Vitamin E in the oil also helps with its nourishing properties.

Nails

I soak my nails in coconut oil to help keep my cuticles from getting dry. And I even apply the oil to my feel concentrating on the heels to keep the skin from cracking due to dryness.



Makeup Remover

Coconut oil is an excellent natural makeup remover. Just rub it in your palms to melt and apply it to your face. Use a soft tissue to remove the excess oil and makeup.

Exfoliate

You can add coconut oil to sea salts and sugars and make a scrub to help removed dead skin cells. Apply gently to damp skin and massage away. Just rinse or soak the skin when you're ready to wash it off.






Thursday, August 21, 2014

Haute New Products from Jouer

I love to play with fabulous beauty products, therefore it's not surprising that Jouer is one of my new favorites. The word Jouer literally means "to play" in French. The beauty brand's Founder and Creative Director Christina Zilber says, "Your makeup drawer is your beauty wardrobe!" 

I just added some Jouer Lip Sheer with SPF to my Haute Travels bag! I absolutely love the hint of color that moisturizes and protects from the sun's harmful rays. The sheer Rosy and the Maui stain naturally adjust to my own PH and adds a personal flush of color for a natural look. 

I also added the Tint for cheeks in sunkissed to bring about a glow no matter where I go.The great thing about this product... you can also use it on your lips! Just simply apply it with your fingertips and brush over your lips. This product is loaded with vitamin E and shea butter to nourish the skin.





The moisturizing lip glosses are also pretty wonderful. My favorite color right now is Peony! The pink pops on my lips to complete a Haute Travels signature lip. 



SKORA Makes Working Out Haute!

It's time to add a workout to my day... and that means the right sneaker makes all the difference. I recently discovered the amazing SKORA running shoe. It's made with the best technical and performance materials to ensure quality and comfort. 



The fit is great and details like the asymmetrical lace up is pretty haute. The shoe offers fantastic support and there is reflective mesh for nighttime running or power walking making the person wearing the sneaker easily visible for a safer workout!

I also love that it's water and sweat resistant. This shoe is designed to be responsive to various conditions. It's even designed to stay comfortable no matter the surface with a multi-surface traction control. 

I find it also works well for indoor workouts on different types of floors... offering enough cushion for any workout. The SKORA sneaker offers high performance and natural movement for a great workout. 

Haute Beauty Oil Treatments

Summer is the season of beauty oils and I always add them to my Haute Travels bag. Although the skin naturally produces oil, adding more oil to help with dryness and keeping the skin firm can make a tremendous. Oils penetrate the skin faster than many creams... and potent fatty acids can help protect the skin from free radicals and even reduces the signs of aging.

Here are three beauty oils that I use for my face and body from Clarins, Bottega Veneta and L'Oreal Paris. They are amazing products delivering great results no matter where my Haute Travels take me. 

I am in love with Bottega Veneta's satin body oil. It's lightly scented and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. Just massage it into your skin when it's damp from a bath and you'll instantly feel the difference. It leaves beautiful satiny soft skin with no oily residue. I also love to pair it with the satin body powder on a nice breezy evening in the South of France.

When I'm traveling to the Caribbean, I always add my Clarins "Anti-Eau" Body Treatment Oil to my carry on. It's made with 100% pure plant extracts to drive toxins from the skin, while also shaping, toning and firming. Plus, lemon extracts help energize, while hazel nut nourishes the skin. The best way to apply the oil is to first warm it in your hands and massage it into the thighs, legs and ankles. It's also best to follow with a cool shower to further activate the product by sealing it into the skin.

When my face starts to get dry during winter in London, I break out my L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil. It absorbs into the skin instantly leaving it more radiant. It contains eight essential oils to combat dryness and leave skin feeling soft. I also use it right before bed to hydrate overnight. 

The great thing about oils, you can easily add them to other products like cleansers, moisturizers even shampoo and conditioners to increase hydration to hair, skin and nails.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bvlgari's Jasmin Noir is Haute!

One of my new Haute Travels favorite things to add to my travel bag is a fragrance from Bvlgari. I am loving my collection of Jasmin Noir lotion, parfum and soap. It's for the girl who walks into a room and brings a bit of mystery along with her. Notes of Jasmin, gardenia florals and wood accented with almond create a subtle combination of hautness. 

The black and gold packaging adds a richness that you'll only find with Bvlgari. There is only one way to travel and that's HAUTE!