“READY, Set, JET”: Ski Chalet Mademoiselle


This might be our last storm! Spring has officially arrived, yet the chill and flurries in the air indicate nothing of the sort. Jump into winter’s chill, ski those slopes with abandonment and travel like a pro-chic and stylish with ALL your necessities and then some.  New innovations in skincare travel packs and amazing multi-tasking hair care and cosmetics aide you to simplify and customize your vacation beauty with ease.


CAKE&WHISKEY: Winter 2014 Beauty Edition

You’ve booked your last minute ski vac a and are bound to race the slopes as a Ski Chalet Mademoiselle! Here’s your quick pack guide of winterized travel beauty essentials.

As the Beauty Editor and Columnist for CAKE&WHISKEY, a new launch women’s entrepreneurial newsstand magazine, we’ve joined to encourage us all to reach for our dreams and balance the juggle with a touch of cake and a goblet filled with whiskey.





With winter’s last push it would be a shame not to indulge in a warm fire and wintery escape into the mountains. So, with yet another storm on the horizon, we quickly traveled to one of my favorite destinations where we could sip some champagne by a cozy fire, jump on some slopes or simply wind the day away in a spa like setting.

If you are taking advantage of our amazing winter snow let’s make sure you have all the essentials to transcend dry, chapping temps, while maintaining effortless beauty.


My Winter’s “My Must Have Travel Items” just in time for one last winter celebration!



Laura Mercier “Colour To Go” (limited edition), Sensai 38 celcius Mascara, Nardo’s Natural “Face Stick”, Nest “Passioflora”-Body Cream, Philip B. “Russian Amber Travel


Laura Mercier’s “Color to go’- Cool Eye, Lip, Cheek Palette: A one stop shop for everything face. This travel friendly compact comes equipped with three eye shades of suits-us-all colors that can go from natural, to defined and smokey in a second. Bronzer, Blush and Lip can take this face from dawn till dusk with ultimate style and perfection. (if you are lucky you can still grab this one online- Limited Edition!)

* SPF: Nardo’s Natural SPF 30 Face Stick UVA/UVB-protection-tuck this handy stick in any pocket for an SPF refresher on-the-slopes.

* Mascara: Kanebo Sensai 38` Volumising Mascara-long lasting, length enhancing delicate formula that removes only with a warm water. Fool proof on the ski slopes, great for looking polished even through a facial, and fabulous for no fuss excursions!

* Hair Care: Philip B –“Russian Amber Traveler” –  luxuriously indulgent moisturizing duo with the “Imperial Shampoo”,“Conditioning Cre’me”, and a “Dry Shampoo”. The scents are warmly intoxicating and will whisk you away with its paraben/phthalate free formula!

* Fragrance: Nest “Passiflora Body Cream” – wonderfully intoxicating luxurious body cream with passionflower, lily, hyacinth and lush green notes providing the ultimate mood elevator.

Fabulous warm Aviator hat -Sensibly warm and equally glamorous!

Alexander McQueen -Skull Print Chiffon Scarf – The ultimate travel statement.

Ray Ban -“Large Metal” Aviator sunglasses


Defrosting by the fire




“READY, Set, JET”: Sunny Beach Damsel-BEAUTY





New innovations in skincare travel packs and amazing multi-tasking cosmetics aide you to simplify your routine and customize your vacation beauty with flawless ease

Whether you are bound to race the slopes as a Ski Chalet Mademoiselle, are ready to sink your feet into the sand as a Sunny Beach Damsel, or strive for adventure as a touring European Adventuress, traveling light, yet complete is essential.

As the Beauty Columnist for  Cake & Whiskey, a new launch women’s entrepreneurial magazine, encouraging us all to reach for our dreams and balance it all with a touch of cake and a toast of whiskey, (did I say toast…well…) Here’s the specifics from “My Must Have Travel Items” from our Winter Beauty Edition (Jan-March 2014) as I took the challenge and escaped winter’s gusts. Today’s focus, BEAUTY for the Beach escape!


I couldn’t take it anymore and with perfect timing I had the fortune to escape the snow drifts and winter doldrums to soak in some St. Thomas sun and  sail the British Virgin Islands. If sun, warmth, sand and fun are built into your destination, let’s make sure you have all the essentials to transcend in-flight drought, to jumping into the sun and fun on the beaches, all while making an effortless transition to night time elegance.

Here’s a bag of my go-to travel essentials that I simply adore. I like to keep it light, complete…and NEVER need to check baggage.

Today’s Focus: Beauty 


These innovative, must-have, multi-tasking,  do-it-all travel savvy items can be easily packed to simplify yet enhance your beauty into one seamless bag of Amazing. Now that’s traveling like a pro!



Courtesy: Eve Pearl, Laura Mercier, Mally, By Terry


Eve Pearl-“Invisible Finish Powderless Powder-gently swirl this anti-shine concoction to create the perfectly finished, no makeup flawlessness on-the-go! Great to tone down any afternoon shine from repeat spf applications!

Laura Mercier’s: “Bonne Mine Healthy Glow palette”-combines all the essentials from lips, cheeks and eyes in cream formula to create the coveted Hollywood glow AND it is 100% charitable giving all proceeds to the LM Ovarian Cancer Fund. Do good while looking good!

By Terry: “Mascara Terrybly”-A growth boosting mascara in “Dark Forest” can enliven your face with the most subtle touch of color to brighten every eye color. A treatment mascara enfusing your lashes with length and volume and a hit of glamour.

Mally: “Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner”-Dark Chocolate. Line, set and go. That’s the nature of the game with this foolproof, smudge proof liner in the most delicious of chocolate shades. Amplify your lash line by dotting this in between your lashes and feel free to jump into the waves, it won’t budge!

* Laura Mercier: “Luxe Travel Brush Collection”-Travel in style with this sophisticated clutch housing 9-face perfecting brushes while you travel, then converts to an easy clutch for evening festivities! So Chic!





eHOW Style: Facial Brush Cleansing Systems to Remove Blackheads

Vanessa Elese and eHow Style: Facial Brush Cleansing Systems to Remove Blackheads

What is it with Blackheads! They creep up right after you swore you just looked! It’s not fair….Let’ make it right. With these handy gadgets of your choice you can optimize your cleansing routine resulting in a flawless, glowing, poreless and a Blackhead-Free complexion. Try it out. Don’t just take my word for it. You will love the results you feel after your very first trial.  

Here’s a little insider advice– when starting an exfoliating program it is best to follow your Unique face- jumping into a daily routine might be a bit much for some skin types, so start with a 2x/week schedule then gradually build from there. The results will speak for themselves! Your moisturizers and serums will become more effective not to mention your makeup which will glide over your skin! Just wait and see! 


eHOW Style: Home Remedies to Smooth

Smooth, exfoliated and moisturized is the path to camera ready hands. With a few home remedies you can create your own luxurious moisturizing scrub. Keep in mind you can use your favorite essential oils to make a perfectly tailored blend that is Uniquely You! Have fun, enjoy a great remedy that you can keep sink side for an in-the-moment treat!





EHOW STYLE: Use Aloe Safely?

“eHow Style” Video


Using Aloe Vera leaf in lotions is a great way to soothe pain from burns and calm irritation from some of the most common dermatological stressors AND help ease angry stressed skin. Whether you are using aloe naturally or buying it in your favorite products, here’s a few things to keep in mind and they just might surprise you!

These tips will help you get the best for your buck!


Photos Courtesy Rain Africa



It’s Crack Prevention 101…

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– Lips:  try Aquaphor Lip Repair (www.drugstore.com) for the lips.  It’s super-moisturizing and can even be rubbed around noses and cuticles.

Body:  try bathing with Aveeno Active Naturals Soothing Bath Treatment (www.walgreens.com).  Try this all natural oatmeal bath two times a week and really linger in relaxation to help heal your skin.  Moms!  What a nice treat!  Pat dry with a towel.

* On-the-go:  Try my favorite moisturizing bathing wash for your quick paced lifestyle: Eucerin Calming Body Wash “Daily Shower Oil” (www.soap.com).  Infused with omega oils, this cleanser treats dry skin with lasting moisture and never leaves an oily residue. Fragrance and soap-free, sensitive skins will rejoice! Also, try lathering this on a loofa for dual action cleansing moisturizing and exfoliation.

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* Eucerin “Plus Intensive Repair Enriched Lotion” both relieves dry, stressed and itchy skin. You know how much I love all-in-one products, so here’s a great body lotion that helps exfoliate and nourish your skin with alpha hydroxy. The non-greasy and fragrance free formula compliments any winter regimen!

* Back to Naturals: Customize your Body Lotion to your favorite scents. At home you can create the perfect combination of  1 cup Sweet Almond oil, 1/4 cup jojoba oil with few drops of lavender and rose (to taste) to calm and protect sensitive skin.  For a nice make-at-home-body-oil which smells great too and makes you feel ultra-feminine. Insider tip: stick with the concentrated PURE essential blends of these oils. Oils cut with other ingredients don’t pack the same holistic punch. (www.vitacost.com)

* Overly Parched?  I love to rotate my days with a little Emu Oil.  This holistic remedy not only treats dry skin and increases elasticity, it also heals it! This stuff is even reported to soothe psoriasis and eczema and scar reduction.  It works!  Jump out of a moderate temperature shower and apply sparingly. (www.montanaemuranch.com)

Face Wash:

* Aveeno-“Ultra Calming Foaming Cleaner” is moisturizing and healing and a good one for roseacea/psorasis, with a natural calming agent similar to Chamomile. Lift away impurities while sustaining gorgeous hydrated skin! Love the bubbly foam. (www.drugstore.com)

* Cetaphil “Gentle Cleanser”. Dye, soap, and frangrance-free, this cleaner is for the most sensitive of skins, helping to retain moisture too! (www.drugstore.com)

Face Moisturizer:

* Try Philosophy’s “Hope in a Jar”.  If you like this, you can get it on HSN/QVC for killer prices.  Purchase the original formula as this will help heal, treat and promote skin turnover (www.sephora.com).  “Hope in a Jar” is free of those chemical irritating ingredients often found in our moisturizers, yet offers protectant antioxidants and exfoliating properties and preps the skin for a sustainable glow!  Whipped like your favorite sweet treat, this is a luxurious staple for me.

* Korres “Wild Rose 34-Hour Moisturizing and Brightening Cream” moisturizes, brightens and contains wild rose oil (super healing and restorative) as well as vitamin C.  This is a “FREE” formula!  Check out the label to be wowed with the natural ingredients and smell the jar for the most soothing natural scent of rose.  To die for!  This is a great cream and I hope you like it as much as I do! (www.sephora.com)


P.S.   Water is an essential need for hydration both inside and out.  Make sure you drink your daily requirement.  Also, try a humidifier to help combat itchy skin as well as ensure sinus relief.  Moisture in the air maintains healthy sinuses as well as radiant skin and hair.

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