In today’s post, I’ve got something super exciting for you that launches TODAY!  Lab Grab, from Silk Therapeutics, is a brand new line of effective, innovative and affordable skincare.  You may have seen my post about their professional/spa line here. Their mission is to make clean and safe skincare accessible to everyone, and LabGrab helps to make that mission a reality. Rather than paying a high ticket price for the packaging and marketing (as some big label brands do, as explained in my skincare brands post), Lab Grab has jettisoned all extra expenses to prioritize the price tag reflecting what is within the product rather than the bellsRead More →

In today’s post, I’m talking with the beautiful Jackie Parks, Licensed Aesthetician, all about caring for skin of color! Jackie Parks: “Women and men with deeper skin tones don’t have a lot of information out there. Especially with known skincare brands. They are tailored to a certain specific group of Fitzpatrick’s. Types IV, V, and VI are never included as they should be.” SKB: “Yes! So first of all, what are some good skincare lines for women and men of color?” JP: Carol’s Daughter is widely used. Its the first line most people turn to. The products are hydrating and comforting to the skin. I likeRead More →

In part two of Skincare Brands, Explained, I’m going to finish going over different product lines- what they do, what you pay for, and summarize my recommendations for each! Direct Sales Brands: Rodan & Fields, Beautycounter, etc.  PRO’s: You may be able to find a product or two that you like, just like at Sephora or a Department Store You may be supporting a friend or family member’s business endeavor. The lines are comparable in quality to department store/specialty store. I don’t think that direct sales in itself is terrible, and I am not offended if my clients come in and tell me they use them-Read More →

As a consumer today, you are faced with SO many options! You can purchase skincare from a department store, a specialty store (such as Sephora), your Dermatologist’s office, from your favorite Aesthetician at a spa, the Drugstore, or even from an old high school friend who is selling the latest direct sales skincare and posting before and after’s on Facebook! Which to choose, why, and what are you getting for your money? I’m here to spell it all out for you so you can decide for yourself as an informed consumer!  Drugstore/Grocery Store/Large Chain Store (Target, Wal-Mart) Brands These products are some of the mostRead More →

In today’s post, I’m going to share with you how to care for your baby and child’s delicate skin.  For Baby; You don’t need to bathe her every day. Every other day is the perfect spacing (barring the massive blowout- you know what I’m talking about!) Make sure the water isn’t too warm. Just as in my Caring for Winter Skin post, water that is too hot can dry out the skin very quickly! Start by washing the head with a gentle baby shampoo and wash the diaper area last. Make sure to concentrate on little crevices such as under the chin where milk andRead More →

If you’ve ever visited the Greater Boston area and you love to Spa, you have probably made a stop at one of Bella Sante’s three locations: Boston’s Newbury Street, Lexington and Wellesley, Massachusetts. Winning Best of Boston for over a decade running, Bella Santé has a cult following among all New England spa-goers! They are best known for their facial treatments, ranging from classic European complete with steam and rich, luxurious products from Carita and Phytomer to results-oriented treatments such as Dermaplaning, SkinCeuticals Peels, Microneedling and HydraFacial MD treatments.  I have had the utmost privilege of working there since 2007, and today I have the privilege ofRead More →

Okay guys. Now you know I love you…. but it’s time for an ASI (Apricot-Scrub Intervention). I KNOW it’s in your medicine cabinet. I bet you’ve been using it since high school. I’m going to walk you through why you may want to re-purpose your Apricot Scrub for body skin only! What Apricot Scrub does to the skin  Here’s the short version. Walnut Shells contained within the scrub are very harsh and abrasive. When rubbed into the skin, they actually create little micro tears which compromise the skin’s barrier function and allows bacteria to enter. This irritates the delicate skin and promotes inflammation. Inflammation mostRead More →

Happy Saturday y’all! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be in the makeup chair constantly for your work? Ever wonder what’s in a model’s beauty bag? I’ve got the scoop chatting with Boston based beauty Alissa Mezzetti (IG: AlissaMezzetti) I met Alissa three years ago at an event for Diane von Furstenberg on Boston’s Newbury Street- I knew she was someone I wanted to know! She is equal parts fierce and warm-hearted, has a passion for women’s rights and is as beautiful on the inside as she is outside!! SKB: “Alissa thank you so much for speaking with me today! You model for a living.. what areRead More →

It’s New York Fashion Week friends! As part of a two part post series, today I am interviewing the ridiculously talented makeup artist Buffy Saint Marie! I first met Buffy four years ago at a Laura Mercier event for a fashion show in NY- her talents wowed me and even more so was her great sense of humor and kind heart! She gave me a signature red lip that night that I still wear to this day!  First, some background on Buffy: Buffy has over 10 years experience in the beauty industry. Her make up career began in the salon and spa community of New York City. Frederic Fekkai,Read More →

  In today’s post, I’m going to walk you through the things your skincare professional looks for in a thorough skin analysis. If it’s your first visit with your Aesthetician, she should ask you what your skin concerns are, and then thoroughly evaluate the state of your skin to customize your regimen and treatment plan! Step One: The Consultation As I walk into the room once my client is comfortable under the table linens, I wash my hands and ask, “Are you having any concerns about your skin today?” This is key. I need to hear what you have going on, as this will clueRead More →