My At-Home Spa Day Essentials From $2-$200

My At-Home Spa Day Essentials From $2-$200

I get a lot of comments on my skin. I am sure that you can agree, being preventative and consistent with a skincare regime has paved the way for my skincare success. Here’s what’s on my bathroom counter, my favorite products from $2 to $200.

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

Walgreens $1.89

I rub it all over my body before I get in the shower and presto! Silky skin.

Neutrogena Moisturizing Body Oil Light Sesame Oil

Target $3.48

Rub this all over your body before you get out of the shower. Pat dry and thank me later!

(I also add this to my any salt or sugar scrubs I make at home)

Pixie Glow Peel Pads

Target  $22

  • The highest concentration of Glycolic Acid 20%
  • Reduces the appearance of pores & breakouts
  • Corrects skin’s tone & polishes skin’s texture
  • Plant extracts soothe & energize


Reviva Labs 10% Glycolic Acid Cream

Amazon $23

Pro Tip: This product is a dream on tough cuticles!

  • For skin accustomed to our 5% glycolic acid cream
  • High Potency 10% Glycolic
  • Paraben-free : Package may vary

Vitamin E Softgels

Target $7.79

Talk about a secret weapon! You most likely have a bottle of these softgels in your medicine cabinet. Pop one of these open for instant relief for dry lips, cuticles and winter skin.

Xoom Teeth Whitening System

The Xoom system varies per insurance policy but I was able to get it for $30 through my dentist.

Oral Health is a big part of my daily routine. Click here to find a dentist near you.



Ulta Beauty $49.99

Rapidlash works just as well as the pricy original!

Erno Laszlo Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanse

Bloomingdales $55

Use this cleanser in the morning to draw out overnight impurities from your pores while smoothing away buildup on the surface.

Methods Brigitte Kettner Microdermabrasion Tool

MBK Skincare $199

If you watch my videos you know how much I love this product. I have been using it once a week along with the Terra Vitta Mask and am loving the results!

40% off with code STYLE40

Coco & Eve Hair Mask

Coco & Eve $45

Leave this yummy cream in your hair for 10 minutes for silky and long lasting results that will hold you through the day!

Finishing Touch Flawless Facial Hair Remover

Target $20

This tool is just handy on a daily basis. You’d be surprised (or maybe not!)

Methods Brigitte Kettner Eye Rejuvenator

MBK Skincare $150 

Microcurrent Technology smooths wrinkles. I love this product, you have to check my IG Video under GLOW. I’m using it on my upper lip as well.

Try it and use the STYLE40 for a great discount!


I make sachets from the lavender in my garden to protect woolens and keep stored clothes fresh.

We Asked! YOU Answered!

Skinmedix $28

“I like to use this microneedle roller from skinmedix follow by this polypeptide cream when my skin needs a refresher.”

We Asked! YOU Answered!

DRUNK ELEPHANT Protini™ Polypeptide Cream $68

– Loss of firmness and elasticity
– Dryness
– Dullness and uneven texture

Sugar Scrub

As far as a sugar scrub I like to use brown sugar, honey, dried lavender, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and whatever essential oil I’m in the mood for! Scrub on before you jump into your your shower for a polished glow!

Avocado Banana Face Mask

1/2 avocado

1/2 banana

2T full-fat plain yogurt

1tsp olive oil

Mash and mix well

Leave on face and neck 20 minutes

Spinach Under Eye

We asked you answered! @tonyacarrera blends spinach with a bit of yogurt for under your eyes!

Skin Brightening Persimmon Face Mask

@ochre_tansy’ says mash up unripe persimmon for a tingly face mask

Skin Brightening Persimmon Face Mask

This persimmon mask will brighten your skin and make it feel so soft. Persimmons are packed with Vitamin A, E and carotene which assist in promoting a natural glow.

1 tablespoon persimmon pulp pureed

1 teaspoon millet flour or oat flour or coconut milk powder or white clay


1. Combine ingredients and mix to form a paste.

2. Use a mask brush to apply to face or massage onto the skin.

3. Allow to set on skin 10-15 minutes.

4. Rinse off with soft wash cloth and warm water.

Mash up unripe persimmon face mask –  it tingles!

4 Health Benefits of Socializing with ‘Strangers’

4 Health Benefits of Socializing with ‘Strangers’

I have got to be honest with you. I’m a bit of an introvert. I like small intimate settings with close friends, conversation and a nice meal. It’s not very often that you’ll find me hamming it up on the dancefloor or introducing myself to ladies that I don’t know. But you know what? You can teach an old dog new tricks!


Last month Serena and I had the privilege of meeting some of the amazing women of Catherine Grace O’Connell’s “Forever Fierce” movement at FierceCon in Redondo Beach, California. The panel of speakers was top notch; to hear other women share their stories of reinvention and creative inspiration was truly inspiring. Not only did I get out of my comfort zone but I connected with fellow entrepreneurs and made new friends!

Wendy Packer of Fashion Over 50 & Patricia Rubel of The Patrish Pages 

Serena and I with Tamara Batsell of TB Style Works from Dallas, Texas

We forget how important the simple act of connection is.

Serena and I maximized our time together and had a jam-packed schedule after the conference. We had meeting after meeting after photoshoot. Every day there was a new face and new experience. You may think that by the end of my week-long trip I was ready for a vacation, but honestly, I came home renewed. Having all of these new experiences and meeting so many new friends made me wonder: What are the other health benefits of talking to strangers?

We forget that new friends come in all ages and ethnicities.

Photographer Juhn Kwon and model/muse Ania Spiering

We forget that common language is always art and beauty.

Luckily for me, my friends at Kuel Life Magazine wondered the same thing. Here are 4 health benefits that might convince you to step out of your comfort zone and maybe say hello to someone you don’t know!

This post is in collaboration with Kuel Life Magazine. Check out Kuel Life and their inspiring magazine here

  • When you interact with people you don’t know who aren’t like you, you get the chance to break out of your comfort zone and change your view of reality altogether. This can spark creative ideas, give you new ideas to think about, and plenty more.” We don’t know what we don’t know; interacting with individuals who don’t share years of common experiences or maybe our can be eye-opening, educational, and expansive.
  • Comfort can decrease your productivity – without a little bit of unease and unpredictability we can get lazy, turn our minds to autopilot, and ‘phone it in.’ Spending time with individuals that you don’t know very well keeps your mind alert and active.
  • Being nice to others is good for you. You can’t be cranky with people you don’t know very well so of course, you’re going to put your best self forward in a social setting. Studies in The Journal of Social Psychology and the Journal of Happiness Studies suggest that giving to others makes us happy, even happier than spending on ourselves. What’s more, our kindness might create a virtuous cycle that promotes lasting happiness and altruism.
  • “You can meet fascinating, cool people that quickly turn into ‘non-strangers.’ For me, this one hits particularly close to home. I have a long line of lifetime friends that started as, not only strangers but people I didn’t like too well or didn’t like me. I know this about myself; one of the many benefits of aging is deciding to do things differently.”