Beauty writers and influencers didn’t just have a full calendar of events the first couple weeks of February. That would have been fine enough, but instead, our calendars were on fire. It seemed as though everyone wanted us to be two or more places at once, but since we don’t have personal holograms just yet, we had some difficult choices to make. Mini-facials with a celebrity aesthetician, a new product launch from a favorite haircare brand, and deep relaxation in a salt cave won our favor. We’re confident we made the right choices, as great products and experiences were had by all.
Without further babbling, here are some of the products and advice from wellness experts that need to be on your radar or vanity as head into the last stretch of winter and into the beautiful possibility of spring.
Oxygenetix and Celebrity Aesthetician Erika James
Touted by the Kardashians (they order it by the caseload) and countless other high-profile peeps, the Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation is a true makeup sensation. The lightweight, yet build-able formula encourages skin to breath while it heals and protects. Made with an aloe vera base that soothes while it prevents build-up of bacteria, the finish is soft, luminous and blends seamlessly into skin for a second-skin look and feel.
Hosted at Avant Aesthetics in Beverly Hills, guests sipped purified water from glass vessels and nibbled on hand-prepared charcuterie, macaroons, and chocolate covered pretzels before a private mini-facial and makeover.
With over two decades experience and clientele list that includes a stint as Madonna’s “in-house” facialist for four years, Erika Janes is one of the most sought after aestheticians in the country. A noted skin rejuvenation expert, James treated each guest to a mini-facial featuring her favorite products augmented by the latest technology in LED light therapy to revive skin and encourage collagen production and cellular turnover. James shared her beauty secrets while her hands offered a relaxing face and foot massage.
After the facial (which are always over too quickly), guests received a foundation match and application from Oxygenetix. Single by Galina Sobelov gifted colorful kimonos and beach cover-ups before guests exited with a generous gift bag of product from Oxygentix, Valmont, and ReveSkin. Plus, a glowing complexion and expertly applied foundation and concealer.
Mist of Wonders
Across town, DevaCurl introduced their latest miracle spritz at Mother Tongue, the new rooftop restaurant at Heimat in West Hollywood.
DevaCurl, the dermatologist co-developed and stylist loved industry leader with over 25 years of curl expertise, is proud to announce the launch of Mist of Wonders™ Leave-In Instant Multi-Benefit Curl Spray. Formulated with DevaCurl’s Nutritive-Curl Complex , this new holy grail styling product features 12 instant curl-specific benefits that will prep, protect, and prime the hair, giving all curls the love and protection they deserve!
Leave-In conditioners are a staple for most people with curly hair, with more than 80% of curl consumers using a leave-in conditioner in their styling routine.
Mist of Wonders™ Leave-In elevates the traditional leave-in experience with a curl-conscious formula that moisturizes, softens, detangles, fights frizz, strengthens, reduces breakage, heat protects up to 450 degrees, and more!
To support their journey of improving their eco-footprint, Mist of Wonders™ Leave-In comes in a refillable (and curl community loved) continuous mist spray that helps with even distribution and deposits more product on your curls, so they’re better coated. After experiencing love at first spritz, consumers can purchase the eco-friendly refill pouch, which provides 2+ refills of the product.
“We harnessed the power of advanced technology and ingredients to create a product that is truly special,” shares Siddeeqah Ra’oof, Director of Brand Education at DevaCurl. “the continuous misting spray helps spread that technology across curls in a way that makes it a true do-it-all, holy grail product.”
Sweet Surrender in Himalayan Salt
The wellness benefits of Himalayan pink salt have been recognized for centuries. Good for us we can reap the benefits without the long haul flight and jet lag. Valley Salt Cave opened its cavern doors to invited media to experience the welfare of halotherapy first-hand.
Kari Shulman, the co-founder of the Valley Salt Cave opened up her splendid Woodland Hills secret salt escape for a select group of media members to relax, detox and unplug for a salty 45 minute session. Shulman spoke about the myriad of health and wellness benefits of salt therapy, which include eased anxiety, allergy and asthma relief, improved skin and overall stress reduction. Light bites and fresh squeezed juices will be served.
The Valley Salt Cave is a holistic wellness center with two beautiful Himalayan Salt Caves and two treatment rooms offering massage, yoga, sound baths and guided meditations.