All posts filed under: Self-Care Insiders

Zoom Makeup Calling: Simple How-To From Aveda

Want to look refreshed on zoom? Look no further than this zoom makeup tutorial from Aveda’s Global Artistic Director for Makeup, Janell Geason Aveda’s Global Artistic Director for makeup, Janell Geason, shows us how to execute a simple makeup look for all your zoom calls. This makeup how-to is natural, fresh, and gives you that bright-eyed and bushy-tailed look you need to look professional.

Talking Stress, Grief & Anxiety During 2020 With Psychotherapist Asha Tarry

2020 forces us to take a real look at the disparity in our communities. Whether you see them or not, the problems in today’s society effect us all. Economic inequality can result in poor mental health and seeking help can be even harder in the midsts of a global pandemic. The health crisis has shown us what many already knew. Too many live with the reality of being one pay check away from not being able to pay their medical bill, from being homeless, from putting their mental health at the bottom of the to-do list. Maybe that one person is you. The coronavirus in particular has effected the black community in much larger numbers, but to people of color, these health disparities are not new. If you just started to wake up to these inequalities, if the pandemic effected your mental health, if you feel grief for George Floyd, if you know it is not about you, but you could not imagine the same type of treatment happening to someone you know, then keep …

Talking Hair & Reinvention With Aveda’s Senior Vice President of Professional Global Artistry, Antoinette Beenders

No one understands reinvention better than a hair artist. Even in lock down, we reinvent beauty according to our feelings, surroundings and experience. The crisis of today’s pandemic calls for unwavering beauty and expression. Aveda’s Senior Vice President of Professional Global Artistry, Antoinette Beenders, captures the spirit of rebellious women with perfection. She gives us a fresh new take on defiant beauty and what she calls “Youthquake”. More and more we see our youth rallying to take charge, especially when it comes to climate change. Aveda SS20 creative collection, The Revolution of Reinvention, is a combination of punk, teddy girl, and 1950s French New Look. The women and men of past sub-culture and reinvention. Our Q & A with Antoinette Beenders takes a closer look at this award-winning hair stylist’s career with Aveda. The visionary explains how a new collection gets to be born, plus she gives us quarantine hair tips. Cultivated: I read that you started working with Aveda in 1997. What made you stick with Aveda all those years and how does the …

The Beauty & Wellness Industry Sounds Off on Coping With The Covid-19 Pandemic

As soon as New York City became the epicenter of America’s Covid-19 crisis, I started to reach out to my contacts within the beauty and wellness industry. This is a community I have become quite fond of. There were times when I leaned on these self-care insiders for support, in more ways than they realize. Ignoring my community at this time would feel very wrong. The confusion of “what do we do?” has set in and founders of businesses have handled the pandemic in various different ways. Let’s state the obvious. The way you handle the unpredictable will vary on case-by-case basis. Some have a monetary cushion to lean on, some are diversifying the way they do business, some are struggling to keep afloat, and some are taking a much-needed break from working all together. What we can do is help each other in whatever way we can. Aiding each other means we survive, and maybe even thrive together. Let’s not allow our community to sink. Aveda has stepped up in helping and made an …

Letter From Editor: Back to Basics and Fighting Stress With The Power of Five Human Senses

Letter From Editor (Paulina Kajankova) Main Image: Thich Nhat Hanh, master and father of mindfulness Our world is going through a powerful shift. We can feel the stress radiating from our very souls. We see and feel it from health care workers, health institutions, our neighbors, our own homes, and radio or the news provides little to no escape. Thich Nhat Hanh said: “strong emotions are like a storm”. Let’s learn to calm them though mindfulness. During this time of Covid-19 pandemic, self discipline and self-care has never been needed more. As a creative individual and depression sufferer, who was used to working from home long before the pandemic, I started to brainstorm new ways to cope and calm the stress. Since I live in New York City and have decided to stay put in the city that I love; my small apartment is my shelter. Many think New York City is a place for the rich. That is far from the truth. Many native New Yorkers make a medium income of 40,000, if that. …

Medical & Wellness Experts on Healthy Living & Staying Emotionally Well During Covid-19

We are living a stressful existence right now. Anxiety levels are high and while it can certainly feel like we are not in control, there are small ways we can all help ourselves and those around us. It is all about personal decisions and actions. Besides following common sense advice from the World Health Organization to wash your hands, practice social distancing and staying home when sick, there are other ways you can take control. Take extra care of yourself. Self-care and compassion towards others has never been needed more. Taking it one day at a time, we can boost our immune system and try to get answers to some of our pressing questions. The wellness and beauty communities have taken their own actions by putting in extra effort into either shutting doors or taking time to clean spaces more vigorously. Some have taken to social media, creating online workshops on health, exercise, even hobbies to occupy our time. Greetings at spas have changed from handshakes to Buddha greetings, but many spas and beauty shops …

Ageless Beauty: Hollywood’s Renowned Skincare Secrets With Beverly Hills Doctor, Ronald Moy

Some Hollywood stars never seem to age and 50 year old J. Lo proved it at the Super Bowl halftime show. Her performance and flawless look prompted the age-old question: What’s her secret? When we look back at Old Hollywood and dig a little deeper, we discover all types of beauty secrets. Some were very strange, but some still apply today. For today’s Hollywood skincare tips, I went to Dr. Ronald Moy of Moy Fincher Chipps Facial Plastics and Dermatology in Beverly Hills. We often neglect the neck and hands, where signs of aging might show up first. How do you recommend we take care of our skin on these areas? Dr. Moy: People often forget that the neck should be included in your daily skin care regimen and needs as must care as the face. The neck skin becomes thinner and saggy with aging and the best ways to prevent the loose turkey neck is to use a product with epidermal growth factor (EGF). I recommend using a EGF serum on the neck twice a day. As for …

Mind & Body Wellness: Kohler Water Spa Continues to Re-Invent The Spa Experience

Retreat For All Your Senses Frequent spa visits might be a common pastime in Europe but for years now United States has been looking to catch up. As the demand for spa therapy rises, spas in the forefront of it all welcome curious new visitors every year. Kohler Water Spa and its destinations have helped pioneer spa education and the American spa experience. They provide a 5-star retreat. While the name Kohler Water Spa might signal hydrotherapy, Kohler spas do it all. They continue to find the right statistics on guest demands and invent new ways to pamper that guest. One of their newest services include sound meditation. The spa demonstrated the service last summer at iSPA’s Media Event – guests were able to enjoy a manicure treatment while shutting out the world with sound escape. This treatment would resonate with anyone who simply wants to relax without distractions, but especially with those who experience anxiety. We believe everyone deserves to experience the benefits of spa and wellness treatments; Kohler Water Spa is the place …

Food is Medicine: Talking Healing and Ayurveda With Divya Alter

The first time I met Divya Alter was by pure coincidence. An important lunch meeting prompted me to search for a vegan cuisine spot in New York’s East Village. We ended up at Divya’s Kitchen. Once you get out of the street, past other diners and settle in, you realize this is unlike any other place in New York City. It would be a mistake to call Divya’s Kitchen just a restaurant. Upon further investigation, you see a space of healing, learning and community. The most charming perk of Divya’s Kitchen is Divya herself. The chef has a well-trained staff, yet she is very much hands on and front and center. She might take you to your table, stop by to make sure all is as it should be, but best of all, she might give you her time and energy to talk about the menu. There is much to be learned from someone who has spent thirty years as a vegetarian, continues to be a devout student of the Ayurvedic lifestyle and gives back …

Talking With Blushingston’s CEO, Natasha Cornstein

Blushington launched in 2011 and continues to invent ways to make our modern busy lives even better. While experiencing the company’s latest launch, TSA-approved shops in hotel lobbies, we became curious about the inner workings of Blushington and their work culture. The company was founded by a woman, is run by a female CEO, effectively aids employees in building their careers and makes it a point to carry female-owned brands. It is clear that Blushington is an empowered sisterhood that enjoys propelling women’s careers. Visiting Blushington’s two New York locations (Upper East Side and Midtown West) provided an insider look into a place that is more than hair and makeup. Blushington is a place of respite where you get to be pampered and therefore practice self-love. Blushington is known for their clean and glamorous aesthetic where the appointments never seem rushed and the professionals listen. Whether it is your wedding, an important date or just your lunch hour turned beauty hour, Blushington aims to please. Women already visit their local blow out bars for hair, …

Self-Care Insiders: Spa Talk With ISPA’s President, Lynne McNees

Officially the International SPA Association plays an important educational and research role in the spa industry, for professionals and spa-goers alike, however it does so much more than that. Today, it is more important than ever to promote wellness and self-care for those looking to live a healthier lifestyle. ISPA gives us a glimpse into the wide world of spas, they are the real insiders. Most importantly, their mission is to promote the advancements in wellness for public welfare. This means more than luxury spa treatments. Spas and wellness should be encouraged and accessible to the masses; through fitness, self-care, spirituality, holistic health, medical care, and yes, professional spa services. Fostering new leaders and making sure the public and media are made aware of quality wellness services, available and visible to all, has been at the core of ISPA’s philosophy since the very beginning. ISPA’s President, Lynne Mcnees, admits that when ISPA launched, there was a real lack of education about what the word spa means and what spas can do for your mind, body …

Cultivated Beauty, Get To Know Pure Mana Hawaii

If we learned anything from this year’s beauty talks and discoveries, it is that the green beauty industry still has a long way to go. Finding a truly ethical and organic brand is like finding a needle in a haystack. If there is one farm to face skincare brand that should be celebrated this year, it is Pure Mana Hawaii. Nature provides us with all we need to be beautiful and nature is at the core of this brand. From growing, to pressing their own carrier oils, the Founders have their hands in every part of the process. I am a big fan of the passionate women behind this splendid skincare line. I met Sue Mandini and Kollette Stith in 2017. Their story and skincare has captured my heart. In their own words, Pure Mana Hawaii is their gift – “from our soil to your soul”. Find out what makes this brand special and worth the hype. Read on for our Q & A. In today’s world of fast everything, I would describe your skincare …