Archive for December, 2013

Make 2014 your year by styling yourself from the start. We’ve got some Green Spa selects to bring your inner beauty out on the town! The heels are vegan, by Stella McCartney. The second, faux leather jeans by 7 For All Mankind, the third, a faux fur jacket from Revolve Clothing! Be daring with your evening eyes, and remember, no matter what kind of lips you have, accentuate them!

We’ll be doing champagne make-up applications through New Years at The Green Spa. This includes free champagne and eyelashes! Book your experience here.

 

“According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 85% of all people have acne at some point in their lives” saysSkin Inc. Magazine their December issue.

 

They recommend our Red Currant Balancing Concentrate which is great for those monthly hormonal breakouts and “helps prevent breakouts by controlling oil production”.

The silky and potent concentrate is part of our new Youth Shield Collection, and it uses sustained release tea tree oil, red currant, elderflower and magnolia bark to calm skin and promote the look of elasticity.

Morning Green Spa-ers. We’re including some creative stocking stuffers and celeb fan faves in the mix today for our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Today’s focus is on our best selling products. Dita Von Teese is a huge fan of Eminence Coconut Age Correcting Creme.

1. Dita told Lifestyle Mirror Magazine ‘I’m really into natural skincare right now, and I’ve been using a lot of Eminence products. I’ve tried many fancy, expensive creams and serums, but I’m getting great results from the natural Eminence line, which makes me feel good! I like Eminence’s Linden Calendula Treatment Cream or Coconut Age Corrective Moisturiser.”

16 Dec 2013

THE LAND OF SMILES

Thailand is a magical place. The magic is in the joyful exchanges with the people you encounter throughout your day. No matter where you go, people greet you with a smile that comes from their eyes—and the heart.

 

While in Thailand, Shel participated in an event at the Hyatt i.sawan Hotel Spa in Bangkok, where she took attendees on a poetic journey through the 4 States of Slow Beauty. Each unique multisensory experience was brought to life through scent, touch, sound and sight.

 

Being able to share the States of Slow Beauty was so gratifying, but what really made Shel grin from ear to ear was rediscovering the joy that a genuine smile can bring about in two seconds flat.

WRITTEN BY SLOW BEAUTY

Afternoon, Green Spa-ers! We’re going to serve up some of the best in beauty and beyond today. After all- it’s the holiday season, you need to shimmer and dazzle. Here’s a thoughtful list of favorite gift ideas for your friends and loved ones, or just for yourself! Today we focus on Jane Iredale, an all natural, award winning line we sell at The Green Spa. We’ve always been big fans, but this year  the major magazines like, ALLURE, ELLE, LUCKY, and O MAGAZINE have given Jane Iredale props for its long lasting staying power, natural color palette, and environmentally friendly ingredients! Let’s take a look:

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Chloe was an “O Magazine” pick for 2013! And, when is Oprah ever wrong?

ELLE MAGAZINE choose Jane Iredale’s shadows as a “Green Pick of 2013.”

ALLURE MAGAZINE choose Jane iredale’s PureGloss in Crabapple as one of their fave

We are honored and excited to announce our skincare line, Eminence has been awarded “Favorite Skin Care Line” and “Favorite Company for Product Education”  in American Spa’s Professional Choice Awards for the 5th consecutive year in a row!

The awards are chosen by a voting process by spa industry experts and the readers of American Spa Magazine. We were also awarded “Favorite Bodycare Line”, “Favorite All Natural Line”, and were a finalist for “Favorite Sensitive Skin Line”!

We are so grateful to be recognized by American Spa readers and our loyal customers for quality product offerings, education and our commitment to providing organic skin care with results.

Behind the tapestry, the stained glass, the idols, the Bibles, the prayer shawls, the clergy, the monks and the nuns, behind the psalms and the swaying, the pujas and the communions, behind the texts and the prayer wheels, the cushions and the teachers, there lies a truth that we all seek: we are all connected. No matter how separate we may feel, how broken the world may appear or how hopeless we may feel at times, the truth is we belong to each other and every living thing around us. We know in our bones that there is more to life than meets the eye, and this knowledge drives many of us to seek a spiritual experience.

 

Of course the mere mention of a “spiritual experience” has become the tagline, lure and gateway drug for many a new age phenomenon, not all bad but not all fully cooked either. The market for this kind of trip is as flooded as any other pop culture endeavor and it can only point to one thing: at our core, we all yearn for connection. Many of us are lost; we don’t know that we too are worthy of redemption, healing and transformation. We are desperate for proof that we could be conduits for good on the planet and that our lives may mean something after all. Though our current laws may not demonstrate it, many of us in the Western world have realized that material wealth holds little value if we are spiritually bankrupt.

 

Most faiths teach that living a spiritual life is about simplicity, being a good person and caring for those who have less than we do—not just financially but in all ways. Many faiths ask us to use our spiritual experiences to fuel our actions so that we may come to understand the nature of Creation, to give. Constant obsession with self is toxic, focusing on our pain and suffering is isolating, and dwelling in the past drastically limits the possibility for pleasure in this moment. Every action we take can be a blessing if we give of ourselves freely, every spiritual experience multiplies when we share it, otherwise its brilliance dwindles, its capacity to be transformative diminishes, and we have missed the point. The spiritual experience translated into an action becomes divinity at work in the world.

 

The new moon in Sagittarius occurs on Monday, December 2nd, at 4:22 p.m. New moons offer zero perspective because it’s the conjunction of the sun and moon (our conscious and unconscious selves), the merging of the two great lights in our sky. It’s the beginning of a new cycle, but we begin in darkness, we begin without conscious awareness. A new moon is like sitting in a dark room: there can be a great deal of peace if we know how to meditate; there can be a beautiful, deep moment of silence if we know how to drop in; or there can be a tremendous terror and hopelessness if we have forgotten that the light will return and mistake the transient for the eternal.

 

As the light of the new moon grows over the week, so will our awareness of what is transpiring. This new moon in Sagittarius allows us to take a pause and reflect on our spiritual path as this mutable fire sign aims to bring us out into the world of religion, laws, ethics, travel, culture and The Journey. Sagittarius is adventurous and studious, wild and religious. This sign embodies the stuffy professor with a noggin full of knowledge trapped in an academic ivory tower and the truth-seeking vagabond roaming the earth in search of the next great philosophy. Sagittarius is eternally optimistic, over-indulgent at times, and always larger than life. It walks this earth with the knowledge that we are all made of stardust and because of that, life is amazing.

 

Right before the total conjunction of the sun and moon, the moon will trine Uranus and Square both Neptune and Chiron. (The square to Chiron is much tighter and therefore more powerful.) A trine to Uranus allows us to break from some oppressive system with ease; the square to Chiron brings about a healing crisis that is essential for our growth.  Pope Francis seems to be a rallying cry from the most unexpected of places asking us all to wake up to what we have collectively fallen asleep to—the illusion that even most of us could prosper under the oppressive and tyrannical regime of the current corporate climate. Most things he says warm my heart, and while I don’t agree with everything he stands for, he has taken a public stand that is, arguably, far more radical than any other pope in history. And he makes it look soeasy. He makes being a person of faith look admirable. He is actively outlining the foundations for living a spiritual life: giving to one another, standing up for those who cannot get up and giving a voice to the voiceless. For if we don’t do at least that with our privilege, what good will we be to any god?

 

Happy new moon!

 

Love,

 

Chani

“As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems”  –Pope Francis
Chani Nicholas is a yoga therapist, counseling astrologer and Reiki practitioner. Chani believes that we live in an intelligent universe that is always speaking to us. Astrology is her way of listening and transmitting that information. For astrological musings, please go to www.untilthestarsfallfromthesky.blogspot.com
WRITTEN BY CHANI NICHOLAS


13 Dec 2013

Slice.com is talking “Amazing All-Natural Moisturizing Lip Balms” in a recent article on their Fashion & Beauty blog.Blogger, Louise Griew, says, “I love natural, organic and chemical-free products, so when winter rolls around I begin the hunt for heavy-duty but natural lip moisture that will work hard to prevent and heal dry, chapped lips.”
She picked our Citrus Lip Balm which “has shea butter and vitamin-rich sunflower seed oil that work to heal and hydrate dry lips”. “Don’t be fooled by the pretty container” says Louise. “This citrus balm will effectively repair even the most chapped winter lips.”

Refinery 29 also featured our Citrus Lip Balm in an article called “The Best Beautifiers for EVERY Budget” saying: “We never thought a lip balm could be life-changing, but that was until our pouts came in contact with this little wonder”. They love the fact that it’s “petroleum-free and made with organic shea butter and sunflower-seed oil” and “it soothes flaky, cracked lips on contact, adding a sexy sheen and subtle plumping effect in the process”.

We are very excited that Melissa Fiore, who has done the make-up for the Knicks City Dancers and the cult classic TV show “The Walking Dead” is at The Green Spa tonight, December 11th. Her mission: to talk to you about bringing your glowing inner beauty out. Tell Melissa what makes you feel stunning. Do you want to work on your eyes, lips, cheekbones, or facial highlighters? Perhaps you want the secrets to looking like you’re not wearing make-up, when indeed you are!

Here are some examples of the kinds of looks Melissa can create tonight:

Learn how to look like you’re not wearing any make-up at all!

Learn how to take your make-up from ‘office’ to ‘happy hour’.

The pouty lip. Learn how to make your lips look fuller without the filler!

The Smokey Eye. Great for New Years Eve or for when you’re feeling sultry and dramatic

Get the glam. Learn how to accentuate your lips, cheeks, and eyes so that it all comes together resulting in the best you.

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