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Spring Cleaning Your Skin with Drunk Elephant

Written by: Carissa Abraham

Spruce up your Skincare Routine

Spring is finally here! And by ‘Spring’ I mean whatever Mother Nature decides for the next few weeks -welcome to New Jersey! We can finally start “spring cleaning” to reveal that beautiful glow our skin has been trying to achieve all winter!

One of my go-to and most trustworthy brands is Drunk Elephant. Naturally, what attracted me was the name. Founder Tiffany Masterson said, “The name Drunk Elephant is rooted in a myth that says the elephants love to eat the fruit that has fallen from Marula trees. Once eaten, fermentation occurs inside their very large tummies and the elephants become drunk!”

Every  product is formulated with NO oils, silicones, drying alcohols, chemical screens, fragrances/dyes, or SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate). Masterson calls these ingredients the “Suspicious 6”. 

The Drunk Life!

Drunk Elephant provided me with a care package of their best-selling products (thanks Drunk Elephant!). I can confidently say I’m hooked on The Drunk Life – particularly because the combination of these products revealed the most glow I’ve ever seen my skin have.

Skin Spring Cleaning Steps

After removing  my makeup with BeautyConcepts face wipes (Amazon – $13), I jumped right into the Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser ($32). This clear gel cleanser foams well and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, without the squeak.

I follow up with the C-Firma Day Serum ($80). It’s a day serum, but nighttime application helps avoid photo-sensitivity. If used in the morning, use an SPF to strengthen your skin’s protection (the Umbra Sheer™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 is lightweight and not greasy).

My next step to anti-aging is the A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream ($72). Retinol helps produce new skin cells and aids in diminishing fine lines. Be careful – retinol requires being gradually added into a routine; I use it once per week at nighttime.

If you choose to use it during the day, you should use a broad spectrum sunscreen because retinol makes our skin ultra-light sensitive. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you should avoid retinol products and consult with your physician.

The Holy Grail

One of the greatest creations I’ve ever used in my entire life is the T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum ($90). It’s the gift that keeps on giving my skin a texture-free feel.

It is a lightweight gel that dissolves dead skin cells with an “AHA/BHA blend of glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids.” This serum cleared up my often-textured forehead in THREE DAYS!

Since it is an AHA/BHA blend, I recommend pairing with some hydration, like their Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($40) or my preference of the B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum ($52).

Lock in the Glow

I sealed my skin with the popular Protini™ Polypeptide Cream ($68), which is notorious for improving our skin’s tone, texture and firmness. An alternate to Protini™ is my favorite moisturizer, Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream ($60). It’s loaded with six rare African oils and locks in moisture like there’s no tomorrow. Finally, I always top off my nighttime routine with Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask in Vanilla.

There’s still a few other goodies that I’ve yet to try. I’m definitely going to invest in these and will report back on my next Drunk Life adventure!

THE HIP LIST’S SUMMER PRODUCTS

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo is here to show you her top Summer picks!

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Miami Gorgeous is a new line of sun care products that uses organic and all-natural ingredients to keep your skin safe and beautifully bronzed. Two summer must-haves are Miami Gorgeous’s LaPlaya Glow and LaPlaya Zinc. LaPlaya Glow is an all-natural self tanning mousse made from Argan and Coconut Oils, Eco-Certified DHA, Vitamins A, C and D, along with Jojoba Oil and Elderflower extract. This product will give your skin a healthy glow so you can look your best when you break out the skin-baring outfits or bikini. LaPlaya Zinc is a sun stick that you can take with you everywhere you go. The LaPlaya Zinc sun stick has a SPF of 30 and is 100% organic. This product is non-greasy and contains Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Coconut Oil and Organic Sea Buckthorn. This special extract will keep your skin hydrated.


 

Arthur Rubinoff is the CEO of Reamir & Co., specializing in personal grooming products for men. Reamir & Co. has launched a full line of natural products including shampoo, leave-in conditioner, hair gels, lather shaving cream, aftershave, pre-shave oil and witch hazel toner. Their natural products are based on essential oils, loaded with vitamins and are free of alcohol and harsh detergents. Your hair and skin will see an immediate improvement! 


 

Artistry™ brand is a skincare and cosmetics line that was started in the 1950s by a woman, for women. Today, the Artistry™ brand offers specialized skincare and on-trend makeup designed to meet the diverse needs of women of all ages around the world. Artistry™ products are used and loved by almost 5 million women, with an Artistry™ product purchased every second of every day! 


 

BeachTech Towel is unlike anything on the market. It is super-absorbent, fast drying, thin and very compact. Go ahead, stay wrapped up in one of these- they are so soft yet lightweight. Its microfiber fabric absorbs almost 3 times more water than a regular cotton terry towel.  Even more impressive is how fast drying they are after use, while unlike other towels, you’d be out of luck for the day. 


 

The Triumph Hill 4 Piece Cutlery Block Set completes your culinary passion; it’s easy to feel the perfect blend of functionality and style. The high-carbon German stainless steel construction of cutlery sets from Triumph Hill guarantees maximum durability and allows you to make accurate and clean cuts. Cut and slice bread and meat, chop onions and other vegetables, mince garlic and ginger, and much more. The handles are designed to give maximum support and grip while working. Sharpen your knives effortlessly as you wish with the provided high quality sharpener! 


 

Lisa Battaglia designs hats that reinterpret vintage aesthetics to live in the modern world. Out of Maplewood, New Jersey, Lisa draws on her unusual free-form technique and her uncanny fashion instinct. She creates dramatic hats that recall a bygone era and yet are utterly of the moment. Each hat is a geometric work of art that magically provides its wearer with more than one look through a simple turn of the brim.


 

 
Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar is a refreshing beverage handcrafted in Portland, Oregon using quality, US-made organic cane vinegar and fresh whole fruits, herbs and spices – no artificial flavoring! Pok Pok Som concentrate is most commonly served with four-parts soda water as a soft drink, at full strength as a mixer in cocktails, or incorporated into dressings and marinades. Pok Pok Som is available in nine signature flavors – Thai Basil, Apple, Honey, Pomegranate, Tamarind, Ginger, Tumeric, Pineapple and Chinese Celery, as well as a rotating selection of seasonal flavors like Cardomom Tangerine, Strawberry Thai Basil, Black Pepper, Blood Orange, and more.


 

You’ll love the Coby Aluminum Brick Bluetooth Speaker. These speakers are light, portable, universally compatible, and have HD sound. Enjoy up to 6 hours of play time from the recahrgeable litherum-ion! 

What’s the Tassi? It’s a patented product that makes it easy for you to keep your hair away from your face. Made of comfortable stretch terry cloth, the Tassi goes on in three easy steps and gently lifts and holds your hair. Unlike headbands, clips or turbans, the Tassi does not flatten, twist or mess up your ‘do, so it’s perfect for protecting second-day blowouts, too. You’ll love to use your Tassi while you’re washing your face, taking a bath, applying or removing makeup or whenever you want your hair out of the way.


 

All of Vyve‘s apparel is made of compression fabric that is perfect for any figure. Vyve’s splashpant is a versatile capri that works on land and in water. You can wear these pants anywhere, whether you’re going to the gym or simply running errands. These capris are perfect for anyone who lives a multi-active lifestyle. 


 

Petal Fresh believes that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. All Petal Fresh products are infused with natural, organic ingredients. The Soothing Body and Massage Oil  is a natural exfoliator that softens skin and retains moisture. The fruit oils and organic Argan oils will leave your skin refreshed and rejuvenated. The Soothing Body Butter will smoothen and moisturize your skin. The formula is made from an exotic blend of organic Argan oil and shea butter extract. 

 

The Bangz Experience

#HipNJ spoke with Marlene Tremarco, Manager of Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa in Montclair, about what they have to offer.

Named “Salon of the Year” by Salon Today magazine and one of the “Top 100 Salons in America” by Elle, Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa has established itself as a premier salon and day spa in New Jersey and the greater tri-state, metropolitan area.

Bangz is built in an 1889 masonic temple. “This is a salon and spa inside a beautiful and historic building,” Tremarco says. This unique factor is just the start of what makes Bangz stand out.

Winning the North American Hairstyling Award for “Salon of the Year” was a standout moment for the salon, an award that Tremarco calls the “Emmy’s of hair.”

Bangz offers spa, hair, and chemical services. These include skin care, hair removal, nail services, and various body treatments.

They are currently offering a “Gold Collection,” with options including a 24 kt. Gold Facial, Micro Gold Deluxe Facial, 24 kt. Gold Hydrating Body Polish, Golden Ritual For Two, and 24 kt. Golden Duo. Gold boosts blood flow, spreads cellular processes, restores elasticity, and creates glowing even skin tone.

“We want to keep every client that we touch,” Tremarco says. Customer service is extremely important and all measures are taken to ensure that clients leave happy.

To learn more about Bangz, follow them on Instagram and check out their website.