Water Features in the Home Garden (Part 1 of 2)
When St. Louisan Julie Longyear founded Blissoma, her holistic skincare and apothecary company, 10 years ago, she was met with some resistance for her all-natural approach. “People asked, Why would I want to do that?” she recalls. But these days, natural skincare is more than just a fringe movement, and the job of educating the public on its benefits has gotten a lot easier. We recently caught up with Longyear to discuss the evolution in the industry.
While the act of shampooing the hair clean dates back centuries, products that truly concentrate on enhancing and nurturing the tresses are a relatively modern-day phenomenon. Here, we bring you some of our picks to address matters of the mane, from dryness to dullness and everything in-between.
Are you hooked on your smart phone? Do you take it from room to room, when you get out of the car, even if it’s going into the store for a two-minute errand? If you are, then you should want to know how to care for this most treasured companion.
Potted plants soften the edges of hardscape, mute street noise, and create a lush, colorful backdrop. One of the beauties of container gardening is that plants may be moved around to find the ‘best’ spot for their culture.
You know what toy she loves, or which ear he prefers to be scratched—but how can you know what food your four-legged friend's digestive system would prefer? We asked local animal experts to weigh in on all-natural pet food.
St. Louis has a rich community of artisans who are creating their own natural soap and body care products right here in town. We talked with Kathleen Behrmann, of Buddha Body & Bath, about how she got her start in this booming field.
In the weeks following my Webster Groves Recreation Complex Beginning Spinning course, I have been trying to find a way to say this in a professional manner, appropriate for publication, only to come to the conclusion that there's no nice way around it. The problem with Spinning, plain and simple, is the seat.
Take your shower to new heights with natural, hand-crafted soaps that are bursting with summertime freshness. Your skin will love you for it!
As you relax by the pool, you don’t want to worry about the damage you may be causing your skin. Exposure to UV rays results in wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and, potentially, skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to understand your options for summer skin protection.
Let’s face it: Sun protection should be on everyone’s priority list this summer—especially when it comes to the face. Never leave home without it!
In our never-ending quest to give you the latest in skin care tips and treatments, LN recently caught up with Kathleen Fuller, spa director at the Four Seasons, St. Louis. Fuller took a circuitous route to her current profession, starting out as a store manager for Walmart before founding her own cosmetics studio, which she operated for 14 years. She then moved to the field of hotel spas, and joined the Four Seasons two years ago. Fuller says her highest goal is to provide a calm experience that promotes the wellness of their spa guests. It must be working: Four Seasons' spa was voted the Best Spa in this year’s LN Platinum List!
You might have read it in a national magazine, found it on Pinterest, or it was something passed down from your mom. Homemade beauty treatments are a fascination for many women, especially do-it-yourselfers (DIY) who want to live an all-natural, organic lifestyle. But are they really all they’re cracked up to be?
You look at your array of skin-care products spread out around the sink. There are bottles and tubs of various creams and potions, all promising to do amazing things for your skin. But you may not need them all; but if you do, you should use them in the proper order, according to local experts.
Add sparkle and sass to your summer look with a rainbow of shades. From plums and pinks to nudes and nautically inspired, think of the pretty possibilities!
Part of the joy of gardening is the daily surprise. Sometimes, conditions conspire to make a garden look tired and worn, such as extreme summer heat compounded by drought. Those days, while disappointing, must be endured. However, on other occasions, gardeners may draw a lucky had when strange combinations of conditions bring about splendid moments. This year, for example, the long, cold soil temperatures slowed down the early varieties of spring bulbs; then good moisture and warm sun brought out the late-season kinds right on schedule. After the winter of death, we needed a break.
It’s hard to believe it, but summer is almost here! We sat down with MAC senior makeup artist Gina Bettelli to talk about what’s exciting in the beauty world this season. Bettelli, a native of Seattle who is now based in New York, was in St. Louis recently to teach a master class at MAC’s Plaza Frontenac location.
Cleanse and tone—two essential steps to ensure that we put our best face forward on a daily basis. Here, we present you with our selections for cleanser-and-toners duos.
Women aren’t the only ones whose skin needs some TLC as we head into warmer months. Men, too, need to care for and protect their skin.
Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in a good skin-care regimen. Removing the outermost layer of dead cells to reveal the more glowing complexion beneath helps maintain a youthful appearance and keep the skin healthy.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Q: I love miso soup and can’t seem to get enough of that unique and slightly salty flavor. What is miso, anyway, and what else can it be used for?
Vincent Longo was born in Australia to Italian parents and later moved to the Italian Riviera and finally, to New York City. The makeup artist has worked with legendary models, including the likes of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum; and his work has graced the covers of both national and international beauty magazines. He has since launched his own eponymous makeup line. LN caught up with him recently when he visited St. Louis to debut the line at Soft Surroundings.
No matter how much we fight it, aging changes the skin. We no longer produce copious amounts of natural oils to keep things smooth; and decades of sun damage, from those tans that looked so good when we were in our 20s and 30s, takes its toll as brown spots and wrinkles become more prominent.