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What to Do When You Forget to Pack Your Toothbrush & Toothpaste

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If you traveleven occasionally you’ve likely experienced the dreaded realization that you’ve forgotten to pack your toothbrush and/or toothpaste. Depending on where you are and/or where you’re staying, running out for replacements may be an option – but not always!

What To Do?

As I pride myself on my resourcefulness and, um, creative off-label uses for various beauty products, I have some brush-less and/or paste-less solutions for just such a situation. These solutions are foundwhere else? in your beauty bag! Allow me and my inner-MacGuyver show you how to clean up your dirty mouth – toothbrush or no.

First Things First

Have you started tongue scraping yet? I have been singing the praises of tongue scraping for years now, and have written a blog that is basically an ode to the practice. If you regularly tongue scrape morning and night, I promise your mouth will feel significantly less gnarly over the long term. Also, as a tongue scraping zealot, if I were to forget my toothbrush and/or toothpaste, I would still have yet another mouth cleaning tool in my quiver. (Since a tongue scraper is A LOT harder to purchase in a pinch, I make sure to always pack it, and haven’t forgotten it yet!)

Though nothing replaces that so fresh and so clean clean feeling that a thorough brushing brings, once you scrape all that gunk off your tongue, you won’t feel nearly as bad about your mouth. Tongue scraping is an ancient ayurvedic cleansing ritual that’s so much less nauseating than oil pulling and still incredibly beneficial. Seriously, people get on my level with this.

A Note on Skin Wipes & Travel

Heaven Skincare’s EllaJane Celebrity Skin Wipes are so big, soft and strong that a recent first-time user elatedly exclaimed “you can do an entire whore’s bath with one”! (Not that we know what that is…but it sure sounds impressive.) These wonder wipes have also become the official skin wipe of Travel Beauty expert Dara Liotta M.D.’s practice.

That’s all swell, but did you know you can also CLEAN YOUR TEETH WITH THEM? Yup, these organic wipes can be used to wipe down those chompers anytime, anywhere. They are super soft and “taste” very mild. Infused with taste bud-friendly honey, peppermint and apple pectin, they are almost good enough to eat (but don’t eat them, please.) Just take a wipe and gently wipe along the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth, focusing on the gum line to attack that plaque, and viola! Your mouth and breath will feel totally refreshed in seconds flat.

Wonder Water

One of the most versatile products we carry is Vine Minus Ion Care Water. We’ve shared the myriad reasons to love  and ways to use this miracle water in a previous post that should not be missed! You can (and should) spray Care Water anywhere, at any time: Your face, your skin, your hair, your boo boos…and even your teeth. The negative ions in Care Water give it its superb cleaning abilities. Here’s how to use Care Water as a teeth cleaning tool: You can spray it directly onto your teeth, swish around and then spit it out (be sure not to swallow it!); you can also spray it onto your toothbrush (if you remembered to pack one) and brush with. Now if you want the full-on unconventional Care Water mouth cleaning, you can tie it all together and spray Care Water onto an Ella Jane Wipe and wipe your teeth down. Not ready to buck oral hygiene tradition so thoroughly? Here’s another way to harness the teeth cleaning capabilities of negative ions…

Coming Soon to a Travel Beauty Near You!

We are so excited for this new addition to hit Travel Beauty’s virtual shelves: Binchotan charcoal toothbrushes! Each bristle of these stylish brushes contains active charcoal to deodorize, prevent bad breath and remove plaque. The activated charcoal gives off cleansing negative ions and prevents harmful bacteria from growing within the brush. In a toothpaste-less pinch, using this brush alone definitely beats brushing with any old Oral B. Lookout for the launch of these brushes, as well as several other Binchotan charcoal infused beauty and grooming products.

BY: CLAIRE MCCORMACK Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

 

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Travel Beauty Travel Diaries – St. Barths

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone you might be starting to make plans for the holidays. This is a reprint of an article that was recently published on Fathom, Travel Beauty’s go-to resource for everything you’ll need while globetrotting. Fathom’s got it all: From the best places to stay, eat, visit and shop to essentials that you will want to have with you on the road. In October, Fathom devoted a week to the best islands in the Caribbean. Travel Beauty was asked to give a quick and dirty guide to one of our favorite places to visit, St. Barthélemy (otherwise know as St. Barths). Read on for your in-the-know guide to St. Barths.

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In between drugstore hopping around the world to findthe best global beauty products for her website, Travel Beauty, Alyssa Barrie Weiss makes time for island hopping around the Caribbean. St. Barths is her favorite, for so many reasons.

ST. BARTHS – There are special places that stand out in my mind as magical. Saint Barthélemy, better known as St. Barths, in the French West Indies, is one of them.

This tropical volcanic island offers breathtaking views from its steep peaks and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This is a place where people go to unwind and disconnect from their everyday lives and it’s also where people go to be part of the scene and party with the rich and famous. (If you are one of them, make sure to visit Le Ti St. Barth.) Its lush scenery and old-world European ports and towns converge on one small island to create a one-of-a-kind vacation spot that remains blissfully untouched by towering hotel developments. You’ll never forget where you are: The French accent is very strong around here — in every possible way.

IF YOU ONLY DO ONE THING

If you are in St. Barths for a day trip and short on time, head to Colombier Beach. Drive up the hill along the road parallel to Baie des Anges where you will reach a dead end. Park the car and hike 40 minutes downhill to crystal clear water and a secluded beach surrounded by jagged boulders. The hike through the tropical forest is a great workout, with lush vegetation and wildlife lining the winding path. A word to the wise: Bring sneakers and lunch. There is nothing at the beach. Of course, if it’s an option, you can also have your yacht pull directly into the cove .

WHAT TO DO

Hit as many beaches as you can. As opposed to other Caribbean islands, the beaches on St. Barths have their own personalities. These are my top picks:

Gouverneur Beach: My favorite. Behind you, there’s a view of the hillside, and, in front, it’s all blue skies and calm, clear turquoise water that goes on and on. There are no hotels on this beach, giving it a secluded feel.

Grande Saline Beach: A stunning beach of fine white sand adjacent to what used to be an old salt mine (hence the name). You won’t find any hotels here either (hence the deserted island vibe).

Shell Beach: One of the smaller beaches, named for the tiny shells that cover it. Dõ Brazil, a lunch spot right on the beach, has superb food, cocktails, and music.

Flamands Beach: One of the most tranquil on the island, overlooking the islands beyond St. Barths. There’s a lot here: the newly renovated Hotel Taïwana, villa rentals, and great restaurants.

For more on where to eat, drink, shop, and stay as well as how to plan the logistics of your trip visit Fathom and checkout the original article.

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie

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Sun or Snow Vacation & Packing the Proper Skin Care

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With winter vacation plans getting underway, we thought we’d pull this fabulous blog by Yasmine Djerradine, out of the archives. Expert advice on how to make sure we take care of ourselves and have exactly what we need on vacation is always welcomed – especially in the product department. Hoping that you will find this as helpful as we do.

The Travel Beauty Team

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Winter is upon us, which for many means traveling. Whether you are off to the slopes of St. Moritz or the sands of St. Barths, packing proper skin care is essential!

Going to the Beach?

Be sure to have a sunscreen for face and body that will protect your skin from the sun – one that is easy to reapply after a dip in the ocean. Everyone is unique and reacts to the elements differently. Sun tends to accelerate the skin’s aging process. Bring B. Kamins Laboratories Sun Defense SPF 30 for face, neck and décolleté. It not only protects you from the harmful rays of the sun, but also guards against premature wrinkles that can result from sun exposure.

For Body

Pack Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Sea and Tropics Body Lotion SPF 20. Adaptasun ensures safe prolonged sun exposure in severe conditions, including the intense tropical sun. It allows a deep, intense natural tan to develop without any harmful UV damage. Adaptasun is formulated with UV in-Cellium Technology to protect the skin from the inside by strengthening its self-defense systems. This hi-tech sunscreen is also extremely moisturizing, and can be used as your primary body moisturizer during your trip, making it a multi-tasking skin care product ideal for traveling light.

Let’s Not Forget…

If you can’t make it to the spa before your trip, here is a great tip:

pack Bliss Poetic Waxing Strips for Body! They are superb for use on legs and other bits that might be in need of a fleecing. The wax is spa-quality and can be quickly warmed by rubbing in between your hands. These strips are very convenient and easy to use on the go – even in your hotel room.

Going Skiing?

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean that you are safe from the sun’s harmful rays. In addition to the sun, strong winds and bitter cold can also attack skin, breaking down its defenses and leading to further damage. I recommend applying a hearty anti-aging serum, like B. Kamins Laboratories Nia-Stem Serum Kx. This unique formulation includes:

  • Niacin
  • Plant stem cells
  • The exclusive Bio-Maple® Compound

This unique combination minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and age spots. It detoxifies skin cells to reveal bright, even-toned and younger-looking skin. Follow the serum with a great moisturizing facial sunscreen, like B. Kamins Laboratories Sun Defense SPF 30. This is a perfect duo to protect your face as you as plow down the mountain.

For Lips

Whether you’ll be seeing sand or snow, be sure to pack B. Kamins Laboratories SPF 20 Lip Balm as well. In extreme cold, wind or sun, lips are usually the first place to suffer. Just a few minutes of exposure to extreme weather can lead to days of chapped, cracked lips. Reapply your lip balm frequently to keep your lips comfortable and protected all day and night.

Bon Voyage!

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Travel Beauty Travel Diaries: Boca Raton, Florida

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Looking for a quick beach getaway that feels like a tropical vacation? My husband and I flew down to Boca Raton recently to attend the wedding of close friends. I have lived in New York City for 38 years and have never been to Boca Raton. What more, I had not visited Florida in at least 8 years, so I honestly did not know what to expect. I have to say, the bride and groom chose a beautiful spot. The wedding itself took place at The Boca Beach Club, which is part of the Boca Raton Resort & Club. It is a unique venue and is broken up into two locations, the beach club, on the beach and the resort located on the Intercoastal. I was actually able to relax somewhat (which is a rare occurrence for an entrepreneur).

Where to Stay

For those that long to be on the water, The Beach Club is for you. There is a beautiful white sand beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean’s clear blue water. It almost felt like being in the Caribbean. The beach goes on for miles, so if you like taking long walks on the beach, this is perfect for you. I recommend getting it in early in the morning before it gets hot. Note to self – make sure to take sunscreen (You can’t go wrong with Institut Esthederm, Sun Bum, or Neova) and after sun care. (I love Cosmetics 27 Huile 27 for face and decollete – very soothing and moisturizing and Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion for body). There are two pools at the club with breathtaking views of the ocean. Pool and beach side dining is also available, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center.

If you prefer more of an elegant, old-world experience, the Boca Raton Resort is the place for you. Situated on the Intercoastal, it is just steps away from the award winning full-service Waldorf Astoria Spa, two 18 hole championship golf courses, sparkling swimming pools, and a world-class tennis facility. The grounds are truly majestic; I was floored by the entire setting. The newly renovated Cloister building was built in 1926 and features Spanish-Mediterranean architecture. The rehearsal dinner, the night before the wedding, took place in the courtyard along side the spa. The setting looked like a royal courtyard in a Moroccan palace.

It’s All About The Trees

I could not get over the grounds that surround the Cloister building. It is an exotic arboretum. The walkway on the exterior of the hotel is adorned by 2 rows of majestic Royal Palm Trees. There are also many old unusual trees that look like they are not of this world. There is a Kapok Tree, or Ceiba Pentandra, planted 85 years ago, which is indigenous to tropical rainforests. It can grow to a height of 150 feet with roots that are 12 feet tall and sprout out with large horney spines. Next, we found a Banyan Tree, or Ficus Benghalensis, from India. It has a large tree top and tall aerial roots which become secondary roots. I had never seen anything like either of these and there are a handful scattered throughout the property.

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Where to Eat

I am not typically a junk food eater. I think the sea air probably got the best of me, but as we were exploring the huge corridors of the resort we happened upon Serendipity. I had no idea that there was more than one! The only one I am acquainted with is the original on East 60th Street in New York City, that I have been going to since I was 6. Well I marched right it and I ordered a 9 pound brownie sundae with coffee ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream. In case you were wondering what a 9 pound sundae looked like, this thing was ginormous. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to zip my skinny jeans again! Naturally, I went back the following day. This Serendipity was a throwback to 50s diners, with orange banquets, white and pink French bistro chairs and a proper sip and soda bar.

Dinner was at Morimoto ala acclaimed sushi master, Masaharu Morimoto. (its literally steps from Serendipity – just in case you are interested) Morimoto is contained within a narrow sleek sushi bar. The food is dynamite; don’t forget to have a little sake…but just a little! You’ll need to be up bright and early for your walk on the beach.

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Road Trip to Sullivan County, NY

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The summer may be all about the perfect beach getaway for you, and we are certainly with you on that! But maybe you’re looking for something a little different, and/or want to plan ahead for the perfect place to enjoy the fall foliage? If so, get in your car and take a drive to Sullivan County, NY – just two hours from New York City. Gorgeous mountains, picturesque lakes, lush forest and The Delaware River are all right there for your enjoyment.

We’ve owned a lake house in Sullivan County for close to a decade and cannot express how much fun and enjoyment it’s brought us and our family over the years. We’ve also discovered some great area attractions that made us love the area even more. This is our round-up of favorite things to do, and is by no means exhaustive! One of the delights of the area is taking a country drive and discovering hidden treasures: antique shops, art galleries, restaurants and more can all be happened upon…not to mention wildlife! As this area of New York is right across the river from Pennsylvania, our area explorations have taken us to PA. Some of the attractions I mention are in PA, but still just a short drive from Sullivan County. And believe me, if I’ve included them, they are worth checking out!

Where To Stay

Over the years, we have seen many new businesses pop up in the area. Since we are city people at heart, we do enjoy having more of our creature comforts close at hand while we’re upstate. One such place was opened by our dear friends, but we can say, objectively, that this place rocks. Stickett Inn and Stickett Inn: The Store and Annu Juice in Barryville is a four suite bed and breakfast with a gift shop and juice bar in front. The suites are huge and incredibly chic, from the Warhol on the walls to the steam shower and deep soaking tub in the bathrooms.

If you’re coming up with a family and need a bit more space, Home Away has many beautiful homes for rent in the area. Many of the homes are on lakes and can accommodate ten or more people! If you are looking for a truly special location, perhaps to host an event, you must, MUST, check out The Floating Farmhouse…just stunning!

Where To Eat

As a New Yawker, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite pizza joint in the area! Sitting right on the edge of big, beautiful Kauneonga Lake is Benji & Jakes. Though they don’t make your traditional New York style pizza pie, their creations are delicious nonetheless. They make over a dozen specialty pies, one more delicious than the next (think pesto, roasted eggplant, smoked mozzarella and more). Don’t stop at the pizza, though. The appetizers and specialty cocktails are not to be missed…nor is the homemade gelato!

Henning’s Local is a recent addition to the Sullivan County scene but has already become a favorite. Using locally grown ingredients, Henning’s offers a casual atmosphere with delicious and super-fresh comfort food. All the fish dishes are superb, and be sure to order the quinoa cake as a side. Great place for a family meal.

If you are looking for something more chic or a fine dining experience, cross the river to Milford, PA and visit Hotel Fauchere. There are two distinct dining options at the hotel, both delicious and special in their own way. Upstairs, The Delmonico Room offers fine dining, while Bar Louis is a stylish, ultra-modern environment for casual and late-night dining, live entertainment and great cocktails. Never heard of sushi pizza? Dig into some at Bar Louis!

Most Importantly: What To Do

Perhaps your entire itinerary consists of relaxing lakeside with a good book. If you’re interested in doing some sightseeing, shopping or physical activity, read on!

Outdoor Sporting

If you want some outdoor sporting, and if the weather is warm enough, spend the day rafting on The Delaware River. Kittatinny is just one of the many places from which you can rent a raft, canoe, tube or kayak to take out on the river. You can choose between a long trip or a short one (I’d stick with the short; it feels long enough). Kittatinny also offers paintball and two ziplines, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Culture & Entertainment

Did you know that Woodstock didn’t happen in Woodstock, NY? It happened in Bethel, NY…in Sullivan County! The lush, hilly grounds of Bethel Woods are still a haven for great music, festivals and there is even a Woodstock museum on site. Also of note in Bethel is Rocking Horse Ranch (literally next door to Bethel Woods) and Dancing Cat Distillery.

Shopping

There are several other towns to check out all over Sullivan County for good food and shopping. Two of my favorite:

Spa Retreat

Last but not least, there’s the spa…and a five star one at that! The Lodge at Woodloch was created by former Canyon Ranch employees and feels every bit as luxurious. Woodloch is consistently chosen as one of the top ten spas in the world by Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. You can, of course, choose to stay there, but day passes and à la carte services are available to non-guests as well. The facilities are top notch: imagine sitting in an outdoor hot tub as you watch deer running through the snowy forest around you. This actually happened to me. As a side note, soaking in an outdoor hot tub in the middle of winter only sounds crazy. It’s glorious! There is also an indoor pool complete with waterfall, steam room, sauna and so much more. The body treatments are where the spa really shines…spring for the scrub and wrap combination treatments. They are worth every penny.

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