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5 Phoenix Pumpkin Spa Treatments

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We can thank Starbucks for our obsession with pumpkin spice lattes, but the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg mixture has now extended far beyond our dreams thought possible. To celebrate October, you can not only sip on the favorite fall drink, but you can also head over to a number of Phoenix spas for an equally delicious and relaxing facial, peel or massage that uses the pumpkin enzyme.


Fall Beauty Product Picks

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Beauty Editor Diane Aiello touts her favorite fall picks, including natural and organic standouts for head-to-toe glow.
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As a huge fan of cream blush, I am always on the lookout for new and amazing formulas, and Kjaer Weis Cream Blush fully delivers. The organic formula contains no artificial ingredients or parabens and glides on the skin effortlessly thanks to jojoba and gardenia extract to create a beautiful, fresh-faced glow. Available in seven shades; it comes in a stunning refi llable compact. $54. kjaerweis.com.
Charlotte Tilbury is the makeup artist master of the “feline fl ick” (a k a cat eye). Made famous by the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and even Kate Moss, this sexy style works on everyone. Her Fine Line Shodo Pen, modeled after Japanese calligraphy, makes it as easy as ever to achieve the perfect technique every time, leaving you with smoldering bedroom eyes. $29. beautylish.com.
I admit I am somewhat of a sunscreen snob. I’ve used paraben-free, organic luxury brands for years, but I can’t deny my love for Alba Botanica Sunscreen. And now on those days that my skin looks a little lackluster, its latest SPF 15 addition to the Good & Healthy formula, powered by leafy greens, has tons of antioxidants and helps recharge all skin types, from oily to dry or sensitive. About $10. Whole Foods.
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One of the early signs of aging, along with wrinkles, is sagging skin. That’s why I adore Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Serum. The supercharged formula blends natural ingredients like rose water, mango butter and milk thistle to support skin’s resilience, provide an instant lift and smooth wrinkles. Plus: no icky synthetics, fi llers or fragrances.
$185. Citrine Natural Beauty.
We’ve become so conscious of gluten in our diets but often forget our beauty products might be a culprit of hidden gluten as well. Even if you aren’t ready to go gluten free with all your beauty loot, a great place to start is swapping out your body wash, shampoo or conditioner. JASON now has a full range of personal care products that are also paraben- and sulfate-free. $10-$16. Whole Foods.

Be a Supermodel for a Day at Le Boudoir Studio

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Ditch the jeans and sneakers to be a flawless supermodel for a day.



Dr. Marc Malek: Best Tummy Tuck in Scottsdale for Flat Abs Fast

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All the crunches in the world won’t achieve washboard abs. The midsection can be one of the most difficult and stubborn areas of the body to tone and shed fat from. 



Beauty Habits to Break this Summer

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The Valley is really heating up and with temps in the 100s, so being poolside becomes a popular activity throughout the summer. Could some of your summer habits be hurting your skin long term? Experts from SebamedUSA.com and Lead Esthetician Michele Fletcher from Hotel Valley Ho Spa (Best of Our Valley 2014 winner) have a few reminders to keep your skin beautiful and healthy all summer long.


Mistake #1: Forgetting Sunscreen. 

SM: We know, we know – you hear this a million times but 90 percent of premature skin aging and discoloration is caused by exposure to sunlight. Applying sunscreen daily is the easiest way to prevent sun damage, protect your skin, and not to mention look younger. Try using products that offer Broad-Spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, and an SPF of 30 or greater like Amarte Ultra Veil. ($45, amarteskincare.com)

MF: Many women avoid using SPF on their face because they think it will create breakouts or wrinkles, etc. You really need to stop avoiding it and find products that already have SPF in them. Your face needs to be protected from UV rays just as much as the rest of your body. Facial SPFs are great alternatives to sunscreen.

Mistake #2: Skimping on Sleep

SM: Your skin and body go into repair mode when asleep. This is why sticking to a regular sleeping routine will not only keep you well rested, but will help to renew and regenerate new skin cells. Try incorporating just a glass a day of soy milk into your daily routine as this can help improve the structure and firmness of your skin, as well as soften those crow’s feet. And for a quick fix, try Repêchage’s Eye Rescue Pads! These natural infusions combined with moisture replenishing, anti-aging powers of seaweed are the ultimate “10-minute vacation” for eyes. ($9.00, www.Repêchage.com).

Mistake #3: Baby Oil

MF: For some reason tanners believe that baby oil is one of the best and most inexpensive oils to use for tanning. Although it may be inexpensive, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good for your skin. You should never use baby oil on your skin to tan. There’s nothing in it that protects from the sun. Educating yourself on tanning lotions and oils is the best way to go. Especially look for ones that already contain SPF.

Mistake #4: Pigmentation Products

MF: You need to be wary of products that are used for skin pigmentation because they contain Retinol. When you’re in the sun, the best thing to use is an SPF lotion. I know it sounds repetitive, but in this heat, SPF is necessary. Products with exfoliating agents when used in the daytime can do more damage to your skin. Those are best to use at night when you go to bed.

Mistake #5: Waiting To Moisturize 

SM: Most creams and lotions have key ingredients that create a protective barrier on the surface of the skin to lock in moisture to maintain a healthy pH balance of 5.5. For optimum moisture, slather on Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream immediately after cleansing or a hot shower, before the skin cools and your pores begin to close ($19.95, www.SebamedUSA.com).

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