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How to Eat for Summer Skin
June 21, 2016

Blueberry Protein Smoothie

Guest blogger Paige Morrissey fills us in on the in’s and out’s of how you can eat for healthy glowing skin this summer!

~Paige Morrissey is a certified holistic nutritionist, wellness expert and health coach. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and is certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Paige is passionate about the science of nutrition and the vital role preventative care plays on overall health. She is currently living in NYC with her husband and golden retriever Teddy~


Our skin, as our body’s largest organ, is often the first indication of what’s happening on the inside.  Ailments such as rashes, blemishes, and rosacea are all indications of internal imbalance. Instead of focusing on expensive, often chemical-laden beauty products to achieve youthful skin, pay attention to your body’s natural ability to heal itself. If you’re looking for radiant skin and bright clear eyes, here are a few of my tips to get a head-start on your summer glow.

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It may sound obvious, however water is vitally important to just about every system in our body – and our skin is no exception.  I start every morning with a tall glass of room temperature water – yes, before coffee! This is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do for your body and overall health. Water gets your metabolism revved up, and sends signals to your organs that it’s time to wake up and get going. Drinking enough water keeps your cell membranes plump and smooth and your skin radiant. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day.

2. Eat your Carotenoids. Carotenoids are plant pigments that are rich in antioxidants. They can be found in leafy green or bright colored vegetables (think kale, spinach, red peppers). They are health-inducing and collagen boosting (que less wrinkles!) and can act as a shield to quench damaging free radicals that cause sun spots and signs of aging. Carotenoids are also particularly important for eye health and can protect against degenerative diseases that lead to blindness. Be sure to include these in your daily routine. Examples below:

  • Leafy greens (kale, spinach, arugula, broccoli)
  • Eggplant purple asparagus, blackberries, blueberries
  • Beets, red cabbage, red onions
  • Carrots, yellow onions, butternut squash


3. Eat your fat. I’m not talking about bacon (although that’s fine once in a while), high quality fats rich in omega-3 fatty acids, hydrate and nourish dull skin and protect your cell membranes against damaging free radicals. When you cell membranes are strong, toxins are kept out and nutrients are allowed in, and waste products are eliminated from the cell. Some good choice options include: avocados, chia seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, walnuts and fatty fish like wild salmon.

4. Get your greens. Nutrient-dense, leafy greens are loaded with antioxidants and pro-inflammatory properties that help boost skin elasticity and shield against damaging free radicals that cause premature signs of aging. The easiest way to do this is to add a green smoothie into your routine. I’m currently addicted to my morning smoothie loaded with health plant based protein, fats, and fiber. Recipe below.

Berry Green Smoothie

1/4 cup blueberries or mixed berries

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (preference to homemade or califia farms)
1 large handful spinach
1/4 avocado
1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder
water to taste

5. Steer clear of sugar. This is a topic that is particularly important to me and should be for you too. Sugar has a direct inflammatory effect and wreaks havoc on every system in your body – from blood sugar imbalances and digestive disorders to skin irritation and rashes. I could go on and on about the consequences of a high sugar diet but let’s leave it at this. Try to stay under 30 grams of sugar per day and avoid processed and packaged foods (protein bars and store bought smoothies are often some of the worst offenders).  Keep in mind that anything over 10 grams of sugar is concerned a high-sugar food.

The first area of focus in treating any imbalance should be lifestyle and dietary changes to nourish your bodily systems and promote a hospitable environment for your cells. Once you have that covered, aim to rid your shelves of the chemical and endocrine disrupting lotions and potions.  Start with nature first. I love Jennies store because she features some of the best organic, and sustainable beauty products on the market to complement your clean and green approach to healthy, gorgeous skin.


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Roasted Veggies

Get the Look: Easy, Breezy, Bronzed- Summer Beauty Tutorial
May 17, 2016

Photo 4- After

Summer is on it’s way!  We can’t wait for iced coffee, sun dresses and pretty summer makeup!  Today, I’m sharing one of my all time favorite looks for summer.  It’s easy, breezy and…….. BRONZED!  We all love to look a little sun-kissed this time of year, right?!  A BIG thank you to our beauty contributor, Ell, for sitting in as my model for this tutorial.  The best part about this look– you guessed it!  Everything I used is totally healthy and completely good for you!  Check out our previous post on Natural Self-Tanner by Ell, here.

Step 1: Prime your skin with Coola Daydream Primer to be sure your makeup stays fresh in the hot, humid climate.  And, it minimizes the look of pores. 😉

Step 2:  Fill in brows with Jennie Fresa brow powder in Blonde.  I used an angle brush and set with clear gel.  I love the bold brows and simple makeup.

Step 3:  Apply Ilia Eye Shadow Stick  in AND SHE WAS on your lower lids for a soft (but long-lasting) wash of shimmering champagne color.

Step 4:  Apply 2 coats of Ilia Mascara in Nightfall to really make the whites of your eyes twinkle.

Step 5:  Dab a touch of Ilia concealer where needed.  On Ell, I used C3 just under her eyes and around her nose.

Step 6:  Apply Coola BB Cream all over your face.  One pea size dollop is enough.  I LOVE this BB cream because it’s your moisture, sun protection and even skin tone all in one!

Step 7:  Using your finger, apply just a tad of Kjaer Weis cream blush in HAPPY just on the apples of your cheeks.

Step 8:  Dazzling Cream Bronze is then applied to all the high points of the face– forehead, bridge of nose, high cheek bones and chin.  {I also dabbed a bit on her eye sockets to create a little depth).

Step 9:  To give Ell a beautiful glow, we finished the look with a little luminizing cream by Ilia called Polka Dots and Moonbeams, just on her temples & cupids bow (right above her top lip).

Step 10:  Lastly, we used RMS Lip2Cheek in Promise (not pictured here– I took the photos before I swapped out the color I actually used). with Ilia lipgloss in Butterfly on top.  The gloss is also pretty alone.

How fun!  I’m excited to hear what you think about this look. Have fun and be sure to share your selfies if you try this look at home!  You can shop the entire look here!

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Product Review: Suntegrity 5 In 1 Natural Self Tanner
May 3, 2016

Why Risk Wrinkles: By Jennie Fresa Beauty Contributor: Ell Sherwood

Hey Beauties!  Today we’re sharing a Product Review of one the best Self-Tanners out there.  Check it out & Enjoy!

{Click here} to grab the Suntegrity Self Tanner we love so on our online boutique!

About our Contributor: El is a fitness, health and green beauty enthusiast residing in New Haven, CT with her veggie-loving orange cat, Razz, and her football-coaching fiancé, Jordan. She is a lifestyle and documentary photographer and co-owns a creative company, E&H Creates, with her sister Hannah. Together, the dynamic duo makes the world a little more beautiful.

Etsy Website:

Insta : @eandhcreates

I made a New Years Resolution to never use a tanning bed for the rest of my life. In my college years, I did enough fake-and-baking for my entire Freshmen English 101 class — and then some. As I became older and entered my early, mid and now late (AHHH) twenties I started shifting towards a healthy lifestyle.

I have always loved working out and eating well. I know, annoying, right? In college, I attempted to stay on track, but lets be real – it was impossible! I felt physically awful and exhausted almost all of the time, but I did have a ton of fun.. and a lot of pizza! After college, my lifestyle changed little by little and I began working towards the healthy lifestyle I embrace today.

Now, I am a yoga-hiking-running-biking-kale-beet-loving fanatic. Working out and eating well is what I do best. If you ask any of my gal pals, “Who is your healthiest friend?” I think they would roll their eyes and say, “El. She loves kale.”


Yet, even with all of these healthy changes, up until recently, I was still tanning! I would knock out a solid spin class, drink my green juice, practice some yoga, eat my organic free-ranged chicken and then hit the tanning bed? Like, what? One of these things is not like the other. Hmmm. 😕

I was not tanning often and would typically only try and catch a nice bronze in preparation for an upcoming event. Similar to any lady in her 20’s I have roughly 250 weddings, bachelorette parties and bridal showers to look good for. So, not tanning as often and for events only, is acceptable right? NICE TRY El – WRONG! WRONG WRONG!

We are all well aware of the risks associated with tanning. We all also know that our skin is our largest organ. Yet, I feel like a lot of us (myself included) choose to ignore the truth because having a bronze glow makes us feel more beautiful. We need to stop putting our skin on the back burner and start incorporating skincare into healthy living.

I had to think about why giving up tanning was hard for me. Similar to many people, I have always enjoyed being a bit tan because I feel more confident showing my legs and wearing less makeup. I also was often hesitant to use self-tanners because of the harsh and dangerous chemicals. If a pregnant woman cannot use it – why would I want to?

During one of my trips to the JF Brow & Beauty Bar, Jennie introduced me to Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner. It was love at first…tan — wow so corny! This product is an organic natural self tanner ideal for sensitive skin, non toxic and vegan. IT IS AMAZING. The product description says “healthier and better than a real tan” and I couldn’t agree more. This product is part of the Suntegrity line which was developed after the owner lost her mother to melanoma. The owner is a big advocate for wearing sunscreen and taking care of your skin, but found that most of the products on the market actually contain chemical UV blockers and toxic ingredients. Therefore, she developed her own skincare line which includes the fabulous Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner. I cannot recommend the product enough and I also cannot recommend the Jennie Fresa Beauty Bar in Madsion enough, either! What I can recommend though is making a trip to the Beauty Bar, getting your eyebrows done by Jennie (I like to call her the eyebrow wizard) and picking up some Suntegrity. :o)

Here’s my Suntegrity How-To:

Step 1


Gently exfoliate your entire body.

Step 2


Have a cup of coffee..or 3. Check out my CT Vibes mug. So cute, right?

CT Vibes

Step 3

Apply 5 in 1 Suntegrity

Evenly apply Suntegrity all over body and wait a few mixtures before dressing. I decided to apply right before bed since you need to avoid showering, sweating and shaving for 8 hours. Make sure to was your hands immediately after. I applied the 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner right to my face and loved how it came out! If you are too nervous to do this, make sure to try the 5 in 1 Tinted Face Sunscreen.

Step 4

Enjoy your glow!

I woke up the next morning and immediately jumped out of bed to check out my glow. I loved what I saw! I did see a couple of spots that seemed darker and once I showered everything evened out. I am so impressed with how long the tan has lasted! I applied the self tanner Thursday evening took a shower Friday morning, went for a run Friday afternoon, showered again, did a spin class Saturday morning, showered, went out for Bachelorette party Saturday evening in Boston, danced the night away, woke up Sunday (with a minor headache) went for a walk with my girlfriends, showered, went out for brunch and my tan is STILL glowing!


Team JF

If you want to shop the Suntegrity Self Tanner, check it out {here}!

El glowing from head to toe!






or view all Suntegrity products here.

The Benefits of Coconut Oil
February 19, 2016

Coconut Oil has many incredible health and beauty benefits. The nutritional content in coconut oil is what truly makes this the ultimate must have! Coconut oil is packed with anti-oxidants, medium-chain triglycerides, lauric acid and caprylic acid that make so many great changes to your overall health. When buying Coconut Oil make sure to look for Virgin, Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil.

Here are some of the truly amazing benefits of coconut oil:

Beauty Benefits:

  • Fights Acne
  • Natural Skin Moisturizer
  • Wrinkle Reducer
  • Natural Makeup Remover
  • Homemade Toothpaste
  • Natural Chapstick or Lipgloss
  • Personal Lubricant
  • Natural Deodorant
  • Gentle Face Wash
  • Soothing Shaving Cream
  • Hair Deep Conditioner
  • Nail Cuticle Oil
  • In-Grown Hair Treatment
  • Stretch Mark Reducer

Health Benefits:

  • Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis
  • Can Cure UTI and Kidney Infections
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Improves Brain and Memory Function
  • Improves Memory and Endurance
  • Improves Digestion, Reduces Ulcers and Colitis
  • Helps Gallbladder Disease and Pancreatitis
  • Prevents Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
  • Improves Type II Diabetes
  • Benefits Hair Health
  • Prevents Osteoporosis
  • Helps Weight Loss
  • Anti-Aging
  • Balances Hormones


Looking to pick up your very own coconut oil? Stop by our boutique and experience the luxury of our RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream. 


The What and Where on Bronzers
May 26, 2014

Greetings sun kissed beauties!


Bronzers have  been the talk of the town for a couple of years now and as much as we LOVE the sunkissed healthy glow, when it is time to apply, things can get out of hand pretty quick. Follow these simple tips so you can avoid looking too orange or glittery!


1- Choose a bronzer that is a shade or two darker than your skintone. You don’t want to go lighter and you certainly don’t want to go too too dark. Here at the boutique we offer 3 different mineral bronzers that are triple milled for flawless application and staying power.

congosanta fesymmetry

2- Figure out what “look” you’re going for. Are you a flat matte gal or do you like a little shimmer. Not all bronzers have a shimmer to them so be sure to look into the formula behind the shade. Also, matte bronzers are better for oily skin, while ones with a little shimmer help dry skin look less dry.


Young smiling girl with makeup brush

3- Placement placement placement. Our favorite tip on where to place bronzer is this…think of where the sun hits you naturally. When you’ve been kickin it outside and you come back in with that nice healthy glow, where do you see the color most. Cheeks, right above your brows and on your decollete. With a nice fluffy brush these are your target areas. When applying above your cheekbones be sure to swipe through your ear towards your hairline, for a more natural glow.


Happy Memorial Day Beauties!



Nail File: Our Six Summertime Nail Polish Picks
May 31, 2013

Hey there beauties, can you believe it’s almost Summertime? There’s nothing we love more than experimenting with the trendy colors for each new season, especially when it comes to our nails! With the warm weather already on its way, it’s time to start lathering on some hot summer polishes for the season! Here are our six summertime nail polish picks we can’t wait to sport while we have fun under the sun! What’s your summertime color? Do tell….

1.) Essie ~ Bikini So Teeny


2.) NARS ~ Trouville


3.) Butter London ~ Jaffa Nail Lacquer



4.) Deborah Lippmann ~ It’s Raining Men


5.) Bobbi Brown ~ Pink Pearl


6.) Chanel ~ Mimosa 




Our Glasses Guide
April 26, 2013

Wanna know what’s the latest accessory trend of the moment; it’s none other than those fabulous frames! That’s right my lovely ladies, stressing about putting in those annoying contacts or fearing a fashion faux pas are a thing of the past! That trusty pair of glasses you depend on for either reading, driving or seeing in general are now a go to and fun fashion statement! From fresh frames and styles to eye-catching colors, there are so many ways to change up your look or complete it with a pair of gorgeous glasses! But with so much eye candy to choose from now a days, it can be overwhelming deciding what are pair the perfect for you. Having recently gone speck shopping myself, I too became a bit frazzled when it came time to pick that perfect pair! But no worries beauties, while it may seem like the pressure is on, the simple solution to solving this fashion dilemma is answered by y0ur face! By shopping for frames are good for your face shape will eliminate all the time and stress that will distract you from finding the right pair. For myself, I have a square face so I picked two styles (guilty) including a cat eye and a frame with a fun pop of color that would best balance my shape and make a fun statement. So it’s time to flatter those faces with a pair of specks right for you! Here are our hints to finding those flattering frames for any face shape! What kind of fabulous frames do you have for your face and how do you like to rock them? Do tell!

1.) Square or Rectangular Shape Face


Soften those angles by choosing a curved and more rounded frame. A retro cat-eye or oval shaped frame are the perfect pair for us gals with that sexy square shape!

2.) Round Shape Face


Be edgy! Instead of softening the edges, we want to create angles of the face and our glasses can most definitely help! Try a pair with sharp rectangular angles that will balance and do the same to your face!

3.) Heart Shape Face


Hello sweethearts! For those of you gals with a heart shaped face try finding a pair with colors and angles and no harsh frames! A cat-eye, butterfly and a beautiful hint of color will suit your shape by bringing attention to your eyes!

4.) Oval Shaped Face


For our oval beauties a frame that will add a defined shape to the face will help it balance. Be a geometric gal and find a fun shaped frame that will add defined angles to your face!


Top 7 Organic Hair Care Products
March 11, 2013

Our Lucky Number 7’s!
Eco-Chic Faves:
Top 7 Best Organic Hair Care Products

Rise and shine beauties! Today we have more eco-chicness headed your way, and were talking about taking care of that gorgeous head of hair with our lucky 7 products! With the winter weather making its last few weeks known, we are more than ready for a fresh new start, especially when it comes to ditching our damaged dreads. For many of us gals, a staple in starting the spring season, typically starts with a fresh new haircut. However, from pretty pixie cuts, to lovely layers and even bold bangs, we’ve learned that it takes more than a trim to maintain happy, healthy hair. While we shamefully realize that our beloved hot tools are a major cause of blame for our damaged hair, our typical shampoos and conditioners in fact contain chemicals, toxins and parabens that don’t repair the damage, but only add to it. Many of these products make promises they can’t keep and end do more harm than good, not only to our hair, but our earth as well! Like the rest of our body, our hair needs to be fed the right nutrients for it repair, refresh and replenish itself from daily damage, in order to stay strong and provide luscious locks. Here are a list of our lucky 7 natural and organic hair care products that use simply natural ingredients, leaving us with simply gorgeous hair! Have you tried any of these brands, any new suggestions? Let us know how you get your lovely locks!!!

John Masters




Tela Evolve




Josie Marin









Eco-Chic Month + Natural Nail Polish
March 4, 2013

Welcome to Eco-Chic Month: 

Mindful Manicures

Happy March Beauties! Okay, we know we’re a little late ringing in the new month, but trust us it’ll be worth it! We would like to welcome you to what we are calling our month of Eco-Chic-ness! All March long we will be getting ready for spring as we share our tips, tricks and faves towards putting our best face forwards and letting one’s natural beauty shine through. We’re going all-out in celebrating this lucky month by getting a wee bit festive and jumping into spring as we highlight our natural beauty and conserve that of our lovely mother earth!

So, we’ve decided what better way to shake off those monday blues and commence this green month then a nail polish with an eco-friendly finish? Us beauties know that the best way to start off the week is with a fresh new manicure! With just a fresh coat of your favorite polish, a girl can feel like she can take on the world! But we have to wonder, with nail polishes containing a slew of scientific words that sound anything but pretty, how harmful are these paints for not only us, but also the environment? But no need to fret beauties because natural nail polishes are on the rise and are a beautiful solution for your nails and the earth! Numerous polish brands have already begun ditching the harmful chemicals once contained in their nail varnishes and many more are establishing themselves on their use of solely natural and non-toxic ingredients. How incredible! Here are a list of our favorite brands that swear by natural, non-cruel and non-toxic ingredients that are all around eco-chic! Take a look at these awesome brands and our picks of their amazing colors that are perfect for spring! Tell us what you think of the natural nail polishes! Have you tried any, let us know!!!

Butter London
“Opaque Coral Creme”


“A Spring Lilac Creme “


Scotch Naturals
“Shimmering Pale Pink”


“Soft and Delicate Baby Blue”



Spring Beauty ~ Trend Alert
February 15, 2013

Spring Trend Alert!
Colored Liner
You’re My, Bright-Eyed Girl!

Look out beauties because spring 2013 is going to have us seeing color (literally)! From teal waterlines, emerald rimmed eyelids, and even magenta mascara, bright and colorful eyes were certainly on trend during S/S ‘13 fashion. From the runway to reality, colorful liner is a perfect answer to working this lively trend into your everyday beauty routine come this spring. What we love about these looks are their fun and fearless revamps on your basic black liner. With the help of a colorful kohl pencil on your water line or a bright liquid formula above your lash, this spring beauty trend is sure to create an “eye-catching” statement. So, don’t be afraid to line your eyes with a coat of your favorite color, because next season’s up and coming beauty trend is all about giving your everyday look a fresh and playful twist! Here are some recent looks we’ve been eyeing that we just can’t wait to experiment with this spring! What are some eyeliner colors + brands you think you might try, let us know!!

(Coco Rocha, Instyle Magazine 2013)

(Anna-Sophia Robb, As seen on

(Karlie Kloss, Stella McCartney)

(Model at Kenzo fashion show)