Massage in Pitch Black, At Parisian Blind Spa

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I don’t know where I first heard about Spa Dans le Noir, all I know is that I read somewhere that it shared the same concept as the restaurant of the same name. There, you eat in the dark – claiming the effect of really being able taste. At the spa, you get massaged in the dark, I suppose to really feel. But they one up the restaurant by having an all-blind team of massage therapists. It is said that they have an enhanced sense …

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Makes Me Wanna Rolf: My Experience Rolfing in Koh Phangan

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“There’s lice going around,” my friend Lauren whispered.  With this one sentence I realized just how far away from home I was.  I’ve been staying on the Thai jungleside for two weeks now and the dramatic difference is not so much from my surroundings but from the way I react to them.  The other day I went to put black pepper on my breakfast and with it, I sprinkled on a giant juicy black insect.  To my own surprise, I just scooped it out of …

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The Business of Race – Skincare, Shadism & How We View (and Sell) Beauty

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I was lucky enough to catch “The Business of Race” on CBC radio one while driving in my car running some lunch-time errands.  It was such an excellent radio documentary (radumentary?) that had to listen to the rest of it on my iphone.  It was a piece about how our perceptions on race shape beauty and in turn how power, and groups in power, influence this. It was really interesting as it covered how different minority groups were even perceived in a different light based …

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Fall Renewal Kit – We’re giving away an All-Natural Mask Set!

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In the spirit of getting our skin fall-ready, I thought it would be a good idea to run a mask giveaway contest.  Masking treatments are excellent ways to treat our complexions, deeply rebalancing and protecting our skin against the environment.  So, I’m giving away three wonderful Pure + Simple Masks that are so rebalancing that I always keep these precious prods in my own medicine cabinet.  Of course, they are all-natural, loaded with organic ingredients!  So if you are interested in some new beauty goodies, …

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Becoming an ND…Now An Esthetician At Large!

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As it was my first day today I may as well as make it official.  I am starting my studies to become a Naturopathic Doctor.  Yes, I am scaling down my time at Pure + Simple (sniff, sniff) in order to gain more knowledge and expertise to treat all you lovely people (and your complexions) even better.  While Ayurveda has given me excellent insight into holistic health, I want to round this out by understanding biomedical sciences as well as other alternative modalities (I get …

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Win a Signed Copy of Al Gore’s The Future – Beauty & Brains Contest

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On this blog, I have wanted to create a hub for beauty that did not only discuss the superficiality of beauty but highlight how beauty can make the world a better place.  Naturally, I respect advocates for positive change like former Vice President Al Gore because his messages of sustainability, collectivity and hope resonate with my view of beauty (the latter is often difficult).  I should’ve added him to my Most Beautiful People Inside and Out List. I love how he dealt with, what I …

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The Most Beautiful People Of All Time (Inside & Out)

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People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Issue hits the stands today – and this year, like every year it garners a ton of buzz.  There’s something about assigning value to physical attractiveness that just gets the public jazzed (or mean if you look at twitter).  But after a little online research into past winners of the “Most Beautiful” title, it seems that beauty is tied being thin, white, and credited with starring in a rom-com. So, I decided to put together my own list of the Most …

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