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Winter Skin Care

Yesterday we talked about self care, and today it’s all about Winter skin care!  Recently Leah and I were treated to facials from one of our favorites, Facialworks!  Now, going with your girlfriends for a facial and taking care of your skin is one form of self care, so we are definitely on the right track here.  It felt so good to get out and pamper ourselves a bit.  The ladies at Facialworks were even nice enough to give us some amazing tips to help our skin during these harsh Winter months.  Keep reading to find out more on how to keep your skin fresh and how you can win a facial for yourself!

Photos by Megan Welker

Cheers to some pampering!!  This is also the first thing we are checking off on our Winter To Do List… So, let’s get going!

From Facialworks

During the Winter is the best time to get rid of that Summer sun damage and combat the dehydration from the cold. For this, the Hydrafacial is the perfect service! The Hydrafacial is a medical-grade hydradermabrasion with NO downtime. The Hydrafacial uses patented technology to infuse serums into the skin while at the same time exfoliating away dead skin cells and damage on the surface of the skin. Finished with our signature oxygen infusion, this treatment will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated, plump, and hydrated.

If you’re on a budget, you cannot go wrong with Facialworks Facial Bar Facial: Hydraworks. This facial is great for the cold winter months since it focuses all on HYDRATION. Using our Hydraworks line, the treatment will include a hydrating, cooling masque with our amazing cool globes to ensure the best product penetration. Concluded with our signature double oxygen infusion and moisturizers and eye cream, your skin will feel refreshed and moisturized!

More from Facialworks on the best products…

Bright Eye serum is a great way to reduce dark circles and dehydration in the eye area. Our serum contains Soybean and Rice Proteins to help stimulate collagen production and improve elasticity. Hyaluronic acid gives the orbital area a boost of hydration that they need to keep the area smooth and soft.

Liquid Moisturizer is a great product when thinking about keeping the skin hydrated. Liquid Moisturizer is made of only a couple ingredients; the main being Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is naturally occurring throughout our body. In the face, it keeps the skin soft and supple and supports healthy cell function. It holds up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it ensures the skin can retain hydration. Layered with a thicker cream over top, this hydrating serum will maintain soft, smooth skin throughout the cold, dry Winter.

Hydra Cleanser is the best cleanser to help retain hydration in the skin and keep it soft during the winter. Formulated with seaweed extract and wheat germ oil, this cleanser is gentle and hydrating for even the most sensitive of skin types. Grapefruit extract also will help to remove any excess oil on the skin without stripping it of what it needs. Perfect for the winter months!

Barrier Repair is a winter essential. Barrier repair is a lipid serum that helps to repair our skin’s natural barrier. Our barrier helps to ensure the skin doesn’t lose hydration through transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and also to protect from foreign invaders from the environment such as bacteria, viruses, and pollutants. During the cold winter months, it is hard to keep the skin hydrated due to TEWL and the harsh environment. Barrier Repair’s lipids will helps protect all skin types from dehydration and skin conditions due to the environment.

We can’t say enough of how much we love Facialworks, even our little babes like to visit!

Head over to our Instagram to win your own amazing experience at Facialworks!!  Because you deserve to be spoiled too!!



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By on January 4, 2017 in BEAUTY, SKINCARE



Coming at you today with another one of our favorite skincare product lines! To recap if you are new to the Beijos blog this year… This year we have made it our goal to spend more time on ourselves, and one of the ways is taking care of our body and our purdy mugs. Are you the type of person that is just to tired to wash their face before bed? I’m sure every mom has been can raise their hand. I have been guilty on that charge multiple times, no doubt about that. With our new promise, my face has improved just by being on top of something as simple as washing my face at night. Even grabbing one of those make-up remover towelettes is a plus in my book. I know its hard to spend some time on just you and just your body and face, but trust me you will see and feel the difference! It’s amazing what a little TLC will do. We are helping you out by showing you our favorite skincare lines.

Now we all know I’m a strong believer in all natural organic chemical free products. I’m telling ya, what you put in on your body is the same as putting in your mouth and thru your system. End of rant. Lets get to the good stuff already, Abby!

Photos by Jessie Salas Photography

I had a good friend that lives in Santa Cruz recommend to me URB APOTHECARY. She said that I would fall in love with the products and never want to use anything else again. I jumped onto the website and checked them out, and oh boy was she right! Just a 1st glance, the packaging is so cool, and well they are local to Northern California so its a huge plus in my book. I love using products from companies right out of my backyard.




I love love LOVE having natural herbs in my skincare products. I’m a crazy believer in natural herbs and their healing power. Urb Apothecary has got you covered.  So if you are just like me, you will love this stuff. Lets take a little peek at the some of the products I feel in love with!


Awwww.. the Jasmine Ylang Ylang Body Oil. I love Jasmine. Nothing better then a warm sunny day when the warm wind hits you with the scent of jasmine from a near by bush. Did you know that Jasmine is a natural aphrodisiac? Heyyyyy Now!  Ylang Ylang… say what your saying? Well Ylang Ylang when used as an applied essential oil helps maintain healthy skin and nervous system and can be a effective remedy for seborrhea. Use this oil right when you get out of the shower when your skin is still a bit damp. You can also use this when you have been out in the sun as it contains calendua infused sunflower oil which helps with sun burns, retains moisture, and giving you that healthy glow.

Speaking of sun kissed skin….


Us Beijos ladies love us some sunny days outside and catching some sun. But you gotta be careful these days. So we limit our exposure, but are guilty to loving every minute of it. We are true sun worshipers. So when I discovered the Sun Workshipers Repair Serum, it was a must for me. This bad boy does it all! Repairing sun damage, brightening dark spots, clearing acne, soothing sun burns, healing wounds, and improving over-all skin health and tone. Oh yeah… grab yo self a bottle or three ladies!

 This bottle packs a punch with everything that is in it!

Calendula infused sunflower oil is blended with baobab, sea buckthorn, safflower, and rosehip seed oils that soak in instantly, leaving your skin quenched and velvety soft. Immortelle or helichrysum and ho wood essential oil are a huge part of this serum’s healing and rejuvenating power. All these essential oils have strong healing powers. Read all about it on their website here.

Here in california much of our days are sunny. I try to do my best with restoring my skin after its been in the sun, which is a lot. I love Urb Apothecary as they offer more then one solution to sun kissed skin and keeping it healthy after all that time in the sun. I’m a green tea lover so this was another hit for me. Meet Matcha Sugar Scrub. He’s matcha, he’s raw, and he exfoliates you. Helllllooooo ladies!


Matcha green tea’s high anti-oxidant content rejuvenates old skin cells and neutralizes UV damage. Coconut oil, raw shredded coconut, and sugar together with matcha creates a healing, rejuvenating, and exfoliating scrub.


Last but not least, my favorite one. The Salt + Rose Soak. At the end of a long day, sometimes you just need a little warm bath and some vino. Not that I get much of this time, but when I do, I take it! This Salt + Rose Soak is perfect for the end of the day. Soak yourself in intoxicating aromas of rose and bergamot and the detoxing qualities of these mineral rich salts. Awww so relaxing. And so pretty to just have as decor in your bath.


Well there you have it! Go check out more of Urb Apothecary’s natural healing products here. You will be so happy with them, promise!



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Now Smell This- Beijos Picks (National Fragrance Day)

Did you know that tomorrow is National Fragrance Day? Isn’t it funny how there is a national day for everything, we can’t complain about this one. Its a perfect spring day to gush over some good smelling scents.

If you think about it, a certain fragrance can trigger a certain memory of someone or something.  I’m sure when you smell certain scents, a person or story will pop up in your head. My mom is a die hard perfume lover, and we have gotten her so many thru the years. When my kids come home from a weekend at Nemas, their clothes and even them smell like my mom’s perfume. Which one? I will never know, but they all smell like Nema. I secretly am not a fan of strong perfume, but these scents of hers are a comfort feeling for me.

What’s your favorite scent? Does it remind you of someone or something? I bet if you sit back and think about it, a story will pop up.

Its all about floral and tropical scents for me like jasmine, lavender, lemon flowers, gardenias, coconut, and guava. I love using all natural and organic oil instead of the standard perfume as well. You still get the sweet floral scents, but just in a more delicate way. Let’s see the roundup of our favorite fragrances.

Photos by Jessie Salas


Lets start with this beauty….


Epic Gardenia by Strange Invisible

Now this is a true perfume scent that I love. I use Epic Gardenia on special occasions with the hubby. I spray this in the air then walk thru it, it allows the scent to wrap your body in the sweet smell of gardenia. It’s nice to have a bottle of perfume for special occasions, switch it up a bit.

Strange Invisible’s fragrances are certified organic, wildcrafted, biodynamic, and hydro-distilled essences with genuine inspiration and compelling narratives. Each entirely natural perfume is designed, decanted, and bottled within our own natural fragrance house based in Venice, California.


This bottle sits out on my vanity, its just to pretty to hid in a cabinet. Check out more of these stunning beauties here. There is a scent for everyone.

Next up, its one of my daily favorites.

Coconut Isle by Forager Botanicals.

I use body oil as my daily fragrance choice. Right after I get out of the shower I will use it on my arms and chest. Close your eyes and you are on a tropical vacation with this scent. Its a very light and airy oil, you won’t feel greasy at all.


This oil is a silky soft blend of almond, jojoba and apricot oil. All natural and has notes of green coconut with a touch of tropical fruit. The entire vegan line is color, paraben, sulfate and preservative free. Pretty cool huh?!? 

I love this brand as they create scents that are as close to mother nature made it. Check out more of their oils here.

Lastly, two perfume oils that come in a roller that I carry with me in my purse and are great for traveling.


Malibu Lemon Blossom Perfume Roll-On

I’m sure have your heard of the Pacifica Brand? They are an all natural vegan and cruelty-free. You can find their products at your local health store, I get mine at Whole Foods.

This scent is perfect for spring. Its fresh scent captures the free spirit of the Pacific Ocean with Lemon Blossom, Litsea Cubeba, flowering Angel’s Trumpet, fresh herbs and salty sea breezes.


We plant jasmine and lemon trees in our backyard just for the scents they provide in spring. Having lemon and jasmine come thru the windows on a spring day is my favorite. There is just something relaxing about it. Even when its a bit nutty around the house, you get smell of lemon flowers blooming, and all your worries just went out the window. This scent gives me the same feeling. If I’m feeling stressed, this is my cure.

Last, another fun perfume roll-on.

This is a fresh floral blend of 100% pure essential oils of rose absolute, ylang ylang, lavender and sandalwood infused with organic jojoba oil.


Its another favorite if you love those spring days. I found mine when I was wandering the beauty section at Whole Foods. I love the packaging of this roll-on as well, just so pretty in pink.


There you have it!

Happy national fragrance day!



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Spotlight: The Body Deli

If you have tuned in since the beginning of the year, you know that we started highlighting our favorite skin products that we use ourselves but they are also good for you. I’m very partial and have become more strict with what skincare and body products that my family and I use. Just think whatever goes on your body, gets absorbed thru your skin so why not make it good for you?!? You with me?!

All Photos by Megan Welker

Today I’m showing  you one of my FAVORITE companies that I have become obsessed with. Meet the Body Deli. Such a cute name huh? This organic raw superfood company is based out Cochella, California. If you are in the area, you need to check out this fun store. It literally looks like a deli, but full of organic raw superfood products for you! Check out their store here. I can be in here all day checking out everything they have to offer.

Their products deliver real results because they use the purest and most potent raw and organic superfoods available. Experience a higher level of nourishing your body.

THE BODY DELI is the pioneer in fresh, organic, raw superfood enhanced personal care products. Two Cosmetic Chefs, Margaret Skarin Clark and David Anton Parker, created the brand in the resort towns of Palm Desert and Palm Springs, California in 2001. Two “foodies” with an extensive background in nutrition, raw food, wellness and beauty, envisioned a personal care brand so different, fresh and unique that they started making their own healthy skin care products. Their special method is a process similar to crafting fresh juices and smoothies in a high-end Organic Juice Bar. “Fresh Food for the Skin” was their concept, and since then they have evolved a global brand committed and dedicated to providing the absolute purest alternative for nourishing the face, body and hair. Celebrities, fashion designers, Fortune 500 leaders and health conscious people have fallen in love with The Body Deli’s unique, effective and wonderful creations.


Have you fallen in love yet just buy hearing what they are all about?

Two of my favorite body products that I use often are body scrubs and body oils. I really don’t use perfume. It always has been to strong of a scent that always triggered my allergies. You do not want to go with me thru the Macy’s when they have the perfume ladies out spraying all around. Site for sore eyes. I love using fragrant oils in place of those smelly perfumes. No offense to anyone, just a personal preference.


There is something about exfoliating sea salt scrubs that I can’t get enough of.

Meet Jasmine Tuberose Gourmet Collection formula No. 12 Body Scub

This exfoliating, detoxifying and nourishing body scrub is formulated with rich African Shea, Cocoa, and Virgin Coconut Butters. These raw butters soften and leave the skin feeling hydrated, soft, and silky. Extra fine grain European Dead Sea Salts are used to create a gentle exfoliating polish that refines, smooths, and detoxifies the skin. Used regularly, this scrub will help to alleviate dry, rough skin and impart a luxurious silky texture and vibrant glow.


My go to body oil is their Jasmine Tuberose Gourmet Collection formula No. 12

Its a divine blend of gorgeous florals that create a sense of euphoria. Tuberose in Bengali is called Rajoni-Gandha, meaning “Scent of the Night”. Together with the narcotic florals of Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang, this exotic aroma is irresistible and addictive, and will help to connect with intimacy, pleasure, and beauty.

Makes you feel like you are vacay!



I love the scents from Jasmine and Tuberose so this was a match made in heaven for me. This is a perfect body oil you can use all the time! I use this botanical body oil as a body moisturizer, massage oil, or bath oil.

Check out the rest of their collections here. I hope you become obsessed with raw beauty just like I have. Your body will thank you!



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Shop Spotlight – Facialworks

We’ve been talking a lot about beauty this week on the blog… It’s something we are all trying to improve on this year, taking the time to really take care of ourselves and treat ourselves at the same time!  I had heard about Facialworks from my amazing nanny, Renee…  She had really loved it and thought I would too, she was right!  Like Abby said yesterday, my skin ain’t what it used to be…  And especially after barely getting any sleep the past 21 months, thanks to my bundle of joy, it could really use some help!  Someone once said to me that they didn’t understand why people would spend so much on their nails every month with mani/pedis but not on their skin, and it’s just so true!

My nanny had mentioned that she had gone with her girlfriends and loved the social aspect of it all, which really sparked my interest… What better than to treat yourself, take care of your skin and hang out with your favorite gals?!  Sounds like the perfect time to me!

I brought along Leah and our gal Megan Welker to check it out, and we all left pretty obsessed!  Lucky us, we got all the info from Madisen of Facialworks to pass along to you!  Check it out and make sure you read to the end to see how you can win a fun facial for you and your favorite friend!!

Photos by Megan Welker

meganwelker-beijos-67 Tell us a bit about your business…
We launched Facialworks in 2013 because we saw a need for a quick, affordable service with no downtime that actually delivered results.  We’ve since expanded to offer more traditional private room treatments, but kept our results and value oriented approach.
Our philosophy is that skincare should be simple and fun.  Too often, skincare treatments are painful, boring or not appropriate for the client.  Our idea with Facialworks is to take the best of what’s out there in skincare and package it in a luxury experience that’s also affordable.  We also carry a full product line which we’ve designed to be simple and affordable as well.

meganwelker-beijos-71 meganwelker-beijos-77 How did the concept of a facial bar come about?
We got the idea while we were talking to clients at our previous business, Skintologist.   Many of our clients wanted to book with friends but they would have to be in separate rooms, which really wasn’t spending time with that person.  We realized there was no place where a few friends, a mother/daughter, bridal party, etc. could go and get facials at the same time while sitting next to each other.  We’ve already seen that our clients who come in groups have such a blast!  Groups are definitely our favorite.

meganwelker-beijos-72 meganwelker-beijos-88 What is the process from when you walk in the door till you leave?
Our customers are first seated in our reception area and offered their choice of beverage (mimosas are a favorite).  Their skinSTYLIST will then seat them at our bar  and talk with them about their skin and what concerns they may have.  Based on that conversation, we choose from a selection of facials designed to address specific skin concerns.  The treatment takes place at the bar (the chairs recline) and lasts 40-50 minutes, depending on your treatment.  Every treatment starts with cleansing and includes our signature oxygen infusion.  The oxygen is cold and the serum we apply soaks in quickly so the feeling is very refreshing.  Depending on which treatment you are getting, we may do a masque, special exfoliator, or use our NuFace Facial Lift system to tone and tighten the muscles of the face.  We  always finish with eye cream, moisturizer and SPF and you are done!  Our treatments have no downtime so you are ready to head out looking fabulous!

meganwelker-beijos-79 meganwelker-beijos-90 What are the benefits to getting facials and how often should you treat yourself to one?
Our treatments are designed to address specific skin concerns.  Acne?  No problem! Need a brightening facial?  We got that.  We rock at anti-aging so I highly recommend our Ageworks Facial.  The oxygen portion of the treatment is great for reducing inflammation, killing acne causing bacteria and restoring lost moisture and suppleness of the skin.  That’s why we include it in all our treatments (except for the Organicworks – it’s not 100% organic.)
We recommend doing a series of 3-6 treatments spaced one week apart when you first start, then move to a twice/month schedule.  Our oxygen facials are so gentle you could do them more if you wanted.  Our treatment room facials are more advanced and should not be done more than twice/month in most cases.

meganwelker-beijos-98 meganwelker-beijos-101 What is your most popular treatment and why?
The most popular facials at Facialworks are our treatment bar facials.  Clients love that they can come with their friends and sit as a group together.  The Hydraworks facial is definitely a favorite.  It includes cleanse, exfoliation, hydration masque with cooling globe application, a double infusion of oxygen and finishing touches.  It is hydrating, refreshing, has no downtime and the perfect facial for any time of year.

meganwelker-beijos-111 meganwelker-beijos-109 What are some of your favorite products that you carry and why?
We love our Facialworks product line!  We have formulated Facialworks products to fit with each individuals skin concern: hydration, acne, anti-aging, brightening, etc.  There is a little something for everyone to help target their skin concerns.  Personally a few of my favorites are CE+Ferulic and Retinol Cream in our Ageworks line or Brightening Exfoliant in our Brightworks line.  The first two are great for repairing damage and encouraging new cell growth. The Brightening Exfoliant helps get rid of those sun spots we all get in Southern California.

meganwelker-beijos-87 What is the best skin advice or tips you can give us?
Consistency.  Having an at home regimen as well as professional treatments will keep your skin at its best.  Come see us at Facialworks!

We really had the most amazing time and left feeling refreshed and planning our next trip back!

Now, we don’t want you to all be too jealous of us, so we teamed up with Facialworks to give you the same amazing experience!!!  Head over to our Instagram, follow us and Facialworks and tag the friend you would bring along with you to get spoiled and you will each get a facial!!




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