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We have the best jobs on earth, which includes traveling to far off places, meeting new ad interesting  people, eating yummy food and experiencing a variety of cultures! As our brand continues to grow we will be sharing our picks of fun things to do, good places to eat and great blogs to read in a variety of countries.

Australia
Sydney

Favorite place to eat:

LuMi bar & dining is a beautiful, hip modern italian restaurant that is all glass and over looks the Sydney wharf. When lit up at night this place glows like a light box on the water. Lumi means small bites italian and that is what this place does best. Innovative and fresh ingredients add to the romantic yet trendy vibe while fresh flowers, plants and succulents make you feel like you’re in an enchanted forrest.

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Fitness:

HardCandy Fitness-gyms created by Madonna that offer an eclectic variety of dance classes. Our favorite is “addicted to sweat-cardio dance”. Of course if you’re near the beach you can always surf!

Health/Beauty Product:

Developed by the most gorgeous Australian on the planet, Elle McPherson’s Super Elixir drink is taking the US by storm. This made a splash in the UK by selling out upon its launch. Now available online and in the US, this energy drink will keep you going while detoxing your system.

Due to it’s beach culture Australia is very sun protective aware/ With its many SPF laws and fair skinned population, sun care is big and growing.

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Fashion bloggers:

While Australia is a huge country, the beachy look cannot be ignored. Due to many beachside and waterfront cities, the relaxed boho look is alive and well.  We always take a peek at Moulinfrock.com to see what the trendy girls are wearing. Similar to the US, booties, jeans shorts and rompers are all the rage.

Beauty bloggers:

Gritty Pretty forthe must haves of the moment and Bella Mumma for busy moms on the go.

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Favorite designer:

Sass & Bide

China
Hong Kong

Beauty blog:

We always take a peek at life and lens of beauty. She covers both Western and Eastern brands so it is the perfect mix! Cindiddy is our favorite with the perfect mix of edge and class! We love her hair too!

Fashion Blog:

Asians are known for their style and aead of the trend fashion choices. Hong Kong being the international city that it is, has a variety of fashion looks. Never disappointing and always fierce!

Best food:

Long Key Noodle shop. Hog Kong is touted the best food city in the world, so its hard to go wrong. Bring your appetite and sense of adventure. Menus consists of  pork, salted meats, seafood and oddly enough goose. Try ChiuChow, which is ‘late night food’. Similar to Cantonese style food but different than Chinese food as it is made form fresh ingredients and then sits for the day until eaten.

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Fitness:

Piloxing is the newest craze in Hong Kong. While popular in western countries this mix of cardio, dance, Pilates and boxing has taken Hong Kong by storm. Don’t worry if you don’t want to spend time in a class, the walking alone on Hong Kong is enough to keep you in shape.

UK
London

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Favorite food:

NOPI– farm to table fresh ingredients and communal tables. This is usually the first place we eat at in London.

You cannot go to London without indulging in fish and chips. The Punch Bowl is where we go. This classic pub owned by Guy Ritchie is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. They serve up traditional English dishes and have the most delicious fish and chips… don’t forget the mushy peas! Terrific selection of beers and ciders on tap-this is a must eat at!

Fashion blogger:

London is a mix of styles. There is an underground punk vibe to it as well as the upper crust, proper designer vibe. This gives a lot of options on what to wear. Two fabulous women that come to mind are Ella Gregory of Coco’s Tea Party and Sarah Luxe.  Coco’s Tea Party is a lifestyle bog that never disappoints! Ella is gorgeous and smart and has a way of mixing patterns and designers that make us want to wear everything she posts!

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Sara Luxe is a blogger, stylist and trend setter. Coined by ASOS as ‘A 90‘s girl at heart”, she manages to mix 90‘s grunge with edgy/rock and roll looks. We are also obsessed with everything she does to her ever changed mane of hair.

Beauty Blogger:

ReallyRee is our goto girl for everything beauty! She selects and tries all new beauty products and then shares her step by step experience and opinion. Always honest and and willing to try anything once this girl isn’t gorgeous by accident.

Fitness:

Luckily for us Barry’s Bootcamp is now in London! When we aren’t running around working we can be found sweating it out at bootcamp! Thank s to Lauren we also like to do Tracy Anderson workout in the hotel gym. She is amazing at it, I am still learning the moves but regardless always a fun and tiring dance workout.

Deciding between a peel vs. physical exfoliator and what may be best for you? As we have more and more options in the world of acids we wanted to outline the treatment benefits of the at-home peel ingredients to look out for. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding which is right for you.

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So why peel you ask? Peels can be a nice addition to your regimen because they are not physical exfoliants, which can, if over used cause redness, dryness and irritated skin. A peel is a gentler way to exfoliate during the winter. Peels work by dissolving the top layer/layers of skin, depending on the type of acid, to get the ‘repair’ started. Certain acids such as Lactic, are safe for sensitive skin as they pull moisture to the surface.

Peels are more effective during your 20’s and 30’s, whereas retinoids are better after 40. Acids are different than retinoids. Retinoids cause inflammation to get the skin to regenerate, whereas acids dissolve dead skin cells on the top layers of skin.

A few things to now about peels are :

  • Peels are good for sensitive skin instead of physical scrubs because there is no abrasion.
  • Lower strength acids are less aggravating.
  • Most store bought peels only go up to 10-20% acid, while aggressive in-office peels can be up to 70%.
  • A good peel should tingle but not burn-not. It should not cause redness or dusting(unless in-office)
  • Skin will glow after a peel.

The Acids

Glycolic Acid

  • regenerates collagen
  • smallest molecule-penetrates the deepest
  • thickens epidermis
  • evens out skin tone
  • can be very aggressive
  • derived from sugar

Our favorite Glycolic Acid peel: Sunday Riley’s Good Genes

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Lactic Acid

  • derived from sour milk
  • 2nd smallest molecular
  • more gentle than glycolic
  • removes dead skin cells
  • hydrating (pulls moisture up to top layer of skin)

Our favorite Lactic Acid peel: Goldfaden MD’s Fresh A Peel 

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The Fruit Acids

  • can be citric acid- derived from lemon or grapefruit
  • can be malic acid- derived from apples
  • peels upper surface layer of skin
  • usually combined with glycolic or lactic to be more intense/effective

Salicylic 

  • beta hydroxy
  • treats acne
  • unclogs pores

 TCA (Trichoroacetic acid)

  • can be very intense
  • can days to recover
  • actual peeling skin
  • SPF needed for months after
  • usually performed in office
  • recommended for darker skin individuals
  • helps with pigmentation issues

There are so many wonderful options for peels today! Think about what your skin concerns are and then try a few different types of peels. For a few weeks try pads and then switch to a liquid, one step peel. Sometimes discovering what is best for your skin can be trial and error, so go easy if it is strong acid, as you do not want to overdo.

Happy peeling!