Category: BEAUTY

My Skincare Routine

Posted on March 30th, by Melanie

As a referral from a friend, I recently downloaded the “Think Dirty” app; which tells you on a 1-10 scale how bad products are for you based on Carcinogenicity, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity and Allergies & Immunotoxicities. You won’t believe the products that are so bad for you! Almost all Neutrogena products, Cetaphil, and Bath and Body Works shower gels and lotions just to name a few.

In the past few years I have slowly been converting my skincare to all natural products. Not everything I use is natural, but I¬†am trying to make a concerted effort to be more careful about what I put on my skin. I feel like overall my skin is happier and looks better when I don’t have a ton of synthetic stuff in my products.With that being said; who knows how my skin will look in 20 years without the chemicals but I guess that is the chance I will take!… Continue Reading

Aging Gracefully (kind of)

Posted on March 22nd, by Melanie

Just in this past year I feel like I am starting to notice the signs of aging. I swear my grey hairs have tripled over the past year! And the fine lines are popping out everywhere. I want to age “gracefully”, with a little help along the way ūüôā

photo by Ruthie Stark 

I have been taking some steps this year to try to make my skin look and feel its best! I have talked a lot about facials. I think no matter what age you are, facials are a great rejuvenator for the skin. If you have it in your budget to do it, I highly recommend it.

I have two treatments that have been game changers for me. Today I am talking about¬†Botox. I just started doing this at¬†Bare Med Spa in the last few months, and I have to say I really do love it. I was noticing the deepest lines in between my eyebrows.… Continue Reading

Kansas City: Hotel Sorella + Spa on Penn

Posted on March 16th, by Melanie

Hotel Sorella; Kansas City’s newest hotel on the Country Club Plaza is now partnering with Spa on Penn to bring spa services to the hotel.

The lobby at Hotel Sorella 

Hotel Sorella is great if you live in Kansas City and want to experience a “staycation”. The location is the best (right off the Country Club Plaza) and they even have an outdoor rooftop pool!

You do not have to be a hotel guest to schedule a spa appointment at Hotel Sorella. This is a great place to spend an afternoon with a spa service, lunch, and then go shop on the plaza.

Francesca’s Restaurant at the hotel serves breakfast until 10:30 each ¬†morning¬†

Their Partner, Spa on Penn has been located in Kansas City’s Westport neighborhood for many years. They have dedicated aestheticians that are experts at what they do.

Now at Hotel Sorella you can enjoy those same services!… Continue Reading

Beauty: Spring Break Prep

Posted on March 3rd, by Melanie

Prepping for a trip is a lot of work! Not only do you have to pack, but sometimes you have to fit in some essential beauty treatments before you leave. I have 3 must-do services before I go away. It seems like a lot, but I always feel so much better when I do it!

I have started to do monthly facials which I feel have helped tremendously with my skin. I go to Nikki at Bare MedSpa  in Park Place. I have very sensitive skin, and have had some bad experiences in the past with products and facials. She is the first aesthetician who really took the time to understand my skin. She has great knowledge of products and what works for different skin types.

To get to understand my skin, she has done a different facial each month, but I recently did the hydra facial before my Los Angeles trip. ¬†… Continue Reading

Scout Beauty

Posted on November 18th, by Melanie

I haven’t done a favorite product post in a while! It is long overdue! Here are some great items as we head into winter…


La Bruket Toner: My husband picked this up for me at George for Mother’s Day and it is one of my favorite products. I spray it on in the morning right after I wash my face. It has¬†extract from chamomile and witch hazel which completes the deep cleaning process, while balancing your skin in preparation for nourishing and moisturizing treatments. This toner can also be used as a refreshing supplement after sun exposure, airplane travel, or as a cleaning and easing after shave. Extracts of chamomile helps to stimulate and smooth skin, while the bergamot provides antiseptic and healing qualities. Witch hazel is astringent and antiseptic. It is an all natural product which is a plus!

R + Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo: thank you to my friend Jayme for turning me on to this product!… Continue Reading