Category Archives: Anti-aging

Hangover Skincare Recovery

Did you spend your weekend enjoying margaritas and one too many beers?! Well good for you! However, I know it’s been a long weekend but that is no reason to start neglecting your skin now…. Too much alcohol, not enough sleep and sleeping in your makeup (don’t act like you’ve never done this) can result in severely dehydrated skin, along with that tight feeling that causes the more wrinkles than you had the day before look, not to mention the lingering headache that you will carry for most of the day…. Let me help you get your week started right!

Here are some hangover skin tips!

Step 1. Cleanse the skin with a mild gentle cleanser like:
myBody’s Gentle Cleanser Clean Routine or ZO Skin Medical’s Normacleanse.

It’s always good to cleanse with a cleanser that doesn’t leave you feeling dry or tight.


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Step 2.  Apply hydrating serums that help infuse Peptides & Hyaluronic Acid to the skin which will help to alleviate discomfort, mild redness, itchy skin and helps boost hydration and natural healing abilities. Try myBody’s Calm After The Storm to give your skin a hydrating drink or BrightaminC Serum to generate
healthy collagen levels for maximum resilience, reduce wrinkles and other signs of photo-damage as well as fighting free radicals to prevent cellular damage.


Step 3.  Apply a hydrating mask like Yon Ka MASK N° 1. This intense hydration gel-cream mask with delicate floral aromas provides immediate, time-released, deep hydration: +54% after 1 hour and +96% after 8 hours. It helps the skin to combat free-radicals, aging and irritating agents. Why stop at the face?! I love to treat my neck and décolleté too!


Step 4. Apply moisturizers like ZO skin medical’s Restoracalm, mybody’s myhero ultra-rich growth factor cream moisturizer or daytime lotion to not only deliver water deep into the skin, but time-released antioxidants. These intensive bioactive moisturizing creams help correct and protect a compromised skin barrier while reducing redness to visibly bring youth, vitality and radiance to
excessively dry, aging and sensitive skin.

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** To hydrate from the inside out – eat lots of fruits like strawberries & blueberries.  Steam up some veggies like green beans or eat colorful raw peppers to soak up all the antioxidants & vitamin C! Fill your body back up with some electrolytes but without all the sugar – try a couple scopes of Biosteel’s High Performance Sports Drink in a glass of water and you will be good to go! This is a family favorite in our house!!


Happy Hydrating!

Don’t Fall Victim to the holiday weekend sunburn…

The holiday weekend is here which means pool-time, barbecues, beach trips and all sorts of other outdoor activities… But don’t let a sprint for another margarita stop you from taking time to a apply your favorite sunscreen, shades & sun hat!


And if you do end up looking like a red tomato that just made out with a frying pan, PLEASE treat yourself to myBody’s Calm After The Storm.  This special daily treatment offers a natural source of hydration while it helps the healing process.
This youth boosting skincare product also helps to tighten the skin,
giving it the smooth, youthful look that you desire.  Good for all skin-types and brings rest and relaxation to hypersensitive skin. Developed with an innovative skin calming complex,
it is also ideal for use after a chemical peel, laser,
microdermabrasion or sunburn.

To purchase click here!


Here are my favorite sunscreens – both uva/uvb broad spectrum and act as a makeup primer.  I especially LOVE the added tint for the days I dare to go bare!
To purchase ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer email me at;
Click here to purchase myBody’s Protect & Serve Sunshield


Happy weekend!
Kelley + baby in tow

What’s In My Spring Season Beauty Bag

While talking with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders last night, it reminded me of all my beauty “must-haves” that I’ve been lusting for over the past couple months… and what better time to circle back and share them with you than Spring!  I am OBSESSED with illuminators and don’t know why it’s taken me so long to add one to my make-up routine?! Maybe it’s being in my mid 30’s, and not liking the way my under-eye area is looking that has caught my attention.  Either way, an illuminator can give you that fresh, bright, youthful look that you’re after everyday! Speaking of GLOW… I love to have a golden glow, but do not want to age my skin in the sun to achieve it.  Therefore, I turn to bronzers and exfoliators.   With springtime comes brighter, more beautiful colors, so I have officially started wearing my spring lip colors.  And finally, BROWS open your eyes and frame your face.  I have found that Dior Show Brow Styler is the easiest and most natural looking pencil out there right now.  The brow color is universal too! Check everything out below!

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Spray SPF 10.  This gives me a bronzing glow without the harsh aging rays of the sun & the orange spray tan look available here!


ZO exfoliating polish increases cellular turnover and boots collagen production to help rejuvenate skin’s texture.  It’s loaded with anti-oxidants to protect against free radicals. To purchase contact me at
Here are 2 illuminators that I have used & love! Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touche E’clat’ Radiant Touch available here!

Tica Beauty Mineral Illuminator available here!

Nars Cosmetics satin lip pencils – colors are yu & lodhi  available herehere. The other two are Tica Cosmetics vintage color stick & marilyn lipstick available here & here..

Dior Show Brow Styler – ultra fine precision brow pencil available here!


Love yourself,
Happy Shopping!

Get Creative With Your Tax Refund… SPLURGE!

Tax season is an “interesting” time of year. I call it bat-s*#% crazy!  “But this is also one of those times when most couples I know have polar opposite opinions of how to approach their finances.  Men tend to spend the weeks leading up to April 15th with a furrowed brow, crunching the numbers and planning responsibly as to how and where to save/budget the tax return.  They like to call it “fiscal responsibility.” (Booooooo)   Many women (me when I’m not pregnant for three straight years, but I digress), on the other hand, also spend these weeks scrunching their brows, (which can be fixed 😉 , but with a different concern in mind.  We’re secretly praying to the Tax Return Gods – “just how many units of botox will the heavenly tax return grace us with!!   If you’re anything like me, you can still be the occasional procrastinator but multitask at the same time.  So while yes, I have procrastinated a bit with my taxes (shocker!), you know I’ve taken the time to make a serious punch list of all of the beauty splurges that Uncle Sam will be gifting me with this year 🙂 I like to convince myself that the splurges are a gift for all the hard work I put in the year before.  And yes, by work, I include accidentally dipping my fingernails straight into a pile of my kids s%&*#@ diaper as work, too. We can tell ourselves that as spring & summer approach and the sun beats down, it is our duty to make the investment to “combat the signs of aging.”   (See how using the word “investment” suddenly makes it feel very responsible? I feel like my husband can’t argue with my desire to make a good investment!) Plus, I see you–you skinny be-bopping, spandex wearing—I know you don’t eat– little college girl showing off at the gym. I SEEEEEEE YOU!!   Or heck, pull out the “its Mothers Day weekend” card if it makes spending the money feel a little bit better.  Do what you need to do to justify it. But treat yourself to something fabulous, because we all deserve it!It is our version of “fiscal responsibility” ladies, just a much prettier one!


My personal SPLURGE LIST that I’m sure you ladies can relate to:

1. Skincare products- Protect the health of your skin – it’s an investment worth the results!  Who doesn’t want their skin to GLOW, especially for the spring & summer?! Contact me and I can help design a customized regimen to fit your budget & skincare needs.  Whether you’re a product junkie like myself and love all the many steps of applying 5 different products or the type that wants to pamper their skin but a minimal routine is all you can handle – I have a regimen for everyone! Visit my online store HERE


2. The Box Service with Carly Walko of Thirty Something Fashion is something I make happen each season.  Bynow you know I have a house full of kids and run my own business, soooooo….. rummaging thru the stores is not on the top of my list.  Carly’s Box Services provides a box, filled to the brim with clothing and accessories, curated specifically for you based on a detailed survey, is
shipped directly to your doorstep.  Check out Thirtysomethingfashion  or watch this short clip about The Box Service!

– who doesn’t love too lust over a pair of heels?! My logical reasoning behind splurging on a pair of heels is keeping it classic and versatile for all season. That shoe for me is a nude pump. I know everyone wants  the “red bottom” Christian Louboutin but for me these days I have found that the Manolo Blahnik pump is more comfortable and classic.


Like this pump below or to purchase Click here!

4.  Injectables
– I love them and they have a place in the aesthetic world for sure! I
know some of you may have mixed feelings, especially if you watch any of the “housewives” shows on BRAVO. But I promise you, properly injected by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Licensed Nurse Injector with a conservative touch – you will look refreshed with out the “deer” in a headlights look” or the “puffy fish” look or one of my favs the translucent non-movable look. But moving on fillers do just that, fill in an area that has a loss of volume.  The most common areas are around the mouth or “we” call them the parenthesis lines (), the upper cheek area and of course my fav the lips. Botox on the other hand softens expressions lines, like the furrow lines between your brows, forehead and crows feet.  Again I am in love with this concept when done properly.  Personally I am looking for prevention in my mid 30’s – I plan to age gracefully and Botox is just what you need I will touch more on injectable do’s and dont’s in future posts.  Stay Tuned…

5. Dinner is served! Give
yourself a break from grocery shopping; preparing & cooking with
PLATED a company that is Chef – designed recipes with fresh ingredients delivered to your door.  Treat yourself and your family to seasonal produce from local, family-owned purveyors.  Plated,
partners with responsible companies like Sea to Table to make sure that their fish is always fresh, and wild-caught when possible.  Visit for more details.













My Top 5 Things I Can’t Live Without, right now anyway…

Every woman has her list of “must have” products to have on hand at all times.
My top 5 list has escalated to a “can’t live without” status, especially since I’ve been traveling more often this year with my two favorite accessories, my daughters who are (2) and (1) years old.  Traveling with two toddlers has its list of challenges, all of which typically include crumbs, snot, and stains… but I’ve discovered that keeping my top 5 products on hand and easily accessible while traveling help to make me feel as”glamorous” and as polished as possible (in my own mind at least)  while performing my tricks to keep the Kelley Halpern circus under control. For the record, 
I do try my best to keep my cool (yes, I smile calmly as my daughter rips my hair out from the roots and laughs) and I try desperately to keep the kids entertained as not to disrupt anyone around us.  Let’s just say that some days I’m guessing that the hotel bellman would prefer to tip me for managing to prevent a scene in the lobby.


Okay, here they are: My top 5!


1.  Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant-Vanilla Grapefruit

Yes, its possible to maintain a fresh smell and it be a natural product as
well… the Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant-Vanilla Grapefruit is the only
all natural deodorant that I found that I feel works. Thru a workday or
caring for my 3 kids I have managed not to smell like (well… you know, a
stinky person). I know it’s a little pricey coming in at $14 bucks but I
have had it for 4months now and I am not near the end…. I’m also a sucker for pretty packages and don’t ya just love the feminine pink!

2. ZO Oclipse Sunscreen Primer SPF 30

I’m not one to successfully multitask but when it comes to products, I can
pull a win out for the team! This multitasking sunscreen primer is
everything I need right now for my everyday use.  There are days, I dare
to go make-up less and I love this tinted primer to give me the “dare
to go bare” courage.  The UVA/UVB broad spectrum spf coverage is perfect
for protection against aging and burning. The added bonus is the
silicone feel when applying to the skin – super fabulous!

3.  mybodys myHERO Anti-Aging Growth Factor Daytime Lotion

I am in LOVE and have been in LOVE for quite sometime now with mybodys myHERO Anti-Aging Growth Factor Daytime Lotion. This moisturizer is medical grade and packed with biomimetic growth factor peptides. myHERO promotes lifting, hydrating and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help restore youth and radiance while enhancing the skin’s NMF (Natural Moisture Factor). You will skin will feel hydrated and this moisturizer helps boost the skins immunity! All around great moisturizer and doesn’t make you feel oily at all.

4. Aquaphor

For so many different reasons, I absolutely love Aquaphor! I use it on my lips, when they’re chapped. My cuticles when they’re dry or cracked. I use it
on any cuts, burns, or chapped areas on my kids and me. My husbands
feet can be unruly at times and applying it overnight will help soften.
It works wonders to remove eye makeup. And my most recent trip to
Arizona I discovered what real dry skin feels like – not the hot humid
days in DC –this dryness was a whole new experience. My whole body was
itchy at times painful and I looked 10 years older. So I applied it head
to toe to try and get back my youth overnight that Ive worked so hard

5. ZO Exfoliating Polish
I wish the ZO exfoliating polish came in a tub size because I really
wish I could bathe in it!! Not only is this the best exfoliator right
now (I say right now b/c I’m a product junkie and I’m always looking for
the next best thing). But its medical grade – which means its stronger
than the over the counter scrubs so you’re definitely getting your
moneys worth— my pores have never felt tighter and call me crazy but I
think they’re shrinking my the minute…this exfoliator also Increases
cellular turnover and boosts collagen production to help rejuvenate
skin’s texture. It’s loaded with anti-oxidants to protect against free
radicals. I use it 2xs a week and on all the other days I use
my clarisonic brush.

If you’re interested in purchasing the ZO exfoliating polish, Oclipse Sunscreen Primer or the mybodys myHERO Anti-Aging Growth Factor Daytime Lotion – e-mail me at