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Ayla Beauty Shop

Discovering Ayla, A Beauty Micro Shop in San Francisco

December 7, 2013

Last night I attended a charming and intimate holiday soirée hosted by Ayla, a small beauty shop in San Francisco.

Ayla Beauty Shop

The event featured a one-on-one skincare evaluation, dark chocolate squares for nibbling, light sips of champagne, and a brief makeup lesson on holiday looks by the rather knowledgeable makeup artist of The Organic Pharmacy.

The Organic Pharmacy Makeup

[Makeup lessons by The Organic Pharmacy’s top makeup artist]

The Ayla beauty shop offers a small and carefully selected collection of topnotch skincare products that are very niche and hard to find.

In fact, the shop itself was not that easiest thing in the world to find. It’s certainly a hidden gem, tucked in the back of a narrow driveway next to a massage therapy salon in San Francisco’s Japantown.

When I asked Dara, the founder of Ayla, about the story behind her skincare shop, she told me that effectiveness was the most valued attribute in her products.

What’s more, she only features products if they are safe and eco-responsible and mildly formulated to suit reactive and sensitive of skin types.

 Kahini Skincare
[The Argan oil used in Kahina products are of the finest quality. Tempted to try Kahina argan oil next.]

You can imagine how happy I was to find a beauty shop like this!

Ever since I moved back to the U.S., I’ve been doing most of my skincare shopping at Whole Foods. But honestly, who wants to buy their skincare products next to their cheeses and meats?

In all seriousness, my real complaint is that I’ve been buying super expensive natural and organic products from Whole Foods that do not quite deliver the same results that I became used to with the natural and organic skincare products in France.

Ayla features products of the quality level that I’m looking for. And not only that, they provide personalized skincare evaluations and recommendations.

Organic Glam

[Organic Glam Makeup line by The Organic Pharmacy]

As a beauty blogger, I have a habit of picking the brains of people who are deep in the world of beauty. So of course, I had to ask Dara all about her skincare routine and her favorite cleanser, moisturizer, toner and sun protection and all that jazz.

But also, as someone who dreams of someday opening my own small natural and organic beauty shop featuring some of the best skincare products from around the world, it was just really nice to meet another entrepreneur who is living and making her dream come true.

I left the Ayla shop last night with an amazing new moisturizer in my hand, less lunch money in my pocket, and lots of bright new ideas and inspiration for Ziba 🙂

iFabbo San Franciscio 2013

iFabbo Social Media Conference in San Francisco – Oct. 12, 2013

October 3, 2013

Happening next Saturday!

iFabbo Social Media Conference San Fancisco 2013

How could I NOT go to this event?

The iFabbo Social Media Conference is an event that will unite beauty and fashion bloggers with brands and companies from the beauty, fashion and social media/tech industry.

The day-long conference will be an opportunity for bloggers to zero in on topics such as blog monetization, PR, photography tips, and increasing blog reach.

I found out about this event two days ago because I happened to do a Google search on “San Francisco Beauty Bloggers.”

No doubt that this will be a perfect opportunity to meet up with some beauty and style bloggers from the bay area.

I’m especially excited about the guest panels, which will include well-known fashion and beauty bloggers, as well as professionals from the beauty, fashion and social media/tech industry.

I saw that Marlena Stell of Makeup Geek is going to be there and I am a huge fan of her makeup tutorials. How cool will it be to see and listen to this woman in person?

And for some reason, I thought that celebrity-status beauty blogger Michelle Phan was coming to speak during this event. But I think I just hallucinated that.

In any case, I’m gearing myself up for this event! I’m sure it will be filled with inspirational people and eye-opening ideas for blogging.

If you are going to the iFabbo event next Saturday, tell meeee!

And if you can’t make it to this event, no need to feel left out. You can still be there without being there. The conference will be available to stream and watch online via Pay Per View.

A head’s up on purchasing tickets. The ticket for the event is $100, but if you are a regular reader of My Beauty Bunny you can get the Founder’s Invitation price of $50. Just choose “Founder’s Invitation” when you checkout.

Hope to see you there!

Miha Bodytec

International Spa & Beauty Exhibition In Paris – Part 2

March 11, 2013

Spa technology is serious business! I found this out on Saturday when I went to the Le Salon Mondial Spa & Beauté 2013 in Paris.

The Spa and Beauty Salon is a three day trade show that takes place from the 9th of March to today, the 11th of March. It brings together hundreds of exhibitors and professionals from the spa and beauty industry. But anyone can come as a visitor.

It’s a great event for discovering different brands and new beauty trends! Check out my post from yesterday if you want to learn about some awesome cosmetics brands that I discovered.

Today, I’ll quickly walk you through the photos of the Spa side of the exhibit. This was where you could find the stands that exhibited different equipments, machines and techniques that you may find during your next spa visit.

Overview of the Spa & Beauty Exhibition in Paris 2013

An overview. This is an overview of the Spa side of the exhibition. To the left, there are people gathered around an aqua-biking machine. The machine in the middle is also for aqua sport. At the top right, you can see exercise plates that you step on and it tones your muscles through vibration. Yes, I did try it.

Infrared Spa Treatment

Magic Red II. This is a body and facial treatment that combines infrared waves and electro-stimulation. Supposedly, infrared waves can penetrate into the tissues and transmit its heating effect to increase metabolism and result in weight loss.  At the same time, electrical stimulation induces muscle contractions to permit a localized weight loss. The result is reduced weight and improvement in muscle tone and reduction of cellulite. But the Magic Red II machine can also work to stimulate the mucles on the face. Through chromotherapy, the machine can help to purify the skin, brighten and even out skin complexion, and stimulates the regeneration of skin cells. For more information visit www.bioglamour.it.

Relaxing Hammock

Hammock Armchair. Just chilling out. This is the most comfortable hammock I’ve ever sat on. I almost fell asleep. Until I heard the price (from 640 euros to 750 euros). Still, this would be a dream hammock to have inside your house or out in the garden. It is made of ten cushions with three layers of cotton. Not only does it cocoon you, it even provides support if you want to kick out your legs. To learn more,visit Coleurs Feng Shui.

Water Filters

Ovopur Water Filters. These space age looking pods are actually porcelain water dispensers that have been designed with respect to the sustainability of the environment. Their Aquacrystal filters are made up of layers of charcoal, KDF 55 (copper alloy and pure zinc), crystal quartz and bioceramic micropore. Use of Ovopur water dispensers are ecological because they help reduce the consumption of water from plastic bottles. And the water tastes incredibly pure too. The company behind Ovupur also create other sustainable design solutions for professional spaces and for private spaces.

Quartz Massage Table

Quarts Massage Table.  This massage table is designed by a german company called Gharieni. The table is filled with small hard bits of quartz. Quarts is used because it retains heat quite well, and the source of heat is coming from the bottom. The table can be controlled to slant up and down.

Massage With Quartz

Before receiving a brief but super relaxing massage on the quartz massage table, the masseuse smoothed out the surface and laid a sheet over the table. The process reminded me of zen buddhist monks raking sand. Then I laid down on the table and she moved the quartz beneath me to create mounds or hollow out space to support the curves of my back. Then she used these white little pom-pom’s filled with the warm quartz to massage my sides and my shoulders.

Relaxed After Massage

Feeling super relaxed!

Miha Bodytec

MihaBodytec. The MihaBodytec is a system that helps to tone your muscles through electro stimulation. At first, I was hesitant to try it. But then curiosity quickly won me over. First, I put on a vest that was strapped with wires. Then, the rep who assisted me sprayed some water on another piece of the body suit. Of course, being the risk-averse person that I am, I had to ask if there was any chance of being electrocuted. But the lady laughingly assured me that I’d be alright.

Miha Bodytec

Attaching the wires together. I’m wearing a vest around my torso. Two bands around my biceps. A wider band around my hips. And two bands around my thighs.

Miha Bodytec

The assistant began to explain the concept to me. There were intervals when I had to tense and contract my muscles. The contraction would then be augmented by the bodytec. These intervals of contraction needed to be followed with de-contraction. So I would go back and forth between tensing my muscles, then relaxing. And this went on for twenty minutes. It was really tricky getting the timing right. The electro stimulation felt less like zaps and more like a tingly sensation whose intensity could be increased or decreased. Sometimes, if you straightened your limbs at the wrong time, the electro stimulation felt too intense.


Miha Bodytec

Throughout the twenty minute workout, the MihaBodyTec trainer lead me through the different movements. There were lunges, raising the arm against resistance and lifting your leg. The movements actually reminded me a lot of yoga. You’re supposed to do this training twice a week. The next day, I felt incredibly sore. The same soreness that you feel when you’ve been doing strength training. To learn more about MihaBodytec, you can visit their website www.mihabodytec.fr. They also have a training center in Paris.

IN CONCLUSION

I’m still really sore from my brief workout with the MihaBodytec. I kind of wish the orders had been reversed–workout first, followed by a massage. But overall, it was a really cool experience.

I enjoyed discovering all the different brands and learning about different spa equipment and technology during the Spa & Beauty Exhibition.

I didn’t focus a lot on nails, but I did come away with some great nail care products and tips which I will save for another day.