How To Give Yourself a Facial at Home

Hi All,

This week’s video is a detailed overview of how to give yourself a spa-quality facial at home. My family owns a well-known day spa in San Diego, CA, The Vasseur Skin Clinic & Spa (we have a 5-star rating on Yelp and have won “best facial in San Diego” twice) and I went in this week to interview the staff to get their best tips and tricks. Here is the video:

Since there are quite a few steps to getting a real spa-like facial experience at home, I also wanted to write them down for you so that you can easily refer to it. And since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, I think this would be a great way to pamper yourself or an idea for a fun girls night in with friends ♡♡♡

Also — please come follow me on social media if you haven’t already!! I love making friends and chatting with you guys! I’m @vasseurbeauty on twitter and instagram, so it’s easy to remember. I tweet fun daily musings and video sneak peaks and I use instagram pretty often as well- the direct links are on the top right side of this page :)

HOW TO FACIAL AT HOME STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS:   (click to read)

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas + My Healthy Eating Tips & Tricks!

Before we get started into my healthy eating story and tips, here is my video that just went up on my favorite healthy breakfast ideas, the full recipes are also below

Also, here is my playlist of all of my recipe videos, I’ve done breakfast, lunch and dinner videos and my fitness routine:

RECIPES FROM THIS VIDEO

Breakfast Omelet Quiche

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How to Make a Vision Board for the New Year!

Hi guys, welcome back to my blog! Now, I’m aware that it may seem cliché to think about goals in the New Year, but some cliché’s are good! I personally believe that deciding what it is you want out of life is sometimes the hardest step, and I’ve found a staggering number of people go though life with no real goals or direction. So, I say, embrace the cliché! Think about your goals. Decide what you want out of life. Make a vision board this year.

I started making vision boards about 4 years ago after watching the movie “The Secret” (which is streaming on Netflix if you haven’t seen it). I am an optimist by nature, so I thought, “why not try it?”

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Here is my video on my process for making my annual vision board, which also includes a DIY for how to make a pretty fabric cork board

One thing I didn’t mention in this video is that you can have a vision boarding party. First off, this will make you more likely to actually do one and second, it’s surprisingly fun! In the past I’ve had vision boarding parties with friends over tea and snacks on a Sunday and one year I had one over wine and desserts on a Friday night.

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Tips for Reducing Stress & My De-Stress Routine

Hi – welcome to my blog if you’re new! On this blog I plan on posting my monthly favorites, in-depth skin care topics (plus whatever else you guys request!), in addition to supplemental information to go along with my videos. Videos take me an embarrassingly long time to make, and since I don’t do youtube full time, I’m limited to only one video a week. With this blog I can be in touch more often and talk about more of the topics that you’re interested in! Please sign up on the top right of the page to get emails when a new post goes up.

Today’s post is supplemental information that goes along with my de-stress routine. If you haven’t seen my de-stress routine video yet then here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTRnSDg2j-I

EXERCISE

Exercise always makes me feel better. When I’m feeling down or stressed I really don’t want to exercise but I know I ALWAYS feel better when I do, so I make myself go. I have been obsessed with Pilates lately and go to a studio called Club Pilates – they have them all over the US and I highly recommend them http://clubpilatesstudio.com

Also, I did my full fitness routine in a recent video that goes into more detail here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdsO9_U39-M&list=UUVKFs0cesQUEGtn8gQmhbHw the only change since I made that video is that I now go to Pilates class three days a week and do my at home routine 1 or 2 days a week.

SUPPLEMENTS

If you’ve seen a lot of my videos you will know I’ve mentioned these supplements at least three times now. That’s only because they help me tremendously and not many people know about them! And every single person I’ve introduced them to has thanked me profusely. Yes ….they are that amazing!!

~ GABA supplement – this helps your body naturally cope with stress and anxiety. I take 500 mg daily (on an empty stomach! This is key) at around 5pm – I will take 2 on days that I’m under a lot of stress. http://www.amazon.com/Solgar-Gaba-500-veggie-caps/dp/B00014D8VI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403126520&sr=8-1&keywords=solgar+gaba+500mg Continue reading

Creative Gift Ideas for HIM! Dads, Boyfriends, Brothers, Male Friends etc.

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Hi all,

A lot of you have been asking that I do a gift guide for men, because, let’s be honest, men can be quite challenging to shop for. It’s easy to get inside a women’s head to think about what she might want… but for men, it’s a different story.  I was going to make a video on this but since it’s getting dangerously close to Christmas I wanted to get this up ASAP and videos take me several days to film + edit. I also didn’t have any of these products to physically show you so I didn’t think it would make a great video. And if you’re new to my blog (WELCOME!!) – please subscribe by entering your email address on the top right of the page to get an email update when I post!

I grouped these gift ideas into categories based around things that men commonly enjoy. And as an added bonus, most of these can be purchased on Amazon with two day shipping so you can get them quickly — i.e. last minute gift ideas!!… So here we go:

COFFEE LOVERS

All of the men in my life have one thing in common; they love coffee. Actually, pretty much everyone in my life (except me) loves coffee. If you can elevate your loved one’s daily coffee experience then that’s a great gift idea in my book!

Coffee Joulies ~ $59

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These cool little guys are coffee-bean shaped metal stones you put in your coffee that serve two purposes 1) brings your coffee down to the ideal drinkable temperature quickly 2) keeps it at that temperature 5x longer. “Put them in your coffee and they absorb heat when it is too hot, storing that energy inside. When your coffee reaches the perfect temperature this stored heat is released to keep it there longer.” So no more scalding hot coffee or too cold coffee! It’s a fun little gadget that your coffee enthusiast will love.

Website: http://www.joulies.com/collections/retail-products/products/5-pack

Bulletproof Coffee Set ~ $64.95

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In case you haven’t heard of bulletproof coffee, it’s coffee taken to the next level. It’s the “lowest toxin, highest performance coffee” and has a cult following amongst coffee enthusiasts. Rather than try to explain it, it’s easier to watch this quick video:

Their coffee is pricey, but like I said above, it’s a whole different level of coffee and I think the man in your life would love it. I got this for Ryan last year and he became HOOKED. They  have a lot of different kits at different price points depending on how much you want to spend.

Website: https://www.upgradedself.com/kits

CAR LOVERS

Ryan just bought a new car – his baby, Julio – and I know that he will absolutely love anything I get for him (“him” being Julio). If your man also has an inappropriate level of love for his car, then this is an easy gift idea.

Drop Stop – $20

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This “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that” gadget solves one of car driver’s biggest problems — the “I dropped something into the inpenetrable space between my car seat and cannot get it out.” A few months ago Ryan thought he lost his wallet and had everything replaced – credit cards, debit card, driver’s license ….only to later discover it had fallen into the abyss (i.e. in his car seat gap)!!! At that moment I knew he needed this. Simple, but oh so clever and something anyone who drives could use.

Website: http://www.amazon.com/Drop-Stop-Original-Patented-Filler/dp/B00BYH6C1E

COOL GADGETS

Kool Tool Belt ~ $22-$30

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I think the name speaks for itself – this is a Kool Tool. This is basically an inspector gadget belt that has 10 hidden tools in a very minimalistic, sleek design. So clever, right?! I am getting this for my step dad who loves tools & clever gadgets. Let’s just say this is a man who keeps a measuring tape on him at all times, “just in case.” He will be over-the-freaking-moon for this.

Website:  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00LGV3WW0/—/?ie=UTF8&tag=viglink123654-20

GYM LOVERS

Bose in-ear headphones ~$99.95

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I will admit that over the years i’ve purchased this gift for my brother, my dad, my step dad, my boyfriend and myself (for good measure). And every person I’ve gifted these to has absolutely LOVED them. These are probably the best in ear headphones on the market (seriously…. look at the reviews) and are great for your man who loves to listen to music while working out. They also last a really long time and the sound quality is IN- freaking- CREDIBLE.

Website: http://www.amazon.com/Bose-SoundTrue-In-Ear-Headphones-Black/dp/B00M5A7L14/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418331043&sr=8-1&keywords=bose+in+ear&pebp=1418331044840

SENTIMENTAL GIFTS

DIY Wall Art Collage ~$30+

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I showed how to make this cool wall art collage in my DIY gift idea video (WATCH HERE) and I think it makes a really great, heartfelt gift. It’s an elegant collage that is actually a piece of artwork that your loved one can hang up and feel very loved. I made this one for Ryan and choose to include photos of us, his friends and also some of his favorite things (the Ravens, weight lifting and peanut butter … i.e. his three true loves)

‘Love Note’ Tear Away Daily Calendar ~$10+

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The concept here is to get your loved one a tear away daily calendar (yes, they still make these. You can pick one out based around what your guy likes). Then you personalize this by writing them notes on random – or all – days for the upcoming year. You can tell them “you look handsome today!” or “5 days until your birthday!” — or whatever nice/cute notes you want to leave. I think we all know that if there is anything a man loves, it’s flattery.  This is a small, simple gift that will keep him smiling for an entire year!!! Let’s just say i’ve done this for someone in the past and they told me it was one of the best gifts they’ve ever received. You’re welcome :)

Link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tear+off+daily+calendar&sprefix=tear+off+daily+%2Caps%2C352

EXPERIENCE GIFTS

This next category is something I like to call “experience gifts” — these are gifts where you purchase tickets or admission to an event or class that you can experience together. I personally prefer these types of gifts because, for me, experiences & memories always trump possessions. BUT the problem with experience gifts is that your loved one doesn’t get anything fun to open on Christmas! My solution to this is to accompany your ‘experience gift’ with a complementary physical item so they get both the pleasure of opening a physical gift and the excitement of an event to look forward to. These types of gifts are also easy to put together last minute because you can purchase the tickets online and print them out instantly. Let’s be honest, this is the real reason why I tend to mostly give these types of gifts (sad, but true)!

WINE TOUR + COOL WINE OPENER ~$200+

This is actually what I am getting for Ryan this year. We both enjoy wine and have done a wine tour together before and had SO MUCH FUN. I would suggest using Yelp to find a highly rated wine tour in your area. In our case, Temecula wine country is about 1.5 hours away and has a great tour company called the Grapeline that gives all day wine tours with a catered lunch for around $100 per person. I am also going to get us a hotel so we can make a weekend of it and really enjoy ourselves. Along with this I bought him this cool electric wine opener (that also kinda looks like a spaceship) so he can have something to open on Christmas day.

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Electric wine opener $20: http://www.amazon.com/Oster-FPSTBW8207-S-Electric-Bottle-Opener/dp/B003YFI0O6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418332327&sr=8-1&keywords=wine+opener

COOKING CLASS + GOURMET SPICE KIT ~$200+

Another fun thing to do is purchase a cooking class, either just for them or for the both of you to do together. My brother loves to cook so this is what I am going to get for us to do together. Again, I just used Yelp to find a highly rated local cooking class (we are doing a vegan class since he’s vegan). For his “something to open” component I am getting him this gourmet spice kit – you could also get nice cookware, a grilling tools kit, cookbook etc to go along with this.

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Gourmet spice set $20: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/dessert-and-baking-salts

Funny/Fun (but also useful) Gifts

Decision paperweight ~ $15

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For the man in your life who can be painfully indecisive you can get him this “decision paperweight.”  For less than the price of a movie ticket (seriously, can we talk about movie ticket prices these days?!) you can basically help your man solve his life problems for all eternity (nbd). This basically the sexy adult version of a magic 8 ball. Not sure what to do? Press a button and your paperweight will tell you! Gag gift, but let’s be honest most men could use this…..(and the reviews on this are awesome/ hilarious so I had to include it)

Link: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/decision-paperweight

Squatty Potty ~$25

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I saw this on Shark Tank and thought — “this would make SUCH a crappy gift!” This is basically a toilet accessory that helps you “go better” (fun fact, we’re all pooping wrong). I’m not going to go into detail here but you can click on their website and read into it.  Look, everybody poops, right? This gift is guaranteed to get some good laughs and probably be the star of your family christmas opening party. Kinda gross? Sure. But in the end they will thank you for it :)

Link: http://squattypotty.com/

Okay, that’s it for now – I hope you enjoyed these unusual/ creative gift ideas for men! Let me know in the comments if you have other ideas. And please subscribe to my blog for more posts like this!

xx Brittany

4 Healthy Holiday Treats + Holiday Party Inspiration!

I have a HUGE sweet tooth but since I try to eat healthy (and sugar makes me break out) I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out recipes that are both healthy and also taste really good! This video contains full demos for how to make everything and also gives you some ideas + inspiration for throwing a holiday party – based on my annual holiday party called Holiday Fest!

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4 Easy DIY Christmas Gift Ideas!

Hi all, this week’s video includes some fun, creative and unique ideas for DIY Christmas gifts!

Includes:

How to Make LUSH Lotion Bars

DIY ‘Sleeping Beauty Kit’ with a DIY Lavender Pillow/Linen Spray

DIY Book Safe / Jewelry box

DIY Wall Art

Watch the video to see how they are made :)

11 Quick Tips for Flawless Skin!

 

1 ) If you have tried everthing and your skin still wont clear up, try an elimination diet. Diet and skin are related and many times sensitivity to one ingredient will lead to breakouts. Cut out dairy, sugar and grains (refined wheat – crackers, white pasta, cookies) for two weeks. Then reintroduce one at a time to see what your skin is most reactive to.

 

2) For acne prone skin change your pillowcases nightly and use and gentle detergent. Bacteria and oil can get reintroduced onto the skin while you sleep. Or sleep on your back use a beauty pillow so your face doesn’t touch the pillow.

 

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The 12 Worst Skin Care Mistakes!

Learn the biggest skin care mistakes that you might be making without even realizing it! Click here to watch now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24nbKN1aG-Y

Watch next – How to Eat for Clear Skin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1YuWHiMvy4

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Using toothpaste to treat a pimples — baking soda (skin is naturally acidic, baking soda is high alkaline- compromises lipid barrier), sodium laurel sulfate- harshly drying soap & highly alkaline, mint is an irritant, and silica is an abrasive. For an effective spot treatment use clay mask — I recommend Maxiclear Advance by Vasseur Skincare http://www.vasseurskincare.com/maxiclear-advanced/

Popping pimples at home. By popping your own pimples you are breaking skin and immediately putting dirt and oils into the open skin. This can cause infections and much, much larger issues, like more aggressive acne and scarring.
Sticking your finger in your skin care container – Since your fingers are usually your applicator, bacteria build up fast in bottles and in makeup sponges, then end up on your face. Use a qtip or opt for skin care products in airless containers, like Vasseur Skincare.

Touching your face throughout the day. More than likely you touch your face constantly throughout the day. Every time you do that, you’re adding to the dirt, oil and bacteria that can get under your skin and cause problems.
Skipping moisturizer because your skin is too oily. In reality, if skin gets too dry, especially if you’re already using acne treatments, which can be very drying, your acne can get worse.
Ignoring your diet — dairy, sugar and processed foods in particular. Watch my video “why your skin care isn’t working” to learn more.

Not wearing sunscreen daily & not reapplying . Your foundation is not enough

Overexfoliating or harshly exfolating — Causes dryness, inflammation, destroying healthy cells, promoting skin discoloration, and stripping away healthy oils and bacteria.

Using cleansers with sulfates and alcohol SD-40, isopropyl alcohol – irritant for acne-prone and senstive skin types, leading to redness, dryness, and in some cases, brown spots and premature aging.

Taking a hot shower to “open the pores” Hot water dissolves your natural body oils and makes skin dry.

Using eye cream with mineral oil or petroleum — Since these ingredients are not absorbed easily, they sit on the surface and suffocate the skin.

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