Category Archives: OILS

Skincare by SKINN

June 4, 2015


Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 1.09.21 PMI would say that anything worth doing well is worth procrastinating.  This applies for everything from term papers in college, to parking tickets in the real world and of course skin care. Procrastination in skin care looks a little like this:  Monday night skincare routine, fall asleep in kid’s bed with dirty face.  Tuesday morning skincare routine, wake up in different kid’s bed then exercise.  Tuesday night skincare routine, fall asleep in dog’s bed.  Wednesday morning skincare routine, wake up in kid’s bed then carpool.  Wednesday night skincare routine, “shit I should hang out with my husband and my skin looks hideous!”  So when you rely on last minute quick fixes to undo days of damage, they better be good.

The absolute best for the most reasonable price point were both developed my Dimitri James, world renowned make up artist and life changer.  The first is  DermAppeal ($35.00).  It’s a Thermo-Enzymatic Microdermabrasion treatment with VC5 Crystal Technology that you only need to apply for a minute or so twice a week and it literally transforms your sensitive skin into a face that has been gently exfoliated daily (ha!). It also has this cool minty smell that opens up my constantly clogged sinuses (Jewish girl curse) and makes the entire one minute process feel like a quick trip to the eucalyptus room at your favorite totally over-priced spa.

Part 2 of operation “holy shit why did I not wash my face for days?” is aptly called “Take The Weekend Off.”  It’s a thick gooey creme that immediately absorbs into the skin so you don’t even know it’s there.   It’s completely translucent so you can read your children to bed without scaring them or have sex with your husband without repulsing him.  It’s the ultimate in multi-tasking.  You can literally connect with your kids, save your marriage, get a good night’s sleep,  all while cleaning out impurities in your skin and doing away with fine lines.

You’re welcome.


Written by Meredith Morton

Meredith is a mom of three perfectly behaved and always impeccably dressed boys who never cuss or fight. She prefers exercise to the side effects of lithium. You can follow her on Instagram @meredithmorton but don’t expect too much.

Sun Bum will keep you from looking like a teenager in the 80’s or just 80.

May 5, 2015

I took my kids to the sweltering hot desert this weekend at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Somehow I managed to pack every crayon, walkie-talkie and Pokemon card for my kids but totally forgot sunblock and any kind of hair “primping” product for myself. Fortunately for me, the simple yet totally awesome “Feel Good Spa” at the Ace Hotel carries the Sun Bum line. So, as soon as we arrived, I got myself waxed by a lovely tatted up Jewish girl from San Diego with a San Fernando Valley Girl accent and stocked up on some Sun Bum Beach Formula Shine On ($19.99) lightweight oil for the hair and SPF 50 Original Spray Sunscreen ($15.99) .


I have naturally thick curly hair with a soft texture that thrives in humidity and gets brittle in dry weather. I decided to just condition my hair this weekend and to continually reapply the Sun Bum Shine On. By the time I left the desert, my curls, which would normally be reminiscent of Alphaba’s broom, were their normal soft silky selves. It wasn’t necessarily a “scientific” experiment, but I’m definitely going to have to credit that to Shine On. Or maybe it was the many margaritas poolside and the endless supply of incredibly average beige colored kid food I inhaled.

Shine On

The SPF 50 Original Spray Sunscreen was the first sunscreen that my 11 year old was willing to apply without a fight. Unprompted, he blurted, “this smells good and it doesn’t feel oily.” And apparently it is not too stingy either, because two margaritas in, I accidentally sprayed it near his eyes and was met with very little complaining.

Ultimately, the crayons melted all over the car seat, channel 1 on the walkie talkies was intercepted by some freaky pervert trucker dude, and the Pokemon cards just caused endless grief and hostile negotiations. But, I’m pleased to say, I left the desert with my kids free of sun burns, my legs as white as paste and my curls as soft as a baby’s ass. That’s a pretty good showing for Sun Bum and a darn good weekend overall.


Written by Meredith Morton

Meredith is a mom of three perfectly behaved and always impeccably dressed boys who never cuss or fight. She prefers exercise to the side effects of lithium. You can follow her on Instagram @meredithmorton but don’t expect too much.

The Gift of Relaxation, Mother’s Day Must-Haves from LING Skincare & Spa picks out her top Mother’s Day picks for those on every budget.

April 13, 2015

As a mother of two, grandma of one, Ling Chan is no stranger to Mother’s Day. She loves to spoil her own mother, age 92. Ling Chan, founder of LING Skincare & Spa picks out her top Mother’s Day picks for those on every budget.

$20 and Under:


LING Skincare & Spa Rice Soaps ($15, gives off an aromatic scent with light exfoliation.

$75 and Under:


LING Skincare & Spa Green Tea & Massage Body Oils ($40-70, is the perfect way to relax rather you add a few drops to your bath or apply to your skin. Each scent allows you to give your mother a different journey.

$200 and Under:


LING Skincare & Spa Sleep Deep Wellness Massage ($195, is the perfect gift of relaxation. Our Deep Sleep Wellness Massage uses our Energy Lift Infusion to instantly calm your mind, relax and promote a good night’s sleep.


The hair product that will change your life

October 15, 2014

dry remedy™ daily moisturizing oil

My hair is so dry, it’s a fire hazard. This oil is saving me from having to cut it all off and just start over (still tempted to do so however as I am pining for a hair cut at Spoke & Weal with the master, Jon Reyman ).

I have been an Aveda oil junkie since the day it launched. Yes, that is how old I am. I am talking AVEDA…like, in general.

This oil is pure enough to use everywhere. I mean, you know, for skin too.


  • 99.9% naturally derived,* with the hydrating power of buriti oil
  • instantly moisturizes hair by 41%**
  • leaves hair soft and full of shine
  • formulated without silicone, so it takes only a few drops to moisturize hair

a few goodies from Josie Maran and Philip B.

December 7, 2013


An awesome buildable, medium-coverage lip color.

A rich color core lipstick wrapped in a layer of hydrating Argan Oil. Inside is a high-pigment inner core that saturates lips in vivid color. Outside, a clear outer layer drenches lips with shine and hydration.

Price: $22.00

Where to, Sephora,, QVC





A miracle botanical styler thatmakes wavy hair especially pretty and wavy.

It also leaves curly hair super soft, glossy and beautifully defined and easier to control than ever. Super-moisturizing agents tame frizz and leave hair bouncy and shiny.

Price: 6 fl oz/178ml$50.00

Where to and fine salons and department stores worldwide





Just thinking about this makes me (and my kids!!!) happy.

Smells exactly like two yummy scoops of chocolate sugar swirled in milk.

With Cocoa Butter for conditioning; Oat Proteins and Wheat Amino Acids to revive and soothe; moisturizing Glycerin; and healing Aloe. 

Price: 60 ml. $8.00; 350 ml. $35.00

Where to