Saturday, February 6, 2010

Welcome to La beaute!

Hello everyone!
Welcome to La beaute par Alex! I decided to start this blog for other beauty junkies such as myself. I've always loved beauty products and makeup and growing up I would spend countless hours searching for the best tips and tricks. After spending two summers working in one of the top Aveda spas in the country, I really cultivated my desire to find the best beauty products on the market. This blog will be full of product reviews and insider tips and tricks! Most of the products that I will mention on this blog will be cruelty free and from companies that refrain from using animal testing. I hope you enjoy it!

Tip #1: Sweet as Sugar Exfoliator
Winter might bring wonderful things such cozy nights where you can curl up by the fireplace with some hot cocoa and gorgeous scenery, but it also brings one thing that nobody likes...dry skin. One of the best things you can do for your skin is to exfoliate it! It is a common misconception that moisture is the remedy for dry skin, but exfoliating prior to applying a moisturizer will yield much better results and give you that baby soft skin that we all crave!

My favorite exfoliator is Sugar in the Raw cane sugar. You will often see salt based exfoliators, and although they might be effective, they will burn your skin if you have any nicks or cuts from shaving. Adding a teaspoon of Sugar in the Raw to your favorite body gel will not only rub all the dead skin cells away and give you silky soft legs and arms on a daily basis, but it is also the best thing to do BEFORE you shave to minimize those irritating nicks!

Sugar in the Raw is gentle enough to use on your skin every day (but remember NEVER use it on your face!) and one easy way to use it is to keep some in a small sandwich bag or small container. Keep it in your shower or shower caddy and you will have smooth skin in no time!

P.S. If you want an extra sweet body scrub, try honey, a little bit of brown sugar, and sugar in the raw mixed together. It's easiest to keep this in a container, and make a new batch every week. The honey might be a little sticky at first, but just mix it in enough with the other two ingredients to make a thick body scrub and you will be smelling (and feeling) as sweet as sugar!


  1. Hi Alex,
    Have you tried Sabon body scrubs? I recently bought one (Patchuli Lavender Vanilla--great scent!) that is incredible. The company is great, and is animal testing free as well. I would suggest it! Can you suggest also some key things to look for in a good-for-you scrub? Are there ones good for oily versus normal or dry skin? Thanks!

    Good luck on the blog! It's a great idea. Can't wait to read upcoming blogs...

  2. Hi Sonal!
    Thanks for your comment :)
    I have not tried Sabon body scrubs but I will definitely look into them! When looking for a body scrub, I would use the same general guidelines as when selecting a face wash. That means if you have oily skin, you should choose a gel base, as these don't generally contain oil or the amount of oil that a cream based cleanser or scrub would contain. If you have dry skin, opt for a scrub that has a more creamy texture to it. I feel that the best way to go for a daily body scrub is to choose a body wash (for example the Body Shop's papaya body gel or Alba Botanica's Hawaiian Cream Coconut body wash) and mix in some sugar in the raw. If you are looking for premade scrubs, Aveda's Caribbean Therapy body scrub (which contains both salt and sugar) is a fantastic exfoliator and contains the added benefit of moisturizing the skin with exotic fruit oils. I'd also suggest Bath and Body Works' Margarita Citrus Body Scrub, which is energizing as well as exfoliating. Hope that helps and thanks again for reading!