May 17, 2016
Jennifer Hagler Photography
By Buffy York
Yesterday I bought my second bottle of Botaniko’s Lightening Cream Cleanser. The first bottle Deborah Stone, owner of Botaniko, gave me back in late January and I have used it everyday since. At that point I was battling a weird hormone induced dermatitis and Deborah invited me to her new space in downtown Birmingham for a skincare consult. I was happy to accept because I had become a freak about the ingredients in the products that I was putting on my face. I knew that she and her daughter Alex were doing some really cool things incorporating the botanicals (hence the name) they were growing on their farm into a new skincare line, and I was in need of a complete skincare overhaul. I had been a hardcore Cetaphil cleanser and SkinMedica addict, because they are awesome, but my skin was misbehaving and I had to regroup.
Upon entering Botaniko’s Studio you realize this is not the same game anyone else has in town, and when Deborah starts talking about her skincare line you will be blown away. One very cool thing is that the first ingredient in all of Botaniko’s products are hydrosols, which are living waters distilled from fresh plant materials that are sustainably grown and pesticide and chemical free. Not to freak anyone out, but have y’all been reading about parabens and sulfates and all of the other stuff our government is allowing in the products we are slathering all over our bodies on a daily basis? (Don’t worry, I’m not going all “Oliver Stone” because I am saving that for another post. However, you need to know that starting today I am not going to talk about any beauty product that could be considered harmful unless I just absoultely positively cannot live without it, and then the 80/20 rule will come into play.) I’m sorry I digress.
Since late January I have been exclusively using Botaniko’s skincare. I love it, it smells great and I have received tons of compliments on my skin. I use their cleanser, toner, mask, day moisturizer and night oil, but everyone is different and they have a complete selection of products for all skin types. I told Deborah from the get go that I would not blog or talk about anything that I didn’t truly love and come back to buy again. She handed me over a bag full of freebies confident her products would keep me coming back, and yesterday was proof of that. I’m telling all of you about Botaniko because it is something you need to experience, not only to clean up the ingredients in your skincare regime, but to get individual attention from the developer herself.
Deborah and Alex think you need to know about Botaniko too and are giving all of The Style Gathering readers a complimentary skin care analysis and dermaplane along with a product analysis. All you have to do is book an appointment, mention The Style Gathering and bring in all of the current products you are using. If you can’t get to Birmingham don’t worry, Botaniko would love to individualize your skincare too. To book an appointment or customize your skincare call 205.568.7277. Get busy girls…the first five friends to book an appointments receive a custom formulated serum.
310 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35203
Cinderella Didn’t Drive Carpool
April 28, 2016
Bobbi Brown's Illuminating Moisture Balm a.k.a. Cinderella Cream
By Buffy York
Tim and I talk a lot about seasons of our lives as it relates to being a parent. Our neighbors with two young feisty boys are in what we call “the thick of it.” Currently I am in the “carpool” season of life and I am tired. There is a reason why Truck Stop drink coolers are filled with Monster and AMP, and 5 Hour Energy drinks are not in short supply at the check out. Driving is exhausting work.
Between us, Tim and I have four children that only have one activity each, and I have a ridiculous amount of help getting folks where they need to be, but three different schools and all of the add-ons make for multiple stops at the pump weekly. Don’t get me wrong, conversations with my kiddos (or between kiddos), in the car can uncover lots of fun facts and details about their lives. However, trips to the orthodontist (we have two in braces), prayer breakfasts, small groups, haircuts, practices, late night trips to the store for poster paper and on & on & on can wear you out.
Which brings me to my point. Last year I was at the Bobbi Brown counter and the make-up artist talked me into buying the Illuminating Moisture Balm that she called “Cinderella Cream.” I mean, Cinderella is young and beautiful and dewy, and last time I checked a horse drawn carriage is as welcome in a carpool line as a cell phone. Thank you very much Bobbi. Gimme some of that.
You may wonder why it took me a year to blog about this, but honestly it made it to the back of my skincare drawer and, until my make-up artist friend Celine Russell came over for my yearly “make-up/product editing session,” I had forgotten about it. She pulled it out and rubbed a little on the back of her hand and decided it was a product worthy of her discerning taste. This balm can be used under makeup or just to accent areas that need a little highlighting like your cheekbones. It gives you a dewy look with a pearl like glow, not a Dairy Queen frosted shimmer. Oh, and it smells fantastic. So if you are like me and need to feel a little more like a princess and a little less like an Uber driver when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the rearview, this might be the product for you.
Just to make sure I wasn’t alone in this, before I wrote this post I went online and read a ton of reviews. It seems that everyone is in agreement. It is a beautiful glow, a little goes a long way and it is worth the price tag. Still skeptical? Go to your Bobbi counter. I bet they will make you up a sample.
Happy 13th Birthday to my main man Judson! You’re my #1 passenger!