Aviary + BUFF Gilt Deals: A Resolution to Treat Yourself

The new year may not erase the past, but it does provide a primetime opportunity for renewal. And while it’s easy to watch your new year’s resolutions fall into the cracks, it doesn’t mean you can’t salvage a bit of self-improvement, new years or not. Our friends at Gilt City Atlanta recently introduced Rock the Resolution, deals to make whatever hasn’t fallen through the cracks that much easier to accomplish. And what’s a better resolution than a little R&R? Eh, we can’t come up with one. That’s why we’re thrilled to be featured alongside our bffs (and Studioplex neighbors) at BUFF.

We’re offering deals on our dream-worthy Rejuvenate Oxygen Infusion Facial, as well as our Alchemist and Smart Peel Facial. After your skin is in tiptop shape, BUFF is boasting $40 worth of nail services for $25 (you still have that tucked inside that one Christmas card, right?).

So grab your deals here, and have a happy new year. We can’t wait to see you in 2015.

no tricks, just treats: reward yourself with aviary's pumpkin facial

Alright, Atlanta. As you know, it’s pumpkin time. But pumpkin is not only for your porch or pie or, ahem, latte – it’s for your skin. All year around, we love our ALCHEMIST Smart Peel utilizing Sircuit's Youth Accelerator Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, but there’s something about the arrival of fall that makes it even better. And apart from it smelling good enough to eat, it comes loaded with healthy skin benefits.

By smartly targeting the skin’s receptors, the peel aids in getting rid of that icky free radical damage (which results in accelerated aging), and the power is really in the pumpkin. Concentrated pumpkin, or Cucurbita Pepo extract is rich in Beta Carotene and over 100 other nutrients. The other main ingredient, pumpkin ferment or Lactobacillus, works to exfoliate dead skin cells and impurities. All in all? It leaves your skin as vibrant as fall’s blue sky.

As a part of the facial, it’s a sure fire way to deeply cleanse pores, exfoliate and rehydrate. But seriously, don’t go eating it – we have a treat for you. If you show us this blog post upon receiving your Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, you’ll get $10 off, and, if you’re a member of Gilt City Atlanta, you can grab yourself the whole thing for $54 (not to mention the deals on Intraceuticals Rejuvenate + Atoxelene Oxygen Infusions and brow shaping that we’ve thrown in the treat basket as well).

Happy fall, friends!

into the bottle: calendula

Between Labor Day, Dragon Con, the 9th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival and the BeltLine Lantern Parade, the past two weekends in Atlanta have been busy ones. And while we don’t wish for a shortage of fun and games, we can’t help but feel in need of a little rest and relaxation for the week ahead – especially for our skin. That’s where Calendula comes in. A soothing herb extracted from the Marigold plant, the scientifically named Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract is calming to tired, worn out skin. And, well, after all that Dragon Con makeup, it seems like exactly what we need.

The trick is that it boasts goodies such as carotenes, flavonoids, tannins and essential oils. The healing astringent has even been thought of as a remedy for centuries.

But the real key to getting your skin ready for the next festivities is that Calendula is regenerative. It’s not hard to get your hands on either. A lot of our favorite healing products use it.

For example, Sircuit’sI. Cee U.+ is a firming, anti-aging eye gel (ahem, one of our faves) that boasts Calendula as a main ingredient. Dr. Hauska'sEye Balm also uses the herb, meaning it’s the perfect ingredient to zap those pesky undereye bags. Sircuit’s Clarity Broccoli Sulfur Mask also uses it, and is awesome for skin prone to blemishes.

Sounds like this week’s skinsaver to us!

your summer skin savior

We are all familiar with the failsafe skincare ritual of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing and the daily use of toner can feel like a daunting extra step. So do you really need it? The answer is yes – especially in the coming summer months. Toner is a water-based solution with humectants that work to keep moisture in the upper levels of the skin. In turn, it fights dryness and gives your skin an instant boost of hydration. That’s not all, though. Toner is known to combat chemicals such as chlorine. Summer swims are a necessity when it comes to getting through the Georgia summer and chlorine can sit on your skin long after a splash, drying it out. In contrast to combating dehydrating chemicals, toner enhances your preexisting skincare routine. It consists of ingredients that soothe, control oil (thus fighting acne) and stimulate blood circulation. Applying it pre-moisturizer can multiply these benefits as well as add a protective layer to your skin so you can say goodbye to environmental damage.

Toner is a skin saver when it comes to summer sun and it’s well worth the extra step. We love Dr. HauschkaFacial Toner and Clarifying Toner. Sircuit Cosmeceuticals also boasts two of its own: Molecular Mist and Immaculate Mist. Ready, set, summer skin!

triumph & disaster

New Zealand brand Triumph & Disaster is a men's skincare line that churns out products just as powerful as its name (inspired by a Rudyard Kipling poem none the less). Derived with nature but engineered with science, the brand fits the category of a modern day apothecary. They even have the cool packaging to prove it. Triumph & Disaster has a knack for finding ingredients that work, too. Blending local indigenous ingredients with scientifically proven and natural ingredients from everywhere from Polynesia to Australia, they've created a line of men's essentials. Their products range from peppermint scented Ritual Face Cleanser to close shave ensuring Old-Fashioned Shave Cream.

One of our favorite things about Triumph & Disaster is what is behind the brand (besides the handsome faces it's creating worldwide). Dion Nash founded the company on the simple belief that "ritual and preparation are worthy endeavors and that being well groomed is something of which to be proud." It's about time that men get some skincare loving, too.

Come in and snag your favorite essential or set up a facial to try it out. Here's to Triumph & Disaster, what Kipling called "two impostors just the same."

true love is an oxygen facial

Thanks to Karina Timmel and The Atlantan for including us in this month's "Beauty Boosts." After Karina came in for an oxygen facial (she went with the Intraceuticals Rejuvenate + Instant Infusion with Atoxelene treatment), she fell in love – you know, just in time for Valentine's Day. Head over here to book yours. See you soon!

last-minute gift guide (don't worry, we've got ya covered)

As always, Christmas has snuck up on us and it being a mere week away doesn't mean we've got all of our gifts to give under the tree. Don't fret, though. We have something to bring a smile to everyone on your list. We promise. For the skin conscious - This is an easy one thanks to Clarisonic. The skin cleansing system who boasts the mantra, "Clearer skin is healthier skin," has been a favorite of ours for awhile. It works by using a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, which, in turn, removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt than our hands ever could. There are options, too, with the Clarisonic Pro (perfect for the queen bee – as it is one itself – and is only available through estheticians), the Mia 2 (Pro's baby sister is the pick for the globe-trotter, complete with a handy travel case), the Clarisonic Opal (palm-sized and designed to help around the eyes) and the Clarisonic Face and Body (the ultimate all-over skin treat).

For the lock lover - A Mason Pearson hairbrush is one object every woman longs for. After all, we know the feeling. The not mass-produced, coveted brush originated in London in 1885 and hasn't changed much since – meaning it's an investment that will last for Christmases to come. The brushes come in four sizes, eight colors and three pads including Boar Bristle (for fine to normal locks), Boar Bristle and Nylon (for normal to thick locks) and Nylon (for those super thick locks) and promises to clean hair, stimulate the scalp and produce a healthy sheen. Yes, please, Santa.

For the one who has it all - Sometimes gift cards get a bad rap, but there's nothing bad about treating someone awesome to a hair cut or color, massage, facial or waxing complete with a therapist who will customize each treatment to address specific needs and wants. It'll even score them one of our favorite above mention gifts – without the stress of picking it out. And to that, we cheers the season of giving.

holiday locks for the win

'Tis the season for holiday parties and there's one thing that's more important than that dish you made (or secretly bought) - your 'do. Not to mention that it's what's beside your newly oxygen treated skin. That's why we've rounded up a few of our favorites from all over the web. Let the parties begin! Anthropologie always gets our hearts in a knot, but especially in this year's Holiday catalog. It boasts natural waves with a necessary holiday sparkle. Our friends over at Allure recommend using a one-and-a-quarter-inch curling iron to create loose party waves. Just curl small sections all over and as you release them, pin them against your head for five to ten minutes. Once they've cooled off, brush them out with a boar-bristle brush (our favorite is Mason Pearson) and set with spray. For that sparkle, grab a fun barette. It'll allow for a little extra hold, too.

Next up is the super-easy triple braid from Cupcakes & Cashmere. It's simple, clean yet just messy enough. Not to mention it can be achieved in a mere five minutes. Late, no more! Head over to C&C for the full step by step on this one.

If your party calls for well, a bit more, we're in love with Refinery29's un-boring bun, which takes a good ol' classic up a notch. Just pull your locks into a low pony, divide it into two equal sections and braid each into a easy three-strand braid. Secure with an elastic then use your fingers to mess up those tidy braids a bit. Twist the two braid together and secure again, this time wrapping the double braid around itself to create your bun. Pin and voila! You may even want to reuse that Anthropologie inspired barrette again, too.

give thanks for great skin (our new favorite treatment)

We’re so excited to introduce you to Intraceuticals, our new line and oxygen facial. Often referred to as a “magic beauty machine”, the Intraceuticals oxygen machine and serums encourage natural, hydrated and luminous skin. Ready? The Aussie brand was pulled out from down under by Madonna’s go-to makeup artist Gina Brooke, so it’s no surprise that it’s a Hollywood favorite (and best kept secret - until now). Celebrities such as Molly Sims, Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe claim they can’t live without it. Not to mention Justin Timberlake’s honest testimonial, “It makes my skin look dope”. We’re just glad it’s not so under the radar anymore.

Why is the treatment just so coveted, though? Intraceuticals provides a new kind of oxygen treatment. First off, a techy machine uses oxygen under pressure to deliver a cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants into the skin, resulting in instant hydration, volume, firmness and a noticeable lift. Relaxing and beneficial even solo, the treatment is followed by the homecare application of the brand's three-step hyaluronic moisturizing system – revive, replenish, and protect. In the session, the products are layered to provide perfect hydrodynamics, resulting in deep and ongoing delivery of hydration as well as those ingredient perks.

We’re also offering rejuvenate with atoxelene or “no-tox botox”, so go ahead and get a jump on saying goodbye to those fine lines and wrinkles. Atoxelene uses a natural amino peptide to reduce wrinkle depth without the need for injections. Atoxelene is offered as a standalone or add-on to the Rejuvenate treatment.

Oxygen on its own has endless healing properties and Intraceuticals just bumps that up a notch. While it targets aging and dehydrated skin, it benefits every skin type and we’re especially smitten with its speedy results (more defined face contours right off the table, anyone?) Head over to our website for pricing information as well as to talk with our estheticians about the best options for your skin.

Let the social season begin!

francesca hernandez, aviary's newest esthetician

We are so excited to introduce you to Francesca, our newest esthetician. A true adventurer with a passion for holistic health, healing arts and beauty, Francesca has worked at reputable spas around Atlanta as well as a resort spa in Bermuda.  She's now entering her tenth year in the industry and we're thrilled she's decided to share her sense of exploration, inspiration and knowledge with us. Here's a little about her – in and out of the treatment room: What initially interested you in your craft? With your first degree in studio art, do you feel the two go hand in hand? I first became intrigued in aesthetics and massage in junior high after I saw an article in Seventeen Magazine about spa treatments. There was something so pleasing about self care and the tranquil images that it left an impression on me. I also started getting into my own aesthetic rituals around that time, which in turn helped with my confidence as a teenager. I would buy exfoliant and masks from The Body Shop with my allowance money and do facials on myself at home. The visual arts has always been a life long interest. It definitely goes together as both allow me to use my hands and be in the moment.

You were born in Louisiana, but spent your childhood between Puerto Rico and Florida. What brought you to Atlanta? I initially came to Atlanta in high school after my mom got a job at a college here. Since then I've lived in other places, but I always ended up coming back to Atlanta. It just offers a lot here in the way of activities and interests, plus you've got a lot of good nature spots to balance it out.

As an adventurer, what's one of your favorite places in the world? Paris. I've never seen another city so well designed. It was like someone laid out the city so that every angle looks like a scene from a painting. It's definitely worth a return visit.

How about in Atlanta? As a foodie I am eternally grateful for the Dekalb Farmer's Market. Their selection keeps getting better and its worth braving the crowds. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is another favorite. I just got back from seeing the scarecrows and the Imaginary Worlds exhibit. It is always a pleasure to hang out there.

And lastly, if you were a bird, what bird would you be? An owl, but maybe a baby owl. I tend to be a solitary thinker but I'm wise enough to know I don't know it all.

preserve your skin... anywhere

We’ve stumbled upon something brilliant, the newest addition to the Aviary product family, Preserve Skincare. We can give it to you in one word too. Simplicity. Because that’s what we’re all in need of, right?

Preserve Skincare serves up one thing only, the cleansing pad. It’s not your lazy day, drugstore run kinda cleansing pad though. Developed by two experienced estheticians in sunny San Fran, Preserve’s cleansing pads are all natural, ph-balanced pads made from purifying herbs and botanicals. And after two years in development, they’re ready for us (and we’re definitely ready for them).

The idea behind Preserve Skincare is as simple as the pads themselves. You know those nights when you come in late, kick of your shoes, and the absolute last thing you want to do is hang your sleepy head over the sink only to watch water and makeup remnants splatter everywhere? You can kiss those nights goodbye. The pads clean, tone, gently exfoliate, and remove that tired makeup with an easy, effective wipe. They can also be rinsed and reused for extra cleansing.

Remember, it’s important to keep that pretty skin of yours healthy and available in two soothing scents, Orange Blossom (all skin types) and Geranium Leaf (combination/oily skin), our new friends at Preserve have you covered. We know that it almost sounds too good to be true but publications like Style.com, Wallpaper, and SF Chronicle are even behind us on this one.

meet the birds: amy leavell bransford

We figured it’s about time that you get to know the birds here at the Aviary and who better to start with than owner herself, Amy Leavell Bransford. A “PR girl-in-recovery”, Amy found refuge and true love in opening Aviary in 2009. By bringing her history, personality, and (awesome) style with her, Amy created a place I don’t know what we’d do without. Here are a few of her thoughts on it (what she’s thinking while treating that pretty face of yours included).

You went from PR to skincare, what inspired you to open Aviary? After spending my 20s in a haze of smoky bars and nightclubs, I felt the need to counterbalance with something a little healthier, for mind and body. Plus I have an intense need to fuel my beauty product dependency and because I am also a PR girl-in-recovery, I still think the things that I love you should love, too.

What’s your favorite thing about it? Besides the energy, I love the aesthetic you’ve created (and there has to be a little of you in that). My parents are preservationists and the wood used inside the Aviary was reclaimed from my parents’ tree farm. So there are little hints of my childhood home. There is a piece of wood that faces the kitchen in the salon where obvious years of layers of paint are on it. One of the deepest layers is a mint green that had to only be available in the 50’s. My great-grandmother had her living room (now my parents’ living room) painted that color and the wood was a baseboard there. I like being reminded of that history when I walk by.

This cool, relaxing aesthetic carries over into your treatment room. What do you think about while saving our skin? I am usually planning out what I am going to make for dinner. All kidding set aside, I am constantly thinking about what new products we need to carry (back to the product dependency issue) and services that we should offer and how I can perfect what I am doing in the treatment room. I’ve recently been focusing more on adult acne. Treating and understanding what causes it to occur to women in their 20s, 30s and beyond.

When you’re not working at Aviary (and when you are), you’re a full time wife and mom (to two cuties). What are your favorite Atlanta adventure spots? We live in Inman Park so lately we are on the Beltline every weekend, either by foot or bike. My kids love going the Isamu Noguchi Playscape in Piedmont Park. Outside of town, we like hiking at Arabia Mountain and Sweetwater Creek.

And of course, if you were a bird, what kind of bird would you be? A White-Winged Dove.

into the bottle: grapeseed oil

Last week’s post about dream product Lavish inspired us to start exploring the natural ingredients that actually make up our favorite products. After all, it is the inside that counts. By going into the bottle, we’ll start seeing what makes our beloved products tick, what our skin responds to oh, so well, and even more importantly, why. We’re opening up one of those nine essential oils in Lavish that we also used (think back) in our very own Oh, Honey! Purifying Cleansing Oil. We introduce to you her majesty, grapeseed oil.

With its fine, non-greasy texture, grapeseed oil is one of the best natural moisturizers around. Emma Stone even uses it exclusively as hers. The trick is how it has the ability to moisturize without clogging pores. It actually helps regulate oil production making it a supreme fit for all skin types. Yes, even oily and acne-prone. But where grapeseed oil really shines is when we hit those dry patches (from winter curses to all-nighters). Partly due to its abundance of omega-6 (brings balance) and vitamin E (all powerful antioxidant powers), grapeseed oil is just a master of nourishing the driest of skin without irritation. Applied directly, it even offers a soft and satiny finish.

What makes grapeseed oil even cooler is that it’s eco-friendly. As a by-product of wine making (yum), grapeseeds are found, of course, in the vineyards. They’re also typically thrown away. But with 50 kg of grapeseeds being required to obtain one liter of oil, that’s a lot of grapeseed saving. And with its long list of benefits, we are more than happy to do so.

it's just... lavish.

Remember last week when we explored One Love Organic’s master product, Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm? Well, this week we’re exploring another product that could be included under the master category (just like Michelangelo or Raphael). It’s Lavish by Sircuit and again, we’re in awe.

The multi-use therapeutic dry oil is a face, body, and hair godsend. With NINE of the most precious oils (Grapeseed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Organic Borage Oil, Arctic Cranberry Oil, Cloudberry Oil, Bitter Almond Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Oil, Neem Oil), Lavish nourishes, protects, and smooths every inch of the body. These oils also combat signs of aging, improve the appearance of scars and strechmarks, and can be used on dry hair for spilt end and general damage control. And this wide range of benefits relates to the wide range of possibilities Sircuit brings to the table with Lavish. It is suitable for every age and can tackle woes all year around. How cool is that?

And if that isn’t enough, Allure Magazine’s Beauty Reporter pointed out five more reasons dry oil may take place of every product ever (ever). It can remove everything from mascara to eye shadow without stripping skin, tame frizz and flyaways, naturally highlight cheekbones and shoulders, and when added to liquid foundation, it can make it more hydrating and sheer. One simple idea I really liked was to dab a little on your wrist as perfume (Lavish comes complete with an almond scent to swoon over). And as always, Sircuit has produced a product that’s free of artificial preservatives, colors, fragrance, and cruelty. Get ready to glow.

your new bff

Are you sitting down? For something this exciting you may want to be. That’s right… all beauty woes have been solved. It’s called Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, the brainchild of One Love Organics. And it’s because this magic balm poses the question, “what isn’t it?” Multitasking as a hair tamer, illuminizer, make up remover, moisturizer, pomade, primer for mineral powder, and skin soother, this 3.5 oz. jar does it all.

Skin Savior is made up 100% natural ingredients including pure, cold pressed plant oils, mango butter, and three critical extracts (chia seed, oat, and vanilla) that break down and cleanse without stripping the skin’s natural protective layer as well as smell quite lovely. And… it’s waterless. One Love Organics believes in kissing mystery products goodbye and only includes ingredients with direct benefits (H2O not included). Everything about it really just comes down to lovely…

The brand, One Love Organics, takes pride in their sensitive, simple approach to beauty. They hand make and hand fill every product right down to Skin Savior. But beauty for One Love isn’t just skin deep. Ethically and environmentally driven, they are accredited by PETA and Green America Approved Business as well as donate 1% of their annual net revenue to organizations such as CARE and The Children’s Scholarship Fund. And as if we haven’t found our well, one love, everyone from The Zoe Report to Birchbox has praised Skin Savior. Amy especially believes in it for winter chapped skin and with Atlanta finally (maybe) getting a dose of winter, we are in perfect time!

celebrate the season (right down to your skin)

We’ve (un)officially entered the holiday season. With weeks old smiling pumpkins beginning to wilt on stoops, new pumpkins waiting for Thanksgiving (already?) the sound of pumpkin flavored… anything, pumpkins are hard not to love. But all won’t wither away like our stoop sitting friends. For example, Sircuit’s Youth Accelerator Mask (Made Better) with pumpkin enzyme is here to stay.

Youth Accelerator is an all-natural, pumpkin enzyme peel that’s rich in anti-aging and skin perfecting nutrients.  Brimming with Beta Carotene and over 100 other nutrients, pumpkin ferment and lactic acid (skin softening exfoliant) removes dead skin cells and deeply cleans pores. It helps to minimize free radicals (that icky stuff in the air) that result in accelerated aging and clogged pores. It’s suitable for all skin types yet best for aging, oily, and/or those with hyperpigmentation.

It all lends to a healthier, more vibrant complexion and that’s what we’re all about. And with endless holiday parties (and photos opps) coming up, a revamped complexion couldn’t sound better. And, hey, Youth Accelerator is 100 times simpler than the holidays and all they bring. Use once a week for 10-15 minutes will do the trick! Ready to beam? We know it smells good but save that for the desserts. THIS intensive therapy targets the skin’s receptors yet boasts fewer calories better than that pumpkin spice latte you’re craving.

The pumpkin mask is also available in the Smart Peel Facial and appointments with Amy can be scheduled here.

honey, we love you

Some of you may have seen the photo of our DIY facials last Thursday (yes, you read right) but that photo only showed part of it. We had such a great time with the National Honey Board in town. We also have a lot to fill you in on. The National Honey Board is a federal research and promotion board under USDA oversight that really digs into and promotes… honey. And when they contacted us about having an event about honey and its benefits when it comes to skin, we couldn’t have felt sweeter.  It was a night of newfound knowledge, honey-inspired food (honey/vanilla cupcakes, anyone?), and DIY facials. We know it’s that honey and teatime of year but please set some aside for your skin. It’s making quite the buzz.

Our very own Amy Leavell Bransford as well as HollyBeth Anderson of HollyBeth Organics teamed up and created a five-step, DIY soothing honey facial. But why? First off, Amy and HollyBeth share a passion for natural and pure skincare. They are careful to choose only products with potent and organic ingredients that nurture, treat, and protect the skin. Honey is 100% that as well as a humectant (meaning it draws and retains moisture in skin) and has whole body benefits (remember when mum used to give you a spoonful for your cough?).

As a humectant, it makes for the greatest moisturizer. Though this has always been instinctive, it’s now proven thanks to our friends at the National Honey Board. In 2010, they conducted a study to find out that after honey was applied to the forearm and, untouched for four hours, hydration levels increased. It won’t leave skin feeling oily either. After all, dry skin is one of our biggest battles in the coming months. Hydrated skin stays soft, supple, elastic, and young. Wondering why that honey bear is your cabinet is still ¾ full yet?

So, stickiness aside, grab that honey bear down and give some of our recipes a try. We promise a sweet time.

Oh, Honey! Purifying Cleansing Oil

3T honey 3 large ripe strawberries (mashed or blended) 1T Almond or Grapeseed Oil

We love honey as a cleanser! It contains many vital nutrients and vitamins and is naturally antibacterial. Here we mixed ingredients together in a bowl, utilizing the enzymes of strawberries and created a cleansing oil that won’t strip the skin.

Grits & Honey Scrub (A HollyBeth Original)

1T honey 1T grits (can also use oats, ground nuts, coffee beans) ½tsp your favorite oil to add traction

Grits and honey mixed together make a wonderful scrub. Mix together in a bowl and use circular motions on cheeks, chin, and forehead to slough dead skin cells. Remove after 5 minutes with a warm compress.

Even Out Skin Toner

1 1/2T witch hazel 1/8tsp lemon juice 1/8tsp honey

Lemon is a natural skin brightener and preservative and we love honey for its humectant qualities – a must for a skin toner or balancer. Here we mix the ingredients with witch hazel and use a spray bottle to mist on our skin.

“Milk n Honey” Pore Refining Mask

2tsp full fat Greek yogurt 2tsp honey 2 drops lavender (or your favorite essential oil)

Here Greek yogurt is our alpha hydroxy acid, smoothing out skin and working on fine lines. Paired with anti-bacterial and humectant honey, this is a great mask for all skin types and wonderful for re-hydrating skin. Lavender essential oil will calm the skin.

Mix ingredients in a bowl and apply using hands or a fan brush. Remove with a warm compress after a few minutes (5 if sensitive and 15-20 otherwise).

Buzzy Lip Conditioner

½tsp honey ½tsp Organic Sweet Almond Oil 1-drop peppermint (or other favorite essential oil)

Peppermint oil stimulates and plumps the lips while honey and almond oil offer a deep conditioner for fine lines around the lip area. Mix ingredients in a small bowl or container and apply using lip brush, finger or a q-tip. This one may be our favorite.

clearer skin, healthier skin, clarisonic

A lot went on this weekend in our fair city.  The Decatur Book Festival, Braves games, Dragon*Con anyone?  And with all this playing around your skin may be in need of some TLC (especially if you participated in heavy Dragon*Con makeup).  But never fear, all you need is a little love courtesy of your Clarisonic.  Clarisonic is a skin cleansing system that uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second (more than any hands could ever do) and removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than those hands too.  The Clarisonic mantra: clearer skin is healthier skin.

Cleansing is a fundamental but often overlooked step in your daily beauty routine; the excitement of your other, seemingly more exciting skin care products take priority.  But what Clarisonic does is remind us that without proper cleansing, those products don’t work as well they can and should.  The system is gentle, a master at minimizing visible pores, reducing oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes, and keeps your coveted skin looking and feeling smoother.  We covet Carisonic Pro - complete with four speeds a universal changing cradle, and a three year warranty.  And as the queen bee of Clarisonic, the Pro is only available through estheticians.  Ahem.  We also adore the Mia 2 - Pro’s travel ready baby sister.  Mia 2 comes with two speeds (low and normal), a travel case, universal charger, two-year warranty, and your choice of pretty color (we LOVE coral and mango).

To use your Clarisonic, wet your skin with water and appropriate gel or crème cleanser or just apply cleanser to brush, and use in circular motions for about a minute.  The Clarisonic is so gentle and perfectly delicate that it could be used up to twice a day but we recommend a more realistic 2-3 times a week for festival ready skin (again).  Come by and see or set up an appointment with Amy to chat a little more about it, to see it in action, or just for a little of that face TLC we talked about earlier.

Six - Not All Facials Are Created Equal

Fact six: Not all facials are created equal.  See, the key lies in balance and rhythm.  A rhythmic, caring touch can guide you to balance and serenity from your skin to your mind.  Dr. Hauschka believes in supporting skin health by calming the mind and by stimulating the lymph flow to promote the skin’s self cleansing processes.  The combination of the unique botanical blends and preparations and the power of touch encourage this.  A facial should support your skin’s natural processes of self-cleansing and renewal to bring forth the glow in you.  Schedule yours today!

Aviary {organic beauty collective} is InStyle!

In one of the interviews that I did the last year, I was asked what the most exciting thing that I have ever won. My answer: accolades. To be able to do what you love is truly a gift; I feel as blessed about that as I do my family and friends who support me. But, in all honesty, to be told that you are good at it is something that brings a me level of validation that I never experienced with report cards or trophies. Though I love to learn, I was never an excellent student (actually I was a pretty bad one) and even though I am "tall" (which apparently equals must be great at sports), I am much more clumsy and awkward than nimble. Plus I pretty much hate anything that requires running. So when I got the call that I was being considered for InStyle Magazine's roundup of the Nation's best beauty services, I had to catch my breath. And then throw up a little because I still had to perform a facial for their tester.

I feel fortunate that our Atlanta tester was a real champion for the ATL. She told us that she had been hounding a friend who works for the magazine to stop overlooking our great city for this annual feature...and they finally obliged! How my name got tossed into the ring, I will never know. But we made it. And the me of my twenties (a PR girl) is super proud of the me of today...because I don't think I even got this excited to get a band written up in Rolling Stone or the New York Times. As I read the other services and salons who are featured, I feel even more flattered to be included...my friends at WAX got a great shoutout under waxing. And Adore Hair Studio, which is also right around the corner, was featured under hairstyling. So yay Eastside ATL!!

Anyway, I appreciate the kudos from InStyle and I hope you'll take advantage of the 20% discount that they are offering to their readers. We at the Aviary are just doing what we love to do everyday, whether providing a service or just hanging out with our friends. On most days it feels like one in the same to us.