skin October 27, 2018

how to get rid of blackheads

let us start by saying, you’re not alone in this struggle. no matter what your skin type, everyone has dealt with blackheads. whether it’s due to hormonal changes, excess oil, or lack of exfoliation, pores are destined to become clogged at some point…

skin October 23, 2018

what is LED light therapy – and does it live up to its claims?

since becoming popularized by celebrity facialists, LED light therapy is everywhere. from serial killer-looking masks, to handhelds and professional panels, it’s become the insta-worthy skin treatment for everything from acne to fine lines. sounds like voodoo magic, sure, but there are plenty of studies to back up the benefits it promises…

skin October 22, 2018

HOP APPROVED / hyaluronic acid intensifier x SkinCeuticals

when it comes to hydration, this serum is in a league of its own. it amplifies the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels that dramatically deplete with age. it contains a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid, proxylane, liquiorice root (great for brightening), and purple rice (for preserving hyaluronic acid content) to plump, hydrate, and smooth the skin. it’s beneficial for all skin types, especially for those with dry and dehydrated skin, and anyone looking to improve overall texture
how to use
-if using in the morning, apply 4-6 drops after vitamin c serum, pressing & patting into the skin
-if using with a retinol at night, apply after retinol
*good rule of thumb* HA serum should be last step before moisturizer


skin September 28, 2018

how to become an esthetician in a med spa

let us start by saying, we enjoy every facet of being an esthetician. it’s a rewarding career in an industry that’s constantly evolving. it also happens to be our true passion, and as the saying goes, if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life- we couldn’t agree more. we’re often asked how we got started, so we wanted to share the process and what options you have if you’re considering becoming an esthetician in a med spa…

skin September 25, 2018

HOP APPROVED / @drdennisgross peel pads

chemical > mechanical exfoliation ALWAYS

we never use anything abrasive such as scrubs or a clarisonic as they can be very damaging and are a surefire way to spread bacteria. these non-abrasive peel pads contain a combination of acids that work to remove the rough, surface layer of dead skin cells by dissolving the bonds that hold them together without running the risk of damaging/tearing your skin. they also deliver powerful anti-aging actives & nourish the skin

we exfoliate 2-3x/wk at night post-cleansing. skip toner and follow with your serums. we did a vid on how to use them here

beauty, skin, wellness September 1, 2018

rylie before noon

as a creature of habit, i’m all about consistency, especially when it comes to my routine. in my opinion, the way you start your day sets the tone for how the rest of it will go. here’s the full breakdown of my routine before noon…

skin, treatments August 27, 2018

skin heroes we swear by

being immersed in the beauty industry has exposed us to a lot of products, treatments and techniques. we’ve witnessed our fair share of nonsense, gimmicks and false promises, which is why when we find something that really works, we stick with it and share it with you. although routine and consistency is something we preach, experimenting and trying new things is how you continue to evolve

we promised to be the guinea pigs and only bring you the best of the best, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the skin heroes we swear by based on scientific research, proven results and a great deal of trial & error…

beauty, skin August 20, 2018

HOP approved / ‘the face’ illuminating drops x tan-luxe

i (Brittany) am a self-tanner newbie. before Rylie convinced me this was the best she’s ever found, it had been years since i had a faux bronze. i was very skeptical at first, but once i saw the results for myself, i was hooked. it doesn’t stain sheets or clothes, and the color is perfection. it contains raspberry seed oil, vitamin E and aloe vera to nourish the skin, and the DHA tanning active is eco-cert organic. i also use it on my body in the ‘light/medium’ shade- Rylie prefers the ‘medium/dark’


how to use
-mix 1-3 drops to your usual moisturizer or body lotion and apply evenly to bone dry skin
*make sure to shave & exfoliate before applying*
-wash hands thoroughly after application and avoid feet
*we like to apply in the AM and rinse off late afternoon*
skin July 27, 2018

key ingredients explained

we’ve all heard ingredients like antioxidants, retinol and hyaluronic acid are beneficial for the skin, but what do they actually do? understanding the difference between ingredients and how they affect your skin is critical when it comes to selecting products. also, never make a decision based on a marketing label. always check the ingredient list on the back- they’re listed in descending order starting with the largest amount in the product (usually water) to the least, so if a label promotes having a certain ingredient but it’s listed at the end, then not much of that ingredient is present

we’ve put together a cheatsheet of key ingredients to help you navigate the skincare aisle…