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In the studio with May Lindstrom

July 9th, 2014 — 10:34pm


Meet May Lindstrom, the mind and heart behind the eponymous, all natural, good-enough-to-eat skincare line. Based in Los Angeles, CA, May radiates the sunshine her body soaks up every day. I recently went to visit her in the enormous loft work space into which she’d just moved (note the boxes), and she kindly let me take pictures of her in her newly inhabited surroundings. I’m excited to go back soon and see how she’s transformed her space to reflect her beautiful aesthetic.

I believe in the transfer of energy. I know that when I spend time around someone who is miserable and can’t find their way out of their misery, I often take on some of that energy. Likewise, when I spend time with those who exude light and happiness, my energy tends to follow suite. I like to think that the same principle applies to the person who envisions, crafts, and bottles what we put onto our skin. In the case of this skincare line, I feel the good energy inherent in it, and I think you will, too.

Have I lost you with my talk of energy transfer and good vibes? Here are some pics I took during my afternoon with May, to bring us back to the tangible.


May recently launched this beautiful new website full of great info about her vision for her company, and each of her delicious and effective products.

While I was visiting with her, she mixed up a very special toner for me which smells incredible. The kind of incredible where I feel like I need to smell it all the time. She said it was a recipe she’d included in a recent special offer holiday box. It made me realize I need to be better about keeping up with special product offers from my favorite brands, something I hope each of you is doing so that you don’t miss out on little bottles of amazingess like this one, which I now carry around in my purse.

These are beautiful handmade bowls she’s created in which you can mix your skin scrub to your desired consistency (her Masque Treatment Bowl)


Beautifully designed packaging…


May demonstrated for me just how blue the soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredient Blue Tansy, a wild-crafted North African flower really is.  Find it in her incredible product she calls The Blue Cocoon (first recommended to me by Spirit Demerson of spiritbeautylounge.com)


A framed reminder for the office:


Thank you so much, May! See you (and the newest member of your family: your pot bellied pig!) soon.  xo


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After 10+ hours on an airplane, Spontaneous Recovery Creme got Susan’s skin glowing for the red carpet.

August 20th, 2012 — 5:10pm

I always look online the day before I work with a celebrity client to see what they’ve been up to since I last saw them. The night before I was to work with Susan for the event where the photo above was taken, I saw pictures of her wearing a beautiful ornately embroidered silk, floor length caftan, walking beside a man in a white robe, with a pink turban on his head. The caption beneath said she had attended the closing ceremony of an International Film Festival in the Omani capital.

I quickly calculated the time difference, and realized that when I was to begin getting her ready for that night’s event in NYC, she would have just arrived home from her trip – IF she flew direct. I so hoped that she’d been able to sleep on the plane.

Flying is one of the biggest culprits in dry skin and overall systemic dehydration. I made a promise to myself years ago: no alcohol while flying and LOTS of water (I generally stick to this promise).  I try to sit on the aisle so I don’t feel guilty about waking the person sitting beside me every time I have to use the loo.

As soon as Susan took her seat in front of me at her kitchen table, I began massaging one of my very favorite immediately hydrating products onto her face and neck: Tammy Fender’s Spontaneous Recovery Creme.  The texture is unlike any other, and the scent is so raw and delicious. I like to demonstrate on my friends with tattoos just how miraculous this stuff is; it takes a 15 year old ink drawing and makes it look new again.

Now I know that this  product line ain’t cheap, and because I’m pretty darn frugal, you have to believe me – these creamy lotions and potions really are great. I don’t advocate for spending your last dime on fancy beauty products, but if you’re saving up to splurge, this line is one to put on your wish list.

Needless to say, the spontaneous recovery creme did it’s job on Susan (who looked pretty amazing despite her trip around the world sans a good night’s rest) and I think she looked incredible as she walked in front of the paparazzi.

I’ve been using a number of Tammy’s products on myself the past few months and I LOVE what they do for my skin.  Disclaimer: I have incredibly sensitive, acne prone, rash prone, super temperamental skin, and I’ve never had anything but great experiences with the following regimen.

I use her Bulgarian Rose Water as a toner -right out of the shower – immediately before the Capillary Stregthening Blend serum, followed by her delicious Antioxidant Creme in Neroli and Orange. I also think her Firming Eye Gel (which is really creamy and does that perfect mixture of sinking in and still keeping the top layer of skin looking dewy) is one of my all time favorites. The scents of her products aren’t in any way sweet or perfumed – they’re just what you’d expect from the woman whose tag lines are ‘holistic skin care’ and ‘pure living energy’, and who serves up her products in light-protecting brown glass bottles and jars.

As a side note: the other day I arrived at Susan’s and she and a few others were gathered around her laptop watching the trailer for Cloud Atlas, the latest film from the creators of the Matrix, in which Susan stars along side Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.  It looks incredible, and Susan looks amazing – both when she plays a character in her own likeness AND when she plays a character of an older man of Indian descent. Now that’s some talented hair and makeup! I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.





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