Beauty

Thread Bare

The scene after your last eyebrow wax appointment: chafed red skin followed by a breakout the next day. Talk about Apocalypse Brow. There is a more, um, highbrow way of maintaining those perfect arches. Eyebrow threading removes facial hair (on…

Beauty and the Beach

Three-day weekend! Don’t wind up beached without these sand and surf essentials. Level Head You can’t padlock your beach tote to keep your keys, cellphone and iPod safe when you’re in the water. But the Podillow beach pillow lets you…

Near Bliss

There was that one day you tried to have it all. But calling in “sick” to work, the sunrise-to-sunset beach session, and eating everything on the dessert tray only resulted in a reprimand, a mean sunburn, and extra thigh weight,…

Full Steam Ahead

Day three of no trades and lingering vog, and you’re so over that sticky, sweaty feeling.  Make the best of the situation and head to the brand new Spa Pure at the chic, marine-themed Wyland Waikiki hotel for their Ganban…

Scent of a Woman

Evoking tropical island flowers is nothing new for luxury perfumes. Every department store from Pasadena to Peoria carries scents like Estee Lauder’s Beyond Paradise and Michael Kors Hawaii. But none of them have any real connection to someplace tropical –…

Cream of the Crop

From Hollywood film stars to the cast of Lost, celebrity spotting is an easy pastime in Hawaii. But there’s a new beauty superstar in town, hiding out at a local hangout in Kahala. No, it’s not an A-list actress --…

Birds and Bees

It would be easier if people had instructive signs. Like when you have a super-tight deadline at work: Talk At Your Own Risk. Or when you’re feeling frisky: Open for Business. Okay, you have a signal for that. But sometimes…

Beauty Conquers Beast

Lucky you, Lei Chic has discovered four secrets to slay your most annoying beauty beasts. Scrub that Booty Durable, circulation-boosting exfoliators were impossible to find, until the Indigenous Soap Company introduced the perfectly rough Brown Body Scrubber. It resists mold,…

Softer, I Pumice

Dear Poor, Tired Feet: I know I’ve been bad. I keep wearing shoes all the time, haven’t gone walking on the beach to at least give you an island-style pedicure (all that rainy winter weather wasn’t my fault, though!); and…

Knead to Know

With a few taps of your fingers, everything you want comes to you on demand (well, almost everything). Last month it was an online shopping marathon to use all your Christmas gift cards, and after New Year’s it was getting…

Ancient Hawaiian Secret

Somewhere along the way, traditional became a bad word – conjuring visions of conservative clothes and drab foods served at mandatory family gatherings. But connecting to our roots can often uncover rituals that make you feel good as new again…

Wax On, Wax Off

Cliché, but true: it’s a small island. Looking your worst on a late night run for wine and ice cream? Garans you’ll run into your ex, high school arch enemy, or your boss. And when you’ve got a sensitive female…

Sponsored Edition: Healing Sands

It's 10:00 Monday morning. You're already dreaming about 5:00 Friday night . Your big plans after running ragged at work all week consist of a slow commute back home for some nuked take-out leftovers and "Sex and the City" reruns.…

Beauty Beats Beast II

An errant splash of that morning latte. That not-so-dry home mani/pedi. Those uber-cute heels that look amazing, but aren’t-so-grate when you get stuck in that sidewalk crack/manhole cover/damp lawn. It doesn’t take much to turn your outfit from Le Chic…

Top Gear

Operator: 911, what is your emergency? You: Help! I’ve just had a beauty blow out on the freeway and I don’t know what to do! Operator: Calm down. What is the situation? You: I was all pumped up about my…