pAra Apothecary Jasmine Sandalwood Toning Mist

One of the many reasons I love pAra Apothecary's product line is because it's skincare as experience. The aromas are wonderfully intoxicating. The textures are smooth and buttery. Every spritz of the Jasmine Sandalwood Mist is part of a sensual ritual. I use this product in my facials and at home after washing my face, before the serum and balm. Jasmine and sandalwood are healing and restorative to dry cells, however my favorite ingredient in this product is the colloidal silver for killing bacteria.

From a study at UCLA:

"Colloidal silver’s ability to control antibiotic super bugs is astonishing. While employed at UCLA Medical School in the 1980s, Larry C. Ford, MD, documented over 650 different disease-causing pathogens that were destroyed in minutes when exposed to small amounts of silver. "  -Dr. Josh Axe

Take it home and use it on your face, your clothes, and on your pillow for a sweet sleep treat.


pAra Apothecary Jasmine Sandalwood Toning Mist. Contains colloidal silver hydrosol.

Oh my god, this face serum!

pAra Apothecary is blowing me away with their thoughtful and delicious formulations. The Immortal Facial Serum is a perfect hydration product for any skin type. There are so many great things about this product that I hardly know where to start. It's packed full of humectants like aloe, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid to draw and hold water close to the skin for superb hydration. Throw in a tetra-peptide for collagen boosting, resveratrol for kick-ass antioxidant power, and licorice for calming and you've got a well rounded serum to pair with your moisturizer.

pAra Apothecary are crafters of fine organic, small batch products from New York City.

Come get a facial with Angela and experience other products from pAra.


pAra Apothecary Immoratal Facial Serum with hyaluronic acid.

Marula oil for awesome skin!

Hydrating skin oils have come a long way since I was first introduced to the concept through Decleor products. I loved the feel of those oils, however with my oily, acne prone skin I was always concerned about adding more oil to the problem. Formulators have searched far and deep for lighter, quicker absorbing, and even anti-microbial oils that won’t exacerbate breakouts for people with acne prone and oily skin types. One such oil is Marula, found in the nut of the Marula fruit tree. Indigenous to Namibia, Africa, the Marula tree has been used for centuries in skin and hair care. The oil is light, fast absorbing, and full of beneficial nutrients and essential fatty acids for fighting oxidation, even more so than Argan oil. Vitamins E and C are present in high quantities and are excellent for correcting sun damage and promoting wound healing. Omegas and fatty acids improve skin elasticity, soften lines, and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Marula oil is one of the base oils in the Active Infusion Serum by Josh Rosebrook Skincare. It’s a perfect light-weight hydrator for use alone or layered with the Hydrating Accelerator for extra moisture. When used together, the Serum locks in the aloe-based hydration provided by the Accelerator. During winter months when skin tends to dry out from indoor heating and low humidity outdoors, skin needs extra help maintaining water and oil levels or it becomes tight, itchy, and chapped.

Get supple again with a facial at Monarch Brow & Facial Studio. Pick up the Hydrating Accelerator and Active Infusion Serum to take the organic goodness home with you.

Organic marula and avocado oil based Active Infusion Serum by Josh Rosebrook

Organic marula and avocado oil based Active Infusion Serum by Josh Rosebrook

Now featuring Josh Rosebrook Skincare

I’m excited to announce that Monarch will now carry Josh Rosebrook skin care products. These products are so pure you could eat them if you’re locked inside during a winter snow storm. Maybe don’t do that. Maybe just put them on your skin and notice the fabulous results instead. From the luscious smelling Cacao Antioxidant Mask to the avocado/marula oil based Active Infusion Serum, every product is packed full of active organic ingredients that are guaranteed to produce radiant skin. No parabens, no sulfates, just organic plant-based goodness. I’m personally in love with the Active Enzyme Exfoliator with its finely milled walnut shell scrub, papaya enzymes, and cornucopia of brightening herbs. It smells delicious, and my face feels so soft and glowy after my 10 minute home treatment.

Enjoy a relaxing facial at Monarch Brow & Facial Studio with esthetician, Angela Hugghins. Easily book online at

Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care.

Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care.

Mountains to Sea skincare yummies

The products are rolling in. The displays are filling up. The Well Curated Cabinet will soon be overflowing with my favorite products. And let me say that I am very picky about my retail and backbar products. Shopping for skincare and makeup can be so overwhelming with all of the luscious smelling, perfectly packaged new items appearing daily on various social media blogs. Let me help you find the good stuff.

I’m in love with a lotion stick by Asheville, NC-based Mountains to Sea Skincare. Awesomeness in a push-up style container! It’s a solid balm that travels well, and with a little push on the underside it will melt right over your knees, elbows, and probably anywhere you’d like a little sweet smelling skin conditioning.
A bit about the active ingredients:
    Calendula has been used for centuries as a food supplement for its internal calming properties, as well as a skin soother. Natural acne products often include Calendula for the cooling, soothing, and antibacterial benefits. You might know this flower from its beautiful golden petals, which contain beta carotene and many other beneficial antioxidants.
    Lemon balm is a member of the mint family. It is grown widely throughout the world for its anti-inflammatory properties as both a food supplement and skin preparation.
Beeswax, olive and coconut oils make up the rich base for this thick, protective skin balm. Bonus: the calendula flowers are grown in NC! #keepitlocal #nc

Also in Monarch’s Well Curated Cabinet, you’ll find Mountains to Sea Rosemary + Vetiver body lotion and the invigorating Peppermint + Myrtle body salt scrub. Y’all are going to feel so soft!

M2 Skincare original MAMA lotion

Monarch Brow & Facial Studio is now selling the original MAMA lotion from M2 Skincare. I LOVE this product because you can feel and see the results immediately. Most of the serum/cream exfoliators I sample leave the skin dry, flaky, and irritated after continued use. Not the MAMA! When applied on clean, damp skin at night, the skin is hydrated and smoother in the morning. Continued use can result in a little normal, occasional peeling, however the MAMA serum is very well tolerated by sensitive and sensitized skins. I rarely see this product giving people any issues. In fact, mandelic acid is great for soothing the usual erythema, or blotchy redness, that comes with anti-aging skin peeling products.
For oily skin, this product might be all you need at night. The folks with drier skin can layer moisturizer over the MAMA and enjoy extra hydration power.
If you’re on one of those people who has trouble with Retin-A, this product is for you. We all need more cell turnover as we age in order to keep skin clear and bright, however prescription products can be too much for certain skin types. The M2 MAMA utilizes Malic and Mandelic Acids (MAMA, for short) to increase the cell turnover by breaking the protein bonds on the outermost layer of the epidermis, revealing fresher, brighter skin cells.
Increased cell turnover also helps clear acne and congested pores, smooths the pores for more even texture, and softens fine lines.
This original favorite is formulated in an algae extract base and packed with Ubiquinone, also known as Coenzyme Q10, to neutralize free radicals. Ubiquinone is rated as a “best” ingredient by Paula Begoun, the Cosmetic Cop, because of it’s soothing nature. The highly hydrating, olive-derived oil known as Squalane completes the base of this gel lotion.
Here’s a run down of the fantastic benefits of MAMA’s star ingredients:
    Mandelic Acid: from the bitter almond, gentle exfoliator, pigment lightening, antibacterial
    Malic Acid: from apples and grapes, gentle exfoliator, pigment lightening, pH buffering
    Algae Extract: water-binding, soothing, antioxidant, emollient
    Ubiquinone (Coenzyme q10): antioxidant, cell energizer
    Squalane: from olives, intrinsic hydrator, scar diminishing, excess oil reducing, ideal delivery base

If you’re looking for a powerhouse antioxidant and gentle exfoliator in one, look no further. M2’s original MAMA is a five star product formulated to work on nearly all skin types and conditions.

Welcome M2 MAMA to the Well Curated Cabinet at Monarch Brow & Facial Studio!