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Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Shopping got you down? Gift Certificates are always a good choice.

  Gift Certificates now available at Mahina Skincare!
located at 1560 Fourth Street in San Rafael CA 94901.. 
(415) 300-6220 
(Inside PinUp Hair Emporium and Unique Boutique)

Fancy a lovely view whilst receiving your skin treatment!
Do you like to receive relaxing skin treatments but cannot find a place that is comfortable, relaxed, affordable AND lacking in snobbery??

                          Look no further!! 

Mahina Skincare is your skincare alternative, going against mainstream beauty treatments with natural and organic recommendations for treating your skin and body.

This Holiday Season give your loved one the gift of Beauty, Health, and Luxurious Relaxation with an Organic Skin Treatment Certificate. 

Mahina Skincare offers Hand Crafted Organic Skincare Products, Prescriptions for Skin Conditions, Lash and Brow Tinting Services, Detox Treatments, Hand and Foot Shine, Age Spot treatments, Natural Fruit Peels and more!

Support a local small business this holiday season and help your community thrive!! 

The Fabulous PinUp Hair Emporium and Unique Boutique on Fourth Street in San Rafael
featuring local artists and vintage items, chemically conscious services only!!
Let your natural beauty shine on!!
(415) 300-6220

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fall menu

                                                                                                          Organic Facials/ Apothecary Services

Getting a monthly facial is relaxing for the mind and body and will stimulate your skin cells to renew, resulting in healthy glowing skin and relaxed body. These treatments are complimented by John Masters Organic Skincare line as well as hand-crafted  Organic Skincare by Brenna.

I am able to asses your skin, and offer a Prescription as well.  The Prescriptions come in an Organic Cairrier Oil that is chosen just for you. I call these " The RX oils"...  Herbs are infused into these oils as well as enhanced medicinally by Organic Essential Oils and Bee Propolis from some truly divine bees.  Ask Brenna about these Rx oils, and how you could benefit.

         Don't forget to ask me about Seasonal Treatments! 

          Fall seasonal specialty treatment                         : 
Organic Pumpkin Peel! Complimented by a soothing Tropical Ginger-Allspice refresher hydrosol cool down. 25 for 10 MIN.

Nui  Facial 75
The Nui is your monthly facial.  It includes a deep cleanse, enzyme exfoliation,  gentle extraction,  renewal mask, moisture & protect. Enjoy a light acupressure facial massage, and massage of the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, as well as your feet. 

Keiki  Facial                                               55
This is your mini-facial. It includes your essential treatments in a quick appointment. Includes cleanse, enzyme packed exfoliation, moisture & protect. Savor a light acupressure facial massage and a massage of the neck and arm. 

Honu Treatment                     65
The Honu includes a deep cleanse, enzyme packed exfoliation, extraction and live clay renewal treatment. Fancy an invigorating massage for your shoulders, calves, and feet. 

Ali'i  Combination Facial                       125
The Ali'i is a treatment fit for royalty. Enjoy a 60 minute facial and 25 minute back treatment.
 In addition to your monthly Nui treatment take pleasure in a steam, cleanse, exfoliation/extraction and moisture for your back.

Elite Organic Experience                         175

Take advantage of this personalized prescriptive skin therapy. The Elite Organic Experience includes a one on one skin coaching with a pre-appointment consultation, personalized skin mapping, and skin preparation.
Getting a mini treatment prior to your facial prepares your skin for  facial making this therapy very effective.
Those suffering from problem skin,  sun damage, and excessive dryness benefit from this repeat treatment.   

 Natural Peel                        25
Add a fruit acid peel to your treatment. Fight pigmentation, sun damage, acne/blackheads and premature aging with a high powered peel from nature! Steam and relax while experiencing this must-have treatment .

Purify Massage 25
Gentle facial massage that activates lymph-fluid circulation as well as stimulates the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.

When the lymphatic system is blocked, we become defenseless against attacks by virus, fungi, and bacteria.
A well functioning lymph system contributes to healthy body tissue and plays an important part in awakening the immune system responses. This will empower your bodies' ability to defend against toxins and impurities. 

Purify Mask 25
Ancient Maui Clay is applied to the lymph system under your arm and on either side of your throat/decolletage. (Bikini lymph area 10 additional) Enjoy this decompression mask while you recieve an acupressure massage, and massage of the hands and forearms.
The mineral rich healing power of the live clay in this treatment detoxifies and purifies your lymph system. 

Hand/Foot Shine               30
Your hands and feet will be gently exfoliated with a hand crafted organic scrub and then bathed in deeply moisturizing oils. Finish with a hand-made sealing salve. 

Fight weathered looking hands and feet due to extreme dryness with the hand and foot shine. Embrace those hard working hands and feet with a luxurious treatment!

Specialty Treatments                                                                                
Purify Combination Treatment                   85
Includes cleanse, exfoliation, purify facial massage, purify mask treatment including under your arm and on either side of your throat/decolletage. (Bikini lymph area 10 additional). Release stress and purify with massage of the neck, hands, forearms and feet.

Age Defying hand and neck treatment         95
Includes cleanse, exfoliation, peel for your face and lightening treatment for your hands, arms and decolletage.
Add the hand and foot shine to this treatment for maximum result,

Lash and Brow Tint

Lash Tint                                                     15
Brow Tint                                                     15
Lash and Brow Tint                                            28
Brow Tint and Wax                                             

Waxing Services 

Waxing pulls out the hair follicle, resulting in less/slower hair growth, removal of stubble, and less ingrown hair.
For best results, continue your waxing routine every four weeks.To prepare:Hair needs to be at 1/4 inch (3 weeks grow out) to remove hair successfully. If you are grown out, trim to 1/4 inch for proper results.
Please come to your waxing appointment freshly showered and without any lotions or oils on your skin. 
Do not sunbathe before or after your appointment (48 hours).Waxing during your menstrual cycle is not reccomended due to heightened sensitivity.
(Caffeine makes you more sensitive as well, if you are at all concerened.. you may take Tylenol or Advil 30 MIN prior to your appointment.)
You will recieve instructions for after-care at the end of your waxing appointment.


(full face 40)
brow shaping 20
brow maintenence 16
lip 10
chin 10 
sideburns 10
lip, chin, sideburn 30


full arm 40
half arm 25
under arm 20-25
full leg 65
fingers or toes 10


Basic 30-35
Brazilian 55-60
Booty 25
Inner Thigh 10

All goods and services will have an 8.5% tax 

Mahina Skincare is located inside Pinup Hair Emporium and Unique Boutique. 1560 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901
Call for an appointment!

(415) 300-6220


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Luau Stew/ 99 Ranch

1 whole taro leaf
When I lived on Kauai, I was lucky enough to live on 2.5 acres. We had a fenced in yard which included some space for a garden. I loved the garden although I was terrified of centipedes.. When I wanted to make luau stew, I would walk outside to the garden (set aside my fears) and grab some taro root and leaves.. I would then go inside and start cooking.
Since I live in the Bay Area now I was very excited when I found out about 99 Ranch in the Easy Bay. I was so happy when I realized that I could make the foods that I miss so much from the islands without begging friends to mail me items.

sliced taro
Taro is a root that is similar to potato.  Locals like to pound it and make poi, a sticky starchy substance.. you can use the leaves to wrap up pork or chicken and make lau lau as well. There are lots of ways to use taro in the kitchen, but my favorite is using it for luau stew.

taro leaf
The taro root should be peeled and then sliced. Taro leaves should be de-veined and chopped. 
Get your stew pot warmed up with a good amount of coconut oil in it. Add your sliced taro root and sautee until golden brown. Make sure to add enough oil as the taro is a sticky starchy root and can bond to other pieces and become softly sauteed instead of golden brown if there isn't enough oil, or there is moisture in the pot. 
If you want to add chicken to this recipe, boneless skin-on thighs work wonderfully. I like to pan sautee them for a crispy skin. Then set them aside and add them at the end as everything is "stewing."

Chop up some garlic and ginger and add into the pot until the aroma fills your kitchen. That way you haven't overdone the spices and they will impart their flavor on the stew.
fresh lemongrass

 I also used lemongrass in this recipe. I chopped it and put it into some cheesecloth that I anchored on the side of the stew pot. This way the flavor is incorporated without biting into chunks of lemongrass, and or having to strain the lemongrass out of the pot.

Add two to three cans of coconut milk.( I don't like the low fat coconut milk as it is too watery.) I prefer organic regular coconut milk... Coconut milk is very similar to mother's milk, and it helps the body to process  fats ingested. Coconut fats are utilized by the body/ and they also help the body to utilize stored fats as well.
Add your taro leaves, chicken, and any other items you would like. Examples would be mushrooms, onions, more garlic.. whatever your heart desires.
alaea sea salt

Sea salt is the only spice that I use for this recipe. It really brings out the flavors of the stew so I add it to taste.
 Let everything stew for 40 minutes or so.   Towards the end, take the cheesecloth with the lemongrass in it and squeeze until all of your flavor has gone into the pot.
Serve over white rice and eat! xo
luau stew!
you will need:
1 large taro root
1 bag (12) taro leaf
4-5 chicken thighs (optional)
2-3 cans coconut milk
4 cloves garlic chopped
1 tb ginger
Hawaiian salt
serve with rice.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Day Serum!

Whipped day serum
 I am just so in love with cold pressed oils. I really appreciate how they absorb quickly into my skin, and leave it nourished and supple. In this warm California weather, I felt a need to make a water- based serum. Something a little lighter that I could put on before I put on my SPF day moisturizer, but something including cold pressed oils. I whipped up this recipe in the height of summer. It is so refreshing to put on, that I found myself bringing it with me everywhere!  I just love the tropical hydrosols I picked up from Kauai, so I incorporated them too! In this particular day serum I chose a Kauai Coffee and Cinnamon hydrosol. Coffee and Cinnamon combined are a wonderful way to stimulate blood circulation, which assists in cell regeneration.

This serum is special because I added a propolis tincture from a good friend that is a bee-keeper on Kauai. The propolis is packed with nutrition and it also is antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral so it is an extremely helpful aid in healing any wounds or blemishes. This Day Serum also contains cold pressed coconut oil, cold pressed kukui nut oil, cold pressed evening primrose oil and vitamin e.

This is an excellent addition to any skin care regimen for most skin types. It is light and refreshing, scented with pineapple and pikake. Close your eyes and let the scent take you away to a tropical place!

Aloha! B

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Free Facials Promotion!

25 minute facials in San Anselmo

Friday June 3rd from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Last appointment is at 1:30 P.M.
The Available times are:
11:00, 11:30, 1:00, 1:30

Saturday June 4th from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Last appointment is at 1:30 P.M.
The Available times are:
10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30

Take your time slot or you will miss out on a natural ingredients facial promotion! Super fun stuff!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Menu of services- In-call and Out-call Facials..Special thru July 1st!

In-call facial services are now available

I make Hawaiian-inspired natural skincare products as well as offer one-of-a kind skin treatments. I use non-abrasive products that are infused with healing properties of essential herbs, fruits, Hawaiian red clay, sea kelps, beeswax, natural butters, oils, flowers, and salts. I make my own tonics, scrubs, peels, masks and moisturizers. I use the highest quality ingredients from organic cultivation whenever possible. I help eliminate the use of chemicals in cosmetic products and I support local and Hawaiian businesses.
The ultimate goal is to renew your skin with a personalized treatment that will best suit your skin type. You will feel great knowing you can go back out into the world with a fresh face, and restored energy.

You can choose from the selection of treatments in your home or in the Ohana Room.

You have the option to come to my treatment room .. the Ohana Room (in house in San Anselmo). I am using this treatment room as a start up as I build my business in the community.

Keep an eye out for "mahina" products.. I have the "nani oils" for sale at the fruit stand in Tam Valley, Marin County CA. Also, you are able to purchase the nani oils from me... my lemongrass scrub is coming too.  More products to come.

Getting a monthly facial will stimulate your skin cells to shed and renew, resulting in healthy glowing skin. 

(The Nui) 75 MIN. FACIAL 
75.00 good thru July 1st for both in and out-call facials!

The Nui is your monthly facial for both men & women. It includes a deep cleanse, exfoliation, a renewal mask, moisture and protect. You will melt into an acupressure facial massage, neck massage, shoulders, arms and hands as well as your feet and calves.

(Anapu'u) 15 MIN.. add to any treatment
 15.00 Add Manual Lymphatic Drainage to any facial
When the lymphatic system is blocked, we become defenseless against attacks by virus, fungi, and bacteria.
A well functioning lymph system contributes to healthy body tissue and plays an important part in the body's immune system responses.
Activate lymph fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems with "The Anapu'u" in addition to your treatment.

Thanks for checking me out

The 75 minute Nui is 75.00 until July 1st

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Self Acceptance and Positive Thinking for Beautiful Skin / "Ha" = Breath of life.

Beautiful inside and out... What does this mean? 

Having a positive attitude can help to make a healthier lifestyle. Surrounding yourself with positive influences and people will move life in a better direction, resulting in a beautiful attitude and smiles too.

"If you surround yourself with the good and righteous, they can only raise you up. If you surround yourself with the others, they will drag you down into the doldrums of mediocrity, and they will keep you there, but only as long as you permit it." 
ark Glamack

Did you know that laughing can improve immune system function?
Laughing can increase the body's killer cells which defend the body from common illnesses. Endorphins are released when you are laughing and that can give you an overall feeling of well-being. 

 A hug really can do the trick.. human touch can also increase endorphins which will decrease the negative impact of stress too. 

Take a deep breath!! Around 70 % of all wastes are dispelled from the body through your breath. Breathing deeply betters your mood, clears your mind, and boosts energy. Sense of smell is super influential on our moods. If you smell something that makes you happy, it does because it triggers memories and moods. This has been used in aromatherapy which is a natural way to boost the healing powers of plants.

 "Ha" is the Hawaiian word for breath of life. This word was so important because just saying the word can reflect the power to heal. This word as with many others were not written down. Instead these words were kept to one's self and only passed on as a spoken word. This way the word would retain it's healing powers, or " Mana".

In my journey towards an improvement in my overall health and wellness, I have been feeling that it is very important to surround myself with supportive and loving influences. This is the beginning of my journey and it is most certainly not the end. In addition to surrounding your life with positive influences you should also take time for yourself. Whether it is to take a deep breath when you wake up.. or to go for a hike with your best friend.. whatever your healing process may be.. use your power! This way of living has helped me to instill and defend these qualities (laughing, hugging, breathing, excercising, etc.) in my everyday life. It's not always easy, but it is important for me to try.
  "It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term both for yourself and others will come."
- Dali Lama

I believe that health and wellness sprouts from a feeling of well being and love for yourself. Loving yourself and taking good care of yourself results in a happy spirit. A happy spirit will spread light to all aspects of your life and to others. Including your appearance!!  If that is not beauty, I don't know what is.

Live Aloha! -B

"You, yourself as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."

this post inspired by "ha" image:
as well as interview with Dr. Gabor on Stress and Disease connections