Glamour  | Fantasy  & Wonder

Published: October 2021
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Vanity Fair November 2020Vanity Fair  | Beauty Edit

Published: November 2020
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Sara Elizabeth Skincare in Vanity FairVanity Fair  | Beauty Roundup

Published: August 2020
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Sara Elizabeth Skincare in American Spa MagazineAmerican Spa Magazine | Nothing to Hide

Published: September/October 2019
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SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE 2019San Diego Magazine | Beauty Reboot

Published: January 2019
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Skin Inc 11-2018Skin Inc. | Trio of Herbal Blends

Published: November 2018
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Skin Inc Nov 2018Skin Inc. | November 2018 E-mail Feature of Tamanu Cleansing Oil

Published: November 2018
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Day Spa Magazine 9-2018Day Spa Magazine | September 2018 Product Premiere (featuring Apothecary Back Bar)

Published: September 2018
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San Diego Magazine | Holiday Gift Guide (featuring Bath in a Box)

Published: December 2017
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USA Love List | Non-Toxic  Facial Oils You Can Trust

Published: October 2017
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British Vogue | Low Down Picks (Featuring Bye Bye Baggage)

Published: September 2017
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Indie Beauty Expo | Best in Show Nominee: Vegan Nail Care

Published: September 2017
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San Diego Union Tribune | Best of San Diego 2017 Winner

Published: August 2017
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Sara Elizabeth Skincare at Birdie Nail SpaPacific Magazine | Forget Gloom, Go for June Glam!

Published: May 2017
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Sara Elizabeth American SpaAmerican Spa Magazine | Ingredients of Note

Published: May 2017
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Sara Elizabeth in American SpaAmerican Spa Magazine | Fresh Finds

Published: February 2017
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Fashion SnoopsFashion Snoops: Beauty | HOT NOW

Published: January 2017
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Day Spa Magazine: Nature’s Bounty – Eco-Conscious & Earth-Friendly Treats featuring Bye Bye Baggage Eye Serum

Published: January 2017
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Indie Beauty Expo: Behind the Brand

Published: January 2017
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American Spa Magazine: Fresh Finds

Published: January 2017
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Lucys Whims ArticleLucy’s Whims

Published: September 2016
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Pretty Little Fawn ArticlePretty Little Fawn

Published: September 2016
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Modern Luxury San Diego Magazine

Published: September 2016
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Published: August 2016
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Blame it on barneysBlame it on Barney’s

Published: July 2016
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Gift Guide: The Fashionista

Published: November 2015
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Halloween Masks Modern Luxury

Published: October 2015
This Halloween, forget the zombie and ghoul masks, because this season the only masks we want on our faces are the beautifying kind. When it comes to tricks and treats, we’re dishing out the sweet stuff to make your skin achieve a perfect autumnal radiance. Ready, set, glow!
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Style: Skincare – Beauty Countdown

Published: Fall 2014 | Exquisite Weddings Magazine
Exquisite Weddings Magazine | Fall 2014 Esthetician and skin guru Sara Elizabeth Kuite explains the beauty do’s and don’ts before “I do.”Step one: Put down the Cheetos and grab a glass of water.
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Skincare- Stay Coola! Best Facialist- Sara

Published: August 2014 | San Diego Magazine
The heat of summer has arrived. To shield our skin from harmful rays, we’re turning to Oceanside-based Coola Suncare. Founded by Bonsall resident Chris Birchby, Coola offers up to 97 percent certified organic sprays and creams in scents that smell like a tropical vacay, like Piña Colada and Citrus Mimosa. New for summer are the subtle, unscented SPF 15 and SPF 50 sprays. The company also makes a mineral SPF 50 formulated just for babies. And while you’re at it, try the best-selling Liplux, a favorite of celebs like Megan Fox. Here’s to shimmering instead of sizzling on the beach this summer! Available at Sara Elizabeth Skincare (Hillcrest), Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, and Skinsational (Carlsbad), or

Best Way to Fake a Good Night’s Sleep

Published: August 2014 | San Diego Magazine
This veteran facialist honed her skills performing extractions on supermodels in NYC. She’s constantly perfecting her craft . Her less-is-more philosophy will inspire you to ditch those prescription creams (buhbye, Retin-A!). As for the latest fountain of youth? It’s all about coffee berry. She sells a product line with the miracle ingredient, and offers a coffee berry facial. But after all these years, we still think her signature facial is the best. It includes a super-relaxing Japanese massage, and won’t leave you blotchy or red—just effortlessly dewy.

It Does A Body Good

Slip into summer with natural spa treatments
Published: July 2012 | FINE Magazine
Some of the most effective treatments around are all-natural and utilize ingredients you could easily find on the spa lunch menu. Read on to see what does a body good and which local spas do it best.


Tucked into a nondescript Mission Hills business complex, Sara Elizabeth Skincare ( is San Diego’s best kept secret when it comes to facials. Owner Sara Kuite is an expert in 500-year-old Japanese KOBIDO massage, with a gift for bringing out the best in your skin.

Sara Elizabeth Skincare offers unique skincare treatments that incorporate all-natural ingredients and botanicals. Her most popular facials include the Raw-Vegan-Organic Botanical Facial, which utilizes ingredients from the plant kingdom, both above and below the sea.

Sarah Elizabeth’s Porcelain Refining and Hydrating Signature Facial uses lactic acids from sugar beets, papaya pineapples and raspberries with sweet orange to sweep off dead cells, leaving behind plump and fresh skin.

Her Anti-Aging Kombucha Firming Facial uses three powerhouse compounds from sweet black tea, the bark of a Chilean tree and grain extract to increase skin’s hydration, firmness and brightness.


Published: November 2011 | Exquisite Weddings
“I love these because they are made locally and they come in a color that looks good an everyone.” – Jen
Hint of Mint lipgloss $14, Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique,

Beauty Writer for Healthy Bitch Daily Vegan Column

Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique

Published: 2010 |

Healthy Bitch Daily is a “loose-lipped” daily health and self-interest guide for the girl who doesn’t take herself too seriously, but holds her body and Mother Earth on a pedestal … or at least she’s trying. The brainchild of Kim Barnouin, co-author of New York Times Bestseller Skinny Bitch, Healthy Bitch Daily pays homage to the same ‘no-nonsense’ style that has made Skinny Bitch one of the bestselling paperbacks of all time with more than 2 million copies sold in 21 languages. Covering all the bases with food, health, fitness, style, beauty, and features on forward-thinkers in the areas of environmental and social awareness, Healthy Bitch Daily gets down and dirty with women on the things we are putting into and on our bodies.

Beauty writer for San Diego Magazine

Place to put that best face forward

Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique
Published: May 2009 | 944 Magazine
“Hidden gem in Mission Hills that seriously improved my skin…facials and treatments are completely customized.”
ng it to wash away all of the dirt and stress of the day.
4025 Hawk Street, Mission Hills | 619.977.7546


Skincare Gets Raw with Astara

Published: August 2008 | | Written by Courtney Carlisle
I was talking to one of the leading ladies in “green” spas, Sara or Sara Elizabeth Skincare in San Diego, a couple of weeks ago when she let me in on a little secret…one of my FAVORITE skincare products (you know, the ones that you want to be blissfully ignorant about if they aren’t good for you) is actually more amazing than I ever knew.

In fact, she is guessing that these raw botanical products are the wave of the future for eco-conscious estheticians.

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» See peer reviews of Green Beauty Products at Green Home

The Astara daily refining scrub ($37 for 6 oz.) comes from a line of products that uses high quality natural raw materials and does everything it can to preserve the integrity of nature-derived ingredients. Recognizing that our internal health is related to what we eat, they believe that our skin (the body’s largest organ) also relies on the best of foods to keep healthy, strong, vital and youthful. Because of this, Astara only uses lower-temperature, efficacy-preserving processing methods, never exceeding 105º F (36º C), to ensure fresh, live, active biocultures to benefit the skin. The daily refining scrub is gentle and effective and leaves my skin feeling so soft. I love using it to wash away all of the dirt and stress of the day.

Boutique Bliss

Published: November 2008  | San Diego MagazineClients of Sara Elizabeth Skincare leave the stylish Mission Hills hot spot with radiant skin, polished nails and must-have beauty products from her in-house boutique. Sara Elizabeth Kuite carries a number of handpicked, high-end skin-care lines, including TRUE, Astara, Pevonia, Priori and Medicalia. Not sure which one is right for you? Skincare expert Kuite will help find the just-right products for a specific skin type. She also stocks the latest in Spa Ritual’s vegan, nontoxic line of nail polishes and products (check out the new scrub and masque). Other popular purchases: luxurious pajama sets by Bed Head, cute cosmetic clutches, jewelry designs by Elisa Gonsalves, organic baby products and bibs, Cielet Mar candles and elixr health tonics.
4026 Hawk Street, Suite H, San Diego
619.297.7546 |

Beauty Picks

Published: August 2008 | juli b San Diego 
Good Vibrations
first, raw food took over your diet and favorite restos, and now, it’s taking over your favorite spas too. the raw vegan organic facial ($125) blends the vibrational energy of live botanicals with japanese massage techniques to help harmonize your skin. available at sara elizabeth skincare. 4026 hawk street. at fort stockton. 619.297.7546 |

2008 Platinum Awards

August 2008 | 944 Magazine
Get a killer facial
Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique
4026 Hawk Street,
Mission Hills | 619.977.7546

The Best Green Spa of San Diego

Published: August 2008 | San Diego Magazine
Green Spa
Eastern ideas, Western technology and an organic, fragrant product line make Sara Elizabeth (4026 Hawk Street, Suite H, 619-977-7546; a standout spa. Sara is known for her personalized service and natural treatments such as the vegan hand and foot rituals, a divine manicure and pedicure sans the smelly chemicals.

Hand & Foot

Published: March 2008 | Want Magazine
Eco-Conscience Meets Style-Conscience
SpaRitual (Totally Vegan) Nail Laquer, $10.

Spring Training – Nails

Published: February 2008 | San Diego Magazine
Spring Training
The look: Flirty shades of red, burgundy and pink. Sara Elizabeth Skincare in Mission Hills performs manicures and pedicures using SpaRitual’s vegan, nontoxic polishes and products. SpaRitual’s spring line, dubbed Awakened, includes six new shades showcasing the hot hues of the season: creamy nude, soft petal pink, flamingo pink, tangerine, classic red and deep berry. “A creamy, neutral tone on clean, natural nails is always in fashion, adds Sara Elizabeth Kuite.

Face Facts – Muscle Madness!

Published: January 2008 | Rivera
Beauty Call
Facial yoga may be the next emerging beauty craze, but it’s hardly a new concept that toning once’s face muscles just might be better than, um, paralyzing them. Sara Elizabeth Skincare got that memo too; at this Mission Hills haven, Sara Elizabeth Kuite’s addictive Ginseng Herbal Facial incorporates Japanese Kobido massage, a 500-year-old muscle reconstruction technique that she leanred, Kill Bill-style, under skincare sensei Shogo Mochizuki in a Colorado mountain retreat. She also worked alongside famed facialist Christine Chin—whose Lower East Side spa counts Gisele Bundchen as a client—before setting up shop here, where girls flock to Kuite for major face time

Black Tie

Published: October 2007 | 944 San Diego
944 Picks
It’s true that beauty is more than skin deep. Yet, as devoted clients of Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique will attest, feeling beautiful often starts at the skin’s surface. With its inconspicuous Mission Hills location, Sara Elizabeth is a skin destination – a tranquil escape known only by locals and promoted via word of mouth referrals until recent media attention uncovered it from “hidden gem” status. Now one of the top skin-focused mini-spas in San Diego, the boutique offers everything from facials to micro-dermabrasion treatments to massages to waxing. Its namesake proprietor, aesthetician Sara Elizabeth, studied under skin authority Ling Chan and built a strong client base in New York before relocating to San Diego. Her boutique embraces Eastern philosophies rooted in healing and respecting the entire body and in achieving balance. Sip on a peach-infused Virtual Buddha herbal tonic from the elixir bar before indulging in the Beluga Caviar & Pearl Facial, which infuses antioxidants and botanical ingredients to enhance skin firmness, radiance and hydration. Or choose from a range of exclusive services not offered anywhere else in San Diego County, such as the Ginseng Herbal Facial or the Supersonic Dermabrasion – a cleansing cosmetic ultrasound that flushes out debris and toxins lodged within the cellular layers of your skin. Now that’s deep.

San Digeo

October 2007 | W Magazine   The Best In Day Spas Catering to everyone from rock star to the domestically chic… Grab your goblets, this hyped-but-hidden boutique-style day spa will make you think you’ve discovered the fountain of youth. Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique specializes in healthy alternatives. Masters of amazing, sustainable face and body skincare, other services include their coveted Brazilian waxing, and a custom turbine bronzing that leaves you feeling like you stepped off the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition. Exotic manicures and pedicures will stimulate all seven of your chakras with aromas and wild-crafted ingredients from around the world. Warning: side effects may include absolute bliss, radiant features and the desire to pre-book your appointments to the year 2020.

The Little Black Book

Published: October 2007 | Want Magazine 
Sara Elizabeth Skincare specializes in health skincare alternatives, and features the only Raw-Vegan-Organic Botanical Facial in the United States. This facial will definitely rock your green world! You can also enjoy this facial in the “Vegan Package”. Which consists of an invigorating aromatherapy or firming body polish, an exclusive Raw Botanical Facial, and a Vegan Hand and Foot Ritual while you sip on exotic and tantalizing Elixir Tonics. (2hrs 45min)

About Face

Tips from a Mission Hills skincare marvel for achieving complexion perfecton.
Published:  February 2007 | San Diego Magazine 
San Diego Style
In the charming and historic neighborhood of Mission Hills among the tree-lined streets and quaint houses, lives San Diego’s best-kept beauty secret: Sara Elizabeth Skincare Boutique.
Native san Diegan Sara Elizabeth Kuite left home to learn her craft in a bigger arena. “I wanted to explore what ‘true beauty’ really meant, where it stemmed from,” she says. And explore she did. Kuite worked as a cosmetologist in Illinois, then for Estee Lauder Skincare in New York City. But it was under the tutelage of Manhattan-based facialist Ling Chan—owner of the famed Ling Skincare—that Kuite took her interest in skincare to a whole new level. “Apprenticing for Ling, I leanred so much about proper skincare,” she says.
So if you’re living the high life in the Big Apple, at the top of your profession, why leave? “I adore Mission Hills!” she says. “It’s such a relaxing, comfy neighborhood. Plus, I saw a void out here for premium skincare; San Diego was kind of in the Dark Ages in terms of facials.”
Armed with knowledge of both Eastern and Western skincare techniques, Kuite lets us in on her secret to getting skin in shape: The Idebenone Facial. “Right now, that’s what it’s all about,” she says. “It’s our most popular treatment and it gives every skin type an all-over radiance.” Idebenone— skincare’s trendiest new ingredient—is a synthetic form of coenzyme Q10, an essential antioxidant that adds a healthy glow to most skin tones. Kuite also maintains that great skin does not have to have a million-dollar price tag attached. “This facial is partculaly effective,” she says. “You should get one about every six weeks, but even with two a year you’ll see a difference.”

The White Issue

Published:  January 2007 | Want Magazine 
TRUE Anti-Aging Youth Revealing Complex (left) – Helps skin return to a smoother, un-stressed, younger-looking self in a matter of weeks.
KOBIDO Organic Body Butter (right) – Uses the cleanest naturalist ingredients possible. Provides maximum hydration and protection against dryness.
Available at Sara Elizabeth Skincare

San Diego

Published: September 2006 | W Magazine 

The Best In Day Spas

Take a deep breath and release it as you sip on exotic and tantalizing Elixir Tonics and relax in this tucked away Mission Hills skincare boutique that caters to all clients from the rock star to the domestically chic. Sara Elizabeth Skincare is a state of the art skincare boutique offering a full range of unique facials, including Kobido, a 500 year old Japanese facial massage used to reprogram the facial muscles and provide a non-invasive face lift effect, speed relax waxing, air brush bronzing, invigorating body treatments and massage, and a full product line featuring the coveted True cosmetics. Warning! The experience is highly addictive. Side effects may include absolute bliss, radiant features and the desire to pre-book your appointments through the year 2010.

Bath & Body

Published: August 2006 | San Diego Magazine 
Look Better Naked at-home spa treatment, $29, includes soy body facial, lemon grass salt scrub and lemon-grass body butter, from Get Fresh. Available at Sara Elizabeth Skincare, 619-977-7546; or

Best Esthetician

Published: June 2006 | San Diego Magazine 
The Best San Diego
“They’re my friend first, client second,” says esthetician Sara Elizabeth Kuite of Sara Elizabeth Skincare. The personal attention is one reason for Sara’s popularity (book at least one month out); another is her passion for skincare. her treatments are both affordable and innovative, blending Eastern philosophy with Western technology.

STUFF – Skincare

Published: April 2006 | San Diego Magazine  
Face Wash and Toner: Medicalia Medi-Soothe for dry, sensitive, rosacea skin, $25, is a gentle cleanser perfect for everyday use. Its clean spa scent leaves your skin feeling fresh. Follow with Medi-Soothe Gentle Toner, $23, in a convenient spray perfect for face and neck. Sara Elizabeth Skincare, 619-977-7546;

Rivera Magazine

We love Mission Hills for its quaint streets and relaxed chicness, but it’s the corner of Hawk and Fort Stockton that has made us wannabe residents of this burgeoning neighborhood. Sara Elizabeth Skincare has moved in, leaving behind her A-list clients and the wilds of NYC for Mission Hills. The top esthetician, who has studied with famed skincare specialist Ling Chan, helps create personalized skin regimens for mega glow.