Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea…I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before heading back to the states. Well sun, sand and sea took priority over everything else and on my last day there I was preoccupied with trying to figure out how to fit the gazillionth sarong into my suitcase and forgot all about getting my hands on a cushion compact. I had yet another opportunity on the plane to purchase one duty free, but the color swatch wasn’t much help so decided to pass.
Well since then I have been obsessed with finding them, I’ve noticed them slowly making an appearance here in the US in the last few months. I was FINALLY able to get my hands on a cushion compact from IT Cosmetics and I am so utterly in love and obsessed! Read more
This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of a body scrub. Since there was no way I was leaving the house in the midst of my at-home spa experience to go out and buy a scrub, I decided I would try to whip something up with whatever I had in my kitchen….which was not a lot since I was overdue for a grocery run. What I did have was coffee grounds, baking soda and lemons. I have used baking soda and lemons before as a face scrub/mask and teeth whitener and have also used coffee grounds with other ingredients as a body scrub, but I have never used all three together. Read more
For the past two months my skin has been feeling really, irritated and imbalanced and it seems as though a lot of the moisturizing masks that I have used just seem to irritate my skin and exacerbate the issue instead of moisturizing and soothing my skin. But if at first, or second or third you don’t succeed… Read more
Looking to embrace your natural curls? I’ve been on the hunt to find the best products for curly hair since forever. Below are some amazing curly hair products that I recently had the chance to test out:
One of my favorite curly hair product lines is called The Gold System, which was developed by Oprah Winfrey’s longtime hair stylist, Andre Walker. The Gold System contains a series of products specially designed for naturally curly hair. These products work together to create gorgeous curls without having to go to a salon. The Gold System products include; the Ultimate Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo, TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner, Beautiful Kinks Styling Crème Gelee and Get It Straight Styling Crème. Combined together, the Ultimate Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo, TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner, Beautiful Kinks Styling Crème Gelee left my curls moisturized, shiny, defined, bouncy and frizz free. I will say that a little of the Beautiful Kinks Styling Crème Gelee goes a long way. I used the Get It Straight Styling Crème to blow dry my hair and this product was also a wonder! It took my curly hair to straight with shine, body and frizz free yet still looking and feeling healthy and moisturized. Read more
We are all well aware of and seriously addicted to salons that cater to long-lasting blow outs. Now let me introduce you to what is sure to be your new addiction, from the custom hair color retailer, dpHUE, the ColorBAR at dpHUE. The ColorBAR at dpHUE is the first to offer clients hair coloring services only, similar to the dry bar concept and has just recently opened its doors in Studio City on Ventura Boulevard.
The ColorBAR is a multi-service hair color bar that offers guests color application including highlights, semi-permanent color, deep-condition and replenishing treatments in addition to blow dry styling. dpHUE is known for offering do-it-yourself haircolor and the ColorBAR is an extension of those services. One of Hollywood’s most sought-after color experts, Justin Anderson, is the Creative Director for the brand, combine that with the fact that color is what they do, you know you’re in the best of hands. In addition to hair color, dpHUE also provides hydrating shampoos, conditioners, masques and oils; basically an entire arsenal of products to maintain your gorgeous dpHUE color and leave you with incredibly beautiful hair, which is exactly what I left the ColorBAR with after my visit this past Saturday. Read more
I love to snack, I am one of those people who usually has a snack-filled Ziploc bag in my purse at all times. If I get hungry and there is no snack option around not only do I morph into “hangry,” but I also can get nausea, headaches and just downright spacey. I also keep snacks around because whenever I’m travelling they come in pretty handy, especially on those delayed flights. For a snacker like me, NatureBox’s snack subscription service is a dream come true.
NatureBox delivers carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door. Each snack contains wholesome ingredients, with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. When you join NatureBox, you receive five different snacks every month. You can choose the snacks you want or have NatureBox choose your snacks for you from their 100+ selection, including gluten-conscious and vegan options. Read more
My scenario may sound familiar to some of you: I work out regularly, and eat a healthy, balanced diet for the most part (there is the occasional burger about once every 2-3 months and a few pieces of candy sprinkled in here and there), but can never seem to get my stomach to get flatter and more toned. When I say I work out regularly, I mean that I work out 5-6 times per week for at least 45 minutes and my workouts consist of cardio in the form of zumba, running or interval training, strength, yoga and various other exercise…so I definitely mix it up. My diet also consists mostly of fresh or steamed, veggies, quinoa and fruits, so the fact that my stomach refuses to cooperate with the rest of my body is just aggravating. I decided to try something else, which led me to purchasing my very first box of the 14 day supply of Tiny Tea Teatox. I follow them on Instagram and am always blow away by some of the before and afters that people have posted after trying their system. Read more
Lately I have been somewhat obsessed with bananas. Being insanely busy for the past two months has reintroduced me to how versatile bananas can be. In the morning I blend them with almond milk, blueberries and medjool dates for a simple, quick and super filling smoothie or will slice them and add to my muesli or coconut milk yogurt. When I’m really rushed for time I have a banana with a few almonds for a filling, yet healthy snack. Little did I know that in addition to being filling and convenient, bananas also have amazing benefits for skin, hair and my overall health and well-being. Read more
Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could’ve taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it’s much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed?
I decided to start the process of devoting more time to healthy hair by reevaluating the products I use to clean it. A lot of shampoos actually have a drying effect on my hair (textured, curly) so finding an alternative to drying shampoos was my first order of business.
This first hair cleanser I tried in my quest to undo the havoc I’ve wreaked on my hair was a non-sudsing, oil-based shampoo called From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724. Read more
As much as I have enjoyed summer and am sad to see it come to an end, I was not enjoying how dehydrated my skin looked and felt thanks to a lot of time spent outdoors celebrating summer in all of her sunny glory. I want to welcome fall and all the polished perfection that accompanies her with skin that looks and feels perfectly hydrated, soft, glowing and dewy. I love wearing darker lip colors during the fall months and I feel like an amazing complexion is the best complement to a dark red or wine colored lip. Read more