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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Cannabis in Beauty

When I first started seeing CBD products and now hemp and cannabis, I thought it would just be a blip on the trend o’ meter but it’s really lasted longer than a blip. With more and more states legalizing it, it’s becoming more than a trend. And with products coming out with it inside and major beauty retailers like Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Barneys and ULTA getting on board, I’m interested. I mean, I don’t think the ingredient is a stranger in beauty but it’s literally exploded in the last year.

And it’s not just in a few things, it’s in edibles like gummies, tinctures (oil you take sublingually), makeup and of course skin care, the latter of which I’m most interested in.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm

You gotta love the rise of the cleansing balm in the world of beauty. I’m pretty sure it started with this one back in 2014 (I first saw them at a trade show) and now, so many lines have them, and I’m delighted by that fact! The latest I’ve tried is the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm ($64/3.7oz @ It contains extracts of English Rose Oleo, the key ingredient. Their oleo is made of 17 different varieties of English roses. Why so many types and why rose? Rose is a big ingredient in skincare not only because of its antibacterial and astringent properties but also for the way it calms skin and help with redness and acne.


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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Paula's Choice The Unscrub

What kind of facial exfoliator do you use? Do you have a preference of physical over chemical ones or vice versa? I’ve been mainly using chemical ones in the past few years because of the whole micro plastics catastrophe. It absolutely breaks my heart and it’s pretty hard to know if what you are using or buying is safe for our environment or not. Here is a list you can compare to the scrubs you have to see if you should be using it or not.  

One that’s aware of the issue is PAULA’S CHOICE and their The UnScrub ($29/4oz, $9/travel size @,


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Monday, February 04, 2019

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel & Precleanse

Have you heard of double cleansing yet? It’s funny because I didn’t even know the process had a name. I mean, you remove your makeup and then you wash your face right? Well the process is now known as double cleansing.

When I first heard the name (before the definition) I thought, wow, this is really going to overdo it on the face, no? But it actually doesn’t and I think it better for your skin in the long haul.

Removing makeup will also get rid of dirt, sebum and anything else hanging around that shouldn’t be there. And then you have a bare canvas to give a cleaning to. Makes sense, right?


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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Paula's Choice DEFENSE Collection

I’ve been thinking a lot about skin care lately as my skin seems to be on a good plateau right now, which is great. My regimen the past year is working and keeping it all in balance. My hormonal acne around my jawline has stopped, and my skin doesn’t seem overly dry. It’s funny because I love any kind of special treatments and skin care gadgets, so I’ve been thinking I might want to incorporate a new one into my routine. Then, I look in the mirror and think, “why mess with what I have going on?”

I recently spoke with the owner of Doll Face Skincare Studios, Lila Castellanos, about what we should all be doing when it comes to skin care and she said, “The two most important parts of any daily skincare routine are skin cleansing and exfoliation, both of which are vital to proper skin care. The first step is removing makeup with remover or an oil-based cream. Follow with a cleanser that is well-suited for your skin type. 

Exfoliation involves rubbing the skin with an exfoliator or scrub in order to get rid of dry and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. It’s considered one of the most important aspects of any skincare routine because it helps prevent many skin problems while increasing blood circulation, equating to healthy and glowing skin.” Woo-hoo! I’m on the right track then. I usually use a chemical exfoliator in the shower a few times a week and of course I fully wash my face at the end of each day, so good to know that I’m doing the right things.


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Monday, October 01, 2018

#TakeANewLook18 at Albertsons

Disclosure: Post sponsored by Mirum but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

Welcome fall! And with a new season upon us come new trends and styles. I’m taking this season as an opportunity to #TakeANewLook18 and change things up a little when it comes to my beauty routine by making sure I have my must-have essentials on hand at all times. Hopefully you’ll be inspired too to take a new look at your beauty routine to see how you can get the best out of your life right now.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Overnight Face Masks from Fresh & SK-II

Overnight Masks? Yup, it’s a thing that’s been around for a few now and they have quite a few benefits and I’m a total fan these days. I have to admit, when I first heard of them a few years ago all I thought was, “Doesn’t the mask get all over the pillowcase?” Ummm, not really. I mean, you don’t apply it and then jump right into bed. The ones I’ve tried seem to sink in rather quickly but even if some did get on the pillowcase, it’s just a pillowcase and can be washed, right?

So what are these for?


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Sunday, September 09, 2018

SheaMoisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal

My love of everything coconut hasn’t waned over the years and actually seems to be getting stronger the more beauty companies exploit it in their products. Love that!

Check out the new collection of face and body products from SHEAMOISTURE! I love how available this line is everywhere and as well as how affordable the items are. The latest is their Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Collection.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Cleansing Balms from Emma Hardie & Botanic Farm


One of my favorite products to try out these days is cleansing balms. I love how they start out as a solid and then break down into an oil or milky liquid when emulsified between my hands. The latest ones I’m putting at the top of my list are these two:

EMMA HARDIE Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth ($60/3.52oz @

What It Is: A luxurious botanical cleansing balm that removes all traces of makeup. It doubles as a soothing and softening mask and universal rescue balm. Moringa seeds, wild fennel and vitamin E help to balance, purify and minimize the appearance of open pores, whilst a blend of uplifting orange, neroli and mandarin extracts combined with calming jasmine and rose to revitalize, dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skin.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Bliss Mighty Marshmallow, What A Melon and In The Honey

Face masks are everywhere these days! From sheet masks, the overnight masks, to those made of mud, gels, it all goes, depending on what you like. Let’s check out the latest ones from the BLISS brand!

  • ‘What A Melon’ Reviving & De-Stressing Overnight Mask ($16/1.7oz @ – use this one to bring stressed looked/feeling skin back to life again. Apply a thin layer, then hit the hay and let it do the work.

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