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Friends & Family Sales: On NOW!

18 May

imagesWho doesn’t love Kiehl’s? There’s something for everyone, especially with summer coming up. LOVE their SPF products! They don’t clog pores + hold up well during sweaty outdoor activities.

From now through May 22, enjoy a 20% discount during the Kiehl’s Friends & Family Sale when you enter the code FRIENDS at checkout. Available in stores or on Kiehls.com.

 

If you love a good facial scrub, you’re familiar with ExfoliKate. This week you can snag it, and any other Kate Somerville products you want for 30% off! Another Friends & Family Sale… and this one includes FREE samples, shipping + returns. Just use code FFBEAUTY30 at checkout. Katesomerville.com

 

Lastly, you can save 20% on one item at Ulta Beauty through June 3rd. We’ll take it! Just show this coupon on your phone when shopping in-store, or plug in code 503251 at checkout when shopping ulta.com.

Happy Saving!

xo

Mom’s Day 2017 Gift Guide

9 May

Showing up to Mother’s Day brunch without a gift is generally frowned upon. This Sunday, show Mom you’ve got her best interests in mind. From beauty to genes, here are a few gifts that won’t sit and gather dust on her shelf.

Makeup:

s1931385-main-LheroIf Mom hasn’t been introduced to BITE lip products yet, now’s the time. Each lipstick and pencil  is handcrafted from only natural and organic ingredients—like fruit butters and Manuka honey.

I love the BITE Multisticks for lips, cheeks, even dabbed onto eyelids. The limited-edition LOVE set makes a perfect gift – with 2 Multisticks (1 rosy taupe, 1 cool plum taupe), 1 sparkly Prismatic gloss, and 1 purse-sized mirror. Available now at Sephora.

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Another multitasker is Kopari’s Coconut Melt. Hair, tummy, face, heels – use it head to toe for ultimate soothing, 100% organic and unrefined coconut oil hydration. I also can’t get enough of their Coconut Body Milk. If Mom likes coconut oil, Kopari products are a must-have. Pull one of the gift sets or create one yourself at koparibeauty.com.

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I’ve never tried anything from Amore Pacific skincare that doesn’t feel absolutely nourishing and luxurious. If you aren’t familiar with these high performance products “powered by Asian botanicals” and Mom loves wonderful skincare, take a chance on this brand.

Go to a local Aritaum shop or Sephora and work with the consultant to pull products perfect for Mom’s skin type.

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Give Mom a break from styling her hair on an upcoming occasion. There are so many Dry Bar locations now, one is bound to be near her. Admittedly, I use to question the necessity of these salons. But after one experience in the chair (and a smell of the Dry Bar products!!), I’ve changed my tune. There’s just something about not having to style your own hair.

Anyone else ever experienced a perspiring head from a hot hair dryer, causing your makeup to melt and the blow dry to take twice as long? #FirstWorldProblems, yes. But you are after all reading a beauty blog.

Go to your local Dry Bar or order a gift certificate online at thedrybar.com.

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Looking for less Beauty, and more Bauble? Helen Ficalora has the sweetest pieces. The charms can be purchased separately, and Mom necklaces can be individualized to your preference. Check out the pieces online, or the shop in Beverly Hills (461 N. Canon Drive) and show her just how much she shines.

Mom Testing:

kit-mothers-day.255fdc2c125fMom genes? Yes! We’ve all seen the commercials, but have you ever thought about what a perfect gift it might be for a relative? Consider giving Mom the gift of DNA genetic testing & analysis. Literally show her what she’s made of! You can even opt to add in information about her ancestry.

Order today and get $20 off at 23andme.com.

Happy Sunday to all. May none of us f*ck it up!

xo

Whole Foods’ Beauty Week

20 Mar
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Whole Foods’ “hello, beauty” bag

 

For the third year in a row, Whole Foods Market is hosting its Beauty Week. Beginning this Wednesday, from March 22-28, all cosmetics and facial care are 25% off!

BONUS: Trilogy products will be an EXTRA 25% off during Beauty Week, so this is the time to stock up.

INSIDER TIP: Stop in on Friday, March 24 for a limited-edition “hello, beauty” bag. The product-stuffed bag (shown above) is worth $90, but they’ll be selling it for just $18 while supplies last. This is an awesome chance to experience natural and organic products for those who haven’t.

Bag includes:

  • Acure Pore Clarifying Red Clay Facial Mask (full size!)
  • Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
  • Dermae Hydrating Night Creme
  • Hauschka Facial Toner
  • evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm (full size!)
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive
  • Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara (full size!)
  • Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Oil
  • Pacifica Devocean Tenderness Lipstick (full size!)
  • Weleda Soothing Facial Lotion
  • Whole Foods Market Peony Mint Blackberry Hand Cream (full size!)

The organic cotton “hello, beauty” bags were handcrafted by artists in India using traditional techniques of dabu indigo mud-printing, power loom weaving, and hand-tasseling.

For those not wanting to put up the $18, enter to win a free “hello, beauty” bag by sharing your favorite clean beauty products on IG or Twitter using #CleanBeautyFaves, starting March 22.

All Whole Foods markets are participating.

xo

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

9 Feb
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Clarins

I wouldn’t presume to know what gift you should get your Valentine this year. Aside from some really good generic suggestions anyway.

But if you’re shopping for your friends or sisters …or basically anyone you aren’t sleeping with…I’ve got some not-s0-ordinary gift suggestions sure to make them smile.

 

ONE FOR ME, ONE FOR YOU

Clarins’ Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm creates a subtle flushed pink on everyone and smells like red currant. This nourishing balm is made with cocoa and shea butter, so it feels great on dry lips or under long-wear lipstick.

 Clarins’ Skin Illusion Blush is purse-friendly and comes with a mirror, packed powder, and sponge all in one. It comes in three universal shades but I like Luminous Pink for a sweet blushing cheek.

Both the Clarins blush and balm come in exclusive Valentine’s Day packaging and are limited editions.

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Milk+Sass

 

NOT SO KNOTTY

I like these macarons better than the real ones! These brand new Milk+Sass compact brushes are adorable – plus they take out every knot and tangle. Perfect right out of the shower on curly or straight hair, these detanglers fit snug in your palm and even have a built-in mirror.

Such a cute surprise gift for any friend who loves a functional accessoryand French pastry!

 

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No matter what the plan is, mini-sized bottles of bubbly make the night more fun. They’re also extra festive tied to a balloon… or packed with a pint of Choctál Madagascar Vanilla!

Try a sweet festive Stella Rosa (Stella Berry!) or delicious Pommery Champagne Pops Rose. Rosé all day, amiright?

 

LYFT HER UP

Don’t feel like driving on Valentine’s Day? Here’s one more reason to take Lyft. A select number of riders in Los Angeles will be offered a pretty greeting card from their driver, courtesy of Lovepop. I love these 3D popup cards. They’re based on the Asian art form Kirigami and are actually frame worthy…which isn’t an awful idea if you don’t plan on giving it to someone else.

The cards retail for $8 to $15 each, so make sure to thank your driver.

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Lovepop Kirigami cards

 

THE SYMBOL OF FRIENDSHIP

Show your best friend how much she means to you with a gift she can wear every day. The symbolic crossed arrows say that no matter what paths your lives take, yours were always destined to cross.

These hand stamped necklaces from The Silver Wren look perfect with the friendship symbol nestled between you and your bestie’s first initials.

GOLDEN GIRL

Lately I’ve been obsessing a bit over these gold chain earrings by Gabriela Artigas. The people at You’re So Baby in Echo Park are probably getting sick of seeing me swoon over them. I love how the delicate chain drapes down off of the mini 14kt staple.

Grab these luxe earrings for a truly deserving girl this Valentine’s Day – even if that girl is you!

 

xo

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Hands-Free Living in LA

19 Jan

As much as I love a gorgeous clutch bag, life’s just easier when I go hands-free. From hiking to shopping, I always appreciate having both hands at my disposal.

This winter I’ve been continually grabbing the following items every time I know I’ll need both hands free to swatch, shop, sample, hold my nieces, hike with trekking poles, etc.

 

Healthy Back Bag

unnamedI tried the crossbody Healthy Back Bag to help relieve the stress on my back when I hike or do the Culver City steps. It’s designed in a teardrop shape that ergonomically molds to your spine. There are pockets everywhere (even one for a tablet!) that organize and distribute weight evenly across my back, too.

I got the Microfiber material and adore its resiliency, but every bag has a special hook for keys… fab for those of us who tend to lose ours amidst the mess of big bags! 

 

 

Robert Matthew Dakota Crossbody

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-4-05-32-pmIf you want to go hands-free day or night, check out the Robert Matthew accessories. I like the Dakota Crossbody bag a lot for non-athletic activities. It’s such a comfortable style!

The animal-friendly pu leather is super durable – and much appreciated by all those friends of PETA. Dakota’s red inner lining and light gold tone hardware add to the bag’s chic style, as well.

 

 

Samsung Gear IconX Bluetooth Earbuds

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-4-02-35-pmAnyone who makes a habit of hitting the trails or treadmill has experienced (probably more than once!) a flying phone after accidentally snagging its attached cord.

 

Thankfully we’ve evolved past requisite cords, but not all options are comfortable. I found a particular pair of on-ear cordless headphones excruciating after 20 minutes of climbing stairs.

 

I’m now sticking with the Samsung Gear IconX buds. I was sure they’d fall out of my ears, but they totally stay put – even when you sweat. They’re little cord-free Bluetooth earbuds that can store music and track your workout info… leaving your hands available to carry free weights, jump rope, or rub out burning thighs.

 

 

Baby Zala Infinity Shawls   

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-12-35-27-pmLastly, if you’re a new mama and getting tired of carrying around a Hooter Hider or the like, this one’s for you! Use this roomy, uber-soft cotton Baby Zala Infinity Shawl any way you want. Wear it as a poncho, a shawl, or cardigan-style. Perfect for convenient breast feeding! You can also open it up to use it as a wrap, stroller cover, or baby blanket.

It’s so cozy. Your baby will love it as much as you do. Also makes a wonderful New Mommy gift!

xo