The Arts District near downtown LA has really come up. Earlier this year I wrote about my experience at Manuela DTLA, which I went to again and it was just as good as I remembered. This time I went into the boutiques and checked out the neighborhood a little more. I love all of the street art. It brings character and beauty to an urban space. It also allows anyone who walks by to enjoy art, and not everyone has that opportunity. I’m a fan. I’m going to post my guide to the Arts District soon because there’s just so much to see, places to eat, and shops to cruise.
I was recently sent these Rodial skincare products to review. Despite the fact that I felt like I was cheating on my usual serum and mask, I fell in love. Rodial has been around since 1999, which was a shock to me, since it’s only been on my radar as of recent. It’s a UK based brand that’s quickly gaining international popularity. All Rodial skincare products contain Pomegranate Ellagic Tannin, which helps firm the skin and boost collagen. The best compliment to beautiful skin is beautiful makeup, and Rodial has that as well.
The Snake Serum 02 instantly made my skin feel tighter. I use it twice a day and have noticed a brighter complexion since I started using it at the beginning of the month. The serum is made with a snake-venom inspired peptide which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by smoothing the skin and “freezing” the wrinkles. To really see the results of a serum you have to use it for a long period of time and stay consistent with it. They don’t work overnight.
The Snake Mask is a jet black peel off mask, which also includes the snake-venom inspired peptide. This was my first experience with a peel off mask, and it felt amazing. It felt like I was peeling away the top layer of dead skin cells when I removed the mask. Made with Kaolin French Clay to draw out impurities and reduce enlarged pores, this mask is perfect for the summer when oil production seems to be a bit higher.
I’ve also never used a lip mask before, so it was fun to test out the Dragon’s Blood Lip Mask. It’s made with dragon’s blood extract to soothe and protect the skin from external aggressors, and hyaluronic acid for an instant moisture boost.
The nude eyeshadow palette has been my daily go-to. The six neutral colors are rich pigments that are easy to blend to create different looks. I use the smokey eye brush in the creases of my eye lids to apply and blend the colors together. It’s soft compact bristles help create the perfect smokey look, whether it’s a lighter shade during the day or a dark smokey eye at night.
I am a huge hat lover. Not only do they shade your face from the sun on a warm day, but hats are an accessory standout. My new favorite hat for spring and summer has been this straw Scala hat I scored at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I love the wide brim and decided to pair it with my vintage Levi’s for a laid back look. Also, slides are making a strong comeback this summer and I love it! I’ve had this pair for years and have been slipping into them non-stop. I love having pieces that I can wear year after year.
I recently tried the new Dove Shower Foam, the brand’s latest cleanser. Its extremely light and soft texture leaves the skin feeling smooth and clean. It automatically foams from the pump, so there’s no need to even use a loofa if you don’t want. The specialized formula gently nourishes the skin by delivering moisture deep into the surface layers of the skin. This helps the skin look and feel healthier. Every time I cleanse with the Shower Foam it feels like a mini spa experience; the lather is so luxurious.
I love spring because it means warmer weather, brunches outside, busting out the skirts and dresses, celebrating Mom, and…celebrating my birthday. This year my birthday falls on Mother’s Day. Every couple of years it will line up so my mom and I share the special celebrations on the same day. We still don’t have plans for this year, but I’m hoping for brunch and a spa day.
Mother’s Day is also the perfect time to wear your favorite girly outfits and twirly dresses. If you’ve been following, you know that J.Crew is one of my go-to stores. I have been wearing this white A-line skirt the last few seasons and always find a new way to style it. It might just have to be put on repeat this Mother’s Day.
Natalie Notions is my little nook where I share my classic-meets-bohemian California style, travel tips, recipe and restaurant finds, and beauty must-haves. It first started out as my creative outlet to remind myself to keep writing and traveling, but it has become so much more than that. It's where I can share the things I love as I discover them, whether it’s a new coat or new hotel.