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February beauty

Due to some personal stress and environmental stress, my skin has been very sensitive lately. I haven’t been able to use any peels or products with Glycolic Acid, which I love. So, I’ve been using extra hydrating products and haven’t been trying too many new products. But there are a few that I have tried, some better than others.

My friend brought me the Bioderma Non-Rinse Cleanser from France last year and I finally got around to testing it out. This much talked about micellar water cleanser is the reason why the trend came to the US. I wanted to share that I absolutely loved it and it’s my new favorite cleanser, but it’s not. It feels refreshing and I love using it in the morning, plus it’s perfect for my sensitive skin right now. But, I used it at the end of the day after wearing makeup and it didn’t clean it all off. It doesn’t provide a deep clean, so I had to wipe my face with a toner to remove all of the makeup and dirt.

I love potent serums, but I can’t use them right now. Instead, I’m using the Yuni Active Calm Face Serum. This all natural, organic serum is made with Buriti Oil to help ease tension lines, restore suppleness, and recharge the skin’s glow. Its soft and moisturizing, which helps keep the skin healthy during the winter months. It has a light aroma from natural essential oils, which was a little hard for me to get used to since I’m sensitive to odors.

French Bioderma Cleanser

I’ve been using the Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 for years. It’s my favorite day moisturizer, especially in the winter. I like to use a lightweight SPF moisturizer in the summer, so this is my go-to every other season. This moisturizer shields from environmental damage and protects from UVA/UVB rays. Even though the sun isn’t shining bright every day, its damage still penetrates the skin, which is why I wear an SPF every day.

I don’t wear makeup every day, but when I’m going out I will spot treat blemishes and discoloration with Hourglass’ Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick in Vanilla. The foundation stick has the coverage of a concealer, the fluidity of a traditional liquid foundation, and the weightlessness of a powder. I never used foundation until I used this and I wouldn’t use any other type. It doesn’t feel thick and cakey and looks natural, which I love.

Winter beauty

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French style fashion

I don’t wear a lot of red, but I’m all about a pop of red with an accessory or lip. This is my ideal Valentine’s Day outfit. Chic, French inspired, with a little bit of red. I got this vintage red leather quilted purse from a vintage shop in Northern California and I love any excuse I can get to wear it. It doesn’t even have a label, so I’m sure it was something from the 80s that was made to look like a Chanel bag. I don’t wear lipstick that often, let alone a bold red lip, but this Buxom lipstick is my favorite red. Paired with the red purse and I’m Valentine’s Day ready.

Vintage Red Leather Purse {Similar}, Amour Vert Shirt, Joes Jeans, Free People Flats, Buxom Lipstick

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Topanga Table

If you’re looking for a romantic restaurant for Valentine’s Day that’s off the beaten path, then you have to stop by The Topanga Table. Located in Topanga Canyon, one of my favorite areas in Los Angeles, it serves all organic and locally sourced food. The rustic restaurant is only open until 4pm, so you will have to make it a Valentine’s breakfast or lunch. Or, grab a warm tea and head to the beach and make a day out of it. Be sure to keep your eye out when you’re driving, because you might just miss it. It’s not located in the main area of Topanga Canyon.

Romantic Topanga Table

This hidden gem plays old records from behind the bar, which brings you back to another time when life was slow and simple. Here you can have a relaxing leisure day with your loved one and enjoy just being together.

The Topanga Table

Note: If it’s nice out, take a seat on the patio and surround yourself in nature.



Clockwise from top right:

  1. Better Together Light Pink Clutch
  2. Spyder Beanie
  3. Diptyque Candle
  4. Jo Malone Cologne
  5. Burberry Trench Coat
  6. Prada Sunglasses
  7. Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette
  8. Kate Spade New York Bracelet
  9. Dolce Vita Shoes
  10. bkr Water Bottle
  11. L’Occitane en Provence Hand Cream

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It’s the one day of the year to show a little extra affection, or when your loved one expects you to show a little more. It doesn’t matter if you think it’s a Hallmark holiday and totally hate it, or love all of the love that’s in the air, you can’t ignore this one. Every store window, restaurant, and online article is talking about this one day of love.

Note: Hope these Valentine’s Day gifts put you in the love giving mood.



DUO Cleanser

P&G recently launched an amazing new body cleansing product in their Olay, Ivory, and Old Spice brands. For over 130 years Procter & Gamble has developed innovative products based on the consumer’s cleansing behavior. The latest is the DUO. I love that the DUO combines the clean of a bar soap, the softness of a body wash, and the exfoliation of a puff. It’s the best of all body cleansing worlds.

Olay DUO Cleanser

There are two sides to the DUO. The smooth side of the cleanser softens and conditions the skin. The scrubby side, which is my favorite side, exfoliates and renews the skin surface. Inside, is a soft flexible cleanser that conforms and lathers, all you have to do is add water. This combo with the multi-layered cleansing technology delivers two times better clean than a basic body wash and a puff, which is what I normally use. But the thing I hate about exfoliator puffs if that I never know when to throw them away and get a new one. The DUO’s built-in cleanser indicates when it’s time to dispose and get a new one: when the lather fades, which is up to 30 uses.


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