Memory Inducing Scents: In Fiore’s Solid Fragrances

When I flip through my memory’s library pausing at volumes on childhood or first loves, the images are fuzzy. The visual details feel obscured and out of reach, but visceral scents tied to those memories reverberate strongly. Like the time when I was five, my older sister pushed me in our wagon down the hill at the neighborhood block party and I violently tumbled out scraping my knees bloody. I can recall neither the terror I’m sure was on her face, or the pain I felt from my open wounds. What does feel salient is the scent of fresh cut…
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Marie Veronique + Kristina Holey New Skincare Launch Review

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Marie Veronique and her line of organic skincare. I’ve raved about her tinted sunscreen and of course her collaboration with in-demand Bay-area facialist, Kristina Holey, on their set of three serums – Barrier Restore, Soothing B and Intensive Repair – that helped heal my perioral dermatitis. So when it was announced the two were launching a range of products to work in tandem with their widely acclaimed serums, I was ecstatic!  If you spend even the briefest amount of time in Marie Veronique and Kristina Holey’s orbit, you’ll catch on quickly that these two women…
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Juice Beauty Liquid Lip Stain/Gloss Review

Everyone is going crazy for lip stains, but if you’re looking for a green, nontoxic option look no further than Juice Beauty’s Photo Liquid Lip glosses. They’re organic, long-lasting and made with plant pigments and skin benefitting ingredients like jojoba oil and shea butter. Their  holiday gift trio I tested includes bold colors – Gwyneth, Blythe and Apple – aptly named after Ms. Paltrow and the women in her family. They can be worn glossy, but I found them to be really stunning worn matte. Read on for the full review to see what I mean.  Product: Juice Beauty Photo…
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My Favorite Korean Spa in Ktown + Spa Treatment Review

On Sundays while my husband finds joy in the sounds of whistles, referee announcements and men grunting, I prefer to escape to Koreatown here in Los Angeles to experience my own Sunday oasis – Natura Spa. When I first moved to LA, I explored the larger (also slightly more expensive) Korean spas – Olympic, Century and Wi – but found the intimate quiet and reasonable prices for top notch services at Natura Spa more my speed. I’ve been frequenting this spa for almost five years and each time I go, I typically get one of the following two treatments:  …
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Essential Oils For Acne, Wrinkles & Pregnancy

Essential oils are tricky. They’re powerful enough to soften wrinkles, lighten pigmentation and heal burns. But if you have reactive skin like I do, they’re also capable of causing irritation, breakouts or sensitization. Doing too much, too fast, too soon will set you up for the aforementioned. Unfortunately, those were my experiences early on dabbling with essential oils, but I’ve realized after the fact that it wasn’t them, it was me, or rather my lack of knowledge about how to use essential oils and more specifically which ones to use. Mine is not an uncommon story. And as more and…
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