These next two products that I’ve been testing from the intoxicating green brand In Fiore really straddle the line between cosmetic and medicinal – leaning more towards the latter in my opinion. Their potent actives improve the look of skin, but have the power, as I explain from my experiences, to reduce inflammation, minimize the appearance of varicose veins and cellulite by improving circulation and reducing swelling in the legs, and soothing itchy skin. Read on for my full review of the In Fiore Firmante Leg Tonic and the Comfrey Solution Botaniqué, and then head over to my Instagram page…

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I never took sun protection seriously until I moved to Los Angeles. You have to living here. The sun is so powerful and the unknowingly daily exposure from being in the car and running around doing errands really adds up. So, I’m vigilant daily, in the car, on vacations, before and after laser treatments, and the below products help me stay protected by blocking 98-99% of UV rays. Many people, myself included in the past, use regular straw hats to block the sun, but see those tiny little holes that allow light through? Yeah, that’s UVA & UVB penetrating. I…

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When I first heard the story of skincare brand, True Moringa, I was blown away! What the two founders have created is truly inspiring. Kwami Williams, a former aerospace engineer (yes, becoming a rocket scientist was his initial aspiration), and Emily Cunningham, a Harvard economics graduate, are proving with True Moringa that a beauty product can be efficacious, eco-friendly, and nontoxic while uplifting poverty stricken communities. Now that’s beautiful. The two met during their undergraduate studies on a trip to rural Ghana with MIT’s D-Lab program where they were challenged to develop a practical solution to the area’s poverty challenges. The…

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You heard it here first: Moringa is going to be THE NEXT BIG superfood/skin care ingredient! The nutritional content of the leaves is astounding – gram for gram they contain more protein than eggs, more calcium than milk, and more iron than spinach. And the oil extracted from the moringa seeds, contain unique plant hormones that stimulate cell growth, delay the aging of skin cells,  and has shown to help with scars and stretch marks! Say, what?! Yes, I was blown away, too.  Let’s just say I’ve been loading up on the fresh leaves at my local farmers’ market and…

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Um when did salt sprays get so AMAZING?! While I know a thing or two about skincare and makeup, when it comes to hair I’ve only recently (this past year) realized investing in good haircare makes a huge difference. This is partially due to the fact that I was all consumed for so long with skincare and the fact that my hair was (emphasis on ‘was’ pretty low maintenance. For decades, my hair was relatively low maintenance: long, straight, air dried well and looked O.K. with an uncomplicated, cheap haircut. I paid little heed to it and cared for it…

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