I’m one of those people who knows right away if a product works for my skin or not. It’s basically a REQUIREMENT that I see results and feel results within the first use. No, it does not need to be a miracle worker and transform me from my usual Cruella DeVille self into a golden goddess overnight (not possible btw), but I’m very in tune with my skin and I can feel immediately when a product is in sync with it or not. That being said, the SkinOwl PM Maqui Berry Beauty Drops had me hooked after the first use!…

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Back in July, I sat down with chemist, organic skincare founder and former rosacea and acne sufferer, Marie Veronique, and in-demand Bay-area facialist, Kristina Holey, to pick their brains for answers to my biggest skincare questions: Is candida linked to perioral dermatitis? Are some people predestined to develop rosacea? Does retinol thin your skin? Can you use retinol if you have rosacea or PD? Do lasers cause premature aging with consistent use? And more. The answers below will make you cringe and gasp as you recall everything you’ve done in opposition to this sage advice.   Marie: It’s interesting and…

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Packing skincare for a long trip can be overwhelming. For me, it’s the hardest part. I tend to overpack in these situations for fear of being without the right oil, cream or cleanser to combat dryness and dehydration; the two states my skin oscillates between while traveling due to poor eating, disrupted sleep, weather changes, arid planes etc. And there is nothing worse than a skin reaction or breakout while on vacation and not having the right skincare – am I right, ladies?! We are leaving for Amsterdam tomorrow, and will be boarding a cruise ship with my parents and…

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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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