Looking back on this past year, I can say 2018 has been one of my favorites: my acne flare ups became a distant memory (thus why the category has been removed this year); pregnancy and the birth of Chloe showed me the joys of motherhood – and the need for clean, efficacious and safe baby products; and while dry/dehydrated skin and perioral dermatitis persisted, I found a rhythm of gentle skincare products to help with both giving me my best skin to-date! Typically, I reserve this best-of list for year end, but it always seems to hit at an inopportune time after…

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For the past two weeks, I have been using nothing but shea butter on my skin morning and night aka “My Shea Butter Experiment.” It sounds easy enough, but for a beauty blogger who is used to a ten-step (or more) routine, using only one product takes serious restraint and laser focus. Before I get into the ‘what’, ’how’ and final results of my experiment, I want to explain the why – specifically – why I decided to conduct this experiment. The WHY Three weeks ago, nothing was alleviating my dry, inflamed skin. I mean, nothing. Temporary relief was possible with layers…

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Your skin is red, inflamed and itchy. It feels sensitive and thin. What the heck happened?! You think back and recall a strong facial, followed by some at-home products with acids and maybe a Clarisonic brush, and then it hits you – oh shit, I’ve over exfoliated my skin. Trust me, I’ve been there too and it’s not fun. This is a common occurrence for many. I can’t even begin to tell you how many DM convos I’ve had on IG discussing with others the struggles of over exfoliated, sensitized skin. But sometimes it happens solely from using at-home products. With people…

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Sitting down to breakfast at Rose Cafe in Venice, CA with husband and wife founders of organic luxury skincare brand, African Botanics, I found myself completely intrigued and engrossed in these two. Husband and wife teams do that to me. For it is a true testament to their love, friendship and consideration of each other to not only share a life together, but share a work identity.

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