Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review | REN Radiance Renewal Mask

Whoa!  Who needs a facial when you got this bad boy?  I finally gave into the hype a couple months ago and purchased the REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask via Sephora (as it always seems to be sold out on their website).  Discovering this product has quickly put all my other exfoliating masks to shame.  By shame I mean I don't want to recall what I was using before this.  *touches face to solidify claims*

This bio active peel mask feels a lot like marmalade and has a citrus smell.  It's packed with natural fruit acids (pineapple, grape, lemon, passion fruit) and papain (extracted from papayas) to exfoliate the outer surface layer of the skin.     

Exfoliates and restores skin. 
Complexion looks radiant, shines and looks healthier.
Diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Helps acneic, congested skin.

It's simply gorgeous so please go buy it.  I have sensitive skin and I don't find this mask irritating at all.  It does tingle a bit but nothing worth complaining about.  I keep it on for 10 minutes sometimes longer because...I don't give a shit and wipe off with the cloth provided.  I then cleanse my face like I normally would to make sure all the product is removed thoroughly.  I use this mask once a week, usually on Sundays.     

  My face seriously stays feeling smooth for 3 - 4 days.  Being a beauty junkie, it literally makes putting on my makeup that much more exciting ha!  My makeup blends like a dream, my complexion looks brighter and my pores look significantly smaller.  If I have a breakout it calms textured areas and alleviates any minor hyperpigmentation I may have.  Love love love!     


Shameless kitty pic.  This is Rascal.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review | First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

Why it’s taken me months to write a blog post on this cleanser is beyond me.  I’m going on my third tube of the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser; I always go back time and time again.  It’s easy, effective and great for all skin types.  There are a handful of products I go back to when my skin is being fussy, and this is one of them.  

5 oz. - $20.00

I use a quarter size amount and I personally splash water on my face before using the cleanser; I cannot stand the feeling of a cleanser going straight onto my dry face.  It seriously makes me cringe ha!  You don’t have to worry about residue, it washes away without hassle when you rinse.  I simply pat dry with a facial cloth.  I never need a second cleanse and that’s exactly how I like it.

The consistency of this cleanser isn’t like any other I’ve tried.  It’s a pearly, creamy white texture – whipped formula.  It feels great when applied on the skin and you can quickly see it break apart the makeup on your face.  I wouldn’t say it’s any good at removing waterproof mascara.  I always use a separate eye makeup remover for that.  *sigh*

Never has this product left my skin feeling stripped or irritated in any way.  I do believe it helps keep my acne to a minimum and reduces redness, to support its claim.  We all know how red and aggravated our skin can get when we have a breakout.  This product soothes and quickly dries up irritating spots.  

I wouldn’t say it’s the best cleanser I’ve ever used but it’s by far not the worst.  It works and does exactly what I need it to do.  It removes all of my makeup (minus mascara), calms my skin, keeps it hydrated and helps my skin from breaking out.  The First Aid Beauty Cleanser is simple and easy, its a no-brainer. 

Have you used this cleanser before?  How would you rate it?


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fourth of July | 2014

Our country's Independence Day wasn't always my favorite holiday.  It grew on me.  I was that kid.  The kid afraid of swimming in deep open waters and loud explosions.  I really hated the sound of fireworks.  I read a book as a child about a man that was shot indirectly while taking down Christmas lights on his roof.  The bullet came from over a mile away and this idea haunted me.  That was my fear, that some idiot would light an illegal firework and it would be my destiny to have it explode in my face.   Now that I look back, how is a bullet or firework remotely the same?  I dunno.  Again, I was that kid.     

As I got older the fear faded and I began to associate the Fourth of July with great food, beaches and vodka.  I didn't choose for my birthday to be in summer neither did my parents but boy did I get lucky.  The countdown to my birthday begins with a day spent getting enough sun exposure for the year and an impressive collection of sand in my car.  

I woke up hungover this Fourth of July.  Don't feel bad, it was planned.  Nicole Moudaber spun the night before in Downtown L.A. and being the enthusiast that I am, I made the trip.  The 4.5 hour trip I'm very proud of if I do say so myself.  Blown away!  She's my favorite forever and always.

I dedicated an entire post to this holiday because it was the best I've ever had.  I was on the beach with my best friend all day.  We didn't eat, we didn't drink, we didn't listen to music.  We reflected on our lives the entire seven hours we were there.  How much had changed and the feelings that came along with it.  We talked, laughed and at times didn't say anything.  Nostalgia kicked in and for a second wished things hadn't changed.  I wished that pride didn't exist.  That everything thrown at us came with an explanation.  The reality is that it didn't then, won't in the future and I'm perfectly ok with that.

When my feet touched the sand, it was instant gratitude.  I was thankful for my family that was 450 miles away, thankful for my health that I take for granted and thankful for my life and where its headed.  When I wish things could go back to how they were I look forward to all the good coming my way and the amazing people I have yet to meet.  My newfound happiness in L.A. makes everything better.  

Here are some pictures.  Enjoy. 


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Music | What I'm Loving Right Now

Why am I just now writing a music post?  A self-proclaimed music enthusiast, just check my bio :) - I scour the Internet hours at a time looking for new music, not bound to any genres.  I've decided to start a new series on my blog, a place people can come get new music and share as well.  I go to many concerts and plan on sharing the music and my experiences with you all.  

 Please leave any notable music blogs you all read in the comments and music you'd like to share. 

 I hope you enjoy!


p.s. a majority of the music I listen to is underground dance.  you've been warned.

Banks, I simply adore.  I will be seeing her May 28th @ The Independent in San Francisco.  Blog post to follow :)

The techno queen.  My techno queen.  She can do no wrong.

"Sometimes the truth don't rhyme, sometimes the lies get millions of views."

Beautiful production.  Because The Internet has been on repeat in my car for about two weeks now.

Ali Shirazinia aka Dubfire - I will be seeing the Iranian DJ / producer next week in San Francisco @ Audio Discotech.  He spins minimal / techno and best known for his snake effect.  Never a disappointment and always a good time. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Coachella Fashion | Twenty Fourteen

Festival fashion, my favorite kind.  Unless you're living under a rock, you know this weekend we kicked off the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  Split among two consecutive weekends, I look forward to which celebrities and favorite bloggers will attend but most importantly wear.

Bohemian style is my go-to.  The romantic lace, fringe, flowy fabrics, oversized accessories, hats and flower crowns, I die!

Below is a compilation of pictures that I adore from weekend #1.  

Julianne is adorable here.  The neutral palette makes everything elegant while the shapes give it a modern feel.

Ummmm hello MILF!

Seriously, everything about this is perfection.  I tagged a friend in an Instagram picture of Kylie at Coachella, her response: "True Life: We are obsessed with a 16-year-old."  It's so true, we love you Kylie ha!

Hair chalk, always a good idea for added edge without committing.

Can I have her legs?  The Jenner girls are giving the Kardashian's a run for their money!

I love how daring Vanessa Hudgens is.  Her style is very quirky, boho – my nominee for Coachella Princess :)

What's your favorite look?  How do you dress for festivals?  Comfort over fashion?

Next year is the year, I'm going to Coachella!


Images: I do not own legal right to any of the photos shared in this post.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

10 Spring Beauty Products Vogue Says You Need

Oh Vogue, the audacious beauty and fashion voice in our heads that we succumb to each and every time we flip through your pages.  You’re good but so damn bad. 

At the turn of each season, women find themselves looking to revamp their beauty routines.  The weather is getting nicer and we can start to feel it.  Yes you know the feeling I’m talking about, the one that goes nice with a cocktail in hand. 

Drum roll…

1.  Shampoo and conditioner that prolongs time between washes.  

2.  Face oil to help lock in moisture and keep dry skin at bay.

3.  A skin finisher.  Think more along the lines of a primer.  It helps smooth out the surface of your skin for a confidence boost on those no makeup days.  Try this one.

4.  An anti-fading shampoo.  Keep your locks looking bright and healthy.

5.  A light base that allows your skin to breathe as the days get warmer.  Cake face in the summer heat = nightmare!    

6.  Change up your perfume.  Try something light and floral: Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana.  

7.  An eye serum.  Keep your eye area hydrated and looking fresh at all times.

8.  Glitter!  Ok don’t get Mariah on us but yes, a modern version of it. 

9.  A rinse-off self-tanner to get a sun kissed glow in a jiffy.  I swear by the Sally Hansen Water Resistant Airbrush Legs.  It's easy and very effective.  

10.  Bright lipstick.  It’s quick, easy and packs a punch!

Fortunately for us, everything on this list makes complete sense :)

Happy shopping ladies!    


Image: Polyvore

Friday, April 4, 2014

Bronzer | How You Should Be Wearing It

Spring is here! Spring is here!  Spring is here! (Yes, I may have started my previous post in the same manner)  Out come the fake tans, bronzers and credit cards to pay for the not so cool tanning memberships.  Let’s all take a moment to reminisce tanorexic New Jersey woman, Patricia KrentcilI know, scary right?  I think it’s safe to say that we all know the repercussions of overexposure to the sun and the legal risks of forcing a 6-year-old into a tanning bed.  Thank you Patricia! 

In the United States, where we glamorize a deep bronze glow, individuals lacking practice (in terms of at home tanning) can find themselves in a whole lot of trouble. *Tries to get image of Krentcil out of head*  Whether it be a fake tan or the less subdued bronzer application to the face, a tan is meant to enhance a summer glow and not cover a striking pale complexion.

The ever-so elegant makeup and beauty connoisseur Lisa Eldridge, has provided beauty enthusiasts with a step-by-step detailed video: HOW TO WEAR BRONZER BEAUTIFULLY – A FRESH AND NATURAL DAY LOOK.  It’s more complex than stopping by a makeup counter or drugstore and picking up a bronzer.  Take note ladies; consider the undertones in your skin.  Does your skin pull more pink, yellow or red?  Do you have a fair, light, medium or dark skin tone?  It gets complicated fast.    

Eldridge’s expertise and thorough demonstration makes up no pun intended a bronzing for dummies video that’s easy to follow along and replicate.  Consider the amount of product you are applying.  Less is always more.  Building up your bronzer can help avoid the dreaded streaks on your cheeks, which for the record is never cute.  Oh yes, unless you’re going for clown chic.

So please, blend, blend and blend some more with those makeup brushes.  Strive for an effortless look minus the social disaster.  Looking fresh and natural is key. 

A world renowned makeup artist to the stars, Lisa Eldridge’s work has been graced on the covers of Vogue, Glamour, Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Elle, Marie Claire and InStyle just to name a few.  Her clients include: Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Cara Delevingne, Alexa Chung, Rosie Hunington-Whiteley and Jessica Biel.

GR †

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wish List | April 2014

Spring is here and naturally we want to update our wardrobe, the products we use and rearrange our living spaces.  Here are a few things I've had my eye on. 

     Urban Outfitters

$90 - 1.6 oz.

Blending Foundation Brush #7

     HRH Collection

Nordstrom Rack

Free People

I love looking at what others are eyeing and most importantly the pictures.  I'm embarrassed to admit that I spent close to 4 hours pinning everything when I first opened my Pinterest account!  I forced myself to get rid of it for this very reason ha!  

It's posts like these that get me in trouble.  You get to clicking on links and before you know it your shopping carts are full.  

There is a good mix of beauty, lifestyle and fashion here.
What's on your current wish list?

GR †