September 17, 2016


Have you heard of KAABOO
If not, you're missing out!
KAABOO is a three-day “mix-perience” curated as a fully immersive live music experience without the rough qualities of a traditional outdoor event. 
Ahem, I'm looking at you Coachella, Lolla and Burning Man. 
It combines a diverse mix of music, high quality culinary offerings, the very best craft libations,
visually inspiring art exhibitions, hilarious comedy, dancing and all of the indulgent amenities you could hope for, 
together in one place. 
KAABOO takes place at the historic Del Mar Racetrack + Fairgrounds, 
and it's going on NOW (October 16th-18th). 

 I was invited to kick the party off on Thursday,
at the Meet Me at the Spa Indulgences VIP event.
I got to enjoy complementary beauty spa services from some of the best brands in the beauty industry such as Pave Nails, Paul Mitchel, and Ritz Carlton Spas (just to name a few). 
It was a perfect way to relax and prepare for the festival.
After the event, I got to check out the grounds and even take in a  private performance by Chris Isaak and Macy Gray.
So fun!

The lineup of artists for this weekend is incredible, 
and I'm sure it's only going to get better each year. 
So if you didn't make it to KAABOO this year,
make sure you add it to your "must do" list for 2018!


September 14, 2016

In Love With.. Skin Care

I have always loved experimenting with beauty products, 
constantly on the hunt for something to make my skin look brighter, smoother, firmer. 
In fact, I've probably been doing it all wrong for the past couple of decades, 
since most professionals (which I am nowhere close to),
 recommend sticking to the same skin care regimen for at least two to three months for the products to adjust and behave to their full potential. 
But I get antsy, you see?
I want results, and I want them now!
Which is why if I don't see glowing skin after about a week or so, 
I tend to move on to the next "big thing".

That being said, I have found a few products that live up to the hype and deliver results.. QUICKLY.
These five products have done wonders for my skin,
so I wanted to share them with anyone that may be seeking that butterfly-crown snapchat filter effect in real life. 

Please keep in mind that we're all different, 
so just because these products worked for me, does not mean that you'll get the same results. 
But if you're willing to experiment, I would highly recommend for you to add these products to your skin care regimen.

One: Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil. I am pretty much the opposite of granola when it comes to skin care. If it doesn't burn, it's not working. At least that was my mentality for years! But after trying this natural cleansing oil, I'm that much closer to joining green peace. Kidding. But seriously, have you tried washing your face with oil before? It defies all logic, and sucks up all the grime and grease from your face in seconds. And call me crazy, but I feel like my skin has gotten LESS oily since I've started using this stuff? It must be magic. 

Two: Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask. Collagen. Let's talk about it. As we age, our skin loses some of its elasticity and firmness. Some of this is due to the loss and breakdown of collagen in the dermal layer of your skin. Maybe it's the fact that I turned 30 this year, but for some reason, I have started paying extra attention to these features of my skin lately. Obviously, prevention is key, and this Mario Badescu collagen mask is money, honey. I use it once a week, leaving it on for about 40 minutes. I swear each time is like a mini at home facial. It smells like a high-end spa, and the best part is that my skin gets a little oomph after I wash it off.

Three: Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner. I'm not gonna lie, I had to use my expert google techniques to figure out how to use this product when I first bought it. The reviews are killer for this stuff! The instructions? Not so much. Is it a gel? A toner? Do I use it alone or under a moisturizer? Huh?! So here's what I do, and whether it's right or not, I don't really care because I feel like my skin stays grease-free for hours when I use this toner. After washing my face in the morning, simply pump a nickel sized amount into your hand and massage onto your face. This may take a little while to get used to, since this stuff is quite liquid-y, but you'll get the hang of it after a few tries. Let it dry and then apply moisturizer if needed. I go directly to a tinted moisturizer and then a light dust of powder to set it all in place, and voila! Shiny forehead be gone!

Four: Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Face Oil. Okaaayyyy so two things: 1) clearly I'm on an oil kick lately, but the hype is real!! This one in particular is seriously the best I have tried to date. It's a quick-absorbing, medicated dry oil that clears congested pores, treats and prevents acne, all while smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Um, yes please? I've been using it for about a month, and I am obsessed! 2) I am sucker for packaging, so while this stuff is not exactly cheap, it goes a long way and looks so chic on my vanity. A+ for boxed luxury.

Five: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Unfortunately, no matter how diligent I am with my skin care routine, every once in a while I still get those pesky blemishes. My go to cure has been this drying lotion. I swear by it! Spot treat with a q-tip before bed, and wake up with a clear face. I'm all about that overnight action, you know what I mean?