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I’ve been shopping around for a new nail salon because I’ve just been getting bored with my regular places and came across They have over 60 salon listings in my area. Some of them have great discounts only available through the site. Described as your “beauty treasure map”, Every Salon helps you locate salon options in your vicinity whether that be your work, home or on a cross country trip visiting your aunt. 

Typically we stay attached to the salon we select closest to our homes and work. That rings true to me too. I’ve been going to the same nail salon around the corner from my loft for the past 5 years. Every now and then I venture a few blocks to try a new place but I always end up going back to the salon around the corner because it is just so convenient.  Every Salon helps you explore new options in your community like nail and hair salons and barbers. You may even discover a new spa you didn’t know was there. I discovered a few new salons in L.A. that I would like to try out!

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“The Taste of LA” Dinner with A Twist

This past Labor Day Weekend I attend LA Times "The Taste of LA" event.   Taste of LA sprawls over 3 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)and gives you access to the LA foodie scene and what it has to offer. I opted to scale it back and attend the Saturday night "Dinner with a Twist” event since Fashion Week is right around the corner. Dinner with a Twist focused of food and drink pairings. It seemed like this was the night with the most interesting food experiences. There was definitely something for everyone.

Lucky for us, this year was a lot cooler than previous years. In fact I remember 2 years ago when you needed to have your own personal fan to carry around with you just to make it bearable. This year you needed a jacket.


The layout felt different this year. It’s a beautiful long leisurely stroll into the Paramount lot before you get to the first food booth. Just beyond the step and repeat was an endless series of booths serving up some of the most creative and unique dishes any true foodie would kill for! Some of my favorites were:

Aqui es Texcoco
5850 S Eastern Ave
Commerce, CA 90040

TenTenYu Ramen
2012 Sawtelle Blvd, 
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Asian Box
445 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90071

1755 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Smitten Ice Cream
Coming to Silverlake!

I would highly recommend attending one of the events at The Taste in 2017.



Stella Artois with 71 Above Pork Belly Pairing

Nothing made me happier than finding Coffee

Ole Henriksen Unboxing and Review

If you’ve been paying attention to my Instagram feed than you’ve seen a sneak peek at the Ole Henriksen voxbox I was sent by the Influenster Network. Basically what was in the box was the Truth Serum Collagen Booster, the Sheer Transformation Age Defense, the Sugar Glow Face Scrub, the Vitamin C Concentrate and the Pure Truth Melting Cleanser. It sounds like a lot but they cleverly packaged it in this great sample box!

So for this review, I only had a one shot at the scrub,  vitamin c concentrate and the cleanser so my results were very preliminary since you really need to use a product for a few days to weeks in order to get real results. However, the sample of the the Collagen Booster and the Age Defense are of a good size to try out for a longer period of time. 

STEP 1. SUGAR GLOW FACE: I really liked the texture of the sugar scrub.  You can really see the grittiness of the scrub. When I start putting the scrub on my skin, I found that it’s very abrasive (like a scrub should be) but you don’t have to apply so much pressure in order to feel and see results. 

STEP 2. VITAMIN C CONCENTRATE: After you rinse the sugar scrub off, you are suppose you apply the vitamin c concentrate and let it stay on your face for a few minutes. I found that the vitamin c concentrate kind of stung a bit. I was worried that it would burn my skin but it turned out fine. I left it on for 3 minutes and then applied the Melting Cleanser.

STEP 3. PURE TRUTH MELTING CLEANSER: So this is tricky but you are NOT supposed to rinse off the Vitamin C Concentrate. Instead just apply the Melting Cleanser on top of the Vitamin C ( I know it feels kind of weird). Ironically, I didn’t feel any of the tingling or stinging after I applied the  cleanser (which it says you will on the package). I left the cleanser on for 10 minutes. BTW, don’t add water to the cleanser, just let it sit on your face. After the time has passed, use the sponge (included) to rinse the vitamin c and cleanser off. 

After the cleansing process, I applied the Sheer Transformation Age Defense cream and the Truth Serum Collagen Booster. I don’t think there is a recommended priority of which one to apply first but I applied the Age Defense cream, waited and then applied the Collagen Booster.

Overall, I really liked the steps and as I mentioned above my favorite product is probably the sugar face glow and I will probably pick this up at Sephora!  

What's In My Everyday Makeup Bag? | My Essentials

No two makeup bags are alike. Every woman carries something different in her makeup bag. Many of us have different makeup bags for different occasions. In today’s video I’m sharing with you guys what I carry in my everyday makeup bag that I take with me between my studio and my home. 

I’ve been asked about this quite a lot but didn’t think there was much significance in my makeup bag. Then one of my girlfriends pointed out that the contents of my makeup bag changes quite frequently because of my work and that’s a bit abnormal for most people. So maybe I should do one of these videos every week? Probably not a good idea.

Seriously, I experiment so much that I often have multiple makeup bags for different days like Friday night (date night), Saturday (coffee shop day) and Sunday (spa day). However, there are those favorite items that I revert to using regardless of the occasion and price isn’t even a determining factor. For example, I’m really in love with a $2 lipstick from Wet N Wild, really! It’s become my summer matte hot pink lipstick. Another product that I’ve spread out across my various cosmetic bags are the crystal nail files. In my video I mentioned that I did a review on the crystal glass nail files! Here is the review just in case you want to check it out,

Here is everything I mentioned in this video!

Denim Button Down Top -
Nude Bodycon Dress -

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat -
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind -
Physician Formula Powder -
BH Contour & Blush Palette -
Maybelline Lash Sensational -
Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar -
Wet N Wild On The Ave Lipstick -

Cosmetic Bag -
Shea Moisture Lengthening Mascara -
Shea Moisture Create Your Own Palette Tin -
Shea Moisture Mineral Blush (Casablanca Copper) -
Shea Moisture Wet/Dry Eyeshadow (Carly) -
Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow (Siren) -
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner -
Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner Crayon -
M.A.C. Spectrum Studio Finish Concealer -
Bra Back Clips -
NYX Blotting Paper -
Altoids Small Wintergreen -
Clinique Lip Duo Tenderheart -
Czech Crystal Nail Files -
DM Airplay USB -

DM Airplay Iphone App -

Vicks' ZzzQuil Unboxing and Review

Seriously, the ZzzQuil from Vicks knocked me TFO! It’s the Saturday before the 4th of July and I’m chilling in my studio trying to get some last minute work done so I can relax for the next 2 days but none of the that really happened. Instead I took a nap with "Bondie the Bear"! I filmed a quick unboxing video right before I took the ZzzQuil for a test drive on my studio sofa!

Please don’t get it confused with NyQuil because it’s totally different.  ZzzQuil is a nighttime sleep-aid liquid caps. ZzzQuil won’t "make” you sleep but it will help with the initial falling asleep problem many people have. Hopefully then your body takes over allowing you to get a full nights rest. 

I’m not typically one with sleeping problems but the occasions where I have anxiety and have trouble getting to sleep at night or I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. On those days I can definitely use ZzzQuil  and I don’t have to worry because it’s non-habit forming. The active ingredient is diphenhydramine HCI and knocks me out in about 30 minutes. Even during a mid-day extended power nap, I didn’t wake up groggy.  I also don’t like pills. The pills are really small and since they are LiquiCap form, they are extremely easy to swallow. 

If you  have tried out ZzzQuil, I’d live to hear how it worked for you - just comment or tweet about your experience on my Instagram or Twitter.   

DISCLOSER: I received this #ZzzQuil sample for testing purposes through Voxbox