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December 3, 2013

Latisse vs. NeuLash

(This photo was taken while I was using Latisse)

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is about my eyelashes. I’ve shared that I have used Latisse in the past and currently use NeuLash, but I haven’t shared my experience with both and which one I prefer. To start off, I have had a wonderful experience with both. I have had no side effects- no my green eyes did not turn brown- and have had pretty much the same results from both serums. But overall, I prefer NeuLash and here’s why:

1. It’s easier to get. The reason I stopped using Latisse was because I was lazy and didn’t want to put in the effort to find a new licensed pharmacist once I moved to SF. For NeuLash, you can buy it online (Nordstrom, Neimans or Bloomingdales) or pick it up in either of those stores. Easy, simple, done.

2. It’s lasted longer. Both serums are approximately the same price (I paid $120 for Latisse and $150 for NeuLash) but NeuLash has lasted me 8 months vs. Latisse would last me about 4 months.

3. It’s a simpler process. I like the design and simplicity of the NeuLash- similar to a mascara tube- and it takes virtually no effort. With Latisse, you have to open a new brush for each eye every time you use it. This can be a hassle with traveling and in my case, I ran out of brushes before I used up all my serum.

I can’t speak for everyone, but my experience with both products was great and I saw amazing results. If you’re really concerned with side effects, I would speak to your doctor about it and maybe do some more research. Everyone reacts differently, so it’s important to get all the information you can.

(This photo was taken while using NeuLash)

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November 6, 2013

Holiday Glam

The holidays are my favorite time for dressing up, but even more so for getting extra glam! I’ve been feeling inspired lately to go out of my comfort zone and try a few new looks this year that include- metallic eyeliner, detailed braids, an extra high bun and a deep red lip. I’m in love with Doutzen Kroes old hollywood glamour look in this Vogue editorial. It might me my all-time favorite look- I even did something similar for my own wedding. What looks are you wanting to try this holiday season?

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Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser/ Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask/ Sephora Ultra Soothing Fiber Mask/ L’Occitane Créme Divine/ L’Occitane Regard Divin/ iS Clinical Eye Youth Complex/ Arcona Night Worker

Over the past couple of months I’ve added a few new products to my beauty routine that I’m really excited to share! I was recently introduced to Tata Harper and have been using a few of her products ever since returning home from our trip to Kauai. I’m absolutely hooked on her Resurfacing Mask. I use it multiple times a week to tighten my skin and give it an instant glow, especially after a long day or late night out. Her Regenerating Cleanser is a great daily face wash and is perfect for my semi-sensitive skin. What I love most about Tata Harper is that all of her products are 100% natural, organic and nontoxic. I try my best to eat as fresh, organic and clean as possible, so why not do the same for my skincare?!

Even though my skin looked refreshed when I got back from Kauai (it’s amazing what a tan can hide) it didn’t exactly feel that way. It was dry, starting to peel and dull. I’ve always been interested in trying face masks, so I went into Sephora and picked up this, this and this. My favorite ended up being Sephora’s Ultra Soothing Fiber Mask. I swear it’s like hooking your fave up to a vitamin iv. If I wake up puffy, I’ll put one on after I get out of the shower. I’ve already had to go back to Sephora to get more!

Words can’t even express my love for L’Occitane Divine Cream. It’s like heaven on your face…seriously! I let my sister try it out when she was here and she was amazed how amazing it felt and made her skin feel. I tend focus the most on the skin around my eyes- part because it’s the most delicate and also because it’s my most problematic area (hello, dark circles and puffiness). I love using L’Occitane’s eye cream in the morning and at night before bed- it’s soothes the skin around my eyes and instantly makes them look refreshed.

Both Arcona’s Night Worker and iS Clinical’s Eye Youth Complex were recommended to me by my esthetician at International Orange. She recommended the “Night Worker” in particular because of my dry skin. I use it at least two nights a week to hydrate and replenish my skin. She explained it to me as basically feeding your face a giant green juice full of vitamins. She also recommended the “Eye Youth Complex” to help get rid of my under eye circles. I told her that my goal was to try and go makeup free as much as possible, but that I’m always trying to hide my under eye circles. I’ve seen a huge difference in the skin under my eyes and my dark circles since using it.

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