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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things—Skyelyfe’s Beauty + Wellness 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

November 25, 2020

Whether the epic year of 2020 has left you feeling high or low, it’s almost over, and you’ve made it through. If there’s one year to reward yourself with something special or show gratitude to the most important people in your life, this is it. Given the unexpected stressors imposed on literally everyone this year, a beauty and wellness gift guide only seems the most fitting.

While 2020 was an angst-ridden time for all of us, there were some material goods that allowed us to temporarily relax and reset. From game-changing skincare to show-stopping scents and so much more, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the things that did elicit a smile during this stressful year.

Keep reading for skyelyfe’s beauty and wellness holiday gift guide (listed in order of price from low to high).

christmas tree and gifts
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Beauty

Juno & Co. Junoskin Clean 10 Cleansing Balm: $14.50

I’ve raved about Juno & Co.’s microfiber sponges, so I was every bit curious when the brand forayed into skincare this fall. I was fortunate enough to receive the full line to try (it also includes a CBD + niacinamide soothing mask, and kale + probiotic deep cleansing mask). While I genuinely enjoy all three products (and at unbeatable prices with effective, natural ingredients), the cleansing balm is my standout pick. When it comes to cleansers, what’s more satisfying than feeling a full face of makeup melt into a buttery consistency and off of your skin? This product is packed with Japanese Pearl Barley Magic+ and Vitamin E, which brighten, hydrate and nourish the skin. The perfect stocking stuffer or standalone, this is a foolproof purchase for any recipient.

*Buy 1, get 1 for $1 Black Friday deal (on brushes and sponges)

NAILS OF LA Press-On Nails (The Muse): $16

Among the unexpected beauty trends of 2020 is the adhesive nail. What was once a cheap, one-time-wear, costume accessory, has morphed into a chic, lesser expensive way to up your hand game. Due to the pandemic and salon restraint, brands have emerged with innovative, long-lasting temporary nails. The latest to take the plunge? Celebrity nail artist, Brittney Boyce. With sleek, modern designs and manageable lengths, there’s really no telling these press-ons aren’t straight from the salon. Added bonus? Each pack comes with a set of 24 nails, file/buffer duo, cuticle stick, adhesive tabs and nail glue.

*Black Friday: (11.26 – 11.29) 35% off sitewide. No code necessary.

Cyber Monday: (11/30) 1 free set of press-ons for every 2 sets purchased. No code necessary.

Giving Tuesday: (11/31) 10% of sales from Giving Tuesday will benefit Ken-Mar Rescue, a Los Angeles-based small dog rescue non-profit group, in loving memory of the founder’s late dog Louie.

Sola Look Brenda ❤️ Dylan ❤️ Kelly 90210 Makeup Collection: $20

If you know a fellow self-proclaimed biggest-Beverly Hills, 90210-fan-ever (a la me), this is just the gift for them! Complete with three liquid lipsticks and a six-shade eyeshadow palette with names that speak to the soul, this is sure to tug at the heartstrings, drumming up memories of the most gut-wrenching love triangle in teen TV drama history.

ORLY Mini Gel Lamp: $24.99

As mentioned above, we’re living in a DIY world right now—and yes, that very much includes nails. If someone you know can’t live without their gels, now they can do them from home (and for cheap!), thanks to ORLY’s mouse-sized mini LED lamp. All they need is the brand’s GELFX polish and they’re good to go!

*Up to 60%-off ORLY gel color bundles

Jafra Royal Jelly Radiance Foundation: $31

While foundation may not seem like your quintessential holiday gift, hear me out. I came across Jafra cosmetics this year, and since getting my hands on their Royal Jelly foundation, my skin hasn’t looked the same. This magical, under-the-radar product provides full coverage, while still managing to make me look somewhat natural. It also has added glow, and I get compliments on my “skincare routine” every time I wear it. It’s also affordable and lasts a long time. And with built-in SPF 20, this item is a no-brainer.

Nudeskin Lemon-Aid Detox & Glow Micro-Peel: $34

Nudestix launched its debut skincare line in October—and of the five-piece collection, this clarifying, detoxifying micro-peel is hands down my favorite. When it comes to face masks and peels, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching particles of dead skin instantly come to the surface. Apologies for the visual, but anyone who receives this as a gift will understand the instant gratification—while feeling smoother, softer skin in less than two minutes!

Makanai Pure Beauty Travel Kit: $35

Longtime JBeauty brand Makanai just launched in the U.S., and after only a few weeks of using their deeply hydrating products, I’m totally sold. It’s hard to pick a favorite (it’s a tossup between the 24K gold Skin Jewel Oil Serum and the Kanazawa Beauty Face Cream)—but luckily the brand makes it easy to try everything at once with this handy travel kit. It even comes with a pretty carrying accessory. With chic packaging and luxe ingredients, whomever you’re shopping for will have no idea you didn’t break the bank!

Seiso JBeauty Fuwafuwa Foaming Cleanser: $38

With the unexpected skincare boom amid the pandemic, I tested more cleansers this year alone than in my total lifetime. So, when I say this one tops them all, you know it means something. Packed with coconut amino acids, fermented rice extract and glycerin, this product gently cleans, conditions, softens, clears and hydrates. Applied to dry skin, you can feel the dirt particles disintegrate as you gently use the product in circular motions. Once rinsed, you’ll instantly notice brighter, elevated skin.

*Purchase with Water Velvet Cream and use code CLEANSERFRIDAY to get the cleanser for free. Must add both items in your cart to redeem.

Native Atlas Universal Oil (Nairobi): $39

Native Atlas launched a collection of world travel-inspired universal oils. Omnis, Sanaa, Nairobi and Cocoa Beach are the four offerings, and each is a gender-neutral, plant-based formula made for the hair, skin and body. I’ve been using Nairobi for the last few months, and it’s become a staple in my skincare routine. It gives my face just the right amount of added shine, while keeping my often dry cuticles hydrated.

Boscia Berry Blend Smoothing Facial With 28% Acid Complex: $44

If you’re looking to give the gift of professional-level skincare at a fraction of the price, I highly recommend this product. Its 28% acid complex is something usually only found in spa-grade products, making this a first for the Boscia brand. This innovative formula exfoliates dead skin cells away, eradicates dullness and resurfaces the skin. While there’s a slight sting upon use, it’s only a sign that the product is working its magic.

RAINCRY Advanced Hair Mist (Blanc): $53

If you spent any time with me this summer, there was no escaping a spritz of hair fragrance, courtesy of RAINCRY’s Blanc scent. The sleek glass bottle from the luxe hair brand is packed with notes of soft floral, heliotrope, jasmine, morning dew and rose. Fitting for either sex, this alluring aroma is the perfect on-the-go addition for everyday use. And don’t expect the formula to dry out your ‘do. It actually infuses and hydrates your locks with amino acids. The line also carries three additional fragrances if you’re yearning for more!

Pureology Strength Cure Holiday Kit: $70

I have thick, damaged, color-treated hair, so it’s been a lot of trial and error finding products that actually make my mane look healthy. Especially with the chilly days of recent weeks, my hair is brittle as ever. I received Pureology Strength Cure shampoo and conditioner by chance in a gift bag, and I haven’t used anything else regularly since. Key ingredients keravis and astaxanthin fortify and repair damaged, color-treated hair—and a signature aromatherapy blend of raspberry, peach and water flowers leaves the locks with a refreshing fragrance. Complete with a multitasking leave-in spray and dry shampoo, this kit, valued at $101, should appease your pal with even the wildest of hair woes.

Pixi Beauty Glow Treatment Bundle: $72

While this year’s holiday season hits a wee bit differently, in a normal circumstance, we’d all have party upon party to prep for. Therefore, this five-part skincare bundle (valued at $90) provides that on-the-go glow we’d need for a night on the town. But whether we’re out and about in normalcy or locked indoors, no one will be disappointed to receive this set that gently exfoliates, refines pores and energizes complexion. Even if it’s solely for the sake of IG, a girl’s gotta glow!

MARA Beauty Sea Vitamin C Serum: $96

What beauty and wellness gift guide would be complete without a solid serum, amirite? When clean skincare brand MARA first launched in 2018 with its Universal Face Oil, I was drawn to its deeply hydrating properties. Fast-forward to a few months ago, the brand launched a Chlorella + Reishi formula that provides the same all-day hydration, but with the added effects of Vitamin C and other powerful ingredients. It’s a perfect gift for the skincare lover worth splurging on, and you can’t go wrong with that sleek glass packaging.

WEN by Chaz Dean Bella Spirit ReMoist Hair Mask: $180

When it comes to my breakout beauty star amid the pandemic, it’s hands down this product. I never understood the power of a hair mask until just one use of this magical formula. And months later, this remains my go-to. I’ve praised this nourishing mask countless times on Mane Addicts—and thanks to its blend of lavender, cucumber, eucalyptus herbal botanical waters, extracts, oils and amino acids, I’m left with good as new hair after each rinse. While the price point is indeed steep, Chaz explained to me firsthand that each tub provides approximately 16 treatments-worth of a $50 in-salon service. While this probably won’t be the gift you buy for everyone on your list, it’s definitely worth it for a special someone.

Wellness

Manna Kadar Hand Sanitizer & Anti-Bacterial Soap Caddy: $24

For the girly-girl in your life, this rose gold hand-cleansing duo not only looks darling atop a beauty counter with its accompanying caddy—but it smells absolutely divine. Featuring a combo of pomegranate scent and soothing sea water, this light, feminine fragrance is sure to please.

SERUMKIND Black Blossom Hand Serum: $27

As a K-beauty brand known for, well, serums, it only makes sense SERUMKIND launched a hand serum to accompany its face products. Fit for the dryness brought on by the winter months ahead, this new, deeply hydrating formula caters to the skin barrier with the healing effects of black tulip from the Netherlands. The result? Instantly silky hands. This product has stocking stuffer written all over it!

Som Sleep Zero Sugar 12-Pack: $29.99

If you know an insomniac (and we all do!), grant them the gift of sleep! I discovered these Som Sleep canned drinks in a self-care essentials kit from PitchBox Media, and I’ve got to say, I wasn’t disappointed. The gluten-free, non-GMO, berry-flavored beverages knock you out easily, without leaving you groggy the next day. While they certainly won’t fix any longstanding sleep issues, they’re perfect for those occasional restless nights tossing and turning sans Zzzs.

Trücup Coffee Pods: $39.95 (48-piece, three-roast sampler pack)

If there’s one wellness routine that got me through 2020, it was waking up early, showering, brewing a hot cup of coffee and taking 10 minutes to cozy-up in bed and meditate before kicking off my day. Coffee is a huge part of my daily life, and I include Trücup here in particular because their low-acid, boutique coffee blends are not only rich in flavor, but they’re less harsh on the stomach, creating a more seamless sipping experience.

Le Labo Body Lotion, Exclusively for EDITION Hotels: $58.65

Unpopular opinion, but I’m not the biggest Le Labo fan. That said, their black tea-infused body lotion made exclusively for EDITION Hotels makes up for any past fragrances that haven’t tickled my fancy. I love tea-inspired scents more than anything else, and this body lotion seriously speaks to me. Much like the vibe of the trendy hotel, this aroma is dark, mysterious and sexy. If you’re not sold by now, welp, more for me!

*Free four-piece Le Labo travel set with every ShopEdition.com purchase.

BX Glow Pure Energy Fitness Kit: $68

With L.A. going into lockdown all over again, you better believe this at-home fitness kit will come in handy for the workout junkie or simply the girl stuck at home with nothing to do. Designed by former Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada, this easy-to-transport set comes with all the essentials: three levels of resistance tube bands, three levels of resistance loop bands and a set of one-pound ankle weights. There’s no excuse now!

Moen Aromatherapy Hand Shower With INLY Shower Capsules: $129

For the loved one who’s still owed their housewarming gift, or for the one who simply needs a shower upgrade, lap them in luxury with this sleek, easy-to-assemble chrome shower head, complete with four aromatherapy capsules to match their mood. Adjustable settings are built into the shower head, so they can use however much of the refreshing fragrance as they wish.

MiHIGH Infrared Sauna Blanket: $499

This detoxifying, mind-calming, calorie-burning blanket is just the trick for your partner or close family member. Now only does the leather material keep you bundled, but you get the benefits of infrared saunas from the comfort of your own home. Complete with infrared heating and waterproof layers, about an hour a few times a week is all you need to be on your way to better sleep, less stress, rejuvenated skin and increased blood flow.

Looking for more skincare purchases this holiday season? HERE are some new CBD-infused beauty products to have on your radar!

Beauty

Dry Brushing Isn’t Just for the Body—An Expert Explains Why You Should Do It to Your Face

November 17, 2020

Dry brushing your face may sound like a foreign concept—it did to me until recently.

Last week, I received a mailer from Daily Concepts, which included their brand new Daily Facial Dry Brush ($20). At first glance, I thought it was another body brush, but after looking closer I realized I wasn’t previously familiar with a product like this.

(Instagram via @dailyconcepts)

By now, wellness gurus know that dry brushing the body helps exfoliate dead cells from the skin surface and enhances blood flow. The drier the brush and skin, the more friction is increased to better exfoliate. As for dry brushing the face? Well, I imagine it has similar benefits.

Eager to learn more, I reached out to Daily Concepts’ founder, Emilio Smeke. Below, the skincare expert explains the benefits of dry brushing your face, and how to do it effectively.

skyelyfe: What, exactly, is a dry brush for the face?

Emilio Smeke: It’s a soft divide that will drain the lymphatic system starting in all the pathways we have in our face. It also helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles by exfoliating dead skin cells and stimulating circulation.

(Instagram via @threetideswellness)

SL: How does a dry face brush differ from a dry body brush?

ES: They’re similar in their performance, yet really different in the level of abrasiveness of its components, making the facial a delicate brush that won’t be harsh on your skin.

SL: Is a dry face brush for everyone?

ES: If you have any breakouts or irritated, broken or sunburned skin, then this definitely should not be used. But in general, this is designed for all skin types.

(Instagram via @dailyconcepts)

SL: How do you properly use one?

ES: We’ve created a step-by-step process:

Step 1: Stroke along your lymphatic pathways

Step 2: Stroke downward along jawline

Step 3: Brush upwards along your cheeks

Step 4: Stroke around your eyes

Step 5: Brush forehead/nose downward

Step 6: Brush cheeks downward

Step 7: Brush neck downward

How to clean: Sprinkle cornstarch or clay powder and massage gently into bristles

If you’re looking for info on other new skincare products, HERE‘s my review of Nudestix’s skincare line, Nudeskin.

Beauty

Is Gold in Skincare a Gimmick or Actually Good for You? I Asked an Expert

November 10, 2020

Ah, gold… the metallic yellow chemical element that screams all things luxe. But gold in skincare products—is it all for show or actually effective?

I reached out to Maryann McManus, Director of Sales at Makanai, a longtime J-beauty brand that just launched in the states. As a company known for featuring 24K gold in skincare products, I had to understand what this ingredient does, aside from looking pretty.

Keep reading for everything to know about the benefits of applying this precious metal to your face.

(Instagram via @makanai_beauty)

skyelyfe: What are the benefits of 24K gold in skincare? 

Maryann McManus: 24K gold leaf helps improve elasticity through increasing dermal fibroblast production. It helps refine skin texture through collagen production when applied to the skin. 

SL: What makes Makanai’s products different from other 24K gold-infused skincare on the market? 

MM: Makanai contains only the purest form of gold—999.9%—which is made in Japan, with clinical studies to backup the science. *editor’s note: 999.9% is the way gold purity is measured.

SL: What’s Makanai’s hero product and why? 

MM: The Makanai Skin Jewel Oil Serum is formulated with 24K gold leaf flakes produced in Kanazawa, with a skin-compatible blend of seven botanical oils that absorb quickly to leave skin hydrated with a youthful luminescence.

(Instagram via @makanai_beauty)

SL: Is 24K gold always beneficial in skincare or does it need to be formulated in a certain way?

MM: If it’s the right quality, gold can be beneficial to skin on its own. Although, it’s even more beneficial when used together with our delivery system of botanical oils so that the ingredients fully absorb.   

SL: What makes 24K gold more or less expensive in skincare? Is it actually due to the benefits or formulation, or more about the luxe association of the ingredient?

MM: This is a difficult question to answer since we don’t know how other brands source their raw materials or formulate them into their products. At Makanai, we’re committed to choosing only ethical and sustainable sourcing, as well as only using premium quality gold leaf. Hence, our products are fair-priced. 

SL: Is 24K gold an ingredient for everyone? Or will certain skin types react differently to it?

MM: While we haven’t experienced customers having any reactions to using the gold leaf, we can’t be completely certain. We recommend either doing a patch test or consulting with a physician for those who may be concerned about skin reactions. 

(Instagram via @makanai_beauty)

SL: Is there anything else consumers should know about Makanai or 24K gold in skincare? 

MM: Makanai offers a full line of cleansers, face creams, toners, soaps and dedicated hand care products. Most of the products feature a proprietary KaESS complex, comprised of persimmon (kaki) leaf, rich in vitamins and antioxidants; eggshell membrane for hydration and collagen elasticity; and soybean sterol to combat dryness and the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots.

A collection of specialty products, including Goldays 24K Perfector Sheet, Skin Jewel Oil Serum and Goldays Magic Glow Balm harness the goodness of 24K gold leaf and shower the skin with moisture and luminosity. Our products are proudly made in Japan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, phenoxyethanol free, synthetic color or perfume-free, silicone-free, carbomer-free and BHT free. All ingredients comply with EU cosmetic regulation standards, the most stringent in the world.

For more expert info on buzzy ingredients, click HERE to find out if CBD-infused skincare is right for you.

Beauty

My Honest Review of Nudestix’s Brand New Nudeskin Skincare Line

October 22, 2020

I’m always fascinated when a popular makeup brand forays into skincare. It seems like the most natural next move, but it’s still interesting to see which products and ingredients they choose to hone in on, and how they plan to hold their own in a heavily concentrated space.

When I received an invite to Nudestix‘s virtual soft launch of their Nudeskin skincare line, (which officially released Oct. 10), my interest was immediately piqued. First, there’s the colorful packaging and clean, vegan ingredients. I also like that the four-part (five-product) system is easy and straightforward, and each size adheres to travel guidelines.

My mailer arrived in a sleek Nudestix branded box with all of the packaging marked “biodegradable.” It came with full sizes of each product, and a branded face towel. There were also easy-to-follow descriptions placed in the order of application. But how did I feel once I put the line to use? Keep reading for my honest Nudeskin review.

Citrus Clean Balm & Make-Up Melt: $34

This citrus-infused cleansing balm includes rose hip fruit oil, essential oils and pore-cleansing oils. This is step one in the two-part cleansing process. This first step is optional, but I made it a point to test the line on a day I was wearing a ton of makeup. So yes, this makeup-melting step was indeed necessary.

I’ve got to say, these are my favorite types of makeup removers. I love feeling thick mascara disintegrate into my fingers. And even though it’s not the prettiest, makeup melts typically get the job done—and this is no exception.

Gentle Hydra-Gel Face Cleanser: $18

As the second step (but first on a minimal makeup day), this non-foaming clean water gel was made to remove natural makeup. It also clarifies skin tone and gently cleanses skin impurities without harsh surfactants and chemicals. It’s developed with bergamot fruit oil, natural AHAs and actives. It’s made to be suitable for the most sensitive skin, reducing inflammation, irritation, blemishes and dryness.

I’m glad this option exists in the line because after product one, I still felt like I needed an additional cleanse to fully remove any lingering makeup. Once this application was complete, my face looked fresh.

Lemon-Aid Detox & Glow Micro-Peel: $34

The third step is a skin clarifying peel that detoxes pores of excess oil, dirt and pollution. Papain enzymes allow for the peeling process, and apple and pomegranate extracts enable deep pore cleansing action. And, of course, Vitamin C renews and brightens the skin.

This is hands-down the best part of my Nudeskin review. This isn’t the most Insta-worthy aspect, but it’s certainly the most satisfying. Who doesn’t love balls of dead skin coming to the face’s surface? And, most importantly, my skin looked even more revived after the process.

5% Citrus Fruit & Glycolic Glow Toner: $28

Next up is the toner, made with a 3% glycolic acid and 2% fruit acid complex. This spa-strength resurfacing treatment is made to accelerate the skin’s cell renewal process by smoothing and brightening, minimizing the appearance of lines and pores, and leaving a plump-and-glowing complexion.

This comes with a push pump that makes the product easy to distribute, and the product’s 3-in-1 formula saves time and effort of having to apply a serum with similar benefits.

Citrus-C Mask & Daily Moisturizer: $38

The final step in the process is the active-rich hydrator. This can be used daily under makeup or overnight as a mask. Fermented yuzu oil and turmeric extract make up the cream. It’s formulated to deeply moisturize skin, gently boost collagen and help reduce environmental inflammation.

I feel a mild sting when I use this product, but that’s a sign the actives are hard at work! My skin feels instantly bouncier and hydrated after its application. There’s a very faint, expected citrus scent, but it goes away a few moments after the product is rubbed in. After completing the five-product process, my skin looks cleansed, hydrated and healthy as you can see in the image below.

Now that this Nudeskin review has you all caught up on your bathroom basics, HERE are the newest CBD skincare products to have on your radar!

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The 5 Best and Worst Affordable Skincare Brands, According to TikTok

September 24, 2020

TikTok is a treasure trove of beauty tutorials, reviews, tips and tricks. I downloaded the app thinking I had a good hold on makeup and skincare, only to realize my sorely limited knowledge. Little did I know I’d quickly uncover the best and worst affordable skincare, which is frequently covered on the stimulating platform.

TikTok brings us the likes of resident skincare guru Hyram, who dominates the app. Other influential aficionados in the space include JC Dombrowski, Dr. Shah (@dermdoctor) Charlotte Palermino (@charlotteparler) and Young Yuh (@yayayayoung). I’ve impressively learned more about skincare during my short time on the platform than during the course of my life.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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These experts’ massive followings swear by their actions: micellar water is always a yes, whereas makeup wipes are always a no. But to get into it a little deeper, I’ve rounded up a list of what the TikTok experts generally classify as the best and worst affordable skincare brands on the market.

Keep reading to find out!

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5 Best:

CeraVe: Leading the pack of best and worst affordable skincare brands is CeraVe. A drugstore staple, the brand is known for its generous supply and effective ingredients. Like many, I quickly brushed their products to the side, due to lackluster packaging. But if the experts sway my desire to experiment, I’ll look into fan favorites, the Hydrating Cleanser and Moisturising Cream. The brand’s products are frequently sold out, and have been proven to work wonders on the skin. CeraVe is truly the all-star in the TikTok skincare space.

@skincarebyhyram

bruh the GLOW 🤩 ##duet with @uglyboimiguel ##skincarebyhyram ##glowup

♬ Spongebob – DrumCorpsKat

First Aid Beauty: This brand is heralded by the experts as a go-to for sensitive skin. But additionally, it’s touted for its antioxidant-rich sunscreen, which blends seamlessly. Hence its name, the clean beauty brand is also known for targeting specific skincare woes, including Keratosis pilaris (KP), eczema and acne.

@mellluuuu

This stuff is amazing!!!! HIGHLY recommend!!! 😍😭 @skincarebyhyram ##skincarebyhyram ##firstaidbeauty ##niacinamide ##fyp ##skincare ##dermatology ##skin

♬ She Share Story (for Vlog) – 夕依

La Roche-Posay: With such a fancy name and sleek packaging to boot, I’m always shocked to see La Roche-Posay posted up in CVS. The French skincare brand boasts an array of effective and affordable products geared toward sensitive skin. Derms swear by this brand, and its popularity is more evident than ever on TikTok.

@selenatepepa1

Obsessed✨ What should I try next?? ##larocheposay laroche ##skincare ##target ##skincareroutine ##oilyskintips ##fyp

♬ Breathe – What’s That’s Supposed To Be About Baby – Years & Years

The Ordinary: I’ve always abided by the saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” And in the case of The Ordinary, it may just defy the odds. It’s one of the most remarkably priced brands at Sephora, chock-full of effective ingredients and a wide array of products for varying skin types. To top it all off, its packaging, albeit simple, is sleek and professional. The Ordinary—most renown on TikTok for its AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solutionkeeps its products focused on prime active ingredients (like niacinamide and zinc, for example) and ditches the fancy frills.

@yayayayoung

A quick AHA+BHA “how to” with my tips! ##skincare ##beauty ##theordinary ##ahabha ##exfoliation ##fyp ##foryoupage

♬ original sound – yayayayoung

The Inkey List: Taking cues from The Ordinary, brand new The Inkey List is another ridiculously affordable skincare brand at Sephora. Known to include your standard buzzy ingredients (hyaluronic acid, retinol and collagen, to name a few), they’ve also released innovative formulas previously unknown to the common consumer: Polyglutamic Acid, Multi-Biotic Moisturizer and Heptapeptide Serum.

@whatsonvisface

Hyram inspired me! This routine by @theinkeylist is only $42. Check out their recipe builder to make your own! ##learnontiktok ##tiktokpartner ##ad

♬ original sound – whatsonvisface

5 Worst:

St. Ives: If you live by the “any press is good press” motto, St. Ives can thank TikTok for making it one of the most talked-about skincare brands on the app (even if it happens to be a best and worst affordable skincare list). St. Ives is the butt of every joke in these 15-second videos, but nevertheless, it has gained relevancy. Roasted for its ridiculously high concentration of fragrance, its harmful scrubs (which have been proven to cause tears in the skin), and the brand’s recommendation to exfoliate every single day, using St. Ives in your skincare routine is considered the ultimate no-no by the experts.

@akoniphoenix

Just don’t do it! 😅 @dermdoctor & @skincarebyhyram DON’T recommend! ##stives ##skincare ##poc

♬ FEEL THE GROOVE – Queens Road, Fabian Graetz

 
 
 
 
 
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Clean & Clear: While I’ve never been a Clean & Clear user, it’s definitely synonymous with my childhood and acne commercials I saw every day as a kid. Having been around for so long, you’d think the company would have their formulas down by now—but according to the skincare experts, such is not the case. Clean & Clear’s products contain heavy concentrations of fragrance and other harmful ingredients for the skin, including alcohol and menthol. Also, in cases where beneficial ingredients are included, they’re often counteracted with other ingredients that make them either harmful or obsolete.

@skincare.noob

they won’t be missed🤢🤢 ##skincare ##badskincare ##cleanandclear##neutrogena ##teatree ##foryou ##foryoupage ##fyp ##theordinary ##hyramapproved ##cerave

♬ original sound – caleb

Bioré: Who doesn’t love a good peel-off mask or nose strip? Watching gunk seep out of your skin is oddly satisfying. It isn’t, however, actually doing anything for you. While yes, you may see a temporary removal of blackheads from a Bioré nose strip, these strips do absolutely nothing to treat or reduce blackheads longterm. Pore strips aside, many of the brand’s formulas are advertised as fitting “for all skin types,” when, in fact, they’ve been proven to cause redness, breakouts and excess oil production when used on dry or sensitive skin.

@skincarebyhyram

Great routine! 🤩 Use ##skincarebyhyram so I can react to yours 🥰 ##duet with @sammcgraww

♬ original sound – Sam McGraw

Thayer’s: Thayer’s is up there with St. Ives in the TikTok skincare space. Just about every expert swears against it, insisting that tannins-infused witch hazel is unacceptable on the face, no matter your skin type. Thayer’s is known for its array of witch hazel products, which have gained popularity based on their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. But their high concentration of alcohol only causes the skin to produce more oil and trigger more breakouts. Steer clear at all costs!

@careclarkbsn

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Mario Bedescu: When I think of this brand, Urban Outfitters immediately comes to mind. Trendy and affordable, it never dawned on me that experts deem Mario Bedescu one of the most hated-upon skincare brands. In fact, the company settled a class action lawsuit in 2013 for failing to disclose the inclusion of strong steroids in at least two of their products. Generally speaking, the brand’s ingredients lists are misleading and cheaply made.

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For more skincare content, HERE are some of the newest CBD-infused beauty products we recommend trying!

Beauty

Should You Be Using CBD in Your Skincare Routine? An Expert Explains What You Need to Know

September 14, 2020

We’re no stranger to the CBD space. From applying The Good Patch Nite Nite to help us catch some Zzzs, to dropping tinctures of SMPLSTC CLM under our tongues to ease anxiety, we’ve certainly toyed with variations of this hyped ingredient.

While we usually feel immediate results from mood-enhancing CBD products, the skincare side of the phenomenon is a different story. What does CBD-infused skincare actually do, and is it safe on all skin types?

To help us get to the bottom of this, we spoke to Dr. Manisha Singal. The expert and Aethera Beauty ambassador is also the author of The CBD Skincare Solution: the Power of Cannabidoil for Healthy Skin. She answers all of our burning questions below.

skyelyfe: What are some general benefits of CBD in skincare?
Dr. Manisha Singal:

There are well-identified anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of CBD. Topical formulations aim to deliver this natural plant-based compound to cool inflammation due to common toxic exposures, such as UV rays, environmental pollution and makeup. It also has properties to stimulate skin plumpness by its influences on collagen and elastin production, diminishing appearance of fine lines. Similar to aloe vera, topical CBD is proving to also take the sting out of skin injuries due to minor cuts and reduce the itch experienced from mosquitos bites.

SL: Are there any benefits CBD offers to the skin that other powerful ingredients do not?
DMS:

CBD is not a one-note natural compound. Chemically, it is akin to our own cannabinoids that we have been reliant on for health and balance since we were born. Whether CBD is applied topically or ingested, it works on the same Endocannabinoid System (ECS), network of receptors, neurotransmitters, and enzymes found throughout our body, including our skin. In the beauty and skincare industry, benefits are seen in skin healing, pain relief and youthful glow. What’s exciting but as of yet not regulated is the added benefits of combining CBD with other well-known ingredients for our skincare. Education and attention to details in these formulations is key for any consumer. 

SL: Is CBD comparable to other skincare ingredients on the market?
DMS:

The antioxidant powers of vitamins A, C, and E are comparable to CBD. For example, vitamin A, from which retinoic acid is derived, is credited with cell regeneration, skin firmness; vitamin C stimulates collagen production, and vitamin E fights those nasty free radicals. CBD is rich in all these properties.

SL: Which skin type(s) work most effectively with CBD? Which skin type(s) work least effectively with CBD? What can be the result of a negative reaction to CBD skincare?
DMS:

We’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to understanding the science behind CBD’s many observed benefits. This is true as well for skin types. What we do know is that all skin types are susceptible to injury from UV rays and other environmental pollutants. CBD is well-poised to help us in our skin’s battle to protect from these and other exposures irrespective of our skin type.

Where we need to be extra cautious is to know what chemicals or oils are in topical CBD formulations. If one’s skin is prone to over-oil production, certain moisturizing creams may exacerbate and cause reactions. Always perform a skin patch test to see if the particular CBD product is right for your skin type. Avoid layering multiple products, as it will likely promote an unpleasant and undesirable response. If one does have more than a mild redness to a product, stop and contact your doctor for care and possible allergy tests.

SL: Are there any products you recommend in particular for people easing into CBD skincare for the first time?
DMS:

For people interested in exploring CBD as part of their skincare, I would recommend starting with a product containing CBD isolate. I have come to learn from amazing chemists that it’s very complicated to formulate broad spectrum CBD topicals, often leaving a consumer to experience the chemical additives and not CBD itself. I also recommend starting with a low mg dose concentration, as we all have our own unique genetic makeup. What suits one person may be an entirely different experience for another. Start low and go slow.

I would also start by introducing just one CBD product, such as a moisturizer, into your daily regimen. See if it has an effect and, if it doesn’t, replace it with a similar product containing a greater amount of CBD. Once you’re comfortable with that product, you can consider adding another one. CBD is the big new thing, and it’s expensive to process. Reputable beauty companies are understandably charging a premium for many of these new products, so it also makes good financial sense to ensure that you’re getting a noticeable result as a return on your beauty product dollar.

SL: What should consumers be looking out for on a CBD skincare label? (both good and bad)?
DMS:

You should make sure that your product has the amount of CBD that is stated on the label and without toxic impurities. A 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association that analyzed 84 CBD products sold by 31 different online companies found that 1 in 5 contained marijuana components. Other studies have shown that the CBD concentration in products is much lower or non-existent versus what brands have claimed on their packaging. I would make sure to only use a trusted manufacturer and ask to see their Certificate of Authentication. Legitimate companies test their product for potency and purity.

SL: Are there other ingredients that go particularly well or poorly with CBD?
DMS:

Since the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018 and the legalization of CBD extracted from hemp plants, there’s been an explosion of products in the skincare industry. Unfortunately, without full cannabis legalization by the federal government, consumers are in the wild west with dangerous product claims that CBD can be mixed with any ingredients. It’s highly advisable for a manufacturer to partner with chemists to do safety and sustainability testing when formulating products with CBD.

It’s also important to understand the relevancy of mixing certain ingredients with CBD. For example, CBD has great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The addition of CBD to other natural active vitamins, omega fatty and amino acids will have wonderful boosting and calming effects on our skin. On the flip side, we don’t have enough information on the relevancy of adding ingredients such as DMAE and kinetin.

SL: Are there CBD-free products you recommend that can still provide similar effects? 
DMS:

At Aethera Beauty, we’re aware that many consumers would not be comfortable using CBD and we have replicated our entire line of CBD skincare products in a hemp seed version. Hemp seed oil is rich in the omega fatty acids, amino acids and antioxidants—all nourishing topically as well as internally, as seen in salad dressings. Hemp seeds and hemp seed oils contain none or minuscule amounts of CBD.

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SL: How did you start working with Aethera and why do you support its products? If you could recommend just one of their products to consumers, what would it be?
DMS:

As a consumer, I’ve had my fair share of reactions to various creams and body washes. As a doctor, I’m knowledgeable on the terrible side effects which my patients may suffer from the very medications we prescribe. My dive into CBD was due to both my own extreme skin reaction to hair dye and my husband’s need for relief from his Crohn’s disease. My research was eye-opening as to CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. My husband has an inflammatory bowel disease. My skin rash was an extreme presentation of inflammation of my skin. CBD helped calm both of our bouts with inflammation. The aha! moment was the added glow on my skin, and this led to development of CBD skincare SKUs at Aethera.

Aethera is unique, as it’s a partnership with chemists at a reputed green lab with years of experience in formulating non-toxic prestige skincare lines. We take pride in using the highest quality CBD isolates and other well-studied active botanicals to create our line. It’s important to ensure the ingredients in our formulations go through rigorous testing and make sense for the expected user experience.

Our hero, my hero, is the Everyday Botanical Brightening Concentrate with CBD

Curious about other leading CBD beauty brands? HERE‘s what to know about American Vanity, the very first science-based CBD skincare line.

Beauty

5 Newly Released CBD Beauty Products Your Skincare Routine Desperately Needs

August 15, 2020

Between the social justice revolution and the pandemic, there’s a lot going on in the world right now—and you may find it difficult to embrace me-time.

But it’s not just our minds and bodies that need to decompress—our skin does, too! Typically, when something like CBD comes to mind, we’re thinking about our mental state. But the powerful ingredient does wonders for our skin as well, which is why we’re excited to bring you a handful of new innovations in the CBD beauty space.

Because you deserve it, treat yourself to one (or all) of the five brand new CBD beauty products below. From body creams to oils, these items should help you (and your stressed-out skin) relax to the max.

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1. The Feelist’s Do Not Disturb Extra Strength Body Cream

Entrepreneur and digital industry leader Shea Marie is the brains behind The Feelist. Her line of plant-powered skincare is set out to pamper you when you need it most. There are two different creams and oils, along with a salt soak in this line. Every product is of interest, though the Do Not Disturb Extra Strength Body Cream really caught our attention. With 500 milligrams of broad spectrum CBD, this cream should aid in getting rid of aches and pains in your body.

2. Veritas Beauty’s Cucumber Eye Cream

Veritas Beauty is a CBD skincare line created by Veritas Farms, which is already well-known for their impeccable CBD products. Now, they’ve moved into the beauty industry. Veritas Beauty comes packed with a variety of products, including Rejuvenating Night Cream, Cucumber Eye Cream, Mattifying Blemish Cream and Hyaluronic Day Cream. The great thing is you can purchase them all in a handy-dandy kit. Though if your budget only allows for one, we’d opt for the Cucumber Eye Cream. A good eye cream is harder to come by than you’d think, so having this one in your skincare arsenal will make a world of difference.

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3. Philip B’s CBD Scalp + Body Oil

Philip B is one of our all-time favorite haircare companies, so we jumped at the chance to snatch up their CBD Scalp + Body Oil when it was released. Your scalp needs more love than you give it. We’re all so guilty of trying to undo years of damage to our tresses that we forget about our scalp. Featuring 100 milligrams of CBD and 25 milligrams of CBG, this scalp and body oil moisturizes your skin to reduce redness brought on by environmental stressors. It really is one of the most soothing oils on the market, so your skin will thank you for using it.

4. MyCHELLE Dermaceutical’s Enhancing CBD Rinse-Free Wash

MyCHELLE Dermaceutical’s released a new line of CBD skincare products that features a serum, lotion, lip balm, and… wait for it… a CBD Rinse-Free Wash. What is a rinse-free wash? Instead of having to splash your face with water, you can put this product on a cotton pad, swipe it all over your complexion, and you’re good to go. The CBD in this is aimed at hydrating and softening your skin, which is something we’ve been having trouble maintaining during quarantine.

5. WLDKAT’s CBD 50MG Cupuacu + Mango Butter Lip Balm

WLDKAT is a clean, vegan, sustainable, and cruelty-free brand that also happens to be “femxle founded and fronted.” Their packaging is bright and in your face, but in the best way possible. We’re particularly fascinated by their butter lip balm. Containing 50 milligrams of CBD, cupuacu and mango butter, these balms should keep your lips hydrated for hours on end.

Wondering if CBD can help you get better sleep? HERE’S what happened when we tried it!

Beauty

5 Pride Makeup YouTube Tutorials Anyone Can Recreate

June 12, 2020

We’re almost halfway through June, so if you haven’t already shown your support for Pride Month, we’ve got just the thing.

Whether you’ll be celebrating at home or out in the streets, these Pride makeup tutorials on YouTube are the perfect way to let your LGBTQIA+ flag fly.

No matter your makeup skill level, you’ll find one you can recreate. Scroll below now!

1. ’70s-Inspired DIY Pride Looks

This video is perfect both for people with basic makeup skills and those who consider themselves experts. There are a few different ’70s-inspired looks you can create, so find the one that speaks to you.

2. Neon Pride Makeup Tutorial

Not for the faint of heart, this tutorial is a look. You’ll definitely need to put your skills to the ultimate test to recreate this rainbow neon fantasy. Think you have what it takes?

3. Rainbowscale Pride Makeup Tutorial

Drag queen Miss Fame created this rainbow look two years ago, but it’s still one of the best we’ve ever seen. Miss Fame makes it look so easy, but this look takes plenty of patience to recreate on your own.

4. Unzipped Rainbow Pride Makeup Tutorial

Another oldie but goodie, this unzipped zipper tutorial is easier to create than you may suspect. And, it’ll help you stand out amongst all the other rainbow-inspired looks during Pride.

5. Dramatic Rainbow Eyes Pride Makeup Tutorial

For those looking to rock their pride with a relatively simple look, this one’s for you. Almost anyone can create this look on their eyes. The best part is, it can even be worn year ’round. Who says we can only wear rainbow-inspired looks in June?

Do you love celebrating during Pride? HERE’s why LA Pride is our favorite weekend of the year!

Beauty

American Vanity Launches First-Ever Science-Based Luxe CBD Skincare Line

March 10, 2020

(via American Vanity)

I’ve previously filled you in on my experience with CBD-infused products and it was an interesting one to say the least. Although I might have been a bit wary of anything featuring this supposed “magical” oil in the past, science-based luxury skincare line American Vanity may have just changed my mind.

I attended the ultramodern brand’s official launch party on March 4 at Sunset Tower Hotel, where the decadent, personalized space was filled with celebs, including Jeff Goldblum, Francia Raisa, Jamie Chung and more. Ethically sourced, formulated and manufactured here in L.A., co-founders Mary Nguyen (who has had a life-long passion for skincare) and celebrity esthetician Veronica Barton-Schwartz created an oh-so-fabulous line that honors inner beauty, confidence and authenticity.

Cutting-edge and natural, the line allows all skin types to maintain their radiance and youth through specially formulated, ultra-absorbent BioAdvance CBDTM. This organic CBD isolate is the purest on the market and has a much higher absorption rate than any regular old cannabidiol. Although the price tag may seem a little steep, these products take the healing and anti-inflammatory properties of the oil to new heights and is completely worth it in the end. I walked away with a very heavy gift box (the packaging of these products is unreal), and have been using each item ever since.

Scroll through below for what you need to know about the the brand’s core four products.

(Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for American Vanity)

American Vanity launch(Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for American Vanity)

Resilience Gold Replenishing Moisturizer – $220

The Resilience Gold Replenishing Moisturizer is devastatingly silky smooth. Formulated to be worn day or night, it’s laced with a high concentration of BioAdvance CBDTM that will effortlessly transform your skin. Renewed radiance and less visible smile lines? We’ll take five.

American Vanity Resilience Gold Moisterizer

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Audacious Anti-Aging Serum – $220

Another necessary fixture for wondrous and radiant skin, this anti-aging treatment works overtime to stimulate collagen production and rebuild damaged tissue all while you sleep. It’s guaranteed to help you start the day with a revived, budding complexion.

American Vanity Audacious Anti-Aging Serum

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Brilliance Brightening Serum – $145

Powerful botanicals and more BioAdvance technology deliver hydration for days with this luminous serum. If you struggle with dark spots, inflammation or uneven skin tone, this is the AV product made just for you.

American Vanity Brilliance Brightening Serum

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Radiance Glow Serum – $125

For a warm highlight-without-the-highlight effect, you’ll want to try the Radiance Glow Serum. Filled with hyaluronic acid, jojoba extract and other powerful plant antioxidants, it’s perfect for dull, dry skin that could use a morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up.

American Vanity Radiance Glow Serum

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Beauty

Valfré Just Launched a Cosmetics Line—And I Tried It First!

June 25, 2019

Valfré has been known since 2013 for its trendy, bold, affordable (nothing’s over $98) clothing and accessories designed by Mexican-born artist, Ilse Valfré.

But as of last Friday, fans of the company will get to explore the brand at a whole new capacity. Valfré just made its foray into makeup, with the launch of its very first set of eyeshadows, a 10-color collection of bold shades, called the Electric Garden Eye Palette. Consisting of mainly purples, blues and coppers, the colors reflect those of what you’d see in a bouquet of flowers.

(via Valfré)

(via Valfré)

I was lucky enough to receive an invite to the product’s launch party at a pop-up in L.A. (one day before it became available to the public), where a bunch of colorfully decorated guests danced to music from various decades, took pics in the photo booth, tried on makeup at one of the several beauty stands and sipped on Bev rosé.

In advance of the launch, I received a sample palette before it was made available to the public. I was sure to do a full face of makeup (as seen below) before my night out. I’m beyond impressed with the boldness and blendability of the shades, along with their longevity, as I made it through a full night of a fresh-faced look.

The palette of shades—each named after various flowers—is available on Valfré’s website for $38.

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Jen Atkin Throws Her Version of Prom with a Very Hollywood Twist

May 10, 2017

No chaperones allowed!

Hair stylist to the stars Jen Atkin took things back to her youth last week by throwing Mane Addicts‘ Prom ’17, and (in her typical fashion) there was no shortage of Hollywood glitz and glam.

Photo Credit: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Mane Addicts

Photo Credit: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Mane Addicts

As expected, this was no typical prom–open bar and on a school night, just to give you a hint of how this all went down.

But aside from that, the event was held at new Hollywood hotspot Avenue, and guests (including Kaia Gerber, King and Queen Aaron Carpenter and Amanda Steele—and yours truly—to name a few) were treated to hairstyles at a Paul Mitchell Electric Youth station, cotton candy made from scratch, a DJ blaring today’s trendiest tunes, gift bags with Paul Mitchell hair product and a step-and-repeat for everyone’s photo-taking needs! And most classic of all, not a guest entered the private event without a canary yellow corsage on their wrist. Talk about festive!

Photo Credit: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Mane Addicts

Photo Credit: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Mane Addicts

Photo Credit: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Mane Addicts

But in case Young Hollywood’s elite needed to meet their “curfew,” rest assured the party was over by 10:00 p.m!

Beauty

No Matter the Season, Here Are 9 Makeup and Beauty Favorites I’m Wearing All Year ‘Round

March 23, 2017

Despite a week of rain (yes, I love it, but sure wasn’t expecting it!) and now even heavy wind (love it even more!), it is, in fact, no longer winter (cue the tears). It is officially springtime.

That said, with a new season comes new trends, new products, new must-haves, new everything—especially moving out of the colder months.

But winter, spring, summer, fall—there are some makeup and beauty products I feel compelled to wear all year ’round.

Regardless of the color or coverage intensity, I tend to have my regular rotation of items I consistently use, and during spring is no exception. Although winter and spring trends traditionally differ, I prefer to stick to the tried and true.

Keep scrolling for 9 items you can see sprawled out on my makeup counter at any given time of year (and find out why some of these more wintery shades can totally fold into springtime looks)!

1.  Sebamed‘s Moisturizing Face Cream for Sensitive Skin ($14.99) – Regardless of the time of year, dryness is definitely my biggest skin qualm. Even just one slight application of Sebamed’s magical product and my face stays hydrated all throughout the day. It’s rare I find a product that can maintain moisture on my skin, and this does just that! Plus, it’s super affordable, so why not?

2. Ever‘s Overnight Facial Cellular Renewal Oil ($88) – When I first read the words “overnight facial,” I was like, yeah, okay. But no joke, you apply a few droplets of this little guy before bed, and you wake up with minimized blemishes and softer, more hydrated skin.

3. TINte‘s Sun Kissed Universal Mineral Powder ($10) – This item is by far the biggest hidden gem of the bunch. I’ve been wearing this product for years, and once the highlighting trend came to the forefront, I messed around with every big-name brand I could think of, but found myself coming back to this right here. It’s so inexpensive, it comes with so much product, it’s all natural and it can be used as eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, you name it! Most importantly: It works! This provides the same highlight effect as Becca’s products, so why not save a little money and help a growing brand?

4. MACs Lavender Jade lipstick ($17) – This is by far my favorite find of 2016. I wear this shade to the grocery store, to dinner, to work, to play. You can almost always expect to find me wearing this. Not only does the color bring me endless compliments, but it seriously goes with everything, it comes off easily if need be, but stays on pretty strong otherwise. I can’t speak this product’s praises enough!

5. MAC’s Club eyeshadow ($16) – When I want to spice up a traditional brown, this is the shade I wear. For a more brown look, I wear it dry, but I go wet when I want the iridescent green to show through. I’ve been wearing this shade for more than a decade and it is a true classic. Green and brown are always in season.

6. Urban Decay‘s NAKED eyeshadow palette ($54) – I received this palette as a holiday gift from my friend Cass’ parents a few years ago, and for the longest time, I had it tucked away amid other unopened makeup items (who needs another set of browns, right?). But last year, I decided to give it a whirl after obsessing over the palette’s sister polish set. And, well, I can’t get enough! The browns are vibrant for going out and easy to tone down when making my way to the workplace—so basically a win-win all around!

7. Urban Decay’s Crash mega matte lipstick ($17) – If you know me, you know I can’t leave the house without a bold lip. Okay, maybe for yoga (I never wear makeup when I work out), but pretty much any other time, me and a vibrant lipstick go hand in hand. Although I do love a bright pink (here’s lookin’ at you, NARS Schiap) and a pastel purple (see No. 5), I get the most compliments when I wear a striking orange. I used to be obsessed with all things Kat Von D when it comes to that hue, but lately, I can’t get enough of Urban Decay’s Crash.

8. Armani Beauty‘s Emeraude eye tint ($39) – If your eyes need a pop of, well, anything, this is the hue for you! It’s a liquid-to-solid formula and can be worn lightly for some dazzling daytime color, or go on bold for nightwear. I’ve had this for a year, and I know if I want to make a statement on any given occasion, this is the magic trick!

9. Artdeco‘s Long Lasting Eye Kohl ($11.50) – When it comes to eyeliner, if I’m going to wear it at all, it needs to glide on easily and really make a statement. I typically steer clear of the product during the day, but at night, Artdeco’s Long Lasting Eye Kohl never smudges and takes two seconds to effortlessly apply.

Beauty

My 4 Favorite Items in the $25K Gift Bag Emma Stone and Other Oscar Nominees Are Receiving

February 26, 2017

It took me a minute to assemble this post—mainly because I’ve been busy rummaging through my very own version of the gift bag I’m going to tell you about below.

For the 11th consecutive year, famed celebrity gifting brand Madison & Mulholland assembled a bag fit for a queen (or an A-list actress). Just in time for Hollywood’s biggest night, the latest selection of swag (valued at $25K!) is going to 2017 Oscar nominees, including Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman.

As I mentioned above, I received a bag of my own. Granted, mine was a modified version (aka no fancy vacation for me!), but certainly plenty to get me excited. So, what are the top coveted items that these stars get to enjoy (regardless of tonight’s awards outcome)? Scroll below for my four favorite items in the 2017 Awards Season Gift Bag (and find out how and where you can score some of these items yourself!).

1. Baron’s Cove Sag Harbor Stay: Celeb recipients receive a luxurious, three-night stay in a loft suite in the Hamptons with breakfast for two each morning, a $500 dining credit, two 90-minute massages, yoga daily for two and wine tasting for two at Wolffer Estate Vineyard (when in season).

2. OM Shanti Clothing + Celsius Energy Drink: The brightly colored OM Shanti leggings were the first package I ripped open in my gift bag. I love leggings, and this line of them is the ultimate. They fit perfectly and I’m so excited to wear them. The perfect accompaniment to these incredible yoga wears is absolute favorite all-natural energy drink, Celsius. I was stoked to see this in the bag as well. I drink it regularly before a yoga session or any workout, for that matter.

3. One Two Cosmetics Set: I’ll be completely honest, I have naturally long eyelashes (#blessed), but one of my favorite thing about swag bags in general is discovering brand new products. And the One Two Cosmetics set is unlike anything I’d ever seen! These are, brace yourself, magnetic eyelashes! Named “Best of Beauty Breakthrough” by Allure in 2016, this is something you really have to see to believe. Despite the length of my own lashes, I cannot wait to try these on in Vegas next weekend. Too good to be true?

4. Julia Knight Collection: I just moved into a new apartment, so Julia Knight’s Eclipse collection would be the perfect addition to my dish sets. Celebrities gifted the bag received a set of nesting bowls, trays and a spreading knife. Each piece handmade of sand cast aluminum with a blend of enamel infused with crushed mother of pearl.

But the goodies don’t stop here! Some of the many other contents include Caterina jewelry, gourmet macaroons by FreshBakedNY’s Michelle’s MaccsThe Olive Fruit‘s Kiklos Greek extra virgin olive oil, and a “No Paparazzi”-themed Italian leather luxe designer handbag by Isabella Hearst New York.

Now, the fun part (for you!). This year, for the first time ever, consumers will be able to purchase some of the bag’s items at its Pop-Up Shop at Hollywood & Highland, from now thru March 14.

Beauty

3 Things to Know Before Purchasing Your Next Body Fragrance

January 20, 2017

As part of your whole new year, new you, is a fresh fragrance included?

I know that for me, 2014 was particularly challenging, and in Oct. of that year, I made the mistake of purchasing a pretty expensive bottle of My Burberry perfume with the hopes of at least adding some enjoyment to my otherwise unhappy period of existence. But instead of perking things up, I was only left with that scent seemingly forever reminding me of that time.

I have since discarded the fragrance, and although it shockingly no longer brings a frown to my face, I think it’s best to leave it in the past. Bye, 2014!

That said, whether it was my 2014 or so many of your 2016s, a new year is the perfect time to explore a new personal scent. Just like a new ‘do or a bold new makeup experimentation, a new body fragrance is a great way to change things up and make a fresh statement.

As I geared up for 2017, I had the pleasure of chatting with L.A.-based perfumer (and Dustin Hoffman‘s lovely wife) Lisa Hoffman at a fabulous event hosted at Reservoir boutique by my personal friend, blogger Sydne Summer. Whether you’re into oils, sprays, beads or mists, Lisa shared some universal wisdom about making sure the scent you select is the one that fits you best. Scroll below for three things you must consider before purchasing your next body fragrance—and for even more on making the right selection, check out the post I wrote for Sweety High.

1. Just Because It Isn’t Initially Overpowering Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Working

Sometimes I test out a fragrance for a day or so, and 30 minutes after I apply it, the aroma has seemingly diminished (unless it’s something overtly bold like a Chanel or Michael Kors fragrance). Lisa encourages you not to let that steer you away from the scent.

“Our noses get tired,” she tells skyelyfe. “And so at some point, we don’t smell the fragrance that we put on, but others do.”

Going off of that, don’t over-apply to compensate for what you can’t necessarily smell. Basically, ask a pal or significant other if they can smell it on you before you go overboard.

She advises: “It’s really important to protect yourself from making fragrance faux pas that you should not be making after a certain age.”

Photo Credit: @soyalbariconavarro

2. If You Can’t Commit or Are Overly Sensitive, Go for Fragrance Jewelry

Lisa created various-scented fragrance beads that are placed in a fancy little silver or gold holder and then sewn onto a bracelet or necklace.

Not only can you wear them, but you can swap them and gift them with friends! And they are not invasive.

“I had this idea to make fragrance jewelry in a way where the fragrance doesn’t touch your skin,” Lisa explained (she gifted me a few pieces, and they are entirely true to how she she describes them). “So, one of my greatest pleasures with fragrance jewelry is actually giving it away. Of course to my family, of course to my friends, but when someone, even a stranger, would compliment me at the airport and I’d say, ‘Oh really, you like it?’ and they’d smell it and love the whole thing, I loved just taking it off my wrist and just giving it to them. So for me I thought, wow the ultimate way to experience fragrance jewelry is if I can sell them as two pieces where you get to buy one and keep it for yourself and then you have one to give away. Or if you want to give yourself a little extra love, you could.”

Photo Credit: @LisaHoffmanBeauty

 

3. Keep In Mind No Single Scent Smells the Same On Anyone

There are lovely aromas that smell delightful on someone else, but when I spritz some on, I have the headache from hell. Lisa explains that layering fragrances is sometimes the way to go.

“What I love about fragrance is breaking the rules and changing it up and sometimes you may just want to individuate and personalize, maybe make your own scent,” she says. “And other times I think it’s fine because it really doesn’t smell the same. There are so many other factors [that go into a body’s scent], like shampoos or body lotions. There are no carbon copies or twins.”

Beauty Angelenos

4 Things Every Health-Conscious Consumer Will Wish They Experienced at Do Good. Be Green’s L.A. Convention

November 15, 2016

The vegan, health-conscious and eco-friendly community was in for a recent treat at the DO GOOD. BE GREEN convention inside Downtown L.A.’s The Collection.

From morning to late-afternoon, guests were treated to pampering, snacks, libations, product-testing and motivational panel discussions.

In case you missed the event (hosted by Katie Bogue Miller and Justine Lassoff, founders of Love Goodly‘s non-toxic, vegan subscription boxes), skyelyfe is here to round up its highlights!

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

1. Vendors Galore

This convention had rooms full of makeup, beauty and wellness vendors from all over the country. I had a blast chatting with Paige Padgett, celebrity makeup artist and author of The Green Beauty RulesI also learned a lot about Zen Yoga Straps, which are three-loop straps designed to help you stretch longer and more comfortably than traditional yoga straps. The Den Meditation was also on hand to talk about healing and easing the mind. You also had Hipsters for Sisters, an environmentally conscious hands-free handbag line with the sole purpose to “liberate women from their baggage.” Lippy Girl, Blissoma and Rawxies (which allowed guests to fill plastic bags with customized heapings of their healthy snacks) were also among the lengthy list of brands to come on board for the event and share their products.

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

2. Motivational Guest Speakers

It was truly inspiring listening to the journey these exceptional women speakers have taken to start their own company and build their own products or brand. From the two hosting ladies themselves, to model-activist Angela Lindvall, to My Beauty Bunny‘s Jen Mathews and Reformation clothing’s VP of design, the day was filled with more than a dozen successful, independent female panelists.

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

3. Pampering and Wellness

Not a finger was left without a dainty touch, having nail technicians from LVX polish and L.A.’s Can Can Parleur on hand to provide manicure services. I opted for an LVX mani, with the Crimson shade as my main, with a line of Oasis down the middle of each nail. In between manis, guests had the opportunity to take in a mini-yoga session, courtesy of YAS Fitness.

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

4. Gift Bags

Now let’s get to the obvious best part of the extravaganza: the hefty reusable gift bag chock full of approximately $150-worth of beauty and wellness goodies from each of the sponsors, along with the latest edition of the Love Goodly box. Needless to say, I left with my hands full!

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Beauty

Skyelyfe Got Its Hands on a Swag Bag the Biggest TV Stars Received in Celebration of Emmys!

September 19, 2016

Another awards show, another amazing gift bag to honor the momentous occasion, courtesy of Madison & Mulholland—who teamed up with Dreamhouse Marketing & Branding Group and The Accessories Council.

The gifting company wowed Oscar winners in February, and they were back at it for last night’s Emmy Awards.

Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Kirsten Dunst, Felicity Huffman, Amy Schumer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Taraji P. Henson, Claire Danes and Robin Wright are among nominees, presenters and stars who were given this top-tier bag of swag, which accompanies the goodies they received in the official Emmys gift bag.

Dying to know what’s packed in these Madison & Mulholland bags? Keep reading for all its contents (which skyelyfe just so happened to snag as well!).

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Alister Mekhi: A collection of trendy fashion accessories, elegant jewelry and evening clutches set with Swarovski crystals and rhinestones.

Mirai Clinical Skin Care:  Clinical Face Serum and Face Wash regimen.

Toxic Eyewear: Luxury avant-garde, edgy sunglasses with optical frames.

BMW Eyewear: Brought to you by the Aspex Group, the BMW eyewear collection provided high-end men and women’s style eyewear.

Masqueology Skin Care: Unique mask-based treatment line that is convenient, portable and designed to target & meet individual skincare concerns.

Image Spa: Gift certificate to be used on an array of their Med Spa Services including: Laser Aesthetics, Beauty & Body Care Treatments and Plastic Surgery.

We Are Pop Culture by Christina Milian: An array of lipsticks, lip gloss, and eye make-up options provided by the new line for the edgy, modern girl.  

Nudy Patooty: Organic bamboo undershirts for women that keep you fresh, confident, and make sure your clothes stay clean.

The Birthplace: Clothing line representing different cities across the nation.

Big Sexy Hair: Powder Play, volumizing and texturizing powder.

The Devil I Know, a novel by Bess Richards: The author Bess Richards was on-site personally signing books for guests. 

Italian Moms Spreading Their Art to Every Table Cookbook by Elisa Costantini

Heroes Haven Graphic Novel by Gotham City Films, LLC: Author Mario Simone’s Heroes Haven, the Graphic Novel – introducing us to his world of chaos and an epic power struggle between good and evil.

Madison & Mulholland’s Cross Body Travel Bag – to charge your-cell-on-the-go.

Ihale Health Vitamin Vape Pens:A lab verified inhalable multivitamin brought to you by Inhale Health, a biotech company based in Beverly Hills, California. VitaminVapor™ delivers four essential vitamins directly to the bloodstream through inhalation.

Beauty

Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson Shares Top 3 Ways to Stand Out on National Lipstick Day

July 29, 2016

AJ Crimson.imageIt’s National Lipstick Day, and unlike so many other non-holiday-holidays (no offense, Wiggle Your Toes Day), this one is major!

Today is an exciting time for me to celebrate an instant confidence booster, an easy ice breaker and all around great thing. So, cheers to you ColourPop, Kat Von D, Nars, Tarte… You have impacted my life in the simplest of ways.

While each day, we try to make our puckers proud, today is the day of all days to really go the extra mile when trying to make a statement with those lips!

That’s why I’ve enlisted the help of celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson. The beauty wizard, who has worked with the likes of Hilary Duff, Fergie, Christina Milian, Missy Elliott and so many other big names, shares his top three tips to goin’ big or goin’ home on National Lipstick Day. Scroll below for AJ’s pointers, and get to applying!

aj-crimson-lipstick-skyelyfe1. BE BOLD! It’s a perfect excuse to try a shade of lipstick outside of your comfort zone!

2. BE FUN! Go with a shade that’s bright! Chose one of your favorite lip liners deeper than the shade of lipstick you’ve chosen to fill the lip. Also, this can help make the new bright lip not feel so overwhelming once applied on top.

3. BE MYSTERIOUS! This is perfect time to try a deep vampy color you never thought you could wear! Chose a deep berry pair with a matching or deep lip liner. Or using your index finger press the lip color into the lip for a stain of color and add a bit of lip balm on top for a subtle moist effect.

Beauty

L.A. Has Its First Fully Automated Spa – and Skyelyfe Tried It First!

May 27, 2016

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Photo credit: Luciana Faraone Coccia

If you like being pampered, but don’t enjoy being touched, I have just the solution!

Planet Beach is Los Angeles’ first fully automated spa – meaning each of its many services are provided by machinery as opposed to human specialists.

Owned by Kelly Dedman and Cool Benson, this West L.A. relaxation space offers a total of 13 services for an unlimited (!!) membership of only $59 per month. But first-time clients can test any treatment for $10 and returning non-members can purchase services at a per-use rate. The spa also sells a full supply of tanning products and various skincare.

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Photo credit: Luciana Faraone Coccia

I tried the place out a week before its ribbon-cutting last night, and got to experience a number of options.

Their patent-pending Hot Box Detox was the sweat session of champions with the combination of an immensely heated space and a challenging 30-minute workout led by a virtual instructor.

I’m not a massage person, but for those who are, the FlexStretch massage chair is everything. There are different levels to choose from, but kinks and knots are destined to be gone after just a few seated minutes (trust me, it was intense).

I also tried the teeth whitening and saw noticeable results in eight minutes. Then I tried the hydration station leading up to my Novell spray tan.

But I must say of everything I tried, my favorite was the guided meditation, which came in many different themes to choose from. I was fully relaxed in the provided bed and managed to catch a few Zzzs to the sound of positive reinforcement.

Don’t believe me? Swing on by and try it out for yourself (address at the very bottom)!

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Photo credit: Luciana Faraone Coccia

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Photo credit: Luciana Faraone Coccia

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Photo credit: Luciana Faraone Coccia

Planet Beach

1914 S. Bundy Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90025

310.826.6600

Beauty Music

Still Having Coachella 2016 Withdrawals? Revisit Weekend One Once More With Pics & Details from Skyelyfe’s Favorite Parties!

April 20, 2016

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Between the heat, the tedious driving and the endless flow of activity, Coachella is guaranteed to wear a person out. But we wouldn’t have it any other way, right?

Whether it’s running into an old high school pal in the Ferris Wheel line at Neon Carnival or dancing to your favorite musical acts with your festival crew at the Empire Polo Fields, there’s never any shortage of excitement during weekend one of the 3-4 day music celebration.

Although I still feel slightly (understatement) sleep deprived with barely a single clean, wearable clothing article to my name, I had such a blast this past weekend being in the mix of some of the desert’s best bashes and liveliest crowds. Although frolicking around the festival was indeed amazing (check out my Coachella 2016 playlist here!), I certainly put a solid amount of time into the parties. Scroll below for details and photos from some of the hottest (literally and figuratively) events that accompanied the festival during weekend one!

The Music Lounge Presented by Las Vegas and #WHHSH

Guests were given the ultimate Las Vegas-like experience by way of Palm Springs in the company of G-Eazy, DNCE, Balthazar Getty and DJ Equal, who each took a hand behind the turntables over the course of the two-day event. Celebrity guests, which also included Kat Graham, Kellan Lutz and Amber Rose, swooped up a generous selection of swag, including colorful kicks by Diadora (my new purple ones are so much fun!) and matching men’s sock and underwear sets from Related GarmentsARIA Resort & Casino‘s mixologist was also on hand to provide specialty #WHHSH beer cocktails.

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Neon Carnival

In typical yearly fashion, Neon Carnival was the most packed party of this weekend. A slew of celebrities and tastemakers came out in droves to the coveted nighttime event, presented by Re/Done Levi’s and hosted by Tequila Don Julio. Guests at the hotly hyped bash – which included Leonardo DiCaprio, Rihanna, Jared Leto, Joe Jonas, Scott Eastwood, The Weeknd, Derek Hough, Aaron Paul and Brody Jenner, to name a few – hopped on a variety of theme park rides, won game prizes and took in the sounds of DJ Rukus, DJ Politik and DJ Equal, while partying until 5:00 a.m.!

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

REVOLVE Desert House

There was no lack of pretty faces and swag-filled bags at Revolve clothing’s picturesque desert house, which had been the home to Lacoste‘s former years-long Coachella celebration. Joico was on hand to spray guests’ hair with its popular new temporary Insta Tint colors; Ciroc and Baileys made sure no hand was left empty in the scorching sun, while Bai provided vodka mixers; ColourPop cosmetics provided a slew of colorful take home “lippie sticks” (my favorite snag of the day!); and Cult Gaia provided gorgeous custom flower crowns for the stylish soiree, which hosted Shay Mitchell, Emma Roberts, Alessandra Ambrosio, Warren G. and A$AP Rocky, Peyton List and Zoe Kravitz, among other bold-faced names.

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

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Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

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Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Calvin Klein‘s packed CK Desert Sessions on Friday night was another fun hit of the weekend. Held in the middle of a Cathedral City strip mall warehouse, the celeb-heavy, beer-filled fete featured a set by Alesso, among other DJs. Meanwhile, one of Saturday afternoon’s biggest musts included Bootsy Bellows‘ Pool Party Presented by McDonalds, where Kendall and Kylie Jenner and their hot Hollywood crew (Hailey Baldwin, Bella Hadid, The Weeknd, Cody Simpson and even the sisters’ step bro Brody) were all in tow, where some of them munched on bites from the Mickey D’s food truck while lounging around. The lady Jenners and their party posse didn’t skip a beat all weekend. A day earlier, the gang made their way to the 1OAK and Up&Down-hosted pop-up event that included a DJ set by the Pizza Boys and an impromptu performance by Post Malone. Kendall and her friends passed out pizzas on the dance floor, while guests also munched on tacos, sipped on Budweiser and swooped up sunnies from Smoke x Mirrors and clothing from Aussie brand nANA jUDY.

Photo credit: Rick Williams

Photo credit: Rick Williams

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Beauty Featured

Love Goodly: Your Latest Subscription Box Obsession (and Alicia Silverstone May Have Something to Do with It)!

March 16, 2016

Alicia Silverstone x Love Goodly-skyelyfeThe granola association is a no-go for these two cutting-edge, eco-friendly females!

Decades-long vegan Katie Bogue Miller and plant-based Justine Lassoff, both formerly of LovingEco, have a longterm professional investment in the eco-friendly space, and their latest chic brand development is sure to appeal to pretty much any woman, regardless of their level of environmental awareness.

Love Goodly, the Los Angeles-based ladies’ Birchbox-esque subscription box, features luxury, non-toxic, cruelty-free, full-sized beauty, nutritional and home
products for just $39.95 bi-monthly.

Launched in August 2015, the brand just collaborated with longtime vegan, PETA enthusiast and The Kind Life blogger/actress Alicia Silverstone (more on that below) for next month’s Earth Day-inspired box in celebration of the April 22 holiday.

LG-April-Box-Shoot-skyelyfeSkyelyfe recently took a tour of the Love Goodly headquarters in Downtown L.A. and chatted with the lovely ladies of the company they described to Forbes as a “Green Sephora.”

Kindly gifted with one of February’s Valentine’s Day-themed boxes, the assortment of high-end products (LVX high gloss nail polish, Purely Elizabeth muesli mix, May Yeung infinity bracelet, SkinnySkinny body soap and Cellar Door candle) went to immediate use. And the verdict? Two thumbs way up!

Read on to learn more about the hand-picked products, Silverstone’s involvement and what sets this box apart from other subscription boxes besides the environmentally friendly aspect.

Justine-Katie-Cofounders-outdoors-skyelyfeskyelyfe: I love this concept! Give me a general overview of these boxes and their products.

Katie Bogue Miller: We’ve been able to harness the relationships we’ve had with these brands for seven years, and we’ve kind of become experts in this space. At Love Goodly, we’re helping women discover brands that are better for you and better for the environment. Everything in each box and on our website is non-toxic, cruelty-free, vegan and we offer a mix of products. It’s a little heavy on the beauty and skincare just because we listen to our customers and that’s what they like. And then we offer a healthy snack or a candle and a stylish accessory like a bracelet or a necklace. We have two charity partners: Farm Sanctuary and Cure Cervical Cancer.

SL: I heard that Alicia Silverstone came on board for the April box. How exciting! How did that come to be?

KBM: As a longtime vegan, and recent vegan mom with a vegan toddler, I have been inspired by Alicia Silverstone and her Kind Life blog. She was a natural choice as guest curator for Love Goodly, as a health advocate and leader of the Kind Movement.

SL: Aside from the products being eco-friendly, what makes these subscription boxes different from all of the others?

KBM: Curation is the key for us, really. We try everything, use everything. Some other boxes are filled with a bunch of samples, but ours contain full-sized products, and we have a mix of products so it’s not just another beauty box.

Justine Lassoff: Also, the value sets us apart from others. Each box is worth more than $85, so you get a lot of value for what you’re getting in the box. But, as Katie said, a lot of the other companies just want to get samples in, so if you’re a company, you can just send free samples and so you get just a bunch of tiny products. None of them are really that great, so we took the other route. We carefully research each brand and make sure it’s a great brand. I think it’s just a better experience because you’re not just going to open a box and throw these away. Because of our past, we have a lot of connections to brands, so we do exclusives, too. You can’t find some of our products anywhere else.

KBM: Also, we have eleven values on our site. So, whether it’s gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan – all of our products have many of those values in them. Also, a mission of Love Goodly is to get rid of that kind of granola stereotype. So all of our products are luxury, too. It’s an added perk that they are vegan or cruelty-free. We don’t even necessarily lead with vegan. It’s just this great box and there are these great standards behind the products.

JL: One of the values is give back to charity, so with a lot of the brands we carry, not only do we give a percentage back to charity, but a lot of the brands themselves give back to charity.

Beauty

Take a Sneak Peek Into the $20,000 Swag Bag That Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence & More Received to Top Off Awards Season!

February 24, 2016

MM Final TOUCHUPPrepare to be green with envy, because the mounds of goodies given to some of your favorite Academy Awards nominees and presenters, courtesy of Madison & Mulholland gifting, is worth $20,000 (yes, you read that correctly)!

Skyelyfe got its hands on one of these insane (and understandably heavy) bags, which includes everything from gift cards and travel equipment, to jewelry, pillows, chocolate and more.

Although not the official gift bag of the Oscars (it’s crazy to think this is just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to these stars being showered with swag), some Academy favorites – including Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Diane Lane, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Rachel McAdams, Rooney Mara, Scarlett Johansson and Amy Schumer – are each recipients of these lavish luxuries.

Should you want to score one of your own, a bag is being auctioned off on eBay to raise money for the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for women’s cancer research.

So, at long last, what is in this coveted collection? See below for the full list:

1. Antigua Trip

Travel Deluxe Vacation 4 nights/5days

Retail Value: $5000+ (Gift Certificate, non-transferable)

2. AstrologyZone Calendar

Susan Miller’s AstrologyZone Wall & Pocket Calendar – The Year Ahead 2016

Retail Value: $24.95

3. Avion Tequila

Bottle of Avion, which has been called the “World’s Best Tasting Tequila”

Retail Value: $50

4. Bliss FabGirl

Silky whipped pearlescent bust cream specifically formulated to enhance and perfect the delicate skin on the décolleté and bust

Retail Value: $45

5. Buco Handbags

Zoe Key Chain Coin Purse

Retail Value: $98

5. CharlieCurls

No-heat hair curlers

Retail Value: $25

6. Chocolations

Crunchy salted pistachios and sweet- tart dried cranberries – a 12 oz. giant candy

Retail Value: $50

7. Dr. Debra Jaliman Dermatology NYC

Gift card for cosmetic skin care and Sea Radiance Products

Retail Value: $1200 (with Gift Certificate)

8. Deux Lux

Asure pouch

Retail Value: $45

9. Fabletics

Fabletics gift card

Retail Value: $150

10. Gigs Headphones

Gigs folding bass Bluetooth headphones

Retail Value: $99

11. The Hotel Card

Website: www.TheHotelCard.com/mm

Credits on The Hotel Card, which provides exceptional savings at some of the top hospitality companies in the world

Retail Value: $5000

12. Infinity Headbands

Website: http://www.infinityheadbands.com

Chic Boutique Collection head piece

Retail Value: $30

13. James Cox Knits

Bobby gym socks

Retail: $55

14.  Jim Kelly Tee Time Golf Card

Website: http://www.teetimegolfcard.com

Card that offers savings at over 7000 Golf Courses worldwide

Retail Value: $5000

15. Laudi Vidini

Custom handbag 

Retail Value: $300

16. Le Metier de Beaute

Beauty products: Cheeky Chic Kaleidoscope, Peau Vierge anti-aging complexe No.2, Moisture Matte lipstick in Amelie and Precision liquid eyeliner in Noir

Retail Value: $300

17. Lion Brand Yarn Company

Yarn, needles and knitting lessons

Retail Value: $1800

18. Little Black Box by J Grace Co

Earrings

Retail Value: $110

19. LUXCHILAS

Wayuu Luxury Mochila bag

Retail Value: $495

20. Madison & Mulholland

“Regal” vintage-inspired choker necklace

Retail Value: $250

21. Mirai Clinical LLC

Purifying & deodorizing body care collection: Body wash, body serum, body bar, body spritzer.

Retail Value: $94

22. Navjack iPhone Cases

Navjack Corium fiberglass iPhone case

Retail Value: $49

23. Pratesi

Pratesi decorative cushion

Retail Value: $550

24. Parker Wool

Longwool sheepskin Pillow

Retail Value: $35

25. Perpetual Shade

Hater-blocker sleep mask

Retail Value: $69

26. Powell & Mahoney Craft Cocktail Mixers

Powell & Mahoney margarita mixer

Retail Value: $8

27. Retrospecs & Co

Retro Sunglasses

Retail Value: $375

28. The Original Designer Noodle

Gift card for designer pool noodles and rafts

Retail Value: $150

29. thinkThin

thinkThin Brownie Crunch & Protein Bites

Retail Value: $4

30. Travelon Luggage – The official luggage of the 2016 Awards Season gift bag

Travelon 18″ wheeled underseat carry-on, toiletry kit

Retail Value: $110

31. Vaseline Lip Therapy

Mini-container of Vaseline Lip Therapy

Retail Value: $7

32. Vogue Knitting Magazine

Vogue Knitting magazine

Retail Value: $8

33. YarnPop

YarnPop knitting bag

Retail Value: $79

34. Vinrella

Website: http://vinrella.com

Vinrella umbrella

Retail Value: $24.95

35. Zarbees

Zarabee’s Natural Cough family products

Retail Value: $8

Beauty Food

These Three Ideas Are Sure to Keep You Healthy and Fit from 2016’s Start to Finish!

December 30, 2015

Fit young woman fighting off fast food

Photo courtesy: iwanttobefit.com

So much for prioritizing fitting into that skintight sexy number when the ball drops!

I’ve never met anybody who started a diet in December. In fact, most people I know excuse every bite and morsel during the holiday season with an “I’ll start up again in the new year.” We tear through cupcakes, multi-course dinners and booze-filled parties while we offer apologies under our breath and promise that come January 1st, everything will change.

Once the new year arrives, life happens and it becomes hard to keep up with our health resolutions. We’ve all seen the mad rush at the gym the first weeks in January only to witness numbers dwindle and only the regulars up on the machines come February. Luckily, new brands and services popped up in 2015 that can help us continue with our goals well into 2016.

Below, skyelyfe put together a list of ideas and programs that will make sticking to your goal easier than having that second (or third, or fourth…) glass of champagne this New Year’s eve.

Subscribe to a Food Delivery Service (Yes, you can find ones that don’t break the bank!) – Not all food delivery services are made the same. Most of them are also a bit out of budget after holiday season splurges settle in. A great alternative is a service that will deliver ingredients for you take make your own healthy meals. These remove the cost of food preparation and some offer values similar to what you would spend should you buy the groceries yourself. One of the originals, Blue Apron clocks in at only 500-700 calories per meal. Breakfast and lunch are easier to keep light (ideas include nonfat Greek yogurt and nuts for breakfast, salad with protein for lunch) when you are in a hurry. Services that provide you with premium, seasonal ingredients and calorie counts take the guess work (and not to mention temptation) out of dinnertime.

Should one of your goals be to consume more organic, non-GMO meals or to start a paleo or vegetarian diet in 2016, Sun Basket will be your ally. Most clock in under 700 calories, but be cognizant of the recipes (and reduce portion size) for those that go a bit over.

Sun Basket's Coconut Braised Pacific Cod

Sun Basket’s Coconut Braised Pacific Cod

Blue Apron's Boxed Deliver

Blue Apron’s Boxed Delivery

Don’t Let Hunger Strike! – One of the easiest ways to fall off your diet wagon is failing to prepare. Life gets busy and it’s easy to find ourselves skipping a meal in order to finish a presentation or squeeze in a couple more emails at work. Keep healthy snacks near you, in your desk drawer, purse or gym bag. This way you are less likely to bite into the first chocolate bar that makes eye contact with you at the office vending machine. Sakara Life is a new company based in New York that sells everything from watermelon jerky to probiotic chocolate. One of their best options is their Empower Bar Collection. For $29, you receive convenient, nutrient-dense, whole-food nourishment with a side of holistic healing. The “flavors” include clarity, manifestation and beauty.

Sakara Life's Manifestation Bar

Sakara Life’s Manifestation Bar

Start a Workout Club – We’ve all heard about the fatty version of this – a dinner or wine club. The concept is the same, but instead of somebody hosting dinner at their home or inviting everybody over for a great bottle of red each week, you explore new workouts in your area and invite your “club” to partake. Similar to the more common clubs, you are held accountable for providing an activity for the group on your set date. You can try that new aerial yoga class you were too embarrassed to sign up for alone, make accommodations for the group at a gym or prepare hiking routes, cycle paths, etc… for everyone.  This will help keep workouts fun and fresh well into the new year. It will also guarantee that you continue seeing your friends once the mad rush back to real life starts after the holidays.

Workout Club Activities

Workout Club Activities

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