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Top Instagram Friendly Spots In Los Angeles

Finding the perfect place to snap your next best Instagram pic can be tough, but if you’re in Los Angeles, you’re in luck! Looking for the most Instagram Friendly Spots in Los Angeles? Here are some that you can’t miss whether you’re visiting LA or a native. Do it for the gram!

From incredible architecture and amazing restaurants to the city’s many painted walls, it isn’t hard to find a great place for your next photo shoot – if anything, it can be tough to narrow down your options! Lucky for you, I’ve got you covered. If you’re on the hunt for some Instagram-worthy spots in Los Angeles, these won’t let you down!

Photo Credit: Balcony Snobs

Commissary at The LINE LA

If you’re going to take a picture of your meal, do it at The Commissary. This popular restaurant serves up lots of veggie-inspired meals, which makes sense – it’s situated in a greenhouse on the second floor at the Line Hotel. Surrounded by greenery and bathed in natural light, you won’t be the only one taking photos in this gorgeous restaurant.

Photo credit: Shutterstock / Stephanie Braconnier

Bradbury Building

Built in the late 1800’s, this old office building might not look like much from the outside, but you’ll understand why it makes this list the moment you step indoors. Stand in the center of the interior courtyard and gaze up at the natural light that floods the building through the glass ceiling, five stories above you. Admire the marble stairs and intricate metal railings – and snap a few photos to capture the artistry.

Photo credit: Shutterstock / HighKey

Paul Smith Pink Wall

Looking for a pop of color for your next photo shoot? The Paul Smith store on Melrose Avenue has you covered. This bright pink wall has become something of a celebrity in L.A., and on a nice day, you’ll find plenty of fashion bloggers, tourists and families snapping selfies in front of the painted facade. You’ll find it at 8221 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood.

Photo Credit: My Beauty Bunny

Carrera Cafe

If you visit the pink wall, stop by the Carrera Cafe at the corner of Melrose and Harper for another perfect photo op – and a boost of caffeine! Once you’ve got the perfect shot, step inside and order a latte topped with custom foam art, made possible through the Ripple Maker, a device that can essentially print a photo onto your latte foam. You’ll find it here: Carrera Cafe, 8251 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock / ESB Professional

Santa Monica Pier

This iconic landmark is a great place to capture the colors and the energy that make L.A. what it is. Take a spin on the Ferris wheel in Pacific Park and pull out your camera to capture the view from above, or find a vantage point that lets you capture the wheel’s silhouette against the setting sun. Find it at 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Photo Credit: Emily Wolf Beauty

The Polka Dot Wall

For another fun backdrop to add a splash of color to your shots, find the Polka Dot Wall in the DTLA Arts District on Mateo Street at The Springs. Painted with lots of perfectly-spaced, brightly-colored spots, it’s the perfect location for a lighthearted spring photo shoot or a few well-timed selfies! The Springs, 608 Mateo Street, Los Angeles

Riley Rose

If you’re a beauty lover, you definitely need to stop by this amazing makeup, skincare, hair care and sweet treat mecca at the Glendale Galleria. There are lots of Instagram friendly photo opps here! Find it here.

What are your favorite places to take amazing pictures in L.A.? What did I miss? Leave a comment and let me know!

Looking for more things to do in Los Angeles?

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Best Places for a Relaxing Weekend Staycation Near Los Angeles

Best Rooftop Bars To Grab A Cocktail In Los Angeles

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My Beauty Bunny by Claudia Materdomini - 3d ago

Cruelty Free Skin Care – Elemis Superfood Skincare Review

We’ve all heard about super foods before, and how beneficial they are to us, so I was more than intrigued to try out the Superfood Skincare System from the luxury cruelty free British brand, Elemis. Superfoods, for those that don’t really know, are foods with a very dense amount of nutrients to them. Whether it be a vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fats or even enzymes, Superfoods are thought to promote health, so there is no doubt I want that for my skin. Elemis is known for their formulas that use potent biological actives and carefully tested formulas, so I figured I was in good hands and dove in face first.

Elemis Superfood Skincare System is said to boost your glow and radiance by strengthening, protecting and balancing out the skin with it’s carefully selected blend of antioxidants, omega fatty acids and prebiotics. The set that I tried out included their Superfood Facial Wash, Superfood Day Cream, Superfood Night Cream and Superfood Facial Oil. I’m a serum junkie so I was a little surprised there wasn’t one in this set, but appreciated that it was simple and uncomplicated.

I wash my face at least three times a day so a gentle cleanser is a must. It can’t dry me out, and it can’t make my face beet red because of the actives in it so gentle is always something I look for.

The Superfood Facial Wash is a gel cleanser that works for all skin types. My skin was never left feeling dry and easily washed away dirt, sweat and makeup. The cleanser also includes sugar derived prebiotics that keep my skin flora balanced while pumpkin seed and avocado oil helped keep my skin moisturized. I’ve never used prebiotics before, but I do think they have helped to keep my skin acne-free.


Depending on the time of day I would use the Superfood Day Cream or Superfood Night Cream. While I wouldn’t classify the day cream as heavy at all, often, I was able to just use a few drops of oil after cleansing in the morning. I really enjoyed the night cream. I felt that my skin really soaked up the goodness I could get from it. The night time version contains a blend of chia seed, black seed, flax seed and prebiotics, and my skin couldn’t love it more. Both creams hydrated and replenished the skin, but I enjoyed the night cream the most. I never felt like a grease factory after applying and loved knowing that the blend of prebiotics, antioxidants and omegas were working to better my skin overall, and not causing another problem to develop.


The Superfood Facial Oil was probably my favorite product out of all of them. Remember the days when we were terrified of putting oil on our face in fear of major breakouts? Some of us actually really needed it — and I see how much my skin glows with just three drops pressed into my skin after moisturizing. I love how lightweight it felt on both my hands and face, and love knowing that its blend of omegas and antioxidants from broccoli, flax seed and radish are doing my skin good. I’m going to milk this bottle of oil for as long as I can!

I would gladly continue this regimen because my skin feels great, although I do add in a exfoliating scrub and a couple serums that I can’t live without. Nothing interfered with makeup application. Nothing made my face red, itchy or uncomfortable during sweaty workouts, and I woke up to a complexion that I could smile about.

You can find Elemis products at Nordstrom.com or on the Elemis site.  

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Best Cruelty Free Dermaplaning Tools

Question of the Week: Have you ever shaved your face? What did you use? What was your experience?

YES! And it’s the best! So good for facial hair removal and exfoliation. Have you ever noticed how great men’s skin looks after they shave? Same concept!

I have used many different implements to shave off that white peach fuzz as well as the darker sprouts that I’ve always had (which also start popping up more and more with age). My favorite dermaplaning device is the Stacked Skincare facial exfoliating tool. It’s a little pricy but it’s QUALITY and it works better than anything I’ve tried. I just have to be careful because it has a small guard, but I’ve still cut myself with it. The fact that the guard is super small means you get a much closer shave, but you just have to be careful. After I use it, I spritz on a little alcohol mixed with water to keep it clean. You can see my review here. I also really love Stacked Skincare’s EGF and HA serums and Firming Eye Complex for tightening and depuffing the undereye area.

I also like the Dermaflash kit, although it takes a little more work to use because you have to charge it and put on/take off the heads. I do like that it’s got those disposable heads, which is great for acne sufferers (I don’t need any extra bacteria thank you). I haven’t tried the new model – it may be easier to use actually.

But, honestly on a day to day basis, I use those cheap Tinkle razors because they are quick and I pretty much CANNOT hurt myself with them. They’re like safety scissors, but for your face! The hair grows back quickly when I use these though – you don’t get the closest shave. But you can easily clean up any random hairs you see while you’re doing your makeup, and then dash out the door!

The Lipstick League – week of 6.11.18

Please note that not all Lipstick League posts are cruelty free.

Slashed Beauty – Miranda just had a purple hair transformation using Arctic Fox Purple Rain! Check out her results with this vegan hair color with no harsh chemicals.

Beautygeeks – is all over the concept of perfume for procrastinators. Our Liza (LEEZA) Herz explains…

Blushing Noir – If ever an artist was “One in a Million” it would be Aaliyah Haughton. Fans and children of the 90’s rejoice, because the MAC x Aaliyah Makeup Collection is coming and I have the sneak peek right here.

My Beauty Bunny – has found a device that literally gets the gunk out of pores – you’re going to want to see her before and after pic!

Painted Ladies – Which makeup brush where? Sheila delves into the realm of eyeshadow brushes with a step by step makeup tutorial showing you which brushes to use and where.

Prime Beauty – I’m loving these new glosses and lippes, Pinkie Swear!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

My Beauty Bunny is Currently Craving: the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Dream Glow Kit? Do we need another highlighter palette? Probably not. Do we want one? YES! And Anastasia Beverly Hills does highlighters right!

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My Beauty Bunny by Chiefbunny - 1w ago

Micro Bomb Highlighters Review and Swatches

If you are the type of person who was born to stand out and shine (you know who you are!) then you need to check out these bomb highlighters from Micro Beauty Essentials. Okay, so these vegan and cruelty free highlighters are “the bomb” but they are actually called BOMB Multi-Use Cream Highlighters and they can be used for a slight glow or an all-out solar flare highlighter explosion!

They come in a three pack of metallic gold (Spark), pink rose pearl (Flare) and duo-chrome lavender (Ignite). The packaging is something I haven’t seen before – each highlighter comes in a lip balm sized push up tube. They are very creamy and can be applied to cheeks, eyes, lips and even your body. The packaging and smaller size makes them extremely portable. You can keep them in your purse, gym bag, or travel bag for an on-the-go-glow.

Why are these smaller you ask? Well Sharon Simpson, the founder and CEO, is obsessed with travel-sized version of pretty much everything. She prefers products that minimize waste and don’t take up a lot of valuable real estate in her bag or on her bathroom counter. These highlighters are easy to apply on the go with just your fingers, so there’s actually no need for a giant palette and makeup brush. They can literally fit in your pocket. They may be small, but they are mighty – a little goes a long way.

I think minimal makeup wearers (think Glossier-style – tinted foundation and Boy Brows) will love these, but full on glam Instagram and YouTube makeup fanatics will also enjoy them. Anyone can use these, but if you have dry skin, you’ll appreciate the creamy, dewy texture.

Here are swatches of all three highlighters in direct sun and shade so you can see how they look. (L-R): Spark, Flare and Ignite. These swatches were applied heavily but you can also dab them on for a softer look. When you blend them out, you’ll find there are some very fine micro-glitter pieces.

I found that it was easiest for me to apply them directly to my skin and then blend with my fingers (you can also use a brush or beauty sponge). In the photo below I’m wearing Spark (warm metallic gold) for a natural looking highlight. You can apply these with a much heavier hand for a more “Instagram-friendly” look. I like all three colors. I think the lavender (Ignite) stands out the most for me since I have a warm, olive skin tone. Spark (gold) looks the most natural on me.

You can find these cruelty free highlighters on Micro Beauty’s website for $17 (for a three pack). Use Micro Beauty Essentials code: MYBEAUTYBUNNY to save 10%.

Would you buy these? Which color is your favorite? Micro Beauty Essentials is working on developing more mini makeup products, so stay tuned!

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Best Weekend Retreats To Relax and Recharge In and Around Los Angeles 

Let’s face it – life can get crazy. Trying to balance a career, a family, a social life, your personal growth, and your mental health isn’t always easy, and at times, it can seem straight up impossible. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, sometimes all it takes to recalibrate is a little time to rest, recharge, and get yourself into a better state of mind. Staycations can be great for this, but once in a while, splurging on a real experience can work wonders for your mental health.

Whether you’re a Los Angeles local looking to clear your head or you’re just passing through and hoping to experience a relaxing weekend in the area, the following are some of my favorite places to get a little R&R in and around Los Angeles:

The Portofino

Situated in King Harbor, this Redondo Beach gem is the perfect place to treat yourself to a weekend filled with rest and relaxation. The Portofino has been our yearly Fourth of July getaway because you can watch a great fireworks show from the rooms (we also love the relative newcomer, Shade, for the same reason). You can enjoy an incredible night’s sleep in a beach-inspired suite and soak in the view of the shoreline from your window – or get outside and read a book in the sun by the (very small) pool or along the shoreline. Honestly, we spend most of the time on the beautiful balcony looking out at the water. When you’re ready to head out and explore, you can borrow a free beach cruiser and take a spin down the bike path that runs along the beach for a breath of fresh air and a little adventure! And definitely check out the nearby restaurants with views – like Baleen Kitchen – so good.

Photo by Emily Wolf Beauty

Hotel Bel-Air

If you really want to treat yourself to a relaxing getaway, check out the Hotel Bel-Air. This is one of my friend’s (and fellow cruelty free beauty YouTuber), Emily Wolf Beauty’s favorite places in the world (check out her photo above). This glamorous hotel doesn’t hold back. Whether you opt for a classic room or splurge on a suite with a fireplace and private pool, you’ll be blown away by the level of detail and care put into making your experience as incredible as it can be. For a little serenity, sign up for an ultra-luxe spa treatment or participate in a yoga class in the gardens. This place is extra Instagram-friendly!

Photo by Ojai Valley Inn

Ojai Valley Inn

You’ll find this gem about an hour and a half north of Los Angeles in Ventura County. From the moment you arrive, you’ll know you made the right decision with this Southwestern-inspired retreat  – the Inn feels like an intimate, high-end boutique, and you’ll find yourself in awe of the well-tended gardens and beautifully decorated guest rooms. Sign up for a session at the spa and enjoy a massage, facial, or let your worries slip away as you take a relaxing soak in the Serenity Pool.

Terranea Resort

Another seaside escape, the Terranea Resort is located just south of Redondo Beach. This resort boasts over 100 acres of paradise along the Pacific Ocean. With a variety of luxurious room types to choose from, eight onsite restaurants to please your palate, and sweeping views of the coastline, you’ll be blown away by the attention to detail and level of service you’ll find at the Terranea Resort. And with activities like horseback riding, surf lessons, kayaking and paddleboarding, you won’t find yourself bored! Read my review of their ocean view balcony rooms here!

You won’t regret booking a long weekend at any of these incredible properties. From fine dining and luxurious day spas to some of the softest beds you’ve ever slept on, you’ll find the rest and relaxation you’re looking for here. Are there any great spots that didn’t make my list? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Trophy Skin LaBelle Ultrasonic Skin Spatula Review

I am one of those people who LOVES popping blackheads and pimples. There is something immensely satisfying about seeing a pore being cleaned out. My fiancé is always disgusted and confused when I explain this to him, but I know some of you out there totally understand my obsession.

Because of my fascination with clearing out pores, sometimes I go too far and stress out my skin or create scars that take forever to heal. I’m pretty good at popping zits, and I know the correct way to do it, but sometimes I get carried away. My acne coach told me to ditch the sonic skin scrub brushes because they can be too harsh and can even harbor bacteria (and push it all over the skin into little micro-tears), and that can make acne worse.

That’s why I’m excited to tell you about the Trophy Skin LaBelle Ultrasonic Skin Spatula! It’s a beauty tool that allows you to gently clean out your pores without aggravating your acne. It looks like a little metal spatula, and it has ultrasonic waves (30,000 Hz per second) that dislodge oil, makeup, dead skin and other gunk from your pores. It can also help to push skincare serums and treatments INTO your pores for better results.

Let’s talk about how to use the LaBelle, and how NOT to use the Labelle.

1. First, cleanse your skin thoroughly and rinse. You can use a scrub if you like but use a gentle, non-abrasive scrub. Make sure skin is rinsed clean.

2. Then click the button once to start the skin scrubbing pulses. Make sure your skin is WET to help it glide without irritating the skin. You can use it with water or with a skin mist (I use Emme Diane Calm Down Toner, but you could use rose water or anything non-drying).

3. Glide the device slowly with gentle, upward strokes across your skin (bent side facing toward your skin). You will see a fine mist where the sonic waves are kicking up the water. It’s not sharp and there’s no pain or sensation – just a slight vibration. Keep adding water or mist as you go over each area on your face. You’ll see gross (exciting?) skin stuff coming off on the spatula – use a towel to wipe the metal as you go.

4. When you’re done, put your favorite serum on the skin. Don’t rub it all the way in with your hands. Press the button again to go into the “infuse mode”. Use the flat side of the skin spatula in gentle strokes or small circles to help those expensive serums to really get in there and do their jobs!

5. When you’re done using LaBelle skin spatula, wipe it down with a clean tissue and then spray with a mixture of alcohol and water.

So does it work?

YES! I can say that the LaBelle skin spatula really cleans out my pores. I can literally SEE THE GUNK on the tip of the spatula, and if blackheads are ready to come out, this will release them. That’s right – you can use this to do extractions! Just go slow and don’t press to hard. If something isn’t ready to come out, leave it alone! I made the mistake of not following directions and pressing way too hard around my nose in the beginning. This got everything out of my pores but I irritated my skin and temporarily stretched out the pores. Let’s just say that if you use this regularly the way it’s supposed to be used, you’ll love it! Just don’t go crazy and press too hard!

I have an exclusive 15% Trophy Skin coupon code that you can use: BUNNY15. Click here to get your discount! Plus, when you visit TrophySkin.com and subscribe to their newsletter, you’ll be entered into a monthly product giveaway valued up to $300!

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Blackbird Y06-S is a Cruelty Free Perfume that Smells Like Bananas and Jasmine!

Let me start this perfume review out by saying that I LOVE the smell of bananas – especially candy bananas. I know some of you are with me and some of you are like what? Ew! Blackbird Y06-S is SUCH an amazing cruelty free perfume – it’s very layered and complex, and the banana smell wears off very quickly to give you a lasting jasmine scent. This scent is very classy and interesting and I don’t want you to get the idea that it’s some cheap, artificially scented perfume for preteens. Not the case at all!

I first heard about Blackbird perfumes on my friend and fellow Lipstick League blogger, Eau MG. Read her review here – she is much more of a professional perfume connoisseur than I am, so definitely check her review out! So, I finally got a sample of Blackbird Y06-S from an online shop called Sportique. They have a huge array of cruelty free perfumes, beauty products and other fun stuff. I love when I find a shop that has off the beaten path products plus some of my tried and true favorites.

Honestly, based on the description alone, I was sold with this cruelty free perfume. This is obviously a cool company who treats perfume like an art form, which is something I can appreciate.

In the future there will be no bananas.

SCENT NOTES: banana, electronics, agarwood, jasmine and milk

DETAILS: Y06-S starts off as friendly floral with a clear and contrasting electronics note to distract you from the fact  –  that what you are truly smelling is banana.  Once the zap dies down, jasmine backs up the banana and keeps the room bright and happy with moments of milky, plasticy cream.  Like a good banana, it holds strong almost until the end, with oud revealing itself as the mastermind behind the entire composition. This is not a novelty scent. This is not a gourmand perfume.

I hate 90% of the perfumes in department stores and I’m always on the hunt for something unique that doesn’t smell artificial. I know I just said I love the scent of artificial bananas, but that scent can still be created from “real” ingredients. I’m probably not making any sense, but I promise you my sensitive schnoz can tell the difference between a dollar store perfume and one created with care and higher end ingredients. And Blackbird is on the high end for sure.

After the banana scent dies down (which is in about 30 seconds), you’re left with an interesting floral that is MOSTLY a sexy jasmine but I smell a lot of “electronics” which sounds odd, but when you smell it, you get it. It certainly makes this perfume unique and edgier than the usual. I don’t notice the milk scent (and by the way – it’s vegan – there is no actual milk in the formula), and I’m not sure what agarwood smells like so I can’t say if I’m getting that or not. The end result is a very sophisticated, feminine jasmine perfume that has just enough “bite” to keep me interested. It feels like a scent you would experience in a warm tropical climate, and reminds me a lot of my hometown near New Orleans.

I’m definitely going to be trying more Blackbird perfumes in the future and exploring more of what Sportique has to offer! Would you try a banana perfume? Know of any others I should try? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Instagram! Next on my list to try? The Body Shop Banana Body Butter!

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Wanderlust Wednesday – Six Ways To Stay Healthy While Traveling

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. There’s nothing more exhilarating than getting to explore a new place, wander down unfamiliar streets, sample strange cuisines – it makes me feel alive. However, more often than I’d like, it also makes me feel sick. It’s easy to get run-down while traveling, which can leave us susceptible to colds and other nasty bugs that bring us down on our adventures.

Thankfully, with practice and research, I’ve come up with a list of rules I stick to while traveling that keep me feeling good. Want to stay healthy when you’re traveling? Follow these rules, and you’ll be all set for your next vacation:

1 – Get plenty of rest. It can be tempting to try to do everything on vacation. After all, you only have a short period of time to experience everything a place has to offer – and you usually don’t know when you’re coming back. However, it’s important to realize that as tempting as doing it all can be, it’s going to leave you worse off – and, in some cases, entirely out of commission. Make sure you’re getting six to eight hours of good sleep each night, even if that means skipping out on some of the nightlife or sleeping in a little longer than you’d like. I usually bring my Snooz to block out any noises and help me sleep.

2 – Take your vitamins. I follow a regular vitamin and supplement regimen at home to stay healthy and energized – why would I give that up on vacation? Instead, I pack my vitamins away and bring them with me, and you should, too. Set reminders on your mobile phone if you’re apt to forget. And always keep the important pills in your carry-on, just in case your luggage gets lost. I also like to do a shot of my holy grail cold-fighter, Samento, before I go on vacation to make sure my immune system is ready to fight whatever bugs I encounter on my trip.

3 – Always wear sunscreen. I spend a ton of time outdoors when I’m on vacation. If I’m in a city (which is MOST of the time!), I’m roaming the streets, soaking in the culture – and if I’m among nature, I’m out hiking, swimming or otherwise enjoying whatever fun there is to offer. The last thing you want to do on vacation is get stuck inside due to a nasty sunburn. Instead, cover up with layers and bring a broad spectrum SPF sunblock to apply every day before you leave your hotel room – and again, if necessary, in the afternoon. I’m partial to Emme Diane Tinted Mineral Sunscreen because it’s acne-safe, but I also like Supergoop, Cotz and Devita. More cruelty free acne-safe sunscreen reviews here!

4 – Explore by foot whenever you can. One of the best parts about going on vacation is getting to eat lots of delicious food. I definitely indulge when I’m traveling, but luckily, I’m not too worried about the impact on my waistline. Why? Because I try to walk everywhere I can. Experiencing a place by foot is a great way to really immerse yourself in the culture. Biking is another great option to burn calories while traveling between destinations.

5 – Stay hydrated. It’s important to make sure you’re drinking enough water on vacation, especially when you’re spending more time than usual outdoors and are in a different climate than you’re accustomed to. However, staying hydrated can seem easier said than done in some places like Europe, where water isn’t always offered freely with meals. To combat dehydration, I always stop by local grocery stores and purchase water by the liter and bring a personal water bottle to refill in my hotel room. I also bring Vega Electrolyte Hydrator with me everywhere I go. They even have little packets you can stash in your bag.

6 – Try to cook a meal or two for yourself. Cooking your own food is a great way to save cash and stay healthy, and it provides a perfect excuse to check out a local supermarket and do some shopping. After several days of eating super-rich foods on vacation, I’m actually excited to pick up some interesting local produce and whip up a salad or healthy alternative. Rent a VRBO or AirBnb and experiment in the kitchen, or sign up for a local cooking class and let a professional show you how it’s done.

There you have it, folks – the rules I follow to make sure I feel my best when I’m on vacation. What about you? Do you have any rules you keep in mind when you’re traveling to stay on top of your health? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Steaz Prickly Pear Water with Green Tea for Health and Beautiful Skin

When it comes to hydration, you’ve got more than a few choices these days. Coconut water has been the go-to source for many of us, but recently I’ve heard a lot of buzz about new functional waters as healthy and tasty alternatives that could knock the coconut off its throne. Steaz has a new green tea-based Prickly Pear Water made from the juice of prickly pear cactus fruit, which is known to promote natural hydration, help reduce inflammation, and which is packed with antioxidants. Let’s check it out, shall we?

What is Prickly Pear?

The prickly pear is a cactus that grows throughout Mexico and the southwest United States. Its bright red fruit has been used for generations as a traditional folk remedy for ailments like dehydration and muscle tissue damage. It’s famous for antioxidants, electrolytes and its anti-inflammatory properties, but does it live up to the hype?

The prospect of reduced inflammation made my ears perk up because that’s an issue I struggle with. It seems the anti-inflammatory benefits come from the fruit’s abundance of special antioxidants called betalains (found in red flowers and plants like beets), which prevent cell damage and stave off premature aging. It could also help with chronic inflammation associated with rosacea, psoriasis, and acne.

The prickly pear also contains taurine, another powerful antioxidant that your body produces naturally. Taurine helps knock out free radicals and repair muscle and tissue damage, so throw a can in your gym bag or chug one in the middle of your next 5K. Prickly pear also has high levels of B vitamins, Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium and even fiber.

Even if your idea of exercise is sitting on the beach with a book, cactus water is still great for your skin. It can naturally prevent moisture loss and help you get that glow back. Whether you have dry, combination or oily skin, dehydration and inflammation are NOT going to help your skin health.

There have also been studies that show prickly pear helps with hangovers (the jury is out on this one!), blood pressure, cholesterol, weight management and supporting healthy bones and teeth. However, keep in mind you may need to consume prickly pear as a food (to get the large amounts of fiber) or as a supplement (to get a larger dose) to get some of these benefits. I like to think of functional drinks like Steaz’s Prickly Pear Water as an add-on to whatever diet and supplement plan I’m on. If I was going to buy a drink anyway, why not get one that has some added health and beauty benefits?

But how does it taste?

Steaz Prickly Pear Water is blended with green tea, so it packs a lot more flavor than your typical water alternative.  There’s a little caffeine from the green tea, but it’s a tiny amount – not enough to make you jittery. There are three flavors: original, cucumber and starfruit. They are all refreshing, light, and fairly sweet. The starfruit flavor has a tangy, citrusy vibe and the cucumber is a bit subtler. I prefer the cucumber flavor because it has more of a spa water feeling to it. Steaz is vegan and uses only organic, fair-trade ingredients. If you like green tea mixed with juice, I think you’ll be a fan of these!

The Bottom Line

Steaz’s 9g of sugar is lower than most functional waters, so as long as you’re not on a keto or very low sugar/carb diet, it could be a great way to quench a craving for a soda with a much healthier option With only50 calories for 12 ounces.. It doesn’t have quite as much vitamin C or potassium but it’s a better source of dietary fiber (one gram per bottle but that’s more than I get with most of my beverages). When you consider the cactus’ antioxidants and possible reduced inflammation, I’d recommend picking up a can to see for yourself. You can find Steaz at Whole Foods, Target and Kroger, as well as online at Amazon. Click here to find out where you can buy Steaz Prickly Pear Water near you!

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Question of the Week: What do you think of the metallic lip trend? Tell us your faves!

Metallic lipstick is everywhere and I think it looks so good on most people. In general though, I don’t love how metallic lipstick looks on me, EXCEPT when it’s a warm copper color. I’ve been loving Heatwave from the Urban Decay Beached collection and Frosting and Meringue from the Models Own Cheat Day collection.

Frosting is just gorgeous – super warm copper – almost like an orangey pink – a very unique color that I adore. The Models Own Cheat Day Lip Glaze lippies have a little glitter added and they’re so pretty but they can be quite drying. So I don’t wear them all that often. The rest of the Cheat Day collection is definitely worth a look too. The Cheat Day palette is fun and has plenty of easy to wear colors. The highlighter palette is perfect for younger girls who want a little more glitter and shimmer.

The Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Heatwave is ever so slightly drying but not as bad as a liquid lipsticks can be, so I’ve been rocking it quite often lately. In the pic above, I swatched 100 Degrees (a sheer coral), Heatwave (metallic copper) and Tower 1 (shifty metallic peach – VERY sheer).

I’m also completely obsessed with the Beached palette. The warm shimmery coppers and deep ocean blues are to die for! I do wish they’d have added some matte shades in there, but otherwise it’s perfection.

Shades:

  • Salt (ivory satin)
  • Heatwave (metallic rust)
  • 16th St. (metallic bronze-gold)
  • Plunge (deep metallic blue-green)
  • Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift)
  • Daybreak (deep reddish terra-cotta matte)
  • Double Dip (bright metallic teal)
  • Wedge (deep metallic brown-copper)

Do you like the Models Own Cheat Day collection? What about the UD Beached collection? What are your favorite cruelty free metallic lipsticks? Let me know in the comments below!

The Lipstick League – week of 5.28.18

Please note that not all Lipstick League posts are cruelty free. 

Phyrra – Do you have a vice? Lipstick is my vice! Check out my latest favorites from the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Collection!

Prime Beauty – Learn what it’s like to attend a Beauty Expo Show and enter to win a prize pack from BeautyCon 2018!

Slashed Beauty – Craving butter? Check out the new Physicians Formula Butter Collection box set— full of the brand’s favorite butter formula products.

we heart this – Looking for a lightweight moisturizer with major results? I say Whip It! Whip it good.

Beautygeeks – has the new CND Vinylux Boho Spirit shades swatched for you – according to Manigeek, this tightly edited collection sets an example future mainstream nail-polish launches should follow.

Blushing Noir – Getting $179 worth of makeup that you’ll actually use for only $21 sounds like music to my ears! Find out how I’m saving money & trying new things!

EauMG – A popular cocktail has inspired the newest perfume from Juliette Has a Gun. Moscow Mule is a refreshing fragrance with lime and woods. Cheers!

My Beauty Bunny – has found a supplement that REALLY does grow hair! She’s got a review and video to show you her results.

Painted Ladies – The Royal Wedding directly inspired this purchase of MAC Face and Body Foundation.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Phyrra is Currently Craving: I’m in love with the Nudestix Nudies Tinted Blur Stick. I love light to medium coverage foundations and the Tinted Blur Stick is a light coverage stick that’s so easy to use. Swipe on the stick, blend it out with your finger tips and go!

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