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Posted on July 10th, 2014 by admin

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These my friends, are my new favorite beauty products. I swear by all of these and wanted to share them with you because I’m so stoked on them. I picked up this Honest SPF sunscreen at the Soho House party at Coachella and it ended up being my new favorite sunscreen. It’s a little thick but it has no scent and no added crap, I take it with me everywhere. I think it might be for babies but I don’t care. Next, Purely Perfect. This product is a shampoo and conditioner in one that cleanses your hair with minerals instead of harsh cleansers. I have problems with my scalp ( I may have diagnosed myself with Scalp Psoriasis) which I’ve come to realize is  a very common problem and I’m starting to think it’s all the harsh hair products. This product has stopped my crazy scalp problems when literally nothing has, and I’m so happy I found it. The only problem is it weighs your hair down and makes your hair appear to be oily so you have to play around with it a bit i.e. mix it with your regular shampoo, water it down, use it for a bit then use your regular shampoo etc. They’re a newer company so I wouldn’t doubt that their products will only get better. Moving on to my Lalicious products. Apparently I’m late to the party this heavenly company but better late than never right? I’m absolutely obsessed with their scrub, which is made with coconut oil and doesn’t separate and get messy like other scrubs. The best part? You don’t have to put on lotion after the shower because of the coconut oil, and your skin is as smooth as ever. Cue in the body lotion; if your skin is extra dry, their body lotion is phenomenal. My favorite scent of theres is the brown sugar vanilla line. That little bottle in the bottom right corner is tea tree oil which is nothing new but AMAZING for zits. I’ve never had anything work so well and it’s good for your skin as well so I always keep it on hand. Lastly, Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm. This balm is all natural and made with honey which feels great on your lips. I’m usually only a Chapstick girl but I really like this one right now because I can read all of the ingredients and the feeling is great. I highly recommend all of these amazing products and I like that they are all natural and work great.


Posted on March 10th, 2014 by admin

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I’m pretty simple when it comes to beauty and make up. I have my face regimen consisting of an all organic line called Eminence (my skin is sensitive and I’m also a health freak so this line is MADE for me) and I keep my makeup down to a minimum which includes liquid eyeliner, mascara, under eye concealer and blush. I have been blessed with fairly good skin and I think covering it up with powder or foundation is a sin (I think a lot of women make this mistake). With all this aside, I do like keeping up with makeup trends and I dable but this particular trend I am digging. For one, it’s an even more natural look than what I usually do which means less makeup to put on and easier to take off. This trend consists of big full lashes, a red lip, and rosey cheeks. I keep my face even more “fresh” looking by adding some under eye concealer and if you want you can add some shine on your cheek bones to enhance the look. It’s so easy, looks great and my personal favorite for when I’m “on the go” or when I’m too lazy to even put on makeup.

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Beauty Breakdown

Posted on July 8th, 2013 by admin

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It’s time for a breakdown. Not that anyone is asking but, I’m such a fan of the people I go/products I use to for various beauty needs that I wanted to share them. I’m proud to say the only  makeup I have on in this photo is mascara and I didn’t photoshop it (nor do I ever photoshop my photos, FYI).


Cut: Carissa Mestaz (email me for info)

Color: c/o  Wolf at Jim Wayne Salon in Beverly Hills


Mascara: Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara


Facials: RaOrganic Spa in Burbank

Facewash: Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash

Peel: Eminence Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel 

Scrub: Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment 

Eyebrows: Marlena Robbins at Bree Salon 

Coachella Essentials

Posted on April 12th, 2013 by admin


the penelope times(Cannon G10 and Ricoh film cameras, Boostcase Battery Charger, Chapstick Sport, Hawaiian Tropics , Watts up highlighting stick, One by One mascara by Maybeline, Chance by Chanel, Endless Summer mix, Sunglasses from Quay Eyewear and Penelope’s Vintage, Gifted BangStyle salt spray)

As I’m off to the desert paradise that is Palm Springs, I thought I’d leave you with some essentials I’m taking with and what I’m inspired by this year. I started this last year and plan on making it a tradition, I look forward to it every time. Let’s start with my essentials. Coachella is a harsh weekend, the sun baking your skin, the pool water (if you go to parties) drying out your hair, a little bit of a drive, drunken days and nights and non stop hopping around. All of these items are things that will help me get through the weekend in one piece. I always like to bring a couple of camera options so I can get some different views of my weekend and I also like to bring multiple sunnies options so I have a completely different look every day. To conquer the weather conditions I love this Hawaiian Tropics sunscreen because it almost acts as a moisturizer instead of an oily SPF while still protecting your skin. It goes on smooth and leaves your skin moisturized. This Chapstick stick is from their new-ish line, it has an SPF and is waterproof for my pool adventures. As far as hair, I always bring different styling tools because I love going crazy with my hair that weekend. Bobby pins and rubber bands are a must and this Bangstyle salt spray is great for when I don’t want to do my hair. As for insurance, I have my trusty Boost Case charger in case my battery runs out from being out from the day into the night. That thing is a life saver and WORTH the investment.

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(Gifted Cia Maritima bikini, Gifted SeaFolly Bikini, Gifted Vitamin A bikini)

I’ve always loved bathing suits. I don’t think your style should stop at the pool, and if anything it should really shine at that point. I always try to mix and match with different tops and bottoms and get some unique prints and styles, bathing suits are endless fun. I was so happy to receive these 3 beautiful bikini’s in the mail from these oh so generous companies and I can’ t wait to rock them.

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I take my Coachella outfits very seriously, I map out every detail from what shoes and accessories I’m going to wear up to what hairstyle I will choose for each day. It sounds exhausting for some but for me, it brings great joy. I’ve been inspired by these hairstyles and plan on rocking a few this weekend. I will also probably do my usual 2 bun up do as well.

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Let’s face it, I will probably wear high waisted jean shorts and bathing suit tops the whole weekend because that’s just how I roll, but I’m super inspired by Kinderwhore style right now. If you don’t know what that is (which I didn’t at first either) look above. Courtney Love founded the style of mixing baby doll dresses with ripped tights and boots, hair all over the place, basically your modern day soft grunge. I’m going to try to rock an outfit like this one night and if not, I will in LA.

I’ll be reporting live on my own Instagram for Lulu*s and also Electric Frenchie’s blog this weekend, be sure to follow me and check the EF blog for all of your Coachella needs!


Newest Beauty Essentials

Posted on April 6th, 2013 by admin

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I’ve acquired these goodies over the past couple of weeks and they’ve instantly become my favorite. I highly recommend you try them all and I explain below why I’m so partial to them.

IS CLINICAL Eclipse SPF 50 facial sunscreen: I learned about this brand at an event and was thrilled to see this little product in my bag. Although I turned very red from their mask that was used on me (which is usually normal with a facial), I was open to trying out the rest of their products. I’m not sure if I’d like something as strong for a facial cleanser but I love a good sunscreen, especially for my face. As I get older, protecting my skin becomes more important to me and I’ve been trying to be very good about putting sunscreen on my face more often (they say you should do it everyday but I’m human and it’s not something that’s on my mind before I leave the house). I like this one because it’s oil free and also contains Vitamin E to keep your skin hydrated, soothed and balanced.

 Josie Maran Ultra Hydrating Multi-tasking Balm: This little beaut is Argan oil in the form of a stick (so fun!)I love this balm because you can use it anywhere (Literally. Lips, eyes, hair etc.), it has anti aging benefits and is made with Argan oils from Morocco.  Super fun to experiment with (and also great for split ends!) To read more about Argan oil go here. 

Peacock Apothecary Night Cream: I’m literally OBSESSED with this night cream. The fact that it has an expiration date because it’s ingredients are that fresh makes me love it even more. Peacock Apothecary is made in Los Angeles (another reason I love it), contains zero harsh chemicals and only naturally occurring preservatives, such as citric acid and rosemary extract. They use violet glass containers to help maintain the potency of their products and prevent degradation.They source local products and all of these factors really show in their products. My skin looked absolutely amazing the next morning and I make sure to use it every night.

ghd hair styler: I got this hair styler at an awesome Bollare event and this is exactly the reason why I love being a blogger (well, one of them). I would have never known about this brand if it wasn’t for this event (good job Bollare!), not because they’re not big or promoting themselves correctly but just because I’m oblivious to any beauty product I don’t normally use. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I didn’t call it a “straightener” and that’s because it also curls your hair, therefore it is a “styler”. With one twist of the wrist you can turn your hair into beautiful, wavy locks. My favorite parts? It takes literally 10 seconds to heat up, it turns off by itself in 20 minutes if left unattended, it has a built in adapter so if you’re in another country you don’t need an add on to plug it in, it has ceramic heaters and….the colors!

NCLA nail lacquer and nail wraps: I mean, these pups speak for themselves. To this day, my favorite nail line and I can’t wait to try all of these fun Spring lacquers and nail wraps.




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