Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Ready to Detox 2020 & 2021? Shampoo Them Away with ColorProof's Clear It Up Detoxing Shampoo.

 By Laura Medina

Paraphasing the lyrics from that Broadway show, "South Pacific," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," you can detox 2020 and 2021 with ColorProof's Clear It Up Detox Shampoo.

This nervy scribe has hung onto this refreshing yet softening shampoo for the longest time.

Amazed that something so clean can leave your hair soft and fluffy while air-drying.

Even though meant for colored-hair, Super-charged clarifier gently cleanses and deodorizes while removing build up, leaving hair amazingly clean, soft, and weightless. 

• Proprietary blend of eleven sulfate-free, salt-free surfactants for extra-gentle cleansing without stripping color 

• Purifying blend of baking soda and vitamins C and E gently detoxify, clarify, deodorize, and remove build-up 

• Advanced ColorLast System™ featuring: 

• Chromaveil® and Heliogenol® for full spectrum color protection 

• FlexShield Technology for heat protection up to 450° 

• A superior blend of vegan proteins derived from potatoes and soy for maximum strength and repair 

• Rejuvenating botanicals of rosemary, geranium, sage, shiitake mushroom and yarrow to nourish, balance and protect

• Detoxifies, clarifies, and removes build-up 

• Extremely gentle and non-stripping, unlike other clarifiers 

• Revives hair leaving it clean, deodorized, soft, and touchable 

• Provides unsurpassed color and heat protection

If you want a clean start or re-start, at least you can scrub your scalp and tresses clean then they'll soften sans conditioner.  You don't need heavy conditioner to weigh you down. With ColorProof Clear It Up Detox Shampoo, you can still have fluffy, soft hair with just a simple shampoo.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

LIVEWIRE Rock n' Roll Canned Cocktails, Good Last Minute Holidays Gifts & Drinks & Thank God Gifts Year-Around.

 By Laura Medina

Created by renowned LA Bartender Aaron Polsky, LiveWire Drinks is all about the people, putting the creators of these delicious drinks front and center by making their involvement more than just a recipe, but also the image of the brand and the benefactors of their sales. If bartenders are the new rock stars, then LiveWire is a new record label. Polsky is working with the world's best bartenders to create exceptional canned cocktails using the best ingredients.

Created in Los Angeles and produced in Ventura, CA, LiveWire Drinks is the canned craft cocktail line from Aaron Polsky, one of the country’s most seasoned bartenders most recently of Hollywood hotspot Harvard & Stone.  The brand is now available everywhere in the U.S. online through www.livewiredrinks.com as well as in select specialty shops in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and San Diego.

Heralded by KCRW’s Evan Kleiman as the rockstar of the Los Angeles bartender scene, Polsky lives and breathes rock ‘n’ roll and the art of drink making.  It’s no surprise that LiveWire’s first offering and his most famous cocktail the Heartbreaker was conceived at Coachella. When it emerged at the festival it was very originally called the Tequila Grapefruit Mule and it sold like gangbusters. “I’d made it at a bunch of events since, and it kind of became my go-to. I played around and tweaked it for the LiveWire release,” says Polsky.  The result is a crisp and juicy blend of vodka, oroblanco grapefruit, kumquat, jasmine and ginger, with notes of honey and a bubbly finish, it’s a delightful combination of an expertly crafted Moscow Mule and the best Paloma you’ve ever had.


LiveWire presents Honeydew Collins is an electrifying mix of gin, honeydew, lime leaf, coconut and elderflower created by fellow Harvard & Stone alum Joey Bernardo and Golden God is a sensational 7.5% ABV sparkling concoction of rye whiskey and brandy with green tea, elderflower and apricot flavors created by Aaron Polsky.


Decked out in specially designed aluminum cans featuring artwork from tattoo artists like Henry Lewis (Skull & Sword - SF; Incognito Tattoo, Memoir Tattoo – LA) for Golden God and Heartbreaker and Talley Matthew for Honeydew Collins, LiveWire brings the taste one can only find in cool bars created by their top bartenders to the masses.  




Heartbreaker by Aaron Polsky – 
a crisp and juicy blend of vodka, oroblanco grapefruit, kumquat, jasmine and ginger, with notes of honey and a bubbly finish.


Honeydew Collins by Joey Bernardo – 
an electrifying mix of gin, honeydew, lime leaf, coconut and elderflower.


Golden God by Aaron Polsky – 
a sensational 7.5% ABV sparkling concoction of rye whiskey and brandy with green tea, elderflower and apricot flavors.


The Best Canned Cocktail” – New York Magazine


“To be clear, this isn’t a Cosmo in a can. But the Heartbreaker hits many of the same notes: a crisp vodka base and a citrusy core of sweet-tart grapefruit intertwined with kumquat, jasmine and ginger.”


“All the drinks are made at Ventura Spirits, with the first being Polsky’s recipe for the Heartbreaker. The can is wrapped with an illustration that looks like it came from an angsty teenager’s sketchbook, drawn by tattoo artist Henry Lewis. It features the torso of a man in zebra-print skinny jeans with a studded belt and a devil’s head on his jacket. The cocktail inside is a punchy, refreshing banger of oroblanco, grapefruit, jasmine, ginger and kumquat with vodka.” – Los Angeles Times

 Look for releases by Yael Vengroff (Los Angeles’ Spare Room) to arrive in early 2021.

This past November, canned craft cocktail line LiveWire Drinks dazzled judges at the L.A. Spirits Awards earning multiple medals in the ‘Ready-To-Drink Cocktails’ category. Out of the six medals awarded in the class, LiveWire Drinks—a newcomer to canned cocktails this year--took home three with two Silver Awards for Aaron Polsky for his Golden God and Heartbreaker cans and a Bronze Award for Joey Bernardo’s Honeydew Collins. L.A.Spirits Awards panelists include spirits experts and influencers from the L.A. spirits scene and beyond, combining well-trained palates with forward-thinking ideas about where the spirits market is and should be headed. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Lightweight Youth Spray, Magari. Used by Khloe Kardashian, Jen Atkin, and Mindy Weiss.

 By Laura Medina

For a liquid rich in moisture-binding/anti aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid, fatty acids, marine extracts, reseveratrol and PCA, it's pretty lightweight, that it's a spray, you spray all over, from face to neck to chest.  It's also light enough to use through a hot, dry season or climate.

Rich in moisture-binding/ Anti aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid, fatty acids, marine extracts, resveratrol and PCA. This complex combines potent antioxidants like Vitamin C, E, biotin, and is boosted with peptides to help stimulate collagen production. Micronutrients help enhance skin tone and neutralize impurities while humectants provide hydration. Liquid Youth evens out complexion, increases collagen/elastin synthesis, inhibits the formation of wrinkles and lessen the appearance of deep expression lines. This elixir firms and re-plumps the skin restoring its youthful glow.

NaPca - This ingredient is one of the major components of our skins’ natural moisturizing factor. Our skin naturally contains PCA, but as we age these levels drop quite considerably. In the world of skincare, it is considered an important humectant, this is due to the fact that it is extremely water absorbent and can hold several times its weight in water, thus helping to reduce loss of moisture.

Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract - Native to the cold Antarctic Ocean, Pseudoalteromonas is a genus of marine bacteria with many different species. In 1988, a new species named Pseudoalteromonas Antarctica was isolated from mud samples collected from the inlet Admiralty Bay, on King George Island, Antarctica. During growth, this species of bacteria produces an exopolymer of glycoproteins believed to help the bacteria retain water, adhere to surfaces, and withstand the extreme cold. Its protective function in nature has been applied in beauty products to regenerate and protect the skin.In skin care products, Pseudoalteromonas ferment extract promotes skin regeneration by stimulating keratinocyte growth and fibroblast adhesion. In vitro testing found that this extract could increase the production of collagen and elastin, which results in wrinkle reduction. In vivo testing revealed that Pseudoalteromonas ferment extract could increase skin hydration in cold weather and also decrease the depth of wrinkles around the eyes. Lastly, Pseudoalteromonas ferment extract is said to be ideal for oily and combination skin because in can reduce excess sebum (oil) production, leading to less shininess and smaller pores.

Resveratrol - Inflammation contributes to physical signs of aging. Resveratrol also upregulates collagen IV, which over time promotes elasticity and produces a microlifting of the skin. In a 28-day trial using pichia/resveratrol ferment, participants reported a noticeable improvement in fine lines and skin tone researchers have found a way to make it more potent by fermenting it. They've used a microorganism called Pichia pastoris in this process, which feeds on the resveratrol and metabolizes it completely. The resulting byproduct is both anti-inflammatory and helps to stimulate collagen production.

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis- better known as the orange, is packed with alpha hydroxy acids to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis (stimulates new skin cell growth) and minimizes damage caused by the sun. The fruit extract and oil comes from the flesh of the orange and exhibits remarkable exfoliating properties, smoothing fine lines, replenishing moisture in the skin, and increases the thickness of the epidermis. Orange fruit extract is a natural anti-aging ingredient (increases collagen production, smoothens the appearance of fine lines, brightens skin and impedes the development of wrinkles). It has even demonstrated significant effects on keratinization.

Peptides - Applying natural peptides for skin topically may increase your body’s production of peptides for skin. While collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin, peptides are small enough to penetrate the skin, [and] when applied topically, they signal the skin to repair itself." In response to these signals, your skin boosts its production of collagen peptides.

Hyaluronic Acid - (Sodium hyaluronate)has a smaller molecular size as HA (making it especially penetrative), and is able to hold more water than any other natural substance—up to 1,000 times its weight in water! Thanks to these to attributes, when applied topically to the skin it can reach deep down into the dermis to combine with, maintain and attract water. It also promotes skin/blood microcirculation and nutrient absorption, and helps maintain normal metabolism. Thanks to its super-sized hydrating properties, sodium hyaluronate will result in smoother, softer skin with decreased wrinkles and an all-around fuller appearance.

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea) - topical application of green tea leaves or extracts have many benefits for skin, including anti-aging properties. The polyphenols in green tea possess potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties, and show significant promise for improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin.

Think of Magari as a last-minute gift for others and yourself.

Monday, December 14, 2020

It's a Covid-19 Christmas, Pretty Practical. Be Thoughtful. Each & All Under $100.

 By Laura Medina


It's the little but useful things that people are treasuring and hoarding this year.  Why not make them cute and pretty as they are practical.  Also, nothing says sharing is caring, send love and caring ones a subscription gift box that they want through-out the year.

From the Sea Minerals Collection you can enjoy 99.9% a hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial soap set that is effective against most common germs while being gentle on the skin; both feature a pomegranate scent with soothing sea water.

Key Benefits:

  • Leaves hands moisturized
  • Cleanses dirt and bacteria
  • Leaves hands feeling fresh and renewed

H2One Hand Sanitizer-The H2One Promise every bottle of hand sanitizer purchased a bottle is given to first line responders, families and children. 

H2One is a U.S. based social good hand sanitizer developed with YOU in mind. Our
mission is to provide top-tier, effective, moisturizing hand sanitizer for all while also
giving back to our communities. Every purchase of H2One Hand Sanitizer enables us to
donate a percentage of our bottles to organizations and charities in need. H2One
contains 75% Ethyl Alcohol to help kill bacteria, viruses and microorganisms. Our hand
gel sanitizer with alcohol is FDA Registered and meets all World Health Organization,
CDC and FDA Standards. Our everyday calming lavender hand sanitizer is made with
top-tier ingredients like organic Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to help keep hands clean and
happy. H2One hand sanitizer with aloe dries clean with no sticky residue and leaves
behind a pleasant scent. H2One hand sanitizer with alcohol is a quality moisturizing
hand sanitizer that helps hydrate and disinfect without some of the downsides of a
traditional hand sanitizer gel. Purchase H2One hand sanitizer online today. Browse our
hand sanitizer with pump sizes including 1000 ML, and bulk hand sanitizer options, to
find the perfect fit for your needs.

Established by Virginia Frischkorn, Founder and CEO of nationally renowned Bluebird Productions luxury wedding and event planning, Bluebird in a Box brings back the art of hosting. We love the connection, celebration, and joy sparked by a successful gathering. Now, we’re taking the stress and overwhelm out of event planning by offering our secrets to success learned from years of entertaining for the 1%. Many of today’s popular party kits address singular pieces of the planning puzzle. We take a holistic, 360-degree approach, considering the look, feel, aromas, sounds, and tastes that comprise a transformational, environmentally-conscious event. Choose from a variety of seasonal, festively-themed boxes to transport guests beyond their immediate surroundings and create a magical, memorable experience everyone will enjoy. Shop bluebirdinabox.com and follow on Instagram @Bluebird.in.a.Box for style ideas, planning tips, and more. Starting at $48


Girlfriend Box is a subscription jewelry gifting service that takes the guesswork and stress out of finding the right way to celebrate every important occasion. The company was born when founder Arianny Celeste, a self-made Latina celebrity influencer, model, and entrepreneur, discovered several of her male fans needed help figuring out what to gift their significant others. Having worked with global brands such as Bebe, Fashion Nova, Guess, and Urban Decay, Celeste hand-picked a selection of designer style accessories she will love, and that is perfect for any occasion. Now, never forget an important date again with personalized, pre-scheduled affordable subscription options that include: five special occasion dates, a once-monthly gift, or a one-time present. Learn more at GirlfriendBox.com and follow on Instagram @GirlfriendBox to sign up (so you never mess up!). Girlfriend Box: the new standard for gifting.  Starting at $45

Friday, December 4, 2020


 By Laura Medina

Fresh off his fourth consecutive Country radio #1, Big Loud/Republic Records’ Morgan Wallen will serve as the musical guest on this weekend’s edition of NBC’s Saturday Night Live with host Jason Bateman.

Wallen will perform two songs from his highly anticipated sophomore double album, Dangerous: The Double Album, releasing January 8, 2021. Earlier this week, the album broke records at Apple Music, becoming the most pre-added Country album in the platform’s history. Wallen also became the first artist in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart to debut two titles inside the chart’s Top 10 with new releases “Somebody’s Problem” and “Still Goin Down.”

The CMA New Artist of the Year’s current single, “7 Summers,” is Top 30-and-soaring at Country radio and is one of TIME’s 10 Best Songs of 2020, praised as “one of this summer’s foremost anthems” with “Wallen’s watercolor guitars serving as a portal to a sunkissed state of mind.”

Morgan Wallen has staked his claim as Country music’s next superstar with 3 BILLION+ on-demand streams, MULTI-PLATINUM certifications, and four consecutive chart-toppers. "Unapologetically fresh and modern” (The Tennessean), the dynamic Tennessee native has been riding a red hot streak since 2017, collecting accolades including the 2020 CMA Award for New Artist of the YearBest New Country Artist at the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards, Billboard’s #1 song of 2019 on both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts (multi-week #1 “Whiskey Glasses”) and named one of PEOPLE’s Ones to Watch, plus high-profile features in the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, The Washington Post, Genius, and more. Wallen proved crossover appeal with 3X PLATINUM Diplo collaboration "Heartless," and previewed his highly anticipated sophomore album, Dangerous: The Double Album due out 1/8, with New Year’s surprise drop “This Bar,” #1 single “More Than My Hometown,” and record-breaking Top 30 smash "7 Summers," which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and inside the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Maven Beauty's 'Euphoria'-Inspired Collection 'Cosmic Drip' - All Under $23, Just in Time for "Euphoria" Returning on December 6th at 9pm.

 By Laura Medina



Just in time for HBO's "Euphoria " returning to the screen with two special new episodes, premiering on Sunday, Dec. 6.  

“Part 1: Rue” of the two-part Very Special Episode premieres on HBO and HBO Max on December 6 at 9 p.m https://www.hbomax.com/eu/?utm_id=sa%7c71700000067028920%7c58700005868639669%7cp56137132297&&msclkid=e0b3c488445e173f7f629b4eea6d46a1&gclid=e0b3c488445e173f7f629b4eea6d46a1&gclsrc=3p.ds

To celebrate, with some extra sparkle, hologram glitter, and trippy foils, Fashion Nova's vegan Maven Beauty launches just in time for the "Euphoria" return and the holidays.

The affordable, 100% vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand of pro-level products for everyone, is launching a brand new collection, inspired by Euphoria, of bold metallics and smokey sparkles called Cosmic Drip, which includes eyeshadow palettes, liquid glitter eyeshadows and waterproof liquid liners, regularly priced at $14-23.

Fashion Nova's Maven Beauty has a more basic line called "Basic Beats."

Fashion Nova, one the world's leading fashion & lifestyle brands, announced the highly anticipated launch of Maven Beauty, an all-new, pro-level makeup line sold exclusively at FashionNova.com. The brand's first collection, "Basic Beat," delivers on-trend, long-lasting, high-pigment and retouch friendly essentials at accessible price points ranging from $6-$19.

"Fashion Nova has always and continues to be a brand that celebrates diversity, body positivity, and beauty in all forms," said Fashion Nova CEO/Founder Richard Saghian. "Our customers have been asking us to expand into beauty, so we spent the last year building our team, developing product, and testing different technology and ingredients from around the globe. Our commitment is to create high-quality, high-performance formulations, in a variety of shades and palettes, that are designed for and accessible to everyone. Our customers know that beauty today is boundless, and we created our products to be as well."

Maven Beauty's initial Basic Beat collection includes a range of studio-tested, pro-level essentials in complexion-complimenting shades and colors, as well as professional level brushes and premium false lashes to help Mavens perfect their look. 100% vegan and cruelty free, Maven Beauty products are designed to take the guesswork out of make-up application and can be used in a variety of ways. Products included in the line are:

  • Basic Beat Eyeshadow Palettes (SRP $19) – High-pigment bite-sized palettes, designed with unique hybrid surface technology (HTTP) to deliver bold color with a dewy feel and finish. The Basic Beat eyeshadow palettes can also be used to contour or blush the face as well as an all-over highlighter.
  • Basic Beat Cream Eyeshadow (SRP $13) – Creamy eyeshadow infused with marine lavender extract for a quick lift and anti-wrinkle effect. These eye shadows can be used as a base for any eye look or worn alone for a naturally blended beat.
  • Maven Highlighter (SRP $15– This clear gel highlighter was created with a unique wet-tech process that intensifies the pearlescent pigment for a flawless look on your face and/or body.
  • Maven Lipsticks (SRP $14– In five gorgeous shades including the Maven Red Velvet, these luxurious demi-matte lipsticks are retouch friendly and can be layered liberally without feathering or bleeding for a fresh look every time.
  • Maven Waterproof Liquid Liner (SRP $14)– Featuring a calligraphy worthy brush applicator and a no-waste delivery system that ensures an always fresh application. Available in matte and shimmering pearl shades, this liquid liner can also double as an eyeshadow.
  • Maven Pro Artistry Brushes (SRP $6-$19) – These soft and fine texture brushes come in 30 different bristle shapes and sizes to give you the tools needed to be your own artist.
  • Maven Pro Lashes (SRP $9Artistically designed and responsibly made, Maven Pro Lashes are reusable and come in an assortment of styles to enhance any look.

Maven Beauty Cosmic Drip Collection:

·       Cosmic Drip Eyeshadow Palettes ($23) in 3 color variations packed with high intensity jewel tones and sparkly smoky metallics: Cosmos, Stargate & Nova

·       Asteroid Tears Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow ($15) in 5 colors bursting with lustrous starry pigments and radiant pearls: Interstellar, UFO, Celestial, Supermoon & Aurora

·       Maven Waterproof Liquid Eyeliners ($14) in 5 new shades, available in matte and shimmering pearl: Sangria, Herb, Darkstar, Atlantis & Lagoon

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Not Your Grandparents' Drive-Ins. "The Happiest Season" Drive-In Premiere, "Stranger Things" Drive-In Performance Art, & Lexus Culinary Cinema Screening with Way Better Food & Service.

 By Laura Medina

This current pandemic quarantine has forced us to work our brains in new ways, what we call "pivot."

We unknowingly revitalized all but forgotten American tradition of the drive-in movie.

It's not your grandparents' drive-in, no making out in the dark, producing your parents.

Thanks to social distancing, there are guest attendants making sure everything is clean and proper.  They're not CORVID-19 nazis.  If act prime and proper, they're nice enough to help you in directing traffic, parking, and snack, cocktails to-go, and meal delivery.

The really smart folks at HULU, realize now is a great and jolly time to premiere a fresh tv movie to an entertainment-starving audience, in time for the holidays, drive-in premiere of "The Happiest Season." A first time a Christmas movie centers on a lesbian relationship with a gay best friend. Realism.

Shown in the majestic Malibu gem of Calamigos Ranch, Hulu's "The Happiest Season" Drive-In is the new drive-in.  Yes, people can tailgate.  The snack bar is replaced with a chic concession stand selling warm nacho with beer and wine.

This was this past Sunday.  "The Happiest Season" will air on Hulu tonight.

Drive-Ins are the new ways to premiere.

Dying for performance art?

"Stranger Things" Drive-In has dancers, aerialists, and monsters performing in-between snippets of the episodes.

Great for bored tweens and teens.  Since they want the guests to keep on moving and stay in their cars, no making-out.  So, a great date option for teens.

This trend reporter is disappointed with majority of drive-ins are airing old movies, due to the last-minute pivot and flip and not having enough to book fresh, new, and upcoming movies and tv shows that need to be released, to keep the industry going.

However, Lexus Culinary Cinema is doing their best with pairing gourmet meals to the movies, in one weekend two weeks ago.

delivered to your car, politely packed in a thermal cooler, your gourmet comes with utensils and cleansing wipes.  The thermal cooler can be used later for other drive-ins. You can bring your own meals or for picnicking and other drive-in events.