Thursday, August 31, 2017

Adult Acne that Tweens and Teens can Swipe from Their Parents.

By Laura Medina

Due to hormones and increasing stress, acne is a part of life whether we like it or not.  To prevent further stress caused by disfiguring acne scars, which are more stressful and way more expensive to get rid, let's start prevention early or at least, slow down and ease off the "other side of aging," acne scars.

Arbonne's acne-fighting skincare regimen, powered by salicylic acid and efficacious botanicals combined with prebiotics, delivers skin that looks more even-toned and healthy without over-drying.
Deep Pore Acne Cleanser

This cleanser is actually a traditional soak-in and dry clay mask that soaks up the oily residue that mixed with environmentally pollutants.  In other words, pore-blocking "gunk."  Once dried and scrub up, the gunk is out but your surrounding skin is intact, without over-drying.

Strong enough to deliver a thorough cleansing of dirt, oil and debris
Gentle formula, with prebiotics and soothing botanicals, cleanses while leaving skin hydrated to promote healthy-looking skin
Removes dead skin cells and impurities with exfoliation
Penetrates pores to clear up acne blemishes; helps support smaller pore size
Dermatologist- and allergy-tested; non-comedogenic
Suitable for ages 12+ and all skin types
 Vegan; formulated without gluten

Salicylic acid offers antibacterial benefits
Prebiotics or alpha-glucan oligosaccharide helps mattify and moisturize skin
Naturally derived polysaccharide protects skin’s moisture barrier
Sage (Salvia officinalis) leaf extract, calendula (Calendula officinalis) flower extract and witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) help condition and soothe skin
White willow (Salix alba) bark extract boosts exfoliation to reveal the next layer of skin

Soothing Overnight Mask

This lightweight mask is actually pretty clear, clear enough to wear under and over foundation and/or sunscreen.  A vast improvement over old-fashion thick, crusty zit cream.  This isn't chalky zit cream but a translucent lotion that repairs and balances, calms, soothes and hydrates skin, and even minimizes redness.

Provides cooling comfort to soothe and calm skin, a must during Summer and Back to School.
Balancing formula with prebiotics helps condition and moisturize skin to support clean, radiant-looking skin
Delivers beneficial, non-greasy hydration for soft, smooth skin
Helps prevent impurities from settling into and clogging pores
Dermatologist- and allergy-tested; non-comedogenic
Suitable for ages 12+ and all skin types • Vegan; formulated without gluten.  This is stuff that both mom and kid will borrow or "steal."

Prebiotics or alpha-glucan oligosaccharide helps mattify and moisturize skin  Exopolysaccharide, derived from marine algae, helps mattify skin and control sebum by absorbing it at skin’s surface. Marine algae is hot right now.
Naturally derived polysaccharide protects skin’s moisture barrier
Sage (Salvia officinalis) leaf extract, calendula (Calendula officinalis) flower extract and witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) help condition and soothe skin
Proprietary sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil, a natural source of omega-9, -6, -3, and -7 fatty acids, maintains skin’s barrier function

SUNDAY RILEYSpace Race Fight Acne, Oil + Pores at Warp Speed Kit

SUNDAY RILEYMartian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner

A formula that instantly transforms from a cooling gel to a water toner as it clarifies, removes oil, then visibly tightens pores for clear, matte skin, this chemist's daughter is impressed with Sunday Riley's innovations and formulations.

She thinks of real problems, especially busy kids and moms in a hot, sweaty climate then tackles them with high-tech methods and all-natural ingredients.  She just amps these all-natural ingredients to another level.

Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner is formulated to target oily and acne-prone skin concerns. It immediately melts from a treatment gel to a water toner as it is massaged into the skin. Bentonite clay mattifies excess oil while visibly reducing pore size. Marshmallow and green tea soothe and diminish the look of redness for a calmer-feeling complexion, while cucumber and witch hazel extracts tone and tighten. Manuka, a relative of tea tree oil, in conjunction with black cumin and magnolia bark extracts, provides purifying properties to balance oily and problem skin conditions while promoting a visibly improved, clearer, smoother, and shine-free complexion. Skin is mattified and prepped for further skin care or color application. It also helps to keep foundation set all day.

Bentonite Clay: Clarifies and tightens the appearance of pores by pulling out oil and pore-clogging debris. Helps to set foundation by removing excess oil.
Marshmallow extract: Soothes and diminishes the appearance of redness.
Cucumber, Green Tea, and Witch Hazel Extracts: Tone and tighten the skin.
Manuka: Contains naturally purifying properties, which can help to visibly clarify the skin.

Manuka Honey is an anti-bacterial that moisturizes.

SUNDAY RILEYSaturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask

Yes, using sulfur is old fashion way to dry up and seal and heal pimples but Sunday Riley took it to another level.  

Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask contains maximum levels of sulfur to penetrate pores to dry and clear up existing acne while preventing new blemishes from forming. It treats multiple forms of acne, including blocked, congested pores, inflammatory acne, hormonal acne, and acne rosacea.  Sulfur 10%: Dries and clears up acne, while preventing new blemishes and blackheads from forming; fights multiple forms of acne including hormonal breakouts, acne rosacea, and inflammatory acne.

Making sure it's not the crusty cream of yore, Sunday Riley included Niacinamide 4%: Reduces the appearance of acne and rosacea-related surface redness and improves congested skin.  Four percent niacinamide promotes clear skin, while boosting skin's healthy-looking radiance.

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate: Reduces the appearance of acne-related surface redness.

Highly potent tea tree oil, standardized for high levels of terpinen-4-ol, partnered with manuka oil, purify the skin for a smooth and clear complexion after each use.  

To further it's acne without the crusty cream or damaging surrounding skin, Zinc PCA 1%: Helps absorb excess oil for clearer, more matte skin.  Zinc PCA and bentonite clay help to clear impurities, reduce excess oil, and soothe the appearance of surface redness, without over-drying.

Although the face is what people notice first, during summer months and for those living in warm climates year-round, having all over clear skin is as equally important as having a clear face. Sleeveless shirts, shorts and tank tops all show a fair amount of skin and you want to go out feeling comfortable and confident. Therefore, it’s important to have all the right acne-fighting products.

Anyone who's in the throes of hormones, regardless which life stage you're in, you'll break out anywhere, at the gym especially or post-workout or just sweating.

That’s where AcneFree Body Clearing Acne Spray comes to the rescue! Now, you can easily clear those hard to reach body breakouts with an easy-to-apply, acne-fighting, continuous spray formula. AcneFree Body Clearing Acne Spray is a lightweight, non-sticky, oil-free application that can help to treat and prevent breakouts. AcneFree Body Clearing Acne Spray delivers dermatologist recommended ingredients such as Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid which act as exfoliants to help remove dead skin cells. Other soothing ingredients, including aloe and other plant and root extracts, help even skin tone. The clear, quick drying spray can be used at any angle for ultimate convenience, helping to ensure effective ingredients get to those hard to reach areas such as back and shoulders, which tend to be especially prone to breakouts.

Always remember to cleanse skin thoroughly before use and apply to the entire affected area. Start with one application per day, increasing to twice a day if needed.
This is real adult complexion, sans zit pit scars or lesser wrinkles.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Palladio Back to School Special

By Laura Medina

Make sure this year your beauty routine is school cool with these Palladio school-themed items, that for under $10 each will leave you with plenty of lunch money.

·         Walk with your in BFF in tow with the 4Ever + Ever Intense Lip Paint ($8)
·         This Rice Paper ($5) is sure to get an A+
·         The only pencil you’ll need to ace the test is the Brow Definer Micropencil ($7)
·         You don’t have to  wait in the lunch line with the Butter Me Up ($8) lip balm
·         Give your crush "the eye" with the Crushed Metallic Eyeshadow ($6.50)
·         Look out drama club! Make the perfect costume with Under Eyes Disguise High Coverage Concealer ($7)

Celebrate the end of summer with Palladio Beauty’s Labor Day sale, starting today! Fill up your makeup bags now, just in time for back to school and the start of fall because the affordable, paraben free cosmetics brand just got even more so!  Please see below for the sale details and let me know if you’d like any additional information.  Thank you!

What:    Palladio Beauty Labor Day Sale

Dates:   Wednesday 8/30 through Monday 9/4 11:59

Discount: Get the following off any purchase when you shop on        
·         $5 off when you spend $30 (code: FIVE)
·         $10 off when you spend $45 (code: TEN)
·         $15 off when you spend $60 (code: FIFTEEN)

Karina Smirnoff's LA Splash Cosmetics Collection, Good Enough to Sweat In.

By Laura Medina

Looking for glamourous makeup that is smudge and smear-proof, as much as she loves waterproof makeup, "Dancing with the Stars" Karina Smirnoff needs something better.

She took it to LA Splash Cosmetics.

A week ago, they launch her collection, The Karina Collection, at Sofitel Hotel's Le Jardin patio but inner sanctum outdoor lounge.

The collection contained three basic items: liquid matte lipstick, Mascara Catwalk, and a fine, felt-tip liquid SLIM EYELINER Black Swan eyeliner, both in standard black.  The liquid matte lipstick comes in six different shades.

The sweaty scribe took Karina Smirnoff Liquid Lipstick in "Rendezvous" out for a spin at the slurp-happy Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival, putting it to the test.


Let's see if it withstand a sweaty spin class.

To be continued...

Monday, August 28, 2017

MTV'S VMA 2017, Enough Said.

By Laura Medina

MTV'S/VH1'S VMAs has always been the tween to teens to early twenties demographic, the vanguards of change.

Last night's VMAs pay homage to it's history, from Madonna's "Like A Virgin" bridal gown to today's Taylor Swift's snake.

Honoring our Moonman legacy, the 2017 VMAs will give people the rare chance to witness the unexpected. Ignited by music and performance, the VMAs can change culture in a single moment.

To bring this vision to our audience ahead of this year's show, we worked with acclaimed director Floria Sigismondi (best known for directing music videos for Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, etc.) to create a campaign video reflecting iconic moments from VMA history and paying tribute to MTV's Moonman identity.

For last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Vanessa Hudgens’ hair made a slick-back but voluminous statement.

Inspiration: Chad Wood’s inspiration for the sleek and chic style was to play off the texture in Vanessa’s dress.

Step by step to recreate this look: 
 1. Start with wet hair and apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion 
 2. Then, blow dry the hair straight and back – styling each section away from the face and helping create extra volume at the crown
 3. Next, section off the hair and starting at the nape, flat iron the hair 1” sections at a time and spray each section with John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray
4. To give the hair a polished wet look like Vanessa’s, apply John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-up Crème
5. Finally, spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray to lock in the style


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Better Enjoy the Ripe Bounties of Summer by Firefly Studio City's Chef Perry Pollaci...Like Right Now...

By Laura Medina

There is a reason to the season.  There is a reason why fitness and food go hand-in-hand.

It's Summer, folks!

Other than it's bikini season, it's when all the organic, healthy food-fruits and vegetables-are their ripest and most plentiful.  The best of both worlds, right?

These are the food that should fuel your fitness.

Since Summer is drowning in fresh, ripe produce, chefs are doing their best in enjoying and serving and preserving the best of produce.

Studio City's Firefly's Chef Perry Pollaci is salvaging the best of Summer produce by doing them in creative, yummy ways...

As for you fitness bikini folks, don't worry about losing your hard-won bikini figure.
These are low-calorie, portion-controlled servings.  If there's protein, it's gonna be good for your collagen.  If there's antioxidant, again, good for your skin.

The first course is a salad that ought to be a dessert.  The simple burrata and peaches is a bikini salad.  Why? The bland but adaptable burrata cheese pairs very well with fruit, such as sweet, juicy peach with very little heat or cooking.  The sprinkling of crushed pistachios, only makes it more yummy.  Burrata cheese only adds to your calcium.

Fried green tomatoes with yuzu buttermilk on toast is one of multitudes to best take advantage of Summer's fresh bounties.

Lamb meatballs in ripe tomato sauce will always be a reliable classic.

phyllo-wrapped shrimp

The last and first time this scrumptious scribe first munched on this delectable phyllo-wrapped shrimp, was at a Lucky Rice Food Festival in Culver City, five years ago.  That was the first, last, and only time this scribe enjoyed this.

Until last night, thank god Chef Perry Pollaci brought back this rare treat, prawn or shrimp on a stick, wrapped in either phyllo or noodles then fried.  This was an huge hit, huge enough for two to three rounds of it.  Party-pleaser.

The protein keeps on coming, skirt steak with okinawa potato and kimchee is a refined, contemporary take on Korean-American, that's uniquely LA.

Final protein is beauty-friendly.  Every plastic surgeon's favorite protein, steelhead salmon resting on a bed of cornbread and white corn stew.  Firefly's nod to Southern cooking.

This scribe's diet tip, okay, once dessert happens, there isn't no going back.  

What this scribe likes about cheesecake and doughnut hole lollipops is that they're versatile. A taste of sweet should signal the end of a meal, lunch or dinner.  The cheesecake lollipops are small enough to save your figure and easy to serve at your pool party.

The doughnut hole lollipops are also party-pleasers.

The fields are bursting with humongous watermelons that nobody knows what to do with...except for chefs and bartenders and juicers...

Firefly squeeze collagen-rich watermelon juice and lime juice then mix in tequila with a dash of agave.  It's called Drunk in Love, their take on a daiquiri.  They replaced the rum with  Californian/Mexican heritage tequila.

Summer is also strawberry season.  What to do with all these strawberries?  Shake up Strawberry Fields: champagne, vodka, lemon, housemade strawberry simple syrup.

Hurry up and get thee to Firefly, in 11720 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA, to enjoy Summer's bounties.  Relax in their dark, chill library lounge, they'll do the chopping and cooking for you. 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Gen-X 311, Millennials' Idea of Emerging Rock Legends, Went Full-Blast for Their Upcoming "Mosaic" Tour at The Hollywood Palladium.

By Laura Medina

Gen-X ska/punk/reggae/rock band, 311, hit the ground running, blasting it at The Hollywood Palladium, this last Saturday.

This is no more tease.  This was a full-on two hour rock concert, a blasting launch for their new upcoming tour for their newest album release, MOSAIC. 

Even before the concert, MOSAICjust released on BMG--debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart which marks the multi-platinum group's 10th consecutive Top 10 Album on the chart.  Streams of the group's new album, MOSAIC , approached 10 million since its late June release.

In the twenty-seven years together, this Gen-X band, 311, is on it's way of becoming Millennials' own idea of their own "Rolling Stones," a classic no-fault rock n' roll band.

A wide-ranging of die-hard loyal 311 fans were hungry for 311's newest and latest releases from their brand new, MOSAIC.

The jam-packed, respectful audience swayed to their latest release, "Too Much to Think,", a meditative song with their signature ska-reggae rock.  311 represents the golden of the Nineties, when everybody was open-minded to anything, as long it's good and people happy mashed-up and adaptive musical forms because it was fun and cool. You can still feel that "love" at last Saturday's 311 concert.

311 took Nineties' Gen-X angst then fuel it into positive energy that's still driving them in 2010s, in a career that last 27 year, making them rock classics.

Like the Baby Boomers' Rolling Stones, Frontman Nick Hexum said being in the band is like being in a marriage, to NPR's "All Things Considered" Lakshmi Singh ,

Another key to their long-term success, they found out what's new and good, adapt to it while sticking to their ska/punk rock roots.

Nick Hexum, "Really, it was just keeping an eye towards [the idea that] anything that was weird is good. Anything that is new, anything that is fresh — those are the ideas that we pursued. And also just mixing up the process: Instead of being in our own little bubble, we asked other people into the room with us to record. ... I think that's an exercise in remaining teachable and being humble — to realize that you can learn from others. And I think that's the biggest block that an artist of our age can have, is when you don't reach out, you don't keep mixing it up and bringing new people in, because your ego makes you feel like you can't accept help."

Leading up and warming up to last Saturday's 311's Hollywood Palladium concert, fans of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and all ages, from rocking Boomers to starry-eyed Millennials to die-hard loyal Gen-Xers, they were all talking about 311's Caribbean Cruises while vaping on 311's  Grassroots Uplifter,

What makes 311 cool, starting off with their Nineties' base of mixing and incorporating  ska/reggae/punk into their unique blend of rock to evolving and adapting to their fans' taste and lifestyle into profitable side line businesses to boost their bottom line, gluing stronger to their fans, and add more years to their longevity...

"311's Nick Hexum: After 3 Decades, It's All About The Fans," "311 has its own Caribbean cruise,  where fans can revel in a sea of fellow die-hards. It's got its own cannabis product, a vape pen aptly called the Grassroots Uplifter. And the band even has an unofficial holiday: Legions of devout followers celebrate March 11 (yes, that's 3/11) every two years by making a pilgrimage to a designated site for a special 311 concert that can go on for hours."

The majority of the two hours consisted for 311 belting new "Mosaic" materials, which is a full blast of their upcoming concert, starting October 7th in Irvine's FivePoint Amphitheater then ending on November 4th at Tampa's Cuban Club.  Here's their full touring schedule for this Fall 2017:

Irvine, CA
 FivePoint Amphitheater
St Paul, MN
 The Myth
Chicago, IL
 Octoberfest at Petrillo Band Shell
Madison, WI
 Orpheum Theater
Sioux Falls, SD
 The District
Cedar Rapids, IA
 Club 5 at US Cellular Center
Grand Rapids, MI
 20 Monroe Live
Louisville, KY
 Mercury Ballroom
Cincinnati, OH
Nashville, TN
 Marathon Music Works
Knoxville, TN
 The Mill and the Mine
Bethlehem, PA
 Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Providence, RI
 The Strand (formerly Lupo's)
Montclair, NJ
 The Wellmont Theater
Port Chester, NY
 The Capitol Theatre
Huntington, NY
 Halloween at The Paramount
Baltimore, MD
 Rams Head Live!
Athens, GA
 Georgia Theatre
Tampa, FL
 Cuban Club

Since 311 has it's very own unofficial holiday, 311 will celebrate their holiday, "311 DAY 2018 with fans, in Las Vegas' Park Theater at Monte Carlo on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 of next year, March 10th to 11th, 2018.

March 11 (aka 3/11 or "311 Day") is a holiday to 311 fans everywhere.  Every other year since year 2000, 311 play an arena show on March 11 that attracts 311's biggest fans from around the world--who come together to celebrate the band, their music and the 311 community. The special show includes an extended set list and state-of-the-art production. 311 Day typically attracts over 10,000 fans from all 50 U.S. States & 15+ countries. After the past two years in New Orleans, 311 DAY 2018 returns to Las Vegas for two weekend nights at Monte Carlo's Park Theater, a brand new 5,700 capacity venue with state-of-the-art sound, lights & production.  The venue is half the size of the most recent 311 DAY arena shows making it an intimate and immersive concertexperience from any seat in the house.

Fans and new admirers can get a jumpstart by buying tickets on August 29th, with the official on-sale starting August 31 on

Another key building block in the band's tumescence.

311 saved the best for last.  They played oldies but goodies, "Down" and "Amber," the songs that got their start way back in the mid-Nineties.

What's even cooler,  311 are currently making plans for the next video for  "'Til The City's On Fire" from MOSAIC.  In the spirit of the MOSAIC album cover, where their 12th album cover is composed of an image of the band made up of close to 10,000 photos taken with and submitted by fans, the band is calling out to their fans asking them to submit a video of themselves singing (or lip-synching) the lyrics to the song for a chance to be featured in its official video.  For all details visit:

Paraphrasing Nick Hexum, " the cover and album title speak to the "collective nature" of 311 and "the bond between the band members and our fans."

Through the years with a growing loyal fan base, 311 kept what was best about the Nineties, going full-tilt boogie, finding out what's cool then mixing it in, and being all inclusive regardless of age, race, background, and generation, while adapting to their audience's evolving change and lifestyle and wallet.

Rock on 311!