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The Most Exciting Beauty Products to Try in 2020

Herbivore Self Love Facial Ritual Kit

2019 has been a very interesting year for the beauty industry. From skin care to makeup, beauty brands were at the top of their game this last year! Exciting beauty products could be found everywhere.

As we enter a new decade, it seems that both new and famous beauty brands aren’t slowing down. In fact, some new beauty innovations are already in store. Check out the most exciting beauty products to try in 2020. They are worth trying, we swear!

TATCHA – The Dewy Skin Cream

It’s no wonder that this amazing skin cream is the first mentioned on this list! Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream nourishes and hydrates skin with antioxidant-rich Japanese purple rice. It has a rich, smooth and dreamy cloud-like texture. It is perfect for dry skin but can also be used to treat normal skin.  

Perfect when your skincare routine needs that extra little something, this dewy skin cream replenishes skin and gives instant luminosity. It is alcohol, paraben, and gluten-free, and will leave your skin looking beautiful. 

Say hello to day skin: Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream

Beauty Fridge

This is THE NEXT THING and will rule the beauty industry in 2020. Beauty Fridge is a revolutionary beauty essential, that enables you to perfectly store your cosmetic products. You are now able to refrigerate your skin care products, which helps reduce bacteria, keeps the texture of your products ideal, and extends shelf life!

What can you store in the Beauty Fridge? Perfumes, face masks, face mists, along with pretty much anything else and most facial tools! By this summer, everyone will be raving for cold skin care products!

Exciting beauty product: Beauty Fridge, a summer beauty essential!

Fourth Ray – Seriously Good Serums

Seriously, these Fourth Ray serums are a must-have in your beauty shelf! If you haven’t, it’s high time you got your hands on these serums. They do wonders in helping replenish your skin. This kit includes Fourth Ray’s best-selling serums, featuring Reveal, Raydiate, Remedy, and Rainfall. They help brighten, hydrate and perfect skin tone. You’ll notice changes for the better, in no time!

Fourth Ray Beauty Serums for brightening and hydrating the skin

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Already an Instagram fan favourite in 2019, the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is here to stay! Famous for repairing and nourishing dry lips, it contains a special Berry Mix Complex which is rich in Vitamin C. Other Ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, remove dead skin cells, leaving your lips smooth and soft.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is available in a variety of flavors, including Grapefruit, Berry, Vanilla, and Apple Lime.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in a variety of flavors.

Herbivore Amethyst Facial Roller

Herbivore’s facial rollers are a hit in the beauty market, and they’re not going anywhere in 2020. This facial roller is among the most exciting beauty products to try this year! The Amethyst Facial Roller is suitable for all skin types and is incredibly relaxing to use. It gently massages and firms the skin and helps improve skin elasticity. It can even reduce the appearance of fine lines and help ease facial muscle tension.

Why not start the year with this amazingly relaxing and much-loved beauty product? Anything that soothes the senses and reduces stress, after all, is a big YES! from us. We also adore Herbivore’s Self Love Facial Ritual Kit!

Exciting Beauty product: Herbivore Amethyst Facial Roller

2020 is set to bring nothing but exciting beauty products. From face masks, beautiful eyeshadows, and innovative makeup removers, new beauty gems will help us look beautiful in 2020. If that weren’t enough to be excited about, some new beauty brands such as Kaja, Flesh, and Flawless Beauty will debut this year.

Honestly, I love these fan-favorite products, and can’t wait to see what else is to come in 2020. Which beauty products are you most excited about from this list?

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Best IGLOO Hotels to Visit This Winter

igloo hotels

I came across this Article while traveling across Europe and thought I would find out some more about it. And, I’m glad I did! As the winter season is at its peak, it is the perfect time to list some of the most interesting winter experiences. And, this year, I’ll go with something truly amazing – igloo hotels. Known as houses built from the snow that kept Inuit communities warm for centuries, these incredible installations attract millions of guests every year. From sled rides to ice-molded beds, igloo hotels definitely offer a unique winter experience. So, check out the best igloo hotels to visit this winter.

Best Igloo Hotels – Arctic Fox Igloo, Finland

Best IGLOO Hotels

It is not a surprise that the first igloo hotel on the list is based in Finland. This beautiful European country offers extraordinary winter experiences. Arctic Fox Igloo is among the best igloo hotels Finland has to offer. It is based on Lake Ranuanjärvi in the woodlands of Finnish Lapland. Among other things, it offers the most important winter attraction – incredible views of Northern Lights. The hotel has a dome-like structure with fancy glass doors and offers overnight stays in modern looking bedrooms. Heated glass walls and sauna only add up to this amazing hotel experience.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Best IGLOO Hotels

Kakslauttanen Igloo hotel is world-famous for its luxury and an unforgettable experience of watching the Northern lights from the comfort of your bed. This igloo hotel situated in Lapland, Finland offers more than 170 accommodation options that vary from glass igloos to log cabins. These luxurious rooms are beautiful and get remodeled every winter season. All guests have access to a sleeping bag, wooden socks as well as a hat for extra comfort. 

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Best IGLOO Hotels

This amazing igloo hotel based in Norway is the northernmost igloo hotel in the world and offers a variety of winter activities. Along with astonishing ice sculptures, an ice chapel, and an ice bar, the hotel offers 30 rooms. For additional comfort, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel provides an outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna. It is particularly interesting that you can order drinks in ice glasses.

Golden Crown Levin Iglut, Finland

Best IGLOO Hotels

If you are a winter person that loves cozying up with a hot cup of tea in an interesting indoor setting, Levin Iglut is the perfect igloo hotel for you this winter. The hotel has many interesting amenities among which are air conditioning and Wi-Fi for social media lovers! Levin Iglut offers a unique winter experience with the magical show of Northern lights right in front of your eyes. It is highly recommended to book the stay somewhere between August and April in order to catch the Northern lights season. Levin Iglut will provide an unforgettable and cozy winter experience.

Hotel de Glace, Canada

Best IGLOO Hotels

This amazing hotel in Canada offers a variety of activities. It is interesting that this is the only hotel entirely built from ice in North America. Hotel de Glace has more than 40 rooms and suites. On top of that, it offers an ice bar and an ice slide which is especially popular with kids. It’s also interesting that every room’s decoration differs. A welcoming drink, breakfast, and access to spas and saunas will complete your perfect winter igloo experience.

Witnessing the incredible magic of the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people. Finnish Lapland is still one of the world’s best places to witness this phenomenon in cutting-edge heated glass accommodation along with many other attractions. If you are looking for a unique adventure this winter to fully embrace all winter experiences, why not book a stay in an igloo hotel for a couple of nights and have the best time of your life? The idea is pretty simple: igloo hotels have structures ranging from intimate hotels to big villages.

Moreover, castles are rebuilt and remodeled every winter, mixing tons of snow and ice blocks with charming amenities and exclusive designs. So, these were the coolest igloo hotels around the world that will provide a memory for a lifetime. You simply have to experience this next level winter experience in one of these igloo hotels. Have a great time!

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KIMONO VERVE Fragrance Oil – We’ve Switched Things Up A Little…

I’m super excited to share that KIMONO just got a hot new look! It’s been so well received—thanks for all the love—that I just had to celebrate a little (happy dance)!

Drum roll…

Introducing the KIMONO VERVE Fragrance Oil limited-edition bottle! The same divine, invigorating fragrance on the inside with a fab new look on the outside.

KIMONO VERVE Fragrance oil – Hot New Color

Now available in Pop Green, this limited-edition KIMONO vessel still offers up uplifting fragrance inspiration.

I’m all about wellness and healthy ingredients when it comes to what we put on our skin. That’s why the 100% natural essential oils have soothing aromas that boost your emotions and health. My VERVE fragrance uplifts energizes and inspires for good health and vivacity from safflower oil, bergamot, lavender, and rosemary essential oils.

KIMONO Fragrance Oil

What’s Not to Love?!

I love essential oils for so many reasons: amazing aromas, better beauty sleep, stress relief—and so much more. VERVE has the essential oils we all need for life on the go:

  • Bergamot for joy
  • Eucalyptus for a clear head and nose
  • Lavender for calm

One product with multiple uses? That’s something I can get behind… a girl doesn’t have space for that much product in her purse! Still, self-care is a must—so KIMONO it up! KIMONO Fragrance Oil is your next beauty favorite!

KIMONO Fragrance Oil

Celebrate with Me

A delicate blend in a new, fierce bottle? Yes, please! Get the limited-edition KIMONO VERVE Fragrance Oil and let’s celebrate! Available NEXT WEEK!

ENTERTAINING Featured Lifestyle

Celebrating the Lionel Richie Home Collection

Lionel Richie Home Collection

We were thrilled to host an event at the always fabulous GEARYS Beverly Hills to celebrate the many milestones of the Lionel Richie Home Collection . We had such a wonderful crowd at this momentous event and are truly grateful to all of the attendees.

The most captivating part was the table settings throughout the store highlighting the collection’s elegant international flair. Many of the pieces from this fabulous line were on display, including the London charger, Riviera dinner plate, and Manhattan red wine glass. Also, the tablescapes perfectly showcased the adaptable, stunning, and classic nature of the collection. It elegantly blends traditional sophistication with innovative pairings and accents to deliver stunning home décor.

From sample table designs, to fresh flowers casting a subtle yet enticing fragrance, to delicious refreshments, to the gorgeous backdrop of GEARYS itself, the special evening delighted every one of the senses. It was such an honor to share this beloved brand with so many friends, old and new! All in all, celebrating the Lionel Richie Home Collection was an absolute success!

Lastly, to glimpse more of the festivities yourself, check out the video below. And if you’re an L.A. local, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the collection in person at GEARYS!

Featured FOOD Lifestyle

The Perfect Simple Summer Salad

With the summer heat beating down, it can be hard not to give in to those cravings for a sweet icy treat like fresh-made ice cream. The good news is, with a sweet summer salad like this, you can satisfy your cravings without the added calories!

Sweet, Refreshing, and Healthy

One of my go-to recipes that is absolutely perfect for the hot weather and a healthy lifestyle is this perfect and super easy-to-make summer salad. The strawberries and dried cranberries make it taste sweet without adding too much sugar, while the cool butter lettuce and homemade balsamic vinaigrette offer a chill that feels fabulous after a day of swimming or sunbathing. In addition, add some grilled chicken for a little protein, and you’ve got the perfect summer lunch!

summer salad

Ingredients (Salad):

  • 3 cups butter lettuce
  • 1 ½ cups grilled chicken, sliced
  • 2 ½ cups fresh sliced strawberries
  • ¼ cup fresh goat cheese
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • Homemade balsamic vinaigrette (to taste)

Ingredients (Vinaigrette):

  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp. fresh minced garlic
  • 1 pinch Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme)

summer salad

The Perfect Salad to Share!

If you’re bringing this salad to share with friends, I recommend slicing the strawberries and goat cheese ahead of time and packing them in separate Tupperware containers along with the dried cranberries and chicken. Additionally, leave the vinaigrette on the side until the last moment, in a salad dressing shaker if you have one.

When you arrive at your event, simply pile on the strawberries, goat cheese, chicken, and cranberries before mixing, adding the vinaigrette, and mixing again. Waiting to prep until just before you dig in ensures that none of the ingredients get too soggy and the salad stays perfectly fresh for you and your companions.

Keeping Cool in the Hot Summer Months 

There are so many possible variations for this salad, so I’d love to hear what you come up with! What are your favorite salads to serve (and eat!) during the hotter months? Share in the comments below. And stay cool!

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48 Hours in Hong Kong: The Pearl of the Orient

A home away from home, Hong Kong is one of my favorite places to spend a few days. Whenever I get the chance to enjoy a layover here, I take the opportunity! I feel like it would take a lifetime to see all that this beautiful region has to offer.

The next time you’re heading off to Beijing, Tokyo, or anywhere else in the region, try to schedule in a few days in Hong Kong. You’ll be able to learn why this destination has become known as the “Pearl of the Orient.”

48 Hours in Hong Kong

Stay in the Heart of Hong Kong

Given the short amount of time you have in Hong Kong, I recommend staying in a hotel as close to the city center as possible. Some of my absolute favorites in terms of luxury and service include the Four Seasons and the Mandarin Oriental.

The Four Seasons boasts a well-earned international reputation, an amazing view of Victoria Harbor, and spa services to die for. On the other hand, the Mandarin Oriental offers a more local brand of sophistication. As Mandarin Oriental’s flagship location, it features a world-class spa and a fabulous view of the downtown skyscrapers.

Admittedly, whichever hotel I stay in, I love to indulge in a massage to ease the stresses of travel. I always do it before enjoying a healthy breakfast to start my day off reinvigorated.

48 Hours in Hong Kong

Take a Stroll Down Cat Street

Don’t let the name fool you! Iconic Upper Lascar Row, better known as Cat Street, is actually a shopping district.  It specializes in antiques of all kinds, from the kitsch to the classic. If you happen to be a lover of antiques, you may find something as unique as a Qing vase or Ming furniture. After all, this shopping neighborhood has been in existence for 100 years, and some amazing items have yet to sell!

At the end of the street, simply turn right onto Hollywood Road to discovery the majestic Man Mo Temple. It was created as a tribute to Man, the god of literature, and Mo, the god of martial arts. While the exterior complex looks as urbanized as the rest of the city, the temple itself features a breathtaking design dating back to the mid-19th century.

48 Hours in Hong Kong

Nurture Your Artistic Eye

Stop in at Gagosian to take in some amazing contemporary art. There are amazing works by such innovators as Urs Fischer, Howard Hodgkin, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Walter De Mari. With galleries all over the world, Gagosian has become a well-known name in the visual arts. But, this Hong Kong-based location offers a delicious glimpse into local flavor with many artists inspired by regional events and locales.

Just across the street is the fabulous Hanart TZ Gallery, founded by Hong Kong native Tsong-zung “Johnson” Chang. With an Asia-specific art practice dating back decades, Chang’s eye for the visionary and breathtaking ensures a gallery experience completely unique to Hong Kong. For example, Past exhibitions have included works by Luis Chan, Chimmedorj, Chen Beixin, and Xu Longsen.

48 Hours in Hong Kong

Dine in Style

For a visual experience almost as gorgeous as the pieces at Hanart and Gagosian galleries, enjoy a delectable dinner at the exquisite SEVVA. Each of their meals is a work of art in itself, with a beautiful taste experience to match. Plus, after all that walking, you’ll have earned one of their signature caramel crunch cakes!

For breakfast, brunch, or lunch, head to the nearby China Tang for sumptuous Chinese cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Moreover, for those of us who just want to sample every item on the menu, I highly recommend an early afternoon meal of dim sum. It’s a beutiful series of bite-sized portions offering a whole array of delicacies.

Perfect for a dinner gathering with friends, or just some late-night drinks, is Cipriani Hong Kong. Undoubtedly, it’s the city’s answer to innovative Italian food and cocktails. Be sure to arrive with an empty stomach to savor every delicious bite of their huge multi-course meals. 48 hours in Hong Kong is just enough to try some of the most iconic Chinese meals!

Remember for a Lifetime 

Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in the world. To be honest, it seems like every place I visit in the region boasts a gorgeous mixture of natural beauty, urbanity, and authentic Chinese culture. For example, the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden allows visitors willing to venture a bit farther north the opportunity to interact with exotic birds. This happens in a classic Chinese garden setting, all within the atmosphere of a busy shopping area.

With 48 hours in Hong Kong, you have just enough time to revel in the wonders of the Pearl of the Orient. Let me know about your adventures!

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Build a Beautiful Life With Niche Tea

My regular readers know that I’m all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. And one of the best and easiest ways to promote wellness, increase hydration, and support your holistic health is by drinking tea regularly. I’ve become such a tea aficionado after learning the many benefits of these key ingredients and discovering the absolutely delicious taste of Niche Tea.

With innovative flavors ranging from their rose petal-infused Skin blend to oolong-melded Body mix, Niche Tea makes feeling beautiful, vibrant, and energized a breeze. Read on to find out how to build a beautiful life with Niche tea.

A Little About Niche

Officially the Niche Company, Niche Tea began as the brainchild of Amanda Miles Ricketts. While Amanda was always a tea lover, she began noticing herbs’ anti-aging and beauty-enhancing effects after she hit the age of thirty. Hoping to hone in on this age-defying effect, she began self-educating, learning all she could about how to increase the effectiveness of tea’s natural powers.

The result of the tea expertise that Amanda cultivated through years of research was a collection of six original tea blends. Primarily, they focused on supplementing nutrition and supporting beauty from the inside out. Moreover, Amanda learned exactly which herbs supported different beauty and health functions. Later on, she combined them to make a truly gorgeous and delicious product.

Build a Beautiful Life With Niche Tea

Which Niche Tea Flavor to Choose?

Niche now offers six flavors that specifically address different aspects of wellness and beauty. Drinking tea is incredibly healthy in and of itself. These key blends make it easier to focus on aspects of your self-image that you would like to improve. Whether it’s losing a few pounds, eliminating bags under your eyes, or flushing out your digestive system.

Their six wellness-enhancing teas include:

Skin: Drawing upon the anti-aging and antioxidant properties of white tea, this delicious blend is sweetened and enhanced with hints of hibiscus, dandelion leaves, red clover, rose petals, and elderberries.

Build a Beautiful Life With Niche TeaMind: This blend enables you to energize and revitalize mentally with yerba mate. It’s a natural source of mental stimulation and vigor, popular across many Spanish-speaking countries. This flavor includes hints of cocoa shells, cinnamon, lemongrass,  and lime leaves. Gota kola, dynamic elements both stir the mind and tempt the taste buds.

Cleanse: It is perfect for those switching over to tea from coffee. This blend of digestion-supporting peppermint, cleansing pu-erh tea, licorice root, ginger root, fennel seeds, and cardamom will clear out your system. As a result, it will leave you feeling refreshed. Such a great treat for your body after a hard night of partying!

Body: This flavor is designed around the weight loss properties of oolong. It is a traditional and popular Chinese tea that helps boost the metabolism. Added in are ginger root and aniseed, which work to combat indigestion. It has hints of hibiscus, apple, rosehip, cleavers, juniper berries, and orange peel.

Build a Beautiful Life With Niche Tea

Hair: Peppermint has long been a favorite of beauty experts. It is known for stimulating hair growth and supporting scalp health. This tea harnesses the power of peppermint. Furthermore, it brings in elements of green tea, nettle leaves, schizandra berries, apple pieces, sage, and chili to keep your hair as thick and luscious.

Sleep: Recognizing the benefits of a good night’s sleep, Niche has added this relaxing blend of soporific herbs. For example, they include rooibos, lemon balm, chamomile, passionflower, rose petals, and lavender. Furthermore, I highly recommend sipping on this tea in the evening while burning your favorite luxury candle to decompress after a long day.

Make a Statement With Your Niche Tea

It doesn’t hurt that each of these teas comes in a gorgeous cylindrical container. Frankly, I must admit that it looks absolutely stunning next to any of the other blends. This means that you can buy all six and line them up on your counter. This way, you can enjoy the colorful pop that these accent pieces add to your kitchen.

Best of all? I absolutely love that these teas are all natural and packed in pre-measured triangular sachets with the perfect mixture of tea leaves. I can rest assured that I’m getting the highest quality and most nutrient-rich herbs and spices available!

Try Niche Tea today and add an effective and delicious practice to your beauty ritual.

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