Hey folks, so as you know my BFF Nikki and I took a trip to Cali during Spring Break. Finding a place to stay in LA that doesn't cost an arm and a leg but it still near the city and not too far from LAX. We found this cute little hotel called the Beverly Laurel Hotel. For the price, space, location, and oh-so-cute vintage decor - we both found this to be a win in our book! Right next door is a little dinner, and there food was pretty good too!
Beverly Laurel Hotel:
Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★
Located on Beverly Blvd in LA it is walking distance to Hollywood Blvd, and a convenient spot if you're looking to go to Hollywood Hills too! I wandered around the streets of LA and found some cute wall art and what not:
Artist WRDSMTH has pieces that can be found all over the U.S.!! 

 After a walk down Hollywood Blvd to go to LaLa Land, an all-in-one awesome gift shop that is on the Walk of Stars! Here you can find literally everything and anything. T-shirts, little Oscar Magnets and awards, mugs, and everything in between!
LaLa Land Gift Shop
Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ 

I most definitely want to go back to California to explore! I have a little travel itch...

LA Hits




About a week ago, I posted my {new} skincare essentials and wrote about the Mario Badescu drying lotion. Well, I picked up EradiKate from Sephora and decided to put them to the test. Are you ready?

$17 @ Ulta
Mario Badescu is described as a Drying Lotion that is a "fast acting, effective acne spot treatment". One of the main ingridients in the MB Drying Lotion is that is contains Calemine, hence the scent that takes me back to my childhood of when I had chicken box. Calemine is designed to treat pain, itchiness, and discomfort. When I used this it took more than 3 days to dry out a breakout I had. It did the job - but way too slow. In addition, it dried as soon as it touched my skin. Throughout the night it would crack and flake or peel off.

Price: $26@ Sephora
EradiKate is described as effective treatment to fight blemishes and minimize pimples, acne, and help prevent future breakouts. This does not have that calamine but it felt a lot cooler on the skin, and not as thin as the MB Drying Lotion did. However, this does have magnesium aluminum silicate which helps thicken the product. Although this can be practically useless, maybe this is what helped in keeping the treatment on my breakouts throughout the night! This helped my breakout in just ONE night. EradiKate does have sulfur in it, and an overall higher concentration of acne fighting ingredients! So, is the extra 9 dollars worth it?

Yes, I definitely think it is worth it. Overall it's better quality and more product!

Ratings
Mario Badescu                                           EradiKate
 ★ ★ 1/2                                                        ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Mario Badescu vs EradiKate

Many decide to take care of their skin once problems start to happen, but to make sure fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots don't occur - it's all about taking preventative measures. Let's jump into some of my favorite and go-to skincare essentials and see how I rate them out of 5 stars!

 Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub
Use: Exfoliates and removes impurities. I use it in the shower for a nice scrub!
Price: ~ $7 @ Target {can also be found at drugstores}
 Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Biore Charcoal Pore Strips
Use: Apply to face/nose when skin is wet, let it dry completely. This helps remove impurities, whiteheads, blackheads, peach fuzz, etc. Even if it's not a charcoal strip, and it's generic brand - they work!
Price: ~ $7.49 - $11.99 @ Ulta, Target or a local drugstore
 Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

OLEHENRIKSEN The Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser
Use: I use this with a drop of Tatcha Pure Oil and this cleanses my skin so gently but really gets dirt and even any left over make up off of my skin!
Price: $30 @ Sephora
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

 Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Use: Apply with a Q-Tip onto acne/breakouts, let dry overnight. The first time I used this - it worked overnight. I've been using it the past 3 days on 3 breakouts, and it's not drying out the break outs. I'll be trying Eradi-Kate by Kate Somerville soon. Want to see a comparison?
Price: $17 @ Ulta
Rating: ★ ★ 1/2

Dr. Denis Gross Ferulic Acid Retinol Brightening Solution
Use: Every morning + night before moisturizing
Price: $88 @ Sephora
Rating:

Caudalie VinoPerfect Radiance Serum
Use: Applying this to specifically dark spots as well as all over the face helps lighten dark spots, dullness and uneven skin. I have been using my sample size I received from Sephora.
Price: $79 @ Sephora
Rating

Oliology 100% Natural Rosehip Oil Collagen Facial Treatment
Use: I use this especially when my skin feels dry to help with dark spots
Price: $20 via Amazon
Rating ★ 

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
Use: I actually use a drop or two of this with the OLEHENRIKSEN Cleanser, and it leaves my skin super soft! I also like to apply this to my face before using the Dermaplaner.
Price:  $15- $48 {depending on size}Sephora
Rating: ★  ★

Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb
Use: I use this as my holy grail night + morning moisturizer and has been through the ultimate test - Texas Heat! This is cool on the skin and leaves my skin hydrated.
Price: $38 @ Sephora
Rating

Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum
Use: Sunscreen, typically apply after moisturizing before any type of primer for make up. This isn't thick or tacky on my skin. Has a typical sunscreen smell though.
Price: $19- $148.00 depending on size @ Sephora
Rating:    

Soap & Glory - The Righteous Butter Body  Lotion
Use: As a body lotion, the scent isn't too strong and this leaves my skin soft without leaving behind a residue or tacky feel!
Price: $10.99- $12 @ Target or Ulta
Rating:
Soap & Glory - Peaches & Clean Deep Cleansing Milk / Melt Away MakeUp
Use: I like to use this as a makeup remover more than a cleanser. It doesn't leave a heavy residue whatsoever nor does my skin feel stripped - but it removes all my makeup!
Price: $10.99 -$12 @ Target or Ulta
Rating:

Tweezerman Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner
Use: After my nighttime facial cleanse, I apply some serum and cleansing oil to my face and use this in a down up motion to get dead skin and what not off. I've only used it twice, so I'll have to see in about a week or longer if it really works. And yes it gets my peach fuzz off too!
Price: $30.00 @ Ulta 
Rating:    
 Tweezerman Complexion Cleansing Brush
Use: I use this typically with a foaming cleanser in circular motions. So far I find using it with something that does not already have scrubbing beads or an exfoliant really helps. It's super soft, and I love the it has a cap that has holes to allow for drying.
Price: $16.00 @ Ulta
Rating:    ★ 

 With stress and changes my skin has been acting up these past few weeks so I am excited to see how sticking to a routine + these new products work out! 

Skincare Essentials


But you're young - I am told
So do I truly understand love? 
To have a hand to hold,
Do I know what love is? 
It was a deep friendship, 
a shoulder to lean on,
someone there at my fingertip.
That is now gone.
Caring for someone unconditionally, 
whether they are sick, well, or stressed. 
It sometimes require one to wait patiently.
So I grew and adapted, that's what my experience showed. 
Two individuals with a connection
Some things unspoken, but mutual respect 
I thought there was a clear direction.
No one needed to be checked
Sure a fight here and there
But in it for the long haul no matter the stresses to bear.
Then, I was sacrificing myself 
Where did you go? 
You left me hanging, 
You left me hurting. 
Maybe it was time for me to go.
It was a love only I knew. 
What followed has been a loss, a hurt, a pain.
I never knew I could feel.
I don't know if you'll return again.
But I know everything we had was real.
This love has taught me,
has opened my eyes.
As we said our goodbyes
 our hearts were breaking.
I just want to feel the same again,
this love...

This Love



Ramadan, as many of you know is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is observed by the fasting before dawn to dusk. I have grown to learn this is also a time to reflect, repent, learn, and grow. With the start of this blessed month I ask you this - if I have ever hurt you, upset you or angered you in ANY way, please forgive me. I may strive to be a 'perfectionist', but I am far from perfect and make mistakes I don't intend to. I know I can be one of a little patience which is one, of the many things I intend to work on this Ramadan and after. 
I am genuinely sorry if I have ever hurt you, please forgive me and may the Almighty forgive me for any and all of my shortcomings. 
This month could not have come at a more perfect time for me. With many chapters in my life coming to an end, I need and want the guidance. I plan to work on myself, my strength, patience, and more. May He make this a blessed month for us all and grant all of us our prayers. May He help us overcome any and all obstacles while helping us understand the reason as to why we are put through them. I wish you all, my loved ones, a happy, healthy, successful life with your family iA. 
Here is to my new journey for a better me.

Journey To...

Were we broken or bent?
Maybe things to talk about,
to work on.
It was a two-way street,
But at some point our hands drifted
and we approached different paths.
To let go, 
we had no other choice. 
Taking the laughter and tears,
and the memories of the year.
I have to let you go,
so you can grow.
You have to let me go,
so I can grow.
We must let go,
so we can learn.
Neither of us are broken,
we are just bent.

Not Broken, Just Bent

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