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The Ultimate Los Angeles Beauty Tour

The Ultimate Los Angeles Beauty Tour

A comprehensive beauty tour of Los Angeles is a serious undertaking. It’s nothing like a New York beauty tour—one that can take you from end to end of Manhattan and over the bridge to Brooklyn in a few short days, all thanks to convenient and affordable public transportation. In LA, for one, you need to have a car. Or at least you need to be comfortable in an Uber for long stretches of afternoon traffic, particularly on Fridays. So says every LA-based Uber driver the ITG team has ever met. Which is why this beauty tour is a little bit different. Most notably, it begins on a Thursday. Gotta factor in that drive time. Other than that, geography has impacted this tour very little. It’s the best of the best, but please consult Waze for accurate ETAs.


Arrive: If you’re not a native, make your way in from LAX (or wherever) and put your bags down. Maybe change your clothes if you’ve arrived from the cold in layers of thermal shirts and compression socks. That is not the LA look. You owe it to yourself to make this tour more authentic than that.

3PM: Make your way to the nearest natural and organic food market called Erewhon for provisions. They’ve got everything from your new favorite snack (buffalo cauliflower) to your new most expensive beauty treatment (probiotic yogurt). (No seriously, this yogurt is really expensive.) There’s also a beauty section that you may peruse, but pace yourself. There’s so much more to come.

5PM: It’s your first day, so take it easy. Before dinner and jet lag, head over to the new Joanna Vargas Salon at the Sunset Tower Hotel and get a massage. Ask for Mohammed. It’s not the most relaxing massage in the world, but it might be the most effective. These hands are legendary. (If you’re scared of pain, book an hour at The Now—the fast-casual answer to high-end massage destinations. They’re a bit more “choose your own adventure” when it comes to pressure.)

6:30PM: Sort yourself, get dressed, and drive down Sunset to Night + Market, a fabulous Thai restaurant next to 1OAK. Very different scene. Very delicious food.

8PM: Get in bed! Watch a movie! You’ve got a lot to do tomorrow.


10AM: When in LA, do as the Los Angelenos do and work out. There’s a lot to choose from here, but the one that’s getting the most buzz is Rise Nation, a 30-minute workout on the treadmill-equivalent of a climbing wall. A bit like SoulCycle, but 15 minutes more efficient, it’s seriously effective, but not overwhelming for newbies. And they haven’t made their way east yet, so you get the smug satisfaction of trying it first.

11AM: Cool down and power back up with something from Kreation in Beverly Hills. Who cares what. Pick what looks good to you.

12PM: The good news is that you’re already in Beverly Hills. The better news is that you’re about to stay in one spot for a good long while, so screw traffic. STRIIIKE is a boutique beauty destination sprung from the minds of the Streicher sisters. With Kristie on brows (an Olsen-twin favorite), Ashley on hair (Kiernan Shipka is a client), and Jenn on makeup (she did Greta Gerwig for the Oscars), it’s a literal one stop shop for everything you could possibly want done to your physical appearance. Call ahead and make sure you book a day when Melanie Simon will also be in residence—she’s the electrical aesthetician behind the ZIIP and one of ITG’s very favorite facialists. She’s schooled in the ways of Biologique Recherche and nanocurrent technology. Hang with her first, then go to Kristie, then Ashley, then Jenn if you’re in the mood for a touchup. Leave feeling utterly pampered and like you’re part of the family.

4PM: From there, meander over to Violet Grey since you’re in the neighborhood. This jewel of a store, nestled between Chloé and The Row, is like a portal to the most ideal celebrity vanity. Browse everything from Dr. Barbara Sturm products to the Apa toothbrush. This is as fancy as it gets.

5PM: While you’re still on Melrose, pop across the street to The Apartment by The Line. If you haven’t been to their outpost in New York (and even if you have), peep the LA take on high-normcore luxe, plush with outdoor space, open-air closets, and a tub in the middle of the room. Need a selfie? Now is the time. Pick up some Susanne Kaufmann bath soak for later…

6PM: Time to start thinking about dinner. Head back to whatever neighborhood you came from and spend some time taking care of #1.


10AM: Make your way out to Venice for a sunny start to the actual weekend. Grab a smoothie at Moon Juice and walk around. (Tom’s got a recommendation for you here.) Next, stop into Living Libations while you’re nearby. The website promises “true sensory revelry” and the IRL store promises little dopp kits made out of ’70s vintage beach towels. Cute!

12PM: Don’t leave the beach just yet. You’re on vacation; spend some time loafing around in the sun. (Don’t forget SPF.) While you’re by the ocean, stop by either Gjelina or sister resto, Gjusta. And if you haven’t made their sweet potato recipe at home yet, please bookmark this right now.

4PM: Before the day ends, you need to get your nails done. That’s just a fact. The only place to do that in LA is Olive and June. They’re nice, they’re professional, their colors are on point. Nothing not to like.

5PM: The rest of the day is yours! Enjoy it.


10AM: You’ve got a flight to catch so wake up early. Pack your things, check out, and hop a ride to Larchmont Beauty Supply. “If there were a church of cosmetology, Larchmont Beauty Supply would be the Vatican,” claims their literature—and their literature is right. Don’t schedule anything else on this day (beyond a pre-LAX In-n-Out run) because you’re going to want as much time as possible to dig through the inventory here. You never know what you’re going to find. You might want to check your suitcase to your final destination…

A Beauty Minute With Bella Hadid

A Beauty Minute With Bella Hadid

“Before modeling, I had no idea about makeup, didn’t know what contouring was. I didn’t even own a concealer. When I turned 18, I started working with Dior, so I really had to restart. I was so nervous to meet Peter [Philips] for the first time, because he’s very ‘Peter Philips’. [Laughs] Now he’s just my cute, ol’ Peter! It was on a French Vogue shoot with Mario Sorrenti, and Peter painted my face with Picasso-inspired, extreme makeup. It ended up being so amazing. From then on, we’ve just had such a great bond. I trust him with my face more than anybody in the world.

The thing I love about makeup is its ability to enhance your natural features. Makeup can make you feel so much better—it’s always a one-up for me. Obviously beauty does come from the inside out, but that confidence also starts with how you feel when you walk out the door.

Peter has taught me a lot about seriously contouring and blending. It’s important to make sure everything is blended and nothing is stuck or clumpy. I like to be as fresh as I can be, but I think good makeup really starts with a solid base. You don’t want to put too much on, just where you need it. I love skin to be glowing and blushing—healthy looking skin. If you start there, your makeup look can be pretty bomb, regardless.

One thing Peter is always saying is to apply my mascara from roots to tips. It’ll make your mascara hold. If you put a lot of mascara on, it really makes everything elongated from the inner corners to the outside. When it comes to lips, I’m very grab and go. Perfect lips with liner are really beautiful, but I love a stain because if you put one coat on it’s super light, and it doesn’t look like you have too much on your face. I love the Dior Addict Lip Glow and the Dior Lip Maximizer. And I always end up having a taupe-y, gold eye. I love a cat-eye, but my favorite makeup look I’ve ever worn was probably from the Fendi show with the blue hair. It was an elongated liner that really looked like a cat’s eye, and a little bit of highlighter in the center of the eyelid. It was so cool. It was intense, for sure, but I’d always love to go back to that look.

When I’m not working, I literally am not wearing any makeup. The most I put on is a little mascara, which can’t hurt anybody. [Laughs] I don’t do anything too crazy on myself, but other people have really tried looks on me. I mean, they really go in.”

Bella Hadid photographed by Tom Newton on March 14, 2018.

Etude House Wonder Pore Balancing Cream Review

Etude House Wonder Pore Balancing Cream Review

As my skin is maturing and pores are starting to appear, I have started to include a lot of antioxidants and acids in my skin care routine to maintain my skin quality and texture and prevent premature aging. The term “antioxidants and acids” might sound a little too harsh and intimidating for skin care regime, but I have, for far too long, dabbled with all-natural skin care routine and although it works, it takes far too long to notice an appreciable improvement in skin quality. Hence I am migrating towards more “chemical” based skin care products and although they sound intimidating, they are in fact very potent and beneficial for skin.

Etude House Wonder Pore Balancing Cream Review

Product Description:
Moisturizing cream contains peppermint extracts that soothe and refresh skin during application. Cream helps to balance sebum and moisture production for smooth-looking pores. Apply after emulsion.

Etude House Wonder Pore Balancing Cream ingredients

My Experience with Etude House Wonder Pore Balancing Cream:

I wanted to start a change in my skincare regime by changing the daily moisturizer I use – that is the most important skin care step. I had my eyes set on one by Tatcha or Drunk Elephant, but since they are a bit too expensive for me, I had to settle for slightly more affordable options. In this regard, Korean brands offer a good choice – they are affordable and work better than other drugstore brands.

Etude House Wonder Pore Balancing Cream full

This product comes in a generous size tub and a spatula is provided to keep the product sanitary. It is a sturdy tub which is easy to store and is also travel friendly.

The product comes in the form of a gel-based water cream like the one by Tatcha. It feels very light on skin, very easy to spread, get absorbed into the skin fairly quickly and leaves a layer of moisture behind. It is not thick like the usual face creams but it still adds moisture to skin and gives a hydrated appearance to face.

Etude House Wonder Pore Balancing Cream open

The major part of this product is water and silicon-based products which is better than sulphates which dry out skin and give a dry appearance to face. This product also contains a lot of natural ingredients which claim to be beneficial for skin. After regular use, I did notice a reduction in my facial pores and an improvement in my skin texture and in long term, I am sure, it will also help with anti-aging.

Etude House Wonder Pore Balancing Cream texture

This pore balancing cream has reduced the appearance of pores and improved the texture of my skin.

Pros of Etude House Wonder Pore Balancing Cream:

  • Comes in a good sized tub which is made, which is made up of sturdy plastic and is travel friendly.
  • It is easily available in lot of online stores and even retailers like Ulta carry this brand.
  • It gets easily absorbed into the skin and gives a hydrated appearance to face.
  • Fascinating ingredient list and it has good reviews.
  • Has no fragrance which works great for me.
  • It does not make skin oily and is perfect as a day moisturizer.
  • Has reduced the appearance of pores and improved the texture of my skin. It has good anti-ageing properties.
  • Affordable than most high-end skin care products.

Cons of Etude House Wonder Pore Balancing Cream:

  • Can be pricey (especially if bought in INR).
  • I wish it was higher in oil content because I have extremely dry skin.
  • Availability can be issue for some but Etude house products are shipped worldwide.

It is a good skin cream which suits my skin well. It reduced the appearance of pores and fine lines and provides a great base for my makeup. I do recommend it to others, it’s worth the money I spent. Most Korean skin care products work as per their claim and are worth the money.

IMBB Rating:

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It’s Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control Review

It’s Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control Review

Skin Type: Combination

Hi everyone!

Hope you guys are having a great time. Today I am reviewing It’s Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control, which is basically to help you with the active acne. Here’s how it fared.

It's Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control Review

Price: US$ 10.6 for 20 ml (INR 1200)
Product Description:
It’s Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control is a spot controlling treatment for problem or sensitive skin. It contains Witch Hazel extract with healing, astringent & anti-inflammatory properties. Blended with Triclosan that has various antiseptic, anti-bacterial & antioxidant benefits, it treats skin troubles intensively on skin surface. Skin appears calmer, clearer & feels more comfortable.

Salicylic acid, Tea tree oil & Sage leave.

It's Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control Claims

My Experience with It’s Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control:

I always use spot treatments for acne in order to get rid of any new bumps coming up. This time, I tried this one from It’s Skin as it seems quite similar to Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, which is quite popular among many beauty bloggers but not very easily available in India.

It's Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control Packaging

Now coming to packaging, it comes in a small translucent light greenish colored bottle with some cotton swabs to be used with it. You can see the pink powder in the middle of the liquid and it is recommended not to shake the container.

You are supposed to dip the cotton swab in the pink powder and spread it over the acne affected or troubled area. I have used it for active acne and saw a great result. It would not completely disappear the acne overnight but definitely dries it out. So, within 2-3 days of regular use, even the bumps from the existing acne disappears.

It's Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control Swatch

I highly recommend this to anyone going through severe acne as I have seen quick results from this. I have been using tea tree oil as a spot treatment for quite long but this one turned out to be quicker than tea tree oil in reducing acne.

Pros of It’s Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control:

⦁ Functional packaging
⦁ Quick result
⦁ Easy to use
⦁ Contains healing, astringent & anti-inflammatory properties

Cons of It’s Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control:

⦁ Pricey for the quantity
⦁ Bottle is heavy and not travel-friendly

IMBB Rating: 5/5
Will I Repurchase It’s Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control?
Yes, definitely. I find it very helpful for acne.
Overall: I would suggest It’s Skin Clinical Solution AC Spot Control to everyone facing the problem with acne. Be patient and you will see the results.

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Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme

Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme

Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme

If you are a fan of Gucci Guilty, I need to tell you that the newest version, Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme, is nothing like it! The very first thing that popped into my mind when I smelled this was fruit, and sure enough, one of its key features is blackberry. When rose and patchouli kick in too, it becomes a big fragrance – there’s nothing shy about this scent.

Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme

The undertones are what gets the fragrance world excited – Goldenwood is a little used type of Cypress note, known for its dryness on the nose and there’s a splash of vetiver in there, too. The fruit stays but the dry-down is very smooth and creamy. The evolution of fragrance world means there are no rules but this does feel like an embracing winter fragrance to me – a hearty, enveloping scent that needs velvet and leather alongside it. It couldn’t be further away from the original Gucci Guilty if it tried, but if you enjoy an intense, signature fragrance, you will love it! Escentual has a 25% off deal that ends today (20th) so you’ll get 25% off the price of £49 HERE.

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*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

Dior Addict Lacquer Plump

Dior Addict Lacquer Plump

Dior Addict Lacquer Plump

Although I’m already a Dior fan, the new Dior Addict Lacquer Plump are truly next level. I don’t see many things that are so surprisingly good so when something like this comes along it’s a bit of a thrill! In essence, it’s a plumping lacquered lip ink – light and water-weight in the feel on the lip, incredibly stainy, moisturising and plumping. The texture is the surprise I think because I don’t know of another product that claims all of these things in a water-weight formula.

Dior Addict Lacquer Plump

The biggest claim for the product is that it even 24 hours after application lip hydration levels climb by 78%. I actually didn’t know that was a claim before I tried it yesterday and wore it for at least 6 hours. By the time I took my make up off, while I don’t think there was a lot left, it did – fleetingly – cross my mind that my lips didn’t feel at all dry. With this type of product, they always do and the dryness often carries on into the next day and that’s just not the case today. So, while we will never ever know whether that very specific 78% is tangible outside of lab testing, there is definitely something good going on. I didn’t particularly notice a plumping effect.

Dior Addict Lacquer Plump

Apparently, the magic is in the oil and water emulsion with infusions of hyaluronic and hibiscus.

Dior Addict Lacquer Plump

A particular thing that you need to know about the Dior Addict Lacquer Plump is that the colour intensifies as you wear it up to a certain point. I tested the lightest pink shade, Dior Pretty, and was surprised at how intense it had turned after a couple of minutes of wear.

Dior Addict Lacquer Plump

Shades in the swatch (from 16 options) are: Dior Fever, Dior Pretty, Dior Pulse and the metallic Dior Glitz. I don’t have a price yet but they’re launching any day now… definitely a spring time treat!

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

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