Monday, September 16, 2019

The Dress you Need For All Occasions from Chicwish

Yes, I said it! This is the dress you need for all occasions. A perfect shade of blue that can be worn for a day-time event or an evening party. Love the slit in in the front, and the ruffled layers that perfectly flows as you walk. I have to say that it's my most complimented dress each time I've worn it! I paired it with nude accessories but don't be afraid to wear it with white accessories even though it's after Labor Day. I definitely don't follow that rule, do you?

If you have never shopped at ChicWish I recommend you do so now! Their new collection of fall items include not just dresses but the cutest sweaters, jackets, skirts and more. They also update their site with new items weekly and offer amazing discount codes. Check them out here:

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Summer Dress from Chicwish

It was love at first sight when I spotted this dress on the Chicwish website a few weeks ago! I had a two events to attend and thought it would be perfect to wear for both occasions. I decided to pair it with nude heels and matching bag! What I love about this dress is how comfortable the material is and how it's not super tight on your body. I love living in my hometown of Los Angeles because the weather is perfect year round. Which means, I don't have to pack this dress away just yet! I will probably keep wearing it into the fall season by pairing it with a long coat for a girls night out. 

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

SkinCeuticals Luncheon and Custom D.O.S.E at Cassileth Plastic Surgery

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SkinCeuticals. The opinions and text are all mine.

I recently attended an informative luncheon at Crustacean Beverly Hills with one of my favorite skincare brands, SkinCeuticals. Over a delicious 3-course lunch, we had the opportunity to learn more about SkinCeuticals miracle product, the Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight from Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Cassileth Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kelly Killeen. We also learned about SkinCeuticals newest Custom D.O.S.E serum that Dr. Killeen called, “The product of the future.” The serum is a personalized correction designed to target all your skin concerns into one bottle to eliminate having to use 20 products a day. This was exciting news to me to say the least!

 Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight

I’m actually no stranger to this product as I was introduced to it a few months back and it’s been a staple in my skincare routine ever since. I started using it to help brighten my skin and achieve a perfect glow for my wedding in April, 2020. I wanted to get an early start prepping my skin for the big day because it will be here before I know it.

The Product:

According to Dr. Killeen, glowing skin is in! The Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight by SkinCeuticals is the product to use if you’re looking to improve the appearance of skin texture to promote a bright complexion and glowing skin. This product is perfect for those who want peel benefits but don’t want to invest in professional treatments. However, it can also be used as an integrated skincare to condition skin before a peel or at-home in between peels and can also complement results before and after microdermabrasion. 

Along with glowing skin, the key benefits include no down-time and addresses early signs of aging. The product works well for individuals like myself who are looking to improve their skin for certain life events such as weddings, red carpet events and vacations. Dr. Killeen also recommended this product for those with acne concerns which is something I suffer from as well. 

 Custom D.O.S.E Serum

As mentioned earlier, Dr. Killeen called this the product of the future. The Custom D.O.S.E serum is a personalized, professional service and product based entirely on the patient and his/her skincare needs. The 24 individual ingredients can be formulated at different percentages to ensure that each D.O.S.E product fits the patient’s specific skin type. 

How it works:

The service starts with a physician consultation and is guided by the SkinCeuticals patented diagnostic tool. After the physician reviews the diagnostic tool’s recommendation, the machine measures and combines the ingredients to ensure optimal formula concentrations. The production- quality compounder ensures ingredients are thoroughly blended for maximum efficacy. After the machine combines the ingredients and the serum is ready to go, the physician will print a label with the patient’s information and formula I.D onto the bottle for future replenishment. 

After the luncheon, I headed down the street to Cassileth Plastic Surgery to receive my 15-minute consultation for my own Custom D.O.S.E with plastic surgeon, Dr. Cat Chang. I explained my skin concerns to her which are dry, dull skin, acne breakouts and dark scar spots. She explained in detail which ingredients in the serum would work for each of my specific concerns and then placed the bottle into the SkinCeuticals machine. It was very exciting to watch each of the ingredients drop into the bottle and spin thoroughly to blend. Dr. Chang let me touch a few buttons to help with the process and it was a fun interactive experience. After she placed the label on and handed it to me, I called it my own magic in a bottle! 

I’m super excited to add the Custom D.O.S.E to my skincare routine. I know if I consistently use it for the next year, my skin will be radiant, clear and glowing for my wedding day. If you're looking to improve your skin like me then I definitely recommend both the Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight and the Custom D.O.S.E from SkinCeuticals. 

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Getting My Skin Wedding Day Ready with SkinCeuticals' Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SkinCeuticals. The opinions and text are all mine.

I'm a year away from saying "I do" but as the saying goes "time flies." So, I decided to get an early start prepping my skin for the big day because it will be here before I know it! I’ve partnered with SkinCeuticals to try out their recently launched Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight to help brighten my skin and to achieve a perfect glow for my wedding day. 

The Product:

The Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight improves the appearance of skin texture and tone to promote a bright complexion and glowing skin. The active ingredients are formulated with 10% glycolic acid, allowing it to work at a true 10% concentration proven optimal in promoting effective exfoliation and natural cell turnover. This potent night cream is blended with 2% phytic acid to promote skin clarity and brightness, and a triple action-soothing complex to help support the skin barrier. The Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is dye and fragrance free and is tested tolerable for nightly use. 

The Process:

I use SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight every evening after thoroughly cleansing my skin followed by a facial moisturizer to make sure my skin is taking full advantage of the benefits. In the morning, it's recommended to use an antioxidant and sunscreen before heading outside which I do as well. Before applying the product, I make sure to shake it well then, I apply an even, pea sized layer all over my face and neck. Some skin types take time to acclimate to the glycolic acid so if that's the case for you, start off with every other evening then, after a week, every evening. Skin detoxification and redness occurs but these are mild and common symptoms when you first begin. 

The Results:

Radiant and glowing skin! According to SkinCeuticals, in an eight-week clinical study, the Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight significantly improved the appearance of key markers of glowing skin: 36% average improvement in radiance, 37% improvement in skin texture and 19% improvement in skin tone. See before and after picture here

My experience with SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight for the past two weeks has been nothing short of amazing. After just a few tries, I noticed how my skin tone was more even and radiant. I've even been brave enough to leave my house with no makeup on! I know if I consistently use it for the next year, my skin will be radiant and glowing for my wedding day on 4/18/2020. If you're looking to improve your skin tone and radiance like me then it’s time to make SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight a staple in your skincare routine.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Clarks Shoes- Must-Have Spring Styles for Him and Her

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Clarks and Zappos. The opinions and text are all mine.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that I got engaged to Raphe in September 2018. Since then, we've been on the wedding venue hunt every weekend all over Los Angeles and surrounding areas. To maximize our efforts in such a short time, we schedule in about four venues a day so a lot of walking is involved. While both my fiance and I love to be stylish we agreed that it's important for us to wear comfy shoes during the process. That's why I was so excited to partner with Clarks and Zappos on this campaign because I was introduced to a shoe brand that believes in prioritizing comfort while keeping a sharp eye on trends.

This past weekend we decided to check out Pasadena City Hall as a possible ceremony venue. We styled our go-to weekend looks with Clarks new spring shoes. For me, comfort means a low heel paired with key wardrobe pieces that never go out of style. I put this look together with that exact thought in mind pairing my Orabella Daisy shoe with white denim and a classic trench. I love that the shoe has a long, slimming front that helps to elongates my legs and that the denim material can be matched to any outfit. These shoes are my new go-to pair for work and weekend looks this spring! You can always catch Raphe in a pair of khakis paired with a button down or sweater. He paired this look with Clarks Flow Plain that is a beautiful shade of blue with a suede finish. These can also be worn with most outfits he styles because the color is extremely versatile. Since he mostly works from home, I can see him wearing them all spring with shorts and a tee when we head out to dinner and a movie.

Whether you're creating a look for work or weekend, Clarks has the styles you need for every occasion without sacrificing quality. From dressing them up for a night on the town with your love to keeping things casual for a day out with the little ones, there’s nothing your Clarks can’t do. The majority of the styles come in wide widths so they carry a shoe for every style and fit for everyone and most importantly, are sold online at Zappos.

As an avid online shopper, I always go to Zappos to find new favorites. Not only do they carry most brands, shipping is fast and free, the customer service is outstanding and they offer a 365-day return policy. It's perfect for men and women with a busy lifestyle!

If you're in need of a shoe update for spring and are looking for something trendy yet comfortable, check out Clarks via Zappos.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Cool Sculpting Experience at CosmetiCare

So excited to share my experience with Cool Sculpting at CosmetiCare with you all today. CosmetiCare is a plastic surgery and MedSpa center based in Newport Beach, California that offers a range of surgical and non-surgical treatments. After contemplating trying Cool Sculpting for over a year due to mixed reviews from friends, I decided to finally give it a go.

I've been super insecure about my thick legs and bottom half  since I was a teenager and have often thought about liposuction. I'll be honest though, surgery is not for me! That's why I was excited when I first heard about this non-invasive treatment that could help freeze the fat on my legs, thighs, butt and banana rolls.

Keep on reading below to find out more about the treatment, procedure and my experience.

What is Cool Sculpting Treatment?

An innovative, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling and pressure to eliminate stubborn fat and contour your body that will not shrink through diet and exercise alone. No general/topical anesthesia or pain medication is needed and there's no down time. You can resume normal exercise and activity immediately! You will start to notice results gradually over 2-4 months following the treatment and guarantees that it will remove 20-40% of the fat from the treatment area.

What was the Cool Sculpting Procedure like?

The procedure was very quick and easy! I'm not going to lie, I was extremely nervous on the thought that I was about to be very cold and possibly in pain. My nervousness quickly dissolved during my consultation when I met Rosie Moore, the Cool Sculpting Specialist at CosmetiCare. She was very sweet, attentive and answered all my questions perfectly which eased my anxiety. Rosie first had to check that I was a good candidate for this procedure by examining my entire body. Obviously, this treatment isn't going to be for everyone! After touching my legs, she said my banana rolls and inner thighs were the perfect candidate (which I already knew they would be =) ) She then took my measurements, weight and a "before "picture of my body so we can see results down the road. On a normal basis after consultation, you'd go back for your first treatment but Rosie was kind enough to squeeze me in same day as I live very far from CosmetiCare. Here are a few tips they want you to know about how to prepare for treatment day:

1. Stop any medications that may thin your blood as bruising in treatment area is possible
2. Wear comfortable, loose clothes
3. Eat a light meal
4. Bring entertainment such as iPads, reading materials etc as treatments will vary from one to five hours.

There are two types of applicators (vacuum assisted and flat applicators) which may be used during your session. Rosie used the more common one on me, the vacuum assisted applicator that uses suction to draw the fat into the device. She placed one on each banana roll below my butt and explained the process thoroughly before starting so that I was comfortable and knew what to expect. The sensations felt like a deep, cold pulling and pinching but subsided over the short 35 minute treatment time. I actually fell asleep I was so comfortable! After removing the applicator, Rosie massaged my treatment area which felt slightly sore and bruised. I noticed how red the area was but after a few hours, all these sensations went away and the red subsided. I drove home as if nothing had happened.

What was your experience like at CosmetiCare with the Cool Sculpting Treatment?

I had an overall amazing, comfortable, painless experience with Cool Sculpting at CosmetiCare. I want to thank the friendly staff, Samer and Rosie for inviting me to share this opportunity. I'll be going back in 12 weeks for one more treatment and can't wait to share more results with you all then. Hopefully I will notice a difference in just a few weeks!

We're also offering my readers 10% off your first treatment HERE using code: Melanee10. The starting cost is $750 for one cycle however, they do offer packages with lower rates depending on how many packages you need and buy. Definitely take advantage of this opportunity if you can as you won't be disappointed.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Clarins SOS Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Clarins. The opinions and text are all mine.

My skin goes through a dry, dull spell every winter and all I can say is that it needs some major help in the hydration department. Today I’m sharing Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum that is my new go-to daily skincare obsession helping my skin become hydrated and radiant again.

The Product:

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum helps those concerned with dehydrated, dry, dull skin. The two key ingredients consist of the “Leaf of Life” (Kalanchoe Pinnata) that naturally encourages more hydrated skin along with Beautyberry which acts as an anti-inflammatory. The serum enriches the skin from the inside out and helps your normal skincare work more effectively in the long run by penetrating beyond skin's surface. 

The Process:

I use the serum every morning and evening after thoroughly cleansing my skin followed by a facial moisturizer to make sure my skin is taking full advantage of the benefits. Serums penetrate deep into your skin, while moisturizer sits closer to the surface to protect against environmental aggressors. When used together, they protect and nourish your skin at every layer for a more effective skincare routine. I apply a small amount into the palm of my hand then warm between my hands before gently pressing into my skin on my face and neck.

The results:

Radiant, hydrated and glowing skin! My experience with Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum has been nothing short of amazing. From the moment I opened the product and felt the gentle serum on my skin, I was in heaven. After just a few tries, I noticed how plump, revived and moisturized my skin felt. For best results, the serum must be used consistently morning and evening for 28 days. The more you stick with it, the more you’ll notice the improvements.
I'm finally feeling brave enough to leave the house without makeup on with my improved radiant skin thanks to Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum. Whether you’re looking to minimize pores, diminish dark spots, defeat fine lines or reclaim your glow like me, it’s time to make serum a staple in your skincare routine. Find your perfect serum match today at
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