Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Staycation at The Glenmark Hotel

The Glenmark is a small boutique hotel located in Glendale, Calif. just five minutes down the street from where I live. I had seen the hotel under construction for awhile and couldn't wait to check it out when it opened. It finally opened a few months ago and I was luckily enough to get invited for a weekday staycation. With the pandemic and travel restrictions in place, my husband and I have been living for local getaways. Our staycation at the Glenmark Hotel was just what we needed to feel a sense of normalcy again. 

We were greeted warmly on arrival by the staff. I noticed right away that they are taking health and safety precautions seriously which put me at ease. Everyone was wearing masks, social distancing and there were hand sanitizers throughout the property. The property itself is a stylish retreat with modern and chic  decor. There are two amazing restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine; Olia is located on the ground floor open for breakfast and lunch with plenty of outdoor seating. Mila is open for dinner and is located on the rooftop serving small plates, delicious cocktails, wine and more. It's actually the only rooftop restaurant in Glendale! The room was extremely spacious with a cute sitting area and comfortable bed. I am extremely picky about my pillows and the ones here did not disappoint. I slept so well during our stay and woke up in the morning feeling rested and relaxed. The best part about the Glenmark is that they're dog friendly! We didn't bring Bodhi or Milo this time around but we will definitely come back and bring them.

Sharing more on the room and meals below...keep reading! 

It was nice to get away and sleep in a comfy hotel bed since we've been cooped up in our apartment for the last 6 months or so. The bed and pillows were so comfortable that I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning. 

We arrived at the hotel early so that we could try Olia's breakfast as it's my favorite meal of the day! We ordered the pancakes and Shakshuka and holy moly, both dishes were delicious. Olia also serves Intelligentsia coffee which in my opinion, is the best coffee. Thank goodness I live five minutes away so I can come enjoy their coffee and breakfast anytime. 

We also got the chance to try Olia's lunch and I loved all the healthier options the menu offers. We ordered a delicious kale salad with chicken and a mushroom flatbread. I will be back to try the rest of the menu options!

I absolutely loved Mila restaurant located on the rooftop. It was so nice to enjoy a lovely dinner while taking in the views of the city. The menu is a mix of cuisines, all superb and delicious. 

If you're looking for a safe, relaxing staycation, I would highly suggest the Glenmark Hotel. The room, amenities and restaurants will exceed your expectations. A big thank you the hotel for a wonderful stay! I can't wait to come back with my dogs real soon.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

My Go-to Neutrogena Products from Rite Aid

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

Today I’m sharing three of my go-to Neutrogena products that I purchase on my monthly product runs at Rite Aid, Neutrogena’s Night Calming Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes and Neutrogena’s Bright Boost Resurfacing Micro Polish and Neutrogena’s Hydro boost Hydrating Serum. These products have been my daily and weekly skincare obsession helping my skin become refreshed, hydrated and radiant. 

The Products:

Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes gently and effectively removes all traces of dirt, oil, makeup and waterproof mascara. Clears away your makeup after a stressful day and the unique calming fragrance helps you to unwind and prepare you for a good night’s sleep. These ultra-soft nourishing cloths are alcohol free, allergy tested, and Dermatologist tested.

Neutrogena Bright Boost Resurfacing Micro Polish exfoliates skin and removes skin aging dullness with 3x the polishing power of a normal scrub. Formulated with naturally-derived skin smoothers and Glycolic and Mandelic AHAs, this gentle exfoliator cleanses away dirt, oil, grime, impurities, and bacteria and brightens skin.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum instantly absorbs quickly to effectively replenish skin with higher hydration levels so that your skin is fully hydrated and glows from within. The main ingredient is purified Hyaluronic Acid that acts like a sponge for dry skin, moisturizing with up to a 1,000 time sits weight in water for skin that stays smooth and supple. 

The Process:

I use the Night Calm Makeup Removing Wipes every evening. I gently wipe my face with towelette, removing dirt and all traces of face and eye makeup. There is no need to rinse with these wipes but you can follow with a cleanser and moisturizer like I do.

I use the
Bright Boost Resurfacing Micro Polish one to three times per week. I apply the product to my hands and gently massage onto a wet face in a circular motion then rinse with water and pat dry. After the first use, my skin felt a slight tingling sensation, but this is a normal indication that it’s working. I will say that my skin instantly felt more radiant after the first use. Since this product contains an AHA, make sure to wear sunscreen if you’re heading out. 

I use the
Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum once a day in the evening applying it evenly all over my face after cleansing. I love the texture of the serum, it instantly makes my skin feel more hydrated!

The Results:

My experience with all of these products has been nothing short of amazing! My skin is more radiant, hydrated and glowing and I'm finally feeling brave enough to leave the house without makeup thanks to Neutrogena’s Bright Boost Resurfacing Micro Polish and the Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum. Every night, I sleep so much better after using the Night Calming Makeup Remover Towelettes. I love going to bed stress free and with a clean face free of dirt, oil and makeup.
Whether you’re looking for a product to help with cleansing, anti-aging or to reclaim your glow like me, it’s time to make these products a staple in your skincare routine. You can pick up them up today at your nearest Rite Aid store!
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