Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA’s Favored Skincare Guru

Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA's Favored Skincare Guru | VERITE WOMAN, Spa, skincare, Celebrity Skincare, Green beauty, Clean beauty, Natural Beauty, Affordable spa in LA, Youtube, Wellness, Holistic Living, Hollywood, Health, Female Entrepreneur The first time I ever encountered Adina Diaz, owner & sole esthetician of Natural Feeling Spa a complete stranger told me “she will change your life, she is magic”. As a superstitious, omen-seeking, Los Angeleno I took this as The Universe speaking through said stranger to guide me towards the light — the infrared, pore tightening light of Adina’s spa that is. The wise passerby was not wrong, and Adina has become not only my skin guru, but it seems all of L.A’s. She is bright and warm like the first rays of summer, and she is willing to educate any and all that share her passion for green beauty — check out her addicting Youtube channel where she seeds out her expert tips. She is the ultimate #VERITEWOMAN: a self-made entrepreneur, creative, intellect, and clean product fanatic, and she’s here today to open the doors of her spa and share her story.

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Vérité Woman: You have built your skincare haven on the principles of clean natural ingredients, but it seems you were ahead of the curve — what drove you to clean beauty even before it was trending?

Adina Diaz: I was blessed to be raised in an environment and household that acknowledge the importance of water and plants around us. Without even realizing it my family used natural remedies in our everyday life.

VW: Tell me what drew you to plant-based, clean beauty products as a way of life — when did you find your love for botanicals as a cure?

AD: Looking back at my childhood, aloe, prickly pear, mesquite tree, yucca, blue corn, and sage were regular plants in my everyday life. My family would use these plants for not only medicinal purposes but consumption as well. One of the fondest memories I have is when I was a little girl, playing in my family’s backyard with my sister squishing desert flowers to make blush. I would say my love for botanicals bloomed from there.   

VW: That is such a beautiful visual, I can totally see it now. You are a well-known name here in L.A. — every time I talk about you at least three girls say “I love Adina!” How did you get your start with your spa in L.A. and spread your message of clean, green beauty? 

AD: It didn’t happen overnight. It’s been hard work, passion, and love to get me where I am. I have been in the beauty industry for over 13 years and although I haven’t always worked for myself I have always carried my holistic beliefs and purpose with me. I have been truly blessed that when people to come to see me they want to talk about the experience and naturally spread the word.   

VW: You’re so young and have created such an amazing space — what have been some trials you’ve faced in your progress to get to where you are now?

AD: As a female, I felt many times underestimated and not valued. As a young female business owner, I felt alone and not supported. Finding my voice, my strength and my tribe was a trial but I never gave up.

VW: If you could give any female entrepreneur a golden nugget of wisdom what would it be?

AD: Get out of your head, you are enough. You are 1 in a million. There is no one on this planet like you. Have passion, love, and hustle but never compare.

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VW: Your spa is so much more than a spa, and you have spoken of your spa as a safe haven and a space of love — what do you mean by this?

AD: When opening my spa, I knew it was going to serve more than one purpose. Without a doubt, it was going offer eco-beauty and eco-friendly products and services but more importantly it was going to be a positive space. A space that all races, all genders, all sexual preferences and all religions could be seen. Absolutely no hate is welcomed.

VW: Living in a city like Los Angeles it’s practically impossible to stay out of the way of chemicals even if we are switching our skincare products, cleaning products etc. How do you deal with balancing these two polarities in your everyday life?

AD: On top of having clean skincare products (Lotus Moon Beauty), it’s a balance of hot yoga ( Modo Yoga LA), mineralized alkaline water (Santevia Gravity Water System), regular detoxing (DetoxRx), dry brushing and a well-balanced diet.  

VW: Is there a no-no product you can’t live without?

AD: There isn’t a no-no product I can’t live without but there definitely is a yes-yes product I can’t live without. Cherry Blossom Healing Soothe Balm from Lotus Moon Skincare. I can’t even imagine ever running out of it. It’s my go-to night balm and my natural alternative to hydrocortisone and petroleum. I can’t live without!

VW: What do hydrocortisone and petroleum do for our skin?

 

Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA's Favored Skincare Guru | VERITE WOMAN, Spa, skincare, Celebrity Skincare, Green beauty, Clean beauty, Natural Beauty, Affordable spa in LA, Youtube, Wellness, Holistic Living, Hollywood, Health, Female Entrepreneur

VW: If there could just be three — what are the skin rules every girl should abide by?

Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize and girl you gonna make it in this world.  

VW: Lastly, if you could give a facial to any woman on Earth (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

AD: There are two women in this lifetime I would be honored to give a holistic facial too. First would be Frida Kahlo and second Oprah Winfrey. Both women have stayed true to themselves, are extremely resilient through incredibly difficult times and broke stereotypes in every way possible. I look up to these women and the tremendous strength they possess.

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The Beauty Line That Embraces The Rarity of You.

The Beauty Line That Embraces The Rarity of You. | Now on VERITE WOMAN, Cle cosmetics, natural beauty, clean ingredient beauty products, made in California, skincare, lifting face masks, pigment lip powder, blogger loved brand, southern California, Self Care, Minimalist, Branding, Minimal aesthetic, intersectional beauty.The Beauty Line That Embraces The Rarity of You. | Now on VERITE WOMAN, Cle cosmetics, natural beauty, clean ingredient beauty products, made in California, skincare, lifting face masks, pigment lip powder, blogger loved brand, southern California, Self Care, Minimalist, Branding, Minimal aesthetic, intersectional beauty. The Beauty Line That Embraces The Rarity of You. | Now on VERITE WOMAN, Cle cosmetics, natural beauty, clean ingredient beauty products, made in California, skincare, lifting face masks, pigment lip powder, blogger loved brand, southern California, Self Care, Minimalist, Branding, Minimal aesthetic, intersectional beauty.The Beauty Line That Embraces The Rarity of You. | Now on VERITE WOMAN, Cle cosmetics, natural beauty, clean ingredient beauty products, made in California, skincare, lifting face masks, pigment lip powder, blogger loved brand, southern California, Self Care, Minimalist, Branding, Minimal aesthetic, intersectional beauty.
The Beauty Line That Embraces The Rarity of You. | Now on VERITE WOMAN, Cle cosmetics, natural beauty, clean ingredient beauty products, made in California, skincare, lifting face masks, pigment lip powder, blogger loved brand, southern California, Self Care, Minimalist, Branding, Minimal aesthetic, intersectional beauty. The Beauty Line That Embraces The Rarity of You. | Now on VERITE WOMAN, Cle cosmetics, natural beauty, clean ingredient beauty products, made in California, skincare, lifting face masks, pigment lip powder, blogger loved brand, southern California, Self Care, Minimalist, Branding, Minimal aesthetic, intersectional beauty.
The Beauty Line That Embraces The Rarity of You. | Now on VERITE WOMAN, Cle cosmetics, natural beauty, clean ingredient beauty products, made in California, skincare, lifting face masks, pigment lip powder, blogger loved brand, southern California, Self Care, Minimalist, Branding, Minimal aesthetic, intersectional beauty. The Beauty Line That Embraces The Rarity of You. | Now on VERITE WOMAN, Cle cosmetics, natural beauty, clean ingredient beauty products, made in California, skincare, lifting face masks, pigment lip powder, blogger loved brand, southern California, Self Care, Minimalist, Branding, Minimal aesthetic, intersectional beauty.It seems like a daunting feat: to craft a beauty product that can be worn by any woman regardless of skin tone, yet that enhances the rarities of each. Impossible? One might conclude so, yet Clē Cosmetics is proof that inclusivity does have a place in the beauty industry — the beauty line that embraces the rarity of you.

The formula to this come-one-come-all approach is not a marketing ploy, but a transparency — in the way they speak to their customers (educating on their clean ingredients) but also in the actual make-up of the makeup. With lightweight, sheer powders, mists, and pigments the Clē woman is not hiding who she is but giving life to her inner whims through the products. No longer concealing freckles, but highlighting their existence through the Essence Moonlighter Cushion. Offering a coquettish kiss through the Melting Lip Powder — one that takes your natural lip hue, and brings it up a few watts. A Lifting Mist that just seems to take what you’ve already got and breathed new energy into its surface. Just soak up those product names: essence, melt, lift — they are words that don’t mask who you are but seep into you, becoming one with the wearer.

When we asked Lauren Jin, the companies founder about what inspired Clē she was quick to remind us that “beauty is purely from the self.” Now let that sink in a little.

Our favorites from Clē:
Melting Lip Powder in Hot Chocolate + Milk Chocolate (shown above on cheeks and eyelids as well)
Essence Moonlighter Cushion in Copper Rose
Dry Mask Pack + Lifting Mist 

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A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo.

A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.It’s no secret that I’m a full fledged skincare enthusiast. I’ve always been the girl who’s shelves play host to bottles, and jars threatening to tumble off for lack of space. I write about it a lot. In fact recently I shared my home-made weapon for keeping my skin glowing in abundance. The lesson here though is, not all effective skincare can be whipped up in my kitchen (or if it can I definitely don’t have the time) — it can however be “totally clean”.

Vérité partnered with Credo to bring you an intrinsic look into my daily regime, and if I’m being totally transparent, now’s the perfect time. Since moving myself, and the business to LA over a year ago my skin has changed in a lot of ways. Blame pollution, blame the dry heat, blame excessive sun, blame the harsh water — all these elements have come into play in leaving my pores rough, and my exterior dehydrated. Thus, I’ve had to do some serious recon on my daily routine in order to make the edits needed to also adapt to this new land. I turn to Credo’s product range as all its brands have been carefully selected for their organic, clean, or natural ingredients. You may have noticed we almost only ever cover clean products on Vérité, so this is the biggest seller for me.

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First thing’s first, my morning skin regime is as slow, and indulgent as my pour over. After brushing my teeth, I have gotten into the habit of using a copper tongue scraper (you can purchase these at Whole Foods or on Amazon) to rid my body of toxins that build up overnight. I’m telling you this unsavory part of my method because these toxins can come back out through your skin in the form of acne if you’re not careful! I then swish my mouth with water and a few drops of Clove Oil for a handful of minutes. This is not only great for white teeth and mouth health — but has been said to be like a form of oil pulling which can be great for your skin’s glow! I’ve always held the belief that (for my skin at least) overly cleansing can strip skin of the natural oils it produces to repair itself. When I wake I simply splash my face with water, sans product. Next, I use One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm to re-hydrate areas in need. With the tip of my finger I dab it all around my eyes, and lips. While this sets in I slather my entire being in RMS Raw Coconut Cream. Coconut oil is possibly my biggest beauty fix found to date. I use it for everything from makeup remover (more on this later), to hair mask. A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

Next, is the most important step of my whole day — SPF. I’m often running errands in the harsh LA light, so this step is one I take very seriously. I use Kypris Heliotropic SPF 30 Treatment Primer on my face, neck, chest, and on the back of my hands for optimum protection. Trust me when I say I’ve tried every SPF under the sun, and this one is by far my favorite.A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

I’ve never been much of a makeup girl so this part of getting ready is easy. My overall vibe is: I’ve just been riding the Manhattan subway in the dead of summer — dewy and flushed. I achieve this by brushing up my brows, applying a few flutters of mascara, and then laying on the glow-inducers. I can’t go without my RMS Living Luminizer and Kjaer Weis Dazzling Bronzer. The first is more of a highlighter, second a bronzer, but when at work together they create pure magic. Using my fingers I place these two consecutively on the bridge of my nose, along the protrusions of my cheekbones, below and above my brow, and in the inner corners of my eyes — anywhere you would want to define your angles. The sexiest place you can apply these is sitting right on top of the cupid’s bow of your top lip. For special occasions I’ll go for a glossy eye — again applying RMS Raw Coconut Cream in a thick layer on my eyelids.A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

On any given evening, I can be seen smothered in some kind of skin treatment. First I’ll wipe the day off my face with Acure Coconut + Argan Oil Cleansing Towlettes, then rinse with water. I take my time with this making sure I get all the pollution out of my pores. For days when I might have tougher makeup to wipe off, I use raw coconut oil and a wipe. Next is a step I’ve adapted since the relocation — getting so much more sun I find it important to give my skin some extra help with brightening. Sun can leave its caresses all over us in the form of dark markings or discoloration. To even everything out, I use Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Mask (smells like a tropical cocktail, big plus) a few times a week. Once or twice a week, after my brightening, I will mix up this mask and let sit for about 15 minutes.A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

Once I have successfully given my face all the love it can soak in, I turn yet again to One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm, before moisturizing for a night of rest. I’ve been really into skin oils so I have a variety to choose from, but I love Herbivore Botanicals facial oils. Lastly before crawling into bed, I wipe on a heavy gob of lip moisturizer, and massage both temples with sesame seed oil for a calm sleep with a bottle of water at my side. A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

 

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Modern Classics, Made Personal

AYK_AB-4621With the driven intent to live the craft, Angie Kim set out to create a brand that bonded her background in product design with her passion for working with leather through her California based line AYK. The fact that she had never before designed or made a handbag hardly stood in her way, and as she now sets out to launch her Kickstarter campaign February 24th to grow her handmade, hand-painted collection. AYK still stands by its ideals of modern classics, made personal.

Photos by Ashley Batz | Interview by Michaela d’Artois

AYK_AB-4578VÉRITÉ: How did you transition from the corporate design world into such a niche like handmade leather goods?

ANGIE KIM: While working at IDEO, one of the projects led me to a work life experience in India for seven months where all around me I was surrounded by vendors selling their art and making beautiful products. People often ask why bags? I found constructing handbags similar to my work as an Industrial Designer — you transform material that lives in a 2-dimensional space into a 3-dimensional form. India gave me the extra nudge I needed. When I came back home, I knew it was finally time to start something of my own.

V: What is the most empowering thing about running your own business and creating by hand?

AK: Building a brand has been quite the journey, with both struggles and rewards. What makes it all worthwhile is that I love what I do and I live my craft each and everyday. One of the most gratifying and fulfilling experiences is when I get to see an idea through to reality. Being able to use and enjoy it is a pretty amazing bonus. Through this endeavor, I’ve learned that we have the ability to create the future we want — it just starts with the right frame of mind.

AYK_AB-4685V: There is a no-fuss simplicity to your designs that goes against the high-maintenance reputation women have in relation to their bags. Why do you think you took this approach?

AK: Life is filled with so much noise. I wanted to offer something that brought beauty, fluidity, and strength to a woman’s wardrobe.

V: I’m sure women everywhere appreciate that greatly. Why did you go in the direction of crowd-funding instead of investors?

AK: Crowd-funding allows me to interact directly with the audience. They are the ones receiving the end product, so it only makes sense to have them be the investors. Of all the stakeholders involved, the customer should be the one to see the process and feel the heart behind their purchase.

AYK_AB-4725V: What would you tell those who seek to dive into their own businesses and start-ups?

AK: The entrepreneur road will break you down and build you up, but it’s worth it if you are passionate about your product. It’s a road taken just as much for your professional development as it is for your personal growth. However, I would urge you to ask yourself if what you’re offering serves a greater need or if it’s an unstoppable desire to express your voice. If yes to either, then do it. Life is short.

V: Do you have anything to share about being a woman teetering between the fashion, tech, and start-up worlds?

AK: I couldn’t see myself doing anything but this in any other way. I hope this helps encourage the larger community of strong women to forge their own career path. Man or woman, we all have a unique voice and something to say.

AYK_AB-4643V: What is a day in the life of a handbag designer like?

AK: Absolutely non-routine. Each day is wildly different as you take on new roles, new challenges, and new ideas. It can be pretty exciting as you meet interesting people and when you see your hard work come together. Other days can be quite frustrating as you navigate setbacks and tough logistics. Let’s just say, I’m learning how to chill out and surf the wave.

AYK_AB-4785V: Explain the relation of a woman’s beauty to that of natural leather?

AK: Vegetable tanned leather is what I use for my handbags. The beauty of this leather is that it still feels like it’s living. Like our skin, it has natural blemishes, which I embrace. And it also darkens when touched by the sun. It’s a durable material that wears beautifully over time, picking up little bits of life as we live.

 

 

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