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?

 

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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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21 Things You Need To Know About Birth Control!

21 Things You Need To Know About Birth Control! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED ---- Birth Control, Contraception, Is Birth control bad for you, Is the pill bad for you, women's health, method of birth control, BCP, ovary health, pill bleed, withdrawal bleeding, health, period, migraines, weight gain on birth control, what are hormones, wellness, skincare, acne, feminism.I was 15 when I first went on birth control. My female doctor — a family friend — prescribed me a pill and explained that sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right brand for you. “Don’t be alarmed if you have bleeding between periods,” she added “It’s natural.” That’s all she explained, nothing less, nothing more. My body changed after I began my prescription, but I was fifteen, so wasn’t it supposed to be changing? Soon, I was blessed with a massive chest for my 95 lb frame. I never really knew if it was the pill or just a physical miracle, but I figured it rude to question God’s blessings, so I looked no further for reason. From that time on I took my little pink pills diligently until I hit the age of 24, and with a gut feeling decided I no longer wanted to be pumping my body with whatever this minuscule tab contained. That large chest? Diminished within a year to a more manageable size, and a few other side effects seemed to right themselves. Still then, I knew nothing of the truth, risks, side effects of the birth control pill and maybe you don’t either. That’s why we figured we would delve deep into the research and facts about all the things the doctor doesn’t tell us about our contraception of choice. We aren’t here to determine what is best for you when it comes to your sex life, and protection but we feel it necessary to provide a penetrating look at what your body could be in for, so you can make an educated decision.21 Things You Need To Know About Birth Control! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED ---- Birth Control, Contraception, Is Birth control bad for you, Is the pill bad for you, women's health, method of birth control, BCP, ovary health, pill bleed, withdrawal bleeding, health, period, migraines, weight gain on birth control, what are hormones, wellness, skincare, acne, feminism.

  1. In the U.S. alone, women are spending upwards of $1,000 on the pill each year. When you think about how much the pharmaceutical companies that produce these brands of birth control are making off of our ovaries, it makes sense that they tap us in at a young age — contraception is an economy in itself — the global contraceptive market was valued at an estimated $19 billion in 2015.
  2. Since this form of contraception became popularized in the 1960s’ it has been sold to women as a cure-all for those being plagued with acne, irregular menstrual cycles, PMS, and of course warding off unwanted pregnancies. The terrifying part of all of this is that the research behind this pill doesn’t support an actual solution for these issues, rather you are finding a temporary fix. When you decide to stop taking the pill women often find things like cystic acne returning in full force. Instead, we should be finding natural ways to remedy these issues like getting to the true root of your skin problems with your dermatologist, or finding what vitamins your body might be low on that’s leading to crazy PMS!
  3. Hormones are a big part of the whole birth control shtick. Hormones are released from your endocrine glands and send messages through your body such as when you’re hungry, tired, horny. The hormones in birth control pills however are not like the ones naturally produced in your body — these are synthetic!
  4. Birth control works by blasting your system with these synthetic hormones to trick your body into not releasing an egg during ovulation. However because they aren’t organic to your body they are not sending true messages and things can get lost in translation leading to mood swings or physical side effects.
  5. The blood that is released during your cycle on birth control is not actually a period! This is an insane fact right? It is actually called pill bleeding or withdrawal bleeding and is your body’s reaction to a withdrawal from the pills hormones while you’re taking your placebos. Periods are a very necessary and healthy indicator of what your body and reproductive system is trying to tell you, so imagine how disconnected you are from what’s really going on inside of yourself when you aren’t receiving a true period or your body isn’t able to secrete it’s necessary/natural menstruation.
  6. In conjunction with #5, the spotting that you are warned of when the doctor first prescribes you birth control, and which you may receive from time to time is also a form of pill bleeding. This is not natural to a normal cycle, and is a side effect of this form of contraception.
  7. Birth control company’s have one huge downfall — the days in which you take your placebo pills during your time of the month are when your body has a break from these synthetic hormones and are the most likely to lead to unplanned pregnancy.
  8. In Scotland a study was taken of 2,700 birth control pill users that revealed a shocking reality. One third of the group were under the guise that the pill works by killing spermatozoa (sperm) and that’s why one does not get pregnant. However, as we stated above it works by halting ovulation.
  9. Birth control works in a two pronged attack. It stops ovulation in its tracks, yes, but it also thickens the mucus that is released vaginally when one has intercourse so that the sperm cannot get any further on its journey.
  10. Once you’ve gotten the hang of your pill, you soon realize it can do this fun thing where if you do not stop taking the hormonal pills during your period you can skip it all together. While it seems like a perk, this is actually terribly unhealthy for your young body that needs to cleanse, and detox itself organically.
  11. In a scary finding, the Susan G. Komen Foundation reports that “A pooled analysis of data from more than 50 studies found that while women were taking birth control pills (and shortly thereafter), they had a 10 to 30 percent higher risk of breast cancer than women who had never used the pill. Once women stopped taking the pill, their risk began to decrease and after about 10 years, returned to that of women who have never taken the pill.”
  12. Whilst taking oral contraception one can find themselves facing various nutrition deficiencies. Commonly women are in need of folic acid, vitamin B, Magnesium (something women naturally don’t get enough of), Zinc, Folate, and Vitamin C. We often don’t realize they’re missing because, yep you guessed it, those damn synthetic hormones didn’t send the right messages through our body to give us the 411!
  13. In continuation of the above, this can lead to an unhealthy pregnancy or even miscarriage due to your body’s inability to be a healthy, nutritional accommodation for a baby.
  14.  Those nasty synthetic hormones can increase the chances of blood clotting in women. How? The faux estrogen and progestin in the hormones can increase the bloods clotting components making you more at risk.
  15. Alright, this one’s a terrifying tidbit of research but here we go: According to Dr. Sarah Gottfried, three-time New York Times bestselling author and gynecologist, the synthetic hormones in birth control pills can shrink the clitoris by 20% caused by the decrease in testosterone in your body once on the pill.
  16. Those faulty hormones can also increase your risk of depression due to mixed signals being sent to your brain.
  17. Birth control can hurt your dental health too! A 2007 study shows that, “Current users of oral contraceptives had poorer periodontal health.”
  18. It can lead to serious weight gain. Through both messing with your hunger levels and causing heightened water retention your little pill can make you feel very large.
  19. Studies show that the pill leads to women more frequently experiencing migraines.
  20. Being prescribed the pill while breast feeding can lead to passing on some detrimental symptoms to your little one. All those fake hormones, and side effects could set your babe up for a life of side effects.
  21. When it is time to jump off the pill and you are ready to make a baby you may find it difficult. After years of messing with your ovulation, those ovaries have the potential to become lazy and unmotivated to do what they were built to.

 

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Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age!

Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN, Beauty, Skincare, Tata Harper, Blogger, London, London Blogger, Self Portraiture, Art, Career Advice, How to Start A Blog, Travel Blogger, Freelancing For Dummies, How to be a freelance photographer, how to be a beauty blogger, nudity, feminism.When I started following Emma Hoareau on Instagram it was eerie how connected I felt to her content despite being halfway across the globe, and never having met. I could tell, through the heightened feminine intuition — that alerts when you find another of your kind — that she was digesting a lot of the world in the same ways and at the same times as I was. Finding the art of self-portraiture and then struggling with where it fits in in our world of over-curated content. Speaking to self-care, not as a means of consumerism but a tactic for protecting one’s magic. Meandering through the lessons of being your own boss, and seeking a community from which to share tips and tricks to surviving freelance life. All of it journaled on her beautiful blog Lolita Says So. It all resonated with me, as it does with all her 32K followers. Finally, we opened up the conversation with this fascinating multi-talented woman, and hashed all these things out — including some of her best skincare tips! Read on to begin your girl crush with Emma Hoareau.

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Emma Hoareau: I started my blog when I was at university as a creative outlet for my studies. I used to post inspirational photos (this was pre-Pinterest, guys!) and then when I started practicing my photography it all went from there…

VW: You’ve recently started sharing more about freelancing and on your blog, but tell us about some struggles you’ve found in being your own boss?

EH: Oh gosh, so many! Definitely getting to the point where you can rely on work coming in without being worried about money, and trusting in your own talents. Which sadly there isn’t any special trick to, it’s more about relaxing and knowing that even if you don’t get booked for a job in 3 weeks, you might get booked for 3 in one day.

VW: How do you stay accountable for your freelance work and blog posts?

EH: I try to make sure I spend half my time on each. Working freelance as both a photographer and a blogger means the workload is very varied in terms of paid content, but I try to make sure I spend just as much time on creating the content for my blog which isn’t paid for. After all, I never thought this would be my job so it’s important for me to keep talking about things that I like — paid or not.

VW: Self-care is such a hefty concept these days — what does it mean to you?

EH: Self-care is very important, especially when you’re your own boss. You need to make sure you congratulate yourself when you succeed and also push yourself further when you’re feeling lazy. For me, beauty is a great way of self-love. There’s not much a bath, a face mask and a cup of tea can’t fix.Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN, Beauty, Skincare, Tata Harper, Blogger, London, London Blogger, Self Portraiture, Art, Career Advice, How to Start A Blog, Travel Blogger, Freelancing For Dummies, How to be a freelance photographer, how to be a beauty blogger, nudity, feminism.

VW: We can’t talk to our favorite beauty blogger without needing to riddle you for your top favorite skincare tips — what are your secrets to keeping glowing, dewy skin in a city like London?

EH: Definitely double cleansing. I use a balm-to-oil to take my makeup off then go in again with a foaming cleanser. In a polluted city like London, it’s really important to remove all the dirt in your pores. A resurfacing product, like a mask or acid, is great for getting that glow, too. Tata Harper Resurfacing mask is my new go to, and I love the AHA and BHA pads from Zelens. Lastly, a great mist, to use after cleansing (a slightly moist face absorbs serum better) and to freshen up throughout the day is paramount.

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VW: I truly stand by (and have written about) self-portraiture being a key vessel for sustaining a level of self-love, self-understanding, and self-appreciation. You do so much of this and are so empowered with your personal photography, can you share with our readers why you think it’s so important?

EH: For me, it’s about playing with the idea of how others see me and how I see myself. In a world obsessed with the selfie, I love shooting myself on my camera in the different places I visit. I can imagine looking back at them in years to come and remembering how I felt and what my life was so much more than a staged Instagram post. I want people who look at my photographs to feel something and interact with the image rather than just ‘like’ it.

VW: This is something I am constantly going back and forth with, but has there ever been a time you’ve felt shamed or hesitant to share nudity on your social media or blog, or have you always been very comfortable with yourself and your platform?

EH: Most definitely. Before I published my blog post on my self-portraits I had never really shared photos of me nude as I was worried people who see it as ‘slutty’. But I did it anyway as I felt it was something I really wanted to share as it was important to me. And the post had the biggest reaction ever and I received so many messages about how raw the images and the words were, which I’m so glad resonated so much with my audience. From then on I’ve felt empowered rather than uncomfortable posting my images.
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VW: Three books that have changed your life?

EH: Any Human Heart by William Boyd

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Power by Naomi Alderman – I read this just last week and it’s a book all millennials must read!

VW: What would you like to see more of from women on social media in 2018?

EH: Less editing! All these over-edited, made-for-Instagram posts are getting tiresome. Let’s create real, relatable images that make you feel something rather than just make you jealous.

VW: We stand by you on that Emma!

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The Super Affordable Skincare Line Saving Your Skin

The Super Affordable Skincare Line Saving Your Skin, VERITE WOMAN, The Ordinary, DECIEM, Skincare, Affordable Skincare, La Mer, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, How to use retinol, Retinoid, Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Anti-aging, Glucoside, Beauty product review, The Ordinary review, Beauty blogger, Amazon, chemical peel, chemical exfoliant, AHA.The Super Affordable Skincare Line Saving Your Skin

Skincare adds up. I don’t have to tell you that, I’m preaching to the choir. That’s why when I got wind of The Ordinary — a line of products where the average price is about $12.90 I was all kinds of curious (and honestly a little pessimistic).  So like the good skinvestigator that I am, I filled our cart with their pretty little bottles and set out to get to the bottom of these budget friendly options.
I started with a good variety of skin needs: Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (30ml) Vitamin C Brightening Serum by The Ordinary for a good dose of brightening Vitamin C and light anti-aging, The Ordinary Peeling Solution 30ml AHA 30% + BHA 2% to get deep into our pores and clear out dirt and dead skin, The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (Previously Advanced Retinoid 2%), 30ml to jump-start a preventative process for wrinkles, and The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml for multi-depth hydration. I have naturally dry skin, but living in the desert — forget it. My thinking behind these choices was specifically hydration, hydration, hydration with a side of ageless.

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After a three month trial period of daily use, I found that The Ordinary’s products had quickly became my favored choices. I realized while we’ve all been hoarding moisturizers, those seem to only penetrate the top of the skin, while acids and serums were doing the hard work and going deep. My skin still runs dry, but these immediately leave it plumper, and visibly lush. While many retinoids can be pervasive, this one was gentle and never left me peeling. With further digging, I found that the brand was owned by DECIEM, and all products are backed by a whole lot of science. In a world where we could spend entire paychecks on an overnight mask, The Ordinary is very welcome to join the ranks of our #shelfies!

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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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