Nāeli Naturals Three-Step Skincare Routine To Keep Up That Summer Glow

September 22, 2023

As most Groomed LA readers know, we like to write about brands and products that are safe, environmentally friendly, and effective. Groomed LA found a brand a few years ago that has stayed true to its ethos, centered on bringing back the basics and elevating skincare products with a clear purpose and intention. Nāeli Naturals’ is a top-rated Amazon brand and the entire line is made in Florida, USA, leaping Bunny Certified, vegan, paraben, dye, and cruelty-free, and is perfect for sensitive to rough skin.

As most of us have spent past summers tanning on nearby beaches or traveling the globe to get that all-natural sunkissed glow, Nāeli Naturals was formulating a three-step routine of new products for you all to keep your skin radiant, dewy, and most importantly healthy from sun damage throughout your travels and daily life. It is easy, affordable, TSA friendly, and can be found on Amazon, which usually delivers within two days or less.

Step 1: The Corrector – Niacinamide & Azelaic Acid Brightening Dark Spot Face Serum is a high-performance serum that synergistically combines the most effective and clean ingredients 12% Niaminacide, Vitamin B3, azelaic acid, kojic acid, vitamin C, alpha arbutin, zinc PCA, hyaluronic acid & squalane to revive dull skin, manage excess oil, improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and even skin tone. The Corrector helps minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, revealing a bright complexion. (Amazon, $19.95)

Step 2: The Collagen & Peptide Anti-Aging SPF 30 Daily Moisturizer – a lightweight, hydrating peptide-rich cream that combines anti-aging collagen regeneration with sunscreen protection from UVA/B rays and photoaging. The none greasy face lotion is packed with antioxidants and oat protein that increases elasticity, minimizes wrinkles, and smoothens fine lines with hyaluronic acid and replenishing ceramides that nourish dehydrated and dull skin resulting in a plump, firm, even, and youthful appearance. The SPF absorbs without white residue, won’t clog pores or irritate skin, and is for all skin types. (Amazon, $21.95)

Groomed LA loves step three because we are huge supporters of sunless tanners and are always looking for the best on the market and this one absorbs perfectly and gives you that island glow no matter where you are in the world.

Step 3: Facial Self-Tanning Drops – PH-Balanced gradual self-bronzing drops for the face. Infused with clean and high-performance ingredients such as vitamin C, sodium hyaluronate, apple stem cells, probiotics, and chamomile among others to help moisturize, soothe, and tan skin tone. The facial bronzing drops help to enrich skin with a long-lasting, natural sun-kissed tan. A biocompatible and non-streaky, scentless, sunless tanning serum that helps reveal a youthful even tone. (Amazon, $18.95)

Nāeli Natural’s founder, Eliyahu Fox, having a background in cosmetic manufacturing was frustrated by the exuberant pricing, mislabeling, and lack of ethically sourced quality ingredients within the beauty industry. N Ā E L I means “the truth will be revealed,” and with that intention, our team has set out to create clean products with clear intention at a price point attainable to all. Alongside a team of dermatologists & formulators, we set on a mission to create effective products with all-natural ingredients. We are a boutique that produces in small batches with flexibility, but most importantly we are a community here for you.

To shop the brand or find out about new products launching please visit www.naelinaturals.com or their Amazon Store and follow Nāeli on Instagram @NaeliNaturals 

Cultivate Apothecary: Farm To Skin Botanical Skincare

September 12, 2023

I can’t wait to share about Cultivate Apothecary – true ‘farm to skin’ luxury botanical skincare. When it comes to organic clean beauty – this is the motherlode. Thoughtfully and soulfully crafted and created by Jill Rowe and Matthew Benson on their epic, sustainable farm in upstate NY, Stonegate Farm – from medicinal and culinary herbs and all organic, with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides in practice.

Each bespoke formula takes months to complete –  from seed to cultivation, harvest, and creation. The essence of slow beauty and ritual in every bottle. Even the soil at Stonegate is regularly replenished with local compost, minerals and low-impact cultivation.

I have never smelled anything like what is in these bottles (also works of art).

Take a peek at a couple of these luxurious serums. I put a couple of drops in my palm, rubbed them together and when I patted my face with them, it felt like I was putting some kind of botanical ART on my face. My skin thanked me with the most radiant glow. I plan on using these with zero makeup, daily. Day to night.


AWAKEN No. 1 Rejuvenating Day Face Serum for Normal to Dry Skin with added Flaxseed Oil and Lemon Balm plumps the skin and helps to repair the skin’s cells, creating visible improvement in elasticity, firmness, tone and texture, while Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) contains high levels of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and antibacterial agents.

“Through deeply considered formulation and testing, we’ve developed the best hydrating daytime face serum for dry skin that is targeted to that specific skin type and skincare needs. These custom formulations were designed for optimal skin health, delivering deep hydration, even skin tone, and bright, plump, glowing skin that gets noticed.”


MOONLIGHT No. 1 Restorative Night Serum for Normal or Dry Skin with added Avocado Oil & Lemon Balm. The added Avocado Oil in Moonlight No. 1 is packed with Vitamins B, C, and E, and these powerful antioxidants are capable of reversing environmental damage to the skin, as well as improving collagen production while lemon balm soothes, cleanses, and tightens the skin.

“Through deeply considered formulation and testing, we’ve developed the best night face serum for dry skin that is targeted to that specific skin type and skincare needs. These custom formulations were designed for optimal skin health, delivering deep hydration, even skin tone, and bright, plump, glowing skin that gets noticed.”

 A peek at some ingredients: 


This multi-faceted clean beauty facial toner drenches your skin with moisture while also being the skin primer you’ve been craving. If you’re looking for a natural facial toner or a clean face toner to add to your daily skincare routine, this was made for you.

“Leading with a full-spectrum list of botanical and natural ingredients, this botanical facial toner has it all! Chamomile Hydrosol and Cucumber Extract cool inflammation while deeply hydrating and toning your skin. Purslane Glycerite, Reishi & Shiitake Mushroom Extract, and Wildflower Honey are powerhouse ingredients within this botanical natural facial toner that stimulate cell repair, reduce hyperpigmentation, and are rich in antioxidants.”


The Ingredients: 

Jill and Mathew –

Jill Rowe and Matthew Benson are co-founders of Cultivate Apothecary at Stonegate Farm and stewards of this magical and productive piece of earth.

Their mission: Creating beautiful and potent, efficacious, botanical beauty, wellness, and green skincare products, while maintaining the utmost respect of mother earth as stewards of this incredible land.

As someone who thrives on rituals – I love that Cultivate Apothecary believes in finding ways to add ritual to our skincare routines.

Shop the collection here.

Follow the apothecary here and Stonegate Farm (swoon) here.

Vivace Ultra RF With Christie Kidd PA-C: LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN

August 25, 2023

This week, I finally met the phenomenal Chrsitie Kidd, PA-C.

When I recovered from being totally star-struck (Christie is The Queen of all things skin) we got to work with this really exciting new VIVACE ULTRA EXPERIENCE®!

The Vivace RF MICRONEEDLING DEVICE combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy and a specialized treatment serum and a cooling peptide mask to provide patients with superior, natural-looking results. Think dramatic results with minimal downtime. The results are both immediate and improve over time with multiple treatments.

This RF microneedling session is only part of the process. The right serums and recovery system enhance results by improving your skin tone and texture and I left with a few cooling masks and serums.

  • Alleviate Wrinkles & Fine Lines
  • Immediate Results
  • Minimal Downtime
  • Virtually Pain-Free

(post treatment, flush but zero downtime, by the time I got home I was back to no flush at all)

(measuring depth of the dermis pre treatment) 

(feels SO GOOD!)

The Vivace® Microneedle RF device is the newest generation of radiofrequency microneedling and is FDA-cleared for your safety. This minimally invasive treatment stimulates the natural production of collagen and is shown to be effective in alleviating facial wrinkles and fine lines.

If you are looking for optimal results, look no further. Welcome to The Vivace Ultra Experience®.

The innovators at Aesthetics Biomedical® are dedicated to providing the best patient experience utilizing the best-in-class device that does it right the first time, and delivers results you can trust and share with others.

Learn more at Aesthetics Biomedical®.


Most physicians use a topical numbing cream to make the treatment comfortable. The majority of patients describe a feeling of light pressure with an occasional warming sensation. Other patients report a feeling of minor prickling.


Patients should experience minimal pain during the Vivace® treatment. Typically, a numbing cream is applied 30 to 45 minutes before the treatment to ensure a comfortable patient experience. Many testimonials from patients say they found the treatment to be in a range of comfortable to virtually pain-free. The Vivace® Microneedle RF was designed with patient comfort in mind.

Meet the fabulous Christie Kidd, PA-C

Christie Kidd, PA-C graduated with academic honors from the Physician Assistant program at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1997. In addition to her excellence academically and clinically she was a leader within her class. As senior class president, she took on extra responsibilities in order to facilitate extracurricular activities, including a wide range of community service events.

Her interest in diseases of the skin led her to pursue a career as a Certified Physician Assistant in dermatology and she has been practicing in Beverly Hills for 25 years. She is dedicated and passionate about her career, giving every patient unparalleled personalized attention and providing individualized skin care regimens for every patient’s specific needs.

The drive behind creating her skin care line, Perfect Skin by Christie Kidd™ comes from a lifelong passion of chemistry and skin care products. She has been a “skin care mixer” since childhood. By age 12 she was creating, in her bathroom, her own self tanning lotions, facial masks and nail polish colors. Her love and passion for helping people mixed with the desire for the perfect skin care line, she spent many years researching and developing Perfect Skin by Christie Kidd™.

Christie Kidd, PA-C provides a full range of skin care services including diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases as well as cosmetic dermatology.

Supervising physician is Dr. Rampradad Dandillaya (drdandillaya.com)

At Rodeo Drive Dermatology & Aesthetics, AMC, Christie Kidd, PA-C, and the team provide a full range of skin care services including both medical and cosmetic dermatology.

medical office where Christie Kidd provides facial treatments and laser skin services

Christie and her team provide cosmetic dermatology services at her Beverly Hills office. Her particular expertise is providing every patient with a “natural-looking” appearance. Click below to view a full range of cosmetic services.

Cosmetic Skin Treatments

Beverly Hills dermatologists office

Christie Kidd, PA-C and her team provide a full range of skin care services including diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases. Browse our full range of medical services such as treatments for eczema, blemishes, moles, rashes and more.


Fall means a NEW CANDLE!  Meet Luminose.

A stunning line of home fragrance products made with coconut wax,  crystal diffusers, and a candle care kit.

Of course, I am all about the holiday, fresh, clean foresty-pine vibe, hence I chose Forest Parade. That being said – OMG – it was almost impossible to choose from their scents and vessels!

Take a peek at their gorgeous site and divine offerings – and good luck adding to cart, just one.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you!


The Wax

Our candles are hand-poured with care in the United States with an all-natural coconut wax blend made from food-grade certified coconut oil. This vegan, sustainable, paraben-free wax blend provides a clean-burning candle that prevents soot and allows the fragrance to burn true. You will love the milky white texture at first sight!

The Wick

Our signature Golden Wicks are eco-friendly wood wicks made from FSC Certified Wood with non-toxic dye. Each wick is distinctive with its own characteristics and gives off a pleasant crackling sound and a subtle natural aroma when lit. With almost zero carbon buildup, say goodbye to the “mushroom”!

Fragrance Oil

We take a clean-conscious approach to crafting the fragrance blends in our scented candles and crystal diffusers. Each scent is created with love, and a non-toxic ingredient list is always at the forefront of our minds. Our blends are free from many hazardous chemicals often found in fragrances, such as parabens and phthalates, ensuring that they are safe and clean.


Our candle vessels are made of ceramic, filled with color, and surfaced with a transparent glaze to form a protective layer. Repurpose this container as a planter, makeup brush holder, or anything you can think of! The stripe textured design and Morandi tone will blend well with any interior.


We deeply value the healing properties of wellness stones and take great care in selecting only the most authentic and finest crystals. Each one is hand-picked and sourced from Brazil, Mexico, Madagascar, Pakistan. Our mission is to make sure that these crystals are able to fully diffuse their true potential and help bring balance and wellness to those who use them.



CEZANNE: The Toxin-Free Hair Smoothing System You’ve Been Waiting For

August 20, 2023

  This weekend I finally tried Cezanne!

The first-of-its-kind, in-salon keratin treatment that delivers five-star, frizz-free results that last up to five months made with ZERO formaldehyde. Also hypo-allergenic, dermatologist-tested, free of sulfates, parabens, sodium, phthalates, and gluten.

Let’s just say, I couldn’t wait for this. We all know by now how toxic the old ways of straightening and smoothing are. The process was so easy – and zero anxiety about breathing in noxious fumes! (Because – NONE). I loved my stylist, the salon and the outcome. Is there such a thing as ten stars?!

Cezanne is like no other keratin treatment on the market. One of the standout features of the Cezanne Keratin Treatment is its versatility. No downtime.  This means that after the treatment, you can still enjoy the flexibility of wearing your hair straight or allowing it to air-dry with a more relaxed wave. You can wash your hair, swim, etc., right away, and the treatment won’t weaken the hair follicle over time the way similar options might. Another amazing thing as the others have a whole post-regime that is a real pain for me as I am a trainer and sweat daily.

Also, unlike some other keratin treatments, it doesn’t completely straighten the hair or create a stiff, unnatural look. Instead, it aims to retain the hair’s natural texture while enhancing its overall appearance and making it more manageable.

As with any hair treatment, it is essential to consult with a professional stylist who is experienced in applying the Cezanne Keratin Treatment. They can assess your hair type and condition, discuss your desired results, and provide aftercare recommendations to help you maintain the benefits of the treatment. That being said – I headed to the texture-specific salon, organic, plant-based salon VIRGO (omg obsessed!!!) in DTLA, for my treatment. Cutest. Place. EVER.

More about Cezanne:


·       Reveal smooth, frizz-free, and manageable hair

·       Long-lasting results that improve with time

·       No formaldehyde or harsh chemicals

·       Safe for all hair types, including color-treated hair

·       Restores and strengthens hair from within

·       Reduces blow-dry and styling time by 30%

·       Retains natural volume and movement

·       Provides a radiant, healthy shine

Besides the professional treatment itself, Cezanne offers 8 different consumer-based products that’ll help maintain the life of the treatment including: The Ultimate Blonde Shampoo, Ultimate Blonde Conditioner, Perfect Moisture Shampoo, Perfect Moisture Conditioner, Clarifying Shampoo, Leave-In Perfector Spray, Silky Nourishing Oil and the Perfect Blowout & Smoothing Crème – all available on cezanne-hair.com.

And some more Cezanne non-toxic keratin:

Cezanne Keratin Treatment is designed to transform frizzy or unruly hair into smooth, manageable locks. Named after the renowned French Post- Impressionist artist Paul Cezanne, this treatment seeks sleek, smooth results and long-lasting results.

The Cezanne Keratin Treatment is formulated with a blend of natural ingredients and advanced technology. Unlike traditional keratin treatments, it is free from harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, making it a safer and gentler option for your hair. The primary active ingredient is Sericin, a protein derived from silk that helps to repair and strengthen the hair cuticles while locking in moisture.

The treatment process typically starts with a thorough cleansing of the hair to remove any product buildup and impurities. Afterward, the Cezanne Keratin Treatment is carefully applied to the hair, section by section. The product is then left on the hair for a specific period to allow the keratin and other ingredients to penetrate the hair shaft and work their magic. Once the processing time is complete, the hair is blow-dried and flat-ironed to seal in the treatment.

The results of the Cezanne Keratin Treatment can vary depending on the hair type and texture, but in general, you can expect to enjoy silky hydrated hair, air dries smoother,shinier, and more manageable hair for an extended period, usually around three to five months. The treatment helps to reduce frizz, tame unruly curls, hydrate and smooth greys and cut down on styling time, making it an excellent option for those with busy lifestyles.

Stylist : Ashanti Brigham – Texture Specialist. A DOLL!!! 

 Website: ilovevirgo.com

Phone Number: 323.332.2200

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 9-5 (by appointment only)

Address is 513 Molino St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.