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Palmer's Skin Success Eventone Facial Milk Foaming Cleanser Review

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hallelujah! I think I found a holy grail cleanser! That's saying something because I've never found a holy grail anything before. I've mentioned the Palmer's Skin Success Eventone Facial Milk Foaming Cleanser a couple times on my blog -- here & here. It's my current cleanser & one of my favorites. Ever.

palmer's skin success


Does it work?


It truly leaves me squeaky clean & gets all my makeup off. My skin feels refreshed & cleansed without feeling stripped. Bonus points for when my boyfriend uses it because it makes him smell irresistible. When he hugs me goodbye in the morning I just want to sniff his face & hold him a little bit longer. That's never a bad thing.

Can men use it?

Yes! As I mentioned above, my boyfriend uses this Palmer's Eventone Foaming Cleanser too & he loves it. It works equally well for the both of us. It's nice to have something we can both get use out of & it doesn't take up much space in the bathroom. The smell is inviting & my boyfriend hasn't made any complaints. He uses this every morning & night.

Does it help with acne?

Acne sucks! In the last three months I had been suffering from considerably more acne than usual. After making a couple changes -- sanitizing my phone, making sure I wasn't unintentionally touching my face, & utilizing this cleanser for a few weeks -- my acne has subsided & gone back to the usual pimple once in a while. I can't say for sure that the Palmer's cleanser should get the credit, but I do know that the changes I made worked.

palmer's skin success



Where can I buy it?

I purchased this foaming cleanser for a measly $3 at my local Grocery Outlet; yes, that's the actual name of the store. If you don't have a Grocery Outlet near you, you can buy this cleanser on Amazon without ever having to leave your house. Oh the joys of the world wide web. I haven't tried many Palmer's products so it was a defining moment. Plus, it's not tested on animals! Woohoo!

Are there any problems?

The only problem I can foresee is that it may leave your skin feeling dry, especially during autumn & winter. My skin is normally oily so this would rarely be a problem. After cleansing I simply apply my restoring rosehip oil or rehydrating face masque which I would do anyway since it's dry outside. Bingo! It's been working for me.

Would you purchase it again?

Absolutely! Whether it costs $3 at Grocery Outlet or retails at $11 on Amazon I would purchase the Palmer's Skin Success Eventone Facial Milk Foaming Cleanser again. Phewie! I'm out of breath just saying the name. It's so long. HA! It just works so well & effortlessly for me it would kind of be ridiculous to forget about it.

What do you think about this cleanser? Have you tried it? Would you ever buy it? :]

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Cool Grey // OOTD

Friday, November 27, 2015

Cool temperatures are hard to come by in California. It's a blessing when they arrive because I really love bundling up. But alas, it hasn't been very cold. We got just a tad bit of rain last night. Yay! I'd been pondering how to style this Grey Lapel Long Sleeve Loose Coat from SheIn* since it's extremely lightweight, so I decided to add it along with a bright shirt on a nice Cali afternoon.

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger

I want to preface by saying that buying clothes online has its good points as well as its negative ones. You have no idea how many times I've purchased clothes only to have them not fit, look unflattering on my body type, have buttons falling off, etc. But online shopping is so convenient! Oh the humanity!

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger

On the SheIn website, the loose grey lapel coat had the right balance of casual & timeless elements. On the model, the hem hit just a couple inches above her knee; it had a nice length to it. It appeared to be a trendy & versatile piece to wear during the fall since it was labeled as an autumn coat. 

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger

When I received it, I didn't feel as polished as I wanted to. The coat does have the collarless element & the rolled up sleeves which were perfectly functional. But it's not an autumn jacket, even for California standards. It's thin. Very thin. I literally put it over my face & was still able to read the subtitles on the television. The lapel coal was considerably shorter than I anticipated; it hit me upper-thigh as opposed to barely above the knee, as it appeared on the model.

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger
Side by side comparison
Did it meet my expectations? No. Would I wear it? Yes. The best way I can describe it is if you're anticipating a chocolate chip cookie (because you freaking love chocolate chip cookies) but once you take a bite it ends up to be oatmeal raisin. Oatmeal raisin cookies aren't bad; they're still cookies & usually pretty tasty, but it simply wasn't what you wanted & hoped.

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger
Coat: Shein* // Pants: Hue (exact) // Heels: Bamboo (similar) // Rings: Dogeared Jewelry (similar) // Bracelet: Things Remembered (similar) // Lipstick: Italia Deluxe (similar)
I really wanted it to be a fall staple for my wardrobe. Even on a SoCal autumn or winter night, I would be freezing in this coat. However, the jacket could be utilized as a light cardigan on a brisk but sunny day. I suppose that means I could use it year round! Now that's a good thing since San Diego is pretty much 75° & up 11 months out of the year.

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger

If you're from the USA, I hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving with loved ones. If you're not, I hope you had a great day. It was a relatively relaxing day with my immediate family filled will tasty food. My ultimate favorite Thanksgiving dish is green bean casserole. It's so scrumptious. My contribution was a vegan apple pie & it was glorious!

How was your Thanksgiving? What do you think about this outfit? :]


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* Disclaimer: The coat was received complimentary from SheIn in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

Paris (France) Street Art & Graffiti

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

If street art & graffiti were peanut butter & jelly, they would totally be my jam. An artistic, thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing sandwich. I've mentioned street art several times on my blog because it's something that genuinely catches my eye. My last graffiti post spotlighted some of the beautiful pieces of Copenhagen street art. I've also highlighted OceansideLos AngelesSeattleVenice BeachCanada, & Israel. Thus, it's safe to say that graffiti is a public art form I really admire. Follow me today on the artistic journey through Paris, France. 

paris france graffiti
paris france graffiti

paris france graffiti

As you may know Paris is the capital of France. It's also the global center for art, fashion, & food. Of course we have the Musée du Louvre, the largest & most visited museum in the world. If you happen to find yourself in Paris you may need more than one day to truly get a feel for the Louvre. Or you could breeze quickly through it. Whatever works for you. Just be aware that it is absolutely enormous! Okay, so we have the massive beast known as the Louvre but if you want a free artistic voyage throughout the city keep your eyes peeled for street art & graffiti.

paris france graffiti
paris france graffiti

paris france graffiti

They are everywhere. Art is all over the place & they come in many shapes & sizes. Some have political undertones while some are saturated with color & whimsy. Occasionally you'll spot a three-dimensional piece or a sculpture lurking around the corner. I found this funky face sculpture in a couple spots around the city. Intriguing no?

paris france graffiti
paris france graffiti

paris france graffiti

Whether it's traditional graffiti, stencil graffiti, sticker art, poster art, street installations, flash mobs, or what have you, it's still a form of public expression. I was strolling through a petite suburban town in North San Diego County & spotted several pieces in just a couple of blocks. I want to challenge you to take an afternoon walk around your village, town, city, & really open your eyes to see what little pieces of magic await. You don't even have to go to a big city. They are everywhere.

My questions for you are: what's the last street art you can recall seeing? Do you keep your eye out for them? Which piece from this Paris street art & graffiti gallery is your favorite? :]

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My Apparel Candy Wish List

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Happy Sunday, y'all! It's no secret that I am an enormous fan of affordability; I mean I talk about it pretty much all the time. Apparel Candy* reached out to me to feature a few of their items & once I took a look at their site I felt the need to oblige. The brand is a wholesale distributor featuring some of the hottest trends at very reasonable prices. Oh yeahhhh! They asked me to highlight a couple of my favorite pieces. Let's do it to it.

Apparel Candy has plenty of wholesale clothing to choose from; you've got skirts, dresses, tops, pants, sweaters, & plus sized garments (also known as "fiercely real" clothing according to Tyra Banks). Since this is a wholesaler the prices I'm going to share with you are the unit price or individual price. However, when purchasing from Apparel Candy you are supposed to purchase items in a pack (sometimes a pack of 6 or 12). 

* This is a sponsored post. :]
apparel candy


The first thing that drew me in was the floral aqua skirt. It's made in the USA & retails at the insanely low price of $5.75 per skirt. I am attracted to the colors & pattern. There's also a peach colored version; that way you can choose which one appeals more to you.

The button up ivory chiffon lace tunic with split sides is calling my name. I seriously love the delicate design. It reminds me of the button down tunic in my Work in Progress OOTD. I've been really into layering sheer pieces; it brings something different to the table. This lace tunic is only $7 & it would make a fantastic gift! The best part about garments like this is that they are usually flexible in terms of size since they're not meant to be tight. I have a large bust, so these layering pieces are perfect.

Since I rock tropical print year round, these gorgeous green pom-pom shorts are ideal. The unit price is $6. I could definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of these, especially in the summertime.

In addition to clothes Apparel Candy has a selection of wholesale jewelry & accessories to choose from. It's officially getting (kind of) chilly in San Diego so you can't go wrong with a $2 beanie. This is something I would leave in my car for days or nights when I want to have options to throw something on. I have a growing beanie collection & I like the texture of this maroon one. 

These are genuinely four items I would love to have in my own closet. Which of these items would you like to rock? Have you ever heard of Apparel Candy before? Anything on their site that looks cute to you? :]

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* Disclaimer: I received compensation from Apparel Candy in exchange for writing this post. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥

Friday, November 20, 2015

Now that it's getting cooler in California I'm all about the sinful drinks & desserts to give me some comfort. Yep. I'll discuss that in a moment. In case you missed the last 5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥, I spoke briefly about how we should express thankfulness more often; it doesn't solely have to be done during Thanksgiving. 

I'm going to continue the thankful train this week as well. This week I am ever so happy & grateful that it's finally starting to cool down. I went outside yesterday afternoon in a t-shirt & shorts & I got goosebumps. That is quite a feat. Seriously. Some of you may be incredulous since it's quite cold where you're at, but here in San Diego it truly is a blessing. I'm thankful for those rare moments of frigidity. Anyhoo, let's get to the things that I'm loving right now.

oreo brownies

Oreo Brownies

I made these beauties on accident. I was trying to create the really cool chocolate chip cookie, Oreo, brownie mixture I saw on BuzzFeed or some other Facebook channel, but the chocolate chip cookie dough wasn't having it. I ended up just tossing Oreos into the Ghirardelli brownie mixture & it's been a hit ever since. People love it, myself included.

fluffy scrunchies

Fluffy Scrunchies

I bought these fluffy scrunchies a few weeks ago & have not stopped using them since. They are extremely gentle & I feel like they give me a little bit more style or pizzazz than your average hair tie. They are the perfect color scheme for autumn so I use them every day. No problems. No tears. No breakage.

lagunitas brown shugga

Lagunitas Brown Shugga'

Woohoo! I always countdown for this time of year simply for this seasonal brew to come out. Beware because it's actually very high alcohol content so drink it in moderation. The flavor is slightly sweet due to the addition of -- you guessed it -- brown cane sugar. My boyfriend & I like to slowly sip these on a Friday night while catching up on some Netflix.

survivor cambodia


Survivor: Cambodia

I can recall sitting on my friend's comfy couch back when I was in sixth grade (that's middle school) & watching Survivor. I wasn't really into it back then. In high school I remember hanging out on my best friend's reclining couch & watching it then. I guess I just have years of memories of the show. Now I'm all caught up on the newest season. It's really intriguing if you've never seen it.

chicano batman


Chicano Batman

I went to San Diego Music Thing last weekend & was really taken aback by how good this band was. Chicano Batman has catchy tunes with an intriguing sound. I like the mixture of Spanish & English songs. Give them a listen & let me know what you think.

Have you ever watched Survivor? What do you think of Chicano Batman? What are you thankful for? :]

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Europe Trip Double Exposure Photography

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Life is a trip. It's a crazy roller coaster of memories, experiences, & moments long forgotten. It's somehow incredibly short yet unbearably long. It's filled with times you wish you could just obliterate from your mind. Then there are those moments when you try to fall sleep at night & you recall something, a small unsubstantial memory from years & years ago. I wonder why that happens.

double exposure photography


Today I want to try something different, something I've never done before. I'm highlighting some of the photographs I took during my Europe trip but I'm doing them as double exposures. You get to see two unrelated moments from my journey abroad, but they mesh together to create a story. Now that story might be different from person to person or photo to photo. That's the beauty of photography & art.

double exposure photography


While I was in Europe I kept a journal & would update it every day; sometimes I'd run a couple days late & would have to recall three days worth of activities & sights. I filled the journal with pamphlets from museums, business cards from places visited, & whatever paper-like material I could get my hands on. 

double exposure photography


By the time I got back to the states it was seven inches thick & a burden to carry around; same thing happened on my last Europe trip, but it was a sacrifice worth taking. It's a blast from the past flipping through the pages & watching the words lift off from paper & into my mind. 

double exposure photography


Then there are the pictures. I've browsed them so much & so often that they're ingrained in my brain. Imprinted. Engraved. Permanently embossed. Whether it's viewing the beauty of the Notre Dame in Paris, experiencing a day in Luxembourg City, gasping at the sheer gargantuan nature of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany or feeling humbled by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the memory is seemingly everlasting. 

double exposure photography



I'll tell you what: configuring a double exposure photograph is not an easy task. I learned from trial & error that some photos work well together, such as similar textures, focal points, or colors. It's a little creative outlet I'd like to continue working on & learning more about. This is just the beginning.

double exposure photography


Which is your favorite photo? Where's the last place you traveled to? :]

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Good Things Multi-Tasking Micellar Water Review

Monday, November 16, 2015

I LOVE DISCOUNTS! I'll shout it from the mountain tops; I'll bust your ear yelling in a loudspeaker; I'll scream it to whoever listens. I have always been a bargain shopper, it's just in my blood. As long as I can remember I was automatically attracted to the sale rack. It's like a magnet. I bought this Good Things Multi-Tasking Micellar Water Cleanse + Soothe with blueberry & mango at an outlet store. Was it Marshall's? Ross? TJ Maxx? I'm sorry y'all! I genuinely can't remember, but it's one of those stores that I am in love with. 

The bottle reads that the micellar water is made in the UK; it's free from parabens, mineral oils, sulfates, & animal ingredients. In short, it's pretty much right up my alley which is precisely why I purchased it in the first place. Duh! I also judge books by their cover or in this case products by their packaging. It reeled me in like a fish on a hook. 

micellar water
(Similar micellar water)
The bottle says that it's a light but effective cleanser & can gently dissolve eye makeup. "Aha!" I said to myself. "I'm going to test this out & see if they can live up to the claims." I like when I buy my own items because I can review products at my leisure. I can really get a feel for the item & try out for weeks at a time, whereas if it's a free or sponsored item there's the pressure to deliver a post in a certain amount of time. I took my time with this.

Initially I was really wishy-washy about it. When I first tried it in my new face products post, I wasn't sold on the whole micellar water craze. I had literally read reviews for months about the holy grail, the gift from the gods, the blessing from the heavens that is micellar water. I tried it a couple times & just didn't get it. "This is it? This is what people have been raving about?" I asked myself. After several applications it started to grow on me. But I have to admit I don't use it as a cleanser by itself. It kind of leaves my face feeling a bit sticky & I don't trust it to wholly clean my skin. After applying this I wash my face with my Palmer's Facial Milk Foaming Cleanser to ensure my skin is squeaky clean.

micellar water
(Similar product here)
I normally use a cotton round & liberally douse it in the micellar water. Seriously, you could extinguish a fire with how much of that stuff I pour on there. I was super impressed with how easily it removed my eye makeup. For some reason the first few times I tried it it would make my eyes burn but now it doesn't. I believe that's because I've mastered the art of removing eye makeup with micellar water -- gently rub the lashes only. I would purchase this for the sole purpose of being eye makeup remover! 

Pros: 
+ Good for sensitive skin
+ Effectively removes eye makeup & face makeup
+ Affordable
+ Cruelty-free

Cons:
+ May irritate eyes
+ Sticky

In this post I revealed that I have mild eczema, so I've tried to make the switch to natural products or products geared toward sensitive skin. Overall, I really dig the Good Things micellar water. It's gentle but effective. It's affordable but it works. Like I said, I would repurchase this simply as an eye makeup remover, especially since it's 150 mL or 8.4 ounces. Bargain!

What is your favorite micellar water? Have you ever tried anything from the Good Things range? What do you think? :]

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A San Diego Vegan Delight: Sol Cal Cafe

Friday, November 13, 2015

Good music, cool furniture, & delicious food. Yeah, sounds like a bit of magic, doesn't it? San Diego is chock-full of vegan & vegetarian grub, but it's still a refreshing feeling to visit a 100% vegan establishment. That's why I was so happy to make my way to downtown San Diego to sample some of the veg-friendly options that Sol Cal Cafe* has to offer.

sol cal cafe

The Story

The healthy eatery is owned by cousins, Jacob & Tom, to be a mouthwatering portal to the veggie world. Jacob Bell, a former professional football player, retired abruptly from the NFL in an effort to save his life & heal his body. He lost 100 pounds once switching to a vegan diet curated by his cousin Tom McCann. Everything at Sol Cal is vegan, organic, local, GMO-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, unrefined, & plant-based.

sol cal cafe

The Ambience & Decor

Sol Cal Cafe is nestled in the heart of downtown San Diego. Parking can be a bit difficult so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. You'll spot the restaurant easily with the bold yellow exterior sign. Upon entering, the cafe has a bright, open, welcoming look to it. The menu is pretty vast with anything from breakfast burritos to quinoa chili to green smoothies. There's something for everyone. The food is fun & approachable & even my non-vegetarian boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed the grub. He said he wouldn't mind being vegan if it always tasted like this.

sol cal cafe

Bob Marley music played faintly through the speakers. Turquoise geometric tables & chairs were freckled throughout. One girl sat working on her homework, listening to her music in her earphones while another couple casually ate & conversed. Sol Cal has an array of greens & succulents all over, giving it an earthy atmosphere.

sol cal cafe

The Food

Tom brought out our cold brew mocha created with chocolate made in house. The drink was strong in flavor, but the chocolate didn't blend well. We weren't sure if it was the small or large size; we both guessed it was the small since it was pretty petite, but it turned out to be large. This iced coffee beverage will cost you $4.50, about the same as Starbucks but at least you're supporting a local business.

sol cal cafe

The first dish we received was the waffles with berries & cream. The gluten-free Belgian waffles, coconut cream, organic berry sauce, & maple retails for $11.95. The waffle is crunchy & chewy with moderate sweetness but delivers perfection when paired with the coconut cream, maple syrup, & strawberries -- the perfect amount of sugary goodness. I marveled at the handmade coconut cream. So bomb! The waffle dish is perfect to start your day or to have any time of the day.

sol cal cafe
sol cal cafe

The Mediterranean panini with fresh vegetables, olives, artichoke, & hummus was delectable but we ended up taking half of it home to snack on later. It came with a side of pickled cabbage & chipotle quinoa. The lovely mix of textures in the panini combine to give your taste buds a run for their money. The artichoke & hummus were extreme selling points for me. The quinoa contraption is moist with a bit of smoky spice from the chipotle. The whole plate costs $10.95.

sol cal cafe

The Verdict

My absolute favorite dish was the waffles with berries & cream. Hands down. It was scrumptious, well thought out, & beautifully plated. Sol Cal Cafe is a slice of heaven for anyone who wants to taste some magnificent food, regardless if you're vegan or not. It's the perfect spot to chill with friends, do a little work, while grubbing on some healthy, happy, yummy food.

sol cal cafe

Which dish looks the best to you? Have you ever tried vegan food? Have you visited Sol Cal Cafe? :]

You may find Sol Cal Cafe: 
910 J St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 255-2927
* Disclaimer: Everything was received complimentary from Sol Cal Cafe in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

This Weekend: the San Diego Music Thing

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Music festivals never cease to exist in Southern California. This time around I'm going to a festival I've never been to before. I have the opportunity to attend the eighth annual San Diego Music Thing*, a music & media conference taking place November 12 through November 14. All proceeds from the San Diego Music Thing go to the San Diego Music Foundation, which helps to enrich the local community through music education for youth, professional development for industry professionals, live performances for the public, & more. Sounds like a win-win!

san diego music thing

The San Diego Music Thing is more than just a music festival. They also have conferences & speakers coming in. I'm particularly interested in catching Thursday's panel seminars: Not So Silly Social Media Questions You're Afraid to Ask, Build Your Brand, & Brand Mentoring. They seem particularly educational for understanding more about social strategy, branding, & marketing. After all, it never hurts to acquire more information to empower yourself. Hopefully I can gather some beneficial advice & maybe I'll share it with you guys. :]

My schedule is a bit hectic so I'm not able to visit all day every day, but my boyfriend & I plan to enjoy Saturday as much as we can. It's the weekend after all. Yo La Tengo, No Age, The Joy Formidable, Chicano Batman, & Milo Greene are set to perform this year. Since I've never frequented San Diego Music Thing before it should be a fresh experience.

Now this music thing truly takes place all across San Diego in several classic venues such as The Irenic, The Casbah, & the Observatory North Park. I've been to two out of the three for past shows. The three-day badge normally costs $65 or you can buy a day pass for $30. I'm receiving a free pass to appear & report about it for my blog. That's what I'll be doing this weekend!

P.S. I found an outfit photo from day one of Beach Goth! Like it? 

san diego music thing, california lifestyle blogger

How does the San Diego Music Thing sound to you? Any band you'd like to see? Any conference that sounds of interest? :]

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