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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

10 New Beauty Product Discoveries In LA

I go to a lot of events, so I am constantly discovering new beauty products and services in LA. Everything from how to make  yourself look natural, tan, flawless, or even wild and sparkly at night. Sometimes the product is just about convenience. A few months ago I discovered how to try a GIANT test tube of products! Fred Segal New Beauty in Santa Monica has come out with a wonderful way to test and buy beauty products. Perhaps you don’t want to buy the whole expensive product yet or you want smaller sized products. Well, you can now fill up a large sized test tube and fill it with sample size products (even 3 large sized ones) that you may have read about and wanted to try. Fred Segal Beauty in Santa Monica allows you also to find any product that is is in the heavy packed NewBeauty magazine. Try one of my new favorite product discoveries below from Fred Segal Beauty or LA’s event gift bags.

TanTowel – Look Good Naked – a Self-Tan Towelette for your face and body that is easy to use and throw out. It provides a little bit of color, but definitely enhances your look. I think it is perfect for your legs.


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Lea Journo Hydrating Conditioner in an eco-friendly aqua pouch smells so good. It really moisturizes your hair and leaves a great scent behind.  No wonder it smells like candy; some of the ingredients include French plum oil and sweet almond peptides.


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Young Blood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint – This light, slippery tan liquid helps illuminate your face. I was told at Fred Segal that this is done with the least amount of ingredients. The tinted moisture makes me look dewey, and I like it. It even protects the skin with marine extracts, vitamin E and kiwi antioxidants.


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Advanced Mineral Pressed Powder allows you match your skin tone to a celebrity. There are four pressed compact powder shades that are a great way to control shine or to set your foundation. One hundred percent vegan.

Photo credit: www.allurebeauty.com

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Mascara by Benefit They’re Real – Simply real looking, when you want no clumps and you want it to work the first time.


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Blue Mascara in half size tubes by Sumita Beauty – Sometimes I get bored with brown for day and black for night and I want my green eyes to pop. That’s when I use this cool fun shade of blue. Sometimes, I just use it on my top lashes for dramatic effect. Sumita offers great liners and mascaras in fun colors too.


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Sibu Beauty Daytime Facial Cream – This citrus-y orange smelling lotion with sea buckhorn helps protect and nourish your skin and is 100 percent natural. This light, non-greasy formula comes with omega 7 fatty acids.


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OPI Nail Laquer in Polka.com – Who doesn’t want a party on their nails? My nails look like they are doused in confetti. This OPI polish goes on clear with small and large glitter sparkles. You can even use it over another color.


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Frederic Malle Parfums – These tiny test tube parfum editions go on strong and last all day. For my elegant, girly side I like Carnal Flower. When I want to come on strong, Bigarade has an intense exotic smell.


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Tampon service – Yep! I met a girl at a furniture gallery party who founded a website so you can get your monthly supplies delivered right to your door for a whole lot cheaper AND you can select the brand, sizes and quantity you need. Genius idea, if you ask me, especially when many of us who live in cities don’t have time to shop, schlep to the cheaper Target type stores, or just want to save some money. Sent Her Way is based right here in Santa Monica.


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