Squeaky-Clean Skin & Antioxidant Protection With Biossance’s New Product

Biossance Antioxidant Cleansing Oil

(Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil, $30)

Looking for a daily facial cleansing oil that effortlessly dissolves long-wear makeup and impurities while leaving skin clean, moisturized and smooth? Then look no further than Biossance’s Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil. It’s formulated with 100 percent plant-derived squalane and hemisqualane, this soothing cleansing oil easily removes even the toughest long-wear makeup with a non-toxic formula and sustainable ingredients. But what makes this product stand out is the antioxidant protection. Antioxidants protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. Antioxidants in skin care products can do a lot for the health and appearance of your skin, including reducing the signs of aging. From calming inflamed skin to tightening and toning, antioxidants offer great benefits from natural sources.

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(Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil, $30)


  1. Anti-inflammation: One of the most desirable benefits of antioxidants in skin-care products is the calming of inflammation. Reducing inflammation promotes more even skin tone and helps keep acne and wrinkles at bay.
  2. Skin firming: Another top benefit of antioxidant skin care is skin firming. Antioxidants may actually reverse the effects of aging by improving skin health and rejuvenating its appearance.
  3. Reduced appearance of wrinkles: Although it is nearly impossible to make wrinkles disappear, skin-care products with antioxidants can help plump out the skin and make it appear more youthful. Most antioxidants are great for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, but vitamins C and E are especially beneficial.
  4. Repair of sun damage: We all know that too much sun is dangerous, but it can also be bad for your skin’s appearance, drying it out and damaging cells. Sun damage can make skin appear tough and wrinkly. Antioxidants that stimulate blood flow in the skin can help encourage the growth of new cells and make sun-damaged skin appear younger. Many antioxidant-rich beauty products are available for treating sun damage, including cleansers like Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil and moisturizers that you can use on your entire body.
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(Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil, $30)


What do you think of Biossance’s new cleansing oil? Have you tried it?


Meet the Hair Care Line that Will Transport You to the Tropics

Gloss Moderne

(Gloss Moderne High Gloss Shampoo, $45 | Gloss Moderne High-Gloss Conditioner, $45 | Or Duo Together, $80)

Gloss Moderne, the sulfate-free, paraben-free, and vegan, clean luxury hair care line made for every hair type, and everyone. Last July of 2016 Le Petit Mondea featured Gloss Moderne’s High-Gloss masque, and loved it. Now with the heavenly tropical scented High-Gloss shampoo and conditioner, I’m ready for summer. Both products smell like a vacation and I’m instantly transported to beaches, palm trees, and relaxing in the summer sun. Coconut oil makes everything better, and both Gloss Moderne’s High-Gloss products are coconut oil-infused leaving hair shiny, manageable, and did I mention shiny? Your strands will be gleaming. It’s the secret to the shiniest hair, it’s almost like your hair took a trip to an island getaway for a reboot and came back lush and revived.

Gloss Moderne High Gloss Shampoo
(Gloss Moderne High-Gloss Shampoo, $45)
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What could be more appropriate for spring & summertime? And for readers of LPMA, here is 20% off your order, use code: LEPETITMONDEA20Go buy NOW!



At the Circle of Anti-Aging Beauty with Mun Skin

Mun Skin Care Review

(Mun Akwi Purifying Cleanser | Mun Anarose Rose Toner | Mun Ayour Body Serum | Mun Aknari Brightening Serum | Mun Argan Oil, Travel Set: $75)

Revisiting my favorite serum and a few new favorites from the natural skincare brand Mun. This brand might look familiar to you, I raved about Mun Skin way back in 2012. Mun is still carries my all-time favorite serum, now called Aknari Brightening Serum and switched from infusing Moroccan Rose to Bulgarian Rose in their products. “Aknari is Berber for Prickly Pear, the defining ingredient in the precious elixir. I love the meanings of each product, Mun is pronounced ‘Moon’. The brand works with Berber women’s coop to source Prickly Pear Seed, Argan, and Olive oil, so Mun Skin wanted to honor them.

Confession, I.. Alyssa have an exploratory obsession with Rose scented beauty products and fragrances. Especially authentic rose, and in particular Bulgarian Rose scented products. It actually started with the first rose product I ever tried, Mun’s Aknari Brightening Serum. It was this sensory experience that kicked off my quest to find more rose scented products. But besides the unbelievable aroma, Aknari contains Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Argan oil which together are age-defying and brightening. Packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, the serum is lightweight and never looks greasy. In tandem these oils will have your skin looking soft and wrinkle-free in the long term.

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(Akwi Purifying Cleanser, $60)

The Akwi Purifying Cleanser, Akwi for “awakening”, an apt name for an invigorating balm that brings the skin to life. This oil-based pH balanced cleanser uses Castor oil, Argan oil, Camellia Seed oil, and Rice Bran oil to sweep away impurities without stripping the skin of essential moisture. All while providing antioxidant, anti-aging, and moisturizing benefits. It’s especially effective at dissolving makeup and one pump of product comes out as a white, lightweight cream. As I apply it and begin to massage the skin it turns into a clear balm that looks like a gel but feels creamy and soothing. Starting with dry skin and dry hands, I like to dispense about 8-10 pumps of product into the palm of my hands, which is more than enough to cover my entire face. I keep adding water as needed, and then I grab a clean face towel and  start to remove whatever is left on the skin. The scent is enjoyable–fresh and uplifting, which is the reason behind its name, Akwi.

Continuing with Mun’s complete ant-aging line that includes the Akwi Purifying Cleanser all the way to a body serum. The Anarose Hydrating Toner, Anarose meaning “hope”, this multi-tasking toner safe for every skin type. Infused with hydrating Aloe Vera, soothing and anti-bacterial Rose Water, and exfoliating Willow Bark extract, this formula will become your go-to toner. Especially since there are tons and tons of toners on the market, it can be hard to choose which is right for you. But with Anarose, it doesn’t contain harsh and aging alcohol like most toners. You’ll reach for it time and time again.

Full list of ingredients:

  • Rose Water*
  • Aloe Leaf Juice*
  • Prickly Pear Stem Extract
  • Goji Berry Fruit Extract
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Willow Bark Extract* (Natural Salicylic Acid)
  • Rose Flower Extract
  • Jasmine Flower Extract
  • Daisy Flower Extract
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Glycerin
  • Dehydroatic Acid
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Maltodextrin
  • Deionized Water
  • *Certified Organic


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Mun Ayour Body Toning Serum, “Ayour” is berber for moon, a play on the name of founder Munemi Imai. This powerful treatment for the body softens, smooths and tones the skin. The silky, fast-absorbing formula is enriched with Moroccan Olive Oil, a highly effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that brightens and evens out skin tone. Combined with Cucumber Seed Oil, it works to fight free radicals. Together, Rosehip Seed Oil and Prickly Pear Seed Oil minimize the appearance of stretch marks and wrinkles. Lavender, Neroli and Frankincense soothe skin and provide anti-aging benefits. This fast-absorbing serum leaves the skin moisturized and silky-soft. Effective for all skin types. The scent is subtle, rare even, and unique. A body serum that’s silky and skin-quenching, plus has aromatherapy benefits that create a calming, relaxed vibe- what could be better?


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Fragrance Spotlight: Viva La Juicy Sucré

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Sucre Review

(Viva La Juicy Sucré Eau de Parfum Spray, 3.4 oz, $96)

There is a new fragrance that’s hit the shelves from Juicy Couture and it’s their most openly gourmand fragrance to date: Viva La Juicy Sucré; “sucré” means « sweetened » in French…

” Sumptuous and feminine, the mouthwatering fragrance tempts even the most disciplined to live in the moment. Deny yourself nothing. “

The gourmand fruity-floral has top notes of Brazilian gardenia, mandarin and red currant; the scent segues into a heart of orange blossom, jasmine flower, peach nectar and almond cream; the base is rich like cake, batter, with notes of cocoa bean, sandalwood, whipped cream and vanilla extract.

To entice your tastebuds visually, the design of the flacon takes inspiration from a cupcake. If you ever dreamt of inhaling a pastry instead of eating it, here’s another opportunity to do it, guilt-free.

The wear is quite good at around 5 hours with a nice linger and a little bit of a mellowing of the fragrance as at around hour four it loses some of it’s initial sweetness and gives way to more vanilla.

If Viva la Juicy isn’t sweet enough for you I doubt Sucre will disappoint. This takes sugar and sweetness to a way higher level. The scent is girlish, youthful, with plenty of cuteness thrown in.

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(Viva La Juicy Sucré Eau de Parfum Spray, 3.4 oz, $96)

And if you start to feel a little guilty for shelling out for that extravagant perfume you’ve had your eye on, there is a legitimate reason to back up that purchase.

For one thing, unlike most beauty products, perfumes don’t really have an expiration date (barring how quickly you go through a bottle, of course). Just be sure to store scents in cabinets away from direct exposure to sunlight or humid environments.


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(Viva La Juicy Sucré Eau de Parfum Spray, 3.4 oz, $96)

2 Innovative K-Beauty Products You Need to Try Now

2 Innovative K-Beauty Products You Need to Try Now

(Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask, $24 | Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule, $49)

 Call me a gullible gal, but anytime a skincare or makeup product is labeled with the word “Korean,” I’m hooked. I’ve tried my share of Korean products that have essentially changed my entire skincare routine (hi, sheet masks and essences) and, consequently, the state of my skin, so I trust the efficacy of each new K-beauty product I use with every fiber of my being. And the powerful performance of K-beauty products is only equaled by how fun they are to use.


Seoul Apothecary is the ideal place to shop for all your Korean based skin care needs, from masks that treat hyperpigmentation to ampoule’s than can cure pimples and make wrinkles less apparent. Seoul Apothecary curate and customize bringing together Korea’s best skin care brands and products, creating unique kits and regimens made exclusively for you.

Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask
(Mizon Good Night White Sleep Mask, $24)

Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask is a moisturizing night cream that’s superb for those with dry or uneven skin. It’s nourishing, hydrating, brightening and light-weight enough to be worn all the way into the summer months. If you’re looking for an extra moisture boost, try this sleeping mask- you’ll love it, plus at $24 it’s a budget-friendly steal!

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule
(Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule, $49)

 I was very keen on deciding to try Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule. An ampoule is usually step 8 in the multiple step K-Beauty routine. Ampoules are similar to serums in that they contain high concentrations of active ingredients designed to treat specific concerns like dark spots, fine lines or wrinkles. However, ampoules contain even higher concentrations of active ingredients than serums, making them perfect for giving your skin the boost it needs.

It’s calming, similar to Missha’s Treatment Essence and a small amount goes along way. It contains so many great ingredients like:

  • Probiotics which have been shown to strengthen the skin’s barrier function, which protects the skin from harmful environmental impurities.
  • Chamomile which possesses natural anti-inflammatory properties, Chamomilla Recutita helps reduce redness and irritation. It has also been found to help inhibit the spread of acne causing bacteria.
  • Retinol is naturally found in a number of plants, but most notably in grapes. The compound works as a powerful antioxidant, preventing damage from free radicals that can result in wrinkles and other signs of aging.
  • Saccharomyces Ferment is an excellent source of amino acids and antioxidants, saccharomyces ferment is a naturally derived enzyme from yeast proven to soften and brighten dull skin for an even, dewy complexion.

I like to apply the ampoule in the morning before my moisturizer because it gives such an amazing glow and evens out my complexion.

To try either of these two products CLICK HERE!




Product Spotlight: Discover Your Skin’s Natural Vitality

Kiehl's Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream

(Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, $60)

Winter is still lingering around and your skin can be suffering the effects from dry indoor air. Maybe you’re tired of using your regular moisturizer or facial oil and want to swap out, that’s passable. Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing cream is a 99.6% natural light moisturizer and skin treatment that harnesses the power of two ingredients, New Zealand Manuka Honey and Korean Red Ginseng. It’s for all skin types and both ingredients actually:

  • Boost skin’s natural resilience.
  • Helps fortify the skin barrier, increasing skin’s ability to recover.
  • Accelerates cell renewal for a vibrant glow and improved texture.
  • Healing and calming the skin thanks to the healing properties of Manuka Honey.
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(Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, $60)

I find it interesting that Kiehl’s uses the term vitality instead of anti-aging. Do you think the brand made that conscious decision to appeal to millennials?

But back to the actual product itself, the cream’s scent is slightly odd at first, it’s not what you would expect. Maybe herbal-medicinal scent that probably originates from the Red Ginseng. You imagine it would be sticky with honey being the main ingredient but actually this cream melts into the skin. You need so little to feel fully covered and hydrated. It has no parabens, no mineral oil, no synthetic color or fragrance. If you feel inspired to try this out, you can purchase it at Kiehls or Nordstrom!


2 Facial Tools to Bring the Spa Home

Stacked Skincare Review

(Stacked Skincare Micro-Roller, $30 | Stacked Skincare Dermaplanning Tool, $75)

Before I dive imangledfacen the admittingly unnerving world of at-home skin perfecting tools with the words ‘blades’ and ‘needles’ in their description, it can make any skincare aficionado apprehensive. Now I’m not squeamish when it comes to needles, I’ve had lasers and chemical peels all which cause some discomfort, and the thought of rubbing 540, .3mm tiny needles onto my face for the sake of beauty sounded tolerable to me. What I didn’t buy into was the thought of the infection, or not healing properly afterwords. My mangled face, the absolute horror! (see right)

Everyone is different of course, I have a lot of health issues I’m currently dealing with and definitely wanted to proceed with caution. But I came to realize with more information that at home dermarolling is much different than microneedling at a dermatologist’s office or licensed medical spa. They use an actual Skinpen that punctures deep holes beneath the layers of your skin causing blood to draw to the surface. This in turn is stimulating your skin’s natural ability to repair itself and builds collagen.

Created by Kerri Benjamin who used to suffer from severe eczema as a child later in life, she began research to remedy her issue and the company Stacked Skincare was born in 2009. It’s pretty simple, she has broken down Stacked Skincare into categories like serums, peels, and tools. The Micro-Roller is Stacked Skincare most popular tool as it’s easy to see why.

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(Stacked Skincare Collagen Boosting Micro-Roller, $30)

By micro-rolling and making those tiny injuries in the skin, you’re putting collagen production into overdrive and literally thickening the skin filling in lines and under-eye bags. I made sure to cleanse my face, apply a priming serum, and started rolling away. I went in all directions, only going over areas once or twice. It was painless, and my skin was a little flushed. I applied a moisturizer and went to bed. Woke up the next morning and my skin looked amazing! I don’t plan on using it more than once a month. But I am looking forward to making this apart of my regular beauty regimen. *Be sure to formally sterilize like any other surgical instrument in between uses, alcohol should work perfect.

Ststackedskincare4acked Skincare’s Dermaplaning Tool is their second most popular tool. Designed to provide similar results to an in-office dermaplaning treatment, safely remove peach fuzz and dead skin cells with this non-invasive exfoliation tool for instantly smoother and brighter skin. This is another tool that can be used once a month and be done with. You’ll be left with baby soft skin. When you’re actually doing it, it may look like something out of a horror movie, but it’s completely painless unless you have a shaky hand. I would suggest you leave it to the professionals.


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Vanity Series

Vanity Set Up

I thought it would be fun and creative to show what’s on current rotation on my vanity at the moment. These photographs will be included in my Vanity Series collection.

Clockwise from the left:

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This Secret Ingredient Is a Savior for Super-Dry Skin

Biossance Squalane Skincare Cover Photo Review

(Biossance Vitamin C + Rose Oil, $72 | Biossance 100% Squalane Oil, $58)

Le Petit Mondea has touted the benefits of Biossance skincare products last biossance dec 2016 screenshot  December of 2016:

Today we are revisiting two old favorites with newly re-designed and re-packaged squalane oil favorites of ours. First what is squalane? The key to squalane’s topical skincare success is that its molecular structure resembles our own skin’s design. The similarity allows it to penetrate the skin completely and synthesize quickly (2mm per second), so it won’t clog pores or leave a greasy residue behind. It’s also odorless and colorless, which are great properties of a moisturizer. Plus it has a shelf life of over two years.

  • It’s safe for all skin types, even the most sensitive.
  • It can be used on body, even in hair.
  • It’s consistency is thin and lightweight.
  • Non-toxic
  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben free
  • Phthalate free
  • Mineral oil-free
Biossance Squalane Vitamin C Rose Oil
(Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, $72)
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(Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, $72)

What you really want to know, is this the elixir of life? Can it replace all of my current serums, lotions, creams, magical potions? Yes and no. It will moisturize, if not better than your current moisturizer or oil routine. There are recent studies underway proving how effective Squalane may be as an anti-aging ingredient. Because it penetrates deeply, it may help to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Studies show it can stimulate cell turnover similar to Argan oil. Biossance adds the collagen enhancing benefits of oil soluble vitamin C to brighten and fight free radicals to their Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. If that isn’t a miracle elixir, I don’t what is.


And feel good knowing that since up to 60% of what you put on your body can be absorbed into your bloodstream, squalane also plays an important role in your overall health and well-being. Early studies have shown that increased intake, via ingestion of squalane has helped lower the risk of breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. Squalane has also been reported to lower cholesterol levels, protect against the common cold, improve blood circulation and the appearance of varicose veins, and increase overall natural energy. So I’m calling it, the elixir.

Biossance can now be purchased at Sephora retailers. 


It’s Not The 60’s But It Sure Feels That Way?

Province Apothecary Lavender Essential Oil Incense

(Province Apothecary Lavender Incense, $16)

When you hear the word incense, some may instantly associate the word with “hippy”, as the air was thick in 1960 with free-flowing incense and any other popular mood enhancing medley or concoction, I’m guessing. In today’s culture incense is often used in religious ceremonies and for recreational purposes like filling up yoga studio rooms. Burning incense is a peaceful act, and provides a relaxing environment unless you 1. have a headache, or 2. hate smoke. But at the end of a bad day at least you can light your incense and make the room smell fanfrickingtastic!

Province Apothecary Lavender Incense
(Province Apothecary Lavender Incense, $16)
This particular incense is a little different from the rest. Immediately opening from the package it packs a powerful punch of intense natural, real essential oil lavender. I pictured myself like I usually do(in my dreams of course) walking through a huge field of deep purple lavender in Provence France, and it’s about 65-70 degrees and I’m wearing a nice white dress.. oh sorry, I digress. The scent is calming and relaxing.
Province Apothecary infuse charcoal incense by hand with wild-crafted essential oils to bring you effortless aromatherapy for your everyday spaces. Each package contains 20 sticks. They also infuse their incense with pure therapeutic essential oils, no nasty + toxic fragrance oils. Go. Get. Yours. Now.