Lighten Dark Spots with Dermalogica PowerBright Trx Trio

I'm paying for the skin sins of my youth in hyperpigmentation and an abundance of dark spots from both acne and lack of sunscreen usage. Over the years I've learned how to best conceal them with makeup in order to fake a great complexion. However, when the makeup comes Read more

DIY Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Bombs

Candy canes may be great for stuffing stockings, adorning trees, or a sweet snack, but the minty holiday staple can also be incorporated into your beauty routine. Peppermint oil contains minerals and nutrients including iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and C, and is soothing to the Read more

Subtle Green Customizable Skin Care

Subtle Green, a Montreal-based luxury skin care company, recently caught my attention. Much of what they stand for is something I have been saying for years - "The best moisturizers do not have to contain 'miracle ingredients' developed using 'breakthrough technologies' in a remote secret laboratory." There are tried Read more

#HeartMyHair Twitter Party November 25 1-2pm EST #ad

Photo Credit: Great Contradictions Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about hairstyles! On November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm ET, please join us for the #HeartMyHair Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the new Conair Curl Secret and the Read more

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Scrub

With the busiest season of the year upon us, sometimes caring for ourselves (and our skin) sadly ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. (Please don't let it.) Fortunately, facialist Cecilia Wong has designed a seasonal at-home, DIY facial scrub that requires little time and effort, which can Read more

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Review: Andalou Kukui Cocoa Body Butter

Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Body Butter #review #bathandbody #beauty

My beauty regimen isn’t complete if I don’t start off with a well moisturized body regardless if it’s below 10 degrees or a sizzling 90. You can look like a million bucks in that cute dress, but if your skin looks itchy and dry, it ruins the whole outfit and not to mention, a good time.

Living in Minnesota, it can get a bit tricky finding the right body moisturizer with the change of seasons. In winter, you need something a bit more moisturizing, but come the hotter months and humidity you don’t want to use that same heavy moisturizer and feel like you took a bath in cooking oil. Finding a light but effective body moisturizer can sometimes be a bit overwhelming with all the choices out there so you (me) may end up grabbing the one with the pretty packaging only to find out that the smell is way off or it feels tacky on your skin. Pretty packaging doesn’t necessarily means effective… Read more

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Review: Proactiv Oil Blotting Sheets

It’s been a hot, muggy summer here in NYC, and the time spent underground on the subway has taken a serious toll on my skin. I hate having to re-apply my makeup every time I emerge from the depths below (also known as the NQR line), so I’m always in the market for a quick fix.

Oil blotters are a great option for removing excess oil and pore-clogging dirt. Curently, I’m carrying around Proactiv’s Oil Blotting Sheets to take care of any midday shine that comes my way – and it’s been doing a great job so far. I was a loyal Proactiv customer in my youth (hel-lo, awkward teen years), so I already knew that it would work for me.  Read more

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Review: Skinnygirl Face and Body

Smoothing & Firming goodness!

Bethenny Frankel has long been a household name since her Housewives days – but her legacy extends far beyond  NYC luxury living. Her line of Skinnygirl beverages has become the drink of choice for many, and she’s recently launched a body care line in the same vein.

I was super excited to try Skinnygirl Body Products, mainly because of my pre-existing affinity for all that is Bethenny. She has a ton of different products – I decided to try out the Body Solutions Kit which included a Smoothing & Firming Body Wash, Smoothing & Firming Body Lotion, and Body Shimmer for a nice post-shower glow.   Read more

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Miracle Clay Review

I’ve long been a fan of clay masks. Having combination skin, it typically is one of the best ways to absorb the excess oil and balances my skin back out. A newer beauty company, Miracle Clay, recently contacted me about a few products from their line based on clay (obviously.) I tried out their Ancient Clay Soap (for body), Magnetic Clay Mask (a facial cleanser mask) and Healing Clay (for blemishes.)   Read more

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Overnight Lip Treatments For Softer, Fuller Lips While You Sleep

Unless you’re a stickler for protecting your pucker during these hot summer months (good for you!), chances are, your lips aren’t having as much fun as you are while you mingle at friends’ pool parties and bask the day away at the beach. Plus, if you have that dreadful bad habit of constantly chewing on dry lips like I do, and just can’t help making things even worse, your smoocher probably hates you right now. But don’t fret – even if you forget that ever-so-important SPF lip balm before leaving the house, hope is not lost – you can still soothe sun-abused, wind-ravaged lips while you sleep. Seriously!  Read more

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Review: Soap & Glory Bath and Body Products

Soap & Glory’s iconic retro images and whimsical product titles have captured the hearts of beauty lovers across the globe. Though the funky packaging has caught my eye quite a few times while browsing my local Sephora, I hadn’t had a chance to actually try the products until now.

I was very pleased with the products, and I loved how seamlessly they worked together:

1. Exfoliate. First, I sloughed off any dead or flaky skin with Flake Away. As a woman with chronically dry skin, I’m a big critic of  exfoliators. This particular scrub ranks among my top 5 all-time favorites, with only Sabon’s exfoliator ahead of it.  Read more

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What’s in My Summer Makeup Bag? e.l.f. Lotion Wipes and Clinique Chubby Stick

Summer Makeup Bag: Clinique Chubby Stick and e.l.f. Lotion Wipes
As much as I enjoy playing with makeup, one of the reasons I adore summer so much is because I don’t need to wear as much product as I do during the colder months.  Thanks to a (very gentle) kiss from the sun, my skin is clearer, allowing me to nix foundation, concealer, and bronzer.

On days when I dare to go especially bare, I pack only the essentials in my beach bag.  Aside from a standard SPF 45 and a sun hat (must haves!), there are two secret weapons I’ve yet to leave home without this summer.

The first: tinted lip balm. After floating from brand to brand, I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Clinique’s Chubby Stick. The tried-and-true classic packs a triple punch with a kiss of color, SPF 15, and serious moisturizing properties.  I’m a personal fan of the “Chunky Cherry” shade, but the color is so subtle that almost any shade will do the trick.  Read more

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Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Scrub

Summer is the time when I increase my exfoliation a bit (no one wants to see flaky pegs) and long for tropical or beach fragrances. Thanks to the folks at Laura Mercier, I get to experience both with her Almond Coconut Milk Scrub.

What I love about this creamy scrub is that it is a mixture of both sugar and beads (which are safest for exfoliation), olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil and sweet almond oil.  It comes in a hefty 12 ounce glass jar, which I thankfully have not broken yet.  I found this scrub to be gentle enough for everyday use, and it left a delicious scent behind on the skin (which makes me want to buy the Almond Coconut Milk Souffle Body Creme.) Not to mention that my bathroom smells heavenly during my shower and the scent lingers in the air for hours. Mmm. Seriously, I can’t begin to describe to you how yummy this scent is. You’ll just have to try it for yourself. Especially if you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.   Read more

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Dr. Jart’s Water Fuse Beauty Balm Gets Put to the Test

While I’m still pondering whether my full year subscription to Birchbox was a wise purchase or a poorly-targeted impulse buy, after two months I can say that it has given me the chance to test out a few products I’ve been on the fence about. Take BB creams for example – since they’ve really started skyrocketing in popularity stateside, I’ve been on the prowl for the perfect one, and Birchbox let me give Dr. Jart’s Water Fuse Beauty Balm a test-drive.   Read more

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Fade Scars and Dark Spots with InviCible Scars

Fade Scars and Dark SpotsWith reports of skin cancer, breast cancer, c-sections and cosmetic surgery – all on the rise – so too is the incidence of scarring. Not surprisingly, once the healing process sets in – both physical and psychological – the first thing people with fresh scars want to do is fade them. I know that when I had my gall bladder out, it left behind a large scar that I quickly wanted to hide. From working with the team behind InviCible Scars there are something things I’ve learned when it comes to fading scars (and dark spots) — there is more to it than just applying a cream.

Ironically, people’s first inclination in response to a new scar is to sit in the sun to help even out the color and texture. I know that with previous scars, this is exactly what I thought I should do. While sun exposure is essential for vitamin D absorption, it’s perhaps the worst possible thing a person can do for a scar. UV exposure not only darkens a scar’s appearance (sometimes even permanently), especially among more olive-toned complexions, but it can also impact texture, causing the scar to thicken. For those who can’t avoid the sun entirely this summer, Dr. Chrysopoulo (the plastic surgeon behind InviCible) recommends using a topical scar cream, like InviCible, and ALWAYS covering the area with a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30.  Read more

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