When LUSH says “Breath of Fresh Air” they really mean it!
All LUSH toners are slightly different than what you may be used to and as Martha Stewart would say “that’s a good thing.” They are alcohol-free and work by providing a moisture boost to the skin. They are packed with skin-soothing essential oils that help combat tiredness, dryness and blemishes. Breath of Fresh Air is made specifically for dry, sun damaged skin and refreshes with nutrients directly from the sea to your skin. Fresh seawater gently cleanses, while carrageen (seaweed) extract softens and provides essential vitamins and minerals. And all the while, rose absolute and aloe vera are soothing dry areas. Read more
I will do anything that I can to lessen the negative effects of traveling during the holidays on my skin and nails. During this time of the year I go from a hot humid climate, to one that is frigid, icy cold and dry and everything in between. It’s no wonder I can often be seen sporting dry, jagged cuticles and clogged pores during this time of year. Well I’ve found two from Josie Maran Cosmetics that are sure to lessen…and hopefully eradicate my skin and nail woes.
The Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes contain a blend of aloe vera, chamomile, argan oil, cucumber and Vitamin E and are fragrance free, paraben free and petrochemicals free. These amazing makeup removing wipes are even gentle enough to use on your eyes. They did a great job of removing my makeup…even my mascara and I love how refreshing they feel and smell. Read more
By now you know that I consider exfoliation a VERY important step in helping to fight aging. Exfoliation helps to turn over dead skin cells on the surface of the skin revealing younger, fresher skin. One of the easiest and least expensive ways to exfoliate is a facial scrub. but how do you chose one? Look for ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acid and fine scrubbing beads.
Tell you what–I’ll save you all that work by recommending Murad Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser ($35), part of Murad’s Age Reform line. The Age Reform line is specifically formulated with advanced anti-aging ingredients created to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, restore resilience and firmness and refine texture and improve tone. Read more
This past summer I had the opportunity of traveling to the city of Cebu in the Philippines to shoot a show for Fashion One Television. While there I was fortunate enough to work with an amazing makeup artist by the name of Beatriz Lopez
. Beatriz is a London based freelancer, who provides makeup and hair styling for a broad range of clients from fashion and advertising to private commissions. Fully certified in all aspects of makeup, including special effects and body painting, she is also experienced in styling natural and synthetic hair. Bea is just downright super talented and I absolutely loved my hair and makeup whenever she worked on me on set, so I was readily accepting of any beauty suggestions/tips she was kind enough to offer. Read more
If you are someone who suffers from acne, clear skin can feel a bit like a myth. There are several factors that control acne, however, and by learning a little more about them, you can help prevent acne and help the acne that you have clear up more quickly. Check out some of these tips for staying on top of your skin care.
Skip the Soap
It seems counter-intuitive, but the truth of the matter is that soap dries out your skin. Acne worsens when skin is dry, as it leaves the skin more prone to cracks and thus to bacterial infections. In the morning, simply splash water on your face and go from there. Though your face might feel a bit oily for a few days, it will normalize in a surprisingly short amount of time. Leave the soap for the rest of your body and wash your face with water instead. Read more
I am all about beautifying from the inside out. After all, people are always saying “you are what you eat”, so it would make sense that if you put great things into your body you will look great on the outside. Or at least that’s what I hope for, which is why I choose to eat a mostly clean and healthy diet and take my supplements whenever I can. I also normally try to avoid the latest beauty/diet fad since they never really seem to live up to the hype.
That said, I could barely resist the urge to try Sibu Sea Buckthorn Revitalize & Renew Juice and Cellular Support Dietary Supplements. Sibu Sea Buckthorn products promote healthy and beautiful skin, hair and nails due to Sea Buckthorn being an amazing source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. It is also a rich source of essential fatty acid, Omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production, cellular support and healthy skin, hair and nails. Read more
I used to thoroughly enjoy getting facials. More than any other spa treatment, my love of facials bordered on addiction. Not only were they relaxing, but I loved knowing that my skin had been deep cleaned. This was until the last facial that I got, which left me with a pea sized scab on my face which later turned into a prominent scar thanks to some very aggressive extraction.
For someone who does not like to wear any kind of cover-up from foundation, powder to concealer, having a very visible scar on my face was more than mildly irritating. I was contemplating getting a series of microdermabrasion or peels to see if they would help to fade the scar, but was not too excited about the cost of either service. Thankfully I was given the opportunity to try the TCA Spot Peel Kit from skinactives. I say thankfully because the kit is only $60 and it was something I was able to do myself. Read more
emerginC is a new line for me and I’m happy I discovered it. The brand prides itself on offering a full line of active, result-oriented products containing a wide variety of pure, potent botanicals and fruit acids, as well as cutting edge medical and cosmeceutical-grade ingredients.
All of emerginC products are paraben-free, free of artificial colors and fragrances, and they do not test on animals or use animal ingredients. In addition, their product boxes are printed on Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified paperboard, printed with non-toxic vegetable-based inks. They are also a proud compact signer at safecosmetics.org. This is brand I can get behind! Read more
LUSH has a very scary lineup of items for Halloween 2012. Fall is my favorite time of year–the trees changing color, the crisp morning air, hot apple cider, a warm fireplace and LUSH Halloween goodies! Aren’t they the cutest? And of course the smell is divine!! The entire collection consists of: Read more
Age-less skincare. That’s Freeze 24/7’s tagline, which is suitable for a brand that definitely makes me look younger.
Freeze 24/7 Skin Glace Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask is a self-foaming cleanser that will remove impurities from your skin while delivering hydration to leave your skin brighter and healthier looking. Read more