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

Cosmetics

Summer Makeup from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

pauline_youngblood_mineral_cosmeticsA few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Pauline Youngblood-Soli, President and Founder of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, when I gave a presentation at the HBA Expo. Since my makeup bag seems to be overflowing with Youngblood products these days, I asked Pauline if she would contribute some thoughts on Summer makeup.  And she did!

Summer is the perfect season to lighten up your makeup routine. It’s all about effortless beauty. I recommend using products that feel airy, won’t clog pores and hold up to the heat and humidity.   Read more

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Get Gilded With Real Gold-Infused Makeup Picks

Gold is already an iconic color of summer, from shimmering beach sands to glowing sun-kissed complexions. But what about real gold? As extravagant as it sounds, the mineral is popping up in all sorts of makeup, from 24k-infused lip glosses and luxe powder eyeshadows to even golden hair pomade! Believe it or not, the extra bling really does serve a purpose beyond just being an indulgent added ingredient — gold flecks give formulas enhanced shine, and appears more subtly shimmery than some Mica-infused products that can appear too glittery or chunky. Believe it or not, most 24k products aren’t much more expensive than their less luxurious brand counterparts, so be careful not to get swindled into paying big bucks for the extra glitz!  Read more

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Mascara That Doesn’t Smudge or Flake? Makeup Artist Roberto Morelli Answers

lancome_eyelashI received the same makeup question from two readers recently:

“Can you recommend a mascara that doesn’t smudge or flake?” Audrey in NJ and Jessica in PA.

I knew the perfect person to ask, none other than celebrity makeup artist, Roberto Morelli. You may remember Roberto worked with celebrity hairstylist Davide Torchio to give me my makeover this past February (summary: it was awesome.)

Roberto’s answer?  Read more

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Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer Is Worth The Splurge!

Although I love makeup, I hate feeling like I’m hiding under layers of product (especially in the summer), and I rarely have the time to get into multi-step application processes (concealer, base, powder, etc). I usually just like to stick to the basics — foundation, a sweep of shadow, a swipe of gloss — to get my desired look and hit the road! However, ever since I received my first sample of Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Pore Refiner, I’ve been totally addicted and just had to add face primer to my limited list of beauty routine essentials!  Read more

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Green Your Beauty Routine with Physicians Formula Organic Wear


Cosmetics are notorious for containing harsh chemicals, synthetic ingredients, and being sold in mountains of unnecessary packaging. Environmentally friendly cosmetics companies are starting to pop up here and there, but few have gone to the lengths that Physicians Formula have with their Organic wear line to ensure that they provide their customers with the best all-natural makeup solution on the market. The ingredients are free of synthetic preservatives, 100% cruelty free, and even the packaging is created with the earth in mind.  Read more

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Review: Avon MagiX Cashmere Finish Foundation & superExtend Mascara

In this beauty video review I’m dishing on Avon’s MagiX Cashmere Finish Foundation and superExtend mascara. MagiX Cashmere Finish Foundation is a weightless liquid mousse that creates a smooth, luminious finish. It’s as close to air brushing as makeup can get! superExtend mascara is a creamy formula (available in 4 shades) that claims to build long, sleek, separated lashes that create the look of lash extensions. But did they? Watch the video and find out!  Read more

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Purple Lab Lashionista Modelista

Karen Robinovitz Shannon Nelson Andrea LustigBack in October when A Girl’s Gotta Spa! had its 4 year blogiversary party in New York City, Andrea Pomerantz Lustig from Glamour and I had lunch with Purple Lab’s Creatrix, Karen Robinovitz. (Of course in full disclosure, if you know me and have read this blog long enough, you know that Karen is a friend and someone I work with.) While sitting across from her, we both couldn’t help but remark on her eyelashes. Andrea and I agreed that we thought she was wearing false lashes. And with a big grin Karen explained to us that it was her new eyelash product that would be debuting on HSN in February and she kept hush hush on the details. So I waited with baited breath for the launch.

The night Purple Lab took to HSN, I immediately placed my order online.  Read more

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Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow – Extase Pinks

If you haven’t gotten around to updating your beauty look for spring, it’s time to get to it! Not only does your skin tone and texture change from season to season, but the clothing colors you wear change too. So you’ll want to experiment with new makeup tones that complement both your skin and your wardrobe. Now is also time to begin wearing sunscreen every day and to perhaps use a lighter moisturizer.

I’m a big fan of buying makeup sets. You may think that 80% of what you get in a set you’ll never use. But you’d be surprised how many different looks you can achieve with a palette of new shades to inspire you. It’s nice to have all those extra colors there when the creative urge strikes.  Read more

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Josie Maran Natural Wonders Powder Palette

It’s time to start thinking of warming up makeup tones and leaving the cold drama of winter behind. With more bohemian and relaxed styles dominating right now, makeup is ranging from natural looks that enhance, to bright, funky colors that will welcome spring.

I kind of stuck with safe choices over the winter, so to be honest I’m ready to step out and do something bold now. Turquoise seems to be an imporant color for spring right. This Natural Wonders Powder Palette ($35 at Sephora) from Josie Maran has an iridescent turquoise right at the heart of it. Looking at the entire palette, there are definitely different combos here than what I would normally go for, so I’m looking forward to coming out of my shell a little bit. It includes five eye shadows , two blushes and a bronzer. A palette like this can be great if you’re ready to get over the winter blahs and move on to something more daring.

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VS Beauty Soft Focus Liquid Foundation SPF 20

Recently I attended a media preview for Victoria’s Secret beauty and had the chance to try some products from the VS Makeup collection. The collection is inspired by backstage beauty products used by experts and supermodels both off and on the runway. The collection was created by a former makeup pro for M.A.C. cosmetics. I was impressed with the sleek packaging and high performance formulas. I decided to give the VS Soft Focus Liquid Foundation SPF 20 ($16 for .8oz at Victoria’s Secret) a try.  Read more

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