I went for a short walk outside this weekend and realized something awful: winter is coming. My body was yearning for the comfort of a hat and soft scarf as I made my way down the street with the cold air hitting me in various directions causing me to speed-walk into the comfort of a department store. Yes, cold weather, I blame you for turning my noble intentions of an afternoon walk into an unnecessary shopping spree.
With the winter temperature fast approaching it’s important to adjust your skin care routine to incorporate products that help keep the skin moisturized and hydrated. One new product that launched this fall promises to do just that – enter Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, a new product inspired by new Dermatology hydration procedures such as Juvederm® Hydrate. The serum was developed to address “Age-Related Dehydration,” a skin condition that contributes to the appearance of aging and is caused by an imbalance and lack of water within the skin. When the skin has this imbalance, the creepy signs of aging appear sooner.
“As we age, the concentration of moisture-binding molecules within the skin progressively diminishes, allowing essential moisture to escape and making the skin prone to showing signs of age-related dehydration, said Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s Consulting Dermatologist.
73% of women in the US cited dull, tired looking skin as a serious skincare concern. This breakthrough formula has clinically demonstrated to help correct the signs of Age-Related Dehydration by “flooding” the deepest surface layers of dehydrated skin to restore vital moisture. Plant-based glycerin and Shiso Leaf comprises 85 % of the emulsion; the result is that the skin gets some serious hydration, and appears more fresh, plump, and youthful. Below are some of the stats from the company’s clinical trials.
Immediately after using Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate:
• 87% of women said their skin felt more refreshed
• 86% of women said their skin felt more comfortable
• 81% of women said their skin felt more smooth
1 week after using Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate:
• 87% of women said their skin felt more deeply hydrated and moisturized
• 86% of women said their skin appeared more revitalized and rejuvenated
• 86% of women said the texture of their skin felt softer
The product is available in-store and online for $58.
I recently received The Wet Brush in a gorgeous pink color within an event gift bag. Prior to receiving the brush, I have always used a wide-tooth comb to detangle my unruly coils, but the product description as well as the ability to touch the product’s bristles through a small cavity on the plastic covering intrigued me enough that I had to pry it open and test the claim on the back of the packaging: “Best Detangling Brush Ever!”
The unisex brush is designed specifically to detangle stubborn knots, eliminating the tearing, tugging and pulling faced by many during hair brushing. At first, I didn’t think it would work well on my tight curls, so I was incredibly surprised at how easily the bristles passed through, without yanking ripping out any of my hair. I posted a short video on Instagram to show you the results. Click here to watch the video.
The brush features IntelliFlex bristles for adaptive flexibility with every stroke. It also has SoftTips – exclusive poly tips that are guaranteed not to fall off and aid in the prevention if hair loss during gentle styling.
Intrigued? Get one for yourself. The brush retails for $8.99 at thewetbrush.com.
In celebration of Virgin Atlantic’s 30th anniversary, cosmetics brand Illamasqua has partnered with the airline to launch the newest color in its Glamore Lipstick collection called “Virgin.” The hue was developed specifically to match Virgin Atlantic’s famous pantone red and will be worn by all Virgin Atlantic Stewardess.
“A key part of our look has always been the iconic red lips and Illamasqua really understands color and their lipsticks are known for their high pigmentation content which really makes them stand out from the crowd,” said Rebecca Creer, Global Spas and Styling Manager for Virgin Atlantic. “The new Virgin colour they have created complements our new uniform beautifully and will take the iconic Virgin red lip into the future.”
The new shade, which became available for sale to the public in early September for $26, is long-lasting and durable enough to within stand long flights, the company claims. The hydrating, satin finish lipstick goes on smoothly and is the perfect red for the fall.
In addition to developing the classic red lipstick, the team at Illamasqua also developed a new fresh make-up look for Virgin Atlantic Stewardess which features soft natural definition to the eyes and brows, as well as subtle contouring in order to create a complementary shape to the face.
Consumers can recreate the classic Virgin Atlantic look with an exclusive bundle available for purchase on illamasqua.com.
“In the US there are no laws that require cosmetics companies to demonstrate the effectiveness of their products,” reads one slide in a Buzzfeed video entitled, 11 Terrifying Facts About Makeup which was release earlier this year. According to the Food and Drug administration, “cosmetic companies can use almost any ingredient they choose,” the video educates viewers. For example, formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer in humans can be found in products such as hair gel, shampoo and nail polish and lotion.
Bottom line: read the labels of the beauty products you buy and be careful of the products you chose to use on your skin.
If you want an easy way to find out if the product you are using or want to buy is safe, visit the Environmental Working Group’s website, which provides safety ratings for over 69,000 products.
If you haven’t seen it already, watch the video from Buzzfeed below. Also, check out a previous article I wrote on this blog: Weird Ingredients lurking in your Beauty Products.
This month, Essence of Beauty, is adding a new indulgent collection of products to the shelves of CVS/pharmacy with the launch of its Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection. Launched in 2002, the brand has become the drugstore retailer’s #1 best-selling fragrance and body care line.
Infused with nourishing, aromatic botanical ingredients and essential oils, the full bath collection is available in the following scents:
• Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil – Energizing lemon verbena and soothing olive oil refresh and stimulate your senses
• Eucalyptus with Mint Oil – Soothing eucalyptus and spearmint oil cool and refresh your body
• Lavender with Rosemary Oil – Soft, calming lavender and rejuvenating rosemary oil relax your mind and body
Each scent includes a collection of the following bath and body products: Hand Cream, Body Butter, Sugar Scrub, Botanical Body Wash, Foaming Bath Soak, Nourishing Body Oil and Shea Butter Bar Soap.
The prices range from $5.99 to $9.99, and will be sold exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and online at www.CVS.com.
WHAT IS IT: An ultra-hydrating body wash infused with the moisturizing powers of shea butter to improve the appearance of dry skin. It’s also loaded with the antioxidant benefits of blueberries to fight the formation of free radicals.
HOW IT FEELS: The silky gel-like liquid lathers very nicely and leaves skin feeling refreshed and clean. I have eczema, and the product does not dry out my skin and keeps flare-ups at bay. It also has a lovely smell, courtesy of lavender and blueberries.
TIP: The hardness of the bottle makes it impossible squeeze the product out. Forego trying to use the dispenser, and just unscrew the whole cap off so you can pamper your skin.
BOTTOM LINE: For the large bottle you get for the price, this is a good buy. It does the job of delicately cleansing the skin, without leaving behind and residue.
BONUS: If you have a few extra minutes to luxuriate, the body wash also doubles as a bubble bath, so that’s two products for the price of one!
A couple of years ago, I was introduced to TATCHA, a skincare regimen inspired by the beauty rituals of geishas, who are known for their perfect, radiant skin. I have been a huge fan of the line ever since, and carry around TATCHA’s Original Aburatorigami – Japanese Blotting Papers with me everywhere I go to get rid of excess oil when I’m on-the-go (they make me feel extra special since they contain real gold flecks).
In my first blog post about the line, I went over the four-step ritual which includes the Cleansing Oil, Enzyme Powder, Brightening Serum and anti-aging moisturizer tailored to your skin type (click here to read that post). I reviewed the full-sized products in the collection, but if you’re still a little weary about trying a new skincare routine, you now have the option to purchase the full ritual in mini-sized products with TATCHA’s Ritual Discovery Kit which includes the following:
• PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil—25mL
• POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder—14 x 1g packets
• RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum—10mL
• SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream—10mL
I love the products in this line because they are simple and really work. The PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, for example, is my go-to face cleanser to remove heavy makeup since it softly cleanses my skin without overdrying it. I usually follow the cleanser with the POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, which gently exfoliates and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.
The three main ingredients in the line are Green Tea, Okinawa Red Algae and Japanese Rice Bran, which also happen to be staples in the Japanese diet. Eight week clinical trials of the ritual have shown that users experienced a 50% reduction in redness and age spots, 70% decrease in the appearance of pore size, 60% decrease in the depth of wrinkles, and 155% increase in moisture retention.
If you’re interested in enhancing your skin’s natural beauty, click here to buy the two-week Ritual Discovery Kit available at tatcha.com for $59.
The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was held yesterday at the Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles, California. There were many amazing fashion and makeup looks, but what stood out the most to me was all of the fabulous hairstyles. Below are a few of my favorites, which seemed to be favorites among the stars themselves, as many of them looked identical as they donned the same hair look.
Slicked Backed Low Bun
Romantic Chignon with Wispy Flyaways
Which hairstyles were your favorite?
A new premium beauty line has just hit the market and, no, you can’t find it within your typical high-end department stores. You can only get it at – drumroll please – CVS/pharmacy. Makeup Academy is a new quality cosmetics line developed by makeup professionals and beauty experts who wanted to bring high-quality products to consumers without the department store prices. The Makeup Academy line has more than 145 products within three categories – lip, brushes, and false eyelashes.
· Lip – The lip line contains 100 products including lipsticks, glosses, crayons, stains, liquid lipsticks, and balms.
· Professional Brushes – The brush collection includes a Pro BB/CC Cream Brush, Foundation Brush and a Point Liner Brush for gel eyeliners.
· False Lashes – The extensive range of false lashes are for both beginners and pros, and include a collection of fine and volume boosting lashes to create the perfect look.
The products are now available in-store and online at www.cvs.com/muapro and range in prices from $4.00-$24.99.