As summer approaches, and we eagerly anticipate the transition from cold winds to warm sunshine, it is important to make sure we have everything we need to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Summer weather means it’s time to beef up your SPF protection and switch from heavy foundations that may streak and look oily, to more lightweight products like tinted moisturizers and BB creams. Stay protected while maintaining a fresh complexion with Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream, an oil-free flesh-tinted BB Cream loaded with SPF 30 UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. It’s a 3-in-1 product that works a moisturizer, sunblock, and makeup primer, saving you time and money. You don’t have to worry about the color not matching your skin, since the moisturizer, which comes in one shade, is formulated with Dr. Denese’s Pro Melanin Technology™, and imparts an undetectable self-adjusting sheer tint for a flawless completion.
Cost: $34.00 for 1.5 oz and $75 for 4oz
How to use: Apply a generous amount of the day cream every morning to the face and neck. The product is safe enough to use around the eyes, including the upper eyelid. Reapply every few hours if you’re spending the day outdoors.
What I like: The cream blends into the skin smoothly and leaves behind a nice, matte finish. You should wear SPF year round, so it’s a nice option as a multi-tasking primer when using foundation during the cooler months. It doesn’t have a strong odor, nor does it or leave behind white residue, characteristic of most sunscreens.
Extra Info: The product is not pigmented enough to cover flaws, but it will give you a smooth canvas. Hide your imperfections by placing concealer only in the areas you need it, after applying the cream.
Where to buy: drdenese.com
If you are like me, you have spent a ton of money and time trying out every product that claims to be the latest and greatest new thing out on the market that will make you have beautiful, more youthful skin. In The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin, author Dana Ramos claims that many products on the market are not only costly, but useless. According to Dana, by following a simple “boot camp” skincare regimen consisting of several glycolic peels, you can transform your skin from dull to vibrant in as little as six weeks.
Anxious to read the secret to skin perfection I sat down with the glossy pink-and-green, army camouflage patterned book, and finished reading it in under an hour (FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review). The book is an easy read and written in a witty-tone, with the author handing out advice to you as if you are one of her best girlfriends.
“…there are some great books written by doctors which go into all the medical terms like dermis, epidermis and subcutaneous,” reads page 21. “The point of this book is to cut to the chase and give you basic cold, hard facts and info you need to get your skin looking terrific in a few weeks. This is boot camp, baby!”
In addition to providing skin regimen tips, Dana also lists makeup tips, as well how to transform your skin from head to toe. Here is a brief Q&A with Dana, where she answers some pressing questions, and provides some helpful skincare tips that can be used for the upcoming summer months and year-round.
How did you come up with the regimen?
I came up with the Regime after doing what my dermatologist, Dr. David Bank, instructed for years. In fact, he is the technical advisor of the book, and it is the TRUTH about skin care.
Are there any age groups that shouldn’t follow the regimen?
Anyone can follow it, but children should avoid it since their skin is too delicate and undeveloped. Pregnant women should also hold off on following the regimen even though there is very low risk of anything happening at all, it’s not worth taking the chance.
Since you are not a professional dermatologist, which should people trust your advice in the book?
Every single word in my book is approved by one of the most respected dermatologists in the United States: Dr. David Bank of New York. He was the technical advisor and wrote the forward. Furthermore, everything in the book is based on exactly what dermatologists suggest and reveal about what REALLY works in skin care, and what is just bull.
What is the most dramatic result someone has received from following the regimen?
I had bad skin and it has gotten better over the years. But one of my most notable clients is Tanning Mom; she healed her skin with The Skin Regime and you can see the results on my website.
What did you hope to achieve in writing the book?
I am passionate about teaching people the TRUTH about beauty products and skin care products. The beauty industry is full of fraudulent claims, and we waste billions on bogus products. People need to know the TRUTH which is laid out in the book. In fact, the very first page of the book is a challenge to the entire beauty industry to test against what The Skin Regime preaches. It is a powerful statement, and so far, no one has taken on the challenge.
I also give at least 5 percent of proceeds to worthy non-profit organizations. I really believe in giving back.
What are the biggest beauty product myths/scams out there on the market?
There are too many beauty myths to list in one answer, and I cover a lot of them in my book. For instance, the claims that you can get “firming” or “lifting” results in a bottle, or that the stuff in expensive skin care lines can do the things they claim—lies, lies, lies. They can’t. There ARE great products out there, and I teach how to recognize the fact from the fiction, and what the REAL pros say–the dermatologists in private practice. Again, you can read the “challenge” to the industry I give both as my first page in the book, and on my website (See Skin Myths Busted). I am out to BUST the myths and frauds, period.
What, in your opinion, are the top tips in the book everyone should follow year round?
Top tip, best ever: use sunscreen. The sun is the single worst thing for your skin. Smoking is number two on the list. No doctor in the world debates this, it is a FACT.
Another great tip: you can get great results with inexpensive drugstore items like Dove soap and Lubriderm lotion. Skip the expensive stuff. Any dermatologist will tell you the same thing.
And finally, you can give yourself exfoliation treatments, similar to what doctors use, safely, at home, and get great skin without having to pay a lot. That is one of the most revolutionary things I teach in the book. It is time for people to know they CAN do these things themselves.
With summer approaching, do you have any advice on how to transition into a new skin routine for the humid weather?
Use lighter moisturizers and makeup so that your skin can breathe. Don’t forget to do proper exfoliation. I have fabulous tips on this on my website, and in the book, of course.
What has been the most rewarding part of writing this book?
Hundreds of people have written to me saying that they had given up hope on getting great skin. They couldn’t believe that they had been lied to for so long by expensive beauty products, and now “see the light.” I love knowing I have helped those people save time and money. And for those who have severe issues such as severe acne or eczema, I have put them on the right track to get help with some of the newer treatments out there such as the use of light and lasers.
You can read the first 30 pages of the book for free at this link»
Click here to purchase the book on Amazon for just $8!
FTC Disclosure: This product was provided for review.
Over the years, I have become borderline obsessed with trying to find the best concealer to hide the genetic dark circles that have tormented my face since childhood. I always thought it would be great if a product would emerge on the market that would help fade the dark casts under my eyes, and reduce the tell-tale signs of aging. Alas, such a product has emerged promising to “get even” with dark under eye circles, whether it’s caused by hereditary factors, aging or thinning skin.
What is it? StriVectin-EV Get Even Dark Circle Corrector - A breakthrough, targeted eye treatment, clinically proven to be effective on all types of dark circles. 90% of women said they saw visibly lighter dark circle in only two weeks after using the product.
What it does: StriVectin-EV’s proprietary NIA-114™ molecule enhances the effectiveness of Vitamin C Actives to brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of discoloration under the eyes.
How to apply: Lightly dab (do not rub) around the eye area.
What I like: The luxurious cream provides instant hydration, and blends into the delicate skin around the eyes smoothly. It doesn’t leave behind any residue or tacky feeling, and also acts as a nice primer, making it easier for concealer to blend into the skin without a cakey effect. For an extra special touch, the cream’s light diffusing micas illuminates the eye area with a subtle hint of shimmer, which makes it a great choice for special occasions or for days you choose to go without makeup.
Final Result: My dark circles didn’t completely vanish, but they are noticeably lighter. It also acts as a good de-puffer; as soon as I apply the cream in the morning, my eyes look instantly brighter and refreshed. I do not have any fine lines yet, but I am a huge believer in the concept of prevention, and will continue to use the StriVectin EV- Get Even Dark Circle Corrector daily.
This weekend in NYC I was in disbelief as I peered out the window and saw snowflakes softly falling from the sky. The good news is, the weather was too warm for it to stick. Do you know what that means? Spring is coming! And soon after, summer, summer, summertime (cue Will Smith from his Fresh Prince days). Anyway, what better way to prepare for the advent of skin-bearing clothing than to make sure your body is glowing from head to toe with a hot new beauty kit from per-fekt beauty.
Rihanna’s makeup artist, Mylah Morales, has used some of per-fekt beauty’s products to create the singer’s sexy glow, and now you too will have everything you need to look like a superstar with the newly launched Ready, Set, Glow Kit. The products, according to Morales, “are unique in that they act as a modern multi-use alternative to traditional foundations and powder bronzers and blushes, creating a healthy and youthful look to boost your natural skin color.”
The kit (a $100 value) includes per-fekt’s body perfection gel in matte tan ($45), cheek perfection gel in bronzed ($28) and lip perfection gel in sunset ($24). Get it now for $45 by using the code “GLOWKIT” at checkout (P.S. If you sign up for their newsletter you can save 25%).
For as long as I could remember, I’ve always suffered from hand eczema. This winter, my skin has been doing very well, but, I know that when summertime comes around I will be reaching for a tube of hydrocortisone, and wearing gloves just to wash my face. Whenever I’m approached by a skin care company to review a product, I’m never too excited because of the fear that the items I test may lead to an eczema breakout. But, when I was approached by a representative of Sebamed, a soap-free product line with same pH as healthy skin (pH 5), I was excited to test out the products, which are said to be suitable for people with problematic and sensitive skin.
Most products designed for eczema usually colorless, odorless, and don’t lather very well. This isn’t the case with the Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash. As I poured a small amount onto my washcloth, I was surprised to see a pretty turquoise ribbon of gel emerge from the bottle. The aroma of the wash is clean and fresh, reminiscent of as a lighter version of Irish Spring. Formulated with natural moisturizers allantoin and pentavitin, it lathered nicely and didn’t dry out my skin.
I followed the Liquid Face and Body Wash with the Moisturizing Body Lotion, which is enriched with chamomile extract and allantoin to soothe and moisturize. It was non-greasy, lightweight and moisturized very well. I absolutely adore the smell of the lotion. It has a soft, powdery fragrance that lasts for hours.
The following day, my skin wasn’t irritated, which is a good sign to me. I will defiantly be using this line of products during the summertime, when my skin is at its worst.
Sebamed can be purchased in stores such as CVS and Rite Aid. Click here to view a full list of retailers. And, visit their website to learn how you can receive $3 off your purchase of 2 Sebamed Sensitive Skin & Hair Care Products.
Other than the giant crystal ball that rings in the New Year in the middle of Times Square, one thing that is always synonymous with the holiday is a glass of champagne. So, what better way to ring in the New Year than with products infused with the bubbly drink? Best of all, these products keep the celebration going all year-long.
FusionBeauty LipFusion Champagne and Caviar Set, $32.00
Caviar Glitterati Sparkling Champagne Spray, $20.00
Victoria’s Secret Strawberries & Champagne Daily Body Wash, $10.00
Bliss Raspberry Champagne Body Butter, $29.00
Sparkling Pink Champagne Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap, $5.50
During the winter months, it’s important to exfoliate to get rid of dry, flakey skin. Every year, I make it a point to try a new all-over body exfoliator in search of the perfect one. This year, I decided to purchase Soap Glory’s Pulp-Friction™ Foamy Fruity Body Scrub, $20. I chose this one after testing a variety of different scrubs on the back of my hand at a beauty store, and this one felt the best. It has a very grainy texture thanks to the fine granules of pumice contained in the scrub. Other ingredients include fig powder, peppermint oil, lemonade tree liquid, orange waterjuice™ and vitaminballs™ (A,C,E).
My skin feels squeaky clean after using the scrub and is always baby soft. The only problem is that I find this scrub to be a little painful. The back of the tube does say it’s a little “rough around the edges.” The little pieces of pumice do not dissipate; they stay put and do their job of sloughing off dead skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, this is not the product for you. I find that the best way to have a comfortable experience is to use a small amount per section, as opposed to a handful as the directions suggest.
The smell isn’t incredibly fruity. The product description says it’s scented with Soap & Glory’s exotic citrus Fruitigo™ fragrance, which features notes of frozen yuzu, orange oil, and jungle pomelo. I find the Fruitigo™ fragrance to be light. It doesn’t linger and is unnoticeable, which isn’t a bad thing because men can feel comfortable using this without the worry of smelling “fruity.”
Hilary Lambert is a skin care consultant for Rodan + Fields Dermatologists. She also writes a beauty and fashion blog at http://simpleaesthetic.com/. Her goal is to bring the audience simple ways to wear the latest styles in fashion and make up as well as give advice about skin care that makes it easy to get the best skin of your life.
Here she talks about how to transition your skincare regimen from warm weather to cold…
It’s that time of year again! Time when the cold fall/ winter weather tends to cause major changes in our skins look and feel. For most of us, cold weather dries out our skin leaving it rough, dry, cracked and red. For others, issues like eczema or acne are heightened by these weather changes. I’m a consultant with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists (the new Anti-Aging line by the doctors who created Proactiv) and here are some suggestions on how to combat the effects of cold weather and improve the overall look and feel of your skin at the same time. I’ve also made some recommendations for the skin care products you need to arm yourself with this fall /winter season to stay looking your best even when the weather isn’t optimal.
We all know that when you look good you feel good so read on…
First and Foremost…
It’s a great time to get rid of the sun damage that you may have done during the summer months and throughout the years. We’re outside all of the time during the summer and there’s only so much protection that sunblock can give us before we start to see the obvious and not so obvious signs of aging that comes from time is the sun. This exposure causes brown spots, dullness, hyper-pigmentation and melisma which are tough to get rid of without a trip to the dermatologists office. The doctors at Rodan & Fields have made it a lot easier to rid yourself of these problems without an expensive trip to the doctor’s office.
To get your young-looking skin back, pre-sun exposure, try the Reverse regimen.
This regimen will actively fade sun-spots and other damage caused by the sun by evening out your skin tone. This system has been clinically proven to be effective by doctor’s studies and by many before and after photos taken by clients.
For example, after 2 months of using the Reverse regimen this client looks 10 years younger. (more…)
I love the fall because beauty products in the most delectable fragrances start to emerge. I get to enjoy one of my favorite fall side dishes, pumpkin, all year round because of a special scented body wash. Although Halloween has passed and images of pumpkins are starting to be replaced with evergreen trees, there’s no better time than the present to stock up on aromatic sweet or spicy pumpkin beauty products while they are still around for the season.
1. GINGERED PUMPKIN Whipped Shea Butter Ultimate Moisturizing Body Creme, $18.00
2. ilike organic skin care, $44.00
3. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Fragrance Mist, $14.00
4. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Shampoo, Shower gel & Bubble bath, $16.00
5. HEALTHY SEXY PUMPKIN DETOX SHAMPOO 10.0 oz By SEXY HAIR, $14.99
Toners are one of the least used skin care items primarily because many people are unaware of their benefits. Sadly, toners are heralded as ‘unnecessary’ by many and this is downright false. If you currently aren’t using a toner already, find out why toners are truly a skin care-must have.
1. They are your cleanser’s sidekick
After you’ve cleansed your face, sometimes not every trace of makeup is thoroughly removed. This is where a toner will save the day. It ensures that every bit of dirt, oil and makeup is gone. Moreover, the tap water you’re using to wash your face may contain minerals, harmful elements and chlorine; a toner will help eliminate that from your skin.
2. They restore the pH levels in your skin
One of the unique aspects of toner is that it helps restore a balanced pH level in the skin. For instance, if a bar soap is used, that can disrupt the protective moisture barrier of the skin, rendering a pH level too high and leaving the skin feeling and looking dry. However, a toner will balance the pH in the skin if applied directly after the face is cleansed.
3. They are your serum and moisturizer’s booster
Did you know that toners enhance the efficacy of serums and moisturizers? When skin is damp with a toner and a serum or moisturizer is applied on top of dampened skin, it makes the skin up to 10 times more penetrable, thereby increasing the power of the product. Pretty cool, huh? (more…)
A couple of weeks ago I was introduced to Pattern, an all natural bath and body line made from essential oils and plant extracts. The body washes are unique because not only are they unisex, they are also multifunctional. The Citrus, Cucumber and Nutmeg washes can be used to cleanse the body, face and hair; and, the other formulas (Black Pepper, Eucalyptus and Sage) are gentle enough to be used as a face cleanser in addition to all over the body.
I was excited to try this formula, just because of the name alone. It’s very rare to find beauty products that use black pepper as the main ingredient. The Black Pepper wash is formulated with anti-oxidants and Vitamin E to help protect the skin from environmental damage. When the wash first connected with the water, I was a little overwhelmed with the fragrance, but after a few minutes, the notes of the ying-ylang and vetivert oils escaped and made the scent a little softer. After a few days of using the product, I began to enjoy the smell; still, I would characterize the scent as very masculine, and suited best for males.
Similar to Black Pepper, the Nutmeg body wash is formulated with Vitamin E and antioxidants. It has moisturizing properties, and can be especially great to use to revive dry skin. Herbal extracts and essential oils of nutmeg, amber, cardamom and lavender combine to gently cleanse and soften the skin. It has a light aroma that isn’t overpowering and can be used as a cleanser for body, face and hair. The warm blend of spices make this a perfect holiday stocking stuffer.
Both products created a good amount of lather, and my skin always felt refreshed.
The lotion is lightweight and non-greasy. This blend contains herbal extracts and essential oils of sage, star anise, grapefruit and cotton flower. It has a very soft scent, which complimented both body washes very well.
All of Pattern’s body washes retail for about $20 and the Sage lotion is $26. They can all be purchased online.
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All year-long, it’s important to exfoliate skin at least once a week in order to maintain a healthy, glowing complexion. Many people find they need to exfoliate a lot more in the winter than in the summer, since harsh, cold temperatures can dry out the epidermis. But, just because the weather is harsh, doesn’t mean your face scrub should be, too. Over the last week, I tested out ArganBody Radiance Grain Face Scrub, a gentle exfoliator made out of 100% natural active elements.
FTC Disclosure: These products were provided by a pr firm for review.
Within the confines of a beautifully designed shiny red box, lays a tube of the scrub, which consists of small particles of cranberry seeds and argan nuts mixed together with argan oil, shea butter and beeswax. The gentle formula removes dead cells, moisturizes and fights against premature aging.
The nut and seed particles are very visible when you dispense the product. However, as you are rubbing your face with the scrub, you barely feel it. The grains are not irritating or abrasive; they gently remove impurities, as the rest of the ingredients work to revitalize the skin. My face felt pampered as I delicately massaged in the product, which felt more like a rich cream than a grainy exfoliator. In addition to feeling good, Radiance Grain smells good. My senses were awakened with aromas of the extracts and essential oils infused in the scrub, which include organic oranges, green tea extract, rose-water, bergamot, lemongrass and peppermint.
After I rinsed my skin, I noticed it felt very soft and looked radiant. I’m excited to continue using the product, and encourage you to give it a try.
Radiance Grain is available online for $35. To learn more about products in the ArganBody line, click here. For a limited time, you can use coupon code delia15 for $15 off any order, no minimum purchase required.
Beauty Tip: Always apply moisturizer after exfoliating the skin to prevent dryness.
Preventing premature aging always been linked to sleep. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation alters facial appearance, and makes people appear less healthy and attractive; so, getting adequate amounts of shut-eye is ideal for radiant skin. Additionally, before you hit the sack, most wrinkle-free touting face creams and serums have directions to use at night, so that these potions have time to penetrate deeply into the skin. But, in addition to getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep and slathering on a nighttime repair lotion, could the secret to looking younger be as simple as changing your pillowcase? According to the manufactures of the Cupron Cosmetic Pillowcase, it is.
The main element of the success of Cupron’s pillowcase is the copper-infused satin fibers. Copper is an essential mineral that has widely been used in beauty products because of its skin-enhancing abilities. The technology of the copper directly interacts with the skin while you sleep to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while promoting the growth of collagen and elastin.
Skeptical? A recent study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology revealed that after four weeks of everyday use, participants who used the copper pillowcase experienced an average of 10% reduction in their wrinkles.
Satin pillowcases are known to keep skin crease-free because the softness allows the skin to slide around, rather than get stuck in one place. But, is it more beneficial to have a pillowcase infused with skin-saving properties? Maybe. But, since the ingredients aren’t penetrating into the layers of skin, it’s best to maintain your regular ant-aging regimen along with using the pillowcase for optimum results.
The Cupron Cosmetic Pillowcase is available online for $49.95 in beige with dark brown piping.
For centuries, Geisha’s have been looked at as the exemplification of flawless, perfect skin. Underneath the heavy layers of performance makeup, a Geisha’s skin remains baby soft and clear. These women do have a secret to maintaining their highly coveted porcelain skin, and now, TATCHA, a new skin care company is sharing their beauty secrets. TATCHA’s founder Victoria Tsai rediscovered the daily regimens of Geisha’s in a 200-year old manuscript, and used the foundation of their skincare regimen which included precious green teas, Okinawa red algae, rice bran and indigenous extracts, to create a luxurious 4-step skincare routine everyone can do at home.
Intrigued, I tested out the ritual for 4-step Normal + Combination Skin.
Step 1: PURE Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil
At first, this light cleansing oil, made with camellia and rice bran, didn’t feel like it was doing much, but once rinsed, I saw that my makeup had been gently cleaned away.
Step 2: POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
The core of this enzyme powder is rice bran, which has long been used in Eastern beauty regimens for brighter, ageless skin. You pour a small amount of the powder into wet hands until it becomes a creamy paste that you massage onto your face. This was my favorite step in the entire routine. I loved the way the lather of the cleanser felt, and could not stop rubbing my face. Once I convinced myself to stop my mini massage and rinse the powder off, my dry skin was polished off and felt baby soft.
Step 3: RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum
After the skin has been prepped, it is ready to receive the benefits of TATCHA’s Deep Brightening Serum, which targets melanin production to even out skin tone and fade imperfections. My skin looked instantly hydrated and more luminous as soon as I applied the light serum, which absorbed very quickly.
Step 4: SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream
The first time I used the Deep Brightening Serum, I felt my skin was hydrated enough, so I decided to skip the moisturizer. But, now as the temperature is dropping, and my skin is drying out a lot faster, I’ve started using the silk cream, which seals in moisture and protects the skin from environmental elements. It comes with a tiny little gold spoon to use to scoop the product up; this is great because it prevent contamination from fingers. It didn’t feel heavy, and effortlessly melted into my skin.
Other: PETAL FRESH Original Beauty Papers & PETAL FRESH Evening Beauty Papers
I keep the oil blotting papers with me everywhere I go. No matter how many times I powder my face, I can still see the reflection of my forehead against shiny surfaces. The Aburatorigami all-natural leaflets, gently absorbs oil without removing makeup. Plus, they contain gold flakes, which definitely makes you feel a little regal.
Summer is coming to an end, and other than your tan, you will remember the sunny days when you look down at your dry, cracked heels. Footwear such as flip-flops and sandals are great to show off your pedicure, but the constant exposure to sun and dust, as well as lack of support on the heels can lead to moisture loss. Show your feet some love, by repairing the damage with NightCare’s Heel Treatment Kit ($25). The kit includes a Moisturizing Gel Heel Sock lined with Visco-GEL® to provide continuous hydration to your heels as you rest. It also comes with a 2oz tube of Intensive Healing Foot Cream to eliminate dry skin with vitamins A, D & E and urea.
The Intensive Healing Foot Cream is my favorite product in the kit. It goes on smoothly and after just a few days, I instantly felt an improvement in the softness of my feet, so I started using it to moisture my dry, eczema prone hands (I recently shook someone’s hand at an event, and they commented on how velvety soft my hands felt). The treatment kit is also great to use in the winter when the skin often suffers from moisture loss. Try it today. Your feet (and maybe even your hands) will thank you.
It took me a long time to come around to the idea of using a face serum, but ever since I started using Vitamin Veil by Ambé, I’ve become hooked. I first received Vitamin Veil in a gift bag at Nolcha Fashion Week in February, and only recently decided to give it a try. I was skeptical at first, but ever since I started using the highly concentrated, antioxidant serum, my skin has looked brighter, clearer, and supple. It has a light, soothing citrus scent, and the clear liquid absorbs into skin very quickly, without leaving behind a greasy residue.
Vitamin Veil works double duty as a barrier to protect skin from environmental factors, while being an active hydrator. It can be used on all skin types, and is the perfect addition to any anti-aging regimen. It can be bought online for $45.00.
On Monday, I told you about using Skin Authority’s Dramatic Eye Lift ($134.00), a highly concentrated, protein-rich formula that tightens and lifts skin around the eyes. Click here to read my full review on the product. Today, I’m giving readers the chance to win the amazing eye gel (worth $134), which is used by celebrities such as Glee’s Heather Morris.
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When I was a beauty public relations intern, I asked my boss, who had the epitome of beautiful, wrinkle-free complexion, if I should be using eye cream. Her response was, “If you’re old enough to ask for it, then you’re old enough to use it.” I was also old enough to ask about botox, and I’m sure I didn’t need it at 19, so I never really followed her advice. Later on, as I continued to advance in the beauty industry, I got better advice from another flawless beauty, “The key to ant-aging is prevention, so start early.” So, now as I am a few short years away from (gulp) the big 3-0, when women swear gravity begins to work against them, I have decided it is now time for me to start using an eye cream.
For the last two weeks I have been using Skin Authority’s Dramatic Eye Lift ($134.00), a highly concentrated, protein-rich formula that tightens and lifts skin around the eyes. Infused with essential fatty acids and anti-inflammatory agents, the product also reduces dark circles and promotes healthy skin turnover.
I like the way the gel-like consistency glides onto the delicate skin of the eye area, so there is no need for vigorous rubbing, just light tapping with the ring finger. Since it is highly concentrated, you only need a little bit to gain the benefits – and I mean a little bit. One night I got overzealous in my quest for smooth lines, so I slathered a huge pump of the product around my eyes, and was left with an uncomfortable warm sensation that lasted about a minute, so use sparingly.
Even though the gel is lightweight, it moisturizes really well, and my concealer went on smoothly after it was absorbed.
Glee star Heather Morris named Dramatic Eye Lift as one of her must-have products in Life & Style weekly last year. But, you don’t have to be a star, to give the product a try. Dramatic Eye Lift is available for purchase on Skin Authority’s website here. Also, this week one lucky reader will have the opportunity to win one bottle, so stay tuned!
This month I have developed a slight addition to pistachios. I love opening up the hard, beige shell to revel the smooth, bright green nut that lies within its confines. Pistachios contain powerful antioxidants and minerals that are good for hair and skin – not to mention they just taste great and are filling. I invite you to join me in trying some of these pistachio inspired beauty products. (Note: nothing listed below is edible)
1. Yum Gourmet Skincare Pistachio Mint Energizing, $36.38
2. Love Your Lips – Pistachio Coconut .5 oz, $12.09
3. Desert Essence Foot Repair Cream, Pistachio, $9.99
4. Almond, Pistachio & Olive Body Scrub, $9.99
5. Laura Mercier Crème de Pistache Hand Crème, $15.00
This week in NYC, take a break from summer’s soaring temperatures, and stop by the Fresh Beauty Cleanse Pop-Up Truck. As an introduction to the Fresh Beauty Cleanse campaign, the truck will be stationed in two different locations (see map below) on July 25th and 26th, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of the company’s new Soy Face Cleanser, while enjoying BluePrint’s signature Spicy Lemonade.
An ultra-chic Fresh tote will also be distributed on the streets near the truck. The tote will be filled with the Soy Face Cleanser, BluePrint Cleanse Spicy Lemonade, and a card for a free mini Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy.
Can’t make it to any of the locations? Then, head on over to Fresh’s Facebook page, where you will have the opportunity to take part in the Fresh Beauty Cleanse by entering a contest for a chance to win $1,000.
Follow Fresh on Twitter for giveaways and prizes @Freshfounder #UltimateCleanse.
Nectarines are July’s fruit of the month. I’m not sure why, but I’ve seen this statement on a lot of websites this month, so we’ll jump on the bandwagon. Not to be confused with peaches, nectarines have a smooth skin and are lot sweeter in flavor. They contain plenty of good-for-you antioxidants such as bioflavonoids, to help fight off diseases. They are also rich in vitamin C and are a great source of fiber. The sweet aroma is sure to awaken your senses, so try using this nectarine inspired products before starting your day.
1. Organic Indulgence Creamy Body Wash White Nectarine & Orange Blossom, $7.95
2. Anti-Bacterial HandiBac™ Moisturizing Hand Lotion Nectarine Mint®, $4.00
3. Clairol Herbal Essences Body Envy 2 In 1 Volumizing Shampoo + Conditioner, 23.7 oz, $4.97
4. Mediterranean Grape Olive & Nectarine Moisturising Lip Butter, $4.19
5. Dove Ultimate Go Fresh Burst – Nectarine & White Ginger, $5.00
People with rich complexions are blessed with a natural SPF due to the pigment melanin, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t wear sunscreen. No one is invulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays, and although dark skin people are not as high-risk as their fair-skinned counterparts, all complexions can burn and have a risk of getting cancer. So, what’s a dark-skinned beauty to do? Apply sunscreen, of course! If your skin color ranges from tan to olive to deep dark brown, there is a new fabulous sunscreen available specifically formulated for dark skin called EXTRASHADE. Infused with a combination of vitamins, botanical extract and antioxidants, EXTRASHADE, focuses on repairing sun damage instead of just preventing sunburn. When dark skin is damaged, more melanin production is triggered, which causes uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. The powerful combination of ingredients in EXTRASHADE protects the skin from sun damage, hydrates, prevents discoloration, and helps existing marks from becoming darker.
EXTRASHADE Daily Defense Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 can be purchased online for $33.00 here»