“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.
Lisa Hoffman Beauty, an innovative line of that fuses fine jewelry with fragrance will be returning to HSN tonight to showcase items from the Kerala Ashok Garden fragrance jewelry collection. The collection features jewelry pieces with signature charms filled with scent infused beads that slowly release fragrance for weeks. The beads can be added or removed easily, allowing the user to experience the fragrance as they would like to. In addition to jewelry, the collection also features a traditional eau de parfum, Kerala Ashok, for the perfume lover who would rather spritz on their fragrance.
The Kerala Ashok Garden collection contains notes of Deep Violet, Ripe Pear, Velvety Apricot and Sheer Jasmine, harmonized with Ashok flower, Musky Amber and Green-Floral Spice. The scent, which is described as romantic, aims to nurtures inner strength & balance, and targets the busy woman who needs a little reminder to take a moment to inhale and be reflective.
Tune in to HSN this Wednesday at 7pm EST to watch Lisa Hoffman Beauty on “Beauty Report with Amy Morrison” and learn how you can take home a 2oz Kerala Ashok Eau de Parfum and Fragrance Bracelet for $59.99 or the charming Kerala Ashok Garden Necklace with vintage purple bead for $39.99.
Products scheduled to be featured include:
Kerala Ashok Garden Eau de Parfum
Kerala Ashok Garden Fragrance Bracelet
Kerala Ashok Garden Fragrance Necklace
On Thursday, July 24 I attended the new product launch event for DermaSilk Brands, a beauty solution company focused on creating high-quality skincare products that works immediately, so women can look their best without having to wait for the usual 6-8 week time frame to see visible results. As we all lead busy lives, products that offer instant gratification are the ideal way to look beautiful while saving time.
The line consists of 4 main products:
- Flawless ($30) – creates an airbrushed look within 40 seconds to immediately fill in fine lines and create an overall smooth texture so imperfections are “blurred.”
- 5 Minute Face Lift ($40) – firms skin and diminishes fine lines within 5 minutes.
- 1 Minute Wrinkle Erase Pen ($20) –smoothes under eye texture, forehead lines, and fills in fine lines.
- 90 Second Eye Lift ($40) – erases the look of puffiness, crow’s feet, smile creases and tightens slack skin under the eyes, for a rested look that will last up to 8 hours.
DermaSilk products are available for purchase at dermasilkbrands.com.
Urban Beauty United (UBU), a new edgy beauty tool line, has teamed up with model and DJ, Harley Viera-Newton, to launch the UBU All Girls on Decks DJ Campaign and App. Aspiring DJ’s can enter for a chance to win a photo-shoot with Harley, a DJ Starter Kit and a full set of UBU Beauty Tools.
Hopefuls can enter now through November 30th and create a tune that they feel best expresses Urban Beauty. Harley will be judging the entries, and the final 5 that make it through will be showcased to be voted on by the public.
The goal of the campaign is to find the next leading female DJ that puts creativity, individuality and beauty into their mixes. Through the campaign, UBU is hoping to send the message that with focus, dedication, the right tools and hard work- girls can achieve anything.
Think you have what it takes? Enter now»
This month, Kiehl’s Since 1851 has launched OIL ELIMINATOR FOR MEN, a new line specifically created to address the main concern of men: oily skin. The Oil Eliminator regimen consists of three products
- Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash, $20
- Refreshing Shine Control Toner, $20
- 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men, $27
The products in the line features Aerolite, an advanced material that has been used in space exploration and is the lightest solid material found on Earth. Aerolite has a highly porous structure and large surface area, which allows it to have high sebum absorption capabilities to help mattify skin, and minimizes the visibility of pores..
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST:
To celebrate the launch of the new line, Kiehl’s wants to send you into outter space….quite literally. Starting no through June 30th, visit www.kiehsinspace.com to enter the ‘Put Some Space On Your Face’ Social Media contest. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself, and hashtag it #SpaceFace. Random winners will be selected to have the opportunity to have their picture sent on a trip to space via a 3D custom astronaut figurine with their face on it. Once the figurines all land, Kiehl’s will send them out to all the winners (in August) so they can proudly display their space-traveled action figures.
Interesting in sending your face on an intergalactic experience? Enter now.