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.
Now that summer is approaching, it’s critical to adjust your skin care routine. Warmer and longer days mean it’s time to add products that are oil-free, nourishing and most importantly, offer protection against the sun’s harmful rays. Prestige skin care line Skin Authority has two great products that aim to reverse the damage done by the harsh winter weather, and keep your skin glowing throughout the summer months.
VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir
This topical elixir is formulated with vitamins D2, D3, A, E, and K, as well as a powerful oligopeptide, which work together to nourish, firm and brighten the skin’s appearance. The oil-free elixir also feature’s Skin Authority’s Dry Finish Technology™.
The consistency of the formula is very lightweight. It was very easy to incorporate the elixir into my morning routine since it dries very quickly, allowing me to move on to the next step of my skin care regimen, without the usual fanning of my face or waiting for it to air-dry, which I usually experience with other morning serums. It also gives my skin a very nice glow.
Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18
Following the elixir, I’ve been using Skin Authority’s Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18, which I absolutely adore. This is a multi-benefit product as it moisturizes, contains SPF, stimulates collagen production and calms skin irritation. It’s also packed with a cocktail of antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids which aim to slow down the signs of aging. It’s been very hard for me to find a moisturizer that contains a decent amount of spf, and doesn’t go on chalky and leave me with a ghost face. This moisturizer melts seamlessly into the skin without leaving behind any white residue.
The VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir retails for $59.00 and the Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18 is $60. Visit Skin Authority’s website to learn more about the products and check back tomorrow to learn how you can win both products right here on the blog.
So we’ve all been there: after applying flawless makeup you go to set everything with finishing power and you are left with a powdery mess all over your face that settles into fine lines and looks unnatural. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new HD Pressed Powder eliminates the possibility of ruining your makeup with cakey residue with a mess-free, lightweight finishing powder that goes on virtually invisible and sets makeup without leaving behind any trace of color.
What is does:
A combination of hyaluronic acid, synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica, the powder aims to instantly blur the appearance of fine lines, large pores, shine and other skin imperfections.
How it feels:
It’s silky and lightweight.
Why I like it:
No matter how many time a day I use oil blotting sheets, my oily skin just doesn’t behave, so I’ve been apply this transparent powder throughout the day to keep shine away. No matter how often I reapply it, the product never builds up, blends seamlessly, and instantly matifies my skin for a naturally flawless and airbrushed look. I can use it over foundation to create a luminous finish or by itself for a smooth out imperfections.
Because the product is pressed it’s easy to carry around in your purse, without having to worry about tit spilling inside your bag. It also comes with a handy mirror, making quick touch ups a breeze.
A little bit goes a long way. It helps to use the right kind of brush such as MAKE UP FOR EVER’s #124 Medium Kabuki Brush.
$36 (available exclusively at Sephora)
Recently the beauty industry has seen a rise in the number of non-surgical face lifts that are opted by women to minimize their skin woes, a major reason attributed to which is time constraints to carry out any form of skin care regime. But, who says it always has to be a skin care regime? Did you know your diet could influence how gorgeous you look without the slightest tinge of make-up involved in the process? Well, here we come up with a list of six natural foods for naturally glowing skin:
The Red Tomatoes
Tomatoes owing to their high content of lycopene which is a natural anti-oxidant works wonders for your skin in terms of getting rid of the stubborn acne marks as well as covering for those disastrous side-effects of sun-exposure namely tanning and skin darkening. The citrus content of the tomatoes further removes the impurities from inside of the system and brings out that healthy glow.
The Juicy Carrots
Another colored vegetable with its content of Vitamin A and Carotene namely carrot does not lag far behind when we are discussing about foods having miraculous effects on the skin. Carrot is best known for its anti-ageing properties and thereby should mandatory make it to your list of diets if non-surgical face-lifts are not your call. Easy to slice up, this vegetable can even out your skin tone at the rate of 35% and de-toxify those skin cells at noticeable rates.
The Nutty Almond
If vegetables are something that makes you sick, your next best option could be Almonds. Rich in the content of Vitamin A as well as fatty acids they act as the best of sunblocks. Not just that, almonds are known to have amazing anti-ageing properties, thanks to which they would erase your wrinkles quite visibly and help your face to build up that collagen again, thus making you look fuller and brighter.
Blooms and Berries
Berries in any forms namely cherries, blueberries or otherwise are full of natural anti-oxidants, in addition to the pigments that they carry because of their bright colours. Not only do they rise up the nutritional value of your diet, but also takes care of the ugly blemishes, thus leaving you with that first love radiance.
Nature’s one of the finest creation that has been unearthed by man and now commercially marketed by every big beauty brand is none other than Green tea. The mentioned can be included in the diet as one of the soothing beverages, and thanks to its content of Vitamin K,D and C does not only help you to get that de-tangled gorgeous locks, but also ensures an acne-free skin owing to controlled secretion of DTH from the body. If that was not all, it also helps in improving your skin tone.
Wild Salmon and Fish
For the non-vegetarians out there, this is your treat. Fishes like herring, salmon and wild trout contains rich amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids which is the best to achieve that perfect health and glowing skin. The concerned fatty acids reduces the redness of the skin caused as a result of acne, skin irritations or any other allergic reactions and helps you to get that impeccable perfected look.
Including all or any of the above mentioned foods in your diet, would result into an extremely rewarding experience, since the effects are trusted, tested and preached by many. Above everything else, always keep your body hydrated and sleep well for at least 6 hours in a day to get that perfect glowing skin.
About the Author:
The above article is composed by CJ, a beautician by profession associated with mynewa.com who loves to share her beauty and health tips via her articles.
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been testing La Mav, a luxury, certified organic and ant-aging skin care brand formulated with BIO-ACTVE ingredients that work with the skin to provide visible ant-aging results. I received an array of products and directions for a simple daily beauty routine customized to work well with skin type. All of the products smell amazing and are beautifully designed. Here are my top 3 favorites:
Pore Refining Toner
Designed to refine the appearance of pores and help maintain the natural PH balance in the skin, this toner comes in the form of an easy-to-use spray mist. It felt cool and refreshing to spritz on the toner, which is a great product to use during the hot summer months to revitalize the skin throughout the day.
Vit-C Advanced Nightly Repair Nectar
At first, it felt counterintuitive to use the repair nectar on my acne-prone skin, because the product is quite oily; however, once it absorbed into my skin, my face was glowing. The nectar is formulated with Vitamin C and Rosehip Oil to promote lighter, evenly toned skin while sleeping. I adore the design of the bottle, which comes with a dropper to measure out the right amount, so none of this precious product is overused or wasted.
Daily Vitamin-C Brightening Serum
Formulated to improve skin’s clarity, even skin tone, and diminish dark spots, the brightening serum boots skin’s radiance, strengthens collagen, and reduces hyperpigmentation. My skin looked luminous after applying the product, which absorbed nicely, without leaving behind any residue.
Learn more about La Mav, which is now available for sale on Amazon.com (U.S. only).
FTC Disclosure: This product was provided for review
It is that time of the year again when us ladies (and some gents) are getting ready to hit the beach in our ultra-sexy swimwear. But, before you strut your stuff on the beach you need to make sure all unwanted hair is under control, so on a quest for a smooth shave, we tested out Bikini Soft Smooth Shave Oil.
What is it? The product is a combination of natural oils, rich moisturizers and softeners that lubricates the skin and softens the hair shaft, enabling a close, smooth shave.
What does it do? It replaces all traditional forms of shave lubricants such as creams, soaps, gels…etc, and claims to dramatically reduce skin irritation, razor burn, nicks, cuts, scratches and ingrown hairs in sensitive areas such as bikini lines and underarms. The transparent oil allows you to see exactly what you are shaving, while also nourishing the skin.
The promise: Bikini Soft has a 30 day, 100% money back guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked.
The result (product tested by Jolevette): “Using the recommended dose of 8-10 drops, I massaged the oil onto the area I wanted to shave, and put a little on my razor blade for a closer shave. The mix of essential oils, such as jojoba, aided in soothing the sensitive areas I shaved, and left my skin feeling silky smooth. Overall, I was very pleased with the product, and I am not shy about stepping out on the beach in my swimsuit this summer!”
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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!
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.