Give Your Skin the Celebrity Treatment at Kate Somerville


Kate Somerville lobby

Think that getting the red carpet treatment for your skincare needs is out of the question? I’ve got great news for you, it’s not! If you can make the trek to Kate Somerville’s incredible skincare clinic, it’s tucked away in an adorable, old-time Hollywood building with a lot of industry history behind it—just off of Melrose Place.

Can’t make it in to Kate Somerville? No worries! I’ve got some great Kate skincare recommendations for you, and they’ve made my skin a very happy camper since my visit over a week ago.

Kate Somerville treatment room

Kate Somerville Treatment Room

At first glance, the location is incredibly inviting and beautiful. I sincerely wish I could afford to hire their interior decorator! Everything is top-notch, no details were missed, and the textured wallpaper is to die for! Every wall has a texture that makes it seem like it belongs in the most lavish of celeb homes, as if it cost a fortune. (Except, you’re at Kate Somerville, and you’re about to get your skin pampered!)

I met with my skin therapist, Laura, and she told me that in her expert opinion, I was best a candidate for their DermaLucent™ Red Facial. With this being my first light therapy facial, I wasn’t sure what to expect—but please know I’m glad I went with her expertise, because I left extremely satisfied. I’m in my late 30’s, with some congested pores, lines that need firming, and could stand to have my collagen production levels shaken wide-awake.  [Read more…]

Neutrogena Retinol 7-Day Road Test / Win a Year Supply Giveaway of the Rapid Wrinkle Repair Collection!


Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Line

You know I’m always up for a time-lapse challenge! When Neutrogena asked me if I would be game to take several days of photos to see how their Rapid Wrinkle Repair Collection delivers, I knew I had to do it. Both to show you the product efficacy so you can decide if it’s worth your hard-earned money, and also because there’s a chance for you to win a year of the products for yourself. So keep reading!

So what’s so special about the Rapid Wrinkle Repair Collection, anyway?

This skincare collection from Neutrogena combines a few really beneficial anti-aging/skin repair ingredients along with an exclusive, accelerated, sustained-action type of retinol that works around the clock. (Hyaluronic acid, Retinol SA, and Glucose Complex.) Over the years, I’ve spoken to countless dermatologists, and a majority of them have told me that incorporating retinol in your skincare regimen is worthwhile when it comes to taking care of aging skin. Retinol truly is an investment in your skin’s future that shouldn’t be overlooked—so I think this collection from Neutrogena is an affordable, effective alternative to pricey prestige skincare lines.

As a whole…

Consistently using products with retinol have been shown in studies to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles and skin creasing. (Maybe not eliminate them 100%—let’s be real!) But it can also improve skin tone, elasticity, and skin texture over time. I could go on and on about this, because skincare is such a passion of mine, but I’m going to try to cut to the heart of the matter here! I’m 38, without too many wrinkles yet (luckily), but I have some some sun damage and fine lines/creasing I’d like to minimize. I’d also like to help smooth and brighten the texture of my skin, and potentially lighten some of the dark spots.  [Read more…]

When in SoCal — Customized Facials at Beauty Collection


Beauty Collection Facials

A good facial is hard to find, and finding one in Los Angeles that’s not exorbitantly priced, is like finding a diamond in the rough. Tucked inside Beauty Collection in West Hollywood however, I found a great facial, and more!

I met with Carol Behrens, their skincare therapist on a sunny afternoon, and we discussed what my skincare woes are. I’m currently fitting in the “all of the above” category; I want a facial that focuses on preventative aging, adds hydration, decongests pores, and brightens my skin. It’s kind of a tall order to fit in a single session, but with Carol’s magic hands—I was sure we could make it happen.  [Read more…]

Perricone MD — No Makeup Skincare — No Lipstick Lipstick & No Blush Blush Review, Photos, Swatches


perricone MD No Blush No Lipstick

Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup

Sometimes I don’t want to wear makeup at all, but at the same time I want to look polished and not like I rolled out of bed. I’ve figured out a few tricks by now, but these new products from Perricone MD make it so easy. Their No Makeup Skincare line at Sephora is already a big hit, and I recently tried two of the products out to see if they live up to the hype. Let’s go!

Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick

No Lipstick Lipstick

First up is No Lipstick Lipstick. It really isn’t a lipstick (hence No Lipstick)—but it’s actually an anti-aging lip treatment that lends a glossy, smooth finish in a shade that’s like your lips—but better. I find it to be very nourishing and hydrating, and it almost feels like a lip butter. Perricone MD is known for their luxe skincare products, so it’s only natural that they’d include some of those innovative ingredients in their color cosmetic offerings.

It’s a solid-to-serum product, and contains hyaluronic acid and tocotrienols to add suppleness. It also contains a non-chemical mineral-based SPF 15 to protect against UVA and UVB rays, so you know I’m happy about that. (Sunscreen for LIFE!)   [Read more…]

The Best Summer Acne Busters


summer acne busters

For some reason, this is the time of year that I struggle the most with those pesky pimples. Even though I feel like I’ve reached an age where they should be a non-issue, summer always seems to bring out the worst in my skin, and I know I’m not alone. I can’t tell you how many frantic texts and email messages I’ve received from my good girlfriends recently, basically screaming, “HELP!”

Blame it on the heat, the climate you live in, excessive perspiration, perhaps even the sunscreen that doesn’t 100% get washed off (even when we think it has been). It can be hormones (Oh, don’t we just LOVE those?), and also—the carefree days of summer. We’re camping, we’re vacationing, we’re swimming. Maybe we’re just not being as diligent about our skincare routines as we normally are during other times of the year. And then—once all the acne is cleared, sometimes we head into fall with reminders of the acne we had in the form of discoloration—which makes it even more frustrating. Acne—the gift that keeps on giving!

I hope you find it comforting to know, that a few friends and I have suffered just the way you may be right now, and we’ve put products to the test! Here’s what we discovered to help minimize our summer acne frustrations.

best acne facial cleansers

Cleansers are the first line of defense to get the gunk off that initially clogs our pores. We MUST wash our faces, twice a day! Try incorporating one of these facial cleansers into your skincare regimen:  [Read more…]

Exclusive Q&A with Neutrogena’s Gabrielle Union on Her Beauty Routine & UV Protection


gabrielle union neutrogena

This morning, I was FLOORED when I read this on cnn.com:

Until today, the surgeon general has never said, ‘UV radiation is bad for you; protect your skin’, acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak said.

I have to wonder how many lives would have been saved if UV protection were taken as seriously during other decades, as it’s taken today. [Read more…]

Quick Picks Under $5: Suddenly Smooth Intensive Hand / Foot Treatment


Suddenly Smooth Intensive Hand Foot Treatment

What’s a girl to do mid-month when she’s already blown through her monthly beauty budget? I head over to Sally Beauty to treat myself to something really small. I was bored out of my skull and was tired of cleaning and doing laundry for the weekend—so I figured I deserved a tiny treat. Somehow, I always find myself there.

For $2.99 each (with my Sally card—regular price $3.29), I picked up these fantastic little hand and foot treatments from Suddenly Smooth. Each pack contains either one pair of gloves, or one pair of booties. They’re infused with moisturizing shea butter, marine collagen, Vitamin E, argan oil, ginseng, soy extract (and more!), and they make my hands and feet feel like buttah! Granted, the booties aren’t the most secure fitting in the world, but it gives you incentive to just rest for a few. You’re not going to want to walk around in them anyway.  [Read more…]

A Cautionary Tale About UVA Rays Through Car Windows


man with sun damage on one side of face

In the past few years, I’ve seen this photo circulating the Internet about a man with insane sun damage on the left side of his face because he never wore sunscreen during his 28-year career as a truck driver. The result: excessive thickening and wrinkling of his skin from his photodamage.

I wanted to share this with you because last night during my insomnia, I stumbled across an interesting article on Beauty High regarding this particular man, and they had read the results of the case study from the New England Journal of Medicine[Read more…]

What’s the Future of Your Face?


neutrogena unseen acne 1

You’re probably wondering just what in the world is this photograph. It’s of my own face, and it’s not exactly flattering, is it? A few weeks ago, I had the unique opportunity as a Neutrogena ambassador to visit their headquarters for a peek behind the scenes, and to experience their new technology that can show you the future of your unseen acne. The pimple you see tomorrow actually started brewing several weeks ago! The photo above is indicative of that for me, and it’s all exactly where I normally experience blackheads. Eww!

Neutrogena unseen acne 2

Believe it or not, it can take 6-8 weeks for a pimple to appear…

During my visit, I sat down with a dermatologist and had my skin photographed with Neutrogena’s Clinical Skin Imager. It’s a special camera that has the ability to spot acne causing bacteria, deep within the skin’s surface. I was amazed! While I’m pretty fortunate not to suffer from a lot of raised pimples on a regular basis, I do struggle with a lot of clogged pores in my t-zone—which is a direct result of the excess oil that is generated by my combination skin type.  [Read more…]