Review: Freya Scandinavian Skin Science Skin Care Collection


I am a sucker for packaging and when I saw these ice-blue rough glass baubles staring back at me, I had to do my best not to judge a book by its cover. After two weeks of using Freya Scandinavian Skin Science, I’ve decided that like any good book, there are ups and downs. Freya is an arctic marine-based skin care system that pays homage to traditional Scandinavian skin care, while infusing some modern science into the fold. Let’s take a closer look!

Arctic Cleansing Water: An amazing light cleanser that makes skin feel refreshed and clean. It’s kind of like soapy water with a tiny hint of fragrance. Directions suggest applying it to a cotton ball and massaging it on your face and neck; no rinsing necessary. However, after a few uses, I felt it was necessary to do a rinse with cool water and continued that practice. Otherwise, my face had residue on it that drove me crazy. [Read more...]

Review: Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask


Remember in 5th grade when you’d go to a sleepover and put that green stuff on your face? Maybe you’ve moved on from that beauty regime and if you haven’t, now you will. Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask is the best reason to hide the tube of green goo and try something new.

This gel mask boasts that it will restore hydration to tired, dry skin. After a long day outside in the sun, I felt like my mug was perfectly parched to give it a try.

Start with clean, dry skin, peel off the backing and apply the mask to your face. It is extremely easy to apply—the mask comes in two pieces to ensure you get proper placement on your face. It was cool and refreshing. Although I did look like Jason from “Friday the 13th” I could have stayed in this mask all day. It felt so good. The mask recommends for best results to store it in the refrigerator before using, but I was too impatient to do that. However, next time I will definitely give it a shot because there will definitely be a next time! [Read more...]

Your Future Called, and it Wants You to Take a SkinShift DNA Test, STAT


What if I told you, there was a crystal ball that you could peer into, and see the future of your skin? This crystal ball would help you give your skin exactly what it needs to look and feel its best at the present, and for decades into the future. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Guess what? It exists.

Texas-based physician, Dr. Ruthie Harper, developed SkinShiftan unprecedented program to get your skin fit for life—based solely on your actual genetic predispositions. That’s right! I actually had a DNA test for my skin, and let’s just say—I’ll be making a few changes in my skincare regimen.

This straight-forward, genetically-based approach to skincare is the way of the future, and Dr. Harper is leading the revolution. It is the first ever true DNA-based skincare system on the consumer market, and it’s absolutely AMAZING. Through a series of questions about your ancestry and skin history, a DNA collector, and a mailbox—she’ll be able to analyze your 16 unique chromosomal variations to pin-point five key areas of concern; collagen formation, sun protection, antioxidant protection, glycation protection, and inflammation control. It’s pretty comprehensive!

The test is completely non-surgical, and done in your own home. You’ll receive your SkinShift Genetic Test Kit, and it contains what’s called a buccal collector. You basically swab the inside of your cheek with it, send it off, and in a few weeks—Dr. Harper will give you a very detailed report regarding what your genes are saying about your skin. She’ll calculate a score in those five key areas of skin health, and put the future of your skin in your hands.  [Read more...]

6 Tips to Practice ‘Safer’ Sun & Maintain Your Faux Glow


Swim Week dominated Miami last week, with glamazon runway models and fashion lovers alike flocking to the beach for a week of gorgeous swimwear, and even more gorgeous sun-kissed bodies. I’m hearing we’ll see the return of the high waist (not sure if I’m crazy about that idea), and the rise of the sexy bikini—which is always in style. What’s also always in style? Healthy skin. Who better to look to than the team of stylists backstage at the Mara Hoffman Swim Resort 2013 show for tips to achieve the best bronze possible—while still practicing safer sun?

  • Protect your skin by applying a luxurious amount of sunscreen. Stylists used Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration lotion sunscreen to prep the models’ skin. With hydrating ribbons infused with luxurious silk proteins and rich shea butter, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration lotion sunscreen pampers and protects skin when in the sun, providing 12-hour moisturization while still providing safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
  • Your face requires about a teaspoon of sunscreen for the best coverage, while your arms and legs require about a tablespoon. Adjust accordingly for the torso. For maximum protection, wait for it to soak in (15 to 30 minutes) before indulging in the sun.
  • Reapply sunscreen often, at least every two hours. Sweating, swimming, and towel drying can remove sunscreen from your skin’s surface, so be sure to reapply when needed. [Read more...]

What’s New: Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends—A Beautiful Range of Fragrance & Body Formulas


Sometimes, it’s hard for me to feature fragrances. Everyone has different taste, and they’re not exactly swatchable, right? They also can be difficult to explain, but these new Aromatic Blends from Kiehl’s offer something for everyone! I’m absolutely head-over-heels for them, so I had to share.

Whether you like soft florals, earthy, woodsy, or slightly citrus fragrances—the Aromatic Blends have you covered! The fragrance mists aren’t too perfumed and over-powering, and the body products have been proven to provide long-lasting skin hydration due to their botanical oil bases and lack of harsh surfactants. Move over, high-alcohol content and sulfate-laden formulas—Kiehl’s has something more nurturing for your skin that still smells unique. The ingredients in Kiehl’s new Aromatic Blends are naturally derived, and sustainably sourced.

Like Kiehl’s iconic Creme de Corps, there’s a botanical blend of avocado, olive fruit, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and sesame seed oils to help deliver moisture and softness to the skin in the Skin-Softening body formulas (body cleansers and lotions) in the Aromatic Blends collection. The Aromatic Mists are pure and sensual fragrances that focus on the quality of two unique notes, to keep them simple and pure.

Kiehl’s Fig Leaf & Sage Aromatic Blends; Aromatic Mist, Skin-Softening Body Cleanser, Skin-Softening Body Lotion

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22 Best Toners and Astringents


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22 Best Toners and Astringents

Using the right toner can be the answer to all your skin issues. Find the one that best matches your skin’s needs now

22 Best Toners and Astringents

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If you’re skipping toner in your daily cleansing routine, you’re missing an essential step for healthy skin. A good toner can reduce redness, fight acne, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles — if you find the right one for your skin type. Our readers guarantee that you’ll find your perfect match on this list.

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No. 22: Sea Breeze Deep-Clean Astringent Actives, $4.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.0

“It removes grime that doesn’t come off with any makeup remover, soap, or cleanser I’ve tried and keeps skin smooth, glowing and dewy.”

No. 21: Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner, $7.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.1

“This gentle toner works with my complicated skin like a seasoned therapist. The dry patches on my cheeks have been calming down and my foundation is no longer sliding off of my t-zone. I’ve only started using this product for a few days and my blackheads have already been reduced!”

No. 20: Biore Triple Action Astringent, $7.49

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.3

“This astringent has a two percent dose of salicylic acid that leaves my skin clearer than ever, with smaller pores, and a more even skin tone.”

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What’s New: Bliss High Intensity 24 — ‘Heaven’ Healing Body Balm


Sometimes I wonder if Bliss will ever run out of fun names for their products, they’re always so catchy and appealing to me. Their latest product, High Intensity 24-’Heaven’ Healing Body Balm called out to me immediately, because if someone says a product is heavenly—I’m going to try it!

24-’Heaven’ is brand new this month, and it’s a little more heavy-duty than most body butters I own. It’s even richer than some of Bliss’ core body butters, and those are all incredibly rich to begin with. This contains several soothing and moisturizing ingredients; like colloidal oatmeal, vitamin E, and cocoa butter. You might think it would leave a greasy coating behind on your skin, but I don’t think it does at all! You can tell something is there, but it’s not slick, greasy, or sticky. Right now I’ve got this vat on my desk (it’s a generous 8 ounces), and I periodically apply. I wait a few minutes, and then I can type without my fingers slip sliding all over my keyboard. It’s not just for hands, but I definitely like it for that purpose.

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Review: Jane Iredale Zap & Hide Blemish Concealer


I am SO bummed that my skin has taken a turn to Acneville in the past week, but I’m taking full advantage of it by testing out some of the acne-fighting products that my skin doesn’t usually respond to. Jane Iredale recently released a “new & improved” version of their Zap & Hide Blemish Concealer, although I’m not too sure what’s new and improved, because I don’t have any previous experience with it.

Zap & Hide is pretty simple in concept—it’s a dual-end stick formula with a concealer on one end, and a spot treatment on the other.

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Currently Loving: AVEENO Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads


This week, my skin has been freaking out, and I think I know what’s causing it. It’s usually pretty good at rolling with the punches, taking whatever comes its way with the amount of products I’m usually testing on it. But this week, it told me it finally had enough. And before you think I’m really nuts—no—my skin did not talk to me, but it showed me just how irked it was at me. It was kind enough to gift me several raised pimples, all over my face—and that rarely ever happens. Occasionally I’ll get one that I attribute to hormones, but rarely are they raised, red, and angry. I think it was the heat mixed with the products that made it all go down-hill fast. But that’s irrelevant now.

Okay skin. I’m listening now, you’ve got my full attention!

I’ve temporarily parted ways with my regular cleanser, and I’ve introduced these new AVEENO Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads to my morning and nighttime routine. These things are awesome! Let’s check ‘em out together…

AVEENO Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads

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