Sneak Peek: Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray, Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging


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Coming soon from Urban Decay…

They’re at it again! Forward-thinking and edgy cosmetics brand, Urban Decay usually brings us something delightfully colorful—but this time, they’re thinking on a much deeper level, and that’s our skin. I’ve been tinkering with these two new skincare-type goodies for two days—do you know how hard it is for me to keep secrets from you? Very!

Launching officially on 6/25 on urbandecay.com, you’ll find two new products; the B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray, and the Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging. This won’t serve as a full review for these products because I haven’t used them long enough to vouch for their efficacy, but I can share some information and first impressions. Shall we?urban decay b6 vitamin infused complexion prep spray

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray

I found this really interesting, as the B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray is made in partnership with SKINDINÄVIA, who are well-known for their line of skin prepping and setting sprays. According to Urban Decay, it contains the first stabilized form of Vitamin B6, which “absorbs oil, minimizes pores, and reduces redness.” Hmm. Pretty interesting stuff! [Read more…]

Bioelements Triple-Action, Rapid-Resurfacing Facial Kit Review, Photos


bioelements triple action resurfacing peel

Exfoliation is such a key step to any skincare regimen. If you’ve always been afraid of it due to your sensitive or easily irritated skin—this is for you. If you’re not sensitive, and you want a nice punch to your exfoliation routine, this is also for you! Deeply rooted in professional-grade skincare, Bioelements created a fantastic take-home exfoliation kit that offers a unique three tiered process to banish those icky dead cells that inhibit your skin from effectively accepting your skincare routine, and reveal smoother, brighter skin within minutes. Meet the Triple-Action Rapid Resurfacing Facial Kit.

bioelements facial peel

I can honestly say I’ve never met an exfoliator that’s so gentle, yet so effective at the same time. I can also say that I’ve never used Chinese herbs to exfoliate my skin either! Bioelements utilizes an exclusive pro formula of herb granules—dubbed Herbology. First, they offer physical exfoliation, and once activated with water and their olive oil-based cleanser to “melt” the granules, which release natural alpha-hydroxy acid to help dissolve the pesky cells that want to literally stick around. [Read more…]

Beauty Quickies: Body Drench Exotic Oils Body Lotions


Beauty Quickies is a series where I showcase a great product that I haven’t had the opportunity to write a comprehensive review for. These products pass my standards, and I hope you enjoy getting these beauty product stats at-a-glance!

body drench tahitian monoi oil indian neroli body lotion

Self-tanning season is upon us, and I’ve been in search of great body lotions to keep skin hydrated to extend the life of your faux glow! While shopping at Sally Beauty Supply last month, I stumbled across the Exotic Oils Body Lotions from Body Drench, and I had to give them a shot. (Their Original Moisturizing Lotion is also awesome for extending the life of a self-tan!)

The Exotic Oils are available in three varieties; Tahitian Monoi Oil, Indian Neroli Oil, and Moroccan Argan Oil. I’ve tried two of them, and they’re fantastic.

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Tahitian Monoi Oil

As a fan of delicious fragrances, these hit all the right notes for me. The Tahitian Monoi Oil is a tropical treat, with rich coconut and Tahitian gardenia notes. The Indian Neroli Oil is scented primarily like neroli (a beautiful bitter orange note). I haven’t had a chance to try the Moroccan Argan Oil, but it’s next on my list.

While these smell great, they also pack some great hydrating ingredients; cocoa butter, Vitamin E, jojoba oil, and coconut oil just to name a few. Not quite as rich as a body butter, the lotion texture still feels rich, yet penetrates and absorbs quickly—so it doesn’t leave behind that uncomfortable grimy, sticky feeling that a lot of lotions can. Go ahead and skip the perfume while wearing these, their authentic fragrance notes stand on their own. Weighing in at a whopping 16.9 ounces, the Exotic Oils body lotions from Body Drench are a superb value.

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Indian Neroli Oil

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Body Drench Exotic Oils Body Lotions

Price & Availability…

About $8 each—Sally Beauty Supply, sallybeauty.com

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Perlier 8-Piece Shower & Body Cream Travel Kit Review


Perlier on HSN 8 piece mini travel set

I’m big on watching HSN, that’s no surprise. So it’s probably not a surprise that I buy a lot from the shopping channels—especially beauty products! But unlike the mascaras and eyeshadows I buy, the one thing I’m always hesitant on are the bodycare products. Unless you have smell-a-vision, you’ve probably thought the same thing. Buying cosmetics is easy—shower gel and moisturizer—not so much!

For years I’ve spied Perlier on HSN, and I’ve always been curious. The products look and sound decadent, but I just couldn’t commit. (Blame it on that lack of smell-a-vision!) But I’m here to share my first Perlier experience with you, so you can decide if this is a bodycare brand you want to venture into as well! I tried out a sample pack of their basics—the 8-Piece Shower & Body Cream Travel Kit found exclusively on HSN. Let’s take a closer look…

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Perlier White Almond Absolute Comfort Moisturizing Shower Cream & Almond Body Cream — note the sizes

This 8-piece set arrives in a TSA-friendly clear plastic travel bag, so it’s perfect for stashing all of your travel toiletries in, along with your favorite Perlier duo. You’ll always have your shower cream and body moisturizer packed with you!

Here’s what you’ll receive:

  • 1 oz. Honey Body Balm Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Honey Shower Cream Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Olivarium Bath & Shower Cream Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. Olivarium Body Cream Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. Shea Butter with Citrus Extract Body Balm Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Shea Butter with Citrus Extract Cream Shower Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. White Almond Body Cream Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. White Almond Shower Cream Mini
  • Clear Zip Top Bag [Read more…]

An Awareness Day Not to Ignore: It’s Melanoma Monday


These days, it seems like there’s an awareness day for everything under the sun. Today is literally one that’s under the sun—it’s Melanoma Monday. With such sobering statistics, this is one awareness day NOT to ignore! Backed by science for optimal skin health, prestige skincare brand, SkinCeuticals wants you to get involved. Check this out:

Melanoma Awareness infographic

SkinCeuticals wants to help! They’re offering free mole checks from a leading panel of dermatologists at locations across the country. Visit SkinCeuticals.com/prevent for participating doctors. Additionally, they’re donating $1 for every share of their new awareness video to the Melanoma Research Alliance. It only takes a minute! [Read more…]

Beauty Quickies: Kate Somerville RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream


Beauty Quickies is a series where I showcase a great product that I haven’t had the opportunity to write a comprehensive review for. These products pass my standards, and I hope you enjoy getting these beauty product stats at-a-glance!

kate somerville RetAsphere

New for 2013, Kate Somerville released RetAsphere, a 2-in-1 Retinol cream for those who need help diminishing the appearance of fine lines and evening out skin texture and tone—but still need plenty of moisture, too. Traditionally, Retinol products irritate the skin, increasing dryness, and adding sensitivity. Kate addressed these skin concerns with this unique night cream that delivers pure Retinol to the skin in a unique carrier lipid, that also brings a surge of moisture in at the same time. This results in a highly effective Retinol, without the usual irritation or flaking.

Inside that carrier lipid is a rich blend of hyaluronic acid and seaweed extract, both of which penetrate the skin—increasing the anti-aging benefits. Here’s a Retinol that most skin types will tolerate more easily, and the benefits are fantastic!

  • Diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and leaves the skin looking and feeling smoother and firmer.
  • Helps increase cell turnover and creates younger-looking skin.

What’s New: Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Facial Moisturizer


Sending out an S.O.S.

A few weeks ago, I took two cross-country flights in two days. Not only does my skin get seriously dehydrated from flying, it was stressed-out by a total climate change. Now, go ahead and add those two things to also having the kind of situational stress that makes you nervous and sick to your stomach. Yep, that was pretty much me for 48 hours. Speaking on live TV, for the first time ever, three times in two days—I’d say I was stressed. Wouldn’t you? When I was young, I was the one kid in school that was suddenly “sick” on oral book report day.

The day before I left, the latest from Kiehl’s arrived, the Skin Rescuer, and something intuitively told me to pack it—because I was going to have skin that needed rescuing. I was so right.

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer

According to Cynthia Ackrill, MD and Fellow of The American Institute of Stress:

“Stress is responsible for 70-90% of doctors’ visits—it contributes to, and can even mimic all serious diseases. Its effects are particularly harsh on the skin, causing premature aging and advancing the symptoms of every common skin condition from sensitive skin, to eczema and psoriasis, rosacea, and chronic dry skin.”

So it turns out, it’s not just in our imaginations running wild, stress definitely affects the skin in negative ways. So no wonder why the eczema I have on my eyelid (I KNOW, my poor EYELID), flares up whenever I’m stressed about something. Skin Rescuer is a triple action formula to help break the skin’s stress cycle. At least now there’s something for the rest of my face! This new product helps address the visible signs of internal stress that shows up on the skin. [Read more…]

8 Affordable BB Creams for Every Need! (+ Bonus $50 CVS Gift Card Giveaway)


See 8 of the greats, and enter to win a $50 CVS/pharmacy gift card!

With so many BB creams flooding the market lately, I know it can be pretty confusing. Whether you call it a “beauty balm”, a “blemish balm” or just good old “BB cream”, I’m here to help make your next trip to the drugstore a little easier with eight BB picks for every skincare need (and budget). All of these picks are available at CVS/pharmacy, and they’re all products I’ve put through the ringer in the last few months. The cool thing about shopping at CVS for your beauty loot, is that for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty products, you receive $5 ExtraBucks Rewards! And with the CVS Beauty Guarantee, you can pick up your BB cream of choice, test it out—and if you don’t like it, return it within 60 days for a full refund.

While you’re here, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a $50 CVS/pharmacy gift card at the end!

I hope you find a BB cream you love from these top drugstore picks:

Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream SPF 20

When it comes to drugstore BB creams, I’ve found this one from Lumene to be the closest in consistency to its Asian BB cream ancestors. A clear favorite among U.S. BB cream connoisseurs, this gives the coverage of a medium foundation, smooths the skin like a primer, and protects the skin like a skincare product with Vitamin C and an SPF 20. Available in two shades, and retails for $14.99. [Read more…]

Currently Loving: L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture Day Lotion SPF 25


You guys, how much are you paying for your daytime moisturizer with SPF? Even drugstore brands can get up there. What if I told you that I found the PERFECT daily moisturizer with SPF, and it’s under $10. Yes, 10 BUCKS. About $6.99 to be exact! L’Oréal Paris just released a line of crazy-affordable skincare basics in their Ideal Collection. Ideal Moisture Day Lotion SPF 25 comes in three formulas; for dry skin, normal skin, and sensitive skin. I have combination skin personally, and I’ve been rocking the normal skin formula without issue.

L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture Day Lotion SPF 25 Normal Skin

This lotion is incredibly lightweight, especially for having sunscreen in it, and get this—it’s oil-free. This absorbs into my skin quickly, makes it feel nice and smooth, and doesn’t affect my foundation application. The scent is light, and very pleasant.  [Read more…]