If there’s one thing I love, it’s a guy that takes care of his skin! I know there are already dedicated legions of men using a Clarisonic, but this one is extra special. (As in: they can stop borrowing ours now.) [Read more…]
I’ve got to be honest — I’m usually not a body oil person. Despite being a Neutrogena Ambassador, can you believe I hadn’t tried their Body Oil until this challenge? I wanted to see why this has been a cult favorite for years, so I started off with exfoliating my skin by dry brush on a Sunday, and then applied Neutrogena Body Oil after my shower once a day for a week.
The reason I usually run from body oils — they typically make my skin feel too sticky, oily, and leave marks on my clothes. With this one, that’s not the case at all! I was so surprised that I wasn’t running for the sink to wash my hands too, since Neutrogena’s light sesame oil formula allows for quick absorption. I even tried getting the oil on a silk scarf a minute or two after I applied it — and it didn’t transfer.
It’s hard for me to explain, but it’s sheer and hydrating at the same time. It’s available in both a fragrance-free and their original formula, and I have to admit — I’ve become a little hooked on the slightly warm, yet fresh scent of the original formula. It doesn’t really linger or interfere with my perfume, but the pleasant light scent has become part of my morning ritual too! [Read more…]
To celebrate bliss now being sold at Kohl’s, I wanted to share some of my bliss favorites with you, and also share some of the things that make me bliss-ful! Since bliss believes that happiness is the result of total well-being, there’s no time like the present! I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few bliss spa locations over the years, and you might haven’t had that opportunity yet. Let me show you some of my favorite products!
I can give myself the most quick and easy, brightening facial with just the products you see above!
As a resident of California, it’s impossible to turn on the news in the past year without seeing a story about our dire drought situation, and it’s only getting worse. Our local and state government agencies are putting conservation policies in effect to try to turn it around — but guys, it’s really bad. They can put these policies into effect all they want, but if we’re not doing our part, it’s completely pointless. And some people are taking it more seriously than others.
I never realized how much water I was using until I made the effort to cut back. We take measurably shorter showers, we turn faucets off when they are not absolutely necessary, and we let our cars get pretty dang dirty before they visit the car wash. We could definitely be doing more, but it’s a step in the right direction — every little bit helps. [Read more…]
PLEASE NOTE: This review/feature was written quite some time ago. Some of the promo codes may no longer be current. I encourage you to check Google or the Paula’s Choice website for any updated promo codes. I am not responsible for promo codes no longer being in effect. I’ve tried to keep the codes current, but due to this age of this post, I am unable to check it every month for updates. Thank you for your understanding.
Like you, I believe that it’s better to invest in great skincare, than to spend a ton of money on cosmetics to cover things up. Over the years though, I’ve learned that you don’t necessarily have to spend a ton of money to have great skin. A few great basics, paired with some active treatment products will do the job, so I turned my skin over to Paula’s Choice for a few weeks and journaled about the changes that took place — here’s what happened!
I’ve known Paula Begoun to be a heralded industry expert for ages, but recently I realized she was the brains behind so many great products some of my friends are raving about. Paula is a cosmetics ingredient expert to the nth degree, and she’s a strong advocate for consumers burned by products in the past (often marketed with outrageous promises of extreme, seemingly overnight results). I’m sure you’ve seen her book, Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. She takes this stuff very seriously, meticulously breaking down products by the efficacy of their ingredients like no one else I’ve ever known. It’s serious business to Paula, so I had to try her products to see what would best treat one of my biggest skincare concerns.
A few days before my product test drive began, I had a brief telephone consultation with one of Paula’s skin experts to help find out which products would be best for me. (I highly recommend doing this! There’s no additional fee, and you can even ask product questions on via live chat on the Paula’s Choice website.) Since I wanted to see quick results for this trial, I narrowed it down to just one specific targeted skincare concern. I told her that my pores easily become congested, and I’d like to whip those blackheads into shape — STAT! I also told her that my skin doesn’t love Vitamin C, and tends to become irritated by it. Taking this into consideration, she came back to me with a regimen that was 100% ready to fight that battle!
Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel — I used this both am/pm for gentle cleansing. It’s a gel cleanser, that lathers nicely without stripping my skin. Since I went pretty gentle on the cleanser, I was able to really amp up the active ingredients my treatment products without experiencing irritation. (You’ll see those in the second part below!) [Read more…]
A few weeks ago, I went to the Natural Products Expo, and it was like the massive yearly Consumer Electronics Show, only it was for natural/eco-friendly products and food. I spent a fair amount of time in the beauty area, and found some new (to me) products I just love, and this is one of them!
Waxelene is a natural alternative to petroleum-based products like Vaseline. While I personally do not object to Vaseline, I know there are a lot of people who do — so I wanted to share it with you. Plus, I’m kinda hooked on this myself! Waxelene contains just four simple ingredients: organic soy oil, beeswax, Vitamin E oil, and rosemary oil. That’s it! [Read more…]
Please join me in welcoming back Dilara! She’ll be here periodically reviewing her favorite products. She’s a mom of two from the Midwest, and she’s very, very cool! You’ll enjoy getting to know her. — Amber
It seems like every year I talk about how cold and dry the Ohio climate is and how much my skin is suffering. I hope you haven’t grown tired of those posts because guess what? It’s cold, dry and my skin is suffering yet again. When Amber handed me the new L’Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection, the timing couldn’t have been better.
I feel like I’ve seen shea butter products popping up recently as natural way to moisturize and protect your skin. Shea butter is a natural substance that contains plenty of Vitamin E and acts as an anti-inflammatory, which makes it perfect for multiple skin types. My skin is dry-to-normal pretty much year round. In the winter, it gets especially parched. Cold weather, hot furnaces and wicked winds beat me down to a dry, cracked, flaking mess. Shea butter has been called “the superfood for your face” and well, it’s time to put it to the test.
Sounds a little risky, slathering your skin with oil isn’t exactly the top beauty approach on most peoples’ list. But for me, I had nothing to lose. First of all, it is luxurious. The Shea Butter Cleansing Oil has a deep, silky texture that removed all of my makeup. I preferred to rub it all over my face first, and then I added a little water to create a milk on my skin. After massaging that all over my face, my eye makeup was completely removed, as was my foundation, powder and mostly everything else. I normally wear a very long-wearing lipstick which is difficult to remove. This product removed it effortlessly. It rinses off clean with no residue, and left my skin feeling supple and smooth. [Read more…]
I like to ditch the candy and flowers for Valentine’s Day—they’re pretty overpriced for the holiday! Don’t fall into that trap (unless you really want to), go for these gorgeous pink gifts instead. They’ll be around long after your chocolates and flowers are gone…
I often have people ask me if I think a Clarisonic is worth the splurge, and my emphatic reply is always—YES! If I get a little lax on using mine, I can definitely tell a difference in the way my skin looks and behaves. Last summer, the Sonic Radiance set was introduced as an easy way to cleanse your skin to its brightest complexion yet. Since you’re cleansing your skin (or at least you should be) both morning and night anyway, take advantage of that time with a special dedicated cleanser for the morning, and a dedicated cleanser for evening use. When combined with use of the included Brightening Activator Serum, you’ll remove skin impurities, encourage faster cell-turnover, and brighten skin discoloration in just minutes a day. (The new Radiance brush head is super luxe and plush, too!) $249 ($314 value), sephora.com [Read more…]
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
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…]
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