I Switched to Paula’s Choice Skincare for 3 Weeks. Here’s What Happened.


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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.

Paulas choice earth sourced perfectly natural hydralight shine free daily mineral complex

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!

Let’s start off with the daily basics…

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…]

I Found Salon-Worthy Haircolor, and You Don’t Have to Be a Professional to Buy it!


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It’s been about 10 years since I stopped working behind the chair, but as a colorist at heart — I’m always trying to bring you affordable ways to help maintain your mane. One of those ways can be found in the color aisle at Sally Beauty, within the AGEbeautiful Anti-Aging Haircolor Collection.

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As we age, inevitably, our hair does too. It can become thin, coarse, wiry, dull, and eventually — grey. It’s the grey part that usually has us running for the hills for a box of haircolor the fastest. But what if I told you I found a salon results-driven brand that can address all five signs of aging hair, in a variety of colors and formulas that suit you?  [Read more…]

Staycation Ideas to De-Stress, and Recharge!


This post is sponsored by Jergens®

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If you’re like me, sometimes you have to forego what I like to call a “real” vacation for a staycation. For me, a staycation means exploring what’s in my own backyard — whether it’s a scenic picnic spot, new walking trail, or reading a good book on my balcony, I can always find ways to keep myself busy for a few days. I can’t hop on a plane and go wherever I’d really like to be (Hawaii ALWAYS sounds good!), but we can save a lot of money and just chill out at home when we have to. Here’s a little bit of what I’m doing!

jergens instant sun trio

First, I have to prep! I’m extremely lucky to live in Southern California, and the sun shines here more often than not. That means I wear sunscreen consistently, and can stay tan safely, year-round with self-tanner. (You should opt for the sunless method too!) Jergens® recently introduced three products to easily make that happen; their Natural Glow® Color Primer In-Shower Scrub, Natural Glow® Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse, and Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer. I’ve been able to use all three with great success!

tan before after

Left to right: With/Without

Since I’m so fair, I opted to go with the Light Bronze shade of Jergens® Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse (it’s also available in Dark Bronze). I did one application on two consecutive days to perfect my tone to something that was more believable and natural looking for me. But the product that really sealed the deal was the Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer. It smells incredible, keeps my skin hydrated with the help of cocoa butter, and maintained my self-tan for the week (with just a touch of self-tanner included) — without letting my self-tanner look patchy as the days went by.

Having a relaxing staycation can be pretty easy in these parts, so I didn’t have to look far. I promise I’m not bragging! I hope you can incorporate some of these ideas into your own staycation adventures.

For my successful staycation…

  • Reading material! What’s a staycation without your favorite magazines and a good book? I even borrowed Gone Girl so that I could finally read it. (I saw the movie first.)
  • Bright nail polishes so I can give myself a mani when I need some quiet time. Painting my nails is seriously my favorite activity when I just want to be calm and content.
  • Fresh veggies for grilling, and fruits for snacks. The pineapple and strawberries at our Farmers Market right now are delicious! Don’t underestimate a morning at your local Farmers Market (and grab yourself some flowers while you’re there).
  • Iced tea — my favorite staycation drink! You can do a tropical cocktail or two, but I wanted something super refreshing. I’ve got a freezer full of ice and several lemons on-hand at all times.
  • Google areas of interest in the area you’re unfamiliar with, and go there! Walking trails? Check. Museums? Check. Walk around and act like a tourist? Check!
  • Have a few friends over for a barbeque.
  • Read poolside (with my realistic faux-tan), fave sunglasses, and a good amount of sunscreen.

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Wish you were here! What are your favorite things to do on a staycation?

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Win It! Crest Sensi-Stop Strips w/ $75 CVS Gift Card GIVEAWAY


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I occasionally suffer from sensitive teeth, and this time of year makes them even more sensitive! My bottom teeth will inevitably go crazy as I sip spiced hot apple cider next week, when I bite into our delicious holiday pies, and while enjoying special dinners and chilly desserts. Even with my morning coffee, my teeth can send terrible twinges of pain to let me know just how unhappy the are with me. So to be able to use something over-the-counter that really helps and doesn’t create a mess or require several steps—is a blessing!

I’ve got a GREAT giveaway at the bottom of the post, where you can win all of the items pictured above—so keep reading!

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With just 10 minutes, and one strip, Crest Sensi-Stop Strips™ can provide up to a month of sensitivity relief. I can barely feel them on my gum line, they don’t hurt, or leave a bad, chemical taste in my mouth. And—I’ve noticed less tooth sensitivity on the bottom row when I reach for my morning cup of hot coffee this week!

Sound good to you? CVS is your best bet for purchasing in your area, because…

When you purchase Crest Sensi-Stop™ strips at CVS ($21.99) from Oct. 10 through Dec. 14 you can earn $4 in CVS ExtraCare bucks!

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You’re All Set for a Flawless Face with Laura Mercier’s Foundation Wardrobe!


Laura Mercier Flawless Face

I think we all have that little black dress that we feel good in, and maybe you even have a little section of your closet that’s designated for the clothes that make you look and feel your best. (I know I do, even though it’s a very small section!) What I also have, is a foundation “wardrobe”. I have a drawer in my makeup area that is designated to hold just the foundations and primers that make my skin look and feel its best, depending on the occasion. I feel like in that department, Laura Mercier is the foundation expert.

I have a favorite designer that makes jeans and dresses that fit my body the way I like, and Laura Mercier is one of my favorite “designers” that creates complexion and makeup pieces that suit my skin perfectly—depending on my mood, desired look, and occasion. Let’s take a closer look at those complexion faves of mine!

laura mercier tinted moisturizer foundation primers

For me, it all first starts with a foundation primer. I love…

  • Foundation Primer Radiance — This adds the most gorgeous, flattering pearl glow to the skin without going overboard. As I age, I think the key to keeping my skin looking youthful, is to keep it looking radiant. This primer does the trick! It adds a pretty soft-focus glow to my skin, and I prefer to wear it with foundations that give full coverage, so that my skin doesn’t look dry or “flat”. It’s a neat little trick, especially if contouring and highlighting isn’t your thing! ($33)
  • Foundation Primer — Laura Mercier’s original Foundation Primer is an easy, no frills, lightweight gel that you apply prior to any foundation to keep the color of your foundation true, and to promote beautiful, long wear. I love this under her Tinted Moisturizer, because it doesn’t add any weight to my skin—especially because I reach for the Tinted Moisturizer when I’m looking for protection and lighter coverage. It feels and looks invisible, but keeps everything in place. ($33)

In the foundation/coverage department, I choose…

  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer — When it comes to tinted moisturizer, I don’t think there are any better than Laura Mercier! I’ve been wearing it for decades! I prefer the original version—it has the perfect amount of hydration, SPF 20 protection, and color payoff on my skin. It offers light coverage, but is totally buildable. I love the natural, healthy dewy look it gives my skin, and makes my skin look polished in just seconds. My shade in the Tinted Moisturizer is Blush. ($43)

The key to a flawless face is applying foundation and coverage products only where you need them, to get the most natural look. Also, try working with your fingers since they often make the best tools! You don’t need any special applicators or brushes while applying these products.

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Wearing Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in Blush, Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara, and Pink Pop Lip Glacé.

  • Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide — This is the newest innovation in the Laura Mercier complexion line, and it’s so beautiful! Naturally matte and oil-free, you’ll want to shake this dual-phase liquid for at least 10 seconds. Then, apply just a few drops on the back of your hand and apply with fingertips, blending from the middle of your face, out. A little of this product goes a LONG way to blur imperfections. It’s very pigmented and it doesn’t take a lot of it to get coverage. I love that nearly any skin type can wear this formula since it’s so forgiving. If I want full coverage, I apply it directly with my fingers. If I want to tone it down a little bit, I’ll moisten a sponge and softly blend it out to sheer it down just a touch. With 24 shades available, I just know you’ll find a match! My shade is Ivory. ($48)

wearing laura mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Wearing Laura Mercier Foundation Primer/Radiance, Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Ivory, Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara, and Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Créme Coral.

A few other Laura Mercier goodies to complement your flawless face…

laura mercier lip glace orchid pink pop bare baby nectar

left to right: Bare Baby, Nectar, Pink Pop, Orchid

  • Laura Mercier Lip Glacé — These high-shine and nicely pigmented glosses aren’t sticky, and they feel great on my lips. They suit all skin tones and offer long-lasting color and shine. ($25)

laura mercier caviar eye stick amethyst rose gold tuxedo

left to right: Rosegold, Amethyst, and Tuxedo

  • Caviar Stick Eye Colour — Eyeshadow does not get any easier than this! These creamy color sticks are available in 23 beautiful hues and glide along the eyelid smoothly for long-wearing color. Try sheering them out with a fingertip for a sheer wash of color, or you can even wear them under powdered shadows to anchor them to the skin. I especially love Rosegold—what a beautiful everyday shade! ($28) 

laura mercier creme smooth lip colour red armour creme coral spiced rose

left to right: Spiced Rose, Créme Coral, Red Amour

  • Créme Smooth Lip Colour — The ultimate in comfortable lipstick, this luxe formula gives me full coverage in a single swipe, without the pigment drying my lips after several hours of wear. Very creamy, and long-wearing!  ($27)

The finishing touch…

laura mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara

  • Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara — I can really build up the volume and length with this, without any clumping! It also holds a curl to my otherwise flat lashes all day, sans flaking. Available in black, I think it looks shiny and voluminous on my puny lashes! I’m wearing it in both full-face photos above. ($25)

Want to start your own flawless face foundation wardrobe with Laura Mercier? You’ll find her products at Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, Nordstrom, and lauramercier.com.

Join the Laura Mercier Instagram Challenge!

Show them your fresh face for a chance to win $1,000 of Laura Mercier products. Use the hashtag #LMFlawlessContest

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Laura Mercier through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Laura Mercier, all opinions are my own.

I Heart Bain de Terre, So Enjoy Exclusive Beauty Junkies Savings!


Bain de Terre Passion Flower

I spend a small fortune on my hair color, between the base color and the highlights, and as a result—I can be a little picky when it comes to my hair products. A few months ago, I was introduced to the Passion Flower Collection from Bain de Terre, and I fell in love!

At first, I couldn’t believe that this salon-only brand had such incredibly affordable price points. And then, the lovely fragrances in the products transported me to some place tropical in my mind. (Well hello there, coconut oil, gardenia extract, black currant, argan, and monoi oils!) While I’m a fan of the Passion Flower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner (they’re both paraben-free), I also like the Passion Flower Color Brightening Finishing Spray. My hair stays in place all day, and the argan and monoi oils leave it super shiny without any dryness.

If you’re not familiar with Bain de Terre, they’ve been used in the best salons and trusted by salon professionals for ages! Bain de Terre offers hair-healthy, botanical-rich products and treatments for every hair type and for all of your styling needs. Check these collections out:

Ready to try Bain de Terre? You can save 25% off all of your Bain de Terre product purchases exclusively on loxabeauty.com with promo code BDTBJ25.

Leave a comment, let me know what you’ve tried, want to try, or what you’re picking up!

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Join the Neutrogena Sun Safety Tweet-a-Thon Today!


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I am SO incredibly honored to be able to share important sun safety facts today on such a large scale, because sun safety is potentially LIFE SAVING. Today, I hope you’ll join a group of Neutrogena Ambassadors (like myself) and celebrity spokespersons in a one-of-a-kind Tweet-a-Thon with Neutrogena that will take place from 9am EDT, to 9pm EDT today. We’ll make it worth your while—the prizes are INSANE.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking—who has time to be on a 12-hour Twitter party? Not to fear! We’ve broken it up for you so you can join in for as long or as short of a time as you want! Each hour will focus on a certain topic and will feature some celeb guests. Do names like Emma Roberts, Kristen Bell, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle UnionHayden Panettiere, Julie Bowen, and Bella Thorne ring a bell? I thought so!

Use #ChooseSkinHealth, and follow along all day today on Twitter when you can! We’d love to engage with you!

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Join Me for the Boots Beauty USA #ArchMadness Twitter Party!


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It’s time for #ArchMadness!

I hope you’ll join myself and Boots Beauty for a fun Twitter party on Thursday, March 27th at 7-8pm EST. We’ll be discussing eyebrows, beauty, and more! Just follow @beautyjunkies and @bootsbeautyusa, and use #ArchMadness. I’ll be giving away several prizes that you won’t want to miss!

Some of my fave eyebrow/lash products we’ll discuss…

  • No7 Fanomenal Lash Serum — Fuller, thicker and darker lashes after just eight weeks with No7 Fanomenal Lash Serum. The unique blend of ingredients helps improve the quality of the growth of eyelashes. When used daily, 82% of women saw an overall noticeable improvement in their lashes.
  • No7 Lash & Brow Perfector — No7 Lash & Brow Perfector provides defined lashes and brows all day long. The gel-like conditioning formula gives natural definition, without color, to the lashes while also taming and setting eyebrows. A specially designed brush with long bristles on one end for lashes and shorter bristles on the other hand for brows disperses the lightweight gel for perfectly defined eyes.
  • No7 Beautiful Brows Pencil — (available in Brown, Blonde, and Black) This defining eye pencil helps ‘fill in’ brows. It has its own brush which helps to tame and groom the brows.
  • Botanics Eyebrow Pencil — (available in Medium Brown) The Power of Plants! This Soft Eyebrow Pencil Contains Skin-Conditioning Jojoba Oil. It’s armed with a brush, helping to define the perfect brows to frame your face.

I look forward to chatting with you on Thursday night! Bring your eyebrow and beauty questions!

Taking the Taboo Out of Women’s Hair Loss


hair lossWhen I was a teenager, I was sick for an entire summer with an illness. By the time I was well enough to go to school, I had lost a LOT of hair. It took a long time for things to go back to normal, and I remember being so embarrassed by some of the small patches I had on my scalp.

It turns out that feeling insecure because of your hair (or lack thereof it) happens more than we think.

In a recent study, 91% of the 1,000 women surveyed indicated that their hair was part of their identity. When asked to rank the stress caused by aspects of their physical appearance—more women attributed a higher level of stress to hair loss than cellulite, weight gain, or the appearance of their skin. That’s really telling!

Pantene Expert Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women

Since about 45% of women will end up with hair loss in their lifetime, and 60% of women agree that women losing their hair will never be socially acceptable—what can we do about it?

Pantene has an answer for us! The new Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women with 2% Minoxidil is FDA-approved, and clinically proven to help regrow hair for those experiencing hereditary hair loss. When applied to the scalp twice a day as recommended, Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women invigorates shrunken hair follicles, which increases their size and helps to regrow thicker hair over time. Depending on the degree of hair loss, women should see moderate hair regrowth after 4 months of continued use.

Most hair regrowth treatments out there are expensive, and they have a terrible medicinal scent to them. With this, we don’t have to be embarrassed—because it’s unscented and affordable. We finally have something that’s just for us, taking the taboo out of women’s hair loss. With Pantene’s Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women, those suffering from heredity hair loss can see results, while maintaining their normal styling routine, making it easier than ever to grow the hair you were meant to have.

Pantene Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women with 2% Minoxidil can be found at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. Learn more at pantene.com.