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Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner

4 Mar

 

Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner 5 fl oz

What’s the point of a toner? I never really saw the value in it. One more step to a beauty routine? But if there ever was a toner to love, this one is unbeatable.

A toner not only rebalances your skin’s ph after cleansing, it also gives you one final opportunity to wipe off any leftover traces of makeup and grime. When I saw this at Target, I was seduced by the Britishness, the cute bottle and the cheap price. I was sure I’d regret the impulse buy, but much to my surprise, that was not the case.

After I applied Boots Botanics Rosewater with a cotton pad, the organic damask rosewater seemed to brighten, and soften my skin. In fact, it felt hydrating without any stickiness or residue. The next day, my skin was definitely improved. Resilient and with a healthier glow. But my favorite part? The light fresh scent makes me feel like I’m escaping into a Jane Austen novel.

Available for $8.39 at:

Boots 

Target

Purederm’s Make-Up Cleansing Tissues

26 Feb

Purederm Cleansing Tissue

While a nice deep facial cleansing to wash alway all the makeup and debris of the day is the most effective, a pre-moistened cleansing cloth is a godsend in a pinch.

I’ll admit it! I’m lazy! And there are some nights where the thought of going through my preferred cleansing routine seems like a form of torture. But luckily, cleansing cloths can come to my skin’s rescue! No water, no rinsing needed.

Purederm Cleansing TissuesPurederm’s Make-Up Cleansing Tissues from Korea are unbelievably effective, non-drying, and unbelievably cheap. All makeup is wiped away in a few swipes. Mascara might require more tugging than a swipe, but off it comes in the end, with zero stinging. Skin feels super clean for a wipe, and I can breathe easy that I won’t be met with clogged pores or a pimple explosion in the morning.

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So where do you find them? Sadly, not at your local drugstore. But they are available at beauty supply stores and online, in a variety of delicious scents, thanks to the specific extract each type includes. Aloe, cucumber, rose, green tea, and lavender. They feel soft on the skin and they won’t shred when you put them to work. And their resealable packaging lasts longer than many other brands, keeping them perfectly moistened. No parched tissue here that require extra friction to get your eyeliner off.  You’ll be catching zzzs in no time.

Available for $2.80 for a pack of 30 tissues

Naimie’s

BY TERRY Baume de Rose

18 Feb

By Terry Baume de Rose

Who wants to spend $59 on a lip balm? Certainly, not I. So how did it happen? Well, it all began when I was leaving my beloved Barneys Love Yourself Beauty Event and I passed the By Terry counter. I was almost out the door when I thought to myself, I keep reading and hearing endlessly about this balm, let me just try a swipe so I can stop wondering. And that was the beginning of the end.

The BY TERRY Baume De Rose is much to my dismay, GLORIOUS!  One application lasts for hours on end, eliminating the need to reapply endlessly. Lips are truly hydrated, not just coated. And the SPF 15 filled pale pink sheen pluses your natural lip color. It’s plumping, creating the illusion of fuller lips, and it makes a great base for keeping lipstick in place. Suprisingly, it also doubles as a cuticle cream. But let’s face it! There’s no way I’m going to waste it on my hands unless I scooped too much on my lips.

By Terry Baume de Rose

The only thing I’m not a fan of is dipping my finger in to apply it. There is a lip gloss version of it but it does contain less product.  Beside, I wouldn’t want to give up pulling out this gorgeous jar  to apply it. The whole experience of using this somehow feels sensorially fulfilling. The heaviness of the jar, the heavenly rose scent, the substantial consistency, and the resulting baby soft lips. Now if your not a fan of roses, you might be a little less impressed but otherwise, this lip balm is sadly a delightfully luxurious experience. No wonder, it’s a cult classic!

From the By Terry site:

– A lipo-regenerating complex made up of Rose Flower Essential Wax with softening and astringent properties, Pastel Oil to boost cell renewal, and Shea Butter with healing and soothing benefits, supplies strength, nutrition and comfort.- The Hydroskin complex, a combination of filling spheres and active ingredients of lipid origin, provides optimal hydration.- Biotechnological ceramides deliver youthfulness and density thanks to their restructuring and firming action and their smoothing effect.

– Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and Sun Protection Factor 15 protect the lips against the harmful effects of light and help to fight against aging.

Available for $59 at:

Barneys NY

T. LeClerc – Loose Powder in Orchidee

14 Feb

T. LeClerc Loose Powder Orchidee

Winter sallowness got you down? Does your skin need a pick me up in general? This excessively finely milled loose powder, brightens the skin beautifully, while seemingly erasing flaws. The pale pink shade might look scary in the tin, but it’s a super power at neutralizing yellows and wiping out exhaustion. Say good-bye to pores and hello to well-rested glowing skin!

The French makeup line, T. LeClerc was born in 1881 and in this competitive modern day market, it continues to thrive thanks to its superior products. Orchidee is one my most beloved. First, I  sweep this very lightly over my face with a fan brush. Then I apply an extra layer over my cheeks for the most natural flush. It makes a gorgeous blush. Then I love to add some around the outer edges of my face for glow and definition. Finally, I gently buff it for a second with my beauty blender sponge (but any sponge will do). Another great multi-tasker, Orchidee also works as an subtle eye brightener, counteracting those dark circles.

T. LeClerc Orchidee

Besides being in love with the quality, texture and tone of this powder, I’m obsessed with the packaging. The gorgeous classic tin is oh-so-deliciously French and the fine net lets you get just the right amount of powder on your brush. And the best part, the rice powder base makes this a friend to the most sensitive of skins.

Available fro $50 at:

Barneys NY

Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads

1 Feb

Radical Age Defying Exfoliating Pads

OK! If ya do the math, these come out to almost $1 an exfoliating pad. A lot, I know! But isn’t $1 well-spent better than the endless ineffectual products we clutter our medicine cabinets with?

I received these Age Defying Exfoliating Pads in my SpaceNK gift bag over a year ago, and the addiction continues. This product is a super power. 86% Active Ingredients? How refreshing! Glycolic Acid,  and Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids exfoliate skin for a smooth flawless finish. Cellular turnover? Check! Shrinking pores? Check! And Oat Kernel and Chamomile calm it all for a gorgeous glow with zero dehydration. Skin is buffed, brightened, strengthened, and de-creased. All in one step, thanks to these cotton discs.

Perfect for the lazy and perfect for the meticulous! Thanks SpaceNK for adding one more pricey yet must-have to my list.

From the site:

Reduce coarse crow’s feet by 50% in 2 weeks

For best results: Apply at night, one pre-moistened, single- use pad over face, neck and décolleté after cleansing with Hydrating Cleanser.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Butylene Glycol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Leaf Extract , Sugar Cane Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Sodium PCA, Orange Extract, Lemon Extract, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract, Malakite, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, SD Alcohol, Witch Hazel Extract, Aloe Vera Gel, Chamomile Extract, Willowbark Extract, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Menthyl Lactate,

Available for $95 for 100 exfoliating pads at:

SpaceNK

Dermstore

Radical Skincare


Celeb Fav Bio-Oil: Just Hype or Heavenly?

22 Jan

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Bio-Oil is coined as specialist skincare for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing, and dehydrated skin. And, more recently Kim Kardashian revealed it as her secret weapon that she’ll be using throughout her pregnancy to keep stretch marks (and wrinkles) at bay. It is also reported to be  favored by celebs such as Natalie Portman and Rochelle Humes. So, why all the hype about this “miracle” oil?

The key ingredient is PurCellin Oil. PurCellin is not a single ingredient, it is a delivery system which reduces the overall thickness of the substance and helps Bio-Oil absorb easily into the skin, which in my opinion, it does well. The product may be called an oil and look greasy but it does in fact absorb super well, leaving a light sheen but not a greasy, slimy feel (unless of course, you over apply), But, just to be clear, PurCellin Oil™ is a laboratory recreation (man made) of the preen gland oil of ducks, and acts as the delivery system for Bio Oils other ingredients.

It is also a non-acnegenic product, can be used on sensitive skin and is hypo allergenic. Made up of a mix of plant oil and vitamins, Bio-Oil helps moisturize and enhance the skin to its fullest. It relieves dry skin, helps soothe after sun exposure, and can be used in the bath. In fact, one of my favorite ways to use it is in the bath for general hydration. For healing it is recommended to be used twice daily for a min. of 3 months.

As I’m not pregnant, nor am I using it for stretch marks, I cannot speak directly to those claims. But, I can give my personal opinion to claims of hydration and skin tone. After using it only for a few days a dear friend touched my arm and immediately remarked how soft my skin felt, loved it!

I also noticed the skin on my legs was looking more even, not as red. I’ve started to dab a little bit around my eyes for moisture and fine lines and so far, no breakouts, and good results. I’m hesitant to apply it all over my face because of break outs but I’ll let you know if I dare go there. Until then, I have to say for my purposes, Bio-Oil is pretty heavenly!

My only warning for those who are super conscious about ingredients is that Bio-Oil does contain paraffin or mineral oil in it. Paraffin is a solid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum which does raise a flag for some people however, it is considered a low overall hazard and permitted by the FDA for use as as an ophthalmic emollient. For more information please click here.

Available at: Drugstore.com 4 oz $16.99

Key Ingredients:

Botanicals
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)
Vitamins
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Oil base
Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum)
Triisononanoin
Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate
Isopropyl Myristate
Glycine Soja Oil
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil
BHT
Bisabolol

For more information: http://bio-oilusa.com/en-us

Sweet Tarte by Celebrity Stylist and Writer, Michelle Brookhurst

21 Dec

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When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, we went into a research frenzy; culling articles about hormones in poultry, aluminum in deodorants, and parabens in cosmetics. In the decade since her diagnosis, we have made a lot of environmental and nutritional changes. I checked out options for paraben free cosmetics, and after a life of cheery bright happy lipsticks, and colorful packaging filled with promises and allure, I found the “natural” options to be a bit blah, and rather depressing. Well, natural is nice, but I think make-up should be about fantasy and fun, drama, seduction, getting to play the red-lipped femme fatale, or the apple cheeked girl next door. I am well aware of the harsh role chemicals and toxins play in our current state of health, but I don’t want to lose my five minutes of fun in the morning, where I get to “put on my face”. I enjoy being in touch with my feminine girly side, reminding myself I can be sexy and sweet, before I walk out my front door to go kick some butt.

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I found the perfect solution in Tarte Cosmetics. All their packaging is super flirty and fun, it is a pick me up to look at, the colors are fantastic, and that’s before I even put it on! All Tarte products are free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and synthetic fragrances, and I also appreciate that they don’t spend money on advertising, they spend it on research. The company is eco-friendly, and I highly suggest reading about the values of both the company and the cosmetics- you will be amazed at the amount of research and care that goes into every product; even the cheek stain, which is a water based gel blush, is packed with vitamins for your skin. There are some natural beauty lines that are all about health, but do absolutely nothing for either your face or sense of fun- Tarte delivers the true “whole package.” I have never been asked by so many make-up artists about my mascara, had friends borrowing my lipstick, or given away so many tubes of the tinted moisturizer.

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Tarte Cosmetics was created by someone who loves make-up, and you can tell. Everyone I have turned on to the Lights Camera Lashes mascara has never gone back to the itchy, overly fragranced mascaras of other companies, and it even comes in a purple snakeskin tube! That’s my kind of “natural.” There is never a new product I don’t like, and every color is flattering. I swear by their cheek stain, all the Lipsurgence lip pencil/gloss sticks (i don’t even know what to call them except tubes of perfect textured heaven), and my biggest secret weapon is the Smooth Operator waterproof concealer, which easily outperforms Touche Eclat..

Smooth-Op-Clay-Concealer-ALL-mdn-70191227I don’t know if it’s the Amazonian clay, or the Marajuca oil that is used to create such perfect textures, but the foundations are never cakey, all pencils glide on smooth, and the cheek stains are so user friendy. This is what I was looking for in a “natural” beauty line: fun packaging, great results, and 5 minutes in the morning where I get to feel good about what I put on my skin, and beautiful when I look in the mirror. (And with this sale, my wallet is looking good too!)

Available from:

Tarte

Sephora

 

Michelle Brookhurst

Michelle Brookhurst is a former teen actress (Can’t Hardly Wait, Charmed, Foxfire), turned celebrity stylist (clients include George Lopez and Baron Davis) turned writer. She has written a television series based on her life called “Certain Something”, and is currently based in Los Angeles.

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