Do you travel to see family during the holidays? I do, and between shopping for all those gifts and attending festive parties, I barely have time to pack for my trip. Tarte takes the guesswork out of your holiday (or everyday) makeup palate with their Beauty without Boundaries Collection. All you need for your natural or sultry look is included in one stylish Missoni-esque makeup bag.
As a beauty expert, women always ask me for tips on long-lasting, fresh-looking, flawless makeup. And my answer is always the same: make time to prime. It doesn’t matter whether you have 50 minutes or 5 minutes to apply your makeup – you should always take the time to prep your canvas to achieve the best result possible. You wouldn’t apply a saturated, matte lipstick to dry and cracking lips – would you? And you wouldn’t dream of wearing that bodycon dress without slipping into some Spanx, right? The same theory applies to your face.
Now that you understand the importance of prime time—as I like to call it—it’s equally important to find the right priming products for you. Primers aren’t just the product you put on your face before foundation. In fact, my favorite primers are actual skincare products that have priming benefits. As a mom and a businesswoman, I have very little time to mess around – so I appreciate priming products that do double duty, like two of my new favorites from Olay Regenerist. CONTINUE READING
As a beauty expert, I’m embarrassed by how late I am to the BB Cream party. In the past year, so many friends and colleagues have asked me about BB Creams—what’s the buzz, which brands are the best, etc. —and they would look at me funny when I admitted to not having tried BB Creams yet. I mean, they were so incredulous that you would’ve thought I told them I was still using a flip phone or had a Hotmail account. But it’s really not my fault that I was stuck in a time warp and unfamiliar with the biggest beauty trend of 2012.
I started hearing about BB Creams in late 2011 and was very excited to hitch a ride on the proverbial bandwagon. But until recently, it’s been difficult—if not damn near impossible—to find a BB Cream in my shade. I was shocked. The beauty business has come so far in the past 15-20 years, in terms of shade options and embracing a multi-hued consumer base. But in my BB Cream search, I felt like I was 16 years old all over again and limited to a few brands that recognized my pigment.
Anyway, I’m here to tell any brown-skinned beauties out there that just because we don’t have infinite options doesn’t mean that we should settle and walk around with BB Cream-ed up faces that don’t match our necks. IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Crème SPF 15 is so amazing that I almost stopped throwing shade on some of those other beauty brands that offer 1 or 2 shades. I’m all about the love now because I absolutely LOVE this BB Crème.
Late last year, my friends started to remark about how fabulous my skin looked. I quickly dismissed the first few compliments, thinking my pals were just being kind. But the flattery just kept coming and I started to wonder what all the fuss was about. Then one morning, I looked in the mirror and finally saw what everyone else was seeing. The dark marks around my jawline that have plagued me for years were almost gone – and my complexion was positively radiant. That’s when it all clicked…and my new moisturizer instantly achieved holy grail status.
DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer promises to “effectively hydrate skin during the nighttime sleep cycle to help reduce the appearance of melanin build up, and help to achieve younger looking skin.” And boy does it ever. I’ve struggled with hyperpigmentation since puberty and have tested a ridiculous amount of products to minimize my the dark marks that acne and other blemishes have left in their wake. I’ve had good results with a handful of those products, but nothing comes close to the transformation I’ve witnessed with DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer.
Not only did it practically obliterate my dark marks, it evened out my entire skin tone and imparted a glow that – up until now – I’ve only been able to achieve with makeup. What a welcome surprise! And the funny thing is that even though you’re supposed to use it twice a day, I only use it in the morning (I didn’t read the directions when DDF first sent me a bottle to review) and my friends noticed an improvement in my skin after just two weeks of using the product. Just imagine how quick you could see results if you actually use as directed! CONTINUE READING
If you’re applying your foundation with anything but the beautyblender sponge, you’re doing it wrong.
The point of foundation is to fool the eye of the beholder into thinking you were blessed with a flawless complexion. But if you’re applying it incorrectly, or with inferior tools, you just look like you’re wearing a makeup mask. The difference between foundation that looks like foundation and foundation that looks like skin is beautyblender.
Since I was introduced to beautyblender in 2007, we have been in a monogamous relationship. It is the only tool I use to apply my foundation. beautyblender’s elliptical shape allows you to access hard-to-reach areas with ease. Its suede-like texture repels product, so your foundation actually ends up on your face – rather than absorbed by the sponge. And its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup dazzling and undetectable.
I even use it to apply my concealer and cream blushes. beautyblender can also be used with moisturizers, eye treatment serums and lotions, makeup primers and makeup removers to be a truly hygienic, gentle way to ensure optimal use of the most advanced skin care products.
And if you have problem skin, I can’t recommend anything better for magically disguising blemishes and hyperpigmentation. beautyblender is reusable (perfect for those green gals), latex-free, non-allergenic, and odor free…and makes the PERFECT holiday gift. CONTINUE READING
My preferred method of hair removal is threading–on my face, anyway. Up until a few years ago, I frequented a lovely threading salon in downtown Philly. But then it closed, which is a real shame because there aren’t a lot of threading places near me. Since then, I’ve been patronizing those threading kiosks at the mall. They do a great (and cheap) job. However, it’s one thing to get your brows shaped in the middle of the mall and it’s an entirely different thing (aka mortifying experience) to have your upper lip and chinny chin chin hairs ripped out in front of passersby.
I tried to suck it up, close my eyes and pretend that onlookers weren’t snickering at me. But I’m much too self-conscious for that kind of public humiliation. So I had to come up with a more private method of hair removal. Luckily, I didn’t have to search very hard because Olay did the work for me.
I was recently sent a sample of Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo and it’s so genius that I couldn’t wait to write this review. The simple two-step system gently, yet effectively, removes even stubborn facial hair. CONTINUE READING
I can’t believe how late I am to the St. Ives Apricot Scrub partay.
St. Ives Apricot Scrub is a perennial award winner (it’s like the Meryl Streep of the skin care world) and beauty gurus rave about it. I recently tried it for the first time and after I marveled at my baby butt smooth face, I immediately started kicking myself for waiting so long to give it a try.
The scrub exfoliates dull skin away for a smooth and radiant look. The 100 percent natural exfoliants (which include apricots and walnuts) are known to brighten skin; corn kernel meal, which is known to improve skin’s appearance, increases cell turnover. The classic scrub was also newly formulated to be 100 percent sulfate-free.
And now it comes in four formulas, so you can choose the one that meets your skin’s unique needs. CONTINUE READING