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Tatcha, I’m So Glad I Gotcha

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I’m home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers – all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don’t know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I’m channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it’s damn near impossible for me to change the station.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I caught a demonstration from a beauty brand I’d never heard of: Tatcha. Victoria Tsai, the brand’s creator, was talking about the inspiration behind the brand (ancient Geisha skincare traditions) and demonstrating some skincare products – and she had my undivided attention. And I’m not easily impressed. I was this close to ordering, but I’m sleep-deprived and ended up passing out before I got a chance to order. The next week, I was so preoccupied that I forgot about Tatcha – until they sent me an email. They offered to send me some products to sample. And after using them for the past few weeks, I am ADDICTED. No…seriously. I now have a legitimate Tatcha habit.  (more…)

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Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry

Dermadoctor Physical ChemistryOne of my all-time favorite products is Dermadoctor KP Duty, a dual action body exfoliator that combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion. It was developed to treat chicken skin – those little red bumps that many people get on their upper arms. But, for years, I’ve been using it to exfoliate my legs pre-shave.  There’s really no body exfoliator that comes close to KP Duty. 

Anyway, KP Duty’s skincare counterpart is Physical Chemistry – Dermadoctor’s exfoliating facial. Again, it combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion into a simple-to-use, powerfully effective yet gentle scrub. You simply apply it to dry skin, rub it in with your fingertips, rinse and pat dry. That’s it.

I tried it for the first time this week and I literally asked myself why it’s taken me so long to get acquainted with this product. (more…)

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De-Zombify Your Eyes With Benefit Erase Paste

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For the past month or so, I’ve been looking (and feeling) like a straight up zombie – but for good reason. I gave birth to my second child – a daughter, Arwen – on June 5 (a month before her due date).

 

Arwen Grace

It’s hard enough being a mom to a preemie, but Arwen also spent her first 8 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – so I’ve been a wreck, and looking like one too.

Last week while visiting the mall, I stopped by Sephora. Really, I was just there to browse and to check out some new products. But what caught my attention – and what I ultimately left with – was an oldie but goodie. After spying myself in one of Sephora’s mirrors, I was horrified by the dark circles beneath my eyes. Sleep deprivation definitely didn’t agree with me…so I walked around the store perusing the store’s concealer options. Which brought me to the Benefit display. (more…)

Brighten Up with Dermalogica Tri-Active Cleanse

dermalogica tri-active cleanse cleanserAs many of you know, I am currently pregnant. Very pregnant, in fact. I am due to give birth a week from tomorrow…and I am so ready to meet my little girl.

This pregnancy has been rough. Not that my first pregnancy with my son, Westley, was easy – but this one makes that one seem like a walk in the park. I’ve had quite a few unexpected pregnancy complications and, on top of that, I’ve felt pretty unattractive these past nine months. They say when you’re carrying a girl, she “steals your beauty.” And in my case, the old wives was 100% true.

First, I grew muttonchops. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But they were pretty damned close. I’ve always had fine little hairs on the sides of my face. For years, it made me embarassed and I thought about ripping all of those baby hairs out – but then I thought about the upkeep factor and ruled it out. When the baby hairs morphed into muttonchops, I decided it was time for action. So I went to my local threading place and had those puppies waxed off.

Then came the melasma (aka ‘pregnancy mask’). Melasma is blotchy brown patches that develop on the skin due to hormonal changes. My case wasn’t as severe as some of the photos I’ve seen in Google images, but my uneven skin tone was enough to make me seriously self-conscious. There are a million products on the market right now that promise to address hyperpigmentation, but I was afraid to try something new for fear I’d break out (pregnancy also makes my skin more sensitive and reactive). So what’s a pregnant, blotchy beauty blogger to do? (more…)

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