If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have


For years, I have used an oversized wide-tooth comb to detangle my notoriously impossible to detangle post-shampoo hair. The amount of hair that would get caught in the teeth was somewhat alarming. But I chalked it up to the fact that I only wash my hair once a week - so maybe the hair loss really wasn't all that CONTINUE READING

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review


You know how awesome BB creams are for your face? Well, the geniuses at Jergens have harnessed the power of BB and infused it into a lotion for your body. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days.  But does it deliver? Watch the video to find out...   Disclosure: This post was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Sale at Gilt.com


As a huge fan of Laura Mercier (I swear by the foundation primer and tinted moisturizer), I was so excited to see that Gilt.com has a nice assortment of beauty products currently on sale. There's everything from sophisticated nail polish colors and soft mineral blush to lip glaze palettes and pencil sets to create an alluring smoky eye. Oh, and CONTINUE READING

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Cover April Issue of Vogue


Welp, folks, it looks like Kanye finally wore Anna Wintour down and got his baby mama a coveted Vogue cover. So the rumors were true. There was buzz a few months back that Kim would cover the fashion bible, but then everyone assumed it would be a foreign Vogue - given Anna's alleged aversion to all things Kardashian. I CONTINUE READING

10 Beauty Products to Get You Through the Flu


Hey Guys! As you all know the weather lately has been terrible and most of us have been getting all kinds of horrible colds and the flu, as a result. This is very personal for me because I work in retail and it seems like I get one disease after the other with all of my customers constantly sneezing CONTINUE READING

Hyperpigmentation

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review

Posted on by daneen in Featured, Hyperpigmentation, Lotion | Leave a comment

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You know how awesome BB creams are for your face? Well, the geniuses at Jergens have harnessed the power of BB and infused it into a lotion for your body.

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Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days.  But does it deliver? Watch the video to find out…

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jergens BB Body Cream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jergens BB Body Cream, all opinions are my own. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review

DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer

Posted on by daneen in Dry Skin, Face, Featured, Holy Grail, Hyperpigmentation, Moisturizer, Skin Care | 2 Comments

DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer DDF Discoloration Reversal MoisturizerLate 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

2012 Eucerin Healthy Skin Challenge: Second Report

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Eczema, Face, Featured, Hyperpigmentation, Skin Care, Sun Protection | Leave a comment

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This past Spring, I embarked on the 2012 Eucerin Healthy Skin Challenge. To kick off this partnership, I had a consultation with Dr. Deborah Sarnoff, a NYC dermatologist. After discussing my skin issues, she recommended the following Eucerin products for me:

After using the products for four months, I had a follow-up consultation with Dr. Sarnoff. Watch the video for a recap of my evaluation and the progress I’ve made, as well as some great tips Dr. Sarnoff gave me for the coming months.

You can get in on the action too. Visit the “Digital Derm” tab on the Eucerin Facebook page! This tab offers you the chance to ask one of Eucerin’s Skin First Council dermatologists a question about their skincare and find a local dermatologist near your home. And if you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow @EucerinUS.

Lighten Up with Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Posted on by daneen in Featured, Hyperpigmentation, Moisturizer, Skin Care, Sun Protection | 1 Comment

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Hyperpigmentation is the beauty bane of my existence. Every time I get a pimple, it leaves a dark mark in its wake – whether or not I pick at it. Luckily, I don’t get too many blemishes or else Cruella de Ville might want to make a coat out of me. But even one dark mark is a cause for concern and embarrassment – not to mention they can take months to lighten up.

One mark has taken up residence on my jawline for the past six months. It’s been there for so long, sometimes I just forget about it. That is until I see a photo of myself and cringe at how dark and mole-like it appears. So when a bottle of Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution showed up on my doorstep to review, I was very hopeful. Kiehl’s is one of my favorite skincare brands and their products have yet to disappoint, so I was very hopeful about this new innovation. CONTINUE READING

Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator

Posted on by daneen in Holy Grail, Hyperpigmentation, Skin Care | Leave a comment
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Since adolescence, I’ve suffered with hyperpigmentation. Like many women of color, my blemishes leave dark marks in their wake – which can take weeks, months and even years to fade. For forever, I’ve used foundations and highlighters to hide these dark spots. But I’ve recently come to a point in my life where I’m tired of masking the problem. As a busy mom, I don’t have the time or the energy it takes to put on a full face of makeup on a regular basis. Most days, I leave the house bare faced – save for some mascara and a couple swipes of gloss. Hyperpigmentation has undermined my self esteem for too long, so I decided it was time to heal, rather than conceal.

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So last month, I added Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator to my morning routine. And let me tell you…this additional step (which takes just 1 minute) has been life changing. First of all, the pearlescent serum imparts a radiant glow upon application – so even though the product actually takes about two weeks to start doing its thang, there are immediate perks.

And after just 10 days, I started to notice that my skin looked more even toned, luminous and smoother. The formula is lightweight and smells dreamy, so putting it on is a refreshing A.M. experience. And after a month, I am much more confident showing my bare skin to the world because my dark marks are starting to see the light.

I’m not usually the best at being consistent with skin care because, as you know, I test a lot of products. But this one is so simple and yields such amazing results that I actually look forward to putting it on. Because Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator targets the dark marks (as well as redness, acne marks, sun spots and other discolorations), you don’t have to worry about it lightening the other areas of your face. And the oil-free formula is proven gentle and effective for all ethnicities. Just be sure to use an SPF product on your face every day, to prevent the marks from darkening up again.

I can’t recommend Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator enough. It’s become my holy grail – and if you buy it and try it, you’ll understand why. I’m also anxious to try the Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator.

*A sample was provided by the brand for review.

Can’t Wait To Try: Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15

Posted on by daneen in Foundation, Hyperpigmentation | Leave a comment

clinique+even+better+makeup+spf15 Can’t Wait To Try: Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15Last April, Clinique gave us Even Better Skin Tone Corrector, a lightweight serum that gently erases skin discolorations. This spring, the brand unveils something even better than Even Better.

Wear oil-free, dermatologist-developed Even Better Makeup SPF 15 and something amazing happens: Without any makeup, see improved clarity, a more even skin tone, visibly diminished age spots. For all ethnicities. In just 4 to 6 weeks. For continued benefits—even after you take it off—partner with Even Better Skin Tone Corrector.

Even Better Makeup SPF 15 ( $24.50), available in 15 shades, is sold at department stores, Sephora, and clinique.com.

Words From The Wise: Clinique Offers Help For Hyperpigmentation

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Spoiled Pretty reader, Aditi, writes:

“Unfortunately, my teenage years left me with terrible dark, acne scars! I have tried a few things and so far, nothing seems to work. Any thoughts?”

To answer Aditi’s question, I called upon Dr. Tom Mammone, Executive Director of Clinique Research and Development. He writes:

“There are many different dark spots that can appear on the skin. Melanin is responsible for the color that we see on our skin, including pigmentation spots, but different dark spots have different triggers. One of the most common causes of pigmentation spots includes acne scarring. That is the key to acne induced scarring and pigmentation. Our approach in treating this concern is to work with skin’s own natural processes to minimize the appearance of dark spots and help prevent them from forming in the first place. Based on this philosophy, exfoliation plays a very important role in our pigmentation approach. In fact, we work on 3 levels when it comes to thwarting pigmentation. First, we inhibit the formation of the dark spots with antioxidants, second we utilize ingredients to break up the appearance of existing dark spots into “dust” and third, we use exfoliation to speed the departure of the cells that have been effected to encourage a more even skin tone.

clinique+even+better Words From The Wise: Clinique Offers Help For Hyperpigmentation“I would recommend a product such as Even Better Skin Tone Corrector which works like an eraser-breaking down the appearance of large dark clusters caused by hyperpigmentation into less visible “dust” with ingredients such as our Trametes Versicolor Extract (Advanced Brightening Yeast Blend). Then exfoliating ingredients such as Glucosamine and Salicylic Acid whisk away these clusters. In addition, the formula includes powerful antioxidants such as Curcuma Longa Turmeric Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract and Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate to prevent new dark spots from forming. In addition, scars and hyperpigmentation are due to inflammation and Even Better Skin Tone Corrector has strong anti-inflammatories to help reduce the inflammation. I would also stress the importance of sun protection. Clinique always recommends wearing a daily sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.”

Aditi, thanks for writing in with your question. Clinique has generously offered to send you Even Better Skin Tone Corrector and a daily sunscreen. Many thanks to Clinique and Tom Mammone for the excellent advice!

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