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Stock Up on Fall Skincare Essentials at Target!

You can find everything you need to be confidently you this fall at your local Target for great prices. Look for special displays in the beauty section featuring more than 20 products from Neutrogena, Aveeno and RoC! If you haven’t already tried them, this is the perfect time to test out timeless and new beauty favorites.

Now through October 31, Target is offering 5% off on the following Aveeno products:

  • Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer SPF 30
  • Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer SPF 15
  • Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Cream fair to light
  • Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Cream medium
  • Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Scrub
  • Aveeno 25ct Facial Cleansing Wipes

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As someone who suffers from hyperpigmentation, I’m really excited to try the Positively Radiant products—so I’m going to make Target run later this week. I’ve been using Aveeno products for decades and I find them to be incredibly gentle yet effective…not to mention budget friendly. I’m going to take this opportunity to test some new things and stock up on some oldies-but-goodies to help me transition into my cold-weather beauty routine.

When you make your Target run—which I encourage you to do—look out for special displays in the beauty section and you won’t be able to miss it!

If you have trouble finding the products in the store, just ask the Target Beauty Concierge team for help!  They provide expert opinions and one-on-one advice.  You can find a team near you by entering your zip code here.

Don’t miss out. Visit your local target before the deals end on October 31!

This post is sponsored by NEUTROGENA®. I only recommend products I use personally and believe my readers will also enjoy!


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…)

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! (more…)

2012 Eucerin Healthy Skin Challenge: Second Report

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

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. (more…)

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