Always Bet On Black: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

My skin has been in serious need of detox. My pores are perpetually clogged – it’s like my face is the IT hangout for blackheads. So when I saw the Boscia Black Luminizing Mask on QVC a few months ago (it’s no longer sold there), the demonstration was so compelling that I bought a bottle.

The mask – made with “premier-quality clay” – promises to draw out deeply lodged dirt and oil, exfoliate, shrink pores, firm skin and reduce inflammation. But does it actually deliver? You betcha! As Wesley Snipes said in Passenger 57, “Always bet on black.”

Before I apply, I like to exfoliate my skin with my Clarisonic. The instructions don’t suggest you do that, but I find that exfoliating helps the mask ‘get all up in there,’ so to speak. Next, I apply an even layer (not too much, but not too little) to my clean, dry skin. It’s important to avoid your eyebrows, hairline and lips. Also avoid your eye area by applying below orbital bone. Then you let that baby dry for 15 to 20 minutes. I’ll admit that for the first couple of minutes, it makes my eyes tear up a tiny bit (my eyes are sensitive); but after that, I’m totally fine. Once the mask is completely dry, it takes on a rubberized quality – and you remove it by peeling off from the outer edges. (more…)

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Once You Go MAC Style Black, You Never Go Back

Haven’t you heard? Black is the new black.

For the past six months, I was anxiously counting down the days until September 24th. Not because it was my birthday, but because I had insider information that MAC was re-releasing its Volcanic Ash Exfoliator as part of the Style Black Collection. If you’re a Spoiled Pretty regular, you’ve probably heard me mention it once or twice…or, possibly, a million times. That’s how much I adore this scrub.

I’ve tested an excessive amount of exfoliants, so it takes a serious scrub to even get my attention…and the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is, hands down, the best EVER. Yes, I said ever – as in since primordial soup ’til today.

Originally released as part of MAC’s Future Earth collection last summer, it became a cult classic. Those who missed out were singing the shoulda woulda coulda’s. And those who got a taste were wishing they could jump in a DeLorean, rev up the Flux Capacitor and go back to June 2008 and snag a lifetime supply. I fell into the second category, rationing my Volcanic Ash Exfoliator like it was a bag of beans on a season of Survivor.

Now that MAC has answered my prayers (and even packaged it in a convenient tube), I’ve stocked up and I suggest you do the same. It’s already sold out on, so I suggest you do your best Sherlock Holmes impression and sleuth that sh*t out (hint: and still have it in stock).

And don’t just buy one lonely tube. Ah, naw. by the time you buy one, try it, and realize you can’t live without it, exfoliating fools will have wiped out the supply. So just trust me on this one, act like you’re at Costco, and buy in bulk.

The Style Black collection also includes these other gems:

Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask, $19.50
Formulated with volcanic ash and natural oils, this ash-black facial mask simultaneously deep-cleanses and treats the skin. When water is added, the mask heats up and the oils instantly lubricate the skin, leaving it feeling soft and clean. Helps keep skin moist, clean, soft and evenly textured.

Mineralize Eye Shadow, $19.50
Cinderfella: Mineralize black with silver pearl (frost)
Gilt By Association: Mineralize black with gold bronze pearl (frost)
Blue Flame: Mineralize black with blue pearl (frost)
Young Punk: Mineralize black with pinkish purple pearl (frost)

Cream Colour Base, $16.50
Black: Creamy true black
Bat Black: Blackened burgundy with pink pearl

Penultimate Eye Liner, $16.50
Rapidblack: True black

Greasepaint Stick, $17.50
Intense black

Eye Kohl, $14.50
Smolder: Intense black

Cremesheen Lipstick, $14
Black Knight: Creamy true black

Mattene Lipstick, $14.50
Night Violet: Deep purple grape
Midnight Media: Dense matte black

Glimmerglass Lip Gloss, $18
Bling Black: Sheer black with gold pearl (as seen at NYFW Fall 2009)
Blackfire: Sheer black with pinkish purple pearl
Blackware: Creamy true black

Nail Lacquer, $12
Seriously Hip: Black with gold particle pearl
Baby Goth Girl: Black with pinkish purple pearl
Nocturnelle: Black as night black

214 Short Shader Brush, $23

The Style Black collection is now available at MAC counters, stores and

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The Face Masque That Makes You A Mouth Breather

Biologique Recherche’s Masque Vivant is absolutely amazing, if you can get past the odor (it looks and smells like fermented soy sauce).

You’re supposed to apply it and then let it do its thing for 10 to 20 minutes – which, in Daneen time, translates to a half hour. I always leave products on longer than instructed for optimum results, because I’m crazy like that. But the smell was so godawful that I could only bear 9.5 minutes before rushing to wash it off.

But let me tell you…once I removed the masque from my face, it was like there was new skin underneath. My complexion was radiant and my skin felt baby smooth. And I had this rosy glow – as if Kevyn Aucoin, himself, had expertly applied some rouge to my cheeks.

In closing, Biologique Recherche’s Masque Vivant may smell like death. But it gave my drab visage new life. And for the results it delivers, I’ll gladly breathe out of my mouth. Hopefully next time, I can make it to 10 minutes…maybe more!

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Phone A Friend About REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask

You know you’ve hit the beauty jackpot when you can’t wait to call your mom/sister/BFF and tell her to put said product on her shopping list…which is exactly what I did after trying REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask, a facial treatment formulated to dramatically remove dead cells, smooth lines, and help prevent the appearance of spots and blackheads.

On Saturday, after Amber gushed about her blonde bombshell transformation (at the hands of master colorist, Jason Backe), I dished about my fab new skincare find.

After I slathered the citrus-scented mask on my mug and waited the requisite 10 minutes, I was a bit disappointed. Surely the fact that the peel wasn’t tingling, burning, or sizzling my skin meant that I would soon add this product to my ‘beauty busts’ list, right? Wrong.

After rinsing it off, my skin was soft, decongested and remarkably radiant; while Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask may gentle on the skin, it does a phenomenal job of bustin’ up stubborn blackheads. Post-peel, my complexion was so A-list celeb dewy, I didn’t recognize my own skin.

So if you suffer from dullness, fine lines and/or clogged pores, run out and get you some REN. And once you’ve used it and are thoroughly impressed (which I know you will be), spread the word and phone a friend.

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