Superior Skin Giveaway

There are two things I know all of you love—great skincare products and swag, which is why I’m excited to announce a giveaway I’m doing with Female Blogger RT, Superior Skin and several other bloggers (check them out, their links are below). Yep. It’s a whole big collab thing.

First of all, can we talk about how much I love Female Blogger RT? Follow them on Twitter right now because they retweet the best content from female bloggers. Literally, all they do is help other women! From my estimates, I think they’ve racked up approximately 1 zillion extra karma points. And now they are about to acquire a few more

So, what is this amazing swag you could win? A bottle of GrenzCine™ which is an anti-aging serum worth over $300. The active ingredients in this product are Vitamin C (which is not just for colds and OJ, your skin NEEDS this stuff) and a patented molecule called Polyamine DAB.

GrenzCine™ was developed by Vivier Pharma and Dr. Kenneth Dolynchuk, who is a plastic surgeon. You know how I feel about plastic surgeons and skincare! He formulated this product through over 30 years of clinical research (which is a LONG TIME) and ended up with over five patents.

So, what are the benefits of using GrezCine™?

·      It makes your skin thicker and firmer.

·      This product boosts the affects of your other products and procedures such as retinoids (you know I’m obsessed with retinoids), chemical peels, microneedling, microdermabrasion, laser treatments and any old school exfoliation we know is a part of your routine.

·      Activating collagen in your face.

·      It tells wrinkles and fine lines to go away-- seriously!

·      Overall, this product just makes your skin look brighter, younger and all around more fabulous.

So what do you have to do to score yourself a free bottle?

Just follow the directions below. By the way, if you aren’t a giveaway person, I want you to know we are giving away three bottles, so your chances of winning are better than you probably anticipated. Also, if you’ve made it this far, you probably are a giveaway person.

GOOD LUCK!

And be sure to visit all of our fabulous hosting bloggers!

Amanda  /  Lindsey  /  Monica  /  Swathi  /  Natalie


Contest will end on August 9. FBRT will announce 3 winners on Twitter. Superior Skin will send prizes to winners directly. By entering the giveaway widget below, you give permission to Superior Skin to contact you via email. Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents. 

Special thanks to Female Blogger RT for taking better photos than I can. 

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Holiday Beauty Edition)

It's a little over a week until Christmas and Hanukkah (which happens to start on Christmas Eve this year). No matter what holiday you celebrate (or pretend to celebrate, or just want to get over with already), we all know the Pony Express (aka the post office and every single courier I've ever dealt with) does not always deliver on time. So, please consider this your warning and get yourself together right now. If you couldn’t find something on my $25 and under F-It Friday last week or the Gift Guide For Special Snowflakes, then consider any one of these fabulous beauty sets. They're all fool-proof favorites. Seriously, if someone doesn’t like any one of these gifts, you probably need to re-evaluate your relationship with them. And between us… I won’t tell anyone if you are naughty and end up buying a little something here for yourself. 

Laura Geller So Scrumptious 6 Piece Color Collection

Laura Geller’s So Scrumptious Set is worth $173 and currently on sale at Ulta for (don’t faint when you read this number) $39. It has everything you need for a party-ready look including primer (seriously, we all need more of that), foundation (fair or medium options, LG totally hooks it up), blush, an eyeshadow trio, lip gloss and a double-ended face brush. Run, don’t walk (or just click) to your nearest Ulta right now. 

Decleor Merry Oils Premium Gift Set

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I like Decleor’s Merry Oils Premium Gift Set because oils are so luxurious. Also, the winter dries your skin like no other season can (thanks a lot, Winter!). The person who receives this gift will actually be appreciative because Decleor will save their face and body from the inevitable frost. You might actually receive a thank you card in the mail for this fabulous find (or a text, at the very least). The set includes Aroma Cleanse Micellar Oil, Aroma Nutrition Satin Softening Dry Oil, 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator (as opposed to 1000 grain bread, sorry I can’t help myself), Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Night Balm and Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum. 

Flowerful by FLOWER Colorful Nail Collection

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Are you looking for an under $10 gift for a White Elephant or grab bag? Look no further than Flowerful by FLOWER Colorful Nail Collection. Flower is Drew Barrymore’s beauty line and might even contain some of her magical goddess power (Drew Barrymore is a magical goddess. End of story). With eight nail shades and two glittery nail files, it will make your hands sparkle. 

SkinCeuticals Gold Standard Kit – Fine Lines & Wrinkles

You know that friend who is more afraid of aging than getting by a train? SkinCeuticals Gold Standard Kit – Fine Lines & Wrinkles is the perfect gift for that person. This kit contains two heroes of the SkinCeuticals line. C E Ferulic is an antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals, helps build collagen and makes holiday parties more tolerable (because skin compliments). The Hydrating B5 gel is like the personal assistant of C E Ferulic, making it work better, harder and more efficiently. Containing hot ingredient du jour, hyaluronic acid, it helps moisture bind to the skin.

Anthony Head To Toe Survival Kit

Do you have a dude in your life that likes fancy grooming products? Don’t make him survive without an Anthony Head To Toe Survival Kit. It has all of the essentials he needs including Rush Hair + Body Wash, Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Facial Scrub, Shave Cream, and All Purpose Facial Moisturizer. It’s perfect for traveling, especially if he tends to “borrow” your products.

How To Travel With Every Beauty Product You Need And Not Have It Be A Complete S-Show

The following story has everything to do with travel products, so actually read it.

Three years ago I met the most amazing guy. He was cute, funny and everything I ever wanted in a partner. There was just one problem, he was geographically undesirable. He lived in New York and I lived in Los Angeles. But I had the sense he was totally worth my time. Because his job wasn’t flexible, I had to be the one to schlep from coast to coast most of the time. It was completely annoying, but totally worth it because he eventually became my husband.

So, WTF am I getting at here? Being in a long distance relationship teaches you a lot of things, including how to pack every single beauty product you need so you don’t run out or have an incident involving a bottle of eye makeup remover and a dry clean-only sweater. If you’re traveling for the holidays, especially for a period of a week or longer, you're going to need a lot of stuff. Just follow my guidelines and you will be able to take it all with you. 

Go Big When You're Not At Home

Aren't those travel size bottles from Ulta and Sephora just darling? Nope, they're often overpriced, not-so-great for the environment, and never have quite enough product for me. The same logic applies to those TSA-friendly refillable bottle kits. In my unscientific opinion, they don’t keep products as fresh as the original packaging does. Then there is always the tiny drop at the bottom that never comes out, which is annoying and wasteful. My strategy is to bring full sized products which are already a part of my regular routine, that just happen to be packaged in a way that is conducive to travel. 

Buy The Biggest Travel Toiletry Case You Can Find

We all have 1000 little toiletry cases, most of which are useless. If you’ve ever had all of your products strewn about a hotel room, wondered if someone broke in, stealing your expensive moisturizer and your search became something you later referred to as an “incident”, a big toiletry case is a necessity. It allows you to keep all of your products together in one place.

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This cute bag from Target is perfect because it has lots of pockets and easily fits full-size bottles. 

Do Not Bring Anything That Can Leak Or Break! (Yes, That Exclamation Point Is Intentional) 

If you learn just one thing from this post, it’s do not bring anything that can leak, break or is made from glass. It will be more trouble than it is worth. 

But If You Must...

Tape down the caps and double Ziploc. Don’t forget to bring extra tape with you. 

Bring One Product In Each Category, Bonus Points For Multi-Taskers

I have separate AM and PM skincare routines, but many of my products can be used any time. So, I only take those when I travel. Here are some of my favorites.

Spa @Home by MasqueBAR Melting Cleanser

 
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When I’m home, I use a cleansing oil to remove makeup, but the thought of travelling with a oil that can leak is enough to make me need a valium before takeoff. That’s why I always travel with Spa @Home by MasqueBAR Melting Cleanser. This K Beauty Product is a genius multi-tasker that removes both makeup and dirt. No double-cleansing necessary.

Clinique Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick

Clinique Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick is the same size as a lipstick, but has no risk of leaking, so it's ideal for traveling. A solid eye makeup remover balm, it’s perfect for on the go touchups and getting off the last bit of your mascara so you don’t become known as that guest who ruins pillowcases.

Regenica Rejuvenating Dual Serum

Regenica’s Rujuvenating Dual Serum is a really unique product that just happens to be perfect for travel because it’s formulated for both day and night use. The plastic bottle houses two chambers of ingredients you mix together in your hand (that’s why it’s called “dual serum”). Made with a 95% concentration of patented MRCx™ formula as well as advanced copper peptides, amino acids, anti-oxidants, and plant-based extracts, it helps prevent and reverse the signs of aging. The serum has a very creamy texture, so if you have combination skin like I do, you can easily skip moisturizer. 

Regencia Revitalizing Eye Crème

Made with many of the same patented ingredients as the Dual Serum, Regencia Revitalizing Eye Crème takes care of all possible under eye problems, which are just inevitable when you travel, including puffiness, wrinkles, dark circles and fine lines. It can be used both day and night.

 Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub

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You know how your face feels dirty when you’ve been traveling all day? If you are dying for a squeaky clean visage again, all you need to do is use Bioré's Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub. It exfoliates deeply, but gently, getting the gunk out of your pores and balancing your skin. Because this scrub is a powder and not a liquid, you don’t have to worry about spilling. You could even put a little bit in a Ziploc bag, but I’d avoid doing that if you are taking a plane. 

Plus Ultra Toothbrush

If a toothbrush could be a super model, the Plus Ultra Toothbrush would be it. Made from 100% organically grown Moso bamboo, it’s way more sleek and stylish than a typical plastic brush. It’s also biodegradable, sustainable, anti-microbial and comes with bonus karma points. If that isn’t reason enough to brush with a Plus Ultra, the brand was started by #GirlBoss Christina Ramirez. I met her personally at an event I'm going to post about on Monday and her brilliance just wowed me. 

 

How to KonMari Your Makeup Drawer & Keep It Clutter-Free

Whether you keep your makeup in a drawer, on a shelf or split between several cases, there’s a good chance you probably have way too much of it. At least I know I do…

I can't recall where or when I bought this eyeshadow, but shortly after taking the picture, I threw it out.

I can't recall where or when I bought this eyeshadow, but shortly after taking the picture, I threw it out.

 

In the past year or so, I’ve actually pared down my cosmetics collection because there isn’t as much storage space in my bathroom as I would like. I also don’t wear a full face of makeup every day, so I just don’t need that much. I’ve been able to get rid of the clutter because I try to only buy makeup I know makes me look my best (no more shimmery purple eyeshadow experiments) and choose specific products that multitask.

Here are three steps to KonMari your makeup drawer.

Ask Yourself If It Sparks Joy

This question is the key to KonMari. There are two kinds of products that won’t spark joy. The first is old/expired makeup, unless you want to spark an infection. The other is anything you’ve bought that turned out to be a bad decision. My purple eyeshadow is a great example. If you are having trouble getting rid of makeup, ask yourself why would you wear a color that doesn’t make you look your best. We all make mistakes. If you can, return it or give it to a friend instead. When in doubt, throw it out.  

Before your stuff’s final trip to the garbage can, Marie Kondo would tell you to thank it. I don’t think that’s necessary, but bonus points if you do.

Go Container Crazy

Containers really do help you organize, but you don’t need to spend a lot or even any money on them. Re-use a box that once contained jewelry, shoes or any other small to medium sized object.

When I moved into my current apartment, I was trying to organize the makeup I wear most often in a small and narrow bathroom drawer. I was going to spend money on containers when I realized I already had boxes that fit this oddly- shaped space perfectly. The rest of my makeup is kept in a vintage train case under my bathroom sink.

This my makeup drawer. It's not perfect, but I think it's pretty darn good.

This my makeup drawer. It's not perfect, but I think it's pretty darn good.

Buy Products That Help You Cut Down on Clutter

 

I buy eyeshadow palettes whenever possible because all of the colors are designed to coordinate, taking the guesswork out creating your look. It’s also more economical than buying a bunch of individual colors.

My personal favorites are Naked 2 by Urban Decay and Natural Eyes by Too Faced

 

Do you have more tubes of mascara than pairs of socks? Cut down to just one with FLOWER Beauty’s Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara. The flexible wand twists into different shapes allowing you to completely customize your look. You can add volume, curl and lengthen your lashes with just one formula. It’s literally the only mascara you need. 

You know what does not spark joy? When you apply lip gloss or lipstick, take a sip of water and then have to reapply. That’s why I love Clinique’s new Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer. It actually stays on because the primer is built in. This also means not having to buy a separate primer, so less clutter!


 

Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster has been a game changer for me because I like to use anti-aging products, but I still break out sometimes. This one combines two power ingredients, retinol and salicylic acid, so I can address both skincare concerns at once. I wear it alone or under makeup. It also looks really good under the next product.

 

If an anti-aging serum, BB cream, bronzer, highlighter and foundation had a love child, By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow would be it. It’s probably the most multi-tasking product out there. It feels light on your skin and gives you a sun-kissed glow on those days when you don’t want to apply foundation, but a BB cream isn’t quite enough. 

 

Sweat Cosmetics Mineral Foundation is one of my favorite multitasking products. It’s a powder foundation and sunscreen rolled into one. Four professional female athletes who wanted a mineral foundation with SPF that would stay on through their games started the company and developed this product. Stay tuned for my exclusive interview with these amazing ladies next week.