It’s World Environment Day—So Let’s Talk Eco-Friendly Beauty

Is Earth Day having a sequel? Yes! It’s World Environment Day! This is a great time to talk about eco-friendly beauty

But Let’s STFU For A Second

You might not realize and it’s very important to know that terms such as “eco-friendly,” “green” or “natural,” are meaningless. The FDA has no standard for these kinds of labels.  You can bottle poison and legally call it natural. WTF? 

So How Do You Find Products That Are Less Bad For Mamma Earth?

While this is by NO means a complete list—if you are looking for products that are better for you and the environment, here are some things to keep in mind.

NOOOOOOO!!!!!

Parabens

These are preservatives that have been banned in Europe. Studies show they can increase breast cancer. So, if you have breast cancer in your family, seriously avoid Parabens.

Oxybenzone

This chemical is often found in sunscreens and is a known hormone disruptor. It was recently banned in the state of Hawaii. 

Polyethylene

You know those little bead things you find in some scrubs? Those are often made of Polyethylene. These little suckers don’t just irritate your skin—they aren’t filtered out the sewage system. So, they end up in the ocean and where cute animals and fish eat them as snacks. THESE ARE TERRIBLE SNACKS!

YAY!

Sustainable Ingredients/Sustainably Sourced

This means the ingredients and often packaging are made from renewable resources. So a forest doesn’t have to die for you to look pretty.

Organic

For a product to be organic, it means at least 95% of the ingredients must be certified as organic. Products that are “made with organic ingredients” have less than 95% organic ingredients in the formulation.

Cruelty-Free

Cruelty-Free products are not tested on animals. You might see Leaping Bunny certification on cruelty-free products. This means the brand meets all of that organization’s standards.

Vegan

Vegan products contain no animal derived ingredients.

If you want to obsess or do a deep dive, check out this list of The Dirty Dozen chemicals to avoid.

…But Be Easy On Yourself

Look, it’s not 100% practical to find products are completely devoid of anything that could possibly harm you or the environment. So, try to be realistic. If you find something that’s paraben-free, but not organic—don’t beat yourself up. You still get karma points. 

Here are some of my favorite eco-friendly beauty products.

AveSeena Ageless Perfection Cream

AveSeena moisturizer is a new love of mine. It’s a cream, which initially made me nervous because normally CREAMS ARE SOOOOO HEAVY. But this feels so light, I even use it under my eyes. It also does everything from helping with wrinkles, dehydration (obvs because it’s a moisturizer) and loss of radiance and firmness. I look and feel like I’m 12 after applying it!

AveSeena products are 100% naturally derived, Leaping Bunny certified, and non-toxic.

Love Beauty and Planet Peace & Glow Sugar and Rose Body Scrub

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Who doesn’t love a nice body scrub, especially in the summer? For $7, this one gets the job done, smells good and doesn’t have that salty burn that many scrubs tend to have. One of my favorite drugstore lines—All Love, Beauty and Planet products are sustainably sourced, vegan and cruelty-free. Did I mention they all smell like heaven?

Coola Dawn Patrol Primer

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I am LIVING for this product right now. Dawn Patrol is an SPF 30 primer that feels so light on your skin, you almost won’t believe this is a sunscreen. But I’m 1000% sure they are NOT lying. At the moment, I want to declare this my favorite multitasker of all time. I even use it without makeup to avoid that heavy feeling of sunscreen on my face. Coola products are vegan, oxybenzone-free, octinoxate-free, paraben free and reef safe/friendly.

If your skin is a little dryer or you aren’t looking for a primer, I’m all about Coola Sport Face SPF 50 White Tea Organic Sunscreen Lotion. It’s available in the summer Fab Fit Fun Box. Use my code: AMANDAL for $10 off. Just a heads up—this product costs $32 and the box is $40 with the code. There are sooooo many awesome goodies in the box including a makeup palette from Tarte. Check out my Instagram for a full reveal of every product. 

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Almond Scrub

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Because I use not-so-eco-friendly Retin A on my skin regularly, my face has the tendency to peel and flake. This scrub gently removes the flakes without burning or irritation. It has a light, but creamy texture. Boom Mineral Products are paraben-free, GMO-Free, petroleum, and cruelty-free.

BIOSSANCE SQUALANE + VITAMIN C ROSE OIL

Another favorite multitasker—I use often use this oil at night because it really moisturizes and soothes. The Vitamin C makes an additional serum unnecessary, which is great for your wallet and the planet. Because this oil is very concentrated, one bottle lasts pretty close to forever. It’s great for all skin types including oily and has no synthetic fragrances, parabens, or phthalates.

GA-DE Fragrances

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So, TBH, I haven't tried this line myself yet because I just learned about it, but I'm obsessed already. GA-DE has a full line of makeup, skincare, bodycare and perfume. Finding less toxic perfumes can be such a challenge, so I'm dying to try them. GA-DE uses recyclable and biodegradable packaging and ingredients that are better for people and environment. I'm obsessed with their fragrances which include Icon Pearl, Icon Musk, and Icon Vanilla Black. Also, these bottles are soooooo pretty, I want all of them.

 

 

18 Best Beauty Tips, Tricks and Hacks for 2018

New year! New you! Old cliché! I actually started writing this post in 2017 and probably should have posted it 26 days ago, so you'll have to forgive me. But these tips, tricks and beauty hacks will make up for my lack of organization. These are the best of my best tips and ones I really apply in my own life. All the time. From skincare to makeup to hair care, here are the game changers. 

Skincare

Silk Pillowcases Aren’t A Luxury—They’re a Necessity

I don't care what your thread count is, cotton causes friction and absorbs moisture. Your skin and hair need all the moisture they can get. Silk pillowcases really help your skin stay soft and prevent hair breakage and frizz. You will notice the difference when you wake up in the morning.  

Remove All Of Your Makeup By Double Cleansing

Check your hopefully silk pillowcases. If they are stained, you need to wash your makeup off better. Start with an oil cleanser. It will suck all everything from your face like a vacuum. Then continue with your regular cleansing routine.

You Don’t Need Super Pricey Facewash

Don’t hate me but I obsessed over my cleanser for years and spent way too much money on it. It’s important, but not as important as you think. 

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 Wash Your Face With A Washcloth

Unless you are washing your face in the shower, don’t splash (and get water all over your bathroom). Instead, use a hot washcloth. That way your skin will be fully cleansed and it feels like mini facial. I personally use the ones from Amazon Basics. They’re soft and surprisingly high quality. 

Your Products Don’t Work Because You Need To Exfoliate

Is that new product you bought not working? That’s because you aren’t exfoliating. Do it two or three days a week.

Serums Are Life

Serums will actually change your skin. No matter what your skincare type is, you need one.

Shut Up, I don’t Care What Your Skin Type Is, You Need To Moisturize

A of people are afraid to moisturize if they have combination or oily skin, but you need to reevaluate that belief. Sometimes your skin is oily because it is trying to balance itself out. When you apply moisturizer, your skin tends to CTFD. 

Castor Oil Makes Your Lashes & Brows Bomb

Are you thinking about microblading or getting a prescription for Latisse? Try this natural alternative first. Before you go to bed, apply black castor oil (BLACK, not the regular kind) to your lash line and brows with a Q-tip.

Makeup

Light Is Life

If you can’t see your face properly, how are you supposed to apply your makeup? I have a Vanity Girl Hollywood Mirror and it’s a total game changer. There are several available in different sizes. They also have travel and tabletop mirrors in their pop-up store. If don’t believe me, ask Kim Kardashian. She has one. Also, the company’s chief boss babe, Maxine Tatlonghari was on my podcast.

Prime Prime Prime Your Face

You know those women who look perfect all of the time or at the very least still have a fresh face at 6:00pm? Don't hate them. Just use a primer. Apply after your moisturizer but before your foundation.

Prime Your Lashes

I love lash primer. It helps keep your lashes looking pretty and amps up your mascara game. It’s worth the extra 30 seconds this step adds to your routine.

Liquid Mattes Last Longer Than Most Relationships

Who has time to re-apply their lips? NOT ME. Liquid matte lipsticks tend to stay on forever. These days, I’m digging SPELA’s Spin, but they have lots of cute colors.

Set Set Set

Setting spray is just as important as primer. And it takes like 4 seconds to apply. You can even use it instead of powder.

Hair

Dry Shampoo Does Everything

Dry shampoo is like a personal assistant for your hair. It's great to apply to your roots after working out, during a hang over or if you just don’t have time for a full on wash. You can also use it to texturize your hair, cover up bad roots, or instead of hairspray.

Don’t Dry Your Hair With A Normal Towel

Don’t turban up your wet hair with the same towel you use to dry your body. Instead, use a towel designed for drying your hair specifically. The fabric is less harsh, the water will be absorbed better, leading to less drying time and less destroyed hair.

Use A Heat Protectant

Heat obviously damages your hair, but you probably aren’t going to stop using hot tools, so just protect your hair in the first place. 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast With Maxine Tatlonghari of Vanity Girl Hollywood

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Today our guest is Maxine Tatlonghari, who is the boss babe behind Vanity Girl Hollywood. We talk about how she created the mirror that is in every celeb’s glam room from Kim Kardashian (which she designed), to Heidi Klum, Ariana Grande, Jessica Alba and so many others. We also talk about the importance of having your own glam space, the new must-have products in her line, favorite beauty products, best selfie tips, and so much more.

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Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Holiday Gift Guide

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Ali and I found the best holiday gifts for everyone on your list from your new boyfriend, to your best friend, that boring girl whose party you have to go to, everyone you love and even for those people you hate, but are obligated to buy a something for.  Why read endless gift guides if you can multitask and listen to just one? Here are all the brands, products and deals we chatted about. For more info, listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, and now Spotify, or stream/download below.

Motorola Z2 Force Shatterproof Android Phone

Motorola Mods 360 Camera & Gamepad

Soft Surroundings- Various gifts- $10 off a purchase of $50 or more, use promo code THANKS10

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Use this link below for 10% off or promo code LAZYPOD

Pretty You London Slippers

50% off all styles except for the recently launched 2017 fall designs on Black Friday.

Bonus: spend $100 or more and receive free shipping. (Valid Black Friday through Cyber Monday)

Cyber Monday: 15% off new fall designs as well as 50% off other styles

Baby Be Hip

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Custom baby gifts

Promo Code: LAZYPOD for 15% any order

STS Blue

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Denim jackets and jeans

Bando

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Galactic Sneeze Games

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Soko Jewlery

Barbella Box

Oaki Boots (We might have mispronounced this during the podcast, sorry)

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Winning Winter Beauty—Bodycare Edition

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It’s the winter. Well, technically it's fall because winter officially starts on December 21st, but I feel like we are there already. Even in Los Angeles. The second the temperature drops all moisture just leaves my body and goes on vacation, so really that’s close enough. Part of the problem is that I like to take extra hot showers, which can just be murder on your skin, but let’s be honest—I probably won't stop that, so I’ve found a body care routine that restores the moisture that gets stripped away. In the past two months, I’ve mixed up my body care routine from the summer, tried some new products and stayed loyal to a few favorites. Here are my current body care essentials. While you can use these products year round (and probably should), it’s especially important to make time to take care of your entire body during the upcoming colder months. 

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub

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Exfoliation is life! If your skin is dry and you just keep applying body lotion, it’s not going to do its job well because you have to get rid of the dead skin cells. I like to exfoliate my body at least once or twice a week during the winter. I know some people have crazy intense body exfoliation routines and dry brush (don’t ask me what that is because I really have no idea other than the fact that such things exist), but honestly for me, using a scrub is easy, fast, inexpensive and gets the job done.

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub  smells like a tropical island in a jar and feels amazing on your skin. There is also a matching lotion you can use after you shower, but most of the time the oil in the product itself should be enough.

Trader Joe’s Lavender Body Scrub

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This is my to-go scrub on those days when I workout after work and shower before bed. The lavender oil in this product helps me to fall asleep. I also love this scrub because I’m always at Trader Joe’s so it’s NBD to pick up.

SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate

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SkinCeuticals is one of my favorite brands. Everything they make is good. Not kidding. The Body Tightening Concentrate isn’t for your whole body, but rather the areas you are trying to reduce or aren’t as tight as you would like them to be. While it helps you look firmer, this does not mean you can go eat a cupcake and subsequently use a ton of product, but if you are eating healthy and working out, this is a great supplement. It also feels really good and refreshing on your skin. I personally apply it to trouble spots—my abs and inner thighs. I even think a thigh gap might be in my future.

Bliss Fatgirlslim Arm Candy

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Bliss Fatgirlslim Arm Candy contains caffeine, lactic acid and moisture beads, to make your arms look sleeker and more toned. While obviously it isn’t a substitute for exercise and not eating like an animal, if you are doing those things and your arms need some extra help, Bliss is your girl!

Applying this cream is a little different than most body lotions. You use the applicator that is attached to the bottle and massage it in for 20-30 seconds. It feels really nice after a post-workout shower.

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil

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If you didn’t know, your skin absorbs moisture better when wet and Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil is formulated for this use specially. I keep the bottle in my shower instead of the medicine cabinet. Honestly, sometimes I slack off and use it on dry skin. I just wet my hands a little first. This lotion makes my legs silky smooth and has a light scent which really mixes well with any other product or fragrance I’m using.

Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

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I love Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil. It’s one of my favorite multitasking products because it is formulated for the hair, body and face. I use it on areas that need a little extra moisture like my hands and elbows and then I wipe the excess on the ends of my hair. If the thought of coconut oil turns you off because you also cook with it, this is product is nothing like taking out one of those giant jars. It’s caller Sheer oil for a reason. It’s also sulfate, paraben and phthalate free as well as hypoallergenic, gluten-free, cruelty-free, silicone-free, and non-GMO. So if your skin is super sensitive, dry and irritated, this might just change your life.

 

Facing Fall Skincare: It’s Time For Extra Moisture & I Hate The Word Moist, But Clearly It Was Necessary Here

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The seasons are changing and so is your skin. As we approach the end of Daylight Savings Time aka my least favorite day of the year, I find my face needs some extra moisture and TLC. This is annoying because I feel like I just figured out the perfect skincare routine for summer and now I have to switch it up again. Luckily, I’ve been able to find a few gems. Here are some of my favorite fall skincare products.

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

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Fall murders my lips. Seriously, even in LA it feels like all the moisture goes and takes a vacay the second it becomes September. Luckily, I have a solution. Every night before bed I apply LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask. No, it’s not Ambien for your lips but it’s more like lip balm on steroids. It smells like strawberry and feels like butter. And yes, you can apply it during the day as well.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum

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I know what you did last summer. You skipped out on sunscreen. I’m not judging you, but let’s be real here. You need to fix this, which is exactly what SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum does. Formulated with vitamins C and E, it reverses photodamage (aka sun damage) and the signs of aging. Don’t you hate those signs? I prefer signs for Starbucks and luxury spas. Seriously, it’s the perfect day serum for every skin type.

SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier

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There’s nothing funny about SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier because H.A. actually stands for Hyaluronic Acid, which is this thing that makes your skin look plump and firm aka not old. I apply it after the C E Ferulic as well as at night. If you need to add moisture without oil, H.A. is your new best friend.

Erno Laszlo Antioxidant Complex For Eyes

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Whether it is allergies, lack of sleep or too much rose, most of us need some extra help in the eye department. Erno Laszlo Antioxidant Complex For Eyes is like having a personal assistant for your under eyes. It does EVERYTHING! It’s tightening, refreshing, moisturizing and nourishing. It’s also one of those products that feels really good when you apply it. I put my bottle in the fridge before I shower in the morning and by the time I’m ready to apply, it has extra cooling power. By the way, this trick works for every eye cream or gel.

Erno Lazlo Sensitive Cleansing Oil

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You know when you wash your face and then you use some toner or micellar water on a cotton pad and then you realize you still have makeup on your face and you wonder WTF was the point of just washing your face? Then you will be obsessed with Erno Laszlo Sensitive Cleansing Oil. It takes off all of your makeup (so squeaky clean) without being irritating. It’s also paraben free and won’t clog your pores. I put two pumps in my hands and then apply it to a dry face, add some water and remove everything with a hot washcloth. It feels like getting a facial without having to tip anyone or drive somewhere.

LANEIGE Time Freeze Sleeping Mask

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Sleeping masks are a K-Beauty thing, but don’t be afraid to integrate them into any beauty routine. Think of it as a final step before you start looking really pretty. If you have never used a sleeping mask before, LANEIGE Time Freeze Sleeping Mask kind of feels like applying custard to your face. It’s not exactly a mask but more like the thickest moisturizer ever. If you like the idea of a sleeping mask, but the word custard has almost made you click off the page, LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask has a  thinner consistency and is less expensive.

Beautycon 2017 Recap Part II: More More More

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So by now you think all I want to talk about is Beautycon 2017. It’s not that I’m obsessed, it’s that there was just so much to cover. So, if you haven’t read Part I or listened to the podcast, which was pretty incredible, definitely check out those links.

Without any further adieu, here are some more of my favorite products, brands and discoveries from the event.

La Roche-Posay

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Did you know you could use La Roche-Posay micellar water to clean your makeup brushes? Now you do! Omg! Just pour some in a cup with your brushes and leave it overnight (that’s what I do, but a few hours is probably fine), rinse with tap water and let air dry. No soap necessary.

Beauty Blender

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I’m the worst because I feel like I never use these things the right way. Holly, who is a rep for Beauty Blender explained to me that you put the blender in a bowl of clean water, squeeze out the excess and then use it to dab on your makeup.  Listen to the podcast to hear every little detail so you can overthink over using your Blender the right way.

Holly also stressed the importance of washing your Blender. They come with a little bar of special soap or you can buy a liquid cleaner. After washing your sponge, don’t throw it back in your makeup case until you let it air dry fully. If not, you end up with a moldy mess.

Tammy Taylor Nails

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Tammy Taylor herself gave me the best nail tip ever! I don’t know about you, but my gel polish sometimes chips. It’s not the polish’s fault, but I’m clumsy. For example, a ladder fell on my hand last week. How does that even happen, right? So annoying! Anyway, Tammy revealed it is totally possible to touch up gel chips at home without a UV box. Just carefully paint on the gel polish and keep your hand in direct sunlight until it dries. Don’t try this for a whole manicure, but it totally works for a minor fix in a pinch, especially if a trip to the salon just isn’t going to happen.

The Wet Brush

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If you are as concerned about hair breakage as much as I am (I’m down to thinking about it fifteen times a day now), you need a Wet Brush in your life. This brush is designed to detangle your hair when it’s wet without pulling it out like a comb alone can do. Depending on your hair, you can use it by itself or before combing. Total game changer.

Rimmel London

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I didn’t realize I needed Rimmel London’s Insta Conceal and Correct Palette until I tried it. It has three different types of concealer— a skin toned one for under the eyes, a green color to counter redness and a purple shade for dullness. The amount of product is generous, but the packaging is the perfect size and even has a mirror, so it’s easy to travel with. Don’t we all need extra concealer when we travel?

Farmacy

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I really like the idea of this brand because they combine natural ingredients and science. To me, this means less chemicals, but more thought into what really works. They gave me a sample of their Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm and I took it to New York.  I was skeptical at first, but it's been a dream for traveling because I don't have to worry that it will leak or be confiscated by the TSA. Nightmare averted. 

Lumene

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Lumene is a really affordable, but quality skincare line from Finland. Their Arctic Berry Cocktail sounds like something you want to drink, but actually, it’s for your face. An oil and primer in one, this is a dream multi-tasker for the AM, so you can keep your face hydrated and set your makeup for the day.

Wunderbrow

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If you like the idea of microblading but not the permanency, pain or cost, Wunderbrow is probably for you. It’s a semi-permanent brow gel that lasts for up to three days. Because it has a fibrous texture your brows appear real. Very easy to apply and natural looking—Wunderbrow is going into regular rotation for me.

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Beautycon 2017. We came. We saw. We Contoured.

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Live(ish) from Beautycon 2017. We came. We saw. We Contoured. If you missed the event, don’t worry because this is the next best thing.

We interviewed reps from a handful of amazing brands including Kopari, Morphe, Tammy Taylor Nails, Pinkie Swear, Carol’s Daughter, Kate Somerville, Jergens, NYX and Beauty Blender (finally, a definitive answer on how to use those spongy things!).

One week later, we discuss our reflections from the event and what we realized is the easiest way to learn the best tips and tricks from all of your favorite brands. This is probably our most informative episode yet.

And yes, we recorded all of this in the VIP Room. Who do you think we are?

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F-It Fridays: Prepare For Fall With Shiseido & Get A Free Gift For Adulting

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It’s that time of year again. The summer is ending, but it’s not quite fall yet. In just a few weeks the weather will change, which means your skin is probably going to go bonkers. Oily becomes dry and dry becomes desert-like. So it’s important to prepare yourself in advance. But don’t overthink it—just check out Shiseido instead.

The reason why I am suggesting that you prepare for Fall now is that Shiseido is going to reward you in a big way. With any $75 purchase, you receive an exclusive (who doesn’t love exclusive?) Hello Tokyo tote (pictured above) with a deluxe sample set. If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, you get to choose from five different sets, so you can actually use the right products for your skin concerns. When was the last time you were rewarded for adulting?

All of the sets contain everything you need for a full skincare routine. Also, how cute is the tote bag?

If you need some product suggestions, here are a few of my personal faves. But don't worry— everything from Shiseido is good.

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I’m obsessed with Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil. If you double cleanse, which I sometimes do, this is the first product you want to use in your routine. It’s formulated to remove sunscreen and foundation. So you can use it after a long day at the beach when you’ve reapplied your sunscreen 100 times or after sitting for eight hours with a face full of makeup at work (and let's be real—also happy hour). And if you’ve had too many cocktails to complete a full double cleanse before bed, don’t worry. You might be left with regrets from the evening (he was a jerk anyway), but you won’t be left with any excess product on your face.

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One of my other favorite Shiseido products is their Pureness Foaming Cleansing Fluid. I’ve been using it since high school. It’s not that I’m loyal (okay, maybe a little)—it’s that this cleanser is that good. It’s rich, foamy and makes your face feel squeaky clean. Plus, you only need a small amount (I use a quarter to half a pump), so it should last you until Thanksgiving(ish). So you can check buying cleanser off your list for a while, which means more time for cocktails and naps.

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Another fall essential is the Full Correction Lip Treatment. If the matte lipstick trend is making your lips dry AF, you need this product. Sorry, I don’t mean to be a downer, but it’s only going to get worse once it starts to get windy. You need to pay extra attention to your lips. The people you kiss will thank you for this.

So, seriously check out Shiseido now because the free gift offer only lasts until 8/27/17. Get your fall skincare taken care of, get a travel set, don’t have a fight with the TSA and look beautiful. You don’t have to thank me now for telling you this, but feel free to thank me when you don’t have to retouch your post Labor Day selfies.

*This was a partner post, but you all know I love Shiseido and have mentioned the brand several times on this blog already. Plus this offer is awesome and you need to know about it.

Still Exhausted: Best Of Beautycon 2017 Part I

Beautycon 2017 was such an incredible event. I still can’t believe how much fun it was and how many new products and brands I discovered. In fact, it’s way too much to cover one post, so I’ve decided to do this as a three part series including a podcast, which will go live on August 21st.

So many different brands came out to the event. I was familiar with many of them and there were others that I had literally never heard of. (I don’t know EVERYTHING). I spoke with so many experts who shared their best tips and tricks with me. Here are some of my fav products from the event and insider info that I just can't keep to myself. But then again, do I ever keep anything to myself? 

Smashbox

I tried Smashbox’s Always On liquid lipstick in Shockaholic (I know, shut up). The color was so bold and really stayed on. It’s perfect for those nights when you are going to drink a lot and take selfies. You will be totally covered. No need to put down your cocktail to reapply.

Kate Somerville

I finally tried their Holy Grail product, ExfoliKate and it was exactly what I was missing in my skincare routine. As many of you know, I’m all about the retinol, but it’s made my skin peel like crazy. My face has needed some serious sloughing for weeks now. (Why do you think I haven’t posted that much on Instagram?)

ExfoliKate is a physical and chemical exfoliator in one. All you have to do is rub it in for 30 seconds and leave it on for two minutes. It’s way less of a commitment than a facial mask and actually works instantly. Seriously, I don’t want to say it’s magic but close enough. Also, I’m super sensitive and it wasn’t irritating at all.

I also tried UncompliKated Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray SPF 50. We all know how important sunscreen is. Blah, blah, blah, etc. This is a dream multitasker because it sets your makeup and gives you sun protection. It also takes seconds to apply. You can use it and stop complaining about how sunscreen messes up your foundation because this spray actually enhances your face. 

Laneige

Laneige is a K-Beauty brand that is currently available from Sephora’s website and will be available at retail locations in the upcoming weeks. They are owned by fancy pants cosmetics company Amore Pacific. The brand has been around since 1994, which was way before K-Beauty was a thing, so you know it’s got to be good.

They gave me a sample of their Water Sleeping Mask, which I almost don’t want to use because the packaging is too pretty. Apparently, they also have a Lip Sleeping Mask and I’m kind of dying to try it. My. Lips. Are. So. Dry. Too many matte lipsticks.

Morphe

I first discovered this brand in Ali’s bathroom (not even a joke) and I am now obsessed. Morphe makes the most gorgeous eyeshadow palettes I’ve ever seen. They have multiple textures including shimmery and matte in one palette, which is not the norm for most palettes. The entire line is very affordable, but also lux, which we all know never happens.

Morphe gifted me an entire kit and I can’t wait to try everything. Trust me when I tell you to keep this brand on your radar and when they are everywhere like rompers at a BBQ, you can take credit for knowing about Morphe before it was a thing.

Carol’s Daughter

I was under the wrong impression about this brand. I thought their products were only for black skin and hair. BIG MISTAKE! As someone with painfully dry, curly hair, I regret not investigating Carol’s Daughter earlier.

At the event, I was able to try their Almond Cookie Shea Soufflé. It has the nicest creamy texture and smells like heaven. But I was hankering to try their hair products, so I actually went to the drugstore and picked up the Almond Milk Ultra Nourishing Hair Mask. It made my hair so soft and smelled amazing.

Usually, quality hair products don’t smell good. Why is that? Can someone please explain why the shampoo from the 99 Cents Store smells like Heaven and $99 shampoo smells like car exhaust combined with rotting fruit? But seriously, this hair mask smells like sugared almonds from a candy store. I really want to try the entire Carol’s Daughter line.

Croc

Not the shoes. Also, ew. Croc flat irons are awesome. They gifted me their Plug Iron, which has a detachable cord. I love the idea of a detachable cord because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve melted my hair tool cords. (My fault!) Although the Croc is small, it’s mighty and heats up to 410°. I used it at home and I actually prefer it to my larger flat iron. That being said, I really want to try their Infrared flat iron.

 

Stay tuned for the podcast and Part II next week!

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast With Anthony Pazos

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Let’s cut to the chase. Listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, AudioBoom, or stream/download below. And we are coming to more platforms soon! 

Ali and Amanda welcome their hairstylist Anthony Pazos, who you probably remember from WEtv’s LA Hair. In this episode, Anthony answers questions from our Blogettes, finally reveals why he left the show and sets the record straight about working with Beyonce. The 3A’s also talk a lot about beauty, sharing their best hair and makeup tips.

Things We Talked About On The Show

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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. 

Around The World In 80(ish) Products: Global Beauty In France

Welcome to the second post in Around The World in 80(ish) Products. Today, we’re going to talk about French beauty. I’ve always had a love for France especially when it comes to products, just tell me something is French and I automatically love it. French beauty is all about being subtle. It doesn’t try to create something that isn’t there so much as enhances what you already have. French style is sophisticated, yet simple. French women never look like they are trying too hard, which is the exact opposite of how many American women approach beauty. Here are some of my favorite French products and brands.

Paul & Joe Beaute

Did you know that French clothing brand Paul & Joe has the most wonderful makeup line? I’m obsessed with their foundations because they feel light and provide just enough sheer coverage. If you are one of those people who spends 45 minutes making it look like you spent five, Paul & Joe will change your life, or at least your routine, so that’s close enough.


One of the most unique products is the Gel Foundation N, which comes in a compact with its own blender, so you can apply it faster than you can say “La tour Eiffel.” I love this for travel or if I want to touch up on the go.

I also like the Moisturizing Fluid Foundation for a bit more coverage. Like the gel, the liquid is super light, but has SPF 25, making it a good choice for those warm days when you plan to sip rosé at an outdoor café for hours.

After applying your foundation of choice, finish the look with Limited Edition Gel Blush. It’s a cushion formula, so no brush is needed. Then top with the Pressed Powder.

I also can’t not talk about Paul & Joe’s gorgeous packaging. My favorite is the foundation bottle. It’s so pretty, I feel like it belongs on the vanity of a princess. The Gel Foundation and Powder cases will also make you feel like royalty and they come with extra karma points because they’re refillable. Pro tip: avoid touching up in a public place because you will be continuously be approached by people complimenting your French style.

Bioderma

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Bioderma is a French skincare brand that has lots of affordable products. You might have heard of the brand before because they put Micellar Water on the map. But, my personal hero products are the Atoderm Shower Gel and Atoderm Shower Oil.

I personally find many American shower gels and oils to be overly scented and drying. Both of these products have a light ocean-like scent that won’t interfere with your perfume or other products.

If you hate using shaving cream like I do, swapping it out for the shower oil will help your razor glide. It also rinses off easily, so you don’t have to worry about slipping in the bathtub, which is a terrifying thought if there is a razor in your hand. Don’t ask…

L’Occitane

L’Occitane is one of my favorite brands of all time. As someone with super dry hands, their Shea Butter Hand Cream is the only hand cream I ever use (EVER). Not to be gross, but my hands literally crack and bleed in the winter, staining any kind of winter white, so this product is pretty much a medical necessity for me. It’s available in a range of scents including Vanilla (très yummy), Cherry Blossom, Peony and Verbena.

Nars

Nars is my go-to brand for makeup. I’ve been wearing their Orgasm blush forever and yes, I still feel awkward asking for it at store. I also love the Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil because it is literally the perfect shade of red. Haven’t we all been looking for the perfect red lipstick since forever? Once you find Cruella, your search is over.

Bourjois

Bourjois is a French brand that has been around since 1863. It used to be owned by Chanel and made in the same factory, but it was bought out by American company Coty in 2015. While it’s not available in US stores anymore (or at least I haven’t been able to find it), you can still buy it online. Coty people, if you are reading this, BRING BACK BOURJOIS, s'il vous plaît!

I first discovered Bourjois at the Sephora on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. In retrospect, it’s kind of cheesy, but this makeup brand somehow remains close to my heart. When I lived in England, I used to buy it at my favorite drugstore, Boots, all of the time.

One of the brand’s most iconic products is the Little Round Eyeshadow Pot. It has the most perfect crème to powder finish and blends so easily.

Hèrmes

If you can’t afford a Birkin or Kelly bag, Hèrmes Kelly Calèche perfume might be the next best thing. Just one spritz makes you feel like a rich, Parisian supermodel. Whenever I wear it people always come up to me and ask what perfume I’m wearing. It’s annoying, but they can’t help it. I totally understand.

Sisely Paris

Sisley Paris Kohl Star can’t be compared to any other eyeliner. It’s a classic black pencil that has glittery flecks that bring out your eyes like magic. While I’m not always a fan of glitter, this pencil is understated and underrated. You can wear it to the office or date night. It goes on smooth and stays beautifully. I’ve tried other eyeliners that have glitter, but nothing compares to what Sisley can do. Trust me, it’s worth the price! 

By Terry

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow is one of the best multitaskers. It’s like a BB Cream, CC Cream and bronzer all rolled into one like a delicious croissant, but for your skin. It blurs your imperfections, gives you a pretty tan that’s not fakey-looking and contains anti-aging ingredients. Only the French would find a way to simplify all of these steps into one. Sometimes, I don’t use it on my entire face, but apply as a highlighter or liquid bronzer instead.                                                                                                                                                 

 

F-it Fridays: Summer Product Loving

Happy Friday! With summer in full swing, I’ve been switching up my beauty routine. Here are some game-changing beauty products to help you beat the heat this summer.

Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips

NO STRANDS LEFT BEHIND! DryBar Hold Me clips are like having a personal assistant who holds back your hair. They make blowouts so much easier and don’t cause bumps or damage like a rubber band can. I’ve even worn them to Pilates because they don’t dig into your scalp.

But I must give credit where it is due. I discovered these magic clips through Lauryn Evarts and her classic sleep bun post. Btw, if you are a Skinny Confidential fan, check out our podcast with Lauryn and Michael.  

Living Proof Prime Style Extender

You know when you do a great job styling your own hair and then you wake up the next day looking like you stuck your finger in an electrical outlet? Living Proof Prime Style Extender prevents that. After towel drying, apply this product and comb through. Then wait a few minutes and apply your regular hair oil or styling product. Your blowout lasts longer, so you do not have to wash or re-style as often. 

Sweat Mineral Foundation Powder Jar

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I’ve written about Sweat sticks before and even interviewed the amazing female athletes who started this line, but their new powder jar has changed my summer. The jar makes it super easy to apply this SPF 30 mineral foundation with the brush of your choice, in seconds. No more waiting for sunscreen to absorb or using a blender to apply foundation. I like to wear it on days when I workout and to outdoor events like BBQS where I need to protect my face, but don’t want to wear a ton of makeup. It's also nice that my eyes don't burn from dripping sunsceen.

Pevonia Lumafirm Lift & Glow Eye Contour 

Who wants a heavy eye cream during the summer? Not me! That’s why I’m obsessed with Pevonia Lumafirm Lift & Glow Eye Contour. It has a super light texture and fresh scent. Made with watermelon fruit extract, this product couldn’t be anymore summer appropriate if you tried. 

Foreo Iris

If you’ve tried everything to get rid of puffy eyes to no avail, then you need to stop crying about it (also crying does NOT help) and pick up Foreo’s Iris device. It massages your under eye bags away, increases circulation, and helps eye cream or gel work better. Use it for just a minute a day.  

Paul & Joe Gel Blush

French brand Paul & Joe has an absolutely beautiful cosmetics line. One of my favorite finds is the Gel Blush. You apply it with a light touch of your fingertips. The product feels so light and airy. It’s perfect for daytime when you want a subtle color on the cheek.

Bioderma Photoderm After Sun SOS

There’s nothing like a cooling after sun spray post beach or pool. I love Bioderma Photoderm After Sun SOS. It’s easy to apply and never has a sticky or gummy texture. The fresh scent makes me feel clean even if I still have sand in inappropriate places. It also really prolongs my tan in a noticeable way. 

Why I Am So Obsessed With Retin-A, As Explained By A Doctor

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Extreme closeup of my face.

DISCLAIMER: None of this is medical advice. If you are going to my blog for medical advice, your skin is probably the least of your problems.

If you’ve been reading any of my recent posts about skincare or listened to the Beauty Deep Dive episode of my podcast with Ali Levine, Things We’re Too Lazy To Blog About, you know I’ve kind of been obsessed with Retin-A for a while now. No, this is not a sponsored post, but when I find a product I love that works I get really excited about it. There’s just one caveat about this product, it’s only available by prescription, which is actually a good thing because if you have insurance, depending on your plan, your co-pay can be less expensive than a trip to Starbucks. It’s just $10 on my plan. Let’s be honest. You probably pay a lot of money for insurance, so make it work for you.

If I’ve totally confused you or you are wondering why insurance would cover an anti-aging product, it’s because Retin-A was originally approved by the FDA as a treatment for acne in way back 1971. Fast forward to the 80’s, scientists discovered it reduced fine lines and wrinkles. So what does this mean for you? It means that if you are trying to prevent the progression of aging and still get an occasional breakout (that would be me! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!), this stuff is good as gold!

A few weeks ago I was at the office of Dr. Babak Dadvand, who is a double board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. I was interviewing him for an article I wrote for another website and we got into talking about Retin-A. He confirmed my belief about this product saying it was pretty much the best thing since sliced bread for your skin. Obviously, sliced bread is awful for your skin (but it sure sounds yummy right now), but you get my point.

He told me, “[It’s] the one thing I think everyone who can reverse the signs of aging should be on. Anyone who wants to look younger should be using it. It’s one of the best and cheapest things you can do for your skin."

Seriously, when are the words “best” and “cheap” ever in the same sentence?

So, how does this product work and why is it different from the thousands of other products out there? It’s simple, Retin-A is an exfoliator on steroids. Dr. Dadvand explained, “It turns over your cells and stimulates collagen and estain growth. It can also help with things such as hyperpigmentation or brown spots."

He told me, “Retin-A or retinol, in its milder form is one of the best things you can do for your skin. I’d even say you can go to your pharmacy and get an over the counter retinol cream that will cost you way less than expensive moisturizers and creams you can get at a department store. You can spend $100 at a department store or [just get] Retin-A. It will do more for your skin. People don’t realize how much bang for the buck Retin-A has.”

But, retinols can be a double-edged sword. Dr. Dadvand broke it down, “Retin-A can dry out your skin, but it dries out your skin because it’s working.”

When you first start using it, your skin might temporarily look worse (mine did), but Dr. Dadvand says you need to think long term here, “You have to gauge how your skin is reacting to it, [but] you will see the benefits in the next five to ten years of your life.”

So, take my advice, and be smart about it. If your skin is dry AF, skip a day or two. Dr. Dadvand says you don’t have to use Retin-A every day. How often you should use it depends on your baseline. He suggests a minimum of every few days. I try to use it every other day, but because my skin tends to peel, I try not to use it the night before a shoot or an event.

Dr. Dadvand told me, “You have to adjust based on your reaction. It’s not a cookie cutter prescription.” Also, keep in mind, because this is prescribed by a doctor, if something feels wrong or your face is uncomfortable, pick up the phone. But, stay the path and you will ultimately be really happy with your skin. Isn’t that what we all want?

You might also find you have to change your skincare routine. It is important to find products that help keep your skin moisturized and protected from the sun. Here are a few of my mainstays since making Retin-A my #1.

The Magic Of Oil

Oils make me too happy for my typical resting bitch face!

Oils make me too happy for my typical resting bitch face!

I’ll never forget the first time I discovered beauty oils. Well, it was tanning oil, but close enough. I was probably eight years old and I was at the pool with a family friend’s daughter, who was older. She applied this oil out of a dark brown bottle that smelled like coconut and heaven. I really wanted to use some, but it was SPF 4. I was pretty sure my mom would flip out if she learned I was going below SPF 15. I just wanted to smell like the magic oil. I didn’t even care about the tan. It was around that time I stopped listening to my mother, but it would be few more years until I started using oils. Luckily, I’ve more than made up for it.

I am obsessed with Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil. (Try saying that out loud five times fast.) I use it nightly to take off everything including waterproof mascara. I apply a few pumps to a dry face and massage it in. Then I remove everything with a hot washcloth, kind of like giving myself a mini-facial. My skin feels clean, soft and moist. And I really hate the word moist, so you know I mean it.

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Ever since I started using Retin A, my skin changed completely. I went from combination skin on the oily side to combo dry. My face also became way more sensitive, as if it wasn’t my face at all. It’s like someone fired my skin and the replacement was still trying to figure out how to do its job. It was actually painful. I tried using a regular moisturizer but my skin literally felt like it was on fire. The only thing that soothed my poor face was Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. The hurt, peeling and chapping (yes, chapping) stopped. This product is seriously the oil equivalent of Vicodin for irritated skin.  

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If your skin is too sensitive and dry for a traditional serum, Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil could be a great alternative. It contains Vitamin C, which has a brightening effect and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. I also love the light feeling it has on my skin and faint rose scent.

But if you’re serious about serum The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil might be a better option for you because it combines both products. Formulated with a high concentration of wheatgerm oil and enriched with Community Trade Organic Soya Oil from Brazil, it helps you wake up with softer skin. 

You heard it here first: Agave is the new argan oil. I like to use Agave Healing Oil Treatment before and after I blow my hair out. It’s moisturizing and light. More importantly, unlike so many other hair oils, it’s not sticky. If you want to use oil but are hesitant because you only wash your hair a few days a week (or once a week- no judgments, I’m going on day seven right now), this is the one to try.

 

When I first heard about Kopari’s Coconut Body Glow, I thought it was trying to be the sequel to early 00’s glitter. But I was so wrong. This magic shimmery oil is mermaid-esque.  I like to layer it with sunscreen before I go to the beach or put it on my décolletage before going out on a warm night. The oil smells beachy and sexy, but not like it’s trying too hard. It blends really well with one of my favorite summer fragrances, Bobbi Brown Beach.

St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil is a great alternative to traditional self-tanning products. It is paraben, phthalate, sulfate, and cruelty-free, so you get bonus karma points every time you buy it. Unlike many self-tanners, St. Tropez is hydrating and easy to apply with a fresh, natural scent. 

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I love a good multitasking product, which is why I’m all about The Body Shop’s Brazilian Cupuaçu Exfoliating Scrub-In-Oil. Because it contains more oil than you normally find in similar products, you can really customize the ratio of scrub to oil and give your skin exactly what it needs. You also won't need any additional post-shower lotion or oil.

Pevonia's Dry Oil Body Moisturizer is a slick alternative to slick oils. An easy but effective spray, it's perfect for travel or those times when you don't want to risk feeling sticky. Also, if you are deathly afraid of slipping on your bathroom floor. 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally Happy With My Skin: My AM/PM Routine

On the third episode of my podcast and on the blog (you know, the thing you are reading), I talk a lot about skincare. But I’ve never gone through my personal routine here. Over the years and even in the past few months, it's changed a lot. But, I’m finally at a place where at least at the moment, I’m really happy with how my skin looks. I’ve also found by using multi-tasking products, I’ve been able to cut down on the number of bottles in my medicine cabinet, but with much better results. 

AM

In the morning, I use Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleansing Fluid. I’ve started using it in high school and while I’ve tried so many face washes, I really think this my favorite for several reasons. It’s very sudsey and foamy. Unless a product really foams, I never feel like my face is thoroughly clean. I use ¼ to half a pump. Which brings me to the next reason why I like it. It’s cheap. Because the product is so concentrated, every bottle lasts several months. Did I mention my husband also uses it? I can’t imagine how long a bottle would last if I didn't share it.

I always cleanse my face with a Foreo Luna 2. I love this device because it deep cleanses, exfoliates and prevents aging. It’s also one of the most efficient products I own. Because it’s made from silicone, there are no replacement heads. Let’s get real for a second here. Cleansing devices are an investment, but knowing you don’t need replacement heads and you’re only buying this once, makes it smart. It also stays charged forever. I’ve had mine for two years and I think I’ve charged it less than ten times. Because it exfoliates well (but gently), I also don’t need to buy a separate exfoliating product. 

Post cleanse, I use Kopari Coconut Rose Toner. My skin has become a lot more sensitive lately (I’ll explain why in the PM) and most toners burn like a pre cranberry juice UTI. Haven’t we all been there? Like a bad TV special, “After When Animals Attack, stay tuned for When Toner Burns.” Kopari Coconut Rose Toner is alcohol, phthalate and cruelty free. It’s also vegan and non-GMO. I ether use a cotton pad or spritz directly on my face, for a mid-day refresh. It has a mild, natural scent and not like a gas station air freshener, which is often a risk with anything rose or coconut. 

I follow up with Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, which is kind of like a personal assistant for your face. It firms, lifts, brightens and reduces the appearance of photo aging (aka what happened when I went to Miami, didn’t wear sunscreen and came home with brown spots that stayed for too long like that friend who won’t leave your house at 4:30am). This serum also gives you a glow, which is nice if you are going makeup-free.

Another thing I like about this product is that it stays active on your skin for up to 72 hours, so if I put it on, workout and shower, I know it’s still getting the job done. Sometimes I mix the serum with B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel if my skin needs an extra dose of hydration. Both of these products absorb quickly.  

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Finally, I apply StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate For Wrinkles. I love this eye cream because it doesn’t just help with wrinkles; it also helps with dark circles and puffiness. Perhaps it should be renamed StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate For Wrinkles + All Other Eye Related Problems. Maybe StriVectin needs to hire me to name their products.

PM

My PM routine depends on the night. If I’m wearing makeup, I always remove it with Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil. This product is life changing. And I rarely say that. In fact, I often make fun of people who use “life changing” to describe anything beauty related. But, if you’ve ever sat there for fifteen minutes, trying to scrape every last bit of makeup off your face, you know the struggle is real. I take a few pumps of oil in my hands, massage it into a dry face for a minute and then rinse off with a hot washcloth. No trace of makeup is left behind. Seriously. Then, I double cleanse K-Beauty style with my Shiseido Cleanser.

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What happens after the PM cleanse is a tossup. I try to use Retin A Micro every other night. It’s a prescription treatment for acne, but has been proven to help with the affects of aging. While any retinol-based works, trust me when I say that a prescription pad is your skin’s best accessory.

This product takes the place of three others I used to need. I've stopped using an additional exfoliator, night serum and tossed my pimple spot treatment.

But beware, Retin A is POWERFUL. It’s drying and has made my skin a million times more sensitive. So, I have to be extra diligent about moisturizing. Luckily I have a not-so-secret weapon.

Sometimes, my skin gets too sensitive and dry even for the gentlest moisturizers and it feels like my face is on fire. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is the only product that not only doesn’t hurt my face, but also clears up any sign of irritation overnight. I don’t even know how that is possible, but marula oil works miracles.

Now, I know I’ve mentioned two oils in this post and people with combo skin are probably freaking out. Please don’t. Oil will not make your oil situation worse. In fact, since I’ve committed to using oils, my skin is actually more balanced because my skin has stopped over producing its own oil supply. I know doing this requires a leap of faith, but you need to face your fears for better skin. 

My final step in both the AM and PM, is the same, applying StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate For Wrinkles around my eye area. Obvs, not in my eyes because that would be dangerous. Please read all instructions. 

 

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Beauty Deep Dive

Before I tell you all about the episode, let's cut to the chase. Just listen, subscribe, write a 5 star review and love us forever on iTunes.

Get ready for a deep dive about all things beauty. In episode three, Ali and Amanda talk about drugstores, fancy Duane Reade, Boots, when coconuts smell good or like a gas station, Calabasas, the Kardashians, LA pill popping, state liquor laws, Larchmont Village, Flower by Drew Barrymore Zoom In Ultimate Mascara, major love for BlushingtonDrybarArmani FoundationSweat Cosmetics, Nars, Too Faced (Semi Sweet for life), Stila, lashes, how primer changes your game, Ali’s love for iGlow Med Spa’s 24/7 Skin Rescue Serum, lots of products from Drunk Elephant, how Kopari Cleansing Oil changed Amanda’s life, Retin-A, Morphe, Glossier, why you should cheap out on cleanser, Foreo Luna, Skype doctors, exfoliating with things you find in the garbage, Pevonia LipRenew and so much more!

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Everything You Need To Know About Female Face Shaving

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Face shaving for women might like the latest skincare trend du jour, but it's actually a great way to get your glow on. Still not ready to take a razor to your face? It turns out female face shaving isn't exactly what you think. I spoke with several experts on this topic for an article published by The List. So, click on over. Unless you want razor burn.

Beauty Multitasking With VOLANTE

Do you want to know a really big skincare secret? Like, blow your mind, click bait headline, WTF kind of secret? Okay, let’s start with an analogy. Imagine you’re trying to return something to a store. You approach customer service and the clerk ignores you. After trying to get her attention, you become so frustrated, you raise your voice.  The clerk continues to do nothing. Then, you threaten to write a mean Yelp review. Crickets. At the end of your rope, you ask for a manager. She turns around because you’ve finally irritated her into submission. She accepts the return and gives you a refund. So what does this have to do with skincare? Here’s the secret. It turns out that this is how so many anti-aging skincare products work. They reverse the signs of aging by irritating your skin. Wouldn’t everything be easier and less painful if we could get the results we want and skip the whole irritation part?

When Dr. Elizabeth Vanderveer was developing her VOLANTE skincare line, she thought the same thing. While most doctors formulate their products with chemical ingredients, Dr. Vanderveer took a different approach, using a natural blend of botanicals called 7VITAE. This patented formula is made from aloe vera, arnica montana, bromelain, calendula, daisy, flower, grape seed and zinc aka things you can actually pronounce. It’s also paraben, petroleum oil, mineral oil, sulfate, gluten, as well as synthetic fragrance and cruelty free.

Every VOLANTE product contains high concentrations of 7VITAE line and is designed to multi task by reversing the signs of aging, soothing and rejuvenating your skin. Here are a few of my favorites.

Healer Concealer

VOLANTE’s Healer Concealer is makeup and skincare combined into one product. It’s especially good for the sensitive under eye area, which can easily become irritated by harsh products. (It also works as a substitute for eye cream on those mornings when you are in a rush to get out, but you didn’t hear that from me.) Now, let’s discuss the “healer” part. When you apply this product to inflamed skin, it heals 50% faster than it would on its own. Protip: A little goes a long way. Put a little bit on your fingertips and rub them together to warm up the product and apply from there. You can also use a damp beauty sponge for layering.

Radiant Youth Firming Crème

Confession: As someone with combination skin, I was terrified to try anything with the word “crème” in it because crèmes generally make my skin oily. However, because VOLANTE is formulated for all skin types, I decided to give the Radiant Youth Firming Crème a try. It actually balanced out my skin and because you only need a very small amount, it didn’t feel heavy at all. It also does things you didn’t think a moisturizer could do including firm, exfoliate and prevent future signs of aging. Another thing that’s great about this product is that it’s formulated for both AM and PM use, making it a budget friendly option.   

Transformative Eye Crème

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VOLANTE’s Transformative Eye Crème does everything. It takes care of all under eye issues including lines, circles and sagging skin. I also love that it is packaged in a jar, so nothing is wasted and it’s easy to control exactly how much you use.

Radiant Glow Firming Body Serum

Want your body to look as fabulous as your face? Radiant Glow Firming Serum is the product to use. It helps with cellulite, sagging skin and loss of radiance. It works anywhere. I like to use it on my hands because they’re starting to age from too many gel manicures. I’m also a fan of the glass apothecary bottle.

To check out the rest of the VOLANTE line, visit their website.