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As most of you know I recently turned 40. Yep, 40. There’s a celebratory hash-tag and everything (#WaitWhatSheIs40). Most people don’t dedicate a hash-tag and announce turning 40, but I actually feel amazing about 40. And, if I’m being 100% honest, it doesn’t hurt that most people think I’m 28-29…32 at the oldest.

#WaitWhatSheIs40 -- Fresh faced, me. No makeup. No filter. No soft focus blur. !00% ME at 40....
#WaitWhatSheIs40 — Fresh faced, me. No makeup. No filter. No soft focus blur. 100% ME at 40….

While genetics play a role in how skin ages, good genes are not enough. I believe that proper skin care is your greatest defense against premature aging. And the earlier you start, the better! My skin care philosophy, for years, has always been 1) start early and 2) wear broad spectrum sunscreen daily! In fact, I always advise — if you’re not going to do anything else, at least wear sunscreen. So when I learned about PREP Cosmetics, I knew I had to get on my soap box and preach…
PREP Cosmetics on ThisThatBeauty
The line, created by two moms (one, a Derm) and geared toward young girls is pretty simple, with key ingredients like — ZINC OXIDE (for sun protection),  JOJOBA OIL – (for moisture),  NIACINAMIDE Vitamin B3 and  Vitamin E (for an antioxidant boost).


While I am absolutely not the target age group for PREP Cosmetics, I’m really excited to share a skin care line that speaks to my core skin care values. PREP’s mission is to “educate young girls on the dangers of sun exposure” while making an  impact on the lives of girls around the world through “Share Your Beauty” — a platform with the goal to impart knowledge, encourage unity and inspire the global community of girls. Yes, #girlpower! PREP touches on all of the important stuff that young girls need to thrive. I love that there is a focus on inner and outer beauty. If there’s a young girl in your life, I encourage you to share PREP.

More about PREP
PREP Cosmetics enables every young girl to have a skincare regimen she can call her own and one that provides Powerful Real Everyday Protection. Co-created by Mayo Clinic trained dermatologist Carole Aponte, MD, and her business partner Kelly Barker, PREP Cosmetics has set out to educate young girls on the importance of using preventative skincare. All products are designed to be fresh, fun and easy to incorporate into an ongoing beauty routine. To date, the line includes a purifying daily cleanser, SPF 30 face + body lotion, and SPF 15 lip gloss. Coming soon, PREP Cosmetics will introduce a body wash, a lip gloss collection, nighttime moisturizer, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, anti-blemish spot treatment, and a SPF 30 tinted moisturizer…and this is just the beginning!

While I hate to admit it — blemishes happen. True story! Currently, they seem to ‘happen‘ mostly on my chin. . . my wretched, rude, hormonal chin. No matter how hard I try, the occasional zit is bound to pop up on my chin. Obviously, covering the little stinker is a given — all the world need not witness my struggle. But, what about healing as well as concealing the zit? That’s where CoverFX Blemish Treatment Concealer comes in. . .

CoverFX Blemish Treatment Concealer

If you’re keeping track of my CoverFX product reviews and Twitter chats over the last year (and I know you are:)) you know that CoverFX Blemish Treatment Concealer is the fourth product to launch in the brand’s Banish Blemish Line — proof that CoverFX takes clear skin seriously! The entire Banish Blemish line includes BB Gel Mattifying Anti-Blemish Treatment, Blemish Treatment Primer, Blemish Primer Brush and now – CoverFX Blemish Treatment Concealer.


  1. CoverFX Blemish Treatment Concealer has 1% Salicylic acid for attacking blemishes/breakouts
  2. Bakuchiol (Babchi Seed Extract) increases cell renewal, producing Retinoid-like results without irritation or sun sensitivity
  3. Dermaxyl and Oligopeptide help repair skin and reduce scarring caused by blemishes.
  4. Hytosphingosine, a natural occurring lipid found in the skin, plus Bisabolol, a chamomile-derived anti-inflammatory, help reduce redness and soothe inflammation.
  5. 30% pigment load for full coverage.
  6. Not recommended for use around the eyes (because of the 1% Salicylic acid).
  7. Clinically tested.
  8. Vegan.
  9. Free of the Inflammatory 5: Paraben-free, Fragrance-free, Gluten-free, Mineral Oil-free and Talc-free.


Zits suck! And while covering up is crucial, it’s also important to treat and heal the skin properly to limit the appearance of post pimple scarring. The 1% dose of Salicylic acid is perfect…skin is calmed without any irritation. I love that CoverFX Blemish Treatment Concealer offers full coverage…I honestly hate sheer coverage — well let me rephrase that — When it comes to covering blemishes, nobod’y got time for cutesy, sheer build-able coverage. You want a concealer that can hide your indiscretion with a single tap. CoverFX Blemish Treatment Concealer delivers full on coverage with just a single swipe of the convenient little stick….speaking of “little stick” — the size of CoverFX Blemish Treatment Concealer scores major points in my book because it’s so tiny and discreet. It’s like an itsy bitsy little a secret weapon that banishes blemishes in a nano second. I generally apply directly to the affected area and blend/ pat with my finger tip. But the Concealer Brush works really well for targeted application.  For all day complexion perfection I recommend starting with CoverFX Blemish Treatment Primer and then CoverFX Blemish Treatment Concealer. Finally, set everything it with CoverFX Matte Setting Powder. And, voila!


Check out my video below as I demonstrate how I apply  CoverFX Blemish Treatment Concealer:


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Skincare is sort of my thing, no? Let’s all agree. I mean, I’ve been writing ThisThatBeauty for over seven years, and while we’ve evolved to cover lots more fashion, lifestyle and baby – the core has always been skincare (many years later and THIS Hyperpigmentation blog post is still the most read post on my site). We love to ooh and ahh over pretty colors, but beautiful skin – that’s the thing! So when I learned of Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System, a cleansing brush that claims to clean skin ten times more effective than hand washing alone – I was intrigued. And when I learned that Philips PureRadiance also incorporates Sonic Technology with Advanced Dual Motion, well…I was ready for a trial run!

Philips PureRadiance

Slightly apprehensive, I plunged face first (pun intended) into a four-week trial. When the brush arrived, I first inspected the bristles and thought, “Wow, so soft.” You see, I’ve seen other brushes on the market with rotating bristles and yikes, they all scare me just a little bit…stiff, prickly bristles make me very nervous. But I immediately noticed that the Philips PureRadiance was different. In addition to super soft bristles that gently rotate to dislodge yucky blackheads, surface dirt and debris, two frequencies of sonic pulses go deep down into skin to further break up dirt, dead skin cells and leftover makeup. The gentle rotations don’t tug at or irritate skin…even with twice daily use!

Philips PureRadiance
Philips PureRadiance is now a staple in my daily skincare routine

In a two-week clinical trial (Philips’ findings), women reported 90% deeper pore cleansing, 88% softer skin, 87% more radiant skin and 81% more even tone. And my results are similar – from the very first use, I noticed cleaner, brighter skin. Over time, my skin’s texture feels smoother and my complexion appears more vibrant. I’m also pleased to report not a single pimple emerged during my four-week trial! In addition to the normal and sensitive brush heads, there’s also an exfoliating brush head that I love to use before doing a mask…my skin is just glorious afterwards.

Philips PureRadiance

With cleaner skin, my skin care products are able to penetrate deeper and work even better…making Philips PureRadiance a really nice complement to my existing skin care regimen. So, if you’re super committed to your current skin care lotions and potions, adding Philips PureRadiance to the program will help boost product efficacy without having to swap out your favorite cream or serum.  No matter what your skincare routine (I know I change products seasonally) Philips PureRadiance is the ideal add-on to make sure you’re getting the most out of your products.

In this video I share a bit more about my experiences with Philips PureRadiance and why it’s my new BFF (Beauty Friend Forever). Take a look!

Philips PureRadiance is currently available in select Bed Bath and Beyond retail locations, online and on Philips.com for $149.99.

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I’m not one to go around haphazardly willy nilly making holy grail claims. Every product I try is not “OMG amaze” or “theeee best”. Don’t believe me? Just peruse my blog. I give fair and honest product reviews. And from my Instagram feed, you get a glimpse into the items I keep in my regular rotation (hello: ReVive, SKII, Murad). But please believe me when I say: First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads = the best anti acne product I’ve tried all year. And while the year is youngish, I’ve already tested at least four anti acne products this year — and First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads is definitely the best and here’s why:

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads

1. I haven’t had a single pimple since I first started using, 60 pads ago

2. The pads do not dry me out

3. Did I mention they’re pre-moistened pads?…so they’re super convenient to use.

Beyond reason #1, I don’t think you need further encouragement to hit up your local Sephora and try these bad boys out. I seriously cannot imagine my skincare routine without them.  I ran out the other day and immediately got the shakes. Scary stuff, yo.

PS: Not that I’m trying to get way down deep into your pocketbooks, but I’m currently testing FAB Radiance Pads and, welp — so far so good. But a full review is in the works.



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For the last two months I have been dealing with what appears to be acne. I’ve never had acne, however, I get the occasional hormonal breakout but nothing that a quick application of my go-to pimple reducing solution and mask couldn’t fix.  This breakout has not been so easy to deal with and I am left experimenting to find a solution. Treating acne is different for everyone, so, something that works for your BFF might not work for you and vice versa.  It is also interesting that products with the same active anti-acne ingredient might work differently on your skin. In short, you have to play around with various products and ingredients to find the thing that is right to treat for your acne.  This is no easy task, with this in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Dr Lin Skincare and share some tips from the brand for treating acne using their products.

Dr. Lin Skincare features a 2-step Acne Clarifying system that uses a  proprietary blend of benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and natural active botanicals to provide continuously clear, beautiful skin.

dr lin skincare

Start your routine with Dr. Lin Skincare 2-Step Acne Clarifying System, complete with Daily Cleanser, Acne Lotion and bonus Acne Spot Corrector to treat and prevent breakouts. Contains top acne fighting ingredients like 2% Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide. Step 1 includes washing with the Daily Cleanser, formulated with 2% Salicylic Acid to deep clean and purify clogged pores. Follow with the Step 2 Acne Lotion, packed with benzoyl peroxide to kill acne-causing bacteria. Shrink unexpected breakouts fast with the bonus Acne Spot Corrector. The entire system contains Arbutin, found in the bearberry tree plant to reduce inflammation and prevent and fade marks.

To take your acne fighting up a notch, show your skin some extra TLC with the Acne Cleansing Pads and Acne Cleansing Wipes for a gentle exfoliation that rids pores of blockage and helps remove makeup.  Best for use after cleansing, 2% Salicylic Acid penetrates deep, ridding the skin of impurities.   Skin will feel ultra-clean and the convenient packaging makes them perfect to take on-the-go!

Dr. Lin Skincare Daily Hydrating Gel moisturizes and heals skin with a soothing mix of Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera for beautiful finish. The gel-based product can be used as a quick 30 second treatment or left on skin overnight as a mask for optimal results.

Products range from $8.99 – $21.99 and are available on www.drlinskincare.com and Walmart.

What are some of the most effective acne products you’ve ever used?

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It’s no surprise I am again writing about the bane of my skincare existence – acne.  But instead of just reviewing a product, I figured I would group my favorite, most effective acne fighting winners together in one post. From cleansers, to moisturizers and everything in between, these are my regular stand-bys for  acne treatment and the unending war on blemishes.


Boscia Makeup Breakup Cleansing OilThe first step in helping me reduce breakouts is an effective cleanser that removes all makeup, dirt and grime from my face. Cleansing oils are my recommended choice because they give the skin a nice and thorough deep clean, without stripping the face of necessary oils. Leaving a small amount of oil on the face is a good thing, and often using an oil based cleanser can help to balance out the skin. Boscia Cleansing oil is an all time favorite.  I often follow up a cleansing oil with a secondary cleanser aimed to help reduce bacteria or address breakouts.  Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is one I always keep around and use about 2-3 times/wk because it helps to exfoliate the skin and remove any build up from the skin’s surface.

Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil retails for $28.00 and is available at SephoraMario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser retails for $15.00 and is available at Ulta.


First Aid Beauty Blemish Control PadsA toner is the one step of many skincare routines that gets overlooked or skipped, but it is the one I feel can make the most difference.  Toners are designed to help balance the pH of the skin, prepare it for subsequent treatments and serums and remove any bacteria that may still be on the face. I recently came upon these First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads and think they are a wonder! Gentle enough to be used daily, I have found they help to reduce any breakouts I may be struggling with, soothe any irritation and prevent any future blemishes from making an unwanted appearance. I was a tad hesitant they would dry out my skin, but I am going strong after 30 days and my skin has never looked better! Now for those particularly evil times when I need to bring out the bigger guns (hormonal breakouts in particular), I substitute in my Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion a few times per week after cleansing and it does wonders to remedy any cystic or incredibly stubborn pimples that may be hanging around.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads retail for $30 and are available at Sephora. Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion retails for $15.00 and is available at Ulta.

Spot Treatments

Murad Acne Spot Fast FixI don’t know where I would be without spot treatments. My acne is not typically all over my entire face, but more regional, attacking the same areas over and over (and over and over). Targeting the specific area is always my first line of attack. This Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix is new to my acne treatment arsenal. The active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide and I like it for some of the stronger, cystic  pimples I get around my jawline. It does burn a tad when I first apply, but it does a great job at reducing the size and depth of the blemish within the first 2-3 days. Clinique’s Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel is another new discovery for me and has been a life saver. This one is formulated with salicylic acid, goes on as a clear gel and wears beautifully under makeup! Though it can be used over the entire face, I find it best used for me as a spot treatment.

Murad Acne Spot Fix retails for $16.00 and is available at Sephora. Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel retails for $17.00 and is available at Sephora.


murad-acne-clearing-solutionWhile my chin may be the number one spot for hormonal breakouts to set up shop, my forehead can be the place where I get smaller blemishes and often small little bumps. I use the Murad Acne Clearing Solution under my moisturizer  to help address my forehead shenanigans.  Formulated with retinol and salicylic acid, it does a great job at exfoliating the area and helping to clear up the area overall without causing irritation or dryness. Speaking of retinols, the REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream is my ultimate favorite, and while it is designed specifically to treat anti-aging concerns, I find that it is one of my holy grail products for helping me to keep my skin looking clear and blemish free.  The retinol in the cream helps to exfoliate the skin, which can make the skin appear brighter and more even, but for me it has helped to remove any congestion or dead skin build up that often clogs pores and leads to breakouts.

Murad Acne Clearing Solution retails for $39.00 and is available at Sephora. Ren Bio-Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream retails for $65.00 and is available at Sephora.


Ren Invisible Pores Detox MaskNext to cleansing, masking is my favorite skincare activity. My pore clearing masks are obviously my most used, and this REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask quickly became a staple in my routine after just one use. I have tried many similar masks that seek to detox the skin, remove debris from the pores and heal acne, but this particular mask did all of those things while still leaving my skin feeling hydrated, soft and supple. I use it all over my entire face, whereas other similar masks I use just on the areas that are prone to breakouts. My Mario Badescu Drying Mask is one I have used for years and works best on the congested area rather than the entire face. It attacks the blemishes with a vengeance, but does leave the area a bit dry after (which I then follow up with the Herbal Hydrating Serum to help balance – it truly works wonders).

REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask retails for $34.00 and is available at Sephora. Mario Badescu Drying Mask retails for $18.00 and is available on Ulta.

What are you favorite acne fighting products?

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Mother’s day is May 11th and  Silk’n Home Skinovations is offering  you and your mom the opportunity to pamper and treat yourself with with the perfect beauty gift.  Silkn.com will run a promo from today, April 28th,   to May 11th. 

Silkn Devices


From left to right:

FaceFX:  Is  at-home anti-aging device that uses a combination of fractional red light therapy and deep thermal heating to stimulate collagen production and achieve long-term radiant skin.

Silk’n Blue: Uses dual energy system to kill acne-causing bacteria while dehydrates oil-producing glands to prevent future breakouts.

Silk’n Pedi –  Is a battery-operated tool that uses two rollers to remove dry callused skin.  (If you neglected your feet during winter, sandal season will be upon us in no time and this would be perfect to get and keep your feet in check.)

Use code LOVEMOM at checkout  and save 20%…both you and mom can have clear, radiant skin right in time for summer.  

Exclusions: Flash&Go, Flash&Go Luxx and Long Life Cartridge are excluded from the sale.

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Blemishes, ugh.   The bane of my oily-skinned existence.  Just when I finish treating one, another one pops up to take its place.  Delightful.  I am constantly on the hunt for products to help me deal with my breakouts without the harsh side effects such as dryness, flakiness and redness.  Sometimes my face ends up looking worse before it looks better!  Rock – me – hard place.  But throughout my trials and tribulations to help treat my acne, I have found a few products I love, so I was a hesitant to try something new.   Shocking, I know, since I am such a beauty product guinea pig.  No need to thank me, I’m very selfless.  I am happy to report that the results I got after using the new Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel were well worth the risk of trying a new product.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Review

The active ingredient in this formulation is salicylic acid, it helps to unclog pores and decongest skin.  The texture is a thin liquid-like gel that can be used up to twice per day on targeted areas or all over the face.  Since I only break out in certain areas, I have been spot treating with the gel rather than using on my entire face.  When first applied it, there was a slight tingling sensation which made me worry that it would dry out the area, but it went away within a few minutes.  Some other acne treatments bring the blemish to a head (gross but true), and while this can do that as well, for my specific cystic chin rudeness it cleared up the inflammation, reduced the size of my pimples and made it almost non-existent by the next morning.  *cue the angels singing*

As far as any redness or flakiness, it was minimal at most.  And the best part was it applies so thinly, that I was able to wear it under my makeup to keep treating that rude pimple all throughout the day.  In the past when I have tried wearing making with other acne creams or gels, my makeup would pull or pill around the area.  However, Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel (when applied very lightly) allowed my makeup to glide over it seamlessly. To add another successful acne treatment to my arsenal feels like I’m winning at everything.  Well, at least winning at clear skin.  If only Clinique made a product for the rest of my life.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel retails for $25.00 and is available at Sephora.comClinique.com and department stores.

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Get excited!

Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss next week’s twitter chat. For one fun-filled hour, I’m talking beauty, skincare and COVERFX’s new CC Cream. I’ll be sharing my best tips & answering your toughest questions. Are you concerned with hyperpigmentation? Is skin showing signs of premature aging? Are you challenged in keeping skin clear and even toned all year round?

Well bring your skincare/ beauty challenges and I promise to tackle them…oh, and there will be a CoverFX giveaway – woot woot!!

CoverFX Twitter Chat with ThisThatBeauty

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If there is one thing I wish I understood better in my teens, it would be skincare. Knowing what kind of skin you have, how to take care of it, protect it and ultimately how to preserve it is a skill that cannot be learned early enough.  Whether it is using SPF, always removing your makeup at night or how to properly clean your face – teenagers need to take care of their skin.  The Dermalogica Clear Start line makes it easy for teens to get started on a healthy skincare regimen that will hopefully stay with them for years.

Dermalogica Clear Start Line

The Clear Start line is designed to help both prevent and treat symptoms of mild to moderate acne, with 9 products in the range all sold individually or in a kit. Each item has easy to understand product names that help to identify when to use them and in what order – making it almost fool proof for anyone, including teens to use.  The full range includes: Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub, Breaking Clearing All Over Toner, Breakout Clearing Daytime Treatment, Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15, Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix, Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque and the Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment.

Clear Start Cooling Masque

Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acid are the two main active ingredients in the line and have levels high enough to be effective but gentle enough not to cause irritation.  As someone who still struggles with acne, I could not help but give the products a spin myself.  Though the products are designed for teens, they will work for anyone that suffers from breakouts and oily skin.

CS All Over Toner

My stand out favorites were by far the Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub, which made my skin feel refreshed and smooth, the Clearing All Over Toner because of its easy spray application, and the Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque for its ability to instantly soothe and eliminate any irritation.

All products are available at Dermalogica.com and range from $19-$24.

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Face Powder. Let’s discuss!


It is my observation that women have come to fear Face Powder. I mean…you say “Face Powder” and women instantly change their demeanor to reflect that of disdain. I’m not exactly sure when, but somehow, these oil absorbing beauty products have caught a bad rap. And for good reason. . . No one wants to look like a powder face. . . Face Powder, especially if formulated with talc, is notoriously unflattering in photos. . . And lastly, Face Powder is known to settle into fine lines, creases and dry patches, thus causing the instant aging of skin. Yikes!

And as a super oily girl with acne prone skin, I GET the power of Face Powder. It helps to control shine and regulate overly active sebaceous glands…but can a girl keep her mug slick-free AND not look like a powder face? You bet! And here’s why I love the CoverFX range of Face Powder.

The complete collection of CoverFX Face Powder includes Blotting Powder (my go-to for at least five years now), Illuminating Setting Powder and Matte Setting Powder. The collection offers powder in two categories: pressed & loose.

CoverFX Blotting Powder
All CoverFX Face Powders are free of the Inflammatory Five: Gluten, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Parabens and Talc.

CoverFX Blotting Powder

CoverFX Blotting Powder is a pressed blotting powder that is used to control oil build up and minimize the appearance of shine. I was first introduced to CoverFX Blotting Powder years ago while on set filming a segment. My skin is uber oily, and the hot studio lights did nothing to help. Given my fear of powder, I was reluctant to use anything other than blotting papers to absorb the excess shine. But the makeup artist, a trusted industry pro, insisted that I allow him to use CoverFX Blotting Powder. I loved the finish and look on camera so much that I left the studio with the compact from the makeup artist’s stash (with his permission, of course)…. I just had to have it. I have never seen a powder perform so well and read 100% undetectable on camera.

Over the years as I continue to reach for CoverFX Blotting Powder, the manner in which I use the product has evolved and I’d love to share my best CoverFX Blotting Powder tip with you:

For super oily skin like mine, use CoverFX Blotting Powder as a primer. Before foundation application, I buff it onto skin with a large buffer brush. I find that this not only sets a mattifying base, it also give my foundation more staying powder because the sheer layer of blotting powder gives my foundation more grip. I also find that I use considerably less foundation with this technique because the first layer of powder, though sheer, helps to minimize the appearance of minor discoloration.

COVERFX Setting Powders
All CoverFX Face Powders are free of the Inflammatory Five: Gluten, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Parabens and Talc.

Illuminating Setting Powder & Matte Setting Powder

It has to be said. Loose Powders are a thing of beauty….particularly CoverFX Loose Powders. They beautifully set both cream and liquid foundations, thus helping to extend the wear to last all day. The finely milled, talc free Loose Powders also prevent foundation from transferring onto your clothes…because we all know there’s nothing un-sexier than foundation splotches at the neckline of your blouse.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering: “But Felicia, which Loose Setting Powder is right for me?” Well, let’s work through this. Both powders contain Vitamin E, C and Green Tea, which are excellent skin boosting antioxidants. For skin that’s slightly oily to very oily (like mine!), the Matte Setting Powder (available in three shades) is the way to go. Conversely, if your skin is a bit drier and you want to help conceal the appearance of dryness and fine lines, choose the light reflecting formula of Illuminating Setting Powder (available in two shades). Both Loose Setting Powders are completely natural looking and leave skin totally flawless.

So level with me…do you have a fear of Face Powders? Have I helped quiet your fear? Leave a comment to share!


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It’s no surprise that I’ve been paying much closer attention to labels these days. With Baby Benson on board, I can’t be too careful (I mean, she’s heir to my ThisThatBeauty empire!!). So while visiting Paris, I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to get to know Patyka. During my five-day Beauty Tour, I had dinner with Patyka’s President, Pierre, and visited the Patyka Boutique at Printemps.

with Patyka's President, Pierre
After dinner with Patyka’s President, Pierre…& check out the view from his home!

I’ve tried many times (unsuccessfully) to embrace organic skin care. I get it I get it!. . . organic is generally better for you because it’s free of “bad-for-you” chemicals and such. . . blah, blah, blah. Gotcha! But what about product efficacy? I am all for going the greener route, but at the end of the day, I am also (slightly) vain and I need to uphold a certain aesthetic. I don’t want wrinkly eyes or a creased forehead. . . .well not at the tender age of thirty-something. I’ll gladly take my well earned lines of life, at say, 65, but for now, I look to highly effective skin care products to slow down the hands of time. And, generally, I’ve found very few organic skin care products that deliver the results I desire. So when learning of Patyka, a high-performing line of organic skincare, fragrance and bath and body, well — I had questions.

Patyka Boutique
At Patyka’s Boutique in Paris

I first learned of Patyka a couple of years ago and began using their body care products, but had yet to venture into their skincare. So after spending time with the brand in Paris, I decided to take the plunge and commit to a few items for a six week period.

Since returning from Paris I’ve been regularly using:


RADIANT EXFOLIATING MASK: The Radiant Exfoliating Mask is a spectacular anti-aging skin care product. Its intelligent complex of botanical active ingredients moisturize, exfoliate, and tone in three complementary phases, with a single gesture. The mask smooths fine lines, refines the pores and genuinely brightens the complexion. 


ROSE FACE TONER: The delicate alcohol-free Rose Face Toner tones, protects, softens, refines skin texture and leaves a sensation of absolute comfort thanks to a remarkable association of 2 key active ingredients: Damask Rose Hydrosol and Biosaccharide Gum 1.


RADIANT EYE CONTOUR: Specifically created for the demanding eye contour area, the targeted chronobiological Radiant Eye Contour skin care product is a unique combination of more than 10 active ingredients with natural anti-aging and anti-fatigue properties. It brightens, relieves congestion, smooths, lifts, and is an excellent make-up base. Signs of fatigue are immediately corrected, the eyes’ radiant glow is infinitely preserved.

Of the three products, one is a clear winner and another is a definite keeper.

RADIANT EXFOLIATING MASK is the clear winner. First of all, you had me at “Radiant”. Anything that promises radiant skin is immediately a cause for pause. I firmly belief that bright, luminous skin is the ultimate sign of youth. Even with a few lines and wrinkles, skin that is vivid, hydrated and bright appears more youthful. I love that RADIANT EXFOLIATING MASK delivers the aforementioned attributes with just one use. The mostly organic (99.55% of ingredients from natural origin &
71.40% of ingredients from organic agriculture) brightening mask is formulated with Avocado, Jojoba, and Sesame oil to moisturize, and Soft Fruit Acids and Bamboo Extract to exfoliate. The moisturizing and exfoliating dual action delivers immediate brightness, visible hydration, and a fresher complexion. If you’re looking for an immediate boost, RADIANT EXFOLIATING MASK is the answer.

As for the ROSE FACE TONER I must, firstly, admit that I am a sucker for a good toner. I believe in the skin balancing, treatment, and prep properties of facial toners….so I am naturally drawn to this soothing, rose water based lotion. I tend to have very oily, acne prone skin, so the soothing, anti-inflammatory nature of rose is a big help. I highly recommend ROSE FACE TONER for most skin types, but I 100% recommend it for super sensitive, acne prone, or easily inflamed skin.

While the RADIANT EYE CONTOUR is certainly comforting and hydrating, I don’t think I’ve used it long enough to speak to its cumulative benefits. I can say that my eye area has experienced no adverse reactions as a result of use. As for smoothing lines and relieving the look of fatigue, I think I’ll be in a better position to evaluate this claim after Baby Benson arrives. *WINK* ..so let’s just say I’ll keep you posted!

BOTTOM LINE: Based upon my six-week trial of the aforementioned Patyka products, I am giving the botanically based skin care line my seal of approval. Partnered with a modern sensibility, innovative technology, and efficacious delivery systems, this organic skin care line proves that it can deliver results on par with its non-organic competitors. If naturally blended ingredients are a key factor in your skincare routine, I absolutely suggest that you give Patyka a try.

While I traveled all the way to France to experience the brand, you can purchase Patyka stateside at: Patyka.com, dermstore.com and Amazon.com.

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Acne is no joke and can strike at any age, just ask Felicia. I recently caught up with Biore and asked for a few product recommendations to help those suffering from acne. The video below details a simple but effective regimen to get you on the road to clear skin.

ThisThatBeauty - Biore Skincare Tips for Ace Prone Skin

Products mentioned in video:

Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser 

Blemish Treating Astringent

Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

It is imperative that you also incorporate a sunscreen into your daily regimen.  Click here to find one that is right for you.

Battling acne?

Please leave a comment and tell us what you are using to get it under control.

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When it comes to new beauty, you know me — game on! I mean. . . is my blog’s tagline not, “Benefit from my Obsession?” I joyfully and tirelessly sift through pretty packaging and lofty claims, all to uncover the best new beauty that you truly need to know.

Over the years I’ve blogged about my obsession with beauty infomercials. If I flip through the channels and come across one – it’s on! I seriously have a thing for these scripted 30-minute programs that are designed to pique, capture, and hold your interest…and then ultimately compel you to buy! Maybe it’s the beauty girl in me or maybe it’s because I secretly long for a career as a shopping network host (true story!). . . but whatever the reason, I recently found myself mesmerized by Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford.

Meaningful Beauty Crème de Sérum: “Crème de la crème treatment takes a triple approach to combating the signs of aging with three powerful anti-aging ingredients: superantioxidant melon complex, anti-aging peptides and hyaluronic acid. “

For starters, clearly Cindy Crawford knows a thing or two about aging gracefully. She’s gorgeous! And not in the my-forefead-no-longer-moves sort of way. She really appears to take good care of her skin. My theory is that lots of preventative treatment in her 20’s has a great deal to do with the incredible skin she’s enjoying in her 40’s. Oh, so that’s where Meaningful Beauty comes in — it’s Cindy’s breakthrough secret for younger looking skin. Developed with Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh, Anti-Aging Specialist, Meaningful Beauty is a comprehensive a skin care system that’s designed to moisturize, protect, hydrate, and rejuvenate. The formula lynchpin? A super anti-oxidant derived from a rare melon found in the South of France. What’s so incredible about this particular melon, you ask? Well, apparently, it decays at a much slower rate than traditional melon. Hmm. . .

Meaningful Beauty Skin Brightening Décolleté and Neck Treatment SPF 15
Firming Chest & Neck Crème: “Helps to firm, smooth and revitalize the often neglected chest and neck area. This new, advanced formula includes a skin brightening complex designed to diminish the appearance of age spots and SPF 15 to help protect skin against future damage.”

Well color me intrigued! For the next 30-days I’m going to give Meaningful Beauty a whirl. So follow along as I delve into the line and put the claims to the test. The complete line includes (I have placed an asterisk next to the products that I’m jonesing to try):

Skin Softening Cleanser

Antioxidant Day Crème SPF 20 UVA/UVB*

Crème de Sérum

Skin Brightening Décolleté and Neck Treatment SPF 15 *

Lifting Eye Crème–Advanced Formula*

Glowing Serum

Wrinkle Smoothing Capsules – Advanced Formula

Also for 30-days, to truly mimic the life of Cindy Crawford, who believes that “living a healthy life and staying young and beautiful is half about your skincare/beauty regimen and half about how you actually live your life.” (Amen, sister!), I’ll be engaging in lots of “meaningful” activities and tagging them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) as #CindyCrawfordYoung and @MeaningfulBty. My meaningful activities might include dinner with a dear friend in need of a break, volunteering down the shore post-Sandy, or treating my mom to a mani/pedi. You’ll just have to follow along to see!

So let’s go. Here’s to the next 30-days with Meaningful Beauty! Will I emerge a dead-wringer for Cindy Crawford? Probably not, but hey – a girl can dream. Will I emerge with improved skin? Well, I certainly hope so.

Be sure to follow me on my social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Viddy) @ThisThatBeauty. Remember the hashtag #CindyCrawfordYoung. And also follow Meaningful Beauty at @MeaningfulBty.

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