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Ahh, the pursuit of flawless. For me — it started in my early twenties (while battling adult acne and hyperpigmentation)….A few years later I started my blog and the social media flood gates opened and that lead to this breakneck pace of needing to ‘flawlessly’ maintaining 930,747 social platforms without missing a beat…yikes, the pressure! And then came Beyonce and her can’t-get-it-out-of-my-head track, “Flawless”.  Oh, and did I mention that I now have a 13-month old baby girl? So you see, the #struggle to stay flawless is real. And no I am not being overly dramatic when I say “#struggle”. The struggle juggle of it all it is enough to give a girl a mild, why-didn’t-my-pic-get-more-likes panic attack. Seriously.

But freaking out has never helped anyone…so let’s chat staying flawless despite life’s daily stressors and triggers.

One major area of stress is my skin. It’s good now…but it took years of trial, error, discovery and re-discovery to understand my skin’s needs and how to properly care for it. So while it’s pretty much under control now (minus the occasional hormonal disruption) I still love trying new products and sharing the results on my blog…because obviously we’re all in pursuit of flawless skin. So when I learned of Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future, I couldn’t wait to give it a whirl. I mean, “Flawless Future”?…have you ever met a more promising-sounding product?


For the last few weeks I have been using the entire Flawless Future collection: FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Caplet Serum, FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 and FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Eye Gel.

What’s unique about the line is that the products are all formulated with barrier supporting Ceramides – a protective protein complex that boosts skin’s overall radiance and helps to counteract early signs of aging skin. When life gets stressful, it shows in my skin. My chin, literally, goes bananas when I am stressing. Flawless Future targets signs of stress in skin, working to energize and visibly improve tone and surface texture.

Of the three piece collection, I most enjoyed using FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Eye Gel and FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30. Over the years I’ve learned that a hydrating eye cream is essential for skin over 25. But, FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Eye Gel not only hydrates, it also illuminates and leaves a luminous, healthful glow….diminishing the look of stress and fatigue in the eye area. The silky lightweight gel immediately absorbs into skin and wears beautifully under concealer, foundation and setting powder. FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 is my second favorite product from the collection. I’m never without a daily layer of sunscreen…it’s truly the most important step to maintaining flawless skin. But here’s where FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 achieves high marks – In addition to broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 contains special skin brighteners and pore refiners that immediately refine texture and increase radiance. With Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future, achieving and maintaining flawless skin just got a little bit easier.

As for keeping the rest of your life flawless, here are my best tips:



I’m not saying you should pack up and move to a cabin in the woods, but I do think it’s important to unplug just a little each day. For me, this means putting social media away once I get home with my family. Aside from hosting the occasional evening Twitter party, I try to unplug from social media at a certain point each night. I also try to get through as many emails as possible on my commute home…so that once I reach home, Phoebe has my undivided attention and I am not stressing about the emails of the day.



This one is easier said than done. If we’re being honest, I think we’d all agree that it’s human nature to occasionally covet what others have. It happens. But the daily and ongoing stress of coveting other’s possessions, lives, things, etc. is completely unhealthy. Instead, I try to channel my energy into being grateful…for just one or two things per day. In doing this, I’m able to focus on my own accomplishments and not be so stressed over The Jones’s.

I’d love to hear your best tips for staying flawless despite the daily stressors of life. Please share in the comments or tweet me!

Follow Elizabeth Arden on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ElizabethArden


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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.



Do you dare to go bare? No, not down there, silly! I’m talking about up top…your face. How often do you go bare there?…

If you answered “not often”, you’re not alone. But what’s stopping you? For many it’s uneven skin tone and complexion-marring dark spots. This certainly was the case for me years ago when I struggled through my hyperpigmentation phase. Ohh, that was a rough patch . . . post acne blemishes dotted my entire face and there was absolutely, positively no way I’d go out in public with bare skin. As a result of my battle with hyperpigmentation, I started the Hyperpigmentation Series on ThisThatBeauty – the focus of the series is to help others and highlight new and innovative products designed to target hyperpigmentation. So when I learned of Lancôme DreamTone (I received a complimentary sample from Lancôme), I knew I had to give it a try.


DreamTone is a customized skin tone correcting serum for those of us who wish to visibly correct dark spots and color imperfections for a more even skin tone. Lancome conducted global self-assessments of women of multiple ethnicities in an 8-week study and 72% of the women found DreamTone to be so powerful that they dared to bare their skin. Before testing the product, a few things immediately appealed to me. Firstly, I appreciate that DreamTone product trials included women of multiple ethnicities. As a woman of color, this gives me a bit of an indication as to whether or not a product will work for my complexion and the kind of dark spots darker skin tones tend to experience. Secondly, Lancôme DreamTone is the first product of its type that’s formulated specifically for certain skin tones…there are three serums, one for fair skin, one for medium skin and one for dark skin. This is truly a unique feature.

My appropriate serum is #3, for dark skin. And like the other serums for fair and medium skin tones, #3 is formulated to brighten dull skin, but it is also formulated to correct blemish marks in darker skin tones. In  clinical trials, 74% of women said they saw glowing skin immediately, 70% noticed a more even skin tone within seven days, 69% saw the appearance of dark spots reduced in four weeks and 78% saw color imperfections reduced by the end of the eight week trial. Though I am just starting my trial of Lancôme DreamTone, the clinical trial data is really impressive and makes me feel encouraged (check out these before/ after photos). In as little as four weeks, dramatic improvement is possible. And let’s be honest, four weeks is juuust about the time when your patience starts to wear thin if you’re not seeing improvement from a new skin care product.

To think, in a few short weeks you can actually go bare and feel confident in your skin. And as someone who’s been there (and thoroughly documented the struggle via my blog), believe me when I say – there’s nothing more freeing than feeling fresh-faced and confident. I’m proud to sport my bare skin!

Dream Tone selfie
I’m totally bare…except for my obligatory winged liner ; )

 #bareselfie #dreamtone

Lancôme DreamTone retails for $98 for a 1.3 fl oz. bottle and is available for purchase at Lancôme.com and department stores nationwide.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lancôme and Style Coalition.

I’ve been writing ThisThatBeauty for about six years now and it all goes by so quickly. Readers who have followed my blog from the very beginning, and actually, even new comers will agree — I have an intense passion for skin care. Blame it on my woeful adult acne years or my hyperpigmentation phase, but whatever the reason, I am extremely passionate about clear skin and love sharing my product picks for bright, luminous, even toned skin.

I’ve recently starting sharing my top beauty picks via ebay Collections.  I was inspired to create my “Clear Skin Begins Here” Collection as a new way of sharing with you, the various products to help get you on the road to clear skin.

eBay Collections xoThisThatBeauty

Bright, luminous, glowy skin — we all want it, but what’s the secret to achieving it? Well search no more. Follow ebay CollectionsClear Skin Begins Here” for tried and true products that promise to put you on the fast track to beautiful skin in a flash. And who has time to wait?…most of the products in this collection begin to show results within one or two uses.

Dr Murad Age SPot and Pigment Lightening Gel
This product SAVED my skin.

But the skin care gems don’t stop here. I’ve also created ebay Collections for:

At Home Spa Treatments

Bye Bye Acne

Face Masks 101

Winter Skin SOS

And a bunch more Collections on fashion and beauty trends.

So be sure to check out my ebay Collections…I’ll be refreshing them often and adding new picks to love. And hey, maybe start a few Collections of your own ; )


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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

If you follow my daily beauty ramblings on the blog, Twitter and Instagram, you know that I’ve covered several new CC Creams to hit the market. After the explosion of BB Creams, CC Creams seemed to quickly follow – and all came with the ‘promise’ to work a complexion-perfecting miracle. And while I have evaluated several new CC Creams on ‘immediate results’, I’ve yet to find one that I wanted to go the distance with and truly test the skincare benefits claim – until now.


COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 is the first CC Cream that I am evaluating on the basis of instant complexion correction as well as cumulative skincare benefits. In preparing to begin my four-week trial, I read up on the formulation behind COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 and was really impressed with the science behind the product. Lots of cosmetics claim to improve skin quality with continued use, but the truth is, a lot of these bells and whistles are just that – bells and whistles….buzz words and claims that lead the consumer to believe she’s getting more bang for her buck. Over time, I’ve come to NOT rely on cosmetic products to deliver skin care benefits because, quite frankly, its rare that cosmetics deliver the skincare benefits that make a difference.

But, in going over the formulation and ingredients, COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 seems promising…so I took the plunge.

Based on clinical trials in an 8-week study, participants (via self-assessments) reported:

 92.9% of women noticed the appearance of fine lines reduced

82.1% of women saw an improvement in skin radiance

85.7% of women noticed an improvement their skin’s smoothness

64.3% of women saw an improvement in skin translucency

75% of women saw an improvement in overall skin appearance

My shades.

Well color me encouraged . . .

We already know that COVER FX offers a wide range of shades and undertones to match a large segment of the population. The new CC CREAM comes in nine shades, with 8.5% pigment load to allow for buildable coverage. But COVER FX’s ability to match the masses isn’t really new news. So let’s talk formulation – the real story behind the story!

COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 incorporates Sea Fennel, a Retinoid like ingredient that delivers anti-aging results without the irritation or sun sensitivity commonly associated with Retinoids. Sea Fennel is a gentler way to relax the appearance of fines and wrinkles, particularly for sensitive skin types.


The time-relase formula treats skin over an 8-hour period. A wrinkle reducing blend of Portulaca and Ginseng Extracts, Resveratrol (Red Grape Extract), and a polypeptide complex (Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5) all release and continuously treat skin over the course of 8 hours, thus ensuring long term treatment results. So you see, COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 works overtime!

If you follow my Hyperpigmentation Series, you know that skin discoloration has been a major focus of my blog for years. If you’re currently dealing with blotchy skin, unevern tone, old acne marks, you’ll be pleased to know that COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 is infused with Licorice Root Extract to naturally aid in the reduction of hyperpigmentation as well as prevent future discoloration from popping up.

Packed with Vitamin B and Vitamin CCOVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 is antioxidant rich and provides a powerful shield against environmental stressors. And the icing on the cake is a built-in primer (hello, one-step flawless skin!) and Broad Spectrum SPF 30…nothing combats the pre-mature aging like solid sun protection.


COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 could not have come into my life at a better time. When I started my four-week trial, I was nearing the end of my pregnancy…and already starting to think about how I would need to streamline my skincare routine with baby demanding so much of my time. I’ve never been an all-in-one cosmetic/skincare product type of girl…I love doing all of the steps – I swear! But with baby on the way, it was the perfect time to give an all-in-one product a try.

For my complexion, I use a mix of N Med Deep (inner face) and N Deep (outer face). My skin immediately looks fresh and bright. Instantly, minor flaws are diffused and no longer obvious. I like to build a little extra coverage on the outer areas of my face where I have a little discoloration from a recent breakout. I really like that I’m able to build the coverage of COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 and add a little more where I need it. Most tinted treatment products are not buildable…they’re generally very sheer so if you’re experiencing a rough skin moment, good luck. COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 is ideal for girls who want to modify coverage to suit your daily skin care needs.

While pregnant (and even now while breastfeeding) I became a stickler for ingredients, so COVER FX’s Paraben-free, Fragrance-free, Gluten-free, Mineral Oil-free and Talc-free formulation is a major plus.

Let’s jump into the the results of the skincare features and benefits. Here’s a picture of my skin after using COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 for four weeks.


Over the four-week trial period I very closely monitored two areas: 1) hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and 2) smoothness on forehead.

With once daily application, I can absolutely say that my hyperpigmentation was reduced. There was a tiny brown spot on my cheek from a recent pimple…the spot seems to have faded quite a bit. It’s not 100% gone but it is significantly reduced.

My forehead is also showing major signs of improvement. I have this one little pit/ crease that’s the result of an old acne scar. I’ve been monitoring it for at least a year. With very close inspection I can see that the scar has filled out a bit and is not nearly as pronounced…and this is just after four weeks of using COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30. I’m totally encouraged to continue for four more weeks and measure my results at the eight week mark.


Now that I am a busy mom (as if being a busy beauty girl wasn’t enough) I totally get it…not everyone has the luxury of time to get her act together in the morning…Hey, I’ll be the first to tell you — I didn’t wash my face with cleanser for about a week after my baby was born (who has time for cleanser?!). So I absolutely understand the usefulness of do-it-all products. . . .but here’s the caveat — they really must DO IT ALL. And COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 does. The skincare features and benefits are not just fancy unsubstantiated claims and marketing tactics. The formulation is actually quite good and COVER FX CC CREAM TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT SPF 30 does what it says. I can’t imagine that my new life as Mom + Beauty Maven will be slowing down anytime soon — so I’m sticking with my new found one-step wonder!

I’m a huge COVER FX fan!

Want to read more of my COVER FX product reviews?…Click below:

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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.

Follow @PatykaCosmetics on Twitter

Click here to read more about my Beauty Tour of Paris

For a look into my world and my time in Paris, peruse my Instagram feed and search using #TTBinParis

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Chat soon!

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Research shows that the number one face care concern among women ages 18 to 29 is pimples. Biore’s Acne Clearing Scrub is formulated to fight blemishes without disrupting the skin’s natural moisture system. The cleanser contains superfine alumina crystals, 1% Salicylic acid, along with a breakthrough technology featuring dirt seeking cleansing molecules that target and cling to impurities allowing them to be washed away.

Biore Acne Clearing Scrub

According to Biore’s skincare consulting dermatologist Dr. Sapna Westley, “many acne sufferers want to attack blemishes using harsh products that dry out pimples. But I always have a concern that these formulas may over dry the skin and be irritating and ultimately zap skin of its natural moisture, throwing it out balance leading to more breakouts.” One of the keys to getting and keeping acne under control is to use a cleanser that is effective enough to clean the skin without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.

Biore Acne Cleanser vs Competitors

When compared to other leading exfoliating cleansers, Biore’s cleansed in a uniform manner without damaging skin.  The paper above has a coating that is similar to the skin.  If you look at the Biore section of the paper, you’ll see uniform areas of exfoliation. Product 1 (Neutrogena) has exfoliating beads but didn’t do anything to exfoliate the skin.  Product 2 (St Ives Apricot scrub) exfoliated the skin but left deep gashes which simulate damage to the skin.

My Thoughts on Biore’s Acne Clearing Scrub 

Biore’s Acne Clearing Scrub contains menthol which left my skin feeling soothed.  The mandarin mint fragrance left  a refreshing, clean smell, which is great especially in the morning when I want to wake up. The alumina crystals were easy on skin and gave uniform, gentle exfoliation — I didn’t get a shocking sting when I used my toner.  While Biore promises “clearer, healthy skin in just two days,” I didn’t see any difference in pimple size or skin brightness until about a week.  I must note here that I only had a minor breakout on my chin at the time of product testing (praises to the Gods).

Where to Buy Biore’s Acne Clearing Scrub 

If you have acne, Biore Acne Clearing Scrub is definitely worth a try, at at under $7, why not? Also check out this post to see a complete Biore regimen that might work for you. Biore’s Acne Clearing Scrub can be found at select food stores, drug stores and mass merchants  nationwide.

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Ladies: Let’s talk “Complexion Correction”

While “Complexion Correction” might sound like a fancy term, it’s really all about perfecting the skin and helping it look its best. We’re all for that, right?



As a Beauty Blogger/ Editor (and once, Makeup Artist), I’ve come to understand that “perfecting the skin” looks different on every woman. When it comes to complexion, we all have our little hangups. For some women it’s concealing dark under eye circles. I hear this complaint primarily from new moms, girls who party hearty and sip more bubbly than H20 (guilty!), and women of a certain age. But for others, “perfecting the skin” means spot concealing. Now I’ll raise my own hand on this one…I hear this complaint primarily from women in their 20s & 30s battling adult acne and women like me who deal with the regularly occurring hormonal breakouts. For this group of women, we want to spot conceal and bounce. No big fuss. There’s yet another group of women that I’ve encountered, women with general uneven tone or random blotchiness. Some tend to be darker around the mouth or really red around the nose or at the cheeks. So this group is looking to even out areas of on evenness.

Cover FX Cream Concealer


Regardless of your area of focus, I’d like to share with you a product that can help. Cover FX Cream Concealer is a bit of a complexion magician. It’s rare to find ONE concealer formulated to address the aforementioned skin tone concerns. In my many years of wearing makeup (and doing makeup professionally), I have always used one type of concealer for face and a totally different formula for under eyes…but no more. Cover FX Cream Concealer is my new do-it-all complexion corrector. Available in 12 global shades and created to suit a range of pink (P), neutral (N), and golden (Golden) undertones, the self-setting concealer with built-in primer covers like a champ and does not budge until you wash your face.


If you’re an ingredients hound (and I can’t blame you), you should know that Cover FX Cream Concealer is vegan and paraben, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil and talc free. The buildable formula is applied at medium coverage, but by dabbing on a second tap of product, full coverage is possible. . .which is ideal for the lovely post-pimple blemish I’m nursing on my CHEEK, of all places. Sigh!

Speaking of the glorious post-pimple blemish on my cheeks, want to see how Cover FX Cream Concealer makes it disappear? OK, then. This video is for you!

Would you like to win your own Cover FX Cream Concealer? Well, I’m giving away 5. Enter below to win. Good Luck!

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• Antioxidants: Citamin C and e soothe inflammation & reduce redness while protecting against premature
skin aging
• Contains phytosphingosine, a natural occurring lipid found in the skin to help reduce redness and inflammation, plus Bisabolol, a chamomile derived anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and inflammation
• Vitamin F esters and Squalane naturally moisturize skin and improve elasticity
• Ceramide 2 and palmitoyl oligopeptide reduce wrinkles and repair surface skin while Xymenynic acid
firms and reduces sagging under the eyes
• Specially developed to be hi def camera friendly and can easily erase under-eye circles, redness,
dark spots, sun damage and blemishes
• 29% pigment load allows flexible coverage
• Built in primer and self-setting formula

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How do you get your beauty? Are you a brick & mortar or a click & buy kind of girl? It’s likely you’re a hybrid of the two. Personally, for trying new products, it’s usually the person-to-person contact that seals the deal for me…but for replenishment products, I generally click, add to cart, and checkout. But over the years, with the growing influence of social media, I’ve been known to make online purchases – sight unseen – purely based on the opinion or “thumbs up” from a trusted online influencer. And I know that many of my followers rely on me for this same type of guidance.

Let’s chat about LovelySkin.com, a dermatologist-owned online destination for advanced skin care needs. The beauty of the site is its vast offering of high quality products…products that are typically made available only through expensive spas and dermatologist or cosmetic surgeons’ offices.

Dr. Schlessinger

The other feature that makes LovelySkin.com unique is the hands-on involvement of founder and CEO Dr. Joel Schlessinger, M.D. – he personally selects the products that are sold on the site. Dr. Schlessinger and his team respond daily to customer inquiries and assist customers in choosing the best products to suit their skin care concerns. This is the piece of the puzzle that really helps to demystify the online buying experience and bridge the gap that we sometimes feel when purchasing skin care online.

The LovelySkin.com team and help you determine if your skin needs a boost of collagen or a dose of antioxidants.

In addition to being able to search products by “brand” and “area of body”, you can also search by “skin concern”… I immediately got to clicking on ‘hyperpigmentation” – my number one skin care concern – and found a mountain of products with reviews and detailed usage information. Bulls-eye!

Over the next few months I’ll be trying a few products from LovelySkin.com — like NeoStrata Skin Perfecting Peel (it’s supposed to work wonders for hyperpigmentation) and Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light (for managing my temperamental adult acne). I’ll keep you posted on all.

In the meantime, check out LovelySkin.com. Oh, and they have a blog: here! The “Trend Testers” column is a must…learn to fashion a sock bun, braided headband, and more!

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Acne can be devastating. Leaving both physical and emotional scars. It is reported that almost “80% of people will experience some form of acne during their lifetime, and according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 60 million Americans at any one time.” To make it a bit easier on acne sufferers, here is a round-up products specifically formulated to treat acne, both on the face and the body.

Clark’s Botanicals Skin Clearing Face & Body Wash
Packed with Jasmine Absolute extract to help soothe and nourish, this algae-enriched, exfoliating face & body wash rids skin of dead surface cells and debris. Formulated with salicylic acid, this refreshing formula refines and minimizes the appearance of large pores. It is ideal for all skin types… especially problem skin.

Avon Clearskin Professional Clarifying Toner Pads

This pack of 45 pads is specifically formulated to help retexturize, calm and soothe. Your skin will both look and feel smoother after just one use.

Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light

The Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light  beauty  is FDA and  safe for all skin types with mild to moderate acne.  The blue light penetrates skin  to kill acne causing bacteria  and allowing clogged pores to open. See ThisThatBeauty’s preview here.

X Out Wash-in treatment

XOut  is  specially formulated for teens (or adults) who want a one step treatment to help manage and prevent acne. X Out washes “powerful, acne fighting medicine into the pores and leave it behind to treat blemishes and help kill the bacteria that causes breakouts.”   X Out is formulated with glycerin to moisturize skin leaving it feeling smooth and looking healthy. See a complete ThisThatBeauty’s preview here.


Clean & Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Paste

I always hear not to pop pimples but sometimes it is just plain impossible.  The Clean & Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Paste is formulated with salicylic acid to targets  acne blemishes, including popped pimples. See ThisThatBeauty’s review here.

Soap & Glory Dr Spot™ Invisible Spot-Fighting Gel

This lightweight and invisible gel improves spots without drying out the skin. Salicylic and lactic acids clear clogged pores. Other ingredients balance pH, control oil, and help to relieve irritation and inflammation.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

The Drying Lotion is a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, this product will shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep. See ThisThatBeauty’s review here.

dr. brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner

This gentle exfoliating mask helps loosen and extract blackheads without painful extraction tools while absorbing oil and tightening pores. Dr. Brandt’s exclusive formula combines Salicylic and Glycolic Acid to assist in the release of blackheads while Eijitsu Rose helps tighten pores.

Burt’s Bees® Natural Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment

This natural spot treatment is clinically proven to help reduce and improve the appearance of blemishes without irritating skin. Formulated with Tea Tree, Calendula, Yarrow and Parsley Extracts to help soothe skin and reduce redness and Borage Extracts to promote healthy skin resulting in clear and smooth skin, naturally. Employing naturally derived salicylic acid, the non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested acne fighter reduces redness after 24 hours and reduces acne after 48 hours.

For a complete look at how ThisThatBeauty overcame adult acne, see this epic post, ThisThatBeauty vs Hyperpigmentation.


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A beauty tip so incredibly genius. . . so immediately complexion-enhancing. . . so effective after just one application — I simply had to share.

While doing the tweet-around-the-clock-tweet-tastic twitter thing that I do, I engaged in a rather game-changing exchange of tweets with @KateSomerville. The topic of conversation was “at-home peels” (fact: I love a good at-home peel). . . and @KateSomerville chimed in to share a skin care tip that knocked my Rockstuds off!

You simply must CLICK HERE to read the full deets. . .published on the Bergdorf Goodman blog. Life changing skin care tip awaits….

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@plushpinkallure reports on the newest from Clarisonic. . .

Get ready as Clarisonic expands its family and introduces its newest addition, the Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection.  The Mia 2 is travel friendly and cleans skin six times better than hands.  Begin by selecting 1 of 2 speeds at which you wish to cleanse, and then allow the new pulsing T- Timer to guide you through a 60-second cleanse across all areas of the face. 

The customized Acne Cleansing Brush Head makes pore cleansing both gentle and effective.  The Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid to dry out blemishes and botanicals to help heal skin.  With the gentleness of these elements, The Mia 2 is safe enough to use up to two times a day.  Important to note: Be certain to follow up with a good moisturizer.  The Mia 2 cleanses thoroughly as well as exfoliates, leaving skin able to better absorb skin care products.  Whether one is acne prone or just experiencing the occasional breakout, the Mia 2 is a solid investment to towards healthier, clearer skin.

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