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Vitamin C has long been hailed as an antioxidant superstar in the skincare world and has lots of research to support those claims. Vitamin C helps to boost skin’s radiance, promote collagen production to increase skin firmness, reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and more.  I was recently introduced to the Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion 30% and  I am intrigued! Since no one has ever complained about their skin being too radiant or too firm, I’m introducing you to this Vitamin C rich product.  Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion 30 % features a formula with one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C available. It’s packaged in black pump bottle to keep light and air out and prevent oxidation, thereby keeping the Vitamin C at its most potent level.  Dr. Anna Paré, a board-certified dermatologist and President of Dermatology Consultants in Atlanta, GA, shares her expertise on why we should be using Vitamin C in our beauty regimen and what makes the Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion 30% so effective.

Revision Skincare Vitamin C 30 Lotion

Q: What are the benefits of using products formulated with Vitamin C on your skin?

A: Anti-oxidants have many benefits for the skin. Studies now show it is just as important to have a daily anti-oxidant alongside a great UVA and UVB sun protection regimen. It is shown to act as an anti-inflammatory, reducing redness by strengthening weakened capillary walls. Vitamin C also lightens and brightens by suppressing excessive melanin production, providing a more even tone to the skin. One exciting benefit that Vitamin C has over other anti-oxidants is the stimulation of collagen production. Restoring collagen loss is important as we age – patients in my practice ask me daily for solutions to treat pre-mature aging.

Q: Why do you recommend Revision Skincare’s Vitamin C Lotion 30% to your patients?

A: Unlike many of the other Vitamin C product’s available in the skincare market, Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion 30% is well tolerated by our patients. Many serums require opening the bottle to use the product, exposing the Vitamin C, which results in premature oxidation and causes the product to be less effective. I recommend the Vitamin C Lotion 30% to patients in search of anti-aging benefits.

Q: What are the differences between THD Ascorbate and L-Ascorbic Acid? Why does it matter that Revision Skincare uses THD Ascorbate in their products?

A: Unlike L-ascorbic acid, THD Ascorbate will not irritate or cause the skin to exfoliate. THD is more potent with a higher penetration rate. L-Ascorbic Acid loses its stability when exposed to light, heat and air causing early degradation and premature oxidization. THD Ascorbate is stable in air and water and is lipid soluble, making it easier for the product to penetrate deep into the dermis layer to maximize the benefits of the product. It does not have a low PH because its lipid based, therefore it eliminates the irritation that is common with other vitamin C products.

I don’t know about you but I want all the benefits of Vitamin C and I’m not talking about what I can get from oranges. Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion 30% is currently only available through dermatologists, plastic surgeons and medical spas. If you would like to try it, please visit revisionskincare.com to find a location near you.

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.


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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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

Ladies [and you skin-conscious gents], mark you calendar for August 1, the launch date for NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. At first glance, I am immediately impressed with the shade range offering…but this is NARS, so no big shocker there — they do a solid job of providing color-matching for all.

NARS Radiant Cream Compact
Faces Of The Campaign: Models Mina Cvetkovic, Nairoby Matos, and Dinara Chetryova

I’ve yet to get my hands on Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, so I’ll share my thoughts as soon as possible. But I absolutely positively had to make sure YOU were in the know. And now you know. You’re welcome!

 NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

Available in an extremely extensive collection of 20 shades, this lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream compact with the weightless coverage of a liquid foundation. It is portable, buildable, and sets in seconds; the formula also features our Advanced Emulsion Technology, allowing for a wet or dry application.

Go behind-the-scenes: Get a glimpse of what went on at the shoot: http://youtu.be/ni7Bg5HU_zY

Available at Sephora and sephora.com, as well as at NARS flagship boutiques and on www.narscosmetics.com beginning August. Available at NARS counters at department and specialty stores on September 1.

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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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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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By a show of hands, who’s enamored with French beauty? Everyone, right?

I absolutely crave the rituals and beauty secrets of French women. There’s just something about the French beauty aesthetic that I cannot get enough of…the mood is chic & understated, yet undeniably present. For years I’ve dabbled in French beauty products ranging from creams and treatments serums, to haircare and color cosmetics.

with Jean Patou Parfumer

I recently had the opportunity to visit Paris and spend intimate time behind-the-scenes with five incredible French brands: Orlane, Leonor Greyl, Jean Patou, Patyka, and Talika.


The thought of this rare experience immediately appealed to me. While pretty colors and lovely packaging send my heart sailing, my expertise as a Beauty Girl is deeply rooting in gaining a deeper understanding of brand heritage, product ingredients, formulation, efficacy, delivery systems, etc.

Orlane Headquaters

So, when offered the chance to travel to Paris and meet with the owners and R&D professionals behind five of Paris’ most successful brands, well — only an act of God could have prevented me from going!

Over the next few weeks, I will share my Parisian Beauty Tour with you:

– You’ll learn all about the life changing Leonor Greyl hair treatment and treatment technique that has forever changed how I care for my hair…I’ll share the products used (lucky you — they’re available in the US) and insider tips on how to get the results of your life.

– I’ll share how I fell in love with fragrance house Jean Patou.

– As a new mom (to be!), I’m really getting into products that are both organic and effective – key word: effective! So learning about Patyka was an absolute pleasure…can’t wait to tell you more about the line and the products with which I’m having tremendous success.

– Beauty innovation gets me going…and, oh the things I learned while visiting with Talika! Stay tuned…

House of Orlane was truly a unique and special experience. During my trip I took lots of video of rarely seen archives and original product packaging. And since my return three weeks ago, I’ve been faithfully using Orlane’s #1 elixir and cream…can’t wait to share more!

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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!

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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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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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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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