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Even though we’ve had a run of warm days here in New York City, I know that cold weather is lurking and being a creeper on all of our nice weather fun. While my skin is enjoying the current temperatures, I know I need to prepare for when that changes.  Here is a look at how I will be changing up my routine for this fall/winter season.

Hydrating Serum

Kate Somerville Quench Oil Free Hydrating Serum

 

Dry radiator heat and windy days take a toll on my oily skin. Yes, even oily skinned gals get dehydrated. A hydrating serum like Kate Somerville’s Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum is a great one to add into a routine because it adds the desired hydration without leaving a heavy feeling on the skin. Available at Sephora for $75.00.

Soothing Moisturizer Kiehl's ultra facial cream

My anti-aging efforts do not take a back seat during fall/winter  but I do find that I need to pamper my skin a bit more during the colder months. Moisturizers that help to heal, soothe and nourish are always in constant rotation for me. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream has been a staple for years because of it’s gentle yet effective way of keeping my skin hydrated and calm. In fact, the entire Kiehl’s Ultra line of products work great. The  overnight masque is perfect for nights that skin is extra parched, the cleanser  gently cleans all skin types and the SPF lotion is a household favorite since both my husband and I both use it. The couple that hydrates together stays together – isn’t that the saying? (It’s not but just go with it.) The Ultra Facial line is available at Nordstrom.

Gentle Exfoliator

 Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Unfortunately no matter how well I hydrate,  pesky dry patches still occasionally rear their ugly heads during fall/winter. But since my skin is often a bit more sensitive during this time, I like to add in a gentle enzyme powder exfoliant like the Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder. It helps to work both manually with the powder and chemically with enzymes giving the skin an exfoliation that won’t irritate the skin. Tatcha’s Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (also try the Deep and Gentle) is available at Tatcha.com for $65.

Nourishing Body Cream

Kate somerville Eczema Therapy Cream

I know most of this post has been focused on skincare for the face, but where I suffer the worst discomfort in the winter is on my body. My skin gets itchy, scaly, dry and uncomfortable which makes getting dressed a nightmare. Unfortunately many of my standard body creams just don’t cut it. I recently discovered a product that will save my winter skin. Kate Somerville’s Eczema Therapy Cream is designed for those who suffer from eczema but I have found it to be superb at helping to relieve my skin of irritation and dryness. It’s fragrance free, designed for sensitive skin and formulated with colloidal oatmeal, which helps to protect the skin. Available at Sephora for $48.00.

What products do you add into your skincare routine to help transition it to winter?

 

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TTBFaves: Every month, the ThisThatBeauty Girls (ChristeneMaree, and Felicia) share their favorite products from the previous month. Today I share my top picks from October…

 

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream

Why I love It:  Even though my skincare routine is 37,568 steps almost every night, I still gravitate towards products that do it all.  Products that target multiple skin issues, because on those nights when I just fall into bed exhausted, multipurpose items like this Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream, make my abbreviated regimen extremely effective.  Designed to be an all purpose anti-aging moisturizer, I have been loving the light, almost weightless feeling  of this cream on my skin.

Kiehl's Super Multi corrective cream

Who it Might Work For and Why:  We all have anti-aging concerns, and sometimes pinpointing a product for each ailment (lines, loss of firmness, uneven skin tone) can be overwhelming, so using one that targets everything is effortless.  Great for those with little time each night to get the most out of their products, this powerful cream helps to lift, firm, sculpt and retexturize the skin over time.  And at a price point of $62.00, it is a crime NOT to try this (and then love it like I do).

Bottom line:  As a loyal customer of Kiehl’s for many years, the super multi-corrective cream truly shows the stellar quality and efficacy of this line.

Available at Kiehls.com for $62.00

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell CologneJo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne

Why I love It:  While I know winter is coming and all the fragrances should be getting heavier and deeper, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this light floral fragrance.  I find that when I fall in love with a scent, time of year disappears and I just want to wear it all the time.  Case in point – this mesmerizing mixture of bluebells, lily of the valley and persimmon.

Who it Might Work For and Why:  I would say this fragrance is for those who prefer a floral base, but to be quite honest, I am not a floral note fan.  But surprisingly, this fresh scent won me over with its delicate and sweet mix that wore all day.  With a top note of bluebell, middle note of persimmon and a base note of white musk, this is a sweet floral scent with a surprisingly deep base that makes it perfect for any time of the year.

Bottom line:  Jo Malone fragrances are the epitome of elegant and the notes in each are pure and blend with each other, making it not only pleasant to wear but decadent and luxurious to use.

Available at Bloomingdales.com beginning at $60.00 for 30ml.

Beauty-Sleep-Concentrate

Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate

Why I love It:  I know you are looking at the name of this product with confusion and disbelief.  A beauty sleep concentrate?  Yes, my glam gals, yes.  And it is rockin’ my world.  As a new user of this organic brand based in the UK, I did a bit of research first on this product and saw that it has achieved cult status with fans of the line and beauty users in general.  With my curiosity piqued, I gave it a go and was instantly impressed by how it felt, the scent, the texture, and the way it made my skin feel.

Who it Might Work For and Why:  Formulated with ingredients to help support your skin’s natural night time regeneration, the Beauty Sleep Concentrate helps to fight signs of aging, hydrate and replenish the skin.  And with the blend of aromatherapy essential oils, it is extremely calming to use.  I woke up the next morning and my skin looked absolutely radiant and felt even better.

Bottom line:  This is a great product for those who seek out more natural and organic products to target their anti aging concerns, but can also please those who’s priority is not necessarily naturalness but more efficacy.

Available at Neal’s Yard Remedies website for $53.00.

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I love nothing more than beauty for a cause, so, I was very excited to learn that Kiehl’s recently revealed its holiday project for 2012. This year Kiehl’s partners with New York Pop artist Kenny Scharf, for the 4th Annual Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection. This partnership follows the tradition of  pairing a children’s charity, a contemporary artist, and Kiehl’s classic Creme de Corps for a limited edition product where 100% of Kiehl’s worldwide net profits, up to $200,000, will support children’s charities worldwide. Past collaborations saw Kiehl’s working with Brian Donnelly and Jeff Koons to transform the packaging of Creme de Corps for charity.

In the United States this year 100% of net profits will support RxArt. “RxArt is a non-profit organization dedicated to placing original fine art in patient, procedure and examination rooms of healthcare facilities.” Their “mission is to improve otherwise sterile environments through contemporary art, promote healing, and inspire hope in patients, families and staff.”

In addition to getting superior hydration for your skin, this collaboration will offer Kenny Scharf artwork, Globo Mundo, described by the artist as “representing the whole world or globe,” featured on labels for three sizes of Creme de Corps, and one size of our Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter. You will also own a part of Kiehl’s history as this collection marks the debut of the first-ever fully-wrapped Kiehl’s product—the 16.8 oz Creme de Corps.

Looking at Kenny Scharf’s work you may notice  an emotive represented in some of his pieces, “Squirt.”  “Squirt” for Kiehl’s is a character with two different expressions, one on either side.  Each “Squirt” is individually numbered and includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Kiehl’s customers  can own the Limited Edition Kenny Scharf Exclusive “Squirt” Collectible.

With this Kenny Scharf Kiehl’s collaboration you get beauty, art and you support a great cause – few things are this simple.

 

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Since the 1960’s Nordstrom has hosted its once yearly anniversary Beauty Sale. . . and if you are not hip to this sale, we must pointedly ask: where have you been?!  During this sale every beauty manufacturer that supplies the department store, produces limited-edition and exclusive items for Nordstrom shoppers. This year over 100 brands are participating including; MAC,  Clarisonic, philosophy, NARS, Prada, Valentino, Kiehl’s, Debra Lippman and so many more.  This event is a beauty lovers dream  turned reality, serious shoppers [guilty!] have been known to do their holiday shopping during this event.

Below is just a tiny sample of items you do not want to miss during this sale:

Kiehl’s Powerful Line & Wrinkle Fighting Set 

Price: $98 ($152 value)

Includes 1.7 oz Abyssine Cream, 1.7 oz Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, .5 oz Abyssine Cream, .14 oz Midnight Recovery Concentrate and .17 oz Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+


Deborah lippmann Nordstrom Sale

Kiehl’s Youth Regenerating Set

Price: $110 ($173.50 value)

Includes 1.7 oz Rosa Arctica Rehydrating Cream, 1.7 oz Midnight Recovery Concentrate, .5 oz Midnight Recovery Concentrate Eye, .17 oz Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate and .17 oz Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+

Deborah Lippmann Let’s Go Crazy Nail Polish  New color exclusive to the Nordstrom anniversary sale. Price: $18.  (TTB Must Have!)

Deborah Lippmann Mini Magnetic Waves Nail Lacquer Three new shades: Hard Knock Life, Punk Princess, and Magic Man) $29.

Lancome Gift with Purchase 

Price: $39.50 Qualifier ($113 value) (That is, spend $39.50 and get a gift valued at $113!)

Choose one deluxe moisturizer, one full size lipstick, one five-shadow eyeshadow palette, and receive a Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover, a deluxe Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara in black and one cosmetic bag (purple or black)

MAC Exclusive Sets Illustrated by London-based Artist Julie Verhoeven 

2 Brush Sets

Price: $49.50 each

Contains Mineralize (4 brushes) or Essentials (5 brushes) in flat bag/roll

2 Eye Kits

Price: $49.50 each

Includes Smoky Eye Kit in Black or Plum, 3 eyeshadows, Technakohl Liner, promo-sized Zoomblack and 2 short-handled brushes

4 Lip Bags

Price: $39.50 each

Contains Nude, Pink, Coral or Red.  Canvas bag includes a shade compatible trio of Lipstick, Dazzleglass Créme and Cremestick Liner

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Duo

Price: $49.50 ($84 value)

Includes Purity Made Simple one-step facial cleanser in 32 oz and 8 oz

Philosophy The Microdelivery Duo 

Price: $58 ($115 value)

Includes The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash in 32 oz and 4 oz

Clarisonic Mia 2 Set

Available in four exclusive colors: Day Glo Green, Brazilliant Orange, Shocking Pink or Pink a-Go-Go

Price: $149 ($194 value)

Includes sensitive brush head, deep pore cleansing brush head, 1 oz Refreshing Gel Cleanser and bag

MOR Body Butter Duo 

Price: $9.90 ($32 value)

Post Anniversary Price: $25

Choose from Sugar Rose Tiger Lily, Honey Nectar, Neroli Clementine, Black Currant Iris or Basil and Grape

Nars Cheek Palette 

Price: $65 ($107 value)

Palette created exclusively for Nordstrom contains best-selling cheek colors: Laguna Bronzer, Orgasm Blush, Luster Blush, Angelika Blush, Gaiety Blush and Albatross Highlighting Blush

The sale runs on Nordstrom.com and Nordstrom stores from July 20th through August 5th.  You honestly should not miss this sale. Honestly!  In addition to the amazing deals on products you love, you’ll have access to one of a kind products that are exclusive to the beauty event. See the entire catalog here. Beauty starts on page 55. Happy shopping!

Every now & then I like to republish this article for my many followers who deal with hyperpigmentation & inquire about my skin care routine. The blog post is a couple of years old — but my core principles are timeless….

Grab a cup of tea, a big bowl of (ThisThatBeauty’s fav) popcorn, glass of vino, yummy cocktail, or what ever it is you reach for when you settle in for a good read. This article promises to be the longest post in ThisThatBeauty history.

I am often approached regarding my exact skin care routine. I must confess. This is an extremely difficult question to answer for a number of reasons:

1) Everyone’s skin is different and the results I achieve may or may not be similar for your sweet little face.

2) My skin care routine changes from season to season…and when I say “season to season” I am not referring to weather. I am referring to my different “skin seasons”. For example, there’s the “acne season”, where my primary focus is managing my annoying adult acne. There’s the “dry season” where I incorporate products that help remedy excessive dryness. Currently my skin is in “hyperpigmentation season” so my routine is very heavily and aggressively focused on remedying the dastardly dark spots that have taken up residence on my otherwise pristine (I kid) mug.

3) I regularly (and cheerfully) review/test/and flip flop from product to product….and allow me to clarify what I mean by “flip flop”. I only flip flop from product to product after I’ve used for the recommended time frame (usually 4-8 weeks). If there’s no adverse reaction, I generally stick with a product until its used up. I then write a review and decide to re-purchase or move on to the next one. However, I should note that even though I regularly review and switch products, there are certain skin care principles that are constant (more on that later).

4) My overall skin care routine is somewhat extensive. Just ask @KatAragon. We recently roomed together in LA and she lovingly poked fun at my diligent day and evening skin care rituals…but she also all but licked my face and marveled at how smooth and even my complexion is. (I kid about the licking, but I could tell she wanted to-LOL).

So for reasons 1 through 4, it is hard for me to give an exact run down of what my skin care routine is….No two faces are the same, my skin issues and products change often, and my overall routine is quite intense…I’ve actually seen eyes glaze over when I’ve tried to explain it all.

The main focus of this article is my current “skin season”HYPERPIGMENTATION, which is in bold and spelled out in caps to signify that I am yelling the word at the top of my lungs. Hyperpigmentation is no joke! It makes me feel angry, sad, insecure…and basically unpretty. So for this article I will share with you, the intimate details of my struggle with hyperpigmentation and the products I am currently using. Once I am through this particular “skin season” some of the products will likely change.

Before getting into the actual products, I have to take a small step back and talk a bit more about my overall skin care routine. As I’ve already said, my routines are “skin season” specific and change often. HOWEVER HOWEVER, there are CORE PRINCIPLES that are constant….cleanse, tone, eye cream, treat issues, anti oxidant serum, sunscreen, special treatment masks, regular facials and regular dermatologist visits.

PROPER CLEANSING

I generally tend to favor gentle cleansers. I am usually on some sort of topical medication for acne management (currently using Evoclin foam) so I steer clear of harsh cleaners that will possibly conflict. However, the cleanser must clean deep enough to control my excessive sebum and oil production. A few of my fav cleansers include:

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – It is super gentle and does no harm.

KISS MY FACE Exfoliating Face Wash – Don’t let the word “exfoliating” scare you. The formula is gel-like with no bits or particles. The cleanser gently uses the power of natural fruit acids to exfoliate the skin. Lemon Grass Oil is incorporated as an anti-inflammatory and astringent. Antioxidant Green Tea repairs damaged skin.

Lancome Creme Radiance – This clarifying cream to foam cleanser contains antioxidant White Lotus and soothing Rose de France to penetrate deeply without drying out the skin. I always feel brighter after using.

GRN Blue Chamomile Cleanser – Certified Organic Extracts of Chamomile, Rosemary and Green Tea. This gentle cleanser provides deep cleansing without harsh chemicals. It does not dry or irritate my skin.

So you see, I mainly use cleansers that are gentle and free of harsh irritants. My cleansers do rotate from time to time, but GENTLE is key for any cleanser I use. In addition, my Clarisonic Skin Care Brush is a staple. This brush is working miracles in my skin….*cue the parting of the sea and the conversion of water into wine*

This brush saves lives! I bought my first Clarisonic a few years back when Lady O (not Michelle, Oprah) touted the brush as one of her fav things. The brush flew off the shelves like Free Pancake Day at IHOP, but I was lucky enough track one down (and was later rather unlucky because I left it at a hotel and was forced to buy a replacement). For some odd reason I abandoned using the brush…bad move. During a skin care convo with my sister from another mister – Adri, she encouraged me to get back on my Clarisonic grind. I charged up the super sonic brush and have not looked back. My skin is, at this very moment, the best it has been in a long time. Regardless of the different cleaners I rotate, my Clarisonic skin care brush is a staple.

TONER

The next step of my skincare routine involves the use of a “gentle” toner. There’s that word again, “gentle”. My current favs are all awesome with a capital “A” because they are non-drying, contain no alcohol, and help to restore my skin’s balance after cleansing:

Chella Refining Tonic – Contains zinc and pomegranate. Is gentle and refreshing. The yummy pom scent is a bonus!

Renee Rouleau – Moisture Infusion Toner, Revitalizing Ginseng Toner, and Balancing Skin Tonic are my favs.KISS MY FACE Balancing Act Facial Toner – (Description from KISS MY FACE) Tone and nourish skin with organic ingredients. Revitalize tired skin with this blend of certified organic grapefruit, orange, ginger and lemon balm essential oils and extracts. Seaweed extract provides trace minerals while antioxidants Ester C® and Vitamin E help fight the signs of aging.

Again, the trend is “gentle” yet effective!

The last few steps in my general routine include acne medication, serum, eye cream, SPF, special treatment masks, regular check-ins with my derm, and somewhat regular facials.

And now, getting back to the main focus of this article, the next few products in my routine are formulated specifically to address my current “hyperpigmentation season”.

Are you surprised that I stated there will be a “few products” required to address hyperpigmentation? Well don’t be. Often times we expect one miracle product to solve our issues. I wish! The reality is that good skin takes a concerted and continued effort.

While this post is intended to share with you the products I am using to win my personal battle against hyperpigmentation, I also want to express my opinion that a lot of folks out there are slackin’ on their skincare pimpin’ and expect one miracle product to improve your skin. Girlfriends, I am here to tell you that if you are not properly addressing your skin from all angles, don’t expect the two or three hyperpigmentation remedies I’m about to recommend to work for you.

For example –

  • If you’re sleeping in your makeup….your skin is filthy and not properly repairing itself so don’t expect these products to work for you.
  • If you are not using sunscreen daily (preferably SPF30)…. don’t expect these products to dramatically diminish your hyperpigmentation.
  • If you do not properly exfoliate…do not expect these product to magically transform your roughness.

Am I making myself clear:) Good skin care is a multi-pronged approached. Whipping your skin into shape is serious business, kids. I highly suggest that you evaluate all aspects of your regime and not just place a band-aid. I am taking the time to highlight my core principles of skin care because I want you to understand that it takes a certain level of sustained commitment to achieve your desired results.

So having said ALLLLLLLL that (Whew, momma’s tired), I now want to share with you the products that I am currently using to address my hyperpigmentation. But remember, overall good skin care habits in conjunction with these products is the route that ThisThatBeauty wholeheartedly recommends.

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I did not always have post acne hyperpigmentation. When I was in my early twenties and first started breaking out (Hello Adult Acne), my pimples usually healed without leaving a trace of its existence. This is no longer the case. I went through a terrible breakout phase last summer. The pimples were often cystic and extremely painful. After months of a couple pimples here and a couple pimples there, my face transformed from relatively blemish free to a face full of dark spots.

I went from skin like this (no makeup in pic):

To occasional breakouts like these (NSFW):

Which eventually led to lots of dark spots like these (DOUBLE NSFW):

I even ended up in my derm’s chair for cortisone shots:

With the help of great concealers by Cinema Secrets, Make Up For Ever, CoverFX, and BECCA, I was able to conceal the dark spots with minimal effort. But that was a band-aid, not the solution. The products I am recommending in this post are tried and true skincare solutions!

First and foremost, not to beat a dead horse because I already mentioned my Clarisonic in this post but ….hats off to my Clarisonic skin care brush. Its sonic technology gently and effectively cleanses my skin, clears pores, and really helps to improve my tone and texture. Everything about my skin improved once I started back using my Clarisonic skin care brush. Without proper cleansing, environmental stressors like pollutantion, oil and bacteria accumulate on the skin, clogging pores which causes blackheads, blemishes and dullness. Clarisonic’s gentle cleansing and massage help to prep my skin to better absorb my skin care products. In a study Clarisonic reported that after cleansing with their brush, skin showed a 61% improvement in the absorption of Vitamin C. They claim that skin becomes clean, clear and smooth—allowing skin to experience the full benefits of serums and moisturizers. I co-sign. The proof is in my gorgeous glowing skin….and did I mention I bought two Clarisonic brushes? Yea, its that serious!

For daytime I use Kiehl’s Highly Effective Skin Tone Corrector (KHESTC). This has been a staple in my anti-hyperpigmentation arsenal. I’ve been using for over four weeks and already see significant improvement.

KHESTC is formulated with a blend of antioxidants and acids that help to lessen the appearance of dark spots, sun spots, and uneven skin tone. KHESTC does not contain Hydroquinone. Instead it is made of a unique blend of Glycolic Acid, Emblica Fruit extract, and HEPES which KHESTC claims is as effective as 2% Hydroquinone and a safer, gentler combination of ingredients to achieve almost similar results.

Emblica Fruit extract contains a large amount of Vitamin C which serves to protect the skin from sun damage, promote collagen production, reduce inflammation, and help repair damaged skin. It is a natural antioxidant, which means it eliminates free radical damage to the skin. Emblica extract also works as a skin lightener. HEPES is an organic chemical buffer and acts as a hydrating agent to the skin. HEPES helps to eliminate roughness. It is as powerful as Glycolic Acid.

Glycolici Acid, a long time friend of mine, is essential because it works to dissolve the outer skin layer, breakdown hyperpigmentation, and reveal fresher looking skin. Glycolic Acid also helps to even out skin tone and improve texture/scarring.

I like that KHESTC is a corrector and antioxidant in one. That’s very important because it cuts down on the need for a separate antioxidant serum. The product comes in a gel like formula which is quickly absorbed into the skin. My one complaint about the product is the packaging. The metal tube oozes product long after you squeeze and dispense. This leads to the wasting of product. Here’s how I worked around this annoyance…I squeeze less than I need and allow the tub to ooze out additional product. Does this make sense? [UPDATE: KHESTC has been discontinued but try Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution instead]

After applying KHESTC, I follow up with a healthy slathering of Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF20. I am eternally grateful to my beauty blogger bud who was kind enough to give me her press sample of Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF20. I had heard buzz from several friends in the industry that the moisturizer is effective in correcting hyperpigmentation. I used the product every morning for about 6-8 weeks and noticed that my dark spots were beginning to fade. Over time they became less and less obvious. After going through one full sized container, I rushed out and purchased another. I continue to use it today.

In the evenings, for the last 2-3 weeks, after cleansing, toning, eye cream, and Evoclin, I have been applying Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel. Once again, I have my sister from another mister, Adri, to thank for turning me on to this product. I was complaining that I need another product in my anti-hyperpigmentation arsenal and she suggested stepping up my game with Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel. NOTE: Your Hyperpigmentation might not require a treatment for day and a treatment for night….but you saw my pictures. I did not have time to play games. I should disclose that Murad contains 2% Hydroquinone. Momma’s not hear to judge, but merely inform. My dark spots, in my opinion, require a product like Keihl’s that’s safe for daytime use…AND a product like Murad’s that’s highly effective for evening use. Once my spots fade a bit more, I will transition off of the Murad because I don’t want to use a product with hydroquinone for an extended period of time. You definitely need to think long and hard about the severity of your hyperpigmentation and then choose a product accordingly. Consult your dermatologist…which is actually a very important step that I won’t spend too much time on today. But see your derm…I do, regularly. Over the counter products can be expected to do but so much. I usually get regular facials and Silk Peels (but I haven’t made time for either since starting this new regime…bad girl!).

After applying Murad, in lieu of a night cream I rotate between one of two Vitamin C serums. In the evenings I alternate between Mario Badescu Vitamim C Serum and MD Skincare Hydra Pure Vitamin C Serum. Both contain potent doses of Vitamin C and have proved effective in diminishing my dark spots. Sometimes I skip the serum and go straight for Creme de La Mer.

On a weekly basis I use enzyme masks like Chella’s Enzyme Exfoliating Crema Mask. I also alternate between at home peels like Erno Laszlo C Peel or MD Skincare Alpha Beta Peels.

I am incredibly pleased with the improvement I am seeing in my skin. If my skin remains on its current course, I hope to slay the hyperpigmentation beast and be blemish free by summer.

Here’s what I look like today…WITH NO MAKEUP!!! You will notice that my hyperpigmentation is SIGNIFICANTLY improved. Perfect? No! But definitely much improved. I feel I’m well on my way….

Hyperpigmentation is no joke! In my day to day as a makeup artist and beauty writer, I often come across women who struggle to remedy their hyperpigmentation. Often times in our insecure moments of weakness we purchase some random snake oil in hopes that we’ll wake up looking like new money. This is almost never the case, love bunnies. You must commit to improving the overall health of your skin. And that has everything to do with how you care for your skin from sun up to sun down and from “skin season” to “skin season”. Make the investment!

This is an extremely personal post for me. I went back and forth in my head debating whether or not to leak my “un-pretty” photos. In the end I decided to share my photos/experience and pour hours into writing this post because I want to help other women in the hyperpigmentation struggle. I want to arm you with the information and resources to improve your skin. Be empowered! I also want you all to know that you’re not alone…ThisThatBeauty’s been there too!

Please share this post with your girlfriends, aunties, roommates, etc. I hope this extremely long article is in some way helpful!

Please share your thoughts! Have I helped…or run-on for way too long? Leave a comment:)

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More youthful looking eyes by morning? Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye says yes!

The nighttime miracle worker boasts a restorative blend of concentrated ingredients formulated to target what plagues eyes most – puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. The paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free, mineral oil-free overnight treatment combines active essential and botanical oils to restore, re-balance, and improve under eye circulation.

As we all know, the night time is the right time for repair and renewal, so Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye makes perfect sense as a nighttime go-to treatment. Rise and shine with younger looking eyes!

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Kiehl’s is set to launch Dermatologist Solutions Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, a fast-acting serum that features a brand-new Vitamin C derivative that penetrates deep into the skin to diminish dark spots, prevent new ones from forming, and result in an overall radiance and youthful clarity.

To accompany this introduction, they’re offering ThisThatBeauty readers the opportunity to to learn more about this product, as well as any and all dermatological concerns.

 Tomorrow, January 25th at 3PM EST, Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA is hosting a Live Video Chat with consulting dermatologist, Dr. Adam Geyer.  They will be answering viewers’ questions about daytime and nighttime skincare regimens that include targeted treatments for uneven skin tone and fine lines and wrinkles. Whatever you want to know in order to get healthier skin in 2012, ask and they will answer, LIVE!

Click to LIVE CHAT!

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We all love great beauty booty. You know the routine…you spend a little and get a LOT! Starting July 16 through August 1st, During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetic department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from a wide variety of brands, which are only available during this time.

This year, over 100 beauty brands are participating. Some highlights include MAC, Chanel, Juicy Couture, NARS, Kiehl’s, Laura Mercier, Marc Jacobs, Dior and Bobbi Brown.  As of July 16th, the sale goes live and customers both in store and online can purchase the limited-edition Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives.

Bobbi Brown “Must Haves” Collection ($75; $150 value)

Bobbi created an exclusive collection with a 5 well pan eyeshadow palette, dual ended brush, full size lipstick, Lip gloss Everything Mascara, Caviar Ink Gel Liner and Liner Brush.

Laura Mercier Fall “On the Go” Collection ($65; $163 Value)

Laura Mercier created an exclusive set featuring a full size Long Lash Mascara, Double ended exclusive lip glace, split pan exclusive cheek color duo, double ended eye brush (smudge/angled eye color) and a luxurious cosmetic bag.

MAC Look in a Box in Frisky Girl, Miss Violet and Tawny One ($49.50; $87 Value)

M·A·C Look in a Box offers one perfect, complete makeup look. Fancy yourself a fabulous Frisky Girl, a vehement Miss Violet or a totally Tawny One. Simply follow the how-to guide therein, et voila! Simplicity without duplicity—three personalities any girl would want to try on. A gift for all those wanting to make a great look, easy.

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Anniversary Gift Set ($75)

Answering the prayers of Juicy girls everywhere, Juicy Couture created this keep-sake hat box filled with their signature fragrance, body cream and compact mirror.

Deborah Lippmann All That Jazz Set ($40; $54 value)

This collection, includes 3 fashion forward colors in Razzle Dazzle, Some Enchanted Evening & Lady Sings the Blues in a silver signature box.

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash Set ($34; $58 Value)

This supersized version of Bliss’ Fabulous Foaming Face Wash is more than double the size of the original cult favorite.  This two-in-one exfoliating face wash and fresh, fruity cleanser contains rose hip extract, milk thistle, passionflower and chamomile in a non-stripping formula that’s clean but never squeaky.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps with Pump ($70.00; $89 Value)

With this jumbo version of Kiehl’s cult-favorite all-over body moisturizer, you are sure to not run out of stock until next anniversary sale rolls around.

Anthony Logistics Glycolic Cleanser ($35 for 32.0 oz; $80.00 Value)

The #1-selling product from Anthony Logistics For Men is super-sized for a super value. Glycolic Cleanser helps fight the effects of premature aging by helping to erase fine lines and wrinkles. It leaves the skin smooth and fresh and ready for shaving.

Chanel Quator Boutons de Chanel ($65)

Shade combinations ranging from matte to frost to satin for multiple looks, contrasting or complementary. Apply dry for subtle shadowing. Slightly moistened applicator gives a more intense shade. Organic polymer derivatives ensure smudge-proof long wear, particularly in high temperature or humidity. Dermatologist tested.

Dior Ready-to-Wear Palette ($54)

A deluxe palette of Ready-to-Wear shades, straight from the runway! Palette includes four eyeshadows, two lip glosses, a blush, a three-tone bronzer and mini brush applicators.

Lancome 4 Piece Brush set with black and coral bag ($59; $133 Value)

PURE Scent Spray by pureDKNY ($42)

Be the first to experience the new PURE by pureDKNY before its available anywhere else. A drop of vanilla sourced from Africa, a drop of goodwill. A soft floral scent with a signature vanilla accord. pureDKNY supports local communities by taking small steps to help make a difference, pure and simple.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss by Tom Pecheux ($18)

Four limited-edition shades by Tom Pecheux, world-renowned makeup artist and Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director. Tom chooses his favorite shades of the season—the colors he keeps in his personal tool kit and uses backstage at fashion shows and photo shoots. Pure Color is lip gloss with the power to light up your face. True Vision™ technology transforms ordinary color and makes it extraordinary. You’ll want them all.

Lancôme (Free Gift with any Lancôme purchase of $32.50; over $100.00 Value)

A must-have for any Lancôme addict.  Choose your basics, serum, color product and lip color encased in a stylish black tote emblazoned with a Parisian floral design.

Estée Lauder (Free Gift with any Estée Lauder purchase of $29.50; $110.00 Value)

Be rewarded for any Estée Lauder purchase during the Anniversary Sale with this delightful gift containing an assortment of must-have products.

La Prairie Anniversary gift with purchase (Free Gift with any La Prairie purchase of $300; $120 Value)

Enjoy a luxurious gift of La Prairie essentials including samples of Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream, Anti-Aging Anti-Wrinkle Line filler, Cellular Cleansing Water & Cellular Hand Cream in a coveted La Prairie signature weaved bag.

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