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A great mascara can be the difference between an amazing makeup look and one that’s just simply — blah. Mascaras often promise to lengthen and thicken lashes but tend to work differently from person to person, so, we thought we’d share with you our best mascaras of the moment.    We are five strong at ThisThatBeauty (TTB) and we all have a different mascara favorite at the moment:

Felicia 

Cherry Blooms Brush on Fibre Eyelash Extensions

Best Mascara - Cherry Blooms Brush on Fibre Eyelash Extensions

Lately I find myself in a love/ hate relationship with mascara. I love long, feathery pitch black longer-than-long lashes…..but I absolutely despise the nightly removal process. And I don’t care how well your eye makeup remover claims to work — there’s always a little “work” involved. And after a full day of work, and then mommy duty…I just don’t have the energy to remove mascara. Cherry Blossoms Brush on Fibre Eyelash Extensions is my answer to everything. Not only does this genius little mascara create the instant effect of lush lash extensions, it also removes with just soap and water. The not-so-secret-secret to the faux lash effect is natural cellulose black fibers that adhere to the beeswax within the mascara (It’s a two-step application process, but totally worth it). This pairing creates super long lashes that appear, dare I say — fake. Sold. Love. Yassss! $59

Leslie 

Maybelline Great Lash  AND Palladio Clear Mascara

Best Mascara - Maybelline Great Lash

I am really boring as I rarely wear mascara – I know sad! In any case, I am really old school and swear by Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($3.99). It never fails me. It lasts, it doesn’t cake up and doesn’t leave those ridiculous clumps below my eye when I blink.  What I happen to be in LOVE with at the moment is Palladio Clear Mascara ($5.99)  because it’s completely mistake proof, and I like how it makes my lashes a tad shiny but not overtly so. When it comes to makeup, I’m about a half a step above that 13 year old girl who’s experimenting in the bathroom on a Saturday night. So when I say it’s mistake proof I mean it. I’ve never had to backtrack and take it off and start again.

Tiffany

Benefit They’re Real!

Best Mascara - Benefit They're Real!

I’m completely in love with Benefit They’re Real! Mascara . It lengthens and volumizes my lashes like nothing I’ve ever tried before. It also transitions extremely well from day to night, and does not smudge or clump up. The wand has a custom-domed tip which allows you to coat every lash, and helps your eyes to really pop. After applying, it definitely looks like I’m wearing falsies, but without the fuss. $23

Maree

Guerlain Maxi-Lash

Best Mascara - Guerlain's Maxi-Lash

Guerlain’s Maxi-Lash is great mascara for dramatic, full-impact and voluminous lashes. The formula takes a little bit to thicken up, so it reaches its full potential after a few weeks of using. Since it provides such a strong and intense lash look, using a cleansing oil is how I recommend removing it. $32

Natasha

Lancôme L’Extreme

Best Mascara - Lancôme L'Extreme

I am in love with this mascara as it really provides volume and length to my lashes giving my eyes that “pop!” The brush bristles are perfectly spaced to coat every lash without  unnecessary clumping.   I use the waterproof version so I can get through morning commute in wet weather and also dance all night without the “raccoon eyes.”   To remove,  I use make-up remover wipes then wash  my face with cleanser of my choice. $27.50

Christene

Urban Decay Perversion and Subversion Lash Primer

Best Mascara - Urban Decay Perversion

I never thought I would be the one to be advocating a two step mascara application process but here we are. When I first tried the Urban Decay  Perversion Mascara ($22) I was not at all impressed.  It was a bit too wet for my taste and made application without mess rather difficult. I decided to try it with the Subversion Lash Primer ($20) and voila! It was like magic. After applying the primer the mascara was easy to apply and didn’t clump or transfer.  My lashes appeared longer and fuller after just one coat.   I can also apply a second coat at the end of the day without it flaking off or clumping — a major plus when you want to take eyes from night to day.  At the end of the day, I use either the Dermalogica Precleanse or the Dolce & Gabbana Cleansing Oil to remove all makeup.

What’s Your Best Mascara of the Moment?

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

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.

Lancome-DreamTone

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.

High fashion and mass market retailers collaborations are always anticipated with bated breath – Stella McCartney for H&M, Jason Wu for Target and possibly even more exciting Isabel Marant for H&M.  Fashion and beauty collaborations hold just as much excitement for me, and this newest one,  Lancome x Alber Elbaz Collection, is no exception. Cue giddy school girl jumping!  The collection launched on June 15th, and  if you are a true beauty and fashion lover you are probably scrambling to get your hands on every piece.  Here is a video preview of collection.

Lancome x Lanvin 2

The Lancome x Alber Elbaz Collection will include:

A set of false lashes

Lancome x Lanvin false lashes

  4 different Color Design Eye Shadow Palettes

Lancome x Lanvin eyeshadows

4 of Lancome’s Best Selling Mascaras:

Hypnose Drama, Hypnose Doll Lashes, Hypnose Star and Definicils

lancome x Lanvin mascaras Both the palettes and the mascaras will have the same cartoonish and colorful motif with blue stars, red hearts, pink polka dots and green heavily lidded lashes.  In Elbaz’ words, “eyes are the new fashion accessory.”  As if the makeup  pieces themselves weren’t amazing enough, Lancome has teamed up with Vogue magazine to host a series of exclusive fashion shows at flagship stores around the country, showcasing the eye looks with Vogue-curated fashion looks.  Here are the three that are taking place in the Tri-state area:

Lord & Taylor

New York, June 18, 11:00am-7:00pm

 Hosted by Natalie Joos, Tales of Endearment

 

Saks Fifth Avenue

New York, June 20, 11:30am-7:30pm

Hosted by Jessie Artigue, Style & Pepper

 

Bloomingdales

New York, June 20, 12:00pm-8:00pm

Hosted by Karla Maria, Shoe Signature

If you are interested in attending, go to the Lancome website to RSVP. At the event you will receive a makeover by a top Lancome makeup artist, custom mini issue of Vogue, and one-of-a-kind Lancôme makeup mirror, shopping bag, and Lancôme Show brochure, all embossed with Elbaz’s chic signature artwork – so FUN!

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the collection and have been playing around with one of the eye palettes and I am in love!

All pieces are available on Lancome’s website and most major department stores.

What pieces from Lancome x Alber Elbaz Collection are you picking up?

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The spring equinox has officially come and gone, signaling the official start of spring but not necessarily bringing the immediate warm weather.  But let’s look at the positive side, it gives us a little more time  to plan our spring makeup look.  Though it’s not necessary to completely revamp your beauty bag, it is fun to update the basics with some fresh new items from the current season.  Some of us may add a few more pieces than others because we just can’t help ourselves and we already admit that we are powerless over the beauty tractor beam that sucks us in with each new collection (Ok, that part was mostly about me.)  That being said, I have already compiled my shopping list of what needs to be added to my makeup bag for spring, and felt that I would share with all of you.  I know, I’m too kind.

1.  Estee Lauder Mad Men See Through Blush – If the gorgeous natural pink shade of this blush does not put you in the mood for spring, then the bright and 60’s inspired packaging is sure to.  Fun fact: the case and carton are actual replicas of designs from Estee Lauder’s 60’s era collections.  Perfect addition to an every day makeup look for creating that subtle flush on the cheeks.

2.  Jin Soon Choi Polish in Poppy Blue – One of the easiest ways to incorporate color into your beauty routine is with nail polish.  It can often be overwhelming to branch out to a bold lip or vibrant eye liner, so put that pop of color on your hands or toes.  And there is simply no better way to do so than with this bright blue.  I personally have already purchased this (and her entire spring 2013 collection for that matter….whoops) and can tell you that the wear of this polish certainly rivals the color payoff – both are amazing.

3.  Guerlain Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzer – Most of us have been hiding under layers of coats, hats and scarves for the past 4-6 months, so we are going to need a little help to fake it until we make it…..to the beach.  With the perfect gradation of 4 matte tones in each palette to help sculpt and reproduce the perfect tan all year round, this is an essential piece to add to any makeup collection.  Formulated in 6 shades to match every skin tone, swirl the colors together for an overall warmth or use each color individually to highlight and contour the face to achieve the look you want.

4.  Lancome Blush in Love in Pommettes d’ Amour – Now once your cheeks are perfectly sculpted and mimicking a recent jaunt to the south of France, a nice bright pink dusted right on the apples is the perfect piece de resistance.  Often a pop of color with subtle eyes and lips can be all you need to brighten up the face.

5.  Nars Light Reflecting Loose Powder – With each degree added to the temperature, so goes the need for powder over makeup.  April showers bring May flowers annnnnnd shiny foreheads.  But the dreaded flat matte look of years ago is no longer the challenge with such innovative products as this Nars powder.  Colorless and able to be used by any skin tone, this powder will help to set and prolong daily makeup wear, while the photochromic technology will adjust to light sources throughout the day to help achieve a flawless and smooth complexion.  Fancy.

6.  Cover FX SPF 30 Protection Primer – As the days become longer, so do our makeup demands.  The first step in a lasting face is often a primer, and the Cover FX’s new 30 protection primer helps to hydrate, smooth AND protect your face all day.   And with the added benefit of a sunscreen in the primer, this is the perfect product to take you through spring AND summer.

7.  Smashbox Love Me Palette in Admire Me – For those of us that still want to stay close to our neutral roots (raises hand), this eye palette is perfect for every day wear while the pale pink shades are a welcome change for spring from the basic beige.  Use this palette to create  a great day look with a simple wash of the paler shades and then keep with you amp up for evening by adding the deep brown and burgundy shades to the lash line for a smokier effect.

8.  Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor  in Pink Pop – What is spring without a bright lip option – amiright???  Wear it boldly by applying directly from the tube all over the lips, or use a dabbing motion to create a more sheer wash.

9.  Jo Malone Sugar and Spice Collection – No makeup look is complete with a great fragrance, and as the seasons change it is nice to play with a new scent.  Jo Malone’s new collection of 5 sweet and delectable scents, worn alone or layered together,  are inspired by pastries and desserts, and is the perfect way to welcome spring.

What’s on your spring beauty list?

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What’s better than free stuff? Lots of free stuff! And with this ThisThatBeauty giveaway, we are going Gaga! This is an Instagram only contest that is inspired by Lady Gaga’s fragrance Fame Black Fluid. The giveaway includes over 25 products from some of our favorite beauty brands that you can use to create a number of Lady Gaga’s signature looks.

Complete list of items included in the giveaway:

Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid (3.4 ounces)

Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid Shower Gel (6.7 ounces)

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Eyeshadow – Silver Screen

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara – Black

MAC Venomous Villains Eyeshadow – My Dark Magic

MAC Venomous Villains Eyeshadow – She Who Dares

Lancôme Liner Design – Dressed up Teal

Guerlain Encrin 6 Couleurs Place – Vendome

Essie – Carry On

OCC Lip Tar – Feathered, Chlorophyll, Tarred, RX, Harlot and Stalker

Sultra Color Hair Mascara – Ultra Pink

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Eyeshadow – How to Marry

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Eyeshadow – Preferred Blonde

Jafra Eye Pencil – Black

L’Oreal Project Runway Limited Edition Pressed Eyeshadow Quad – The Queens Gaze

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Dazzle Glass Lipgloss – Little Rock

Clairol Shaping Gel

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner Eyeliner Waterproof – Number Five and Number Eight

Armour Beauty Lipgloss – Marilyn

How to Enter:

Follow @ThisThatBeauty on Instagram

Like the Picture (Shown above) on Instagram

Repost the picture shown above on YOUR Instagram

Tag Picture with #TTBWin & #TTBGoesGaga

This is an Instagram only contest, so follow @ThisThatBeauty to participate and #TTBWin!

Rules:

This contest is open to US residents 18 and older. If you have won a prize from ThisThatBeauty in the last six months you are not eligible to win. This prize cannot be redeemed for cash. The makers and manufacturers of the items being given away are in no way affiliated with this contest. While we do take every precaution to ensure packages are delivered to contest winners, we do not take any responsibility for items lost or stolen during the shipping process once we have confirmed shipment from our end.

Contest ends November 10, 2012.

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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ThisThatBeauty Contributor Jennifer L. investigates Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water. Read on for Jen’s two cents …and follow her beauty babble via @plushpinkallure

As the season’s festivities begin, we’re sure to see a flurry of red lips, smoky eyes, and shimmering cheeks. Protect your sensitive skin from the whirlwind weeks ahead with Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water. Designed to easily remove face, lip, and eye makeup, along with gently cleansing the skin, this deliciously floral scented water is the ultimate calm-after-the-storm treatment for exhausted holiday skin. To use, saturate a cotton ball, and run it all over face…no rinsing necessary.  Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water even stands up to waterproof mascara! The end result is skin that’s smooth, calm and refreshed.  Ah, serenity. ‘Tis the season!

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With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to do a quick tutorial on transitioning your look from “9 to 5″ to “holiday party”. Learn to create an easy sparkly smokey eye, framed brows, cheeks that pop, and lips that beg to be kissed…

Please leave a comment and share your thoughts with me.

xoFelicia

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Fridays with Felicia: An intimate look behind the curtain as I share my favorite style/ beauty discoveries and ThisThatBeauty shenanigans from previous week.

(I visited HSN last week ======> full deets soon)

Let’s kick off “Fridays with Felicia” with you. Yes, YOU!

Hey girl! How you doin? How’s your skin? As you all know, I am absolutely positively obsessed with good skin care habits. I love pretty makeup as much as the next product hoarding Beauty Blogger but a solid skincare regiment is EVERYTHING. Six months ago, my passion and never ending holy grail quest for perfect skin prompted me to pen an epic post on my personal skincare philosophy.

While the article was a little long in the tooth (nearly 3000 words long to be exact) I think it did a lot of good. The post garnered 59 comments – a ThisThatBeauty record. In fact, your responses were so heartfelt and extensive that it lead to the creation of my current ongoing series on Hyperpigmentation which currently has nine articles.

So six months later, I am compelled to check in  with you. Yes YOU!  So many of you commented to say:

  • “Thank you”
  • “I’m going to take better care of my skin”
  • “I’ll try committing to a solid skincare regiment”
  • Etc.

It’s six months later and I am curious to hear where you are with yours! Have you stepped up your skin care game? Has you skin improved? Are you taking care of YOU?

Please do me a favor – If you commented when I originally posted the Hyperpigmentation/ skin care piece, please comment today and fill me in on how you’re doing. When I wrote that article six months ago, your comments really meant EVERYTHING to me. I want to know how you are progressing.  Also, your comments help me tailor content to meet your needs.

And because I practice what I preach….and pride myself on “don’t talk about it, be about it”…I will lead by example and provide an update since writing the post six months ago:

So to recap…here’s what my skin looked like about 8 months ago (no makeup):

Here’s what my skin looked like after about 2 months of following the regiment outlined in my ThisThatBeauty vs Hyperpigmentation post (no makeup):

And here’s what my skin looks like today…6 months after writing that epic post on skincare (no makeup…or maybe I’m pulling a Jessica Simpson — I think there’s a little stray smeared eye liner that I didn’t completely remove…but there is absolutely NO foundation in these pics).

Let me start by saying this….WOW! Those original pics are still so hard to look at. I cannot believe my skin was that bad. On top of that, I was astounded at how much my skin had improved in just 2 months on my regiment. Those products really kicked butt!!!

In looking at my skin today, its hard to believe I ever had any issues at all . As re-read  the regiment I posted back in March, while the principles remain the same, the actual products have changed since then. I currently use different cleansers, toners, serums, and masks. I still use the Evoclin foam to keep my acne at bay. I’ve rotated a few different hyperpigmentation treatment products in and out of my regiment over the last few months. Again, the products may have changed but my skin care principles remain the same…and that, in my opinion, is the most important take-away. Commit to a skin care regiment that is rooted in the fundamentals…and be consistent day to day. If your products work stick with them…naturally, as a beauty writer, I am constantly trying out new stuff. But I definitely recommend that you practice product loyalty…let ME be the guinea pig!

Please leave a comment and update me on how your skin is progressing!

PS: Look out for an equally EPIC hair story that’s in the works…

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This week I was invited to tour the soon to be completed, state of the art, new and improved beauty level at Lord & Taylor – 39th Street.  The space is still a bit raw so I had to wear a brightly colored hard hat that’s certain to protect me from falling debris :)

The event consisted of a guided tour of the finished and unfinished space. Beauty brands like Clinique, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Nars, Mario Badescu, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, and more presented some of the amazing new beauty innovations that we can expect from L&T once the beauty level is completely renovated. I hope I have the opportunity to get more one-on-one time with the brands but here are a few highlights:

Mario Badescu will have a counter at L&T. I am as pleased as punch to see the brand expand their retail outlets and get more exposure. A simple search of this site using the key words “Mario Badescu” will yield countless product reviews. Be on the look out for an upcoming piece from ThisThatBeauty Contributor Christene Carr. She recently visited Mario Badescu for her first facial EVER. If you’re a facial virgin, you will want to hear all about Christene’s experience.

Clinique’s skincare computer marries technology and beauty

Estee Lauder promises to help you find your perfect foundation match in two minutes in six different lights. Wondering what that crimson lip will look like in daylight vs office light vs candlelight?…Estee Lauder can help!

Lancome boasts that their new state of the art “Diagnos” machine will survey your skin’s texture, pore size, hydration level, and firmness and recommend the perfect products for your skin. I would love to give this a try and report back!

Lancome is also pleased to offer 10-day supplies of their foundation, which comes in 117 shades and 6 formulas. I’m no numbers cruncher but I like those figures!

Lastly for Lancome, the beauty counter at Lord & Taylor features a mascara bar that lets you try out various mascara wands. This is incredibly innovative…no more one size fits all disposable wands. Is the mascara performance not all about the BRUSH? Kudos Lancome!

Want more info on L&T’s new beauty department? Check the Twitter timeline for  #LTFACELIFT and see what your fav beauty bloggers are saying.

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In Fashion’s Night Out News, check out this Three Custom Color Specialists and Talbots collaboration…

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Beauty360.com is the online shopping destination for CVS/pharmacy’s prestige beauty retailer and carries coveted cosmetic brands including Vincent Longo, Paula Dorf, Laura Geller, Cargo and many more.  Through August 23rd Beauty 360 is promoting an exclusive online makeup sale.  Save 20% on your favorite prestige makeup brands by entering the special code SIZZLE at checkout!  Click the following link for additional details and to start shopping: http://tinyurl.com/29n9rum

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“Find Your Fall Style” with Style Coach, Kim Johnson Gross of Chic Simple.

Sign up to receive daily style tips on how to revamp your wardrobes for fall. When signing up, members are entered to win $100 gift cards to Target to start fall shopping. Check out the campaign http://challenges.ivillage.com/fall-style

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If you love beauty apps as much as I do, iPhone users listen up! Give yourself a virtual makeover with Pur Minerals IPur Beauty iPhone application!

Pür Minerals now offers a commitment-free way to experiment with new looks..and who doesn’t love a good “try before you buy?”

Trying out a new look on the Pür Minerals app is simple and fun:

  • TAKE: upload or use a model photo to start your makeover.
  • APPLY: Click a product, select a shade and experience a Pür transformation. The customized algorithm will identify the facial co-ordinates for precise application. Don’t like your new look? You have the option of adjusting the facial co-ordinates, undo or start again.
  • SHARE: Once the makeover is complete, the finished look can be shared through Facebook for a polished profile picture or send to a friend via email.
  • BUY: Love your new look? iPür Beauty offers a direct link to Ulta.com to order products online or to find a location near you for an in-store purchase.

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Up and coming designer Eliza Starbuck of Bright Young Things pays tribute to Coco Chanel by offering a week long sale on her versatile take of the little black dress. You will recall that I participated in the Bright Young Things Style Challenge and modeled the dress of a thousand looks.

In honor of Gabrielle “CoCo” Chanel’s Birthday, The Bright Young Things LBD will be on sale for $150 (reg $185) through Wednesday, August 25  online at www.youbrightyoungthings.com.

Of the iconic CoCo Chanel, Eliza Starbuck says this:

“Coco Chanel was the most innovative designer of the 20th Century. She dared to wear and design clothes that challenged the social standards and gender roles of the times. She broke every rule and always looked amazing doing it. She was living proof that it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it that defines style. Fabulous, determined, and outspoken, Coco Chanel made an enormous impact on society and the way people dress. Happy Birthday, Mademoiselle Chanel”

Eliza Starbuck recently experienced an opportunity that most only dream of…and by “most” I mean “me”.

Find your sacred quiet place and savor this — Eliza Starbuck’s exclusive interview with CoCo Chanel. Here is the intro:

To celebrate, I thought I’d give her a ring. She doesn’t get out much these days, and most people seem to think she’s dead, but like Tupac and Elvis, she’s virtually immortal.

Read the complete interview here: http://www.youbrightyoungthings.com/2010/08/18/eliza-starbuck-celebrates-128-years-of-style-with-coco-chanel/

I love you all for reading my lil ol blog week after week!

xo,

Felicia

PS: Happy Birthday two of my bestest friends. We partied hard. Friendship is golden and I thank God for these gals!

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Fridays with Felicia: An intimate look behind the curtain as I share my favorite style/ beauty discoveries and ThisThatBeauty shenanigans from previous week.

The highlight of my fashion and beauty filled week was the opportunity to attend the sneak peek event for the Target Harlem Grand Opening. The star studded press event occurred on July 20 and on July 25, Tarjay Harlem will officially open its doors. Yay Team Harlem! So spread the word New York – For style, design, and great value: take the 6 train to 116th street.

Naturally I represented and wore a strong red lip (Lipstick Queen Red Sinner) for the grand opening. I mean c’mon, it’s Target…their logo is red!

Since I haven’t done a good old fashioned Face of the Day post in forever, let me go on and break this down for you :)

Selita Ebanks walked the red carpet at the Target store opening. She added a bit of glamour to her nude Sir Alistair Rai dress with a gold braided necklace from the Melania™ Timepieces & Jewelry collection.The piece is available at QVC.com and retails for $39.00.

Selita was indeed a vision on the red carpet. I appreciate that she went high/low and combined her designer frock with a frugalista friendly accessory piece.

I too went the high/low route with simple black Christian Louboutin pumps, Fiona Paxton necklace,Mossimo v-neck pocket tee (From Target) and this Aqua brand gold/black metallic skirt from Bloomingdales. I snagged it on sale for about $18!

And you couldn’t tell me a thing as I hit my hottest contortionist model pose on the red carpet! Hilar!

Ok, next time I’ll leave the “posing” to the real models :)

While perusing the aisles (makeup aisles, of course) at the grand opening, I spotted one of my beauty faves. She was carefully inspecting her product line on the shelves — crossing t’s and dotting i’s! See if you recognize this iconic makeup artist and entrepreneur…

It’s Sonia Kashuk. Yep, THE Sonia Kashuk — the woman behind the popular exclusive target cosmetic line. We chatted for a spell and did a quick interview regarding her new eco-friendly beauty tools. More deets on the interview soon…

Here’s Sonia Kashuk’s new line of bamboo and cork brushes….

Culture and lifestyle maven, Bevy Smith was in attendance and I was lucky enough to snag a quick flick (and rub the hem of her DVF garment). If you’re not following @bevysmith on Twitter you’re missing out on a daily dose of invaluable “Bevy-isms”.

Speaking of Twitter, I finally met one of my Twitter faves in-person. Please meet @theelegantthrifter aka Stan Williams. His book, The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details (Clarkson Potter) shows you “not just what to look for, but also how to look at an object to identify a great piece.”

Also follow Stan’s blog at www.theelegantthrifter.com

Here I am with world-renowed chef Marcus Samuelsson. Check out his kitchen collection at Target! Five-percent of each product’s purchase price will go to The Fund for Public Schools in support of the library at PS 180: Hugo Newman. www.schools.nyc.gov/site/M180

While I certainly enjoyed the many wonderful humans I met in Harlem that evening, it was a four-legged friend that sent my heart sailing….

Most folks at the event took “one” picture with Bullseye the Target mascot. Yours truly could not resist requesting a second picture with Bullseye…this one with a kiss! MmmmmmmmmmMWAH Bullseye!

Definitely check out the Harlem Tarjay! What a wonderful win for the community. #TeamHarlem!

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Beauty360.com, the online shopping destination for CVS/pharmacy’s prestige beauty retailer Beauty 360, carries coveted skincare brands including Ahava, Bioelements, Borba, Canyon Ranch Skincare, Mario Badescu and many more.

Today thru July 25 shop Beauty360.com for 20% off all your suncare and skincare purchases! By entering coupon code GLOW at checkout you will also receive free shipping when you spend $49 or more. Click on this link for additional details and products: http://tinyurl.com/337cyau

You may follow Beauty360 at www.twitter.com/beauty360 for beauty tips and news, event details and upcoming promotions.

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Here’s one for my brides — NYC Smile Design announces a cosmetic dental makeover contest for one lucky bride –to-be to win a FREE dental makeover worth up to $30,000. NYC Smile Design’s “Extreme Bridal Makeover” is a contest based in the metropolitan area. Women who are getting married are encouraged to share their stories for a chance to win a makeover worth $30,000.

In order to enter, the contestant must submit a story about why she is unhappy with her smile along with a picture. Dr. Ramin Tabib and Dr. Mello of NYC Smile Design will choose the person with the most compelling story to win the makeover and they will then work their magic to create the perfect smile for the big day.

In order to enter for a chance to win, you must first become a fan of NYC Smile Design’s Facebook page. Visit NYC Smile Design’s Facebook page for details to enter and for daily updates about the contest follow NYC Smile Design on Twitter.

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Visit Youngblood at the Plaza Hotel to get your ultimate mineral makeover. Through July 24, join the artists behind Youngblood to learn about flawless foundation application. For purchases over $150 you will receive an organza bag filled with a full size lip gloss, deluxe Primer sample, deluxe Hi-Def powder sample and a Kabuki brush.

Youngblood offers a comprehensive collection of natural-looking makeup. Visit the Plaza Hotel’s beauty level and learn more!

WHO: The Plaza Beauty

WHAT: Youngblood Cosmetics

WHEN: Now through Saturday, July 24th, 2010

WHERE: The Plaza Beauty One West 58th Street, Concourse Level NY, NY 10019 212.223.4694

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On July 26 one of my favorite makeup brands will debut on ShopNBC. (See previous BECCA posts here, here, here, and here)

BECCA Cosmetics will premiere on the network this Monday, July 26th at 11am and 7pm ET. The line is a fave of mine because its complexion range satisfies from Nicole Kidman to Alek Wek. The line features natural looking cosmetics that focus on a flawless and fresh finish, while benefiting the skin with anti-oxidant vitamins and high levels of broad spectrum sunscreen.

Of the launch on ShopNBC, BECCA founder, Rebecca Morrice Williams, has this to say: “We’re thrilled to be launching BECCA on ShopNBC. Offering women the opportunity to create flawless, natural looking skin is what the BECCA line pivots around. We’ve chosen many special, best-selling products for the face, eyes, lips and cheeks, and are very excited to introduce them to the ShopNBC audience”.

Tune in and learn more about BECCA!

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Last, but certainly not least, here’s a deal from Stila that I just had to share…..

  • Do you need makeup? (of course you do. LOL)
  • Do you have $10?
  • Ok, buy this!

Stila just launched limited edition Stila Girl Travel Palettes! The first of the series is Road to Radiance Across the USA inspired by Kylie’s road trip across the US!

The frugalista friendly palette includes:

Four Eye Shadows:
– Snow Bunny (shimmery champagne)
– Southern Belle (mauve)
– Valley Girl (pink)
– City Chick (alloy)

Convertible Color:
– Hibiscus (I lurrrrve Stila Convertible color cheek colors. “Fuchsia” is one of my faves)

Each palette is ONLY $10, a $65 VALUE! Collect all Five (check back next month for the new palette!)

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Have a great weekend everyone…I hope to do some crabbing down the shore! Nom nom!

xo,

Felicia

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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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