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There is something to love about Thanksgiving dinner no matter who you are.  For me, it’s tangy cranberry sauce, a yummy stuffing/dressing and sweet and cinnamony pumpkin pie.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I took the ingredients (or some of the nutrients) from a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and found products for the face and body that contained those ingredients.  So, while a proper thanksgiving meal can clock in at 1200+ calories, Thanksgiving Dinner for the Face and Body will only result in beautiful, even toned skin (and a slight dent in your wallet).

Stemology Cell Reboot Ageless Mask

Stemology Cell Reboot Ageless Mask

Pumpkin is not only the key ingredient in pumpkin pies (duh) but it’s also the star ingredient found in Stemology’s Cell Reboot Ageless Mask. In addition to pumpkin and other botanical enzymes, the mask uses a host of ingredients to exfoliate, tighten and brighten skin. With continued use, this antioxidant rich mask will help to reverse the damage caused by free radicals, while copper and zinc will help to protect the skin. (www.stemologyskincare.com, $85)

Eminence Organic Pomegranate Masque

Eminence Organic Pomegranate Masque

The first time I saw cranberry sauce I was mesmerized. I just didn’t understand why it was round. (Then I saw the can in which the sauce was packaged.) I didn’t like the canned version much so, naturally I had to make my own — YUM! This masque is an antioxidant superpower whose main ingredient is cranberry puree. As the name suggests, it also contains pomegranate puree, juice and seeds. In addition to these tasty antioxidant rich ingredients, The Eminence Organic Pomegranate Masques also contains Coenzyme Q10, scientifically proven to  reduce the UV damage and stimulate the production of collagen,  salicylic acid and Alpha Lipoic Acid.  The masque doesn’t contain any water — the directions instructs you to emulsify a small amount of product in the hand before applying it to the face and leaving it on for 5-10 minutes. (www.BuyNaturalSkincare.com, $52)

Eminence Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque

Eminence Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque

I don’t have to tell you what to liken this masque to — you already know.  PIE! The dessert course is my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. This masque looks and smells just like last years pie — It is creamy and smells of happiness and love. In addition to pumpkin puree,Eminence Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque is loaded with botanical extracts, oils and is “rich in beta carotene to fight the effects of environmental stress on the skin.” (www.BuyNaturalSkincare.com, $52)

Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion

Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion

Maybe after reading the post title you were wondering how do we get a turkey on the face? Well — Collagen. To simulate this Thanksgiving meal for the face idea I looked for products either containing collagen as well as products that promise to stimulate collagen production in the body.  Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion uses “Collagen Support Complex to boost skin’s resilience and plump dehydrated skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles while winged kelp smooths skin by supporting natural collagen and elastin.” (www.sephora.com, $84)

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum

I’m not a fan of green bean casserole — I like my beans crispy and crispy beans in a casserole are apparently blasphemous. Anyway, they are an important dish in the traditional Thanksgiving meals so in the spirit of things I have to include them. Green beans contain lots of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.  In the skin care world those two ingredients are used to brighten skin tone and even texture.  Vitamin A (Retinol)  is a skincare superstar that works to treat acne, smooth out wrinkles, reduce discoloration and more. Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum is a gentle formula that supports the skin cells regenerating process, collagen production and it is recommended for daily use. You will see a difference in your skin after the first few uses. (www.sephora.com, $98)

Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster

Paula's Choice Resist C15 Super Booster

I like to add a bit of orange zest and orange juice to my cranberry sauce because it just taste better. (We all know OJ is loaded with Vitamin C.) When Vitamin C is used in skincare products it helps to fade dark spots, brighten skin and also help to make other products work better. Vitamin C also boost collagen production which will leads to firmer skin over time.  Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster is made with “15% stabilized vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) at a pH of 3.0, antioxidant vitamin E, ferulic acid, and peptides repairs visible signs of aging and stimulates collagen production for smoother, brighter, and firmer skin.” (www.paulaschoice.com, $20)

For the Body…

DIY Cornmeal and Honey Body Scrub

DIY Cornmeal and Honey Body Scrub

I love a good stuffing, or dressing as it’s called in American. In Jamaica the dressing actually goes inside the bird (chicken), hence the name but here it is more often than not cooked separately. I have come across several varieties but one of my favorites is a dressing made from cornbread.  To re-make this for the body I’m sharing an old recipe I used back in Jamaica — it is made of two ingredients, cornmeal and honey. Simply mix about a half cup of cornmeal with a quarter cup of honey and gently work it all over your wet body AFTER you shower.  The cornmeal will help to exfoliate the skin while the honey (a natural antimicrobial and antibacterial) will also soften and draw moisture to skin.  If you get water in your mixture discard after use. If you don’t you can store it in an airtight jar for up to a week. (This is as far as I have tested it.)

Skin Milk Shower Gel + Body Cream

Skin Milk

Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite dishes to make. I don’t make it often but when I do, I make a roux and use whole milk and extra sharp cheddar. My not-so-secret ingredients are garlic powder and very finely minced bell peppers. While I couldn’t find a product that uses whole milk I do recalled using Skin Milk Shower Gel  and Body Cream when I was in Florida. In addition to the typical body wash ingredients, it contains skim milk. It leaves skin clean, fresh and moisturized. In addition to the skim milk, the Skin Milk Body Cream also includes lactose. It’s very creamy and moisturizing — great for winter! Skim milk will never make its way into my Mac and Cheese but it’s definitely a great addition to this body wash and body cream. (www.drugstore.com,  $4.69 and $5.99)

Frank Body Coffee Scrubs

Frank Body Coffee Scrubs

I don’t know about you but a cup of coffee is a must after my Thanksgiving meal — without it, I will be out like a light mere minutes after downing my last piece of pie. Frank Body Coffee Scrubs are pretty amazing. They contain coffee grounds, sea salt, sugar, sweet almond oil and fragrance oil.  These products are messy but that’s half the fun.  They leave the skin feeling clean and really wakes  me up especially on morning when i’m  dragging or on evenings when I’m minutes away from a tryptophan induced coma. (www.frankbody.com, $14.95)

What’s your favorite dish at Thanksgiving?

Breaking news for beauty-obsessed women everywhere: Glossier (aka the cool girl’s affordable skincare brand) has officially opened the doors to their Summer Fridays Penthouse in NYC (123 Lafayette Street). At the penthouse, you can sample the complete line of Glossier skin care products, and also purchase specific –I started with the Glossier Priming Moisturizer.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer 2

As I was desperately in need of a new moisturizer, I visited the space on a mission to test out the brand’s Priming Moisturizer ($25) a cream-based formula created with a mushroom super-hydrator to plump and hydrate the skin, an anti-redness complex which includes tea and honey, and more.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer 1

I’m usually skeptical of virtually any moisturizer at first glance (combination skin can be a gift and a curse), but the fact that the tube described the product as buildable really piqued my interest. After using the moisturizer for just one day, I was hooked. It really is buildable, and absorbs into my face almost instantly. Perfect for virtually any skin type, in virtually any type of weather. Every pore on my face, rejoiced.

Not needing more than just a couple squeezes to completely saturate my face, I was thrilled to discover that the product left my skin with a dewy glow that is the perfect base for makeup. I was also surprised at how hydrating, yet lightweight the formula was!

If the Priming Moisturizer is this effective, I’m excited to discover the rest of the Glossier line, which includes their Soothing Face Spray ($18), Balm Dotcom ($12), and Perfecting Skin Tint ($26). Color me impressed. 

Have you tried Glossier yet? 

I don’t know about you but the prospect of being able to pull a marriage proposal from a king at age 72 is enough to make me “Belif.” Belif is a Korean based skincare line that recently launched in the US.  One of the line’s hero products, the Hungarian Water Essence, contains ingredients said to be the secret beauty weapon of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, the badass beauty who got a proposal from a King at age 72.  This King might have been plotting a land grab but who cares…this is a great story!

The Belif skincare line uses traditional herbal processing methods to harvest the botanicals used in their skincare line while using modern technologies to develop effective delivery systems. The line promises real, simple, sincere skincare that is formulated without harsh chemicals and unnecessary ingredients.

Belif  Skincare Top Sellers Include:

Belif Hungarian Water Essence

Hungarian Water Essence ($42)  – a light weight facial essence that contains 10 herbs, including lavendar, sage, rosemary and oats, to help you hydrate your skin, retain moisture (and bag a king). Since it started warming up,  I just been using it as a serum — I press into skin after cleansing and toning then follow with a moisturizing SPF.

Belif Aqua Bomb

The True Cream Aqua Bomb ($38) – Is a lightweight gel-cream that delivers almost instant hydration. Active botanicals include: Lady’s Mantle, an antioxidant with pore minimizing benefits, Malachite to help neutralizes free radical activity, Plantin to help create moisture seal on skin and Oak Husk, a humectant. I have oily skin and this delivered moisture to my skin without making it feel oily or greasy.  It works in cold weather as well as hot humid temperatures.  It is the only moisturizer I took on a recent trip to Trinidad and it held up well under sunscreen and gave me enough moisture at night to prep my skin for the next day.

Belif The True Cream Moisture Bomb

The True Cream Moisture Bomb ($38) – Is Korea’s Number 1 selling cream in the luxury skincare market. It is a cushiony light weight product that completely disappears in to the skin leaving it feeling soft, supple and refreshed.  It is not as light as the Aqua Bomb but I’d still considerate “light weight.”  This cream is clinically tested to provide up to 26 hours of moisture. Wowzer!

For more on Belif skincare products, please visit their website.

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Cleansing is my favorite part of my skincare routine. There is something about removing all the dirt, oil and makeup from my face that is so liberating and I feel refreshed instantly. Typically I use my hand when applying and removing cleansers, but after I was introduced to a few different tools to help make the process easier,  I was hooked. Even though there are tons of devices out there to help you cleanse your skin better, the two I enjoy the most and find the least abrasive to my skin are muslin cloths and konjac sponges. Both are more mild than a cleansing brush, and can offer a slight exfoliation without irritating the skin or stripping it.

Muslin Cloth

Muslin ClothsMuslin is a soft, tightly woven light fabric usually made from cotton. It is stiffer than a typically cotton cloth and thinner than a traditional terrycloth towel, but absolutely fantastic at cleansing the face. I find that muslin cloths work really well when paired with cleansing balms, but in a pinch can be effective with just about any cleanser. I like to apply my cleansers with dry hands to a dry face, massage it around to remove my makeup, place the muslin cloth under warm water and hold it against my face for a few seconds. This really helps to warm up the cleanser on the face, emulsify it and make it easier to remove using gentle circular motions around the entire face. The water softens the cloth so it’s easy to work with, but the stiff fibers really help to give a light exfoliation which always takes my normal cleanser results to the next level. Many brands offer muslin cloths with their cleansers, such as Liz Earle and Eve Lom and they also offer then separately as well, so, you don’t have to keep reusing the same one forever. I find that my muslin cloths can last me a few weeks if I use them 1-3x/week, but once they begin to look too ragged then I know it’s time to toss them. A set of 3 is available at Sephora and retails for $22.


Konjac Spongekonjac-sponge

Besides the muslin cloth, I enjoy using Konjac Sponges as a way to remove my cleanser and give a light exfoliation. Konjac sponges are made from the root of the Konjac plant. It feels like a rock to the touch, but as soon as you add water it become spongey and soft. I find that because the sponge is oval in shape, it does a great job at getting to more targeted areas of the face where I have larger pores. I am able to spend a few extra seconds there massaging the sponge over my skin to help break up any congestion. Though the sponge can create a slight lather, I don’t use it in place of my cleanser but rather as a complement. There are many different options to try, but I prefer the Boscia Konjac Sponge ($15) or the one from Dr. Sponge.

Both the muslin cloth and the konjac sponge are great options to add to any skincare routine to enhance the cleansing experience. They add slight exfoliating properties – the muslin cloth is my favorite to use with thicker balms, while the konjac sponge is easy for me to use with gels and milks. The muslin cloth tends to give me an overall exfoliation and helps with any texture issues I may be having, while the konjac sponge is smaller and easier to use when I want to target areas with clogged pores or congested skin. Either would be suitable for all skin types, though I would recommend doing a patch test if you have extremely sensitive skin.

Have you tried a muslin cloth or konjac sponge? Which do you prefer?

I got my hands on the entire Purity of Elements face care line the day it hit retail at  Nordstrom.com.  No matter how many times it happens, I am always excited to be among the first to try new products.  Like a complete and total beauty junkie, I started using two of the products as soon as I got home and I was not at all disappointed…but more on that later.  Purity of Elements celebrates the elemental beauty of the brand’s Santa Fe, New Mexico home and “features the healing and restorative benefits of copper, a powerful natural anti- aging ingredient that helps boost the skin’s production of collagen and elastin to turn back the clock on fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and loss of firmness.”

Purity of Elements Review

The Purity of Elements  face care line is a complete regimen and features 5 products:

Daily Detox Exfoliating Cleanser: A cleanser that gently exfoliates the skin and detoxifies pores without stripping, for an instantly silky soft complexion. $29

Radiance Face Serum: A balancing and hydrating serum that helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while restoring radiance for a luminous, even complexion. $60

Renewing Eye Cream: An antioxidant-infused eye cream that instantly hydrates and brightens the eye area by decreasing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles for a luminous, even complexion. $45

Age-Defying Moisturizer: A lightweight moisturizing lotion that delivers immediate and lasting hydration, leaving skin feeling soft and supple. $50

Pore-Minimizing Clay Mask: A nourishing and detoxifying clay mask that helps draw out impurities from deep within the pores, leaving the skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed.

Purity of Elements Cleanser Review

The easiest things for me to incorporate into my skin care regimen are cleansers, masks, and exfoliators because results show up quickly.  I started with the Daily Detox Exfoliating Cleanser and the Pore-Minimizing Clay Mask.  The cleanser does a good job of cleaning  and gently exfoliating without making my face feel dry.  In addition to the Copper 5 Complex that is in all Purity of Elements products, the cleanser contains soybean oil and jojoba oil, goji berry and white tea extract to nourish and moisturized the skin.

Purity of Elements Clay Mask Review

Of the two products I tried, the Pore-Minimizing Clay Mask is my favorite.  It is not your grandma’s clay mask — it doesn’t get hard and uncomfortable on the face. While it doesn’t harden like most traditional clay masks, it does an excellent job of drawing out impurities from the skin.  I have oily skin and the mask, through the use of kaolin clay,  reduced the oiliness of my skin in the short term.  The mask promises brightened skin through the use of Vitamin A, orange and lemon extract, however,  this is not immediate.  I think this mask will be great for me in warmer months when my skin is markedly more greasy.

If you’re in the market for a new skin care,  I recommend you check out Purity of Elements.  You can do like I did and start with those products easiest to incorporate into your routine or choose the product(s) that addresses an immediate skin care concern.

The Purity of Elements Skin Care Collection  is available at nordstrom.com and on the company’s website.

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Every time there is a new major skincare launch, I get absolutely giddy with excitement. It’s like Christmas morning over and over and over. There has been a ton of hype surrounding the launch of Sunday Riley’s new face oil, Luna, and rightfully so. Her other three oils, Artemis, Juno and Isis quickly became cult classics. So, could Sunday Riley do it again? Yes. Yes, she most certainly can. Sunday Riley Luna Oil

I usually think of oils as great products for nourishing, hydrating and soothing the skin, but Luna packs a serious anti-aging punch with the addition of a trans-retinol ester. This advanced retinol complex is designed to target fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, pore size and the loss of elasticity. Whew. That covers just about everything. And thankfully, it does just about everything when you use it.

It is recommended for use in the evening, typically as your last step. I prefer to use this alone after cleansing and toning, or occasionally I will layer over a serum. It has the texture of a thick oil, but surprisingly sinks right into the skin. The formula is blue in color, which was a tad shocking to see at first, but thankfully it disappears almost immediately after it is massaged in. From the very first night, I was able to see a difference in how nice my skin looked – even toned, smooth and not a dry patch in sight. After using it over the past few weeks, I began to see the pesky dark spot on my chin begin to fade, as well as any remaining scars from previous blemishes or breakouts were slowly fading. Though it nourishes enough to be a great addition to your winter routine, it is incredibly lightweight so it will surely transition well into spring and summer. And at a $105 price point, being able using it year round is a necessity.

Sunday Riley Luna is available at Sephora and retails for $105.

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Cleansing balms rival cleansing oils as my favorite way to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin. Balms work well for all skin types and often provide a softer and more nourishing way to remove all the makeup, dirt and grime from the day without stripping the skin or leaving it dry and uncomfortable. There are two that I use regularly in my skincare routine and find do an amazing job both leaving my skin clean and helping it stay clear. I will highlight the differences and similarities between the two and how I use them in my routine.

Clinque Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

This was one of the first cleansing balms I ever tried and it was instrumental in turning me on to the entire category. The texture is a chunky balm that spreads easily on the skin and removes makeup effortlessly. It suits almost any skin type, even those with oily skin who may fear a balm cleanser. As someone who has oily skin, I have found that balm cleansers not only help keep my skin clear but leave it less oily than other cleansers.


I apply the Clinique TTDO Balm with dry hands to a dry face using upward circular massaging motions to help gently remove makeup and dirt. After massaging it into the skin, I then add water and the balm emulsifies into a milk. A wet washcloth or muslin cloth can be used to remove it, but I find it easy just to rinse it away with my hands and warm water. This balm is great for everyday use and removes every last bit of makeup that I am wearing. A great addition for anyone looking to add a cleansing balm into their routine. Available at Sephora for $28.50.

 Eve Lom Cleanser

Eve Lom Cleanser

Eve Lom’s cult classic Cleanser quickly became a favorite of mine after just one use. It has many of the same features and benefits as the Clinique one in regards to helping remove makeup and keeping my skin clear, but the texture is a bit more granular so it offers exfoliating properties as well. This is more of a twice a week treatment cleanser for me rather than every day because it really helps to remove dead skin and give a strong exfoliation.

I apply the Eve Lom Cleanser the same way as the Clinique balm – with dry hands and a dry face, but I let it sit on the skin for longer in order to allow the enzymes to work to break down debris and slough off dead skin cells. After 3-5 minutes, I soak the muslin cloth (that comes with the cleanser) into very warm water and apply it to my face, hold it there for 15-30 seconds and then remove the cleanser. What’s left is some of the softest and smoothest skin I have ever had.  Available at Sephora for $50.00.

What is your favorite cleansing balm to use?

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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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Most skin care  products can take quite a long time to test out, and requires a good amount of patience to see results. Masks, on the other hand, are often a quick fix or instant pick-me-up and can be added into any skincare routine to address a specific concern. Here are 3 masks that any and all skin types can add to their regimen to help  give their skin a boost.

 Retexturizing Facial Mask

 REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal MaskDull, drab and lackluster skin, we have all been there. You want your skin to glow and often times the only way to do that is to exfoliate away the dead skin that is dragging it down. No amount of makeup can replace baby soft skin. That is why it is essential to have an exfoliating and/or retexturizing mask in your skin care arsenal. One of my regulars in this category is the REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I use it once every two weeks or once a week if needed, and the enzymes and acids help to remove all the dead skin and give a thorough exfoliation. What’s left is glowing, soft, smooth and radiant skin. No highlighter needed. Available at Nordstrom for $55.00.

Hydrating Facial Mask


While I love a great anti-aging treatment as much as the next gal, I am a firm believer in the powers of water for the skin. Hydration is one of the best ways to keep the skin looking fresh, young, supple and bright. I try to incorporate as many hydrating products into my routine as possible, but my favorites are of course, the masks. Recently I’ve been loving the Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Mask to apply before I go to bed.  It’s a super shot of hydration for my skin and I wake up with balanced skin that looks like I’ve had a facial. Available at Sephora for $60.00.

Pore Purifying Facial Mask

First Aid Beauty SkinRescue_RedClay_PurifyingMaskEven if you don’t have oily or acne prone skin, you still have pores. Adding a pore purifying facial mask will help to ensure they stay free from dirt and excess oil. I am a sucker for any type of peel off mask, and First Aid Beauty makes one of my favorites –the Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay. This  facial mask helps to draw out impurities from the skin and eliminate clogged pores.  I use this once per week to help me maintain clearer skin. And my pores thank me. Available at Sephora for $30.00.

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Is better skin by morning possible? I say ‘yes’!

It’s no secret that nighttime is the right time for skin renewal — while you log a blissful eight hours of sleep, skin naturally repairs and rejuvenates. Want to fast track your results? Pair a power-packed night cream with a good night’s sleep and complexion perfection is yours by morning. Now on the Bergdorf Goodman Blog, I share top picks for the best night cream for your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.


Night Cream: What You Need In Your 20′s, 30′s, 40′s

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Navigating the many serum options can confuse even the savviest skin care shopper.  Add on the eye-squinting task of figuring out which serum works best for your age-specific concerns, and well — it’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel. Luckily, you’ve got me! Head over to the Bergdorf Goodman Blog where I break it down and share the best serums for skin in your 20s, 30s and 40s. Sulwhasoo-First-Care-Activating-Serum

Serums: What You Need In Your 20′s, 30′s, 40′s

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Packing skin care products for travel has never been easier…at least for me. When TSA first instituted the 3 fluid ounce rule where all products had to fit into a tiny ziplock bag, people scrambled to find appropriate sizes of their current skin care products. Skin care fanatics the world over were pissed! No one wanted to go buy tiny bottles to measure out 3 ounce portions. Fast forward to present day and the growth in the number of products now available in travel sizes and the increased access to these products through beauty box subscriptions such as Glossybox, COCOTIQUE and Birchbox and sites like 3floz.com, make it simple to pack a tiny bag of skin care products without the use of a funnel. The trouble now is narrowing the selection down to only the essentials. Before I start packing, I assess the condition of my skin and make adjustments based on the weather conditions at my travel destination.  I have an upcoming trip to the Sunshine State and my oily skin will need help to be on its best behavior in the heat and humidity. Here’s what I’m packing…

Skin Care Travel Essentials

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant  is a rice-based powder formula that activates with water to release Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to gentle cleanse and exfoliate the skin.  It is the perfect cleanser for travel (and one of my faves of all time) because it’s in powder form.

Cleanse by Lauren Napier  contains aloe and cucumber and is rich in vitamins B and C. The wipes are individually packaged making them perfect to slip into a bag, a pocket or your bra (I’m not judging.) Cleanse by Lauren Napier works great to remove even waterproof makeup but they are gentle enough for eyes.  On days when I have only a light application of makeup, one wipe can do the trick.  I use two one days when I wear heavier makeup and no matter what, I always follow up with a toner and moisturizer.

There is a lot of debate about the necessity of a toner.  While that debate rages on I’m gonna go ahead and use my toner twice per day and ignore all the noise.  A long time favorite, to which I was recently reacquainted, is the Clinique Clarifying Toner. The first time I used this toner  was in Florida, so, it’s only fitting it is one of my favorite warm weather toners. It helps to control excess oil to minimize breakouts and leaves skin feeling clean, cool and refreshed.

I’m headed into a very humid climate which means my skin can act a fool without notice.  I’m preparing for any pesky pimples with Mario Badescu’s Complexion Perfection Kit, it  contains the Special Healing PowderDrying Cream and the Drying lotion. If something pops up that cannot be kept under control with this trio of products…all hope is lost and I should leave Florida immediately and never return.

When it’s hot and humid I often skip the moisturizer and use  a serum and a sunscreen. My winning combo for the last few weeks has been  Clarins Double Serum and Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30. Clarins Double Serum contains 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules in a dual chamber  bottle.  It firms and evens skin tone and provides a great moisture boost without feeling heavy.  Clarins Double Serum  is great for use day and night. Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30 is a broad spectrum lightweight sunscreen  that helps to prevent shine on oily,  breakout-prone skin like mine. Win!

Eye Cream is a must once you hit 25 and I have been north of that for several years, so, I can’t finish packing my skin care travel bag without a proper eye cream or two.  For day time I’ve been using Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense Sunscreen with SPF 50. In addition to providing UV protection, this lightweight  neutral tinted eye cream also brightens the eye area and works well under concealer or alone.  For night I use BlissLabs Active 99.0 Multi Action Eye Cream.  It  is lightweight cream formulated to easily absorbs into the delicate eye area to help “reduce puffiness and diminish the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.”

While I have not yet narrowed down the bathing suits I will take on this trip, my skin care travel essentials are packed and ready to go!

What are Your Summer Skin Care Travel Essentials?

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

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

Philips PureRadiance

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

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

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

Philips PureRadiance

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

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

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

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Do you know happens to skin while you sleep?  Beauty sleep is a real thing.  During sleep the body renews and repairs itself. Nowhere is this more visible than on the skin and even more so, the face.  Ever notice that when you walk into work after a long night that just about everyone can tell? Or that you might have a breakout after a few nights of sleeping in your makeup?  In addition to repairing itself during sleep, the skin pulls in whatever is on its surface. In this post I share night creams for all skin types that will help to improve your skin while you sleep.

L'Occitance Creme Divine



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