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As someone who loves only a minimal amount of variety in their beauty routine, I am a firm believer that one can never have too many neutral eyeshadows and lipsticks/lipglosses in their collection. The bad news is the storage issue – where to keep everything. The good news is – since everything is neutral toned it all works together. Colors can be mixed and blended together to get new combinations. The possibilities are endless! I recently added a few more easy-to-wear natural colors from Votre Vu Cosmetics to my summer look that I want to share with you. I like to think of it as a selfless act of spreading beauty awareness rather than straight enabling. But we can argue over semantics later, onto to the products.

Palette Play Eyeshadow Quad in Nude

votre vu eyeshadow quad in nudeI can rarely ever pass up a beautiful eyeshadow quad in a multitude of shades of brown. They are the easiest colors for me to wear on a daily basis and take from day to night without even giving it a second thought. The texture in the Palette Play Eyeshadow Quad in Nude is a mix between shimmer and matte, without swinging the pendulum too far one way or the other. It gives the perfect balance of both and can be built up to be quite intense. I stick with the tan or beige shade on my lids and contour with the taupe shade in the crease and finish off by lining the upper lash line with the deep chocolate brown. It’s available on the Votre Vu website for $42.00.

French Kiss Moisture Rich Lipstick in Colette and Lisette


Only when I do a smokey eye do I prefer a really pale lip. Other than that, I typically like a slightly amped up “my lips but better” color for the daytime as I feel it pulls my look together. These two shades in Colette and Lisette give me oomph without being too much. Colette is quite bronzy so I like to just dab it on my lips and then mix with a soft peach or gold gloss. Lisette is a gorgeous rose/mauve that wears beautifully with a bronzed cheek. Both have a bit of shimmer in them which I typically don’t prefer, but I find that when mixing them with lip balm or a sheer gloss the effect is lovely. Purchase both shades here for $23.00.

Lip Lustre Lipgloss in Sultry and Tender


Just from the pictures alone, you can tell how perfect these colors are for summertime. The top shade in Sultry is a bit of a deep bronzed brown, and looks good layered over a pinker based lipstick to help balance out the tones. I love pairing a bronze shade with a pink or rose shade to give a warm well-rounded lip color that can be worn with most of my makeup looks. The second lipgloss in Tender is more pink in person than in the photo making it a makeup bag staple. Who can resist a delicate rose lip gloss for everyday? Nobody I know. And if you can – you are a better person than I. Ha! Both Lip Lustres are available on the Votre Vu website for $22.00.

Have I convinced you yet that you need these colors in your makeup routine? Head to the Votre Vu website to check out the full range of both color and skincare.


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Madonna’s makeup artist, Sammy H. Mourabit, used Votre Vu products to create her look for last night’s premiere of the MDNA Tour documentary in NYC. He drew inspiration from Marlene Deitrich’s iconic 1930’s look from the movie “Morocco.”


Madonna MDNA Tour Documentary Premiere

To achieve Madonna’s flawless complexion, Sammy first hydrated her face with Votre Vu Attentive Crème de Jour for Sensitive Skin without forgetting the neck with Portrait Collar Restorative Neck Crème. He then dabbed Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Concealer in Champagne under her eyes and also on the darker areas of her skin, to even out her skin tone.

One of the tricks he used was mixing the Love Me Deux Nourishing Moisture Tint in Champagne with the Attentive to achieve a dewy look. Next, he accentuated her cheekbones by contouring them with Votre Vu’s Beaute en Bronze Tantalizing Bronzer Duo.

To create a 30s eyebrow, he first groomed the brows with a brush, and then applied the Arch de Triumphe Daily Brow Definer in Warm inside the natural eyebrow line. The thinner line captures that 30’s look. To cover the excess natural hair, he dabbed some Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Concealer in Champagne, giving the illusion of a clean groomed eye without the need for over-plucking.

For the lips, Sammy first contoured them in a heart shape reminiscent of the 30’s style with the Drawmatic Lip Liner in Naked (coming out in September). He followed by mixing two shades of the French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipstick (coming out in September) for a luminous and voluptuous effect. He applied the darker tone, Margaux, to the outer lines of the lip and the lighter tone, Annette, to the inner lip.

On the lashes, he used Eiffel Power Mascara only in the center of the eyelashes.  To intensify the 30s look, he added some false lashes to the outer corner of the eye.

The last touch was the Vu-On Rouge in Bouquet Rose on her cheeks and a little bit of the Belle Poudre HD Sheer Face Finish in Light. The result was a modern Marlene Dietrich look.

All products can be found on www.Votrevu.com.


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Celebrity makeup artist, Stephen Sollitto, created the beauty look for Amy Adams at the ‘Man of Steel’ premiere using Votre Vu products.  He breaks down the look below:

“Amy is wearing a gorgeous black Nina Ricci dress tonight, so for her look I didn’t want to do just a red lip and lighter eyes.  We wanted the look to be a little softer, but with a modern twist. Aubergine and Copper are such a beautiful combination, especially with Amy’s eyes and coloring.  It was a soft, modern twist on the red lip.”

Amy Adams

I started by prepping Amy’s face with the Votre Vu Attentive Crème du Jour and her lips with the Luxe Lip Moisture lip balm in the bébé Duette.

For the base, I used Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux in Champagne all over and then dusted Beauté en Bronze in Monaco along her hairline, temples, tip of her nose, and under her cheekbones to give more dimension.

Then, on her eyes I used a medium eyeshadow brush and the shade Gilt from the Votre Vu Palette Play eyeshadow quad in Copper (coming out September) and swept it all over the eyelid and a bit along her bottom lashes as well.  It was really a beautiful copper color all around her eyes.  Next, I rubbed in Votre Vu’s Le Joli Crayon in Aubergine along the outer third corner of her upper lash line and along the whole row of bottom lashes.  Instead of lining the bottom waterline, I line just the lashes so that it keeps the eyes looking wide and lively. I finished off her eyes with the Eiffel Power mascara and layered it for thick, voluminous lashes.

To frame her eyes, I used the Votre Vu Arch de Triumphe brow definer in Warm to give her brows a bit more definition.

Next, using my middle finger, I took the Vu-On Rouge in Bouqet Rose and applied it onto her cheekbones in a tapping motion.  By tapping on the product, you can deposit the color instead of rubbing it off with a swiping motion.  I kept tapping the product onto her cheekbones until it was all blended.

The lips were the finishing touch!  I applied Votre Vu’s French Kiss in Annette (coming out September), a beautiful bright red color, to her lips.  She looks absolutely gorgeous on the carpet!”

Votre Vu products are available at www.votrevu.com.

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What do you think of Amy Adams look at the Man of Steel Premiere?

Who: Alicia Keys

What: Sundance Film Festival

Makeup ArtistNick Barose

Inspiration:  “For the look of Alicia’s surprise appearance at the premiere of  ‘The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,’ we wanted to go for a very simple, fresh and modern look.


  • I first applied the Votre Vu Love Me Deux in St. Tropez.  Then I lightly dusted the peachy pink blush from the Beaute en Bronze blush/bronzer duo.  This gave her a very natural, glowing flush because the blush has gorgeous light shimmer in it. 
  • For her eyes, I lined her waterline with the Le Joli Crayon in Charbon as well as her inner rim and smudged it out a bit to give definition to her eyes while still keeping it soft and simple. Then I applied the Eiffel Power mascara to her upper and lower lashes.
  • Lastly, for her lips, I applied the Vu-On Rouge in Bouquet Rose with my fingers for a very sheer color and then applied a bit of balm over it to keep her lips hydrated and glossy for the evening.”


See all Votre Vu products   at www.votrevu.com

Everybody showers, we hope. Below is a round-up of bath and body products for all the nice people on your holiday gift list.

Bliss Spa

A three-piece collection of Bliss at-home spa essentials for a clean, soft body from head to toe. Any of your girlfriend’s would be happy to receive this gift –If not, “unfriend” ok, not really.

‘Tote’–Ally Bliss A Spa-To-Go Trio Of Must-Have Face + Body Blends Set

Price: $35

Soap Cartel

Soap Cartel makes artisanal articles for the bath, body, & home. Make a great impression on the in-laws with this basket of hand made products.

“Heavenly” Gift Basket


3 Soap Bars (5 oz. each)-

  • 1 Detox Campaign
  • 1 Egyptian Rose
  • 1 Lavender Muse

2 Bath Tablets (4.5 oz each)-

  • 1 Minty- Rose
  • 1 Lavender- Mint
Price: $45. See other Soap Cartel Gift baskets here.

Votre Vu

Little Miss Hard to Buy For Holiday Gift Set

The name “Little Miss Hard to Buy For” says it all but also great for anyone who loves soft skin and smelling like fresh baked cookies.

Set Includes:

  • TARTE D´AMANDE Body Soufflé
  • EIFFEL POWER Lengthening and Fortifying Mascara
  • BÉBÉ DUETTE Luxe Lips Framboise and Hand Crème (1 tube)
Price: $45. See other Votre Vu gift baskets here.


Holiday Honey Gift Set

A nourishing body care set full of treasures from the beehive. The Apicosma Holiday Honey set brings together amazing body care products. This organic line of products is perfect for that friend who eats clean and green.

This set includes:

  • The Apicosma Ultra-Nourishing Body Balm 150ml
  • The Apicosma Extra-Rich Hand Cream 150ml
  • The 3-Nectar Honey Balm 15ml
  • An Acacia Honey Jar 50gm

Price: $55. See other Melvita gift baskets here.

MOR ‘Essentials – Neroli Clementine’ Duo

Neroli Clementine is enriched with hydrating oils and nourishing extracts, the formulas will leave skin feeling soft, supple and refreshingly fragrant in the fresh citrus scent of Neroli Clementine. Perfect for your hippie friend who has a soft spot for floor length skirts and may have a vial of patchouli laying around.

Price: $17

L’Occitane ‘Hand Cream Confections’ Set

Set includes: Lavender, Shea Date Bouquet, Shea Butter, Rose 4 Reines and Cherry Blossom Hand Creams (1 oz. each) These luxurious hand creams are perfect for everyone on your list.

Price: $40



The Ginger Bread Man

An exfoliating and hydrating scrub with a spiced, ginger scent. Perfect for that friend who is always showing a bit of skin.

Price: $25

The Body Shop

Spa Wisdom Japan Yuzu and Green Tea Bathing Salts

Wash away your cares and uplift your body and mind with a delicately scented serene bath soak that leaves your skin feeling cleansed and delicately scented. For your corporate pals who love to soak away their stress.

Price: $28


Divine Oil

A multi-use miracle oil is ideal for hair, nails, bath, and massages. Divine Oil is a unique alchemy of four extremely fine and evanescent vegetable oils. Great gift for your resourceful friends whose skirt may also double as a turban.

Price: $48



Kur: Nail Treatment System

A nail treatment system to improve nail care and health. All products in the system work in unison to repair, strengthen and hydrate the nail and cuticle. Perfect for the woman who stays on every nail trend.

The set include:

  • Restorative Nail Cream
  • Nail Hardener
  • Protective Top Coat
  • Nourishing Cuticle Oil
  • Strengthening Lacquer Remover

Price: $125

Island Spa

Cinnamon Clove & Orange Foot Care Gift Set

This is perfect for that friend that does everything herself, including de-boning a turkey with one hand tied behind her back.

The set includes:

  • 5.1 fl oz cinnamon clove & orange foot scrub,
  • 5.1 fl oz cinnamon clove & orange foot lotion
  • Toe separator
  • Pumice stone
  • Loofah

Price: $10

Jack Black

Clean & Cool Body Basics Set

A collection that includes four of Jack Black’s most popular body care products packaged in portable, reusable zip-top bag. Great for any guy in your life. Honestly.

Price: $56

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Turkey has been consumed, food coma followed, folks got trampled for Black Friday deals but now it’s time to sit back and let your fingers do all the walking.  It’s Cyber Monday, girls…so you know what that means. Digital deals galore. Get clicking!


DEAL:  H2O Plus Blockbuster Bestsellers Bag that contains 11 of H2O top selling products. A $72 value now $26.50
WHEN: Cyber Monday to the end of the holiday season (while supplies last)

Elemental Herbology:

A professional and home spa skincare range, Elemental Herbology combines bio-active ingredients with sophisticated technology and luxurious plant oils to create high performance, nutritious skincare

DEAL: Free Shipping on all order $40 and over plus free shipping

DEAL: Gift with purchase on all orders over $100 plus free shipping.

WHEN: Cyber Monday until 12/21


John Masters Organics

A luxury beauty line that treats the Earth with respect, John Masters Organics is dedicated to producing a full range of skin, hair and body products made with organic and wild-crafted ingredients from all over the world

DEAL: 25%  off the entire collection of all natural products. Use Code: HOLIDAY12

WHEN: Now until FRIDAY, 12/21


*Does not apply to the 35 oz. size products


Based on the scientifically founded teachings of Sebastian Kneipp, these holistic body care products work naturally using plant essences and other pure ingredients

DEAL:  Buy 3 full size herbal baths and get one free.

WHEN: Cyber Monday until  11/29

WHERE: www.kneippus.com

Shu Uemura

DEAL: 20% off plus free shipping on all orders over $50. Enter Promo code WISH2012 at checkout

WHEN: Cyber Monday through November 27th


Mally Beauty

DEAL: 25% off all face products with code 25FACE. Email subscriber receive 25% off all items online.

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.mallybeauty.com/cyber-monday

Votre Vu

DEAL: Free shipping on all orders + Free French accents mascara with every purchase

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.votrevu.com


A luxurious French-based line offering an innovative skincare collection worldwide, NUXE uses natural botanical active ingredients to deliver effective results for their customers


WHEN: Cyber Monday



DEAL: $25 off all purchases $100and up with  Promo Code: CYBERMONDAY

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.murad.com


DEAL: AHAVA will offer a FREE Extreme Night Treatment ($72 value) with orders over $40 with code CYBERTREAT

WHEN: Available exclusively on Cyber Monday (Monday, November 26th)

WHERE:  http://www.ahavaus.com/


DEAL: 50% savings on select luxury items

DEAL: 30% on beloved bliss and Remede bundles and sets,

DEAL:  20% on a selection of Bliss, Remede and Elemis products

WHEN: Offer valid November 23rd – 27th

WHERE: www.blissworld.com


DEAL: Shop the online version of Stila’s coveted LA Warehouse Sale. Enjoy deals of up to 80% off.

WHEN: Offer valid Monday, November 26th – Sunday, December 2nd

WHERE: www.stilacosmetics.com


USDA Organic line of skincare products. See my review here.

DEAL: 50% off all Nourish Products using promo core “CYBER” at check out

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.NourishUSDA.com

Super Goop

DEAL: FREE “Stocking Stuffer Kit” ($24.50 value) with every purchase over $40.  Inclusive of Supergoop!

WHEN: Cyber Monday


Mineral Fusion

DEAL: 20% off of the entire site PLUS free shipping on all orders  over $50

WHEN: Cyber Monday to November 30th



DEAL:  Shoppers who spend $100 will receive $20 off their purchase

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.beautybar.com

DEAL: All WrinkleMD products will be 20% off, and shoppers will receive free refill patch treatments with any WrinkleMD purchase

WHEN:  Cyber Monday until  November 30th

WHERE: www.beautybar.com

Dr. Dennis Gross

DEAL: 20-30% Off Jumbo Sizes

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.dgskincare.com

DEAL: Friends and Family receive 25% off with code FF2012

WHEN: Cyber Monday to November 27th

WHERE: www.dgskincare.com

DEAL: Free Vitamin D Serum – Oil with purchase of  $50 or more. Use code Cyber12

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.dgskincare.com


DEAL: FREE mark fashion and beauty gift set (valued at $72) with any $40 or grater. Use code MKCYBER

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.meetmark.com


DEAL: 25% off all orders, and a special *gift with purchase* for orders over $200!

WHEN: Cyber Monday

WHERE: www.LovelySkin.com

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

A holistic skin care brand among discerning consumers and celebrities, Dr.Hauschka Skin Care is comprised of 100% natural products that are formulated with only the highest botanical and mineral ingredients 


WHEN: Cyber Monday



DEAL: $100 off purchase of Tria Hair Removal Laser and Skin Perfecting Blue Light products. Use the discount code SHOP100

WHEN: Cyber Monday to November 27th


21 Drops

A thoroughly modern experience in aromatherapy that empowers, inspires and balances for a healthier, more creative way of living

DEAL: Free shipping n all orders



“Call Me Maybe” Singer, Carly Rae Jepsen rocked a sequin Gomez Garcia gown at the 2012 American Music Awards (AMAs.)  Celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow created Carly’s feminine, flirty look using a number of Votre Vu products.

Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Below Tina Turnbow breaks down the look:

I wanted to create a look that would mimic the softness and femininity of Carly’s dress, while still remaining sexy.  The colors on her dress were baby pink, teal, and gold – very feminine, but it was also very form fitting with an open back that gave it a little edge.

To prep Carly’s Skin, I used the Votre Vu Attentive Serum Delicat Pour Le Visage first and then the Attentive Crème du Jour over to provide a moisturized base for the foundation.

We wanted the focus to be on her eyes, which we wanted to reflect the soft/sexy contrast of her dress. First, I applied the Votre Vu Lingerie Pour Le Yeux to create an even, nude base for the eye shadow to stick to.  Then, I swiped a shimmery gold eye shadow by Stila all over the lid to match the dress.

To create the soft, yet defined look for her eyes, I lined them with the Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon in Charbon, smudged it up and out at the edges with the sponge tip to create a slight smoky cat-eye effect, and then applied a black liquid liner on top for more definition.  Lastly, I applied two coats of the Votre Vu Eiffel Power Mascara, concentrating more on the outer edges for a more feminine, flirty look.


On her cheeks, I applied the Votre Vu Vu-On Rouge Cheek and Lip Tint in Bouquet Rose, which gave a great natural, pink flush to her cheeks while not taking away the attention from her eyes.  For her lips, I lined them with a pale pink lip liner to lighten up the color of the Vu-On Rouge in Bouquet Rose, which I lightly brushed over to give more dimension.


Lastly, I set the whole look by the misting the Votre Vu À Votre Santé spray which doubles as a makeup setting spray.  Carly loved it, especially the scent!  It gave just the right amount of dewiness to her skin while ensuring that her makeup wouldn’t move throughout the night since she’ll be performing!”

What do you think of Carly’s look?

It’s not often I celebrate Bastille Day, being American obviously, but when given the chance to enjoy some great makeup in honor of the French revolution, I gladly say “oui, oui”.   And so on this day to introduce their newest makeup line “French Accents”, Votre Vu threw a truly Parisian party complete with Marie Antoinette wigs, Petanque courts and a mini guillotine.  Displayed on lighted vanity tables adorned with gorgeous pastel floral arrangements and delicate mini gold birdcages, the 8 piece makeup range is meant to be an extension of their popular skincare range.  “It seems only natural that once skin is made beautiful, you want to put good things on it”.

Adorable Eiffel Tower sunglasses
Gorgeous displays of product
Vanity Tables displaying the new French Accents Collection
As many cosmetic lines are reactive in their purpose, Votre Vu seeks to be proactive in their approach to skin.  The line is rich in anti-oxidants and various natural extracts, and made for the everyday woman who wants a simple routine with effective products.  With names that reference their French heritage such as: Eiffel Power mascara, Vu-on Rouge lip/cheek tint, Arch de Triumphe brow gel, Beaute en Bronze duo bronzer/blush, Belle Poudre loose powder, Lingerie Pour Les Yeux eyelid smoother, Love Me Deux tinted moisturizer, and Le Joli Crayon eye pencil, a morning routine is made effortless with such a concise range.  And who wouldn’t love to shave a few minutes off their morning face time, in favor of a second snooze button hit, or perhaps longer quality time with a favorite caffeinated beverage.
Arch De Triumphe
Vu-on Rouge
Lingerie Pour Les Yeux
Le Joli Crayon
Beaute En Bronze
Eiffel Power Mascara
Belle Poudre
Love Me Deux

Though I try and love all my makeup equally, I did have a stand out favorite from this line – the Beaute de Bronze duo bronzer/blush.  A matte bronzer is still rare nowadays, and when paired with a pinky-coral shimmer blush – it is the perfect cheek.   Always a sucker for good brow products, I naturally gravitated towards the Arch de Triumphe brow gel.  Using the angle brush to apply (which made it foolproof), the gel was extremely lightweight, bonding immediately to the hair but setting quickly and drying down to a great finish.  Following a great brow, I finished off my eye look with the super soft and water-resistant Le Joli Crayon eye pencil and Eiffel Power mascara.  I instantly loved the brush on the mascara, which was densely bristled and full.  An added perk was the formula contains cottonseed extract, which is great at keeping the lashes moisturized – beauty and benefits! Love.  A sleeper hit that pleasantly surprised me was the retractable powder brush, which was amazingly soft and buffed in the fragrance and talc-free loose powder flawlessly.  A swipe of the Vu-On Rouge cheek/lip tint on my lips gave me a subtle “bitten-lip” look, rounding out my uncomplicated and effortless look.  C’est Magnifique.

All products are available at Votre vu.com and range in price from $18 – $43.

I am incredibly passionate about skincare. Just take a peek at the innards of my medicine cabinet…. obsess much?

Around age 21, which marked the ceremonious start of my battle against adult acne, I embraced skincare lotions and potions with open arms. I have always taken great pride in the care/management of my skin. After all, skin is the body’s largest organ. While many facets of skincare float my boat and light my fire, two groups of products in particular have made the biggest impact on the quality of my skin.

1) Sunscreen

2) Peels

You all now that sunscreen is an absolute MUST for me. I have written countless blog posts on the importance of a daily stand-alone SPF product. In my opinion, sunscreen protects against a multitude of skin issues like pre-mature creasing, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and uneven tone

The second most important area of skincare, in my opinion, is chemical exfoliation….i.e. chemical peels, alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic peels, etc.

Earlier this year I wrote about my battle with hyperpigmentation and graphically detailed my process for ridding my skin of dark (nearly black) post acne spots. In the post I discussed the importance of at-home chemical exfoliation. Today I will elaborate on this most important step as well as highlight several products that I have used over the course of the year and ABSOLUTELY LOVE.

I have been d-d-dying to write this post for months and share with you the at-home peels in my life that truly ROCK.com!

If you’re not currently including at-home peels in your skincare regime, sister — you are totally missing out! Peels are incredibly effective at improving texture, increasing luminosity, reducing pore size, correcting uneven tone, and restoring skin’s overall brilliance. Even though I embrace a very complete and through skincare regime overall, I strongly feel that the process of chemical exfoliation is what has made the BIGGEST difference in my skin. Without sounding like a narcissist, because believe me I am not, my skin’s texture is incredibly smooth and brilliant…even when I’m battling a breakout. The pimple is there, don’t get me wrong…but the surrounding skin maintains a certain level of smoothness. And quite honestly, the surrounding “smooth” skin is what keeps me from slitting my wrists when I’m dealing with the routine dastardly cystic zits!

Over the last year I have had the pleasure of trying many at-home peels and I am delighted to share with you my faves! Each product mentioned below is ThisThatBeauty tested. I have used each for at least 4-6 weeks and honestly love them all. I whole-heartedly stand by my recommendations. My rationale behind listing several products is this: I wanted to recommend a variety of products based on various skin types, budget, ease of use, and regional availability (I recently had a Canadian follower email me regarding products that I recommend that are not available in her neck of the woods).

So without further ado, here are my current favorite, most effective at-home chemical peels. I hope that you will find a product that suits your skin type and budget.

For those of you (like me) who deal with the occasional acne bout, I very highly recommend Cane + Austin Acne Treatment Pads with 5% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid. This one-step acne/glycolic acid treatment is derived from pure cane sugar, which acts as an exfoliator to gently resurface skin while salicylic acid treats acne. What I love most about this product (and its sister product, Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads with 10% Glycolic Acid) is that the treatment is delivered in a single step. With many glycolic treatments, you are required to rinse or use a neutralizer. With Cane + Austin, you simply apply day and night and follow with a moisturizer. Super simple! A 30-day supply is $60.

ThisThatBeauty Tip: When I used this product for 30 days, I used the acne treatment pads during the day and the glycolic ones for night. Admittedly, I tend to overdue it…and I have a very high tolerance for glycolic products. You might choose to start slow with evenings only.

Talk about an unsung hero…I wish this product received more buzz. I first learned of Actifirm Z Peel a couple of NYFW’s ago and it sat in my beauty closet for months before I decided to give it a whirl. If you’ve got three minutes and ActifirmZPeel, you’re well on your way to brighter and smoother skin. Z Peel is marketed as a “smart” peel that targets specific areas and exfoliates only where you need it. If you’re sensitive to glycolicpeels, you might find this product of interest because it is said to mimic nature’s own exfoliation processes and does not cause excessive redness, scaling or irritation. Instead of glycolic, Actifirm Z Peel uses exfoliating enzyme from Japanese mushroom along with 14 additional botanicals. The formula also includes a soothing cocktail of extracted oils from lavender, coriander and Roman chamomile flowers.

ActifirmZ-Peel is sold in two at-home concentrations – 10% for those with sensitive skin and 15% for folks like me who always want MORE MORE MORE. In fact, I totally wish I lived near a licensed professional who does the professional strength Actifirm Z Peels peels (30-60%). I would absolutely do the occasional in-office peel! $66.30

Naturopathica Glycolic Refining Peel – I cannot say enough wonderful things about this product. In just four minutes a night, this potent exfoliating treatment lives up to its claim. It promotes more youthful and radiant looking skin by increasing cellular renewal. The potent alpha hydroxy treatment is balanced with the inclusion of soothing aloe verato cool and calm the skin. This refining peel contains a concentrated blend of five botanical extracts (bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange, lemon) that contain naturally occurring AHA’s like citric, glycolic, malic and tartaric acids. This one definitely tingles, ladies. The recommend dosage is four minutes per evening. If you’re new to AHA treatments, I highly recommend starting slow with about 1-2 minutes. $68.

For my “go green” girls, try this: jeune d’age organics 5% Glycolic Pumpkin Peel. I have written about this product before, as part of my Hyperpigmentation Series, but could not resist including it in my “fave peels” roundup (in case ya missed it before). jeune d’age organics 5% Glycolic Pumpkin Peel is an excellent product for individuals who prefer organic skincare. Click here for my previous review. Since my review back in May, the brand has launched new packaging! $23.95 *Discontinued*

Get the glow you desire with Votre Vu Nouveau Glow. Through a gentle blend of bergamot, healing bilberry, and AHA loaded citrus fruits like lemon, grapefruit and orange, the formula resurfaces skin without irritation. What separates this at-home peel from the other recommendations in this rundown is the use of highly emollient ingredients like Vitamin E, papaya extract and sunflower seed oil….making this peel deeply moisturizing and incredibly soothing. While the product is labeled as safe for all skin types, I imagine that more mature skin types will appreciate the hydrating benefits. $45

Continuing with the trend toward sugar cane derived exfoliants, Bambola Glycolic Sugar Cane Exfoliant is effective at accelerating the removal of dead skin, increasing collagen production, and reducing the appearance of slight facial creasing, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation. This serum also incorporates a balance of smoothing and soothing ingredients…Apple Acid is used to smooth and firm while cucumber nourishes and clarifies. $48

The name says it all. LIERAC Comfort Peel is a 2-in-1 daily moisturizer and face peel treatment. This ultra gentle formula contains time-released glycolic and salicylic acid which leaves skin deeply exfoliated and perfectly hydrated. The slow release of 1% salicylic and 4% glycolic acid optimizes effectiveness, while living up to the product’s claim of “comfort”. No tingling or burning sensations here! $52

Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel is a sure-fire oldie but goodie, and is widely available online and in-store via Sephora. The two-piece kit contains a 2 oz container of Lactic/Salicylic Activating Gel and a small 2 oz tube of Vitamin C/ Peptide Resurfacing Crystals. I love products that have a “participation” element and Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel satisfies. After applying the Resurfacing crystals to dry skin, the activator gel is applied over the crystals. From there a warming sensation takes over and a foam appears…this tells me that the product is going to work to break down the yucky disgusting layer of dead surface skin…and fresh, rejuvenated skin in en route! $65

I hope you’ve enjoyed my run down of my favorite “peels” of the moment. I tried to cover a range of products at different price points that work well for a variety of skin types – acne prone, oily, mature, dry.

Please comment and share your thoughts. Do you see a product that appeals to you? Have you tried any of my recommendations? Was this post over-kill with 8 recommendations? Do you feel there was something for everyone?

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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.

Lately I’ve been keeping up with the Joneses. No, not my highfalutin luxury car driving neighbors…oh no, not those Joneses…These Joneses:

I am referring to JONES magazine, the “insider’s shopping guide for women who know better.” As a woman who obviously knows better, I quickly replied “YES” to JONES magazine’s invitation to visit their NYC digs and learn more about the publication.

JONES magazine caters to fashion enthusiasts like moi, who share a penchant for what’s next! The shopping and lifestyle publication strives to be a resource for multicultural women who crave luxury, glamour, and trends.

JONESMAG.com (an incredibly robust web presence that’s managed by the Glamazon we all love to stalk – Jessica Andrews) offers a daily dose of fashion, beauty, shopping, events and travel advice.

Here is the delightful and beautiful Editor-in-Chief Tracey Ferguson as she walks a very lucky group of bloggers through the Fall preview of JONES

And here’s yours truly participating in the discussion…I’m likely talking up a storm about a recent beauty discovery.

For the complete scoop on the blogger mixer at JONES mag and exclusive pics of your favorite bloggers  in attendance, CLICK HERE

PS: Shouts to my Twitter boo @The GorgeousBlog — I bumped into her in the hall as I was leaving the JONES mag event…

With Fashion’s Night Out just ’round the corner, I want to share with you some of the spectacular events going on all around this great city of ours. Get ready for  complimentary make-up applications galore, stick straight blow outs, and lots of raffles and contests…Oh my!

Who: Thierry Mugler – Where: Sake Fifth Avenue

Thierry Mugler invites you to Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC during Fashion’s Night Out on September 10th from 6-11pm to view the famous Motorcycle Bustier as worn by Beyoncé for her I AM.Sasha Fierce album.  This legendary couture piece was first shown in the designer’s Prêt-á-Porter Spring/Summer 1992 Collection, worn by model Niki Taylor.  The same year, it appeared in George Michael’s iconic fashion-centric, supermodel-filled, music video for his hit song “Too Funky.”  In 2008 the Motorcycle Bustier was selected for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy” exhibit in New York.  It was here that Beyoncé fell in love with the piece and Thierry Mugler. Come see this true couture display of fashion and music history while receiving a special sample of Thierry Mugler’s legendary ANGEL fragrance.  Drops of gourmand scented heaven will be dispensed from a special sculpture designed by artist Ron Arad exclusively for Thierry Mugler. The sculpture is Arad’s interpretation of Mugler’s innovative Source concept which allows you to refill your precious ANGEL star bottle without discarding, and have a more minimal environmental impact.

For all the latest news and updates follow Thierry Mugler:

Twitter: @Thierry_Mugler

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ThierryMugler

Who: Warren-Tricomi Salon – Where: The Plaza Hotel

Join the Warren-Tricomi Salon at The Plaza Hotel for complimentary hair styles and updo’s to start your Friday night off from 6-8pm. While you are at The Plaza, you can also view the CFDA Incubator Project designs throughout the Shops. Musician, Corinne Bailey Rae, will be performing an intimate concert at The Plaza’s Palm Court. Following the concert, Joel Warren, Edward Tricomi, Douglas Hannant and Frederick Anderson, co-hosted with the CFDA and Shops at the Plaza, invite you to an after party in the Terrace Room from 9 – 11pm to celebrate this night of Fashion.

Who: Votre Vu – Where: Votre Vu’s customized Airstream in the Meatpacking

Visit the VuBAR, Votre Vu’s customized Airstream, in the Meatpacking District on Fashion’s Night Out! After testing Vu’s French-made, botanically based skin care with a Party Primer beauty regimen, have your photograph taken on the VuBAR’s red carpet and download them for free online. To finish off your VIP Vu experience, sample refreshing Votre Vu SnapDragon from an ice luge, enjoy custom Votre Vu pastries from an on-site pastry chef and much, much more!

Who: The Plaza Beauty – Where: The Plaza Hotel (New York City)

The Plaza Beauty will offer complimentary mini-facials, hand treatments and makeup touch ups to get you ready for your Friday night out! Meet the creators of top beauty companies such as Alison Raffaele and Kimiko and receive insider tips on how to create the perfect look for fall! Enter to win a custom-made hair accessory from Lucia Tristao Hair Designs and look out for exclusive offers that night from Miriam Mirani and Diego Della Palma. Afterwards, show off your new look at a concert performed by Grammy nominated EMI artist Corinne Bailey Rae hosted in The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel

Who: Pur Minerals – Where: Duane Reade The Look Boutique (Soho) (233 Lafayette St. New York, NY)

Join celebrity makeup artist to the stars, Jackie Gomez, for complimentary makeup touch ups from 6:00pm – 8:00pm with Pur Minerals. Gifts with purchase will also be available throughout the night from 6pm-11pm.

Who: Completely Bare – Where: Completely Bare (25 Bond Street, b/w Lafayette & Bowery New York, NY)

This Fashion’s Night Out, participate in a scavenger hunt-themed styling contest in multiple Soho New York-based locations called “Dots SPOTS.” Follow the clues and choose your favorite Dots pieces to create your own personalized look!

Meet back at Completely Bare and get a free Richie Rich vatoo, enjoy refreshments and have your photos taken on the pink carpet. Celebrity stylist Mia Morgan and fashion legend Richie Rich will co-host and judge your personalized looks! Winning looks will have a day of beauty and styling with Mia Morgan, a new Dots wardrobe and a trip for two to a tropical location! Proceeds will benefit the Family Justice Center, which helps victims of domestic violence put their lives back together.

Follow @Dotsfashions @completelybare @kingcollective on FaceBook and Twitter for more details.

The FNO list of retailers, designers, fashion and beauty brands is still growing! See below for a list of newly registered participants and visit www.fashionsnightout.com for more information.

  • A Little Wicked
  • A Man and a Woman
  • ADAM
  • ALDO (new locations
  • AllSaints Spitalfields
  • Andrew Yang & The Kouklitas at Barneys New York
  • Alton Lane
  • Ann Taylor
  • Atelier Minyon
  • Bara Boux
  • Barbie
  • Beyond 7
  • Bio
  • Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Bump Brooklyn
  • Callalilai Atlantic
  • China Doll
  • Chloe
  • Chouchounette
  • Crate + Barre
  • Derek Lam
  • Diptyque Bleeker street
  • Donna Distefano Ltd.
  • Dots (location change)
  • Downtown Doghouse
  • Eponymy
  • Ernest & Olivia
  • Fisch for the Hip
  • Flight Club
  • Flourish Accessories
  • Forever 21
  • GANT Rugger
  • Generra
  • Genuine Motorworks
  • George Esquivel at Fratelli Rossetti Store
  • Hayden-Harnett
  • Helianthus
  • Helmut Lang
  • Henri Bendel
  • In God We Trust
  • In&Out Different Beauty
  • Indique Hair International, Georgia’s, Polish Bar Brooklyn
  • Intermix
  • IRIS
  • Journelle
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Kingdom
  • Kotur at Saks Fifth Avenue
  • La Petite Coquette
  • Lauren Merkin
  • Legacy
  • Lululemon Athletica
  • Lululemon Athletica Brooklyn Showroom
  • Lululemon Athletica Lincoln Square
  • Lululemon Athletica Soho
  • Malawi
  • Meatpacking District Initiative
  • Meg
  • Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor
  • Modo Eyewear
  • Movado
  • Nasty Pig
  • Naturalizer
  • Nexus
  • Nigel Barker at Lord and Taylor
  • Ochre
  • Only Hearts
  • Original Penguin
  • Per-fekt Beauty at Henri Bendel
  • Petit Boudoir
  • Pink Slip at Grand Central Terminal
  • PomPom
  • POP Lounge/Burger (Ninth ave store)
  • Prabal Gurang at Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Prabal Gurung at The Shops at the Plaza
  • Rapha Cycle Club
  • Rizzoli Bookstore
  • Rony Tennenbaum 1964
  • Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Camrindy
  • Singer22
  • Sphatika
  • Staley Wise Gallery
  • Stella McCartney
  • Steven Alan
  • Subversive Jewelry at the Shops at the Plaza
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Tadashi Shoji at Bloomingdales
  • Teen Vogue and ASOS.com
  • The Brownstone
  • The Parlour Brooklyn
  • The Sao Store
  • The Touring Company
  • The Track and Field Store
  • The VIllage Scandal
  • Thomas Pink
  • Trunckshow
  • Trunckshow at Tea and Things of That Kind
  • Union Square / Grand Central Pop Up
  • Vagabondnyc.com
  • Victorinox Swiss Army
  • Votre vu
  • Wendy Mink Jewelry
  • Yael Sonia
  • Yigal Azrouel

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PS: Yes I am still rocking my extensions. Last weekend I took on the task of washing them and I think I did a pretty good job. I used (and highly recommend) Ovation’s complete line of hair care products for extensions.

Here are the products and here are my results…watch out now;)

This past weekend I re-up’d on my OPI Axiuum Soak-Off Gel Lacquer.  I have to tell you…prior to taking the plunge about a month ago, I was sooo apprehensive. My biggest fear was that I would end up with dry, brittle, weak nails. I researched Axiuum for months before deciding to get it done. I even talked with professional friends of mine like @LuxebyTracyLee, manicurist to the stars. Once TracyLee told me it was safe, I decided to give it a go…AND I AM NOT LOOKING BACK.

For my first time time I went with Russian Navy. The manicure lasted nearly three weeks without chipping. The color and intense shine stayed true.

My current OPI gel mani is Big Apple Red

OPI Axiuum Soak-Off Gel Lacquer is, as Martha would say, a good thing! I am addicted. In Kearny NJ near me, the mani runs $35….chump change for a perfect manicure that lasts nearly three weeks!

Have a lovely weekend…xoxo!


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