Blemish Fighters

I made some changes in my personal life earlier this year, and these changes have in turn changed my skin. I.e. I am getting ugly pimples on my face during that time of the month. Boo! So here is my list of Blemish Fighters that have helped get my skin back in check:

  • Cleanser with Salicylic Acid like these Yes To Tomatoes Facial Towelettes – I love using these right before I head to the gym… and after. Salicylic helps gently kill bacteria to fight and prevent those pesky spots. Also try this Clarifying Facial Wash from Earth Science Naturals.
  • Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask is a wonderful spot treatment; after washing your face leave it on your blemish for 15-20 minutes and then wash off. It’s also great for keeping pores clean around your nose.
  • Good ol Tea Tree Oil. I was so impressed at how fast this solution dried out a large pimple- gone in a day. I’m going to keep a bottle of this in my medicine cabinet ALL OF THE TIME. Here are a few more uses for tea tree oil– talk about multi-tasker! I suggest dabbing one drop on the pimple and watch it disappear.
blemish fighters

blemish fighters

Please let me know if you have other successful tips and products to try!



Nars Fall 2013 Collection

I swung by the Fillmore Street location this weekend to check out the latest goodies from Nars, and left with a new eye look that I never would have tried on my own.

Nars Fall 2013 Collection

Nars Fall 2013 Collection

This fall Nars is introducing two new Larger than Life Longwear liners, four shadows, two polishes, brow gels AND brow pencils.  I asked my artist Laura to introduce me to a new daytime and office appropriate look using the new colors.  This is what we came up with:

nars fall 2013 shadows

Laura took a yellow gold (say WHAT?!?!) liner, Las Ramblas and lined my lower lid.  Not inside the water mark, but under the lashes.  This created a bright and awake look when worn alone… but I was still a bit hesitant.  Then, with a flat concealer brush, she patted a beautiful teal shimmer shadow called Bavaria over the gold liner.  On my lids she swept a light wash of Bavaria, and then added depth along the brow bone with Yamal; a very gray putty color.  To polish off the look Laura added a coppery-brown liner to the outside corners call Via De’ Martelli.  This was such a unique and fun look for me, but not so over the top that I have worn it to work already!  To play it up at night I would deepen the Bavaria and the liner… maybe even go for a winged look.

nars fall 2013

Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream

BB Creams were all the rage a year ago, but now companies have introduced “correcting creams,” like this one from Supergoop.Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream

I must tell you, I’m jumping on this train more willingly than with BB Creams.  Supergoop’s SPF35 Daily Correct CC Cream is self-adjusting to match my skin perfectly, and I think the texture is more palatable than the BB creams.  It’s softer and blends easily into my skin leaving just enough coverage to even out skin tone and camouflage imperfections.  What’s also different with this CC Cream is that it feels more like a tinted moisturizer and not one bit like a silicon laden primer.

Similar to their amazing suncreens, the SPF 35 CC Cream includes skin-saving antioxidants and a PA+++ rating to fight UVA, UVB, and infrared rays!  In case you are unfamiliar with the PA+++ rating, this is the highest rating for UVA protection; those are the most harmful rays out there.

Another winning product from Supergoop!  Right now you can purchase it from, Nordstrom, Ulta and Birchbox for $32.

Travel Essentials for a Long Flight

Check out what’s in my beauty bag for a 16 hour flight today- yeah for vacations!!!

  • beauty bag for long flights

    beauty bag for long flights

    Yes to Cucumber Facial Towelletes – face wipes are the best invention for traveling.  Not only do they make cleaning your face incredibly simple, but you don’t have to get up to use the cramped and icky restroom on the plane.  No mess!  The Cucumber wipes are so gentle and refreshing.

  • Lumene Time Freeze Firming Eye cream – great for depuffing after an overnight flight and helps lighten dark circles.
  • Clarins Beauty Flash Balm – I’ve been reading about this balm everywhere lately; it’s quoted to be “the ultimate pick me up for stressed out skin.”  Of the articles and posts I’ve read, ladies love taking this balm on the plane as it helps rehydrate your skin from the flight while giving it a radiant glow.  Yes please.  I’ve been using it for the last week before my trip and can attest to the moisturizing properties and “glow” effect- lets see what she does after this plane ride.
  • Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist – face sprays are absolutely essential to travel in my book.  I love this one because of the calming effect that rosewater has.  The mist is simple and light and makes you feel fresh all throughout the flight.  I grabbed a travel size bottle ages ago and continue to refill it from the larger bottle.
  • Embryiolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate – a powerful moisturizer that I use when my skin gets irritated and patchy.
  • Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens– you never know when you could get oily!
  • Fresh Seaberry Restorative Body Cream – a favorite body cream of mine, check it out, it does a wonderful job of hydrating and nourishing skin.
  • Sample of Amore Pacific’s Natural Protector with SPF 30 for the morning when I land.
  • Eye mask, ear plugs, travel toothbrush and toothpaste

Have a Happy 4th of July everyone!  xoxo

fresh sugar shine lip treatment

Just wait- this is not a balm, but a GLOSS!  The first gloss in the Sugar Lip Care collection.

What a bodacious compliment the Sugar Shine Lip Treatment is to the tinted lip treatment balms.  Sugar Shine is an almost clear, super shiny lacquer that is packed full of moisture loving ingredients like sugar, mango butter, and hyaluronic spheres.

Wear it alone or atop your favorite Tinted Lip treatment for the ultimate in supple lips; I prefer it over Rose.

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

Summer Beauty Must Haves

Vacation time is in full effect now that July 4th is almost here!  Where is everyone going?  Hopefully somewhere filled with sun and fun and a few lovely cocktails.

Heading into the summer season calls for new products from head to toe.  Check out my Summer 2013 Beauty Must Haves:

  • Cleanser: Osea Malibu Ocean Cleasner is sincerely simple and I feel that it’s summer appropriate because of it’s star ingredient: red algae.  And simple is good; really good for my skin because the red algae allows for gentle cleaning and softening.  Your face is left feeling incredibly clean and fresh, not dry, and has no trouble taking off a full face of makeup.  All products from Osea Malibu are Vegan and therefore biodegradable… which is probably why it feels so good!
  • SPF Protection: The geniuses at Supergoop made preparing for summer weather EASY!  How?  Well they put together a City & Sand Sunscreen Travel tote that contains a super light and delicious SPF 30 Serum, SPF 30 Lip Balm that’s rich and hydrating, SPF 30 Face & Body lotion, and SPF 40 Antioxidant infused sunscreen.  You are automatically prepared for anything your summer adventures might bring you!  Another plus- all of these Supergoop sunscreens feel good going on and absorb fast so you are not left rubbing in a chalky white mess.
  • Hair: yes, don’t forget your hair!  Alterna’s Bamboo Beach line is awesome times one million.  The Summer Ocean Waves is my new favorite product to create that sexy-been-in-the-ocean-all-day hair.  This texturizing spray puts all others to shame because the Organic Bamboo Extract and Tahitian Coconut actually moisturize your hair while keeping it piecey.  That’s been my only complaint about other “beach wave” hair products- they are so drying!  What also rocks from the Bamboo Beach collection is the Sun Recovery Spray as it takes care to rejuvenate and uber-hydrate your locks after you’ve been in the sun or pool a little too long.

my summer beauty must haves

Trend Alert! Orange lips

Mac All About Orange LipsFor this summer it’s all about white nails and Orange Lips.  I picked up these two orange beauties from MAC last weekend to wear to a wedding with a bright blue dress.

I was SHOCKED that I liked the orange on me, but the colors I chose were subtle enough that I didn’t feel like a clown wearing them.   Not totally ready to commit?  Start with just a gloss!

Mac All About Orange Lips


My purchase:

Cremesheen Lipstick in Saigon Summer – a frosty orange

Cremesheen Glass in Rising Sun – beautiful bright sheer orange

Mascara Junkie in Orange

(taken after a VERY long day… hence the dark circles)