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Apr212016

THINX Period Underwear

If you've been wondering about all those period panties on the market, THINX panties might be the most absorbent underwear I've tried so far. Other brands work to a certain extent but they're not perfect. THINX, however, can retain a lot more liquid without staining and leaking. I'm pretty surprised at how well it works for me. Four layers of moisture-wicking fabric are lined with anti-microbial silver so you will feel dry and comfortable. For some ladies, this might even eliminate the need for tampons or pantyliners!

You get to choose from six panty styles, depending on the intensity of your flow. The thong ($24) is obviously for lighter days while the popular hiphugger ($34) is made for heavy days. I love the soft lace waistband as it's way flattering and very soft. As for laundering, just soak or rinse, then wash on delicate cycle like your other lingerie. 

For each pair of THINX panties sold, a portion of proceeds are donated to AFRIpads, an organization in Uganda that teaches women to make and sell reusable cloth pads. Read more about it here

Available at www.shethinx.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
Apr192016

The 59th SF International Film Festival

I always look forward to the San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5) and this year's lineup doesn't disappoint. The Opening Night Film, Love & Friendship, stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny in a period comedy based on the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan

Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny in Whit Stillman's "Love & Friendship," playing at the 59th SF International Film Festival. (Courtesy of SF Film Society)

Here are a couple festival picks:

Journey to the Shore - A missing husband's ghost returns home to take his wife along a journey in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's supernatural drama. As Mizuki meets her husband's former colleagues and friends, each character deals with their own story of grief, loss and loneliness. A gorgeous and melancholy trek across Japan's peaceful landscapes, this meditative and wistful film deftly weaves magical elements with seemingly quotidian life in modern Japan.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Journey to the Shore." (Courtesy of Sayuri Suzuki and SF Film Society)

Microbe and Gasoline - Michel Gondry fans will enjoy the whimsical teen road trip. The two young protagonists, Daniel and Theo, escape the stifling constraints of family and bullying peers by embarking on an ambitious trip across the backroads of France. The charming tale is a different spin on the classic coming-of-age story, delivering gentle lessons on life and a few adventures along the way. 

Michel Gondry's "Microbe and Gasoline." (Courtesy of SF Film Society)

For more info and tickets: www.sffs.org/sfiff59

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Tuesday
Apr122016

HydroPeptide LASH

I wasn't blessed with long eyelashes and have tried everything from lash extensions to false lashes. Tired of relying on superficial methods, I gave the HydroPeptide LASH, a natural lash and brow enhancer, a try. 

Formulated with three types of peptides, biotin, hyaluronic acid and folic acid, this non-irritating product helps promote thicker, longer eyelashes. More importantly, it's also drug-free so you won't have to worry about side effects.

I've tried this for over three weeks and I'm quite pleased with the results. You won't get a va-va-voom false lash effect, but you will definitely see noticeably longer, thicker, and healthier-looking lashes. Used nightly, the tube should last several months.

Available for $96 (.17 fl oz) at hydropeptide.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Wednesday
Apr062016

Clarins UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Tints

Now that the days are getting longer, it's a good time to stock up on sunscreen. Clarins has updated their popular tinted sunscreens with the new UV PLUS Anti-Polluntion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Multi-Protection Tint

Available in three shades (light, medium, deep), it provides sheer coverage. I love the light shade as it makes my skin look more even and matte. The lightweight texture is great for humid weather and oily skin, making it ideal under makeup. The formula also contains organic sanicle, cantaloupe, lampsana, white tea, and organic blackcurrant bud extracts to fend off environmental pollution. 

Available for $44 (1.7 fl oz) at www.clarinsusa.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
Mar292016

LURK Perfumes

Handmade in small batches, LURK perfume oils are blended with 100% pure essential oils, resins, extracts, and absolutes. Each fragrance is infused in a base of organic alcohol and certified organic jojoba oil, making these natural scents an obvious choice if you're thinking about trying natural perfumes. 

I got to try AS 01, a blend of cedar, tuberose and rose. The woodsy cedar definitely tames the floral aspects but it retains its dreamy and lush characteristics. I love the tiny 1/8 oz bottle as I can tuck it into any purse for touch-ups. 

Available for $55 at www.lurkmade.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
Mar152016

True Nature Botanicals Pacific Eye Serum

True Natural Botanicals just launched their new Pacific Eye Serum, their first-ever skincare product for the eyes. It's absolutely the best nourishment for the delicate skin and I'm way impressed with all the ingredients that are in the potent formula.

This nutrient-dense serum brightens, tightens, and reduces puffiness. Key anti-inflammatory ingredients (83% organic/wild-crafted) include healing seed oils of camellia, evening primrose, blackberry, carrot and cucumber. Tuberose stem cells help revive tired eyes, reduce dark circles and repair fine lines. 

Don't let the small bottle fool you—you only need one tiny droplet to completely cover the entire eye area. It should last for most of the year, and after using it for three weeks, my crazy dark circles have faded a bit and the fine lines are vastly reduced. Truly, it's an incredible product for your peepers.

Available for $90 (0.5 oz/15ml) at tnbotanicals.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Wednesday
Mar092016

100% PURE Facial Masks

With the massive popularity of Asian skincare, we're flooded with tons of options in the facial sheet mask category. That's why I wasn't surprised to see American beauty brands embracing this fun trend.

100% PURE, known for their well-priced natural skincare, recently launched two new facial masks. The Ginseng Collagen Boost Mask ($7; $29 for 5-pack) features a hydrogel material that contains 95% organic aloe water. It's also packed with Korean red ginseng, peony, licorice, Manuka honey and royal jelly to stimulate collagen production. The Green Tea Water Bomb Mask contains organic green tea, chrysanthemum, calendula, rose, cucumber, oolong and chamomile to soothe inflamed skin and dramatically boost hydration. 

Put it on for 20 minutes and your face will feel soooo soft. Fine lines are plumped out, and I didn't even use a night cream. I've tried other masks before and they have never shown results that lasted as long as this one. It's so good that I could still see and feel the effects the next morning. There's plenty of leftover serum in the package to last for a few applications. If the brand can make the serum in a bottled version I would totally buy it!

Available at www.100percentpure.com and all 100% Pure retail stores.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Mar042016

Clarins Spring 2016 Makeup

Clarins has a new spring makeup collection! First up is the Ombre Iridescente Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow ($25). Fortified with bamboo powder, musk rose, jojoba and vitamin E, these are gentle enough for sensitive eyes. Three shades are available: 04 Silver Ivory, 05 Silver Pink, and 07 Silver Plum. I like to use Silver Plum by itself for a smoky eye, or use both Silver Ivory and Silver Pink for a day look.  

Ombre Iridescente in Silver IvorySilver PinkSilver Plum

The Multi-Blush Cream Blush ($30) has one new shade: 05 Rose. This light pink is quite sheer, so it might be better for paler skin tones.  

Lips get very bright this season. The awesome Rouge Eclat Lipstick ($28) offers four spring-ready shades: 23 Hot Rose, 24 Pink Cherry, 25 Pink Blossom and 26 Rose Praline. Both Pink Cherry (cherry red) and Pink Blossom (dark pink coral) are perfect seasonal choices as the weather warms up. 

Rouge Eclat in 24 Pink Cherry25 Pink Blossom

And, if you want a moisturizing lip gloss, the new shades of Eclat Minute Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector ($25) are beyond gorgeous. Both 07 Toffee Pink Shimmer and 08 Plum Shimmer are flattering on all skin tones, making these a runaway hit. 

Available at www.clarinsusa.com and all Clarins counters. 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
Feb232016

Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner

Many years ago, a makeup artist friend told me to try the Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner ($15.60). I FINALLY got around to it, and I'm super happy with the results. 

Made with non-irritating and natural ingredients, this should work well on sensitive eyes. The applicator is a thin felt tip brush that's super easy to handle, allowing you to draw a very fine line. I'd say it's almost foolproof.

I tried the Black Pearl shade, which is a greyish black with a slight pearlescent finish. It dries quickly and didn't smudge nor flake. Removal is also super easy, making this my new fave eyeliner. Plus, you can't beat the price!

Available at gabrielcosmeticsinc.com and Whole Foods Market. 

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Tuesday
Feb162016

Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Voyage Palette

Makeup addicts can seriously travel with luxurious style with the Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Voyage makeup palette ($150). It contains every makeup essential to freshen up the eyes, cheeks and lips. 

A modern update on classic shades, the makeup is encased within a limited edition Animalier leopard print compact. Four basic eyeshadows (white, beige, dove gray, and black) allows you to easily go from day to night; a peach blush and illuminator will highlight the cheeks naturally. Two lipsticks (red and nude pink) complete the palette for a sophisticated look. 

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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