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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 Botanicals just launched their new Deep Repair Eye Serum (formerly 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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Friday
Feb122016

Eminence Rosehip Triple C + E Firming Oil 

Eminence has a new facial oil to tempt your beauty budget. The Rosehip Triple C + E Firming Oil ($110; 1 oz) is fortified with rosehip oil, sea buckthorn, jojoba, milk thistle and rosemary leaf to combat pigmentation and glycation, boost collagen and inhibit inflammation. 

 

 

Designed for all skin types, the non-greasy texture absorbs easily, making makeup application smooth and effortless. I also love the sweet neroli scent—this can almost double as a light perfume oil! Eminence usually nails the scent category when it comes to formulating their products and this one's worth a try. 

 

 

To locate Eminence spa and retail locations: eminenceorganics.com.  

 

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

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Monday
Feb082016

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30

I love how NARS keeps improving their tinted moisturizers. This time around, the new Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30 does a fantastic job with its sheer-medium coverage. Sometimes I get wary of using makeup products with a matte finish, but this one gives a soft focus effect with no chalky or flat finish. Hurrah!

Easy to blend with your fingers, there's no need for powder unless you have extremely oily skin. I also didn't see much shine throughout the day. Alaska (light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones) and Groenland (light medium with a neutral pink/peachy undertone) work best for my skin tone. I didn't see a huge difference between these two shades but if I get a light tan Groenland will obviously work better. 

The pigments are pretty concentrated, so start with a smaller amount for light coverage. The oil-free formula doesn't dry skin out or highlight existing dry spots.

Available for $44 (1.7 oz) at www.narscosmetics.com, NARS boutiques, and Sephora. 

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

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