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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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Monday
Feb012016

NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette

A Sephora exclusive, the NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette ($65) features four gorgeous blush shades as well as a full-sized bronzer and a contouring duet. Blush addicts will definitely lust after this seasonal palette!

You get the following colors: Paloma Contour Blush (pink beige/deep rose), Laguna Bronzing Powder, Icy Lilac, Sausalito Sunset, Shimmering Rose Peach and Fleshy Pink. I really adore Fleshy Pink—it's so perfect on me and Icy Lilac is great as a highlighter. Shimmering Rose Peach is super pigmented so use sparingly. 

The large mirror is helpful when you're traveling and the price can't be beat as you get a full-sized bronzer for nearly half the price. If there's a way to include a blush brush this would be a runaway hit. 

Available at Sephora and Sephora.com. 

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

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Friday
Jan292016

True Nature Botanicals Wellness Dead Sea Bath Salts

A great home spa companion during flu season, True Nature Botanicals just released a limited-edition Wellness Dead Sea Bath Salts ($48, 13.5 oz). 

Therapeutic essential oils of ravintsara, bay laurel, white pine, and myrtle are blended with Dead Sea bath salts. These precious salts were harvested from the southern part of the Dead Sea, which contain the highest amount of minerals. If you feel run down or just want to beat the winter doldrums, try this immune system booster soon! 

To purchase: tnbotanicals.com.

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

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Thursday
Jan282016

Clarins Multi-Active Day & Night Creams

Clarins has reformulated their popular Multi-Active creams and just introduced six daytime and night options. Whether you've got normal, dry or combo skin, there's a face cream made just for your needs.

Encapsulated teasel extract, organic California poppy, and myrothamnus work together to reverse daily skin stressors, fine lines, and early wrinkles. The new Multi-Active Day ($56) comes in four options: All Skin Types, All Skin Types SPF 20, Cream Gel Normal to Combination Skin, and Normal to Dry Skin. The All Skin Types is perfect under makeup; I have a feeling the SPF 20 option will be quite in demand. Two options are available for Multi-Active Night ($56): Normal to Combination and Normal to Dry Skin. 

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

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

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Friday
Jan222016

NARS Spring 2016 Lipsticks 

Two wearable Satin Lipsticks ($28) are introduced within the NARS Nouvelle Vogue spring 2016 makeup collection. Both are decidedly neutral to complement the bolder shades of the spring eyeshadows.

Rosecliff Satin Lipstick.

On my lips, Rosecliff resembles a nude pink. Banned Red has a touch of warm brown, making this a popular year-round shade. Both have excellent pigmentation and if you're running low on these lipstick shades, now's the time to stock up! 

Banned Red Satin Lipstick.  

Available at all NARS boutiques and www.narscosmetics.com

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

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