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Bath & Body, Beauty, SkincareVenus and Olay Razor

814FQALU8sL._SL1500_The word “girl crush” has become massively overused, but I can’t think of a better word to describe Chrissy Teigen, foodie, laugh-out-loud hilarious, beautiful model, and bulldog-lover. Her Twitter is a daily joyful read for me and her relationship with John Legend is the stuff cuteness is made out of. Most importantly–I trust her picks, whether they be for the best ramen in Japan (yea, she’s cool like that), a stellar recipe for eggs in ham cups (changed my breakfast game forever), life changing Google searches (Google “Tom Brady water slide” and you’ll see what I mean), and now: my new favorite razor. Leave it to this culinary school talent to discover a smooth razor that also smells like Creme Brulee: the Olay Gillette Venus razor.  With 5 blades surrounded by two solid conditioning Olay moisturizing bars that negate the need for shaving cream, this is the kind of razor your significant other is going to want to steal. The Olay bars work in tandem with the water from your shower to moisturize your skin for a close shave. And the flexible head that you can bend to-and-from, is just right for getting into every nook and cranny. So crush on with Chrissy and the Olay Gillette Venus razor.

Bath & Body, Beauty, MakeupBack to Basics

SW Basics Lip Balm Flights

I buy so many “big” name brand makeup and body care items that one of my favorite things is when I can discover a smaller, more indie brand that isn’t in every single store yet.  It feels like a great achievement, like I’m in on a secret that the rest of the world doesn’t know yet.  (Plus, it always feels good supporting smaller businesses).  My newest band obsession is S.W. Basics of Brooklyn.  All of their products are made in small batches by actual people (imagine that!) in Brooklyn and they’re ethically sourced with holistic ingredients.  It’s so nice to know that what you’re putting on your body doesn’t have any chemical or “bad” ingredients.  As the company says, their products are “super-simple, pared down blends of the absolutely essential ingredients needed for effective, truly all-natural skincare.”  READ MORE

Bath & Body, BeautyKiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk And Honey Body Butter

Sometimes you just don’t want to listen to well-meaning advice. Whether it be from your mom (“don’t date that boy!” “don’t major in English!”), your friends (“don’t date that boy!”) or your dad (“eh dating that boy won’t last anyway so do what you want to do” “you should really be socking away 30% into your 401k for tax purposes,”) sometimes solid advice, for whatever reason, elicits a ‘meh’ reaction. That was kind of the feeling I had about body moisturizers. It’s not that I want to have flaky, lizard skin. It’s more that I thought I was already covering my moisturizing bases, with bath oils, body scrubs, and other moisturizing, soapy products.

Well, it turns out I’d been hitting moisturizing singles and hoping they would make it to doubles or triples. But that has just not cutting it, with this season’s winter, balmy weather (insert appropriate baseball analogy here, as I got nothing.) But Kiehl’s Limited Edition Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter is helping me to achieve that elusive moisturizing homer, with a product that smells so luscious and scrumptious, that I slather it over my body without abandon. Erring on the sweet side, without being sickly, their body butter has the texture of a light, non-sticky frosting that melts and sinks deep into your thirsty pores. The fragrance does that hard-to-pull-off thing of reminding you of a dessert, without actually ever resembling one, so you never get that, “Why do I smell like a cupcake”-post-moisturizer regret. In collaboration with pop artist, Kenny Scharf who designed the Globo Mundo label, Kiehl’s is donating 100% of the net profits to charity RxArt, a non-profit that supports the arts in pediatric hospitals. So, batter up.

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Bath & Body, BeautyAtopalm: Winter Skin Savior

I don’t know about you but when my skin starts getting dry, tight, and itchy (aka winter time), I crave a no-frills, no-fragrance, serious moisturizer. All those fancy body souffles and designer lotions stop doing it for me when I find that they just don’t provide enough hydration during these colder months. And on top of that, often the fragrance starts to irritate my already sensitive skin. So the other day, I cleared out my vanity and dug deep into my beauty closet until I came across the body lotion sporting the most no-nonsense packaging I could find and decided to give it a try. Yes, I totally judged a product by its cover, but luckily the Atopalm Lotion that I found was exactly what I needed.

Atopalm’s Moisturizing Body Lotion is formulated with the company’s patented Mutli Lamellar Emulsion technology which mimics the structure of your skin’s own lipids to help restore the barrier system that locks in moisture. In addition to helping heal the skin, the product also includes traditional moisturizing agents such as grape seed oil and hyaluronic acid along with antioxidants and Allantoin for extra soothing. The lotion is light to medium in weight and absorbs very quickly without leaving any greasiness. Best of all, it provides immediate and long lasting relief, leaving me feeling nourished and comfortable in my own skin. High recommended for the colder months! $30 at Target.

 

Bath & Body, Beauty, HairGet Blousey

I love my lady scents, meaning florals and musk appeal to my olfactory senses too. But sometimes in the shower, I’m in the mood for spice, as opposed to sugar and everything nice. In times like this, I reach for Lush’s Blousey Shampoo.

Yes, the shampoo does contain some of the more traditional “sweet” elements like bananas, cocoa and capuacu butter. But what really distinguishes it, is the spiciness added by cloves and star anise, which gives the scent kick and dimension. It smells like a banana bread, baked and amped up by your cool aunt who travels the world and brought back spices from her last trip to Turkey. Because of the addition of solid elements like banana, the texture of the shampoo feels slightly more like a hair mask or frankly, like cake batter. But this just makes it easier to wash and completely coat your hair from root to tip. The bananas are so emollient that it makes your hair look glossy, bouncy, and alive. Because the shampoo is so moisturizing, it is recommended specifically for color-treated hair, but I suggest it even to my friends with non-dyed hair because it’s just that good.

Bath & Body, Beauty, MakeupCelebrate the Holidays With Laura Mercier

I’ve been obsessed with Laura Mercier’s Crème Brûlée scent for years now.  Many, many years.  (I’m aging myself here!)  I try and stock up whenever possible, but I’ve also been meaning to branch out into more of her other scents because I love Crème Brûlée so much, I couldn’t imagine that I wouldn’t love the others equally as much.  And I was right. READ MORE

Bath & Body, Beauty, SkincareEditor’s Vanity: July 2012

Bath & Body, Beauty, TechWorth the Hype

Standing in contrast to things not worth the hype (prom, 50 Shades of Gray, the comfort of Christian Louboutin shoes, actually seeing the Mona Lisa in person), is the Clarisonic Mia. I’m sure you’ve read the hype: it’s been endorsed by multiple beauty magazines and blogs, Oprah’s last “Favorite Things” giveaways, and even “Page Six” mention/pill popper/beauty editor Cat Marnell recommended it in one of her last XOJane columns (check out her review if you haven’t, it’s seriously funny.)

The Clarisonic has become such an intrinsic part of my nighttime routine that I’m not sure how I lived without it. It’s one, the best exfoliating tool ever used, two, a cleansing gift for lazy people, and three, has a brush head that’s soft like bunnies.  Like an electric toothbrush for your face, Clarisonic is a self-vibrating brush that oscillates at over 300 movements per second as you move over your face in automated increments of time. The brush gently beeps every 10-15 seconds to alert you to switch brush focus from your forehead to your cheeks, chin, and nose so that the entire cleansing process takes about a minute. Responding to demands from people who wanted a specific acne cleansing system, Clarisonic released a special brush head, with softer and slightly tapered bristles, to deeper clean pores and sweep out dirt.

And afterwards? Your skin gets that gleamy, luminous look, normally achieved only post-facial or post-facial mask. It’s noticeably soft after using it only one time. Since I started using Retin-A, my skin has been clear but somewhat flaky. A few beeps with the Clarisonic, buffs them out so that it becomes an even canvas. Yes, it’s undeniably pricey, but using retail math, the convenient rationalizer for all large ticket prices, it comes out to less than dollar per use. And isn’t that worth the hype?

 

Bath & Body, BeautySmell Like a Creamsicle

Most popsicles don’t have a scent, since high fructose corn syrup doesn’t emit any olfactory fumes. But the one exception are creamsicles, the dreamiest treat of the ice cream truck bounty.  With its creamy vanilla center and orange coating, its sweet, citrusy, warm scent is one of the best scent memories of summertime.

Borghese’s Cura C Anhydrous Vitamin Scrub perfectly replicates the creamsicle smell, with this Vitamin C-rich, water-free micro-scrub.  As the undisputed leader of body scrubs and masks, their latest is a luxurious, indulgent blend of shea butter, carrot, sunflower oil, and beta-carotene. With every magazine extolling the virtues of exfoliating prior to applying self-tanner, this is the scrub that will get the job done. I like using this after a sand-filled day on the beach, to keep my legs smooth and soft.

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