Stories for: Bath & Body

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.

Bath & Body, BeautyHow to Cool Off

Yes, it’s hot. Yes, it’s over a hundred degrees. Yes, it feels like the sun might burn a hole through your dress. But let’s mutually agree to put a stop to the weather chatter, eh? Being hot in the summertime is not exactly a revelation.

Let’s move on to what is a revelation: Whoosh, the newest shower jelly from Lush Cosmetics. It’s a delightfully, squishy-textured bath jelly that made out of carrageenan seaweed. You can keep it at room temperature, refrigerate it, or freeze it (my personal favorite) and it remains preternaturally cool, even in the hottest of temps. Scoop out a little of the triple-citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit) jelly gel and bathe like a Scandinavian. That is, enjoying the circulation-boosting contrast between hot water and cold jelly. When you add water, the jelly becomes a sudsy bubbly mix, bringing out the scent of geranium and rosemary. And yes, it perfectly combats the heat so you can put an end to that banal weather chatter, once and for all.

Bath & Body, FragranceKiehl’s Introduces New Aromatic Blends Fragrance Collection

If you’re searching for a unique new fragrance for summer, you’re in luck.  One of our all time favorite brands Kiehl’s just rolled out four new fragrances for its new Aromatic Blends collection- and it’s available exclusively online right now before a July 10 nation wide store rollout!

While you may not automatically think of perfume, when you hear Kiehl’s, fragrance has actually played a big part in the brand’s heritage.  The original apothecary opened with a number of fragrance oil blends and one of the brand’s iconic products is the best selling Musk Eau de Toilette. With the new Aromatic Blends collection, Kiehl’s takes the brand into a new fragrance frontier while simultaneously paying homage to the many scents that have always characterized the brand’s products.  For the launch, I was invited to the Kiehl’s office where we learned from the brand’s Vice President of Education that this is just the beginning for Kiehl’s and to expect many more new fragrances to be launched in the coming years. READ MORE

Bath & Body, Beauty, FragranceEternal Summer

For someone who doesn’t really like the beach, I have a crazy love for beachy fragrances.  I can’t get enough of them, especially once summer rolls around and they’re even more perfect for every day wear.  At the moment, one of my favorites is Calvin Klein’s Eternity Summer.  It’s a really light, feminine fragrance, but it’s fragrant enough to wear it during the day or at night – it doesn’t fade away immediately like some lighter scents.  I love the fact that it’s a fruity-floral – I’m not a fan of straight florals, but when you mix them with fruity scents, I almost always love them.  It has notes of Japanese Pear, White Peony and Comforting Musks, so it has a warm undertone that blends nicely with the pear notes.  It’s very fresh and clean and reminds me a lot of the smell of the ocean breeze during the summer.  Delightful!

Bath & Body, SkincareMoroccan Oil On My Body

Moroccanoil, the miracle hair treatment that launched a million copycats, just introduced its collection of luxurious body products and its lineup of chic orange and turquoise bottles have already made its way front and center in my bathroom. It’s not just that the packaging is so pretty- the stuff inside is just as delicious. READ MORE

Bath & Body, SkincareWe All Need Therapy

As in Therapy Systems new 24 Hour Body Lotion. I dare say it’s the best body lotion I used in 2011; and despite the $35 price tag, I apply gobs of it first thing every day just out of the shower. Here’s why:

a. The shea-butter-and-jojoba-oil formula make me feel like I’m living in Anthropologie (what is that delightfully citrusy yet buttery fragrance!?).

b. It actually “nourishes [my] skin with the lightweight feel of a lotion and the intense moisturizing benefits of a cream” — just like the description claims.

c. Its moisture absorbs quickly but actually lasts 24 hours.

d. It doesn’t clog my pores or irritate my skin.

e. I’ve had it for nearly a month and I’m only halfway through the bottle.

Gobs, I tell you.

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Bath & Body, BeautyTake a Magic Carpet Ride

When it’s cold, I’m rigid about using body lotion as much as possible to keep my skin hydrated.  My current favorites all come from Pacifica’s Magic Carpet Ride set.

For $28, you get three full-sized Body Butters, so you’re saving almost half of what it would cost if you bought them separately.  And the scents are amazing.  The three included are Indian Coconut Nectar, Tuscan Blood Orange, and a new scent called Island Vanilla.  Seriously, you guys, they’re fabulous.  I sometimes catch myself just opening the cap and sniffing the lotion even if I’m not putting it on – they’re that good.  (I make sure to do it when no one’s around, so I don’t look like a crazy person!)  The body butters themselves are delightfully moisturizing without being greasy or oily, and since I love to layer my scents, I really enjoy that there’s matching body washes to go with them.  I love finding favorite new products!

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