I know, I know… I promised that I wouldn’t become a dreaded mommy blogger now that I have a baby. BUT… It’s my duty to share with you my latest skincare love affairs. And, if said beauty product of my affection just so happens to be effective on both my bitchy sensitive skin and my 7-week-old baby, you should probably take note.
I’m not sure why it took me so long to try Egyptian Magic. I know I’ve read over the years that celebrities like Kate Hudson, Brooke Shields, Rachel Zoe, and Nicole Richie swear by the stuff for its “healing powers” for dry skin. I’m pretty sure Sephora used to carry it as well. What got me to finally take the leap was a trip to Costco. Yeah, that’s right Costco. You would be shocked at the treasures you would find in their beauty aisles.
So I went ahead and bought the set, which includes the 4 oz. and 2 oz. jars. I went home and did a little research and found that not only is Egyptian Magic touted as a “miracle balm” for dry, sensitive skin, but it can also be used as a baby cream and diaper cream. The all-natural balm is made with only six ingredients — Honey, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis. No additives, preservatives, fragrances, chemicals or parabens. I use it every night as a sleeping moisture mask and I slather it on Baby Stella’s little body and her face after baths. (She loves a good massage just like her mommy) Not only has her dry skin gone away but her (gasp!) hormonal breakouts disappeared after a couple uses of the Egyptian Magic.
According to their website, the balm can also be used as an eye gel, a hair masque, burn and wound relief, and a shaving balm. I personally think it’s a bit pricey to use as a hair masque, but I can get why it would be good for the tresses. Unfortunately it does have one of those thick creamy consistencies that can be really addictive. It takes every bit of restraint for me to not stick my whole hand in the jar and scoop out enough to hydrate the neighborhood. Of course if I have a moment of weakness I can always steal Baby Stella’s jar… JOKES!
P.S. Do not buy Egyptian Magic on Amazon, Ebay or in China Town! There are tons of counterfeits out there. You can buy it direct from them here.
Come on, how great does Baby Stella’s skin look???
Posted by janna Tags Dry Skin, Egyptian Magic, Sensitive Skin, skincare
Happy Black Friday, everyone! I would be remiss (and slightly selfish) if I didn’t share with you my holiday gift guide I did for Huffington Post. I was so bored with the standard gift guides so I decided to change it up and go for a more honest approach — create a gift guide for everyone in my life including myself. So check it out and go Black Friday crazy!
Click here to read gift guide —> “The (Slightly) Selfish Holiday Beauty Gift Guide”janna Tags Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Sets, Huffington Post
The Only Thing to Stop Me From Eating Too Much Pumpkin Pie: Naturopathica Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel
Happy Thanksgiving, lovelies! Listen, we all know Thanksgiving is a time for thanks and family, but let’s be honest — it’s also about the feast! If you’re anything like me, you’re a whore for desserts so you carefully ration your turkey and stuffing intake to ensure you save room for pumpkin pie. My problem — I end up eating more than the standard portion. There, I said it. I have a pie problem, especially where pumpkin is concerned.
So in order to minimize my caloric intake, I try and satiate my pumpkin pie craving while gently exfoliating and decongesting my skin with Naturopathica Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel. I cleanse my skin before I shower and then apply the enzyme peel mask and leave it on in the shower. The steam from the shower helps activate the enzymes. This exfoliating mask is gentle yet effective — I was even able to use it during my pregnancy.
PUMPKIN: This is an exfoliation accelerator, a powerful antioxidant, and a mild retinoic acid substitute.
PUMPKIN ENZYMES: These help break down dead skin cells for a soft, smooth finish.
CINNAMON BARK, OREGANO & ROSEMARY EXTRACT:A potent trio of antiseptic herbs.
So hopefully by using this mask I will resist my powerful urges to shovel pumpkin pie in my face. Now if only Naturopathica made an apple pie-scented mask…
Have a wonderful holiday!Posted by janna Tags Exfoliant, Exfoliating, Naturopathica, skincare
…And her name is Stella Rose!
For those of you who feel completely abandoned by me, cursing my good name… How can you stay mad at me when you see my adorable excuse? Of course maybe I’m being narcissistic and you didn’t even notice I’ve been gone. Either way… The cute little princess in a tutu has taken up a great deal of time, but I’m ready to get back to beauty business!
Now, don’t worry… This isn’t going to turn into a mommy blog (though I do have a cute “Mommy and Me” skincare story). I’m just as bitchy as ever. Don’t believe me? Well, you obviously haven’t been reading my E! Entertainment Beauty Police column. I’ve been back with Beauty Police since last Monday and let’s just say I’ve been writing more “Beauty Bailouts” than “Get the Looks”.
So keep your eye out for more Beauty Binge posts and keep reading my E! Beauty Police for snarky commentary and makeup how-to’s. Binge on, lovelies!Posted by janna Tags Beauty Police, E!
Forget Rice-A-Roni and Ghirardelli Chocolates, the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental is the true San Francisco treat. It seems like it’s always tough for urban luxury hotels to create a real “destination spa” environment when they are confined to a vertical building. Based on the names and prices, I have gone to many top luxury hotels in major cities and expected great things. But instead I have been underwhelmed by spas that were obviously jammed into a few renovated hotel rooms.
So you can imagine I wasn’t expecting Shangri-La when I visited the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco. Of course I should have known better. When I lived in New York City, I was a huge fan of the Mandarin Oriental Spa New York, but that spa is in a different hemisphere. Of course I had thoroughly examined the website and knew San Francisco wouldn’t have the same extras (like the Vitality Pool or Amethyst Crystal Steam Room )that are featured in NYC’s larger location.
Frankly, once those elevator doors opened I didn’t need any extras… I felt instantly transported to an exotic luxury spa, perhaps in Bali or Thailand. The ceilings are sky high (so in other words, the Mandarin didn’t break my cardinal sin of taking over a few hotel rooms) and the reception area has two dimly lit areas with sumptuous and silky seating areas.
As soon as I approached the reception desk, I was told to make myself comfortable while the attendant brought me delicious tea and a warm towel to begin my “journey.” He took my street shoes and replaced them with spa slippers. Pure class.janna Tags Luxury Spa, Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, Spa Slut
That’s it. All my other lipsticks are going on the Velveteen Rabbit shelf. Why would I wear a lipstick that could dry out my lips or disappear after an hour when I could wear super creamy, ridiculous pigment, and long-lasting Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream ($28)? Ladies, I know I sound like a commercial but I can assure you I’m not getting paid (though I would certainly appreciate a life time supply of product). I’m seriously in love with this stuff.
One of the perks of being the writer of E! Online Beauty Police is I get sent tons of beautiful makeup for possible inclusion in my columns. Bite’s publicist sent me the Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Muscato and I immediately slicked it on (obviously I insist on testing every product I recommend) to see how it looked. I wasn’t expecting sparks since I’ve always been a lipstick vs. lip gloss girl, but this is no lip gloss my friends. It is a rich pigmented cream that applies with precision, doesn’t feather, and lasts for hours and hours.
The true test — my baby shower. 11:30 AM I applied the lip cream after lining my lips with Bite Beauty Contour Lip liner Cabernet ($24) (by the way, I was SO confident in the lip cream’s ability to perform I didn’t even fill in my lips with the liner. I knew this lip cream wouldn’t budge and dare leave me with just a lip liner outline). For the next five hours, that’s right five hours, I talked my head off, drank several glasses of water, stuffed my face with enough food to feed a football team, and when I looked in the mirror at 4:37 my lips looked the exact same as when I first applied the lip cream.
That my lovelies, is what we beauty addicts call pure magic.Posted by janna Tags Bite Beauty, lip cream, lipstick, Sephora
For those of you who’ve read Beauty Binge from the beginning you know I worship at the house of First Aid Beauty. I find that it’s one of the only skincare brands that acts as a Valium to my overly sensitive drama queen skin. Um, thank GOD for their Ultra Repair Cream during my pregnancy. At first I was hesitant to waste that fluffy hydrating goodness on my body… But, when my belly and legs got attacked by a bad case of the pregnancy itchies, I found the Ultra Repair was the only cream that managed to calm my skin and prevent me from lighting it on fire. I was also worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up any kind of anti-aging regimen while I was pregnant but after doing some research I found the Dual Repair line was safe for mommys-to-be. So I use the Dual Repair Power Serum every day before my moisturizer. Everyone wins.
Okay, enough about me…
Let’s talk about how you can win some products! First Aid Beauty is giving away over $600 worth of products in their “Fab to the Rescue Sweeps”. Here are the prizes:
- 1 Grand Prize: $300 prize pack including Ultra Repair Cream, Oatmeal Mask, Facial Radiance Polish, Dual Repair Eye Cream, and more!
- 2 Runners Up: $150 prize pack including various First Aid Beauty Products
To enter, either click the photo above or follow this link: http://on.fb.me/1aliIqe
Good luck my lovelies!
Posted by janna Tags First Aid Beauty, Giveaway, Sensitive Skin, skincare
I know we are only three days into NYFW SS 2014 but I’m already loving on some of the makeup looks that are being sent down the runways. The good news? Most of the looks are totally wearable off the runway and flatter most skin tones.Here are a few of my favorites:
Creatures of the Wind SS’14 – Lead Makeup Artist: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
It’s such a myth that you always have to spend a lot of money to get good cosmetics and skincare… There are treasure troves full of well-performing drugstore products that rival their most expensive department store competition. But then sometimes they don’t… Occasionally I’ll find that even though the drugstore brand is good, the department store brand is better — way better. So how did the Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Precision Pen ($30) measure up to L’Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ($8.99)? Let the battle of the long-wearing black felt-tip eyeliner pens begin! For those of you who love a good winged cat eye but you’re terrified you’ll mess it up, you’re about to find your new baby.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Precision Pen ($30): This long-wearing liquid liner just looks expensive. In fact, it reminds me of a lighter Mont Blanc pen. The color is a deep, rich black and flows continuously without fading or running. I’ve never experienced such a precise, fine tip, yet if you press the pen tip harder your line will get thicker. It literally lines like a calligraphy pen. The downfall? Of course there’s a downfall… It stayed on too well and lasted too long. After trying to remove it with several Q-tips full of waterproof eye makeup remover I simply gave up. Every night I tried to get more off and it became a terrifying tar that came off in chunks. After three days I was free. Now, keep in mind because I have eyelash extensions I’m very limited in what I can use as eye makeup remover. I’m not allowed to use any oil-based products so I can’t vouch for how an oil-based waterproof makeup remover would perform.
Verdict: Unless the removal process is worth it to you because you’re attending a day wedding, a rave, an outdoor concert, or you’re a working actor who needs her makeup to last 16 hour days, despite all it’s strengths, I would skip this one.
L’Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ($8.99) This long-wearing liquid liner pen is by far the best drugstore version on the market. In fact, I think it beats quite a few of the department store brand versions as well. While it doesn’t have the exact fine tip of the Marc Jacobs pen, it’s pretty damn close. Just like the Marc Jacobs pen you can press harder to create a thicker line. The color comes out in a rich black (though the MJ black is slightly richer) and does not fade, run, or flake. It gives a precise, smooth application and allows you to easily create winged eyes. The downfall? It’s advertised as lasting 12-hours. I would say it starts fading at around 6 hours. Now, for someone like me who goes out for 3-4 hours max to a dinner with my husband or a party, this is the perfect eyeliner because I don’t want it to last any longer.
Verdict: If you’re looking to wear this eyeliner to work, keep in mind it’s going to fade before your mid-afternoon coffee buzz. If you’re like me and you just want to use it to create a nighttime look, this is the perfect eyeliner pen.
Coming Soon: Keep your eyes out for a review of the entire new Marc Jacobs Beauty Makeup collection.Posted by janna Tags Drugstore Cowgirl, Drugstore Makeup, Eyeliner, L'Oreal, Liquid Liner, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Steep vs. Cheap, Winged Eye
We all love summer… no denying that. What we don’t love is the havoc it wreaks on our skin. Whether the humidity is breeding more oil fields than Texas or the chlorine and salt water are making your skin dry and irritated, nothing makes you wish for Fall faster than a skin temper tantrum. Or, if you’re like me, your skin is a total walking identity crisis — dry and uncomfortable yet still being invaded by blackheads and blemishes. No bueno.
In my constant search to set my bitchy skin right, I was blessed by a publicist who sent me the Zensation Healing and Soothing Mask ($85). This magical mask instantly talked my skin off the cliff — toning down redness, smoothing, softening, and absorbing oil. Oh, and it smells like you’re walking through a French garden after the rain. Delicious.
Healing & Soothing Mask features several ingredients with soothing and hydrating properties that are ideal for irritated skin. With its rich mixture of Carnuba Wax, Bee’s Wax, Shea Butter, Natural Glycerin and Provitamin B5, the Healing & Soothing Mask completely moisturzies, softens and smooths delicate skin. Adding Witch Hazel Floral Water, Buddleja and Masterwort gives the product a wonderful toning and invigorating effect. Lavender Essential Oil and Tea Tree Oil leaves your skin feeling fresh and re-energized.
I recommend this mask at night after a day in the sun and heat. If you find that you just can’t make time for a mask, wash your face before you shower, apply the mask, and then wash off when you’re done with the shower. The steam will help the ingredients penetrate. Good luck my lovelies, and don’t let your skin bully you this summer!
Posted by janna Tags Anti-Redness, Dry Skin, irritated skin, Moisture Mask, Sensitive Skin, Zensation