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
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:
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Good luck my lovelies!
Posted by janna Tags First Aid Beauty, Giveaway, Sensitive Skin, skincare
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
I know you ladies must think I’m jaded now that I get free goodies sent to me from the publicists. But let’s be realistic here… An addict is an addict. Do you honestly think I will ever get to a point where I look at my room (that’s right room) full of beauty products and say to myself, “I have enough?” Please. As a true beauty addict I simply cannot walk past a Sephora, apothecary or makeup counter without making a purchase. Sure, I can rationalize “it’s for my job” but we all know that if I was in a completely different profession I would be buying the same amount of products (actually I would be buying more because I wouldn’t be getting any freebies).
I blame my latest beauty binge on my friend Cat. She wanted to introduce me to her friend Connie McGrath, founder of Veer & Wander, a salon / apothecary in San Francisco. As soon as we walked in the door of the industrial chic apothecary, I knew I was in trouble. It reminded me of one of my former problem
binge spots — Woodley & Bunny — a Willy Wonka of an apothecary carrying independent brands in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Woodley & Bunny is dangerously located 2 blocks from the subway and I would ALWAYS find myself “stopping in” to see if they had anything new, even though my loft was in the opposite direction. Now that I’m in California I thought I would be safe from such temptation. Right…
As you know I was on hiatus this past week (I’m sure you were all crying into your compacts)… That’s because I was on my Babymoon (and no I didn’t just make up that word to trick my husband into taking me to Hawaii) for our last romantic trip before the bambino arrives. Now, you know how I feel about sunscreen so you better believe I went to paradise armed with an arsenal of SPF powerhouses and wide brimmed hats. Since I had just written the “Screening Sunscreens” piece for the San Francisco Chronicle a few weeks back, my beauty cabinet was stocked with a bevy of sunscreens per my choosing. Even though I brought four different body sunscreens with me on the trip, only Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50 Lightweight Foaming Lotion made it out of the suitcase. It was love at first foam.
There is something so divine about spreading a fluffy non-sticky air mousse on your body instead of a greasy oil or liquidy lotion. First of all, it is so much easier to keep track of where you’ve applied. Second of all, it just feels amazing. But, what’s most compelling to me about this sunscreen is that not only does it have broad spectrum “multi-layer protection from UVA/UVB rays and free radical damage,” it’s packed with a potent dose of White Grape Polyphenols and Vitamin E for antioxidant protection. Dermatologists have been quoted EVERYWHERE saying that by combining antioxidants with sunscreen you further protect your skin from sunburn-causing rays and dangerous free radicals.
I’m telling you this foam is the wave of the sunscreen future. The FDA is already scrutinizing sunscreen sprays and threatening to take them off the market because they’re worried about the sprays’ efficacy in properly protecting the body. You don’t have that issue with this fluffy foam. The Capital Soleil is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and it’s appropriate for sensitive skin so I slathered it on my face too. That’s right — my bitchy drama queen skin didn’t have a damn thing to say about the foam. I didn’t get even a spot of redness and the sunscreen protected my skin through hours of swimming and floating.
Trust me and go get your foam on…Posted by janna Tags Sensitive Skin, Sunscreen, Vichy
Whether your skin freaks out along with your moods every month when PMS attacks, or, you’re going through “the change” and in addition to those fun hot flashes your skin breaks out in redness, blemishes and bumps — changes in hormones are to blame. In my case (as you know if you’re a regular Beauty Binger) I’m 5 months pregnant so my skin has fluctuated from desert dry to blackhead bonanza in the past few months– who said pregnancy wasn’t fun? I FINALLY found a serum to calm my bitchy skin and regulate its dramatic mood swings — Eminence Organics Eight Green Youth Serum ($42).
This ultra-gentle serum helped my skin retain moisture at its driest times (prior to using the serum, my skin was literally sucking up skin oils and thick creams within a matter of seconds) and made my skin less greasy during oily times, shrinking those ghastly blackheads that have taken up permanent residence on my nose. I use it twice a day right after my toner before my thicker serums and creams (don’t forget: you should always apply your skincare products thinnest to thickest to ensure maximum absorption).
Product Info from Eminence:
A lifting and regulating serum for breakouts and hormonally-imbalanced skin. A powerhouse of organic phyto-estrogens work to lift facial contours and reduce the signs of aging associated with collagen loss, breakouts, hormonal imbalances and menopause. Concentrated whole plant yucca extract, vitex angus castus, algae and flaxseed absorb deep into the dermis to tighten and brighten problem areas, and plump loss of skin tone.
Skin Type: From oily to hormonal, dehydrated, dry and devitalized.
All I know is this serum is magical when it comes to hormonal havoc. Now, if only Eminence could create a serum to calm my mood swings… Baby steps.Posted by janna Tags Eminence, Hormonal Skin, Organic Makeup, Pregnancy, Sensitive Skin
You would be shocked how many brides have asked me if they should try a new hair color or get a deep cleansing facial a week before their wedding (Miller, you’re at the top of that list). What do you think my answer is? It’s always the same — “Are you fucking kidding me?” Ladies, seriously. We’re talking about your wedding day here. Do you really want to open up Pandora’s Box full of possible disasters?? Not on my watch.
Here’s the list of things you best not be doing within a week of your big day:
1. Getting a facial with extractions. I don’t care if it’s a deep-cleansing facial, anti-aging facial or even a sensitive skin facial. DO NOT GET EXTRACTIONS. NOTHING GOOD WILL COME OF IT. You’re risking a red splotchy face, pimples being coaxed to the surface, and possible scarring.
2. Getting any sort of acid peel or microdermabrasion. If you have really oily skin and you’ve done peels an/or microdermabrasion in the past then do them at least 3 weeks before the big day. If you have normal skin, STAY AWAY FROM THE AGGRESSIVE EXFOLIANTS! If you are getting a facial in a spa, ask the aesthetician if she has any fruit enzyme peels. If you’re giving yourself an at-home facial, try a gentle enzyme peel like AMOREPACIFIC ‘Treatment’ Enzyme Peel ($60) which gives your skin a brighter, more radiant texture without risking looking like you got caught in a chemical fire.
3. Start using a new retinol, alpha / beta hydroxy, or salicylic-based product. Unless you want to risk your skin peeling off in layers like a leper on your big day, avoid any aggressive new skincare products, especially ones that contain retinol, alpha / beta hydroxy acids, or salicylic acids. Think soothing products for the week prior. Slather your face in nourishing oil like Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil ($48) which is rich in Vitamin C and essential fatty acids, giving you a brighter, smoother complexion without the risk. Seal in the moisture at night with a sleeping mask like Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Mask ($45) , which happens to be one of my most favorite skincare items of all time. It instantly cools upon application so if you’re an idiot and you get too much sun, this is the perfect mask to slather on to take down the redness and irritation. I personally use it every night to soothe my bitchy skin and seal in moisture.
4. Change your hair color and/or switch colorists. Seriously? Do I really have to spell out why this is a bad idea? Girl, you should have thought of this a couple months ago. It’s too late now. You are risking the whole rainbow of bad outcomes by dabbling in a different hair color a week before your wedding.
5. Get your first Keratin Treatment or go to a new stylist. Again, the risk is not worth the reward. You could end up looking like Mommy Dearest took scissors to your hair. I’ve seen some badly singed, fried hair as a result of this straightening treatment. So buyers beware. And don’t forget all the experts say the best thing you can do is wear your hair in its natural texture on your wedding day to minimize the risk of frizzes.
6. Get a spray tan or try a new sunless tanner. Okay, this should be another no-brainer. But if you insist on having a little color for your wedding day you need to start testing spray tans and sunless tanners months before your wedding so you can pinpoint your exact natural shade. I can’t tell you how many Oompa Loompa brides I’ve seen walk down the aisle. I know I should be looking at her beautiful dress and face, but I can’t stop thinking about how she looks radioactive next to her groom.
So now you have the forbidden list. I don’t want to hear your pleas and tears when you break one of my cardinal rules. Now run along and be good little brides. Don’t forget to look for my final installment of Bridal Skin Care Bootcamp which will take you through your “day of” regimen.Posted by janna Tags Amore Pacific, bridal bootcamp, Bridal skincare, Facial, Korres, Tarte, tarte cosmetics
If you always seem to have an excuse as to why you have the audacity to leave the house without sunscreen, I urge you to check out my piece from yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle Style Section. I don’t want to hear your excuses! You guys always ask me, “what is the best anti-ager?” Studies unanimously show that sunscreen slows down the aging process. I know the photo below is small so click here to read the PDF of the story.
Happy Summer!janna Tags Sunscreen
Hello beautiful brides-to-be! If you followed my 6 Weeks Before the Big Day advice, you’ve already seen a dermatologist, begun oxygen facial treatments, and started a religious nightly skin care regimen. Now, with just two weeks to go before the wedding, it’s time to step up the skin care routine and SPOIL YOUR SKIN LIKE IT’S VERUCA SALT!!!
1. I will hunt you down and cut your veil if you’re not using at least a nickel size dollop of sunscreen every morning. The sun instantly dehydrates your skin, enlarges pores, and emphasizes wrinkles. So don’t think “Oh, I’ll just get a little color for the wedding and pay the price later.” Bitch, you’re going to pay the price when your groom lifts up the veil to see a leather raisin. I don’t want to hear any excuses either. I can assure you my skin is a bigger drama queen and I use COOLA – Face SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Matte Tint ($36) every morning after my moisturizer and my makeup goes on beautifully. Hint: If you’re using a chemical sunscreen, make sure you apply it first thing after you wash your face. If you’re using a mineral sunscreen like COOLA, it should be the last step in your skin care regimen since it’s a physical sunblock.
2. Put down and walk away from the Clarisonic. That’s right I said it. The Clarisonic is to be used only at night when you have makeup and daily grime to remove. Unless your fiancé licks your face while you’re sleeping, you don’t need any aggressive cleansers in the morning. If you continue to use your Clarisonic twice a day, you may end up stripping your skin and causing irritation. Instead, opt for a gentle cleanser like Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($38) which is super gentle and smells deliciously of cucumbers.
3. Incorporate a brightening and/or energizing serum like Eminence Eight Greens Youth Serum ($42) which is a revitalizing serum for dehydrated and/or oily skin. Bonus: It’s specifically made for hormonal issues so if your two weeks fall within the dreaded PMS zone, this serum will help get your skin on track.
1. Nothing makes your skin look older than tight, dry skin. So after you cleanse, spoil your skin with a hydrating mask 2-3 times a week. Use a soothing, moisturizing mask like Caudalie Moisturizing Cream Mask ($40) which will help tight, dehydrated skin and quiet down any redness and irritation.
2. If you’re suffering from oily or congested skin, incorporate a mud treatment mask twice a week that will gently treat by absorbing impurities and controlling oil like Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask ($25). If your skin is suffering an identity crisis, meaning it’s both congested and dry, then apply the mask before your shower and remove once you get out of the shower. The steam will help the mask penetrate but won’t allow it to dry out your skin.
3. As I said in the last post, slather on the oil and the creams! My face is so greasy from products at night my husband kisses me good night on my neck to avoid being slimed. I wake up the next morning to plumped, hydrated skin. You, my fair bride, better be going to bed with a face full of product too or, you guessed it, I will hunt you down and cut your veil.
Make sure you check out my next post in my Bridal Skin Care Bootcamp Series, where I will be giving you the “Don’t you Dares!” for the week before the big day!
Posted by janna Tags Boscia, Bridal skincare, Bridal skincare tips, Bride, Caudalie, Clarisonic, COOLA, Eminence, Fresh, Sensitive Skin, Skin Care
Brides-to-be ask me all the time about my skincare regimen before my wedding. Now keep in mind I’m not your average beauty addict so you can imagine my regimen was a bit more involved than most brides. But why take a chance that your skin isn’t going to look amazing on your big day? You’re spending all that money on a dress, makeup, and hair — you best put some of that budget aside for your skin! You need to start planning for your glowing skin at least 6 weeks prior:
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