I love guessing blind items in the gossip rags, but why should the tabloids have all the fun? If you see a celebrity commit a major beauty faux pas make sure you email me at email@example.com so we can run it as a blind item and help the offending celeb fix the issue!
Which gorgeous starlet, famous for her unique multi-cultural looks, who got her big break on a popular late night “news” show and now is gracing every red carpet because of her role on Aaron Sorkin’s “news” show, showed up in red carpet close ups with a face covered in glaring blackheads?? When I say blackheads, I’m not talking about a sprinkle over the nose… Let’s put it this way, they were so big and black, completely blanketing her forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, at first I thought they were freckles! Our starlet does in fact have some freckles but they’re tough to find in the oil fields. She also had an unhealthy dose of greasy shine to keep the blackheads company. GROSS!
So what should have our pretty starlet done prior to hitting the red carpet??
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Listen, I have always been a big believer in the value of a good cleansing cloth. There’s nothing more appealing after a late night of debauchery than collapsing into your comfortable bed, not having to worry about a thing except maybe whether or not to make the enormous effort of laboring out of your SPANX. Before you close your mascara-coated eyes you remember to grab a cleansing cloth from your nightstand and remove your makeup. Perfect, right?
Well... For people with normal skin it’s perfect, for people like me who have ultra-sensitive drama queen skin if I use a typical cleansing wipe I wake up to redness, bumps and whiteheads. Talk about a walk of shame… Gross! So I’ve never been able to indulge much in the “I don’t have to wash my face because I can just use a cleansing cloth” lifestyle.
The only reason I rolled the dice by trying the Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes is because I know all Atopoalm products are specifically made for easily-irritated, sensitive skin. I’ve used both their Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream and Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam when my skin was having a temper tantrum and both products definitely helped calm everything down. Their cleansing wipes are no different. I only need one wipe to take off a full face of makeup and it leaves my skin soothed and hydrated.
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I stumbled onto this happy little product after I raided the Lauder Company Store and bought a skin sampler of Bobbi Brown’s EXTRA skincare line. The other products were nice but nothing to make me continuously feel the softness of my face (which is an obvious no-no since I should never touch my face) or obsessively keep taking in deep inhalations of the delicious aromas of the magical little jar. To be quite honest, very few products make the short list (Decleor Aroma Night Neroli Essential Night Balm is really the only product that comes to mind) of excelling in both categories.
The Bobbi Brown EXTRA Balm Rinse looks like frozen orange juice in a jar, with a thick, slightly gritty texture that melts with the warmth of your skin (you apply it to dry skin). It smells strongly of a fresh citrus puree (YUM). I am so obsessed with this product that it’s made cleansing my skin a daily spa ritual (okay, twice daily). I know practically speaking (It’s kind of pricey at $55 a jar; and I’m not known for using products sparingly), I should only use this at night when I have makeup and grime to remove, but my GOD how do I resist the urge to waking up to smelling fresh citrus puree? This product is probably to blame for me being 10 minutes late to work the past few weeks. I take my time rubbing the balm into my skin, allowing the scents and oils to escape, giving my face a little mini-massage. When it comes time to rinse, I splash my face with cool water and then take the rest off with a cool water-soaked cotton pad, leaving my skin clean, soft, and hydrated.
I know I won’t be able to keep up these twice-daily antics in the summer since I won’t be needing all that extra moisture, but something tells me I will probably keep the pretty jar on my shelf so at least I can breath in the sunshine every morning.Posted by janna Tags Bobbi Brown, Cleanser, skincare
No three words could make me happier (besides “I love you” from my husband obviously) than “Friends and Family,” especially when they apply to one of my favorite stores or brands, in this case Bobbi Brown. You don’t even need a code! Simply visit BobbiBrown.com April 16th – 18th and the 20% discount will automatically be applied at checkout. There is also free shipping after you spend $65. So what should you buy? The better question is what shouldn’t you buy. Bobbi Brown is definitely one of the most consistently strong brands across color and skincare. My top three favorites:
1) Bobbi Brown EXTRA Balm Rinse: For those of you who follow my blog, you know I call this cleanser liquid sunshine. It’s smells like fresh oranges and has this wonderful sticky consistency that lathers when you add water. I put it on a dry face and then gradually add water to lather, and then rinse with lukewarm water. If I’m removing makeup, I’ll use a wet cotton round to swipe my face after rinsing.
2) Creamy Concealer Kit: Maria always gets mad at me when she’s doing my makeup and I’m out of this concealer kit (you’d think I’d learn to buy multiples). She’ll start rummaging through my makeup muttering, “Where’s that little kit with the powder? How are you always out of this?” The creamy concealer covers everything from puffiness and dark circles to broken capillaries and blemishes. The accompanying powder sets it beautifully without looking cakey or powdery.
3) Eye Shadow in Shell, Black Plum and Sable: I love the silky feel of these matte shadows. They blend beautifully and drop a lot of pigment. Shell is a flesh colored pale pink I use all over my lid. Black Plum is a rich dark plum I use in the crease or to create a dramatic smokey eye (plum is a great smokey color for blue eyes). And I use Sable, a medium brown, to blend into my crease for a day look, or to lighten up an over-smoked eye.
I’m also a big fan of her Shimmer Brick in Bronze for highlighting, and I hear her Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara is to die for. (Since I wear eyelash extensions I can’t test mascaras. Yes, I have a rough life.) Don’t forget the binge starts Monday, so use this weekend wisely to start making a wish list. Happy Binging!
Posted by janna Tags Bobbi Brown, Cleanser, Concealer, Eye Shadow, skincare