Posts Tagged ‘Kate Somerville’

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Podcast: Winter Makeup and Skincare Survival

Tune into the My Beauty Binge podcast this week to hear tips and ideas on how to care for your skin during the harsh winter months. Also, learn a few makeup tricks from NY-based makeup artist extraordinaire Maria Luxen, founder of Makeup Mayhem, on how she ensures her makeup always looks flawless despite the wind and snow.

Beauty Podcast

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Beauty Binge on News10 ABC Sacramento: Skincare and Makeup to Rid You of the Winter Blahs

Hello, my lovelies! I recently returned to News10 ABC Sacramento to bestow my beauty knowledge. For the first segment I talked Winter Skincare Tips and for the second segment I shared my favorite multi-tasking makeup that will help you battle even the coldest of winters.  You will find links to all the products I mentioned below the clips. Enjoy!

Winter Skincare Tips (If the video isn’t working for you, click here)

 
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

3 Most Coveted Beauty Products Sent By Publicists

We all know I’m spoiled… I get tons of products sent to me by publicists for consideration.  I test them all — hating some, liking others, and coveting a select few. When I say “covet” we’re talking about products that will permanently become part of my personal regimen and be re-bought again and again. People always ask me, “What are your favorite products?” Here’s a good place to start:

1. Kate Somerville ‘Dermal Quench Liquid Lift’ Advanced Wrinkle Treatment  ($95): I’m a huge fan of in-spa oxygen facials and this treatment seems to mimic the instant smoothing effects of an oxygen facial and still manages to reduce redness and fine lines over-time.  I had two consistent dry patches on my cheeks that were softer after Day 1.  It’s also perfect for pre-event regimens since it has temporary wrinkle-relaxing PFC- carriers to relax facial muscles.  Read my original review here.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Making Your Morning Skincare Routine into the Ritual it Deserves to Be

I know I’m supposed to be writing about simplifying beauty. And I get that.  I know there are tons of women out there who don’t have a ton of time to devote to skincare.  I don’t have children yet, and as of a little over two months ago I am writing full-time (okay “full time” may be stretching it), so I have plenty of time to sit on my little vintage tangerine-colored stool and play with all my toners, creams, and serums, lined up like good little soldiers on their pedestals (where they belong).  So yes, I will admit my AM skincare routine isn’t exactly “routine.” Before I even sit down at my tangerine stool, it takes me a good ten minutes to cleanse my skin with the Bobbi Brown ‘Extra’ Balm Rinse  ($58).  I give myself an intense facial massage, enjoying the sensation of the thick balm melting into a butter as I massage it in small circles all over my face.  Every now and then I’ll stop and cup my hands around my nose and slowly  inhale the pungent citrus scent.  Ahhh…

Then once I get to my little skincare station (see above photo), I could spend a good 15 minutes doing a a basic routine or 30 minutes to go the extra mile and give myself a mini-facial.  If I’m testing products, forget about it. I could be there all morning!

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Splurge: Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift

Today’s Sunday SplurgeKate Somerville ‘DermalQuench Liquid Lift’, retails for $95.  I know $95 is pretty on par with quality serums, but I decided to make the DermaQuench Liquid Lift a Sunday Splurge because I went through the bottle so quickly!  At this rate I will have to get a new bottle once every 1-2 months, though it’s a small price to pay for the results.

For those of you unfamiliar with Kate Somerville, she’s esthetician to the stars (the likes of Jessica Alba and Demi Moore) and has a gorgeous, multilevel spa in LA.  Her spa is famous for their Dermal Quench Oxygen Treatment, an intense hydrating facial using pressurized oxygen to deliver the potent ingredients.  Somerville  found a way to convert her famous facial into an at-home treatment with the DermaQuench Liquid Lift.

I am in love with the consistency and delivery. It starts off with blast of foamy white liquid.  It reminds me of hair mousse when I would forget to shake the bottle.  The difference is this foamy white liquid transforms before your eyes – it starts to bubble like a carbonated beverage with the bubbles getting bigger and bigger.  Once the bubbles stop growing, I massage the serum into my skin.  It smells faintly of freshly cut lavender and spreads like a light non-sticky serum.  I usually don’t have a reaction to it, though if my skin is extra angry in general, then I’ll feel a tingle for a few minutes.  That’s it. Read the rest of this entry »

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