I feel like every magazine I’ve picked u in the past month has touted the Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Mask ($45) as a ‘moisturizing breakthrough’. Now I tend to be cynical (shocking!) when I read about a new product in every single women’s rag — I figure either the company must have thrown one hell of a decadent launch party or sent out Chanel bags as a launch gift. (Yes, it’s done. Not for a peon like me but the editors at the big magazines sometimes receive ridiculous gifts from the beauty brands and tend to give editorial to big advertisers which is why you should be cautious when taking their recommendations. And don’t you worry your pretty little heads — if I ever become big-time know that a Chanel bag isn’t going to make me like a lipstick more)
Since every editor seemed to be in love with this sleeping mask it was obviously my Beauty Binge duty to investigate the situation further. I found that the user reviews on Sephora were even more complimentary than the magazines (and I assure you these users didn’t attend the launch party or receive gifts) — “I am OBSESSED with this product. I use it every night and it has literally changed my life.” and “I have oily yet dehydrated skin prone to breakouts and this sleeping leave-on mask hydrated, calmed and nourished my skin.”
SOLD.janna Tags Anti-Redness, Dry Skin, irritated skin, Korres, Sensitive Skin, Skin Care
Now, you lovelies know how hard it is for a woman like myself with such an unhealthy addiction to beauty products to stick to a single product, no less a regimen for a certain period of time. But, I promised my friends at First Aid Beauty I would commit to using the entire Dual Repair Collection for 6 consecutive weeks. I cleared out a place on my vanity (so I wouldn’t be tempted to cheat) and set up the Dual Repair products like good little soldiers in order of application — First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Power Serum ($48), First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Eye Cream ($40), and First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Face Cream ($44).
Every morning and night I applied all three products and after the first few weeks (as I wrote about here) I noticed substantial results in the texture of my skin and its usual hyper-sensitivity. As we all know my drama queen skin tends to take any tiny environmental or hormonal change and blow it up into a huge ugly tantrum that usually results in red patches and whiteheads. Lovely. I’ll just say there have been a lot of both environmental and hormonal changes in the past 6 weeks that would usually put my skin into a tail spin, but instead it was like the Dual Repair Line shook my skin’s shoulders and gave it a pep talk, “Be strong! You don’t have to overreact to every little problem!”janna Tags Anti-aging, FAB, First Aid Beauty, Moisturizer, Sensitive Skin
Tune into My Beauty Binge this week to hear Lilli Gordon, the founder of one of my most favorite skincare companies in the world, First Aid Beauty, tell us how she created this magical skincare line that stops my over-reactive, bitchy drama queen skin from having full on tantrums. Lilli also shares her skincare tips as well as gives us her insights on anti-aging.
Download the podcast from iTunes or listen to it streaming on your computer here (it’s the 1st podcast) and it’s free! If you hit the “SUBSCRIBE” button in iTunes you will automatically get all my podcasts!
Products Featured in Podcast:janna Tags Anti-aging, Eye Cream, FAB, First Aid Beauty, Moisturizer, Sensitive Skin, skincare, SPF
Dear AmorePacific Skincare,
I hate to do this intervention with you publicly but there are so many others who are joined with me in voice and spirit on this topic that I feel it’s the only way to truly get your attention. Let me start by saying that your products are beautiful. Your quest to utilize the finest Asian Botanicals and enlist the top scientists and researchers to develop your line has resulted in truly innovative products. I mean come on, you hold over 140 global patents in green tea and skin related technology! Your AMOREPACIFIC ‘Time Response Skin Renewal’ Foundation SPF 18 ($90) beats out every Foundation, BB Cream, and Tinted Moisturizer I’ve ever tried. It calms and soothes my bitchy drama queen skin and hides all the redness and imperfections that her temper tantrums leave behind.
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I’m shocked by how few women indulge in spa facials. Tune into My Beauty Binge this week to find out why — as the biggest spa slut in the world — I always opt for a facial at the spa. I’ll help demystify the misconceptions about facials and guide you through how to select the perfect one for you, and what you should say to the aesthetician to ensure you get the ideal results once you’re there. I’ll also share with you a couple of my most favorite decadent facials that will have you running to your nearest spa for a 90 minute facial. Binge on!
Download the podcast from iTunes or listen to it streaming on your computer here (it’s the 1st podcast) and it’s free! If you hit the “SUBSCRIBE” button in iTunes you will automatically get all my podcasts!janna Tags Dermalogical, Eminence, Facial, GM Collin, Intraceuticals, Kerstin Florian, Luxury Spa, Oxygen facial, Sensitive Skin
Why am I obsessed with a toner, you ask? The better question is why are you still using a toner that contains alcohol during the dead of winter when that dreaded heater is spitting out desert-like conditions? Put down that drying toner and step away from the vanity… it’s time for a change. Now a lot of people ask me, “Do I need toner?” Well… “Need” may be a strong word, but the right herbal or botanical toner can certainly help to cleanse and balance your skin as well as give you a midday hydration refresher.
Why am I obsessing over Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner ($6.71)? Well for one thing we’re talking organic damask rosewater for under $10. One whiff of this toner tells me I’m getting a bargain (it literally smells of freshly-picked roses). Ahhh… But smell can only get a product so far in my world (unfortunately for my wallet smell usually gets far enough for me to buy the product) — if it doesn’t perform the product goes straight to the beauty graveyard, never to be heard from again.
There will be no such beauty graveyard visits for this toner. I use it daily on a cotton pad both mornings and nights right after my cleanser to swipe away any remaining makeup or debris, balance my skin, minimize redness, and close my pores. I also poured some into a small travel spray bottle and use it throughout the day to hydrate and wake up my makeup. Yes, you heard me right. Spraying this rosewater toner OVER your makeup actually sets your makeup and can add hydration when you most need it. Voila! Oh, and by the way… I hate to state the obvious but if you’re not a fan of the smell of rose DON’T BUY THIS PRODUCT!Posted by janna Tags Boots Botanics, Sensitive Skin, Toner
We all know I have sensitive drama queen skin (mainly because I won’t shut up about it) which means most anti-agers are strictly off limits. You can imagine my elation when I heard one of my favorite brands, First Aid Beauty (FAB), is launching a line of anti-aging products specifically for sensitive skin called FAB Dual Repair. My elation hit a ridiculous level (like chanting OHMYGOD OHMYGOD over and over again until my husband demanded to hear the news) when I found out they wanted me to be a FAB Dual Repair Blogger Ambassador, representing their brand and their new product line. Now, you should know I’ve had the chance to work with brands prior to this but I was never interested because I wasn’t passionate about the brands (which means this was my first OHMYGOD OHMYGOD since I was made a finalist in the Allure Beauty Blogger Awards). What got me about this opportunity was that I knew I would have zero problem raving about the FAB products since I’ve been doing it since the inception of my blog…
My review of First Aid Beauty’s 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30 was my second blog post in the history of this blog and the very first product review. This means that among my piles and drawers (and let’s face it closets) full of beauty products, I was more passionate about this face cream than any other product. That’s love I tell ya. I declared it “the soul mate for my sensitive skin” and that it was one of the very few beauty products I would never cheat on (though I’m cheating on it now with the FAB Dual Repair, but that doesn’t really count since I stayed in the family. Note: this rule does not apply with husbands, only skincare).janna Tags Anti-Ager, Anti-aging, Anti-Redness, FAB, First Aid Beauty, Sensitive Skin, Sephora
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.janna Tags Anti-Ager, Anti-Redness, Delicious Scents, Eyeliner, Kate Somerville, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Nest Fragrance, Sensitive Skin
I was thrilled when I found out that Bliss was coming out with an “at home” version of their famous rubber mask, Bliss Fabulous Skin-Reviving Rubberizing Mask ($38), which I’ve enjoyed too many times as an expensive upgrade to their in-spa facials. (I find it’s tough for me to say no to upgrades and add-ons when I’ve been lulled into submission with a good neck and shoulder rub. It’s like the aesthetician can smell blood in the water and knows precisely when to slap me with a $60 upgrade option)
What’s so great about this mask? It goes on cold (which instantly soothes irritated skin) and calms the anger and redness right out of my skin, leaving it glowing. Its main ingredients (via Sephora):
Algin: Rubberizes the ingredients to allow key ingredients to be optimally absorbed by the skin.
Seaweed: Draws out dirt and oil while exfoliating skin. Refines pores and reduces inflammation. Aids in natural hydration of your skin.
Bilberry: Acts as an anti-inflammatory to soothe and nourish skin while reducing free radical damage that contributes to skin aging. Calms skin to reduce irritation and redness.
Vitamin C: Brightens skin discolorations (hyper pigmentation), helps promote collagen building, and provides superior antioxidant action.
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Unless you’ve been hiding all month in a secluded cabin without television or internet (which by the way wouldn’t be terrible if it was perhaps at a luxury spa), even your husband can tell you (since all the NFL players and coaches have incorporated bright pink accessories into their uniforms) that it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! As ladies, it is imperative we support this cause and what better way to do it than buy some delicious beauty products? I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite products that are giving back with every purchase this month:
Murad Hydrate For Hope Set ($49.50): This is the perfect set to prep your skin for the cold weather ahead! You get full-sizes of the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture (retails for $65.00) and Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for Eyes (retails for $60.00), both which will protect even the most sensitive skin from the bitter cold! When you buy this limited-edition set, Murad is donating 10% from the sale of each set sold to retailers to the City of Hope’s women’s cancer programs.
TATCHA’s Limited Edition BCA Moisture Rich Silk Cream ($150): This is one of my favorite new luxury skincare lines (which I intend to write about more in-depth in a future Sunday Splurge) for its delicious ingredients and results for calming my drama queen skin. The gel-cream consistency of this cream gives a surprisingly big hydrating punch. TATCHA is donating $25 of each sale to BreastCancer.org.
M. Steves RHSO Power-Packed Ultra-Nourishing Boost ($64): This dry-finish oil helps improve the appearance of scars, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage and uneven skin tone. Along with Rose Hip Seed Oil, this boost contains essential fatty acids, an antioxidant (vitamin C), and a natural retinol (vitamin A) to help hydrate and brighten skin. The best way to incorporate this oil into your skin regimen is to add a drop to your daily moisturizer and apply. To help support the fight against breast cancer, M. Steves skincare is donating a portion of proceeds from the RHSO Power-Packed Ultra-Nourishing Boost purchased during October to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Bobbi Brown ‘Pink Peony’ Illuminating Bronzer ($45): This is one of those magical powders that you would never guess would look amazing on your skin. You will throw your NARS Orgasm to the waste side when you see how flattering and long-lasting this “illuminating bronzer” is, giving every skin color a warm “just blushed” glow. Bobbi Brown is donating $10 of every sale of this set during the month of October to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
–janna Tags Blush, Bobbi Brown, M. Steves, Murad, Sensitive Skin, skincare, TATCHA