Product Review: BabyFoot USA

The Baby Foot Kit

The Baby Foot Kit

I have been dying to try BabyFoot, the cult-fave foot peel from (where else?) South Korea, since it started generating buzz among beauty editors a year or two ago. I also love looking at the gross Instagram pictures of peeling feet.

So I decided to kick off the first day of summer by giving myself a foot peel while I watched an episode of Orange Is the New Black.

Basically, what you do is tear open the foil pouch, remove the cellophane booties, put them on your (clean) feet, and tape the booties shut with the enclosed tape. You are supposed to put cotton socks on over the booties.

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The booties are coated on the inside with a lactic acid/glycolic acid gel that makes your feet peel. You need to stay off your feet for an hour so your feet completely absorb the gel, which is why OINTB was the perfect way to pass the time. Your feet should start peeling in a few days, revealing baby soft skin underneath.

The booties felt cold and squishy when I put them on my feet. And the gel stuff in the booties got on my fingers and made it hard to tape the booties shut. FYI, you might want to peel off a few pieces of tape and put them aside on the edge of a table before you put the booties on. It’ll make things easier.

I’ll post back next week once my feet start peeling. Here’s the before:

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NSFW, I know. Have you ever tried BabyFoot or another Korean foot peel? I think a few different ones are available in the U.S.

You can buy BabyFoot online here.

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Fabulous Links of the Week: Father’s Day Edition

FathersDayReal-life prison beauty hacks from the makeup team at Orange Is the New Black, a serum setting Reddit a-buzz, and Elle McPherson’s secrets for looking half her age, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

New episodes of one of my favorite shows, OITNB, dropped on Friday. Take a break from binge watching to see how the ladies of Litchfield MacGyver their beauty products. And these hacks actually work! (Total Beauty)

Shark Sauce, a serum from the brand Holy Snails, has all of Reddit talking. And it’s only $30! And no, it does not contain shark-derived ingredients. (Racked)

Elle McPherson, a.k.a. The Body, does not look a day over 30-something, so it’s hard to believe she’s 52. Here’s how she does it. (The Coveteur)

This week on the blog, I treated myself to Chosungah 22 and skincare samples from Sephora for my birthday.

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Product Review: Chosungah 22 and Sephora Birthday Haul

Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday to me!

My grandmother gave me some birthday money, so I decided to treat myself to Sephora. Specifically I wanted to try something from Korean beauty brand Chosungah 22. I have wanted to try it since I read about it in Allure.

I went for the Real Cheek Smoothers cushion blusher in Berry Ade, a summer-y strawberry pink.* The color looks pretty bright, but once you blend it in, it gives you a natural-looking flush. I set it with a powder blush (in this case, Nars Orgasm). The color lasted through an entire seminar on how to ace a job interview, followed by a late light snack scarfed at my kitchen counter.

It is not too sparkly, which I like. Sparkly makeup where glitter fallout gets all over everything? Ugh. I am not 10!

I am a fan of cushion makeup. Using a cushion applicator is like applying your blush with the softest cashmere. I have a PeriPera cushion blusher I got a while ago, and it is still in rotation. When the PeriPera dies, I am thinking of replacing it with a Real Cheek Smoothers in Satin Peach.

Chosungah 22 was founded by a top Korean makeup artist named, wait for it, Chosungah. She told Allure she wanted to make the experience of using makeup easy and fun, “like when you take your kids to Toys R Us and turn them loose.” Then they can decide how to make their own fun, without being told what to do.

“I wanted to create that experience for women in terms of makeup,” Chosungah said. You can read the rest of her interview with Allure‘s Sophia Panych here.

In addition to the blush, I chose three free skincare samples. Dr. Brandt XYY: Extend Your Youth Face Cream and Power Dose Vitamin C Serum, MD Solar Sciences Daily Eye Repair Emulsion, and Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum. I haven’t tried them yet, but I’ll use them over the weekend, and get back to you next week with my thoughts.

And because June is my birthday month, I got the Fresh Rose Face Mask and Soy Cleanser as my Sephora VIB birthday gift. Thanks, guys!

Chosungah 22 is available online at Sephora.

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*I purchased the Chosungah 22 blush, but opinions are my own. And the skincare samples were free with the purchase.

 

Fabulous Links of the Week

Probiotic-based skin care from Tula

Probiotic-based skin care from Tula

The return of crimped hair, celebs’ memories of Prince on his birthday, and a hair-cutting drone, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

The latest 80s/90s trend to make a comeback? Crimped hair, courtesy of Marc Jacobs. C’mon, you know you had a crimping iron. I think mine is still in a dresser drawer somewhere! (Allure)

On what would’ve been Prince’s 58th birthday, celebs remember His Purple Majesty. (Allure)

Simone Giertz is a YouTube inventor and Internet celebrity. She is also known as the Queen of Shitty Robots. Check out what happens when she invents a drone to cut hair. You can see more on her YouTube channel here. (PopSugar)

This week on the blog, I reviewed Erborian skincare and paid tribute to my parents’ cat. I was also over on The Doctor Will See You Now with an article on teledermatology. In a nutshell, it’s not the best idea.

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Product Review: Erborian Skin Care

 Samples of Erborian skincare from Sephora

Samples of Erborian skincare from Sephora

They say when the going gets tough, the tough go to Sephora. In my case, I was already on my way to Sephora last Thursday when I got the text from my mom: “Our Libby passed away this morning. I held him. Dr. Rawlins did injections.” Ouch. Thank God I didn’t have a car accident.

Libby was a cat. A beautiful, black, long-haired cat my parents rescued a few years ago when he started hanging around their front porch. Libby spent a month every year at my apartment while my parents were on vacation. Still, I was surprised how saddened I was to hear of his death. I guess during those visits, I kind of fell for the big guy.

RIP Libby

RIP Libby

Anyway, back to Sephora. This is a beauty blog, if I remember correctly. I got three samples from Erborian, the French-Korean skin care line that beauty editors are freaking out over. I picked the Yuza Sorbet Featherweight Emulsion, the Yuza Sorbet Night Reinforced Nighttime Emulsion, and the Pate au Ginseng Black Concentrated Mask.

I have been using all three, and really like them. The Yuza Sorbet and Yuza Night Sorbet contain antioxidants to fight the signs of aging. Yuza is a plant known in Asia for its antioxidant properties. It grows on the island of Jeju off South Korea. Google Jeju Island. It looks gorgeous!

What I like about the day and night creams is that they are very lightweight, so they are perfect for summer. I hate anything heavy on my skin when it is humid out. Unfortunately, the day cream doesn’t have SPF.

The Pate du Ginseng mask really made my skin feel soft and pampered. It’s not like a clay mask, where it hardens on your face and your skin feels stripped afterward. Your skin feels really good when you wash the mask off after 10 minutes. Apparently, ginseng is also used in Asia to fight the signs of aging.

I have heard good things about Erborian BB and CC creams, that do have SPF, btw. The brand has a yuza-infused eye cream I want to try, too.

You can shop Erborian on Sephora.com here.

And just so you know. You can get up to three free samples at any Sephora without buying anything. You can test drive stuff before dropping your hard-earned cash. Nice!

Have you heard of Erborian? Do you like K-beauty and French chic as much as I do? Let me know in the comments!

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Fabulous Links of the Week

 Samples of Erborian skincare from Sephora

Samples of Erborian skincare from Sephora

Sunscreen facts you need to know, top beauty myths debunked, 3-D printed hair, and a 90s makeup stash that will have you arguing with your parents about curfew all over again, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

It’s summertime, people. Here’s what you need to know about sunscreen. (Well + Good)

Clearing up beauty myths that are really just old wives’ tales. (Well + Good)

3-D printed hair is a thing, from the geniuses at MIT of course. (Allure)

This 90s makeup stash will give you all the middle school feels. (Allure)

In the last two weeks on the blog, I wrapped up Skin Cancer Awareness Month with a post on a multi-pronged approach to caring for your skin and sun protection for the fur kids in your life.

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Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Pets Need Sun Protection Too!

More SPF please!

“More SPF, please!” – Mesa (l.) and Pashmina (r.)

To close out Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I thought we’d talk about protecting pets from the sun. Pets are important family members. At least mine are. (I am also over the sunscreen and wide-brimmed hat song and dance, although sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats are important.)

I asked Dr. Kim Smyth, staff veterinarian at Petplan Pet Insurance for some easy-to-follow tips. She was happy to oblige. “A lot of pet parents don’t realize that sunburn can be a summer scorcher for their furry friends, too!,” she told me in an email.

Dogs are susceptible to sunburn, especially those with short, white coats, light-colored skin, sparse tummy fur, or those that get a summer haircut. To keep dogs protected, Smyth suggests applying an SPF 40 to 45 sunscreen to the bridge of the nose, ear tips, belly, skin surrounding the lips, and any area with little pigmentation is low.

Sunscreens formulated for kids or sports tend to have less perfume, which may help prevent an allergic reaction, said Smyth, However, check with your veterinarian before applying sunscreen to your pet. You can also pick up pet sunscreen specifically for dogs. A quick Google search turned up Epi-Pet SPF 30 for dogs and horses.

It is important protect cats from sunburn, too, especially white cats or cats with sparse fur, Smyth said. The tips of the ears are a common place for squamous cell carcinoma to develop, and this cancer is directly related to sun exposure.

Finding a cat-safe sunscreen can be a challenge, so ask your veterinarian where to find it locally, said Smyth. And don’t forget about indoor cats who love basking in the sun. Smyth said one option is installing UV-blocking window film to protect indoor cats from harmful UV rays. I guess I need to go to Home Depot.

Do you put sunscreen on your pet? Let me know in the comments!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. As a beauty blogger, I feel like I should devote a few posts to this important issue. So I am going to do a skin cancer-related post every week or so throughout the month. You can read my first three posts here, here, and here.

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Skin Cancer Awareness Month: A Multi-Pronged Approach to Skin Cancer Prevention

Some goodies from ZO Skin

Some goodies from ZO Skin Health!

A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail inviting me to meet Dr. Aaron Kosins, a plastic surgeon based in Newport Beach, CA, and his team while they were in New York City.

Over coffee, Kosins explained his skin cancer prevention and skin care philosophy. It has a simple, four-pronged approach:

1. Sunscreen. This one is pretty basic. “Everyone knows sunscreen is a good thing,” said Kosins. “But you need to reapply it every 90 minutes or so, and most people forget.” I always forget to reapply.

2. Antioxidants. Kosins also explained sunscreen doesn’t block all of the sun’s UV rays. Some UV radiation still gets through and causes the formation of free radicals. These free radicals cause inflammation and DNA damage, which leads to skin cancer. So you need antioxidants. These neutralize free radicals and prevent them for doing damage. One of the more popular antioxidants in skin care products is vitamin C.

3. Sun Protective Clothing. And since many people forget to reapply sunscreen and it’s not always convenient to stop and reapply when you are enjoying the great outdoors, sun protective clothing is a good idea. Kosins said he likes clothes from REI, although there are a lot of good brands out there. I know I have mentioned Coolibar and Solumbra on here before.

4. Maintaining overall skin health. Protecting your skin from the sun is very important, but you need to take care of it all. the. time. If you use retinol, it will strengthen your skin over time, and make it better able to tolerate the sun, said Kosins.

He went on to say retinol helps stimulate your skin: it distributes melanin, and builds collagen and elastin. Sun spots are less likely to form, and your cells are less likely to be damaged by UV radiation. “Think of using retinol as exercising your skin, the way going to the gym is exercising your muscles,” Kosins said.

BTW, Kosins, who is also a partner in the ZO Skin Centre in Newport Beach, sent me some products from the ZO Skin Health line.* I really love the Ossential Daily Power Defense serum and the Oclipse Smart Tone sunscreen with SPF 50. I have been using the Olluminate Intense Eye Repair cream that I got in a blogger goody bag a while ago, and I love that, too!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. As a beauty blogger, I feel like I should devote a few posts to this important issue. So I am going to do a skin cancer-related post every week or so throughout the month. You can read my first two posts here and here.

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*The products were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

Fabulous Links of the Week

I love this bench outside a local Mexican restaurant

I love this bench outside a local Mexican restaurant!

A French-Korean beauty brand I’m dying to try, and an Instagram account that shares spot-on dupes for high end makeup, in this week’s Fabulous Links.

A skincare line that fuses French and Korean beauty secrets? Yes, please! (Byrdie)

How great is this Instagram account that gives you affordable dupes for all your beauty faves? (Allure)

This week on the blog, I reviewed SimySkin and learned about the EWG Verified program.

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EWG Verified

 Fans of natural beauty brands, this post is for you! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently announced the launch of its EWG Verified program. This program is intended to simplify shopping for natural beauty products by putting a special EWG Verified logo on the packaging of items that meet EWG’s rigorous set of standards.

EWG Verified is the next level iteration of EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, Nneka Leiba, deputy director for research of the EWG, told me. “As we looked at the market, and how we could continue to push it, we wanted to develop a program that would set the bar that much higher,” she said

Skin Deep continues to be an excellent resource, said Leiba. However, you do need a smartphone when you are shopping, to scan items to find those that score well. Or you can research products online at home. “With the EWG Verified logo, consumers can pick up a product, and at the point of sale, know that it meets our strictest criteria,” Leiba said.

I know I don’t feel like whipping out my iPhone and scanning everything, when all I want to do is make a quick beauty supply run. (Full disclosure: many times I forget said iPhone in my car.)

Companies are also on board with EWG Verified. The program has gone over really well with consumers; because of that, and because shoppers are used to using EWG as a trusted resource, companies really gravitate towards the program, said Leiba.

She went on to say by allowing companies to use the EWG Verified logo, the EWG is validating their efforts to protect consumer safety. The EWG has also heard from companies whose products don’t currently meet its criteria, and want to reformulate them so they do measure up, Leiba said

Kimberly Heathman, chief marketing officer of MyChelle Dermaceuticals, a natural skin care brand, told me getting products EWG Verified was very time consuming. “You have to show where the ingredients come from, and show all the testing that you do.” According to Heathman, MyChelle was not afraid to show any of its data, because of its commitment to transparency in the beauty industry.

The process took MyChelle about six weeks, “But to be able to register things that are so important to the consumer, and to understand they are safe and healthy for the skin, was really a huge benefit,” Heathman said.

MyChelle customers love it, too. When the company sent an e-blast to consumers earlier this month, the campaign was very successful. “Our click-through rates from the e-blast to our web site were double that of what we would have expected!,” said Heathman.

EWG launched EWG Verified in personal care first, because the organization is most familiar with personal care because of Skin Deep, said Leiba. “Ultimately, we will move the EWG Verified program to other aspects of healthy living,” she said.

According to this post on Well + Good, other companies hopping on the EWG Verified bandwagon include W3ll People and Beautycounter. You can read my review of Beautycounter’s Countertime collection here.

Do you use the Skin Deep database as a resource when shopping? Do you even think about the ingredients in your beauty products? I admit, I really don’t. At least not as often as I probably should. Let’s discuss in the comments!

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