June 2015 archive

Product Review: Biossance The Revitalizer

The Revitalizer

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a launch party for The Revitalizer, the first product from Biossance. I forgot my phone, which is why I don’t have a picture of the fancy rooftop dinner. My bad.

Anyway, back to The Revitalizer.* It is a skin care product that is a cross between a serum and a skin oil. You can mix it with your moisturizer, smooth it on solo, or even put it in your hair. I have been putting it in my moisturizer or applying it to my face on its own before a nap. It gives the product you mix it with a soft, cashmere feel. And it has no scent, which I like.

The company says The Revitalizer contains plant-derived squalane, a rich moisturizer also found in your body. Squalane nourishes and hydrates your skin, and locks in moisture. My skin definitely feels moisturized after using The Revitalizer.

You can buy The Revitalizer online. Think you’ll try it? Have you tried it? Let me know what you think in the comments!

p.s. What do you think of my cute plant? Only $3.50 at my local nursery!

p.p.s. *I received The Revitalzer in a goody bag. Opinions are my own.

Fabulous Links of the Week

Janet Jackson looks amazing at the BETs, honesty about your age, great natural beauty products for summer, the emotional roller coaster that is a Sephora run, ageless wonders, and all natural sunscreens in this week’s Fabulous Links! Happy Fourth of July! xoxo

49-year-old Janet Jackson rocked the BET Awards red carpet like a boss. That’s why her first name ain’t baby. It’s Janet. Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty. [Allure]

The Times takes on the “lying about your age” conversation. [New York Times]

Fun new beauty products for summer. I want to try the Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. [Well + Good]

My emotions at Sephora go from A to Z before I even get to my car. [HuffPo Style]

Stars who never age. I’ll have what they’re having. [Elle]

Practice safe sun the all-natural way. [Well + Good]

Fabulous Links of the Week

DSC_2082I haven’t done a post with links in a while, because I felt it needed a rethink. Well, I decided to make it a weekly thing on here. Enjoy!

I bought the Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette and Avon cream eye shadow to recreate this summery smokey eye. I’m obsessed! [Glamour]

Allure editors have finally discovered the magic of Trestique! [Allure]

A roundup of all-natural beach sprays. Because it’s summer, people! [Well + Good]

Need beauty inspiration? New York girls have you covered. (I know it’s from last week, but cut me some slack.) [Refinery 29]

Breast Cream by Skinfood. This post was too cool (and important!) to leave off this list. Wrinkles from a long life well lived are the most beautiful thing of all! [Allure]

Happy Weekend! xoxo

Product Review: Bumble and bumble, John Frieda, and Living Proof Curl Defining Products


I finally decided I needed to try a few curl defining products if I was ever going to achieve Rich Girl hair. I have a decent amount of fine, wavy hair, and I occasionally like to work my natural curls. After a little Internet research, I left Sephora one Saturday with Living Proof Curl Enhancing Styling Mousse and Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Defining Creme for Fine Curls. Then Allure readers named John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Daily Styling Spray as their drugstore pick in the magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, so I picked that up, too.

The clear winner here is Bumble and bumble. The cream tamed my curls without weighing them down, even in the worst humidity. I also liked the results I got with the John Frieda Frizz Ease spray, just not as much. I’ll be alternating between the two.

The only one I did not like was the Curl Enhancing Styling Mousse from Living Proof. The smell, although pretty enough, gave me a headache. And maybe I just have PTSD about 80s hair, but I found the mousse a little tricky to work with, versus the cream and spray. I also thought it made my curls a little crunchy. But maybe I used too much at one time. That said, it certainly is a beautiful product, and there is nothing cheap about it, so if you have fond memories of Aqua Net, Betamax, and Spencer’s Gifts, try it.

How do you tame your curls and fight frizz? Let me know in the comments!

#curldefiner reviews to come on #fabulousforeverblog! @bumbleandbumble @johnfriedaus @livingproofinc

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Product Review: Laneige Skin Care


I know we’ve talked K-beauty here. So when I was at Generation Beauty last month, I was excited to discover Laneige, another Korean beauty brand available here in the U.S. Laniege is from AmorePacific, the innovative parent company of brands such as Sulwhasoo. You’ll find Laneige exclusively at Target.

I fell in love with the Multi Cleanser first. While I was standing in line at the Laneige booth, a rep gave me a sample-sized tube. I used the cleanser that night, and haven’t used anything else to wash my face since. It got my face really clean, with out drying out my skin and making my face feel tight.

When I followed up after I got home, the company sent me the Perfect Renew Emulsion, Perfect Renew Cream, Perfect Renew Firming Eye Cream, and Firming Sleeping Mask to try.* I really like this regimen, and will definitely be working these products into my regular rotation. As a matter of fact, I was motivated to go to Target, and buy a full-size Multi Cleanser, the Power Essential Skin Toner, and a BB cushion.

I really saw a difference in my skin after a few days of using Laneige. I had been having breakouts on my nose (yuck!) and the zits and the discolorations they left behind went away, or faded noticeably. The face and eye creams and the sleeping mask are a little rich for this time of year, so I apply them with a lighter hand. But they feel really nice on my skin, and I think they are keeping the fine lines around my eyes at bay.

The face and eye creams do not have SPF, so you’ll need to add that step. However, Laneige does make a sunscreen, and the BB cushion has broad spectrum SPF 50.

Now, about the BB cushion. Cushion compact technology is a recent Asian import, and I’ve been wanting to try it. So far, so good. I use one of those triangle-shaped makeup sponges you get at the drugstore to apply it. I find I get a more precise application that way.

Tell me. Do you use Korean skin care products? If so, what brands do you like? Let me know in the comments. I am always on the lookout for new things to try!

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

Product Review: John Frieda and Alterna Shampoo and Conditioner for Blonde Hair


I’ve mentioned that my hair needed some serious TLC this summer. So I started thinking about products formulated for blonde hair. I tried Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Brightening Blonde shampoo and conditioner and John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating and Enhancing shampoo and conditioner.*

I’m happy to say I loved both brands. The Alterna shampoo and conditioner smelled incredible, and I think they actually brightened my blonde, believe it or not. My salon highlights didn’t fade or turn brassy. And my hair was soft and touchable, not dried out like straw. I also highly recommend Alterna’s Caviar CC Cream to keep hair smooth and glossy.

The John Frieda shampoo and conditioner were really good. To be honest, the results weren’t quite as striking as those I saw with Alterna, but the products protected my highlights and didn’t dry out my hair. If you are looking for a less expensive option, or just want to occasionally switch out your pricier shampoo and conditioner, John Frieda is the way to go. The brand has become a drugstore staple for a reason.

I’d love to try the blonde shampoo and conditioner duos from Peter Coppola and Oribe. Does anyone have a favorite blonde shampoo or conditioner? Have you tried the ones I mentioned in this post? Let me know in the comments. I’m open to suggestions!

* The Alterna shampoo and conditioner was sent to me for my review. I purchased the Caviar CC Cream and the John Frieda shampoo and conditioner. Opinions are my own.

Product Review: Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eye Primer Potion

Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Eye shadow primer is a must for making your eye shadow last, and preventing creasing. A long time beauty editor fave is Urban Decay’s Eye Primer Potion, so on a recent Sephora run, I picked up the anti-aging formula.* I did not even know Urban Decay had an anti-aging eye shadow primer, but there it was, calling my name.

Urban Decay’s Eye Primer Potions recently underwent a relaunch and a reimagining of the packaging. The new tube comes in ombre purple, which is Urban Decay’s signature color. It also has a pretty faux-jewel cap. And the new flocked wand makes for easy application. BTW, a flocked wand kind of looks like a lip gloss applicator except the end is at an angle to better reach across the entire eyelid. Who knew?

The anti-aging formula has pigments that diffuse light to hide imperfections and what the company describes in press materials as anti-aging ingredients to prevent and repair the signs of aging. According to the company, in an 8-week clinical trial, 100 percent of participants had a noticeable improvement in the appearance of fine lines.

I love this stuff. It smooths out the surface of the lid, so eye shadow goes on evenly. My eye makeup looks like I just applied it, even at the end of a (very) long day.

Do you use an eye shadow primer? If so, have you tried any of the Urban Decay Eye Primer Potions? Let me know in the comments!

*I purchased the Eye Primer Potion at a Sephora near me. Opinions are my own.

Product Review: Trestique

Trestique Beauty

Trestique Beauty

At Generation Beauty, Trestique, one of the expo’s featured brands, caught my eye. Trestique is a new line of makeup crayons and pencils designed to reduce your makeup routine to about five minutes flat.

The brand has everything covered: brows, eyes, lips, cheeks, moisturizer, and bronzer. The only thing that’s missing is a mascara. I’d love to see what Trestique co-founders Jenn Kapahi and Jack Bensason would come up with lash-wise.

I think Trestique is innovative, and just really cool. It’s particularly great for women who travel a lot for work.

I followed up with Jenn by phone, and she explained how Trestique is first-to-market. All of the products have magnetic closures, so they don’t leak all over the place in your bag. As a person who had a lipstick ruin the inside of her favorite Juicy Couture purse, I appreciate this feature. Besides, I just like things that adhere magnetically, like the power cord on my Mac Book.

Each product comes with a detachable smudger/sponge or brush on one end. If it gets funky, no problem. Just toss it and order a replacement. The tools are sold separately! And the lip crayons have color-matched lip balms that you can order separately, too. The eyeliner pencils have a sharpener that clicks into the smudger. One thing I never would have thought of is the blotting paper cartridge designed to go with the tinted moisturizer stick.

I bought the lip crayon in Nammos Pink, and the eyeliner pencils in Roman Bronze and Swiss Chocolate.* And the day two goody bag had a mini lip crayon in Chili Red. At the show, the brand was giving away mini eye shadow crayons with each purchase, so I picked Marimoto Pink Pearl and Kona Coffee. I particularly love the eyeliners. These creamy pencils go on and smudge like a dream. I wore them on a date, and they stayed put the entire time.

The product quality and innovation does not surprise me, though, because Jenn and Jack have a long history in the beauty industry. Jack worked in the industry in Israel, before going to Intercos, the Italian company that manufactures Trestique’s products. And Jenn, a makeup artist, also worked at Intercos and did product development for Revlon.

Trestique is one of a handful of beauty companies that market directly to the consumer, much like Beautycounter. Jenn spoke to WWD recently about this new trend in beauty. So for now, you can check out Trestique and stock up on the brand’s web site.

Do you have any tips or tricks for streamlining your beauty routine when you’re on the go? Have you tried Trestique? Let me know in the comments!

* I bought the lip crayon and eyeliner pencils, was given the mini eye shadow crayons as gifts with purchase, and received the mini lip crayon in my goody bag. Opinions are my own.