July 2015 archive

Product Review: Jouer Daily Repair Treatment Oil

JouerDailyRepairTreatmentOilAt Generation Beauty LA, I won a $20 gift code for the Jouer Cosmetics web site by taking a selfie at the Jouer booth and tagging Jouer Cosmetics. I’m not sure about the selfie, but I used the gift code to try Jouer’s new Daily Repair Treatment Oil.* I have been using it for about a week now, and love it!

My skin looks great, and the oil does not feel too heavy for the summer. It is an oil though, so you may want to use it sparingly. According to the Jouer web site, you can use it in place of, or in addition to, a moisturizer. At least in the summer, I say in place of a moisturizer, but to each her own.

Daily Repair Treatment Oil contains a biorentinol complex that acts like retinol, but is gentler on the skin; rose hip oil, for its antioxidant power; and star flower oil for hydration.

You can buy Jouer Daily Repair Treatment Oil at Nordstrom.com. Has anyone tried products from Jouer before? I never have. I also bought the Luminizing Skin Tint SPF 20 in Pearl, so I am curious to hear what you think. Let me know in the comments!

BTW, the makeup artist at Blushington used Jouer’s Hydrating Lipstick in Meredith on me, and it looked gorgeous!

* I purchased the Daily Repair Treatment Oil. Opinions are my own.

Below: The silly selfie that started it all.

#jouergirl @jouercosmetics #genbeauty @ipsy

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Stephi Maron and Blushington

Stephi Maron

Stephi Maron

Today is the big day. Blushington NYC opens! I had a nice chat last week with Blushington CEO and founder Stephi Maron, and wanted to share some of the highlights.

“New York City has always been on our radar, it was just a matter of when and where,” Maron said. She went on to say the director of marketing for the Parker Meridien reached out to her and her team about the potential opportunity, and it turned out to be a perfect fit. “We love the fact that its right across from a DryBar and a Tenoverten nail salon!,” said Maron.

She also said she is very excited about Blushington’s new Blush-Up mobile lounge service. “We provide two artists and we can go to any event and provide touch-ups for the guests.” Blushington is now doing lash and brow extensions as well. They will even come to you!

Blushington also offers makeup classes. “Our most popular class is Makeup 101,” Maron said. She explained that you can bring in your own makeup, and a Blushington makeup artist will do one half of your face, then you will do the other, so you can recreate the look at home.

Maron started Blushington three years ago with the first location in West Hollywood, Calif. “It just felt there was a need in the market for a place like Blushington, where you can go and get your makeup done at an affordable price, with professional makeup artists in a fun atmosphere,” she said. “And of course we serve champagne, so that always makes it fun!”

The Blushington experience is about making women feel beautiful and confident, yet looking like themselves, said Maron. “Our motto is, ‘You only better!’”

To celebrate the grand opening in NYC, Blushington is offering free makeup services all week, according to its Twitter feed! So get going!

Glossier Summer Fridays!

Glossier

Friday was gorgeous in New York City: bright, sunny, and not very humid. So I decided to check out the Glossier penthouse showroom. Glossier is the skin care line from Into the Gloss, one of my favorite beauty blogs.

The company is opening its showroom doors for summer Fridays through September 11 so fans can try its products: the Soothing Face Mist, Priming Moisturizer, Perfecting Skin Tint, and the Balm Dotcom. You can also try the Moisturizing Moon Mask and the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, a detoxifying face mask. Check out the gorgeous showroom, located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, on the border of Chinatown.

Glossier's showroom

Glossier’s showroom (Photo of ITG/Glossier PR)

I tried the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack. I relaxed on the beautiful patio while it rid my skin of toxins. When I wiped the mask off, my skin was as soft as a baby’s behind.

Glossier's balcony

Glossier’s balcony (Photo courtesy of ITG/Glossier PR)

Glossier products are available for purchase on site. I wanted to go nuts and get the Balm Dotcom, Priming Moisturizer, and Perfecting Skin Tint, but I restrained myself. I only bought the Coconut Balm Dotcom, a coconut-scented version of the Balm Dotcom.* It smells like Tahiti in a tube. I’m using it as an eye cream at night.

Have you tried any Glossier products? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments. If you haven’t, they are available online. And if you aren’t getting the ITG newsletter, what are you waiting for? It’s free!

* I purchased the Coconut Balm Dotcom. Opinions are my own.

Fabulous Links of the Week

Anti-aging tips for your hair, how the Into the Gloss girls get rid of their extra beauty stuff, the shimmery eye makeup look that is my newest obsession, Target as beauty mecca, ferulic acid and the fight against sun damage, Gwyneth Paltrow is getting into beauty and skin care, happy 46th birthday to the woman who gave us the “J-Lo” glow, and Lindsay Ellingson’s all-natural beauty essentials, in this week’s Fabulous Links.

Your hair needs anti-aging help, too! [Allure]

I need to unload my extra beauty loot. My apartment is like something out of Hoarders: Beauty Edition. [Into the Gloss]

I’m dying to recreate this gorgeous, peachy eye, courtesy of British blogger Lily Pebbles. It’s a perfect summer look! [Lily Pebbles]

Who shares my obsession with the beauty aisle of Target? [Allure]

Celebrity derm Dr. Dennis Gross on the importance of ferulic acid, a powerful antioxidant. [Charlotte’s Book]

I saw Gwyneth Paltrow speak at BlogHer 15 last week. She mentioned she is coming out with skin care and beauty lines. If I get any more info, or product for review, I’ll certainly post! [Allure]

Happy birthday, Jennifer Lopez! [Glamour]

Lindsay Ellingson, founder of Wander Beauty, talks natural beauty with Well + Good [Well + Good]

Blushington NYC Opens!

Blushington

Today I got to do the coolest thing. I had my makeup done at Blushington, the makeup and beauty lounge from California that is opening a location here in New York City.

The New York City location officially opens on July 29th. It is located in The Underground of the Parker Meridien Hotel, right by the Dry Bar blow out bar and Tenoverten nail salon, so its a one-stop shop.

I have never had my makeup done professionally before, and I loved it. Blushington uses high-end brands like Becca, Jouer, and Temptu. I chose a natural, but slightly glow=y look from the Blushington look book. My makeup artist, Jackie, was amazing. A lot of highlighting, contouring, and popping of the eye makeup was happening. It still looks like me, only better!

My fellow beauty bloggers/editors and I also got to meet the Blushington team: CEO and founder Stephi Maron; her sister, Nicki Maron, who is Blushington’s chief marketing officer; lead makeup artist Jessica Scantlin; and Natasha Cornstein, president of Blushington.

Stephi and Nicki said Blushington is on track to open 10 locations in New York City over the next three to five years. Woot, woot! They already have three locations: West Hollywood and Newport Beach, California, and Dallas, Texas. A fifth Blushington is set to open this fall in California.

Have you ever had your makeup done professionally? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments!

@blushington #blushingtonnyc #summermakesusblush thank you!! I love it Jackie! #blushingtontakesnyc

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Product Review: St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion

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When St. Tropez launched its Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion a few weeks ago, I didn’t know what to think. It sounded like a weird gimmick that wouldn’t do anything, to be honest. Then I got the lotion for my birthday, and used it a few times.* I was pleasantly surprised to discover it really works!

After you shower, you turn the water off, apply the Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion, and wash your hands. Then you wait three minutes, and rinse it off. Pretty simple, right? It is! Ease-of-use is the best thing this lotion has going for it, which is a significant advantage for a product, if you ask me.

Unfortunately, you can get pretty cold while you are standing there, naked, waiting for the three minutes to be up.

And if you have a stall shower, versus a tub, you have to tiptoe over to the sink to wash your hands. (Trying to do this while preventing your cat from doing figure 8s around your legs can be tricky.)

The tan you get is subtle and gradual, but you do get some color. (Just don’t expect anything too drastic.) This product is probably best for topping off a tan. If you want a bit more color, you can leave it on up to five minutes before rinsing, according to St. Tropez.

The lotion contains sweet almond oil, so your skin feels soft and moisturized. And it smells really nice. No weird self tanner smell here.

I asked St. Tropez via the company Facebook page if you can put the lotion on your face. They did get back to me within 24 hours to say that yes, you can do that, but avoid your eyebrows and hairline. I wouldn’t put it on my face, though. I’d rather use a St. Tropez product formulated specifically for the face. Maybe the dry facial oil?

I also don’t know if you should use this right after you shave your legs. I wouldn’t. I didn’t ask St. Tropez about that, but if you do, let me know what they say.

Have you tried St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion? The reviews seem to be a bit mixed. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion is available at Sephora.

* I got the lotion for my birthday. Opinions are my own.

#Inshower #selftanner from @sttropeztan! Review to come on #fabulousforeverblog #bbloggers #beautybloggers #birthday

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Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask

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A recent Allure blog post said Reddit is abuzz about the wonders of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask. So I donated my face to science, and bought a jar (only $8!). I also bought the raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar you mix it with to make the mask.* (You can use water, too.)

The Indian Healing Clay Mask, which is 100 percent calcium bentonite clay, definitely worked. My skin felt soft and supple when I rinsed the mask off after 15 minutes. My face felt a little tight, but not uncomfortably so. And the brown marks from the acne on my nose did fade.

A few words to the wise, though. I thought it would be clay, meaning solid. clay. Nope. It’s a powder. I twisted the top off the jar in my building’s elevator, and Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay was everywhere. So you may want to open the jar and mix the mask up over a sink.

Also, you mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and powder. You don’t need much, FYI. Maybe a third of a teaspoon of each. Otherwise, you’ll be offering family members, pets, and random passersby complementary spa treatments.

Finally, you’re not supposed to mix the mask in a metal bowl, because metal will cause the calcium bentonite clay to lose its negative charge. However, cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller told Allure that’s not true. “Bentonite clay contains salts that create an ionic charge when dissolved in water, but metal has no effect on this,” Schueller said. Just to be on the safe side, though, I mixed my mask in a Japanese stoneware bowl.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay has almost 4,000 mostly positive reviews on Amazon, according to Allure. And it’s apparently been around for a long time. Have you tried it?

* I bought the mask and the raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Opinions are my own.

Fabulous Links of the Week

Get your summer glow on, beauty goodies at Trader Joe’s, the beauty treatment that is taking over Instagram, beauty tips from Cindy Crawford, what to eat to boost collagen, a New York City pharmacy that leaves impersonal chain drug stores in the dust, and Jane Fonda kills it on the red carpet in this week’s Fabulous Links.

I am now officially obsessed with luminizers. Look for a future post. [Into the Gloss]

Trader Joe’s is a natural beauty product mecca. Who knew? [Into the Gloss]

Coffee ground body scrub? Yum! Be sure to check out the Frank Body web site. [Well + Good]

Cindy Crawford spills her secrets to looking ageless. So pay attention, because Cindy. [Into the Gloss]

The best diet to boost collagen? Hint: tomatoes! [Charlotte’s Book]

A field trip to New London Pharmacy in New York City may be in order. [Charlotte’s Book]

Jane Fonda rocks on at 77. [The Cut]

Product Review: Peripera Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher

PeriperaCushionBlusher

I forget where I first read about the Peripera Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher. I just knew it was a K-beauty thing I had to try. I love my Laneige BB cushion compact, and this product is similar, only it’s a blush. So when Birchbox subscribers gave it rave reviews, I picked one up.*

I got 01, Pleased Pink, a soft baby pink. (I’m a little cautious when trying new products.) The color payoff is a little sheer, so you may want to set it with a swipe of powder blush over top, especially if you are going out. But hey, if you are just running to the grocery store, the cushion blusher on its own may be all you need.

As with the Laneige, I like to use a makeup sponge to blot off any excess product: the blush goes on a little wet. And it really lasts all day, even without powder blush over it. This is a nice, light option for the summer.

BTW, Birchbox did a great post recently about the rising popularity of Korean cushion makeup. Apparently, Peripera makes a cushion lip gloss, too. Peripera Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher is available at Birchbox and Urban Outfitters.

Have you tried BB cushion compacts or makeup? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

* I purchased the cushion blusher. Opinions are my own.

Fabulous Links of the Week

Me in FlaCute hats, a mineral sunscreen find, flight attendant beauty secrets, RIP to the King of the Bees, a washing machine for your makeup brushes, how to use face oil, a beauty pageant for lady parts, and a filler for cheeks and smile lines in this week’s Fabulous Links.

Sun hats in every style and at every price point. What’s not to love? Get shopping, people! [Elle]

I love this brush-on mineral sunscreen! Thanks Brush-On Block!* [The Cut]

We all know that flight attendants have the best beauty tricks and tips. Listen in! [Refinery 29]

Remembering Burt Shavitz, the Burt in Burt’s Bees and a founding father of the natural skin care and cosmetics craze. [Allure]

A gadget that makes washing your makeup brushes a breeze? I want, I want, I want! [Glamour]

The right way to apply face oil. (Love the name of this site, BTW.) [Charlotte’s Book]

What would Bert Parks say? [Glamour]

The FDA approves Restylane Lyft, the first injectable filler to get the agency’s nod for both cheeks and smile lines. Would you go there? [Allure]

* This product was sent to me for review. Opinion is my own.

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