April 2016 archive

Product Review: Dermaflash

The Dermaflash machine

The Dermaflash machine

Last week, I attended a Dermaflash event. I was a little skeptical, because I didn’t know anything about how Dermaflash worked, or even what it did. Then they offered me a free Dermaflash service and a complimentary Uber code, so I signed up.

Once there, I found out that Dermaflash is a twist on dermaplaning, or shaving your face to exfoliate your skin and remove unwanted facial hair. Real Housewives‘ Caroline Manzo (love her, btw) has said she shaves her face with a razor to exfoliate and get rid of hair.

However, razors as we think of them were designed for men’s facial hair, which is coarse and thick. The Dermaflash system was designed for women’s facial hair, which is fine and thin. Women’s baby fine facial hair is sometimes called vellus hair, or “peach fuzz.”

Dermaflash was developed by Dara Levy, a former medispa owner from Chicago. I got to meet Dara, who told me a little about Dermaflash and introduced me to the esthetician who would be performing my service.

Dermaflash Edges, Prep cleanser, and Soothe lotion

Dermaflash Edges, Prep cleanser, and Soothe lotion

I lay down on a facial bed, and the esthetician unfolded a black cocktail napkin under my chin. She removed my sunscreen with a makeup remover towelette, then prepped my face with the special Dermaflash Prep cleanser and an alcohol wipe.

The esthetician put an “Edge,” which is analogous to the blade of a razor, in the machine. The Edges are striated like the teeth of a comb, and have a protective mesh to prevent nicks and cuts. She drew the machine slowly and carefully across my face, much like she was giving me a barbershop shave.

The Dermaflash service took about 10 minutes. Afterward, the esthetician showed me the outermost layer of dead skin cells and all the peach fuzz she had removed. Hence the black cocktail napkin, so I could get a good look at it all. Yuck!

The esthetician followed the treatment with the Soothe hydrating lotion that comes with the Dermaflash system and an SPF 50 sunscreen. My skin felt as soft as a baby’s behind.

One of the selling points of Dermaflash is that it helps your skin care products work better and your makeup go on better. The creams, serums, and makeup don’t have to penetrate the excess skin and hair. My makeup did blend easily and looked great when I got ready to go into the city for another event that night.

The company recommends you use the Dermaflash about once a week at night. I agree. My appointment was at 2 p.m. and my face felt a little windburned on the Uber ride home. That raw feeling went away after about an hour, though. But you definitely don’t want to be outside in the sun if you’ve just Dermaflashed, even with sunscreen. I think your skin will feel too sensitive.

The Dermaflash system comes with the machine, the Prep Cleanser, the Soothe lotion, and a set of six, single-use Edges. You can buy the system, and refills of the cleanser, lotion, and Edges at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, QVC, and Bergdorf Goodman. It’s coming to Macy’s and Nordstrom’s soon, too.

You can read the FAQs on the Dermaflash web site here. And you can read the WWD article about Dara Levy and Dermaflash here.

I was given a Dermaflash system for review. I’ll try it this weekend; if you’re lucky, I’ll post a pic of all the cells and hair that come off.

Have you tried dermaplaning or Dermaflash? Tell me about your experience in the comments!

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Mother’s Day 2016 Gift Guide

Uh, oh. Mother’s Day is about 10 days away. You want to buy your mom something cool and different. But what?! Don’t worry. I’ve got your back.

For the makeup maven: Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Look in a Palette was my top pick to include in my Mother’s Day gift guide. You know I love Charlotte Tilbury, and this palette is perfect. The eye shadows and cheek colors are neutral enough for most skin tones, and go great with Charlotte’s Perfect Pink Kiss set. And these Sephora Tools of the Trade makeup brushes.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury The Perfect Pink Kiss

Charlotte Tilbury The Perfect Pink Kiss

 

For the skin care junkie: Skin Owl has put together two beautiful gift boxes any mom would appreciate. The Grande Beauty Box has a soy candle, eye cream, and a bottle of Skin Owl’s Beauty Drops. You choose the scent of the candle (High Tea, Gardenia, or Currant) and which Beauty Drops you want (Lavender, Geranium, or Clary Sage). I let my mom try my Geranium Beauty Drops, and she loves them!

The Petite Beauty Box has the same choice of candles and Beauty Drops, but no eye cream.

Skin Owl Grande Beauty Box

Skin Owl Grande Beauty Box

Skin Owl Petite Beauty Box

Skin Owl Petite Beauty Box

 

For the perfume fan: The Cocktail Kit from Commodity contains 10 unisex eau de parfum fragrances that you can mix and match to create your signature scent.

 

For the shoe addict: I love Jack Rogers sandals for summer. How about this beaded turquoise and coral look? And check out the Jack Rogers Mother’s Day Shop for other great ideas. Two words: Baby. Sandals.

Jack Rogers Oceania Sandal in Turquoise

Jack Rogers Oceania Sandal in Turquoise Photo credit: Jack Rogers USA

I was perusing different web sites looking for gift guide ideas, when I came across these embroidered smoking slippers from a company called Soludos. How fun are these? Click here to see their other designs.

Soludos Pineapple Smoking Slippers

Soludos Pineapple Smoking Slippers Photo Credit: Soludos

 

For the mom on the go: How chic is this beach bag from Rosanna? It’ll hold everything she needs. Here are a few more styles to choose from.

Rosanna Patio Party Beach Tote in Flamingo

Rosanna Patio Party Beach Tote in the Flamingo Print

 

For the dog lover: Is your mom’s dog her other baby? Whimsical canine illustrations by pop artist Marc Tetro adorn everything from iPhone cases to makeup bags to umbrellas to stationery. You’ll find just about any dog breed.

 

For the jewelry fanatic: I loved the Deepa Gurnani jewelry I saw at the Beauty, Baubles, Bevvies, and Boxes event last week. I particularly love the Indra bracelet and the the Marni earrings. Sort of a vintage feel.

Deepa by Deepa Gurnani Indra Bracelet

Deepa by Deepa Gurnani Indra Bracelet

Deepa by Deepa Gurnani Marni Earrings

Deepa by Deepa Gurnani Marni Earrings

 

What do you want for Mother’s Day? Or do you just want to be left alone to drink wine and binge watch something on Netflix? Let me know in the comments!

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Fabulous Links of the Week

Sign in front of a local bar. It got a few likes on social, so I thought I'd share.

Sign in front of a local bar. It got a few likes on my social feeds, so I thought I’d share it here.

The best wallet-friendly beauty buys at Target, makeup artist Jaclyn Hill’s big announcement, a big-name blogger’s best antiaging tips, Adidas’s new (environmentally conscious) sneaker, and of course, the best of the Prince tributes, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

Target is the best place to find quality beauty products at a reasonable price. The editors at Total Beauty curated a list of their favorites. I love Laneige skin care. (Total Beauty)

Makeup artist Jaclyn Hill has quite a following on Instagram and YouTube. And her collaboration with Becca Cosmetics sold out in a nanosecond. She announced this week that she is working on her own makeup line, to launch in 2017. I can’t wait! (Glamour)

Over on Byrdie, Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor shared her secrets for looking younger without Botox. It’s all about facial rolling and drinking lots of green tea and water. (Byrdie)

Earth Week just wrapped up. Adidas has made a sneaker out of recycled ocean waste and 3D printed fibers. How brilliant is that? (Allure)

R.I.P. Your Purple Majesty. His best beauty and style moments. I have been going around singing Purple Rain and Delirious since I heard the news. (Allure) (New York Times)

Here’s my friend Betty’s tribute. She actually met him. (Betty Ming Liu)

This week on the blog, I reviewed Goddess Garden and went to the Beauty, Baubles, Bevvies and Boxes event in NYC.

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Beauty, Baubles, Bevvies, and Boxes

A perk of blogging is attending events where companies promote their wares, so maybe you’ll write about them on your site. (Like the Healthy Brands Showcase, where I discovered Goddess Garden.) I always try to RSVP yes, because I never know when I’ll find something truly amazing to share with you. I’m also a sucker for an open bar and free food.

Last week, I went to the Beauty, Baubles, Bevvies, and Boxes event at The Harold NYC. I am especially loving the Baubles and Boxes.

Baubles

Deepa Gurnani jewelry is handmade in India. Each piece features Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones. The pieces are lined in leather, which I’ve never seen before, but it really gives them a luxe feel. The “Pandora” necklace is a favorite of mine.

Pandora necklace by Deepa Gurnani

Pandora necklace by Deepa Gurnani

If your taste is a little edgy, this bracelet may be your jam. My iPhone didn’t do it justice.

Bracelet by Deepa Gurnani

Bracelet by Deepa Gurnani

And we got these pretty bracelets in our goody bags. *

Thank you!

Thank you!

Deepa Gurnani and Deepa by Deepa Gurnani jewelry is available online.

Boxes

Boombox Gifts is the brainchild of Christina Geist. You pick a box from the selection of designs, then Boombox helps you fill it with notes from you and a select group of friends, a.k.a. your “collaborators.” They’ll even print photos on one side of the card. The cards are high quality, thick stock paper. A Boombox is perfect for any occasion, including birthdays, baby and bridal showers, and anniversaries.

Boombox Gifts

Boombox Gifts

I was touched by the idea of receiving a box full of personal notes and photos from a group of good friends, and I am curious to know what you think. Tell me in the comments!

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*I got the bracelet in my goody bag. Opinions are my own.

Product Review: Goddess Garden

Skin care from Goddess Garden

Skin care from Goddess Garden

I love the Healthy Brands Showcase in New York City: it’s a great place to discover all-natural beauty brands. One of my faves this year? Goddess Garden Organics skin care and sunscreen.

I scored the SPF 30 facial sunscreen, Face the Day Sunscreen and Firming Primer SPF 30, and Dream Repair Sun-Repair Night Cream in my goody bag.* These products are not too heavy and greasy, so they are perfect for summer weather. And they have an earthy, herbal scent that is pleasant and not overpowering.

The Face the Day and Dream Repair are part of Goddess Garden’s new Sun Repair System. Other products in the Sun Repair line are Fresh Start morning cleanser, Bright Eyes eye cream, Under the Sun daily serum, Erase the Day night cleanser, and Day Undone nightly hydrating serum.

“The Sun Repair line is a natural extension of our sunscreens. We’re excited to extend the Goddess Garden Organics brand by offering premium facial products at a reasonable price which protect and restore the skin before, during, and after you’ve spent time in the sun,” Goddess Garden CEO Nova Covington said in a statement.

This is going to be my summer 2016 skin care regimen! I want to try the Under the Sun and Day Undone serums.

Garden Goddess products are available online, and at CVS and Whole Foods. The brand has sunscreens for everyday, sport, kids, baby, and face. There is something for everyone.

Goddess Garden prides itself on making skin care products that are safe for people and the planet. Do you try to use products labeled “natural” or “organic,” or that claim to be free of harmful chemicals? Tell me in the comments!

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*I received the facial sunscreen, Face the Day, and Dream Repair in my goody bag. Opinions are my own.

 

 

 

Fabulous Links of the Week

Skin and sun care from Garden Goddess

Skin and sun care from Goddess Garden

The week of April 4 was a little slow, beauty news-wise. But did you guys see this article in The Intercept about a skin care company that received funding from the CIA? Apparently, Skincential Sciences, parent company of the brand Clearista, has technology the CIA is veerry interested in.

This technology, which removes a thin outer layer of skin, may give the spy agency access to biomarkers that can be used for things like DNA collection. And who knew the CIA had a venture capital arm called In-Q-Tel?

The week of April 11 was a little busier. Victoria Beckham announced a makeup collaboration with Estee Lauder, Catherine Deneuve told ITG how she stays so young looking, legendary beauty editor Linda Wells spent the day at Sephora, and I came across a list of podcasts beauty junkies may be interested in.

The Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder makeup collection is coming this fall. It’s sure to be Posh. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) Seriously, though, I am curious to see if she includes a 90s-inspired brown lipstick. (Refinery 29)

How does French actress Catherine Deneuve look so amazing at 72? Skincare and perfume are involved. (Into the Gloss)

Linda Wells spent 20-plus years as the editor-in-chief of Allure. She recently spent a day as a cast member at a busy NYC Sephora location. Here’s how that went down. (New York)

Do you listen to podcasts? I don’t really, but I may check out some of these beauty-themed podcasts. Fat Mascara looks particularly interesting. (Racked)

Oh, and I joined Snapchat and talked lip care with an esthetician on the blog.

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SkinKC Skincare from the Healthy Brand Showcase

SKiNKC Skincare

 

Skincare: Your Lips Need Love, Too!

Lip saviors! (clockwise from top) Chapstick, Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15. bliss Fabulips, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, Glossier Coconut balmdotcom, and CocoMe Lipelixir

Lip saviors! (clockwise from top) Chapstick, Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15. Bliss Fabulips, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, Glossier Coconut balmdotcom, and CocoMe Lipelixir

It is 36 degrees in New Jersey, with winds gusting up to 24 miles per hour. In April! These numbers aren’t typos. The weather is craazzyy!

Between the wacky weather and breathing through my mouth thanks to this unending head cold, my lips have really taken a hit. So I asked Meredith Brown, a licensed esthetician at Russak Dermatology in New York City, what I could do.

“Lips are usually something people don’t think about until its too late, and they are chapped and dried out,” Brown told me. You need a lip balm to keep your lips hydrated.

Brown said the best lip balms are free of synthetic products and fragrances. “You want something that has petroleum in it,” said Brown. Petroleum is occlusive, so it creates a healing environment against wind and dryness, but it also allows oxygen flow so your lips can breathe.

Brown likes Aquaphor because it is very clean, and it has petroleum. Aquaphor has been around forever for a reason. It’s good stuff.

“You want to be diligent about applying moisturizer to your lips,” said Brown. Basically, you want to apply an Aquaphor-like product three to six times per day.

And, no, your lips are not excused from SPF. Brown recommends Chapstick with SPF, and reapplying it every 90 minutes or so if you are out in the sun. You can apply it under lipstick or gloss if you are wearing lip color.

And to get the most out of your lip balm, you can easily make a DIY lip exfoliant out of coconut oil and sugar. The skin on your lips is similar to the skin on your face, said Brown. Moisturizers can’t penetrate excess dry skin. If you exfoliate and remove the dry skin, your lips can absorb the product and reap its moisturizing benefits.

Above, I’ve included a pic of my fave lip saviors: Chapstick SPF 12, Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, Bliss Fabulips lip balm, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, Glossier Coconut balmdotcom, and CocoMe Lipelixir.

Here’s a piece I did a while ago for BeautyNews NYC about lip balms.

How do you protect your lips from the elements? Let me know in the comments!

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Miscellaneous: Snapchat

My first Snap was of my cat. Yes, I am that person!

My first snap was of my cat. I am that person!

My head cold is back with a vengeance. 😛 Since I’m stuck inside, I spent most of last night joining Snapchat. You can find me at clobuono.

Snapchat is really cool. I am having fun learning to use it, and coming up with content to put on there. I’m thinking I can snap from beauty and press events. I haven’t been so excited since I discovered Instagram, a platform I am now obsessed with.

If you swipe over to Snapchat Discover, you’ll find content from big name media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, ESPN, CNN, and National Geographic. And People magazine, for hard-hitting, investigative reporting.

Are you on Snapchat? What types of things do you post? Let me know in the comments! And of course, look for me at clobuono.

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Fabulous Links of the Week

2016 Revlon Makeup Brushes

2016 Revlon Makeup Brushes

Vintage-inspired Easter looks, R.I.P. Patty Duke, and welcome to Instagram, Halle Berry, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

I love anything vintage, so this slideshow of vintage-inspired looks at the NYC Easter Parade caught my eye. (Racked)

Patty Duke passed away this week at the age of 69. She won an Oscar at age 16 for her portrayal of Helen Keller, the youngest actress at the time to do so. After her diagnosis with bipolar disorder, she became an advocate for mental health awareness. (People)

Check out Halle Berry’s first Instagram. #hairgoals (Glamour)

On the blog this week, I reviewed my Kylie Lip Kit, found out more about Will Ferrell’s Mega Sexy Hot Tan sunscreen, and reviewed some cool makeup brushes designed by BMW for Revlon.

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Product Review: Revlon 2016 Makeup Brush Collection

2016 Revlon Makeup Brushes

2016 Revlon Makeup Brushes (l. to r.) Blending brush, Blush brush, All Over Shadow brush, and Crease Shadow brush

The generous folks at Revlon just sent me a BMW.* I’m kidding people! Actually, they sent me four makeup brushes from a collection Revlon developed with BMW Group subsidiary Designworks.

New makeup brushes are almost as good as a 5-series sedan, and I can’t trash them while merging onto 495 in Weehawken. I got the Blending brush, Blush brush, Crease Shadow brush, and All Over Shadow brush.

So far, I have used the Blush brush. The ExpertFX bristles are really soft. They picked up the perfect amount of product from the pan and distributed it smoothly and evenly on the apples of my cheeks.

The April issue of Marie Claire has a few facts about the Blush brush on page 148. Apparently, the brush head has about 28,500 bristles that are inset into the handle for easy cleaning.

A close up of the Diamond Grip handle

That Diamond Grip handle is weighted with 9 grams of steel to balance the brush head. And it contains high-grade ABS plastic for easy, comfortable use. The plastic also keeps the brush from rolling on flat surfaces. (Trust me: none of these brushes roll.)

I can’t wait to try the eye shadow brushes, especially the Crease Shadow brush, which has a tapered head. The brush I have been using in my crease is an angled brush, so I am curious to compare the results. And since I don’t have the steadiest hand when applying eye makeup, the high-tech handles will really be put to the test.

This post on Allure‘s Beauty Reporter blog singled out the Contour brush, which also has a tapered head like the Crease Shadow brush. This feature is apparently uncommon among drugstore makeup brushes. Of course, I wanted to get one.

I went to three different stores that sell Revlon makeup, but none of them carried the brushes. However, I did some Internet research, and the 13 brushes in the 2016 Revlon Brush Collection are available online at Target. Each brush is less than $20, btw.

Have you tried the Revlon x BMW makeup brushes? I think they have been available for a few months. What makeup brushes do you use? Let me know in the comments!

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