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Skincare: 2015 Favorites

SkincareThis week, journalists and bloggers often curate “Best Of 20XX” lists to celebrate the highlights of the past year. So here are my favorite discoveries from 2015 in the skincare, makeup, bath and body, and hair categories.

If I plan to repurchase a product the minute I run out, it made the cut. A big part of a walk-in closet and an entire room in my apartment are dedicated to all of the products I have accumulated since I started beauty blogging. If I repurchase something, rather than doing a deep dive into my stash, it has to be really good.

We’ll kick things off with skincare.

I am obsessed with Cover F/X Custom Infusion Drops, specifically the Radiance (vitamin C and lemongrass) and Anti-Aging (vitamin A and jasmine). If I could put them in my food, I would. If I could put them in my cats’ food, I would.

I love to add these to my moisturizer in the morning and at bedtime. The drops don’t leave my skin feeling oily, because they absorb quickly, and my skin tone and and the appearance of any fine lines and wrinkles have noticeably improved.

DermaE Microdermabrasion Scrub is my go-to for getting rid of excess oil and makeup, and those annoying little red spots that sometimes pop up. Plus it smells clean and citrus-y. The scrub is especially great in the summer, when your skin can feel extra dirty from sweat and sunscreen.

Of all the skincare regimens I’ve tried, Paula’s Choice and Laneige stand out. The regimens don’t have a million steps, and my skin feels and looks amazing. Both lines are pretty wallet friendly, too.

Oh, and before I forget, I discovered Avene Retrinal 0.1% Intensive Cream over Thanksgiving. My skin already looks smoother and more youthful, and it feels great on my face. I use it at night, because it contains retinol, which can make your skin UV sensitive.

You can buy Cover F/X Custom Infusion Drops at Sephora and DermaE at Walgreens. Paula’s Choice is available at dermstore.com, as is Avene. Laneige, from top Korean beauty company AmorePacific, is available at Target.

What skincare products and/or brands have you discovered in 2015? Tell me about them in the comments! I’m always open to recommendations.

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Product Review: Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging

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I have mentioned my love of Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Body Double on here and on BeautyNews NYC. My shoulders and decolletage look <ahem!> much younger than they are <cough!>, and my skin feels silky smooth. So I couldn’t wait to try Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging products for the face.

I picked the Resist Essential Kit for dry/very dry skin and the Power Couple.* My skin is not particularly dry, and I don’t struggle with (frequent) breakouts either, thank God, but these seemed to be the best fit for my skin. I was very pleased with the kit, which comprised four products, a cleanser, an exfoliator with 5 percent alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), a day moisturizer with SPF 25, and a night moisturizer called Barrier Repair Moisturizer with retinol. I also love the Power Duo, the same exfoliator with AHA that came in the kit, and the C15 Super Booster vitamin C serum.

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I used the cleanser and the Power Duo in the morning, followed by the moisturizer with SPF. In the evening before bed, I used the cleanser and the moisturizer with retinol. I love the way my skin looks! The kit and Power Duo are reasonably priced by the way.

A few words to the wise. Do not combine vitamin C and retinol. You should also avoid combining AHA and retinol. You should use them at different times of the day, according to FutureDerm.com.

Anything acidic, such as AHA (glycolic acid) and vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) will interfere with the conversion of retinol to its active form within the skin. So use AHA and vitamin C during the day and retinol-containing products at night. Here’s more from FutureDerm about combining retinoids and acidic products.

And always use sunscreen during the day. But you don’t need me to tell you that!

My only gripe? Maybe I’m just too blonde, but getting the products out of the pump was a pain. I had to unscrew the cap with the pump from the bottle! However, the Essential Kit and the Power Duo get a big thumbs up, and I would definitely buy them again.

Have you tried Paula’s Choice products? Are you familiar with Paula Begoun and her books and products?

* I purchased the Resist Essential Kit and received the Power Couple for review. Opinions are my own.

Winter 2015 Favorites

Winter 2015 Favorites

Winter 2015 Favorites

Chapped knuckles, single digit temperatures, and biting winds. Ah, the joys of a Northeastern winter. To fight off the mid-winter blahs, I thought I’d share some new favorites I’ve discovered that protect my skin and keep it moisturized during the colder months. Some of these products were sent to me to review, but I’ll definitely be buying more when they run out!

Skyn Iceland Nordic Peel Pads with Alpha-Beta Complex:  The people at Skyn Iceland sent these to me for my neck and decolletege story in BeautyNews NYC. What can I tell you? I fell in love. They smell amazing, and really do brighten up dull winter skin. The alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids exfoliate your skin, but very gently.

Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Body Double: Another find from the BeautyNews NYC neck and decolletege article. I love these two products, a body lotion with 10 percent alpha-hydroxy acid and a moisturizer with retinol and antioxidants. They have really reduced the appearance of any sun spots on my shoulders. You can buy the lotion and moisturizer separately or together. FYI, here is an interview with Paula Begoun, the Paula in Paula’s Choice, in New York magazine’s blog The Cut.

Shea Terra Organics Marula Oil: I tested this product for my BeautyNews NYC story on facial oils. This oil is fragrance free, which is nice, because I’m pretty sensitive to the fragrances in products. They can give me a headache. The oil is a little heavy, but in the dead of winter, if you have to shovel out your car or run errands, that’s OK. I have been using it a lot. And I love the story behind Shea Terra.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil: I am officially obsessed with this face oil! The face oils I tried for the BeautyNews NYC story were all beautiful, but this was my favorite. Its not too heavy, which I like because I do not have particularly dry skin. It also has a light, herbal scent that reminds me of a kitchen garden. I will definitely be using this into the warmer months.

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick: I walked into CVS one day on the way to the gym and saw these. I like the Revlon Lip Butters, so I thought I’d give these a try. I’ve never tried Almay products before, and was pleasantly surprised. Lipsticks and pencils that dry out your lips within five minutes of application are my pet peeve. These really did keep my lips moisturized as well as the Revlon, and go on just sheer enough. I got the pink in light/medium and nude in light.

Tell me. What products do you rely on to keep your skin moisturized and protected in the winter? How do you change up your skin care routine when the when the weather gets colder?