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Several months ago I found these red patches under my eyes. I have sensitive, fair skin and I blush easily, so I figured it was a reaction of sorts. After being treated like a human lab rat by a dermatologist, I still had no answers. I wasted many an hour googling and thought I had nailed it to a sensitivity to SLS (sodium laureth sulfate), so I cut all those from my regiment and those patches didn’t seem to go away. 

A little over a week ago, I was digging through my linen closet and found Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. According to the packaging, “Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is a fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin.” I’ve been using it twice a day, every day since I found it and I’m happy to report that those pesky red patches are basically gone. I still don’t know what caused them, but this simply serum has made them a non-issue! Kiehl’s says the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution will also help with acne scarring and that with continued use overall skin tone will even out and future dark spots and other skin discolorations could be prevented.

You can buy Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution for $49.50 at kiehls.com.
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For years Nars has been atop many a magazine’s Best in Beauty lists. In recent years they’ve been best known for their blush in Orgasm, but I have a feeling that’s all about to change. This fall they will launch NarsSkin. The line features nine products including, Optimal Brightening Concentrate, $72 for 1 oz.; Gentle Cream Cleanser, $29 for 4.25 oz.; Purifying Foam Cleanser, $29 for 4.9 oz.; Double Refining Exfoliator, $34 for 2.8 oz.; Multi-Action Hydrating Toner, $32 for 6.7 oz.; Total Replenishing Eye Cream, $55 for 0.52 oz.; Luminous Moisture Cream, $62 for 1.7 oz.; Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer, $58 for 1.8 oz., and Aqua Gel Luminous Mask, $39 for 2.6 oz.

Each product is made with ingredients that aim to help with anti-aging, as well as, light-relecting properties that provide much needed moisture and minerals to skin. The line will be available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue in August and in September will be rolled out to department stores and specialty stores.
Ole-Henriksen-Truth-Serum-Collagen-Booster.jpgWhen it comes to the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster, we cannot tell a lie. We’re in love.

This serum brightens, tightens and makes skin radiant and glowy. What’s not to love, right? This is thanks to a high concentration of Vitamin C, which helps to prevent aging and hydrate the skin.

Plus, it sinks into skin without feeling greasy or sticky, which we’ve found with a lot of other serums. Oh, and did we mention it smells delicious?

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster retails for $48-$72 at sephora.com.


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I go out of my way to use “green” products to clean my home, I buy organic fruits and vegetables, I recycle…so it stands to reason that using natural beauty products should be a priority for me as well. However, finding skincare products and cosmetics that work well without harsh chemicals or unnatural additives isn’t always easy. As a longtime fan of Neutrogena products (dating as far back as high school, in fact!), you can imagine how excited I was to try the new Neutrogena® Naturals collection.

The collection includes a full range of skincare products that contain no harsh chemicals, sulfates, parabens, dyes or phthalates — in other words, none of the nasty stuff found in many beauty products. Instead, they contain naturally derived bionutrients that work with your skin’s natural functions to deliver safe and effective results. Even better, the products aren’t tested on animals, the packaging contains 50% post consumer recycled plastic, and the cartons are made from 100% recycled paper.

That all sounds fantastic, but the real question is, do the products work? I had the opportunity to test out several products from the collection including Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purifying Pore Scrub, Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover, Lip Balm, Face & Body Bar, Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer, and Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream. Overall, I was thrilled with the full collection, but here are a few of my favorites:

Purifying Pore Scrub - A pore scrub is an essential part of my nightly skincare regimen. I am impressed with how gentle this scrub is and how clear and fresh my skin looks after using it.

Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream - I have extremely dry skin, so a night cream is a must for me. Many creams tend to be really thick, making my skin feel like it can’t breathe. This night cream, however, was lightweight , absorbing instantly while leaving skin moisturized and comfortable. I love that it’s packed with vitamins B, C, E and anti-oxidents, so I feel like it’s working hard while I sleep to make my skin look healthy.

Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover - With so many steps to my nightly skincare routine, I hate using a separate makeup remover. This combination cleanser/makeup remover works so well! Every trace of makeup is easily removed and my skin is left feeling soft, not stripped.

Face & Body Bar - This all-purpose cleansing bar has found a permanent home in my shower. Rich in avocado and olive oil bionutrients, it’s so soft and gentle, I’m comfortable using it on my young children’s sensitive skin.

The verdict after trying out the full collection? You can count me as a Neutrogena® Naturals convert!

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NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer is a daily lotion that replenishes essential skin nutrients while providing continuous moisture throughout the day for healthier, younger-looking skin. It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.

NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream replenishes essential skin nutrients and is fortified with vitamins B, C, E and anti-oxidant omega bionutrients. This nourishing cream is clinically proven to boost skin’s defense against dullness and roughness, leaving it naturally radiant, healthier and younger looking today and in the future. It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.

Top-5-Skincare-Products.jpgWe’re always trying new skincare products. And we have to say, it takes a lot to make it into our list of favorites! But these five have definitely done it. We’re glowing, we’re radiant, we’re soft and smooth … and we’re sharing the secrets with you.

Bliss Fabulips Softening Lip Balm
Soften up your pucker with this unassuming little while tube, thanks to a combination of shea butter, jojoba and grapeseed oils, and Vitamin E.
$16 at blissworld.com

Bite Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub
Not only does this smell and taste fantastic, but the exfoliating beads make our lips feel unbelievably smooth in seconds. Perfect after a winter of horrible chapping and dryness.
$18 at sephora.com

Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System
If there were only one product we could take to a desert island, this would be it. We’ve long been obsessed with every Clarisonic product on the market, and this new vibrating skincare brush—with two settings—has gotten rid of every trace of dryness.
$149 at sephora.com

Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate
A serum that promises to make you look younger? Why wouldn’t we try it? And while we’re not sure we’ve taken years off our lives by applying this religiously every day, we will say we have a previously unknown glow.
$60 at lordandtaylor.com

Ole Henriksen Truth Creme Advanced Hydration
A moisturizer that isn’t greasy, sinks into skin immediately and makes us radiant? Yes please. Luckily, this one does all three.
$45 at sephora.com

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