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Yes-To-Tomatoes-Deep-Cleansing-Facial-Pads.jpgRemember when we talked about First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads last week? Well, we simply had to continue down the cleansing pads road … which is why, today, we’re bringing you a review of Yes to Tomatoes Deep Cleansing Facial Pads.

Truth be told, we couldn’t have started using these cleansing pads at a better time. Our skin has been extremely temperamental as of late, with flareups occurring more than they did in our teenage years. (Trust us, we’re less than thrilled with this turn of events.) In any case, the fact that these cleansing pads are formulated with salicylic acid definitely seemed like a blessing in disguise.

So we started using these pads every night before bed (and sometimes twice a day, if we were good and went to the gym). At first, we didn’t notice anything happening to the unsightly bumps, blemishes and red patches on our face. But, after about a week, we definitely started seeing a noticeable difference in our skin.

The blemishes were disappearing right before our eyes! What had been bright red pimples were now on their last legs. Our skin even felt softer and smoother than it had in weeks, finally returning to the baby-soft quality it usually sports.

Now, these pads do have a medicinal scent, thanks to the salicylic acid. But if you can get past that, they are most definitely worth investing in! Your skin will be clearer than ever before.

Yes to Tomatoes Deep Cleansing Facial Pads are $7.99 for a pack of 50 at drugstore.com.
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I have to admit, when I first got my hands on Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir, I was a little hesitant — and, yes, scared. “Resurfacing” sounded like such an intense word for my sensitive skin. But then I realized I was overreacting, because nothing from Olay has ever been, or will ever be, harsh on any skin type!

So I got over my fears and slathered this leave-on nighttime moisturizer all over my skin. Skin, I’ll have you know, that was dry, breaking out and far from its beautiful best.

Well, imagine my surprise and delight when, in just one treatment, my skin already looked a MILLION times better. When I woke up the next morning, the dryness was gone and the pimples were fading. I felt like I was looking at a different face from the night before - and the results have only improved in the few weeks I’ve been testing it out. I’m glowing, radiant and look as if I’ve gotten a facial or (gasp!) had work done.

Not to mention, I absolutely love the formula. The gel-like consistency has a touch of shimmer to it, so it’s like there’s a party in my apartment every night before bed. Thanks to glycolic acid that permeates the upper layers of the skin’s surface and increases natural exfoliation, it works with the body’s nightly changes to smooth skin in just one week. This moisturizer actually works as well as a professional light chemical peel.

You’ll also find humectants like glycerin and glycol, Pal-KTTKS (Regenerist’s proprietary, signature anti-aging penta-peptide) and skin soothers like pro-vitamin B5 and allantoin within the formula.

What all this boils down to? At the end of the day, I’m reaching for my Olay.

Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir retails for $24.99. Check olay.com for retail information.
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When we first popped the top on the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, we were instantly transported to our middle and high school years as acne-troubled teens in need of Clearisil. The pads are so similar in size and texture, that we couldn’t help but be nostalgic (well, not really.). But alas, our skin is relatively clear these days, and these pads don’t sting, or dry out our skin quite like the facial pads of our youth. 

Granted, First Aid Beauty’s (FAB) pads aren’t acne-killers. They are formulated with a balance of lactic and glycolic acids to - as the product totes - improve skin clarity, visibly reduce pore size, and help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They are alcohol-free, so they shouldn’t dry out your skin, and claim they are safe for sensitive skin.

After the first few days of using FAB’s facial pads in place of our usual toner, we didn’t really notice much difference. We started thinking that maybe they were too sensitive to actually help us see much of a difference in our skin. We usually tend to think that products only work if we feel them working - as in, tingling, burning, etc. Well, just the other day - we’d say after about two weeks of twice daily use - we looked in the mirror and were happily stunned at what our skin looked like without makeup. It was smoother, brighter, and our pores were actually slightly smaller than we could remember (unless our eyes were playing tricks on us.) 

After reading up on reviews online, some people complained about breakouts (we didn’t experience this, and trust us - our skin is more sensitive than a wet tissue), but most were incredibly happy with their results. For $28, you get 60 pads, which is good for a month if used morning and night. 

Bottom line? Were excited about our two-week results, and can’t wait to see what our skin looks like after another two weeks. Try it, give it some time, and you shouldn’t be disappointed. $28, sephora.com

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Is it just us, or did Amy Adams look absolutely stunning at the 68th Annual Golden Globes this past Sunday? We love the wavy tendrils peeking out around her face - they created such a soft, feminine look. “I wanted to create a soft 20s mood, but in a different, modern way,” said hairstylist Laini Reeves of the look. “We started by changing the texture of her hair before we went on to loosely braid and roll the chignon.”

And if you’re looking to recreate the look at home? Good news, because we got a step-by-step of how Reeves styled Amy!

Reeves started by washing Amy’s hair with Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and followed with Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Conditioner. These two products infused Amy’s hair with argan oil, keratins, fatty acids and proteins, and also controlled the hair by keeping it smooth and frizz free.

Next, Reeves applied Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream from roots to ends while Amy’s hair dried to further smooth the texture and add definition and shine. The hair was rough-dried and then air-dried, except at the roots, where Reeves used a blowdryer - this created “a modern, freer look,” Reeves said.

To create curls around the head, Reeves used a 1” curling iron and then blended them in. After creating a side part, Reeves pulled pieces from the front to frame Amy’s faces, pinning them in an “S” shape away from the rest of the hair. She then gathered and pulled back the rest of Amy’s tresses, made a loose doubled braid, rolled it upwards and pinned it at the nape with five thick bobby pins.

The final step? Reeves released the “S”-shaped sections in the front and pinned them behind Amy’s ears “to open her face up and show off her cheekbones,” Reeves said. A quick spray of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray kept everything in place while adding tons of shine.

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The 68th Annual Golden Globes was Sunday, but the beauty (and fashion) buzz around it is still being heard at full volume. Fashion trends were spotted all over the carpet (hello emerald dresses and pale pink gowns), but we’re here to gush about the glorious beauty. 

The most memorable looks were understated, effortless and simple, yet sexy. Nude lips, light rouge, winged eyeliner and fluttering lashes were the stars of the night, as well as scarlet red pouts. Soft flowing waves, simple updos and girly side parts had our hearts all aflutter. 

Piper Perabo and Mandy Moore (above) had very different looks, but still hit the beauty nail on the head. Piper’s teased crown sleek pony paired perfectly with her ruby lips and black top liner, while Mandy’s natural wavy locks and glowing face were sexy and not the least bit stuffy.

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Equally as stunning were Claire Danes, January Jones, Michelle Williams and Megan Fox. Claire’s flirty lashes and loose, chic updo were so youthful and perfect, we’re itching to give the look a try on our next big night out. January’s old Hollywood flair couldn’t have suited her more, while Michelle’s adorable pixie cut (below) was tousled just right. Brunette beauty Megan Fox was stunning with her side swept ‘do, pearly pink mouth and lightly smokey eye. 

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While many received honorable mentions (including Kyra Sedgwick, Mila Kunis, and Olivia Wilde), there was just no beating these six gorgeous starlets. 

What do you think? Which look do you want to steal for yourself?

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