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June 2011 Archives

januaryeyes_smh.jpgTalk about futuristic. Madmen actress January Jones’ makeup couldn’t be farther from the trends of the 60s. On two different occasions, the premiere of X-Men: First Class on May 25th (right) and the premiere of Unknown back in February (left), January used a broad stroke of matte eyeshadow that not only covered the lid, but also the area between the eye and nose. 

January might be alone on this trend. It doesn’t work with dark shades (hello, raccoon eyes!), but could be fun to experiment with lighter shades. Unfortunately, her orange eyes and bright red lips combination is a little much, but we’ll definitely try this eye effect with a lighter lip color.
Alba-Botanica-Natural-Acnedote-Invisible-Treatment-Gel.jpgMost of the products in our skincare routine are, admittedly, quite expensive. So when we came across Alba Botanica Natural ACNEdote Invisible Treatment Gel, we have to say we were a bit skeptical. How could a good skincare product—and an acne-fighter at that—be under $10? Well, color us surprised and delighted, because this little tube WORKS.

We’ve tried pretty much every pimple fighter out there, and most just don’t work. They claim to get rid of pimples in a matter of hours, and you know what? They don’t. But Alba Botanica’s version? It actually does make pimples disappear in two days or less! And we’re not just talking tiny zits, either. We tried it on a couple really horrible ones—you know, the really inflamed kind that are super deep under the skin—and it got rid of THEM. IN TWO DAYS.

Pardon our use of caps, but we just couldn’t believe our eyes when those pimples were gone! This is due to the fabulous array of ingredients inside this little tube, like willow bark extract (which contains salicylic acid, treating and preventing acne), licorice and lentil extracts (to neutralize acne-causing bacteria and combat shine), and organic aloe and chamomile (to soothe and calm inflammation).

The product claims to deliver clearer skin in just four hours. And before you scoff, listen up. It DOES! We recommend applying just a tiny amount to the inflamed area 1-2 times a day, and we guarantee that pimple will be gone in no time. And a bonus? It doesn’t even feel sticky after it’s applied.

What a miracle!

Alba Botanica Natural ACNEdote Invisible Treatment Gel retails for $6.97 at
I rely 100% on moisturizer to soothe my skin. When it comes to soap bars, I’m just looking for a fresh scent which is why I was immediately intrigued by Dr. Bronner’s line of organic hemp soaps. I’d love to try the citrus orange and baby mild scents, but my local grocery store only carries peppermint and lavender. If I had two soap holders, I’d use peppermint for morning showers and lavender for evening baths. I settled on lavender and so far so good. 

What do you look for first in a soap? Moisturizing or smell?

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, $4.49 at
Caress-Sheer-Twilight-Body-Wash.jpgIn case you were wondering, we love everything Caress does. But we were wishing and hoping for a new body wash from the line … and, luckily, Caress Fine Fragrance Elixirs Sheer Twilight Body Wash has come to the rescue.

A combination of black orchid and juniper oil are contained within fragrance pearls. When released, they create an aroma that’s incredibly intoxicating, delicious and sensuous—and at the same time totally calming.

The fragrance is inspired by exotic blossoms at the peak of their bloom. So divine, right? Plus, the color of the body wash—a deep, deep purple—is beautiful and looks so nice in the shower.

Caress Fine Fragrance Elixirs Sheer Twilight Body Wash retails for $4.39 at
SPF-Beauty-Image.jpgThere are so many products out there formulated with SPF. But how do you find the ones that are absolutely perfect for you? Well, luckily, we’ve culled through the hundreds of SPF products and found the ones that really and truly work. Here are our favorites.

Best drugstore sunscreen
Hands down, our choice for drugstore sunscreen is Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 70. (Yes, you read that number right!) If you want your face to look as young 40 years from now as it does today, this is the sunscreen for you.
$7.69 at

Best sunscreen wipes
You’re running around the city and you don’t have room in your purse for sunscreen. Well, good news—Tocca Stella SPF 30+ Sunscreen Towelettes not only smell amazing, but they fit into even the tiniest clutch! No reason you can’t protect that pretty skin of yours.
$28 at

Best moisturizer with sunscreen
You’ll hear it from pretty much every makeup artist out there. Skip the sunscreen if—and only if!—you’re wearing Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. Plus, you get just the tiniest, healthiest hint of color.
$42 at

Best sunscreen-infused lip balm
Okay, confession time. It was completely impossible to pick just one in this category, so we picked two! It’s a tossup between Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($22.50 at and Benefit Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15 ($20 at Each imparts a pretty, just-kissed amount of color upon the lips—totally gorgeous.

Best allover sunscreen stick
From your elbows to your ears, the tops of your feet to the tip of your nose, there’s one product out there that’s great for every place imaginable. And that’s Clinique Sun SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick. We tested this stick in Hawaii, and even in the hottest sun imaginable, we remained unburned!
$18 at

Best dermatologist-created sun product
Everything Dr. Dennis Gross touches turns to gold … and his All-in-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15 is no exception. Antioxidants, a hint of tint and, of course, sunscreen, combine to create one pretty powerful product.
$44 at

Best self tanner
Okay, this product is pure genius. Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse SPF 15 not only makes your legs glow with what looks like a real tan, but it actually contains SPF so your skin is totally pretty and protected.
$42 at

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