Origins Maskimizer: Don’t Fall For It

Time for a bitch moment, people. Origins, a brand I often use and who are known for their skin-friendly, gentle, good-for-you-and-your-wallet products, have just released their newest product “innovation”. Called Maskimizer, it’s a concoction that you spray on your face prior to applying a face mask in order to “enhance” (their words, not mine) your mask benefits and experience. Come on, Origins. A pre-mask primer? … Continue reading Origins Maskimizer: Don’t Fall For It

The Language of Ingredient Lists

Allergies and sensitive skin can make it feel like it’s you against the beauty world. Even products you once used to use can turn into tiny, jarred demons that wreak havoc on your face. No bueno. Seeing my sister develop an allergy to tea tree oil (not to mention already suffering from cystic acne. She really drew the short straw), has shown me just how … Continue reading The Language of Ingredient Lists

Preservative-Free Product Pitfalls

Preservative has become a dirty word. The compounds that were once added to manufactured goods so they could last longer on the shelf and in your home have become an invasive species that we want eliminated entirely. Good, bad, or neutral. Brands have already begun popping up, touting their preservative-free lines. The problem is, a preservative-free beauty routine might not be entirely possible. Nuori is … Continue reading Preservative-Free Product Pitfalls

REVIEW: ‘SkinClinical’ Anti-Aging for Sensitive Skin?

If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin, or sensitized skin (there is a difference), you now how precarious shopping for skincare can be. Not only do you risk irritating your already irritated skin, but the products that claim to ameliorate those issues might not do a whole helluva lot. Don’t worry, Wednesday, there might be a new solution! There’s a new brand in town: … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘SkinClinical’ Anti-Aging for Sensitive Skin?

Major DON’Ts for the Acne-Prone

Using Face Scrubs First, I will say that those with ONLY blackheads can use a scrub or physical exfoliant and be all right (although you should go easy!). Those of you with whiteheads, however, should stay far away from scrubs. Your whiteheads are tiny little surface infections, and you don’t want harsh grit tugging and tearing at this inflamed, sensitive skin. Sorry, but you’re going … Continue reading Major DON’Ts for the Acne-Prone

5 Times Millennials Influenced Beauty

Everyone throws around that term millennial like it’s candy falling from a piñata. Millennial this and millennial that. You might be sick of it, even if you yourself ARE a millennial. Particularly because millenials sometimes get a bad rap. Anyone aged 18 to 34 years old is considered a member of this “millennial” generation, and we’re (yep, you guys are my bretheren) typically blamed for … Continue reading 5 Times Millennials Influenced Beauty

Oily Skin: Myths & Damn Dirty Lies

I have oily skin, so I don’t need to use moisturizer. You may have already read that this is soooo NOT the case. Weird, though, I know. While you may have oily skin, trying to eradicate all of that oil can lead to some bad side effects. Harsh products filled with high concentrations of salicylic acid, clay, and/or sulfur will suck up the pore-clogging oil … Continue reading Oily Skin: Myths & Damn Dirty Lies

The Basics of Treating Acne

Ah acne. The bane of our existence. Even if you miraculously avoided it in high school, it can rear its ugly head and develop it later on in life. What fun. While it’s embarrassing in our youth, it’s expected. What’s not expected is to see a fully-grown adult plastered with pimples and pockmarks. Whether you’ve been battling this since you were wearing choker necklaces and … Continue reading The Basics of Treating Acne

Fluid Foundations: Your Summer Swap

We can all feel summer beginning to flood into our respective cities. New York is bright, warm, and sunny. I’m starting to see sandals and sundresses. With this change in weather, we need to also prepare for the hot, sticky, sweaty mess we all turn into when we’re frolicking beneath the summer sun. I just bought my first one, and I am thrilled. Dior’s Nude … Continue reading Fluid Foundations: Your Summer Swap

BREAKING: Dr. Brandt Believed to Have Committed Suicide

If you’ve ever shopped at Sephora, you’ve seen the Dr. Brandt product line, named for its creator. Photo courtesy of beautybay.com Dermatologist to the stars, Dr. Frederic Brandt, was found dead this weekend in his Miami home at the age of 65. Photo courtesy of taiganfinds.com As details emerge about his passing, several sources are beginning to reveal that the doctor’s cause of death may … Continue reading BREAKING: Dr. Brandt Believed to Have Committed Suicide