Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift

So I’m sure there are a plethora of skeptics out there.  I was one myself. . .before my Clarisonic cleansing brush.  I still just use my hands to wash my face sometimes but I ALWAYS see a difference when I use my – rather expensive – brush device.  So yes…it’s worth it. 

A new advancement has come to light, however, in the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift ($349). The 2-in-1 cleansing and micro-firming device not only cleanses the skin, but purportedly targets 15 signs of aging (per Clarisonic.com):

Smart Profile Uplift targets 15 signs of aging on face, neck, and décolleté.

  • Provides next-level micro-firming massage.
  • Delivers skin-changing sonic cleansing.
  • Minimizes the look of pores.
  • Boosts the absorption of your daily skincare products.
  • See visible, cumulative results.

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I know sounds too good to be true, but home devices (the right ones) are an amazing way to keep up with results from dermatologic procedures, and to make the products you have at home work their best. Think of it as an investment.

It’s a new product so there aren’t many reviews (which I always invest in reading for pricier items), but I’d keep your eyes open because as with anything that promises these kinds of results…it’s SURE to catch on.  Especially from this brand, with known “cult” brushes (and cult for great reason – they WORK!)

Spring 2017 – Neutrogena Hydra Boost Color

The onset of winter often means a change in skincare for a lot of people – drier skin makes for a much more difficult canvas, especially on days you may (feel) you need coverage.

While Neutrogena’s Hydra Boost Makeup Collection is technically for Spring 2017, it’s a perfect time to launch because the colder months very likely require more nourishing formulas. 

There are a few products in the lineup (serum, lip shine, cleanser, makeup, concealer, lip treatment) so if you tend towards dry skin to begin with, or you know colder air will require a tweak to your routine…they might be worth checking out.

Hollywood Ladies Baring All For Pirelli

Word of a new Pirelli project came my way recently, and I love that for it, these “elite” ladies are being photographed au natural.  Yes, part of me knows that they probably had facials, and undoubtedly have their own selection of skincare and preventative aging measures (in general, but also in preparation!) BUT. . . I still appreciate that they are being photographed withOUT the layers of makeup they usually are seen wearing.  Refreshing.

Why would I bother mentioning it, especially given that I don’t follow celebrity media?  Because a lot of ladies look up to the “stars.”  Young ones, in particular… The faces in the spotlight matter – right or wrong (whatever your opinion) – to many.  So it’s great to see them taking it all off to encourage people to love the skin they are in – no one should have to hide, and it is OKAY to be bare-faced.

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newbeauty.com

Per photographer Peter Lindbergh and New Beauty:

“I wanted to use the 2017 calendar to convey a different kind of beauty,” said Lindbergh at a press launch in Paris. “Since it’s based on consumption, the present system offers a single kind of beauty, which is essentially one of youth and perfection, since its objective is to get people to consume. But this idea of beauty has nothing to do with the real world or with women. Through the Pirelli Calendar I’ve tried to convey a different message, which is that beauty is far more than what advertising offers us today. My aim was therefore to portray women in a different way: and I did this by calling in actresses who’ve played an important role in my life, getting as close as possible to them to take my photos.”

While I wish this kind of encouragement was more prevalent, I am thankful for any of it at all – it’s important, in a world of false pretense and facades (grazie, social media!) that people realize a pretty face often has a lot more going on to make it APPEAR that way.  Let’s remember that we are human beings – we have dynamic wrinkles because we are alive and laughing!  Our skin sometimes has little spots because we see the sun from time to time.  We aren’t plastic, and flawless…and there’s nothing wrong with that.  We don’t have to live up to “perfect” (someone else’s term and standard, probably!) all the time…or even, how about this…? EVER.

Thank you, Pirelli, for the calendar…and for supporting “us” as we are.

Pirelli Instagram photo

Pirelli Instagram photo

Summer 2016 – Tarte Skincare

A few interesting new items from Tarte this summer…  The overarching theme these days is leaning to as-easy-to-use-as-possible.  Streamlining is a wonderful thing!

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser – a twist-up, 3-in-1 cleansing stick that scrubs, polishes, and offers a lovely little detox when left on for a few minutes.  

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Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches – a set of 4 treatment patches for the undereye, that are designed to reduce the appearance of pesky lines and wrinkles (I think I need some!) These contain hyaluronic acid, algae and marine extracts to soothe and hydrate. Vegan friendly and hypoallergenic.

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tartecosmetics.com

Tarte Facial Lip Scrub another easy twist-up designed to resurface and condition the lips without causing a huge mess like pots and tubes can!

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tartecosmetics.com

Can’t say I disagree with the format here…  Fan?

Illamasqua Nail Veil

Nail “polishes” are no longer strictly about color – for a long time color cosmetics have been edging towards giving “more” than just a tint.  It is not a new concept that makeup doubles as skincare…but that nail polishes double as treatment hasn’t really been around as long.  It isn’t wholly novel, necessarily, but it hasn’t been as mainstream as it is these days.

I didn’t totally expect this from Illamasqua, but as off beat as they are, I guess I shouldn’t be bowled over!  I like that they are considering the impact of their products, and that they take them to another level entirely, not only giving a beautiful look, but also something body-loving (er…nail-loving, anyway!)

The Neil Veils are “water and oxygen permeable,” providing “anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties” in a super glossy, sheerly-tinted pastel polish.  Nice.  Colors include Bamboo and Breathe, pastel Orange and Pink, respectively.

These are subtle, offering a refined, pull-together look while also caring for your nails – as the warmer Spring and Summer months are upon us and we find our fingers and toes full-on exposed, this is a nice way to stay natural, but also groomed. 

 

John Frieda 10 Day Tamer

10!?  I mean…I’ve heard of three…  I’ve even heard claims of up to 7 days.  But 10?  I’m impressed!

John Frieda is the frizz-kill king, as it were, having birthed some heavy hitters in the world of tress-taming products over the years.  His newest to the lineup, Frizz Ease 10 Day Tamer, is a pre-wash treatment designed to keep your locks under control for over a week solid.  It is applied to dry hair, left on for ten minutes, and washed as your normal routine dictates.

Treatments at the salon with Keratin can be lengthy, a bit high maintenance (you have to wait a day to sweat at all – for an athlete?  NO GOOD!), AND they can be costly.  So I love that companies are devising ways to bring us smoother strands (especially as the humid heat of summer approaches) that won’t cause us to break the bank.

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Britishbeautyblogger.com

Britishbeautyblogger gave it a whirl, so here is her review, for one!  The reviews online haven’t been stellar (or, in fairness, let’s say they range the gamut of great to poor)…but reviews are also few in number, as this is a recent launch.  Curious to hear more about it as time moves on, and it is available in-store as well. 

 

Recovery, Support and 12-Step Groups

As always…a great article from 88RecoveryHubBlog – a wonderful resource for anyone struggling with addictive behaviors, or in need of recovery support.  LOVE this blog.

Let me clear up some confusion.  There are various names for similar recovery organizations. You might hear “self-help group” “support group” “12-step” or even &…

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