Surviving Summer with Essence Cosmetics Beauty Products

We are in full makeup emergency mode. The summer’s humidity has been very disrespectful to our beauty routine and makeup applications. We leave our apartment looking fresh faced and well put together, but once we step one foot outside, our makeup almost immediately starts melting down our face. Like we said, the humidity is disrespectful. Luckily we can combat the effects of the ever increasing humidity’s effect on our makeup, without breaking the bank, with the following essence cosmetics beauty products. With the following affordable, fun, and high-quality essence cosmetics products, we’re keeping the shine where it’s supposed to be, on our lips, eyelids, and cheeks……and off our overall face.

The above essence cosmetics beauty products featured include:

  1. extreme long lasting eye pencils ($2.99) – this waterproof pencil glides on smooth and new pencil delivery system keeps the formula from drying out. It is available in 6 shades – black love, but first espresso, black midnight sky, nighttime in the jungle, rockin’ taupe, and silky nude.
  2. volume stylist 18h curl & hold mascara ($4.99) – this innovative system lasts for up to 18 hours and uses special micro-styling waxes to deliver long-lasting volume & curl via a paddle brush wand applicator.
  3. volume stylist 18h lash extension mascara ($4.99) – enriched with lengthening fibers for volume & length, the fiber wand designed to reach each & every lash.
  4. shine shine shine lip gloss ($2.99) – available in 6 shades, this high shine lip gloss glides on smooth with a highly-pigmented finish with an applicator that ensures precise application. Shades include: behind the scenes, smile sparkle shine, friends of glamour, flirt alert, happiness in a bottle, and runway your way.
  5. instant matt makeup setting spray ($4.99) – a transparent mist that sprays on top of makeup to refresh your complexion and eliminate shine and oil. Suitable for all skin types. This, in collaboration with the “all about matt fixing powder waterproof”, has saved our makeup over the past few days and kept us from suffering from melting makeup.
  6. make me matt lip top coat **not pictured ($4.49) – transform any shiny lipstick into a matt, never chalky finish. It will leave your lips soft.
  7. all about matt fixing powder waterproof ($4.49) – a translucent powder that can be applied on top of any foundation to mattify your skin and set makeup. It withstands humidity and mattifies skin all day. This item has been a godsend. We no longer fear venturing outside.
  8. eye & face palette ($5.99) – this neutral palette contains shades for eye and face including 4 shadows, blush & highlighter, and 2 shade collections.

Are you a fan of essence cosmetics beauty products? What are your favorites from this affordable beauty brand? The essence cosmetics beauty product collection is available on www.essencemakeup.com and at Target, Ulta and Forever 21.

Skin Deep: Proactiv Launches NEW ProactivMD System

We’ve all seen the commercials with the amazing before and after results using Proactiv. Because of those ads, most of us, yours truly included, couldn’t wait to get our hands on this breakthrough acne treatment regime. Well, Proactiv is blowing us away again with the introduction of their brand new acne-fighting ProactivMD System. This new acne treating system contains Adapalene, the first prescription-strength retinoid that is FDA approved to treat acne without a prescription.

Adapalene is the first new acne-fighting ingredient to be introduced to the over the counter market in over 30 years. Proactiv’s NEW ProactivMD is a next-generation 3-step acne treatment system which consists of four products, a Deep Cleansing Face Wash, Balancing Toner, Daily Oil Control for morning use only, and Adapalene Gel 0.1% for nighttime use only. ProactivMD’s Adapalene works at the cellular level to help clear acne where it starts and prevent future breakouts from forming…. beneath the skin. As it clears up your blemishes, it also helps restore your skin’s tone and texture, unblocks and shrinks clogged pores, and reduces acne redness and inflammation.

  • Step 1: Deep Cleansing Face Wash: gentle daily cleanser, developed for acne-prone skin, combines glycolic acid and smooth exfoliating beads to clear dirt and debris from pores and gently resurface skin for a smoother, softer looking complexion.
  • Step 2: Cleansing Balancing Toner: an alcohol-free toner helps balance skin’s pH levels and removes impurities lodged deep within pores. This toner is alcohol-free and contains a light astringent to sweep away impurities leaving skin feeling fresh, revitalized and balanced.
  • Step 3 (Morning): Daily Oil Control SPF 30: a lightweight, 3-in-1 moisturizer helps hydrate skin, control shine and protect from harmful UVA/UVB rays. The gentle formula absorbs quickly, is non-comedogenic and free of oil and fragrance. Apply liberally to face and neck each morning at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure.
  • Step 3 (Night): Adapalene Gel 0.1%: A topical retinoid medication is used to battle acne and treat blemishes. Adapalene helps speed acne healing, prevents new acne from forming, and reduces redness and inflammation while restoring an even skin tone and texture.

“I see patients every day with low self-esteem and poor self-confidence due to their acne. The new ProactivMD system offers an easy-to-use solution with Adapalene that is scientifically proven to reduce acne. I am excited that my patients now have easy access to an affordable system that I know from first-hand experience will help their acne and make them look and feel great!” said Proactiv dermatologist partner Dr. Ted Lain.

The 3-step ProactivMD system is available now at $29.95 monthly for non-members on www.Proactiv.com, or by calling 800-235-605.

Leading Beauty Innovator, Reshma Beauty, Comes to the US

More and more people are adopting natural beauty practices and products made with natural ingredients, with many looking to other cultures’ beauty secrets. South Asia has been the leading innovator of beauty secrets from the beginning of time. We were recently introduced to a range of haircare, and skincare products that use age-old beauty secrets and ingredients the mainstream public is just now discovering. Reshma Beauty products, the finest quality of innovative henna-based hair and skin care products, which has completely blown us away, was founded on the science of natural herbs.

Reshma Beauty products share the tradition of all-natural, green, healthy and safe beauty options that the people of the South Asia region have been enjoying for centuries, with the world. Their wonderfully affordable range of products includes Classic Henna, 30 Minute Henna, Skin Care, Oils, Beauty Soaps, and the newly added Henna Infused Deep Conditioner.

We’ve been having one hell of a time indulging in the various Reshma Beauty products. Two of our all time favorite products are the above Reshma Multani Mitti-Fuller’s Earth Mask, $7.99, an all-natural cleansing and clarifying clay mask that comes from a rock originating from India. A clay mask that works wonders on acne-prone and oily skin and is amazing at removing excess oil. leaving your skin feeling fresh, clean, radiant and toned; and the Reshma Ubtan Exfoliator and Face Mask, an all-natural mask, boasting a special blend of herbs, such as turmeric, that brightens and exfoliates your skin by removing toxins. The Ubtan Exfoliator and Face Mask, $7.99, also helps remove dark circles and bags under the eyes and leaves skin soft, smooth and radiant. Our skin is always left feeling incredibly soft and smooth, like baby’s butt smooth. So soft we can’t stop touching our face.

Another Reshma Beauty product we’re addicted to is the Reshma Turmeric Soap, $5.99, a deep moisturizing, powerful antioxidant and anti-aging bar infused with orange peel, rosemary, and an infusion of various oils, such as olive and coconut oil. Although we haven’t tried it yet (we’re still happily using the Turmeric soap), Reshma Beauty also offers a Rosemary Soap, $5.99, that is designed for oily skin, helps prevent inflammation, moisturizes, tones and rehydrates your skin. There are so many amazing products to fall in love with from Reshma Beauty, such as their Henna Infused Oils, $7.99, available for dry and damaged hair, normal hair, and dry scalp & thinning hair; and their Henna-Infused Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, $3.99, which increases moisture and repairs hair damage.

Hair product lovers and all colorists will find themselves weak to the Reshma Beauty’s Classic Henna, and 30 Minute Henna Hair colors ($7.99 each). These 100% Natural Henna semi-permanent hair colors contain no ammonia or peroxide, the henna not only conditions your hair as you’re coloring it, it also protects your hair from the sun and dirt. We haven’t tried it yet but we’re dying to try the Natural Midnight Blue. Our aunt used the 30 Minute Natural Black and she loved the results, noting her hair was left with a variety of deep rich tones that still looked very natural.

Reshma Beauty is named after its creator, Reshma Dordi, a former Miss LA India, director, and producer who created and maintained this leading and in demand henna beauty business in the South Asian market for over the last 20 years. Reshma Beauty is ready to introduce their innovative haircare and skincare products to the US market, especially as we beauty lovers are straying further and further away from chemical-based beauty products

Want to try some of Reshma’s healthy and environmentally friendly beauty products? Visit www.reshmabeauty.com to begin your journey.

MURAD Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment for Acne Awareness Month

There are so many notable things to observe this month, we’ve honored and made note of a few, now it’s time to bring attention to another. It’s observation of a skin problem that plagues just about every teenager on Earth, and quite a few adults, with sufferers totaling in the double-digit millions, that skin condition? Acne! While many may only experience an occasional breakout or one or two pimples, zits, or blemishes here and there, many severe acne sufferers are quite emotionally impacted by this skin disease. As almost lifelong acne sufferers ourselves, we’re always on the lookout for solutions to our acne issues, and with June being National Acne Awareness Month, what better time to explore new acne fighting solutions, like the NEW Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment.

Just in time for Acne Awareness Month, Murad has added a new acne fighting solution to their sought after, and award-winning Acne Control collection (some of which are pictured below in their Advanced Breakout Control Regimen 7-Piece kit), scientifically proven to clear current breakouts and help prevent new blemishes from forming. We sometimes experience large, red, and painful breakouts called cystic acne, a painful annoyance that can take weeks to fully disappear, the perfect blemish candidate to try Murad’s latest acne relief on.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, which launched on June 1st, is a fast-acting, invisible gel that reduces blemish size and redness in just four hours. This newest acne fighter boasts a powerful, next-generation formula, and features the maximum strength of Salicylic Acid (2%, the highest percentage available without a prescription) to clear pores, smooth skin and treat acne at the source by killing bacteria.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is formulated with a patented complex that features thyme and pine extracts to fight irritants while preserving your skin’s natural balance. Horse chestnut and oat extracts help to reduce redness and soothe the skin, for an even and clearer complexion. A recent Murad sponsored study showed that 97% of acne sufferers agreed their blemish appearance improved after just one day of using the Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, something we can attest to as well.

The 0.5 oz tube of Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is available now nationwide and retails for $22.00. Like all other Murad skincare products, you will find this newest product on www.Murad.com.

Kiehl’s and Saks Fifth Avenue Celebrate Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons

Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Saks Fifth Avenue, in collaboration with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), and Art Production Fund, celebrated two new works of art from an iconic artist; the stunning and larger-than-life public art installation of the Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons, in Rockefeller Center, and the Limited Edition Kiehl’s x Jeff Koons collectible tin, in honor of National Missing Children’s Month in May.

With an incredible city of New York as its backdrop, the 45-foot inflatable Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons structure, co-presented by the non-profit Art Production Fund, based on a small porcelain figurine, depicts a seated ballerina from the artist’s iconic Antiquity series and represents Kiehl’s commitment to community spirit and the greater good.

From May 2nd to May 31st, Kiehl’s will donate 100% of the net profits from the sales of any product in the Midnight Recovery Collection, up to $100,000, to benefit ICMEC. Any customer who purchases any item in the range will be able to take home their own work of art from one of the foremost internationally recognized and celebrated American contemporary artists.

Midnight Recovery Concentrate: In 2010, Kiehl’s Since 1851 became a pioneer in the face oil category when it introduced the first anti-aging facial oil treatment, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a potent blend of botanical extracts that replenishes skin overnight when skin actively repairs itself from daily damage endured throughout the day. The 99% naturally-derived formula is paraben-free and features a powerhouse blend of active botanical and essential oils that work all night to replenish lipids for a fresher and more radiant appearance by morning. $46/1 oz.
Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil: This non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic innovation cleanses deeply while maintaining the skin barrier and leaving no residue, eliminating the need for double-cleansing. This formula contains the “Midnight Recovery blend” of naturally derived ingredients found in the serum: squalane, evening primrose oil and aromatic lavender essential oil to leave skin feeling soft and supple. $32/5.9 oz.

Midnight Recovery Eye: This overnight elixir was specifically designed to addresses three of the top under-eye concerns of women in the United States – puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles overnight. The non-migrating cream-to-oil formula is paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free and mineral oil-free. $37/.5 oz.

On hand to celebrate, as always, were Fashion designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, the “lumberjacks of fashion” and founders of Costello Tagliapietra (we swear we want to just hug them forever ever time we see them), Kiehl’s Since 1851 CEO Chris Salgardo, and the renown artist himself, Jeff Koons.

“We’re thrilled to continue what’s become a Kiehl’s tradition of partnering with Jeff Koons,” says Chris
Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s US. “With 465,000 children reported missing last year in the United
States, it’s gratifying to know that via this fourth partnership Jeff Koons and the International Centre for
Missing & Exploited Children we are able to make a difference in the lives of our children.”

Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons will remain up at Rockefeller Center until June 2, 2017, so you can visit it at any time.

emerginC: Helping Your Skin and Healing the Planet

We live in a time where the products we use greatly affects our lives; not just our bodies, but our environment as well. We no longer just have to worry about what we put into our bodies, attention must be paid to what we put on our skin and how we treat our environment. One skincare brand making sure that both our bodies and our surroundings are well protected is emerginC, an ethical and sustainable organic skincare company that incorporates clinically proven cosmeceutical, medical-grade, and fair trade ingredients, active botanicals, and marine extracts into their products. For over 20 years, emerginC has been using only high-quality, cutting-edge ingredients formulated with natural plant-based preservatives.

We had the opportunity to meet Ian Lirenman, CEO, and founder of emerginC, as he introduced the brand’s latest launch, the Scientific Organics Body Firming Serum, an advanced, lightweight body firming serum formulated with Actigym™, Nocturshape™, arnica extract and fair trade aloe, features a unique glass roller ball tube application system to help reduce the appearance of cellulite while toning and firming the skin. We also got to know more about their cult-favorites, the Vitamin C Serum (the most stable and effective vitamin C serums to emerge on the market, and the very first product they created), Scientific Organics Kombucha Cleanser (which we’re currently using and loving), and Scientific Organics Facial Cleansing Wipes.

But creating exceptional skincare products is not all that emerginC does. They are also giving back with the industry-first “buy one, plant one” tree planting program in collaboration with Plant-It 2020. For every emerginC product sold, one indigenous tree is planted in a non-harvest location. As of today, emerginC and Plant-It 2020 have planted over 600,000 trees in such areas as Madagascar, Nepal, Poland, etc. The organic skincare company, known for their history of environmental consciousness, have also started an emerginBees bee habitat initiative as well as an emerginCeeds organic vegetable program.

The brand is headquartered in a wind-powered building near the waterfront in Brooklyn, the company offers its staff accesses to weekly yoga classes, a rooftop garden with vegetables and flowers, and chickens that produce organic eggs all year round. See Founder and CEO, Ian Lirenman, planting Pok Choi on the emerginC rooftop garden below:

We love companies that are doing great things, especially when we, the consumers can be a part of that initiative. So whether you purchase their famed Vitamin C Serum, Facial Cleaning Wipes, or their new Body Firming Serum, you’re helping to save our planet, one tree at a time. Have you tried any emerginC skincare products? Share your thoughts with us.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil: The All Season Hydrator

As one who has used an almost immeasurable amount of body moisturizers to keep our skin hydrated throughout the year and through the various and vastly different seasons, we can 100 percent say there is nothing like the hydrating and protective benefits of coconut oil. Of course, the best coconut oil to use is a high-quality one that leaves the raw nutrients intact; that coconut oil is 100% virgin coconut oil, Skinny & Co Coconut Oil.

Skinny & Co Coconut Oil is the only raw, 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world; it is made with hand-picked wild-Harvested, not plantation grown coconuts. What makes Skinny & Co Coconut Oil even more amazing is that is cold-processed, not just cold pressed, thanks to their patent-pending Nutralock System. You already know coconut oil has over a hundred uses. You can cook with it, substituting it for butter and other oils, condition your hair, Oil pulling, and of course use it as a moisturizer on your face and body.

You will immediately notice the difference between Skinny & Co Coconut Oil and other brands. It absorbs much better into your skin and keeps it hydrated and moisturized all day, even on the coldest winter days. We’ve been using Skinny & Co Coconut Oil for two seasons now and our skin couldn’t be happier. It’s become our go-to lip, scalp, and skin moisturizer, makeup remover, cuticle hydrator, and cooking oil.

The 100% raw coconut oil isn’t the only product we’re loving from Skinny & Co Coconut Oil. You’ll love the Coconut Oil Bar Soaps (available in five scents); the deeply hydrating Skinny Shampoo Bars that delivers intense hydration to your hair without creating excess oils (your hair will love you for this); the Whipped Body Butter that’s perfect to use as an all over moisturizer, hair mask or conditioner, or shaving cream; the Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub, a pH balanced scrub that can be used as an all-over body exfoliant, prep for self-tanner, and as a lip scrub; and a Clarifying Moisturizing Facial Oil for blemish-prone and oily skin types. We know what you’re thinking – why would I put oil on my oily skin? This 100% oil moisturizer helps clarify and balance by removing impurities and congestion from the surface of the skin. These wonderful products are just some of the great skincare products from Skinny & Co, check out their site to see more.

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty or skincare regime? Are you looking to trying a great coconut oil? Don’t take our word for it, check out Skinny & Co’s customer reviews and see who else is loving their coconut oil.

Get Glowing Skin with these Skin Prep Beauty Tools from Tweezerman

The best way to get healthy skin is to get it glowing. We all want a naturally gorgeous complexion that will turn heads and we’re here to help you achieve your skin goals with the highlight of the latest beauty tools from Tweezerman. Last month they launched several great beauty tools, two of which we’re really excited about – the Tweezerman Complexion Cleansing Brush and Tweezerman Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner.

If you haven’t heard, Dermaplaning is the latest innovative way to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin to hit the US market. While you can get this treatment in some spas and with professional tools, Tweezerman gives you the option to enjoy this treatment with their at-home tool that achieves results that rival those of professional Dermaplaners. The second of the beauty tools from Tweezerman is perfect for pampering your skin. This great cleansing brush boasts super soft bristles that you’ll have to feel to believe. Whether you use a cream or gel cleanser, your skin will look brighter each use.

 

Here’s to brushing up on your skincare routine with the new Tweezerman Complexion Cleansing Brush. This handy tool works to gently cleanse and wash away impurities, leaving you with glowing, healthy skin. The Complexion Cleansing Brush features velvety soft bristles that work to lift and remove all unwanted layers of makeup and dirt, cleaning deep into the pores. The brush’s ergonomic shape makes it easy to hold, plus, the titled head allows water to drain so the bristles dry thoroughly. Get it now on www.Tweezerman.com and www.Uita.com for $16.00 each.

This new, easy and safe “at home” facial tool exfoliates and rejuvenates your skin thanks to its high-quality stainless steel blades that clear away dead, dull skin cells promoting a brighter, clearer complexion with a luminous glow. The small ergonomic beauty tool fits nicely in the palm of your hand and its specifically designed cartridge keeps the blade at the perfect angle to guarantee safe and effective application; so there’s no fear of accidentally cutting your skin. The Tweezerman Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner comes with 3 replaceable blades that easily slides into place. Each blade can be used for up to three months and with a total of four blades, the device has a one year supply when used as directed. Get this innoc=vtive beauty tool on www.Tweezerman.com and www.Ulta.com for $30.00.

What are your thoughts on these new beauty tools from Tweezerman? Have you tried Dermaplanning?