Entries Tagged as 'Acne'

My Latest Zit Zapper From Dermalogica


We have all had that moment that we just finished a fantastic workout at the gym and realize that now we have to wash our face with the dreaded pump soap because we left our face wash at home. Now we don’t have to!

It is no secret to our site that I struggle with having acne prone skin and this has been a constant battle since I had my second baby. I have established a pretty successful routine, but when I get set back the most is when I don’t have time or the ability to wash my face.  I break out for days if I don’t wash 2 or 3 times a day!

Dermalogica has created a pack of 20 remoistened wipes in the mediBac line that contain Salicylic acid and can surely help acne prone skin in a pinch. I keep these around my house, in my gym bag, and one in my purse. If I should ever find that I am somewhere that I MUST wash my face, I just use a wipe. It sure beats hand soap. The wipes retail for $18 per pack (20 wipes) and can be purchased at www.Dermalogica.com.


Product Review: JustNeem Clay Mask


The Neem plant has been used by the people of India for centuries and is just beginning to make its way into American made beauty products. What is so special about the Neem plant? It has anti-fungal properties, anti-viral effects and its ability to accelerate healing make it well sought after in the beauty industry.

Put this into a fantastic skincare product and you have JustNeem Clay Mask.

I was so excited to try this mask. I have heard about the Neem plant and its abilities, so when this ended up in my hands, it was just minutes before I had washed my face and slathered it on. The texture is similar to Cool-Whip, very fluffy and light. You do not need to use a lot, it spreads well and as soon as it touches your skin, you feel a cool tingle. After about 5 minutes, it starts to warm up and feel slightly tight; this just let’s you know it’s working. Instructions say to wash off after 10- 15 minutes, but I left it on longer because it felt so soothing.  The smell is fantastic, it smells like the fragrant halls of a high end spa.

The outcome? My skin was instantly brighter and softer. Also, all the pesky dirt that had been occupying my pores was actually sitting on top of them (yuck)! I followed my mask with a light scrub of my facial loofah and my skin was like a baby’s bottom! Not only did I find it to be effective, but also very relaxing and invigorating.

I am a huge advocate for the importance of weekly, or bi-weekly, masks and this is definitely one I will be using regularly. I look forward to trying Just Neem‘s other products including their Acne Line that will arrive in Summer 2012.

You can purchase JustNeem’s Clay Mask on Earth Day 2012 (April 22nd) at www.justneem.com for $24.95.






Full Disclosure: The products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see my disclaimer page.


Hot Product : Make Up For Ever Flash Palette


There is always one product that makeup artists will tell you they cannot work without and I have yet to encounter a makeup artist that has not said the Make Up For Ever Flash Palette (aka: 12 Flash Color Case). This palette allows the user to create virtually any shade that can be used almost anywhere!

Let’s set up some examples, shall we?

You’re off to an interview and realize you forgot your eyeliner and mascara (if you’re like me, you don’t feel yourself or your best without these products!), but you realize you have your palette in the bottom of your bag!

  • Dip the very tip of your pinky finger into the brown cream and with light pressure, rub your finger along your lash line smudging the color within your lashes.
  • Stick your middle finger into the black, then press your middle finger and thumb together- transferring some of the color to your thumb.
  • Lightly pinch your lashes between your middle finger and thumb. Then pull the color through the end of the lashes.

The look will be a slight smokey eye with dark lashes! Another example? You are off to drinks with your girlfriends and get stuck in the rain. Your foundation/concealer slides right off that awful blemish you have on your chin. No worries, you can fix this.

  • Mix the peach, the white, a dab of brown and a maybe a dab of yellow (the mix will vary based upon your skin tone) and you have foundation to cover that blemish!

I watched a makeup artist do an entire face for fashion week with this palette. Try the light blue with a bit of silver and white on your lids to make a creamy base for eye shadow or apply the peach to your cheeks for a warm glow. Try the red on your lips or mix some gold with the white and you have a highlighter for your brow bone, cheekbones and inner eye corner. The possibilities are endless and the product will be gone before it goes bad; it lasts a very long time! It’s a multifunctional product that is flying off the shelves at Make Up For Ever! Try it, you will not be sorry.

The Make Up For Ever Flash Palette is sold at all Make Up For Ever locations and sephora.com. Suggested Retail: $95. Safety Information: Do not use following colors near the eyes : 002 – 005 – 017 (pink/red/coral). Do not use following colors on the lips : 003 – 010 – 014 (silver/royal blue/white).





Acne Busters!! Five Products for Acne Prone Skin.


Not all of us are blessed with flawless skin! If you’re like me, it seems like every product you try either does nothing to help your acne or makes it even worse. Well, there is hope out there! As a makeup artist, having clear skin is part of my job, so for the last year and a half I have made it my mission to test run dozens of products. Now, I’m here to report what I have found works!

1. DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask. Available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $40. This stuff works like a vacuum and I swear I can feel it pulling the dirt from my pores! Apply it to a clean face, sit for 5-10 minutes, rinse off. It can be used 1-3 times per week and/or as a nightly spot treatment for blemishes.

2. Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads. Available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $36. This product has been instrumental in transforming my skin to the smooth, even, and blemish-free complexion I now have!  Nightly, after washing your face, wipe this pad all over face and effected areas.

3. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. Available at CVS.  Suggested Retail: $6.29. This wash can be very drying if used too much, so I recommend using it only in the morning. In the evening, you will follow washing with topical treatments so I recommend a gentle wash like the Simple wash below.

4. Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. Available at Target. Suggested Retail: $6.99.  This wash is gentle, fragrance free, oil free, doesn’t clog pores and cleanses really well. This is perfect way to cleanse the skin for the evening and prepare it for topical treatments.

5. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. Available at La Roche-Posay and at CVS. Suggested Retail: $29.95. The perfect sunscreen! It is fairly inexpensive, does not cause breakouts (which happens often with sunscreen) and finishes with a nice matte finish. (I cannot say enough about the importance of daily sun protection!)

I thought it might give you a daily routine to run with (and change as you feel necessary) if I included mine. AM: Wash with Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash then apply La Roche-Posay sunscreen/moisturizer. PM: Wash with Simple facial wash then wipe a Peter Thomas Roth Complexion Correction pad all over my face, neck and chest. I also apply an eye cream. Finally, twice a week I apply the DDF mask.

My skin is the best it has ever been and I hope these products can help you to get there too!






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