When it comes to products that I feel very strongly that I NEEEEEED, they generally cost more than my ConEd bill for any given month. I love luxury beauty because it makes me feel that I, by owning and using it, become luxurious by osmosis. It’s a little mind game that I like to play with myself: if I buy this $150 serum, it will make me the kind of fabulous girl who warrants a $150 serum in the first place! Yay marketing! Keep reading »
We are extremely fortunate in that our collective public consciousness of harmful chemicals used in beauty and personal care products, even those targeted towards babies and children, has grown exponentially in the past few years. Celebrities like Jessica Alba and Josie Maran have made it their mission to raise awareness of what we’re voluntarily putting in and on our own and our children’s bodies, and while there are plenty of niche brands available to address this concern, they aren’t nearly as readily available or reasonably priced as cheap, chemical-laden drugstore products. Keep reading »
Individual makeup routines, and reasons for wearing makeup, vary. I wear makeup because, well, I don’t like the way my face looks without it.Gwen Stefani wears makeup so that her husband likes her more. Some women are even devoted enough to wear makeup at the gym. But regardless of why or when you choose to wear the stuff, there’s nothing worse than spending half of your day putting it on and the other half concerned about what it’s doing on your face. Bright lipstick, shimmery shadow, and sweeping black liner may look fabulous, but they can take ages to apply properly, and then you have to worry about what it all looks while you’re sitting hunched over at your desk or running for the train — things can get messy!
Most of us could use a little bit of a low-maintenance makeup overhaul, a welcome departure from the primer-foundation-concealer-powder-eyeshadow-eyeliner-mascara tedium, and there’s no better time than summer to minimize your routine. These products serve double (or triple, or quadruple) duty to cut a chunk of time and energy out of the process so that you can expend it somewhere else.
Exfoliation is one of the most important things you can do for your skin, but the approach has changed immensely over the past couple of years. Whereas a simple scrub once sufficed, we now have endless options that range from chemical exfoliators (like acids and peels) to intense, deep-cleansing physical tools (like the ever-popular Clarisonic). Yes, “chemical peel” is a terrifying name and concept, but its bark is far worse than its bite: while peels were once strictly relegated to the offices of cosmetic specialists, today’s at-home formulas use fruit-derived enzymes and plant extracts to smooth, clarify, and encourage cell turnover to dramatically reduce signs of aging.
Swiss luxury skincare brand La Prairie offers innovative “professional level” (their quotes, not mine) exfoliating technology with their Cellular Resurfacing 3-Minute Peel, but at $210 for a small jar, the price alone might induce more fine lines than it promises to erase (and skincare naturalists like myself will be put off by the fact that a full list of ingredients can be found … nowhere). This is where Murad Intensive-C® Radiance Peel comes in: at $49.50, it’s less than 1/4 the price of La Prairie’s version, and you can actually feel the active enzymes as they work their brightening, hydrating, pore-shrinking witchcraft. La who, now?
Our love of Josie Maran’s 100 percent organic Argan Oil is well-documented, and we’re not alone — just about every beauty aficionada worth her salt can’t get enough of Josie’s magical multi-purpose oil. Lightweight, soothing, and non-comedogenic, we might as well just go ahead and call it the be-all end-all of beauty products, because there’s nothing this supernatural salve can’t fix or make better. Josie has put together an exclusive, one-day-only Pure & Simple Argan Skincare Ritual containing her Argan Cleansing Oil, 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, Argan Daily Moisturizer Protect + Perfect Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Tinted Lotion, and Argan Color Stick for her most diehard enthusiasts, available August 11 only on QVC. Now don’t go calling for cable just yet — three very lucky Frisky readers will score the set for free before it even makes its QVC debut. (Find out how to enter after the jump!) If you don’t win (and we hope you do), don’t fret! Just tune in to QVC on August 11 to snag the goods for yourself. Keep reading »
Taking proper care of your skin can be costly, that’s for sure, but there’s no reason you should have to empty your pockets for it. If you’re tempted by the restorative perfecting promises of overnight treatments like La Mer The Regenerating Serum, $260, but find the price not quite as crush-worthy, look no further than Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $44. Anyone familiar with Kiehl’s products will know that their comparatively lower price tag doesn’t mean they’re any less effective than the big-ticket stuff; in fact, unlike La Mer’s formula, the Midnight Recovery Concentrate is clinically proven to restore radiance, reduce oil production, and improve fine lines as well as uneven texture. This paraben-free, 99.8% naturally-derived treatment also contains healing squalane, soothing lavender oil, and glow-imparting evening primrose — sounds far more credible than La Mer’s fabled Miracle Broth™, which in actuality I suspect is probably just a cocktail of chemicals with fancy packaging and celebrity endorsements.