Have you ever noticed that when you overdo it in the sun, your skin becomes crazy sensitive? Some of your regular lotions feel like rubbing alcohol or make you feel like you’ve been standing over a deep fryer? My mom swears by egg whites. She will chase you down with raw egg and insist on slathering it all over your face, claiming it will prevent wrinkles. It feels soothing at first, but then it dries into a tight Botox-y mask. Gag. I was sent HydroPeptide soothing serum and I have to admit, it is a delightful, if pricey alternative to putting stinky eggs on your face. Keep reading »
I hate to break it to Kim and Kanye, but the word “luxury” is thrown around so much these days that it doesn’t mean jack shit. When a beauty product is called “Luxe” or “Luxury,” I don’t even assume that means it’s fancy anymore because you can buy “luxury bath beads” at the Dollar Store.
It’s a treat then to use a not-so-inexpensive hand cream that markets itself as “Luxe” and actually feel like I’m Donatella Versace luxuriating with her freshly moisturized paws while she rolls around on piles of money. That is an exact summation of how I feel after using the Luxe Care Hand Creme from the monthly nail polish club, Julep. I might have had mixed feelings about Julep’s monthly Maven program, but their decadent hand lotion is hands down (pun intended) the best I’ve ever used. Keep reading »
Now you really have no excuse not to lotion up after the shower. Tired or lazy or in a rush? It doesn’t matter. Vaseline’s Spray & Go Moisturizer makes the lotioning process foolproof. Just aim and spray. This is such great news for that spot on the middle of my back that I can’t reach. And forget about waiting for it to absorb into your skin before you put your clothes on. It dries immediately, without leaving those white streaks all over your favorite LBD. You’ll emerge with glowy skin, smelling like a person who spends hours getting ready. As if. [$5.99, Target]
As a collector (read: hoarder) of perfumes and body lotions, I will say that my very favorites are made by Laura Mercier. I was depressed when they discontinued the Vanille Gourmande body lotion last year. I still hold out hope that they will start making it again. It was the most heavenly smell in the world. For now, I’ll have to slather myself in Laura Mercier’s latest lotion creation, Ambre Vanille Souffle Body Creme. With notes of amber, vanilla bean, sandalwood, tiger orchid, almond and coconut, the exotic,feminine scent will leave my nose equally as satisfied and my skin ultra-moisturized. And the best thing about Laura Mercier lotions is that they retain their scent all day and through the night. I swear, you’ll smell it on your sheets in the morning. It’s a dream. [$55, Laura Mercier]
I’ve been a long time fan of Kiehl’s products, but their new line of aromatic lotion blends provide the perfect balance of scent and skin softening. Being the body lotion fanatic that I am, I very picky about both aroma and texture. This one goes on smooth and smells delightful. The orange flower and lychee scent is light and exotic, with notes of honey and rose. It lingers all day, but isn’t overpowering. Even more enjoyable is the texture. The lotion is thicker and more moisturizing than Keihl’s regular lotions without being too heavy. [$26, Kiehl's]
As of a few days ago, my face has become very, very dry. Until then, I was the poster girl for oily/combination blemish-prone skin, and I’ve always taken great care to stay as freakishly matte as possible. It seems like the hellish combination of cold, blustery weather and my take-no-prisoners approach to anti-acne skincare has turned my generally-self-regulating skin into a flaky red mess.
I’m on a quest to find the right products to soothe and restore radiance to my pale, sad face without throwing down $200+ for a fancy night creme. Has a sudden change in skin condition like this ever happened to you?
It’s the least wonderful time of the year. My skin is dry year-round, but fall and winter are the worst of the worst (as in, before writing this post I went to the ladies’ room to slater on face cream for the second time today). I don’t just have to worry about keeping the skin on my face moisturized (but not greasy!) %u2014 it’s when I suffer chapped, flaky, sensitive skin and pretty much carry lotion on me 24/7 to cope. Keep reading »
Isn’t it the worst when someone in your office or home slathers on a pungent, overbearing lotion that invades your whole space? I think so too. That’s why I love Atopalm’s body moisturizer. It’s not that it’s totally scentless — I find totally scentless moisturizers very suspect — it’s just that the fragrance is so pleasantly mild that it won’t overwhelm your senses or make you dizzy. How good is it? My cubicle mate, the lovely Ami, asks me for a few pumps of it on occasion. So you’ve got two Frisky staffers’ seals of approval!
Last weekend, I stayed with a few of my dude besties at their house in Austin, Texas. In between eating tacos and marveling at the sheer number of terrible tattoos Austin has to offer, I went swimming and got some sun. Well, wouldn’t you know it, a house full of 20-something dudes didn’t have any fancy bath and beauty products. So, I had to forgo my weekly allotment of lotions in favor of whatever I could scrounge up in their bathroom. Thankfully, one of the three bought a tube of Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Ointment, which I’m going to assume (la la la) was used to help heal his latest tattoo or cigarette burn. I put that stuff on my legs after a day in the sun, and wow, did it work a zillion times better than a $50 bottle of blood orange-infused moisturizer harvested from the bottom of the sea or whatever. Consider me converted. And Logan, Timmy and Charlie, sorry about using all your lotion.
OK, so, I’m not going to lie. Yesterday, I was shopping at Wal-Mart. Sometimes, that’s how I roll. Mostly, I go there to stock up on toiletries. You know, self-tanner, so I can look more like Snooki. Stuff like that. In any case, I was pushing my cart down the lotion aisle, cruising the Bodycology products. They may not be the best performing, low-budget lotions — Cetaphil is probably a better choice if you’re looking for something that, you know, actually works — but I like to get the Bodycology lotions, too, because they smell good, and you can put them on over or with a lotion that works well. In any case, I was checking out the usual Bodycology scented lotions — White Gardenia, Brown Sugar Vanilla, Raspberries & Cream — when one I’d never seen before caught my eye. Vanilla Cupcake! Yes, you, too, can smell like a cupcake. I didn’t want to get all heartbroken, so I prepared myself for the fact that it might not actually smell like cupcakes, but I popped the lid and sniffed, and, seriously, if I could eat this stuff, I would. It smells exactly like cupcakes. So good.
But here’s the weird thing. When I started Googling the product this morning, to tell you all about it, I can’t find it anywhere. Not on any website or blog. It’s like I hallucinated the whole thing — except I have it in my hand. It even has a vanilla cupcake with sprinkles on the label. Anyway, if you know where to find this product online, feel free to tell the world where to find it in the comments. Keep reading »