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?