Has India.Arie been bleaching her dark skin to a lighter color?!?! That didn’t sound right to me when tongues started wagging last week that the famously self-accepting singer behind the song “I Am Not My Hair” might have either used skin bleaching creams — which is notoriously terrible for skin — or purposefully been lightened through the magic of Photoshop a la Beyoncé or Freida Pinto.
The alleged evidence was the artwork for her new single “Cocoa Butter” off the album Songversation, in which Indie.Arie is leaning against a beige wall and her normally-Serena-Williams-colored skin is more of a Kim Kardashian hue.
But Indie.Arie responded on Twitter on Friday and told us all to chill: Keep reading »
As a verifiable beauty junkie, I can’t get enough beauty products. My drawers are filled with them, my closet overflowing, and yet, if something new comes out, I have to try it. It’s a disease. That’s why I’m crazy for Beauty Bar’s Sample Society program, which sends deluxe-size samples of new products directly to your house. Once a month, Sample Society sends an adorable little package stuffed with five of their latest faves. So far, I’ve received some awesome skincare and beauty gizmos, including an eye gel pen from Skyn Iceland and face wash from Murad. Plus, you get a code that’s worth $15 off any purchase of $50 or more. Sounds like a pretty good deal — for non-junkies, too. [$15, Beauty Bar]
If you’re going to add one thing to your skincare routine, it should be a face mask — that is, if you don’t use one already. They come in so many different incarnations and address so many specific issues that it’s next to impossible to choose just one to make a habit of. Whatever your skin worry, there’s a mask out there for you. Admittedly, it can be a bit difficult to decipher the seller jargon, especially with so many new, hyper-effective ingredients available on the market. I’ll take the guesswork out of it — here’s 10 masks that will change your life… or maybe just your skin.
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.
It might seem counter-productive to clean your face with oil, especially if you have oily skin like me. But I tried DHC Deep Cleansing Oil with fingers crossed that I wouldn’t end up with a huge zit on my nose. The oil contains a blend of moisturizing olive oil and vitamin E that breaks down makeup, dirt, and impurities. I massaged the Deep Cleansing Oil on my dry face with dry hands. I was still skeptical about the cleaning properties, but had to admit the oil felt wonderful on my face. I wasn’t sure it would rinse off easily with water because I know oil and water don’t mix. But surprisingly and amazingly, the oil rinsed off well and easily with warm water. And afterwards, my skin felt clean without any residue. It also felt soft and supple. I still like the cleansing properties of my benzoyl peroxide face wash, but plan to use the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil on the days my skin feels dry or particularly stressed. If you’re not willing to purchase the Deep Cleansing Oil on a whim, the DHC catalog often contains samples of it and other products. [$12.50, DHC] Keep reading »
The first step to getting soft winter skin is exfoliating. But you don’t want to use any old scrub, right? We love Sabon’s Organic Body Scrub for its Dead Sea minerals ingredients, essential organic ingredients, and organic olive oil. (All the organic properties are certified by ECOCERT and Bio Swiss.) The Organic Body Scrub is an amazing way to slough away your dead skin, while replenishing the moisture at the same time. The oils also give your skin a light and calm feeling.
I go to a lot events where I’m given goodie bags full of free stuff. Sometimes the swag is really great, other times it’s crap. I recently went to an event hosted by a blogger friend of mine, and her goodie bag was all good, especially the June Jacobs Spa New Radiant Refining Exfoliating Powder. Keep reading »
I don’t deviate too far from my daily skin care regime of washing with a benzoyl peroxide face cleanser and applying a prescribed MetroGel. I’ve found what works for me and I intend to stick with it until it no longer works for a while. But like most women obsessed with skin care, I know the benefits of a good face mask and recently tried the emerginC Scientific Organics Phytocell Detox Mask. Keep reading »
Miranda Kerr is turning all new agey, à la Gwyneth Paltrow. She’s created a new skin care line because she “wasn’t able to find an organic skincare line that [she] was 100 percent happy with or that contained all the ingredients that [she] wanted and knew were beneficial to the skin.” Kora, her organic skincare line, is about “nurturing your core,” she explains. Subtle subtext: I’m perfect, clever, beautiful, and pregnant. What really makes Kora magical, though, according to Kerr, is that “all of the water used in [Kora] mists have been infused with rose quartz crystals, and we’ve done that so that the vibration of love associated with rose quartz really flows through each product.” Aha! Love vibrations! That’s what my skin has been missing. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »
Ever since I saw “Food, Inc.” and began researching toxins in beauty products through the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, I vowed to begin eating organic and non-processed when possible, and to gradually attempt to replace my beauty aids with natural (or as close to natural as possible) products. So when I got one mother of a cold sore last weekend, instead of opting for my chemical-infused lotions and balms, I remembered once being advised to try gel directly from an aloe vera plant. You’ll commonly find aloe vera mixed in with lotions, and while it’s generally thought to have great medicinal properties for healing skin, its effectiveness isn’t exactly proven. Keep reading »