If you couldn’t already tell, using natural skincare is incredibly important to me. I have extremely sensitive skin that reacts negatively to anything it could possibly react negatively to — sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, many things with weird chemical-sounding names and, lo and behold, most drugstore makeup and skincare (woe!). I really just can’t use anything that isn’t geared towards sad, sensitive people like me. I’m really into skincare, and while most people can shop themselves silly at drugstores without a huge price tag and without worrying about the consequences, I just can’t. I have to wait and eventually shell out the big bucks for something that won’t make me break out, whether it be in blemishes or in hives. Keep reading »
We’re now 12 days into Earth Month, and to celebrate, we’ve been calling attention to all things eco-friendly, sustainable and planet-conscious. I’m not going to front like I’m the greenest person on earth, because I’m far from it, but when it comes to things I’m putting on my face and body, I insist on keeping my routine as natural as possible. The unfortunate catch-22 of natural skincare is that it’s often pricier than its chemical-filled counterparts for obvious reasons: much like organic food, organic beauty products are simply made of better, more expensive ingredients. If there’s one area where you’re going to splurge, though, it should be skincare (in my opinion, of course). Your face just isn’t the place to skimp on! The good thing is that there are more natural options out there than ever before and a range of prices and products from which to choose from. Allow me to introduce you to my five favorite brands for clean, green skincare — they may not be a bargain, exactly, but they are worth it.
We all want airbrushed smooth skin without having to pay the hundreds of dollars fancy airbrush makeup kits cost, am I right? Thank God for BB Cream, a masterful all-in-one cream that does the job of an airbrush makeup without the high cost. Smashbox’s BB Cream is lightweight and airy, and comes with SPF 35. It’s an all-in one, and moisturizes, primes, perfects, controls oil, and protects for flawless skin. You can wear it as a primer underneath foundation, or alone as a light base for bronzer and blush. Either way, BB Cream is my new go-to for glow-y, even-toned skin, without spending a zillion bucks in the process. [$39, Sephora]
Skincare used to be a whole daunting arena of the beauty industry that I avoided out of fear. My dry, sensitive skin is so fickle. I washed daily with Cetaphil, scrubbed once or twice a week with St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and glopped on a pricy Bliss face mask every month or so. Most days I removed my makeup before going to bed, but not always, because I am lazy. My skin neither looked nor felt particularly good or particularly bad — just kinda blah and dry, as usual.
In the past few months, I’ve gotten really into skincare for my criminally dry visage. I’ve added new skincare products to my arsenal, which I’ll save for Beauty Test Drives another day. My skin has really been perking up, to the point where The Frisky’s boss has been complimenting me! And for the past few days, I have been using a little handheld device called the Clarisonic Mia 2. No joke, it’s already making my skin look and feel amazing. Keep reading »
I hate wearing sunscreen, which is particularly unfortunate when you consider that I have the whitest, most translucent, most easily burnt skin this side of hole in the ozone layer. I rarely sunbathe, given that as a mole creature I shrivel when exposed to sunlight, but I will admit to a few incidents when I was in high school that involved careless “tanning” with Italian friends whose skin bronzed to perfection in the rays. I basked enviously that afternoon, confident that I, too, would grow tan if I followed their lead. Wrong. So wrong. I’ll spare you the details, but I was vivid, unmistakable scarlet by nightfall, and I still have residual freckles from the incident. It’s a wonderful recipe for skin cancer, which I sincerely hope I do not get. Keep reading »
It’s Boscia, not blackface. Boscia’s done some amazing marketing because the instant I saw this on the shelf at Sephora, I had to have it. A peel-off mask that’s as thick as tar? I imagined it pulling off my entire face to reveal what I always knew was lying below: Scarlett Johansson. Sadly, that did not happen. But, I was pretty happy with the results. Boscia’s mask promises to boost “…skin clarity and radiance. Removes dirt and impurities while refining the look of pores.” This is a mineral-rich mask made of premium clay that will strip away excess oil and naturally exfoliate. Keep reading »
I have problem skin. And dermatological fixes have only been temporary. Why? For starters, there are only so many times I will put my body through courses of Accutane and antibiotics. Second, harsh prescription products only frustrate me because of waiting through a dry and red phase (almost seems not worth it). And last, these products aren’t fun, so I usually stop using them for something beauty-oriented.
Ordinarily, I don’t spend a huge amount on skin care either because it’s been covered by insurance, or I’ve just reverted to drugstore basics. But, against my intuition, I recently decided to spend big. After consulting a few beauty industry friends, I compiled a list of top-quality must-haves. The results have been great. While I’d like to say the benefits have been due to superior ingredients, I’m almost more inclined to think that it’s simple mathematics. I spent a lot on these products, therefore I’ve wanted to get my money’s worth, and used them diligently and created a routine. Keep in mind: Yes, buying all these products at once costs a lot. Sephora staffers are happy to give you samples, so you can think on it before committing.
Read on to find out what’s worked! Keep reading »
As I’ve mentioned before, I spend approximately 80 percent of my time and income at the Walgreens down the street from my house. I love wandering the aisles of cosmetics, checking out new products, and buying more sparkly eyeshadows and pink lipsticks even though I already own, you know, all of them. I thought it would be fun to ask all the Frisky staffers for their favorite drugstore beauty products, from hair to makeup to skincare. Here they are–all available at your local drugstore, and most cost less than 10 bucks. Check out our picks, then share your own in the comments section. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to Walgreens to stock up…
Have you heard of micellar water? I never had until a few months ago, when I read an interview with the stunning French actress Roxane Mesquida. Her flawless, glowing skin sent me into fits of envy so powerful, I was just dying to know how she does it. Fortunately for me, this interview just so happened to be on my beauty bible, Into The Gloss, which is so incredibly detailed and personal that I’m reluctant to even call it a blog. It’s the brain child of Emily Weiss, a Voguette and former model who has personal ties to some of the biggest names in the beauty business. Keep reading »
Marion Cotillard is my consummate object of envy. Ethereal beauty? Check. Ridiculously handsome actor-director beau? Check. Radiant talent in strong, incredible roles, even portraying Edith Piaf herself? Check. Tack on the fact that she’s about as Gallic as they come and there you have it. My beauty-crazed, Francophile self is utterly enraptured by Marion. For an Italian Vanity Fair cover in 2010, she was photographed by Bruce Weber with her face essentially untouched by excessive studio makeup or Photoshopping. Yes, Marion went au naturel on a Vanity Fair cover and was no worse for it. That’s because she has what has to be the most flawless skin ever possessed by a human being. Keep reading »