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I Have a Speedo Tan (and what I did about it)

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

I committed a major beauty faux pas this past weekend. Like MAJOR. My co-workers are going to lecture me for weeks when they read this blog. I am actually a little nervous to hit the publish button.  What act could possibly be so bad that I wish I could post this under “Anonymous Beauty Blogger”? Drum roll….. I went to a tanning bed….. and used accelerator… and stayed in for the maximum amount of time. I know, I know, I know, I am ashamed and totally regret it and will never, ever condone it.  However, in my defense, I have the most intense Speedo tan! Again, that does not justify my lapse in judgment, but I’m actually embarrassed to go to the pool or beach with friends because it looks like I am wearing two bathing suits- a bikini over a white speedo. Sadly, my terrible decision to risk my health for the sake of even tan lines did not pan out- my tan lines are still severe, just a little more bronzed all over. Sigh.

Lucky for me, I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing Manna Kadar at LA Fashion week. She introduced me to her gorgeous namesake line, Manna Kadar Cosmetics. While all the makeup is stunning and expertly crafted, the one item that stood out to me the most to me was her Bronze Beauty Self-Tanning Lotion.  The paraben free lotion boasts an innovative formula that blends natural ingredients, such as Aloe, Vitamin A and Vitamin E, to create a rich tan without ever putting the skin contact with the damaging rays from the sun (or the tanning bed).

I immediately had visions of a tan-line-free back, so I grabbed a coworker and convinced her to lather me up! I asked her to please concentrate on the lighter sections of my back and only use the lotion sparingly on the already tan areas. Almost immediately, my skin began to darken! As the instructions stated, the color continued to darken over the next three hours. While my tan lines are not completely gone (hello, its self-tanning lotion, not magic potion), they are significantly less severe after just one use! An added bonus? The color is totally natural and there is no funky scent! It is safe to say that I found my savior and will be staying out of the dangerous tanning beds from now on! My coworkers will be so proud :)

5 Spring Makeover Tips for your Skin Care Products

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Spring is the perfect time for a fresh beginning. What better time to get rid of old skin care products that you’ve been using all winter long? Here are a few skin care tips to give your existing beauty arsenal a spring makeover!

  1. A cream-based face cleanser was perfect for the winter months because it kept your skin from becoming parched and feeling like sandpaper. Why not try switching over to a gel-based cleanser now that the snow has melted? The light texture and refreshing feel on your complexion works just as good to get rid of dirt, oil and makeup without disrupting your skin’s moisture barrier.
  2. Toss that greasy petroleum jelly or lotion you’ve been lathering on your feet all winter long and grab a moisturizing and revitalizing foot scrub to prep your feet for sandals. After a long winter in boots, your feet can use a little pampering with an invigorating treatment infused with peppermint oil, such as Bliss Foot Patrol.
  3. Some of us may have skipped using a moisturizer with SPF protection during the winter months because the sun may not have been out as much. Now is the time to update your facial moisturizer to include SPF protection.  As the days grow and we are exposed to the sun a little more, a day moisturizer with an SPF of 15 and above is great to shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
  4.  If you want to update your makeup foundation with a multi-use product that acts as a foundation, moisturizer, sun protector and anti-aging product, a BB cream is the perfect solution for your skin.  dr. brandt  Flaws No More Flexitone BB Cream SPF 30 is a formula  that features Flexitone technology, which adjusts to your skin tone to create a custom color that blends seamlessly with your skin while helping your complexion stay smooth, hydrated and youthful.
  5. Soothe dry skin and lips, redness, treat zits, bug bites and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles—all you need is emu oil! This handy product can replace tons of products you’ve been lugging around all winter trying to keep your skin in pristine condition. It’s instantly absorbed by the skin and won’t clog pores or leave a greasy finish. Dremu has this dream oil available in a 1 oz. and 2 oz. container, to keep handy at your desk or inside your purse.

A big hair day is never a bad hair day

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Dolly Parton’s was platinum, Nicki Minaj’s was a rainbow, Pam Anderson’s was bouncing on the beach and Snooki’s was wilder than an untamed gorilla… but what did they all have in common? Their big bouffant hair of course! Well, toss your teasing combs ladies because Nick Chavez is back in the upcoming season of BeautyFix to bring us all up to this ever-desired bombshell hair level (literally, sky scraper heights)!

After years and years of bleach, dye, heat, distress, snags, weathering, teasing, etc. my poor mane is lifeless, thin and boring. This is why I am ecstatic to hear that Hollywood hair stylist, Nick Chavez is bringing one of his best products in the Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Collection to BeautyFix. These Advanced Plump ‘N Thick products are the absolute answer to our dilemma of lifeless locks in desperate need of high performance products. There are three products in the collection, the Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Mist. Let me tell you – after using them all, my strands have been as thick and voluminous as Carrie Bradshaw’s pony that basically swallows up the streets of NYC as a snack.

The Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Thickening Styling Mist is probably the most effective and efficient product in the collection, as it can be used on wet or dry hair. As long as you follow up with a little heat from the blow dryer, your hair is going to look extremely full and healthy – almost as if the past ten years of damage and thinning has been completely erased. The Mist is light and fresh so it doesn’t weigh your hair down making you compromise volume for thickness.  It is actually formulated with an ingredient called Ampli-filler which strengthens strands and plumps them up with collagen! (Kind of like the aforementioned female celebrities? Just kidding. Sort of.)

Get ready to swing your own Nick Chavez Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Thickening Styling Mist in your BeautyFix bag to achieve the thickness of Nicki’s coif or plumpness of Snooki’s pouf! I am pretty excited about it… can you tell? FIST PUMP! Or should I say PLUMP?!

Beautyfix 18 – Prime, Plump & Perfect Your Natural Beauty

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Spring is a time for rejuvenation, and accordingly, the upcoming season of Beautyfix is all about enhancing your natural beauty. Get excited, because these new picks are perfect for those of us looking to reclaim our tired, winter-worn skin and revamp our limp hair!


By Prime I really mean: repair, even skin tone, firm and moisturize! Yes, this is the list of skin-perfecting tasks Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream performs. This cream works great alone when I am in a hurry but I love it topped with pressed powder for a more finished look.


In DermStore’s most recent catalogue: The Magazine (Spring 2013) I already claimed my favorite styling product as Nick Chavez’s Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Thickening Styling Mist. I love this product because unlike other volumizing products I have used, this styling mist works from root to ends and really increases all over volume and body instead of just at the root.


The Zensation Super Rich Repairing Mask is like a restart button for your face. This mask is amazing, as it contains key ingredients like shea butter, saccharide isomerate and masterwort extract, and lavender essential oil. I use the mask weekly (sometimes more) and I love it leaves my face baby soft.

With Beautyfix 18 launching in a matter of days, I am excited to try B. Kamins Nia-Stem Moisturizer KX (because I love their BB Cream), and Denise Richards by Christophe Volumizing Spray (because I love their Volumizing Shampoo). Which products will you pick for your new Beautyfix?

Beautyfix Pick: SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

By now, I’m sure you ALL know the number-one rule for healthy skin that looks as young as possible: daily sunscreen. But did you know that regular use of a vitamin A derivative—assuming your skin is not super sensitive and can comfortably tolerate it—is not too far behind? Seldom are skin care ingredients proven time and time again to be effective at creating change and improvement, but vitamin A in all its anti-aging forms—retinol, Retin-A, etc—is. NOTHING not involving scalpels, needles or lasers that comes in a tube will actually reduce the look of the wrinkles you experience as you age quite like these wonder ingredients. Most dermatologists and estheticians will emphatically confirm this truth, too.

If you’ve never tried any kind of anti-aging product containing retinol, you are in luck, as this season’s Beautyfix kit features a travel-size version of SkinMedica’s Tri-Retinol Complex, which is, in my opinion, one of the best non-prescription retinoids out there. Used a couple times a week, ever other night, or even every night depending on how your skin handles it, this formulation speeds up cell regeneration, a vital process that slows with age. The result? Simply put, better skin. Commit to using this regularly and over time you will notice fewer wrinkles, fewer spots, an improvement in texture and an increase in firmness.

Did you receive SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex in your Beautyfix kit? What did you think about it?

Secrets for the Swimsuit Edition!

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Its time, yet again, for me to geek out over gorgeous super models. The annual Sports Illustrated Swim Suit edition just hit newsstands and, like every year, I rushed out to buy it (well, I guess this year, I rushed to my e-reader to download it… we are so advanced in the 21st century, huh?). Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Victoria’s Secret Angels, but I also love the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition. The SI swimsuit models seem to have such a casual and effortless beauty to them, more natural and beach-chic than the glamazons on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk. I’m apparently not the only swim-suit edition obsessed female out there either- the publisher estimates that there are 18 million female readers, all looking for aspirational, yet attainable beauty! Lucky for us, they SI swimsuit models and the pros behind their looks have spilled some top beauty secrets.

  1. Hairstylist Peter Butler prepares for the inevitable water element that is destined to mess with perfectly coiffed locks with mousse. “I’ll blow dry the hair with mousse, which adds a little extra volume. Even when it gets wet, the hair will still hold that texture and shape for a bit longer,” he explains. I love the Nick Chavez Caviar Moisturizing Styling Mousse, which adds the perfect amount of body without weighing the hair down. By far, may favorite mousse!
  2. Obviously, bronze skin is a no-brainer when it comes to beachy beauty- just make sure you achieve it the safe way (aka- self tanner).
  3. Lots and lots of waterproof mascara! Makeup artist Tracy Martin coats the models lashes with 3 different types of waterproof mascara- lengthening, volumizing and thickening formulas to achieve the doe-eyed effect. While, I would never suggest wearing three different mascara to go play beach volleyball, a good waterproof mascara can go a long way!

Bye Bye Acne

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Night time skin care rituals can leave you going to bed with spots of creams and lotions, but they’re so worth the benefits! I’m happy to have survived my awkward teenage years, but my occasional acne breakouts haven’t gone away! I was recently introduced to acne skin product DDF Acne Control Treatment, formulated for acne-prone skin. This night use treatment definitely got rid of acne I tend to get around my chin area. Formulated with salicylic acid, it’s the magic potion that helps combat those annoying zits. A beta hydroxy acid, which is derived from the bark of a willow tree, salicylic acid enables the skin to shed dead skin cells, preventing pores from getting clogged up and removing debris such as dirt and oil. After using it for one night, I noticed that the redness and inflammation had gone down on a particular zit I had on the side of my chin. The lightweight treatment goes on thin and even moisturizes the skin, too. The bonus? Ginger root extract. This amazing ingredient not only protects our skin from harmful free-radicals but also promotes a more smooth and even complexion. It’s been a week since I started using the product, and it’s quickly become my go-to acne spot treatment.

My Fashion Week Beauty Essentials

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

One week from today around this time, I’ll be arriving in New York City to take part in the epic celebration of beauty and creativity that is Fashion Week! Seven days in the city during the winter DOES necessitate a lot of outfit planning, yes. It also calls for a carefully curated kit of beauty essentials to keep me hydrated, smoothed, polished and prettified amid FRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEZING temps.

Pants. I'll also be bringing pants to fashion week. (Photo: Marc Jacobs S/S 2013,


This is a life-changing, can’t-live-without-it sort of product—especially when you’ve got a full face of makeup to remove. I am running low on this and just ordered some more. There are other cleansers I absolutely adore, sure, but with limited space, this is the one I’ll be hauling with me.

ESSENTIAL # 2: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

This is serious sunblock with serious skin-perfecting properties. I usually mix it with my liquid foundation for daytime skin that looks like … skin! Sometimes on the weekends, I wear it alone, too. It offers such an amazing finish.

ESSENTIAL # 3: skyn ICELAND Firming Eye Gels

These are so great upon exiting the plane. Or like, why not just be the weirdo wearing eye patches in flight? These really work to refresh and soothe and diminish those dry-eye fine lines that happen.

ESSENTIAL #4: Deborah Lippman Nail Polish in Naked

Don’t hate, but I’m kinda over the whole nail art thing and am loving neutral hues like this one—which so happened to dominate the spring runway shows last fall. (Fashion’s confusing, ain’t it?) I’m barely going to have time to sleep ‘til I get back to LA, so it’s not like I’m going to have time to be touching up my nails. Thanks to this amazing quality product, no need. I’ll get my nails done with this magic potion right before I leave and I’ll be good for 2 weeks!

Essential #5: Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo

I may or may not have time to get a professional blowout before I leave for NYC—but regardless, I won’t be washing my hair much while I’m there. Why would I when there’s this?

Winter Skin Survival

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Growing up as a Florida girl, I’m not exactly a fan of cold weather (I know what you’re thinking but I promise it gets COLD in Los Angeles (at least compared to Florida)). Sure winter has its perks- holiday parties, family gathering, NFL playoffs, cute sweaters and fun boots but it also has its drawbacks- no beach days, no BBQ, shorter days and most importantly (and most aggravating) dry winter skin! Luckily, there are a couple skin saving tips and tricks you can use to get you through the chilly months sans dry, irritated skin.

3 Tips for Winter Skin Survival

  1. First and foremost a good moisturizer is a necessity. My current obsession is Sonya Dakar’s Hydrasoft Lotion- Maintenece. This oil-free moisturizer is ah-mazing. It absorbs so quickly without feeling even the slightest bit greasy. The texture is light and luxurious without being but still ultra-hydrating. The lotion contains moisture-rich ceramides, antioxidant vitamin E to protect from environmental pollutants and free radical damage, and frankincense extract to fight inflammation which can be caused by the cold. Not to mention the smell of the Sonya Dakar product is so clean that it makes me feel as though I just had a perfect spa day.
  2. Steaming hot showers are a no-no. I know that sometimes nothing sounds better than a nice hot shower on a cold day but unfortunately, that is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Similarly to watching a dish, showering can remove oils from our skin and unlike the dish, we actually need those oils to stay moisturized. Try and limit your showers to five minutes and keep the water as cool as you can stand.
  3. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Exfoliation sloughs away dead skin cells, which do no absorb moisture. In order for that amazing Sonya Dakar Hydrasoft Lotion to work, it needs to make it into the skin cells! You can either exfoliate with scrub and cleanser or use a chemical exfoliant, such as a product with glycolic acid, to help your winter skin stay soft.

Dry Skin Blues in Sunny California!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

flickr source: passiveincomedream

Southern California, the land of sunshine has been experiencing what the news has referred to as a “cold snap” or “bone-chilling” temperatures with lows reaching to 30 degrees.  Even the central coast of California reached daytime temperatures almost 20 degrees below Boston’s!  Being a native of L.A., I’ve been spoiled my whole life with great, sunny weather. My skin has managed to survive sunburns and acne. What I can’t get away from is the dry skin around my eyes and irritation I’ve been experiencing these last few days that’s making my skin feel a little like sandpaper.

The skin around the eyes is actually much thinner and can become easily aggravated by environmental exposure especially in cold, dry conditions, which can zap moisture right out of the skin. The skin in this area also has fewer oil glands, so it lacks natural moisture that other parts of the body produce more of.  Hot showers and baths feel amazing after a cold day but can actually dry your skin even more so it’s best to use lukewarm water. So what to do to bring relief to parched skin? A great eye moisturizer full of antioxidants nourishes and also blocks free-radicals from causing damage to skin cells. Although it may not be sunny during cold weather, you are still being exposed to UV sun light so it’s also great to apply a formula with SPF protection too. Sodium hyaluronate is your dry skin savior. Not only does it have a plumping effect that fills in fine lines and crow’s feet, it is a very effective humectant that helps bind water to the skin to bring comfort and smooth out the skin. So as the weather slowly begins to pick up with highs into the 70’s by this weekend, my skin will surely be grateful it survived!