Let’s take a moment to celebrate that SUN is back in our…

Let’s take a moment to celebrate that SUN is back in our lives.

Despite my desire to bask like mad, I’m reminded by the

story – inspired by her close friend being diagnosed with melanoma and her findings that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., founder Holly E. Thaggard is dedicated to keeping your skin safe and protected. And she makes it easy.

The ultimate Defense Refresh Setting Mist with SPF 50 is truly a game-changer, especially if you have oily skin and/or are LAZY. The mist is the easiest sunscreen you’ve ever used on your face – it work of course as your am sunscreen, but also as an afternoon refresher, makeup setter, oil controller oil – and it delivers the best UV protection.


I brought it to the Caribbean and literally used it up. My skin looked great and I didn’t get a lick of burn. Sidenote – it smells freaking amazing, with all natural rosemary mint fragrance that is SO refreshing.

Does This: Refreshes, sets makeup, controls oil & provides UV protection 
Is This: Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 by Supergoop
Get This: HERE
Price: $28-3.4 fl.oz.         

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Needless to say we are very lucky to get a lot of stuff around…

Needless to say we are very lucky to get a lot of stuff around here. We try it, we blog it, and we (usually) move on to exploring the rest of the beautysphere. But not so with NERD Skincare. Some rare things make it to permanent rotation, and these geeks have done it.

NERD sort of reinvented acne care for me (and I needed it). Instead of drying treatments with the usual skin-sloughers (salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide), NERD created ingredients that encourage skin’s natural bacteria (S. Epidermis) to produce short-chain fatty acids that naturally fight acne. I think this is what people mean when they say pro-biotic … but in any case, it works. I never say this stuff even though I write a beauty blog – but their regimen made my skin better than ever. It made it pretty amazing. I am in love.


Created with 100 percent plant-derived ingredients,

NERD’S Clarifying Cleanser
is for all skin types and removes
dirt and oil without leaving your face feeling dry and crackly.
It’s creamy and barely foamy, and it feels so good.  

Next step: NERD Acne Treatment (lotion) is a clear liquid that looks and smells like nothing. You pat it on your face in a friend way, and it goes to work clearing acne using your own immune system. It takes 3-7 days to see results and truly, I swear by it now.

Lastly, and contrary to your instincts if you have acne, use the
Nourishing Cream. It’s designed to repair damaged skin and accelerate wound healing for popped pimples (NERD literally includes a guide to how to effectively pop, which is smart, because even a derm office does it). I feel like this cream gave me permission to moisturize and I totally understand how it works because I also use Mederma on my zits, which is a lotion formula too – in any case it all works to help the redness fade and healing speed up.

Does This: Soothes, heals & nourishes acne-prone skin in a new way
Is This: Clarifying CleanserNourishing CreamAcne Treatment By NERD Skincare
Get This: Clarifying Cleanser   Nourishing Cream   Acne Treatment
Price: $20-Clarifying Cleanser   $95-Nourishing Cream   $85-Acne Treatment 

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This Eczema Cream just won a Good Housekeeping Seal (and sold out HSN in minutes)

Meet Dr. Wang, HSN’s new golden boy of eczema (his product sold out in minutes on their network). Dr. Wang is a renowned New York City dermatologist and medical researcher who recently earned the coveted Good Housekeeping seal with his game changing product, Eczema Ointment Natural Calming Moisturizer. Inspired by his encounters with thousands of patients –Did you know that over 30 million Americans suffer from eczema!!! And a whopping 100 million struggle with sensitive skin?! He wanted a solution for those struggling with skin disorders, so after much research, he created a special calming ointment merging his background in dermatology with the benefits of traditional Chinese herbs and ingredients and enlisted the help of his father, Gui Wang, a specialist in the field.

Dr. Wang’s Eczema Ointment is unlike any other skin reliever the industry has ever seen. His herb-based balm helps protect skin from irritation all while promoting hydration and soothing without steroids. What makes it so special is it takes the itch away in minutes, relieving the symptom and calming the skin. It’s also effective on mosquito bites, which is an amazing side benefit, especially for me since I’m always getting eaten alive. So what specifically makes this product so amazing and worthy of the prestigious Good Housekeeping seal? Side note: The testing process is no joke to win this honor (learn more HERE), so here it is:

  • The Formula: the herbs Dr.Wang used in his formula are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, in addition, the oils create an artificial barrier to help protect skin and lock in moisture, so you don’t have to worry about the product slipping and sliding everywhere.
  • Steroid-Free: steroids are a common treatment for problematic skin, however, they can thin, burn, and sting skin which causes a lot of problem for some people. This ointment is completely free of any type of steroid, as well coal tar, parabens, petrolatum or fragrance.
  • Hydration: According to clinical tests, user’s skin moisture level was boosted up to 49%
  • Reader’s Results: People absolutely rave about this product, the reviews go into great detail about the soothing properties of the ointment and how quickly their itching was relieved. Seriously, just google this product’s reviews and you’ll see how obsessed people are with the results.

The vibrant purple color is a handy application guide. Use a small amount (like literally tiny, just a little scrape of product from top) and rub it into the irritated area until the purple color run clear.  When the purple has disappeared, that means the product has been fully absorbed and relief is in site.

To add on to the greatness, the price. Dr.Wang’s Eczema Ointment is 2oz and only $29.95 — which feel like a lifetime supply given how little of the product you need.

You can learn more about Dr. Wang’s miracle eczema cream on page 92 in the April issue of Good Housekeeping (and see incredible before and afters), and is available on hsn.com.

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Paula’s Choice Launches new Primer with SPF

Paula’s Choice has two new products you’re going to want to take note of, the Resist Soothing Primer Serum SPF 30 ($30), now available and the Resist Omega+ Complex Serum launches in April. Both are featured above with some of her other existing all-stars from the Paula’s Choice Resist collection.

We all know a minimum of an SPF 30 everyday is a must, but it’s never been as easy as now! Her new, Resist Soothing Primer Serum SPF 30 is a clear formula that doubles as a multi-tasking primer and goes on so smooth on the skin. Ironically this has more of a serum texture then the new Omega+ Complex serum they are about to launch. Fragrance free and packed with antioxidants like green tea, coffee seed, licorice and chamomile, your skin will be not only be shielded from the sun, but also harmful pollutants, a sneaky cause of dull skin and dark spots. Simply apply a pea sized amount in the morning before your makeup and you’re good to go! It is like no primer with SPF I have ever used.

As for the new Resist Omega+ Complex Serum, which is launching later this year. We all know that incorporating a daily multi-vitamin into our diet is important for our health and wellbeing, but what about incorporating it into our skin care routine? Paula’s Choice newest anti-aging skincare products does just that with the superfood ingredient, Omega. Omega acids are essential polyunsaturated fats that provide natural skin replenishing ingredients.

The new Resist Omega+ Complex promises to fortify and nourish skin for plumper and softer skin, all while reducing the appearance of fine lines. It’s incredibly lightweight and feels more like a light lotion to conventional serum.

It is formulated with powerful natural ingredients (flax, chia, passion flower and linoleic acid) and essential vitamins such as Vitamin A (a powerhouse blend of pure retinol for anti-aging), Vitamin B (aka Niancinamide, a potent skin rejuvenator known to dramatically minimize pores and fine lines) and Vitamin C (a beneficial skin brightener for anyone looking to combat dark spots, dullness, and skin imperfections). Hand raised!

The new products are available on www.PaulasChoice.com

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My latest beauty innovation discoveries

I always love trying new, innovative, make-your-life-easier beauty devices and products. Here are a few from Neutrogena, Color Me, Makeup Eraser, Sally Hansen and more that caught my attention. Full reviews below!

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Makeup Eraser

If you find yourself going through packs of makeup wipes every couple of weeks, or hate the consistency of an oil cleanser to melt that makeup off, this product was made for you. The blanket-soft cloth removes smear-proof, waterproof makeup and mascara by simply adding warm water. Free of chemicals, the Makeup Eraser gets rid of all types of makeup and each cloth will last a thousand washes, meaning you can toss it right in the washing machine to clean it. While I still love the feel of a Micellar Water and cotton ball to remove my makeup, I give them a lot of props for being eco-friendly, cost effective and the fact that it works sans any other products. After washing my face I don’t like to use a towel (too abrasive) to dry it and find myself using this to pat me dry.

Tweezerman Expertweeze LED Lighted Tweezer

Tweezerman launched a brand new type of tweezer earlier this month and it’s a total game changer. Equipped with a convenient LED light, the Expertweeze Lighted Slant Tweezer ensures you will never miss a hair again. Expert brow shaping has never been so easy! I didn’t know an LED light would make such a difference but it’s like it magically makes hairs I was otherwise blind to appear as soon as I turn on the light!

Color Me Automatic Foundation Applicator Pro Edition

With 250 sonic taps per second, the Color Me applicator allows women to tap on their foundation and powder just like the pros do. The Color Me sponges buff foundation smoothly into skin, including  hard-to-reach areas like around the nose and eyes. This is for anyone who wants superior coverage and long-wear results quickly with their own foundation.  The sponge tip achieves remarkable precision for clean lines around the lips, eyebrows, and up to the hairline. I do find that I have to use a light or no primer or my skin can pill with the combination but otherwise it gives the perfect air brush, flawless finish.

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask

I personally don’t experience acne breakouts, but for those who do,  the new Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask ($34.99) could be right up your alley. Utilizing 21 LED lights, this mask claims to reduce breakouts through the magic of light therapy. I’ve been seeing this mask everywhere and after playing with it I have to say the construction and price is like nothing I’ve ever seen on the mass market — and I’m all about light therapy. Just 10 minutes each day is all it takes to start lighting your way to better skin.

Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab

We all know how important it is to moisturize our face, but what about our nails?! Sally Hansen’s new Moisture Rehab overnight nail serum delivers a deep moisturizing treatment, so you can wake up to replenished and healthier nails and cuticles. I had incredible results in 24 hours using this on my nails (although for some weird reason less luck on my toe nails). No matter though, I saw a drastic improvement on the lasting ridges that I get from peeling my gel manicure off.

Juvalips Lip Plumper

I’ve used a lot of lip plumping beauty products but this is my first device. You can read all about it (and see before and afters) in my recent feature on my favorite plumpers.

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Top Men’s Grooming Products to Help You Start Spring Off Right

With Spring right around the corner, that same grooming routine that got you through during the winter month isn’t going to cut it anymore. It’s time to revamp your grooming routine, like they say: New season. New rules. Right? Thankfully, that’s where we come in, with a handful of new products to ensure you look your best as head into Spring.

Anthony Blue Sea Kelp Body Scrub, Anthony.com

Kickstart your whole body for Spring with a deep exfoliating scrub like this one from Anthony. This scrub uses natural sea salt to do away with dead skin cells and remove any impurities. It also has a gentle blend of aloe and sea kelp for a smooth and irritation-free finish.

Anthony Invigorating Rush Hair + Body Wash, Anthony.com

Do away with your old body wash and replace it with Anthony Invigorating Rush Hair + Body Wash. This minty body wash cleanses and conditions both hair and body. It uses birch leaf to refresh your body and Canadian balsam to sooth and calm inflammation. This body wash can make any Monday feel like the weekend.

Baxter of California Exfoliating Body Bar, Baxterofcalifornia.com

For those that prefer bar soap, Baxter of California Exfoliating Body Bar is our go-to. With a hydrating rich-lathering formula, it exfoliates and hydrates your entire body and leaves you with a fresh, woodsy aroma. 

Murad Hydrating toner, murad.com

One of our favorites, Murad Hydrating toner is a lightweight mist that’s alcohol-free and refreshes skin while restoring your skin’s natural pH balance. It’s a great addition to your morning regime and highly recommended to re-balance your skin this season.

Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer, Getjackblack.com

After an invigorating wash, moisturizing is next. In the Spring and Summer months it’s important to find a moisturizer that will not only hydrate your skin but has SPF and can protect you against UV rays. Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer does just that and more. It’s also fragrance free, lightweight and fast-absorbing – what more can you ask for. 

Jack Black Protein Booster Eye Rescue, Getjackblack.com

Say goodbye to eye puffiness and dark circles with this aggressive eye treatment from Jack Black. It attacks wrinkles and puffiness with clinically-proven technology. Featured on the product is Matrixyl® synthe’6®, the most powerful peptide on the market to aggressively target crow’s feet and expression lines. Yeah, this product is no joke and exactly what you need to keep you young.

Anthony Wake Up Call, Anthony.com

Anthony Wake Up Call is the ultimate hangover medicine for your skin. It hydrates and nourishes your skin, tackles puffiness and under-eye circles AND thanks for caffeine and menthol it wakes you right up. It doesn’t get better than this.

REN Flash Defense, Sephora.com

Living in the city and being exposed to everything from cigarette smoke to car exhaust can take a toll on your skin. That’s where REN Flash Defense comes in. This mist shields and protects skin from the harmful effects of pollution. The perfect skin armor to have by your side when you’re on the go.

Jack Black Lip Balm, Getjackblack.com

Get your lips kiss-ready with Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. It soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips leaving you ready for date night. *swipes right* 

Dollar Shave Club, Dollarshaveclub.com

We can agree that razors are inexplicably expensive. That’s until Dollar Shave Club came in. Now you can get a great shave at a fraction of the cost.

Grooming Lounge The Shavior, Groominglounge.com

Combat those razor burn, nicks, acne breakouts and ingrown hairs with The Shavior. It’s a multi-tasker that helps soothe and treat irritated skin. Make sure to use right after shaving for maximum impact.

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