Monday, July 21, 2014

Makeup Wars: My Favorite Skin Savers

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Today for Makeup Wars we're sharing our favorite skin savers, products that we reach for when we need to solve a skin issue. I ran into a bit of a problem when writing today's post. I had too many skin care products to recommend! So while I've divided products into the problems they solve, I've also decided to split everything into 2 posts. Today, the "high end" products (I don't really use truly luxury brands, so the highest I get is Kiehl's and products from Sephora/ULTA). Tomorrow, I'll repeat this post with my favorite drugstore problems solvers, some of which are near dupes for products on this list!

Dry Skin

1. Kiehl's 'Midnight Recovery Concentrate' Elixir: To say that I'm obsessed with the Midnight Recovery Concentrate is probably an understatement. Since my original Midnight Recovery review I've declared it one of the best products in my first 5 years of blogging (which was, wow, 2 1/2 years ago already?) and a travel beauty essential product. I won't get on a plane without it! If my face is feeling at all dry, I just apply a few drops of this product to my skin before bed, and in the morning I'm glowy and dewy again. It's a miracle!

2. Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve: This hand cream was reviewed on my blog all the way back on February 2, 2007. Which was my first week of blogging. It's one of my go-to products to save my hands in the middle of winter. Working in a Peds ICU means I wash (or anti-bacterial foam) my hands before and after each patient, and in the winter I do that again pretty much any available moment. Add on lower humidity, heated air, cold air outside... I need a heavy duty hand cream! So, this one lives in the pocket of my white coat. I even featured it in my best winter hand creams post.

3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (my review of Ultra Repair Cream): In the winter I definitely go all out trying to keep my skin hydrated. We keep a tub of this cream right next to our kitchen sink for easy use, and I have a second tub up in the bathroom to use on any trouble dry spots. A few applications of Ultra Repair Cream on any dry areas (usually on my legs) can really keep my eczema flares away.

Chapped Lips

When my lips get chapped or a bit painful, I pull out these two products. 5. Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair is a balm that was actually developed to help heal cheilitis, that horrible irritation you get in the corner of your mouth. 6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy is more of a liquidy ointment, and I think it is easier to wear under things. So, I use the Ultra Repair Lip Therapy throughout the day, and at night I layer the Osmia Lip Repair over it.

Clogged Pores

4. Ellen Lange Retexturizing Peel Kit (see my Retexturizing Peel Kit review): This is a great, gentle peel that even my Rosacea sensitive skin can handle. It evens out texture and pigmentation and helps clogged pores.

7. Kiehl's 'Rare Earth' Deep Pore Cleansing Masque: This is my favorite "higher end" mud mask. It does a great job of pulling everything out but it doesn't feel tight or hurt when it dries. This is another one of my first reviews on 15 Minute Beauty, this one about 2 weeks after I started the blog.

8. Clarisonic Mia2: There are a lot of deep cleansing brushes, and I use a Clarisonic Plus. The Mia2 is the one I most often recommend to buy, it is very sturdy and a bit smaller (and easier for travel) than my plus.

9. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment: This green goo takes under a minute in the shower, but leaves your skin smooth and glowy. Check out my ExfoliKate review.

Dark Spots

10. Kiehl's 'Clearly Corrective' Dark Spot Solution: I like this stuff so much I actually have an entire Clearly Corrective Review Series. What I like about it is that it doesn't really lighten/bleach dark spots (which is a problem because you always get a bit of the surrounding area, which turns ultra light and makes the dark spot seem even more obvious). Instead, you can use it all over your face and it helps speed up cell turnover, prevents melanin from going crazy and creating dark spots and has a great side effect of fighting aging.


11. Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix: This spot treatment has Benzoyl Peroxide in a gel delivery, and I swear it gets into my blemishes faster.

12. Tanda Zap Power: This is a slightly smaller (and rechargeable) version of my Tanda Zap, which I really do think helps my blemishes. I've been using it since my review, I don't even know how many times I've replaced the battery.


13. Tria Age-Defying Laser: If you read my Age-Defying Laser post you know that I was happy with the results I was getting, with minimal irritation. I had to stop using it due to my pregnancy, but I plan to restart after I deliver this baby girl.

Irritated Skin

14. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask (my Instant Oatmeal Mask review): This is perfect whether your problem is a sunburn or windburn. And it smells like a cookie.

Stay tuned for a drugstore version of this list tomorrow!

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Are You Covering Up?

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Are You Covering Up?

There are about 16 Million Americans with rosacea, and a whopping 77% of them are wearing makeup to cover up their redness. I fully admit that I'm one of them! Depending on the day, I can wear BB Cream, redness corrector, concealer, foundation, powder... the list of makeup I use to cover up my redness is pretty long.

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Mirvaso is a prescription drug and you'll need to see your doctor (remember, I'm a doctor, but I'm not your doctor!) to discuss whether it is a good option for you.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Reads

Beauty Info Zone shares beauties from a name we haven't heard from in a long time Vincent Longo. They've developed gorgeous new products and reformulated many of our old favorites. With a discount code too, you can't help but love Vincent Longo Cosmetics.

OPI has been doing awesome collaboration lately, and this one doesn't disappoint! Check out polish insomniac's swatches of the shades inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang!

Do you have hooded eyes? Phyrra shows you the perfect way to flatter them with her Saucebox Etude Palette Tutorial!

15 Minute Beauty is on the hunt for a new facial cleanser, so she asked around for recommendations. Here are the favorite facial cleansers of dermatologists.

Prime Beauty is not very adept in the kitchen, but she can make BECCA's Beach Tint Shimmering Souffle present beautifully!

Fun fact: Mostly Sunny needs all the corals in the world! When Hourglass launched a lip liner and gloss in their popular coral shade, Muse, she had to grab them! Did they live happily ever after?

The Pink Sith Blog is giving away a full size BVLGARI Omnia Coral EdT to one lucky US reader. There is still time to enter so do it today!

The new Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner in Empress is such a stunning Deep Aubergine that it truly is fit for royalty, but it is also perfect with their vibrant pink Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Ballet! Lola's Secret Beauty Blog thinks that together they constitute the perfect pink pout!

Perilously Pale reviews the new Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection. Does it live up to its iconic movie inspiration? Check out her review to find out!

In need of a multi-tasking Antioxidant serum? Look no further than Radical Skincare's Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum. Pammy Blogs Beauty tests it out and shares her love for this amazing serum!

The Painted Rogue has been exploring magical desert lands in search of new and interesting brands...and Five beautiful lip treasures from Ana Hilwa are the fruits of her quest! Also: spreadsheets, anyone?

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat likes her fashion with a side of skin care...check out her ode to the open road, featuring True Religion and Adventuress skin care.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekend Shopping: What's New-ish at ULTA

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Weekend Shopping: What's New-ish at Sephora and ULTA

Last week we went shopping together at Sephora, and I showed you the new(ish) items that I'm interested in at Sephora. Today we'll do the same thing at ULTA! Just like last week, I'm sharing items from the "what's new" section that I'm interested in for myself.

Weekend Shopping: What's New-ish at ULTA

1. Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X
I've tried both of the Silk'n at home laser hair removal devices, but after my recent experience using the Tria Age Defying Laser (it was all kinds of amazing), as soon as I deliver baby #2 at the end of October I'm planning to restart home laser treatments. I'll definitely be using my Age Defying Laser again, but I also really want to try out the Tria Hair Removal Laser. I'll probably buy it sometime this fall so I can be ready to start using it after delivery.

2. Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector
I'm kind of in a Tarte mood lately. This is their new undereye corrector, it helps to cover up dark circles and discoloration, reduces puffiness and brightens. That's kind of everything. Since I'll have a newborn soon, I'm pretty sure I'll need all the undereye help that I can get!

3. Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick
An eye primer stick that helps to absorb excess oil and color corrects your lids? That sounds amazing!

4. Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette
This looks like a great palette for the fall. It has blush, bronzer, highlighter, and 6 eye shadows!

5. L'Oreal Colour Riche Ombre Quad
I think these are coming out in a ton of new shades for fall (actually, I'm pretty sure they must be new, L'Oreal just sent me a bunch of them) and wow, in person they are soooo pretty! I'll be taking pics later today to share with you. Check them out if you can.

6. L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer
Again, I'm looking for underye solutions that are even better than the ones I've been using. This one has some blurring features and has anti-aging ingredients. Those both sound great for my upcoming late night nursing marathons!

7. Maybelline The Expert Wear Palette The Nudes
I actually just bought this, but haven't opened it yet. This huge palette is only $9.99 and has a ton of nude shadows! I've heard the colors are great, I'm really excited to try it out.

8. China Glaze Dune Our Thing
I really love China Glaze's formula, and this set has some great colors for summer. Included: Feel The Breeze, Float On, Dune Our Thing, X-ta-sea, I Sea the point and Wait N' Sea

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