April 21st Event Alert: Join Dr. Whitney Bowe & dr.brandt at Sephora!

Calling all beauty and skincare loving New Yorkers! This Thursday, on April 21st, celebrated dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe will be visting the 9th Avenue Sephora store and offering one-on-one dr.brandt skincare consultations and demonstrations of dr.brandt award-winning anti-aging products! I’m so excited – dr.brandt is one of my favorite skincare brands and my mom loves their overnight serum.

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Dr. Bowe’s work in skin rejuvenations, laser dermatology and the link between nutrition and skincare has made her one of the most in-demand skincare experts in the entire country. She was one of the first two physicians named to the dr.brandt Skin Advisory Board, an impressive roster of specialists who, like the legendary Dr. Brandt, are pioneers in the field of anti-aging cosmetic dermatology and skin care. Members of the dr.brandt Skin Advisory Board are dedicated to continuing Dr. Brandt’s legacy of breakthrough innovation that adheres to the strictest standard of scientific excellence.

At the Sephora event, Dr. Bowe will introduce two new dr. brandt anti-aging products available at Sephora stores nationwide beginning this month. Inspired by the skin-revitalizing and radiance-renewing vitamin shots available in Dr. Brandt’s medical offices, new Power Doses

C & D are topical treatments in liquid form that can be blended into moisturizer or smoothed directly on the face and neck:DRB VITAMIN C SILO 07C_WHT GRACOLDRB VITAMIN D SILO 07E WHT GRACOL

• Vitamin C Power Dose is engineered to deliver the highest Vitamin C concentration that the skin can absorb. It has been shown to dramatically boost collagen production and brighten skin for a visibly smoother, firmer complexion with enhanced skin clarity. It has also been shown to shield skin against free-radical damage that can lead to hyper-pigmentation and premature aging.

• Vitamin D Power Dose is formulated to mimic sun exposure and trigger the natural production of Vitamin D in the skin without the harmful effects of the sun exposure. By harnessing the essential sunshine vitamin, it helps create a barrier against environmental damage. This barrier helps prevent breakouts and reduces dryness, sensitization and other signs of premature aging.

Event Details

Sephora NYC drbrant Event

WHAT:  Dr. Whitney Bowe Skincare Consultation and Demonstration

WHEN: April 21st, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Sephora
                  27 9th Avenue
                  New York, NY 10014

Where to Buy Micellar Water in the US

If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve already heard about Micellar Water. If not then allow me to get you up to speed (or you can click here for a great post from ELLE), micellar water is meant to be a no-rinse cleanser that also eliminates the need for a moisturizer. Skeptical? Yeah, so was I, until I tried it. So far my experience with micellar water has been pretty fantastic – it’s better than any makeup remover I’ve used, ever. And my skin doesn’t feel dried out or stretched out like it does when I use astringent. Micellar Water has been a beauty staple in France and the UK for quite a while and is currently getting a lot of attention in the US. I love it, and now that I’m sold on micellar water only one question remains – where can you buy micellar water in the US?
Simple Skincare has taken the lead bringing micellar water to the drugstore, with their Micellar Cleansing Water. It’s currently the only game in town when it comes to easy to access, affordable cleansing waters, and clocks in at around $7.99 for a 6.7 oz bottle. Simple Skincare has been a favorite brand of mine for years and their Micellar Water has gotten rave reviews everywhere – you can pick it up at Target or most anywhere that Simple Skincare is sold.

Bioderma has been a favorite brand for beauty bloggers and vloggers for ages now. You can get their Micellar Water on Amazon.com, Sears.com, and a handful of other online retailers. If you live in NYC, you can also pick it up at New London Pharmacy and Thompson Chemists (ARV $28 for 250ml – or 8.45oz). It’s definitely a lot more available than it was a year ago.

Now, Sephora currently carries a few high-end micellar waters (and an affordable in-house one). However, I still have a hard time with the idea of paying as much as $39 for anywhere from 4-5oz of product that will deplete quickly and has water as a major ingredient. Sorry guys, unless I have proof that it will work magic, I’m not about to splash out for it. But if you’re curious, I’ve listed a few here and you find all of them by clicking here: Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water ($14 for 3.38oz, $28 for 6.7oz), REN Rosa Centifolia™ 3-In-1 Cleansing Water ($25 for 6.8oz), Dr.Brandt Skincare Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water ($32 for 6.7oz), etc.

Garnier Micellar Water

The Micellar Water that I love (and is often touted as a dupe for the more expensive Bioderma) is the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water. It’s not technically available in the US – but I’ve found a way around that via one of my favorite UK-based sites – feelunique.com. This is the ONLY Micellar Water that they appear to be shipping from the UK, I don’t know if it’s because of the packaging or because it comes in a set with a lotion – but for $21.60 (sale price) you get 400ml/13.5oz of their Micellar Water as well as their Miracle Skin Cream. And, it ships free!

Have you used Micellar Water? What are your must-have skincare products? Let me know!

BB Cream Breakdown

So I’ve been really really excited to finally write up this post. But heading back to school has sort of swallowed up a lot of my time, so it’s taken me a little longer than I would have liked, but here goes. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about BB Creams, the popular beauty fad has hit drugstores and beauty shops all over the states and has managed to only increase in popularity.


There’s a lot of talk out there about the origin of the BB Cream (or “Blemish Balm” sometimes referred to as “Beauty Balm”), and while I’m not going to pretend to be a beauty/fashion historian I think the most valid story out there is that the BB Cream originated as a skincare/makeup product with the intent to help improve skin texture and help it recover from scarring caused by surgery. When it entered the Asian market, many BB creams were designed to have high SPF coverage, aid with blemishes, moisturize, and more- basically it was a hero product, but designed with Asian skin tones and type in mind. Since then the BB Cream has taken the Western beauty market by storm. Every brand and its mother has come out with some form of BB Cream.

Personally, I was skeptical about the BB Cream. No two products seemed to claim the same benefits. So what was a “good” BB Cream and what was a “bad” one? And were they really all just a load of overpriced tinted moisturizer? I was about to chalk up the whole BB Cream fad to the placebo effect, when I decided that I would try them all for myself and let you know exactly what I thought of them- thoughts from a BB Cream skeptic.

Obviously, I couldn’t try all of them. That would cost way too much, and I’m living on a college student’s budget so that was definitely out of the question. So I decided to try a handful of different ones, which are widely available in your local Ulta, Sephora, and drugstore. So here goes:

I tested all the creams on myself and on my model, and all my reviews are based off of product claims vs. personal opinion, quality of application, coverage, and overall experience.

This is our original image (above). My model has light skin, with redness around her cheek, nose, and forehead area. She has dry skin, but moisturizes regularly.

The BB Cream used in this image is the Dior Hydra Life BB Crème SPF 30 – PA +++, which runs at $56.00 (USD) at Sephora for a 1.07oz bottle. This comes in only one tone, and blended well into the skin. My model has really light skin, while I have sort of a golden skin tone. It has a light floral scent, and sat really beautifully on the skin- it was very smooth, has an SPF of 30, and provides light coverage. It didn’t feel thick like foundation or makeup. My model and I both loved this BB Cream, but took issue with the fact that it’s quite expensive.

 

 

The second BB Cream that we tried was the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with an SPF of 35, which runs for $39.00 (USD) at Sephora for a 1 oz. tube. These are one of those rare BB Creams that come in a variety of tones, which is really great for ladies with darker skin tones. Unfortunately, this was our least favorite BB Cream. It smelled like sunblock, and was the thickest of all the creams. It felt like more of a thick foundation than a cream, and didn’t blend well into the skin.

 

This is the Clinique Age Defense BB Cream with an SPF of 30, which runs for $37.00 USD for a 1.4oz tube (also on Sephora). This also provides a range (albeit a limited one) of tones. This one was our favorite. Ironically enough, this cream advertises with the least amount of “magical” claims- only advertising as everything a girl needs for a quick start. With medium/light coverage, a comfortable cream-like texture, it felt and looked quite nice on the skin- but without feeling like foundation.

 

 

The fourth BB Cream we tried was the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm with an SPF of 20, which runs for $32.00 USD for a 1.5oz tube at Sephora. This also comes with the option of four different tones. This BB Cream boasts a list of offerings including anti-aging benefits, increased elasticity, etc. However, I felt that this cream was closer to a foundation than a BB Cream. First of all, it provided some serious coverage- I would say it was even comparable to my Benefit Oxygen WOW foundation. It smelled a lot like my sister’s (who’s an artist) paints, and looked like it had a little shimmer or bronzer added to the mixture. If your medium-dark skinned, and looking for good coverage- then go for it!

 

The fifth BB Cream we tried was the Dr.Jart’s Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm. Now, Dr. Jart is one of the most popular BB Cream brands out there. However, they only cater to a limited range of skin tones – all of which are really light (they only have one tone). For that, me and the Sephora rep. I spoke to give Dr. Jart a sad face :( On the other hand, my model and I really really love this BB Cream! The coverage is excellent, without being overpowering. It didn’t feel heavy, even though it has a thick consistency, and felt very light and natural. Also, my skin felt super soft after application. Dr. Jart has two other BB Beauty Balms available at Sephora- this one retails for $36.00 USD for a 1.5 oz tube.

 

The final BB Cream that I tried- and the only drugstore option in this showdown- is the L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream. This is probably my most favorite beauty product right now. Unlike any of the other BB Creams that I’ve tried – this cream is white and has these tiny foundation beads that create an even amount of coverage when you rub it into your skin. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because this cream has a white cream base, but it really makes your skin look like it’s glowing. It doesn’t have outstanding coverage- however; you can tell and feel the difference in your skin after you’ve put it on. It would make an excellent primer. This runs for about $10.00 USD at Target and other mass retailers.

 

Conclusion: I really love the Clinique BB Cream and the L’Oreal one. For me, BB Cream should be a simple beauty product with the added benefit of skincare properties. I do not want to feel like I’m applying/wearing a heavy foundation – otherwise it should be advertised as BB Foundation. So you tell me- what do you think about BB Creams? Have you tried any yet? Let me know if you have any questions or comments, or if you want to see a drugstore BB Cream Breakdown too!