Easy, Clear Skin with Oxy

There are a handful of products and brands that I keep buying over and over again. They are beauty and personal care products that just plain work, they’re dependable and frankly irreplaceable. Oxy is one of those brands, and I can honestly say I’ve been purchasing since I was in middle school. I don’t care how many products hit the market, whenever I have a last-minute acne emergency, I reach for Oxy.


The Oxy Maximum Action Rapid Treatment line is my favorite. Have you ever woken up with a monster zit? Or found yourself with a cluster of blemishes before a big event or interview? Yes, yes, and yes for me. They are the worst. The Oxy Maximum Action Spot Treatment is a cream that is oil-free, dermatologist tested, and my got-to for tackling sudden acne flare-ups. The Spot Treatment features maximum-strength 10% benzoyl peroxide and can visibly reduce redness in as little as 4 hours. It also boosts skin cell renewal for fresher, brighter skin. I know whenever I use this baby, my zits are zapped, usually overnight.

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The line also features a Rapid Treatment Face Wash which is designed to kill acne bacteria while relying on a skin soothing formula. I was really prepared for this to leave my skin feeling dry and rough, but it actually left more of a clean feeling without all that scaling. Personally, I have more sensitive skin, so I only use this two to three times a week on an as-needed basis. Luckily, they’re also released a sensitive skin version of this wash – so keep an eye peeled for that one!

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Now my favorite out of the entire line is the Rapid Treatment 3-in-1 Pads. The pads include 2% of salicylic acid that instantly works to fight acne. Upon application, the pads start to unclog pores for clearer skin while also controling oil to prevent future breakouts. They also work to retexture skin for a smooth complexion and even keeps on working between uses. Each tub contains 90 pads, which will definitely last you awhile – unless you’re like me and have sisters and friends who frequently raid your cabinet and steal your Oxy. It’s definitely the most effective product in my skincare arsenal, honestly.

The 28 Day Challenge

Oxy Acne Treatment Spot Treatment

Right now you can take the 28 Day Challenge – first you download the app, then you can create a customized treatment plan. Once you’ve got your program, pick up the recommended OXY® products from your local store. Then use them on your acne for the next 28 days to get visibly clearer skin.

If you aren’t 100% satisfied with the results, OXY® will give you a complete refund – no questions asked. So what are you waiting for? Take the OXY® 28 Day Challenge and get clear skin. Guaranteed or your money back.

You can rely on Oxy, whether it’s for stress-related acne during finals week, or the pesky spot you spotted on your chin right before an important interview or presentation! Are you a fan of Oxy?

*This post is sponsored by Oxy. All opinions presented here are my own.*

Beauty Routine Essentials from The Vitamin Shoppe

Vitamins have always been a part of my routine. When I was a kid I used to take those cartoon pills, and now that I’m older I try to take fish oil and other supplements with my daily dose of allergy medicine. In the same way that my antihistamine tackles my aversion to pollen, vitamins have the potential to address some of my beauty hurdles. My most recent beauty routine shake-up has come by way of The Vitamin Shoppe, where you can find some of my favorite new beauty tools to keep me glowing from the inside out!

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We all want gorgeous, glowing skin. And yes please, we’d like to have it without having to don piles of foundation. Makeup is my jam, but skincare is the bread base for all that jam – and the healthier my skin is, the better my makeup looks. Which is why I include biotin in my beauty routine. Biotin is actually a member of the B-complex family of essential vitamins, it’s essential for carbohydrate, fat and amino acid metabolism. But I take it to support healthy skin, hair, and nails – via it’s promotion of cellular energy production.

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Another favorite is vitamin E which works to block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the aging process. Now that we’ve tackled beauty from the inside, let’s talk about the outside. Coconut and avocado oil are essential for anyone’s routine. I love using coconut oil to remove stubborn eyelash glue, and glitter-heavy eyeliner and eyeshadow. It’s also excellent for face and hair masks. I love the Vitamin Shoppe’s avocado oil for two reasons. One, it’s a high quality oil, and two because the packaging reveals just how on point the Vitamin Shoppe is with their products. The dark glass bottle that the oil is packaged in aligns what I’ve learned about many beauty oils – dark packaging means that the oil inside is being protected from diminished quality by keeping the suns harmful UV rays at bay. This means a longer shelf life for natural beauty products like this. Love it!

Coconut Oil and Vitamins from the Vitamin Shoppe

Speaking of beauty lessons, one of my favorite new additions to my daily beauty routine is this Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Hyaluronic Acid has been quite popular in the beauty industry for a while now. Due to it’s moisturizing and rejuvenative properties, a good HA product has been on my list for some time and now that I’ve finally gotten my hands on it I can see why people love it. The trick with hyaluronic acid (which is a moisture magnet) is to pair it up with a good moisturizer. It can benefit people differently based on their skin, but for me, it’s helped clear up some stubborn acne scars.

Speaking of creams, the Alpha Lipoic Acid Anti-Aging Crème is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the market for a solid anti-aging cream. I’m really partial to this one because it’s luxurious but doesn’t sit heavy on your skin. No one wants a cream that sits on the surface, because that means it’s probably not earning its due. This one gets soaked right up.

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You can find all of these products alongside a wide assortment of creams, serums, essential oils, carrier oils, biotin and collagen products, and vitamins from loads of well-known vendors at any of Vitamin Shoppe’s 800+ stores or online at www.vitaminshoppe.com. Until recently I never even knew that the Vitamin Shoppe was a beauty and skin care lovers paradise!

Are you ready to take your beauty routine to a whole other level? Right now Vitamin Shoppe is giving away this amazing bundle of great product! One random winner will receive: $100 in Vitamin Shoppe gift cards, as well as a gym bag and products. Total value is $250. To enter just fill out at least one of the entries on Rafflecopter form below! Good luck!

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Contest ends June 29, 2016 ET and is open to US only. Good luck! Winner will be chosen randomly by Vitamin Shoppe and be notified by email. The prize will be fulfilled by Vitamin Shoppe.
*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Vitamin Shoppe. All opinions are my own*

Beauty Review: Michael Todd Soniclear Petite Facial Skin Cleansing System


It’s been quite a few years since the first facial cleansing system hit the market. Since then, it’s been really interesting seeing how those systems have changed and evolved. The Soniclear Petite is the world’s first antimicrobial sonic skin cleansing system and it is definitely a game changer.

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If you’ve read my reviews before you know that I have sensitive skin, so finding skincare products that work for me is pretty high on my list of beauty priorities. The Soniclear Petite caters to sensitive skin with 3 speeds – and none of them feel ridiculously rough, no harsh scrubbing here!

Designed to strip away dead skin cells, makeup, dirt and oil 6x better than hands alone, the Soniclear utilizes unique sonic technology that enables the petite’s brushes to move up to 18,000 times per minute. But what’s with the “antimicrobial”? Well, Soniclear cleansing heads are treated during the manufacturing process with LIFE antimicrobial product protection to inhibit up to 99.9% of stain and odor causing bacteria. Basically, the cleansing brush will stay cleaner for up to 6 more months.

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What I really love about the cleanser though is that it has a self-timer, so you hear this beep as your brushing your face which signifies that you’ve spent enough time cleansing one area of your face and you should move on to the next. This is really crucial to any skincare regimen because you generally do not want to over cleanse as it has been known to cause dryness which can lead to excess oil production, etc.

I also love that it’s cordless and waterproof, so you can use it in the shower – I feel so trained to not bring electronics into the shower that I don’t, but you definitely can if you want to, haha! I was sent mine via Amazon, and that one from Michael Todd came with the Michael Todd Damascus Rose Cleanser which I love. I’m already a massive Michael Todd fan from back when all the YouTube beauty gurus were raving about their green algae cleanser.

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You can check out the Soniclear Petite here for more details, reviews, and to purchase (ARV $89.95). If you do get the Soniclear or already own one, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

*I received this item at a discount or complimentary in order to facilitate this review. This review is not sponsored. All opinions presented here are my own.*

Neutrogena Hydro Boost: The Secret to Healthy Skin

Sponsored by InStyle on behalf of Neutrogena

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I’m the first to admit, I can be a little fickle when it comes to my skincare routine. I always have the best intentions, researching and investing in a solid routine, only to let it fall by the wayside two or three weeks later. Or I’ll get a new product and ditch my entire method just for testing purposes. But there is one product in my routine (or lack thereof) that I absolutely cannot live without – and that is a moisturizer. It’s so crucial that I have in my arsenal a perfect moisturizer, I have the driest skin ever and if I don’t moisturize then my skin gets really parched, flaky, and can even crack (at least in the edges of my nose). This summer I was introduced to Neutrogena’s new Hydro Boost Moisturizer at the perfect time – when I happen to be having a massive skin dry spell.

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Earlier in August I attended the InStyle Summer Social where one of the brands present was Neutrogena. The rep and I really got talking about moisturizers and what our peeves were (like stickiness-yuck!) and what I like best (I’m a sucker for gel formulations). She told me that the Neutrogena Hydro Boost is lightweight, and that it’s oil free and absorbs quickly into the skin. So, naturally, I was pretty jazzed when I got my hands on an entire jar of their Hydro Boost by way of my gift bag.

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I put it immediately to the test. I used this all over my face, focusing especially on the areas around my nose which were beginning to redden with dryness. I don’t normally allow my skin to reach this state of distress, but it was the middle of August and sweat has always exacerbated my dry skin. Even my ears were suffering. My skin instantly feel hydrated in that cool and clean sort of way. Amazingly, within three days of use, twice a day, my skin was back to full health. I’m dead serious, by ears healed up and my nose wasn’t dry at all. Even my foundation was going on smoother!

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What makes Neutrogena Hydro Boost so special is that it is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which retains up to 1000x its weight in water. This refreshing water gel plumps skin cells with intense hydration, and locks it in. Utilizing hyaluronic acid, as well as olive extract which aids the skin’s moisture barrier against moisture loss – this product is designed to be a moisturizer of epic proportions. I am obsessed, I keep it right by my bed. Now, the Hydro Boost line actually features three different products – the Hydro Boost Water Gel with Hyaluronic Acid, the Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Fragrance Free for Extra Dry Skin, and the Hydro Boost Eye Gel.

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Are you ready to bask in the glow of healthy skin hydration? Neutrogena is currently having a Summer Sale where you can Buy 2 Get 1 Free on all products! Click here for more information about the Hydro Boost line and to purchase your own moisturizer – also, be sure to follow Neutrogena on twitter, instagram, and facebook for special promotions and exciting updates on their products!

Salicylic Acid vs. Benzoyl Peroxide: Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask Review

I’ve been using anti-acne products with salicylic acid for so long that even though my all of acne never truly cleared up, I thought I had the problem under control and that any acne that resisted the acid was way beyond the aid of modern medicine/science/skincare. Then, four weeks ago I had a massive breakout, and I tried everything to get it to clear up. I mean all my usual treatments and then some. I used astringents, masks, creams, I even tried any combination of the three – it only seemed to exacerbate the issue. Then I went to my doctor and he recommended that I switch over to a product that used benzoyl peroxide instead of the more common salicylic acid.

I turned over every single bottle and tube in the acne treatments section of the skincare aisle – there were very few that didn’t list some percentage of salicylic acid and the only benzoyl peroxide one that I found that sounded perfect was the Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask. Who knew how hard it would be to find a benzoyl product!

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But, what is the difference between Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide? We can get down to the science here like how structurally the basic difference between salicylic acid and benzoic acid is the presence of hydroxyl (-OH) and other really cool chemistry tidbits that my science-y mom explained to me over the phone. But basically, benzoyl peroxide is essentially a combination of benzoic acid and oxygen – the benzoic acid acts as an exfoliant while the oxygen helps kill bacteria that contributes to acne. It’s a deep clean with the potential to dry out the skin, great for under the skin (and pus-filled) acne. Salicylic acid, on the other hand, is friendlier for those with sensitive skin and those who struggle with blackheads. It’s a gentler peeling agent without the bacteria-killing oxygen boost.

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Neutrogena’s Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask can be used as a daily cleanser or an intensive mask. Its active ingredient is 3.5% of benzoyl peroxide (1% over the purportedly effective 2.5% threshold) and the label warns against using it alongside an additional topical acne medication lest drying should occur. I love that it can be used as either a mask or basic cleanser – I’ve used it as both and since I started using it, my skin has looked better than ever!

It’s a no-frills sort of formulation – there are no beads or special oils, no fruits sprinkled on top, no pink splashes of something or other – it’s just a very plain product with very plain packaging, and it’s very effective. It’s a thick white cream, and you don’t need too much to get going. To use as a daily cleanser, you massage into a lather on your skin and rinse; to use as a mask, you apply a thin layer, wait five minutes, and rinse.

This is easily the most important part of my routine now. Clear skin is foremost in my skincare priorities and I really love how Neutrogena consistently is able to provide dependable and effective products. Since I’ve started using the cleanser/mask I’ve seen a significant reduction in my acne – and definitely less intense flare-ups whenever they occur.

The Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask retails at about $6.19 and can be found wherever Neutrogena products are sold. And as always, the information presented here is my opinion based on my personal experience – consult your doctor or dermatologist for skincare advice tailored to your needs. And let me know your experience with Neutrogena and what products you use to tackle acne!

Day 2 of the #12DaysofChristmas Giveaways!

This one is going up a little late today – it happens to be the week of my finals so things are pretty crazy. Good luck to any of you who are also at the end of the semester – I wish you plenty of caffeine! Todays giveaway item is one of my favorites, it’s a five pack set of Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks!

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According to the Montagne Jeunesse website these are the masks included:

Very Berry – Bursting with the juice of pressed Blueberries and crushed Cranberries our fruity beauty is packed with antioxidants. Nourishing Peach Kernel oil and soothing Aloe will leave your skin refreshed and cleansed.

Strawberry Souffle – Cleanse your skin with our Strawberry Soufflé face masque as part of your regime for a purified, toned smooth complexion. Loaded with natural goodness which leaves skin hydrated and refreshed allow your skin to breathe with soothing Aloe Vera & calming Vanilla.

Passion Peel Off – Gently peel away dead skin with our amazing Passion Peel Off deep cleansing masque. Our Pomegranate and Passion Flower formula cleans, purifies and protects leaving your skin feeling fresh and radiant.

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Dragon Fruit Sauna – For a flaming good clean, ablaze with freshly crushed Dragon Fruit from the depths of Central America and pulped Kiwi Fruit, this warming wonder reaches into pores removing trapped oil and dirt…a fiery feast for smooth, clean skin.

PawPaw Peel Off -Picked from the tropics of South America the Pawpaw aka Papaya (known as ‘Fruit of Angels’) and Noni Fruit naturally help protect. This duo work harmoniously, revealing clean sensational skin…

Sounds good, right? Actually I’ve been using these masks for years – they’re perfect for a girls night in or if you’re just chilling out and want to pamper your skin as you read a book or catch up with your favorite show.

Enter below! And be sure to check out day 1 if you haven’t already!

Montagne Jeunesse 5 Mask Gift Pack

*All giveaway entries will be verified in order to ensure equal opportunity and fairness for all entrants. Open to US only, 18+.

Silk’n For The Holidays!

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Ain’t no party like a Silk’n holiday party! Okay, maybe that was a little cheesy, but it isn’t every day that I get to chat with you all about an at-home-microdermabrasion product! I’ve made a few trips to the dermatologists office in my time and the one thing I remember enjoying about my experience was that their tools seemed to streamline the process and give pretty quick results. Not too long ago at a press event I was introduced to the magic that is Silk’n – whose products deliver amazing results, simply, painlessly, at home! I was able to demo a couple of Silk’n products and I was really truly blown away – I guess I didn’t believe that things like at home permanent hair removal or microdermabrasion were possible until I saw and experienced it for myself.

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The ReVit by Silk’n is a diamond microdermabrasion system. What it does is remove dead skin cells via light abrasion. I know what you’re thinking “abrasion?!”, yes abrasion, if you follow this blog you’ll know I have very sensitive skin and this did not irritate my skin in the least – I promise! This treatment promotes the growth of healthy new cells. The ReVit vacuums up all the dead cells, so nothing is left behind, while also stimulating blood flow to the epidermis which promotes collagen and elastin for younger looking skin. Basically, you know that glow that celebrities often have? Well this is how to get it.

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With a brand new ReVit in hand I invited over a couple of girlfriends for a little bit of a spa day replete with holiday tunes, treats, possibly some bubbly, and an opportunity to try out the ReVit.

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With the ReVit you can actually see results in the appearance of your skin in as little as one week. But how did we know that the ReVit was actually removing all that dead skin? Well, the dead skin – and bare with me as this does sound a teensy bit gross – is deposited in a black felt dot at the bottom of the tip (it has to go somewhere). Which means not only can you see what’s coming off your face but you can also change it out and keep your ReVit clean and in order.

Looking for a more deep treatment like some of my friends were? Well, the ReVit offers three different treatment heads, precision, fine, and coarse – so you can tailor your treatment to your preferences and skin type.

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We all loved the ReVit and we love that Silk’n products are really offering professional results…no appointments necessary!

To find out more and/or order your own ReVit click here!

*Although this post was Sponsored by Silk’n, all opinions presented here are my own. Thanks for reading!

RoC-ing it out at Duane Reade, RoC Brand Answers Your Anti-Aging Q’s!

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wondered when was the right age to begin using anti-aging products? Do you start when you start seeing those laugh lines laughing back at you, or crows feet creeping up in the corners of your eyes. I always wanted a sort of “official” answer, so I was extremely pleased to join the RoC Brand, Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Senior Director, Anna Prilutsky, and RoC Brand spokesperson Dr.Debra Jaliman, as well as an array of social media and beauty influencers at Duane Reade a couple weeks ago to learn more about anti-aging skincare, what is retinol, and when you should start using wrinkle-reducing lotions and potions.

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During the event Dr.Jaliman (who also attended the #Eyes4NYC twitter party) spoke about the importance of taking care of your skin. She says that sunblock is a basic must-have and that you can avoid certain skin damage just by applying it daily – yes, even when there’s no sun out. Not a fan of a zillion step skincare process? Well, most RoC products already include SPF!

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But what exactly is retinol? Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, is designed to repair fine lines and deep wrinkles by reducing collagen depleted skin and increasing the cohesiveness of epidermal cells. Don’t have fine lines or wrinkles yet? Well, the retinol in the RoC Brand line of products also aid in diminishing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots too!

I was just burning with curiosity about this one, and had to ask, when do you start using anti-aging skincare products? Dr.Jaliman recommends as soon as possible – yup, you read that right, as soon as possible. In fact, I don’t have too many wrinkles and I’ve already added a couple RoC products into my daily routine, I’m all about preventative skincare!

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Some skincare tips from Development Senior Director, Anna Prilutsky included starting off with the RoC Multi Correction 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer if you’re new to retinol or have sensitive skin and incorporating it into your routine gradually. Also, with eye creams, you’ll only want to use a pea-sized amount of cream, using any more would be a waste as you’re only dealing with a small surface area and a thin layer of skin. And one more tip, don’t apply your anti-aging eye creams over the actual lid itself – it can potentially irritate your eye.

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I loved talking shop with Anna and Dr.Debra – they offered so much insight! Right now I’ve been using the Multi Correction 5 in 1 Eye Cream and I can already tell that my skin is softer and looks brighter, plus I’ve added the RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum as a part of my weekly cleansing/treatment routine. So far, I’m loving this line!

You can pick up the entire RoC Brand line of skincare and anti-aging creams at your local Duane Reade! Have you tried RoC before? Do you have experience with anti-aging skincare? Let me know in the comments below!

Spa Day with AmLactin at Guerlain Spa!

It’s not every day that I get to start my morning off with a massage. However, last Friday I joined AmLactin and Dr.Doris Day at Guerlain Spa in the Waldorf Astoria for a little R&R and to learn about why AmLactin is the lotion every gal should have in her skincare arsenal!

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I’m one of those people who suffer from really dry skin, and while I love prettily scented lotions and potions they don’t always “do it” for my skin – or worse, they’ll irritate it. AmLactin moisturizers contain alpha-hydroxy acids, which are pH-balanced for the skin and effective at exfoliating and hydrating.

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The AmLactin line includes Moisturizing Body Lotion, Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion, Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, and Foot Cream. I’ve been using the line to rehab my winter weary skin – I tend to let my skincare fall by the wayside during the colder months, I just get sort of lazy about it because I usually wear clothes to cover up and stay warm rather then show off and stay cool. The craziest thing is that when I apply the lotion to my skin it doesn’t just sit on the surface and it doesn’t feel sticky or oily, it absorbs quickly and my skin feels softer and really rehydrated. It’s the only body lotion that I’m using right now and I’m just in love with it.

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“The lactic acid in the Utra Hydrating Body Cream & Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion are designed to soften the skin and gently push forward those cells that are ready to move up without over stripping your skin” Dr.Day told me in an interview, “I love it, I’ll slather it on my feet when I got to bed and you know a lot of men will even use it on the beard area too”

When asked what she loved most about the line she said “It’s a great multi-tasking product – I love the idea that while I’m exfoliating I’m also moisturizing”. I have to agree – any product that works and saves me time is right up my alley!

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My massage was fantastic (and the first one I’ve had in ages) and the Guerlain Spa in the Waldorf Astoria is simply gorgeous! Easily one of the best Friday mornings I’ve had to date!

To find out more information about AmLactin and Dr.Doris Day click here!

Summer Essentials with CVS!

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I love shopping at CVS/pharmacy, as a true drugstore beauty product junkie there is one line exclusively from CVS that I really truly go out of my way to get my hands on – and it’s the Nuance line by Salma Hayek. I love how Salma truly promotes her brand – and unlike other stars who simply slap their name on a product and call it a day, Salma really seems to be passionate about the line that was inspired by her grandma and “designed to help every woman enhance the nuances that define her individual beauty”. So I recently stopped by my local CVS to look for some summer essentials from CVS’s Nuance!

Summer Essentials from CVS

cvs5Nuance Salma Hayek Renewed Radiance Brightening BB Cream with SPF 30 has been a favroite since I tried it out at a media event a few months ago. This BB Cream actually works as an excellent dupe for the more expensive Benefit You Rebel tinted moisturizer – they both have the same cool sensation when applied to your skin – which is great for the summer, except the Nuance one has a higher SPF! I found that it provides sheer but buildable coverage, and contains dermaxyl – which enhances firmness, improves moisture retention, and has been shown to help visibly reduce the number and depth of wrinkles. Also, if you get sweaty really easily like I do, you’ll love this BB Cream – it actually absorbs into your skin without any real residue, so you won’t be sweating in color.

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I count this next product as one of my favorite beauty discoveries this summer, it’s the Nuance Salma Hayek Cucumber & Rosewater Dual Phase Makeup Remover. I suffer from pretty awful allergies, especially during the summer, so I’ve been in the market for a makeup remover that would give my lids a little TLC, while also removing waterproof (ahem, sweatproof) makeup. This makeup remover contains cucumber, rosewater, chamomile, lavender, mimosa, blue agave, camapu, & prickly pear extracts that actually soften and condition my skin while getting rid of all my makeup – and the great thing is that my skin feels so cleansed and really lovely afterwards.

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This product hasn’t gone through rigorous testing – but in what little time I’ve had it has worked exceptionally well – and it’s the Nuance Salma Hayek Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum. The serum contains meadowfoam seed oil which hydrates, seals in moisture, prevents breakage, and controlling frizz. My hair has been toasted since I went to the beach, and this just tames all those summer time frizzies!

My last product is the Nuance Salma Hayek Intense Hydration Hair Mask with Blackcurrant. So before the summer I had attempted the ever-famous ombre look, dyeing a few inches of my hair blonde. And while it looked good for a while – the salty waves and glaring rays definitely did a number on my strands, this hair mask has definitely been an answer to my hair woes! This mask has really really restored a lot of my hairs softness and silkiness, which is awesome because my hair was looking very straw-like!

The great thing about CVS is that not only did I save %20 on all the Nuance products I purchased, but I also made a lot of headway towards my $5 extra bucks rewards that I get on spending $50 on beauty products through CVS’s extracare Beauty Club!

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I love CVS’s Beauty Club because a) I spend a lot of money on beauty products, everything from makeup to haircare, to nail products and it’s nice to get some of that money back and b) when you’re a member of the Beauty Club you get 10% off beauty shopping pass after enrollment, $3 ExtraBucks rewards on your birthday, and exclusive emails with coupons, tips and new product info – and being a member is totally free! Just click here for more info about CVS’s Beauty Club and to become a member!

So those are all my favorite CVS Beauty Essentials! I hope you do get to try some of these yourself – they’re really amazing quality products at drugstore prices, and if you have any beauty essentials and products from CVS that you love let me know in the comments below!

Products Mentioned and Links to More Info:
Nuance Salma Hayek Renewed Radiance Brightening BB Cream with SPF 30
Nuance Salma Hayek Cucumber & Rosewater Dual Phase Makeup Remover
Nuance Salma Hayek Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum
Nuance Salma Hayek Intense Hydration Hair Mask with Blackcurrant
CVS Beauty Club