i screen, you screen: sunscreen do’s and don’ts part II

In ancient Egypt, the Sun God Ra was worshiped. It was believed that all forms of life were created by Ra. Light is life. Photosynthesis is the real deal of course. But, as “they” say, everything in moderation. Here are some tips to keep you on the good side of the sun, as nature made you.

Dr. Jwala Karnik, Chief Medical Officer at Suneva Medical, Inc., offers her expertise on staying safe in the sun.

1. Keep an eye on the clock—The sun is strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When possible, avoid direct exposure to the sun during these hours.

2. Moisturize with SPF—Apply a moisturizer with SPF to prevent sun spots, freckles, and early signs of aging.

3. Sun protective clothing—If you’re planning to be outdoors during peak hours, wear sun-protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses as an added layer of defense.

4. Lather it on early—Don’t wait until you’re in the sun to apply protection, your skin needs 20 minutes to absorb a chemical sunscreen completely.

5. Lather it on often—Don’t forget to reapply your sun protectant every few hours, or more frequently if it gets wiped off or you are in the water. Just because it’s waterproof doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reapply.

6. Double up certain spots—Adding a second coat of SPF to your nose, hands, ears and the tops of your feet is important, as these areas tend to burn more easily.

7. Pucker up—Your lips need love too. Be sure to use a chapstick that has at least SPF 15 to protect lips from the sun and lock in moisture.

8. Don’t forget your décolletage—Remember to apply protection to your neck and upper chest areas. Freckling and sun damage on this part of the body is a telltale sign of aging.

9. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize—Don’t be fooled by humid weather. Just because there’s moisture in the air doesn’t mean you should forgo applying a moisturizer to your skin. While moisturizing with SPF during the day can protect skin, moisturizing in the evening is also important, as it helps replenish and nourish skin to reveal a healthier-looking complexion.

10. Do your homework—When selecting a sun protectant, determine if your skin is a better candidate for a chemical or physical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens work to shield the sun’s rays and incorporate ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, whereas chemical protectants are absorbed into skin and filter or scatter the rays. If you have sensitive skin, you may be a better candidate for a physical sunscreen.

Protect skin with the following…



Check out Regenica Renew SPF 15 to reduce signs of aging while protecting skin from harmful UV rays. It’s formulated with MRCx next generation growth factor technology to signal your skin’s natural repair and renewal mechanisms. (Available at regenica.com)

SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 provides broad spectrum sun protection. The matte finish helps eliminate excess oil and shine. It also works well under make up as a primer. (Available at lovelyskin.com)


Ocean Potion’s new EverGlow Xtreme Self-Tanning Lotion creates a natural looking tan. It delivers subtle color within hours and a rich tan in just three days. Cocoa and shea butter deliver deep hydration and Vitamins A, C and E help skin feeling smooth. It’s Paba-free and not tested on animals. And it features a mango-lime scent. (Available at drugstore.com)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50 combines anti-aging results with optimal sun protection. The two-in-one serum offers powerful antioxidant benefits while decreasing the risk of premature aging caused by sun damage. Its powerful formula also helps visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, dark spots and uneven skin texture. (Available at lovelyskin.com)

PCA SKIN’s Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is a quick absorbing, lightweight broad spectrum sunscreen that doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. It’s been awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation. (Available at pcaskin.com)


The Colorescience Sunforgettable line provides safe UVA and UVB sun protection. It includes the Sunforgettable Face Primer SPF 30, one of the 2014 InStyle Best Beauty Buys, the Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35 which gives lips a glossy tint of color while protecting from the sun, and Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50, one of the 2015 InStyle Best Beauty Buys, is portable and gives sheer coverage. (Available at colorescience.com)

Kiehl’s Since1851 introduces their new Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector with SPF 30. The multi-action formula brightens the skin with Amino Acid treated Mineral Pigments to help diminish the appearance of dark circles, Activated C and Licorice Root help reduce the appearance of pigmentation, and SPF 30 utilizes a 100% mineral UV filter to minimize future UV damage and discoloration. (Available at kiehls.com)


NEOVA’s DNA Damage Control ACTIVE provides photoprotection in one advanced formula. It reduces visible signs of the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays and contains light-activated enzymes that help minimize signs of photodamage. It’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes. (Available at neova.com)


Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula introduces their new suncare line, the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range features SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Spray, SPF 15 Moisturizing Sunscreen Balm, SPF 45 Moisturizing Sunscreen for Face, and SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick. (Available at Walmart)

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 provides broad spectrum sun protection while reducing the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Physical sunscreen ingredients prevent sun damage and signs of photo-aging. This treatment sunscreen also contains a Melatonin Defense Complex that diminishes dark spots and fine lines while providing antioxidant protection against harmful free radicals. (Available at lovelyskin.com)


i screen, you screen: sunscreen do’s and don’ts part I

Fun fact: the Earth is farthest from the sun in July and closest to the sun in January! However, the angle of the sun’s rays in summer makes us particularly vulnerable to its powers. Sunscreen is advisable year round, but it’s especially important to be armed SPF-style as we approach June. Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon Dr. Dendy Engelman, Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery offers the following tips to keep your skin protected, hydrated, and healthy.

1. Know your sunscreen and be smart about application:
We categorize sunscreen into two groups: chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens take 30 minutes to activate so I recommend applying a moisturizer with SPF in the morning as you’re getting ready and then reapplying a physical sunscreen throughout the day when you don’t have the 30 minutes to wait.

2. Don’t forget your hair and neck:
Just as your skin is subject to environment and sun damage, your hair and chest bears the same beating. The skin structure of the neck and décolleté is thin and more fragile which leads to increased vulnerability to sun and environmental damage as well as more apparent signs of aging, including loss of elasticity and resilience, sagging and lax skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and age spots

3. Seek a Professional Opinion:
Yes, you may have done daily mole checks but it is still important to visit your dermatologist at the end of the summer to check for any mole changes in those hard to detect places or places you don’t even think about checking for example: in and around your ears, between your toes, and under the nails.

Protect your skin with new and current sun protection:

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue – Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a multitasking moisturizer that offers sheer to medium coverage while hydrating the skin. It provides broad spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. (Available at lovelyskin.com)

CosMedix Peptide-Rich Defense Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 protects skin from the harsh effects of the sun. Their formula includes Trehalose, a moisture-locking extract that retains skin’s moisture, Moringa Oil, which soothes with antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids, and a blend of rich peptides and amino acids. (Available at cosmedix.com)

Environ Sunscreen SPF 25 is paraben-free, non-greasy, and suitable for all skin types. The formula includes micronized titanium dioxide and antioxidants. (Available at dermaconcepts.com)


ChapStick’s new Tropical Paradise Collection brings the exotic taste of the islands to your lips. The limited-edition collection features three fruit flavors reminiscent of a tropical paradise: Watermelon Splash, Mango Sunrise, and Aloha Coconut. (Three pack available at Walgreens)

First Aid Beauty introduces its newest addition to the Ultra Repair Collection, Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40. The weightless, 100% physical sunscreen safeguards against the sun with a fast-absorbing formula. (Available at sephora.com)

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ has a multitasking formula that acts as a makeup primer, moisturizer, and sunscreen. It also helps with the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin texture. (Available at lovelyskin.com)

PREVAGE Anti-aging Neck and Décolleté Firm & Repair Cream is infused with Elizabeth Arden’s exclusive powerhouse antioxidant, Idebenone and coupled with high tech tightening polymers and a Vitamin A derivative to help smooth skin’s surface. (Available at elizabetharden.com)

CLARINS introduces their Golden Glow Booster for Body. The latest innovation of self tanning comes off the 2014 launch of Golden Glow Booster for Face. Add four to six drops to any body moisturizer for a summer glow all year long. (Available at clarins.com)

The award-winning Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen SPF 15 is a light moisturizer that protects against UVA and UVB rays. It’s non-irritating, and fragrance-free and helps retain moisture without clogging pores. (Available at Drugstores)

trilipiderm’s new Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen with Vitamin D helps heal skin inflammations while blocking harmful rays. The formula meets newly issued FDA regulations to provide protection against UVB and UVA rays and is enhanced with Vitamin D. (Available at trilipiderm.com)

The Alterna Haircare Bamboo Beach Summer Shine Spray
Is a weightless mist that instantly polishes & adds shine while protecting hair from the sun. It’s formulated with UV filters to help combat the damaging effects of the sun, pool, & saltwater. Hair is left shiny and vibrant, with a brazilian mango & coconut milk summer scent. It’s free of Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. (Available at alternahaircare.com)

The Kiss My Face Cool Sport Any Angle Air Powered Spray SPF 50 is reformulated to be 2x more water resistant—80 minutes. The air powered spray sunscreen instantly protects skin with a blend of natural antioxidant defenders including chamomile, Vitamins C and E, aloe, and cucumber. It’s fast drying and oxybenzone and paraben-free. (Available at kissmyface.com)

Exuviance launched their Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 earlier this year. The mineral-based SPF offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. The transparent, light formula blends easily and absorbs quickly. It’s non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and paraben and fragrance-free. (Available at neostrata.com)

summertime hues

With flowers in bloom, and grass newly vibrant, its time to up our make up game so we can complement nature’s newly gorgeous canvas.

Priscilla Freire; A Muse Inspired Celebrity Make-up Artist, discusses the new Borghese summer line:

Borghese launched six new 5-color palettes, and take note– you need Five Shades of Fresh and Five Shades of Cool. Fresh represents a unique combination of greens, including Tender, your new everyday base shade. It’s a bright enough shade that neutralizes and preps your lid for any other shadow you’ll blend on top. Sass gives your eyes the right amount of sparkle shine to glam up any evening. Cool, is a collection of icy, cool blues that brings back into the spotlight our favorite shade to brighten up any eye color. Blue makes the whites of your eyes appear clearer, especially helpful when allergies kick in! Take Brisk and Shiver into the inner corner of your eyes and along the lash line to make your lashes look especially long and full. The lighter colors in this palette, including Chill, are easy enough to wear from day to night. For an after work refresher, try another coat of mascara and Numb along the outer corner for a sultrier finish. (Available at Borghese.com)

See some other new summer offerings:

Japonesque introduces their new Color Correcting Crayons. Wear over or under foundation for a soft wash of pigment. Yellow brightens dark shadows, green corrects redness, and lilac targets hyperpigmentation. (Available at Ulta)

Clean Perfume ushers in summer with Clean Summer Sun, a fruity, fresh scent that blends in woody musks. Top notes include clementine and apple, mid notes include orange blossom and juniper berry, and the base notes are soft musk, sandalwood, and white amber. (Available at cleanperfume.com)

Jolen’s new Facial Hair Remover Kit removes the unflattering ladystache or dark sideburns. It’s a three part system featuring Skin Guarding Balm, Hair Removal Cream, and Cleanse & Soothe Wipes for smooth, hair-free skin in as little as eight minutes. The classic Creme Bleach is the #1 selling cream bleach in the world and is featured in an Original Formula and Sensitive Formula. (Available at Walgreens)

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is available in portable packets from Carrington Farms, making it easy for travel or toting to the beach or pool. The single serve packets have a pre-measured daily dosage that can be used as a moisturizer or hair conditioner. (Available at carringtonfarms.com)

Bath & Body Works’ Oahu Coconut Sunset is part of their recently launched Hawaii collection. The fragrance has notes of coconut blossoms, exotic tiger lily, and molten amber. It’s available in Fragrance Mist, Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Ultra Shea Body Cream, Crushed Coconut Body Scrub, and more. (Available at Bath & Body Works)

Keep dry with Dove’s Advanced Care Deodorant. The three options—sheer touch, pink rose, and skin renew provide 48 hours or odor and wetness protection along with a formulation that moisturizes for softer, smoother skin. Clear Tone helps restore skin to its natural tone. (Available at drugstores)

ATTITUDE’s new hair and body essentials are an economical way to help dull and brittle summer hair. The Volume & Shine Shampoo adds volume and shine, while the Volume & Shine Conditioner targets frizz by replenishing moisture. (Available at Target)

Take Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel On-The-Go Refreshingly Clean Towelettes along for summer activities. They can be used on the face to clean oil and bacteria, treat heat rashes, or calm bug bites with its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. (Available at drugstores)

Susan Posnick’s COLORERESSENTIAL Miami lipstick, a coral red, is enriched with Paracress, which rehydrates lips and reduces the appearance of fine lines. The magnetic closure keeps it secure when traveling. (Available at susanposnick.com)

Inspired by the beauty rituals of Morocco, the Nair Moroccan Argan Oil line of hair removal depilatories and waxes contain 100% natural argan oil from Morocco, known to be ultra-moisturizing and nutrient rich. The newer additions to the collection include Nair Glides Away Moroccan Argan Oil for bikini, arms, and under arms, Nair Ultimate Roll-On Wax For Face Moroccan Argan Oil uses a roll on applicator for precise application, and the Nair Precision Kit For Face & Upper Lip Moroccan Argan Oil is a hands-free depilatory that removes hair from face and upper lip. (Available at drugstores)

MoistureWORX Heel & Elbow Intensive features an advanced formula for renewal of thick, tough and dry skin. The clinical-strength formulation features a blend of ceramides and lipids for intensive hydration. (Available at dermworx.com)

Calendula is ready for summer—Calendula Cream is a moisturizer with a light texture, Calendula Gel is a non-sticky gel good for insect bites and shaving nicks, and Calendula Lotion is good for sunburn and rashes. Calendula is made from its namesake, the Garden Marigold (Calendula officinails). They’re free of artificial colors and perfumes and not tested on animals. (Check www.boironcalendula.com for locations)

Get skin summer-ready with the ME! Bath Advanced Body Care Tri-Functional Sugar Scrub. The sugar scrub has a three-in-one formula that exfoliates, cleanses, and moisturizes. Six creative flavors include: Apple Blossom & Kumquat with Cedar Honey, Balinese Papaya & Sauternes with Black Currant, Frangipani & Mulberry Leaves with Blue Agave, Madagascar Vanilla & Lavender with White Truffle, Toasted Coconut & Lime with Sandalwood, and White Tea & Ginger with Rosewater. (Available at mebath.com)

Vichy’s LiftActiv Supreme is designed to layer well under sunscreen. The intense anti-wrinkle and firming formula targets dryness and dullness. The Day Proof Technology targets aging with a combination of caffeine and Adenosine and Rhamnose and antioxidant Neohesperidne help reduce the look of wrinkles. (Available at vichyusa.com)

spring into fashion part II

Spring is in the air, and thanks to Pacifica, so is love! Pacifica President and Brand Director, Brook Harvey Taylor, answers my questions below about Pacifica’s Power of Love Collection and its positive impact on the beauty industry and its customers.

How and why did you develop the collection?
The Power of Love Collection, exclusive to Target and created for the Made to Matter program, is based on Pacifica’s core value, compassion. It is this core value that drives everything we do, in all our products across the board. We have compassion for women (good for you ingredients), animals (100% vegan and cruelty-free) and the planet (emphasis on recyclability and social responsibility). We call the collection the Power of Love because ultimately, compassion is true love. It is my belief that without compassion, one truly cannot call one self an environmentalist. Ultimately, my goal is to be a positive force in the beauty industry.
The pattern and graphics are inspired by love. And the quintessential symbol, the heart is radiating with compassion. I love the feeling of modern nostalgia meets little girl magical thinking. That’s why we use rainbow colors to represent a playful, dreamy vibe. My husband and business partner Billy and I talk about this all the time. We have three kids and we love seeing how they experience the world. We also both surf and we are really attracted to vintage surf memorabilia, which I think is obvious in our patterns across our whole line. The specific heart shape we are using is also from the 60s. And the colors we chose are also really vintage inspired from the 60s and 70s. I am our Art Director.

How did the products/shades/etc. come to be?
For Pacifica, being eco-conscious does not mean being brown, gritty, or natural looking. It means appealing to the widest consumer base with the best products we can, that just so happen to use the best natural ingredients in eco-conscious packaging. At the end of the day, it is beauty, right? It HAS to be sexy, it has to be on trend and it MUST perform to the highest standards to be relevant. If it can’t do all of the above, all of the effort but into being green will not matter. And if you can’t reach a large group of consumers, then it doesn’t matter enough. That is why I am thrilled to work with Target’s Made to Matter program around these initiatives. Our shades are based on hours of studying trends, watching what is happening in prestige beauty and traveling. They are also based on what women really want to wear, what makes sense in their busy lives and what they seem to be asking for. Ultimately, my job is to serve women’s beauty needs.

Tell us more about Power of Love Buy One Give One Campaign.
I will always remember my great grandma in her last days. She NEVER let me visit her without her lipstick on, or left the house without it. I also will never forget her story about how during the Depression she let herself have one luxury item – lipstick. It was her go-to beauty product and made her feel like no matter how bad she felt, she could face anything with a good lipstick on. She was tenacious and super cool. Take this story and mix it up with our core brand value: compassion. What do you get? The Power of Love. For every Power of Love Lipstick we sell at Target, one lipstick will be donated to a woman in need. Our Power of Love Buy One Give One campaign aims to give women that little extra luxury when they need it most. By working with great organizations such as Dress for Success and others of the like, we can support women in transition to feel powerful and beautiful even when life’s tough times feel otherwise. We think that our lipstick can change the world and hope it helps to change your life, your day or even just your mood! We’re encouraging women all over to share their lipstick moments with us on PacificaBeauty.com/PowerofLove to spread the Power of Love and make a difference. I wish my sweet grandma was still here to share her story! But I feel like I am doing it for her.

See what else is new for Spring:

L’Dara’s Advanced Anti-Aging Serum targets wrinkles and improves tone, texture and moisturization, giving skin a more radiant appearance. The serum is derived from the goji berry featuring antioxidants and hyaluronic acid for improved hydration. (Available at ldaraserum.com)

L’OCCITANE’s beautifully-packaged spring themed sets have something for everyone. The Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Gift set features the new Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc fragrance, Shower Gel and Body Milk. Nourishing Shea Butter to the rescue with the Shea Butter Collection which has Shea Butter Hand Cream, Ultra-Rich Body Cream, and a travel sized Shea Butter Shower Cream. The Hand Cream Trio features three of travel sized hand cream in Jasmin & Bergamot, Neroli & Orchid, and Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc fragrances. (Available at usa.loccitane.com)

Red Carpet Manicure’s Spring 2015 Nail Lacquer Collection takes a cue from catwalks of New York Fashion Week with nail lacquers in creamy pastels, super brights, and pops of sparkle. (Available at redcarpetmanicure.com)


Kérastase Couture Styling Fix Fabulous is the ultimate finishing touch for a sleek pony look. The non-aerosol fixing spray has targeted diffusion and an extra strong hold without a frozen effect. Spray onto a comb to smooth flyaways. (Available at kerastase-usa.com)

Farmhouse Fresh brings a cocktail twist to their new Brandy Pear Sea Salt Body Polish. The 98% natural formula includes, sea salt crystals, rice bran oil, and pear-infused brandy for a rich scent. The sea salt gently exfoliates, while the oils moisture leaving skin soft and fragrant. (Available at farmhousefreshgoods.com)


Alterna pumps up the volume with the Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse. The medium-hold, light mousse builds body and lift. The Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume: 2-in-1 Volumizer can be used on wet or dry hair to achieve buildable volume. Use as a cream on wet hair, or as a paste on dry hair. (Available at alternahaircare.com)

Palmer’s Shea Formula Moisture Repair Curl Shampoo and Conditioner features raw natural Shea Butter, sustainably sourced in Africa, to provide rich moisture and combat frizz. It’s specially formulated for curly hair and is free of parabens, sulfates, and mineral oil. (Available at drugstores)


Carmex Moisture Plus incorporates colors, prints, and textures from Pantone’s official spring color forecast. This season’s Girly stick features Pantone’s scuba blue in a gingham pattern and the Adventurous stick offers a fresh update to the classic zebra print by incorporating another Pantone color—strawberry ice. (Available at drugstores)

StriVectinLABS Extreme Cream is a deeply nourishing hydration cream formulized with patented NIA-114 technology and energizing oxygen complex to activate cell renewal and stimulate collagen formation, diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. (Available at strivectin.com)

Urban Decay adds new shades to their Moondust Eyeshadow line. Microfine bits of iridescent sparkle combined with intense hues create a luxe vibe and diamond-like effect. New shades include Scorpio, a matte black with gold 3-D sparkle, Ether, a smoky purple, and Solstice, a metallic pink with green shift. (Available at Sephora.com)


Style Edit, a new hair care line, presents Root Concealer, an easy and fast way to camouflage gray roots. The temporary root touch up spray extends the life of color using a pinpoint applicator for targeted coverage. The cult favorite has been awarded Beauty Launchpad’s Readers Choice Award. (Available at styleedit.com)

Weleda Creamy Body Washes and Body Lotions are rich in natural oils to target specific skin needs. Citrus features a clean lemon scent and moisture for normal skin, Sea Buckthorn features antioxidant sea buckthorn oil, Wild Rose helps the skin’s regenerative process, and Pomegranate targets premature aging for mature skin. All are in recyclable and environmentally friendly packaging. The Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Care line is hypoallergenic and fragrance free for sensitive skin. The regimen includes Facial Oil, Cleansing Lotion, Facial Lotion, and Facial Cream. (Available at Whole Foods)


Neutrals take on a whole new dimension with the Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Shadow and Light Luminous Palette. The twelve new eye shadows are velvet in texture and blend seamlessly. The palette features matte, satin, metallic, and glitter finishes. The Eclissare ColorStruck Lipstick is a color-saturated lip crème infused with pigment and pearl. It’s available in twelve shades. (Available at borghese.com)

CIRCA is a new cosmetics line from Eva Mendes and Maesa. The brand aims to provide women with a diverse range of professional quality products at an affordable price. The line features rich, saturated color for lips, cheeks and eyes, foundation, concealer, and powder for face, in addition to highlighter and primer. (Available at Walgreens)


Nonie Creme, industry icon and famed manicurist, founded Nonie Crème Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer & Precision Painter. The collection features 35 shades in their safety-first, 5-free formulation and is bottled with an ergonomically designed brush. (Available at colourprevails.com)

spring into fashion part I

Hope Springs eternal. We have triumphed over the grueling winter and have made it towards the light at the end of the tunnel: Snow has melted, buds are peeking through once frozen ground, and Newbury Street shopping season is upon us. So grab the sunscreen and treat yourself to these fresh-face beauty and skin care options inspired by Spring.

Bright, bold lips were featured on the runway at Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni and Zac Posen. Laura Geller takes on the daring hues with the Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon. It comes in seven shades, such as Watermelon Cooler, Plum Freeze, and Mango Sorbet. She offers up application tips for the perfect pout: “When applying lip color, the idea is to make the mouth look sculpted. Find as close to an exact match of a lip pencil shade to your lipstick hue and touch up the edges of the lip – especially around the bow – after you apply your lip color to ensure precision. I love a spot of high shine gloss in the center of the lower lip for some dimension. That simple touch of light-catching brilliance and texture will create the illusion of a fuller pout.” – Laura Geller, Founder of Laura Geller Beauty

The ‘70’s style smoky eye was seen on the runway at Chanel and Diane von Furstenberg. Create it easily with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Smokissime Powder Eyeliner Pen. The powder pen eyeliner utilizes a smoke applicator with a precision tip to draw and rounded foam to blend. And the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Color uses two-steps to deliver high-intensity lip color. Step 1 imparts Ultra-HD color with intense color pigments onto lips and Step 2 is a Polishing Balm, which seals in color. (Available at drug stores)

Laura Mercier created her Silk Crème Photo Edition Foundations to ensure her celebrity clients looked photo-ready under bright studio lights. The new Silk Crème – Moisturizing Photo Edition and Silk Crème – Oil Free Photo Edition offer full coverage and are highly pigmented. The new Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour features a creamy coat of intense liquid demi-matte color in a long-lasting formula. The paddle brush makes it easy to line with the tip and apply full coverage with the flat side. (Available at lauramercier.com)

Kiss My Face is a pioneer in the natural and organic skincare industry. They’ve got all new natural sunscreens; just in time as the weather is finally showing signs of change. Kiss My Face Organics Face & Body SPF 30 has an 87% NSF Certified Organic mineral formula to provide naturally advanced broad-spectrum UV protection. It’s chemical and fragrance-free. The Cool Sport Faces Lotion SPF 30 is formulated with aloe, cucumber, and green tea to hydrate, and is free of parabens and oxybenzone. The Cool Sport Mineral Air Powered Spray Lotion SPF 30 is an eco-friendly spray sunscreen that provides advanced mineral sun protection. All three are water-resistant. (Available at kissmyface.com)

Garden Escape is the Clarins Spring 2015 Colour Collection. The limited edition Garden Escape 6-Colour Eye Palette Wet & Dry has long lasting shades of pink, spring greens, and pearly white in various finishes. The new Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector has a rich and creamy texture that hydrates is available in six subtle shades. The new Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil is a non-sticky, gel like oil that nourishes in two shades. Clarins new Everlasting Foundation+ SPF 15 is a non-oily, long-lasting foundation that conceals imperfections and dark spots while offering UVA/UVB protection. It comes in fourteen shades and has a matte finish. (Available at Clarins counters)

The new StriVectin Intensive Illuminating Serum tackles skin discoloration and uneven skin tone with Bellis Perennis Flow Extract, Swiss Garden Cress Sprout Compound, and StriVectin’s patented NIA-114 technology. The serum helps enhance skin’s clarity, brighten complexion, and diminish dullness. (Available at strivectin.com)

The Grow Gorgeous range is paraben, detergent, and sulphate free. The Hair Growth Serum has Bio-Active Pea Sprout to stimulate hair at the root and Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3 works to increase collagen production. Chinese Skullcap, Soy Sprout, and Wheat Sprout condition the hair follicles. The Cleansing Conditioner cleans and conditions in one step with Macadamia, Jojoba and Olive Oils to rinse away impurities while the scalp and hair retain the balancing oils they need to remain healthy. (Avilable at growgorgeous.com)

Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is an all in one concentrate to boost skin’s multi-defensive powers while helping resistance to daily damage and signs of aging. (Available at shiseido.com)

Hand Chemistry’s new line uses the latest science techniques to tackle concerns of the hands and body. Their signature product, the Intense Youth Complex, targets signs of aging with Copper Peptide Complex, Biological GHK, and Plantago Lanceolata. The Extreme Hydration Concentrate is an ultra-concentrated hydration complex utilizing technologies from marine and plant sources. (Available at CVS)

Up the anti-agining ante with the new Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm. It’s infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Prodew to restore moisture along with a Triple Firming Complex to help boost collagen’s support matrix. The Exuviance Vespera Bionic Serum improves skin’s brightness and clarity while helping smooth lines and wrinkles with Vitamins A, C and E, along with powerful antioxidants. (Available at exuviance.com)

Bath & Body Works welcomes in Spring with the new Love & Sunshine line. The blend of daisies, fresh lemons, and sweet strawberries is available in Fine Fragrance Mist, Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Bubble Bath & Body Wash, and Foaming Sugar Scrub. (Available at bathandbodyworks.com)

The ZOYA Spring Delight Collection features nail polish with ZOYA’s 5-free formula. The vegan polish is formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, and dibutyl phthalate free. The collection includes six spring shades—Eden, a rosy pink, Leslie, a soft lavender metallic, Rayne, a turquoise blue, Lillian, faded aquamarine, Tiana, a pistachio green, and Daisy, a lemon meringue yellow metallic. (Available at zoya.com)

G.M. Collin’s Marine Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream uses the latest advances in marine science, marine collagen and oligo elements, to help smooth the appearance of fine lines while energizing the skin. (Available at gmcollin.com)

wHet nails nail lacquer is a new line of polishes in bright, playful colors ready for spring. Colors include Ethereal, a pale pink, Kerfuffle is a periwinkle blue, and Hubris is a coral pink. (Available at whetnails.com)

earth day part II

April 22nd serves as a much needed annual reminder to respect our mother earth. As such, Earth Day is also the perfect time to recognize those companies dedicated to producing daily use skin, hair, and body care products that are earth-friendly year round.

Mineral Fusion is committed to making their line of products effective and healthy while contributing to the wellbeing of the community. All of their products are 100% vegetarian, and most are 100% vegan. They’re also free of gluten, parabens, talc, artificial colors, and synthetic fragrances. Mineral Fusion boasts cruelty-free products and holds certifications from PETA and Leaping Bunny. In addition, they’re committed to sustainability: they utilize wind power, soy inks, packaging from recycled materials and recyclable packaging. We spoke with Mineral Fusion’s SVP of Marketing, Tim Schaeffer who shared with us the company’s core sensibilities.

1. Why is Earth Day important to you?
It’s amazing to me that it’s not immensely important to everyone. It’s one of the few things every human, and every living thing, is dependent upon. Globally understanding the value of sustainability and conservation is vital to healthy and happy living.

2. How do your philosophies contribute year round?
Environmentally, we are always treading as lightly as possible due to our innate respect for the Earth’s resources. Additionally, we contribute annually to social wellness by supporting the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence year-round.

3. Tell us more about why cruelty free is important to you.
Animal cruelty in cosmetics is simply and entirely unnecessary. It’s a company axiom.

See below for skin and hair care products that embrace the Earth Day doctrine:

The new Mineral Fusion Limitless Beauty Cream with Coconut Oil is multi-purpose. It’s 100% vegan and can be used to nourish lips, moisturize hands, tame brows, soften cuticles and elbows, or as a night cream. The SPF 15 Brightening Moisturizer uses Vitamin C and Orange Oil to brighten and restore tone, while Coconut Oil provides lightweight moisture. The SPF Oil-Free Moisturizer features kaolin clay to absorb excess oil. The broad spectrum SPF defends against sun damage! Protect delicate skin around the eyes with SPF 16 Brightening Eye Cream. It plumps and firms while providing UV protection and Peptide age-defense. And the Hydrating Primer uses Mineral Water to soften and hydrate skin while providing essential moisture. It fills in lines, and evens tone and texture while creating a smooth canvas for makeup application. The Primer line also includes Illuminating Primer, infused with 24 Karate gold flecks, Color Correcting Primer, to target redness, and Mattifying Primer, optimal or oily skin. (Available at Whole Foods or MineralFusion.com)

The new Caudalie Instant Detox Mask is a fun pink-colored mask that purifies stressed skin and treats all forms of free-radical damage. The 99% natural gel-cream formula eliminates accumulated toxins and impurities, leaving skin texture feeling refined. Thier 1% For the Planet program means every Instant Detox product purchased contributes to the protection of the environment under the “1% For the Planet” movement: 1% of its word wide turnover goes toward ecological associations. (Available at sephora.com)

The JĀSÖN Coconut collection is free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates. The Smoothing Coconut Body Wash gently cleans with botanical cleansers. The Smoothing Coconut Hand & Body Lotion delivers hydration with a blend of unrefined, virgin Coconut Oil. And the Smoothing Coconut 100% Organic Oil is an all-purpose moisturizer that benefits extremely dry skin. In addition, it tames frizz and fly-aways, helps minimize hair breakages, smooths chapped lips, and softens nail cuticles. (Available at Jason-personalcare.com)

Glow-ology is a new eco-friendly skincare line that includes body wash, body lotion, and hand cream. They’re never tested on animals, are 100% biodegradable, and packaging is recyclable. The four fragrances include Love, a sweet cherry blossom, Smile, a juniper and pineapple combo, Imagine, a fresh cotton, and Renew, ocean breeze. (Available at glowologyskincare.com)

Desert Essence, founded in 1978, features natural and organic beauty care products inspired by the desert. The new Island Mango line features a tropical blend of Mango Seed Butter, Shea Butter, and Jojoba in the Shampoo, Conditioner, and Soap Bar. Their Italian Lemon line features lemon oil rich in Vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and other minerals in the Shampoo, Conditioner, and Soap Bar. (Available at desertessence.com)

The new Alterna Haircare Caviar Repairx Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray is a vitamin-rich spray that both corrects existing damage and prevents further damage from occurring, helping to repair weak, distressed strands while boosting hair’s immunity to heat and external aggressors. And, it’s free of Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Synthetic Color, Paraffins, Gluten, DEA/TEA, Phthalates, Mineral Oil and Petrolatum. (Available at sephora.com)

Parissa is part of the Leaping Bunny program. Their hair removal products use all natural formulations that are free of toxic chemicals and synthetic ingredients. The Quick & Easy Wax Strips for Legs & Body are mess-free, and easy to use even for first timers as the pre-applied wax strips are warmed in your hands, pressed on and zipped off (Available at parissa.com)

Urban Decay offers permanent good karma credit with a variety of high performance, artist-quality, cruelty-free, vegan and eco-friendly makeup brushes. Each brush comes encased in a magnetic box fashioned out of recycled egg cartons, the super-soft synthetic brush hair is made from recycled PET bottles, and the sleek gunmetal brush handles are recycled aluminum. Choose from twelve Urban Decay Good Karma Brushes. (Available at urbandecay.com)

Fat Hair Amplifying Shampoo and Conditioner are 100% vegan and never tested on animals. The lightweight shampoo and conditioner duo has a thickening complex of natural extracts and proteins. (Available at fat-hair.com)

The Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Facial Cream
Is NSF/ANSI 305 Certified: made with at least 70% organic ingredients. The antioxidant-intensive cream helps smooth lines and wrinkles and restore skin’s vitality. Antioxidant-rich Vitamin C, Lemon Bioflavonoids, and White Tea soothe oxidative stress and help fight the visible signs of photo-aging. (Available at avalonorganics.com)

Marula Pure Beauty Oil is currently a finalist for the CEW Eco Beauty Award. Their social efforts include Fair Trade wages and it’s supply chain is in the process of being certified by the Union for Ethical Bio Trade. Ecologically, they only harvest fallen Marula fruits, so they consume no electricity, the processing operations create no waste, and materials are stored in recycled cardboard. Marula Pure Beauty Oil is derived from wild-harvested, hand selected Marula nuts. It provides moisturizing benefits, reduces inflammation, and protects against free radicals. (Available at sephora.com)

earth day part I

Earth Day, credited with launching the modern environmental movement, celebrates its 45th anniversary on April 22. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify, and mobilize the environmental movement.

Some companies within beauty industry embrace green values year round. Alba Botanica offers 100% vegetarian personal care products that are cruelty-free and environmentally responsible. I asked Alba Botanica Director of Marketing Sarah Galusha about their philosophy.

1. Why is Earth Day important to you?
As a brand, we like to treat every day as though it’s Earth Day. However, we think it’s a great day to honor the planet and draw awareness to ways in which we can all protect and preserve the world around us. Earth Day serves as a great reminder to appreciate nature and how lucky we are to have it.

2. How do your philosophies contribute year round?
Throughout the year we are always conscious of our impact on the world and as a brand, we are committed to the health of our environment. Our commitment to organic agriculture extends beyond personal care formulation to a passion for home grown sustainability, a cleaner global environment and, of course, personal health. We never test our products, or the ingredients that go into them, on animals. We recognize the need to be good stewards of all natural resources. We do this by reducing our environmental impact in everything we do as a business, from the field to the final product.

Check out some new and current natural products that embrace the Earth Day philosophy:

Alba Botanica’s Fast Fix treatments pack a powerful antidote for the busy naturalista. The collection is formulated with 95% natural ingredients to treat and correct the underlying cause of the problem. The collection includes Fast Fix for a Pimple, Fast Fix for Puffy Eyes, Fast Fix for Undereye Circles, and Fast Fix for Think Lips. The Very Emollient Coconut Rescue Body Lotion delivers hydration and antioxidants with unrefined, virgin Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, and Shea Butter. (Available in May at Whole Foods)

Kiehl’s Since 1851 always honors Earth Day and this year they’ll donate once again to Recycle Across America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy, and expedite progress. The funds will be used to create 65,000 recycling labels to 650 K-12 schools in the United States. Funds will be raised from Kiehl’s Limited Edition Label Art series, featuring art this year featuring earth-inspired designs. The Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado series features designs by Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Q. In addition, the Recycle and Be Rewarded program takes places at Kiehl’s stores year-round. (Available at kiehls.com)

Pacifica is known as one of the most innovative and sustainable makeup lines by using safe ingredients in their natural products. They recycle and use post-consumer materials (all boxes are 100% recyclable), offset company travel by purchasing carbon credits, support the local economy, and work with suppliers who share in their vision. Their Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes Facial Towelettes use coconut milk to gently wipe away makeup, excess oil, dirt, and pollutants. (Available at target.com)

In an effort to offset manufacturing, the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Collection is supporting Reforest’Action, helping to plant thousands of trees. The Paul Mitchell Tea Tree collection uses natural tea tree oil, lavender, and peppermint extracts to cleanse, style, and hydrate hair. (Available in salons, go to paulmitchell.com for locations)

With sustainability, fair trade principles and authenticity at its core, Weleda are pioneers of 100% certified natural skin care. The Body Lotion collection features a unique, recyclable and environmentally friendly bag-in-bottle and airless pump, which increases stability for an extended shelf life without the use of chemical preservatives. The Citrus Hydrating Body Lotion and Wild Rose Pampering Body Lotion are for normal skin, Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion is for dry skin, and Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion and Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Body Lotion are for mature skin. (Available at Whole Foods)

G.M. Collin features natural fruit extracts in their products, which are 99% natural and organic. The Bio Organique Eye Contour Cream is a 3-in-1 treatment that hydrates the skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines with Ecocertified Spanish Lavender Oil, lemon oil, and apricot oil. The Bio Organique Energizing Mask protects skin from environmental stressors and revitalizes the complexion with antioxidants that restore skin tone and elasticity. Remove dead cells and impurities with the Bio Organique Gentle Exfoliant. It leaves skin soft and revitalized. (Available at gmcollin.com)

For thirty years, Kiss My Face has produced naturally effective products that are cruelty-free and ethically sourced. The Kiss My Face Body Washes include skin-balancing botanicals such as bergamot, jasmine, and lavender. Formulas include Anti Stress, Active Athletic, Cold & Flu, Early To Bed, Early To Rise, Peaceful Patchouli, and Silky Soft. (Available at

pant-own your look

“I’ll have the mascara, the liner medium well, and the lipstick marsala.”  The votes are in, and once again Pantone, the world’s authority on the vastness of the rainbow’s spectrum, has spoken.  This is the year of rich and warm Marsala.

M∙A∙C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry, Gregory Arlt (@MAC_Gregory_A), throws some shade on Pantone’s color of the year – Marsala.

On eyes: Go smoky with a marsala colored shadow, like M∙A∙C Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Folie. Work this shade into the crease with a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 224 Tapered Blending Brush and under the lash line using a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush. Use a lighter color on lids, and follow with your favorite M∙A∙C Cosmetics mascara to make eyes pop.

To fully commit to the trend, use cream-based M∙A∙C Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist all over the lids with a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 252 Large Shader Brush. Blend the outer edges with a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 217 Blending Brush and a bit of M∙A∙C Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Cork.

On lips: Line and fill lips in with M∙A∙C Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Mahogany, and top with a frosted lipstick, like M∙A∙C Cosmetics Lipstick in Fresh Moroccan, using a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 316 Lip Brush.

On cheeks: Pick a muted marsala hue, like M∙A∙C Cosmetics Powder Blush in Ambering Rose. Dust on apples of cheeks with a M∙A∙C Cosmetics 116 Blush Brush.

See below for some other marsala shades:

All Glossed Up, from Hard Candy, is a high shine lip gloss crayon infused with the hydrating benefits of a balm plus the long wearing power of a stain.  Pulse is a bright red marsala.  The Plumping Serum Gel Stick provides lips with both rich color and shine; wanted is a deep marsala plum.  The Kaleyedescope Eye Shadow in Rock n Roll features highly pigmented shadows in marsala and pink.  Wear them dry for a soft effect, wet for a dramatic finish.  (Available at Walmart.com)

jane iredale celebrates Pantone’s Color of the Year with In Touch Cream Blush in Charisma, a rich marsala that’s a cream to powder blush for use on cheeks, lips, and eyes.  PureGloss Lip Gloss in Raspberry has a glossy, non-tacky formula in a cranberry marsala shade.  PurePressed Eye Shadow in Merlot is a rich, long-wearing mineral pressed eye shadow in a wine marsala shade.  (Available at janeiredale.com)

The Eminence Cranberry Pomegranate Masque brightens the complexion with the antioxidant benefits of cranberry and pomegranate while diminishing the appearance of visible signs of aging.  Papaya exfoliates, and sesame oil conditions to soften and smooth.  (Available at fragrancenet.com)

Mineral Fusion’s new Lip Tints hydrate with cocoa butter while delivering vibrant color.  Flicker is a chocolate marsala.  Their Eye Shadow Trio in provides long lasting color that’s crease free.  Symmetry is a trio of chocolate brown, deep marsala, and off white.  The Glow & Go 3-in-1 Color Stick provides an instant pop of color to cheeks, eyes, and lips.  Berry Glow is a berry marsala.   (Available at health food stores and mineralfusion.com)

The Clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals Palettes in Pinks features eight shades in matte and shimmery shades in pink, lavender, purple, and, you guessed it, marsala.  The High Impact Lip Colour takes on marsala with its Plum Nude shade. (Available at Clinique counters and clinique.com)

Pacifica’s vegan Devocean Natural Lipstick in Tenderness is a soft beige marsala.  The full color, hydrating natural lipstick provides creamy hydration.  The Coconut Kiss Creamy Lip Butter features antioxidant properties and long lasting wear.  Blissed Out is a warm plum marsala.  And Enlightened Gloss in Ravish provides super smooth, non-sticky shine in a sheer pomegranate marsala.  (Available at pacifica.com)

Pro Performance Lipstick, by Japonesque, is pigment-saturated for stay true color with a light formula.  Shade 7 is a red marsala, while Shade 8 is a plum marsala.  Pro Performance Lip Lacquer has a hydrating formula and saturated color without stickiness.  Shade 6 is a light wine marsala, Shade 5 is a pink marsala, and Shade 8 is a deep burnt marsala. (Available at japonesque.com)

By Terry’s Terrybly Velvet Rouge Liquid Velvet Lipstick in Bohemian Plum is a hybrid lipstick with the versatility of a lacquer that coats with a film of bold marsala.  (Available at beauty.com)

The Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon in Plum Freeze is infused with Vitamin E to keep lips soft in an ultra-hydrating formula with a balm-like texture with a pop of marsala color. (Available at ulta.com)

Nails inc NAILKALE Polish has introduced kale into a collection of everyday polishes.  Their marsala shade, Holland Walk, is supercharged with kale extract, Vitamins A, C, and K to stimulate keratin production and hydrate and Nourish nails.  (Available at Sephora.com)

Mehron INtense Pro Pressed Powder Pigment in Red Earth is a super long-lasting, matte finish shadow that is edgy, and bright and has a silky finish.  (Available at mehron.com)

The shu uemura drawing pencils line eyes with a smooth finish.  The waterproof formula provides all day wear and is smudge resistant.  Red Purple is a reddish marsala. (Available at shuuemura-usa.com)

Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick in Manic is a rich marsala shade.  Their proprietary Pigment Infusion System gives the formula creamy texture, rich color, and extended wear.  The Glide-On Lip Pencil in Manic has a long-lasting waterproof formula that glides on smoothly to keep lip color from feathering.  (Available at urbandecay.com)

Ramy Beauty Therapy Lipstick in Thrive provides lips with a deep, dark marsala and also cares for lips with Avocado Oil, Vitamin E and SPF 8. (Available at ramy.com)

Revlon’s ColorStay Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic is infused with Vitamin E and Aloe for moisture and provides lips with a glossy, wet color.  (Available at drug stores)

Milani’s new Color Statement Lipstick Moisture Matte has a lightweight, creamy formula packed with grape seed extract and Vitamins A and C to keep lips soft and hydrated.  Matte Confident is a burgundy marsala.  (Available at CVS)

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Spice is a brown marsala.  The buildable, long-lasting color has a crease-free formula.  (Available at elizabetharden.com)

weather or not part III

It’s clear that winter and its assault on our senses are simply not showing any signs of retreating.  With that in mind, we’re digging deeper to unveil the best tips for nourishing your best winter skin…just in time for the next storm.Juice Beauty is known for meeting rigorous organic standards, purchasing ingredients locally so they can monitor quality and limit fuel waste, and manufacture the majority of their products with solar power.  In addition, they’re Humane Society, Leaping Bunny, and PETA certified.

Karen Behnke, Founder of Juice Beauty, explains the importance of exfoliation:  “It’s so important to exfoliate in the winter when those skin cells might need a boost to turnover! Juice Beauty’s patented, bestselling GREEN APPLE PEEL with alpha and beta hydroxy acids is the perfect addition to your winter skincare regimen to help reveal a brighter complexion and reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Exfoliate at night, follow with a serum and then a moisturizer and you’ll wake up in the morning looking fabulous!  During the day, it’s especially important to wear an SPF moisturizer to protect your skin from potential sun damage. We only use non-chemical SPF’s such as mineral zinc.”

See below for other treatments to help skin in what seems to be a never-ending winter:

In addition to GREEN APPLE PEEL, Juice Beauty’s new GREEN APPLE PEEL Nightly Brightening Pads are great for dull winter skin by brightening and correcting uneven skin tone with dulse algae and vitamin B3.  GREEN APPLE Age Defy Moisturizer combines a complex of certified organic juices and a powerful antioxidant cocktail.  The Exfoliating Cleanser is a soap-free formula that gently exfoliates and cleans with a blend of pineapple enzymes and aloe vera juices.  (Available at juicebeauty.com)

The Shea Butter Comforting Collection is the new L’OCCITANE skincare line.  For cleansing:  the Shea Butter Ultra-Gentle Face Soap has a creamy lather and is good for normal to combination skin, the Shea Butter Cleansing Milk reduces redness with licorice extracts, and the Shea Butter Cleansing Oil removes impurities and makeup in a single step.  Shea Butter Gentle Toner removes excess dirt and preps the skin to absorb moisturizer.  Top off with Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream, which features a non-greasy, weightless texture and 5% shea butter, or Shea Butter Rich Comforting Cream, with 25% shea butter for dry to very dry skin.  (Available at loccitane.com)

Clarins launches their new skin care line.  UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is an ultra-lightweight, triple protection moisturizer that fights free radicals and protects against pollution.  Total Eye Concentrate is an anti-aging eye treatment powered by Harungana, a plant extract from Madagascar, that is effective without irritation.  It addresses wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness.  (Available at clarins.com)

Patchology 4-Treatment Kit makes it easy to take care of skin around the eyes while on the go.  The travel-friendly version of their Energizing Eye Kit features re-useable patches that help with hydration and puffiness in just twenty minutes—no bathroom sink needed!  (Available at neimanmarcus.com)

The new White Marble Collection from Erno Laszlo is designed to treat uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.  The White Marble Treatment Cleansing Bar and Radiance Emulsion work to vanish dark spots and discoloration while adding sufficient moisture. (Available at ernolaszlo.com)

We forget that the sun is still in full effect during the winter months.  If you forget your SPF and get an unexpected burn, Environ’s Intensive Antioxidant Gel soothes the burn with Vitamins C, E and Beta-Carotene and promotes skin’s healing with powerful antixoxidants.  (Available at dermaconcepts.com)

Marula’s Pure Marula Facial Oil is a light, hydrating oil that absorbs into skin quickly and provides immediate hydration.  The oil is Fair Trade and is wild harvested, hand-selected, and cold pressed.  (Available at marula.com)

The AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Body Concentrate Tone & Texture Correcting Serum is a body serum targeting aging and lifeless skin.  Vitamin C and AHA even skin tone and encourage cell turnover to increase collagen production, and Brown Algae Extract brightens the skin.  (Available at ahavaus.com)

Exuviance Daily AntiOxidant Peel CA 10 defies winter dullness.  10% Citric Acid exfoliates and neutralizes damaging free radicals brought on by daily environmental exposure, and prepares skin for moisturizer absorption and smooth makeup application. (Available at ulta.com)

SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E is an intensive antioxidant night concentrate that helps repair and prevent accumulated damage.  The overnight treatment enhances skin’s natural defense system to diminish the signs of damage.  (Available at skinceuticals.com)

weather or not part II

Whether its 0 degrees or 30 degrees out, old man winter is determined to do a number on our fragile skin. Lilli Gordon gives us helpful tips to arm ourselves, and our skin against this windy winter. A native of Newton, Gordon is the founder and CEO of First Aid Beauty. See below for her tips for treating winter skin.Winter skin issues including dry, itchy, scaly, dull skin, stemming from a weakening and cracking of the skin’s protective barrier, which makes it less able to repair itself. Unless you actively prevent or treat it fast, it can really become a vicious cycle.

Here are my top skin care tips for dewy, supple skin even in the midst of icy New England temps:


While long showers with hot water feel great first thing in the morning, they can actually be extremely drying to the skin, so keep temps mild and shower length to about 10 minutes. Use a mild body wash that won’t strip your skin. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Wash is gentle with a rich, creamy texture. The formulation preserves skin’s natural oils and improves moisture retention while it cleans. Enriched with skin nourishing humectants to hydrate and protect the skin, it is free of irritating ingredients and fragrances, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin.

Right after you get out of the shower and towel off is the perfect time to moisturize – your pores are still open and skin is a bit damp, which will actually help to seal in moisture and prevent dehydration. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Cream, our best-selling product, is the ultimate skin healer. It is your must-have head to toe moisturizer. It can be used to treat dry, itchy scaly skin anywhere on the body, whatever the cause, even eczema and is perfect for anyone looking for luxurious hydration in the colder months of the year.


Cold air, harsh winds, and pumped-up indoor heat can increase facial tissue sensitivity and leave the skin feeling and looking tight, dry, and flaky. Most people can’t really get away with sticking to the same skincare regimen year round. I don’t advocate harsh anything ever, but especially in the winter months, you want to cut down on scrubbing and eliminate anything that can be drying.

Again, cleansing is key. Foamy face washes are drying. Our Face Cleanser gently cleanses the skin, removes surface oils, make up, dirt and grime.

Moisture truly is the holy grail of skincare year round, but particularly in the winter. If you moisturize once a day in the summer, moisturize twice a day in the winter. It’s also important to remember that the sun’s UV rays are almost the same strength in the winter as they are in the summer, so don’t skimp on your SPF! FAB 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30 is the ultimate multi-tasking face cream formulated to help prevent and combat the signs of aging while moisturizing, nourishing and protecting the skin.

The skin on your lips is especially delicate and the cold winter air can cause them to become dry and flaky, just like the rest of the face. Our Ultra Repair® Lip Therapy brings the healing power of FAB’s best-selling Ultra Repair® Cream to moisturize, nourish, and protect your lips.

Our new Ultra Repair® Hydra Firm Sleeping Cream is truly beauty sleep in a jar! It draws on the healing and intense moisturizing power of Ultra Repair and is a super charged blend that combats key signs of visible aging during skin’s nightly repair phase.

Treat winter skin with some new and current treatments below:

The Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System takes their patented sonic technology and delivers two speeds for added cleansing customization along with the Pulsing T-Timer for 60-second cleanse. The travel set also includes an international pLink Charger for worldwide use, sensitive brush head, 1 oz Refreshing Brush Head, and protective travel case. (Available at clarisonic.com)

The L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil combines the skin surface renewing ingredient Lip Hydroxy Acid with hydrating essential oils to make skin feel smoother, softer, and firmer. (Available at drug stores)

The Alba Botanica Good & Healthy Range includes five moisturizers developed for different skin types. Anti-Oil Weightless Moisture is for normal to oily skin, Oil-Free Radiance Cream is for normal to dry or sensitive skin, Tinted Perfector is for combination skin, SPF15 Moisturizer is for daily sun protection, and Spots Be Gone Corrector is for dull, uneven skin tone. (Available at albabotanica.com)

Caudalie Premier Cru La Crème contains an exclusive blend of Caudalie’s three patented ingredients to yield firmer, smoother skin. Every Premier Cru product purchased contributes to the protection of the planet under the 1% For the Planet movement; 1% of its world wide turnover goes toward ecological associations. And the Premier Cru L’Elixir amps up moisture with anti-aging ingredients such as Stabilized Vine Resveratrol, Viniferine, and Grape-Seed Polyphenol. The lightweight texture absorbs quickly into skin for a smoother, more radiant complexion. (Available at us.caudalie.com)

Vichy ProEVEN Night Dark Spot Corrector treats brown spots and uneven skintone. The ultra-hydrating serum contains LHA and Ceramide Bright to boost cellular renewal. (Available at vichyusa.com)

The JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut Body Wash is an ultra-moisturizing wash that gently cleans with botanical cleansers and deeply nourishes with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut 100% Organic Oil is an all purpose moisturizer for skin and hair that nourishes chapped skin, tames frizz and fly-aways, and smooths chapped lips. (Available at Jason-personalcare.com)

Farmhouse Fresh introduces Ruby Red Grapefruit Sea Salt Scrub just in time for National Grapefruit Month in February. The 95% natural scrub is a vegan and gluten-free blend of salt, grapefruit extract, ricebran and soybean oils. (Available at farmhousefreshgoods.com)

Pacifica is known for their commitment to the environment, investing in the community, and supporting local women’s shelters. Their Sea Foam Face Wash is sulfate-free and removes daily toxins and make up gently with coconut water and marine extracts. (Available at Target).

The WEN SIXTHIRTEEN Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Treatment is an intensive treatment for distressed, lackluster locks. It can be used for added hydration as a leave-in conditioning treatment or rich moisture mask. The delicate, velvety texture with a fresh scent gives hair the perfect amount of pampering. (Available at Wen.com)

Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil moisturizes hair, skin, and scalp without leaving a greasy residue. The time-honored moisturizer is suitable for sensitive skin and can be used as an aftershave moisturizer. (Available at desertessence.com)

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion targets chronically dry skin with emollients and humectants that bind moisture to skin. The non-greasy, non-irritating formula is lightweight, fact-acting, and long-lasting. (Available at CVS)