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Spray-On Mineral Sunblock. Finally!

Let me just be clear…I was never a fan of the spray sunscreens. I get nervous that areas aren’t getting covered evenly and a spray makes it much harder to get the required thickness of sunscreen applied. In addition, they usually only contain chemical blockers instead of mineral sun blockers like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Physical blocking agents are the best …

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Three Cheers for Ole’s Eye Gel?

Ole Henriksen is a popular spa brand with pleasant creams and gels for general body and beauty care. They haven’t made a big mark in the cosmeceutical market, so I was skeptical about their Ultimate Lift Eye Gel.  It hit the mark on hydration, but the texture makes it less user friendly. My favorite part about this product is definitely …

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See Spot Disappear?

As a Dermatologist, I always felt like I knew the best lightening ingredient; hydroquinone (HQ). At the risk of being too old school, I try to keep up with whatever new treatments are out there, claiming to replace or outpace HQ. I gave a long-term personal trial to Shiseido’s White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum (what a mouthful!) to treat …

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No Scrubs (Except This One)

Bliss has such clever names for their products. Who doesn’t love a product line that doesn’t take itself too seriously? Bliss Super Slough Body Buff (so catchy!) is not for the faint of heart. Be ready for big, hearty pumice pieces suspended in a thick gooey soap. It whips up a surprisingly nice lather and smells pleasant but not overpowering. Warning, …

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Avene Rich Compensating Cream

I am smitten with a new nighttime moisturizer. I never thought I would stray from my standby, CeraVe PM, but I have found another option that is packed with ceramides. Ceramides help extra-dry skin recover and stay moisturized. Avene Rich Compensating Cream* provides smooth, creamy and pleasant smelling moisture, and it is quickly making it’s way into my evening skin …

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At Least my Lips are Buxom

I haven’t done too many makeup reviews, but my quest to find the perfect lip gloss has led me to the Buxom promised land, and I had to share. Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish claims long lasting shine and color along with a plumping effect. It’s important to note that I am not a lipstick kind of girl. At …

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Shiseido or Don’t?

Shiseido makes a sizable line of sunscreen lotions and potions, so I finally tested one out for a good part of my summer. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 for face retails for around $39 for a 3.3 oz bottle. This sounds like a lot of money for something you can almost put in your carry-on, but the contents …

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Wipe-on Wipe-off

I know, another sunscreen review? Tis the season, I guess. This particular product is kiddo-specific. There are a LOT of baby sun protection products out there; sprays, sticks, lotions and wipes. I thought that a sunscreen wipe could be a great option for a squirmy babe. MD Moms Babysafe Towelettes have gotten some really positive buzz. They contain physical sun …

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Brush-on Sunblock?

When I saw a “real housewife” whip out her brush-on mineral sunscreen on air, I knew it was hitting the mainstream skin care world. These products are applied with a make-up brush or pouf and contain sun protective physical blockers instead of chemical blockers. The most common active ingredients are zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Powder sun protection has some …

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The BB Cream Buzz

When I first saw there were products called BB creams, I had to google what exactly that “BB” was. (Blemish Balm or Blemish Base, according to Wikipedia). BB creams started as a product to aid in healing and concealing after laser procedures. These all-in-one foundation-moisturizer-sunblock formulations gained their fame once Asian celebrities started using them. They are finally making a …