Product Review Category: SKINCARE

Hydrating Face Cream


“Everyone knows about this face cream!” Hmph. I was getting a makeup tutorial at Bobbi Brown (SCORE!) and the superstar product in question was the Hydrating Face Cream.

La Mer The Eye Concentrate

“YIPPEEEEE I found my new favorite eye cream!!!!! It’s the first one EVER that really helps with my dark circles by truly hydrating that delicate area and KEEPING it hydrated over time!!! FINALLY!! PRAISE the HEAVENS!!!””…oh, snap. $185.

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser

Boscia is a company that crept up on me with all of their weird goodness– first it was that black peel off mask (AMAZINGNESS, I’m on my second tube) and now it’s the Detoxifying Black Cleanser. Right off the bat, let me say that there are a couple of things that are alarming. First, the odd black color– but don’t fret gals, because this disappears right away. Then, there’s the holy-moly-warming factor. OK… it’s freaking unbelievable.

La Mer Cleansing Foam

La Mer- so lovely, so softening, so rough on mama’s wallet. One product I will happily shell out for over and over again is The Cleansing Foam. I usually avoid things that bubble and squeak as a general rule, as my skin equates being clean as a whistle to flaky as hell. But, what’s this? My face felt softer than a cherub’s bum, not stripped as per usual with a foamy cleanser. Bonus? My face looked brighter and firmer than it had in a spell. La Mer – 1 big fat point. This stuff RULES.

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Vitalizing Masque

This is the FUTURE, PWs: Sleeping Facials. You throw a mask on, go to sleep, and in the morning, BOOM, you’re Scar-Jo! Needless to say, I had to try one. I was pleased as punch when Sephora threw a double deluxe sample of AmorePacific’s Moisture Bound Vitalizing Masque.

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator

Sassy Skin Care Expert: “Ooh… your skin is looking a little dry. … and flaky. And congested.” OK, quit while you’re ahead, sister. But, she was right. AND, she hooked me up, so I can’t hate. Ms. Truth Serum introduced my dry, congested skin to it’s new BFF, Algenist Multi Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator. It scrubs, it buffs. it brightens, it softens- the 4 golden rules of scrubs according to moi. Thank you, Ms. TS- your harsh reality stung a little, but my clear, bright face sings your praises!

Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

This drugstore-brand tinted moisturizer fully competes with Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, but has more SPF (Mercier has SPF 20). It’s cheaper, has natural coverage, evens tone and has light-reflecting minerals. It is thicker than other tinted moisturizers, but I don’t mind this. I use the “light” shade and the color blends really nicely. I used to get compliments on my skin when I was wearing my favorite foundation (that’s another post), but I also get raves with this, and it’s not even foundation! I have never broken out from it.

Suga Suga Woo! Woo! (Pristine Beauty)

Totally rocks my world. “Exfoliation polish for a Goddess” — direct quote from moi. The whopping 6 oz jar is packed to the rim with the heavenly concoction (the cheap bitch in me swoons.) She mixes extra fine sugar with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Seaweed, Maqui Berry (hello, POWERHOUSE!), Vitamin C and Rose Hips. Even with the oils, it won’t clog your pores. Different than any facial exfoliation I have ever used in that I was so moisturized after! Rub it on your mouth, too! Lipstick will glide thereafter. Smells divine. I rub the excess on my hands so they benefit.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

In every makeup artists toolbox. Very subtle color, a hint of rose scent (not overpowering), cult-fave. Multi-purpose lip balm does a million things in addition to lips, from soothing burns to diaper rash.

Modern Friction (Origins)

Awesome exfoliator worth every cent! When I was sniffing around Origins, the salesperson gave me a shpeal about how coarse crystals in some exfoliants break blood vessels and other scary facts that had me riveted and desirous of protecting my vessels right away. I buckled and bought it. Survey says… LOVE IT and have purchased for many a friend.