I’ve been using a Clarisonic skincare brush for as long as I can remember, and although I’ve known about the different types of heads (for acne, sensitive skin, deep-pore cleansing and more), there was one I was not aware of—until my friend Tessa brought it to my attention. So of course I did what any self-respecting beauty junkie would… I hightailed it over to SpaceNK at Bloomingdale’s and made a beeline for the Luxe Brush Head collection.
Upon fondling (yes, fondling) the Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head, I couldn’t wait to rub it all over my face. It feels like the plushest, softest, cuddliest blanket ever. The bristles are long and tapered, and the brush head is devoid of that inner ring of stiffer bristles you find on the other standard heads. I used it for the first time with a foaming cleanser, and this brush head helped produce more lather than ever, even though I actually felt less “scrubbing” than I do with my regular head. Clarisonic says these unique filaments give you the same cleansing experience while increasing skin hydrating, making these high-end brush heads ideal for even the driest and most mature skin. My skin isn’t either of these, but I’m hooked—and I’ve even caught myself copping a feel (of the Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head, that is) when making a mid-day pitstop in my bathroom.
I’ve been having a blast testing out the goodies I got in my Cosmetic Executive Women 2014 Product Demo gift bag, and the extra $90 I spent to get to lug this thing home (and the extra $75 to check an extra suitcase on the flight home) was worth every penny. I’ve already found a handful of new favorites for my lips, my face and my body, but I’ve been even more impressed with the makeup that’s in the running for this year’s awards. And although the cosmetics in most gift bags tend to be not-so-wearable (or not-so-popular) shades, but CEW doesn’t roll like that, and the newest bronzer in my makeup drawer is Buxom Hot Escapes Bronzer.
I received the “Maldives” shade, and at first glance I thought it would be way too dark for my complexion—but I was wrong. Though deeper than I’d usually choose on my own, I found this glimmering powder goes on light, and you can build the color with a few extra sweeps. But the gorgeous glow isn’t even my favorite part. Upon opening the compact, you’re greeted with a light, coconut scent that instantly evokes the feeling of a tropical vacation. And this little extra touch is how Buxom got my vote for best Face Product Prestige!
I’m all about supporting small fragrance houses (which is the mean reason I subscribe to Olfactif, a monthly sample box that sends me selections from boutique brands I may not otherwise come across). I love that these little-known scents make me feel like I’m in on some well-kept secret, so when I come across a line that gives back in one way or another I’m anxious to get a whiff. And if one of these brands offers a sandalwood scent, forget it, I’m all in—and that’s how I came to meet Nomad Two Worlds new “Raw Spirit” line.
Based in Australia, Nomad Two Worlds offers more than socially conscious scents. Poke around the site and you’ll find clothing, accessories, art and wonderful gifts that all give back to the artists. But for this post, we’ll focus on the Raw Spirit fragrances (natch), and here’s the scoop. Each of the scents features a star ingredient that is sustainably sourced, and proceeds from sales support various agricultural projects in different parts of the world. My favorite of the line is “Wild Fire,” and this delightfully unisex sandalwood scent’s notes are sourced in Australia thanks to the indigenous population. The line’s “Desert Blush” hails from Down Under as well. I also received a sample of “Citadelle,” and this zesty scent features vetiver from Haiti (as does Raw Spirit’s “Bijou Vert).
So if you’re a fan of fragrance, and like how it feels to support the little guys—and communities across the globe—I highly recommend you check out Nomad Two Worlds Raw Spirit and keep an eye out for six new scents over the next two years. And with spring approaching, there’s no better time to pick up a new scent!
Don’t you hate it when you use an acne treatment that leads to a dry, scaly situation that’s worse than the pimple itself? Even if you break out as rarely as once a month, you’re better off using a daily anti-acne product as a preemptive measure, and Clinique’s new Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel is a winner.
Clinically proven to work as well as a leading topical prescription (I wonder which one that would be!), this daily gel contains exfoliating salicylic acid to keep pores clear, oil-controlling Laminaria saccharina extract and calming sea ship extract for a comprehensive weapon against breakouts. With warmer weather coming, it’s prime time to prepare your skin, and this lightweight gel is easy to slip in between your cleanser and moisturizer each morning and night. And if you’re already using an acne treatment that you can’t bear to give up, this innovative product can also be used as a spot treatment on those especially pesky pimples.
In the world of beauty, there are some brands that fly under the radar, and part of my job is letting you know about them. While RMS Beauty does get its fair share of media coverage, this line isn’t part of the makeup vernacular just yet—but I’m sure it will be soon. So if you’re the type of girl who likes to have something before the rest of the flock, here are my picks from this gem of a cosmetics line.
Every girl needs a multipurpose stain to add a casual, “I woke up looking like this” flush to the cheeks and lips. And RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek in “Beloved” is just the product to do it. Just in time for spring, this new shade adds a perfect pop of color, and it’s so pigmented just the smallest dab will do. The rich cream is easy to blend, and this one little pot is perfectly portable for touch-ups on the go.
Since we’re in that odd time of year when the weather says winter but our makeup bags are itching for warmer weather, let RMS’ Buriti Bronzer tie you over until spring has sprung. This antioxidant-infused hydrating cream bronzer adds just a hint of sunkissed glow (without and orange, muddiness or unnatural sparkle). Simply blend a bit where the sun would naturally hit your face (i.e. forehead, cheekbones and the bridge of your nose) and say bye-bye to your bronzing powder forever. IBB Tip: If you’re skilled at contouring, this is an incredibly wonderful product for creating the illusion of definition, and it doubles as a luminizer for darker skin tones.
Let’s face it… Hair products can get a bit boring. There are only so many ways to improve the wheel (and the wheel in this case is essentials like shampoo, conditioner and styling products), so when something a bit novel comes across my desk I’m all over it. This is what happened when I heard from a long-lost PR friend a few weeks ago, so when she sent me info on Unite’s new U Luxury Hair Perfume & Color Protectant, I was all over it.
Imagine… A hair mist that prevents the world from knowing it’s been a few days (or more) since you washed your hair, shields your color from the fading effects of the sun and reduces static electricity so you don’t have to fight off those flyaways. That’s exactly what this multitasking miracle does. I’ve been test-driving the floral “Alanna” scent, and all I can say is that I wish it came in a version for my skin, because right now my hair is having all the fun—and my strands are too short to sniff.
My hair-care package contained lots of other goodies that I’ve been loving as well. The 7Seconds Refresher is an amazing dry shampoo, and the Moisturizing Repair works as a daily conditioner or deep treatment depending on how long you leave it on.
You know how I said that shampoos, conditioners and such can get boring? Well thanks to the U Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner, my shower has become a more exciting (and decadent) place. The scent is divine, and you’d be surprised at the difference a super-high-end shampoo makes in your hair. And since I’m not one to drop $90 on shampoo and conditioner, I’ll be savoring these until the very last drop (and hiding them from my husband).