When Science + Skincare Come Together, It’s a Beautiful Thing

The “one size fits all” approach in the cosmetic industry is almost unheard of because we believe that our skin has specific individual needs, because we are all unique right? Perhaps this is why niche marketing is booming.  The more niche, the more innovative.  There are entire product lines catering to every problem we can imagine – oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, combination skin, aging skin, you get the picture.

NOT!  At a recent beauty breakfast session at Neiman Marcus at The Fashion Show Mall, world-renowned clinical and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Stuart Kaplan, addressed quite the opposite.  He believes that skin is skin and that we all age the exact same way.  A New York transplant, Dr. Kaplan has been treating his patients in his private practice in Beverly Hills for the past 25 years and has celebrity clients including Marisa Tomei, Ginnifer Goodwin, Colin Egglesfield (my fave), Holly Robinson Peete, Emmy Rossum and Maroon 5 members (none of whom are paid spokespersons).

Dr. Kaplan has spent years researching and has pioneered the latest findings on the three causes of skin aging:

1.     Chronologic Aging

2.     Environmental Damage

3.     Natural Hormonal Progression

His new line, KAPLAN MD, which is available at Neiman Marcus, features only the best 100% clinically tested ingredients in a product line that is formulated for men and women of all ethnicities and ages.

If you’re tired of having to change your products every season, when you’re traveling or moving to a new city where the weather is drastically different, perhaps you should consider trying KAPLAN MD.  Added perk: you can also share with your boyfriend or hubby! I will be trying out the Daily Moisture SPF 30 Concentrate and the Lip 20 Ultra Hydrating Balm, stay tuned for a product review.

Once You Go Bronze with Bare Escentuals, You’ll Never Go Back!

This blog is dedicated to a group of fabulous Vegas women who have supported me and my beauty blog since day #1.  You know who you are! Thanks for the “jumpstart,” no pun intended.  
It’s been a scorching summer across the country, 106 degrees in Las Vegas today.  I had previously written a blog about SPF but you should also know that I’m a huge believer in the art of faux tanning.  Especially since it’s been almost unbearable to lay out here in desert!  So in times when the heat gets too hot, I go for the faux tan.
Faux Tan by Bare Escentuals by far gives one of the most natural looking, non-orange, non-smelling, golden tans out there.  I purchased mine on QVC.  It came with its own kabuki style brush (not pictured) which ensures even and fast application.  As with any other self-tanning product, prepping your skin is essential.
Here’s a great tip! You can use this all over, including your face because it doesn’t clog pores and its sensitive skin friendly.  Blend one pump or less with your daily facial moisturizer.  This product does such a great job at looking like a real tan, I encourage you to try it and test it by photographing yourself after you apply, it’ll look like you just got back from a Caribbean vacation! I also love that it dries quickly, no chance of it rubbing off on your wardrobe.
Here’s to looking bronzed all year long!

Victoria’s Secret’s Beauty Rush for Lush Lips

    

I recently purchased this new lip gloss by Victoria’s Secret called Beauty Rush with SPF 15 for $7. I bought the Mega Melon and it gives me the perfect summery pink/peachy tone that goes with my skin color. They have variety to choose from but I wanted something I could wear day and night. The gloss goes on smooth and most importantly, it’s not sticky.  It lasts a long time and leaves my lips feeling conditioned. While the specs of glitter give your lips some attention, the SPF 15 is a great bonus to fight off those harmful sun rays.

This lip gloss is also perfect for giving you that gloss to match your tan after a day at the beach.  It smells and tastes great too!  Have you tried any of the other colors?

GTL: Golden and Tanned in Las Vegas

Ok that’s a stretch! I attribute my love of tanning to my Jersey roots. The Coca-Cola and baby oil tanning sessions are no more and while I don’t have the same love for going to the gym or doing laundry, I still love getting my summer tan on – in the safest way possible.  I have tried so many sunscreen products, always on the hunt for that perfect one that gives UVA and UVB protection, one that moisturizes without being greasy and gives great color.  I’ve tried everything from carrot-based lotions for the golden glow to oils from my trips to Mexico and the Caribbean, anything I could find that was different from the products sold at the local drugstore. 

Now, in my 30’s, I want more from my sunscreen!  Recently, I came across some great online reviews for Carol’s Daughter, Gelee de Soliel Browning Oil and thought I’d try it out.  It has SPF 15 (which might too low for your first time out in the sun).  It’s also enriched with Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Mango Butter and Avocado Butter.

INGREDIENT BENEFITS: (some descriptions are from Sephora.com)

  • Palm Kernel Oil – Provides excellent moisturizing properties while leaving skin soft and youthful.
  • Cocoa Butter – Protects and nourishes the skin with natural oils that deeply penetrate into the skin.
  • Shea Butter – Renowned for its moisturizing properties, shea butter is rich with fatty acids your skin will love.
  • Mango Butter – Natural emollient and lends protection against the sun. Also reduces degeneration of skin cells and restores elasticity.
  • Avocado Butter – Contains antioxidant vitamins A, E and D, which kill free radicals that age your skin.

I bought Carol’s Daughter Gelee de Soliel Browning Oil at my local Sephora about a month ago.  I’ve only used it a couple of times so far and already love the non-greasy golden glow if gives me while moisturizing and protecting my skin from the sun.  The scent is more nutty than tropical and it’s NOT waterproof, so reapplication is necessary. Although I’m not really looking forward to the 100+ degree Vegas heat, I’ll need to stay cool and protect my skin from the harsh desert sun.  Here’s to fun in the sun!