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I always love trying new, innovative, make-your-life-easier beauty devices and products. Here are a few from Neutrogena, Color Me, Makeup Eraser, Sally Hansen and more that caught my attention. Full reviews below!

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Yesterday, Jamie King and NEUTROGENA hosted the Long Live Skin event, helping to raise awareness around the importance of skin health among occasional SPF users and encourage daily sunscreen use. You all know how seriously I take this subject. At all times I have a SPF in my makeup case, a full stock in my bathroom and by the door for when I take Charlie out in the mornings (he even has his own special dog SPF). Regardless of the season, weather, or where you are in the world, any part of your skin that is exposed to the sun should have a minimum on an SPF 25 on it. Applying sunscreen is the number one way to prevent wrinkles, dark spots and oh yeah, skin cancer! There’s a reason it’s every beauty experts #1 anti-aging tip, because nothing will age your skin faster than exposing it to harmful rays. Scroll to the bottom for the Q&A with Jaime King, but first I need to drill in a few points and recent findings!

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Owning an SPF and wearing an SPF are not the same thing. Nor does it count if you only wear it when you’re at the beach. Yes, you get brownie points for that but you’re missing the point on how much this needs to be a part of your daily routine. Unless of course you’re in your house all day, not sitting by the window or in a car where the UV rays can reflect through the window. In which case you can take a day off. In all seriousness though when I talk to most people about sun protection the two biggest reasons why they don’t commit is they don’t like how it feels (somehow they’ve missed the memo that not all sunscreens are greasy) or they just forget, which is why I recommend putting them all over the house, like I do. As for the texture, one of my absolute favorite things about NEUTROGENA is the variety of products and finishes they offer to help you find your perfect SPF. Long live NEUTROGENA Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, which soaks up oil and is waterproof — this is what you recommend for the person who fears a greasy sunscreen. Then there is a whole line of Stick sunscreens, which are the only products I can get my boyfriend to use. And Sprays which I use when I’m running out the door for a quick walk with Charlie and am too lazy to put on a cream. I’m also pretty obsessed with the whole COOLDRY Sport collection (which includes a stick and spray in the line!) since I’m always out running around with Charlie and an outdoor runner. It’s lightweight and sweatproof.

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I’m all about the Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Spray

They also have loads of other options as well as products for babies and kids, to keep the whole family covered. Minus puts which I would be elated if they developed a line for!

Some staggering statistics our friends at NEUTROGENA informed me:

  • On average, more than 350 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every hour ­­- even though skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers
  • According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), consumers often do not get the UV protection stated on the sunscreen label because they grossly under-apply, using less than half the recommended amount
  • Just 1-2 severe sunburns can increase the risk of melanoma by 40%
  • Only 40% of US households purchase sunscreen (only 37% women and 16% men use sunscreen regularly)

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Someone who’s an authority on skin health is Jaimie King. I remember my ultimate fan girl moment in seeing her in the music video, ‘Take a Picture‘ by Filter where she just glows the whole time. Major skin envy, and two decades later, she’s had a thriving career, kids and somehow hasn’t aged at all! During the Long Live Skin event, Jaime was on hand to talk sun protection and take pictures with guests. Here’s her SPF 411:

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Why is sun safety important to you?

Sun safety was always engrained in me. My mother was ahead of the game in sun protection and making us wear sunscreen at a time when there really wasn’t the awareness there is today. If we were in the sun, we were always protected. Skin cancer runs in my family, my father has it, so for me it’s something that is very important to me especially since it’s the most preventable form of cancer. Also, sunscreen also prevents fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots and keeps your skin looking great.

How do you fit sunscreen into your beauty routine?

People always ask me what my top beauty tips are and I always say sunscreen and water, so it’s easy to fit sunscreen into my beauty routine. Also, all of my makeup has sunscreen in it, but I always do double duty! You need to apply a sunscreen first and then apply your makeup with SPF.

Do you wear sunscreen every day?

I apply sunscreen every day. People think if it’s cloudy out you don’t have to apply sunscreen, but that is just not true and when the biggest mistakes happen. I also apply it to my kids every day. The minute they get up before they put their clothes on, we put on sunscreen. It’s a routine, just like brushing their teeth. I also think it’s important to lead by example. Not only do they see me applying it on them, but they see me applying it to myself.

Which NEUTROGENA® products would you recommend for a mom 

NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100+ is perfect! When you’re a mom, you are running around with your head cut off half the time. The product is so easy and weightless, so you won’t look crazy with white streaks running down your face and you’ll stay protected. It’s one less thing to worry about.

neutrogena-tree-huggerHappy Earth Day! While we should appreciate and take care of our planet everyday I hope everyone takes a moment today to be outside or do an activity in nature to really appreciate what an incredible world we live in.

I’ve been doing just that this week. I had a 2 day break in between Coachella weekend 1 and weekend 2 and instead of hightailing it back to LA, I’m partnering with Neutrogena Naturals to explore all of the amazing wonders that Palm Springs has to offer and set off on an outdoor adventure.

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Neutrogena is the #1 dermatologist recommended skincare brand and for anyone not familiar with Neutrogena Naturals collection, it includes the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purifying Pore Scrub, Purifying Cream Cleanser, Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Muti-Vitamin Nourishing Moistuizer, Acne Cream Cleanser, Acne Spot Treatment, Muti-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream, Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover, Acne Foaming Scrub.

The products embrace the brand’s rich heritage in dermatology and clinically proven results; combined with advanced technology to harness natural ingredients and bionutrients to offer efficacious products that are the perfect balance of science and nature. Packaged in recycled paper, they even power the brands website on a green server, the first of its kind to reduce their carbon footprint that is self-sustainable, sun-fueled and wind-powered – how cool is that?!? I wish all brands and sites would follow suit.

Neutrogena Naturals has also partnered with the Nature Conservancy on programming that will ensure clean water is available to those who need it, animals and people where sources of fresh water are vulnerable or contaminated. For Earth Day (and everyday) they want to know how you connect with nature so use the hashtag #LiveNature or you can upload your photos to their site HERE.

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For my Palm Springs #LiveNature adventure I packed my three essentials, the Purifying Facial Cleanser, Muti-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer and Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I’m really into the cleanser, it’s so gentle and effortlessly washes away makeup and dirt without stripping or drying out my skin and leaves it so soft. They nailed the whole experience of washing your face, this cleanser feels amazing on! Everything is dry out in the desert, so I’ve been bathing in the Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer. It replenishes essential skin nutrients and is formulated with vitamins B, C, E and anti-oxidant omega bionutrients to provide continuous moisture and is clinically proven to boost skin’s defense against dullness and roughness. I’ve actually been using extra on my hands as well to moisturize and it smells so good.

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Don’t even get me started on Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes – I’m currently residing in the desert and have been playing with animals. My intake of hay, fur, dust, sand, dirt has been at an all time high and I have makeup remover wipes with me at all time. Virtually every ounce of exposed skin to the elements from my feet (sandals are not my friend, so much sand!), hands to face have been constantly wiped down. Formulated with unique emollients to help dissolve oil and makeup and made from 97% naturally-derived cleansing ingredients without any harsh chemicals, sulfates or parabens I feel good about using them all over my face and body. They are also so refreshing behind my neck for some relief from the 100 degree weather.neutrogena-aerial-tram-palm-springs

The view from Mt. San Jacinto State Park

Palm Springs isn’t short on natural wonders. Living in the desert surrounded by mountains, with natural hot springs and Joshua Tree just an easy drive away I’ve never felt so connected to the Earth. Day one we took the Aerial tram up 8,516 feet to hike Mt. San Jacinto State Park and take in the views and sunset. We visited the Living Desert, which is committed to conservation through preservation of desert plants, animals, and desert ecosystems and played in their butterfly garden (which is not enclosed) and fed the goats. We then drove to Joshua Tree the next day to bask in it’s magic – it’s one of the most breathtaking sites. I’ll have a full guide to Palm Springs up soon for anyone planning a visit.
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Feeding the goats at Living Desert

Happy Earth day everyone! And don’t forget to tag #LiveNature and @Neutrogena and tell us how you’re connecting with nature today.

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Neutrogena is constantly innovating in the skincare and beauty market, making makeup both beautiful but also beneficial. I recently had the awesome opportunity to meet Kerry Washington, the face of the brand for an introduction to their latest innovations and additions which includes:

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8 New Shades MoistureSmooth Color Stick – Already a fan favorite, the MoistureSmooth Color Stick just added 8 new shades with slightly different textures: Classic Nude, Almond Nude, Pink Nude, Berry Brown, Pink Grapefruit, Cherry Pink, Classic Red, Wine Berry. Choose the original shades 10-80 for a sheer & shimmery finish and the new shades 90-180 for a bold & creamy finish. Swatched below, they feel amazing on and have beautiful pigment!

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Fragrance Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes – I’m super excited that the award-winning face wipes now comes in

khloe-kardashian-allergan-kybella-nyc-stong-looks-better-naked-lara-eurdolianWell it’s been an exciting week, new hair color, new stores, finally meeting Jamie Kern and it’s always a pleasure stealing a moment with Khloe Kardashian (especially when a photobooth is involved). Here are some highlights you may have seen on snapchat or Instagram:

Khloe Kardashian hosts Allergan’s “Live Chin Up” event – centered around having a positive body image, Allegran shared their latest innovation, Kybella, the first of it’s kind treatment in facial aesthetics that helps improve that double chin and “Live Chin Up”, a new movement designed to inspire a positive approach to life. Hosted by Khloe Kardashian, who recently wrote the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Strong Looks Better Naked, she moderated a panel discussion which included a doctor, photographer and user of Kybella. What’s cool about Kybella is it’s non-invasive and actually a prescription medicine used by adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin, also called, “double chin”. Naturally my highlight was the photobooth with Khloe which certainly had me holding my chin up high.

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Saks OFF Fifth opens in NYC featuring the first-ever Gilt In-Store Shop – Hosted by actress, Jamie Chung the opening for the new Saks OFF Fifth had a line wrapped around the corner. Now officially open to the public you can enjoy designer clothes, shoes, sunglasses and accessories at massive discounts. There is also a built in Gilt store for all you gilt.com shoppers, where you shop some of the assortment there or they can help you order online and best part is if you order from gilt.com you can return directly to the store! Visit Saks OFF 5TH at 57th and Lexington (125 East 57th Street, New York).

Breakfast with Neutrogena for the launch of their “See Whats Possible” campaign – Through thousands of hours meeting with women from Dallas to Taipei, Sao Paulo to Paris, Neutrogena uncovered a universal truth – women are stepping back to examine what’s possible in their lives so they can pursue their dreams.  During the Oscars the brand launched their first global campaign featuring the commercial shown above. I’m so impressed by Neutrogena and all they are doing including teaming up with Girls Inc for this initiative to help women achieve their dreams.

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The brand also announced Olivia Holt as the new face of Neutrogena and have so many new foundations shades and products that I’ll be doing a full review on soon!

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Superhero hair with Mark Townsand and Dove for the launch of their NEW Dove Regenerative Nourishment hair collection! It’s been almost a year since I chopped my hair and colored the bottoms green. I upped the ante last week when Dove had me to Salon V in NYC for a color treatment and to test out the new line. We got very creative and gave me a very dusted oil slick type color (or as I like to call it superhero hair).

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The collection includes the Regenerative Nourishment Shampoo ($4.99), Conditioner ($4.99) and Serum-in-Oil ($5.99), and is formulated with red algae + Keratin NutriComplex to replenish lost nutrients and reconstruct the internal structure of hair, all while restoring smoothness and strength. My hair as super soft when leaving the salon. I’ve been religiously using the Serum Oil ever since, it’s awesome for dry ends and bleached hair. I use it on wet and dry hair (on the ends) and it soaks right into strands without any greasy after-math and helps keep my strands shiny and frizz free.

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Jamie Kern Lima, Founder and CEO of IT Cosmetics appearance at Ulta – On Saturday, I picked up two of my blogger gals, Lorna and Makeda and took a car to Garden City to meet Jamie Kern Lima! It Cosmetics is one of my favorite beauty brands that I’ve been using forever that I’m so excited to finally meet the woman behind the brand. By the way if you haven’t tried their new Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara, you’re missing out. It’s incredible!

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Fiona Stiles Beauty Launches at Ulta – Speaking of Ulta… Cast the alarm, celebrity makeup artist, Fiona Stiles much anticipated makeup line has finally arrived! I have no idea what’s good yet but the collection is priced at $12-$30 and includes 120 products in eye, lip and face categories all exclusive to Ulta.com. I tried to get the 411 at Ulta when I was in Garden City but they didn’t have the products yet.

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Before I get into this post, I’m not going to even mention the classic Neutrogena face wipes, because we all know they are the best! So we’re moving on to some new and classic products that are on my list. One of my longstanding favorite Neutrogena products is their Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask. I swear by it! In fact it’s probably my favorite hair mask of all time. Recently, Neutrogena hosted two events that I was lucky enough to make it to. The first was with Kerry Washington’s personal hair stylist, Takisha Sturdivant-Drew to talk about two of the brands iconic products, the Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask and their Anti-Residue Shampoo. The other event was to introduce their NEW Ultra Light Cleansing Oil. Also this summer Neutrogena introduced a new SPF range, CoolDry Sport Sunscreen that is phenomenal for anyone that works out outdoors.