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My latest beauty innovation discoveries

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!

Ole Henriksen Gets a New Look (And Collection!)

Today, Ole Henriksen reveals his new look and as part of the relaunch has added a new Balance Collection, designed to control oil and refine pores without stripping skin. In addition to this completely new collection designed to care for oily skin, each product has been repackaged to reflect Ole’s Scandinavian heritage and has reorganized from 10 collections to 4, clear and color-coded product lines based on skincare concerns to it’s easy to shop.

The collections are as follows:

  1. The Truth Collection – brighting, anti-aging and all day hydration (orange packaging)
  2. The Transform Collection – evens skin tone and texture (blue packaging)
  3. The Nurture Collection – intensely hydrates and nourishes dry and sensitive skin (purple packaging)
  4. The Balance Collections – Ole’s new collection that controls oil and refines pores without stripping skin (green packaging).

Me time, yogurt and Aveeno

Having grandparents that were born in Greece, the benefits of yogurt are not lost on me. In my family though the do it all fixer wasn’t Windex, but in fact yogurt. Growing up I had really sensitive skin and was allergic to red dyes. Every now and then I would get flare ups and yogurt would always calm it down. It helped relieve the insatiable itch and dry skin. Yogurt is filled with nourishing and healing nutrients as well as lactic acid, which is a popular AHA that helps dissolve dead skin and tighten pores, and often see it in DIY face mask and skincare recipes.

Aveeno, known for their Active Naturals ingredients which harness the power and calming properties of oatmeal has blended this with the nourishing ingredients found in yogurt to launch the new Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt ($7.99) and Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash ($7.49).  Available in two delicious scents, Apricot & Honey and Vanilla & Oat the Body Yogurts and Wash feature their new ACTIVBIND Complex. This makes up the body yogurt formula, which maintains all day contact with skin for long-lasting moisture and contains essential vitamins, lactose, proteins, lactic acid and lipids found in yogurt.

8 Tips I learned from Mario Dedivanovic aka @MakeupbyMario Master Class

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When Mario Dedivanovic aka @makeupbymario comes to town, every beauty enthusiast wants a piece of him. If you follow him on social, you know he’s the real deal — and not just because he’s the preferred makeup artist to the Kardashians. Makeup artists around the world line up for his Master Class to learn from him and watch him work. His A-list clientele speaks volumes, as does the fact that his client following is so strong that he’s unavailable some will book him the night before and sleep on their backs so they are makeup ready the next day!

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While I’ve meet Mario before — I once cornered him once at Khloe Kardashian event, the opportunity to watch him work in person came from Jergens, who sponsored his latest Master Class this past weekend in NYC. His legendary Master Class’s which often Kim Kardashian West as the model, are set in NY, London and Dubai. He started with 20 students 7 years ago and now sells out and is one of the most sought after makeup artists. During the sneak peek event, Mario did a ‘quick’ makeup look while answering questions. Here’s what I learned:

A day with Kiehl’s… making a difference and making serums!

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Yesterday, I had an epic day with Kiehl’s. The skincare brand has always held a special place in my heart since they have amazing products, do so much good, and I used to work for them! I actually helped launch their social media a million moons ago so stepping back into their corporate office yesterday brought me so much joy. And even more so because it was for an amazing cause! kiehls-faile-feed-america-creme-de-corms

Kiehl’s partnered with Feeding America for their charitable holiday collaboration designed by the artist duo FAILE with 100% of the net profits of the “Collection for a Cause” to support Feeding America, up to $100,000. And it’s all of Kiehl’s top selling products in limited edition packaging so why not stock up on your favorites while making a major difference. Just this 3-pack of their Hand Salve ($34) will provide 295 meals, and this Creme de Corps Classic Whipped Body Butter ($15) is going to provide 85 meals! View the whole collection HERE! This is Kiehl’s 3rd year partnering with the organization and has donated $300,000 to date which is 3 million meals to those in need.  Food insecurity is a major issue in America. 42 million people are food insecure in our country and  1 out of every 6 children faces hunger.  That’s 13 million children in the US who may not be able to eat dinner tonight.  With this collaboration Kiehl’s will help provide over 1 MILLION MEALS to families in need this holiday season.  I spent the morning with Kiehl’s and Feeding America helping pack meals for City Harvest. Alongside my fellow beauty editors we put together and donated 400 meals!

Sephora Now Offers FREE Classes for Teens!

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Calling all teenagers (and adults)! Sephora Teen has made it easy for you to dive head first into the world of beauty with confidence.  Sephora offers beauty classes for all — how to apply lashes, no-makeup up, contouring and their latest a class for teens!

Starting a beauty ritual can seem overwhelming with so many exciting products to choose from. So Sephora is introducing a brand new class dedicated entirely on educating teens on how to look and feel their best. The 90 minute Teen Makeup Class focuses on finding the perfect products in a pressure free environment where teens can feel comfortable exploring and learning with the help of Sephora’s expert coaches. Whether they want to learn an easy everyday look, or they are trying to broaden their makeup knowledge, Sephora is the place to go to for getting an education in a comfortable environment.

Must Try: Pulsaderm Sonic Washcloth Review

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When it comes to fashion week I always bring out the big guns of skincare to help deal with my lack of sleep, over intake of caffeine and more glasses of champagne then I care to admit. I’ve recently partnered with Pulsaderm, which offers a full range of skincare devices that I played with during the NYFW Beauty Bar Event.

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Some of you saw me demo the Sonic Washcloth at the event on snapchat where I took off a models heavy body makeup, which was covering her back tattoo, in seconds. I took the device home (which ahem is only $45!) that day and considering how much makeup I was wearing – and with the heat – was melting into my pores, having the Sonic Washcloth, was the biggest saver.

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I’ve been using it religiously every morning and night since – it’s a now a staple in my NYFW (and everyday skincare) routine. Available in a bunch of different colors (I have pink!), it’s great for travel and so easy to use. Just splash water on your face, apply your cleanser to the device and then use it on your face for 1-2minutes. Wash it off and you’re skin feels amazing. It helps face wash work more effectively! In clinical trials they found it cleans your skin 97% better than manual cleansing alone. I found a clear difference in how my pores and skin felt after using the same face wash with and without it after just one use. And it’s only gotten better throughout the past week.

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I’ve owned several sonic devices but this is the first that doesn’t have a brush head I have to replace every three months. This is very convenient since I don’t want bacteria getting into my skin. Made with medical grade silicone and ultra-hygienic surface, there’s no fear of anything funky getting in contact with my skin. It’s ultra-convenient, especially since I’m on the go so much, I don’t have to worry about it getting dirty in my travel bag.

The brush is great for all skin types, sensitive included and has two speed settings; setting one, 5,000 pulses per minute in setting two does 10,000. It’s battery operated and water resistant so you can leave it and use it in the shower. The only other silicone brush I know of on the market runs upwards of $150 but this one is only $45!

The best part about Pulsaderm is that they offer a 90-day “Try Me” guarantee and 2 year product warranty so you can shop confidently on their devices.

Thank you Pulsaderm for partnering with me on this post!

 

Do you live in a Wrinkle-Prone City? RoC has the answer!

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Are you more apt to get wrinkles based on where you live? You bet. RoC Skincare partnered with independent research firm Sperling’s for the Best Places for the 2016 RoC® Wrinkle Ranking study: a city by city look at the metropolitan areas’ risk for skin damage and premature aging by the year 2040. The analysis is based on factors commonly known to affect skin health – lifestyle, occupational and environmental influences… Living in NYC, I’m well aware I’m at a deep disadvantage due to my lifestyle and pollution levels! Until now though, I had no idea how we ranked to other cities. Did your city make the Most Wrinkle-Prone city list? Find out below and click HERE for the complete ranking.

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Funny enough, I grew up in the Cambridge, MA area (ranked #20) and have spent the past 15 years in NYC (ranked #8). My two cities make the top 20 list by 2040! Good thing I drink a million cups of water, wear SPF and take incredible care of my skin. In shocking news, Denver will hit the #2 rank (maybe it’s the altitude?), just under Philadelphia – who knew they would out wrinkle us all.

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Besides using an SPF everyday (a minimum of 30 everyone!), one of the best things you can do to prevent and help existing wrinkles is adding a retinol into your skincare routine. I have a deep attachment for the RoC RETINOL CORREXION collection. Their Deep Wrinkle Serum first serum I ever used, even though I probably didn’t have single wrinkle at the time. In fact I’ve always called it the RoC Serum and don’t think at the time paid much attention to the Deep Wrinkle title when first using it. My stepmother was actually the one that turned me on to the RoC RETINOL CORREXION collection before my career in beauty started over ten years ago. She’s a 20 year loyalist, religiously using the RoC RETINOL CORREXION Daily Moisturizer and Night Cream (she buys the combo pack from Costco). Those have been two of her staples for the past two decades and since then has added in the Eye Cream and Max Resurfacing Cleanser to her everyday routine. She’s 53 people! Just look at how amazing she looks!

Olay Launches Eye Collection for Every Concern

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I attended an Olay breakfast over a month ago for an advanced preview of their Olay Eye Collection which launches this month. I’m a huge Olay fan, especially of their Regenerist line and it’s with good reason they are the #1 trusted facial skincare brand — they pour so much research and testing into their products. This event made me hyper aware of something I’ve subconsciously known for a while — not everyone speaks beauty. I find this especially so when I’m trying to pick out products for my sister.  We say things like look for products with antioxidants and peptides, and your average person just wants to know how to get rid of their dark circles. And thus Olay has identified five eye aging patterns that affect 95% of women and created a line of eye products to address each. The five piece collection is easy to navigate, digest and has something for dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, sagging and all of the above.  I’ve actually been using the entire collection ($24.99 each) and really impressed by them all.  They can be layered or used alone and deliver an instant result. Here are the product details:

Credo Beauty Opens in NYC

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I’m way overdue for a trip to San Francisco and one of the beauty stores on my radar to visit while there was Credo. So when an invite came for the opening to their store in NYC, I was so excited! With just months after Space.NK moved to Nolita, the new Credo store is located on the same street, just a few blocks over at 9 Prince Street.credo-store-nyc

For anyone not familiar with Credo, it has that same smartly curated beauty boutique feel you’d get from a Space.Nk or Blue Mercury but their schtick is all natural and organic beauty brands. So you’ll see minimal to no cross over from these stores or Sephora. Spanning 900 sq feet, the Credo store offers products from 100+ brands from all over the world spanning face, hair, body and makeup. We’re talking brands like Tata Harpour, W3LL People, Ilia, Indie Lee, Juice Beauty,RMS, African Botanics, Cocovit, Evolvh, Dr. Jackson’s, Fig + Yarrow, Graydon, Herbivore, Innersense, Intelligent Nutrients, Kahina Giving Beauty, Kjaer Weis, Lurk, Marie Veronique, MV Organic Skincare, Nu Evolution, Rituel de Fille, Sans (ceuticals), Skin Owl, Strange Invisible, SW Basics, and Vapour.