Arcona Triad All-In-One Cleansing Pads

If you’re into those all-in-one cleansing cloths you get at the drugstore, Arcona has a luxe version that works just as well but is much better for your skin. Triad Pads are pre-soaked with their best selling Cranberry Toner for ease of use when you want to remove makeup, cleanse, tone, and refresh skin all in one quick swipe. Everything made by Arcona is done is small batches using pure, chemical-free ingredients like the toner – rich with natural AHAs, Vitamin E, Cranberry Extract, and Omegas so it soothes instead of strips. You’ll find that your skin is so hydrated and balanced after you use them that you won’t go back to the chemical-laden cloths again. Great especially for travel or gym bags.

$30 for 45 pads- check em out on,, or

Make Up for Ever Fluo Night Black Light Pigment

This skin of mine hasn’t been exposed to a black light in many moons, but if I were still hitting the clubs you can bet I’d have some Fluo Night Black Light Pigment on hand. It’s a transparent-by-day powder that when used alone or blended with other makeup becomes visible once under the glow of a black light. Its uses are pretty limitless since it can be sprinkled in hair, combined with a clear mascara for lashes, or dusted over stencils to create a specific pattern. You can also write something totally offensive on a friend’s face and laugh your ass off once you’re inside the club at their total lack of awareness to what’s going on. Ah, to be young again…

Make Up For Ever Fluo Black NIght Pigment $31 Sephora

Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzer Concentrate

Even though I didn’t pony up the $40 for Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronzing Concentrate the other day at Whole Foods, I’ll probably grab it once my other liquid bronzer is gone. I use a liquid bronzer mixed with a moisturizer on my neck since it’s naturally several shades lighter than my face. I also use it mixed in with a body lotion or oil and apply it to my arms, legs, and chest when I want a little more color in a pinch.

I liked this deep shade which gave my arms a nice bronzy glow that wasn’t too dark. Because it’s concentrated, it’s meant to be used as a mix-in so you’ll get more use from this smaller bottle than you’d expect. Though it’s a little higher in price than the one I’m currently using, its clean ingredients and good brand reputation will push this to be my next beauty purchase.

EYE M GLAM by Giella & Mario Dedivanovic

Last week I shared this vid from a workshop given by Mario Dedivanovic. I also mentioned one of his most loved products (that he himself custom blended) – EYE M GLAM, the super highlighting powder he developed with Giella and uses often.

I ordered. I tried. I like.

At first glance it’s just another warm toned highlighter, but it has an exceptionally fine texture with a balanced amount of pigment so it’s incredibly versatile and easy to wear. Its strength lies with its ability to morph into whatever texture you need. I like mixing a shot of it into my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer so it has a greater intensity and staying power. I’ve also mixed in a dab with foundation to highlight cheek bones so it blends into the skin and doesn’t just sit on top – it makes for a more  subtle highlight.

Both a pro and a con is the larger jar. I had to break it down into 2 smaller jars for my own use as well as my professional kit so it didn’t take up too much space. I felt like I got my $40 worth, but I’d rather see it in a smaller container at a smaller price.

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Solutions For Breakout-Prone Skin

I can’t relate to people with constantly clear, perfect skin – so annoying. My skin is a constant roller coaster ride, sometimes clear, sometimes a mess, but I’m always careful about what I use because I know it has the potential to erupt ay any given moment.  I’ve gotten to try out a few lines just for breakouts recently with some success, here are the 3 I’ve used that really work.

I was really excited to try REN’s new ClearCalm, the first line I’ve seen for breakout-prone skin from a line that’s both advanced and natural. They favor Willow Bark, Zinc, Calcium Carbonate, and essential oils with their own Global Protection Complex to calm inflamed skin and clear it up without drying it out.  I’m obsessed with their Anti-Blemish Clay Cleanser even though it’s non-foaming because it coats using French Clay and Manuka Honey to gently pull out debris and leave skin so clean and soft, I often skip the toner.

Average price $30, Sold exclusively at Sephora stores (or online) in the U.S

Dr Murad’s Clean Scene is a new teen-focused line of antioxidant-rich and paraben-free skin basics to get skin on the right track before major breakouts occur. It’s not filled with skin-drying ingredients (although it is meant to chase acne away), it’s a first step into a more grownup skin care routine. I like Begging For Balance, an oil-free moisturizer for all skin types that doesn’t leave a shiny finish behind. I’ve been recommending it to adults who have the occasional flare-up because it’s a great daily moisturizer that gently keeps skin clear.

Average price $20, Sold at Sephora and

There’s another Dr. developed skincare line that really hones in on skin problems and offers up solid solutions. You’ll find the top breakout-fighters from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare if you search for products under ‘acne’ on their site, which also highlights  products that are Cruelty Free, Paraben/ Sulfate/ Phthlate Free, and which are Vegan. They’re really big on easy solutions like their All-In-One Cleanser with Toner and their brilliant EZ4U Towelettes which act as a cleanser, toner, wrinkle fighter, and light moisturizer all in one moistened wipe. Throw them in your gym bag and use them post-workout to prevent breakouts caused by sweating.

Average price $30,, Sephora and

Get That Skin Glowing With PRTTY Peaushun

I’m a little addicted to Tracy Anderson and her super-workout that gives you a body like no other workout can, so when her very own Makeup Artist reached out to introduce me to her new line I was beyond excited.

As a 20+ year veteran Makeup Artist, Bethany Karlyn has worked with A-listers like Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayak, Cameron Diaz, and Jennifer Lopez just to name a few. With her experience and knowledge of the industry, she could’ve created a line of just about anything, but she wanted to introduce the world to the formula she’d been mixing herself over the years to give her clients skin with a youthful, tight, flattering glow. I asked Bethany a few questions about PRTTY Peaushun (pronounced Pretty Potion), and here’s what she had to say.

Q- Most Makeup Artists transition into developing their own line of cosmetics, how did the idea of PRTTY Peaushun come about? 

I’ve been mixing this formula for years to use on set and my celebrity and model clientele have been pushing me to bring this product to market for as many years. Launching one product in 5 shades seemed reasonably manageable for me to handle alone, without having to bring in partners or investors. Concentrating on one product only has opened the door to an organic growth that I never could have predicted and am absolutely thrilled by. My plan is to get some traction for the brand and then launch additional related products to start filling out a tight little line.

Q- Other than adding moisture and radiance to the skin, what are some of the other benefits? 

The plant extracts offer the added benefit of lifting, tightening and firming the skin, as well as helping with bruising and sore muscles. Many customers are buying shades considerably darker than their actual skintone in order to give a tan effect.

I also use Prtty Peaushun under foundation on the face. A subtle glow peaks through the foundation giving a youthful dewy quality to the skin. I hear that lots of
curly headed people are using it in their hair. My husband mixes plain Prtty Peaushun with his favorite leave-in conditioner and swears it’s the best combination he’s found to tame his wild curls. My best girlfriend uses the light shade of Prtty Peaushun in her curls to smooth the frizz and create shine and highlights. She’s given up on her addiction to Moroccan Oil and replaced it with Prtty Peaushun.

Q- You use 92% raw ingredients in the formula, It’s one of the cleanest formulas I’ve seen, what’s the benefit of raw? 

Raw botanical ingredients from edible, seed-bearing and leafy green plants will cleanse, repair, oxygenate, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. Raw plant extracts are absorbed more effectively, resulting in a healthy glow. The more a plant is processed the more likely the active ingredients have been cooked out. The skin is not only a major organ of elimination, but also of assimilation, suggesting the wisdom in avoiding processed or toxic ingredients both internally and externally.

From what I’ve seen, PRTTY Peaushun is a healthy skin treatment disguised as one of the prettiest lotions I’ve ever used on the skin. It’s hard to describe the natural radiance the tinted lotions give, but you’ll be addicted to the way your skin looks when you use it on your body and under (or as) your foundation.

Here’s a look at the lotion and the unique ‘anti-packaging’ that takes up minimal space (in your bathroom and in landfills), and allows you to squeeze out every last drop.

Here’s a glimpse of the ‘plain’ formulation- the one without radiance. It keeps the feeling of moisture on my skin all day. I love the feel of it, it’s so soothing.

And a shot of the ‘Light’ lotion with light-reflecting particles. It’s subtly powerful the way it gives a natural glow and look of health. It’s beautiful in photos both on the body and face.  
I used it on my arm so you can see just how it creates radiance. I want to try ‘Dark’ and ‘Deep’ so I can get the same sheen with a bronzy effect. 

If you’re obsessed with the look of healthy skin, PRTTY Peaushun is a one-of-a-kind, natural, fragrance-free wonder that you’ll absolutely love.

PRTTY Peaushun

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