New From Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare and Peter Thomas Roth

A few new launches have caught my eye recently in a vast landscape of ‘more of the same.’ I haven’t tried either one, but I’m looking forward to checking out new innovations by two companies I’ve grown to really love.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare has a new Vitamin D Serum Oil $65 for those of us who are so good with sunscreen that the sun’s own vitamins can’t penetrate to nourish the skin. I was way low on D years ago because I’m a crazed SPF weirdo and now take a vitamin D daily, but haven’t explored using it topically until seeing this serum. It’s formulated to be available to the skin without sunlight and they mixed it with Vitamins A, E, B, CoQ10, as well as Glycolic and Ferulic Acids to get some hydrating and brightening benefits in there as well.

Peter Thomas Roth added a new addition to their way popular Un-Wrinkle line to hydrate and brighten up dull skin. Illuminator Instant Brightening Moisturizer $68 combines 3 color correcting shades of light pigment that blend with the skin to brighten dullness and neutralize redness. For me, the home-run is the combo of a wrinkle fighter with a skin perfecter – I love multi-tasking skincare that helps your skin to look great so you don’t need to use as much makeup in the end.

Dear Carissa- Finding the Right Primer

Dear Carissa,

I had the pleasure of reading through your site and I love your recommendations.

I know on your site, you recommend monistat, but I have heard that this can aggravate people with acne prone skin.

I am 35 now I have noticed my pores around my nose and cheek area are enlarging, and all foundations seem to just emphasize them.

I have tried a few primers, but they are either too oily or too dry (making mineral makeup catch on dry skin), or make me break out.

What would work for me?

Best Regards,


Well Andrea, here are a few of my favorite primers along with what skin types might benefit most from their use.

Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel;

Who can use it?

- Most skin types except for acne prone

- Women who don’t use a primer most days, but would like something for times when they want foundation to stay put

- Gals on a beauty budget

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer SPF 15;

Who can use it?

- All skin types

- Women who want a finished look but don’t wear foundation daily, use it alone to soften the look and texture of skin.

- Those looking for an extra SPF boost with anti aging benefits as well.

Jane Iredale Absence Oil Control Primer;

Who can use it?

- Sensitive, oily, and acne prone skin

- Mineral makeup users

- Women who find their makeup tends to change color during the day

Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel;

Who can use it?

- Incredibly oily skin that needs powder after an hour of makeup application

- Those who don’t enjoy applying more powder during the day for shine, just rub a bit between your fingers and press it into your t-zone to bring down shine without looking cakey.

- Skin prone to breaking out

Stumble It!

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Powder

Having fine lines and shine is a common problem for women since powders can exaggerate wrinkles by settling into them. Peter Thomas Roth has created a powder using anti-aging peptides, neuropeptides and antioxidants to create a super fine finishing powder that eliminates shine without appearing heavy or cakey.

Peter Thomas Roth