Friday, August 17, 2012

Beauty Dream Team: August


Save for a fantastic nude nail polish and clutch-friendly lipstick, this month's beauty dream team is all about skincare. I've been on a real kick lately and try to get a pro facial treatment at least once a month; standout facials from the last few months include the Red Carpet Oxygenating Hydrafacial at Kinara Spa (read my review here) and the SkinCeuticals Micropeel at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery (read my review here). Speaking of SkinCeuticals, they're my current obsession, which is why I made sure to include at least three SC products in my August roundup. Now, to the list!

1. O.R.G. Skincare Organic Mineral Peel Body ($29.99): Coined as "the only product to offer immediate results within minutes of application," this stuff is pure magic. Rub it on your body right before you take a shower and watch a layer of dirt and debris literally fall of your skin. What I find interesting about this exfoliant is that boys (including my fiancĂ©) love it, too. There's something about the instant gratification and visible change that they appreciate. Bonus points for it being alcohol, parabens and sulfate free.

2. Kinara Spa Red Carpet Facial Kit ($145): Pricey, but worth it. What's good for Halle Berry, is good for me. Her go-to esthetician Olga Lorencin-Northup created this kit to offer customers a high-quality at-home facial that can be applied weekly, in-between month facials at Kinara Spa. I love that the three-step kit comes with a little bowl and brush to whip up the treatment yourself. The peel and neutralizer steps sting so good (I love a good sting -- it feels like something's working) and the mask leaves skin ridiculously radiant. Highly recommend.

3. RGB + TenOverSix Blonde on Blonde Nail Polish ($16): This is a true meeting of the minds. TenOverSix is one of my favorite boutiques in LA and RGB's wide range of cruelty-free nail polishes are equally addictive. I got this lemony nude polish at Tavi Gevinson's party with Wren last month and have been hooked ever since. Summer staple.

4. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($32): Titanium and zinc are the most important ingredients to look for in a sunscreen, which happen to be this product's top benefactors. I apply a  sheer layer prior to putting on my tinted moisturizer (I haven't worn foundation in years) to ensure that my face is protected from crazy UV rays and heat stress. If you want to prolong your skin's youthful appearance, start with preventive care now instead of waiting until you have a problem. Sunscreen is a vital step.

5. Kinara Eye Cream ($60): Speaking of preventive care, eye cream is an absolute must if you want to avoid those annoying crow's feet and wrinkles. The Tetrapeptide-3 in this baby helps to boost elasticity and soften lines. I apply a thin layer to the delicate skin under eyes twice a day, morning and night.

6. SkinCeuticals Serum 20 AOX+ ($118): More SkinCeuticals. While titanium and zinc are musts for sunscreen, Vitamin C is essential for face serums. This product offers a max amount of C to neutralize the skin, slow down aging and protect against environmental damage. After cleansing and patting my face dry, I apply four to five drops of this to my face and dĂ©collage. Then I apply suncreen, then moisturizer, then eye cream. 

7. SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic ($146): I know, I know -- SC products don't come cheap! But you only have one face, so why not give it the max amount of love? Since this serum's claim to fame is UVA, UVB and infrared radiation protection, I apply this before sunscreen when I know I'm going somewhere significantly sunny. This product also stimulates collagen synthesis aka is awesome in the anti-aging department.

8. Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF 15 ($35.50): I only recommend this moisturizer to those with oily skin like mine. Some say it's too drying, but I'm digging it so far. While I love that it controls excess oil and minimizes the look of pores, my only suggestion to the Boscia team is to work on the scent because it smells a little weird.

9. Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Mini Lipsticks ($29.95): These little guys fit perfectly in my smallest clutch. I love that they look matte but contain enough moisturizer to not dry out my very dry-prone lips. Their matte bright red shade is killer.

10. Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment Tube ($14.95): This is like the Vaseline of Australia -- people put it on everything. You can't purchase it in the states, so I buy it online or gently stalk my Aussie friends for more tubes. I slather it on my lips to hook them up with a burst of moisture and also apply it to my cuticles when they're feeling extra dry. Love! 

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