Generally, I avoid harsh acids like the plague. My sensitive, frail skin time and again has been burned and sensitized by strong acids so I typically opt for physical exfoliants, like this one from Tammy Fender (LOVE) or the Ayuna Essence (which I review down below). BUT last night, fed up with the persistent little clogged bumps on my cheeks and forehead, I decided to give the AHA/BHA REN Ready, Steady, Glow AHA Daily Toner a go (gasp!). At first, I was scared, fearing the worst. The REN toner is the type of product, usually sent to me by a PR rep, that…

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Whenever I use Therapi Honey Skincare’s Ultra Radiance Propolis+ Cream, I’m reminded of long ago when I used to use Creme De La Mer Moisturizing Cream. The rich texture is similar, as is the decadent feeling of luxury when applied, but the similarities between the two creams ends there. Therapi’s Propolis+ Cream is a far superior product IMO: it uses organic ingredients and does not contain fillers; it can hydrate, nourish, brighten and repair far better than La Mer; and the price is two thirds less! To this day, I am stunned whenever I see people raving about La Mer when there…

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        My attitude towards makeup has shifted so much as I’ve gotten older. Easy, quick, effortless and imperfect is how I like my makeup now. I think there’s something sexy and womanly about imperfect makeup because it exudes confidence. It’s kinda like saying to the world – “I don’t need to try that hard to feel good in my skin” – which is a beautiful thing IMO. So for my birthday this past weekend, I pulled together this easy makeup look in five minutes for perhaps the last “adult fine dining” experience my hubs and I will have for…

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For the past two weeks, I have been using nothing but shea butter on my skin morning and night aka “My Shea Butter Experiment.” It sounds easy enough, but for a beauty blogger who is used to a ten-step (or more) routine, using only one product takes serious restraint and laser focus. Before I get into the ‘what’, ’how’ and final results of my experiment, I want to explain the why – specifically – why I decided to conduct this experiment. The WHY Three weeks ago, nothing was alleviating my dry, inflamed skin. I mean, nothing. Temporary relief was possible with layers…

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(Above: Me at 25 weeks pregnant on our babymoon in Maui!) Pregnancy is such a joyous, exciting, and often overwhelming time. There is so much to learn, so much to prepare for and so much to avoid to keep your growing baby healthy – food and beauty-wise. When I got pregnant, all of these “don’ts” were swirling around in my head: don’t eat deli meat, don’t eat sushi, don’t use retinol. The biggies I knew, but figuring out everything that could be potentially harmful to my baby took some time, online digging and talking with friends with kids to figure out. Luckily…

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