Coming from a long line of aestheticians (mother, grandmother and great-grandmother), it’s no surprise Angelina Umansky, co-founder of Spa Radiance in San Francisco, is one of the most sought after skin specialists in the country with a clientele that reads like Vanity Fair’s who’s who (we’re talking – the Gettys and Michelle Pfeiffer #needisaymore). I sat down with Angelina to get answers to my burning skin care questions – How do I get rid of my neck bands? What can be done about crepey skin? Is the cult favorite, Biologique Recherche a nontoxic line and if so, which products do you recommend…

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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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(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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The beauty industry is a deluge of product launches and new brands at every turn. As a beauty blogger, fatigue is inevitable. But every so often something will come along to shake off the malaise and reignite my passion for beauty. This is exactly what the beauty brand, Kosås, has been able to invoke with its small line of eight lipsticks and six blush palettes. Though barely two years old, Kosås has established fervent fans in both green and traditional beauty circles alike by embodying an antithesis to the beauty climate’s current tone of excess: limited product offerings in essential colors –…

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