Get it Off Your Chest With the SiO SkinPad

If there is one thing I learned from watching the Spring fashion shows, it’s that 2017 is the year of the décolleté!

Super-low cut frocks and tops popped up in almost every designer’s collection, which means it’s time to forgo the bra, order yourself a full stock of double-sided stylist tape, and summon enough confidence to go (somewhat) bare-chested.

I’ll admit that I really don’t pay that much attention to my chest area when it comes to my beauty routine. And it shows. With super dry skin due to a lack of moisturizer as well as freckles and sunspots from forgetting to put sunscreen on my chest when I wear a low cut dress or blouse. And (as you can see in the first photo below) I was starting to get horizontal wrinkles and crepiness at the top of my chest right underneath my clavicle.

So when the lovely folks from SiO (which stands for Skin Innovation Overnight) reached out to see if I wanted to try their new “Overnight Décolleté Wrinkle Smoother” SkinPad, I was thrilled!

The SiO SkinPad is designed to be worn overnight and can be re-used up to 15 times. Each package comes with two pads so you can do an entire month’s worth of treatment, which is exactly what I did. I will admit that it felt pretty weird the first time I placed the silicone pad on my chest (and I got even weirder looks from the manfriend.) But it’s actually quite comfortable and once it was on, I kind of forgot about it.

 

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The results? I actually noticed them after the first night I wore the SkinPad. My skin was definitely softer and smoother. The more I used the pad, the more I started to notice the wrinkles softening. The combination of the pre-treatment Décolleté Cleansing Discs and the post-treatment Décolleté Serum seemed to act as a one-two punch for exfoliating and fading the sun damage and freckles. The whole treatment worked so well that now I’m thinking of using it on my neck because – as you can see – I’m starting to get those pesky little horizontal lines there too. (Aging sucks, but it sure as hell beats the alternative.)

Bottom line: If you’re planning on braving the low-cut trend, consider the SiO Skin Pad treatment as your pre-plunge-prep. Just don’t forget the double-sided tape. Unless you’re ready to free the nipple!

Try the SiO SkinPad Collection Today!

Check out some of the low-cut looks from the Spring 2017 Collections on my Pinterest page!

Product Review: Colleen Rothschild’s Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum

CR-_Mandelic_Bundle_New_Blue_grandeMy somewhat sensitive skin has found its savior. Her name is Colleen Rothschild. I am absolutely OBSESSED with her products. Especially her latest – the Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum, which I swear has made me look years younger in just a few weeks.

I have very fair skin and I freckle easily. Yes, freckles are cute, but when you get older and they turn into plain old dark spots…not so cute. I’ve written extensively about how I don’t go out of the house without sunscreen on, but I’ve still managed to get a few dark spots. Especially on my hands!

I’ve been using the Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum twice a day on my face and on my hands, and I have to tell you, the results are astonishing. Not only have my dark spots faded significantly, but my pores actually seem smaller and tighter. Every morning when I look in the mirror, my skin just looks healthy and vibrant. And the dark spots on my hands have practically disappeared! (Which makes me very happy, as I’m constantly posting manicure photos on Instagram and have been very self-conscious about how old my hands look!)

This serum is a wonder product that not only helps to fade dark spots, but it exfoliates your skin without any type of harsh scrubbing. It goes on like a layer of silk. And don’t even get me started on the smell! All of Colleen’s product are formulated with a scent that makes you swear you’re in a five-star resort spa.

The Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum is packed with three types of potent acids:

  1. Mandelic Acid –  to refine & resurface the top layer of skin
  2. Lactic Acid – to improve overall tone & texture of the skin
  3. Salicylic Acid – to heal acne scars, fade fine lines & dark spots, and promote overall clearer skin

Bottom line. If you’re looking for a new “wonder” serum to add to your morning and evening skincare regimen, this is the one. And I would highly recommend using it on your hands as well. Especially if you want to post pretty manicure photos on Instagram. You may even find yourself posting #nofilter selfies too!

Try Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum for yourself!

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In-Shower Tanning…Does it Work?

st_tropez_in_shower_coverI don’t tan. I can’t tan. And even if I could, I wouldn’t. I have an overarching fear of ending up looking like Magda from the movie Something About Mary.

I also have a significant fear of skin cancer, which is why I never go out into the sun without using the highest SPF I can possibly find.

However, I will admit that I look (and feel!) better when I have a little color. So obviously I’m a huge fan of self-tanning products.

When St. Tropez came out with it’s new In-Shower” Gradual Tanning LotionI had to try it. I was pretty skeptical, as I’m guessing most of you are. A tanning product that you apply in the shower and then rinse off? How could this possibly work?

Well, actually, it does work. I’ve been using the product for a few months and it does give you a gradual, natural looking tan. You simply apply the lotion to your wet skin after showering and leave it on for three minutes. Then you rinse it off with warm water.

But here’s the tricky part. You actually have to stand in the shower (naked, obviously) for three minutes. Three minutes can seem like an eternity when you’re naked and cold and just standing there. I tried to come up with creative ways to use my minutes. I did side stretches – 90 seconds on each side. I applied a conditioning mask to my hair. I recited the Declaration of Independence. (Okay, I didn’t really do that.)

Eventually, to be perfectly honest, I lost my patience and stopped using this product in the shower. Now I actually use it every other night in the tub. But I only use it on my face. That way, I can lie back and relax in a warm bath instead of standing around feeling like an extra in an episode of Orange is the New Black.

Bottom line: Yes, this product works. IF you’ve got the patience for it. I didn’t.

I realized that I would rather just use an all-over sunless tanning spray or cream once I got out of the shower. On a positive note, I do love the way this product works on my face. It gives me such a perfect glow that I rarely have to use foundation anymore. And the color is very natural and not orange at all. Because orange really isn’t the new black. And never will be.

Try St. Tropez for yourself!

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Beauty Crush: Colleen Rothschild Skincare

Do you ever find a beauty product that you instantly love so much you can’t imagine how you ever lived without it? I recently had that beauty “OMG” moment when I tried Colleen Rothschild‘s Cleansing Balm.

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I have to admit that I wasn’t very familiar with Colleen Rothschild or her [amazing] skincare products. But then I received the loveliest package in the mail containing the Radiant Cleansing Balm and Clarifying Detox Mask.

I have somewhat sensitive combination skin. Lately, I’ve just been using moistened facial wipes to cleanse my face in the evenings because my other cleansers were leaving my skin red and irritated.

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I have never used any type of balm on my face…other than lip balm, of course. When I opened the jar, the scent of the product was so amazing that I felt like I had just walked into a swanky spa.

Once I applied the balm to my face, it felt so insanely luxurious that I didn’t even want to wash it off. So I didn’t. Well, for a while. I used warm water to wet the muslin cloth that comes with the balm and placed it over my face for about five minutes. And I still didn’t want to take it off.

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But I also wanted to try the Clarifying Detox mask.  So I rinsed off the balm, and I have to say, my skin felt amazing. No redness, no dryness, no irritation. Just super clean and that lingering spa smell.

Next, I applied the mask. I do use masks on a regular basis because I have a very oily T-Zone with large pores. I left the mask on for ten minutes while I laid under an umbrella by my pool. (It was full on spa-day now!) When I rinsed it off, my skin felt firm, but not tight. And again, no redness. Just a nice healthy glow.

Sometimes even I, a beauty blogger, am bad about remembering to wash my face and take my makeup off in the evening. I mean, I usually remember that I SHOULD, but sometimes I’m just too tired to do it. But now I am so addicted to this cleansing balm that I actually look forward to washing my face every night. Now every day is spa day.

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Reading up on my new beauty crush.

Get the Detox Mask & Cleansing Balm today at ColleenRothschild.com!

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I Love a Good Chubby: Clinique Chubby Sticks

Screenshot 2015-10-12 21.35.57I have a big mouth. Literally and figuratively. My lips are huge.

When I was in grammar school, kids made fun of me for having big lips. But now, even my botox doctor (yes, I botox) refers to my lips as “perfect” and once asked me “who did them?” I have to credit my father (the original Sidney Stone), from whom I inherited both my big lips and my big mouth.

Now that I have “grown into” my big mouth, I’ve accepted a few challenges that come along with it. I can’t wear anything too shiny or glossy or glittery without looking like a truck stop whore.

Most of the time, I just do a simple lip pencil over my favorite lip balm. But I always find myself going back to Clinique’s amazing little bullets of lip perfection called “Chubby Sticks” – a brilliant combination of lip pencil and balm that come in the most amazing colors. (I’m wearing “Roomiest Rose” in the photo above.) Infused with shea butter and mango, these babies slide onto your lips like silk. And, if you prime first with Urban Decay’s Ultimate Ozone Lip Pencil, the color will last all day.

Honestly, who doesn’t love a good Chubby?

 

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Product Review | Revlon Lash Extensions

Currently I’m in this phase of wanting to bring my entire beauty routine in-house. Not only does doing my own nails and hair color save me a ton of money, but I like being able to do things on my own schedule and whenever I get the whim to change up my look (which is quite often.)

After years of getting expensive lash extensions done every two weeks in Manhattan, I decided to try a DIY version instead. I selected Revlon’s Beyond Natural individual lash extensions in black. They come in a pack of 70 with three different lengths: short, medium and long.

Using tweezers, I started applying the short lashes about a third away from the inside corner of my eye. (Trial and error taught me that if you place these types of lashes too close to the corner of your eye, they look anything but natural!)

I added an assortment of medium and long lashes to the outer two-thirds of my eyes, and voila! Instant eyelashes without the smudge of mascara. (I haven’t worn mascara in years.)

The key to applying these lashes is using just a tiny drop of lash adhesive and holding the lash on top of your natural lashes for a few seconds to let it dry. Make sure you don’t apply the lashes to your actual skin . . .that can get painful.

I love the look of these lashes because they do, indeed, look very natural. Plus, they look just as good as the ones I was paying hundreds of dollars for in the city. (These are only $4.00)  Now I can wake up with gorgeous lashes that will last me about 10 days before I need to “fill-in.”

So if you’ve been thinking about trying lash extensions, pick up a set of Revlon’s Beyond Natural Eyelashes the next time you’re in the drug store. It’s a fun, inexpensive, short-term commitment way to give yourself a mini-makeover.

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Product Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

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I don’t know about you, but I am constantly longing for a lipstick that will (REALLY) last for an entire day. Or an entire weekend. One that doesn’t dry out my lips and leave that horrible outline that makes me look I got my lipliner permanently tattooed.

My lips are absolutely huge, so finding a long-wearing lipstick that will actually stay put on these lips is a tall order. Stila’s All Day Liquid Lipstick comes pretty close to meeting the challenge. The formula is super-rich, super-pigmented and will last for about four hours (on my lips anyway) without having to reapply.

The only drawback to this lipstick is that although it stays put on your lips for hours, it also comes off on everything your lips touch. Coffee mugs, napkins, wine glasses and a manfriend roam my house smeared in various shades of orange and pink. And it’s not easy to get off.

Other than that, I was so smitten with Stila’s All Day Liquid Lipstick that, after receiving a sample in my Birchbox, I went out and bought two more shades. Here’s what all three look like on me.

 

Pink

Bella is a bright fuchsia pink, and I would have never tried this shade on in a store. I thought it would be too bright for me. It turns out that this is actually a great shade for my complexion, as I’m sporting a fake (aka “safe”) tan and the intense color really brightens up my face.

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Stila All Day Liquid Lipcolor in Bella

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Nude

 

Dolce is more of a neutral every day color for me. It’s super glossy and very similar to Mac LipGlass. I do have to blot this lip color quite a bit, as I generally try to avoid looking like a porn star, at least during the day.

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Stila All Day Liquid Lipcolor in Dolce

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Carina is probably my favorite of the three, but it only looks good on me because of my fake (again “safe”) tan. There is no way I will be able to wear this color during winter without looking like Ronald McDonald.

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