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Is Environ the Best Skin Care Line Ever?

Environ C-Quence Creme

I think I found the perfect moisturizer. For years I have searched for a facial lotion that is moisturizing without being greasy, lightweight without being insubstantial, that included vitamins and antioxidants but that didn’t include any perfumes, that could be worn alone or under makeup, and most importantly made my skin look it’s best.  I found it in Environ’s line of skin care products.

If the name Environ sounds familiar it might be because I wrote about the line a few months ago in the post “Environ Skin Care: A Mini Review”.  I reviewed a lightweight moisturizing serum and a delicate, scented hand lotion. I liked both products, but pined to try a few more. My wish was granted and I received the C-Quence Creme to try. A few weeks ago I also received two more products from Environ’s AVST and Intensive collections. I’d like you  to know that although I didn’t pay for any of these products I think they’re fabulous, otherwise I wouldn’t write about them. Continue Reading →

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Three Brands of BB Cream to Try

The Best BB Cream: The Style Confessions

When the BB Cream beauty trend hit a couple years ago I was intrigued. It sounded like tinted moisturizer, one of my all time favorite beauty products, and I’d been trying to find a good tinted moisturizer at the drug store, unsuccessfully, for years. Maybe the BB creams that were hitting the mass market would be the perfect thing for me? I heard that “Beauty Balm” was thicker than tinted moisturizer, and had multiple skin benefits like integrated SPF and antioxidants. Eventually I invested in a tube of Too Faced BB Cream and loved it so much it played a staring roll in this post about my favorite makeup. But then I became fascinated with the original Asian versions of BB cream.  The more raves I read about “the real thing” the more I had to try it. Los Angeles has a large Korean-American community and I knew there were a lot of Asian beauty supply stores nearby, so I went out for a day of exploration.  After visiting more than four different beauty boutiques and two shopping malls, I found it what I’d been searching for an it was love at first try. The Asian beauty balm by Missha refueled my earlier obsessed and I started testing more of what the American market had to offer. Here are three I really like. One I found at an Korean beauty supply store, one you can find at your local department store beauty counter, and one is from the drugstore.

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Getting Rid of Melasma

Melasma - Brown Spots - Before Treatment

I’ve had freckles for as long as I can remember, but at some point the cute little spots grew, clumped together, and turned into big brown spots also known of as Melasma. Over the years I kept skin condition at bay with various over-the-counter potions, one of which I write about in the post A Skin Care Odyssey, but then I got lazy, and the spots grew and grew and got really bad.  They got so bad my father was worried, so I decided to see a dermatologist to make sure that the problem was only cosmetic, and to see if there was a prescription-grade formula that would tame the spots into submission. It turns out there’s a lot you can do to treat Melasma, but although I wanted to write about it I simply don’t feel that I am enough of an expert on the subject, so I will turn it over to dermatologist Doctor Lisa Rhodes, who was kind enough to submit this guest post on how to effectively treat Melasma. Continue Reading →

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Environ Skin Care: A Mini Review

Environ Skin Care Review: Ionzyme Focus Hydrating Serum

A couple of months ago I was asked to review a beauty product line I had never heard of before, Environ Skin Care. The reason for my ignorance became apparent once it arrived in the mail; Environ is only sold through a dermatologist’s office. It’s also rather expensive. Because of the price tag and exclusivity of the line my expectations were higher than usual. I mean, this stuff must be really great, right? I was intrigued. Continue Reading →

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Natural Sunscreen – My New Favorites

Natural Sunscreen by Kiss My Face

Last week summer marched into fall, not that anyone would know from the weather here in southern California. Most people in the U.S. are putting their sunscreen away for next year, but I use it year-round. For those of you who live in sunny climates like mine this post is for you! This summer I found a whole new line of sun protection products that I love. My new favorite natural sunscreen is by Kiss My Face .  Continue Reading →

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