Topic: Skin Care

Getting Personal With The Body Shop

Published in: Skin Care, The Body Shop

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When your Body Shop Body Butter has your name on it and you think that’s kind of awesome…

I wish I could take a spin back to 1999 in Doc Brown’s DeLorean because my late-1990s self would have lost her/my sh*t over this personalized Body Shop Body Butter.

OMG! It’s a Christmas panda!!!

I remember back in the late ‘90s/early aughts, The Body Shop was HUGE, right? All of my friends and I were totally into them. I wore their Shimmer Cube eyeshadow constantly for a while, and I had this, like — I talk about it all the time — Mary J. Blidge-inspired lip combo with a Body Shop dark purple lip liner that I wore with a frosty silver lipstick.

Grapefruit Body was was my jam for two solid years, and do you remember their Avocado Body Butter? I used that one for a long time.

And then there was the Olive one, which was also lovely. It had a light, fresh, grassy scent that was totally unusual at the time.

Do you happen to remember White Musk?? At one point in time, I swear, every early 20-something woman on Muni in SF was wearing that perfume. Some mornings I’d step onto the train into a fog of Body Shop White Musk…

If you live in or near New York City, lucky you, because that’s where you can get your own personalized Body Butter. Some of the stores in the New York area are offering it as a service (here’s a list of them) when you buy one of the regular $21 jars or the $36 super-sized ones, and it doesn’t cost anything extra. They make the label in the store, and you can pick it up the same day.

body shop personalized body butter vanilla chai

Vanilla Chai deliciousness!

I wish they did this at the rest of their stores (hint-hint!). I asked a Body Shop rep if the stores in New York could ship them out, but no luck there either. This year at least, it’s a local thing.

Do you have any Body Shop faves (now or back in the day)? Let me know in the comments. I’m curious.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer Is Drugstore Gold!

Published in: Skin Care

Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Every day for the past few weeks I’ve been experiencing magic — magic! — in my shower.

Actually…at the end of my shower, because of this bottle of Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.44 for a 12-oz. bottle).

It looks like your run-of-the-mill moisturizer, but it’s actually nothing like that at all. And that’s because — dun-dun-duuun! — you don’t have to rub it in.

Like, seriously, I don’t even want to know how long I’ve spent standing in my bathroom massaging lotion into my skin. I probably could have read War and Peace five times in the time I’ve spent rubbing lotion into my limbs.

Curel Hydra Therapy is fascinating! All you have to do is put it on wet skin — literally just rub it on really quickly once or twice — dry off with a towel, and you’re done. You don’t have to massage it into your skin. And shockingly, it works really, really well. With my dry skin, I need a heavy-duty moisturizing lotion, and this stuff delivers the goods.

curel hydra therapy ingredients


It’s unscented, but more importantly for me, it doesn’t feel greasy like the thick, heavy lotions I sometimes use that leave behind a yucky film, or that leave the backs of my knees and elbows sticky.

I’ve been having many hallelujah moments with this. You should have them too. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Soap & Glory Righteous Butter Diamond Edition

Published in: Product Reviews, Skin Care, Soap & Glory

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The new Soap & Glory Righteous Butter Diamond Edition

I just rubbed a whole glob of Soap & Glory’s Diamond Edition Righteous Butter lotion on my limbs, and now there’s so much silver glitter on me that I look ready to rave circa 1995.

Just add glow sticks and platforms.

The Diamond Edition is more or less like the regular Righteous Butter, except with lots of silver glitter. It has the same sweet white floral fragrance (reminds me of the old Dior Miss Cherie, which I loved), and it’s just as moisturizing, too.

But the glitter! Duuude, there’s a ton! I can’t decide whether it’s more cheesy or Victoria’s Secret runway…

Whatever, I’ll still rock it. 🙂

I can’t seem to find it anywhere online here in the U.S. yet, so I’m not sure when it’ll be widely available, but keep an eye out for that sparkly silver glitter if you’re a Righteous Butter fan.

PRICE: $15 for a huge 10.1-oz. jar.
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Soap & Glory counters

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



The Day in Beauty Vol. 24: The Best Black Liquid Liner and a Makeup Tip for Late Nights

Published in: Clinique, Essie, Just For Fun, Nails, Product Reviews, Skin Care

I Love the ’90s…

That was the name of the concert I went to last Saturday night — I Love the ’90s — with my friend Marisol, and it was the first time I stayed out late since…

Shoot, I can’t even remember, but it’s been a looong time. I’ve been serving hard time in baby jail for almost five months now, and even before Connor arrived, back when I was still pregnant, I wasn’t going out a lot because I was ginormous, always tired and constantly uncomfortable.

Anywho, like I was saying, I hadn’t been out since forever, and when we were driving back home in the middle of the night from Jackson, California, which is a small town — I’m sorry, Jacksonites — out in the middle of nowhere, I suddenly got the feeling that I was wearing 20 layers of makeup on my face.

I wasn’t wearing a ton, though. Just, like, NARS tinted moisturizer, some powder, a little bit of cat eye makeup, so nothing too cray, but after being out and about in the summer sun for a few hours and perspiring at the concert, that drive home was rough.

I couldn’t wait to get home and wash my face, and Marisol said the same thing.

Has that ever happened to you? — where you get the sudden urge to wash your face in the car on a long drive home in the middle of the night? I mean, Marisol and I can’t be the only two people.

Oh! — I just thought of a genius (if I do say so myself) idea for the next time I’m out and about in the wee hours (whenever that may be). I’ll bring along a pack of makeup wipes to keep in the car! 🙂

That way I can remove my makeup, wipe down my face, and let my skin breathe. Then when I get home, I can just fall right into bed, ah…

By the way, these new Clinique Take the Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes are SO BOMB.

Clinique Take the Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes for Face & Eyes ($14 for 50 wipes)

Clinique Take the Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes for Face & Eyes ($14 for a pack of 50 wipes)

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My Latest Skincare Finds for Combination Skin

Published in: Guest Post, Skin Care

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Fresh-faced in my work-from-home uniform of gym clothes and funky glasses

Over the past year or two, my decidedly normal skin became very “combination.”

Maybe it was my cross-country move from NYC to the Bay Area, or maybe it’s just that I’m in my 30s now, but I’m constantly looking for the right products for my sensitive, combination skin.

Here are some things I’ve been testing:


The skincare products I’ve been testing lately (L to R): boscia Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray, Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion, Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 and Sephora Clarifying Booster

I don’t like heavy skin products, especially now that it’s consistently over 85 degrees every day, so I’ve been trying out all kinds of different things, from setting sprays and toners, to SPF and skincare boosters.

First up is Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion (available at Sephora for $34). It’s the product I’ve been using the longest of this bunch, and for good reason. I love it! It’s definitely earned a place in my skincare routine.  

It’s actually a toner, and I picked it up randomly one day at Sephora because I’d been curious about it for a while. As you can see in the photo above, a powder settles at the bottom of the bottle. I just give it a quick shake and apply directly to my face.  

Since my skin is classic combination right now — dry on my cheeks and shiny along my T-zone — I can’t really get down with strong toners because they just make my skin feel too tight, but this Bamboo Matte Lotion manages to work well wherever I use it.

The water is infused with moisturizing bamboo, but the powder helps soak up oil. 

I love applying this after I wash my face. It just balances my skin so perfectly.

I’ve also been testing Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 (also available at Sephora, and it’s $40).

It’s a moisturizer with SPF, and I definitely like the convenience of having one product that does both. It does a great job preventing shine, but at the end of the day, my cheeks feel a bit tight when I use it. I don’t think that translates into visual dryness, but I can feel it!

Also, I feel like SPF 15 is pretty low for a sunscreen, and I like to wear SPF 30 at least. My uncle was diagnosed with skin cancer when I was in junior high, and even though he was able to get treatment in time and is doing just great now, that experience alerted me to the danger of not protecting myself from the sun. 

I’m gonna get off my soapbox now, but outside of the low SPF, I think this Murad does a good job at keeping my skin matte.

combination skin

Testing serums, sprays, toners and lotions

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