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Clinique Does It Again

In beauty, makeup, skincare on May 11, 2013 at 7:06 am

Back in 2011, Clinique came out of the beauty boxing ring with the release of their Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector intended to fade dark spots, age spots and post acne spots on all ethnicities.  The release of this product alone blasted open the brightening category with many other brands following their lead and Clinique shows no signs of slowing down with innovation and creation.

Their Even Better Makeup SPF 15 which also launched just a few short years ago was introduced, catching the attention of many because of it’s extensive shade range, and it’s ability to brighten and even skin tone as well as give great coverage.  And now with the launch of that same makeup in compact form, Even Better Compact Makeup SPF15,  Clinique is definitely carving out a place for themselves in the foundation category and may even give some of the more popular brands a run for their money, again with shade range, formulations and versatility.  Available in 20 shades and retailing for just $31, this formulation which is cream to powder, goes on silky smooth and leaves a powdery finish.


In addition, Clinique has also released their CC cream – Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Color Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30.  Touted for their ability to do all that a BB Cream does (prime, protect, perfect, hydrate, control oil), CC Cream is intended to color correct a myriad of concerns such as dullness, redness and sallowness.  This CC Cream has a dual benefit of instant color correction with properties intended to make the skin look radiant as well as properties that are intended to improve skin imperfections over time.  Worn alone or under foundation, this CC Cream, which retails for $35, comes in 6 shades.


Both products can be found in major department stores and


The Brush Sleeve by Rebecca Rachel

In beauty, makeup, makeup artist tools on May 11, 2013 at 7:05 am
I love organization and efficiency in everything I do.  I thrive off of it.  From paperwork to client files and even my kit and workspace, I find that my day goes by much more smoothly when everything is in place.  Having said that, lately when working with a client, I end up misplacing a brush or two.  I usually end up locating my brush(es) however find having to search for a brush to be very annoying and wasteful of time.  I have always used the traditional brush belt and was also finding that having to look down to grab a brush can also waste time especially since brushes can get lost in the belt.  I then started pulling the brushes that I needed however found that can take up valuable space and many makeup artists know that sometimes we don’t get the luxury of space (or lighting, but I digress) when on location.  What does one do?
Well,  after a little research, I decided to order The Brush Sleeve by Rebecca Rachael, an international make up artist who created The Brush Sleeve to increase working speed and productivity for makeup artists.  With the ability to hold 13 brushes and business cards at eye level, The Brush Sleeve,  is different than a brush belt by virtue of the fact that the “Sleeve” rests on your arm instead of your waist, creating greater visibility for brushes and saving time because you don’t have to look down to find a brush in a belt or turn around to grab a brush off of a table or stand.
I used The Brush Sleeve for the first time for a wedding last week and while I did have greater efficiency and time management, I found the Brush Sleeve to be stiff and hard to put on initially.  What I ended up doing was closing the velcro flaps and sliding the sleeve onto my arm and then putting whatever brushes I needed into the slots.  I also found it to be somewhat uncomfortable and hot on my arm.  With that said, I feel that The Brush Sleeve, perhaps like a new pair of shoes, needs to be used over a period of time to increase comfort so I am not too concerned about my initial experience.
Overall, I do love the concept of The Brush Sleeve.  I will actually continue to use and recommend it to others. It is also great for hair stylists and painters. starting at $25.50

Algenist – Where Beauty and Science Meet

In beauty, skincare on May 2, 2013 at 9:00 am


Packaged in serious silver gray packaging, Algenist is a skincare brand that can almost be overlooked by those who are attracted to pretty packaging and catchy names.  However, inside of the serious packaging and rather scientific name, are products that can possibly change the landscape of one’s skin.  Based in San Francisco, California, a team of researchers were researching various forms of microalgae for renewable energy and inadvertently discovered alguronic acid which helped to renew and protect the microalgae cell.  When tested, it was discovered alguronic acid had powerful anti aging properties as well.

Using this scientific discovery to create a breakthrough skincare brand, all of Algenist’s products contain alguronic acid which helps with cell renewal and elasitin synthesis – both very important for skin to remain younger looking and beautiful.

There are many noteworthy products from this brand such as the Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, a lightweight gel which  hydrates and helps decrease puffiness and the Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer which helps to minimize wrinkles.  My hero product from this brand and a very important part of my skincare routine is the Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator.  This oil free product is a gentle yet powerful exfoliator which helps to refine, resurface and smooth my skin.  It is rich and creamy in texture and upon the first use, I noticed that my skin was very soft with an amazing glow- something I had not experienced with other exfoliators.  In addition to Alguronic Acid, this exfoliator contains salicylic acid to lift dead skin cells and clean out pores, beet root extract to hydrate and nourish the skin and oligosaccharides to tighten and strengthen pore walls- all very important in maintaining beautiful skin.

2.7 oz $38.