Category Archives: Beauty

Sephora Makeup Madness

Use code MADNESS at checkout for 15% off.  Offer valid today through April 19.  According to the e-mail  I got from Sephora this offer is only valid for Beauty Insiders only so if you’re not already an Insider, sign-up now!

My picks:

If I didn’t already have a brand new bottle of Clarins UV Plus sunscreen I would be purchasing this.  This has been my daily-wear sunscreen for well over a year now and it’s well worth the price tag considering daily sunscreen is your best defense against fine lines.  Also does not cause my skin to break out and also mattifies.  AMAZING.

Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel is a sulfate free cleanser that gentle yet still removes all traces of makeup.  I like this cleanser because it doesn’t completely strip my skin of it’s natural moisture.

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder gives skin a smoothe, poreless finish and controls oil.  Sure you can use plain ‘ol silica powder (it’s the only ingredient in this powder) but I’m a sucker for convenient and nice packaging AND I’ve been using this powder daily for at least 6 months and still have half a jar left.


BEAUTY EVENT-JolieMD Metamorphosis Launch at C.O. Bigelow in New York City

New skincare line JolieMD Metamorphosis will launch this Saturday, March 20th at C.O. Bigelow in New York City.  The line, brought to you by Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeons Dr. Jason Litner and Dr. Peyman Solieman along with beauty blogger Nadine Jolie, is a 2-step system designed to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, even pigmentation, and reduce redness.  Both Dr.’s Litner and Solieman will be on-site to discuss Metamorphosis as well as all your skincare concerns!

If you are in or around NYC do not miss this exciting opportunity!  Word on the street is that this product is fantastic for acne and fine lines and I of course cannot wait to get my hands on some!

When: Saturday, March 20th, 1:00-6:00

Where:C.O. Bigelow, 414 Sixth Ave. NY, NY

Winter Beauty Woes

The time has come for me, as I’m sure that it has for a lot of people, where I am just so over winter.  Enjoying a week in 60-something degree weather in LA for a week and coming home to a few gorgeous spring-like days (a mean trick mother nature!) and now back to cold has me seriously hankering for summer.

I’m also over dealing with the havoc the cold air outside combined with the hot air inside does with my skin.  Although my skin is combo towards oily, I much prefer the hot humid weather over the cold weather.

I’ve already expressed my love of Lush Lip Service lip balm and Aquaphor, but there are a few other non lip products that I’ve used (and loved) for a while now.

And so a list of tried and true BeautyandtheBeef tested products I love to help battle winter skin.

For face:

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Fantastic alone or for super dry skin under another moisturizer.

Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme

I use this around my eyes and on dry spots/flaky patches.

Dessert Essence Jojoba Oil

I saved the best for last.  I LOVE jojoba oil and have been using it for years.  Use it on your face at night over treatment products or mix a drop with your regular moisturizer for added moisture.  These are just a couple of the many uses of jojoba oil.

For body:

Curel Ultra Healing Intensive Moisture Lotion

Great for daily use.  Enough said.

AmLactin Moisturizing lotion

Spectacular for exfoliating.  Use it on your whole body for ultra-soft skin.  Also especially good for elbows, feet, and dry, rough patches.

Chapped lips? What chapped lips?

I have one friend in particular that often calls with her beauty questions.  I will admit that I love it when anyone asks me if I can recommend a product or something that can help them with their latest beauty issue.  If I can’t help them I then HAVE TO do some online research to find out what can help with said problem.  Otherwise it will just drive me nuts.

Well the latest issue my friend called me with was a fairly simple one and something I consider myself a master at.  Her call sounded something like this… “Jamie my lips are so dry and chapped and nothing is helping PLEASE HELP ME.”  Without thinking twice I responded “You must go to Lush and get their Lip Service lip balm.”  Ive tried many, many lip balms and this is BY FAR the best lip balm I have EVER used.  I then gave her strict instructions to put on a nice, thick layer of this at night and top it with Aquaphor.

exhibit A-lip service

exhibit B-aquaphor

This combination is phenomenal for dry chapped lips.  The Lip Service moisturizes with cocoa butter, shea butter, and olive oil while the Aquaphor seals it all in.  If you don’t twist and turn all night like I do and rub it off on your pillowcase you will still feel this combo on your lips in the morning.  This lip balm may take some getting used to as it’s a different texture than most balms.  It’s really hard but sort of melts right into your lips.  You can of course use this any time of the day-not just at night, but I usually just use it at night and then again in the morning because it comes in a pot.  I prefer to use a stick balm during the day so that I’m not sticking my dirty fingers into a pot and then rubbing them on my lips.

So what do I use for daytime use?

exhibit c-chap stick naturals lip butter

Who would have thought that old school chap-stick would make such a great product?!  Unfortunately I think this may be getting discontinued as I saw it on sale at not 1 but 2 places!

A couple other balms that I’d like to give honorable mentions to are Alba Bontica lip balm in coconut cream (there are other flavors too which I have not yet tried but I’m sure those are good as well) and Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm.  I also really, really love the Nuxe but at $21 it’s not exactly budget friendly AND I have not seen it at any of my local Sephoras which means I will have to order it from online somewhere.