Happy Friday everyone! Thought I’d give a boost to your weekend by holding another amazing giveaway . To get your skin holiday-ready, I’m giving away a DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System, which promises professional-grade microdermabrasion — right at home. No really…in tests, they compared a diamond-cutting microderm session that you would get at an esthetician’s office to this DDF device and found the latter to be even more effective at exfoliating, improving skin tone and evenness, pore appearance, fine lines, and overall skin brightness. Women who participated also found that after just four treatments, there was smoothing of bumpy surfaces and improvement in overall skin texture. Even better, it’s lightweight, travel-friendly, can be used in the shower, and is a fraction of the price (the kit costs $98). But enter today’s giveaway to get it free .
DDF Revolve 400x
The kit includes: A brush head to use with the device for daily deep cleansing and to help maintain results between treatments. Includes – 1 Micro-Polisher, 2 Foam Microdermabrasion Exfoliators, 1 Deep Cleansing Brush, DDF Polishing Crystals – 2 oz., 2 AA Batteries. TO ENTER: (Do either of the following to qualify, both to increase your chances):
1) LIKE Beauty and the Feast’s Facebook fan page and leave a comment on this giveaway’s post
2) Follow @BeautyNDFeast on Twitter and tweet “RT Follow @BeautyNDFeast to win #DDFSkincare’s Revolve 400x system (a microderm treatment at home!) http://ow.ly/g6AT6!”
MAKE SURE to leave a comment below letting me know how you entered (either on FB or with your Twitter handle). Winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 18th. Thanks for entering and good luck!!
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Many of you might know October as Breast Cancer Awareness month (more on products honoring the month soon!). But if ya don’t know, it’s also National Bullying Awareness month. Tanda (the brand best known for bringing beauty technology home, from acne treatments to anti-aging devices) has introduced their limited-edition blue zap acne spot treatment device to support the national anti-bullying awareness organization, STOMP Out Bullying.
The Zap, if you’re not familiar, uses a trio light, heat and vibration and is clinically proven to eliminate acne bacteria and clear or fade blemishes within 24-hours. It’s blue LED light technology is gentle — just click the orange button and it vibrates for 2 minutes over the affected area to kill bacteria (it’s recommended to repeat 3 times daily!).
Tanda's limited-edition Zap
With every limited edition blue Zap sold ($49), a portion of profits will be donated to STOMP Out Bullying. But you can also get involved by “liking” Tanda’s Facebook page to activate a donation to the organization. Even more, the brand also launched a new contest where you can submit a picture of who you think should be “Tanda’s Next Top Role Model” and why. The role model photo that receives the most “votes” will win the grand prize – a signed Zap from Twilight’s Amadou Ly and a $1,000 donation in their name and in the name of their role model to anti-bullying efforts across the country. There are also other great prizes for runner ups!
Way back when, I wrote a post about my skincare routine and mentioned the discountinued Acne Spot Treatment from Avène’s that I’ve been desperately looking to replace. I’ve been pretty diligent about taking care of my skin lately (to come: a new cleanser from the just-launched brand M-61 which kept my skin clear while it lasted). But one little slip and I found a couple zits popping up — in this case, it was using a makeup-remover wipe that didn’t work with my skin. I was rummaging through some products that I haven’t even gotten around to trying out and came across Kate Somerville’s 24 Hour Pimple Punisher (damn I love that name).
Kate Somerville Pimple Punisher
The spot-treamtent is a double-ended tube — one side for its AM Blemish Clearing Gel with peptides and tea tree extract, and the other for its PM Acne Treatment Clay with salicylic acid and green kaolin clay to absorb excess oils. The formula’s pretty hydrating so it didn’t irritate my skin and the AM gel easily wears under makeup without bunching.
Happy to report, a day and a half later, my zit was gone and I found my new go-to spot treatment. The Pimple Punisher will cost you $28 which is a bit on the pricier side but if you’re only going to use it occasionally for those random zits, it’ll last a while. Also, I thought the sleek packaging would make it ideal for travel, but I’ve been reading online that it actually doesn’t stay together very well (apparently the tube breaks off its cap easily?). I haven’t experienced this since I just use it from home but maybe something to consider if you’re on the go often. What do you use for emergency spot treating?
You know when you get trapped into an infinite abyss of YouTube videos? Well that kinda happened to me, and I as I was surfing some blogs, I came across this video of a YouTube makeup artist, Cassy. She suffers from severe acne, but bares a makeup-less face to show how she achieves a flawless finish with foundation. I just thought it was brave of her to do a tutorial baring her biggest insecurity so she can help others in the same situation:
You might be surprised to find that as much as I write about about beauty, I’m horrible about getting myself to the spa. When I first moved to NY, I was regular about monthly facials…that is, until my lady moved away and I never made time to find someone to replace her. Enter Cecilia Wong, an NYC-based skin care expert whose focus is holistic and natural treatments. And if there’s anyone who believes about the strong connection between food and beauty, it’s her.
I was invited to get a facial at her spa in Union Square, and after 12 hours on a plane from Argentina back to New York, it couldn’t have been a more perfect time. I was set on trying out her Omega and Vitamin C treatment, a hydrating lymphatic facial designed to brighten and soften skin. When I got there though, I first had a quick consultation with Cecilia and we discussed some of my other issues, including dreaded breakouts.
Weren’t we supposed to leave acne back in highschool with our three-sizes-too-big JNCO jeans (what? Oh…that was just me?). You may be in your 20s, 30s, or beyond and for many of us, breaking out or the occasional zit still manages to pop up. The worst part is, a lot of products are not formulated to treat our type of skin — that is, one that is also deal with anti-aging. That’s why I was BEYOND excited to learn about the new Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol line recently.
Olay Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol line
Olay didn’t just tell us about the adult acne line any old way either — a handful of beauty writers were invited to Exhale Spa on the UES to take part in a Hot Ki Power Vinyasa class with instructor (and creator) Isauro Fernandez. Ki Power Vinyasa is a combination of vinyasa and martial arts. All I know is it was no walk in the park.
My Olay yoga mat
I'm focused man!
Hot Ki Power yoga at Exhale Spa
After an intense hour-long workout (extra intense for me — I was fasting that day and couldn’t drink any water either!) on our Olay-branded yoga mats, NYC dermatologist Dr. Diane Berson talked to us about the connection between working out and taking care of your skin.