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Try this: Aztec Secret Clay Mask

February 1, 2015

In more than a few instances, I kept coming across Aztec Secret’s Indian Healing Clay Mask either in the stories I’ve had to edit or other bloggers’ recommendation. I was finally curious enough to go to Whole Foods and pick some up with some apple cider vinegar and try it myself.

Weekly DIY clay mask

The mask itself is a natural calcium bentonite green clay which helps detox and draw out impurities in the skin. When mixed with organic apple cider vinegar (I use this one from Brragg which is raw and unfiltered), it becomes even more powerful. The vinegar has a bunch of alpha hydroxy acids that help to remove dead skin cells to make your complexion more even (it’s great alone to help treat zits and age spots, and even add a ton of shine if used on hair alone).

The mask itself tingles a little and then tightens, and PS, smells DISGUSTING. I mix a teaspoon with a capful of ACV (the mixture should bubble a little), or until the consistency is a little more pastey. If it’s too watery, it won’t go on well, and will take forever to dry. If it’s too solid, it won’t spread well. After you wash it off (about 10 minutes), you might notice your skin a little pink which goes down after a few minutes (make sure you use a gentle moisturizer after! I use Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar). You might notice a few whiteheads too, which is just the toxins being extracted. I’m not sure how sensi-skin types would react to it since it isn’t the most gentle mask, but it is a nice pick-me-up for my combo skin that I use on the weekends or before big events so my makeup goes on smoother. Plus it’s really affordable — I got mine from Whole Foods for $8 (think the ACV was another $7) and a pound will last you for months and months.

Anyone else try it? What do you think?

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Giveaway: Don’t Call Me Ma’am products ($85 value)

November 25, 2014

The only thing frilly about the newly-launched Don’t Call Me Ma’am line is the packaging. The line consists of eleven products for the face and body that have been created with “ingredients that are good for you (no parabens, sulfates or harsh chemicals), packaging that is good for the earth (it’s 100% recyclable) and attitude that is good for the soul.”

Don't Call Me Ma'am cleanser, toner, and moisturizer

Their products are filled with botanicals and hydrating ingredients. For example, their creamy Wash It Away Cleanser has sunflower and avocado oil, while their toner is a botanical blend with allantoin, and their Face Love moisturizer has jojoba and vitamin E and has been keeping my skin soft during the colder days.

Want to try it yourself? I’m giving away a full-sized set of all three products to ONE BATF reader (valued at $85 total). Do either to enter, both to increase your chances:

– Like BATF’s Facebook page and comment on this giveaway post
– Follow me on Twitter (@BeautyNDFeast) and tweet “Hey @BeautyNDFeast, I want to win a set of @DCMMSkincare skincare products! #giveaway”

Make sure you leave a comment below to let me know how you entered. Winner will be picked and notified by Dec 2nd. Good luck!

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Actress Emma Robert talks beauty faux pas and tips

November 19, 2014

Neutrogena threw their annual holiday party Monday night, which IMO is one of the best with their mix of beauty stations and festive bites and decor — it looked like a straight up winter wonderland with all the glitter and white at Paintbox in SoHo where they held it. The event, in partnership with Rogaine, Rembrandt, and Band-Aid, had none other than brand ambassador Emma Roberts in attendance who’s been recently making waves in FX’s American Horror Story. Roberts, who rivals Kristen Bell in the tiniest person I’ve ever interviewed category, was game to talk to me about her no-makeup philosophy (trust me, you want to know because she’s just as glowing in real life), and some beauty tips she’s picked up just being on set.

Emma Roberts shares her beauty tips!

Beauty and the Feast: First of all, your skin is flawless! Tell me a little bit about your skincare routine.

Emma Roberts: I am really all about kind of keeping it simple as far as skincare and makeup. My one must is I always have to have SPF. I feel like when winter comes around, people stop using sunscreen and to me, that’s the biggest faux pas. For me, it’s all about taking your makeup off at night because anytime I break out is when I go to bed with makeup on. I always regret it and I’m always mad at myself when I do that so I keep Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes everywhere— in my purse, in my carry-on, on set, in my bathroom – I just have so many packs of them because I know otherwise I won’t take it off.

BATF: What is something you’re really bad about with your upkeep?

Roberts:I hate washing my hair. You have to like wash my hair for me. I will dry shampoo my hair for three days. There are times that my boyfriend has been like, ‘Em, you gotta wash your hair.’

BATF: Really?? Your hair is so shiny and healthy looking
Roberts: I just got it done – it didn’t look like this before, trust me.

BATF: What’s your go-to makeup look?

Roberts: I’m all about curling my lashes, and using mascara. I use the Healthy Lengths and Healthy Volume ones, and on my face, I use Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup. I actually don’t do full face, I use it as concealer under my eyes and dab on problem spots because I don’t really love the look of a full face of foundation. I do a little bronzer, and one of the Moisture Smooth Color Sticks because they’re so sheer and then I’m good to go. When I’m not working, I literally don’t even wear makeup. I think it’s important to let your skin breathe and to look like yourself sometimes. I feel so many younger girls wear makeup every single day. I think it’s important to be comfortable with how you look without it.

Emma Roberts favorite products

BATF: Do you have any tips on how looking more awake when you’re tired?

Roberts: I always have to drink a lot of water when I’m feeling tired. I also put spoons in the fridge and in the morning place them under my eyes, on top of my eyes, everywhere.

BATF: Do you have any tips you picked up just from being in the makeup chair on set?
Just learning how to blend is what I learned, because it’s hard to know how to do without someone showing you. I’m better now at looking at all angles in the mirror.

BATF: I always feel like we get great tips from our mothers — what was your mom’s biggest piece of beauty advice to you?

Roberts: My mom hasn’t worn makeup a day in her life! She would just tell me to exfoliate my face and body and to moisturize, which are good tips especially for winter. I love making a brown sugar scrub. I always look online for recipes for that. I always use a scrub then shave and my skin gets so luxuriously soft.

BATF: What’s your beauty guilty pleasure?
Manicures. I love getting manicures and pedicures, and I love going with my mom, friends or my sister. There’s nothing better than getting a manicure and reading a magazine.

BATF: Any colors do you normally gravitate to?
I’m always about red, but for the holidays I’m into doing more silver and golds instead. I’m trying to be more festive with my color choices.

Thanks to Emma Roberts and Neutrogena for the interview!

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A peek in the beauty routine of The Rockettes

November 4, 2014

Recently, I was invited to meet The Rockettes and learn about their beauty routines (and insane rehearsal schedule!!). We even got to get a behind-the-scenes look at their rehearsal space at Radio City to learn some of their moves (spoiler: we weren’t quite as on point). One thing we learned from the event hosted by Pond’s was that their cold creams are also part of the Rockettes go-to beauty regimen for taking care of their skin and removing all their stage makeup.

The Rockettes x Pond's

I got to talk to Sierra Ring and Jessica Osborne from the Rockettes a little more in-depth about their regimens in a phone-to-video interview (unrelated: I was about to hop on a subway when I got the call to interview them, so I’m doing this interview while sitting in a park — a first!).

Listen below for their reveal of a new giveaway from Pond’s where you can win a getaway to NYC to see the Rockettes perform in their Radio City Christmas Spectacular and meet them!

To win a chance to go to NYC, get pampered, see the Christmas Spectacular and meet the Rockettes after the show, enter at!

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Rodan+Fields Expression Lines patches (No Botox needed)

September 24, 2014

The newest from Rodan+Fields

A couple months ago, I had the pleasure to geek out meet Drs. Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields of the eponymous Rodan + Fields (the creators of Proactiv amongst other skincare lines, and my lifesavers in college). The duo revealed their latest to us, and their latest by the way is a pretty amazing breakthrough in the anti-aging realm: REDEFINE Acute Care Skincare for Expression Lines…a really long name to describe their patch alternative to Botox and filler injections.

REDEFINE patches

These patches go on like a band-aid and contain the stuff you get at the doctor’s office, like skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and anti-aging peptides but without a needle. You just place the patch on your expression lines — wherever they may be, including smile lines, crow’s feet, marionette lines — and let them sit overnight. The patches target the lines and through their little microscopic ‘liquid cones,’ settle into these areas for smoother skin.

The mini-cones are extremely potent. I’ve been trying them myself to soothe the (albeit very minimal semblance) of smile lines, and I noticed a big difference with just a few pairs. They do feel very weird when you first try them, like tiny, tiny needles which I didn’t expect. But those completely “melt” into the skin by the morning. Their studies have also showed them that after four-weeks of use (3x a week), there was significant improvement, but what’s more is that they found only MINIMAL return of lines after another 8 weeks after. So the results are supposed to visibly last for a while.

It’ll cost you a pretty penny though — 10 sets (1 pair per set, so that’s 20 individual patches) will run you $220, but considering that it rivals in-office injections that you can use in the privacy of your home and doesn’t involve a needle, it’s comparatively a lot more affordable. Comparatively. I’d say if you are starting to get concerned about expression/fine lines, this could be the first place to try before going for more extreme procedures. It launches next month!

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Taking it to go: Philosophy’s No Reason To Hide

September 18, 2014

90% of all women want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance.
Only 2% of women think they are beautiful.

These stats are pretty staggering, but it’s been the basis of Philosophy’s new No Reason To Hide confidence campaign. I’ve pretty much taken their challenge to try out their new products and see if it’s made a difference (spoiler alert: it has). I wrote about them before here, but to reiterate: their No Reason to Hide Multi-Imperfection Transforming Serum and accompanying Instant Skin-Tone Perfecting Moisturizer with SPF 20 work together to treat skin concerns such as blotchiness, enlarged pores, dark spots, and acne marks.

Taking it with me on my travels!

Since I’ve started using it a month ago, I’ve seen a big difference. In fact, I’ve only been using their tinted moisturizer in the morning alone (it gets extra points for having SPF in it!). Even though great skin is a big factor in boosting confidence on the outside (mine’s always a work in progress), Philosophy knows that confidence isn’t only about appearance.

They’ve taken initiative by launching a Confidence Community on Facebook. There, you can find confidence tips (Tip 1: Do a good deed — helping others will lift your spirits. You’ll feel better about yourself and your place in the world). It started to make me think about what makes me feel most confident, and I think for me it begins and ends with my family. Whenever I’m spending time with them and re-connecting with where I came from, I feel like I have a stronger sense of self. What about you? After I thought about this, I took their quiz on Facebook and loved my results: apparently I’m a confidence rock ;). They hit it right on the mark:

philosophy confidence quiz

You can also take their quiz to reveal your confidence personality, and you are automatically entered to win their sweepstakes, which includes:
• 1 grand prize: $2,500 Ann Taylor shopping spree, a year’s supply of No Reason To Hide and Philosophy fan favorites.
• 5 runner ups will receive a Philosophy cleanse, peel, treat package.
• 10 winners will receive No Reason To Hide serum and perfecting moisturizer.

Check it out and feel free to share your most confident moments below, or what your confidence personality turned out to be!

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