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My skincare routine: Laser and Light Treatments at Skin Laundry

March 7, 2017

I don’t know if you’re good about facials, because I’m not. I’m also really bad at getting massages, manis and pedis…you would think I’m just in the wrong field completely. Unless I’m going with a friend, I just get bored waiting for my services to end. That’s why I took so well to a concept like Skin Laundry. Skin Laundry, founded by Yen Reis, is a laser and light clinic that also has their own skincare line. The concept is simple – drop in, get a 15-minute YAG laser that deep cleans, and IPL treatment (to help with scarring), with no downtime. You’re in and out.

Skin Laundry in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel, NYC

Skin Laundry in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel, NYC

The process is pretty simple. I usually go without any makeup, but they will do a double wipe with their cleansing cloths to make sure your skin is makeup free. Next they’ll cover your eyes with goggles, and gently tie back your hair so it’s not in the way. Then, they’ll go over your face twice with a laser. I’m sure the level of discomfort varies from person to person — I’d give it about a 3 on the pain scale (it’s really not much). it feels like a rubber band pinching your skin. Afterwards, they’ll spread a gel on your skin and apply an IPL light treatment that will help improve your complexion. It’s just burst of warmth on your skin (again not painful). They end by spreading on a little moisturizer and SPF, and you’re off. They advise to stay away from any exfoliators, scrubs, and retinol for a day following your treatment.

Personally, I prefer this light, non-aggressive treatment. I also love their easy online booking system (just pick your time, day, and location online and walk in), it’s pretty much the most simple and effective service I’ve committed to lately. It’s $65 per treatment, and you can get it in bundles which saves you a little money long term. I’ve found it worth it for myself, so it’s something I don’t mind investing in (I usually buy a bundle of three at a time). It’s my once a month refresh. Most of their locations are in NYC and CA, but I’ve heard whispers of more locations opening soon, including in the Midwest. If you have access to one, the first visit is free, so I really recommend going in to check it out!



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8 Skin Saving Winter Warriors

February 16, 2015

We’re basically walking around in the Arctic here in NYC. I think my eardrum froze yesterday. It’s bad. I’ve been loading up on these moisturizers though, so although I’m partially deaf and afraid that even my soul is frozen, at least you can’t tell on my skin.

Winter time saviors

1) Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, $15 – This is like a tall glass of water for your skin. Almost literally, though: this is a water-based gel that’s super lightweight and not sticky. Plus it has skin-plumping hyaluronic acid that gives moisture back to the skin. The olive extract helps protect the skin from moisture loss. It basically locks moisture in your skin. It’s a great first-thing-in-the-morning moisturizer.

2) Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, $17 – I think I’ve sang my praises for this to all my friends by now. And I always say the same thing: the medicinal scent is not for everyone (I personally hate it) BUT. BUT. This is the best moisturizer I’ve found for my skin, hands-down. That’s why it’s always in my bag. Before flights, before bed, under my eyes, on my lips, elbows, everywhere. If my skin is ever acting up, I apply this before bed, and my skin is so much softer in the morning. It’s a thicker, gel-based cream that is a tad greasy, and glycerin-ey, but it hydrates my skin like no other.

3) Dove Quench Absolute Shampoo and Conditioner, $7 each – Sooo this is specially formulated for the curly haired — therefore not me, my hair is wavy — but that didn’t stop me from stealing a page from their book. The line is so nourishing for dried out locks, and it smells beautiful — like coconut and happiness.

4) BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Gel Cream, $29 – I already wrote how much I love this tinted BB/CC cream just the other day here, but this is seriously the only thing I’ll wear in the winter and it lets my skin show but also hydrates it so it looks like I’m wearing nothing.

5) Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, $92 – This is a repair serum that helps fight signs of aging and just a little goes a long way. I recently re-discovered this, and apply a little under my cream at night. It also has skin plumping hyaluronic acid, and algae extracts which helps repairs cells. In their studies, 83 percent of women felt their skin looked healthier and more rested in just 4 weeks (*raises hand).

6) Aquaphor, $5 – If you want just one, affordable, heavy duty cream to ease your winter woes, then Aquaphor. This is another little tube I keep with me to use on my lips or under my eyes to protect against the blistery cold. Also great to apply to chapped heels or even as a hand balm/cuticle saver.

7) Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer, $39 – Seeing how much I love the original Eight Hour Cream, I had to try Elizabeth Arden’s Nighttime Miracle Moisturizer. The good news is they added a little lavender to this so it smells better than the original. It’s a thicker situation than the original as well so I only use it sparingly since it can be overpowering. I’ve been using a little under my eyes and on ares prone to turn patchy with the colder weather.

8 ) 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Eye Cream, $21 – I’ve loved this small brand ever since I tried their brightening pineapple enzyme peel mask. This eye cream has anti-inflammatory green tea, and the coffee helps reduce puffy under eyes and dark circles. And true to the brand’s ethos, it’s made only with 100% pure ingredients (also every single person who tested it said it improved skin hydration and moisturization).

What moisturizers are you relying on for the winter?

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Denise Richards shares her beauty secrets as new spokesperson for OROGOLD Cosmetics

July 29, 2013

If skincare is decadent, consider Orogold the pinnacle. Their line is exclusively infused with 24K pure gold — that means all their products from their cleansers to their masks to their serums all contain the precious element. And if their blinged out packaging doesn’t drive the point home, their price points do reflect, if you will, just that: $800 moisturizers to $1,500 serums (although on the low end, you can find some closer to $250. Yes, that’s the low end here).

Denise Richards officially opening the OROGOLD store on 57th Street

According to the company, “Gold has [long] been recognized for its luxurious and beautifying properties. Historians have long maintained that Cleopatra slept in a gold mask every night to enhance her captivating beauty. In ancient Rome, gold salves were used for of a variety of skin problems.” One celeb who found her Holy Grail skin regimen in their products is the company’s newest spokesperson: Denise Richards. Richards arrived at Orogold’s newest prime location in NYC on 57th Street last week for the official opening and to speak — what else — luxurious skincare. And I can attest to the fact that in person, the 42-year-old mother of three looks as fresh as a young and bright-eyed 25-year-old. Not fair. At least she shares how she keeps her skin looking firm and young:

Denise Richards at the Orogold store opening in NYC

On why she decided to partner with OROGOLD: “I’ve been approached by other skin are lines, and I wouldn’t endorse something I can’t use. OROGOLD is a truly a wonderful brand, using minerals that benefit the skin. They use 24k Gold, Diamond Dust, Mother of Pearl, and other vitamins and minerals, all of which work together so I can really see the results. I was so impressed the first time I came to the store and used the products, and really feel a difference in my skin since using them. I’ve gotten many compliments on my skin since using the products. ”

On what types of foods she eats to benefit her skin
: “I’m all about a clean and healthy lifestyles filled with lots of fruits and veggies. I always notice when I eat too much sugar, it’ll show up [to the detriment] of my skin. I like to have a lot of olive oil and avocados. I have dry skin, so I eat a lot of things to keep it moisturized and try to not break out.”

On how she got her toned arms
: “Honestly, the biggest thing that made them so toned is carrying around my daughter! And pilates.”

On what beauty tips she’ll share with her daughters
: “They’re so young, I just want them to protect their skin on the beach. And I’ll definitely teach them that the best thing for us is sleep and water.”

When asked on how often she gets facials
: “Not as often as I like! I used to go once a month, but as a busy mom, it doesn’t always happen. I try to do stuff at home because I don’t have a lot of time. My favorite product in the line is the Tèrmica Energizing Mask, which warms as you us it. It helps with collagen and anti-aging. I can really feel it working to help tighten my skin and get rid of impurities. Also, the Vitamin C collection is just a great basic collection, the serum is not heavy and leaves my skin feeling great.”

One of Richards' favorite products: The $600 Tèrmica Energizing Mask

Curious to ask you all: Denise Richards swears by it but would you guys spend for a skincare in the 100s of dollars?

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3 dark spot correcting products to try

June 10, 2013

The biggest thing standing between me and bare-faced days are dark spots. I met Dr. Dennis Gross recently and he said one culprit could be using oils. Facial oils can be good, even great for skin, but with some already oily skin types or in my case, combination, it might not mix well and lead to clogging. So besides starting to use them more sparingly (and almost not at all during the summer), I’ve invested in some products that have been helping a TON. I would suggest with any of these to use it before bed, and only a few times a week. Follow with a moisturizer at night and SPF in the morning.

My dark spot correcting team, Philosophy, Perricone MD, and La Roche Posay

1) Philosophy The Micro-Delivery Tripe Acid Brightening Peel, $69
When I read that this mixes three different acids — mandelic, phytic, and azelaic — for maximum skin complexion brightening and clearing, I hesitated. It didn’t sound like it’d be an enjoyable experience. I imagined stinging, redness, the works. No pain, no gain right? It also said results are seen after two uses, which also seemed too good to be true but what did I have to lose besides some pesky dark spots? I couldn’t have been more wrong. Not only did it not sting, I felt like my skin looked better the next day. Two uses, as promised, made it even brighter…enough that even a fellow beauty editor asked me what I’m using for my skin because it was glowing (score!). For more sensitive skin types, it suggests use the enclosed pre-saturated pad (it comes with 12) all over the face and then rinse off after 10 minutes. I myself wipe it over my face, and then top it with a heavy moisturizer like Shiseido Bio-Perfomance Restoring Cream to make sure my skin stays hydrated. Again, for all of these products, make SURE you wear an SPF in the AM!

2) Perricone MD Blue Plasma, $95

You want perfect skin, you ask people with perfect skin, right? For me, The Style & Beauty Doctor, Danielle Gray’s, stellar skin was reason enough for me to try Perricone MD’s Blue Plasma (a product she swears by). She called it the “game-changer” as I examined her skin for even a hint of a pore. This one is the opposite of the Philosophy pads above, in that it’s a non-acidic peel. But it does have other benefits: Bio-specific Peeling to target only dead skin cells, micro-extraction to lift dirt and unclog pores, and what they call hydro-fusion to well…hydrate skin. The price again is a little steep, and since every skin type responds differently to these peeling products, I’d suggest grabbing a sample from Sephora before investing in it yourself. I’ve used it a couple times so far and love it’s gentle exfoliating and non-stinging application. Brighter days are ahead, people.

3) La Roche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control Concentrated Dark Spot Correcting Serum, $53

This one is at a slightly more affordable price point, though I hesitated a little more about trying this one because I read mixed reviews. Being the guinea pig I am though, I gave it a try and was pleased to find that it didn’t irritate my skin and helped lighten dark spots too. It contains kojic acid, which helps to lighten dark spots naturally and glycolic acid to slough away dead skin cells.

My skin is seeing brighter days. What do you use to lighten dark spots? Would you give any of these a try?

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Love: Fruit-infused skin savers

June 26, 2012

I always say it’s not easy to write about skincare products because everyone has such different skin and concerns. But these products are serious superstars and have a significant fruit-infused ingredients to help with its antioxidant (read: anti-aging) benefits.


The first couple that blew me away are from Caudalie’s newest collection, Vinosource. I’m always a little nervous to try something new, but creator Mathilde Thomas kept the dehydrated/sensi-skinned people in mind. There are no parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, irritating triclosan, petrochemicals…you get it. Their S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum loaded with antioxidant grape water (which increases hydration by 127%) and grape seed polyphenols to keep skin supple by blocking 100% of free radicals (plus they’re 10000x more effective than Vitamin E…yup). Use it with their Quenching Sorbet-Crème which also has polyphenols and soothing chamomile.

Caudalie Vinosource Quenching Sorbet-Crème and S.O.S serum

I swear, I noticed a difference the very next day. My skin was soft, brighter, and the two products worked consistently well. And it was surprising since the texture for both products are so light and non-offensive. The serum is not sticky or gross which I normally associate potent serums with, and the sorbet goes on like butter. I just haven’t gone wrong with the power pair, and going back for more soon!


S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum, $48
Quenching Sorbet-Crème, $38

NOTE: If you purchase ANY Vinosource products off of Caudalie’s website, you’ll get a free Parisian-inspired tote bag while supplies last. Trust me, they are soooo cute!


While I can easily recommend Caudalie to anyone and everyone who wants to hit the reset button, I get that it can be a little steep on the price-end. Drugstore solution: Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Creme for Dry Skin. This is so new, it’s scheduled to hit shelves next month!

Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Creme

It’s similar to the original, green-colored gel-creme, but this new pink one has 2x more moisture. It’s light and oil-free and also contains grape water extract along with apple water extract (which has vitamin C to maintain the skin’s moisture barrier and prevent dryness). It contains vitamin E (not grape seed polyphenols like Caudalie’s) which is great as a natural emollient though not quite as powerful. But for the price ($6!), you really can’t beat it for a quality mass product. It smoothes out my skin and is an amazing pre-makeup base.

I’m really finding that these fruit water moisturizers are the way to go. What moisturizers are you using lately? Anyone think they’ll try these?


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Priyanka Chopra’s Garnier “I hate the chip chip” commercial

June 13, 2012

In typical Bollywood style, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra prances around in apparent bliss over her “glow.” It’s like. I can’t wrap my head around it but it’s so quirky and weird I can’t stop watching.

By the by, when she says she hates the “chip chip” she means the stickiness. Other than that. I just…have no words.

And this song is for sure going to be stuck in my head. FML.


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