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Reader Rave: Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub

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All this week I’ll be featuring the beauty products that you, my gorgeous readers, covet and just can’t live without.

First up: Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub, $75

“I’m loving the Doctor’s Scrub. It feels like I’ve just had a facial every time I use it! If my skin weren’t so so sensitive, I would use it everyday. I also love the gritty texture (the ruby crystal) it actually feels like it’s working as I’m scrubbing. Also, you can’t beat a natural product! Perfection!” — Colleen

Do you have a beauty product to rave about? Please share!

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The Beauty Problem Solver of This Week is …

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque 3The Product: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, $35

Why: Although I’ve been lucky enough to escape the polar vortex by living in SoCal, I did get a nice taste of it while visiting New York City last month. And, that’s where I was first introduced to this masque. Perfect timing, indeed. Not only was my skin dehydrated from a long flight, but it was immediately blasted by frigid air. A recipe for serious dryness.

After a day of trekking around the city in the cold, I slathered a very generous amount of the gel-textured mask on my skin after cleansing. (I love overdoing it when it comes to masks, it just seems more luxurious to apply a nice thick layer.) This hydrating mask contains fountain plant, which is used in Chinese medicine to clear heat and irritability in the body (if only this mask could do that, too!), but in this formula, it increases your skin’s ability to attract moisture from the environment and hold on to it.

After applying the mask, I let it set for 10 minutes, as the directions suggest, and then I wiped away most of it (but not all!) before bed. The remaining product is meant to be left on your skin while you sleep. Though I did stick to my pillowcase a bit — I should have removed a bit more before hitting the hay — my skin felt like butter the next morning. It was the tall glass of water my thirsty skin needed. Now that I’m back in Calif. I use it when my skin feels a little extra dry from all of the acne-fighting topicals I’ve been applying lately. Works wonders for that tight, dry feeling.

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5 New Beauty Hacks I Picked up This Week

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Thanks to award season, I have lots of (even more) reasons to talk to celebrity hairstylists, makeup artists and manicurists. They’re seriously a never-ending source of great beauty tips and tricks, which makes since because they literally live and breathe beauty. They also find themselves in tricky situations that force them to be very resourceful, MacGyver types. Their hacks turn into great tips for us non beauty gurus. Here are five handy tricks I learned the past couple of weeks that I thought were worth passing along:

Trick #1: Ditch puff in a pinch

If you wake up with majorly puffy eyes, grab a couple of cold soda cans and hold them on the puff for a couple of minutes. Makeup artist Jake Bailey says it’s his go-to trick when he’s in a pinch and says it works every time.

Trick #2: Set your curls up for success

If you think your hair doesn’t hold curl, you might just be setting it up for failure, according to hairstylist Charles Baker Strahan. Straight out of the shower, you should avoid brushing it straight and blow-drying it straight before curling. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle, and then diffuse hair to bring out any natural texture you may have. This will help your curl take and last. Oh, and prep hair with a volumizing mousse to start. Try Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Souffle, $6.99.

Trick #3: Elongate your nails

Use a nude nail polish that’s  a touch lighter than your skin tone to really elongate your fingers and nails. It does the same thing a stiletto does for your legs, says manicurist Tom Bachik. Try: Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Fashion, $17 or L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Collection Privee in Eva’s Nude, $5.99. 

Trick #4: Go for the glass

Foundations in glass bottles last much longer than those in plastic. Keep it in the fridge and it’ll last up to five years, according to Bailey.

Trick #5: Make sure your guy is camera ready

Listen up guys (or gals with guys) – makeup artist Billy B says that the L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur, $24.99 product is the “biggest breakthrough for men in cosmetics”. It’s a no-makeup way to perfect skin. It does what the blur tool in Photoshop is designed for. A great way to make sure your guy is camera ready for a big event without having to torture him by powdering his nose with your makeup.

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“Do You Know of Any Good Exfoliating Toners?”

peter thomas roth gentle complexion correction padsA colleague recently asked: “Do you know of any good exfoliating toners? I bought a huge bottle of Mario Badescu a while ago, which works, but i’d love to pick your brain.” — Jackie

My answer: I’m a long-time fan of Mario Badescu and have actually used their toners on and off for years. But, I’ve actually been using a Peter Thomas Roth product that’s pretty darn good. The product: Peter Thomas Roth Complexion Correction Pads, $36 (for 60 pads). The pads contain a 10 percent glycolic acid and .5 percent salicylic acid concoction that’s blended with soothing ingredients like arginine, allantoin, aloe vera, chamomile and green tea. So, this isn’t one of those does-nothing toners. With this combo of ingredients, you’ll keep skin pimple and blackhead-free without totally overdrying or irritating your skin. I’ve been using these for about a month now, and the breakouts I mentioned previously, have been more under control than usual. And, the pad form makes the extra step of using a toner so much more convenient. I say, give ‘em a try and let me know what you think.

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