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Jen of My Beauty Bunny blog shares her thyroid cancer story

August 13, 2019
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Where Has Jen Been? Thyroid Cancer and Other Nonsense


So maybe you’ve noticed the lack of blog posts on My Beauty Bunny lately? Sorry about that! I have been MIA lately, and if you follow me on social media, you probably know why. I found out in mid-June that I have thyroid cancer. At first I was pretty devastated, but I poured myself into 24/7 research to learn everything I could about the disease.

It turns out that thyroid cancer is what they call “the best kind of cancer to get.” That was comforting to me in the beginning, but that seems to generally piss off most people with thyroid cancer, who say there is no GOOD cancer. While that may be true, there are definitely more aggressive forms of cancer that I am very happy not to have!

I’m going to tell you what I have learned by doing a crazy amount of research and talking to a surprising number of you guys who either have dealt with thyroid cancer or know someone who has. I am not a medical professional, and you should not take anything I say as medical advice (duh!). The BEST thing I can recommend to those who are diagnosed with this (or any disease) is to get a second, even third opinion, and do your research!

So I found out that I have thyroid cancer because I was noticing a lump in my throat. It’s not visible and I can’t even feel a lump, but I felt like something was stuck in there. It also felt inflamed and irritated in the general thyroid area. When I went for my monthly facial at Verabella Spa, I noticed that I was very uncomfortable when they (very) lightly massaged that area. I decided to go see my primary care doctor to see what was going on. I certainly didn’t expect her to say I had cancer!

My thyroid blood tests were (and still are) normal. There was nothing for my doctor to be worried about other than the fact that I was telling her I had neck pain. As a precaution, she had me go in for an ultrasound. I remember sitting and waiting for Dr. Herrmann (my dermatologist) to give me my melasma laser treatment when I read the test results in my Cedars Sinai hospital online portal. It said, “Small (9 x 10 mm) hypoechoic nodule with internal microcalcifications in the mid-upper pole of the right lobe which is highly suspicious. Ultrasound-guided aspiration is recommended.” Why would they say “highly suspicious”? Are you kidding me? I immediately started crying when Dr. Herrmann walked into the room. She assured me that things were going to be okay.

So then I got the Fine Needle Aspiration (AKA biopsy) done at Cedars Sinai Hospital, which I was terrified to do but it turned out to not be so bad – quick and very little pain – and helped with a little Ativan to calm me down. When I got the results from my doctor, she told me they said they believe it to be papillary thyroid carcinoma. Of course, I was VERY freaked out, and it was taking forever to make appointments. They were telling me I had to wait over a month to follow up with an Ear Nose Throat doctor and endocrinologist. So I did my research, and I called back repeatedly until they got me in for earlier appointments.

By the time I saw the ENT, I already knew several things about my cancer.

  1. Thyroid cancer is usually a very slow growing cancer (unless you have a rare aggressive form) – thyroid cancer is often found in autopsies of older people who had no idea they even had it!
  2. Thyroid cancer is usually very treatable with active surveillance, surgery (partial or total thyroidectomy), and/or RAI (radioactive iodine tablet therapy). Chemo is not usually needed.
  3. My nodule is pretty small (about 1 cm). In a follow-up ultrasound, they did not find cancer in my lymph nodes (so it hadn’t spread).
  4. Surgery may not be the only option. Surgery can be rough, and living without a thyroid is not always a walk in the park. Meds can be hard to get right, and they may change over time.

After following up with the ENT and endocrinologist, I decided to do what they call “active surveillance.” It’s part of a pilot study in LA, NY and Japan. Basically, if you’re a good candidate, you can decide to NOT have surgery, but to watch and see if the nodule grows over time. I’m going to have a follow-up ultrasound in October, and if it grows at any time, I can have the surgery to remove half or all of my thyroid. In the meantime, I’m doing holistic things to see if I can stop this sucker from growing (or maybe even shrink it – who knows?). I’m taking lots of well-researched supplements, consulting with my friends at Elements of Wellness, changing my diet, taking CBD/THC, and even trying to get out into nature by going to the park daily and visiting the beach and mountains more often (you don’t realize how little “nature” you get when you live in a big city).

The only thing that bugged me was that although the doctors believe it to be papillary carcinoma (the most common and slow-growing form of thyroid cancer), there’s a possibility it’s a more aggressive form. There’s even a slight possibility that it’s NOT cancer at all! They won’t know for sure unless they cut it out and send it to the lab. But, since I’m going for another ultrasound in October, I feel confident that we’ll catch it if it somehow turns out to be an aggressive cancer. If it somehow does spread to the lymph nodes (which I doubt), they can be removed during surgery as well.

The weird thing is that what brought me in to check my neck in the first place was pain and a feeling of something lodged in my throat (especially when I was lying down). My doctors all told me my thyroid cancer nodule was too small and couldn’t be causing this feeling. I believe my thyroid was inflamed (thyroiditis) even though they couldn’t confirm it. With the holistic treatments I’m doing, the inflammation has mostly gone away. It comes and goes from time to time, but I’d say it’s 90% gone.

I’m also having a lot of other ongoing symptoms (shortness of breath when I walk, fast heart rate and dizziness when I stand up, abnormal fatigue, etc.) that the doctors are saying are not related to the cancer. I’ve had so many tests lately and spent thousands of dollars (even with good PPO insurance). I’m really calm about this whole thing, but I’m also just tired – mentally and physically. I feel like all I’ve been doing is doctors and treatments, so I’m really happy that I’ll be able to take a quick vacation in Florida with my husband and extended family soon! Nature heals baby!





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NYX Full Coverage Concealer Jar Green Review

August 12, 2019
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NYX Full Coverage Concealer Jar Green Review



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NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner

August 11, 2019
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NARS Broadway, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard High-Pigment Eyeliners Reviews & Swatches


NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner

Broadway

NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single stroke, which was easily built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer. The texture was smooth with excellent glide but never felt too creamy or emollient, so the liner didn’t move around as it set into place. It wore well for eight and a half hours on my lower lash line before I noticed it looked a bit thinner.

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.03 oz. – $800.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “12-hour wear’ that is “humidity-proof,” “sweat-proof, “water-resistant, and “transfer-resistant” paired with “high pigment.” The texture definitely felt a bit gel-like, as intended, as the product glided across my skin without tugging or dragging, and the pigmentation seemed a bit inkier and richer. They’re creamier–but not too creamy–than previous iterations of the formula, and they wore significantly better than most of NARS’ pencils have for me.

Some shades lasted longer than others, but most shades were semi-opaque to opaque in pigmentation, comfortable to apply, went on evenly, and were easy to use. Most lasted for eight to ten hours on my lower lash line with wear on my water line being six to eight hours in most instances. They didn’t fade/thin on me cleanly; they did migrate to the outer corner (occasionally the inner corner), though.

Browse all of our NARS High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner swatches.

Ingredients

DIMETHICONE · SYNTHETIC WAX · TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE · C20-24 ALKYL DIMETHICONE · SILICA · PHENYLPROPYLDIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE · DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE · POLYETHYLENE · CALCIUM SILICATE · DISILOXANE · PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE · RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT · CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE · POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID · DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE · PROPYLENE CARBONATE · SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE · CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE · CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE · TIN OXIDE · [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): MICA · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) · BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090) · CARMINE (CI 75470) · FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77499)]

NARS Rodeo Drive High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Rodeo Drive High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Rodeo Drive High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Rodeo Drive High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Rodeo Drive High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Rodeo Drive High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner

Rodeo Drive

NARS Rodeo Drive High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a light-medium gold with moderate, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture seemed to have good glide, so it didn’t pull on my lash line, but it had weak adherence, so the product went on unevenly and was difficult to build up. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was buildable to medium to semi-opaque pigmentation, but it looked patchy at all times. The color lasted well for eight hours on me before fading visibly.

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.03 oz. – $800.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “12-hour wear’ that is “humidity-proof,” “sweat-proof, “water-resistant, and “transfer-resistant” paired with “high pigment.” The texture definitely felt a bit gel-like, as intended, as the product glided across my skin without tugging or dragging, and the pigmentation seemed a bit inkier and richer. They’re creamier–but not too creamy–than previous iterations of the formula, and they wore significantly better than most of NARS’ pencils have for me.

Some shades lasted longer than others, but most shades were semi-opaque to opaque in pigmentation, comfortable to apply, went on evenly, and were easy to use. Most lasted for eight to ten hours on my lower lash line with wear on my water line being six to eight hours in most instances. They didn’t fade/thin on me cleanly; they did migrate to the outer corner (occasionally the inner corner), though.

Browse all of our NARS High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner swatches.

Ingredients

DIMETHICONE · DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE · SYNTHETIC WAX · TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE · C20-24 ALKYL DIMETHICONE · SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE · PHENYLPROPYLDIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE · POLYETHYLENE · CALCIUM SILICATE · DISILOXANE · PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE · RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT · CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE · POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID · DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE · PROPYLENE CARBONATE · CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE · CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE · SILICA · TIN OXIDE · [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): MICA · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77499)] ·

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NARS Sunset Boulevard High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Sunset Boulevard High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Sunset Boulevard High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Sunset Boulevard High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Sunset Boulevard High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Sunset Boulevard High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner

Sunset Boulevard

NARS Sunset Boulevard High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a deep gold with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was fairly buildable; it looked opaque when applied to my lower lash line from a normal viewing distance but close-up, there was a little patchiness. The texture felt smooth and comfortable to work with as it didn’t tug or pull at my lash line, yet it wasn’t overly creamy either. This shade stayed on well for eight hours on me before thinning noticeably.

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.03 oz. – $800.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “12-hour wear’ that is “humidity-proof,” “sweat-proof, “water-resistant, and “transfer-resistant” paired with “high pigment.” The texture definitely felt a bit gel-like, as intended, as the product glided across my skin without tugging or dragging, and the pigmentation seemed a bit inkier and richer. They’re creamier–but not too creamy–than previous iterations of the formula, and they wore significantly better than most of NARS’ pencils have for me.

Some shades lasted longer than others, but most shades were semi-opaque to opaque in pigmentation, comfortable to apply, went on evenly, and were easy to use. Most lasted for eight to ten hours on my lower lash line with wear on my water line being six to eight hours in most instances. They didn’t fade/thin on me cleanly; they did migrate to the outer corner (occasionally the inner corner), though.

Browse all of our NARS High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner swatches.

Ingredients

DIMETHICONE · DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE · SYNTHETIC WAX · TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE · SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE · C20-24 ALKYL DIMETHICONE · PHENYLPROPYLDIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE · POLYETHYLENE · CALCIUM SILICATE · DISILOXANE · PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE · RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT · CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE · POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID · TIN OXIDE · DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE · PROPYLENE CARBONATE · CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE · CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE · SILICA · [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): MICA · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77491)] ·

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NARS High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner $24.00/0.03 OZ.

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Why Pai Products Are Patch Tested

August 11, 2019
by Meg Lucas
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Why Pai Products Are Patch Tested


As a sensitive skinned soul myself, I know how much it means to feel confident and safe when it comes to applying skincare to irritated, reactive skin. Independent patch testing gives you that reassurance – and as always if its something I’ve wanted for my own skin, then it’s something I know our customers will see the value in too.

It’s far too easy to get confused when it comes to the different claims that brands make. So I wanted to explain exactly what goes into our patch testing.

– Patch tests are conducted by dermatology doctors and dermatology nurses.
– We test our products on both Sensitive skin, and Eczema-prone skin.
– The 96 hour tests are conducted every day, for four days alongside a control sample.
– If the products do not aggravate the skin in the majority of tests, they are then deemed suitable for Sensitive, and Eczema-prone skin.
– Our Petit Pai range – formulated for babies and children – as well as our pregnancy-safe Stretch Mark System are dermatologically tested in the presence of a qualified midwife too, who deems the final test results Midwife Approved.

This level of rigorous testing is something that businesses of any size have to think long and hard about doing, because of the financial investment involved. We really hope that the steps we’ve taken help to give you reassurance and comfort on your own skin journey.




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Wedding Day Makeup: Tips for Your Big Day

August 9, 2019
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Wedding Day Makeup: Tips for Your Big Day


Calling all brides, this one’s for you! First off, congratulations! Second, if you’re stressed out over your wedding day makeup, we’re here to calm your fears. We sat down with Glo Skin Beauty Sr. Makeup Artist and Educator, Janeena Billera, to pick her brain on everything from trending looks to DIY help.




Glo Skin Beauty: With so many directions that you can take your wedding day makeup, what are some of the top bridal trends we’re seeing this year?

Janeena Billera: There’s really three main trends that we’re seeing on brides right now: Minimalist, Classic and Modern. The Minimalist Bride pulls in some of the boho-feeling but is more wearable for a wide variety of weddings. Lots of neutral shades and expertly placed individual lashes. The Classic bride is just that- classic. This traditional look is such an easy choice because it looks great on everyone and really pulls the entire bridal look together without taking away from the rest of the overall vibe. The Modern bride is a little more adventurous than the other two but can be such an interesting take on wedding day makeup. This might include a bold lip shade (poppy orange, anyone?) or a graphic liner.

It goes without saying, but makeup trends tend to spill over to wedding dresses, which is why you’re more likely to see a Modern bride in a white jumpsuit than a strapless ballgown dress. Take into account your entire vision for the day when thinking about your makeup.


Bride with minimalist wedding day makeup



GSB: As a makeup artist, which trend is your favorite to work on?

JB: Definitely the Minimalist bride. The look is so effortless and chic and really plays up the bride’s natural features.


Bride and groom under veil outdoors



GSB: When brides meet with their artist for the first time, is it better for them to have a look in mind or should they let the artist create something for them?

JB: It’s always helpful when brides have a look in mind or even a color palette that they feel suits their skin. Whether you bring in inspiration pictures, pictures of yourself when you loved your makeup, or even pictures that you absolutely hate (assuming you’re able to pinpoint what you don’t like about the looks) gives your artist a good starting place. From there, you can work through the trial to sort out the details of what you do and don’t want for your big day. Usually all of this will be accomplished at the trial run but sometimes trials aren’t included in wedding makeup packages/aren’t in the budget. If that’s the case, it’s important to have this inspiration on hand on the day of your wedding so that your artist has a direction to go in.


Wedding dresses



GSB: It sounds like the trial is a really big part of the preparation aspect! What are some tips for a successful trial run?

JB: Aside from having your inspo like we talked about earlier, it’s helpful if you are able to talk about your whole look for your wedding, from your hair and nails to your dress and shoes. All of these tiny details help the artist get a better idea of who you are and the look you’re trying to achieve. If you don’t have any other details sorted out yet, you might want to hold off on your trial. Many artists encourage waiting until your wedding is within 3 months, that way you have all the details sorted out. Not to mention, you won’t have as much time to think about possibly changing your look!

Another tip I tell brides is to limit the number of guests that accompany you. You may have brought your whole entourage to your dress fitting but you should try and limit your makeup trial to just one additional person, or even go alone. Having too many people can unintentionally sway your opinions, which isn’t helpful for anyone. Your artist cares about making sure YOU’RE happy on YOUR big day, not wedding party.

Finally, start off more natural and gradually increase. You can always add more product but it’s hard to take it off once it’s on. You might be surprised (in a good way!) at how something looks, but you’d never know it if you go straight to a full face. On the flip side, if wearing a lot of makeup makes you uncomfortable, make sure you voice those opinions! Your artist is there to bring out your best features and make you feel like you. It’s more about the technique and placement than the amount of product that will make your wedding day makeup picture perfect.


Wedding day makeup and skincare products on sink



GSB: Being prepared can really help in more ways than one. Seeing as we are a skincare company too, let’s talk about day of skin preparation. Should brides come with their skincare routine completed or leave it up to the artists to provide skincare products?

JB: If you’re someone that has a specific skincare routine, stick to it to an extent. Skip the rich creams and traditional SPFs but don’t ditch your routine entirely. Focus on lightweight hydration and make sure that the products you use sit well under makeup. Sometimes product formulas can interact and ball up on the skin, which would not be a good look for those close up portraits! Your artist should come stocked with lightweight moisturizers, eye creams and manual exfoliants but if you’re at all concerned, feel free to chat with them at your trial or just bring your own products (just in case).


Bride and groom kissing



GSB: Alright, let’s get to the nitty gritty, how much does bridal makeup cost? And what about bridesmaids?

JB: There are lots of different factors that affect pricing, including market, location and artist experience but generally, you can expect to spend between $250 and $650 for a day of and trial package. For bridesmaids, artists tend to charge between $50-$85. If you want your ‘maids to have their makeup done, make sure to talk to your artist beforehand, as they may need to bring in an assistant to help cut down on time.


Two brides posing with modern wedding day makeup



GSB: Speaking of time, how early does everyone need to get ready? And in what order?

JB: I usually like to schedule about 60-75 min for the bride and 30-45 min per bridesmaid. Brides should go 2nd or 3rd to last, that way, they’re fresh for pictures. Not to mention, they won’t have to worry about artists potentially being rushed at the end. When the bride is done a little early, they’re able to take portraits while the wedding party is still getting ready. It’s helpful to work backwards from when everyone needs to be fully ready, that way, you’ll know when to start. Your artist and/or wedding planners can help determine the best time for everyone to get started!


Bride applying wedding day makeup



GSB: It seems like hiring a professional can take up a significant portion of your time and budget! Any tips for brides wanting to do their own makeup on their big day?

JB: While it can absolutely save you money, doing your own makeup can get pretty hectic. If you really want to go that route, make sure you’re prepared! Start by practicing your look multiple times to ensure you know how much time to schedule. Even still, make sure to add some buffer time since you’ll likely be doing lots of other things that day. You’ll want to perfect your look as best as possible beforehand so that you’re comfortable applying day of. Research products that offer long wearability so you aren’t making touch-ups every hour and make sure you’re comfortable using them. When the time comes, take a breath, pour yourself a drink, put on your favorite music and enjoy the moment. It’s always helpful to have someone nearby to ward off distractions.

However, if you’re debating whether or not to use a pro, I always recommend hiring a pro. With them, everything is out of your hands and you can just relax and enjoy the day. You’ll have enough to worry about and doing your makeup doesn’t have to be on that list.


Bride and groom sitting by lake



GSB: Okay, last one! What is your #1 tip for brides on their wedding day?

JB: The biggest thing I tell my brides is to really be in the moment. The whole day speeds by so fast it’s just not worth it to worry over things you can’t change. Nobody else knows what’s supposed to be happening, so if something gets off track, just let it go! Brides worry about everyone else but rarely take time to truly enjoy their day. You’ve spent months planning this special day, you might as well take advantage of it!


Groom putting on wedding ring



Want more tips on wedding day makeup? Check out our blog on the benefits of using mineral makeup on your big day.

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Mario Badescu Eye Creams, Lightweight

August 8, 2019
by Kimberly Yang
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Best Eye Cream for Your Skin Type


To apply, or not to apply? That is the question.

. . .

Like toner, eye cream is one of those steps that raise controversy in the beauty world. Do we need a specialized product to apply to the eye area, or is it an unnecessary—albeit nice—step in a daily skin care regimen?

Would your face serum or moisturizer work just fine around the eyes?

No, not really. Because the skin around your eyes is thinner and often more delicate than the rest of the face, it’s important to use a product formulated specifically for the eye area. Too lightweight and the under-eyes are left dry and crepe-y; too rich and you may be left with a greasy ring of unabsorbed product—and possibly a trail of tiny bumps (a.k.a. milia), too. It’s a classic case of Goldilocks and the three bears, but it’s less about fickleness and more about precision and efficacy.

In fact, Mario Badescu himself considered eye cream quintessential, writing in his first book, The Mario Badescu Way to Beautiful Skin that “every man or woman over the age of 21 should apply an eye cream in the morning and in the evening, as part of the daily routine. There are no exceptions.

The key is in finding the right formula. Each Mario Badescu eye cream was created with a specific skin type or concern in mind, enabling you to find the eye cream that best suits you.

Erase all prior preconceptions and misconceptions on eye creams and let us introduce to you to Ceramide Eye Gel. It’s ultra-lightweight and oil-free, making it the perfect introductory eye cream or daily formula for those with oily skin.

What we love most about it: This bouncy gel is cool to the touch, which means it’s a dream to apply first thing in the morning or after a long day. Tap it into your skin and you’ll find that absorbs quickly and seamlessly—which means you get an instant boost of lightweight hydration, fast.

#MBSkinTip: Store the jar in your fridge for an extra refreshing boost. Tired, puffy eyes will be eternally grateful.

Whether you’re ready to graduate from Ceramide Eye Gel or simply need an eye cream that packs more moisture without the extra weight, Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream is the one for you. Lightweight oils smooth and soften to help diminish the appearance of dry lines, leaving the eye area hydrated and happy.

What we love most about it: The balm-like texture gives it a beautiful slip—which means this eye cream just melts in effortlessly. Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream is packed with skin-loving ingredients like Rosehip Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, and Eyebright Extract that replenish and help boost radiance in tired eyes.

This is our best-selling eye cream, beloved for its light yet creamy, fast-absorbing texture. In fact, Hyaluronic Eye Cream almost feels whipped in consistency; it’s the perfect mid-weight formula that provides all the hydration you need without feeling heavy on your skin.

What we love most about it: From application to end-of-day, the blend of Hyaluronic Acid. Safflower Seed Oil, and Aloe Vera ensures that the eye area gets maximum hydration. Plus, it leaves skin hydrated, never greasy—making it the ideal daily formula if you wear makeup.

#MBSkinTip: If you love Hyaluronic Eye Cream but sometimes need an extra skin-smoothing boost come winter, layer Cellufirm Drops underneath!

Mario Badescu Eye Creams, Rich

The eye area is already delicate as is—so if you have depleted and sensitive skin, try this. A soothing blend of Chamomile Extract, Cocoa Butter, and skin-conditioning oils replenish skin and soften the look of dry lines and wrinkles.

What we love most about it: The formula. Comforting, rich, and creamy, Chamomile Eye Cream is a dream to apply.

#MBSkinTip: Come winter, don’t be afraid to swap out your daily eye cream for this moisture-intensive formula. It’s rich enough to help lock in moisture while soothing winter-worn skin.

Fight visible signs of aging with this powerful, Peptide-infused eye cream. A rich blend of Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, and antioxidant Vitamins A and E deeply nourish under-eyes and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles.

What we love most about it: How smooth it leaves the eye area. Dermonectin Eye Cream is so rich that you only need the tiniest amount to deeply moisturize parched skin.

For the very dry, we have Special Eye Cream “V.” It’s an ultra-rich, Vitamin E-packed formula that serves to smooth the look of dry lines and wrinkles—like the little “V” lines (or laugh lines) at the outermost corners.

What we love most about it: The decadent texture. For parched or mature skin, this formula is a dry skin savior.

#MBSkinTip: Don’t be afraid to mix and match your eye creams. If Special Eye Cream “V” is too heavy for daytime use, save this as your evening treat and use Hyaluronic Eye Cream as your AM option instead.

Soften the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration around the eye area. Formulated with Glycolic Acid to brighten and a blend of Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, and Olive Leaf Extract to nourish, this rich eye cream replenishes dehydrated skin with the moisture it craves—encouraging a more youthful-looking eye area.

What we love most about it: The alpha hydroxy acid component. Glycolic Acid is the hero ingredient that changes the eye game: this formula offers deep moisturization and a solution for reducing visible signs of aging.

There is a solution. And there definitely is solace for the ultra-dry. Olive Eye Cream is our most moisture-intensive eye cream, formulated to deeply nourish, replenish, and lock in moisture to protect against moisture loss.

What we love about it: The sumptuous formula. A blend of skin-conditioning oils, Cocoa Butter, and antioxidant Vitamin E make for a luxurious formula. It’s dense—but it’s exactly what dry or mature skin needs.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
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Is Makeup with Sunscreen Enough Sun Protection?

August 6, 2019
by Cynthia Bailey, M.D.
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Is Makeup with Sunscreen Enough Sun Protection?


Dermatologist explains how SPF in makeup works and how to know if you are getting enough UV sun protection for your skin.

Have you wondered, “is makeup with sunscreen enough sun protection?” You want to prevent premature aging and sun damage for your facial skin and is that SPF makeup you love good enough? In my latest video I explain how makeup and sunscreens work for sun protection so that you can make good choices about your skin care.

First, you need to understand that the SPF in any product is determined by correctly dosing the amount of product apply to your skin correctly. This means that you need to put enough of that product on to get the full SPF out of your product. If you’ are not using enough of a sunscreen containing product, then you’re not getting the full SPF protection that is written on the label and your skin is probably under protected.

How much sunscreen do you need to apply to get the full SPF from your product?

Sunscreen SPF testing is done using 2mg/cm2 of sunscreen applied to skin. This averages out to an average sized adult applying a shot glass (1 ounce) or sunscreen if they were in an average bathing suit. It’s a lot! We know that most people apply much less sunscreen than is used to determine the SPF of a product.

If you’re not applying enough of an SPF product then you will have some protection but not what you expect. Ideally, you need to use the right amount of product for the skin surface that you’re covering.

How do you know how much sunscreen to apply to your face?

We teach our patients that for the head and neck, you want to aim for about a third to a half of a teaspoon for sun protection of that surface area. And again, your surface area is going to depend on the clothing that you’re wearing, the amount of skin that’s sticking out from hair, hat, etc. So ideally, you can scale that back if you’re just applying the sunscreen to your face because you’re using a face makeup product. But you want to keep that ratio in mind. Another simple trick is to aim for about a nickle sized dollop for your face. Are you willing to put that much makeup on? If so, you may get the full SPF out of the product. This is one important way to tell if your makeup with sunscreen is giving you enough sun protection.

How do sunscreens work to block UV rays?

It is important to understand that there are two mechanisms of action for sunscreen, and you need to know what the filter the UV filter is in your product, be it a makeup or a sunscreen.

First, there’s chemical sunscreen UV filters. They include everything but zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These UV filters need to bind into your skin. The chemical UV filter molecules work by blocking UV rays by absorbing them. When they absorb UV rays the molecule degrades so those actually wear out it as it protects your skin. If you’re planning on wearing a chemical sunscreen product for an entire day in the sun you’re probably going to run out of protection.

is makeup with sunscreen enough protection? Yes when it's really sunscreen!

Second, are the mineral sunscreen UV filters. These are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. (My favorite is zinc oxide for a number of geeky science reasons and the fact that it has broader protection into UVA.) Mineral filters actually bounce light off of your skin. Eventually, after a lot of bouncing, they will degrade, but they’re working by what we call scattering or reflecting ultraviolet rays. Mineral UV filters are going to be there for you a little bit longer because they do not degrade as quickly. If you top a creamy mineral filter product with mineral makeup powder you get even more protection. Find my favorite mineral facial products here. I am a huge mineral facial product fan because they are hypoallergenic, non-irritating, look great and give amazing protection!

So, is makeup with sunscreen enough sun protection to prevent premature skin aging?

Key factors for successful sun protection include knowing which UV filters you are using, being certain to put enough sunscreen on your skin, and putting the right type of sunscreen product on for your activities!

Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey

Thus, if you are depending on the SPF in your makeup for sun protection, you need to know which of the two types of UV filters is in your makeup product AND you need to be certain that the dosing (amount you apply) is adequate for your activities. If for example you are just going to run a few errands in and out of your car and you’re not going to be in the sun that much, maybe you can get away with a chemical sunscreen in your makeup. But, if you’re going to be out at a wedding all day long, you need to be much more prescriptive about your sun protection.

How to be certain that makeup with sunscreen gives you enough sun protection – think outside the box!

best makeup for over mineral sunscreen to give enough sun protection

So, the SPF in your makeup may be good enough if the filter is durable and it matches your daily activities. Alternatively, if you’re going to be out a lot, you may want to use a sunscreen that you know you will apply (dose) in the prescribed amount so that it will reliably sun protect you. It may also be tinted, which is my personal favorite way to go, so that it can double as a makeup! My top choice is to use a tinted sunscreen that I like so much that I know I will put the prescribed amount on my skin to get the full SPF dosing out of it. Then, If I also want to wear makeup, I can apply mineral powder on top for additional sun protection.

So, is makeup with sunscreen enough sun protection? It depends, and you have to think about what your filter is, if you are putting enough of it on, and what your daily activities are.

To see all of the facial sunscreens and sun protection products that I use in my dermatology practice click here.

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What is Retinol: The Ingredient Missing From Your Skincare Routine

August 5, 2019
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What is Retinol: The Ingredient Missing From Your Skincare Routine


If you’re someone that pays close attention to their skin, there’s likely been (or will be) a defining moment in your life where you notice that your skin doesn’t have quite the same look and feel that it used to. Whether this unfortunate revelation happens at 25 or 45, it’s bound to happen. And when it does, we want you to be prepared with the best possible plan of action. That plan of action? It’s Retinol.

What is Retinol?





A game changer? Yes. A must-have in your skincare regimen? Absolutely. A certain Glo Skin Beauty blog writer’s favorite ingredient? Most definitely. But in all seriousness, here’s a very serious definition of Retinol: Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A that promotes the normalization of follicular epithelial desquamation, reduces cellular cohesion, promotes drainage of existing comedones and prevents the development of microcomedones. 

Okay, but what does it really do?



Woman applying products



To put it simply (because that definition was far from simple), Retinol smooths texture, clears breakouts, diminishes fine lines and brightens dark spots. But how? By speeding up your cells’ turnover rate. Before you reach the big 3-0, your skin cells turnover pretty fast (about every 28 days), meaning your complexion is constantly fresh and plump. As we age, this turnover rate slows down (a lot) and can leave you with dull skin and uneven texture. Retinol encourages your cells to kick it into high gear and regenerate like it’s 1999, so you can stay #foreveryoung. By expediting your turnover rate, you can get rid of anything that’s dragging you and your complexion down.

Is Retinol right for me?



Woman applying Retinol product



Most likely, yes. If you struggle with acne, aging, uneven texture or hyperpigmentation, then you’re definitely a candidate. And let’s be real, almost everyone wants to age gracefully, so you might as well get on the Retinol train now. If you’re a little sensitive, you may want to start with a more gentle formula, but rest assured it’s still just as effective in the long run as a higher strength formula. If you’re extra sensitive or have a known skin condition, like rosacea, it’s best to chat with your doctor or dermatologist to see if Retinol is right for you. Pregnant or breastfeeding? Hold off until you’re no longer providing life to another human, just to be safe.

Which products should I use?



Hands using serum



Serums, always and forever. Retinol is an active ingredient that’s used because it can truly transform your skin, so use it in its most concentrated form for best results. Not sure where to start? Choose a Retinol that also focuses on your top skin concern:

Renew Serum (Acne): combines Retinol with other acne-fighting ingredients, Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid. Your breakouts don’t stand a chance.

Retinol Smoothing Serum (Texture): similar to Renew Serum but without Salicylic Acid, this targeted serum focuses less on breakouts and more on smoothing (hence the name) fine lines and brightening your complexion.

Retinol+ Resurfacing Serum (Texture): our powerhouse Retinol that doesn’t mess around when it comes to retexturizing your skin. This is also our strongest Retinol serum, thanks to the waterless formula.

Triple Action Serum (Hyperpigmentation): pairs Retinol with top skin brighteners, Glycolic Acid and Hydroquinone. A must-have for drastically reducing signs of hyperpigmentation.

How do I use it?



Hand dipping in product



Carefully and only at night. Start off slow and use it one (yes, really) night a week for two weeks to see how your skin reacts. Upgrade to two nights per week for another two to four weeks, eventually using it four to seven times per week, depending on your skin. Be warned, if you start off using Retinol every night, you will regret it. Not to mention, you’ll likely swear off Retinol completely, which would be a bummer. It’s important to note that even if you start off slowly and use as directed, there might still be some dryness and/or irritation. Stick with it unless it’s out of the ordinary and unbearable. Oh and did we mention that you’ll need to wear SPF during the day? But surely you already do that, right?

You’ve convinced me, when will I see results?



Woman looking in mirror after using Retinol



Not overnight. Like all good things, results take time (and patience and consistency and dedication). But don’t give up! We aren’t kidding when we say Retinol can truly transform your skin. Just look at our friends at Marie Claire, who dubbed Retinol “…the key to perfect-looking skin”. If that doesn’t entice you to give it a try, we don’t know what will.

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Kiko Milano Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner 10 Metallic Ivy Green Review

August 5, 2019
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Kiko Milano Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner 10 Metallic Ivy Green Review


I have been looking for different shades of eyeliners that I can wear on a daily basis. Since I have a 9-5 job, I prefer colors that are unique but don’t stand out or look out of place. I picked up this olive-green liner, and today, I will be sharing my thoughts on Kiko Milano Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner 10 Metallic Ivy Green/

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