REVIEW: Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser

Reviewed by Fabiana Sicardi. A sample was received in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.

Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser

Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser

ABOUT THE PRODUCT:

Got skin that can’t make up its mind? Achieve the clean you want, without disturbing the natural moisture your skin needs. This cleanser removes all forms of impurities while leaving 90% of skin’s natural moisture, giving your face an even, all-over clean.

  • Oil-Free
  • Non-Comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • Hypo-Allergenic
  • Dermatologist Tested

Available at select food, drug and mass merchant stores. For more information, visit www.biore.com

PRODUCT PROS:

  • I used the Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser for a week and had a positive experience.
  • I used about a quarter size pump each time I washed my face. There was no suggested amount on the back of the bottle.
  • I like that it left my skin looking and feeling clean and smooth, without drying it out.
  • I didn’t notice any new blemishes or blackheads while I was testing out this cleanser. However, it did not remove any of the ones I already had. I will use this product longer to see if it will clear up my skin.

PRODUCT CONS:

  • I would not recommend this cleanser for sensitive skin or anyone prone to extra dry skin.

BOTTOM LINE:

Overall, this cleanser is a good product for those with combination skin.

Best Moisturizing Body Lotions for Dry Skin

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter Lotion

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter Lotion

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter Lotion: a non-greasy formula that locks in moisture for 24 hours and leaves skin smelling as good as it feels.

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Soufflé

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Soufflé

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Soufflé: specifically formulated with Active Naturals Colloidal Oatmeal and enriched with cocoa/shea butter to provide lasting moisture to skin.

CeraVe® Moisturizing Cream

CeraVe® Moisturizing Cream

CeraVe® Moisturizing Cream: formulated for the face and body, CeraVe® Moisturizing Cream delivers vital hydrating ingredients deep into the skin helping chapped, cracked, dry skin feel renewed and replenished.

Jergens® Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer

Jergens® Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer

Jergens® Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer: blended with pure African Shea Butter, this rich mix of vital nutrients instantly relieves dryness, replenishes depleted moisture and enhances the performance of skin’s own moisture barrier.

Disclaimer: I was provided product samples from PR reps. No compensation was received for this post.

Giveaway: Alberto VO5 Salon Series Prize Pack

Alberto VO5 Salon Series Prize Pack

Alberto VO5 Salon Series Prize Pack

Crisp air and changing leaves are a reminder that fall is here! Whether you are rocking one of fall’s hottest hairstyles – the low pony or stick straight hair – Alberto VO5’s new line of Salon Series products is here to make sure your hair is at its healthiest.

About the products:

At under $6, the iconic hair care brand’s line of Salon Series products penetrate your hair from roots-to-ends for salon beautiful hair at an affordable price. Formulated with 11 Essential Oils and VO5’s proprietary Five Essential Vitamins, the VO5 Salon Series line consists of four varieties of shampoos and conditioners that address hydration, volume, color protection and more.

VO5’s Salon Series Total Recovery Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

VO5’s Salon Series Anti-Frizz & Shine Styling Cream

VO5 Salon Series Full Body + Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 lucky winner will receive an Alberto VO5 Salon Series Prize Pack.

Open to US residents only. 18+.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post and tell us your favorite drugstore shampoo brand. Please include your email address.

BONUS ENTRY: Share this post on Twitter and tag @MyVO5 and @MyBeautySource

CONTEST ENDS NOVEMBER 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.

A winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

Pumpkin Goodies for Your Skin

Pumpkin Spice Latte - image via http://www.starbucks.com

Pumpkin Spice Latte – image via http://www.starbucks.com

While those yummy Pumpkin Spice Lattes are a definite perk of October, pumpkin can do way more than just make your morning treat delicious! With the crisp autumn breeze filling the air, your skin is at risk. The weather is turning cold and your skin is desperate for hydration.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals has your skin solutions with their sensational pumpkin products. Whether you need a cleanser for dry skin or an incredible peel to nourish combination skin, MyChelle has all the delicious pumpkin goodies.

MyChelle Pumpkin Renew Cream

MyChelle Pumpkin Renew Cream

Pumpkin Renew Cream $27.25

Lightweight yet nourishing formula blends antioxidant-rich Pumpkin Seed Oil with reparative Peptides to protect cellular health and maintain hydration. Astaxanthin, from Micro-Algae, neutralizes free radicals while reducing moisture loss. EGF Peptides promote cellular renewal and collagen production. Organic Shea Butter and Tocomin Vitamin E replenish skin’s lipid barrier to prevent dehydration.

MyChelle Incredible Pumpkin Peel

MyChelle Incredible Pumpkin Peel

Incredible Pumpkin Peel $28.00

This peel exfoliates and deeply nourishes skin with this award-winning formula of Pumpkin Pulp, Enzymes and Fermented Juice. Loaded with antioxidants, this fortifying peel rejuvenates and supports cellular integrity while clearing pores and aiding detoxification. Skin is left feeling incredibly soft, smooth and clean with a renewed healthy glow. Due to the highly effective nature of this peel, a patch test is recommended prior to use.

MyChelle Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser

MyChelle Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser

Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser $10-18

This cleanser gently washes away surface impurities, environmental toxins and excess cell build-up while protecting skin’s moisture balance. Loaded with vitamins and exfoliating enzymes, Pumpkin Fruit and Honey hydrate as they refine skin’s surface. Blue Green Algae is rich in minerals and antioxidants to fortify skin tissues and help soothe redness and irritation.

Available at Whole Foods nationwide or MyChelle.com

L’OCCITANE Friends Night Out: Product Giveaway

L’OCCITANEBeauty Mavens will never have to fuss over organizing another soirée again. L’OCCITANE will plan the party for them! Women (and men too) can now invite up to five friends and take credit for being the hostess with the mostess as L’OCCITANE pampers all who attend with signature beauty rituals. Ideal for bridal parties, sorority get-togethers or small office gatherings, this event is completely free of charge; and available at any of L’OCCITANE’s 190+ free standing boutiques nationwide.

L’OCCITANE Friends Night Out Includes:

  • A two-hour private event at L’OCCITANE for the host and up to five of his/her friends on the day of their choice
  • A “Pampering Master Class” – with a choice of three themes:
  • Skincare (mini-facials)
  • Bodycare (signature hand massages)
  • Fragrance (fragrance personality testing)
  • An exclusive 10% discount during the two hour event
  • A thank you gift for the host
  • Refreshments, including rosé wine

To celebrate, we’ve partnered up with L’OCCITANE to offer a giveaway of their new Limited Edition Shea products.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

L’OCCITANE Hand Cream

L’OCCITANE Hand Cream

L’OCCITANE Soap

L’OCCITANE Soap

1 lucky winner will receive the L’OCCITANE Greatest Love of All Hand Cream ($28) and Solidarity Soap ($3)

Open to US residents only. 18+.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post and tell us your favorite friends night-out ideas. Please include your email address.

BONUS ENTRY: Share this post on Twitter and tag @LOCCITANE and @MyBeautySource

CONTEST ENDS OCTOBER 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.

A winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

Say Goodbye to the Sock Bun and Hello to the “Cinnabun”

The "Cinnabun" is the hottest hair trend for fall

The “Cinnabun” is the hottest hair trend for fall

Attention lovers of the sock bun – there’s a new style hitting the streets that’s ideal for women with mid-length to long hair.

Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, has shared with us a fun variation of the sock bun. Appropriately called the “Cinnabun,” this bun is actually more of a hair wrap than a traditional bun.

The Cinnabun borrows from the symmetry and clean lines of everyone’s favorite indulgent treat. Perfect for a day at work or evening out on the town, this beautifully structured coil can be easily dressed up or dressed down. Want to add an extra something? The addition of a bedazzled thin headband or more casual stretchy headband can quickly change the look and feel of this style, making it adaptable for every occasion.

How to Score the Cinnabun

  • Begin this look with a classic blow-dry. Using a round boar bristle brush and hair drier on medium heat, smooth hair from roots to ends while blow-drying hair under.
  • Once hair is dry, apply a pea-sized amount of a smoothing serum to tame any flyaways. My go-to is Oribe Smooth Style Serum.
  • Using a fine tooth comb, begin to pull all of your hair to the back of your head. Sleekness is key for the front of this look – it should appear seamless and tight. Use the comb to achieve the desired smoothness in the front.
  • For extra interest, place a stretchy or decorate headband at crown of the head. This will help you to better achieve the smooth finish as well as give the style an added twist.
  • Gather hair into a ponytail at the back center of your hair and secure with an elastic.
  • Take a 1 to 1.5 inch of hair near the base of the ponytail and create a very small loop with the hair. The loop should loop under and face down towards the neck. Pin the small loop with bobby pins, fastening it under the elastic of the ponytail. Think of this as the center section of a flower. It will act as focal point for the rest of the Cinnabun.
  • Separate the remaining hair into two parts, one to the left and one to the right of the center loop.
  • Take the left section first, and loosely begin to wrap it around the loop. Lightly using a fine tooth comb, make sure the hair that’s being wrapped is smooth. As you begin to run out of hair to wrap, take a few bobby pins and secure the ends of the hair under and into the bun.
  • Take the right section next, and loosely begin to wrap it in the opposite direction around the loop. Again, lightly use a fine tooth comb to make sure the hair that’s being wrapped is smooth. Pin the ends under and into the bun.
  • Smoothness is key for the Cinnabun. Before finalizing the look with hairspray, take the fine tooth comb and go over any section of the bun that needs to be smoothed out.
  • To finish the style, liberally apply a strong hold hairspray all over the look. My favorite is MoroccanOil Luminous Hairspray.

Hair Tutorial: Dianna Agron’s Fun and Flirty Ponytail

Glee star Dianna Agron at The Family premiere on September 10th in New York City

Glee star Dianna Agron at The Family premiere on September 10th in New York City

Glee star Dianna Agron, spotted at The Family premiere on September 10th in New York City sports a simple tousled ponytail, making her our Look-of-the-Week. Follow these easy steps below on how you and your readers can recreate her hairstyle at home, from UNITE Hair:

Step One: Starting on damp hair, spray a volumizer from root to tip, try UNITE Boosta Spray ($26.25).

Step Two: Using a round brush, blow-dry hair. Once dry, flip hair over and sprinkle throughout a weightless powder that will add texture and more volume. Try UNITE Expanda Dust ($26.25).

Step Three: Part hair in the middle and pull hair into a low, loose ponytail. Secure with an elastic.

Step Four: Using a curling iron, curl alternate sections of the ponytail starting from the bottom and working only half way up the pony. Finish a light hold hairspray; try UNITE Max Control Hairspray ($27.50).

All UNITE Hair products can be found on Unitehair.com