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october is eczema awareness month.

{calming bath}
october is eczema awareness month.  while i don't personally suffer from eczema, some of the dearest people to me do.  my husband and my best friend's daughter experience the frustration of itchy, flaky rash that eczema causes.  october is a particularly apt time for eczema awareness, as the rash often gets worse with season change, and is particularly bad in colder and dryer months. 

i am happy to say that one the brands with whom i have a long history also happens to be one of the most  trusted in eczema treatment.  both my husband and my honorary niece count on products from the aveeno eczema therapy line to manage their symptoms.  the aveeno brand was founded to help those with sensitive and eczematous skin, and they continue to create new products to that end today.  i want to offer a heart-felt thank you to the brand for continuing to make skincare that helps some of the people i care about most.  thank you, aveeno, for being awesome!

to see all of the products in their eczema line click here.

{a life-like picture of wheat on that cookie}

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demi lovato + tampax be radiant sweeps.

{demi lovato at newark prudential center}
saturday night my husband and i switched up date night and attended the demi lovato concert at newark's prudential center, courtesy of tampax.  the concert was a lot of fun,and it was especially great to see so many of demi's young fans inspired by her message of dressing in a way that makes oneself happy - for many of them that meant DIY homage shirts to the singer.  demi and tampax have partnered on their shared message that clothing should be used for self-expression, and that the best outfit for anyone is the one they feel best in. 

in to spread the word their message tampax has been hosting an ongoing weekly drawing included a grand prize of a trip to NYC to see demi live. 

to enter:
  • tag a selfie on instagram or twitter with #beradiant, @tampax, and include beradiant.com
  • that's it!  they are still accepting entries thru 11/14/14 for various prizes.
learn more at beradiant.com.

here's the selfie my husband and i took, while surrounded by screaming demi fans saturday night (notice the fear in his eyes!).

{demi lovato date night selfie}

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halloween beauty 2014.

{witchy woman}




halloween allows one to transform, trying out new and strange looks.  featured are some of my favorite new beauty products that add a witchy touch, without being a full-on costume.

  1. dolce + gabbana nail lacquer in verde bosco - this emerald polish from the brand's fall 2014 collection is so deep it appears black in some lighting.  a lacquer fit for slytherin's heir.   
  2. eylure halloween spooky lash - a delicate spider's web lash is the perfect wink to the holiday.  this limited edition lash is the sort of thing i can see myself hoarding.
  3. redken color rebel hair makeup - 5 shades of wash-out color by a luxe brand means i can get the purple hair i've been eying, and have it back to brown by monday morning, all without damaging my strands.
  4. votre vu le joli crayon in chablis and charbon - these smudgeable pencils in soft gold and green go on gently to create build-able color.  blending the two (gold on the inner corner, green towards the outer eye) for a twist on a smoky eye is one of my recent go-to looks.
  5. tattoo junkee luxe metallic jewelry tattoos - only one of the rings pictured is real.  the rest i created with this kit full of gold and silver temporary tattoos.  my personal favorite is a tiny gold origami crane tattoo, perfect for a shoulder or wrist adornment.

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review: clarisonic sonic radiance.

{sonic good}

by now there are no shortage of electronic exfoliating brushes on the market, but clarisonic still does it best.  their newest brush head and accompanying cleanser, peel, and serum are aimed at increasing radiance (my current skincare obsession!).  achieving radiance usually means fading discoloration and removing impurities so that skin is at it's clearest and most even.

this set has a very specific AM and PM regimen, that entails clarisonic-ing twice a day!   i have been alternating their routine with some of my other favorite radiance products because my skin gets a little agitated with too much clarisonic use.  the new brush head (in my opinion the brush head is the star product of any clarisonic set) has super tight bristles, so it's best to glide the device over the face and neck, no firm pressure needed.  the brush design both removes sebum and surface hyper-pigmentation, the perfect combination for achieving radiance.  it is designed to work with the clarisonic aria/mia 3.

i've been using this regimen approximately every third day for the past few weeks, and see an immediate improvement after use.  for sensitive skin i would recommend starting slow (maybe doing the full treatment twice a week), then increasing as tolerated.  entire set (including clarisonic device) $249 at clarisonic.com.

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