Posts filed under Skincare

3 Products to Treat Hyperpigmentation (Dark Spots)

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin production and can affect all skin tones. While it can take only a few days for a dark spot to  form, it can take months to get rid of them (trust me, I know). Whatever the cause of your hyperpigmentation, there are  products that can help fade those dark spots and return skin to its natural, even tone.  Here are a few that work for me

Posted on February 28, 2019 and filed under Beauty, Skincare, Skincare Facts.

Mario Badescu and Clarisonic -- A Match Made in Skincare Heaven

Mario Badescu is one of my favorite skincare brands. I have reviewed and recommended several products over the years.  Pair that with Clarisonic, the sonic care cleansing brush that started it all, and it's a match made in skincare heaven.  This match seems like a no brainer so my only question is why did Mario Badescu and Clarisonic take so look to hook up? (I need answers!)

Now that the Mario Badescu and Clarisonic celebrity hook up is official, let's look at what we get out of this union: (Of course it's about us. Duh.)

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush has two speeds, and like all other Clarisonics, it gently oscillates back and forth over 300 times per second providing a clean that is clinically proven to be 6 times better than cleaning with hands alone.  When you use the Clarisonic, all your lotions and potions absorb better into the skin so you get more from your skincare products. The Mia 2 is waterproof,  so feel free to get your cleanse on in the shower. It also features a proprietary T-Timer to help you to not over cleanse -- it goes for a minute:  20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose/chin and 10 seconds on each cheek. I know plenty of people who think longer is better, so, a timer is a genius move.  The brush comes with the Clarisonic pLink Charger, Sensitive Brush Head and White Protective Travel Case.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

Not only is this one of my favorite cleansers of all time, it just so happens to be Mario Badescu's best selling cleanser.  This non-foaming gel cleanser thoroughly removes dirt, grime and makeup without drying out the skin. It contains papaya and grapefruit extracts that provide very gently exfoliation that lead to more radiant skin.  [Kit will include a 2 ounce bottle.]

Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum

If you use this Vitamin C serum on its own you'll more than likely notice a change in your skin in two to three weeks.  It contains 7.5% Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to help protect the skin from pesky free radicals and it also reduces discoloration to reveal brighter skin.  The Hyaluronic Acid in the formula helps the skin to hold on to its moisture. (This is great when used before sunscreen -- especially as the weather warms up.) [Kit will include .3 ounce bottle]

Mario Badescu A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer

Is described as "a gentle, AHA-based moisturizer formulated with Lemon Extract and soothing Aloe Vera Gel helps rejuvenate dull, congested and pigmented skin." (I haven't tried this yet but it sounds promising.) [Kit will include a 1 ounce bottle.]

Some celebrity hookups seem to be about hype and tend to fizzle out leaving losers on both sides. Not this one. The Mia 2 Mario Badescu Skin Favorites Set is the start of something special, I can feel it! The set has everything you need to be super hydrated and radiant this spring!  It is available at and retails for $149.

Posted on April 19, 2016 and filed under Skincare, Beauty.

Use this RoC Skincare Night Cream as an Overnight Sleep Mask

Yesterday I spent the day out and about in NYC. I started in Harlem at Vivrant Beauty (more coming later this week) and ended at Midtown Lofts to shop at Lovebrownsugar's pop-up shop. I did all this walking around town without a coat! I have been in New Jersey since 2009 and this is the first time I have beenable to walk around without a coat this late in the year. While I don't currently need my winter fashion gear, I do need to ensure my winter skincare arsenal is tops as soon as I turn on the heat in my apartment for first time. This is where RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream comes in.

RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream is made with Hexinol, a proprietary blend of of ingredients proven to fight the signs aging.  According to RoC:

Multi-action HEXINOL Technology was developed to target the visible signs of aging from a different path than other anti-aging ingredients. It can give visible improvement in as little as 4 weeks by restoring firmness, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving the look of discoloration and overall radiance of skin, and hydrating dry skin.

Here's how I use  RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream as an overnight sleep mask:

  1. Two step cleanse starting with a cleansing oil followed by RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks 
  2. Apply Toner
  3. Apply a thin layer of RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream while skin is still damp
  4. About 5-7 minutes after applying the first layer of the night cream, apply a second slightly heavier layer of the cream.

For me, the major benefit of using this cream as an overnight sleep mask is the level of hydration it gives my skin. Hydrated skin tends to look brighter and more glowy so I am all for doing whatever it takes with the products I have to get the results I want.  While I only have my own experience using RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream as an overnight sleep mask, I think this usage as an overnight sleep mask with definitely boost the moisture levels of your skin.  

RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream  retails for approximately $30 and is available at drugstores and other retailers nationwide.

Posted on December 7, 2015 and filed under Skincare.

Get the Glow with Olay Regenerist Luminous

I have always had a fondness for Olay and I have to thank my mom for that.  While I can’t speak to the overall state of the skincare market in Jamaica back in the 80s to early 90s, I know my mom always had Olay products -- which means it was readily available and accessible to the masses. It’s the same today, Olay is widely available and has a line of products to address your skincare issues no matter your age or skin care concern. Olay recently launched  Regenerist Luminous -- a line of products specifically formulated to reduce the appearance of dark spots revealing pearlescent, glowing skin.

The Olay Regenerist Luminous line consists of cleansers, moisturizers and treatments all formulated to work together to give clear and even toned complexion.  

Products include:

I have a thing for bright, even toned skin (who doesn’t) and so I dove face first into the line and have found a couple of favorites.

I love the Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser, especially now that it is colder and my skin tends to get drier.  It is a granular (from the micro beads), oil rich cleanser that easily breaks up dirt and makeup on the face to reveal clean skin that has not been stripped of moisture. (, $7.59)

The Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask is perfect to use after a long day out in the elements. You hear “mask” and you might be thinking heavy, sticky, messy -- don’t.  This mask goes on smoothy, feels a bit cool and does great job of restoring moisture while you sleep -- you’ll wake up with skin that looks and feels refreshed. (, $24.99)

If you haven’t looked at Olay in a while, look again. I can all but guarantee there is a product or four that will work wonders on your skin.  If you have problems with hyperpigmentation, dull and/or uneven skin tone, be sure to check out the Olay Regenerist Luminous line.

Do you use Olay products?  If yes, what’s your favorite?

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by Olay through Face Flawless Skin.  Opinions are my own and have not been edited by the sponsor.

Posted on December 2, 2015 and filed under Skincare, Beauty.