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Fake It, Don’t Bake It

March 5, 2013
tags: best, best fake tanners, best way to fake a tan, body, exfoliate, , fake tanners, kate somerville, number one, , self tanners, skin, , sunblock, sunlight, tan towels, top, twilight
by Sonia


While it’s technically supposed to snow in New York tomorrow, daylight savings begins on Sunday, which means spring is just around the river bend (cue Pocahontas song). As I’ve mentioned many-a-time on here, I am a major advocate of self-tanner, especially at the start of a new skin-baring season. At the moment, my legs look like I am constantly wearing white tights, which is actually really blinding for people when I step out in the sunlight. Kind of like when Edward Cullen steps into the sun and sparkles in Twilight — except I am not a vampire, I don’t sparkle, and I don’t have the body of an emo boy. So really I guess you could just describe me as a beached beluga whale burning on the beach. Not pretty.

Now, I’ve had as many negative experiences with self tanners as I have with bikini waxes and the number one thing I’ve learned is that you just have to keep testing out new products (or people?) until you find one that works for you and your skin. For example, self tanner lotions tend to leave me looking like I have giraffe spots all over my skin. They also get congealed in my knuckles, ankles, and elbows. They also stink. Spray on tanners have a similar effect on my body, and given that I don’t have an outdoor space to do the “spray job,” the tanner ends up getting all over my floors.

So what’s a pale girl and her best friend Sunblock supposed to do to faux a tan? Kate Somerville tanning towels, that’s what. One towel is all you need for your entire body and it leaves little room for error. The key is to first exfoliate everything (this includes shaving your legs) and then open the towel up entirely and move in small circular motions from head-to-toe, paying close attention to the problem areas like knees, ankles, elbows, etc. Then just sit tight for 30-45 minutes before getting dressed. The tan progresses over the next day or so and can be best maintained with a daily application of a basic lotion. And for those of you wondering if it turns your skin orange like an Oompa Loompa, it doesn’t. Au naturel, baby!

WTF is BB Cream?

December 18, 2012


BB Cream is all the rage in the beauty world right now; kind of like mustaches in the hipster world or iPad minis in the tech world.

When I first heard about BB Cream I had no idea what it was so I brushed it off like some stupid fad that would die away in a week. But it kept haunting me. People started swearing by it, Sephora donated an entire product page to it, all my favorite magazines were preaching about it. What the fuck was this shit? made out of Aphrodite’s ovaries or something?

So, I started investigating. One quick Google search and hundreds of pages with the search terms “what is BB cream” popped up. Thank goodness I wasn’t alone. Turns out this stuff has been around for awhile and actually stands for blemish balm. “Ok,” I thought, “I have zits, I’m intrigued.”

While people originally used BB Cream to cover up blemishes, the product has come a long way since then. It is now used as a one-step miracle balm that functions as a moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunscreen. As someone who would rather break her back carrying five suitcases up the stairs at once instead of taking multiple trips, this one-step cream sounded like a dream come true.

And get this, it is. I got my hands on Dr. Jart+ BB Cream and with one application immediately noticed a smoother, more radiant, Sonia (hey, boys!). I’ve since shelved my primer and foundation, and have no intention of looking back.

Now, this stuff apparently comes in one “universal shade,” which I find to be utterly confusing; but then again, it could be made from Aphrodite’s ovaries so I won’t question it.

Unicorns and Moisturizers

November 8, 2012
tags: bliss spa, , , lotion, moisturizers, , shiseido, , soy,
by Sonia

Every time I get a facial which, let’s be honest here, is once every six months (maybe), the dermatologist recommends at least five products that I need in order to keep my skin looking radiant and healthy — cause that’s totally something that’s attainable for me. Right…

Nevertheless, I without fail walk out with a whole new set of beauty products that I have no idea how to use and less money in my pocket than I initially intended. Now don’t get me wrong, I love beauty products and I think that’s why I always end up buying whatever the dermatologist recommends. I’m still convinced that someday I will find the miracle potion that will make my skin look as good as a photoshopped photo from a Neutrogena ad. Kind of like I’m still convinced that unicorns exist.

One of the most common dermatologist recommendations I get is to use two different face lotions for day and night. Why? I have no idea, but I do this anyways because Svetlana at Bliss Spa is a genius, right?

As a result of my inability to say no to Dr. Genius’s suggestions, I have more moisturizers than I could possibly hope for.  I sample them all and have yet to find the miracle combo but am currently quite satisfied using Fresh Soy Moisturizing Cream with SPF 20 (gotta use that SPF!) for the daytime and Shiseido Purness Gel Cream at night because it’s super light and doesn’t feel like it’s clogging up my pores.

Do I still have breakouts? Yes. Am I glowing like a Victoria’s Secret Angel? No. Am I likely going to switch up this combo in the next few months? Yes. What am I getting at here? What I’m getting at is though I have yet to see a unicorn, I still believe they exist and that I will see one someday.

Mark my words.