Sandra Mariscal

Does This Really Work? Vibrating Foundation

I was eager to try the new Lancôme Oscillation PowerFoundation ($48, lancome-usa.com) as soon as I heard about it. It’s a mineral powder foundation with a sponge applicator that actually pulsates when you press the button on the handle. These vibrations (that’s 7,000 micro-vibrations per minute to be exact) are meant to help the mineral formula blend onto skin better.


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Does This Really Work: Microdermabrasion in a Stick

Microdermabrasion is a service you can get at a spa or a dermatologist’s office that uses small crystals to help slough off dead skin cells and reveal smoother, clearer skin. In recent years, there have been several kits and products available to do this type of treatment at home. I’ve been testing the truly unique Blinc Resurf.a.stic Body ($60, blincinc.com). It’s a bit pricey, but a lot cheaper than the professional service.


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Curly Qs: Steal of the Month

My colleague always comes to work with the most springy, super shiny ringlets. A few weeks ago, I just couldn’t resist anymore and I asked her to please tell me her secret. She told me about Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Daily Oil Cream Moisturizer ($5). After washing, she finger combs her strands and styles individual curls with this rich cream. I went shopping for it that same day.


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Does This Really Work: Customizable Hair Care

Looking for ways to keep your beauty routine to a minimum? How about incorporating a deep hair treatment? Alterna Caviar White Truffle Hair Elixir ($26, skinstore.com) is a concentrated treatment in the form of a spray that you can add to your shampoo, conditioner or styling product. It adds nutrients to your strands without changing the function of the product you choose to use it with.


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Curly Qs: Haircuts for a Good Cause

I can’t remember the last time I got a haircut. I didn’t mean to grow my hair long, but before I knew it my curls reached the middle of my back. Ready for a change, I made a salon appointment to cut off several inches. I thought about donating my hair, but I wasn’t sure if it would be long enough since the minimum length to donate is usually eight inches. When I arrived at the salon and told the stylist my plan she combed my curls to stretch them out and measured. Eight inches didn’t look like that much so I decided to go with a full 10 inches and told her to chop it off!


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