Does This Really Work? Charcoal Face Cleanser
By Sandra Mariscal | 01/28/2010 - 18:00

If your afternoon glow is more like an oil slick, it’s probably time to invest in an oil-controlling cleanser. I just tried Lush Dark Angels Facial Cleanser ($10.95 for 3.5 oz, lushusa.com) made of charcoal and rhassoul mud to help absorb oil overload. It also has black sugar to scrub away rough patches and avocado oil to prevent dryness because if you over dry skin it will produce even more oil.


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Does This Really Work: Oil Blocking Powder
By Sandra Mariscal | 01/14/2010 - 17:00

If you were to check the cabinet where I keep all of my makeup products you would probably find more than a dozen powders claiming to be mattifiers. I've tried them all, but never managed to find one that actually controls my oily T-zone.


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Does This Really Work? Vibrating Foundation
By Sandra Mariscal | 12/22/2009 - 15:19

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
By Sandra Mariscal | 12/11/2009 - 09:31

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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Does This Really Work: Customizable Hair Care
By Sandra Mariscal | 12/03/2009 - 17:20

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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Does This Really Work: No-Lather Body Cleanser
By Sandra Mariscal | 11/12/2009 - 17:17

Have you ever had a paraffin treatment? It’s a spa service where your hands or feet are dipped into a coat of warm paraffin wax (which contains paraffin oil so it’s not as sticky as regular wax and doesn’t pull hairs). Then the area you are treating is covered in plastic for a few minutes. Later, the layers are removed in order to smoothen your skin. I received this treatment once and still remember how soft my hands felt afterwards.


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Does This Really Work? Coiled Tweezers
By Sandra Mariscal | 11/05/2009 - 11:34

My skin is sensitive and gets red easily, so I can’t use wax on my face. For my eyebrows, I usually either tweeze them myself, or get them threaded. Threading is a form of hair removal where a cotton thread is twisted against the skin to pull hair from the roots.


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Does This Really Work? Shine Enhancing Flat Iron
By Sandra Mariscal | 10/29/2009 - 12:06

I don’t like to straighten my hair too often because my long curls make it a chore. However, I would try anything that claims to add shine to my hair, so I just straightened my locks with Remington Shine Therapy Conditioning Iron ($50, ulta.com). The ceramic plates in this tool are infused with Avocado Oil and Vitamin E to help make your hair shinier. These conditioners are released from the plates and onto your hair with the heat of the iron.


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Does This Really Work? Shaving Cream-Filled Razor
By Sandra Mariscal | 10/22/2009 - 11:46

Once you get used to using a specific razor it can be hard to switch to something else. I’ve been using my trusty razor for years, but I had to try the new ShaveMate Diva 6 ($9 for a pack of 3, Target stores) because the handle is filled with shaving cream. Cool, right?


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Does This Really Work? At-home Facial Light Therapy
By Sandra Mariscal | 10/15/2009 - 12:21

You’ve probably heard of LED, or photo light therapy, that’s offered by Dermatologists, but now this technology is also offered in home gadgets. LED lights on the skin help repair it frome acne, and it also reduces fine lines. To test this technology, I’ve been using the Beam by ANSR, which came in the Acne Care Kit ($185). The kit also includes a face wash, day lotion and night cream.


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