Does This Really Work? Personalized Face Scrub
By Sandra Mariscal | 10/08/2009 - 10:22

Scrubs work to slough off dead skin cells and help clear clogged pores, but some can be too rough on skin and shouldn’t be used every day. Beauty brand Mark seems to have taken this into consideration by creating exfoliating granules (in dry form) that are separate from the liquid cleanser. This way you can decide how rough the scrub will be by adding as many or as few granules as you's like.

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Does This Really Work: No Foundation Foundation
By Sandra Mariscal | 10/01/2009 - 13:27

I’m not one to wear full on makeup on a daily basis, but I do use a little bit of tinted moisturizer sometimes for a touch of even color. I wanted to try Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation ($50, because it claims to be nothing like a traditional heavy foundation. I’m also a fan of the brand’s founder, celebrity dermatologist Dr.

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Does This Really Work: Blotting Spray
By Sandra Mariscal | 09/24/2009 - 16:00

I think I just found my new best friend in a skincare product! I have combination skin, so my forehead and nose get shiny throughout the day. I think the worst thing to do in this case is plop on loads of powder, which can look cakey and lead to clogged pores. I usually go for blotting papers, but I just tried Cosmedicine Medi-Matte Oil Control Spray ($35, and my shiny patches vanished in a flash.

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Does This Really Work: Peel-Off Polish
By Sandra Mariscal | 09/17/2009 - 17:00

Sula’s Paint & Peel Sula Collection ($10, consists of nail polish shades that easily shed off nails without using remover. I painted my nails with Modern Mauve—a bright violet shade—that goes on like regular polish. You need two coats to get even coverage. If you don’t put on a topcoat, though, the water-based formula starts to peel at the edges as soon as it dries.

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Does This Really Work: Pop Lash Wow
By Sandra Mariscal | 08/20/2009 - 17:24

Did you ever think a flat brush could give you long lashes? The folks at Pop Beauty believe so. They’ve created Lash Wow ($19,, a mascara with a unique brush that resembles a rubber spatula. On each side of the flat applicator are combs with short bristles—one is wide-toothed and the other is fine-toothed.

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Does This Really Work: Cotton Claw
By Sandra Mariscal | 08/13/2009 - 17:00

For someone who does her own manicures (I don’t have the patience for salons), I do my fair share of messing them up before I’m even done. The usual culprit is the cotton ball drenched in acetone I grab to remove leftover polish from my skin, which inevitably smudges some nails. And that’s regardless of how careful I am. So, when ASP Manicure Saver Cotton Claw launched at Sally Beauty Supply for $3, I knew I was going to add it to my manicure kit.

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Does This Really Work: Rolling Razor
By Sandra Mariscal | 08/06/2009 - 16:51

What comes to mind when you think about shaving? Do you think of the razor, the cream, or getting cuts and bumps? Would you ever think of a ring? Now that the Rolling Razor ($15, is available, you just might. Unlike your traditional shaver, it has two curved razor heads on top with three blades inside each. The handle is a circular ring, so you can put your finger through it as you shave.

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Does This Really Work: Scalp Clinic
By Sandra Mariscal | 07/30/2009 - 14:16

Do you have scalp or hair questions that you’d like answered? Perhaps you have an itchy scalp or you’ve noticed your hair is thinning? You can talk to a trichologist. "A what?" Allow me to explain: A trichologist specializes in the study of hair and scalp. Philip Kingsley has been practicing trichology for more than 50 years and owns clinics in New York City and London.

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Does This Really Work: Nail Gel
By Sandra Mariscal | 07/23/2009 - 11:50

Do your nails chip at the worst possible moments? Like right after a manicure, or just before a date? My nails chip easily, so I’m usually trying different nail strengtheners in an effort to solve that problem. I just tried Perfect Formula Gel Coat ($21, It’s a thick clear polish made with keratin, which is a protein naturally found in nails, and calcium to help make nails stronger.

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Does This Really Work: Supersmile Tongue Cleaner
By Sandra Mariscal | 07/16/2009 - 11:14

Nobody wants to have bad breath. Research has shown that not cleaning your tongue can lead to this desagradable odor. According to Dr. Irwin Smigel, who created Supersmile teeth whitening and oral care products, 85% of odor-causing bacteria lives on the tongue. So it’s important to clean your tongue to get rid of these germs the way you remember to brush your teeth and floss.

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