The No Makeup Look: Top Picks for Tinted Moisturizers and BB Creams

Although we’re coping with the COVID-19 pandemic inside of our homes, the weather is constantly changing.  One day it’s chilly and the next moment it’s hot!  That means it’s time for a new foundation in our make-up bags.

One of my personal favorites for the warmer months is the use of Tinted Moisturizers (or BB creams).  They hydrate the skin while giving a natural glow.  Basically, it’s a light foundation coverage and skin care moisturizer combined in one application.

Tinted moisturizers (and BB creams) are an easy way to even the skin without the use of heavy products.

Apply this product to the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose!

Listed below are top picks for Tinted Moisturizers and BB Creams:
  1. NYX Bare With Me
  2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
  3. Neutrogena SPF 20 in Medium to Dark
  4. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
  5. Black Radiance BB Cream


Tackle cold-weather skin issues with quick solutions from PÜR, Masque Bar, AMOREPACIFIC and Avon!

Featured Photo from Masque Bar

NEW! PÜR Purple Pore Punisher Pore-Tightening Mask

SKIN ISSUE: Clogged Pores

SOLUTION: Formulated with natural ingredients like charcoal, witch hazel water, and glycerin, this purple peel-off mask detoxifies the skin by purging clogged pores.

Buy it at ULTA or online at for $26



SKIN ISSUE: Dull, Dehydrated Skin

SOLUTION: This wash off mask contains fermented green tea leaf extract that delivers immediate antioxidants and hydration to the complexion.

Buy it at Sephora or online at for $170


NEW! Masque Bar Hydro Eye Patches

SKIN ISSUE: Tired, Dark Under Eyes

SOLUTION: Enriched with coconut extract to improve skins elasticity, these gold and charcoal under eye patches moisturize and soothe the delicate under eye area.

Buy them online at Masque.Bar for $2.99 each


NEW! Avon True Color Lip Glow Lip Gloss

LAST STEP: After you’ve masked and fixed your skin issues, apply a few swipes of this clear gloss enriched with Chia Seeds and Rose Hip Oils to provide high-shine and nourishing moisture to the lips

Buy it online at for $8

A Girls Guide to Getting Through the Summer Heat

Stay sweat-free and odor-free all day long with Ban Purely Gentle Roll-On Deodorant ($10,

A non-irritating formula that’s tough on sweat but gentle on the skin. This deodorant incorporates 24-hour protection with a new, gentler formula, ensuring round the clock defense even for those with the most sensitive skin.

Keep your hair off your neck with the help of Hairdo Simply Straight Pony ($49,


This strut-your-stuff pony delivers the style points straight-up by instantly adding length, verve, and volume to your ponytail. Wrap around easily and secure your pony high, low or to the side.

Keep your skin moisturized while achieving a non-oily, velvety finish with Erborian BB Crème ($39,


Containing break-through high-tech formulas, this BB Crème evens out and mattifies the complexion, moisturizes and plumps the skin, refines skin’s texture and reduces the appearance of blemishes. Your skin will appear visibly softer, smoother and beautiful with a silky feel.

Met Gala 2018 and Sol de Janeiro Glow Oils: Kate Upton, Lily Aldridge, Yara Shahidi, Tiffany Haddish, and Scarlett Johansson

Sol de Janeiro’s NEW Glow Oils debuted tonight at the Met Gala on celebs including Kate Upton, Lily Aldridge, Yara Shahidi, Tiffany Haddish, and Scarlett Johansson!

The company worked with a mix of top celebrity makeup artists to create some seriously ‘Heavenly Bodies’. Tonight’s glowing looks celebrated the brand’s launch of these limited edition Glow Oils – available in TWO gorgeous shades boosting sexy skin kissed by the light.

Please see below for red carpet looks created by these amazing artists with quotes on how to get their glowing bodies.

Sol de Janeiro Limited Edition Glow Oils

Copacabana Bronzing Glow Oil & Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil

Sexy skin kissed by the light from sunrise to sunset on the beaches of Rio. Beautiful Brazilian bodies have a secret to that perfect glow. Brazilians know how to find the best light, day or night. Starting at sunrise, the beaches of Copacabana are packed all day with Brazilians at play, basking in the golden Rio sunlight. As the sun goes down, Brazilian lovers enjoy the romantic sunsets at Ipanema. The flickering light of dusk sets the romantic mood for passionate Brazilian nights.

The ultimate Brazilian secret to accentuate your delicious curves and highlight your best features. A skin softening oil with just the right amount of shimmer – not too much, not too little – just enough to reflect light beautifully on all skin tones. Infused with an addictive fragrance so every day you smell, look and feel like a Brazilian goddess.

Tracy Murphy for Kate Upton

o   Final Look:

o   “I used the Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil on Kate’s arms and legs, really blending it in for an even all over glow. I used a foundation brush and buffed it in around the collarbones, neck and décolletage. The result is stunning!!”

·         Quinn Murphy  for Lily Aldridge

o   Final Look:

o   “Before Lily was dressed I used the Copacabana Bronzing Glow Oil all over her body. Then I added the Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil to the places where the sun hits/highlight like the collarbone and center of the chest. The combination gave her that bronze glow that makes a red carpet!”

·         Emily Cheng for Yara Shahidi

o   Final Look:

o   “Once Yara was fully dressed I used a large fluffy eyeshadow brush and applied the Copacabana Bronzing Glow Oil on all the high points like her shoulder, collarbone and arms. Then I used my hands to spread and blend.”

·         Dionne Wynn for Tiffany Haddish

o   Final Look:

o   “I used the Copacabana Bronzing Glow Oil on Tiffany’s jawline, face, and forehead for a super glowy look!”

·         Frankie Boyd for Scarlett Johansson

o   Final Look:

o   “Scarlett’s glow was achieved using the Ipanema Sunset Oil Glow applied with

  • CREATE A SENSUOUS LUMINOSITY with two universal formulas


  • A subtle bronze tint with golden shimmer to warm and illuminate your skin.
  • Infused with our signature Cheirosa ‘62 Bum Bum Cream fragrance, leaving your skin deliciously scented with notes of pistachio and salted caramel


  • A translucent champagne shimmer to create a romantic, sunset radiance
  • Infused with our new tropical dream Cheirosa ‘77 fragrance, with romantic notes of pomelo, wild fig and Brazilian gardenia

o   Lightweight oil blends easily into your skin for instant hydration and a dewy finish.

o   Features our signature Brazilian Beauty Blend: Nourishing Cupacu Butter, anti-oxidant rich Acai Oil and conditioning Coconut Oil

$35.00 each, 2.5 fl. oz. / 75mL

Limited edition for Summer 2018, while supplies last

In-Store Sephora Event | Colonial Promenade

Excited to announce that a Sephora inside JCPenney location is opening at the Colonial Promenade tomorrow, Friday May 4th!  It will be situated prominently in the center of the JCPenney store.

The store will offer:

  • The most sought-after brands including FENTY BEAUTY, Glamglow, Marc Jacobs, Sephora Collection and more
  • Sephora Beauty Studio where clients can receive a 15 Minute Mini Makeover or Mini Facial
  • Foundation matching with the Sephora + Pantone Color IQ
  • Special offers for Beauty Insider members, Sephora’s loyalty program

Festival Season Beauty Essentials From Josie Maran, Malin+Goetz, Rita Hazan & More.. Inbox x

With festival season approaching, you need these last-minute beauty essentials to help you feel a dash fresher during the day and night.


Rita Hazan Lock + Block Protective Spray ($26 at
A dry, weightless mist that locks in color and style, blocks out humidity and UV rays, and protects from premature color fading formulated for color-treated hair, but also protects natural hair color.


Josie Maran Moonstone Stick ($25 at
A multi-use highlighting and pore-smoothing glow stick infused with Pure Argan Oil and holographic priming pearls for a radiant glow on the go.


MALIN+GOETZ revitalizing eye gel ($42 at
Rejuvenate tired-looking eyes with this lightweight eye gel. Rice and soy protein amino acids brighten the overall eye area while cooling cucumber extracts soothe dry skin and help alleviate puffiness.


Rebels Refinery Dirty Boy Bamboo Face & Body Wipes ($7.99 at
These natural face and body wipes can help any dirty boy or girl get clean. Rebels biodegradable, natural bamboo wipes are softer than the softest cotton and contain natural anti-fungal properties. Stay clean, cool and non-sticky in any “pinch” of a situation.

Get Award Show-Ready Skin and Transform Your Complexion

Award show season is here and the stars have begun preparing by undergoing extensive skincare treatments to be red carpet-ready. Luckily, you don’t have to be a celebrity to transform your complexion to get a picture-perfect look.

Here are some tried-and-true favorites to get that gleaming award show-ready skin.

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil: A silky brightness booster that provides multi-tasking antioxidant action to deliver advanced brightening, tone repairing, and fine line reduction, while soothing & nourishing for a supple, radiant, youthful complexion that glows with health. This multi-tasking brightening booster can be worn alone, with serums and moisturizers, or mixed into your favorite moisturizer for a dewy glow. ($54; and

IMAGE Skincare’s ILUMA Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder: A water-activated, micro-exfoliating cleansing powder that gently polishes and buffs away radiance-impairing dead skin cells to brighten and illuminate the skin. Gentle enough for daily use and perfect for all skin types, the powder is formulated with a new generation of natural botanicals, enzymes and antioxidants to repair uneven skin texture and tone. ($32; spas and salons nationwide and

Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips: twice as effective as the leading pore cleanser, Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips quickly bond to the dirt and oil buried in each pore and lift out pore-clogging agents while reducing the appearance of pores over time. Add this essential beauty favorite to your regular routine, which only takes 10 minutes, to reveal a fresher and healthier-looking complexion. ($7.49; select food, drug and mass merchant stores nationwide)

LAVANILA’s The Healthy Deodorant: Completely free of Aluminum and Parabens, it’s a safe and effective way to fight odor. The multi-tasking formula uses a health-promoting beta-glucan technology packed with anti-oxidants, active botanicals and essential oils to not only fight odor, but condition, soothe and nourish the skin. ($14 each; Sephora,

Curél Ultra Healing Lotion: Ideal for severely dry skin, this intensely moisturizing lotion has been clinically proven to repair and renew extra-dry skin two times better than the leading intensive lotion. Formulated with the Curél brand’s Advanced Ceramide Therapy, this extra strength moisturizer instantly hydrates leaving skin soft, supple, and restored and fortifies skin’s natural barrier to help prevent dry skin from reoccurring over time. ($8.99; Select food, drug and mass merchant stores)

Take Advantage of the Your Holiday Party Look

Whether you’re holiday party hopping or hosting, get glowing with these skincare essential for your pre-party prep:
Give your skin some holiday cheer before you even step out of the shower with Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer: a breakthrough water-activated formula that instantly sinks into moist skin, diving deep into the surface to soothe, repair, and lock in long-term hydration. Unlike other products, it all happens in the shower and there is no rinsing required – so you can just dry off, dress and go!
($7.99 for 8oz bottle and $10.99 for 12oz bottle; Select food, drug and mass merchant stores)
Prep skin for up-close mistletoe mingling with Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips: Containing natural charcoal, each strip removes oil and impurities that lead to blackheads to leave skin feeling fresh, clean, andthree times less oily. When used weekly, the strips will refine pores and diminish their appearance over time.
($6.49; Select food, drug and mass merchant stores)
Keep your festive makeup in place all night with Korres Skincare Smoothies:
  • Greek Yoghurt Smoothie Priming Moisturizer: a weightless, multi-action priming moisturizer packed with probiotics, proteins, and minerals to deeply nourish and smooth skin, while also prepping for flawless makeup application and all-day wear. The formula contains 26% Greek Yoghurt proteins in every serving, an ingredient known for its smoothing and strengthening properties.
  • Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer: A lightweight, silicone-free priming moisturizer infused vitamin C and wild rose oil. This multitasking, super-nourishing solution delivers 24-hour hydration as well as brightening and priming benefits that eliminating excess shine and reduce the appearance of fine lines and skin discoloration for perfectly prepped skin.
Create the right kind of drama at your next party with I BEAUTY brow and lash enhancement serum from IMAGE Skincare: An intense blend of peptides, conditioners, and plant cell extracts that support healthy follicles and protect against breakage. The unique formula gives a boost to short or sparse lashes and brows by visibly improving thickness and length.
($49; spas and salons nationwide and at

Smell more delicious than the holiday dessert spread with The Healthy Fragrance from Lavanila Laboratories: a unique collection of perfumeshandcrafted by master natural perfumers. Each scent is infused with organic sugar cane alcohol, natural botanical extracts, and pure essential oils that are delicate on sensitive skin. Unlike other fragrances on the market, the Healthy Fragrance is free of drying alcohol, petrochemicals and phthalates.
Available in six scents: Vanilla Passion Fruit, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Coconut, Fresh Vanilla Lemon, Vanilla Summer, and Pure Vanilla. ($58 each;, Sephora,

Holiday Under-Eye Solution: dr. brandt De-Puffing Gel

With the holiday season in full-swing, your under-eye area will show the aftermath of the evening before. Be prepared with dr. brandt’s Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel; it minimizes the look of under-eye bags and dark circles, making it the perfect cure. Within 5 minutes, you’ll look more rested and be ready to take on the day.

dr. brandt® skincare’s No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel ($42) is a breakthrough under-eye solution that within minutes dramatically reduces the appearance of bags, puffiness and dark circles, leaving you with a youthful and rested look that wakes up your entire face. It also works over time to consistently smooth and improve the appearance of the under-eye area.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna: The Galaxy Collection

Fenty Beauty hit the makeup airwaves this fall and has been soaring ever since. Rihanna’s officially declared as a new beauty guru and keeps bringing more cosmetics delights.


Just in time for the holiday season, The Galaxy Collection is rich in glitter and more glitter! The latest products are titled cute names such as Starlit Lipstick, Eclipse Eyeliner, and Galaxy Eye shadow Palette. 

I can’t wait to  share my personal review of this limited edition collection!