By-My-Bedside: Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask – beauty while you sleep!

Like many girls, growing up, I always wanted to be Sleeping Beauty.

I dreamed a dream…of being Sleeping Beauty, that is...

But when it comes to sleep, many people don’t realize how much you can get done in that eight hours of shuteye. See, if you ask me, americans just don’t put enough moisture into their skin. That’s why my first piece of advice to anyone when it comes to skincare is to replenish that moisture we lose by using all of those oil-free products out there. But a common question I often get is “How do I make time for proper skincare with such a busy schedule?”

Well, Boscia has come up with the ultimate in multitasking when it comes to skincare. Their brand new Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask ($34)  deeply moisturizes, protects, delivers longterm antiaging benefits and smooths and softens skin – all while you sleep. I mean could Boscia help us be more efficient? Nicely done.

By-My-Bedside: Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask ($34)

See, at nighttime the skin’s permeability is higher and products can be more effectively absorbed into the skin. Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask actually creates a veil on the skin, allowing the skin to lock in the ingredients for supreme skin-softening results.

Sleeping Beauty…well, trying to be...

How does it do this? Through its primo prettifying ingredients of Tsubaki (Camellia) Oil – which firms, hydrates, increases collagen and fights aging, Wakame (Japanese Sea Kelp) – which increases collagen production and reduces the synthesis of melanin for a more even skin tone, rice bran oil – which helps prevent premature aging and more.

And I love this little nugget about the benefits of rice bran oil. In Japan, to call a woman a “Nuka Bijin” or “Rice Bran Beauty” is a great compliment as it refers back to the glowing, youthful skin of women who worked in the rice fields who washes the newly-harvested rice and became exposed to high levels of rice bran oil!

So by using Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask, you’re sure to be a “Nuka Bijin”… or at the very least, Sleeping Beauty.

I’ll take either, thank you very much…

Well-rested, wide awake and softened, moisturized and pampered skin to boot! Now, on with the day!




BF Asks: What’s your Sleeping Beauty (beauty-while-you-sleep) trick? 

By-My-Bedside: M. Steves Ultra-Nourishing Boost

How ’bout a boost?
I don’t think I need to tell any of you how important I think oil is in a daily skincare regimen. It is my #1 tip I give people time and time again. But while most oils are heroes, this here By-My-Bedside pick: M. Steves Ultra-Nourishing Boost ($64)  is a superhero!

By-My-Bedside: M. Steves Ultra-Nourishing Boost

Not only does it add moisture to the skin that good oil does, it also hydrates and nourishes, firms & smoothes fine lines and boosts any other product you use in conjunction with it.
Plus, I know so many of you out there don’t like feeling greasy (I, on the other hand, loooooove feeling greasy) and this superhero won’t let you down in that department. It absorbs quickly leaving you with a glowing, hydrated, non-greasy finish.
The RHSO (Rose Hip Seed Oil), essential fatty acids, anti-aging actives and more help to even skin tone, brighten the skin and leave your skin looking younger with every usage.
And as I mentioned previously, you can add it before a mask or moisturizer to help the mask permeate the skin more deeply or add a drop to your foundation to give you a little extra glow.

So not only do I get hydration but it also fights to maintain the youthful glow of my skin.

Need a boost, you ask? Yes, please.



Thirsty Thursday: Olivina Milk & Honey Collection

Thirsty Thursday: Olivina Milk & Honey Collection

I once had an old boyfriend who loved the smell of a honey & milk body wash more than anything…and I loved the scent on him. It smelled like honey and cream and baby freshness. I used to just curl up in that sweet smell…but I digress.

To both of our dismay, the company discontinued it unexpectedly.  I looked for it everywhere to no avail.

Well, I was slathering on Olivina Milk & Honey Hand & Body Lotion the other day and that same ex was here (don’t get excited, now, were BFFs now – no funny business). But both he and Miss Ellie (my pup) smelled the lotion and they did a double take. See, it reminded us all of his old, beloved body wash.

As for me, it’s the perfect lotion to apply right before bedtime as it reminds me of a warm cup of cream tea with honey…and misty, watercolored memories, of course. Plus, with shea butter, olive oil and grape seed extract, it richly hydrates my skin leaving me silky, smooth and velvety. Perfect for drifting off to dream…


BF Asks: What beloved product was discontinued on you?

By My Bedside: L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil & Replenishing Moisturizer

I’m in my homestate of Texas this week and I had the pleasure of going to the State Fair of Texas this past Saturday. I must say that not many things make me feel like a kid again like eating a corndog and riding those rides.

The fair just makes me feel like a kid again. But lucky for me - and you - we can get that glow all-year round.

So while I might not feel youthful all the time, I am utterly delighted that L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal products sure bring back the youthful glow to my skin in a pinch…and for a penny of a price!

By My Bedside: L'Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil & Replenishing Moisturizer

Seriously, one of the biggest complaints I hear from women over 25 is that their skin has lost its luster. Well, complain no longer, my sisters, because these products bring that youthful, dewy glow of your youth back.

I start the “get-glowing” process with the with L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil ($24.99). After cleansing my skin at night, I apply 4-5 drops of this deeply nourishing yet non-greasy oil. This blend of 8 essential oils absorbs quickly and delivers intense hydration for all-day moisture and glow. I also love applying it in the morning underneath my spf prior to applying my makeup.

Next, I apply the L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Replenishing Moisturizer ($19.99). With just an M&M-sized amount, this luxuriously lightweight moisturizing cream seals in skin’s essential oils – giving the skin an instant youthful glow – and over time, firms your skin. I also love using it to revive my skin after a long day by applying it while I’m stepping up my eye makeup for an evening out. That gorgeous glow is no joke, beauties.

Even the dullest, driest skin will glow with these products. And that’s a BF promise.

As for me, I’m just happy to know that there are products that will keep me glowing until next year’s corndog fair fiesta!



BF Asks: What product gets you glowing?


BY MY BEDSIDE…Talika Huile Vitale – the ultimate beauty elixir

If we know one thing I love, it’s oil. In fact, it’s the #1 beauty tip I give to anyone – and everyone – who asks me what my favorite tip is. You know my motto…OIL, OIL, OIL!!!!
So when I find a good – no, make that EXCEPTIONAL one – you know I have to share with you.

That’s why Talika Huile Vitale is BY MY BEDSIDE right now.

BY MY BEDSIDE...Talika Huile Vitale ($47)


This ancient beauty elixir of jasmine essence, lavende and rose hydrates, nourishes, repairs and replenishes the skin like no other. In fact, the legendary, secret recipe of this oil (from around 3000 BC) was discovered by a Talika family member who happens to be both a biologist and someone who is passionate about ancient texts.

Now, we get to reap the rewards of this recipe. Talika Huile Vitale provides skin with daily, nourishing nutrients that it requires for energy, vital harmony and more vainly  - beauty.

So does it really work? Ohhhhhh yeaaaah. I’ve been using this oil every night for a month and have seen a marked, glowing improvement in my skin.

My skin after using Talika. p.s. Y'all I'm 35 and this is UNTOUCHED. It just makes your skin gloooow! I look forward to using it every night right before my head hits the pillow. That's why I keep it right By My Bedside.


But don’t trust me – check out the stats: 81% of users found skin more soft and supple, 73% found skin to be more luminous, 79% found skin to be more hydrated and – um, can you say beautiful, bonus side effect – 40% of users found sleep to be more peaceful and restful. I am one of them, by the way.

Just apply 3 or 4 drops to your skin every night after cleansing and before your nighttime moisturizer. I promise you’ll see marked improvement in your skin in no time. And just a tip – be like me and keep it By Your Bedside. That way you’ll never forget your nightly routine!




BF Asks: What’s By Your Bedside right now? 

By-My-Bedside: Too Faced “The Secret to No Makeup Makeup” Palette

Pssst. I have a secret for you. You want in on it? Here you go.

By-My-Bedside: Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Palette

I’m not saying that I’m “one of those kinda girls”, but if I was, this would be my bedside lifesaver.
Perfect for the morning after, or the morning of, this Too Faced
“The Secret to No Makeup Makeup” Fresh & Flawless Face Palette ($39) is my pick for pretty, polished, fresh morning skin.



As it claims, it doesn’t leave you looking “makeuppy” but rather ethereal, angelic and refined. See!



And it comes with a guide to doing 3 looks with 3 steps in under 3 minutes. With “Wake Up Makeup”, “Nude Radiance” and “Red Carpet Contour”, you’re good to go anytime day or night!


Also comes with a guide to 3 Looks with 3 steps in under 3 minutes!


With subtle brighteners, flattering neutral skin-based hues and subtle contouring shades, it’s perfect for that “sneak-out-of-bed-and-brighten-up before your partner wakes up trick” we all know so well!

Add a bit of the bronzer in your crease and on my lower lid for a no-fuss, defined look!



Pores look smaller, contours stronger and highlights oh-so-candlelit! So you’re left looking, and feeling, fresh-faced, bright and ready to take on the day or night!

 You’re not “that kinda girl”? Well, it’s also a great go-to for a little pick-me-up for a big morning meeting or after-work cocktails.
Get your no makeup makeup look on!
BF Secret Tip: I like to add a bit of the bronzer in my crease and on my lower lid for a no-fuss, defined look! 


*Photos by Maddi Mobley & Dawn McCoy

Skincare Superhero: Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum – POW!!

I had the pleasure of being one of the first to try Dermalogica’s new Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum at the launch party in Santa Monica last week. Between delicious bites, vino and the charming Dermalogica staff, I was utterly delighted to sample this exciting new product!

At the Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum Launch Party in Santa Monica


I have tried hundreds of eye treatments in my day but this one was different with dramatic results. With a pin-sized application, my delicate eye area was immediately left feeling lifted and tightened. And with the cooling and soothing effect, my little bags underneath seemed to instantly vanish.

The folks at Dermalogica are such perfectionists that they had this product ready in 2011 but after a few people had a reaction to it, they knew they had to rework it to work for their most sensitive of customers.

Now, they have created the perfect Ultrasmoothing eye serum ($50) for those who need the effects of antiaging properties while being sensitive to those with sensitive eyes.


By my Bedside: Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum ($50)

The magic ingredient of yeast – the same ingredient found in the old pageant standby, Preparation-H, contains hexapeptides that reduce lymphatic fluid. Lucky for us, that means our baggage can be checked and stowed away anywhere else but under our eyes. 

Also, the cross-linked hyaluronic acid attracts 5000 times more moisture than other ingredients alone. Other ingredients that pack the pow in this powerful product?
Carrot oil (MVP when it comes to reducing sensitivity and redness and is a a natural form of retinol), vitamin C (brightening & lightening), algae (which retains a lot of moisture and is soothing to sensitive skin) and seaweed and golden chamomile all pack the power.

As for the unique bottle, the needle nose delivery can confuse people but but it’s designed to keep the product contamination-free. Don’t untwist the grey lid – just the white cap on top!

Ideal for women, and men alike, this serum dries fast and is the perfect priming surface for your eye cream. I seriously saw immediate results with no irritation to my sensitive skin.

I deem it the superhero of my skincare regimen today! POW!!!!!



By-My-Bedside: NATRA Rx DNA Eye Firming Cream

I am delighted when I get to try products that are new to you, me – well, us!

I had never heard of NATRA Rx DNA Eye Firming Cream until I received it in a gift bag a few months ago.

Yes, this is really my bedside!

Let me tell you. I like it. I realllly like it.

The price is right, the texture is universally appealing and it does what it promises to do!

So, now for the specifics.

Front and center: NATRA Rx DNA Eye Firming Cream ($65)

The price is right? Yep. A cool $65 for a generous 1 ounce. And when I say generous, I mean generous!! Most eye creams are marketed at only .5 oz so you’re gettin’ a deal here!

Why universally appealing? Because as much as I loooove heavy creams, I’ve found that most of you guys don’t. And when I say “you guys”, I mean you girls AND “you guys” (Tadd McCullough, I’m thinking of you as I write this). It’s creamy enough for emollience lovers like myself while being light enough for those of you do not like your eye cream to feel like frosting. What’s so wrong with that, I ask?

It works, you say? Indeed. It minimizes the appearance of those pesky fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, restores the dermal matrix for improved skin health and resiliency and improves skin firmness. Yay, yay and YAY!!

And how exactly does it work? Well, it’s specially formulated to reduce the appearance of those foes – crows’ feet – and improves elasticity by micro-injecting fine lines (don’t worry, no needles here) with penetrating neuropeptide and DNA molecules, helping to restore the dermal matrix. Renewed organization of collagen fibers in the dermal layer cause skin to appear firmer while the Biomimetic Peptide Growth Factors heal and repair external damage. That scientific enough for ya, brainiac?

All I know, and all you need to know, is that in the weeks since I’ve started using it, I’ve seen a marked difference in those wry little wrinkles around my eyes. It takes just a small amount so the bang for the buck is BIG!



BF Asks: Do you like your eye creams do be heavier creams, lighter gel creams or lotions?

By-My-Bedside: Atopalm Moisturizing Hand Treatment

What’s by my bedside right now during this, ahem, “cold” spell in Los Angeles?

Atopalm Moisturizing Hand Treatment ($18)

It may not have the most precious name or the prettiest packaging but the pretty is reserved for how pretty it makes your hands feel!

Moisturized, supple and PRETTY!

Paraben free and suitable for the most sensitive of skin, this hand cream provides antioxidant protection while moisturizing on multiple layers.

Your pretty paws will look moisturized, younger, brighter and feel waaaay softer.

Pretty protection & perfection for these frigid, drying months!

And the price tag is pretty too – only $18 for 4 generous ounces!



BF Asks: How do you keep your pretty paws moisturized during the drying winter months? 


By My Bedside: Eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

Sometimes nothing satiates the sweet tooth besides something, well, sweet.

But, let’s be honest. When it’s 10 pm at night, the last thing we need to be reaching for is a sugary snack. Sweet lip balm is a sweet, and smarter, choice.

Which is why I keep Eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere (my pick this month is the new Strawberry Sorbet) next to my bed.

Bedtime sweet treat

Bedtime sweet treat

Its cute little pink egg-shaped packaging honestly makes me happy every time I look at it.
Seriously, look at it. How cute is it?

Too cute: Eos Lip Balm - Smooth Sphere in Strawberry Sorbet

Too cute: Eos Lip Balm - Smooth Sphere in Strawberry Sorbet ($4)

And besides being attractive to two of my senses (sight and smell, people), I loooove what it does for my lips.

Its clear formula hydrates my dry lips with shea butter and vitamin E all while being 95% organic and free of many of the things we don’t want (Gluten, Petrolatum, Phthalate and Paraben-free).

And, seriously, it couldn’t be cuter if it tried. These cute little, colorful, twist-off lip, egg-shaped lip balms are perfect party favors for teens or pre-teens and make great Back to School gifts. Try slipping one in your 12-year-old’s lunch; I can pretty much bet you’ll be the coolest mom that day on the playground.

These happy little Eos eggs go everywhere you do. Perfect for the office drawer, in the console of your car, in your purse or carryon bag.




BF Asks: Where do you keep your lip balm(s)? In your purse, on your bedside table, in your backpack, in your office drawer? Spill it, sister!



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