In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Pur-lisse Pur-Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser & Makeup Remover

I am a big fan of the VIP box from FabFitFun that I receive seasonally on my doorstep…but more on that later.

For now, I want to introduce you to what’s in my tub this Tuesday:

Pur-lisse Pur-Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser ($36)

The reason I mentioned the FabFitFun VIP box is because I received this scrumptious cleanser for sensitive skin in my summertime FabFitFun VIP box!

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Pur-lisse Pur-Delicate Gently Soy Milk Cleanser & Makeup Remover

I mean, listen, as sensitive as I might be as a person, my skin is even more sensitive. That’s why many times so-called “sensitive” cleansers let me down.
But not this one. No way.

With its blue lotus, white tea, soy proteins, sea silk and lupine peptides, my skin is gently cleansed by its milk gel formula. It washes away dirt, makeup and the effects of the day and leaves my skin clean without feeling stripped or irritated. Plus, it feels like it’s actually soothing my skin which is just what us sensitive girls need at the end of a long day or first thing in the morning.

Honestly, I was surprised by how much I loved this cleanser as my skin felt soft, supple and silky…and, dare I say, SEXY!!!




BF Asks: Do you have sensitive skin? If so, what’s your sensitive skin cleanser of choice?


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!!!!!



In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Mustela Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath – For Baby & Me

Who you callin’ a baby?

Who you callin' a baby? Mustela Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath ($10)

As we have covered numerous times here on BF, I loooove my nightly bath. I live for it.
So when I find a product that betters my bath, I scream it from the mountain tops.
Consider this me screaming: I am loving Mustela Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath!!!

Rich in marine extracts, its soothing scent deeply relaxes me, helps me wash away any remaining stress of the day and helps me rest more soundly. Specially formulated to clean a baby’s sensitive and delicate skin, my friends – with little ones – swear it’s the closest thing to a baby whisperer at bath time that they can find.

Plus, it’s said to stimulate the senses with its multi-sensory approach: marine smell, foaming touch and ocean blue hue. And we could all use a little sense-awakening, now couldn’t we?

I’m off to take my bath right now. Ahh, Mustela, take me away.

Go get  some Mustela Multi-Sensory Bath (only $10). Really. Like now. Go on.

Dear Dawn: Dry & Red Skin & Another Birthday on the Horizon – Help!

Dear Dawn,

I am about to turn another year older and I am tired of my skin care regimen. I have lots of red in my skin and it seems to be so dry. Any suggestions, BF?

Shelby P & her little beauty


Dear Shelby P,

Yes! Well, judging from the precious pic above, it looks like you have your hands full with that little beauty of yours! Which, I imagine, makes your own beauty routine take a backseat many a night.

DD to the rescue! Maybe that’s a little dramatic. I’m no superhero but I think, in this case, I can be of some help. The first thing you need to know, and have faith in, is that there is a solution. We just have to find the perfect recipe that works for your skin.

I have both clients and friends who have had this EXACT concern. They are affected by weather changes, climate changes, foods, wines, stress – by a lot.

My first suggestion is a biggie: try sleeping with your head elevated on 2 pillows. This is a must for skin conditions such as redness, rosacea and puffiness.

My second suggestion is to limit alcohol, excessive caffeine, highly acidic fruits and chocolate.

My third suggestion is to take supplements. Many people, including yours truly find them super helpful. I would suggest Krill oil and an mega-acidophilus supplement, such as Natren Healthy Trinity. Many times taking these produce almost immediate results!

Now that that’s out of the way, on to the fun stuff. THE PRODUCTS!!!!

Many people have found relief with Clinique Redness Solutions. If you haven’t tried that yet, start there. You can get a Clinique Redness Solutions kit, to try it all in one fell swoop (the soothing cleanser, relief cream and SPF 15 protective base), for only $39.50 at Sephora. Click this link to buy: Clinique Redness Solutions Kit.

Clinique Redness Solutions Kit $39.50

Clinique still reigns supreme as head redness fighter in the beauty world simply because it works for so many people and sells for such a reasonable price point.

If you have already tried that, here are some ingredients that I would use to bake up your perfect skincare recipe:

Skincare Recipe for Shelby P:

Do not wash face.
If you shower, splash with lukewarm or cool water. No scrubbing. Pat dry.

Apply oil ( try Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil – buy it for $10.34 by clicking on this link).

Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Apply serum (Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology MMPi.20 Skin Regenerating Serum – buy for $55 by clicking on this link). Bonus? This doubles as a beautiful slip of a makeup/sunscreen primer!

Wexler MMPI.20 Skin Regenerating Serum

Wexler MMPI.20 Skin Regenerating Serum

Apply SPF cream (Clinique Protective Base SPF 15 or Avene Redness SPF 25 $33)



Wash face with gentle cleanser like Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser, Eucerin Soothing Cleanser Redness Relief (which is $7.55 on this Amazon link) or Avene Gentle Cleanser for Intolerant Skin (buy it for $22 and receive samples by clicking on this link to Beauty Collection).

Avene Gentle Cleanser for Intolerant Skin at Beauty Collection

Apply oil (again, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil)

Apply anti-aging serum (like Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology MMPi.20 Skin Regenerating Serum) which is amazing for sensitive skin like yours and mine. And it feels deeeeeluxe and deeeeelish!

Apply eye cream of choice (if you don’t have one, ask me!).

Apply rich moisturizer like: Clinique Repair Cream, Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Night Cream ($11.94 on this Amazon link) or Avene Cream for Intolerant Skin.


I’ve also been a big fan of Creme de La Mer for 16 years. So if you are needing a solution, try a sample and see if it’s an option for your skin type.

DDF Redness Relief is another treatment clients have loved.

DDF Redness Relief

Think of the oil and serum as your anti-aging ingredients and the moisturizers and cleansers as your soothing treatments for redness.

In terms of concealing the redness, this is my philosophy: don’t try to cover up all the time. Leave your skin plenty of time to breathe, be treated with the above ingredients and heal.
So while you’re trying this new skincare recipe, I would recommend using concealing makeup only when totally necessary. When you do, try the Allure 2011 Best of Beauty Winner, Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder $32.50.

The pale yellow powder neutralizes the redness rather than just covering it up. I am not a big fan of mineral makeup all the time – quite the contrary, actually- but when it comes to dependable concealing, it is hard to beat.

Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder $32.50

Shelby P, please let me know what ingredients work as we try these products to find your perfect skincare recipe! I can’t wait to hear back in a week or so!
Cheers to beautiful, younger-looking, less pink skin and a more PINK LIFE!!
BF Asks: What is your skincare concern?
*Originally published 3/19/12

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Rodan + Fields ANTI-AGE Daily Cleansing Mask

I have always been the mini makeup guru for my friends. As far back as 8th grade, I was always doing their makeup, giving beauty advice and entertaining them with my passion for products.

So, imagine my giddy delight when my college roomie, Holly, sent me an email about a line of products she had fallen in love with! Who is this love affair with?

Rodan + Fields and she loved the line so much that she started working for them! Now, that’s love!!

So when she mailed me the Rodan + Fields ANTI-AGE Daily Cleansing Mask, I was crossing my fingers that I would love it as much as she would. And I did!

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Rodan + Fields ANTI-AGE Daily Cleansing Mask

Rodan + Fields ANTI-AGE Daily Cleansing Mask is a creamy, kaolin clay-based cleansing mask that dries in no time (two minutes flat), draws impurities from pores while retaining skin’s moisture levels. Fine dimethicone micro-beads gently promote cell turnover, smoothing skin and strengthening the skin’s barrier (4.2 oz for $41.00).

I applied it to my dry, dirty skin, left it on for about a minute, then rinsed with warm water.

Beauties, it did the job!!

I was left with clean pores, thoroughly cleansed skin and a nice little glow with no irritation to my sensitive skin, whatsoever.

Love that!

While it is gentle enough to use daily, you guys know my policy on that, right?

A few times a week max unless you’ve got some serious skin concerns.

So try it for yourself and see if you love R+F as much as Holly and I do.

And Holly, I want some more R+F results! Can’t wait to place my order!!




BF Asks: What skincare line do you have a love affair with? 

In My Tub Tuesday: Darphin Cleansing Milky Emulsion – A BF-Approved Cleanser

In My Tub Tuesday 3/20

It may not look glamorous but it is my favorite spot in my house. My haven. My heaven. My reading room. My beauty lab.

I change up my nightly bath ritual fairly often.

Whether it be a new cleanser to try, a new mask, body wash, exfoliant, oil or bubble bath (yay!), there is always some shifting products around as room has to be made for the new kid on the beauty block. But there are some favorites that remain in there, with me, week after week. We’ll get to those.

In the pic above, you can see my Andrea EyeQs eye moisturizing eye makeup remover pads, Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, Creme de La Mer The Refining Facial, Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser Lotion, Darphin Cleansy Milky Emulsion and GlamGlow.

Each of these beloved products will be discussed at one point in the near future. So no fears there!

But today, I want to rave about Darphin’s Cleansing Milky Emulsion cleanser ($40).

Darphin Cleansing Milky Emulsion

Is it good, you ask? $40 good?

Oh, it’s good. Reallllly good.

Especially for those with redness and sensitivity issues like yours truly.

So good that I give it my “BeautyFrosting-approved Cleanser for Sensitive Skin” seal.

It’s one of those superhero-type cleansers where it both addresses concerns such as sensitivity, irritations and redness AND removes face & lip makeup completely.

It feels rich going on yet rinses off completely leaving me silkily moisturized.

Ahhh, the best of both worlds.

The verbena & other natural ingredients, like Babassu oil and tomato extracts, always make me feel like I’m giving my face a mini spa treatment. Thus, I insist on gently massaging my tense facial muscles while using this little gem.

And the soothing effect is just the cherry on top.

Darphin makes some of my favorite beauty products out there. If you don’t know Darphin, consider this your introduction to a new level of beauty product enjoyment. I call products, like those from Darphin, “Spaducts”. These products turn your nightly beauty ritual into a spa ritual.

BF Asks: What do you look for in a cleanser?