May 29, 2015
by Jill

How To Look Better In Pictures

how to look better in picturesMy wedding is coming up soon, and we just interviewed our photographer. She gave us some tips to help my fiancée and I look our best in our wedding pictures! Here goes:

  • First, take a look at your favorite pictures of yourself and try to spot the patterns—do you look best from one side? I know I do! Get to know your best angles and work them.
  • Facing the camera dead-on rarely looks good (unless your face is super-model symmetrical!)
  • Fill in your eyebrows. If your brows are sparse or very light-colored, they’ll end up looking non-exist in your photos. A little extra oomph will help your eyes stand out and will frame your face.
  • Stay away from ‘sparkle.’ It’s not your friend in pictures and will make you look greasy, not luminous. Subtle shimmer to highlight your brow bone and cheekbones are a definite yes. Sparkle shadow/liner/blush? Not so much.
  • Be in lots of pictures. The more photos that are taken of you, the more likely you’ll find some that you like!
  • Face your light source straight-on so it highlights your face and doesn’t create strange shadows.

And here’s one piece of advice from us: Mix a bit of the Special Healing Powder into your face powder to help tone down redness and cut shine. You don’t want to have shiny skin in your pictures!


May 28, 2015
by Kimberly Yang

‘Shipping Our Favorite OTPs!

Apparently there’s this thing called “OTP” – an acronym for “one true pairing” – that the TV-savvy crowd know all about.

“OTPs” are all about “shipping” your favorite characters. Popular OTPs, for example, include: Harry Potter and Hermione Granger (Harry Potter); Katniss and Peeta (The Hunger Games); Rory and Logan (The Gilmore Girls); and April and Andy (Parks and Recreation).

But TV, Schmee-V. Let me tell you about my favorite OTPs, hashtag #relationshipgoals.

Drying Mask + Healing and Soothing Mask


Why They Work: Ah, the power couple! Call it the Brangelina of skin care products if you will. Together, the two to help achieve a clearer, balanced complexion: the Drying Mask helps to decongest and clarify troubled areas, whereas the Healing and Soothing Mask helps calm any irritation while restoring hydration to skin.

Botanical Exfoliating Scrub + Silver Powder


Why They Work: Blackheads got you bad? Try this complexion-perfecting combo. Polish away pore-clogging buildup with our (new!) Botanical Exfoliating Scrub and follow with a light dusting of our Silver Power to help draw blackheads, excess oil, and other impurities from the skin. Rinse, tone, moisturize, and voila – you’ve got yourself a refreshed complexion.

A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap + Special Cleansing Lotion “O”


Why They Work: Body acne doesn’t stand a chance with these two in your arsenal. Exfoliating, fresh fruit extracts found in our AHA Botanical Body Soap help refresh and breakdown pore-clogging oil and buildup. Follow with our Special Cleansing Lotion “O” – a unique toner formulated specifically for the chest and back only – to help banish breakouts on the back, chest, and shoulders.

Peptide Renewal Cream + Peptide Renewal Serum


Why They Work: Our Peptide Renewal Cream & Serum are each formulated with advanced peptides and youth-boosting botanicals to target visible signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture, and loss of elasticity. Each is powerful on their own but paired up, you’ve got the ultimate anti-aging duo that helps recover a firmer, more youthful complexion.

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What are YOUR One True Pairings?

May 27, 2015
by Kimberly Yang

Acne-Prone? Uber Oily? Sensitive? We Have A Solution!

Summer’s nice and all, but when it’s 90+ degrees, humid, and there’s not a lick of ice water (or ice cream) to be had, things can get pretty ugly, fast.

Lucky for all of us there’s this pot of gold—and it’s magic.

soothe irritated skin

Okay fine. So our Special Healing Powder isn’t exactly gold… It’s better. Specially formulated for oily, troubled skin, this unique powder features Kaolin and Calcium Carbonate to help draw out impurities and absorb excess shine, while Zinc Oxide (known for its astringent and soothing properties) helps to clarify skin. Got problem skin? No problem. This combination of powerful oil-absorbing and naturally astringent ingredients helps:

  • Fight T-zone shine;
  • De-grease slick complexions;
  • Clarify oily, acne-prone or acne-erupted skin;
  • Decongest pores; and
  • Soothe irritated skin.

Pretty incredible, right?

Plus, it’s finely milled for smooth application and seamless blending. Use it as…

  1. An all-over powder, directly on skin, to help absorb excess oil and control shine throughout the day. Simply dust a light amount to your T-zone areas, or all over if needed. (This product applies colorless, btw!)
  2. A mattifying powder, over makeup to lock everything in place and control shine. Or, mix a small amount into your favorite loose powder to help stay shine-free throughout the day.
  3. A body acne treatment. Dust on the back, chest, or shoulder on areas that are oily, acne-prone, or acne-erupted.
  4. A spot treatment. Use a Q-tip to apply the powder directly to pimples to help absorb impurities and encourage healing.
  5. A soothing, post-wax or shave treatment. Use a clean brush to lightly powder post-waxed or shaved skin.

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What do YOU use our Special Healing Powder for?


May 26, 2015
by Jill

Which Eye Cream Do YOU Need?

holy grail eye cream

We have eight eye creams in our skin care line. Not sure which one is right for you? We’re not surprised!

Here’s the breakdown:

Ceramide Eye Gel
lightweight, gel formula 

This is our ‘starter’ eye cream, a soothing and cooling gel that’s lightweight. Also excellent for reducing puffiness (just store it in your fridge!).

Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream 
balmy, lightweight

A bit balmier than the eye gel, this eye cream is still quite lightweight and is best for combination/oily or oily skin types.

Hyaluronic Eye Cream
our most popular, holy grail eye cream for anti-aging 

Another lightweight eye cream, this one is our most popular. Its whipped, moisturizing texture is perfect for combination/dry and dry skin types (although TONS of people with combo/oily and oily skin also love this one)

Chamomile Eye Cream
for sensitive, dry, mature skin

This is a slightly richer eye cream for dry, sensitive skin.

Dermonectin Eye Cream
for dry, mature skin

A rich, very moisturizing eye cream for dry, mature skin.

Special Eye Cream V
for very dry, mature skin

This is another eye cream for dry, mature skin. It is very rich in texture.

Olive Eye Cream
the richest, most intense eye cream for aging skin.

This is the one to choose if you need a super-rich eye cream for very dry skin. Best when used at night only. 

Glycolic Eye Cream
fight wrinkles and fine lines

The glycolic acid in this eye cream makes it perfect for fighting the signs of aging.


May 24, 2015
by Jill

Bacne: The Curse Of Summer


Summer is coming! Time to be sure you’re not going to experience ‘bacne’ (you know, back acne). We swear by our AHA Botanical Body Soap to get rid of body acne, but don’t take our word for! Check out these reviews:

bacneAlana C. New York

I absolutely love this stuff! Not only does it smell delicious and fresh it really works clearing up acne on my back!

Katie C., Oregon

My friend discovered this bodywash about a year ago and it has changed both our lives! I use it on my back and chest every other day in the shower, and it has cleared my breakouts completely. I never have to worry about having red bumps on my back or chest again! It’s gentle and smells amazing too.

Deborah D., California

I absolutely love this body wash. It cleans without drying. It removes all the yucky residue from your skin and really clears up body acne!! I am thrilled with the results