Many people ask me, “Is this product too good to be true?” Of course, many are. But there are some that come out on top. I recently shared a few products that are worth knowing about on TODAY. This is one of them…
One thing I always keep in my bathroom is zit medicine. I want to be armed and ready whenever one appears. Some of my faves: Mario Badescu and Clearasil.
Then there are the days when I need/want extra enforcement. That’s when I bring in the TANDA Zap ($49). It’s like the pimple police. The handheld device uses a blue light technology to zap zits. The blue lights kills bacteria, the sonic vibration calms inflammation and the tip warms up to help open pores.
I (and my hubby) have used this in lieu of and in conjunction with zit cream and we’ve seen results both ways. However, you do have to use the device 2-3 times per day. It takes about 2 minutes per treatment, and I like that it doesn’t cause flaky skin or redness, both of which can happen if you pile on too much medicine.
I had the pleasure of attending a CND event yesterday in the presidential suite of Chicago’s Waldorf Astoria. Creative Nail Design is the brand for nails. They do the nails at practically every show during fashion week and set the trends. Celebs like Rihanna, who’s talons stand out on the red carpet, have CND to thank. Read More
I dropped by the studio (which is surprisingly small!) the night before to deliver my props.
Getting all the beauty products in order, thanks to the wonderful prop stylist.
I had so much fun dancing on the plaza while Flo Rida performed. Definitely knocked out any jitters.
Moments before the live tease that shows viewers my segment is coming up next.
60 seconds until I go live! I always thought there would be tons of people in the studio. Actually, it was very low key. Just me, Tamron and a couple of camera guys. Amazing how quickly 4 minutes and 30 seconds goes by when you're having fun.
Did you like the segment? Is there a beauty or style segment you’d like to see on TV? I wanna know…it could end up being the topic of my next segment.
Was at dinner with a girlfriend and couldn’t stop staring. Her lashes looked incredible. They had to be fake. I finally asked. Her answer: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara. The next day I emailed Maybelline PR. They told me it’s their top mascara launch of the last 5 years (move over Great Lash)! I had to try it myself so they sent me a tube, and it’s become my new bff. I credit the spoon-like brush, which grips every lash. All it takes is a few wiggles of the wand and lashes get longer and taller without a clump.
Talking SPF, more is more. We have it in our moisturizer, primer, foundation and now our cleanser. You heard right—cleanser. The Silver Soap is a spherical bar of soap that leaves an SPF 15 film behind thanks to its star ingredient, sericin. Read More
People always ask me what skincare products I use. I get sent tons of different cleansers, masques, scrubs….you name it, and I’ve probably gotten it. I’m always trying a new formula, and lately I’ve been focusing on naturals. Here’s what’s in my current rotation.
river veda everyday primrose moisturizer is pure and simple. No high-tech ingredients here, so don’t expect fireworks. Rather, I feel good rubbing this cream with herbs and oil extracts including nutmeg, ylang ylang and evening primrose on my skin before bed.
Love, love, love (get the point?) derma e Hyaluronic Acid Rehydrating Serum. Does what it promises. I use this during the day. It’s light yet moisturizing and soaks right in.
For a basic cleanser I wash with Snowberry Instant Deep Cleanser, and when I’m excessively dry, I get relief with the soothing facial massage oil.
In a game of word association, you would say “natural beauty product” and the first three words out of my mouth would be “inefficient,” “slimy,” and “basil.” My experiences with “natural” cosmetics, that are supposed to be healthier than their chemical counterparts, typically amount to a weirdly-textured potion of herbs that do nothing but offend my nostrils. Read More
You may remember when I got my eyebrows tinted for the first time. No one could tell I did it, and the extra hint of color made a big difference. I didn’t need to fill in my brow, and it enhanced my blue eyes even when I wasn’t wearing makeup.
Well, I was back at Sine Qua Non salon (this time for a haircut) and decided to get my lashes tinted on a whim. I always wondered and finally did it. Read More
Technology has come through for beauty once again. We found a free App that makes shopping for makeup easier. It’s called MakeUp by ModiFace, and you can download it from the iTunes App store. The program has hundreds of different makeup shades from a wide variety of brands so you can upload your photo and then try on the colors. It’s particularly helpful when shopping for makeup at the drugstore because those are the products that don’t give you the chance to sample first. It’s not perfect in that you won’t know the exact feel and texture of the product until you open it up, but at least it helps you visualize which shades will look best on you.
Here’s a little tutorial to show you how it works.
Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl, has written for national publications including Allure, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Self, In Style, Seventeen, and more. She appears as a beauty and style expert on TV for shows like TODAY, Windy City LIVE, and more. She's covered NYC and LA Fashion Weeks, has been a guest speaker for corporations, hosts events and offers services. The Beauty Girl blog is Nicole's exclusive insider notebook, sharing her V.I.P. access to the latest in beauty. Welcome! Still curious about Nicole? Click here.
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