We are born with 10 makeup application tools at the ready: our fingers. You’d think I’d be in command of those tools given that I’ve used them my entire life, but I definitely am not. At least once a week I detect a large swipe of tinted moisturizer, BB cream or foundation that typically starts at the tip of my cheek and descends to the base of my chin, where it peers at me in my car mirror, the dreaded revealer of my makeup mishaps. On other occasions, the mirror exposes patches of skin at the tips of my forehead that have gone coverage free, which I attempt to remedy by pushing makeup from the center of my forehead to the apex or else hide the rest of the day with a top-of-the-forehead version of The Thinker pose. To avoid these makeup misadventures, I’ve occasionally forgone fingers in favor of brushes or sponges, and have plenty of foundation-soaked versions of them stuffed into my bathroom drawers to prove it. Still, despite the issues with them, I keep coming back to my digits. They’re always there, usually clean and don’t cost a thing.
As a beauty editor, I try loads of beauty products – my shower is filled with no less than a dozen shampoos, conditioners and body washes at this very moment – and I also waste more than I’d care to admit. It’s not because I’m drowning in so many products I end up trashing them. Quite the contrary, I’m in the beauty biz because I love beauty products and want to use them – all of them, all the way down to the bitter end. Too many beauty bottles don’t let that happen. Like plenty of other beauty junkies on the planet, I’ve pounded bottles on my palms until they’re sore, twisted tubes until my fingers turned white and flooded containers to force the product free. There has to be an easier solution for digging out that last drop.
While there’s no way to turn a regular woman into a Victoria’s Secret model—yet—there are now more personalized beauty resources than ever before, and thanks to your smartphone or tablet, they couldn’t be any easier to utilize. Here’s how forward-thinking women are going about their health and beauty business in 2015.
It wasn’t long after my 30th birthday when BB creams began to make their way from Korea to the U.S. marketplace. Given that they were supposed to provide anti-aging benefits, sun protection and flawless coverage all in one—and that they bore a coveted seal of approval from the most skin-obsessed culture on the planet—I was all over the trend. I happily sampled dozens of formulations that landed on my desk, including a few bona fide Korean formulations, which a coworker brought back after visiting family there. Read More
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may have been the MVP of the Super Bowl last Sunday, but multi-layer dip was the real star of parties across the country. When the ingredients are in perfect balance, the gooey deliciousness of cheese, salsa, beans, sour cream, lettuce, olives and tomatoes can’t be beat. By the same token, a multi-step skin care regimen garners the best results when product application and device usage are correctly calibrated. Otherwise, like disappointing dip, it’s just a gloopy mess. Read More
Over the last decade or so, supercharged ingredient complexes have sparked a skin care arms race, with the industry’s most recognizable brands in a perpetual state of trying to one-up the competition. From unique antioxidants culled from rare berries that grow only in certain far-flung destinations to miraculous complexes said to accomplish the lofty task of making dark spots disappear in a matter of days, when it comes to ingredient stories, we’ve pretty much seen it all. One story whose ending has thus far remained untold, however, is how these ingredients—used topically on the skin, and not merely in a petri dish, as they often are for the sake of clinical tests—actually absorb into the skin.
You read on a tablet. You text on a smart phone. You measure your sleep and steps with the latest wearable device. Your photos are in the cloud. Your plug-in car’s interior resembles a computer. Yet, you are drying your hair each day with a bulbous contraption that doesn’t look too different from the hair dryers you stowed under your sink in the Eighties. Some things have changed. You’ve ditched the Noxzema and Aqua Net that were its constant beauty companions. So, why haven’t you updated that flip-phone of a hair dryer?
If someone would have told you a decade ago that ultrasound and lasers hold the secrets to your biggest beauty issues—or that using them at home would one day be as simple as opening up your medicine cabinet and reaching for a tiny electronic gizmo—you may not have bought it. But hand-held gadgets that pull off a variety of tasks for which we used to need an appointment (and, often, a sizeable amount of disposable income) now account for the beauty industry’s most coveted offerings. In fact, according to a report from Persistence Market Research, women around the globe will be spending upwards of $54 billion on at-home devices by the year 2020.
So, what are women looking for in their beauty technology? This will come as no surprise, but tangible results are top priority. It’s pretty easy to understand that although measures that involve needles and scalpels are well known to, well, work, most of us would rather entertain less drastic options before we go there. And, given the new crop of all stars, going there may no longer be necessary. Here, a roundup of the most innovative devices on the market.
We decided to check back in on a hot skin care device that we originally reported on last year to see what’s new and if after a year of being in the market, the reaction is still the same. I’ve been faithfully using my JeNu Infuser since I originally wrote this post and for once agree that it is a “game-changer” (as played out as that term is). I even recently decided to upgrade to the newer, more powerful PLUS model that launched Spring of this year. Here is the re-edit of the JeNu Round-Up so you can see all the reviews and press in one place and decide for yourself if this is the right device for you to invest in this year (HINT: It is!).
Jan 2015: These days, one of the most buzzed-about skin care devices on the market is a tool called the JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser—a tiny handheld wand that claims to help our skin better absorb key anti-aging ingredients, and in turn showcase better, faster results. Editors love it, bloggers love it, and if you’ve read my recent review, you know that I love it … but what about everyone else? Are the women who have shelled out their hard-earned cash for this device just as happy?
Because many readers have expressed interest in the JeNu but remain hesitant due to the higher-than-average price tag (totally understandable) I went ahead and compiled what I think is some very helpful research. Here, you’ll find my roundup of JeNu web reviews. You’ll notice that I’ve highlighted what I feel is most important, so that you don’t have to spend hours reading every single piece—but if you do want to read through everything, I included links.
Worth noting: in the case of every single beauty product out there, everyone’s experience is going to be different. And, with this one, the experience will depend on the products you use it with. But since JeNu offers a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee, the decision to try is pretty easy. (According to their website, you get free shipping both ways, meaning that they also pay for the return shipping if you are unsatisfied. They also issue full refunds (no restocking fees).
There are few things more beautiful than a great smile. So, it should come as no surprise the tools that help us get gorgeous grins – toothbrushes, toothpastes and whitening agents – are starting to infiltrate beauty stores. Read More