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Spa at Home Sunday: Perricone MD Chloro Plasma

Sundays are simultaneously the best and worst day of the week for me. Best, because I do my best to either make the greatest plans ever or no plans at all, and worst, because HELLO MONDAY YOU ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER. Sunday night beauty rituals and TV (Game of Thrones finale + Penny Dreadful tonight!) are a welcome routine to level set before what's likely to be a wild and wacky work week begins.

In full disclosure, masks are among my beauty kryptonite, so it's hard to call out a FAVORITE, much in the way that it's hard as a grown woman to have a singular best friend. As Mindy Kaling once said, "Best friend isn't a person, it's a tier." So, basically, that. THAT is exactly how I feel about masks. Now that I've digressed for two paragraphs, let's talk about a mask that sits within that tier of bests, Perricone MD's Chloro Plasma.

New and thereby automatically interesting to me, Chloro Plasma bills itself as an anti-aging mask, and that's great, because frankly, I COULD stand to look/be younger. But more importantly, this mask boasts, like many Perricone products, oddly magical, radiance-inducing qualities that are hard to put your finger on. I slather on a generous fingerful, above, about once a week and let this mask work it's magic. It turns pleasingly Elphaba-like green, thanks to the Phytonutrient-enriched Microcapsules including Blue Green Algae and Watercress, and when rinsed off after 15-20 minutes, skin looks abundantly fresh and radiant, and somehow purified, even after just one application.

Miracles are few and far between in skincare, but Chloro Plasma comes close to feeling miraculous.

Shop Perricone MD at Sephora stores or online.

Back in Stock: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

It's not often that we talk about the staple products, those that have earned a permanent place in my makeup bag. Among them, the glorious Ambient Lighting Palette from Hourglass Cosmetics, a long-sold-out limited edition from last year's Holiday collection. Home to three generously sized finishing powders - Incandescent Light, a shade exclusive to this palette, and two existing shades, Dim Light and Radiant Light - it provides the ultimate in complexion perfection. I finish my look daily with it, and never travel without it.

And now, it can be yours! After unprecedented demand, the Ambient Lighting Palette has returned, blessedly, just as I hit pan on Dim Light, the center shade. Pick one up -backups may be necessary - for $58 at Sephora.

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3: No Filter Skin with Proactiv +

When it comes to skincare, I'd always been one to err, shallowly, on the side of glamour as opposed to efficacy. But as I get a little older, and continue to struggle with blemishes and also the marks of blemishes past, I'm open to more practical solutions. Practical solutions like Proactiv +.

Developed by Drs. Katie Rodan & Kathy Fields, and best known for its core three-step program, which includes a gentle Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, the Pore Targeting Treatment and the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator, Proactiv +'s collection has expanded to includes a suite of products designed to combat essentially every blemish. And as part of a month-long ambassadorship with the brand, I'll be taking a #nofilterproactiv + challenge.  Over the course of the next four weeks, I'm rotating Proactiv + products as needed into my regimen and I'll be sharing, along with a few of my favorite beauty blogging peers, my skin's progress.

Early favorites for my skin are the Proactiv+ Makeup Cleansing Wipes, which I use before exfoliating, and the Mark Fading Pads, professional-strength, oil-controlling pads that work to fade dark spots left over from blemishes past - I've got a pesky spot right near my left ear that's already looking less noticable after just a week of (far-from-diligent) of use.

Stay tuned for updates on Instagram (follow me and @Proactiv +) and if you'd like a chance to win the core Proactiv+ 3-Step System, valued at $29.95, leave a comment below! I'll select a winner on Friday, June 13!

For more information and to purchase, visit DiscoverProactiv.com.

New York Life: Now Entering #Rangerstown

It's a truth universally acknowleged that on any average day, New York is a hell of a town. Make that day instead a GORGEOUS early summer evening and throw in our New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS and frankly my friends, you've got pure magic.

That was last night, as a Game 1 Viewing Party & Fan Fest took over Bryant Park -  Rangers vs L.A. Kings (that East Coast - West Coast rivalry is live and real) projected live on a giant screen, and hockey-centric activities and merch galore. I may not have worn Rangers blue, but I was not above posing with a life size cut out of Henrik Lundqvist, peeps - go ahead and get a visual. 

While the spirit of New York didn't quite drive us to a win last night, the series has just begun. Stay tuned to @NYRangers on Twitter for pending game 5 and game 7 viewing parties, to be announced - hockey fan or no, we're all New Yorkers and I'm hard pressed to think of a more fun (and free!) evening activity.

Thick as Thieves: Kérastase Densifique

For better or worse, I'm often inclined to believe that more is indeed better. That holds true for so many things that I love, among them my hair. But despite my best efforts, my fine hair sometimes feels destined to be...less, and a piece of that has certainly been brought to be over the past year by the cumulative effects of what experts call "life-stress." For me, that was not one, but TWO wrist breaks, a move (ugh!), the bitter end of a relationship, and a hyper-demanding work schedule.

But thankfully, one of my favorite hair brands, Kérastase, has come to the rescue with the new Densifique Collection. Comprised of three easy, yet luxurious products (is there a better combination?), Densifique adds substance, shine AND resilience to hair:

 - Densifique Bain Densité ($39): Cleanses - gently! - and helps to strengthen hair from roots to ends.
- Densifique Masque Densité ($62.50): This uniquely textured, gel-like mask smooths hair and leaves what can only be described as bountiful bounciness.
- Densifique Densimorphose Mousse ($42): This decadent, thoroughly unsticky mousse adds volume while retaining softness.

After just two weeks of solid use, my hair is showing its appreciation. Here a Densifique-style, #stressfreeselfie to prove it:

 Densifique is available for purchase at Kérastase Consultancy Salons or online at www.kerastase-usa.com, but three lucky readers will win a set of their own! For your chance to win, tune in and follow along on Twitter @eye4style and @KerastaseUSA

While all opinions expressed are my own, this post was produced in partnership with Kérastase.


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