November 21, 2012

Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford

It’s happened more than once. Late at night, on the couch, watching Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty infomercial. Before I know it, a half hour has passed, a little drool has escaped, and I NEED THAT SKINCARE. A fortysomething who still looks like a 22-year-old supermodel will do that.

That, and the magical melon serum gets me every time—a rare fruit from the South of France that provides super-antioxidant power. Developed with Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh, whose name you may recognize for his own fancy schmancy skincare line, the Meaningful Beauty Advanced Anti-Aging Skincare System is designed to hydrate, protect, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. I finally bit the bullet and am taking the 30-day Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford challenge—starting today!

There are five products in the system, though I’m most I’m most intrigued by the serum, eye cream, and if there’s hope yet for my neck.

  1. Skin Softening Cleanser
  2. Antioxidant Cay Creme SPF 20
  3. Creme de Serum
  4. Advanced Formula Lifting Eye Creme
  5. Skin Brightening Décolleté and Neck Treatment SPF 15

While the odds of me emerging a supermodel are next to none, I can channel my inner Cindy Crawford while on her program. She’s been quoted saying that a healthy, meaningful life is just as important to staying young and beautiful as your skincare regimen. Here, here! So I’m committing to two meaningful activities a week. First up: Brunch with my feisty, fun-loving 86-year-old grandma, who I won’t see this Thanksgiving. I also started spinning again. Why did I stop? Because working out at 6 o’clock in the morning is hard. Like, REALLY hard. But it’s the only way for me to get the job done. And afterwards, I feel like a million dollars. Soon I hope to be looking like it, too. I’ll be sure report back on my progress!

What meaningful thing will you do this week or in the coming month? I would love some company on this feel-good journey!



April 2, 2010

Vibrating Skincare from Aveeno and RoC

With Clarisonic’s cult-like following (more on these wonder tools next week), it was only a matter of time before skin care companies came up with their own vibrating products. Not that kind of vibrator. I so haven’t had enough coffee to go there. I’m talking about anything that massages the skin to improve elasticity and better absorb product. Johnson & Johnson recently got in the game with the launch several anti-aging skin care lines—Aveeno Ageless Vitality, RoC Brilliance, and Neutrogena Clinical—all designed to mimic physical vibration using natural molecular charges, micro-currents, or, in RoC’s case—”E-pulse technology.” The charge, which you don’t actually feel, stimulates collagen growth. Sounds like a lot of bells and whistles (or hoo-ha—you decide), but if it works we will all have smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin at a fraction of the price of the department store products or derm treatments. I’ve had particularly good results with RoC’s retinol products, and think Aveeno makes some great gentle cleansers and moisturizers, so I’m cautiously optimistic that these new products will deliver. In the mean time, I need a few guinea pigs to test these out for four weeks—the time it typically takes to see significant results—and report back to the group. If you’re game, leave a comment with what your current skin care woes. If you’re 22, I don’t want to hear it!

April 1, 2010

Terri Bly, Nature of Beauty

In honor of Earth Month, I’ll be hitting up the ladies of the green beauty scene for their natural and organic product picks. I could listen to Terri Bly talk about this topic until the grass-fed cows come home. An actress, scientist, and founder of, she has an encyclopedic knowledge of ingredients and a knack for sourcing super-healthy products that actually work. Whatever she tells me to buy, I buy—and have never been disappointed!


Dr. Alkaitis Organic Facial Cleanser ($55) – You’d be hard-pressed to find a better line of skin care. Every product is made-to-order, so the ingredients remain fresh and active. This 100-percent organic cleanser is perfect for all skin types. I always reach for it when my skin is dry, irritated, or in need of some TLC.

Intelligent Nutrients Anti Aging Serum ($60) – Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher’s new Intelligent Nutrients line is so pure, the products are certified-organic by either the USDA or the Soil Association. My favorite is the Anti-Aging Serum. My skin looks radiant almost immediately after applying it.

Rare El’ements Replenishing Essential Conditioner ($44) – I have ridiculously thick hair, so finding a top-notch conditioner has always been a priority. This one is made by the owners of Amato Beverly Hills Spa, who weren’t so much interested in “green” hair care as they were in achieving healthy, gorgeous hair. It’s without question the best conditioner I have ever used.

Couleur Caramel Eye Shadow ($14) – I love just about every product in this makeup line. The mascara is fantastic, as are the foundations and glosses. But what truly separates Couleur Caramel from the rest of the green beauty pack—and puts it in the same league as the department store brands—are the eye shadows. Eighty shades of densely pigmented, gorgeous color.

Red Flower Body Lotion in Icelandic Moonflower ($24 – coming soon!) – I will never forget the day I brought home a box of Red Flower products. A scent unlike anything I had ever experienced filled my living room. Red Flower has an entire collection of fragrant body lotions, washes, and candles, but it’s the Icelandic Moonflower line that I can’t get enough of. Oh, and the lotion is extremely moisturizing, too!

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    Hello lovelies! I'm Elizabeth Dehn, a beauty writer + lifestyle editor who's equally fanatical about lip gloss as juice cleansing. I live in Minneapolis with Mr. Bets and our white lab, Molly Thomas.

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