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My Secret To Revealing Younger Looking Skin With Boots Beauty (+ GIVEAWAY)

November 25th, 2015 by Christen

The holidays are filled with reuniting with family and friends plus photos for Facebook and Instagram – the last thing I need is cold weather ushering in dry skin dilemmas.  Dull, flaky skin and dark spots are not welcomed on this face and it only takes one sub-par selfie to remind me to supercharge my skincare regimen with the UK’s #1 beauty brand –  Boots No7.


Boots No7


Lucky for me, youthful genes run in the family and I don’t have to stress out about wrinkles and fine lines anytime soon.   But that doesn’t give me the green light to neglect proper care for my skin.  Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum is the prevention care that my skin needs, it’s easy to use and provides easy-to-see results.  After 2 weeks, skin looks younger and more radiant; by 4 weeks, skin looks clearer, and fine lines are visibly reduced.


Boots No7


As a “wash-and-go” kinda girl, I don’t have a lot of time fuss over my face in the morning.  Using the Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum is as easy as it gets.  After cleaning my face, I simply apply the serum and go!  (To fight off dry winter skin, I also use No7 Beautiful Skin moisturizing cream & Youthful Eye serum to boost protection and keep the ashy face at bay.)


What comes next is soft, hydrated skin that looks completely refreshed, renewed and ready to snap a throwback selfie reminiscent of my high school years!  (It’s no wonder 80% of women said this serum provided the best anti-aging results they had ever seen!)


Boots No7


The beauty behind Boots, is that no matter what stage your skin is in, they have skincare for everyone! Boots No7 offers four anti-aging skincare ranges that target different stages of skin aging and concerns.

No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced: Powerful prevention that protects skin from future signs of aging, keeping it looking younger for longer.

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced: This serum restores visibly younger looking skin and is intended to combat deeper lines and wrinkles.

No7 Life & Luminate Day & Night Serum: This powerful duo targets three key signs of visible aging: wrinkles, lack of firmness, and uneven skin tone.

No7 Restore & Renew Day & Night Serum: Clinically proven to strengthen mature skin and reveal youthful radiance. This powerful serum duo works together to effectively target five key signs of aging in mature skin.


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Using Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum has unveiled my best skin this season, why not discover how it can help you too!  Need to supercharge your skincare regimen?  Want a fresh/younger look in time for the holidays?  Enter to win 1 of 4 Boots No7 #MyBestSkin gift packs ($25-$30 Value) in two easy steps.

  1. Follow @BootsBeautyUSA on Twitter
  2. Tweet. “I’m ready to reveal #MyBestSkin with @BootsBeautyUSA and @DivasandDorks – You can enter to win too!


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And just like that you’re entered to win and on your way to discovering younger looking skin!  Four winners will be selected at random and notified by 12/7/15.


For more than 165 years, Boots has been committed to delivering products that offer real results for people all around the world. For more information and discover which No7 products are right for you, connect with Boots on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today or discover a variety of products online at


Discover How To Extend Your Summer Glow All Winter Long

November 11th, 2015 by Christen


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by BIC through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about BIC® Soleil® Glow® Razor, all opinions are my own.

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I must admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of the cooler autumn months.  Sure most fashionistas affiliate fall with fashion and style, but for me – fall weather means dark skies, cold temps and ultimately the final curtain that unveils the cold hard fact that “winter is coming”. 




Because I simply adore summer and never want it to end, I try my best to avoid the cold and chase the sun by traveling during winter months.  There’s no better place to become inspired than the beach.  The warm sun, smell of crisp ocean air and sounds of the ocean not only creates the ultimate moments of peace and happiness – but it also extends the ultimate summer glow. 




Of course, there’s no way I could step foot on the beach without getting beach ready with BIC® Soleil® Glow® Razors first.  Armed with  a few Bic Soleil Glow Razors skincare tips – I was ready to take on the beach and create a summer glow that’ll last well into the upcoming dreary winter months.  Want to know how I extended my summer glow?  Check out a few tips from BIC Soleil Glow below:



  1.  Shave At Night: Shaving removes dead skin cells and the superficial layer of your skin. Shaving at night will give your skin the entire night to recover its strength and suppleness to resist irritation.


  1. Shave In The Shower: Try not to shave any part of your body without having your skin perfectly clean. This will help prevent infection or bumps. Apply hot water or shave after showering. Warm humidity increases skin elasticity and softens your hair. Hot water actually diminishes hair toughness, which can increase blade longevity and wet hair is easier to shave.


  1. Bring On The Shaving Cream: Once your hair is softened, the razor will glide more easily over your skin, avoiding damage. Shaving cream / gel with Aloe Vera is preferred to normal soap as it will be gentler on your skin and lift your hair. Lather the cream / gel with back and forth motions over the area you are going to shave. Leave the cream / gel on your skin two minutes before shaving.


  1. Sharp Blades Make For Great Shaves: Keep in mind that the duller the blade, the more irritated your skin will become. Change your blades regularly, especially if you have sensitive skin. On sensitive areas, such as bikini and underarms, shaving with a dull blade can result in red spots.




Create your summer glow and shine bright all winter long with BIC Soleil Glow razors. Get social with BIC Soleil on Facebook and Twitter today or visit them online at  How do you extend your summer glow?  Are you rocking bright and citrus colors this Fall?  Traveling south for the winter?  Share how you create warm sunny moments in your life this winter in the comment section below!

7 Anti-Aging Tips To Keep You Looking Years Younger Today

April 16th, 2015 by Lifestyle Staff

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Do you have friends or family members who seem to never age? No matter how old they get, their appearance is youthful and glowing. While genes play a role in how the body ages, they are not the only factor in aging gracefully. In fact, erasing years from your appearance is actually simpler than most people think.

I caught up with Veronica Barton-Schwartz, a leading expert in skin care with more than 30 years of experience and owner of Veronica Malibu Skin and Body Care Center in Malibu, California for tips on how to turn back the age-effects in our bodies.  Barton-Schwartz’s clientele includes everyone from surfers who have sun-damaged skin to aging Hollywood actresses who are trying to maintain an edge in their career. She notes that repairing skin must happen from the inside out. Here are her top recommendations for maintaining that coveted youthful glow:


Steer clear of skin saboteurs
“Smoking and sun damage accelerate aging and put you at risk for certain cancers,” says Barton-Schwartz. “Apply sunscreen faithfully. Opt for broad-spectrum formulas with antioxidants, such as vitamin C, to offset ultraviolet light. Be sure to wear a 4-inch brim hat, UV sunglasses and UV clothing when in the mid-day sun.”




Stay hydrated
“I can always tell when someone isn’t drinking enough water from the condition of their skin,” says Barton-Schwartz. “Water protects cardiovascular health, keeps the brain in top working condition, facilitates weight loss and promotes detoxification. Water also transports oxygen to our cells, removes waste and protects our joints and organs.”



Eat smart
“What benefits the skin the most is eliminating sugar and white flour from your diet. You should also increase your consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein, ” Barton-Schwartz says. “Then, add in an omega-3 supplement every day. My favorite brand is Nordic Naturals. Most associate omega-3s with cardiovascular health, but the benefits go far beyond the heart. Omega-3s benefit brain and cognitive function, joint mobility, eye health and healthy skin and hair, too. My skin looks better and I feel better when I take my omega-3 supplements.”



Exfoliate regularly
“A weekly buffing of the skin gets rid of dead skin and stimulates cell turnover,” says Barton-Schwartz. “This helps your skin produce new collagen, leaving your face and body feeling smooth and refreshed. I recommend nonabrasive peels.”





Break a sweat
“Exercise improves circulation, increasing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells and tissues, and it also reduces wrinkle-causing inflammation,” Barton-Schwartz says.



Apply food-based nutrients
“Research has shown that many food-based nutrients provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity when applied topically,” says Barton-Schwartz. “Topical antioxidants work synergistically to enhance the natural health of the skin alongside a healthy diet and supplements. Our most popular antioxidant moisturizer contains ingredients like grape seed oil, orange flower, neroli, chamomile, sage, bergamot tea, avocado oil and soy.”



Sleep well
Barton-Schwartz notes the term “beauty sleep” actually has some science behind it. “Certain hormones are released during specific stages of sleep. A lack of consistent sleep disrupts the normal release of those hormones, impacting every single biological process,” she says. “This leads to an increase in inflammatory substances in your blood stream that damage your skin on a cellular lever, as well as accelerate aging.”


Now that you know these effective tips that will turn back the hands of time, which tips are you excited to implement first?





#NoFilter Summer Skin With Mario Badescu Skin Care

July 2nd, 2014 by Christen

Let’s face the facts… it’s too darn hot to wear a cake face full of makeup just to mask imperfect skin.  You sweat, makeup melts and its just not pretty.  Have you ever tried fixing a melted face of makeup?  You add powders, blenders, blotters, smudgers and add even more product to a face that may not need all that cover up in the first place.  This summer my life has been changed by the Mario Badescu Skin Care line of products, it’s given me a fresh glow and makes me think twice about wearing makeup this summer.


Mario Badescu Skin Care



Mario Badescu skin care is the go-to for such celebrities as Oprah, Jennifer Anniston, Iman, Queen Latifah and more.  If it’s good enough for celebrities KNOWN for their flawless skin, then it was definitely good enough for me to want to check it out for myself.   I originally learned about Mario Badescu from The Makeup Show NYC Blogger preview event a few years back.  The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion was my first product peek into a skin care line and has become my secret to annihilating random stubborn pimples for years.

Since then, I’ve been able to get into other products including the Mario Badescu Enzyme Clensing Gel, Cucumber Cleansing Lotion, Cucumber Face Mask, Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, Rosewater and more.


Everyone is is search of that skin care line that makes skin care simple, easy and makes you want to take unfiltered selfies! These products have become my go-to for flawless, wash and go skin this summer and I wouldn’t be a good friend if I didn’t share them with you!



Mario Badescu Skin Care


1.  The Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel – This non-foaming, gel cleanser thoroughly removes the day’s makeup, dirt, and oil without overdrying the skin. Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts contain exfoliating Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help prevent dulling buildup that can cause blackheads and breakouts. 



Mario Badescu Skin Care


2.  Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion – Your skin will be refreshed and deep cleansed with this 4% alcohol and soothing Cucumber Extract astringent. Removes pore clogging residue and disinfects skin’s surface for thoroughly clean skin to prevent future acne problems.



Mario Badescu Skin Care



3.  Mario Badescu Cucumber Tonic Mask – Purify and tighten pores with this cooling, refreshing, mask. Made with soothing Cucumber Extract and oil absorbing clays. For maintenance on normal, combination and oily skin, this mask keeps skin looking smooth and healthy.



Mario Badescu Skin Care



4.  Mario Badescu Facial Spray – A refreshing, hydrating mist to use anywhere anytime. Simply formulated with fragrant Herbal Extracts and Rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Spray your day and night creams for a boost of hydration or use it to set make-up or spray on dry hair throughout the day.

Discover the complete Mario Badscu Skin Care line and find out which products is perfect for you, check out today.

What summer skin regimen do you follow?  Are you a wash and go gal like me?  Share your summer skin care woes below!


Combat Sensitive Skin And Get “Clinically Clean” With CLn Skin Care

May 9th, 2014 by Christen

We all want healthy skin and body that glows from the inside out right? Sometimes you have to take out-of-the-box measures to achieve the results that you ultimately want. You can exercise and try all sorts of over the counter cleaners, but for a deep, clinical clean take a look at dermatologist-developed and clinically-tested CLn Skin Care.


CLn Skin Care

This week, I was introduced to the CLn Skin Care line of hair, facial and body washes at CityRow Fitness studio in New York City.  During the event, editors learned how sweat inducing workouts outdoors and in the gym can potentially contribute adverse affects on skin from bacterial infections, eczema, compromised skin and more.

 CLn Skin Care


CLn Facial Cleanser is a dermatologist-developed, clinically-tested product designed to calm and soothe skin prone to eczema, acne and rosacea. Preserved with sodium hypochlorite and formulated with glycerin and skin conditioners, CLn Facial Cleanser gently wipes away dirt and bacteria while allowing skin to retain moisture, creating a nourishing and hydrating experience for people prone to sensitive skin.



CLn Skin Care


CLn BodyWash is a dermatologist-developed, clinically-tested product designed to calm and soothe skin prone to eczema, acne, itchy skin/scalp, sensitive skin conditions, infection and also aids in the reduction of body odor.


CLn Skin Care

 CLn SportWash is a dermatologist-developed, clinically-tested product designed for athletes and active individuals prone to acne, skin infection and folliculitis, while also aiding in the reduction of body odor.


In addition to the dermatologist approved skincare line, CLn also has a high performance shampoo designed to create a happy and healthy scalp.  CLn Shampoo is a dermatologist-designed, clinically-tested, high-performance shampoo that effectively cleanses a normal to oily scalp prone to folliculitis, dermatitis or dandruff, frequently resulting in itching and/or flaking.

Do you have a child that suffers from eczema, acne, itchy skin/scalp, sensitive skin conditions or infection?  Check out CLn bathing tips and tricks to Make your children’s baths fun and simple with CLn Skincare.

CLN Skincare



Discover the entire line of CLn Skin Care products and healthy inspired grab bag of gifts and get more information on the entire CLn Skin Care line at and get social on Twitter and Facebook today. #ThinkCLn

Spruce Up Your Skincare With Olay Fresh Effects

April 5th, 2013 by Christen

Olay Fresh Effects

According to the calendar, it is Springtime (even if you’re still wearing a bubble coat and boots).  You’re preparing for warmer weather and brighter fashions, why not spruce up your skincare regimen?  Updating my skincare routine wasn’t a thought until I came home to an awesome surprise from Olay Fresh Effects.

Olay Fresh Effects



I’m no beauty expert, but my grandma taught me a few things and when it comes to skincare I believe in two things: Exfoliating and Moisturizing.  Lucky for me, the Olay Fresh Effects line includes a great exfoliating cleanser (Bead Me Up) that doesn’t leave my skin feeling dried out and stiff.  (And when you pair in the pulsating power cleansing brush, dirt & leftover makeup doesn’t stand a chance!) I usually finish up with Long Live Moisture or BB Cream for a fresh-faced look.




The Olay Fresh Effects product line includes:

Va-Va-Vivid Powered Contour Cleansing Brush – It’s soft silicon bristles cleanse 400% better – even on waterproof make-up! – for a refreshing clean you can see and feel.




BB Cream – A cream that combines 24-hour hydration and a splash of sheer color for a brighter, smoother, more even skin tone and a virtually flawless, radiant look.

Bead Me Up – We’ve brought together foaming bubbles and exfoliating microbeads to give you the freshest wash you’ve ever had. Millions of bubbles gently purify and lift away dirt, while exfoliating microbeads softly scrub your skin for a beautifully fresh, healthy look.




• Long Live Moisture – A lightweight moisturizer that keeps skin soft and smooth for up to 24-hours.

Shine, Shine, Go Away – Nothing says refreshment like a deep-down-to-the-pores clean. Our shine minimizing cleanser has all the purifying power of a mask, but lathers and rinses like a daily cleanser to remove 2X more dirt oil and make-up than basic cleansing. Formula with kaolin clay lifts away impurities and helps minimize shine – even after you leave the sink! Treat yourself to a deeper clean for a fresher feel.




S’Wipe Out – Gentle, everyday cleansing in a jiffy. Each of these special pre-moistened cloths is covered in cottony-soft cleansing pockets to lift away dirt and makeup – even waterproof mascara – in a flash. With light Olay moisture and vitamin E they leave skin feeling clean, soft and smooth all in one easy step. So S’wipe off your day for freshness you can see and feel.



If you’re thinking about trying something new and sprucing up your skincare with Olay Fresh Effects, stop by your local Walmart or head over to and start your new skincare routine today.

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Disclosure:  The Olay Fresh Effects product, information and gift pack has been provided by Olay, however all shared opinions are my own.Olay Fresh Effects

Olay Fresh Effects

Olay Fresh Effects

Review: Picture Perfect Skin With Silk’n FaceFX Treatment System

May 14th, 2012 by Christen

Have you ever noticed random blemishes, skin texture changes or wrinkles that seem to appear out of nowhere?  I’ve definitely noticed a few unwanted dark spots on my face that seemed to have appeared overnight? (…and with upcoming on-camera appearances to look forward to, they have also completely freaked me out!)  A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to the FaceFX light treatment.  As a girl interested in all things tech, I wanted to look into the science & technology behind this beauty treatment to determine if using this product could work for me.

The Face FX Skin Rejuvenation and Anti-Aging Light Treatment relies on Home Fractional (HF) Technology – a safe and effective manner to provide stimulation of heat and light energy to the multiple layers of your skin, without high levels of discomfort, making it a pain-free alternative to Botox or surgery.  The Active HF targets the top layer of your skin to address fine lines and pores, leading to texture improvements. The Deep HF penetrates deeper into the skin to address larger wrinkles and discolored spots. By fractionating the energy FaceFX is able to penetrate deeper into the skin without high levels of discomfort and create clearer & healthier looking skin.


Personally, after use – my skin felt a little warmer & I had slight redness (but felt no discomfort at all).  My areas of concern were primarily my eyes (working 24hours a day has it’s disadvantages…) and fading a few random dark spots along my forehead.  Since I currently don’t have wrinkles (Thank God!) I’ve been using Silk’n FaceFX as a preventative treatment along my eye area and corrective treatment along my forehead.  I’m just under two weeks of using the product, therefore I haven’t noticed a huge difference in my skin’s appearance yet.  However, I’ll share the before/after photos of another Silk’n user for you to see the difference in results for yourself.


Beauty Benefits: FaceFx improvise skin texture, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, fades the appearance of dark skin patches and reduces pore size.

Simple to Use and Quick Results: With FaceFX you can expect noticeable results within 3-7 weeks after treatment.  (Note: For the first month, users are advised to use FaceFX 3 times a week and once a week thereafter for maintenance. Each treatment session should be 15-20 minutes.)

Ideal for Spa Addicts and Beauty Buffs: Anyone who wants a more natural youthful appearance and is tired of the expense of high-end facial creams, professional laser treatments and/or facials, FaceFX is the solution! The cost-savings of not having to purchase additional creams or make up, are significant.

Privacy and Convenience: The exciting benefits of FaceFX technology can be enjoyed in the convenience and privacy of your home, whenever the time is right for you.


Interested in trying out Silk’n FaceFX for yourself? D&D readers can receive a 20% discount on any of Silk’n FaceFX products – just visit and use the DISCOUNT CODE: NYNY upon checkout.  See what others have to say about Silk’n FaceFX and connect with other users on Facebook at


*Disclosure* This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Single Edition Media.  Silk’n FaceFX has provided this site with a product for review, however all opinions are 100% own of



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