TMG Faves: Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser…

I know I have a lot of TMG Faves recently – what can I say? There are a lot of good launches out there. Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser [$38] has made it onto my list of favorite things simply by being uncomplicated and STELLAR in more ways than one.  First off, when I used this (got a sample at Sephora and used for 4 days) I noticed that it took off EVERY STITCH of makeup – I mean all of it.  When I rinsed with a hot face towel it was FILLED with makeup, dirt etc, bonus is that my skin felt SUPER clean.  It’s definitely an anti-aging cleanser – it’s really nourishing without being greasy and tones and firms the skin all in one fell swoop. This eliminates the need to pre-cleanse or even double cleanse as this helps you get it right the first time.

Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser

This non-drying, rich melting cleanser is the best of biotechnology and offers an unparalleled sensorial experience. The powerful formula combines both alguronic acid, a patented antiaging breakthrough, and microalgae oil, a new source of nourishing oil, to visibly replenish and smooth skin. This transforming cleanser melts into a silky oil to lift away all traces of long-wearing makeup gently and effectively. Upon contact with water, this lightweight oil turns into a milky emulsion and rinses clean to wash away impurities, leaving skin beautifully cleansed, soft, and radiant-looking.

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NEW: Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex for Hair…

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by SheaMoisture via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of SheaMoisture.

I’ve teamed up with SheaMoisture (a brand I have long been a fan of) to tell you a bit about their newest range SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex. This range smells absolutely divine and with all the goodies packed in here – your hair will be thanking you when you are done. The best part about this is that you can use it even if you have color treated hair (YAY!)

Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex

I used the scalp serum as a pre-treat for my hair as my scalp has been pretty dry lately. This helped with that 100%. I massaged it down through my hair and then shampooed. The creamy, sulfate free shampoo breaks into a pretty nice lather (most sulfate free formulas don’t lather all that much) that gently cleanses without stripping hair. My hair felt clean afterwards, but not “squeaky” (which is a good thing because if it’s squeaky then I can’t get a comb through it). It also felt VERY moisturized but not overly so.  Sometimes products will leave a film or buildup on my hair, this doesn’t do that at all which was a pleasant surprise.

The conditioner expertly detangled my hair and left it feeling smooth and hydrated while the hair mask was FABULOUS. I left this on for about 8 minutes in the shower while I did other things – my hair was fabulously soft and shiny afterwards.

The Rundown:

  • Made with certified organic shea butter and other natural ingredients
  • Superfruit Complex: a blend of red raspberry ketone, goji, acai and guava extracts rich in anti-aging antioxidants.
  • Marula Oil: Contains natural plant peptides that help support hair’s elasticity
  • Biotin: Nourishes individual strands for thicker, stronger hair
  • Organic shea butter and other natural ingredients make this a powerful system for your hair. It provides anti-aging benefits, heat and color protection, hydration, nourishment, rejuvenation, shine and so much more! When used together, the four products (a shampoo, conditioner, masque, and hair & scalp serum) help to perfect and renew vibrancy due to dull, lackluster hair.

The Superfruit blend of red raspberry, ketones, goji, acai, and guava extracts will leave your hair feeling soft and smelling delicious! Learn more by visiting

SheaMoisture products can be found at drugstores like Walgreens nationwide and at Target stores.

Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex

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TMG Faves: Estée Lauder Little Black Primer…

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer [$24.00] is my new love!!  Lash primer is a love it or hate it type of thing, I love it, BUT I hate the fact that it’s WHITE.  You really have to get mascara on every little lash to cover it up.  If you don’t, it shows. What I REALLY love about this one (besides the fact that it is BLACK) is that it is TRULY a multi-use product and you KNOW how I love a good multi-tasker!!) It’s the new Little Black Dress of lashes, a single, foolproof, all-occasion formula that belongs in every makeup wardrobe.   You can use this baby in THREE ways:  a lash tint, a lash primer and a water-resistant topcoat to set…..that’s a lot of value for your money.

Estee Lauder Little Black Primer

It should come as no surprise that eyelashes are a lot like hair. They should be prepped and styled to look their best, and need the right base to stay looking curled and voluminous all day. A primer, in effect, acts like pomade to help lashes hold their shape. But the benefits don’t stop there.

Estée Lauder takes the simple primer two steps further by adding a subtle black tint, and making it long wearing – not just from day to night, but overnight. The formula is light enough to wear under your favorite mascara for extra volume, but the soft black shade means that you can use it alone for subtle definition. When it’s applied over your favorite mascara, it adds a lightweight layer of extra support, giving you water-resistant lashes, and helping to reduce smudging and flaking. The gently curved brush adds extra curl and lift.

Little Black Primer is a makeup prep-step that creates the ideal base for longer, fuller lashes that stay flexible and feel healthy. It’s a lightweight weekend mascara. It’s a water-resistant topcoat. It’s what you never knew you always wanted.
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Red Carpet Beauty: Julia Roberts at the 2015 SAG Awards…

Julia Roberts - 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards

I love Julia Roberts!  How classy did she look on the red carpet last nightat the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards?   Just elegantly classic in that black Givenchy tux. The makeup was also inspired by her chic wardrobe, makeup artist Genevieve Herr … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Camilla Alves at the 2015 SAG Awards…

Camilla Alves - 2015 SAG Awards

Camilla Alves has been slaying recently while accompanying her talented  husband Matthew McConaughey to all the awards shows. For the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards, she donned a deep, jewel toned purple Donna Karan gown.  Avon Global Celebrity … [Continue reading]

Drugstore Diva: The Return of Dry Spray Deodorant…

Dry Spray Deodorant

When I was in junior high school (it wasn't called middle school back then LOL) dry spray deodorant was EVERYTHING.  I couldn't WAIT to use them....we had so many to choose from like Soft'N Dry, Arrid XXtra Dry, Sure (raise your hand if you're … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: GLAMGLOW THIRSTYCLEANSE Daily Treatment Cleanser…

Glam Glow ThirstyCleanse

How many products can actually say they give you a red carpet worthy look when all is said and done?  GLAMGLOW THIRSTYCLEANSE Daily Treatment Cleanser [$39] can! I have used the GlamGlow muds before and loved the results, so when these cleansers came … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 SAG Awards…

Lupita Nyong'o 2015 SAG Awards

I love awards season!!  Lupita Nyong'o at the 2015 SAG Awards was casually cool and beautiful with luminous skin, shiny bright lips and a flawless Elie Saab gown with a plunging neckline, vertical stripes and a floral pattern.  Her hair was regally … [Continue reading]

Spring 2015: Laura Mercier Watercolour Clouds…

Laura Mercier Watercolour Clouds

Ahhh don't you love it?  The spring collections start rolling in JUST when we are in the middle of the cold snap.  Laura Mercier Watercolour Clouds is a very pretty, subtle collection based around the exploration and expression of moods. The mood for … [Continue reading]

Beauty News: Gigi Hadid is the New Face of Maybelline New York…

Gigi Hadid is the New Face of Maybelline

Gigi Hadid is the new Face of Maybelline New York.  My favorite Real Housewives of anything is Yolanda Foster. She pulls no punches AT ALL...she was a 90's supermodel, plus she has her white jeans game on lock.  So it makes sense that her daughter … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Kerry Washington at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Kerry Washington - 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Kerry Washington was STUNNING at the 2015 Golden Globes.  People may not have loved her Mary Katranzou gown (I thought it was really pretty even though the length was a teensy bit awkward should have been all the way to the floor or about 4 inches … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Kristen Wiig at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Kristen Wiig - 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Kristen Wiig looked so pretty at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday. Her look was fresh modern and breezy which I loved.  I just love seeing smart, funny women on TV. Her romantic dress called for sexy and modern makeup created by makeup … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Chrissy Teigen at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Chrissy Teigen - 2015 Golden Globe Awards

John Legend may have won the Golden Globe Sunday night for Best Original Song, but it’s his wife Chrissy Teigen who stole the Red Carpet spotlight. Her blush pink sheath gown and super chic, tousled ponytail were very easy and fuss free. She looked … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Lupita Nyong'o - 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Lupita Nyong’o was looking lovely last night in a Giambattista Valli couture gown paired with Chopard jewelry.  Makeup artist Nick Barose (another one of my FAVORITES!!) was in charge of the makeup look.  He has been an integral part of Lupita's glam … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Robin Wright at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Robin Wright - 2015 Golden Globes

Robin Wright at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards.  Celebrity makeup artist Tricia Sawyer created the look for Robin Wright for the 2015 Golden Globes last night using Orlane products. First off, Robin is on my FAVORITE show House of Cards so I was SO … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Taylor Schilling at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Taylor Schilling - 2015 Golden Globes

One of my most favorite looks was Taylor Schilling at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards last evening.  NARS Cosmetics worked with celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow (who is one of my favorite makeup artists of all time).  Tina's work is always … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Rodial Cougar Skin Zero Gravity Cream…

Rodial Cougar Skin Zero Gravity Cream

Rodial Cougar Skin Zero Gravity Cream [$162] is my new favorite!!  Here we go - the first skincare review of 2015!  I'm going HARD this year - meaning I am planning to use a lot more skincare that contain special or exciting ingredients. Rodial … [Continue reading]

Spring 2015: Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette…

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette is turning heads and changing the way eye shadow is created and worn.  The 10 year old company has been on the front end of beauty innovation and technology for a WHILE now. They were the first to come out with a … [Continue reading]