Review: Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm…

I am a sucker for a good eye cream, especially one that is a good multi-tasker.  Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm [$65] is my new favorite.  It’s lightweight but packs a powerful punch thanks to alguronic acid, this is the hallmark of Algenist’s products. Algenist is a biotechnology laboratory out of the Bay Area and while they pursuing renewable energy solutions, they unexpectedly discovered the powerful properties of Alguronic Acid, the bioactive compound available only in Algenist products. Alguronic acid minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and improves the appearance of skin firmness.  How great is THAT??

This rich, nourishing eye cream visibly diminishes signs of aging around the eyes, while decreasing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Alguronic Acid combined with vitamin C, caffeine, as well as cucumber, aloe and green tea extracts help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps nourish and hydrate the eye area for a recharged and rejuvenated appearance.

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
The Rundown:

  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Decreases the look of puffiness and dark circles
  • Helps nourish and hydrate the eye area

In comparison testing, Alguronic Acid outperformed other well-known active antiaging ingredients, demonstrating superior antiaging benefits. Average results measured following an in vitro test with Alguronic Acid:
– 55% increase in cellular regeneration
– 32% increase in elastin synthesis
– 26% decrease in melanin production

Following a self-assessment of 100 women, within 10 days of daily use:
– 86 % Felt skin density, suppleness, and elasticity was restored
– 93% Felt skin radiance appeared boosted

Within 4 weeks of daily use:
– Deep wrinkles appeared minimized in 78% of subjects.
– Skin appeared noticeably tightened and lifted in 81% of subjects.

My experience is a noticeable smoother appearance around my eyes AND bonus my concealer goes on SUPER smooth as well.   The caffeine helps out with dark circles and to increase circulation around the eyes and the cucumber soothes!  The best thing I like about this eye cream is that is is SO LIGHTWEIGHT but it does  the job of a much heavier eye cream in terms of the results you get.

Algenist is available at Ulta, Sephora and on

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TMG Faves: Ahava Dry Oil Body Mist With Cactus and Pink Pepper…

My darling readers….I have emerged from my winter doldrums!  Ahava Dry Oil Body Mist With Cactus and Pink Pepper has gotten me over the hump!  My skin is notoriously dry in the winter and when the weather gets warmer (thank god it has!) I have a transition period where NOTHING works.  This dry oil is the perfect solution….not greasy but extremely moisturizing.

Ahava Dry Oil Body Mist With Cactus and Pink Pepper

This pampering spray-on dry oil is infused with a unique mix of Dead Sea plant oils that provide skin with a new smoothness, suppleness and enduring radiance. The uplifting, energetic scent of Cactus & Pink Pepper, along with lightweight hydration makes this a must have body care companion for a radiant glow.

The Rundown:

  • Jojoba Seed Oil, one of nature’s greatest replenishing agents, smoothes, softens and hydrates skin
  • Dunaliella Algae slows down cell degradation by protecting skin from free radical damage
  • Sesame Seed and Vitamin E Oils, rich in healing and anti-aging properties, help strengthen the skin’s natural protective barriers and give the body a healthy glow.

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Steal This: ULTA 21 Days of Beauty Spring 2015…

The Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Spring 2015 event is in full swing! There are some unbelievable deals in this bi-annual SALE-a bration (like the Mai Couture online only steal Blush Papier 50% OFF NOW $8.75 on March 30th or the Algenist Online only steal Firming & Lifting Collection for $40 ($124 value) on 3/17 THAT’S TODAY – HELLLOOOOO!)  You may remember the event from this past fall – this is a twice a year celebration with sales GALORE. This spring the dates are March 15 – April 4 so even though it has started already there are still PLENTY of beauty bargains to be had…ready, set, STEAL!!

Ulta 21 days of Beauty Spring 2015

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Smell This: AERIN Rose de Grasse Parfum…

AERIN Rose de Grasse Parfum

It's time for spring, don't you think?  Aerin Rose de Grasse [$185] is all about spring.  As I type this - we are in the middle of what is hopefully our last snow storm of the year and I need some inspiration!! Rose de Grasse is not your average … [Continue reading]

TMG Ageless: Dermaplane Skin Treatment with Dr. Tina West…

Dermaplaning - West Institute

Have you ever heard of a Dermaplane skin treatment?? I'll be honest - I hadn't. Not before I met Dr. Tina West of The West Institute.  Dr. West is the founder of The West Institute and is a board certified dermatologist and leading expert in … [Continue reading]

Spring 2015: NARS Dual Intensity Blush…

Spring 2015: NARS Dual Intensity Blush

New for Spring 2015 is NARS Dual Intensity Blush and I am SO EXCITED!  If you know anything about me - you must know that I LOVE blush.  It has to be my most favorite thing.  For Spring 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual Intensity Blush. … [Continue reading]

Spring 2015: Bobbi Brown HOT Collection…

Spring 2015: Bobbi Brown HOT COLLECTION

The new Bobbi Brown HOT Collection is here!  Bobbi Brown is known for effortless easy looks and makeup that is accessible and simple to do.  So no surprise here that she partnered up with actress and model Kate Upton as the new face of the brand. … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Sienna Miller at the 2015 Oscars…

Sienna Miller at the 2015 Oscars

Sienna Miller at the 2015 Oscars was stunning on the red carpet last night.  The "American Sniper” star and Oscar presenter went for an “Old Hollywood,” 1960s Audrey Hepburn-inspired makeup look created by famed makeup artist Charlotte … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2015 Oscars…

Gwyneth Paltrow - 2015 Oscars

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2015 Oscars was elegant, polished and refined in a Ralph & Russo gown featuring a shoulder with a huge rose embellishment. Her hair and makeup were equally sleek. INSPIRATION:  Inspired by Penelope Tree’s pre-fringe … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Lady Gaga at the 2015 Oscars in NARS…

Lady Gaga at the 2015 Oscars

Lady Gaga at the 2015 Oscars STOLE the show last night.  Her performance of a Sound of Music Medley was breathtaking. I predicted before that Gaga would be ushering in a more refined and glamorous look (remember Gaga's Grammys look?) and she has … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Margot Robbie at the 2015 Oscars in Hourglass…

Margot Robbie at the 2015 Oscars

Margot Robbie at the 2015 Oscars sizzled on the red carpet at Sunday’s awards show. The sultry Australian actress, a presenter at the awards ceremony, looked breathtaking in a black Saint Laurent dress, a vintage Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Oscars

Lupita Nyong'o 2015 Oscars

Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Oscars illuminated the Red Carpet in a white pearl embroidered Calvin Klein dress.  Her makeup was soft and smokey and her hair was effortless and easy.  Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose from Lancome was in charge of her … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Ava Duvernay at the 2015 Oscars in NARS…

Ava Duvernay 2015 OscarsQAva Duvernay 2015 Oscars

Selma director Ava Duvernay at the 2015 Oscars was stunning in a sky blue custom Miuccia Prada gown.  Her look was created by Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist. "Miuccia Prada custom designed the stunning azzurro-blue gown especially … [Continue reading]

Fashion Week: Rag & Bone A/W 15 NARS & Jin Soon….

NARS Rag & Bone A/W 15

Simple is often better and what could be more simple than a sleekly lined eye. For the Rag & Bone A/W 15 show, makeup artist Gucci Westman did just that with the help of NARS Cosmetics. I'm a huge fan of looks that can translate well from runway … [Continue reading]

3 Ways to Keep Your Highlights Looking Fresh…

3 Ways to Keep Your Highlights Looking Fresh

Did you get highlights recently?  Perhaps an Ombre or Balayage?  I have 3 ways to keep your highlights looking fresh with little or no effort. I just had Balayage done recently and I have to work hard to keep it in check  otherwise it can turn … [Continue reading]

Fashion Week: Creatures of the Wind A/W 15 with NARS

NARS Creatures of the Wind - AW15

More gorgeous skin from NARS at the  Creatures of the Wind AW/15 runway show. I feel like you can take this look from runway to real-way in a snap!  NARS Director of Global Artistry James Boehmer never disappoints with that whole dewy skin look.  It … [Continue reading]

Fashion Week: Rachel Comey A/W 15 with NARS

Fashion Week - NARS Rachel Comey AW15

SKIN...SKIN SKIN.  NARS created the look for the Rachel Comey A/W 15 runway show and it was all about flawless skin.  NARS has been doing the flawless, dewy skin thing for a few seasons now - a trend that I absolutely love seeing. Lead artist Maud … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Balayage Hair Color at Ian McCabe Studio…

Balayage at Ian McCabe Studio DC

I have been wanting to do something with my hair for a while now.  I settled on Balayage Hair Color at Ian McCabe Studio located in DC.  When I arrived, their senior colorist Jessica Dunaway (who I have known forever..) took one look at my hair and … [Continue reading]