Product Review: Boots No. 7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum

Skin Care, Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews

For weeks, my mother has been raving about this product. “Nicki, you have to try this.” “But Mo-om,” I say, sounding a little like an adolescent again, “I’m sorry.  I have enough products to review.” “I’m telling you, Nic, this is sensational.” So, for the love of Mom, I reluctantly tried Boots No. 7 Protect Read more »

Product Review: Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, Soothing Eye Gel, and Calming Night Cream

Skin Care, Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews

By Natalie K. Bell I’m a big fan of putting food on my face. Especially cucumbers. As a child, I was certain that beautiful women put cucumbers on their eyes to make themselves beautiful. Just slice off some of that watery, green fruit and you had an eye de-puffing machine. Fortunately for my childhood self, Read more »

Is It Really Beauty Sleep?: How Sleep Affects Your Skin


by Natalie K Bell As I write this, I’m exhausted. After spending the last few days in a tizzy of trying to cram everything in every day, I’m spent. I also favored activities over slumbering, which means I’m tired and not looking my best. My eyes feel cartoonishly puffy, I can feel my skin rebelling Read more »

Can I Use Self-Tanners and Age Spot Treatments Together?


From the Facebook page: Hi Nicki, I was wondering if people who suffer from hyperpigmentation can use bronzers/self-tanners, since [I think] they stimulate melanin production, which we try to stop with serums and creams to fight hyperpigmentation? -Càtia Dear Càtia, The short answer is that you can use bronzers without a problem with age Read more »

Product Review: Yves St Laurent Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain


Thanks to requests from readers, I’m going to do more makeup reviews! In addition to reviewing ingredients, I will also evaluate the following in each product: Color.  I will give higher marks to products that match the company-provided swatches! Durability.  It has to last! Moisturization.  For instance, I won’t use products that contain sulfates on Read more »