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#TBT: Acid (Not The LSD Type)

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Children of the ’60s and ’70s hallucination generation spent more than their fair share of time tripping on acid (aka LSD). While we’d never condone taking drugs (well, not in this post at least), beauty addicts everywhere swear by acids in many other forms for common skin ailments from acne to aging.  In other words, modern society has learned to apply acid, not imbibe it. Drug free is the way to be!  Except for our precious visages, of course…

Dr. Julie Russak gave us a quick chemistry lesson about various acids for the skin. Here’s what we learned:

1. Different acids achieve different results. To treat acne, look for salicylic and beta hydroxy acid to decongest pores, as well as glycolic acid to encourage cell turnover. If you’re concerned with aging, try hyaluronic acid to plump and retinoic acid for a fresh glow. Struggling with hyperpigmentation? Ascorbic acid and kojic acid can help lighten and repair sun damage.

2. Aggressive acid peels should be left to the professionals, lest you want to risk serious burns and scarring. TCA (trichloroacetic acid) is extremely strong, so be wary. Everyone remembers Samantha’s unfortunate incident before Carrie’s book party in Sex and the City… enough said.

3. Professional peels should happen approximately every two weeks for a specific condition, and then every two to three months for maintenance. If you’re treating at home, resurfacing serums can be used as often as every evening.

4. If you like playing chemist and mixing your products, be careful. Products with low concentrations are generally okay to mix, but take care not to disrupt the skin barrier with excessive use.

With Dr. Russak’s tips in mind, we rounded up our favorite products with acids as an active ingredient:

As we get older, aging becomes more of a concern. That being said, our acne woes have all but completely disappeared. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($90) not only clears pores, but also promotes collagen production. Despite trying a slew of serums on the regular, this one has remained in heavy rotation.

Acid near the eyes can sound scary, but that is far from the case with Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream ($68). The creamy formula moisturizes and smoothes with ferulic acid and retinol; no high school chemistry class eyewash required.

Since our oil glands tend to go into overdrive when it’s humid, pores are begging to be cleaned. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads ($30) control oil and shine with salicylic acid, but simultaneously soothe with willowbark extract.

Although no one likes to talk about it, flaky scalps are a common ailment. SACHAJUAN Scalp Treatment ($45) treats irritation with rosemary oil, menthol, and salicylic acid. Plus, it’s much chicer than stealing your dad’s Head and Shoulders.

Sometimes skin needs powerful hydration, but who wants to glop on thick cream during the summer? Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Refresh Infusion ($100) deeply hydrates with hyaluronic acid, but with a light and easily absorbable formula.

Acne on the face is annoying enough, but adding your back, chest, and shoulders is just icing on the cake. Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash ($8) cleans off dirt and sweat while treating those pesky spots with salicylic acid.

Brighter and firmer skin in two minutes is a bold claim. However, M-61 Fast Blast ($50) does that and more thanks to vitamin C and ascorbic acid. And don’t worry about irritation since there’s also plenty of seaweed and aloe to soothe.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

#TBT: MAC Spice Lip Pencil

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In the ’90s, lip liner was everything. Women swore up and down by MAC’s Lip Pencil ($16) in Spice, and since liner is back – thanks, in part, to Kylie Jenner and her Lip Kits which include a very similar shade – we thought it would be fun to look at some of the new colors and formulas available today. Sure, ’90s Gwen (Stefani), Victoria (Beckham), and J.Lo knew how to rock that dark liner-light lip look with style and grace (but it’s not the ’90s anymore!).

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil ($24) lives up to its name.  The matte formula will last through pre-dinner drinks, dinner, post-dinner drinks, and a nightcap.

Worried about fine lines around your lips? Us too. Sad face. Luckily, there is Chantecaille Lip Contour Fill ($30) for a quick fix.

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($26) provides the sheen that many pencils lack.

Feathering lipstick—the struggle is REAL.  Too Faced Borderline Anti-Feathering Lip Pencil ($18) is quite the problem solver.

A lipstick-meets-liner hybrid, the Bobbi Brown Art Stick ($28) will remind you of Crayola crayons from your childhood.

Kevyn Aucoin’s The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil ($25) is designed to add a three-dimensional quality to lips.  Instant lip injections? Sold.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

#TBT Face Powder

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Almost every woman has used the phrase “excuse me while I powder my nose” as a way to politely dismiss herself from the table and book it to the bathroom. The saying is rather old-fashioned and rarely actually means what it implies: that said woman is powdering her nose. She’s probably taking a tinkle or reapplying her lipstick, or powdering her nose in that other way (kidding!). Especially considering that the complexion to covet this season is one of dew and glow, not matte or cakey, face powders seem rather obsolete; a product adored by grandmothers who slept in pin curlers and chain-smoked using fancy cigarette holders a la Daisy Buchanan. But it’s almost summer, and that means that our faces are bound to get sweaty, so perhaps a powder is just what we need to bring us back to neutral?

Are we, as women, simply overlooking the usefulness of a powder? Let’s investigate.

Makeup artist Robby Nelson doesn’t shy away from applying powder to his clients. He explains that it is ideal for providing a slight matteness to a complexion or setting foundation. Sometimes, he will “even use it in place of foundation as a skin diffuser to subtly soften any imperfections.” A product that basically works like Photoshop? Sign me up.

Robby favors NARS Light Reflecting Powder ($35) in loose crystal translucent. He describes the product as “incredibly fine and lightweight with just the smallest hint of sheen.” Don’t let the color fool you, Robby explains that the shade is translucent and therefore can work on practically every skin tone.

Today’s powder formulas are far different than the cornsilk ones used many years ago. Robby describes old-school powders as “too matte and dense, leaving a chalky appearance, whereas today’s are sheer and weightless.”

“The biggest mistake people make with powder is not blending it in. After application, use a powder brush or puff (my favorite!) to remove any excess and blend it into the complexion…PERFECTION!”

Go ahead ladies, excuse yourself to powder your nose. And this time, you can actually mean it.

Alternate Powders To Try:
Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder ($37)
Ilia Fade Into You ($34)
Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Finish Micro-Powder ($45)
Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder ($36)


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com


#TBT: I Dream of Jeannie’s Sky-High Ponytail

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​Certain hairstyles leave an iconic impression for decades.  One of those is Jeannie’s sky-high pony from the famed 1960s television show. Although Jeannie’s look was a bit extreme, celebrities have embraced the high Jeannie-esque pony ever since (here’s looking at you Beyoncé circa this year’s Met Gala!). Too dramatic for your mane? Don’t worry, there are plenty of more subtle ways to wear the style. And no, not just for working out!

Of course, everyone knows how to pull their hair back, but what is the best way to do it?  To find out, we turned to Cutler/Redken Salon Senior Stylist Micki Charles. There is clearly staying power in the pony, as it’s never really gone out of style, but to make the most of your updo, Micki offers up a simple way to get the look:

“Always blow dry the hair away from the face so that the roots are already moving in an upward motion.” Try: Macadamia Professional Boar Bristle Paddle Brush ($35).

“A volumizer is a must for the roots to prevent slippage.” Try: Brocato Volumizing Tonic ($18).

For a smooth pony, seal the cuticle with a cream like Redken Satinwear 02 ($19). Mickey prefers a sleeker and higher pony for evening for a look that is slightly more dramatic and polished.

If texture is more your thing, rough things up with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42).

Secure your pony with your preferred elastic.  Our current favorites are the Invisibobble ($8) and the Hair Bungee. Both give strong hold without any breakage.

“A workable hairspray adds another layer of security when you’re finished styling.” Try: Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray ($24).

Flyaways? Try Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel ($22).  Although designed for your brows, the clear gel is strong enough to tame even the more stubborn baby hairs at your hairline.

What are your ponytail tips and tricks?  Let us know in the comments below!

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

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