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Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner – how to find a cheaper version

February 8th, 2014

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Miriam asks..I’m looking for a conditioner similar to Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner from Kiehls, could you recommend something cheaper?

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Miriam’s question comes from the boards on Makeup Alley where we’ve been contributing recently. It’s the most active online beauty community we’ve ever seen – if you haven’t checked it out already you should!

Use the “Rule of 5 Ingredients”

Of course there’s no way to know for sure without testing but we can identify good candidates for Miriam to try just by looking at the ingredients list (see below.) In particular, look at the first five ingredients:

Water, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, glycerin, amodimethicone

Water is the solvent/carrier and will be the first ingredient in any emulsion-type conditioner. The cetearyl alcohol is the “body” of the product and is a mix of cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol. (Remember that these so-called fatty alcohols are NOT the kind of alcohol that dries your hair.) Behentrimonium chloride and amodimethicone are both excellent conditioners which are chemically modified to stick to the damaged spots on your hair after rinsing. Glycerin is a good moisturizing agent although it really doesn’t do much from a rinse out product.

A quick scan for products with similar ingredients reveals that Loreal Nature’s Therapy Mega Hair Moisture Treatment has the same five ingredients in the same order (see below.) It also contains a few lesser ingredients which may give the product a different feel like cetyl esters and cetrimonium chloride. Most of the other differences, like the preservative,  won’t impact the performance of the product.

The Kiehl’s product sells for about $2.26 per ounce ($19 for 8.4 ounces) while the L’Oreal “dupe” is only  $1.40 per ounce ($11.21 for 8 ounces). So if you’re looking for a cheaper option, the L’Oreal product should be a good one to check out.

Loreal Nature’s Therapy Mega Hair Moisture Treatment ingredients

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Sodium PCA, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Trideceth-12, Sunflower Seed Oil, Chlorhexidine, Dihydrochloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Yellow 5.

Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner

Water, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, glycerin, amodimethicone, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, trideceth-6, 2-oleamido-1, 3-octadecanediol, lanolin, citrus limonum (lemon) peel oil, cetyl esters, methylparaben, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, cetrimonium chloride, dimethyl tin dineodecyl ester, fragrance.

Do YOU have any favorite products you’d like to find a cheaper version of? Leave a comment and we’ll try to track one down for you.

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5 Expert Tips for Prom Makeup

April 8th, 2012

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By Dustin Hunter, Makeup Artist

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Dustin Hunter has been designing various media since his early teen years. Studying several different art forms, Hunter’s creative background ranges from illustration and photography to fashion and interior design to music production and makeup artistry. He has worked for over a decade as a professional illustrator and his retail interior design concepts have been featured in nation-wide publications, receiving recognition for their uniqueness and creativity.  Check out his blog and YouTube channel!

5 Expert Tips for Prom Makeup

While I don’t do prom looks much anymore, in high school it wasn’t uncommon for me to have an hour or two set aside before each dance for doing my friends’ makeup.  Here are some of the earliest lessons that I learned on my own… all those many, many, many, many, many years ago.

PROM TIP #1: Pick one, lips or eyes?

The simplest way to start your makeup look is to choose an area to focus on: lips or eyes. In beauty makeup, you typically focus on one and downplay the other to create a natural balance. Want to wear a bold and dramatic eye look? Pair it with a muted lip instead of a bold one. Just remember that “muted” doesn’t mean concealer-mouth, land of the dead lips either! Über pale lips can be just as “bold” as bright red ones.

PROM TIP #2: Play up your best features.

If you can’t decide on an area to focus on, think about your favorite features. Every girl I’ve ever known has had a part of their face they love best. Usually, it’s lips or eyes (often we will draw attention to these areas when talking to someone we’re attracted to by placing a pen near the mouth or resting fingertips at the temples, “pointing” at the eyes). If you have an area of your mug that you love most, then choose that as the focal point for your makeup.

PROM TIP #3: Match the frame with the painting, not with the furniture.

Nothing is stopping you from matching your eyeshadow to your dress (lots of women do), but if you find yourself struggling, choose colors that complement your natural coloring (hair, eyes, and skin) instead. It will look more effortlessly flattering. One of MY favorite beauty books is “Color Me Beautiful” by Carole Jackson. It’s an oldie, but believe it or not, still has some solid tips for matching your makeup to your coloring (it’s also a really fun read, especially if you can get your hands on one of the original editions from the 70s)!

PROM TIP #4: What to bring in your purse.

Blot papers instead of powder help keep the shine under control without adding layer upon layer of powder, which will build up and look cakey.  But do bring powder, though, because it is a good idea to use it right before photos are taken, along with lipstick and/or gloss, cream concealer for emergencies, travel-size can of hairspray, breath mints, and make sure something you have has a mirror in it!

PROM TIP #5: Photo time!

Avoid MSF-style, high-shine powders when you’re doing your makeup. A natural glow is good (I LOVE shine on the skin), but if you’re going to have photos taken, you run the risk of looking greasy or sweaty instead of glowing. Matte is always a safer bet for photos (especially conveyor-belt style photography like you’ll find at a dance). Pick your foundation and powder carefully. Products with a SPF rating often use ingredients like titanium dioxide in them that will bounce light back in flash photography, making you appear several shades lighter than you are.

Most of all, remember that being comfortable is one of the most important parts of looking good. If you feel uneasy in bright red lipstick, it will show, and you won’t have a good time. It doesn’t matter what anyone else things as long as you like it! Oh… but also… Don’t dress like a baby hooker! You know who you are. I’ve seen you at the mall on prom night looking like the first 15 minutes of Pretty Woman. It’s not grown-up looking and the rest of us talk about you behind your back. Yes… yes, we do. Have fun!

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Look At The Label: Clinique Lid Smoothie

December 21st, 2011

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Palacinka Beauty is a little freaked out by cooling makeup but is starting to warm up to the idea of Clinique Lid Smoothies. What makes this eye make up feel so cool? Let’s look at the label to find out.



Silicone to give lids a smooth feel.

A volatile hydrocarbon, that means it will  evaporate and make your eyelids feel cooler. (I had expected to see some kind of menthol derivative to give a cooling effect but that’s not a good idea to use around the eyes – this is a much better solution.)

Methyl Trimethicone
Silicone based emulsifier.

Trimethylsiloxyslicate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer
Spreading agents.

Slip and smooth agent.

Another humectant.

Magneseum Myristate

Copernicia Cerifera

Wax, Silica,Microcrystalline wax
Gives the product body and controls spreadability. 

Butylene Glycol

PEG-10 Dimethicone
Emulsifier/silicone for slip and smooth feel. 

Cucumber fruit extract
Hey, you put cucumber slices on your eyes to reduce puffiness so this extract must help keep your lids smooth, right? Wrong! 

Carrot Root Extract, Spinach leaf extract, Broccoli Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract
Other useless extracts that look good on the label.

Keeps your eyelids stimulated so you don’t fall asleep. Just kidding, this extract really does nothing. 

Aloe Barbadenisis Leaf Water
Looks good on the label.

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
Supposedly relaxes muscle contractions to help prevent wrinkle formation.

Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer
Gives the product body and feel. 

Wax thickener.

Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate

Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone
Emulsifier/silicone for slip and smooth feel. 

Tocopheryl Acetate
Antioxidant, may help protect the product but won’t do much for your skin.

Dipropylene Glycol
Humectant, keeps the product from drying out.

Sodium Chloride

Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride
Opacifier to help the cover skin better and sparkly bits to make it shimmer.

Iron Oxides
Colorant (Iron Oxides are one of the few colorants approved for use around the eye.)

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Get the Red Out of Your Life – Treating Rosacea

December 16th, 2011

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Today’s post is written by Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules:  Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist.  

Every day I treat rosacea. It’s probably one of the most common skin conditions that dermatologists see. New patients either walk in with bright red faces or with caked-on makeup that still manages to do a poor job of concealment. The good news is that nowadays, nobody has to walk around with a scarlet face, since there is an ever-growing number of effective treatment options.

First, though, a prolonged question-and-answer period with your doctor should take place. The first thing your dermatologist will ask about is your diet. Food and drink are usually the prime triggers in rosacea. Everybody is different and so are rosacea triggers, but here is a list of the most common offenders:

  • Spicy foods
  • Piping hot beverages — better get used to drinking soups at a cooler temperature.
  • Caffeine — coffee, tea and, I’m afraid, chocolate.
  • Citrus fruits
  • Tomatoes (including ketchup)
  • Red wine and beer. White wine appears to be less of a problem.
  • Soy sauce and miso
  • Steam — saunas and very hot, prolonged showers and baths are not good.
  • Excessive niacin (vitamin B3) consumption which leads to skin flushing. Low doses or
    taking the non-flushing type of niacin should not cause problems.
  • Sun exposure
  • Wind
  • Extremes in temperature — very hot weather and very cold weather make rosacea worse, as anybody who has a scarlet nose in winter knows.

As is obvious from the last two items, protecting the skin from the elements is essential. But you have to do it the right way — chemical sunscreens will only make rosacea worse. I recommend sunscreens with zinc oxide, which is both anti-inflammatory and provides good, broad-spectrum protection. Make sure it is SPF 30 or higher and slather it on every single day, even on overcast days.

Skincare products can also exacerbate rosacea. Use the mildest cleanser you can find. Avoid products with glycolic or salicylic acid. Stay away from makeup with silicone-based ingredients, such as dimethicone, which can clog pores and make rosacea bumps worse.

Dermatologists have a wide arsenal of weapons against rosacea. The first line of attack is with topical products. In my practice, I first treat the inflammation and dryness, using creams and serums with resveratrol, green tea and hyaluronic acid. Topical antibiotics, such as metronidazole, kill bacteria on the skin surface and lessen inflammation, as can prescription-strength azelaic acid. With severe cases, oral antibiotics can be used. The FDA recently approved the use of doxycycline in very small doses to treat inflammation in rosacea patients; sometimes the course of low-dose antibiotics can go on for months. Most people seem to tolerate it well, but others will have side effects, in which case topical antibiotics, light therapy and lasers are the fall-back answers.

Light therapy can have amazing results. I use a combination of red, infra-red and blue light, typically in sessions lasting between 30 minutes and an hour. The procedure is completely painless and most patients begin to see an improvement after the first session or two.

The next step is using lasers, which are more expensive than light therapy, but worth it. In my practice I use the Genesis laser to reduce background redness. My patients tell me it feels like warm water is being applied and actually seem to find it relaxing. Skin may look pink right after treatment, but that fades in a few minutes. I usually recommend three to six treatments, although most patients see a big difference by the third treatment.

Broken blood vessels that look like red spider webs are common in rosacea patients. The CoolGlide laser is used to seal off the vessels in one to three treatments, four weeks apart. It’s not the pleasant experience of the Genesis laser, but the discomfort is minimal and any redness from the treatment is gone in twenty minutes.

Once rosacea has been brought under control, most patients report they find it easy to avoid their triggers. “I finally feel in control of my skin,” one of them told me recently.

© 2011 Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist


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What product would you recommend as good gift for someone just starting out with makeup?

November 10th, 2011

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What product would you recommend as good gift for someone just starting out with makeup? Share your suggestions!

If they don’t have ANYTHING, then I’d probably suggest the Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Trios, which are pretty good bang for your buck–but you don’t have to feel guilty about practicing with them. It also helps you figure out what you like/dislike. I also like Urban Decay’s Naked Palette or theBalm’s Nude ‘tude Palette (though with as many matte shades, I’d say maybe it could be more difficult).

Thanks to MJ for today’s question! Got a question idea? Submit yours here.

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