Fashion & Beauty

Counter Intelligence, Part 2

August 12, 2015

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LAST WEEK WE weighed in on new or at least new-to-us tinted moisturizer, gel blush, lipstick and and lip gloss. This week, we give you the download on a shampoo, face scrub, concealer and neck cream we’ve sampled.


Revision Skincare’s Nectifirm

The first time I overheard a colleague saying you can tell a woman’s age by looking at her neck was back in my early 30s. It didn’t faze me. Flash forward to today. How true.  But short of plastic surgery, there’s little you can do to remedy the loose skin, the crepe, the wattle. And then there’s the decolletage. When did that start looking, er, less than firm?  A new product from Revision Skincare called Nectifirm is getting good reviews. After about three months of using twice a day, our sources say this combination of peptides, ceramides, bamboo and silica makes the neck appear firmer and smoother. Confession: We’ve just begun to use it, so for now we’re withholding judgment. Judge for yourself. It’s $46.99 at


Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Nars stick concealer and Nars concealer to correct redness.

I’ve been using YSL’s Touche Eclat for ages, even though, news flash, it isn’t really a concealer, more of a highlighter. In any case, my daughter-in-law recommended I try Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer. I have been using it for a few weeks, and the verdict is: it’s creamy and easy to control the amount you apply, it covers those under-eye dark shadows without looking like you’ve applied spackle, and it lightens up the entire eye area. I chose a shade lighter (it comes in 10 shades) than my skin tone specifically for that reason. I also apply it over the cupid’s bow in my lip for a fuller look and use it to camouflage any dark spots on my face.


It’s A 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo, Alchimie Forever Gentle Antioxidant Refining Scrub

Sulfates can cause hair color to fade and make it brittle-looking, so lately beauty-biz gurus advise using sulfate-free shampoo.  But the problem with using one can be that the amount of lather it produces when you wash your hair is annoyingly stingy. I recently tried It’s A 10, a sulfate-free shampoo that has a list of ingredients that sound good enough to eat (including ginger, pomegranate and rooibos tea).

Although, the foam it produces is not exactly generous, I feel as if I’m getting my hair clean. (Some sulfate-free, low-lather shampoos feel like conditioners instead of cleansers.)  The ultimate test:  friends who remark about how good the color looks.

Skin scrubs can be harsh and leave your skin feeling raw instead of refreshed. Alchimie Forever’s Gentle Antioxidant Refining Scrub falls into the second category. I like to use it a day or before I’ve got a “date night,” to bring out the pink in my skin. Made of cranberries, papaya, rosemary and lychee, it smells divine.

Have a skincare product, makeup item, shampoo that you can’t live without? Tell us about them in the comments section of this post.

–Janet Kelly

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