Wash Me Amadeus Week: Two Gentle-Like-a-Baby-Bunny Washes

Sometimes your skin wants tough love; sometimes it wants to be coddled. Here are my two gentle faves. Perfect if you have sensitive or even sunburnt skin.

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

A long-time Fabulista fave. My freshman year college roommate was deeply into Purpose and I natch followed suit. Even the packaging is minimalist. This one is perfect for dudes and no frills gals. It’s gentle enough to remove eye makeup in a simple sweep. Its soap-free, oil-free formula is nondrying, and nonirritating. I’m also quite into the creamy lather. You simply massage onto wet skin, rinse off, and pat your face dry. At $6, it’s a steal.

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Lush Flush Lifestyle.

I LURVE a stain. Sometimes a product comes along that I enjoy so much, I instantly run out and buy THREE for fear it will be discontinued or that I may need extras in the event of some kind of beauty famine. Sephora’s Lush Flush is one such item. I’d give it a 10 on the TotalBeauty scale. That rating is reserved for VERY special products. This one makes the cut. The packaging is phenom and innovative. It looks like a squeeze tube, but in fact turns out to be a sponge wand! This amuses me to no end. I like to open it in front of fellow beauty junkies just to see their reaction. It’s such a packaging fake-out. Also? This stain is the only one I’ve found that looks just as good on cheeks as it does on lips. I’m usually resigned to use one only on one or the other. And the wand/gel situation makes it SO MUCH easier to store and deal with. I never have to worry about opening it upside down. My entire makeup bag is stained due to the many tints its housed throughout its time. Even my passport is bright pink because I used to keep it in a drawer where I stored my Benetint. Lush Flush, I adore you. At $10, I have no problem purchasing you in multiples! Speaking of blushing, how about Client 9 Eliot Spitzer? How do these disgraced wives stomach standing by their scumbag husbands at press conferences? Someone explain THAT to me.

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Wash Me Amadeus Week: Drugstore Darling

As far as face washes go, Neutrogena is my number one choice for drugstore darling. Their Deep Clean Foaming Scrub will set you back a mere $7. I love the refreshing minty-on-my-face tingly cool lather. And, while it mildly exfoliates, it’s not the kind of exfoliation that feels like it’s interfering with the cleansing process. I even use this one to remove makeup as well. The tiny microbeads gently exfoliate skin while sweeping away dead skin cells. I like that it lathers despite having microbeads; a rarity in exfoliating face washes. The mentholated gel cleans down to pores leaving my skin feeling fresh, clean and energized. Best of all? It doesn’t dry my skin out at all. Between this gem and their Oil-Free Acne Wash, a Fabulista staple of 10 years, I heart Neutrogena more than Mandy Moore did in 1999.

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Achieved: Glosstrous Hair at the Hiro Haraguchi Salon

Get comfortable, dolls. This is about hair, and I’m incredibly long-winded when it comes to hair.

This weekend, I had the opportunity to head to the Hiro Haraguchi Salon for a Keratin treament to salvage my winter-ravaged locks, a rinse/gloss, and a blowout. The salon is gorge, it exudes the sophisticated minimalist Japanese aesthetic from every panel. I also had a hair consultation with the hair expert himself, Hiro Haraguchi. He’s very honest, which I absolutely respect. As a long-time beauty devotee, I know to have a thick skin when this happens. He informed me my admittedly too-light front pieces looked like… GREY HAIR. I gasped. He was sort of right. I wasn’t in love with my current colorist’s work, it was definitely lighter than I’d intended. The contrast with my darker blond hair was too severe. But I don’t think it was quite so extreme as to be construed as grey hair. But as I am the dream consumer (and a sucker for beauty), I gladly agreed to have fabulous colorist, Jane Margaret tone down the harsh ‘lights while making my hair one uniform color. Luckily for me, Jane is mildly psychic and didn’t give me what I’d asked for, which was a caramel hue. Caramel would have been too dark, though. It’s sort of a medium-light brown, apparently. It’s not that kind of party here at BBJ. If I’m not some semblance of a blond, I get severely depressed. Don’t ask, it’s a weird affliction. It always helps to bring a photo for that reason, dolls. When I said caramel, I meant honey. But Jane knew and whipped up a gloss that was the EXACT color I’d had in mind. I’d posit that Jane would be a phenomenal rock-paper-scissors player.

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Wash Me Amadeus Week: Dermalogica Medibac Clearing Skin Wash

Oh hey, guys! Welcome to Wash Me Amadeus Week! Re: Dermalogica: I LURVE this stuff. If you’re having mild-medium adult acne probs, this could save you a trip to the dermatologist. Dermalogica’s Clearing Skin Wash is a non-irritating, naturally-foaming cleanser that provides around-the-clock control of breakouts and excess surface oils. It contains Salicylic Acid to slough off dead skin cells to clear clogged pores, helping to prevent future breakouts. Soothing, naturally-antiseptic extracts of Balm Mint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Burdock and Camphor calm congested skin. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

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Wash Me Amadeus Week: Face Wash Review Archive

Hi dolls!

Wash Me Amadeus/Face Wash Week officially kicks off tomorrow. But in the meantime, check out these face washes I’ve recommended previously on BBJ.

Clinique Acne Solutions

Phisoderm Clear Confidence and Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Artistry Essentials Balancing Cleanser

Enjoy the last beats of the weekend!

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theBalm has created a limited edition KISS MS GOODBYE version of their best-selling “Girly Girl” BalmShelter Gloss! 25% of the proceeds go to support MS Research.

Analysis of last week’s Back-to-the-Future-II-inspired LOST episode.

Check out online beauty magazine, The Beauty Ideal.

Learn how I’ve been achieving a super simple smokey eye.

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Weekend Beauty Reads from The Beauty Blog Network

Coarse hair? Read EyeshadowCult.com’s Hair, of coarse article with tips for women of color.

The Makeup Divas reviewsMy Chic Things Boutique as well as an interview with the owner.

Canadian Beauty reviews an oil cleanser – and loves it.

StyleBell shows you how to Create Carefree Curls with a Flat Iron.

SugarShock is turning one and we’re celebrating! Enter our contest to win one of 50 Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleansers.

Girl Gloss loves Archipelago Botanicals Grapefruit Lip Butter!

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