Wellness Supplements Find Their Way To the Beauty Aisle

Beauty brands add mood, sleep supplements to their roster of skincare and makeup

As the makeup and beauty segment becomes more competitive, beauty brands have been looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. One way has been to add supplements to their skincare lines. Everyone from Perricone to Pacifica has come out with a variety of powders, gummies and drops designed to boost collagen, strengthen hair or improve your mood.

Some products like Serovital, have been in stores for years but mood and sleep enhancers seem to be the newest kids on the block. I tried the above product by Pacifica, Dreamy Life Beauty Drops. It contains an ingredient called 5TP which (according to WebMD)  is supposed to boost your serotonin levels. However, this product only contains about half of the suggested daily value and I don’t think I ever consistently took enough to notice a difference.

One thing you will notice about all of these products is that the label usually contains the phrase: “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” The FDA prohibits manufacturers from making any claim they can’t back up and will take action against any that do. You can read more about their regulation at the FDA website.

So are these supplements worth it? It depends on your expectations. Some work and some may have more of a placebo effect. If you want to try one of the more expensive products, look for a trial size so you don’t spend big bucks on something you may not like or buy a less expensive version from a drug or big box store.

Madison Reed Offering Specials at New Salon in Bethesda

Madison Reed Bethesda, courtesy Facebook

The online hair color company now has salons in 12 cities.

If you need a touch up for holidays, you might want to try the new Madison Reed salon. The online hair color company has opened a new color bar in Bethesda Row. The salon offers a variety of hair services including root touch-ups, hair gloss, highlights and blowouts.

The salon is designed to be both affordable and quick. Clients can book appointments online for the same day at a price lower than the average client. You can even save money by blow-drying your own hair at the salon’s self serve bar.

For a limited time, the Bethesda location is offering some deals on their signature services including roots and color glosses. A permanent color touch up for roots is $45 (normally $60) and a roots and color gloss service is only $65 ($90). The Madison Reed Color Bar is located at 7254 Woodmont Avenue, Space 49, in Bethesda Row.

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Black Friday Beauty Shopping for 2019

Get all your favorite deals without spending all day shopping.

Black Friday is the best time of the year to pick up beauty deals, for gifts and to outfit your own makeup kit. Deals can be had at the big beauty retailers, brand websites as well as your local drugstore. The best way to snatch up those great deals is to make a list and plan ahead. Stalk your favorite websites, look through Black Friday ads and sign up for accounts to be ready for game time. You can even go online and put items in your cart so all you have to do is hit “checkout”. Here is a rundown of some of the best deals on Black Friday makeup and skincare, plus a little secret if you’re too lazy to look at every site.

Sephora

Beauty retailer Sephora has Black Friday offerings in-store and online every year. Many of the deals are special limited edition sizes or palettes. Beginning on Nov. 21, 2019 Sephora is giving customers that download the Sephora app a preview of the specials. Deals include Pat McGrath mini lipsticks for $15, Becca Prime, Set & Glow, $15 and Philosophy Limited Edition Purity Made Simple Cleanser, $15. New deals will be added up to Black Friday.

ULTA

Black Friday at ULTA begins on Thanksgiving night in-store at 5 p.m. and 4 p.m. online (CST). This year ULTA has a variety of super trial size specials and some deals on full size products. Some of my favorites are the $10 Urban Decay mascaras, the $18 NARS Orga$m lip and cheek kit and 30 percent of Serovital. You can see all the specials here.

Nordstrom

You might not think about Nordstrom as one of the key stores to find beauty deals, but that’s because you don’t know this little secret. Nordstrom will price match almost all of the makeup and skincare products it sells against other department stores, brand sites and beauty retailers. The prices are also listed on the site, keeping you from having to go through hoops to get the price. Oh, and shipping is free too!

Sunday Riley was caught up in a fake review scandal and it’s disappointing

Multivitamins by Sunday Riley

The company is accused of placing fake reviews on Sephora.com.

Between November 2015 and August 2017, Sunday Riley had its employees create fake identities using VPNs to write fake positive reviews on Sephora.com. The company has not been fined, but has admitted to the fake reviews under a consent order by the FTC.

The disappointing part about this case is that Sunday Riley’s products are actually good. In emails from the CEO to employees, the goal of the campaign was to keep average review at 4.8. She mentions two products, one is at 4.2 and the other at 4.9. So these products were doing fine and she pushed fake reviews to make them just a little better, damaging her reputation and the reputation of her products.

A few days before this story came out, I was writing a post of the above product, Multivitamins. The trial duo includes Luna Retinol Sleeping Oil and C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum for just $28. I don’t what life was like before vitamin C serum! No, I do. I had dull, uneven skin that lacked any of the plumpness it used to have.

The serum is applied first and then you layer it with a few drops of the sleeping oil. In the morning you have bright, glowing skin that is plump as a baby’s cheek. This serum runs out quick, but the sleeping oil lasts forever. When I run out, I use Pixi by Petra’s Vitamin C Serum instead. To learn about Vitamin C Serums, read my article at Our Community Now. I also love Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment.

The moral of the story is to make reviews part of the purchasing process, but look to other sources for advice. Ask your friends and family first. I don’t know how many times I have asked about a product and got a firsthand review, good or bad. When you’re shopping at beauty retailers, get a sample! If they don’t offer one, ask what the return/satisfaction policy is. Pssst. Sephora and Nordstrom will take anything back!

 

Marshalls launches online shopping for beauty, clothing and more

You now have a new place to get beauty deals on the net.

Marshalls stores have long been one of my go-to’s for things like sheet masks, shower gels and beauty tools. This week the discount retailer launched a full online shopping site. They had been hinting at it for some time and now it’s finally here. You can now shop for all your favorite Marshalls clothing, shoes, home goods and beauty deals without leaving the house.

Marshalls beauty section

Skincare brands found on the site include Dr. Jart, Strivectin, Clarins, SK II and Perricone. Makeup goodies included a MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Powder set for $25 and a Gucci High Shine Lipstick for $19.99 (only buy lipstick online when it’s cool out!). Another great find is the ergonomically designed star shaped bottle of Angel by Thierry Mugler for $49.99.

The inventory is a little slim but I suspect the closer we get to Christmas the bigger it will grow. Shop online now at marshalls.com.