Summer Favorites at The Choosy Chick

Full disclosure: I love being tan.  However, I’m not in my twenties anymore, and my sun damage is starting to show, so you’ll find me using self tanner at night, and lots of SPF during the day.  (See my annual nontoxic sunscreen review here.)  Readers, followers, friends and family have been asking me nonstop lately, […]

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5YINA: TCM meets Luxury Skincare

If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I am a HUGE fan of Traditional Chinese Medicine, particularly acupuncture and herbalism.  My acupuncturist has taught me so much over the years about the 5 Elements discipline she adheres to, and it absolutely fascinates me.  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around […]

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A Mask Wardrobe by Leahlani + Giveaway

A mask wardrobe? you say.  I know it might sound extravagant, but different masks do different things, and everyone should have at least 3 in their skincare arsenal.  Integrity Botanicals just added Leahlani Skincare to their already stellar skincare brand assortment, and it made me so excited!  Not many retailers carry this dreamy-luxe line.  Leahlani’s […]

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This Beats Out Proactiv+, Naturally

Well, this does not surprise me, or anyone else I know who has tried the CLEAR Collection by True Botanicals, but they recently beat out Proactiv+ in independent clinical trials in combatting both acne and dryness. That’s right.  The toxic skincare system that has literally generated billions of dollars in revenue has been beaten out by […]

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Sensational New Serums at Ayla Beauty

Just…. Wow.  It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to face serums these days, but the Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Serums collaboration that Ayla Beauty recently picked up is pretty stellar.  Marie Veronique is one of Ayla’s best-selling brands; Kristina Holey is one of the most sought after aestheticians in the country.  Both Marie Veronique and […]

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Au Revoir, Wrinkles and Dry Skin!

A little over a year ago, I discovered a cool-Parisian-girl beauty secret.  I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical about the best-selling French supplement, Biocyte Hyaluronic Forté,  but Dara at Ayla Beauty assured me that it made a big difference for her personally; she didn’t need a heavy-duty moisturizer anymore.  (Plus, I know she is super-smart and […]

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12 Days of Giveaways: Ayla Beauty

  I’m really excited about day 7 of 12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS.  I’m teaming up with Ayla Beauty to give away some products that are new to me, but have quickly become favorites in the last month.  You always read about silk pillowcases and how good they are for your hair and skin, but I never […]

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12 Days of Giveaways: Tata Harper

‘Tis the season for giving, and I’m excited to say that today marks the first day of Bare Beauty’s 2nd Annual “12 Days of Giveaways”!  I had so much fun doing this last year, and it’s a great way to snag an amazing gift for yourself or someone special on your list.  Every day between […]

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From Bottega Organica’s Farm to Your Face

So, there are a million “farm-to-face” skincare lines out there these days, which is great, but for me to get excited, I need a little more than that.  Bottega Organica is just what the doctor ordered, literally. Dr. Andrea Alimonti (Harvard and Sloan-Kettering) at Bottega Organica has fused together Western medicine with pure, organic, plant-based ingredients […]

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