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ReVersital 3-in-1 MicrodermaStick for Body Microdermabrasion Resurfacing Stick Review

November 2, 2009

ReVersital’s 3-in-1 Microderma Stick for Body
($80 for 3 oz.) packs a triple punch, combining the microdermabrasion product, applicator and after-care products into one fabulously simple resurfacing stick. This is one of those products that I never knew that I needed, but now can’t seem to live without.

ReVersital was created by Margaux Levy, founder of Freeze 24/7 which I’m sure many of you have heard of, and the product (which is also available in a face version) is meant to provide anti-aging benefits by improving everything from wrinkles and age spots ot overall luminosit.

See the magic of this stick in action and check out the rest of the review after the jump!

Step 1: Moisten skin and the surface of the MicrodermaStick. Then use the stick to gently massage the skin in circular motions for approximately 10 seconds.

Step 2: Rinse off, activating hydration and leaving a moisturizing shield on the skin.

While ReVersital for Body is meant to be used on the hands, elbows and feet I’ve found it to really work wonders for the stubborn bumps I have on the backs of my arms. While the stick doesn’t ‘cure’ them per se, their apperance is drastically ameliorated and this is the closest thing I’ve come to a fix in a long time, so pricey or not I’ll take it! I love that the stick is actually exfoliating and I’m not left wondering where all the scrubby beads all, and it’s oh so convenient not to have to moisturize after stepping out of the shower.

My only gripe? The price. No two ways about it, $80 for a 3 ounce stick is really quite pricey, especially when I’m rubbing the product away on my arms and legs. I can’t imagine being without it though so once my sample is depleted I may have to pony up the cash and get another stick for myself.

Availability: At Henri Bendel in New York, The Plaza Beauty by Warren Tricomi (One West 58th Street) and at

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. I’d actually never heard of the brand before but it’s been a serious lifesaver for the rough patches on my body. I think I’ll cry when I run out because it’s so pricey though! If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at

Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm Review & Swatches

October 30, 2009
Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm ($42)

From the Label: Inspired by old-world Russian herbal remedies, this supremely rich body balm renews the look of very dry, tired-looking skin with Sea Buckthron Berry Oil, known for its replenishing effects on skin. Sea Buckthorn was even known to be a secret ingredient used by Russian Cosmonauts.

When I first saw that Kiehls was launching this Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm, a major lemming was born. Berry and olive oil to regenerate skin, shea and cocoa butters to hydrate, and honey and fruit glycolic acids to accelerate skin turnover for improved smoothness and radiance – how could I resist? The funny thing is I received a press sample of this literally the day that I was planning to go out to buy it. Yay!

The Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm is a thick opaque yellow cream/balm that smells of shea and cocoa butters (not particularly appealing to me, but not really offensive either). It’s rich and luxurious and a little really goes a long way – yet amazingly enough it’s not even remotely greasy and it sinks so quickly into my skin that by the time I’ve gotten around to getting dressed, I’ve forgotten all about it.

The Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm is beautifully hydrating and while pricey at $42, if you do the math it comes to $5 an ounce which isn’t terrible considering that I don’t foresee ever finishing this mammoth tub. My one gripe is that I find huge tubs like this rather annoying and cumbersome, but I guess I can’t have it all!

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. Honestly I probably would’ve purchased it myself if I hadn’t received it as I was dying to try it. I’m a sucker for a product with the words “imperial” and “balm” in the name!

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Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash & Beauty Bar Review

August 6, 2009

Come summertime I’m always looking for ways to get my skin glowing, which is no easy feat considering how much I neglect it during the winter. Caress’ Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash, which quite literally smells like the inside of a Sabon boutique (think burnt sugar and vanilla infusing the air around you), helps me to maintain my glow by providing some light exfoliation in body wash form.

I’m rather lazy when it comes to exfoliating/moisturizing my body, so I appreciate a body wash that allows me to do both in one easy step. The Exfoliating Body Wash contains burnt brown sugar and karite butter to moisturize and exfoliate, as does the Beauty bar.

I love to use the Beauty Bar to really focus on those areas that need a little extra exfoliating, although I do wish there more scrubby bits embedded throughout the bar (like Lush’s Buffy) so that I could get a deeper exfoliation.

A word of warning for those who are sensitive to scents – these are two very strongly scented products, so I definitely recommend that you sniff before you buy. I happen to love having this scent infuse my bathroom as I shower in the morning, but you may not!

Body Wash available in 18 oz. ($4.49) and 12 oz. ($3.50) bottles.
Beauty Bars available in 2 bar ($2.99), 4 bar ($4.49), 6 bar ($6.49) and 8 bar ($7.99) sets.

Moroccon Argan Oil: Liquid Gold For Head to Toe

July 15, 2009
Argan Trees

Argan Oil seems to be the new “it” ingredient, with brands ranging from Josie Maran to Kiehl’s choosing to incorporate this golden ingredient into their products – even my Cle de Peau lipstick contains some Argan Oil! With the increasing prevalence of this delicious nut in today’s beauty industry, I figured it was time for a brief Argan Oil info session.

What is Argan Oil? Argan Oil is produced from the nuts of argan trees which grow wild in the semi-desert soils of Morocco. The nuts have the appearance of a walnut/almond hybrid. Argan Oil is what you get once the oils have been extracted from these nuts.

What makes it so great? Well the fact that Argan Oil is exceptionally rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids makes it an amazing hydrator and nourisher for every part of your body. Argain oil also firms the complexion and contains anti-aging and wrinkle reduction properties, and is apparently great for any and all skin woes you may be experiencing including acne, psoriasis, eczema, stretch marks, sunburn, and so on and so forth.

As an added benefit, as Argan Oils are predominantly produced in Morocco by all-female co-ops, by supporting brands that use these oils and donate a portion of their proceeds to these co-ops, you can feel good knowing that you’re money’s going to good use.

Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion ($35 for 6.8 0z.)

True Blue Morocco Sweet Fig & Argan Body Lotion ($15)

I’ll be reviewing some great products that contain Argan Oil momentarily so stay tuned!

Hydrate Your Body, Hydrate The World

April 1, 2009

Kiehl’s recently released four Limited Edition Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotions. So what initially caught my attention was the fact that these, as the name indiciates, contain argan oil, which is naturally rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acids and makes one fabulous hydrator.

So why should you purchase these? Well not only are they a great value at 16 oz. for $55 (this normally comes in a 6.8 oz. size for $35, which means the 16 oz. should cost $82.35), but 100% of the proceeds up to $100,000 will go towards supporting Waterkeeper Alliance. The body lotion is available in four different packagings, designed in collaboration with Adrian Grenier, Erykah Badu, Kelly Slater and Parsons the New School.