acne safe toothpaste.

sure, it sounds crazy.  but it’s true: toothpaste can aggravate and create acne, and is particularly troublesome for those who break out around the mouth.

in fact, it was the last product sS’s very own esthetician christine changed in her product regimen when she was still a client of kim’s in 2008.  we had purged everything out of her skin and she was pretty much clear all over (she had crazy inflamed cystic acne going on, believe it or not), but had some trouble clearing up around the mouth.

then, our soon-to-be-sS-miracle-worker did some detective work found SLS in her toothpaste – which was actually the last ingredient in the formulation!  she switched to an acne safe one (kiss my face), and has been clear ever since.

since then, we’ve whole-heartedly recommended only 1 acne-safe toothpaste – from kiss my face (available at sS for $5.50 – the same price as rainbow grocery).

recently, a couple of clients have alerted us to other safe ones on the market – nature’s gate is a safe one.

and… although sensodyne’s pronamel gentle whitening toothpaste’s ingredients look safe, christine tested it for months and it eventually broke her out.  sneaky!  so to be absolutely 100% sure something is safe, we still have to test it out for at least 6 months.

i just came up, on some vegan nacho cheez!

a very very delicious vegan, dairy- and soy-free nacho cheese called NACHEEZ! lovingly made by a sacramento-based company, Love & Joy.  the recipes are based on roasted bell peppers and have a real nice veggie flavor.  the spicy one is a hit with tortilla chips, and the regular is great for acne-safe mac and cheese!  you can get it at rainbow grocery for about $6/jar in the unrefrigerated salsa section in the chip aisle.

there’s also a vegan nacho cheese by a super cute, hip austin, tx based couple that is nutritional yeast based, about $5/jar.  it also lives in the non-refrigerated salsa section in the chip aisle at rainbow grocery.  it’s delicious too, though when tasted side by side with nacheez, general consensus preferred the NACHEEEEEEZEY FASHEEZY.

you’re welcome.



colorescience brush help.

straight from the source,!  hope this helps.

please let us know what methods give you the best coverage when using colorescience, we’d love to hear it!

sS currently sells the colorescience pro pressed mineral compact foundation ($50 compact, $40 refill) & loose mineral foundation ($35) powders.  the pressed makeup may be used as a foundation AND concealer, simply by using different brushes (kabuki & concealer brushes are our faves) and/or sponges to achieve great coverage.  the loose makeup foundation we decided to carry with the intention of it being mixed with your daily moisturizing spf – in order to create an acne-safe liquid makeup suitable for drier skins.  colorescience’s ready-made liquid formula contains red marine algae, which has been proven in our clinic to be comedogenic.  the “loose makeup + spf = acne-safe liquid makeup” recipe is our detour around their formulation.

we also carry a few select shades of their sunforgettables powder spf 50 brushes, and bronzers (that touch of mink, kissed by the sun) and blushes (blushing bride, apple of my eye) and a beautiful pearly highlighter shade (string of pearls).  all brushes are $50 each, and it is recommended that you clean them regularly by using an alcohol based, tea tree and lavender essential oil brush cleaner.  the essential oils offer natural antibacterial properties to keep brushes nice and fresh.

the sunforgettables powder spf 50 brushes offer the ultimate in sun protection for skins that are prone to skin cancers, sunburns, and hyperpigmentation.  they are also a good substitute for truly oily skins that don’t need the moisturizing factor of our range of acne-safe sunscreens.