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Paula’s Choice

You may have noticed the new Paula’s Choice little graphic in the righthand column under the “Things I Like” cloud. Yes, friends, it’s an ad.

Before you think I sold out–and make no bones about it, I sort of did–let me just tell you that I use Paula’s Choice. I love her Skin Balancing Cleanser, I use her SPF 15 face powder daily, I dab blemish eliminator on zits when they pop up … I’m definitely a fan. My mom turned me on to all this stuff years ago. She read Paula’s Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me book and couldn’t stop buying Paula’s Choice. I think she’s tried everything Paula sells.

Anyway, they have an affiliate program where I get 15% of any purchases made through my blog. So, why not? I’m not about to start cluttering up the place with ads, and I wouldn’t put anything up that I didn’t believe in. But times are tough and I might as well make a buck! 😉

A little about the company, from them:

Paula guarantees that her products meet her exact criteria for excellent skin care, and she won’t make any exaggerated claims about them. Her goal is to help women [thisislifeinaustin note: and men! my dad uses this stuff!] obtain and maintain the skin they’ve always dreamed of having.

For more than 25 years, Paula Begoun has studied, analyzed, tested, and critiqued leading skin-care formulations and makeup products to help women around the world understand whether a product was worth the money or could live up to the claims on the label. Paula’s exhaustive research and quest for high quality, reasonably priced products led her to develop her own premier product line of makeup and skin care products. In 1995, Paula’s Choice was launched.

Potent antioxidants, pH-effective exfoliants, and soothing water-binding ingredients that mimic the structure of the skin characterize Paula’s Choice skin care that, according to Paula, “will never contain synthetic coloring agents, fragrance, or any of the irritating ingredients that I warn about.” Better still, Paula is dedicated to ensuring superior quality formulations for all her products.

Paula’s Choice cosmetics offer beautiful textures and a diverse palette of flattering colors that can take you from daytime professional to nighttime glamour. With foundations that contain effective sunscreens, silky smooth powders, blushes, and eyeshadows, and moisturizing lipsticks and glosses, you will find professional makeup artist quality in every item. Paula’s Choice products are fragrance free and are not tested on animals.

So sellout or no, buy some Paula’s Choice! My recommendations:

Skin Balancing Cleanser

Skin Balancing Cleanser

Everyone in my fam uses this. We all have at least two bottles at any given time, lest we run out. It moisturizes without leaving you dry or oily. It removes grime without scrubbing. It is genius. And sensitive. And has never caused a breakout. Live by it.

Mattifying Lotion SPF 15

Skin Balancing Daily Mattifying Lotion SPF 15

This stuff is like gold: while $19 for a tiny tube, it really does moisturize while keeping your face from being shiny. And it protects you from the sun while it’s doing its fly mattifying job!

Healthy Finish Pressed Powder

Healthy Finish Pressed Powder SPF 15

Also good for protecting you from the sun, this pressed powder provides me with just enough coverage without covering me up. My mom and I both use this daily; I own it in Flaxen and Healthy Tan for winter and summer respectively.

Extra Strength Blemish Fighting Solution

Extra Strength Blemish Fighting Solution

This stuff knocks it out. Dab on a blemish just two or three times and it deflates like magic. Everyone in my fam has borrowed this from someone at one point or another–we don’t even know who it belongs to anymore!

These are my top four, the main ones I use. My mom also uses the Antioxidant Serum, which is heavenly smooth but wickedly expensive, the concealer, the lip balm, the sunscreen, the 2% beta hydroxy … I’m telling you, she loves the stuff. It’s great, so give it a shot if you’re looking for new cosmetics!

2 comments for “Paula’s Choice

  1. December 19, 2008 at 1:44 pm


    I want to tell you how much I appreciate your wonderful comments about my products (Paula’s Choice). I also wanted to acknowledge that I am completely sympathetic with the struggle you are experiencing of maintaining your credibility, integrity, and critical feedback of product while still trying to earn money endorsing some products at the same time. I am keenly aware of the dilemma but I know it can be done. In fact it can be fun and challenging.

    For me, I started out writing critical books about the cosmetic industry in 1985, I’ve written a total of 16 books, publishing them all myself. Then in 1995 I decided I was done working 18 hour days, and thought it would be a lot easier to formulate my own products. Hell, I knew more about the cosmetic industry then just about anybody, was already working with some of the best cosmetic chemists in the industry, and I definitely had opinions of what made a briliant formula and what was the best way to take care of skin.

    Of course it was controversial but as you pointed out I can live in both worlds because I am the only cosmetic company in the world that recommends hundreds of products besides my own.

    You are doing a great job and you deserve to earn a living doing what you love. Continue on your path, stay true to your mission and you will find you can feel satisfied, proud and pay rent! That is a great way to end the day, every day of your life!

    Paula Begoun

  2. Lyssa
    December 19, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Paula!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and writing me a note! It must be your energy and sweet spirit that infuse your products and ensure their success as much as their scientific credibility.


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