I have been so lucky to receive lots of awesome skincare, hair care and makeup samples lately from so many different, fab brands to review for my honest opinion. So exciting!
The one common thread in these products is that they are a good change-up to my routine. Winter was so long this year, and spring very short that my makeup products haven’t changed much. But now that it is HOT in Kansas City (90 and humid) — I am ready to give easy, breezy summer beauty a go, while still looking and feeling put together.
For the rest of this week, I will review the products that I have been using and let you know why I love them so much. This post will include lovely skin care from Orico London, Stri-Vectin and summer-loving makeup from Gerard Cosmetics, Skindinavia and BeautyADDICTS.
Orico London’s Transcend Marine Radiance Serum ($61 USD) — Instant flash of brilliance for the skin. New Transcend organic Marine Radiance Serum has been developed with four of the latest clinically proven anti-aging bioactives to help illuminate, tighten, diminish wrinkles and deeply hydrate. This New organic wonder serum packed with pure and powerful natural Marine Algae and Maca Root extracts help to visibly brighten and instantly lift for super rested and glowing results.
Transcend skin with instant radiance.
What I think: I’ve been using this serum for about a week and am really enjoying it. The serum is a pearly-pinkish opal color, very iridescent and cool. I’ve never seen a serum like it. When it is applied, it is very sheer and gives skin a faint radiance. Since it is so light, it is perfect for the summer as it can be easily layered under moisturizer and SPF.
Available at http://www.oricolondon.com
StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate ($79 USD for 2oz) — Introducing new SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks. Formulated with Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex, this hydrating moisturizer harnesses the latest advances in skincare science to target Collagen III, also known as youth collagen, for even more powerful anti-aging results.
A series of scientifically designed studies proves the following effects: • Significantly diminishes the number, length and depth of lines and wrinkles • Targets youth collagen and elastin for healthy, younger looking skin • Hydrates and visibly enhances skin texture • Strengthens the skin barrier to maximize skin performance
SD Advanced goes beyond wrinkles to help transform the look of stretch marks, too.
What I think: I have been using this cream at night-time as a treatment. It has a bit of a minty scent to it and it is a little thick, but not greasy. And boy does it work! I have noticed that my skin is so much smoother and even-toned. And my forehead wrinkles are smoother, too. Yay!
Available at http://www.strivectin.com
Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème ($36 USD) — Golden, radiant and healthy skin has always been a girl’s best summer accessory. Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lighting has recently introduced their newest product – the BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème. A twist on a traditional BB Cream, the BB Plus+ Illumination is formulated with light reflecting particles and golden shimmer to add dimension and a youthful glow to any complexion. This luminous crème is easy to blend, long lasting and comfortable to wear, even in the warm summer months.
What I think: This is a really pretty cream. I tried it on my cheekbones and my brow bone like a normal highlighter, and I liked it, but it was a bit sparkly for me to use all over my face. My 18 year-old daughter wore it all over hers and looked like a golden beach babe — oh, youth! So I gave it to her and she loves it! And I love that it has skincare benefits!
Available at www.whiteninglightning.com
Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free ($35 for 4 oz, $49 for 8 oz) — anti-shine, vitamin-based primer mist absorbs excess oil while creating a smooth, lightweight canvas for flawless makeup application. Skindinavia’s breakthrough silicone-free formula is clinically proven to even out skin tone, prevent breakouts and reduce the appearance of large pores.
What I think: I love this! Just a few sprays on my face and it instantly looks even and smooth. And makeup goes on so evenly. And my makeup stays fresh looking for most of the day. I love it in the oil free version for summer, but it also comes in a regular spray.
Available at http://www.skindinavia.com.
BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20 ($32 USD) — The perfect “barely there glow” in seven natural shades. A mineral-based, oil-free, ultra-sheer tinted moisturizer with an SPF 20 to protect the skin while appearing flawless and radiant! An outstanding blend of ingredients like Ginseng Root Extract, and Vitamins A, C and E as powerful anti-oxidants. Your skin basks in sheer, gorgeous, safe color!
What I think: This is a perfect makeup base for the summer as it is sheer and has an SPF! And the fact that it has skin loving ingredients is a plus in the heat. And although the tint is sheer, it can be built up for more coverage.