My kids went back to school this week. I work from home so the house is quiet, finally!
Besides the excitement of new clothes and school supplies, new beauty products are important, too! Arbonne is having a “back to school” deal to help keep everyone’s skin clear. The brand has a full line of amazing botanically-based acne products and they are all 25% off for the month of August. Here’s info on the collection:
Arbonne’s Clear Future Collection isyour answer for kicking blemishes to the curb for good. Beyond traditional salicylic acid to treat new blemishes, this system contains several nourishing botanicals like sage leaf extract and witch hazel to condition and soothe skin.Daily, consistent use will help skin appear more even-toned, healthy, and of course clear! The line is complete with a Deep Pore Acne Cleanser, Treatment Pads, Mattifying Lotion, Spot Treatment and Soothing Overnight Mask so you can customize your own unique routine.
I think this sounds amazing! I should be reviewing some of these soon. But for now, all of these products sale price is reflected in the price on Arbonne’s website.
Have you tried Masqueology beauty products? I love their masks and was excited to try new products! I received samples from their 24K Gold-based skincare line. So exciting! The products are:
24K Gold Under Eye Gel Masks: 15 pairs ($9.88 USD) of single-use, hydrogel undereye patches with gold and collagen will lift and firm the eye area while reducing the appearance of dark circles. The hyrdrogel increases moisture and elasticity in the skin.
What I think: I love the fun gold tin they are in. The masks are a light gold and have a mild lotiony scent. I leave them on for ten minutes or so and they do firm my eye area. I haven’t seen a difference in my dark circle yet, but will keep using them.
24K Gold Eye Cream ($10.83 USD) — with Gold and Adenosine will work to lift and firm the eye area while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also contains anti-aging superstar ingredient Niacinamide.
What I think: This is a firming eye cream that leaves the under eye area looking smooth. I use it all around my eye to keep my lids firm.
24K Gold Serum ($12.72 USD) is an anti-aging formula that promises to give moisture and elasticity to the skin while helping to restore a more youthful complexion. Skin is left feeling smooth and refreshed.
What I think: This serum has flecks of gold in it. It leaves the skin with a subtle sheen, but not glitter. The scent when first applied is almost like an old time face cream, but that dissipates pretty quickly. Skin is glowy when applied.
24K Gold Cream ($13 USD) with shimmer is formulated with gold and hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin for maximum moisture. Gold pearls give an all-over sun-kissed glow. Key ingredients include Gold, Adenosine, Vitamin A and Vitamin E.
What I think: This cream smells really great! Kind of sweet and citrusy. The gold in this is fairly noticeable on, but it is since it is rich, it makes a great night cream. So I don’t worry about the glitter.In the morning, my skin is soft and so hydrated.
I have to say that all of the products are beautifully packaged in gorgeous containers, especially for the price point. They are so affordable for anti-aging products and the gold is a nice touch! I recommend picking up a piece or two and trying it!
What I think: To use this product, pour the entire bottle over the pads. Then, this it to be applied every night after cleansing and before hydrating skin. After using, skin feels firmer and pores are visibly reduced. This is easy to use and really tightens skin and gives a youthful glow!
What I think: First of all, the product in the bottle is so pretty! This is gorgeous for morning and/or evening use before moisturizer. Once applied, skin is brightened and looks smooth and clear. This definitely makes you look younger!
Julep Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric ($30 or $24 if you are a Julep Maven) — This multitasking skin perfector has a natural, demi-matte finish with buildable medium-to-full coverage that conceals, corrects, illuminates, blurs & brightens. The convenient cushion tip applicator allows for easy and precise application, even on the go. Use it to spot correct and conceal, or all over as a foundation.
What I think: This product is unlike anything I have tried before! I received it in my August Maven box. I have been subscribing for years (I usually don’t review the box, because I only get a couple of items in it a month).
This has a sponge applicator, which is not new, but the fact that this can be a full face foundation is, plus it dries down to a matte finish almost immediately. If is full coverage and really pretty on. You only get a few minutes of play because it sets too, and I have found that I don’t need finishing powder with it. There are 18 shade available, so there’s a shade for almost everyone!
I recently was sent samples of a great new (to me) skincare brand called Nia (Not into Aging).
Nia was designed not only to stop early signs of aging, but to help skin withstand all the stressors that come its way like getting little sleep to looking down at your phone. The product include patented NIA-114 strengthens skin’s moisture barrier and keeps it radiant.
Here are the products in the line:
Nia Fully Charged Serum X Moisturizer ($39 USD)– This potent, serum-infused moisturizer is a supercharged dose of high-impact hydration and nutrients delivered in one simple, power-packed step. Formulated with skin optimizing NIA-114™, this lightweight, breathable formula strengthens the moisture barrier, smoothes fine lines, brightens skin and fights visible signs of aging.
What I think: I love that this is two steps in one. Especially in the summer when the humidity makes it uncomfortable to have too much on my face. The one thing is that this is a bit sticky on, especially the first time I used it. I shook it up the second time and it was much better. I can see myself using this every day for brighter skin.
Available at Ulta and Ulta.com
Nia Fake Awake Triple-Action Eye Gel ($36 USD) — This triple-action gel is a power nap for tired eyes, instantly brightening, smoothing and de-puffing. Light-reflecting optics visibly diminish dark circles, while a blend of skin optimizing NIA-114™ + lifting agents help reduce the look of fine lines. Formulated to absorb in a flash, with a ceramic tip applicator to cool on contact, so you can fake awake and get on with your life.
What I think: I love eye products that brighten the eyes as they are giving skincare benefits! I do notice that my dark circles look lighter and brighter. The ceramic tip applicator is pretty neat, it does cool tired eyes!
Nia Glow On Demand Energizing Illuminator ($28 USD) — This unique, double-duty formula features a breathable matrix of light-reflecting ingredients that brightens and illuminates, restoring natural glow, while a fusion of caffeine and ginger instantly rev up dull, lifeless skin. Skin optimizing NIA-114™ rehydrates, soothes and smoothes on contact.
What I think: I really like this. It gives a really soft glow. I have been using it as a primer under my makeup. It smooths my skin so my foundation goes on easily and looks flawless. And a bit of the brightening shines through.
Nia Tech Neck Line Smoother ($36 USD) — The repeated motion of looking down at your phone throughout the day can actually cause neck lines. Keep your neck in check with this lightweight serum and on-the-go massage roller that glides on gently to instantly firm and smooth skin. Skin optimizing NIA-114™ + a blend of lipopeptides help reduce the look of horizontal lines and fortifyskin against Tech Neck.
What I think: I am pleasantly surprised with this product! I though it might be sticky like the serum/moisturizer, but it’s not. I love the roller, it feels cool against my skin. I can apply the product and help it absorb in once step. And my neck feels a bit firmer with each use.
Nia Wash + Glow Hydrating Cleansing Foam ($22 USD) — Wash away the signs of long days + late nights. Soothing, silky-foam cleanser removes makeup + impurities without stripping skin of moisture to reveal a fresh-faced, natural glow.
What I think: This hydrating foam cleanser removes all of my makeup without drying it out. It is easy to use and cleanse day and night. I like to keep it in my shower. My skin is glowing and ready for skincare and makeup once I am done!
Nia Sunday Detox Whipped Clay Peel-Off Mask ($36 USD) — This first-to-market purifying foam-to-peel mask is a double detox for skin showing signs of a long week or epic Saturday night. Rich clay mousse draws our dirt and debris from pores to reduce the appearance of blackheads, then dries to a peel-off mask to lift away dead skin cells for smooth, radiant skin. Infused with skin optimizing NIA-114™ + exfoliating fruit extracts to reset skin for the week ahead.
What I think: This is a really fun mask! I’ve never used a peel off clay mask before and didn’t know what to expect. It comes out as a mousse and is a bit thin. I apply plenty so that I can remove it easily. It only takes about 15 minutes to dry down and peels off quickly. My skin is soft and my pores are clearer.
These products are available at Ulta and Ulta.com.
Have you tried any Nia products. Leave a comment and let me know!
I was so lucky to be sent some wonderful OFRA products to review for my honest opinion. I reviewed gorgeous OFRA cosmetics here. Now, it’s on to the skincare!
I received 4 products to test: Peptide Cleanser, Peptide Silk-C Serum, OFRA X Kim Thai Wanderlush and the Peptide Brightening Mask.
OFRA Peptide Cleanser ($24 3.3 fl. oz) is designed to provide gentle yet thorough results for normal and combination skin types. It combines quality ingredients for a deep cleansing of the skin.
I find that this cleanser is amazing for nighttime cleansing. It removes waterproof and long-lasting makeup well. It leaves my skin clean and ready for serum and moisturizer. It has a slight, clean scent to it and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.
OFRA Peptide Silk-C Serum ($79 1 fl. oz) is a highly advanced product with a premium Peptide base designed to help hydrate the skin producing significant anti-aging results. It includes Kinetin, a plant hormone, to promote regeneration of skin cells.
This is probably my favorite product of the four. It has a smooth texture, almost like a cream. It absorbs into my skin right away and leaves a nice sheen. It also smooths my skin and makes my pores look less noticeable. I have also noticed that the fine lines around my eyes are harder to see! I use this morning and night under moisturizer.
OFRA X Kim Thai WanderlushOFRA X Kim Thai Wanderlush ($29 2.2 fl. oz.) — an extremely velvety, soothing and lightweight moisturizer that quenches skin with intense moisture for long-lasting hydration. This fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic cream is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. Wanderlush replenishes dry, dull skin increasing elasticity for a fresh, youthful appearance.
This hydrating cream is fragrance free, which I love. It is very moisturizing. It isn’t greasy, but takes a little while to sink in. I think it will be perfect for the colder weather, when my skin gets drier. Right now, it’s a nice evening treatment. When I wake up, my skin is glowing! And it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.
Also, $2 of each unit sold will be going to a charity of Kim Thai’s choosing, which is amazing!
OFRA Peptide Brightening Mask ($59 6.8 fl 0z) — Give combination and normal skin the ultimate beauty boost with this pigmentation reducing treatment mask. It has an oil-absorbing formula with a rich texture. The mask refines and smoothes as it reduces pigmentation revealing clear, refreshed skin.
This is really easy to use. Apply twice a week on a clean face and neck and allow to stand at least ten minutes, then wash off. It has a cooling effect and feels really nice on my skin! Once I remove it, my skin is glowing. I haven’t used it long enough to see the lightening effects, but will continue using it.
Have you tried Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare yet? It is an effective, anit-aging line that helps skin look and feel younger!
Today at HSN, you can get the Christie Brinkley 4-piece Skincare Essentials Set ($59.99 USD) Get more beautiful skin with this essential skincare kit. From a gentle cleansing mask to an anti-aging eye serum, these four top-notch products help your skin achieve Christie-approved radiance. What You Get:
1 fl. oz. Recapture Day + IR Defense Cream
1 fl. oz. Recapture 360 Night Beauty Treatment
3 fl. oz. Thermal Detox Cleansing Mask
.5 fl. oz. Refocus Eye Serum
Here’s a breakdown of the products featured:
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 —is formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance.
Christie Brinkley Skincare Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment — you can repair the damages from the sun and turn back signs of aging overnight. This night cream works with the skin’s circadian cycle to revitalize the skin, reduces wrinkles while improving firmness, smoothness and elasticity and increases cellular energy for a rejuvenated appearance.
Thermal Detox Cleansing Mask –Warmth helps opens pores and helps get rid of buildup and debris. Deeply cleanses and moisturizes and helps leave skin looking smoother and more luminous. Formulated with botanicals and vitamins.
Refocus Eye Serum -– A potent anti-aging serum infused with the Bio Copper Complex. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate eye area while it firms, smoothes texture and tones the skin. Improves skin elasticity.
This deal is amazing and the products are fantastic! The mask is a new product, too!
It has been extremely hot this week in Kansas City! I have been staying inside as much as possible. Thank goodness for air conditioning!
My faves this week include body lotions to hydrate skin and help with issues, a great detangler and round brush for smooth hair
Malin+Goetz vitamin b5 body lotion ($34 USD) — Smooth on our vitamin b5 body lotion and instantly feel hydrated. Light in weight, yet heavy in performance, provitamin b5 and essential fatty acids deliver deep, long lasting moisture and nourishment. The quick-absorbing formula leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.
What I think: This is a light lotion with a soft citrus scent. It’s perfect for the summer, because it has a non-greasy texture and leaves skin really soft. I love using it after a shower.
DerMend Mature Skin Solutions is a line of three dermatologist-recommended products designed specifically to address the unique skin conditions we experience with the passage of time. The line features DerMend Fragile Skin Moisturizing Formula, DerMend Moisturizing Anti-Itch Lotion and DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula. Depending on your skin’s particular needs, one of the three products in the line, used in a daily skincare regimen, can help every inch of your skin keep pace with the years and stay healthy this summer.
What I think: I think these products are genius ideas for taking care of aging skin. I have been using the Moisturizing Anti-Itch Lotion on some dry patches of skin and it hydrates and helps it feel better.
Learn more at http://www.dermend.com. CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Meijer. All three products can also be purchased online at LovelySkin.com.
Philip B. pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist ($27 USD) –Weightless, daily detangling mist leaves hair glossy and frizz-free. Perfect for all hair types. Water-light leave-in toner adjusts the pH of tap water to seal the cuticle of your hair, for a remarkably smooth, shiny finish. Boosts manageability and shine with Apple Cider Vinegar, a natural astringent and pH balancer. A featherweight blend of essential oils detangles, obliterates frizz and static, and imparts a light botanical scent.
What I think: I like to use leave in products to keep hair manageable. This one fights frizz and makes hair really shiny. This is amazing for year round soft and gorgeous hair!
Conair Carbon Smooth Large Round Brush ($8.39 USD) — Combination of boar and nylon bristles distributes scalp’s own oils to leave hair silky and shiny. The Carbon Barrel and bristles help dry hair quickly, add shine and reduce static, providing professional results. New wavy bristle technology helps grab hair firmly, making blow-dry styling easy. Smoothes and straightens coarse, curly or wavy hair Creates soft waves or curls.
What I think: I love this for blow drying my hair. It helps smooth it and give volume. It also helps hair dry quickly! I like that it has boar and nylon bristles too. It detangles well.
Purchase at Walmart and other mass market retailers