Arbonne Clear Future Collection — 25% Off in August!

Arbonne’s Clear Future Collection

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 is your 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 Arbonne’s Clear Future Collection?

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Masqueology 24K Gold Collection

Masqueology 24K Gold Group
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!

Available at Walmart stores.

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of August 7-13, 2017

It is getting hot again here in Kansas City, and humid.  Our backyard is a swamp because it has been raining and the bugs are out, so I say inside.

This has giving me a change to try new products. My faves this week  include two new breakthrough skincare items and a cool foundation:

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvinating Retinol+Superfood Oil and Pads

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvinating Retinol+Superfood Oil and Pads ($75 USD) — the nighttime solution specifically formulated to help combat key signs of aging including lines, wrinkles, discoloration,
pores, roughness, firmness and radiance. this nourishing nighttime formula delivers clinically proven anti-aging power.

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!

Purchase at http://www.philosophy.com

StriVectin Multi-Action Active Infusion Youth Serum

StriVectin Multi-Action Active Infusion Youth Serum ($89 1 oz) –Visibly smooths lines, firms and unifies overall texture. Instantly infuses skin with sophisticated luminosity. Clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier 2x.

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

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!

Purchase at http://www.julep.com

 

 

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Brand Review: Nia (Not Into Aging)

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

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

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

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

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

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 Deto Whipped Clay Peel-Off Mask

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!

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of July 31-August 6, 2017

Another week’s gone by.  My kids go back to school next week and we have been getting ready for that.  We’ve also been having big summer storms in Kansas City, so it is very humid outside!

This week, I have been loving products to clean, refresh and protect my skin in this weather.  They include sweet-smelling bath products, cleansers that will hydrate parched skin and botanical SPF.

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Recipe of Love Exfoliating Shower Gel – Orange Blossom ($12, 6.7 fl oz.) — Le Couvent des Minimes Cologne of Love Exfoliating Shower Gel in Orange Blossom combines the exfoliating power of fruit extracts with vegetable-based antioxidants and petitgrain essential oil.

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Shower Cream ($12, 6.7 fl oz.) — The blended scent of roses and ripe berries invokes images of a quiet stroll through a blooming garden, the air warm and heavy with late summer.  Essential oils work with vitamin E to support the natural recovery methods of your skin while shea butter delivers intense moisture. Fruit and vegetable extracts exfoliate away dead skin. The creamy formula of this luxurious body wash will leave you feeling silky smooth and smelling as fresh and sweet as a dozen roses.

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Body Gel Cream ($18, 7 oz.) — Roses have long signified romance, femininity, passion and even the perfect beauty of nature. But a rose is more than just a pretty face. In fact, roses have been used as an effective antibacterial agent, an antidepressant and even to moisturize dry skin. Blended with the rich antioxidants of ripe berries, these benefits are captured in this cream

What I think: Both of these scents are very fresh and summery! I use exfoliator on my body a lot in the summer.  The orange blossom scent in this one is gorgeous, and it leaves my skin very soft.   The rose and berry products smell so nice.  The rose is the stronger scent, but you can detect the berries as well.  Both hydrate my skin and keep it glowing!

Available at Ulta stores

CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths: ($7.97 on Amazon) —
gently removes dirt, oil, and makeup while ceramides help restore the skin barrier. All CeraVe products contain the vital ceramides healthy skin needs to help restore and maintain its natural protective barrier. Gentle on skin, non-drying, non-irritating.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar: ($4.25 at Amazon) — gently removes dirt, oil and makeup without disrupting skin’s natural protective barrier. Unlike any other cleansing bar, it also contains CeraVe Moisturizing Cream to hydrate and nourish so skin is left soft. In a clinical study, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar was shown to lock in moisture 3 times longer than the leading brand. Non-comedogenic, non-drying and non-irritating. With ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Fragrance free.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser:  ($9.97 on Amazon) — It gently removes dirt, oil, and makeup without disrupting the skin’s natural protective barrier. It patented MVE formulation helps essential ingredients penetrate deep into the skin to hydrate and nourish.

What I think:  All three of these products are really gentle on my skin.  I love the cleanser cloths because I am very lazy at night and love using a cloth that will remove makeup and hydrate my skin in one step.  I keep the bar in my shower to easily clean my face.  And the facial cleanser is my perfect first step in the morning to deep clean but leave my face so soft!

Learn more at cerave.com and purchase on Amazon.com or a mass market retailer near you.

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 30 & SPF 50 ($14.99; SPF30 – Ulta.com, SPF 50-Ulta.com, ) Feature a non-greasy, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. Formula uses Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to provide a non-chemical sun protection option, with a powder-like matte-finish that’s never greasy.

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Natural Spray SPF 30 & SPF 50 ($14.99; SPF30 – Ulta.com, SPF 50-Ulta.com) A natural spray that delivers a refreshing, powdery-clean feel in a convenient 360° continuous spray. Features a non-sticky, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection with Certifi­ed Organic Alcohol for a naturally luxurious sunscreen experience.

What I think:  First, these smell really fresh and natural, which I love.  More of a soft floral than a beachy scent, which can be a nice change from other sunscreens.  They both dry down to a matte finish without being greasy.  That’s so nice for doing normal outside activities like shopping and working outside.  It looks like I don’t have sunscreen on when wearing it.  Plus they are water resistant up to 80 minutes, so if you are going swimming, these work so well!

These can be purchased at Ulta, CVS, and Walmart

What products are you loving as we are well into summer?

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Brand Review: OFRA Cosmetics Part 2 — Skincare

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

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
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 Cosmetic Laboratories Peptide Brightening Mask

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.

These and much more fab skincare is available at www.ofracosmetics.com

Have you used any OFRA skincare?  What are your favorites?

 

Brand Review: Perfectly Posh

Perfectly Posh is a company that uses natural ingredients and has fun names and packaging, which are both wins in my book!  Everything smells amazing, too!

They use independent consultants, like my friend Britt, to sell the products all over the US.  I tried a few of her products for my honest review:

Bare it All Micellar Tonic
Bare it All Micellar Tonic ($20 USD)– Cleanse and tone with this no-rinse, 3-in-1 makeup remover, facial cleanser, and moisturizer with a skin-calming blend of lavender, sage, and peppermint essential oils. Reishi mushroom extract helps promote cell renewal while saw palmetto, chamomile, and calendula deep clean, so you can take it all off. Gentle enough for everyday use. Apply cleansing tonic to a cotton pad and gently wipe until skin is completely clean. Use daily, morning and night. No rinsing required.
What I think: I’m a big fan of Micellar cleanser because they are so easy to use, not water required.  Also, they remove all dirt and makeup from my face.  This one smells really fresh, and cleans very deeply.  But, it leaves my skin really soft.  This is a perfect summer cleanser!
All I’ve Avo Wanted Face Mask

All I’ve Avo Wanted Hydrating, Nourishing Face Mask ($19 USD) — If you’re looking for soft, bright, youthful-looking skin, this creamy face mask is all you’ve avo needed. Avocado oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter nourish and moisturize while milk helps soothe and rejuvenate. Apply a thin layer on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5–10 minutes. Rinse well and follow with your favorite moisturizer.

What I think:  This mask hydrates so well.  It’s very creamy and really moisturizes skin.  I think this will be perfect for the colder months when my skin becomes dry.  Also nice for aging skin, because it plumps and smooths skin.

Go West Face Mask

Go West Detoxing, Exfoliating Face Mask ($19 USD) — Red clay and gritty volcanic ash help detox pores and exfoliate dry skin, while antioxidant-rich rosehip oil and calming licorice root extract nourish. Apply a thin layer on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5–10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Follow with moisturizer to keep your freshly exfoliated face looking soft and lovely.

What I think: I love the smell of this mask.  It has a spicy citrusy scent.  Very earthy.  The texture is like a thin clay.  It’s a little irritating for my sensitive skin, but it did clean out my pores.  I would say that it is amazing for those with normal to oily skin.

Field Better Soon Chunk

Field Better Soon Chunk ($9 USD)–Calm your skin and your mind as you get clean. This big bath bar is filled with oatmeal and lavender to help reduce irritation and inflammation so your skin feels soothed and hydrated. Plus, the scent of rolling lavender fields will put your mind at ease, too. Use daily in the shower or bath and wash from head to toe for a peaceful clean.

What I think:  I love this lavender scented bar.  It has bits of dried lavender in it and it smells so clean and soothing.  Its a really moisturizing bar and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.   This is such a nice bath soap to have, and I am excited to try other scents of Chunks.

Hello Sweetie Big Fat Yummy Hand Crème
Hello Sweetie Big Fat Yummy Hand Crème ($9 USD) — Say hello to skin that is sweet-smelling and oh-so-soft. Our rich blend of apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, and aloe nourishes tired, dry hands without leaving them feeling greasy. Apply anytime to enjoy a big dose of hydration and a sugared vanilla scent you’re sure to be sweet on. The fragrance is sweet and sunny sugared vanilla.
What I think:  If you love sweet vanilla scents, this hand lotion is for you.  It has a rich and creamy formula, which is perfect for hands.  And it smells so yummy!
Hippie Hooray Body Creme

Hippie Hooray Body Crème  ($19 USD) — Summer calls for intensely soft and supple skin without feeling weighed down. Infused with rejuvenating pomegranate seed oil to help promote cell turnover and reveal younger-looking skin, this body crème features French plum oil to moisturize without any greasy residue and a light, not-too-sweet fruity vanilla scent. Apply generously from neck to toes as needed. The fragrance is light fruits, delicate flowers, and woody, decadent vanilla.

What I think:  This is a sultry and sweet fragrance.  It is not a heavy cream, which is perfect for summer.  It absorbs  quickly and leaves my skin soft, not greasy.

I really like the product that I used.  I think they are a little pricey, somewhere between drugstore and high end skin and body care prices.  But I love that they are all natural and you can purchase them from great people!  I intend on buying a few and reviewing more in the future.

Have you tried Perfectly Posh? Let me know what you think!

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