It has been so warm, dry and wonderful in Kansas City this week! I have been wearing short sleeves and really need to paint my toenails! But it is going to turn cold and rainy by the end of the week, boo!
So, I am trying to get my skin and hair ready for the spring, along with finding a new fragrance and foundation/skincare.
This week I have been loving a new unisex fragrance, a skincare foundation, a clarifying body cream and color-saving hair products!
EAU DE GAGA by Lady Gaga ($34 for 1.7 fl. oz.)– EAU DE GAGA is Lady Gaga’s first unisex fragrance. It is built around a beautiful heart of white violet, an intoxicating flower that fuses female and male attractions. The scent opens with an invigorating burst of sparkling lime to counterbalance the woody-floral intensity, and evolves into a sensual trail based on leather.
What I think: I really like this unisex scent. I think it is perfect for women who like a woodsier scent and it would smell great on any man. Plus, it’s a fun thought to be able to share your fragrance with your guy!
Available at mass market retailers.
Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 ($42 USD) — Algenist’s Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 combines key microalgae ingredients to deliver great professional color and biotechnology skincare. Made for all skin types, this lightweight formula provides extraordinary skincare results as it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, refines skin texture while smoothing and visibly restoring skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Algenist creates a bridge between color and skincare by carefully selecting ingredients that work together to provide sheer to medium coverage to visibly even out skin tone and blur imperfections instantly. Fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced and SPF 30 helps protects the skin from sun damage.
What I think: I’ve never tried a product like this. It applies kind of like a CC cream as it has a thick texture and gives a medium coverage, but it is buildable for heavier coverage. But, the cool thing about this cream is after a few days of use my skin looked so good! The redness and enlarged pores I have been dealing with have been greatly improved.
Available at Algenist.com, QVC, QVC.com, Sephora, Sephora.com, Ulta and Ulta.com
VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants + Face-Hand-Body Lotion ($75 USD 6.3 fl. oz) — Has 2 tyrosinase inhibitors, 3 reparative antioxidants, therapy-enhancing + skin-renewing microdermabrasion. Helps clarify dark spots + patches, and clarifies dark spots/patches from aging, sun/light damage, melasma, photoallergies, inflammations (rashes, acne, insect bites) + other hyperpigmentations.
Gentle enough for use as an interim facial moisturizer when slowly increasing application frequency of Illuminants+ Creams. Restored, notably more radiant, tone-balanced skin from head to toe. Gives body skin a vibrant, even-toned glow. Brightens skin beautifully. Results in clearer, tone-balanced skin that looks younger, notably more vibrant + radiant due to lighter, healthier cells.
What I think: I have been using this on my legs and arms to get them ready for spring and summer. My skintone looks even after use and it smooth and glowy!
Available at www.vmvhypoallergenics.com
Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair
Brilliant Spray On Shine
Color Conserve Daily Color Protect
Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair ($29 3.4 fl. oz) — This daily leave-in treatment instantly repairs damaged hair, helps protect from heat styling and detangles to help prevent further damage.
Aveda Brilliant Spray On Shine ($28 3.4 fl. oz.) — Provides a sheer mist of pure shine and vitamin E to finished hair styles. Also helps eliminate flyaways. For all hair types.
Aveda Color Conserve Daily Color Protect ($24 3.4 fl. oz) — This 93% naturally derived leave-in treatment triple-protects your hair color with the powerfully effective,botanically-based color conserve complex.
What I think — all three of these products smell amazing! Both of the leave-ins are moisturizing without weighing my hair down. And I am loving the spray on shine! A little gives a nice sheen to the hair!
How’s your summer going? Mine is heating up again and I am on vacation this coming week — yay! I am going to hang out with my kids before they go back to school the week after. Fun!
My fave picks this week are all about summer beauty. From a cool lip balm with SPF, to a sweat-proof foundation, an unscented spray sunscreen, a matte cream bronzer and a refreshing toner — there is something here to help extend your summer fun! Enjoy!
Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist ($1.69 USD) — It soothes. It heals. It protects. Discover how this new ultra smooth, extra moisturizing formula makes your lips feel incredible. This fun, fresh new flavor is unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. Tested on family members – not on animals.
What I think: I have been using Carmex in the pot since the ’90’s and love how it moisturizes my lips. I didn’t know it came in different flavors and am enjoying the Lime Twist. It is a refreshing addition to the Carmex line and is perfect for the summer, especially with SPF 15!
Available at mass market retailers near you!
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($48 USD) — This ultra-modern, lightweight, long-wear liquid foundation magically blurs imperfections. It is formulated for all skin types, comes in 24 oil-free shades and is designed to be humidity-proof and sweat-proof. It’s the perfect solution for women who are endlessly searching for a light yet effective foundation that will achieve the “no makeup” makeup look and leave their skin looking flawless! Magically blurs imperfections for a smooth, seamless complexion. Bi-phase formula activates fresh color with every use.
What I think: Need an awesome summer foundation that will stay all day? This is it! It is very light, but covers extremely well and makes my complexion look flawless. I have been testing it in the shade Buff, which is a medium shade, but there are 24 shades to choose from, which is pretty amazing!
Available in July at Sephora and September 2014 nationwide at Laura Mercier retailers
Coola Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen ($32 USD, 6 fl. oz.) — Spritz your sunscreen on the go with this clear, unscented continuous spray. Offering broad spectrum SPF 50 protection, this farm to face sourced spray will nourish and hydrate skin with 70%+ certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts. Also available in SPF 15.
What I think: I love spray sunscreen, but have never tried an unscented one before. I like it because it is sheer and not greasy at all. And it is nice to get a break from heavily scented sunscreen. Just spray and go!
butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer ($24 USD) –butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer
What I think: This matte cream bronzer is an easy way to add some color this summer (or all year ’round). It is very natural looking. You can use it all over for a sunny glow. I like to use it as contour. I apply it in the hollows of my cheeks and along my jawbone for definition and shadows. It is easy to build up darker color if you wish.
Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner ($25 USD 5 fl. oz.) –This hydrating toner combines alguronic acid with witch hazel and chamomile to tone and soothe skin gently, creating a complexion that appears revitalized, brightened, and softened. The formula replenishes and balances skin’s moisture levels, purifies, and prepares skin to absorb serums and moisturizers more efficiently.
What I think: I love using toners in the summer. I have been keeping this in the refrigerator to keep my skin cool. I have noticed that my kin feels cleaner and softer while using this.
My poor skin has been suffering in this crazy cold weather! I swear that my forehead was so dry at one point, it looked like I had scales!
I have been blessed to receive some great skin products to help me get through the winter. And I have more to review as well — a part 2 will be coming soon!
Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam for Dry Skin (Reg. Price: $23.95, Sale Price: $16.77) — gives skin a natural boost of moisture as it deeply cleanses pores removing toxins and impurities. The pure and natural blend of ingredients is naturally astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. The nourishing steam restores elasticity and improves skin vitality, leaving skin healthier, moisturized and refreshed. Simply add to warm steaming water and take in the nourishment. Product Features:
What I think: I love this aromatic steam. I have sensitive skin so I steamed my face for about 4 minutes. I noticed that afterwards, my skin was refreshed and soft. I did it at night and followed with a serum and night cream. I woke up with very soft skin the next day!
Kesh Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence ($27.99 USD) — Infused with rosewater in traditional Moroccan fashion, this 100% organic cold-pressed argan oil has a fresh floral scent. Its high concentration of antioxidants offers head-to-toe protection from environmental damage, and its abundance of essential fatty acids instantly smooth and soothe dry skin and rough spots. This Moroccan beauty secret also doubles as a deep conditioning treatment and pre-styling product that repairs damaged hair, increases manageability and reduces frizz without greasy residue.
How to use: Apply to the face and body in place of moisturizer as needed. Apply to hair before styling, or as a finishing touch to enhance softness and shine.
Ideal for all skin types, Moroccan Argan Oil with Rosewater Essence will not clog pores. Made in Morocco.
Ingredients: 100% organic cold-pressed argan oil with Rosewater Essence
What I think: First of all this smells fantastic, it is very lightly scented with rosewater. This can be used on skin and hair — a great multi-tasker. I love using this oil after cleansing and exfoliating, it doesn’t irritate my skin. It is perfect for a night time treatment, as well. Skin is soft and smooth in the morning!
Available at keshbeauty.com.
Avon Avon ANEW CLINICAL SKINVINCIBLE Protect & Repair Duo ($59.99 a $72 value)– Protect. Repair. The #1 cause of visible aging is environmental aggressors, which can lead to wrinkles, sun spots and dryness. Now you can protect skin against environmental assaults. Repair the look of age damage.
This ANEW Duo includes:
Skinvincible Multi-Shield Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – Lightweight lotion with our highest SPF available. Use AM. Can be used under makeup. 1 oz. net wt.
Skinvincible Deep Recovery Cream: Diminish the look of lines, wrinkles and sunspots. A moisturizing night cream formulated with the world’s 1st SmartRepair™ Technology. Intensive repair cream. Use PM. 1 oz. net wt.
What I think: I am loving both of these products, but especially the sunscreen. It is so moisturizing and I love the high SPF. It is a bit greasy, so a little goes a long way. The night cream is so decadent and feels fantastic on. These products are a great day/night duo and are affordable.
Purchase at www.avon.com or your neighborhood Avon representative.
Algenist Genius Cream ($110 USD) — Genius is a scientifically advanced formulation designed to address the signs of aging skin. Youthful suppleness and radiance is restored, skin density is increased, facial contours become more defined and deep wrinkles are visibly minimized leaving skin firmer, softer and smoother. Alguronic Acid is combined with the breakthrough Microalgae Oil to create a powerful and highly active formula which addresses the accelerated signs of aging caused by hormonal changes, environmental stress and the natural aging process.
The actives harnessed in Genius are delivered in a luxurious, emollient formula that instantly absorbs into the skin, softening and smoothing upon contact. Results are apparent in just 10 days, and even more visible after 28 days of usage.
What I think: I love Algenist and really love this fantastic cream. It is super rich and soothing on my chapped, scaly skin. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and my skin is noticeably softer and younger looking. I will keep using it and hopefully will see even more results!
You can purchase at Algenist.com, QVC, Sephora and Sephora.com
Lierac HYDRA-CHRONO+ Rich Moisturizing Cream ($48 USD) A rich and sensual cream that works to durably regulate hydration and to protect, nourish and comfort dry to very dry skin deep down. Protective and softening effect.
Ideal for dry to very dry skin, this velvety cream contains LIERAC-exclusive moisturizing & multi-protecting technology:
11% hydration reprogramming botanical complex: based on the latest discoveries made by LIERAC research, this complex results from the combination of 2 complementary active ingredients (a natural amino acid and Ophiopogon japonicus extract) with NMF. This complex is capable of complementing and stimulating the skin’s two types of water channels.
2.5% anti-oxidant rich water hyacinth: this botanical active ingredient is capable of protecting the skin from environmental assaults thanks to its anti-oxidant, detoxifying and purifying abilities.
2% rose and cherry flower extracts: these two flower extracts were selected for their moisturizing, anti-oxidant and nutritive properties
What I think: This is another great night cream (or day cream under SPF if your skin is very dry). It is so silky and quickly absorbs into skin. It has a nice light scent and leaves skin so soft.
Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Charity Hand Creams ($1oz ($6.99) and 2.5oz ($10.99) — With an ultra-rich creamy feel and the healing nutrients, vitamins, and valuable phytonutrients of pure unrefined shea butter, these hand creams will revive parched dry hands, providing a silky smooth finish that absorbs quickly and is never greasy to the touch.
As pure hydration helps to heal dry and damaged skin, this luxurious natural formula is made with 20% of the finest pure and unrefined shea butter for the ultimate skincare treatment. Most other brands contain 1 or 2%, Out of Africa’s Pure Shea Butter Hand Creams provide the highest percentage of pure, unrefined shea butter on the market. Naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants A, E and F, these creams provide exceptional dermatological and cosmetic healing properties, deeply penetrating to moisturize and nourish the skin. Your hands will instantly feel soft and supple.
The shea butter in Out of Africa’s Hand Creams can also help to prevent premature aging and other skin ailments like blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, stretch marks, scars and dermatitis. No Parabens, Sulfates, Petrolatums or Phthalates.
Your purchase will contribute 15 cents to help provide education to women and children in West Africa.
What I think: There are three scents available; Vanilla, Olive with Aloe or Lemon Verbena. I really love the Lemon Verbena, it is light and fresh. And the hand cream is perfect! Softens skin instantly without any greasy feeling at all! It has the look and feel of an expensive cream.
butter LONDON Hydrating Balm ($24 USD)– Formulated with shea butter and infused with the highest concentration of nature’s most powerful emollients, this fragrance free, non-greasy balm is sure to take permanent residence in your handbag. The Hydrating Balm knocks out chapped lips, dry cuticles, fly-away hair, freshly waxed or chaffing skin, sunburn, and other skin irritants.
What I think: I have been smoothing this on my cuticles, elbows and the ends of my hair. It is easy to throw in my purse or keep in my desk — and it can be used everywhere! Awesome product!
Don’t forget your feet! Zim’s Heels & Feet Foot Cream ($8.99 USD) — From the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Zim’s CRACK Creme comes Heels & Feet Foot Cream. A NEW blend enhanced with L-Arginine for dry, cracked, tired feet.
What I think: This natural foot cream has a very strong odor. It may be the tea tree oil, but it is a little strong for me. I do like how light the cream is. It is not greasy at all and leaves my feet soft and refreshed!
I have so many great last-minute gift ideas that I had to make 2 posts!
If you are still looking for the perfect gift for the lady who likes beauty products, check out these great ideas:
butter LONDON Fire and Ice Double Take 2-Piece Sets ($24 USD) — Sparkle and shine this holiday season with butter LONDON’s Fire & Ice Double Take 2-Piece Sets. These lacquer duos will quickly add a spark to your fashion wardrobe with new, innovative overcoats designed to transform your lacquer for a festive look. Four completely new shades (Rebel Fox, Brass Monkey, Bluecoat, and Leccy) will have you heating up or looking cool at any holiday festivity.
Algenist The Anti-Wrinkle Collection ($52 USD) — This three-piece set provides everything you need to combat advanced signs of aging. Arm yourself with a full size Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser, a deluxe size Complete Eye Renewal Balm and a half size Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer.
Marc Jacobs Rollerball trio ($39.00 USD) — Shower yourself in the fragrant florals of Marc Jacobs with this set of easy-to-tote rollerballs. Daisy is a sparkling floral bouquet, spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth. Daisy Eau So Fresh is the whimsical interpretation of the original Daisy fragrance. Its light, woody base infuses a subtle but sharp glimmer of musk for an unexpected twist of radiance. Dot bursts open with a bright and thrilling effervescence, harnessing the beautiful scent of jasmine at its heart.
The set includes:
1 0.33 oz Daisy Eau de Toilette Rollerball 1 0.33 oz Daisy Eau So Fresh Eau de Toilette Rollerball 1 0.33 oz Dot Eau de Parfum Rollerball
DOWNTOWN Calvin Klein ($89 3.4oz) — Daisy is fresh and feminine, with a playful innocence. Radiant and enchanting, the fragrance has a sparkling floral bouquet – spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth. At the heart of Daisy is a floral with vintage edge: violet. Sophisticated with a touch of whimsy, violet captures the eclectic, vintage flavor of Marc Jacobs’ feminine, edgy designs.
Top: wild strawberry, violet leaves, ruby red grapefruit
Bottega Veneta Luxury Bath Collection — To mark the second anniversary of its signature scent, Bottega Veneta created the Luxury Bath Collection. Designed to enhance and expand the sensual experience of this unique fragrance, the collection reflects an entirely new way to experience the scent, adding a new, intimate dimension to the refined world of Bottega Veneta. The elements of the new Luxury Bath Collection include a Luxury Body Scrub, a Luxury Body Oil, a Shimmery Body Powder with puff applicator, and a Luxury Hair Mist.
Softening Body Scrub 6.7 oz $95
Shimmery Body Powder 3.5 oz $70
Satin Body Oil 3.4 oz $60
Available at specialty stores and Bottega Veneta boutiques.
Radical Skincare Radical Starter Kit ($99 USD) — Power and performance: a set combining multiple benefits for your skin. Use the Age Defying Exfoliating pads to remove dead skin cells while infusing the skin with firming agents. Follow with Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum—there is no better shield against the free radicals responsible for skin aging than this multitasking, anti-wrinkle serum. When combined with Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture, this power duo delivers an anti-aging one-two punch, gifted with active ingredients that have been shown to combat dark spots, even skintone, and increase hydration 60 percent in as little as two weeks. Finish with Eye Revive Crème, another multitasking wonder that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness while firming and hydrating the sensitive eye area.
This set contains:
– 15 x Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads
– 0.5 oz Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum
– 0.5 oz Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture
– 0.17 oz Eye Revive Crème
My skin is so dry. And I mean my face, hands, legs, feet — even my lips! So I feel the need to hydrate a lot.
I was sent the following products to try for my honest opinion. I have found that they are all very helpful in keeping me moisturized:
Lulah Body Lotion ($13.25 USD) — The colder season is quickly approaching and that means it is time to find the perfect body lotion for dry winter skin. With Lulah’s BodyLotions, you can smell great while hydrating your entire body. The Body Lotions come in Lulah’s signature scents including Peony, Magnolia Fig, Citron, Tamarind Ginger, and Vanilla Orchid, all of which are available for purchase on Lulah.com for $13.25 each.
What I think: I think it’s always a bonus when a really moisturizing body lotion also smells fantastic, and this one sure does. It is perfect for moisturizing legs and feet at night.
Eight Skincare Body Softening Oil Ginger Lime ($22 USD) — Eight Body Softening Oil is a luxurious blend of essential oils, specifically formulated to leave the skin velvety smooth, softened and toned. These essentials bring natural benefits to the skin.
Submerse yourself in the fresh, piquant blend of ginger and lime. This all natural aroma will not compete with your fragrance, as the scent of the essential oils will dissipate.
What I think: I love using this right after my bath or shower. It sinks right in and keeps my skin soft and smooth. The scent is fresh and very light. It disappears soon after application.
Fake Bake Tanning Butter For Dry Skin ($20.99 USD) — Our Fake Bake Tanning Body Butter allows you to build a beautiful tan using the softest Shea Butter ingredients available. It¹s light enough to use daily and will build naturally so even the palest of skin tones need not fear! The buttery texture will rival any regular moisturizer and leaves skin with a subtle velvety shimmer and it smells incredible!
What I think: I am loving this on my winter-white legs. It gives a soft glow. You can build it darker, but it never gets too dark. Really cool idea!
Fake Bake is available at salons and top retailers nationwide and at FakeBake.com. Our Tanning Butter retails for $20.99.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($4.49) — Give your hands some TLC by keeping Norwegian Formula Hand Cream within reach. It glycerin-rich formula relieves dry, chapped hands for hours.
What I think: A little goes a long way with this rich cream. This is great (and affordable) to have on hand as it gets colder and colder.
Available at mass market retailers near you.
butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm ($30 USD) — Just because our feet are hidden beneath fuzzy socks and weather-slaying boots doesn’t mean they don’t need a little winter TLC. In fact, boots can be some of the worst offenders in the war against soft heels. butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm banishes dry and cracked skin that comes with the season. So no more excuses to procrastinate on that holiday shopping – you’ll be ready to tackle those door buster deals with the most fit feet in town.
What I think: This silky stick is great to use at night. Roll it over your heels and wake up to soft feet!
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser ($8.99 USD)– The humidity and temperatures drop but that doesn’t mean your skin will stop producing oil. A cleanser with salicylic acid willexfoliate to remove dry skin and can prevent breakouts. For combination and dry skin, use Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser to remove dirt and oil while keeping the skin’s natural moisture barrier intact.
What I think: This cleanser will work for anyone. I love it because it is gentle on my sensitive skin and doesn’t strip it — which is important on my dry skin.
Available at mass market retailers near you.
Sleep tight with visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in your head and wake up with baby soft skin thanks to Algenist’s Overnight Restorative Cream ($90. USD). The Alguronic Acid in this miracle elixir works overtime to promote cell renewal while peptides nourish skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Add a couple drops of the uber hydrating Algenist’s Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil ($79 USD) into the moisturizer and this potent combination will give cracked winter skin some much needed “oomph” and serious angelic radiance, all while you’re sleeping off that giant holiday meal. Double tasking at its finest.
What I think: Talk about a 1-2 punch of hydration! These two products combined leaves my skin so soft. It’s a fab overnight treatment. Believe me, you will wake up with softer skin in the morning!
WHERE TO BUY: Algenist.com, Sephora, Sephora.com
Introducing new Limited Edition seasonal ChapStick® Gingerbread Kiss ($1.99). It is also available in Candy Cane.
What I think: These are fun, seasonal flavors that also keep lips soft and smooth. I especially love the Gingerbread Kiss. It’s really yummy!
Available at mass market retailers near you.
So, dear readers — does your skin get dry in the winter? Leave a comment and let me know what you use.
Flawless skin can be achieved with great skincare to treat it and healthy makeup that also treats as it conceals blemishes.
The following are new products that I have been testing (sent to me for my honest opinion).
Looking for that effortless everyday protection? Zensation NEW Super Nourishing Cream SPF 50 ($85.00) shields, hydrates, and nourishes your complexion with intensely moisturizing botanicals and marine extracts. Scentless Camomile Extract infuses skin with moisture, and Sea Fennel Concentrate from coastal plants provides a natural skin guard. Dry skin is quenched and refreshed instantly and protected for hours. Multifunctional Salicylic Acid Ester gently exfoliates to give your skin a refined, smooth texture.
What I think: This is a luxurious cream! I have noticed that it is very hydrating, but not greasy. It is really light. I think this is a good cream for all year long.
The new Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum ($98 USD) is scientifically formulated to restore skin’s firmness while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin summer-ready and radiant. Alguronic Acid – Algenist’s patented ingredient extracted from Microalgae – is joined together for the first time with a superior retinol to deliver accelerated results by gently exfoliating and stimulating the skin surface to smooth texture and imperfections while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
· Measured and visible reduction in the appearance of wrinkle length and depth
· Visible improvement in the appearance of skin firmness, tightness, tone and suppleness
· Dramatic improvements in skin smoothness and softness creating a porcelain-like complexion
· The radiance and glow of healthy looking skin
Results are noticeable in just 10 days with long term results visible in a mere 28 days.
What I think: I really like this serum. I haven’t used a lot of retinol because my skin is sensitive. I use this once a day or every other day depending on how my skin reacts to it. But, I really like the results. My skin is smoother and my fine lines are less noticeable. I am a big fan of the Algenist brand and they are always introducing innovative products like this one!
Available at: Sephora, Sephora.com and Algenist.com
Pür Minerals introduces their new CC Cream with SPF 40 ($38.00 USD). Pür’s CC protects, corrects and perfects skin’s appearance with clinically advanced, plant based ingredients. This silicone-free formula works to erase brown spots, blemishes, redness and fine lines while balancing uneven skin tone.
Pür’s CC Cream is formulated with two unique ingredients:
DERMAPUR® HP – a special complex extracted from meadowsweet that’s rich in clarifying phenolic acids.
CLARISKIN II® – a unique agent made from wheat germ that targets the look of discoloration with key antioxidants.
Available in four shades: Light, Medium, Tan, and Dark
What I think: I am always curious about BB and CC creams. I love skincare and makeup combined. But I find that the colors are off a lot of the time and they are very thick.
I like this one. I received it in light. It is too light for me now, but will be perfect for the winter time. It is not too thick. It applies nicely and covers really well. And, it is not orange-hued, which a lot of the creams are.
Pür Minerals is available at ULTA Stores nationwide, professional spas and physician offices and online via www.purminerals.com.
Laura Mercier Undercover Pot ($34 USD) – This travel-friendly pot combines steps three and four of the Flawless Face into one convenient package for touch-ups. The compact product, available in four shades, features Secret Camouflage in the left pan, Secret Concealer in the right pan and Translucent Loose Setting Powder in the bottom compartment. It’s the perfect size to pack in a travel makeup case or keep in your bag for touchups.
What I think: I really like this concealer pot. With two shades of cream and the powder, you can really customize the level of concealing that you need to do. I keep it in my purse for touch ups.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20 ($45.00 USD) – This innovative update to the classic Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer features a lightweight crème formula that gives skin a dewy, natural-looking flawless finish, ideal for all skin types. With SPF 20 and a hint of color, this portable compact is perfect for travel and touch ups at home, or on the go.
What I think: This is the foundation that I am using now (in the shade Bisque). It is perfect over primer and concealer. Also, you can decide how much to used for what kind of coverage you need.
Skincare is constantly evolving and improving. I LOVE trying new products, including these breakthrough ones below that were sent to me for my honest opinion.
PCA Skin Pigment Bar – pHaze 13 ($28 USD) — A cleansing, anti-hyperpigmentation bar for skin suffering from discoloration.
Pigment Bar is the cleansing companion in PCA’s pigment control program, designed to enhance and maintain the complexion-refining results produced by its sister products. pHaze 13 Pigment Bar helps control blemish outbreaks and discolorations as it cleanses the skin of dirt and debris. For pigment control maintenance, use two to three times weekly.
This is such an easy way to clean skin. It comes with three flat sponges that expand once wet. The jar contains a black solid (the bar). To use I wet the sponge and rub it on the bar for lather. I then wash my face with the sponge. It cleans without drying out my skin. I haven’t noticed any lightening of sun spots yet, but for a daily fash soap it works great!
Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer ($42 USD) — With an advanced formulation that combines Alguronic Acid with 7 additional active ingredients, the Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer creates a satin-soft finish for long-lasting makeup application. Delivering more than your average primer, this formula also visibly refines pores, blurs fine lines and improves skin’s texture and tone, just in time to highlight that summer glow.
Currently this is my favorite primer. It instantly evens out my skin and blurs the appearance of my pores. It also smooths my skin and prepares it for foundation or bb cream.
Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Algenist.com
MitoQ ($185 USD) is considered to be the most potent antioxidant on the market to date and is proven to be 1000 times stronger than CoQ, a molecule used in many anti-aging products. MitoQ is the only topical cream that can deliver ubiquinone to mitochondria at levels shown to have an immense effect inrejuvenating the cells, encouraging the natural production of collagen and elastin and leaving skin looking radiant with a lit-from-within glow.
I have been using MitoQ for a few weeks now and noticed improvements in my skin almost instantly. My skin looks so much better. It is less blotchy, more even and I don’t see any fines lines or wrinkles around my eyes. And my skin does glow!
Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream ($42 USD) –Breathe new life into the skin. Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream contains a clinical bioactive proven to help optimize cell respiration whilst smoothing, rejuvenating and protecting skin against daily urban pollution. This daily moisturizer with all-natural antioxidants Macadamia and Argan oil helps to reduce wrinkles, restore moisture levels, firmness and skin radiance. Fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin.
As I get older, my skin becomes more sensitive. I love advanced anti-aging skincare like this that is also for sensitive skin. This is very moisturizing and gentle without being greasy or oily.
I review a lot of anti-aging skin care. I love being able to review different products and the fact that I will be 45 this year (I know), I feel the need to try as much as I can for my awesome readers as well as myself!
Unfortunately, aging does not only show itself in wrinkles. There are so many wonderful (ha!) skin problems that we encounter as we age such as enlarged pores, redness, sensitivity and dark spots.
Most of the products below help more than one symptom of aging skin and may help you look even more radiant than you do now!
Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate ($75 USD) — Formulated with Alguronic Acid and multi-perfecting ingredients (salicylic acid, oligosaccharides), this oil-free serum has a unique lightweight texture that instantly tightens pores, smoothes roughness and refines skin texture. Enlarged pores and discoloration are visibly reduced for a more even, radiant complexion.
What I think: This is a very light serum that instantly absorbs into the skin and leaves it feeling smooth, but not tight. I notice that on my first use of both this and the Gel Moisturizer below, my skin looked smoother and now that I have been using them about once a day for a few weeks my pores are less noticeable.
Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer ($65 USD) — Formulated with Alguronic Acid and multi-perfecting ingredients (salicylic acid, oligosaccharides), this oil-free gel-cream absorbs quickly to lock in moisture, smoothes away roughness and brightens dull skin. Enlarged pores are visibly reduced for a more radiant and smooth complexion.
What I think: I love Algenist anyway, such fab breakthrough formulations! They always make my skin look great. And the older I get, the bigger my pores get — so these products have been greatly helping my complexion! My skin looks smoother and pores are less noticeable. This is a light get that leaves skin soft.
Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash ($12.95 USD) Cleansing removes the dirt, oil and impurities from your skin before bed. However, you don’t want your cleanser to strip too much from your skin. Dermatologist developed, this nourishing, non-irritating formula is suitable for the most sensitive of skins. Rapidly absorbed and non-greasy, it restores your skin’s natural balance of pH 5.5, providing natural protection from the elements.
What I think: My skin becomes more and more sensitive as the years pass. Some skincare is so strong that I just smell it and my face gets red and irritated! This was is gentle to use all over the body. It soothes my skin and definitely does not irritate!
Sebamed Q10 Cream ($29.95 USD) 28 days to a visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Efficacy and excellent skin tolerance clinically tested. It is a known scientific fact that the skin begins to age as early as 21, becoming more delicate and sensitive in the process. Consequent skin care management is the imperative prophylaxis to prolong the youthful vitality and appearance of your skin. sebamed Research & Development formulated Q10 Protection to support the natural metabolic processes and receptivity of the skin to facilitate its regeneration.
The active ingredients in Sebamed Anti-Ageing Q10 Protection are absorbed optimally by the skin to promote its equilibrium. Co-enzyme Q10 is an important catalyst, which activates the metabolism of oxygen in the cells. Its production in the skin decreases noticeably from the age of 30. Panthenol supports the regeneration process of the skin cells. Vitamin E neutralizes free-radicals caused by environmental contaminants and UV radiation, which cause premature ageing. It reduces fine lines and protects the cellular elasticity against other age-related changes in the skin.
What I think: This is a great anti-aging cream for those with sensitive skin. Unfortunately, many anti-aging products irritate my skin. This does not. And it keeps my skin smooth, hydrated and has helped reduce some of my fine lines (I don’t have deep lines yet. Probably because I use so much anti-aging products, LOL)!
Sebamed Q10 Lifting Eye Cream ($29.95 USD) — Averaging 32% reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 28 days. Co-enzyme Q10 production in the skin decreases noticeably from the age of 30. Replenishing this essential catalyst activates cells’ natural energy metabolism for more youthful skin function. Naturally protects the elasticity of the very delicate skin of the eye area.
Phytopeptides combined with mucopolysaccharides provide intensive moisture. The valuable, natural lipid resources of shea butter, avocado and almond oils smooth the skin. Natural bisabolol soothes irritation in this highly sensitive area. The physiological pH value of 5.5 safeguards the natural barrier function of the skin.
What I think: This eye cream is extremely moisturizing and soothing on the delicate eye skin. I think this is a good one for women of all ages.
Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask ($65 USD) — The Instant Revitalizing Mask is the ideal coach for the skin: it delivers the nutrients necessary for hydration and regeneration while teaching it to breathe, stock up on energy and optimize its oxygen resources in rarefied conditions. The benefits are:
Optimize oxygen resources for a lasting youthful glow
Stimulates energy production
Controls oxidation reactions
Apply twice a week on cleansed dry skin. Let mask activate and dissolve after several minutes, rinse face and follow with Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum and Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture.
What I think: I love this mask! It is really fun to use as the product appears in three states on your skin. first you apply it as a light-colored cream, then it foams up and finally dissolves and is clear on the face. You then wash it off and skin is smooth and clear! Fab!
Youth Overnight Anti-Aging Night Repair Cream ($110 USD) — replenishes dehydrated, dry and mature skin with essential hydrators and nourishing moisturizers. The benefits are:
• Helps firm, tighten and increase skin thickness
• Skin appears lifted and firmer with fewer lines and wrinkles
• mySBP-189 helps reset the body’s skin-renewal process, while safflower oil helps maintain elasticity in the skin
What I think: Anti-aging powerhouse here! Smooth on this gentle cream at night and wake up to smooth, glowing skin! This really softens my skin each night. My main problem with my combination, aging skin is that it always looks dull, so I need to exfoliate often and moisturize every day. This gives me clear and glowy skin every day. Love it!
mybody Youthifye Anti-Aging Eye Treatment ($95 USD) — All-in-one protective, soothing and anti-aging eye treatment that reduces dark circles and under-eye puffiness. Benefits are:
• Instantly lifts and revitalizes the look of tired eyes
• Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• myR2X, an innovative retinol complex provides faster results with less irritation, reduces melanin and stimulates collagen production
What I think: I swear this eye cream has reduced my dark eye circles! I don’t look as sleepy as I used to (and I am still sleepy)! It is a thick, but not greasy cream that is quickly absorbed into the skin around the eye. So soothing and hydrating!
As the weather starts to get cooler, I find myself really wanting to take care of my skin and get it ready for the cold winter. The following products have been brightening my skin and making it looks smooth and gorgeous!
Algenist Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel ($75 USD) — Leveraging the science of biotechnology, this advanced microdermabrasion peel resurfaces the skin with a 10% acid duo (patent-pending Alguronic Acid + Glycolic Acid) in a potent combination with a 10% fruit enzyme complex and micro polishing crystals to immediately transform skin texture & tone.
Micro polishing crystals mechanically lift off larger skin-dulling cells and buff rough skin to reveal a new radiant skin surface. The acid duo and fruit enzyme complex work deep into the epidermis to lift away dull skin cells and to reveal skin that appears regenerated, smoother and more even.
What I think: This is a very effective exfoliant, but it is a little harsh for my sensitive skin. I find that if I leave it on for just a couple of minutes, my skin does not get too irritated, but it does get a little red. It does really remove the dead cells and leave my skin so soft! www.algenist.com, www.qvc.com, www.sephora.com.
Radical Skincare Youth Infusion Serum ($170.00 USD) — This all-in-one youth serum is particularly recommended for thirsty and hungry skin. Potent ingredients proven to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin supercharge this anti-aging formula.
Plant Based stem cells extend the life and protect youthful skin
Boost skin hydration with maximum levels of Hyaluronic Acid
Reduce wrinkles up to 57% and reduce sagging skin by 19%
What I think — I smooth the serum gently onto face and neck using slow, upward strokes in the morning and evening. I love the light texture and how easily it absorbs into my skin. It brightens my skin immediately!
Radical Skincare Eye Revive Creme ($125 USD) — The unstoppable eye cream that works like 4 products in one treatment for the most sensitive and age- challenged eye area.
Decrease discoloration and dark circles up to 19%
Decrease wrinkle depth by 50% in 4 weeks
Instantly hydrate, detoxify and repair the sensitive skin to reduce puffiness
What I think: I gently pat this on my eyes day and night. It smoothes out the under-eye area and really hydrates it. This is so important in the fall and winter when my skin gets so dry. Available at www.radicalskincare.com.
Algenist is a fairly new brand of skincare that I was introduced to last year. I really loved the products that I have used (see my review at http://tinyurl.com/72b6eqg) so I was excited to try their new Firming & Lifting Cream ($94 USD)!
This product is an ultra-firming and restructuring cream that tightens and lifts while reinforcing skin structure. The claim is that it leverages the power of alguronic acid and ProPeptide3. Brought together in a never-before-seen antiaging complex, these ingredients boost production of skin’s key structural proteins: elastin, collagen, and proteoglycans. As it strengthens skin’s structure, this advanced formula redefines facial contours, leaving skin smooth, sculpted, and lifted.
Algenist Firming and lifting cream contains This cream also contains avocado oil, phytosterols, and olive fruit oil to moisturize and nourish the skin. It is dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested, for all skin types, hypoallergenic, non-irritating, non-comedogenic, and not tested on animals. It does not contain parabens, sulfates, sythetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates or triclosan.
What I think: The texture of this cream is very thick, like a butter or a balm. But it is not greasy once applied. I have been using it morning and night for a couple of weeks on my face and neck.
My skin looks good, but I don’t know how much firmer it is. I’m lucky not to have sagging skin (yet), but I do like the moisture this gives my skin and my neck is smooth. I will continue using this every day to prevent sagging skin.