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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Murad Launches Eyes Up Campaign For Healthier Skin and a Healthier You!

In today’s always-on world, people are more digitally-connected than ever before – yet less connected to one another in meaningful ways. That’s why Murad®, the pioneering clinical skincare brand, is launching the EyesUp Campaign, a new initiative designed to educate people about the danger of digital-only relationships and the power of real-world human connection. Through the campaign, Murad is encouraging people around the world to go “EyesUp” and connect with one another in real life.

Renowned as the “Father of Internal Skincare,” Dr. Murad’s groundbreaking work and research over the past decade has centered on helping people cope with Cultural Stress™, or the stress of modern living. The hallmarks of Cultural Stress include digital dependency, the inability to disconnect from work, and lowered self-esteem due to increased social expectations.

“As a dermatologist, I believe that healthy skin is a direct reflection of how you live your life. But today, nearly all of us are living in an increasingly stressful, always-on environment,” said Dr. Howard Murad, Murad. “The irony of technological advancement is that we are more digitally connected than ever before, yet less connected to one another in meaningful ways. This has profound implications for our skin, health, and ultimately happiness.”

In fact, this type of constant and pervasive stress has tremendous health consequences, which are particularly visible on the skin. Chronic stress, like that from Cultural Stress, has been shown to weaken immunity, increase inflammation, and accelerate aging[1].  Through the EyesUp campaign, Murad hopes to use its brand expertise on the topic to empower people to connect by disconnecting, thereby taking action against their own form of Cultural Stress.

The campaign kicks-off today with the launch of an educational film created to raise awareness about the power of human connection. The campaign video, directed by acclaimed director Kassim Norris and produced by HECHO EN 72, the production company situated inside award-winning creative agency 72andSunny, depicts the physical and emotional tolls digital dependence takes through the lens of various people living in social isolation.

Murad is also launching a content hub (www.EyesUp.com) to educate people about digital dependence and social isolation, and take the EyesUp pledge. The in-depth resource will include new research, tips and tools for unlocking the power of human connection, and articles from expert contributors including neuroscientist and mind-body expert Dr. Claudia Aguirre and the renowned research organization Sputnik Observatory, dedicated to the study of contemporary culture.

Throughout 2017, the EyesUp campaign will be supported by a robust social media campaign, public relations efforts, and in-store retail activations. This is the first in a multi-year commitment to helping people unlock the power of human connection.

For more information on the Murad EyesUp campaign, or to take the EyesUp pledge, visit www.EyesUp.com.

ABOUT MURAD, INC.

Founded in 1989, Murad is a pioneering clinical skincare brand dedicated to encouraging people to live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Backed by 19 unique patents and a 30-year legacy of research and clinical testing, Murad’s unique philosophy, called Connected Beauty, is a whole person approach to health and beauty that inspires people to nourish their skin, awaken their body through physical activity, “eat” their water by consuming water-rich fruits and vegetables, and be kind to their mind. To learn more about Murad and its products, visit www.murad.com.

 

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[1] The American Institute of Stress.  Stress.org 2016

Skincare To Prepare Your Face For Cooler Weather Ahead!

As the weather gets cooler, I add more steps to my skincare routine to keep my skin hydrated and to fight wrinkles!

The products below cleanse, hydrate and treat dull fall and winter skin:

Pure Marula Facial Oil
Pure Marula Facial Oil

Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil ($58 for 1 oz and $78 1.69 oz USD) — Light and hydrating, Pure Marula Facial Oil absorbs quickly into the skin without a greasy after-feel providing immediate and long lasting hydration and improved skin elasticity. Pure Marula facial Oil by Marula Pure Beauty Products is the only doctor endorsed, scientifically validated facial oil, with 60% more antioxidants than the leading Argan Oil.

Pure Marula Oil is completely virgin, wild harvested, hand-selected, and cold pressed with no added heat or chemicals ensuring that its beneficial properties are captured in every bottle. This superior Marula facial oil leaves the skin soft and plump with increased firmness for healthy, beautiful, age-defying radiance. Pure Marula Facial Oil is suitable for all skin types.

What I think: This light oil is so hydrating, but not greasy at all.  I love using it as an evening treatment

Purchase at http://www.marula.com

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare is an anti-aging miracle!  I was sent the following products to review:

COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash ($32.95 USD) — Complete Clarity Facial Cleaning Wash is a luxurious foaming gel cleanser that is gentle on skin but gives strong cleansing action. This cleanser is designed to leave your skin feeling clean but not dry by balancing skin moisture. Removes residual make-up.

CLOSE UP Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment ($79.95 USD) — Get camera ready in a flash! An instant treatment that tightens the look of skin while firming and smoothing the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. Use around eyes, mouth and on forehead to erase years from your appearance.

REFOCUS Under Eye Treatment($79.95 USD) –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.

What I think: The foaming cleanser is fun to use and leaves skin clean and soft. The Instant Wrinkle Reducer is great to use before going out or special occasions because it instantly tightens skin and makes lines go away (temporarily).  The eye treatment works over time to firm and smooth the eye area.

Purchase at www.http://christiebrinkleyauthenticskincare.com

Equitance skincare was founded in Japan and claims to brighten the skin:

Brightening Foaming Cleanser ($30 USD) — The perfect start — and finish — to each day, the luxurious facial foaming cleanser effortlessly washes away makeup and environmental-pollution residue. Purifies and softens the skin without stripping away essential natural emollients and oils.

Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36 ($30 USD) — Effectively safeguards against UV rays and free radicals. The perfect primer for makeup, this sunscreen filters UV rays and environmental stressors that contribute to hyperpigmentation, photoaging and skin-harm. Enhanced with brightening and moisturizing ingredients, the fast-drying formula primes the skin and performs flawlessly under makeup.

Hydrating Brightening Cream ($70 USD) — The ultra-light, yet luxuriously rich cream works as a moisture lock to keep skin soft and supple. This empowered formula not only contains the patented blend of brightening ingredients with sustained delivery system, but also provides needed nutrition and hydration. Balancing and regulating skin’s performance all day, it wards off the effects of drying environmental stressors, for a vital, radiant glow.

What I think:  This is another luxe foaming cleanser that easily removes makeup and dirt gently.  The sunscreen needs to be shaken before use.  It applies like a liquid, but dries down and is not greasy at all.  The brightening cream gives an instant glow, but also brightens the skin over time.

Purchase at http://www.equitance-us.com

Have you tried any of this amazing skincare?  Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

 

Prep Your Skin For Fall With Powerhouse Skin Care Part 2

Continuing on with my fall skin preparation, I have more amazing skin care to share with you!

There are so many amazing and different beauty products out there!  Skin care can have so many steps these days, because you can add more and more.  I would just stick to a few basics — cleanser, serum, moisturizer (w/SPF for day), night cream and eye cream.  Then you can add a toner or essence, difference serums, peels, masks, neck products etc, if you’d like!

Below are some great choices of innovative skincare:

H2O+ Beauty Elements On the Move Cleansing Stick ($28 USD) — Infused with a touch of Pearl extract, this solid face cleansing stick glides directly across your face and foams up without you ever having to use your fingers. This innovative format means no more suitcase spills, messy applications, or getting stopped by TSA.

H2O+ Beauty Infinity+ Refining Essence  ($44 USD) — This refreshing essence conquers dullness, dryness, and pesky pores. In a single swipe, it removes dull skin, reduces the appearance of pores, and hydrates skin. Features Red Algae extract and Camellia Japonica Oil it will quickly become a staple of your morning routine

H2O+ Beauty Waterbright Illuminating Serum ($56 USD) — Rich in Vitamin C, this serum is clinically proven to improve 7 different (amazing) aspects of skin tone*. Let us count the ways: Reduce the intensity of dark spots, Enhance radiance, Improve clarity, Even skin tone, Increase brightness, Enhance texture and Improve complexion health.

What I think:  I love the cleansing stick, its so easy to use.  I wet my face at night, rub the stick all over my face and then rinse off.  Clean and soft! Plus, it’s portable.

The refining essence is a great product for on the go.  It cleans and hydrates in one step and can be used morning and/or night either under a serum or moisturizer or on it’s own.  It leaves skin glowing and soft!  Add the illuminating serum over it, and skin is very smooth and glowy.

Available at /www.h2oplus.com

Mineral Fusion Makeup Removing Oil Cleanser ($18.99 USD) — This gentle cleanser soothes as it cleanses leaving skin calm and comforted. Nutrient–replenishing Mineral Water and softening Argan Oil restore moisture for softer, supple skin and a more even complexion.

Mineral Fusion SPF 40 Moisturizer ($24.99 USD) — This ultimate age-defense cream provides broad spectrum mineral SPF to help prevent pre-mature sign of aging. Instantly protects skin from sunburn. Easily layer underneath foundation and primers for a healthy dose of SPF protection.

Mineral Fusion Color Correcting Primer ($28.99 USD) — Naturally camouflaging mineral pigments help conceal unwanted redness and hyperpigmentation revealing even, flawless-looking skin. This soothing formula fills in lines, evens tone, and smoothes texture creating a balanced canvas for makeup application.

What I think:  Oil cleansers are such a gentle way to remove makeup and clean the skin. Argan oil is one of my favorite things, and I love that this leaves my skin soft, but not greasy. The SPF moisturizer is so light, but protects fiercely!  Great under makeup.

The primer works well for those with lots of redness or dark spots.  It helps correct the flaws and primes skin for foundation.

Purchase at http://www.mineralfusion.com

Prai Beauty AGELESS Throat Microdermabrasion Skin Resurfacer ($25.95 USD) — This lightweight, easy-to-use formula exfoliates skin – transforming dry, sagging skin to a dewy, firm complexion. It’s the ultimate way to re-texturize and resurface your skin without visiting a derm!

Prai Beauty AGELESS Throat & Decolletage Crème ($34.95 USD 1.7 fl. oz) — This weightless créme developed specifically for the throat and décolletage helps to promote cell firmness and resiliency, while absorbing with minimal blending to avoid skin stretching. The number one selling formula is comprised of Sepilift DPHP™ to restore elasticity and support skin’s collagen. Shea butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Squalene and Glycerin keep skin supple and visibly reduce and correct the signs of aging.

Prai Beauty AGELESS Eye D-Crease ($32.95 USD) — This peptide enriched creme enhances the gentle skin around the eye area by smoothing and decreasing fine lines and crow’s feet. Fragrance and irritation free.

What I think:  Two areas that I think really show one’s age are the eyes and the neck and throat. The microdermabrasion for the throat is a really unique product.  It really smoothed my throat and left it so soft.  Following up with the throat cream firms the skin and really makes it look younger!

I use the eye cream all around my eye to help with lines and texture. It is very hydrating without being greasy.

Available at http://www.praibeauty.com

 

PRAI Beauty – Natural and Luxurious Skincare Products

I was recently sent wonderful products from PRAI Beauty for my honest review. Their claim is that they challenge the norm and redefine beauty, offering luxurious, yet accessible products for all women. With a team gathered from the industry’s top companies, you will find expertise behind every product. All PRAI products are proudly made in the USA. They are Leaping Bunny certified – their products are NEVER tested on animals! They believe in Real Women, Real Aging & Real Results!

That is an amazing claim, and I was really excited to try these products:

 

PRAI Beauty Pure Collagen Spray
PRAI Beauty Pure Collagen Spray

PRAI Beauty Pure Collagen Spray ($40 USD) — This novel collagen treatment has been designed to help reduce the visible signs of aging.   Ideal for all skin types. Imparts replenishing, rejuvenating and revitalizing benefits to the skin. Features:

  • Plant Collagen*, an amino acid complex derived from plant protein of Rice embryo, Soybeans, Carrots, Quinoa and Red Ginseng, provides multiple anti-aging benefits
  • Apple Stem Cells help rejuvenate and protect the skin’s stem cells to help delay the visible signs of aging
  • Natural Moisturizing Factors of Glycerin, Sodium PCA and Lecithin help support the skin’s moisture balance

What I think:  I have been using this spray after cleanser and before serums.  It feels so refreshing on, and really softens my skin.  It is an easy extra step in my skincare to keep my skin youthful.

PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS H2O Clean & Clear Cleanser
PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS H2O Clean & Clear Cleanser

PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS H2O Clean & Clear Cleanser ($17.95 USD) — The ultimate in skin cleansing – this little gem will leave you with fresh, clarified, brighter skin! Features:

  • Rose Water is an emollient that controls sebum
  • Aloe Vera is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and irritant soother
  • Glycerin enhances skin’s lipid barrier, creating a moisture reserve
  • Daisy Flower Extract helps soften and eliminate age spots, as it brightens skin
  • Precious PRAI Oil imparts smoothness and suppleness to the skin

What I think: I love the scent of this cleanser!  It is softly floral.  I apply it to a cotton pad and it removes all of my makeup.  Plus, it leaves my skin clean and smooth.

PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS Oxygen Infusion Treatment
PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS Oxygen Infusion Treatment

PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS Oxygen Infusion Treatment ($29.99 USD) — Revives parched, dry skin, transforming skins texture, tone, clarity and radiance. Features:

  • Vitamin B5 enhances the skins moisture levels and elasticity
  • Aloe Vera is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and irritant soother
  • Glycerin enhances skin’s lipid barrier, creating a moisture reserve
  • Grapeseed Oil brighten and diminish discoloration and age spots
  • Vitamin C helps protect skin from free radicals that contribute to premature signs of aging
  • Vitamin E reverses and protects skin from photo-aging, strengthens skins resistance to
  • Green Tea Extract is an antioxidant and anti-irritant
  • Precious PRAI Oil imparts smoothness and suppleness to the skin

What I think:  This is a really fun product, I am a fan of oxygen treatments! I smooth this on and it instantly bubbles.  I then rinse it off and my skin is so smooth and soft!  The instructions say that you can just wipe it off, but it leaves a soapy residue, so I wash it off.

PRAI Beauty AGELESS CHIN UP Sculpt Serum
PRAI Beauty AGELESS CHIN UP Sculpt Serum

PRAI Beauty AGELESS CHIN UP Sculpt Serum ($34.95 USD) — This unmatched serum is truly a face lift in a bottle – with tightening and sculpting technology that targets and corrects visible sagging and drooping under the chin, along the jawline and on the sides of the cheeks. Features:

  • Antioxidants diminishes fine lines and wrinkles for smoother, younger skin
  • Retinol aids in the skin’s renewal by igniting cell turnover
  • Uplevity™ peptide counteracts the force of gravity
  • Precious PRAI Oil imparts smoothness and suppleness to the skin

What I think:  I have been using this serum on my chin, jawline and neck.  I really think it helps firm, as I have seen a change in my jawline!  Love it and will keep using it!

I am really loving this brand!  I think it’s really affordable for the quality ingredients in these products.  I am looking forward in trying more from this brand.

Have you tried PRAI Beauty? Leave a comment and let me know.