anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare Sunday — The Ordinary Haul

Hi All!  Happy Sunday!  I can’t believe the weekend is almost over.  It goes by so fast!

I recently picked up a few things at Ulta online.  I was so excited to see that the Ordinary skincare is now available (at least online) at Ulta.   I hadn’t tried anything from the brand before.  I do know that the brand has been at Sephora for a while now, but I’m more of an Ulta shopper.

This is a very affordable brand and the reviews I’ve seen have been really positive.  Here’s what I chose to start with (yes, I’ll be buying more in the future) and the info from the Ulta website:

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Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($6.80 USD) — A hydrating formula with ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid. The molecular size of hyaluronic acid determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This formulation combines low-, medium- and high-molecular weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA crosspolymer at a combined concentration of 2% for multi-depth hydration in an oil-free formula. This system is supported with the addition of Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration.

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion ($9.80 USD) — a stable serum of a next-generation retinoid active that achieves better reduction in visible signs of aging than retinol – without irritation. It combines two forms of next-generation retinoid actives in a combined concentration of 2% by weight.

Key Ingredients:

  • Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate is a highly-advanced form of retinoid which is, in fact, a non-prescription ester of all-trans direct retinoic acid that offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of ageing than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid.
  • A sustained-delivery form of pure retinol in a protective capsule system which supports both the delivery and the effect of Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate.
  • Both forms of retinoid used avoid the irritation associated with retinoid (including retinol) use while delivering better visible results against signs of ageing.

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ($8.70 USD) — The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution exfoliates and tones with 7% glycolic acid, amino acids, aloe vera, ginseng, and tasmanian pepperberry. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use. With its a studied tasmanian pepperberry derivative, this solution helps reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonally and this colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. The formula is further supported with inclusion of ginseng root and aloe vera for both visible radiance and soothing benefits. This pH of this formula is approximately 3.6. Glycolic Acid has a pKa of 3.6 and pKa is the most important aspect to consider in formulating with acids. pKa implies acid availability. When pKa is close to pH, there is an ideal balance between salt and acidity, maximizing effectiveness of the acid and reducing irritation. Higher pH numbers in such a case would increase salt which counter-intuitively would make the formula even more irritating than if the formula was more acidic.

I chose these products because I love hyaluronic acid to hydrate, I’ve been wanting to get into using retinol and I heard the every anti-aging regime should include glycolic acid. 

I have already tried the hyaluronic acid and the retinoid.  The retinoid is very gentle, but I think the hyaluronic acid broke me out.  My face was red and splotchy the day after I tried it.

I’m using up other toners now, but I will try the Glycolic Acid toner in the next month or two.


Have you tried any products from The Ordinary?  What’s your favorite?  I’ll be picking more up so I want to know what to get!!!

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Brand Review and Code — Skin&Co Roma

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Hi all!  I recently received a fun skincare package from Skin&Co Roma for my honest review.

IMG-1068IMG-1070 Such pretty packaging!   I’ve been loving the Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Refresh Mist I received in my June BoxyLuxe.  Skin&Co Roma contacted me and asked to send me the following amazing products for review:

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Truffle Therapy Face Toner — Gentle, powerful, soothing, and healing. Truffle Therapy Face Toner deeply cleanses and purifies pores with the antiseptic power of Witch Hazel and Sage, effectively removing impurities, clogged pores and dead skin cells to treat, heal, and prevent blemishes. The natural extracts and antioxidant properties of Black Winter Truffle, Rosemary, Calendula, and Cucumber soothes and protects from environmental and free radical damage.

What I think: I have very sensitive skin, and this gentle toner doesn’t irritate my skin at all.  I use it after my cleanser, and it really cleans out my pores plus it leaves my skin soft and smooth!

Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream – This is a highly concentrated gel-crème cleanser formulated to deeply cleanse skin, remove makeup, dirt and impurities, effectively keeping pores free and clear from congestion and blemishes while soothing and calming sensitivity-prone complexions. Formulated with pure Black Winter Truffle Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Mallow Leaf, and Chamomile, this gentle cleanser delivers intense hydration, nourishing moisture, while improving skin’s resilience and tone.  Complete with essential fatty acids, skin’s natural moisture barrier is restored to maintain a supple and radiant complexion.

What I think:  I am enjoying all of these products, but this one is my favorite of the bunch! Everytime I wash my face with this cleanser, it looks smooth, fresh and it glows.  And I look YOUNGER!  I have never looked this good with just washing my face, ever! It does have a soft, whipped texture and feels so gentle while cleansing my skin.  And it doesn’t irritate my skin at all.  LOVE!

Truffle Therapy Serum – Formulated around the antioxidant properties of the Black Winter Truffle, Truffle Therapy™ Serum is infused with potent skin-renewing botanicals, vitamins, essential fatty acids and vitamins to restore skin’s natural vibrancy and radiance.  Masterfully crafted in Umbria, Italy, this powerful, multitasking skin perfecting treatment soothes and refines the appearance of uneven textured skin, revealing a healthier complexion.

Ideal for all skin types, Truffle Therapy™ Serum prepares and protects skin from daily environmental and free radical damage, and doubles as a primer to create the perfect base for makeup application.

What I think: I really enjoy this serum.  It has a milky texture and a soft, natural scent.  I apply it after my toner and it really smooths out my skin and helps with texture.  It can also be used as a primer, for those days that you want an easy skincare/makeup routine. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and find that my skin is looking more even and brighter.  I’m looking forward to seeing what type of long-term results I see!

I am really loving these Skin&Co Roma products! You can purchase the items here, and by using my code LORENA20, you’ll get 20% off your purchase!  It is an affiliate code, so I will get something if you do buy!


Have you tried Skin&Co Roma?  Which products do you like from the brand?

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New Philosophy Skincare!

Hi all!  I hope you are having a great spring and are not suffering through allergies like I am!  I actually had to go to the doctor’s to get a breathing treatment yesterday and am on tons of meds.  Sigh…

But, the reviews must go on!  I was recently sent some fab new Philosophy skincare for my honest review!  Here’s what I received:

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Purity Made Simple Make-up Remover ($26 6.6 fl oz) — Sweeps away stubborn, long-wear makeup without tugging, pulling or drying.

Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker + Line-Correcting Moisturizer ($24 .5 oz travel size) — Help regenerate the look of skin in just 1 week. This anti-aging moisturizer smooths out lines and wrinkles and acts as a de-stressor for your skin.

Renewed Hope in a Jar Peeling Mousse Instant Glow Facial Mask ($35 2.5 oz) — A one-minute mini facial exfoliating face mask for a radiant, healthy-looking glow.

Purity Made Simple Hydra-Essence With Coconut Water ($22 6.7 fl. oz) — Hydrating skin essence for radiant, clarified complexion.

What I think:  I am loving all of these amazing skincare products that Philosophy has recently been releasing. I have already reviewed the larger size of the Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker moisturizer here.  This size will be perfect to take with my on summer travels!  It’s also an affordable way to try it out.

I love the makeup remover for getting every last bit of makeup without irritating my sensitive eyes.  I also wear contacts, and at the end of the day, my eyes don’t want to be messed with! This is gentle and effective.

The Peeling Mousse is a really cool product.  It combiens physical exfoliation and an exclusive enzymatic complex.  You leave it on for 1-minute and it grabs on to debris that can build up causing dull skin, and visibly rolls away those impurities. It makes skin super soft and glowing.  It also helps with skin tone and fine lines.

The Hydra-Essence is a pre-moisturizer step.  I find that it gives an extra layer of hydration under my moisturizer, so my skin feels more hydrated and comfortable longer.  It is light and non-greasy, which I need having combination skin.

All of the gorgeous products can be purchased on http://www.philosophy.com.


Have you tried any of these Philosophy products?  What’s your favorite new skincare?

 

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Philosophy Miracle Worker Anti-Wrinkle Line Review

Hey all!  I hope you had a great weekend and that it’s not too snowy where you are!

I recently received samples from philosophy’s new Miracle Worker anti-wrinkle line for my honest review.  I love trying anti-aging skincare, and philosophy has gorgeous products!

This collection was created to help counteract signs of stress on skin and fight wrinkles
faster! The claim is that these products will help counteract the signs of stress and in just two weeks, reduce the look of wrinkles.

Here are the products I received:

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anti-wrinkle miracle worker+ line-correcting moisturizer ($64 USD) — Silky texture melts into skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving texture instantly and over time. formulated with a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of peptides, hyaluronic acid, indian gentian extract and potent forms of vitamin c plus an innovative complex of saponins and enhanced hyaluronic acid to help counteract stress-induced damage on skin instantly.

This is such a nice product to wear under makeup. It absorbs instantly in my skin, as it is very light. It smooths my skin and I have notices that my skin texture looks better when I use it.

anti-wrinkle miracle worker night+ line-correcting overnight cream ($68 USD) — This overnight cream helps virtually erase the look of fine lines as you sleep, while recharging skin and helping counteract the signs of stress on your skin.  a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of peptides, hyaluronic acid, indian gentian extract and potent forms of vitamin c an innovative complex of saponins and enhanced hyaluronic acid to help counteract stress-induced damage on skin silk tree extract to help support skin’s natural antioxidant defenses at night.

This cream is a bit more hydrating than the day cream, perfect for a night treatment.  It doesn’t feel greasy at all. I smooth it on at night and in the morning my skin is brighter and looks more even in tone.  I don’t have a lot of heavy wrinkles, but the ones I do have look less noticeable.

anti-wrinkle miracle worker eye+ line-correcting eye cream ($60 USD) — Clinically tested eye cream targets lines and wrinkles around the eyes while diminishing the look of dark circles and puffiness, so your eye area can look more ageless. Instantly the eye area feels comforted and deeply hydrated. this makeup-friendly, velvety formula is a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of peptides, sodium hyaluronate, Indian gentian extract and potent forms of vitamin c + a retinol-like complex powered by alfalfa extract and coconut oil.

I use eye cream twice a day, so I love testing out new ones!  This helps with puffiness and eye bags in a few days and with longer use it helps with wrinkles and dark circles.  And I love that it glides right on without tugging the delicate skin around my eyes!

anti-wrinkle miracle worker primer+ line-correcting primer ($38 USD) — The multi-tasking primer helps blur imperfections, visibly fills in wrinkles and smooths skin for a more even makeup application. featuring a powerhouse wrinkle-fighting complex of sodium hyaluronate, indian gentian extract, tripeptide and a potent form of vitamin c.

I’m always looking for a good primer for my aging skin. This is a blurring primer, which I need for my pores and texture issues. It gives my skin a velvety finish.  Plus makeup applies so nicely over it!  I love that this helps fight wrinkles, too!

I’m so glad I’ve tried this line.  I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks, but will continue testing it out. But so far, I recommend it for wrinkle fighting and anti-aging.

Have you tried philosophy skincare?  What are your favorites?

 

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January 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi All!  I’m glad January is almost over.  It has been a cold, snowy month and I am looking forward to warmer weather.  Of course, we have to get through February, but it’s a short month.  Easy peasy, right?  LOL!

As I was getting ready to create this post, I realized that the last monthly favorites post I did was for October 2018!  I skipped November because I was so busy with work and holiday posts, and I skipped December because I was working on my annual favorites. Excuses, excuses!  I am going to try to do one each month in 2019.

My faves for January are:

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Laneige Bright Dew Original Essence ($55 USD) — This concentrated essence contains antioxidant rich Vitamin C , to help brighten the skin’s overall complexion. The formula also contains Pro-vitamin B5 and Beta-glucan to hydrate and soothe the skin. It feels so nice on my skin. It sinks into my skin and makes it really soft. And it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I have been using this without a heavy cream at night (I’m too hot at night for heavy products) and my skin is still soft and glowy in the morning.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($25 USD) — I’m really enjoying this mask. It’s a very hydrating night treatment. I feel super dry lately, because of the cold air. Sometimes I even wear this in the morning! I use a lot at night and when I wake up, my lips are still a little dry, but they aren’t cracked or flaking. And they do look nice and plump, which I love!

Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift ($24.95 USD) — This multi-action eye cream claims too visibly lift, firm and tighten the delicate eye area while smoothing crow’s feet. I really do see a difference in the firmness around my eye.  I apply it all around my eyelids and my top lid is so firm and has stopped drooping (I was started to get hooded eyelids)! And I find that it helps my crows feet.

Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation ($76 USD) —  This has a natural to soft matte finish, but doesn’t looking drying on my skin.  It actually just looks like skin!  Just flawless, healthy skin!  I have been breaking out lately and I use this during breakouts. I do find it helps clear them up, but it also applies so smoothly over blemishes and helps conceal them so nicely!  This foundation wears all day.

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder ($27 USD) — I won this in a giveaway last fall and have been loving it ever since. It sets my skin with a soft matte finish.  It’s almost too matte for me, but I make sure I hydrate under my foundation and powder and I use highlight and spritz on a nice setting spray. Plus I use just enough to set my face, too much and it can look cakey.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter ($28 USD) — Oh no!  It’s out of stock again.  I purchased this in the beginning of December (I think).  I bought it at Ulta with the Dose of Colors Friendcation palette.  The palette was half off plus I had a 20% off my entire purchase coupon so I threw in this highlighter to get free shipping!  It’s very nice.  It’s a little dark on my skin tone, so it’s more glowy than blinding on me.  But I like that look for every day.  It doesn’t emphasize my texture, which is amazing for ladies of a certain age!

Ulta Full Coverage Liquid Concealer ($9 USD) — This lightweight, creamy and super blend-able formula offers full coverage, flawless matte finish. The ULTA Full Coverage Liquid concealer contains special ingredients known to promote healing, concealing imperfections, and evening skin tone. Our formula wears beautifully, doesn’t cake or crease and offers long lasting wear.

Tarte Maneater Voluptuous Mascara ($23 USD) — Dress your lashes like you style your hair with this lengthening, curling and volumizing mascara. With a soft-flex brush and lightweight triple-black formula, it lifts lashes at the root, styles and fans them out to create amped-up fluttery fullness with no flaking or clumping. The custom molded brush features hundreds of flexible bristles to curl and coat lashes with even, intense pigment for 23x more volume powered by lash-strengthening jojoba and carnauba wax.

It’s funny that I don’t have an eyeshadow palette in here.  I have started Shop My Stash in January and I have two palettes I was using.  You can read about that here and the conclusion here.  I’m about to post my February Shop My Stash, and that will have three palettes! Stay tuned!

What were your favorites in January?

 

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Hydrating Skincare For The Dry, Winter Months

I love testing new skincare!  It’s so wonderful when I find something I like and continue to use.  My skin is aging, sensitive and combination, but it gets dryer in the winter.  So hydration is so important!

Below are some products I was sent for my honest review:

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IMAGE Skincare Iluma intense brightening exfoliating powder

IMAGE Skincare ILUMA intense brightening exfoliating powder ($32 at IMAGESkincare.com): This gently exfoliating powder polishes and buffs away radiance-impairing dead skin cells to brighten and illuminate the skin, leaving it smooth and prepped to absorb creams.

What I think: Don’t forget to exfoliate a few times a week (whatever your skin can handle) during the winter.  This is such a nice, gentle exfoliator.  I like to use it in the morning before skincare to help my makeup apply better.  It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, which is great.

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Derma E Hydrating Night Cream

Hydrating Night Cream ($29.99 dermae.com) — This ultra-hydrating, formula delivers unmatched hydrating properties of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), nature’s “moisture magnet”. Infused with antioxidant-rich Green Tea, nourishing Vitamins C-Ester and Vitamins A and E help to soften and smooth the appearance of skin for a younger-looking complexion.

What I think: This is such a great night time moisturizer for the winter months, when my skin is dry.  I love that it has such amazing ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid to keep my skin soft and smooth. My skin is very hydrated in the morning when I use this at night.

korres wild rose vitamin c brightening sleeping facial
KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial

KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48; Sephora.com): Finish your nighttime routine with an overnight facial to be the ultimate sleeping beauty. This Wild Rose and Vitamin C formula melts instantly into the skin, and continues to work throughout the night. Wake up with soft, smooth skin, and a recharged complexion.

What I think: I usually apply this over serum, but on nights my skin really needs some extra love, I apply it over a night cream.  It’s fairly light and absorbs quickly. I feel that it  brightens as well as hydrates and my skin glows in the morning!

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Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream

Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream ($21.50 USD) — Deeply hydrate, firm and tone the delicate skin around your eyes while reducing the look of fine lines and crow’s feet with this fragrance-free eye cream. Hyaluronic Acid (HA), also known as nature’s moisture magnet, has the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, binding moisture to help soften, smooth, tone and rehydrate skin. Only DERMA E has blended the unmatched hydrating properties of HA with antioxidants Pycnogenol® and Green Tea, moisturizing Jojoba Oil and nourishing Vitamins A, C and E into a rich, replenishing eye cream to keep eyes young and radiant looking.

What I think: This is as hydrating for the eyes and the night cream is for the face!  This is wonderful for anti-aging and we all need moisture in the eye area as we get older. Dryness makes me look older, and I don’t need that!  I love the ingredients and how smooth my eye area looks in the morning.

iluma intense brightening eye crème

IMAGE Skincare ILUMA intense brightening eye crème

IMAGE Skincare ILUMA intense brightening eye crème ($66; IMAGESkincare.com): A super-hydrating and brightening eye crème that works aggressively to break up discoloration under the eyes. A blend of phytonutrients, peptides and botanical brightening agents help to reduce visible signs of aging like dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and lax skin to restore a firmer, vibrant and more youthful appearance to the eyes.

What I think: This lovely eye cream is so nice to use in the morning to help with dark eye circles. It really does make dark circles appear lighter and smooths and firms the eye area.

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MISS BUD’S HEMP Eye Oil

MISS BUD’S HEMP Eye Oil ($19.99 on Amazon): This under-eye oil transforms the delicate under-eye area to reduce fine lines, tone, smooth and deeply moisturize skin for beautiful, youthful looking eyes. Restore, replenish and hydrate skin via a blend of vitamin-rich Pure Hemp Seed, Wheat Germ, Coconut and Sunflower oils.

What I think: I like using this under an eye cream at night.  Especially in the cold weather.  It’s a really nice treatment when the eye area needs a little help.  And I love the natural ingredients!

Do you have dry or seasonally dry skin?  What have you been using?

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Anti-Aging Skincare From IMAGE Skincare, Bratoxinsta and BREVENA

Hi all! I hope you had a great week! I’m so glad the weekend’s here.

I’ve been lucky to have received some amazing anti-aging skin care for my honest review. I’m always on the lookout for great skincare items that will help my sensitive, aging skin appear younger! These are a bit pricey, but totally worth it:

 

 

IMAGE Skincare_s the MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift
IMAGE Skincare’s the MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift

IMAGE Skincare the MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift ($85 USD) — This lift reverses telltale signs of aging by targeting skin laxity, sagging, wrinkles, and creasing on the too often neglected neck and décolleté area. This mask features a unique time release delivery system that allows the active ingredients to penetrate the skin deeper, resulting in prolonged effects. Its maximum concentration of skin strengthening peptides and ground breaking plant stem cells help to uplift sagging skin, support elasticity, and define the neck and jawline.

I’ve only been using this for a couple of weeks, but I can really see a difference in my neck firmness and definition of my jaw. It’s very creamy and thick, but it isn’t greasy at all.  So I use it day and night. This is a spendy cream, but it is so worth it.  I can’t wait to see more results as I continue to use it.

Purchase at http://www.IMAGESkincare.com.)

BRATOXINSTA
Bratoxinsta

Bratoxinsta ($59.99 USD) creates a thin veil of youth-restoring minerals to instantly eliminate the appearance of puffiness or sagging, crows feet, and fine lines.Fast-acting active ingredients create a tighter look and feel within 60 seconds of application while state-of-the-art minerals immediately lift and sculpt. Meanwhile, the powerful combination of stem-cell, antioxidants from Açai and peptides help to improve long-term appearance.

This is so perfect when you want to look younger instantly.   Just use a little bit on fine lines, wrinkles, eye bags etc and it smooths skin in just a few minutes.  This is really nice for the holidays, too!

Purchase at brazilianskin.com

Brevena Perfect Pair
Brevena Perfect Pair

BREVENA is a clinical grade skin care line designed to address the needs of normal to sensitive skin types with the utmost care and concern for improved skin health. Macro β Complex® is a powerful, proprietary ingredient effortlessly restores dry, rough, aging and environmentally damaged skin leaving your skin soft, healthy and luminous.

Daily Hydration Moisturizer ($79 USD):  Featuring the Macro β Complex®, this formula locks in moisture while visibly plumping and softening skin, boosting luminosity and bounce. Products are dermatologist tested. Fragrance-free, dye-free, and steroid-free.

The Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream ($89 USD): This formula, with Macro β Complex®, hyaluronic acid, shea butter and potent antioxidants works to replenish and infuse the skin with moisture for a visibly softer, smoother complexion by morning.

  • In a clinical study, users of both creams realized:
    • 100% showed improvement in skin texture/roughness
    • 100% showed improvement in skin firmness/elasticity
    • 100% showed improvement in moisturization of the skin
    • 97% showed improvement in skin luminosity
    • 100% showed improvement in crow’s feet wrinkle texture

Better yet try them both, packaged together as “The Perfect Pair” and value priced at $159, a $9 savings.

These creams are so luxe!  They feel nice on my dry skin and I’m happy that they don’t irritate my sensitive skin. My skin looks so hydrated, smooth and glowing when I use both the day and night cream.

Purchase at shop.brevena.com

What skincare are you loving lately?