Fresh Products For Spring Beauty

Hi all!  I hope your are enjoying spring and that your weather has improved.  It’s much nicer now in Kansas City!

I have been testing a lot of new products this spring.  I’ve decided to feature a few here that have been helping my skin and hair this spring, plus a waterproof cream eyeshadow:


Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser ($5.99 USD): Developed especially for those with combination skin, this everyday cleanser deep cleans the oily parts while smoothing and conditioning the rough, dry parts— for balanced, conditioned skin. Not only does it remove deep down dirt and impurities from the pores, but it gently exfoliating away dead cells, allowing healthy cells to emerge. With continued daily use, you’ll achieve softer, smoother skin and a more balanced complexion.
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Instant Warming Clay Mask ($5.99 USD): Sometimes your skin needs a little extra TLC—plus, what better way to take a selfie—if not with a blue mask on! Designed to purify and refine skin by absorbing excess oils, this instant warming mask opens pores and melts away that pore-clogging dirt, oil, and sebum—leaving your skin clean, soft and refreshed. This warming clay mask, formulated to deep clean pores, is pH balanced for comfortably clean skin. This mask has a unique self-heating technology that is activated when massaged into the skin. This thermal formula in conjunction with purifying and skin toning clays optimize the mask’s ability to deep clean and purify.
What I think:  I have combination skin, so these products are great for me! I also think they would work well for normal-oily skin.  The cleanser really cleans my skin without drying it out.  Plus, it doesn’t irritate it.  My skin is sensitive, too, especially during allergy season.  The mask is really fun it use.  Because my skin is sensitive, I can only do this about once a week, and since there are four in the pack, it’s a months worth.  I love the blue shade and how well it cleans out my pores.  It leaves my skin very soft!
Purchase at mass market retailers near you!

ELLIS FAAS CREAMY EYES ($34 USD) This is a coloured cosmetic applied to the eyelids or to the skin around the eyes to accentuate them. applied in a liquid state, the texture soon dries. unlike other eyeshadows, this formula thereby becomes resistant to the effects of humidity such as tears and wet weather; does not build up in the eyes’ creases; and will not smudge when being rubbed. available in 21 shades.

What I think:  I these in the shades E115 Purple and E104 Grey Brown.  I have found that these work so well as base shades.  They are both fairly deep, but I can use them in my crease or all over the lid.  I can keep the look matte or add a shimmer on top.  These also work nicely as liners, because they are smudge and waterproof.  Gorgeous quality!  And, let’s not forget the cool silver bullet packaging!

These can be purchased at

John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks ($3.49 USD) Four targeted hair masks that transform hair in a matter of minutes. Designed to treat hair suffering from frizz, fading, damage or dullness, each mask revives hair with a single in-shower application. Simply shampoo, squeeze out excess moisture and massage the Wonder Drops throughout wet hair.
Available in: Frizz Smoothing, Blonde Brightening, Damage Repairing and Vibrancy Enhancing

What I think:  I have already tried the Frizz Smoothing and Damage Repairing.  The Frizz Smoothing mask really helped cut my frizz down a lot!  This will be so nice to have in the summer when the humidity kills my hair.  The Damage Repairing Mask is nice for damaged hair.  Mine isn’t too bad right now, but I do need a haircut to get rid of split ends! The mask did help my hair and made it shiny and more manageable.

I have very dark brown hair, so I’m going to give the Blond Brightening mask to a blond friend and the Vibrancy Enhancing to my redhead daughter!  It seems there’s a mask for most hair types!

Purchase at Walmart and select Grocery Outlets

What new spring beauty products have you been loving?

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Skincare Stocking Stuffers

Hi all! I hope everyone is having an amazing Thanksgiving weekend! I’m back with another holiday gift guide — this time skincare that would make wonderful stocking stuffers – or gifts for someone who loves skincare!

Below are some amazing skincare from drugstore to higher end that she (or he) will be happy to receive in their stocking:



Enjoy a spin on the traditional lump of coal this holiday season with the beauty essentials that everyone will love – whether they’ve been naughty or nice! Bioré Charcoal Products are the perfect stocking stuffers to pick up during your holiday shopping trips. The invigorating scents of peppermint pays homage to the holiday season while having a fun twist on giving them the gift of char-“coal” that also cleans and smooths skin. 

  • Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar ($6.49)
  • Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($7.99)
  • Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips ($6.49)

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Erborian Glow Crème

Erborian Glow Crème ($42 USD) — This multi-benefit crème primer combines Korean ingredients with French luxury to create the perfect all-over illuminator, highlighter, and makeup base. The lightweight crème will help skin glowing through the winter as it gives the skin a pearly radiance, and the licorice root extract  in the formula helps leave the skin brighter looking.

Purchase at Sephora and

DERMAdoctor Lucky Bamboo Jukyeom 9x Water Gel
DERMAdoctor Lucky Bamboo Jukyeom 9x Water Gel

DERMAdoctor Lucky Bamboo Jukyeom 9x Water Gel ($54 USD) — Powered by Jukyeom 9x, the result of the 1000-year-old process created by Korean monks, Lucky Bamboo’s rejuvenating electrolyte, antioxidant and mineral-rich composition helps create a cushion of smart hydration and provides the ultimate health and wellness boost for skin. Skin feels soothed, hydrated, and cool and appears luminous with absolutely no sticky residue.

Available at

Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35
Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 ($69 USD) — A triple threat product that addresses, corrects and protects the entire eye area and works to improve the overall appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. Help restore skin health while immediately brightening and correcting imperfections to reduce dark circles and puffiness for a refreshed and rested appearance. Protect the delicate eye-area throughout the day with 100% mineral SPF 35 that defends against UVA/UVB and environmental stressors that contribute to skin aging.

Purchase at and



Uncle Bud’s Belize Seaweed Detoxifying Mask ($2.99): Detoxify and moisturize your skin with this creamy, agave-scented mask, formulated with seaweed and antioxidants that leave your complexion radiant, fresh and intensely hydrated.

Uncle Bud’s Topical Pain Reliever ($15.99): This fast-acting pain reliever works faster, penetrates deeper and relieves aches and pains better than any other over-the-counter pain relief product on the market.


My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 23-29, 2017

It has become so cold in Kansas City!  It definitely is fall and almost feels like winter!  I am enjoying it, though!

My favorites this week include a cleanser that will get the gunk out of pores, a cool rubber mask and sweet smelling bath products:

Bioré Skincare Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

Bioré Skincare Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser ($7.99 USD) —  This breakthrough cleanser gets pores twice as clean after just one use, in as little as 30 seconds. By combining natural charcoal with Bioré Skincare’s exclusive Skin Purifying Technology, this cleanser provides targeted deep cleansing for a smooth, clear complexion without irritating skin.

What I think: This is a great cleanser for cleaning pores.  It gets in and helps with blackheads and pore size without irritating skin.  This is also great for teenagers who want to get clean and not worry about drying out their skin.

Purchase at select food, drug and mass merchant stores

Masqueology Intensive Moisturizing Rubber Mask

Masqueology Intensive Moisturizing Rubber Mask ($2.50 USD) — This rubber mask moisturizes and improves skin elasticity with hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, green seaweed extract, chamomile, lavender, soy protein, almond protein, wheat protein and several other ingredients guaranteed to soothe skin and make it glow. The product is not tested on animals.

What I think: This is so fun to use! You first apply the cream that’s in pouch on top to the skin, then apply the two peice rubber mask.  It’s light blue and looks creepy on! I left it on for 20 minutes, but it gave a range of 15 to 30. It feels cold on my face, so in cooler weather, it may not be as comfortable on.    When I removed it, there wasn’t any serum left to rub in and my skin was a bit red.  It did leave my skin smooth, and calmed down shortly after.

This will be available at Walmart stores soon, so keep an eye out for it!

Zoella Beauty Soak Opera Bath Soak & Shower Cream ($9.95 USD)– Say hello to your new bubbly bestie with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Aloe extracts to soften and condition skin.

Zoella Beauty Pretty Polished Sugar Scrub ($11 USD) — Reveal dazzling skin with Zoella Beauty Sugar Scrub Pretty Polished! Buff your skin beautiful with my gorgeously scented body sugar scrub. Pretty Polished removes dull skin for a super smooth and radiant finish! Rub a dub scrub!

Surround yourself in Zoella Beauty Blissful Mistful‘s serene scent and enter your very own secret garden. Spray this elegant scent to mist your body with fresh and floral notes. Enriched wih Vitamin E and fruit extracts -Blissful Mistful truly is bliss in a bottle.

What I think: I love the fragrance of these products, they are yummy — sweet, but not cloying.  The scrub works so well to smooth my skin!  And the Soak Opera gives great bubbles in the tub or shower.  I do love taking baths, so I enjoyed using it for a bubble bath.  Blissful Mistful is a light scent.  I think my daughter will love it because it’s sweet and floral.  Very fresh and young.

Purchase Zoella products at

What products are you loving this week?


Beauty Gift Guide: More Last Minute Beauty Gifts

Still shopping?  I am, too.  That’s why I thought I’d put together another gift guide.  We are coming up on the last weekend before Christmas.  And also online deadlines.

Below I have put together fun beauty gifts and stocking stuffers.  Enjoy!

H2O+ Oasis Hydration Boost Duo
H2O+ Oasis Hydration Boost Duo

H2O+ Oasis Hydration Boost Duo (on sale now for $39.60 USD) — Magnify moisture replenishment with this powerfully hydrating H2O+ Oasis skincare duo. This limited-edition gift set features full sizes of our best-selling, moisture-amplifying Oasis booster and hydrator. Formulated with Hydrating Marine Blend, sea minerals and algae extracts, these oil-free, time-release formulas replenish thirsty skin and plump the look of fine lines. Set Contents 1.Oasis24 Hydrating Booster0.85 Fl oz/ 25 mL full-size 2.Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment 1.7 Fl oz/ 50 mL full-size.

Available at


Yes To stocking stuffers will make every skincare lover happy!

Yes To Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes 30ct. ($5.69 at Target) — packed with cucumbers, green tea, broccoli and spinach to give your face the nutrients needed to help you detoxify and refresh your face on the go. These dermatologically and opthalmologically tested towelettes will clean your face of dirt and makeup, including eye makeup. They are 98.7% natural, biodegradable & FSC certified. Not only that, they are free of oil, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil ($4.99 USD) — This lip oil provides long lasting nourishment, softness, and fits just about anywhere (talk about a triple threat!). This new lip oil will quench dry lips with decadent oils, that also cool while it moisturizes. Formulated with a plethora of oils: Virgin Coconut, Olive, and cooling Eucalyptus, your lips will be intensely moisturized and soft. Throw in an added hint of natural shine, and you will be ready for coconut kisses (under the sun!)

Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Brightening Peel ($15.99 USD) — Snap out of it with this spa-like exfoliating treatment that makes complexions look bright and radiant while shrinking the appearance of pores. Formulated with luminous-boosting grapefruit extract and vitamin C, it diminishes dark spots, evens out skin tone, and leaves your face feeling fully rejuvenated. (In other words, this peel gives you get the best of the zest!)

Available at Target and

More great stocking stuffers for body and hair:

PediSpa by Look Beauty ($9.99 each) — This line of affordable, at-home treatments focus on pampering the foundation of your body—your feet! Whether they’re in need of some exfoliation or intense moisture, key ingredients from Shea butter to chamomile work to effectively improve the look and feel of your feet! You can pick up both the PediSpa Gentle Exfoliating Foot Mask and PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask, exclusively at your local Target in the Pharmacy Foot Care Aisle! Available at Target or

Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar ($6.49 USD) is the beauty staple that takes a fun spin on the traditional lump of coal everyone will love. Featuring a dual action formula to exfoliate while deep cleaning pores, this cleanser draws out and binds to deep down dirt and oil for 2.5 times cleaner pores than a basic cleanser. With jojoba beads and peppermint, the formula gently exfoliates and leaves skin feeling refreshed and smooth. Purchase at Drugstores and mass retailers.

Nios Shield Whipped Hair Gel ($26 USD) is their all-in-one hair care essential when they’re on the go – and in the sun! With Nios Shield, they can style their hair while added SPF 15 protects the scalp from harmful rays. It is formulated with Moroccan argan oil, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B5 to ensure healthy hair with a medium-strong hold that’ll keep pesky flyaway hair in place. Available at



LIT NYC Holiday Lights Duo
LIT NYC Holiday Lights Duo

LIT NYC Holiday Lights Duo ($15 USD) — Limited Edition Set Includes: LIT NYC Nail Polish with high tech LED lighted cap and LIT NYC Lip Gloss with high tech LED lighted cap

Available in: Mistletoe Kisses, Winter Wonderland, Chill Out, Jingle All The Way.  The set in the photo is Chill Out.

Purchase at CVS stores.

Try a Fresh New Look in 2014

Happy new year!  I try a lot of skincare, makeup, hair care etc. each year.  I am now in my 5th year of my fabulous blog (coming up to my 1000th post!  Giveaway coming sometime this month — stay tuned!). Sometimes, my face takes all of the different creams and cosmetics well, but I am broken out now.  I know, could be post-holiday stress!

So looking towards 2014, I would like to keep it simple, with a few great new products and a fresh look.  Here are some of the items that I’m trying this week.  Here’s to a clear face, shiny hair and a soft, fresh look for 2014!

Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes
Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes

Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes ($7.99 USD): Dissolve away all makeup, dirt, grime and other environmental impurities. Developed with luxuriously soft cotton, the powerfully conditioning formula never leaves behind a greasy residue—meaning no rinse required.

What I think:  I have been using these nightly to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin. I love the fresh scent and they leave my skin clean, but not dried out.

Available at drugstores and mass market merchandisers.  Learn more at

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($12.49 USD) — Neutrogena Healthy Skin® liquid makeup takes over where your skin care leaves off. Silky-light coverage glides on for a perfectly natural look, while the exclusive blend plus Broad Spectrum SPF 20 work together to visibly improve skin’s luminosity, tone, and texture.

  • Flawless coverage, lightweight, silky formula
  • Exclusive blend of antioxidants and Broad Spectrum SPF 20
  • Maintains skin’s young and healthy look
  • Available in 12 new shades

What I think: This foundation feels so natural on!  It gives light to medium coverage and I love that it is good for my skin!  With twelve shades, its easy to get a great match.

Available at and drugstores near you.

beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction
beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction

beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction ($17 USD) — A luxurious, full-coverage high-shine lip glaze that provides intense, opulent color while nourishing lips with vitamins and plumping lips with peptides. Available in 8 shades as shown above.

What I think: I have this in Naked, the nude shade 4th from the left and the red called Hollywood.  They are full coverage, and feel great on!  Not sticky at all!

Available at

beautyAddicts  GlimmerSHEERS
beautyAddicts GlimmerSHEERS

beautyAddicts  GlimmerSHEERS ($28 USD) — Ultimate duo designed to highlight and luminize eyes, face and cheeks. Unique formulas in complementary shades: Glimmer – a soft focus luminizing luster for a sun-kissed, elegant sheen. Sheer – a crystal clear balm that hydrates and enhances glowing skin.

What I think: This is a cool product!  I have it in Glow, which is a purplish hue.  This makes a great eye shadow and I love to put the clear balm on the top of my cheeks for a little shine.

Available at

Sensai 38°C Mascara
Sensai 38°C Mascara

Sensai 38°C Mascara ($32 USD) — Sensai promises this mascara will resist tears of holiday laughter and watery eyes from gusty winds! The 38°Cstands for 38 degrees Celsius, as it’s the temperature of water required to melt the mascara off your lashes.

What I think:  This is a great waterproof mascara!  It stays on all day and is buildable so you can have a more natural look, or go glam with lots of volume!  This has become my everyday mascara.

Sensai products may be purchased at and

Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment
Mark Hill

Don’t forget healthy hair in 2014!  To keep it soft and frizz-free, try Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment ($11.99 USD, 50ml) — This magic repair treatment is filled with Micro Wheat Proteins & Keravis to help protect, strengthen and restructure damaged and dry hair.

What I think: I put a few drops of this treatment in my damp hair before styling.  It makes my hair so soft.  Then I use a bit more on my dry hair to keep the flyaways down and to make it very shiny.  Love!

Available at Walgreens stores and online.

What beauty look are you going to strive for this year?  Any beauty resolutions?  Leave a comment!

The Anti-Aging Skincare That I Have Been Using and Loving Lately!

My skin type is sensitive, combination and aging.  I like to try all different types of products to perfect my skin (not an easy thing to do).

Below is a bunch of great products that I have been sent to review and that I really like.  I have a lot to cover, so read on!

Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser

Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser ($7.99 USD) — This warming cleanser pampers skin as it whisks away buildup and oil. The powerful daily line of defense against clogged, congested pores contains Zeolite, a special mineral clay that warms on contact with water, and Salicylic acid, a powerful yet gentle ingredient that penetrates pores to help fight breakouts by dissolving clogged oil.

What I think:  I do have blackheads around and on my nose. So when I first tried this I squirted a little on my Clarisonic, then scrubbed around my nose area.  It really cleaned out those pores!  It does heat up quite a lot (my teen daughter equated it to stepping in a hot shower), so be aware.  But, it is a great pore cleaner.  I suggest to use it 2-3 times a week.

Available at mass market retailers near you.  Also, visit to learn more.

Intraceuticals Collagen Booster

Customise your skincare. Focus your results with our NEW Intraceuticals+ Boosters ($49 USD Each).  These are four powerful, targeted additives to use alone or combine with Daily Serum as revive, the first step in 3 step hyaluronic layering. The different boosters are:

Collagen + Booster — Restore, Tighten, Volume

Vitamin C+3 Booster — Smooth, Brighten, Strengthen

Antioxident + Booster — Detox, Revitalise, Balance

Vitamin A + Booster — Regenerate, Clarify, Refine

What I think:  These Boosters are great either with or without being mixed with a serum.  They are perfect when you have a targeted skin need.  I especially love the Collagen one to tighten my skin and the Vitamin C+3 one to brighten my skin tone.  Great skin treatments.  Purchase at

AVON ANEW CLINICAL Pro Line Eraser Treatment

Introducing Avon Anew Clinical Pro Line Eraser with patented A-F33 (Amino-Fill 33) ($39.99 USD)—the anti-aging breakthrough of the decade! A-F33 works unlike potent anti-agers AHA, retinol, injectable collagen. The look of deep wrinkles begin to fade in just one week. 100% of women showed visible improvement in fine wrinkles in 2 weeks. Over time, 27% improvement in the appearance of fine and deep wrinkles. Designed to work with any ANEW skin care regimen to help optimize results. TO USE: In AM and PM, apply to cleansed face and neck avoiding the eye area. Follow with ANEW moisturizer.

What I think: This is a wonderful — and affordable — anti-aging serum! I love how potent it is, but also it is quite gentle and soothing.  It is designed to work with ANEW skincare, but I have found it is working with all of the fab products that I have been using. I have notices that is smooths my skin and has helped even out the tone and the wrinkles around my eyes.  I have tried a LOT of expensive skincare and do believe that this is as good as any of the luxury serums I have tried.

Purchase at

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel ($16.99 USD). I received this free from BzzAgent to try ( to sign up!).  Apply Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel every night, and leave it on all night. Your skin will absorb the lightweight formula for almost immediate results:

  • Overnight: See smoother, hydrated skin
  • In 1 week: See brighter skin
  • In 4 weeks: Spots and imperfections are significantly reduced

Created with Garnier’s innovative Glycolic Vitamin C Complex, the leave-on peel gently speeds exfoliation to fade spots and reveal smoother, brighter and remarkably more even-toned skin.

What I think:  I like the ease of this affordable overnight peel.  Just smooth on clean skin and leave on overnight.  No rinsing needed.  It is a little irritating on my sensitive skin, so I don’t use it every night.  Just a couple of days a week.  I have noticed that my spots are a little lighter and I am sure they will improve the more I use it.

Available at mass market retailers near you and learn more at

Mineral Fusion Mattifying Oil Control Facial Moisturizer

Mattifying Oil Control Facial Moisturizer ($18 USD) — Lightweight moisturizer that helps control excess oil for a shine-free, matte finish while delivering skin perfecting, natural age-defense. Magnesium, Copper and Zinc stimulate skin cells’ production of energy, which encourages new cell creation for revitalized, younger-looking skin. These minerals also provide antioxidant defense against damaging free radicals.

Application of this clinically-tested, anti-wrinkle peptide promotes collagen production, which firms the skin by strengthening structural support within cells. Regular use results in visibly smoother, more supple skin. Free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, articial colors and synthetic fragrances. 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals.

What I think:  I like using this moisturizer in the morning because it is oil-free and keeps my skin matte and soft all day.  It also has a very nice scent.  I love that it includes minerals and is actually good for my skin!

You can purchase Mineral Fusion at

Freeze 24 7 Arctic Lift Firming Neck Cream

Freeze 24/7 Arctic Lift Firming Neck Cream ($95 USD) — Get high altitude for your neck with this luxuriously rich lifting cream that instantly hydrates, tightens and firms neck and chest area. ArcticLift™ smooths away imperfections and plumps up skin for a lifted, toned and youthful appearance. Formulated with Rejuvelle, a proprietary cactus pectin with amazing water binding properties, to immediately hydrate and fill sagging neck skin. Skin’s texture is perfected and strengthened, firmed and lifted.

What I think:  I have only been using this for about a week, but I love it!  With the first use, my skin felt firmer and every day I use it, my neck gets a little less saggy (the joys of aging)!  With regular use, this is so effective and a great product to have in my anti-aging arsenal!

Learn more and purchase at

Vitaphenol Skincare Collection

Getting to the root of wrinkles through an innovative and proprietary combination of high-potency natural antioxidants and medically-directed compounds, the Vitaphenol skin care line targets discerning women who are looking to avoid invasive cosmetic procedures.

“While it’s true that most women don’t enjoy the aging process, the key is to take good care of skin. Exclusive, potent and powerful Vitaphenol appeals to women who understand the power of phenomenal skin and are willing to do something about it. It’s a premium top-of-the-line brand for the type of woman who is committed to aging with beauty and who demands exceptional skin care that actually works,” said Tricia Buenvenida, VP/Brand Director at SciDerma Medical, the specialty cosmeceutical and dermatology company which holds the exclusive U.S. sub-license for the Vitaphenol skin care collection.

The formulation was created by a world-renown dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon using a mix of scientifically-advanced compounds with naturally effective anti-aging remedies in each of the products. At the heart of all the products is the Vitaphenol Complexä, a unique blend of four naturally-derived AHAs: white and green tea extracts, mangosteen, and pomegranate. When combined, they rejuvenate and protect the skin.

The Vitaphenol skincare collection consists of seven products, ranging from $45 for the Ultra Daily Gentle Cleanser and Anti-Aging Toner to $195 for the Cellustructure Rejuvenating Serum (CRS). Dermatologists have used CRS as the cornerstone of skincare for their patients. CRS features the recombinant growth factor, TGF-beta 1 (transforming growth factor), known to increase collagen synthesis, which restores the structural integrity of the skin and controls inflammation, and encourage elastin production for smooth, velvety skin.

CRS is supported by published clinical studies, with 58% of patients noticing an improvement in wrinkles, and 68% of patients noticing an improvement in skin texture after its use. The recommended Vitaphenol regimen consists of a using a 4-step/4-product system, and the product combinations differ according to dry, oily, normal, and acne-prone skin.

What I think: I have been testing the Ultra-Gentle Daily Cleanser ($45 USD), the Anti-Aging Toner ($45 USD), the Oil-Free Anti-Aging Serum ($95 USD), Cellustructure Rejuvenating Serum ($195 USD) and the Daily Fortified Moisturizer ($95 USD).

I am loving this system.  Especially the very gentle cleanser, the oil free serum and the moisturizer.  They are all so gentle on my skin.  I have only used the Cellustructure serum a few times as it irritates my skin a bit.  But the rest of the products are effective anti-aging skincare that work so well with my skin.  All I really need to use is an SPF on top of the daily moisturizer and I am good to go!  I am seeing younger-looking skin with this system!

Learn more and purchase at


Biore Skin Preservation Collection for In-Between Skin

Biore Skin Preservation Collection
Biore Skin Preservation Collection

Are you at that age (25-35) where you can see that your skin is beginning to grow up? You don’t quite have as many breakouts and you seem to need a little more moisture? Biore has created the perfect line for you! The Biore Skin Preservation Collection is for transitional skin and helps by improving dryness, texture and tone and preserves skin’s youth, strength and radiance.

Each product in the collection is oil-free, dermatologist tested, hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic.  The line contains Botanamide Technology which combines botanical antioxidants and ceramide based technology to preserve the youth of skin.

Here is a breakdown of the products included with descriptions from the website:  

Clean Things Up Nourishing Gel Cleanser ($6.99 USD) – Collapsible vitamin E beads are part of the special formula that lifts and removes impurities, including the most stubborn make-up.

Even Smoother Microderm Exfoliator ($14.99 USD)  – features the same ultrafine alumina crystals that are used in microdermabrasion, a process aestheticians use to help skin look radiant and smooth. Skin-conditioning Shea Butter and calming White Tea Extract are on hand to help soothe skin, with the result that it feels beautiful – not irritated.

Dual Fusion Moisturizer + SPF 30 ($14.99 USD  ) — By keeping the moisturizer separate from sunscreen, the unique Dual Fusion™ moisturizer dispenser preserves the power of each formula. That means maximum effectiveness and protection for you. The sunscreen has a powerful zinc oxide base – and yet isn’t heavy and white like traditional zinc oxide. The product feels light on your skin as it offers superb UVA and UVB protection.

Hard Day’s Night Overnight Moisturizer ($14.99 USD) — This super-hydrating moisturizer gets part of its power from tiny collapsible beads filled with Vitamin E. The formula helps to strengthen the skin’s surface and smooth fine lines.

See the Future Fortifying Eye Cream ($14.99 USD) – The unique pin point dispenser precisely delivers the benefits of Botanamide™ Technology to the delicate eye area. It’s the ideal formula for women who aren’t yet ready for heavy-duty eye products. Safe for contact lens wearers.

Even though I am forty, I really enjoyed theses products. They feel great on and smell very fresh and not overpowering. The cleanser feels cool on my skin and really cleans without drying my face. The eye cream is very soft and lovely, and feels great on my eyes.

My favorite product would have to be the Dual Fusion Moisturizer + SPF 30. The top is a wide pump that has moisturizer in one side and sunscreen on the other. It took a little bit to get both products to dispense. My trick was to set in a bowl of warm water. I really love this because even though it has an SPF 30 — which is pretty high for moisturizer — it goes on smooth and creamy, and doesn’t sit on my face in a white mess! Very good quality for the price.

You can visit the Biore website at to learn more about the line, and check your local drugstore to purchase.