Freshen Up Your Clarisonic With New Brush Head Sets

Clarisonic has recently launch some amazing brush head sets to freshen up our cleansing regime! They can be used on all Clarisonic devices.  I have a Mia 1, and they work well on it!

I love how Clarisonic cleans the skin so thoroughly. But youd o need to switch out the brush head every few months. Here are the new kits:

Clarisonic Glow Getter Brush Head Set
Clarisonic Glow Getter Brush Head Set

Clarisonic Glow Getter Brush Head Set ($79 USD) —¬†Comforting brush heads and a luxurious cleanser leaves skin allows for a more radiant, glowing complexion. This brush head set includes 2 Radiance Brush Heads with plush bristles to comfortably cleanse skin while improving dullness for more radiant skin; 1 Revitalizing Brush Head with extra fine bristles for aging skin with fine dry lines; and 1 Gentle Radiance Foaming Milk Cleanser to wake up dull skin with rich skin brightening botanicals. I was sent this kit for review, and I really like these brush heads and cleanser for my aging skin.¬† They are gentle, but brighten my skin and leave it very clean!

Clarisonic Fearlessly Flawless Set
Clarisonic Fearlessly Flawless Set

Clarisonic Fearlessly Flawless Set ($79 USD) —¬†This set will leave you with a clear-looking, smoother complexion. This set includes 2 deep pore brush heads, recommended for all skin types with enlarged pores, this brush head is engineered with dual-action bristles to help flush and dislodge oil and debris that clogs pores clinically proven to minimize the appearance of pores; 1 Acne Brush Head for sensitive, acne-prone skin this brush head has extra-plush bristles to provide gentle cleansing; and 1 pore and blemish cleanser to was wary blemishes and problem pores.

Clarisonic the Essentials Set
Clarisonic the Essentials Set

Clarisonic the Essentials Set ($79 USD) —¬†Features the brand‚Äôs most popular brush heads. This set will give you optimal cleansing 365 days of the year, and will help you manage changing skin needs due to weather or hormones. This set includes: 1 Deep Pore Brush Head – recommended for all skin types with enlarged pores, this brush head is engineered with dual-action bristles to help flush and dislodge oil and debris that clogs pores clinically proven to minimize the appearance of pores; 1 Acne Brush Head for sensitive, acne-prone skin this brush head has extra-plush bristles to provide gentle cleansing; 1 Radiance Brush head to cleanse skin while improving dullness for more radiant skin; and 1 sensitive brush head for normal to combination skin.

Clarisonic Prep & Cleanse Lip Kit
Clarisonic Prep & Cleanse Lip Kit

Clarisonic Prep & Cleanse Lip Kit ($29 USD) The Prep & Cleanse Lip Kit helps to prep and buff lips to create a flawless canvas before makeup application. The Kit is designed to smooth away dry skin and the most stubborn lip stain ‚Äď a must-have for any beauty junkie. This set includes 1 Limited Edition Clarisonic Radiance Brush Head with custom color pink filaments to minimize staining from lip makeup removal, 1 NYX Epic Ink Lip Dye, and 1 Clarisonic Mini Refreshing Gel Cleanser.

All of these kits are available in February on Clarisonic.com

Do you have a Clarisonic?  Which brush head do you like to use?

 

 

 

Clarisonic Mia1 Sonic Cleansing System w/Extra Brush Heads QVC’s Today’s Special Value!

Want a luxury beauty gift for a good price for someone you love (or yourselfe)? QVC Today’s Special Value for Monday, November 13th is the Clarisonic Mia 1 sonic cleansing device. This one-speed facial cleansing system includes two super-plush and soft Radiance brush heads, an invigorating Deep Pore brush head, and Refreshing Gel Cleanser.

The price today is an amazing $78.96 with frees shipping and handling! This usually sells for $99 and has a value of $187.63.

The rechargeable Mia 1 uses gentle sonic oscillation technology to gently cleanse skin. Clarisonic cleansing removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing with finger pads, helping to increase product absorption. The result is softer, smoother, more radiant-looking skin in as little as one minute a day.

To use this device, remove eye makeup before cleansing the face. Moisten skin and brush head with warm water. Tap off excess water from the brush head to avoid dripping. Apply a pearl-sized amount of cleanser to wet skin or directly to wet brush head. Turn on the device. Gently move the brush head in small circular motions and keep the bristles flush to the skin. Spend 20 seconds cleansing the forehead, 20 seconds cleansing the nose/chin, and 10 seconds cleansing each cheek. Mia 1 will automatically shut off after one minute. Rinse skin thoroughly with warm water and follow with preferred skin-care routine. Rinse brush head with warm water after each use.

  • Includes Mia 1 facial cleansing device, two pink Radiance brush heads, blue Deep Pore brush head, 1-fl oz Refreshing Gel Cleanser, pLink charger, and adapter
  • Device measures 6″L x 2-1/2″W x 3″D; Charger Cord 34″L; weighs 8.5 oz
  • UL listed adapter; 1-year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty

Have you tried Clarisonic before?  Are you thinking of purchasing this today!

Holiday Beauty Gift Guides 2014 — Skincare and Bath and Body Sets

Have you started your holiday beauty shopping for your besties (and yourself) yet?  I have been seeing some excellent skincare and bath and body sets and thought I would highlight some in many different price ranges.

Radical Skincare Radical Start Kit
Radical Skincare Radical Start Kit

Radical Skincare Radical Start Set ($99 USD) — An all-in-one discovery kit to experience radical results. 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 Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum‚ÄĒthere 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 Cr√®me, 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
Р0.5 oz Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum
– 0.5 oz Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture
Р0.17 oz Eye Revive Crème

Available at Sephora.com

Revive Artbox 12
Revive Artbox 12

ReVive Skincare Artbox 12 ($595 USD) — R√©Vive celebrates the 12th Annual Limited Edition Artbox with an incredible painting by Markus Linnenbrink. Hand-selected by Dr. Brown, a true art connoisseur and avid art collector, Artbox 12 is a celebration of his passion for the intersection of art and beauty. The image featured on the keepsake box is WHATAPIECEOFWORKISMAN from Markus Linnenbrink‚Äôs newest body of work which is a continuation of his well-known drip paintings made of epoxy resin on wood panels with a decadent glossy finish.

Exclusive Collection Includes:
Moisturizing Renewal Cream Suprême
Eye Renewal Serum
Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream
Sensitif Renewal Cream SPF 30
Fermitif‚ĄĘ Neck Renewal Cream

Available at http://www.reviveskincare.com

Clarisonic Smart Profile
Clarisonic Smart Profile

Clarisonic Smart Profile ($265 USD) — A Smart-enabled, multipurpose cleansing device that cleanses 11 times better than hands alone for smooth, clean, radiant skin from head to toe.

Smart Profile introduces the most functional and intuitive device to ever touch your skin‚ÄĒa powerful, professional cleanse at the push of a button for a total skin transformation. Head-to-handle smart technology automatically adjusts power and timing to fit specific skin needs while the redesigned user interface visually indicates speed, battery-life, smart setting, and brush replacement. With amplified turbo boost to add a power boost to your cleansing routine, four speeds, extended usage, and head to toe capabilities, this device cleanses 11 times better than hands alone for superior results.

Enhance your experience with the Refining Skin Polish for the body. This intensive, 3-tier refining solution exfoliates, firms, and smooths, delivering radiant, silky-soft skin. The Refreshing Gel Cleanser contains willowbark extract and beta-hydroxy acid to balance and clarify while antioxidants soothe and protect. Bearberry extract helps promote a bright, even skintone, and pro-vitamins B5 and B12 promote skin hydration.

This set contains:
– 2 oz Refining Skin Polish
– 1 oz Refreshing Gel Cleanser
– Clarisonic Smart Profile Stand
– Body brush head
– Brush stand

Purchase at http://www.sephora.com

L'Occitane Shea Butter Rose Hugs and Kisses
L’Occitane Shea Butter Rose Hugs and Kisses

L’Occitane Shea Butter Rose Hugs and Kisses ($24 USD marked down to $20 USD) — Bring on the cold weather. We have your perfect skin savior with the Shea Butter Hand and Lip Balm duo in a limited edition Rose scent.

This set includes:
– Shea Butter Rose Hand Cream 1 .oz.
– Shea Butter Organic Rose Lip Balm 0.4 .oz.

This subtle Rose Hand Cream is highly concentrated with Shea Butter (20%) to help nourish, protect and soften the skin. Rapidly absorbing without oily traces, this cream is enhanced with the sweet and comforting fragrance of Rose. You can also kiss dry and chapped lips goodbye with Captivating Rose Organic Lip Balm. This nourishing balm protects with Shea Butter, while repairing dry and chapped lips. Its light and non-sticky formula softens lips, leaving behind the sweet fragrance of Rose.

Purchase at http://www.usa.loccitane.com

Laura Mercier La Petite P√Ętisserie Souffl√® Body Cr√®me Collection
Laura Mercier La Petite P√Ętisserie Souffl√® Body Cr√®me Collection

Laura Mercier La Petite P√Ętisserie Souffl√® Body Cr√®me Collection ($58 USD) —

Petite, complete Gourmande sampler of ultra-rich whipped Soufflé Body Crèmes to instantly hydrate and nourish the skin.

LA PETITE PATISSERIE SOUFFL√Č BODY CR√ąME COLLECTION INCLUDES:

–¬†Ambre Vanill√© Souffl√© Body Cr√®me, 2 oz. plastic jar

РAlmond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

РCrème de Pistache Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

РFresh Fig Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

РCrème Brulee Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

РTarte au Citron Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Philosophy Holiday Spice Rack Trio
Philosophy Holiday Spice Rack Trio

Philosophy Holiday Spice Rack Trio ($27 USD) — These moisturizing, multitasking formulas provide a rich, foaming lather to gently cleanse and condition, leaving skin and hair feeling super soft. Choose from the delectable fragrances of Spiced Cinnamon Stick, Creamy Cardmom, and Vanilla Bean Nutmeg, or mix and match for the ultimate shower cocktail. The light and delicious, spice-inspired scents provide the perfect accent of holiday cheer.

This set contains:
– 6 oz Spiced Cinnamon Stick Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath
– 6 oz Creamy Cardmom Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath
– 6 oz Vanilla Bean Nutmeg Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

Available at http://www.sephora.com

What beauty goodies are you purchasing this year?

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

Bior√© 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 www.biore.com 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 www.intraceuticals.com.

AVON ANEW CLINICAL Pro Line Eraser Treatment

Introducing Avon Anew Clinical Pro Line Eraser with patented A-F33 (Amino-Fill 33) ($39.99 USD)‚ÄĒthe 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 www.shopavon.com.

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel ($16.99 USD). I received this free from BzzAgent to try (www.bzzagent.com 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 www.garnier.com

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‚Äô 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 www.mineralfusion.com

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‚ĄĘ 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‚Äôs 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 www.freeze247.com.

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.

‚ÄúWhile it‚Äôs true that most women don‚Äôt 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‚Äôs 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,‚ÄĚ 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 www.vitaphenol.com.

EnjoyQ

Holiday Skincare Gifts To Give or to Enjoy

Skincare is a fabulous gift for the holidays.  And there are so many great products for all skin types.  Below are ones that I use regularly and love.  They are:

Kate Somerville 'Tis the Season to be Ageless

Kate Somerville ($75 USD) — Reveal a restored and refreshed look with the four anti-aging favorites in the Ageless Solutions Kit, which virtually turn back time!

  • Gentle Daily Wash (2 Fl. Oz.) helps clarify your complexion with delicate cleansers.
  • ExfoliKate¬ģ Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (0.5 Fl. Oz.) polishes skin to reveal a fresh-from-the-Clinic complexion.
  • CytoCell¬†Dermal Energizing Treatment (0.5 Fl. Oz.) promotes cell repair as advanced actives work overtime to help minimize the visible signs of aging.
  • CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream (0.25 Fl. Oz.) helps to improve the look of the delicate eye area by reducing the appearance of puffiness, discoloration, and visible fine lines.

I especially love ExfoliKate.  It gets rid of the dead skin and makes my face so soft!  Purchase at www.katesomerville.com.

Clarisonic Aria - Candy Apple Red

Clarisonic Aria – Candy Apple Red ($199 USD) — It‚Äôs time to think beyond the washcloth and elevate cleansing to a sonic level.

Traditional methods of cleansing don‚Äôt get your skin as clean as you‚Äôd think. Fortunately, the lead inventor of Sonicare¬ģ discovered a breakthrough in how we cleanse. Clarisonic‚Äôs patented sonic technology works with skin‚Äôs natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities traditional methods leave behind‚ÄĒcleansing 6X better than your hands alone.¬† In just 60 seconds, the sonic action removes impurities from pores so creams, serums and moisturizers absorb better. And with regular daily use you‚Äôll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas and blemishes. Cleaner skin is healthier skin and healthier skin is more radiant and more beautiful.

Clarisonic Aria infuses sonic cleansing with a harmonic blend of function and form. Sleek, modern, intuitive, Aria sings with 3 speeds, a real time battery life indicator, USB enabled pLink charger and a drying stand that converts to a charging station when coupled with the pLink charger.

Talk about soft and clean skin!  I love my Clarisonic.  It cleans my clogged pores and smooths out the dry patches.  Great for all skin types and it would be a very generous gift!  Purchase at www.b-glowing.com.

By Terry Baume de Rose

By Terry Baume de Rose ($59 USD) — This melt-away balm, which has become the must-have of Hollywood stars, BY TERRY’s √ľber-cult product, is a real ultra-glamorous SOS treatment to repair, nourish, regenerate and lastingly protect the lips.

This ultra-rich product is also a precious salve to care for and strengthen the cuticles.
Its creamy and delicately rose-scented texture, which is shiny without being sticky, coats the lips in an incredibly natural glossy finish.
In an instant, the lips are lastingly smoothed, plumped up, supple and protected!

Direction to use:
– Apply BAUME DE ROSE directly to lips with fingertip.
– For greater coverage, use PR√ČCISION¬†3 BRUSH to apply over ROUGE D√ČLECTATION.

This is another luxe gift and it is perfect for dry lips.  Purchase at www.b-glowing.com.

Enjoy!

Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection

My aging skin is so erratic.  Sometimes I break out, sometimes my skin is very dry.  I alway have large pores.  Yuck! But I have been lucky to try the new Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection ($169 USD).

So whats the claim?

Clarisonic brings you closer to clear skin‚ÄĒin just one step! The inventor of the professional-caliber, dermatologist-recommended Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System, has paired its patented sonic cleansing technology, including an innovative new brush head, with a gentle yet powerful salicylic acid-based cleanser to form the Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection. In one easy step, that‚Äôs safe and gentle enough for use twice daily, you can remove dirt, oil and impurities more thoroughly—and begin to treat acne blemishes.

What I think:¬† Don’t be afraid of this collection, because not only does it clean deep, it is gentle on the skin.¬† And my skin is a little sensitive.¬† This Mia 2 (which is the model of the Clarisonic) has two speeds.¬† I use the¬†lower speed and only used the salicylic cleanser in the morning.¬† I use a gentler cleanser in the evening.¬† With this combination,¬†my skin is looking gorgeous lately.¬† The brush leaves my skin SO soft and smooth and my pores are less noticeable.¬† I also haven’t had a breakout since I have used¬†it.¬† Fab!

Availability: www.sephora.com and www.clarisonic.com.  This is worth the investment.  Enjoy!

Acheive A Youthful Glow with Skincare from The Somme Institute

I am lucky to be able try many different cosmetics and skin care that claim that they will make me look younger.¬† Sometimes they work and lots of times they don’t.¬† Luckily this is not a case of the latter with the Somme Institute 5-Step Regimen I tried.

This has been working so well for me.  I have been using it for about a month and I see a huge difference in the clarity and texture of my skin. ALL skin types & MOST skin conditions.  Sun Damage, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Acne, Rosacea all while improving skin discoloration, tone, texture and clarity

Somme Institute products contains a patented technology MDT5 (Molecular Dispersion Technology), a revolutionary protein/vitamin delivery system (A, B3, B5, C and E) which transforms  the skin, thus improving its tone, texture and clarity while reducing the signs of aging (for all skin types).   The products in the regimen are:

The Nourishing Cleanser ($40 USD)¬†is a non-foaming gel that is extremely gentle on the skin.¬† ¬†The claim is that it helps improvefine lines and wrinkles, dryness, dehydrated and lackluster skin while preserving the skin’s youthful appearance.

I love that this (and all of the Somme Institute products I have tried) are fragrance free.  It is very mild and leaves my skin very soft after use.  It also works well with my Clarisonic face-cleansing brush.

I follow up¬†with Transport ($58 USD), soft cotton pads with AHA to gently exfoliate dead cells on the skin’s surface.¬† This is one of my favorite steps.¬†¬†¬†It is recommended that if you have sensitive skin, use it just once a day, which I did at first.¬† But now, I am using it twice a day and love¬†how it leaves my skin glowing after each application.

Step 3 is the Serum ($82 USD).  This claims to helps reduce the visible signs of premature aging, smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and evens skin tone.

I smooth a couple of drops on my face and neck twice a day after the Transport pads.¬† It soaks in really quickly and does not leave my skin greasy.¬† The only thing I don’t care for is that my hands¬†are very sticky after¬†using this product.¬† I have to wash my hands after use and before continuing the regimen.

I immediately apply A-Bomb ($70 USD)¬†¬†This powerhouse cream contains additional amounts of Vitamins A and E. A-Bomb helps soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles while targeting other problem areas, such as poor skin texture and dry skin. It calms and soothes the skin while promoting skin’s vitality and firmness.

I have been using this morning and night.¬† I rub it in well — I have found that it is easy to put a little too much on, so it needs to be¬†applied well or it will sit on top of the skin.

The last step is Double Defense ($48 USD), which is a lightweight lotion.  It contains a SPF 30+ and Parsol 1789.  Double Defense protects skin from premature aging while locking in vital moisture.

Just one pump will do ya with this lotion.  I use it every morning as my last step of the system.  It is not greasy, which is wonderful.

With all of the steps¬†this system, I was worried that my face would be greasy and it would feel heavy.¬† But happily, that is not true.¬† I even put primer, concealer, sometimes foundation and powder over the system — and my face does not fall to the ground with the product weight!¬† Yay!

And I did mean sometimes foundation.  My skin really looks so good that I only need a touch of concealer and a light powder (IT Cosmetices Bye Bye Undereye and Bye Bye Pores).  My skin tone is even, my redness has lessened and fine lines are almost gone.

You can purchase these products separately or as a kit for $298 at www.sommeinstitute.com.  Enjoy!

Luxe Holiday Gift Ideas — To Give Or To Treat Yourself!

Treat yourself or someone special to a luxury beauty product.¬† From potent¬†skincare, to beautiful make up to a new type of hair styler, these products are just the thing to surprise someone.¬† Or, give yourself the gift of luxurious beauty — you deserve it!

Clarisonic Black Opal Sonic Infusion System with Arcona Eye Dew ($185 USD) — Opal Sonic Infusion is a breakthrough in eye care that uses proven sonic technology to apply eye serum better than manual application. In one minute, Opal gently delivers serum beneath the surface with 7500 gentle micro-massages. Developed by the lead inventor of Sonicare¬ģ and Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing. Use Arcona’s Eye Dew in the morning and Clarisonic’s Anti-Aging Sea Serum at night.¬† Visit www.drugstore.com to purchase.

Opal Sonic Infusion System Contents:

  • Opal Sonic Infuser
  • Anti-Aging Sea Serum, 1.7oz
  • Universal Voltage Charger
  • 2 Replacement Applicator Tips
  • Wristlet
  • ARCONA Eye Dew, Repair/Protect AM 0.3 oz (9 ml)

Caudalie Once Upon a Vine¬† ($38 USD) — A collection of four products for an at-home spa experience that leaves skin renewed, revived, and glowing.¬† With the Once Upon a Vine set, Caudalie writes a fairy tale for perfect skin. Fight your way through the wicked dead skin cells with the Crushed Cabernet Scrub. Awaken your body’s hydration with a kiss of Vine Body butter and Hand and Nail cream. Break the curse of chapped lips with the Lip Conditioner. Your skin will be glowing happily ever after. This set contains: – 2.1 oz Crushed Cabernet Scrub – 0.14 oz Lip Conditioner – 2.5 oz Hand and Nail Cream – 6.7 oz Vine Body Butter.¬† Visit www.caudalie-usa.com to learn more.

Ellis Faas Winter Set 2011 ($85 USD). For the 2011 holiday season, Ellis has selected a gift set of three, best-selling products that can be combined to create several looks. The set contains ELLIS RED Milky Lips L201 for gorgeously blood-red lips; black Creamy Eyes E103 for an easy smoky eye and/or to be used as a black liner; and the light Milky Eyes E209 for fresh accents.  Purchase at www.ellisfaas.com.

Laura Geller Festive Treats: This trio of travel-friendlyLaura’s Light Beam Lip Glosses offers brilliant, yet non-sticky shine ($24.75 sale, $39 value at QVC and QVC.com).   These ultra-versatile and decadently sheer glosses are infused with natural fruit and plant oils including Cranberry, Pomegranate, Apricot and Grape Seed, along with Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter that deeply condition and soften lips.  The kit features the follow festive (and universally flattering) shades:
  • NEW Cinnamon Spice ‚Äď a honeyed burgundy
  • NEW Clementine‚Äď ashimmering sunset orange
  • Fairy Dust ‚Äď aneffervescent pale pink

Wild & Chic Best of MAKE UP FOR EVER Kit ($55 USD $103 Value) —¬†A limited-edition kit featuring six bestselling MAKE UP FOR EVER products for creating the perfect everyday look.¬†¬†Wild and Chic Best of MAKE UP FOR EVER includes all of the essentials needed to create a flawless face. Prepare the skin for makeup application using HD Microperfecting Primer and follow with HD Microfinish Powder to even out the complexion with a soft focus effect. Highlight the eyes and cheeks using Aqua Cream’s long-lasting, waterproof cream formula and add dimension with award-winning Aqua Eyes. For added drama, create ultra-black lashes with Smoky Lash mascara and finish off your look with Lab Shine for the perfect pout.
This set contains: – 0.17 oz HD Microfinish Powder – 0.21 oz Aqua Cream in 13 Warm Beige (champagne shimmer)
Р0.04 oz Travel Aqua Eyes in Mat Black 0L (black) Р0.09 oz Lab Shine in Star Collection РS4 (pearly pink beige) Р0.5 oz HD Microperfecting Primer Р0.23 oz Smoky Lash Extra Black Mascara.  Purchase at www.makeupforever.com or Sephora.

The TopStyler by InStyler ($119 USD) reinvents the way you create curl, wave, texture and body in your hair. Create fun and innovative movement to your hair, explosive texture and even red carpet looks.The secret is the patent pending design of the 100% solid ceramic lined shells called C-Shells. When the C-Shells heat on the rapid heat Thermal Base, they create the perfect temperature to reshape and set the hair, safely. It works on all hair types and most lengths, and is based on forming your hair section into a simple finger curl. Unlike most round or flat heat styling tools that press the hair with a really high temperature, TopStyler works with a gentle heat that cradles the hair evenly from root to end. It can also enhance many of the styling and conditioning products that you use, because it provides a gentle, activating heat. 100% solid ceramic plates conduct heat efficiently to ensure that the C-Shells are able to retain heat longer to fully permeate the hair shaft and set the style.  Visit www.topstyler.com to learn more and purchase.  Enjoy!

My Current Favorite Summer Skin Care Products

Summer is a funny time for my skin.¬† I live in a humid climate so my skin becomes oilier¬†in the heat, but since I wear less makeup my pores aren’t as clogged as they could be.¬† Still, I believe if you take care of your skin in the summer with quality skin care, it will look fantastic!

L’Oreal¬†Skin Expertise Go 360 Clean Anti-Breakout Facial Cleanser ($6.99 USD) — A salicylic acid acne treatment with a daily pore¬†by pore¬†cleansing with “the¬† scrublet” soft cleansing disk. The cleanser claims to control¬†breakouts and clears blackheads and is oil free.

What I Think:  I like to use a little anti-breakout skin care in the summer to control the oil. I have tried this with the scrubber that is included, but it is a little rough for my sensitive skin.  I use it with my Clarisonic cleansing brush and my skin feels super clean afterwards. My skin has also been clearer this summer.

You can find the cleanser at drug stores or ma

NUDE Hydrating Water ($20.00 USD) — NUDE Skincare’s refreshing rose and vanilla floral water removes final traces of cleanser and locks in moisture, leaving skin calm and beautifully soft.

Mist natural toner onto clean skin and wipe gently with a cotton pad. A skincare essential, Hydrating Water is perfect for setting make up and instant refreshment. Revives normal, dry and sensitive skins.

What I think:  I love this gentle face mist.  It smell fantastic.  I like to spray it before I moisturize and throughout the day for a refresher.  A good tip is to keep it in the fridge in the summer for a cool spritz to refresh in the hot weather. http://nudeskincare.com/ is the website and the products are also available at Sephora.

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid ($21.21 USD)

  • 5% glycolic acid plus 0.5% salicylic acid exfoliates sun-damaged skin
  • pH range of 3.5‚Äď3.8 for guaranteed efficacy
  • Reduces signs of aging, including wrinkles, sun damage, and discolorations
  • Corrects uneven skin tone
  • Restores a healthy, radiant, firmer look to your skin
  • Calms your skin with potent anti-irritants
  • Contains ingredients your skin needs to look and act younger
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

What I think: I apply this after the face mist and my skin tone instantly looks more even.  It dries almost instantly so that you can apply moisturizer.  After a few weeks of use, my skin is softer and so smooth.  Serums are incredibly important in keeping wrinkles at bay and skin really glowing, and this one is a good choice!

Skyn¬†Iceland the ANTIDOTE Quenching Daily Lotion ($45.00 USD) — Is your skin oily, congested and prone to redness or premature aging? Stress may be increasing breakouts and oiliness, while depriving your skin of essential nutrients, moisture and oxygen.

The ANTIDOTE Quenching Daily Lotion is a lightweight hydrating lotion for chronically stressed skin. It goes on with a cooling burst to decongest, detoxify and stabilize skin, returning it to its natural fresh and healthy state. With daily use, skin is fortified and protected from the ravages of stress. You can purchase this at http://www.skyniceland.com/ or at a Sephora store near you.

FEATURES & BENEFITS:

  • Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids help preserve skin’s natural moisture
  • Aloe vera, jojoba and shea butter help soothe, moisturize and heal dry skin
  • A mint derivative provides a cooling sensation and helps improve microcirculation to reduce redness in skin
  • White willow bark, a naturally occurring form of salicylic acid, soothes irritation and helps prevent breakouts and congestion in the skin
  • Icelandic kelp helps revitalize skin and fight inflammation
  • Meadow sweet extract helps control oiliness, tighten pores and clear skin
  • Yeast extract revitalizes and helps calm inflamed skin

What I think:¬† This is a refreshing, soothing lotion that is helpful in keeping skin clear during the summer.¬† I use¬†this after the Paula’s Choice smoothing lotion.¬†I notice that after use, my skin is less red and my pores look smaller. It doesn’t make my skin greasy so that I can apply makeup¬†almost instantly.¬† Visit http://www.paulaschoice.com/ for more info or to purchase.

I recommend one or all of these fab skincare products to clear and smooth your skin this summer, no matter what your age. Enjoy!

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a last-minute gift for Dad? Get him something that will make him smell, feel or look fantastic with one of these great beauty gift ideas:

L’Occitane Verdon Adventurer Set ($55.00 USD) — The L‚ÄôOccitane Verdon range is inspired by the refreshing waters and rocky gorges of the Verdon Valley in Haute Provence. This bold set includes the Verdon Pure Face Wash, Outdoor Moisturizer SPF 30, Energy Roll-On and Fresh Shower Water ‚Äď it‚Äôs sure to inspire your dad‚Äôs dynamic disposition. Purchase at http://www.usa.loccitane.com

Let Dad unwind with the TOCCA candle in 007 ($38.00 USD). The rich leathery aroma is based on the distinctive combination of the interior of an Aston Martin and a dry Martini, in the ‚ÄúBond-esque‚ÄĚ tradition. You can find this at http://www.tocca.com/store or Sephora stores near you.

A woody-spicy, fresh and masculine fragrance, McGraw by Tim McGraw opens with a bright note of Bergamot that blends with spicy and sweet notes of freshly grated Nutmeg for a vibrant and exhilarating experience. The heart is lush, rich and crisp with Lavender wrapped in earthen Moss. It finishes with soulful and sensual notes of Amber, Patchouli and Sandalwood blended with a touch of aged Whisky‚ÄĒperfect for the classic man. Available at most drugstores and mass retailers

Price Range: 0.5 fl oz ($18); 1.0 fl oz ($24.50); 1.7 fl oz ($31.50)

Whether he enjoys playing sports or is traveling on business, the Gray Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($149.00 USD) fits easily inside any gym or carry-on bag. It will also leave him with the smoothest shave! The Mia uses gentle oscillation to clear pores and cleanses so effectively that shavings products absorb better into the skin. Participants in a Clarisonic clinical study reported a closer shave, increased comfort, reduction in irritation and fewer razor bumps. He will wonder how he lived without it!

Availability:Nordstrom

Hope your Dad, husband and/or all of the other awesome dads in your life enjoy the day!