My Beauty Favorites — November 20-26, 2017

I hope everyone’s holiday weekend is going well!  The days just flew by! It was in the 60’s in Kansas City and sunny, just a really nice weekend!

This weeks I have been loving potent skincare.  Do you know that November is National Healthy Skin Month?  I know that it’s almost over, but I wanted to share some of my luxe favorites:

 

Dear by Renee Youth Soothing Crème

Dear by Renée® Youth Soothing Crème ($74.95) Infused with the skin healing, Arnica Extract, which is known to soothe and calm skin disorders like eczema this soothing crème contains several active components that target chronic itchy, red or problematic skin leaving a radiant and hydrated complexion.

What I think: This is perfect for my red, sensitive skin.  It has a creamy texture that makes my skin look instantly smooth.  I love it under makeup in the morning and under my heavier creams at night.  My skin is soft, plus the redness is lessened. I also love how clear and youthful my skin is looking in the few weeks I have been using this.  Worth the price tag!

Available at http://www.dearbyrenee.com

CHUDA Hydrating Healing Cream

CHUDA Hydrating Healing Cream ($150, on sale right now for $75!) is a ground-breaking hydrating healing cream formulated with the purest, most potent and scientifically advanced, medical grade active ingredients. Chuda’s unique formula creates the perfect environment for the skin to heal: Upon application, the cream blankets and protects the skin as it directly delivers its highly concentrated combination of vitamins, botanicals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and peptides to achieve and maintain healthy skin. Chuda was created by Dr. Elena Ocher, a brilliant diagnostician who has helped thousands of patients successfully find relief with her healing cream.

What I think:  This very luxe cream helps heal sensitive, dry skin.  It’s an amazing night cream, because it instantly hydrates but keeps working as I sleep. I do find when it gets colder, I do need more hydration.  So this will be amazing for winter!

Purchase at shop.chudaskincare.com

G.M. Collin Native Collagen Gel

G.M. Collin Native Collagen Gel ($88 USD) is a visibly re-energizing, dermo-dynamic gel, formulated to protect, moisturize, restore the skin’s natural defense mechanisms and fight wrinkles. With its unique combination of active ingredients, such as Soluble Native Collagen, Honey Extract, Grapefruit Peel, Hydrolyzed Elastin and Oligopeptide-5, the revolutionary gel is perfect for dehydrated, devitalized and mature skin.

What I think:  This gorgeous gel is perfect for using at night to boost hydration and fight wrinkles.  I love it under night creams, but it’s great on it’s own, too.  It sinks in, but leaves my skin so soft.

Purchase at http://www.skin1.com

NGLOT Hydrating Day Serum

INGLOT Hydrating Day Serum ($55 on sale now for $44 USD): Enriched with first-rate ingredients including a microalgae complex and black pearl extract, this serum provides long lasting skin hydration. Bioactive peptides and hyaluronic acid reinstate elasticity and flexibility of the skin and improve its density. Buddleja davidii, also called butterfly bush, cares for the natural protection against external factors. The unique and natural exopolysaccharide perfectly tightens the skin and diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles. On top of that, vitamins C, E and F soothe the skin, reduce its unpleasant tension and ease the feeling of irritation.

What I think: I knew that INGLOT made cool cosmetics, but I didn’t know abut their skincare. This is a light serum that is perfect under SPF and makeup for day use. It absorbs really quickly and leaves skin smooth for makeup application.

Purchase at inglotusa.com

NeoCell’s Ceramides Skin Hydrator

NeoCell’s Ceramides Skin Hydrator ($17.99 for 60 capsules at Walgreens) is clinically proven to improve the appearance of your skin and help maintain suppleness, hydration, & elasticity. Additionally, each capsule includes powerful ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, pine bark, astaxanthin, lutein and coconut water, which add an intense boost of hydration to your skin making you look all the more radiant! With just three capsules of this miracle pill daily, you will begin to notice a difference in just 15 days!

What I think: This isn’t something I have used yet, but I think it’s a great idea for those who want to improve skin internally.   I love that this helps radiance and is so affordable!

Available at Walgreens, CVS, Sam’s Club and other great retailers!

 

What skincare products are you using this month?

Summer Beauty Products To Help Beat The Heat!

It is hot, hot, hot in Kansas City!  I try to stay inside as much as possible, but I do have to go out to run errands.

Going out means trying to take care of my skin before and after I go out.  Here are my current favorite products that are making a real difference in my skin this summer:

G.M. Collin Skincare
G.M. Collin Skincare

Two new sunscreen products by G.M. Collin:

  1. G.M. Collin SPF 50+ Dry Touch Sun Protection Cream ($34 USD): This broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen helps prevent sunburn on both the face and body.  Formulated with chemical filters to leave a light and dry finish without the white residue on the skin. Paraben-free and suitable for all skin types.
  2. G.M. Collin SPF 60 Mineral Sunscreen Sun Protection Cream ($32 USD) This broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen helps prevent sunburn. Formulated with 100% mineral filters Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, it is designed for daily wear, alone or under makeup. Made for all skin types. And is water-resistant up to 40 minutes. Also suitable for sensitive skin conditions. Ideal for those who don’t like chemical filters.

What I think: Both of these sunscreens are perfect for everyday use! I especially love the Dry Touch one because it leaves skin soft and protected.  The mineral sunscreen is great for sensitive skin like mine and it really doesn’t irritate.

Visit GMCollin.com for spa locations

 

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light ($48 USD) — This legendary, lightweight oil, grown organically in Morocco, is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids.  Use it as a fast absorbing daily moisturizer, or to heal and condition everything from cuticles to split ends. Perfect to use on dry skin and dry hair after being in the sun all day.

What I think: I love this version of Josie’s Argan Oil!  I have both this and the original, and you can really tell that this one is lighter.  It sinks right into my skin and leaves it so soft! I love it after a shower and at night before bed.

Purchase at http://www.josiemarancosmetics.com

 

The Organic Pharmacy Tan Accelerator
The Organic Pharmacy Tan Accelerator

The Organic Pharmacy Tan Accelerator ($69 USD) — Develop a rich deep tan faster with Betacarotene and Kapi Kacchu extract with less sun exposure. The plant extracts stimulate melanin production with a long lasting, deep and natural tan. This light aloe infused formula will bring an instant sun kissed glow to face and body whilst the active plant ingredients activate and increase melanin production, this means less time in the sun to develop a deep golden tan.

What I think: This is a really interesting products.  For it to work, apply it before going outside and it will stimulate melanin and give a darker tan faster!  Less time in the sun is always a good idea, and I love leaving with a tan and minimal sun damage.  And I always use an SPF!

http://www.theorganicpharmacy.com

emerginC citrus-kombucha body wash
emerginC citrus-kombucha body wash

emerginC citrus-kombucha body wash ($36 USD) — A gentle, deep cleaning, fresh-scented brightening body wash, with kombucha, aloe, grape stem cells, spirulina, pinebark extract and white and green teas. Improves skin tone, moisture and radiance.

What I think: This smells amazing, and is so perfect for after a day in the sun.  The aloe combines with the other ingredients to sooth skin that has had too much sun and softens skin, too!

Available at http://www.emerginc.com

 

 

 

Get The Best Summer Skin Possible!

Summertime creates different issues for skin than other times of the year.  By using heavier sunscreens, you can break out easier, being in the sun can cause redness or burns (my sunscreen did not work well on my recent trip to Yellowstone), and we still need to moisturize and hydrate, even in the heat. Below are great products that will help with specific skincare issues, plus will just make your skin look amazing!

NEUTROGENA Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne collection
NEUTROGENA Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne collection

Neutrogena Rapid Clear® Stubborn Acne Cleanser ($8.99 USD) — Clinically proven to rapidly reduce size and redness of stubborn acne in just 1 day.Formulated with maximum strength Benzoyl Peroxide, the acne medicine dermatologists recommend most for clearer skin, without a prescription. 10% Benzoyl Peroxide acne treatment. Use daily to reveal clearer skin. Rapid Clear® Stubborn Acne Spot Gel ($8.99 USD) — Clinically proven to rapidly reduce size and redness of stubborn acne in just 2 hours. Formulated with maximum strength Benzoyl Peroxide, the acne medicine dermatologists recommend most for clearer skin, without a prescription. 10% Benzoyl Peroxide acne treatment. Continuous improvement throughout the day. Available at http://www.neutrogena.com and mass market retailers near you.

Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control
Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control

Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control ($48 USD) — A skin-perfecting tinted skin enhancer that creates a flawless finish as it moisturizes and treats acne prone skin, while fighting future breakouts. Long wear, natural coverage conceals imperfections instantly, helping to diminish the appearance of blemishes, pores, acne scars, and uneven skin tone for a smooth, matte, flawless finish.

Purchase at www.miracleskintransformer.com

NeoCell Collagen Beauty Builder

Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer ($36 USD) Skip the tanning beds and laying out in the sun and switch to self-tanning lotions to give you the summer bronze you crave. Try from jane iredale – it’s a moisturizing, natural bronzer and self-tanner for face and body. This bronzer provides instant, healthy-looking color and builds a gradual, natural looking tan within three days, for optimum control and customization (Available www.janeiredale.com) Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF ($47 USD) There are plenty of gripes about traditional sunscreen (i.e. the thickness, the white cast on the skin, the smell, etc.) but there are plenty of ways to include sunscreen in our daily routine that alleviate these concerns. The Powder-Me SPF is a chemical-free, dry sunscreen for the face and body, which provides highly water resistant SPF 30 with UVA High. This summer staple provides coverage and color while helping to calm and nourish skin. Even if you’ve had too much sun, smooth on Powder-Me SPF to help soothe the inflammation. (Purchase at janeiredale.com) NeoCell Collagen Beauty Builder – Sunscreen protects against UV light, but not infrared and visible, which are the main causes of skin wrinkling. Proactively incorporating collagen into your beauty routine will help sustain the amount of collagen in the skin, promote elasticity, and protect against free radicals that cause cell damage. The NeoCell Collagen Beauty Builder is a great option to support your skins health and boost collagen production. (Available at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens and CVS) The G.M. Collin Marine Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream ($92 USD) – For an added boost of Collagen, include anti-aging products that work to reduce fine lines are wrinkles. The G.M. Collin Marine Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream uses the power of marine science by creating a revitalizing combination of Marine Collagen, Marine Algae and Oligo-Elements. Cellular fatigue and sun damage are also addressed with the use of this powerful anti-aging cream. It has a luxurious texture that goes on smooth and an invigorating scent that awakens the senses. (Purchase at skin1.com).

derma e Soothing Redness Reducing Serum
derma e Soothing Redness Reducing Serum

derma e Soothing Redness Reducing Serum ($29.95 USD) — Reduce redness, calm irritation, diminish blotchiness, and relieve skin discomfort with this gentle, fragrance free, moisturizing serum. Our formula contains anti-aging Pycnogenol®, a powerful antioxidant shown to reduce redness while soothing irritated or sensitive skin. A complex of therapeutic botanicals such as Canadian Willowherb™, Olive, Arnica and Calendula helps reduce blotchiness, flare-ups and discomfort. Excellent for sensitive skin, rosacea, or anywhere skin is red or irritated to promote healthy skin tone, and a cool, calm and moisturized complexion. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free. Purchase at http://www.dermae.com

3LAB Anti-Aging Cream
3LAB Anti-Aging Cream

3LAB Anti-Aging Cream ($675 2oz) — Anti-Aging Cream is a water-based luxurious treatment that harnesses the power of hydration to fight the signs of aging ranging from fine lines and winkles to uneven skin tone to environmental damage. Providing all day hydration, this luxurious cream contains 3LAB’s Marine Repair™, a proprietary complex of marine ingredients, along with a blend of peptides and minerals. This unique formula helps to deeply hydrate, maintain and regulate skin homeostasis, increase elastin and collagen production from the inside out, while reducing the visible signs of aging. Engineered with advanced targeting technology, Anti-Aging Cream has the ability to identify the function of each layer of the skin while delivering targeted active ingredients to each layer of the skin. Purchase at http://www.3lab.com

Holiday Skin Care

The cold winter air, holiday stress and tons of party makeup can have a hug toll on  your skin this time of year.  It can take a little work and a bit of product, but you can keep your skin looking great through the holidays.

Here are some wonderful products I was sent to review for my honest opinion.  Try one or more out for fantastic skin this holiday season!

ASAP’s Daily Exfoliation Facial Scrub
ASAP’s Daily Exfoliation Facial Scrub

ASAP’s Daily Exfoliation Facial Scrub ($49.00 USD) — Revitalize and smooth your skin’s natural texture with ASAP’s Daily Exfoliation Facial Scrub.  This #1 bestselling product from ASAP Skin Products is recognized as a “skin savior” throughout Australia. It uses smooth, round beads and alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) to gently  remove dead skin cells and unclog pores without irritation. The unique dual-exfoliation action it provides is scientifically formulated to promote cell renewal and collagen production to improve the appearance and texture of skin, while helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, acne, and sun damage.

What I think:  This is a gentle, but very effective scrub.  I love to use it every few days to keep my skin looking smooth.  Remember that exfoliating skin is an important step in your skincare routine because skin that has been unclogged will soak in serums and moisturizer better!

Available at www.SkinStore.com.

Eraclea Daily Bamboo Exfoliant
Eraclea Daily Bamboo Exfoliant

Eraclea Daily Bamboo Exfoliant ($40 USD) — This daily exfoliating micro-scrub removes impurities, oil and makeup and dead skin cells to leave the skin clean and fresh with a more youthful glow.  It helps increase skin cell turnover rate and resurfaces the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, age spots, discolorations and acne scars.

What I think:  Another gentle exfoliator, you can use this everyday if you wish as the bamboo is non-irritating.  My skin is so clean after using this!

Learn more and purchase at www.eracleaskincare.com.

G.M. Collin’s Ceramide Comfort Capsules
G.M. Collin’s Ceramide Comfort Capsules

G.M. Collin’s Ceramide Comfort Capsules ($98 USD) — Stress, environmental radicals, and harsh winter weather all discomfort, dry, and drain your skin. Restore your skin’s balance and silky smooth texture with G.M. Collin’s Ceramide Comfort Capsules. The capsules replenish and nourish your skin in practical single dose capsules for all skin types. The combination of sophisticated and unique ingredients, such as soybean oil and vitamin E, improve the skin’s epidermal moisture barrier, combat and protect the skin against environmental aggressions, prevent wrinkles and fine lines, and provide the skin with an instant and incredible comfort.

What I think:  After exfoliating, use these wonderful capsules to nourish skin.  They sink right in and really sooth dry skin.  Besides the comfort and anti-aging ingredients I love that they product from the environment.

Available for $98.00 at www.GMCollin.com and spas nationwide.

Reviving Exfoliator + Ultra-Nourishing Boost
Reviving Exfoliator + Ultra-Nourishing Boost

Reviving Exfoliator + Ultra-Nourishing Boost ($89 USD) Two full-size M. Steves bestsellers brought together for an at-home, anti-aging facial. The Reviving Exfoliator first resurfaces the skin by removing lackluster skin cells that dull your complexion and allows for maximum absorption of the Boost. The Ultra-Nourishing Boost then rehydrates the skin and leaves skin looking radiant.

Use the Reviving Exfoliator first, followed by the Ultra-Nourishing Boost for a quick, 10 minute facial treatment. For flawless skin, use the Ultra-Nourishing Boost everyday, and the 2-product treatment once a week.

What I think:  This is a potent combination!  Here is another luxe choice of exfoliator.  Followed by the boost, skin is so soft and smooth.  It also gives skin a little glow, which is perfect in the cold weather.

Available at www.msteves.com.

Sensai Deep Lift Filler
Sensai Deep Lift Filler

Sensai Deep Lift Filler ($140 USD) — The Kanebo Sensai Collection Cellular Performance Deep Lift Filler is an intensive care product that restores natural volume to hollow areas around the cheeks, eyes and lips, plumping from deep within the skin.

Restores natural volume to hollow areas around the cheeks, eyes and lips, plumping from deep within the skin and counters sagging and replenishes the lost of facial volume for specific areas.

What I think:  This product is for us ladies who need a little extra anti-aging help.  Just a little goes a long way.  I have been using around my lips and have noticed a plumping in my nasal-labial folds.

Sensai Deep Lift Filler may be purchased at https://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/ and http://www.neimanmarcus.com/.

Osmotics Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF 45
Osmotics Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF 45

Osmotics Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF 45 ($39 USD) — This lightweight, sheer tinted moisturizer is perfect even for the most sensitive skin. The formula protects against free radicals and UVA/UVB rays – an important step many of us forget in the winter.

What I think:  Tinted skincare is such a time saver — especially one that has SPF!  We need to protect our skin even in the winter — the sun’s rays can getcha in any season!  This apply smoothly and gives an even, light coverage.  Love!

Available in Light, Medium, Dark at www.osmotics.com

EverDeep Skin Care
EverDeep Skin Care

EverDeep ($39.95 for one month’s supply) is a patented  anti-aging skincare system delivering the nutrient-rich composition of a unique algae found in the deep waters of northern Europe. EverDeep harnesses the power of the algae to deliver smoother, more radiant, and younger looking skin.

This type of algae is extremely resilient and efficient in retaining moisture even in the most extreme environments.

Within its nutrient-rich composition and vital properties this unique strain of algae holds the secret to EverDeep: a breakthrough anti-aging discovery called the Algasome™ complex. The Algasome™ complex is a rich and concentrated source of essential fatty acids, amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins B, D, and E.

The luxurious skincare system includes the following products:

Radiance Revitalizing Cleanser

Illuminating Toner

Lifting Day Cream SPF 20

Refining Resilience Mask

Complete Repair Night Cream

Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Serum

Triple-Action Eye Cream

Instant Wrinkle Corrector

What I think: I have been trying some of these products and think it’s a great, affordable anti-aging line to try.  The cleanser is gentle and leaves skin soft and glowing.  I love the eye cream, it really hydrates my dry eye area.  I am also enjoying the light day cream with SPF and the richer night cream.

Available at www.EverDeep.com