New Skincare For Spring From Aroma Actives, Orico London, Joanna Vargas, and LovelySkin

As the weather becomes warmer, it is important to keep skin clean, refreshed and hydrated.  Treating skin well will keep it soft and smooth during the warm seasons ahead.

I have been loving the following cleansers, scrubs and serums:

Aroma Actives Cleansing and Soothing Milk
Aroma Actives Cleansing and Soothing Milk

Aroma Actives Cleansing and Soothing Milk ($12 USD) — A gentle and effective cleanser designed to lift impurities and gently remove make-up. A light, non-greasy formula infused with the soothing and softening properties of Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Milk Thistle and Chamomile, leaving skin calm, supple and clean. Suitable for all skin types, particularly dry, sensitive skin.

What I think:  This is a gentle cleanser that is nice for every day.  And even though it is gentle, it removes make-up well!  I is creamy and has a mild herbal scent.

Available at http://www.aromaactives.com.

Orico London Micellar Water
Orico London Micellar Water

Orico London Micellar Water ($24 USD) — Aromatherapy skin detox. New 3-in-1 purifying micellar water to instantly cleanse away toxins, eliminate impurities and make-up for radiant, clear and younger looking skin. Antioxidant Vitamin C stimulates collagen production and strengthens the skin’s barrier whilst soothing Calendula Flower Extract and Amino Acids help boost cell regeneration, hydrate and smooth. An invigorating blend of natural Tangerine & Orange essential oils helps boost skin circulation and detoxify skin.

What I think:  LOVE!  It has a fresh citrus scent and is so refreshing.  I like to use it at night on a cotton pad.  It removes my makeup and leaves skin clean and toned!  Plus, it doesn’t dry at all.  This is a really neat idea for a multi-tasking product!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.oricolondon.com

Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash ($65 4 fl. oz.) —  With loads of antioxidants, natural citrus oils, to combat daily pollutants and everyday grime while leaving your skin balanced. This bright and cheery purifying wash will also help in minimizing the look of pores. And give you the glowiest, clearest skin you have ever seen. The gentle fresh smell of citrus is also invigorating, specially in the morning when you are trying to get up and go.

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum ($85 for 1 fl. oz.) — The Joanna Vargas Daily Serum is an ideal combination of skin brightening elements, rich antioxidants and vitamins required for younger-looking skin. This lightweight serum moisturizes perfectly and improves firmness and elasticity so it bounces back.

What I thin:  The face wash has a wonderful citrus scent and is so refreshing!  It cleanses my skin without drying it out.

The serum is very light and sinks right into my skin.  It leaves my skin glowing and soft. After using it for a couple of weeks I have noticed that my skin is smoother and a bit tighter.  I am excited to continue using it to see what results I will see.

Available at http://www.joannavargas.com

LovelySkin Pore Refining Pumpkin Mask ($40 USD) — This nourishing mask has a self-warming formula that deeply cleanses skin with minerals, enzymes and vitamins. It also helps to reduce pore size, moisturize skin and improve its appearance.

LovelySkin C-Stem 7 Solutions Serum ($110 USD) — C-Stem is an exceptional rejuvenating vitamin C serum that contains Lilac Stem Cells. C-Stem combats signs of visible skin aging, diminishes the appearance of nose to mouth creases, and brightens skin tone. The formula reactivates 14 genes that are responsible for the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, and helps to reduce the accelerated aging protein Progerin.

What I think:  The mask is amazing.  You massage it in to dry skin and it gets very warm.  Then add a little water, lather it and rinse.  It gets rid of the surface dry skin and all of the junk hiding in your pores.  So good!

The serum absorbs right into the skin and leaves it soft and glowing.  I’ve noticed that my fine lines seem less noticeable and my skin tone is more even.  I have only used it for a few weeks at night, so I will keep using it in hopes to see even more great results!

Purchase at http://www.lovelyskin.com where you can purchase the brand and more great skincare brands.

Get Your Beauty Routine Ready For Summer, Part 1

I have been so lucky to receive lots of awesome skincare, hair care and makeup samples lately from so many different, fab brands to review for my honest opinion.  So exciting!

The one common thread in these products is that they are a good change-up to my routine.  Winter was so long this year, and spring very short that my makeup products haven’t changed much.  But now that it is HOT in Kansas City (90 and humid) — I am ready to give easy, breezy summer beauty a go, while still looking and feeling put together.

For the rest of this week, I will review the products that I have been using and let you know why I love them so much.  This post will include lovely skin care from Orico London, Stri-Vectin and summer-loving makeup from Gerard Cosmetics, Skindinavia and BeautyADDICTS.

Orico London Transcend Marine Radiance Serum
Orico London Transcend Marine Radiance Serum

Orico London’s Transcend Marine Radiance Serum ($61 USD) — Instant flash of brilliance for the skin. New Transcend organic Marine Radiance Serum has been developed with four of the latest clinically proven anti-aging bioactives to help illuminate, tighten, diminish wrinkles and deeply hydrate. This New organic wonder serum packed with pure and powerful natural Marine Algae and Maca Root extracts help to visibly brighten and instantly lift for super rested and glowing results.
Transcend skin with instant radiance.

What I think: I’ve been using this serum for about a week and am really enjoying it.  The serum is a pearly-pinkish opal color, very iridescent and cool.  I’ve never seen a serum like it. When it is applied, it is very sheer and gives skin a faint radiance.  Since it is so light, it is perfect for the summer as it can be easily layered under moisturizer and SPF.

Available at http://www.oricolondon.com

StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate
StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate

StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate ($79 USD for 2oz) — Introducing new SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks. Formulated with Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex, this hydrating moisturizer harnesses the latest advances in skincare science to target Collagen III, also known as youth collagen, for even more powerful anti-aging results.

A series of scientifically designed studies proves the following effects: • Significantly diminishes the number, length and depth of lines and wrinkles • Targets youth collagen and elastin for healthy, younger looking skin • Hydrates and visibly enhances skin texture • Strengthens the skin barrier to maximize skin performance

SD Advanced goes beyond wrinkles to help transform the look of stretch marks, too.

What I think: I have been using this cream at night-time as a treatment.  It has a bit of a minty scent to it and it is a little thick, but not greasy.  And boy does it work!  I have noticed that my skin is so much smoother and even-toned.  And my forehead wrinkles are smoother, too.  Yay!

Available at http://www.strivectin.com

Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème
Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème

Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème ($36 USD) — Golden, radiant and healthy skin has always been a girl’s best summer accessory. Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lighting has recently introduced their newest product – the BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème. A twist on a traditional BB Cream, the BB Plus+ Illumination is formulated with light reflecting particles and golden shimmer to add dimension and a youthful glow to any complexion.  This luminous crème is easy to blend, long lasting and comfortable to wear, even in the warm summer months.

What I think:  This is a really pretty cream.  I tried it on my cheekbones and my brow bone like a normal highlighter, and I liked it, but it was a bit sparkly for me to use all over my face.  My 18 year-old daughter wore it all over hers and looked like a golden beach babe — oh, youth!  So I gave it to her and she loves it!  And I love that it has skincare benefits!

Available at www.whiteninglightning.com

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free
Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free ($35 for 4 oz, $49 for 8 oz) — anti-shine, vitamin-based primer mist absorbs excess oil while creating a smooth, lightweight canvas for flawless makeup application. Skindinavia’s breakthrough silicone-free formula is clinically proven to even out skin tone, prevent breakouts and reduce the appearance of large pores.

What I think:  I love this!  Just a few sprays on my face and it instantly looks even and smooth.  And makeup goes on so evenly.  And my makeup stays fresh looking for most of the day. I love it in the oil free version for summer, but it also comes in a regular spray.

Available at http://www.skindinavia.com.

BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20
BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20

BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20 ($32 USD) — The perfect “barely there glow” in seven natural shades. A mineral-based, oil-free, ultra-sheer tinted moisturizer with an SPF 20 to protect the skin while appearing flawless and radiant! An outstanding blend of ingredients like Ginseng Root Extract, and Vitamins A, C and E as powerful anti-oxidants. Your skin basks in sheer, gorgeous, safe color!

What I think:  This is a perfect makeup base for the summer as it is sheer and has an SPF!  And the fact that it has skin loving ingredients is a plus in the heat.  And although the tint is sheer, it can be built up for more coverage.

www.beautyaddicts.com

Enjoy!

Fresh Spring Bath And Body Care From Caress, Whish, Curel, Osmotics and Orico London

I find that now that I am wearing short-sleeved shirts and capri’s and showing more skin, I really want it looking and feeling it’s best.  So I have been using more moisturizing and fresh-smelling products than in winter.

The following products not only make your skin smell and feel great, but look good, too.  Now all I need is a little self tanner and I will be ready for summer!

Whish Body Oil in Blueberry
Whish Body Oil in Blueberry

Whish Body Oil in Blueberry ($28 USD) — Whish Body Oil works to restore your skin’s natural luminance, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and soothing inflamed skin while providing you with long-lasting moisture. Its blend of sesame and sunflower seed oils moisturize, olive leaf extract and jojoba oil soothe and Dermaxyl is clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines while enhancing your skin’s overall luminance.

What I think:  I love this oil because it sinks into the skin and doesn’t leave it greasy.  It is perfect to use after a shower when skin is still damp because it locks in the moisture and skin is soft all day.  The blueberry scent is nice, but it also comes in Almond, Coconut, Lavender, Lemongrass and Pomegranate.

Available at shop.nordstrom.com/s/whish-body-oil.

Curel Daily Moisture Lotion
Curel Daily Moisture Lotion

Curel Daily Moisture Lotion ($7.99 USD) — As you make the transition into warmer weather this spring, make sure to give your skin the everyday therapy it needs! Daily Moisture Lotion from Curél® Skincare is your once a day solution to continuously moisturized skin. This lotion is formulated with time released moisturizers and mimics the skin’s natural function, replenishing its essential protection mechanism – ceramides – to lock moisture for a full 24 hours. Daily Moisture Lotion is dermatologist tested, non greasy and quickly absorbent, leaving your skin smooth, hydrated and satisfied.

What I think:  This lotion really keeps my skin soft all day, and I love that it isn’t greasy.  Perfect for every day use and for people who need a little extra moisture.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Caress Body Wash
Caress Body Wash

Caress Body Wash ($3.50 USD) — Caress has recently released 3 new body washes in fantastic spring scents.  They are from left to right in the photo above:

Aqua Sparkle — infused with lilac blossoms and aquamarine essence to invigorate the senses.

Emerald Rush –infused with lush gardenia and white tea essence to revitalize the senses.

Juicy Escape — infused with sun-kissed lily and pink grapefruit essence to uplift the senses.

Kelly Rowland is the new Caress ambassador. She is excited to inspire women to enjoy every day experiences in a fresh way. She knows how important it is to start every morning feeling fabulous, which is why she uses the new Caress Fresh Body Wash Collection (her favorite being the Emerald Rush.)

What I think:  I love Emerald Rush too, but I think Juicy Escape is my favorite.  They all smell fantastic!  I like using them as a bubble bath.

You can join the talk about these great products on twitter #caressme and you can purchase them at a mass market retailer near you.

Orico Jazzy Moisturizing Body Wash
Orico Jazzy Moisturizing Body Wash

Orico Jazzy Moisturizing Body Wash ($19 USD)– is filled with the delicious fruity aromas of orange and mandarin essential oils. Natural moisturizers and antioxidants will gently cleanse and refresh your skin while also helping to regenerate cells, boost elasticity and revitalize and tone your skin with the help of Kigelia and Hibiscus.

What I think:  This moisturizing wash is perfect for the summer time.  The fragrance is light and clean and my skin is so soft after using this.  This is perfect when you want a little luxury in the bath or shower.

Available at OricoLondon.com

Osmotics Sugar Scrub Body Polish
Osmotics Sugar Scrub Body Polish

Osmotics Sugar Scrub Body Polish ($38 USD) — will polish your skin to perfection even leaving the driest skin soft and silky smooth. Sugar is an excellent, yet gentle exfoliator that encourages the production of natural moisturizing factors in the skin. This luxurious body treatment is bound to leave your skin feeling smooth without any trace of oily residue.

What I think:  I always stock up on scrubs in the summer.  It helps get rid of dry skin from sun exposure and it is needed to prep skin for self-tanning.  This one does not leave my skin greasy and I love it!

Available at Osmotics.com

Enjoy!

 

 

Prep and Moisturize For Soft Skin This Fall and Winter

I am already getting dry patches on my skin and it’s only the first of November!  Sigh…it is time to really take care of my skin.

I was sent the products below for my honest review.  They are:

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub ($4.99 USD) — Discover the swiss secrets for smooth, radiant skin. St. Ives fresh skin invigorating apricot scrub captures these secrets in its deep cleansing formula with 100% natural exfoliates that gently remove dull, dead skin cells to instantly reveal smooth, radiant skin.

What I think: I’ve always loved St. Ives.  I’m not surprised that I am enjoying this scrub.  The scent so good!  Fresh and fruity.  And the scrub leaves my face so soft.  I exfoliate 2 or 3 times a week and this is gentle enough for my routine.

Avaialble at mass market retailers near you.

Orico London Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes
Orico London Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes

Orico London Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes ($25 USD) — Gently remove all traces of make-up, the days build up of dirt, impurities and pollutants with new Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover for Face and Eyes. With this organic make-up remover, skin is left soothed, conditioned and revitalized with all-natural plant oils and rejuvenated with tangerine and orange oils that de-congest and increase circulation.

What I think:  Loving this! This is now my go-to eye makeup remover. It is gentle on my eyes, but takes off all traces of stubborn eye liner and mascara.  I have been using it every night.

Available at www.oricolondon.com

ente Dermal Repair Cream
Sente Dermal Repair Cream

Sente Dermal Repair Cream ($169.95 (1.7 oz) or $79.95 (.5 oz)) —

Sente uses a patented blend of ingredients including Heparan Sulfate (HS), a naturally occurring complex of a sugar plus a protein (glycoprotein). This fresh and advanced scientific approach to beauty delivers benefits unlike any cream on the market:

  • Heals skin faster following common dermatological procedures including IPL, lasers, chemical peels, skin tightening and injectables
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles. Enjoy smoother and younger looking skin
  • Hypoallergenic formulation penetrates quickly, leaving no greasy residue or fragrance – perfect under makeup
  • Restores and enhances skin’s intrinsic ability to heal itself (sunburns, scarring)
  • Soothes redness and irritation
  • Normalizes skin tone and restore radiance
  • Delivers profound hydration with daily use
  • Safe for use on even the most sensitive skin types

What I think: This is medical grade skincare that is gentle on the skin.  My skin gets more sensitive as I grow older, so gentle skincare is a must.  I have only been using it for a few days, but I can see the redness fading and my skin is very soft with use.  I will keep using for younger-looking skin!

http://www.sentelabs.com

Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines
Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines

Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines ($48 USD) — This age-defying, light–reflecting cream works to smooth out and diminish existing lines and wrinkles, helping with deep level repair whilst protecting against new lines forming.

What I think: This is very light and is a great day cream.  I haven’t seen evidence of my wrinkles diminishing yet (after a few weeks use in the morning), but it makes my skin bright and soft.

Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines can be purchased at www.mamamio.com.

Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil with Grapeseed & Essential Oils
Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil with Grapeseed & Essential Oils

Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil with Grapeseed and Essential Oils ($49.95, sale price $25 USD) — Maijan Pure Moroccan Argan Oil infused with Grapeseed Oil and Essential Oils is the perfect solution for healthy hair and skin.  This miracle golden Organic Argan Oil helps soothe and soften both dry and frizzy hair and trouble skin.  Maijan’s secret blend of the Organic Argan Oil infused with Grapeseed and essential oils gives your hair and skin a sense of pure luxury like none other.

What I think:  I love argan oil for my skin and my hair.  Its a product that you can safely use all over for instant hydration. It also smells great!  It’s a perfect, natural product.

Learn more at www.maijan.com.

Yes to Grapefruit Naturally Smooth Lip Balm
Yes to Grapefruit Naturally Smooth Lip Balm

Yes to Grapefruit Naturally Smooth Lip Balm ($2.99 USD) — This lip gloss has a mix of moisturizing Aloe, Cocoa, and Shea Butter deliver intense hydration and moisturization This flavor is a delicious grapefruit treat to wake you and your gorgeous lips up. Consumers preferred this sleek, oval shape, because it fits easily everywhere, and applies nicely around lips.

What I think:  I really love how soft this is on my lips. It keeps them moisturized and smelling great, although I can’t detect a taste.  It also comes in Blueberry and Pomegranate SPF 15.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Have you tried any of these products?  What skin care are you using now?  Leave me a comment, I would love to know!

Skincare Innovations — Try Something New to Improve Your Skin

Skincare is constantly evolving and improving.  I LOVE trying new products, including these breakthrough ones below that were sent to me for my honest opinion.

PCA Skin Pigment Bar - pHaze 13
PCA Skin Pigment Bar – pHaze 13

PCA Skin Pigment Bar – pHaze 13 ($28 USD) — A cleansing, anti-hyperpigmentation bar for skin suffering from discoloration.

Pigment Bar is the cleansing companion in PCA’s pigment control program, designed to enhance and maintain the complexion-refining results produced by its sister products. pHaze 13 Pigment Bar helps control blemish outbreaks and discolorations as it cleanses the skin of dirt and debris. For pigment control maintenance, use two to three times weekly.

This is such an easy way to clean skin.  It comes with three flat sponges that expand once wet.  The jar contains a black solid (the bar).  To use I wet the sponge and rub it on the bar for lather.  I then wash my face with the sponge.  It cleans without drying out my skin.  I haven’t noticed any lightening of sun spots yet, but for a daily fash soap it works great!

Purchast at www.dermstore.com.

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer
Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer ($42 USD) — With an advanced formulation that combines Alguronic Acid with 7 additional active ingredients, the Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer creates a satin-soft finish for long-lasting makeup application. Delivering more than your average primer, this formula also visibly refines pores, blurs fine lines and improves skin’s texture and tone, just in time to highlight that summer glow.

Currently this is my favorite primer.  It instantly evens out my skin and blurs the appearance of my pores. It also smooths my skin and prepares it for foundation or bb cream.

Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Algenist.com

MitoQ
MitoQ

MitoQ ($185 USD) is considered to be the most potent antioxidant on the market to date and is proven to be 1000 times stronger than CoQ, a molecule used in many anti-aging products. MitoQ is the only topical cream that can deliver ubiquinone to mitochondria at levels shown to have an immense effect inrejuvenating the cells, encouraging the natural production of collagen and elastin and leaving skin looking radiant with a lit-from-within glow.

I have been using MitoQ for a few weeks now and noticed improvements in my skin almost instantly.  My skin looks so much better.  It is less blotchy, more even and I don’t see any fines lines or wrinkles around my eyes.  And my skin does glow!

Available at www.mitoq.com.

Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream
Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream

Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream ($42 USD) –Breathe new life into the skin. Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream contains a clinical bioactive proven to help optimize cell respiration whilst smoothing, rejuvenating and protecting skin against daily urban pollution. This daily moisturizer with all-natural antioxidants Macadamia and Argan oil helps to reduce wrinkles, restore moisture levels, firmness and skin radiance. Fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin.

As I get older, my skin becomes more sensitive.  I love advanced anti-aging skincare like this that is also for sensitive skin.  This is very moisturizing and gentle without being greasy or oily.

Available at www.oricolondon.com.