LipFusion Conditioning Stick SPF 15

LipFusion Conditioning Stick SPF 15

LipFusion always creates innovative lip plumping products. Their newest one is a tinted lip balm with the added benefit of SPF. 

The LipFusion Conditioning Stick SPF 15 ($22.00 USD) is a minty, moisturizing lip balm that claims to plump, hydrate, protect, and imparts a hint of tint. It is available in 5 shades:  

Berry (sheer plum)  

Bitten (sheer strawberry)  

Buff (sheer nude)  

Butterscotch (sheer mauve)  

Clear (transluscent)  

The description of the product is:   

This lightweight, delectable, luxurious lip essential is made with nourishing oils and creamy butters that provide the perfect level of comforting hydration, along with SPF 15. It works to soothe cracked or chapped lips without being sticky or tacky, and comes in a convenient “retractable bullet” format for on-the-go application. Doses of AmpliFat™ and marine collagen filling spheres help to increase lip fullness, immediately and over time. Paraben free and proven to increase water content of the skin by 6000% in four weeks, this high-payoff treatment suits all skin types. It is dermatologist tested and not tested on animals.  What I think: First, the metal bullet tube is one of the most chic lip balm package I have seen. I have the Bitten and Buff and both shades are soft and pretty. Unlike LipFusion’s glosses, you can’t really feel the plumping and it isn’t very noticeable to see. But  love the light moisture it gives and the SPF. Also, I have noticed that my lips are less dry than they were when I first began using the conditioning stick.     

You can purchase this at www.sephora.com.  Enjoy!

Fight Aging With Boscia Skin Care

I love that so many new skincare companies use natural ingredients and limit the use of preservatives. Boscia is a brand based in Yokohama, Japan, that creates preservative-free, botanically-based skincare. I have recently tried some of these wonderful products and they make my skin look as beautiful as the natural ingredients they use to make them! 

Recharging Night Moisture ($33.00 1 fl. oz, $44.00 1.4 fl. oz) is described as, “A concentrated cream of Oriental botanicals works overnight to nourish and revitalize your skin. An advanced penetrating, Encapsulated Ampelopsis Grossedentata, absorbs quickly to condition skin and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Phytoglycogen helps restore the look of vitality to damaged skin. Hydrolyzed Yeast promotes new skin cell production while Soybean helps balance skin from the sometimes harsh effects of hormonal and environmental changes. Jojoba Leaf, a powerful antioxidant, combats free radical damage and Willow herb, soothes tired skin.”

What I think: This cream is very light yet nourishing on my skin. I have noticed that immediately after use my skin looks smoother and a few weeks after use, it seems brighter. I also think the price is very reasonable for the quality of the product.

Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment ($38.00 .5 fl. oz.) — “A silky cream that hydrates and revitalizes the delicate eye area. Two combined amino acids, Alanine and Glutamine, and a powerful antioxidant, Jojoba Leaf will improve softness and prevent the signs of aging. Coix Seed and Tocopherol-Vitamin E reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Willowherb, a unique anti-irritant, Jujube Fruit and other beneficial ingredients help accelerate cell renewal and smooth the appearance of fine lines.”

What I think: I really love this light and soothing eye cream. I have been using it every morning and every night. Like all eye creams, I smooth it under my eye, at the outer corner of my eye and under my eyebrow. It is absorbed into my skin very quickly and leaves my eyes looking lifted and awake. Over time, it has diminished the dark circles under my eyes, which are my main area of concern around my eyes.

Visit www.bosciaskincare.com to learn more, they can also be purchased at Sephora and www.sephora.com. Enjoy!

Kerstin Florian Skincare

I love trying luxury skincare — it feels good to use quality products on my (slightly ☺) aging skin! A brand that’s new to me is Kerstin Florian. The website states,

“Kerstin Florian International (KFI) develops and manufactures a progressive range of European facial, body and bath products and treatments for the spa industry based on natural resources including thermal mineral water, mud, algae, herbal extracts and essential oils.”

I have been testing the following products for about a month. The end result, my skin is clearer, glowing and I look pretty darn young! The products are: 

Serum C+ Infusion ($85.00 USD) — Claims that it:, “Accelerates the elimination of photodamage, evens out skin tone, moisturizes the skin and prevents signs of premature aging. A powerful antioxidant and healing ingredient, Vitamin C also promotes collagen production to increase elasticity and smoothness of the skin.” Paraben-free, oil-free, natural fragrance.

I love this serum. It smells fresh and citrusy and you only need two pumps to cover your face and neck. Once I apply it, my face looks instantly smoother and brighter. I like to apply it in the morning, before my sunscreen moisturizer (below).

Oil-Free Daily Defense SPF 50 ($55.00 USD) — “This oil-free moisturizing lotion delivers lightweight hydration and water-resistant defense against sun damage. Broad spectrum, non-whitening sunscreen is combined with pure Vitamin C and Co-Enzyme Q10 to provide powerful daily facial protection in a sheer, matte finish.” Paraben-free, oil-free, fragrance-free.

This is a great sunscreen moisturizer because even though it is SPF 50, it doesn’t leave a white residue on my face. Being oil-free, it is very sheer and light. I like to apply it to my face, neck and hands. I only have to wait a minute or two for it to soak in and I can apply my makeup. 

Caviar Age-Defense Creme ($145.00 USD) — “Counteract the visible signs of aging with this exquisite deeply nourishing creme that combines Caviar Extract, Rose Flower Oil, Co-enzyme A and Chinese firming botanical Chai Hu to firm, brighten, refine and energize the skin. Protein rich caviar and anti-aging antioxidants create an accelerated firming action that diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, creating noticeably smoother, supple and youthful looking skin.”

I have been using this cream at night, although it is light enough to use in the morning.  It quickly soaks into the skin, leaving a subtle glow. I used to have dry patches on my face, but they are gone and I think this cream is really helping. The only thing I don’t love is the scent, it is strongly herbal, but is fine for evening.  

Caviar Eye Creme ($127.50 USD) — “Protein-rich caviar deeply nourishes, moisturizes and regenerates the delicate skin around the eyes. Diminishes dark circles under eyes with Caffeine and Green Tea Extract. Creates immediate and visible firming and toning benefits. Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and puffiness, brightening the under eye area for instant radiance.”

This gentle eye cream is so nice for morning and evening. I always place eye cream under my eye and on the brow bone. This cream leaves my eyes looking lighter and awake!

Visit www.kerstinflorianusa.com to learn more and to purchase these fantastic products!

Anastasia Illumin8 Eye Shadow Palette

Illumin8 Eye Shadow Palette

Anastasia Soare is an eye brow genius who has lately been branching out to skincare as well as cosmetics. She has recently launched Anastasia’s Illumin8 Eye Shadow Palette ($40.00 USD) makeup and anti-aging skincare in one great compact!

This palette is clinically tested to lift the appearance of skin, hydrate and refresh the sensitive skin of your eyelids with Youthful Synergy Complex. This essential complex is created from vitamins A, B, C, E and F, as well as naturally rich Brown Algae, Sea Whip and Macadamia. Featuring Anastasia’s exclusive antioxidant-rich Balkan Botanical™ Infusion of rare plant and herbal extracts, these powders have added power to soothe and soften. It is also paraben and fragrance free.

The shadows in the palette contain diamond core powder to diffuse light, minimizing the appearance of pores and wrinkles and make the eyelids luminous. There are 8 subtle colors in the palette ranging from bronzes, pinks and purples. It also contains a Mini Professional Brush with a broad end for sweeping shadows across the lid and on the brow bone and a tapered end for the crease and lining the lids.

The clinicals studies for this product showed reduced lines and wrinkles after an hour of wear. After 4 weeks 100% of women reported  an improvement in overall eye beauty.
  
What I think: These shadows are soft and pretty, but not extremely pigmented. They are appropriate for daytime and the office. I do notice that my eyelids look smoother when I am wearing the shadow, but if I don’t apply an eye base or concealer, they wear off very quickly. I recommend this for the way it makes the eyes look.

Visit www.anastasia.net to purchase and to learn more about the palette.

Mama Mio Boob Tube

Boob Tube

Mama Mio is a skin care brand that began specializing in helping pregnant women with their skin care needs.  Now, besides pregnancy skin care, Mama Mio creates safe products that give strong, elastic, healthy, well-toned, and fit skin.

I tried the Boob Tube (funny!) Bust & Neck Firmer ($45.00 USD). As the website so sadly states, “Girls, let’s face the facts, our boobs are on a slippery slope heading south. People say the first place you can tell a woman’s age is her hands. Forget about it – it’s your décolletage.” This is because the chest and neck are exposed a lot of the time, (of course not the whole chest). The skin is exposed to the sun and gravity. Use Boob Tube claims to “fight sag and droop by improving skin’s strength and elasticity. It gives you a more beautifully textured, well toned neck and bustline. Boob Tube has become our best-selling sensation which means there will be a lot of gorgeous cleavage out there, thanks to Boob Tube.”

I really like this product. I have been using it on my next and chest every morning and evening. I don’t know if my skin has become firmer, but it looks smooth, especially my neck and upper chest area. It has a pleasant citrusy scent that reminds me of lemon-lime soda. It contains CoQ10, Avocado Oil, Fenugreek, Shea Butter and Milk Thistle. It does not contain Parabens which is great.

Visit www.mamamio.com to learn more about this product and more.  

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk Micro-Powder

Bye Bye Pores HD Silk Micro-Powder
Bye Bye Pores HD Silk Micro-Powder

It Cosmetics always has great products that hide flaws and highlight our best features. Their fab new product, the HD Silk Micro Finishing Powder ($24.00 USD), is a translucent setting powder and all over face finishing powder that actually helps reduce the appearance of pores! This HD Micro-powder is infused with line smoothing hydrolyzed collagen, luxurious silk for a poreless finish, and vitamin K to help reduce discoloration. It also contains anti-aging antioxidants Vitamins A,C & E to help ward off free radicals throughout the day and is talc-free, oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free and hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic. The translucent color works on all skin tones.

As I grow older, my pores are increasing in size and powder often makes my face look dry, especially in fall and winter. I buff this loose powder on my face and it takes away shine and diminishes the appearance of pores without looking dry and flaky. It keeps me looking fresh (not oily) all day long. This is definitely going to be my go-to powder for the cold-weather months — and most likely when it warms up, too.

Visit www.itcosmetics.com to learn more and to purchase this fantastic powder!

ecoTOOLS Creams Keep Hands and Feet Soft!

I love the ecoTools’s Bath and Body collection. Not only are all of the products 98% natural and paraben, phthalate and cruelty free; they also are packaged in  recyclable bottles and the ingredients are biodegradable and dermatologist, allergy and clinically tested.

I have recently tried a couple more of these products including the One Hand Helps the Other Intensive Hand Cream ($7.99). This jojoba oil formula, not only makes my dry hands incredibly soft, I think it smells fantastic! The scent is a bit strong, so if there is someone in the next cubicle to you at work who is scent sensitive — leave it at home!  

The Love Heels All Intensive Heel Cream ($7.99) is also very nice, but it is a thicker formula than the hand cream. This is very moisturizing and will help cracked winter feet. This scent is minty and also very nice. This cream contains repairing natural butters to soften dry feet and hands.

Visit www.parispresents.com/EcoTools to learn more and to find a store near you!

Ole Henriksen Pick Me Up Tonic and All Purpose Aloe Vera Gel

Ole Henriksen creates skin care that celebrities, and regular folk (like myself) love. Mr. Henriksen had said, “My studies in cosmetic chemistry and experience from treating skin, hands on, has given me a clear idea as to the function and content of each product I have developed. This has resulted in a series of pure, natural, high-performance products that are forever evolving through my continued research.”

I am always looking for great skin care products, especially ones that will help my troubled combination skin by minimizing my pores. Ole Henriksen’s Pick Me Up Tonic ($21.00 7 oz mist, $30.00 12 oz) has really helped make my pores appear smaller. This oxygenating gentle toner claims to awaken skin & minimize pores. it contains alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin C & chamomile oxygenates and is paraben-free. I have the mist and I like to use it both ways. For intense toning I apply with a cotton pad. For a mid-day pick-me-up, I spritz it on my face. It smells fresh and feels great!

I also have tried Ole Henriksen’s All Purpose Aloe Vera Gel ($30.00 8 oz) — I love this product! I is a coolingoil-free gel that helps sooth skin irritations with chamomile. It is touted to help skin that is irritated by a rash, cut or sunburn. It can be uses all over the body. It feels cooling and soothes after a tough day. I used it one day when I burned my finger on my stove, and it helped relieve the pain.

Visit www.olehenriksen.com to learn about and purchase these and many more great skin care products.

Juara — Natural Indonesian Skin Care

Looking for a different type of skin care company? Juara skin care is a fusion active botanicals of Indonesian herbal recipes and Western science to create products that represent the best the east and west. They combine active botanicals such as rice, tamarind, turmeric, candlenut oil, healing teas and red sandalwood with modern technology and innovation to deliver quality treatments.

I recommend the following products from the line:

Rice Facial Cleanser ($25.00) — This gentle cleanser contains rice starch to remove make-up and also condition the skin. Rice starch also contains soothing and softening properties and is rich in amino acids and protein. I enjoy a good cleanser, I believe that it sets the stage for a good skin care regimen. I really love that my skin feels clean but not dry after this cleanser and is ready for my moisturizer!

Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer (oil-free) ($48.00) — My skin is combination and can get a little oily throughout the day. The website describes that, “this light gel-creme combines the age-defying benefits of fermented sweet black tea with the shine-reducing and purifying properties of ginger for a luminous matte finish. Completely oil-free and specially formulated for oily skin, it immediately reduces shine while at the same time helping delay and reverse signs of aging.” I have used other mattefying moisturizers that dry out my combination skin, but this lotion is so moisturizing — just not greasy! It is also paraben-free, alcohol-free, unfragranced and oil-free. 

Candlenut Lip Balm SPF 20 ($18.00) — It’s lip balm season! At least for me it is — my lips can really feel the cold air and they are already becoming dry.  This protective lip balm arrives in a very lovely mirror compact plus it relieves dry and chapped lips. With a great SPF 20, it will protect your lips from UVA and UVB rays of the sun with effective broad-spectrum sunscreens to help prevent aging and skin cancer. It contains candlenut, jojoba and olive oils and is scented with Indonesian citrus fruits. Very nice!

Visit juaraskincare.com to purchase these wonderful products. Enjoy!

Yes to Carrots New Lip Tints and Lip Glosses

Yes to Carrots, creators of fabulous natural skin and hair products have just release lip tints and lip glosses. They are 95% organic and paraben and phthalate free, so you can feel guiltless about your pretty lip color!

C Me Blush Lip Tints (approx. $4.49 USD), are like a lip balm with a hint of color.   They nourish  and protect the lips with organic vegetable extracts, vitamin E, coconut, jojoba & sunflower oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Mineral pigments add color naturally. They are available in six fresh colors; Sunset Pink, Natural Smile, Cotton Candy, Coral Sunshine, Chocolate Kiss and Ready Red.

C Me Shine Lip Glosses (approx. $6.49 USD) are shiny, non-sticky glosses that are perfect for every day. They contain essentially the same good for you ingredients of the tints, but offer a more polished look. They also are available in six colors; Flirty Pink, Carrot Kiss, Cocoa Loco, Playful Nude, Rose Bliss and Red Hot.

Both the lip tints and glosses have a minty scent and feel a little tingly on. For the price, they are a very good buy! Visit the website at www.yestocarrots.com to learn more and find a retailer near you.