My Beauty Faves Week of April 13-19, 2015

We are experiencing rain and storms in Kansas City (April’s showers), but it is fairly warm and everything is green. I’m really starting to take care of my skin to get it ready for the warmer weather ahead!

This week I have been loving innovative skincare.  From spa-like treatments to a luxe serum to a spray on primer, I have tried fab products this week that have really changed my skin!

Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask ($65 USD) — is a spa treatment in a bottle. This foaming mask for all skin types restores, stimulates and boosts skin’s radiance. Apply like a serum and wait- it will start to bubble (like champagne on the skin!). The mask works by release nutrients into the skin- you’ll see more activity in the areas where your skin needs it most. A unique formula helps maintain optimal oxygen levels, distribution and consumption to stimulate the skin’s energy production so it can function at its best.

Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads ($75 USD) — use AHA and BHA to gently exfoliate and support natural cell turnover, working to tighten and firm skin, reduce the appearance of pore size and lines, and preserve skin’s hydration and nourishment. Excess sebum is also removed while leaving the good oils to nourish and hydrate the skin. Enriched with chamomile for soothing and calming, it is perfect for sensitive skin.

Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 ($55 USD) — With 100% non-chemical SPF 30 protection, the perfect texture and crushed diamond powder for a soft reflective property, you’ll want put this SPF on every time the sun comes out. Light diffusing pigments reduce the appearance of wrinkles and imperfections, antioxidants fight aging and the ultra-light texture makes it easy to apply and use with any type of makeup.

What I think:  All three of these products are so different than anything I have used before!  The mask is fun to use and leave my skin really soft, as do the exfoliating pads.  Both products can be used a couple of times a week for really smooth skin.  The skin perfecting screen gives SPF along with brightening the skin!

These products are available at http://www.sephora.com and Sephora stores.

VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum
VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum

VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum ($195 USD) — This potent, highly effective anti-aging treatment serum dramatically enhances skin tone and firmness. The unique formula is packed with 100% natural oat extract to firm the skin, while the exclusive phytoestrogen technology brightens, enhances skin tone, and dramatically boosts elasticity. Free of silicone, alcohol or fragrance, this serum is a highly active first step in the treatment regimen, working in synergy with VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer for longer lasting moisture and firmer skin.

What I think: I have tested a sample of this and really like how it sunk into my skin and gave me an instant glow.  I would have to use it more to see if it firms, but I could tell it was a very luxe product!

Purchase at http://www.veneffect.com

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray
Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray ($35 for 4 oz) —  Pore-clogging silicone primers have no place on your face! Get perfect makeup now and a virtually poreless, more even-toned complexion later. This lightweight, silicone-free primer mist delivers a smooth canvas for impeccable, long-wear makeup application, and offers long-term skin benefits you’ll love as well! Available in Original and Oil-Control formulations for dry/combination and oily skin types.

What I think:  This primer is easy to use and really evens out my skintone!  I also find that my makeup lasts longer when I apply before my foundation.

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

What new skincare products are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

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—there 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 Crème, 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
– 0.5 oz Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum
– 0.5 oz Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture
– 0.17 oz Eye Revive Crème

Available at Sephora.com

Revive Artbox 12
Revive Artbox 12

ReVive Skincare Artbox 12 ($595 USD) — RéVive 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’s 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™ 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—a 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 Pâtisserie Soufflè Body Crème Collection
Laura Mercier La Petite Pâtisserie Soufflè Body Crème Collection

Laura Mercier La Petite Pâtisserie Soufflè Body Crème Collection ($58 USD) —

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

LA PETITE PATISSERIE SOUFFLÉ BODY CRÈME COLLECTION INCLUDES:

– Ambre Vanillé Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

– Almond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

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

– Fresh Fig Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

– Crème Brulee Soufflé Body Crème, 2 oz. plastic jar

– Tarte 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?

Spring Beauty — From the Inside Out!

I just realized that more of my skin will be showing in short sleeves and short pants soon — not to mention swimsuits!  Time to get ready for spring and summer by eating and drinking healthier and taking care of our skin.

Below are some great ideas of products that can help you look and feel your best as the days get longer and warmer!

Stur flavor enhancer
Stur flavor enhancer

We have all heard the importance of drinking water and why it’s good for us. For some – drinking water has become more of a chore than a natural instinct and many find water to be boring or do not enjoy the taste. Stur, a liquid water enhancer, is the newest and most delicious way to hit those 8 glasses of water a day. It is an all-natural product that is made with Stevia and 100% Vitamin C and comes in a variety of flavors such as Only Orange Mango, Freshly Fruit Punch, Simply Strawberry Watermelon, and Purely Pomegranate Cranberry.

Learn more at http://www.sturdrinks.com and you can purchase them for Amazon.

The Beauty Detox Foods
The Beauty Detox Foods

The Beauty Detox Foods Book by Kimberly Snyder —  Dreading pulling that bikini out of the depths of your closet? Try incorporating a few easy recipes from Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox Foods. This book will help give step by step instruction on how to better your health in a natural way – recipes include everything from her famous Glowing Green Smoothie to her favorite dinner entrée.

Learn more at http://www.kimberlysnyder.net

 

The polar vortex is gone and spring break season has officially sprung! To make sure you enjoy your fun in the sun, check out the newest products from Hawaiian Tropic® that will keep skin protected and feeling luxurious.  These smell and feel fantastic:

  • Hawaiian Tropic® Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen ($8.99 USD), their first sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection UVA and UVB protection, softens and leaves skin with a radiant shine.
  • Hawaiian Tropic® SPF 30 Dry Oil Clear Spray Sunscreen ($8.99 USD), contains indulgent oils and vitamins that will keep skin ultra-soft and moisturized while offering moderate protection in an easy-to-use format.
  • Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration SPF 30 Face Lotion Sunscreen ($8.99 USD), a facial sunscreen which provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and contains hydrating ribbons that provide 12 hours of skin moisturization, without clogging pores.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you!

Don’t forget to take care of your skin this spring.  Try some of these great skincare items that will help your skin to look fabulous:

Prep your skin to get glowing with Radical Skincare’s Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads ($75 USD) – while these pads are ideal for sweeping away dull winter skin on your face, they can also be used all over, like on dry elbows and knees. They’re a great multitasker for achieving spring smoothness.  Purchase at http://www.radicalskincare.com.

Brighten skin with Burt’s Bees Even Tone Brightening Cream ($20 USD) to get a glowing complexion. Enriched with Daisy Extract, this moisturizer should be a staple in your beauty cabinet. Keep it around for post-summer too, to combat dark spots. Purchase at http://www.burtsbees.com.

— Infused with African Kola Nut, Trichilia Oil, Chamomile Oil, and the Miracle Oil, Marula, to help revitalize and hydrate the eye area. While providing superb antioxidant benefits and helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this unique multi-tasking fusion also soothes, tones and helps restore, nourish and protect the eye area.  Purchase at http://www.nyakio.com/store/.

I hope I gave you some great product ideas for getting ready for the warmer weather ahead.  Enjoy!

Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas Part 2

I have so many great last-minute gift ideas that I had to make 2 posts!

If you are still looking for the perfect gift for the lady who likes beauty products, check out these great ideas:

butter LONDON Fire and Ice Double Take 2-Piece Sets
butter LONDON Fire and Ice Double Take 2-Piece Sets

butter LONDON Fire and Ice Double Take 2-Piece Sets ($24 USD) — Sparkle and shine this holiday season with butter LONDON’s Fire & Ice Double Take 2-Piece Sets. These lacquer duos will quickly add a spark to your fashion wardrobe with new, innovative overcoats designed to transform your lacquer for a festive look. Four completely new shades (Rebel Fox, Brass Monkey, Bluecoat, and Leccy) will have you heating up or looking cool at any holiday festivity.

Available at www.butterlondon.com and some butter LONDON products are available at Ulta stores.

Algenist The Anti-Wrinkle Collection
Algenist The Anti-Wrinkle Collection

Algenist The Anti-Wrinkle Collection ($52 USD) — This three-piece set provides everything you need to combat advanced signs of aging. Arm yourself with a full size Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser, a deluxe size Complete Eye Renewal Balm and a half size Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer.

Available at www.algenist.com, Sephora stores and www.sephora.com

Marc Jacobs Rollerball trio
Marc Jacobs Rollerball trio

Marc Jacobs Rollerball trio ($39.00 USD) — Shower yourself in the fragrant florals of Marc Jacobs with this set of easy-to-tote rollerballs. Daisy is a sparkling floral bouquet, spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth. Daisy Eau So Fresh is the whimsical interpretation of the original Daisy fragrance. Its light, woody base infuses a subtle but sharp glimmer of musk for an unexpected twist of radiance. Dot bursts open with a bright and thrilling effervescence, harnessing the beautiful scent of jasmine at its heart.

The set includes:

1 0.33 oz Daisy Eau de Toilette Rollerball  1 0.33 oz Daisy Eau So Fresh Eau de Toilette Rollerball 1 0.33 oz Dot Eau de Parfum Rollerball

Available at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com

DOWNTOWN Calvin Klein
DOWNTOWN Calvin Klein

DOWNTOWN Calvin Klein ($89 3.4oz) — Daisy is fresh and feminine, with a playful innocence.  Radiant and enchanting, the fragrance has a sparkling floral bouquet  – spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth.  At the heart of Daisy is a floral with vintage edge: violet.  Sophisticated with a touch of whimsy, violet captures the eclectic, vintage flavor of Marc Jacobs’ feminine, edgy designs.

Top: wild strawberry, violet leaves, ruby red grapefruit

Mid: gardenia, violet petals, jasmine petals

Base: musk-vanilla infusion, white woods 

Available at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com

 

Bottega Veneta Luxury Bath Collection
Bottega Veneta Luxury Bath Collection

Bottega Veneta Luxury Bath Collection — To mark the second anniversary of its signature scent, Bottega Veneta created the Luxury Bath Collection. Designed to enhance and expand the sensual experience of this unique fragrance, the collection reflects an entirely new way to experience the scent, adding a new, intimate dimension to the refined world of Bottega Veneta. The elements of the new Luxury Bath Collection include a Luxury Body Scrub, a Luxury Body Oil, a Shimmery Body Powder with puff applicator, and a Luxury Hair Mist.

Softening Body Scrub             6.7 oz              $95

Shimmery Body Powder         3.5 oz              $70

Satin Body Oil                        3.4 oz              $60

Available at specialty stores and Bottega Veneta boutiques.

Radical Skincare Radical Starter Kit
Radical Skincare Radical Starter Kit

Radical Skincare Radical Starter Kit ($99 USD) — 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 Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum—there 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 Crème, 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
– 0.5 oz Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum
– 0.5 oz Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture
– 0.17 oz Eye Revive Crème

Available in Sephora Stores and http://www.sephora.com

Nuxe Prodigious Love From Paris Gift Set
Nuxe Prodigious Love From Paris Gift Set

Nuxe Prodigious Love From Paris Gift Set ($59 USD) — This set includes:

Prodigieux® Eye Contour  0.5 oz

Huile Prodigieuse® Love from Paris Collector – Dry oil 1.7 oz

Crème Prodigieuse® Moisturizing & Anti-Fatigue Care 1 oz

Available at us.nuxe.com.

Patricia Field Signature Kit Martine Girl
Patricia Field Signature Kit Martine Girl

Patricia Field Signature Kit Martine Girl ($199 USD) — Celebrate the transformative power of fashion and beauty with our Patricia Field Signature Kit.

  • AIRbrush Makeup System 2.0 with Patricia Field GelaSkin – Martine Girl.
  • 1 AIRpod Foundation
  • 1 AIRpod Blush (Patricia Field recommends AIRpod Blush in Hot Pink)
  • 1 AIRpod Highlighter (Patricia Field recommends AIRpod Highlighter in Champagne)
  • 3 Pod Stand (Bonus item!)
  • Signature Clear Makeup Bag (Bonus item!)

PLUS, TEMPTU’s Care and Usage Guide, One-year Warranty, 45-day Money Back Guarantee, and Shade Match Guarantee

Available at www.temptu.com

 

Mobile Clean & Go MegaMicro
Mobile Clean & Go MegaMicro

Mobile Clean & Go MegaMicro ($8.99) — I realize that this may not be a beauty product (it is for your phone or tablet), but I really love it and think it is a great stocking stuffer!

MegaMicro™ features our exclusive Dual-Hybrid Technology offering two cleaning surfaces in one:

  • A textured side for easy removal of dirt, oils, fingerprints, water spots and sunscreen
  • An optical-grade microfiber side to polish your display to a crystal clear shine

The new MegaMicro™ Microfiber Cleaning Cloth is perfect for cleaning larger displays, tablets, computer monitors, TV screens, and marine electronics. Available in Blue

Contents:

(1) MegaMicro™ Dual-Hyrbrid Microfiber Cloth (7″ x 7″ – 18cm x 18cm)

(1) Vinyl Carrying Case for portability

Available for immediate purchase through the online store at www.shop.mobilecleanandgo.com.

Enjoy and remember it is Free Shipping Day for a lot of companies.  So get your orders in if you’d like to get it online in time for Christmas.  Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effective Skin Care For Anti-Aging Skin Troubles!

I review a lot of anti-aging skin care.  I love being able to review different products and the fact that I will be 45 this year (I know), I feel the need to try as much as I can for my awesome readers as well as myself!

Unfortunately, aging does not only show itself in wrinkles.  There are so many wonderful (ha!) skin problems that we encounter as we age such as enlarged pores, redness, sensitivity and dark spots.

Most of the products below help more than one symptom of aging skin and may help you look even more radiant than you do now!

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate
Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate ($75  USD) — Formulated with Alguronic Acid and multi-perfecting ingredients (salicylic acid, oligosaccharides), this oil-free serum has a unique lightweight texture that instantly tightens pores, smoothes roughness and refines skin texture. Enlarged pores and discoloration are visibly reduced for a more even, radiant complexion.

What I think:  This is a very light serum that instantly absorbs into the skin and leaves it feeling smooth, but not tight.  I notice that on my first use of both this and the Gel Moisturizer below, my skin looked smoother and now that I have been using them about once a day for a few weeks my pores are less noticeable.

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer
Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer ($65 USD) — Formulated with Alguronic Acid and multi-perfecting ingredients (salicylic acid, oligosaccharides), this oil-free gel-cream absorbs quickly to lock in moisture, smoothes away roughness and brightens dull skin. Enlarged pores are visibly reduced for a more radiant and smooth complexion.

What I think:  I love Algenist anyway, such fab breakthrough formulations!  They always make my skin look great.  And the older I get, the bigger my pores get — so these products have been greatly helping my complexion!  My skin looks smoother and pores are less noticeable.  This is a light get that leaves skin soft.

Learn more and purchase at www.algenist.com.

Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash

Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash ($12.95 USD) Cleansing removes the dirt, oil and impurities from your skin before bed. However, you don’t want your cleanser to strip too much from your skin. Dermatologist developed, this nourishing, non-irritating formula is suitable for the most sensitive of skins. Rapidly absorbed and non-greasy, it restores your skin’s natural balance of pH 5.5, providing natural protection from the elements.

What I think:  My skin becomes more and more sensitive as the years pass.  Some skincare is so strong that I just smell it and my face gets red and irritated!  This was is gentle to use all over the body.  It soothes my skin and definitely does not irritate!

Sebamed Q10 Cream

Sebamed Q10 Cream ($29.95 USD) 28 days to a visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Efficacy and excellent skin tolerance clinically tested. It is a known scientific fact that the skin begins to age as early as 21, becoming more delicate and sensitive in the process. Consequent skin care management is the imperative prophylaxis to prolong the youthful vitality and appearance of your skin. sebamed Research & Development formulated Q10 Protection to support the natural metabolic processes and receptivity of the skin to facilitate its regeneration.
The active ingredients in Sebamed Anti-Ageing Q10 Protection are absorbed optimally by the skin to promote its equilibrium. Co-enzyme Q10 is an important catalyst, which activates the metabolism of oxygen in the cells. Its production in the skin decreases noticeably from the age of 30. Panthenol supports the regeneration process of the skin cells. Vitamin E neutralizes free-radicals caused by environmental contaminants and UV radiation, which cause premature ageing. It reduces fine lines and protects the cellular elasticity against other age-related changes in the skin.
What I think:  This is a great anti-aging cream for those with sensitive skin.  Unfortunately, many anti-aging products irritate my skin.  This does not.  And it keeps my skin smooth, hydrated and has helped reduce some of my fine lines (I don’t have deep lines yet.  Probably because I use so much anti-aging products, LOL)!
Sebamed Q10 Lifting Eye Cream
Sebamed Q10 Lifting Eye Cream ($29.95 USD) — Averaging 32% reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 28 days. Co-enzyme Q10 production in the skin decreases noticeably from the age of 30. Replenishing this essential catalyst activates cells’ natural energy metabolism for more youthful skin function. Naturally protects the elasticity of the very delicate skin of the eye area.

Phytopeptides combined with mucopolysaccharides provide intensive moisture. The valuable, natural lipid resources of shea butter, avocado and almond oils smooth the skin. Natural bisabolol soothes irritation in this highly sensitive area. The physiological pH value of 5.5 safeguards the natural barrier function of the skin.

What I think:  This eye cream is extremely moisturizing and soothing on the delicate eye skin.  I think this is a good one for women of all ages.

This and the other Sebamed products are available on www.sebamedusa.com.

Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask

Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask ($65 USD) — The Instant Revitalizing Mask is the ideal coach for the skin: it delivers the nutrients necessary for hydration and regeneration while teaching it to breathe, stock up on energy and optimize its oxygen resources in rarefied conditions. The benefits are:

  • Optimize oxygen resources for a lasting youthful glow
  • Stimulates energy production
  • Controls oxidation reactions
  • Smoother skin

Apply twice a week on cleansed dry skin. Let mask activate and dissolve after several minutes, rinse face and follow with Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum and Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture.

What I think:  I love this mask!  It is really fun to use as the product appears in three states on your skin.  first you apply it as a light-colored cream, then it foams up and finally dissolves and is clear on the face.  You then wash it off and skin is smooth and clear!  Fab!

Purchase at www.radicalskincare.com.

mybody Youth Overnight

Youth Overnight Anti-Aging Night Repair Cream ($110 USD) — replenishes dehydrated, dry and mature skin with essential hydrators and nourishing moisturizers.  The benefits are:

• Helps firm, tighten and increase skin thickness

• Skin appears lifted and firmer with fewer lines and wrinkles

• mySBP-189 helps reset the body’s skin-renewal process, while safflower oil helps maintain elasticity in the skin

What I think:  Anti-aging powerhouse here!  Smooth on this gentle cream at night and wake up to smooth, glowing skin!  This really softens my skin each night.  My main problem with my combination, aging skin is that it always looks dull, so I need to exfoliate often and moisturize every day.  This gives me clear and glowy skin every day.  Love it!

mybody Youthifeye

mybody Youthifye Anti-Aging Eye Treatment ($95 USD) — All-in-one protective, soothing and anti-aging eye treatment that reduces dark circles and under-eye puffiness.  Benefits are:

• Instantly lifts and revitalizes the look of tired eyes

• Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

• myR2X, an innovative retinol complex provides faster results with less irritation, reduces melanin and stimulates collagen production

What I think:  I swear this eye cream has reduced my dark eye circles!  I don’t look as sleepy as I used to (and I am still sleepy)!  It is a thick, but not greasy cream that is quickly absorbed into the skin around the eye.  So soothing and hydrating!

Learn more at www.lovemybody.com

Enjoy!

*Disclaimer — I was sent these products free for testing and my honest opinion!*

New Skin Care by Radical Skincare and Algenist

As the weather starts to get cooler, I find myself really wanting to take care of my skin and get it ready for the cold winter.  The following products have been brightening my skin and making it looks smooth and gorgeous!

Algenist Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel

Algenist Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel ($75 USD) — Leveraging the science of biotechnology, this advanced microdermabrasion peel resurfaces the skin with a 10% acid duo (patent-pending Alguronic Acid + Glycolic Acid) in a potent combination with a 10% fruit enzyme complex and micro polishing crystals to immediately transform skin texture & tone.

Micro polishing crystals mechanically lift off larger skin-dulling cells and buff rough skin to reveal a new radiant skin surface. The acid duo and fruit enzyme complex work deep into the epidermis to lift away dull skin cells and to reveal skin that appears regenerated, smoother and more even.

What I think:  This is a very effective exfoliant, but it is a little harsh for my sensitive skin.  I find that if I leave it on for just a couple of minutes, my skin does not get too irritated, but it does get a little red.  It does really remove the dead cells and leave my skin so soft! www.algenist.com, www.qvc.com, www.sephora.com.

Radical Skincare Youth Infusion Serum

Radical Skincare Youth Infusion Serum ($170.00 USD) — This all-in-one youth serum is particularly recommended for thirsty and hungry skin. Potent ingredients proven to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin supercharge this anti-aging formula.

  • Plant Based stem cells extend the life and protect youthful skin
  • Boost skin hydration with maximum levels of Hyaluronic Acid
  • Reduce wrinkles up to 57% and reduce sagging skin by 19%

Clinically Proven High Performance Active Ingredients include:
Sodium Hyaluronate, Malus Domestica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Uniprosyn, Algae Extract (Pullulan)

What I think — I smooth the serum gently onto face and neck using slow, upward strokes in the morning and evening. I love the light texture and how easily it absorbs into my skin.  It brightens my skin immediately!

Radical Skincare Eye Revive Creme

Radical Skincare Eye Revive Creme ($125 USD) — The unstoppable eye cream that works like 4 products in one treatment for the most sensitive and age- challenged eye area.

  • Decrease discoloration and dark circles up to 19%
  • Decrease wrinkle depth by 50% in 4 weeks
  • Instantly hydrate, detoxify and repair the sensitive skin to reduce puffiness

Clinically Proven High Performance Active Ingredients include:
Green Coffee, Hylasome, Mala’kite, Gatuline

What I think: I gently pat this on my eyes day and night.  It smoothes out the under-eye area and really hydrates it.  This is so important in the fall and winter when my skin gets so dry.  Available at www.radicalskincare.com.

Enjoy!

 

Summer Skin Savers!

Skin can get too oily, blotchy from the sun or dry from sunburn during summer. So I really try to take care of my skin this time each year.  Here are some amazing skin care ideas to help with your skin troubles.

BABOR CLEANSING HY-ÖL and Phytoactive Combination for Oily Skin Conditions

We’ve heard that certain things don’t mix, with oil and water being at the top of that list. In the first step toward beautiful skin, BABOR Cosmetics has a tried and true method that mixes the two perfectly. The brand successfully combines the natural cleansing power of oil and water to create a unique signature bi-phase system that ensures a mild but thorough deep-cleansing experience.

HY-ÖL ($32 USD), the brands signature product first introduced in 1955, is a gentle plant-based hydrophilic (water loving) cleansing oil formulated with pure herbal ingredients and free from preservatives. Suitable for all skin types, this cleansing oil base contains vitamin E to help trap free radicals while bisabolol calms the skin. This multi-purpose product can be used as an eye makeup remover and is meant to be paired with a Phytoactive (a water-soluble cleanser) such as the one designed for combination skin.

Phytoactive Combination ($28 USD) is the second-phase of the BABOR CLEANSING experience formulated to regulate and normalize oily and combination skin. When applied with the HY-ÖL, this herbal extract works to refine pores, regulate sebum production and calm irritation. Elderberry and witch hazel calm and soothe skin while sage and guaiazulene inhibit bacteria and inflammation.

PHASE 1: Massage three pumps of HY-ÖL onto the skin.

PHASE 2: Immediately apply two pumps of Phytoactive Combination on top and massage the two cleansers together. Add water, massage and rinse off. A wash cloth may be used, if desired.

What I think:  I for one love a good cleansing oil.  Some people can be afraid of using oil on the face, but it is great for all skin types (even oily).  I love this system.  I follow the steps above, and after a few weeks of use I find that instantly, my face is clean and refreshed without being too dry. The HY-ÖL is also wonderful by itself as an eye makeup remover! Available at www.babor.com and select spas nationwide.

Radical Skincare’s Age Defying Exfoliating Pads

Radical Skincare ‘s Age Defying Exfoliating Pads ($95 USD). Summer heat often has extreme effects on the skin, either causing dry flaky patches or nasty oily pores. Radical Skincare founders Liz and Rachel Edlich have created the Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads designed to help you remove that run-down top layer of skin, exposing soft beautiful skin. The Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads also combat summers’ effects on aging skin resulting in improved skin firmess and texture. Exclusively sold at Barneys, Radical Skincare ‘s Age Defying Exfoliating Pads are an extreme answer to and extreme problem.

What I think: This is a gentle, but effective exfoliator.  I use one each night and it makes my skin glow without any irritation!  This is for the person who doesn’t want a harsh exfoliator, but needs one that works!  After a couple of weeks using this, my skin looks clearer and my enlarged pores look smaller! Visit www.radicalskincare.com to learn more!

Kate Somerville CytoCell P299 Oil Free Anti-Wrinkle Serum

Kate Somerville CytoCell P299 Oil Free Anti-Wrinkle Serum ($95 USD) — This concentrated treatment serum utilizes P299™, a scientifically advanced stem technology Polypeptide, to diminish the look of wrinkles and help fight the signs of aging by activating the natural renewal process that strengthens skin. Additional anti-aging ingredients—including Hyaluronic Acid and Marine Algae Extracts—not only even out the appearance, but also restore essential hydration. The result is a healthy-looking, radiant complexion that is unbelievably smooth.

  • P299™ is a scientifically proven active ingredient that helps stimulate the production of healthy skin
  • A blend of three advanced Peptides is designed to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • An advanced Moisturizing Complex maintains optimal hydration levels and helps restore the skin’s natural capacity to retain moisture.
  • Oil-free formula is ideal for all skin types.

Results from an Independent Clinical Study include:

  • In just 2 weeks, 77% of women showed improved skin elasticity and firmness
  • In just 4 weeks, 91% of women showed a significant increase in moisture
  • In just 4 weeks, 77% women said their skin’s overall appearance was improved and healthier-looking
  • In just 4 weeks, CytoCell is proven to refine skin texture, improving the smoothness and luminosity of the skin

What I think: This is an extremely moisturizing serum, but is not heavy at all. I have been using it every night for a few weeks and really have seen a difference in my skin! The dry parts of my skin are more moisturized and my skin looks clearer and brighter.  I also think it has been helping with my fine lines on my forehead.  You can purchase it at www.katesomerville.com.

ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate From Avon

Avon ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate ($45 USD) — ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate,with patentedYouthGen™ Technologyis a skincare breakthrough serum that helps you look up to 10 years younger.* Genics Treatment Concentrate can be used with any skincare regimen.

Avon is the first with patentedYouthGen™ Technology– designed to stimulate the Youth Gene to help skin cells act younger.** Anew Genics Treatment Concentrate is also designed with carrot and soy extract to help stimulate a youth protein.

ANEW Genics Treatment Concentrate is formulated with 2X the YouthGen™ Technology of Genics Treatment Cream and provides the following dramatic results:

INSTANTLY:

• Skin looks and feels firmer*

• Boosts skin’s moisture by up to 165%

• Expressions lines appear softer*

IN 2 WEEKS:

• Plumps the look of wrinkles*

• Dramatically reduces the appearance of discolorations*

IN 8 WEEKS:

• Look up to 10 years younger

*Based on a consumer perception study of women 45-59. **Based on in vitro testing.

What I think:  This has been my morning serum for that past couple of weeks because it is very light and soaks right in.  I love the instant brightness my skin receives when I use this.  My skin has been looking plumper and smoother lately, too.  I also love the price of this amazing serum.  I highly recommend it!

To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visitwww.avon.com.

Enjoy!