Get Your Skin Ready For Fall Part 3 — Luxury Skincare

Part 3?  Yes!  I have received for my honest review and have been testing so many great skincare products this late summer and early fall!

I would classify the following products as luxury skincare.  They are perfect for when you want to splurge on your anti-aging skincare regimen and try something new!

ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub
ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub

ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub ($49 USD) Prep yourself for the cold weather ahead and repair your summer sun damage with a one-step skin savior, ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub. The fan favorite uses smooth, round beads and alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) to gently remove dead skin cells and unclog pores without causing irritation. This unique dual-exfoliation action is scientifically formulated to promote cell renewal and collagen production to improve the appearance and texture of skin, while helping to minimize wrinkles, acne and sun damage.

What I think: This exfoliator is great for all skin types, even sensitive skin.  To use, apply to face and keep on for a minute or two before you scrub and rinse.  Skin will be super smooth afterwards!

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L'Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence
L’Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence

L’Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence ($52 USD)  A fresh, sheer, first-step formula which helps to correct skin irregularities and reduce redness. Skin’s texture appears visibly refined, pores quickly feel tighter and skin looks more radiant.

What I think: I love the light texture of this serum.  It immediately smooths the skin and helps reduce my redness.  It also has a light floral scent.

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MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum
MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum

MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum ($185 USD) Need to revive your skin’s natural glow and vanish your exhausted eye wrinkles? MitoQ is a new anti-aging serum that delivers antioxidants to the mitochondria of each cell at an unmatched level of efficacy, allowing it to heal and prevent fine lines and wrinkles and correct other skin concerns like blemishes, discoloration, brown spots and scarring. Its key component is the mitoquinol molecule, a patented ingredient that is proven to be 1,000 times stronger than any other antioxidant on the market. Skin looks radiant and hydrated within one day, noticeably softer within three days and younger with less fine lines and wrinkles within 30 days.

What I think: This serum feels like more of a light moisturizer than a serum.  It quickly absorbs into the skin.  I used it for the 30 days recommended and it did make my skin softer and helped my forehead wrinkles almost disappear!

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L'Occitane Divine Lotion
L’Occitane Divine Lotion

L’Occitane Divine Lotion ($54): A super-charged toner that combines the unique anti-aging properties of everlasting immortelle flowers with the boosted effectiveness of 7 plant-derived ingredients. With its rich texture and subtle aromatic scent of fresh immortelle flowers, this softening lotion gives skin an immediate sensation of supreme comfort and leaves it feeling deliciously supple.  Use before applying Divine Extract and Divine Cream.

What I think: This beauty lotions feels so nice on the skin and smells amazing!  I love the natural ingredients and how calming this is.  Use this before serum and moisturizer.

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Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum
Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum

Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum ($346 USD) This blend of Resveratrol, Vitamin C  (Ascorbic Acid), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and the hydrating ingredient Sodium Hyaluronate, work as a magnificent formulation to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This serum will leave your skin feeling softer, looking more radiant and refreshed.

What I think: Talk about luxury!  This serum may be too spendy for most of our budgets, but if you want a real splurge, here it is!  This silky serum sinks into the skin.  I have only used it for a few days, but I am hoping for some great results!

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myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream
myBODY myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream

myBODY myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream  ($145 USD) This intensive bioactive moisturizing cream helps correct and protect a compromised skin barrier while reducing redness to visibly bring youth, vitality and radiance to excessively dry, aging and sensitive skin. myHERO Ultra Rich  Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream instantly helps to simulate collagen production, lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving your skin feeling soft and comforted.

What I think: I have been using this as a night cream for my sensitive skin.  It does reduce redness and help it feel softer.

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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!,,

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



Reviews of CEW Finalists By Fresh, M.A.C. and Neutrogena plus an Ojon Giveaway!

CEW – a nonprofit professional organization with more than 4,500 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries– has recently presented its annual Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards, the only beauty award voted on by industry experts. The Awards celebrate the most innovative products of the year, and its list of 140 finalists include some of the most popular and effective products around.  You can learn more at

I have received a few products from CEW for review and one cool hair product from Ojon to giveaway (see below).  The products are:

Fresh Seaberry Restorative Body Cream

Seaberry Restorative Body Cream ($28.50 USD) is an ultra-hydrating and nourishing treatment designed to calm and relieve irritation. The moisturizing formula is fortified with omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 and seaberry oil, a powerful antioxidant that helps to restore, protect, and soften the skin. Its creamy rich texture offers a luxurious skin-soothing experience. The ingredients in this lotion are:

– Seaberry oil, also known as seabuckthorn oil, is a powerful antioxidant rich in omegas 7 & 9 that helps to restore, protect, and soften the skin.
– Cranberry seed oil is packed with omegas 3, 6 & 9 and vitamin E to help maintain the skin’s elasticity and smoothness.
– Sal seed butter, rich in omegas 6 & 9, apricot kernel seed oil, and jojoba seed oil help to hydrate and nourish.
– Sea lavender helps to soothe and calm dry skin.

What I think: This lotion is amazing!  You only need one small squirt for both hands and arms.  It is cooling and so silky on.  This is perfect for after shaving or spending time in the sun (with sunscreen on, of course)!  It has a pretty strong herbal scent, but it’s not unpleasant. and

M.A.C. False Lashes

M.A.C. False Lashes ($19 USD) Fashionably false in look, but honestly real, this mascara’s key benefits of volume and curl are matched by a dramatic end look. The unique edge: the ultra-thickening formula in combo with the plush-’em-up action of its unique double-lush brush.

What I think: I have never tried a M.A.C. mascara and was excited to try this one.  I have mixed feelings about this mascara.  It does add length, but does not thicken unless you use a lot of coats, then it ends up clumping.  It also runs very easily, and since I have allergies, it starts running shortly after I apply it. So yay on length and boo on volume and wearability.

You can learn more and purchase at M.A.C. stores and

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion SPF 15

Neutrogena® Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion with SPF 15 ($15.99 USD) is a gentle daily moisturizer formulated for even the most sensitive skin. It’s clinically proven to instantly soothe and calm skin, visibly reducing redness and irritation. This uniquely developed formula with Chamomile and Feverfew makes skin less sensitive after just one week by strengthening skin’s moisture barrier. Skin is left smoother, more supple, and healthier looking with daily use. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen protects the skin against the sun’s damaging rays.  With an allergy tested fragrance uniquely developed for sensitive skin, skin is left feeling calmer, softer and smoother.

What I think:  My skin becomes more sensitive the older I get.  So I was happy to try this gentle daily moisturizer.  It is not greasy and really soothes my red cheeks everyday  I also love the SPF 15 that is in the product.  I have been applying moisturizer and SPF separately and this is much more convenient and way less heavy feeling.

You may purchase at a mass market retailer near you.

Ojon Color Sustain™ Gloss Finishing Hair Spray

Now For the Giveaway!!!

I am giving away a Ojon Color Sustain Gloss Finishing Hair Spray ($23.50 USD) Formulated with UVA/UVB sunscreens. This weightless finishing spray for color-treated hair not only keeps styles under control, it actually promotes hair’s natural shine and radiance. And it never leaves a heavy, sticky, color-dulling residue. Pure Ojon™ oil, nature’s hair-repairing golden elixir instantly preps hair to work with Tahitian Monoi so it can enhance softness and sheen. Hair looks rich, lustrous and vibrant. It’s the perfect summer or vacation hairspray for color-treated hair.

If you would like to win this, please leave a comment on my blog.  I will randomly choose a winner on Monday, June 4, 2012.

Good luck!  And please, only residents of the United States and Canada.


Burt’s Bees New Sensitive Skin Collection

Introducing the latest in natural skincare from Burt’s Bees® –Natural Skin Solutions: SENSITIVE. Why treat sensitive skin with anything but gentle, natural ingredients? Burt’s Bees’ new Sensitive range of products is clinically proven to gently moisturize and cleanse without causing redness or irritation—the main symptoms associated with sensitive skin. The line is distinctly formulated with Cotton Extract to soften, Rice Extract to moisturize, and Aloe to soothe skin, so your skin is left looking and feeling healthy.

The products are:

Burt’s Bees® Sensitive Facial Cleanser ($9.99 USD) —  This soap-free cream cleanser is clinically proven to moisturize sensitive skin while gently cleansing away dirt, oil and make-up without over drying or causing redness. Distinctly formulated with softening Cotton Extract to help skin replenish its outer layer and minimize the effects of potential irritants such as harsh soaps or cleansers, it also moisturizes with Rice Extract and soothes with Aloe. Naturally gentle and skin-friendly for daily use, it’s what every sensitive product should be.

What I think:  This unscented face wash is so creamy and gentle that my face feels moisturized and not dry after cleansing.  It truly does not irritate my skin.  Great for morning and night use.

Burt’s Bees® Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream ($14.99 USD) — Clinically proven to moisturize sensitive skin all day without causing redness or irritation, this nourishing day cream is formulated with softening Cotton Extract to help skin replenish its outer layer and minimize the effects of potential irritants such as harsh soaps or cleansers. All while Rice Extract moisturizes and Aloe soothes your skin. Naturally gentle for daily use, it’s what your sensitive skin has been waiting for.

What I think:  The texture of this day cream is silky and not at all greasy.  It is so moisturizing.  I only wish it had an SPF element to it, but that may irritate sensitive skin.  Great everyday cream, though!

Burt’s Bees®Sensitive Eye Cream ($14.99 USD) — Clinically proven to moisturize the delicate eye area without causing redness or irritation, this lightweight eye cream helps reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness. Formulated with softening Cotton Extract, it helps skin replenish its outer layer and minimize the effects of potential irritants such as harsh soaps or cleansers while Rice Extract moisturizes and Aloe soothes. Infused with White Genepi Extract, an ingredient known for its anti-inflammatory properties and Eyebright, which contains tannins that are thought to decrease inflammation. Best of all, it’s naturally gentle and skin-friendly, so you can use it every day. Giving your sensitive skin the daily care it deserves.

What I think:  Really lovely eye cream!  Super soothing and perfect for day and night.  I have extremely sensitive eyes, and this does not irritate at all.

Burt’s Bees®Sensitive Night Cream ($14.99 USD) — This rejuvenating night cream is clinically proven to moisturize sensitive skin overnight without causing redness or irritation. Specifically formulated with softening Cotton Extract to help skin replenish its outer layer and minimize the effects of potential irritants such as harsh soaps or cleansers, it also has Rice Extract to moisturize and Aloe to soothe. Naturally kind and gentle, you can use it daily. What could be more sensitive?

What I think:  This is thicker than the day cream, but is not greasy.  Very good for sensitive skin and is extremely hydrating.

To learn more, visit  You can purchase these products at mass market retailers.  Enjoy!