Brand Review — Kiko Milano Skincare

Have you been taking care of your skin this fall?  I sometimes don’t do as much as I should, even though I have everything I need!  As the days get darker earlier, I get so lazy at night!

It is so important to take care of skin as the weather gets colder, and I was lucky to be sent the following Kiko Milano products for my honest review!

Have you heard about Kiko Milano?  Here is brand info from their website:

Founded in 1997, KIKO MILANO is an Italian professional cosmetics brand that has revolutionized the rules of cosmetics and won over the most demanding beauty addicts with over 600 points of sale in 8 countries in Europe (Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland) with its presence in 34 nations (thanks to its online service delivery) and now with its new opening in U.S.

KIKO MILANO is constantly committed to a single objective: to allow all women to treat themselves to the most innovative cosmetics without having to sacrifice their budget. Quality is no longer synonymous with high prices.  Below are my affordable beauties:

Kiko Milano Pure Clean Scrub&Peel
Kiko Milano Pure Clean Scrub&Peel

Kiko Milano Pure Clean Scrub&Peel ($9 USD) –A package of 20 wet wipes that both exfoliate and refresh the face. The textured side ensures the skin is exfoliated evenly and with the required intensity. The soft side leaves the skin feeling delightfully cool.

The formula contains alpha hydroxy acids that work for making skin free from dead cells and panthenol with its softening properties. The practical resealable pack can be taken everywhere and is ideal for traveling. Delicately scented with notes of magnolia, peach and sandalwood. Ideal for all skin types.

What I think:  These have a lovely fresh scent!  I use the soft side to remove makeup, then gently use the (very) exfoliating side.  They leave my skin soft and smooth!

Kiko Milano Bright Lift Serum
Kiko Milano Bright Lift Serum

Kiko Milano Bright Lift Serum ($30 USD) –Highly luminous lifting effect serum. Brightens the complexion, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and minimizes signs of fatigue. Specific ingredients protect the skin from oxidative stress and give it a healthy glow.

The formula also contains marine collagen and ActiGlow, a revolutionary cosmetic advancement that enhances the skin’s beauty. The silky texture is slightly iridescent and easily absorbed. The skin appears hydrated, radiant and enveloped in a delicate scent of camellia and rose. The practical dispenser releases just the right amount of product.

What I think:  This is a very sheer serum that sinks into the skin quickly.  It leaves my skin luminous and smooth.  Great for night and day, does work well under moisturizer. I especially like it for the day, to give a glow and lift!


Kiko Milano Hydra Pro Matte Mattifying Mosturizing Fluid
Kiko Milano Hydra Pro Matte Mattifying Mosturizing Fluid

Kiko Milano Hydra Pro Matte Mattifying Mosturizing Fluid ($29 USD) — Mattifying mosturizing fluid. The long-lasting moisturizing fluid leaves the skin with a matte finish that lasts all day while perfecting make-up performance. Specific ingredients protect the skin from oxidative stress and give it a healthy glow.

The matte effect is the result of a special biotechnological complex in the formula that helps to reduce excess sebum, or oil, and minimizes shine. The formula also contains hyaluronic acid and Actiglow, a revolutionary cosmetic advancement that enhances the skin’s beauty.

The lightweight texture is quickly absorbed and feels wonderful. The skin has an even look and a matte finish. Hydra Pro Matte mosturizing fluid comes in a sleek bottle with a handy dispenser that releases just the right amount of product. Delicately scented with musk and rose.

What I think: This has a light floral scent.  It is a very sheer fluid that sinks right into the skin.  It leaves skin soft, but matte.  Perfect for oily or shiny skin.  I would use this in warm weather, when my skin gets shiny.

Kiko Milano Skin Trainer CC Blur
Kiko Milano Skin Trainer CC Blur

Kiko Milano Skin Trainer CC Blur($24 USD) — Optical corrector for perfect skin with a smooth, even complexion. Combines a CC cream’s skin tone correcting properties with a blur’s ability to minimize skin imperfections.

In addition, special ingredients in Skin Trainer CC Blur capture the light which is then reflected on the face for a radiant glow.

The velvety texture is lightly coloured. Available in four shades to meet the needs of all skin tones; 01 Light, 02 Medium, 03 Neutral, 04 Dark

What I think: This sheer CC corrector gives light color, but really smooths out pores and wrinkles.   The skin is left with a light glow, too! I received it in a dark shade, and I have light skin, but I would definitely try this in my shade!

Have you tried Kiko Milano skin care or makeup?  Let me know which products are your favorites!


Prep Your Skin For Fall With Powerhouse Skin Care Part 2

Continuing on with my fall skin preparation, I have more amazing skin care to share with you!

There are so many amazing and different beauty products out there!  Skin care can have so many steps these days, because you can add more and more.  I would just stick to a few basics — cleanser, serum, moisturizer (w/SPF for day), night cream and eye cream.  Then you can add a toner or essence, difference serums, peels, masks, neck products etc, if you’d like!

Below are some great choices of innovative skincare:

H2O+ Beauty Elements On the Move Cleansing Stick ($28 USD) — Infused with a touch of Pearl extract, this solid face cleansing stick glides directly across your face and foams up without you ever having to use your fingers. This innovative format means no more suitcase spills, messy applications, or getting stopped by TSA.

H2O+ Beauty Infinity+ Refining Essence  ($44 USD) — This refreshing essence conquers dullness, dryness, and pesky pores. In a single swipe, it removes dull skin, reduces the appearance of pores, and hydrates skin. Features Red Algae extract and Camellia Japonica Oil it will quickly become a staple of your morning routine

H2O+ Beauty Waterbright Illuminating Serum ($56 USD) — Rich in Vitamin C, this serum is clinically proven to improve 7 different (amazing) aspects of skin tone*. Let us count the ways: Reduce the intensity of dark spots, Enhance radiance, Improve clarity, Even skin tone, Increase brightness, Enhance texture and Improve complexion health.

What I think:  I love the cleansing stick, its so easy to use.  I wet my face at night, rub the stick all over my face and then rinse off.  Clean and soft! Plus, it’s portable.

The refining essence is a great product for on the go.  It cleans and hydrates in one step and can be used morning and/or night either under a serum or moisturizer or on it’s own.  It leaves skin glowing and soft!  Add the illuminating serum over it, and skin is very smooth and glowy.

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Mineral Fusion Makeup Removing Oil Cleanser ($18.99 USD) — This gentle cleanser soothes as it cleanses leaving skin calm and comforted. Nutrient–replenishing Mineral Water and softening Argan Oil restore moisture for softer, supple skin and a more even complexion.

Mineral Fusion SPF 40 Moisturizer ($24.99 USD) — This ultimate age-defense cream provides broad spectrum mineral SPF to help prevent pre-mature sign of aging. Instantly protects skin from sunburn. Easily layer underneath foundation and primers for a healthy dose of SPF protection.

Mineral Fusion Color Correcting Primer ($28.99 USD) — Naturally camouflaging mineral pigments help conceal unwanted redness and hyperpigmentation revealing even, flawless-looking skin. This soothing formula fills in lines, evens tone, and smoothes texture creating a balanced canvas for makeup application.

What I think:  Oil cleansers are such a gentle way to remove makeup and clean the skin. Argan oil is one of my favorite things, and I love that this leaves my skin soft, but not greasy. The SPF moisturizer is so light, but protects fiercely!  Great under makeup.

The primer works well for those with lots of redness or dark spots.  It helps correct the flaws and primes skin for foundation.

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Prai Beauty AGELESS Throat Microdermabrasion Skin Resurfacer ($25.95 USD) — This lightweight, easy-to-use formula exfoliates skin – transforming dry, sagging skin to a dewy, firm complexion. It’s the ultimate way to re-texturize and resurface your skin without visiting a derm!

Prai Beauty AGELESS Throat & Decolletage Crème ($34.95 USD 1.7 fl. oz) — This weightless créme developed specifically for the throat and décolletage helps to promote cell firmness and resiliency, while absorbing with minimal blending to avoid skin stretching. The number one selling formula is comprised of Sepilift DPHP™ to restore elasticity and support skin’s collagen. Shea butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Squalene and Glycerin keep skin supple and visibly reduce and correct the signs of aging.

Prai Beauty AGELESS Eye D-Crease ($32.95 USD) — This peptide enriched creme enhances the gentle skin around the eye area by smoothing and decreasing fine lines and crow’s feet. Fragrance and irritation free.

What I think:  Two areas that I think really show one’s age are the eyes and the neck and throat. The microdermabrasion for the throat is a really unique product.  It really smoothed my throat and left it so soft.  Following up with the throat cream firms the skin and really makes it look younger!

I use the eye cream all around my eye to help with lines and texture. It is very hydrating without being greasy.

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Brand Review — derma e Natural Skincare

Derma E

I was sent a wonderful package of derma e natural and organic skincare for my honest review.

Most of their products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.  I love trying new natural, but effective skincare.  And I am loving this line.

Some of my favorites items that I received are:

Purifying Gel Cleanser ($15.50 USD) — Lather away sweat, oil and toxin buildup for a clean, refreshed, glowing complexion with this refreshing detox cleanser. Doctor developed and clinically tested, this fragrance-free, sulfate-free and pH balanced formula contains some of the most powerful minerals and natural toxin fighters from the earth and from the sea. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested).   I think it’s perfect for the summer.  My skin gets oilier as the weather turns warmer and I need a good cleanser to really clean it without drying it out. I find this formula refreshes my skin and leaves it glowing!

Microdermabrasion Scrub ($32.50 USD) — Immediately improve the appearance of your skin using this gentle yet effective multi-award-winning Microdermabrasion Scrub. This salon-perfect formula uses an exclusive crystal blend including Dead Sea Salt and Volcanic Sand (rich in Silica) to buff away dull surface cells, help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars, and absorb excess skin oils. I love that this is gentle on my sensitive skin.  After use, my skin is soft and smooth and not irritated at all.  This is good to use a couple of times a week to keep skin clear and smooth.

Overnight Peel ($18.75 USD) — Reveal dramatically fresher, newer skin overnight with this skin-brightening blend of glycolic sugar cane and fruit acids. It contains 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) for safe, effective removal of dead surface skin cells. With every use, skin tone becomes more radiant, pigmentation is evened and age spots are visibly diminished.  This is probably my favorite derma e product, and it is so affordable for what it does.  I either apply it on clean skin or over any serum at night and in the morning my skin is fresh, even-toned and my pores appear smaller!  Amazing!  I use it every other night and it is non-irritating.

Purifying Youth Serum ($29.50 USD) — Shield skin against environmental and age damage, and revitalize a dull appearance with this concentrated, mineral-rich treatment formula.(exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals).  Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested), this formula protects and revives skin for a healthy, glowing, more youthful looking complexion.  This light, cream serum sinks right into my skin. It gives a nice glow. I use it twice a day before moisturizer.

Firming DMAE Eye Lift ($24.95 USD) — Visibly lift, firm and tighten the delicate eye area while smoothing crow’s feet with this doctor-developed, multi-action eye treatment crème that contains advanced, clinically proven natural ingredients. A surge of cooling eye moisture helping leave skin soft, smooth, tone and rehydrated. With continued use, this pro-collagen and pro-elastin blend leaves the delicate eye area firmer, smoother and younger-looking.

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Have you tried derma e before?  Leave a comment and let me know!


My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 19-25, 2015

It’s finally cooling down in Kansas City!  Yay!  I’m excited about the cooler weather so that I can wear new sweaters and boots.  I was also getting tired of the heat.  Cooler weather feels festive, too, which I love this time of year!

This week I am featuring two brands that I am loving — Yes to skincare and Makeup Academy Cosmetics. I am sharing my Yes to favorites and new Makeup Academy products:

Yes to is one of my go-to skin care brands.  I like to mix and match the different lines as they are always introducing inventive products!  The three below are my current favorites:

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil ($4.99 USD) — This lip oil provides long lasting nourishment, softness, and fits just about anywhere (talk about a triple threat!). This new lip oil will quench dry lips with decadent oils, that also cool while it moisturizes. Formulated with a plethora of oils: Virgin Coconut, Olive, and cooling Eucalyptus, your lips will be intensely moisturized and soft. Throw in an added hint of natural shine, and you will be ready for coconut kisses (under the sun!)

Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes – 25ct ($5.99 USD) –These Cleansing Facial Wipes are formulated with Blueberries and Coconut to gently cleanse, remove makeup, and moisturize skin all in one. With Lemon Peel and Apple to help brighten skin, these are a great addition to our Age Refresh collection. They leave your skin feeling clean, youthful, and glowy!

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Clearing Facial Toner ($9.99 USD) — Prepare to be “toned” away! Our first-ever toner sweeps away excess dirt and refines skin with witch hazel, our all-time favorite natural astringent (’cause it keeps pores nice and tight!). It also penetrates pores to eliminate acne with salicylic acid and nourishes with a proprietary blend of tomato, blackberry, and watermelon extracts. That’s right, it has all the “swipe” moves!

What I think:  The lip oil is awesome!  It is refreshing and moisturizing at the same time!  The wipes are my all-time favorite!  They are cleansing and hydrating.  And the toner is new.  I like to use it when I have the occasional break out, or when my skin is very oily.

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Makeup Academy
Makeup Academy

MUA Makeup Academy has released fun new products for fall.  Here are the products in the photo from left to right:

  • Complete Brow Kit ($14.50)Expertly defines, grooms and set brows for all-day wear. Comes with two universal brow shades, clear brow wax and gel, and a double-ended brow brush.
  • Amp-Up Adjustable Mascara ($10.50) Unique, adjustable mascara with a four way adjustable brush head and a buildable, volumizing formula.
  • Dual Ended Cat Eye Liner ($11.50) Dual-ended eye liner with a flexible, precise felt tip on one end, and soft crayon tip on the other.
  • Eyeshadow Palettes in Nude, Metallic, and Smoky ($16.50)Artist inspired collections of 10 intensely pigmented shades that work beautifully together.
  • Intense Gel Color Eye Liner ($9.50)Long-wearing, waterproof liner glides on with creamy precision. Available in six shades: Aubergine, Chocolate Brown, Emerald, Gunmetal Metallic, Midnight Black, and Sapphire.
  • No Crease Eyeshadow Base ($13.50) – Preps eyelids to enhance staying power of eyeshadow and eyeliner, offering sheer and long-lasting coverage.  
  • Color Drenched Lip Butters ($9.50) – Velvety lip butters nourish lips while providing opaque, creamy coverage. Available in 10 shades: Bare, Brick, Cashmere, Honey, Mulberry, Nude, Plum, Red, Rose, and Spice.
  • Retractable BB/CC Cream Brush ($19.50) – Travel-friendly version of the original MUA Pro BB/CC Cream Brush.
  • Brush Cleansing Balm ($11.50) – Made with gentle goat milk, this balm dissolves makeup and impurities from brushes and makeup sponges.

What I think:  I have been testing the mascara, gel eye liners and lip butters.  The Mascara is really fun to use and you can adjust it to the look that you want.  The gel eye liners glide across my lid and gives great color.  The tubes that the lip butter come in are very elegant, but the lip butter itself is a bit drying on my lips.  They give a good butter payoff, though.

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Introducing Yuni, The First Yoga-Inspired Beauty Brand

Founded by beauty  industry veteran and Ashtanga Yoga teacher Emmanuel Rey and co-founder Suzanne Dawson, YUNI is a natural beauty brand designed to enhance the Yoga practice. What I love about it is that the products are unique and are perfect for people with a busy lifestyle, who want to create relaxing beauty moments.

from around the globe.  More concentrated formulas allow for smaller  bottles,  and  thus  less packaging waste  and  less energy  for transportation. YUNI has introduced the first thirteen products in July 2015. All YUNI products are  plant-based,  non-toxic, biodegradable and  compostable and  contain 100%  all-natural aromas.

I was sent the following products for my honest review.

No-Rinse  Body Cleansing Foam ($19 for 5 oz.) Innovative, convenient and  fast acting mousse to refresh and purify skin with neem and aloe vera, without the need for water.

Instant Shower Sheets($12 for 20 wipes)  Large  sheets infused with neem leaf extract and peppermint leaf essential oil immediately cleanse and deodorize for a clean, fresh feeling on the go.

I love both of these for after the gym, an outdoor adventure like camping or one hot days that you need a refresher.  The shower sheets are my favorite because they have a mild scent and are cooling.  The foam is a bit sticky at first, but does dry down nicely.

Active Calm Face Serum ($29 2 oz.) Age-defying moisture concentrate with organic buriti oil, echinacea and  fair trade green tea extract restores suppleness, erases tension lines, actives, firms and sculpts the skin.

All Purpose Body Balm ($25 2 oz.) Nourishing  shea butter and  organic kukui seed oil-based balm  to deeply nourish super-dry heels,  knees, elbows and dry spots.

Muscle Recovery Gel ($15 3 oz. ) Roller ball applicator eases post-workout soreness and inflammation with fair trade green tea extract and arnica while peppermint provides an intense cooling sensation

I’m really enjoying the face serum.  It firms my skin and gives a youthful glow.  I have been using the body balm on my elbows and heels and it keeps them very soft.  The recovery gel soothes and is so cool on my sore back.  Love!

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Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of October 27 – November 2, 2014

Can you believe that Halloween is over and it’s November?  Plus, Daylight Savings Time?  This year has flown by!

I have received so many fantastic products to test that it’s hard to keep up with all of them!  This week, I am loving fabulous skincare, hair care, makeup and a fabulous natural SPF brand.  What are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst
NIA24 Treatment Catalyst

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst ($71 USD) — A nourishing face oil that fortifies skin and acts as a performance-enhancing catalyst to accelerate the results of other skincare products. 5% Pro-Niacin® along with essential vitamins and fatty acids fortify the skin barrier and improve the health and condition of the skin. This product delivers an immediate dose of moisture and radiance while accelerating the performance of any skincare regimen. Use in the morning and at night. Apply 2-3 drops directly to cleansed skin or mix with your preferred serum or moisturizer.

What I think:  This is a really easy way to add some amazing skincare ingredients to your beauty regimen.  This non-greasy face oil can be used after cleanser on it’s own or mixed with a favorite serum or moisturizer.  I mix it with my serum and I like how soft and moisturized my skin is after use.  I also like that my skin is basically receiving vital nutrients and vitamins in just a few drops!

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StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment
StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment

StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment ($69 USD) — This two-step wrinkle-smoothing system helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Anti-Wrinkle Precision Patches are designed to release the ingredients at an optimal rate while providing a soothing, cooling treatment. Left on the face for a 15-minute period, these hydra gel patches help to address laugh lines, frown lines, brow lines, lip lines and crow’s feet. The second step is the Anti-Wrinkle Smoothing Balm, a daily wrinkle smoothing treatment with the NIA-114™ technology and Hyaluronic Acid to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and deliver an instant boost of moisture to the skin.

What I think:  This is a fun product to use!  The gel patches instantly de-puff my eyes and cool the area.  The balm is so moisturizing as well.  I really see a difference is the skin around my eyes, too.  It is smoother.  LOVE!

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Carol’s Daughter’s Marula Curl Therapy Collection
Carol’s Daughter’s Marula Curl Therapy Collection

The Marula Curl Therapy Collection is formulated to deeply rejuvenate each curl so they are trained to always be what you want them to be: soft, shiny and beautifully free. The products are:

·         Marula Gentle Cream Cleanser ($18.00): Manage your curls by pampering them with this rich, gentle cream cleanser.

·         Marula Oil Softening Serum ($18.00): With the star ingredient of Marula Oil, curls will transform into glossy, spiral curls making it easy to soothe and shine on instant.

·         Marula Softening Hair Mask ($24.00): Rejuvenate your hair with this Marula Oil based mask, this rehydrates every strand and gives the extra moisture you need.

·         Marula Diffusing & Styling Lotion ($20.00): Conditioning Marula Oil and moisture-enhancing Almond Oil leave hair hydrated, healthy, and super shiny.

What I think:  My hair isn’t the right texture for these products, it is wavy not curly.  But I have been testing the oil and I love how it moisturizes my hair.  I just need to use a few drops and my waves are smooth and silky.

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Merle Norma
Merle Norman

Merle Norman Cosmetics was founded in Los Angeles in 1931, and is a longstanding leading brand of premium skincare, foundations and color cosmetic products. Its founder, Merle Nethercutt Norman, was one of the first women in cosmetics and a true innovator. In addition to creating breakthrough products, she empowered other women to begin their own business selling her cosmetic products. Today, Merle Norman Studios are located throughout the United States, Canada and in seven countries internationally. Today, Merle Norman’s vision carries on. The Merle Norman line includes hundreds of tried-and-true products, addressing the full spectrum of skin care and color needs for all women.

Merle Norman Hero Products Include:

  • Liquid Lipcolor ($15): This innovative lip product is stunning from application to finish. The ultra-plush applicator deposits just the right amount of smooth, stay-true color onto lips. Its unique whipped texture makes the product easy to apply and a multi-hydration technology system of DL Plum Oil French, which comes only from plums grown in the South-West of France, Argan Oil and Meadowestolide makes it very comfortable to wear. It also includes a lip-plumping ingredient that helps lips appear smoother (without the usual tingling feel).
  • Pro Pen Eyeliner ($14): This easy-to-use liquid liner pen makes lining your eyes as simple as signing your name. Its slim felt-tipped applicator acts like a fine-point marker, while its ergonomic grip lets you control the effect. The harder you press, the bolder the line it creates — so easy! Best yet, its long-wearing formula won’t smudge or budge for up to 14 hours! Water-resistant and ophthalmologist tested.
  • CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($28): A multi-benefit product that’s formulated to combine the powers of a skin care product and a sun protector with the complexion evening benefits of a light coverage foundation all in one product! The lightweight formula imparts a light amount of coverage to even out skin tone, but can be easily layered for buildable coverage as desired. The blendable formula also pairs easily with foundation primers, concealers, foundations and powders so you can achieve the exact look you want.

What I think:  These are all gorgeous products.  My favorite is the CC Cream. It is a medium coverage foundation and applies very smoothly.  I have noticed while trying a lot of BB and CC creams that they can have an orange cast to them and are almost balm-like, but this one is light and easy to blend.  The color is great, too!

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Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask ($85 USD) — Healthier, younger skin – while you sleep with the power of copper peptide technology.  The breakthrough formula features intense levels of hyaluronic acid (20%) to promote deep hydration, while easing stress and dryness. Fine lines and wrinkles are plumped and filled and skin is lifted and tightened to reveal perfect facial contours.

What I think:  I apply this mask like a night cream.  But when I wake up in the morning, my skin is so smooth and soft!  I use it a couple of times a week and like the results I see.  My skin seems smoother and the texture seems more even.  Since it’s been colder lately, I have been getting dry patches on my forehead.  These go away after using this mask,

Available at select Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Soft Surroundings store locations, as well as independent boutiques and spas or at

COOLA Suncare
COOLA Suncare

Formulated with ingredients like plankton, red algae, and red raspberry seed oil, COOLA’s reformulated Classic line of sunscreens also incorporates a patented plant-derived ingredient that is both certified organic and eco-certified and enables the brand to cut their active levels by 80%!  That’s just another way that COOLA is leading the charge to create the healthiest sunscreens on the market.

What I think:  I love The Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish to protect my face without leaving it oily and the Sort SPF 50 Fresh Mango moisturizer for the body to keep my skin soft and smelling great!  All of the COOLA products I have tried are such luxurious, natural SPF skincare and I love using them!

COOLA Suncare is available at ULTA Beauty, and, as well as the finest Resorts, Spas and Specialty Boutiques.

Seeing Wrinkles? Try La Roche-Posay’s Redermic [C] Eyes

La Roche-Posay Redermic [C] Eyes
La Roche-Posay Redermic [C] Eyes
I was recently chosen as La Roche-Posay’s Blogger of the Month For September.  How exciting!

La Roche-Posay asked me to chose an item to review and I chose Redermic [C] Eyes ($44.99).  As a lady in my forties, taking care of my eye area is so important.  Not only are the eyes the windows to your soul, they give people a peek into your age!

The claim for Redermic [C] Eyes is that it plumps, fills* and visibly reduces crow’s feet wrinkles. Suitable for sensitive skin.  The benefits are:

  • With 0.1% fragmented hyaluronic acid to visibly plump skin
  • Non-greasy, velvety texture
  • Use as a daily moisturizer to treat crow’s feet wrinkles and improve firmness
  • Immediate blurring effect on uneven skin tone
  • Suitable for sensitive skin

What I think:  This is a really special eye cream.  Right after applying around my eye area, the skin look smoother, glowing and much younger.  I pat it in under my eye, around the side and under the brow bone. As I have been using it for a few weeks, I really do notice an improvement of the texture of my skin.  No crows feet, yay!

I highly recommend this eye cream and the La Roche-Posay brand!  Check out their Facebook page and their website


Skincare To Help You Glow Into Fall!

Good skincare is not only essential for a women in her forties (me), but for women of all ages.  I make sure I take care of my skin morning and night.

Below are some luxe products that really help with wrinkles, uneven skin tone plus they make skin glow.  These are great to help your skin get into shape for the upcoming change in season!

Beverly Hills MD Venox Anti-Aging Serum
Beverly Hills MD Venox Anti-Aging Serum

Beverly Hills MD Venox Anti-Aging Serum ($149.99 USD) — This powerful anti-aging formula helps to dramatically reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines, while promoting collagen production and cell turnover for smoother, younger-looking skin.

  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces facial muscle cell contractions to target deep expression lines
  • Boosts collagen levels to increase skin elasticity
  • Gives skin a tighter, firmer look
  • Deeply hydrates skin

What I think: I have been using this serum at night for a couple of weeks and have noticed that my skin looks smoother and more even-toned.  My fine lines have noticeably diminished.  I’m going to keep using it and hope to see even more results!

Available at  And as a special deal for you, my awesome readers, enjoy a discount off of regularly priced Venox Anti Aging Serum for 30% off with the coupon code 40FLIRTY at checkout. It will expire on September 8, 2014.

Patchology Energizing Eye Patches
Patchology Energizing Eye Patches

Patchology Energizing Eye Patches ($75 USD) —

Like a ‘re-charging station’ for your eyes, patchology Energizing Eye Patches will refresh and soothe tired looking eyes in just 20 minutes to reveal smoother, healthier looking skin. With regular use they will also help diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Kit Includes 12 Eye Treatments.

What I think: these eye patches are so easy and fun to use! You apply the Activating Gel to the patches, apply under my eyes and leave on 20 minutes.  My skin is smoother and refreshed.  And I can use the patches up to 4 times each!

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MitoQ ($119 USD) — MitoQ® is a scientific breakthrough in anti-aging facial skincare, containing an antioxidant 1000 times more potent than CoQ (a co-enzyme, functional molecule present in every cell in the body).  It is the only topical cream proven to deliver ubiquinone (a molecule that keeps cells active and healthy) to mitochondria at levels shown to have an immense effect in rejuvenating the cells, encouraging the natural production of collagen and elastin and leaving skin looking radiant with a lit-from-within glow.

What I think: If you are looking for a potent anti-aging product, this is perfect.  It’s consistency is like a light cream.  I like to use it as my serum and cream in the morning, which is wonderful in this hot weather.  I have been using it for about a month and my skin is very glowy and not as red as it use to be.  Loving my younger looking skin!

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Korres Wild Rose Face & Eye Serum
Korres Wild Rose Face & Eye Serum

Korres Wild Rose Face & Eye Serum ($45 USD) — Brighten skin, smooth fine lines, and even the skin texture with this potent natural serum.  Ultra-concentrated vitamin C found in wild rose helps to repair skin discolorations while boosting skin’s brightness and radiance.  Baobab tree extract, in combination with a wheat proteins agent, provides an instant firming and line-smoothing effect and has been clinically proven to considerably reduce the number, depth, and length of wrinkles.

What I think:  This light serum feels so good (and smells fantastic), when I apply it.  I can tell that it instantly firms my skin and leaves me glowing.  I think it is fairly affordable for the great results you get! Love this natural line of skincare products!

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Racinne Youth Power Neck Emulsion
Racinne Youth Power Neck Emulsion

Racinne Youth Power Neck Emulsion ($48 UD) — This restructuring moisture cream revitalizes the sagging dehydrated skin to repair and prevent the visible signs of aging. It tones and brightens the vulnerable skin on decollete and neck. A blend of Racinne’s exclusive formula SH-DP-9, sodium hyaluronic, adenosine and Korean ginseng stem cells repair deep fine lines and wrinkles, while Shea Butter works to hydrate and nourish the skin.

What I think:  Being in my forties, I can really see a change in my neck skin.  So it’s time to try a great cream!  This one really moisturizes, but it is a bit heavy.  I think it will be wonderful for the colder months.  Now, I apply it very lightly in upward strokes and am seeing a difference on the lines and wrinkles on my neck.

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So, what new skincare are you trying for fall?




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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.


What Mom REALLY Wants — SeabuckWonders Mother’s Day Giveaway!

SeabuckWonders Skin Care
SeabuckWonders Skin Care

What DOES Mom really want for Mother’s Day? Something pure – something personal – something pampering. She wants SeabuckWonders. Give her serenity, health and beauty in a bottle with SeabuckWonders’ personal care product line. These natural, non-GMO, cruelty-free, organic products are packed with a high concentration of sea buckthorn oil for maximum results. That means healthier, softer and more beautiful skin for Mom and for all those who add these products to their daily routine.

Kick it up a notch by adding in some of SeabuckWonders’ supplements like Sea Buckthorn Berry and Seed Oils or Omega-7 Complete. Among others, the respected Dr. Mehemet Oz of “The Dr. Oz Show” has been praising sea buckthorn oils and liquid supplements for their profound balancing, soothing and rejuvenating properties. This cherished “super fruit” is rich in antioxidants, essential amino acids, vitamin E, rare Omega 7 and 190 other bioactive nutrients. You can find all of SeabuckWonders’ amazing products at Make Mom happy this Mother’s Day. She deserves it!

You can win the set of 4 SeabuckWonder’s Skin Care products by leaving a comment on my blog.  U.S. residents only please.  Let me know why you would like to try these fab products!  I will choose the winner on Sunday May 11th…Mother’s Day! Good Luck!

There’s also a Facebook promotion with a chance for you to win even MORE great prizes! Click on to enter.

SeabuckWonders, a division of Balanceuticals Group, Inc., is a company with 20 years of experience producing the highest quality Sea Buckthorn Oils known in the world. Since introducing its products to the United States back in 1994, the company, under the direction of Xingwu Liu, the renowned Cultural Anthropology professor, has maintained its excellence by using only pure Himalayan, wild-grown, handpicked Sea Buckthorn. Please visit for more information and a list of locations where the products can be purchased.