My Beauty Favorites — Week of December 7-13, 2015

I love the holiday season, I do.  But it wreaks havoc on my skin!  Colder air, eating poorly and stress make my skin dull and splotchy.  That’s why good skin care is so important now, not just in the new year.

My faves this week are all amazing skincare products.  They include a hydrating essence, an overnight skin rejuvenator, nourishing apple skin care and a moisturizing pumpkin mask:

Boscia Cool Blue Hydration Essence
Boscia Cool Blue Hydration Essence

Boscia Cool Blue Hydration Essence ($48 USD) — Formulated for all skin types, this essence is known for its extremely high concentration of nourishing ingredients. It contains less than one percent of water, making it a potent hydrating essence that delivers immediate skin brightness and calming moisture for tired, winter skin.

This is very refreshing and sinks right into the skin.  It brightens and calms sensitive skin.

Purchase at http://www.sephora.com

Obagi Hydrate Luxe
Obagi Hydrate Luxe

Obagi Hydrate Luxe ($72 USD) — While you snooze, your skin works to improve its texture, radiance and overall appearance. Obagi Hydrate Luxe is designed to complement the skin’s natural nightly functions. This ultra-rich facial cream deeply hydrates to keep skin looking soft and supple. With continued use, this moisturizer also helps improve the appearance of fine lines, skin texture, firmness, skin radiance and overall hydration. Sweet dreams!

This is such a rich overnight treatment.  It is so hydrating and in the morning skin is soft and smooth!

Available at http://www.obagi.com

Juice Beauty Green Apple Nutrient Eye Cream
Juice Beauty Green Apple Nutrient Eye Cream

Juice Beauty Green Apple Nutrient Eye Cream  (29.24 USD) — This age-defying eye treatment will help firm and prevent wrinkles with a potent blend of Peptides, DMAE, Co Q10 and Green Tea. Vitamin rich to hydrate and moisturize for optimum age-defying results.

This is a very hydrating eye cream and I love using it morning and night.  It smooths the eye are and keeps it soft and bright.

Available at FragranceNet.com

Eminence Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque
Eminence Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque

Eminence Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque ($52.99 USD) — This fall favorite is rich in zinc, which supports collagen synthesis and may also help prevent acne.  Packed with Vitamins A and C, it is an excellent nourishing ingredient that helps to protect and renew cells when applied topically.  This organic pumpkin hydration masque will help replenish dry, dehydrated skin.

A mask that smells amazing, it hydrates skin and leaves it very soft!

Available at FragranceNet.com

LovelySkin.com Thanksgiveaway — Enter To Win NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex Today!

 NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex

NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex

Want to win some amazing skincare? LovelySkin.com is celebrating their loyal customers with their third annual Thanksgiveaway online sweepstakes.

From November 2 to November 22, LovelySkin is giving away free skin care products from some of their best top-shelf brands. Each day, they select 10 winners to receive one of these fantastic products, valued up to $150.

But that’s not all! On November 22, they will give away a grand prize package containing one of every product they have given away, worth over $1,500.

Every time you enter for a daily prize, your name is placed into a drawing for the ultimate grand prize package.

How to Enter

1. Visit LovelySkin.com/Thanksgiveaway

2. Enter your information and register.

3. Visit the LovelySkin Facebook Page or LovelySkin Blog the following day to find out who won the previous day’s prizes.

4. You will need to register for each day’s prize. Remember, every time you enter for a daily prize counts as an entry for the grand prize. The more daily prizes you enter, the better chance you have to win the grand prize.

Today, the item is the NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex (on sale for $88.50, $118 value) — Neck Sculpting Complex is supplied as a white to nearly white, ultra-rich, nourishing cream which quickly penetrates the epidermal layers to dramatically lift, firm, and tighten the neck and jawline. It restores skin to a more youthful contour as it improves the profile for a more sculpted look. Strengthens the barrier function of the stratum corneum and improves the skin’s ability to produce natural collagen and retain moisture necessary for epidermal equilibrium.

What I think:  I received a sample of this for my honest review.  It’s amazing!  it instantly smooths my skin and hydrates very well.  Over time, I have noticed that my neck looks firmer, which is important as I grow older.  I use it day and night, which is best to see results.

Here is the link for the Thanksgiveaway page: www.LovelySkin.com/Thanksgiveaway.  Good luck!

 

New Skincare: Get Your Skin Ready For The Cold November Air!

The cooler weather ahead means drier skin.  And I have begun to feel those effects.  My face, especially, is getting drier and is crying out for hydration!

Below are new products that I have been sent for my honest review.  I have incorporated them into my skincare routine to bring much-needed moisture:

 

Mineral Fusion Skin-Balancing Facial Moisturizer
Mineral Fusion Skin-Balancing Facial Moisturizer

Mineral Fusion Skin-Balancing Facial Moisturizer ($22.99 USD) — Lightweight Rosehip Oil and nutrient-replenishing Mineral Water provide ideal hydration for normal skin types. Natural antioxidants, revitalizing iron, and our wrinkle fighting, clinically tested, collagen-boosting peptide help firm and restore skin for a more youthful appearance. Provides perfectly balanced hydration for softer, smoother skin that’s ideal for flawless makeup application. Gluten Free, 100% Vegan, Paraben Free, Cruelty Free, Artificial Color Free, Phthalate Free and Hypo-allergenic.

What I think: I love this as my day cream. It sinks right into my skin, smoothing it out and getting it ready for my makeup.  I also like that it tones down my redness, which is something that has happened as I age. I also love the natural ingredients.  It is nice to know that the products that I am using on my face are safe.

Available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, as well as other fine health food stores and MineralFusion.com

Kalologie Envison Eye Cream
Kalologie Envison Eye Cream

Kalologie Envison Eye Cream ($90 USD) — Envision addresses the full range of eye area concerns. Haloxyl dissipates dark circles, while caffeine treats puffiness. Peptides, antioxidants and hydrators and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, preserving the delicate eye area.

What I think: I have been using this eye cream for about a week now, day and night.  I am enjoying how it instantly hydrates the eye area.  That of course makes the fine lines less noticeable.  My dark circles do look a little less obvious, but I will keep using it longer hoping to see even more changes.

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

Key West Aloe Optimal Results
Key West Aloe Optimal Results

Key West Aloe Optimal Results ($48 USD) — Restore moisture and improve skin texture with our super-hydrating formula Optimal Results, an intensive fine line cream made with 60% Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Hyaluronic Acid.

  • Diminishes Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Restores Depleted Hydration and Moisture
  • Improves Skin Texture

What I think: I have been using this as my night cream.  It is soothing as well as hydrating, thanks to the aloe vera.  It does not leave my skin greasy, which is a plus!  The scent is a bit medicinal, but that is fine for a night cream. In the morning, my skin is moisturized and very smooth!

Available at http://www.keywestaloe.com

Burt’s Bees Mint Cocoa Moisturizing Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees Mint Cocoa Moisturizing Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Mint Cocoa Moisturizing Lip Balm ($3.30 USD) — Nothing warms the heart like a steaming mug of hot cocoa. That’s why our lips fell in love with the rich cocoa flavor and kiss of mint that this moisturizing lip balm serves up. For a limited time only!

• Hydrates and moisturizes dry lips, leaving them soft and smooth
• 100% natural
• Softens with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter
• A delicious touch of Cocoa Fruit Powder

What I think: I like to have multiple Burt’s Bees lip balms around at all times, they are one of my favorites!  I have been keeping the Mint Cocoa one at my desk to keep my lips hydrated while I work and blog. It is really yummy, it tastes like fresh mint and rich chocolate.  Plus, it keeps my lips soft and hydrated.  And, it is extremely affordable!
Learn more and purchase at http://www.burtsbees.com
Have you been changing up your skincare lately?  Let me know what you have been using, I might test it out!

 

My Beauty Faves Week of January 19-24, 2015

 

This week, I’m all about taking care of my skin and hair.  It seems like during the winter, my skin and hair needs extra help.

Here are the products I have been trying and loving this week!

Orico London’s skincare contains natural and organic ingredients to help fight aging. The Superico Vitamin Rich Face Oil ($50 USD) instantly moisturizes dry and thirsty skin with all-natural plant oils. It’s never greasy formula is perfect for all skin types and key ingredients like Tamanu and Rosehip Oil help to restore skin’s natural moisture balance while healing itchy, dry winter skin.

Dream Dew Night Perfecting Cream ($56 USD) is the perfect way to end your day and make sure your skin gets the beauty sleep it needs, especially after a night out. This overnight natural treatment works its magic during the most relaxing, undisturbed hours of your day. The formula includes a clinically-proven Hexapeptide bioactive that helps increase collagen production while Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrates for a dewy, luminous complexion by morning.

Hi Rise Rejuvenating Eye Elixir ($37 USD) energizes and moisturizes the eye area reducing puffiness, sagging and dark circles. After a late night, this pure, firming and organic eye serum is gentle on delicate skin around the eyes. Rhodiola Rosea (or the Golden Root, found in cold regions of the world like Serbia) and Moringa Extract work together to prevent the foundation of wrinkles and smooth crow’s feet, too.

What I think: The Superico Face Oil helps my chapped winter skin by hydrating without being greasy.  I apply a little bit on my face at night before the Night Perfecting Cream.  The combo does not irritate my sensitive skin and my skin is glowing in the morning!  I use the eye cream day and night to plump the skin under my eye and leave it smooth.

You can purchase these fab products at http://www.oricolondon.com.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 PRIME For Face ($135 USD) — A new addition to our Blue Copper 5 line of powerful anti-agers targets signs of hormonal aging in skin 40 and over. After 40, significant changes and imbalances in the body’s hormone production can rapidly accelerate signs of aging, especially in the skin. The skin becomes thinner, dryer, and more susceptible to sun damage, all of which can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen and elastin begin to break down resulting in sagging facial contours and loss of firmness and elasticity. Blue Copper 5 Prime targets all of these issues with 4 new exclusive, patented technologies for maximum anti-aging benefits and unprecedented results. This luxurious, silky cream can be used AM and/or PM to keep your skin healthy, radiant and ageless.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 PRIME Sleep Tight Mask ($85 USD) — Now you can turn back time while you sleep! This super charged, anti-aging mask works overnight for maximum benefits and absorption while your skin is at rest. Intensive levels of (20%) hyaluronic acid promote deep hydration, easing stress and dryness, while filling and plumping fine lines and wrinkles. Upon application, you’ll also notice a lifting and tightening effect. Four proprietary technologies keep your skin super soft, moist and supple while visibly lifting and tightening facial contours. Sleep tight and awaken to smooth, firm, ageless skin, with a healthy, radiant glow.

What I think: I have been using the Face cream in the morning before my sunscreen.  I love the texture, it is creamy without being greasy.  It also gives my face a glow.  I have only been using it for a short time, but I hope it helps with sagging skin (that’s my main anti-aging issue at the moment.)  The mask is a cool idea.  It feels nice when applied and my skin is super soft the next morning.

Available at http://www.osmotics.com

Aviva Hydra Crème Shampoo
Aviva Hydra Crème Shampoo

Aviva Hydra Crème Shampoo  ($19.95 USD), is one of the two new shampoos I have been testing.  Suitable for all hair types and safe for both colored and chemically treated hair, this gentle cleanser boosts strength and restores shine. Packed with 11 botanical extracts, our formula eliminates all buildup without stripping your hair of the moisture it needs, leaving your locks nourished and your scalp soothed.

What I think: This is so super hydrating and smells fantastic!  I noticed that it does remove buildup and leaves my hair clean without stripping my color or the moisture. I can actually go without conditioner with this, but I use a little when my hair is very dry.

Available at http://www.avivahair.com

SebaMed Scalp Activating Shampoo
SebaMed Scalp Activating Shampoo

SebaMed Scalp Activating Shampoo ($14.99 USA) — Helps fight hair loss by supporting natural scalp circulation, which is essential for hair growth and thicker-looking hair. NHE complex, derived from vitamin B3 combined with caffeine, promotes scalp blood flow. Gingko biloba, the natural extract of Asian gingko tree, nourishes and strengthens the hair follicles. Independent clinical testing show 90% of users report good to excellent effects on hair density and hair growth within 6 months.

What I think: I have only used this a few times. I haven’t been using it long enough to see hair growth yet, but I love the scent and the fact that my hair looks healthier when I use it.  I will continue to use it and will report back if I see any thickness or growth of my hair.

You can purchase at http://www.sebamedusa.com.

What new products have you been using this week? Leave a comment and let me know!

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 http://www.laroche-posay.us.

 

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 www.beverlyhills-md.com.  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!

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

MitoQ
MitoQ

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!

Available at MitoQ.com

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!

Available at Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com

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.

Available at racinneusa.com.

So, what new skincare are you trying for fall?

 

 

 

From The Lab Subscription Beauty Box

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Innovative brand From the Lab has already shown us they understand what makes us beauty fanatics blush. This new and unique monthly subscription service is designed to give every woman access to the future of high-end beauty products before they hits shelves.  In the first box, From the Lab brought us beauty from the future in the form of primers packed with anti-aging properties, color correcting capabilities and pore minimizing assets. Cutting-edge ingredients like Peruvian Rhatany Root Extract provides anti-aging and skin-conditioning benefits while Para Cress Flower Extract stimulates collagen production and increases the skin’s natural lifting capacities to deliver visible results in just 30 days!

For a limited time, From the Lab is offering a special charter membership for the low price of $19.95!  While they can’t tell you what’s coming up next, they can promise between 1-3 completely revolutionary products in each box that can’t be found anywhere else for up to 18 months!

Price: $19.95 (+S&H) per month for a charter membership. Once fully launched the price goes up to $29.95 (+S&H) per month.

These are full-size, 30-day supplies of 1-3 beauty products each month (project value $40-200). Memberships are limited. From the Lab offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

To request and inviatation to join, visit FromtheLab.com and click on the Get Invited Button on the upper right hand corner.

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I received the June box to review courtesy of From the Lab from my honest review.  The two products that I received in the box were Face Primer No. 327 and Eye Lift Primer No. 328.  I have to say, I love both primers and use them every day (and I have a lot of makeup and skin care to choose from each day)!

Face Primer No. 327 — The claim is that it glides on to your skin, creating a smooth, even canvas that keeps your makeup looking fresh for up to 24 hours. Its advanced formula enhances adherence while it calms and repairs the appearance of your skin by giving you multiple skincare benefits in a single primer including anti-aging, color correction and pore minimizing.

What I think:  When I first pumped this out, I was very surprised.  It is white and thin, like a sunscreen.  It is unscented.  When I apply it onto my face after moisturizing it instantly smooths and evens the color on my face.  It’s pretty amazing. The finish is really natural, not too matte or too glowy.  LOVE this!  Sometimes I put it on and nothing else before a little powder and blush.

Eyelift Primer No. 328 — The claim is that it nourishes the delicate skin of your eyelid while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its weightless, pure velvet cream texture diffuses light to provide an optical smoothing effect, while its innovative, extremely long-wearing formula prevents creasing and keeps your eye shadow vibrant for up to 12 hours.

What I think:  I have been known to put this on, a little liner and mascara and go out the door.  It is so pretty!  It has a sheer beige color that evens out the eyelid’s tone and is pretty by itself if you want a neutral eye!  And shadows last longer when the primer is applied first!

So visit FromtheLab.com and check it out.  It is an inexpensive way to try quality skincare and makeup products!

Enjoy!