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.

Purchase and learn more at http://www.dermae.com

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

 

Get Your Skin Ready For Summer!

I love today’s skincare!  Innovative new products are always one-upping the last one and I have to admit, the winner is my skin!  I am getting in the upper 40’s and my skin is still smooth and fairly firm, and I don’t have wrinkles (yet).

Below are my current favorite skin care going into summer.  They include a nourishing essence, restoring eye gel patches, an SPF moisturizer that brightens my skin and a deep, skin-plumping moisturizer.

Lancome Énergie de Vie Pearly Lotion
Lancome Énergie de Vie Pearly Lotion

Lancôme Énergie de Vie Pearly Lotion ($56 6.7 fl. oz,   USD) — Pearly Lotion represents the refreshing step that revives skin in the morning. This surprising lotion is composed of a myriad of translucent and evanescent pearls of multiple sizes. On the skin, the nourishing feel of an oil is paired with the intense freshness of a water, for a splash of energy. Énergie de Vie captures a combination of two plant extracts – Lemon Balm and Goji Berry.

What I think: I have been using this in the morning after cleansing.  It smells and feels so refreshing on! It instantly sinks into my skin and moisturizes.  Some days, I use it instead of my morning serum.  This is especially nice in the summer when it is hot and I want to use less products.

Available exclusively at Sephora starting in July 2016.

 

Masque Bar Hydro Gel Eye Dark Spot Eye Patches
Masque Bar Hydro Gel Eye Dark Spot Eye Patches

Masque Bar Hydro Gel Eye Dark Spot Eye Patches ($29.99 for 30 pairs) — The beautifully gold toned masques come in 30 pairs, and are perfect to use daily for one transformational month or as needed to de-puff under-eyes and ease fine lines and dark circles. The lightweight serum infuses key ingredients into the delicate eye area without irradiation for under-eye skin that looks youthfully dewy and revitalized!

–          Gold: promotes anti-inflammatory and light-reflecting properties

–          Adenosine: effectively works to firm and smooth

–          Snail Extract: boosts and strengthens collagen with moisturizing powerhouses, hyaluronic acid and peptides

What I think: It is so important to treat under the eyes, because they can really show the age! These little gold patched are and instant refresher.  You can use all thirty pairs in one month or space them out.  I use them when I need to look like I’ve got more sleep than I have!  They smooth and brighten instantly.

Available for $29.99, at Ricky’s NYC stores and Rickysnyc.com beginning this month, May 2016.

NEOCUTIS JOURNÉE Bio-Restorative Day Cream
NEOCUTIS JOURNÉE Bio-Restorative Day Cream

NEOCUTIS JOURNÉE Bio-Restorative Day Cream ($140 USD) — This includes SPF 30.  JOURNÉE is the only day cream that combines PSP technology with anti-oxidants and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to offer a complete one step, daily treatment that revitalizes, protects and hydrates skin. JOURNÉE is suitable for all skin types including sensitive and stressed skin and leaves skin radiant and luminous!

What I think: I’m always excited to try moisturizers with SPF that work with sensitive skin.  My skin is so easily irritated, especially by sunscreen.  This is very hydrating without turning my face red and bumpy!  My skin is smooth and moisturized after use, and I can easily apply my makeup.  Winning!

Available at http://www.neocutis.com

MD Complete’s Radiance Renewing Deep Moisturizer
MD Complete’s Radiance Renewing Deep Moisturizer

MD Complete’s Radiance Renewing Deep Moisturizer ($39.99 1.7 fl. oz.) — Luxurious moisturizer that instantly & deeply hydrates. Brightens skin tone for a more radiant complexion. Plumps skin for smoother, more supple complexion. Nourishes and repairs skin, improving its ability to absorb active ingredients.

What I think:  This is a fabulous night cream.  It is so creamy, but not greasy at all, it sinks right into my skin.  I apply it after my serum at night and my skin is glowing in the morning!  My skin texture is also better with use, it is smoother.

Available at www.MDCompleteSkincare.com

What’s your favorite skincare for summer?  Leave a comment and let me know, I would love to hear from you!

My Beauty Favorites — Week of February 29-March 6, 2016

Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone had a great week.  It was warm in Kansas City today and I loved it!

This week I am loving effective skincare.  Now that I’m out of the cold air, I feel my skin is looking and feeling better.  And, the products below are definitely helping!

I was sent these fab products by KORRES, Clarity Rx and Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare for my honest review:

KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial
KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48 USD) — A breakthrough in beauty sleep. The weightless soufflé melts into skin and works overnight for brighter, petal-soft skin by morning. Day after day, week after week, uneven tone and dark spots will continuously improve. After only 14 days you’ll see skin that’s brighter, more even-toned, and exceptionally radiant.

What I think: This is such a fluffy cream!  I apply it over my serum at night and it sinks right into my skin.  Many night treatments are so heavy, but this one is light, but does really moisturize.  In the morning, my skin is so soft.  I am going to continue to use and hope to see lightening of dark spots.

Available at http://www.korresusa.com

Clarity Rx Daily Dose of Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum
Clarity Rx Daily Dose of Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum

Clarity RX Daily Dose of Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum ($66 USD) — This hydrator serum, made with a water-soluble formula, erases dull and dry skin, leaving you with a supple complexion. Apply a thin layer to skin in the morning and night, and allow to dry.

Benefits

  • Prevents dehydration of the skin
  • Boosts moisture levels in the skin using hyaluronic acid
  • Suitable For Dry to Normal Skin Types

What I think:  I have been using this day and night under my moisturizers.  It is fragrance free and has a gel consistency.  It sinks right into my skin, giving me a smooth surface for my moisturizer and makeup.  It evens out my skin tone and brightens my skin.  It also leaves my skin very soft!

Purchase at www.clarityclinicalskincare.com

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 ($69 USD) — is formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance.

What I think: I always either use a moisturizer with SPF daily or a sunscreen.  I love this product because it is a multi-tasker.  It also really hydrates my skin without being heavy.  I have tried this before and I’ve noticed that my skin tone is smoother and firmer with continuous use.

Available at Kohl’s stores and http://www.kohls.com

What skincare do you love?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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!