Skincare To Prepare Your Face For Cooler Weather Ahead!

As the weather gets cooler, I add more steps to my skincare routine to keep my skin hydrated and to fight wrinkles!

The products below cleanse, hydrate and treat dull fall and winter skin:

Pure Marula Facial Oil
Pure Marula Facial Oil

Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil ($58 for 1 oz and $78 1.69 oz USD) — Light and hydrating, Pure Marula Facial Oil absorbs quickly into the skin without a greasy after-feel providing immediate and long lasting hydration and improved skin elasticity. Pure Marula facial Oil by Marula Pure Beauty Products is the only doctor endorsed, scientifically validated facial oil, with 60% more antioxidants than the leading Argan Oil.

Pure Marula Oil is completely virgin, wild harvested, hand-selected, and cold pressed with no added heat or chemicals ensuring that its beneficial properties are captured in every bottle. This superior Marula facial oil leaves the skin soft and plump with increased firmness for healthy, beautiful, age-defying radiance. Pure Marula Facial Oil is suitable for all skin types.

What I think: This light oil is so hydrating, but not greasy at all.  I love using it as an evening treatment

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Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare is an anti-aging miracle!  I was sent the following products to review:

COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash ($32.95 USD) — Complete Clarity Facial Cleaning Wash is a luxurious foaming gel cleanser that is gentle on skin but gives strong cleansing action. This cleanser is designed to leave your skin feeling clean but not dry by balancing skin moisture. Removes residual make-up.

CLOSE UP Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment ($79.95 USD) — Get camera ready in a flash! An instant treatment that tightens the look of skin while firming and smoothing the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. Use around eyes, mouth and on forehead to erase years from your appearance.

REFOCUS Under Eye Treatment($79.95 USD) –A potent anti-aging serum infused with the Bio Copper Complex.  Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate eye area while it firms, smoothes texture and tones the skin. Improves skin elasticity.

What I think: The foaming cleanser is fun to use and leaves skin clean and soft. The Instant Wrinkle Reducer is great to use before going out or special occasions because it instantly tightens skin and makes lines go away (temporarily).  The eye treatment works over time to firm and smooth the eye area.

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Equitance skincare was founded in Japan and claims to brighten the skin:

Brightening Foaming Cleanser ($30 USD) — The perfect start — and finish — to each day, the luxurious facial foaming cleanser effortlessly washes away makeup and environmental-pollution residue. Purifies and softens the skin without stripping away essential natural emollients and oils.

Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36 ($30 USD) — Effectively safeguards against UV rays and free radicals. The perfect primer for makeup, this sunscreen filters UV rays and environmental stressors that contribute to hyperpigmentation, photoaging and skin-harm. Enhanced with brightening and moisturizing ingredients, the fast-drying formula primes the skin and performs flawlessly under makeup.

Hydrating Brightening Cream ($70 USD) — The ultra-light, yet luxuriously rich cream works as a moisture lock to keep skin soft and supple. This empowered formula not only contains the patented blend of brightening ingredients with sustained delivery system, but also provides needed nutrition and hydration. Balancing and regulating skin’s performance all day, it wards off the effects of drying environmental stressors, for a vital, radiant glow.

What I think:  This is another luxe foaming cleanser that easily removes makeup and dirt gently.  The sunscreen needs to be shaken before use.  It applies like a liquid, but dries down and is not greasy at all.  The brightening cream gives an instant glow, but also brightens the skin over time.

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Have you tried any of this amazing skincare?  Leave a comment and let me know what you think!


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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PRAI Beauty – Natural and Luxurious Skincare Products

I was recently sent wonderful products from PRAI Beauty for my honest review. Their claim is that they challenge the norm and redefine beauty, offering luxurious, yet accessible products for all women. With a team gathered from the industry’s top companies, you will find expertise behind every product. All PRAI products are proudly made in the USA. They are Leaping Bunny certified – their products are NEVER tested on animals! They believe in Real Women, Real Aging & Real Results!

That is an amazing claim, and I was really excited to try these products:


PRAI Beauty Pure Collagen Spray
PRAI Beauty Pure Collagen Spray

PRAI Beauty Pure Collagen Spray ($40 USD) — This novel collagen treatment has been designed to help reduce the visible signs of aging.   Ideal for all skin types. Imparts replenishing, rejuvenating and revitalizing benefits to the skin. Features:

  • Plant Collagen*, an amino acid complex derived from plant protein of Rice embryo, Soybeans, Carrots, Quinoa and Red Ginseng, provides multiple anti-aging benefits
  • Apple Stem Cells help rejuvenate and protect the skin’s stem cells to help delay the visible signs of aging
  • Natural Moisturizing Factors of Glycerin, Sodium PCA and Lecithin help support the skin’s moisture balance

What I think:  I have been using this spray after cleanser and before serums.  It feels so refreshing on, and really softens my skin.  It is an easy extra step in my skincare to keep my skin youthful.

PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS H2O Clean & Clear Cleanser
PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS H2O Clean & Clear Cleanser

PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS H2O Clean & Clear Cleanser ($17.95 USD) — The ultimate in skin cleansing – this little gem will leave you with fresh, clarified, brighter skin! Features:

  • Rose Water is an emollient that controls sebum
  • Aloe Vera is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and irritant soother
  • Glycerin enhances skin’s lipid barrier, creating a moisture reserve
  • Daisy Flower Extract helps soften and eliminate age spots, as it brightens skin
  • Precious PRAI Oil imparts smoothness and suppleness to the skin

What I think: I love the scent of this cleanser!  It is softly floral.  I apply it to a cotton pad and it removes all of my makeup.  Plus, it leaves my skin clean and smooth.

PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS Oxygen Infusion Treatment
PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS Oxygen Infusion Treatment

PRAI Beauty PRAISSENTIALS Oxygen Infusion Treatment ($29.99 USD) — Revives parched, dry skin, transforming skins texture, tone, clarity and radiance. Features:

  • Vitamin B5 enhances the skins moisture levels and elasticity
  • Aloe Vera is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and irritant soother
  • Glycerin enhances skin’s lipid barrier, creating a moisture reserve
  • Grapeseed Oil brighten and diminish discoloration and age spots
  • Vitamin C helps protect skin from free radicals that contribute to premature signs of aging
  • Vitamin E reverses and protects skin from photo-aging, strengthens skins resistance to
  • Green Tea Extract is an antioxidant and anti-irritant
  • Precious PRAI Oil imparts smoothness and suppleness to the skin

What I think:  This is a really fun product, I am a fan of oxygen treatments! I smooth this on and it instantly bubbles.  I then rinse it off and my skin is so smooth and soft!  The instructions say that you can just wipe it off, but it leaves a soapy residue, so I wash it off.

PRAI Beauty AGELESS CHIN UP Sculpt Serum
PRAI Beauty AGELESS CHIN UP Sculpt Serum

PRAI Beauty AGELESS CHIN UP Sculpt Serum ($34.95 USD) — This unmatched serum is truly a face lift in a bottle – with tightening and sculpting technology that targets and corrects visible sagging and drooping under the chin, along the jawline and on the sides of the cheeks. Features:

  • Antioxidants diminishes fine lines and wrinkles for smoother, younger skin
  • Retinol aids in the skin’s renewal by igniting cell turnover
  • Uplevity™ peptide counteracts the force of gravity
  • Precious PRAI Oil imparts smoothness and suppleness to the skin

What I think:  I have been using this serum on my chin, jawline and neck.  I really think it helps firm, as I have seen a change in my jawline!  Love it and will keep using it!

I am really loving this brand!  I think it’s really affordable for the quality ingredients in these products.  I am looking forward in trying more from this brand.

Have you tried PRAI Beauty? Leave a comment and let me know.


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!


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 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.


  • 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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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