Help Your Skin Glow This Fall With Products by Hada Labo Tokyo, Taut, Amarte and Intraceuticals

When the weather gets colder, it is so important to really take care of the skin before it becomes dry and dull.

There aer so many different types of products that you can use to help the skin glow. I have been sent the products below to review for my honest opinion.  These products run the gamut from cleansers, moisturizers, eye gels, masks and even a collagen drink.

Use one or combine them for perfect, glowing skin!

Intraceuticals Opulence Brightening Cleanser
Intraceuticals Opulence Brightening Cleanser

Intraceuticals Opulence Brightening Cleanser ($49 1.69 fl. oz. USD) A gently foaming cleanser to thoroughly cleanse, lift away impurities and leave skin soft, clean and bright.

What I think:  This cleanser is very gentle on the skin.  Lots of cleansers leave my sensitive skin red, but this does not.  It also doesn’t dry my skin out after use.

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Amarte Wonder Cream
Amarte Wonder Cream

Amarte Wonder Cream ($79  2.7 fl. oz) — A refined skin treatment used to restore and nourish precious, delicate skin. Retinol and nutrient-rich, the advanced Korean formula therapeutically and gently diminishes freckles and sunspots, reduces lines and wrinkles and lovingly exfoliates for a supple, translucent complexion. Formulated with unique ingredients like caviar extract, pearl powder, and mushroom emollient, Wonder Cream revitalizes the skin with minerals and protects against external factors such as UV rays, irritation, and environmental toxins.

What I think: I like to use this moisturizer at night after a serum.  It is a great overnight treatment.  It can also be used in the day time before SPF.  This is very gentle on the skin and really makes skin look bright.

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Hada Lado Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion SPF 18
Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion SPF 18

Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion SPF 18 ($17.99 USD 1.7 fl. oz) —
Combines broad spectrum sunscreen with Super Hyaluronic Acid™ to replenish moisture and protect skin against the harmful effects of sun exposure. Helps strengthen skin’s resistance to signs of premature aging. Gentle formula leaves skin feeling comfortable, smooth and protected.

What I think:  This is an excellent day moisturizer.  It has sunscreen built in, eliminating a step in your skin care routine.  Asian skincare is hot right now, and this one is very affordable!

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Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Contour Eye Gel
Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Contour Eye Gel

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Contour Eye Gel ($125 USD) An ultra concentrated gel hydrator with double the concentration of hyaluronic acid, specifically formulated for the delicate eye area. Ultimate hydration and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.

What I think: I usually use eye creams, so this gel is a nice change of pace.  It instantly cools and hydrates my eye area. After use for a few days, I noticed that the skin under my eyes looked smoother and a lot less puffy.  I am hoping with use over time, it will help with my dark circles.

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Taut Collagen Mask
Taut Collagen Mask

Taut Collagen Mask ($50 for 5 masks) — LAC Taut Collagen Mask is a luxurious, high-intensity facial mask that helps revitalize skin.  Achieving a smooth, moist and radiant complexion has never been easier.

Manufactured in Japan, this mask is specifically formulated to target sagging, dehydrated and dull-looking skin. With a unique blend of hydrolyzed collagen, squalene, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, this intensive mask penetrates deeply into the skin to tone, hydrate and brighten the complexion.

What I think: This is a very hydrating mask.  I put it on a day that I wasn’t wearing makeup and it left my skin soft, but a little sticky at first. It took about an hour for the serum on the mask to really sink in.  I suggest use at night.

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Taut Premium Collagen Replenishment Formula ($110 for 8 bottles) –Unique and powerful liquid collagen beauty formula from Japan to improve skin elasticity, firmness and hydration.  Each 1.7 fl oz contains the highest concentration – 13 grams – RDS* (Rapid Delivery System) premium Type(I) hydrolyzed marine collagen infused with anti-aging ingredients to restore your skin’s natural radiance and help reduce the signs of aging.

What I think:  I have recently taken my first bottle of this.  I took it at night and have been directed to take one a night for 8 nights.  The taste is a pleasant orange flavor.  If I do see results from this in a few weeks, I will report back.  This is also supposed to help with health and growth of hair and nails!

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d.j.v beautenizer Volume Lash

d.j.v beautenizer Volume Lash

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I love reviewing new mascaras. My favorites are ones that lengthen, volumize and do not smudge. A tall order? Perhaps, but I think I found a mascara that provides all three. 

It is d.j.v. beautenizer Volume Lash mascara ($24.00). This mascara, available in Pure Black, claims that it volumizes, conditions and smudge-proofs each and every lash. Volume Lash’s versatile volume sculpting brush is designed to hold plenty of its new, 3D film-coating formula to cover and condition all your lashes with nourishing oils. This quick dry formula prevents lashes from clumping while giving you an all day smudge-free look. Of course, when you’re ready to remove Volume Lash at the end of the day, all you need is warm water. It’s fuss-free.

I love that this mascara does volumize plus lengthen. It also doesn’t smear, but flakes a bit at the end of the day. Removal is a bit tough, you need lots of water to get it all off. Makeup wipes do not work on it. But, if you want a dramatic look, this product delivers!

This is available exclusively in Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenney and Sephora Canada.

d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig LX Mascara


d.j.v. beautenizer

It’s Fall (almost)! Time to try a new mascara! Of course, I think it’s always time to try a new mascara.  But if you not only want to try a new mascara, but want to try a cool hi-tech one, try d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig LX ($, from the best selling mascara manufacturer in Japan, Imju Corporation. If you think the name is long, it does not compare to the extreme lengths this technologically advanced formula will take your lashes. Beginning August 2010, available in Pure Black, d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig LX will be sold exclusively in Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenney and Sephora Canada. 

The claim: Fiberwig LX’s unique fiber enriched film coating formula lengthens while conditioning lashes. The formula contains conditioning oils with panthenol, natural silk and botanical extracts that work to maintain healthy and resilient lashes. The crescent shaped brush conforms to each and every lash, even those hard to reach corners and the tiniest of lashes, not to mention the lower lashes. Generous amounts of fibers perfectly encapsulate lashes from root to tip, extending lashes to eyebrow reaching lengths. With Fiberwig LX’s innovative staying power you can forget about smudging and those dreaded raccoon eyes. Best of all, it removes with just warm water.   

What I think:  It’s really cool that I can see all of the fibers on the brush before I apply. This lengthens pretty well and separates each lash — no clumping! The only thing that I don’t like is that it is heavy on my lashes and weighs them down. I have to curl my lashes because they are stick straight, and this mascara kills my curl. But if you want a nice natural, separated look, this will give it to you!