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 ($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.
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!
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.
KORRES Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Serum
KORRES Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Night Cream
KORRES Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Eye Cream
I was lucky to be sent products from KORRES Black Pine collection for my honest review. This collection is for aging skin and claims to firm and lift:
During two years of primary clinical research, KORRES Research Lab in Athens, Greece discovered that powerful black pine polyphenols maintain the elasticity of the connective tissue better than all other polyphenols studied During two years of primary clinical research, KORRES Research Lab in Athens, Greece discovered that powerful black pine polyphenols maintain the elasticity of the connective tissue better than all other polyphenols studied
Among women who tested this product:
– 100% would replace their existing firming cream with KORRES Black Pine
My three favorite products from the line are:
Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Serum ($74 USD) — With a 40% higher concentration of actives, this advanced serum penetrates quickly and deeply to deliver a powerful dose firming, contouring, and lifting benefits. Contains an efficacious blend of active ingredients, including Hexapeptide-11—the first natural polypeptide known to support natural collagen and elastin production.
Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Night Cream ($68 USD) –This luxurious cream works overnight to deliver a continuous dose of Black Pine actives while you sleep for advanced firming, contouring, and lifting action. The formula blends the highly active Black Pine extract with Hexapeptide-11, the first natural polypeptide, and a proprietary blend of unique active and patented ingredients.
Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Eye Cream ($54 USD) — This powerful eye cream immediately lifts while it firms, reduces undereye puffiness, and minimizes dark circles. Contains a proprietary blend containing eight unique active ingredients, including Black Pine polyphenols and Hexapeptide-11—the first ever natural polypeptide known to support natural collagen and elastin production.
What I think: First of all I love the soft, warms scent of these products. The serum absorbs quickly into my skin and instantly my skin seems smoother. The eye cream also instantly hydrates my skin. I love applying it all around my eye area, morning and night. Actually I use serums and eye creams both morning and night (and I am still wrinkle free)!
The night cream is probably my favorite product of the three. It also sinks right into the skin and leaves it so soft! I also use it on my neck (which could use some lifting and firming, too)! It has a wonderful texture, I am so happy that it is not a thick night cream. Some night creams are so heavy on, but not this one! I love using it every night!
I have been using these products for about a month, and my skin does seem a bit firmer. I will continue using it to see if there is even more improvement over time.
Can you believe that we are getting close to Thanksgiving? As it gets colder outside, I have to make sure that my skin is healthy. Because of that, I am focusing on skincare as my favorites this week.
This week I am loving cool dragon’s blood eye masks, amazing beauty oils, a firming serum and a reusable sponge, and a moisture cream that is perfect for oily skin!
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks ($39 for 8 sets of two) — Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask by Rodial is an innovative mask that uses the brand’s dragon blood complex to intensely hydrate and moisturize your eye area. It works as a second skin while soothing and repairing cells, and added hyaluronic acid helps plump and hydrated for a firmer, younger look. Additionally, arnica extract helps reduce the look of under-eye puffiness and dark circles for an instant, brighter-eyed appearance.
How to use: Remove each eye mask from the plastic sheet and apply directly to the under-eye area. Place the narrow side toward the nose and the wider side to the outer corner of the eye. Remove the protective fabric sheet. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and peel away. Gently massage any residue into skin.
What I think: These are so neat! You apply them under eyes, and leave them on for about 20 minutes. When removed, skin is soothed and firm. They stay on really well, so you can walk around the house and do chores if you need to! They also helped my dark cirlces.
Desert Essence Organic Coconut, Jojoba, & Coffee Oil ($16.99 USD) — NEW! This pure blend of USDA-certified Organic and Non-GMO oils enhances natural beauty while awakening the senses. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Organic Jojoba Oil penetrate deeply into skin to moisturize and tone, without leaving an oily residue. Coffee Oil, with its invigorating scent, helps keep skin smooth and firm –
Desert Essence Moringa, Jojoba, & Rose Hip Oil ($13.99 USD) — NEW! This extraordinary oil, formulated specially for face, neck and hands, helps revitalize skin with a rich combination of nutrients. Known as The Tree of Life, Moringa helps fight skin fatigue by delivering a healthy supply of fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, C, & E, and antioxidants. Considered to be one of the greatest cosmetic oils discovered, Moringa Seed Oil is blended with Jojoba Oil to help enhance skin’s texture and glow. Rose Hip Oil, rich in GLA fatty acids, adds remarkable skin-restorative properties to this powerful natural trio. –
Desert Essence Organic Coconut & Jojoba Oil ($16.99 USD) – NEW! Two ultra-moisturizing oils help bring out the natural beauty of skin and hair in this USDA-Certified Organic, Non-GMO oil blend. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil penetrates deeply into skin and hair, delivering rich moisture and a delicious, tropical scent. Organic Jojoba Oil mimics the structure of skin’s natural oils to quickly absorb and balance moisture levels.
What I think: These are so hydrating and sink right in to the skin. My favorite is the once with the coffee oil. It smells amazing! It is like rubbing coffee on my skin! The scent does fade, which is probably good, but the moisture remains on my skin all day. These are also great for the hair and the moringa oil is very good for hands and cuticles.
In anticipation of winter skin woes now would be a great time to revamp a step in your beauty routine.
· Take your beautyblender pure, wet and squeeze out water
· Apply 2 3 drops of REN’s Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot
· Before you make up, gently bounce your Beauty Shot-filled pure sponge all over your face and neck.
Often touted by makeup artists and dermotologists alike as botox in a bottle, REN’s Instant Firming Beauty Shot ($54 USD) acts as a makeup primer and anti-aging serum in one. The liquid matrix of Hyalurons (yeast-derived form of Hyluraonic Acid) supercharges the skin with firming moisture. A dramatically smother, tighter and a more youthful complexon is immediately revealed making for the perfect canvas for makeup application. But the benefits don’t stop there.
This unique formula also encourages elastin synthesis to firm and remodel the skin over time. Re-apply for a mid-day refresher by applying with beautyblender pure again over makeup.
beautyblender pure ($20 USD), the famed pink sponge’s white counterpart, was made for a product-conserving, silky application of skincare. Ideal for sensitive skin, this dye-free sponge is made of the same beautyblender material and works to evenly and impeccably apply skincare with a silk-like feel (without the dirt and oils of your fingers).
What I think: As a fan of beautyblender, I was excited to try pure. It makes skincare application so easy! I added a couple of drops of the REN Beauty shot to the sponge and applied it to my skin. It works well to get even coverage on my face. I aslo like how the Beauty shot instantly firms my skin!
Both are available at Sephora and Nordstrom stores nationwide.
Korres Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel ($34 USD) –is a pore-minimizing and mattifying moisturizer delivers immediate and lasting hydration while simultaneously balancing oily to combination complexions. The unique lightweight cream-gel texture is formulated with a blend of 15 percent pomegranate water, pomegranate extract, alpine willowherb, tannins, and polyphenols. These ingredients help reduce the appearance of pores and rejuvenate the look of skin while providing a matte finish. Hyaluronic and salicylic acids combine to offer an immediate moisture boost while conditioning skin for an overall smooth appearance.
What I think: This is such a light cream it can be used day or night. It is great for people who have oily skin, but still want to add some moisture to their skin. It smells really nice, too!
Happy Halloween! I am doing my weekly favorites post today, because tomorrow I start my holiday gift giving guides. I am very excited about all of the wonderful gift ideas I will be sharing with you!
But today, it’s about my favorite beauty products from this week. I am loving a combo nail top and base coat, an elegant soap-on-a-rope and two different, but amazing lip balms:
Lauren B. Dual Base Top Coat ($22 USD) — Lauren B. Beauty’s multi-tasking Dual Base/ Top Coat acts as both a primer and a sealant for your nails. Paint on this quick-drying formula to create a smooth foundation for your color. The results are a high-gloss, chip-resistant finish that also guards against dryness, breakage and peeling.
What I think: I have been using this as my base and top coat for a couple of weeks now. It’s amazing! My weekly manicures have been staying fresh for at least a day or two longer than usual. My nails are shiny and chip free. And the fact that one product does two jobs, it’s less stuff for me to have to use!
Senteurs D’Orient Hamman Soaps Orange Blossom ($38 USD) — Infusing the fresh Mediterranean air with soft sensuality, Orange Blossoms uplift the spirit with a clean and floral yet woodsy perfume. Selecting only the very best of what is offered by nature, all products have been carefully created with patience and determination over many years.
What I think: This smells amazing! I love the smell of orange blossoms. Plus it is very beautiful, from the packaging to the soap itself. With the attached rope, it is easy to hang on the shower and use. This would be a really fun holiday gift or stocking stuffer.
Available at usa.senteursdorient.com
Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Peach ($16.50 USD) — Repair and protect with this deeply nourishing lip treatment formulated with a luxurious blend of softening oils, butters, and waxes. Mandarin oil refreshes and soothes dry, chapped lips while rich shea butter and sunflower waxes deeply nourish for long-lasting care and comfort. Each healing stick also features vitamin E, known for its advanced antioxidant properties. This 88 to 99 percent natural formula is available in four tints and one colorless option, all of which can be worn alone or layered under a lipstick or lip gloss.
What I think: Colored lip butters are wonderful on days that I don’t want to be fussy, but I still want a little color. Plus, it glides right on and hydrates well.
Another great lip balm, Carma Laboratories, Inc., the manufacturer of Carmex® Lip Balm products, announced the debut of NEW Limited-Edition Carmex® Winter Mint Lip Balm Click Sticks. Rolling out now and available until supplies last, the new seasonal flavor combines the invigorating freshness of winter with a kiss of mint and comes in convenient click sticks that glide on lips easily.
Carmex® Winter Mint Lip Balm Click Sticks are available to consumers as part of specially marked two-pack BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One-Free) promotion and four-pack B3G1 (Buy-Three-Get-One-Free) promotion, giving Carmex® fans the chance to stock up just in time for the winter season. Both of these offers combine the best-selling Carmex® Original Lip Balm Click Stick or Carmex® Original Lip Balm Tube with a bonus Winter Mint seasonal stick.
What I think: Loving the new minty flavor. It is refreshing and keeps lips very soft. I have been a fan of Carmex since the 1990’s when it was only offered in a pot. And I still love how great it works for chapped lips still.
The specially marked packages will be available at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and other fine retailers ($1.59 – $4.29 USD).
What products are you loving this week? Leave a comment and let me know!
We are already well into October, can you believe it? It was 85 today, but I’m hoping it cools down soon and stays cool!
This week, I’m loving a long wearing brow pencil, a volume-building hair product, an ultra-moisturizing hand cream and a supplement that will help prevent sun damage in skin.
Leave a comment and let me know what you are loving now. I am excited to hear!
Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil ($21 USD) –A brow pencil with an ultra-fine point that allows you to mimic hairs to extend your brows and fill in sparseness. Benefits are that it’s long wearing, non smudging, water resistant, sweat & humidity resistant.
Umbreen Sheikh of Wink Brow Bar in NYC has shared her tips on shaping / perfecting your brows which can helpful when using the Smashbox items. They include not overdoing it even though bold brows are in.
What I think: This is very easy to use. I use feathery stroke. The main thing I do is fill in the tail of my brow, and then use the spoolie brush to blend it in and make it look natural.
L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper ($40 USD) — Fattens skinny hair strands and gives hair a bold, robust appearance. Bulks-up hair without weight and delivers fullness & density. Defines & separates and gives hair added dimension. Provides internal bounce and delivers flexible support.
What I think: I really like using this product, it gives great volume and leaves my hair soft and shiny! I use it on dry hair, but want to see what it does when I apply it on wet hair, too. It also smells really nice and holds style well.
KORRES Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Calendula ($14.50 2.54 fl. oz.) — is enriched with nourishing almond oil and antioxidant-rich calendula to help relieve dry hands. Calendula, combined with almond oil and aloe, helps retain natural moisture of the skin, leaving hands smooth and supple. A blend of natural butters and antioxidants provides additional comfort. Use the 91.9 percent natural formula daily for immediate and long-term relief.
What I think: I love the scent of this! It’s wonderful! Plus, it is so moisturizing and not greasy at all, which is perfect for a hand cream. It leaves my hands soft and silky all day!
Heliocare Ultra Dietary Supplement ($72 for 36 capsules) — contains a powerful blend of antioxidants, including Fernblock Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE), Vitamin C and Pomegranate extract. These dietary supplements help defend your skin from the inside out. Like the original Heliocare, this Ultra formula helps maintain the skin’s ability to protect itself against sun-related effects and aging. Heliocare Ultra’s extra strength formula contains twice as many antioxidants as the original Heliocare.
What I think: I really like the idea of this product. The effects of sun damage on skin can be severe, and if this helps skin stay smooth and supple, that’s amazing!
Available at select dermatology offices and LovelySkin.com
I’ll admit, the thought of using heavy creams and sunscreens when it’s blazing hot is not fun. Luckily, there is amazing skincare that works without making your skin feel like it has a pile of grease on it!
I have been testing some amazing lighter skincare including fresh masks, and after-sun gel, an SPF moisturizer, an eye serum and sheer sunscreen for face and body:
Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask ($60 USD) — It can be difficult to keep your face hydrated and also clear of blemishes in the hotter months. This mask will simultaneously rehydrate and detoxify your skin, leaving you simply radiant. Its fruit acids will brighten your complexion and with weekly use, you’ll have skin like you’ve started a new facial routine.
What I think: It’s difficult to want to put on a mask when it is hot, because you don’t really want goop on your skin. This mask is refreshing and my skin felt soft, but not greasy afterwards. It was also helped clear up the few blemishes that are on my skin from the summer heat.
Acure’s Cell Regenerating Mask ($12.99 USD) — Get serious cell repair with this mask. French Green Clay draws out impurities while Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Seabuckthorn Oil add intense hydration back to the skin.
What I think: This is perfect for stressed summer skin. When I use it, I can feel it working and when I wash it off, my skin is smooth and soft! Great natural product for the price!
Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel ($26 USD) — If you get a burn, don’t let it dry your skin! This is an ultra-cooling cream gel that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging.
What I think: Luckily, I haven’t had a bad burn this summer (it’s too hot to go outside!). But this cream is perfect whenever I have had too much sun and my skin is a bit red and tight. It also works well on my sensitive skin if I have left a peel or mask on too long and my skin is irritated.
VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15 ($145 USD) — enhances collagen production, helps reverse sun damage and dramatically improves skin elasticity while offering broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. With the ongoing push to work SPF into every day skincare, this product’s lightweight formula is an easy way to ensure skin is protected while still providing the benefits of a true moisturizer and without leaving behind a white cast.
What I think: I love how light this moisturizer is! I apply it after my serum in the morning and since it has SPF, it does double-duty. Plus, it has amazing skincare benefits. I have noticed that my skin is smoother and clearer. I am hoping to see improvements in skin elasticity after I use it for a few weeks.
Available at select specialty beauty retailers and online at VENeffect.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Dermstore.com, SpaceNK.com, CosBar.com and Bloomingdales.com.
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment ($69 USD) — Diminish tired and puffy eyes with this eye treatment. This potent anti-aging serum is infused with the Bio Copper Complex to reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate eye area while it firms, smoothes texture and tones the skin.
What I think: I have been using this light serum morning and night. It instantly firms the skin around my eyes and helps me look awake! The skin around my eyes also appears smoother.
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe Sunscreen for Face and Body ($30 USD) — Always stay protected from the sun no matter how hard you’re working. This new generation of mineral sunscreen is infused with SmartSportTM Technology for high performance, ultra sheer protection that resists wear off from water and sweat.
What I think: I am always excited to find a lightweight sunscreen. It is hard to get my kids to use the thick, goopy kind! This is light and sheer. And I like that it resists water, it is great for swimming and outdoor exercise.
Today, a new natural hair care collection from KORRES, is launching HSN and http://www.hsn.com.
KORRES formulated this new line of all-natural shampoos, conditioners and masks with organic ingredients and plant extracts like dittany, marjoram and mountain tea, which are only found on the Greek island of Crete.
The hair care collection is 100% free of silicones, parabens, alcohol and propylene glycol.
Each shampoo and conditioner duo shown in the above photos is on sale at HSN for $29.95 today, or three payments of $9.98. The regular price of these duos are $34.95. The choices are:
KORRES Shampoo & Conditioner Duo – Aloe & Dittany — Love your locks with this duo that provides gentle, mild cleansing and lightweight moisture to hair. Naturally-derived extracts from the isle of Crete and B vitamins make this the perfect pair for daily use and a look that’s lustrous. Included is the 8.45 fl. oz. Aloe & Dittany Shampoo and the 6.76 fl. oz. Aloe & Dittany Conditioner.
KORRES Shampoo & Conditioner Duo – Sunflower & Mountain Tea — Give your hair the love it deserves with this ultra-moisturizing combo. Naturally-derived ingredients from the isle of Crete cleanse and condition color and chemically treated hair, helping prevent fading and breakage for a healthier, more luscious look. Included is the 8.45 fl. oz. Sunflower & Mountain Tea Shampoo and the 6.76 fl. oz. Sunflower & Mountain Tea Conditioner.
KORRES Shampoo & Conditioner Duo – Almond & Linseed — Love your locks with this duo that helps moisturize and rejuvenate the look of dry and damaged hair. Naturally-derived extracts from the isle of Crete and B vitamins help make this the perfect pair for daily use and a look that’s shiny, healthier and more lustrous. Included is the8.45 fl. oz. Almond & Linseed Shampoo and the 6.76 fl. oz. Almond & Linseed Conditioner.
I haven’t tried these yet, but I do love Korres’ products. They are all natural and work so well. Their greek yoghurt skincare and lip butters are some of my all time favorite products.
Have you tried KORRES hair products? Please leave a comment if you have or if you are going to purchase the great deal on HSN today.