Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts

Monday, July 1, 2019

June 2019: Beauty Favorites

ZO Skin Health Oclipse, one
of my favorite beauty
products of the month.
June was the start of a new month and a new season. Although a lot has happened this month, I felt like I went to sleep in May and woke up and it was already June, as the month went by fast. Is it just me or is this year flying by faster than usual? 

As we sprung into Summer, I discovered quite few products I loved, some I hated and many I contemplated and debated whether to buy and use again. So, what are the best? What are my beauty favorites for the month of June?

First and foremost, I just want to let you know that I absolutely love the Chuda Everyday Exfoliating Cleanser. Curated by Dr. Eva Ocher of New York, I have tried so many products like this and have yet to find one as good as this one. I reach for this daily and just love this. My skin also looks and feels amazing after I use it. Trust me when I say that this is a holy grail beauty essential and a must-have for everyone looking to achieve incredible skin. 

The Eterno LED Device is one of my favorite high-tech skincare devices. Utilizing red NASA LED lights, this is one of few beauty essentials I enjoy using on a daily basis. It is great for everything from fine lines and wrinkles to depigmentation and age spots to even large pores. My biggest issue has always been the sporadic acne breakout, but ever since using this device, I don't really have them much. Plus, in addition to being great for the skin, this product is great for thinning hair (and/or hair loss), depression, panic attacks and works great for curing moderate and mild headaches. 

When it comes to my skin, I have always identified as having combination skin. And as my skin is a product of my environment, I feel like my skin leans towards dry during the Fall and Winter season (cold climates) and oily during the Spring and Summer season (hotter climates) which tends to be modestly conflicting because I have to change my skin care up a bit to fit what works for me. With that being said, the Pacifica Beauty Sea Foam Complete Face Wash is one of my favorites for this month. Not only is this product completely natural (which I think anyone can appreciate) it smells incredible and is non comedogenic, so it will not irritate or break your skin out. The foam factor is real also, as my skin feels extremely refreshed every time I use it. 

I swear, every single time I travel I find myself reaching for the ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. It is one of my favorites, as it works to protect my skin. And it is extremely hydrating and still manages to combat oily. I will say that this relatively hard to find, as the product has changed it's formulation and name. The currently product has been renamed to ZO Skin Health Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30, but possesses a lighter formula than before. 

When it comes to makeup, I am discovering how finicky and selective I am. Considering I have tried (and still continue to do so) virtually everything, I find myself picking and choosing wisely and separating the good, the bad and the ugly. And in my quest, I find myself really love the Stila Iridescent Glitter & Glow Set. The duo-chromatic effect paired with a long-lasting vibrant formula speaks for itself, making it one of my favorite beauty products for the month. 

Another favorite for the month of June is the Mehron Highlight Pro-3 Color Palette in the shade Cool. Not only are these highlights extremely pigmented, but the color payoff is unreal. I have tried many highlighting palettes in my life, many of which were just ok and no way; whereas, quite a few slay and this, my friends, is one of the best I have ever used. 

I have tried many hair masks. My hair is normal straight, but tends to lean towards combination because of it's length. I feel like during the colder seasons like Fall and Winter my hair is dry or drier and then during the Spring and Summer seasons it is oily (especially at the roots). With that said, I really love the Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask. I love the way it makes my hair feel and look after using it. It takes a lot to impress me, but this product definitely does. 

When it comes to massage oil, I really love them because most possess natural ingredients. I have tried so many and yet I find myself reaching for the Intimate Earth Aromatherapy Massage Oil in Chai. My boyfriend is from India so I really love and appreciate the powerful masala scent, although I loved chai way before I met him. The Honey Almond scent is fantastic also. 

And last, but certainly not least, I absolutely love the Evolve toothbrush. I brush my teeth so many times a day (even though I probably shouldn't) and find myself always reaching for this toothbrush simply because it is literally the best. This gets every area of your teeth and isn't harsh on your enamel which I love. The best $15 I have ever spent. 

I have been wanting to ask you guys, do you think I should do a hate list? I don't like being negative, but there are quite a few products I have tried that are just not good. I don't want to tell any of you who read my blog what to do with your money, but I don't want you to waste your money on certain products either. Hate is such a strong word. Perhaps a dislike or no way list? What do you think? If you think I should do a hate list, please let me know in the comments. 

Stay tuned for my beauty favorites for next month. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Happy July! 

Friday, May 31, 2019

May 2019: Beauty Favorites

As we Spring into Summer, we walk away from Winter for a while. At least for several months. May is one of those months I truly love, as it reminds me of why I love and appreciate Spring so much. Not only are my rose bushes starting to grow, but so everything I have planted the month before is doing so.  

This month was a month of discoveries. I tried some great beauty products and even discovered some that I would match with my favorite holy grails. And although of the products I tried were just ok, some were no way too and quite a few slayed. 

So, what are my favorites this month?

First and foremost, I must say that I love the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow. I have been searching for a great liquid eyeshadow. Most (not all) I have tried tend to dry up and don't possess a creamy nor long-lasting formula. These are creamy and go on smooth. They also dry to a nice pigmented finish, which I love and appreciate. Plus, you can manipulate the texture in a sense where it is easy to work with, as you can blend it without it drying too fast. 

I know I have probably mentioned this product a million times already. And when I was a writer for Examiner (which is now defunct and directs to AXS.com) I was always raving about this. This month I am loving it more than ever. It is the Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner. I use this eye liner with an eye primer (and it can be any eye primer) mixed with a little bit of setting spray to activate the product, as water alone tends to kind of dilute the color. Using this combination with this eye liner really makes my eyes just pop.

Tiffany Andersen is a woman with a voice, a vision and a message and it speaks in her skin care. As every single product is infused with gold, I have to tell you, I have loved quite a bit from her. However, there is one product that I love most and find myself using so much. It is the Gavee Gold Diamond Cell Salt Polish. Not only does it smell like citrus bliss, this incredible scrub is infused with authentic diamond powder and mother of pearl. 

When it comes to face cream, I am extremely finicky about what I put on my face, as I have combination skin which changes depending on environment. As my skin tends to be drier during the colder climates, it leans towards oily during the warmer and hotter months. Right now I am really loving the Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream. It contains an SPF of 15 which works to protect your skin from not only UVA/UVB rays, but actual DNA damage and environmental stressors such as pollution and wind burn. I have tried so many creams and have been really loving this one. 

And lets not forget a good moisturizer for your face is vital, yes, but so is one of the body. I have tried quite a few this month. Right now I am truly loving the Lalicious Sugar Coconut Velour Body Melt. It epitomizes real bliss, as it possesses incredible ingredients, smells wonderful and makes my skin look and feel wonderful. This is great for every skin type, but a much needed pick me up for those of you with dry skin. 

Giovanni Cosmetics offers some of the best shampoos and conditioners I have ever used. And I must admit that I love virtually every single product from the 2-Chic Repairing line. Not only does everything smell like coconut cream berry (which is bliss among itself) but it actually works to correct any damage done to your hair, repair it after time and prevent it from happening again. When it comes to products, I am quite selective as my hair tends to be like my skin - combination. This line is great for every hair type and will work generously to repair your hair. Plus it smells incredible. 

ZOYA makes incredible nail polish. With over 400 colors to choose from, I am decided that I really love Aggie right now. As a gold holographic metal shade, the bronze micro glitter really adds depth to the color. I have worn this shade for a week and get so many compliments from it. 

Until next month. These are my favorites for the month of May. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Met Gala Skincare Prep 2019: Rita Ora

Rita Ora always glows on the red carpet. Not only does her makeup look incredible, but you can clearly tell she takes care of her skin. And tonight is no exception to the rule, as the starlet had her skin prepped by the talented, celebrity makeup artist Kathy Jueng for the 2019 Met Gala. 

But what did the celebrity makeup artist use on her skin? She used one of the greatest skin care brands, Retrouve skincare. Ora's skin was prepped for glam just before the big event using quite a few products from this brand. 

First and foremost, Jueng used the Retrouve Skin Brilliance Priming Pads. These pads are amazing and work to gently exfoliate the skin in the most effective yet non abrasive way possible. Infused with sugar cane, these priming pads promote a radiant yet more youthful complexion. 

What about the eyes? The celebrity makeup artist gently patted the Retrouve Revitalizing Eye Concentrate Skin Hydrator on Ora's eyes. This is one of the best eye products I have used and really gives your eyes a much needed brightness and pick-me-up. 

As the celebrity MUA continued, she applied the Retrouve Nutrient Face Serum onto Ora's face. She followed up with the Retrouve Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer and Retrouve Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream.

With art, science and beauty-you can achieve this simple yet effective skincare prep at home. 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Skincare Prep: Glenn Close at 91st Academy Awards

Glenn Close at the 2019 Oscars.
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
This Academy Awards have officially started and there is no denying how excited many are, for perhaps the most anticipated awards event of the year which recognizes and honors only the best in film. There is no denying that Glenn Close is one of the best actresses there is. As much as I loved her in Fatal Attraction, she did an excellent job playing Cruella de Vil. She's just one of the most accessible actresses to exist, which is why I am not surprised she's nominated for her role in the movie "The Wife" as Joan Castleman.

As the beautiful starlet shined on the red carpet in a gorgeous gold gown covered in four million hand-sewn Swarovski crystals and weighing over 40 pounds alone, courtesy of Carolina Herrera, Close's face glowed just as much courtesy of the Kai Pritchard. 

For this particular look, the celebrity makeup artist prepped the Academy Award nominee's face with the Retrouvé Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream.

"Her skin is dry and it was like a moisture surge to her skin. It also has a little grab to it that helps the makeup adhere to the skin—perfect for tonight," Pritchard shared.

Then, he applied the Retrouvé Nutrient Face Serum all over the eye and t-zone area, which works to smooth any textural issues and create a flawless finish.

"For hair and makeup, Close let her hair and makeup team have free reign today. Glenn was totally relaxed. We listened to classical music. It was a peaceful, lovely experience for everyone. She looked great and felt great when she left to walk the red carpet," Pritchard added.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask

It is official, I am completely obsessed with the Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask. This peel-off powerhouse makes my skin not only feel amazing, but look it much more so. My skin not only feels clean after using this face mask, it feels softer also. And I love the radiance my skin exudes after using this too. 

My skin is combination and tends to lean towards oily in the Spring and Summer climates (hotter temperatures) and dry in the Fall and Winter (colder temperatures). And sometimes I suffer from the sporadic breakout, my acne is very minimal at the present. Although my skin is a product of my environment, I do what I can to improve it daily. This face mask definitely works to improve my skin's texture, which I love.

Infused with charcoal, jojoba, calcium clay, and willowherb, this cruelty-free, vegan-friendly staple really is a holy grail in the world of face masks. This gluten-free gem will leave your skin feeling flawlessly fresh. 

Although I do recommend avoiding your eyebrows, I have used this product on top of them  (as you can tell in my photo) and never had any issues with losing mine; however, the product itself adds a disclaimer not to use this product on your eyebrows. 

I have used this product three times a week. If I have a breakout, I like to use it five times a week. It is truly one of a kind and one of my favorite masks right now. I highly recommend to anyone, as it is great for every skin type.

For more information about the Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask, visit the official website today. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Today LeBody launches in the United States

LeBody Form
In the world of beauty news today, Korean beauty brand LeBody has launched here in the United States. As one of the most high-tech, innovative brands in the world today, LeBody utilizes both LED light therapy and EMS mid-frequency, as well as, electrical ionization and micro-current technology to revive and refresh both your body and your face. Featuring targeted devices including LeBody Form (for the body) and LeBody Face (for the face), this world-renowned K-Beauty brand has a mission to make your skin look and feel amazing using only advanced beauty science.

Capturing only the latest and greatest in beauty technology, this Korean beauty brand continues to create portable beauty essentials that not only change your skin, but your life also. And as an internationally known trend leader, LeBody wants to bring those luxury lavish devices you see in doctor's offices to your home.

In fact, Ace Lopez the marketing manager of the brand recently shared, "our goal at LeBody is to take the high-end, advanced technology you see in luxury doctors’ offices, and bring that into the homes of people around the world." He continued, "with our targeted face and body devices, we are continuing to pioneer new methods of body slimming, skin lifting and generally improved health."

Why LeBody?

The portable face device LeBody Face uses electrical ionization and micro-currents to stimulate elastin in the skin for an instant lifting effect, while absorbing active ingredients. This device also rearranges collagen and improves the elasticity in your skin while restoring your skin's natural acid mantle. All you have to do is apply the cream and gel, before taking control of the hand-held device and switching it from the blue light to the red light. Then, just go evenly over your skin with an upward stroke. The results are not only instantaneous, but long-lasting too.
LeBody Face


Not just for the face

Utilizing only EMS mid-frequency, the LeBody Form device helps increase energy consumption, so it works to burn fat components in the body by directly stimulating, strengthening and activating those muscles for only slimmer results. The application embraces simplicity and is very easy to use as all you have to do is apply the high-quality LeBody cream, place the convenient device on the problematic area, lock in the secure strap and go on about your day.

For more information visit LeBodyUSA today.

Friday, March 30, 2018

March 2018: Beauty Favorites

As the third month of the year, I have discovered quite a few thing news that I really love and enjoy. Some of them being beauty products. For the sake of not boring you with a bunch of words describing how my month went, I will get to my beauty favorites for March 2018 now.

First and foremost, I want to say that I love the PMD Personal Microderm PRO device. As a sporadic sufferer of acne and dry skin, this high-tech skin care device is total godsend to my skin. After using it, I don't even feel the need to throw heavy creams on my face. As my skin is combination, this device really delivers tried and true exfoliation. And the best part is, it doesn't irritate my skin at all. Ever since I started using this device, I don't even feel the need to exfoliate anymore. Although I must say incorporating a face scrub into my regimen isn't a bad thing. This, my friends and readers is fantastic.
 
Another favorite for the month that I love is the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte palette. The shades are extremely versatile and virtually adapt to every skin tone. The palette itself features 12 neutral shades that are essential for everyday wear. When I go to the office, I really cannot be extremely glam so I reach for this palette as often as I can. The color pay-off is excellent as the shades are modestly pigmented. Plus, it doesn't contain an array of chemicals including phthalates and sulfates which make me appreciate this palette more.
 
I love the NUDE Skincare ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil. When I heard that it was being discontinued as the brand itself is merging with BeautyCounter I was surprised, but not shocked as BeautyCounter is a great brand too. This product though is incredible. I don't know what is in this product, but it makes my skin look and feel amazing. I have used so much of it, I am half afraid to touch as the product is discontinued and I don't want to have trouble finding it when it is out. Hopefully BeautyCounter creates a product that is similar.
 
La Prairie is one of my favorite luxe skincare brands; however, as of late they are proving why they are one of my favorite makeup brands also. The La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation is outstanding. It is not only the perfect coverage, it is buildable, blendable and long-lasting too. It sinks into my skin like a second skin and lasts all day long. The concealer sets fast, but is so easy to work with. It truly complements the foundation. My skin looks literally airbrushed after wearing this. I just love this product so much. It is clearly my favorite for the month.
 
Other favorites for the month include:

The Japonesque Radiance Primer

Motives Mavens Matte Liquid Lipstick ('She's A Doll' is one of my favorite nude pink shades)Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Lip Enhancer
Grande GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper

Alpha-H Absolute Lip Perfector
L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara

Friday, December 1, 2017

Pure Rayz by Baby Quasar

When I first heard about Baby Quasar, I have to admit I was intrigued by the red light therapy concept. At first I was skeptical, however, all of that changed when I tried their most recent device, Pure Rayz. So, what did I think?

Week 1


After carefully reading the instructions, I used my Pure Rayz device about 16 minutes the first time I tried it. As this device includes an automatic timer (which I admit, I love) that shuts off the device after 4 minutes, I used it on my forehead, followed by the left and right side of my face, and then on my chin area. I did this for 7 days. I noticed results, however, they were not big. I could tell that the device was working.

Week 2

I continued the pattern of using this device at the end of the day for 16 minutes. I went with 16 minutes instead of 12 minutes simply because I wanted to get the highest power of output for maximum penetration of collagen stimulation and production.

Week 3


At the beginning of the third week, I decided to go tanning, as I wanted to look radiant for my vacation. I continued using the device every single day for 16 minutes. A few hours after I would tan, I would cleanse, exfoliate, and tone my skin. I didn't use a serum or a moisturizer, as I wanted maximum penetration. I would use the device after I did a simple skincare regime before applying a serum and moisturizer.

Week 4


After using this device for 4 weeks for 16 minutes a day, I noticed that the slight depigmentation my skin endured was practically gone. I also noticed that my acne scars disappeared. The acne scars that were still visible were highly minimized by 60%.

Week 5


As I contemplated and debated whether or not to use as a serum before using this device, I still continued using it without applying anything to my face. I was starting to see incredible results. I also noticed that my skin remained clear. As a woman in her early 30s who has suffered from acne on and off her entire life, I was so happy to notice that my skin did not breakout.

Week 6


I continued using the product as directed, but decided to also use the device on other areas of the body. These areas include: neck, décolletage, breasts, arms, thighs and stomach. As I continued the regular 16 minutes for my face, I went with 8 minutes for every area to see if the collagen production would continue. And guess what? It did. I think it was the end of this week that I realized this device really works.

Week 7


I continued using Pure Rayz every single day for 16 minutes. Some days I would use a serum before using this device and other days, I would exclude one. I decided to add an additional 8 minutes as I wanted to do both eye areas, including the area under my eyes (which is extremely delicate). I also wanted to incorporate my nose area too. One thing I noticed is that I had a headache on the Thursday of this week. I placed the device on my temples and it went away.

Week 8


After using the product for 8 weeks, I noticed amazingly epic results. I noticed that some acne scars that I have been trying to get rid of were completely gone. I guess you could say that I was sublimely happy with the results I received. Would I take advantage of the 60-day guarantee? Absolutely not. Why? Because Pure Rayz works.

PROS


When it comes to light penetration, I believe this device definitely delivers more than your average red light therapy device. In fact, I find that the maximum penetration is delivered when using Pure Rayz.

What I found amazing about the Pure Rayz by Baby Quasar is the fact that it not only works to treat wrinkles, depigmentation, and even scars, it also works to prevent acne. It may not be as effective as Clear Rayz, but it definitely works.

This device includes 40 LED lights total. This includes 20 red lights, 10 amber lights, and 10 infrared lights. There are a total of four distinct wavelengths of light which work together for even clarity.

What I found so impressive with this device is the fact that it is durable, plastic, and on top of that, it comes with a bag which makes it easy to travel. It's portable and compact in a sense where it will fit into your purse and/or handbag, as well as, your general carry-on bag.

At first I was kind of skeptical about using it on my skin, as my skin is combination and tends to change depending on my environment. When I first used this device, my skin was somewhat dry, however, there would be days where it was extremely oily. With that said, Pure Rayz literally works on all skin types.

I go tanning from time to time. My natural skin tone is a medium-to-tan with a neutral undertone, but right now it's leaning towards dark with a neutral undertone. This device works so incredibly amazing with my skin right now, as it did when I first used it. Whether you are light or dark, you can benefit from using this Baby Quasar device.

There is a 5-year warranty on this device. If you look at the price of $249, you would only be spending $49.80 per year on this device. When you visit a salon that offers various red light therapy treatments, including facials and peels, you can expect to pay way more than that. So, in a nutshell, it's quite affordable.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (or FDA) has approved all of Baby Quasar's devices, including the Pure Rayz. If you are someone who follows the FDA and their regulations, you will definitely find this amazing Baby Quasar addition quite appealing.

After using the device for 8 weeks (as directed) it only takes a few days of week to maintain your results. And if you are unhappy with the results after 60 days, I have to admit that I love the fact that Baby Quasar offers a money back guarantee.

CONS


I find this device amazing, however, after using it for a week, I noticed that my skin would tend to dry out. My skin is combination due to my current environment, but it is naturally normal-to-oily. The dryness went away after using a good serum followed by moisturizer. I also incorporated exfoliation daily into my regular skincare regime to get rid of dead skin cells which also works to stimulate collagen production.

You can purchase Baby Quasar's Pure Rayz here or at your nearest Baby Quasar retailer for $199. Would I use this red light therapy device again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used it 5 minutes ago.


Would I recommend it to a friend or family member? Yes. One thing is certain, I am definitely looking forward to what the future holds with Pure Rayz because so far, the results have been astonishing. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum

Darphin is an internationally known skin brand located in the heart of France. Established in 1958, this line of skin care was created by Pierre Darphin who has created some of the best skin care, body care, oral care, and spa related products in the world today. As one of the Estee Lauder companies, this skin care brand proves why they are one of the greatest lines in the world today. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum. So, what did I think?

PROS

What I find intriguing about this serum was the idea that it was designed to copy Pierre Darphin's deep massage, as it was designed to inflate the hallow zones of your face. And as a result, it is suppose to lift and tighten. I actually noticed results immediately after one use. Then, after a week, I noticed dramatic results. 

Some serums promise to stimulate the skin's cells and promote healthy skin renewal. I can honestly say that this amazing Darphin addition delivers real benefits which I discovered after just a week of using it daily everyday. If you think your skin looks tired today, this serum will wake it up tomorrow (or technically in a few days).

The texture of this serum is amazing. In fact, it has one of the best textures I have ever used. It isn't too thick nor is it too thin. Most serums that have amazing textures are either too greasy or tend to dry out, whereas; this texture does neither and sinks into your skin like a second skin. 

This serum works not only great for the face, but the neck and decollete too. 

Darphin does NOT test on animals. In fact, they are committed to the elimination of animal testing.

CONS

This serum uses Sea Emerald with Commipheroline. If you feel that your skin reacts to either of these ingredients, you may not be interested in this product. 

If you are into organic products, you may not find this product appealing.

If you are not willing to spend $300, let alone $310 on a serum, you are not going to be interested in this product. 

You can purchase Darphin's STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum at Darphin or your nearest Darphin retailer for $310. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used some now. Would I recommend this product to a friend or family member? Yes, but only if they are willing to spend over $300 for a serum. For more information about this product, please visit Darphin today.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System

When I first heard about a new skincare device that used next-generation, ultrasound technology, I guess you could say that I was ultimately intrigued by the concept. I never heard of any other beauty brand to use this type of technology. Recently, I had the opportunity to try JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System. What did I think?

Week 1

When I first opened the box, I was a little confused until I read the instructions. I discovered how simple this system actually is. This system includes: a professional quality ultrasound wand, a wall charger, a countertop charger, JeNu's Active-Youth Eye Treatment, and JeNu's Active-Youth Lip Serum. The serums both use advanced microsphere technology, which is ultimately appealing.

When you do your eyes, you are suppose to apply the serum directly onto the wand and use it for about one minute before applying your eye cream. When you do your lips, you simply follow the same method. You apply it directly onto the wand and massage your lips for about a minute. You can repeat as desired.

When I first used this product, I knew that the wand was turned on, but could not feel it instantaneously. Then, I noticed that I could feel a little bit of pulsating movement when I would move the wand to different areas. For the first week, I did both the eyes and the lips once a day. I noticed results after 5 uses and continued to see dramatic results after 7 days.

Week 2

After 14 days, I noticed dramatic results. The type of results where I didn't even have to wear makeup and every time I would go out to dinner, I was always getting asked to see ID when asking for a glass of Moscato.

As I am looking in the mirror, I notice that my eyes look brighter and tighter. No bags or dark circles. They look the same as they did when I was 17. I notice that my lips not only feel smoother, but look it too. I also notice that my lips look fuller, as well. After a week of using this device, the results were evidently clear - it really works.

Week 3

When reading the ingredients, I was quite surprised to know that JeNu's products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, and GMO-free. They also do not contain any triclosans or phthalates. The eye treatment and the lip serum are infused with various oils, which is quite impressive.

As I look in the mirror today, I notice that my lips look a lot healthier than they did before using this device. I notice they do not feel nor look dry, which I love. I have endured the dreaded dry lip from time to time, however; that all went away after using the JeNu Active Youth Skincare System.

My eyes really don't need any treatment today. Heck, I am not seeing any reason to continue treating them everyday since I have used this device. I decided to stop using the system on my eyes with the eye treatment everyday and just using the treatment about twice a week for re-touch maintenance. I think my primary focus is on my lips for now which I do sporadically.

Week 4

I started using this device with other eye products, especially eye serums and I am noticing that this device does, in fact, increase the effectiveness of the product. The maintenance is fantastic, yes but using this device with other products is too. So, even if you don't use their products it works well with your favorite go-to holy grails.


After contemplating and debating whether or not I should use this product on my actual face instead of just those two areas, I decided to cave in and give it a try. Rest assured, it was a great decision. This amazing system also works on your face too. Can you believe it?

Verdict - This amazing skincare system really works. It really delivers more active ingredients into your skin than if you were to use just one standard beauty essential. The effects are intense and long-lasting. Whether you are looking for a little pick-me-up or simply looking for that extra lift, this system will work wonders for you. I definitely recommend this device to anyone who wants to both look and feel better.

The JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System is available at JeNu or your nearest JeNu retailer for $249. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used it on my eyes, lips, and face about 20 minutes ago. Would I recommend it to a friend? Most definitely.

For more information about this product, please visit JeNu today.
 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel

Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Anti-Aging Dual
Action Moisture Boost Gel.
Skin+Pharmacy is one of the most underrated beauty brands you will discover this year. Offering an array of skin care essentials that work to restore and repair your skin, Skin+Pharmacy is exclusively available at CVS. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Skin+Pharmacy's Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel.

The texture is outstanding, as this amazing Skin+Pharmacy essential has a very creamy gel-like texture more so than an oil, serum, cream or lotion. Using special Hydropore+ technology this product works amazingly to hydrate the most dehydrated skin without irritating it. The hydration is virtually instantaneous.

When it comes to fine lines and wrinkles, this fantastic face gel will help reduce them. It will also work to nourish the skin and provide your skin with an amazing balance that will not irritate nor disrupt your skin's natural acid mantle. Possessing an unique advanced mineral complex blend, you can use this product alone or pair it with your favorite moisturizer.

The gel-like texture allows this product to be used as a foundation primer. In fact, this product works as one of the best foundation primers you will use, especially if you suffer from dry skin and are looking for an outstanding base that will not dry up, flake nor fade throughout the day. If you are looking for the perfect lip moisturizer that also works to lock in your favorite lip product, this Skin+Pharmacy gem will do just that. This anti-aging add-on will prevent your lipstick from feathering.

This product also works amazing when used all over the body. You can use this on your neck, your breasts, your chest, your arms, your legs, your butt - everywhere. This product also works as a workout enhancer and a targeted treatment. If you wear a waist trainer, this product will become your best friend. As this amazing Skin+Pharmacy works as a natural thermogenic to increase circulation and promote sweating during your workout, it stimulates sweat glands.

Spring is near and before you know it, Summer will magically appear. What better way to embrace the season than with a tan so luminous, it will literally look like the sun decided to jump down and kiss your skin. Add a little bit of your favorite self tanning product to this gel-like gem and your skin will look and feel ultimately amazing. This product also works to heal both sun and wind burned skin too.

Although this product is not 100% natural, it is effective when used alone or combined with your favorite moisturizer. And although it contains fragrance, it is fragrance-free and has no scent to it which one can really appreciate.

You can grab the Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel at CVS for $19.99. Would I use this product again? Yes. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Would I recommend this product to you? Absolutely. For more information about this amazing anti-aging addition visit CVS today.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Multi-Corrective Divine Cream

Darphin is luxury skin care at it's finest. Created to mimic the results of Pierre Darphin's effectual deep massage, this cream works to correct every aspect of anti-aging such as lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and dehydration. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Multi-Corrective Divine Cream. So, what did I think?

PROS

This cream works to not only correct your skin's tribulations, but repair and prevent them, as well. Whether you suffer from fine lines or deep wrinkles or even uneven skin tone or just need some hydration, this product works wonders. 

The texture of this face cream is unbelievable. It reminds me of a thick serum almost. I also enjoy the fragrance because it's modestly subtle. In fact, it is so light, it isn't overpowering in any way. Nothing is more revolting than a face product that smells like perfume.

You know when you apply a face cream and you think it's great...then all of the sudden, you notice this weird, white film appearing out of no where? And you wonder "did my moisturizer just dry out on my face?" Well, guess what? This moisturizer does not do that. I absolutely love this moisturizer because it does not dry out and create an awkward film on your face. In fact, it sinks into your skin like a second skin and as a result, keeps your skin incredibly hydrated.

This moisturizer is perfect for anyone with normal, combination dry, dry, or excessively dry skin. So, whether you have normal-to-dry or combination dry or even just dry skin, you will benefit from this product.

Darphin does NOT test on animals, as they are strongly committed to the value of life. 

CONS

Darphin's moisturizer uses a variety of ingredients such as Sea Emerald and Samphire extract, along with an unique peptide blend of ingredients. If you are allergic or suffer a reaction from these ingredients, then I do not think you will be interested in this product.

If your skin is incredibly oily or oily skin in general, I do not think you would benefit by using this face cream.

This face moisturizer is almost $300. In fact, it is $295. If you are not willing to spend this amount of money, then you will not be interested in this amazing Darphin addition. 

Darphin's STIMULSKIN PLUS Multi-Corrective Divine Cream can be purchased at Darphin or your nearest Darphin retailer for $295. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used it like a second ago. Would I recommend this product to a friend or family member? Yes, but only if they are willing to spend $295 on a face cream. For more information about this product, please visit Darphin today.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Winter skincare tips courtesy of Le Couvent des Minimes

Made from the highest quality botanticals and blended according to time-honored traditions, Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care Collection is the perfect addition to a Winter skin care regimen. Ideal for every skin type under the sun, the collection will hydrate, hedge and heal your skin, leaving it radiant and smooth. So, how can Le Couvent des Minimes help your skin this Winter season?

Do you have sensitive skin? If so, you may be interested in the Face Cream for Sensitive Skin. As it works to hydrate and protect your skin, it soothes the skin. Infused with grape seed oil, mallow extract, calendula extract and rose flower water this moisturizer works to correct, prevent and even repair dry skin as well as, nourish it. For only $18, this is ideal for sensitive skin.

Micellar water has an array of uses. Not only does it work to remove makeup, it works to gently cleanse the face and eye area too. It also works to refresh your skin and even set your makeup. Suitable for every skin type, Le Couvent des Minimes' 3-in-1 Micellar Water is infused with cornflower water along with mallow extract which work to refresh, tone and hydrate the skin. Available for $19, this amazing addition will meet all of your skin health needs.

Do you have dry skin? Perhaps you may find the Loving Care Body Balm Lotion for Dry Skin appealing. Made with homemade Galen's wax, this hypoallergenic formula works to hydrate and nourish dry skin. Infused with calendula and mallow extract, this moisturizer works to comfort and correct cutaneous dryness. For under $40, this lotion also works to repair the skin instantaneously.

It is so important to exfoliate the skin, as this will renew the skin and leave it so soft and smooth as a result. The Scrub for Dry Skin is not only a new addition to the Le Couvent des Minimes brand, but one of the most popular essentials from the Loving Care collection. This rich and very cream formula is the perfect solution to Winter dry skin. For under $30, this natural formula will gently exfoliate your skin leaving it incredibly soft.

Do you have very dry skin? The Loving Care Body Balm Cream for Very Dry Skin is the perfect essential for you. Made with the in-house Galen's wax along with an epic fusion of calendula and mallow extract, this amazing hypoallergenic formula relieves, repairs and even corrects dry skin. It also works to protect and repair the skin, leaving it soft and supple. This very dry formula is available at Le Couvent des Minimes for $32.

Our skin is the product of our environment and when it is cold, our skin tends to get very dry. As a result our lips are affected. One of the best solutions this Winter is Le Couvent des Minimes' Lip Balm for Dry Lips. Infused with beeswax and shea butter, this is the perfect product for your pout. For under $10, this rich formula works to correct, prevent, repair and even sooth your lips.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

La Mer introduces Micellar water

The Micellar water
by La Mer
Look around you. What do you see? Do you see inspiration? The land down under, at the bottom of the sea is the infinite influence and inspiration to the La Mer brand. As La Mer reveals its strong passion in a pure yet precious and potent way, it delivers a true essence.
The cleansing Micellar water is incredibly light and lively. As it works cleanse and clarify the skin, it delivers instantaneous hydration that is both refreshing and long-lasting. Great for removing makeup and for restoring your skin's natural acid mantle.

Inspired by the knowledge of water, La Mer uses the power of its explicated waters to produce the Micellar water. So, if you do not have access to water around you, you will still have this product. Epitomizing the supreme ability to supercharge the skin, this sea mineral infused essence works to refresh, restore, and repair your skin.

The Cleansing Micellar Water will be available this month at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and on the official La Mer site.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Say goodbye to acne with the Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment

The Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment
by ZO Skin Health.
As we Spring into Summer for the month of June, we celebrate acne awareness month. Acne is quite possibly the most common problematic skin issue, effecting over three million people alone every year in the United States. Although acne finds a way to reach teenagers and young adults, anyone at any age can be affected. And whether you have oily, dry, and even combination skin, you can still find yourself getting exposed to this conventional cutaneous condition.

So, what is acne? It's simple, acne is when mammalian skin organs become clogged with both oil and dead skin cells. Most of the time these mammalian skin organs are hair follicles. When these particular areas of the skin are clogged they develop blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples which result in irritation and even scarring. What causes acne? With an array of causes such as DNA damage, oxidative stress and even environmental stressors, according to the NCBI, almost 70% is caused by genetics.

The question remains; however, is there a cure for acne? Although there is not one stand-alone cure, it is always possible that acne can be cured or at least treated effectively. In fact, acne can be managed with the right regimen. A healthy diet is always key along with daily activity. Whether it is going to the gym, engaging in strength training and calisthenics or riding your bike, engaging in cross training and cardio. It is also important to keep yourself happy and motivated, as stress is another cause for acne. And keep yourself hydrated, drinking water and coconut water instead of reaching for those sugar infused sodas that taste good, but do nothing for your health.

Another way you can manage acne is by incorporating the ZO Skin Health's Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment into your daily skin regimen. As you may or may not be aware, this daily treatment helps target excess oiliness and as a result, helps decrease breakouts on the skin. This ZO Skin Health addition also features textured pads which create a dual action exfoliation. This exfoliation works to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores from forming, the kind of clogged pores that cause acne. Made up of Salicylic Acid 2.0%, this product is infused with a plethora of ingredients such as glycolic acid and a botanical blend of extracts including both barley and sandalwood. As this product is free of parabens and gluten, it works immensely to calm and soothe irritated skin, allowing your skin to heal.

As this ZO Skin Health addition works effectively in treating acne, it also works to prevent future breakouts. If you suffer from acne or know someone who does, they don't have to suffer anymore. The Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment is available now for $51. You can find this treatment online at ZO Skin Health or through your nearest physician and dermatologist.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Celebrity facialist Tracie Martyn offers 3 tips to look red carpet ready

As A-list stars from across the globe gather together today in the heart of the big apple for the 2016 Met Gala, celebrity facialist and aesthetician as well as, former fashion makeup artist Tracie Martyn has her hands completely full getting them red carpet-ready. In her exquisitely ethereal Fifth Avenue salon located in NYC at 101 Fifth Avenue, Martyn offers her signature and very much trademarked 'Red Carpet Facial' which is dubbed as the haute couture of all treatments.

What makes this facial so amazing? Well, Martyn uses high-performance, anti-aging skin care products that are made with blending organic ingredients and natural cosmeceuticals. As these ingredients are fortified without any parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, glycols and other synthetics, they work together to create instantaneous results.

For the 2016 Met Gala, this world-renowned facialist and aesthetician offers three tips for those of you who want to look like a star:

When Tracie Martyn and her partner, nutritionist and mastermind Marius Morariu collaborated to create a natural skin care line they wanted to create products to help improve your skin. One of those products is their best-selling Enzyme Exfoliant which works as a mask and exfoliator in one. Packed with brightening, smoothing and pore-minimizing ingredients this hybrid includes everything from pineapple enzymes, alpha-beta hydroxy acids and even kojic acid.

Martyn also recommends using her Amla Purifying Cleanser. Why? Because this cleansing medium contains papaya enzymes, salicylic acid and amla. In case you didn't know, Amla is an Indian Ayurvedic berry that is packed with a plethora of vitamins and antioxidants including Vitamin C. Martyn recommends leaving it on your face and neck for a few minutes. This will brighten your skin, making you look and feel radiant.

So, what is the last tip? Martyn suggests substituting your sugar with Stevia. What you ingest is so important as what you apply. Stevia is a natural sweetener that improves insulin sensitivity by stabilizing blood sugar levels, boosting energy and most importantly your mental state of well being. It's been said that refined sugars create glycation which is known to destroy collagen, including collagen production. Adding Stevia into your life will change your life for the better.

For more information about Tracie Martyn, simply visit the official website today.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Holidays 2015: Clarisonic

Clarisonic is a world-renowned skin care brand that works to reveal healthy skin. As the inventors of the first sonic skin cleansing system in 2004, Clarisonic has evolved into one of the biggest beauty brands in the world. Located in the heart of Redmond, Washington; Clarisonic is recommended by dermatologists, cosmetics surgeons, spas, and prestige boutiques and stores. Gentle enough to use twice a day, this brand offers some of the greatest skin cleansing devices on the planet. So, what are the best Clarisonic essentials for the holidays this year?

SMART Profile Holiday White Gift Set - This amazing Clarisonic gift includes the SMART Profile device, two extra brush heads (the dynamic facial brush head and the turbo massage body brush), a pedi smoothing disc, the pLink charger, a refining skin polish, and a refreshing gel cleanser. This gift also includes the limited-edition Keith Haring Bag. The SMART Profile device costs $265 alone, so aside from the device you are getting all of these other amazing essentials, which makes it a true beauty steal and one of the gifts you can give this holiday season. ($265 at Clarisonic)

Mia 2 Keith Haring "Dance" Skin Cleansing System - Recently artist Keith Haring lent his creatvity to the Clarisonic brand. His designs are quite iconic and featured on the devices which makes them quite unique. This Clarisonic gift includes the limited-edition Mia 2 Keith Haring "Dance" facial cleansing device, replacement sensitive brush head, the pLink charger, and a refreshing gel cleanser. This amazing gift also includes the limited-edition Keith Haring Bag. And like every other device, comes fully equipped with the 2-year warranty. (149 at Sephora)

Mia 2 Keith Haring "Dream" Skin Cleansing System - Keith Haring was an artist and social activist from Pennsylvania who died from AIDS in early 1990. Although he is gone, his art remains forever. Clarisonic has recently shared his designs by including them on some of the devices and on limited-edition device travel bags. Speaking of limited-editions, this gift is really something special. You will receive a Mia 2 in the color "Dream" (a stunning fuchsia-like-purple) along with two sensitive brush heads, a pLink charger, and a sample size cleanser. You will also receive a special edition Keith Haring bag which features his art. ($149 at Clarisonic)

Mia 1 Electric Pink Holiday Set - For the holidays this year, Clarisonic is offering their one-speed wonder in "Electric Pink" for under $100. The best part is you will receive a sensitive brush head, a deep pore brush head, a pLink charger, and a sample size cleanser to complete this gift. Talk about a real beauty steal. If you are searching for the perfect present, you can make any skin care lover's holiday with this one. ($99 at Clarisonic)

Mia 2 Starry Night Gift Set - This amazing Clarisonic addition includes a Mia 2 facial cleansing device in the color 'blue moon', the pLink charger, and a Sonic Radiance skin renewing peel wash. This amazing Clarisonic gift also includes a travel case in the 'blue moon' color. On top of these Clarisonic essentials, you will also receive the Dr. Jart+ BB Night Beauty Balm (travel size), the Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Serum (travel size), and the Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask (travel size). There is no need to contemplate and debate this purchase, as this is the perfect present for every beauty and skin care lover in your life. ($149 at Sephora)

Brush Head 4-Pack - Do you already own the Clarisonic sonic cleansing skin device? If so, then you just may want to check out their latest limited-edition holiday offerings, the 4-pack. Available in two sets (one for sensitive brush heads and the other for combination brush heads) each pack includes four brush heads. You get four brush heads. If you do the math, you getting four brush heads for the price of three. Whether you are searching for stocking stuffers or a stand-alone gift for someone who is a proud owner of the Clarisonic, this is the one. ($81 at Clarisonic)

Catch up with Clarisonic today. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

RIP Dr. Brandt

Today I am deeply saddened by the passing of my great friend Dr. Brandt. As the founder of Dr. Brandt skin care and one of the first physicians to ever administer botox and fillers, he was a real visionary in dermatology and always believed everyone deserved great skin. He always saw the beauty in everything and had one of the nicest hearts. 

I am very upset today. Not just because he is no longer with us, but because of how he actually died. He was depressed for quite sometime, but didn't have the strength to fight. He committed suicide. It really makes my heart hurt today.

I worked with Dr. Brandt several years ago when I interviewed him for Yahoo! Voices. He was one of the nicest people I ever spoke with. He could tell you everything about your skin and was extremely passionate about beauty, including his line work. 

He will be forever missed.

Rest in Peace Frederic Brandt. (1949-2015)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Bioeffect EGF Serum

The Bioeffect EGF Serum is a revolutionary age-defying serum that works to correct, prevent and repair aging. It is also one of the few serums on the planet to actually increase your skin's density, restoring and protecting your skin's natural acid mantle. 

I have been wanting to try this product for a while, as I recently talked with the creator of this amazing product regarding the hype around it for Yahoo! Voices. But the question remains, does this serum actually work and live up to its marketed promise? 

The product uses quite a few ingredients including those that you wouldn't find in ordinary skin care. One of them is Icelandic water. Additionally, this serum doesn't possess a lot of ingredients. It only contains 7 of them. These ingredients include: glycerin, Icelandic water, sodium hyaluronate, Tromethamine, sodium chloride, barley seed extract and EGF. 

And as a little goes a very long way (only 2-4 drops is recommended) this product is free of synthetic chemicals and preservatives including fragrances, dyes, alcohol and oil. I was able to receive some samples of this product to try courtesy of the founder of the brand. So, what did I think?

I think the serum is fantastic. I am surprised it is being sold at Sephora, as it clearly needs to be. I think once women discover this product, they are going to love it. The serum has a very gel-like texture that I enjoy. It isn't sticky and tends to sink your skin without feeling like you are using anything. 

The first day I used it, I didn't notice any results; however, after the 5th day I noticed that my skin looked brighter and tighter. I am 33 years old, so I am looking to prevent and target the first signs of aging. 

After about two weeks of using this product, I noticed that my skin is relatively hydrated. And as youthful as it looks, I feel as if this product really works for balancing my skin effectively. My skin is evidently a product of my environment; however, it has always been combination leaning towards dry in the colder climates and oily in the hotter temperatures. This serum truly does help to balance my skin, which I enjoy.

So far I have no complaints. I will let you know in the near future if I do. Until then, I am signing off. Take care of yourself and have a wonderful day.