YSL will be debuting a new premium skincare line in February. It’s key ingredient is saffron, a rare spice found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Or Rouge, meaning “red gold” in French, also a nickname for saffron, promises to treat fine lines, wrinkles, lack of firmness and dullness, and other signs of aging.
Saffron contains a high amount of a glycan known as crocin. As we age, the amount of natural occurring glycans in our skin diminishes. This causes our skin to lose elasticity and age. Glycans help skin cells communicate, which keeps tissue structure firm and intact. Adding glycans to daily beauty routines may help aid in the fight against aging.
Or Rouge will launch exclusively at Harrods in the U.K. starting in early February, followed by a mid-March prelaunch in the U.S. on yslbeautyus.com. Or Rouge’s pricing is to be $420 for the 50-ml. cream, $240 for the 15-ml. eye cream and $150 for the 200-ml. lotion.
*Photo courtesy of wwd
Juicing – some people do it for weight loss, others do it to help lower cholesterol, but what about juicing for your skin? I always like to start off the year with a juice cleanse. Last year I tried the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse. The plan was doable, but there were only three recipes to choose from and I didn’t love them all.
This year, I decided to try the Reboot with Joe 3 Day Quick Start Plan. The plan has tons of different juice recipes that incorporate fruits and vegetables. You start your day off with a lemon water liver cleanse and drink five juices a day, as well as coconut water and herbal teas. By far this has been the plan with the best recipes. Since I loved them so much, I decided to share some of the best wrinkle fighting, skin brightening recipes from the plan and few I created on my own!
- 2 Apples
- 2 Cucumbers
- 6-8 Kale leaves
- 4 Carrots
- 2 Apples or 2 Oranges or 1 Mango
- 1/2 of a small Watermelon
- 2 Pears
- 4 Strawberries
So how is this good for your skin? Well for starters all of these fresh fruits and veggies have tons of good-for-your-skin vitamins.
Let’s start with kale; dubbed the Queen of Greens by WebMD, it’s a mega house of goodness. Kale has a high concentration of vitamins A, C and K. Vitamin A has been shown to help fight wrinkles and acne. Vitamin C helps brighten the skin and fight free radicals. Vitamin K helps shrink capillaries which causes the appearance of under eye circles and varicose veins.
Cucumbers have been used in beauty treatments for ages. Like kale, cucumbers also contain vitamin C and K. It has magnesium too, magnesium and vitamin C both work together to promote the production of collagen.
Carrots are packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene. Our bodies actually convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, so carrots essentially pack a double dose of this stuff! Carotenoids also helps reduce skin’s sensitivity to UV rays.
Mangoes and watermelons both contain vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that can cause aging. It also helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
There you have it, juicing is rich in essential vitamins that are both good for your body, and good for your skin.
Happy New Year! It’s the best time to start over fresh and try something new. Here are some ideas to get you going!
Get a trim. Are you long overdue for a new do? Lose some inches with a new haircut. I’m not saying to go all Karlie Kross, unless you’re feeling risky! But cut in some layers or something and get this new year started!
Make a vow. Vow to moisturize, vow to stop biting your nails, vow to take vitamins. Make a vow to improve yourself this year!
Try something new. Dare to shape your nails into long talons or take the plunge and get a Brazilian! Shake up your beauty routine and try something new. Remember if you don’t dig your new nails, you could always file them down.
Clean your brushes. Why lug around the dirty little secrets from last year? Turn a new leaf and wash away last year’s grime. While you’re at it toss those old mascara tubes you’ve been collecting and those old sharpened down eye pencils.
Find a new signature scent. When was the last time you went perfume shopping? Or maybe you got a new set for Christmas. Try them out and see if anything speaks to you. Too scared to stray away from your fav, look up other fragrances that are in the same family and see if you like them.
Happy 2014! Go kill it ladies!
Wishing everyone a beautiful new year filled with amazing adventures!
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“All I want for Christmas is you baby!” This song has been on repeat inside my head as I blogged and swatched this collection! Unlike the first Mariah Carey Sand collection, I am a huge fan of this new one. This time, OPI decided to add glitter to the sand effect to make it pop! Of course the only thing missing from the original Mariah Carey OPI collection, was glitter. Mariah is Glitter! So it was only fitting to incorporate it into this new holiday collection.
It’s Frosty Outside is my favorite polish from the collection. It’s a frosted silver shade that leaves a crushed diamond effect on your nails. It has the sand texture of course, but the added flecks of glitter powers over the matte effect. It looks stunning! I did pack on three coats to get it to high sparkle capacity!
Kiss Me at Midnight is also another favorite of mine. It’s a frosted ice blue that sparkles like icicles. It also has a gorgeous glitter effect that illuminates the ice blue base color. Because the base color was darker than the silver in It’s Frosty Outside, I only needed two coats on this one!
Emotions is described as a coal black sparkle. It lacks the sparkle effect compared to the other swatches and really only showcases the sand effect. It’s definitely a different take on the standard black polish, but nothing too spectacular here. I also used two coats.
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*Photos courtesy of OPI
I decided to give Aveeno’s Positively Ageless line a try, so I picked up the Youth Perfecting Moisturizer SPF 30 and Resurfacing Scrub. I love them both. The moisturizer is thick, but it didn’t feel heavy on my skin. It melted right in. The scrub was nice too – very gentle with a nice fragrance. The moisturizer has a light fragrance too, but the scent doesn’t linger on your skin. Thanks Aveeno!
*Photo courtesy of Aveeno
Lately I’ve been oding on pumpkin! I mean it’s been pumpkin coffee, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin this and pumpkin that! If it comes in pumpkin flavor, I’m ordering it! So naturally, after seeing this news report about all the different pumpkin facials spas are offering, I decided I wanted to try a pumpkin facial right now!
Then I thought, how could I make a homemade version? And that’s when I went to my pantry and started mixing up a recipe! Pumpkin spa day here I come!
I mixed some Libby’s pumpkin puree (about 1/8 cup) with 1 tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. You could also go the super old fashioned way and boil down pumpkin and water to create your own puree. The pumpkin alone has tons of benefits for your skin. It’s loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, which have been proven to improve the appearance of skin. Pumpkins also have carotenoids that help fight free radicals and wrinkles. Cinnamon helps plump your skin and gets rid of acne by bringing blood and oxygen to the surface of your skin. Sugar, of course, is a great natural exfoliator.
After exfoliating my skin, I applied a pumpkin face mask. I used equal parts pumpkin puree and facial moisturizer. I worked it in and soaked up all the vitamins for about 20 minutes. I rinsed and re applied moisturizer. My skin felt great afterwards and it gave me a nice glow! Now I’m off to go get me a pumpkin latte, I just can’t get enough!
Happy Thanksgiving Beauties! Gobble Gobble!
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