This is the ultimate gentle cleanser. It’s pH balanced, so it doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. It’s clear and fragrance free, and also has anti-aging properties , because it’s formulated with Green Tea and Cucumber which are both anti-inflammatory. It also contains Resveratrol to help fight off free-radicals. It easily removes makeup and impurities, leaving your skin in the perfect condition to apply the anti aging cream.
I love the applicator cooling tip. It glides on smoothly while cooling and applying the eye cream evenly. This white fragrance free cream targets under eye wrinkles and bags. The cooling tip helps ward off puffiness and reduces tugging around the under eye area. It’s formulated with Vitamin C Ester, DMAE, and Retinol to aid in its anti-aging properties.
This treatment is lightweight, fragrance free and hypoallergenic. It has a yellowish tint to it with a powdery finish. It leaves your skin like a perfect blank canvas for your makeup application. It can be used all over – under eye, lips, neck and even your décolleté. Ingredients include, Clinical-strength DMAE, Retinol and Vitamin C Ester, CoQ10, and Shea Butter. These ingredients work together to hydrate, build collagen to firm and sculpt your skin. Click here to learn more about these ingredients.
I enjoyed using this trio to combat the signs of aging. Since I’m still in my twenties, I have minimal signs of aging and I contribute that to starting a skin routine early on in life; however, I really enjoyed the quality of these products – especially the cleanser! I like to use it with my Clarisonic from time to time. All three products contain ingredients proven to improve the look and feel of your skin.
Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash is great for dry skin. It’s gentle on your skin and not harsh like some body washes that are soapy and overly scented. It has a white creamy consistency and lathers up well. It’s lightly scented with lavender and chamomile extracts help sooth and calm you as you wash the day away. It was nice to switch it up a bit – since I have dry skin I always stick to one kind of body wash, but this one did the trick!
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is a best seller because it’s good stuff! I don’t even have to say much about this lotion because it’s been tried and true. It feels light, but moisturizes like a heavy weight. It contains oatmeal to help nourish your skin and keep it supple.
Using both products together has greatly improved my skin. Sometimes we need to shake up our beauty routine to see better results.
Samples of both products will be available in this month’s Beauty Box!
Beauty Box 5 is a monthly beauty sample subscription box. Each box contains 4 – 5 samples of beauty products. Click here to check out my Beauty Box 5 review.
(Photo courtesy of Aveeno)
Spa Week is coming back once again, so get ready to pamper yourself with these sweet deals! Spas and salons nationwide are offering full-service treatments for a fraction of the normal price. Book your appointment between October 14th – October 20th and only pay $50! Choose from a wide selection of massages, facials, and even wellness treatments.
*Photo courtesy of spaweek.com
Enter daily for a chance to win a BeeAlive Spa Essentials Balance Petite Collection.
This collection will help you get your skin glowing again. This set comes in a custom vanity jute bag and features four of BeeAlive’s Spa Essentials products to help achieve perfect balanced skin. Set valued at $88.
Foaming Honey Cleanser – 1.8 fl oz
Enriching Royal Jelly Crème – 0.5 oz
Honey Masque – 0.6 oz
Royal Jelly Serum – 0.5 oz
100% free of synthetic preservatives.
Good Luck Beauties!
This giveaway will end Sunday September 15th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. It is only open to U.S. residents of the contiguous states who are at least 13 years old. All entries will be verified. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. The winner will be announced on Monday September 16th, 2013 on this post and will be immediately contacted via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.
Two chemicals found in commonly used beauty products are being blamed for an epidemic of skin allergies. MI, which is short for methylisothiazolinone, and MCI, which is short for methylchloroisothiazolinone; are both preservatives added to products to prevent unwanted growth of bacteria, yeast, and fungi.
Over recent years, dermatologists have seen a rise in the number of cases of allergic reactions. Exposures to these preservatives cause facial swelling, itching, redness, and hives. There has also been a rise in the amount of people diagnosed with eczema and other types of contact dermatitis. These reactions can be painful and unsightly.
These chemicals are widely found in shampoos, moisturizers, shaving creams, shower gels, and even baby wipes.
Products that contain the ingredients include Nivea body lotion and facial cleaning wipes, Wet Ones, Piz Buin 1 Day Long Lotion and L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew moisturizer.
Reps for both L’Oréal and Wet Ones say their products are safe.
It was hard to choose a favorite, but I really enjoyed the Rose Body Scrub the most. It smells like sweet roses and is the prettiest shade of blush. Simple Sugar products contain natural sugar and oils that help smooth rough skin. This scrub left my skin baby soft after my shower.
The Green Tea Facial scrub was also very nice. It smells so fresh – just like a shot of wheatgrass juice! Since it’s oil based, I would only recommend it for those with dry skin. It was too oily for my face so I used it as a body scrub and it worked perfectly.
I’m so happy I got to try Simple Sugars; the company’s creator and founder, Lani Lazzari was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and since then Simple Sugars has increased it’s retail presence and will (hopefully) soon be offered in more stores across the country.
*Photo Courtesy of Simple Sugars
I absolutely love, love, love Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel! It’s definitely one of my all-time cult favorites, but there is nothing more that I love than trying new things.
Estée Lauder Advanced Time Zone Age Reversing Line/Wrinkle Hydrating Gel is the latest oil-free hydrating gel to hit the market. It’s very similar to Clinique’s moisturizing gel, but with a few added extras. It has anti-aging benefits such as their new Tri-HA Cell Signaling Complex. It’s their latest breakthrough in the hunt for the fountain of youth. Basically what it does is helps your cells communicate with each other to help boost the natural production of hyaluronic acid in your skin. Okay so enough of the fancy scientific stuff – I love the lightweight oi-free texture, it’s lightly scented and cool to the touch. The only added ingredient I wished it had was SPF, but it works as a perfect nigh time moisturizer for oil-skinned girls!
(Photo courtesy of Estée Lauder)
Pump Up Your Moisturizer
Once the temps start falling, you should choose moisturizers that are thicker than your daily body lotion or face cream. Swap your lotion for a body butter and swap your moisturizer for a creamier one. Look for added ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and urea – both are humectants that pull moisture from the air into your skin.
Don’t stop your summertime habits
Water intake and sunscreen use decreases during the winter for most. Drinking plenty of water helps your skin stay hydrated and wearing sunscreen year round helps protect you from the sun. The UV rays that bounce off of snow are just as damaging as summer rays.
Go easy on the hand sanitizer
Using hand sanitizers too often can strip the moisture from your hands. Instead of using the communal hand sanitizer at the office, you should bring your own. Look for one that doesn’t contain alcohol and always apply hand cream afterwards.
Get a humidifier
Home heating systems can really dry out your skin. Humidifiers are great because they add moisture to the air. They’re fairly inexpensive and since humidifiers help decongest your sinuses; it can also help reduce under eye puffiness.
Always carry a lip balm
The cold wind is one of lip’s biggest enemies. It dries out lips and habits like licking your lips only makes matters worse. Use a lip balm made with beeswax to create a barrier to protect your lips from the harsh weather. You can also apply some on dry cuticles and chapped noses.
(Photo courtesy of Niderlander | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos)
Give the gift of beauty to your loved ones this holiday season. Whether they’re into beauty or not, I’m sure these gift ideas will win them over. Some of these also make great stocking stuffers – Happy Holidays!
Whoever came up with this idea is a genius! I love giving these as a gift because it never disappoints. This set comes filled with 12 sample sized fragrances from various designers like Juicy Couture, Versace, Givenchy, and Prada. After sampling each one, they can choose their favorite and redeem a full size bottle at the store. Sephora also sells a sample set for men too.
I got this for my boyfriend for his birthday and he loved it and so did I. This cologne is a blend of bergamot, lavender and crisp apple for a fresh and powerful experience. Set includes a 1.0 oz. cologne spray & 1.7oz. shower gel.
This ultimate beauty kit comes dressed up as a box of fancy chocolates. This limited edition holiday collection features six palettes for eyes, lips, and cheeks. Just like a box of chocolates, this set is filled with rich shades of browns and shimmering nudes. HSN also has a similar set with four palettes for $40.
I’m always trying to find ways to get my boyfriend to start a skincare routine. If your guy likes to pamper himself – then this is the gift for him! It’s filled with all the essentials he needs like shave cream, face wash and moisturizer – plus a few extra items.
This year give the gift of gorgeous skin. This gift set features a 3 oz. purity made simple facial cleanser, one microdelivery triple-acid brightening peel pad, a 0.5 oz hope in a jar moisturizer for all skin types, a 0.375 oz when hope is not enough facial firming serum and a 0.25 oz eye hope multitasking eye cream.
This is a great shaver that’s designed to leave your man’s face nice and smooth. The best part is that after the shave, the Braun Clean & Renew System automatically cleans, charges, and lubricates the shaver at the touch of a button! This set also includes a bonus Fusion Pro Glide Styler – you know the one that features Adrien Brody and Andre 3000 in the commercials. It’s a 3-in-1 facial hair styling tool that trims evenly, shaves closely and edges accurately.
(Photos courtesy of Sephora, James Bond, Lorac, Kiehl’s, Philosophy and Braun)
Welcome to the 5th peel of The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin! It’s been a few weeks since my 4th peel, but I was brave and decided to use the 50% glycolic acid.
I washed my face and made sure to remove any dirt and makeup from my skin. I then moistened a cotton round with rubbing alcohol and swiped it all over my face. Once my face was dry, I used the medicated spray to numb my skin. I think I finally figured out the most effective way to use it. I sprayed a large amount on my hand first; and then wiped it all over my face. Next I applied the 50% glycolic acid to a cotton round and swiped it all over my face and neck area.
I set the timer for six minutes. While the clock was still ticking, I dipped a cotton swab into the 70% glycolic acid solution and applied it to the top of my cheeks (where I have the most sun spots) and over the freckles on my nose. Once time was up; I rinsed and washed my face, then applied CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM.
Again, I was surprised it did not burn nor sting. So either I grew tough skin (but it feels softer) or the medicated spray really does help. I didn’t experience much redness or dryness, so I’m curious to see what my face will look like in the morning. I’ll update this post if I notice extra peeling or irritation tomorrow. In the past I’ve noticed that my skin only really starts to shed on the second or third day after the peel, so I have a feeling this might also be the case this time.
For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit TheSkinRegime.com – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.
Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!
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