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Have you made a New Year's Resolution to make your skin look younger? Although you cannot turn back time, now is the moment that counts! You can start today by using skin care products that are guaranteed to bring back that youthful glow to your skin, while fighting wrinkles and firming your skin. To find affordable, yet effective skin care look no further than your local Target for MD Complete.
MD Complete Skincare was created to provide access to dermatologist-level results without a prescription. MD Complete transforms gold standard dermatologist prescribed skincare protocols into simple, effective and complete regimens at a fraction of the cost of prescription regimen counterparts.
To prove the brand’s dermatologist-level skincare results, the January issue of Journal of Drugs in Dermatology features a double-blinded, randomized split-face study comparing the results of an MD Complete regimen with the #1 anti-aging regimen prescribed by dermatologists, Obagi NuDerm.
The study results prove that patients prefer MD Complete, with findings revealing that MD Complete delivered nearly 3x better results, with the products being 4x easier to use vs. Obagi.
I received two of MD Complete's top-selling products to review. They are as follows:
MD Complete Anti-Aging Advanced Wrinkle Corrector
WHAT IT IS
- Uniquely hydrating and high potency Retinol treatment
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and lifts & firm skin
- Smoothes & evens skin tone and texture for a younger-looking complexion
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT
- You’ll see visible results and feel it working the moment you begin using it
- You'll notice improvements in 5-7 days, with results that continue to improve over time
- The ingredient delivery system accelerates and improves results
- *Results may vary by individual
WHY I LOVE IT
I use this product immediately following washing my face. It does give off a bit of a stinging sensation, but it definitely tightens up my skin and makes all of my fine lines and wrinkles vanish. My skin looks years younger!
Anti-Aging Youthful Skin Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50
WHAT IT IS
- Sheer, fragrance-free sunscreen
- Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection
- Moisturizes and hydrates
- Designed for use with professional treatments
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT
- Very sheer, light-weight sunscreen
- Absorbs quickly and can be used with highly concentrated products and rich moisturizers
- Leaves a beautiful, matte finish
- *Results may vary by individual
WHY I LOVE IT
This amazing sunscreen completely absorbs into my skin and dries quickly without leaving any greasy residue. I am able to apply my foundation over it. I am very excited about my Anti-Aging Youthful Skin Sun Shield because it is the perfect makeup primer. I can wear it under makeup or just alone. I will be headed for Hawaii this summer, and will definitely be taking this product with me!
At a fraction of the cost, MD Complete products range from $19.99—$39.99. For more information, visit: mdcompleteskincare.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. Any opinions are my own.
Timed with the release of Zoolander 2 and Fashion Week, we all want to make a statement with “really, really ridiculously good looking” skin! These products will have you runway ready to strut whatever your style is with confidence.
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter Collection provides instant hydration. This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence ($19; Lavanila.com).
Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial contains the Korres Phos Compound, a proprietary blend including a brightening agent and stabilized vitamin C. 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 ($48; Sephora.com).
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 is formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance ($69; Kohl’s).
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products. Any opinions are my own.
Meet Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash, perhaps the best cleanser of all time to share with your man. First and foremost, the bottle is white. Not pink. It's classic and unisex with a pump dispensing system, meaning its man proof! - am I the only one convinced guys are genetically programmed to lose caps?
Enriched with a natural moisturizing complex of vitamins and soothing allantonin, it rinses away completely for healthier, smoother, hydrated skin. Plus, it's a dermatologist developed wash with pH value of 5.5, the exact pH of healthy skin (body, face and scalp).
Oh, and the fact that it's under $20 means you won't squirm every time your significant other squeezes a palm full of the stuff into his hands. It's already the #1 selling wash for sensitive skin in 85+ countries, including its native Germany, and is now available stateside at CVS, RiteAid and Walmart.
I truly love my Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash! It smells extremely fresh and clean. I love that I can use it to wash my face as well as my body. I love how it thoroughly, yet gently removes all traces of my makeup, even my eye makeup without stinging my eyes!
It also makes the perfect sudsy lather for shaving my legs. My skin is left soft and moisturized. My husband loves it too!
For more information go to: https://www.sebamedusa.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review. All opinions are my own.
Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a significant other, best gal or with some much-needed “me” time, there is no one better to show love to than yourself!
Give yourself the gift of great skin with the new KORRES Wild Rose Brightening Oil.
KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Oil is an ultra-concentrated vitamin C oil is rich in omega 3, 6, 9, fatty acids, and vitamins A and C. It provides significant antioxidant action while repairing the look of fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin's overall tone and texture
You can purchase KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Oil on Sephora.com
Disclaimer: I received samples to accompany this post. All opinions are my own.
ARE YOU READY? INTRODUCING DEMI LOVATO’S CAPSULE “LOVATICS COLLECTION” WITH N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR THAT WILL HAVE LOVATICS FEELING CONFIDENT
What’s wrong with being N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR confident? Lovatics can now bring out their inner beauty and look like a star with Palette Eye Shadow, Lip & Cheek Tint, Mascara & Eyebrow Liner created exclusively by Demi Lovato.
As N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR’s ambassador since January 2015, Demi Lovato is celebrating her first anniversary by launching the highly anticipated “Lovatics Collection,” as a thank you to her loyal fans, the Lovatics. Demi seamlessly manages to emulate her cool and fashionable lifestyle through the collection allowing fans the ability to create their own unique city approved looks.
“I am so excited to share my first makeup line with N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR. The Lovatics collection is a true representation of my bold style and provides endless opportunities to rock your own individuality. One of my personal favorites, the Palette Eyeshadow, is a must-have that allows you to create your own unique look with 12 versatile nude shades!” – says Demi Lovato.
The new fashionable Lovatics by Demi Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99) features 12 nude shades and allows you to channel Demi’s confidence all while showcasing your natural beauty. Your eyes will look naturally effortless with the Natural shades.
I cannot believe that all of my favorite eye shadow shades are all in one pallette! I have waited all of my life for this!
Lovatics by Demi Lip and Cheek Tint ($3.99) will have you blushing because of its’ unique see-through texture and color. Go ahead, apply two strokes on the apple of your cheek with a brush or your fingers and blend it in for an instantly upbeat look. Then apply on your lips, adding more coats to build color to create a bolder, sexier look.
You will radiate as the long lasting formula adapts to your unique skin tone, matching your cheek and lips without missing a New York minute. N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR by Demi Lip and Cheek Tint comes in these four seductive shades: 001 Cheeky Pink, 002 Cheeky Red, 003 Cheeky Strawberry, 004 Cheeky Berry
I love how these tints blend perfectly into my skin and look completely natural. And for my lips? The color is subtle and stays on all day long.
No collection is complete without Mascara. Up to 11X more volume and up to 64% more length will have you shouting for a Broadway encore. Get iconic length, extreme volume and Demi’s seduction in one stroke with the exclusive shaped Dual-Fiber Brush. The brush’s small and rigid black bristles catch and reveal even the smallest unnoticeable lashes, while long and flexible red bristles instantly pump up the volume lifting the curtain on your lashes. A high wax formula enriched with beeswax to build volume and carnauba wax further enhances your lashes for the stage. Lovatics by Demi Volume & Length Mascara($4.99) is available in black.
Want that little detail that changes it all? The secret is out with new Lovatics by Demi Eyebrow Liner ($1.99). Complete your perfectly poised look like your favorite stylishly cool star and create a work of art with long wear color that easily defines natural brows in high definition. The pencil easily glides for color application while the built in brush enables you to groom and shape your brows for a masterpiece only suitable for the Met. Make the difference in shades Medium Brown and Dark Brown.
I am LOVING Lovatics by Demi Lovato for NYC New York Color! The eye shadow colors complement me perfectly, as if they were made just for me! I love the natural, earthy tones. The cheek/lip tints give me a fresh and natural pop of color without being overbearing. The eyebrow pencil is great, too. I love the little brush on the cap that grooms any unruly brow hairs. And the mascara makes my lashes look full and lush.
Here is a photo (below) of my finished look that I have achieved using the Lovatics by Demi Lovato for NYC New York Color collection.
N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR Lovatics Collection by Demi Lovato is available at Target and Walmart.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
February is National Heart Health Month. Did you know that more than 610,000 people die each year in the US alone from heart disease? That is one in every four deaths, making it the leading cause of death in both men and women. It is no surprise then that the American Heart Health Association recommends eating fish two times per week in an effort to support overall cardiovascular function and reduce the incidence of heart disease. Why? Because thousands of clinical studies have shown that increased intake of EPA and DHA – the omega-3 essential fatty acids naturally found in fish and fish oil- have many cardiovascular benefits.
But simply including fish in your diet may not always be sufficient and there are also concerns over environmental contaminants. Supplementing the diet with a high-quality purified fish oil guarantees the recommended dosage of omega-3's to support heart health, particularly for anyone with existing cardiovascular disease.
Nordic Naturals, the #1 Fish Oil Company in the US, understands the importance of combining fish oil supplementation with a heart-healthy diet rich in whole, nutrient dense food, such as the Mediterranean diet along with an active lifestyle to support heart health. Their range of supplements contains a number of pure, fresh, high quality omega-3 formulations that support cardiovascular health from maintenance all the way to high concentration supplementation in a number of delivery systems such as soft gels, liquids, gummies, and emulsions.
Ultimate Omega 2X
The next generation of fish oil, Ultimate Omega® 2X features Nordic Natural's new, ultra-concentrated omega oil. In a slightly larger soft gel that delivers 1000 mg EPA+DHA, this powerful concentrate offers one or two soft gel serving options to meet a broad range of unique nutritional needs.
- 2000 mg EPA+DHA per serving
- Highest-concentration triglyceride-form omega oil
- Serving options tailored to meet a broad range of nutritional needs
- Achieves American Heart Association recommended doses for heart health
- Unmatched support for heart, brain, & immune health
Nordic CoQ10 Ubiquinol™ provides 100 mg of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) ubiquinol to support cellular energy production and cardiovascular health.* Ubiquinol is the active antioxidant form of CoQ10, a fat-soluble molecule found in nearly every cell, tissue, and organ in the body, which helps transform food into energy. It is ideal for people who may be deficient in CoQ10, or for individuals with cardiovascular conditions, those taking statin drugs, or for anyone over the age of 40 looking for extra antioxidant support. Ideal companion to any Nordic Naturals omega-3 product.
- 100 mg coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) ubiquinol in extra virgin olive oil
- Promotes cardiovascular health
- Supports cellular energy production
- Helps neutralizes free radicals
The Complete Mediterranean Diet by Dr Ozner
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer—all diseases that have been scientifically linked to diet—are at an all-time high. But there’s a way that’s been successful for millions of people for thousands of years: the Mediterranean diet.
In The Complete Mediterranean Diet, top cardiologist Michael Ozner offers the traditional Mediterranean diet—clinically proven to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and numerous other diseases—with the latest scientific findings in health and nutrition to create a diet that’s easy to follow.
Thank you, fish, for giving us your precious oil so that we can be healthy!
My family has a history of heart disease on my mother's side, and so I am determined to do all that I can to keep my heart healthy. I don't eat fish often at all, and most omega-3 supplements that I have tried give me the grossest fishy aftertaste. Thankfully, Nordic Naturals has created omega-3 supplements that do not bother me at all. The
Ultimate Omega 2X capsules have a lemon flavor and are easy to swallow.
The CoQ10 supplements have really seemed to boost my energy levels. I never get tired during the day like I used to. I have been taking both of these supplements for about a month now and I have definitely been healthy this winter.
I haven't read the The Complete Mediterranean Diet by Dr Ozner, but I plan to do so. Flipping through it, however, I can see that there are a lot of enticing recipes from appetizers to desserts that look easy and delicious. Each recipe has nutritional information which makes it easier if you're counting calories, carbs, fat grams, which is great. I can't wait to try some of the recipes!
Enter to win! One winner will receive the following prize pack: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 2X, Nordic Naturals CoQ10 Ubiquinol and a copy of The Complete Mediterranean Diet a book by Dr Ozner. (ARV: $130)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information go to: http://www.nordicnaturals.com/
Disclaimer: I Received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
Celebrity makeup artists create thousands of diverse looks to suit their clients' occasions, but they all begin with the basics: Smooth, hydrated and even-toned skin. Getting that glow is less complicated than you may think!
Makeup artist and hairstylist, Alexa Rodulfo's current beauty obsession is NeoCell Super Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid! Alexa states, "The beauty market has wonderful products to make your skin glow and look healthy and flawless. I do believe is very important to take care of the inside as well.My current beauty obsessions? NeoCell Hyaluronic Acid (blueberry) as it acts as a powerful aid in skin hydration and NeoCell Super Collagen as it's great for your skin, hair, nails and joints."
Makeup Artist Helen Robertson, who works with Allison Janney, relies on these moisturizers to prep Janney's skin for photo shoots. She says, "I applied Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream for sensitive skin on Allison's face prior to makeup, to liven and enrich Allison's skin. I massaged Sebamed Moisturizing Body Lotion for sensitive skin all over Allison's body for a rich, reflective glow."
NeoCell Hyaluronic Acid - Blueberry Liquid. Hyaluronic Acid is a water-loving nutrient that hydrates the body and promotes skin elasticity. It promotes cell turnover and is known as Nature's Moisturizer due to its ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Studies have shown that by adding Hyaluronic Acid to your daily beauty routine it can improve skin conditions such as dandruff, eczema and psoriasis, as well as dry, scaly skin.
My skin has never felt so hydrated! No other moisturizer that you apply to your skin works quite like NeoCell Hyaluronic Acid. It hydrates from the inside out. My skin has that youthful glow all over. My dry patches and psoriasis have vanished.
$29.95 at Whole Foods Market, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens, CVS
NeoCell Super Collagen +C. This nutrient rich, all natural formula provides the body with potent beauty building essentials for radiant skin, thicker hair and stronger nails. At a 90% absorption rate these specific amino acids (hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine) are necessary to replenishing our own body's collagen supply - which in turn help to minimize ﬁne lines & wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, support bone matrix, strengthen nails and thicken ﬁne hair.
This product is definitely one of my favorite beauty supplements on the market! My skin looks years younger after simply using it for two weeks. Now that I have tried NeoCell Super Collagen +C with such amazing results, I cannot imagine ever not using it.
$19.99 at Whole Foods Market, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens, CVS.
Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream. This richly nourishing, non-greasy hydrator is ideal for repairing sensitive, dry or problematic skin. It deeply hydrates for a noticeably softer, healthier complexion upon application and is ideal for minimizing redness or flaky skin prior to makeup application. It's made with soothing Vitamin E to naturally guard against free radicals, which can cause premature aging.
I love how this cream is so rich and moisturizing, but not at all heavy or greasy. I even dot a little bit of it onto my eyelids when they are dry, and it doesn't bother my otherwise sensitive skin.
$14.99 at Sebamedusa.com, Walgreens and Target.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
INTRODUCING NEW COLGATE® ENAMEL HEALTH™ MINERAL REPAIR™ TOOTHPASTE
A New Oral Care Product that Helps Repair Weakened Enamel with Vital Minerals
We all make decisions every day that help us live a healthy lifestyle, whether it’s getting out of bed to exercise a few days each week, eating healthy, balanced meals or drinking water throughout the day. However, what you may not be considering is a simple step in your daily oral care routine to help keep your enamel strong and healthy.
Everyday eating and drinking can weaken your enamel, making it easier for germs to build up, but brushing with the new Colgate® Enamel Health™ Mineral Repair™ Toothpaste helps repair weakened enamel with vital minerals, like natural calcium, for stronger, healthy enamel. Additionally, this new toothpaste provides protection against sensitivity and cavities with continued twice daily use, while also providing whitening and fresh breath benefits.
Colgate® Enamel Health™ Mineral Repair™ Toothpaste
- Helps absorb essential minerals, such as natural calcium, for stronger, healthy enamel
- Provides protection against sensitivity and cavities, in addition to providing whitening and fresh breath benefits!
Colgate® 360°® Enamel Health™ Whitening Manual Toothbrush
This new toothbrush is designed with:
- Polishing Spiral Bristles to help whiten by removing surface stains
- Whitening cups to hold toothpaste as you brush
- And, their unique tongue and cheek cleaner that helps remove more bacteria than brushing teeth alone with an ordinary flat-trim toothbrush
As long as I can remember, I have trusted Colgate for my dental needs. I love Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste! I have been 'blessed' with weak enamel and have thus endured many cavities throughout my life. (My children have unfortunately inherited that from me.) Thankfully, Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair has come to the rescue and is helping my family to keep our tooth enamel as strong as possible. It also makes my mouth feel extremely clean and fresh.
Colgate's 360° Enamel Health Whitening Manual Toothbrush is my newest favorite toothbrush, too. It almost feels like a spa experience for my mouth! I love it!
For more information go to: http://www.colgateenamelhealth.com/home
You can find Colgate products at Available at mass retailers, grocery and drug stores nationwide.
Disclaimer: I received product samples from Colgate-Palmolive for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
The beauty industry’s leading hair removal destination, Spruce & Bond, and blowout salon, DreamDry, have joined forces to create Hudson BLVD Group (HBG) – the first ever multi-brand company to own and operate various luxury beauty services. HBG’s first purchase is PUCKER – New York’s go-to Makeup Studio – adding a new beauty offering to their portfolio.
Hudson BLVD Group is pioneering a new way to deliver the best in class beauty services and products that consumers are looking for. HBG will curate the best in beauty services by delivering luxury experiences, treatments and products in an accessible and convenient way.
Hudson BLVD Group will be led by Chief Executive Officer Justin Joffe and Chief Brand Officer Robin Moraetes. Renowned designer, stylist and editor Rachel Zoe will act as Creative Director of the group.
DreamDry is the premier blowout and styling salon founded by world-renowned designer/stylist/editor Rachel Zoe and former 17-year Creative Artists Agency senior executive Robin Moraetes.DreamDry incorporates curated retail experiences with unprecedented personalized services to provide effortless beauty, efficiency and affordable luxury to all clients.www.dreamdry.com
Pucker is a first class beauty and makeup destination founded by Hiyam McKelvey. Pucker provides professional and personalizedmakeupservicesinachicandinvitingretailenvironment. The Pucker flagship studio is located in the heart of Soho, New York City.www.puckermakeup.com
About Spruce &Bond
Spruce&Bondisthepremiumhairremovaldestinationwithalonghistoryofinnovationandprestigeservice.Spruce& Bond offers customized wax, laser, and brow treatments in addition to specialized products in a modernized retail environment.www.sprucebond.com
Hudson BLVD Group (HBG) owns and operates a portfolio of specialty retail service brands. HBG develops and acquires high-end beauty service businesses and provides management expertiseand operational discipline to grow the brands. www.hudsonblvdgroup.com
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.
Did you know that February is Bake for Family Fun Month? What better way to spend time with family members than to bake or cook together?
Below I have two very special recipes to help you and your loved ones celebrate! The Red Velvet Cupcakes are perfect for Valentine’s Day, and the Three Kings Cake recipe is my favorite pick for Mardi Gras.
Both of these recipes are perfect for National Bake for Family Fun Month. With cold days keeping most indoors, these are two festive treats that families can bake together. Both of these recipes are made with Country Crock, a buttery spread that is the go-to ingredient for baking and made with real, simple ingredients, including delicious oils, purified water and a pinch of salt.
1 box (16.5 oz.) yellow cake mix
Water as specified on cake mix box
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1 cup Country Crock® Spread, divided
1 Tbsp. red food coloring
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 box (16 oz.) confectioners sugar (about 3-1/2 cups)
Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with paper cupcake liners; set aside.
Beat cake mix, water, cocoa powder, eggs, 1/2 cup Country Crock® Spread and food coloring in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Evenly spoon batter into prepared pans.
Bake 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely.
Beat cream cheese, remaining 1/2 cup Spread and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in confectioners sugar on low speed until blended. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Spread on cooled cupcakes.
1 envelope dry active yeast
1/4 cup water (about 125°)
2/3 cup Country Crock® Spread, divided
1/3 cup milk
3 whole eggs, divided
4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup PLUS 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. grated orange peel
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg yolk
Dried fruit and candied cherries for decoration
Combine yeast with warm water in medium bowl and set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/3 cup Country Crock® Spread, milk and 2 whole eggs; set aside.
Combine 3 cups flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and salt in large bowl. Stir orange peel into yeast mixture then stir into flour mixture until dough forms.
Knead on floured surface until dough is smooth, but slightly sticky, about 10 minutes. Transfer dough to large lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, combine remaining 1/3 cup Spread with confectioners sugar in medium bowl until creamy. Stir in remaining 1 cup flour and egg yolk until smooth. Cover and chill until ready to use.
Knead dough on floured surface a few times. Roll dough into log, then form large circle on greased baking sheet. Brush ends with water to seal. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with no-stick cooking spray and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Arrange rack in lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat remaining whole egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush dough with egg wash. Form strips with chilled confectioners sugar dough and arrange along with dried fruit and candied cherries into dough to decorate, then sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Bake 35 minutes or until bread is golden brown.
Remove to wire rack to cool.
Tip: It is customary to hide a plastic baby doll in the dough before baking. The baby symbolizes luck and prosperity to whoever finds it in his or her slice. Just remember to tell your guests that there is a toy inside the bread!
Disclaimer: I received Country Crock coupons to facilitate this post. Any opinions are my own.