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The time is limited in our busy days, so why not make the most of our beauty routine with these multi-functional products!
Korres Greek Yoghurt 3-in-1 Cleansing, Toning & Eye Make-Up Removing Emulsion is a multitasking, calming, and healing emulsion features euphrasia—also known as eyebright extract—which reduces redness, swelling, and irritation, along with antioxidant macadamia and sunflower oils to moisturize and protect skin. The result is a formula that cleanses, tones, and removes even the most stubborn makeup from face and eyes ($24; Sephora.com).
Put your Day Cream and SPF AND Infrared Ray Defense into 1 with Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 is a multi-level anti-aging cream 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; Kohls.com).
Disclaimer: I received product samples in exchange for this post. Any opinions are my own.
Prep your skin now to avoid aging later by giving your skin the hydration it deserves.
Hydration is key to maintaining healthy, plump skin. Think about it this way – a desert is an area that lacks hydration which causes the land to become dry and eventually crack. Think of your skin as a piece of land. If there is no source of hydration your skin will eventually dry under harsh conditions such as weather change. When this happens your skin will begin to dry and form wrinkles. Here’s how you can feel the hydration!
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Mask: Infused with Clary Sage, Burt’s Bees® Intense Hydration Treatment Mask instantly quenches parched skin. Clary Sage not only survives, but thrives in its harsh environment because of its fierce will and exceptional ability to trap and retain moisture. The mask is also Enhanced with Probiotic Technology and formulated with moisturizing Mafura and Tacuma Butters, leaving your skin feeling soft, totally revitalized and healthy-looking.
Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter: Infuses exotic ingredients for an ultra hydrating lip conditioner that is clinically proven to provide long‐lasting moisturization. Ultra soft natural waxes, butters and oils combine to make this formula just melt on your lips. Kokum Butter, rich in essential fatty acids, helps deliver moisture, while antioxidant‐rich Marula Oil absorbs quickly, leaving lips feeling hydrated and super soft, naturally.
Throughout this winter, my daughter, Myelie was suffering from extremely dry skin which included rough, scaly patches on her face and neck. She also had chapped lips that just would not heal, no matter what she used. I received samples of Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Mask as well as the Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm to review.
These ultra moisturizing products could not have come at a better time! Myelie uses the hydrating mask twice per week and the lip balm daily. She noticed a difference immediately in the moisture content of her skin. She no longer has flaky patches on her face and neck, and her lips are completely healed. Nothing has worked better for Myelie than good old Burt's Bees!
Here is Myelie. Isn't she beautiful?
For more information go to: http://www.burtsbees.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. Any opinions are my own.
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 20 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!
My skin looks as good as it did when I was in my twenties!
At a fraction of the cost, MD Complete products range from $19.99—$39.99. For more information, visit: http://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.
Winter is no excuse to have dry and flaky skin! Combat the rough winter skin with these staples that will keep you hydrated all year long.
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter Collection packs pure shea and cocoa butters with skin saving essential oils to deliver instantly softer skin. While other Body Butters use synthetic preservatives and chemicals including parabens, silicone & mineral oils that can clog pores, prevent absorption of beneficial ingredients and accumulate in the body, Lavanila packs their natural formula with smart, natural ingredients that that allow for faster absorption of body beneficial vitamins and immediate hydration. I use it right after my shower when my skin is still a bit damp, and it really seals in the moisture. ($19; Lavanila.com)
Korres Moisturising Hand Cream with Almond Oil & Calendula will relieve dry hands with rich yet non-oily botanical extracts. Calendula, combined with almond oil and aloe, helps retain natural moisture of the skin, leaving hands smooth and supple. A blend of natural butters and antioxidants provides additional comfort. Use the 91.9 percent natural formula daily for immediate and long-term relief. This is my new favorite hand cream. I keep it on my nightstand and also in my purse. It smells heavenly! ($14.50; 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. I love this product. It is the best day cream ever! ($69; Kohl’s)
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
Rather than splurging on expensive creams and serums, there are simple DIY remedies to heal even the driest, irritated, and/or cracked winter skin.
Alexandra Whitcombe is the visionary behind Vendome Paris, a beauty and cosmetics line being created based on her expertise in both botanicals. After spending more than 15 years in the floral industry, Alexandra has truly learned the essence of nature and its connection to beauty.
Lavender: Harsh winter weather can dry out skin, causing it to break out even more than when it is oil. Dab a few drops of lavender oil on any pesky pimples to reduce redness and inflammation.
Marigold: To benefit from the anti-aging effects of marigold, combine cleaned marigold petals with ingredients such as honey and milk for a soothing DIY facemask to help plump up thinning and aging skin.
Chamomile: Tired and puffy eyes from your busy schedule? Moisten two chamomile tea bags in cold water and let sit in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes. Once removed, place over your eyes for 20-30 minutes to reduce puffiness.
Rose: To hydrate dry, irritated or cracked skin this winter, infuse water with rose petals to use as a facial mist or skin toner.
Aloe: Most people know how to use aloe on bad sunburns, but it’s also known to lessen the visibility of stretch marks. Apply aloe vera gel from a fresh plant directly to stretch marks to help heal those minor tears in the skin.
Alexandra Whitcombe is the creator and visionary spirit of Vendome Paris. After more than 15 years of experience in both beauty and botanicals, Alexandra has combined her carefully acquired knowledge of nature with her keen eye for cosmetics. The result is Vendome Paris, a family-run enterprise that brings beauty to life through innovation. Alexandra discovered an affinity for colors and textures at a young age.
As the daughter of a New York City model and a fine-arts aficionado in the 1970’s, her childhood was a swirl of gallery openings, ballet shows, and high fashion glamour. She grew up within the walls of iconic venues like the Velvet Underground and Studio 54. Alexandra found passion in this world to which she was born and belonged – modeling and ballet were her hobbies; fashion, art history and botanicals her fields of expertise.
After studying fashion at the prestigious High School of Art and Design, she earned a degree in Art and Art History, refining her intuitive eye for color and quality. Years in the floral industry taught her the essence of nature and its inextricable connection to beauty. Vendome Paris is the product of Alexandra’s background, her worldliness, and her scientific awareness. She personally sources materials from the highest-quality local vendors in Switzerland, France and Italy to create a cosmetics line that is technologically engineered to make women look and feel beautiful.
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post.
I love learning about red carpet beauty secrets from top celebrity makeup artists and hair stylists. Celebrities are constantly changing up their hair, and applying layers of makeup for every event. Below are two products that Hollywood’s elite are fans of.
Celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbrow (Clients include: Taryn Manning, Liv Tyler, Ivanka Trump):
Tina swears by Roloxin Lift – and gives it to her clients to apply before they meet with her. Roloxin Lift is a 7 minute mask that immediately tightens and smooths skin for 12-24 hours. Roloxin Lift also performs as an excellent base and primer. ($110 for 10, Sephora.com)
I personally love Roloxin Lift. It is very easy to use. I simply wash my face and then I grab one of the packets and massage it for about twenty seconds to activate the product before I open it. Then I squeeze it out and apply it to my face and neck, carefully avoiding my eye area. I leave it on for 7-10 minutes, and when it dries to a powdery finish, I rinse it off. All of my lines on my face are completely diminishes. My pores are gone. My skin looks so young and gorgeous! I will definitely be putting Roloxin to use before important events where I want to look my best!
Celebrity Hair Stylist Charles Baker Strahan (Clients Inclide: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Jamie King, Leighton Meister)
Charles styles all hair types, and always recommends a hair supplement in any regimen. His current favorite is Nutrafol, an all-natural hair supplement that limits inflammation in the hair follicle, resulting in longer, stronger hair.
Comprised of 20 ultra-potent ingredients revered for their proven restorative powers, NUTRAFOL® delivers therapeutic benefits that vitamins and minerals alone cannot. Harnessing the potency of these active ingredients, specifically engineered to work synergistically, each targets a key criteria for healthy hair growth.
At the heart of the unique formula, our patent-pending Synergen Complex® combats the multiple root causes of weakened follicles— stress, aging, heredity and hormonal changes, among them — effectively helping disrupt the hair-thinning/hair-loss phase. NUTRAFOL® then jumpstarts and restores the rhythm of hair’s healthy-growth cycle, back to its peak.
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For more information about Nutrafol go to: http://www.nutrafol.com/
Disclaimer: I received product samples to review any opinions are my own.
Nothing screams Happy New Year like champagne, glitter and a little black dress. New Year's Eve has come and gone, but there is still time for celebration! Why not keep the festivities going with beauty products that help to make you look and feel your sexiest ALL YEAR LONG! Here are a few of my absolute favorites:
Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion
This dynamic duo leaves my skin fresh and nourished. I am loving this adorable champagne-inspired packaging! My skin is left smelling heavenly.
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Champagne
Prepare your lips for some sweet kisses with this lip savor. From the peppermint flavor to keep your breath fresh, the sunflower oil for nourishing benefits, and the glitter to spark the festivities, this little gem is the ultimate necessity.
Airsculpt Laser LiposculptureTM
Dr. Rollins will help you fit into your little black dress once again. The Airsculpt Laser LiposculptureTM quickly and gently removes fat, allowing patients to see results instantly and resume their lives within just 48 hours. With such minimal downtime, you’ll be ready to party again in no time. (My New Year's resolution is to get Airsculpt done on my tummy, arms and thighs!)
Krigler Sparkling Diamond 22
A girl and her two best friends – diamonds and perfume #squadgoals.
Infused with the nectar of champagne this perfume is the perfect way to keep that New Years sparkle all year long. Oh, and don’t forget the piece of jewelry with its crystal inside the bottle!
Disclaimer: I received product samples to review. all opinions are my own.