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Stop and smell the roses! National Red Rose Day was on June 12th. If you missed this glorious holiday (as I did, sadly) there is no better time than the present to embrace the power of roses, often found in KORRES skincare products. KORRES has an entire Wild Rose collection dedicated to this efficacious ingredient, including the below skincare regimen:
NEW KORRES Wild Rose 15% Vitamin C Spotless Serum harnesses Wild Rose Oil in combination with Super Vitamin C to effectively brighten skin and treat all signs of ageing. The unique, double phase oil-and-water treatment has the significant ability to repair fine lines, deeply nourish skin and diminish skin discolorations. The intensive face serum contains no synthetic fragrance and is to be used as an intensive face serum treatment day and/or night.
For maximum skin tone repair, layer with Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial and Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil at night. The 10% Wild Rose Oil is used to brighten and improve radiance and skin discoloration while improving fine lines. Another key ingredient, 15% Super C is the highest concentration of clinically effective stabilized Vitamin C. This potent ingredient increases your skin’s absorption of ascorbic acid by 1000%, offering significant dark spot and discoloration repair while evening skin tone. Additionally, Bisabolol & Ginger root extract is a potent synergistic blend of natural anti-irritants that act against inflammation cause by air pollutants, harsh temperatures, and UV radiation. ($75; Sephora.com.)
KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial is an overnight facial-in-a-jar with a unique soufflé texture that melts instantly into the skin for intense hydration and brightening overnight. The formula contains a generous dose of Wild Rose Oil, boosted with stabilized Super Vitamin C, turmeric extract and hyaluronic acid for softer, smoother, and more radiant skin by the morning. The Sleeping Facial also addresses early signs of ageing and wrinkles by helping promote skin elasticity. ($48; Sephora.com.)
KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C 24-Hour Moisturiser is formulated with a range of natural ingredients that moisturize and brighten the complexion. This new formula of a global best-seller is boosted with the new Patch H2O Complex for a lightweight water texture that quickly absorbs into skin and offers immediate hydration. Wild Rose Oil, combined with stabilized Super Vitamin C and turmeric extract helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and even skin tone to reveal smoother and younger-looking skin. ($39; Sephora.com.)
NaturaBrasil Launches New Product Range – Chronos,
Brazil’s most popular cosmetics company, NaturaBrasil, launches new Chronos skincare line in the US market. Chronos is an #AgePositive skincare line that focuses on the needs of the skin at every life stage. The line consists of three categories that meld Brazil’s rich biodiversity with advanced science – a potent oil-based serum treatment, a trio of life stage specific moisturizers and a five-product daily care system.
Natura’s approach to anti-aging skincare is one of mindful simplicity and empowered acceptance. The Chronos line seeks to change the conversation surrounding age in the context of beauty, promote simplicity within wellness routines and embrace the ever-evolving beauty journey of life. Above all, Natura believes in three main pillars: self-care, caring for others and caring for the planet.
The star product of the line is the Daily Revitalizing Face Oil, a lightweight, enhanced blend of natural oils and esters (including five essential oils with powerful anti-oxidant properties) which restore vitality and radiance to dull, stressed skin caused by daily aggressors such as excess sun and pollution.
Brazilian Biodiversity Ingredients + Advanced Science:
- Brazilian Sapucainha: a Brazilian tree with seeds high in essential fatty acids that inhibit skin damage caused by external aggressions
- Polyphenols: extracted from essential ginger oil, stimulate the skin's natural antioxidant mechanism to provide further protection from environmental damage and improve skin vitality – neutralizes 91% of free radicals
- SymUrban: synthetic molecule that reduces the effects of pollution particles with the skin, protecting collagen and elastin fibers
- Instantly improves overall texture
- Instantly smooths fine lines
- Slows the appearance of aging signs
- Deeply moisturizes
- Protects from daily aggressions
- Skin looks restored and visibly renewed
- Lightweight, fast-absorbing
- Ideal for all skin types, except acne-prone
The second category of the Chronos line is a trio of life stage specific moisturizers which offer streamlined multi-benefit skin treatments. Refills are used to replenish each treatment – an important differentiator, and in line with the brand’s extensive sustainability efforts.
- Energizing Face Cream, 30+ – lightweight, multi-tasking moisturizer hydrates, energizes and protects skin to ease the look of stress and fatigue, using Jambu Extract exclusively developed by NaturaBrasil research, and polyphenols with 9.5% active ingredients
- Firming and Radiance Face Cream, 45+ – charged with amino acids and Brazilian Jatobá Extract , a natural collagen booster exclusively developed by NaturaBrasil research. D eeply moisturizes and firms skin, visibly reduces wrinkles and restores radiance with 11.1% active ingredients
- Lifting and Volumizing Face Cream, 60+ – visibly firms and contours skin, powered by Brazilian Casearia Extract, a natural skin filler which stimulates elastin fibers and the production of hyaluronic acid, and powerful oligosaccharides. Improves skin’s density, plumps the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with 14.4% active ingredients.
Chronos’ final category focuses on daily maintenance and cleansing, with five complementary products that gently remove impurities from the skin while keeping moisture levels balanced.
- Gentle Cleansing Mousse – gentle foam thoroughly removes dirt and impurities while maintaining skin's natural balance
- Creamy Foaming Cleanser –formulated with Cupuaçu Butter, this mild rich cleanser removes impurities, while maintaining the skin’s natural balance
- Bi-phase Makeup Remover – gentletwo-phase formula effectively removes makeup, and is enriched with natural humectants that protect skin's moisture barrier
- Skin Brightening Exfoliator – dual-acting formula combines skin-brightening properties of glycolic acid with gentle exfoliation of bamboo micro-particles to reveal smooth, radiant skin
- Hydra-nourish Moisturizer –daily moisturizer hydrates and nourishes skin with vitamin E, rice peptides and Cupuaçu Butter while protecting it from damaging free radicals
My thoughts: I have been using NaturaBrasil Chronos skincare products for three weeks now. My goal is to keep my skin looking as young as possible for as long as possible. By using anti-aging skincare products such as the Chronos skincare line, I am headed in the right direction to achieve younger looking skin.
I love the Gentle Cleansing Mousse. I use it at night in the shower to remove all of my makeup, as well as any dirt and oil on my face and neck. It cleanses perfectly, and does not irritate my eyes. It feels nice and light on my skin.
Each morning, I begin my day by cleansing my face with the Creamy Foaming Cleanser. It leaves my skin clean and gives it that extra hydration that my skin needs each day.
Every morning and night I apply the Firming and Radiance Face Cream, 45+. This cream is the perfect formula for both morning and night. It is not too heavy for daytime, and it is just the right consistency for a great night facial cream. My skin is renewed and visibly firmer.
Chronos skincare line retails for ($17.50- $62.00)
Natura is the most admired beauty brand in Brazil. The brand is known not only for the quality of its beauty products, but also for its commitment to transparency, sustainability and the promotion of well-being (what Natura calls "bem estar bem"). What started in 1969 as a single store on the famous Oscar Freire shopping street in Sao Paulo has grown into Brazil’s largest single beauty brand and a major force in beauty throughout Latin America. Since the beginning, Natura has been committed to more than just developing and selling beauty products. Two of Natura’s most deeply held beliefs are that the world is interconnected, and that business can be aforce for good. This ethos is reinforced by third party accolades including the United Nations Champions of The Earth Award and Natura’s status as a B (Benefit)- Corporation. To date, Natura has saved nearly 635,000 acres of Amazon rainforest – the brand remains dedicated to sustainability, community development and a vision of beauty without stereotypes.
www.naturabrasil.com | @NaturaBrasil.US
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
With summer heat quickly approaching, you’ll want to make sure you have these essentials in your bag at all times.
NEW Ban Purely Gentle Roll-On Deodorant ($10, Amazon.com)
With a new, gentler formula, Purely Gentle provides24 hour protection against underarm perspiration even for those with sensitive skin. The roll-on glides on smoothly providing instant freshness, transforming hot, overworked skin to smooth and refreshed.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo($6.99, ULTA and food, drug and mass retailers nationwide)
Give your hair an uplifting boost and touchable body that lasts while you’re on the go with just a spritz of this dry shampoo. The revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks while getting rid of dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light.
Erborian CC Crème (Sephora.com, $44)
With a color correcting formula, this crème instantly transforms your skin to a flawlessly smooth, even and radiant finish. It utilizes unique color-changing technology, which allows the crème to adjust to your skin tone and enhance your skin’s true radiance.
This Mother's Day, give your mom a gift that she will love. This year, I have chosen to give my own sweet mother Christie Brinkley's Authentic Skin Care for her Mother's Day gift. My mom deserves the very best, and Christie Brinkley's skin care is definitely the best! My mother is a beautiful woman. (Inside and out.) She has always taken very good care of her skin. She has tried many skin care regimens over the years and has spent a lot of money looking for 'that miracle product' that we have since learned, does not exist! But Christie Brinkley Authentic Skin Care comes pretty close!
Me and my beautiful mother
Below is a sneak peek of my mom's gifts that she is getting for Mother's day. I have listed each one along with a description and my thoughts of each product.
RECAPTURE 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream~ This richly hydrating cream is the perfect daily moisturizer for use under your makeup or alone. My mom loves it because it keeps her skin supple and it has a very nice fragrance. My mother loves skin care products that have an uplifting scent.
COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash~ This gentle facial wash removes all traces of makeup, as well as eye makeup without irritating the eyes. It makes the skin clean and ready for the next facial product. I love how it keeps my skin from becoming oily and shiny.
RECAPTURE 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment~ What a richly penetrating night cream! This night cream absorbs perfectly and is not at all greasy or heavy. My skin is transformed upon wakening.
Refocus Eye + IR Defense~ Dark Circles Under Eyes Treatment with Bio-Copper Complex~ This formula is perfect for getting rid of dark circles and bags under my eyes.
Uplift Firming Neck and Decollete Treatment~ A luxurious, fast working cream that targets the décolleté and neck area with ingredients that help firm, smooth, brighten and rejuvenate the look of the delicate skin of the neck and chest. Uplift supports a firmer, smoother neckline. This is my mom's favorite product in this line.
Not only does Christie Brinkley have amazing skin care products, she has also recently created cosmetics that are beyond perfect! I was given the chance to review a gorgeous eye shadow palette, flawless foundation and richly hydrating lipstick.
FOREVER FLAWLESS Professional Finish Foundation - Its DNA damage-reducing formula contains Broad Spectrum SPF 40 protection. It’s powered by peptides and biomimetic ingredients that attract and bind moisture to the skin and infused with IR Defense.
This perfectly formulated foundation has skin care ingredients along with the most flawless, skin luminizing shades to enhance and beautify your face and neck.
Prime Time Day to Night Nudes Eye Shadow Palette contains a curated collection of perfectly-balanced color, professionally-developed to deliver easy, elegant, day-to-dazzling evening looks.
PURE RADIANCE Illumination Facial Oil~ A fast absorbing, luxurious blend of restorative bio-mimetic omega oils that visibly support skin's natural lipid barrier helping to protect skin from aging and damage. Targets skin discoloration and signs of photo-aging.
Lip Beautifully Moisturizing Lipstick is a non-feathering, no-fade formula developed to pamper lips with hydration and single-stroke, incredibly-rich color. It lasts a long time, too!
For more information, please visit: https://christiebrinkleyauthenticskincare.com
The Princess and the Probiotic
(actual pill is as small as a pea)
Meghan Markle gives gut-felt advice on health and wellness
Not long before saying “yes” to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle posted a blog about her favorite travel essentials. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics were on her short list.
“Always travel with a high strain probiotic and hydrate like you’re dying of thirst,” wrote Markle, showcasing the product and linking to the company’s website . “This dynamic duo of probiotics and agua will keep your gut health in check and honestly stave off jet lag if you’re globetrotting on your travails.”
A reporter for Bustle unearthed this royal advice last month. It was not a paid placement and the probiotic company didn’t find out about it for another 30 days. Suzanne Somers, Kris Carr, Melissa Wood and many other health-savvy devotees and beauty bloggers have made similar unsolicited recommendations of Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics.
Dr. Ohhira’s is a celebrity-and-healthcare-practitioner favorite due to its remarkable fermentation process and because it’s the only probiotic supplement on the market today that is actually a fermented food, containing live cultures and postbiotics.
Perfect for travel its probiotic power is contained in a small capsule and presented in convenient blister packs that DO NOT require refrigeration!
Also, glowing skin and radiant health, like those of the future Princess, can also be a benefit of taking a high quality probiotic. “ Goooo pro…biotics!” Markle says.
When it comes to anti-aging products, I can honestly tell you that some are just a bunch of hype. They don't deliver on their promises of youthful skin, and are a huge waste of money.
In my ten years of being a beauty product reviewer, I have tested hundreds of products. I can honestly say that Rodan & Fields works the anti-aging miracles that it claims it does. In fact, Rodan & Fields is a company that I believe in enough to actually sell their products myself if I ever decide to go that route. For now, I am happy to review their amazing products.
I was given the chance to try out their Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen, Lash Boost, and Intensive Renewing Serum.
Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen
Our hands are among the hardest working and most environmentally vulnerable parts of our bodies. That's why the backs of people's hands often look so much older than their faces. To defend against the telltale signs of skin aging, Rodan & Fields created the REDEFINE™ Hand Treatment Regimen. It visibly brightens, diminishes visible redness and reduces the appearance of brown spots, wrinkles and thin, crepey skin.This set includes the REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment and the REDEFINE Age Shield Hand Balm, but you can purchase each one separately.
Our necks and hands are the first areas that begin to show age, and are the first areas to age the worst if you do not take care of them properly. The skin on our hands is thin, and years can take their toll. It is important to pamper them. Using sunscreen on the backs of your hands is very important! I am only just now starting to remember to use it. The age shield hand balm has an SPF of 30 and makes it easy to remember. I keep it in my purse and swipe it on as needed. The brightening hand treatment is amazing as well. It is a nice hand cream that makes my hands feel soft and moisturized. I don't have age spots on my hands yet, thankfully. Maybe I never will if I keep up this hand care regimen from Rodan & Fields!
Intensive Renewing Serum
Experience the visible skin firming, smoothing and revitalizing benefits of powerful Vitamin A without a visit to the dermatologist’s office. REDEFINE™ Intensive Renewing Serum is the closest you can get to prescription-strength Vitamin A without a prescription. With Retinal-MD™ Technology, 20 times the strength of Retinol, Intensive Renewing Serum harnesses the skin’s own renewing powers to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness. This formula is not only stronger than Retinol, it’s smarter too. Specifically designed to be tough on the signs of aging — not on your skin — it’s gentle enough for everyday use on nearly all skin types. (60 Capsules)
I have been using one capsule a day of Intensive Renewing Serum for two months. A little goes a long way. I apply it to my face, neck and upper chest area. I love it because I am a firm believer in the importance of using Retinol in your skin care regimen, but unfortunately I get a bad reaction to it (Retinol). Thankfully, Intensive Renewing Serum is very gentle on my skin. You cannot really tell by my photo above, but the serum comes in small gelatin capsules that you twist the top off of, and apply it to your skin. The serum is so silky feeling, and it absorbs instantly. It makes my skin feel perfect and so soft. I use it right after I wash my face, usually at night before bed. It has helped my skin to look and feel very young and beautiful.
Get the appearance of lush, longer-looking lashes in as little as four weeks with ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost™.* This nightly eyelash-conditioning serum features a unique proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length for lashes that are 100% real, 100% yours. In weeks, you’ll be wondering if you need mascara at all.
Oh my goodness! I am in LOVE with Lash Boost! It is pure heaven. My eyelashes were short and nothing to brag about. I always used several coats of mascara and a lash curler to make my lashes stand out.
After using Rodan & Fields Lash Boost for about six weeks (every single night before going to bed, AFTER washing my face and removing all makeup.) I apply it along my upper and lower lash lines.
My lashes have grown so much longer, thicker and darker. They almost reach my eyebrows! They are lush and beautiful. I get numerous compliments on them, and the compliments that mean the most are from my husband who usually never notices things like that.
This is such a miracle! My lashes are so long that they curl. I even have to comb them and untangle them each day! Now I only need one coat of mascara and I am good to go! This is so much fun for me. Even when I am not wearing mascara, my eyelashes look perfect and beautiful.
I also apply Lash Boost to my eyebrows a few times each week. I used to pluck my eyebrows and the hairs never quite grew back, but now they ARE back! I have my eyebrows back! This is one product that I never want to be without!
This photo doesn't really do my lashes justice, but can you see how long they have become.
For more information, go to https://www.rodanandfields.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely LOVE KORRES! I get really excited when I hear of new products they have created. I often feel like they are being made just for me! Okay, I know that KORRES isn't creating new products with me in mind, but it is always something perfect for my skin!
These two NEW skincare products from my favorite KORRES collections, are can be found online and in Sephora stores!
Introducing the NEW Pomegranate AHAs & Enzyme Resurfacing Mask and Black Pine Antiaging, Firming & Lifting Sleeping Facial
Pomegranate AHAs & Enzyme Resurfacing Mask:
I love this resurfacing mask! I use it once a week to remove dead skin cells that dull my complexion. It really came in handy last week when the weather became frigid during a freak late winter storm. My skin reacted by getting really dry. It was embarrassing because it was flaky looking and needed a good (yet gentle) exfoliating treatment. Thankfully this did the job, and left my skin looking renewed.
To use: I apply is directly to my face, neck and upper chest area, rubbing it in a circular motion all over my skin. I leave it on for five minutes, and then I rinse it off in the shower. It is easy to use.
Black Pine Antiaging, Firming & Lifting Sleeping Facial:
Harnessing the resiliency of Black Pine trees, this rich overnight moisturiser uses a proprietary blend of natural actives for advanced firming, contouring, and lifting action. A hybrid of a mask and a night cream, the luxurious formula works overnight to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve facial architecture and visually plump skin by morning.
I absolutely love a nourishing night cream that revitalizes my skin as I sleep. This one is perfectly hydrating, yet not heavy or greasy. It absorbs deeply into my skin, and I really see a difference upon waking up in the morning. My skin is not only hydrated, it is also much firmer, and seems to have a healthy glow. This facial cream also has a very nice fragrance! I apply it to my entire face, neck and upper chest area.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
My hair is so unpredictable. In fact, I feel that my hair has a mind of its own. Some days, it is full of volume, shine and softness. Other days, my hair is thin, fragile, dry and brittle.
As a busy mom, I don't have a lot of time to go to the salon and get my hair cut as often as I should. My ends get dry and brittle, and start to break off. I had always wished for a miracle product that would make my dry, damaged hair look healthy so that I can make the time between salon visits last longer. (My hair has blonde highlights, so it has more than its fair share of damage.)
I also wished for products that were made of natural ingredients that would be safe for my entire family. Thankfully, I was introduced to MONAT Global hair care.
MONAT Global is an emerging leader in the hair care industry and the very FIRST NATURAL HAIR Direct Sales company in the world. They have a naturally-based, safe, pure, cruelty-free, and sustainable solution for all types of hair.
MONAT Global is a recent arrival to the hair care scene and has a lineup of award winning products that will help everyone achieve their hair goals, whether it is to improve hair manageability, density, and fullness or to decrease the substantially decrease the thinning process & hair fallout.
I had always heard good things about MONAT hair care products, and so I was excited when I was given the chance to review them! I was sent MONAT'S RENEW Shampoo and REVITALIZE Conditioner.
These formulas were exactly what my parched and damaged hair was needing. I immediately put them to use. Following the directions on the bottle, I shampooed my hair with the RENEW shampoo, which I could tell was going to be something different from the thick, rich and luxurious lather. I left it in my hair for 3 minutes, massaging it into my scalp, and making certain that every strand of my hair was saturated. Then, I rinsed. I immediately re-applied and repeated the process.
Before applying the REVITALIZING Conditioner, the directions suggested towel drying my hair before applying the conditioner. So after gently towel drying, I applied the rich and creamy conditioner from roots to the ends, and left it in my hair for five minutes before rinsing.
After allowing my hair to air dry, and then styling it as usual, I was amazed at the transformation of my hair. It was immediately healthier, shinier and my split ends were no longer noticeable. It looked as if I had gotten them cut off! My hair was completely transformed.
I have since been using MONAT every three days whenever I wash my hair, and I haven't needed a hair cut to trim my dead ends, frankly because my ends no longer look dead, nor do they break off. My hair has grown at least two inches in that period of time since I have been using MONAT.
MONAT products can be bought online three ways: retail, VIP customer or as a Market Partner. For more information, please visit: www.MonatNews.mymonat.com
*This has been a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.
A visit to the spa is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences ever. You can take in the soothing scents of essential oils that calm the senses and help to lift toxins out of the body. You’ll enjoy the sounds of nature or tranquil music that helps to put you in a sleep-like state as you receive a facial that will leave your skin glowing and youthful.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have time to visit the spa as often as we would like. However, there are some spa treatments you can try at home that are just as relaxing. It’s also important to give your skin spa-quality treatment as much as possible because of the pollutants that are found in the air that affect our bodies daily. To find out more about how to improve the condition of your skin at home, read more at Facing Acne. These treatments are also designed to give you glowing skin, so you’ll look like you had a spa weekend without leaving the comfort of your home.
Chocolate Face Mask
Not only can you enjoy some of your favorite gourmet chocolate as you indulge in your homemade spa, you can save a little for your facial as well. Chocolate has properties that renew and hydrate the skin, and there are also antioxidants in chocolate that help to combat cell damage and the negative effects of free radicals on the skin. To make this chocolate mask, you’ll need cocoa, honey, heavy cream, cottage cheese and oatmeal. The cream and cottage cheese contain lactic acid, which can even your skin tone and deep-clean your pores. Mix the ingredients together until the mixture looks similar to a batter. Use a facial spatula or brush to apply the mask to your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. When rinsing, use small circular motions to take the mask off and to get the exfoliation benefits of the oatmeal.
A scrub made from sugar or salt is often used in spas as a way to exfoliate the face and body. If you’ve ever experienced a scrub before a facial or massage, you know how soothing it can be. Now, you can make your own scrub at home using brown sugar, oatmeal, and olive or coconut oil. Brown sugar is beneficial for the skin because it protects the skin from bacteria and can get rid of dark circles under the eyes. Oatmeal contains beta glucans which are beneficial for tightening the skin, and the oats gentle exfoliate to remove debris and dead skin cells so that newer skin cells can thrive. Use a cup of each ingredient to create the scrub, and apply it all over your face and body, using small circular motions. Rinse the scrub off in the shower using lukewarm or tepid water. You’ll notice a difference right away – your skin will be smooth, supple and soft to the touch.
Papaya Enzyme Facial
Papain, the enzyme in papaya has the ability to improve the texture of the skin and help to reverse some of the effects of aging and sun damage. Papaya enzyme also serves as a gentle exfoliator and leave your skin glowing after use. You can take the enzyme internally, but you can also apply papaya to your face in the form of a DIY spa treatment.
After washing your face with a quality cleanser, put a pot of water on the stove to boil and mash up half a papaya to form a paste. Once the water gets hot, remove it from the stove and place your face over it to feel the steam for about five minutes. Then, apply the mashed papaya to your face. You can move away from the steam and even go lie down for about 10 minutes while the fruit enzyme does the work of lifting impurities from your skin. This is actually a treatment that is used in actual spas, so you can save money and be completely comfortable while you give yourself this four-star treatment.
Now that you know some of the beneficial spa treatments you can try at home, you can set aside time for a spa day without having to travel anywhere. This may make it easier to make time for quality skin treatments. The more you treat your skin with quality ingredients, the sooner you’ll see a youthful and glowing complexion.