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I have been learning so much about the important health benefits of probiotics. They are crucial to our body's well-being. But I had never really thought about how probiotics could be beneficial to our skin.
Just as probiotics taken internally work to reduce inflammation and boost the immune system, so do probiotics applied directly to the skin. Skin is bombarded daily with an excess of harsh pollutants, chemicals and free radicals, all of which put our skin – our body’s first line of defense – in a state of exhausted, constant crisis.
Live, active probiotics applied topically provide much needed reinforcements for the good bacteria in the skin’s microbiome while neutralizing the harmful bacteria. This allows the skin to find peace, rebalance and reset for an optimum level of health and vibrancy. It all makes sense, right?
LaFlore Skin Care uses the latest innovations in biotechnology to cultivate the power of probiotics, LaFlore™ ’s patent-pending Probiotic Technology delivers a suspended matrix of live, bioactive time released prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics which activate upon application to bolster skin health. and intuitively balance individual skin microbiome. LaFlore products incorporate an impressive combination of nutrient rich – anti-inflammatory ingredients which get to the root of a problem.
Most probiotic lines have one or two probiotic essences in their products. LaFlore™ uses a multitude of diversified flora within all three products. This matrix of actives is then cultivated into three unique cocktails and custom blended to produce results in three distinct phases of application: cleanse-recharge, treat-recover and moisturize -protect. The more variety of bio-available flora, the more opportunity there is for the skin to achieve a state of peace, balance and better skin health.
I was given the chance to review LaFlore Skin Care, and received the following products:
LaFlore® Probiotic Cleanser – Softens, brightens and balances all skin types. The Live- Active Probiotics has Pineapple extract (Bromelain), Spearmint essential oil and Aloe. I use this moisturizing cleanser in the evening to remove all of my makeup, even my eye makeup. (It doesn't irritate my sensitive eyelids at all. It leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh.
LaFlore® Probiotic Serum Concentrate – Calms, smooths fine lines and wrinkles and boosts the skin’s natural defense system. I apply this serum immediately after cleansing in the evening. This powerhouse serum includes Perilla Seed oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamins A, D, K, E, and Beta Carotene, as well as Hemp Seed oil, Jojoba, Avocado and Squalene. This serum can also be used as a spot treatment for acne and rosacea. (Over a dozen probiotics in the LaFlore Live-Active Probiotic Serum!) It gives my skin that boost of nutrients that it needs.
LaFlore® Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer – An aloe-based moisturizer packed with active probiotics, botanical humectants, super-antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and vitamin D3. This moisturizer primes skin for a flawless makeup application while protecting the skin’s barrier function from the degenerative effects of environmental exposure. I use this as both my night and day cream.
For my daily routine, I actually don't even wash my face because the products from the night before are still on my skin, doing their job. Sometimes, I just rinse it with water, and then add the serum and moisturizer before applying my makeup. My skin never breaks out, is never oily, and looks radiant and young!
To learn more about LaFlore Probiotic Skin Care go to: https://laflore.com/
*I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
I love Clarins. Clarins is a brand that I have always admired, and every product I have ever tried from this brand has been heavenly. I was excited to get the chance to review Clarins Double Serum, which, by the way has been on the market for one whole year now!
A serum is a vital step in my daily anti-aging skin care routine. Whether I am getting ready in the morning, or washing my face at night before bed, I always begin with a thorough cleansing. After cleansing, (both morning and night) I always pat my face dry, and immediately follow with a serum before adding my moisturizer, or any further products.
Why is a serum important? A serum is a crucial product because it contains a high concentration of powerful ingredients. Clarins Double serum contains over twenty skin-loving plant ingredients, such as Tumeric extract, which in itself is the best thing ever for our bodies, from the inside out!
Clarins Double Serum is even better than the leading serums. It is a two-in-one serum that is part water, part oil. Water and oil are two essential elements that healthy skin needs. The oil and water are activated upon dispensing, mixing the two separate phases together with a simple pump. I dispense a few drops of each to the palm of my hand and mix them with my fingertips before applying the serum to my face, neck and upper chest. A little goes a long way.
I am amazed at how this formula does not feel greasy on my skin. It absorbs very nicely, and makes my skin feel perfectly hydrated. In fact, I could even stop there, and not follow up with my moisturizer, because my skin feels as if I already have moisturizer on! I have never used a serum that has made my skin feel so amazing.
After using Clarins Double serum as a part of my daily skin care regimen for about 3 weeks now, I am enjoying firmer skin that looks younger and just glows!
It has been on the market for one year now.
Being a mom is a big job, and it’s a job that often takes precedence over every other part of our lives. Instead of getting a nice lie-in on the weekends, we have to wake up and make breakfast. Instead of being able to spend an afternoon shopping, it’s spent driving from one practice to another. Being a great mom takes a lot of time, effort, and energy, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop making time for yourself. Feeling beautiful is a huge confidence booster and can help you feel more like yourself again, instead of just a provider. To help you feel more beautiful every day, all you need to do is to follow these steps:
Invest in At-Home Spa Treatments
You don’t need to go to the spa to get the luxury treatment. Instead, you can invest in the luxury right at home. Get clay masks, essential oils, luxury hair products, and even medication if you have skin conditions like adult acne or rosacea. You can be stunning with or without makeup, but to do so, you need to invest in improving your natural beauty at its source. Better products will help you do this, and because it’s part of your regular routine, it means you can make time for a little piece of luxury every day.
Treat Yourself to A Luxury Purchase
If you have been hinting and hinting to your partner or children that you would like a certain gift, but they haven’t caught on, don’t despair. If you like surprises, you can let them come up with their own gift ideas, and instead, buy the luxury items you want as a treat for yourself. If timeless luxury pearl jewelry is your weak spot, then treat yourself to a pair of earrings or a necklace. Wearing something nice every day can automatically make you feel beautiful, and if it does, then it’s money well spent.
Schedule a Regular Date Night – And Dress Up!
Let’s be honest, whenever we dress up we do it for ourselves before we ever do it for someone else, but that doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes need an excuse. Getting dolled up to take the kids to school can often feel like overkill, but putting on your little black dress and wearing heels for a fancy dinner date with your partner, isn’t. That’s why you should schedule a regular date night between you and your partner, or even go out on a girl’s night every once in a while. This could be every month, or it could be every week. Either way, it will help you feel great about yourself and can give you two some quality time alone.
Being a mom might be the greatest role of your life, but that doesn’t mean you should ever sacrifice feeling good and beautiful about yourself while you do it. By investing in beautify supplies, treating yourself to luxury items that make you feel beautiful just by wearing them, and of course, by organizing more trips out, you can benefit from a better balance and lead a happier life.
Celebrity Makeup Artist Tasha Brown worked with bareMinerals Power of Good Ambassador, actress Letitia Wright for the recent Emmy Awards – below is a breakdown of the look!
Who: Letitia Wright at the 2018 Emmy Awards
Inspiration: Letitia's gorgeous gown featured great shine and texture which immediately inspired Celebrity Makeup Artist Tasha Brown to give Letitia peachy and bronze tones to keep her looking ethereal to match her dress. Tasha added soft, arched brows and golden eyeshadow with a natural skin finish, added glowing shimmery highlights on the cheekbones and eye lids.
How to Get the Look:
Tasha prepped Letitia’s skin by saturating her cleansed face with bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense to create a smooth moisturized canvas for makeup. She then applied bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation with SPF 15 in shade Golden Dark with the bareMinerals Beautiful Finish Foundation Brush in a tapping motion through the center of Letitia’s face for light coverage, creating an even base for the rest of her makeup.
Tasha used a sheer layer of bareMinerals BarePRO Glow Highlighter in Fierce to highlight the tops of Letitia’s cheekbones, center of nose and chin for a bit of glow and dimension. To add a healthy flush of color, Tasha lightly dusted bareMinerals’s Gen Nude Powder Blush in That Peach Tho along hairline, on temples and on cheeks with a large fluffy brush.
Tasha applied the deep bronze tones of the bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral all over the eyelid to better complement the color of Leticia’s gown.
Tasha finished off the lips without a liner for a softer edge to the lips and applied bareMinerals Gen Nude Lip Lacquer Buttercream Lipgloss in Flirt for a soft nude peach with sheen to match the sheen of the gown.
Where to Find Them:
bareMinerals products are available at bareMinerals boutiques and bareMinerals.com. Also available at Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenny, ULTA, Macy’s, Dillards, fine spas and salons. Visit bareminerals.com for store locations.
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Have you ever heard of RivalGlam? Neither had I, until just recently. Redefining the standards, RivalGlam brings you a portfolio of top influencers who are setting trends in beauty, fashion, and style. This online marketplace and product ecosystem is where the world's top social influencers cross-sell their unique beauty and fashion lines that are co-developed under Twila True Collaborations-from accessories to makeup, skincare and beyond. Having established herself in the fast-paced world of beauty and fashion e-commerce with the successful release of Twila True Beauty and Twila True Fine Jewelry, the serial entrepreneur and president/CEO, Twila True, behind True Family Enterprises develops an entirely new business model aimed at helping creative influencers build their unique brands while reaching a wide audience.
I am already very impressed with my first RivalGlam purchase! I ordered this beautiful beauty product set which includes products from top influencers including Katelynn Ansari, Cristal Garcia and Evelyn Lazado. How fun!
I love how elegantly packaged these beauty products arrived
Look at all of these beautiful nail shades. You have everything here for a gorgeous manicure, plus a rich and creamy hand cream for silky, youthful hands. I use the Tru Renewal Oil as a cuticle softener. I sometimes rub it into my cuticles. I have noticed that my cuticles really absorb the oil and my nails grow stronger, and thicker because of the nutrients in the oil. It is also perfect for taming flyways, or to smooth out last minute frizz in my hair.
The nail polish shades are perfect for all seasons. I love the top coats that really seal in the color for a long lasting finish.
I also received a pair of these gorgeous Evelyn White Gold Hoop Earrings, which I can't really wear just yet since I have a sweet baby grand daughter who would love to rip them from my lobes. They are very pretty, though.
The Georgia Gift Box
Fragrance and Body Lotions by Robin McGraw
(Dr. Phil’s wife of over 40 years.)
Valued at $120.00
I just love watching Dr. Phil. He and his wife, Robin are such a great couple! Right now, Robin McGraw is giving away one Georgia Gift Box to one of my readers on Beautiful Mommies!
The Georgia Gift Box by Robin McGraw (a $120 value) was inspired by the strength and love of her mother, Georgia. This beautiful, luxurious box, wrapped in an elegant satin bow, holds 5 scented gifts and a card with a special message from Robin.
Here are descriptions of each full-sized product featured in this impressive gift box.
Georgia eau de parfum
A sensual, sophisticated fragrance featuring fresh, floral notes 1.7 fl. oz./50 mL
Be unforgettable with this statement-making scent.Inspired by the spirit, love, power, and strength of Robin’s mother, Georgia embodies what it means to be fabulous and fierce. Wherever you go, a zing of bergamot, pink freesia, and water lotus announces your arrival, before whimsical orchid and rose begin to bloom, and soothing amber and coral musk linger long after you’ve made your grand entrance.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Pink Freesia, Water Lotus
Middle Notes: Whimsical Orchid, Feminine Rose, Tea Leaf
Base Notes: Patchouli, Soothing Amber, Coral Musk
Georgia Foaming Shower Gel
You’ll love lathering up with this irresistible blend of soothing botanicals 8 fl oz
Enriched with calendula, honey, aloe, and olive fruit extracts, this foaming shower gel leaves skin feeling relaxed, refreshed, and baby soft, while the elegant aroma of Robin’s signature scent elevates your bath to a decadent, spa-like experience.
Georgia Hydrating Body Butter
An ultra-moisturizing, skin-soothing treatment for your body 8 fl. oz
Indulge your skin cravings. This luxuriously rich cream is formulated with moisturizing shea butter, macadamia seed oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E to provide dull, dry skin with long-lasting hydration and antioxidant protection.
Packed with essential nutrients, this velvety formula feels surprisingly light on the skin, absorbing quickly for a boost of moisture and leaving your body delicately fragranced with Robin’s signature Georgia scent.
Georgia Moisturizing Hand Cream 3 fl oz/ 89 ml
From the fresh, floral scent to the silky texture, this luxurious hand cream is a must-have for pampering on-the-go. Give your hardworking hands a well-deserved break with nourishing mango butter and antioxidant-rich milk thistle to hydrate, repair, and protect skin. The light formula absorbs quickly, leaving hands feeling soft and supple but not slippery, so you can pick up right where you left off.
NO PARABENS, DYE FREE, NO SLS, NO MINERAL OIL, NO ANIMAL TESTING
Enter to win! One winner will receive a Georgia Gift Box. The Georgia Gift Box by Robin McGraw was inspired by the strength and love of Robin's mother, Georgia. This beautiful, luxurious box, wrapped in an elegant satin bow, holds 5 scented gifts and a card with a special message from Robin. (a $120 value)
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National Cleanse Your Skin Week is coming up on August 1st , so spend some extra time caring for your skin with innovative products that deliver proven results. From products that focus on the K-Beauty double cleansing ritual to those that gently exfoliate the skin in three distinct ways; and from charcoal-based products that help detox those unexpected areas (like your underarm)to those that provide cooling and soothing masks that are rich in botanicals and antioxidants, there is something unexpected and effective for everyone and every skin type.
Whip your skin into shape with the help of IOPE Ideal Cleansing Foam Whipping Brightener. The brightener deeply cleanses skin of impurities for a clear, even complexion. The creamy texture turns to soft foam, providing skin with lasting moisture. Contains pre-biotics, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid to promote a healthy complexion and maintain an even tone. ($22; available for in-store purchase at Aritaum.)
Take it ALL off with the NEW BioréCleansing Micellar Waters in Charcoal and Baking Soda — no sink required. These Micellar Cleansing Waters easily remove makeup without agitating your skin — no rubbing, no rinse and no residue. The Bioré formulas have been designed with a higher concentration of micellar cleansing agents, giving the formula maximum cleansing ability. These innovative micellar waters feature a splash of color too — the charcoal formula is a detoxifying black hue formulated for oily skin and the baking soda formula refreshes in a blue shade formulated for combination skin. ($6.99; available at all mass retailers and drugstores nation-wide.)
Looking for balance? Restore your skins balance and glow with the help of IMAGE Skincare ORMEDIC Balancing Gel Masque. Like a breath of fresh air for the skin, this gentle, organically based gel masque soothes and cools on contact. It contains healing botanicals and antioxidants that quench skin with hydration. The masque is physician formulated for all skin types, including dull or dehydrated skin, irritated skin, redness-prone skin, acne-prone skin and post-laser treatment skin. ($36; IMAGESkincare.com.)
Take the time to exfoliate with KORRES Pomegranate AHAs & Enzymes Resurfacing Mask resulting in skin texture improvement and pore minimization. The mask is powered by glycolic acid as well as pomegranate grains and extract to purify the skin. The mask exfoliates in three distinct ways: mechanical, chemical and enzymatic. It balances excess sebum ensuring your complexion looks and feels its best. ($34; Sephora.com.)
Cleanse somewhere other than your face with the power of charcoal while making the switch over to natural deodorants with LAVANILA The Healthy Underarm Detox Mask! The underarm detox mask is specially formulated to detoxify and beautify the underarm area while working to ease the transition to a natural deodorant. The mask helps to draw out aluminum and impurities with the help of charcoal, while also lightening, nourishing and smoothing the skin. Additionally, use of the underarm detox mask shortens the transition period to a natural deodorant. ($26; Sephora.com.)
Makeup isn’t always deceiving. If you look entirely different after you remove makeup, it means that your skin may not be 100% healthy. Because of pollution, the harsh chemicals in some products, aging, and our stressful lives, the skin loses some of its radiance and ideal look. We must admit that we need beauty products for skin care.
Experts insist that the ultimate base for your makeup products is a healthy skin. The skin is our body's largest organ and the toughest because it works as a barrier between the external world and our internal organs. It balances the body's temperature and continually changes. Old cells die and new cells form while we sleep – that is why we should change bed sheets often. Yet, how can we ensure that we buy the right beauty products for our skin care routine?
Know Your Skin
You cannot begin looking for products if you don't know your skin's particularities. You can easily determine completely dry and oily skin types, as the former dehydrates visibly, while the latter makes your pores feel clogged. Sensitive skin, on the other hand, develops bumps and irritation from many ingredients. Combination skin is a bit tough to determine as typically cheeks are dry while the nose and forehead (the T-zone) are oily.
You can find out your skin type by applying a cleanser, drying the face, and leaving the skin bare for 60 minutes. Evaluate how the skin feels when you are smiling. Touch your cheeks and see if they feel oily. The T-zone should be subtly shiny. If your cheeks are shiny too, then you have oily skin.
Know How Products Work for Each Skin
It is easy to find the best products for each skin type. The hard part comes when you notice that similar products may not work the same way. Many women trust user reviews whenever they plan to purchase something new. Yet, very few do additional research. You should know why a product is well-rated instead of looking for which products have positive reviews.
That is when comparison reviews come in handy. There are specialized websites which offer comparison reviews when analyzing the best beauty products for skin care at the moment. To deepen your research for the best shopping experience, consult websites such as Beauty Essential and find out if a product’s pros and cons and long-term effects are beneficial for you.
Find Products for a Complete Skin Care Routine
In this article, we will only discuss beauty products for facial skin care, as the face is the most exposed part of your body to harmful solar radiation, makeup, and pollution. These are the products you need for a complete skincare routine:
1. Face cleansers: Washing your face is not that easy when you also need to remove makeup and clean out dust particles. Face cleansers keep your pores clean and prevent clogging. Choose only the products that are adapted to your age and skin type. Purifying cleansers work for most skin types. At this point, it is worth noting that makeup remover wipes don’t provide in-depth cleansing. You will still need to use a cleanser after using them.
2. Toning products: A facial toner surprisingly removes any traces of a cleanser and the impurities that prevent your skin from having a balanced 5.5 pH. The skin's pH can also change after coming in contact with tap water and dusty towels. Alcohol-free products are recommended to keep inflammation at bay. By using a toner, you don’t let your pores fight invisible enemies on their own.
3. Moisturizing products: Here comes the lotion. The skin is fresh, smooth, and soft when it is properly moisturized. You can keep your complexion moisturized and hydrated with either a light lotion or a thick cream. A hydrated face will look even and illuminated, while the skin stays firm. The skin reacts quickly to moisturizing formulas. Also, you can apply the product to the neck and upper chest, as well. As a pro tip, you should choose formulas that are designed to lock in moisture.
4. Sunscreen products: You expose your face to the sun even when you go to the grocery store. So, you need products with a sun protection factor (SPF) to keep your skin healthy. If this step takes too long, look for moisturizing products that contain SPF.
Analyze your daily schedule to see if you need morning or nighttime products. You should use only the basic products if you also exercise a lot. Also, while some products aren't recommended during pregnancy, others help you give birth to a baby with healthy skin.
Look Out for Ingredients
Some beauty products for skin care make you feel fresh, while others give you inflammation even if don’t have any allergies. Beside alcohol and parabens, these are the most common ingredients in skin care products that might change your mind:
- AHAs (Alpha-hydroxy acids) – used for irregular pigmentation and age fine lines. They create sun sensitivity.
- Salicylic acid removes dead skin and treats skin-damaged skin and acne.
- Retinol aka pure vitamin A is an anti-aging active ingredient that also treats pigmentation and wrinkles.
- L-ascorbic acid aka vitamin C balances your skin's collagen production, while working as an antioxidant that minimizes scars in the long run. But in vitamin C serums, if the concentration of L-ascorbic acid is too high (10%-20%), it can cause irritation.
In addition, make sure to read the ingredients list to avoid buying products that trigger allergic reactions.
Disclaimer: Don’t Take Opinions Too Seriously
When your research gets out of control, you may come across information that may seem genuine and valid – but it isn't. There has been a recent debate over an article claiming that our skin has gone through a lot during the evolutionary process, so there's no reason for taking care of your skin. Many beauty experts and websites, including VOGUE, have debunked the theory.
Most studies have confirmed the need of a skin care routine in an age when we are exposed to so many dangers, and our lifestyles are anything but serene. You are a mommy who cares for her children. So, remember that they see you as a model in the simplest of things. Using the best beauty products for your skin will make you feel fresh, energized and more confident!
Comodynes Make-Up Remover Towelettes - At just $6.25 for a resealable package of 20 towelettes, these pretties pack a big punch. Whether removing stubborn water-proof mascara or providing a touch-up after a long day, these hypo-allergenic and paraben-free towelettes are available for Normal Skin, Sensitive & Dry, Extra Sensitive, and for Oily & Combination Skin. Available at select retailers nationwide or by visiting Comodynes.Net. Celeb fans include Retta and Rachel Bilson.
Hotheads' Mini G Hairbrush - Good things really do come in small packages! The Mini G conveniently fits in your handbag, gym bag or travel bag. Use it with your favorite dry shampoo to refresh tired locks. It’s the perfect little brush to distribute your leave-in products before heading out into the sun. Great for detangling after a swim, the Mini G also helps remove sand debris from the scalp and hair. Finishing your day at the beach using the Mini G will reduce frizz and help create the perfect ponytail. Only $9.38 at Hotheads Hairbrush.com.
Ola Tropical Apothecary Body Mist - The secret ingredient in Ola Tropical Apothecary’s Deep Sea Body Mist is…the water.Found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast, each Body Mist contains over 90trace minerals, and is high in calcium and magnesium.A few simple spritzs to hair, face and skin instantly hydrates and moisturizes. Just $14 for a 2 ounce size at Hawaiian BodyProducts.com.
Mother's Day is around the corner. Treat your mom to something to help make her look and feel beautiful! Beauty products are always something that Mom will appreciate, especially if the products are unique, just like she is. Rahua Beauty has the perfect gifts for her.
Rahua (pronounced “Ra-wa”) is Rainforest Grown Beauty, founded with a passion to preserve the Amazon Rainforest. Using the power of Mother Nature, Rahua has grown to become the luxury standard for clean, sustainable beauty. What more could Mom want when it comes to beauty products?
Rahua® products are vegan, organic, sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free and support indigenous economies. Amazon Beauty® is dedicated to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and the indigenous people that live there. In the process of bringing the Amazon’s greatest products to you, Amazon Beauty® Inc. has committed itself to building sustainable communities and creating learning centers within the Amazon rainforest.
Here's a video clip that explains a bit about Rahua Rainforest Grown Beauty:
Rahua Classic Shampoo, Conditioner and Shower Gel are the perfect gift for mom from Mother Earth! I received samples of these products to review.
Rahua Classic Shampoo~ This luxurious shampoo leaves locks luminous and soft by imparting omega-9 packed rahua oil and other all-natural, plant-derived nutrients. I love the rich lather, and the uplifting fragrance. After washing and rinsing, my hair is left perfectly clean and has incredible volume.
Rahua Classic Conditioner~ This rich and ultra-hydrating conditioner delivers lustrous, healthy locks and detangles with powerful omega-9 rich rahua oil and exotic extracts that maintain strong hair and manageability. My color-treated hair tends to be extremely dry. After just one use of this amazing conditioner, it felt as if my hair had been transformed. It was shiny, smooth, silky and perfectly hydrated.
Rahua Body Shower Gel~ This energizing plant-powered shower gel gently cleanses and nourishes skin. It awakens the senses with the invigorating scent of palo santo “holy wood”, lavender, eucalyptus and vanilla. I love this richly lathering formula. It is perfect for shaving my legs in the shower, and makes my skin so very soft!
To learn more about Rahua Rainforest Grown Beauty, or to place an order, go to: https://rahua.com/us/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.