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INTRODUCING HIGHER EDUCATION SKINCARE
THINK: It’s time to teach your skin!
WHAT IT IS: Higher Education Skincare is an education-centric skincare brand with high quality, dermatologist-approved products formulated specifically for Generation Z and Millennial skin. Offering decades of experience with Fortune 500 beauty brands, Higher Education Skincare experts believe that skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. The result: a clean, cruelty-free product line packed with efficacious ingredients that promote a healthy and vibrant complexion now and for years to come.
The Higher Education Skincare mission is straightforward: make serious skincare fun by educating and empowering women to be confident, happy and healthy. The brand achieves this mission with the help of their advisory board composed of “glow-getter” females ages 17-29, who contribute insights, suggestions, feedback and ideas to ensure HES empowers their audiences with fresh, relevant content.
With a touch of whimsy, HES products feature names like “Make Out Ready™,” “Study Buddy™” and “Cram Session™” and are delivered in unique, book-like unit cartons that reveal crisp packaging, engaging surprises and special offers. Backed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Cox who has a special interest in the treatment of patients between the ages of 15-35, each product in the Higher Education Skincare line aligns with one of the core essential skincare categories: cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, treat or protect. All are encouraged to take the Higher Education Skincare Skin Identifier to create an individualized skincare regimen built with a core curriculum and additional electives as needed.
Unique to Higher Education Skincare is their “School of Skin,” or SOS, which provides anyone the opportunity to earn an honorary skincare “degree” through a collection of modules and quizzes while the brand’s blog “The Glow” offers sassy, educational content on topics including: healthy skin, skin science, healthy living and beauty tips, encouraging a holistic skincare education.
The collection includes:
- Pre-Req™ Invigorating Foaming Cleanser
- Cheat Sheet™ Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes
- Grinding Away™ Skin Polishing Scrub
- Rush™ Clear Complexion Wipes with 2% Salicylic Acid
- Easy A™ Gentle Resurfacing Pads
- Cram Session™ Vitamin Infused Hydrating Lotion
- Spring Break™ Oil-Free Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
- Double Major™ Moisture Relief Gel
- MBA™ Night Renewing Serum with 0.5% Retinol
- Night Owl™ Reviving Eye Complex
- Study Buddy™ Clarifying and Brightening Mask
- Make Out Ready™ Moisturizing Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 15
WHERE TO FIND THEM: From $6 - $39 at highereducationskincare.com
Confidence comes when you look and feel good. There is something to be said about having clear skin and putting your best face forward (definitely a confidence booster). In need of skincare products to help you get there? Bioré Skincare has you covered with a variety of products to help you achieve that #flawless complexion you have been dreaming of. Oh, and National Youth Confidence Day is coming up on October 20th —the perfect excuse to test out these efficacious skincare products that so many teens and young adults turn to.
Achieve clearer skin in just two days with Bioré Baking Soda Acne Cleansing Foam. The foamy formula is fun to use and an effective cleanser. The cleansing foam is made for combination skin, gently removing daily surface dirt and oil to achieve a deep clean without over cleansing or stripping skin of its moisture . The thick, rich foam formula is like washing your face with a cloud—Baking Soda cleansing agents deep clean pores while Salicylic Acid treats and prevents breakouts, ensuring your face looks as clean and clear as it feels. ($6.49; available at all mass retailers and drugstores nation-wide.)
Melt away the stress (and dirt and oil) with Bioré Charcoal Self Heating One Minute Mask. Infused with natural charcoal, the mask opens pores and draws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanser. It finishes with a cooling sensation for tingly-smooth skin in just one minute. Mix this charcoal face mask with water to increase heating action by 2x. Talk about turning up the heat. ($7.99 (for 4 masks); available at all mass retailers and drug stores nation-wide.) (Tip: Multi- Mask with the Self Heating One Minute Mask and a Deep Cleansing Pore Strip for double the fun.)
Say hello to clean pores! Stop picking and squeezing and start using the Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips. With purifying charcoal powder, the strip acts like a magnet to draw out and absorb excess dirt and oil, reducing shine. The best part – you can see the results right there on the strip. The skin will be left feeling fresh, clean and 3x less oily than before. When used weekly, you will have fewer clogged pores and the appearance of pores will actually diminish. ($6.49; available at all mass retailers & drug stores nation-wide.)
National Pimples Day is September 25th. There is no better way to celebrate the holiday than with clear complexion. Check out these acne banishers from the Bioré Skincare Acne Collection:
Bioré® Charcoal Acne Scrub: In addition to oil-absorbing charcoal, acne-fighting salicylic acid, and proprietary technology that allows for deep cleaning without over-drying (which is a major problem for acne-fighting products), this powerful scrub for oily skin contains exfoliating beads and skin-polishing .
Bioré® Skincare Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser: This breakthrough cleanser gets pores twice as clean after just one use, in as little as 30 seconds. By combining natural charcoal with Bioré® Skincare’s exclusive Skin Purifying Technology, featuring breakthrough dirt-seeking molecules, this cleanser provides targeted deep cleansing for a smooth, clear complexion without irritating skin. The black liquid to white foam, non-staining formula leaves a tingly-smooth deep clean.
Bioré® Baking Soda Acne Scrub: Formulated for combination skin, this cleansing scrub gently exfoliates with smooth spherical beads and baking soda to remove pore-clogging dead skin cells, while treating existing acne and banishing future breakouts with salicylic acid. The creamy formula instantly conditions and softens the skin, leaving you with a silky, smooth complexion.
As the weather starts to warm up – those long, relaxing summer weekends are closer than we think! Luckily, bringing your favorite skincare routine with you doesn’t need to be a chore. This Memorial Day (and all the glorious extended weekends to come) can be made simple with Biore’s perfect travel-friendly essentials to make packing a breeze. These must-haves fit perfectly in your toiletry bag and make cleansing and refreshing your skin quick and fun, so you have more time to relax and soak up the sun!
Bioré® Baking Soda Scrub:
No need to worry about liquid products spilling in your bag – This cleanser is powder until you activate it with water!
The first powder cleanser to be sold at mass, this advanced formula is refreshingly effective and fun to use. It foams up on contact with water, gently exfoliating while forming tiny bubbles that dive deep into pores to break up oil and impurities. When you rinse the foam away, oil, debris and dead cells are swept away, leaving skin 2.5 times as clean as it would get from a basic cleanser. You’ll see an instantly smoother, softer texture and visibly tighter pores after just one use. ($9.99; Drugstores and mass retailers)
Bioré® Skincare Self Heating One Minute Mask:
These Self-Heating masks come individually packaged – easy to grab and go!
If you feel like you need a deep clean, this breakthrough thermal mask will do the trick. It warms to open pores, draws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanser, then rinses them away with an invigorating cooling sensation. Formulated with natural charcoal, Bioré® Skincare Self Heating One Minute Mask melts dirt and oil better than the leading competitor to clean your pores and clear the problem. ($7.99; Drugstores and mass retailers)
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips:
Pore Strips are small enough to fit in your makeup bag to help unclog pores, even on-the-go.
A beauty classic, Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips quickly bond to the dirt and oil buried in each pore and lift out pore-clogging agents. Twice as effective as the leading pore cleanser, Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips can also reduce the appearance of pores over time. This quick 10 minute addition to your skincare routine will reveal the deeper clean, fresher, healthier-looking complexion Bioré Skincare fans love. ($7.99;
Select food, drug and mass merchant stores)
Hard Candy’s new limited edition line of color correcting primers and concealers offer the power to color your way for the ultimate in clear skin. From combating dry skin, acne and dark spots, this limited edition collection has the perfect shade for every complexion.
Hard Candy Color Correct Expert Stick, $5
- Creamy, bendable pastel stick concealer
- Camouflages skin imperfections
- Available in six shades
Hard Candy Color Correct Radiant Primer, $5
- Neutralizes skin impurities prior to makeup application
- Available in six shades
Hard Candy Color Correct Expert Créme Wand, $5
- Corrects skin imperfections
- Flexible brush tip applicator is soft on the skin while contouring the face
- Available in six shades
The Hard Candy Limited Edition Color Correct line is available only at Walmart.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Ring in the New Year with glowing, clear skin with Bioré Charcoal Products. The invigorating scents of peppermint pays homage to the holiday season and the charcoal cleans and smooths your skin.
Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar ($6.49) draws out and binds to deep down dirt and oil for 2.5 times cleaner pores than a basic cleanser. With jojoba beads and peppermint, the formula gently exfoliates and leaves skin feeling refreshed and smooth.
Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($7.99) warms to open pores in just one minute, draws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanser, and rinses them clean away with an invigorating cooling sensation without stripping the skin
Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips ($6.49) is a twist on a beauty staple – Bioré skincare experts added natural charcoal powder to the iconic Pore Strips! With next generation proprietary c-bond technology and potent charcoal, the strips remove clogs and weeks’ worth of buildup and while refining pores to diminish their appearance over time.
Bioré products are definitely the favorite brand for me and my daughters. Out of all of the expensive products I get to review, Bioré is at the top of my list for effectiveness. Is quality is unsurpassed, and the prices are completely affordable.
These Bioré Charcoal Products are available at select food, drug and mass merchant stores. For more information visit www.biore.com .
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Feel confident in your skin from head to toe before you hit the town for a girl’s night out! From your hair, to your skin, to your scent – we’ve got you covered with the beauty essentials that’ll leave you looking and smelling like a million bucks – all without breaking the bank!
Show off skin that’s selfie-worthy thanks to Bioré Limited Edition Deep Cleansing Pore Strips! With next generation proprietary c-bond technology and potent charcoal, the strips remove clogs and weeks’ worth of buildup so you’ll see 3x less oil. Containing witch hazel and tea tree oil, the formula refines pores to diminish their appearance over time. ($7.99; Drugstores and Mass Retailers)
Hit the dance floor feeling confident and sweat free by applying Ban Roll-On Deodorant! Ban’s breakthrough technology specifically targets and virtually eliminates (not cover up) spicy and s-odor that other antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind. Ban Roll-On Deodorant glides on easily with a formula that provides an outstanding 24 hours of invisible protection against odor wetness. ($4.99, Drug and Mass Retailers)
For skin that’s smooth to the touch, apply Curél Ultra Healing Lotion!Ideal for severely dry skin, this formula has been clinically proven to repair and renew extra dry skin two times better than the leading intensive lotion. It contains extra-strength, naturally hydrating agents so skin feels soft, supple, and restored. ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers)
Since you never know who you’ll meet, be sure to leave a lasting flirtatious scent with Katy Perry Mad Love. Addictive from the start, this playfully sexy floriental fruity fragrance opens with the succulence of Lady Apple Sorbet and Mara Strawberry blended to perfection with freshness of delicious Pink Grapefruit. Middle notes of Peony Petals, smooth Sun-Kissed Jasmine, and the hypnotic pull of the Bleeding Heart flower captivate the senses. The essence of the Bleeding Heart flower is said to purify and strengthen the Heart Chakra, bringing an open-hearted attitude, soothing emotions, and re-inviting the spirit of love into one’s body and soul. ($29.98; Kohls.com)
*Product received in exchange for post. All opinions are my own.
Actress Hailee Steinfeld looked stunning at the 2016 Radio Disney Awards this past weekend at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hailee’s makeup artist Stephen Sollitto shared the scoop on how to recreate her red carpet look!
INSPIRATION: "I was inspired by her chic Michael Kors dress. It was so simple, yet with the stone trim at the bottom it was a knock out. I wanted to do a poppy lip especially since the dress was black. Also, as this was a Disney event, a red lip here felt too serious for the younger audience. This pink shade Hailee wore was playful as well as a great compliment to the entire look," says Stephen.
GET THE LOOK - Here is Stephen's step-by-step breakdown:
- For an event like this where there's a red carpet, a performance and an after party, fresh skin is essential for creating the perfect canvas. If it doesn’t look healthy – no makeup is going to help. So, to prep Hailee’s face I used Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask. This thermal mask gives you purified pores in just one minute. It has charcoal in it that heats up with water to open pores and draw out dirt and oil.
- Once her skin was nourished, I used Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation.
- Next, with a loose brush, I dusted Dior Diorskin Forever & Ever Control loose powder.
- Then I started on her eyes --I wanted a bit of color, so I used an Antonym Pinkish pencil all over the lid and blended it out for a creamy warm look. Following this, at the lash line I drew on MAC Raven – a rich eggplant color.
- Over that to soften the line, I brushed Laura Mercier Aubergine eye shadow – a beautiful sheeny purple.
- Then to help make her eyes pop even more, I used two coats of Diorshow mascara.
- For a flush of color I stippled on NARS blush in Outlaw – a great compliment to her eyes.
- To top off the look – and to keep it as chic as the dress – I used Laura Mercier Lipstick in Pink Dust.
More About Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($7.99): In just one minute, this thermal mask warms to open pores, draws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanser, and rinses them clean away with an invigorating cooling sensation without stripping the skin.
Infused with natural charcoal, this breakthrough mask melts dirt and oil better than the leading competitive mask. So clean your pores from the dirt, oil and makeup of the past and clear the problem! Available at drugstores nationwide and www.biore.com
Enter to win! Two winners will be chosen to receive a Bioré's Self-Heating One-Minute Mask, (ARV: $7.99 ea.)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
*Product received. Any opinions are mine.
Did you make a New Year's Resolution about NOT STRESSING OUT so much? Just the thought of KEEPING my new years resolutions stresses me out! Stress can equal breakouts. I know I get a zit or two when the pressure is on.
The one thing I have discovered to help me achieve clearer skin is the NEW AcneFree® Sonic Advanced Cleansing Duo!
NEW AcneFree® Sonic Advanced Cleansing Duo is the latest innovation from AcneFree® that is designed to gently deep clean pores while the AcneFree® Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser helps clear blackheads and acne breakouts.
The duo contains the AcneFree® Purifying Facial Cleansing Brush which features a two speed, soft silicone brush to gently exfoliate your skin using Dermal Stimulation Technology, providing up to 8,000 pulsations per minute, channeled through the smooth, rounded touchpoints to gently exfoliate and clean pores.
The AcneFree® Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser features 2.5% Advanced Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide to help fight acne bacteria and control breakouts. Great for all skin types and perfect for on-the-go skincare, AcneFree® Sonic Advanced Cleansing Duo is a must-have to help keep skin looking clear and blemish-free all season long!
Skincare can be stress-free with AcneFree’s newest, most innovative technology to hit shelves since December.
Here's to a stress-free and blemish-free new year!
Win! One winner will receive a AcneFree Sonic Advanced Cleansing Duo (ARV: $24.99)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
AcneFree® Sonic Advanced Cleansing Duo is available for just $24.99 at Walmart!
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review. All opinions are my own.
Who would have guessed that the key to clear skin is in paprika and probiotics? I never would have made that connection!
The ZSS Clear Skin Method merges Probitoics and Zeaxanthin from orange paprika peppers, which has been tailored to target redness, acne and problematic skin.
The Clear Skin Method includes a topcial Zeaxanthin-based Nutri-Serum that was been developed to work in tandem with a 30-day supply of individually packaged superfood supplements, brimming with not only Probiotics and Zeaxanthin, but other ingredients such as Tumeric, Broccoli, Pomegranate, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Algae, and Ceramides. Both clinically proven (with clinical studies available) to improve your complexion from the outside and inside out by targeting your gut health to give you balanced healthy skin.
The brand has been embraced by The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), celebrities such as Lisa Vanderpump, Dascha Polanco and Jada Pinkett Smith and men and women across the US.
Take a look at this video which explains how certain foods and nutrition can affect the quality and clarity of your skin:
My daughter, Kendallyn has been taking the ZSS Clear Skin Method supplements and using the serum daily for over a month now. Before using this system, she was having breakouts that did not respond to her usual acne products or skin care routine. The ZSS Clear Skin Method has given her the beautiful, clear skin you can see in the photo below. Very impressive, indeed!
For more information about this product, go to: https://zss-skincare.com/method-2/
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.