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Just when I think spring might be on the horizon, the temperature seems to drop! It is actually freezing outside today. My skin really suffers during the winter and definitely needs a little extra TLC. Thankfully, I have found a few new products that give my skin the extra boost of hydration it needs.
C.O. Bigelow Iconic Collection - Body Cream
Introducing the newest collection from C.O. Bigelow - The Iconic Collection. Available in West Village Rose, Aqua Mellia, Musk and Bergamot - these light, iconic scents leave your skin soft delicately fragranced.
Made with shea butter and coconut oil, this body cream will bring extreme moisture to your skin. I have the Bergamont fragrance, and it makes me smell beautiful and feminine. I apply it from head to toe after my evening shower, and my skin feels luxuriously soft and smooth.
Higher Education Skincare - Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion
Loaded with vitamin A, C and E, this super hydrating lotion will fill your skin with the vitamins it needs during the dry weather. Cram Session is also made with melanin, which protects your skin from blue-light emitted from digital devices. I also use their lip balm to keep my lips soft and protected from the elements.
Mamonde - Hydro Eye Gel Cream
The skin around your eyes is very sensitive - but needs A LOT of love. This eye cream is made with narcissus flower extract that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. I have been using this amazing eye gel for a couple of days now, and it has really firmed up my eye area and makes my eyes look refreshed.
Available: Ulta Stores
It is never too early to start taking good care of your skin. My daughters are both in their early twenties, and I have taught them the importance of proper skin care. At my age, I am using anti-aging products, but my daughters need an entirely different range of products for their younger skin.
Higher Education Skincare was developed specifically for the Gen Z and Millennial age group as a clean, cruelty free, education-centric line with high quality dermatologist-approved products.
Teenagers and young adults have different skin issues than more mature skin, like mine. Those with younger skin are not yet dealing with wrinkles, lines and loss of firmness, but the right skincare regimen can help to maintain healthy skin for a lifetime.
Higher Education Skincare's products align with one of the core essential skincare categories: cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, treat or protect and when used daily help correct a variety of skin conditions such as acne, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, sun damage, dryness and sensitivity.
I received samples of HigherEducation Skincare to review for my daughters. Below is a description of each one.
Pre Req Foaming Cleanser delivers an invigorating gentle foaming cleanser for normal to oily and combination skin that cleans impurities and removes excess oil while removing all traces of makeup. Exfoliates without stripping the skin of essential moisture. Tea Tree Oil provides benefits for skin that is prone to breakouts. Skin feels clean and refreshed.
Grinding Away Skin Polishing Scrub is a gentle, luxurious scrub that removes dead skin cells, improves skin texture, and helps to clear clogged pores. Your complexion can appear smoother, brighter, and more even in color.
Easy A 30 Exfoliating Pads help remove dead skin cells, replenish moisture, and visibly minimize pore size. Skin looks vibrant, smooth, and refreshed. Skin never feels dehydrated.
Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydrating Lotion is a lightweight, off-white hydrating lotion is a daily antioxidant, loaded with vitamins A, C and E, that protects skin by limiting the production of free radicals which can cause cell degradation over time. Added melanin helps protect the skin from damaging blue light emitted from digital devices, the sun, and other sources. Plant extracts and peptides help restore skin hydration and resilience.
Spring Break SPF 30 is an oil-free sunscreen with sheer solar protection defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assaults that cause skin to age faster. Microfine zinc offers broad spectrum physical sunscreen protection from both UVA (the aging rays) and UVB (the burning rays) and leaves the skin feeling silky soft. Contains aloe vera and super antioxidants to help soothe and balance the skin. Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), fragrance-free, and safe for sensitive skin.
For more information go to: https://www.highereducationskincare.com
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
Golden Globes Beauty: Clear Complexions and Contoured Cheeks
The leading ladies of the 2014 Golden Globes had one thing in common last night – matte, clear complexions and perfectly contoured cheeks. It may come easy for the perfectly poreless (we’re looking at you Emma Watson!) but for those of us faking it, there’s Miracle Skin Transformer.
Miracle Skin Transformer Face Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($48.00) is the latest multi-functional tinted skin enhancer designed to hydrate, prime, enhance, control shine and protect skin in one long-lasting, one-step application leaving skin smooth, luminous and airbrushed in seconds. Available in sixcolor mineral tinted shades that adapt to virtually all skin tones from light to deep dark.
Miracle Skin Transformer’s newest product, the Tinted Sculpting Balm ($26), is a sculpting and reshaping color blush stick, infused with anti-aging skin benefits. This velvety soft, cream color sweeps sheer color to effortlessly create a natural, flushed look. The feather light, blendable texture instantly brightens uneven skin tone for a long lasting soft, smooth finish. Available in two shades to adapt to virtually all skin tones: French Rose and Coral Bronze.
Golden Globes Beauty: Hot Hair
Forget fashion, the Golden Globes were all about beauty! From braids, to buns and bags, stars kept it simple this season, letting their luscious locks do the talking. Get the look of some of last night’s standouts including Amy Adams, Sarah Hyland and Zooey Deschanel with Mia Beauty hair accessories and styling tools.
Winner of Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, Amy Adams dazzling updo stole the show. With braided twists pulled back to a styled bun, this look is easily achievable for everyday wear. Use Mia Beauty’s Ez-Twist styling tool to aid in creating twists and braids – thread hair through Ez-Twist and loop over and back through your hair, pulling back towards the crown as you go.
$7 available at ULTA and www.miabeauty.com
Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland stunned in a blush dress and braided updo. Her milkmaid style braid can be challenging to achieve on your own but with the help of Mia Beauty’s Braidies, available in Thin, Thick and Jumbo sizes, this look is as easy as sliding in a headband.
Thin Braidie, $8
Thick Braidie, $9
Jumbo Braidie, $10
Available at Walgreens, ULTA and www.miabeauty.com
The always stylish Zooey Deschanel of New Girl, wore an elegant flower to complete her cream ensemble along with her signature bold bangs. Mia Beauty’s Flower Clip and Pin in beige is the perfect addition to any hair style, along with Mia’s Blip-n-Bangs, you can achieve Zooey’s look without having to commit to the cut.
Medium Flower Cip and Pin – Beige, $8
Available at www.miabeauty.com
Available at www.miabeauty.com
Allison Williams is a huge fan of Patricia Nail Lacquer, the new line from celebrity nail artist, Pattie Yankee. To create her create this custom, natural look at the Golden Globes this year, Allison applied one coat of GRACE and one coat of HALO.
Patricia Nail Lacquer – GRACE Patricia Nail Lacquer – HALO
Patricia Nail Lacquer contains no Toluene, Formaldehyde or Dibutyl Phthalate.
Available for $9 each at Ricky’s NYC and online via www.rickysnyc.com
My Experience: I received a sample of Miracle Skin Transformer’s Tinted Sculpting Balm in French Rose to review. I have always been a fan of blush to add a pop of color to my cheeks. Miracle Skin Transformer’s Tinted Sculpting Balm helps me achieve a beautiful, natural glow, especially when I have been looking rather pale this winter. French Rose is a gorgeous, healthful color. I love how this formula glides onto my skin without disturbing my foundation. It blends in perfectly and makes my skin look radiant! I even dab a bit of it under my brow bone for a pretty boost of color.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.