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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.)
Who doesn’t want a clear, glowing complexion? Slathering on serums and creams and staying out of the sun can only do so much. And taking ingestible collagen alone—while currently a big trend in the wellness community—has a lot of experts unconvinced. So when the product developers at Musely decided to create their own sippable beauty product, they wanted it to have some serious beautifying impact.
Musely's Hello Beautiful Collagen & Multi Vitamin Powder can help you look beautiful from the inside out.
While other supplements need large doses of collagen to be effective, Hello Beautiful’s Beauty Boost allows the use of less collagen with greater effect, leaving plenty of room for other skin-beneficial vitamins, including biotin and antioxidant-rich Vitamins C and E. It’s also rich in Vitamins B and D, which strengthen your immune system and boost energy levels.
I am definitely a believer in beauty supplements! I received samples of Hello Beautiful’s Beauty Boost in delicious Wild Berry flavor to review. I have been using it for a month now. My very favorite way to drink it is to pour it into the blender with water and ice. I blend it into kind of a slushy drink. It really tastes refreshing.
After taking these supplements daily for a little under a month, I have noticed that my lines look softened. My skin is actually firmer, and has a radiant glow. I am always told that I look too young to have three married children and one grandchild. I love the compliments!
Each box contains 20 sachets and retails between $26-$29 at Musely.com.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
If you weren't able to get Mom the perfect Mother's Day gift, don't fret! Clarins has gifts that can give Mom a glow that can make her look as if she just returned from a tropical place! Unless you can afford to buy your mom a trip to an island paradise, the NEW Clarins Sunkissed Color Collection is the next best thing!
This sun-kissed collection of glow-enhancing cosmetics makes me look and feel like a bronzed-goddess. Bring on the sunshine, I am ready to show some skin!
Clarins’ iconic Bronzing & Blush Compact is back with a limited edition design, featuring pink flamingos and palm trees. Three gradients of warm matte shades and the ultra-fine texture create a flawless and glowing complexion. Skin is hydrated and protected all day long, thanks to a vegetal Micropatch and Anti-Pollution complex.
I love the way this bronzer looks on my skin. It gives me that beautiful, radiant touch that just adds that 'extra' glow to warm up my complexion.
This product has four retractable shades: black, purple and turquoise to perfectly line and define the eyes, and a fuchsia lip liner adds a pop of color to your skin. All four shades are enriched with Black Acacia and Sunflower Wax Complex to comfort eyelids and lips.
I am thrilled with this perfect invention of four products in one! It is so much fun to switch things up and add an unexpected pop of color when I am in the mood.
These new limited edition shades are oil-free and offer a creamy texture that instantly blends into the skin to contour, define and illuminate the complexion. Infused with plant extracts, its multitasking formula delivers hydration and protection against pollution and free radicals.
I love the way this primer makes me skin look and feel! It gives me a hint of color, and it looks completely natural.
Clarins’ best-selling Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil comes in a new shade – Blackberry. Leaves lips with a glossy plum finish. A soothing blend of Hazelnut and Organic Jojoba oils help protect against dehydration to visibly restore beautiful, nourished lips.
My lips feel luscious and sexy with this heavenly formula, and the shade is gorgeous!
Clarins Sunkissed Summer Color Collection will be available on www.clarins.com and at all Clarins counters nationwide starting May 2018.
Sit back, relax and smell the...lavender from Yon-Ka Paris’s new Aroma-Luxe Detox collection! A phyto-aromatic journey to the shores of the French Riviera, the line is inspired by the lavender of Provence.
The full-body detox treatment re-defines the ‘at-home’ spa experience, with four unique products. The Phyto Bain Shower & Bath oil, full of essential oils re-balances and tones the skin, while the Lait Hydratant, Repairing Body Milk leaves skin hydrated, replenished and energized with ginseng extract!
The Gommage Doux, Hydrating Exfoliating Cream Scrub, combines bamboo, apricot and mango to renew skin and the Huile Detox, Dry Oil, nourishes and replenishes skin, through the detoxifying powers of chaos resin from Greek pistacia lentiscous trees.
Inhale and exhale a feeling of luxurious, Lavender calm with Yon-Ka Paris!
The Aroma-Luxe Detox collection launches this June and will be available via www.shop.yonkausa.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
With festival season approaching, you need these last minute beauty essentials to help you feel a dash fresher during the day and night. I'm headed to Destin, Florida soon next month and the following products will be definitely be located in my weekend tote! (And if I can't check 'em, I am tossing these must-haves in my suitcase!)
Rita Hazan Lock + Block Protective Spray ($26 at ritahazan.com)
A dry, weightless mist that locks in color and style, blocks out humidity and UV rays, and protects from premature color fading formulated for color-treated hair, but also protects natural hair color.
Josie Maran Moonstone Stick ($25 at sephora.com)
A multi-use highlighting and pore-smoothing glow stick infused with Pure Argan Oil and holographic priming pearls for a radiant glow on the go.
MALIN+GOETZ revitalizing eye gel ($42 at malinandgoetz.com)
Rejuvenate tired-looking eyes with this lightweight eye gel. Rice and soy protein amino acids brighten the overall eye area while cooling cucumber extracts soothe dry skin and help alleviate puffiness.
Rebels Refinery Dirty Boy Bamboo Face & Body Wipes ($7.99 at rebelsrefinery.com)
These natural face and body wipes can help any dirty boy or girl get clean. Rebels biodegradable, natural bamboo wipes are softer than the softest cotton and contain natural anti-fungal properties. Stay clean, cool and non-sticky in any “pinch” of a situation.
With the spring season right around the corner, there will be trips to plan! There are festivals to attend! I know that Coachella is one of those popular springtime fests! Check out the below Coachella essentials from Sun Bum, Streekers, DDF Skincare and Smashbox.
Yeah, we like to look good, but we really don't like spending too much time worrying about it. So we made Texturizing Sonny's Original Surf Paste, which gives our mops a soft, matte finish for a casual look & feel we like. Do less, live more.
Or try a different look every day with Streekers temporary hair color!
A revolution in temporary hair color,Streekers instantly delivers bold, candy-colored highlights without any fuss or muss. Unlike mascaras or gel-based colors that only coat the surface, Streekers actually bonds to the hair and won’t flake off when brushed. Streekers is true temporary color that washes out when you want it out.
Don’t skimp on your skincare just because you are traveling! Try DDF Skincare’s Youthful Tranquility kit to keep your skin ready for whatever happens next!
Ideal for Sensitive Skin Types, these gentle yet effective formulas are perfect for those who experience rashes, irritation or any type of redness from using anti-aging skincare products. This set includes our Nourishing Eye Cream, Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew and Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel.
Take time to relax after all of the craziness with Smashbox Cosmetics Primer Water.
Set and refresh your makeup and your mood in seconds with new limited edition Photo Finish Primer Water: a 3-in-1 face essential, this hydrating primer preps, sets and refreshes, awakening skin and leaving it glowing and radiant for hours, while unleashing a balancing blend of soothing scents to relax the mind.
Each face mist was co-created with YouTuber and makeup artist Nicol Concilio and is infused with electrolytes to improve makeup application, skin’s hydration and natural radiance. Available in three different limited-edition revitalizing scents formulated to boost your makeup and enhance your aura.
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.