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I love learning about breakthrough skin care miracles that really work! Since I am getting older, I find myself getting obsessed with anti-aging products. I was excited to learn about Bratoxinsta Wrinkle Serum and to get the chance to try it out.
When it comes to banishing wrinkles and crow’s feet, an immediate result is where it’s at. Gone are the days of waiting 8 to 12 weeks for improvement. People want noticeable wrinkle fading within minutes. They want to feel it working and look in the mirror as the change is happening. Brazilian Skin’s line of creams and serums delivers exactly that. It combines science and ingredients from the Amazon rainforest to deliver dermatologist-approved topical age reversal with effects similar to Botulinum Toxin, aka…Botox.® Wrinkles are gone within minutes without needles. Brazilian Skin offers a type Botox result without the appointments, expense and needles. Dr. Vishal Kapoor, a Beverly Hills, CA Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Medical Advisor to Brazilian Skin explains how this skincare line really delivers results quickly.
Bratoxinsta® The 60 Second Smoother of Lines and Wrinkles
Within 60 seconds of application, the state-of-the-art minerals and antioxidants found in this serum gets to work fast to plump up skin, tighten and smooth out wrinkles. With clinically dosed concentrations of purified and refined clay, Peptides, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Perilla Frutescens (Chinese Extract), Acai Palm Tree Extract, Chinese Basil Plant’s Rosmarinic Acid, known for its ability to plump up tired skin; Bratoxinsta offers the immediate gratification that the countless other creams and serums are missing.
“Women are always telling me that they spend money on creams and serums that do nothing. They play the waiting game and get frustrated as they throw away another cream or serum. With Bratoxinsta, there’s no waiting. You’re getting the highest amounts of these key ingredients possible and when working in concert with one another results are instantaneous,” explains Dr. Kapoor.
The powerful combination of stem-cell, antioxidants from Açai and peptides help to improve long-term appearance of wrinkles and will address sun damage and other issues with skin texture and tone. Some of Bratoxinsta's ingredients will help to tighten the skin on the surface, helping to smooth fine expression lines and blur the appearance of wrinkles. Once applied, the powerful active ingredients will start working on getting your skin smoother, tighter, and more youthful-looking with every use.
Simply dispense a small amount on your fingertip and gently feather it over any wrinkles and expressions lines. Apply to a clean face, allow 60 seconds for effects to begin before applying makeup. “A little goes a very long way with Bratoxinsta. One or two drops on the fingertip will do it. You can actually watch it working in the mirror. This is what sets it aside from other creams touting themselves as ‘Botox in a Bottle,’” says Dr. Kapoor.
Main Ingredients… A Deeper Look
Magnesium Aluminum is a naturally occurring mineral created purified and refined clay, that tightens and smooths the appearance of under-eye puffiness, sagging, and fine lines.
Peptide Complex works to smooth away the look of wrinkles and expression marks.
Stem Cell Complex (Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Perilla Frutescens (Chinese Extract). Native to the Amazon Rainforest, the Acai Palm Tree is renowned its ability to thrive in harsh conditions. The Chinese Basil Plant is rich in Rosmarinic Acid, which is known for its ability to plump up tired skin. These 3 antioxidants help to defend against oxidative stress by effectively disarming radicals.
“Stem cells slow down aging by defending skin against stress and serving as an internal repair system. Stem cells divide without limit allowing them to replenish other cells or migrate to damaged areas to repair tissue,” explains Dr. Kapoor.
Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract Also known as Irish Sea Moss, Chondrus Crispus contains a hydrating, nutrient-rich blend of vitamins and trace minerals such as sulfur, iodine, magnesium, and selenium.
The Bratoxinsta formula also contains stem cells from the Acai Palm Tree, Basil Plant, and White Oak Plant. In addition, 6 bioactive peptides help smooth the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles by supporting the proteins that weaken with age. These active ingredients work synergistically with the peptides to deliver vital phytonutrients and antioxidants.
What is the recommended age group for Bratoxinsta?
Bratoxinsta is suitable for all age groups. For more mature skin, its innovative formula can help reduce the existing signs of visible aging immediately, while for younger skin, it can help prevent and delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. “Women will see significant and rapid improvement to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. A woman in her 20’s and 30’s will be able to take a preventative approach to their skin care by maintaining tautness and wrinkle free texture longer,” says Dr. Kapoor.
Does it work?
I apply Bratoxinsta to the areas of my face where I see the wrinkles that I want to treat. Thankfully, I don't have that many! I apply a few drops around my lips and on my laugh lines. I dot a little onto my forehead as well. I love the tightening sensation that I feel as the product starts working to tighten my skin. In the day time, I use it before I apply my day creams/serums, and then follow with my foundation. I also use Bratoxinsta at night. I use it at night so that it can be working its wonders on my skin while I sleep. It works very well. My skin definitely looks years younger.
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About Dr. Vishal Kapoor, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Medical Advisor to Brazilian Skin
Dr. Vishal Kapoor is a Southern California native who received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he graduated with the highest honor, Alpha Omega Alpha, putting him in the top 10% of his class. He then went on to complete a rigorous six-year residency in the prestigious combined General and Plastic Surgery Program at The University of Washington in Seattle, one of the nation’s finest programs in Plastic Surgery. Given his desire to further hone his skills in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kapoor opted to pursue additional training. His practice is based in Beverly Hills, California
You can purchase Bratoxinsta here: https://brazilianskin.com/collections/all-product/products/bratoxinsta
I love learning about natural beauty remedies and organic ingredients that I can use at home to create my own beauty products! Have you ever heard about Maguey Sap?
I just learned about 100% Organic Maguey Sap that is the perfect ingredient for at-home beauty masks and scrubs. Salviana has recently introduced their product that is 100% Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO and Chemical Free. When combined with common ingredients (oats, salt, or sugar), it results in a scrub that leaves skin polished, glowing and refreshed.
About Raw Maguey Sap:
The MAGUEY is an ancestral plant that lives in a semi-desert area, with little to no rain fall. It reaches maturity between 8-12 years old, and flourishes only once before ending its lifecycle.
It survives in this hostile environment by storing a nutritious sap in its wide and thorny leaves called “pencas”.
Check out these amazing DIY recipes, developed by Denielle Nicole Wegrzyn for Salviana:
Sweet Salviana Scrub
1 tblspn Salviana
1 tblspn brown sugar
1 tspn raw organic oats (for calming)
1 tblspn extra virgin olive oil
-mix, scrub or leave on for 15 mins-enjoy exfoliating!
Salviana Nana Mask
2 tbspns Salviana
1/2 under-ripe baNANA
1/2 tspn of ground cinnamon
-mix, leave on for 15 mins and chant blemishes be gone!
Yo, get your Salviana mask on!
1 tblspn Salviana
1 tblspn plain greek YOghurt
1/2-1 tbspn matcha green tea powder
-mix, add more yoghurt if needed, leave on for 15-20 mins-enjoy feeling calm and bright!
Needing a gift idea for that sweet Mommy-to-be on your list this year? One thing she will appreciate is skin care products to help pamper her during this time of her body changing. Not just any skin care products! She needs products that are chemical-free, made of natural ingredients and are safe for her growing baby. They also must be effective!
Thankfully, Belli Beauty Skincare has the perfect beauty gifts that the Mommy-to-be will love!
Belli Beauty is luxurious, effective, and pure skincare specifically designed to deliver beautiful skin and peace of mind at every life stage, including pregnancy and nursing. Belli's Picky for a Purpose promise means Belli's products are OB/GYN & Dermatologist recommended, allergy tested, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, and medically researched.
My daughter-in-law, Cassidy, is expecting a baby girl in January. As an early Christmas gift, I have bought her Belli Beauty's 3 top-selling products. Cassidy absolutely loves her Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, Clearly Coconut Oil, and Elasticity Belly Oil.
Look at Cassidy's adorable baby bump! That is my first grandchild in there!
Belli Beauty’s Anti-Blemish Facial Wash was just nominated by What To Expect in the category of “Best Pregnancy Skin Saver.”
Cassidy's changing hormones were causing her face to break out. Belli's Anti-Blemish Facial Wash. This refreshing facial wash has helped to keep her skin clear and blemish-free.
Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a pure face wash that leaves skin clear and refined, without over-drying or irritation. Lactic acid (found naturally in the body) gently and effectively cleanses and exfoliates acne prone skin. Lemon peel oil is a natural anti-bacterial and skin brightener. Green tea extract and cucumber are rich in antioxidants. FREE of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide-common acne fighting ingredients that can result in over-drying and irritation and should be avoided during pregnancy. Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a favorite of those struggling with blemishes, sensitive skin, or breakouts from any cause including hormonal changes from pregnancy.
Belli Beauty's Elasticity Belly Oil helps keep those stretch marks from forming
Cassidy was very worried about getting stretch marks because she is such a small person. Thankfully, since applying this perfectly moisturizing oil on her growing belly every day, she has been successful in avoiding them so far!
Belli Elasticity Belly Oil combines science and aromatherapy to effectively and luxuriously prepare the skin for stretching and maintain the look of smooth, healthy skin. This luxurious blend of pure plant extracts features scientifically researched ingredients, including Vitamin E and Gotu Kola, which help with stretch mark protection.* Cocoa butter provides deep, rich moisture. Essential oil of lavender calms and soothes the senses, while nourishing and moisturizing to help skin stretch without damage. Ideal as a pre-natal (or any type) massage oil.
Belli Beauty's Clearly Coconut Oil smells delicious and works like a charm to keep all of Mommy-to-be's skin supple without any chemicals involved!
Cassidy is obsessed with Belli BASICS Clearly Coconut Oil! She is loves how it has many beauty uses and cannot wait to use it on her sweet baby when she arrives.
Belli BASICS Clearly Coconut Oil is truly a ONE INGREDIENT WONDER. 100% fractionated coconut oil is ideal for any age or life stage - infants, tweens, teens, expecting moms, nursing moms, & beyond.
Many Uses - Face Moisturizer, Body Moisturizer, Hair Anti-Frizz Moisturizer, Diaper Rash, Hypoallergenic moisture (very helpful for sensitive skin and skin conditions), Makeup Remover, Under makeup or over makeup to set it.
Many Benefits - Anti-bacterial, Liquid, No color, scent, preservatives, or potential irritants, Quick absorption, Hypoallergenic & Effective Moisture (for the most sensitive skin and skin conditions.)
To learn more about Belli Beauty or to place an order, go to: https://www.belliskincare.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Promote Relaxation and Balance with Frownies Aroma Therapy Body Lotion
Discover the power of Aroma Therapy Body Lotion by Frownies. Crafted with rich moisturizing agents that help nourish and rejuvenate skin, this invigorating daily body lotion is packed with organic, therapeutic grade essential oils.
Infused with a sweet floral fragrance, the Aroma Therapy Body Lotion is a bottle filled with pure goodness that softens and hydrates arms, legs, and body and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. For best results, apply this luxurious lotion liberally from head to toe to bring out a healthy glow.
See why more women are choosing to nourish their skin with the skin-loving ingredients from the Aroma Therapy Body Lotion:
- Organic Oat Oil: High in whole form vitamin E along with organic Apricot, Safflower, Grapeseed, Meadowfoam oils are packed with powerful unsaturated fatty acids to soften, smooth and nourish the skin.
- Organic Aloe Vera: Named the “plant of immortality” by the ancient Egyptians, aloe vera has been known to fight aging, soothe skin, treat acne and sunburns.
- Rosewood Oil: Extracted from an evergreen tree indigenous to Peru and Brazil, Rosewood oil has a warm, woody and fruity scent and is popular for its therapeutic properties. Said to promote feelings of happiness and strength, it can also help retain the skin’s elasticity, prevent wrinkles and aid in eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
- Ylang Ylang: Floral and sweet, this essential oil promotes healthy skin and can lift your mood while having a calming effect. It can also condition oily skin, treat acne and blemishes and stimulates new cell growth. Ylang Ylang is also known to support emotional and spiritual balance and alleviate those who are physically drained.
- Geranium Essential Oil: Provides a numerous amount of health benefits and was commonly used by the Ancient Egyptians for promoting beautiful skin. It has also been used in holistic treatment to improve emotional, physical and mental health.
Since 1889 Frownies has been run by a family of women that are committed to ageless beauty in a safe and affordable manner. Unlike expensive injections and risky surgeries, Frownies are much more natural and effective treatments that retrain facial muscles to prevent wrinkles and lines on the face.
For over a century, Frownies wrinkle-reducing products have been a Hollywood favorite. Classic beauties like Olivia de Havilland and trendy young stars like Rashida Jones have referred to Frownies as their beauty obsession. Other celebrity beauty fans include Raquel Welch, Missy Pyle of Heroes, Mad About You, and Boston Legal and Rene Russo of The Thomas Crowne Affair and Lethal Weapon III.
I received a sample of Frownies AromaTherapy Daily Body Lotion to review. The scent is uplifting and the formula makes my skin feel luxuriously soft. This deeply penetrating lotion is perfect for my dry skin in these winter months. I love it!
For more information or to place an order go to: https://www.frownies.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, we finally have a little time for ourselves :) Sun Bum, Colormetrics and Wink Brow Bar have just the stuff to help you ring in the new year in style. Check out these tips and tricks on how to make yourself the pop on NYE.
Get glow that will last with Sun Bum Self-Tanning Towelettes (which are my very favorite sunless tanning products.)
These multi-tasking towelettes ensure a damage free experience in the sun by exfoliating, moisturizing and darkening skin all in one go!
Champagne isn’t the only thing that can pop this NYE when you add Streekers to your glam routine
Streekers instantly bonds liquid hue to your hair. The formula looks and acts just like permanent hair color, so you can brush your hair without dulling the shade or risking color flake-off.
Make your brows the envy of the party with a little help from the pros at Wink Brow Bar
“Girls and women prefer the fresh faced look, and brows make all the difference. A light thin or sparse brow can make you look messy, but tinting can change this. The process takes about 10 minutes where specific product is applied directly to the brows usually to make your brows a shade or two darker.” – Umbreen Sheikh, founder of Wink Brow Bar
*Product en route. All opinions are my own.
Holiday parties are right around the corner, and we’ve got you covered on how to get the ultimate party girl look! Look your best and strut your stuff this holiday season with these beauty essentials.
Prep your skin with KORRES Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream. This Wild Rose moisturizer is formulated with a range of ingredients that moisturize and brighten the complexion. Wild rose oil, a natural source of vitamin C, helps repair the look of fine lines and skin discolorations. ($38; Sephora.com)
Prep, prime, and polish your eyes in a single step with Pür Eye Polish Pure Pigment Eye Primer + Top Coat. With a pure pigment eye primer and top coat in one formula, this metallic cream shadow delivers flawless, long-lasting color with exceptional ease. Special light-reflectors add eye-popping vibrancy, while a silicone applicator minimizes smudging and creasing for expert precision.
Available shades:Cashmere, Satin, Silk, Velvet, Suede, Caviar. ($26; PurMinerals.com or ULTA Beauty stores nationwide)
Go for a stand out, show-stopping pony with the Hairdo 18” Simply Straight Pony. Wear this clip-in pony high, low or to the side, as it features a strip of hair that wraps around to conceal where the ponytail meets your own hair. It’s perfect for going from the office to the party! ($49; Ulta and Ulta.com)
Get a pout that is sure to stand out with Minis by Violent Lips. They are the first ever all-purpose temporary tattoos for lips, face, eyelids, body, and nails. They come in packs of 100 with designs ranging from rainbows to emojis to a cute little cactus and more! ($9.99; ViolentLips.com)
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
As the days get colder, it’s time to protect and nourish our skin! Keep your skin looking and feeling great with these skincare essentials that are perfect for the change of weather.
Don’t get caught with a dry, flakey face – moisturize your skin with KORRES Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream. This deeply moisturizing Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream contains full-fat, Greek yogurt—a natural source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals to nourish and provide instant hydration to dry skin. It is enriched with vitamin E, olive oil concentrate, and macadamia nuts for antioxidant protection, and can be used every day as a part of your daily skin care routine ($36; Sephora.com).
Give your whole body the nourishment it needs with LAVANILA Laboratories The Healthy Fragrance-Free Body Butter. This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Super soft scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence. Layer with any LAVANILA Healthy Fragrance to enhance your scent experience ($19; Lavanila.com).
Keep your feet feeling soft and looking nice all season long thanks to PediSpa by Look beauty Intensive Moisturizing Foot Masks! These treatment filled wearable socks noticeably smooth, soften and repair dry creaked, calloused feet and heels. With ingredients like Shea butter, apple extract and peppermint, this foot mask significantly improves the look and feel of even the driest feet. ($9.99 for two complete pairs; Exclusively at Target Stores in the Foot Care Aisle and Target.com).
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but being out-and-about can cause unwanted havoc on your skin. Both exposure to outdoors elements and rising temperatures can often results in excessive oil. Bioré Skincare has the essentials that target the root of all your skincare woes – clogged pores!
Draw out 2x more dirt and impurities oil that can cause blemishes with Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. This innovative black cleanser that foams white and rinses clean, draws out and traps 2x more dirt and impurities than a basic cleanser. It is infused with Japanese Skin Purifying Technology, which helps give you results after just one use!
For unruly blackheads, instantly lift away deep down dirt with Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal 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.
For combination skin, gently exfoliate without over scrubbing thanks to Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub. This ingenious concentrated powder cleanser is specially formulated to foam up on contact with water, leaving skin 2.5 times as clean as a basic cleanser.
Best if used 2-3 times a week, the formula gently exfoliates while forming tiny bubbles that dive deep into pores tobreak up oil and impurities. When you rinse the foam away, oil, debris and dead cells are swept away, for instantly smoother, softer texture and visibly tighter pores after just one use!
*Bioré products are available at Drug and Mass Retailers
I'd like to share with you some of my very favorite summer products that fit right into the summer ‘16 beauty trends.
To achieve that wet-look try a lightweight treatment oil like Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray (ulta.com, $19.99)
Call outs: UV protecting and contains coconut oil which adds a brilliant silky shine.
I’m sure you’ve seen this eye-catching trend all over Instagram. Achieve it with Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder (smashbox.com, $25).
Call outs: it’s long-wearing and the applicator is the perfect shape for flawless freckle application
It’s not officially summer until the braids are in! Celebrity hairstylist, Ricardo Rojas, is a braid aficionado! He’s styled starlets like Amber Heard, Naomi Campbell and Eva Longoria. If you want to rock Amber Heard’s coveted braid (shown above) he has a simple how-to to create the look.
Use a bold, long-wearing lip color like Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick (smashbox.com, $24).
Call outs: long-wearing and water-resistant
Try TouchBack BrowMarker (colormetrics.com, $19.95) for long-lasting coverage that won’t rub off (despite the heat conditions).
Call outs: Fine tip marker that enhances the shape, color and fullness of brows.
*Product sent. All opinions are my own.
After a season of layering up, you deserve to show off skin that's smooth and ready for warm weather. Thanks to these beauty essentials, you can exfoliate from head to toe, revealing skin that’s soft, hydrated and glowing all summer long!
For your face – Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub is an ingenious concentrated powder cleanser that is specially formulated to foam up on contact with water, leaving skin 2.5 times as clean as a basic cleanser. The formula gently exfoliates 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, for instantly smoother, softer texture and visibly tighter pores after just one use! ($9.99; Drug and Mass Retailers)
For your body – Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Scrub is formulated with crushed Madagascar vanilla beans blended with whipped shea butter and five nourishing essential oils. It whisks away dry, dead skin cells—revealing soft, hydrated, glowing skin. ($40; Sephora.com)
For your feet – PediSpa by Look Beauty Gentle Exfoliating Foot Mask is your non-traditional masque that contains a foot exfoliate plus treatment filled in a pair of wearable socks. Found in the Pharmacy Foot Care Aisle, the effective treatment contains key ingredients like chamomile and natural botanical fruit extracts to help control callus build-up for visibly smooth feet within two weeks. ($9.99; Target in the Pharmacy Foot Care Aisle and Target.com)
*Post in exchange for products. Any opinions are my own.