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Monday, June 26, 2017

Meet the Face Cream that Beats them All!

This is a post sponsored by Olay. All words are my own. 

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Skin care. It's a huge subject and no one really has the answer when it comes to what anti-aging products work and which don't. I mean, I think we've all tried or at least been enticed by the super expensive lotions and potions that promise the moon. But do they actually deliver? Some would say yes. Some would say no. I say, the proof is in the pudding.

And that is this is the main reason I started my blog over 15 years ago, to give my opinion if beauty product do what they say, plain and simple.

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Another place that's been around forever and has become quite the powerhouse is Good Housekeeping (GHK). They have a Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) where they have been doing consumer product evaluations for over 100 years. And for a product to receive the Good Housekeeping seal of approval is a big deal as they rigorously test products and evaluate them based on performance, ease of use, safely, durability and design.

This year the folks at GHK tested Olay's newly re-engineered Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream against 10 other creams and guess what? It performed better than the others, which had price tags ranging from $26 to $440. That's amazing! I'm sure you can think of a face cream that costs upwards of $300-$400, right? So again, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream at just $26.99 works better than all the more expensive brands tested! 

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You can't argue with results like these! One of the statistics that stood out in the documented study was how long skin stays hydrated and plump. That's important when it comes to keeping your skin looking ageless.
 
Key ingredients in the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream include:
  • Carob Seed Extract to repair and regenerate
  • Niacinamide (vitamin B3) to help boost cell turnover and maintain skin's moisture barrier
  • Amino-peptide (pal-KTKKS) helps decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Panthenol (vitamin B5) to sooth and moisturize
  • Vitamin E an oil-soluble anti-oxidant which protects against free radicals
  • Olivem - comes from olive oil to increase the penetration of anti-aging ingredients to the skin's stratum corneum (the outer most layer of the skin). 
  • Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid, powerful humectants with intense miniaturization properties. 
Now a lot of the above may be Greek to you as most of it was for me, but I feel the average person should start becoming even more familiar with ingredients so they won't get caught up in the hype of a product. I know I do sometimes!
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                                                           Olay is the light under the Stars!

And this is so perfect for summer! The temps are regularly hitting 80 degrees and up and keeping skin hydrated during these hot months is important and I was stunned by the study that found this cream increased moisture by 50% over a 24-hour period. So when using this in the morning, I apply some before sunscreen and at night I apply a little after cleansing and toning my face. 
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Did you know that in a study by GKI, 155,000 women showed that 80% of skin's anti-aging destiny is within a women's control and not related to genes? So you better start arming yourself with something powerful like Olay's Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream if you want to make a difference in your skin. 
 
Read more about Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream @ Olay.com and read the study for yourself @ goodhousekeeping.com

I partnered with Olay on this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why You Should Use Micellar Water

My first ever micellar water was Bioderma Solution Micellar and it achieved cult status rather quickly and it seems like it was some time before another one came along like this one and this one. So what exactly is micellar water and why should I care? It's tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules called micelles suspended in soft water. It won't dry or strip the skin and they clean beautifully. Now they won't remove waterproof mascara but they do a nice job otherwise. 

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Here are some I recommend from L to R:

EMBRYOLISSE Micellar Lotion $26/8.5oz @ target.com

YES TO Cucumber Micellar Water $8.99/7.77oz @ ulta.com, walgreens.com

L'OREAL Micellar Cleansing Water $9.99/13.5oz @ target.comulta.com

SEPHORA Triple Action Cleansing Water - $12/6.76oz @ sephora.com

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And it also comes in wipes now with SIMPLE Kind to Skin Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes $5.99/25 wipes @ target.com, and a super remove-it-all-even-liquid-lipstick VICHY Micellar Oil $18/4.2oz @ dermstore.com, target.com

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hormonal Acne? Nubian Heritage to the Rescue!

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I thought that by the time I reached my 40s my skin would stabilize but I was quite wrong. Welcome hormonal acne! If you have breakouts around the jawline and neck, that’s hormones, and ain’t no Clearasil clearing this up!

So when I was asked if I wanted to try a few items from the new African Black Soap collection by NUBIAN HERITAGE, I was open to it. Every product is especially made for acne-prone skin, which is exactly what I need.

Here is what I tried:

  • African Black Soap Facial Wash & Scrub $12.99/4oz. 
  • African Black Soap Clarifying Pads $16.99/60 pads.
  • African Black Soap Exfoliant Spot Treatment $12.99/.5oz.
  • African Black Soap Facial Moisturizer $16.99/2oz.
  • African Black Soap Mud Mask $16.99/6oz.

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Click here to read more

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fresh Goes Deep... with Roses

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This new toner from FRESH is soooo right now! We are officially in flower season and roses are probably the most popular ones out there, so it makes sense that they’d put this Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner ($44/8.4oz @ fresh.com, sephora.com). It also makes sense since rose essential oil has a variety of benefits when it comes to skin care: anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, get rid of acne, moisturizing, antiseptic and astringent, among other uses.

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Their formula contains two species of roses in it, Rosa Centifolia Flower and Rosa Damascena Flower Water and Oil as well as Hyaluronic Acid for giving the skin a little plump!

I love using this after cleansing but also just during the day if my skin is kinda feeling the day and could use a quick cleanse or cooling off. And I love the way they put actual roses inside the bottle. Nice detail.  

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

"Survive the Summer" with Ralphs

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Kroger. All words are my own.

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Where do you pick up most of your everyday beauty products? I’ve pretty much been conditioned since I was a teen and started shopping, to get them when buying my weekly groceries. I mean, who has time to go to this store and that store? And in my house, when something is running low our out, it has to be listed on the pad of paper on the refrigerator and thankfully almost every item on my weekly list is available at my local Ralphs, which is part of the Kroger Family of Stores. They carry what I need and there’s usually some kind of sale going on for shampoo or sunscreen so of course I can take advantage of that!

And now that the temps are going up, the kids want to be outside, I can spend more time with them since I have Ralphs and they everything I need at the ready and at great prices.

Here are two of the items I regularly pick up:

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Shea Moisture African Black Soap

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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleaning Water

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And some others I regularly buy, which includes Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, CoverGirl Plumpify BlastPro Mascara, as well as John Frieda Frizz Ease Flexible Hold Hairspray with Keraflex.

Ralphs wants to help you “Survive the Summer” so beginning May 28 through June 10 you can download over $40 in digital coupons, including the ones shown here, @ Ralphs.com/Beauty.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

 
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Does Urban Decay's Latest Really Melt Makeup?

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I must say that I'm surprised by the latest releases from URBAN DECAY. I mean, when I think of skin care, I don't think of Urban Decay. I think of makeup! And darn good makeup at that. But being that I'll try anything once, I give you the Meltdown Makeup Remover Collection.

Comprised of:

Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick $26/1.58oz @ urbandecay.com, sephora.com, ulta.com
Meltdown Makeup Remover Lip Oil Stick $15/.06oz @ urbandecay.com, sephora.com, ulta.com
Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray $26/3.38oz @ urbandecay.comsephora.com, ulta.com

So let’s talk about the good news first. The Cleansing Oil Stick. Love. It. The deodorant-looking tube houses an oil-based balm that removes just about any kind of makeup you put on. And it contains the hottest ingredient of the moment, turmeric, as well as vitamin E and sunflower seed extract.

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Just start rubbing the balm onto skin directly from the tube; no need to wet skin first. Easy peasy!

I wish I had better news about the other two products here. They simply didn’t perform as well. I had pretty high expectations for the Lip Oil and all the different types of lippies out there. I tried two different kinds of liquid lipsticks and a traditional and it didn’t even get the traditional one off well.

And the Dissolving Spray? Hard pass.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Will This Be a New Skin Care Trend?

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Charcoal seems to be quite a common beauty ingredient in the last few years whereas a powder face exfoliator like this one is more uncommon. I've come across a powder ones like this and this a few times over the years, so is it safe to say that a powder exfoliators are going to be a new trend in skin care? Only time will tell!

DERMALOGICA Daily Superfoliant ($58/2oz @ dermalogica.com, ulta.com) is a powder exfoliant that’s activated when mixed with water. It contains alpha hydroxy acids and a new anti-pollution technology, which uses Binchotan Charcoal, to help purify the skin from daily toxins from the environment. And then it uses Niacinamide, red algae and Tara Fruit Extract to keep new exterior toxins at bay. The environment is a major anti-ager with all that the skin has to face! So to give your face a thorough cleansing with this one, they recommend mapping out the face and massaging the activated product in small circles around it. There is a brochure inside the box that goes into more detail. 

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What I like about this one is that it stays fresh until you activate it so no rush to use it up in a specific amount of time.

Just tap out half a teaspoon to wet hands and create a creamy paste. Then rub around the face for about 1 minute and rinse. And it’s formulated without fragrance, color or parabens.

Are you ready for a new trend in the beauty category?

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

These Wipes Could Change Your Life

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

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How many different products do you use to remove makeup and clean your face at the end of the day? And more importantly, what do you use to aid these products? I usually use a liquid makeup remover, then a cleanser, a toner and serum before applying my moisturizer. Yes, quite a few steps.

Well the folks at Olay want to help you cut out some steps in your everyday routine. Like all things in life, your beauty routine should be simple and quick, cutting corners where you can, especially since you will probably be on the go a lot as we get closer to summer.

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I'm sure you're familiar with all the beauty wipes that are on the market by now. And yeah, they work for the most part but these Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths could become your new summer BFF. The 4-in-1 part is that one cloth has the cleansing power of a scrub, toner, mask and cleanser to gently exfoliate your skin.

Each generously thick cloth has special cleansing pockets to gently break up and lift away dirt and makeup without stripping the skin.

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Of course I had to give these the ultimate test of removal and put one up against a liquid lipstick because we all know those are really hard to remove and it did, no problem! So you can replace your micellar water, pre-wet makeup remover wipes and liquid cleanser with these Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths and know that your skin is getting really clean when you need it to be.

There are 33 in a reusable container and to use, just apply water, or I like to use a facial spray as I always have one on me when the temps go up. Visit Olay.com for more info.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay . The opinions and text are all mine.

 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Best Flower of the Season

Nothing makes me think of springtime like roses! Here are three that having we whistling while using.

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PIXI BEAUTY Makeup Fixing Mist
($15/2.70oz @ pixibeauty.com, target.com) – makeup setting sprays are H-O-T right now. This one contains rose water and green tea to balance pH and hydrate.

KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I ($225/1.5oz @ kyprisbeauty.com, nordstrom.com) – this is the Rolls Royce of beauty elixirs. It contains 19 active natural ingredients, which includes organic and biodynamic Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil, and CoQ10, vitamin C, among others.

GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Sí Eau de Parfum ($86/1.7oz, $112/3.4oz @ ulta.com, sephora.com) – I’m a fan of the original Sí and this one has a touch of rose to the mix.

CRYSTAL HILLS ORGANICS Crystal Love Body Serum ($58/4oz @ crystalhills.com) – I don’t waste my time with body oils that contain fillers like silicones. This one has a lot of great ones like rosehip, coconut, apricot kernel, and rice bran oils.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes. 

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Monday, February 27, 2017

I’m in the Mood for SPRING!

I think the heavy rain in LA is done for the season, which is great because I'm so ready for Spring. And here are a few products I’ve got on my radar that are getting me ready for the upcoming season. Hello sandals!

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1. IT COSMETICS Anti-Aging Armour ($38/1oz @ itcosmetics.com) – I always make sure I have a great SPF at the beginning of each new season. This one from IT contains a SPF 50, peptides, and hyaluronic acid as well as that optically blurring technology that pretty much makes any imperfections disappear while you’re wearing it.

2. SOL DE JANEIRO Bum Bum Cream ($57/8.1oz, $25/2.5oz @ sephora.com) – what is it about this product? Is it the name? Is it the cool container? Kinda both actually and more. Pronounced (boom-boom), this luxe cream contains cupuaçu butter, acai, coconut oil and the Amazonian plant guarana, which is a major player in the caffeine department. All of these combined make for skin that’s not only taut but super smooth. And the scent of this one is soo inviting! I go in and out of craving it. I know, odd!

3. WOOSH BEAUTY Spin-On Lip Gloss ($19 @ wooshbeauty.com) – I’ve decided to revisit lip gloss again this season as I’ve been pretty distant from it and I’m starting with this one. Wow. This one really performs when it comes to the application brush. It rolls as you roll it over lips with the gloss. This is a first! Shown here in Pink Natural

4. SKINDINAVIA Post-Makeup Recovery Spray ($26/4oz, $36/8oz @ skindinavia.com) – now here’s a brand new category! A product you apply after taking makeup off, which applies nutrients like mineral zinc and willow bark, which can help with breakouts. Just spray on within 5 minutes of removing makeup to reap the benefits.

5. TRUE BRIT LONDON Nail Polish in Heirloom (£12.50 @ truebritlondon.co.uk) – this metallic rose gold shade from this new brand is so fitting right now! True Brit London is only available for purchase on their UK site right now but I’m sure it will expand. 

6. HELIOCARE Dietary Supplement Sun Protection Pills ($30/60 pills @ dermstore.com) – why not fight UVA/UVB rays from the inside out? Major technology is inside these pills will not only protect it from the sun but also supply it with antioxidants. Great for all skin types!

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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