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4 Perfunctory Puss Perfectors

Want to put your best face forward? Here are four new and tried-and-true products to help you do just that.

First up, Goldfaden just released Daily Scrub. This very scrubby exfoliant contains ruby crystals, anti-aging red tea, hyaluronic acid and seaweed extract to help remove dead surface skin cells and other impurities to reveal fresh, soft skin and nourish your complexion all in one. Goldfaden Daily Scrub saves time since you just mix a small amount with your regular facial cleanser, plus it saves money because it enables your skin to better absorb your precious toners, serums and moisturizers.

Developed by Carmelite monks, Easeamine is a new and innovative adenosine-enriched anti-aging facial treatment. What’s adenosine? In its usable form, adenosine triphosphate, or ATP is a special carrier of energy in all living things. It acts as a chemical ‘battery’, storing energy when it is not needed, but able to release it instantly when the body requires it. According to Easeamine’s own research, the adenosine in their cream increases protein synthesis, increases cell size, and it benefits skin by decreasing the amount of wrinkling, roughness, dryness, laxity, sallowness, and discolorations in skin. Some of the proceeds of this relatively affordable ($65/tube) treatment supports the work of the Carmelite Charities which include feeding, clothing and educating the needy as well as helping to fight global warming.

Skin Again, a leader in the production of skin care products that are infused with the Energies of healing elements, introduced pRo-Tone serum, which is specially formulated with all-natural ingredients, including pure aloe, calendula, chamomile, burdock, and Vitamin E. pRo-Tone was originally developed to help mitigate and heal burns of all types — razor, waxing, sunburn, chemical and otherwise — when the company’s founder severely burned her face when lighting a backyard fireplace. pRo-Tone healed her skin completely…no scars or discolorations. It contains a unique blend of soothing phyto-nutrients and peptides and a patented Dermavibe formula which consists of vibrational energies of hundreds of natural extracts that work to reduce pain, inflammation, redness and blistering caused by different kinds of burns. It also works as an extremely effective anti-aging and anti-inflammatory treatment for your face, neck, decollete and hands.

To help stop ‘disappearing makeup’ syndrome, Senna Cosmetics developed its Silky Primer under makeup smoothing serum. Packed with anti-oxidants like Vitamins A and E, this colorless primer makes your makeup go on effortlessly and last all day. By filling in pores, fine lines and wrinkles, your skin looks and feels silky smooth and super soft.

Best Concealer Ever is Actually Eye Shadow Primer? Yep.

I am LOVING Senna Cosmetics Totally Transforming Eye Shadow Primer. This anti-aging neutral cream eye shadow primer contains a potent vegetable ogliopeptide from natural hibiscus that functions in much the same way that Botox injections do, but without the pain and loss of facial expression!

It not only helps firm and smooth the eyelid while minimizing lines and wrinkles, it’s THE perfect concealer. It covers discolorations such as redness, darkness, or irregular pigmentation, and it stays on ALL DAY. And I’m one of those gals whose makeup mysteriously disappears as the day wears on. Well, Senna Cosmetics’ Eye Shadow Primer is what wears on…and on and on. I use the smallest dab under my eyes, around my nose and on those pesky blemishes, and it covers them beautifully — like nothing I’ve ever seen before. And I’ve tried just about every concealer on the market…usually I end up looking like a raccoon (um, too white) or an Oompa Loompa (yeah, too orange). This stuff is perfection. And it makes you look perfect.

As an eye shadow primer, it’s great, too. Eye colors look richer and more true, and they last longer.

To use, just apply after eye cream and before eye color. Smooth over the entire eyelid. May be used under and around the eyes and anywhere you need to ‘cover it up’ also, but use sparingly. A little goes a long way.

Keep Your *Beautiful* Tan Year-Round with a Drugstore Bargain

LOreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self-Tanning LotionSummer’s almost over. Time to face a fading fall tan and then a pale winter. Or is it? Wanna keep your beautiful glow all year? Chances are you’ve tried self-tanners before. Maybe you found one you like. Most of us — me included — have not. I’m one of those gals whose fair skin doesn’t take well to self-tanners. I end up looking like a(n even more) ridiculous version of Lindsey Lohan, all orange and streaky. Well all that’s over.

I know I’ve been on a big L’Oreal kick lately, and guess what? It ain’t over. L’Oreal recently introduced their Sublime Bronze line, and I’m in love. My pale-skinned self can’t get enough of one self-tanner in particular, Luminous Bronzer. It’s touted as a lotion, but I’d call it more of a lotion-gel…or gel-lotion…whatever. It’s pretty awesome.

With light-reflecting “micro-particles” LB instantly illuminates your skin so you can SEE where you put it on, and then it gradually develops into a NATURAL-looking glowy tan — with NO STREAKS. To keep your skin healthy, Luminous Bronzer contains alpha-hydroxy acids to keep your skin soft and smooth along with vitamin E to provide anti-oxidant benefits to your skin. Plus it has a nice, fresh scent that’s invigorating but not overwhelming. At about $10 for a generous 6.7 oz. it’s a bargain indeed.

One thing to note: Luminous Bronzer does NOT contain sunscreen. Since it DOES contain alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), it can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn, so be sure to add a good layer of SPF 30 sunblock if you go outside after applying LB.

Never Get the Wrong Foundation Color Again

Senna Cosmetics Mineral Mix FoundationI recently discovered Senna Cosmetics, and glad, glad, glad am I!

So far, I’ve tried a plethora of goodies from Senna, each of which I’ll be reviewing soon. But, first up is a Senna best-seller, Mineral Mix Cover & Finish Foundation.

Mineral Mix marks the end of getting the wrong foundation color. How so? It contains a beautifully blend-able loose mineral powder foundation in the base along with a darker pressed mineral foundation powder in the lid. Simple and smart.

Mineral Mix isn’t just a color-matching miracle. It’s also smart in other ways. A special milling process gives this mineral foundation a supremely silky smooth texture that glides onto the skin. The neutral color range looks fresh,  clear…more natural than any I’ve tried before. Natural minerals supply the dewy soft light reflection needed to diminish lines, wrinkles and flaws while also providing chemical-free sun protection. Plus it completely covers blemishes, discolorations, redness, even rosacea and is gentle enough for the most sensitive, problem-prone skin.

I really love that Mineral Mix is chemical free. Not only that, but it’s also free of talc, oils, fragrance, waxes, and dyes. So if you’re looking for a super-natural foundation that actually lives up to its promises, you’ve finally found it.

Moreover, Mineral Mix is great for all skin types, but it’s particularly good for oily skin. In fact, makeup artist Wei Lang gives it two thumbs up, saying Mineral Mix “gives the ultimate soft-focus finish.”

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Less Wrinkles with 24-Hour Eye Repair

l'oreal revitalift deep set wrinkle repair eye creamFeaturing another new product with a long name from L’Oreal: Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair 24-Hour Eye Repair Duo.

With such a serious(ly long) name, you’d expect serious(ly good) results along with a serious(ly expensive) price. Well, that’s about half true.

The results? Good. I’ve been using Revalift’s new eye cream duo for about three to four weeks, and I can definitely see a visible lift to my upper eye lid. I recently celebrated by 39th birthday, so this was a nice bonus. Plus the skin around my eyes is softer and more pliable.  FYI: for full wrinkle-free results, L’Oreal recommends using the eye cream duo day and night for eight weeks, so I expect more magic to come.

L’Oreal has put together a very nice eye repair duo chock full of some heavy-duty silicones, polymers, moisturizers, and emollients along with sun protection in the Day/AM cream, caffeine in the Night/PM cream, and most impressive, Pro-Retinol A aka retinyl palmitate  which is a vitamin A derivative — it’s near the bottom of the ingredient list meaning there’s very little of it compared to the other stuff…though according to my research a little goes a long way with this powerful anti-oxidant.

Retinol is what targets and fixes your wrinkles. The caffeine in the Night/PM cream acts to reduce puffiness. We like. And the SPF 15+ (yes, it does say “+” — not sure what that means but whatever) in the Day/AM cream is gentle and effective. The skin around my eyes is sensitive and gets red and irritated when I use sunscreen, but Revitalift AM gives me no problems whatsoever.

Other pluses include a rich, non-greasy formula that spreads easily = no tugging. And they last well, so your small investment is well worth it. Speaking of price, you can pick it up this power-packed beauty duo at almost any drugstore for less than $20.

$5 DIY Cleanser for Skin As Soft 'n Smooth As a Baby's Butt

Yesterday I ran out of my mediocre foaming facial cleanser — I use it because it was expensive and it removes my makeup pretty well, but frankly, it’s pretty much so-so. Well, in a pinch I used a little olive oil and a warm washcloth to remove my eye makeup last night. Aside from the obvious oiliness, I was quite pleased that my makeup came off completely and lickety-split, plus my skin stayed soft and supple around my eyes.

Today, instead of heading off to the department store in search of another high dollar, mediocre facial cleanser, I decided to make my own.

Based on the oil cleansing method — the gist of which insists that the best way to remove dirt and oil from your skin is to use oil (sort of like fight fire with fire?) — I grabbed some ingredients from my kitchen cupboard and bathroom medicine cabinet and got to work.

The result of my efforts was a cleanser than not only cleansed my face without stripping it but one that also made my skin super-smooth and soft.

Here’s the recipe and what I did:

In a kitchen mixing bowl, I threw in about 1/2 cup of olive oil, two tablespoons of liquid bath soap (castile or whatever you have is fine) two tablespoons of water, one tablespoon of plain glycerin (available at your local drugstore) and 1/2 teaspoon of Optiphen, a paraben-and-formaldehyde free preservative. Then I whisked everything together and poured it into my old facial cleanser bottle. That’s it.

I applied about a quarter-sized portion to my face and neck, massaged in circular motions for a minute and rinsed. Ah, clean, soft, smooth skin.

Total cost for my new fabulous facial cleanser? Because I typically buy organic stuff, my version may be a little pricier than yours’ll be. All told, I made 4 oz. of safe, pure, effective, anti-aging, skin-softening cleanser for about $6.

Optional ingredients:

Also quite inexpensive, these ingredients can be found at bulk soap-making/skin care ingredient suppliers, health food stores or handicraft stores. Warning: If you add any of these to your recipe, be careful around your eyes as they could irritate and sting.

  • Alpha hydroxy acid – I always have some lactic acid in my bathroom cabinet (I know, I’m weird that way). Used regularly and in the proper amount, AHAs are gentle and effective anti-aging exfoliants. Add a teaspoon or so to this recipe.
  • White willow bark extract – a great source of salycin or beta hydroxy acid, WWBE is one of the best, most gentle exfoliants available. Plus it helps keep pores clean and blemishes at bay. 1/2 to one tablespoon is ample.
  • Essential oil – I like lavender because it’s good for your skin for countless reasons, and it smells divine. Other good ones include heliochrysum, lemongrass, tea tree, Clary sage, rosemary, sandalwood, rose or chamomile. Add a few drops up to 1/4 teaspoon to suit. Start with just a little to be sure it doesn’t irritate your skin — you can always add more later if you want.

This Ain't Your Mama's Chapstick

Chapstick True ShimmerGrowing up, my grandmother always kept a tube or two of chapstick in her pocketbook. I can still remember the waxy feeling and slightly medicinal smell when she would drag it across my lips.

Chapstick’s come a long way since then. Even since the days of Suzy Chapstick (remember her?). With soft, moisturizing formulas that glide on silky smooth, they leave your lips equally so. No more “drag,” no more strange pharmaceutical smells.

This season’s latest addition to the Chapstick family, Chapstick True Shimmer provides the moisturizing benefits you’ve come to expect from a good lip balm, plus it adds shimmering highlights and a burst of mouthwatering scent and flavor. Beautiful on it’s own, True Shimmer also looks (and smells) perfectly marvelous layered over your favorite lipstick.

Currently available in Botanical Berry and Tropical scents, Chapstick True Shimmer will add Peppermint Rush and Fruit Sherbet in July. I’ve been lucky enough to sample these new scent-flavors, and I just have to say I’m kind of addicted to the Fruit Sherbet. It reminds me of my favorite childhood fizzy soft drink, Tiki Punch. Plus, even in the high desert climate of Santa Fe, my lips are soft and smooth. At $2.79, it’s the bargain of the summer.

Hey, healthy looking lips are more noticeable and more beautiful, and what girl doesn’t want a subtle shimmer? So, maybe it’s time to add a subtle highlight and luscious flavor to yours.

Wake Up Tired Eyes

Question: What’s the next best thing to a quad-shot machiatto for your eyes?

Answer: glominerals’ just-released gloEye Revitalize
eye treatment.

With cucumber extract, hydrating squalane and hyaluronic acid, Revitalize cools and hydrates while aloe and linoleic acids condition and firm. And with all-natural goldenseal and juniper which offer a temporarily “lift” to those thin, delicate eye areas, light-reflecting minerals help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and give an overall brighter look to your eyes.

Applied over or under your makeup or on its own, simply apply a few dots of Revitalize and pat into the under-eye and brow-bone areas. Done and done. Bright-eyed and busy-tailed in one easy step. No espresso necessary. Who loves ya, Baby?

5 Steps to Younger Skin

I had the chance to try out the newest versions of Arbonne’s NutriMinC RE skin care line. And what a nice, complete and simple 5-step system they offer!

Chock-full of some of the best anti-aging active ingredients includes…

  • REnewing Gelée Créme, Hydrating Wash
  • REstoring Mist, Balancing Toner
  • REality SPF 8, Day Créme
  • REactivating Facial Serum, Day & Night
  • REcover, Night Créme
  • REpair, Corrective Eye Créme

Wait a just minute. I just listed six products, right? Why? Well, Arbonne offers a lovely, light day cream touting SPF8 (I really wish that was at least SPF15) and a rich, moisturizing night cream. So you switch those out. Five steps. Easy, peasy.

I really like the gentle low-foam cleanser that smells like fresh oranges. The rest of the products aren’t scented, which I also like. I mean, how much confidence can you have in a heavy-duty anti-aging product when it’s heavily perfumed?

Anyway, overall Arbonne’s NutriMinC RE line is quite nice, if not a bit overpriced. But given the cost of department store skin care lines, plus the fact that it features high-quality ingredients, it’s actually a good value.

Contact your local Arbonne rep to try these products. Or click here to learn more and purchase online.

RECIPE: Newest Miracle Skin Care Ingredient…and It Works!

Beautiful, Young Skin Courtesy of Hyaluric Acid
Beautiful, Young Skin Courtesy of Hyaluric Acid

In Japan, it’s touted as the Natural Facelift. ABC’s 20/20 reported that it’s the “magical” ingredient that keeps skin young. And The Times newspaper in the UK says it gives “new life.”

What is this magical, life-giving, face-lifting ingredient?

It’s called hyaluronic acid. Also known as HA, NaH and sodium hyaluronate.

Naturally occurring in the human body, HA production declines as we age. This contributes to the loss of moisture; the skin becomes thinner and less supple. The loss of HA may also impair the skin’s ability to repair itself and possibly affects the synthesis and deposition pattern of other skin matrix components.

Hyaluronic Acid is found in all of our connective tissue. And recently, scientists have discovered that by supplementing it, our joints, hearts — and our skin — can benefit tremendously.

What does HA do? According to Ultimate-Cosmetics.com, “It helps to keep skin smooth and “plump” through its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It lubricates the joints and plays a critical role in the rapid repair of wounds and other skin conditions. Improves eye-sight.”

It’s the anti-aging effect on the skin we’re concerned with in the here and now, and the effect HA seems to have on the skin is at the level of promoting the formation of collagen, the fibers that firm the skin.

So where can you get hyaluronic acid? There are a couple of natural ways to get HA into your diet. The first is from starchy root vegetables like yams, potatoes, carrots. The other way is to eat animal parts known to contain a lot of hyaluronic acid: bones and connective tissues (yum. not.). By boiling down fish and animal bones, joints, sinews and tendons, then adding a few root and other vegetables, you can create a healthy, nourishing soup. Easy, right? Well, perhaps for some, but not me. Call me anything, just not a cook…or an eater of fish bone/root vegetable soup. Another, more palatable source of HA is through supplementation. Most grocery and health food stores sell HA supplements.

But these aren’t necessarily the best ways to deliver HA to your skin. What is, you ask? Simple. Use skin care products that contain hyaluronic acid, and lots of it. Better yet, make your own.

Hyaluronic acid is available in a cosmetically-safe powder from many bulk skin care ingredient companies. And HA mixes fairly easily. You can make a simple HA serum or a gel to mix into your existing skin care products.

Here’s a recipe for a great hyaluronic acid (HA) serum that you easily can make at home.

  • Pour 1/2 ounce of distilled water in a small glass container, preferably the one you will use to dispense your serum. A 1/2 ounce or 1-ounce glass pump bottle is ideal.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of hyaluronic acid powder into the water.

NOTE: the powder and water will not incorporate right away.

  • Cover and leave the mixture to set for 4-8 hours, overnight if possible, in a cool, dry place. After setting up, the mixture should become a gel.
  • Once the mixture is set, add preservative (Germaben or your choice, as long as it’s safe for water-based cosmetic mixtures) and mix well.

Use this serum twice daily by spreading a small amount (dime size or smaller) over your face and neck, after you cleanse and before you moisturize. In four to six weeks’ time, with regular use you should see a reduction in wrinkles as well as firmer, plumper skin overall. Sans fish bone soup.

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